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Please email the webmaster if you have obituaries of people who have lived in Hartford Michigan, or was active in the Hartford community, at some time during their lives. To find a specific obituary, use the  Search Our Site  feature located on the left menu of every page.  The Obituary section was started January 30, 2008 and current obituaries will be posted as they become available.  Obituaries are from the local newspapers, unless otherwise noted.  If you have an obituary notice of a former Hartford resident from a newspaper away from the Hartford area, please send it.  Past obituaries will be added as time permits. 
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Alice G. Rush, 95, of Hartford passed away from her life on earth to eternity in heaven on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2005, at South Haven Community Hospital.
Alice was born on Aug. 14, 1910, in Chicago, the daughter of John and Julia (Krisan) Siebert, both of whom preceded her in death. Alice was a member of the Hartford Senior Mothers Club and the Van Buren County Historical Society. In her spare time she would make quilts of all sizes and then sell them at the annual Hartford United Methodist Church bazaar. She would then donate her profit to the church.
As to his wishes, cremation has taken place and a memorial service to honor her memory will take place on Thursday, Dec. 29, at 3 p.m. at the Calvin Funeral Home; Hartford. The Rev. Ronald Hansen of the Hartford United Methodist Church will officiate. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hartford United Methodist Church or to the donors choice.
Alice is survived by her daughter, Jean (Harold Jr.) Walker of Hartford, June (Richard) Walker of South Bend, Ind., Ruth (Vik) Malling of Stoughton, Wis., and Denise (Richard) Fuller of Hartford. She is also survived by 13 grandchildren and 18 greatgrandchildren.
Besides her parents, Alice was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Rush, in 1974; daughters, Karen Rush in 1959 and Donna Hoover, in 2005; and one grandson.
 

Mark Alan Olds, 54, of Hartford, went to be with the Lord on Dec. 1, 2005. Mark was born on April 11, 1951, in Mark Olds d 12-1-2005Watervliet.
     Marks greatest love was his family. He was his childrens biggest fan, attending all of their sporting events. When he wasnt in the stands, you could find him working in the yard or on his next home improvement project. He was also an avid CocaCola collector. Mark never met a stranger and his sense of humor, kindness and concern for others made an impact on many lives. He was a graduate of Hartford High School and Southwestern Michigan College. He was a member
of the Hartford Federated Church.
     Mark is survived by his wife, Linda, of 32 years; three children Lindsay, Matt and Jamin; his mother, Barbara Olds; sister, Holly (Bill) Kays; and brother, Todd (Fran) Olds.
     He was preceded in death by his father, Lawrence Olds.
     A service celebrating his life will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 4, at the Hartford Federated Church with Pastor Timothy Nyhuis officiating. As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be directed to the Mayo Foundation or the Hartford Athletic Department. The family has entrusted the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, in handling the arrangements.

NOTE:  Mark was a 1969 Hartford High School graduate.

Marilyn Jeanne Rhodes, 73, of Paw Paw, passed away on Thursday afternoon, Nov. 10, 2005, at Heartland Nursing Home in Kalamazoo.
     Marilyn was born March 29, 1932, in Hartford, daughter of the late Pearl and Lela (Challams) Myers. She was a 1950 graduate of Hartford High School. Marilyn entered Borgess School of Nursing in the fall of 1950 and completed her nursing school in the summer of 1953. In May 1953 she married Bill Rhodes in Long Beach, Calif. She returned home, completed nursing school, and became the office nurse for Dr. Paul Boothby. Upon Bill's return, from the Navy, they settled in Paw Paw and raised five children. Marilyn not only raised her family, but found time to work as a nurse in Long Beach Hospital in California, Lake View Hospital in Paw Paw and at the Paw Paw Medical Group. She also found time to work with scouts and sports groups in Paw Paw. No one washed more uniforms than Marilyn did.
     Marilyn is survived by her husband, Bill, of 52 years; and children - Greg (Barb), Randy (Sue), Brent (Pam), Brad (Sue) and Tara Lynn. This family produced the dirty dozen, twelve of the best grandkids in town, including Katie (Will) of Indianapolis, Travis, Sarah, Sierra, Tyler, Zach, Megan, Chelsey, Jake, Luke, Nick and Audrey, all of the Paw Paw and Mattawan area. She is also survived by sisters-in-law, Alleyne Myers, Mary Ann Evans and Carol Rhodes; and brothers-in-law, Donald Drake, Gene Rhodes and Jim Evans; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
     She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters Joyce (Don) Drake and Beverly Myers, and a brother, Norman Myers, all of Hartford.
     Family will receive mends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Adams Funeral Home, Paw Paw, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday with the Rev. Bob Lynch officiating. Interment will be in Wildey Cemetery, Paw Paw. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Van Buren County, Parkinson Disease Association, Alzheimer's Association or the Paw Paw United Methodist Church. Share a memory or condolence on line at: www.timeformemory.comladams.
 

William Norton Dyer, lifelong Hartford resident, succumbed to a yearlong battle with leukemia on November 26, 2005.  Bill, born to Raymond and Myrtle Dyer on March 22, 1928, passed away at his home on Pinery Road in Hartford Township.  Virginia (Steinhauser), his wife of 54 years, was at his side.  They were married in Mishawaka, Indiana, on October 16, 1951.
     Bill established himself as an individual with a wide variety of interests beginning with his school years at Hartford High School.  He not only excelled as a multi-sport athlete but entered a lifetime avocation as a talented musician, a drummer, graduating from HHS in 1946Before and after a two year stint in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, he became associated with several area musical groups the Melville Brothers Band, the Four Sharps Dance Band, the Aristocrats, the Blue Aces, to mention a few.  Bill was also an important member of the Hartford Alumni Band in recent years.
     After returning from his military assignment as a supply sergeant at Camp Haugan in Japan, he entered a lifetime employment with the U.S. Postal Service.  Bill eventually rose to the position of Postmaster in Hartford and retired from that office in 1983.
     Bill and Virginia enjoyed traveling during their vacation times, journeying to such faraway destinations as Mexico, Alaska, and Las Vegas.  During the last few years, the Dyers particularly enjoyed the company of their beloved granddaughter, Krystal, on these trips.  Another aspect of their travels were memorable camping trips to Mackinaw, Pennsylvania, and other locales.  The Dyers were particularly interested in searching for covered bridges and other historical locations.
     Bill served the Hartford community as a member of the school board, the Hartford Township Zoning Board, Fruitbelt Credit Union Board, Cub Scoutmaster, and Little League coach highlighting his colorful career.  One aspect of his talents were his donations of group and individual photographs for various Hartford groups. Most recently, he has provided assistance to Emma Thornburg Sefcik and her work with the Hartford Web Site.  Privately, he enjoyed working on the Dyer family genealogy and collecting stamps and antiques.
     In addition to his wife, Virginia, Bill is survived by a son, Jamie John Dyer, his daughter-in-law, Carol (Whiteman),  and  granddaughter,  Krystal Marie, of Portage, Michigan.   He is also survived by a brother, Robert, and sister-in-law, Eleanor, of St. Joseph, and a sister, Nancy, and brother-in-law, George Huffman, of Hartford.  He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.  Special mention is made of the two family pets and companions; Shelby, a Lab-Chow mix, and Jack, a Jack Russell terrier. 
    Bills parents, Myrtle and Raymond Dyer, have both passed away.

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Bill made many contributions to the History of Hartford Military section.  Much of the information shown on this website would not have been available so quickly (or at all) without his persistence and legwork. We are all enriched because of his dedication to the preservation of the History of Hartford.
 

Mary "Pat" Lee, 63 of Hartford, passed away at her home on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2005, after fighting a courageous battle against Huntington's disease. She was preceded in death by John Lee, her husband of 47 years.
     She was born in Leoma, Tenn., on June 16, 1942, to Ezekiel and Edna Sanders. She was wed on Jan. 10, 1958, and leaves two children, John and Rebecca, three grandchildren, Andrew, Daniel and Samantha, two great-grandchildren, Kayla and Gage; also a brother, James (Betty) Sanders in Leoma; two sisters, Betty Rosson of Leoma, and Kathrine (Gerry) Morin of New Boston.
     Besides her parents and husband, she was also preceded in death by her sister, Faye Smith, and brother, John Sanders.
     A service to honor her memory will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford.

 
Homer Andrew Jackson, 88 of Hartford passed away from his life on earth to eternity in heaven on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2005, at Lake View Continuing Care Center, Lawton.
     Homer was born on March 12, 1917, in Rector, Ark., the son and last survivor of six children born to William and Bessie (Hall) Jackson, both of whom preceded him in passing. He grew up in Holcomb, Mo., where he started as center on the local basketball team. It was there where he met and married his wife, Thelma. They celebrated 66 years of marriage in August.
     Homer worked for 20-plus years at the Watervliet Paper Company, where he made many lasting friendships. He retired as Superintendent of the Public Works Department in Hartford in 1982. He loved the City of Hartford and his home, where he spent many hours puttering in his yard and workshop. Homer dearly loved the many hours he spent with his grandchildren.
     The family will greet friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford. A private graveside service to honor his memory will take place on Saturday, Sept. 24, at Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford. In lieu of flowers, the family wishes memorials be made to Lake View Continuing Care Center, 99 Walker St., Lawton, Mich. 49065 or to the donor's choice.
     Homer is survived by his wife, Thelma; sons, Bill (Shirley) of Hartford, Dwayne (Claudia) of Garland, Texas; granddaughter, Amy Lynn (Aaron) Trombley of Albany, Ga.; grandsons, Christopher, Kevin and Phillip of Wolcott, N.Y.; a lovely great-granddaughter, Alyssa of Wolcott, N.Y.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
     Besides his parents, Homer was preceded in death by his sisters, Virginia Brown, Marie Parker, Pauline Paskel, Nellie Deweese; and a brother, Eugene.
 
Marybelle Galbreath Reid d 9-18-2005Marybelle G. Reed - A memorial service for Ms. Marybelle G. Reed, 84, of Leesburg, Florida, who passed away September 18, 2005 will be held at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Florida, on October 7, 2005 at 2:00 p.m.
     Ms. Reed was born in Hartford, Michigan, and came to this area from Kalamazoo, Michigan in 1979. She was a Catholic, registered nurse, elementary school teacher, and a former Lieutenant in the United States Navy.
     Survivors include one daughter, Teresa (Tim) O'Connor of Jacksonville, Florida; two sons, James and Patrick Quade, both of Ocklawaha, Florida; one brother, William Galbreath of Stevensville, Michigan; three grandchildren, Sean and Erin O'Connor and Shannon Quade; one great-grandson, Timothy O'Connor, 5 nephews and 2 nieces. She was predeceased by her husband, M. Allyn Reed. In lieu of flowers, please plant a shrub or flowers in her memory.

Published in the Kalamazoo Gazette on 9/23/2005.

Marybelle was a 1937 Hartford High School graduate.
 
Ruth Christine Bolton, 76, of Hartford, passed away from her life on earth to eternity in heaven, after a lengthy illness on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2005, at Borgess Nursing Home, Kalamazoo.
     Ruth was born on Sept. 4, 1929, in Nauvoo, Ala., the daughter of Clyde and Zoda (Baughn) Crane, both of whom precede her in passing. Ruth was a simple lady who just loved to spend time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
     The family will greet friends from 1 to 3 p.m. on Thursday at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, where the service to honor her memory will take place at 3 p.m. with Pastor Timothy Nyhuis of the Hartford Federated Church officiating. Memorials in her memory can be made to the Borgess Visiting Nurse and Hospice.
     Ruth is survived by four grandchildren, Jeff (Rhonda) Smallwood of Statesville, N.C., Anna (Jay) Alexander of Byron, Ill., Michelle (Michael) Diebold of Hartford and Christopher (Christina) Hardy of St. Joseph. Ruth is also survived by 10 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild; and two sisters, Thella Kennedy of Madison, Ala., and Myra Ream of Veneta, Ore.
     Besides her parents, Ruth was preceded in death by her daughter, Martha Jo Crane on Aug. 31, 1989; three sisters, Thelma K. Crane, Nellie Rowell and Florence Crane; and four brothers, Lester Ray Crane, Wesley Tittle, Lawrence Crane and Albert Hollis.
 
Kern Ward Fischer, 53, of Hartford, passed away suddenly from his life on earth to eternity in heaven on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2005, at his home.
     Kern was born on July 7, 1952, in Watervliet, the son of Warren "Buck" and Belva (Burr) Fischer, both of whom preceded him in passing. He was formerly employed by the City of Hartford. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and drumming.

A memorial service to honor his memory will take place at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 23, at the Hartford Federated Church with Pastor Timothy Nyhuis officiating.
     Kern is survived in passing by five brothers, Louie (Sharon) Fischer of Decatur, Clair (Carlean) Bullard of Malden, Mo., Kirke (Jane) Roraback of Moulton, Ala., David (Joyce) Fischer of Grand Rapids and Allen Fischer of Holland; nieces, Stacy (Phil) Arens of Zeeland, Regina Bullard of Malden, Mo., Heather Roraback of Moulton, Ala., Linda (John) Goff of Holland and Diane Fischer of Hamilton; and nephews, Matthew Fischer of Decatur, Chris Minderman and T. (Lisa) Minderman, both of Malden, Mo., Paul (Terisa) Roraback of Moulton, Ala., John Henry Fischer of Grand Rapids, Don Fischer of Hamilton, Jack (Jenni) Fischer of Holland and Jeff Fischer of Comstock Park.
 
Shelley Elaine Mathis, 24, of Coloma passed away suddenly on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2005.
     Shelley was born Nov. 11, 1980, in Batesville, Ark., to James and Dale (Ramer) Mathis. She was a 1999 graduate of Hartford High School and enjoyed spending time with her friends and family.
     Preceding Shelley was her father, James Mathis; and her paternal grandparents, J.R. and Ovie Collins. Shelley is survived by her mother; her sister, Andrea Mathis of Coloma; her brother, Jason (Jennifer) Mathis of Coloma; her maternal grandparents, Donald and Charlotte Ramer of Niles; her two nieces, Chloe and Hannah Mathis of Coloma; and her nephew, James Mathis of Coloma; many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
     Services will be held at 4 p.m. today, Sept. 8, at Mission Hills Memorial Chapel located at 61453 M-51 Niles, with visitation one hour prior. An interment will follow at Mission Hills. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mission Hills Memorial Chapel, Crematory and Gardens and also Brown Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Niles.

 
Irene Minnie Ison, 92, of Hartford passed away from her life on earth to eternity in heaven on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2005, at Rose Arbor Hospice House, Kalamazoo.
     Irene was born on Sept. 24, 1912, in Coloma, the daughter of Albert and Ermina (Holmes) McComb, both of whom preceded her in passing. On May 14, 1951, she married Edwin Ison and was a loving and devoted wife for some 54 years.
     As to her wishes, there will be no visitation and a graveside service to honor her memory will take place at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 5, at the Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford. The Rev. Elvin Nyhuis, visitation pastor at the Hartford Federated Church, will officiate.
     Irene is survived by her husband, Edwin; six nieces, Shirley Berg of St. Joseph, Carri Rhinehart of Palm Bay, Fla., Irene Morris of Staffordsville, Ky., Sandy Miller of New Carlisle, Ind., Evelyn Brown of Coldwater and Loretta Treadwell of Phoenix, Ariz.; and two nephews, Richie Rhinehart of Sierra Vista, Ariz., and Ronnie Rhinehart of Hartford.
     Besides her parents, Irene was preceded by a sister, Bertha Christensen; and four brothers, George, Buster, Raymond and Robert McComb.
 
William Joseph Tikal, 91 of Niles, formerly of Hartford, passed away from his life on earth to eternity in heaven on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2005, at Lakeland Hospital, Niles.
     William was born on Aug. 10, 1914, in Chicago, the son of Joseph and Helen (Strauss) Tikal, both of whom preceded him in passing. William served his country during World War II in the CCC, which was a branch of the Army started in the 1930s by then President Roosevelt. He retired from New Products Corporation of Benton Harbor in 1979. William was an avid woodworker and loved to go camping.
     As to his wishes, cremation has taken place and a memorial graveside service to honor his memory will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, at the Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford. Father Robert Flickinger of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Hartford, will officiate.
     William is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Louise of Brentwood Assisted Living in Niles; a daughter, Joann (Spike) LaVanway of Hartford; two grandchildren, Stacey (Don) Sage of Watervliet and Todd LaVanway of Lawrence; three great-grandchildren, Nicholas LaVanway, Chelsea Sage and Treven Sage; and a sister, Margaret Mashak of Hartford.
     Besides his parents, William was preceded in death by two sisters, Mary Ann McVay and Josephine Mashak.

 
Archimandrite Hilary Madison, 76, a member of the brotherhood of Saint Tikhon of Zadonsk Monastery, South Canaan, Pa., fell asleep in the Lord early on the morning of Sunday, Aug. 14, 2005, at MidValley Hospital in Pennsylvania.
     Funeral services were held at the Monastery Church on Aug. 16, and the Divine Liturgy was celebrated on Aug. 17 at the church. Interment followed in the monastery cemetery.
     Archimandrite Madison was born in South Bend, Ind., in 1929, the son of Charles and Mary (Ryan) Madison. He spent his boyhood years in Bangor Township and attended the Bangor Center School. In 1947, he graduated from Hartford High School and then entered St. Benedicts Roman Catholic Abbey, Benet Lake, Wis., in 1948. After his conversion to Orthodoxy in June 1954, he was ordained to the diaconate and priesthood. In 1958, he was received into the Metropolia and took up residence at Saint Tikhon of Zadonsk Monastery, where he
was tonsured to Monastic orders.
     Father Hilary served a number of parishes in Pennsylvania, Vermont, Texas, California, Illinois and Kansas. For a brief period, he served at Saint John the Theologian Retreat Center, Hiram, Ohio. In 1981, he was attached to the Midwest Diocesan Center and also served as priest-in-charge of Saint Matthew Mission, Green Bay, Wis. In 1988, he was elevated to the rank of Archimandrite. He served briefly as chancellor of the Diocese of Midwest from 1992-1993 and then served as priest-in-charge at Holy Assumption Monastery, Calistoga, Calif., until his retirement in 1996, when he returned to Saint Tikhons Monastery.
     Surviving are his stepparents, Earle and Mary Ida Overton of Bangor; a brother, Tom Madison, and a sister, Marilyn McNee, and their families; and many other relatives.
     A memorial service and open house will be held for family and friends from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15, at the home of Murl and Debbie Weber, 25960 CR 215, Bangor

PECKVILLE, PA [OCA Communications] Archimandrite Hilary [Madison], 76, a member of the brotherhood of Saint Tikhon of Zadonsk Monastery, South Canaan, PA, fell asleep in the Lord early on the morning of Sunday, August 14, 2005, at Mid-Valley Hospital here.
     Born in South Bend, IN, in 1929, he entered St. Benedict's Roman Catholic Abbey, Benet Lake, WI, in 1948. After his conversion to Orthodoxy in June 1954, he was ordained to the diaconate and priesthood by the late Bishop Bogdan of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of America. In 1958, he was received into the Metropolia and took up residence at Saint Tikhon of Zadonsk Monastery. He was tonsured to monastic orders by the late Metropolitan Leonty in March of the following year.
     Father Hilary served a number of parishes, including Saint John the Baptist Church, Mayfield, PA; Holy Trinity Church, Springfield, VT; Saint John the Baptist Church, Dallas, TX; Holy Virgin Mary Cathedral, Los Angeles, CA; Holy Trinity Cathedral, Chicago; and Holy Trinity Church, Kansas City, KS. For a brief period he served at Saint John the Theologian Retreat Center, Hiram, OH.
     In 1981, he was attached to the Midwest Diocesan Center. He also served as priest-in-charge of Saint Matthew Mission, Green Bay, WI. In 1988, he was elevated to the rank of archimandrite.
     Father Hilary also served briefly as chancellor of the Diocese of the Midwest from 1992 until 1993, when he was priest-in-charge at Holy Assumption Monastery, Calistoga, CA. Upon his retirement from active service, he returned to Saint Tikhon's Monastery in 1996.
     Funeral services will be held at the Monastery Church of Saint Tikhon of Zadonsk at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 16. The Divine Liturgy will be celebrated in the monastery church at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 17. Interment will follow in the monastery cemetery.
 

Franklin "Frank" H. Ison - Mr. Ison, 70, of Charlotte, passed away on August 5, 2005 at his residence.
     Frank was born April 21, 1935 in Chicago, IL to the late Norman and Helen Martin Ison. Frank grew up in Hartford, Michigan and received his BS Degree from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He served as a second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserves for 12 years. Frank worked as an Information Systems Manager at General Motors in Anderson, Indiana from 1961-1985. Frank and his family moved to Charlotte in 1986. He worked for Electronic Data Systems in Charlotte from 1986 until his retirement in 1996.
     Frank's hobbies and interests included spending time with his grandchildren, exercising at the YMCA, golfing often (accomplished a hole in one at the Charlotte Links), playing billiards, trap shooting, and coaching youth league basketball and baseball for both of his sons. Frank was also a computer enthusiast and an avid Carolina Panthers fan.
He is survived by his wife of 44 years Jan Ison; his daughter Joy Ison Wolaver and husband Tony and their children Luke and Lacey; his son Cory Ison and his wife Rhonda and their children Cameron, Kevin, and Kristen; his son Curt Ison and his wife Jennifer and their children Kate and Alexander; and his sister Marcia VanDrasek.
     A memorial service will be held Sunday August 7, 2005 at 2:00 pm at McEwen Funeral Service, Pineville Chapel, 10500 Park Road, Charlotte, with Msgr. McSweeney of St. Matthew Catholic Church officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the St. Matthew Catholic Church, PO BOX 49349, Charlotte NC 28277, Attention: Memorial. McEwen Funeral Service, Pineville Chapel is assisting the Ison family.

Published in the Charlotte Observer on 8/6/2005.

NOTE:  Frank was a 1954 Hartford High School graduate

Logan Witt - went to be with the Lord and other family members on Saturday; July 30, 2005 at Countryside Nursing and Rehabilitation Community.
     Logan was born on September 17, 1926 in Rosemond, Ill., the first son of Howard and Grace Witt. The family moved to Hartford in 1927. Logan graduated from Hartford High School in 1944. He served two years in the United States Army during the Korean War.
     On January 30, 1954, he married Leota Fearnley and they raised two sons: Jim (Diane) Witt of Naperville, Ill. and John (Chris) Witt of Covert. They survive along with his 6 grandchildren: Sarah, Logan, Adam, Cody, Annie and Keenan, all of Covert and a brother: Robert (Frances) Witt of Urbana, Ill.
     He was preceded in passing by his wife, Leota, on November 11, 2004 and a brother, Harold Witt.
     Logan was a live stock farmer for most of his working life. He also spent 42 years as a professional auctioneer. He was a member of the Hartford Federated Church and Gideon's International, a past member of both the Michigan and National Auctioneers Association, as well as several national live stock associations. Memorials may be made to the Hartford Federated Church, Gideon's International, South Haven Area Hospice or donor's choice.
     The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 P.M., Monday, August 1 at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford. Services will be held at 11 A.M., Tuesday, August 2 at the Hartford Federated Church with Pastor Timothy Nyhuis officiating. Burial will take place in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford.
 
Wilford Paul Day, 97, of Otsego, formerly of Hartford, passed away from his life on earth to eternity in heaven on Tuesday, Wilford Paul Day  D 7-26-2005July 26, 2005, at the home of Sherri Brazill and Pattie McCreary, his friends and caregivers with whom he resided for the past few years.
     Paul, as he was known, was born Sept. 11, 1907, in Hartford, the son of William and Katherine (Rice) Day, both of whom preceded him in passing. He served in the Civil Air Patrol during and after World War II as a search-and-rescue pilot. He was a partner in Hilltop Orchards and Nursery. Paul won many awards, including a national award for his excellence in trap shooting. He even shot in competitions with competitors such as Roy Rogers. Paul was a humble man who had a smile that lit up his whole face and was contagious to everyone in the room.
    
As to Paul's wishes, cremation has taken place, and a service to honor his memory will take place at 11 a.m. Friday July 29, at the Hartford Federated Church. Pastor Timothy Nyhuis will officiate. Burial will be in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford. Memorials may be made to Wings of Hope Hospice and Palliative Care Inc. of Allegan. The Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, is assisting the family.
     Paul is survived by a son, Tom (Linda) Day of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; a daughter, Jean Ellen Day of Hartford; grandchildren, Lynette, Ruth-Ann, Kimberly and Heather. Paul is also survived by numerous great-grandchildren, one great-great-granddaughter; and two sisters, Alene Dent of Fort Myers, Fla., and Betty Bressman of Pine Island, Fla.
     Besides his parents, Paul was preceded in death by his wife, Dorthea "Dodie," on April 9, 1995; two sisters, Katherine Thompson and Frances Day; and a brother, Carl Day.


NOTE:  Paul was a 1927 Hartford High School graduate.
 
Margaret Alice Avery, 90, of Hartford passed away from her life on earth to eternity in heaven on Monday, July 11, 2005, at South Haven Nursing and Rehabilitation Community, South Haven.
     Margaret was born on Sept. 25, 1914, in Hutchinson, Kan., one of three girls and two boys of John and Dairy Payne, both of whom preceded her in passing. She was a former cook for the Hartford Public Schools and numerous other area restaurants.
     The family will greet friends from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday, July 14, at Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, where the service to honor her memory will take place at 11 a.m. The Rev. Richard Avery of the Kentwood Community Church will officiate. Burial will follow in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford.
     Margaret is survived by a son, Richard Avery of St. Joseph; a daughter, Suzan Lachman of Flushing, Mich.; five grandchildren, Mike, Jennifer, Mark, Richard and Keith; and numerous great-grandchildren.
     Besides her parents, Margaret was preceded in death by her husband, Jim, on Jan. 25, 1997; and a daughter, Bobby Bean, on July 12, 1984
Loretta Louise Mesick - Three Rivers-- Loretta Louise Mesick, 63, of Three Rivers, died Saturday, June 25, 2005, at Heartland Health Care, Three Rivers.
    
Loretta was born Oct. 5 1941, in Arkansas, the daughter of Allen James and Tinnie Lou (Miller) McConnell.  She graduated from Hartford High school with the class of 1960.  She moved to Three Rivers from Keeler in 1967.   She worked for 25 years for GTE and Verizon.
Loretta was a volunteer at the Three Rivers Hospital, the building blocks pre-school at New Hope Assembly of God, and volunteered at Three Rivers Middle School, worked with 4-H sewing projects and was a member of the Missionetts-Daises-Rainbows at New Hope Assembly of God.
She is survived by her husband, Rodney William Mesick of Three Rivers; one son, Todd William Mesick of Three Rivers; daughter, Cheryl Lynn Cooper of Columbus, Ohio; her mother, Tinnie Lou McConnell of Keeler; brothers, Tom James McConnell and Charles Ray McConnell; five sisters, Anita Spring, Cindy Lynn Glenn, Betty Ann Bitley, Barbara Roush and Sue Hand; and five grandchildren, Joe Cooper  III, Jesica Cooper, Jacob Cooper, Matthew Cooper and Jonathon Cooper.
     She was preceded in death by her father.
     The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Hohner Funeral Home, Three Rivers.  Services for Loretta Louise Mesick will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 29, from the Hohner Funeral Home, with Pastor Steve Miller officiating.  Interment will be in Riverside Cemetery.  Memorials may be directed to the American Diabetes Foundation.  Envelopes are available at the funeral home.

Imogene Straw d 6-5-2005  Imogene Straw, 85, born June 6, 1920, died June 5, 2005. 
Her first husband, George Huffman preceded her in death.  Her husband, Donald Straw, and son, George (Nancy) Huffman Jr., survives.
Lilah J. Jordan, 88, of Hartford died Monday, May 30, 2005, at home.
Lilah J. Jordan d 5-30-2005     She was born March 20, 1917, in Glendale, Mich., to Wallace and Lena Clark. On Oct. 13, 1934, she married Joseph Jordan, and they shared 51 years of marriage until his death in 1986.
     She is survived by four sons and their spouses, Kenneth "Pete" and Judy Jordan of Hartford, Roger and Laurel Jordan of Bridgman, Thomas and Lois Jordan of Coloma and William and Darlene Jordan of Hartford; also three daughters and their spouses, Shirley and Larry Anchor of Hartford, Patricia and Larry Rinehart of Mattawan and Betty Jordan of Hartford.
     In addition, she was the very proud grandmother of 14 grandchildren -- Deborah (Rich) Swigart, Lisa (Fred) Cook, Jeff (Kathy) Anchor, Michael (Carol) Anchor, Bryan "BJ" (Erin) Jordan, Karyn Jordan Snyder, all of Hartford; Lynda (Roger) Hiler of Dowagiac, Lorinda Freemyer of Benton Harbor, Roger (Francine) Jordan Jr., and Andrew (Melisa) Jordan, all of Coloma; Timothy (Dawn) Rinehart of Mattawan, Dawn Jordan of Porter Ranch, Calif., Amy (Jeff) Dill of Lawton, and Anthony (Kathy) Jordan of Watervliet. She also leaves behind 23 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by a brother, Richard Clark of Bloomingdale; a sister, Lucile Sargent of Kalamazoo; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
     In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a brother, Raymond Clark; infant brother, Ralph Clark; and infant sister, Louise Clark.
     Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 2, at Calvin Funeral Home. Burial will be in Maple Hill Cemetery in Hartford. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of South Haven, P.O. Box 990, South Haven, Mich. 49090.
 
Florence L. Patterson, also fondly known to many as "Grandma Pat," 95, of Hartford, passed away from her life on earth to eternity in heaven on Tuesday, May 10, 2005, at Lake View Continuing Care Center in Lawton, where she resided since 2000.
     Services will be held at noon Saturday at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, with Pastor Timothy Nyhuis of the Hartford Federated Church officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Keeler Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Hartford Federated Church, the Van Buren Youth Camp or the charity of one's choice.
     Florence was born on Aug, 24, 1909, in Porter Township (Lawton), the daughter of Selah and Ida (Crippin) Upham. Because of her father's early passing in 1909, she was raised by her parents, Alfred and Ida Upham McCowen. She lived her entire life in the Lawton, Keeler and Hartford areas. She graduated from Hartford High School in 1927. Florence was a member of the Hartford Federated Church, Southwest Hartford Thursday Club, Hartford-Keeler Extension Group, was a 4-H sewing leader for 35 years and a member of the Van Buren County Farm Bureau, which honored her as Woman of the Year for her years of service.
     Florence is survived by three sons -- Donald (Marge) Patterson of Monticello, Ind., Louis Patterson of Fayetteville, Ohio, and Ralph (Darlene) Patterson of Grand Junction; two daughters -- Lois (Larry) Blyly and Sue (Stan) Dowd, both of Hartford; 20 grandchildren; 46 great-grandchildren;13 great-great-grandchildren; one brother, Alfred E. McCowen of Marion, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.
     Florence was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence D. Patterson in 1978; one daughter, Wanda Patterson in 1935; one son, Dale Patterson in 1931; one foster son, Charles Hill in 1991; one granddaughter, Jamie Patterson in 2001; and two sisters -- Dorothy McCowen Goodrich and Gertrude McCowen Palmer.

 
V. Joenell Summerhill-Williamson, age 81, of Omaha, Nebraska, passed away Thursday, May 12, 2005, at Midland Hospital, Papillion, Nebraska.
     The family will meet friends on Tuesday from 6-8 PM at the Bangor Chapel, D. L. Miller Funeral Home, where funeral services will be at 10:00 AM Wednesday. Interment will follow at North Shore Memory Gardens. www.dlmillerfuneralhome.com.
     Joenell was born July 7, 1923 in Kennett, Missouri the daughter of Turner and Ada (Sutfon) Goldsmith and has lived in the Omaha area for past several years. She was a long time resident of the Hartford, Lawrence, and Bangor areas. She retired in 1977 from the Watervliet Paper Company, attended Keeler General Baptist Church, enjoyed gardening and quilting, and was a big family person.
     Surviving are 7 children, Terry (Linda) Summerhill of Hartford, Marsha Summerhill of Bellevue, NE, Linda (Jim) Parkhurst of Phoenix, AZ, Randy (Lois) Summerhill of Kalamazoo, Donald (Jennifer) Summerhill of Bellevue, NE, Ronald Summerhill of Phoenix, AZ, Annetta (Richard) Huffman of Pullman; a daughter-in-law, Claudia Summerhill of Hartford; 3 step-children, Mavis Pankey of Milburg, Darryl Williamson of Bangor, Robert Williamson of Hartford; 29 grandchildren, 33 great grandchildren, 6 great great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews.
     She was preceded in death by her first husband Walter, a daughter, Patricia Summerhill; a son, Bobbie Summerhill; her second husband Virgil Williamson, a grandson and great granddaughter.

 
Ernest Neff - Ernest's life began Jan. 20, 1914, in Hartford. Ernest proudly served his country during World War II in the United States Army. Ernest was a retired truck driver and mechanic. He drove for many years for Michigan Fruit Canners. In his spare time Ernest enjoyed the race car he owned and was a member of the Hartford American Legion.
     Ernest's loving family includes his son, George and his wife, Vivian Neff of Coloma; three grandchildren -- Kenneth and his wife Iris of Las Vegas, Kerry of Palm Beach, Fla., and Tom and his wife Kandi of Niles; three great-grandchildren -- Amber Neff, Kelly Neff and Ciara Williams; and one great-great-grandchild, Jadan Rosser; and a sister, Elizabeth and her husband Raymond Rogers of Hartford.
     Ernest died Thursday, April 14, 2005, at Community Hospital, Watervliet.
     His wife, Leora Neff, preceded him in death.
     Friends may visit with Ernest's family Saturday, April 23, from noon to 2 p.m. at Hutchins Funeral Home in Watervliet, where a memorial service will follow visitation at 2 p.m. Ernest's remains will then be interred in North Shore Memory Gardens on Monday, April 25.

 

Ruth Marie (Keillor) Keech - After waging a determined sixteen month battle against pancreatic cancer, Ruth Marie (Keillor) Keech, 67, passed away at the Community Hospital in Watervliet on April 6, 2005.
     Funeral services are slated for 11:00 a.m., Saturday, April 9, 2005, at the Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford with the Reverend Wayne Babcock officiating.   A luncheon will follow the service in the cafeteria at Hartford High School.  Visitation with the family will be held at the Calvin Funeral Home, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., on Friday, April 8, 2005.  The Order of the Eastern Star will conduct their memorial service at 7:30 p.m. during the visitation.
     Ruth was born in Gonzales, Louisiana, on December 18, 1937, to Frank and Marie Keillor.  The family moved to Michigan and settled in the Hartford-Lawrence area.  Ruth graduated from Hartford High School in 1956 and continued her education by taking several classes furthering her medical education.  At the time of her passing, she had been associated with the staff at the Coloma Medical Clinic serving Dr. Rodolfo Quion as his assistant.  Her career in the field of medicine spanned over 40 years and she was praised for her strong work ethic and professionalism while at the same time earning a widespread reputation for her friendliness and caring approach to the patients of the clinic.
     Another important aspect of her life was her devotion and industry exhibited in her lifelong association with the Benevolence Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star in Lawrence, Michigan.  Ruth served this chapter as Worthy Matron for eighteen years.  In addition to her local leadership, she served the county association and the state organization in various capacities.
     Ruth was married to James Keech in November of 1957.  In addition to her husband, she is survived by four grown children Timothy Sean Keech of Kennewick, Washington; Matthew Shannon Keech of Benton Heights, Michigan; Christopher Shea Keech of St. Joseph, Michigan; and Rachel Shelagh Keech, also of St. Joseph.  There are six grandchildren; Dylan, Mahlon, and Mariah, of Kennewick, Washington; James and Andrew of Watervliet, Michigan; and Colin Daly of St. Joseph, Michigan.  Ruth has a brother, James Keillor, who lives in Omaha, Nebraska.
     Preceding her in death were a prematurely born son, Kiplan, her parents, two brothers, John and Daniel, and two sisters, Margaret Nuzzo and Patricia Cogswell.
     Memorials may be made in Ruths name to the Benevolence Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star, Lawrence, or to the American Cancer Society.
 

John R. Pomeroy - John died Sunday, April 3, 2005, at Community Hospital, Watervliet.
     His father, Clarence Pomeroy, preceded him in death.  John's life began Aug. 15, 1948, in Watervliet. He was one of four sons born to Clarence and Betty (Wood) Pomeroy. John spent his lifetime in Hartford, graduating from Hartford High School. He proudly served his country in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. John worked as a shipping supervisor for ICG Castings. Outside of work, John spent time enjoying life through his hobbies which included -- playing softball, he was umpire for the Coloma Lanes softball league for 14 years; golfing, bowling, fishing and playing cards.
     John's greatest love was his family, which includes his wife, Sharon; son, Marshall and his wife Diana of Hartford; grandchildren -- Taylor and Kelsey; his mom, Betty and her husband George Busse of Niles; three brothers, Mike of Tennessee, Randy (Donna) of Portage and Clarence (Glenna) of Stevensville; and his dogs, Priscilla and Elvis.
     Friends may visit with John's family from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, at Hutchins Funeral Home, Watervliet. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 7, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Watervliet, with Father Don Wieber officiating. Burial will follow in Fairview Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Animal Aid or West Michigan Cancer Center.
Note:  John was a 1966 Hartford High School graduate.
 
Walter B. "Walt" Hess, 83, formerly of Hartford, passed away at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans on Sunday afternoon, April 3, 2005.
     He was preceded in death by the love of his life, his wife Peg, in 1986; two brothers and one sister.

He is survived by five sons and two daughters -- Anna (Leon) Hudson of Hartford, Paul (Barbara) Hess of Wilmington, N.C., Robert Hess of Wyoming, Mich., John (Mavis) Hess of Kentwood, Don (Gladys) Hess of Howard City, Laura Eisner of Hartford, Vince (Tori) Hess of Lisbon Falls, Maine; 14 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; his sister-in-law, Patricia McCombs; many nieces, nephews and friends.
     Walt honorably served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II.   A Mass of Christian Burial with committal services will be celebrated on Wednesday, April 6, at 1 p.m. at Grand Rapids Home for Veterans Chapel, 3000 Monroe Ave., NE, 49505. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery. Relatives and friends may meet his family at the Veterans Home Chapel on Wednesday from noon until the start of Mass. In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution to the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans. Alt & Shawmut Hills Chapel-Heritage Life Story Funeral Homes, Grand Rapids.

 
Yvonne Leone Leonard, "Vonnie", 67, of Hartford passed away from her life on earth to eternity in heaven on Wednesday, March 23, 2005, at Community Hospital, Watervliet.
     Vonnie was born on Dec. 28, 1937, in Dowagiac the daughter of Ormond and Maude (Parish) Goodrich. Vonnie graduated from Paw Paw High School in 1956. She worked as a pharmacy technician at LakeView Community Hospital in Paw Paw for a number of years. She's a former co-owner, with her husband Dale, of the Calvin and Leonard Funeral Homes. She was also a member of the Hartford United Methodist Church, former past president and held other offices within the Hartford Business Association. In her spare time she always enjoyed bowling and was a member of the Thursday Tea League and the Hit and Miss League at Lakes Bowl in Sister Lakes.
     Vonnie was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and mother-in-law, who gave more than what she ever asked in return.
     She was united in marriage to Dale D. Leonard on Feb. 12, 1956. Dale survives along with daughters -- Penny (Jim) Patterson and Cindy (Jerry) Birmele, both of Hartford and son Richard (Sherry) Leonard of Lawrence. Vonnie is also survived by grandchildren -- Shawn (Aubrey) Patterson of Portage, Crystal (Chris) Cowgill of Hartford, Janell Birmele of Hartford, Abby Leonard of Lawrence, Tony Leonard of Lawrence, Jerrod Birmele of Hartford, Billy Leonard of Lawrence, Jenna Birmele of Hartford; and great-grandson Elijah Cowgill of Hartford. Vonnie is also survived by a brother, Ronald Goodrich of Stanton; sisters-in-law, Eva Goodrich of Gobles, Donna Goodrich of Shelbyville; and numerous other relatives.
     In addition to her parents, Vonnie was preceded by two brothers, Robert Goodrich Sr. and Frederick Goodrich; and two nephews, Dale Goodrich and Marvin Goodrich.
     The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 25, at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford. The service to honor her memory will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 26, at the funeral home with the Rev. Ronald Hansen of the Hartford United Methodist Church and the Rev. Carl Wright of the First Baptist Church of Decatur officiating. Burial will be in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to either Borgess-Visiting Nurse and Hospice or to the Hartford United Methodist Church.

 
Scott, Theodore  d 3-7-2005Theodore Stewart Scott, 83, of Siloam Springs, Ark., died March 7, 2005 at Northwest Medical Center of Washington County in Springdale, Ark.  Born April 2, 1921 in Hartford, Mich., he was the son of Henry S. Scott and Zoa Kiddler Scott.
     Scott was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War ii and a former resident of Coldwater, Mich.  He attended Emmanuel Missionary College, a Seventh-day Adventist College, in Berrien Springs, Mich.  In 1983, he retired from the State Hospital in Quincy, Mich.  Shortly thereafter, he moved to Arkansas. He married Gertrude B. Cottman in 1947.
     Survivors include his wife, Gertrude of the home; one daughter, Teresa Regal of Siloam Springs; five grand children; and six great-grandchildren.
     Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. March 11 at the Gentry Seventh-day Adventist Church in Gentry, Ark.  Burial will follow at 2 p.m. in Fayetteville National Cemetery in Fayetteville, Ark.  To sign the guestbook, visit www.wassonfuneralhome.com.  Arrangements are under the direction of Wasson Funeral Home, Siloam Springs.

NOTE: Theodore was a 1942 Hartford High School graduate.
 
Anthony Gerald "Jerry" Cheshire, 72, of Hartford passed away peacefully from his life on earth to eternity in heaven on Tuesday, March 1, 2005, at his residence.
     Jerry was born on Feb. 24, 1933, in New Hope, Ky., the son of Thaddeus and Bessie (Williamson) Cheshire, both of whom preceded him in death. Jerry served his country in the Korean War and recently was recognized by Governor John Engler through special commendation for his sacrifice. Jerry was employed through Coloma Community Schools as its Transportation Supervisor and Grounds Superintendent. He was also a local farmer for several years.
     The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 4, at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, with a rosary beginning at 7 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated to honor his memory at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 5, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Hartford. Father Robert Flickinger will be the celebrant. Burial will follow in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford, where military rites will be performed by VFW Post 1137, VFW Post 6803 and American Legion Post 362 and its auxiliary. Memorials may be made to South Haven Area Hospice.
     Jerry is survived by the love of his life, Luella Moore, whom he married on Aug. 14, 1954. Also surviving are four sons -- Tony Cheshire of Lawrence, Mike (Beverly) Cheshire of Hartford, Don (Kathy) Cheshire of Harbor Springs and Jeff (Theresa) Cheshire of Heber City, Utah; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and three brothers -- Kenneth (Doris) Cheshire, Jim (Ann) Cheshire and Stan Cheshire.
     Besides his parents, Jerry was preceded in death by two brothers, Francis and Joe Cheshire; and a sister, Freda Harbin.

 
Charles Duane Livingston, 64, of Hartford passed suddenly from his life on earth to eternity in heaven on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2005, at his residence.
     Charles was born on June 25, 1940, in Brownwood, Mo., the son of Elmer and Mary (Kelly) Livingston. Charles owned Franz Electric for over 15 years.
    
The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 2, at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, where a service to honor his memory will take place at 11 a.m. Pastor James Sumners of the Faith of the Apostle's Church in Hartford will officiate. Burial will follow at Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford. Memorials may be made to the family.
     Charles is survived by his mother, Mary of Hartford; a brother, Jim Livingston of Hartford; two nephews -- Kevin and Casey and a niece, Jennifer.
     Charles was preceded in death by his father, Elmer; and his wife, Frances, who passed away on July 18, 1996
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Note:  Charles was a 1960 Hartford High School graduate.

 
Donald Harold Bachman, 88, of Hartford, passed from his life on earth to eternity in heaven on Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2005, at his residence.
Donald Bachman d 2-23-2005     Donald was born on Jan. 23, 1917, in Watervliet, the son of Harold and Esther (Morlock) Bachman, both of whom preceded him in death.

     He was owner of Don Bachman Welding for over 36 years from 1946 until his retirement in 1982. Following his retirement, Don and his wife, Alice, enjoyed traveling, bowling and golfing together. He was a former member of the Hartford Fire Board, where he also served as a volunteer firefighter. He was a member of the Hartford United Methodist Church, Van Buren Sportsman's Club and was a lifelong member of the Masonic Lodge. He was an avid golfer and bowler. He was a Hartford Indian fan, especially watching his kids and grandkids play sports. He was even able to watch his great-grandsons play Little League last summer.  In 1935, Don won the Green and Gold Award from Coloma High School.
     The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25, at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford. A service to honor his memory will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, at the funeral home. The Rev. Ronald Hansen of the Hartford United Methodist Church will officiate. Burial will follow in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford. Memorials may be made to the Hartford Fire Department or Van Buren-Cass Hospice.
     Donald is survived by his wife, Alice; a daughter, Patricia (Jim) Empson of Traverse City, two sons -- Terry (Doris) Bachman of Kalamazoo and Rick (Ernestine) Bachman of Hartford; eight grandchildren -- Kelly (Tom) Richards, Kim Root, Kevin (Sue) Empson, Terri L. Bachman, Amy (Ray) Gendron, Aaron Elizabeth (Todd) Valdes, Anne (Matt) Smith and Andy (Kristen) Bachman; 12 great-grandchildren; two sisters -- Mary Cooper and Alice McNabb, both of Florida; and several step grandchildren and step great-grandchildren.
     Besides his parents, Donald was preceded in passing by his son, Ronald C. Bachman in 1963
 
Verna Sue Tucker (nee: Chambers), formerly of Hartford, passed to her eternal home on Feb. 19, 2005, in Winter Haven, Fla. She was born in Kennett, Mo., and moved to Michigan as a child. She resided in Hartford until 1984, when she relocated to Oklahoma, and in 2003 moved to Auburndale, Fla., to live with her daughter. She received her nursing degree from LMC and was employed at Community Hospital, Watervliet. She was baptized in the Lord at Keeler, Mich., and was a member of the Emmanuel Baptist Church.
     She is survived by three children -- Sherrie Tucker of Auburndale, Fla., Brenda Wyatt of Norman, Okla., and James Tucker of Bethany, Okla.; a brother, Kenneth Chambers of Hartford; sister, Paula Pool of Coloma; grandchildren -- Michael, Rashawnda and Megan Clugston, and Kassie and Heath Smith. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews; and her faithful companion, Tinker, whom she adored.

     She was preceded in death by her grandparents; parents, Mildred and Oscar Chambers; and a brother, Russell.
     Sue was a shining example of faith, determination and a positive attitude. She endured many hardships throughout her life. She suffered a stroke at age 39, which ended her nursing career, and later an auto accident which left her hospitalized for a year. Throughout all she looked toward the future with hope and faith.
     She loved her Lord and her family and was a loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. Her wonderful sense of humor and infectious laughter could change your mood in an instant and she was a wonderful listener. She leaves a hole in our hearts that will never be filled and leaves us her courage, strength and love to continue on until we meet with her again. She would want her family to think of her and smile and know she is safe at home and whole again.
     The family asks that memorials in her honor be made to the American Diabetes Foundation.

"Hear my laughter in the wind, see my smile in the stars and hold my love for you in your heart as I will keep yours always."


NOTE:  Verna was from the 1963 Class of Hartford High School.
 
Irving Allen Clauser d 2-13-2005Irving Allen Clauser  - While surrounded by his loved ones, Irv journeyed home to be with the Lord on Feb. 13, 2005.
     Irv was born to Allen and Marie Clauser on Jan. 12, 1935. He was born at their home on Columbus Avenue in Benton Harbor. Irv, known as the Iron Horse (who ran for the Benton Harbor Tigers), was an excellent athlete and excelled in track. He ran many great races and overcame his last hurdle with tremendous courage and faith in the Lord.
     Irv served in the USAF Northeast Air Command. He raised horses for the past 47 years. Irv was deputized and has been active with the Van Buren County Mounted Division for 36 years. He also served as a member of the Marine Patrol, which included service on several inland lakes as well as Lake Michigan.
     He always enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, especially after his retirement. He frequently attended ballgames and was each of his grandchildren's number one fan. Irv enjoyed life to the fullest. He hunted in Newfoundland, Alaska, Wyoming and Colorado, as well as Michigan. One of his most recent adventures was building a cabin "Up North." It truly was a labor of love, which he built for his family.
     Irv is survived by his loving wife, Anna, whom he married on March 27, 1971; his son, Marc (Lisa) Clauser; his daughter, Terry (Larry) Adams; his son, Raymond Paul Clauser; his son, John (Jody) Clauser; his daughter, Rebecca (Raymond) Evans; his grandchildren -- Olivia, Kevin-Tylor, Matthew, Trent, Chelsea, Zachary, Riley, Ryan, and Brett. He is also survived by his sister, Virginia (Ralph) Black; his brother, Allen "Al" Clauser; and several nieces, nephews, and many wonderful friends.
     He was preceded by his parents, Allen and Marie Clauser; and his sister, Elna Clauser.
     Visitation will be held at the Hartford United Methodist Church on Wednesday, Feb. 16, from 6 to 8 p.m. The funeral service will be held at the Hartford United Methodist Church on Thursday, Feb. 17, at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the family.
 

Donald Eugene "Woody" Woodward, 71, of Hartford, passed peacefully from his life at home on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2005, after a courageous battle with cancer.
     Don was born on Oct. 23, 1933, to Marjorie and George Woodward. He spent his youth in Watervliet, Fennville, and Hartford. He served in the Army Corp of Engineers where he was a heavy equipment operator in Korea. This led him to a career in the trucking and concrete business until his retirement in 1995. He served his community as a member of the Hartford Fire Department and ambulance service for 25 years. He served in many capacities, such as firefighter, secretary treasurer and captain. He left his mark on life with his willingness to help anyone who asked and his endearing love of his family, especially his grandchildren, to whom he was willing to be a patient teacher. He leaves behind many lifelong friends and several nieces, nephews, brother and sister in-laws.
     Donald is survived by Carol, his loving wife of 47 years, sons, Michael (Theresa) Woodward, Ken Woodward and daughter, Susan (Andy) Gearhart, all of Hartford; sister, Sharon (Bill) Clupper of Hartford; grandchildren -- Jayme, Bethany, and Phillip Woodward and a special granddog, Penny.
     Don was preceded in death by his father, George; his mother, Marjorie Rudel; stepfather, Pete Rudel; halfbrother, Gale Woodward and granddaughter, Brooke Nichol Woodward.
     The family will meet friends at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, from 3 to 5 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 16. The service to honor his memory will be Monday, Jan. 17 at 10 a.m. at the funeral home. The Rev. Ronald Hansen of the Hartford United Methodist Church will officiate. Burial will be in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford, with a fireman's escort and burial. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to South Haven Area Hospice, who made his last days comfortable and last wishes a reality.
Note:  Click here to view Don's military picture and profile on the History of Hartford website.
 

Antoinette "Tonie" P. Rice, 79, of Hartford died Monday, Jan. 10, 2005, at her home.
     She was born May 27, 1925, in Paw Paw, the daughter of Stephen and Antoinette (Sadecky) Minarik. She and her husband, Dwaine have been owners of Rice's Sporting Equipment, in Hartford since 1955. She graduated from Paw Paw High School in 1943, and attended a photography school in Chicago, later opening a studio in Hartford, until raising a family took all of her spare time. Family was always most important to her and she was very proud of them all. She was a member of the Southwestern Michigan Horse and Buggy Club for the past ten years.
     She is survived by her husband, Dwaine Rice, who she married on Oct. 4, 1947; sons, Morrie (Cheryln) Rice of Torrance, Calif., Gary Rice of Polson, Mont., Lindsay Rice of Sister Lakes and a daughter, Tina (John) Streeter of Hartford. Grandchildren -- Lauren and Erin Rice of California, Tyler Rice of Montana, Natasha (Shawn) Williamson of Dowagiac, Nicole (Rede) Rintamaa of Augusta, Ga., Kyle (Rebecca) Romeo and Kevin Romeo of Hartford. Great-grandchildren -- Abbi and Hunter Williamson, Jordan and Phillip Brown, Eleana and Giana Romeo.
     Antoniette also leaves behind a brother, Stephen Minarik of Paw Paw; sisters -- Josephine Minarik of Battle Creek, Mildred Javor of Charlotte, Anne Stanton of Paw Paw, Margaret Wojciechowski and Alice Stiever both of Kalamazoo; brother-in-law, Larry (Linda) Fisher of Decatur, sister-in-laws, Eileen Thomas of Decatur, Adeline Minarik of St. Joseph and Eleanor Minarik of Williamson, along with several nieces and nephews.
     She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers -- Andrew, John and Joseph Minarik and daughter-in-law, Nancy Rice.
     Cremation has taken place. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, Jan. 19 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford where memorial services will be held Thursday, Jan. 20 at 1 p.m. at the funeral home. Private family burial of cremains will take place at a later date.
 

Franklin G. "Bud" Fulton d 1-8-2005Franklin G. "Bud" Fulton Sr., 82, of Coloma died Saturday morning, Jan. 8, 2005, at his home.
     Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Davidson Chapel, Florin Funeral Service, Coloma, where visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Burial with military rites will be in North Shore Memory Gardens. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice at Home or Lakeland Hospital Dialysis at 3900 Hollywood Road.

     Bud was born July 3, 1922, in Chicago to Franklin J. and Dorothy (Heintz) Fulton. He was a World War II veteran of the Navy and was a member of the Hartford American Legion Post 93. He loved fishing, hunting, gardening and was a member of the Michigan Steelheaders. He had been employed full-time as a truck driver for 30 years and part-time for an additional 24 years.
     Survivors include his wife, Helen (Brooks), whom he married on Nov. 14, 1953, in Bangor; two sons -- Franklin George (Lori) Fulton Jr. of Paw Paw and Bruce (Jennifer) Fulton of Coloma; and two sisters -- Dorothy Stenske of Stevensville and Cynthia (William) Ikola of St. Joseph.

 Also surviving are three grandchildren, Hailley Fulton, Daniel Fulton and Jason (Candice) Hamilton, and several nieces and nephews.  Bud was preceded in death by two brothers, Harold Jack Fulton and Walter Robert Fulton.


NOTE:  Franklin was a 1942 Hartford High School graduate.
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