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Please email the webmaster if you have obituaries of people who lived in Hartford Michigan, or was active in the Hartford community, at some time during their lives. To find a specific obituary, use the Search Our Site feature, also located on the left menu of every page. The Obituary section was started January 30, 2008 and current obituaries will be posted as they become available. Obituaries are from the local newspapers, unless otherwise noted. If you have an obituary notice (or learn of the passing away of someone who lived in Hartford at one time) of a former Hartford resident from a newspaper away from the Hartford area, please send it. Past obituaries will be added as time permits. Death notices are also posted in the HHS graduate database.
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 James R. Walker, age 83, a native of Hartford, MI and a resident of Foley, AL passed away Saturday, December 31, 2016.
     He served his country in the US. Army.  He was a volunteer fire fighter for over 40 years. He loved the outdoors, gardening and nature.
     Mr. Walker is survived by his wife of 58 years, Clara Walker of Foley, AL; two sons, Jonathan J. Walker of Summerdale, AL, Benjamin L. Walker of Mt. Sterling, IL; sister, Dawn Pitcher; three brothers, Harold Walker, Jr., Robert Walker, Richard Walker, two grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
     A service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.

 

James Alvin Hester, 80 of Bangor Township passed away Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016, at home. 
     Jim, as he was known by most, was born in Ben, Ark., on Nov. 21, 1936, to his parents F.W. Davis and Cora Miller, both of whom precede him in passing. Also preceding him in passing was his step-father, Cliff Young.
     Jim came to Hartford at age 9. He retired from Whirlpool Corporation as a set-up man. He loved working on cars, doing odd jobs like electric, building mowers and loved fishing with his mother. He was a past member of the Van Buren Sportsman’s Club, of which he was very active. After his heart transplant, he slowed down some but was ready to help his friends as he was able and he was always ready with a story.
     Jim married the former Peggy Kelemen on Aug. 21, 1996. She survives, along with four children: Orville (Dainie) Reeves of Decatur, Greg (Janice) Flint of Lawton, James B. (Lisa) Hester of Three Rivers and Doug (Mitzi) Sargent of Marietta, Ga. He is also survived by 14 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; ex-wife, Gloria Daggett; three step-children: Sue, Dawn and Jeff and his beloved dog, Penny.
     As per James’ wishes, cremation has taken place. The family will welcome friends from 6-7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 5, at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, where the service to honor his memory will commence at 7 p.m. with Mike Rapp officiating. Memorial donations in James’ name may be made to Van Buren Sportsman’s Club or Wings of Hope Hospice. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at http://www.calvin-leonardfh.com.

 

Beverly Ann (Smith) Ulrath, 86, formerly of Bridgman, passed away Monday, Dec. 26, 2016, peacefully at her home in Plant City, Fla.
     At the request of Beverly, cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 15, 2017, at The Boyd Chapel of Pike Funeral and Cremation Services, 9191 Red Arrow Highway, Bridgman. Friends may meet with the family from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at 11 a.m. As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be given to Berrien County Cancer Service, 7301 Red Arrow Highway, Stevensville, MI 49127. Online condolences accepted at www. PikeFH.com
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     Beverly is survived by her seven children: David (Carolyn) Ulrath of Columbia, S.C., Ruth Ann (Floyd) Kosinsky of Davenport, Fla., Deborah Ulrath of Franklin, Tenn., Linda (Sam) Pitino of Holiday, Fla., Patricia (late Scottie) Richerson of Bridgman, Gary (Sheila) Ulrath of Bridgman, Joanne (Ken) Grantham of Baton Rogue, La.; 15 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
     Beverly was also preceded in death by her husband, Tom; and a grandson, Nicholas.

NOTE: Beverly was a former Hartford resident. Several of her children graduated from Hartford High School.
 

 

 Imogene Owens, 84, of Hartford passed away in Coloma on Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016.
     A memorial service celebrating her life will be at 1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 7 at Keeler Church of God.  Those wishing to leave an online message of remembrance can do so at www.duffieldpastrick.com.
     Imogene was born June 12, 1932, in Booneville, Miss., to Homer and Minnie (Barrett) Pritchard. She married James W. Owens on June 18, 1950.
     Survivors include three sons, Timothy Lee (Mariea) Owens Sr. of Coloma, James Daniel Owens of Lawrence and Ronald (Chong) Owens of Hartford. Also surviving is a brother, Luis Pritchard of Hartford; 11 grandchildren, Timothy L. Owens Jr., Brandin L. Owens, Jacob L. Owens, Maysie M. Owens, Lacey Owens, Leland Owens, Jenette Owens, Jonathon Owens, Daniel Owens, Ronald T. Owens, Cindy L. Owens; nine great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
     She was preceded in death by her husband, James, on July 3, 2014.

 

Luella Margaret Winkel was born Aug. 10, 1922, in Watervliet to Robert and Pauline Wendzel. She grew up in Southwest Michigan and married Arden Winkel on Nov. 7, 1942. Together they raised four children on a fruit farm in Hartford, where they worked side by side raising crops and beekeeping. She was a lifelong member of Salem Lutheran Church in Coloma, where she was an active participant.
     In her spare time she enjoyed visiting with neighbors and friends along with playing cards and dominoes. Her greatest love was spending time with her family, which includes three sons: Rodney (Jeanette) of Watervliet, Barry (Lyn) of South Haven and Kevin (Roxanne) of Hartford; a daughter. Ardene (Steve Martin) of Dimondale; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; two brothers: Alton (Mildred) Wendzel of Watervliet and Kenneth (Leola) Wendzel of Benton Harbor; two sisters: Eleanor (Walt Klug) of Sodus and Virginia (Boyd Brewer) of Brownstown, Ind.
     Luella died Friday, Dec. 24, 2016, at Woodland Terrace Assisted Living Facility in Coloma. She is preceded in death by her husband, Arden in 2003, and two brothers: Walter and Norman Wendzel.
     Friends may visit with Luella’s family 5-8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 26, at Hutchins Funeral Home in Watervliet. Funeral services will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 27, at Salem Lutheran Church in Coloma. Burial will follow in Maple Hill Cemetery in Hartford. Memorials may be made in Luella’s memory to Salem Lutheran Church or Hospice at Home. You are invited to leave a message for Luella’s family at hutchinsfuneral.com.

 

Shirley J. Smith, 80, of Hartford passed away at her home on Friday, Dec. 16, 2016.
     A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Watervliet immediately followed by a luncheon. Burial will take place at 2 p.m. at Calvary Cemetery in Benton Harbor. Visitation at Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home in Coloma will be 5-7 p.m. Tuesday concluding with a prayer service beginning at 7 p.m. Memorials may be made to Well of Grace Ministries or Hospice At Home. Those wishing to leave a message or share a memory with the family online may do so at www.duffieldpastrick.com.
  
  Shirley was born May 2, 1936, in Bainbridge Township. She was one of three children born to Robert and Mildred (Feller) Smith. Shirley lived her life as a simple woman but a hardworking one. She was a longtime member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. She and her son Tom own Tom Smith Tractor Sales in Hartford, which opened in 1965. In her free time Shirley enjoyed playing bingo and blackjack. Most of all she will be remembered by her family as a great mother and grandmother.
     Shirley is survived by her two children: Thomas (Lori) Smith of Hartford and Beth (Butch) Rhode of Eau Claire; three grandchildren: Lindsay Smith, Kimmy (Francis) Aboagye and Jennifer (Timothy) Fields: and her great-granddaughter, Karinna Martinez.
     She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Robert C. Smith; and her sister, Sandra Smith.

 

Cynthia “Cyndi” Marie Carlock, 65, of Hartford lost a long hard battle with cancer Dec. 14, 2016, at Bronson Methodist Hospital.
     Cyndi, as she was known, was born Dec. 1, 1951, in Dowagiac to Emerson and Ruby (Krager) Drake. Cyndi was the oldest of five children. Her time was divided between her passions: flowers and plants, cooking, animals and family. Her impact in creating life through plants and flowers was magical. Her talent in the kitchen, loved by all, brought her great joy. Her cookies brought people from miles away and will be missed. She had an enormous soft spot in her heart for the animals that were homeless or mistreated, however, her greatest passion lay in the love of her family.
     Cyndi is survived by her husband, Joseph; son, Thomas (Carrie); daughter, Kelly (Sean); special niece, Chasadena Yakim; stepsons, Steve Carlock and Mike Carlock; 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
     She will be loved and missed very much.
     Cyndi was preceded in death by her father, and sister, Brenda.
     The family will greet friend 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18, followed by a celebration of life service to honor Cyndi’s memory. The Rev. Boyd Saylor will officiate. Memorial condolences for the family may be left on our website at www.calvin-leonardfh.com.

 

Teresa D. Wilcoxson, 52, of Hartford passed away Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016, at Lakeland Medical Center in St. Joseph.
     Teresa enjoyed traveling, making jewelry, horses, classic movies and always had a special place in her heart for her dogs. However, her greatest passion was her family. She loved nothing more than spending time with her family, whether watching a classic Bing Crosby movie or going to an amusement park.
     She was preceded by her cherished daughter, Christina Spitzner.
     She is survived by her beloved daughter, Chanell Wilcoxson of Kalamazoo; her precious grandson, Noah VanLuke of Lawton; Mitchie Null of Pullman, whom she loved as a son; her father, Paul (Lois) Mathis of Schoolcraft; and her mother, Darla (William) Strong of Hartford. She will also be remembered by her siblings: Shawn (Tricia Stewart) Mathis of St. Joseph, Lisa (Tommy Ufkes) Lambert of Parchment, Daniel (Jacquelyn) Strong of Watervliet, Becky Abbott of Coloma, and Lisa Bauske of Edwardsburg; as well as several nieces and nephews.
     Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016, at Brown Funeral Home, 521 E. Main St., Niles. A time of visitation will begin at 2 p.m. Wednesday. She will have a private interment at Mission Hills Memorial Mausoleum, where she will be laid to rest with her daughter. Memories of Teresa may be left for her family at www. BrownFuneralHomeNiles. com. Arrangements have been entrusted to Brown Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Niles.

 

Bruce Edwin Little, 66 of Hartford, passed away suddenly Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, at Lakeland Hospital, Watervliet.
     Bruce was born Aug. 8, 1950, in Kalamazoo, the son of Hearl and Betty (Brown) Little, both of whom preceded him in passing. Also preceding him in passing are “his other half”, Brenda Smith; son, Bruce Little, Jr.; daughter, Storie Smith; granddaughter, Asta Dadles and brother, Jimmy Little.
     Bruce retired after 30 years of loyal employment with the Bosch Corporation. In his spare time, he loved riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle, collecting and bartering antiques, practicing karate and above all, spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.
     Bruce is survived by four sons: Kevin Little and Mark Little, both of Watervliet, David (Laura) Deckert of Florida and Michael Smith of Hartford; ten grandchildren: Dakota, Christopher, Bethany, Courtney, Jasmin, Ethan, Angel, Jake, Dylan and Hayden; one greatgrandchild; sister, Pamela (Mike) Camp of Hartford; and brother, Nathan Little of Alabama.
     The family will welcome friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13 at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, where the service to honor his memory will commence at 7:30 p.m. with the Rev. Lonnie Truelove officiating. After the services, cremation will take place. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at http://www.calvin-leonardfh.com.

 

Dorothy “Dottie” Kaiser was a very generous person. She lived her life by giving to others, often opening up her home to her children’s friends and anyone who needed a place to stay. She never seemed to want for anything. Instead, she relished in the ability to nurture others and provide for her family all of the things she never had while growing up. If you had the time and the listening ear, Dottie would gladly sit for hours in conversation and loved spending time with others. Sadly, Dottie passed away and leaves behind a rich collection of memories for all who knew and loved her.
     In 1948 Dottie was born to George and Gladys (Van Scyoc) Wise on June 4, in Benton Harbor, Michigan joining her three older siblings, Richard, Mary, and Peggy. Dottie brought her parents great joy and was a great big sister to Ron.
     Growing up in Hartford, her father was in the Navy and worked various jobs while her mother was a devoted homemaker. They lived on a farm which kept the entire family involved. Dottie grewing up she was easy going. She prided herself in having excellent grades and graduated with only fifteen others in her class in 1967 from Hartford High School. Shortly after graduation, Dottie went to work at her sister Peggy’s husband’s restaurant; Capozio Pizza in the Benton Harbor/St. Joseph area. Later, she took a second job to help make ends meet at Dawn Donuts where she met the man of her dreams. An older man, David Kaiser, who was her boss at the time; he never let on about his true feelings for her for a long time; yet both of them would say that it was indeed love at first sight. The two of them were eager to start a family of their own and after their marriage ceremony on February 8, 1973 in Coloma, they settled down in the lakeshore community of Stevensville. Still working long hours at the donut shop, they began raising three beautiful children; David Jr., Benjamin, and Joanna. It was Dottie’s dream to provide everything for her children that she didn’t have as a child, so she worked long hours helping to pay for their varied interests over the years, from gymnastics to T-ball, Boy Scouts to ballet and so much more. It brought her great pride and joy to know they could always do anything they set their minds to do. After her husband David passed away in 1984, she eventually moved the family to the growing Portage community so she could be closer for her position at the post office, where she worked tirelessly to support her family. A few short years later in 1989, she met Ray Thompson. The two of them had many common interests and began a steady, long term relationship until he passed away in 2005. He had four children of his own; Doug, Nikki, Shalesha, and Jamie. His kids were very, very close with Dottie’s children and she couldn’t love them any more. She cherished them all as if they were her very own.
     Not surprisingly, Dottie had a wide variety of special interests. She was never known to be a good cook and if it weren’t for her partner Ray, they would have had to survive on take out! Instead of cooking, she enjoyed reading mystery books and also enjoyed the various books written by her favorite author, Janet Evanovich, who was introduced to her by her daughter-in-law Nicole. Dottie was working on a novel and wanted more than anything to have a poem of hers published. After her retirement from the postal service in 2009, nothing brought her greater joy than caring for her grandchildren; Molly, Cornelius, Ella, David III, and George. She loved to watch them and have them over and would even drive to her son David’s home in Chicago to baby-sit! Her daughter, Joanna once told her mother that she "wouldn't give her grandchildren until she retired." She was elated to have her mom retired so that she could be sure to help raise her children in the beautiful way she cared for her and her siblings so many years ago. Dottie also enjoyed each and every one of her step grandchildren; Tia, Noah, Ona, Shai-Rese, twins Morgan and Olivia, Irisha, and Rae Ann. When she wasn’t watching her grandchildren, she treasured the monthly meeting times with some of her former postal workers, often nearly sixty of them would meet for Chinese buffet! Just recently Dottie had returned from a cruise of a lifetime throughout Europe with her siblings. Described as generous, accepting, loving, and kind, Dottie will be deeply missed, yet her warm memories will be etched on the hearts of her loving family and friends.
     Dorothy “Dottie” Kaiser, age 68, of Portage passed away on December 1, 2016 in the comfort of her home. Dottie was born on June 4, 1948 to George and Gladys (Van Scyoc) Wise. Visit with her family and friends and view her life story film on Tuesday, December 6th from 4:00 – 7:00pm at the Life Story Funeral Home, Portage; 5975 Lovers Lane. (344-5600). Left to cherish her memories are her children; David Jr. (Nicole), Benjamin, and Joanna (Kyle Smith), also Doug (Maureen) Thompson, Nikki, Shalesha, and Jamie Thompson; 13 grandchildren; 2 brothers and 1 sister: Richard (Ethel), Ron and Mary; as well as several nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, David Sr.; partner Ray; her parents; and her sister, Peggy. Please visit Dottie’s memory page at www.lifestorynet.com where you can archive a memory or photo and sign her memory book online. Memorial donations can be made to American Diabetes Association.


David Lee Gilbert, 67, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Nov. 30, at his home surrounded by family after his two-year battle with cancer.
     David is preceded in death by his father, Junior Gilbert; and daughter, Amy Lee.
     He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Lois; two sons, Tim (Melissa) Gilbert and Bill (Amber) Gilbert; and daughter, Kathy Ferreira; along with five grandchildren; his mother, Janet Pankake; his brothers, Danny (Sarah) and Dennis (Deborah); and sister, Robin (Lew) Luftig; along with nieces and nephews.
     David was the middle of three triplet boys who attended Blue Creek School, where they graduated in 1967. They each trusted Christ as Savior during their senior year in high school. They each graduated from Bible college and seminary. They each went on to enter full-time gospel ministry and they each retired in July, September and December 2015 from full-time ministry.
     David was a great son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, minister and good friend. He will truly be missed by those who knew him.
     A memorial service will be held in his honor on Tuesday, Dec. 6.
     Condolences can be sent to Lois c/o Grace Baptist Church, 780 Woodland Ave., Lewisberry, PA 17339.

NOTE:  David was pastor of the Hartford Federated Church from December 2011 thru 2015.

 

Helen Tyler, Kalamazoo, passed away Wednesday morning, November 16, 2016 at her home.  Helen was born September 11, 1923 in Hartford, MI the daughter of the late William and Callie (Wilson) Briggs.
     She was a member and served as president of the Women's Auxiliary VFW Post 6252, and enjoyed bowling, and doing various crafts. On July 30, 1941 she was united in marriage to her loving husband, Louis M. Tyler who preceded her in death on August 21, 1996. 
     She was also preceded in death by her grand-daughter, Jessica; and sisters and brother, Lillian Donovan, Thera Johnson, Bill Briggs. Helen is survived by her children, Janice Terry, Maryln Henderson, Tim Tyler; grandchildren, Dan and Ron Henderson, John (Beth) Henderson, Shannon Tyler; great-grandchildren, Morgan (Zak) O'Dell, Tyler, Keith (Hanna) Henderson, Haydon Tyler; great-great-grandchildren, Max and Amelia O'Dell; and several nieces and nephews.
     Services will be held at 11:00am Tuesday, November 22 at the Langeland Family Funeral Homes, Comstock Chapel, 6121 King Highway. Interment will follow in East Cooper Cemetery. Friends may meet the family Monday evening from 6-8pm and one hour prior to the service at the Comstock Chapel. Memorials may be directed to the West Michigan Cancer Center. To view Helen's personalized guestbook please visit www.langelands.com.

NOTE:  Helen was a 1941 Hartford High School graduate.

Joseph E. Pflaumer, 71, of St. Joseph passed away Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016, at Hanson Hospice Center in Stevensville.
     A celebration of life service will be at a later date at the First Church of God, 2627 Niles Ave., St. Joseph, with the Rev. Bob Confer officiating. Memorial donations may be made to the Hanson Hospice Center or First Church of God. Those wishing to sign Joseph’s memory book online may do so at www.starksmenchinger.com.
     Joseph was born July 9, 1945, in Chicago to Joseph and Helen (Devonintch) Pflaumer. He graduated from Hartford High School in 1963. On Nov. 10, 1972, he married Catherine Grieger at Trinity Lutheran Church. Joseph worked for many years as a building superintendent in Kansas City, Kan., and was known as a great handyman. Joseph loved interacting on the computer and had a very large following on Twitter.
     Joseph is survived by his wife, Catherine; and a sister, Francis Welty of Jackson, Mich.
     Joseph was preceded in death by his parents.

 

David Thomas “Coach” Rose, 83, of Dowagiac, MI passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 29, 2016 with family at his side at the Cass County Medical Facility in Cassopolis.
     A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, November 5, 2016 at Silver Creek United Methodist Church, 31994 Middle Crossing Road, Dowagiac, with Pastor Sara Carlson officiating. An hour of visitation will be held before the service at the church. Burial to follow at 2:00 PM at Keeler Township Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family from 4:00 until 7:00 P.M., Friday at Clark Chapel & Cremation Services, 405 Center St., Dowagiac. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Silver Creek United Methodist Church. Those wishing to sign David’s Memory Book online may do so at www.clarkch.com.
     Dave was born May 5, 1933 to Fred and Edith (Siebenmark) Rose. He married the love of his life, Kathryn Gould, on June 1, 1958. Dave graduated from Hartford High School in 1951 and earned his Bachelor and Master degrees in Education from Western Michigan University.
     Dave began his teaching and coaching career in Eau Claire, MI, in 1955. In 1960, he seized an opportunity for adventure taking a job with the U.S. Department of Defense at Air Force base high schools in Japan, Libya and Spain.
     After returning to the U.S. in 1967, Dave taught one year in Merrimac, MA before he and his family moved home to southwestern Michigan. He taught history and coached men’s and women’s basketball, football, baseball and softball at Brandywine High School in Niles until he retired in 1993. He and his wife then re-located to Dowagiac where he coached girls’ 8th grade basketball for several years.
     Dedicated to church leadership, Dave served as a lay leader, sang in the choir and taught adult Bible school at First United Methodist Church in Dowagiac for many years. For the past 12 years he was a member at Silver Creek United Methodist Church.
     Dave is survived by his wife; four children, Deanna (William) Richeson of Haslett, MI; Scott (Leslyn) Rose of Dowagiac; Steve (Ester) Rose of Plano, TX and Spencer (Paula) Rose of Niles; fifteen grand-children, Kate, Ben, Heather, Krystle, Bill Jr, Clay, Justin, Kristin, Noah, Ashleigh, Hunter, Allie, Jasmine, Arianna and Liam; six great grand-children; along with several cousins, nieces and nephews. Dave was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Donald and Jack.
     Dave’s family offers their sincere gratitude for the wonderful care provided to him by staff at Brentwood and Lakeland Hospital of Niles, and Cass County Medical Care Facility in Cassopolis.

NOTE:  David was a 1951 Hartford High School graduate.

 

King, Shirley Ann (Streight), Ypsilanti Township, MI Age 84, passed away Thursday, October 20, 2016 at Glacier Hills Nursing Center. She was born September 29, 1932 in Hartford, MI, the daughter of William L. and Dorothea M. (Myers) Streight.
    When Shirley was ten, the family moved to Berrien Springs, MI, where she met her love, her future husband Donald C. King. They were married in 1951 and he preceded her in death January 29, 2013. Shirley and Donald moved to Ypsilanti in 1960 where she provided in-home daycare and he attended the University of Michigan. From 1972 to 1998, she was employed by the Ypsilanti Public Schools. She was a union rep., a Girl Scout leader, a neighborhood watch coordinator, a member of the First United Methodist Church and an avid fan of EMU athletics.
     Survivors include: her daughter Laura (Bill) Stanzel; her son Curtis (Debra) King; four grandchildren; three great grandchildren; two sisters, Carol (Richard) Slocum and Charlotte (Ralph) Locke; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents.
     Cremation has taken place. Contributions in her memory may be made to Arbor Hospice. Please sign her guest book at www.starkfuneral.com.

Paul Donald Tarantino, 73, was born April 15, 1943, in Benton Harbor, one of six children born to Paul and Bernice (Cook) Tarantino, both of whom preceded him in passing. Paul passed away at home on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016.
     The family will welcome friends from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, 2016, at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford. Mass of Christian burial will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Hartford.
     The Rev. German Perez-Diaz will be the celebrant. As to Paul’s wishes, cremation will follow the service. His ashes will be placed in Hill Cemetery, Lawrence, in the spring. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the church or Reverence Home Health and Hospice. Memorial condolences for the family can be left at www.calvin-leonardfh.com.
     On Aug. 20, 1966, Paul was united in marriage to Sandra Arndt and she survives, along with their four children: Rodney (Jennifer) Tarantino of St. Louis and their family, Ryan, Max and Alex; Jody (Patrick) Phillips of Edwardsburg and their family, Julianne, Lexie and Ryan; Julie (Brian Chamness) Tarantino of Buchanan; and Randall (Kim) Tarantino of Kalamazoo and their family Ella and Abby. He is also survived by two sisters, Judy (Gary) Maynard of St. Joseph and Linda (Tom) Finch of Williamsburg, Mich.; three brothers: Ross (Bunnie) Tarantino of Mound, Minn., Jerry (Karen) Tarantino of Hartford and Tom (Debbie) Tarantino of Coloma; and numerous other family members and friends.
     Paul served his country proudly in the U.S. Army. He was an aircraft mechanic for Whirlpool Corp., retiring in June of 2004, after 31 years of employment. Paul enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time in New Mexico, where he and Sandra would reside for many months during the year.

 

Nyle Francis Bisbee, 81, was born July 24, 1935, in Coloma. He was the son of Augustus and Iola (Burr) Bisbee. Nyle passed away at his son’s home in Watervliet on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016.
     In addition to his parents, Nyle was preceded in death by his wife, Anna; and a brother, Terry Bisbee.
     The family will welcome friends from 10-11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 10, 2016, at the Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford, followed at 11 a.m. by a celebration of life service to honor Nyle’s memory. The Rev. Nicholas Balanowski of First Assembly of God in St. Joseph will officiate. Nyle will be laid to rest next to his wife, Anna, in Fairview Memorial Cemetery, Watervliet. Military rites will be conducted by the North Berrien Military Rites Team. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Coloma American Legion Post 362, of which he was a longtime member. Memorial condolences for the family can be left at www.calvin-leonardfh.com.
     Nyle is survived by four children: Adrian Croft of Watervliet, Ruth (Toby) Holder of Dowagiac, Nyla (Wayne) Ebrecht of Benton Harbor, and Nyle (Kim) Bisbee of Hartford. He is also survived by seven grandchildren; three greatgrandchildren; a sister, Peggy Harris of Hartford; a brother, Gene (Mary) Bisbee of Hartford; and many nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.  
     Nyle served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was a gifted mechanic and used his skills as a heavy equipment mechanic for Canonie Construction and was a member of Operating Engineers’ Local 324. Nyle retired from Tom Smith Tractor, Hartford, in 2005.
    

Mayfair Irene Ishoy was born Sept. 12, 1930, in Benton Harbor to John and Gladys (Guinard) Jensen. She passed away suddenly at Lakeland Hospital, Watervliet, on Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016.
     Mayfair worked for the phone company as a switchboard operator for many years and retired from the Hartford Public Library after many more years of employment.
     Mayfair married Donald Ishoy in 1951, and he passed away suddenly in 1968. She was also preceded by a brother, Ronald Jensen.
     Mayfair is survived by three nieces: Ronelle Jensen, Carla Nelson and Brenda Bard; a nephew, Bradley Jensen; three great nieces: Brandi Stephens, Jacqui Perrone and Hope Warner; two stepnieces, Janette Ashley and Lorre Darnell; and two stepnephews, Gregory Brady and Steven Brady.
     The family will welcome friends from 1 to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, 2016, at the Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford, with a memorial celebration of life service to follow. Her ashes will be inurned at North Shore Memory gardens next to her husband. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Hartford Public Library, Wounded Warriors or Defenders of Wildlife. Memorial condolences for the family can be left on our website at www.calvin-leonardfh.com.

 

Bobby “Bob” Gene Vassar, 74, of Hartford lost his battle with lung/bone cancer on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016, at Lakeland Medical Center, St. Joseph. He was surrounded by his loving family as he took his last breath of life here on earth.
     Bob was the owner and operator of Vassar Farms in Hartford since 1965.
     The family will welcome friends from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford. A private “return to the farm” memorial ceremony will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at Vassar Farms with a Farmall antique tractor procession to the church. All family and friends are invited to a celebration of Bob’s life that will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Hartford Federated Church with Rob Vassar officiating. Burial will follow in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford. A luncheon will follow at Vassar Farms. Condolences for the family may be sent online to www.calvin-leonardfh.com
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Bob was born Jan. 5, 1942, to Gene and Annamae Lucille (Hearty) Vassar in Blytheville, Ark., both of whom preceded him in passing. Bob was the eldest son of Gene and Lucy’s nine children. He moved to Hartford in 1958, where he met the love of his life, Hazel Weston. Bob married Hazel on Nov. 4, 1960, and cherished almost 57 years together. He started his family farm in 1965, using a pet mule as collateral for his first mortgage.
     Bob is survived by his beloved wife, Hazel; sons, Robert E. Vassar of St. Joseph and Steven A. (Karla) Vassar of Hartford; daughter, Alisa A. (Richard) Clark of Hartford; four grandchildren: Dr. Justin (Nina) Vassar, Joshua (Berenice Lopez-Vazquez) Vassar, and Ashley and Coty Clark; and two greatgrandchildren, Luke and Olivia Vassar. He is also survived by four brothers: C.L. Pete (Jimmie) Vassar of Hartford, Jerry (Connie) Vassar of Manila, Ark., Phillip (Debra) Vassar of Jonesboro, Ark., and Terry Vassar of Manila, Ark.; and two sisters, Bonnie (Boyd) Estes of Mammoth Springs, Ark., and Linda Coleman of Manila, Ark.
     Bob was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Anna Mae Miles and Deborah Kay Vassar; and a grandson, Richard Clark III.

 

Shirley Ann Craig was born July 8, 1950, in Benton Harbor, one of five children born to Thomas and Francis (Snoody) Stevens. Shirley passed away at her home in Hartford, surrounded by her family, on Monday, Sept. 26, 2016.
     Shirley finished her working years as an adult foster care giver.  She will always be remembered as one who gave to anyone in need and loved unconditionally.
      As to Shirley’s wishes, cremation has taken place and a celebration of life gathering will be held from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23, at the Van Buren Conference Center in Lawrence. The family has entrusted the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, with arrangements. Memorial condolences for the family can be left at www.calvinleonardfh.com.
     Shirley is survived by five children: Billy (Nikole) Green of California, Deborah (Tony) Galvan and Jenny Cowsert, both of Hartford, Jerry Cowsert of Colorado and Robert (Kelsey) Craig II of Arkansas. She is also survived by eight grandchildren; a sister, Dorothy (Roy) Eddings of Benton Harbor; and two brothers, Tom (Carol) Stevens of Georgia and Roy Stevens of North Carolina; and numerous other family members and friends.

     Shirley was preceded in passing by her parents; and a sister, Vicki Stevens.

 



James
Rademacher
was born on January 25, 1943 and passed away on Saturday, September 24, 2016. James was a resident of Wilson, Michigan at the time of his passing.
     He was graduated from Hartford High School in 1961. He attended Marquette University earning his degree in engineering and then University of Detroit Law School.
     He was married to Glenda.
     The family will greet friends and relatives on Thursday September 29th from 10 to 11:45 a.m. Central Time at St. John Neumann Church in Spalding. The funeral mass will follow at 12 noon with Rev. Mike Vichich officiating. A meal will follow in the church hall.
     In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Wheelin Sportsmen an outdoor group who helps create equipment for disabled hunters.

 

Pearl Fisher, 90, of Hartford passed away with her family by her side on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016, at Bronson Commons Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Mattawan. A funeral service will be at noon Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, at Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, officiated by Lonnie Truelove. Burial will follow at Keeler Cemetery in Keeler. Family will greet friends from 11 a.m to noon, prior to the service at the funeral home.
     Pearl was born April 30, 1926, in Franklin County, Ala., to Robert and Birtie (More) Martin. Pearl was a beloved daughter, aunt, mother, grandmother, sister, and a friend to many. She always put her family first and enjoyed spending time with them.
     Survivors include sons: Charles (Pete) Fisher of Hartford, Jerry Fisher of Tuscumbia, Ala., and Roger Fisher of Hartford; daughters, Doris Davis of Paw Paw and Judy (Jeff) Brown of Hartford. She is also survived by two siblings, eight grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, and 16 great-great-grandchildren.
     Pearl was preceded in death by her parents; former husband, A.J. Fisher; son, Bill Fisher; daughter, Deborah Wolford; two sons-in-law, Daniel Wolford, and James Davis; and two grandchildren, Jayden Fisher and Trinity Wolford.


 

Mr. Luretta Jane Koch, age 83 of Lawrenceburg, formally of Hartford, MI, passed away on September 22nd, 2016 with her family by her side after the recent passing of the love of her life Kenneth Clayton Koch on September 11, 2016, husband of 65 years. She was a 24 year resident of Lawrenceburg, TN. Luretta's most important roles in her life were that of wife and mother. She was a stay at home mom and raised 4 children. She was always smiling; she could talk to anyone that she walked up to. She loved her family and friends and life itself. She was a wonderful cook and baker. She could make something out of nothing. She pulled items out…
Luretta Jane Koch, age 83 of Lawrenceburg, formally of Hartford, MI, passed away on September 22nd, 2016 with her family by her side after the recent passing of the love of her life Kenneth Clayton Koch on September 11, 2016, husband of 65 years.
     She was a 24 year resident of Lawrenceburg, TN.
     Luretta's most important roles in her life were that of wife and mother. She was a stay at home mom and raised 4 children.
     She was always smiling; she could talk to anyone that she walked up to. She loved her family and friends and life itself.
     She was a wonderful cook and baker. She could make something out of nothing. She pulled items out of the cupboard and she whipped up a meal, there was always plenty to share with anyone dropping by. She taught her children to be loving and caring and how to cook.
     She is survived by her daughter, Diana Buckley (Thomas) of Battle Creek, MI; Sons, Steven Koch (Tonya) of Watervliet, MI, Thomas Koch (Joann) of Lawrenceburg, TN; brother, Michael Krager (Sally); sisters, Ruby Moore, Mabel Hartman, Barbara Morgan, Rose Eggleston (Bob), Linda Palmer (Ed); grandchildren, Chris Schoenfeldt, Angel Fox, Jason Collins, Jennifer Buckley, Kenneth Koch, Amanda Koch, Adam Koch; nine great-grandkids.
     She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Koch; daughter, Laura Schoenfeldt (Gary); parents, Michael and Edith Krager; brother, John Krager; sister, Nancy Kelley.
     In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the American Cancer Society.
     Visitation will be Sunday, September 25th, 2016 2 ~ 4 pm at Pettus-Turnbo Chapel.


Kenneth Clayton Koch, age 84 of Lawrenceburg TN passed away on September 11, 2016 at his residence. He was a native of Hartford, Michigan. He was a Veteran of the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict.
     Ken married his high school sweetheart, Luretta of 65 years. He was a resident of Lawrenceburg, TN formerly of Hartford, Michigan. Ken loved his family, playing catch in the backyard, family vacations, camping, teaching his boy how to hunt and fish.
     For many years they would buy houses fix them up and sell them. He was a do-it yourself person and could fix anything.
     When he retired they lived in Michigan after doing some traveling with their 5th wheel. They retired to Lawrenceburg. They have been a resident of Lawrenceburg for 24 years.
     Ken loved taking his boys hunting and fishing. He loved his hunting dog, Candy. They did a lot of rabbit and pheasant hunting together. His hobbies were he was an avid sportsman, camping, traveling, riding motorcycles, remodeling houses and loved sitting in the sun.
     In lieu of flowers, please make donation to the National Kidney Foundation.
 
   He is survived by his wife, Luretta Koch; Diana Buckley (Thomas) of Battle Creek, MI, Steven Koch (Tonya) of Watervliet, MI, Thomas Koch (Joann) of Lawrenceburg, TN; grandchildren, Chris Schoenfeldt, Angel Fox, Jason Collins, Jennifer Buckley, Kenneth Koch, Amanda Koch, Adam Koch; nine great-grandkids and a sister, Jeanette Reynolds.
     He was preceded in death by his parents, Clayton and Linnie Koch; daughter, Laura Schoenfeldt (Gary).
     Visitation will be Wednesday, September 14, 2016, 5 ~ 8 pm at Pettus-Turnbo Chapel.

 

Betty May Sias, 91, of Hartford passed away Sunday, September 4, 2016 at home.
     Betty was born January 21, 1925 in Des Moines, Ia., the daughter of John and Viola (Conway) Chappel, both of whom precede her in passing. Also preceding her in passing were her husbands, Jack Rhinehart and Robert Sias; two daughters, Jacqueline Caldwell and Lori Ghent; and two siblings, John Chappel and Imogene Straw.
     Betty baby sat for numerous kids and did ironing for many different families in her working years. She was an avid bowler, bowling for a number of years in a woman’s league. She was a member of the American League Post 93 Auxiliary of Hartford for more than 25 years. In her spare time, she loved to take care of the flowers in her yard that she planted and she was an avid Bingo player, who enjoyed going to the boat.
     Betty is survived by three children, Thomas Rhinehart, Robin (John) Berli and Randy Sias; daughter-in-law and “best buddy”, Chris Lawson; eleven grandchildren; twelve great grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; a brother, Russell Chappel; and a sister-in-law, Ann Bedes.
     As per Betty’s wishes, cremation has taken place. The family will welcome friends from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday, September 10 at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, where the service to honor her memory will commence at noon. Burial will take place at a later date at Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Betty’s name may be made to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at www.calvin-leonardfh.com.

 

Dorothy J. Hart, 74.  Dorothy’s life began Jan. 1, 1942, in Kennett, Mo. She made her home in Southwest Michigan, where she worked at Watervliet Community Hospital and V-M. Dorothy’s greatest joy was spending time with her family. She loved to cook, have gatherings, and go to the drive-in.
     Dorothy’s family includes four children: Dotty (Jeff) Herriman of Hartford, Robert James Jr. of Benton Harbor, Debbie Bannack of Schaumburg, Ill., and Buddy James of Benton Harbor; 12 grandchildren; one greatgrandchild; one greatgreat- grandchild; a sister, Shirley Kiser of Riverside; and many nieces and nephews.
     Dorothy died Monday, Sept. 5, at Pine Ridge Nursing Home.
     Her husband, Jarrelle Hart; two sons, Joe James and Timothy James; and seven brothers and sisters: Clair, George, Donna, Orlene, Maglene, Charles and Bill; preceded Dorothy in death.
     Funeral services will be celebrated at noon Thursday, Sept. 8, with visitation prior starting at 10 a.m. at Hutchins Funeral Home in Watervliet. Burial will follow in Maple Hill Cemetery in Hartford. You are invited to leave a memory of Dorothy at
http://www.hutchinsfuneral.com.

 


Ruth Ann Kimball Garner McDermott
, age 88, Chula Vista CA, passed away September 3, 2016.  She was born February 15, 1928, in Michigan, the daughter of Sylvanus and Anna Kimball.     
     Ruth's husband, John McDermott, survives.  Preceding Ruth in passing were her parents, first husband Dick Garner, and brothers Thomas S. Kimball and Howard Kimball

Arrangements are under the direction of Funeraria Del Angel Humphrey, Chula Vista, CA.


 NOTE:  Ruth was a 1946 graduate of Hartford High School, Hartford MI.




Gary Philip Moore, 64, of Hartford passed away Monday, Aug. 29, 2016, at his home under hospice care.
     He was born Sept. 23, 1951, to Vern Dave and Roena (Shafer) Moore in Coloma. Gary graduated from Hartford High School in 1970. He married Cathleen Daisy on July 26, 1975, at the Bangor Congregational Church and shared 41 years of marriage. Gary worked hard and spent his working life at Van-O-Farms, Eliason Refrigeration, the Watervliet Paper Mill, ICG, and Whirlpool. Gary enjoyed the outdoors and enjoyed hunting deer, rabbit, and woodchuck. He would regularly coach summer baseball and loved watching his grandchildren play soccer. He was very proud of his family and proud of being present for all of his grandchildren’s births.
     He was preceded in death along with his parents; by three brothers: Van, Mike and Ross Moore.
     Gary is survived by his wife of 41 years, Cathy Moore; two sons, Jason (Dana) Moore of Hartford and Chad (Jessica) Moore of Frankenmuth; and three grandchildren: Joshua, Tyler and Everly Moore.
     Private family services will be held. Contributions may be made in Gary’s memory to South Haven’s Hospice at Home, 05055 Blue Star Highway, South Haven, Michigan 49090 or the Hartford General Baptist Church, 323 E Main St., Hartford, MI 49057. 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.

 

Roseanne Sears, 73, of Salisbury, Md., formerly of Bangor, passed Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016, at the Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Md.
     Roseanne was born June 12, 1943, in Hartford Township. Roseanne enjoyed life by surrounding herself with family and friends. She made a lasting impression on everyone she met with her kindness and love which was only surpassed by the size of her heart.
     She is survived by her four children: John “JJ” (Michael) McKinney of Apopka, Fla., Suzzette (Rick) Nangle of Port St. Lucie, Fla., Scott (Paula) Sears of Salisbury, Md., and Kelley (Scott) Hogg of Ft. Myers, Fla.; her brother, Tom (Julie) Taylor of Venice, Fla.; her nine grandchildren: Darius, Alexis, Hector, Brianna, Steven, Melissa, Justin, Joe and Sophia; and two greatgrandchildren, Jaedyn and Tye.
     Roseanne was preceded by her husband, Donold Hogg; her parents, Hazel and Albert McKinney; and her sister, Ada Marie.
     Although services will be held privately, memorial donations may be made to Coastal Hospice, P.O. Box 1733, Salisbury, MD 21802 in appreciation of their outstanding care during her final days. Arrangements have been made at Holloway Funeral Home, P.A., 501 Snow Hill Road, Salisbury, MD 21804 and condolences to the family can be sent to www.hollowayfh.com.

James Joseph Hinckley, 73, of Hartford died Aug. 20, 2016, at home. Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, 621-4101.

 

LeAnne Tate, 50, of Hartford passed away suddenly Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016, at home.
     LeAnne was born March 4, 1966, in Hartford, the daughter of LeRoy Conner and Darlene (Dahlke) Tate, both of whom preceded her in passing. She was also preceded in passing by four brothers: James Donald Tate, Patrick Davis Tate, Steven Douglas Tate and Michael Lee Tate.
     
LeAnne was a homemaker, who loved spending much of her time with her family, especially her grandchildren.
     LeAnne is survived by two daughters, Rachel (Patrick) Asakevich of Kalamazoo and Roxane Tate of Hartford; five grandchildren: Tyler and Tristan Asakevich and Elijah, Darlene and Easton Doest; two sisters, Paula Marie VanLandingham and Mary (Dan) Herron; along with many nieces and nephews.
     As per her wishes, LeAnne will be cremated. The family will welcome friends from 1-2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21, at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, with a memorial service to honor her memory to follow. A luncheon will be held following the service at the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians Elder Hall in Dowagiac. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at www.calvin-leonardfh.com.

 

Beverly Helene Hope, 93, Portsmouth VA, (formerly of Hartford MI) passed away on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at Autumn Care of Portsmouth. She was born to the late Peter and Thelma Kraak in Kalamazoo, MI. She was a member of Green Lakes Baptist Church and the Avion Travel Club for many years. She is predeceased by her husband, Bud Hope and one son, Thomas Hope.
     Left to cherish her memories are her six daughters, Tracy Bunn and husband Jerry, Sandra Martz and husband Jim, Ruth Lynn Galusky and husband Ed, Beverly Kay Kucera and husband Tony, Alice Martin and husband Dan and Patricia Caughlin; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
     A memorial service will be held 2 P.M. Monday, August 22, 2016 at Green Lakes Baptist Church. A graveside service will be held at 2 P.M. Tuesday, August 30 at Keeler Cemetery in Van Buren County, MI.
     The family is assisted by Sturtevant Funeral Home.  Memorial condolences for the family may do so at www.SturtevantFuneralHome.com.

 

Carl Lee Stone, 75 of Hartford, passed away suddenly Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016 in Watervliet Township.
     Carl was born Sept. 23, 1940 in Floral, Ark., the son of Jasper and Ilene (Galloway) Stone, both of whom precede him in passing.
     Carl was formerly employed for Storey Electric of St. Joseph and, in 1976, went into electrical business for himself as Carl Stone and Son Electrical. In his spare time, he was a pilot who loved flying the friendly skies, playing solitaire on the computer and most of all, spending precious time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
     Carl married Janice (Jackson) Stone on Jun. 13, 1960. She survives, along with a son, Danny (Theresa) Stone of Dowagiac; two granddaughters: Trista (Corey) Warren and Santana Stone; a grandson, Joshua (Debbie) Stone; seven great grandchildren and a brother, Ted Stone of Judsonia, Ark.
     As per his wishes, cremation has taken place and a public gathering to honor his memory will take place at a later date. The family has entrusted the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, with arrangements. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at http://www.calvin-leonardfh.com.

     
   

One killed, one injured in industrial accident

By ANDREW LERSTEN
HP Staff Writer

WATERVLIET — An electrical contractor died Tuesday when construction scaffolding and ladders collapsed, and his grandson was injured, Berrien County Sheriff’s officers said.
     Carl Lee Stone, 75, Hartford was pronounced dead at the scene of the construction site at 8091 Industrial Drive, shortly before 7 p.m., Sgt. Shawn Yech said.
     Stone had been working on wiring for a light on the outside of a new pole barn under construction, and fell about 25 feet when the scaffolding and ladders collapsed, Yech said.
     Stone’s co-worker, his grandson Joshua Stone, 28, Lawrence, was taken to Lakeland Hospital in Watervliet for treatment of a broken arm and possible internal injuries.  A medical condition update for Joshua Stone was not immediately available Wednesday.
    The construction site is in the Watervliet Township Industrial Park off Red Arrow Highway. Township Supervisor Dan Hutchins said the building permit for the pole barn was issued to Lake Michigan Produce.
     Assisting agencies included Watervliet police, Coloma Township Police, Pride Care and Medic 1 ambulance services, and the Pokagon Tribal Police. The accident remains under investigation by the sheriff’s office.

Contact: alersten@TheHP.com, 9320357, Twitter @HPLersten

 

George A. MacKenzie, Kalamazoo, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on August 12, 2016. He was born in Chicago, Illinois on June 23, 1931 to Grant and Ethel (Powers) MacKenzie. George was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church for 59 years. He was employed in food service operations at WMU, KVCC and then retired from the Eaton Corporation in 1990. He volunteered and was on the board of directors for Loves & Fishes for over 14 years. He helped start and served as president for Eastwood Little League, he coached and umpired countless softball leagues. He was a member of St. Mary's Men's Club and former Knights of Columbus.
     George was preceded in death by his parents; daughter Mercedes Stafford; Brothers, Grant MacKenzie,Jr. and Thomas MacKenzie.
     He was united in marriage on Sept. 23, 1950 in Paw Paw to the former Rosemary Tarnas who survives, also surviving are four sons, David MacKenzie of Santa Fe, NM, Dennis MacKenzie of San Francisco, CA, Roderick MacKenzie of Kalamazoo, Michael MacKenzie of Kalmamazoo; two daughters, Susan (Dave) Dornan of Kalamazoo, Mary (Tim) Dunham of Kalamazoo; brother, Don (Peg) MacKenzie of Coldwater; sister-in-law, Margie MacKenzie of Phoenix, AZ; son-in-law, Jeff Stafford of Madison, WI; seven grandchildren, Chris Dornan, Katie (Adam) Clarke, Jabe Stafford, Kimberly Dunham, Eric MacKenzie, Patrick Dunham, Paige MacKenzie; two great-grandchildren, Keegan and Riley Clarke; many nieces and nephews. Friends are being received 4-8 pm Friday August 19, 2016 at Parchment Redmond Funeral Home, where a Rosary will be recited at 7:30 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11 am Saturday at St. Mary Catholic Church, followed by a luncheon at Fr. Bart Hall. Interment will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the family, Sue's Loving Care or St. Mary Church.

NOTE:  George was 1949 Hartford High School Graduate.


Donna Lucille Avery was born Dec. 12, 1924, in Lawrence. She was one of six children born to William and Ella (Eagan) Garrod.
     Donna peacefully went to be with her Lord, at home and with her family by her side, on Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016.
     Donna retired from Lawrence High School after 30 years of employment. She was a faithful member of the Hartford Federated Church for over 50 years. She loved her family dearly and will be truly missed.
     The family will welcome friends from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016, at the Hartford Federated Church, followed by a celebration of life service to honor Donna’s memory. The Rev. Larry Avery will officiate. As to her wishes, cremation will follow the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the church. Memorial condolences for the family can be left on our website at www.calvin-leonardfh.com.
     On July 19, 1946, Donna was united in marriage to Gene Avery, who survives; along with their son, Larry (Carol) Avery of Anderson, Ind.; and their daughter, Maxine (Gary) Carlson of Hartford. She also leaves behind four grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.
 
   Donna was preceded in passing by her parents, four sisters and a brother.

 

Yvonne L. Kralowetz, 87, of Hartford passed away Monday, Aug. 8, 2016, at Bronson Commons of Mattawan, where she received wonderful care and immense kindness.
     Yvonne was born Nov. 27, 1928, in Hammond, Ind., the daughter of Frank and Dorothy (Frayer) Kralowetz. She enjoyed spending time at the cottage on VanAuken Lake, her music, babies and was known for her smile.
     Surviving are her sister, Carol; and brother-in-law, Chum Foltz of Hartford; aunt, Adeline Stone of Tampa, Fla.; several cousins; and extended family at Bronson Commons.
     According to her wishes cremation has taken place, and she will be buried at Elmwood Cemetery, in Hammond, Ind., alongside her parents, at a later date. Arrangements were entrusted to the Bangor Chapel, D. L. Miller Funeral Home, www.dlmillerfuneralhome. com.

 

Jeffrey Daniel Squires, 54, of Stevensville, passed away on Sunday, July 31, 2016, at his home.
     A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016, at Pike Funeral Home, Boyd Chapel, 9191 Red Arrow Highway, Bridgman, with the Rev. Christopher Noffke officiating. Friends may meet with the family from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, at the funeral home. Burial will be in Hickory Bluff Cemetery, Stevensville. Memorials may be made to the Berrien County Cancer Service, 7301 Red Arrow Highway, Stevensville, MI 49127. A live stream of the funeral service may be seen here at 11 a.m. Thursday. Online condolences accepted at www.PikeFH.com.
    
Jeffrey was born July 7, 1962, in Battle Creek, son of Larry Daniel and Vicki Sue (Maupin) Squires. On Oct. 4, 1996, Jeffrey married the former Brenda Lee Penley and they shared 19 years of marriage together. Jeffrey worked at Premier Die Casting for 28 years and most recently for Ashley Ward in Michigan City, Ind. He loved to golf and was a die-hard Cubs fan. But most of all Jeffrey cherished his grandkids.
     Jeffrey is survived by his wife, Brenda; children: Chelsea (Rocky) Boswell of Berrien Springs, Andy (Dee) Freyer of Bridgman, and Todd Freyer of Stevensville; seven grandchildren; father, Larry Squires of Hartford; his mother, Vicki Maupin Divita of Illinois; stepmother, Jeanne Squires; brother, Todd Squires of Illinois; stepbrothers, Donnie (Amy) Squires of Tennessee, and Phillip (Denise) Higbea of Florida; and his faithful K-9 companion, Smokey.
     Jeffrey was preceded in death by stepbrother, David Higbea, and a stepsister, Donna Squires.

NOTE Jeffrey was a 1980 Hartford High School graduate.

 

Lorri A. Melvin Dawes, Grand Rapids MI, age 38, was taken away from us unexpectedly on Monday, July 25, 2016.
     She was preceded in death by her father, Doug Melvin; and brother, Steffen Melvin.
     Lorri will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 13 years, Jeff; her children, Lindsey and Joshua; mother, Brenda Melvin; sister, Karrie Melvin; grandparents, Richard and Maxine Melvin; mother-in-law, Jan (Dale) DeVries; father-in-law, David (Julie) Dawes; brothers-in-law, Tim (Susie) Dawes, Brian (Jennifer) DeVries, Kurt DeVries; many nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.
     Lorri's life was an example of standing up for what was right in difficult times and showing others they could do the same. The funeral service will be held 2 pm Saturday, July 30, followed by a dessert reception and time of sharing memories, at Third Reformed Church, 2060 Michigan St. NE, with Rev. Jeffrey Petersen officiating. The family will greet visitors on Friday from 1 – 3 and 6 – 8 pm at Stroo Funeral Home, Inc., 095 68th Street S.E., Grand Rapids, MI 49508.

NOTE:  Lorri was a 1996 Hartford High School graduate.

PETOSKEY, MICH. – A Grand Rapids teacher is dead after a head-on collision over the weekend in northern Michigan.
     The Emmet County Sheriff’s Office said the two vehicle accident occurred Saturday, July 23 around 9:40 p.m. on M-119 near Spring Lake Park.
     A northbound vehicle, driven by Nickalas Murrell, 26 of Alanson, crossed over the center line and struck a southbound vehicle, driven by Jeffrey Dawes, 53 of Grand Rapids.
     Murrell, along with Dawes and his passengers, wife Lorri and their two children, were all injured as a result of the accident.
     Lorri, 38, was airlifted to Munson Medical Center in Traverse City for treatment. She died from her injuries around 9:30 p.m. Monday.
     Kent Intermediate School District Assistant Superintendent Ron Koehler confirmed to WZZM 13, Lorri was a lead teacher in the Great Start Readiness Program at Godfrey-Lee Early Childhood Center in Wyoming. She spent her days teaching 4 year olds for the last year.
     On Tuesday, Murrell was charged with a 12 count felony warrant issued by the Emmet County Prosecutors Office — including one count of operating while intoxicated causing death.
     Other charges:

  • one count of operating while intoxicated causing serious injury
  • one count of operating with license suspended, revoked, denied – causing death
  • one count of operating with license suspended, revoked, denied – causing serious injury
  • one count of motor vehicle – unlawful driving away
  • one count of larceny in a building
  • six counts of police officer – assaulting/resisting/obstructing


Steven Lugo Mireles, 68, of Hartford passed away Sunday, July 24, 2016, with his family by his side, at Lakeland Medical Center, St. Joseph.
     Steven was born July 2, 1948, in San Antonio, the son of Geronimo Sr. and Sara (Lugo) Mireles, both of whom preceded him in passing. He was also preceded in passing by three brothers: Pedro Ledesma, Felix Mireles and Geronimo Mireles Jr.
     Steven was first employed by Sunstrand of Dowagiac, then by Hilltop Orchards, where he worked for more than 10 years and earned the title of foreman, and was employed more than 15 years with Point O’ Woods Country Club as a groundskeeper.
     Steven is survived by his wife, Rufina; a son, Steven Mireles Jr. of Hartford; a daughter, Cynthia (Abel) Munoz of Bangor; three grandchildren; and siblings: Julio Ledesma, Manuel Mireles, Fidel Mireles, Jose Soto, Ruben Mireles, Margaret Balli, Gloria Reyna and Felipe Mireles.
     The family will welcome friends from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, July 27, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Hartford, where the Mass of Christian burial to celebrate his memory will commence at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 28, with the Rev. Robert Flickinger as celebrant. Burial will follow in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford Township. Memorial donations in Steven’s name may be made to Hospice at Home or the American Cancer Society. 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.calvinleonardfh.com.

Ina May Nelson, was born May 17, 1934, in Kennett, Mo. She was the daughter of John and Willie (Wallace) Neal. Ina passed away peacefully at her home in Hartford on Friday, July 22, 2016. In addition to her parents, Ina was preceded in death by her husband, Paul; a grandson, Ethan Nelson; two sisters: Eddie Rhinehart and Margie Green, and two brothers: Luther Neal and Jim Paskel.
     The family will welcome friends noon-1 p.m. Monday, July 25, at the Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford, followed at 1 p.m. by a celebration of life service to honor Ina’s memory. Pastor James Dunn of First General Baptist Church on Yore Ave., will officiate. Ina will be laid to rest in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Hospice at Home. Memorial condolences for the family can be left on our website at http://www.calvin-leonardfh.com.
     Ina was a loving mother to her six children: Star (Rick) Davis, Michelle Nelson Wicoff, both of Hartford, Stephanie (Ken) Panse of Douglasville, Ga., Kelley (Robert) Bearden, Kevin (Sandy) Nelson, both of Hartford, and Jeff (Sherry) Nelson of Eatonton, Ga.; grandmother to 19 grandchildren; great-grandmother to 32 great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandmother to eight great-great-grandchildren; and a sister to Ruby (Carol) Parker of Hartford.
     She took great pride in being a home health care giver to many people over the years.

Dorothy R. Young (Troutman) Kusmack, 89, of Hartford, formerly of Decatur, passed away Thursday, July 21, 2016, at home.
     Dorothy was born April 7, 1927, in Kalamazoo, the daughter of Lloyd and Helen (Thomas) Young. She graduated from Kalamazoo Central High School and played violin for the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra. She was a secretary for Woodside Elementary School in Hartford. She was a member of the Hartford Junior Mothers Club, First Presbyterian Church in Decatur and Order of the Eastern Star.
     She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Art Troutman and George Kusmack; and a brother, Daniel Young.
     Survivors include her children: David and Delberta Troutman of Hartford, Marcia and Mike Thompson of Beulah, Mich., Marty and Jeanne Troutman of East Lansing, Debbie Troutman and Steve Immink of Greenfield, Ind., and Tim and Ronda Troutman of Byron Center; stepchildren: George Kusmack, Robert and Heather Kusmack, and Kevin and Cindy Kusmack all of Decatur, and Allene and Robert Page of Kalamazoo; 22 grandchildren; 18 greatgrandchildren; two greatgreat- grandchildren; and two sisters, Rosemary Davis of Bethlehem, Pa., and Phyllis Slocum of Muskegon.
     Cremation has taken place. Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 31, 2016, at First Presbyterian Church, Decatur, with the Rev. Will Christians officiating. Friends may call one hour prior to the services. Memorials may be made to the Hartford School Foundation or First Presbyterian Church. Arrangements by Newell Funeral Home Decatur.


Dorothy Ann Hurt, 90, was born July 12, 1926 in Chicago, IL. She was the daughter of Frank and Emma (Stigler) Zvonar.  Dorothy passed away peacefully at her granddaughter's home in Texas Township on Sunday, July 17, 2016.
     In addition to her parents, Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, James; a daughter, JoAnn Aiken; and a brother, Frank Zvonar. Dorothy is survived by her two daughters, Jerrie (Bill) Williams of Paw Paw and Donna (Frank) Bower of Kalamazoo. She is also survived by six grandchildren, Lisa (Tim) Johnson of Kalamazoo, Robert (Amy) Williams of Linden, Candace (Matt) DeYoung of Kalamazoo, Andrew (Holly) Williams of Jenison, Jim (Abbey) Anthony of Columbia City, IN and Michael (Rachael) Bower of Portage; 13 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
     The family will welcome friends from 10-11 AM on Friday, July 22, 2016 at the Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford, followed at 11 AM by a Celebration of Life Service to honor Dorothy's memory. Pastor Michael Elsey of Ontwa Baptist Church in Edwardsburg will officiate. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Great Lakes Caring Hospice, 900 Cooper St. Jackson, MI 49201.
     Memorial condolences for the family can be left on our website at www.calvin-leonardfh.com.
     Dorothy worked alongside her husband on their farm. She also worked at Buy-Low's in South Haven, the former Kroger store in Hartford and retired from Harding's of Hartford. She was a loving mother and grandmother. Dorothy enjoyed working in her garden and canning the vegetables that she grew. She learned to play the accordion and piano by ear and loved to bake. She was a member of the ladies group called the "Red Hats". She will be missed dearly.



William Glenn Conklin, 84 of Lawrence, passed away Thursday, July 14, 2016 at home, surrounded by his family. "Mouse", as he was known by most, was born September 26, 1931 in Keeler, the son of Basil and Beulah (Henry) Conklin, both of whom precede him in passing.
     He was also preceded in passing by two brothers: M.J. and Richard Gale Conklin and a sister, Halo Mann. Bill was a 1950 graduate of Lawrence High School. He served his country proudly in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He returned to Lawrence and married Fern Crippen on January 3, 1960.
     Bill is survived by his wife, Fern; children: Terrie Oliver, Kyle Conklin, Scott (Karen Griffin) Conklin and Rod (Darlene) Conklin; 16 grandchildren; 26 great grandchildren and siblings: Ilah (Nick) Pollich, Vonnie (Bob) Bellis, Shirley Van Galder, Chuck (Niki) Conklin, Sharon Vitek, Harold (Sue) Conklin and Phyllis Conklin.
     The family will receive friends from 1 to 3 and 5 to 7 on Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at the Lawrence United Methodist Church, where a celebration of life memorial service will be held at 11 A.M. on Thursday, July 21, 2016. Pastor Jim Robertson will officiate. Bill's ashes will be placed in Hill Cemetery's Veterans Section. In lieu of flowers, please make your donation to any of these organizations: Hess Eastman Post 174, Lawrence Athletic Boosters or Lawrence Lions Club. To view Bill's full obituary or leave an on-line condolence, visit our web site at http://www.calvin-leonardfh.com. Calvin Funeral Home (269) 621-4101



Terrence K. Voogd, age 72 of Onsted, formerly of Hartford, MI and South Bend, IN, passed away Tuesday, July 12, 2016, at his home. He was born on September 13, 1943, in Washington, D.C., the son of Kenneth F. and Edith A. (Cuvelier) Voogd.
     Terry graduated from South Bend Central High School in 1961 and in December of 1965 he graduated from Western Michigan University. He married Carolyn S. Forrest on September 5, 1964, in South Bend, IN. She survives. Terry was a dedicated teacher and coach who loved watching and in his younger years playing sports. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather who will be dearly missed. Terry was a member of the Springville United Methodist Church in Onsted.
     Surviving besides his wife, Carolyn are their two daughters, Teri (Jason) Hunt of Manitou Beach and Betsy (Jason "Tex") Terakedis of Onsted, four grandchildren, Evan and Ethan Hunt and Kara and Lauren Terakedis, one brother, Robert (Luanna) Voogd of South Bend, two sisters, Kay (Don) Perry of Niles and Candi (Lenny) Gonzales, of LaPorte, IN and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Patricia Lindeman.
     Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 12 noon on July 23, 2016, at the Springville United Methodist Church in Springville with Pastor Julius Nagy officiating. Visitation will be held on Friday, July 22, 2016, from 5-8 P.M. at the Dunn Chapel, Brown-Van Hemert Funeral Home in Onsted. Memorials are suggested to Hospice of Lenawee or Springville United Methodist Church. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.


Joseph Paul Quigno, 58, of Hartford passed away peacefully July 9, 2016, at his home.
     Joe was born to the late Joseph Michael and Darlene Quigno on Sept. 22, 1957, in Watervliet. He was a lifelong coach, avid sports fan and active figure in the Hartford community. He especially had a passion for watching and coaching his son’s sporting events and, if he was not coaching, he could be found on the sidelines at many of Hartford’s sporting events.
     Outside of sports, Joe’s caring heart led him to support St. Jude Children’s Research, Coaches vs. Cancer, and he especially enjoyed making the holidays even brighter by handing out wreaths, garland and swags to local community members. When Joe was not watching sports, you could find him working in the retail lumber industry, hunting morel mushrooms, golfing, and cruising in his 1972 Chevelle.
     Surviving are two sons, Joseph (Lindsay) Quigno of Paw Paw, and Justin (Jamie) Quigno of Bridgman; significant other, Anna Kellogg of Hartford; stepmother, Jane Quigno of Paw Paw; three granddaughters: Harper, Hollis and Olivia; and siblings: Rhonda Smith-Baldridge, Karla Quigno and Jonn Quigno.
     He was preceded in death by former wife and mother of his sons, Leane Kellogg; and his brother, David Quigno.
     Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Southwest Michigan or St. Jude Children’s Research. Interment of cremains will be held at Rush Lake Cemetery at 11 a.m. July 24, with a celebration of life luncheon beginning at 1 p.m. at His Place Hartford Community Center, 15 S. Maple St., Hartford.


Charles M. (Maurie) Hampton, former Hartford resident, died at the Minnesota State Veterans Home in Minneapolis July 6, 2016, following a 25-year battle with Parkinson’s. He was 89.
     Maurie was preceded in death by his parents, Orville and Helen, and a sister, Theda.
     He is survived by his wife, Beverly of Bloomington, Minn.; son, David (Pam) of Pinehurst N.C.; daughter, Debra of Bloomington, Minn.; brother, Dale (Norma) of Brooksville, Fla.; grandchildren: Brian Redford of Dallas, and Sarah (Tim) Flora of San Diego, and great-grandchildren Emily and Kyle.
     Maurie was born on Aug. 8, 1926, in Three Oaks. He graduated from New Troy High School in 1944 and immediately enlisted in the United States Army Air Force, where he served during World War II. He graduated from Michigan State University in 1949, where he played baseball with Hall of Famer Robin Roberts and earned multiple graduate degrees from MSU and Western Michigan University. On Sept. 30, 1950, he married Beverly Miars of Berrien Center, whom he met while playing baseball six weeks earlier.
     Maurie taught school for 35 years, most notably biology at Hartford and St. Joseph high schools. He was also known by many as a respected high school and Connie Mack baseball coach. He was an accomplished bowler and golfer who had two holes-in-one. He was an active and dedicated member of the Hartford United Methodist Church. He was proud of his record as a blood donor, giving over 30 gallons during his lifetime. He also served on the Hartford City Council.
     Services were held July 11 at Richfield United Methodist Church in Minnesota. Interment will be at Union Cemetery in Berrien Center. The family requests memorial donations be made to: Struthers Parkinson Center-Club Create, 6701 Country Club Dr, Golden Valley MN 55427.

Kenneth Randy DeLoach, 59, of Hartford passed away Thursday, July 7, 2016, at Lakeland Medical Center, St. Joseph.
     Kenneth was born Feb. 21, 1957, in Watervliet, the son of Norman and Zelma (Blevens) DeLoach, both of whom preceded him in passing. Also preceding him in passing was a brother, Carl DeLoach, on Oct. 12, 2014.
     Kenneth is survived by two daughters, Amy (Chris) Woodward of Portage and Amanda (Justin) Root of Ovid; a son, Dakota De-Loach of Berrien Springs; four grandchildren, Tyler, Ian, Hannah and Kaylah; and 12 siblings, Billy (Linda) DeLoach of Lawrence, Thomas (Jeanette) De-Loach of Hartford, Charles (Sherry) DeLoach of Decatur, Mary (Doyle) Drane of Hartford, Linda (George) Bergeson of Paw Paw, James (Joyce) DeLoach of Columbia, Tenn., Richard DeLoach of Hartford, Bonnie Imler of Watervliet, Judy (Bill) Haberland of South Haven, and Daniel DeLoach, Norma (David) Bulat and Mark DeLoach, all of Hartford.
    Fhe family will welcome friends from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, July 10 at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, where the service to honor his memory will commence at 3 p.m. After the service, cremation will take place and no interment will be held. Those wishing to leave condolences for the family may do so at www.calvin-leonardfh.com.

 

Marjorie Lynn Emmons was born Feb. 2, 1953, in Benton Harbor. She passed away at the age of 63, on June 24, 2016, at her home in Lawrence Township.
     She was the daughter of Wallace and Ervadeen (Swoap) Harmon, both of whom precede her in passing. Marjorie was also preceded by her husband, Jack Emmons, and a brother, James Harmon.
     Lynn, as she was called by everyone who knew her, was a very loving mother, grandmother, sister and friend. She retired from DuWells after many years of employment. She enjoyed watching and feeding the deer that would come in her back yard, but the most precious times were spent with her family.
     Marjorie is survived by three sons: Kevin Birkhead of South Haven, Gary (Nicole) Birkhead and Tony (Mandi) Birkhead, both of Lawrence; four stepchildren: Judith (Kelly) Blackston, Sherry (Lindell) Emmons, Jacky Emmons, and Jack (Heather) Emmons Jr., all of Bangor; 19 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; two sisters: Joyce (Chuck) Ball of Lawrence and Diane (Lonnie) Johnson of Hartford; two brothers: Larry Harmon of Hartford and Steve (Colleen) Harmon of Lawrence, and numerous other family members and friends.
     The family will receive friends from 10-11 a.m. Saturday, July 9, at the New Day Church in Watervliet, immediately followed by a memorial celebration of life service. Pastor Scott Saylor will officiate. Following the service a luncheon will be held at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the family. Those wishing to leave condolences for the family may do so at www.calvin-leonardfh.com
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Frederick Moon,
76, of Hartford passed away Monday, June 27, 2016, at Meadow Woods in Bloomingdale.
     Fred, as he was known, was born Feb. 13, 1940, in Lawton, the son of Harold and Edna (Kinney) Moon, both of whom preceded him in passing.
     He was also preceded in death by three sisters: Edna, Mable and Harriet.
     Fred was formerly employed at Friday Tractor of Hartford, was a bartender at the Main Tavern in Hartford, owned and operated the Country Corner in Sister Lakes and most recently had his own tire business at his home in Hartford.
     Fred married Ellen Miller on Dec. 14, 1973, and she survives along with three daughters: Jean Nail and Robbin Smith, both of Hartford, and Mable Zimmerman of Bangor; four sons: Steven (Virginia) Mc-Neese of Sherman, Texas, Kendall McNeese of Peoria, Ill., Chris Moon of Marcellus and Lonnie McCormick of Comstock. He is also survived by 12 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a brother, Harold Moon Jr.; and a sister, Bertha Selby; along with many other family members; and friends.
     The family will welcome friends from 6-8 p.m. Friday, July 1, at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford. There will be no interment for cremation has taken place. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Fred’s name may be made to the family. Memorial condolences for the family can be left on our website at http://www.calvin-leonardfh.com.


Robert Thomas Weesaw, 73 of Orlando, Fla., formerly of Hartford, passed away Sunday, June 26, 2016, at home.
     Robert was born June 27, 1942, in Hartford
, the son of Florian and Johanna (Alexis) Weesaw, both of whom preceded him in passing. He was also preceded in passing by two brothers: Bernard and Van “Gibb” Weesaw and a sister, Linda Lou Weesaw.
     Robert was a proud member of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians. After spending most of his youth in the Hartford
area, he moved to Florida in his 40s. In his spare time, he loved hunting, fishing and working with his hands.
     Robert is survived by two sons: Paul Shue of Plainwell and Matthew Steele of Texas; four daughters: Linda Lou Weesaw Thompson, Shelly Weesaw and Michelle (Travis) Henderson, all of Indiana, and Kesis Starr Saboo of Grand Rapids. He is also survived by five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; a sister, Loraine Gideon of Hartford
; a brother, Kevin Weesaw of Athens; six nieces and nephews and a grandnephew.
     The family will welcome friends from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, July 5, at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, where there will be a water ceremony, led by Angie Francisco, Yebishawn Old Shield and Melissa Foerster, taking place during the viewing. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 6, at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Sacred Heart of Mary Cemetery, Silver Creek Township. A luncheon will take place at the Pokagon Band Community Center after the burial. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at www. calvin-leonardfh.com.

Andreas Keller, 89 of Hartford, was born on Feb. 24, 1927 in Hoffnungstal, Russia to Jacob and Maria (Bamesberger) Keller. He passed away Sunday, June 26, 2016 at South Haven Nursing and Rehabilitation Community.
     His parents precede him in death, along with his in-laws: Heinich and Maria Kurz.
     Andreas married the former Katharina Kurz on Aug. 19, 1951 and she survives, along with their three daughters: Emily (Jim English) Keller, Marianne (Helmut) Gottkowski and Katherina (Victor) Grossi; six grandchildren: Rudy Keller, Marlena Keller, Katrin Gorniak, John Grossi, Victor Grossi and Andrew Grossi and two great grandchildren: Sequoia and Denali.
     The family will welcome friends from 6 to 8 P.M.; Wednesday, June 29 at the Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford. A celebration of life service will be held at 7 P.M. with Pastor Lonnie Truelove officiating. Andreas will be laid to rest in Memory Gardens in Arlington Heights, Ill. at 11 A.M. (10 A.M. Ill. Time) on Thursday, June 30. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at http://www.calvin-leonardfh.com.

 
Karry Fields, 67, was born June 30, 1948. He owned Early Bird Bait and Tackle in Hartford and also worked for Menasha until he retired. Karry enjoyed hunting and fishing and you could always find him with his dad at Hartford football games on Friday nights.
     Karry loved his Hartford General Baptist Church family. Karry enjoyed watching his grandchildren in their activities and spending time with his family.
     His family includes his wife and best friend of 42 years, Vickey Fields; two daughters Traci Fields-Harmon and Katina Loomis; five grandchildren: Alyssa Tanner, Michael Fields, Tyler Loomis, Caitlyn Harmon, and Jacob Loomis; three brothers; his partner in crime his mother- in-law, Belle Gilbert; and his cats who he enjoyed teaching tricks.
     Karry died Friday, June 24, at Lakeland Medical Center in St. Joseph. His parents Edward and Kathleen Fields precede Karry in death. Friends may visit with Karry’s family Tuesday, June 28, from 6-8 p.m. at Hutchins Funeral Home in Watervliet where funeral services will be celebrated Wednesday at 2 p.m. Burial will follow in Fairview Memorial Cemetery in Watervliet.
     You are invited to share a memory of Karry at hutchinsfuneral.com.


Fern May (Raas) Troyer, Kalamazoo, passed away on Friday, June 24, 2016 at Bronson Methodist Hospital at the age of 81.
     Fern was born in Hartford, MI on July 12, 1934, the daughter of Edward J. and Violet May (Fuller) Raas. She worked for Alamo Nursing Home for twenty five years and for Kalamazoo College for 10 years. She was a member of Heritage Christian Reformed Church.
     She was married to Roger Furgason; he passed away in 1994. She was married to Dean V. Troyer on March 18, 1995; he survives her. She is also survived by one grandson, Jacob Doyle; one sister, Ruth Ann (James A.) Shoup of Deming, New Mexico; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Violet (Fuller) Raas; her step-mother, Irma Raas; one son, Edward C. Doyle; one grandson, John Doyle; and two brothers, Ashley Raas and Roy Raas.
     Friends may visit with the family from 5-7 p.m. on Monday, June 27th at the Langeland Family Funeral Homes, Memorial Chapel, 622 S. Burdick St. The funeral service will be held at the funeral chapel at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, June 28th, officiated by Pastor Simon Tuin. Interment will follow in Mt. Ever-Rest Memorial Park, South. Memorial contributions may be given to Park Place Assisted Living or Bronson Methodist Hospital.
     Please visit Fern’s personalized web page at www.langelands.com to sign the on-line guest book or leave a message for the family.

Jan Jacobus Chrétien (Jacques) van den Hombergh, 94, of Hartford passed away June 20, 2016, at Lakeland Medical Center in St. Joseph. He was born Nov. 2, 1921, to Joseph and Elisabeth van den Hombergh in Velden, of Holland, and was the eldest of seven children. After participating in an agricultural exchange program in the United States, Jacques decided to make America his home, immigrating in 1955.
     After meeting Maria Catherina (Mia) Schmitz, of Melick, Holland, during one of his return visits to Holland, Jack and Mia were married in September 1956. For the next 20 years, Jacques managed Howlett Fruit Farms, along with the adjacent farm he purchased from John Nye in Keeler. In 1977 Jacques sold these farms and focused on the nursery business, launching Old World Gardens and growing a variety of plants for farmers and retail outlets. Jacques enjoyed building “tropical paradise,” whether in the greenhouse or in the Old World Gardens retail store and restaurant he developed in 1983.
     Jacques stayed young by participating in the business well into his 70s. He was happiest generating new plant ideas, watching soccer or debating politics and global warming.
    Jacques was preceded in death by his wife, Mia of 51 years, whom he lovingly cared for during the many years she suffered from multiple sclerosis.
     Surviving are his four daughters: Joyce Glasgow (Adam Camarillo), Gaye van den Hombergh (John L’Heureux), Carmen Connolley (Chuck), and Teresa van den Hombergh (Eric Haubold); grandchildren: David Glasgow, Amanda Hoffer, Ian and Theo Haubold, Connor L’Heureux, Jack and Mia Connelly; three greatgrandchildren: Gillian, Marijke and Alan.
     There will be a memorial service at 4 p.m. Aug. 5 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Hartford, where Jacques was a member for almost 60 years.


Isabelle Hope Floate, 97, formerly of Hartford, was called home on Saturday, June 18, 2016, at Waltonwood at Carriage Park in Canton, Mich.
     Isabelle was born Oct. 23, 1918, in Sault Ste. Marie, to her parents William and Wilamena Trickey.
     Isabelle was preceded in passing by her parents; husband, Raymond on Sept. 23, 2004, and a son, William.
     Isabelle is survived by her daughter, Paula (Zach) Holmes of Plymouth, Mich.; two grandchildren, Zach G. Holmes of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Christine (Nick) Leto of Surprise, Ariz.; two great-granddaughters, Olivia and Alexandra; and a daughterin- law, Carole Floate of Lake Bluff, Ill.
     Isabelle, or “Belva” as she was known, graduated with a bachelors degree from Michigan State University. She was a longtime member of the Hartford United Methodist Church. After her husband passed away, she had no choice but to move to Plymouth, Mich., to be closer to her daughter and son-in-law.
     The family will welcome friends from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, June 23, at the Hartford United Methodist Church, followed by a celebration of life service officiated by the Rev. Ronald W. Hansen. Isabelle will be laid to rest in Maple Hill Cemetery in Hartford Township. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Hartford Public Library. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences to the family may do so at http://www.calvin-leonardfh.com.


Dr. Henry James Meachum III – Henry James “Doc” or “Horse” Meachum III, 83, of Paw Paw, passed away Thursday, June 16, 2016, at Wings of Hope Hospice in Allegan.
     He was born Dec. 22, 1932, in Benton Harbor, the son of Henry James II and Helena Frances (Miska) Meachum. He graduated from Hartford High School [1951] and Michigan State University veterinary school. On Oct. 29, 1955, he was married to Patsy Jean Moran. After graduating from MSU, he returned to Hartford where he practiced veterinary medicine for more than 30 years in Hartford and Coloma. He moved to Sister Lakes, and later retired to Aventura, Fla., where Henry taught high school biology and chemistry at Miami Beach High School. They then moved to Tucson, Ariz., returning to Three Mile Lake in Paw Paw for the summers. Like his father and grandfather before him, Henry was an avid horseman who taught horsemanship skills to many young people at his riding stable on Paw Paw Lake in Coloma and Dewey Lake riding stable in Sister Lakes. During his lifetime he served as president of Michiana Veterinary Medical Association and president of Kalamazoo VMA, and the Hartford Township Board. He was also a member of the American VMA and the Hartford United Methodist Church.
     Surviving are his wife of 60 years, Patsy Meachum; four children: Virginia Meachum of Margate, Fla., Henry James Meachum IV of Paw Paw, Patti Jo (Denis) Huffman of Marshall, Mich., and Daniel Meachum of Hartford; four grandchildren: Jami (Leibering) Mabb of Roselle Park, N.J., Thomas Leibering of Milltown, N.J., Alyssa (Matthew) VanAken of Saratoga, Wyo., and Miranda Meachum of Lansing; two great – grandchildren, Bryar Lynn VanAken and Gable James VanAken of Saratoga, Wyo.; and a twin sister, Jeanne Koebel of Berrien Springs.
     He was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Marjorie Simmons of Yorba Linda, Calif.
     Henry has been cremated. There will be a celebration of his life from 3-7 p.m. Saturday, June 25, 2016, at the Hartford United Methodist Church. Friends and relatives are invited to attend with their favorite stories of Doc’s life to share at 3:30 p.m. with food served at 5:30 p.m. Interment will be at Maple Hill Cemetery in Hartford. Donations may be made to Wings of Hope Hospice, 550 Linn St., Allegan, MI 49010, or the Hartford United Methodist Church.


Willie Frank Nearn Sr. was born on April 10, 1941, in Leachville, Ark., the son of James Daniel and Rosie Mae (Ferguson) Nearn.
     He was proud of his eight years of service in the Air Force.
     Willie passed to his new life on Monday, May 9, 2016, at Borgess Hospital in Kalamazoo.
     Willie was married twice. His first wife and mother of his children was Judith Frye, and his second wife was Patricia Noreikis. Both marriages ended in divorce, but he remained close friends with both.
     His children are: Cindy Lee Nearn Fairbanks, Jody Maxcine Nearn, Willie Frank (Rena) Nearn Jr. and John Daniel (Nicki) Burfield. His grandchildren are: Joshua (Michelle) Fairbanks, Sunny Fairbanks, Zachery Nearn, Alexandria (Doug) Burfield Whitsel, Frankie Nearn, John Burfield II, and Mackenzie Burfield; great-grandchildren are: Logan Fairbanks, Peyton Fairbanks and Doug Whitsel II. Also surviving is a great-nephew, James (Pam) Nearn and their children: Heidi, Rebecca and Kenneth; a niece, Wanda Lester; an adopted niece, Janice Russell; and many other nieces and nephews.
     Willie was preceded in death by his parents, eight sisters and one brother.
     We will miss you greatly daddy/grandpa, especially at our family get-togethers and at our poker games.
     Willie lived his life … doing it his way.
     The family has entrusted the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, with arrangements. Those wishing to leave condolences for the family may do so at http:// www.calvin-leonardfh.com.

 

Helen Jean Dreier, 69, of Hartford, formerly of Paw Paw, passed away Saturday, June 4, 2016, at Meadow Woods Nursing and Rehab in Bloomingdale.
     She was born Dec. 2, 1946, in Plainwell, Mich., the daughter of the late James C. and Helen K. (Hill) Mann. Helen was a 1965 graduate of Lawton High School and then Kalamazoo Practical Nursing Center and became a licensed practical nurse. She enjoyed knitting, sewing, crocheting and reading. On Jan. 22, 1966, in Mattawan, Helen was united in marriage to William O. Dreier who preceded her in death on Dec. 13, 1985.
     She was also preceded in death by her parents; and a sister, Jamie Lee Welbaum.
     Surviving are two daughters, Tammy (Kenneth) Washburn of New Paris, Ind., and Nikki J. (Steven) Sunlin of Gobles; and two grandchildren, Blaine and Brandon.
     A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 8, 2016, at Prospect Hill Cemetery, Paw Paw. Memorial contributions may be made to Animals Best Friend or Kalamazoo Humane Society. Share a memory or sign the guest book at www.adamspawpaw.com.

Judith Louise Robinson, age 69, of Valparaiso, passed away May 24, 2016. Judith was a former Hartford MI resident.
     She was preceded in death by her parents-Almiron (Alberta) Robinson and Louise (Glenn) Glidden; step-sister-Carol Rainey.
     Judith is survived by her brother-Michael (Susan) Robinson; sister-Carol Cogswell; step-siblings-Robert Danford, Sharon (Robert) Carreras, Judith Rogers, Gloria (Timothy) Briesacher; many nieces and nephews.
     Visitation for Judith will be Wednesday, June 1, 2016 from 9-11:00 a.m. at Burns Funeral Home, 701 East 7th Street, Hobart. Interment at Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford, MI. www.burnsfuneral.com.

Vera “Mickie” Goff passed away May 19, 2016, surrounded by her family, at her home in Hartford.
     She was born in St. Joseph on Sept. 17, 1926, to John and Mildred McKinney, who preceded her in death.
     Mickie worked at Michigan Bell, and after 30 years retired in 1981 as chief operator in Benton Harbor. She and Chuck raised their children in Watervliet and later retired to Baldwin, Mich., Melbourne, Fla., Sun City Center, Fla., and Hartford.
     Mickie is survived by her children: Lana and Randy Kime, John and Linda Goff and Shannan Collins; siblings: Virginia Velthouse, Verle McKinney and Voyde McKinney; as well as many nieces; nephews; grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.
     Mickie was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Charles; and brothers Vern, Victor and Virgil McKinney.
     As per her wishes, cremation has taken place. Now that Chuck and Mickie are together, there will be a private celebration of life where their remains will be joined for eternity. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to your local Hospice service.

David Eugene Fuller, 58, of Hartford went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Wednesday, May 18, 2016, at his home.
     David was born May 26, 1957, in Watervliet, the son of Allie and Catherine (Davis) Fuller, both of whom preceded him in passing. Also preceding him in passing were four siblings: Harry Fuller, Gerald Fuller, Betty Heffington and Harold Fuller; stepfather, Stanley Briggs; and a brother-in-law, Gary Heffington.
     He was well known around the city of Hartford, where community members would often see him around town on his scooter chair talking to everyone he came in contact with. His most enjoyable times were spent with his family and his pets, whom he loved very much.
     David is survived by a sister, Jackie Heffington of Hartford; a brother, Tom (Cathy) Fuller of Watervliet; two stepbrothers, Allen (Shirley) Briggs of Bangor and John (Patsy) Briggs of Coloma; brother-in-law, Gene Heffington Sr. of Dowagiac; and sister-in- law, Elizabeth Fuller of Hartford; and special friend and caretaker, Toni Fuller Murphy. He is also survived by numerous nieces; nephews; and many other family members; and friends.
     The family will welcome friends from 5-7 p.m. Sunday, May 22, at Full Gospel Christian Tabernacle, 8080 Carmody Road, Watervliet, where the service to honor his memory will commence at 10 a.m. Monday, May 23, with the Rev. Tom Fuller officiating. Burial will follow in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford. The family requests memorial donations in David’s name be made to the church. The family has entrusted the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, with arrangements. Memorial condolences for the family may be left at www.calvin-leonardfh.com.

Robert Perez Jr., 58 of Keeler, was born on Oct. 9, 1957, to Robert and Rachel Perez. He passed away Saturday, May 14, 2016, at Lakeland Medical Center, St. Joseph.
     Robert is survived by two daughters, Rachel Perez-West of Keeler and Jessica (Jessie) Brady of Dowagiac; four grandchildren, Isabella West, Jacoba West Jr., Presley Willis, Ryan Willis Jr., and one on the way. He is also survived by six siblings, Paul Perez, Keeler, Christy (Miguel) Ortega, Grand Rapids, Guadalupe (Pat) Herron, Decatur, Sandra Perez, Keeler, Linda Balderramas, Galesburg, and Sheila Perez, Kalamazoo; a brother-in-law, Frederick Alfred Hemstreet Jr., Dowagiac; and a large family of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews and friends.
     Robert retired from Operating Engineers after many years of employment. He always knew how to have fun with the family and friends. In the winters you would always see him in his plow truck; and in the summer, watch out, for he loved riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle fast!
     The family will welcome friends from 6-8 p.m., Tuesday, May 17 at the Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford
. A celebration of life service to honor Robert’s memory will be held at the Keeler General Baptist Church at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, May 18. Robert will be laid to rest in Keeler Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks memorial donations in Robert’s name be made to the family. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at: www.calvin-leonardfh.com.

Gabriel Rivera-Salgado, 57, of Hartford passed away Thursday, May 12, 2016, at his home.
     Gabriel was born on Feb. 26, 1959, to Sebastian and Honorina Rivera- Salgado in Mexico. He is survived by his mother, Honorina Rivera-Salgado; brother, Bonifacio Rivera; niece, Nelly Rivera; nine children; seven grandchildren; sister and brother.
     He was preceded in death by his father Sebastian.
     Visitation for Gabriel will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at Hoven Funeral Home, Buchanan. Funeral services will be at noon Wednesday, May 18, at Hoven Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery.

William (Bill) McLaughlin, 87, of Hartford passed away at his home Saturday, May 7, 2016, surrounded by his family.
     He was born in Detroit, to Russell and Paulette McLaughlin and graduated from Otsego High School in 1946. Bill married Nadine Gren on Feb. 7, 1948. She preceded him in death in 1997. They shared 49 years of marriage and owned and operated the Hartford Shoppers Guide for 26 years, retiring in 1993.
     While in Hartford, Bill served on the city council for 16 years, and was mayor pro tem for 12 years. He had a passion for collecting and restoring antique cars and became a member of the Kalamazoo Antique Auto Restorers Club in 1969. Bill also loved to bowl and enjoyed playing euchre with his fellow seniors.
     Survivors include his children: Mike of Fairport, N.Y., Linda (Ron) of Stevensville, Ron (Cindi) of Benton Harbor, and Patti of Paw Paw; 11 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are a brother, Jim (Leona) McLaughlin; sister, Colleen (Elmer) Young; brother-in-law, Terry Shackleton; and many nieces, and nephews and a special friend, Valeria Kortokrax.
     He was preceded in death by his parents, as well as a sister, Mary.
     Friends may visit with the family from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, May 12, at Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford. A funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 13, at St. Margaret’s Catholic Church, Otsego, with visitation one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will immediately follow at St. Margaret’s Cemetery.
     In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice at Home or Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Hartford.
     Online condolences may be made at www. calvin-leonardfh.com.

Michael Eugene O'Riley, 55 of Coloma, entered into Eternity and is in the presence of his Lord, Friday, May 6, 2016.
     Mike was born October 3, 1960 at Lockbourne AFB Hospital, in Columbus, Ohio to Eugene and Carol O'Riley, who survive.
     Mike attended Hartford High School and had accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior in 2001. He loved to hunt, fish and grow vegetables from seed. He also would watch for the return of the Baltimore Orioles and watching the antics of the squirrels.
     If a friend needed help in any way, he would gladly help out.
     Mike is survived by his parents, a sister Teresa O'Riley of Wyoming, MI; a brother Jeff (Amy) O'Riley of Watervliet; an aunt Nancy Kuehl of GA; and an uncle Donald Kiefer of WI. Also surviving are his nieces Jennifer Behnke of WI, Katie O'Riley of MI and Leesa O'Riley of MI.
     He is preceded in death by his grandparents Joseph and Dorthy O'Riley and Herman and Evangeline Kiefer, and his great grandparents.
     Cremation has taken place. A graveside service will take place on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at Maple Hill Cemetery at 1:00 PM. Memorials in Mike's memory may be made to the North Berrien Food Pantry in Coloma.
    Those wishing to leave an online message or remembrance for the family may do so by using the Guestbook at http://www.duffieldpastrick.com.
    

 

Roland Lee Hays, 77, of Coloma passed away Tuesday in Winter Haven, Fla., following a lengthy illness.
     Funeral services with military rites will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home in Coloma. Burial will follow at North Shore Memory Gardens. Visitation will be 2-4 p.m. Sunday. Memorials may be made to the North Berrien Senior Center or the North Berrien Food Pantry. Those wishing to leave a message for the family online may do so at www. http://duffieldpastrick.com.
     Roland was born in Sheboygan, Wis., on Dec. 7, 1938, to William and Virginia Hays. He was a [1958] graduate of Hartford High School. After college he served overseas in the U.S. Army during the Berlin Crisis. Once back home, he and his wife Donna began raising their family of five children. They raised cattle and chickens as well as feed corn. Roland enjoyed hunting elk in Colorado each year and deer and duck locally. He was an avid vegetable gardener and a NRA member. An electrician by trade, Roland worked at Bosch until he retired.

He is survived by his wife, Donna; two daughters, Regina (Glenn) Payne of New Troy and Rebecca Hays of Coloma; three sons: Gene (Kandice) Hays and Ivon (Wendy) Hays, both of Coloma, and Roland (Paula) Hays II of Auburndale, Fla.; a sister Bonnie Craft of Coloma; 10 grandchildren: Nicole (Derek), Ivon II, Glenn Jr., Jared, Zac, Mindy (Kyle), Miranda, Bradly, Alex and Luke; and three great grandchildren: Izzy, Damien and Cole.
     Roland was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers: Ivon, John and Bill; and three sisters: Darlene, Glenny and Mary.


Barbara Loy Brewer, 73, of Hartford went to be with the Lord on April 27, 2016.
     Barbara was born Sept. 21, 1942, in Nashville, Tenn., to the late Freda Hanson and Robert Jenkins. She moved to Hartford, where she met the love of her life, Shirl Wayne Brewer, and was happily married for 56 years.
     Barbara was a homemaker that enjoyed spending time with her family and spreading the word of God. She was a kind and caring person that would do anything for anyone. She loved to teach her children and grandchildren lessons from the Bible and about Jesus. She loved to foster animals that were in need of a loving home. She will always be remembered for her infectious smile that could brighten anyone’s day and live by the words, “Never say goodbye. Always say see you later.”
     Our beloved Barbara, mother, wife and grandmother, is survived by her husband, Shirl Wayne Brewer; children: Sharon Brewer, Teresa (Mark) Banic, Tony (Joanie) Brewer, Lafreda (Ted) Rzeszut and Jeff (Angela)
Brewer; grandchildren: Marilyn Mead, Derek Banic, Josh Brewer, Anthony Brewer, Amy Banic, Heather Brewer, Melissa Rzeszut, Zachary Brewer, Kayla Brewer, Jeff Brewer and Andrew Brewer; great-grandchildren: Landen Mead, Kayden Brewer, Daphne Brewer and many nieces; nephews; and cousins.
     She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Rita Hanson; and son, Lloyd Brewer.
     Visitation will be 1-3 p.m. Monday, May 2, 2016, at Keeler Church of God in Keeler with funeral services starting at 3 p.m. The Rev. Boyd Saylor will officiate. Please join the family after services for a luncheon at the church. Burial will take place at Keeler Cemetery in Keeler. The family requests a private burial service with only immediate family attending.

Douglas Andrew Boze, Hartford, was born July 15, 1946, in Watervliet. He was one of three children born to Andrew and Betty (Anderson) Boze. Doug, as he was known to everyone, passed away at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo on Monday April 25, 2016.
     Douglas worked for Benton Harbor Engineering for 25 years, Dean’s Foods for a number of years and Palisades Nuclear Plant, where he later retired. He loved tending to the flowers in his garden, but more importantly, he enjoyed the time he spent with his family, especially his grandchildren.
     The family will welcome friends from 11 a.m. to noon Friday, April 29, at the Decatur First Reformed Church, followed by a service to honor Doug’s memory. The Rev. Mark Hofstra will officiate. Private burial will take place at Maple Hill Cemetery in Hartford. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to either the church or VFW Celery City Post 6248 of Decatur. Memorial condolences for the family can be left on our website at www.calvin-leonardfh.com.
     On Nov. 8, 1968, Doug was united in marriage to Betty Glass. 
She survives along with their two sons, Scott (Dawn) Boze of Benton Harbor and Michael Boze of Hartford. He also leaves behind six grandchildren: Christopher Riley, Michael Boze, Katie Boze, Dustin Boze, Nicholas Boze and Johanna Boze, a sister, Dianne (Patrick) Deja of Rockford, Mich.; a brother, Rick (Deb) Boze of Lawrence; his mother-in-law, Johanna Glass of Zeeland, Mich.; a brother-in-law, Terry (Carole) Glass of Grand Rapids; and a sister-in-law, Kristy (Terry) Isenga of Drenthe, Mich.

NOTE:  Doug was from the 1965 graduating class of Hartford High School.


Ruth Elizabeth Stagg M.D., known as Dr. Bette by her patients, died peacefully on April 11, 2016, surrounded by her children.
     Although we miss and love her deeply, she was ready to close this chapter of her life. One of her last comments was to thank the Seventh-day Adventist elder for sharing scripture and anointing her a week before she died.
     Bette was born on July 25, 1921, in Jacksonville, Fla., the only child of Haskell Blount Anderson M.D., and Gladys Ruth Clark R.N. Her childhood years were spent largely in the western United States where her parents practiced medicine during the Great Depression. She attended Emmanuel Missionary College in Berrien Springs, where she met her future husband, Adelbert Letts Stagg. They moved to Loma Linda, Calif., and married when they completed medical training in 1945. Dr. Bette was a member of a select group, one of only 250 women graduates (5 %) in United States medical schools at the end of World War II.
     Drs. Bette and Del returned to Michigan and established a general practice in Hartford after initially working with her father in Watervliet. In 1967, they were joined by Dr. Del’s older brother, Dr. G. Lee Stagg, and serviced the southwestern Michigan communities for almost 60 years. Bette retired from providing anesthesia at Watervliet Hospital to join the couple’s office practice while also raising a family of five, four boys and one girl. In addition to their private practice, Drs. Bette and Del teamed with other physicians and staff from the Watervliet Hospital to provide free medical care to the farm workers. They were active members of the local Seventh-day Adventist church, where they combined their commitment to physical health with providing spiritual health to those in need.
     Their first family home was above the office at 9 North Maple St. After Sally was born they moved to Van Auken Lake outside of Hartford and opened their home to friends, church members and the community. In 1978, she moved to Texas, where she lived with her cousin Frances Clark, education director for the SW Union Conference of SDA, until her cousin’s death in 2006. She relocated to southern California in 2008 to be closer to her children. Her final residence was in Agoura Hills near her daughter.
     Bette was an avid reader and formidable game player. Her wit and wry sense of humor continued to endear her to everyone who knew her. Despite a severe hearing disability she maintained an active presence in the local church and in the medical community, including volunteering at the county health department, and in the lives of her children and grandchildren.
     Bette is survived by her children: Del Jr. (Carole) of Irvine, Calif., Bob of Mentone, Calif., Andy of Kent, Wash., Kirk (Luanne) of Vancouver, Wash., and Sally of Malibu, Calif.; nine grandchildren; and 4 (+1) great-grandchildren.
She will be buried in Keene, Texas, with a graveside service on April 29, 2016. A celebration of her life will be later this spring, the date and location to be announced.
     Bette’s family would like to acknowledge and thank the extraordinary care that she received by the staff of Meadowbrook Senior Living and Assisted Hospice Foundation.
 
    In lieu of flowers, condolences may be sent to the website of Rose Family Funeral Home in Simi Valley, Calif. http://simivalleymortuary.com/tribute/details/566/Ruth-Stagg/obituary.html

Joy Marilyn Edwards, 65, of Lawrence, formerly of Hartford, passed away on Tuesday, April 12, 2016, surrounded by family in the comfort of her home.
     Friends may visit from 6-8 p.m. Friday, April 15, at Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford. A celebration of life service will be at the funeral home at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 16, and be immediately followed by a luncheon at His Place in Hartford. Memorial condolences for the family can be left at website http://www.clavin-leonardfh.com.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan or a charity of your choice.
     Joy was born on Dec. 31, 1950, in Cleveland, the daughter of Edwin and Cecile (Williams) Fitz. Joy graduated from Watervliet High School. She married Jerry when she was 18 and spent her life raising and caring for her family. She loved taking photographs of wild horses, was an avid bird watcher and gardener. She enjoyed fishing and canning vegetables, and spending time with her grandkids. Joy was her husband Jerry’s caregiver until his passing just last year.
     Joy leaves behind two daughters, Sheila (Chad) Farrington of Portage and Amy (Pete Ledesma) Edwards of Hartford; a son, Bryan (Frankie Alm) of Lawrence; three grandchildren: Ty and KyLeigh Farrington and Ameliana Ledesma; two sisters, Cheryl (Jack) Albert of Ontario, Canada, and Sandy (Dave) Baird of Albuquerque, N.M.; a brother, Jim (Debra) Fitz of Decatur; her mother, Cecile; a special niece, Laura (Shanon) Sinclair of Hartford; and numerous nieces; nephews; other family members; and friends.
     Joy was preceded in passing by her husband, Jerry; and her father, Edwin.


Donald Eugene " Don " Patterson, age 86, of Monticello (Carroll County), IN died Saturday, April 9, 2016 at the Indiana University Health, Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis IN. 
     Born Saturday, February 8, 1930 in Hartford MI to Clarence D. Patterson and Florence L. (Upham-McCowen) Patterson. Don spent his adolescent life in Hartford and was a 1948 Hartford High School graduate.
     He married Marjorie Ivalee Price on June 19, 1949, who survives. Their 67 year marriage blessed them with 10 children, 16 grandchildren, and 36 great-grandchildren. They were loving foster parents to almost 200 children, sometimes six at a time, for several years while living in DeMotte. Don and Marge owned Patterson Trucking in DeMotte, Indiana, before “retiring to the lake” where he worked for John Freeman maintaining a nursing home among other properties, worked for the Moseley Farm, and part-time at Ace Hardware of Monticello, Indiana. He had work ethic like no other, yet he always found time to drive his boat teaching his grandchildren how to water-ski. He loved to go camping with his large, extended family and never forgot to bring the Italian Beef and hot peppers!
     Don's wife, Marjorie survives, along with their daughters, Linda (Mic) Stalbaum of DeMotte IN, Kathleen (Rodger) Wappel of Medaryville IN, Nancy (Douglas) Gluth of DeMotte IN, Peggy (Donald) Tyler of Clarks Hill IN, Angela Satterwhiteof Amherst VA, and Sylvia (Francesco) Valck Lucassen of Haarlem Netherlands and sons, William (Christine) Patterson of Winchester KY, Thomas Patterson of Monticello IN, and Chuck Patterson of Monticello IN; He is also survived by 16 Grandchildren, Donna (Jeff) Martin of DeMotte IN, Denise (Matthew) Riggs of Terre Haute IN, Kimberly Livingston of Indianapolis IN, Jennifer Istre of Monticello IN, Michael (Tanya) Gluth of DeMotte IN, Matthew (Heather) Gluth of Royal Center IN, Marla (William) Hedden of Munster IN, Joshua (Shannon) Tyler of Pearl City HI, Jared (Joan) Tyler of Anderson IN, Aaron (Sarah) Tyler of Milford OH, Kristy (Clinton) Mays of Lowesville VA, Kelly Gutwein of Long Beach CA, Karla Gutwein of Glencoe AL, David Valck Lucassen of Haarlem Netherlands, Cheyenne Patterson of Winchester KY, and Nathan Patterson of Winchester KY.  Don is also survived by 36 Great-Grandchildren.
     Preceding Don in death are his daughter, Jamie Lynn; brothers Dale, Louis, Ralph Patterson and sisters Wanda, Lois, and
Sue.
     Family and
Friends will Celebrate Don’s life on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church 409 Beach Dr. Monticello IN. A private family burial will take place.  In lieu of flowers, please contribute a memorial donation to Make-A-Wish Foundation, granting the wish of a child suffering terminal illness www.wish.org.  Arrangements are by Miller – Roscka Funeral Home, 6368 E. US 24, Monticello IN, 47960 (574) 583-8488.

    
Christine DeJong Olson 66 of Portage passed away on Thursday April 7, 2016. Born in Hartford Michigan the sixth child of Cornelius and Marge DeJong.
     She graduated from Kalamazoo Christian High School and attended Calvin College two years before moving to Colorado. She later married Terry Olson and they were blessed with two sons Jim and Tony. Chris had a great love for her Lord, family, fishing, gardening and her country.
     She leaves behind her husband Terry, and sons Jim and wife Katrina of Grand Rapids, also Tony and wife Lindsey of CA. Six siblings: Neil/NC Nan/CO, Bert/IL Marge/WI, Martin/SC, and Grace/IN.
     She was preceded in death by her parents and brother John.
     In lieu of flowers family is requesting donations to the Kalamazoo Gospel Mission. www.kzoogospel.org.
 Chris had requested that her body be donated to Western Michigan University Medical School.
    
Rev.4:7.  God will wipe away every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain
.


Gary Alan Leitz, 65, of Hartford, our brother, our traveler, has taken his last adventure on this earth. His feet carried him many, many miles. Ocean to ocean, north to south and east to west. He saw more of this country than some can only dream of.
It was time for his feet to rest and he made his last adventure to be with his Lord and savior on April 2, 2016.
     He joined his father, Alan F. Leitz; his mother, Elaine J. Leitz; a sister, Paula Robertson; and a nephew, Zachary Leitz.

     He will be lovingly missed by his brothers: Kevin Leitz and Greg Leitz both of Coloma, and Arthur Leitz of Copperas Cove, Texas; sisters: Brenda (Jim) Peterman of Sheridan, Mich., Karen (April Kubacki) Leitz of Elkhart, Ind., Carla (Joe) Jensen of South Lyon, Mich., and Trina (Dena Harrison) Leitz of Kentwood; a son, Michael Mull of Louisiana; along with several nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.
     We would like to extend our deepest appreciation to the doctors and staff at Bronson Hospital, Kalamazoo, for the very special care they gave Gary at his time of need. Thank you so much.
To the Rev. Phil Mills of the Seventh Day Adventist Church of Coloma, for your prayers with Gary and helping make his passing easier for him, thank you and God bless.
     Per Gary’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A family gathering will be held at a later date to celebrate Gary’s life.


Genevieve Ann Wesaw's life began Dec. 19, 1921, in Hartford. She spent most of her lifetime in Hartford, where she graduated high school (class of 1939) and raised her family.
    Genevieve worked for Standard Coil in Bangor and Warner’s in Paw Paw during her adult life. She had a strong Catholic faith, and served as a Eucharistic minister and assisted with the religious education program at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Paw Paw.

    Genevieve’s greatest joy came from her loving family, which includes two daughters, Diana (Joe) Tarala and Glenna (Paul) Jack; four grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; her daughter-in-law, Mellie Wesaw; two brothers, Thomas Wesaw Jr. and Gerald Wesaw Sr.; and many nieces; and nephews.
    Genevieve died Wednesday, April 6, at her daughter’s house in Decatur, Texas.

   She was preceded in death by her son, Terry Wesaw; parents, Thomas and Mildred Wesaw; a brother, Leroy Wesaw; and sisters-in- law: Mary Lee Wesaw, Patricia Wesaw and Evelyn Wesaw.
     Friends may visit with Genevieve’s family from 5-7 p.m. Sunday, April 10, at Hutchins Funeral Home in Watervliet, where the Rosary will be recited at 6:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday, April 11, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Hartford. Burial will follow in Maple Hill Cemetery in Hartford. You are invited to leave a memory for Genevieve’s family at hutchinsfuneral. com.


Diann Lee Tosh, 65, of South Haven passed away Tuesday, March 29, 2016, at her home.
     She was born Oct. 6, 1950, to Mike and Marilyn (Ray) Banic in LaPorte, Ind.
    Diann worked as the director of food service for Hartford Public Schools for five years and then at South Haven Public Schools for 20 years before retiring in 2013. She also served as president of the School Nutrition Association of Michigan. She was a member of the American Legion Post 49 and VFW in South Haven and would help with organized dinners. Diann owned her own catering business, and she enjoyed traveling and riding motorcycles.

     She was preceded in death by her son, Andy Tosh who passed in 2014; and brother, Robert Albert Banic.
    She is survived by her son, Wayne (Keri) Tosh of Portage, Ind.; siblings: Michael
(Leda) Banic of Hartford, Mark (Theresa) Banic of Bangor, and Brian Banic of Hartford; grandchildren, William (Liz) Tosh and Zachary Tosh; and greatgrandchildren, Bryson and Skylar Tosh. Many nieces and nephews also survive.
     Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, April 7, 2016, at the Filbrandt Family Funeral Home of South Haven. Contributions may be made to the Tosh family at 1076 S. Bailey Ave., South Haven, MI 49090. Kindly share your thoughts and memories on the family’s online guest book at www.
http://FilbrandtFFH.com. The family is being helped by the Filbrandt Family Funeral Home of South Haven, 637-0333.


Darlene Quigno
, 80, of Stevensville passed away on Sunday, March 27, 2016, at her home.
     She was born on June 8, 1935, to Helen and Carl Boniface in Union Mills, Ind. Darlene was an avid reader.
     Darlene is survived by: Joe Quigno, Rhonda Smith-Baldridge, Karla Quigno and Jonn Quigno; significant other, Joe Soto; 12 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
     She was preceded in death by her parents, Helen and Carl; son, David Quigno; brother, Don Boniface; and great-granddaughter, Karlee Smith.
     Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123. Arrangements have been entrusted in to Hoven Funeral Home, Buchanan. Online condolences may be made at www.hovenfunerals.com.

Note:  Darlene was from the 1953 class of Hartford High School.

 

William ‘Billy’ Gregory Melvin, 59, of Hartford, was born on January 8, 1947 to Maxine and Richard C. Melvin. He went home to his heavenly family Easter morning, March 27, 2016. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, brother Douglas, nephew Steffen and his precious dog and friend Sam.
     Billy loved everyone, especially his family. He was an adept swimmer, golfer and a very competitive Tae Kwon Do student, having achieved his 2nd degree black belt.
     Billy is survived by his parents, brothers; Richard G. (Janet) of Bangor, Timothy (Lynne) of Vicksburg, also his "little" sister: Lisa Buddemeier of Hartford and sister-in-law: Brenda Melvin of Decatur, as well as 9 nieces and nephews and 10 great-nieces and nephews.
      As per Billy's wishes, cremation has taken place.  There will be a celebration of Billy's life at noon Saturday, April 16 followed by a luncheon at the Hartford United Methodist Church. The family will welcome friends from 10:30 until the time of service.
     In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Billy's name be made to Diamond Black Anemia (DBA) or the Hartford United Methodist Church.   
     The family has entrusted the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, with arrangements. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at http://www.clavin-leonardfh.com.

 

TSgt. Gene Arden Ruple USAF (Ret.), age 80, of Jacksonville, Arkansas went to be with his Lord on Wednesday, March 23, 2016.
     He was born April 19, 1935 in Keeler Township, Michigan to the late Harold and Dorothy Ann Ruple.
     Mr. Ruple retired with over 20 years of service in the United States Air Force serving numerous tours in Viet Nam, and he earned 3 Distinguished Flying Crosses. His military career allowed him to serve his country around the world, stationed in France, Japan, Okinawa, Thailand, Philippines and numerous bases in the US.
     After his retirement he enjoyed spending time with his family, travelling in his RV, coaching little league baseball, Woodworking, gardening, and was very active member of the retirees that met daily at McDonalds. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his sister Betty Waldenmaier.
     He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Delois “Dee” Ruple, one son Dale Arden Ruple and his wife Kimberly, grandchildren, Bradley Arden Ruple and his wife Sheri, Joshua Aaron Ruple and his wife Gina, great-grandchildren, Kylee Grace Ruple, McKenzie Lee Ruple, Cayleb Arden Ruple, Julian Aaron Ruple, and Joshua Maxey. He is also survived by his brother Wayne Allen Ruple and his wife Pat and one brother-in-law William Waldenmaier and numerous nieces and nephews.

    
Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. Saturday, March 26, 2016 at Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home. Memorial services will be 10:00 a.m. Monday, March 28, 2016 at Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home with military honors to follow. Memorials may be made to the DAV or a charity of your choice.

NOTE:  Gene was a  1953 Hartford High School graduate.

 

Claude H. Unrath, 97, of Hartford passed away on Sunday, March 20, 2016, at the home of his daughter in Coloma.
     He was born on June 20, 1918, in a farmhouse on Rush Lake in Hartford. He was the second son of Henry and Maude (Rice) Unrath, both of whom preceded him in passing. Claude grew up on the lake, where he started a lifelong endeavor of trapping, hunting and fishing. He attended a one-room school house until the eighth grade and then went to Hartford High School where he played football and graduated in 1936.
     On Dec. 8, 1936, Claude eloped with the former Doris Butzbach of Bainbridge, in Coldwater. She preceded him in death in 2000 after nearly 64 years of marriage. Claude was drafted into World War II in June 1944 and served his country proudly as a Navy seaman on the USS Gosper in the South Pacific until January 1946. After serving our country he returned home where he worked for the Watervliet Paper Mill for more than 25 years, serving as the superintendent of power and chief of their fire department at the mill. After he left the mill in 1968 he spent time working for the state of Michigan, Kemper Insurance and Continental Insurance as a boiler inspector. He retired in 1982 from Continental Insurance. Throughout the years he also served in various community roles, including serving as supervisor of Hartford Township, board trustee for both Watervliet Community Hospital and the Hartford Fire Board. He later served as a member of the Hartford Board of Review and was a founding member of the Hartford Foundation for Quality Education. He and Doris enjoyed being members of the JOY group at Hartford Federated Church as well.
     Along with his time outdoors hunting and fishing, Claude enjoyed farming, and in more
recent years meeting with his morning coffee club, enjoying nature on the farm and spending time with family. He also grew fond of following the Michigan State Spartans and Detroit Tigers.
Claude is survived by his children: Claude Richard (Bernice) Unrath of Lucas, Ky., Garry (Cindy) Unrath of Hartford, and Janet (Keith) Griffin of Coloma; his grandchildren: Sandra Unrath Justus, Lisa Unrath Rogers, Dana (Dan) Unrath Behler, Mark Unrath, Seth Griffin, Brock Griffin, Joel Griffin, Jonathan Griffin; and several great-grandchildren.
     Along with Claude’s wife, he was preceded in death by a twin son and daughter in 1947; and his best friend and brother, Maurice Unrath in 1973.
     The family will welcome friends from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, March 23 at Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home in Coloma. Funeral services to honor his memory will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 24, at the funeral home with military rites taking place. The Rev. Corey Kugle will officiate. Burial will follow in Watervliet Cemetery. Those wishing to leave a message or share a memory with the family online may do so at www.
http://duffieldpastrick.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Claude’s name may be made to Southern Care Hospice or Hartford Public School Foundation for Quality Education.

Wayne Thomas Jones, 80, formerly of Hartford, became an angel in Heaven, at home in the presence of his family, on March 16, 2016.
     Wayne had a passion and love for cars. He began his career teaching automotive technology in the New Buffalo school district. He is best known for owning his own company, Jones Auto Body in Hartford. He then went on to work for several local body shops before retiring. He was also very proud of serving his country as a specialist in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Wayne loved his family dearly and will be missed by all who had the joy of meeting him.
     Wayne is survived by his daughters, Julie (Andrew) Paraventi of Howell, Mich., and Cheri (Bud) Shafer of Stevensville; his five grandchildren that he “loved to pieces:” Jacob Roy, Maxine Paraventi, Samantha (Garrett) McEwen, Elliot and Sydney Shafer; siblings: Merle Main, Gail (Mary Ann) Oldham and Jerris (Jeff) Specht; sister-in-law, Marianne Oldham; many amazing nieces; and nephews;
very special friend and companion, Carol Tober.
     Wayne joined in heaven the love of his life, Maxine; sons, Robert Wayne and Wayne Thomas Jr.; and daughter, Karen Lynn. Also preceding him in death were his parents: Lonnie Dee Jones, and Buck and Frankie Oldham; and loving brother, Charles Oldham.
     Visitation for family and friends will be at the Hartford United Methodist Church from 12:30-2 p.m., Saturday, March 19, with the service immediately following. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Disabled American Veterans Charity, DAV.org. Arrangements are being handled by Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at http://www.calvinleonardfh.com.

NOTE:  Wayne was a 1953 Hartford High School graduate.

Marcella Taylor Hoffman, 80, of Hartford passed into the arms of Jesus on March 10, 2016, at Riverview Manor after a long illness.
     Marcella was born in 1935 to John and Hilda (Emery) Taylor of Grand Rapids. Their large family often performed at musical events. Her siblings were Marian Derwich, John Taylor, Emmett Taylor, Catherine Chesebro, Robert Taylor, Leonard Taylor and also Jean Weed, who survives her. After graduating from high school in Wyoming, Mich., Marcella became a legal secretary and also owned several businesses. In later years, she wrote four Christian novels in the Hearts in Harmony series, inspired by her experiences during the Depression. Marcella served several years as a Salvation Army missionary with her husband, David, who preceded her to Heaven. She also participated in a mission trip after Hurricane Katrina with her son, Eric.
     Besides her sister, Jean (Larry) Weed of Caledonia; she is survived by her children:
Sherry (Tom) Kuyt of Hudsonville, Susan (Phil) Blum of Lawton, Clifford (Eva) Snider of Soldotna, Alaska, and Eric Overweg of Decatur; stepchildren: Steve (Kathy) Snider of Albuquerque, N.M., Sheila (Devon) Schindler of Grand Rapids, Harvey (Shelley) Hoffman of New York, and Mark Overweg, Linda Disbennett and Kathy Overweg. Marcella had 21 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
     A visitation service will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 13, at Hartford Federated Church, 65418 Red Arrow Highway, Hartford, with a memorial ceremony at 11 a.m. Monday, March 14, at the same location. Arrangements are courtesy of Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford, with interment at Winchester Cemetery in Byron Center.



Kelly Lyn Harper Pauli, 55, of Melbourne FL, formerly of Hartford, MI, passed away Tuesday March 1, 2016 at her home.          
      Kelly was born Nov. 15, 1960 in St. Joseph, MI to Edwin & Shirley (Coon) Harper.
She graduated from Hartford High School in 1979.

     Kelly is survived by her mother and caregiver for the past 7 years, Shirley (Jerry) Smith, two sisters Rebecca
Vanderpool of Junction City, KS & Teri (Donald) Rottinghaus of Wakefield, KS and 3 children Bradley (Ashley) Martin of Moline, Il, Erica McNulty of Ocala, FL and Emily Pauli of Naples, FL along with 2 grandchildren.
      She was proceeded in death by her father Edwin Harper and her grandparents.


 Martha Jean Gregg, 68, of Hartford passed away Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016, at Lakeland Medical Center, St. Joseph.
     Martha was born March 13, 1947, in Hastings, the daughter of Richard and Dorothy (Phillips) Easey, both of whom preceded her in passing.
     She was also preceded in passing by a brother, Allen Easey; and a sister, Donna Murphy.
Martha graduated from Fennville High School. She enjoyed outdoor exploration, including fishing, mushrooming and going to local area garage sales. She loved playing bingo and going to the casinos. But her most important times were family times, where she loved being a mother, grandmother and greatgrandmother.
     Martha is survived by four children: David Warner of Covert, Dorothy “Dot” Franks of Paw Paw, Donna Terry of Hartford and Laramie (Faith) Gregg of Lawrence;
six grandchildren: Jazmine, Lane, Jessica, Nathan, Adam and Shane; five great-grandchildren; a sister, Helen (Bud) Ellison of Nashville, Mich.; and a brother, Russ (Marion) Easey of Hastings.
     The family will receive friends from 5-6 p.m. Friday, March 4, 2016, at Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, followed by a celebration of life service. Martha will be laid to rest in Cedar Creek Cemetery in Delton, with a private family burial. 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 http://www.http://calvin-leonardfh.com.

Joan Keen Trombley was born Feb. 26, 1933, in Salisbury, Mo. She passed away at the age of 82, on Feb. 16, 2016, at her home in Hartford. She was the daughter of Henry and Willie (Gribble) Keen, both of whom preceded her in passing. She was also preceded by two sisters; and three brothers.
     In her early years, living in Texas, Joan was a beautician and a real estate agent. She loved all sports and was an outgoing and loving person.
     As to Joan’s wishes, cremation has taken place, and a family gathering to celebrate Joan’s life will take place at a later date.
     Joan is survived by her children: Cindy (James) Diehl of Hartford, John (Ava) Holtwick and Jeff (Jeannette) Trombley all of Texas; and three grandchildren: Natalie, Karlie and Kalie.
     The Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford is assisting the family. Those wishing to leave condolences for the family may do so on our website at http://www.calvin-leonardfh.com.

Dr. Thomas Edward MacKenzie, 77, of Glendale, AZ, passed away on February 12, 2016. He was born July 25, 1938 to the late Grant and Ethel (Powers) MacKenzie in St. Joseph, Michigan.
     Thomas grew up in Hartford, Michigan, and graduated from Hartford High School in 1956. While living in Hartford, he met the love of his life, Marjorie, who lived across the street. While Thomas played quarterback on the high school football team, Marjorie cheered on the sidelines as a member of the cheerleader squad. They were also both in the percussion section in the marching band. He attended Notre Dame University, Western Michigan University, Eastern Michigan University and received a Doctorate in Education at the University of Michigan. He was a dedicated educator, having served in many roles; football coach, biology teacher, athletic director, counselor, principal, and assistant superintendent. He worked for different school systems in Michigan, Colorado, and Arizona. He became an adjunct professor of Education for Northern Arizona University and mentored PHD candidates. Thomas was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and family member. He enjoyed every sport, loved the ocean, the Rocky Mountains, and reading. He just returned from a trip to the Holy Land. He made a strong impact on his many colleagues over the years. Thomas was a member of St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Glendale, Arizona. He served in the church for many years and had a very deep faith in God.
     Thomas is preceded in death by his parents, his infant daughter Lori and brother Grant "Bud" MacKenzie.
     He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Marjorie (Dyer) MacKenzie; beloved daughters, Janice MacKenzie and Diane (MacKenzie) Trefz; his beloved granddaughter, Tracey Trefz; his brothers in Michigan: George MacKenzie (wife Rosemary) and Donald MacKenzie (wife Peggy). He also had many nieces, nephews, other relatives and close friends throughout the USA. He cherished his colleagues and students of the Peoria Unified School District.
     Memorial Service will be held Friday, February 19, 2016 at 10:00 AM at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 6180 W Utopia Rd., Glendale, AZ. Thomas will be laid to rest in Hartford Cemetery in Michigan at a future date. Arrangements have been entrusted to Heritage Funeral Chapel. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Sojourner Center (a domestic violence shelter), would be appreciated. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.heritagefuneralchapels.com


Daniel L. Asaro
     On Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, Daniel L. Asaro, 65, of Hartford was in the loving arms of his wife when he peacefully entered heaven to join his Lord and savior after a long struggle with cancer.
     Dan was born on Aug. 11, 1950, in Detroit. After growing up in the suburbs of Detroit
, he risked his life from 1968-71 in the Vietnam War as a sergeant in the U.S. Army, 101st Airborne.
     Dan married the love of his life, Sharon Woodall Asaro, on March 11, 1978. They traveled to many places together, side by side. On most occasions, when you saw one, you would see the other. Friends would say they were the perfect example of a good marriage.
     Dan provided for his family by working construction, which led him to continue his education and become a master electrician. This allowed him to work over 30 years in the electrical industry as a dedicated, valued and hardworking employee. He retired in June of 2015 from Edgewater Automation of St. Joseph. He enjoyed spending time with his family, fishing, hunting, and riding his motorcycle. His motorcycle helped him and his wife to spread the gospel to others over several years. Dan was also a member at The Chapel Evangelical Free Church in St. Joseph. His church family could always depend on his helping hand.   
      Dan’s purpose in life was to glorify the Lord and he took every opportunity to serve.
      Dan was preceded in death by his parents, Anthony and Florence (Robinson) Asaro.
     He is cherished and survived by his wife of 38 years, Sharon Woodall Asaro; two daughters, Wendy (Brett) Kincaid of Rossville, Ind., and Ami (Doug) Wells of Berrien Center; four grandchildren: Hayden and Mallory Kincaid, Chloe and Alayna Wells; a sister, Gina (Jim) Ninow of Palmdale, Calif.; and a brother, Michael (Pat) Asaro of Camden, S.C.
     A celebration of Dan’s life will be Sunday, Feb. 14, at The Chapel Evangelical Free Church in St. Joseph. Visitation will be from 2-4 p.m. with funeral at 4 p.m. Dinner reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Ocular Melanoma Foundation, 1717 K St. NW, Suite 900, Washington, D.C. 20006 or to the Calvin Funeral Home, 8 East Main St., Hartford, MI 49057, supporting the funeral.

Sylvia Sherrod passed away on Sunday afternoon February 7, 2016 at Meadow Woods Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Bloomingdale at the age of 98.
     She was born Sylvia North Bailey in Hartford, on December 8, 1917, to Hazel (North) and Frank Bailey and grew up in Paw Paw. She was united in marriage on June 28, 1940 to Frank William Sherrod who preceded her in death on February 3, 1991. Together they raised four children in Paw Paw: William Sherrod (Judy), Suzanne Cramer (Richard), Deb Sherrod (Sheryl Judd) and Bailey North (Lon Reinbold). She leaves behind five grandchildren: Lisa Cramer James (Byron), Andy Sherrod, Brooke Sherrod Jaeky (Matt), Michael Sherrod (Laura) and Tami Cramer Burt (Daron), ten great-grandchildren and one great-great granddaughter. She is survived by all her children and five nieces and nephews by marriage. In 1919 scarlet fever took her only sibling, her six year old sister, Doris Bailey.
     After gaining a teaching certificate from Western State Teacher’s College in 1939, Sylvia taught at several area rural schools until 1952. She returned to work in 1965 at Michigan Avenue School as a kindergarten aide and eventually managed the libraries of all three elementary schools in the Paw Paw Public School system. In 1973 Sylvia started work at the Paw Paw Public Library and retired from there in 1983. She loved raising and teaching children and always enjoyed the young families who visited her in the library. After their retirements she and Frank traveled extensively, camping in Michigan and all around the western United States. She enjoyed crafts such as knitting, counted cross stitch and building miniature furniture. She especially delighted in sewing doll clothes for her children and grandchildren. She and Frank instilled a deep love of books in their children and it was rare to catch them or any of their family at home without a book open or close at hand.! She was the sun to our little solar system and we will miss her.

     The family plans to welcome the public to a celebration of her life in the latter part of June, when all are able to attend. Donations in her name may be made to Paw Paw District Library, Hospice of SW MI, and the activities fund at Meadow Woods Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Share a memory or sign the guestbook at:www.adamspawpaw.com.

 
Marcelyn Gail Shuler was born Nov. 14, 1959, at Hackley Hospital in Muskegon, MI, the 4th child and middle daughter of Leroy Cecil and Lynnette Joan (Pardee) Bennett. She passed away at the age of 56, on Feb. 7, 2016, at Lakeland Medical Center, Saint Joseph, MI. Both parents preceded her in passing. Marcelyn was also preceded by her father-in-law, William Shuler.
     Marcelyn graduated from Canton High School and attended Eastern Michigan University, where she received her bachelor of science in nursing, and was employed at Lakeland Medical Center for 22 years. She loved collecting romance novels and spending time with her family. Marcelyn will be missed by her many online friends, where she was known for her wit, wisdom, encouragement of others to challenge themselves to overcome life’s obstacles and achieve their goals. She will also be missed by her many cousins, nieces, nephews and others.
     Marcelyn married William Shuler, and he survives; along with two sons, Nathan and Devin Shuler, of Hartford, MI. She is also survived by her sisters Elaine (Steve) Bennett-Sharp of Aurora, IL and Christine (Curt) Burnette of Columbia, SC.; her brothers David Bennett of Ionia, MI and Brian (Judi) Bennett of Northville, MI; her uncle Daniel (Sharon) Bennett of The Villiages, FL; her great-aunt, Mrs. Doris Bennett of Muskegon, MI (formerly of Shelby); and mother-in-law, Mary Lou Shuler of Alpena, MI.
    
As to Marcelyn’s wishes, cremation has taken place and a service to honor her memory will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make a memorial may do so to the family. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford. Those wishing to leave condolences for the family may do so on our website at http://www.calvin-leonardfh.com.

Taylor, Arline Lila, age 92, formerly of Hartford MI, went to be with the Lord on February 6, 2016, at Alderson’s Convalescent Hospital in Woodland, CA. 
     She was born March 22, 1923, in Hartford, MI, the daughter of Lila Fisher and Alger Conkey.  She graduated from Hartford High School in 1940 and attended Kalamazoo College.  She married Verl Taylor from Hartford in 1944 and they became an Air Force family having four children together.  They returned to Hartford where their children graduated and married. 
     She was preceded in death by her husband Verl, daughter Susan
Cade, and sister Halo Rice.  She leaves behind daughter Diane Pawling of Kalamazoo, two sons:  Pastor Verl (Bernice) Taylor and William Taylor of Woodland, and sister-in-law Irene Leach of Hartford,
7 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.
     A memorial service will be held at Woodland Bible Church on February 27th at 10 a.m.  Internment and graveside services at Fort Custer Military Cemetery in August, MI, will be held in June.

 

Helen P. Sinclair, 95, of Hartford died Saturday, Feb 6, 2016, at her residence.
     She was born May 6, 1920, in Lansing, to Hubert and Helen (Emery) Pratt. In 1941, she married Jack C. Sinclair and they were lifetime companions until his death in 2011.
     She is survived by two sons, Peter (Judy) of Hartford and David (Debbie) of Fort Myers, Fla.; grandchildren: Mike Sinclair, Kelly (Randy) Springer, Scott (Kim) Sinclair and Robin Sinclair; along with five great-grandchildren.
     Helen graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in foods and nutrition. After graduation, she went to work for Consumers Power Co. presenting cooking schools to teach women how to use the new gas ranges. Following her marriage, she moved to Ann Arbor and during the early years of World War II provided lunches for children whose mothers were working in the war factories.
In 1945, she and her husband formed Sinclair Publications (now Sinclair Graphics) and purchased The Day Spring weekly newspaper in Hartford. She wrote a column “Scratch
Pad” in the newspaper for many years.
     Always active in community affairs, she led the charge for lights on the football field that is now part of the little league complex. She was a big advocate of women’s rights before it was the political thing to do.
     She was a life member of Eastern Star No. 119, a member of the Hartford Mothers Club, past member of the Van Buren Red Cross board and honorary member of the Hartford Fire Department.
     A private service will be held. Memorial donations may be given to the Hartford Lions Club, Box 633, Hartford, MI 49057. Those wishing to leave an online message of comfort for the family may do so at
http://duffieldpastrick.com. Arrangements are entrusted to Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home in Coloma.

Robert Lee Hankins, 67, of Hartford passed away on Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, after a year-long battle with cancer.
     He died at home surrounded by family and friends. There will be a celebration of life memorial at 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, at the American Legion, 3090 Johnson Road, Stevensville. Memorials may be made to Heartland Hospice Services.
     Robert was born Jan. 15, 1949, to Cortis and Kathleen Hankins in Blackstone, Va. He served in the Vietnam War in 1969-70. He was given a Purple Heart for his services. He was a licensed contractor and owned his own business prior to his death.
     Robert enjoyed woodworking and made numerous items, including grandfather clocks, hope chests, a vanity and many other items. He was truly talented with his furniture making.
     Robert married Andrea Williamsen on Feb. 11, 2000, who survives him.
He is also survived by a son, Bobby (Tina) Hankins; daughters, Stefanie Hankins, Julia (Anthony) Rau; grandsons: Austin, Caden, Brantley and Brayden Hankins, Dillon (Tabitha) Smith, David (Dana Watson) Smith, Josh Fairbanks, Steven (Dana) Rau, Noah Rau; granddaughters, Savannah and Amaya Hankins; four great-grandchildren; a sister, Betty (Billy) Wheeler
of Tennessee.
     He was preceded in death by a son, Michael Hankins; his father, Cortis
; and stepmother, Florence; mother, Kathleen Hankins; a sister, Wanda; and a brother, Bill Hankins.


Elmer John “Rusty” DeFord
, 76 of Hartford, passed away Wed., Feb. 3, 2016 at home.
     Elmer was born Nov. 29, 1939 in Tomah, Wis., the son of William, Sr. and Pearl (Burns) DeFord, both of whom precede him passing. Also preceding him in passing were a daughter, Tammy Lyn DeFord and a brother: William “Bill” DeFord.
     Elmer was loyally employed at the Watervliet Paper Mill and Lane Automotive for 29 years, before starting his own business, DeFord’s Carpet Cleaning Service in Hartford. In his spare time, he loved the outdoors, especially fishing and hunting, as well as woodworking. But most importantly, he loved the times he spent with his family.
     Elmer married the former Shirley Sarters on December 9, 1961. She survives, along with four children: Regina Wetzel and Kevin (Sandra) DeFord, both of Hartford, Tona (Bill) Schuldt of Janesville, Wis. and Tina DeFord of Midland, Tex. He is also survived by two special grandchildren: Andrea Wetzel and Tammy DeFord, eleven other grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren, three brothers, five sisters and many other family members and friends.
     As per Elmer’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A memorial service to honor his memory will commence at 3 P.M.; Sunday, Feb. 21 at the Van Buren Sportsman’s Club, Hartford. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Elmer’s name may be made to Hospice at Home. The family has entrusted the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, with arrangements. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at http://www.calvin-leonardfh.com.


Gilbert Bouley, 27, of Hartford passed away January 31, 2016.
     There will be a gathering of family and friends from 11 – 1 PM Saturday, February 6, 2016 at the Bridgman American Legion Post 331, 4241 Legion Street, Bridgman. Memorial contributions may be given towards the needs of the family.
     Gil was born November 26, 1988 in Hurlburt, Florida, the son of Dale Bouley and Susan Sonnenberg. He worked for Trident Dock & Dredge in Watervliet. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and being outdoors.
     Survivors include his mother: Susan (Steve) Bauer of Stevensville; father: Dale (Sue) Bouley of Florida; his sister: Cameron Bouley of Baroda; a step sister: Emma Bouley, his nephew: Ashton Dillard; grandmothers: Ann Sonnenberg and Oleva Bouley; a dear friend, April Hunt and her son, Casey.
     Gil was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Lowell Sonnenberg and Gilbert Bouley.



John Martin "Marty" Diebold, 84, of Hartford passed away unexpectedly on Friday Jan. 29, 2016, at Lakeland Medical Center in St. Joseph.
     Visitation will be 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, at Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, with dinner at the Hartford United Methodist Church 425 E. Main St., Hartford. Family and friends are welcome to leave condolences or share a fond memory of John, online at http://www.calvin-leonardfh.com. Memorial donations can be made to American Red Cross.
     John was born in South Haven, Dec. 7, 1931, to William and Ella (Quinn) Diebold. He attended Wood School in Bangor Township in his youth and was a 1949 graduate of Bangor High School, where he played football, baseball and served as class vice president. John served in the Navy during the Korean War aboard the USS Bennington aircraft carrier, where he was an aircraft mechanic. Returning to the United States, he worked with dirigibles at Lakehurst Naval Air Station in New Jersey.
     On April 14, 1956, John and Camilla Haight, of Hartford, were united in marriage as the last wedding held in the old Methodist Church on Main Street. They were married nearly 60 years and lived for 56 years at their home on Oak Street in Hartford, where they enjoyed their family, maintaining their pristine lawn, flower gardening, jigsaw puzzles and just spending time together. He was a volunteer firefighter with the Hartford Fire Department, a Little League coach, a proud and avid blood donor and loved to work in his woodshop. He fished about every lake in Southwest Michigan, by boat or ice. Following 38 years as an instrument technician with the Watervliet Paper Mill, he retired to spend time with his growing family. John loved genealogy and taught himself to use a computer to research his family history.
      John was a loving husband, father and grandfather.  He is survived by his loving wife, “Millie;” one daughter, Deborah (Mark) Lightner of Hartford; and three sons: David Diebold of Portage, Kirk Diebold of Hartford and Michael (Michelle) Diebold of Vicksburg; five grandchildren: Christie (Greg) Boxer, Jeff (Maggie) Fitzgerald, Steven Matthews, Adam Diebold and Sydney Diebold; along with four great-grandchildren: Hannah Matthews, Benjamin Boxer, Katelyn and Holly Fitzgerald. John is also survived by a son-in-law, Dennis Matthews of Coloma; and one sister, Mary Hodge of Hesperia, Mich.
     He was preceded in passing by his daughter, Linda Matthews, on Jan. 12, 2016; as well as his parents; and four brothers: Bill, Jack, Eugene and Paul Diebold.



Jacqueline Sue Caldwell
,
69, of Hartford passed away on Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016, at her home, surrounded by her family.
   
  The family will welcome friends from 5-6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, at the Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford, where a celebration of life service to honor Jackie’s memory will follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Memorial condolences for the family can be left on our website at http://www.calvin-leonardfh.com.
    
Jackie, as she was known, was born on Dec. 19, 1946, in Paw Paw, the daughter of Jack and Betty (Chappel) Rhinehart. She was a member of the American Legion Stoddard Post 93 auxiliary and was very passionate when it came to marching in the Memorial Day parades. She would often bake cupcakes for the VA in Battle Creek, helped with the Easter egg hunt in the park and loved playing bingo.
     Jackie married Arlin Caldwell on Jan. 11, 1971.  He survives along with a son, Steven (Terie) Caldwell of Kalamazoo; a daughter, Stacy (Steven) Hooper of Bangor; four grandchildren: Haylee Caldwell, Kaitlynn Hooper, Brody Caldwell and Toby Caldwell. She is also survived by her mother, Bettie Sias; and three siblings: Tommy Rhinehart, Robin Berli and Randy Sias; and many other family members and friends.
     Jackie was preceded in passing by her father, Jack Rhinehart; a stepfather, Robert Sias; and a sister, Lori Ghent.

NOTE:  Jackie was from the Hartford graduating class of 1965.


Dennis Ray Cook
, 64, of Hartford Township, passed away suddenly Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, at home.
     Dennis was born June 12, 1951, in Benton Harbor, the son of Gilbert and Elsie (Pointer) Cook, both of whom preceded him in passing. He was also preceded in passing by a brother, Earl Cook.
     Dennis was a fan of the martial arts, especially karate.
     Dennis is survived by three siblings: Kenneth Wayne (Marie) Cook of Pokagon, Dorlene (Thomas) Neely of Covert and Virgil (Alice) Cook of Hartford; and many other family members.
     As per Dennis’ wishes, cremation has taken place. The family will welcome friends from 11:30 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Jan. 30, at the Hartford General Baptist Church. A memorial service to honor his memory will commence at noon. Pastor Steven Bisbee will officiate. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Dennis’ name may be made to the family, in care of Virgil Cook. The family has entrusted the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, with arrangements. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at http://www.calvin-leonardfh.com.
, 84, of Hartford died Jan. 29, 2016, at Lakeland Medical Center, St. Joseph. Calvin Funer Home, Hartford, 621-4101.

Craig Alan Markillie, 46, Savannah Ga., formerly of Hartford, died Jan. 17, 2016, in his home in Savannah.
     Craig graduated from
Hartford High School in 1987. He was employed by Cook Nuclear Plant, and by Comcast in Savannah. Craig was a HAM radio operator (K14RXY) and a qualified scuba diver. His interests included astronomy, NASA, lighthouses and his beloved cats.
     Craig is survived by his mother, Bonita Markillie, Elkhart Ind.; his sister, Juliana (Dale) Ekema, Elkhart Ind.; his aunt, Jean Sill, Lawrence; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.
     He was preceded in death by his father, Paul Markillie; his grandparents: Robert and Louise Wilcoxson, and Ralph and Louise Markillie; aunts and uncles: Robert (Mabel) Markillie, Alleyne (Norm) Myers, Charles Sill; and his loving girlfriend of 17 years, Kathryn Keller.
     A memorial service will be held at noon Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, at Hartford United Methodist Church with the Rev. Ronald Hansen officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service from 11 a.m. to noon. A luncheon will follow the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society for Greater Savannah or the Hartford United Methodist Church.
     The family is being assisted by Adams Funeral Services Inc., Savannah Ga. and Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford
.


Linda Susan Matthews, 54, of Coloma passed away Tuesday, Jan.12, 2016, in Watervliet.
     A celebration of life service will be at 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Road, St. Joseph. Friends may visit with the family from 2-4 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Those wishing to sign Linda’s guest book may do so at www.starks-menchinger.com.
     Linda was born May 8, 1961, in Watervliet to John Martin and Camilla (Haight) Diebold. She was a graduate of Hartford High School in 1979. On April 26, 1980, she married Dennis E. Matthews in Hartford. Linda kept a busy schedule caring for her home and her family. She enjoyed gardening, flowers and butterflies, playing games, watching movies and reading. She and Dennis enjoyed touring together on their motorcycle.
    
Linda had many friends whom she loved to keep in touch with and was a very generous person and was known as “Mom” to many.
     Linda is survived by her loving husband of 35 years Dennis; son, Steven Matthews of Portage, Mich.; granddaughter, Hannah Matthews of Portage, Mich.; parents, John and Camilla Diebold of Hartford; sister, Deborah (Mark) Lightner of Hartford; brothers: David Diebold of Portage, Mich., Kirk Diebold of Hartford and Michael (Michelle) Diebold of Vicksburg; nieces and nephews: Christie (Greg) Boxer, Jeff (Maggie) Fitzgerald, Adam Diebold and Sydney Diebold; father-in-law Bill Matthews of Florida and many friends.

Newell Burnham Hammond, 83, of 654 Lookout Tower Road, Blackburg SC, passed away Thursday, January 14th, 2016, at Spartanburg Regional Hospice Home.
     Born in Hartford, MI, he was the husband of Janet Rule Hammond and the son of the late Burnham and Dola Boze Hammond. Mr. Hammond retired from ministry and was of the Seventh Day Adventist faith.
     In addition to his wife, Mr. Hammond is survived by two sons, Frank Lincoln Hammond of Gastonia and Michael Alan Hammond of Highlands, NC; two sisters, Marilynn Armstrong of Newcastle, California and Charlene Hammond of Calhoun, GA; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
     In addition to his parents, Mr. Hammond was preceded in death by a sister, Beverly Russell.
     Graveside services will be held Tuesday, January 19th, 2016 at 2:00 pm at Clingman Memorial Gardens with Elder William Golson officiating. The family will be at the residence.
     The Book of Memories is available at www.gordonmortuary.com.

NOTE:  Newell was a 1951 Hartford High School graduate.



Dorothy Elizabeth (Sorensen) Benson of Van Auken Lake, Hartford, formerly of Orland Park, Ill., passed away peacefully at her home on Jan. 11, 2016.
     She was preceded in death by Roy, her loving husband of 62 years; and her brother, Christian Sorensen.
    Their seven children include: Richard (Priscilla), Carole (Richard) Benson-Weinberg, Robert, Thomas (Crissie), Gregory (Rachel), Christopher (Nancy), and Kathleen (Chuck) Goro. She is also survived by 12 grandchildren: Eric and Alida Benson, Meghan Matz, Suzannah Weinberg, Michael Benson, Sonja Hershkowitz, Carla Benson, Christopher and Andrew Benson, Grace, Charlie and Gwen Goro; and eight great-grandchildren: Elise and Claire Benson, Caroline, John, Olivia and Lucy Matz, Soren and Charlotte Hershkowitz.
Dorothy was born on Dec. 15, 1924, on Chicago’s great South Side, the daughter of P. Christian and Anna Marie Sorensen.
     She was a loving wife, mother and homemaker to her family in Orland Park until
Roy’s retirement. They then moved to beautiful Van Auken Lake in Southwest Michigan. An expert seamstress, Dorothy made exquisite clothing and blankets for her children and grandchildren. Her home was always filled with the wonderful aroma of fresh baked bread, cookies and sweet rolls. Family and friends were always welcome for smorgasbords and music.
      As she always desired, “Moomie” happily resided in her home until her last day.

     The family will greet friends from 9-10 a.m. (CST) on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, at Goodale Memorial Chapel, 912 S. Hamilton St, Lockport, IL, 60441. A memorial service will follow at 10 a.m. Luncheon for family and friends to follow at Fox’s Orland Park Restaurant & Pub, 9655 W 143rd St, Orland Park, Ill.


Wandamae Frances (Peters) Lyons, 88, of Hartford, passed away at 11:16 p.m. on Jan. 11, 2016, at her home.
     She was born on March 28, 1927, in Benton Township to Benjamin Alexander Peters and Frances Genevieve (Carpp) Peters. Wanda graduated from Benton Harbor High School in 1945, and attended Michigan State College in Lansing, studying music. She sang in choirs, played tennis and was the drum majorette in junior high and high school.
     On June 14, 1947, she married Robert E. Lyons
in Benton Harbor. He passed away on Dec. 7, 2008. They lived in Kalamazoo and Chicago while Bob was attending college, then moved to Lawrence in 1954, where Bob started his dental practice. In 1960 they moved their residence to Hartford and the dental practice to Watervliet. Wanda was a homemaker, seamstress, music teacher and directed the church choir. She lived a life full of love, singing, baking and had a deep faith in God.
     Wandamae is survived by two sons, William Lyons and Donald Lyons; and two daughters, Peggy (James) Lyons McCormick and Teresa Lyons Tavolacci; four granddaughters: Tracie (Jason) Tavolacci Kraushaar, Julie (Jason) Tavolacci Wychuyse, Shanna (Mark) McCormick Liverett and Michelle (Jared) Lyons Enos; two grandsons, Adrian (Beth) Tavolacci and Joel (Angie) Tavolacci; and 20 great-grandchildren. Wandamae is also survived by one sister, Betty (James) Lull; two brothers, Eugene (Marian) Peters and Don (Rheta) Peters. She was preceded in death by sister-in-law, Connie (Harry) Rimes.
     A service to honor her memory will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, at New Life Harvest Ministries, 67473 Red Arrow Highway, Hartford. Pastor Marla Thurman will be officiating. Wandamae will be laid to rest in Maple Hill Cemetery in Hartford. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at http://www.calvin-leonardfh.com.


Mr. Joseph Edward Carmody, age 86, passed away January 7, 2016 at his residence [in Aynor SC] with his loving family by his side.
     Mr. Carmody was born June 21, 1929 in Dowagiac, Michigan a son of the late Gerald Hugh and Jenny Crosby Carmody. He was predeceased by one brother, Thomas Patrick Carmody.
     Mr. Carmody retired from the United States Navy after 23 years of service to his country. He was a current member of St. James Catholic Church and was a former member of St. Theresa Catholic Church. Before retiring Mr. Carmody served the Roman Catholic Diocese of Charleston in many capacities.
     In addition to his wife, Mrs. Juanita Collins Carmody, Mr. Carmody is survived by one son, Thomas Carmody (Rebecca) of Fredericksburg, Va., two daughters, Dona Feador of Coral Gables, Fla., Theresa Cusaac (Carl) of Aynor, SC, one brother, Maurice Carmody of Palos Heights, IL., three, sisters, Margaret Casey of Sun City, Az., Sally Moser of Grand Haven, MI., Gerry Farrar of Whitehall, MI., nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
     A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 12:00 PM Monday, January 11, 2016 at St. Theresa Catholic Church in Summerville, SC. Burial with full military rights will follow at Dorchester Memory Gardens. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.
     In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Mr. Carmody’s memory to Heartland Hospice, 2411 N. Oak Street Suite 108 Myrtle Beach, SC 29577-3164.

NOTE:  Joseph was a 1946 Hartford Michigan High school graduate.

Hawkins, Alice Roberta (Thompson) Alice was born in Chicago, Illinois, one of six children of Charles Ross Thompson and Minnie Pearl (Rose) Thompson.
    Her brothers: Roger Thompson, Kenneth Thompson, and Charles Thompson, Jr. and sisters: Charlotte (Thompson) Shaw and Virginia (Thompson) Love preceded her in death.
    Her family moved to Detroit, Michigan when she was four. She attended Detroit Public Schools and graduated from Michigan State University, majoring in Home Economics. Her first teaching job was at Lawton High School, Lawton, MI. She married Henry Gordon Hawkins of Lawton in l938. They lived in Hartford, MI, Deckerville, MI and Brighton, MI where they both retired from Brighton Area Schools and moved to Sarasota, Florida in 1963. Alice enjoyed sewing, cooking and playing golf. She was an accomplished artist in Sumi brush painting. When Gordon passed away in 1993 she moved to Ann Arbor MI to be near her family.
    Surviving are daughter, Nancy Hawkins Dunbar (Del); grandson, Matthew Dunbar (Nancy) and family: Jane, Will and Cora of West Hartford, CT; and grandson, Ross Dunbar (Mitra) and family: Ayla and Nicholas Dunbar of Ann Arbor.
    Services will be held on Wednesday January 6th at 11 a.m. at the Life Story Funeral Home, Betzler & Thompson, 60900 M-40, Paw Paw (269-657-3870) with burial following in Oak Grove Cemetery, Lawton, MI. Please visit Alice's personal memory page at www.lifestorynet.com where you can read her life story, archive a favorite memory or photo and sign her guest book.


Herington, Michael A., of Kalamazoo, passed away Tuesday, January 5, 2016. He was born on March 5, 1947 in Benton Harbor, MI.  
     Michael was a veteran of the United States Navy, serving 4 years during the Vietnam War.
     Surviving are his wife, Rebecca Herington and dear friends, Art and Kathy Bos.
   Honoring his wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no public visitation or service. Memorial contributions may be directed to Wounded Warrior Project or SPCA of Southwest Michigan.

NOTE:  Michael, know as Michael Clemens in school, is from the 1965 Hartford High School graduating class.
 


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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.