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

 
Peter Johnson, 89, formerly of Hartford, passed away Monday, Dec. 28, 2009, at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Little Rock, Ark. Committal services will Peter Johnson d 12-28-09be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 4, 2010, at North Shore Memory Gardens in Hagar Shores, with full military rites. Peter was born on June 27, 1920, in Mansfield, Mo., to John and Opal Johnson.
     He proudly served his country during World War II in the United States Navy. Together with his wife of 51 years, Bobbie Jean, he had three children – Shirley, Jerry and Peter. Peter began his career working in heating and air conditioning at Home Heating in St. Joseph. Later he founded Johnson’s Heating in Coloma, which he managed for many years. Peter enjoyed collecting and refurbishing antiques, woodworking and gardening. Most of all, he will be remembered as a caring man who enjoyed family life.
     Peter is survived by his daughter, Shirley Fae (Peter) Mengel of Kalamazoo; son, Peter (Sandy) Johnson of Hartford; daughter-in-law, Candy Johnson of Kalamazoo; grandchildren — Peter and Scott Mengel, Jeremy Johnson, Wendy Spangler, and Peter R. Johnson Jr.; great-grandchildren — Nicole Newton, Dalton Graham, Sierra Rodda, Andrew Spangler, Elliott Spangler, Andrianne Johnson and Rebecca Johnson; and by his special friend, Paula Millyard.
     In addition to his parents, Peter was preceded in death by his wife, Bobbie Jean; son, Jerry D. Johnson; four brothers and three sisters; and by a great-grandson, Alan Peter Mengel.
Lloyd Yates d 12-27-2009Lloyd Francis Yates, 69, of Luther, Mich., formerly of Hartford, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 27, 2009, at his stepdaughter's home in Lawrence.
     Lloyd was born on Dec. 28, 1939, in Englewood, Ill. He was the son of Clarence and Nellie (Skaggs) Yates.
     Lloyd proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War. After his tours of duty, Lloyd worked at various places before he went into farming for the rest of his working years. He enjoyed the outdoors, being an avid hunter and fisherman.
     Lloyd is survived by his children - Patrick Yates of Seattle, Wash., Amanda Yates of Auburn, Wash., and Shad Yates of Carroll City, Ark.; eight grandchildren; his brothers, Richard (Ann) Yates of Bangor and Raymond Yates of Hartford; stepbrothers, Monte Boynton of New Orleans and James Boynton of Baraga, Mich.; and stepmother, Alma Yates of Kalamazoo.
     Lloyd was preceded in death by his parents; four sisters - Betty Woods, Sylvia Bond, Nancy Yates and Florence Berends; a brother, Clarence Yates; and his loving companion, Betty Fuller.
     As per Lloyd's wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be a private memorial service at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Lloyd's name may be made to Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan. The Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford has been entrusted with the arrangements.

NOTE: He was a 1958 Hartford High School graduate.

Brenda Ruth Barrett, 65, of Benton Harbor, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2009, at her home.
Brenda Barrett d 12-23-2009     Brenda was born March 18, 1944, in Harrisburg, Ark., the daughter of Miles and Geneva (Cooper) Hamilton, both of whom preceded her in passing. She was also preceded in passing by a son, James Barrett Jr., and a brother, Gerald Hamilton.
     Brenda was formerly employed with Woolin Products in Stevensville, but most importantly she enjoyed being a homemaker. She enjoyed being with family and friends. She was a dedicated woman to God, attending the Yore Community Church.
     Brenda married James Barrett on Sept. 2, 1964. He survives, along with three daughters – Regina Barrett of South Bend, Dana (Gary) French of Mishawaka and Karla (Joe) Pepple of Benton Harbor; a son, Jason (Katherine) Barrett of Hartford; grandchildren – Corissa, Tia, Elizabeth, Kayla, McKenna, Julia, Lillian and Jason-James. She is also survived by seven brothers and sisters – Nancy (Ken) Daugherty of Benton Harbor, Johnny (Terry) Hamilton of Niles, Dan (Barbara) Hamilton of Hartford, Sherman (Connie) Hamilton of Berrien Center, Curtis (Tammy) Hamilton of Watervliet, Sandy Hamilton of Benton Harbor and Becky (Dan) Cowgill of Henderson, Nev.; and many nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.
     The family will welcome friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 27, at Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford. The service to honor her memory will commence at 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 28, at the funeral home, with the Rev. Jim Dunn serving as officiant. Burial will follow in Fairview Memorial Cemetery, Watervliet.
     In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations in Brenda’s name be made to Lakeland Hospice.

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

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

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

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

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

Thomas Michael Muller, 58, of Hartford, went to be with his Savior unexpectedly on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2009.
Thomas Muller d 12-9-2009     Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15, at Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home in Coloma. Visitation will be held Monday, Dec. 14, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial with military honors will take place at Maple Hill Cemetery in Hartford. Memorials in memory of Tom may be made to the donor’s choice. Those wishing to sign the online guest book or leave a message of comfort for the family may do so at www.duffieldpastrick.com.
     Tom was born on Nov. 26, 1951, in Benton Harbor, to Michael and Evelyn (Schadler) Muller. He graduated from St. Joseph High School in 1969. Tom received an associate’s degree in electrical engineering from Lake Michigan College in 1971. He graduated in the top of his class.
     Tom served his country in the United States Army from 1972 to 1974. He was stationed in Key West, Fla., and worked in the field of electronics.
     He married the love of his life, Pamala Carol Prince on June 28, 1975, in Hartford, at the Federated Church.
     Tom was a foreman at AEP, where he was employed for 34 years. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and a member of the NRA. Tom went to Alaska and Canada hunting and in 2007 he also went on a safari to Africa for one month. It was a lifelong dream that he had. He enjoyed taking his boat out on Lake Michigan. In the winter months he especially loved ice fishing at Maple Lake in Paw Paw.
     Tom is survived by his wife, Pam; his son, Michael (Maria) Muller of Hartford; daughter, Christine (David) Rainwater of Dowagiac; twin sister, Carol Cartwright of Hartford; four granddaughters – Cheyanne, Melissa, Emily and Allie; and several nieces and nephews.
     Tom loved his family and enjoyed spending time with them. He will be missed by those who knew him.
     Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Michael and Evelyn Muller.

The Herald-Palladium
12-11-2009

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

Robert Cummins d 12-9-2009Robert W. Cummins, 52, of Bangor, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2009, at the home of his sister. The family will meet friends on Monday, Dec. 14, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Bangor Chapel, D.L. Miller Funeral Home, with funeral services at 4 p.m., with the Rev. Anthony Kuenzli officiating. According to his wishes, cremation will take place following the services.
     Robert was born June 23, 1957, in Watervliet, the son of Oscar and Betty (Spicher) Cummins, and had lived all of his life in the area. He graduated from Hartford High School in 1977 and enjoyed traveling, collecting die-cast cars and being in the outdoors.
     Surviving are a brother, Roger (Angel) Cummins of South Haven; a sister, Ruthie (Alvaro) Hurtado of Bangor; six half-brothers – Olan Cummins of Fennville, John Cummins of Bangor, Danny Cummins of Bangor, Rick Cummins of Arkansas, Chris Cummins of Hartford and Terry Cummins of Bangor; three half-sisters – Brenda Murphy of Bangor, Peggy Hessey of Paw Paw and Bonnie Smith of Arkansas; and many nieces and nephews.
     He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Randy.

 
Charleen May Kellogg, 77, of Niles, passed away gently on Dec. 9, 2009, surrounded by her husband and children.
Charlene Kellogg d 12-9-2009     Charleen was born on May 13, 1932, in Kensington, Kan., to the late Ernest and Laura (Ely) Reneberg. She was one of two children growing up in the Reneberg household. Charleen lived most of her life in Hartford.
     Charleen received her Bachelors of Art from Michigan State University and her Master of Arts as a reading specialist from Western Michigan University. Charleen was a member of the Wesley United Methodist Church in Niles and was always active in the church, school and hospital settings. Her joy for life and wonderment in nature were a reminder to us all to cherish each day. Her faith and outreaching love touched many. Her prayer list of more than 120 people was a constant in her day. Her family was blessed to have her in their lives.
     She was preceded in death by her parents, Ernest and Laura; and sister-in-law Carolyn Reneberg.
     Charleen is survived by her devoted husband of 56 years, Schuyler; children – Karen Kellogg of Niles; Mark (Leane) Kellogg of Hartford; and Christopher (David Venne) Kellogg of Grand Rapids; and brother, Jerrel Reneberg of Cassopolis. She was also a loving grandmother to Megan (Neil) Bahbah, Norman Kellogg and Gina Kellogg; and has one great-grandson, Jake Bahbah.
     Donations may be made in Charleen’s memory to Wesley United Methodist Church located at 302 Cedar St., Niles, MI 49120.
     Condolences, photos and memories may be left for the family at www.brownfuneralhomeniles.com. Arrangements have been entrusted to Brown Funeral Home and Cremation Services and Mission Hills Memorial Chapel, both of Niles.

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

David Short d 11-23-2009David Short, 20, from Hartford Michigan. 
   
 David’s life began Sept.12, 1989, in St. Joseph. He spent his childhood growing up in Hartford, graduating in 2008 from Hartford High School, where he loved to play football. After graduation, David joined the United States Army, where he proudly served his country. David loved spending time with his family, which includes: his wife, Carolina Vidal (Caggiano) Short, whom he married Feb. 13, 2009; his mom, Julie Strunk of Berrien Center; his stepfather, Bruce Leroy Strunk Jr. of Battle Creek; a brother, Bruce Leroy Strunk III of Berrien Center; a sister, Ashleigh Renae Strunk of Berrien Center; grandfather, Jimmie (Marlene) Short of Berrien Springs; and a grandmother, Joan Buss of Benton Harbor.
     David died Monday, Nov. 23, in Clarksville, Tenn. He was preceded in death by a grandmother, Kay Gordon. David will be remembered for bringing laughter to any situation and for being a very giving person.
     Friends may visit with David’s family from 5 to 9 p.m. today, Dec. 3, at Hutchins Funeral Home in Watervliet. Funeral services celebrating David’s life will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, at His Place Cathedral of Faith, 69556 CR 378 in Covert. Burial will follow in Maple Hill Cemetery in Hartford, with full military rites.  Memorials may be made in David’s memory to the Hartford High School Athletic Department.

One dies, two injured in accident
[Clarksville TN]

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

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

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

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

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

 

John (Jack) Becktold, 80, of Dundee, Fla., formerly of Hartford, passed to his heavenly home on Monday, Nov. 16, 2009, at his son’s home in Mattawan.
     Jack is survived by his wife, Mary Lou, of 57 years; two sons, Bryon of Mattawan and Blain (Becky) of Spring Lake, granddaughters Sarah (Peter) Remenar and Julie (Kyle) Lackscheide, and three great-grandchildren, Dominic, Grace and Keagan.
     Jack was born July 24, 1929, in Detroit, the son of Peter and Henryetta (Cadow) Becktold. Jack served his country proudly in the U.S. Marines, serving in both World War II and the Korean War. He was the f
ormer proprietor of the A&W restaurant in Hartford, and ultimately retired from DeGroot’s of Coloma. Not ones to just sit around and do nothing, John and Mary Lou both worked at Universal Studios in their retirement.
     As to John’s wishes, cremation has taken place. His earthy remains will be placed at Fort Custer National Cemetery, Augusta, on Friday, Nov. 20, 2009, with military rites conducted at 1:30 p.m. Pastor Marla Thurman of New Harvest Life Ministries, Hartford, will serve as officiant. The family has entrusted the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, with handling the arrangements.
 
Frank L. Dewey d 11-15-2009

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

NOTE:  Janet attended Hartford High School until 9th grade and would have graduated with the Class of 1965.
 
Christopher Lee Thompson, 35, of Samburg, Tenn., formerly of Hartford MI, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2009.
     Chris was born Oct. 16. 1974, in Berrien Springs. He was the son of Rita Walford of Samburg and the late Donnie Watson. His adoptive parents were Clyde and Judy Thompson of Watervliet.
     He is survived by a sister, Crystal Walford of Union City, Tenn.; three brothers and two sisters-in-law, Phil (Brenda) Thompson of Falmouth, Mich., Donnie (Jennifer) Thompson of Paw Paw and Adam Thompson of Kalamazoo; six nephews and five nieces.
     Memorial services will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, at Calvary Pentecostal Church, 13 S. Haver, Hartford with Pastor Clyde Thompson officiating.


NOTE:  Christopher previously attended Hartford public schools.
Lawrence Lee Winans, 68, of Hartford passed away Friday, Oct. 9, 2009, at his home.
       Larry, as he was known by all closest to him, was born Nov. 22, 1940, in Watervliet, the son of Fred and Loretta (Parshall) Winans, both of whom preceded him in passing. Larry was also preceded in passing by a sister, Karen Winans.
       Larry served his country proudly in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He was a truck driver by trade and was formerly employed at Auto Specialties for many years. After that plant closed, he went to work and retired from U.S.F. Trucking of Holland. Larry enjoyed watching any football games and boxing matches. His love for tractors and lawnmowers, especially John Deere, shows in the many ones he collected. Larry was a real people person who had nicknames for all of his friends. He liked to talk to everyone around him even if he didn’t know them at all.
       Larry married the former Gloria Helmer on June 3, 1961. She survives, along with two sons – Karl Winans of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Kris (Elizabeth) Winans of South Haven; four grandsons – Joshua (Jessica) Winans of Watervliet, Trevor Winans, David Winans and Nathaniel Winans, all of South Haven; and a great-granddaughter, Jienne-Marie Winans of Watervliet. He is also survived by four brothers – Fred (Barbara) Winans of Alabama, Gene Winans of Watervliet, Don (Mattie) Winans of Alabama, and Duane (Peggy) Winans of Hartford ; two sisters, Phyllis Kling and Darlene (Don) Horton, both of Hartford ; and several nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.
       The family will welcome friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 12, at Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford . The service to honor his memory will commence at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, at the funeral home. Pastor Christopher Winans will serve as officiant. Burial will follow in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford , with military rites conducted by VFW Post 1137, VFW Post 6803, American Legion Post 362 and auxiliary. The family requests memorial donations be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
 
Barbara Truhn, 93, of Coloma died Friday, Oct. 9, 2009, at Lakeland Continuing Care Center in St Joseph.
    Cremation has taken place. A memorial service celebrating Barbara’s life will be held at 3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12, at the First Congregational Church in Coloma . Memorial donations in memory of Barbara may be made to the Coloma Band Boosters or to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. Those wishing to sign the online guestbook or leave a message of comfort for the family may do so at www.duffieldpastrick.com.
    Barbara was born March 17, 1916, in Bangor to Earl and Margaret (Stickney) Lee. She is a life member of Order of Eastern Star 307 in Coloma and a member of an entertainment group known as The Hulakats in Ruskin, Fla. Over the years she had been employed by Deer Forest and at Washington Elementary as a lunch lady.
    Being the active person she was, she enjoyed traveling, was an avid birdwatcher and Michigan State fan, and was an extreme knitter, but most of all loved spending time with her grandkids.
     Survivors include four daughters – Gwen Greer of Hardy Ark., Nancy (Wayne Hazen) Truhn of Monterey, Tenn., Sue (Gary) Griffin of Coloma , and Roxanne (Jeff) Witcher of Kennett Square, Pa.; one sister, Rhoda Ottolini of Nashville, Ill.; 12 grandchildren; and 13 greatgrandchildren.
     Barbara was preceded in death by one brother; three sisters; and her husband, Donald, in 1997, whom she married April 15, 1943.

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

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

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

 
Daniel Theodore Green, 46, of Hartford died Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009, at Borgess Hospital in Kalamazoo.
Daniel Green d 9-30-2009  He was born Jan. 14, 1963, in Detroit to Theodore H. and Annette (Lovett) Green. Daniel married Penny Shell. He worked as a general laborer.
  He was preceded in death by his father, Theodore Green; and sister, Linda Harthun.
  He is survived by his wife, Penny Green of Hartford; four sons – Daniel Green of South Haven, Kody Green of Louisville, Ky., Jordan Green and Joseph Green, both of Hartford; two daughters – Sarah Wolschlager of Holland, Mich., and Kristen Ramirez of Hartford; his mother, Annette Green of Winterhaven, Fla.; two grandchildren; two sisters, Barbara Meeluskey and Loshie Potter, both of Zeeland, Mich.; and one brother, Scott Green of Winterhaven, Fla.
  Funeral services will take place at noon Saturday, Oct. 3, at the Filbrandt Family Funeral Home, South Haven, with Pastor Anthony Kuenzli officiating. Family will receive friends from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the funeral home, prior to the service. Kindly share your thoughts and memories on the family’s online guestbook at www.FilbrandtFFH.com.

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

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

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

NOTE:  Stan was with the Class of 1952 at Hartford High School.
Patricia M. Maske, age 81, of Venice, Florida, passed away on September 21, 2009. She was born on October 7, 1927 in Hartford, Michigan and was the Patricia Cupp Maske d 9-21-2009daughter of the late, Cecil W. and Fanny K. Cupp.
      Patricia graduated Valedictorian from the Hartford High School Class of 1945. She married John T. Maske on April 23, 1949. After raising two sons and one husband to maturity, she went on to enroll in the Associates Degree program at the Johnson County Kansas Community College and subsequently graduated with honors in 1982. In her later years she traveled extensively, yet nurtured both parents through their final days with devotion, dedication and class. Patty loved literature, a good discussion, competing at the Bridge table and could shop until she dropped. She brought an elegance and inner grace to every occasion and interaction.
     She is survived by her husband, John of 60 years; sons, John T. Maske, Jr. of Lafayette, Colorado and Todd R. Maske of Billerica, Massachusetts.     
     Visitation will be Monday, September 28, 2009 from 5:00-7:00PM at the Farley Funeral Home in Venice and a funeral service will be held at the same location on Tuesday, September 29, 2009 at 11:00AM. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Salvation Army, P.O. Box 69, Venice, Florida 34284-0069. Farley Funeral Home in Venice is handling the arrangements.  Click here to view an on-line slideshow of Patty's life.
 
Dorothy Scherer, COLOMA — Dorothy’s life began Dec. 7, 1910, in Richland Center, Ind.
Dorothy Scherer  d 9-19-2009    She spent her childhood growing up in Indiana, graduating from Talma High School.  After high school, Dorothy dreamed of being a nurse. She went on to work helping doctors delivering babies. Dorothy also worked as a telephone operator, a laborer at Gifford’s, and an inspector at DuWel’s, both in Hartford. Dorothy and her first husband, Paul Fisher, moved to Michigan to start farming.
    Dorothy enjoyed visiting with family, especially her sister, Ruth, and grandson, Tom; and his wife, Sandra. She loved to laugh and play little “teasing” games with loved ones. She could find humor in everyday life.
    Dorothy’s loving family includes her grandson, Tomas Ackerman and his wife, Sandra; daughters, Jane Helwig, Rhonda Estes, Cookie Ott and Holly Davis; her sister, Ruth Fisher; and several nieces and nephews.
    Dorothy died Saturday, Sept.19, 2009, at Lakeland Continuing Care Center in St. Joseph. She was preceded in death by two husbands, Paul Fisher and Kenneth Scherer; a daughter, Patricia Ackerman; a grandson, Jon Scott Ackerman; her parents, Clarence and Anna Fern (Kline) Alderfer; and two brothers, Ray Alderfer and Robert Teeter.
    Friends may visit with Dorothy’s family from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 24, at Hutchins Funeral Home, Watervliet where funeral services will be celebrated following visitation at noon. Burial will follow in North Shore Memory Gardens, Hagar Shores. Memorials may be made to St. Paul’s United Church of Christ or Hospice.
 
Ruth Harmon, 93, of Watervliet went home to be with her Lord peacefully on Saturday, Sept.19, 2009, at Tri City Village.
  Ruth was born Nov. 26, 1915, the daughter of Harvey and Susan (Hannens) Langston, both of whom preceded her in passing.
  She was also preceded in passing by her husband, Ray Harmon, in 1987; her son and daughter-in-law, Gene and Juanita Prince; a granddaughter, Nina Zvonar; a greatgranddaughter, Jenny; and her loving siblings.
  Ruth is survived by five grandchildren – Larry (Debbie) Prince, Richard Prince, Judy (Darryl) Lynch, Roger (Laurie) Prince and Nancy (Bruce) Meyers; eight greatgrandchildren – Stacey, Shawn, Eric, Nichols, Brandy, Erica, Trish and Dana; and eight great-great-grandchildren.
  The family will welcome friends from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday, Sept. 21, at Hutchins Funeral Home in Watervliet, where the funeral service will follow at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Ruth’s memory may be made to Hospice at Home.

NOTE:  Ruth was a resident of Hartford for many years prior to moving to Watervliet.  She was a sister of Icey Adams, who passed away on September 8, 2009.
Paulette Johnson Koszola d 9-15-2009    

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

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

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


NOTE:  Lucille was a 1938 Hartford High School graduate.
 
Mrs. Eleanor Ruth French, passed away Wednesday, September 1, 2009 in her Cambria Township home after a prolonged illness. Mrs. French was born May Eleanor (Friday) French d 9-1-200910, 1921 in Coloma, MI to Jacob and Jennie Friday, well known fruit farmers in the Coloma area. On July 13, 1945, she married Thomas R. French, Montgomery, MI. Mr. French passed away in Cambria Township, May 13, 1999.
     Together they had four children; Dale Thomas (Judy) French of Lawton, MI, Linda died in infancy, Douglas Jacob (Susan) French of Arlington, VA and Gregory Warren (Kathy) French of Inverness, IL. She is also survived by six grandchildren, Scott, Craig, Jason, Thomas, Katie and John Patrick and three great grandchildren, Abbie, Katie and Allie.
     She is preceded in death by one grandchild, Robert in 2002. Three sisters and a brother also preceded.
     Mrs. French was a home economics teacher in southwest Michigan and Quincy, MI, retiring in 1979. She was also a member of the First United Methodist Church of Hillsdale.
     Funeral services for Eleanor French will be Saturday, September 5, 2009, at 10:00 AM, at the First United Methodist Church of Hillsdale with Pastor Curtis Jensen officiating. Interment will follow at Maplewood Cemetery in Reading. The family will receive friends for visitation Friday from 6-8 p.m., at the VanHorn-Eagle Funeral Home in Hillsdale.
     Memorial contributions are suggested to the First United Methodist Church.

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

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

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

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

 

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

NOTE: Tom was a 1971 graduate of Hartford High School
 

Mark Bishop d 8-17-2009Mark Brandon Bishop, 34, of Hartford, MI died Monday, August 17, 2009 at Lakeland Regional Medical Center after a sudden illness.
     A funeral service celebrating his life was held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, August 23 at Legacy Family Funeral Services – Matthew R. Purchase Chapel, Berrien Springs, with Phillip Sirk officiating. Burial followed at Rose Hill Cemetery. Friends were invited to visit with the family one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
     Mark was born on April 18, 1975 In St. Joseph, MI to the late Ronald and Darlene (Bishop) Grubb. Mark was a roofer and worked in the construction trade. He was a gifted person, everyone’s friend who was loved by all and will be deeply missed.
     Survivors include his fiance’- Nicole Shelton, one loving daughter- Sadie Marie Belin of Berrien Springs, his mother, Darlene Grubb, one sister- Lindsey Grubb of Coloma, one brother Ronald Grubb, Jr. of Coloma, his paternal grandmother- Catherine Musick of Berrien Springs. He was preceded in death by his father, Ronald Grubb, Sr. on November 12, 2007.
 
Jonathan Paul Hitchcock, 66, Dowagiac, died Aug. 2 at Borgess Medical Center, Kalamazoo. Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, 621-4101.

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

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

Thomas Jerry Williamson, 62, of Hartford, Michigan passed away Wednesday evening, July 29, 2009 at home with his family at his side.
     A memorial service will be held at noon on Saturday, August 8 at Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home on Paw Paw Avenue in Coloma. Friends may visit with the family from 10 a.m. until noon. Burial of ashes with military rites will take place at a later date in Fort Custer National Cemetery in Battle Creek, Michigan. Memorials may be made to the Ann Arbor V.A. Hospital or to the donor’s choice. Those wishing to sign the online guest book or leave a message of comfort for the family may do so by clicking on the "Sign the guestbook" link on your left.
     Jerry was born in New Haven, Kentucky on May 25, 1947 to Thomas G. and Mary (Culver) Williamson. Following high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served his country in Vietnam. Jerry was employed as a spot welder with Weil-McLain for 32 years until the shop closed in 2005. He then worked at Borroughs Corporation for two years until health problems required a medical leave of absence. Jerry was an avid walleye fisherman and he also loved to hunt and bowl.
     Mr. Williamson is survived by his wife Ann; three sons, Chris Williamson of Coral Springs, FL, Jeremy Williamson of Benton Harbor, Mark (Shauna) West of Berrien Springs; five daughters, Shelly Williamson of Benton Harbor, Melissa (Chris) Wall of Bridgman, Jennifer Wilhite of Bridgman, Jessie Smith of Coloma and Josie (Steven Poindexter) Smith of Coloma; his sister Ann (Chuck) Thompson of Bardstown, Kentucky; two brothers, Ray Williamson of St. Joseph and Dennis (Mirtha) Williamson of Orlando, Florida; and fifteen grandchildren.
     Jerry was preceded in death by his mother, father and two brothers.
 
Naomi (Trowbridge) Matrau, 80, of Hartford and Keeler, passed away Tuesday, July 28, 2009, at New Orchard Grove Extended Care Centre, Naomi Matrau d 7-28-2009Benton Township.   Naomi has gone to be with family in heaven.
     Naomi was born Feb. 16, 1929, in Hoxie, Ark., the daughter of Claude and Dora (Riddle) Trowbridge Sr. She came to Michigan with her parents in 1940, and was a life time resident of the Hartford and Keeler area. She loved being in the outdoors and working with her flowers in her garden.
     Naomi is survived by two daughters, Blanch Diane Flippo of Bangor and Melissa Matrau, and one son, Steve (Debbie) Matrau of St. Joseph. Also surviving are seven grandchildren and several great-grandchildren, along with sisters, Mildred Fardello of Coloma, Claudetta (Elbert) Prevatte of Kalamazoo, Nancy (Warren) Walters of Battle Creek, Mary Williams of South Haven, Carol (Alfredo) Rivera of Ohio; and a brother, Donald Trowbridge Sr.  Naomi was preceded in passing by three daughters, Barbra Ann, Betty Sue and Bonnie Jane, a granddaughter, Susan, parents, Claude and Dora, two husbands, Hank Matrau and Roy Fuller, one brother, Claude Trowbridge Jr., and a sister, Nellie Smith.

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

 
Pauline Margaret (Scott) Deckert, 81, of Hartford, passed away Friday, July 24, 2009, at her home.
     "Bunny," as she was known by her family, was born Sept. 6, 1927, in Custer, S.D., the daughter of Brose and Ruth (Mecker) Scott, both of whom preceded her in passing. She was also preceded in passing by a daughter, Susan Marie Deckert, and a brother, Jerome Scott.
     Pauline had a great love for music. She loved playing the Hawaiian guitar. She also loved dancing, especially the polka, waltz and ballroom dancing.
     Pauline married Elmer Arthur Deckert on June 6, 1943. He survives, along with two sons, Ronald (Bonnie) Deckert of Marion, Ky., and David Deckert of Hartford. She is also survived by four grandchildren, Connie, Samantha, Rhonda and Britt, and seven great-grandchildren.
     As per Pauline's wishes, cremation has taken place. A memorial service to honor her memory will commence at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 29, at the Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church, Hartford. The family has entrusted the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, with handling the arrangements.
 
Judith (Miller) Aldrich d 7-24-2009Judith Ann (Miller) Aldrich, passed away peacefully on Friday, July 24, 2009 at her home in Niles, Michigan.
     Judy was a 1957 graduate of Hartford High School.  She earned bachelor of science and master of arts degrees from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI.  She was a librarian at Decatur Public Library and Niles Public Library.  Judy married Robert Aldrich on Niles in 1973. 
     She was a loving wife, daughter, sister, stepmother, and friend.  She will be missed by all who knew her.
     Internment was at Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford, MI.  In lieu of flowers, the family has asked for memorials to be made to Lakeland Hospice.
     Survivors include her husband, Robert; one sister, Jacqueline Rosinski of Rochester Hills, MI., one brother, Joseph Miller of Brasstown, NC; her stepfather, Max Moses of Lawrence, MI; and two stepchildren - Tom Aldrich of Rutherfordton, NC, and Beth Mayoff of Noblesville, Indiana.
     Judy was preceded in death by her parents, Richard A. Miller and Nellie M. Moses.

 
Frederick R. Ward Jr., 78, of Hartford passed away at home on Thursday, July 23, 2009.
Frederick Ward Jr.  d 7-23-2009     Fred was born in Chicago on Dec. 11, 1930. He moved to Hartford in 1941, with his parents, Fred and Rose Ward. He was a 1948 graduate of Hartford High School. He married Arlene Hurley on March 1, 1949.
     Fred was a State Farm agent in Hartford for 30 years, retiring in 1996. He was active in his community, coaching youth baseball for many years, supporting all school events, and serving as president of the PTA. He was a member of the Friends of the Library and a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity. Fred was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. He taught Catechism classes, served as lector, and was on the Church Council.
     He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred Ward and Rose (Ward) Peters, stepfather, Neil Peters, stepbrothers, Neil, John and Don Peters, and stepsisters, Virginia VanOoy and Maxine Olvitt.
     Fred is survived by his wife of over 60 years, Arlene; two sons, Frederick Ward III of Hartford, Ronald (Pamela) Ward of Hartford; daughter, Lauren Ward of Grand Ledge; two granddaughters, Leslie Ward of Chicago and Kim Ward of Los Angeles; sister-in-law, Phyllis Peters of Portage, and Jane Boze of Hartford, who became a part of his family.
     Fred was a generous man who found joy in his friends and family.
     A mass to celebrate his life will be held at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Hartford on Saturday, Aug. 1, at 10:30 a.m. Father Robert Flickinger and Father Fabio Garzon will officiate. Calvin Funeral Home of Hartford is assisting the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Hartford Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Hartford Public Library, South Haven Hospice at Home, or the Hartford Fire Department.
 
Hazel Lavera (Murphy) Ward was born on May 26, 1926, in Hayti, Mo., to Della and John Murphy, where she was the youngest of 15 children. She spent the majority of her young life in Missouri. She married young and had four children: Gloria Jean, Sue, (Melton) Ray and (Michael) Steven. She divorced in 1951 and came to live with relatives in Benton Harbor, where she met the love of her life, Howard Ward. They married in 1954 and had two daughters, Lynne and Darlene. The family all lived together in Hartford.
     Hazel was an excellent cook, and in the 1960s and '70s, worked at the A&W Root Beer Stand in Hartford, where son, Steve, and daughter, Lynne, occasionally worked too. It was a great family affair. She later became a cook for Hartford Public Schools, where she worked for 10 years and retired from in 1984.
     Hazel and Howard were soul mates and did everything together, which later included camping. They loved to go to campgrounds and meet their camping buddies, comparing campers. Sadly, Howard passed away in December 1993, just three weeks shy of their 40th wedding anniversary. Hazel spoke of him often and missed him terribly.
     Hazel was very active in her church, Watervliet First United Methodist Church, where she joined a team of ladies that cleaned the church, participated in bible study and especially enjoyed the potlucks. Her green bean casserole was always a hit!
     In June 2009, Hazel suffered a stroke and her health declined. She was transferred to Countryside Nursing Home in South Haven. All of her children had the chance to visit with her in the weeks before her death, sharing fond memories and expressing their love for her and for each other. Her daughter, Darlene was at her side when she peacefully passed away the morning of July 23, 2009.
     Surviving are all of her six children: Gloria Miller of Decatur, Sue (Mike) Duffy of Keeler, Ray (Beverly) Cole of St. Joseph, Steve (Bernadette) Cole of Traverse City, Lynne (Tim) Melvin of Vicksburg and Darlene (James) Henderson of Hartford. She is survived by a multitude of grandchildren, a number of great-grandchildren, three great-great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
     She was preceded in death by her parents, all of her 14 brothers and sisters, and three grandchildren: Pierce Hollenbeck of Decatur, Lisa Duffy of Hartford and Mark Duffy of Keeler. She will be remembered for her great love of family, friends and the Lord.
     Visitation with the family will be on Tuesday, July 28, at 1 p.m. at Calvin Funeral Home, 8 East Main St., in Hartford. The funeral service will follow at 2 p.m. Cremation has already taken place. Burial will be in Fairview Memorial Cemetery in Watervliet.  There will be a funeral luncheon at the Watervliet First United Methodist Church, 8315 Verlynda Drive, provided by the Ladies of the Church, immediately following interment. Friends and family are invited to attend and share memories of Hazel's wonderful life.
     In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made the the Watervliet First United Methodist Church.
 
 
Crystal A. Newton d 7-22-09Crystal A. Newton, 91, of Hartford, formerly of Benton Township, passed away peacefully Wednesday, July 22, 2009 at his residence, following an illness. He was born on March 24, 1918 in Cardwell, Missouri to the late Alonzo and Serena (Millon) Newton.
     On February 19, 1940 Crystal married Willie Maxine (McCloud). Crystal served his country proudly in the U.S. Army during WWII. After the war he worked as a laborer most of his life including Whirlpool and Paramount Die Cast, from where he retired. His hobby included spending time outdoors, his Dachshund “Bubbie Dog”, and was devoted to his faith. He was a member of the Church of God of Prophecy in Benton Harbor.
     He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, seven brothers and two sisters. Crystal is survived by two sons Herman (Imogene) Newton of Tiplersville, Mississippi, Jack Newton of Hartford, Michigan, two daughters Judy (Donald) Jackson of Middleton, Tennessee and Yvonne Newton of Benton Harbor and eight grandchildren and a hosts of great-grandchildren.


 
Craig Allan Pompey, 45, of Hartford, passed away suddenly Monday, July 20, 2009 at his home.
Craig Pompey d 7-20-2009     Craig was born October 2, 1963 in Watervliet, the son of Keith and Grace (Williamson) Pompey.
Craig was a 1982 graduate of Hartford High School. He was a former manager with Crystal Flash, serving in both Holland and Paw Paw. He was the youngest store manager in company history and was honored by the company with the President’s Award in 1986. He was former employed with Lane Automotive as a truck driver.
     Outside of the workplace, Craig had a keen sense of nature and the outdoors, where he was an avid fisher and hunter. He had a heart of gold and a compassion for all whom he came in contact with. But his most joy was spending time with his family, especially his two grandchildren.
     Craig is survived by a daughter, Sabrina Pompey of Grand Rapids; a son, Keith A. Pompey of Hartford; two granddaughters, Destini Pompey of Grand Rapids; and Grace Pompey of Hartford. Also surviving are his mother, Grace (William) Rushing of Decatur; his father, Keith (Cheryl Anderson) Pompey of Lawrence; a brother, Kenneth Pompey of Hartford, and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
     Craig was preceded in passing by grandparents, James and Louella Williamson and Kenneth and Gladys Pompey.
     The family will welcome friends from 6 to 8 P.M.; Sunday, July 26 at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford. The service to honor Craig’s memory will commence at 1 P.M.; Monday, July 27 at the funeral home. Pastor Richard Kaiser of the Red Arrow General Baptist Church, Twelve Corners, will serve as officiant. Burial will follow in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford Township. Memorial donations in Craig’s name may be made to the family.
 
Tina Bender Erb, 44, of Hartford, passed away Friday, July 17, 2009, at Borgess Medical Center.
Tina Bender Erb d 7-17-2009    A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 9 a.m. Wednesday, July 22, at St. Joseph Catholic Church of Watervliet, 179 Lucinda Lane in Watervliet, with Father Gordon Green officiating. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday at Starks & Menchinger Family Funeral Home, 2650 Niles Road, St. Joseph. Memorials may be made to the Humane Society of Southwestern Michigan or Gabriel Foundation (The Gabriel Foundation. org). Those wishing to share a memory or sign the guest book online may do so at www.starks-menchinger.com.
    Tina was born March 6, 1965, in St. Joseph to Robert and Fran (Myers) Bender. On Oct. 22, 2004, she married David Erb. Tina worked as bookkeeper at Don Young Insurance and at My Secret Garden Pet Store. Tina was an outgoing lady and avid pet and animal lover.
    Tina is survived by her husband, David Erb, of Hartford; parents, Fran and Don Young of Watervliet and Robert Bender and his partner, Jane Cuthbert, of Stevensville; three stepsons — Danny Erb of Grand Rapids, Jeremy Erb of Dowagiac and Steve Erb of Watervliet; four stepbrothers — Jeff Young, Victor Cuthbert Jr., William Cuthbert and Mark Cuthbert; and seven stepsisters — Sue Young, Kim Young, Lori Colman, Elizabeth Bush, Gayle Hofbauer and Katherine Thayer.
 
H. Jane McGuire, 89, of El Dorado, Ark, died Wednesday, July 15, 2009, at Life Touch Hospice in El Dorado, Ark.
     She was born March 18, 1920, in Cass Lake, Minn., to William H. and Phoebe Jane (Stockwell) Palmer. She married David Vincent McGuire on Feb. 23, 1945, in Kalamazoo, Mich. They lived most of their lives in Hartford, Mich., where Jane worked for veterinarian Dr. H.J. Meachum. They had two children, Duane William McGuire and Mary (Micki) McGuire Webber. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and daughter.
      She was a member of Hartford
United Methodist Church and attended Asbury United Methodist Church in Magnolia, Ark.
      She is survived by her son, Duane McGuire and wife, Rita, of McNeil, Ark.; four granddaughters – Theresa McGuire Byard of Lawton, Okla., Stacia McGuire Powers and husband, Rob, of Lawton, Okla., Venessa Webber Gentry and husband, Dante, of South Bend, Ind., and Crystal Webber of Niles, Mich; four great-grandchildren – Cody Byard of Abilene, Texas; Nicole Webber of Niles, Kayla and Dominic Gentry of South Bend, and Starsha Wycoff and husband, Brandon, of Fort Sill, Okla.; two great-great-grandchildren, Kenneth Hutchinson and Ethan Wycoff of Fort Sill, Okla.; and many cousins and friends.
      She was cremated according to her wishes. Memorial services will be held at later date in Magnolia, Ark. and Hartford, Mich. Memorials may be made to CCAPS, P.O. Box 2003, Magnolia, AR 71754-2003; Asbury United Methodist Church, 1300 E. University, Magnolia, AR 71753; or Hartford United Methodist Church, 425 E. Main St., Hartford, MI 49057.
      Arrangements were by Bailey Funeral Home of Magnolia, Arkansas.
Jacqueline (Brandt) Szewczyk  d 7-4-2009Jacqueline Louise (Brandt) Szewczyk, 80, of Altmonte Springs, Florida, died Saturday, July 4, 2009, of cancer.
     Jacqueline was born on August 10, 1928, to Robert and Mayme Brandt.  She was formerly employed by Goldblatts of Benton Harbor and Hartford Public Schools.  She was an Auxiliary member of American Legion Post 93.
     Survivors include:  three daughters - Susan Jobe of Kalamazoo, Michigan, Karen (Timothy) Henselin of Orlando, Florida, and Jill Wilkens of Sister Lakes, Michigan; three sons - John (MarySue) Szewczyk of Macomb, Michigan, Steven (Kelly) Szewczyk of Orlando, and Kevin (Karen) Szewczyk of Altmonte Springs; four great-grandchildren; and 14 grandchildren.
     She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Robert (Bob) Brandt Jr.; and three sisters - Marilyn (Brandt) Smith, AnnaMae (Brandt) Scaletta, and Sally (Brandt) Johnson.
     There will be no service at this time.  Any donation can be made to Hospice of Comforter, 480 W. Central Pkwy, Altmonte Springs FL   32701.


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

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

 
Marsha Summerhill d 6-30-2009Marsha Kay Summerhill, 58, was born in Hartford Michigan to Walter and Jonell Summerhill on January 26, 1951.  Marsha passed away June 30, 2009 after an unexpected short illness.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Jonell Summerhill; brother, Bobbie Summerhill; and sister, Patricia Summerhill.
      Marsha graduated from Hartford High School in 1969.  She went to Central Michigan University and received degrees in English and Medieval Literature.  After traveling around the United States, Marsha settled in Bellevue, Nebraska.
     She is survived by her brother, Terry (Linda) Summerhill; sister, Linda (James) Parkhurst of Phoenix AZ; brother, Randy (Lois) Summerhill of Kalamazoo MI; brother, Donald Summerhill of Bellevue, NE; brother, Ronald Summerhill of Phoenix, AZ; sister, Annette (Richard) Huffman of Pullman MI.  Marsha also has many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.
     Cremation has taken place.  A Memorial Service will be held in her honor at the Hartford Federated Church of Hartford, MI with Pastor Tim Nyhuis officiating on Saturday, July 25, 2009 at 11:00 a.m.

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

 
Mildred Marie Smith, 90, of Hartford departed this earthly life on Sunday, June 21, 2009, at Lakeland Regional Medical Center in St. Joseph.
     Mildred was born on Jan. 26, 1919, in Chicago, the daughter of Paul and Ruth (Thomas) Voight, both of whom preceded her in passing.
     On July 16, 1938, Mildred married Donald Ellsworth Smith. Over the next 47 years, they enjoyed each others company until Donald's passing on Nov. 14, 1985. Mildred lost two brothers, Paul Voight during the Korean War and Jack Voight of Gobles. Mildred lost her sister, Betty Mashak in October 2008. Their oldest son, Donald E. Smith, passed away in May of 2006.
     Mildred is survived by six children, Joanne (Frank) Monaghen of Twin Lakes, Wis., Tom Smith of Stevensville, Robert (Janis) Smith of Fort Pierce, Fla., Debra (Bill Strunk) Smith of Perris, Calif., Michael (Denelle Duncombe) Smith of Houston, Texas and Laurie Smith of Mesa, Ariz. Mildred is also survived by 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Pauline Betzner of Otsego, Bonnie (Ed) Schaknies of California and Mary Seymour of St. Joseph.
     Mildred was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church of Hartford where she was past president of the Altar Society. She owned and operated Mildred's Beauty Salon for more than 25 years and from 1981 to 1992 was a volunteer at Community Hospital in Watervliet.
     The family will welcome friends on Wednesday, June 24, from 1 p.m. until the Mass of Christian Burial Service at 2 p.m. at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Hartford. Father Robert Flickinger of St. Basil Catholic Church of South Haven and Father Fabio Garzon of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church will be the celebrants. Mildred will be laid to rest next to her husband in Maple Hill Cemetery in Hartford Township. In lieu of flowers, blood or monetary donations in Mildred's name may be made to the Michigan Community Blood Center by calling (269) 408-1540 or the Alzheimer's Association. The family has entrusted the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, with handling the arrangements.
 
Mildred Donna Lightner, 94, of Sarasota, Fla., formerly of Hartford, passed away June 18, 2009, after a sudden illness.
Mildred Lightner d 6-18-2009     Mrs. Lightner was born march 26, 1915, in Hartford, the daughter of Richard and Laura (Nodruff) Conklin.  She was a graduate of Hartford High School in 1933.
     On Nov. 4, 1939, Mildred married Seward Lightner Sr. in South Bend, Ind.  They resided most of their lives in Hartford until retirement, when they moved to Florida and then North Carolina.
  Seward preceded her in death on July 21, 1996.
  Survivors include two sons, David Lightner of In­dialantic, Fla.; and Gary Lightner and wife Suzanne of Sarasota, with whom Mildred made her home; a stepdaughter, Jean Lightner-Sikkenga of Kalamazoo; and stepson, Seward Lightner Jr. of Hartford.
  Among other survivors are five grandchildren, Sabina (Tim) LaClair of South Carolina, Jason Lightner of Florida, Lisa (George) LaCorte of Florida, Lynn Sikkenga of Kalamazoo and Mark (Debby) Lightner of Hartford.
  Also, Mildred leaves behind eight great-grandchildren; three great greatgrandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
      In addition to her parents and husband, Mildred was preceded in death by a brother, Clarence Conklin; two sisters, Roberta Haney and Darlene Burnette; and a granddaughter, Laura Sikkenga.
      In accordance with her wishes cremation has taken place and internment will be in Maple Hill Cemetery in Hartford at a future date.

 
Mary Louise Quintana-Saenz, 84, of Hartford departed this earthly life on Friday, June 19, 2009, at her home.
     Mary was born on Sept. 16, 1924, in McAllen, Texas, the daughter of Erasmo and Maria (Flores) Ellis, both of whom preceded her in passing. Mary is also preceded in passing by 14 children and a brother.
     Mary is survived by her husband, Jose Quintana, whom she married on Aug. 18, 1994; seven children - Elizabeth Saenz, Leon Saenz and Lee Saenz, all of Hartford; Angel (Gloria) Saenz of Dade City, Fla.; Yolanda Saenz and Olga Santiago of Houston, Texas; and Leo (Cindy) Saenz of Maryland. Mary is also survived by numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren great-great-grandchildren and many friends.
     Mary was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who also loved to play practical jokes on the entire family. She always made sure that everyone who came to the house had plenty to eat so no one would ever go away hungry. She enjoyed going dancing and to rummage sales, where she would buy things and then donate them to any child in need.
     The family will welcome friends on Tuesday, June 23, from 1 p.m. until the time of service at 1:30 p.m. at the Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford. Pastor Antonio Gonzalez of the Temple Jerusalem Church in Bangor, of which Mary was a member, will officiate. Mary will be laid to rest in Maple Hill Cemetery in Hartford Township. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Mary's name may be made to the family.
 
JoAnn P. Harper - JoAnn's life began May 26, 1928 in Hartford, Michigan.  JoAnn died Monday, June 15, 2009. 
     She spend her lifetime in the area, raising her family and working for Heath Company and as a cashier for Harding's.  JoAnn also enjoyed being a Stanley Dealer.
     Her loving family includes:  one son, Grant Harper; one daughter, Loretta Bahr; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and one great-grandson. 
     She was preceded in death by her husband, Merlin; her parents, Buff and Merle (Boyer) Dale; and two brothers.
     A graveside service will be held Thursday, June 18, at 2:00 p.m. at Watervliet Cemetery.  Hutchins Funeral Home in Watervliet is assisting JoAnn's family with arrangements.
 
David L. Bailey, 69, of Berrien Center passed away Saturday, June 13, 2009, at home following a long courageous battle with melanoma.
     A memorial service celebrating his life will be held at a later time. Cremation has taken place. Friends may sign the register book at http://www.meaningfulfunerals.net/fh/home/home.cfm?fh_id=10160. Legacy Family Funeral Service - Matthew R. Purchase Chapel assisted the family with arrangements.
     David was born on Feb. 17, 1940, in Keeler, Mich., to Lester and Mildred (Leach) Bailey.
     David served his country in the U.S. Army. He was a lifelong mechanic, repairing small engines to large industrial machinery. He was last employed at Ferguson Michiana Inc., in Eau Claire and after retirement worked for the Emma Teichman Farm. On June 5, 1982, David married Judy (Strong) Fisher who survives. David loved the game of horseshoes and visiting with friends and family.
     In addition to his loving wife, David is survived by one daughter, Deborah West of St. Joseph; one son, Randolph (Diane) of Bangor; one special stepdaughter, Debora (Mike) Conley of Indianapolis; three sisters, Marian Strand of Watervliet, Linda (Jerry) Curtis of Dowagiac and Sandy (Doug) Rouse of Benton Harbor; two brothers, Don (Pat) and Dennis, both of Decatur; one grandson, Duncan (Lauren) Fisher of Berrien Center; and many loving nieces and nephews.
     David was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother-in-law, Jim Strand.
     Memorials in David's memory may be directed to Hospice at Home, 4017 Chamberlain Road, Buchanan, Mich. 49107 or to Eau Claire Cherry Festival Horseshoe Tournament, 6507 E. Main St., Eau Claire, Mich. 49111.
 
Robert M. Conolly d 6-10-2009Robert M. Conolly, Long Beach CA, passed away June 10, 2009.  He was born in Hartford, Michigan where he attended school and later college.
     During WWII he received the Bronze Star while serving in the Philippines. On leave he met his wife Marge and moved to California. In California he attended Whittier College, CSULA, and USC. They lived for many years in Monterey Park. Bob was a coach and counselor at Montebello Jr. High then transferred to Schurr Jr. High, which became Schurr High School where he became Vice Principal and Dean of Administration. They moved to Belmont Shore in 1972 to enjoy retirement, golfing and walking 2nd Street.
     He is survived by his daughter Kathy Moad, son Bill Conolly, granddaughter Venita Ibarra and great-grandchildren Haley and Jared.
   
 Bob was a good neighbor and a wonderful man. He will be greatly missed by all. The family was assisted by the Neptune Society.


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

 

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

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

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

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

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

NOTE:  Linda was a 1973 Hartford High School graduate.

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

 

Violet Beatrice Hyde, 98, of Paragould, Ark., formerly of Keeler and Hartford, passed away Thursday, May 14, 2009, at Green Acres Nursing Home, Paragould, Ark.
     Violet was born Oct. 19, 1910, in Heber Springs, Ark., the daughter of Abe and Florence (Williams) Files, both of whom precede her in passing.
     Violet was a loyal employee of Burnette Foods in Keeler, where she worked for many years. She was a member of the Dowagiac Church of Christ. But she was most known for the love that she gave to her family everyday, especially her grandchildren.
     Violet is survived by a son, Files (Janice) Hyde of Paragould, Ark.;  three grandchildren — Tammy Thompson, Tony Hyde and Terry Hyde; seven great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
     Besides her parents, Violet was preceded in passing by her husband,  Farris Hyde on Aug. 7, 1990; and two sisters, Blanche Verser and Myrtle Spanhurst.
     The family will welcome friends from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, May 18, at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, where the service to honor her memory will commence at 1 p.m. Bill Gibson of the Dowagiac Church of Christ will officiate. Burial will follow in Keeler Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the American Cancer Society.
 
Dorothy Beam d 5-8-2009


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

NOTE:  Dorothy was a 1945 Hartford High School graduate.

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

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

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

 


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

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

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

Franklin J. Hurlbut d 4-26-09Franklin J. Hurlbut, 97 years, of Pinckney, Michigan died Sunday evening, April 26, 2009 at the Veterans Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
     He was born July 14, 1911 in Bendon, Michigan; the son of John and Harriet (Swan) Hurlbut. Franklin married Mary Adams on June 7, 1948 and she preceded in death November 1997.
     He is survived by two daughters, Phyllis (Mark) Candy and Cindy (Tom) Smith; two sons, Don (Maria) Hurlbut and Neal Hurlbut; eight grandchildren and three great grandchildren; Franklin was preceded in death by his son, Tom.
     Franklin was a retired truck driver and a Navy Veteran of WWII.
     Cremation rites have been accorded. A memorial service will be held at 11 AM Thursday, April 30, 2009 at Shelters Funeral Home 250 N Mill Pinckney, Michigan. Family will receive friends 10 AM until time of service. Memorials are asked to the Veterans Hospital.

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

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

 
Rachel Ellen Shagonaby, 85, of Hartford went to be with her Lord Saturday, April 18, 2009, at Kairos Dwelling, Kalamazoo.
Rachael Shagonaby d 4-18-2009     Rachel was born Sept. 18, 1923, in Hartford, the daughter of Francis and Ruth (Jones) Gowens, both of whom preceded her in passing. Also preceding her in passing were a brother, Francis Gowens, and two sisters, Edith LaTour and Mildred Wesaw.
     Rachel worked for Adams Electronics, the Hartford Speedway and Salutos, from which she retired. She was a loyal member of the Hartford Federated Church, where she spent much of her adult life serving as a Sunday school teacher and singing in the choir.
     Rachel is survived by three daughters, Theresa (Earl) McFall of South Haven, Jacqueline (Tom) Trux of Hartford and Pamela (Michael) Gardner of Hawaii. She is also survived by 11 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
     The family will greet friends from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, at the Hartford Federated Church, where the service to honor her memory will take place at 1 p.m. Pastor Timothy Nyhuis will officiate. Burial will follow in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford. The family asks memorial donations in Rachel's name be made to Kairos Dwelling. The family has entrusted the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, with handling the arrangements.

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

Norman Burfield d 4-16-2009Norman Junior Burfield, 67, of Hartford, departed this life suddenly on Thursday, April 16, 2009, at Community Hospital, Watervliet.
     Norman was born Aug. 8, 1941, in Moulton, Ala., the son of Jess and Nora (West) Burfield, both of whom preceded him in passing. Also preceding him in passing were three brothers - Raymond, Leon and Marvin, and a sister, Louise.
     Norman was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather who loved spending time with everyone. He was an outdoorsman by heart as shown by his love of hunting and fishing.
     Norman is survived by his wife, Barbara of 20 years; his children - Nora Mildred Burfield, Norman Junior Burfield, Alex "Partner" Burfield-Cook, all at home, Cindy Lou O'Neil, John (Nicki) Burfield, both of Hartford, Toni Burfield of Boyne City, Laura (Mondo) Favela of Mesick, Stacy Burfield, Duane (Diana) Burfield, both of Traverse City, Joe (Michelle) Burfield of Fife Lake and Jodi Burfield of Texas. Norman is also survived by numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; a brother, Wallace Burfield of Boyne City; and sisters - Bertha Mae (Bedford) Borden of Bangor, Lucille LaFlame of South Haven, Francis Ortquist of Kalamazoo and Fae Godell of Canton, Ga., a lifelong friend, Lamon (Judy) Montgomery; and many nieces and nephews.
     The family will welcome friends on Tuesday, April 21, from 6 until the time of service at 7:30 p.m. at the Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford. Deacon Arthur Morsaw will serve as officiant. As to Norman's wishes, cremation will follow the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Norman's name may be made to the family.
 
Donald J. Drake, 87 of Hartford went peacefully home to be with his Lord on Thursday, April 16, 2009.
Donald J. Drake d 4-16-2009     Don, as he was known by all whom knew him, was born Sept. 5, 1921, in Bangor Township, the son of Curtis and Jean (Humphrey) Drake, both of whom preceded him in passing. Also preceding him in passing were his wife, Joyce on Sept. 21, 1997, a stepmother, Pansy Drake, a brother, Virgil Drake, and a brother-in-law, Donald Schroyer.
     Don was a 1940 graduate of Hartford High School. He served his country honorably as a member of the United States Army during World War II. He was a successful fruit farmer all his life. He served as a member of the Hartford Public Schools School Board and as the supervisor of the Hartford Township Board.

     He was a long time member of the Hartford Federated Church, where he served as a deacon, Sunday School Superintendent and a Sunday school teacher. He was also a member of the Gideons. Outside of work and church, Don was an avid deer hunter and fisherman. But most importantly, he was a wonderful husband, loving father and a man of integrity, who was known throughout the community as being an encourager, generous and a bold witness for his Lord.
     Don is survived by four daughters, Karen (Stanley) Carey of Dowagiac, Jeri (Allyn) Anthony of Hartford, JoAnne (Douglas) Smith of Bangor and Kathleen (Kevin) Lantz of Troy, Ohio; grandchildren, Benjamin (Adrianne) Smith of Tampa, Fla., Peter Smith of Annapolis, Md., Timothy Smith and Marcus Smith, both of Bangor, David Lantz and Rebekah Lantz, both of Troy, Ohio. He is also survived by a brother, Curtis (Irene) Drake of Hartford, a sister, Shirley Schroyer of Bangor, a sister-in-law, Viola Drake of Bangor and several nieces and nephews.
     The family will welcome friends from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 18, at the Hartford Federated Church. The service to honor his memory will commence at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 19, at the church. Pastor Timothy Nyhuis will officiate. Burial will follow in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford, where military rites will be conducted by VFW Post 6803, VFW Post 1137 and American Legion Post 362 and Auxiliary. The family asks memorial donations in Don's name be made to the Hartford Federated Church, Grace Christian School or to the Gideons. The family has entrusted the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, with handling the arrangements.

You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.    John 15:16
 

Maxine Cherry Martin (nee Markel) 86, entered into her eternal home on April 11, 2009 in Clare, MI.
     Maxine was born on July 27, 1922 in Grand Rapids, MI, daughter of Warren and Clara (Cherry) Markel. She was married for 58 years to Rev. C. William Martin, and served eight churches with him in western Michigan. They retired in 1989 to Shelby, MI. Maxine was a great worker for the Lord, serving in many positions in United Methodist Women organization, teaching Sunday School and in the camping programs of the church. Since coming to Shelby, she also mentored students in the elementary school and was known for the many birthday cards sent to those on Life Line and her holiday treats.
     Maxine was loved, her smile and laughter will be missed by her husband C. William; children, Dr. David and Colleen Bremer of Clare, MI, Kim and Claudia Volheim of Granger, IN, and Charles and Beth Martin of Midland, MI; grandchildren, Zachary and Lynn Clement-Bremer, Kara Bremer, Nathan and Benjamin Volheim and Hannah and Evan Martin; sisters-in-law, Harriet Markel of El Paso, TX, Charlene Martin and Marcia Snoek of Grand Rapids. Maxine is also remembered with much love by her nieces and nephews.
     She was preceded in death by two brothers, Melvin and Raymond, and a sister, Jennie Bloomer.
     Funeral services will be held 11 AM Thursday, April 16th, at St. Paul's United Methodist Church where the family will receive friends from 10-11 AM before the service. Interment Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Maxine's name to the Shelby United Methodist Church or to the United Methodist Community House in Grand Rapids. Visitation will take place Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the Ofield Funeral Home, 4500 Kalamazoo SE, Kentwood.

Note: 
Rev. C. William and Maxine Martin were at Hartford United Methodist Church in the early 1960's.
 
Eleanor Jones d 4-10-09Eleanor Louise Jones, 82 of Keeler Township, passed away Friday, April 10, 2009, at Lakeland Regional Medical Center, St. Joseph.
     Eleanor was born Sept. 30, 1926, in Hartford, the daughter of Dan and Violet (Smith) Tuttle, both of whom preceded her in passing. Also preceding her in passing were her husband, Robert, and two brothers, Verl Taylor and Charles VanWoert.
     Eleanor enjoyed traveling, sewing and working in the outdoors. But most importantly, she loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.
     Eleanor is survived by three sons, Dan (Deborah) Jones of Watervliet, Bobi (Kelli) Jones of Dowagiac and Tony (Ann) Jones of Hartford. She is also survived by nine grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and a sister, Irene Leach of Hartford.
     As per Eleanor's wishes, cremation has taken place. The family will welcome friends from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday, April 16, at the Sister Lakes Community Church, where the service to honor her memory will commence at 11 a.m. Pastor Doug Cuthbert and Pastor Scott Stambaugh will officiate. The family has entrusted the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, with handling the arrangements.

 
Robert Meeks - Bob passed away Monday evening, April 6, 2009, at his home. He was born Dec. 10, 1947, in Charleston, W.Va., the son of the late Lawrence and Dove (Judy) Meeks.
     Bob was employed as a bookkeeper until his retirement and was a member of the Full Gospel Church, Paw Paw. On July 3, 1971 in Grand Rapids,
     Bob was united in marriage to Sandra Kay McCall who survives. Also surviving are a daughter, Lisa Meeks of Grand Rapids; son, Robert Meeks of Hartford; two grandchildren, Ashley and Nicolas Jordan; sister, Janet Lea VanZandt of North Carolina; brother, Lawrence Meeks Jr. of Virginia; several nieces and nephews.
     Family will receive friends Thursday 11 a.m. to noon at the Full Gospel Church, Paw Paw where funeral services will be held at 12 p.m. with Pastor William Chapman officiating. Cremation will follow the services. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the family. Arrangements by the Adams Funeral Home, Paw Paw. Share a memory or condolence on line at: www.timeformemory.com/adams.
 
Arthur "Rocky" Furlan - age 88. Best known as "the Bike Man on Riverside Avenue", Rocky (born 12/29/1920) was a resident of Riverside, CA for 45 years. Arthur "Rocky" Furlan  d 4-6-2009He passed away due to heart failure at Riverside Community Hospital [on April 4, 2009].
     Rocky served in the Army Air Corps as a 2nd Lt. during WWII, became a salesman and later worked for Riverside Auto Auction. He was a member of the Italian Catholic Federation, Knights of Columbus, and usher at St. Catherine's Church.
     Rocky will be dearly missed by his wife of 62 years, Gloria Furlan; daughter, Margo (David) Miley; sons, Mark (Kathy) Furlan and David (Dana) Furlan; grandchildren Roxanne Johnson, Tom Furlan, Mark Furlan, Melissa Margaretis and Katie Furlan, also his dog Shadow and by all those whose lives he touched. He was the best grandfather ever.
     Funeral Mass on April 8 at noon, at St. Catherines Church, Riverside. Burial on April 9 at Riverside National Cemetery at 10:45am at Staging Area #4. Acheson & Graham Mortuary (951) 688-1221

NOTE:  Art attended the Thomas school and was a 1940 Hartford High School graduate.  Click here to read an interesting story by high school friend, Bick Beckwith, regarding Art and the war.
 

Earl Raymond Weber, 77, of Keeler passed away Friday, April 3, 2009, at his home. Earl was born May 15, 1931, in Bainbridge, the son of Earl and Florine (Clay) Weber, both of whom preceded him in passing.
     Earl retired from Klett Construction after 30 plus years of dedicated service. He was a heavy equipment mechanic and was a 45+ year member of the Operating Engineers Local 324.
     Earl is survived by six children, Earl Weber III, Charles (Susan) Weber, David Weber, Charlotte Weber, Jeffery Weber and Christopher Weber, 12 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
     The family will welcome friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 9, at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford. The service to honor his memory will commence at 11 am. Friday, April 10, at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Keeler Cemetery. The family asks donations in Earl’s name be made to the American Cancer Society.
 
Chester P. Swisher d 4-2-2009Chester Paul Swisher Jr., 87, of San Diego, Calif, formerly of Hartford, died April 2, 2009.  [He was born April 20, 1921 in Benton Harbor MI.]
     Chester joined the Navy in 1939, He was on the USS Maryland on Dec. 7, 1941 in Pearl Harbor. Then went on LST 354 and was at the helm of landing craft at the invasion of the Marshall Islands which was hit by a shell that killed most of the men on the craft.  He retired as Chief Petty Officer after 26 years in the Navy. He had an insurance business in San Diego. 
     He is survived by his wife, Cleo; his brother, Art Swisher; his stepsisters, Josephine Stone, Opal Rhinehart Tomson; and half-brother and sister, Gerald Swisher, Lulabell Gilbert, Deana Bassett, Ethelyn Pastrick, Audrey Wilson.
     He was preceded in death by his mother, Vema Swisher; stepmother, Lullia Swisher and his father, Chester Swisher Sr.; his brothers, Jim and Charles; and by his sister, Helen Gross; and by is step-brother and sister, James Reed, Glenna Sanders; his half-brother and
sister, William, Floyd, Bonnie Snodgrass and Luella Swisher.
    
 Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Greenwood Funeral Home in San Diego.  There will be a church service later in the month in San Diego.
 

Lorraine Margaret Jensen, 92, of Hendersonville [North Carolina] died Wednesday, April 1, 2009, at her home.
     She was born in Michigan City, Ind., to the late Terrell Bratton and Charlotte Kirchberg Bratton. She was preceded in death by her husband, Sven Jensen. She lived in Henderson County for 20 years. She was also preceded in death by her brother, Ted, and his wife, Jewel Bratton; and a sister, Eleanor Eisbrenner.
     She is survived by a son, Vern and Hilde Jensen of Hendersonville; a daughter, Elaine and Haynes Woolcott of Hendersonville; nieces and nephews, Ron, Tom and Vicki Neuman of Michigan; and cousins, Lorraine and Eleanor of Dubuque, Iowa.
     Memorials may be sent to Four Seasons Hospice and Pallative Care, 571 S. Allen Road, Flat Rock, NC 28731.

NOTE:  Lorraine was a former Hartford resident.  Sven and Lorraine purchased The Bookstore in Hartford during the 1950s-60s. Her son, Vern, graduated in 1958 and daughter, Elaine, graduated in 1953 from Hartford High School. 
 

Anita Lou Hambleton, 54, of Lawrence disappeared on June 11, 2008 and was found March 28, 2009, and is with the Lord.
Anita Hambleton d 3-28-2009     Anita was born July 16, 1954, in Kalamazoo, to Erwin Leslie Froman and Barbara Louise Lazell, who preceded her in death. Anita married Todd Hambleton Feb. 24, 1996. Anita enjoyed her flower garden. She loved and worked with children 28 years in the AWANA Program at Hartford Federated Church. She loved helping others. The most important things in her life were her family and faith.
     In addition to her loving husband, Anita is survived by her son, Ron Burchfield; and grandson, Ronnie Burchfield; two brothers, Robert (Kathy) Froman of Kalamazoo and Grant (Barb) Froman of Pennsylvania; one sister, Peggy (Mike) Crummel of California; and many nieces and nephews.
     A memorial service celebrating her life will be held on Saturday, May 2, at 11 a.m., at Hartford Federated Church, with Pastor Tim Nyhuis officiating.

NOTE:  Anita attended Hartford High School, but moved to Marcellus MI to be with family and completed her Senior year at Marcellus High School.
 

Courier-Leader Newspaper
by Paul Parrod
Published on 4/6/2009  

Body of woman missing since June found near her Lawrence Township home

     A badly decomposed body found in Lawrence Township last Saturday afternoon has been identified through dental records as that of a Lawrence Township woman who was reported missing last summer, according to the Van Buren County Sheriff's Office.
     Van Buren County Sheriff Dale Gribler said that from an autopsy conducted in Lansing on Tuesday, dental records confirmed it was the body of Anita Lou Hambleton. An exact cause of death has not been determined.  Gribler said an anthropologist was expected to examine the remains, and investigators are waiting for the results from a toxicology report, which is expected to take eight to 12 weeks to complete.
     Gribler said the Sheriff's Office received a call around 1:50 p.m. from a Lawrence Township property owner in the 69000 block of 56th Street, saying he found what appeared to be a badly decomposed female body.  The property owner, who does not live at the site, was hunting for deer antlers (shedding), when he came upon the remains.
     Gribler said the area where the body was found was along a winding creek bottom and low-land in a heavily wooded area, southeast of Anita Hambleton's residence. Hambleton, 53, had been missing since June 11, 2008.  Gribler said foul play does not appear to be a factor at this time. The investigation is on-going.
     At the time of her disappearance from her residence, 69640 56th St., an extensive search of the property and adjoining areas was conducted by Sheriff's deputies and detectives, area fire department personnel and community volunteers, as well as Michigan State Police helicopters and K-9 tracking dogs from the Van Buren county Sheriff's Office and Michigan State Police.
     She was reported to have suffered from a bi-polar disorder and did not have medication with her on the day she was reported missing.
     The Michigan State Police Crime Lab in Grand Rapids assisted with the investigation.
 

Larry Lee Thomas, 56, of Hartford passed away on Saturday, March 21, 2009, at Kairos Dwelling in Kalamazoo. Larry was born on Larry L. Thomas d 3-21-2009Aug. 24, 1952, in Kalamazoo. He was the son of Edward and Wilma (Trumbla) Thomas.
     Larry was a mason by trade, doing work on his own and also working for Ernie Daisy for a number of years. He enjoyed the outdoors as shown in his love of fishing, camping and being around his family and friends. Larry also served his country proudly in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War.
     Larry is survived by his daughter, Jessica (Ryan) Disterheft of Eau Claire; a son, Bradley Thomas of Niles; six grandchildren, Calvin, Rylee, Breean, Dominik, Toni and Kennidie. Larry is also survived by his parents, his significant other, Joni Olds of Hartford and her three sons; a brother, Glenn (Vera) Thomas and a sister, Trish (Roger) DeYoung, both of Kalamazoo.
     Larry was preceded in death by a brother, Gary Thomas, and a sister-in-law, Toni Williams. 
     Larry's family will welcome friends for a time of remembering Larry with pictures and fellowship from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 4, at the Hartford American Legion Hall. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Larry's name may be made to the family. The Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford has been entrusted with the arrangements.
 
Mary Anne Collins - Hartford.  Mary Anne's life began Jan. 21, 1940, in Benton Harbor.   She has spent her lifetime in the area.  Mary Anne worked in health care as a home caretaker and enjoyed playing bingo and going to Blue Chip.  Her loving family includes: two daughters, Victoria Geno of Eau Claire and Denise Jackson of Hartford; six grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
     Mary Anne died Monday, March 23, 2009, at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo.  Her husband Thomas and her parents Kenny and Ruby (Watts) Price preceded Mary Anne in death.
     Mary Anne has been cremated and there will be no funeral services.  Hutchins Funeral Home in Watervliet is assisting Mary Anne's family with arrangements.
 
Daniel Dallas Davis Jr.  d 3-23-2009Daniel Dallas Davis Jr., 99, of Hartford passed away Monday, March 23, 2009, at South Haven Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
     Daniel was born June 23, 1909, in Logansport, Ind., the son of Daniel and Lola (Gifford) Davis Sr., both of whom preceded him in passing. Also preceding Daniel in passing are his wife of 74 years, Lucille on June 18, 2008, a daughter, Juanita Brumitt, a grandson, Jamie Brumitt, one sister, and nine brothers.
     Daniel retired from Superior Steel in 1974, after many years of loyal service. He loved roaming the outdoors, as he was an avid fisherman and hunter. He was a long time member of the Hartford United Methodist Church.
     Daniel is survived by a son, Rodney (Trudy) Davis of Stevensville; a daughter, Carolyn "Sue" Vance of Coloma; eight grandchildren, Bruce Brumitt, Randy Brumitt, Dawn Welty, Duane Vance, David Vance, Tammy Kibler, Bradley Davis and Greg Davis. He is also survived by a son-in-law, James Brumitt of Lawrence; and two sisters, Peggy Smith of St. Joseph and Dorothy Lewis of Illinois.
     The family will welcome friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford. The service to honor his memory will commence at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 26, at the funeral home. The Rev. Ronald Hansen will serve as officiant. Burial will follow in North Shore Memory Gardens, Hagar Shores. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Daniel's name may be made to the Hartford United Methodist Church.
 
Frances Helen Curran, 100, of Niles, and formerly of Baldwin, Mich., passed away at Silverbrook Nursing Home in Niles on March 19, 2009.
     Frances was born on July 6, 1908, to the late William and Christina (Nothrduft) Palmer in Hartford. After high school, Frances wed the love of her life, Ervin J. Curran, at a ceremony in Niles on July 23, 1927.
     Frances was preceded in death by her husband, parents and siblings.
     Frances is survived by her children, Donald (Delores) Curran of Elkhart, Ind., and Carolyn (David) Shankland of Grants Pass, Ore.; several grandchildren; and other family members.
     In keeping with Frances’ wishes, she has been cremated and no services will take place. She will be interred at Mission Hills Memorial Gardens. Condolences, photos and memories may be left for the family at www.BrownFuneralHomeNiles.com.
     Arrangements have been entrusted to Brown Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Niles.
 
Vivalee Blackston, age 81, of Lawton, formerly of Hartford and Grand Junction, passed away Friday, March 13, 2009, at Bronson Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Lawton. 
     The family will meet friends after 10 a.m. Wednesday at the United Pentecostal Church, South Haven, where funeral services will be at 11 a.m. with Pastor Phillip Haner and Pastor Jimmy Blackston officiating. Interment will follow in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford. Arrangements by Bangor Chapel, D. L. Miller Funeral Home, www.dlmillerfuneralhome.com. 
     Vivalee was born May 10, 1927, in Decatur, Ala., the daughter of Harry and Nora Gatlin. She had lived at Bronson Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for the past six years, Hartford for 15 years and Grand Junction before that. Vivalee enjoyed cooking, dancing and attending church, where she could hear her family singing. She enjoyed living at the Bronson Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, where she appreciated the love and care she was shown. 
     Surviving are four sons, Tommy Blackston of South Haven, Johnny Blackston of Coloma, Billy Blackston of Mishawaka, Ind., Larry Fay Blackston of Bangor; two daughters, Mary Pugh and Linda Smith, both of Hartford; 22 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Christine Watson of Florida.
     She was preceded in death by her husband, Coy, in 2002; and a son, Amos Junior Blackston, in 1993; and seven sisters.

 
Martin Rodriguez, 44, of Hartford passed away suddenly Saturday, March 7, 2009, in Coloma.
Martin Rodriquez d 3-7-2009     Martin was born July 25, 1964, in Northport, Mich. He was the son of Saul and Maria (Aranda) Rodriguez, both of whom preceded him in passing. He formerly was employed at Hilltop Orchards in Lawrence for a number of years. Martin enjoyed cooking and baking and would lend a helping hand to anyone in need. After his sister Maria passed away at an early age, Martin raised her two children, Mary Hammond and Gary Schaffer, as though they were his own.
     Martin is survived by his brothers and sisters, Hector Rodriguez of Mexico, Daniel (Gloria) Rodriguez, David (Theresa) Rodriguez, Adam (Juana) Rodriguez and Homero (Yolanda) Rodriguez, all of Hartford, Angelita (Julio) Ledesma of San Antonio, Texas, Adela Rodriguez of Hartford, Rosa (Luis) Zapata of Lawrence, Aurora Rodriguez of Coloma, Oralia (Antonio) Robles of Lawrence, Beatrice (Manuel) DeLaRosa of Hartford and Erminia (Randy) DeLong of East Leroy.
     Besides his parents and his sister, Martin was preceded in death a brother, Jose Rodriguez.
     The family will welcome friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 10, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Hartford. Mass of Christian Burial will commence at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, March 11, at the church. Father Fabio Garzon will be the celebrant. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Martin's name may be made to the family. The Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, has been entrusted with the arrangements.

 
James R. Flores-Gorsline, 54, of Hartford, passed away suddenly on Friday, March 6, 2009, at his home.
James Flores-Gorsline  d 3-6-2009     James was born Oct. 12, 1954, in Pontiac, Mich., the son of Richard and Alice (Pace) Gorsline. After high school, he traveled for many years with Link Entertainment, made a career as an over-the-road truck driver and also was a mechanic at Peacock Ridge Golf Course. James loved playing golf, bowling, card games of all kinds and watching football.
     James is survived by a daughter, Jamie (Chester) Simmons of Lakeland, Fla.; a son, James Richard Flores of Hartford; and four grandchildren — Michael, Zack, Matthew and Katie. He is also survived by his mother,  Alice Gorsline of Bangor; nine brothers and sisters —  Diane (Matt) Collins of Frostproof, Fla., Theresa (Roger) Stielen of Tucson, Ariz., Robert Flores of Lake Alfred, Fla., Joyce (Albert) Genereaux of Hartford, Robin Gorsline of Marcellus, Martha (Ismael) Maldondo of Hartford and Mary (Jimmy) Hayes of Bangor; numerous nieces and nephews; and a very special friend, Paula Pool of Coloma.
     James was preceded in death by his father, Richard, in 1983.

     The family will welcome friends on Tuesday, March 10,  from 6 p.m. until the time of service at 7 p.m. at the Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford. Pastor Matt Collins will serve as officiant. As to James’ wishes, cremation will follow the service. In lieu of flowers,  memorials in James’ name may be made to the family.
 
Mary Adeline Rose, 80, of Hartford, passed away surrounded by her loving family Friday, Feb. 27, 2009, at Bronson Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo.
     Mary was born Dec. 24, 1928, in South Haven, the daughter of Henry and Josephine (Welling) Groth. Mary was a 1947 graduate of Hartford High School. Her life revolved around her family. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.
     Mary and her husband, Wayne, were founding and active members of the Hartford Old Engine and Tractor Club. She enjoyed feeding all the wildlife that wandered into their backyard and traveling with her husband.
     Mary is survived by her husband, Wayne, whom she married June 21, 1947; two daughters - Judith (David) Rainey of Bangor and Susan Rose of Hartford; two granddaughters, Amanda (Gabe) Malmstrom and Jenny (Jason) Elston; and two grandsons, Andrew Yirchott and Adam Unrath.
     Mary was preceded in passing by her parents; three brothers - Henry Groth, Kenneth Groth and Norbert Groth; and a sister, Rita Everhart Moyle.
The family will welcome friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, March 1, at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford. The service to honor her memory will commence at 11 a.m., Monday, March 2, at the funeral home. She will be laid to rest in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford. Memorial donations in Mary's name may be made to the Ronald McDonald House of Detroit.
 

Betty Jean Sumners went to be with the Lord on Sunday, February 22, 2009, from complications related to cancer. She was 69 years old. She Betty Sumners d 2-22-2009was born May 30, 1939, to the late Cecil E. and Lura M. Stair.
     Betty is survived by her three children, Tina (Mark) Rendel, Douglas Parker, and Steven (Angela) Sumners; and her four grandchildren, Shannon Parker, Ty Parker, Faith Sumners, and Lucas Sumners.
     The visitation will be held Thursday, February 26 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Calvin Funeral Home at 8 E. Main Street, Hartford. The funeral service will be held Friday, February 27 at 10:00 AM and officiated by Pastor Timothy R. Smith.
     In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network on line at www.pancan.org or by phone, toll free at (877) 272-6226.

Betty was a 1957 Hartford High School graduate
.
 

Linda Kay (Jones) Klackle-Aubill, 59, of Hartford, passed away Sunday, February 22, 2009 at Lakeland Hospital, St. Joseph, after a long illness.  According to Linda Klackle-Aubill  d 2-22-2009her wishes, cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at Living Word Church of God, Coloma on Saturday, February 28, 2009 at 4:00 pm. 
     Linda is survived by her loving husband, John Aubill, her two daughters- Elisabeth (Eric) Klackle Hallgren, of Hartford, Jennifer (Bruce) Klackle Cantrell, of Clarksville, Tennessee, two step-daughters- Laura and Stephanie Aubill of Portsmouth, Ohio, three grandchildren-Matthew and Mariel Hallgren and Grace Cantrell, one sister- Carolyn Newberry of Fayetteville North Carolina and her sister-in-law Candi Jones Boersma of Riverside, Michigan.  She was preceded in death by her parents Elmo and Eloise Jones and her brother Larry Jones. 
     Linda was employed during her lifetime by several area businesses:  Musselman’s, Van Buren State Bank, Vail Rubber and All Phase Electric. 
     Linda loved animals, crocheting and attending church when she was able.  Linda will always be remembered for her quirky sense of humor and her awesome potato salad. 
 

Geraldine 'Jerri' Varnau, 81, formerly of Hartford and Stevensville, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, Feb. 20, 2009 at Woodland Terrace, Geraldine 'Jerri' Varnau d 2-20-2009Bridgman.
     Geraldine was born March 15, 1927, in Palmetto, Fla., the daughter of Francis and Maidee (Rae) Edwards, both of whom precede her in passing.  Also preceding her in passing was her husband, Albert Varnau Jr., on March 6, 2006, and her sister, Dorothy Jane Council
     Geraldine married Albert William Varnau on Nov. 6, 1948, in St. Joseph.  Together, Albert and Geraldine owned and operated their farm from 1948 to 1970 [in Hartford Township].  They were members of the Van Buren County Farm Bureau and the Hartford Federated Church.  Geraldine was currently a member of First Baptist Church, St. Joseph.  Geraldine was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and a loving aunt to many nieces and nephews.
     Geraldine is survived by:  her children - Deborah (Randy) Cuthbert of Cassopolis, Bruce Varnau of Benton Harbor, Janis (Charlie) Jaynes of Mattoon, ILL., and Paula (Frank) Picone of St. Joseph, and her grandchildren - Benjamin (Rachel) Cuthbert, Kathryn Cuthbert, Jessica Cuthbert and Madison Picone.
     The family will welcome friends from 11 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, Feb 24, at Hartford Federated Church, where the service to honor her memory will take place at noon  Pastor Timothy Nyhuis of Hartford Federated Church and Pastor Marlo Fritzke of First Baptist Church of St. Joseph will officiate. As per Geraldine's wishes, cremation will follow the service.  She will be laid to rest in Maple Hill Cemetery with a private family service at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, memorial may be made to Hospice at Home, St. Joseph.  The family has entrusted Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, with arrangements.

    
Henry DeRouck d 2-19-2009

Henry DeRouck
, age 77, passed away February 19, 2009.  He lived in Crestwood KY.

Henry was a 1949 Hartford High School graduate.

Donald Lee Curtis, Watervliet, was born in Coloma on April 19, 1936, to Lee and Doris (Darrough) Curtis.  He married Donna (Gillard) on April 10, 1964, and they have two children Michael (June ) Curtis and Michele (Wiley) Payne, and five grandchildren, William, Wiley, Rebecca, Sami and Brad. 
       Don graduated from Watervliet High School in 1954.  He worked for Twin Cities Chevrolet, Schroeder Motors, Bridges Garage and Signal Delivery until he retired in 1988.  Donald also operated a garage in Hartford.  Don was a fireman for the Watervliet Fire Department for 37 years were he held several positions. Don proudly served his country in the United States Army from 1959 until August of 1965, his tour took him to Germany. 
     In his spare time Don enjoyed his family, Paw Paw Lake for it's beauty and racing boats, hunting and fishing.
     Don died Sunday, Feb. 15, 2009, at Countryside Nursing and Rehabilitation Community in South Haven.  Don's parents preceded him in death
     Friends may visit with Don's family Wednesday, Feb. 18, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Hutchins Funeral Home in Watervliet.  Funeral services will be celebrated Thursday, Feb. 19, at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with Pastor David Haase officiating.  Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery in Watervliet.

 
Frances P. Linam, 73 of Eugene, Oregon passed away peacefully Wednesday, February 18, 2009 in Houston, Texas. She was born June 6, 1935 in Hartford, Michigan to Roy and Myrtle Clinard Phillips.
     “Franny” as her close friends and family called her was a long time member of Mid-City/Crescent City Baptist Church where she played the violin. She had tremendous love for her Faith Class at church. She was a devote Christian who enjoyed her daily bible studies and loved to travel, especially to Disney World. Frances was a devoted mother, wife and granny.
     She is preceded in death by her husband, Theodore Linam, Jr.; her parents, and 5 siblings. She is survived by her daughters, Susan Gaudin, Sandra Gussenhoven and Sharon Laughlin; sister, Eva P. Weathersby; grandchildren, Brittnay Todd, Meghan Pond, Jacob Laughlin, Nicholas Hebert, Anne Marie Gaudin and Austen Gussenhoven; and great grandchildren, Ethan Hebert and Elijah Todd.
     Frances’s family will welcome visitors tomorrow, Friday, February 20th at Palms Funeral Home from 9:30 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. with services starting at 11:00 a.m. A graveside service will be held at Angleton Cemetery at 1:00 p.m. after visitation.
 
On Feb. 5, 2009, at 4:12 p.m., William (Bill) Bromley, 94, of Hartford, entered the gates of heaven, walking, leaping, praising God and flew into the arms of his precious wife, Nina, to whom he had been married for over 68 years here on earth.
     His parents, Fred and Mabelle (Gold) Bromley; his sister, Lorna Herman; and several of his brothers - Merle, Gordon, Gayle, Elwin (Pete), Don and Ralph celebrated this reunion of love with them.
     He left here on earth, his children - Lance (Sheri) Bromley, and Debbie (Charlie) Benge;  his sister, Norma Cramer; his brothers, Fred (Meryl) Bromley and Richard (Sandra Cayan) Bromley; his grandchildren - Bryan (Diana) Bromley, Wendy (Gregg) Fitzgerald, Deanna Bromley, Doug Winn, Becky (Adrian) Clark and Richard Winn; three step-grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends, all with a tear in their eye but a song of joy in their hearts.
     Bill spent the first part of his life in Buchanan, where he attended school, lived and worked at Clark Equipment. He and his wife, Nina, moved to Loami, Ill., and he was employed by Allis Chalmers. Upon retirement he moved back to Buchanan where he resided until a few years ago when he moved to
Hartford.
     Bill was a man of faith, of fellowship, and of fun. He was a Mason for 64 years and a 50-year member of the A F & A M Lodge 1158 in Divernon, Ill. He loved God, had many dear friends, and was devoted to his family. You could always count on his help, his opinion, his love of life, and his great sense of humor. He had a great many little poems and ditties memorized that he shared with even his great-grandchildren.
     Per his wishes, he has been cremated. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Anyone wishing to make a donation in his memory may do so to the Watervliet FMC Food Pantry, 7734 Paw Paw Ave.,   Watervliet, MI 49098; the First United Methodist Church, Buchanan, MI 49107; or the Loami United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 462, Loami, IL 62661.

 
Bobby Berry.   After a valiant battle with cancer, Bobby Berry, 65, of Hartford won the war on cancer and passed peacefully with his family around him on Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2009.
     Bobby was born May 27, 1943, in Strawberry Plains, Tenn., the son of Raymond and Sissie (Williams) Berry, both of whom preceded him in passing.
He is survived by his wife, Ann (Sarters) Berry, whom he married Oct. 23, 1961, and enjoyed 47 years together with each other. He is also survived by a daughter, Leanne Berry-White and a son, Jeff Berry, both of Hartford; four grandsons, Michael and Jason Brow of Pendleton, Ky., Andrew Berry and Devin Berry, both of Hartford, along with many great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Also surviving are brothers, Willie Berry of Mascot, Tenn., and James Berry of Evans, Ga.; sister, Harlon (Anna) Capps of Cullman, Ala.; brother/nephew, Ron McCall of Sullivan, Mo.; and his dog friend and buddy, Goldberg.
     Bob worked for many years at the Watervliet Paper Company. In his younger years, he enjoyed fishing and hunting with his friends. In his later years, he liked to listen to his beloved Cubs on the radio with Ron and Pat. He was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather, who was always ready to help and listen to his friends and family. He will be missed forever by his family, but we know he resides in Heaven.
     The Berry family will meet and welcome friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6, at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, to remember and rejoice the life of Mr. Bobby Berry.
 
Margaret Ann "Peggy" Benham, 85, of Hartford, passed away Monday, Feb. 2, 2009, at the University of Margaret "Peggy" Benham d 2-2-2009Michigan Hospital, Ann Arbor.
     Peggy, as she was known by all who knew her, was born Dec. 18, 1923, in Hartford, the daughter of George and Florence (Kime) Olds Jr., both of whom preceded her in passing.
     Peggy was also preceded in passing by her first husband, Paul E. Stowell; her second husband, Henry Benham; son, Thomas Stowell; brother, Arthur D. Olds; and a sister, Betty L. Olds.
     Peggy was very active in her church community, where she was a member of the choir and worked in the nursery for years at the Hartford Federated Church. She loved cats, photography, shopping, crafts of all sorts and watching TV, especially her favorite shows, Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy.
     Peggy is survived by three sons, Jeffrey (Linda K.) Benham of Hartford, J. Kevin (Linda E.) Benham of Lawrence and Craig Benham of Central City, Ky., a daughter-in-law, Judith Stowell of Coloma; grandchildren, Bret Benham, Tracy Benham, Paul Stowell, Kristofer Benham, Justin Benham and Heather Herrington; 10 great-grandchildren; a sister, Helen Richter of Hartford; and a brother, George (Barbara) Olds of Kalamazoo.
     The family will welcome friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, at the Hartford Federated Church. The service to honor her memory will take place at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 6, at the church. Pastor Timothy Nyhuis will officiate. She will be laid to rest in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations in Peggy's name be made to the Hartford Federated Church. The family has entrusted the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford with handling the arrangements.

 

NOTE:  Peggy was a 1941 Hartford High School graduate.
 
Nancy Oakes Kass, 64, a former resident of Hartford, passed away February 2, 2009 in California.  Nancy was a 1962 Hartford High School Graduate.
Catherine Fern Davis Fuller Briggs, 87 of Hartford, passed away Friday, Jan. 30, 2009 at her home.
     Catherine was born Sept. 25, 1921, in White Oak, the daughter of Burch and Lila (Moon) Davis, both of whom preceded her in passing.  Also preceding Catherine in passing was her first husband, Allie Fuller, her second husband, Stanley Briggs, a daughter, Betty Heffington, a son, Harold Fuller, three brothers and a sister.
     Catherine was a loving mother, who worked extremely hard to raise her family. That hard work was shown by the many places she worked, such as Duffy Motts in Hartford, the Gifford Wreath Factory, V.M. Corporation of Benton Harbor, the Hartford Fruit Exchange and Burnette Foods in Keeler.
     Catherine is survived by five children - Gerald Fuller, Harry (Elizabeth) Fuller and Jackie (Gary) Heffington, all of Hartford, Thomas (Cathy) Fuller of Watervliet and David Fuller of Hartford; 13 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; two stepsons, John (Patsy) Briggs of Coloma and Allen (Shirley) Briggs of Bangor; and a son-in-law, Gene Heffington.
     The family welcomed friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3, at the Full Gospel Assembly Church, Hartford. The service to honor her memory was held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 4, at the church. Pastors Lonnie and Shannon Truelove officiated. She was laid to rest in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford. Memorial donations in Catherine's name may be made to Hospice at Home. The family entrusted the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, with handling the arrangements.
 
Jo Anna Jones, 83, of Lawrence, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2009, at Kairos Dwelling, Kalamazoo.
     Jo Anna was born Aug. 17, 1925, in Rogersville, Tenn., the daughter of Eldridge and Fannie (Kyle) Payne, both of whom precede her in passing. Also preceding her in passing were her husband, William on April 24, 1984; a sister, Jennie Mae Kincaid; and two brothers, Robert Clifton Payne and Eldridge Jefferson Payne II.
     Jo Anna worked as a secretary for Du Well's in Hartford for many years, before moving on to the Senior Nutrition Services, where she worked as a site manager until her retirement.
     Jo Anna is survived by a daughter, Debora Jones; a granddaughter, Michelle (Demetrius Johnson) Buchanan of Mattawan; a great grandson, Byron Johnson of Mattawan; and three sisters - Katherine Hoyle and Mollie Ruth Pope, both of Rogersville, Tenn., and Ethel Marie (Phillip) Rogers of Dayton, Ohio.
     The family will welcome friends from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3, at the Leonard Funeral Home, Lawrence, where the service to honor her memory will commence at 1 p.m. The Rev. Darwin Johnson of the Emmanuel Community Church of South Haven will officiate. She will be laid to rest in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford. Memorial donations in Jo Anna's name may be made to Kairos Dwelling or to the American Cancer Society Relay for Life.
 
John Weaver-Hudson was born on Aug. 10, 1958, in Detroit to Louis Hudson and his wife, Kathleen (nee Weaver). He was adopted into the family of God by the washing of holy baptism on Dec. 10, 1969.
     John was an avid student all of his life. He attended elementary and secondary schools in Oak Park and Birmingham. He received a B.A. in German and Religion from Oberlin College in 1979, an M. Div. from the seminary program at Earlham School of Religion in Richmond, Ind., in 1984, an M.A. in classical languages from Loyola University in 1996 and a Doctor of Theology Degree from the University of Zululand in South Africa in 2008.
     After his graduation from the seminary in 1984, he served as Pastor at UCC Congregational and Baptist churches in Ohio and Illinois. For confessional reasons, he applied for and was accepted by colloquy into the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod in 2001. As part of the colloquy process, he attended a semester at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon, Wis. and also served as vicar/pastoral assistant at Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church in Milwaukee, Wis., and at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Livonia. In 2002, the Lord called him to serve as pastor of Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church of Hartford, where he served faithfully for the rest of his days.
     On Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2009, the Lord in his wisdom and love took the soul of Pastor Weaver-Hudson from this vale of tears to himself in heaven. He is survived by his parents. His time on earth was 50 years, 5 months and 17 days.
     The Christian funeral service to honor Pastor Weaver-Hudson's life will take place at 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 2, at the Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church, 205 Bennett Avenue, Hartford. Pastor Paul S. Naumann will serve as officiant. His remains will be interred at Grandlawn Cemetery in Detroit, where they wait for the sure and certain resurrection to eternal life in Christ.
     In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in John's name be made to the Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church. The family has entrusted the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, with handling the arrangements.

Pastor dies in I-94 car crash

Pastor remembered as friendly,
knowledgeable on church history
By ANDREW LERSTEN
H-P South Haven Bureau

HARTFORD - A Hartford church lost its spiritual leader in a car crash Tuesday.

Rev. John Weaver-Hudson, 50, of Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church died in what police believe was a one-car crash on westbound Interstate 94.
     The car was found flipped over in the median of I-94, near the Hartford exit, shortly before 5 a.m., state police from the Paw Paw post reported.
     "There were some slippery spots this morning," Sgt. Russ Ammon said. "There could have been some patches of black ice (causing a slide-off). I just don't know."
     Police found Weaver-Hudson strapped in with a seat belt inside the upside-down car. He wasn't breathing and could not be resuscitated, Ammon said.
     Weaver-Hudson, who was single, had been pastor at Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church for at least eight years, said church Elder Bob Weber.
     "He preached The Word very well and from a very conservative viewpoint," Weber said. "He was very good on the history of the church. He was a very knowledgeable man."
     Next-door neighbor Ron Ward said, "He was friendly. When we saw him, he was very cordial. He was pretty reserved. I imagine he was dedicated to his church work."
     State police are asking for anyone who may have witnessed the crash to call them at the Paw Paw post, 657-5551.
     Funeral arrangements are being handled by Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford.

 

James Peterson d 1-2520-09James Gary Peterson, "Jim," 70, of Hartford passed away Sunday, Jan. 25, 2009, at his home surrounded by his family.
     According to his wishes, Jim has been cremated. The family is holding a memorial service on Friday, Jan. 30, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, where a eulogy will be read at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Jim's name be made to the South Haven Chapter of Hospice at Home.
     Jim was born Aug. 5, 1938, in Grayling, Mich., the son of Johannes and Jennie (Small) Peterson. Jim was an independent contractor in the Hartford area for more than 20 years.
     Surviving are his children, Collene Rowe of Hartford, Kelly (Anthony) Norris of Indiana, Lisa (Tim) Summerhill of Hartford and Steven (Jennifer) Peterson of Berrien Springs. Also surviving are his grandchildren, Eric, Anna, Casey, Chantel, Jimmy, Angie, Tim, Jillian, Holly, Steven and MacKenzie; one great-granddaughter, Savannah; numerous brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and a special friend, Pete Johnson of Hartford.
     He was preceded in passing by his precious wife, Peggy; a son, Wesley; a grandson, Joey; his parents; a brother, Thomas Peterson; a sister, Arlene Porter; and three brothers-in-law, Keith Moore, James Waldron and Richard Carew.
 

Charles Moss Duncombe, known to most as Charlie or Chuck, passed away Saturday, January 24, 2009 in Houston, Texas.
Charles Moss Duncombe d 1-24-2009     Charlie was a native Keelerite, born at home on September 27, 1927.  He was the firstborn son of two boys born to Grace Moss Duncombe and Charles McMillan Duncombe.  His family owned and ran the Duncombe Grocery Store, founded by his grandfather, Charles E. Duncombe, Sr., in Keeler.  Charlie lived all his childhood years in Keeler and graduated from nearby Hartford High School in 1944.
     Charlie was a Freemason and a member of the local lodge for his lifetime.  He was raised to 2nd degree Master Mason in 1949.  After high school, he attended Coyne Electrical Institute in Chicago.  Shortly afterward, he entered the Navy on January 4, 1946, just after World War II.  His training was done at Great Lakes, Illinois, and he was later stationed in Guam.  He rose to the rank of Electronic Technician’s Mate Third Class, and was honorably discharged October 29, 1947. 
     Charlie worked for several companies over his lifetime.  He worked for the Army Signal Corps until 1951, and then decided to open Duncombe’s Radio Shop in Keeler, where he worked until 1958.
     Doris Fullriede, a graduate of Watervliet High School, caught Charlie’s eye in 1954, and they married in 1955.  A few years later, he went to work for G.E. in Phoenix, Arizona and moved his family there.  After a few years, the family moved to Jacksonville, Florida, and Charlie later left G.E. to work for RCA in 1967.  The entrepreneurial bug hit him again in 1972, and he started Red Dot Mobile Home.  In 1974, Charlie went to work for Perry Oceanographics, where he helped to build a submarine from a Lotus body for the 1977 James Bond movie,
The Spy Who Loved Me.
     Charlie and his family made a final relocation to Houston, Texas in the spring of 1978, when he took a job with Martech.  Late in 1979, he worked for Brown and Root, working on a project building a subsea trencher.  His work at Brown and Root also took him to Holland and India.  He worked there until 1985.  Charlie later worked a few contract jobs with Compaq, Texas Micro Systems and Shell Oil, before permanently retiring in 1989. 
     Charlie enjoyed fishing in Michigan as a boy, and decided to build a waterfront home for retirement on the Trinity River, near Huntsville, Texas in 1990.  He lived there until his family began to notice that he was not quite himself around 2002.  Medical testing revealed that Charlie was struggling with Alzheimer Disease.  A few years later, he received more bad news that he was suffering from P.K.D., a degenerative kidney disease.  It was this disease, coupled with his age and heart troubles that ended his life after a brief period of intense health decline this winter.
     Charlie is survived by his wife of nearly fifty-four years, Doris, living in Houston, Texas; their two children: son, Stephen (Steve) Allan Duncombe, Sr. and his wife, Cindy, of League City, Texas; and daughter, Sheila Ann Duncombe Schlesener and her husband, Terry, of Houston, Texas; and his brother, Roger Duncombe and his wife JoAnne of Hartford, Michigan.  In addition to several nieces and nephews, Charlie is also survived by three grandsons:  Stephen Duncombe, Jr. and his wife Kelly, of League City, Texas; Jeff Duncombe and his wife Stacy, of Webster, Texas; and Justin Scantlan of Houston, Texas.  Charlie had three great-grandaughters:  Makenna Girouard Duncombe, Trinity Duncombe, and Kaelyn Duncombe.
     Charlie’s family, friends and co-workers gathered Saturday, January 31, 2009 at CyFair Funeral Home to hold a memorial for him.  His cremated remains will be interred at Keeler Cemetery.  Charlie had a good, full life.  He loved his family, and he was loved very much by them.  He was a happy man and did good to most all who knew him.  He will be missed. 
 

Asheville NC – Gail A. McCarthy, 67, passed away Monday, January 12, 2009, at JFK Solace Center.
Gail McCarthy d 1-12-2009    

Gail worked as a registered nurse for over 40 years and was a member of Basilica of St. Lawrence Catholic Church.
     Surviving are three sons, Daniel McCarthy and his wife, Emily, of Arden, Kevin McCarthy of Asheville, RJ McCarthy, of Asheville; and two grandchildren, Aidan and Caleb McCarthy.
     Asheville Area Alternative Funeral & Cremation Services is assisting the family. (828) 258-8274.


NOTE: 
Gail was a 1959 graduate of Hartford High School, Hartford Michigan and attended school in Hartford since Kindergarten.    Her father, Al, owned Al’s Meat Market in Hartford and also operated Al’s cab during the 1950s, early 1960s.
     Gail was preceded in death by her parents, Al, in 1969, and Lois Guerin, and her son, Brian, in 2003.
 

Richard "Rick" Leonard d 1-9-2009Richard William Leonard, 47 of Lawrence, passed away suddenly on Thursday, January 9, 2009 at his home.
     Rick, as he was known by most everyone, was born October 17, 1961 in Paw Paw, the son of Dale and Yvonne (Goodrich) Leonard. He was a very loving husband and father, who loved his Lord. Rick was a member of the Rising Sun Lodge 119 F & AM in Lawrence, was an avid deer hunter, enjoyed being in the woods and was a diehard Detroit Tiger fan.
     Rick married the former Sherry Ekstrom on May 23, 1981 and she survives, along with twins, Tony Leonard of Portage and Abby Leonard of Lawrence and a son, Billy Leonard of Lawrence. Rick is also survived by his father, Dale Leonard of Hartford and a sister, Cindy (Jerry) Birmele of Hartford. Rick was preceded in passing by his mother, Yvonne Leonard on March 23, 2005 and a sister, Penny Patterson on July 1, 2006.
     The family will welcome friends from 6 to 8 PM, Monday, January 12, with Masonic Rites being held at 7 PM, at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford. The service to honor Rick's memory will be held at 11 AM Tuesday, January 13 at the funeral home. Pastor Timothy Nyhuis of the Hartford Federated Church will be the officiant. Rick will be laid to rest in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford. In lieu of flowers, the family wishes donations in Rick's name be made to the Parkinson's Foundation.

NOTE:  Rick was a 1979 Hartford High School graduate. 
 

Woodrow Wilson Stoddard, 92, of Hemet, died Jan. 6, 2009, at Meadowbrook Convalescent Hospital in Hemet. Services were Jan. 8 at Miller-Jones Mortuary in Hemet. Burial was in Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier.
     Mr. Stoddard was born in Michigan.  He worked as a tool and dye maker for Federal Mogul.
     He is survived by his wife of almost 71 years, Lillian; sons, Terry, of Modesto, and Ron, of Victorville; daughter, Janet Whalen of San Jacinto; 14 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren and great great-grandchildren.

NOTE:  Woodrow was born Nov 9, 1916 in Hartford (Shafer Lake) MI and was the son of
Daniel and Jennie Stoddard. Click here to read a note Woodrow left in the Recollections and Jottings section of the History of Hartford website.

Clarence E. Wolfe, 60, beloved husband and father, went to be with his Lord Jesus Christ on January 2, 2009.  Memorial service will be at 7 p.m. on Friday, Clarence E. Wolfe d 1-2-2009January 9, 2009, at Church of the Harvest, 14841 S. Blackbob, Olathe, Kan.  A visitation will be one hour prior to the services at 6 p.m.
    Clarence was born in Benton Harbor, Mich., where he enlisted in the Navy and served during the Vietnam conflict.  After leaving the Navy, Clarence worked for Potlatch Corp. in both Michigan and Pennsylvania, moving to the Kansas City area in 1980 to work for Aspen Products as plant manager.  Since 1997, he has worked for Sunshine Biscuit division of Kellogg.
    He loved being outdoors, working in the garden, camping, fishing and fixing anything he could take apart and put back together.
He is survived by his wife, Anita of the home, and Son Andy Wolfe of Lenexa, Kan., Sisters Verna Smith, Janice Yanez, and Brother Jim Wolfe all of Mich.  He is loved and missed by his step-children Wendy Smith, Melanie Payne, Scot Robinson and Teri Robinson of Michigan; grandchildren Nathan, Alex, and Corey Payne.  His gentle, loving spirit will be truly missed in our lives. 
In Lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Mid-America Chapter, PO Box 19028, Kansas City, MO 64114.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.amosfamily.com.  (Arr.:  The Amos Family Chapel of Shawnee, 913-631-5566.)

Note:  Ed, as known by his fellow classmates, was a 1966 Hartford High School graduate.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Elaine Wolfe.
 

Felix A. Racette, 82, of Lawton, formerly of Paw Paw, passed away Friday afternoon, Jan. 2, 2009, at White Oaks in Lawton.
Felix Racette d 1-2-2009     Fil was born May 30, 1926, in Paw Paw, the son of Felix A. and Kathryn (More) Racette. Fil was class president and a graduate of Paw Paw High School, class of 1944. He enlisted in the U.S Army Air Corps, where he served as the youngest sergeant-major in the European Theater. After graduation from Michigan State University in 1949 with a degree in journalism, he went to work for both the Hartford Day Spring and the Battle Creek Enquirer before becoming state editor for the Kalamazoo Gazette. In 1957, he purchased The Courier-Northerner, since incorporated as the Vineyard Press. He had been editor of The Courier-Leader until his retirement in 2006.
     He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, honorary member of the Paw Paw Fire Department, named best columnist in Michigan in 1974 by the Michigan Press Association, for which he served as president in 1978; served as Secretary-Treasurer of the Michigan Press Foundation, served on the Van Buren Intermediate School Board for six years, and was chairman of the Building Study Committee for former Paw Paw High School and Black River Schools. In 1999, Fil was inducted into the Paw Paw High School Hall of Fame.
     On June 19, 1949, Fil was united in marriage to Louise Woodman, who preceded him in death on Oct. 27, 1981. He was also preceded in death by his parents; an infant son, Albert; brother-in-law, Warren Sundstrand; and a son-in-law, Tony Griffin.
     Surviving are four children - Kathryn Racette (Thomas McLewee) of Chester Springs, Pa., Robin Griffin of Mattawan, Steven (Karen) Racette of Lawton and Mindy (Patrick) Brennan of Paw Paw; grandchildren - Chloe McLewee, Kallie Griffin, Ashley (Bob) Moore, Melissa (Alex) Stull, and Sean, Phelan, Trey, Ryan and Truman Brennan; sister, Patsy Sundstrand of Kalamazoo; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
     Family will receive friends Wednesday from 2 to 4 and from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Adams Funeral Home, Paw Paw. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, Paw Paw, with the Rev. Tom Abbott officiating. Interment will follow in Prospect Hill Cemetery, Paw Paw, with military honors. Memorial contributions may be made to the Paw Paw Educational Fund for a scholarship or to Hospice of Southwest Michigan. Share a memory or condolence online at: www.timeformemory.com/adams.
 
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