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Timothy Scott Summerhill Sr., 50 of Hartford died Monday, Sept. 14, 2015, at home. Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, 621-4101.

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

Ralph A. Yarbrough Jr. d 9-7-2015Ralph A. Yarbrough Jr. of Hartford was born July 10, 1951, in Memphis, Tenn., to Ralph and Fay Yarbrough. On Sept. 7, at Hanson Hospice Center in Stevensville, he crossed over to heavenly glory.
     Ralph grew up in Kalamazoo on a farm with his sister and seven cousins. His senior year in high school [1970], he moved to Hartford, where he met his future wife, LeAnne. They married Sept. 29, 1973, and lived in the Keeler/Hartford area. He inherited a love of photography from his father that he turned into a successful business, Centennial Photography, preserving wedding, family and senior memories for many in the area.
     He enjoyed antiquing, woodworking, travel, hunting and painting. He served on the Keeler Fire Department and was a member of Sister Lakes Community Church. His greatest joy was spending time with his three beautiful granddaughters, who adored him.
     He was a caring and giving man who loved to help others in any way he could. He was preceded in death by his parents and is survived by his wife, LeAnne (Leach); two children, Bradley Yogi (Tammy Stone) Yarbrough of Coloma and Amanda (Jason) Marquardt of St. Joseph; three granddaughters: Sidney Olmsted, and Addison and Taylor Marquardt; his mother-in-law, Irene Leach of Hartford; and a sister, Fay (Orrin) Dorr of Lawrence.
     Cremation has taken place.
     Friends and family will gather at the family home from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20, with a time to share special memories at 4 p.m. A luncheon will be served.
     In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation or Shriners Hospital for Children, Chicago.
 
James Clarence Dale, 85, of Decatur passed away suddenly Friday, Sept. 4, 2015, at Lakeland Hospital-Watervliet.
     James was born Aug. 3, 1930, in Keeler Township, the son of the late Frank and Neca (Green) Dale. Also preceding him in passing were his wife, the former Hazel Morrison; and a son; James Clarence Dale Jr.
     James is survived by two daughters, April Gauthier of Eau Claire and Susan Dale of Decatur; two sons, Kirk (Alice) Dale of Hartford and Allen (Debbie) Dale of Decatur; seven grandchildren: Brad, Howard, Tina, Travis, Bryant, Kirk and Erica; 21 greatgrandchildren; five greatgreat-grandchildren; two sisters, Shirley Adams and Betty , both of Kalamazoo; and two brothers, Virgil Dale of California and Fred Dale of Three Rivers.
     James graduated from Hartford High School [1949] He served his country proudly during the Korean War, in the U.S. Army as a military policeman. Two of his duties were being an escort for Bob Hope and Jane Russell. He was employed at Eliason Corp. for 38 years.
     He was an avid hunter and fisherman, and loved working with his hands doing carpentry work. Per his wishes, cremation has taken place.
     There will be a graveside service at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015, at Keeler Cemetery, with Pastor Efrain Maya officiating. Full military rites will be conducted by the North Berrien Military rites team. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations in James honor be made to the American Lung Association or American Kidney Association. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at www.calvin-leonardfh.com.
 
Marlene Najacht was born Oct. 19, 1938, in Illinois. She passed away at the age of 76 on Sept. 3, 2015, at Pine Ridge Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Stevensville.
     She was the daughter of Angelo and Lily (Spoltto) Ensalaco, both of whom preceded her in passing. Marlene was also preceded by three sisters: Carmela, Rose and Delores.
     Marlene was very involved with her church, the Redeemer Church in Sister Lakes. She was an exceptional artist and enjoying doing anything with her hands. She was a loving mother who loved her family dearly, especially her grandchildren.
     Marlene is survived by four sons: William (Robin) Najacht of Hartford, Robert Najacht of Berrien Springs, Daniel (Barb) Najacht of Coloma and Thomas Najacht of South Bend; 10 grandchildren; two brothers, Ernie (Val) Ensalaco of Illinois and Sam (Diane) Ensalaco of Florida; and a special friend, Kathy Romeo.
     The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015, at Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford. Following cremation, a memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13, at the Redeemer Lutheran Church in Sister Lakes, with Pastor David Schaller officiating. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make a memorial may do so to Alzheimers Association, 350 E. Michigan Ave., Suite 20, Kalamazoo, MI 49007. Those wishing to leave condolences for the family may do so at http://www.calvin-leonardfh.com.
 

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

     He is preceded in death along with his parents by his brothers Earnest Dale Hanners, Edward Hanners, and sister Mary Kathryn Edwards.
James is survived by his son James (Tiffany) Hanners of Hartford; brothers Kenneth (Carol) Hanners of Eau Claire and Marvin (Mildred) Hanners of St. Joseph; and three grandchildren Tristan, Thayne, and Kaia Hanners.
     Visitation will be held from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Monday, August 31, 2015 at the Filbrandt Family Funeral Home in South Haven. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 at the funeral home. James will be laid to rest at North Shore Memory Gardens in Hagar Shores.


 
William H. Richardson, 84, of Hartford died Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015. Williams life began May 26, 1931, in East Chicago, Ill. He drove truck for many years.
     He leaves behind three stepdaughters: JoAnn Yirku, Linda Fentress and Janet Purintun; a stepson, Chuck Besenfelder; 21 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
     Hutchins Funeral Home assisted his family with cremation, and the family plans to celebrate his life privately.

 

Wilson Henry Peters d 8-1-2015Wilson Henry Peters, 94, of Rush Lake in Hartford, MI, passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 1, 2015, sitting in his favorite easy chair at American House in Charlevoix, MI, surrounded by his loving family.
     Wilson was born June 14, 1921 to Matilda (Schrieber) Peters and Henry Marquis Peters at the family farm in Keeler, MI. Wilson graduated from Benton Harbor High School in June of 1940. Following the attack on Pearl Harbor, Wilson was drafted into the Army in January of 1942. He served in the African-European Theater with the 168th Infantry Regiment of the 34th (Red Bull) Infantry Division. Wilson was awarded two Bronze Stars for his meritorious actions during the Italian campaign and he also received many other awards. He returned home in the fall of 1945 to work on his family farm and with Auto Specialties Company in Benton Harbor, MI until his retirement in 1986. He had a passion for farming, and upon his retirement he bought a small farm where he could grow vegetables to put on his kitchen table. He also loved animals and nothing pleased him more than taking care of his horses, dogs and cats. In 1950, Wilson met and married the love of his life, Gloria May (Heater) Peters and they were happily married for over 65 years.
     Wilson was preceded in death by his parents, his sisters Ruth from California and Virginia from Edwardsburg, MI, and brother, Clarence from South Bend, IN.
     He is survived by his wife, Gloria; sons, Bruce (Terre) of Paw Paw, MI; Gary (Renie) of Yuma, AZ; and daughter, Shari (William) Kitchen of Boyne City, MI. He is also survived by his brother, Dwight (Althea) of Keeler, MI; six grandchildren, Joey, Jason, Adam, Elizabeth, Alycia, and Derek; and five great-grandchildren, Anna May, Edwin, Nathan, Henry and Zachary; and many loving nieces and nephews. Wilson will be remembered for his kindness to all, his sweet and gentle manner, his laughter and his love of family, friends and country.
     Friends will meet at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, at 10:30 AM on Friday, August 7th and, in keeping with Wilson's wishes, there will be a graveside service at 11:00 AM at North Shore Memory Gardens in Coloma, MI. In lieu of flowers, Memorials can be made to Hospice of Michigan or United Methodist Church of Hartford, MI.

 

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

 

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

NOTE: Mari was a 1967 Hartford High School graduate.


Allen Harwood Prouty Jr., 69, of Ocala Florida passed away July 19, 2015. He was a life-long resident ofAl Prouty with Hero 1 Robot abt 1984 Hartford Michigan until his retirement Allen Prouty d 7-19-2015six years ago when he moved to the warmer Florida sunshine.
     Al was born June 7, 1946 in Hartford Michigan to Allen Harwood and Marian Smith Prouty.
Allen was from the class of 1965 at Hartford High School. He served in the U.S. Army from 1967 to 1972 and was a lineman in Vietnam. Upon his discharge, Allen re-started Prouty's TV and Electronic Service. In 1980, he went to work for Zenith as an engineer for the Robot they wanted to develop. When the robot project was finished, he returned to his TV and Electronic Service, as well as built engines for remote control race cars. Prior to his retirement, Al worked for Ron Sefcik at AR Controls in Hartford.
     Allen is survived by his wife, Lilly Abarientos Prouty and his sons, Scott of North Carolina, Chad of Hartford, and Eric of Kalamazoo MI. Also surviving are his stepchildren, Michelle Abarientos, Krisna (Jason) Easton, Herbert Abarientos, and Shelia Abarientos all of Ocala, Florida. He has several nieces, nephews, and grandchildren. Sisters, Marian Jensen and Pat Gerenscer both of Hartford also survive.
Preceding Allen in death are his parents.
     Following a military funeral service, burial was at the Veterans Administration Florida National Cemetery.

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

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

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

George Junior Huffman d 7-14-2015 George (Georgie) Huffman of Hartford, MI passed away July 14th, 2015 at Lakeland Hospital in St. Joseph, MI at the age of 78 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. While surrounded by family at 9:50am the battle came to a peaceful end.
     George was born January 15th, 1937 in Kennett, MO to George W. Huffman and Imogene (Chappel) Huffman. They relocated to Michigan when he was an infant and Hartford became his lifelong home. George married Nancy Joy Dyer of Hartford, MI on August 4th, 1958 and the couple had three children.
     George at a very young age worked for the J.C. VanLierop Bulb Farms in Hartford, MI. At age 18 George began working for the Watervliet Paper Mill in Watervliet, MI and continued there for over 15 years. While working at the paper mill George studied electronics via mail order courses (no such thing as Internet back then) and achieved his degree in electronics in 1965 (50 years ago this year) he then started doing radio and television repairs in the basement of his home. In 1975 George left the Watervliet Paper Mill as a Quality Control Supervisor, built a new store at 25 Beechwood St in Hartford, MI. George and his Wife Nancy then held an open house for what would become Huffmans TV and Appliances, Inc. and later added Huffmans Furniture in downtown Hartford. The TV and appliance business is still in operation today. George was actively involved in its operation until the time of his passing.
     George had a lifelong passion for hunting, bowling and golf. George, his faithful golf partner and dear friend Wayne Gay of Hartford, MI bowled and played golf together for over 60 years in leagues and for fun, a true testament of friendship not often seen. At Coloma Lanes George was inducted into the Blossomland Bowling Association Hall of Fame on May 3rd, 2009 which he has been a member of for 56 years. In January 2014 the 58th Annual Blossomland USBC Bowling Association City Tournament Team Event was dedicated to George Huffman for his lifelong dedication to the sport of bowling. Since 1969 George has sponsored at least two and as many as five league bowling teams per year through Huffmans TV and Appliance, Inc, supplying the teams with bowling shirts to maintain the professionalism of the sport he loved. His personal accomplishments include three bowling league sanctioned perfect 300 games (1994, 1996 and 2004), one 299 game and a personal best three game series of 792. In league play at Lake Cora Golf Course George had a Hole-In-One on the 14th hole in 1998 and another on the 1st hole in 2001. George was also a lifelong member of the National Rifle Association (NRA) and proudly displayed their logo in support of all law abiding citizens.
     George was very stubborn, always had an opinion (right or wrong) but had a big heart. George would go without so others could have. He loved his family and friends and always put himself second. Even after several heart attacks and then cancer, George never gave up, his sheer will to survive and belief he could overcome was unsurpassed by any and all obstacles. Even after many years of chemotherapy he pushed on. It was a reality to see George come home from chemotherapy and a few hours later be on a roof nailing down shingles, then drive off to a junk yard to remove parts from a vehicle, go back home and tear down an engine to install it, then he would suffer the pain of what he did that day, get up the next morning and do it all over again. If George would have given up earlier, submitted to the consequences and the pain he may have lived longer, but for him that was not an option.
     Traditional obituaries are supposed to be third party and non associated but in this case its personal. This was my father, the man that taught me from a young age that if you want something earn it, work hard and never stop challenging yourself; if it needs to be done you can do it! George Huffman is survived by his wife Nancy Joy Huffman, Hartford, MI, sons; Denis Lee (Pattijo) Huffman, Marshall, MI, David Alan Huffman, Eau Claire, MI, daughter; Annette Joy Huffman, Kalamazoo, MI, Grandkids; Kyle Alan Huffman, Grand Rapids, MI, Joshua Denis Huffman, Dexter, MI, Brianna Mercedes Huffman, Kalamazoo, MI, Ty Alexander Huffman, Kalamazoo, MI, Jami Lynn Huffman, Sodus, MI, brother in law; Robert Dyer, St. Joseph, MI and sister in law, Virginia Dyer, Portage, MI.
     George Huffman was proceeded in death by: father; George W. Huffman, mother; Imogene Huffman, sister; Shirley (Kennedy) Harris, mother in law; Myrtle Dyer, father in law; Raymond Dyer, step father; Donald Straw, brother in law; William Dyer and sister in law; Eleanor Dyer. George Huffmans wishes were to be cremated. Due to some immediate family members being out of town visitation will be at Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford, MI on August 8th, 2015 from 3:00pm to 8:00pm.
     In lieu of flowers the family wishes any donations be made to George Huffman Memorial Fund For Coloma Lanes Youth Bowling (http://www.gofundme.com/george_huffman or checks can be mailed to: Coloma Lanes Youth Bowling, c/o George Huffman Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 83, Coloma, MI 49038.

 

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

NOTE: Nary is a 1944 Hartford High School graduate.


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

 

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

NOTE: Donald was a 1966 Hartford High School graduate.
 

Randy Lee Rayhill of Hartford passed away on Saturday June 27, 2015 at his home.
     The family will receive friends at the New Life Harvest Ministries Church in Hartford on Tuesday from 12 p.m., followed by a memorial service to honor Randys memory. Pastor Marla Thurman will officiate.
     As to Randys wishes, cremation has taken place. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the family. Memorial condolences for the family can be left on our website at www.calvin-leonardfh.com.
     Randy was born July 7, 1952 in Fort Wayne, Ind., the son of Homer and Esther (Harold) Rayhill, both of whom precede him in passing. He was also preceded by his first wife, Rita, and a sister, Sandy.
     Randy was a wonderful husband who loved his family dearly, including his dog, Sheina, and his cat, Shadow. He cherished the times spent with his many friends. Randy was a long haul semi-truck driver, driving for over 35 years, with his last employer being Hoekstra Transportation of Saint Anne, Ill. Randy married the former Peggy Zook on April 26, 1999 and for the next 16 years they enjoyed their lives together. Peggy survives along with his three daughters: Jennifer (Mike) Schuh of Hillsboro, Mo., Kimberly (Erich) Klingler of Kokamo, Ind., and Rachel (Todd) Hobbs of Indianapolis, Ind.; a stepdaughter, Heather (Ruppel) Tibbs of Kalamazoo; two granddaughters and three grandsons.
 
Ricky Dale Rice, 62, died Saturday, June 20, 2015, in South Bend.
     A celebration of life service will be at 1 p.m. Friday, July 3, 2015, at Heritage Chapel & Cremation Services, 8747 U.S. 31, Berrien Springs, with the Rev. Derek Cromwell officiating. Burial will follow in Spring Run Cemetery in St. Joseph. Those wishing to send an online condolence may do so at www.heritage-chapel. com.
     Ricky was born July 4, 1952, in Watervliet to Dale and Halo (Conkey) Rice.
He graduated from Hartford High School [1970] and pursued a career as a mechanic and auto body specialist. On Jan. 8, 2009, he married his loving wife, Angela Mortimer, in Elkhart, Ind. He loved Indy racing, sharing his passion of cars with his special friends, Jeff Lefebvre and Tom Divis, and spending time with his family.
     He is survived by his wife, Angela; sons, Ricky Rice of Stevensville and Shawn Dale Meachum of St. Louis, Mo.; stepchildren: Brenden (Kessa) Jhala of South Bend; Leanne (Lance) Ross of Jones, Mich.; and Francis (Rachel) Jhala of St. Joseph; seven step-grandchildren; brother, Rodney Rice of Lawrence; and sister, Tammy Rice of Mount Dora, Fla.
     He was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Nicholas Rice.
 

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

NOTE: Chris was a 2006 Hartford High School graduate.
 

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

NOTE: Helen was a 1937 Hartford High School graduate.

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

Tori Peterson d 5-4-2015Tori Lynn Peterson was born June 7, 1983, in St. Joseph. She passed away at the age of 31 on Monday, May 4, 2015, at Faith Hospice Trillium Woods in Myron Township.
     Tori grew up in Hartford and attended Hartford schools.
     As to Tori's wishes, cremation has taken place. The family will receive friends from 9-10 a.m. Friday, May 8, 2015, at the Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford, followed by a memorial celebration of Tori's life. The Rev. Jerry Selleck of Holland United Methodist Church will officiate.
     In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made fund for her son, Corbin. Those wishing to leave condolences for the family may do so at www.calvin-leonardfh.com.
     Tori was the daughter of Brian and Linda (Martin) Peterson, both of whom survive. She is also survived by her son, Corbin; her brother Mike; and numerous aunts, uncles, other family members and friends..
     Tori was preceded in passing by her maternal grandparents, Harold and Joyce Martin; and her paternal grandparents, Roger and Wilma Peterson.

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

 
Lorna Joy Kozelink Vint d 4-11-2015Lorna Joy Kozelink Vint, 84, of Climax, MI passed away peacefully Saturday, April 11, in her daughter's home surrounded by family.
     Due to a massive stroke, Lorna entered hospice in her daughter's home and was lovingly cared for until her death.
Lorna was born on August 22, [1930] she graduated from Hartford High School [1947] with the love of her life, George. They married in Hartford and spent most of their life in Bangor. They had three wonderful children, Diane, Linda, and Brian. Lorna worked as an accountant at Bangor Business Service followed by DuWel Metal Products until her retirement. Lorna was a member of Simpson UMC in Bangor and taught children's Sunday School. Lorna and George loved to travel and went on many adventures around the country. They moved to Kalamazoo, and became part of the West Leroy Bible Church family. After her husband's passing, she moved to Climax to be closer to family. She was a generous baker and supplied her church and family members with numerous goodies.
     She was preceded in death by her husband George and son Brian. She is survived by her daughters Diane (Michael) Belote and Linda (Ray) Smith, 10 grandchildren, Melissa, Molly, Kevin, Joy, Ben, Josh, Jill, Christy, Jessie, and Doug, 16 great-grandchildren, Jake, Leia, Noelle, Trent, Luke, Rachel, Cordner, Deven, Sarah, Joshua, Owen, Elise, Andrew, Shepherd, Callie, Daniel, and close relatives.
     A private family graveside service will be held in Hartford and a celebration of Lorna's life will be held at the West Leroy Bible Church on Saturday, April 18th at 1pm. In her memory, pay it forward with cookies! Lorna had the spiritual gift of providing food for the body and soul. She was always very concerned about others before herself. Her spirit of generosity touched so many lives in ways that will not be forgotten by all who knew her.
Loretta Maude Wyckoff, 92, of Hartford passed from this life on earth to eternity in Heaven on Friday, April 3, 2015, at Lakeland Medical Center, St. Joseph.
     Loretta was born March 3, 1923, in Chicago, the daughter of Abraham and Minnie (Venema) DeKoker, both of whom preceded her in passing. Also preceding her was her husband of 59 years. Arthur Joseph Wyckoff (who passed away on Sept. 16, 2003), her sisters: Evadne Mueller and Lorraine Smith, and a brother, John DeKoker.

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

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

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

Note: Ross was a 1968 Hartford High School graduate.

Gertrude Bernard d 3-23-2015Gertrude L. Bernard, age 86, died peacefully in her sleep on March 23, 2015, at Kairos Dwelling in Kalamazoo.
     She was born on December 31, 1928, in Chicago, IL, to the late John and Katherine Zachman. She was also preceded in passing by her husband of 47 years, Lawrence Bernard; a daughter, Linda Hix; two sisters, Hannah Ahlfeld and Marie Brown.
     Gertrude was an active member of her church until her illness. She was an avid reader, enjoyed movies, plays, board games and spending time with family. She especially loved challenging her great-grandson at who could win the most games of UNO.
     Survivors include a daughter, Sharon Wilkens
, of Kalamazoo; a son, Lawrence Bernard, of Simpsonville, SC; four grandchildren, Katherine (Keith) Foote, of Bronson, Kimberly Wilkens, of Portage, Michael and Mathew Bernard, of Kalamazoo; one great-grandson, Bryan Foote; a sister, Elinore (Lee) Winbun, of Chicago; her companion dog Skip. The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Hospice Care of S.W. Michigan and Kairos Dwelling for their support during Gertrudes final days.
     In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Kairos Dwelling, Hope Ev. Lutheran Church, American Cancer Society, or Hospice Care of S.W. Michigan, c/o the funeral home.
     A memorial service will be held at Hope Lutheran Church, 205 Bennett Ave., Hartford, MI 49057, on Saturday, April 11, 2015, beginning at 12:00 PM with Rev. Frederick Adrian officiating.
 

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

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

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

Debra Jo Cheatham-Wooten d 3-18-2015Debra Jo Cheatham-Wooten, 58, of Hartford went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, March 18, 2015.
     Debra was born Aug. 7, 1956, in Benton Harbor, the daughter of Billy and Nancy (Garner) Cheatham, both of whom preceded her in passing. She read the Bible religiously, and liked taking long walks, bike riding, bowling and fishing. She had lots of fun playing disc golf. However, her most precious times were spent with her grandchildren.
     The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Sunday, March 22, at Full Gospel Assembly Church in Hartford, where the service to honor Debras memory will be at 11 a.m. Monday, March 23, with Pastors Shannon and Lonnie Truelove officiating. Debra will be laid to rest in Coloma Cemetery. Those wishing to make a memorial may do so to the family. Condolences for the family can be left at www.calvin-leonardfh.com.
     Debra married Michael Wooten Sr. on June 21, 2014, and he survives, along with six children: Terry (Tamica) Smith and Joshua (Michelle) Smith, both of Grand Junction; Darrick (Mistelle) Smith of Bloomingdale; Kristina Smith of Hartford; Michael Wooten Jr. of Elkhart, Ind.; and Brittnee Fowler of Grand Junction; 10 grandchildren: Brooke, Mariah, Thor, Julian, Brandon, Brandy, Sydney, Elaine, Cody and Selah; a brother, Jeffery Cheatham of Springfield, Mo.; and two sisters: Kathy Bruns of Dallas, Texas, and Vicky (Lonnie) Truelove of Hartford.
 
Jerry Edwards d 3-10-2015Jerry Lee Edwards, 69, of Lawrence passed away suddenly Tuesday, March 10, 2015, at his home.
     The family will welcome friends from 6-8 p.m. Friday, March 13, at the Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford. A celebration of life service to honor Jerrys memory will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 14, at the funeral home. Jerry will be laid to rest in Hill Cemetery in Lawrence, with military rites by the Hess-Eastman, Post 174 of Lawrence. Memorial condolences for the family can be left on our website at www.calvin-leonardfh.com.
     Jerry was born Dec. 10, 1945, in Hornersville, Mo., the son of Elmer and Mary (Trosper) Edwards. He served his country proudly in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He was formerly employed at the Watervliet Paper Mill, and Georgia Pacific in Kalamazoo. He was a car enthusiast, loved the outdoors and enjoyed feeding all the deer that would come to his back yard.
     Jerry married the former Joy Fitz on July 19, 1969. She survives along with two daughters; Sheila (Chad) Farrington of Portage, Mich., and Amy Edwards of Hartford; son, Bryan (Frankie Alm of Lawrence; three grandchildren: Ty and KyLeigh Farrington and Ameliana Ledesma; two sisters: Virginia (Leroy) Clubb of St. Louis, and Glenda Flanery of Kerrville, Texas, along with numerous nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.
     Jerry was preceded in passing by his parents; brother, William D. Edwards and sister, Virgie Fleeman
 
Oralia Mireles was born Sept. 5, 1941, in San Antonio, the daughter of Pedro and Isabel (De La Rosa) Cuellar. Oralia passed away peacefully at her home in Hartford on Sunday, March 8, 2015.
     In addition to her parents, Oralia was preceded in death by her husband, Geronimo Mireles Jr., a daughter, Yolanda Mireles; and a grandson,  Geronimo Contreras.
     Oralia is survived by two sons, Daniel (Judy) Mireles and David (Kim) Mireles, both of Hartford; three daughters: Rachel (Edward) Contreras and Elida (Jose) Segura, both of Hartford; and Christina Mireles of Bangor; 27 grandchildren; 30 greatgrandchildren; and a sister, Hermenia Hernandez, and two brothers, Juan Cuellar and Reymundo Cuellar, all of San Antonio.
     The family will welcome friends from 6-8 p.m.Wednesday, March 11, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Hartford. Mass of Christian burial will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 12, at the church, with Monsignor Leo Cartagena as the celebrant. Oralia will be laid to rest in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan. Memorial condolences for the family can be left at www.calvin-leonardfh.com.
 
Cindy Rosales, 40 of Bangor was taken up from her family here on Earth unexpectedly Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015.
Cindy Rosales d 2-24-2015    Cindy was born to Esperanza G. Rosales on Aug. 22, 1974, one of eight beloved children. She graduated from Hartford High School in 1993, where she was a member of the National Honor Society. While in High School, Cindy attended the Van Buren Technology Center for accounting and went on to attend Western Michigan University. She furthered her interest in the airline industry, attending Boyd Business Travel and subsequently working for a time at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport.
     Cindys love for her family and community was evident in her early life, working for the Van Buren Intermediate School District in the migrant program during the summer, under the direction of John Dominguez. Later in life, Cindy worked for the Intercare Network, an extension of her giving heart again for the community she loved. Cindy attended Catholic churches in Bangor, Hartford and South Haven, where she lived her faith and devotion to the Lord in her communion with the Catholic faith. Many may have known Cindy for her love of reading, writing poetry and animals or sharing a pepperoni pizza with her, or you may have benefitted from her generosity through her love of extreme coupon shopping, as Cindy was known to make her money stretch far beyond. Her illuminating smile has been described as the morning sun rising in the early morning, warming the hearts of those around her.
     Cindy will be missed by her many family and friends, especially her mom, Esperanza. Also surviving are brothers: Jose Antonio (Carol Ann) Rosales, Israel (Diana) Rosales, Jose Angel Rosales and Juan Carlos Rosales; sisters: Mary Lucille (Angelberto) Rosales Cavazos, Esperanza Maria Rosales, Frances (Valentin) Rosales Portillo and Cindys beloved angels, her nieces: Danyelle, Natalia, Noemi, Vanessa and Victoria, and nephews: Abel II, Anthony II, Israel II and Valentin II.
     Cindy was preceded by her father, Abel C. Rosales in 2006.
     A gathering of friends and family will take place at Sacred Heart Parish Hall, Bangor, on Monday, March 2 from 4-5:30 p.m. with a meal to follow. A family memorial service at St. Basil Catholic Church, South Haven, with Father Robert Flickinger as celebrant, will take place at a later date. Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers may be made in honor of her father to the American Cancer Society.
 
 

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

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

Thelda Olline Northrup, 98, of Hartford passed away Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015, at Meadow Woods Nursing and Rehabilitation Community in Bloomingdale.
     She was born Oct. 21, 1916, in Kalamazoo to R.T. and Florence (Strong) McNees. Thelda was later adopted by Jesse and Laura Leland. She was a dedicated member of Full Gospel Assembly in Hartford. Thelda loved reading the Bible and other spiritual texts. Thelda will be remembered for her devotion, independence and strong will.
     She was preceded in death, along with her parents, by her husband, Ray B. Northrup; and children, Ralph and Marilyn Northrup. A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 7, 2015, at the Full Gospel Assembly, 55921 County Road 681, Hartford, with Pastor Shannon Truelove officiating. Kindly share your thoughts and memories on the familys online guest book at www.FilbrandtFFH.com The family is being helped by the Filbrandt Family Funeral Home of South Haven (637-0333).

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

 

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

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

By ANDREW LERSTEN
The Herald-Palladium

Hartford pedestrian killed in hit-and-run

Police seek information in weekend death

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


Lewis Jones d 2-4-2015
Lewis L. Jones, of Hartford was born June 2, 1969, in Benton Harbor.
     He traveled and lived in California, Florida, Lake Tahoe and Missouri until settling back in Hartford, where he was raised. Lewis worked at Future Construction.
     He enjoyed time spent with his loving family, which includes his wife, Cheri, whom he married June 9, 2012; stepdaughter, Danielle Rogers (Balentine Vigil) of Lawton; two grandsons, Toms and Benito Vigil; his mother, Bonnie Jones; two siblings, Steven (Julie) Jones of Benton Harbor and Katherine (John) Graham of Otsego; nieces and nephews: Anthony Ott, Sherry Ott, Mary Champion, Jody Champion and Michael Champion; a great-niece, Page Ott; and many friends.

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

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

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

 
Jeanette Mae Mitchell, 82, of Ocala, FL passed away on January 26, 2015.
Jeanette Chalus Mitchell d 1-26-2015     She was born in Chicago, IL on February 27, 1932 and moved to Lawrence and Hartford, MI. She met the "Love of Her Life" William D. "Bill" Mitchell on July 15, 1953. It was love at first sight and marriage followed on January 21, 1954.
     She enjoyed the Big Bands of the 40's and 50's and would spend many hours dancing at the Crystal Palace at Paw Paw Lake in Coloma, MI. Jeanette moved to Lafayette, IN in 1961 where she and her husband raised two sons. After retirement in 1994, Jeanette and Bill moved to Ocala. She was a 20 year member of Our Lady of the Springs Catholic Church and enjoyed singing with her husband in the Church choir.

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


NOTE: Jeanette was a 1951 Hartford graduate.
 

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

Marjorie Frances (Meachum) Simmons, devoted and loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, passed away Saturday, Jan. 17, Marjorie Frances Meachum Simmons d 1-17-20152014, at the age of 88.
     She was born May 10, 1926, in Kalamazoo to Henry James Meachum II and Helen Frances
Miska.
     She is preceded in death by her husband, Charles, and eldest son, Thomas Patrick OMalley.
     She is survived by her sister, Helen Jeanne Koebel of Berrien Springs; brother, Henry James Meachum of Paw Paw, and sisters-in-law Patsy Meachum and Jeni Alexander. She is also survived by her daughter, Colleen Adams; son, Shawn Simmons; daughter, Kathleen Amero and son-in-law Paul Amero. Marjorie also leaves behind five grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, five nephews, and three nieces.
     Marjorie grew up in Hartford. She married Charles Simmons and they moved to Downey, Calif., in 1964, Placentia in 1977, and Sun City West, Ariz., in 1991. After Charles passed away Marjorie moved to Yorba Linda in 2011 to be close to her family.
     During her early years she worked at the Berrien County Clerks Office and at Benton Harbor Engineering. In addition to being an incredible home maker, she was active in her community. She was a supportive member of Trinity Lutheran Church in St. Joseph, Messiah Lutheran in Downey, St. Pauls Lutheran in Orange, and Crown of Life Lutheran Church in Sun City West. She was a bright, outgoing, positive role model for all who knew her. Having many varied interests, she especially enjoyed the beauty of rural Michigan, the American Southwest, Spanish Mission architecture, and the performing arts.
     On Jan. 31, there will be a celebration of her life at Messiah Lutheran Church in Yorba Linda, where she was most recently a member. Interment will be at Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier, Calif. A memorial fund has been set up in Marjories memory at the ALS Association of Orange County, 3002 Dow Ave., Unit 204, Tustin, CA 92780. Any donation should include Marjorie Simmons name on the memo line.

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

 

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

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

NOTE: Joyce was a 1949 Hartford High School graduate.
 

Camille "Peggy" Minarik, Kalamazoo formerly of Hartford, MI, age 90, passed away Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at Kairos Dwelling.     
     Peggy was born in Hartford, MI, on January 2, 1925, the daughter of William & Ola (Youells) Drake.
    
     She was a 1943 graduate of Paw Paw High School, was affiliated with the Presbyterian Church in Paw Paw, and for a decade was a volunteer.
 Peggy was a sales clerk at Gilmore's, retiring in 1989, and had sponsored Native American Orphans.     
     On Feb. 10, 1947, she married Steven John Minarik, who preceded her in death on May 6, 1993. She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Charles Nelson Drake and William Monroe Drake. Peggy was a loving and selfless woman who loved her family, friends and all those her life touched.

     Surviving are her children, William John (Pamela) Minarik of Three Rivers, Mary Ann (George) Cargo of Mattawan, Laura Jean (Thomas) Pitts of Kalamazoo, and David Allen (Debbie) Minarik of Richland; seven grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; several nephews and nieces. Friends will be received at the funeral home on Friday, January 9, 2015, from 5:00 to 7:00 PM, where services will be held on Saturday, January 10, 2015, beginning at 11:00 AM. Interment in Mt. Ever-Rest Memorial Park. Memorial donations may be made to the Kairos Dwelling or c/o the funeral home. Family and friends may share a condolence online at www.joldersma-klein.com.

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1993 State Champion Football Team
Hartford Indians
Hartford High School - Hartford Michigan

 

1993 Hartford Indians Football Team
State Champions
 

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1993 State Champions Trophy Pic - Hartford High School, Hartford Michigan


 


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