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A History of
Early History of Hartford
Eli Fayette Ruggles
Recollections of A Busy Life
of Berrien & Van
Buren Co's, Michigan -
With Illustrations and
Biographical Sketches of
Prominent Men and Pioneers,
published in 1880.
History of Hartford
in 1953-54 by HHS Class of 1958
during 8th grade.
Who are they?
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.
Lynne was Miss Hartford 1959
and a HHS
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
Lindsey was preceded in death by a
grandfather, Richard Jenkins.
27, of Hartford passed away suddenly Saturday, Dec. 8, 2007, at
BorgessLee Memorial Hospital, Dowagiac as the result of an
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
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.
Ralph Wilson Wilcoxson Jr.,
of Dowagiac, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2007, at his
was born on Feb. 2, 1961, in St. Joseph. He was the son of Paul
and Anna (Brewer) Wilcoxson Sr.
serving his country in the U.S. Marines, Paul returned to the
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 (Lanny)
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.
here to view Paul's military photo and profile on the History of
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.
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
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.
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.
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
paternal grandparents, Sara and Andres Soto; and maternal
grandparents, Jose and Anita Adame.
survived by his mother, Guadalupe, and father, Manuel; sons, Alex
and Robert Mireles; brothers — Roger Mireles, John (Flora)
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.
J. Sutter Jr.
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,
Brian 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
He was preceded in death by his parents, Clyde and Ruby (Pitcher);
his brother, Phillip; and his former wife, Violet.
memorial fund has been established in memory of Brian at “Brian
Shafer Memorial Fund,” 1243 E. Byrd St., Appleton, Wis., 54911.
Brian was a HHS
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
(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.
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
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
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.
Pat was a HHS
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
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.
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
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
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
Mark 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.
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
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
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
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
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 , 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
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)
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
Maurice is also survived by seven
great-grandchildren; a brother, Dwight (Melva) Meachum of Hartford;
two sisters, Arlene
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
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
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,
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.
Bud was a
1950 HHS graduate.
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 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
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.
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.
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.
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
(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
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
Surviving him are his daughter
Barbara of Colorado Springs and his son Russel who lives in
Florida, two grandchildren and four great grandchildren in
Joseph M. Quigno,
Paw Paw MI,
passed away Monday morning, Sept. 10, 2007 at his
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.
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.
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
tribe or from the left menu.
Timothy J. Coon -
A memorial service and interment
will take place at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22, 2008, at Watervliet
Red Arrow Highway. Tim died Sept. 3, 2007, in Fargo, N.D.
He was born Feb. 18, 1947, and
graduated from Hartford High
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,
Robert R. Teske,
65, of Paw Paw died unexpectedly Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2007, at
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
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
www.hartfordmichigan.com 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.
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.
Ruth MacGowan, 90, of Hartford passed away Monday, Aug.
27, 2007, at Community Hospital, Watervliet.
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.
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
Carmen was a
1934 HHS graduate.
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
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.
Jean 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
was from the
1941 Hartford High School graduating class.
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
Note: Mary Jo lived between Hartford-Watervliet.. All of her children
attended and graduated from Hartford Public Schools.
Katherine 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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Note: Betty was
1955 Hartford High School graduate.
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,
Click here for Bill's military profile on the History of Hartford
The Golden Trumpet
Roy "Bud" Davis
Paw Paw River
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
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.
Cleo was a
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.
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,
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
owned and operated
Roy-Al Junque for many years. She retired from Hartford Public
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,
To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Fred
Stockton, Jr. please visit our Sympathy Store.
Leslie 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.
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
Jimmy 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)
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,
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
Elva is survived by a son,
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
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
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
be made to the family.
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
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
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,
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
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
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,
NOTE: Mike was
a 1967 Hartford High School graduate.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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 Ellen Mundt,
82, of Watervliet passed away on Sunday, March 25, 2007, at her
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 www.harrisonmetzger.com.
"Don" Wells, age 77, of Hartford
passed away Saturday, March 3, 2007 at St. Elizabeth Medical Center,
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.
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.
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.
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,
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 beckerfamilyfuneral.com. Becker Family Funeral
Home, 806 W. Minneola Ave., Clermont, Fla. 34711.
82, died unexpectedly at home on Thursday, Jan. 25, 2007.
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
He was proud to have
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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