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James W. Downs, 67, of New Carlisle, passed
away peacefully at 9:15 p.m., Monday, December 30, 2013 at his
On March 23, 1946, Benton
Harbor, MI., he was born to David and Angeline (Lamb) Downs.
James enjoyed hunting, trapping, and model trains. James was a
deacon of his church, Yore Ave Baptist Church. James previously
owned a pet store and loved his dog, companion and friend, Gidget,
who recently passed.
On November 6, 1964 in Hartford,
Michigan, he married Jeannie (Stuart) Downs, who survives.
Surviving are four children, Bruce Downs of Buchanan, MI., Melanie
(John) Creech of New Carlisle, Dwight (Darlene) Downs of Buchanan,
MI., and Kimberly (Randy) Smith of Berrien Springs, MI.; one
sister, Valeria “Faye” Dilts of Florida; eight grandchildren,
Jake, Danny, John Jr., Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel, Joseph, and Ashley;
three great grandchildren, Kael, Kaitlyn, and Naomi.
Preceding him in death were his parents; two sisters, Deverlan
There will be no services.
Cremation will take place. Lakeview Funeral Home & Crematory, 247
W. Johnson Rd., La Porte, (219) 362-3100 is caring for the
Please send condolences to the family at
Sweet, age 90, died December 23, 2013 in Kalamazoo. He was
born May 21, 1923 in Hartford, the son of Darrell
Kenny worked at Allied Paper Mill for 42 years. He was
preceded in death by his first wife, Lilianne Sweet in 1992;
son-in-law, Tom Rix and by his three siblings. Members of his
family include his wife, Helen (Roth) Sweet; three children: Karen
Rix, Donn (Pam) Sweet and Scott (Cheryl) Sweet; Helen's children:
John (Cindy) Roth and Char (Joe) Gleesing; and many grandchildren
Services will be held Saturday 12 noon at the Life
Story Funeral Home, Betzler-Kalamazoo, 6080
375-2900 followed by luncheon in the Life Story Center. Please
visit Kenny's personal web page at www.lifestorynet.com
where you can archive a favorite memory or photo and sign his
online guestbook before coming to the funeral home. Memorial
contributions may be made to Rose Arbor Hospice.
Lt. Col. Bicknell
K. Beckwith, formerly of Hartford,
passed away December 18, 2013. More information will be
posted when it becomes available.
He retired from the
US Air force in 1973.
NOTE: Bick attended school at
Hartford through his 11th year, at which time his family moved to
Watervliet, where he graduated in 1943.
Karen L. Harmon,
Hartford passed away Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013, at Bronson Methodist
Karen was born
March 23, 1953, in Muskegon, the daughter of Arvin and Valerie
(Jackson) Byers, both of whom preceded her in passing. Also
preceding her in passing were a grandson, Andrew David Zeiner; and
her beloved dog, Froggie.
survived by two daughters, Marilyn Johnson of Hartford and Valerie
Johnson of Riverside; a son, Paul Harmon of South Haven; two
granddaughters, Paige and Cheyenne Staggs, both of Lawrence; and
two brothers, Paul (Loree) Byers of Washington and Keith (Margie)
Byers of St. Louis, Mo.
As per Karen’s wishes, cremation
has taken place and a memorial service will be held at a later
date. The family has entrusted the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford,
with arrangements. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for
the family may do so at www.calvin-leonardfh.com.
Dona Della Sherman,
85, longtime area resident and horsewoman of Hartford, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, at Lakeland
Regional Medical Center, St. Joseph.
Dona was born Dec. 23,
1927, in Hartford, the daughter of
Anna (Gay) Chidester, both of
whom preceded her in passing. She was also preceded in passing by
her husband of 55 years,
Leroy Sherman, on June 13, 2003.
Dona owned and
operated Mi-Ladies Dress Shop in Hartford and Coloma for 25 years
and was a topproducing real estate broker for 24 years. While
Dona enjoyed many things, her greatest love and passion were her
horses. She was an accomplished horsewoman and trainer. She
received a standing ovation at the 2011 annual MSU Colt Training
Competition, where, at 84 years old, she saddle broke a young
horse that the rest of the contestants said could not be ridden.
Dona is survived by a daughter, Cynthia (Edward) Booth of
Dowagiac; two grandchildren: Jason (Susan) Booth of Milwaukee and
Sara Booth Reinhardt of Hartford; and three great-grandchildren.
Per Dona’s wishes, cremation took place. A memorial service to
honor her memory will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, at
Hartford United Methodist Church with the Rev. Jeffrey Williams
officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in
Dona’s name be made to the American Cancer Society or to Van
Buren or Cass County Animal Control.
Hartford passed away Monday, Dec. 9, 2013, at home.
Madgaline was born March 1, 1932, in Marie,
Ark., the daughter of Clifford and Gertrude (Alred) Yeager, both
of whom preceded her in passing. She was also preceded in
passing by three sisters: Clara, Donarie and Orline; and three
brothers: George, Billy and Charlie.
Madgaline worked in
the housekeeping department at Lakeland Community Hospital,
Watervliet, for 10 years before moving on to work at Michigan
Fruit Canners. She was loyal to the Lord and loved attending the
Full Gospel Assembly Church in Hartford.
Albert Pierce on May 7, 1947, and he survives, along with six
children: Carol Applegate of Hartford; Patricia (Sam) Williams of
Watervliet; Robert (Bonnie) Pierce of Dowagiac; Bethal Tredor and
Jeanette (Vince) Tapp, both of Hartford; and Albert (Lisa) Pierce
of Coloma; 16 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; and two
sisters, Shirley and Dorothy.
A graveside service to honor her memory will be at noon
Thursday, Dec. 12, at Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford, with Pastor
Shannon Truelove officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial
donations may be made to the Full Gospel Assembly Church. The
family has entrusted the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, with
arrangements. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences may do
Samuel Waterlander, 72,
of Keeler Township passed away Saturday, December 7, 2013 at his
Samuel was born on May 9, 1941, in Decatur, MI., to Evert
and Lena (Hempenius) Waterlander. Samuel proudly served his
country in the Marines during the Vietnam War. He retired after 25
years as a custodian at the Dowagiac Union Schools.
He is survived by his wife, the former Carol
Shellenbarger, a son, Scott of Keeler Township, a sister,
Magdalene Waterlander of Saint Joseph, a sister, Martha
Teisan of Decatur, numerous nieces, nephews as cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents a
brother, Jacob Waterlander and two sisters.
The family will welcome friends from 1 to 2
P.M.; Wednesday, December 11 at the Full Gospel Christian
Tabernacle Church in Watervliet, where the service to
honor his memory will commence at 2 P.M. with Pastor Tom
Fuller officiating. Samuel will be laid to rest in
Herrison Cemetery, Decatur. The family asks memorial
donations in Samuel’s name be made to either the family or
to the church. The family has entrusted the Calvin Funeral
Home, Hartford, with arrangements. You may leave memorial
condolences in Samuel’s name on our web site at
of Hartford, passed away
Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013 at her home.
Susan was born Feb. 6, 1942 in Lawrence, the daughter
of Gerald and Ruth (Kime) Selters, both of whom preceded her in
passing. She loved the times spent with her family, especially the
time she spent with her grandchildren.
Susan is survived by three children: Timothy Wayne
(Kimberly Lynn Smith) Oldham and Christopher Lee (Kimberly Ann)
Oldham, both of Hartford, and James O’Neal Williams of Lawrence;
five grandchildren: Joshua, Garret, Devin, Tyler and Abigail; two
great grandchildren; a brother, Jim Selters, and five sisters,
Jeryl Stair, Linda (Chuck) Nydam, Jane Yeder, Jordan Selters and
The family will welcome friends from 6 to 8 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 12 at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford. Following
the visitation, Susan will be cremated. Those wishing to leave
memorial condolences for the family may do so at
NOTE: Susan was a
1960 Hartford High School graduate.
Earl Wayne Higgins
was born to Exell and Roy Higgins on April
24, 1944, in Missouri. Earl went to be with the Lord on Nov. 20,
2013, with his children and grandchildren by his side.
Earl grew up in Missouri, then he
went into the Army, where he was a cook and an M.P. He moved to
Michigan, where he met the love of his life and her son, both of
whom have already gone to be with the Lord. Earl retired from
Michigan Tube. Earl loved his family very much, and they loved him
very much, as well.
Earl leaves behind a family who loves him
very much, including four children: Joseph Higgins of Dowagiac;
April (Dan) Blevins of Hartford; Linda (Don) Fischer of Coloma;
and Cheryl (Richie) Carlyle of Berrien Springs; seven
granddaughters; six grandsons; three greatgrandsons; two brothers:
Larry and George Higgins, both of Missouri; and three sisters:
Shelby Moore and Brenda Thrasher, both of Missouri; and Regina
Krieger of Michigan; and many cousins, nieces, nephews and
He was preceded in
passing by his wife, Linda Higgins; a son, David Baldwin; and his
As to Earl’s
wishes, cremation has taken place. A celebration of life service
to honor Earl’s memory will be at 3 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25, at
Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford,
with Pastor Shannon Truelove of the Full Gospel Assembly Church of
officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Earl’s name
may be made to the family. Memorial condolences for the family may
be left at www.calvin-leonardfh.com.
48, of Hartford passed away unexpectedly at her
residence Wednesday, Nov. 20.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26, at
Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home in Coloma, where
visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Monday. Burial will be in
Fairview Cemetery in Watervliet. Donations in memory of Laurie may
be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Those wishing to leave
an online message of comfort for the family may do so at
Laurie was born Dec. 22, 1964, in Coldwater, Mich., to
George and Pauline
(Moore) Pipkins. She
singing karaoke and collecting carousel horses. She also enjoyed
calling bingo for her apartment complex.
Laurie is survived by a daughter, Georgi Leisure of Hartford:
her mother, Pauline Pipkins
of Hartford; brothers: Charlie (Theresa)
Broadhurst of Watervliet; Joe Diehl of
Hartford; Jamie (Cindy) Diehl of Hartford; and Paul Pipkins of Watervliet; a
sister, Heather (Nacer)
Tag of Hartford; and two grandchildren, Payton and Zayden Inman.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Mirinda Leisure; her father,
George; a sister-in-law, Tammy Capovilla-Diehl;
and her grandparents.
NOTE: Laurie was a 1992 Hartford High
Odena Louise Hansen,
91, dearly loved
mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend, was a faithful
disciple of Jesus Christ. He was her Savior and Lord, and on Nov.
9, 2013, she met Him face to face.
Odena was born Nov. 27, 1921, in
a church parsonage in Allendale, Mich. Most of her childhood was
spent in Houghton, N.Y. After a wartime courtship by mail with an
Army airman in Hawaii, she married the love of her life, Carl J.
Hansen, and moved to Manistee, Mich. After his death in 1983, she
lived in Ovid, Hartford and Portage. Her life was spent providing
love and support to her children and grandchildren. She was a
lifelong student of one book, the Bible, and her passion was 63
years of volunteer ministry at the Manistee Salvation Army, the
United Church of Ovid and Hartford United Methodist Church. Her
hobbies were crocheting and watching the “Price Is Right” “Wheel of Fortune” and
“Jeopardy!” And she loved Charlie the cat.
Odena was preceded in death by
her parents, the Rev. Lewis and Alice Clark; 10 brothers and
sisters; and son-in-law, Larry Marsh. She is survived by her son,
the Rev. Ron (Jan) Hansen of Portage, Mich.; daughter, Cheryl
Marsh of Battle Creek; grandchildren: Paula (Scott) Dennison of
Ithaca, Mich.; Eric (Renelle)
Hansen of Kalamazoo; Terri Marsh, Christi Marsh and Lisa (Charles)
Thomas, all of Battle Creek; Aaron (Sarah) Hunt of Grand Haven;
Rebecca Hunt of Michigan City, Ind.; and David (Larissa) Hunt of
Mattawan; and 11 greatgrandchildren.
A worship service to honor her life will be at 1 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 16, at Hartford United Methodist Church, 425 E.
Main St., Hartford.
The Rev. Ron Hansen will officiate, supported by the
Revs. Jeff Williams and Greg Wood. The family will greet friends
beginning at 11 a.m.
Contributions in her memory may be made to Hartford
United Methodist Church, where Odena
experienced amazing Christian love.
Bobby Samuel Summerhill, 51, Esto
FL, formerly of Hartford MI, died November 6, 2013.
Police report from the Holmes County Sheriff's Office
An Esto man died in a house fire Wednesday morning in
Northern Holmes County. On November 6, 2013 at approximately
6:18 AM the Holmes County Communications Center received a call
of a mobile home fire on Highway 2 west of Esto. The Holmes
County Sheriff's Office and Fire Departments responded. Esto,
Pitttman and Graceville Fire Departments arrived and
extinguished the fire. Firefighters then located the remains of
51 year-old Bobbie Samuel Summerhill inside the residence.
Firefighters had the fire extinguished in minutes. The residence
was a total loss. Summerhill was the only occupant of the
residence. The fire is under investigation by the State Fire
Marshal's Office and the Holmes County Sheriff's Office.
Update: The preliminary cause of death has been released
in a Holmes County fire that killed an ESTO man. According to
the Holmes County Sheriff's Office, 51-year-old Bobbie Samuel
Summerhill died of smoke inhalation. The fires started early
Wednesday. The cause of the fire is still under investigation by
the State Fire Marshal and the Holmes County Sheriff's Off
73, of Hartford, died Monday, November 4, 2013.
Richard’s life began September 19, 1940 in Chicago, Illinois.
Richard grew up in Chicago where he graduated high school. He
proudly served his country in the United States Navy. Richard
retired from Wolverine but his favorite job was helping Frank
Simington manage his farm. Richard found his relaxation while
gardening and farming especially tending to his roses and caring
for his dogs. On November 4, 1972, Richard married the love of
his life Dottie Finehout and they enjoyed 35 years together.
His greatest enjoyment came in spending time with his loving
family which includes: four children Dee Dee (Steve) Stakely of
Coloma, Emily (Jason) Allen-Moore of Hartford, Richard Pocevich
Jr. of Florida, Angela (Cecil) Jackson of Hartford; 15
grandchildren Tony Jones, Ashley Layne, Clayton Stakely,
Victoria Allen, William Allen, Elizabeth Allen, Joshua Moore,
Tyler Moore, Brittany Heffington, Aspen
Gerlach, Bailey Jackson,
Samantha Gargano, Madison Nail, Hunter Jackson, and
Jackson; and three great grandchildren Karson Jackson, Holly
Jones, and Gabriella Layne.
Richard died Monday, November 4.
His wife Dorothy “Dottie” Pocevich and parents precede Richard in death. Funeral services
will be celebrated
Monday, November 11 at 2:00 PM
with visitation prior starting at 1:00 PM at Hutchins Funeral Home
in Watervliet. Burial will follow in Fairview Memorial Cemetery.
You may leave a memory for Richard’s family at
Curtis Gene Welty, 74,
was born on March 21,
1939, and passed away peacefully at his home Wednesday, Oct. 30,
2013. He was the youngest of seven children born to Basil and
Maggie (Cook) Welty.
the former Betty Jane Maddox on May 17, 1958. He was a devoted
husband and father who truly enjoyed the time he spent with his
family. Curtis was formerly employed and retired from Whirlpool
Corp. He owned and operated the Curtis Welty and Son Welding Shop
in Hartford from 1982 to 2009 and also served as a chaplain at
Watervliet Community Hospital for a number of years.
Curtis is survived by
his three children: Curtis Wayne (Audrey) Welty, Kevin Welty and
Candace Welty; and his seven grandchildren: Candra Janisse,
Dustin, Christa, Tiffany, Curtis, Paige and Nolan Welty.
Betty, passed away April 20 this year. He was also preceded in
passing by his parents; stepmother, Clara (Clay) Welty; a sister,
Mildred DeMay; and five brothers: David, William, Earl, Norman
and Vernon Welty.
The family will welcome friends from 3-4:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3,
at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, where his celebration of
life service will commence at 4:30 p.m., with Pastor Wayne Davis
officiating. As to Curtis’ wishes, cremation will follow the
service. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Curtis’ name
may be made to Hospice at Home or His Place Cathedral of Faith.
Memorial condolences for the family may be left at
Curt was a
1958 Hartford High School graduate.
H. Romeo, 79, of
South Haven, formerly of Benton Harbor and Hartford, passed away
Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013, at Borgess Hospital in Kalamazoo.
Donald was born June 9, 1934, to James and Annie Romeo
in Benton Harbor. Don graduated from Hartford High School
retired from the Watervliet Paper Mill after 34 years. In 1953 he
married Patricia Ann Gordon of Watervliet. Not long after they
married, they started their family and had six beautiful children.
On March 9, 1985, Patricia passed away from colon cancer. Don
remarried on Oct. 21, 1988, to Nancy Ann Ament. They married at Redeemer Lutheran
Church in Sister Lakes, where Don was a longstanding member.
Don is survived by his wife, Nancy Romeo; sister,
children: Roxy (Pat) Tarantino, Rick Romeo, Kathy Romeo, David
Romeo, Doug (Lisa) Romeo, Dennis (Stacey) Romeo, Scott Nash, Kenny
Nash and Deana Goss; grandchildren: Bryan (Jen) Romeo, Jeannene (Chris) Gatties, Kyle (Becky) Romeo,
Kevin (Anna) Romeo, Jessica (Derrick) Rosses,
Sabrina (Rick) Baker, Michael Romeo, Mikayla
Romeo, Micah Romeo, Autum
Romeo, Paul Romeo, Rachel Romeo, Ryan Romeo, Katherine Romeo, Cody
Romeo, Bradley (Mishelle)
Goss, Amber Nash, Taylor (Joey) Robinson, Dominique Nash, Danielle
Goss, Brittanie Nash, Lacie
Nash and Justin Smith; great-grandchildren:
Alora Gatties, Audra Gatties, Brianna Baker, Ricky Baker,
Giana Romeo, Eleana Romeo, Lyla Rosses, Cole Romeo, Hunter Goss
and Max Goss; and many nieces and nephews.; and many nieces and nephews.
Don was preceded in death by his first wife, Patricia
Romeo; his father, James Romeo; his mother, Annie (Al) Keller;
brothers: Robert Romeo, Joe Romeo, James Romeo and George Romeo;
sister, Margie McGowan; stepson, Gregory Nash; and
daughter-in-law, Nan Nash.
Don was an outstanding citizen who loved animals and
nature. He was the true meaning of a Christian and was the
ultimate gift to this earth from God.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 2,
2013, at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Sister Lakes. A meal will
follow. Arrangements have been entrusted to Langeland Memorial Chapel of
Ronnie Gale Willoughby,
63, of Paw Paw passed away suddenly Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, at
Ronnie was born May 3, 1950, in
Wardell, Mo., to James and Virginia
(Phillips) Willoughby. Ronnie married the former Mary Farley on
Nov. 13, 1981, and she survives along with two daughters, Ronda
(Boyd Jr.) Bottenfield
of Rice, Va. and Lisa Lee of Holland; a son, Ronnie Willoughby Jr.
of Dowagiac; five grandchildren: Danielle,
Juliana and Josi; and
one great- grandchild, Bentley. Ronnie is also survived by his
mother, Virginia Willoughby of
a brother, Rickey Willoughby of Watervliet; and three sisters:
Jr.) Smith of Coloma, Pamela Willoughby of Kalamazoo and Carol
His father, James, preceded him in passing.
The family will welcome friends from 6 to 8 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 21, at the Calvin Funeral Home in
Hartford, where the
service to honor his memory will take place at 2 p.m. Tuesday,
Oct. 22, with Deacon Arthur Morsaw
officiating. Burial will follow in Keeler Cemetery, Keeler
Township. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial
donations in Ronnie’s name be made to either the American Cancer
Society or the American Heart Association. Those wishing to leave
condolences for the family may do so on our web site at http://www.calvin-leonardfh.com.
Ronnie was from the 1971 class of Hartford High
McGuire, 67 of McNeil,
Arkansas passed away on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at
Magnolia Regional Medical
He was born on November 23, 1945 in Paw Paw, Michigan to the
late David and Jane (Palmer)
McGuire and attended Hartford High School [1963
He was a veteran serving with
the SeaBees in the United
States Navy during Vietnam. He was a master millwright for Brox Industries in Lawton, Oklahoma and Brown and Root in
Red Rock, and a member of the 4 States Iron Munchers
He is preceded in death by his parents, a sister Mary Webber
of Hartford, Michigan; and Rita's daughter MargRyn Kinard
Duane is survived by his
wife Rita Kinard McGuire of
McNeil; two daughters, Theresa Byard of McNeil, Stacia
Powers and husband Robert of Lawton, Oklahoma; grandson Cody
Byard of Arlington, Texas; granddaughter Starsha Powers of
Lawton, Oklahoma; two great grandchildren, Kenneth
Hutchinson and Ethan Wykoff both of Lawton; and two nieces
Crystal and Vanessa of Michigan.
Duane is also survived by Rita's family, her son,
Lewis Kinard and wife Dawn of Dallas and their children,
Adam Kinard of Dallas and Brittany Kinard Jones and husband
Daniel of Austin; her sisters, Sarah Roberts of Arkadelphia,
Arkansas; Eloise Steele Ellis of Austin, Texas; and Carol
Thomas of West Memphis, Arkansas and a host of extended
family and friends.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 26,
2013 at 1:00 pm at Lewis Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Mike
Daniel officiating with a visitation with the family
following the service.
Memorials may be made to South Arkansas Youth Services,
Columbia County Animal Protection Society, or Asbury United
passed peacefully Monday, Oct. 14, 2013, in Grass Valley, Calif. A
longtime resident of Hartford, Mich., Margaret moved to California
in 1999 to be nearer her daughter, granddaughters and
Margaret was born in Hartford on Dec. 5, 1918, and,
with the exception of the years spent earning her bachelor’s
degree at Western Michigan College (now university), was a
resident of Van Buren County for the first 80 years of her life.
Mrs. Hammond spent many of those years teaching
business classes to high school students in Bridgman, Decatur,
Lawton, Lawrence and, for many years, at Hartford High School.
Margaret’s career in education began at the age of 20, and her
role as teacher evolved into that of teacher-counseloradvocate-mentor
for many of her students spanning the next 35 years. Although
retired for the last 39 years, Margaret still heard from past
students who had continued a loving and respectful friendship with
her over the years.
Margaret was an active member of Hartford Methodist
Church throughout her adult life, retaining her church affiliation
even after her move to California. She has now “come home” again
and will be remembered at a memorial service at 11 a.m. Nov. 7 at
Hartford Methodist Church, followed by a luncheon served by the
United Methodist Women in the church’s community room. Internment
will be in Maple Hill Cemetery.
Margaret is survived by her daughter, Christine (Hugh)
Casey of Nevada City, Calif.; and granddaughters, Keirsten (Adam)
Quest of Fresno, Calif., and Grant (Jeb) Taylor of Davis, Calif.
She was also blessed with five great-grandchildren: Scout, Sage,
and Morgan Phoenix. Cherished nieces, nephews and cousins
completed her circle of beloved family. In lieu of flowers,
contributions may be made to a nonprofit of choice.
NOTE: Margaret was a
1935 Hartford High School graduate
Ken “Pete” Jordan,
77, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, at Royalton Manor in St.
A lifelong resident of Hartford, he married the former
Judy Kopus at the Federated Church on April 25, 1964, in Hartford.
For the next 49 years they shared their love for each other as
they worked together to enjoy a very good life.
Ken was a
1955 graduate of Hartford
High School, and served eight years in the Michigan National
Guard. For 34 years, he worked for the Sanitary Refuse Co. In
2001, Ken retired from Best Way Disposal. His retirement lasted
only two weeks before he decided to return to Best Way where he
worked part-time for another 10 years before fully retiring in
One of Ken’s favorite pastimes was attending tractor
shows and seeing his favorite John Deere equipment on display.
And, though he loved all things John Deere, he also reserved a
place in his heart for Allis Chalmers and Farmall tractors.
Along with his wife, Judy, Ken is survived by two
sisters: Shirley (Larry) Anchor of Hartford and Betty Jordan of
Dowagiac; three brothers: Roger Jordan of Bridgman, Tom (Lois)
Jordan of Coloma and Bill (Darlene) Jordan of Hartford; brother-inlaw
Larry Rinehart of Mattawan and sister-inlaw Barbara (Dave)
Jorgensen of Ohio.
He is also survived by eighteen nieces and nephews,
many of whom fondly remember the family reunions when their Uncle
Ken hitched a wagon to a tractor and let them all pile in for a
ride around the farm. Thirty-five great nieces and nephews also
Ken was preceded in death by his parents:
Lilah Jordan, sister
Pat Rinehart, sistersin
law Laurel Jordan and Carol Kopus, father-in-law Tony Kopus and
motherin- law Betty Kopus.
The Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford is in charge of
arrangements, where visitation will be Sunday, Oct. 13, from 2-4
p.m. and from 6-8 p.m. A memorial service will be at the funeral
home Monday, Oct. 14, at 11 a.m. Memorials may be made to the
American Cancer Society or to Hospice at Home. Interment will be
at Maple Hill Cemetery in Hartford. Those wishing to leave
memorial condolences for the family may do so at http://
Michael Eugene Augusta-Lewis,
59, of Dowagiac passed away Oct. 7, 2013, at Lakeland Regional
Medical Center in St. Joseph. He was born May 9, 1954, in Hartford
to James and Mary (Alexis) Lewis.
The family will gather
with friends Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013, at Clark Chapel, 405 Center
St., Dowagiac, from 5 p.m. until time of a prayer service at 6:30
p.m. His funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 11,
2013, at the chapel. Burial will be in Sacred Heart of Mary
Cemetery. Please sign his guestbook and leave a memory of Michael
K. Wolford, 52, of Hartford passed away at home Saturday, Oct.
5, 2013, surrounded by her family and friends.
Deb was born Aug. 24, 1961, and had lived most of her
life in the area. Members of her family include her siblings:
Charles “Pete” Fisher, Doris Davis, Jerry Fisher, Roger Fisher and
Brown); her mother, Pearl Fisher; a very special grandson, Camden
Wolford; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by
her father A.J.
Fisher; her brother, Bill Fisher; her husband,
Danny Wolford; and
Family and friends will be celebrating Deb’s life at 11
a.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013 at Full Gospel Apostolic Church,
32560 56th Ave., Paw Paw. Those planning on making an expression
of sympathy are asked to consider donating in the name of Camden
Wolford at Chemical Bank. Please feel free to visit Deb’s personal
page at www.lifestorynet.com, where you can archive a favorite
memory or photo of her, and sign her online guest book.
Arrangements are by Life Story Funeral Homes, Betzler & Thompson, Paw Paw;
Winton Erwin, Professor Emeritus of
Geophysics, University of Nevada, Reno, died in Reno, Nevada on
of Alzheimer's disease.
A native of Chicago, Illinois, John was born March 7, 1924 of John
Clarey Erwin and Jeanie Winton Erwin. In 1935, the family moved
from Chicago to a farm near Keeler, Michigan. Erwin attended
Keeler schools and graduated from Hartford High School
Hartford, Michigan, as salutatorian of the class of 1942. He
enlisted and served with the
U.S. Marine Corps during 1943 to 1946. On April 15, 1946 he
married his high school sweetheart Patricia Young of Hartford,
Michigan. They were wed sixty-one years until Patty's death in
October 2007. John earned a Bachelor of Science in Engineering
Physics from Michigan Technological University, Houghton,
Michigan, in 1949. He earned his Masters in Geophysics from the
Colorado School of Mines, Golden, Colorado, in 1954.
Following graduation from the Colorado School of Mines, John
worked for Dow Chemical Company in Midland, Michigan. Later, he
and Patty loaded up the kids and headed west to Salt Lake City,
Utah, where John was employed by American Smelting & Refining
Company, working on mineral exploration programs in Arizona,
Missouri, Nevada, Utah and other western states. In 1961, he was
employed by Hercules Aerospace Company in Salt Lake City, Utah, as
part of the design team for the Sprint anti-ballistic missile.
In 1964, John joined the faculty of the Mackay School of Mines of
the University of Nevada, Reno, Nevada, as a professor of
geophysics and as a researcher with the Nevada Bureau of Mines and
Geology. On his retirement in June 1985, he was named Professor
Emeritus. Professor Erwin published numerous works in the
geophysical field. After his retirement from UNR he continued to
teach mathematics at Truckee Meadows Community College and Western
Nevada Community College.
John was the first in his family to graduate from college. He
valued and encouraged education as evidenced by the twenty-four
(and counting) college, graduate and doctoral degrees earned by
his children and grandchildren, eight of the degrees being awarded
by the University of Nevada.
John was a registered engineer in the State of Nevada, a member of
the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum
Engineers, the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration, the
Arizona Geological Society, the Geological Society of Nevada
(serving as Chairman in 1969), and the Marina Bay Yacht Club,
Richmond, California. Proud of his service as a United States
Marine, he belonged to the Navy League and was a life member of
the American Legion. For many years he was a member of the Masonic
Golden Lodge F & AM/50, St. John's Presbyterian Church and the
First Congregational Church, Reno, NV.
He enjoyed his retirement sailing and traveling with Patty and
sharing geography field trips with his grandchildren with stops
for the culinary delights of the Owl Cafe in Battle Mountain and
The Griddle in Winnemucca. He also enjoyed lunches at the Gold 'N
Silver Inn with fellow engineers geologists Jim Bright, Bob
Horton, Bill Johnston, Ed Rugg and other professionals in the
John was predeceased by his wife
Patricia in 2007. He is survived
by son James W. Erwin and grandson Jeffrey Erwin, grandson Patrick
(Nikki) Erwin (great grandchildren Hunter and Taylor),
granddaughter Camille (Kory) Wilson (expecting a boy in January),
and granddaughter Nicole (Brian) Johansen (great grandchildren
Makayla, Trenton, Tate and Maxwell); son Thomas P. (Molly) Erwin
and grandson Philip Erwin, step grandson Paul (Jessie) Kerschen
(great granddaughter Rosalind), and step granddaughter Ann (Jason)
Wild; son John A. (Sherri) Erwin and granddaughter Rebecca (Jesse)
Adams (great grandchildren Aidan and Geneva), granddaughter Marie
(Shawn) Lear (great grandchildren Jordan and Maxwell), grandson
Scott (Bridget) Erwin, and granddaughter Kathryn (Jonathan)
Dethmers; daughter Susan M. (Brian) Buckley and granddaughter Anne
Buckley, granddaughter Katherine Buckley, and grandson John
Buckley; and daughter Debra A. (Pete) Padgett and granddaughter
Melissa Padgett and grandson David (Megan) Padgett (great grandson
Nolan), and former daughters-in-law Cheryl L. Ehrke and Michelle
His family appreciates the fine care provided to John by Dr.
Ronald L. Smith and the caregivers at Emeritus. We also thank the
many kind folks at the Gold 'N Silver Inn who welcomed our Dad
thousands of times during the past five decades.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Friday,
October 25, 2013, at Mountain View Mortuary, 435 Stoker Avenue,
Reno, Nevada. A Military Internment Service will be held at 10:00
a.m. on Saturday October 26, 2013 at Mountain View Cemetery.
Contact Mountain View Mortuary for details 775 788-2199.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials may be made
in John's name to the Mackay School of Earth Sciences and
Engineering, Mail Stop 162, University of Nevada, Reno 89557.
Published in Reno Gazette-Journal from Oct. 20 to
Oct. 22, 2013
Donald (Don) Paul Trowbridge Sr., 65,
passed away Oct. 1, 2013, peacefully with loved ones by his side
after fighting a long illness.
He was born Dec. 6, 1947, in Paw Paw to Claude and Dora
(Riddle) Trowbridge Sr.
Don graduated from Hartford High School in
1967. Don would
later marry Jean
and of that union there were five children. They lived and raised
their children in Coloma, where he was member of the Masonic
Lodge. Later in life Don would retire to live in Covert, where he
continued membership of the Masonic Lodge in the Covert.
Don is survived by two daughters: Richlie (Darryl) Fikes of Benton Harbor and
Michella Buetow of Bridgman; a son,
Don Trowbridge Jr. of Bridgman; eight grandchildren that he loved
and adored; four sisters: Claudette Prevatte of Kalamazoo, Nancy
(Warren) Walters of Battle Creek, Mary Williams of South Haven and
Carol (Alfredo) Rivera of Ohio; and a host of nieces and nephews,
including one special and cherished niece, Deborah (Billy) Pierce
He was preceded in death by his parents, four sisters,
one brother and two beloved sons, James (Jimmy) in 1992 and Jon in
Cremation has taken place, and there are no services to announce
at this time.
Don was truly loved and will be dearly missed every
single day by all who knew him.
Joan Elder Scouller,
11/14/1925 - 9/26/2013,
passed away peacefully at her home in the
Country Club at La Cholla,
AZ under the care of Casa de la Luz Hospice.
She is survived by
her son, John, and wife Anna Mae Scouller, of Santa Clarita,
California, two grandsons, Robert Sean and Brendon Ray Scouller, a
brother Stewart Elder and wife Irene Elder, and several nieces and
nephews. She was pre-deceased by her husband Donald Scouller in
Joan was born in Detroit, Michigan to James and
Caroline Elder where she resided until 1929 when the family moved
to Hartford, Michigan where they lived during the depression years
in the home of her uncle, Dr. John D. Stewart. She completed high
1943 and then in 1948 she
graduated with a BS degree in Occupational Therapy from Western
Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI. She joined the
Army in 1949 and was
commissioned an officer in the newly formed Women’s Medical
She was assigned to Beumont Army Hospital
in El Paso TX. It was here that she met Don Scouller who was also
an Army officer stationed at Fort Bliss. They were married on Dec
7th, 1950 in LasCruces, NM. She was discharged from the Army in
1953. They moved to San Diego in 1954, where they spent the next
40 years until moving to Tucson, AZ. Son, John M.
Scouller, was born on December 2, 1958. In 1961 Joan became an
Elementary School teacher in San Diego City Schools. In 1969 she
earned a Masters degree and then became a Television Resource
teacher for all of the San Diego City Schools. A Union Tribune
article once featured her in this role. She loved to travel and
became a travel agent, which augmented her travel experience
including a trip around the world and many other trips abroad
especially to England where she had many friends. They moved
to Sun City Vistoso, Az. in 1993 and she became very active in
community clubs and theatrical activities including learning to
tap dance. After Don’s death she moved to her retirement home at
A memorial service was held at Sun City and she will be
inurned at Fort Rosecrans, San Diego on November 8th at
Ronald M. Smithley, 79, of
Hartford ascended into Heaven on Monday morning, Sept. 23, 2013,
at Lakeland Regional
Medical Center, St. Joseph.
Ron, as he was known by most, was born Nov. 24, 1933, in
Marion, Ind., the son of Melvin and Agnes (Herreld) Smithley.
During the Depression, Ron spent 18 months in the Mary Freebed
Rehab Home in Grand Rapids. On Aug. 22, 1953, he married the
former Dorothy Downs. For many years they owned and operated the
Ron-Dot Floral Shop in Hartford. Ron was a longtime and faithful
member of Hartford Federated Church, and he liked to hunt and
travel, especially going up to the Mackinac Bridge.
Ron is survived by his children: Mark (Donna) Smithley and
Gregg Smithley both of Hartford; five grandchildren: Brandon
Smithley of St. Louis, Mo.; Daniel Smithley of Niles; Toni
Smithley of Flint; and Tyler Smithley and Brier Smithley, both of
Hartford; 11 great-grandchildren: Khole, Brooke, Danyelle, Dirk, Nastasia, Alex, Lilly, Alex, Aiden, Katierra and Camron; a sister,
Janie (Larry) Wetzel of Hartford; and a sister-in-law, Kaye
Smithley of Benton Harbor.
Ron was preceded in passing by his wife,
in 2010; his parents; two sisters, Louise Robinson-Glidden and
Peggy Johnson; and three brothers:
As to Ron’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A memorial
service to honor Ron’s memory will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 4,
at Hartford Federated Church with Pastor David Gilbert
officiating. Burial of Ron’s and Dot’s ashes will be in Maple Hill
Cemetery, Hartford. Memorials may be made to the church.
The family has entrusted the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford,
with handling arrangements. Those wishing to leave messages of
condolences for Ron’s family may do so at www.calvin-leonardfh.com.
91, of Hartford went to be with is Lord and
Savior on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013 at Lakeland Regional
Center in St. Joseph.
Aage was born Feb. 22, 1922,
in Benton Harbor, the son of Aage and Ruth (Sturm) Larsen, both of
whom preceded him in passing. He was also preceded in passing by
his wife, Hildreth; a daughter, Renee; a brother, Wayne; devoted
partner and friend, Evelyn Pawling; and two sons-in-law, Jerry
Thompson and Bill Groenke.
Aage proudly served his country
as a member of the
United States Navy during World War II.
He was formerly employed with New Products of Benton Harbor and the Watervliet
Paper Mill from 1940-1956. After leaving there, he worked in the
construction field for the remainder of his working life. He was a
big sports fanatic, especially as a diehard fan of the Detroit
Lions and Detroit Tigers. He was a member of VFW Post 355,
American Legion Post 93 and AmVets. In his spare time, he loved
fishing and keeping his yard looking nice.
Aage was a
beloved father, who is survived by three children: Lawrence
“Larry” (Robyn) Larsen of Hartford, Denise Groenke of Eau Claire
and Brian (Ann) Larsen of Coloma; and family friend, Mary Pawling
of Kalamazoo. He was a loving grandfather of numerous
grandchildren, great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
The family will welcome friends 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18,
at Hartford Federated Church, where he was a loyal member. The
service to honor his memory will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 19,
at the church, with Pastor David Gilbert officiating. Cremation
will take place, and burial at a later date will occur in
Watervliet Cemetery. The family requests memorial donations in Aage’s name to the church or any veterans’ charity. The family has
entrusted Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, with handling the
arrangements. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences in
Aage’s name may do so at
Marie Jones Avery, 69, of Hartford
passed away Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, at Rose Arbor in Kalamazoo.
She was born Oct. 2, 1943, in Washington, D.C., the fifth of eight
children born to William Gilbert Jones and Esther Marie (Hill)
She graduated from L.C. Mohr High School in South Haven
in 1963. Overcoming barriers to African-American women in
education, she graduated as a registered nurse, earned a Critical
Care Nursing Certificate and a business management degree.
She was a devoted mother to her two daughters, enjoying
each stage of development from mud pies and tea parties to
climbing trees and catching fireflies. Through example she taught
her daughters the importance of hard work, obtaining a good
education and using both in service to others.
Her career spanned 36 years in obstetrics and critical
care nursing at Watervliet and South Haven community hospitals.
She rose to interim director of nursing at Watervliet Community
Sandra served 28 years on the board of directors for
MARCHA and 14 years as president of Rural Initiatives for Shelter
and Education. Her tenure spanned the construction of SunRISE
apartments, an innovative housing option for seasonal workers. Her
influential work in migrant health was recognized by Patricia
Harris, secretary of Health and Human Services, who appointed
Sandra to the Council to Federal Office of Migrant Health.
She is survived by daughters:
Sheanetta M. Jones of
Burlington, N.C.; and Dr. Bernetta L. Avery-DeNyse and son-in-law
Gavin J. De-Nyse, both of Portland, Ore.; grandchildren: Aaron
Avery and Chyenne Clements, and Jameson
DeNyse and Sophia
a sister, Diedre Stuart of Dallas, Texas; brothers: Bertram Jones
of Hartford and Vernon Jones of Ponchatoula, La; and
daughter-in-law, Sharon Avery Overhiser of South Haven. She was
preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Charles M. Avery;
four siblings and a grandchild.
A funeral Mass will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21,
2013, at Immaculate Conception Church in Hartford, with Father
Robert Flickinger presiding. In lieu of flowers, the family
requests donations be made to the Sandra M. Avery Memorial
Scholarship, a scholarship established for young women pursuing a
nursing career focused on migrant health. Donations can be sent to
3225 SW 87th Ave., #25509, Portland, OR 97298-0842.
June Williams, 82, of Greenwood, Ark. (formerly of Hartford
MI), passed away Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, in a Fort Smith, Ark.,
She was a retired certified nursing assistant and member of
the Community Free Will Baptist Church in Pocola, Okla. She was
preceded in death by her husband, Horace Williams, and one son,
James O. Williams.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 16, 2013, at
McConnell Funeral Home Chapel in Greenwood, Ark., with burial in
Old Jenny Lind Cemetery. Viewing will be from 1-8 p.m. Sunday at
the funeral home, where the family will visit with friends from
She is survived by five sons: Bill Williams and Roger Dale
Williams, both of Paw Paw, Mich.; Jerry Lynn Williams and Allen D.
Williams, both of Fort Smith, Ark.; and Christopher A. Williams of
Greenwood, Ark.; one daughter, Carol Ann
Salverson of Paw Paw; 15
grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
To sign an online guest book, please visit
Zachary Brian Leitz
stepped out of his earthly body and into the loving arms of his
heavenly Father on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013.|
Zachary’s life began May 11, 1990 in St. Joseph.
He grew up in Watervliet, graduating from Watervliet High
School in 2008. While in high school Zachary was a member of the
marching band who proudly marched at the Pontiac Silverdome and on
Ford Field for the state competition four consecutive years.
Zachary recently went to work for Chassix in Stevensville. He
his time with music, writing, gathering with his amazing friends,
and hanging with his siblings.
His loving family includes: his parents Gregory Leitz of
Coloma and Barbara (Peter) McKeon of Spring Lake, MI; three
siblings Jeremy Tuttle, Jacob Leitz, and Rachel Leitz; three
nieces Abigail, Cameron, and Skylar Tuttle; and many aunts,
uncles, and cousins. Zachary is preceded in death by his
grandparents Alan and Elaine Leitz and Clifford and Marie Hinton
and an aunt Paula Robertson.
Funeral services will be celebrated Friday, September 13, at
11:00 AM at River of Life Church in Watervliet. Hutchins Funeral
Home in Watervliet is assisting Zachary’s family with
Zachary stepped out of his earthly body and into the loving
arms of his Heavenly Father on Monday, September 9th, 2013. Zach,
we love you like crazy and will miss you until we see you again.
crash shuts down EB I-94 lanes
Hartford man killed after his car crosses median, lands on
BENTON TOWNSHIP — A 23-year-old Hartford man died Monday
after he lost control of his car, which crossed the I-94
median, went airborne and landed upside down on the roof
of a car traveling in the opposite direction.
Benton Township police reported that Brian Zachary Leitz
died from injuries suffered in the accident, which
occurred at 2:45 p.m. near Exit 30 at Napier Avenue.
James Wilson, 64, of Plainwell, the other driver involved,
suffered multiple, non-life threatening injuries and was
transported to Lakeland Regional Medical Center in St.
Joseph by Medic 1.
Eastbound lanes between Exits 29 and 33 were closed most
of Monday afternoon as police diverted vehicles onto the
Napier Avenue exit.
Witnesses told police Leitz was driving his 2001 Mercury
westbound when he lost control of the vehicle, which
landed on Wilson’s 1999 Toyota. Both men were entrapped in
their vehicles and had to be extricated.
The Benton Township Fire Department also responded to the
scene, along with the Benton Township Police Accident
Reconstruction Unit, the Michigan State Police and the
Berrien County Sheriff’s Department
Robert Edson Shafer July
3, 1923 - September 5, 2013
Born July 3, 1923 in Hartford, Michigan to Dell and Ruth Shafer,
our father built a prosperous life that revolved around his love
of the outdoors and adventuresome curiosity.
Captain in the US Army Air Corps from 1942 - 46, he was
stationed in both the United States and European Theatres of
Operation. A member of the 441st Troop Carrier Group, he
participated in the Normandy Invasion and was among the first
American soldiers in Berlin after being dispatched to secure the
Tempelhof airport in May of 1945.
After the war, Robert moved to Alaska to pursue adventure and
an education. He worked on the construction of the Alaska Highway
as well as on gold mining dredges north of Fairbanks. In 1947, he
and five friends set out to drive Jeeps along the Pan American
Highway from Alaska to Argentina. He received a degree in mining
engineering from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where he met
and married Elizabeth Donnelly, a registered nurse, in 1949.
This fruit farmer and independent mining consultant grew his
family to six children - Sharon Fessenden (Zef); Stephanie
Shieldhouse (Richard); Patricia Badland (Charles); Martha Shea
(Larry); Mark (Simona) and Matthew (Kendra) - and 10
grandchildren. After living in Alaska, Washington, Idaho, New York
and South America, they settled their children in Lakeland,
Mining took him overseas to six of the continents and over 50
countries around the world. Every summer, Robert and Elizabeth
would pack up the kids and animals in the family station wagon to
spend the summer in Hartford, Michigan, working the family fruit
Lakeland was home for over 30 years, before moving to Tallahassee
to be near children and grandchildren.
Robert looked forward to every morning - to feel the
parchment of the daily town paper, complete the crossword, enjoy
novels and fill his retirement years with trips to the library,
senior center, the grocer and daily walks around Lake Ella. In
addition to his kids and grandkids, he is survived by his brother,
Steve Shafer (Ginny).
Robert's internment will be held on Friday, September 27,
2013 at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell FL. Bevis
Funeral Home, 850-385-2193, www.bevisfh.com, is assisting the
family with the arrangements.
Robert was a Hartford High School graduate
from the Class of
84, of Hartford passed away
Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013, at Countryside Nursing and Rehabilitation
Center, South Haven.
Jean was born Nov. 26, 1928, in Benton Harbor, the daughter
of William and Georgia (Tetsworth) Thornton, both of whom preceded
her in passing. She was also preceded in passing by her husband,
Lester Arant Sr.; two daughters, Norma Jean Watkins and Lois Marie
Robinson; a longtime companion, Cleatus Beckman; four brothers;
Norman, Bill, John and Jim Thornton; a sister, Nona Paviolous; a
grandson, Ray Watkins; a granddaughter, Tonya Collins; and a
greatgrandson, Joseph Jim Alsup.
Jean worked for the Williams Brothers Paper Box Factory in
St. Joseph and VM Corp. in Benton Harbor. She loved attending
church at Full Gospel Assembly Church in Hartford. But most
important, she loved spending time with her family, loved playing
with her dog, Tiny, and baking.
Jean is survived by a son, Lester Arant Jr. of Hartford; five
stepchildren: Rick Beckman, Phil Beckman and Cherrie Collins, all
of Hartford; Cindy (Tom) Murdoch of Colorado; and Janice Schaub of
Eau Claire; 16 grandchildren: Stephanie (Shannon) Truelove of
Hartford; Lester (Andrea) Arant of Warrensburg, Mo.; Brandon Arant
and Jeffrey Robinson, both of Coloma; Douglas Robinson of
Tennessee; Tina Clark of Arkansas; Kathy Sharpe of Benton Harbor;
Sherrie Alridge, Ralph Watkins and Richard Watkins, all of
Tennessee; Billy Collins, Shawn Collins and Brendan Collins, all
of Coloma; Brianne Leone of Colorado; Jessica Crump of
Logansville, Ga.; and Jennifer Venno of Stevensville; seven
great-grandchildren: Lois, Samantha, Breanna, Zach, Daniel, Ashley
and Jonathan; and two brothers: Donald Thornton and Larry (Janet)
Thornton, both of Coloma.
The family will welcome friends 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4,
at Full Gospel Assembly Church, Hartford, where the service to
honor her memory will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5. Pastor
Shannon Truelove will officiate. Burial will follow in North Shore
Memory Gardens, Hagar Township. Memorial donations in Jean’s name
may be made to Full Gospel Assembly Church. The family has
entrusted Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, with arrangements. Those
wishing to leave memorial condolences to the family may do so at
Ingrid Sybilla Mueller Bell of Augusta, Ga., formerly of
Hartford, entered into rest Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013. She was 69
years old. She was born Nov. 25, 1943, in Bamberg, Germany, to
Barbara and Joseph Mueller, who preceded her in passing.
Mrs. Bell is survived by her husband of 51 years, Russell
Bell; four children: Dwayne Bell, Barbara Einset (Philip Hercik),
Robert Bell (Sarah) and Ingrid Kempf; six grandchildren: Bradley
Bell, Spencer Bell, Kristen Einset, Hollee Hercik, Autumn Dees and
Audrey Dees; and one great-grandchild, Odin Shepherd.
Mrs. Bell was a member of the Waynesboro Church of God in
Waynesboro, Ga. Prior to her retirement she worked for Avion Coach
The family will welcome friends from noon-1 p.m. Friday,
Sept. 6, at First General Baptist Church, Benton Harbor, where the
service to honor her memory will be at 1 p.m. Pastor Jim Dunn will
officiate. Burial will follow in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford.
Those wishing to make memorial donations may do so to the
National Parkinson’s Foundation. The family has entrusted Calvin
Funeral Home, Hartford, with arrangements. Those wishing to leave
memorial condolences for the family may do so at
Richard Lee Murphey, of
Cadillac, passed away Friday, August 30, 2013, at Munson Medical
Center with his wife by his side. He was 71. He
was born November 26, 1941, in Chicago, to Chester and Louise
(Jackson) Murphey. Richard was married to Carol Ann Miller of
Lake City on March 31, 2012, in Jennings, Mich. Richard was
owner of the Village Market in Fruitport, Mich., for eight
years. He also worked as a manger for Kroger in Muskegon and
Hart and was manager for Pick 'n Save in Cadillac. Richard
worked as a sales representative for Melody Farms Dairy before
retirement and had the privilege of traveling beautiful
Northern Michigan in his work. He loved cooking, gardening,
woodworking, going to the casino and taking care of his
beautiful yard. He was an avid Detroit Tiger baseball and
Detroit Red Wing hockey fan. He also enjoyed deer hunting,
snowmobiling and he loved going to NASCAR races. Dick spoke
often of the Boy Scout camping trip to Colorado as a young
Dick, along with his father,
built the family home in the 1960s. Richard enjoyed sharing
morning coffee with his friends at a local café and could be
seen almost daily chatting with old friends at local grocery
stores, the business that was a big part of his life for many
years. Dick was loved and enjoyed by his neighbors.
Richard is survived by his wife, Carol Ann Miller-Murphey;
daughter, Sandi (Duane) Morton of Twin Lake, Mich.; grandson,
Joshua Doerr; granddaughters: Heather
Zayah Vanderlaan; daughter-in-law, Sara Henry; step-daughters: Kimberli Carr, Kelli Battig and Kari Martin.
He was preceded in death by his father, Chester
Louise Murphey; son, Shawn Murphey; sister,
Norden; and his wife, Janet Murphey.
In accordance with his wishes, cremation has taken place and
memorial services will be held at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, September
10, 2013, at the Hitesman-Holdship Funeral Home, with
visitation one hour prior to the service. Pastor Larry
Shetenhelm will officiate.
Memorial contributions may be directed to
the Jennings Community Church Building Fund or the Diabetes
Foundation. Please share condolences with the family online at
The family is being served by the Hitesman-Holdship
Richard was a
1961 Hartford High School graduate.
Carol Parker Whipple was born in Fort Knox, Kentucky to Carol
LeRoy and Ruby Maxine Parker.
Debra was a member of the Vineyard Church-Pearland,
where she served as the administrative assistant. She was a
devoted wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister and friend.
She served in God's kingdom through how she lived her life as well
as being active in the Living Waters program, women's ministry,
prayer teams, outreach, out of country mission trips and
coordinating numerous church activities.
Debra leaves to continue her legacy of love, her husband, Patrick
Joseph Whipple, two sons, Justin Michael Jonns and wife Samantha
and Joshua David Jonns; two step sons, Dustin Whipple and Peter
Whipple; father Carol Parker and mother Ruby Parker, brother
Michael Lee Parker and wife Debra, sister Kimberly Parker Conner
and husband JD Conner and brother Mark Darrin Parker and wife
Christine; grandchildren Aubrey Jonns, Jordan Jonns, Jackson
Whipple, Joey Whipple and Emerson Baker. Debra is also survived by
numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends
The celebration of life memorial service will be Wednesday, August
28, 2013 from 7:00 - 9:00 pm with reception following at the
Vineyard Church of Houston, 1035 E. 11th St., Houston, TX 77009.
In lieu of floral tributes, memorial donations may be made in
honor of Debra Carol Whipple to the Vineyard Church-Pearland, P.O.
Box 1577, Pearland, TX 77588-1577, Building Fund.
NOTE: Debra was Miss
1972 and a 1972 Hartford High School graduate.
William Smith, 69, of Hartford passed away Aug. 25, 2013, in
Augusta, Ga., after a sudden illness. Tom was born July 27, 1944,
Hartford High School in
1962. Tom was a proud father of three children and
grandfather of three (with one more on the way).
Tom was a longtime resident of Stevensville and was employed
in the home improvement industry in Southwest Michigan for many
years. He recently had moved to Carrollton, Ga.
He was known for his kindness, fun-loving personality, deep
love for his family and strong loyalty to his friends. Tom was
devoted to helping others; this was evident from the many years he
devoted to caring for his widowed mother.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Donald Ellsworth
(1985) and Mildred (Voight) Smith (2009); his son, Gregory Smith
(1981); and oldest brother, Donald Smith (2006). Tom is survived
by his loving partner, Ruth Ellen Wilkens of Georgia; a son,
Jonathan (Miyuki) Smith of Hawaii; a daughter, Michelle (Timothy)
Criscuolo of Virginia; grandchildren: Danielle, Mathew and
Nicholas; his sisters and brothers: Joanne Monaghen of Wisconsin;
Robert (Janis) Smith of Florida; Debra (Bill Strunk) Smith of
California; Michael (Denelle Duncombe) Smith of Texas; and Laurel
Smith of Arizona; and a sister-in-law, Roberta Smith of Michigan.
He will be missed by everyone, including his aunts, cousins,
nieces, nephews and dear friends.
Tom’s ashes will be interred next to his son, Gregory, at
Spring Run Cemetery.
To honor Tom’s wishes, a celebration of his life hosted by
his siblings will be from 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, at the
Fraternal Order of Police, 3470 Angling Road, Coloma.
Ralph Kemp of Watervliet
died Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013, at Countryside Nursing Home in South
Ralph’s life began April 19, 1936, in Hartford. He spent his
life in the area, attending elementary school at Holly Community
School and then graduating from Covert High School. Ralph enjoyed
farming and growing specialties. He also liked wood crafting or
carving and his cats, dogs and cows. Ralph was a farmer by trade,
but also drove trucks, transporting vegetables and fruit to market
for himself and his neighbors.
Ralph leaves behind a loving family, including a sister:
Evelyn Kemp of Hartford; two brothers: Kenneth (Helen) Kemp of
South Haven and Harold Raymond (Marilyn) Kemp of California; six
nieces and nephews; and many cousins. He was preceded in death by
his wife, Elizabeth, and his parents, Harold and Myrtle (Parsons)
Friends may visit with Ralph’s family from 2-4 p.m. Sunday,
Aug. 25, at Hutchins Funeral Home in Watervliet, where funeral
services will be celebrated at 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26. Burial will
follow in Watervliet City Cemetery.
Jeanine Caudill, 78, of
Hartford, formerly of Blue Island and Alsip, Ill., died Aug. 21,
2013, at her home. She was born Nov. 9, 1934, to Elsie and
Clarence Reuss in Harvey, Ill. She married Larry Caudill in 1956.
She worked in the trucking industry for 40 years. Jeanine and
Larry were very passionate about the water and spent many happy
years on the river.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her
husband, Larry, in 2001; her brother, Clarence “Bus” Reuss; and
her sister, Gayle Holste.
Jeanine is survived by her children: Lisa (Andy) Gorenz of
South Haven; David (Mary) Caudill of Midloithian, Ill.; and
Kimberly Johnston of South Chicago Heights, Ill.; seven
grandchildren: Heather, Jacob, Daniel, Jonathan, Robert, Keli
(David) and Hahna; five great-grandchildren: Noah, Kailey, Hailey,
Kali and Logan; and one brother, Robert (Sandy) Ruess of Presque
No services are scheduled at this time. Memorial
contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research
Hospital, 501 St, Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Kindly share your
thoughts and memories on the family’s online guestbook at www.FilbrandtFFH.com
Carl Zirk, Jenison MI, formerly of Hartford, passed away
August 13, 2013 at University Hospital in Ann Arbor MI. Carl is
survived by his wife, Connie Melville Zirk.
He was a
1960 Hartford High School graduate.
More information will
be provided as it becomes available.
Lisa McNees Clark, age 45
of Deltona FL, formerly of Hartford MI, passed away August 8, 2013
in Orange City FL. She was born March 4, 1968 in Watervliet MI.
Lisa is survived by her husband, Adam; stepmother, Virginia
McNees of Riverside MI; two sisters; Tami (David) Kuhm of
Pittsburgh PA; Charity (Chris) Cummins of Hartford; and a brother,
Travis McNees of Decatur MI; stepsister,
Knapp of Virginia; grandmother Jane McNees of
Riverside, an uncle Ron McNees of Riverside; four nephews and
Preceding Lisa in death was her mother,
Janice Yeckley McNees Pyburn in
2013 and her father, James McNees in 2008.
Lisa was 1st runner up in the 1986 Miss Hartford Contest and
a 1986 Hartford High
School graduate. She served in the US Navy after high
Lisa will be very much missed by her family and all the
friends she leaves behind in FL and the many, many friends she
leaves behind in Hartford. She was
dedicated, kind, and compassionate to everyone she knew.
A memorial service will be at noon
Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013, at Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford.
Lowell "Ted" Arden
Sonnenberg, 80, of Jackson, formerly of Benton
Harbor, died Aug. 4, 2013, at Hospice Home in Jackson.
Born Nov. 14, 1932, in Benton Harbor to Arthur and
Rachel Sonnenberg, Ted attended Benton Harbor High School and
graduated from Benton Harbor Community College in 1953. On May
23, 1955, he married Harriet Ann Settle of Salem, Ind. Ted
lived in the Benton Harbor and Berrien County area most of his
life and worked at Ross Carrier Co. and Clark Equipment Co. in
Benton Harbor from 1950 until retiring in 1980.
Survivors include his wife, Harriet Ann; four children:
Michael Sonnenberg of Lexington, Ky.; Susan Bauer of
Stevensville; and twins Tim Sonnenberg of Jackson and Ted
Sonnenberg of Leslie, Mich; six grandchildren: Patrick,
Rachel, Teddy, Kristen, Cameron and Gil; one great-grandchild,
Ashton; and his sister, Lois Ingram of Reed City, Mich.
An immediate family memorial service was held at the Hospice
Home in Jackson, where he was cremated and his ashes scattered
at one of his favorite hunting spots.
The family wishes to thank Arbor Woods Assisted Living,
Hospice Home and Allegiance Health in Jackson for their care
Condolences may be
sent to Ann Sonnenberg, 125 Armstrong St., Leslie, MI 49251.
NOTE: His twin sons, Tim and
Ted, graduated from Hartford High School in 1980.
Connie S. Austin Loikits,
67, of Warsaw, Ind., died Tuesday, July 16, 2013, at home.
Connie was born May 11, 1946, in Paw Paw to Volney and Pearl
(Bridges) Austin. She graduated from Watervliet High School in
1965. She worked for several area businesses and lived for a few
years in Florida before returning to Michigan, where she worked
for Manpower Placement in St. Joseph for more than 20 years. She
retired in 2012 as a senior staffer.
Connie will be remembered for her feisty attitude and direct
and candid remarks. She lived life with vigor and determination
and faced death with courage and grace. Memories of her will be
Survivors include her companion, Dee Nuell of Warsaw; her
companion’s mother, Iris Nuell of Warsaw; her companion’s sister,
Joni Kinder of Warsaw; her son, Ron (Brenda) Warman of
Stevensville; two grandsons, Nathan and Alex Warman; her brother,
Ronnie (Connie) Austin of Hartford; two nephews, Casey Austin and
Jeffrey Austin; a niece, Christina Austin; a sister-in-law, Judy
(Roy) Stanfar; and a cousin, Joanne Reed.
She was preceded in death by her parents and stepfather,
A memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorials
may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny
Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105, or a charity of the donor’s
Titus Funeral Home of Warsaw is in charge of arrangements.
Rev. Lyell George Smith
of Phoenix, Ariz., entered Heaven on July 21, 2013,
following a brief illness. He was 87. He is survived by his three
children: Stephen Smith of Phoenix, Ariz.; Stephanie (Dave) Reese
of Scottsdale, Ariz.; and Shari (Ed) Krasinski of West Bloomfield,
Mich.; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Lyell was born Jan. 11, 1926, and fought in World War II with
the Canadian Navy, serving as the ships’s radio operator. He
graduated from Bob Jones University and served as the choral
director for Youth for Christ. He later became pastor of Hartford
Federated Church in Hartford, Mich. In the early 1970s he worked
at Trans World Radio, generating support for missionaries serving
Lyell was known for his outgoing personality, penchant for
jokes and puns and commitment to ministry. God used Lyell to bring
many souls to the Lord. His family will miss him dearly but takes
comfort in the knowledge that they will be together again in
Funeral arrangements are private. In lieu of flowers, the
family requests donations to Hospice of Arizona
(www.ahhospicefoundation.org) or Billy Graham ministries
Clara Maurine Lightner
Rosenbaum, 95, of Bainbridge Township passed away peacefully
Sunday, July 21, 2013, at home.
Clara was born March 9, 1918, in Hartford to Gerard and Marie
Lightner. She graduated from Watervliet High School in 1935, along
with her future husband, Gordon Rosenbaum. They were married in
1936 and raised their family and farmed together on the family
farm in Bainbridge.
Clara was a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ for
more than 60 years. She enjoyed collecting Depression glass and
researching the family genealogy. She was a member of the
Watervliet Literary Guild. She and Gordon enjoyed spending the
winter months in Florida.
She is survived by her husband; two sons: Gerald (Karen)
Rosenbaum of Coloma and Lewis (Marilyn) Rosenbaum of St. Louis,
Mo.; 11 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and two
half-sisters: Connie Foster of Stevensville and Kay Gray of
Dowagiac. In addition to her parents, Clara was preceded in death
by a son, James; a brother, Lewis; and an uncle and aunt, Harrison
and Jennie Balfour, who raised her.
A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 24,
2013, at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, 1650 N. Bainbridge
Center Road, Watervliet. Visitation will be at the church
beginning at 10 a.m. Interment will be in North Shore Memory
Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the church,
the American Cancer Society or Hospice at Home. Hutchins Funeral
Home in Watervliet is assisting Clara’s family with arrangements.
Ann Allen, 69, of El Cajon, Calif.,
formerly of Hartford, passed away peacefully Sunday, June 23,
2013, at Sharp Hospice Lakeview Home in La Mesa, Calif.
Carol was born Feb. 20, 1944, in Watervliet, the daughter of
Theodore and Ruth (Hamill) Phillips, both of whom preceded her in
Carol graduated from Hartford High School in
1962. In 1965, she married her lifelong partner, Jerry
Warren Allen, who survives.
Carol also leaves behind three children: Sheila Allen and
Shelly Allen, both of El Cajon; and Jeremiah “Jay” (Rhashayla)
Allen of Lakeside, Calif.; two grandchildren, Elijah Allen, 6, and
Jesiah Allen, 2; along with several brothers and sisters. In
addition to raising three children, she worked as a CNA, including
several years with Van Buren County Mental Health Services.
In 2005, Carol and Jerry moved to the San Diego area, where
they have spent the last several years enjoying the beautiful
California sunshine. Carol loved spending time with her family and
going on various outings, including drives to the beach, trips to
the San Diego Zoo, The Wild Animal Park and harbor cruises on the
She will be forever loved and dearly missed by her friends
and family. Messages of condolence can be left at
C.A. Adams, 78, of
Hartford passed away Thursday, July 18, 2013, at Lakeland Regional
Medical Center in St. Joseph.
C.A. was born March 15, 1935, in Tomball, Texas, the son of
Chester and Gertrude Adams, both of whom preceded him in passing.
C.A. was one of the construction workers who built the
launching pad at Cape Canaveral, Fla., for the Apollo Space
program when Neal Armstrong and his crew were sent to the moon. He
also worked at the Cook Nuclear Plant in Bridgman. He had a heart
of gold and, as the expression goes, he would give his shirt off
his back to anyone.
C.A. married the former Carolyn Louise Slabaugh. She
survives, along with his six children: Sandra (Frederick) Jacko,
Carolyn Fitzpatrick, Charles (Bonnie) Adams, Terri (Roger) Morse,
Paul Adams and Minor (Robin) Adams. He is also survived by 18
grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; two brothers: Thomas (Eveline)
Whidden and Sidney Adams; and a sister, Eloise Fischer.
Cremation has taken place and a memorial celebration will be
held at a later date. The family has entrusted the Calvin Funeral
Home in Hartford with the arrangements. Those wishing to leave
memorial condolences for the family can leave them on our website
Ray Collins, 74, of Hartford passed away Thursday, July 18,
2013, at Lakeland Regional Medical Center in St. Joseph, with his
wife, children, grandchildren and other family members by his
Billy was born Jan. 10, 1939, in Jonesboro, Ark., the son of
Benjamin and Edith (Coy) Collins, both of whom preceded him in
passing. Also preceding him in passing were a great-grandson,
Ethan Paul Nelson; two brothers, Bobby and Woodrow Collins; and a
sister, Bernice Derr.
Bill was formerly employed with Auto Specialties until 1980
before retiring in 2010 from E.S. Enterprises of Hartford. He
loved to fish, golf, watch NASCAR racing and care for his lawn,
which he kept green, clean and pristine. But his most enjoyable
moments were the times he spent with his wife, children,
grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Bill married the former Carolyn Sue Roper on Sept. 3, 1960,
and she survives, along with their four children: Debbie Rittase,
Karen (David) Carlson, Sandy (Kevin) Nelson and Greg (Tammy)
Collins, all of Hartford; nine grandchildren: Brandi, Kevin,
Matthew, Tiffany, Brittany, Kristen, Joshua, Shayne and Cameron;
seven greatgrandchildren: Samantha, Brookelynn, Allison, Kendra,
Aliyah, Myles and Peyton; a brother, Johnny Collins of Coloma; and
a sister-in-law, Bonnie Lindley of Hartford.
The family will welcome friends from 6-8 p.m. Sunday, July
21, at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, where the service to
honor Billy’s memory will commence at 2 p.m. Monday, July 22, with
Pastor Wayne Davis of His Place Cathedral of Faith, Covert,
officiating. Burial will follow in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations in
Billy’s name be made to the American Cancer Society. Those wishing
to leave memorial condolences for the family can leave them at
Elizabeth Bachman, 97, of Hartford
passed away Monday, July 8, 2013, at Golden Age Manor,
Alice was born Jan. 29, 1916, in Boyne City, Mich., the
daughter of Morris and Lizzie (Grammel) Snyder, both of whom
preceded her in passing. Alice was the last survivor of their nine
children. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Donald,
on Feb. 23, 2005, and a son, Ronnie, in 1963.
Alice moved to St. Joseph after she graduated from Boyne City
High School. She and Don met at the Shadowland Ballroom and soon
afterward married on June 18, 1939. She retired from Van Buren
State Bank after many years of loyal employment. She also
volunteered at Lakeland Community Hospital, Watervliet, as an
auxiliary well into her 80s, working in the gift shop and doing
the bookkeeping. In her spare time, she loved watching baseball,
especially her children, grandchildren and the
great-grandchildren, and also her beloved Detroit Tigers. She was
in a bowling league, loved to golf with her late husband and was a
member of the Mothers Club of Hartford.
Alice is survived by three children: Pat (Jim) Empson of
Traverse City, Terry Bachman of Kalamazoo and Rick (Ernestine)
Bachman of Hartford; eight grandchildren: Kelly Richards, Kimberly
(Pete) Root, Kevin Empson, Terri Bachman, Amy (Ray) Gendron, Aaron
Elizabeth (Todd) Valdes, Anne (Matt) Smith and Andy (Krissy)
Bachman; and 18 great-grandchildren.
The family will welcome friends 6-8 p.m. Friday, June 12, at
Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, where the service to honor her
memory will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 13, with Pastor
Jeff Williams of Hartford United Methodist Church, of which she
was a member, officiating. Burial will follow in Maple Hill
Cemetery, Hartford. In lieu of flowers, the family requests
memorial donations in Alice’s name be made to the Hartford Council
for Recreation. Those wishing to leave condolences for the family
may do so on our web site at www.calvin-leonardfh.com.
Charles Edward Bloomer,
85, of Hartford passed away Friday, June
28, 2013, at his home.
Charles was born Jan. 14, 1928, in Metropolis, Ill., to
Edward Bloomer and Opal (Richardson) Bloomer. On May 13, 1946, he
married Elsie Edwards. He was a lifelong area farmer. In his spare
time he enjoyed taking photographs, mowing his yard and spending
time with his family and dog.
He is survived by his wife, Elsie Bloomer of Hartford; four
sons: James (Veronica) Bloomer of Florida, JC (Patty) Bloomer,
Carl (Linda) Bloomer and Charles "Bob" Bloomer, all of Hartford;
six daughters: Patsey Suarez, Drenda (Joe) Yurt and Marie (Bill)
Ledford, all of Florida; Norma Bloomer of South Bend, Patricia
(Bill) Harkey of Dowagiac and Tina (Steve) DeMaria of Benton
Harbor. He loved all 25 of his grandchildren very much.
He was preceded in death by his parents and three children,
Kenneth Bloomer, Ray Bloomer and Charlotte Sieber.
The family will welcome friends from noon to 1 p.m.
Wednesday, July 3, at the Keeler General Baptist Church, where the
service to honor his memory will commence at 1 p.m. Pastor Efrain
Maya will officiate. Charles will be laid to rest in Keeler
Cemetery with private family services. The family asks that
memorial donations in Charles' name be made to Hospice at Home or
the Keeler General Baptist Church Memorial Fund. The family has
entrusted the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, with arrangements. To
leave memorial condolences in Charles' name, you may do so on our
website at http://www.calvin-leonardfh.com.
Alice I. Flowers, 78, of
Decatur passed away suddenly Wednesday, June 26, at Community
Hospital in Watervliet.
Services celebrating her life will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 2,
at Keeler General Baptist Church. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m.
Monday, July 1, at Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home in
Coloma. Burial will be in Keeler Cemetery. Donations in memory of
Alice may be made to Keeler General Baptist Church, of which she
was a very active member. Those wishing to leave an online message
of comfort for the family may do so at www.duffieldpastrick.com.
Alice was born April 12, 1935, in Steele, Mo., to Jarold and
Flossie Wilson. She was formerly employed by Heath Co., American
Electric Power and then retired after 25 years as a real estate
broker. Alice loved to cook and spend time with her family, always
putting everyone else first.
Survivors include her husband, Charles “Bud” Flowers, whom
she married Feb. 6, 1954; three sons: Charles and Bruce Flowers of
Hartford and Bradley Flowers of Coloma; four sisters: Betty (Bill)
Howard of Sister Lakes, Fritz (Glen) Flowers of Benton Harbor,
Marjory Blaylock of Sister Lakes and Lucille (Wayne) Kerby of
South Bend; two brothers: J.W. (Sandy) Wilson of Perrinton, Mich.,
and Larry (Debbie) Wilson of Bitely, Mich.; seven grandchildren:
Ryan (Tinta) Flowers and Chad Flowers of Chicago, Sara Flowers and
Bradley (Angie) Flowers Jr. of Coloma, Melissa (Jason) Case of St.
Joseph, Ashley Flowers of Bangor and Jacob Flowers of Hartford;
seven great-grandchildren: Devon, Madison, Baylee, Jackson, Logan,
Daisy and Noah; and numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and
She was preceded in death by her father, Jarold, in 1993 and
her mother, Flossie, in 2011.
Michael David Burfield,
of Hartford passed away on Friday, June 21,
2013, at Borgess Medical Center, Kalamazoo.
will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, June 24, 2013, at
the Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford, where a rosary will be
celebrated at 7:30 p.m. Mass of Christian burial to honor
Michael’s life will be Tuesday, June 25, 2013, at 11 a.m. at
Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Hartford. Father Fabio
Garzon and Deacon Arthur Morsaw will officiate. Michael will be
laid to rest in Rush Lake Indian Cemetery in Hartford Township. In
lieu of flowers, please make any memorial donations to his wife
and son, “Tip.” Messages of condolences for Michael’s family may
be left on the website at http://www.calvin-leonardfh.com.
Michael was born in Watervliet December 19, 1970, to Bill and
Wanda (Drane) Morse. He loved spending time with his family,
especially his wife, Laura, and his son, Clarence “Tip” Burfield.
He also leaves behind to cherish his memory: his parents, Bill and
Wanda; a sister, Tammy (Ken) McGlothlin; a brother, Scott (Linda)
Burfield all of Hartford; his mother-and father-in-law, Catherine
and Deacon Arthur Morsaw; numerous sisters-in-law;
brothers-inlaw; aunts; uncles; nieces; nephews; a great niece;
He was preceded in death by his grandmother
and grandfather, Clarence and Vera Drane, and a nephew, P.J.
Michael enjoyed the family trips to Florida,
where he relaxed on the beaches and went snorkeling in the ocean.
Adelbert Letts Stagg
was born on April 24, 1920, to Alfred and Mary (Ritchey) Stagg. He
died Wednesday, June 12, at home. He was raised in Nashville,
Tenn., the youngest child in a large, close-knit family. Both
parents and most of the children were musicians. The household
often included boarders to help offset the expenses of such a
large family. Three brothers became physicians, the two sisters
dieticians, and as adults, scattered throughout the country, they
vacationed together well into their 80s.
attended Southern Missionary and Emmanuel colleges. He received
his medical training from the College of Medical Evangelists at
Loma Linda, Calif., serving his internship at Butterworth Hospital
in Grand Rapids. He served his country with
World War II as a statistician and industrial medical
specialist in the United States Army. After the war Dr.
Stagg completed his post-graduate work in general surgery and
cardiology at Cook County Hospital in Chicago and hung his shingle
in the rural community of Hartford in 1948. Dr. Stagg spent 60
years serving the medical needs of four generations of residents
of Hartford, treating them skillfully and with compassion,
integrity and respect. He was the embodiment of the “country
doctor,” treating his patients first and foremost as individuals,
not as the ailments they presented to him. Patients and colleagues
alike fondly recall his acts of charity and kindness.
Stagg served as the Deputy Medical Examiner for Van Buren County,
twice served as president of the Van Buren County Medical Society
and as Chief of Staff of Community Hospital. Dr. Stagg won the
love of his patients and the respect of his peers, as evidenced by
the numerous community honors bestowed upon him. In 2000 he
received the Pfizer Quality Care Award for physicians exhibiting
integrity, professionalism and serving as a role model for
community leadership. He was selected by the Michigan State
Medical Society Board of Directors to receive the prestigious
Frederick and Besse Moulton Plessner Memorial award honoring a
family physician exemplifying the ideals of service to his fellow
citizens. He was proclaimed “Citizen of the Year” by the city of
Hartford in 1994 for his unselfish contributions to the community,
and the A.L. Stagg Birthing Center was named in his honor when
Community Hospital returned to providing obstetric services. Upon
his retirement in 2007 at the age of 87 the Stagg Medical Center
was named in his honor.
When he infrequently hung up his
stethoscope, Dr. Del vacationed with Lorna, traveled every summer
to the Canadian wilderness on a fishing trip with his buddies,
gardened, cared for a series of “well disciplined” dogs, played
golf and tennis and extended a fiercely competitive nature even to
He was a devoted member of the Seventh-day
Adventist church. Along with other members he built a new
sanctuary for the Hartford church in 1969 and later moved his
membership to Paw Paw when he and Lorna moved to Heritage Glenn
He is survived by his wife, Lorna; a sister,
Anna (MD); six children: Del Jr. of California, Andy of
Washington, Bob of California, Andy of Washington, Kirk of
Washington, Sally of Washington and Jennifer of Michigan; two
stepchildren, Jason of California and Leslie of Tennessee; 14
grandchildren, and 31⁄2 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in
death by six siblings.
In celebration of his life, a
visitation will be from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Sunday, June 16, at
Hartford Seventh-day Adventist Church on Old Pinery Road. Funeral
services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, June 17, at the same location.
In lieu of flowers, donations will be gratefully accepted to
the A.L. Stagg M.D. Medical Educational Fund, c/o Hartford
Foundation for Quality Education, established in Dr. Del’s honor.
Memorial condolences for the family may be sent online to
Roger Thomas Applegate,
67, of Hartford passed away Monday, June 10, 2013, at his
daughter’s home in Hartford.
“Gizzy,”as he was known, was
born Dec. 24, 1945, in Lucasville, Ohio, the son of Steve and
Nettie (Smith) Applegate, both of whom preceded him in passing.
A graveside service to honor Roger’s life took place at 10
a.m. Friday, June 14, 2013, at Maple Hill Cemetery in Hartford,
with Pastor Shannon Truelove of the Full Gospel Assembly of
Hartford officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Roger’s
name may be made to the family. The Calvin Funeral Home in
Hartford is handling the arrangements. Those wishing to leave a
condolence for the family may do so at
Roger formerly operated the Crystal Flash in Hartford. He was also
employed at the Watervliet Paper Mill, Superior Steel in Benton
Harbor and drove semi trucks for a number of different companies.
Roger mostly loved the time he spent with his family,
which consists of a son, James Applegate of Hartford; a daughter,
Lisa (Marvin Smith) Riley of Hartford; and two granddaughters,
Lyndsey Pruitt of Covert and Macie Pruitt of Hartford. Also
surviving are a brother, Ed (Kathy) Smith of Palaski, Tenn.;
half-sisters and half-brother: Susie, Brenda, Nettie Mae, Betty
and Roy; and a special friend, Carol.
Helen Louise Mason,
formerly of Portage, went to be with the Lord on June 9, 2013, at
the age of 92.
Helen was born April 14, 1921, to Joseph and Anna (Gressel)
Kizinski in Hartford, Michigan. She graduated from Paw Paw High
School in 1939, and continued her education at Maher's Business
College, graduating in 1941. Helen married and devoted her life to
R. Vern Mason and was the proud mother of 3 sons; Bill (Ruth
Dwoinen) of Plainwell MI, Randy (Brenda) of Kalamazoo, and Rick
(Nancy) of St. Clair Shores. Her life was her family and she was a
loving and caring mother. Helen was preceded in death by her
parents, husband, and 3 brothers. She is survived by her sons, 6
grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren.
Helen's life will be celebrated and blessed on Friday, June
14, 2013 at St Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, 1150 W. Centre
Ave., Portage, MI at 11:00AM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be
made to Pet Resources Network, PO Box 3034, Kalamazoo, MI 49003 or
the Charity of your choice. Arrangements by Langeland Family
Funeral Homes, Westside Chapel, 3926 S. 9th St.
Murphy, 60, passed away suddenly at his home in Keeler on
Friday morning, May 31, 2013.
A memorial celebration to honor Alex’s life, will be t 1 p.m.
Thursday, June 6, at the family home. Please come with your best
story about your experiences with Alex.
Alex was born in Joiner, Ark., Feb. 21, 1953, to Alex and
Mildred George-Murphy, who preceded him in passing. He was
employed at numerous area farms as their handyman and did just
about everything. His hobbies were working on lawn mowers with his
grandson, fishing and spending precious moments with his family.
Survivors include his wife, Tonya Fuller-Murphy; his seven
children: Gale (Kevin) Schneider of Bangor, Alex Eddie Murphy Jr.
of Grand Junction, Mary (Tony Westerhoff) Murphy of Bloomingdale,
Randy (Angela Grahm) Murphy and Bobby Murphy, both of Grand
Junction, Brandy (Jack Peterson) Murphy and Jody (Nathan McCann),
both of Hartford. He is also survived by 12 grandchildren: Niki,
Cody, Amber, Kali, Toby, Ashley, Brody, Joey, Derek, Tony, Haley
Memorials may be made to the family. The Calvin Funeral Home
in Hartford was entrusted with handling the arrangements. Messages
of condolences for Alex’s family may be left at
Tammy L. Capovilla-Diehl, 48,
of Hartford passed away Friday, May 31, 2013, at her residence.
A service celebrating her life will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at
Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home in Coloma, where
visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday. Burial will be in
Fairview Cemetery. Donations in her memory may be made to the
family. Those wishing to leave an online message of comfort for
the family may do so at www.duffieldpastrick.com.
Tammy was born Sept. 20, 1964, in Watervliet to Primo
and Victoria Lou (Savoie) Capovilla Jr. She loved shopping,
scrapbooking, traveling and spending time with her family. She was
a host mother for 14 foreign exchange students and worked six
years for International Student Exchange in addition to working at
the Waffle House in Watervliet. Tammy also enjoyed spending time
with her favorite companion, Belle, and two grand dogs, Arie and
Survivors include her husband, Joe Diehl; a son, Jerry
(Alyssa) Capovilla, and two daughters, Brandy (Gregg) Osburn and
Jayme Diehl, all of Hartford; her father, Primo Capovilla Jr. of
Watervliet; stepfather, Dale Fredricks Sr. of Coloma; “mother from
the heart,” Pauline Pipkins of Hartford; two brothers, Tony
Capovilla of Hartford and Dale Fredricks Jr. of Riverside; and
numerous brothers- and sisters-in-law and nieces and nephews.
Tammy was preceded in death by her mother, Victoria Lou
Fredricks; father-inlaw, George Pipkins; mother-in-law, Linda
Nail; and sister-in-law, Judi Kay Nail.
A. Lauck, of Hartford, formerly of Stevensville, passed away
Thursday, May 30, 2013, at his home.
A celebration of
life eternal will be held 2 p.m. Monday at Hartford United
Methodist Church, 425 E. Main St., Hartford. Friends may visit
beginning at 1 p.m. Monday at the church. In lieu of flowers,
memorials may be made to Hartford United Methodist Church, Grace
Hospice of Portage, or Alzheimer’s Association-Michigan Great
Lakes Chapter in Kalamazoo. Those wishing to sign John’s memory
book online may do so at www.starks-menchinger.com.
was born Nov. 12, 1935, in Lakewood, Ohio, to John and Emily
(Ridzon) Lauck. He graduated from Shaker Heights High School in
1953, Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree, and Michigan
State University with a master’s degree in business
administration. On May 16, 1959, John married the former Florence
Crawford in Columbus, Ohio. He served his country in the U.S. Army
and the Army Reserves until 1963. John gained employment with
Whirlpool Corp.,retiring in 1997 from the Product Safety
Department after thirtyseven years of employment. He taught
part-time at Lake Michigan College for several years, and after
retirement from Whirlpool, opened Sunset Engineering Consulting in
Hartford, which he operated for 3 1/2 years. John was a member of
the Hartford United Methodist Church, a former member of the
Lakeshore Lions Club, and was active with the Lakeshore Jaycees.
He served as chairman for the Lake Michigan Water and Sewer
Authority and was a member of the Van Buren Planning Commission.
In his free time, John enjoyed radio controlled airplanes and was
a member of the Whirlwinds RC Airplane Club. He will be
remembered for his keen sense of humor.
John is survived
by: his wife, Florence; three daughters: Pamela (Bob) Rutherford
of St. Joseph; Vikki (Jeff) Guthrie of Charles Town, W.Va.; Laura
(Butch) Olmstead of Baroda; six grandchildren – Rob (Jennifer)
Rutherford, Drew (Carrie) Rutherford, Cary Worley, William
Guthrie, John (Elizabeth) Denton, Racheal (Tim) Floyd; seven
greatgrandchildren; two brothers – Robert (Heli) Lauck of
Temecila, Calif., and James (Ken Reed) Lauck of Otsego, Mich.; two
brothers-in-law – James Crawford of Auburndale, Fla., and Roger
Ludwig of Reynoldsburg, Ohio; sister-in-law Janice Doddridge of
Franklin, Ga.; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in
death by his parents and by a sister, Diane Kraisner, in 2001.
Otto “George” Falkner of
Hartford passed away after a lengthy illness on May 28 at Lakeland
Specialty Hospital in Berrien Center. He was born Nov. 13, 1932,
in Keeler. He was the youngest of four children born to August
John and Jenny Falkner.
George graduated in 1950 from Hartford High
School, where he played basketball.
He proudly served his country during the Korean War in the U.S.
Army and was honorably discharged as a corporal. On Aug. 18,
1956, he married his high school sweetheart, Patti Haar. They had
two children: William, who died at birth, and Cindi. George was a
farmer who strived for perfection in the quality of his crops.
Farming was his second passion after his family, whom he loved and
cherished. He adored his two grandchildren. George will be
remembered for his great integrity and his wonderful sense of
George is survived by his wife, Patti; his daughter, Cindi,
and son-in-law, Ron McLaughlin, of Benton Harbor; his
grandchildren: Shawn McLaughlin of Watervliet and Shannon
McLaughlin of Grand Rapids; his siblings: Robert Falkner, Ann
Bohle and John Falkner; his favorite nephew, Johnny Falkner; and
many other nephews and nieces.
According to his wishes, George was cremated, and there will
be no service.
Jim C. Borden, 62, of
Bangor died Friday, May 24, 2013, at his home after his battle
with brain cancer.
Jim was born Aug. 28, 1950, in Columbus, Ga., the son of Curtis
and Anna (Davis) Borden, and had lived the majority of his life in
the Bangor area. He was owner and operator of Borden Processing
and Hartford Motor Speedway. He loved farming and racing.
Surviving are his wife, Patty (McCloud), whom he married Nov.
10, 1979; a daughter, Becky (JR) Hotovy of Hartford; a son, James
Borden II of Harford; eight grandchildren: Sierra, Anna, Brooky,
Trinity, Ayla, Chris, Masyn and Garett; a sister, Wanda Freeman; a
brother, Roy Borden; and several nieces and nephews. He was
preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Amy Borden; a son,
James E. Borden; and a sister, Glenda Reynolds.
According to his wishes, cremation has taken place. There
will be a celebration of his life from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday,
June 1, 2013, at Borden Processing facility; 67125 40th Ave.,
Bangor. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Bangor Chapel,
D.L. Miller Funeral Home (www.dlmillerfuneralhome.com).
The family suggests memorials be made to Hospice Care of
Southwest Michigan, 801 Hazen St., Suite A, Paw Paw, MI 49079, or
online at www.hospiceswmi.org.
68, of Keeler passed away
suddenly Sunday, May 19, 2013, at the home of Marcia (Robert)
Dunn, where he was cared for by his family until his passing.
Robert was born July 1, 1944, in Hartford, the son of Bert
Sr. and Geraldine (Day) Sturgeon, both of whom preceded him in
passing. Also preceding him in passing were his wife, Charlie; a
brother, Bert Sturgeon Jr.; two sisters, Barbara Lewis and Maria
Lewis; and a stepfather, Mitchell Lewis.
Robert is survived by a son, Robert Sturgeon Jr. of Benton
Harbor; a grandson, Deven Scott Sanders of Coloma; 10 siblings:
Sylvia (Gary) Hall of St. Joseph; Phillip Sturgeon of
Indianapolis; Louella Lewis of Dowagiac; Ronald (Theresa) Sturgeon
of Benton Harbor; Marjorie Young and Thomas Sturgeon, both of
Dowagiac; Adeline (Terry) Dixon of Hartford; Otis Lewis of
Indianapolis; and Peggy McNew and Marcia (Robert) Dunn, both of
Keeler; a stepson, Robert Thompson; and one step-granddaughter and
one step great-grandson, both of Watervliet.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday,
May 22, at the Calvin Funeral Home. The service to honor Robert’s
memory will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 23, at the funeral home.
Robert will be laid to rest, with military rites, in Rush Lake
Indian Cemetery, Hartford Township. Those wishing to leave
condolences for the family may do so online at
Lyndon Orlo Arnt, 86,
passed away at his home in Keeler on Friday morning, May 17, 2013,
with his wife of 67 years,
Lucille (Bisnett) Arnt, and family members at his side.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 21, with
visitation from 5-8 p.m. Monday, May 20. Both will be at Keeler
General Baptist Church, with Pastor Heather McDougal officiating
the funeral service. Burial will follow at Keeler Cemetery.
Lindy, as he was known by most, was born Aug. 12, 1926, in
Bainbridge Township. A farmer for nearly 50 years, he enjoyed
hunting, fishing, bowling and spending time with his family.
Lindy was a former member of the Elks, Odd Fellows and Lions
Club, as well as a headmaster of the Bainbridge Grange.
Surviving are his wife, Norine; three children – Sandra
(J.W.) Wilson of Perrinton, Mich., Joe (Sally) Arnt of Watervliet
and T.J. (Brenda Hurtubise) Arnt of Bark River, Mich.; eight
grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Norma Jean
Shiero of Parrish, Fla.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jesse and Katherine
Arnt; a brother, Allen Arnt; and a grandson, Lyndon Joseph Arnt.
Memorials may be made to Hospice at Home or the Keeler United
Methodist Church. The family has entrusted the Calvin Funeral
Home, Hartford, with handling arrangements. Messages of
condolences for Lindy’s family may be left on the website at
Virginia Jeanette Millhouse,
89, lifetime resident of Keeler, passed away on May 12, 2013 at
Lakeland Regional Medical Center in St. Joseph.
She was born on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, 1923, the daughter of
Eugene and Sarah Pomeroy. She was united in marriage to Robert
Millhouse and is survived by her sons: John (Nancy) Millhouse of
Decatur and Robert (Ruth Ann) Millhouse of Keeler; granddaughter,
Elisabeth (Andy) Dierickx and her two great-granddaughters:
MaKenna and MiKayla Dierickx of Decatur. She is survived by her
special cousin, Beverly Harper, and nieces and nephews: Mary,
Betty, Ross, Vernon and David.
She was preceded by her husband, her parents and sisters:
Leota Wilkinson and Frances Skoda and baby brother, Johnny.
Virginia liked nothing more than to be at home, taking care
of her house and being with family. She became “G G” to her
great-granddaughters and loved being with them.
As per her wishes, private graveside services will be held
for her family. The Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford has been
entrusted with the arrangements. Those wishing to leave
condolences for the family may do so at
Charlene Fain, 74, of
Hartford passed away Friday, May 10, at Lakeland Regional Medical
Center in St. Joseph.
Services celebrating her life will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 14,
at Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home in Coloma, where
visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday. Burial will be in
North Shore Memory Gardens.Donations in memory of Charlene may be
made to Word of Life Fellowship in Watervliet. Those wishing to
leave an online message of comfort for the family may do so at
Charlene was born Sept. 17, 1938, in Risco, Mo., to Cleatus
and Delta (Buckley) Jones. She graduated from Benton Harbor High
School in 1956. Charlene was a licensed beautician and also worked
many years with her husband, Carl, in his jewelry stores and at
Off the Edge retail store in the Orchards Mall. She also was a
member of Coloma American Legion Post 362 Auxiliary. Charlene was
a wonderful cook, as well as a dedicated wife and mother. She will
truly be missed by all who knew her.
She is survived by her husband, Carl; two daughters, Maggie
Fain and Denise Collins, both of Hartford; two sons, Kurt
(Marshel) Fain of Berea, Ky., and Mike Taylor of Gaffney, S.C.;
and four grandchildren – U.S. Army Sgt. Gabriel Cleatus Matthew
Fain, and Shelby, Glassie and Lidia Fain.
Charlene was preceded in death by her parents; a brother,
William “Sonny” Jones; and two sisters, Deloris Mings and Norma
life of Michael Goodrich Jr., 16, began Oct. 24, 1996, in
He lived in Southwest Michigan all his life, having attended
school in South Haven, Hartford, Watervliet and Coloma. He was a
member of Coloma High School’s regular choir and chamber choir,
which competed at state this year. Along with Michael’s beautiful
singing voice, he had a great sense of humor and enjoyed
re-enacting voices. Michael also enjoyed being outdoors and
He loved his family, which includes his mom, Judith Lynn
Selter Gess; his dad, Michael Dwain (Darcy) Goodrich Sr.;
siblings, Cary Michael (Amanda) Gess, Martin Allen Selter Garrett,
Kenny Allen, David Skoda, Sean Glaze and Nikki Steffey;
step-siblings, Trisha Travers, David Travers, and Joe Travers Jr;
two nephews, Ixac Gess and Jack Ryan Travers; his grandpa, Frank
Selters; two grandmas, Betty Willis and Homara Wells; a
greatgrandfather, Charles Martin; aunts and uncles, Johnny
Forrest, Bruce Jones, Ruth Ann Jones, Dawn and Michael Hoffman,
Sarah Willis, Judy Terlisner, Charles Selter, Joey Feid Sr, and
Bill and Theresa Hatfield; his best friends, Jacob Feid and Quincy
Querfurth; and many cousins.
Michael died Sunday, May 5. Funeral services will be
celebrated at 6 p.m. Friday, May 10, at Full Gospel Assembly
Church in Hartford, with visitation prior to the funeral from 4-6
Dill, 83, of Coloma passed away Monday, April 29, 2013, at
Lakeland Community Hospital in Watervliet.
A celebration of life service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, May 3,
2013, at Napier Parkview Baptist Church, 245 W. Napier Ave.,
Benton Harbor, with Dr. J.O. Hosler officiating. Burial will
follow at Riverview Cemetery in St. Joseph. Friends may visit from
5-7 p.m. Thursday at Starks & Menchinger Chapel & Cremation
Service, 2650 Niles Road, St. Joseph. Memorials may be made to the
Alfred was born Jan. 31, 1930, in Benton Harbor to Riney and
Olga (Stubelt) Dill.
He served his country in the United States Army. On
Aug. 29, 1953, he married Wencil Page in Benton Harbor. Alfred
worked for Clark Equipment as a welder for more than 20 years. He
was a member of Napier Parkview Baptist Church, which he helped
build, and was a deacon for more than 12 years.
He enjoyed farming at one time on his farm in Hartford. He
also enjoyed listing to Christian music and watching boxing and
Alfred is survived by his daughter, Diane (Ray) Bush of
Coloma; two grandchildren, Christopher (Nicole) Kelly and Shayha
Johnson; 10 great-grandchildren; brothers, Edward (Donna) Dill of
Paw Paw and Robert Dill of Watervliet; and sister, Bonnie (Jim)
Joiner of Benton Harbor.
Alfred was preceded in death by his parents; wife; son, Allen
Dill; and brother, Richard Dill.
Betty J. (Maddox) Welty,
73, of Hartford went to be with the Lord on Saturday, April 20,
2013, at her home, surrounded by her family.
born July 31, 1939, to Orville and Stella (Blevens) Maddox in
Betty grew up in the Berrien and Van Buren
County area and graduated from Lawrence High School in 1957. Betty
met Curtis Gene Welty, and after four years of courting, they
married on May 17, 1958. He survives along with their children,
Curtis Wayne (Audrey) Welty, Kevin Gene Welty and Candace Leigh
Welty; nine grandchildren; three greatgrandchildren; her twin
brother, Billy Maddox; and two sisters, Doris (Harold) Bowen and
Betty was preceded in passing by her
parents; two sisters, Lois and Dorothy; and a brother, Robert.
At the age of 12, Betty dedicated her life to God. She had a
beautiful voice and at a very young age she began singing at
church. As an adult, Betty was a Sunday school teacher and the
worship leader. She would often be asked to sing at weddings and
funerals, which she would do without hesitation.
family will receive friends 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 23,
2013, at Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, where the celebration of
life service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, 2013. Dr.
Brenda Chand will officiate. Betty will be laid to rest in Maple
Hill Cemetery, Hartford. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations
may be made to either the family or Hospice of Southwest Michigan.
Those wishing to leave condolences may do so by visiting our web
site at Calvin Funeral Home, firstname.lastname@example.org,
Elliot Sweet of Benton Harbor, formerly of Hartford, died
at the age of 79 on April 15, 2013, at Orchard Grove Extended Care
Center in Benton Harbor.
Celebration of life services will be at 11:30 a.m. Friday at
Starks & Menchinger Chapel & Cremation Services, 2650 Niles Road,
St. Joseph, with military rites conducted by the North Berrien
Military Rites Team. Cremation will follow the service. Friends
may visit from 5-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Memorials
may be made to the Humane Society of Southwest Michigan. Those
wishing to sign Warren’s Memory Book online may do so at
Warren was born June 17, 1933, in Hartford to David C. and
Dolores I. (Brooks) Sweet Sr. He played baseball and basketball at
Hartford High School, where he graduated in 1953. Warren
joined the U.S. Army and served two years, stationed in Korea. On
Feb. 18, 1956, he married the former Barbara Marceau, recently
celebrating 57 years of marriage. Warren was employed at Benton
Harbor Engineering until they closed, at which time he gained
employment at Mac Engineering, from where he retired. He loved
sports, especially basketball, baseball, football and bowling. His
favorite athletes were Larry Bird of the Boston Celtics and
baseball player Ted Williams, after whom he named one of his sons.
Warren was a huge Notre Dame football fan and raised all of his
children to be the same.
Warren is survived by his wife, Barbara; his brother, David
Sweet Jr. of Hartford; five sons, Chris, John, Keith, Todd and Ted
Sweet, all of Benton Harbor; his daughter, Candy Sweet of Benton
Harbor; a stepson, Rick Davis of Benton Harbor; seven
grandchildren, Ashley (Zack) Lesher, Kyle Sweet, Elliot Danneffel,
Morgan Sweet, Thaiden Sweet, Jackson Sweet and a step-grandson,
Aaron Davis; two greatgrandchildren, Allie and Ryan Lesher; and
several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Charles “Chuck” C. Kibler,
68, of Lawrence passed away at 12:19 p.m. Sunday, April 14, 2013,
in Heartland Hospice, Kalamazoo. He was born on Oct. 28, 1944, in
Coloma to the late Charles E. and Marguerite (Duncan) Kibler. On
Nov. 1, 1992, he married the former Pamela Kay Shafer in
Mr. Kibler is survived by his wife, Pamela K. Kibler of
Lawrence; daughter, Heidi (Joel) Stray of Hudsonville; son,
Charles David (Tammy) Kibler of Holland; stepdaughter, Cody Brewer
of Lawrence; four grandchildren, Rachel and Kaylee Stray and Logan
and Laine Kibler; sister, Sandy McClure of Coloma; mother and
father-in-law, Paul and Patricia Shafer of Lakeville, Ind.; and
stepmother, Doris Kibler of Coloma.
Mr. Kibler was a self-employed fruit farmer and a former
distributor of fruit in Chicago. He assisted with his wife, Pam’s,
business, Rick’s Tack in Hartforrd.
A memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 28, 2013,
at Covenant Christian Church, 1870 Union St., Benton Harbor.
Pastor Daniel Dahike will officiate. Palmer Funeral Home,
Lakeville and Southlawn Cremation Services are assisting the
Contributions in memory of Charles C. Kibler may be offered
to Heartland Hospice Services, 8075 Creekside Drive, Suite 120,
Portage, MI 49024. Online condolences may be sent to
58, life began on June 25, 1958 in Niles, the son of
Robert and Edna Mae (Klug)
He was united in
marriage to the former Amy Kay on June 26, 1982 in Buchanan.
Robert was an
electronics technician for
over 30 years for various local companies. He served his country
in the United States Army during the Vietnam War.
Robert was a Detroit Tigers fan,
loved to go
fishing and enjoyed
working on his computer. His loving family includes his wife Amy
of Keeler, mother Edna Mitchell of
Niles, and daughter Briana (Zack Hatch)
Mitchell of Keeler. Robert
passed away on Monday April 15th in route to Borgess Medical
Center in Kalamazoo.
He is preceded in death by his
father Robert and a brother Richard.
His family will gather with friends on Saturday April 20th at
the Kay's residence (606 W. Third St. Buchanan) beginning at 7
p.m. Yazel & Clark Chapel is serving the family. Memorial
contributions in Robert's name may be directed to the family in
care of Amy. Please sign his guestbook and leave a memory of
The life of
Marilyn E. Mundt, 93, of Watervliet began April 9, 1920, in
She grew up in Watervliet, graduating from Watervliet High
School. In 1940, Marilyn married Howard Mundt. Marilyn found great
joy in helping Howard on the farm and caring for her loving
Her family includes her husband, Howard, of Watervliet; four
children, Howard E. (Diane) Mundt of Benton Harbor, Helen (Allen)
Loomis of Watervliet, John C. (Florence) Mundt of Benton Harbor
and Robert (Donna) Mundt of Watervliet; nine grandchildren; 12
great-grandchildren; three great-greatgrandchildren; three
siblings, Arvid (Henrietta) Frazier, Wilson (Beverly) Frazier and
Adell Mundt; and several nieces and nephews.
Marilyn died Tuesday, April 16, 2013, at Countryside Nursing
Home in South Haven. Her parents, Thomas and Helena (Price)
Frazier, and siblings, Lillian Crumb, Vitus Frazier, Charles “Bud”
Frazier, Bruce Frazier, Evelyn Mundt and Florine Brott, preceded
Marilyn in death.
Funeral services will be celebrated at noon Thursday, April
18, with visitation prior to services from 11 a.m. to noon at
Hutchins Funeral Home in Watervliet. Burial will follow in
Fairview Memorial Cemetery in Watervliet. Memorials may be made in
Marilyn’s memory to Watervliet Free Methodist Church.
Evelyn Beatrice Babcock,
94, formerly of Hartford, died peacefully in Spring Lake on April
Evelyn was born in Chicago Feb. 16, 1919, the daughter of Olga
(Hultgren) and William Born. Evelyn married the late John A.
Babcock from Hartford on March 4, 1944, in Chicago. Evelyn lived
in Hartford all of her married life. She was a diehard Chicago
Cubs fan, being able to recite any baseball statistic and the
year. She was very proud that she attended the World Series game
in 1945 between the Cubs and the Detroit Tigers. She also loved
the game of golf, playing on a league at Indian Lake Golf Course
in Sister Lakes. After raising two daughters, Evelyn became
employed by Hartford Public Schools as a bus driver for many
Evelyn was a member of the Keeler United Methodist Church in
Keeler for 69 years. Evelyn moved to Spring Lake, residing at
Oakcrest Manor, assisted living, in 2010 to be closer to her
daughter, Nancy. She attended the United Methodist Church of the
Dunes in Grand Haven, making many new friends.
Evelyn is survived by two daughters, Nancy (David) Parsons of
Grand Haven and Nina (Michael) Jason of Denver Colo. She is also
survived by four grandchildren, Erik and Emily Parsons of Grand
Haven, Heather (Darren) Bennett of Carlsbad, Calif., and Kristin
(Kevin) Morton of Aloha, Ore.; three stepgrandsons, Robert
(Morgan) Jason, Michael (Amie) Jason and Nicolas Jason; and eight
Evelyn was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years,
John; her parents; sister, Virginia; and great-granddaughter,
Lillian. Evelyn has donated her body to science at the University
of Michigan. A memorial service will be conducted in honor of
Evelyn’s wonderful life at 11 a.m. May 4, 2013, at Keeler United
Methodist Church, Keeler. Memorials may be made to the Keeler
United Methodist Church or to Hospice of Michigan in her memory.
Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, is serving the family.
Kenneth A. Heuser passed
away Sunday afternoon, March 31, 2013.
Ken was born September 3, 1930 in Hartford, MI the son of
Eugene and Marjorie (Rush) Heuser and had been a lifelong resident
in the Kalamazoo area.
He was a veteran serving in the U.S. Army 4th Tank Division.
Ken was a graduate of Michigan State University; and enjoyed
gardening, hunting, and walking his dogs. Prior to his retirement,
he worked for 18 years with Jim Gilmore Pontiac as a master
On March 27, 1954 he was united in marriage to his loving
wife of 59 years, the former Keda Springsteen, who survives. Also
surviving are his sons, Greg (Shelly) Heuser, Mark (Colleen)
Heuser, Brad (Tanya) Heuser; grandchildren, Jason Heuser, Jon
(Briana) Heuser, Molly and Amanda Heuser; a brother, Wallace
Heuser; half brother, Earl Heuser; and several nieces and nephews.
Ken was preceded in death by his parents; step mother,
Pauline; grandson, Logan; and half brother, David. Services will
be held at 2:00 PM Saturday, April 6, at the Langeland Family
Funeral Homes, Portage Chapel, 411 East Centre. Friends may meet
the family one hour prior to the service. Private interment will
be in Ft. Custer National Cemetery at a later date. Memorials may
be directed to the Michael J. Fox Parkinson's Foundation. Please
visit Ken's personalized guestbook at
Ken was a
1949 Hartford High School graduate.
George A. Saetre,
of Hartford passed away Wednesday, March 27,
2013, at Lakeland Regional Medical Center, St.
George was born Jan. 25, 1924, in Chicago, the son of
Andrew and Dagny (Isachsen) Saetre, both of whom preceded him in
passing. George was also preceded in passing by his wife of 63
(VanLiere), on Nov. 1, 2009, and a sister, Marie Schwenn.
George is survived by his loving family, which consists of his
son, Andrew, and his, wife, Karen, of Benton Harbor; one
granddaughter, Allison Saetre of Rockford, Mich., and twin
great-grandsons, Jake and Corbin. Also surviving are two
sisters-in-law, Nellie Pozivilko and Josephine Perry, both of
Hartford, and several nieces and nephews.
George was a
faithful employee for more than 33 years at Petrolane LP Gas in
He served his country proudly in the Army Air Force during World
War II, was a past president of the Hartford Lions Club and
past zone chairman of the Lions Club District B2. George was also
a member of Hope Lutheran Church in Hartford. He will be
remembered by all who knew him for his friendly and outgoing
The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m.
Monday, April 1, at Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford. A celebration
of life service to honor George’s memory will be held at 11 a.m.
Tuesday, April 2, at Hope Lutheran Church in Hartford, with Pastor
Frederick Adrian officiating. George will be entombed at Mount
EverRest Memorial Park in Kalamazoo. In lieu of flowers, memorials
in George’s name may be made to Hope Lutheran Church. Those
wishing to leave condolences may do so online at
Raymond “Ray” M. Sreboth, 90, of St. Joseph, passed
away Tuesday morning, March 26, 2013, at Caretel Inns of
in St. Joseph.
Mass of Christian Burial celebrating his
life will held at 11:00 a.m., on Wednesday, April 3, at St. Joseph
Catholic Church, 211 Church Street, with Fr. Alphonse Savarimuthu
officiating. Burial will be held Wednesday at 1:30 P.M. at
Resurrection Cemetery in St. Joseph with Military Rites.
Visitation will be held from 5:00 until 8:00, Tuesday evening, at
the Dey-Florin Funeral Home, 2506 Niles Ave., in St. Joseph. The
Rosary will be recited at 7:30. In lieu or flowers, memorials may
be made to either St. Joseph Catholic Church or to Hospice at
Home. Messages of condolence may be made to
Ray was born October 8, 1922, in
Chicago, Illinois. He was one of two children born to Mathew and
Mary Sreboth. He graduated from Hartford High School.
Ray proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during WWII.
He married Eva and together had five children. He got his
Bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University, his Master’s
degree from the University of Michigan, and his Doctorate degree
from Western. Ray devoted his professional life to public
education. He served as Principal and Superintendant of Covert
High School, as Superintendant of the Benton Harbor Public School
System from 1962 until 1973, and later as Superintendant of
Berrien County Intermediate District from 1973 until 1986. He was
a member of Lest We Forget and the Wood Workers Guild.
Additionally, he enjoyed researching Circus history in America and
was a loyal fan to his alma-mater, Western Michigan University. He
attended regular meetings with the Loyal Order of Raccoons at Big
Boy in Stevensville. Most of all, Ray was devoted to spending time
with his family.
Ray is survived by his children, Marie
(Tim) Wood of Frisco, Colorado, Nancy (Larry) Mohney of Kalamazoo,
Ray, Jr. (Kathy) Sreboth of Coloma, Susan (Hans) Schroeder of St.
Joseph, and Laura (J.C.) Dorfler of Oakley, California;
grandchildren, Zack (Suzie) Mohney, Jake (Jenny) Mohney, Katie
(Jason) Doehrman, Meghan (John) Boyer, Matthew Sreboth, and Ryan
and Drew Dorfler; nine great-grandchildren; nephews, Michael
(Jackie) Flick, Michael (Teddy) and Scott (Mary Anne) Sherry;
niece-in-law, Holly Sherry; brother-in-law, Bob Dwyer; and by his
sweetheart, Lois Saurbier.
In addition to his parents, Ray was preceded in death by
his wife Eva in 1985; his sister, Frances Flick; and by his
nephew, Pat Sherry.
Ray was a class of
1941 Hartford High School graduate.
Shirlene Manning, 75, of
Hartford, went to her heavenly home Sunday, March 24, 2013, at
Lakeland Regional Medical Center, Saint Joseph.
Shirlene was born Dec. 3, 1937, in New Madrid, Mo., the
daughter of Milton and Lillian (Robbins) Hill, both of whom
preceded her in passing. Also preceding her in passing was a
granddaughter, Kendra Michael.
Her most important love was the time she spent with her
family, which includes her husband, Kenneth, whom she married Aug.
30, 1954; a daughter, Rebecca (Jack) Traughber of Hartford; two
sons, Mike (Terri) Manning of Sawyer and Mark (Cheryl) Manning of
Fancy Gap, Va.; six grandchildren, Jeff, Tabitha, Joshua, Melissa,
Benjamin and Julie; 11 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Sam
(Barbara) Hill of Cuba, Mo.
Shirlene was deeply devoted to the Lord. She became a
Christian at a young age. She was the cofounder, along with her
husband, Kenneth, of the Hartford Church of God 38 years ago. She
was a devoted and loyal member of that ministry and loved singing.
She was a devoted and loving mother to her family and was like a
mother to many people throughout her life.
The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday,
March 27, at the Hartford Church of God, where the service to
honor her memory will commence at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 28.
Pastors Kenneth and Mark Manning will officiate. Shirlene will be
laid to rest in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford, where Pastor Eric
Jackson will deliver remarks. Memorial donations in Shirlene’s
name may be made to the church’s building fund or Gidean’s
International. The family has entrusted the Calvin Funeral Home,
Hartford, with arrangements. Those wishing to leave memorial
condolences for the family are encouraged to do so by visiting our
web site at http://www.calvin-leonardfh.com.
Donna Mae Morsaw,78, of Hartford passed away Wednesday,
March 20, 2013, at Grace of Douglas in Douglas.
Donna was born Oct. 8, 1934, in Dowagiac, the daughter of Albert
and Francis (Richards) Schultz, both of whom preceded her in
passing. Also preceding her in passing were her husband, Cardinal
Joseph Morsaw, on Aug. 11, 2004; a daughter,
and a great-grandson, Ethan Paul Nelson.
Donna is survived by her children, Alan (Cindy) Morsaw,
Barbara Burfield and Joseph (Charlotte) Morsaw, all of Hartford,
and Gregory (Anna) Morsaw of Bangor. She is also survived by her
grandchildren, Kim, Donna, Josie, Jodi, Nora, Norman, Tiffany,
Stephanie, Joe, Adam, Brittany and Nick; her great-grandchildren,
Derek, Samantha, Josh, Erica, Jakob, Alex, Zoey, Chloe, Aiden,
Blake, Noah, Chandler and Jayden; and two brothers, Bob (Shirley)
Schultz of Florida and Ken Schultz of Dowagiac.
Donna was formerly employed at Adam Electronics in Bangor and
DuWell’s and Shafer Lake Fruit, both in Hartford.
The family will welcome friends from 4-6 p.m. Sunday, March
24, 2013, at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, where a prayer
service will be held at 5:30 p.m. The service to honor her memory
will commence at 11 a.m. Monday, March 25, 2013, at the funeral
home, with Deacon Arthur Morsaw officiating. Donna will be laid to
rest in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford, followed by a luncheon at
the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Hartford. In lieu of
flowers, memorial donations should be made to Greg Morsaw. Anyone
wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so by
visiting our website at http://www.calvin-leonardfh.com.
Abraham Cook, 85, of Hartford went peacefully to be with his
Lord on Wednesday, March 13, 2013, at home, surrounded by his
Duane was born Dec. 26, 1927, in Bangor, the son of L. Reed
and Mary (Boyer) Cook, both of whom preceded him in passing. Also
preceding him in passing were a sister, Evelyn Dorkoski, and a
brother, Roger Cook.
Duane was a graduate of Bangor High School, where he was
strongly active in athletic activities. He started working at
Standard Electronics, which later became Adams Electronics before
it closed. He also started, along with three others, Bangor
Electronics. He and his wife, Lois, were the owners and operators
of Cook’s Nursery. He was a devoted member of the Hope Evangelical
Lutheran Church in Hartford and served as the leader of the
Lutheran Boy Pioneers Youth Groups in Hartford and Bangor. He was
a member of the Board of Directors at Camp Lor-Ray in Twin Lakes
for 40 years. In his spare time he coached Little League and
enjoyed camping, fishing, golf, hunting and watching his children
and grandchildren play sports. He also enjoyed spending winters
for 25 years in Big Pine Key, Fla.
Duane married the former Lois Berndt on Oct. 20, 1956. She
survives, along with a son, Frederick (Lisa) Cook of Hartford; a
daughter, Rhonda (Charles) Wiersma of Scotts; grandchildren,
Christopher, Shelby and Corey Cook and Alex and Sidney Wiersma;
four nieces; and one nephew.
The family will welcome friends from 3:30-6 p.m. Sunday,
March 17, at Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, and from 10:30-11:30
a.m. Monday, March 18, at the Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church,
Hartford, where the service to honor his memory will commence at
11:30 a.m. Pastor Frederick S. Adrian will officiate. Burial will
follow in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford. Memorial donations in
Duane’s name may be made to the church. Those wishing to leave
condolences for the family may do so at www.calvin-leonardfh.com.
Cynthia E. Ikola, 72,
of St. Joseph passed away Saturday, Feb. 23,
2013, at her home.
Cynthia was born Aug. 23, 1940, to
Franklin and Dorothy (Heintz) Fulton in Lawrence. She was a
graduate of Hartford High School. On Feb. 27, 1971, she married
William Ikola in Bridgman. Cynthia was a nail technician for 20
plus years, owning and operating Images Salon in Stevensville from
1986 until 2002. She enjoyed shopping with her sister, reading,
kayaking and walks on the beach as well as the numerous family
trips with her family to Traverse City.
survived by her husband, William; sons, Joseph (Jan) Krugler of
Coloma and Michael (Tracy) Ikola of Stevensville; grandchildren,
Calina, Joseph, Jacob and Sara; great-grandchildren, Karisma,
Angelee and Kyler; and sister, Dorothy Stenske of Baroda.
She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers, Walter
“Bob” Fulton, Harold “Jack” Fulton and Franklin ”Bud” Fulton.
Memorials may be made to the Humane Society of Southwest
Michigan. Those wishing to share a memory of Cynthia may do so
online at www.starks-menchinger. com. Arrangements entrusted to
Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 556-9450.
NOTE: Cynthia was a
Hartford High School graduate.
Barbara Louise Eiswald,
90, of Holland, formerly of Hartford, passed away Friday, Feb. 22,
2013, at Holland Hospital in Holland.
Barbara was born May
8, 1922, in Eau Claire, the daughter of Harry and Bessie (Easton)
Preston, both of whom precede her in passing. Also preceding her
in passing were her husband, Ernest Eiswald; four brothers;
Robert, Dale, Marion and Cecil; and a sister, Helen.
Barbara proudly served her country in the
U.S. Navy for two years during World War II.
is survived by a daughter, Ruth Ann Eiswald of Holland; a son,
Michael (Sharon) Eiswald of Holland; grandchildren, Paul, Cole,
Michael, Todd, Katie, Seth, Cassidy and Cayla; and a
The family will welcome friends
from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, at the Calvin Funeral Home,
Hartford. The service to honor her memory, with military rites to
be performed by the North Berrien Military Rites team, will
commence at 11 a.m. Friday, March 1, at the Hope Evangelical
Lutheran Church, Hartford, with Pastor Frederick S. Adrian serving
as officiant. Following services, cremation will take place. In
lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorial donations be
made to the church. Anyone wishing to leave memorial condolences
for the family may do so on our web site at
Ray Vaughn, 44, of Hartford passed away suddenly Tuesday, Feb.
19, 2013, at Lakeland Regional Medical Center, St. Joseph.
Danny was born May 24, 1968, in Benton Harbor, the son of
Nathaniel Routesaw and Jo Ann Gingrich. Danny was a drywall
finisher by trade, working in construction. In his spare time,
Danny loved playing poker, especially Texas Hold ’Em, golf, travel
and watching all kinds of sports.
Danny was preceded in passing by his father; a grandfather,
John Smith; two aunts, Brenda Smith and LouAnne Holcomb; and two
nieces, Storie Smith and Ashley Buckley.
Danny is survived by his mother, JoAnn, of Hartford; a
sister, Lucinda Morrison of Coloma; a grandmother, Betty Smith of
Coloma; six aunts; one uncle; and two nephews.
Danny has been cremated. A memorial service to honor his
memory will take place at 1p.m. Saturday, March 16, at the
Hartford United Methodist Church with Pastor Jeff Williams as
officiant. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Danny’s name
may be made to the family. The Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, has
been entrusted with handling the arrangements. Those wishing to
leave condolences to the family may do so at
Assistant Local News Editor
The Herald Paladium
Feb 18, 2013
Faith in the face of loss
Keeler church loses four members in Hartford Twp.
KEELER — The Rev.
Efraim Maya delivered his sermon as scheduled Sunday
morning despite the heaviest of hearts.
His wife and three members of his church, Keeler
General Baptist, died Saturday night in a
three-vehicle crash in Hartford Township.
The pastor “never did break down. He said, ‘I’m not
going to break down. There’s plenty of time for
that,’” church member Margaret Teeters said Sunday
The news rocked the church but not members’ faith,
“We don’t understand it now, but we know our sisters
are in heaven,” said Teeters, the church’s kitchen
director. She said about 75 people attend services.
Kathryn Maya, 56, Lou Ann Holcomb, 56, and Charlotte
Sieber, 51, were passengers in a car driven by
Celeste Phillips, 67, and were returning home from a
dinner outing in Indiana, the Van Buren County
Sheriff’s Department reported. All were Hartford
residents, save for Maya, who lived in Kalamazoo.
The Buick Lucerne was southbound at about 6:10 p.m.
on County Road 687 when it was struck broadside by
an eastbound van at the 66th Avenue intersection.
The collision spun the Lucerne into the northbound
lane, where it was struck by a northbound pickup
The four women died at the scene, deputies reported.
The investigation indicated the van driver, 26, of
Watervliet, was unable to stop at the stop sign at
the slippery intersection, deputies reported. Her
name was not released and she was not hurt.
Passenger Amber Cummings, 26, of Coloma, was also
Deputies said the northbound driver, Thomas
Stewart, 57, of Dowagiac, suffered a severe hand
injury and back and neck injuries.
All drivers and passengers wore seat belts, the
sheriff’s department reported. The crash remains
Teeters said Phillips was a “beautiful Christian
sister,” who had been with Keeler General Baptist
for more than 40 years. She played piano in the
church, was its song leader and had hosted Bible
study at her house. She had further served as church
Teeters said Holcomb joined the church about two
“She just joined in like she had been there
forever,” Teeters said. “She was our ‘hallelujah’
person. ... Instead of saying ‘hello,’ she said
‘hallelujah,’” to people she met in church.
Teeters said Sieber was a “prayer warrior,” coming
to church at 5 a.m. weekdays to say prayers.
“How many people get up early to say their prayers
before they go to work?” Teeters asked.
Kathryn Maya, Teeters said, helped the church in any
way she could. She said she had recovered from a
liver transplant last fall.
“It was such a miracle,” Teeters said of her
recovery. “It was hard to believe this (the crash)
The four obituaries follow:
LouAnne Holcomb, 56, of Hartford
passed away Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, as the result of an
LouAnne was born June 29, 1956, in Watervliet, the daughter of
John and Betty (Vaughn) Smith. LouAnne was a loving wife to
Vernon, whom she married on Oct. 4, 1986. She was a caring mother
to her daughter, Sandra Holcomb of Hartford; son, Richard
(Karolyn) Holcomb of Rock City, Ill., and daughter, Glenda
(Robert) Damaske of Quinton, Va. LouAnne also cherished the time
she spent with her grandchildren, Jared (Sara) Damaske, Justin
Damaske, Tifany Holcomb, Alexis Holcomb, Brandon Holcomb, Austin
McConnell, Taylor McConnell and Tony Braddock Jr.; and one
greatgrandchild, Caleb Damaske. LouAnne is also survived by her
mother, Betty Smith of Coloma; sisters, JoAnn Vaughn of Hartford,
Shirley Buckley, Sandra Wilcoxsin, Debra Smith and Nancy (Carroll)
Bailey, all of Coloma, and Lisa (Joe) Sikes of Keeler; and
brother, Dana Smith of South Bend, Ind. LouAnne also leaves behind
her best friend, Tina (Art) MacGirvin of Watervliet, and numerous
nieces, nephews, friends and her church family.
LouAnne was preceded in passing by her father, John, and a
sister, Brenda Smith.
LouAnne was a certified occupational therapy assistant at
Cass County Medical Care Facility. She was a member of the Keeler
General Baptist Church and had many hobbies, including Bible
study, computer, women’s retreats and shopping.
The family will receive friends from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb.
21, at the Keeler General Baptist Church, where a celebration of
life service will be held at 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials
may be made to the church. The family has entrusted the Calvin
Funeral Home, Hartford, with arrangements. Those wishing to leave
memorial condolences for the family are encouraged to do so at our
She was a rock to her whole family, from her parents down to
her greatgrandchildren. She never knew a stranger – all were her
friends. If you didn’t know about the Lord, she would make sure to
tell you. She will never be forgotten. We loved her, Alleluia.
Charlene Phillips, 67, of Hartford passed away suddenly
Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, in Hartford Township as the result of an
Celeste was born Nov. 6, 1945, in Lawrence, the daughter of
George and Esther (Dobson) Heffner, both of whom precede her in
passing. Also preceding her in passing was her husband,
Eugene Phillips, on Aug. 21, 2010, and a sister, Georgine Heffner.
Celeste loved farming. Farming was in her blood. When she
wasn’t farming, she was on the go traveling, playing golf and
other outings. She was deeply devoted to the Lord, as was seen in
her enjoyment by her Thursday Night Bible Study she hosted,
singing and praising God. She was a loyal member of the Keeler
General Baptist Church, where she was the church’s piano player, a
song leader and treasurer. She was very charismatic, who was quick
to become friends with everyone she came in contact with. She was
a very giving person.
Her most important love was the time she spent with her
family, which includes a son, Mike (Shannon) Phillips of Hartford;
a daughter, Suzy (David) Buss of Decatur; and four grandchildren,
Jonathan Phillips, Joshua Phillips, Cayla Buss and Matthew Buss.
Also surviving are a brother, George (Cindi) Heffner of Mattawan;
three sisters, Rebecca Heffner of Hartford, Pamela Heffner of
Coloma and Diane (Marvin) Thomason of Buckeye, Ariz.; and numerous
nieces, nephews, friends and her church family.
The family will receive friends from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday,
Feb. 23, at the Keeler General Baptist Church, with a service to
honor her memory starting at 2 p.m. Burial will follow in Keeler
Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family wishes memorial donations
in Celeste’s name be made to the Keeler General Baptist Church.
The family has entrusted the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, with
arrangements. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the
family are encouraged to do so at our web site at
Charlotte Ann Sieber, 51,
of Hartford passed
on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, as the result of an automobile
Charlotte was born May 31, 1961, in Advance, Mo., the
daughter of Charles and Elsie (Edwards) Bloomer, who survive.
Charlotte was a loving wife to Steven and a precious mother
to her stepdaughter, Sarah (Todd) Vosburgh of Decatur. She loved
spending time with her grandchildren, Bethany, Alivia and Sadie
Vosburgh. Charlotte is also survived by her siblings, James
(Veronica) Bloomer, Patsy Suarez, Drenda (Joe) Yurt and Marie
(Bill) Ledserd, all of Florida, Norma Bloomer of Indiana and J.C.
(Patty) Bloomer, Carl (Linda) Bloomer, Patricia (Bill) Harkey,
Charles “Bob” Bloomer and Tina (Steve) Demaria, all of Michigan; a
dear niece, Heather Bloomer of Dowagiac; and several other nieces,
nephews and friends.
Charlotte was preceded in passing by two brothers.
Charlotte was employed at Pilkington North America Inc. in
Niles. She was a member of the Keeler General Baptist Church and
had many hobbies, including sewing, upholstery, quilt making and
many other crafts.
The family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb.
21, 2013, at the Keeler General Baptist Church gym, where a
celebration of life service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb.
22, 2013, in the sanctuary. Pastor Efrain Maya will officiate.
Charlotte will be laid to rest in Keeler Cemetery. In lieu of
flowers, memorials may be made to Keeler General Baptist Church.
Those wishing to leave condolences may do so by visiting our
website at www.calvin-leonardfh.com.
56, of Kalamazoo went to be
with the Lord Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, in Hartford Township as the
result of an automobile accident.
Kathyn was born Nov. 19, 1956, in Jellico, Tenn., the
daughter of Joe and Mary (Bennett) Hamblin, both of whom preceded
her in passing.
Kathy was the wife of Efrain Maya, pastor of the Keeler
General Baptist Church. Kathy was a loving mother and grandmother
to Jaime Maya of Kalamazoo, Efrain “Bobby” (Brieanne) Maya of
Cleveland, Tenn., and his daughter, Mahrijana, and Jesse Maya of
Kalamazoo and his son, Mateo. Kathy enjoyed the time spent with
her three sisters, Brenda House, Linda (Omer) Rutherford and
Barbara-Joann (Larry) Kemp; and two brothers, Wayne (Julie)
Hamblin and Johnny Hamblin.
Kathy enjoyed spending time with her husband, family and
friends. She was known as “Mom” over the years by many of her
son’s friends and was always willing to provide food, shelter and
prayer to anyone who was in need. Her life was her witness that
she was truly a representative of Jesus Christ in this world. She
was a devoted Christian who served Christ faithfully for 35 years.
She was a member of the Keeler General Baptist Church and enjoyed
attending all of the church functions, especially those with the
ladies. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister and
As to Kathy’s wishes, cremation has taken place, and a
celebration of life eternal will take place at 4 p.m. Friday, Feb.
22, 2013, at the Keeler General Baptist Church, with Pastor Efrain
Maya officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial
donations in Kathy’s name be made to Efrain Maya. The family has
entrusted the Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford with the
arrangements. Those wishing to leave condolences may do so by
visiting our website at www.calvin-leonardfh.com.
- Surrounded by loved ones,
Anna “Ann” (Hughes) Clauser
journeyed to her heavenly home on Friday, Feb. 15, 2013.
Born Anna Marie Hughes to Arthur and Alice (Beischl) Hughes
in Lawton on Dec. 2, 1946, Ann spent most of her life in rural
Southwest Michigan. She was a graduate of Decatur High School and
went on to marry Irving “Irv” Clauser on March 27, 1971, in
Hartford, where they raised their five children, instilling in
them a love of faith, family and friends. In fact, Ann and Irv had
a host of friends, many of whom frequently joined them on camping
trips “Up North.”
She was a gracious and kind woman who had an unbelievably
strong work ethic. From the strawberry fields she worked in as a
child to the healthcare field she entered shortly after high
school, Ann sowed seeds of kindness everywhere she went. Ann
worked more than 20 years at the former Community Hospital in
Watervliet, the majority of that time in the physical therapy
department. More recently, Ann was employed at the (Bronson)
nursing home in Lawton.
Ann enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her
grandchildren and great-granddaughters. She had an amazing love
for animals, especially her chocolate Lab, Herbie. Her nurturing
spirit was evident in everything she did. Whether she was tending
to her flowers, filling a bird feeder or preparing one of her
amazing Sunday dinners for her family, everything she did was out
Ann was preceded in death by her loving husband,
Clauser; her father, Arthur Hughes; and her parents, John and
She is survived by her children – Marc (Lisa) Clauser of
Hartford, Terry (Larry) Adams of Watervliet, Raymond “Paul”
Clauser of Hartford, John (Jody) Clauser of Decatur and Rebecca
(Ray) Evans of Dover, Del.; her grandchildren – Olivia, Kevin,
Matthew, Trent, Chelsea, Zachary, Riley, Ryan and Brett; and
great-granddaughters – Hailey, Amara and McKinley.
She is also survived by her sister, Elizabeth “Liz” (Eddie)
DeLaGarza; two brothers, James “Jim” Hughes and George (Pam) Geer;
several nieces and nephews; extended family; and many close
friends whom she cherished, including lifetime family friends Bill
and Darlene Jordan, and Carol Wadley.
A memorial service will be at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18,
2013, at the Hartford United Methodist Church. Memorials may be
made to the Hartford United Methodist Church or Hospice of South
Brenda Kay Bonee, 62, of
Hartford passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 12,
2013, at her home.
Brenda was born Dec. 11, 1950, in
Sadler, Ky., the daughter of Walter and Celesta (Vincent) Cook,
both of whom preceded her in passing. She was also preceded in
passing by a brother, David Stewart, on Sept. 25, 2004.
Brenda was the glue that held her family together. She was a
loving wife to Rayburn and a precious mother to her daughter,
Cirena Bonee, both of Albion. She cherished her stepson, Michael
Harris of Savannah, Tenn., and her four grandchildren. She was a
dear sister to Janice Herrington of Decatur, Walter Cook of Las
Vegas, Nev., and Easel (Sandra) Stewart of Hartford. Brenda also
enjoyed times with her 12 nieces and nephews; her lifetime friend,
Doris Watson of Paragould, Ark.; and her many other family members
The family will receive friends from 6-7 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, at the Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford,
where a time of remembrance will be shared at 7 p.m. by anyone
wishing to tell of their memories of Brenda. As to Brenda’s
wishes, cremation will follow the time of remembrance. In lieu
of flowers, memorials may be made to the family. Those wishing to
leave condolences may do so by visiting our website at
Pamela Jo (Morsaw)
McGlothlin, 58, of Hartford passed away Sunday, Feb.10,
2013, at Bronson LakeView Hospital in Paw Paw.
Pam, as she was known, was born Aug. 11, 1954, in Watervliet,
the daughter of Cardinal and Donna (Schultz) Morsaw. Pam was an
elder with the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians in Dowagiac. She
was formerly employed at E.S. Enterprises in Keeler. She loved
going to the new casino in Hartford or just staying home and
keeping her dog, Freddie, company.
Pam enjoyed spending time with her children, Kimberly (Jason
May) Morsaw of Decatur, Donna McGlothlin of South Side, Tenn., and
Josie Baham of Hartford. But her most precious days were spent
with her grandchildren, Joshua McGlothlin, Derek Morsaw, Jakob
Baham, Samantha May and Ericka Pociask. Pam is also survived by
Donna Morsaw; a
sister, Barbara Burfield; three brothers, Alan (Cindy) Morsaw,
Joseph (Charlotte) Morsaw and Gregory Morsaw; and numerous other
family members and friends.
As to Pam’s wishes, cremation has taken place and a private
family service will be held at the Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford
at a later date. Pam’s ashes will be laid to rest in Maple Hill
Cemetery, Hartford. Those wishing to leave condolences may do so
by visiting our web site at www.calvinleonardfh.com.
Pam was a 1972 Hartford High School graduate.
Eugene Ernest Kirsch, Hartford, passed away in
February. Additional information will be posted as it becomes
NOTE: Gene was
valedictorian of the
1956 class of Hartford High School.
Delores (Winkelkotter) Seddon, 78, of Hartford, passed
away peacefully surrounded by her family on Saturday, Feb. 2,
2013. She was born Oct. 5, 1934, in Salt Lake City, Utah, to
Walter Egon and Ida Caroline Winkelkotter.
attended school in Utah. She had many interesting occupations in
her life; one of her favorites was being a flight attendant in
California before she married. She met her husband, Ellis George
Seddon, while he was stationed in the Air Force, in Utah, during
the Korean War. They were married in 1956, in Michigan. They
started out their lives together farming in northeastern Michigan
and later built a successful business in Hartford.
was an extremely talented and giving person. Family meant
everything to her and she cherished each and every moment,
especially those when all her children and grandchildren
surrounded her. Her faith was also immensely important, being a
lifelong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day
Darlene is survived by her children: Judy Seddon
of Orem, Utah; Shelly (Bryan) Paxson of Hartford; Stephen
(Christine) Seddon of Hartford and Christopher (Melissa) Seddon of
Niles. She is also survived by seven grandchildren; Rachel Paxson,
Rebecca Paxson, Amy Seddon, Kassie Seddon, Alexander Seddon, Jaxon
Seddon and Jaret Seddon.
She was preceded in death by her
husband; her son, Michael Seddon (whose birthday she passed away
on), her parents and her sister, Carolyn Christiensen.
family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, at
the Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford. Darlene’s funeral service and
burial will take place at Redwood Memorial Estates in Salt Lake
City, Utah. The family is very grateful to those that assisted in
helping her as her health declined and wish to express gratitude
for the kindness shown our mother by Bronson Lakeview Hospital in
Paw Paw, Hospice of Southwest Michigan and Bronson Nursing and
Rehabilitation Center in Lawton. Those wishing to leave
condolences may do so by visiting our web site at
E. Talbott, of Portage MI, died Thursday afternoon
January 31, 2013 at his residence.
Tom was born September 11, 1945 in Kalamazoo, Michigan to
Maurice and Twila (Eames) Talbott. His family moved to Hartford in
his early childhood and
he graduated from high school in 1963.
Tom attended Ferris State College, graduating in 1967 with a
degree in business administration. While there, he was a member of
Delta Sigma Pi business fraternity. Out of college, he began
working at General Telephone Co. in Muskegon before moving to
Kalamazoo where he secured employment with Fisher Body, a division
of General Motors becoming a member of the UAW, he retired from
there when the plant closed. Tom was also a long-time member of
St. Michael Lutheran Church in Portage. He was a genius when it
came to working with numbers and financial planning, often being
asked for advice by his peers. While a quiet man who kept mostly
to himself, he had some very close and dear friends, many from his
high school days.
In 1965, he was married to Martha Case, and is survived by
one daughter and two sons: Kimera Simonds of Vicksburg, Thomas J.
Talbott of Portage and Paul (Lori) Talbott of Kalamazoo along with
9 grandchildren: Michael Talbott, Brittany Talbott, Casey Talbott,
Jayden Talbott, Jordyn Talbott, Shelby Simonds, Matthew Simonds,
Madelyn Talbott and Marissa Talbott and 2 great grandchildren. He
is also survived by a sister, Nancy Roberson of Arkansas, 2 nieces
and a nephew, as well as his very special friend, Jeanie Oppermann
of Wisconsin, and Wiley.
Services will be held 11 o'clock Monday at St. Michael
Lutheran Church, 7211 Oakland Dr. Visitation will be 2-4 and 6-8
pm Sunday at the Langeland Family Funeral Homes, Portage Chapel,
411 E. Centre Ave. Private interment will be in Riverside
Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the St. Michael Lutheran
Church School Fund.
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Ruby C. Roberts,
90, of Hartford, formerly of Fennville, passed away peacefully at
her daughter’s home on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013.
Born Dec. 10, 1922, in Clarksville, Ark., she was the
daughter of William and Laura (Sluter) Harbert. Ruby worked as a
machine operator for Hart & Cooley in Holland, retiring in 1982.
Ruby lived in the Fennville area for many years, moving to
Hartford about 20 years ago. She was a member of the New
Beginnings Ministries in Bangor.
Surviving are her children, Irene Reed of Fennville, Annette
Roberts of California, Joyce and Alvin Ammon of Hartford, and Wes
Roberts of Newaygo, Mich; 15 grandchildren; and many
Funeral services will be at noon Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, at
the Chappell Funeral Home, 637 W. Main St., Fennville, with Pastor
Mack Travis officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to
the time of service. Burial will be in Fennville Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be to the charity of one’s choice. An
online registry book is available at www.chappellfuneralhome.com.
Franklin Keifer, 92, of Keeler passed away Saturday,
Jan. 26, 2013, at Maple Lawn Medical Care Facility, Coldwater.
Franklin was born Aug. 26, 1920, in
Willshire, Ohio, the son of James and Wilma (Daly) Keifer, both of
whom precede him in passing. Also preceding him in passing were
his wife, Elaine, on March 1, 2008, and two brothers, Tom Keifer
and Paul Keifer.
Franklin served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II.
He was formerly employed with Clark Equipment and Coloma Farm
Supply. He grew up and lived in Coloma before moving to Keeler in
1960, where he tended to his own farm.
Franklin is survived by two daughters,
Bernice Krause of Coldwater and Wilma Stone of Kalamazoo; a son,
James (Nanette) Keifer of Hartford; seven grandchildren; seven
great-grandchildren; and a brother, Marvin Keifer of Tennessee.
The family will welcome friends from 6-8
p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford. The
service to honor his memory will commence at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb.
1, at the Keeler United Methodist Church, with Pastor Richard Grom
serving as officiant. Military rites will be conducted by the
North Berrien Military Rites Team. Cremation will follow the
services. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences to the
family may do so at http://www.calvin-leonardfh.com.
The life of
Billy Joe Nimmo
began Dec. 12, 1934, in Manila, Ark. He grew up in Arkansas and
Michigan and as an adult he made his home in Southwest Michigan.
Billy worked for Bendix as an inspector until he retired in
1989. He enjoyed visiting the casinos in his spare time.
Billy’s loving family includes three children, Cheryl
(Larry) Lee of Spanaway, Wash., Thomas (Stacy) Nimmo of Portage
and Christopher Nimmo of Tukwila, Wash.; nine grandchildren; four
great-grandchildren; three siblings, Ronnie Nimmo of Hanford,
Calif., Betty Nimmo Grayson of Beaverton, Ore., and Lula Bell
Nimmo of southern Pennsylvania; and many nieces and nephews.
Billy died Sunday, Jan. 20, at Lakeland Regional Medical
Center in St. Joseph. He was preceded in death by his parents,
Earl and Beulah Nimmo; three brothers, Bob Nimmo, Charles Nimmo
and Donald Nimmo; and a sister, Joy Lynn Nimmo Scruggs.
Friends may visit with Billy’s family from 6-8 p.m. Friday,
Jan. 25, at Hutchins Funeral Home in Watervliet, where funeral
services will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26. Burial
will follow in North Shore Memory Gardens in Hagar Shores.
Elmer Arthur Deckert, 88,
of Hartford passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, at his home.
Elmer was born March 3, 1924, in Milan, the son of Louis and
Elvina (Kotke) Deckert, both of whom preceded him in passing. Elmer
was also preceded in passing by his wife, Pauline, on July 24, 2009;
a daughter, Susan Marie Deckert; four brothers, August Deckert,
Waldo Deckert, Merl Deckert and Earl Deckert; and four sisters,
Lydia Herman, Ruth Kruger, Freda Kruger and Delores Deckert.
Elmer is survived by his loving family, which consists of his
two sons, Ronald Deckert of Marion, Ky., and David Deckert of
Hartford; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a
brother, Gerald (Ann) Deckert of Saint Joseph.
Elmer served his country proudly in the U.S. Army during World
War II. He was a member of the American Legion Stoddard Post 93 of
Hartford, was a faithful member of the Hope Evangelical Lutheran
Church in Hartford, was a Sunday school teacher and served the
church in many capacities. Elmer retired from Whirlpool Corp. in
As to Elmer’s wishes, cremation has taken place and a memorial
service to honor his memory will take place at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday,
Jan. 23, 2013, at the Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hartford.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in Elmer’s name may be made to the
church’s benevolence fund. The family has entrusted arrangements to
the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford. Those wishing to leave
condolences may do so by visiting our website at
75, of Dowagiac, formerly of Hartford, passed away Thursday, Jan.
17, 2013, at The Timbers of Cass County in Dowagiac.
James was born Oct. 18, 1937, in Coulterville, Ill., the son of
Roy and (Ruth) Carmichael, both of whom preceded him in passing.
James was also preceded in passing by a sister, Maxine Frost; and
two brothers, Raymond and Earnest Carmichael.
James served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean
War. He was formerly employed as a truck driver for such companies
as Pools and Walmart, was a salesman for Ashley Ford and also worked
for Southern Bell Telephone Co.
James is survived by his five children – Marsha, Marla, James
Jr., Todd and Joey; his siblings – Elizabeth Slabaugh of Dowagiac,
Mary Wagster of Battle Creek, Robert (Emily) Carmichael of
Watervliet, Jack (Mary) Carmichael of Battle Creek, Zelda (Bill)
Giliberto of Watervliet and Geraldine (Gary) Dillion of Benton
Harbor; and numerous nieces, nephews and other family members.
The family will welcome friends from noon to 1 p.m. Monday,
Jan. 21, 2013, at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, where the
service to honor James’ memory will begin at 1 p.m. James will be
laid to rest in Keeler Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may
be made to the family. Those wishing to leave condolences may do so
by visiting online at http:// www.calvin-leonardfh.com.
Janice Lea Pyburn, 65, of Bangor passed away Wednesday, Jan.
16, 2013, at Bronson Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo.
Janice was born Feb. 21, 1947, in Watervliet, the daughter of Irving
and Thelma (Strand) Yeckley, both of whom preceded her in passing.
She was also preceded in passing by a sister, Mary Knowles. In
Janice’s spare time she enjoyed crocheting and painting.
Janice is survived by four children, Tami (David) Kuhm of
Lisa (Adam) Clark
of Deltona, Fla., Travis McNees of Decatur and Charity (Chris)
Cummins of Hartford; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren;
a brother, Wayne (Bonnie) Schoenemann of South Haven; and a dear
friend, Regina Wetzel of Bangor.
As per Janice’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A memorial
service to honor her memory will commence at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan.
19, at the Miracle Harvest Church, South Haven, with Pastor Tony
Kuenzli officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in
Janice’s name may be made to the family. The family has entrusted
the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford with handling the arrangements.
Those wishing to leave memorial condolences to the family may do so
was a member of the 1966 Class of Hartford High School. She
was also appointed Hartford City Clerk under the Boyd Estes
administration in 1979 and resigned in 1980 after being reelected.
Allen Efting, 50, of Bangor passed away suddenly on Wednesday,
Jan. 16, 2013, in South Haven as a
of injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident.
Steve was born April 5, 1962, in Watervliet, the son of
Ross and Vickie (Schaus) Efting. After he graduated from high school
in 1980 Steve went on to become part owner of Efting’s Eggery and
worked there for more than 25 years. More recently he worked as a
department manager at Harding’s in Bangor and owned and operated his
own vendor business.
He married the former Penny Mead on May 15, 1982, and
they were together for more 30 years. They had two children, Shana
(26) and Mark (21). A loving husband and father, he worked hard to
provide for his family. Steve enjoyed fishing, was an excellent
water skier and loved riding both his three-wheeler and his Harley.
Steve is survived by his wife, Penny; his daughter,
Shana; his son, Mark; his parents, Ross and Vickie of Bangor; a
brother, Greg, of Bangor; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and
other family members.
The family will welcome friends from 6 to 8 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 21, at Hartford Federated Church, where the funeral
service to celebrate his life will commence at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan.
Pastor David Gilbert will serve as officiant. A private
burial will follow the services at Thomas Cemetery, Bangor.
The family requests memorial donations be made to the
Hartford Federated Church.
Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the
family may do so at www.calvin-leonardfh. com.
By ANDREW LERSTEN and
H-P South Haven Bureau
Jan 16, 2013
Delivery driver killed in crash
Victim well known among SH-area store workers
— A well-known snacks delivery route driver in the South Haven
area was killed Wednesday in a two-vehicle crash.
Steven Efting, 50, of Bangor Township
died at the scene of the 7:15 a.m. crash on Phoenix Road at 711⁄2
Street, South Haven Police Sgt. Kyle Griffith said. Efting was
eastbound on Phoenix when a minivan failed to stop at the stop
sign and pulled onto Phoenix from southbound 711⁄2 Street,
colliding with Efting’s Little Debbie snacks delivery truck,
The woman could not explain to police why she didn’t
stop at the stop sign, Griffith said. She was treated for
non-life-threatening injuries at the South Haven hospital. Police
did not release her name, pending a review of the police report by
the Van Buren County Prosecutor’s Office. The crash impact
overturned the delivery truck, and boxes of Little Debbie snack
cakes spilled onto the ground. Police said Efting was not wearing
a seat belt, and he was found partly out of the truck when police
Shawn Weldon of South Haven, a passing motorist who
witnessed the crash and then helped get the woman out of the
minivan, offered an account of what happened.
“I was taking my daughter to school and west on County
Road 388 (Phoenix),” he said. “I saw the van and slowed down
because it didn’t look like she was going to stop. Then I slowed
down more. I thought she might miss the truck, but then she
slammed into it. “I got her out because I smelled gasoline. I had
blood all over me. I didn’t even realize it at first.”
Efting was known to many area store clerks because he
made regular stops at the stores every Sunday and Wednesday
“He was a great guy,” said Village Xpress clerk Becky
Rickett. “He always had a smile on his face. He was a pleasure to
be around. This is very, very, very sad. He’ll be missed, for
Efting had been a wholesale distributor for Little
Debbie and Sunbelt brand snacks for the past five years, and his
company was called Steve Efting Inc., said Little Debbie company
spokesman Mike Gloekler. “We were saddened to learn this morning
that Steve Efting was killed in a traffic accident,” Gloekler
For many years, Steve
delivered eggs from the family business, Efting Eggery, to the
Hartford Hardings store and was employed by Hartford Hardings
Market, prior to starting with Little Debbie and Sunbelt.
Vernice I. Weir, 85,
formerly of Hartford, passed away Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, at
in Paw Paw.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Duffield &
Pastrick Family Funeral Home in Coloma. Burial will follow at
Fairview Cemetery in Watervliet. Visitation will be held from 6-8
p.m. today at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to
the family and then distributed to several various charities.
Those wishing to leave an online message or share a memory with
the family may do so at www.duffieldpastrick.com.
Vernice was one of 10 children of Otto and Martha Fuchs and was
born on March 7, 1927, in Gillett, Ark. She married Elmer Weir in
1947 and was formerly employed at Duffy Motts in Hartford for eight
years. Vernice loved to buy and sell antiques, enjoyed talking with
her neighbors and loved to eat out. She especially enjoyed visiting
with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Vernice is survived by six daughters, Margie (Tommy) Ross of
Gillett, Ark., Marie Clouse of Benton Harbor, Connie Cannon of
Hartford, Pat (Hartley) Collins of Hartford, Sheila Garcia of
Pembroke Pines, Fla., and Teila White of Stevensville; three sons,
Ted (Kay) Weir of Gillett, Ark., Timothy Weir of Hartford and
Richard (Dawn) Weir of Watervliet; and numerous grandchildren,
great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer, in 1999; her
parents; four brothers; and three sisters
Joan Elaine Meachum, 68,
of Hartford was called home Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, at her home.
Joan was born Jan. 16, 1944, in Watervliet, the daughter of James
and Beatrice (Peck) Smith, both of whom preceded her in passing. She
was also preceded in passing by her husband, Maurice, on Oct. 14,
2007, and a sister, Laura Edison.
Joan loved the family get
togethers and just spending time with her family, which consists of
her three children and their families: Joan’s daughter, Tonya L.
Raday, had four children, Kathy, who has three children, Kiandra,
Teya and Kila; Michelle and Michelle’s child, Otto; Amber and
Amber’s two children, Noah and Isaiah; and Sean. Joan’s son, Michael
E. (Vickie M.) Meachum, had two children, Jared and Gabriel. Another
son, James R. (Ava) Meachum, had five children, Ashley and her
child, Kylee; Casey and her three children, Bella, James and Chase;
Alyssa; David; and Matt.
Joan is also survived by two
sisters, Lorraine (Cliff) Berg of Utah and Laverne (Wally) Shelton
of North Carolina.
Joan served many years at the Van Buren
Sportsman’s Club in Hartford. She was formerly employed at the Cast
Matic Corp. of Stevensville and had a passion for gardening, as
shown by the many hours she spent making the outdoors at her home so
As to Joan’s wishes, cremation has taken place
and a Celebration of Life Eternal will take place at 2 p.m. Jan. 20,
2013, at the Van Buren Sportsman’s Club, followed by a luncheon and
a time of fellowship and remembrance. In lieu of flowers, the family
requests memorial donations in Joan’s name be made to the Van Buren
Sportsman’s Club. The family has entrusted the Calvin Funeral Home
in Hartford with the arrangements. Those wishing to leave
condolences may do so by visiting our website at
“Bill” Galbreath, 90, of Stevensville passed away Monday,
Jan. 7, 2013, at Caretel Inns of Lakeland in St. Joseph.
William was born Sept. 14, 1922, in Hartford to Stanton and
Margaret (Cronin) Galbreath. He
graduated from Hartford High School in 1939 and then
attended Western Michigan University, where he received his Master’s
Degree. He served his country in the U.S. Army and was a veteran of
World War II, serving in the European Theater. William spent more
than 28 years in public education in Michigan as teacher, principal
and superintendent of the schools. His last service was with
Lakeshore Schools as Assistant Superintendent from 1965 through
1980. William and Ida also hosted eight German exchange students.
William was a member of the American Association of Schools
Administrators and the American Schools Business Officials and the
Michigan Chapters of both of those organizations. He served as
Lincoln Township Supervisor from 1980 through 1984, was Charter
President of the Lakeshore Rotary Club and served as Governor of
Rotary District 636 in 1978-1979. William was also a member of St.
Joseph Catholic Church.
William is survived by his wife, Ida Galbreath of Stevensville,
and several nieces and nephews.
William was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters,
Marybelle Reid, Peggy McCall and Betty Webb; and three brothers,
James Galbreath, Robert Galbreath and Richard Galbreath.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday,
Jan. 10, 2013, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 211 Church St., St.
Joseph. Burial will follow at Lincoln Township Cemetery in
Stevensville. Friends may visit from 2-4 p.m. and 5-7 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles
Road, St. Joseph. Memorials may be made to the Lakeshore Rotary Club
Foundation, Hospice at Home or the Lakeshore Excellence Foundation.
Those wishing to share a memory of William online may do so at
Lugo Mireles Jr., 71, of Hartford passed away Sunday, Jan.
6, 2013, at home with his family by his side.
Geronimo was born Sept. 8, 1941, in San Antonio, Texas, the son
of Geronimo and Sara (Lugo) Mireles, both of whom preceded him in
passing. He was also preceded in passing by a daughter, Yolanda
Mireles; a grandson, Geronimo Contreras; and two brothers, Pedro and
Felix Mireles. On April 24, 1960, he married Oralia Cuellar, who
survives along with two sons, Daniel (Judy) Mireles of Hartford and
David (Kim) Mireles of Paw Paw; three daughters, Rachel (Edward)
Contreras, Elida (Jose) Segura and Christina Mireles, all of
Hartford; 23 grandchildren; 14 greatgrandchildren; and nine
siblings, Gloria, Margaret, Jose, Ruben, Felipe, Julio, Fidel,
Manuel and Estaban.
Geronimo was formerly employed by the Village of Paw Paw and
the Point of Woods Golf Course in Benton Harbor. He and his wife
operated a concession stand in the 1960s at the old fairgrounds when
it was located by the Hartford Speedway. He also loved to cook for
the family gatherings.
The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan.
10, 2013, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Hartford.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be said at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan.
11, 2013, at the church, with Father Fabio Garzon as the Celebrant.
Geronimo will be laid to rest in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford. The
Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford is assisting the family. Any
memorial donations should be made out to the family. Those wishing
to leave condolences may do so by visiting our website at
Ruth "Ellen" (Shafer) Marvin
- Our Mom, baptised Ruth Elinor
Shafer but called Ellen all her life, died Thursday, January
3, 2013 at Valley View Nursing Center. Her passing was eased by the
gentle and loving care of the wonderful staff on Sunrise Terrace,
who treated her like a member of their family during her year with
them. She had reached the age of 92, as did our father, Art Marvin,
who died in 2006. Mom always said she had a wonderful life, from her
childhood in Hartford, Michigan, (one of seven children born
[January 26, 1920 in Hartford MI] to Dell and Ruth Shafer and raised
in the fruit farming business) through her married years raising
four children, then later as the beloved matriarch, nicknamed Gigi,
to her 7 grand and 7 great grandchildren.
In 1943 after graduating from nursing school in Kalamazoo,
Mom enlisted in the Navy as a nurse, assigned to Bainbridge
Hospital in Maryland. Within weeks she was caught up in a whirlwind
romance with our Dad, a handsome officer she met at a dance. They
were married 6 weeks later. You can’t read through the stack of
letters exchanged during this short period without feeling the
thrill of young love. Our parents were married for 63 years, most of
which were spent in Garden View, where, in addition to Dad’s job at
Bethlehem Steel they operated Marvin’s Fruit Farm in the summertime.
As the years passed and the kids grew up, Mom took up her work
again, serving as a school nurse in several area schools. In her
50's she earned a Master's degree from Bucknell as a school
psychologist, surprising even herself that she could accomplish such
Our parents enjoyed almost 25 years of happy retirement
together. Both Life Masters in duplicate bridge, they traveled
extensively in search of a tournament or a new experience. They were
regulars at the Williamsport Bridge Club and had many longtime
friends there. Mom was a person who always saw the glass as
half-full, who rarely passed judgment on others. She taught us by
example to be happy, to be kind, to be responsible. She gave us a
love of home-baked desserts, of seeing the funny side of things, of
plunging into the ocean no matter how cold the water. She seemed to
have boundless energy and boundless cheer. She loved her family
She is survived by her four children, Merrily Frey and Nancy
Lindoerfer (Armando Robles) of South Williamsport, Jackson Marvin
(Michelle Franks) of Anchorage, AK, and Jim Marvin of San Antonio,
TX. Grandchildren are Pascha (Dave) Frey Ferry, Chanda (Ryan) Frey
Grimes, Jessica (Nate Sebold)and Daniel (LeeAnn Kinney) Lindoerfer,
Brook and Sky Marvin, and Amber (Cory) Marvin Wiley. Great
grandchildren are Tiarnan, Liam and Mairead Ferry, Brendan and Calla
Grimes, and Rowen and Iris Wiley. She leaves brothers Robert and
Steven (Ginny) Shafer.
Visitation will be on Sunday, January 6 at 3 p.m. at
Knight-Confer Funeral Home, 1914 Memorial Avenue. Funeral service
will follow at 4 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s
Association, 57 N. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701-1317.
Ellen was a
1937 Hartford High School graduate.
Drake Edward Sinclair,
infant son of Ted and Candi Sinclair of Hartford, passed away
suddenly on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013, at the South Haven Health System.
Drake is survived by his parents; a brother, Jacob Sinclair, at
home; his grandparents, Wanda Drake of Hartford and Larry and Dovie
Downey of Watervliet; his aunt, Misty Drake of Long Beach Calif.;
his uncle, Scott (Ashley Barricklow) Downey of Hartford; and a
cousin, Gavin Downey of Hartford.
A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7,
2013, at Maple Hill Cemetery in Hartford. Those wishing to leave a
message of condolence for the family can do so online at