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Betty Sue Steenwyk,
77, of Hartford died Dec. 31, 2017, at home. Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, 621-4101.

 

Lois Ann (Brinsfield) Anders was born Jan. 14, 1946, in Hartford, to Roy and Marion Brinsfield, both preceded her in passing.
    
Lois left this world Dec. 17, 2017, at her home in Hartford.
     On March 7, 1964, she married Melvin L. Anders. Nov. 4, 1965, brought their first child, James L. Anders, and then on March 19, 1967, their daughter, Pamela K. Anders, joined the family. Being a mother is something she cherished. She was an amazing stay-at-home mom. Lois was old fashioned and modest. A hot breakfast before her children went to school and dinner on the table when Mel arrived home was something she felt strongly about.
     As much as she loved being a mom, she loved even more being “Nana” to Marco Hernandez, Matthew Hernandez and Kayleigh (Anders) Hernandez. She carried on the traditions of breakfast before school and a solid bedtime. She adored her grandchildren; she had such a special bond with each one. Things got even sweeter for her when she became a great-grandmother to Melody, Logan and Jazmin.
     Lois was the constant caregiver. She was a nurturer and that was what made her so special to everyone. If you needed a place to stay and she had room, you were always welcome. Rather than live on her own with her family, she and Melvin, with their children, lived with and took care of her mother until her passing in 1995.
     Lois was wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend and “Aunt Loie” to the dozens of nieces and nephews that have been so blessed to have her in their lives. She loved being surrounded by all of her kids. She was not only their aunt, but for most, she was like another parent.
     Lois was sentimental. It wasn’t things that cost a lot of money that meant the most to her, it was the little things, a note, a card or even a little flower picked by one of the kids. Those are things that were invaluable to her.
     Lois is survived by her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her sisters, Sue (Mike) Downey of Hartford, and Delores (Tom) Sullivan of Arizona. Lois was very close to her brother-in-law, Mike, and referred to him as “My Mikey.” She is also survived by brothers, Pat (Paula) Roush and Bill Hunt, both of Hartford; by her in-laws that she loved dearly: Bill (Sharon) Anders, Charlie Anders, James (Michelle) Anders, Faye (Tony) Summerhill, Patty (Junior) Whittker and Nick (Karen) Anders.
     Lois was preceded in passing by the love of her life, Mel. Also preceding her were her parents; her grandson, John; sisters: O’Neita Brinsfield, Glenda Widner and Mary Alice Brinsfield; her brothers: Dale Brinsfield, Kenny Brinsfield, Bobby Brinsfield, James “Butch” Hauweghen and Gary Hauweghen; brother-in-law, Eddie Anders; and her mother and father-in-law, Nora and William Anders.
     Times have changed and the world moves fast, but those whose lives have been touched by Lois still feel that old-fashioned love and nostalgia for a simpler time. Love the small things and cherish who and what you have, because ultimately that is what matters.
     The family will welcome friends from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 21, at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, where the service will follow at 1 p.m. Burial will follow in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Lois’ name may be made to the American Cancer Society or American Heart Association. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at www.calvin-leonardfh.com.

 

Thomas Coy Smith 81, made his final trip home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017, at his home in Watervliet Township.
     He was born Jan. 2, 1936, in Benton Harbor, the son of Clinton and Mary Jane (Wyman) Smith. Tom, as he was known by just about everyone, was a graduate of Benton Harbor High School. He served his country honorably in the U.S. Army and the U.S. Army Reserves. He founded Tom Smith Tractor Parts in Hartford in 1965. He was a longtime member of the Hartford Federated Church. He loved tractors, enjoyed the camaraderie of the public and his loyal customers and most recently, movies and Netflix. But his greatest, everlasting love was for his family and close friends.
     The family will welcome friends 5-8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17, at the Hartford Federated Church. A celebration of life service to honor his memory will be at 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 18, at the church with the Rev. Ben Williamson officiating. As to Tom’s wishes, cremation will follow the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in his name may be made to Caring Circle or to the church. The Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, is assisting the family in their time of need. Those wishing to leave condolences for the family may do so at www. calvin-leonardfh.com.
     Tom was united in marriage to the former Verna Wolfe on Oct. 16, 1986. She survives, along with four children: Thomas (Lori) Smith, Beth (Butch) Rhode, Kim (Don) Hicks and Kathy (Gil) Jasmin. Also surviving are six grandchildren: Marie (Brian) Schnicke, Lindsay (Eric Clark) Smith, Megan McGlennon, Kimberly (Francis) Aboagye, Sarah Hicks and Jennifer Fields; nine greatgrandchildren; a sister, Barbara (John) Weaver; and many nieces and nephews.
     Tom was preceded in passing by his parents.

 

Connie Ann Zenor was born Aug. 8, 1960, in Watervliet. She passed away at age 57 on Dec. 10, 2017, at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo. She was the daughter of Elmer and Marcella (Doss) Horn.
     The family will welcome friends at the Calvin Funeral Home from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15, 2017, with a celebration of life service to follow at 12:30 p.m. The Rev. Lonnie Truelove will officiate. Private burial will take place in Keeler Cemetery. 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.
     On Sept. 17, 2012, Connie married Paul Zenor and he survives along with a daughter, Misty (Bryan) Paulin of Central City, Ky.; three grandchildren: Alisha (Logan Wells) Darling, Anthony Paulin and Isabella “Bella” Paulin; one great-grandchild, Anakin Wells; her father, Elmer Horn; and two brothers, Clifford (Dawn Orr) Horn and Donnie Horn; a niece, Rebecca Horn; and a nephew, Cliff (Sammie Jaskowiak) Horn Jr.; and other family members and friends.
     Connie was preceded in death by her mother, Marcella Horn, and a brother, Terry Horn.
After graduating from Hartford High School, Connie went on to nursing school and worked at Metron of Bloomingdale for over 20 years. In her spare time, she enjoyed going to the casino, dancing, listening to music, riding a Harley, and playing laser tag with her dog “Scooby.”


Christine Diane McFarland Price
passed away in her sleep on Saturday, November 25, 2017 at her home in Indianapolis, Indiana following long and courageous battles with Parkinson's disease and lung cancer. 
     She was born August 13, 1951 in Benton Harbor MI and was a 1969 graduate of Hartford High School
     She is survived by her mother, Maxine McFarland of Hartford; husband, Richard Price; children Kimberly Linderman Miller (Chad Compton) and Dennis Linderman; grandchildren Duncan Miller, Joshua Miller, Zachary Compton, Logan Linderman, and Casey Linderman, all of Indianapolis; siblings Linda Bippus, Dan McFarland (Vicki), and Michael McFarland (Johnna), all of Hartford, and JoAnne O'Rourke of Kalamazoo; seven nephews and nieces, and 13 great-nephews and nieces.  Her father, Art McFarland Jr., preceded her in death.
     Chris will be remembered for her cheerful attitude, positive outlook and encouragement of others. She was especially drawn to helping older people. She and her husband started a grocery store in a neighborhood with a high-rise apartment building for the elderly and disabled. Residents who could not come to the store called Chris to asked if their groceries could be delivered-the start of a grocery delivery business.


Kathleen Stockwell went home to be with the Lord Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017.
     She was born in Jackson, Mich., Feb. 27, 1919, the daughter of Lloyd J. Lockwood and Gertrude (Gregory) Lockwood. She grew up in Ann Arbor and attended Michigan State University in East Lansing.

     She became a high school English teacher and her first teaching assignment was in Hartford, Mich., where she met and married her husband, Roy A. Stockwell Jr. They married on June 4, 1943, and moved to Chicago, Ill., where Roy taught as a civilian in the U.S. Army Signal Corps.
     After the war, they moved to Bensenville, Ill., and Kathleen was an elementary teacher in the Bensenville School District teaching fourth and sixth grades. Her husband, Roy, worked as a radio operator with the Illinois State Police for 25 years. They retired in 1974 and returned to Hartford.

     Roy passed away in 1983, and Kathleen remained in Hartford until she moved to Harker Heights and then Temple, Texas, to live near her daughter,
     Shirley Best. Kathleen had strong faith in Christ and was very active in the Hartford Federated Church. She was loved by many people. Kathleen was well known for her helping hand, her sense of humor, a sweet personality and her ready smile. She loved to read, sew, knit, paint and garden.
     Kathleen is survived by one daughter, Shirley Best, and a son-in-law, Louis Best of Harker Heights, Texas; a grandson, Philip Best of St. Louis; a granddaughter, Deborah Best of St. Louis; four great-grandchildren; and many cousins and friends.
     A 10 a.m. graveside service will be held on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, at the Maple Hill Cemetery in Hartford, Mich.
     Local arrangements were entrusted to Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford. You may express condolences with the Stockwell family by visiting www.crawfordbowers.org.

 

William "Bill" Stoddard, age 75, of Laketown MI, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday November 7, 2017. He was born in Hartford, Michigan on August 23, 1942 to Clinton and Myrtle Stoddard. He graduated from Hartford High School in 1960 and enlisted in the United States Navy. Bill served as a Electronics Technician for 4 years. Bill met the love of his life, Nancy (Speet) in 1968 while driving his 69 Corvette down 8th street, Downtown Holland. They were married for 48 wonderful years.     
     The world revolved around his family, especially his grandchildren. He was an avid outdoorsman and fisherman who enjoyed his yearly trips to Florida. After faithfully serving his country he attended and graduated from Western Michigan University in 1968 with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering. His education launched him into a 20 year career at General Electric. Mr. Stoddard ended his career in Grand Rapids running two smaller companies, Kirkhof Goodrich and T.G. Systems.
     Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Clinton (Myrtle) Stoddard; in-laws, John (Blondie) Speet; son, Jeffrey Stoddard; brother in-laws, Tom Speet, Wayne Speet, Ed Downer; niece, Melissa Speet. Mr. Stoddard is survived by his loving wife, Nancy Stoddard; son, Jerry (Christin); daughter in-law; Heather Stoddard; Daughter, Jennifer (John) Forsythe; grandchildren, Donovan and Gabrielle Stoddard, Adam, Nathan, and Lily Forsythe, Corey Yetzke; siblings, Judy Downer, Rick (Jan) Stoddard; in-laws, John Speet, Randy (cindy) Speet, Mary Speet, Jean (Ken) DeWitt, and numerous nieces and nephews.
     Visitation is Friday November 10, from 5 to 8pm at The Dykstra Funeral Home – Mulder Chapel, 188 32nd Street, Holland. A funeral service will be held 11am Saturday November 11, at Gibson Church, 6486, 140th ave, Holland. Pastor Brent Pollema will officiate the ceremony. The family was served by the Dykstra Funeral Home – Mulder Chapel.

 

Betty Lorraine Cole Heuser, 58, of Hartford passed away Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, at home.
     “Lori,” as she was known by most, was born March 11, 1959, in Chicago, the daughter of H.K. and Jessie (Ford) Noe, both of whom preceded her in passing. She was also preceded in passing by a brother, Harl Noe.
     Lori worked for Kuehnle Farms. She also loved taking care of the family and looked forward to her yearly trip to Oshkosh, Wis., with her husband and kids.
     Lori is survived by her husband, Gary; three children: Samuel Heuser, Emily Heuser and Charles McKinven; mother-in-law, Kay McKinven; sister, Darlene (Guillermo) Serratos; and brother, Daniel Noe.
     As per Lori’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A memorial service to honor her memory will commence at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12, at the Hartford United Methodist Church with the Rev. Ryan Wenburg officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Lori’s name may be made to the 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 www.calvin-leonardfh.com.

 

Sherman Gene Honea Sr., 75, of Hartford passed away on Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017.
     Celebration of life will be held by the family at Lakeshore Christian Church at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. Arrangements have been entrusted to Hoven Funeral Home, Buchanan. Online condolences may be made at www.hovenfunerals.com.
    
Sherman was born July 29, 1942, in Ravenden Springs, Ark., to the late Frank and Eva Honea. He had been retired for several years. He loved hunting and fishing back in the day. Several years back he found the love for karaoke, good old country music. He loved his old western movies, gardening and feeding the squirrels and birds. Most of all he loved his family and friends.

     Sherman is survived by his beloved daughter, Becky (Lew) Olsen; grandkids: Amanda and Matt Mollett all of Stevensville, Heather (Tony) Chesser of Baroda; beloved daughter, Tammy Honea of Independence, Mo.; beloved son, Sherman (Jackie) Honea Jr.; grandson, Tony of Paw Paw; sisters, Betty (Frank) Howart-Dockter, Estell Wilson of Hartford; brother, James Honea of Coloma; and many nieces and nephews.
     Sherman was preceded in death by father, Frank Honea; mother, Eva Honea; and stepbrother, Preston Honea.

Barbara Allen Stair was born Jan. 1, 1933, in Reeves, Ark., the daughter of Hughie and Pearl (Griffen) McNail. Barbara went to be with the Lord on Oct. 22, 2017, at home at the age of 84.
     Barbara retired as a cook from Hartford Public Schools after many years of employment.
     Barbara is survived by her three children: Malinda (Deslin) Gargus of Hartford, Jeronda Risenhoover of Visalia, Calif., and Scott (Wendy) Stair of Hartford; eight grandchildren: Dana (Rick) Little, DJ (Betsy) Ruple, Chad (Laura) Gargus, Marcus Stair, Eric (Terri) Kelsey, Bambi (Dennis) Weston, Skyler Stair and Seanna Stair; 11 great-grandchildren: Krystin, Adelle, Harper, Alexis, Isabelle, Matthew (Lainey), Marissa, Kyle, Tracen, Kali and Max; and two greatgreat- grandchildren, Charlie Rose and Sophie. She is also survived by a sister, Betty Mahaffey of Branson, Mo.; a brother, Jimmy (Vicki) McNail of Missouri; and many other family members and friends.
     Barbara was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Eual Stair; her parents and three brothers.
     The family will receive friends 1-2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 30, at Full Gospel Assembly Church, Hartford, with funeral services starting at 2 p.m. The Rev. Lonnie Truelove will officiate. Barbara will be laid to rest next to her husband at Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Shriners. The family has entrusted the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, with arrangements. Memorial condolences for the family can be left at www.calvin-leonardfh.com.

 

C. Michael “Sonny” Kelly, 72, of Decatur passed away Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, at Medi-Lodge Assisted Living in Kalamazoo.
     A celebration of life service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, at Newell Chapel, 83313 M-51, Decatur, with the Rev. Rick Blumenberg officiating. Burial will follow at Lakeside Cemetery in Decatur. Friends may visit with the family 5-7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to First Church of God-St. Joseph or Southwest Michigan De-Colores Ministries. Those wishing to sign Mike’s memory book online may do so at www.newellchapel.com.
    
Mike was born June 5, 1945, in Benton Harbor to Mike and Ruth (Brant) Kelly. He graduated from Berrien Springs High School, Class of 1964, and earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Western Michigan University in 1986. On April 10, 1965, he married the former Rebecca Mainard in Decatur.
     Mike was employed at Paramount Die Cast in Stevensville for 18 years until it closed. In 1987, he began his career as a teacher with the Hartford Public Schools, retiring after 20 years. Mike was a member of the First Church of God in St. Joseph and Southwest Michigan DeColores Ministries.
     Mike lead an active life as secretary/treasurer of Decatur-Hamilton Fire Department, past president of the Decatur Jaycees, Hartford Lions Club, where he served on the board of directors, Decatur Boy Scout Troop and served the Decatur Ambulance Service for 10 years. He was an avid Chicago Cubs and Bears fan and enjoyed fishing. Mike is survived by his son, Michael L. Kelly of Decatur; his daughter, Beverly Kelly of Tulsa, Okla.; four grandchildren: Leola Rhienhart, Rebecca Kelly, Kyle (Courtney) Kelly and Tiffany Kelly; three greatgrandchildren: Ryan and Jonathan Kelly and Truly Gonzalez; his brother, Frank (Cookie) Kelly of Tabor, Iowa; and several nieces and nephews.
     He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Becky, on Nov. 12, 1999; and his brother, Daniel in 2015.


Peter Aloysious Latus
, 82, born November 26, 1934 in Hartford, MI, passed away October 9, 2017 at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans, where he had moved in July 2017 from Independence Village in East Lansing.
     Peter is survived by his son Steve (Ruth Stevens) and daughters Jane (Gary) Emmert, Janine and Pat (Bob Kennedy); brothers Tom (Marilyn) and Bob (Bette), and sister Alice (Clarence) Hill. He is preceded in death by daughters Janette and Amy, brother Leo and sisters Mary Ellen and Frances.
     He was a 1953 graduate of Hartford High School, served in the U.S. Army and was married twice. His wives were Marilyn (nee Hagen) Willenbrink and Carol (nee Dingman) Latus.
     Peter was a long-time member of St. Thomas Aquinas Church in East Lansing and enjoyed singing in the church choir.
     The family is being served by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, Lansing Chapel. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at www.grlansing.com.

NOTE:  Peter was the son of Dr. Leo and Roseline Latus


Louise Dorothy Weeden passed away at the age of 97 on Sunday, October 8, 2017 at the home of her daughter in Paw Paw.
     Louise was born May 16, 1920 in Flint, Michigan the daughter of Henry and Marie (Keitzman) Meida. Louise was co-owner of the Hartford Shopping Center in Hartford with her husband Merritt. After retiring in 1973, they moved to Florida. Merritt passed away in 1984 and in 1998, Louise moved to Paw Paw, where she spent her remaining days with her daughter, Barbara. Louise was a member of the Paw Paw Seventh Day Adventist Church. In her spare time she enjoyed traveling, doing crafts of all kinds, swimming, bicycling and reading, however, her most enjoyable times were those moments spent with her children and grandchildren.
     Louise is survived by her children; Lee (Dorla) Weeden of Jenks, Oklahoma, William (Marjorie) Weeden of Hartford, Merry Lou Link and Barbara Carpenter both of Paw Paw and Janyce Mack of Kalamazoo. She is also survived by fourteen grandchildren; Kathy Parker-Hammond, Karen Parks, Steven Weeden, Timothy Weeden, Judy Weeden, David Weeden, Susan Esmond, Charles Weeden, William D. Weeden Jr., Sandra Newman, Rhiannon Mack-Diaz, Misty Hill, Jason Weeden and Jeffery Weeden, many great grandchildren, a few great great grand children and many nieces, nephews and extended family.
     Besides her husband Merritt, Louise was preceded in death by her children; Fred and Thomas Weeden, her
parents and her siblings; Ruth Lattie, Elfriede Gay, Bill Meida and Helen Meida.
     The family will welcome friends from 1 to 3 p.m.; Thursday, October 12 at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, where a celebration of life service to honor Louise’s memory will commence at 3 p.m. with Pastor Michael Taylor officiating. Louise will be laid to rest next to her husband at Maple Hill Cemetery in Hartford. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Southwest Michigan Hospice. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at http://www.calvin-leonardfh. com.

Gordon James McDonald, 83, of Hartford passed away unexpectedly Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, at Bronson Hospital in South Haven.
     He was born June 20, 1934, in Cavalier, N.D., the son of James and Gladys (Solberg) McDonald. He attended school in Cavalier, N.D., and joined the National Guard in 1949. He entered the U.S. Army on Sept. 1, 1950, and was honorably discharged in January of 1951. In 1954, Gordon moved to Plentywood, Mont., and worked construction. He married Lorraine Johnson on Feb. 5, 1957, in Edinburg, N.D. They moved to Cavalier, N.D., in 1960, where he worked for Abrahamson Bros. Construction until 1967. He later moved to Hartford and worked construction until his retirement in 1996. Gordon married Doris Smith on Sept. 18, 1991. Gordon loved to visit with friends and family, play pool, golf and card games. He enjoyed having fun.
     He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Gladys McDonald; by sister, Irene Stoffer; brothers, Marvin and George McDonald; and special friend, Connie Graves.
     Gordon is survived by his children: Jim (Sherry) McDonald, Gail (Amos) Fernandez, Tim (Jenny) McDonald, Todd and Twyla Crosby; stepchildren: Donna (Al) Holmer, Linda Gober, Sheila (Tony) Smith, Sheri Hoard, Terry Ridge; siblings: Joyce (Jack) Trottier, Betty (Bob) Olafson, Linda (Junie) Doyle and John (Sandy) McDonald; 22 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren.
     A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29, 2017, at the American Legion Post 362 in Coloma, 351 E. St. Joseph St., Coloma, MI 49038. Kindly share your thoughts and memories on the family’s online guest book at www. FilbrandtFAFH.com. The family is being helped by the Filbrandt Family Funeral Home of South Haven, 637-0333.

 

Michele Scaletta, 56, of Orlando, Fla., formerly of Hartford, passed away suddenly on Aug. 27, 2017, from head trauma following a fall at home.
     Michele was born July 10, 1961, in Watervliet to the late Michael and Anna May Scaletta.
     Surviving are her brothers: Bob (Janice) Scaletta of Kansas City, Mo., Bill (Linda) Scaletta of Stevensville, Randy (Cindy) Scaletta of Plant City, Fla.; and her sister, Mary Scaletta of St. Joseph. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
     Michele worked in the service industry in Orlando, Fla., for most of her adult life. She enjoyed baseball, gardening and caring for her cats.
     Though she struggled at times, there is solace in knowing through her organ donations, she was able to provide life for two others. That will be her legacy.
     Memorials may be made to the family in care of Mary Scaletta.

NOTE:  Michele was a 1979 Hartford High School graduate.

 

Buford Henry Mann of Hartford died at home Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, at the age of 81. Buford was born to Jewell and Silvia (Longhorn) Mann on March 2, 1936, in Hardy, Ark. He was preceded in death by his parents, and two brothers: Bill and Phillip Mann.
    On Nov. 4, 1994, he and Betty Larabee were united in marriage. She survives along with nine children: Robert Mann of New Mexico, Ailene (Lee) Morisy of Memphis, Tenn., Melinda (Steve) Koutz of Bellefontaine, Ohio, Ron (Eva) Mann of Valrico, Fla., Travis Mann of Sumner, Mo., Regina (Nicholas) Sullivan of Benton, Ark., Dan (Christine) Souliere of Kalamazoo, Corey (Laura) Souliere of Phoenix, and Stacey (Mark) Blocker of Hartford. He is also survived by 15 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and eight siblings: Charles Mann, Imogene Boyd, Jewell Mann, Bob Goble, Shirley Lane, Peggy Mann, Larry Mann and Gary Mann; several nieces, nephews, other family members, and loads of friends.
     While living in Phoenix, Buford owned and operated his own trucking business, Buford Mann Trucking. He loved the rodeo and was known to ride bulls. After moving to Michigan, he went to work at Mann Metal Finishing and drove truck up until his retirement. While relaxing he would often watch NASCAR and boxing. He will be truly missed by all that knew him.
     The family will welcome friends for a time of fellowship from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26, at Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford and a celebration of life service at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27 at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to either Marie Yeager Cancer Center, Saint Joseph or Caring Circle of South Haven. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at http://www.calvin-leonardfh.com.

Maria Castro, 61, of Hartford passed away Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, at Bronson Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo.
     Maria was born Nov. 14, 1955, in Rio Bravo, Mexico, the daughter of Santiago Galaviz and Felicitas Martinez.
     Maria is survived by her five children: Jose L. Galaviz, Juan C. Galaviz and Joel A. (Gloria) Galaviz, all of Rio Bravo, Frankie (Belinda) Galaviz of Holland and Freddy Cavazos of Grand Rapids; her father, Santiago Galaviz of Hartford; siblings: Juan Galaviz of Hartford, Santiago Galaviz Jr. of Grand Rapids, Maria G. Longoria of Hartford, Benjamin Galaviz of Grand Rapids, Maria C. Espinoza of Hartford, Janie Sales of Niles, and Javier Galaviz of Hartford; 18 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
     Maria is preceded in passing by her mother, Felicitas Galaviz-Martinez.
     The family will welcome friends 9-11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 18, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, where a Mass of Christian burial celebration will take place at 11 a.m. with the Rev. German Perez-Diaz as celebrant. Burial will follow in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Maria’s name may be made to the family.
     The family has entrusted the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, with arrangements. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at http://www.calvinleonardfh.com.

Thomas Ford Moody Sr., 51, of Hartford passed away suddenly Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, at home.
     Thomas was born May 8, 1966, in Decaturville, Tenn., the son of James and Bonnie (Hayes) Moody, both of whom preceded him in passing. Also preceding him in passing were three brothers, five sisters and his soul mate, Theresa Johnson.
     Thomas is survived by a daughter, Lisa (Jermiah) Moody-Moore of Coloma; five sons: Thomas Moody Jr. and Joey (Amy Spangler) Moody, both of Coloma, Keegan Moody, Jerry (CJ) Moody and Tommy Moody, all of Hartford; and grandchildren: Noah, Bailey, Kylee, Greyson and Alexandra. He is survived by a brother, James “Hank” Moody of Tennessee; three sisters: Lena Martin, Bonnie Ball and Betty Black, all of Tennessee; and numerous other family members.
     The family will welcome friends 1-2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15, at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, where the service to honor his memory will commence at 2 p.m. Burial will follow in Fairview Memorial Cemetery, Watervliet.
     In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Thomas’ name may be made to the family. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at www.calvin-leonardfh.com.

 

Loretta May Barlow-Tradewell, 94, of Bangor passed away Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017.
     Loretta was born April 12, 1923, in Watertown, S.D., the daughter of Harvey and Bertha Rhinehart.
     Surviving are her daughters, Sandra Miller and Dixie Lerch; brother, Richard Rhinehart of Sierra Vista, Ariz.; sister, Jean Brown of Coldwater; and many grandchildren.
     Following her wishes cremation has taken place. A graveside service will take place at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 18, 2017, at Maple Hill Cemetery in Hartford. Arrangements by Bangor Chapel, D. L. Miller Funeral Home, www.dlmillerfuneralhome.com.

NOTE:  Loretta was from the 1941 Class of Hartford High School.
 


Bruce Albert Varnau
passed away suddenly at the age of 62 on Monday, Sept. 4, 2017, at Lakeland Medical Center, St. Joseph. Bruce was born March 18, 1955, in Watervliet, the son of Albert and Geraldine (Edwards) Varnau, both of whom precede him in passing.
     Bruce graduated from Hartford High School in 1973 and was formerly employed with Walmart of Benton Harbor.
     Bruce is survived by three sisters: Deborah (Randy) Cuthbert of Cassopolis, Janis (Charlie) Jaynes and Paula Picone, both of Mattoon, Ill. He is survived by three nieces, one nephew, four great-nephews and many loving cousins and friends.
     The family will welcome friends 10-11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13, at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, where a memorial service to honor Bruce’s memory will commence at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Ben Cuthbert officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Goodwill Industries of Southwest Michigan. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at http://www.calvin-leonardfh.com.


Gloria May (Heater) Peters
, 89, of Hartford, and more recently Charlevoix, Mich., gracefully and peacefully went to be with her beloved husband, Wilson, and her heavenly Father on Monday, Sept. 4, 2017, surrounded by her loving family.
     Gloria was born on Jan. 7, 1928, in Benton Township, Berrien County, to Elsie (Schauss) and Joseph Heater. She graduated from Benton Harbor High School in 1947. Gloria married Wilson Peters on July 22, 1950. Together they joyfully raised three children: Bruce and Gary born in 1951, and Shari born in 1952. After her children were in school full time, Gloria did the unusual and went to work for Whirlpool Corp. She retired from Whirlpool in 1990 after 32 years of dedicated employment.
     Gloria was preceded in death by her husband, Wilson, of 65 years; her parents; her sister, Donna; and her brothers, David and John.
     She is survived by her sons, Bruce (Terre) of Paw Paw, and Gary (Irene) of Yuma, Ariz.; her daughter, Shari (William) Kitchen of Boyne City, Mich.; six grandchildren: Joey, Jason, Adam, Elizabeth, Alycia and Derek; and seven great-grandchildren: Nathan, Henry, Lauren, Anna May, Edwin, Zachary and Addison; and many loving nieces and nephews.

     Gloria will be remembered for her love of family and friends, and her quick wit and great sense of humor, which did not overshadow her fearless courage and independent spirit. She was a classy lady both in style and fashion sense, and Gloria’s wardrobe always included beautiful pieces of jewelry. She loved dinner parties, spirited card games, and the camaraderie she shared in Variety Club.
     To honor Gloria, please wear your favorite piece of jewelry.
     The family wishes to thank American House of Charlevoix, Advisacare, Comfort Keepers and Hospice of Michigan for their compassionate caring and kindness.
     Friends and family will meet at Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, for visitation at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017. At 10:30 a.m. there will be a procession to North Shore Memory Gardens for a graveside service at 11 a.m. Lunch and fellowship will follow. Memorials can be made to the Hartford United Methodist Church or Hospice of Michigan. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at http://www.calvin-leonardfh.com.

Phyllis Idell DeFord, 81, of Hartford passed away Sept. 2, 2017.
     She was preceded in death by her parents, Maurice and Clara (Miller) Slesnick; and her husband, William A. DeFord Jr.
     She leaves behind her siblings: Roberta Landberg of New York, Shirley Rainford of Indiana, Carol Schuldt of California, Dr. Toby (June) Mayer of California, Myron (Darney) Mayer of California, and Sharon (Thomas) Murtaugh of California. She also leaves behind her beloved children: William (Linda) DeFord of Hartford, Robert DeFord of Bangor, Terry (Debra) DeFord of Hartford, and Michelle (Joseph) Shouse of Hartford. She was the blessed grandmother of eight cherished grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and many beloved nieces and nephews.
     Visitation services will be at Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, with a celebration of life held at the Hartford Sportsman’s Club in Hartford following. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at www.calvin-leonardfh.com.


Robert Eugene Dyer of St. Joseph passed away at home, surrounded by family, following a long and courageous battle with multiple health issues.
     A Celebration of Life service will be held at 10:30 A.M., Thursday, August 24, 2017 at First United Methodist Church, St. Joseph, with Reverend Harris Hoekwater officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M., Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph. Burial will follow at Riverview Cemetery, St. Joseph. Memorial donations may be made to First United Methodist Church – St. Joseph or The Caring Circle-Hospice at Home. Those wishing to share a memory or sign the guest book online may do so at www.starks-menchinger.com.
     Bob was born on December 20, 1930, in Hartford, MI to Raymond and Myrtle (Robinson) Dyer. He married Eleanor Kirby on July 31, 1952, in Benton Harbor. Eleanor preceded Bob in death on January 22, 2006.  He had resided in St. Joseph for the past 64 years, 53 of those years with Eleanor.
     Bob was a proud U.S. Army veteran, serving in the 40th Infantry Division in Korea from January 1952 to December 1953. After his honorable discharge, he began a 36-year career working for the United States Postal Service. He advanced from a carrier to Assistant Postmaster of the St. Joseph Post Office over 30 years, then served as Postmaster of the Stevensville Post Office for 6 years.
     Bob’s life was defined by his love for family and his service to others. Bob and Eleanor created a strong and loving relationship together and built a caring and supportive family environment for their children and extended family.  He was a long-term member of First United Methodist Church, St. Joseph, where he served on many committees – many years serving in leadership roles.  He was instrumental in the Missions Commissions Annual Winter Coat Box and Mitten Tree program.  For 25 years, most with Eleanor, he collected almost 3,800 coats and 14,500 gloves and hats for distribution to many area organizations.
     Bob coached youth athletics and attended a large number of athletic and school programs to support his children and grandchildren, and continued to attend St. Joseph High School football games even as his health became a challenge in order to support both the team and the band.  He was a long-time member of the American Legion and Lakeshore Lions Club.  He also served as local Service Center Officer for National Active and Retired Federal Employees as well as National Association of Postmasters of United States.
     Family camping trips and holiday get-togethers were always highlights in his life. Aside from family, he also enjoyed “fixing things”, spending winters in Florida, enjoying breakfast with Don and Larry, and following the Chicago Cubs and Detroit Lions.
     He was especially proud of each of his six grandchildren.  He felt privileged to be part of their lives and always talked about their educational and career accomplishments.
     Bob is survived by three children, Karol Kvorka of DeWitt, MI, Richard (Pamela) Dyer of St. Joseph, and Janet (Joseph) Camilleri of Grandville, MI; and six grandchildren: Kristine Kvorka, Kimberly Kvorka, Andrew Dyer, Timothy Dyer, Emma Camilleri, and Anna Camilleri. He is also survived by a sister, Nancy Huffman of Hartford, MI as well as numerous sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, lifetime friends and relatives, and his dog, Molly.  Bob was preceded in death by Eleanor, the love of his life; his parents; and his brother, William Dyer.



Schuyler Patrick Kellogg, 88, of Niles, Michigan, passed away peacefully in his sleep on August 18, 2017.
    He was born on January 20, 1929 in Flint, Michigan to the late Norman and Winifred (Johnson) Kellogg. He was the third of six children.
     Sky attended Cassopolis Union School, college at Michigan State University and
served proudly in the U.S. Navy. Sky returned home and married his sweetheart and love, Charleen Reneberg in 1953. They had three children and enjoyed 56 years of marriage together. They resided in Hartford, Michigan for most of their lives, and then retired to Niles.
     Schuyler was a respected and accomplished member of the community. He bought Kellogg Hardware in 1956 and was a partner in hardware stores in Lawrence and Watervliet. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge #309, a member of Elks Lodge #889 and a member of the Michigan Retail Hardware Association. He also served on the Board of Directors at Van Buren State Bank in Hartford, Michigan, First
National Bank, in Watervliet, Michigan and the Fruit Belt Credit Union, in Hartford, Michigan.
  
  More importantly, Sky will be remembered for his generous heart, his warm smile and unconditional love and friendship. He had a quick wit and a great laugh. To spend time with Sky was to feel known and honored by his attention and presence.

     He is preceded in death by his parents, Norman and Winifred, a brother, Norman, and his wife, Charleen.
     Sky has left a legacy of love and kindness for those who survive him. His children, Karen Kellogg of Niles, Mark (Carrie) Kellogg of Watervliet and Christopher (David Venne) of Grand Rapids. His siblings, Sheila Fritz, Judy (Richard) Richter, Free (Lynn) Kellogg and Tom Kellogg. Grandchildren, Megan (Neil) Bahbah, Norman Kellogg and Gina Kellogg. Great Grandchildren, Jake and Nico Bahbah. His loving friend Jeri Simmons and so many special friends, too many to name.
     Visitation will be held beginning at 1 pm on Saturday, September 2nd, 2017 followed by a memorial service at 2 pm at Hartford Federated Church, at 65418 Red Arrow Hwy in Hartford.
     Donations may be made in Schuyler’s memory to Hartford Public Schools Foundation for Quality Education, 115 School Street, Hartford, Michigan 49057.


Edgar Lee Holland, 78, of Hartford went to be with our Lord on Aug. 19, 2017.
     He was born in Symsonia, Ky., and spent most of his life in Southwest Michigan. On Dec. 15, 1957, he was married to the love of his life, Eunice McAndrew of Baton Rouge, La. He was very involved in New Freedom Church in Coloma. Ed was a strong member of the Hartford community for over 30 years. He opened VICS pizza in downtown Hartford in 1985. This restaurant served as a sanctuary for local patrons to gather after school, practice or work, for a great meal and warm conversation. After VICS pizza, Ed opened up a new pawn shop in town, Hartford outlet. He always had a passion for his town, and he even resurrected the Hartford Strawberry Festival and was an active member of the Hartford Business Association. He was very involved with the Hartford community through mentorship, as an active sports fan, and even providing employment for our youth.
     Ed leaves behind a loving family to cherish his memory which includes his five children: Eddie Holland, Romona (Darrell) Halsle, Lauri Holland, Victor (Caterina) Holland and Shirley (Brian) Schemic; 23 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; five siblings; and many nieces and nephews.
     Ed was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Eunice (McAndrew) Holland; his daughter, Leona Goyer; his grandson, EJ Holland; a granddaughter, Anna Schemic; his parents, John and Bernice Holland; and several siblings. Friends may visit with Ed’s family at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 23, at New Freedom Church in Coloma. A homecoming celebration will commence at 5:30 p.m. Burial will follow in Fairview Memorial Cemetery in Watervliet. Memorials may be made in Ed’s memory to New Freedom Church. You are invited to leave a message of comfort for Ed’s family at hutchinsfuneral.com.

 

Cole Benjamin Birkhead, 16, of Hartford went to be with the Lord on Aug. 13, 2017.
     Cole was born on Nov. 7, 2000, to Nicole Nevins and Gary Birkhead. Cole enjoyed the outdoors, playing a variety of sports, including football, basketball and baseball. Cole was happy to be with his friends and family, namely his brothers, Luke and Ryder.
     Cole is survived by his parents; his brothers, Luke Andrew and Ryder Storm; grandfather, Gary (Barbara) Birkhead; uncles: Kevin Birkhead, Tony (Mandi) Birkhead and Troy Nevins; and many cousins and extended family members.
     He was preceded in death by his grandparents: Marjorie Lynn Emmons, Richard Nevins and Joan Tanner.
     Cole is allowing others to live on through Gift of Life Organ and Tissue Donation. His heart, kidneys, liver, and pancreas were gifted to those in need.
     The family will welcome friends from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19 at the Full Gospel Assembly Church, Hartford, where the service to honor his memory will commence at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Shannon Truelove officiating. Burial will follow in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford. The family has entrusted the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, with arrangements. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at www.calvin-leonardfh.com. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to his family at https://www.gofund me.com/cole-birkhead-memorial-fund.

NOTE:  Cole attended Hartford High School.

 

Teresa Victoria Struzik, 89, of Hartford passed away Thursday, July 27, 2017, at Pine Ridge Nursing and Rehabilitation, Stevensville.
     Teresa was born Jan. 31, 1928, in Hammond, Ind., the daughter of Anthony and Tekla Goray, both of whom preceded her in passing.
     She was also preceded in passing by her husband of 62 years, Charles on Jan. 4, 2014; a sister, Stephanie; and two brothers, John and Anthony.
     Teresa was a homemaker, who loved all her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchild, who were the special, true loves of her life. She was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Hartford. She loved sewing, saying her Rosary, meeting new people, Polish cooking and animals, especially a Siamese cat named, Nick.
     Teresa is survived by a daughter, Barbara (Dave) Walker of Hartford; grandson, Rob (Sarah) Steiner of Atlanta, Ga.; granddaughter, Becky Steiner of Holland; great-granddaughter, Amelia Steiner; numerous nieces and nephews; and dearest friends, Arthur and Cathy Morsaw of Hartford.
     The family will welcome friends 5-7 p.m. Sunday, July 30, at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, where a Rosary will be celebrated at 7 p.m. with the Rev. Arthur Morsaw officiating. Friends may also visit with the family from 10-11 a.m. Monday, July 31, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Hartford, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated by the Rev. German Perez-Diaz. Teresa will be laid to rest in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations should be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital or Animal Aid. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at www.calvin-leonardfh.com.
 

John Allen Martin Sr., 68, of Hartford passed away Tuesday, July 25, 2017, at Lakeland Medical Center, St. Joseph.
     John was born June 3, 1949, in Watervliet, the son of George and Anna (Mc-Carthy) Martin, both of whom preceded him in passing. He was also preceded in passing by two brothers, Horace and Tom Martin.

     John was a graduate of Watervliet High School, worked for Kalin Construction, Harris Trucking, Burnette Foods and later retired as a truck driver for Gra-Bell Trucking. He served his community as a member of the Hartford Township Board of Review. He loved living on the lake for 49 years, snowmobiling, car shows and truck and tractor pulls.
     John is survived by two sons, John (Julie) Martin of Watervliet and Scott Martin of Hartford; four granddaughters: Madelyn and Morgan Martin, Naomi Martin and Jordyn Martin; two brothers, Ed (Madonna) Martin of Hartford and Steve (Ardene) Martin of Dimondale, Mich.; a sister, Irene Helland of Edina, Minn.; and a special friend, Diane Guthrie of Watervliet.
     The family will welcome friends 6-8 p.m. Friday, July 28, at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, where the service to honor his memory will commence at noon Saturday, July 29. Burial will follow in Watervliet Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Berrien County Cancer Service. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at www.calvin-leonardfh.com.
 

Jean Carol Wessendorf was born March 23, 1945, in Benton Harbor. She passed away at the age of 72 on July 21, 2017, at her home in Keeler.
     She was the daughter of Albert and Virgil (Shire) Wessendorf, both of whom preceded her in passing. Also preceding her in passing was a brother, Chaplain Forrest Wessendorf.
     In her early years, Jean was employed with TWA Airlines as a ticket agent. Later on she was employed by AAA of Benton Harbor, was the secretary of the Hartford Library, a member of Chemosabies Support Group and started a Post Polio Support Group. She was also a member of the Hartford Federated Church.
     The family will receive friends from 6-7 p.m. Thursday, July 27, at the Hartford Federated Church, where immediately following will be a celebration of life service to honor Jean’s memory. Jean will be laid to rest with a private burial at North Shore Memory Gardens in Hagar Township. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the church. The Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, is assisting the family. Those wishing to leave condolences for the family may do so at www.calvin-leonard.com.
     Jean is survived by her children, Erick “Rick” Richcreek of Hartford, Lesa Martin of Pass Christian, Miss., Tammy Barnwell of the Detroit area, and Jennifer Fields of Union City, Ind.; 11 grandchildren; two brothers, David (Rose) Wessendorf and William Wessendorf; a sister, Shirley Wessendorf-Strawbridge; and an aunt, Carolyn Martin.

Donald Rose d 7-11-2017Donald Dean Rose, 87, of Hartford passed away Tuesday July 11, 2017, at Caretel Inns of Lakeland.
     Don was born Aug. 3, 1929, in Hartford, the son of Donald and Delta (Rassette) Rose. He attended Hartford Public Schools and then served his country proudly in the United States Navy, where he was an electrician. Upon his return to Hartford he married Julia VanDeWiele and they were married for 65 years. In 1964, Don and Julie began Rose Well Drilling. Through many long hours of hard work he built a business that he loved. Hundreds of people had wells drilled by Don. His work was appreciated by many. He enjoyed hunting for pheasants and geese, however some of his best times were spent fishing on his boat, “Time Out”.
     Don is survived by his wife, Julie; daughter, Diane (David) Kroschel of Coloma; son, Randy of Bangor; four grandchildren that he adored: Courtney Kroschel, Jacoby Kroschel, Hunter Rose and Logan Rose. He is also survived by his brother, Wayne Rose of Hartford.
     As to Don’s wishes, a private interment was held at Maple Hill Cemetery in Hartford. In memory of Don, please do an act of kindness to others. You may leave condolences for the family on our website at http://www.calvin-leonardfh.com.

Robert William Kowerduck, 88, of Hartford passed away June 30, 2017, at Lakeland Regional Medical Center, St. Joseph. Arrangements entrusted to Purely Cremations – Starks Family Funeral Homes 269-926-9440.
     Cremation has taken place. No visitation or service has been planned. Those wishing to leave an online condolence for Robert may do so at www.Purelycremations.org.
    
Robert was born April 25, 1929, in St. Joseph, to Demetrie and Lydia (Ulrich) Kowerduck. After graduating from Benton Harbor High School, he proudly served his country in the United States Navy as an aircraft mechanic. Robert then pursued additional schooling and earned his living as an industrial electrical maintenance supervisor. He was a member of the Stevensville American Legion Post 568 in Stevensville over 30 years before transferring to the Coloma American Legion Post 362. Robert was fiercely independent, caring for his home and garden up until two months before his death. He loved fishing and spending time with family and friends, especially his grandson, Alex.
     Robert is survived by his sons: Robert Kowerduck of Hartford, and Jeffery (Valerie) Kowerduck of Stevensville; grandchildren, Emily Kowerduck, Marcus Kowerduck, Amanda (Tristin) Goss, Alex Kowerduck and John Kowerduck; great-grandchildren: Kendra Goss, Makayla Goss and Korbin Kowerduck; sister, Bernice (Arthur) Benford; and brother, Walter (Gerry) Kowerduck.
     Robert was preceded in death by his parents; sisters: Elsie (Kirk) Johnson, Anna (Bruce) Biastock, Esther (Chris) Ruppel, and Virginia Kowerduck; and brother, Harold (Nina) Kowerduck.

 

Bruce Andrew Wright, formerly of Hartford, was born August 9, 1935, in Piggott, Ark., the son of Herbert Sr. and Ettie (Allman) Wright, both of whom preceded him in passing. Also preceding him in passing were one grandchild and two brothers: Paul and Kenneth Wright.
     Bruce passed away on Tuesday, July 4, 2017, at his home in Sister Lakes, surrounded by his family.
     Bruce was employed as a millwright at the Watervliet Paper Mill for 39 years, until it closed, and then retired from Bosch Braking Systems. He was a member of the Sister Lakes Lion’s club and especially loved helping with the Fourth of July celebration every year. He was a member of the Midway Baptist Church and enjoyed attending Sunday evening services at the Hartford General Baptist Church. Bruce did not like to be still and would spend hours working, gardening, helping others and most importantly playing with his grandchildren. Only Bruce could make his children and grandchildren believe that work was play.
     Bruce is survived by his wife of 56 years, the former Martha Hammond, their four children: Brian Wright, Lerita (Steve) Fellows, Esther Wright and Joe (Shelly) Wright; nine grandchildren; four greatgrandchildren, and seven siblings: Charles Wright, Kathleen Beaver, Shirley Tate, Franklin Wright, Elizabeth McCord, Betty (John) Madill and Herbert Wright Jr.
     The family will welcome friends from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, July 6, at the Midway Baptist Church in Watervliet. The celebration of life service to honor Bruce’s memory will commence at 10 a.m. Friday, July 7, at the church, with Pastor Mark Cowell officiating. Bruce will be laid to rest in North Shore Memory Gardens, Hagar Shores. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Sister Lakes Lion’s Club or the Midway Baptist Church. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at www.calvin-leonardfh.com.

 

Anthony W. Krueger, 49, of Hartford, formerly of Coloma, passed away Sunday, June 25, at his residence.
     Services celebrating his life will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, June 29, at Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home in Coloma where visitation will begin at 11 a.m. up until the time of service. Burial will follow in Coloma Cemetery. Donations in memory of Anthony may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of which he was an active participant. Those wishing to leave an online message of remembrance may do so at www.duffieldpastrick.com.
    
Anthony was born Dec. 15, 1967, in Benton Harbor, to Alfred and Doris (McDonald) Krueger Sr. He graduated from Coloma High School, received his associates from Lake Michigan College and his Bachelor of Arts from Siena Heights University. Anthony was employed by AEP as senior instrument and control technician. He was formerly employed by Eaton Corp. in South Bend and APL Logistics in Coloma. Anthony was also a member of the Watervliet Rod & Gun Club and in his free time enjoyed camping, traveling and just being outdoors.
     Survivors include his wife, Cindy, whom he married Aug. 18, 1990, in Coloma; three daughters: Tara (Steve) Kemp of Kalamazoo, Emily and Karlye Krueger of Hartford; siblings: Alfred Krueger Jr. of Coloma, Nikki Krueger and Colleen Bethel of Florida, and Jay Krueger of North Dakota. Anthony is also survived by three grandchildren: Landon, Caden and Shareese; his canine companion, Sugar; and was loved by many other close relatives and friends.
     He was preceded in death by his parents.
 

Sergio Arturo Rivera – Sergio’s life began Sept. 23, 1998, in Berrien Springs. He grew up in the area, attending Hartford High School. Sergio loved playing soccer, music and playing PlayStation when he wasn’t working at Nature’s Way Landscaping. Sergio leaves behind a loving family which includes his mom, Sandy Rivera; dad, Jose Arturo Rivera Castillo; two siblings, Yavonne and Jade Rivera; and grandparents, Andrea Castillo and Mateo Zendejas.
     Sergio died Thursday, June 22, in Tennessee.
     His grandparents, Maria and Jesus Dominguez, preceded Sergio in death.
     Friends may visit with Sergio’s family from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, June 28, at Hutchins Funeral Home in Watervliet. Funeral services will be celebrated at noon Thursday, June 29, at Road to Life Church in St. Joseph. You are invited to leave a message of comfort for Sergio’s family at hutchinsfuneral.com.

Eunice Holland – Eunice’s life began April 30, 1940, in Baton Rouge, La. She spent most of her life in Southwest Michigan. She drove a school bus for 20 years for Hartford Public Schools. After retirement Eunice ran a day care and lastly she operated an adult specialized foster care home. Eunice enjoyed being involved in New Freedom Church in Coloma.
     Eunice leaves behind a loving family to cherish her memory which includes her husband of 60 years, Edgar Holland; five children: Eddie Holland, Romona (Darrell) Halsel, Lauri Holland, Victor (Caterina) Holland, and Shirley (Brian) Shemick; 23 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; four siblings: Henry McAndrew, Theo McAndrew, Shirley Martin and Corine Howard; and many nieces and nephews.
     Eunice went to be with her Lord on Friday, June 23, with her loving family surrounding her. She is preceded in death by a daughter: Leona Goyer; three siblings: Charles McAndrew, Doil McAndrew and Daryl McAndrew; and her parents: William and Esther (Johnson) McAndrew.
     Friends may visit with Eunice’s family at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 27, at New Freedom Church in Coloma where a home coming celebration will be celebrated at 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 27. Burial will follow in Fairview Memorial Cemetery. You are invited to leave a message of comfort for Eunice’s family at www.hutchinsfuneral.com.

Harold William Walker Jr., 82, of Hartford was born on Dec. 24, 1934, in Hartford, the son of Harold and Beatrice (Manley) Walker, both of whom preceded him in passing. He was also preceded in passing by a brother, James.
     Harold passed away suddenly Monday, June 5, 2017.
     Cocky, as he was known by many, owned and operated the Walker 66 Station from 1958-73. He worked for two years as the bus supervisor and mechanic for the Hartford Public Schools, was in numerous positions for the city of Hartford for 12 years, he had a fire truck repair business for 13 years and was a salesman for Spencer Manufacturing up until his health forced him to retire. He served his country in the U.S. Army and was a member of the American Legion Stoddard Post 93 of Hartford. Harold’s love for Hartford led him to become a Hartford fireman, which he did for 40 years, with most of those years as its chief.
     Harold married the former Jean Rush on Feb. 7, 1959, and she survives; along with their two children.
     Harold (Diana) Walker III of Hartford, and Karyn Walker of Kalamazoo; three grandchildren: Brent, Kevin and Erin; a great-grandchild, Jase Michael Walker; two brother’s, Manley “Bob” Walker of Hartford, and Richard (June) Walker of South Bend; and a sister, Dawn (Bud) Pitcher of Hartford.
     The family will receive friends 5-7 p.m. Monday, June 12, 2017, at the Hartford United Methodist Church, where a memorial celebration to honor Harold’s life will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 13, 2017. As to Harold’s wishes, cremation has taken place. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to either the Hartford Fire Department or Alzheimer’s Association. The family has entrusted the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, with arrangements. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences may do so at www.calvin-leonardfh.com.

NOTE:  Harold was a 1953 HHS graduate.

Marlene Ann (Clark) Lawrence passed away on Wednesday, June 7, 2017, at age 85.  Marlene Lawrence, a resident at Thornapple Manor in Hastings, was relieved of her pain. The Lord sent the angel Gabriel to comfort her weary spirit as she embarked on her next great adventure. She was born on June 20, 1931 in Pontiac, Michigan the daughter of William W. and Thelma B. (Pierce) Clark. In 1949, she graduated from Hartford High School. In 1952, she graduated from Nazareth College Division of Nursing with an RN Degree and over the next 39 years worked as a nurse in both hospitals and private practice in Michigan and New Jersey. She retired in 1991. On January 24, 1953, she married Keith Lawrence. She was a member of GFWC Hastings Women’s Club for 14 years. She Volunteered at Pennock Hospital for more than 3,500 hours and was presented the Presidential Volunteer Service Award. She was a member of the Sundown Square Dance Club. She enjoyed fine needle work, gardening and all God’s creatures.
     Marlene was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her husband of 64 years Keith Lawrence of Hastings, Michigan, sons, Kevin (Karen) Lawrence of Lewes, Delaware, Wade, DVM (Kim, DVM) Lawrence of Kalamazoo, Michigan, Stephen (Brenda) Lawrence of Kalamazoo, Michigan, and Thomas (Gina) Lawrence of Lake Orion, Michigan, seven grandchildren, three great grandchildren, brother Robert Clark of Georgia, and brother-in-law Warren Lawrence of Vicksburg, Michigan. Memorial contributions may be made to Thornapple Manor, 2700 Nashville Road, Hastings, Michigan 49058.
     Marlene’s wishes were to be cremated and a Memorial Service will be announced at a later date. Visit www.girrbachfuneralhome.net to sign the online guest book and leave condolences.

 

Margaret Cornelia Stromeyer was born May 22, 1925, in Lawrence Township. She passed away at the age of 92, on May 24, 2017, at her home. She was the daughter of Frank and Elizabeth (Stafford) Wild, both of whom preceded her in passing. Margaret was also preceded by four siblings.
     After graduating from high school, Margaret joined the U.S. Navy and served from 1945-46 in a hospital in New York and the Great Lakes. She then married Steve Stromeyer on March 4, 1950. Margaret obtained a bachelor’s degree and taught first grade in the Hartford Public School system for 30 years.
     Margaret is survived by her husband, Steve; a daughter, Susan Murphy of Ocala, Fla., and her children, Shane and Scott; two sons, Henry (Linda) Stromeyer and her son, Isaac; and Peter Stromeyer and his child, Tylre; along with numerous other family members and friends.
     As to Margaret’s wishes, cremation has taken place and a celebration of life potluck to honor her memory will be held at the Lawton Fraternal Order of Eagles from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, June 11, 2017. 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 www.calvin-leonardfh.com.

William ‘Bill’ Groth of Martin passed away Monday, May 22, 2017 in Allegan. Bill was born August 9, 1941 in Hartford, MI the son of Henry A. and Cecile (Hilderley) Groth. Bill drove a feed truck for Wolverine Feed for 12 years before going to work at Plainwell Paper where he worked for over 23 years until they closed. In his spare time, he enjoyed cutting wood, gardening, fixing mowers and tinkering in the garage.
     On March 16, 1963, he married Kathleen Myers who survives. Also surviving are his children, Michael (Sharon) Groth of Gobles and Michelle (Daniel) Wubben of Dorr; 9 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents.
     Friends may meet with Bill’s family from 10-11 A.M. Saturday, May 27, 2017 at the Trowbridge United Methodist Church, 355 – 26th Street, Otsego where a funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M. with Pastor John Moore officiating. Burial will follow at Trowbridge Methodist Cemetery. Contributions in memory of Bill may be made to WingsHome.org.

     Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com.

 

Donald Eugene Sinkler, 79, of Hartford, went to be with his Lord and Savior  Friday, May 19, 2017 at his home under Hospice care. He was born July 25, 1937 to Murray and Thelma (Warren) Sinkler in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Donald honorably served his country in the United States Army. He worked as a machinist for Buck Chuck in Kalamazoo for 34 years before his retirement. He was a member of the American Legion Post # 362 in Coloma and the Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church in South Haven.
     Donald is preceded in death along with his parents by his granddaughter – Melissa Dill,  brother – Robert Sinkler, sisters – Connie Sinkler, Dolly Falls, Beverly Starr, and two son-in-laws – Jeffrey Ver Sluis and Mark Nehmer.
     Donald is survived by his children – Sharon Sinkler of Hartford, Ronald Sinkler of Hartford, Barbara Ver Sluis of Plainwell, Cheryl (Jeremy) Matney of Hooppole, Illinois, and Michael (Jennifer) Sinkler of Lawrence, sister – Linda Jones-Newnum, brother – Terry Sinkler, eight grandchildren and three great grandchildren.  He is also survived by his former wife of 45 years, Anna Sinkler, who he remained friends with.
     Visitation will be held from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM on Thursday, May 25, 2017 at the Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church in South Haven. Funeral services will begin at 11:00 AM at the church with Pastor Travis Wilson officiating. Donald will be laid to rest at the Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church Memorial Garden.  Memorial contributions can be made to Caring Circle Hospice, 05055 Blue Star Hwy. South Haven, MI 49090 or to the American Legion Post #362, 351 E. St. Joseph St. Coloma, MI 49038.

 

Betty Henagan – Betty was born July 30, 1952, in Benton Harbor, the daughter of Ivan and Laura (Campbell) Orr. Betty passed away Wednesday, May 10, 2017, at her home.
     She was preceded in death by her father, Ivan; a son, Derrick Ray Henagan; a grandson, Cane Raylynn Henagan; and a brother, Larry Orr.
    Betty is survived by a son, Keith (Patricia) Henagan of Coloma; her mother, Laura of Hartford; her significant other, Thomas Strand; four grandchildren: Madline Henagan and Aislin Henagan, both of Coloma, Rayce Henagan and Taylor Bly, both of Kalamazoo; nephew, William Holley of Ohio; two stepchildren, Jenny (Rusty) Phillips of Lawrence and Brandi Strand of Hartford; and four stepgrandchildren: Tarynn, Delaney and Maddox Phillips and Landon Reyna; and very dear friends, Laura Scherer and Denise Fuller.
    Betty enjoyed her time at the beach, tending to her flowers, watching the hummingbirds and especially loved spending time with all of her family and friends. Loved ones will always remember her as being kind and quick to help someone in need as well as her love of collecting Betty Boop memorabilia.
    As to Betty’s wishes cremation has taken place. The family will welcome friends from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 20, 2017, at the Hope Lutheran Church in Hartford. A memorial celebrating Betty’s life will follow at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Frederick S. Adrian officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Betty’s name may be made to the church. Those wishing to leave a memorial condolence for the family may do so on our website at www.calvin-leonardfh. com.

 



Frances A. Latus Del Pizzo
of Louisville, CO, journeyed home to our Father May 11, 2017 after a hard fought battle with cancer.
     She was born in Hartford, Michigan on August 7, 1931 the 3rd of 7 children
to Dr. Leo and Roseline Latus. She became a registered nurse in 1952. Upon the urging of a friend, she came to Denver and planned to work a while and then go onward to California then Hawaii. She met a handsome Italian man, Anthony Del Pizzo at a Denver Catholic singles dance in the fall of 1956. On July 13th 1957 they were married. She continued working until 1962 and then took time off to raise their 5 children. She was active in volunteering at their schools, being a Boy Scout co-leader, Meals on Wheels driver, religious education and parish council member. As her family grew older, she worked at StorageTek and retired in 1989. She finally had time to travel with Tony and help watch her grandchildren.

    She loved her faith, family and friends, watching all sports but especially the Broncos, Rockies and Avalanche.
    She was predeceased by her husband Tony in 2012, her parents, her sister Mary Ellen, and her brother Leo (Bud).
    She is survived by her children Dean, Lorene (Steve) Marriott, Cecilia (Leo) DiOrio, Diane (Phillip) Wallace and Ellen (Stewart) Oasheim. Twelve grandchildren, Christopher, Vanessa, Jennifer, and Jamie Marriott, Mia and Megan DiOrio, Dillon and Jake Wallace, Dawn (Vipul) Anjaria, Matthew, Michael and David Oasheim; two great grandchildren, Nikhil and Kaia Anjaria. Brothers, Tom (Marilyn), Peter, Robert (Betty), sister Alice (Clarence) Hill; in laws Ed Learner, Lois Latus, Helen Degenhart, Wanda and Lois Del Pizzo, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
    Vigil and Rosary Monday May 15, 7pm. Funeral Tuesday May 16, 10am, both at St. Louis Catholic Church Louisville. Complete obituary and guestbook at HeritageFuneralCremation.com  

 NOTE:  Frances was a 1949 Hartford High School graduate.


Billy Ray Morris, 80, of Bangor Township (formerly of Hartford) was born on Jan. 2, 1937, to Dencil and Margaret (Branam) Morris. He passed away suddenly on Monday, May 8, 2017, at his home.
     At age 80, “Bill” as he was known, was still doing construction work at his own company, Bill Morris Construction, which he started in 1962. In his spare time, he loved fishing, and watching and going to all kinds of auto racing, however his most precious times were spent with his grandchildren.
     Bill is survived by three daughters: Diane (Cecil) Wismer of Hartford, Sheryl (Mark) Horowitz of Phoenix and Dawn Mc-Fadden-Berbert; and two stepdaughters, Cynthia Gilman and Tammy (David) Millword. He is also survived by three grandchildren: Joshua Berbert, Benjamin Horowitz and Cecil Wismer; many other stepgrandchildren; and five siblings: Jack (Joy) Morris of Decatur, Louise Tuberville of Florida, Robert (Marilyn) Morris of South Haven, Patricia (Gary) Olive and Terry (Vicky) Morris both of Florida.
     Bill was preceded in passing by three wives: Ruth, Gloria and Theresa; his parents; and a sister, Catherine Peninger.
     The family will welcome friends from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, May 12, 2017, at the Hartford Federated Church, where the celebration of life service will take place immediately following. Bill will be laid to rest in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford. In lieu of flowers, the family asks memorial donations in Bill’s name be made to Caring Circle. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at www.calvin-leonardfh. com.

Sheena Miller Sheena’s life began Aug. 17, 1988, in Berrien Springs. She grew up in the area attending Watervliet and Hartford public schools. Sheena loved spending time with family and working with autistic children.
     Sheena is survived by four children: Cristeena Perdue (Derrick), Keigan Ward, Aleena Perdue (Derrick), and Chance Smith (Jacob Derrick); her parents David and Sarah (Noles) Miller; two sisters Heather Miller and Trisha Miller; five nieces and nephews; a close friend Amber Loring; and her cat Little Mama.
     Sheena died May 4. Hutchins Funeral Home in Watervliet has assisted Sheena’s family with cremation. You may leave a message for Sheena’s family at hutchinsfuneral.com.

 

Richard “Dick” A. Smith, 72, of St. Joseph (formerly of Hartford) passed away Tuesday, May 2, 2017, at Lakeland Medical Center, St. Joseph.
     A celebration of life service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 6, 2017, at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Road, St. Joseph, with the Rev. Tom Bird officiating. Burial will follow at Lincoln Township Cemetery in Stevensville.
     Friends may visit from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service Saturday at the funeral home.
     Memorials may be made to the Lakeshore High School’s Athletic Department. Those wishing to share a memory of Dick may do so online at www.starks-menchinger. com.
     Dick was born Feb. 3, 1945, in Mc-Camey, Texas, to Cecil and Lilly (Sampson) Smith. He graduated from Leslie High School in Arkansas in 1965.
     On Dec. 2, 1985, he married the love of his life Donita Tanner in Humble, Texas.
     Dick was a sports fanatic, he loved watching any sport, especially Lakeshore High School teams.
     He enjoyed collecting sporting cards and attending games with his sports buddies.
     Dick never knew a stranger, because of his ability to connect with anyone he just met. Most of all he loved spending time with his family and attending the sporting events of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
     Dick will be missed by all who knew him.
     Dick is survived by his loving wife, Donita Smith; children: Richard (Tammy) Smith Jr. of South Haven, Christopher Smith of Pullman, Julee (Markus) Smucker of Eureka, Ill., and Ryan (Andrea) Greer of Orlando, Fla.; grandchildren: Christopher Burrows, Jessica Smith, Shelby Smith, RC Smith, Brendon Smith, David Michael Smith II, Alex Smith and Daniel Smucker; and greatgrandchildren: Tanner, Kaisyn, Brielle, Landyn and Nevaeh; sister, Dorris (JR) Rose of Ukiah, Calif.; and his sports buddies, Larry Newberry and Donnie Ingle.
      Dick was preceded in death by his parents and six siblings.

 

Efrain Barrera Maya Sr. was born Aug. 12, 1956, in Sonora, Texas. He was the youngest of 10 siblings. As a child, his family relocated to Detroit, where he attended junior high, and high school, eventually meeting a young girl named Kathy at age 15, who would become the love of his life for the rest of his days. Efrain and Kathy were married on Sept. 7, 1976, and went on to have three sons: Jaime, Efrain Jr.”Bobby,” and Jesse. Efrain and Kathy became devoted Christians in the late ‘70s, and Efrain spent the rest of his life as a faithful servant of Jesus Christ.
     Though crippled by a rare form of rheumatoid arthritis at age 27, he spent countless hours visiting and praying for the sick in hospitals and nursing homes around Kalamazoo, as well as sharing the gospel with whomever would give him an audience. He served faithfully as a deacon and evangelist at Trinity Baptist Church in Kalamazoo, Victory Baptist Church in Portage, Mich., and eventually accepting the call to become senior pastor of Keeler General Baptist Church in Hartford, where he served until his passing. He was used as an instrument of God to bring the gospel and true freedom to countless people.

     He was a gracious, loving, caring man whose home was always open to the hurting and downtrodden. He lived his life concerned for two things, the only two things that will never pass away – the word of God, and the souls of men, and he never wavered in his work. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, brother-in-law, uncle and pastor. He was in love with his grandchildren: Mahrijana (Bobby), Mateo, and Jesus “Jesse.” He was a father figure to so many young men and women – friends of his children, and nephews and nieces; many of whom never had a real father.
     He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Kathy.
     He is survived by his sons, daughters-in-law, grandchildren and the multitude of men and women who knew him as their own dad.
     Funeral service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 4, at Keeler General Baptist Church, 63627 Territorial Road, Hartford, MI 49057. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Keeler General Baptist Church as well.


Ward Henry Collins was born Sept. 27, 1947, on the family farm in Hartford. He was the son of George and Eleanor (Baird) Collins. Ward passed away suddenly at home on Saturday, April 29, 2017.
     Ward was a 1966 graduate of Hartford High School, and graduated from Western Michigan University with a bachelor’s degree. He was formerly employed at Marks and Gergens and the James River Company. In his spare time, Ward enjoyed watching sports of all kinds. He was a diehard Michigan Wolverine and Detroit Tigers fan. Friday’s were spent with the guys, but his most enjoyable times were spent with his family. You would often see him outside in his garden or just doing yard work.
     On Jan. 16, 1981, Ward was united in marriage to Eunice Spradley. She passed away on Sept. 22, 2010. Also preceding Ward in passing were his parents; a stepson, Teddy Hutchins; and his stepfather, Andrew Ozanich.
     Ward is survived by a daughter, Kimberly (Gordon) Peterek of Three Oaks; two sons, Jimmy Hutchinson and Charles (Olivia Buzzell) Hutchinson; five grandchildren: Nathan, Matthew, Myke, Taylor and Lanie; two brothers, Dale and Tom Collins; a sister, Sarita Collins; his partner, Marsha Hammond; a niece, Tammy (Dennis) Graham; and a nephew, Mahlon Collins.
     The family will welcome friends from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday, May 4, 2017, at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, followed by a celebration of Ward’s life. Ward will be laid to rest in Maple Hill Cemetery in Hartford. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Animal Lovers Inc. in Three Oaks. Memorial condolences for the family can be left at www.calvin-leonardfh.com.

Shirley Ann Flick, (nee Vliek) 73, of Paw Paw passed away Friday evening April 28, 2017, at her home with her family at her side. Shirley was born Sept. 27, 1943, in Benton Harbor the daughter of Henry and Ella (Feenstra) Vliek. Shirley was employed by the Paw Paw Public schools for 12 years, and 22 years for the Paw Paw Shopping Center. She worked seasonally for Tuttle Floral Co. and Hanson’s Greenhouse.
     Shirley was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Paw Paw, serving in the church choir and counting the weekly offertory and enjoyed baking and gardening.
     Shirley was not a stranger to anyone and was known to many children as Grandma Shirley. She truly enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren at Three Mile Lake in the summer.
     Surviving are four children: Diana (Ross) Arnold of Haysville, Kan., Kevin (Brenda) Flick of Houghton Lake, Melinda (Pat) Burnell of Gobles, and Scott (Sonya) Flick of Paw Paw; grandchildren: Dylan Palacios, Madison Flick, Darbi and Donovan Haley, Brady and Tiffany Burnell, Kayla and Ben Flick; great grandson, Connor Palacios; mother, Ella Orr of Dowagiac; siblings: Richard (Kathy) Vliek of St. Joseph, Bonnie (Bob) Knight of Niles, Doris Lefever of Buchanan, Sandy Schliter of Paw Paw, Terry Vliek of Mattawan and Tammy (Ron) Ekema of Portage; children’s father, Marvin (Julie) Flick of Paw Paw.
     Shirley was preceded in death by her father, Henry Vliek, and a brother, Ronald Vliek.
     Family will receive friends beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 6, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Paw Paw, until service time at 2 p.m. with Rev. Eric Gledhill officiating. Cremation to follow services. Memorial contributions may be directed to Wings of Hope Hospice or Trinity Lutheran Church, Paw Paw. Arrangements by the Adams Funeral Home.

NOTE:  Shirley was a 1961 Hartford High School graduate.

 

Bernhard E. Hoeckelberg, 75, of Hartford passed away Thursday morning, April 20, 2017, at Lakeland Medical Center in St. Joseph.
     Cremation has taken place as per his wishes. Memorial donations may be made to the Humane Society of SW Michigan directly or sent in care of the funeral home. Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home is assisting in the arrangements. Those wishing to leave a message of comfort for the family may do so at www.duffieldpastrick. com.
     Bernhard was born on April 9, 1942, in Valparaiso, Ind., to Eugene and Mary (Phelps) Hoeckelberg. He was a graduate of Niles High School. On July 8, 1962, he married Marilyn Wilson, who preceded him in death in 2010.
     Prior to retirement, Bernhard was a farmer. He loved going to the Osceola Dragway on Sundays where he worked on the pit crew for his son’s modified Maverick. Bernhard was also well known for riding his Simplex motorcycle around Osceola Dragway.
     He will be missed by his family.
     He is survived by his children: Bernhard Hoeckelberg of Georgia, Thure (Tracey) Hoeckelberg of Jacksonville, Fla., Gene (Patty) Hoeckelberg of St. Joseph, Cassie (John) Bell of South Haven, and Albert Hoeckelberg of Plymouth, Ind.; 11 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
     He was preceded in death by his sister, Lorraine Putz, and his parents.

Kevin William Darling was born July 24, 1984, in Kalamazoo, the son of Jerry Darling and Sharon (Lowe) Miller. Kevin passed away suddenly on Thursday, April 13, 2017.
     Kevin was a 2002 graduate of Hartford High School and went on to become a certified welder.
     The family will welcome friends from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 19, 2017, at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, followed by a memorial celebration of life service to honor Kevin’s memory. The Rev. Glen Cowles of East Arlington Baptist Church will officiate. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Jim Gilmore Jr.-Community Healing Center in care of Sherry Miller or Calvin Funeral
Home.
     Memorial condolences for the family can be left at www.calvin-leonardfh.com.

     On Sept. 17, 2011, Kevin was united in marriage to Hollie McGowan, who survives; along with their children, Jackson and Jacey Darling; his mother, Sherry (Mark) Miller; his father, Jerry (Ada) Darling; two sisters, Kacey Darling and Andrea Gallegos; a brother, Eddie Gallegos; and grandparents, Tom and Ardis Weston; and many other family members and friends.
     Kevin was preceded in passing by his grandparents, Earnie and Verna Lowe, and two uncles.

 

 

 

Curtis William Drake was born June 21, 1916, in Bangor, the son of Curtis and Jean (Humphrey) Drake. He passed away Thursday, April 13, 2017 at South Haven Nursing and Rehabilitation Community.
     Curt, as he was known, grew up on Van Auken Lake. He moved to Chicago after school to work with his uncle, James Humphrey.
     Curt was united in marriage to H. Irene Lovegrove on July 14, 1938, in Alexander, Canada, and for the next 78 years, they were inseparable. They met in Chicago at a church social. Irene had moved from Canada to Chicago to help her aunt Ethel who had arthritis. They later returned to Van Auken Lake to farm (Cherry Hill Fruit Farm) and raise their family.
     Curt was a life member of Hartford Federated Church, life member of Twin City Camera Club (36 years), Fruit Belt Camera Club and Southern Michigan Gun Club. He was a competitor in camera and gun club activities right up until the end. He had a love for life and living it to the fullest. It was often said that there were not many things he didn’t love and enjoy. Curtis’ many hobbies and interests were daily target practice shooting his firearms (weather permitting), shooting his camera at every opportunity, woodworking (making many keepsakes for friends and family) and traveling to various destinations at home and abroad.
     Curt believed in giving back to the community. He was a school board member all the years his children attended school. Curt is survived by his wife, Irene; a daughter, Jean (Ronald) Johnson of Hartford; a son, Dale Drake of Hartford; three grandchildren: Roderick (Kathy) Johnson, Darcelle (Kenneth) Austin and Danielle (Michael) Aschenbrener; six great-grandchildren: Gabriel and Gwen Johnson, Victoria and Ayden Austin, and Maxwell and Valentina Aschbrener.
     Curt was preceded in passing by his parents; two brothers: Virgil and Donald Drake, and a sister, Shirley Schroyer.
     A memorial celebration of life service will take place at 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 18, at the Hartford Federated Church, with Pastor Richard Ely officiating. As to Curtis’ wishes cremation has taken place. His ashes will be placed in Thomas Cemetery, Bangor Township. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hartford Federated Church. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so on our website at http://www.calvin-leonardfh.com.

NOTE:  Curt was a 1935 graduate of Hartford High School.

Fred Kroboth, 81, of Hartford passed away Monday, April 10, 2017.
     Fred was lovingly cared for by his wife, Betty, for the past 24 years.
     Fred was born Nov. 30, 1935, in Kalamazoo, the son of Fred Sr. and Hazel (Garrett) Kroboth, both of whom preceded him in passing. He was also preceded in death by two infant sisters, Eva and Joyce; an infant son, Dean; and an infant granddaughter, Brooke.
     Fred grew up and worked on the family dairy farm in Hartford. He was formerly employed at Friday Tractor of Hartford for 17 years, and Rieth-Riley Construction Co. until his health forced him to retire. Fred loved to talk, as shown by him never meeting a stranger. He had a wonderful laugh and was the kind of man who would do anything for anybody. Fred also loved to travel and watch old westerns, mostly of John Wayne.
     Fred married Betty Gott on April 26, 1963, and passed away just shy of their 54th wedding anniversary. Betty survives
along with five children: Theresa (Mike) Woodward of Hartford, Lisa (Bill) Wallace of South Bend, Joseph Kroboth of Hartford, Duane (Sara) Kroboth of Las Vegas and Freda Haskins of Coloma. He is also survived by nine grandchildren: Bethany and Phillip Woodward, Sarah Figaretti and Ashley Wallace, Danielle and Kelsey Kroboth, Lori and Brian Haskins, and Laura Kroboth; and three great grandchildren: Rocco, Resa and Abigail.
      As per Fred’s wishes, cremation has taken place and a private family memorial service will be held at a later date. The family has entrusted the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, with arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to an animal shelter of your choice. Memorial condolences for the family can be left at www.calvin-leonardfh.com.

NOTE:  Fred was a 1954 Hartford High School graduate.

Emily Foster, 84, of Hartford, and formerly of Coloma, died Thursday, March 23, 2017, at the Watervliet Lakeland Hospital.
     Services celebrating her life will be at noon Wednesday, March 29, at the Grace Apostolic Church in South Haven. Burial will follow in Coloma Cemetery. Visitation will be 5 -8 p.m. Tuesday at the Davidson Chapel of Florin Funeral Service in Coloma. Please share memories, messages or photos at www.florin. net.
     Emily was born March 23, 1933, in Trezevant, Tenn., to Murray and Maurine Bryant. She married her husband, Johnny Foster Sr., and he preceded her in death in 1995. She was employed at V-M Corp. and then at Assembled Components in Coloma as a supervisor for many years. Emily had a strong faith and was a member of the Grace Apostolic Church in South Haven. She loved cooking, spending time with her family and going to church. All who knew her loved her and she was the best mom ever.
     Her family included her children: Johnny (Alicia) Foster Jr. of Coloma, Melanie (Billy) Bryant of Hartford, and Roger (Cheryl) Winford of Largo, Fla.; her sister, Dorothy Williams of Stevensville; her brother, Joe Bryant of Benton Harbor; her grandchildren: Michael, Scott, Tyler, Emily, Nick, Andrew, Adam and Aaron; and her greatgrandchild, Malachi.

 

Joyce M. Kime, 91, of St. Joseph, went to be with the Lord, Saturday, March 18, 2017 at her home. 
     Friends may visit with the family from 5:00 until 6:45 P.M. Monday, March 27 at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph. A Celebration of Life Service will follow from 6:45-7:00 P.M.  Memorial donations in Joyce’s name may be made to The Humane Society of Southwest Michigan or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Those wishing to sign Joyce’s Memory Book online may do so at www.starks-menchinger.com. 
     Joyce was born May 11, 1925 in Hartford, Michigan to Fredrick & Weltha (Smith) Goodrich. She graduated from Hartford High School, Class of 1942.  On March 23, 1946 she married Russell L. Kime.  Joyce was employed by Indiana & Michigan Electric Co. beginning in 1950, retiring in 1995 as Accounting Supervisor.  She was a member of the Businesswomen of Southwest Michigan & the Emblem Club of Benton Harbor-St. Joseph Elks Lodge #541. Joyce volunteered at the Krasl Art Center and at First Church of God in St. Joseph.  She enjoyed playing a round of golf whenever possible, crossword & word search puzzles, and games shows-especially Wheel of Fortune. 
     Joyce is survived by her son Randy (Lana) Kime of Hartford, MI; her daughter Kimberley (Don) Karnes of St. Joseph; five grandchildren-Jessica (Andrew) Morgan, Tyler Karnes, Abby Karnes, Marcus Kime & Marcy Kime; one great-granddaughter Grace Morgan; her brother Robert Goodrich & her sister Joanne (Roger) Duncombe, both of Hartford; sister-in-law Joanne Goodrich of Coloma; numerous nieces & nephews; and her best friend Dede Bittner of St. Joseph. She was preceded in death by her husband Russ on Feb. 5, 2006 and by five sisters-Cecil Ackerson, Helen Hones, Jackie Moses, Mildred Boynton & Jeanne Knapp.  

 

Alvin Homer Nixon, 74, of Hartford, passed away Friday March 17, 2017 at Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, where his sense of humor showed until the very end. He died peacefully with a belly full of root beer, surrounded by loved ones, including his “crybaby” granddaughter Sheyenne.
     Alvin was born December 13, 1942 to the late Homer and Ida (Buehler) Nixon in Ann Arbor, Michigan, thus beginning his lifelong fondness for the U of M Wolverines. 
     He graduated from Chelsea High School in 1961, where he and his identical twin brother Alton were star athletes. They were once known to switch jerseys at halftime of a basketball game after one of them had fouled out. He went on to graduate from Western Michigan University with a degree in Education. From there he taught History at St. John’s Junior High School, Lake Michigan Catholic High School and most recently at Dowagiac Union Schools, from where he retired in 2003. He was a favorite teacher to many former students and is remembered for his humorous and engaging teaching methods, his “Pop” quizzes, (literally about pop), and his extra credit questions which were often Detroit Tigers related trivia. Al was an avid Tigers fan, season ticket holder and sports enthusiast. Over the years he coached several sports including baseball, basketball, football and golf. He was a highly respected umpire registered with the MHSAA and was selected to officiate the Michigan baseball state finals. In his retired years he could be found in section 325 Row C Seat 14 unofficially calling plays at Comerica Park. Often times with a grand or great grandchild on his lap, thus creating three generations of diehard Tigers fans. 
     His family and friends will remember him for his love of animals, sense of humor, practical jokes, trips to the casinos, and passion for history and traveling. His comical vacation antics earned him the nickname “Clark Griswold” with his family. 
     On November 19, 1966 Alvin married Esther (Stahl). As fate would have it the church was being remodeled so the ceremony was held on the free-throw  line of the gym at St. Mary’s in Chelsea, MI. Though they recently celebrated their Golden Anniversary, there is some confusion about their first date. Esther insists it took several attempts before agreeing to the date, but on his deathbed, Alvin wanted the “record to show” that she said yes the first time he asked. 
     Alvin is survived by Esther, his wife of 50 years, three children; Natalie (Bill) Rowe, Holly Delaney and Richard M. Nixon (yep, really!), six grandchildren; Matthew Rowe, Shenise (Tyler) Roots, Sierra Delaney, Serena Delaney, Sheyenne Delaney and Alexa Nixon, three great grandchildren; Tayson Roots, Avery Roots and Meadow Walduck, two brothers; Ted (Jeanette) Nixon and his twin Alton Nixon, (with whom he could never agree on directions, details of a story, or who had the hardest paper route). He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends. 
      In honoring Alvin’s wishes, he has been cremated and there will be no formal funeral services. His family will hold a celebration of his life on Monday March 27th at the Hilton Garden Inn Benton Harbor at 5:00 p.m.  Where friends are encouraged to wear Baseball gear and share memories. Arrangements have been entrusted to Starks and Mechinger Chapel and Cremation Services, St. Joseph, MI. In keeping with his sense of humor, memorial donations can be made to the Detroit Tigers so they can buy a decent pitching staff. Those wishing to leave online condolences may do so at http://www.starks-menchinger.com 

 

Boyd H. Estes, age 78, of Wirth, Arkansas passed away Friday, March 17, 2017 in Hardy Arkansas.
      Boyd was born September 11, 1938 in Agnos, Arkansas to the late Guy Estes and Edna Thomas (Estes). Boyd did many things in his life including working as a gas station attendant, the Mayor of Hartford, Michigan, the County Commissioner in Hartford, Michigan, and Justice of The Peace in Sharp County, Arkansas. Boyd was also involved in his church, politics, and he is an Army veteran.
     Boyd is survived by his wife Bonnie Estes, daughters Rhonda Estes and Gavonna Brown; sisters Mae Linderman (husband Paul) of South Haven Michigan, Treva Mcgomery (husband Frank) of Hartford, Michigan, Jean Burlingham (husband Dan) of Hartford, Michigan, Sharon Asaro of St. Joseph, Michigan, Faye Waldrop (husband Brad) of Berrien Center, Michigan; and one brother Dale Estes (wife Ruth) of South Haven, Michigan. He is also survived by 3 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.  His daughter, Donna Kay Estes, passed away September 5. 2016
     A memorial service will be held Thursday, March 23, 2017 at Wortham Funeral Home, Oak Hill Chapel beginning at 2:00 P.M. Ministers will be Mike Higginbottom and Jack Huffmaster.

NOTE:  A one-vehicle accident in Sharp County Arkansas claimed the life of a Fulton County man Friday evening. According to the Arkansas State Police, 78-year-old, Boyd Estes, of Mammoth Spring (formerly of Hartford MI) was pronounced dead after the accident north of Hardy.
     Estes was traveling southbound on Arkansas Highway 175 in rainy conditions. Trooper Darren Bates reports Estes' vehicle failed to negotiate a curve, drove off the right side of the highway and struck a tree.
     Estes' body was transported to Tri-County Funeral Home in Highland following the 8:02 p.m. accident.


Ernest “Ernie” Santoro passed away Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016. 
     Per his wishes cremation has taken place. Interment will take place on March 23, 2017, in Chicago. Memorial contributions may be made to The Humane Society of Southwestern Michigan, 641 S. Crystal Ave. Benton Harbor, MI 49022.
     Ernie was born in Chicago on May 1, 1926, to Raymond and Pearl (Tedraw) Santoro, both of whom preceded him in passing. He served in the Air Force from 1944-46 as an airplane and engine mechanic. Upon returning to civilian life, Ernie had diverse employment, he worked for the railroad, drove a cab, and was a skilled barber who owned his own shop (with a poker room in the back!) After spending many weekends in Michigan, he moved to Hartford, where the opportunity came up to buy a restaurant, “The Panel Room,” which he owned for over 20 years, then volunteered his services until he was 86. His love for animals was not to be surpassed, especially horses which he raced for many years. His other hobbies included traveling, playing cards, recounting his colorful stories and women! On the eve of his 90th birthday, he went for a joy ride, eluding the cops, and when stopped, grinned from ear to ear!
     Ernie loved life and lived it to the fullest!
     He is survived by his wife, Maryvonne, four stepchildren, 10 stepgrandchildren, two nephews, and his kitty cat, Martha.
     Beside his parents, a sister also preceded him in death.
     This farewell song was requested by Ernie upon his demise.
         “My Way” by Frank Sinatra: “And now, the end is near/ And so I face the final curtain/ My friend, I’ll say it clear/ I’ll state my case, of    
             which I’m certain.

         I’ve lived a life that’s full/ I’ve traveled each and ev’ry highway/ But more, much more than this/ I did it my way.
         Regrets, I’ve had a few/ But then again, too few to mention/ I did what I had to do/ And saw it through without exemption.
         I planned each charted course/ Each careful step along the byway/ And more, much more than this/ I did it my way.
         Yes, there were times, I’m sure you knew/ When I bit off more than I could chew/ But through it all, when there was doubt/ I ate it up
             and spit it out/ I faced it all and I stood tall/ And did it my way.

         I’ve loved, I’ve laughed and cried/ I’ve had my fill; my share of losing/ And now, as tears subside/ I find it all so amusing.
        To think I did all that/ And may I say – not in a shy way/ Oh no, oh no, not me/ I did it my way.
        For what is a man, what has he got/ If not himself, then he has naught/ To say the things he truly feels/ And not the words of one who
            kneels/ The record shows I took the blows/ And did it my way/ Yes, it was my way.”

 

Charles Ellsworth Warkentien, 77, of Hartford Township passed away Sunday, March 12, 2017, at Hanson Hospice Center, Stevensville. Charles, or “Chuck” or “Charlie” as he was known by most, was born April 1, 1939, in Star City, Ind., the son of Irvin and Annabelle (Phillips) Warkentien, both of whom preceded him in passing.
    
Charles was a 1958 graduate of Decatur High School, where he played basketball and the drums in the school marching band. He was formerly employed with C.L. Wolf and Sons for 12 years from 1959-71, with Whirlpool Corp. for a number of years and owned and operated Rush Lake Mobile Home Park since 1971. He was among the first people to help paint the Mackinac Bridge. In his spare time, he loved polka music and entertaining family and friends on his pontoon.
     He was much loved and will be forever in our hearts.
     Charles married the former Paula Booth on March 20, 1996. She survives along with his daughter, Kimberly Batey of Coloma; grandchildren: Ryan, Adam, Jordan and Noah; three stepsons: Wendell Hill, Patrick (Kara) Hill and Steven Hill; stepgrandchildren: LeAnne (David) Demski, Christopher Hill, Ava Grace and Christin Hill; special stepgrandchild, P.J. Hill; stepgreat-grandchildren: Emilee, Jenna, Megan and Jacob Demski and Hunter Hill; two brothers, Larry (Arlene) Warkentien and Carl (Kathy) Warkentien; and a sister, Mary (Hal) Stofer.
     The family will welcome friends 1-2 p.m. Thursday, March 16, at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, where the service to honor his memory will commence at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Lonnie Truelove officiating. After the service, he will be cremated. Memorial donations in Charles’ name may be left to Caring Circle. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at www.calvin-leonardfh.com.

 

Russell Robert Gray, 73, formerly of Hartford, died peacefully at his home in Benton Harbor Sunday, March 12, 2017.
     He was born April 19, 1943, in St. Joseph. He was a 1962 graduate of Covert High School and attended Southwest Michigan Community College. He was a Navy veteran of the Vietnam War serving aboard the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Coral Sea (CVA-43).
     He married his wife of 50 years, Linda Glasgow, on Nov. 19, 1966, in Hartford.
     He is survived by his wife, Linda; two sons, Jeremy A. (April) Gray of Lawrence, and Joshua R. (Becky) Gray of Battle Creek; brother, Raymond Gray of Covert; two grandchildren, Devin and Daniel Gray of Lawrence; his little dog, Snickers; brothers and sisters-in-law; and numerous nieces and nephews.
     He was preceded in death by his mother, Marion L. Zuhl Cassidy; his father, Russell Gray; and brother, Richard Allen Gray.
     The family would like to thank Dr. Michael Kelly and his staff for their loving care during his illness, thank you, Colonel, and the staff of DLS Dialysis of Watervliet.
     Visitation will be at 11 a.m. Friday March 17, until the services at 1 p.m. at the Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford, with service officiated by sister-in-law, the Rev. Patricia Purcell. Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery in Watervliet Township. Memorials can be made to the Work of Life Fellowship, S. Pleasant St., Watervliet, where he was a member.

 

 Alfred “Al” Edwin Freudenburg went home to be with his Heavenly Father after a long fight with cancer in Hartford, on March 6, 2017, at the age of 76.
      Alfred was born on June 6, 1940, the eighth of 12 children, to Oscar and Frieda (Schulz) Freudenburg in Colorado Springs, Colo. He graduated from Dowagiac High School in 1959, and then attended Central Michigan University on a wrestling scholarship. He also played football for the Chippewas.

       In 1977, Alfred married Mary Ann Krause and they formerly resided in Coloma and St. Joseph before moving to Hartford. He attended Grace Lutheran, Water of Life and Trinity Lutheran Church.
       Alfred was very talented with his hands. He enjoyed construction work and was a licensed builder for over 30 years. Throughout his career, he worked for Peoples Savings Bank, farmed for several years and opened a business with his wife, which they ran until he retired.
       For more than seven decades, Alfred searched for treasures from the ground up. He was president of Wolverine Archaeology Society and loved Native American artifacts; he was an American picker before picking was a thing!
     His signature look was all his: a plain pocketed T-shirt, Wrangler blue jeans, and some old-school work boots that were always paired with a greasestained baseball cap. He always sported a mag mini flashlight, a pocketknife and a Crescent wrench to be of help to anyone who asked. He loved to fish, watch football and was a die-hard University of Michigan fan.
     Alfred is remembered with love by his daughter, Alicia (Thomas) Barry; daughters by marriage, Lori Hartline and Michelle (Michael) Sobralski; mother-in-law, Rosalie Krause; his brothers, Paul (Sally) and Marcus; and sisters, Harriett Peer and Gerry Blanchard; grandchildren: Chelsea, Miranda, Harlie, Noah and Lindsey; great-grandchildren: Melody, Aryah and Emery; a cat affectionately named, ‘Kat’; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
     He was preceded in death by his father, Oscar; mother, Frieda (Schulz); wife, Mary Ann (Krause); and son, Eric; brothers: Daniel, David, Michael; and sisters: Ruth, Miriam, Esther (Cohagen), and Elizabeth (Kelm).
     The family would like to thank Eaton Community Palliative Care, Lakeland Hospital, Oaklawn Hospice and Trinity Lutheran Church for their loving support and care.
     Memorial service with fellowship will be at noon Friday, March 17, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 619 Main, St. Joseph with visitation from 11 a.m. to noon, and meal to follow service. In lieu of flowers, donations to the family in memory of Alfred Freudenburg, P.O. Box 1433, Battle Creek, MI 49016.

 
Elizabeth June Rodgers, 93, was born June 18, 1923, in Hartford. She was the daughter of Adelbert and Barbara (Wise) Neff. Elizabeth passed away at home Friday, March 3, 2017. The family will welcome friends from 12:30-1 p.m. Saturday, March 11, 2017, at the Van Buren Sportsmen’s Club, followed at 1 p.m. with a celebration of life service to honor Elizabeth’s memory. The Rev. Steven Bisbee will officiate. As to Elizabeth’s wishes, cremation has taken place. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the family. Memorial condolences for the family can be left at www.calvin-leonardfh.com.
     Soon after graduating from Hartford High School in 1942 Elizabeth was united in marriage to Raymond Rodgers on Nov. 1, 1942, and they decided to stay right here and make their home in Hartford. She was formerly employed at Olds Grocery Store, Hartford Public Schools and Hartford Harding’s Market, where she worked for many years in the meat department. In her spare time, she loved to crochet, make quilts and especially cook.

     Raymond passed away on Oct. 26, 2014. Also preceding her in passing were two brothers, Walter and Ernest Neff.
     Elizabeth is survived by two daughters, Nora Jean (David) Foote of Rudyard, Mich., and Mary Rodgers of Hartford; a son, Thomas (Tammy) Rodgers of Hartford; three grandchildren: Keith (Katherine) Foote of Bronson, David (Tonya) Foote of Seward, Alaska, and Aaron Rodgers of Kleve, Germany; and five great-grandchildren: Bryan, Rachel, Michael, Garrett and Gavin.

 

Brian Scott Burfield, 48, of Hartford passed away suddenly on Friday, Feb. 24, 2017, at home. Brian was born Aug. 23, 1968, in Watervliet, the son of Wallace Burfield and Wanda Drane Morse.
     On Nov. 26, 1990, Brian was united in marriage with Linda Bisbee and she survives, along with three sons: Jason Britt of Carson City, Nev., Anthony Scott Burfield and Michael (Julie) Burfield, both of Hartford; a grandson, Wyatt Burfield of Hartford; his mother, Wanda (Bill) Drane-Morse of Hartford; a sister, Tamara (Ken) McGlothlin of Hartford; and numerous other family members and friends.
     Brian was preceded in passing by his father, Wallace, and a brother, Michael Burfield.
      As to Brian’s wishes cremation has taken place and private family services have been held. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the family. The family has entrusted the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, with arrangements. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at www.calvinleonardfh.com.

Carol Elizabeth Wilkens, 81, loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, passed away Monday, Feb. 27, 2017, surrounded by her family at Pine Ridge Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Stevensville.
     Carol was born July 27, 1935, in Benton Harbor, the daughter of Charles and Frances (Tucker) Kozma, both of whom preceded her in passing.
     Carol was also preceded by a son, Ralph Osburn; a great-grandchild, Kaden Osburn; and two siblings, Jeanette LaVanway and Charles Kozma.
     On Sept. 27, 1980, Carol was united in marriage with Glen Wilkens. He survives, along with her children: David (Cindy) Osburn of Texas, Keith Osburn of California, James Osburn of Michigan, Karen (Mark) Hamilton of Michigan and Victor (Beth) Wells of Alabama; 11 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by four stepchildren: Sharon (Ron) Gimik, Julie Harmon, Randy Wilkens and Laura Luciano, all of Michigan; 10 step-grandchildren; many step-great-grandchildren; and two siblings, Rosalie (Ken) Hanson of Michigan and Susan Kozma of Florida; and many other family members.
     In her spare time, Carol loved to crochet, do crossword puzzles, play the lottery and just hang out with her friends at the American Legion in Coloma, where she was a 35-plus year member of the auxiliary. She was best known for her bartending skills at the many places she worked for many years. Most of all she loved her family and will be missed by all.
     Carol has been cremated and a celebration of life will take place at 5 p.m. Saturday, March 4, 2017, at the Coloma American Legion. The family has entrusted the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, with arrangements. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at www.calvin-leonardfh.com.
 
Margie A. Shugars, Portage, age 81, passed away on Saturday, February 18, 2017.
     Margie was born in Grand Rapids on October 15, 1935 to the late Willard and Mildrith (Koon) Smith. She was a 1953 graduate of Hartford High School.
     On June 13, 1954 she married Wayne D. Shugars who survives. Margie is also survived by a son, Michael (Ramona) Shugars; two grandchildren, Samantha (Trevor Smith) Shugars and Christina (Shawn) Matos and one great-grandson, Devin Matos; brother, Jimmy E. Smith; sister in-law, Ann Smith along with several nieces and nephews. Margie was preceded in death by brother, Robert L. Smith, sister in-law, Rosemary Hastings-Smith and her canine friend, Charlie. She worked as a secretary for many years at her husband's business, Shugars Heating and Sheet Metal.

     Margie loved to read and enjoyed bowling and golfing as well as spending time at her summer home in Traverse City. She was a member of the Portage Moose Lodge, Schoolcraft Eagles, Portage AMBUCS and The Beacon Club.
     A funeral service will be held at Joldersma and Klein Funeral Home on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 11:00 AM. Private interment will take place at Ft. Custer National Cemetery. A time of visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan or a charity of one's choice, c/o the funeral home. Family and friends may share a condolence message online at www.joldersma-klein.com.

Danny E. Michael, 61, of Hartford passed away peacefully with family around him on Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017, at Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids.
     Services celebrating Danny’s life will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, at the Federated Church in Hartford. Burial will follow in Maple Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday at Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home in Coloma. Donations in memory of Danny may be made to the family. Those wishing to leave an online message of remembrance may do so at www.duffieldpastrick.com.
    
Danny was born Oct. 15, 1955, in Chicago Heights, Ill., to Archie and Arbilee (Phillips) Michael. He was self-employed the majority of his life however, most recently, retired from Four Winds Casino. Danny was an avid Cubs fan and a John Deere man who loved old cars, tinkering, building things, and tending to the garden. He was the most generous, kind-hearted man who treated everyone like his own. He was a great role model, amazing husband, and hard worker who truly loved his kids and grandkids.
     Survivors include his wife, Judy, whom he married Dec. 14, 1974; a son, Brian (Jennifer) Michael of Hartford; daughter, Melissa (Trett) Price of Watervliet; godson, Rafael (Claudia) Reyna of Hartford; mother, Arbilee (Odell) Martin of Arkansas; a brother, Steve Michael of Paw Paw; and a sister, Diane (Buddy) Peaton of Arkansas. Also surviving are seven grandchildren: Alexa (Brandon) Wright, Hailie Tarantino, Mackenzie Michael, Andrew Michael, Lillian Price, Kaiden Price and Peyton Michael; mother and fatherin-law, Imogene (Grover) Boyd; along with several brothers and sisters-in-law and nieces and nephews.
      Danny was preceded in death by his father, and a sister, Carol Michael.

NOTE:  Danny was a 1974 Hartford High School graduate.

 

Hali K. Burchfield, 22, of Hartford, passed away on February 13, 2017 in Minneapolis, Minn.
     Services will be held 11:00 AM Saturday, March 4th at St. Paul's United Church of Christ, of which she was a lifelong member. Burial will follow in St. Paul's Cemetery.  Visitation will be Friday from 5:00-8:00 PM at Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home in Coloma. In lieu of flowers, donations  may be made to Hali's parents Doug and Mel Burchfield. Those wishing to leave on online message of comfort for the family may do so by selecting the guestbook link on this page.
     Hali Kay was born on February 10, 1995 in St. Joseph. As a child Hali was so precious, well behaved, and loved to read.  As she grew up she became a beautiful young woman with a bubbly, caring personality, and a kind and generous heart. Hali graduated with honors from Hartford High School in 2013 where she enjoyed sideline and competitive cheerleading, track, volleyball, was a member of the student council and the National Honor Society and was crowned Miss Congeniality. She attended Central Michigan University for one semester before transferring to Michigan Tech where she was majoring in accounting and management information systems. Hali had a big, beautiful, bright smile and brought joy and happiness to all she met. She truly loved and enjoyed spending time with her friends. We will love you always our beloved angel.
     Hali is survived by her parents Doug and Melvina Burchfield, fiancé Jon Phillips, grandparents Nancy and Mel Burchfield, aunt Marney Santo, and two uncles Kevin and Ron Burchfield. 
     She was preceded in death by her grandparents Melvin and Anna Nadason.

 


Eddie Eugene Holland Jr.
from Hartford passed away suddenly on Feb. 3, 2017. 

     Eddie was 28 years old and will be missed immensely. Some of his talents include painting airplanes and mechanical work on cars. He was active in high school basketball.
     The family would like to thank the Arnt and Mizwicki families for putting into place the Good Samaritan law. Survivors include mother, Karen Hoffman Koch; father, Eddie E. Holland; and two brothers, Jeffrey Holland and Michael (Stefany Foster) Holland. He will be missed by many aunts, uncles, cousins and family members.
     A celebration of life will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at New Freedom Church, 6210 Mountain Road, Coloma, with a luncheon to follow.


 NOTE:  Eddie was a 2007 Hartford High School graduate.


Mary Linneweh
,
94, of Hartford died Jan. 28, 2017, at South Haven Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Coloma, 468-6000.

John Anton Brower was born June 10, 1939 in Brazzaville, Belgian Congo one of five children born to Angus and Emma (Anderson) Brower, both of whom precede him in passing. Also preceding him in passing was a brother, Paul Brower. John passed away at home on Wednesday, January 25, 2017.
     The family will welcome friends from 3 to 4 P.M. on Monday, January 30, 2017 at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford. At 4 P.M., a memorial celebration of John's life will take place with Pastor David Brower officiating. Memorial condolences for the family can be left on our website at www.calvin-leonardfh.com.
     On August 3, 1963, John was united in marriage to Sheron Seron and she survives along with two sons; Paul (Miyuki) Brower of Powell, Ohio and Kirk (Gini) Brower of Arvada, Colorado. He is also survived by five grandchildren; Shin Brower, Ken Brower, Patrick Brower, Mary Kate Brower and Andrew Brower, a brother; David (Clara) Brower of Zeeland and two sisters; Mary (Larry) Elgersma of Plainwell and Ruth Rutherford of Niles.
     John retired from Georgia-Pacific Paper Company after many years of faithful employment. In his spare time, John loved reading, bird watching, scuba diving, backpacking, jogging and especially playing bridge at the senior center in Saint Joe.

Harold Lee Ferguson, 70, of Hartford died Jan. 22, 2017, at Hanson Hospice Center, Stevensville. Purely Cremations – Starks Family Funeral Homes, Benton Harbor, 926-9440.

Betty L. Velthouse Green Vrabec, 84, of Dowagiac, MI, (formerly of Hartford) passed away Saturday, January 21, 2017 at Lakeland Regional Medical Center in St. Joseph.
     A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Thursday, January 26, 2017 at Clark Chapel, 405 Center St., Dowagiac with Rev. Scott Stambaugh officiating. Burial will follow at South Wayne Cemetery in Dowagiac. Friends may visit with the family from 5:00 until 8:00 P.M. Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Crohn’s and Colitis foundation or Paralyzed Veterans of America. Those wishing to sign Betty’s Memory Book online may do so at www.clarkch.com.
     Betty was born December 9, 1932 in Dowagiac, one of eight children, to Henry and Beatrice (Brookfield) Velthouse. They were raised in a loving home surrounded by woods down a long lane on Rudy Rd. She went to school at Rural Gage. She was a long time member of the Women’s of the Moose Chapter 1508 and was known for her salads. On September 27, 1947 she married Ernest Green, he was her true love and it was a love without end. They moved to Hartford, MI in 1960 and returned to Dowagiac just 9 years later. Betty worked at Adams Electronics in Bangor, MI and Sealed Power in Dowagiac before retiring. She worked alongside Ernie in his ministry with the Assembly of God Church, serving God up until the time of his death in 1988. Betty married James Vrabec on October 1, 1993 and enjoyed much time at their home on Priest Lake before his passing on May 15, 2004.

     Betty is survived by four of her children; Ernestine (Rick) Bachman, Laurel (Cheryl) Green, Freida (David) Dorman and Denise (Steve) Deming-Szymonski; fifteen grandchildren; Christina Green, Brian Green, Krissi O’Brien, Amy (Ray) Gendron, Michael (Suzanne) Dorman, Aaron Elizabeth (Todd) Valdes, Charlie (Amanda) Green, Anne (Matt) Smith, Andy (Kristen) Bachman, Jenny Green, Vanessa Wilmoth, Rebekah (James) Moore, Bill (Chelsie) Deming, David (Mandi) Deming and Eric Szymonski; great-grandchildren Desiree, Austen, Allison, Skylar, Noah, Lauren, Cade, Ashly, Kacy, Kammi, Asa, Alice, Merritt Bolly-O, Lincoln, Tyler, Carter, Elly, Abby Lou, Kate, Addisyn, Drake Henry, Grady, Ava, Jay, Cody, Cayden, Daphne, Jamie, Jacob, Isacc, Austin, Elianna, Brynn, Zara, Zane, Gunner, Alexandria, Harper and Raelyn; great-great-grandchildren Soleil and Devin; brothers Larry (Lucella) and Ted (Bonnie) Velthouse; sister, Beverly (David) Rank; aunt, Glennie (Brookfield) Wilson; sisters-in-law, Barbara Green, Phyllis Green and Barb (Green) Sweet and numerous nieces and nephews.
     Besides her parents and her husband’s Ernie and Jim, Betty was preceded by her daughter Kathy Lou Sells; great-granddaughter Cheney Marie; sister, Delores Huff; brothers, Henry, Kenneth & Robbie Velthouse and son-in-law James “Buck” Deming.

 

Dustin C. Denney, 32, of Bangor passed away peacefully at Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017, surrounded by his loving family.
     Dustin was born on July 7, 1984, in Kalamazoo, the son of Ronnie J. Denney and Rhonda (McCoy) Wendzel. His grandfather, Charles McCoy, and he shared the same birthday. Dustin attended Bangor High School and graduated in 2003. He was a former produce manager for Harding’s Market in Hartford. He also enjoyed painting, working in the outdoors and spending time with his family and dog, Ace. He loved sports with his favorite football team being the Michigan Wolverines, Go Blue!! Dustin will be remembered most for his awesome smile, sense of humor and caring heart.
     Dustin is survived by his dog and best friend, Ace; his father, Ronnie; mother, Rhonda and her companion, Harold McColl; sister, Ashley Denney; niece, Gena; aunts and uncles: Connie Proffer, Rosalie Picchiarelli, Ron and Anna McCoy; and many cousins.
     He was preceded in death by his great-grandmother, Rosa “Noni” Sandona; grandparents, Charles and Gena McCoy and Jack and Rose Denney; uncle, Robert Picchiarelli; and stepfather, Allen Wendzel.
     Dustin will be dearly missed, but never forgotten. He will live forever in our hearts.
      Arrangements by, Bangor Chapel, D. L. Miller Funeral Home, http://www.dlmillerfuneralhome.com.

 

 Nancy C. Tallman, 68, of Cheboygan, formerly of Hartford, passed away Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017, at her home, surrounded by her family.
     Nancy was born Oct. 3, 1948, in Detroit, the daughter of Lyle and Eloise (Sarrault) Lippard Sr. On June 27, 1970, in Cheboygan, Nancy married Dale Tallman. Nancy worked with Dale as the office manager in their Farm Bureau Insurance business in Hartford, and retired after 36 years Jan. 1, 2013. She enjoyed exercising, shopping, interior decorating, reading, and spending time with her family.

     Survivors include her husband of 47 years, Dale of Cheboygan; her daughter, Nicole Tallman of Miami; her mother, Eloise Neumann of Cheboygan; four siblings: Linda (Tom) Tegarden of Goodlettsville, Tenn., Lyle (Lynne) Lippard Jr., Debbie (Kim) Herring and Diane Avery, all of Cheboygan; her brothers-in-law: Dan Tallman, Paul (Jaki) Tallman and Kurt (Linda) Tallman all of Cheboygan; and several nieces and nephews.
     She was preceded in death by her father; her mother-in-law, Gladys Tallman; her father-in-law, Arnold Tallman; and her sister-in-law, Kathy Tallman.
     Cremation has taken place and no services are planned at this time. Memorial contributions in Nancy’s name may be directed to the Michigan Ovarian Cancer Alliance (MIOCA), at www.mioca.org/donate (in memory of Nancy Tallman), or checks can be mailed to MIOCA, 5181 Pinnacle Court, Ann Arbor, MI 48108. Those wishing to leave a condolence or share a memory of Nancy, are invited to do so at www.stonefuneralhomeinc.com. Arrangements are being handled by the Nordman-Christian Funeral Home

 

 Kevin C. Green, 48, formerly of Berrien Springs, passed away Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017, at his home in Hartford.
     A celebration of life service will be at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Road, St. Joseph, with Dr. J.O. Hosler officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 3-5 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family to cover expenses. Those wishing to sign Kevin’s Memory Book online may do so at www.starks-menchinger.com.
     Kevin was born Oct. 20, 1968, in St. Joseph to Kenneth and Justine (Meade) Green. He graduated from Berrien Springs High School, Class of 1987, where he played football on the JV and Varsity team. He was a member of the team, No. 52, who went to the semi-finals at Hillsdale College in 1986. Kevin was employed at various construction companies in the Berrien County area. He was an avid football fan who rooted for the Dallas Cowboys and enjoyed playing pool.
     Kevin is survived by his mother and father: Justine and Tim Allen; his brother, T.J. Allen of Berrien Springs; sister-in-law, Esther Green of Coloma; nephew and nieces: Trevor, Alyssa and Miranda Green, and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
   He was preceded in death by his father, Kenneth R. Green in 2012, and his brother, Keith R. Green in 2006.

 

Vivian Mae Godgiben was born Dec. 10, 1942, in Tyronza, Ark., one of 11 children born to Charles and Alta (McHorney) Mitchell. Her parents and four of her siblings have preceded her in passing.
     Vivian passed away at Lakeland Medical Center, St. Joseph, on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017. She loved singing and playing her guitar, doing word search puzzles, going to the casino and eating Chinese food. She liked watching “The Walking Dead” and especially loved Daryl. Vivian was known as everyone’s mom.
     As to Vivian’s wishes, cremation has taken place. Family and friends will gather for a time of fellowship at the Hartford United Methodist Church beginning at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the family. The Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford has been entrusted with the funeral arrangements. Memorial condolences for the family can be left on our website at http://www.calvin-leonardfh.com.
     Vivian is survived by her three children: Carolyn (Ralph) Boyer, Linda Godgiben and Bobby (Angie Stockton) Godgiben all of Hartford; nine grandchildren: sixteen greatgrandchildren, four brothers and two sisters.

 

James (Jim) Edward Tollar, Midland MI, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017. He joined his beloved parents, Frank E. and Josephine Tollar; and siblings, Frank D. of Bangor, Michigan and Geraldine R. Jonas of South Bend, Ind.
     He was born April 14, 1926 in Hartford, Mich. and attended the Hartford Public Schools, grades one through 12. In high school, he played varsity football, basketball and baseball, was elected president of his junior and senior classes by his fellow students and earned the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America, all the while earning the distinction of being on the students honor roll each year.
     After graduation from high school in 1943, Jim volunteered for duty in the U.S. Navy to serve his country during World War II. After extensive training in the maintenance and repair of Naval electronic equipment, he volunteered for submarine duty and was assigned to the submarine base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii where he served until the end of World War II. It was here that Jim learned to fly at the age of 18.
     Being honorably discharged in 1945, he began his college studies at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, where he pursued a pre-engineering curriculum. After two years at WMU, he transferred to Michigan Technical University, Houghton. There he was asked by one of his professors to be a teaching assistant, and this he did until his graduation with a BSME degree in 1950.
     He was then offered to be a teaching assistant at Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill. He accepted and continued studies there receiving a MSME degree.
     After all of the above, he finally, at age 25, felt it was time to enter the work force. During the closing days of his stay at Northwestern University, Dr. Gordon Clack, a recruiter for The Dow Chemical Co., visited Northwestern University soliciting employees for Dow. Jim was interviewed by Gordon and offered employment by Dow.
     Accepting the offer of employment from Dow, he began what was to be a 35-year love affair with Dow. He was assigned to a variety of research and engineering positions in Midland, including a 1960-1966 assignment to Dow's Western Division in Pittsburg, Calif. Returning to Midland in 1966, he was assigned to be the process consultant to the Styrene Polymers Technology Center, a support group for Dow's Worldwide Polystyrene Manufacturing Facilities. In this capacity, he often travelled to the far flung facilities for first-hand technological exchanges, ensuring that technology developed in Midland was appropriately applied. While employed at Dow, he authored or co-authored eight U.S. patents.
     He retired from active Dow employment in 1986, after which time he became a consultant for Omnitech International. He was a life member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, a member emeritus since 1951 of Sigma Xi and a life member of the Free & Accepted Masons and was licensed to practice professional mechanical engineering in the states of Michigan and California. He was also a life member of the Chippewa Nature Center, Walloon Lake Association and Keep Michigan Beautiful, Inc.
     Jim's enthusiasm for aviation began at an early age when, as a child, he built many model airplanes. Later in life, notwithstanding hundreds of hours he spent in airliners traveling to and from Dow's domestic and worldwide facilities, he thoroughly enjoyed personal sport flying. He was a licensed private pilot by the FAA, a past member and chairman of Midland's Barstow Airport Commission and a very supportive past member of the Experimental Aircraft Association.
     Along with his dedication to his professional activities, in his younger years Jim had wide-ranging personal interests. Along with being an honor student in high school, he excelled in manual arts (i.e. wood working) courses. Later, in college years, he found employment during summer vacations as a carpenter, to earn money for the coming college years. Later in life, he delighted in taking on building projects, in spare time from his pursuit of a professional mechanical engineering career. No project was too small or too large, ranging from making knick-knacks to items of furniture, to home improvements and even home additions. Results of his endeavors remain today.
     He was an avid stamp and coin collector and had a deep appreciation for "old things." He collected such antique things ranging from hand tools, books, milk stools, canes and art work.
     Jim also generously supported local charitable organizations and was active in community affairs.
     Along with all the foregoing, Jim enjoyed gardening and yard work. Being an "animal lover" from childhood, he cherished catering to birds, strays and wildlife, and always felt "they deserved the 'good life' we humans enjoy." In his retirement years, he never retired for the night without assuring they all had ample food and water to sustain them until the morning. He also made sure there were no dirty dishes left in the sink.
     While both were employees of Dow, Jim and the former Bette Robuck became acquainted when they occupied adjacent stools at the lunch counter of the then Frolic Sweet Shop, next door to the former Frolic Theater Movie Theater in downtown Midland. Later, and by chance, they happened to meet at the former Rodeicher's Chinese Restaurant in Freeland. This meeting began a courtship leading to their marriage Oct. 18, 1958. Having married later in life than most do, they were not blessed with their own family, but shared the joys and trials that marriage offers for almost 60 years as each other's absolute "best friends" and fully supportive of each other's interests in life.
     Along with his beloved wife, Bette, Jim is lovingly survived by his nieces, Anne Hill of Bangor, Patricia Grutzmacher of Lisle, Ill. and Frances Jonas of South Bend, Ind., and Bradenton, Fla.; brother-in-law, Peter Paul Robuck of Lake Orion, Mich.; sister-in-law, Alice Burke of Rochester, Mich.; nieces, Deborah Clayton of Lake Orion and Brenda Hewitt of Lake Orion; nephews, Paul Peter Robuck of Oxford, Mich., Brian Burke of Rochester Hills, Mich. and Bradley Burke of New Haven, Conn. He also leaves many great-and great-great-nieces and nephews who dearly loved their Uncle Jim; and lastly, Jim is survived by his beloved cats, Charlie and Tao.
     To honor Jim's memory, contributions may be made to the Midland Humane Society and Keep Michigan Beautiful, Inc. PO Box 23215 Lansing, MI 48909.
     Funeral services for Jim will take place 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017 at the Ware-Smith-Woolever Funeral Chapel, 1200 W. Wheeler St. Per Jim's wishes, cremation will follow and interment will take place in Midland Cemetery. Jim's family will receive friends at the funeral home on Saturday, Jan. 28, from 1-6 p.m. and on Sunday from 1 p.m. until time of the service.

Deanna J. McTheeney, 74, of Hartford, passed away Monday, Jan. 16, 2017, at The Timbers in Dowagiac.
     A celebration of life service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 63559 60th Ave., Hartford, with the Rev. German Perez-Diaz officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017, at Clark Chapel and Cremation Services, 405 Center St., Dowagiac. Memorials may be made to the Michigan Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Those wishing to sign Deanna’s memory book online may do so at www.clarkch.com.
    Deanna was born March 25, 1942, in Benton Harbor, to James Adolph Pelkey and Ruth Jeannette (Cayo) George. On Nov. 1, 1992, she married James McTheeney in St. Joseph. Deanna was a sports fanatic and was a die-hard Chicago Cubs fan.
    Deanna is survived by her husband, James Mc-Theeney; children: Gary (Theresa) Cooper of West Bloomfield, Mark Cooper of Benton Harbor, Billy (Mary) Cooper of St. Joseph, Kenneth (Renee) Cooper of Benton Harbor, and son-in-law, Mike Burke of Marshall; 11 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and siblings: Mike Pelkey, Andrea Hankins, Cindy Hogue and Jay Pelkey.
     Deanna was preceded in death by her daughter, Rhonda Burke, on Jan. 12, 2015; and two sisters, Judy McCord in 2005 and Linda Pelkey in 1992.

Ellen Pearl Tyler, 84 of Hartford passed away Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, at Hanson Hospice Center.
     Ellen was born April 3, 1932, in Mattawan, the daughter of Jake and Larue (DeYoung) Burkett.
     On Oct. 6, 1950, Ellen was united in marriage to Kenneth Tyler. Kenneth passed away July 27, 2008. Also preceding her in passing were a son, David: a daughter, Cherly; her beloved dog, Sammi, and six brothers and sisters: Irvin, Nellie, Jenny, Florence, Roy and Margaret.
     She is survived by seven children: Betty Gilburt, May Tyler, Richard Ishmael, Ken (Shirley) Able, Edward Able, Thomas Tyler and Tina (David) Smith. She is also survived by six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.
     Ellen was loyally employed at Burnett Foods of Lawrence. In her spare time she enjoyed playing bingo and going to the casino. But most importantly, she just lived life to the fullest.
     As per Ellen’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A memorial service to honor her memory will commence at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, at the Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford. Pastor Mike Heflin of the First Church of God in Decatur will officiate. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Ellen’s name may be made to the family. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at http://www.calvin-leonardfh. com

 


Janis Mae Arnold, 64, of Sawyer passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, at her home.
     She was born on Aug. 29, 1952, to Myrl and Josephine (Ryan) Arnold in Hartford. Janis used to play softball and enjoyed playing euchre with her friends. She was also a member of the American Legion Post 568 in Stevensville.

     Janis is survived by her daughter, Connie (Tyrone) Jackson of Sawyer; and brother, Wayne (Sandy) Arnold of New Tazewell, Tenn.
     She was preceded in death by her parents, Myrl and Josephine; and significant other, James William Schutze Sr.
     Cremation has taken place. A celebration of life will be held by the family at 3 p.m Jan. 21, 2017, at the Stevensville American Legion. Arrangements have been entrusted to Hoven Funeral Home, Buchanan. Online condolences may be made at www.hovenfunerals.com.

NOTE:  Janis was a 1970 graduate of Hartford High School

Gary Lee Brink, 62, of Hartford passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, at Rose Arbor Hospice Residence, Kalamazoo.
     The family will receive friends 1-2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, at the Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford, followed at 2 p.m. with a celebration of life service to honor Gary’s memory. Chuck Ishmael, David Powers and Tony Herman will officiate. As to Gary’s wishes, cremation will follow the service. After the services, a gathering will take place at the Decatur VFW Hall, where food will be provided and a dish to pass is welcome. Those wishing to make a memorial may do so to the charity of your choice. Memorial condolences for the family can be left at www.calvin-leonardfh.com.
     Gary was born on Nov. 21, 1954, in Paw Paw, the son of Paul and Ruth (Ishmael) Brink. He was employed at Stryker Corp. of Kalamazoo for 35 years. He was often seen riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle. He enjoyed camping, reading, movies of all kinds, but especially westerns, and was a big Elvis Presley fan, for both his music and the movies that he starred in. Gary also loved the times he spent with his family.
     Gary married the former Janine Goodrich on Nov. 4, 1989, she survives, along with two daughters, Jennifer (Adam) Gorka of Stevensville and Brandi Brink of Summerville, S.C. Also surviving are four grandchildren: Rachelle Brink, Ryan Brink, Dakota Brink and Ayden Gorka; a greatgrandchild, Eli Shelton; his mother, Ruth; and a sister, Debra (Jim) Griffin of Lawrence.
     Gary was preceded in passing by a daughter, Tiffany Ann Brink; his father, Paul; and a brother, Frederick.

Dolores M. (Kling) Bishop, 88, of Coloma left her earthly home to be with her Heavenly Father and beloved husband, Howard, on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017. She passed away peacefully at the Whitcomb Senior Living Community.
     Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11, at St. Joseph Catholic Church of Watervliet, with the Rev. John Peter officiating. Burial will follow at Riverview Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, with a prayer service at 7 p.m., at Starks & Menchinger Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 2650 Niles Road, St. Joseph. Memorial donations may be made to North Berrien Senior Center in Coloma or St. Joseph Catholic Church of Watervliet. Those wishing to leave an online condolence may do so at www.starks-menchinger.com.
     Dolores was the daughter of the late Louis and Minnie Kling of Hartford. She graduated from Hartford High School and worked at Ausco in Hartford. She married her high school sweetheart “Howie” on April 30, 1949, upon his return from military service in World War II. They shared a marriage of 56 years. Dolores was active as a 4-H leader to the Countrysiders 4-H Club. She was an avid seamstress and knitter. Dolores and Howard successfully farmed the land in Hagar Township where they raised their three daughters.
     Dolores is survived by her three daughters, Patricia (Donald) Fryling, Pamela (Robert) Hirsch and Maureen Bishop; three grandsons, Christopher (Andrea) Fryling, Jonathan (Kellie) Fryling and Matthew (Reem) Fryling; four great-grandsons, Gabriel, Ryan, Maxton and Greyson; and two great-granddaughters, Kyndal and Vallerie. She is also survived by her sister, Marion (Roy) Davis; brother, Robert Kling; sister-in-law, Phyllis Kling; and many nieces and nephews, their spouses and children.

     Dolores was preceded in death by her loving husband, Howard; parents; and brother, Louis.
     Dolores loved her extended family, cousins, farm friends, neighborhood friends, and special friend, Ollire Lane, and her children. Dolores loved her church and helping others.
     She will be dearly missed but forever remembered as “Howie’s Partner!”

 

Virginia Lee Willoughby, 85, of Hartford passed away Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017, at Caretel Inns of Lakeland, Royalton Township.
     Virginia was born Nov. 2, 1931, in Wardell, Mo., the daughter of Harvey and Bertha (Brown) Phillips, both of whom preceded her in passing.

     Also preceding her in passing were her husband, James Arthur Willoughby; a son, Ronnie Gale Willoughby; six sisters: Hazel Phillips, Ora Burgess, Mattie Crafton, Velma Harris, Dorcie Arnold and Patricia Roberts; and two brothers, William Phillips and Harvell Phillips.
     Virginia is survived by her children: Rickey Willoughby of Watervliet, Gwendolyn (Creight) Smith Jr. of Coloma, Pamela Willoughby of Kalamazoo and Carol Anchor of Hartford. She is also survived by seven grandchildren; 18 greatgrandchildren; two greatgreat-grandchildren; and a brother, Arvell (Linda) Phillips of Poplar Bluff, Mo.
     Private family services were held on Thursday, Jan. 12, followed by burial in Keeler Cemetery. Memorial donations in Virginia’s name may be made to the American Heart Association. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at www.calvin-leonardfh.com.

 

Vada Estella Langston, 91, formerly of Hartford, died Jan. 5, 2017, at Maple Lake Assisted Living, Paw Paw.
     Vada was born July 29, 1925, in Paragould, Ark., the daughter of Edward and Florabelle (Speer) Davidson, both of whom preceded her in passing. Also preceding her in passing were her husband, Andrew Langston on Nov. 8, 1991; and 10 brothers and sisters.
     Vada retired in 1987, after 22 years of service, from Hartford Public Schools. She volunteered in her community, where she was on the board of the Hartford Public Library and an election certifier. In her spare time, she enjoyed traveling, cooking, gardening, walking, singing, dancing, and she especially loved spending time with her grandchildren.
     Vada is survived by a son, Michael (Donna) Langston of Hartford; a daughter, Janis (Rick) Stoddard of Holland, Mich.; three grandchildren: Ashlee, Stephanie and Mathew (Allie); a great-grandson, Karsen; a sister, Drucilla Davidson of Louisiana; and many nieces, nephews and other family members.
     The family will welcome friends 6-8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 8, at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, where the service to honor her memory will commence at 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 9, with the Rev. Brian Hall of the Watervliet Free Methodist Church officiating. Burial will follow in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford Township. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Vada’s name may be made to the donor’s choice. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at www. calvin-leonardfh.com.

 


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

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

NOTE: He was a 1958 Hartford High School graduate.

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

The Herald-Palladium
12-11-2009

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

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

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

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

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

One dies, two injured in accident
[Clarksville TN]

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

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

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

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

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

 

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


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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

 

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

NOTE: Tom was a 1971 graduate of Hartford High School
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

 

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

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

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

 
Floyd K. Crocker of Portage, Michigan, formerly of Watervliet, MI, passed away Sunday, May 24, 2009, at Wynwood in Portage. He was bom August 19, 1909, in Calumet, the son of William and Jane (Bennets) Crocker.
     He was a grocery manager at Harding’s in Watervliet and Hartford, retiring in 1974; member of Plymouth Congregational Church in Watervliet; and member of Haines City Methodist Church in Haines City, Florida.
     In 1940, in Watervliet, Floyd was united in marriage to the former Mary McNitt who preceded him in death in 1967. On November 3, 1980, he married Grace Clark who preceded him in death in March 2009.
     He was also preceded in death by two brothers, two sisters, one step-son, and one stepdaughter. Survivors include: two children - Susan (John) Feather of Lancaster, Kentucky, and Steven Crocker of Lansing, MI; a stepdaughter, Lois (Wayne) Perrino of Paw Paw; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
     Cremation has taken place and there will be no visitation. Graveside services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, May 29, at Watervliet Cemetery, with Hospice Chaplain Elizabeth Code officiating. Memorial contributions may be directed to Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan. Arrangements are by
Adams Funeral Home, Paw Paw.
     Share a memory or condolence online at www.timeformemory.com/adams.

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

NOTE:  Linda was a 1973 Hartford High School graduate.

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

 

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



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

NOTE:  Dorothy was a 1945 Hartford High School graduate.

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

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

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

 


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Norman Junior Burfield, 67, of Hartford, departed this life suddenly on Thursday, April 16, 2009, at Community Hospital, Watervliet.
     Norman was born Aug. 8, 1941, in Moulton, Ala., the son of Jess and Nora (West) Burfield, both of whom preceded him in passing. Also preceding him in passing were three brothers - Raymond, Leon and Marvin, and a sister, Louise.
     Norman was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather who loved spending time with everyone. He was an outdoorsman by heart as shown by his love of hunting and fishing.
     Norman is survived by his wife, Barbara of 20 years; his children - Nora Mildred Burfield, Norman Junior Burfield, Alex "Partner" Burfield-Cook, all at home, Cindy Lou O'Neil, John (Nicki) Burfield, both of Hartford, Toni Burfield of Boyne City, Laura (Mondo) Favela of Mesick, Stacy Burfield, Duane (Diana) Burfield, both of Traverse City, Joe (Michelle) Burfield of Fife Lake and Jodi Burfield of Texas. Norman is also survived by numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; a brother, Wallace Burfield of Boyne City; and sisters - Bertha Mae (Bedford) Borden of Bangor, Lucille LaFlame of South Haven, Francis Ortquist of Kalamazoo and Fae Godell of Canton, Ga., a