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 Lynne Poulter Munjoy, passed away around two a.m. Friday, December 14, 2007.  She resided in Port Orford OR.  There will be no service per Lynne's request and she will be buried in her favorite place, The Sea.

Note:  Lynne was Miss Hartford 1959 and a HHS 1959 graduate.

Lindsey Knight 12-2008Lindsey Leean Knight, 19, of Hartford passed away tragically on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2007, in Casco Township, Mich.
Lindsey was born Dec. 24, 1987, in St. Joseph, the daughter of Mark and Tracie (Burgess) Knight.
     She was currently employed at E&S Enterprises of Keeler. Lindsey was a fun, caring and loving person. She loved being in and around water, any scary movie and no one knows how many times she had watched the “Wizard of Oz,” but most important to her was her family, especially her children.
     The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today, Dec. 14, at His Place Cathedral of Faith Church in Covert. The service to honor her memory will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at the church. Pastor Wayne Davis will officiate. Burial will follow in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford .
     The family has entrusted the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford , with handling the arrangements.
Lindsey is survived by a daughter, Brianna, and a son, Derek; her mother, Tracie (James) Valind of Hartford ; her father, Mark Knight of Grandville; a brother, Mark Knight II of Coloma; three sisters, Whitney, Savanna and Micheala; and a brother, Seth.
Lindsey was preceded in death by a grandfather, Richard Jenkins.

Sarah Ann Ferguson 12-8-2008Sarah Ann Ferguson, 27, of Hartford passed away suddenly Saturday, Dec. 8, 2007, at Borgess­Lee Memorial Hospital, Dowagiac as the result of an automobile accident.
     Sarah was born Feb. 19, 1980, in Paw Paw, the daughter of Steven and Sandra (Evans) Ferguson. Sarah loved to dance, play pool and tend to her plants. She loved sightseeing, which led her to travel to different places. She had a quick wit and sense of humor that could light up a room. But most importantly, she loved the time she spent with friends and family, especially her nieces and nephews, who were very special to her.
     The family will welcome friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, at the Calvin Funeral Home,
Hartford. The service to honor her memory will take place at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 21, at Hartford Federated Church. Pastor Timothy Nyhuis will officiate. Following the services, cremation will take place. Interment of ashes will take place at a later date at Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford.
     Sarah is survived by her mother, Sandra and her stepfather, Kevin DeFord of Hartford; her father, Steven of Dowagiac; her four siblings, Brian Phillips of Portage, Angela Phillips of Paw Paw, Amy of Holland and Eric Ferguson of Osceola, Ind. She is also survived by her grandparents, Ann and Dan Evans of Sister Lakes, Sam and Helen Niblet of Coloma, and Rusty and Shirley DeFord of Hartford; a stepsister, Tammy DeFord of Hartford; and numerous others.

 Paul Ralph Wilson Wilcoxson Jr., of Dowagiac, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2007, at his home.
Paul Wilcoxson Jr.  d 12-4-2007
Paul was born on Feb. 2, 1961, in St. Joseph. He was the son of Paul and Anna (Brewer) Wilcoxson Sr.
       After serving his country in the U.S. Marines, Paul returned to the Hartford area and began working for the Bosch Corporation, where he recently became an inspector. Paul was an active member of the Hartford Federated Church, where he operated the sound system. He simply loved to play with all types of electrical gadgets.
       On July 2, 2002, Paul and Marites Recla were united in marriage. She survives, along with a son, Cyrel; his father, Paul (Ruth) Wilcoxson Sr. of Hartford; his mother, Catherine 
Voss of Manistique, Mich.; two brothers — Martin (Dianna) Wilcoxson Sr. of Covert and John Wilcoxson of Munising, Mich.; two sisters — Penny (Tom) Vanzandt of Battle Creek, Mich., and Lizabeth (Tom) McCrary of Coloma; a sister-in-law, Florida Recla of Manila, Philippines; and several nieces and nephews.
     There will be a time of fellowship from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 10, at Hartford Federated Church. The service to honor his memory will follow at 11 a.m. with Pastor Timothy Nyhuis officiating. Paul will be laid to rest in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford . In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to either the Gideons or to the church. The family has entrusted the Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford with handling the arrangements.
     NOTE:  Click here to view Paul's military photo and profile on the History of Hartford website.

 Thomas Newnum Jr.Thomas Wilson Newnum Jr., 86, of Watervliet, died Sunday, Dec. 2, 2007, at his home.
Tom’s life began June 21, 1921, in Bangor Township, Mich. He spent his childhood growing up in Bangor, graduating from Bangor High School. Tom proudly served his country in the United States Army, primarily stationed in the Philippines. During his adult life Tom worked as a truck driver, grain farmer, and he ran a paper making machine at the Watervliet Paper Mill until retiring in 1984. He was a member of the Teamster’s Union, United Paper Workers International Union and the Henry Chamberlain Masonic Lodge 308. Tom enjoyed filling his spare time with fishing, doing yard work, feeding the little creatures such as squirrels and birds, and he was a licensed commercial and private pilot.
     Tom’s loving family includes: his wife, Wyoma “Scotty” Newnum, whom he married Aug. 26, 1967; two sons — Tom (Joanne) Newnum of Hartford and James (Geraldine) Newnum of Wallace, Mich.; two daughters — Mary (David) Knight of Coloma and Joyce (Tommy) Brown of Glen St. Mary, Fla.; a stepson, Arthur (Bev) Scott of Webberville, Mich.; 15 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; a brother, Melvin Newnum; two sisters, Velma Robbins and Virginia (Don) Walantyn; and many nieces and nephews.  His parents; a brother, Charles Newnum; and a sister- in-law, Jane Newnum, precede Tom in death.
     Friends may visit with Tom’s family Wednesday, Dec. 5, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Hutchins Funeral Home in Watervliet. Tom’s life will be celebrated Thursday, Dec. 6, at 11 a.m. at Plymouth Congregational Church in Watervliet. Burial of cremains will follow in Watervliet Cemetery. Memorials may be made in Tom’s memory to Plymouth Congregational Church.
NOTE:  Tom's military profile can be viewed on the History of Hartford website at, Jr., Thomas Wilson

 Gertrude A. Rathgeb, 97, of Hartford, formerly of Benton Harbor, died Sunday, Dec. 2, 2007, at the Lakeland Specialty Hospital in Berrien Center.
     A mass celebrating her life will be held at a later date. Cremation has taken place and a family committal ser­vice of the ashes will be held at Calvary Cemetery in Benton Harbor. Arrangements are by the Fairplain Chapel of Florin Funeral Service in Benton Harbor. Memorials may be to made the St. John–St. Bernard Parish or Hospice at Home.
     Gertrude was born Sept. 15, 1910, in Chicago, Ill., to Max and Anna Albrecht. She married her husband, George Rathgeb, in 1929, and came to this area with her husband in 1938.
George preceded her in death in 1977.  Together they celebrated 48 years of marriage. She was a member of the St. John–St. Bernard Parish in Benton Harbor. Ger­trude worked at Regal Finishing for 22 years before retiring in 1983. She loved shopping and bingo and was always on the go.
     She is survived by three children — Phyllis Blaylock of Graham, Wash., George (Karen) Rathgeb of Eau Claire and Robert (Joye) Rathgeb of Hartford; one sister, Helen Siwy of Columbia City, Ind.; 11 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
     She was also preceded in death by one grandson, Paul Blaylock; two great-grandsons, Greg Blaylock and Konrad Hornack; three sisters and three brothers.

Robert Mireles, 42, of Hartford , passed away suddenly on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2007, in San Antonio, Texas.
Robert, was born Feb. 20,1965, in San Antonio, Texas. He was the son of Manuel and Guadalupe Mireles.
Robert is preceded in death by his brother, Alex Anthony Mireles; paternal grandparents, Sara and Andres Soto; and maternal grandparents, Jose and Anita Adame.
       Robert is survived by his mother, Guadalupe, and father, Manuel; sons, Alex and Robert Mireles; brothers — Roger Mireles, John (Flora) Mireles, Jason Mireles and Joe Mireles; sisters — Maricia (Juan) Calderon and Esperanza Mireles; nephews and nieces — Orlando,
Jacqueline, Juan Jr., Eric, Jessica, Cesar, Oscar, Marina, Samuel, Cassandra, Amanda, Jonathon, Andrea and Andres, all from Illinois and Wisconsin; and various uncles, aunts and cousins of Michigan, Illinois and Texas.
   A memorial service to honor his memory will take place at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 10, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Hartford . Father Arthur Howard will officiate. Robert’s ashes will be interred at a later date. Please join the family in sharing memories of our beloved Robert Mireles at the church hall after the burial. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family. Arrangements have been entrusted with the Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford.

 Richard J. Sutter Jr.
On Saturday, Nov. 24, 2007, Richard John Sutter Jr., 47 of Hartford, passed away suddenly in Benton Township.
     Richard was born May 30, 1960, in Watervliet. He was the son of Richard and Urleen (Whitehead) Sutter Sr. After graduating from high school, Richard proudly served his country in the U.S. Army. He enjoyed riding motorcycles, playing with his dog, Annie, and spending time with his family. He was a mechanic by trade and liked to tinker with anybody’s automobile that would let him.
     Richard is survived by his mother, Urleen of Clinton, Okla.; sisters, Kathy Sutter of Hartford, Linda Chergosky of South Haven, Patty Sierra of Lake Havasu City, Ariz., and Sandy Whitehead of Clinton, Okla.
     Richard was preceded in death by his father, Richard Sr.; two brothers, James and Joe Sutter; and the love of his life, Cynthia Agee.
     A memorial service to honor his memory will take place at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Family Worship Center, Hartford. Pastor John Busch will officiate. Richard’s ashes will be interred in Keeler Cemetery at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 3. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family. Arrangements have been entrusted with the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford. 

Brian ShaferBrian Earnest Shafer, 71, formerly of Hartford, went to be with his Savior, Jesus Christ, on Sunday, Nov. 25, 2007. A memorial service will be held at the Hartford Federated Church on Saturday, Dec. 1, at 11 a.m.
     Brian was born Dec. 13, 1935, in Hartford.  He was the first child of Clyde and Ruby (Pitcher) Shafer. His father taught him the carpentry trade and he helped build many homes in Southwestern Michigan. In 1965, he joined the Chicago District Council of Carpenters, Local 1, which allowed him to work on many large-scale projects such as the Cook Nuclear Plant, Domino Pizza Corporate Office, the Bloomingdale Building in Chicago, various Sears Tower projects, and the Chicago Fairmont Hotel, until his retirement in 1998.  He was also involved in many trade shows at Chicago’s McCormick Place. Brian loved watching NASCAR, Notre Dame football, This Old House, Out­door Network and Discovery channels. He was also a real wizard with
crossword puzzles and word games. His other passions included hunting, fishing and spending time with his sons and grandchildren.
     Brian desired that even after he was gone, his legacy would make a difference and the world could be a brighter place for future generations, so he donated his body to Science Care.
     Brian is survived by three sons, Jeff (Pam) of Appleton, Wis., Brian Marc of Cadillac, Bob (Deanna) of Coloma; four grandchildren, Brett (Katherine) of Kaukauna, Wis., Jacob, Taylor and Karsen of Coloma; and one great­granddaughter, Johannah of Kaukauna.  He is also survived by a brother, Clayton (Sandy) of Tucson, Ariz.; two sisters, Dorla (Lee) Weeden of Tulsa, Okla., and Avis (Dale) Hill of Hartford. He also has several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Clyde and Ruby (Pitcher); his brother, Phillip; and his former wife, Violet.
A memorial fund has been established in memory of Brian at “Brian Shafer Memorial Fund,” 1243 E. Byrd St., Appleton, Wis., 54911.
Note:  Brian was a HHS 1954 graduate.

Orlo “Mac” Dell McNitt, 94, of Riverview Manor in Three Rivers, passed away on Tuesday, November 20, 2007.
     Mac was born on December 19, 1912 to the late William and Wavia (Palmer) McNitt in Keeler, Michigan. He was one of three boys. On December 19, 1934, Mac wed the love of his life, Lois McBain at a ceremony in South Bend. She passed away in 2002. Mac worked for National Standard until his retirement after 38 dedicated years of service.   
     He is preceded in death by his parents, wife Lois, Grandson Randy DeJonge and Brother James R. McNitt. Mac is survived by his 2 daughters Lois (Bruce) DeJonge of Niles and Shirley (Chuck) Cottrill of Three Rivers, 6 Grandchildren, 14 Great-Grandchildren, 1 Great-Great-Granddaughter and Brother Gail (Joanne) McNitt of Coldwater, MI.
     A time of visitation will be held on Sunday, November 25, 2007 at Brown Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Niles from 12-1 with Mac’s funeral service immediately following at 1pm. Mac will be interred at Silverbrook Cemetery Mission Hills Memorial Gardens, 61543 M-51, Niles, Mi. Pastor Emmett Cadwell will be officiating. Arrangements have been entrusted to Brown Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Niles.  Memorial donations may be made in Mac’s memory to Hospice at Home, Inc. located at 4025 Health Park Lane; St. Joseph, MI 49085.
Note:  Mac was a 1931 HHS graduate.

Iola Lucille Bisbee was born in Yates, Mont. on July 10, 1912. She was the daughter of Clarence and Myrtle (Strickler) Burr. Iola passed away Saturday, Nov. 17, 2007, at the age of 95, with her loving family by her side.
     When she was only two years old, the family moved to Bradgate, Iowa. After her graduation from high school and then business school, she moved to Hartford along with her family. On Oct. 6, 1934, while attending the Hartford Fair, Iola and Augustus Edward Bisbee exchanged wedding vows.
     Iola is survived by a son, Nyle and Anna Bisbee; a daughter, Peggy Harris; and a son, Gene and Mary Bisbee, all of Hartford and a daughter-in-law,
Mary Bisbee of Thayer, Mo. She is also survived by 12 grandchildren, several great­grandchildren and many great­great-grandchildren.  Iola was preceded in death by her husband, Augustus; her parents; a son, Terry Bisbee; a grandson, Bobby Joe Harris; a son-in-law, Russell Harris; and two sisters, Edith Dockter and Belva Potter.
    As to Iola’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A memorial service to honor her memory will take place at 2 p.m. Tues­day, Nov. 20, at the Keeler General Baptist Church. Pastor Bill Martin will officiate. Burial will take place at a later date in Elijah Cemetery in Elijah, Mo. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to the church.

Patricia Ann Drake, 70, of Hartford, passed away Friday, Nov. 9, 2007, at her home.
     Pat, as she was known to many, was born July 31, 1937, in Hartford, the daughter of Albert and Francis (Walker) Ison, both of whom precede her in passing. She was also preceded by her first husband, Bill Hendricks; her second husband, William “Bill” Drake; a brother, Robert Ison; and a sister, Jean Fuller.
     Pat was a devoted member of the Hartford United Methodist Church. She loved cross stitching, playing with her dogs and watching NASCAR races.
     As to Pat’s wishes, cremation has taken place and no public services will be held. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or Hospice at Home. The family has entrusted the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, with handling the arrange­ments.
     Pat is survived by a brother, Richard Henry (Judy) Ison and nieces and nephews — Julienne Ann (Michael) Rhoades of Mattawan, Richard Stephen Ison of Warren, Thomas Leon (Amy) Ison of Dowagiac, Paul Ison of Coloma, Teresa (George) Seiffert of Stevensville, Debra Peek of Bangor and Robert Fuller and Larry Fuller, both of Hartford.
Note:  Pat was a HHS 1955 graduate.

Stanley J. Dowd, 69, of Hartford, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2007, with his family at his side, after a short bout with cancer.
     He was born on July 8, 1938, to Arthur and Ruth (Williams) Dowd. Stanley, a lifelong resi­dent of Hartford, was a graduate of Hartford High School in 1956 and of Michigan State University in 1961.  He was a co-owner of Dowd Orchards and Shafer Lake Fruit. Stanley was an active member of the Kellogg Farmers Study Group IV and enjoyed traveling and learning.  He was a member of the Hartford Federated Church, served the Hartford Township Board as a trustee and was on the Township Road Committee for several years.
     He is survived by his wife of 50 years,
Sue (Patterson) Dowd; two sons - Mark (Crystal) Dowd and Dan (Faith) Dowd; grandchildren - Marcus Dowd, Brad (Amy) Johnson, Josh Johnson, Kari Johnson, Lindy Kopicki and Dana Dowd; great­grandchildren - Braydon and Cassidi Johnson; brothers - Bruce (Kathy) Dowd and Leslie (Kelly) Dowd; a sister, Doris (William) Austin; and many nieces and nephews.
     The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford. There will be a private family graveside service held at Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford, with Pastor Timothy Nyhuis of the Hartford Federated Church officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hartford Fire Department or the charity of the donor’s choice.

Jeff Bowen d 11-7-2007Jeff Bowen, loving husband, father, grandfather and brother, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Nov. 7, 2007.   He was born in Newport, Ark., on Aug. 28, 1942, to AJ and Franchelle Bowen.
    He was a lifelong member of Hartford Federated Church, where he most recently served as deacon and previously held numerous positions and was instrumental in starting and working in other ministries within the church.
     He was preceded in death by his mother, father and sister, Norma Leonard.  He is survived by loving wife, Peggy (McFarland) Bowen. He had three daughters, Pamela
Bowen of Asheville, N.C., Janice Bowen of Panama City, Fla., and Amy Bowen of Hartford. He also had two granddaughters, Taylor Bowen and Hannah Soldaat, also of Hartford. He has a brother, Harold (Doris) Bowen of Kalamazoo. He also had several other nieces and nephews.
     The family will receive friends from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11, at Hartford Feder­ated Church. The funeral will be held immediately following visitation at the church and it will be officiated by Pastor Tim Nyhuis. The burial will follow immediately at Maple Hill Cemetery.
     Jeff will be greatly missed by family, friends and all who knew him

LeRoy Paul HaneyLeRoy Paul Haney
BANGOR TOWNSHIP — LeRoy Paul Haney was born on Jan. 12, 1935, in Hartford. He was the son of Louis and Ruth (Hammond) Haney, both of whom preceded him in passing. LeRoy passed away on Sunday, Nov. 4, 2007, at his home.
     LeRoy married Dianne Dresen on March 16, 1957, and for the next 50 years they enjoyed each others companionship. LeRoy retired from Smith Steel of Benton Harbor after many years of employment. He was a talented wood worker and carver and spent numerous hours doing oil paintings. He and Dianne loved to travel and spent the cold winters in Georgia.
LeRoy was
a wonderful husband to Dianne and a loving father to his children, David and Deborah Haney of North Carolina, James and Nancy Haney of Georgia, Robert and Cindy Haney of North Carolina and Dawn and Steve Brady of Lawrence. He also cherished his 11 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
     There will be a time of fellowship from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 7, at the Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the South Haven Area Hospice. As to LeRoy’s wishes, cremation has taken place and interment will be held at a later date in Southard Cemetery in Bangor Township.

Michael Joseph DuffyMark Joseph Duffy
KEELER — Our beloved Mark Joseph Duffy left this world Sunday, Nov. 4, 2007, at Borgess Medical Center, Kalamazoo. 
     Mark was born on Jan.14, 1971, in Watervliet. He was a loving husband, father, son, and brother and was loved by all who knew him. Mark’s smiling face will be sadly missed by all his family, many friends and co-workers.
    Mark was employed as a heavy equipment operator for Milbocker and Sons. Mark was an avid supporter of his and all Unions.
     Mark was preceded in death by his sister, Lisa Duffy; his grandparents, Michael and Ruth Duffy; and his aunt, Joan Duffy.  Survivors include his wife, Debbie Duffy, his son, Tyler Duffy of Keeler; his parents, Michael and Sue Duffy of Keeler; sister,
Kim Wine (Denny) of Muskegon, sister Sandra Hartford (Mike) of Benton Har­bor; brother, Michael Duffy (Raynell) of Sister Lakes; nieces, Amanda, Erin and Chelsea Wine of Muskegon; stepchil­dren, Reshonda and Jeremy Lewis of Sister Lakes; his, grandmother, Hazel Ward of Watervliet; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
     The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 8, at the Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford. Mass of Christian Burial will be said at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 9, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Hartford with Father John Young as the celebrant. Burial will take place in Keeler Cemetery. Anyone wishing to make a memorial in Mark’s name may do so to the Keeler and Sister Lakes Fire and Rescue units.
Keith Hand Keith A. Hand, 85, of Hartford , passed away Friday, Oct. 26, 2007, at Lakeland Specialty Hospital in Berrien Center.
A Graveside Committal Service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29, at North Shore Memory Gardens in Coloma, with military rites conducted by Coloma American Legion Post 362, VFW Post 1137 of Benton Harbor, VFW Post 6803 of Watervliet and Stevensville American Legion Post 568. Visitation with the family will be held this afternoon from 3 to 5 p.m. at Starks & Menchinger Family Funeral Home, 2650 Niles Road, St. Joseph. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. Those wishing to send the family a message of condolence may do so online at
     Keith was born on the 4th of July, 1922. He was one of three sons born to James and Cassie Hand. On Aug. 8, 1942, he married Dorothy Geisler in Chelsea, Mich., and together they had two children. Keith was a proud veteran of World War II, serving as staff sergeant in Okinawa and the Pacific Theater. He loved sharing his memories of that time. Keith retired as a laundry engineer from Whirlpool Corp. Additionally, he worked for his father at Hand Real Estate Agency. Keith enjoyed fixing things, working with wood, working in his flower garden and also collected rare coins. Keith enjoyed the out-of-doors, particularly hunting and fishing. He was extremely proud of his grandchildren and greatgrandchildren.
     Keith is survived by his wife, Dorothy; his son, Keith A. (Valerie) Hand Jr. (Valerie) of Hartford ; two grandchildren, Michael Kettelhut and Deborah Piggott; and by his three greatgrandchildren, Brent and Christy Kettelhut and Eric Piggott; his son-in-law, Arnold Jackson; and his brother-in-law and sister- in-law, John and Jeanne Pavlick.
     In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Sharon Jackson, and two brothers, Fay Hand and James Hand Jr.

Jimmy Wayne Patterson - On Sunday, October 21, 2007, Jimmy Wayne Patterson, 55 of Hartford, passed away at Rose Arbor Hospice Residence, Kalamazoo, due to cancer.
     Jim, as he was known to most everyone, was born December 12, 1951 in Benton Harbor. He was the son of James and Nora (Clark) Patterson, both of whom precede him in passing.
     Jim was a graduate of Bangor High School. Jim was formerly employed at Duffy-Mott Corporation until the plant closed. He then went to work for Contech LLC of Dowagiac, where he was a loyal employee for 31 years. Jim enjoyed going up north to hunt, fish and roam the outdoors.
     Jim married Penny Marie Leonard on March 20, 1976. She preceded him in passing on July 1, 2006. Jim is survived by a son: Shawn (Tiffanie) Patterson of Portage, a daughter: Crystal (Chris) Cowgill of Hartford, a grandson: Elijah Cowgill of Hartford and a granddaughter: Mikaela Cowgill of Hartford.
     As to Jim's wishes, cremation has taken place. The family will greet friends from 6 to 8 P.M.; Thursday, October 25 at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford. The memorial service to honor his memory will take place at 2 P.M.; Friday, October 26 at the funeral home. Reverend Ronald Hansen of the Hartford United Methodist Church will officiate. Burial will follow in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Jim's name may be made to the American Cancer Society or Hospice of Van Buren County.
Arthur William Camp, 79, of Portage, died at 6:05 a.m. Saturday (Oct. 20, 2007) at home.  He was born Dec. 21, 1927, in Hartford, Mich., to Charles Edgar and Lenore (Collins) Camp. He married Sally A. (Wilson) Bath on Oct. 6, 1989, in Venice, Fla.
     Mr. Camp is survived by one son, Craig Camp of Elkhart, Ind.; one daughter, Patricia Camp-
Szkrumelak of Denver, Colo.; one stepson, William Bath of Newton, N.J.; one stepdaughter, Donna Pasko of Ellenton, Fla.; and eight grandchildren.
     There will be no visitation. Cremation will take place. A private family service will be at a later date. Walley-Mills-Zimmerman funeral Home, 700 E. Jackson Blvd., Elkhart, is helping the family with arrangements.
     Mr. Camp was a pilot and enjoyed target shooting. He was a U.S. Army veteran who served in the 82nd Airborne Division in Italy and Yugoslavia. He retired from Allied Paper Corp., Kalamazoo, after 27 years of service.
     Memorials may be given to Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan, 222 N. Kalamazoo Mall, Suite 100, Kalamazoo, MI 49007.

Roger Clarence Gorske - Hartford MichiganRoger Clarence Gorske , 54, of Hartford passed away on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2007, at his home surrounded by his family.
     Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Bridgman with Pastor Jon Bendewald officiating. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery, Bridgman. Friends may meet with the family from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Pike Funeral Home, Boyd Chapel, 9191 Red Arrow Highway, Bridgman. Memorial contributions may be given to Pediatric Diabetes. Share a memory with the family at .
     Roger was born Feb. 21, 1953, in St. Joseph the son of the late Julius and Pearl (Hackeman) Gorske . On July 27, 1996, he married the former Denese Phillips. He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Bridgman and a charter member of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War Fredrick Hackeman Camp 85.

     Roger worked for Intercare Health Community. He loved music and played with Johnny Ray’s Southern Comfort Band and several other local bands.
     Survivors include his wife, Denese; three children — Roger Jr., Brian (special friend, Liz), and Shelby all of Hartford; three stepchildren — Shaun (Sarah) of Ann Arbor, Kristen (Gary) of Ohio, and Beth (Justin) of Hartford; nine grandchildren — Taylor, Jaydin, Kayla, Meghan, Sage, Chelsea, Neveah, Rylee and Aalyah; five brothers — Richard (Karen) Gorske of Bridgman, Albert (Dorothy) Gorske of Bridgman, Michael (Amy) Gorske of Baroda, Dennis (Nancy) Gorske of Michigan City, Ind., and Kenneth (Candy) Gorske of Bridgman; one sister, Debra (Terry) Glaske of Baroda; several nieces and nephews who loved him dearly, and his best friend, Gary Jackson.
     Roger was also preceded in death by a brother, Robert Gorske , in 1980.

Norman Dexter DeLoach, 91, of Hartford passed away Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2007, at Community Hospital, Watervliet.
     Norman, or “Pooly” as he was known, was born Oct. 22, 1915, in Mt. Pleasant, Texas, the son of Edward and Mary (Reeves) DeLoach, both of whom preceded him in passing. Also preceding him in passing were two brothers, four sisters, and two granddaughters, Sara and Karen.
     Norman retired from the Watervliet Paper Company in 1980 after 25 years of dedicated service. He loved fishing, gardening, playing cards, spending time with his family and shooting pool, hence the nickname, “Pooly.”
     Norman married Zelma Mae Blevens on Jan. 26, 1940. She survives along with their children, Billy (Linda) DeLoach of Lawrence, Thomas (Jeanette) DeLoach of Pocahontas, Ark., Carl (Monica) DeLoach of Hartford, Charles (Sherry) DeLoach of Decatur, Mary (Doyle) Drane of Hartford, Linda (George)
 Bergeson of Paw Paw, James (Joyce) DeLoach of Columbia, Tenn., Richard DeLoach of Hartford, Bonnie (John) Imler of Watervliet, Judy (Bill) Haberland of South Haven, Daniel DeLoach, Kenneth DeLoach, Norma (Dave) Bulat and Mark DeLoach, all of Hartford, and Georgia Freeman of Hanford, Calif. He is also survived by 31 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; three greatgreat-grandchildren; a brother, Thomas DeLoach of Memphis, Tenn.; and a sister, Anna Lee Thompson of LaPento, Ark.
     The family will greet friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford . The service to honor his memory will take place at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, at the funeral home. Pastor Thomas Fuller of the Community General Baptist Church of Watervliet will be the officiant.
     Burial will follow in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family.
Maurice Eugene Meachum, 69, of Hartford passed away on Sunday, Oct. 14, 2007, at his home.
     Maurice was born on April 6, 1938, in Hartford Township. He was the son of Richard and Mildred (Reed) Meachum. He proudly served his country by joining the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division.
     After his tour of duty, Maurice married Joan Smith on Sept. 21, 1962. Joan survives along with a loving family which consists of a daughter, Tonya L. Raday of Hartford and her children, Kathy, Michelle, Shawn and Amber; a son, Michael E. (Vickie M.) Meachum of Millburg and their children, Jared and Gabriel, and another son, James R. Meachum of Hartford and his daughter Ashley. 
     Maurice is also survived by seven great-grandchildren; a brother, Dwight (Melva) Meachum of Hartford; two sisters, Arlene
Harmon of Plant City, Fla., and Marsha (George) Rader of Bangor; numerous nieces and nephews that were very dear to him; and many other family members and friends.
     Maurice retired from Cast Matic of Stevensville after 25 years of loyal service. Even after retirement, Maurice remained active as a member of the Van Buren Sportsman’s Club and American Legion Post 362 of Coloma. He also loved tinkering in his garage.
     Maurice was preceded in passing by his parents; his stepfather, Oscar Fillmore; two brothers, Arland Meachum and William Meachum; and a sister, Etta Moore.
     A celebration of his life will take place at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Van Buren Sportsman’s Club in Hartford. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to either the donor’s choice or the South Haven Area Hospice. The family has entrusted the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, with handling the arrangements.

Lawrence E. “Bud” Hastings, age 76, of Comstock Township, died Wednesday morning, October 17, 2007, at the Clare Bridge Alterra Care Facility, Portage, MI.
     Bud was born on January 19, 1931 in Hartford, MI, was the son of Leon and Lillie (Ryan) Hastings, graduated from Hartford High School and attended Benton Harbor Community College. He served his country as a Corporal in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict, while stationed in Germany. Bud spent his life working around cars. As a boy, he worked at a gas station and later at the Ford garage, both in Hartford. He spent most of his career as an auto insurance appraiser and briefly, was part owner of Petersen’s Body Shop of Kalamazoo. Bud retired in 1996 from Auto Owners Insurance.
     Bud grew up in Hartford. He and his wife, Norma lived in Fort Lauderdale, FL for two years right after they were married. They returned to the Richland-Galesburg area where they raised their family and resided for almost 40 years. Bud loved spending time with his family and friends, especially his nine grandchildren. Also, he enjoyed the monthly “Coffee Klatch” get-togethers with friends in Hartford. Bud was a member of St. Ann Catholic Church of Augusta, MI.
     On February 1, 1958 at Immaculate Heart Catholic Church in Hartford, MI, Bud was united in marriage to the former, Norma J. Van Drasek and she survives. Also surviving is his daughter: Janet (Keith) Naughton of Northville, MI; his two sons: Michael Hastings of Des Moines, IA and Patrick (Carrie) Hastings of Milan, MI; eight grandchildren: John, Rebecka, Zachary, Nora, Ryan, Stefan, Clare and Connor and many loving nieces and nephews. Bud was preceded in death by his parents; a grandson, Richard Hastings; four sisters: Jean Johnson, Joann Blanke, Beverly Hastings and Rosemary Smith and by his brother: Robert Hastings.
     At the request of the family, friends may call today, October 18th from 4:30 PM to 8:00 PM at the Farley-Estes & Dowdle Richland Chapel, 9170 East D Avenue, (269-629-6022) where the Parish Rosary will be recited at 7:30 PM, Thursday. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, October 19th at 9:00 AM at St. Ann Catholic Church, 12648 East D Avenue, Augusta, MI, 49012. Interment will follow in Fort Custer National Cemetery, Augusta, with full, military honors provided by the Fort Custer Honor Guard. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Bud’s honor may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association-Greater Michigan Chapter; In-House Hospice Solutions of Kalamazoo or St. Ann Catholic Church.

Note:   Bud was a 1950 HHS graduate.

Patricia Jane Young Erwin died at her home on October 16, 2007, from complications of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
     She will be remembered for her devotion to her family and friend and for her many acts of kindness, charity and sense of humor.  Laughter came easy for her and those around her and not a day passed without her performing a kind act for another person.  
     Pat was born on July 18, 1924 in Chicago, Illinois to Dr. Charles E. Young and Renew Elizabeth (Minshall) Young. In 1930 the family moved to Hartford, Michigan where Pat lived until her 1943 graduation from Hartford High School.  A graduate of Argubright Business College of Battle Creek, Michigan, she worked for Clarage Fan Company in Kalamazoo, Michigan during WWII. 
     At her parents’ home in Hartford, Michigan on April 15, 1946, she married her high school sweetheart and returning Marine Cpl. John Winton Erwin of Keeler, Michigan.  They resided at Houghton, Michigan while John completed his Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics from Michigan Technological University in 1949.  After graduation, they moved to Golden, Colorado where John earned a Masters in Geophysics from the Colorado School of Mines. With two small sons, they moved back to Michigan where John worked for Dow Chemical in Midland.  In 1954, after adding another son and a new daughter to the family, they drove across the country to Salt Lake City with the three little boys in the backseat of the car and their new baby sister along for the ride in a laundry basket.  A fifth child joined the family and in 1964, they moved further west to Reno with their children when John became Professor of Geophysics at the University of Nevada, Reno.  He was also affiliated with the Nevada Bureau of Mines.  Pat was proud of her service as a member of the inaugural staff of Hug High School when it opened in 1968.  As administrators of the school library, Pat and her late friend Sally Bonham guided a generation of students. Pat retired from the Washoe County School District in 1985.  John retired from UNR in 1986.  Pat and John spent many years traveling to all of the states but Hawaii while visiting relatives, searching through courthouse records for genealogical information, and attending the graduations and weddings of their grandchildren.
     In Salt Lake City, Pat was active with Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Holladay Community Church and clerked at the University of Utah Law Library.  In Reno, Pat worked at the UNR Agriculture Library before joining the staff at Hug High School. 
     She was a Life member in the Benevolence Chapter #265 OES, Lawrence, MI., of the Van Buren County Historical Society, Hartford, MI., and of the Van Buren Regional Genealogical Society, Decatur, MI.  She was a member of St. John's Presbyterian Church and First Congregational Church in Reno, National Federation of Republican Women, Nevada Federation of Republican Women, 20th Century Club, First Families of Morrow Co, Ohio, a former member of Morrow County Historical Society, Ohio, the Nevada State Genealogy Society, Nevada Sagebrush Chapter of the NSDAR, the Thomas Holcomb Chapter of the National Society Colonial Dames XVII Century, the Sons & Daughters of the Pilgrims, The John Howland, William Brewster Societies & Nevada Branch of The General Society of the Mayflower Descendants.   Pat was descended from four Mayflower families and recently became a member of the Jamestown Society.
     Pat is loved and survived by her husband of 61 years John Winton Erwin and their children: James Winton Erwin of Reno and his children- Jeffrey Winton (Dawn) Erwin, Patrick James (Nikki) Erwin with great-grandson Hunter James, Camille Alexandra Erwin and Elizabeth Nicole (Brian W.) Johansen, of Nampa, ID with great-grandchildren Makayla Nicole, Trenton William. and Tate Winton Johansen; son Thomas Patric and (Molly Spencer) Erwin and his son Philip Robert Erwin of Las Vegas, NV and Molly’s children Paul Kerschen of Berkeley, CA and Ann Kerschen, Tucson, AZ; son John Alexander (Sheryl "Sherri" McConnell) Erwin of Sparks and their children- Rebecca Ann (Jesse) Adams with great-grandson Aidan James, Marie Alice (Shawn D.) Lear and great-grandson Jordan Nathan Lear, Scott Andrew Erwin of San Clemente, CA and Kathryn Alise Erwin of Reno; daughter Susan Marie Erwin (Brian Joseph) Buckley, and their children- Anne Elizabeth, Katherine Mary, and John Michael Buckley of Las Vegas, NV; and, daughter Debra Ann Erwin (Pete L.) Padgett, of Reno, NV and their children- Melissa Ann Padgett of San Diego, CA and David Christopher Padgett of Louisville, KY.  She very much loved her former daughters-in-law Cheryl L. Ehrke of Reno, NV and Michelle F. Hall of Nampa, ID and her dear friend and “other daughter” Stephanie Hughes of Kauai, HI.  Pat and her family are very grateful to all of her caregivers from The Seasons, Homewatch and Circle of Life for their loving care and friendships.
     In lieu of flowers, please send a gift to the  Reno Family History Center, 1075 Maplewood Drive, Reno, NV 89509 in the name of the Nevada Sagebrush Chapter, NSDAR, Reno, NV or to ALS of Nevada, 6370 W. Flamingo #3, Las Vegas, NV 89103.

James Edward OwensJames Edward Owens, 57 of Hartford went to be with his Lord on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2007, after a bout with cancer.  James was born March 26, 1950, in Dell, Ark., the son of Fate and Iduma (Pritchard) Owens.
     James was a  veteran of the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He was formerly employed with Friday Tractor and DuWel, both of Hartford and the Watervliet Foundry.

     The family will greet friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, at the Full Gospel Assembly Church, Hartford. The service to honor his memory will take place at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, at the church. Pastor Shannon Truelove will officiate. Burial will follow in Watervliet Cemetery, with military rites being performed by VFW Post 1137, VFW Post 6803 and the American Legion Post 462 and Auxiliary. Memorials may be made to the church.
James is survived by his children, Scott Owens and his son Austin of Hartford, Karen (Ronald) Kerley and their children, Dylan, Chelsey and Sierra of Louisiana, Angela Owens (Jason Webb) and her children, Kayla, Jared, Brandon and Jayden of Grand Junction and James Owens of Louisiana; his mother, Iduma; and siblings, Patricia (Bill) Clark of Lawrence, Sheila (Norm) Rogers of Sweetwater, Tenn., Bonnie (Gary) Ackerman and Robert (Debbie) Owens, both of Hartford, Carolyn (John) Criswell of Niles, Gary (Kathy) Owens of Lawrence, Wanda (Jeff) Haus of Hartford, Dawn (Ben) Creech of New Carlisle, Ind., Shawn (Tina) Owens of Hartford, Tina (Perry) Rowe of Watervliet and Dana (Randy) Leatherbury of Lawrence. James was preceded in death by his father, Fate; and a sister, Norma Jean Owens.

Rosemary McGeorge-Carpenter, Hartford MI, died Saturday evening, October 6, 2007. Rosemary was born February 10, 1951 in Massillon, Ohio, a daughter of Russell and Harriet Zorger.
     She had been a Hartford area resident and was employed with Coca Cola in Paw Paw for 10 years.
     She was preceded in death by her parents. On July 27, 2007, she was united in marriage to Orvin "Jay" L. Carpenter, who survives. Also surviving, three daughters, Lisa McGeorge of Paw Paw and twins, Angela McGeorge of Chicago, IL and Amy (Troy) Riegle of Paw Paw; five grandchildren; two brothers, George (Vicki) Zorger of Justus, OH and Fred Zorger of Canton, OH; a sister, Rene (Robert) Bloom of Justus, OH; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
     Private services and burial will be held at a later date. There will be no visitation. Memorials may be directed to the Michigan Lung Association. Arrangements were made by the Langeland Family Funeral Homes, Memorial Chapel, 622 S. Burdick St. 269-343-1508.

John W. Scherer, age 87, of Dowagiac, passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2007, at Forest Glen Assisted Living in Dowagiac.
     John’s life began on the family farm near Keeler on Feb. 6, 1920, the son of William J. and Minnie E. (McKinley) Scherer. He attended the Gregory School and graduated from Dowagiac High School. John served his country proudly in the United States Army as a member of the Signal Corps during World War II.
     He was united in marriage to his wife of 63 years, the former Amelia Sanchez-Hevia on June 2, 1944, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. John was an area fruit farmer for over 30 years and the owner of John Scherer Real Estate Company. He served eight years on the Dowagiac School Board; he was treasurer of Keeler Township for many years and served on the Keeler Township Planning Commission. John was a member of the Keeler United Methodist Church, the Dowagiac Elks Lodge 889 and Peninsular Lodge 10 of the Free and Accepted Masons. John was also a loyal and long-term member of the Democratic Party.
     His loving family includes: his wife, Amelia Scherer of Portage, Mich.; children — John (Joyce) Scherer of Dowagiac, Sandy (Jack) Bortle of Athens, Ohio, Yamila “Mimi” Scherer of Lansing, Fran Morrow of Kalamazoo and Robert Scherer; 11 grandchildren; and a brother, Leslie Scherer of St. Joseph.
     He is preceded in death by his sisters — Helen Hardick, Virginia Booth and Mary Lou Fellow; and brothers — Lawrence “Bud” Scherer, Louie Scherer and Chester Scherer.
     His family will receive friends on Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m. at McLauchlin-Clark Funeral Home, where his funeral service will be held on Monday, Oct. 1, at 11 a.m., led by the Rev. Mark Thompson. John will be laid to rest in Keeler Cemetery following the service. Memorial contributions in John’s name may be directed to the Lymphoma Research Foundation or the American Diabetes Association. Please sign John’s guest book and leave a memory at
Russel Stewart (oldest son of Doc Stewart) passed away September 21st in Colorado Springs.  He had his 95th birthday last February.  He will be buried in Maple Hill Cemetery next to his wife Mary Jeanette and in same plot with his father, his grandparents and my parents.
     Many of you may remember his attendance at several HHS reunions.  He graduated from Hartford in 1930.  He was a registered engineer in the state of Ohio where he spent most of his life with the Cleveland Illuminating Company.  While in Hartford he at one time owned the Ford agency.  He played football in high school and also quite active in softball after graduation.  He got his civil engineering training at the University of Michigan and had worked for the Michigan Highway department. 
     Surviving him are his daughter Barbara of Colorado Springs and his son Russel who lives in Florida, two grandchildren and  four  great grandchildren in Colorado.

Joseph M. Quigno d 9-10-2007Joseph M. Quigno, Paw Paw MI, passed away Monday morning, Sept. 10, 2007 at his home.
     Joe was born Dec. 15, 1929 in Watervliet, the son of the late Joseph and Lillian (Day) Quigno. He was a graduate of Paw Paw High School Class of 1949 and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was employed as a quality control supervisor for Continental Canning Co., retiring in 1990. He was a member of the American Legion, McGowan-Johnson Post # 68, Paw Paw and a former member of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indiana Tribal Council.
     On Sept, 20, 1988, in Portage, Joe was united in marriage to Jane Scott-Jarvis, who survives. Also surviving are four children, Joseph P. (Leane) Quigno of Hartford, Rhonda Smith and Karla Quigno of Coloma and Jonn Quigno of Stevensville; step-children, Mike (Patricia) Scott of Harper Creek, MI and Lamont (Crystal) Scott of Paw Paw; several grandchildren; three sisters, Joanne Root, Janet (Norman) Pfeifle and Judy (Fred) Siegl, all of Paw Paw; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a son, David Quigno.
     Family will receive friends Thursday 12 noon to 2 PM at the Adams Funeral Home, Paw Paw where funeral services will be held Thursday 3 PM with Rev. Ron Packer, officiating. Interment with military honors will be in Wildey Cemetery, Paw Paw. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Christian Church, Paw Paw or the American Legion, Paw Paw.

NOTES:  Joseph's birthplace is unclear and is shown as Hartford Township, Watervliet, and Covert in different publications. His parents had lived in Toquin, which borders all 3 communities.

     Joseph's grandfather, Mike Quigno, was Pottawattami tribal chief from the early 1900s to 1920s. His grandmother, Julia Pokagon Quigno was the grand daughter of Chief Simon Pokagon. Click here to read more about the Potawatomi tribe or from the left menu.

Timothy J. Coon  d 9-3-2007Timothy J. Coon - A memorial service and interment will take place at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22, 2008, at Watervliet Cemetery on Red Arrow Highway. Tim died Sept. 3, 2007, in Fargo, N.D.
     He was born Feb. 18, 1947, and graduated from Hartford High School in 1967. Tim served in the U. S. Navy for many years.
     He was preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth and Laura Coon, and his brother, Daniel Coon.  He is survived by his son, Kenneth L. Coon of Kalamazoo,
and daughter, Amy Coon Mizer of Alma, Ark.; grandchildren, Michael, Melanie and Christopher Mizer and Katrina Cullon; and sister, Carol (Wallace Haight) VanAuken-Haight of Hartford. Other survivors include nephews, David Coon of California, Kevin (Melinda Russell-Haight) Haight of Hartford and Brien (Deanne) Haight of Midland, Mich.

Following the cemetery service, memories of Tim will be shared at the home of his sister at 61180 48th Avenue, Hartford.
Robert R. Teske, 65, of Paw Paw died unexpectedly Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2007, at home. He was born May 9, 1942, in South Haven, to Robert and Margaret (Brady) Teske. Robert graduated from South Haven High School in 1960, and from Western Michigan University in 1964. Robert married Diana Overhuel on Aug. 22, 1964, at the Church of the Epiphany Episcopal Church in South Haven. Robert taught government and economics at Hartford Public Schools. He taught from 1964 through this past school year, retiring in June 2007. Robert coached football, volleyball, softball, cross county and basketball. He was a member of the South Haven Elks Club 1509. Robert enjoyed golf, boating, reading and traveling. He was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Diana Teske of South Haven; two daughters, Kathy (Steve) Jepson of Kalamazoo and Rinda (John) Vas of Cleveland, Ohio; five grandchildren, Samuel, Zachary and Thomas Vas and Drew and Nick Jepson; one brother, Richard (Kayla) Teske of Hartsville, Ind.; and one sister, Mary Remick of Zeeland, Mich.; mother-in-law, Shirley Overhuel; brothers-in-law, Arthur (Jan) Overhuel and Kris Overhuel; and sister-in-law, Kathy (Roger) Accera; nephew and niece, Denna and Devon Overhuel; and many other aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be Friday, Aug. 31, at 4 p.m. at the Filbrandt Family Funeral Home, South Haven, with The Rev. Andrew Gross officiating. Memorial contributions can be made to Hartford Athletic Department or South Haven Area Hospice. Kindly share your thoughts and memories on the family’s online guest book at
NOTE:  A page in honor of Mr. Teske is set up on the History of Hartford website under the School/Memorable Teachers and Staff section. Anyone may leave memories or comments regarding Mr. Teske.  This is a permanent section of the website.

Josephine O'Malley - Born July 27, 1924 in Hartford, MI and passed away Aug 28, 2007 at Battle Creek, MI.
Apparently, she was extremely learned and held some quite technical jobs in her lifetime.  Josephine was a 1942 HHS graduate.  We have been unable to locate any other information on Josephine.

Note:  Pat Bachman Empson submitted additional information on Josephine in 2008:

Josephine was a cousin to my husband, Jim Empson.  She was the daughter of Joseph O’Malley and Henrietta Haney O’Malley.  She was the oldest of four girls.  Her sisters were Patricia O’Malley, RayLou O’Malley and Kathleen O’Malley Minshall. 

Carmen Ruth MacGowan, 90, of Hartford passed away Monday, Aug. 27, 2007, at Community Hospital, Watervliet.
Carmen R. (Hamann) MacGowan  d 8-27-2007     Carmen was born Dec. 15, 1916, in Chicago, the daughter of Louis and Zoe (Rial) Hamann, both of whom preceded her in passing. Carmen was also preceded by a brother, Jack Hamann.
     After graduating from Hartford High School, Carmen moved to Chicago and was employed at Dealavalve Separator Company. In 1940, Carmen returned to her roots in Hartford and became employed at the Indiana-Michigan Power Company until 1952, when she came back to her alma mater, Hartford High School, where she worked for 10 more years.
     Carmen married S.A. “Mac” MacGowan on
Oct. 31, 1942. He survives along with a son, Steven (Angelika) MacGowan of Sodus; a daughter, Jan (Stan) Langston of Waterford; and three grandchildren.
     The family will greet friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 29, at the Hartford Federated Church. The service to honor her memory will take place at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 30, at the church. Pastor Timothy Nyhuis will officiate. Burial will follow in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Hartford Federated Church Mission Fund or the National Childhood Cancer Foundation at 440 East Huntington Drive, Suite 402, P.O. Box 60012, Arcadia, Calif. 91066. The family has entrusted the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford with handling the arrangements.

Note:  Carmen was a 1934 HHS graduate.
Mary Evelyn Austin, 71, of Hartford, passed away Thursday, Aug. 23, 2007, at Lake View Community Hospital, Paw Paw.
Mary was born April 20, 1936, in Dyersburg, Tenn., the daughter of Bluford and Roxie (Napier) Braisher. Both of her parents, along with a sister, Hazel Pickens, have preceded her in passing.
     Mary married Erwin “Pete” Austin on Sept. 19, 1954. He survives, along with a daughter, Linda (David) Hover of Lawrence; a son, Michael Austin of Denver, Colo.; four grandchildren; one great-grandchild; a sister, Lavern Pruitt of Coloma; and a brother, Marion Braisher of Town
Creek, Ala.
     She retired after 20 years of employment with the Hartford Public Schools. Her hobbies were tending to her garden and making crafts of all types. But all in all, her most enjoyable times were spent traveling to numerous parts of the country with her husband, Pete. As the old saying goes, Mary lived her life to the fullest.
     As to Mary’s wishes, cremation has taken place. The family will greet friends from 6 to 7 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 27, at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, where the memorial service to honor her memory will take place at 7 p.m. Pastor Marla Thurman of the New Life Har­vest Ministries of Hartford will officiate.
Don and Jean Johnson 8-11-07Jean M. Hastings Johnson, Delta Township, MI, age 84, passed away on Saturday, August 11, 2007. She was born in Hartford, MI on May 17, 1923.
     She was a member of St. Gerard Catholic Church; graduated from Western Michigan University; and was employed with the Lansing School District as a librarian for 15 years.
     Surviving are her husband of 63 years, Don F.; 3 daughters, Susan (Dave) Rhinard, Cindy (Gen. Bob) Taylor, Linda (Chuck) Schram; 8 grandchildren, Dr. Ted (Rosie) Glynn, Lisa (Joe) Thompson, Kim (Dan) Snyder, Amanda (Marshall) Perkins, Meredith Schram, Nick Glynn, Sean and Robert (Tonya) Rhinard; 12 great-grandchildren; brother, Bud (Norma) Hastings; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by 3 sisters, Joanne Blanke, Beverly Hastings, Rosemary Smith.
     The Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, August 13, 2007 at St. Gerard Catholic Church, 4437 W. Willow, Lansing with the Rev. Fr. John P. Klein as Celebrant. The Rite of Committal will be held at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Sunday, August 12th. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice House of Mid-Michigan, c/o Sparrow Foundation, or to the Eastern High School Foundation. The family of Jean Johnson offers their deepest gratitude to the staff at Hospice House of Mid-Michigan.  Published in the Lansing State Journal - August 12, 2007

Note:  Jean was from the 1941 Hartford High School graduating class.
Mary Jo Winans, 72, of Watervliet, passed away, Friday, August 10, 2007 at her home with her loving family at her side after a long, courageous seven year battle with cancer.
     A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 1:00 P.M. Tuesday at The Chapel, 4250 Washington Ave., St. Joseph, with Rev. Philip Bubar officiating. Burial will follow at North Shore Memory Gardens. Friends may call from 5:00 until 8:00 P.M. Monday at Starks & Menchinger Family Funeral Home, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph. Memorials may be made to Berrien County Cancer Service or Lakeland Oncology Radiation Department. Those wishing to share a memory or sign the guest book online may do so at
     Mrs. Winans was born June 8, 1935 in Maywood, IL to Lawrence & Emma (Gentilin) Dienes. She graduated from Watervliet High School in 1953, and attended Michigan State University for one year. On August 16, 1955, she married Eugene Winans at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Watervliet. Mary Jo was involved in trucking all of her working life in one way or another. She worked in sales, secretarial, managing, teaching and most recently as a driver, retiring from B&B Trucking of Kalamazoo, after many miles on the Nation's Highways. In her spare time, she cherished the time spent with her loving family.
     Mary Jo is survived by her husband Eugene; her children-Wayne E. Winans, Julie A. (James) Zucker, Daniel L. Winans, Gregory M. (Linda) Winans, Patrick G. (Amy) Winans; grandchildren-Kimberly (Troy) Nelson, Andrew (Julie) Winans, Sara Mellinger, James Zucker, Tiffany Winans, Jordan (Olivia) Winans, Analyse Winans, Joshua Zucker, Tabitha Winans, Jacob Winans, Lindsey Winans, Emilea Winans, Lucas Winans, Tina Jaeger, Nicholas Jaeger; great-grandchildren-Brendan Nelson, Austin Nelson, Megan Nelson, Hailie Tarantino, Hannah Mellinger, Carter Boyer, Claire Winans, Jacob McKinney; brothers-Ralph W. (Anita) Dienes, and William A. (Carol) Dienes; and a sister-in-law Linda Dienes. She was preceded in death by her parents and by two brothers-Lawrence J. & David M. Dienes.

Note: Mary Jo lived between Hartford-Watervliet.. All of her children attended and graduated from Hartford Public Schools.
Louise Engle 8-9-2007Katherine Louise (Lee) Engle, a Southwest Michigan gentlewoman, has passed into the realm of shadows early Thursday morning, Aug. 9, 2007, at her daughter’s home in Lawrence, Mich.  At age 86, a lifetime resident of Hartford, she leaves behind a rich legacy of experiences with her service and dedication to a vast number of organizations including governmental, medical, scholastic and social agencies.
     Louise was born on March 12, 1921, to Levi Earl and Margaret Velma (Stickney) Lee of Hartford, the fourth child in a family of five children, four girls and one boy. She became the bride of Charles Arthur “Red” Engle, a fruit farmer and later an accountant and comptroller, on Nov. 4, 1939, who preceded her in passing in 1976. Louise and Red raised four children — Charles Bryce Engle, graduate of Western Michigan University, James Lee Engle, also a graduate of WMU, Roger Grey Engle, graduate of Wayne State University, and Sarah Jane Engle, teacher’s assistant at the Van Buren County Intermediate School District in Lawrence.

    Louise adored her grandchildren and great­-grandchildren. Her son Bryce (married to the late Sandra Drake Engle) has two daugh­ters — Tristan (Mike) Maney, and Meghan (Richard) Engle, and a great-granddaughter, Hannah Maney. Her son Jim (Gail) has a son, Ryan (Cindy) Engle, and a daughter, Joye (Matt) Mayer. Amelia Engle is a second great­-granddaughter. The third son, Roger (Ann) has a daughter, Janey Engle.  Sarah (Jack) Rolback has a daughter, Kathryn (Mark) Poirier, and four great-grandchildren — Blake, Taylor, Cameron and Olivia Poirier, and a special great-grandson, Christopher Foth. Her son, Richard (Cindy) Rolback has two great-grand­daughters, Alexis and Madi­son.

    In addition to being the matriarch of this extended family, Louise was actively involved for decades in numerous civic and governmental pursuits. She was a Hartford village/city officer from 1957 to 1980 and continued her affiliation with the city in one committee leadership position after another, including the Hartford Chamber of Commerce and the Hartford Industrial Fund. Her civic achievements fill several type­written pages and her educational background, in addition to her four years of being class president at Hartford High School, include
matriculating at Lake Michigan College, Michigan State University, Western Michigan University, Lansing Community College and Southwest Michigan College.
     For years Louise was associated with many agencies dealing with youth problems and senior citizen programs. She displayed her leadership in organizations that promoted agricultural enterprises. Her management capabilities were utilized in directing committees concerned with public health and welfare. At he time of her passing, she was chairperson of the Hartford Public Schools Foundation For Quality Education committee. She was the recipient of the “God and Country” American Legion award; a rose bush from the HHS Class of 1958 for her duties as room mother for years; in 1983, the “Maxine Brule Leadership Award” for community and civic leadership given by the Community Hospital in Watervliet, where an oak tree is planted on the hospital grounds in her name. Being named an Honorary Member of the Hartford Fire Department might also be counted as an exceptional designation. In 2007, she received The Grant Hitchcock Award of Life Time Achievement, in appreciation for exceptional service to the Hartford community.
     In her lifetime, she had been presented with letters of commendation from U.S. Representative Fred Upton, State Senator Harry Gast of the 22nd District, 45th District Representative James Middaugh, governors William Milliken and James Blanchard, Judge Meyer Warshawsky, and numerous officials in the Department of Social Services.
     Louise is survived by the aforementioned children and by three sisters — Barbara Truhn, Sally Lee and Rhoda Ottolini; and a brother, Roger Lee.  She was preceded in passing by her parents, her husband, and a sister, Ann McGriff.
     Visitation for Louise is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 12, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the United Methodist Church on East Main Street in Hartford. Funeral services will be conducted at the same church on Monday, Aug. 13, at 11 a.m. The family has entrusted the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, with handling the arrangements.  The family has asked that donations in her name be directed to the Lawrence Quick Response group or to the United Methodist Church of Hartford. Also mentioned were the Van Buren Hospice organization or the Hartford Fire Department or to any service agency of the donor’s choice.

Note:  Louise was a 1939 Hartford High School graduate.

Betty Arlene Waldenmaier, 70, of 1153 Centerfield, Niles MI, died of natural causes at 6:15 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 5, in her home. She was born on January 18, 1937, in Three Rivers.
     She was preceded in death by her adopted parents, Dorothy and Harold Ruple, and by a brother, Bill Ruple. She was a homemaker, a lifetime area resident and a member of Hope Community Church.
     On July 27, 1957, in Hartford, MI, she married William C. Waldenmaier, who survives. Also surviving are daughters, Dennise Waldenmaier, Dana Banicki and Brenda (Charles) Poynter, all of Niles; brothers, Gene Ruple of Jacksonville, Ark., and Wayne Ruple of Cumberland City, TN; half brothers, John Ruple of Three Rivers and Martin Ruple of Schoolcraft; a half sister, Kimble Ruple of Three Rivers; grandchildren, Michael, Stephen, Andrew, Megan, Brenden, Samira and Lynn; and a great-grandchild, William.
     Memorial services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in Hope Community Church, with Pastor Mike Smith, minister of Hope Community Church. Burial will be at a later date at Silverbrook Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice at Home, Inc., or to Hope Community Church. Hoven Funeral Home, Buchanan, is handling arrangements.
     Published in the South Bend Tribune on 8/9/2007.

Betty was a 1955 Hartford High School graduate.

William Lichnerowicz d 8-3-2007William Joseph Lichnerowicz, 75, of Hartford , passed away Friday morning, Aug. 3, 2007, at Lakeland Regional Medical Center in St. Joseph. Visitation will take place Tuesday, from 4 to 9 p.m., at the Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home, 6548 Paw Paw Avenue in Coloma. Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Hartford, with military rites after the service at the church. Cremation will follow. Memorials may be made to the Lakeland Regional Medical Center Oncology Unit. Those wishing to sign the online guest book or send a message of comfort to the family may do so at
     William was born to Edward and Helen (Kujava) Lichnerowicz on Dec. 10, 1931, in South Bend, Ind. He served his country honorably as a Corporal in the U.S. Army Military Police on Kojie Do Island in Korea. After the Korean Conflict he continued working for the Indiana Dairy in South Bend. Bill married Claudine Joan Miston on Sept. 26, 1953, in Louisville, Ky. They later moved to Benton Harbor, where he worked as a supervisor at Modern Plastics for 40 years, retiring in 1997.
     Bill enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren. He also enjoyed fishing, playing cards, telling jokes, golfing and bowling. Other favorite pastimes included making his Polish Kashunkie Potato Soup for everyone and spending his summers at his cottage. Bill was also a die hard Notre Dame fan. Bill was a life member of Benton Harbor’s VFW Post 1137, a former member of the Post’s Cooties Club, a member of the Coloma Legion Post 362 and Past Commander of the Hartford American Legion Post 93. He also served as a long-time president of the Old Timers Club of Modern Plastics Corp.
     Survivors include his wife, Joan, of almost 54 years; a sister, Jane Lichnerowicz, and an adopted sister, Betts Paulis, both of South Bend; his children — Nancy (William) Binder of Bridgman, Debra (William) Anderson of Bangor, William A. (Katie) Lichnerowicz of Fenville and Scott C. Lichnerowicz of Hartford ; grandchildren — Jeremy Binder, Joanna Binder, Jaimee (Darin) Mentink, William D. and Cody A. Anderson, and Joshua Charles William Joseph Lichnerowicz; several nieces and nephews; and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Edward and Robert; and his twin, John.
Note:  Click here for Bill's military profile on the History of Hartford website.

    Cleo Ansteth 
Cleo Ansteth d 7-14-2007

         The Golden Trumpet 
                  Roy "Bud" Davis
          Paw Paw River Journal
                  TriCity Record

Just recently, we lost one of Hartford’s finest musicians (July 14, 2007 in Las Vegas NV)…Cleo Ansteth.  As per his wishes, there was no obituary and no fuss or ceremony. But we know he is gone, because his wife, the former Alice Lammon, confirmed it and sent some info on to Clyde Colman, who forwarded it to me. The Ansteths lived in Las Vegas for years, where he did some of his finest work and Alice had her own business. Hartford friends have confirmed the news also.
     Well known in this area for years, Cleo’s father was a Main Street businessman. He owned the Chocolate Shop, middle of Hartford’s south side, just about across from the Heart Theater. Frank Ansteth sold appliances and had a combination dairy bar and tavern. You may think this an odd combination, but it worked for him. I can remember that my folks bought a refrigerator from him back in the day.
     Frank and Mildred Ansteth had two boys, Cleo and Gene. Both musicians, they showed early promise of greatness and played in local groups. Cleo was older, and he was almost out of high school when younger Brother Gene met tragedy.
     On a snowy winter’s day in 1945 out north of Hartford, Gene Ansteth drove in front of a Pere Marquette freight train. He was killed instantly, and his car scattered along the track.  Most of Hartford High School attended his funeral. Friends, Arlene and Fred Ward and Margaret Martens, knew him well. Arlene says she always remembers him on that day… especially if it is snowing!
     In high school, Cleo was a member of the Ed “Sonny” Kesterke Band, which played many local venues. Lois Latus says her husband, Bud, remembers when Cleo joined the House of David band down in Benton Harbor. (Did he grow a beard?) The famous Chick Bell gave him trumpet lessons. He had Cleo hang his trumpet from the ceiling on a cord…then, not using his hands but only the pressure of his lips, learn to blow and form the notes. The idea was to teach him not to put pressure against his lips; because as musicians get older, their lips give out due to years of continued pressure.
     After that, he performed with several traveling bands, including Clyde McCoy. About 1947-48, Larry Blyly recalls that Cleo was with Hank Winder out of Omaha. He got in touch with Larry to come out and fill in for a week on the piano until they got a new piano player. Larry remembers traveling by bus across Iowa and Nebraska for “one-nighters.”
     According to Larry, one time Cleo got a call from Dick Jurgens.  Seems his trumpet man was drinking too much and was unpredictable. Cleo spent an afternoon rehearsing and interviewing with Jurgens.  Jurgens said, “I’m giving him one more chance. If he doesn’t straighten up, you have the job!”  The guy reformed, and Cleo didn’t get the job.
     Cleo took a correspondence course in Engineering, moved to St. Joseph and worked at Auto Specialties. He played with the Harry Diffenderfer Orchestra and also did arrangements for his own orchestra. He helped Larry get into the musicians’ union, so he could join the band. Larry did a lot of proms and dance jobs, including Shadowland and Crystal Palace. Larry mentioned he played Crystal New Year’s Eve the last year before the place was destroyed by fire… the only time Larry ever played there!
     After years on the road, then settling down with Alice, Cleo decided it was time to try his hand in Las Vegas. He did play trumpet for a while but found his true calling in becoming an arranger and successful music copyist.
     Over the years, he arranged and orchestrated music for many headliners. They included Paul Anka, Natalie Cole, Frank Sinatra, Neil Sedaka, Tony Bennett, Vic Damone, Wayne Newton, Debbie Reynolds, and many others. He also planned opening acts, variety acts, network, cable, PBS, and other venues.
     When Cleo and Alice reached their 50th year of marriage, they planned a 6,000-mile trip around the United States, ending up in Sedona, AZ, where they enjoyed their final evening meal watching the sunset with a candlelight dinner.
     Now Cleo’s golden trumpet is stilled. He left his mark on the musical world; and even now, when we listen to some of the great ones, they are singing and playing arrangements put together by a Hartford kid who has woven some great music into the tapestry of our lives along the Paw Paw River.

Note:  Cleo was a 1945 HHS graduate.

Scott Joseph Rice Sr., 54, of Hartford was born on Sept. 27, 1952, in Benton Harbor. He was the son of Claude and Arys (Shockey) Rice. Scott passed away suddenly on Saturday, July 7, 2007, at his home.
     Scott was a sports enthusiast. It didn't matter what sport was on TV you would find him watching it. Perhaps the sport he loved the best was baseball, for he umpired at all levels from lit­tle league to high school for 30 years. Scott also was park director for the Hartford recreation council during the summers for a couple of years. He also liked to travel and his most enjoyable spot was the mountains in Dela­ware. He also served his country in the United States Navy.
     Scott leaves behind a son, Scott (Ginny) Rice Jr. of Hartford; three daughters, Trena (David) Mireles of Hartford, Jessica (Jeff) Michael of Paw Paw and Michelle West of Hartford. He is also survived by eight stepchildren; 34 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; his mother, Arys; two brothers, Terrance Rice and Douglas Shocker; and a sister, Jackie (Michael) Johnson all of Hartford.
     Scott was preceded in death by his wife, the former Helma Rody, just a month ago, on June 8, 2007; and his father, Claude.
     The family will meet friends from 2 to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, July 10, at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, where a memorial service to honor his memory will be held at 3 p.m., with Pastor Eric Jackson of the Hartford Church of God officiating. As to Scott's wishes cremation has taken place and there will be no interment.
Alice G. Varley Kuehnle, 94, of Lockport, Ill., passed away July 5, 2007 in Joliet, Ill.
     She was preceded in death by parents, Selma and Charles I. Varley; brother, Charles W. Varley; husband, Roy Kuehnle Sr.; and son, Roy Kuehnle Jr.  Mrs. Kuehnle is survived by two daughters, Diane (and husband Browne) Goodwin, and Lois Dostal; one daughter-in­law, Sue Kuehnle; nine grand­children, Daniel Goodwin, Kelly Doran, Donald Dostal, Andrew Dostal, Linda Kuehnle, Karen Kuehnle,
Deborah Bleeker, David Kuehnle and Jennifer Wagner; eight great­grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and sister, Virginia Coffeen.
     Alice graduated from Lockport Township High School and Metropolitan Business College. She lived in Blue Island, Ill., Hartford, and Weslaco, Texas, before returning to Lockport five years ago.  While living in Hartford, she and her husband owned and operated Roy-Al Junque for many years. She retired from Hartford Public Schools.
     Interment is at Abraham Lin­coln National Cemetery, Elwood, Ill.
Fred Arvil "Magic" Stockton, Jr., 51, of Seabrook, TX passed away Sunday, July 1, 2007 in a Texas City hospital. Born in Poplar Bluff, Missouri on October 23, 1955, he was one of four children born to Fred Arvil Stockton, Sr., and Mary Elizabeth Orr Stockton. When he was 6 weeks old his family moved to Hartford, Michigan and he later moved to Texas following graduating from high school.
     Preceded in death by his father; he is survived by his wife, Diana Stockton of Seabrook; mother, Mary Roberts of Qulin, MO., brothers, Richard Stockton, and Darryl Stockton both of Hartford, MI; and sister, Patricia Adkins, of Fort Charlotte, FL.
     To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Fred Stockton, Jr. please visit our Sympathy Store.

Leslie Melville 6-30-2007Leslie E. “Stub” Melville, age 89, of Marcellus, died Saturday morning, June 30, 2007, at his residence following an illness.
    Stub was born Sept. 3, 1917, in Keeler Township, Van Buren County, the son of Frederick and Bertha E. (Flowers) Melville. On Nov. 20, 1943, in Benton Harbor, he married G. Lucille Midkiff, who survives.
     He graduated from Hartford High School in 1934 and from Western Teachers College in 1938. He taught school at Bainbridge Center for five years. He moved to Big Fish Lake, Marcellus, in 1945. With John and Doris Melville, he and Lucille owned and operated Melville’s Tavern and Melville’s Construction. For the past 24 years, he owned and operated Melville’s Campground.
      For 61 years, Stub had his own band. His band played for senior citizen Christmas parties and other community events. He was a life member of Volinia-Marcellus Lodge 227, F.&A.M., a life member of the Shriners and a life member of Ideal Chapter 167, O.E.S. and was a Past Worthy Patron. He was a former member of the Marcellus Lions Club.
     Surviving besides his wife, Lucille, are his four daughters — Sandra L. (Fred) Churchill and Donna J. (Roger) Motter, both of Marcellus, Susan L. (Ralph) Balkema of Schoolcraft, Mich., and DeeAnn (Mike) Voss of Lawton; one son, Leslie E. “Rick” (Dawn) Melville of Marcellus; 14 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; his brother, W. John (Doris) Melville, of Marcellus; special extended family member, Charlie Van Osdol, of Marcellus; and several nieces and nephews. One brother, DeLisle “Whitey” Melville, preceded him in death.
     Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Mater Funeral Home, Marcellus, with Pastor Paul Booko of the Riverside Church of Three Rivers officiating. Graveside Masonic rites will be conducted at Hamilton Cemetery, Decatur.
The family will receive friends from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Eastern Star services will be held at 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to the Cass/Van Buren County Hospice or the Marcellus Ambulance Service.
Jimmy Marbry 6-28-2007Jimmy L. Marbry, age 57, of Hartford, formerly of Selmer, Tenn., passed away Thursday, June 28, 2007, at home.
     Jimmy was born Jan. 9, 1950, in Kentucky and enjoyed traveling from Tennessee to Michigan. He was a dear friend to everyone around him, and loved watching his westerns.
     He is survived by two sons: Kenneth Legon and Melvin (Shauna) Legon of Hartford ; three daughters — Janet (Eric) Hazelwood of Kentucky, Jeneen Marbry of Kentucky, Diana (Harland) Collins of Tennessee; a daughter-in-law, Kathie “Hanson” Cannady; 23 grandchildren; two brothers; and two sisters.  He was preceded in death by a son, Timmy Hanson; three brothers; two sisters; and a special friend, Martha (Marbry) Riddle.
     The family will meet friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Bangor Chapel, D. L. Miller Funeral Home, where the funeral will be at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Anthony T. Kuenzli officiating. Interment will follow in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford Township.
Roy Bailey Jr 6-18-2007Roy Elbert Bailey Jr., 68, of Hartford passed away suddenly on Monday, June 18, 2007, at Community Hospital, Watervliet.
     Roy was born Dec. 18, 1938, in Hartford, the son of Roy and Lorraine (Hough) Bailey, both of whom preceded him in passing.
     Roy formerly was employed at Weil McLain, and retired after 30 years of service. Following retirement, Roy spent his spare time working on his farm and for five years coached Little League for the Hartford Recreation Council, where his teams earned many titles and won tournaments. But most importantly, he enjoyed spending time with the family he loved so much, playing canasta games
and attending family reunions.
     The family will greet friends from noon to 2 p.m. Friday, June 22, at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, where a service to honor his memory will take place at 2 p.m. The Rev. Ronald Hansen of the Hartford United Methodist Church will officiate. Burial will follow in Keeler Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.
     Roy married the former Shirley Johnson on April 22, 1961. She survives along with a son, Joe Bailey of Coloma; a brother, Ralph (Marie) Bailey of Hartford; and many nieces and nephews.  Besides his parents, Roy was preceded in death by a brother, Bobby Bailey, and a sister, June Hauch.

Steffen C. Melvin, age 36, died June 17, 2007, in Phoenix, Ariz.
Steffen Melvin 6-17-2007
    Funeral services were held at the Radiant Church Assembly of God, and military burial was in the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona in Phoenix. A memorial service will be held at the Hartford United Methodist Church in Hartford, Mich., on July 10 at 6 p.m.
    Steffen was born on March 11, 1971, at Fort Bragg, N.C., to Douglas C. Melvin and Brenda (McFarlin) Melvin. He was a graduate of Hartford High School, where he was active in band and track. Steffen was a member of Hartford United Methodist Church and active in the church youth group.

     He enlisted in the Marines and proudly served in Kuwait during Desert Storm. After the start of Iraqi Freedom, Steffen joined the reserves and served in Iraq.
     Steffen was residing in the Phoenix area with his wife, Jennifer, and two sons, Christian, age 15, and Nicholas, age 10. He worked as a journeyman lineman with Arizona Public Service utilities, where he completed a four-year apprenticeship and an associate’s degree in applied science.
     He enjoyed cooking, hiking, golf and being outdoors. What he really loved the most was spending time with his family.
Steffen is also survived by his mother, Brenda Melvin of Hartford ; and two sisters, Karrie Melvin of Hartford and Lorri Dawes of Grand Rapids.
     He was preceded in death by his father, Douglas C. Melvin, and grandfather, James “Bob” McFarlin.
All donations received by the family will be placed in a trust fund for his sons’ education.

Note: Click here to view is military profile on the History of Hartford website.  Steffen was a 1989 Hartford High School graduate.

Elva Alice Wismer, 87, of Hartford passed away on Saturday, June 9, 2007, at Dowagiac Nursing Home.
Elva Alice Wismer d 6-9-2007     Elva was born July 31, 1919, in Amherstberg, Ontario, Canada, the daughter of Roy and Pearl (Bondy) Jones, both of whom preceded her in passing.  Most people don't like Mondays, but Elva looked forward to Monday night where she could be found bowling at Lakes Bowl in Sister Lakes.
     The family will greet friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 14, at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford.  The service to honor her memory will take place at 1 p.m. Friday, June 15, at the funeral home.  Elder Darwin E. Wismer will officiate.  Interment will follow in Keeler Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to:  In House Hospice Solutions.
     Elva is survived by a son, Cecil Wismer of Hartford; two daughters, Donna (John) Obermesik of Hartford and Alice (Ron) Nelson of Niles; nine grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Verlon Elmore of Pasadena, Calif.
     Besides her parents, Elva was preceded by her husband, Cecil, on November 26, 1973; three sisters and a brother.

Correction submitted by daughter, Alice Nelson on 2/29/2008:  preceded in death by 3 sisters, not 5 as originally printed in newspaper.
Helma Kaye Rice, 54, of Hartford passed away on Friday, June 8, 2007, at her home.  Kaye, as she was known to many, was born Sept. 1, 1952, in St. Joseph, the daughter of John and Dorothy (Gardner) Rody.
     If bingo was being played in the area, that’s where you would find her. She also enjoyed bowling, going to the races in Hartford, spending time with her family and traveling with her dear friend, Connie Brown.
     As to Kaye’s wishes, cremation has taken place. The family will greet friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday, June 14, at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, where the service to honor her memory will take place at 2 p.m. Thursday. Pastor Eric Jackson will officiate.
Memorials may be made to the family.
     Kaye married Scott Rice on June 30, 1998, and he survives, along with 11 children — Karen (Ray) Grostick and Nicole (John) Resseguie, both of Fennville, Kevin (Nikki) Paulin of North Carolina, Bryan (Misty) Paulin of Kentucky, Rashonda (Cory) Tabor of Kalamazoo, Carl (Leeann) Wiseman of Hartford, Sarah (her friend Rosie) Wiseman of Tennessee, David (Christina) Ochampaugh of Maine, Scott (Ginny) Rice Jr. and Trena (David) Mireles, both of Hartford, and Jessica (Jeff) Michael of Paw Paw. She is also survived by 34 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and her father, John Rody. Kaye was preceded in death by her mother, Dorothy; and her grandparents, Meril and Evelyn Gardner.
Mary Ellen Wismer, 60, of Hartford passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 6, 2007, at the Dowagiac Nursing Mary Ellen Wismer 6-6-2007Home. Her long battle with M.S. is finally over and she is at rest.
     Mary was born on April 5, 1947, in Watertown, Wis., the daughter of Reinhold and Ruth (Russell) Pubanz, both of whom preceded her in passing. On Aug. 20, 1966, she married Cecil Roy Wismer and for the next 41 years they remained together. She was formerly employed as a sales clerk at Meijer Inc. in Benton Harbor until she was diagnosed as having M.S. As the M.S. took its toll on Mary, Cecil’s affection for Mary never wavered and he was by her side until the very end. Even in the rough times she loved spending time with her family and looked forward to playing Bingo at the
nursing home.
     Mary is survived by her husband, Cecil, and their children, Cecil Douglas (Diane) Wismer, Lisa Carol (Patrick) Wilkinson, both of Hartford, and Michelle Ruth (Gregory) Bond of Kalamazoo. She is also survived by five grandchildren; four sisters, Kathy (Will) Burds of Gahanna, Ohio, Eylene Boozer of Virginia Beach, Va., Shirley (Byron) Neiman of Toccoa, Ga., and Carol Pubanz of Wisconsin; and two brothers, Wayne Pubanz of Hales Corners, Wis., and Ernest (Betty) Pubanz of Bonaire, Ga.
     The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 23, at Huntington Run Clubhouse, 3374 West Wembley Lane in Kalamazoo, with a memorial service to honor her memory to follow. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to In-House Hospice Solutions or Multiple Sclerosis.
Daniel Leroy Ekstrom, 77, of Hartford passed away peacefully and went to be with the Lord, on Tuesday, June 5, 2007, at Lakeland Hospital, St. Joseph.
     Dan, as he was known to almost everyone, was born on May 7, 1930, in Lawrence Township, Mich., to Daniel and Adeline (Podojil) Ekstrom, both of whom preceded him in passing. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Frank.
     Dan was a 1948 graduate of Hartford High School. He proudly served his country during the Korean War with the United States Naval Reserves. On May 3, 1953, he and the former Mabel E. (Smith) Schaus were united in marriage. Dan retired as a supervisor in 1998, from the Eliason Corporation of Hartford, after 47 years of employment. He was a member of the Hartford Federated Church. Dan’s greatest love after God and his family was the outdoors. He was an avid fisherman
and every deer season you would find him along with his friends and other family members up north during opening day.
     He was a loving husband and father who left behind his wife, Mabel; two daughters, Sherry (Rick) Leonard of Lawrence and Vicki (Ross) Efting of Bangor; and a son, Neil (Carol) Schaus of Hartford. He is also survived by seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, and brother-in-law, Virgil Smith of Hartford.
     Dan’s wishes were to be cremated. There will be no visitation. A graveside memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday; June 16, in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford. Pastor Timothy Nyhuis of the Hartford Federated Church will officiate. In lieu of flowers, Dan’s wishes were that memorials be given to his family or the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The family has entrusted the Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford with arrangements.

Michael George Pradon, Plainwell MI, passed away May 17, 2007.

NOTE:  Mike was a 1967 Hartford High School graduate.

Mildred “Jewel” Fritz Shattuck, 76, of Hartford died May 7, 2007 at a Hospice in Houston TX. Cremation has taken place and a burial of ashes will be at a later date. Memorials may be made to Houston Hospice, 1905 Holcombe Blvd., Houston, TX, 77030. Arrangements are by the Davidson Chapel of Florin Funeral Service in Coloma.
     Jewel was born October 5, 1930 in New Port, Arkansas to Floyd and Lois Brinsfield. As owner of Jewel’s Hair Fashions in Coloma from 1962-1972 and owner of the Rainbow Lounge in Watervliet from 1972-1984, Jewel was well known and loved by her friend and community.
     Jewel is survived by her loving son David Fritz of Pearland TX and daughter Deborah (Tom) Deja of Papillion, NE., three grandchildren, one sister, Earlene Sibley of Coloma and several nieces and nephews.
     She was preceded in death by her first husband Kenneth Fritz and her second husband William Shattuck.
Note:  Jewel was a 1950 HHS graduate.

Andrew Joseph Parascandolo, 74, of Watervliet, passed away on Monday, April 23,2007 at South Haven Nursing and Rehabilitation Community.
     Andrew was born Nov. 5, 1932, in Hartford, the son of Andrew and Giovanna (Auditore) Parascandolo, both of whom preceded him in passing.  As to Andrew's wishes, cremation has taken place and no services will be conducted.  The family has entrusted the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, with handling the arrangements. 
     Andrew is survived by his two sons, John Parascandolo of Hartford, and Joseph Parascandolo of Louisana; three stepsons, Stephen Popke of Benton Harbor, Mark (Cheryl) Popke, both of St. Joseph; a sister, Cecelia Brookfield of Watervliet; two stepbrothers, Gerald (Kath) Parascandolo of North Judson, Ind., and Dominic (Ann) Parascandolo of Manhattan, N.Y.; three granddaughters; one stepson; five great-grand-children; and numerous nieces, nephews and other family members.
     Besides his parents, Andrew was preceded in death by his wife, Betty, on April 8, 2007; a stepson, David Popke; and a brother-in-law, Robert Brookfield.

NOTE:  Andrew was a 1952 Hartford High School graduate.


Robert R. Markillie, 90, died April 6, 2007, at New Orchard Grove Extended Care Centre in Benton Harbor.
     Bob was born Aug. 10, 1916, in Hartford, to Ralph and Louise (Krohne) Markillie. He was a 1934 graduate of Hartford High School. Most of his working years were spent on the family farm in Hartford. He also worked in the winters for Whirlpool Corp. and delivered coal for his uncle, Walt Markillie, who owned the local coal and feed store. He had many stories to tell of battling the winter storms to make sure the cows were milked twice a day, the animals were fed and watered and the coal was delivered. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army in the Philippine’s from February 1944 to December 1945.
     Bob married the late Mabel Woodward on Oct. 22, 1960. They celebrated 34 years of marriage
until her death in 1994.  He is survived by three stepsons, Douglas (Diana) Lhotka of Cathedral City, Calif., Erven (Susan) Lhotka of Manassas, Va., and Michael Lhotka. He is also survived by sisters, Jean Sill of Lawrence and Alleyne Myers of Lawton; and sister-in-law, Bonita Markillie of Hartford. Besides his wife, Bob was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Paul Markillie.
     A memorial service will be held Monday, April 16, at 3 p.m. at the Hartford United Methodist Church. Rev. Ronald Hansen will officiate. Friends may meet with the family at a luncheon following the service. There will be a committal service afterwards at Maple Hill Cemetery. Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers, may be given to In­ House Hospice Solutions of Kalamazoo or the Hartford United Methodist Church.  The family is being assisted by Calvin Funeral Home of Hartford.

Mary Mundt d 3-25-2007Mary Ellen Mundt, 82, of Watervliet passed away on Sunday, March 25, 2007, at her home.
     Mary was born Feb. 28, 1925, in County Mayo, Ireland, the daughter of John and Bridget (Dunleavy) Donnelly, both of whom preceded her in passing.  She moved to the United States from Ireland when she was just 6 years old.  Mary was a LPN for both the Van Buren County Mental Health Department and Community Hospital in Watervliet.  Her Nursing career lasted for more than 30 years.
     Mary is survived by a son, Mylen “Mike” Mundt of Spring Hill, Fl.  Besides her parents, Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Mylen Mundt Sr., in 1988; a son, Edward A. Mundt, in 1969; and a sister Teresia Dolan.

Rev. Bryan L. Ton, 59 of Forest, Indiana formerly of Kewanna, Ind. passed away at 9:15 a.m. Saturday, March 17, 2007 at Howard Regional Healthcare System, Kokomo after a 2 1/2 year battle with colon cancer.

Born on January 19, 1948 in Hartford, Michigan, He was the son of the late Lewis and Gertrude (Dabbert) Ton, both of whom preceded him in death.

On October 13, 1973 he married Beverly A. Vannatta, she survives in Forest, Ind. He is also survived by a daughter, Regen Ton of Bloomington; sons, Ian J. Ton (Liz) of Washington D.C., Joshua D. Ton of Bloomington; and Dirk W. Ton of Lafayette; brothers, Ronald Lewis Ton of Michigan City, Richard Lewis Ton of Michigan City, and Kevin Lewis Ton of Chesterton.

He was also preceded in death two sisters, Shirley Rochelle Ton and Infant Kimberly Rochelle.

He was a 1966 Graduate of Elston High School, Michigan City. He attended Indiana University, graduated from Purdue University, and he received his Masters of Divinity from Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, Ind.

He was an Army National Guard and Air Force Veteran, he formerly taught English and German at Elston Jr. and Sr. High School, Michigan City. A gentle man with a wonderful sense of humor, he enjoyed music, children, good conversation, and the occasional bad pun.

Rev. Ton was an Elder in the North Indiana Conference of United Methodist Churches where he served churches in St. Joseph County, Angola, Dyer, Kewanna-Pleasant Hill, Athens, Bippus, Alexandria, Reynolds/Yeoman and Forest, Indiana.

A Memorial Service will be held at Noon Wednesday, March 21 at Forest United Methodist Church, 9383 E. 600 N. Forest, Indiana 46039  Visitation will be from from 10:30 a.m. Wednesday until the service. Graveside Services and Burial will follow at 2 p.m. at Citizens I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Kewanna, Ind. with Visitation immediately following at the Kewanna United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall. Memorial Contributions may be made to the Salvation Army. Floral Arrangements may be sent to either Forest United Methodist Church or Kewanna United Methodist Church. 

Arrangements are being handled by Harrison- Metzger Funeral Homes, Kewanna Chapel and Online Condolences may be made to the family at

Robert "Don" Wells, age 77, of Hartford passed away Saturday, March 3, 2007 at St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Lafayette, IN.
     Family will meet friends 1-2 PM Thursday [March 8th] at the Bangor Chapel, D. L. Miller Funeral Home, where the funeral service will be 2 PM with Rev. Charles D. McNary officiating. Interment will follow at ]North Shore Memory Gardens [Hagar Shores MI].
     Robert was born October 23, 1929 in Malden, Missouri the son of Earl and Johnnie Wells. He has lived in the Bangor, Hartford area for 41 years.
     Surviving are 8 children, Marilyn (David) White of Tabot, AR, Cindy Patty of Hartford, Rebecca King of Winter Haven, FL, Susan Wells of Sturgeon Bay, WI, Wayne (Betty Louise) Wells of Coloma, Robert Wells of Hartford, Gary (Misty Ann) Wells of Hartford, James Wells of Winter Haven, FL; 23 grandchildren, and many great grandchildren.
     He was preceded in death by his wife Mary Louise in 2001, a son Donald in 1988, and 2 grandchildren.
Beth E. Warner, Kalamazoo, MI, died Thursday, February 22, 2007, at Bronson Methodist Hospital with her children at her side. She was born in Hartford, Michigan, on Feb. 21, 1923, to John Clair and Bertha (Stowe) McAlpine.
     She graduated from Hartford High School and attended Western Michigan University. She moved to Kalamazoo in 1941 and worked for a variety of employers, including Michigan Bell Telephone Co. and Gibson Guitar Co. Later in life, she returned to the workforce, becoming known as "the voice of Nazareth College." She served as the switchboard operator and was a cherished co-worker among the staff until the college closed in 1992. She married Robert Warner in 1948 in Kalamazoo. He died in 1998. She had been active in Cub Scouts and the Kalamazoo County Democratic Party.
     She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband. She is survived by 3 children, Heather Davis of Las Cruces, NM, and Robert Warner II and Laurie (John) Jacobs all of Portage; 4 grandchildren, Katherine (Jaeseung) Whiting, Ben Warner, Ian Ehrnstrom, and John Jacobs Jr.; 2 great-grandchildren, Caleb and Rachel Whiting; and several cousins.
     A celebration of Beth's life will be held from 1 to 4 PM Saturday, March 3, at Pine West, 2425 S. 11th St., at the southeast corner of 11th Street and Stadium Drive west of U.S. 131. Cremation has taken place; burial will be at a later date. There will be no visitation. Memorials may be directed to the Sisters of Saint Joseph. Arrangements were made by the Langeland Family Funeral Homes, Memorial Chapel, 622 S. Burdick St. Published in the Kalamazoo Gazette on 2/25/2007.
  Beth was a 1940 Hartford High School graduate.

Eleanor Jean Wilkens-Donald, 64, of Montverde, Fla., formerly of Hartford, passed away Feb. 10, 2007, under the care of hospice.
     She was born July 3, 1942, in Coloma, daughter of the late Carl Casey and Alberta Jones. She was a homemaker and a resident of Montverde since 1976, coming from Michigan. Bingo was her passion.
     Her husbands, Wallace Keith Wilkens, Larry Dean Kirkland and Norman Howard Donald, preceded her in death. Surviving are her children, Brenda Anderson, Lady Lake, Fla.; Scott Wilkens, Mascotte and Gary Wilkens, Groveland,
Fla.; granddaughter, Brandy Anderson Morris; great-grand­son, Robert Morris, Jr.; brother, Robert Pranga, Sturgis, Mich.; sister, Pauline Mallory, Fairburn, Ga.; and brothers-in-law, Jack Wilkens and Pat Wilkens, both of Hartford, and Glen Wilkens, St. Joseph.
     A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 13, at the Becker Chapel. The family suggests memorial con­tributions to Hospice of Lake & Sumter or American Cancer Society designating cancer relat­ed to women. Guest book at Becker Family Funeral Home, 806 W. Minneola Ave., Clermont, Fla. 34711.
Robert J. Wilcoxson, 82, died unexpectedly at home on Thursday, Jan. 25, 2007.
Robert Wilcoxson d 1-25-2007
Bob was born on March 22, 1924, in Muskegon Heights, Mich., the son of Oscar and Hazel Wilcoxson. He was employed for many years at the Watervliet Paper Mill and later retired from General Motors in Kalamazoo in 1989. He enjoyed collecting coins, doing word search puzzles, working in his yard and helping family and friends however he could. He made many friends during his daily walks around Hartford.
     He was proud to have served his country in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1945 as cook for a bomber squad in Alaska.
     Bob married Louise, his wife of 55 years, on Nov. 3, 1951.  He is survived by his wife; a daughter, Bonita Markillie of Hartford; one brother, Roy (Dottie) Wilcoxson of Benton Harbor; grandchildren — Juliana Liebetrau of Niles and Craig Markillie of Savannah, Ga.; great-grandson, Matt Liebetrau of Niles; and several nieces and nephews.
     Bob was preceded in death by his mother and father; two brothers, Arthur and William; two sisters, Virginia Snodgrass and Juanita Lambert; and son-in-law, Paul Markillie.
     The family will greet friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today, Jan. 27, at the Hartford United Methodist Church in Hartford. The funeral service will be at the church on Sunday, Jan. 28, at 3 p.m., with the Rev. Ronald Hansen officiating.  He will be laid to rest in Maple Hill Cemetery in Hartford. Memorial contributions may be made to Hartford United Methodist Church. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford.

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