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Hazen “Fuzzy” Brownlow Jr., 75, of Hartford, formerly of St. Joseph, passed away early Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, at his home.
     Funeral services celebrating his life will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3, at the Dey-Florin Funeral Home, 2506 Niles Ave., St. Joseph. Burial will follow at Spring Run Cemetery in Scottdale with Military Rites. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until the time of service Thursday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Hospice at Home. Messages of condolence may be sent to www.florin.net.
     Fuzzy was born Aug. 16, 1937, in St. Joseph to Hazen Sr. and Mary Brown­low. He graduated from St. Joseph High School and then proudly served his county in the U.S. Army as a 101st Airborne Ranger. He enjoyed outdoor activities, including hunting and fishing. Fuzzy was an avid fan of the Green Bay Packers and NASCAR – particularly of Dale Earnhardt and Tony Stewart. Fuzzy retired from Whirlpool Corp. and was the former owner of the Grand Crossing Tavern.
     He also enjoyed golf with his “Caddy Shack” league and hosted numerous golf charity events. The Stevensville Station was his “home away from home,” where Fuzzy enjoyed spending time with his many friends.
     Fuzzy is survived by his children, Joseph Brownlow and Leannette (Jeff) Garrison, both of Hartford; grandchildren, Katie, Whitney and Josie Brownlow, Cherri McCann, Brandi Perriguey, and Kristi and Julius Brown; stepsons, Darrell and John Howley; stepgrandson, Greg Garrison; his sisters, Bonnie Bartz of St. Joseph and Mary Frances Bower of Lawrence; his nephew, Bradley Berry; and nieces, Cathy (Gordon) Johnson and Melinda Marcelletti.
     In addition to his parents, Fuzzy was preceded in death by his brother, Beverly.
 
Ellen Day d 12-8-2012Ellen M. Day, 88, of Hartford died Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012, at her home unexpectedly, but of natural causes.
     She was born July 29, 1924, in Chicago to George W. and Ethel M. (Hysell-Goodacre) Peterson. On July 12, 1941, in Benton Harbor she married Darrell L. Day Sr., who preceded her in death on July 17, 1982.
     Ellen lived in Niles for 10 years before moving to Hartford in 1983.
     She is survived by a daughter, Patricia E. (Allen) Hill of Hartford; a son, Darrell L. (Linda) Day Jr. of Watervliet; five grandchildren, Mark (Amy) Hill of Coloma, Michelle (Terry) Laymon of Stevensville, Michael Hill of Hartford, Lori Hannan of Spokane, Wash., and Todd Day of Keeler; four great-grand­children, Brianna Day, Brittany Day, Katie Hannan and Brian Merritt; and a brother, Clifford Hysell of Lawton.
     Ellen was preceded in death by her husband; parents; sister, Florence Dowlen; and brother, Donald Hysell.
     Funeral services for Ellen M. Day will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, at Halbritter Funeral Home, Niles, with Pastor David Gilbert of Hartford Federated Church officiating. Interment will follow at Mission Hills Memorial Gardens, Niles.
     The family will receive relatives and friends beginning at noon until the time of services on Thursday at the funeral home.
     Donations in memory of Ellen may be made to the American Cancer Society or to the organization of donor’s choice.  www.halbritterfunerals.com.
 
Edwina Watkins, 69, of Hartford, died Wednesday, Dec. 5, at her home after a short illness.
Edwina Watkins d 12-5-2012     She was born on June 11, 1943, to Cletis and Flora Mae Moss in Cardwell, Mo. She moved to Michigan with her family in 1952 when she was 8 years old. She worked on her uncle Oral Jones’ fruit farm as she was growing up. Edwina was a 1961 graduate of Covert High School. On Sept. 30, 1961, she married Jack Watkins, and she was always an adoring, faithful and loving wife for 51 years. She was very grateful to be a stay-at-home mom with her three children, and she also helped her husband run their blueberry farm in the summertime.
     Edwina enjoyed going to their condo in Hilton Head Island, S.C., and vacationing with her family there. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and friends. Her hobbies included baking, going to antique shops, sewing, going to lunch with her lady friends and taking care of her yard, where she had beautiful rhododendrons, azalea bushes and blooming iris plants. She was a faithful member of Covert Congregational Church, where she and Jack were married and which she had been attend­ing since high school. She was in the Women’s Church Club and hosted the Christmas luncheons for many years, which brought her a lot of pride and pleasure. She was also a member of her Secret Pal Club for many years and enjoyed and looked forward to every gathering with her girls. Edwina was faithful in keeping in touch with her relatives that she left behind in the southern states and took time to go back and visit them over the years. She also had a lot of family reunions at her home that brought everyone back to­gether for good food and conversation.
     She was preceded in death by her parents.
     Edwina is survived by her husband, Jack M. Watkins; her children, daughter Becky Ross of Hartford and sons Jackson Watkins of Bangor and Mark (Glenda) Watkins of Covert; a sister, Londa (Donnie) Wines of Bangor; two brothers, Gaylon Moss of Watervliet and Rick (Corda) Moss of Dowagiac; six grandchildren, Bethany, Jenelle and Angelia Ross, Jenna and Dylan Watkins, and Jessica Corona; her beloved granddog, Woody; and two great-grandchildren, Aaliyah and Aamiyah Corona of South Haven. There are many nieces and nephews that loved their Aunt Wina and loved spending time with her.
     Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at Filbrandt Family Funeral Home of South Haven. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at His Place: Cathedral of Faith Church, 69556 CR 378, Covert, MI 49043, with Pastors Wayne Davis and Duane Jones officiating. A luncheon will follow the service. Contributions can be made in Edwina’s mem­ory to the First Congregational Church of Covert. Kindly share your thoughts and memories on the family’s online guestbook at www.FilbrandtFFH.com.
 
John Grissom d 12-5-2012John Grissom, 55, of Keeler passed away suddenly on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, at his home.
     John was born May 19, 1957, in Benton Harbor, the son of John and Hannah (Baldwin) Grissom. John was preceded in passing by his father on June 24, 2010, and by his grandparents.
     John served his country proudly in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He was formerly employed as a mechanic at the Flying J, which is now Petro in Benton Harbor. John had a love for riding horses, going to flea markets and garage sales, and got hooked going to the Four Winds Casino in Hartford.
     John is survived by his loving family, which consists of his children, Hope Grissom and Derek Grissom, both of Hartford, Eric (Carrie) Grissom of Dowagiac, Cody Grissom of Reno, Nev., Shelby Grissom of Benton Harbor and Dusty Alsup of Covert. He is also survived by eight grandchildren; his mother, Hannah Grissom of Hartford; two sisters; Esther Sotelo of Knoxville, Tenn., and Hope (Kirk) Davis of Canal Winchester, Ohio; and numerous nieces, neph­ews, other family members and friends.
     The family will welcome friends from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, at Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, where military rites will be conducted at 3:30 p.m. by the North Berrien Military Rites Team. The Rev. Heather McDougall of Keeler United Methodist Church will then have John’s celebration of life service. Cremation will follow the service. Those wishing to leave condolences may do so http://www.calvin-leonardfh.com.

 
Alvin A. Rummage, 80, of Hartford passed away Saturday morning, Dec. 1, 2012, at Lakeland Regional Medical Center in St. Joseph.
Alvin Rummage d 12-1-2012     Funeral services celebrating his life will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, at the Fairplain Chapel of Florin Funeral Service, 1053 E. Napier, Benton Harbor, with Pastor Windle Davis officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Sodus Township. Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
     Memorials may be made to either the American Heart Association or to the Living Word Church of God. Messages of condolence may be sent to www.florin.net.
     Alvin was born June 9, 1932, in Jackson, Tenn., to Charles and Bessie Rummage. He briefly worked at Whirlpool Corp., but most of his working career was spent pursuing his passion for music, particularly the guitar. Alvin played guitar and later the steel guitar for such local establishments as the Joker’s Club and the Blue Bird Bar. He also enjoyed fishing and attending flea-markets. Alvin was an avid reader and particularly loved reading Westerns. He made many close friends at the Woodside Apartment Complex in Hartford and enjoyed participating in various activities with the residents there. Most of all, Alvin will be remembered for being a wonderful father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
     Alvin is survived by his children, Arthur (Judith) Beaman, Pam Williams and Sandy Morris, all of Benton Harbor, Shane (Dawn) Rummage of Mayer, Ariz., Kelly (Rory) Dickey of Benton Harbor and Lesa Parsons and Senan Rummage of Georgia; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
     In addition to his parents, Alvin was preceded in death by his wives, May in December of 1965 and Roxie in April of 1997; by one brother; and four sisters.

 
Donna Louise Kierstead, 62, of Watervliet began her life on March 15, 1950, in Watervliet.
     She grew up in the Hartford and Lawrence areas, graduating from Lawrence High School. In 1967 her older brother, Doug, brought Fred Kierstead home with him while on leave from the Air Force. Two years later, in 1969, at a Methodist Church in Hartford, Donna and Fred married.
     Donna loved caring for her family. She also enjoyed filling her time doing genealogy, knitting, reading and working on various crafts.
     Donna’s loving family includes her husband, Fred; three sons, Keith Allen (Virginia) Kierstead, Brian Paul Kierstead and Craig Andrew Kierstead; one grandchild, Brianna Kierstead; five step-grandchildren; her mother, Barbara (Turner) Miller Reck; five brothers, Douglas (Linda) Miller, Duane (Dorothy) Miller, Dennis Miller, Dale Miller and Dwight (Carol) Miller; her sister, Deanna (John) Mast; and several nieces and nephews.
     Donna died Tuesday, Nov. 27. Her father, Edgar Miller Jr., preceded Donna in death.
     Cremation has taken place, and the family will have a service at Maple Hill Cemetery in the spring. Hutchins Funeral Home in Watervliet is assisting Donna’s family with arrangements.


NOTE:  Donna was a member of the Hartford High School class of 1968.


Robert Snodgrass - Born in Hartford on March 26, 1923, Robert passed away Nov. 16, 2012, at his home in Naples, Fla., and a funeral was held there.
     A memorial service for Michigan family and friends to celebrate Robert’s life will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013, at Hartford Federated Church, 65418 Red Arrow Highway, Hartford. Lunch will be served after the service.
     Robert is survived by his wife, Helene Snodgrass; daughter Julie and her husband, Robert Thompson; his brother, Eugene Snodgrass; his two grandsons, Nicholas and Alexander; and two great-grandchildren, Maddy and Oliver.

NOTE:  Bob was a 1942 Hartford High School graduate.
 

Gregoria Calderon (Sustaita), 74, of South Haven, formerly of Hartford, passed away Friday, Nov. 16, 2012, at South Haven Nursing and Rehabilitation Community.
     Gregoria was born May 9, 1938, in Concepcion, Mexico, the daughter of Delfina Garcia Sustaita and Rumaldo Sustaita Garcia, both of whom precede her in passing.
     Gregoria is survived by her husband, Isidiro; children, Mariadel Carmen Calderon Sustaita, Marisela Calderon, Maria A. Torres Calderon, Juana M. Ramon Calderon, Marina Torres Calderon, Alma D. Rodriguez Calderon, Delfina Mendoza Calderon, Isidiro Calderon Sustaita and Santos G. Calderon Sustaita; 26 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
     The family will welcome friends 9-11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Hartford. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11 a.m. with Father Michael Hazard as the Celebrant.
     Gregoria will be laid to rest in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford. Those wishing to leave a condolence may do so by visiting our web site at www.calvin-leonardfh.com.

 
Leona Bachman d 11-15-2012Leona Bachman, 92 of Hartford, formerly of Coloma, passed away peacefully at home and entered the presence of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Nov. 15, 2012, surrounded by her nephew, caregivers, friends Cynthia and Abel Vasquez and a hospice nurse.
     Leona was born June 2, 1920, to Charles and Frances Bachman, who preceded her in death, along with one brother, C. Allen Bachman.
     Leona is survived by her nephew, Charles III, her niece Donna, and a brother, Robert (Claudia) Bachman. Leona is also survived by her extended family and caregivers, Cynthia, Abel and Megan Vasquez; June, Tina, Marie, Lisa, Karen, Patty; many church friends; and her friends at Heartland Hospice of Kalamazoo.
     After graduating from Coloma High School in 1938, Leona attended Moody Bible College in Chicago and studied business and accounting through Twin Cities Business College, which was accredited by Western Michigan University.
     She soon began 34 years of a long, successful career as a service representative with Michigan Bell Telephone (aka “Ma Bell”) of Benton Harbor and was a member of the Pioneers of Michigan Bell.
     Leona was one of the founding members of Midway Baptist Church, where she also retired as a Sunday school teacher. During her “retirement” she was still doing the “work of the Lord” by being a prayer warrior and sharing the “good news” with anyone she came in contact with.
     Friends may visit with Leona’s family from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20, at Hutchins Funeral Home in Watervliet, followed by funeral services at 11 a.m.
     Leona will be buried in Maple Hill Cemetery in Hartford at a private service.

 
Frances Ilene Covey, 76, of Hartford died on Nov. 12, 2012, at home. She was born on July 16, 1936, to Rufus and Laura (Black) Felder in Oklahoma City, Okla.
     She worked for Everett Piano Company. Frances was a member of the 1st Missionary Baptist Church of Coloma. She will be missed by many.
     She was preceded in death by her parents and several brothers and sisters.
     Frances is survived by her children, Clayton (Jane) Covey of Springfield, Va., Debbie Chamberlin of Grand Junction, Laura (Steve) Maxie of Greenwood, Ind., Donna (Steve) Lawson of Indianapolis and James (Kelly) Covey of Shepherd; 13 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
     Visitation will be 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at Filbrandt Family Funeral Home, South Haven. The funeral service will begin at 4 p.m., with Steven Maxie and Pastor Mark Manning officiating. 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, 637-0333.

 
Pamela Williamson, 62 of Hartford, has set out on her longest trip yet, voy­aging to the world of tomorrow.
Pamela Williamson d 11-11-2012     Pamela passed away Sunday, Nov. 11, at her residence. Being the world traveler that she was, her loved ones can rest assured that it will be smooth sailing from here forward for Pam.
     Glenna [Reed] and Harold Sanders were blessed Dec. 4, 1949, welcoming the newest addition of their family, a beautiful redheaded delight.
     Following Pam’s graduation from Hartford High School in 1968, Pamela and Robert started their own family with the birth of their first son, Robert Harold.
     In 1977 the family was complete with the addition of their second son, Michael Wayne. Pamela loved traveling north to spend time on the lake at their cabin.
     When she wasn’t traveling and fulfilling her duties as Vice President and co­owner of A&B Packing Equipment Inc., she adored the joys brought to her from being a grandma to all six of her exquisite grandsons. She will be greatly missed by all who were graced with her gentle presence.
     Pam is survived by her husband, Robert; two sons, Robert H. (Denise Meyer) Williamson and Michael (Amanda Zandarski) Williamson, both of Hartford; two sisters, Melva (Dwight) Meachum of Hartford and Deborah Bonczkowski; her aunt, Josephine Stone of Hartford; six grandchildren, Connor, Calvin, Holden, Collin, Rowen and Ethan Williamson; three nephews, Eric, John and Khyle; and a niece, Caitlyn.
     She was preceded in death by her parents and brother-in-law, Gary Saline.
     Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home in Coloma. Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery. Visitation will take place from 5-8 p.m. Monday.
     Memorials may be made to the Youth Group at the United Church of God in Kalamazoo. Those wishing to leave an online message or share a memory with the family may do so at www.duffieldpastrick.com.

 

Donna Wismer Obermesik d 11-6-2012

Donna Patricia Wismer Obermesik, age 70 of Hartford, passed away on November 6, 2012.
     Donna was born on March 18, 1942 in St. Joseph MI to Cecil and Elva (Jones) Wismer, who preceded her in passing.
      
Donna is survived by her four children, John (Tami) Obermesik, Patricia (Dan) McKean, Linda (Robert) Kling, and David Obermesik, all of Hartford, and one sister, Alice (Ron) Nelson of Niles, MI. 
     John Obermesik, her husband, passed away in 2008 and one brother, Cecil Wismer, passed away in 2009.
     Cremation has taken place. There will be a memorial service at a later date. 



 Donna was a 1960 graduate of Hartford High School.
Fannie Unrath, 90, of Washington County, Tenn., formerly of Van Buren County, went home to be with her Lord Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012, at Four Oaks Health Care Center of Jonesborough, Tenn.
     Fannie was a retired registered nurse from Takoma Regional Hospital and a member of the Greeneville Seventh-day Adventist Church, both in Greeneville, Tenn.
     Surviving are her two daughters, Maureen (Don) Arrington and Linda (Marvin) Grindstaff; son, Wayne Unrath; two grandchildren, Adam Unrath and Victoria Arrington; several step­grandchildren; several step­great-grandchildren; six sisters, Florence Nick, Lily Nick, June Nafziger, Donna Matchett, Catherine (Tom) Guthrie and Virginia Lee; three brothers, Jim (Gladys) Nick, Jack (Margaret) Nick and Eddie (Dionne) Nick; and numerous nieces and nephews.
     She was the daughter of the late Tom and Stella Cain Nick.
     Fannie was preceded in death by her husband, Maurice Unrath, in 1973; a grandson, Maurice William Arrington; three sisters and six brothers.
     Funeral services were held at the Kiser-Rose Hill Funeral Home, Greeneville, Tenn. Interment will be 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, at Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford. Local arrangements were cared for by the Bangor Chapel, D.L. Miller Funeral Home.
     The family suggests memorials be made to the Alzheimer’s Association; PO Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090. www.dlmillerfuneralhome.com

 
Almiron "Bud" Robinson d 11-1-2012Almiron “Bud” Robinson, age 84 of Portage, passed away November 1, 2012 in Michigan.
     He was retired truck driver for the Teamsters Union and a member of Hobart Assembly of God Church. Bud spent winters in Plant City, FL.
     He was preceded in death by his wife Alberta in 2011. Bud is survived by daughters Carol Cogswell of Jackson, KY and Judy Robinson of Valparaiso; son Michael (Susan) Robinson of Hartford, MI; step-children Robert Danford of Merrillville, Sharon (Robert) Carreras of Park Forest, IL, Carol (Robert) Rainey, Judith Danford Rogers and Gloria (Timothy) Briesacher all of Portage; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
     Friends may visit with Bud’s family on Monday, November 5, 2012 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., time of Funeral Service at Burns Funeral Home, 701 E. 7th St., Hobart. Rev. Ryan McDowell, officiating. Burial at Ridgelawn Cemetery. www.burnsfuneral.com

 
Janyce Baugh Dudash, of Portage MI, was granted eternal rest on October 30, 2012. Janyce was born in Keeler, Janyce Baugh Dudash d 10/30/2012Michigan on September 30, 1935 to C. Clifford Baugh and Florine Yund Baugh who preceded her in death; along with a sister Wanda Lindeman. Remaining is a sister, Zabel Dwan in Arizona and brother Ronald (Petrina) Baugh in Utah.
     Raised in Watervliet, she graduated high school in 1953. She played Varsity Girls Basketball as a freshman, was on the cheerleading squad that won the Little Eight Championship in 1951,1952,1953 giving them the honor to cheer at a University of Michigan game. Chosen by the faculty, she attended Girls State at U of M learning about local and state government. In her senior year 1953, she was given the God and Country award and was on the National Honor Society. She attended WMU school of Education 1953-1954.
     As an adult, she was active in many things. She was a member of the green group Red Hatters and the Portage Garden Club. She enjoyed the Chinese form of Tai Ji at the Portage Senior Center for years and was in a weekly Bible study group for 32 years.
     Her biggest accomplishment was marrying Michael R. Dudash on July 16. 1955. He passed away January 22, 2007. They enjoyed many years of travel to European countries, Caribbean and Hawaiian Islands, Ireland, Egypt, Israel, and Greece. After his passing, she and her daughter, Deon traveled. Her last trip being Spain and Portugal which she had never been. They had three children, Deon (Scott) Campbell, Michael (Cheryl) Dudash and Mark (Lorraine) Dudash. Through them she became Nana to Austin Campbell, Angela (David) Curry, Chad Campbell, Michael N. and Alex Dudash, and Nathan, Sarah, Isaac, Abigail, and Leah Dudash; along with two great grandchildren, David Curry Jr. and Valerie Campbell.
     Upon her request, cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. We would like to thank the Bronson staff and Hospice who cared for our mother. Contributions can be made to Hospice or the Portage Senior Center. Please visit Janyce's memory page at www.Lifestorynet.com.
 
Arlene Lucille Fast, 81, of Hartford passed away on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, at her home.
     Arlene was born Oct. 5, 1931, in Benton Harbor, the daughter of Vernon and Carrie (Phillips) Shoff, both of whom precede her in passing.
     Arlene graduated from Spring Arbor Junior College. In her younger years, she was employed in many different offices, where she learned numerous skills. As she grew wiser and a little older, her passion turned to helping others and so she became a foster mother to numerous young children. The times she spent with these children and raising her own children were the best years of her life.
     Arlene leaves behind to cherish her memory her husband, Jerry, whom she married on Oct. 21, 1966; her children, Karen Fast of Hartford, Don (Joan) Harris of Silver City and Carrie (Jerry) Caulder of Winter Haven, Fla.; eight grandchildren, Brad Fast, Kristy (Harris) Lavalle, Francine Harris, Carla (Harris) Loeffler, Erin Harris, Candy Hall, Billy Caulder and Austin Caulder; three great­grandchildren, Andrea Fast, Kyle Fast and Amelia Lavalle; a sister, Bonnie Schmalbach; and a brother, Vernon E. Shoff Jr.
     A service to honor Arlene’s memory will commence at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, at the Free Methodist Church in Watervliet. The family will wel­come friends 30 minutes prior to the service. Pastor Brian Hall will officiate. Ar­lene will be laid to rest in North Shore Memory Gardens, Coloma. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that memorial donations be made to either the church or Hospice at Home. The family has entrusted the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford with the arrangements. Those wishing to leave condolences may do so by visiting our web site at
www.calvin-leonardfh.com.

 
Mary Jarvis d 10-23-2012Mary M. Jarvis began her life Dec. 8, 1930, in Keeler. She was a lifelong area resident.
     Mary and her husband Charles made their home in Pipestone Township, where Mary found great joy in taking care of her family and home. She enjoyed canning, cooking and her and Charles’ weekly lunch at Farmer’s Country Club on Saturdays.
     Mary’s loving family includes her husband, Charles; two sons, Richard C. (Michele) Jarvis and Kevin (Nancy) Jarvis, both of Benton Harbor; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; a brother, Howard (Marilyn) Mundt of Watervliet; and many nieces and nephews.
     Mary died Tuesday, Oct. 23, at Lakeland Specialty Hospital in Berrien Center.
     She is preceded in death by a daughter, Karen Pendleton; a sister, Agnes Renner; and two brothers, Lester and Eugene Mundt.
     Friends may visit with Mary’s family from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, at Hutchins Funeral Home in Watervliet. Funeral services will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 26, at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Bainbridge Township. Burial will follow in St. Paul’s Cem­etery. Memorials may be made in Mary’ memory to St. Paul’s United Church of Christ.

 
Gail McNitt d 10-17-2012Gail McNitt, 88, of Niles passed away at Brentwood Assisted Living with his family by his side on Wednesday, October 17, 2012.
      He was born on May 18, 1924 in Keeler, Michigan to the late William Sylvester and Wava (Parmer) McNitt.
     After graduating from high school Gail served his country proudly in the United States Army. Upon returning home from WWII, Gail's heart was stolen by a young, beautiful Joan Alspaugh.  On April 12, 1947 he wed Joan at a ceremony in South Bend and this year they celebrated 65 years of marriage.
  
 Gail was first and foremost a husband, father and grandfather and he took these roles very seriously. He was an excellent provider and wonderful father. Gail spent many years at Bendix, where he was part of the team that designed the Talos Missile and at Magnavox where he worked as an electrical engineer. He was a skilled carpenter, even building his own boats, and was always tinkering; many inventions were brought to life because they solved a problem for Gail or made something easier.
 
   He was preceded in death by his parents, and two brothers Orlo and James McNitt.
     He is survived by his wife Joan McNitt of Niles, three sons; Brian (Mary Jean) McNitt of East Lansing, Terry (Linda) McNitt of Niles and Timothy (Amy) McNitt of Bellingham, Washington. He is also survived by his daughter Kathleen Lowe of Linton, Indiana, four grandchildren; James (Jennifer) Lowe, Kendra (Rob) Lasley, Sarah McNitt and Steven Lowe and his eight great-grandchildren; Ariel, Taylor, Jarika, Meagan, Patty, Jason, Jakob and Noah.
 
   Those wishing to make a memorial donation may do so to the American Heart Association or Southern Care Hospice. Photos, memories, or condolences may be left for the family at www.BrownFuneralHomeNiles.com or www.Facebook.com\brownfuneralhomeniles.
    
A time of visitation will be held on Sunday, October 21, 2012 from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home. Funeral services will be Monday, October 22, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at Brown Funeral Home.

Note:  Gail was a 1942 of Hartford High School graduate.
 

Harlan Fredericks , Kalamazoo, age 87, died October 16, 2012 in Allegan. Harlan was born on December 25, Harlan  Fredericks d 10-16-20121924 in Hartford, the son of George and Margaret (Lamb) Fredericks.
     Harlan was a United States Army veteran serving in the Pacific during WWII. Harlan worked at the Kalamazoo Gazette for over 30 years as a system technician.
     He was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Frances "Fran" Fredericks in 2011. Surviving are his four children: Jef (Janet) Fredericks, Gail (Mike) Wambach, Holly Fredericks and Charley (Rebecca) Fredericks; 10 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and dear friends.
     Memorial donations may be directed to Wings Home, 330 Linn Street, Allegan, MI 49010.

Life Story Funeral Home, Betzler-Kalamazoo; 6080 Stadium Drive, 375-2900.


NOTE:  Harlan was a 1943 Hartford High School graduate.
 
Hershel Hoven d 10-11-2012Hershel Hosford, 53, of Hartford passed away Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012, at Lakeland Regional Medical Center in St. Joseph.
     He was born on Oct. 14, 1958, in Chicago. He worked at Cast-Matic Corporation in Stevensville.
     Hershel loved spending time with his family and friends and going to the beach and to lighthouses.
     He is survived by his mother, Wilma (Jerry) Fritz; a son, Joshua Hosford of Sodus; a daughter, Lisa Hosford of Sodus; a brother, Richard Hosford of Benton Harbor; a step­brother, Ed Fritz of Texas; a sister, Nora “Sis” Hosford of Benton Harbor; three stepsisters, Loretta Clayton of Texas and Shelby and Diane Fritz, both of New Troy; and two grandchildren.
     He was preceded in death by his father, Hershel Hosford.
     Services will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, at Bright Star Tabernacle, 5130 Old Pipestone Road, Eau Claire. Pastor Mike Fields is officiating. Memorial donations may be made to the church for a memorial fund to help with expenses.
     Arrangements are being handled by Hoven Funeral Home, Buchanan, 695-2363.

 
Lorene Opal Moss, 83, of Hartford died Friday, Oct. 12, 2012, at home. She was born Dec. 24, 1928, in Providence, Ark., to William and Lillian (Harvey) Selvidge. Lorene was a member of the Church of Christ of Benton Harbor.
     Lorene loved to cook. For more than two decades she was a nurse’s aide who cared for patients at Watervliet Community Hospital. In her spare time she enjoyed caring for her grandchildren.
     Mrs. Moss is survived by four children, Harold (Alice) Ryan of Watervliet, Lois (Lemon) Pruitt of Hartford, Larry (Gloria) Ryan of Hartford and Peggy (Harvey) Strong of Hartford. Also surviving are members of her second family, Galen Moss, Londa (Don) Wines, Edwina (Jack) Watkins and Rick Moss. Also surviving are a sister, Elsie Skaggs of Tuscon, Ariz.; a brother, Bill Selvidge of Coloma; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and one great-great-grand­daughter.
     She was preceded in death by her husbands, J.B. Ryan and Cletus Moss; one sister, Frances Ferrin; and four brothers, Cecil, Vernon, Lloyd and Wesley Selvidge.
     Visitation will take place Wednesday, Oct. 17, from 10-11 a.m. at the Filbrandt Family Funeral Home in South Haven. Funeral services will begin at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with Rusty Stark officiating. Mrs. Moss will be laid to rest at North Shore Memory Gardens in Hagar Shores. Memorials may be made to the Parkinson Foundation. Kindly share your thoughts and memories on the family’s online guestbook at www.FilbrandtFFH.com.
     The family is being helped by the Filbrandt Family Funeral Home of South Haven, 637-0333.

 
Margaret Helen [Colman] Martens, 83, of Hartford, passed away Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at her home.
    Margaret was born September 24, 1929 in Hartford, the daughter of Franklin and Frances (Hicks) Colman, both of whom preceded her in passing. Also preceding her in passing was her husband – Charles on November 29, 1986, three brothers – Robert “Bob” Colman, James “Jim” Colman and Franklin “Bud” Colman as well as two sisters – Mable Nelson and Joan Treat.
    
Margaret graduated from Hartford High School in
1947 and she returned to the Hartford Public Schools in her adult work life, where she was employed as a cook. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, who had a deep satisfaction for helping others in need.
     Margaret is survived by two sons – Charles (Kay) Martens of Lansing and Douglas Martens of Hartford, four grandchildren – Amanda Tenison, Nic Martens, Muzimal Khan and Lauren Sherman, one great grandchild and two more on the way, a brother – Clyde (Gail) Colman of Berrien Springs and numerous nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.
     As to Margaret’s wishes, cremation has taken place and no public services will be held. The family has entrusted the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, with handling the arrangements. Those wishing to leave condolence notes for the family may do so at http://www.calvin-leonardfh.com.

    
Marillyn [Dunn] Imbordino-Melvin-Piper, 83, of Newnan, Ga., formerly of Hartford, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012, at Avalon Health and Rehabilitation in Newnan.
     Marillyn was born May 8, 1929, in Lawrence, the daughter of Lytle and Elizabeth (Greter) Dunn, both of whom preceded her in passing. She was also preceded in passing by her husbands, Ernie Imbordino, Alvin Melvin and Russell Piper.
     When Marillyn lived here in Michigan she enjoyed her employment at the Panel Room Restaurant in Hartford and the many friends she made working there.
     Marilllyn will be truly missed by her family, which consists of her two daughters, Loralei (Tommy) Perry of Newnan, Ga., and Jamie (Dale) Martin of Paw Paw; her five grandchildren, Jennifer (Kevin) Beckman, Shelly Lhotka, Chris (Emily) Hamilton, Leanne (Brian) Rowe and John Thomas Perry; her four great-grandchildren, Myke, Evan, Keegan and Hannah; her sister, Judy (Al) Lallinger; and her many nieces and nephews.
     As to Marillyn’s wishes, cremation has taken place. There will be a memorial service to honor Marillyn’s memory on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012, beginning at 1 p.m. at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford. Pastor Marla Thurman of New Life Harvest Ministries will officiate. Marillyn’s ashes will be interred in Hill Cemetery, Lawrence.  In lieu of flowers, please make memorials in Marillyn’s name to “The Wounded Warrior Project” in honor of her grandson, Lcpl. John Thomas Perry, who is deployed in Afghanistan. Those wishing to leave condolences may do so by visiting our website at www.calvin-leonardfh.com.

NOTE:  Marilyn was a 1946 Hartford High School graduate.
 

Clara Edith Munson, 89, of Hartford died Sept. 29, 2012, at South Haven Community Hospital in South Haven.
     She was born on June 17, 1923, in Waterloo, N.Y. She was married on Dec. 7, 1942, to Clifford Munson in Ossining, N.Y. He preceded her in death.
     She is survived by three sons, Clifford (Susan) Munson of St. Joseph, Harold Munson of Dowagiac and John Munson of Hartford; two daughters, Lillian (Scott) Turnbull of Lakeside, Calif., and Laurie Hunt of Hartford; two brothers, Charles Alberda of Massachusetts and John Alberda of Pennsylvania; 15 grandchildren; 28 great­grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
     She was also preceded in death by special friend Warren Putnam.
     Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Keeler Cemetery in Keeler Township.  The family has been assisted by Hoven Funeral Home in Buchanan.

 
Steven Warford d 10-1-2012Steven Arvil Warford, 48, of Hartford passed away on Oct. 1, 2012, at Lakeland Regional Medical Center in St. Joseph.
     Steven was born Aug. 23, 1964, in Watervliet. He was the son of Steven and Jane (Smithley) Warford. His father preceded him in passing.
     Steven will be truly missed by his family, which consists of his wife, Cheryl; two daughters, Janice (Josh) Snoeyink of Jenison and Amanda Warford of Hartford; a son, Matthew Glover of St. Joseph; a granddaughter, Madlyn Snoeyink of Jenison; his mother, Jane (Larry) Wetzel of Hartford; a sister, Stephanie Warford of Kalamazoo; and three brothers, Robert (Brendasue) Warford of Gobles, Charles (Sylvia) Warford of Shipshewana, Ind., and Edwin Warford of California, along with many other family members and friends.
     As to Steven’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A memorial service to honor Steven’s memory will commence at 7 p.m. Thursday at the New Apostolic Church in Watervliet, with the family receiving friends starting at 6 p.m. until the time of service. District Elder Mark Deifenbach will officiate. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations to the family.
     The Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford has been entrusted with the arrangements.

 
Helen Elizabeth [Combes] Willmeng, of Coloma, passed into eternal life quietly at her home on September 25, 2012. For 97 years she Helen Combes Willmeng d 9-25-2012lived her life in grace and kindness, loving all whom she came in contact with. Most dear to her heart was her family. As the last surviving member of “her” generation, she relished each family gathering that often included her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, scores of nieces and nephews and many, many friends.
     Helen was born June 18, 1915 in Bangor, Michigan, to Gail and Letha (Stevenson) Combes. She graduated from Hartford High School in 1933 and was Salutatorian of her class. During her high school years she was active in music playing, piano, cello and singing in the Glee Club. In 1939 she married Gordon Willmeng of Watervliet and to that union 8 children were born, 7 sons & 1 daughter. Prior to her marriage she was employed by the State of Michigan in the welfare department. For 50 years she and her husband lived and worked on their family farm in Bainbridge.
     Helen found time to teach knitting to 4-H girls for 30 years, was a Cub Scout leader for 10 years and a member of the Literary Guild for 60 years. Helen was a savvy bridge player up until recent months and an even better golfer, acing her hole-in-one at 80 years old. She loved to travel, enjoying many trips with her husband and family. Upon retirement Gordon and Helen divided their time between their home in Michigan and their sunny condo in Boca Raton, Florida.
     After he husband’s death, she sold the family homestead and moved to Coloma, building her beloved log home on the river. She was active in the Paw Paw Lake Yacht Club and a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Watervliet. Helen and Gordon were instrumental in building the current church and school there. Her final wishes provide for memorials to be made in her name to St. Joseph Catholic School where her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were students.
     Helen is survived by her five sons; Dr. Tom (Maryann) Willmeng of Kalamazoo, Jerry (Charlene) Willmeng of Coloma, James (Allison) Willmeng of Brandon, FL, Michael Willmeng of Coloma and David Willmeng of Mattawan; 13 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. In addition she leaves behind her niece Patti (George) Falkner of Hartford, many loving nieces, nephews and faithful friends Rita Lynch, Phyllis Bistyak and Joyce Smith.
     She was preceded in death by her husband Gordon; two sons, Stephen and John Willmeng and her daughter Mary Willmeng Coon.
     A mass of Christian burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Watervliet with Fr. John Peter and Fr. Don Wieber officiating. Visitation will be from 5:30-8:00 p.m. Tuesday at Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home in Coloma with recitation of the Rosary occurring at 7:30 p.m. Cremation has taken place.
    Those wishing to leave an online message of comfort for the family may do so at www.duffieldpastrick.com.
Katie Bailey, 33, died Wednesday morning, Sept. 19, 2012, at her mother’s residence in Connersville, Ind.
Katie Bailey d 9-19-2012     Katie was born Oct. 29, 1978, in St. Joseph to Barbara E. McConnell. Barbara married Vincent P. Roush in February of 1979, and Vincent adopted Katie on Valentine’s Day of 1980.
     In 1997 Katie graduated from Hartford High School in Hartford. She continued her education, earning a two-year degree in Child Care. Katie’s first job was at McDonald’s at the age of 16. In her brief time on this earth she held various forms of employment that included a children’s day care and a preschool. She also watched other children while raising her own two daughters.
     Katie loved animals, especially cats and dogs. Whenever she could Katie would have one or more as pets. Katie enjoyed helping others and spending time with her family and friends. She possessed an easygoing personality, although she could be fiercely supportive to those she loved.
     Katie married Steven J. Bailey, the father of her two daughters, and although they divorced she continued being his friend and also become friends with his wife, Amanda, when he remarried. She had been for several years and still was in a relationship with Cody Dark when she became ill.
     Katie is survived by her mother, with whom she had resided; her father, of Liberty, Ind.; her children, Elana Nicole Bailey and Brianna Riley Bailey, both of Lawrence; her sister, Jessica Kay Chitumalla and her husband, Venkat Vikram of Ocala, Fla.; her maternal grandmother, Tinnie McConnell of Watervliet; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
     Katie was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Allen James McConnell, three aunts and an uncle.
     A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, at New Life Christian Center, 6674 Paw Paw Avenue, Coloma, with Pastor Larry Nail officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or to the Fayette County Cancer Society, P.O. Box 480, Connersville, IN, 47331. For additional information and to send condolences or memories, go to www. ShowalterBlackwellLong.com.

 
Warren E. Lutin, 87, of Niles, went to be with his Lord on Tuesday, September 18, 2012.
Warren Lutin d 9-18-2012     He was born on February 25, 1925 in Hartford, Michigan to Clyde and Pearl (Fredericks) Lutin.
     On December 21st, 1951 Warren married Margaret Truhn at a ceremony in South Bend, Indiana.
After serving his country in the U.S. Air Force during WWII, Warren returned home and studied engineering at the University of Notre Dame until he went to work for Bendix where he stayed until his retirement. Warren enjoyed traveling, spending time with his grandchildren, and vacationing at his family cottage at Gravel Lake in Marcellus. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Niles and the Niles American Legion.
     He is preceded in death by his parents, a daughter Patricia Lutin, and his siblings.
Warren is survived by his wife Margaret of Niles, two sons Richard (Charlotte) Lutin of Indianapolis and George Lutin of Niles, a daughter Barb Lutin of Niles, grandchildren Ann (Jeff) Bromley, Jessica (Ryan) Glassman, Michael Lutin, Patrick Lutin, Kiera Lutin and Estelle Lutin, a great-grandchild and several nieces and nephews.
     A memorial service will be held September 30th, 1:30 pm, at First Baptist Church, 1446 E. Main Street in Niles.
     Memorial contributions may be made in Warren’s memory to First Baptist Church of Niles.

NOTE:  Warren was a 1942 Hartford High School graduate.
Marion Cobb, 70, of Hartford passed away late on Wednesday, Sept. 5, at Lakeland Regional Medical Center in St. Joseph.
     Funeral arrangements celebrating his life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, at the Dey-Florin Funeral Home, 2506 Niles Ave., St. Joseph, with Rev. Franz Brandenburg offici­ating. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of the service Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will be private at Crystal Springs Cemetery in Ben­ton Harbor. Memorials may be made to the family. Messages of condolence may be sent to www.florin. net.
     Bill was born on August 20, 1942, in Little River Township, Missouri, to Frank and Nadine Cobb. He had many interests, including training horses and attending races at the Hartford Speedway. Most of all Bill enjoyed time spent with his family and friends – particularly his grandchildren.
     Bill is survived by his children, Beth Evelyn, Stacy and William L. Cobb; stepchildren, Tammy, Tina, Danny and Rick Hernandez; sister, Bertha Groszek; stepbrother, Bob Forgia; stepsister, Diane Forgia; 11 grandchildren; and several step-grandchildren.
     In addition to his parents, Bill was preceded in death by his wife, Jacqueline; his son, Martin Cobb; by a stepson, Sean Hernandez; by his brother, Eugene Cobb; and by his stepbrother, Jimmy Forgia.

 
Robert A. Frazee, 76, of Benton Harbor passed away Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012, at Lakeland Regional Medical Center Robert Frazee d 9-4-2012n St. Joseph.
     A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, at Full Gospel Assembly, 55921 County Road 681, Hartford, with Pastor Shannon Truelove officiating. Burial will follow in North Shore Memory Gardens in Coloma. Friends may visit from 12 to 1 p.m. at the church. Memorials may be made to the Berrien County Cancer Services. Those wishing to share a memory of Robert online may do so at www. starks-menchinger.com.
     Robert was born on Sept. 12, 1935, in Hartford to Alonzo and Minerva (Carol) Frazee. Robert was an accomplished truck driver, with over a million miles driven with no accidents. He met Darleen Gaddie in the late 1950s, and they were friends for many decades before marrying Aug. 21, 2010. Robert loved his family and friends very much and never met a stranger. He was always putting others first and loved to serve them. A big supporter of MADD, he never missed the first Tuesday-of-the-month talks his wife gave to help others through tough times.
     Robert is survived by his wife, Darleen Frazee of Benton Harbor; sons, Robert (Cynthia) Frazee of Watervliet, James L. Frazee of Benton Harbor; stepdaughter, Laurie (Jeff) Buesing of Buchanan; grandchildren, Corey Robert Frazee of Stevensville, Angela Frazee of Florida, Maya, Madison and Jamie Burke of Holland, Josh Frazee of St. Joseph, and Lenee and Eric (Jessica) Buesing of Buchanan; and great-grandchildren, Rylee Buesing and Ella Frazee.
     Robert was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Joyce Frazee.
Jeanne Marie Sweet, 79, of Hartford passed away suddenly Friday, Aug. 31, 2012, at Lakeland Regional Medical Center, St. Joseph.
     Jeanne was born Jan. 22, 1933, in Chicago, the daughter of Leo and Marguerite (Casserly) Carmody, both of whom preceded her in passing. Also preceding her in passing were a brother, James Carmody and a sister, Kathleen Mercer.
     Jeanne was a graduate of Lawrence High School. She retired from Keeler-Glasgow Greenhouses after years of loyal employment and also worked at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Hartford. She also enjoyed the many bookkeeping jobs she had at numerous places. She was a great cook and loyal wife, mother, grandmother and sister to her family, witnessed by the countless activities she attended while her children were in school.
     Jeanne married David Sweet on Feb. 26, 1952. He survives, along with a daughter, Shelly (Brian) Simpson of Sister Lakes; two sons, Shaun (Julie) Sweet of Hartford and Wayne Sweet of Bangor; two granddaughters, Emily Marie Romero and Autumn Lynn Sweet; a grandson, Matthew Warner Simpson; a great-granddaughter, Rinoa Isabell Romero; and three siblings, Leo (Karen) Carmody of Tucson, Ariz., Richard Carmody of South Haven and Marguerita (Bob) Boley of Bangor.
     The family will welcome friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5, at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, where a rosary will be said at 8 p.m. by Deacon Arthur Morsaw. The Mass of Christian burial to celebrate her memory will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Hartford, with Father Fabio Garzon as celebrant. Burial will follow in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford. The family requests memorial donations in Jeanne’s memory be made to the church.

 
Brenda Pritchard d 8-27-2012Brenda Jean Pritchard, 67, of Hartford passed away on Monday, Aug. 27, 2012, at South Haven Nursing and Rehabilitation Community.
     Brenda was born Sept. 13, 1944, in Blytheville, Ark., the daughter of Robert and Nova (Daniels) Benefield, both of whom preceded her in passing. She was also preceded in passing by a brother, Bobby Benefield, and a sister, Patricia Yeager.
     On June 1, 1960, Brenda was united in marriage to Lewis Pritchard. He survives along with their children, Debbie (Jeff) Reeves of New Buffalo, Robert Pritchard and Ginger Tate, both of Hartford, and Penny (Dave) Brown of Rotunda, Fla. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Stacey Shafer of Hartford, Christopher Drake of Rotunda, Amanda Tate of Hartford, Julie (Joel) McGonigal of Rotunda, Jimmy Miller of Coloma; a great-grandson, Cody Stinton of Hartford; a sister, LaVonne Streeter, and a brother, Johnny Benefield, both of Nesbit, Miss.
     Brenda not only had a great love for her husband, but also for her Lord and her entire family. She enjoyed working with her many friends at E.S. Enterprises in Keeler. She had a green thumb for gardening, especially growing flowers and liked listening to country music.
     The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 29, at the Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford. A celebration of life service, to honor Brenda’s memory will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 30, at the funeral home. Brenda will be laid to rest in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to give a memorial may do so to the family.

 
Patty Lou Bultema, 81, of St. Joseph passed away at Lakeland Continuing Care on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012.  She Patty Bultema d 8-24-2012was born on July 2, 1931, to the late Henry and Myrtle (Bigelow) Courtney in Hartford.
     Patty spent most of her working life in the care of the elderly at Carson’s retirement home and later at Oles Homestead for the aged. As a child she suffered from polio, which later led to the disability that would cause her to retire early. She lived at Lakeview Terrace high-rise and enjoyed watching her TV shows and having visitors, going to weekly Bible study and her weekly outing with friends. She was also a longtime member of Fairplain Seventh-day Adventist Church in Benton Harbor. When she wasn’t working she would often baby sit for others, and in that way she became Nanny to many … and each of you knows who you are.
     She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Mary Bryant.
     Patty is survived by her daughter, Bonnie (Scott) Lewis of Benton Harbor; grandchildren, David and Elizabeth Lewis of Benton Harbor; a sister, Bonnie (Bert) Rowe of Buchanan; and many other friends and family members.
     In keeping with Patty’s wishes she has been cremated, and a memorial service will be held today, Saturday, Aug. 25, at 10:30 a.m. at Sarett Nature Center, located at 2300 Benton Center Road in Benton Township.
     Memorial donations may be made in Patty’s memory to Hospice at Home, located at 4025 Health Park Lane, St. Joseph, MI 49085.
Those wishing to leave a message for the family or upload a photo of Patty may do so at www.BrownFuneralHomeNiles.com. Arrangements have been entrusted to Brown Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Niles.
 
Jennie Garrison d 8-23-2012Jennie Mayo Garrison, 92, of Hartford, passed away unexpectedly, on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012, at her home.
     Jennie was born May 3, 1920, in St. Joseph, the daughter of James and Rose (Dana) Garlanger, both of whom precede her in passing. She was also preceded in pass­ing by: her first husband, J L Garrison; her second, William (Don) Garrison; a daughter, Joan Lee Tackett; a brother, James Garlanger; and two sisters, Rosie Burke and Ruth Garlanger.
     Jennie had a love for her family, which consists of four grandchildren, Daryl Tackett of Covert, Kevin (Christina) Tackett of Gobles, Michael (Helen) Tackett of Gordonsville, Va., and Donald (Lisa) Tackett Jr. of Watervliet. She is also survived by: sixteen great-grandchildren; a special niece, Jo Ann Hamilton-Lewis of Erie, Pa.; and numerous other nieces and nephews. She will be missed by several longtime friends, which includes her dear friend Irene King, whom she has known for 85 years.
     Jennie worked a number of jobs over the years which included farming, Watervliet Paper Mill, and DuWel. Her final career move was being the owner and operator of The Chuckwagon, a restaurant located on the Benton Harbor Fruit Market. Jennie also enjoyed working on sudoku puzzles, having family and friends visit, and an occasional trip to the Senior Center or to a casino.
     The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 27, at the Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford, where Jennie’s celebration of life service will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday Aug. 28. Jennie will be laid to rest next to her first husband in Fairview Memorial Cemetery, Watervliet Township. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorials in Jennie’s name be made to either the American Cancer Society or to the Humane Society.

 
John Merritt Robertson, 86, of Cedar Rapids [IA], passed away Aug. 18, 2012 at the West Ridge Care Center. John Merritt Robertson d 8-18-2012Memorial services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012 at Cedar Memorial Westside Chapel. Memorial visitation will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012, also at Cedar Memorial Westside Chapel.
     Surviving are his children, Ria Jo Ghorbati and husband Mohsen of Brooklyn Park, Minn., Leanne Gross and husband Steve of Forest Knolls, Calif., and Merritt Robertson and wife Elizabeth of Central City; grandchildren, John, Araizu and Kaveh Ghorbati, all of Brooklyn Park, Minn.; his brother, Clarence Robertson and wife Claudia of Albuquerque, N.M.; sister-in-law, Rai Ann Kramer and husband Gary of Fairfax; as well as nieces and nephews.
     John was preceded in death by his parents; and his beloved wife Betty Lou, who passed on March 20, 2012.
     John was born on June 7, 1926 in Hartford, Mich., the son of Merritt E. and Mildred (Minshall) Robertson. He served his country honorably in the United States Navy during World War II. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Iowa. He was united in marriage to Betty Lou Martin on May 6, 1951 in Cedar Rapids. He began working at The Cedar Rapids Gazette as a reporter. With over 41 years at The Gazette he worked his way to and retired as the Executive Editor in 1991. He was a member of the Iowa Newspaper Association and founded the Iowa Farmer Today publication. He was named 1991 Master Editor Publisher by the Iowa Newspaper Association. Through his several years in his journalism career, John met many people, including many governors and presidents George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter.
     John was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church, enjoyed playing golf at Elmcrest Country Club, and enjoyed bowling and fishing. He was an active member of his neighborhood card club that was established in 1954. He also was a member of the Toastmasters Club, and was an avid reader. John enjoyed traveling and he and Betty took many trips, including to Ireland, the Cayman Islands and a two-week trip to Wyoming in the MG with the top down the entire trip. He also traveled extensively with his family for many summers.
    In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in John’s honor may be directed to the family or to a charity of the donor’s choosing.
     Please leave a message, tribute or memory to John’s family on our webpage, www.cedarmemorial.com under Obituaries.

 NOTE:  John was a 1943 Hartford High School graduate.
Beulah Grice - KALAMAZOO -  went to be with the Lord Aug. 16, 2012. She was born June 20, 1917, in Watervliet, the daughter of Frank and Grace (Bradley) Smith.
     She worked for Dr. Carl Boothby in Hartford for 11 years. After that she and her husband, Delvin, worked winters at South­west Indian School in Peoria, Ariz., for 11 years.
     In Kalamazoo she did sewing for the Pregnancy Center and Cancer Center. Later she did knitting for the hospitals and nursing homes.
     Beulah was preceded in death by her husband, Delvin; her sisters and their husbands, Genevieve and John Hiatt, Mildred and Rodney Lynch, and Betty and Carl Stuart; her daughter, Nancy Kass; and grandson, Kip Kass.
     She is survived by two grandchildren, Perry Kass and Korina Kass Matthews, and two great-granddaughters, Kaitlyn and Kassandra Matthews, all of California; several nieces and nephews; and longtime friends, Doug and Sue Hoopingarner and family of Kalamazoo.
     Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26, at Redmond Funeral Home, 4100 S. Westnedge Ave., Kalamazoo. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 27, at Lighthouse Community Church, 4321 S. 11th St. in Kalamazoo, the Rev. Bruce Howell officiating. Interment will follow in Watervliet Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Lighthouse Community Church or the Kalamazoo Gospel Mission.

Claudia Ruth Childs-Moor died Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012. She passed away at White Oaks Assisted Living Facility in Lawton, Mich., Claudia Ruth Childs Moor d 8-11-12while under the attention of Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan.
     Claudia was born in Chicago on July 24, 1935. She battled Alzheimer’s for many years, but through it all she had a fantastic smile and was the most gracious person for the care and attention that she was given. She never wished to inconvenience anyone – to the point that she would go without before asking for help.
     Claudia started her career as a dietician but later graduated from WMU with a degree in elementary education. She taught in Coloma schools while finishing up her degree. She was a teacher for four-five years in Forest Park., Ill., before settling in 1965 as a teacher for Watervliet Public Schools. She retired in 1988 from teaching and enjoyed her gourmet cooking and many crafts that she gave away as gifts to family and friends. She resided in Hartford until her retirement and moved to South Haven until her final move to White Oaks five years ago. Claudia had the greatest affection for children of all ages. She never greeted a child without a smile, and many without a hug.
     Claudia was preceded in death by her parents, Claude Noble Childs and Ruth Edna Childs (Balmer).
     Claudia is survived by a son, Russell (Maria) Moor; two grandsons, Miller and Ernesto Moor; brother, Dale Childs; two nieces, Mona Goatley and Roxanne Childs; and two longtime friends, Amy Munjoy and Linda Podlin.
     A celebration of Claudia’s life will be held at Hutchins Funeral Home, Watervliet, at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18. Her cremation will take place at Hoven Funeral Home, Buchanan. Memorials in Claudia’s honor may be made to Alzheimer’s research.

NOTE:  Claudia was Valedictorian of the 1953 class of Hartford High School.  She was also 1st runner-up to Miss Hartford 1953.
 

Betty Yeske d 8-9-2012Betty Jean Yeske, 59, Watervliet, passed away Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, at her home.
     Betty was born June 20, 1953, in Watervliet, the daughter of Earl and Maxine (Ruple) Burg.
     She worked at SBI Industries, where she was employed for five years. Previously, she was employed with Modern Plastics for 34 years. In her spare time, she loved making crafts, cooking, sewing and loved animals. But her most important times were in her personal life, as she was a beloved and dedicated wife, mother and sister to her family.
     Betty was preceded in passing by her father, Earl.
     Betty married Gregg Yeske on June 7, 1980. He survives, along with two children, Melissa Burg Seymour of Laguna Niguel, Calif., and Rebecca Yeske of Hartford. Also surviving are her mother, Maxine Burg of Hartford; two brothers, Robert (Eileen) Burg of Mountain Home, Ark., and Donald Burg of Hartford; two nephews; and five great-nieces.
     The family will welcome friends from 6-8 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 14 at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford. The service to honor her memory will commence at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15 at the funeral home with Hans Frank officiating. The family requests memorial donations in Betty’s name be made to the West Michigan Cancer Center in Kalamazoo or Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan.

NOTE:  Betty was a 1971 Hartford High School graduate.
 

Barbara Ella Clark, 71, of Hartford died Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012, at her home. Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, 621-4101.
Harrell William “Bill” Sorensen Sr., age 82, of Decatur passed away Saturday, July 28, 2012, in Rose Arbor Hospice, Kalamazoo.
     Bill was born Feb. 21, 1930, in Daytona Beach, Fla., the son of Albert and Louise (Robinson Chase) Sorensen. He was a self-employed farmer in Decatur for several years. He had sold Christmas trees in Hinsdale, Ill., since 1959.
     Survivors include four daughters, Cindy English of Niles, Judy (Rufo) and Bob Christmas of Portage, Louann (Rufo) and Larry Queen and Kristine Sorensen, both of Decatur; three sons, John Sorensen, Harrell William “Billy” (Laruen) Sorensen Jr., and Tom (Heather) Rugo, all of Decatur; 15 grandchil­dren, six great-grandchildren and two expectant; one great-great-grand­daughter; four sisters, Grayce (John) Walker of South Bend, Beverly (Melvin) Davis of Hartford, Janet Sorensen of Oregon and Mittie Lower of Indianapolis; and a brother, Kenneth (Pat) Sorensen of Tennessee.
     He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Jack Sorensen.
     Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday in the Newell Funeral Home, Decatur, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, with Pastor Eric Jackson officiating.
     Burial will be in Hamilton Cemetery, Decatur. Memorials may be made to West Michigan Cancer Center or Hospice of Southwest Michigan.

 
George S. Pipkins, 67, of Hartford passed away July 23, 2012, at his home surrounded by his family.
    Services celebrating his life will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral home in Coloma, where visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Thursday. Burial with military honors will be in Fairview Cemetery in Watervliet. Donations in memory of George may be made to Hospice at Home. Those wishing to leave an online message of comfort for the family may do so at www.duffieldpastrick.com.
     George was born July 12, 1945, in Benton Harbor to Paul and Imogena (Nix) Pipkins. He was employed by International Student Exchange for 23 years and also Mann Metal for an additional 23 years. He was also a veteran of the Army, serving during the Vietnam era. George enjoyed spending time with his kids, grandkids and great-grandkids, traveling and music, playing in his own band for 25 years.
     Survivors include his wife, Pauline (Moore), whom he married May 2, 1984; children, Charlie (Theresa) Broadhurst of Watervliet, Joe (Tammy) Diehl of Hartford, Jamie (Cindy) Diehl, Paul (Tanya) Pipkins of St. Joseph, Laurie Pipkins, Heather (Nacer) Tag, and Dawn and Tracy Cooley, all of Hartford. Also surviving are two sisters, Anna (Pete) Bizzle of Ripley, Tenn, and Belinda (Chuck) Sherman of South Haven; 12 grand­children, two great-grand­children and 45 foreign children.
     In addition to his parents George was preceded in death by a sister, Patsy Poole; two brothers, Leonard and Paul Pipkins; and a granddaughter, Marinda Leisure.
 
June Barbara Bohle, 86, of Hartford passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 22, 2012, at her home.
June Bohle d 7-22-2012     June was born May 27, 1926, in Oak Park, Ill., the daughter of Charles and Blanche (Kosthka) Hybl, both of whom preceded her in passing. June was also preceded by her husband, Ernest, on Feb. 14, 1993.
     June will be missed dearly by her family, which consists of her children: Daniel (Patricia) Bohle of Hartford, and their children, Emily, Daniel Jr. and Jessica, and a great-grandson, Alden; Elizabeth (Eric) Buford of Jones and their children, Antionette, Mark, Vincent and Erica, and great-grandchildren, Niki, Sam, Stephan, Kaylan, Elijah, Sidney, Isaiah, Taegan, Karsen and Arriona; Georgette (Mark) Harrison of Helena, Mont., and their children, Samantha and Cameronj; and Christine (Mark) Schroeder of Mechanicsville, Va., and their children, Matthew, Ryan and William. June is also survived by two brothers, Charles of Chicago and her twin, Jack, of San Francisco.
     June was a devoted member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church of Hartford. Her love of people led her to organize and host the Catholic members of the high school senior class breakfast for twenty five years. She was formerly employed at Community Hospital in Watervliet as a Registered Nurse, the Van Buren County Health Department and the Martin Luther Nursing Home in South Haven.
     Her family will welcome friends at the family farm from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, July 26, at 51960 County Road 681, Hartford. On Friday, July 27, at 11 a.m. the Mass of Christian Burial will take place at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Hartford. June will be laid to rest in Hill Cemetery, Lawrence, followed by a luncheon at the church. In lieu of flowers the family has asked that memorials be made to the church. The Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford has been entrusted with the arrangements.

 
Patricia Mack, age 74, of Keeler, passed away at Lakeland Regional Medical Center on Friday July 20, 2012.
Patricia Mack d 7-20-2012    P
atricia's life began on October 13, 1937 in Herron, IL, the daughter of Harold and Rose (James) Webb.
     She was a 1955 graduate of Elkhart Central High School and a graduate of the South Bend Business School. Patricia also earned her bachelor's degree from Indiana University. Following graduation from business school, she worked for several Elkhart area businesses including Wells Cargo. After earning her teaching degree at University of Indiana, Patricia taught both elementary and high school science in Libertyville, IL, Jimtown High School, Cedar Rapids, IA, and Kohler, WI. She also worked as an administrative assistant in the pediatric ward of the University of Iowa Medical Center and for the emergency medical services in Iowa City. After leaving the professional world, Patricia cared for her mother in her home for several years. Patricia was united in marriage to Jeffery Mack on June 7, 1970 in Elkhart. She loved to fish, play scrabble and cards. Patricia was an excellent cook that made everything taste good. She loved the six Irish Setters she adopted from shelters over the last 35 years and was always on the hunt for a good bargain at Goodwill's all over the area. Patricia was a member of the Keeler United Methodist Church.
     Her loving family includes her husband of 42 years, Jeffrey Mack of Keeler, her brother Harold (Donna) Webb of Indianapolis, and nephews Jim Webb of Tennessee, Kevin Webb of Indianapolis, Dennis Webb of Indianapolis, Kenneth Webb of Ohio, and Roger Webb of Indianapolis.      
     She is preceded in death by her parents. Her family will gather with friends on Tuesday from 10-11 a.m. at Keeler United Methodist Church where her memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. led by Pastor Heather McDougall. She will be laid to rest in Keeler Cemetery. Memorial contributions in her name may be directed to Hospice at Home. Yazel & Clark Chapel is serving the family. Please sign her guestbook and leave a memory of Patricia at www.yazel-clark.com.
 
Lance Coburn d 7-12-2012Lance Allan Coburn, Hartford, was born on April 8, 1962, and passed away on July 12, 2012, at the age 50.
     He was a very special person who had a very rough and rocky road ahead of him since the day he was born, but also had good days and good times. He was very caring and a generous person and would help anyone in need when he could. He truly was a blessing to us.
     He loved animals, his Bible, and loved to fish and enjoyed the flea markets.  In his earlier years, he worked at McDonald’s and a printing shop in St. Joseph before he became disabled. He had a wonderful since of humor and could make us laugh.
     He knew his Lord and Savior and was ready to see him and loved ones. He is free from sickness and pain and very much alive – never more to die.
     Lance will be very much missed by those who loved him.
     He is survived by his mother, Judy Coburn, and his aunts and cousins.  His father, Allan Coburn, preceded him in death.
     A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, at Yore Community Church, 2690 Yore Ave., Sodus (off Napier Avenue).

 
Gary Wayne Heffington, 65, of Hartford passed away on Tuesday, July 10, 2012, at Lakeland Re­gional Medical Center, St. Joseph.
Gary Heffington d 7-10-2012     Gary was born June 20, 1947, in Morley, Mo., the son of Cubie and Thelma (Finney) Heffington, both of whom preceded him in passing. He was also preceded in passing by three brothers, Junior, Leeroy and Alvin Heffington; three sisters, Lois Doberstein, Katherine Rogers and Joyce Ann Heffington; two sisters-in-law, Betty and Sally Heffington; and two brothers-in-law, Gerald Fuller and Herbert Doberstein.
     Gary was a family man by nature and loved spend­ing time with his family, es­pecially his grandchildren. He was a loving husband to his wife, Jackie, who survives along with his two daughters, Tamara (Gary) Ackerman and Tonya (Cory) Gargus, both of Hartford, and his grandchildren, Brittany, Jade, Hunter, Macey, Trey, Andrew and Rylee. He is also survived by three brothers, Gene Heffington, Donnie Heffington and Tommy Joe (Mary) Heffington; four sisters-in-law, Stella Heffington, Charlene Heffington, Roberta Heffington and Barbara Layer; six brothers-in-law, Harry (Liz) Fuller, Tom (Cathy) Fuller, David Fuller, John (Patsy) Briggs, Allen (Shirley) Briggs and Michael Wilds; and numerous other family members and friends.
     Gary enjoyed working on old motors of all kinds, watching westerns and listening to gospel music.
     Gary’s family will receive friends from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, July 16, 2012, at the Full Gospel Assembly in Hartford, where his celebration of life will begin at 1 p.m. Pastor Tommy Fuller will officiate. Gary will be laid to rest in Maple Hill Cemetery in Hartford. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to do a memorial may do so to the family. The family has entrusted the Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford with the arrangements.

 
Erwin (Butch) George Hildebrand, 81, former resident of Watervliet and Hartford, died on Monday, July 9, 2012, at Lakeland Continuing Erwin (Butch) Hilderand d 7-9-2012Care Center in St. Joseph. Arrangements have been entrusted with Starks & Menchinger Family Funeral Home of St. Joseph.
     Erwin was born Oct. 15, 1930, in St. Joseph to Gustav and Katherine (Ryll) Hildebrand. He graduated from St. Joseph High School in 1948. Erwin served his country while in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was a parts manager over 20 years at Rogel’s in Watervliet. Erwin was a member of Salem Lutheran Church in Coloma and a former member of the VFW. He enjoyed golf, bowling, casinos, helping on the farm and fixing cars.
     Erwin is survived by his four children, Timothy (Darcel) Hildebrand of Hartford, Tom (Sarah) Hildebrand of Plainwell, Cathy (Ray) Dalrymple of St. Joseph and Connie (Mitchell) Hirsch of St. Joseph; two grandchildren, Hillary and Bradley Dalrymple; a sister, Alberta Kettlehut of Benton Harbor; his caregiver and friend, Tammy Rodgers; and his beloved Max, who he loved to house sit for.
     He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Art and Harold, and two sisters, Dorothy and Hildegard.
     A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 13, at Starks & Menchinger Family Funeral Home, 2650 Niles Road, St. Joseph, with Pastor Andrew Menz officiating. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, July 12, at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Salem Lutheran Church of Coloma or to the Athletic Department at St. Joseph High School. Friends wishing to leave a message of condolence may do so at www.starks-menchinger.com.

 
Dorothy I. Bond, 73, of Gobles, formerly of Hartford, passed away Wednesday, July 4, Dorothy Bond d 7-4-20122012, in Bloomingdale.
     Dorothy was born January 30, 1939, in Benton, Ark., the daughter of Alvin and Cora (Miller) Hester and had lived in the Hartford, Bangor and Gobles areas the majority of her life. She was an avid reader and enjoyed writing and bicycling.
     Surviving are two children, Tim (Diane) of Mattawan, and Vicki (Joseph) Maxa of Fennville.
     She was preceded in death by her parents and an aunt, Zola.
     Following her wishes, cremation has taken place. Private burial will take place at a later date in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford. The family suggests memorial contributions to the American Red Cross or Paws for a Cause, Wayland. Arrangements by Bloomingdale Chapel, D. L. Miller Funeral Home, www.dlmillerfuneralhome.com.

NOTE:  Dorothy "Pat" was a 1956 Hartford High School graduate.
 

Van Moore, 68, of Coloma passed away at home, Saturday, June 30, 2012.
Van Moore d 6-30-2012     Per his wishes burial has taken place in Coloma Cemetery. A private family memorial service will be held at a later date. Those wishing to leave an online message of comfort for the family may do so at www.duffieldpastrick.com. Donations in memory of Van may be made to the Salvation Army or the Soup Kitchen.
     Van was born June 3, 1944, in Coloma to Dave and Roena (Shafer) Moore. He grew up in Hartford, Mich., where he farmed Van-O-Farms for 20 years. He was also a volunteer fireman and EMT for Hartford Township. For the past 29 years he has worked in the fruit sales business working for Hilltop Nurseries, then becoming self employed as the Nursery Connection.
     Survivors include his wife, Jan, whom he married Feb. 14, 1984; six children, Terri Moore of Hartford, Sandi Werner of Phoenix, Brian (Terri) Riemland of Coloma, Wendy (Marc) Cole of Louisville, Ky., Shannon (Michael Myers) Rauner of Kalamazoo, and Tony (Angela) King of Al­legan. Also surviving are two brothers, Gary Moore of Hartford, Ross Moore of St. Joseph, nine grand­daughters, one grandson and one great-granddaughter.


Note:  Van was from the 1963 Class of Hartford High School.
 
Evelyn “Winnie” Hagen, 99, died June 30, 2012, at South Haven Nursing and Rehabilitation, where she had been a resident for the past eight years.
     She was born Feb. 9, 1913, in Benton Harbor, the daughter of Robert and Edythe Capen. She attended Benton Harbor High School.
In 1934 she married Edward E. Hagen and they continued to live in Benton Harbor until 1947, when they purchased a grocery store in Keeler, Mich. In 1965 they sold the Keeler store and moved to Riverside. Mrs. Hagen worked for several years in the offices of the Boy Scouts of America and also for the American Cancer Society. Later, Mrs. Hagen resided in Encinitas, Calif., until illness forced her to return to Michigan to be closer to family.
     Mrs. Hagen was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, her husband and two granddaughters.
     She is survived by her three children, Edward R. Hagen of Lawrence, Sue Cobianco of Kalispell, Mont. and Marilyn Willenbrink of Bluffton, S.C.; two sisters, Florence Saltzman of Spring, Texas, and Fern Hull of Laguna Hills, Calif., as well as nine grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, one great-great-granddaughter and numerous nieces and nephews.
     Services will be private at a later date. Memorials can be made to a charity of your choice.

 
Maxine Ziemek d 6-27-2012
Maxine Ziemek,
90, of Paw Paw, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 27, 2012 at her residence with her family by her side.
     Maxine Ziemek was born on November 1, 1921 in Kalamazoo to the late Arthur and Vena (Belle) Haney.
     Maxine is survived by her husband Steve Ziemek of Paw Paw, two sons, James (Patricia) Empson Jr. of Traverse City, Michigan and John A. Empson of Hartford, Michigan, daughter Joan (John) Duncan of Lawrence, Michigan, six grandchildren, fourteen great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. 
     She was preceded in death by her first husband, James Clifton Empson; her granddaughter, Leane Kellogg; five brothers and one sister.
     In keeping with Maxine’s wishes cremation has taken place and there will be a private family memorial at a later date.
 

Opal Rhinehart Thompson d 6-27-2012Opal Rhinehart Thompson, of Dothan AL, passed away Wednesday, June 27, 2012, at Flowers Hospital after a short illness. She was 90.
     Funeral services will be held at 2 P.M. Sunday, July 1, 2012, at the Denton Road United Methodist Church with Reverend John Baxter officiating. Burial will follow in Gardens of Memory Cemetery with Ward Wilson Funeral Home directing. The family will be receiving friends at the funeral home from 6 to 8 P.M. Saturday, June 30, 2012. In lieu of flowers, the family request that contributions be made to the Denton Road United Methodist Church or to the Humane Society.
     She is survived by her husband of 43 years, E. C. (Tom) Thompson; her daughter, Marcia Rhinehart; her son, Jimmy Rhinehart; and her Grandson, Captain Robert Allen and his wife Kristy and many of her sisters and brothers. She was preceded in death by her parents, Luella and Chet Swisher and her first husband, Major James W. Rhinehart who was killed in a helicopter accident in 1965.
     Opal loved working in her yard and taking care of her beautiful flowers. She had many friends and family members both here in the Dothan area, Michigan, and throughout the United States. One thing many did not know was that she worked on assembly lines during World War II as one of the original "Rosie Riveters" assembling parts for aircraft. She will be greatly missed by all.
     Ward Wilson Memory Hill Funeral Home, Cemetery & Crematory, (334) 792-4194, is in charge of arrangements. Visit us at www.wardwilson.com. Sign the guest book at www.dothaneagle.com.

 

Frank Cotman d 6-24-2012Frank Edward Cotman Sr., 90, of Hartford, passed away Sunday, June 24, 2012, at his home.
     Frank was born Aug. 22, 1921, in Chicago, the son of Frank and Jenney (Music) Cotman, both of whom preceded him in passing. Also preceding him in passing was his wife, Lucy, on March 9, 1999.
     Frank honorably served his country in the United States Army Air Force during World War II. He was formerly employed with Auto Specialties at its Hartford plant, Clark Equipment of Benton Harbor and Gast Manufacturing of Benton Harbor, from where he retired. He was a member of the American Legion Stoddard Post 93 of Hartford.
     Frank is survived by a daughter, Angie (Tommy) Campanaro of Glendale, Ariz.; a son, Frank Jr. (Virginia) Cotman of Hartford; three grandchildren – Frankie, Dustin and Andy; and a great granddaughter, Kaleia.
     As per Frank’s wishes, cremation has taken place. The family will welcome friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 29, at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford. Military rites will be performed at 7 p.m. by the North Berrien Military Rites Team. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations in Frank’s name be made to Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.

Note: Frank was a 1940 Hartford High School graduate.

 
Alma B. Canada-Neal, 94, a Berrien Springs resident since 1968, died Saturday, June 23, 2012, at her home.
Alma Canada-Neal d 6-23-2012Funeral services will be at noon Monday, July 2, at Pioneer Memorial Church on the campus of Andrews University, where she was a member. Friends are invited to call from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, July 1, at the Allred Funeral Home in Berrien Springs, and to leave online messages at www.allredfuneralhome. com. Alma will be laid to rest in Elm Ridge Memorial Park, Muncie, Ind. Memorial contribu­tions may be made to Andrews Academy, Indiana Academy, 3ABN or Friends in Faith Community Church. She was born Aug. 26, 1917, in Muncie, the daughter and only child of Marion and Ruth (Hosier) Harman.
     She taught school for more than 20 years and worked with her husband, Orvel Canada, in church evangelism ministry for 38 years. An accomplished organist, Alma played locally for the Watervliet Plymouth Congregational Church for 22 years and for the Friends In Faith Community Church in Eau Claire. In addition, she owned and operated the Canada AFC Homes in Berrien Springs for 32 years before her retirement. Alma is survived by a son, Byron Canada; stepdaughter, Marilyn (David) Bender of Berrien Springs; 14 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Orvel Canada, on Feb. 21, 1970; her second husband, Donald Neal, on Oct. 11, 1987; her son, Vernon Canada, on June 25, 2001; and her daughter, Norma Jean Putnam, on April 21, 2003.

NOTE:  Alma was an elementary teacher in Hartford during the late 1960s and 1970s.
 

John Loren Skeans, 79, of Bangor passed away on Thursday, June 21, 2012, at Borgess Medical Center, Kalamazoo.
     John was born April 11, 1933, in Mackville, Ky., the son of John and Ethel (Roney) Skeans, both of whom precede him in passing. John was also preceded in passing by his wife, Norma.
     John’s surviving family consists of his daughter, Paula (Richard) Brand of Munster, Ind., his son, Loren Michael (Cynthia) Skeans of Leesburg, Fla., and his daughter, Joy Skeans of Chesterton, Ind.; four grandchildren, Nicole, Michael, Ashley and Nikki; three great-grandchildren, one brother and two sisters.
     John retired from Kaiser Aluminum after 35 years of faithful employment. John enjoyed his retirement to the fullest and loved working in his garden.
     The family will receive friends from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday, June 25, at the Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford, where at 1 p.m. the service to honor his memory will begin. The Reverend Wayne Babcock will officiate. John will be laid to rest in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford.

 
Dina L. Rajzer, 58, of Decatur passed away Wednesday, June 20, 2012, in Bronson Lakeview Hospital, Paw Paw. Dina was born Dina Rajzer d 6-20-2012Jan. 25, 1954, in Blue Island, Ill., the daughter of Dino and Louise (DeRossi) Rigoni.
     She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Education from Michigan State University in 1977, and a Masters in Business Management from Western Michigan University in 1987. She formerly taught at Davenport College and Hartford Public Schools.
     She was in business with her husband Chris and was co-owner of Rajzer Farm Market and Greenhouse and Rajzer Farms LLC.
     She married Chris Rajzer on Aug. 18, 1973 and he survives. Also surviving, daughter, Julie Rajzer of Gross Pointe Woods., Mich.; son, Brian (Emelee) Rajzer of Decatur; grandson, Brandon Rejzer of Decatur; mother, Louise Rigoni of Decatur; father, Dino Rigoni of Decatur; two sisters Maryann Rigoni of Portage, Mich. and Janet (Chris Campbell) Rigoni of Virginia and brother Steve (Sue) Rigoni of Paw Paw.
     Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Friday in the Newell Funeral Home, Decatur where a rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, in Holy Family Catholic Church in Decatur, of which she was a member, with Father Patrick Craig, celebrant. Burial will take place in Lakeside Cemetery in Decatur. Memorials may be made to Holy Family Scholarship Fund.

 
Linda L. (Griffith) Hester, 64, of Hartford died peacefully at home June 14, 2012. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, June 22, at Red Arrow General Baptist Church, 3207 E. Euclid, Benton Harbor. Dinner will follow the service. Cremation has taken place.
     Linda was born July 14, 1947, in Benton Harbor.  She loved spending time with family and friends, crocheting and fishing. She was an avid Nascar fan.
     Survivors include her loving partner and best friend of 17 years, Daniel Ruple Sr. of Hartford; three sons, Bob Miller of Benton Harbor, Rick (Monica) Miller of Baroda and Terry Baker Jr. (Karen Taylor) of Watervliet. She had 13 grand­children, eight great-grand­children and numerous nieces and nephews.
     She was preceded in death by her mother, Lilian Roberts Griffith; father, Lee Griffith; sister, Lois Whitaker; and brothers, Loren Griffith and Larry Griffith. Hoven Funeral Home in Buchanan has taken care of the family arrangements.

 

Diana Renee Blair, 73, of Hartford died on Wednesday, May 23, 2012, surrounded by her caring family at the home of her Diana Blair d 5-23-2012daughter in Marshall after a two-year, hard fought battle with CNS lymphoma (brain cancer).
     Diana was born on March 25, 1939, in South Bend, Ind., to Keith and Esther (Miller) Crowder Sr. She graduated from Benton Harbor High School in 1957. Diana began work at the age of 14 for the state Senate (a work program provided through Benton Harbor Schools) to support her family when her mother was paralyzed from polio. She ended a 25-year career with the state of Michigan at the Benton Harbor unemployment office.
     Diana will be remembered for her involvement and service to her community of Hartford, donating her time and money to the Hartford Public Schools, local food pantry, board of review and anyone who was in need. Many of her years in Hartford were spent as a foster mom. She enjoyed going out to support the local band and theater productions and was always there for the important events in her children’s and grandchildren’s lives. In addition to community service, Diana enjoyed reading, gardening, traveling and especial­ly spending time with her grandchildren.
     She is survived by her children, Sue (Phil) Deitrich of Marshall, David (Aimee) Blair of Edwardsburg and Steve (Kim) Glowacki of Niles; her grandchildren, Zach, Ariel, Micah and Drew Deitrich; a brother, Keith (Kathy) Crowder; and several nieces and nephews.
     She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Barry Crowder.
     Per her request, a Celebration of Life Party will be held on June 23, 2012, from noon to 2 p.m. at the Hartford Federated Church, 65418 Red Arrow Highway in Hartford. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hartford High School Band Boosters or the American Cancer Society.
 

Grace Bosker Craik Wagner d 5-5-2012Grace Bosker Craik Wagner, a longtime Lake Leelanau summer resident, died May 5. She was 97.
     Grace was the daughter of Peter and Alice Bosker of Kalamazoo. She was an alumna of Kalamazoo College, Western Michigan University and the University of Michigan and taught Latin and English in Hartford [1936-1938] and Ann Arbor, Mich. She was famous for taking her high school Latin scholars to Rome for spring break.
     She lived in Naples, Fla. from 1972 to the present and traveled to Lake Leelanau in the summers as long as she was able.
     Grace was preceded in death by her first husband Roy Alton Craik, her second husband Edwin Richard Wagner, her brother Peter Bosker and three sisters: Alyce Bosker Squibb, Anne Bosker Trimpe and Fred Bosker VanderSalm.
     She is survived by her daughter Nancy Craik (Stephen) Beights.
     In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to: Habitat for Humanity, 11145 Tamiami Trail E., Naples, Fla. or the Grace and Edwin Wagner Memorial Fund.
 
Darlene Horton d 6-11-2012Darlene Horton was born April 18, 1937, to Fred and Loretta (Parshall) Winans, both of whom preceded her in passing on June 11, 2012..
    She was also preceded in passing by her sister, Karen Winans; brothers, Gene, Duane and Larry Winans ; daughter, Dawn Howley; and stepchildren, Greg Horton and Debbie Horton.
     Survivors include her husband, Donald Horton; children, Denise Daniel, Dara Daniel and Douglas Daniel; stepchildren, Darrell and John Howley; sister, Phyllis Kling; brothers, Fred and Don Winans; loving sisters-in-law, Peggy and Gloria Winans; grandchildren, Briana Melanson and Beau Daniel; and step­grandchildren, Jordan and Danielle.
     Darlene and Don Horton owned and operated D&D Grill in Watervliet for six years. Prior to that, Darlene was a school bus driver, and before that worked at Gran Tran. Darlene was a people person and always had love in her heart and laughter to share with her friends and family. Her pride and joy in life were her children, grandchildren and family. Her passion was cooking and baking cakes, pies and cookies and sharing her creations with friends and family. She never complained when times were hard, and made the best out of everything. She had joy in her heart to reunite with those who had passed before her. She will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.
     Cremation was requested, and no services will be held at this time.

 
Steve MacGowan d 6-12-2012Steven B. MacGowan of Sodus, formerly of Hartford, passed away at his home on June 12, 2012, at the age of 58.
     He is survived
by his wife of 33 years, Angelika (Skale); son, Sean; sister, Janet (Stan) Langston of Waterford; sister-in­ law, Hildegard Krueger of Niles; brothers-in-law, Erich (Marie) Skale of Elkhart, Ind., and Arthur (Linda) Skale of St. Joseph; also many cousins, nieces, nephews and loving friends. He was preceded in death by his beloved daughter, Samantha, and his parents, Carmen and Shirley MacGowan of Hartford.
     Steve was born July 20, 1953, and graduated from Hartford High School in 1971. He attended Lake Michigan College before moving to Glendale, Ariz., in 1973, where he pursued his passion for music. Upon returning to Michigan on 1976, he worked at Bangor Cooler in Hartford while studying and perfecting his artistic talents. Steve had been an accomplished wood relief artist for more than 30 years and his works had appeared in galleries and museums throughout Michigan as well as cities such as New York, Philadelphia, Chicago and Saugatuck.
     In addition to his career, Steve was an avid golfer, a skilled guitarist and an enthusiastic collector of antiquities. Even during the course of his illness, his unique sense of humor was enjoyed by all who knew him.
     A visitation will be held at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, Friday, June 15, from 5 to 8 p.m. A Celebration of Life Eternal will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, Colfax and Kline avenues in Benton Harbor. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church. Those wishing to sign Steve’s Memory Book online may do so at www.starks-menchinger.com.

Peggy Trowbridge d 6-11-2012

Peggy Ann Trowbridge, 66, of Hartford passed away suddenly Monday afternoon, June 11, 2012. Peggy was born in Hamilton, Ala.
     She was preceded in death by her father, Grover Townley; mother, Quillie Mae Hurst; and brother, Bill.
     Surviving are her daughters, Lisa (Christopher) Isfort and Hope (Scott) Ritts; grandchildren – Kelsey, Nathan and Hannah; her stepfather, Gerald Hurst; brothers, Bob Townley and Jerry Hurst; and several nieces and nephews.
     There will be no visitation. A memorial gathering will be held at a later date. Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements are by Langeland Family Funeral Homes, Memorial Chapel, 622 S. Burdick, Kalamazoo. Please visit Peggy’s personalized guestbook at www.langelands.com
 

Carl “Dusty” Druskovich, 84, of Decatur passed away Monday, May 28, 2012, at home.
     Carl was born April 6, 1928, in Bainbridge Township, the son of Steve and Susie Druskovich. He farmed in Decatur for several years. He was a member of the Decatur Lions and a life member of Decatur Lodge No. 99 F&AM.
     He married Nellie Young on July 18, 1953, in Decatur and she survives. Also surviving are two daughters Sandy (Doug) Athey of Decatur and Dr. Sally Orr of Ahmeek, Mich.; three sons, Dr. Carl (Amy) Druskovich of Decatur, Dr. Gary (Nancy) Druskovich of Kalamazoo and Dan (Judy) Druskovich of Traverse City, Mich.; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren.
     He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Pauline Sila and Olga Rudar, and two brothers, Steve and Emil Druskovich. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the Newell Funeral Home, Decatur, where funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday with Mr. James Abshagen officiating. Burial will be in Hamilton Cemetery, Decatur.
     Memorials may be made to Webster Memorial Library in Decatur or Decatur High School Willis C. Bates National Honor Society.


NOTE:  Carl was from the 1945 class of Hartford High School.
 
Mike "Beard" Kelley, 58, of Hartford passed away Friday, May 25, 2012, after a heroic battle with cancer.
     Mike was born April 1, 1954, in Watervliet to John Doyle (JD) and Dorothy (Starbuck) Kelley. He was from the 1973 class of  Hartford High School and lived in Hartford most of his life. His working years were spent with Conrail Railroad based out of Kalamazoo.
     Mike is survived by his loving wife of 22 years, Marcia (Culbertson) and the daughter he was so proud of, Chelsea Lynn Kelley of Kalamazoo. Also surviving are his mother, Dorothy Kelley of Hartford; sister, Betty (David) Owens of Kentucky; sister, Linda (Mike) Ahles of West Olive; sister, Donna Jean McGowan of Hartford; and brother, John Kelley of Interlochen; brother-in-law, Richard Culbertson of Tennessee, sisters-in-law, Robin (Mark) Heminger of Hartford, Toni (Eugene) Ormond of Las Vegas and Vickie (Jerry) Kirby of Hartford.
     He was uncle to many and known by most as “Big Mike.” He will be greatly missed.
     Mike was preceded in death by his father, JD Kelley, his mother-in-law, Dorothy Culbertson and sister-in­law, Janet Culbertson.
     Mike loved his family, walking, motorcycle riding, The Grateful Dead, and doing for others. He had too many friends to mention by name for fear of leaving someone out but through these last tough months Mike was befriended by a someone who went way above and beyond, Bruce Flowers.
     Visitation will be held at the Hartford United Methodist Church from 11 a.m. until the start of the funeral service at 1 p.m. Donations may be made to the Alvan Humane Society or the Hartford United Methodist Church food pantry in lieu of flowers.
     The family has entrusted the Calvin Funeral Home with arrangements.
 
Jim David d 4-27-2012

James Jefferson Davis
,
67, of Dowagiac passed away April 27, 2012, at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo. Hoven Funeral Home, Buchanan, 695-2363.

A family memorial service will be held at a later date.

NOTE:  James was a 1962 Hartford High School graduate.  He served in the US Army during VietNam.
 

Harry Allen Shumaker, 55, of Hartford passed away on Friday, April 27, 2012, at Borgess Medical Center, Kalamazoo. Harry was born on Sept. 30, 1956, in Elkhart, Ind., the son of Roy and Arlene (Freehling) Shumaker. His father preceded him in passing, along with a son, Clinton Stockton.
     Harry married Sherrie Brant on March 3, 1980. She survives, along with his four daughters, Amy Johnson of Riverside, Kimberly Stockton of Co­loma, Dianne (Leslie) Haff of Buchanan and Kristia (Scott) Eastman of Hartford; 12 grandchildren, Specialist Samuel Melton, Eric, Candace, Brandon, Leann, Brittany, Rhea, Clinton, Omar, Fantasia, Kaniya and Tori; a great-granddaughter, Avahea; his mother, Arlene of South Haven; a sister, Laurie (Richard) Bailey of Arkansas; and a brother, Dennis (Lynette) Shumaker of Sawyer.
     Harry was a truck driver by trade and was formerly employed by Motycka Trucking of Lawton until his health prohibited him from working.
     There will be a memorial celebration at the family home at 52664 67 1/2 Street in Hartford at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 6, 2012.  The Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford has been entrusted with the arrangements.
     Those wishing to give a memorial in Harry’s name may do so to the family.

 
Naomi Zook passed away Wednesday, April 25, 2012, at her home. Naomi was born Dec. 11, 1929, in Chicago, the daughter of Adam and Marie Czajkowski, and had lived in this area the majority of her life.
     She enjoyed archery, for which she earned the title of Champion in the South West Michigan Archery League in 1953. She also enjoyed reading and worked at Standard Coil in Bangor.
     Surviving are three children, Mark (Jeanette) of West Virginia, Becky (Larry) Woodley of Hartford and Peggy (Randy) Ruppel of Hartford; and a grand­daughter, Heather (Brian Tibbs) Ruppel.
     She was preceded in death by her husband, Warren, a grandson, Jason, and her parents.
     The family will meet friends 3-7 p.m. on Sunday at the Bangor Chapel, D.L. Miller Funeral Home (www.dlmillerfuneralhome. com), where funeral services will take place at 11 a.m. on Monday, with Pastor Marla Thurman officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the family to assist with funeral expenses.

 
Tommy Junior Johnson, 65, of Hartford passed away Monday, April 23, 2012, at home. He was born Aug. 1, 1946, in Braggadocio, Mo.
     Survivors include two sons, Tommy Johnson and David Johnson; one daughter, Melissa Johnson; and one stepson, Jay Kemp; his mother, Wanda Cummings; four sisters, LaWanda Webb, Mary Jenkins, Gloria Sexton, Patricia Edwards; one brother, Johnny Johnson; many grandchildren, nieces and nephews; and his girlfriend, Wanda Drake.
     He was preceded in death by his father, Thomas Johnson, infant brother, Billy Ray Johnson, and one son, Steven Johnson.
     Tommy had a big heart. He would help anyone.
     At his request, no services were held. Cremation has take place.
 
Joann Louise LaVanway, 73, of Hartford passed away on Thursday, April 19, 2012, at her home.
     Joann was born Feb. 16, 1939, in Lawrence, the daughter of William and Louise (Campbell) Tikal, both of whom preceded her in passing.
     Joann was a 1957 graduate of Hartford High School and was employed by the Hartford Public Schools as a head cook for many years. She was united in marriage to LaVon “Spike” LaVanway on March 8, 1958, and he survives. Joann enjoyed the precious time she spent with her children, Stacy (Don) Sage of Watervliet and Todd LaVanway of Lawrence. She was often seen watching her grandchildren, Nicholas LaVanway, Chelsea Sage and Treven Sage, at their sporting events. The neighbors would always see her walking her beloved dogs, Bella and Maddie. The family camping trips were very special times, especially when they would travel to the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee.
     As to Joann’s wishes, cremation has taken place, and a memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. on Friday, April 27, 2012, at the Hartford United Methodist Church, of which she was a member. Reverend Jeffrey Williams and Chaplain Johnny Groda will officiate. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorials in Joann’s name be made to the humane society of your choice. The family has entrusted the Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford with the arrangements.

 


Brian Maurig d 4-11-2012Brian Joseph Maurig, Sr.,
age 76 of Paw Paw, passed away suddenly Wednesday evening, April 11, 2012 at his home.
     Brian was born March 17, 1936 in South Haven, MI the son of the late Joseph A. and Eunice C. (Beatty) Maurig. He was employed at Kalamazoo Valley Community College as a computer specialist until his retirement in 2005. He was a member of the S.W. Michigan Council for Tourism, and the Hartford Alumni Board. He had many friends, was a practical joker who had a great sense of humor. Brian was very mechanical and enjoyed tinkering (Mr. Fixit), animals, photography, and computers.
     On December 8, 1955 in Bangor, Brian was united in marriage to Phyllis M. Wiles who preceded him in death on January 17, 2006. He was also preceded in death by a grandson, Kenneth Staunton; 3 brothers, John, David and Tommy Munjoy, and 1 sister, Sue Ellen Munjoy. Surviving are a son, Brian Maurig, Jr. of Garrett, IN; 3 daughters, Marian Maurig of Kalamazoo, Connie Maurig of Paw Paw and Christine (Daniel) Staunton of Lawrence; 8 grandchildren, Nicole, Brian, Aimee, B.J., Jeff, Stephen, William and Martin; 3 great grandchildren, Lilly, Jackson and Brody; sister, Vickie Peterson of Kansas City, KS; many nieces and nephews.
     There will be no visitation as per his request, cremation has taken place. A memorial service for family and friends will be announced at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation or directed to the family.

NOTE:  Brian was a 1954 Hartford High School graduate.

A Celebration of Life for Brian will be held from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. on May 19, 2012 at Kalamazoo Valley Community College.  An open house will be held after the Celebration of Life. KVCC is located one half mile south from I-94 exit 72 at Oshtemo. Use the cafeteria entrance. 

Ward W. LaPorte of Cassopolis died Monday, April 9, 2012, in Bronson Hospital, Battle Creek, one day before his 87th birthday.
     He was born in Hartford on April 10, 1925, to George and Carrie (Pearson) LaPorte. He married Dorothy May Edmunds in Dowagiac on March 13, 1948. He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Bruce LaPorte on June 22, 2010; four sisters and four brothers.
     Ward proudly served in the U.S. Army as a Military Policeman at Governor’s Island, New York City. He was a hard worker. He and his wife owned a farm implement business west of Cassopolis for more than 16 years. Ward farmed and enjoyed everything about red antique tractors, including tractor pulling. He participated in the first Annual Tractor Crossing of the Mackinac Bridge and in the 50-mile Half Century of Progress Tractor Drive in Rantoul, Ill., with his son, Bruce, and several nephews. He always talked about his Buicks. As far as he was concerned, if it didn’t say B-u-i-c-k it wasn’t worth owning.
     He is survived by his wife of more than 64 years, Dorothy (Edmunds) LaPorte of Cassopolis; two daughters, Carrie (Todd) Butler of Paw Paw and Mary (Tim) Brown of Cassopolis; one son, Douglas LaPorte of Cassopolis; six grandchildren, Nicole (Travis Hepler) LaPorte of Buchanan, Elizabeth (Clint Wernlund) LaPorte of Dowagiac, Katie (Will) Hammond of Dowagiac, Joseph LaPorte of Dowagiac, Shannon Brown of Cassopolis and Kristen Brown of Cassopolis; four great-grandchildren, Madison Stout, Mason Hepler, Claire Hammond and Evan Hammond; and one sister-in-law, Jean LaPorte of Cassopolis, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
     Family and friends will gather from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 12, at Connelly Chapel Wagner Family Funerals, 202 North Broadway St., Cassopolis. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home led by his greatniece, Gail Hertsel, and great-great-nephew, Michael Hertsel. Mr. LaPorte will be laid to rest in South Wayne Cemetery, Wayne Township, beside his late son, Bruce LaPorte.
     The family prefers memorial contributions to the donor’s choice.
     Arrangements have been entrusted to Connelly Chapel Wagner Family Funerals, Cassopolis. Online condolences may be sent to: wagnercares.com.

Linda Louise Norden, 65, of Hartford passed away suddenly on Tuesday, April 3, 2012, at home.
Linda Norden d 4-3-2012     Linda was born July 19, 1946, in Chicago, the daughter of Chester and Louise (Jackson) Murphey, both of whom preceded her in passing.
     Linda graduated from Hartford High School in 1965, then attended LMC. She worked at Roses Drug Store, then as a bookkeeper at the former First National Bank in Watervliet and finished her career at the Van Buren County Health Department.
     She was active in the Hartford Federated Church, serving as the financial secretary for 20 years. She was also involved in the church’s Awana program and served on the decorating committee.
     Linda will not only be missed by her husband, David Norden, whom she married on Sept. 10, 1966, but also by their children, Kellie (Tim) Hakken of Grand Junction and Kyle (Kelsey) Norden of Hartford and her grandchildren, Dylan and Troy Vance and Kollen Norden. Linda is also survived by a brother, Richard (Carol) Murphey of Cadillac; her mother-in-law, Helen Norden of Hartford; many nieces, nephews, other family members, her loving church family and many friends.
     The family will welcome friends from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 7, at the Hartford Federated Church, where at 4 p.m. the service to honor Linda’s memory will take place. Pastor David Gilbert will serve as officiant. As per Linda’s wishes, cremation will follow the service. The family requests memorial donations be made to the Hartford Federated Church or Visiting Nurses. The family has entrusted the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, with handling the arrangement process.

 
Holly Owens d 3-30-2012Holly Lynn Alburtus Owens, 39, of Lawrence died Friday, March 30, 2012, at Oakwood Annapolis Hospital in Wayne, Mich.
     Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 10, at the Paw Paw Seventh-day Adventist Church, with a luncheon immediately following. Burial will be at 3 p.m. in Hill Cemetery, Lawrence. Friends are invited to visit with the family from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday, April 9, at the church. Online messages may be left at www.allredfuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to her parents to help defray expenses.
     Holly was born Nov. 15, 1972, in Paw Paw, the daughter of Patton and Joyce (Haney) Alburtus. She held the honor of being chosen Miss Lawrence 1990, and she graduated with the Class of 1991 from Lawrence High School. As a licensed beautician she had operated her own salon in Paw Paw, “Holly’s Hairitage House.” She later was regional sales manager for Momentum Payment Systems, and currently was general manager of Arrowhead Bar and Grill in Hartford. Holly’s leisure enjoyments included time spent with her family in boating and swimming, cooking and barbecuing, and she took pride in keeping her yard and garden.
     Survivors include her three children, Cody, Cory and Carli; her parents, Pat and Joyce Alburtus; and her brother, Fred (Deb) Alburtus, all of Lawrence. Many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends will remember Holly for the special way she had of lighting up their lives with her warmth and her beautiful smile.

 

Vivian June Watt Kasischke d 3-30-2012Vivian June Watt Kasischke, 85, of Bridgman passed away on Friday, March 30, 2012, at Jordan’s Life Care Center, Bridgman surrounded by her loving family.
     A Celebration of Life service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 5, at Starks & Menchinger Funeral Home, 2650 Niles Road, St. Joseph, with Pastors Kyle and Lindsay Small of the Harbert Community Church officiating. Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. She will be buried at North Shore Memory Gardens, Coloma. Memorials may be made to the Jameson Gargano Fund at Berrien Community Foundation, Hospice at Home, or the activities department at Jordan’s Life Care Center. Friends may send a condolence to the guest book at www.starks-menchinger. com.
     Vivian was born on June 13, 1926, in Hartford to Carl E. and Mabel D. (Kittell) Phillips. She first married Harry “Duke” Watt, who preceded her in death, and later married Edward P. Kasischke on April 18, 1987. Vivian worked at Whirlpool for 21 years. June enjoyed golfing, bowling, and especially her family and friends.
     Vivian is survived by her daughter, Nancy (Charles) Gargano of Stevensville; stepson, Paul (Marilyn) Watt of St. Joseph; stepdaughter, Laura (Bill) Abernethy of Chelsea, Mich.; grandchildren, Joel Gargano, Jill Elder, Jack Abernethy, Kima Watt, Paul Watt Jr., Shawn Unruh, Marcee Schplapak; 12 great-grandchildren; two great-greatgrandchildren; two sisters, Raina (Sperbeck) Witkowski of Stevensville, Margie Lange of Berrien Springs and brother, Richard (Ruth) Phillips of Virginia Beach, Va.; and sister-in-law, Barbara Phillips of Stevensville.
     Vivian was preceded in death by her parents, first husband, Duke, second husband, Ed, a grandson, Jameson Gargano, and brother, Donald Phillips.

 

Joan June Tanner, 69, of Hartford passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 28, 2012.
     Joan was born on June 26, 1942, in Chicago, Ill., the daughter of Joseph and Anne (Pradon) Pleyer.
     Joan is survived by her husband, Jerry; a son, Troy Nevins; and a daughter, Nicole (Gary) Birkhead, all from Hartford; stepsons, Donnie Tanner and Josh Tanner; grandchildren, Drake and Josie Nevins, Luke, Cole and Ryder Birkhead, Noah and Chloe Tanner, Nathaniel, James and Jacob Tanner, Heather and Dylan Tanner, Kyle, Jake and C.J. Milliken. She is also survived by nine siblings: brothers, Ronald (Judy) Pleyer, of Lowell, Ind., James (Marilyn) Pleyer of Watervliet, Wayne (Linda) Pleyer of Lawrence, and Bruce Pleyer and Paul Pleyer, both of Hartford; sisters, Diane Pleyer, Christine Lawson and Darlene (Al) Giganti, all of Watervliet, and Kathy (Robert) Sinclair of Hartford.
     She was preceded in death by her parents, a stepson, Ric Tanner, and brother-in-law, David Lawson.
     Joan enjoyed her winter visits to Florida, annual Baldwin camping reunions and being with her special friends and family. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her.
     The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 2, 2012, at Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford. The service to honor Joan’s memory will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, April 3, at the funeral home. Pastor Shannon Truelove of Full Gospel Assembly Church of Hartford will officiate. Joan will be laid to rest in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford.

 
Tom Rider d 3-20-2012Tom Rider, Galien.  Tom’s life began Aug. 12, 1960, in St. Joseph, the son of Jim Rider and Vada (Wheeler) Keesler. He was the owner of Tom Rider Heating and Cooling in Galien.
     His loving family includes his mother, Vada (Harold) Keesler of Dowagiac; sons, Justin and Jason Rider of Coloma; brother, Tim Rider of Kalamazoo; companion, Jeannine Daniel of Galien and her children, Travis and Russell Kittleson and Lucas and Trenton Prentice; grandchildren, Alexander and Lucian Kittleson; two stepbrothers, Michael and Kenny Keesler; and former wife, Jan Rider of Coloma.
     Tom passed away as a result of a motor vehicle accident on Tuesday, March 20, 2012, near Galien. He was preceded in death by his father.
     A private family gathering will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions in his name, may be directed to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Yazel & Clark Chapel, Dowagiac is serving the family. Please sign his guestbook and leave a memory of Tom at www.yazel-clark.com.

     In memory of Thomas Ray Rider a memorial gathering will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 14, at the Hartford American Legion, off Red Arrow Highway in Hartford MI. A light luncheon will be served.
     Tom passed away March 20, 2012. Memorial contributions in his name may be directed to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, care of Yazel & Clark Chapel, Dowagiac.

 

NOTE:  Tom was a 1978 Hartford High School graduate. 
 

Lola Mae Barr, 67, of Hartford passed away Tuesday after­noon, March 20, 2012, at Lakeland Regional Medi­cal Center in St. Joseph. The Davidson Chapel of Florin Funeral Service, Coloma, has been entrusted with the arrangements. Burial will be private. Messages of condolence may be sent to www.florin.net.
     Lola was born on Jan. 4, 1944, in Trumann, Ark., to Dill and Elsie Hammons. She enjoyed going to the casino, was an avid Bingo player, and enjoyed playing cards – particularly the game “Phase 10.” Lola also enjoyed going to yard sales. She had a heart of gold and would do anything for anybody, and she never met a stranger. Most of all, Lola will be remembered for her love of family and particularly enjoyed family gatherings. Lola appreciated Roy Nichols for all his help and guidance.
     Lola is survived by her children, Tony Bailey of Springdale, Ark., Robert Bailey of Arcadia, Fla., Melissa Jackson of Spring­dale, Sherry Coburn of Hartford, Darren (Julie) Bailey of Monticello, Ark., Mary (Roy Nichols) Bailey of Covington, Ga., and Kimberly Bailey of Paw Paw; grandchildren, Jennifer, Terry, Cody, Sabrina, Jonathan, Misty, April, Rebecca, Amber, Vachary and Dustin; one great­grandchild, Kardee; her siblings, Shirley (Jewell) Mann of Hartford, Danny (Judy) Hammons of Bangor, Troy (Estell) Hammons of Watervliet, Reba Daisy of Watervliet, and Bob (Diane) Wayne of California, Bobbie Mills of Tennessee, John Hammons of South Bend, Ind., and Noma Kring of Michigan City, Ind.; and by her best friend, Jackie Cardwell.
     In addition to her parents, Lola was preceded in death by her sisters, Janice, Helen and Martha; and by her brother, Bobby.
 
Kenneth Lowe, 52, of Mattawan passed away Saturday, March 10, 2012.
     Kenny was born May 24, 1959, in Watervliet, the son of the late Earnie and Verna (Blackburn) Lowe. Kenny has worked for Pepsi for the last 15 years. He was truly a family man and loved spending every spare moment with his wife and kids.
     In May 1989, Kenny married his loving wife, Lisa (Strefling), who survives. Also surviving are four children, Meg, Michael, Molly and Maggie; four siblings, Randy (Jill) Lowe, Tom (Nita) Lowe, Valerie (Marvin) Lowe and Sherry (Mark) Miller; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Don and Barb Strefling.
     Kenny was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Lowe. Family received friends from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Adams Funeral Home, Paw Paw. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. today at the Lawrence United Methodist Church. Interment will follow in Hill Cemetery, Lawrence. Arrangements are by the Adams Funeral Home, Paw Paw. Share a memory or condolence online at www.adamspawpaw.com.

NOTE:  Ken was a 1977 Hartford High School graduate.

Myrtle Damaske d 3-10-2012Myrtle Mae Damaske - passed away Friday, March 10, 2012. Myrtle was born June 10, 1922 in Hartford, MI. Myrtle and her late husband Richard served as missionaries in Bolivia, South America amongst the Ayore’ Indians for 5 years. Myrtle graduated from South Western Michigan College where she earned her LPN certificate and worked for a number of years as a licensed LPN. She was involved in the local political parties for many years, assisted with Sunday School and youth ministry programs and loved spending time with her family and friends.
     She is survived by 5 children, Linda (Barney) McVey of Sanford FL, Martha Damaske Snearly M.D. of Broad View Heights OH, Pearl (Randy) Bouwens of Wayland, David (Judy) Lima OH, Robert (Karen) of Climax; 11 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; 2 sister-in-laws, Edna and Beatrice Kimmel, several nieces and nephews.
     She was preceded in death by her husband Richard, a son-in-law Roland Glenn Snearly, M.D., a grandson Randall, and 3 brothers. The family will meet friends on Tuesday, March 13th from 6-8 PM at the Bangor Chapel, D. L. Miller Funeral Home, www.dlmillerfuneralhome.com. Funeral services will take place Wednesday, March 14th, 11 AM at East Arlington Baptist Church, 40040 48th Street Lawrence, MI. Interment will follow in Arlington Hill Cemetery, Bangor MI.

Frank Groth, 75, of Coloma passed away Thursday, March 8, 2012, at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo.
Frank Groth d 3-8-2012     A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday , March 13, during National Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week, at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Road, St. Joseph, with Deacon Michael Gallagher officiating. Burial will follow in Coloma Cemetery, with military rites conducted by the North Berrien Military Rites Team. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society – Michigan Chapter. Those wishing to sign Frank’s Memory Book online may do so at www.starks-menchinger.com.
     Frank was born Jan. 20, 1937, in Bangor to Wheeler and Rose (Pikal) Dibble. He graduated from Hartford High School [class of 1955] and enlisted in the U.S. Army, stationed at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico. On Sept. 30, 1961, he married Lydia Sarabia of Las Cruces, N.M. After discharge they returned to Michigan, where Frank worked as an electrician at Modern Plastics, Dynac, Gast Manufacturing and Whirlpool Corp. until he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1971.
     Frank is survived by his wife, Lydia; three daughters – Deborah (Tim) Johnson and Marianne (Ray Cox) Groth of St. Joseph and Stacy (Matt) Renner of Washington, D.C.; his granddaughter, Kiri Groth of St. Joseph; his aunt, Frances Pikal of Bangor, who was his loving and faithful caregiver in the latter years of his illness; brothers – Ron (Jackie) Groth of Dowagiac, William (Lisa) Dibble of San Diego, and Fred Hampton of Lauderhill, Fla.; sisters – Carole Butterfield of San Antonio, Lori (Mike) Enders of Benton Harbor and Roberta Dibble of San Diego; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews; and his faithful caregivers, Josie Davis and Fannea Levora.
     He was preceded in death by his father and stepmother, Wheeler and Jewel Dibble; his mother, Rose Groth; his stepfather and stepmother, Alfred and Lillian (Hampton) Groth; and his uncle and aunt, Bernard and Lillian Allen.
     Frank enjoyed bowling and hunting and was able to fix or repair just about anything around the house or with cars. He enjoyed driving as his daughters can undoubtedly remember the long, long Sunday afternoon drives when they were growing up. Frank managed to maintain a good outlook on life even after his illness left him a quadriplegic and dependent on others for his care. He maintained a great sense of humor and always enjoyed a joke or funny story. He will be missed, but now he is in the House of the Lord where once again he is whole and healthy.
 
Fred Reinhardt - BANGOR — Fred was born on March 1, 1923, and raised on farms in the South Haven area. He married Helen Zwar on Dec. 6, 1940. After living in several places they bought a farm in Toquin (Hartford), where they lived until 1951. In 1950 they bought their present farm, where they raised their six children, animals and crops. Fred really enjoyed farming. He worked at Auto Specialties in Hartford in the late 1940s and early 1950s. He enjoyed hunting and fishing all of his life, and in his “mature” years restored old tractors and engines that he took to the Hartford Old Engine and Tractor Show. He was a longtime member of that club and the Bangor Church of Christ, where he was baptized. What Fred really loved was his family, especially Helen. He liked telling people about how long they had been married. Fred actively farmed until about 10 years ago. At one time he also built and remodeled houses in the Bangor area. Fred also liked making fine furniture. In his latter years one of Fred’s pleasures in life was watching, with Helen, deer and turkeys on their property. Fred also enjoyed his many friends.
     He is survived by his wife, Helen; five children, Lee (Luanne), Candis (Bill) Yankovich, Chris (Rick) Jarvis, Billie (Randy) Pitcher and Tom; 14 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Marion Hoffman.
     He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, a son, Fred Edward Jr., and a grandson, Timothy Collins.
     The family will meet friends on Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Bangor Chapel, D.L. Miller Funeral Home, www.dlmillerfuneralhome.com. Funeral services will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at the Bangor Church of Christ. Interment will follow in Arlington Hill Cemetery. The family suggests memorial contributions to either the Bangor Church of Christ or the Covert Congregational Church.

 
Wilma Edith Weston, 90, of Lawton, formerly of Kentwood, Mich., passed away on Tuesday, March 6, 2012, at White Oaks Assisted Living in Lawton with her family by her side.
     Wilma was born March 18, 1921 in Hartford, the daughter of Leland and Edith (Merrill) Davis, who preceded her in passing. She was also preceded in passing by her husband, Ronald, in 1983.
     Wilma is survived by her children, Suzanne Weston of Lawton, Carol and David Ross of Wyoming, Mich., and Mike and Kathy Weston of LaPorte, Ind.; her grandchildren, Brenda Atkinson, Todd (Tammy) Warn, Melanie Ross, Dana (Randy) Norton, Marcae Ross, Neil Weston, Carin Weston; six great-grandchildren; one brother, Roy (Marion) Davis of Hartford, and many special nieces, nephews, and friends.
     Wilma and Ron owned and operated Weston Greenhouse in Grand Rapids for many years. Sunday pizza nights with her family were special times. Wilma enjoyed many winters in Florida with family and friends. Her favorite pastimes were to comb the beaches of Sanibel and Captiva in search of shells and to dig for fossils in the quarries of Florida. She was also an avid reader.
     The family will receive friends from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, March 11, at the Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford. A celebration of life service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, March 12, at Hartford United Methodist Church, with Pastor Jeffrey Williams officiating. Wilma will be laid to rest in Maple Hill Cemetery in Hartford. Those wishing to make a memorial in Wilma’s name may do so to Hospice of Southwest Michigan.

NOTE:  Wilma was a 1938 Hartford High School graduate. 
 

Donna Marie Thiel, 74, of Allegan passed away peacefully at Allegan County Medical Care Community on March 2, 2012.
     She was born in Bryan, Ohio, April 23, 1937, to Melvin and Ruth (May) Thiel. A graduate of Florence-Edon High School and Hillsdale College, she taught elementary school in Hartford from 1969 to 1994. She will be remembered for her sense of humor, her generous spirit and her love of music.
     Donna is survived by her sister, Doris of Reading; her sisters-in-law, Lois Thiel of Wharton, Ohio, and Susan Thiel of Allegan; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Gene Melvin Thiel and Jackie Hugh Thiel.
     At her request, her body was donated to University of Michigan for medical research on multiple sclerosis, and there will be no visitation or services. The family will gather in the spring to share memories of her life.
     Donna truly appreciated the staff at Allegan County Medical Care Community for the excellent care they gave her for the past 14 years.
     Arrangements by Gorden Funeral Residence, Allegan Chapel, www.gordenfuneral.com.

 

Delia Elizabeth Thurber, of Hartford passed away on Saturday, March 3, 2012, at South Haven Community Hospital.
      Delia was born June 17, 1932, in Falmouth, Maine, the daughter of Henry and Dorothy (Currier) Tuttle, both of whom preceded her in passing. She was also preceded in passing by her husband, Robert Donald Thurber, her twin children and eight brothers and sisters.
     When Delia lived in Maine she worked at a local fish factory. After moving to Michigan she was a homemaker for her husband and their five sons. She loved the outdoors, especially the times spent camping with the family. She had what many folks call a green thumb. She enjoyed reading the Bible and attending church when she was able to do so.
     Her family consists of her five sons, Robert (Vivian) Thurber, Richard Thurber, Steven Thurber, Wayne (Janice Yanez) Thurber, all of Hartford, and Dennis Thurber of Coloma. Also surviving are grandchildren, Robby Thurber, Jennifer Thurber, Ricky Thurber and Delia Thurber; three great-grandchildren; and two brothers and two sisters.
     As to Delia’s wishes, cremation has taken place, and a private family service was held at the Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford. Delia’s ashes will be laid to rest in Wayne County Memorial Gardens next to Robert in Waynesboro, Tenn.

 

Gerald Arthur Fuller,  68, of Hartford passed away suddenly Friday, Feb. 24, 2012, at his home.
     Gerald was born May 5, 1943, in Lawrence, the son of Allie and Catherine (Davis- Briggs) Fuller, both of whom preceded him in passing. He was also preceded in passing by a brother, Harold Fuller, and a sister, Betty Heffington.
     Gerald was formerly employed with the Duffy-Mott Corporation of Hartford, Burnett Farms and Hartford Farm Supply. His greatest love was family, with whom he enjoyed spending time and the family gatherings.
     Gerald is survived by four siblings, Harry (Elizabeth) Fuller of Hartford, Jackie (Gary) Heffington of Hartford, Tom (Cathy) Fuller of Watervliet and David Fuller of Hartford, and numerous nieces and nephews.
     The family will welcome friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 29, at the Hartford General Baptist Church. The service to honor his memory will commence at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 1, at the Hartford General Baptist Church, of which Gerald was a member. Pastor Steve Bisbee will officiate. Burial will follow in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford. The family requests memorial donations in Gerald’s name be made to the church.

 
Theresa C. (Kozlowski) Marsh-Sine, 82, of Hartford went to be with the Lord on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012, at Lakeland Regional Medical Center, St. Joseph.
     Theresa was born Jan. 23, 1930, in Chicago, the daughter of Casmir and Stella (Cieszynski) Kozlowski, both of whom preceded her in passing. She was also preceded in passing by her husband, Bert, on April 26, 2004; a great-grandson, Dennis Morales Jr.; five sisters, Carrie Zawacki, Cecelia Malkowski, Genevieve Hansen, Marion Koziarski and Elizabeth Bingman; and three brothers, Edward, Jerome and Sylvester Kozlowski.
     Theresa loved spending time with her family, which consists of her children, Charles (Trish) Marsh of Crown Point, Ind., Edward (Rose) Marsh of Lansing, Ill., Judith (Emil) Priesol of Crown Point, Karen Bulmer of Hartford, Timothy (Rhonda) Marsh and Peggy Graziani, both of Crown Point. She also enjoyed her grandchildren, Daryl Marsh, Kevin Marsh, Jamie Marsh, Ryan (Rachel) Marsh and Brian (Sharon) Marsh, Rebecca (Dennis) Morales, Jessica Marsh, Valerie (Justin Petyko) Priesol, Steven (Terri) Priesol, MaryTherese (Don) Bean, Brianne (Tim) O’Rourke, Greg (Tracy Houart) Bulmer, Tim Marsh Jr. and Mallory (Luke) Raab; and her great-grandchildren, Logan Hauser, Emmitt and Leighton Marsh, Elizabeth and Victoria Morales, Emma and Carter Priesol, Patrick and Caitlin O’Rourke and Keegan Raab.
     Theresa retired from Trinity Hospital in Chicago and in her retirement went to work for Kellogg Hardware in Hartford. She was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Hartford and worked many church funeral luncheons.
     The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m., with a Rosary at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford. Mass of Christian Burial, to honor her memory, will commence at 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 27, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Father Fabio Garzon will be the Celebrant. Theresa will be laid to rest in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford. The family has requested memorials in Theresa’s name be made to the church.
Roy Smithley, 74, of Benton Township went home to be with his Lord on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012. He was born Feb. 8, 1938, in Benton Harbor to Melvin and Agnes (Harreld) Smithley. He was married to Kaye Shimer on Nov. 14, 1959, at Shaw A.F. Base, Sumter, S.C. Roy is survived by his loving family, which includes his wife, Kaye; children, Wayne (Kay) of Reno, Nev., and Jeffrey (Kelly) Smithley of Staples, Minn.; five grandchildren and six greatgrandchildren, who brought him a lot of joy. Roy is also survived by his brother, Ronald, and sister, Jane (Larry) Wetzel, both of Hartford.
     He spent 20 years in the Air Force, retiring in February 1975. He was proud to serve in the Vietnam conflict from 1965-66. He later was transferred to Elmendorf A.F. Base, Anchorage, Alaska, where he retired and started a janitorial business. Roy and Kaye remained in Alaska an additional 23 years and enjoyed the grandeur of the mountains, moose in the backyard, glaciers and many other amazing sights over the years. In 1998 they moved back to Michigan to be closer to family.
     Roy enjoyed gardening, working in his workshop, enjoying the many clocks that he collected and working for 10 years on the Chicago markets for Ellis Farms.
     He accepted the Lord as his personal savior in 2010 and enjoyed fellowship with members of Midway Baptist Church in Watervliet and listening to messages from Senior Pastor Mark Cowell. Church attendance was the highlight of his Sundays.
    
Donations may be made to Midway Baptist Church, 7517 Red Arrow Highway, Watervliet, MI 49098 or Gideons International, P.O. Box 323, St. Joseph, MI 49085.
     A celebration of his life will be held at a later date.


NOTE:  Roy lived in Hartford prior to entering the Military.   Roy's brother, James, died in a car-train accident while still in service. Another brother, Edward Smithley, died while serving in the Korean War.
Jerry Merle Noble Sr., 73, of Hartford passed away on Monday, Feb. 20, 2012, at Lakeland Regional Medical Center, St. Joseph.
     Jerry was born March 17, 1938, in Kalamazoo, the son of Carl and Delephine (Postelwaite) Noble, both of whom preceded him in passing. He was also preceded in passing by a daughter, Christine, and a brother, Carlin.
     Jerry married Betty Branch on Jan. 24, 1958, and she survives, along with their children, Jerry (Carol) Noble Jr. and Douglas (Connie) Noble, both of Hartford. They are also survived by five grandchildren, Jamie, Doug, Christopher, Tiffany and Tabitha; four great-grandchildren, Chase, Autumn, Julius and Savannah; a brother, Duane Noble; a sister, Crystal; a half­sister, Sue (Tom) Flick; and many other family members and close friends who were thought of as family.
     Jerry was formerly employed at National Copper, which was formerly known as Rudy’s and Sunstrand in Dowagiac. He loved to tinker in the garage with his cars and take long rides.
     The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. to­day, Feb. 23, at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford. The service to honor Jerry’s memory will commence at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, at the funeral home. Pastor Jack Midkiff of Grace Apostolic Lighthouse of Decatur will officiate. Jerry will be laid to rest in Prospect Hill Cemetery, Paw Paw. Those wishing to make a memorial in Jerry’s name may do so with the family.

Frances Arlene Cade, 91, of Hartford went to be with her Lord on Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012, at Countryside Nursing and Rehabilitation Community, South Haven.
     Frances was born May 17, 1920, in Hartford, the daughter of Walter S. and Mina Louise (Anderson) Hartman, both of whom preceded her in passing.
     She was also preceded in passing by her husband, Frederick on Sept. 16, 2004, a daughter-in-law, Susan Cade on March 31, 2010; and five brothers and sisters. Frances and Fred were married on Oct. 28, 1943. They became owners of the Shell Gas Station when it was on Red Arrow Highway and the Sinclair/Arco Station near I-94, both in Hartford. Although that took much of their time, they still raised four children, David Cade of Hartford, Cindy Munro of Colorado Springs, Color., Michael (Janice) Cade of Coloma and Christopher (Lisa) Cade of Glenwood Springs, Color. In her later years, Frances was able to enjoy her six grandchildren and two great-grand­children.
     As to Frances’ wishes cremation has taken place. The family will receive friends on Saturday, March 3, at the Hartford Federated Church at 11 a.m. at which time, the memorial service to honor Frances’ memory will commence, with Pastor David Gilbert officiating. Frances’ ashes will be placed next to Fred’s at Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta. The family has requested memorials in Frances’ name be made to Hartford Federated Church. The Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford has been entrusted with the arrangements.


Teresa Kay Johnson - Teresa’s life began Feb. 21, 1966, in Double Springs, Ala. When she was a young girl her family moved to Michigan, where she attended school in Bangor. Teresa enjoyed being a mom to her kids, spending time with her loved ones and playing bingo and cards.
     Her loving family includes her companion, Thomas Ford Moody; three children, Teresa Sue Clark, Dennis Ray Clark Jr. and Keegan Thomas Ford Moody; two grandchildren, Landin Ray Christopher Osburn and Luke James Christopher Osburn; her parents, Velma Louise King and Billy Carl Johnson; three siblings, Billy Carl Johnson Jr., Charlotte “Sis” Johnson and Maria (Tim) Owens; and several nieces and nephews.
     Teresa died Monday, Feb. 13, 2012, at Lakeland Specialty Hospital in Berrien Center. She was preceded in death by a son, Dennis Ray Clark Jr., and a sister, Mary Faye Johnson.
     Funeral services will be celebrated at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, at Hutchins Funeral Home in Watervliet with visitation taking place one hour prior, from 12 to 1 p.m. Burial will follow in Fairview Memorial Cemetery, Watervliet.
 
James Joseph Gammon Sr., 81, of Keeler passed away on Monday, Feb. 6, 2012, at his home.
     James was born July 24, 1930, in Perry, Okla., the son of Joseph and Grace (Myers) Wisell, both of whom preceded him in passing.
     James was a hard worker, which was evident in his working for numerous area farmers. He was an avid fisherman, spending many weekends camping with his family at the many area lakes. He also like hunting, but especially liked looking for mushrooms.
     James is survived by his wife, Joyce of Hartford; three children, James (Wilma) Gammon of Benton Harbor, Beverly Bloomer and Debbra Everett, both of Keeler; eight grandchildren, Lindsey, Joseph, Ray, Brittany, Kimberly, Scott, Liz and Chris and 10 great­grandchildren.
     As to James’ wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no services. The family has entrusted the Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford with the arrangements.

 
Geraldine Mae (Conklin) Kowerduck, 91, passed away Friday, Feb. 3, 2012, in Zephyrhills, Fla.
     Geri was born Aug. 23, 1920, in Hartford to Roscoe and Waite (Wheaton) Conklin and lived most of her life in St. Joseph. She studied nursing but remained at home to take care of her daughters.
     Her hobbies included bingo, needlework and reading. Geri married Walter (Rush) Kowerduck July 3, 1937, together for almost 75 years. They met as teenagers roller skating at their local rink. Together they operated two businesses, Higman Park Roller Rink and Robinson’s Marina. Geri was the accountant and party planner.
     She had a soft spot in her heart for children of all ages. She had foster children before the term was known, taking into her home babies and young girls from the “orphanage” on South State Street later known as The Link. She instituted a “Ladies Day Out” program at the local YWCA in the 1950s before opening her own day care, Little Bo Peep nursery and later helping her daughter start The Toy Box Child Care Center. She then became known as “Gramma Duck.” She loved to dance, had made friends wherever she went and will truly be missed.
     Geri is survived by her husband, Rush, and four daughters, Nancy (Jim) Hogerheide of Grand Rapids, Judy (Rick) Granger of Gladstone, Mich., Shirley Kowerduck of Lansing, Mich., and Mary Jane (Bill) of Sebring, Fla. Her “fifth” daughter was Jutta Rohde, a German exchange student from Braunschweig, Germany. She leaves behind four grandchildren, Christine, Charlene, Renee and Steven; three great-grandchildren, Tom, Justin and Alyssa.
     She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers and one sister, Carl, Lester and Harold Conklin and June Wagner and “adopted” son, Ron Conklin. Her brother, Gerald, expired 15 days later on Feb. 18, 2012.
     Services were held in Florida. Memorial contributions be made to HPH Hospice Foundation, 12107 Majestic Blvd., Hudson, FL 34667-2455.
Judith M. Stahl, 69, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her children on Feb. 3, 2012.
Judy Stahl d 2-3-2012     She was born on June 6, 1942, in Watervliet, Mich., as the daughter of Michael and Ruth (Gilbert) Duffy, both of whom preceded her in death. Judy was married to Kenneth R. Stahl on Nov. 10, 1962, and widowed on Dec. 23, 1999.
     She is survived by her children – Amy (Patrick) Cotter, Jean Stahl, Andrew (Caroline) Stahl and Lynn (Wayne) Bothe; seven grandchildren; siblings – Michael (Sue) Duffy, Walter (Jill) Duffy, Rosemary (Andy) Nuhfer, Barbara (George) Bray and John (Kara) Duffy; her cousin, Kathy Killeen; sister-in-law, Karen (Stahl) Walker; and the Buller children.
     She was preceded in death by her sister, Joan Duffy; and favorite aunt, Margery (Gilbert) Killeen.
     Judy enjoyed sewing, gardening and bird watching. She was a faithful and long-time member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church, leading the adult Bible study group for many years.
     Before retirement, Judy enjoyed working in the food service at Whirlpool Corp. in Benton Harbor.
     Adhering to her wishes, cremation has taken place, and a memorial mass will be held at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests any memorials go to Hospice at Home, 4025 Health Park Lane, St. Joseph, MI 49085.  Kindly share your thoughts and memories on the family’s online guestbook at AvinkCremation.com.
 
NOTE:  Judy was a 1960 Hartford High School graduate.
Kevin Wayne Colter, 50, of Keeler passed away on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012, at home.
     Kevin was born Dec. 3, 1961, in St. Louis, Mo., the son of Hiram and Anna (Reynolds) Colter, both of whom preceded him in passing. He was also preceded in passing by a sister, Theresa Colter.
     Kevin was formerly employed at Shafer Lake Fruit. He liked to hunt, fish and have his coffee in the morning while sitting outside on the deck and watching the birds and all the animals. Kevin loved all the times he spent with his family and friends and just having a good time.
     Kevin was a loving father, grandfather, brother and uncle to: his four children, Jody (Mike) Rogers of Watervliet, Irene Colter of Hartford, and Michael Colter and Steven Colter, both of Keeler; his five grand­children; three brothers, David Colter of Keeler, Donald Colter of Elgin, Ore., and Robert (Debra) Colter of St. Paul, Minn.; a sister, Linda (Dallas) Watson of Hartford; and his numerous nieces and nephews.
     The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 6, at Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford. As per Kevin’s wishes, cremation will follow this time of fellowship. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make a memorial in Kevin’s name may do so with the family.
 

Barbara Ann Vermilyer, 67, passed away Monday.
    She lived in LaPorte, Indiana for the last 20 years. She was a laborer in a factory and was a member of Full Gospel Apostolic in Paw Paw, Michigan.
    Survivors include her sons, James Luben of LaPorte, IN, and Daniel Luben of Westville, IN; her daughter, Jody (Bobby) Wade of Hartford, Michigan; her step-daughters, Tonya Pennington of LaPorte, IN, and Tulonna (Stacy) Jones of Delton, Michigan; her sisters, Marie Hoops of Baytown, TX, and Betty Ash of LaPorte, IN; 13 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.
    She is preceded in death by both parents, Austin and Hallie Denney, Three brothers, Homer McCall, Joe McCall and James Denney, and two grandchildren, Jamie Danyell Luben and Michael Gabriel Wade.
   Services are 11:00 am Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012 at Full Gospel Apostolic in Paw Paw, Michigan- 32560 56th Ave. Friends may call 10:00 am – 11:00 am Thursday at Full Gospel Apostolic in Paw Paw, Michigan.
 

Paul Blake Hopson Sr., 74, of Hartford passed away on Friday, Jan. 27, 2012, at Lakeland Regional Medical Center, St. Joseph.
     Paul was born Dec. 15, 1937, in Pikeville, Ky., the son of Willie and Goldie (Bartley) Hopson, both of whom precede him in passing. He was also preceded in passing by a sister, Myrtle May; and three brothers – Harold Hopson, Kenneth Hopson and L.D. Hopson.
     Paul was formerly employed at the Friday Tractor Co. in Hartford and Keeler Glasgow in Keeler.
     Paul is survived by his four sons – Mikie (Joanne) Norris of Haleyville, Ala., Rickie Hopson and Paul (Glenda) Hopson, both of Hartford, and Joseph (Nicole) Hopson; nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Launa (Don) Woofter of Akron, Ohio, and Nina Sue Childs of New Ellenton, S.C.; and his special loving former wife, Sue Hopson of Hartford.
     The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29, at Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford. The service to honor Paul’s memory will commence at noon Monday, Jan. 30. Pastor Richard Kiser of Red Arrow General Baptist Church of Benton Harbor will officiate. Paul will be laid to rest in Keeler Cemetery, Keeler Township. The family has requested memorials in Paul’s name be made to the family.

 
James Bower d 1-25-2012James C. Bower, 76, of Watervliet, passed away Wednesday evening, January 25, 2012 at his home surrounded by his loving family.
     Jim was born July 1, 1935 in Benton Harbor, MI to Sam and Marie (Peters) Bower. After attending Benton Harbor High School he served his country in the United States Navy during the Korean War. In his younger days he farmed. Jim was a tool & die maker by trade and had been employed with Auto Specialties in Hartford and General Motors in Kalamazoo before retiring.
     Jim was very handy around the house. He enjoyed being outdoors, whether it was tending his vegetable garden, mowing, or simply doing yard work. Jim also liked airplanes and visiting the airports and attending air shows. He will be missed by his family and friends.
     Jim is survived by his wife Arlene whom he married in 1957; two sons, Frank (Donna) Bower of Kalamazoo and Fred Bower of Watervliet; three daughters, Dixie (Wayne) Gilbert of Queen Creek, AZ, Audrey (Michael) Heater of Coloma, and Marilyn (Scott) Taylor of Schoolcraft; two brothers, Jake (Dolores) Bower of Monett, MO and Charles Bower of Climix, MI; a sister Mary Lotsbaich of Buchanan; ten grandchildren, one great grandchild and a son-in-law Tom Morlock.
     He was preceded in death by his parents, his daughter Virginia Morlock in 2000, a brother Sam Bower and his sister Marie Polstin.
     Visitation will be held Monday from 4-7 p.m. with a Memorial Service beginning at 7 p.m. at Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home in Coloma. Cremation has taken place. Those wishing to share a memory or leave a message for the family may do so at http://www.duffieldpastrick.com.
     Memorial donations may be made to Hospice at Home or Berrien County Cancer Service.
Michael Blanshan d 1-23-2012
Michael Ray Blanshan
, 54 of Hartford passed away Monday, January 23 at his residence. He was born January 25, 1957 in Benton Harbor MI.
     Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held by the family at a later date.
     Survivors include his daughter Michelle Congdon of Jonesboro, Arkansas; two step daughters Pamela Tatro of Watervliet and Cynthia Tatro of Covert. Also surviving is his brother Joseph Craft of Kalamazoo, sister Katherine Michelle Jones of Eau Claire, six grandchildren, two great grandchildren, and his girlfriend Susan Coe of Leonidis, Michigan.

Stephen R. Deckard, after a hard fought battle with cancer, passed away peacefully at his rural Lawrence home January 17, 2012.
Stephen R. Deckard d 1-17-2011     He leaves his wife Nicole (Wiler) Deckard, son Ryan Deckard, daughters Darcy Deckard and Courtney Deckard all of Lawrence, mother and stepfather Jean and Dan Burlingham of Bangor, brother Gary “Joe” (Becky) Deckard and sisters Katrina Johnson and Felicia Scott all of Hartford, stepbrother Daniel Burlingham III of Hartford, and stepsister Shawntelle Adler of Las Vegas NV.
     His father Charles R Deckard and a brother Charles “Tim” Deckard proceeded him in death.
     Steve was a 1980 graduate of Hartford High School. He was an avid sports fan and was active in Hartford sports. He had many interest which included anything about nature, birds, plants and hunting. An avid reader his taste were varied, but he was fascinated with the complexity of Stephen King novels.
     Steve's life journey started June 27, 1962 at his rural Hartford home were he lived at the family farm. He was a particular favorite of his Grandfather George Deckard from whom he inherited his sense of humor. Steve's path was some times rough and narrow with a lot of twists and hard to follow, but he came to realize that some parts of the road were better lighted and easier to follow. As he followed this road he found guidance at the Freshwater Community Church, where he became a member. Appropriately, on Easter Sunday 2011, Steve was baptized. Ironically, after starting his new journey, he was diagnosed with cancer which ended his life with us. His suffering was eased by many family and friends, he was guided and supported by Pastor Jason Bull.
     Services in Steve's memory will be at the Calvin Funeral home in Hartford, January 21, 2012 at noon. Visitation will be Friday the 20th, from 6 until 8:00 pm at the funeral home. A luncheon in his honor will follow the service at the Hartford Methodist Church. Please attend and share his memory.
 

Rodney Edward Sloane, 79, of Bangor, Mich., died on January 14, 2012, at home. He was born on Jan. 19,1932, to Charles and Ruth (Stiff) Sloane in Chicago, Ill.
     Rod worked as an engineer for many years. Rod served his country in the U.S. Navy. He attended St. Basil Catholic Church in South Haven.
     He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, John Sloane.
     Rod is survived by his daughter, Ruth M. Sloane of South Haven; his sisters, Tonda Fistel of Los Angeles, Theresa Rosenberger of Wisconsin and Mary (Jeff) Mack of Downers Grove, Ill.; and one brother, Tony Jacobozzi of Downers Grove.
     A funeral service will be on Monday, Jan. 23, at 10:30 a.m. at the Filbrandt Family Funeral Home, with Father Robert Flickinger officiating. Burial with military honors will take place at Ft. Custer National Cemetery in Augusta, Mich.
     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.

NOTE:  Rod attended Hartford High School for about 2 years and was from the Class of 1950 and played football for 2 seasons. He was a close friend of Sam and John Wesaw and participated in many local Native American functions.  (Note about connection to Hartford was from Larry Blyly HHS 1946.)

Dennis Eugene Sheppard, 71, passed away on Saturday [January 14, 202] at Lakeland Regional Medical Center in St. Joseph.
     He was born in Benton Harbor, lived in Florida for 15 years, and had lived in the Hartford area for 5 years.
     He is survived by son, Herb (Cindy) Sheppard of Decatur; sisters, Sonya, Rosetta and Lyndall; 3 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.
     No services will be held.
Keriann Robertson d 1-13-2012Keriann Danielle Robertson, 35, of Hartford passed away unexpectedly Friday, Jan 13, 2012, at Lakeland Community Hospital, Watervliet.
     A service celebrating her life will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan 20, at Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home in Coloma where visitation will be Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. Cremation will take place following the service. Donations in memory of Keriann may be made to the family to further the education of Alivea and Taiya. Those wishing to leave an online message of comfort for the family may do so at www.duffield­pastrick.com.
     Keriann was born May 7, 1976, in St. Joseph to Gary and Karen (Cripe) Robertson. She was currently employed by Michigan Gas Utilities. She enjoyed playing softball, riding motorcycles, four-wheeling, and going off-roading. Keriann was a wonderful person who was loved by everyone and will sadly be missed by all that knew her.
     Survivors include her daughter, Alivea Kirkwood of Hartford; mother, Karen Robertson of Watervliet; father, Gary Robertson of Coloma; grandmother, Wanda Robertson of Watervliet; brother, Tyrone Robertson of Watervliet; and niece, Taiya Cole of Watervliet. Also surviving is her fiancé, Gregory Schultz of Hartford, cousins, Robbie DuMont of Wisconsin, Sarah Dumont of South Haven, and many other friends and relatives.
 

Phyllis Diane Curtis, 63, passed away on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at Lakeland Regional Medical Center, St. Joseph, Michigan.
Phyllis Diane Curtis d 1-11-2012     Diane was born January 23, 1948 in Benton Harbor, the daughter of James and Rose (Jinkins) Christopher Sr., both of whom precede her in passing. She was also preceded in passing by her grandfather, Loris Jinkins.
     Diane formerly worked at the Watervliet Community Hospital as a dietary manager and retired from the Merriott Hotel in Benton Harbor as a food manager. On February 17, 1968, Diane married Larry Curtis, who survives. Diane became a stay at home mother while raising her five children, Mark (Susie) Curtis of Lawrence, Laura (Barry) Hall of Kalamazoo, James Curtis of Hartford, John (Kristen) Curtis and Darrell (Tiffany) Curtis both of Paw Paw. Phyllis loved her nine grandchildren, Sara, Megan, Logan, Brandi, Arianna, Gemeni, Kellen, Gibson and Kendra. She also leaves behind five brothers, James (Betty) Christopher Jr., Ron (Darnell) Christopher, Mike (Becky) Christopher, Dan (Susie) Christopher and James Butch Christopher and a sister, Cora (Gary) Igert and numerous nieces and nephews that loved her dearly.
     The family will receive friends from 3 to 5 P.M.; Sunday, January 15 at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford. The service to honor her memory will commence at 11 A.M. Monday, January 16. Pastor Shannon Truelove of the Full Gospel Assembly Church in Hartford, of which she was a member will officiate. Diane will be laid to rest in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford. The family has requested memorials in Diane's name be made to Caretel Inns of Lakeland in St, Joseph, Michigan or to the American Cancer Society.

Beverly M. Friday, 95, Hartford, died Jan. 9 at Countryside Nursing and Rehabilitation Community, South Haven. Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, 621-4101.

Beverly Cheney Green d 1-1-2012Beverly Jean Greene, born Sept. 27, 1940, as Beverly Jean Cheney in Lawrence, lived in Hartford. She passed away the evening of Jan. 1, 2012, in Long Beach, Calif. She was 71.
     Graduating from Hartford High School [in 1959], Bev later attended Western Michigan University and Lake Michigan College, graduating with a bachelor of arts degree in art education. In later years she also completed courses in astronomy and ceramics at Lake Michigan College, then private pilot training at Andrews University in Berrien Springs.
     Bev married Frederick C. Greene in 1963 at the First Congregational Church in St. Joseph, where they lived until moving to Long Beach in 1979. Beverly, spontaneous and creative, enjoyed taking education and artistic courses and was outgoing and helpful to friends and acquaintances. In later life Beverly became afflicted with illness, gradually withdrawing from friends and the outside world. Still, Beverly remained loving, caring and dear to her husband of more than 48 years together.
     Bev will be missed dearly by the ones left behind.
     Please sign the guestbook at www.luybenfamilyd-m.com.  Luyben Family Dilday-Mottell Funeral Home, Long Beach, is serving the family.
 
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