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Dale E. Brinsfield, 70 of Hartford, was born on Oct. 31, 1944, to Roy and Marion Brinsfield. He passed away Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014, at Lakeland Regional Medical Center, St. Joseph.
     His parents precede him in death. Also preceding him are brothers: Kenny and Bobby Brinsfield and sisters: Mary Alice and O’Nieta Brinsfield.
     He is survived by sisters: Lois Anders and Sue (Mike) Downey, both of Hartford and Glenda (Bud) Widner of Florida; brothers: Pat (Paula) Roush and Bill Hunt, both of Hartford and an aunt, Anna Bedes of Baldwin. Dale had some pretty amazing friends and hunting buddies that will get the trophy buck this fall in his honor. Those people are Bob (Kathy) Sinclair and Shanon (Laura) Sinclair.
     “Uncle Dale” leaves behind numerous nieces and nephews. Left to carry on his strong sense of family are his girls: Kristen (Scott) Dixon, Holly (Brandon) Wolfe and April (Mike) Brown.
     Dale served his country proudly in the United States Army and was awarded a Purple Heart on Nov. 17, 1967. He will be remembered for his patriotic pride. He was a straight shooter and he believed a man’s word was his bond.
     The family will welcome friends from 5-7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 3 at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford. After the viewing, as were his wishes, Dale’s body will be cremated and a private graveside service will follow at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family asks memorial donations in Dale’s name be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at http://www.calvin-leonardfh.com.
     His eternal bow season is now open.

NOTE:  Dale was a member of the 1966 class of Hartford High School.  He was Instrumental in the establishment of the  Vietnam Memorial in Ely Park.
Dale maintained the grounds around the memorial at the park.



Acenith Johnson Wilder d 12-27-2014Acenith Wilder - Although her life was filled with numerous experiences that greatly enriched her life’s journey, there was nothing that was more prominent in the life of Acenith Wilder than the love she shared with her family. She was a gracious and gentle woman whose first thought was on others rather than on herself. A devoted wife and mother, Acenith took these roles to heart, but she just may have argued that becoming a grandmother was her richest reward. Generous and loving, she was a firm believer in being honest in all things, but everything was always expressed in a loving way. Life was not without times of trial for Acenith, but she faced whatever came her way with a quiet strength and a graceful courage that were truly inspiring. She will be deeply missed, but her shining legacy that is deeply rooted in timeless wisdom will be carried on in the lives of all who follow in her footsteps.
     With the end of WWI in 1918, America was recognized as a world leader and poised for greatness. The years that followed ushered in the Roaring Twenties that were primarily a prosperous time. Radios, washing machines, and affordable cars manufactured on assembly lines were all signs of the time, and Amelia Earhart and Charles Lindbergh forever transformed the world of flight. Amidst this eventful time was the year 1922 that was filled with great joy for Nary and Mabel Johnson as they were eagerly anticipating the arrival of their new baby as spring finally began to emerge on the small community of Hartford, Michigan. The big day finally arrived on April 20th when their baby girl drew her first breath. Acenith was one of four children in her family, and she was raised in the family home on Schaffer Lake alongside her brother, Nary, and her sisters, Verna and Helen.
     In many ways Acenith experienced an upbringing that was a reflection of her generation. Her parents were hard working farmers, and as a result she learned a strong work ethic as a young girl as she was responsible for her fair share of chores. As a student Acenith attended a local country school. In her free time she enjoyed swimming in the lake. For the rest of her life Acenith always fondly remembered her formative years. She went on to graduate from Hartford High School in 1939.
     New and exciting changes were in store for Acenith when she met the young man with whom she would write a love story that would span more than 60 years. His name was Harold Jay Wilder, and they met at a dance at the Grange Hall. He was smitten with Acenith right from the start, and he asked her to dance. Always a gentleman, he had the courage to ask her father for permission to take her home despite the fact that her father could be a bit intimidating as he was very large in stature. The couple began dating, and it wasn’t long before they found themselves deeply in love. With a desire to establish a life together, Acenith and Harold were united in marriage on August 30, 1941.
     After a couple of years, Acenith and Harold purchased his family farm from his grandpa in 1943. They had 193 acres, mainly harvesting grapes. Acenith spent the remainder of her days living on the farm, and she loved every minute of it, too. With farming in her blood, she had no problem working out in the field alongside her husband while also seamlessly caring for their home and family that grew to include four children, Kenneth, Carolyn, Robert, and Marlene. When it came to feeding her family, Acenith always made everything from scratch with her homemade donuts, grape pie, green bean casserole, homemade breads and cinnamon rolls, and Swiss steak being just a few of the family favorites. Acenith always had a huge garden, and she canned many of their fruits and vegetables so they would have fresh produce to enjoy year round. Sundays were always accompanied by a huge spread when the entire family gathered together. As a family the Wilders looked forward to vacations at the end of August so that Harold could escape from the hay fever season. Most times they went to Chippewa Lake or Lake Placid in Kalkaska. When they were older, Acenith and Harold took their fifth wheel to Mission, Texas, for the winter.
     As her family grew to include grandchildren, Acenith couldn’t have been happier. She absolutely loved being a grandmother and was close to each one of her grandchildren. Priceless memories were made on the farm, and both Thanksgiving and Christmas were especially precious times as everyone gathered together to celebrate life and love. After Harold died in 2004, Acenith was deeply saddened and took a couple of years to adjust being on her own, but she remained independent and loved keeping busy with her family and friends. She enjoyed good health for several years.
     Throughout her like Acenith was always busy. She loved dancing as well as playing cards with friends and neighbors, bowling, and golfing. Acenith enjoyed country western music, campfires, watching the cattle and birds, and reading both westerns and mysteries. As an avid card player, she was a member of two different card clubs. It was such a thrill when Acenith was able to participate in the first antique tractor crossing across the Mackinaw Bridge. Although she collected sun catchers, ceramic cows, and birds, she kept her collections to a minimum in order to display pictures of her grandchildren throughout her house.
     Described as tenderhearted, hardworking, and giving, Acenith Wilder was a blessing to all who were near. She could always find the good in everyone, and her laughter was contagious. Acenith was the heartbeat of her family, and her devotion to her loved ones was unmatched as she would move heaven and earth for them. Acenith was never one to focus on material wealth, rather, her time and attention were spent on loving all who were within her reach. She will never be forgotten.
     Acenith Wilder, of Lawton, died on Saturday, December 27, 2014. Acenith’s family includes her four children: Kenneth (Carol) Wilder of Lawton, Carolyn (Barry) Kitzmiller of Gobles, Robert Wilder of Paw Paw, Marlene (Ed) Newington of Coloma; seven grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; brother, Nary Frank Johnson; and many nieces and nephews. Acenith was preceded in death by her husband, Harold; 2 sisters, Verna Westdorp and Helen Richardson; and a step granddaughter, Shelley Snyder. Learn more about Acenith, view her Life Story film and visit with family and friends on Friday from 4-7 p.m. at the Life Story Funeral Home, Betzler & Thompson, 60900 M-40, Paw Paw (657-3870), where services will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. Please visit Acenith’s personal memory page at www.lifestorynet.com where you can share a favorite memory or photo and sign her guestbook before coming to the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Hamilton Grange Hall or a charity of your choice.

NOTE:  Acenith was a 1941 Hartford graduate. 
 

Clyde Colman d 12-25-2014Clyde William Colman, 86, of Berrien Springs, died peacefully at Hanson Hospice Center in Stevensville, Dec. 25, 2014.
    
Clyde was born May 3, 1928, in Hartford, to Frank and Frances Colman and was the last survivor of six siblings: Robert, Jim, and Frank (Bud) Colman, Mabel Nelson, Joan Treat and Margaret Martens. Clyde married Gail Clover on Nov. 9, 1952, in Hartford, and they had three children: Roger (Mara) Colman of Grand Rapids, Carol (Mark) Wiltse of Dublin, Ohio, and Robert (Nicki) Colman of Midland, Mich. Clyde loved and was proud of seven beautiful grandchildren: Ryan, Sara, Matthew, Jennifer, Caleb, Madeleine, Katya, and five great-grandchildren.
     Clyde was proud to serve in the United States Army from 1946-1947. He was the director of operations with the Benton Harbor Schools from 1961-1982. He retired from the Niles school district as coordinator of support services in 1988 after six years. He was a member of the Berrien Center Bible Church and a life member of Masonic Lodge. An avid University of Michigan fan, he attended countless games and special events since the 1950s. Clyde baked over 90 pounds of fudge for family, friends and co-workers every Christmas. He had a love for the game of golf, and for a number of years, he enjoyed being a marshal at the Memorial Golf Tournament in Dublin, Ohio. He will be remembered for his love of family, camping, taking photos at every special event and his endless dry sense of humor.

     A memorial service will be at noon Monday, Dec. 29, at Berrien Center Bible Church, where friends may visit with the family beginning at 11 a.m. Memorials may be made to Berrien Center Bible Church, or to the Berrien Springs Varsity Boys Baseball Club. Online messages for the family may be left at www.allredfuneralhome.com
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NOTE:  Clyde was a 1945 Hartford High School graduate.
 

Ruth Mae Wambaugh d 12-25-2014Ruth Mae Wambaugh, 88, of St. Joseph, passed away Thursday, December 25, 2014 at Hanson Hospice Center in Stevensville.
     A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 2:00 P.M., on Monday, December 29, 2014 at Starks & Menchinger Chapel and Cremation Service, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph, with Pastor Richard Hennig officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 1:00 P.M. until 2:00 P.M. prior to the service at the funeral home. Inurnment will be held at Riverview Cemetery at a later date. Memorials may be made to Children’s Hospital of Michigan Cardiovascular Surgery Department, Hospice at Home, or St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church. Those wishing to share a memory of Ruth may do so at www.starks-menchinger.com.
     Ruth was born September 5, 1926 in Keeler, Twp., to Kenneth and Irene (Fruzen) Brownell. She married Floyd Wambaugh on June 8, 1946 in St. Joseph. Ruth was a wonderful homemaker for her husband and daughter, Susan, for many years. She also worked at V-M and Cooper Wells Assembly in St. Joseph. Ruth was a member of St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church and involved in their Ladies Aid group. She enjoyed taking camping trips with her husband and going out to dinner with her family and friends.
     Ruth is survived by her husband, Floyd of 68 years of marriage; daughter, Susan and Larry Engler of St. Joseph; and granddaughter, Emily Engler of Mishawaka, siblings, Doris Glenn, Lowell Brownell, June Dings, Dorothy Pullano, Roy Brownell and Eleanor Lambrecht.
     Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, siblings Ray Brownell, Kenneth Brownell and Jean “Billy” Head and was also reunited with her grandson, Stephen Milnikel, in heaven on his 37th birthday.

 
Carl Burnette d 12-20-2014Carl William Burnette peacefully left us on December 20, 2014 to travel on his Spiritual Journey, fittingly on the eve of the winter solstice.
     He passed on in Seattle, WA surrounded by his friends in the home of Tracy and Justin Tardiff.  He was born January 24, 1944 in Watervliet Michigan to parents William "Bill" Burnette and Edna-Bahm-Burnette and grew up in the rural farm community of Keeler Michigan.  He attended Keeler Grade School, Hartford High School, and Michigan State University where he received his MA degree magna cum laude in Education.  Carl was involved n FFA, Boy Scouts Debate Club, in all sports, having set track records at HHS that were not broken for many years. He distinguished himself during the Vietnam era by objecting to that war on philosophical grounds. He was the first to do so, and that act changed his life forever.
     Carl journeyed all over the US in his intellectual pursuit of philosophy (always Kant over Nietzsche), astrophysics, astrology, and Microbiology, living in New York, Chicago, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, San Francisco, and Seattle.  He loved cities and would live near college campuses where he had free access to scholarly books, often in Latin so he could read the original text.  He put his research and writing aside long enough to hike and camp in each mountainous terrain where he lived.  He made many wonderful friends along his journeys and was known for his wit, intellect, humor and thirst for knowledge. This pas many years his passion has been researching metabolic metaphysics an cognitive biology.
     He was preceded in death by his parents and his beloved brother Michael. He is survived by his sisters; Judy Sales of Fairview NC and Pat Burnette of St Joseph MI.  And the many, many friends he made along the way.  As one said the Wizard has left the house.

NOTE:  Carl was a 1962 Hartford High School graduate.

Ralph W. Patterson - went home for the last time Saturday December 20th, 2014 with family and friends by his side. Ralph was born November 30th, 1938. Ralph was the seventh child brought home to the family farm in Hartford Michigan, the son of Clarence and Florence Patterson. Growing up on the farm instilled a work ethic in Ralph that would be with him his entire life. After graduation, Ralph decided to head for the big city of Chicago to make his fortune as a diesel mechanic. Ralph loved the mechanic work, along with his pride and joy of the time, his Porsche. Many a law-stretching fun times were had in this car. But the city was not all it was supposed to be, and Ralph returned home to Southwest Michigan.
     Grand Junction was now to be his home, because that is where he and his new bride, the former Darlene Szymanski, were to reside. Ralph began working with his father-in-law John, at JOHNS Manufacturing and Leasing. The years that followed saw Ralphs’ mechanical and engineering genius flourish. He helped to develop the JOHNS forklift that revolutionized the Fruit and Vegetable growing industry in the United States. This piece of equipment was like no other, and became the standard in the industry. Although Ralph retired in 2006, the JOHNS BN Forklift still commands top dollar at auctions, and is still in high demand. Ralph could truly say that he made a difference in the world, and he left it a better place. Ralph was a lifetime member of the Michigan State Horticultural Society, a past Van Buren County Fair Board member, and a member of the Van Buren County Farm Bureau. Ralph also had a soft spot in his heart for the Van Buren Youth Camp, where all of his children attended during the summers. Ralph was honored by the camp as one of the recipients of the Pearl Fisk award for many years of dedication and service to the camp as a lifetime board member.
     Ralph is survived by his wife of 52 years Darlene K. Patterson, three daughters, Tammy (Keith) Dykstra of Hartford, Karen (Tod ) Kubiszak, of Lawrence, Laurie (Chad) Hamilton, of Grand Rapids, and a son, Randy (Brenda) Patterson, of Butler, Wisconsin. Ralph was also blessed with 10 grandchildren, and one great granddaughter. Ralph also has one surviving sibling, Don Patterson of Monticello Indiana. Ralph was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Florence Patterson, two brothers, Dale and Louis, and three sisters, Wanda, Sue, and Lois.
     The family will receive well wishers on Monday, December 22, from 5-7 PM at the Bangor Chapel, D.L. Miller Funeral Home. Funeral mass will be at 11:00 am December 23rd, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church Bangor. Memorials in Ralph’s name may be made to either Sacred Heart Catholic Church or The Van Buren Youth Camp.

NOTE:  Ralph was a 1957 graduate of Hartford High School.
 
Rachel Snodgrass Arnt d 12-19-2014Rachel Lynn (Snodgrass) Arnt, 32, of Eau Claire went to be with the Lord on Friday, Dec. 19, 2014.
    
Rachel was born July 12, 1982, in St. Joseph, the daughter of Larry and Deborah Snodgrass.
    
On July 25, 2009, Rachel and Christopher Arnt were united in marriage. He survives along with their son, Maverick. She is also survived by her parents; a sister, Leslie (Henry) Burrows of Watervliet; her grandmother, Florence “Joann” Kimp of Hartford; a nephew, Trent of Watervliet; her father- and mother-in-law, Greg and Tammy Arnt of Eau Claire; a sister-in-law, Courtney Arnt of Farmington Hills, Mich.; her grandmothers-in-law, Betty Arnt of Eau Claire and Nancy Elliot of Sodus; special friends, Corrina Sheridan of Watervliet and Tracy McClure of Parrish, Fla.; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.
     Rachel was preceded in passing by her grandparents, Gene and Bonnie Snodgrass; her grandfather, Richard Kimp; and her grandfathers-in-law, Clifford Arnt and Homer Elliot.
     Rachel was one who made friends easily and once a friend, you were a friend for life. She was a very giving person who would give anything and everything she had to help someone in need.
    
As per her wishes, cremation has taken place. A celebration of Rachel’s life will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015 at the Bright Star Tabernacle Church, located at 5130 Old Pipestone Road, Eau Claire. Pastor Mike Fields will officiate. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Christopher Arnt for a scholarship fund to be started for their son, Maverick. The family has entrusted the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, with arrangements. Those wishing to leave condolences for the family may do so at http://www.calvin-leonardfh.com.

NOTE:  Rachel was a graduate of HHS class of 2000

Betty Pomeroy-Buysse-Mendenhall d 12-16-2014Betty M. Pomeroy-Buysse-Mendenhall, age 83 years of Niles, Michigan died at 2:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at Lakeland Community Hospital in Niles following an extended illness.
     She was born on December 20, 1930 in Watervliet, Michigan to Frederick and Faye (LaPorte) Wood. She graduated from Watervliet High School, and lived many years in Hartford, Michigan where she was employed at the Kietzer Farm Market, and the Hartford Shopping Center. In 1999 she moved to Niles.
     Betty was a member of Saint Mark Catholic Church in Niles, and the ladies’ auxiliaries to the Niles Eagles, Moose, and American Legion. She was very active in the Red Hat Society of Niles, had been a member of the Mother’s Club in Hartford, and attended activities of the Council on Aging in Cassopolis. She enjoyed needlework, dancing, dining-out, and spending time with her family.
     She was first married to Clarence Pomeroy, Jr. who died on November 22, 1991. She was later married to George C. Buysse who died on July 27, 2006. She was also preceded in death by a son, John Raymond Pomeroy on April 3, 2005; and by sisters, Patricia Newcombe and Mary Rutter.
     On October 26, 2006 in Niles she married Leo Eugene “Gene” Mendenhall who survives. Also surviving are her children, Kenneth Michael “Mike” Pomeroy of Edwardsburg, Michigan, Clarence “Bud” Pomeroy III of Stevensville, Michigan, Randy (& Donna Rosati) Pomeroy of Kalamazoo, Michigan, step-son, Rawleigh Mendenhall of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, and step-daughter, Linda Goodfellow of Salem, Virginia; grandchildren Marshall (& Leslie Deloach) Pomeroy, Diana Pomeroy, Jennifer (& Matt Jones) Pomeroy Jones, Eric Pomeroy, Kristen (& Brad Wolf) Pomeroy Wolf, Dustin Pomeroy, Ryan (& Kiesha) Pomeroy, Jameson Putnick, Alicia (& Adam Kosier) Pomeroy Kosier, and Laurence “Larry” Pomeroy; great-grandchildren Taylor, Kelsey, Madelyn, Ethan, Avery, Macy, Zoe, Bram, Blake, Kaitlyn, Emilee, and Lauren; all of the members of Gene’s great family; Betty’s brother, George Frederick “Pete” Wood of Watervliet, and sister, Delores “Doody” (& Maurice “Mose”) Kietzer of Sister Lakes, Michigan; and more than 100 nieces and nephews of several generations.
     The Catholic Liturgy for Betty Pomeroy-Buysse-Mendenhall will be read at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 21, 2014 at the Halbritter Funeral Home in Niles by the Rev. David Otto of Saint Mary Catholic Church in Niles. Committal at Fairview Cemetery in Watervliet will be private, on a later date.
     The family will receive relatives and friends on Sunday at the funeral home beginning at 1:00 p.m. Contributions in memory of Betty may be made to the Cass County Council on Aging.
 

Victor-Hugo Jimenez, 29, of Hartford passed away suddenly Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, at home.
     Victor-Hugo was born March 22, 1985, in Mexico City. He was currently employed at Premier Tool and Die Cast of Dowagiac. In his spare time, he enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, sports and traveling, but most important, spending quality time with his family.
     Victor-Hugo is survived by his parents, Olivia (Donald) Ragle; two sisters, Andrea (Daniel) Trevino of Niles and Nichole Ragle of Hartford; a brother, Joseph Ragle of Hartford; a grandfather, Martin Jimenez of Elkhart, Ind.; many aunts; and a nephew, Noah Trevino of Niles.
     Cremation has taken place, and a memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, at Faith Bible Church, Lawrence, with Pastor Margaret Salas officiating. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at www.calvinleonardfh. com
 

Nola Louise Wilcoxson, 91, of Niles, formerly of Hartford, passed away peacefully in her home Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, with her family at her side.
     Louise, as she was known by friends and family, is survived by her daughter, Bonita Markillie of Niles; granddaughter, Juliana (Dale) Ekema of Elkhart, Ind.; grandson, Craig Markillie of Savannah, Ga.; and great-grandson, Matthew Liebetrau of East Lansing. She is also survived by step-great-grandchildren: Jessica, Courtney, Nathan, Elizabeth, Joshua, Rebecca, Daniel and Noah Ekema of Elkhart, Ind.; several nieces and nephews; and special friends, the Sitorus family.
     Louise was born May 19, 1923, in Springville, Ala. On Nov. 3, 1951, she married Robert Wilcoxson, who preceded her in death in 2007. She was also preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Eva Lee; brothers: Virgil, Talmadge and Sam Jr.; and son-inlaw, Paul Markillie.
     She was a member of Hartford United Methodist Church, where she volunteered in several areas. Louise was employed by the Watervliet Paper Mill for many years. She enjoyed giving gifts, such as homemade quilts and ceramic art, as a way of showing her love. She was a wonderful cook and loved to can fruits and vegetables during the summer. In her later years she spent many hours reading and working crossword and jigsaw puzzles.
     The family would like to extend a special thanks to Dr. Paloyan of the Marie Yeager Cancer Center, and the staff at Lakeland Community Hospital-Niles, Lakeland Homecare and Hospice at Home.
     A celebration of life service will be at 5 p.m. Thursday Dec. 11, 2014, at Hartford United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Ronald Hansen officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service, from 4-5 p.m. Private burial will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hartford United Methodist Church.
     The family is being assisted by Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at www.
calvin-leonardfh.com.
 
Gerald Fredrick Swisher Sr. of Lake City passed away December 3, 2014 at Mercy Hospital in Cadillac; he was 70 years old. He was born on March 29, Gerald Swisher d 12-3-20141944 in Lawrence, Michigan to Chester P. and Luella (VanRiper) Swisher.
     He enjoyed woodworking, fishing, camping, barbecues, bonfires, as well as spending time with family.
     He is survived by his wife Sandra Jean Swisher (Cowgill) Swisher, and children Rhoda J. Rose, Regina R. Swisher, Virginia A. (Robert) Berg, Jerry F. Jr. (Sharon) Swisher, Dwayne A. Swisher, Tonia L. Swisher, and Alice L. Swisher; his brother Art Swisher; sisters, Audrey Wilson, Bell Gilbert, Jo Stone, and Ethelyn Patrick; grandchildren, Rachel, James, Devin, Jordan, Britany, Allan, David, Shawn, Joshua, Mercedes, Dakota, Dwayne Jr., Makenzy, Veronica, and Stephanie, Jr., Makayla, Chasity, Randy, Alexis, Marc, Renezmae, Riley, Ashley; 19 great grandchildren; nieces, nephews, and cousins.
     He was preceded in death by Jazmine Cunningham, 13 sisters and brothers, his parents, 4 nieces and one great niece.
     A memorial service will be held Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 1pm at the Revival Center of Cadillac with Rev. Will Marcum officiating. Visitation will be held 11-1pm on Saturday at the Revival Center.
 
Glen Robinson d 11-30-2014Glen Richard Robinson, of Hartford passed away Nov. 30, 2014, at the age of 85.
Glen was born May 24, 1929, in Hartford.
     He proudly served his country during the Korean War. He was formerly a police officer with the City of Hartford for seven years, retired from Auto Specialties as a security guard after 18 years of employment and retired from
Seventrees of Benton Harbor after 12 years of employment as a security guard.
     Glen is survived by his wife, Marjorie Robinson; daughter, April (William) Waterkamp; grandchildren: Quentin (Stacy) Waterkamp, Kendel (Louis) Vomastek and great-grandson, Vincent.
     Visitation will be at Calvin Funeral Home from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10. Glen requested no formal service and a private burial. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at http://www.calvin-leonardfh.com.

 


Ruth Ann Seaburg Klein d 11-28-2014Ruth Ann Klein
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just as big hearted as she was loved, Ruth Klein added much to the lives around her. With a grace all her own, her elegant and generous nature enlightened those who shared her company. More than anything, Ruth's love for family was by far her greatest joy. Now gone from love's embrace, the heart of Ruth lives on in the lives she so lovingly touched.
     Ruth's story began during a time of great change in the U.S. Jazz music blossomed, and women won the right to vote. The year 1923 in particular marked many firsts for America. The Walt Disney Company was founded, insulin became available for diabetics, and a vaccine for the whooping cough was developed. However, nothing could compare to the excitement in the lives of Frank and Aletha (Sutherland) Seaburg when the introduction of the cold months of winter found them celebrating the birth of their little girl, Ruth Ann on December 5, 1923.
     Born in Benton Harbor, Michigan, Ruth was the second oldest of eventually four children in the Seaburg household. Her parents were hard working farmers who moved often before moving to Hartford, Michigan in her high school years. Along with attending the local schools, Ruth kept busy with her share of chores on the farm and helped with her younger siblings.
     Like many young women, Ruth had her own ideas and dreams for a bright future filled with hopes for her tomorrows. The onset of World War II left the nation with baited breath during her high school years, and meeting the young man who came to take her breath away was a source of inspiration for Ruth. In the years that followed her high school graduation, Ruth was introduced to Vincent "Don" Klein through a mutual friend who arranged their blind date. Only the beginning of a yearlong courtship, Don and Ruth became husband and wife on April 7,1945 and went on to spend 67, wonderful years together.
     A classy gal for being raised on a farm, Don was quite taken with his new bride. A tried and true farmer himself, farming was not only Don's livelihood, but his passion, too. Before long, Ruth and Don were blessed with the births of three daughters, Shirley, Mary Jane and Carol who shared all the adventures a life of farming had to offer. They made their home on a farm in Flowerfield Township near Three Rivers where they farmed wormwood, strawberries, and asparagus. Ruth provided a good, loving home for Don and the girls. She was a good baker, and loved baking tasty treats for her family, including making wedding cakes with her friend Caroline. Her favorite place to dine was at the Beacon Club, and she liked being waited on.
     Ruth's family was devoted to their Catholic faith and were members of a local parish. She was generous with her time and talents, and her warm hearted demeanor naturally drew others to her side. Elegant with a simple flair, she had a class all her own that made her even more special and endearing in the lives of those who knew and loved her. In her free time, Ruth enjoyed quilting and working in her yard, as well as shopping. She had a penchant for anything purple, and her wardrobe and household clearly depicted her favorite color. She also liked the sounds of Nat King Cole, Celine Dion, and easy listening songs of the heart.
     Through the Farmers Group, Ruth and Don had the opportunity to travel far and wide. They enjoyed trips to destinations such as Europe, Brazil, Israel, and Hawaii, among others. Ruth collected bells and made sure to find a special one to treasure as a reminder of her many travels. However, there was nothing more important to Ruth than the family she adored, especially her grandchildren. She loved each and every time she spent with them, all while watching them grow and succeed to have families to call their own. Over the years many enjoyable times were shared during the holidays with her family, celebrating milestones, experiencing the joys of life, and creating cherished memories to last a lifetime.
     Although simple in nature, Ruth was an elegant woman who exemplified what it means to be a devoted wife and mother, dedicated grandmother, sister, and friend. She leaves much to be remembered, and will be deeply missed.
     Ruth Ann Klein, of Three Rivers passed away Friday, November 28, 2014 at the age of 90. She is survived by her three children; seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren and seven great-great grandchildren; one brother and one sister; as well as several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Vincent “Don” Klein and a bother. Ruth's family will receive friends Tuesday, 5-7 PM at the Life Story Funeral Home, 409 S. Main, Vicksburg (269-649-1697) where her funeral service will take place on Wednesday, 1:00 PM at the same location. Please visit Ruth’s webpage at www.lifestorynet.com where you can sign her online guestbook, and share a memory and/or photo. Those who wish may make contributions to the Kalamazoo Gospel Mission.

NOTE:  Ruth was a 1943 Hartford High School graduate.

Rodney W. Olds, of Cadillac, died Sunday, November 23, 2014, at the Allegan County Medical Care Community. Mr. Olds was born February 10, 1932, in Hartford, the son of William and Marie (Pare) Olds.
     Rod was a Veteran of the United States Air Force. He was a car salesman for many years, having worked in Kalamazoo at Jim Gilmores Cadillac and Pontiac, and in Battle Creek at Kimble Ford.
     Surviving are his daughter: Michelle and Chris Koster; 2 grandchildren: Kyle and Hunter; his sister: Yvonne Allen, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife: Janet, and his son William Michael Olds. Private Graveside services will be held at Maplehill Cemetery in Hartford. A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date. Arrangements by the Gorden Funeral Residence, Allegan Chapel.
 
Melinda Gail Bloomer, 28 of Keeler Township, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, at home.
     Melinda was born May 21, 1986 in Dowagiac, the daughter of Carl and Linda (Brown) Bloomer.
Melinda is survived by her parents, Carl and Linda of Hartford; a brother, Carl Jr. (Tonie) Bloomer of Sister Lakes; two sisters: Linda Michelle Bloomer of Dowagiac and Melissa Lynn Bloomer of Hartford. She is also survived by six nieces and nephews: Oscar Martinez, III, Hayley Haskins, Kanon Haskins, Emily Bloomer, Tiphanie Bloomer and Allison Bloomer.
     Melinda was preceded in passing by her grandparents and an aunt, Charlotte Sieber.
     The family will welcome friends from 11 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, Dec. 2 at the Keeler General Baptist Church, where the service to honor her memory will commence at noon. Pastor Efrain Maya will officiate. Burial will follow in Keeler Cemetery. Memorial donations in Melinda’s name may be made to the family. The family has entrusted the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, with arrangements. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at http://www.calvin-leonardfh.com.

 
Sandra Dimas d 11-24-2014Sandra Joane Dimas, 49 of Hartford, passed away suddenly Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, at Lakeland Regional Medical Center, St. Joseph.
     Sandra was born May 11, 1965 at the U.S. Army Hospital in Verdun, France, the daughter of James and Irmgard (Ubell) Reed. She was a 1983 graduate of Lawrence High School and had been employed with the United States Postal Service, Hartford Post Office, since 1988. Sandra was preceded in passing by her father, James Reed, Sr.
     Sandra married David Dimas, the love of her life, on August 21, 1993. Sandy always had a great sense of humor and wit and was strong, kind, generous, fun-loving and talented. In her spare time, she loved to draw and was an amazing artist. She also liked tending to her garden, but her most precious times were spent with her children, whom she loved with all of her heart.

A ray of sunshine has been dimmed in our family, but only until we see her again in heaven.

     Sandra is survived by her husband, David Dimas; three children: Christopher James, David Michael and Kaitlyn Elisa, all at home; her mother, Irmgard; three siblings: James (Joan) Reed of N.Y., Betty Reed of Lawrence and Donna “Cookie” McIntyre of Paw Paw; two nephews: Joseph (Karen) and Jeremy (Katherine); a niece, Veronica; two grandnephews and a grandniece: Derek, Aleesya and Sean; four aunts: Josephine, Pat, Belle and Chub; an uncle, Jerry; numerous cousins and many other family members.
     The family will welcome friends from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 1 p.m. with Monsignor Leo Cartagena as celebrant. Burial will follow in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford. Memorial donations in Sandra’s name may be made to the family. The family has entrusted the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, with arrangements. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at http://www.calvin-leonardfh.com.
 
Eugene Snodgrass d 11-23-2014Eugene Edwin Snodgrass, 84, of Hartford, loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather, went to his rest Nov. 23, 2014.
     Eugene was born July 5, 1930, to Vern and Fern (Jackson) Snodgrass in South Bend. He was a self-employed carpenter, which is why he did so much wood work. He also loved to go camping and repair lawn mowers.
     Eugene leaves behind his loving family, which includes his children: Connie (Frank) Yerington of Bangor; and Eugene (Linda Hill) Snodgrass Jr., Ron (Jean) Snodgrass, Larry (Deborah) Snodgrass and Michelle Rittase (Ryan Watson), all of Hartford; 12 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Everet “Butch” Wiles of Cassopolis.
     Eugene was preceded in death by his wife, the former Veronica “Bonnie” Swisher; his parents; and five brothers.
     The family will receive friends from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, at Hartford Federated Church, where a service to honor his memory will begin at 1 p.m., with Pastor Steven Bisbee and David Geisler officiating. Burial will follow in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford. Memorial donations in Eugene’s name may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. The family has entrusted Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, with arrangements. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at www.calvin-leonardfh.com.
 

Juan Reyna d 11-21-2014Juan Francisco Reyna, 66, of Hartford passed away Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, at Lakeland Community Hospital, Watervliet. Juan was born Oct. 4, 1948, in Joiner, Ark., the son of Bobby and Teodora (Solis) Reyna, both of whom preceded him in passing. Also preceding him in passing was a brother, Lupe Reyna.
     Juan enjoyed fishing, hunting and working with his hands as a mechanic, and he was the “Biggest Little Man” you could ever meet.
     Juan is survived by his former wife, Maria Aurora Rodriguez; seven children: Irene (Sotero) Reyna of Eagle Point, Ore.; Sandra (Vernon) Reyna, Cecilia (Noe) Gonzalez, Teresa (Javier) Reyna-Aviles, Juan Reyna, Jr. and Migel (Jessica) Reyna, all of Coloma; 24 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; his former wife, Aurora Cantu, and daughter Petra Reyna of Houston, Texas; three stepchildren: Rosalva (Tim) Rodriguez-Earl of Oshtemo; and Veronica Rodriguez and Esiquio (Omaira) Rodriguez, both of Kalamazoo; and nine grandchildren; and five brothers: Rudy Reyna of Mattawan; Roberto Reyna of Lawton; Gabino Reyna of Pearsall, Texas; Bobby Reyna of South Haven; and Atanico Reyna of San Antonio; and ; and a sister, Stella (Jose) Reyna-Rodarte of Hartford
     The family will welcome friends from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 28, at Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, where a service to honor his memory will begin at 1 p.m. Pastor Margaret Salas of Iglesia del Espiritu Santo in Paw Paw will officiate. Burial will follow in Hill Cemetery, Lawrence. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at www.calvin-leonardfh.com.
 

Alta Scott d 11-19-2014Alta Scott, 90, of Hartford passed away Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, at Hanson Hospice Center, Stevensville.
     Alta was born Oct. 28, 1924, in Hector, Ark., the daughter of Granville and Gertie (Rogers) Prince, both of whom preceded her in passing. She was also preceded in death by her husband, John, and a sister, Mary Prince.
     Alta enjoyed spending time outdoors, especially when she had a garden. She loved anything that she could get to grow. She would spend hours watching the squirrels at her apartment. She was an awesome cook and loved making peanut brittle at Christmas.
     Alta is survived by her children: Rosemary (Hervey) Tanner of Coloma; Clyde (Sharon) Gott of Hillsboro, Mo.; Anna (Ted) Mabry of Paragould, Ark.; John (Pat) Scott of Covert; Dale (Lennie) Scott of Charlotte, N.C.; Ronnie (Pat) Scott of Sodus and Connie Osborn (Larry Dillenbeck) of Hartford, 18 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; 28 great-great-grandchildren; four sisters: Lucille Key of Fort Smith, Ark.; Wanda Patterson of Shelbyville, Mo.; Versie Cassidy of Stockton, Calif.; and Shirley Jarvis of Russelville, Ark.; and a brother; Norman Prince of Russelville, Ark.
     The family will receive friends from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, at Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford, followed at 1 p.m. by a service to honor Alta’s memory. Officiating will be Pastor Doyle Jackson of River of Life Church in Watervliet. Alta will be laid to rest in North Shore Memory Gardens, Coloma. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Alta’s name may be made to Hanson Hospice Center in Stevensville. Those wishing to leave a memorial condolence for the family may do so at http://www.calvin-leonardfh.com.
 
Jesse Dean De May, 88, of Coloma went home to be with the Lord on Nov. 17, 2014, after his short time with Jesse De May d 11-17-2014Alzheimer’s. He was born Jan. 5, 1926, to Jessie (Wallace) and John De May.
     Jesse had a lot of friends and family who loved him and will miss him dearly. He had a lot of “mini” doxies:
Honzee, Snickers, Poo Doo, Cuddles, Trooper, Big Chopper and Little Chopper. His friends were Roger (Alta) Bowen; Mark (Sharon) Little; Pastor Davey and his wife, Dorothy; Andy (Joyce) Thomas and many, many more, too many to remember.
     Jesse is survived by his wife of 67 years, Jessica (Long) De May; his daughters, Sherrian Daugherty and Vicki (De May-Wier) Wood; four grandchildren: DiAnn (Ted) Brunell, David Daugherty, Fawn Lewis and Dustin Wier; and seven great-grandchildren: Justin Brunell, Corey Brunell, Holly Brunell, Trea Lewis, Sebastian Lewis, Noah Wier and Greylyn Wier.
     His parents, Jessie and John; a brother, Elmer De May; and two sisters, Lovey (De May) Crawford and Freda (De May-Welty) Whitcomb, all went home to be with Jesus before Jesse.
     He put 36 years of his life into Whirlpool Corp. and made more friends there to add to the many others. He also had a lot of hobbies. He liked wood working and built his home, drum and bugle corps, fishing, hunting, music, singing and going to the Gaither vocal band concerts. He loved being in the Navy on the LST 901. He was a member of Crystal Springs Church of God, where he gathered more friends. He was also a wonderful singer and sang in church as a solo/duet many times. A special thank-you to Hospice, Area Agency on Aging and Riveridge Manor in Niles.
     A memorial will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25, at Crystal Springs Church of God. The family has entrusted Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, with arrangements. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at http://www.calvin-leonardfh.com.
 
Francis Carl Roush, 80, of Hartford, passed away suddenly Monday, Nov. 17, 2014. at home. Frenchy”, as he was known by most, was born June 12, 1934, in Traverse City, the son of Wilson and Hazel (Strait) Roush, both of whom precede him in passing. Also preceding him in passing were his wife, Barbara; a son, Dennis Roush; five brothers: William, Donald, Alfred, Harry and Harold and a sister, Louise.
     Francis retired from
Gast Manufacturing after 25-plus years. In the late 50’s and early 60’s, he enjoyed pitching for various fast-pitch softball teams in the Benton Harbor area. Throughout his life he always enjoyed raising and training hunting dogs, from Beagles to Walkers.
     Francis is survived by a son, Keith (Chris) Roush of Hartford; daughter, Diane Roush (Gary Walters) of Allegan and her children: Alexander (Nicole) Nee of Richfield, Minn., and Theresa Nee of Grand Rapids; Alexander’s daughter, Nora Jean Nee of Richfield, Minn.; son, Brian (Stacey) Thornton of Lutz, Fla., and his children: Jessica, Jacob and Joey Thornton and son, Scott Thornton of Hartford; five brothers, Bob, Louie, Leonard, George and Floyd; three sisters: Esther, Helen and Jane and many in-laws, nieces and nephews.
     As per Francis’ wishes, cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Francis’ name may be made to the Scleroderma Research Foundation. The family has entrusted the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, with arrangements. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at http://
www.calvin-leonardfh.com.
 
Laura Jean Meissner, 55, formerly of Hartford, was born Jan. 10, 1959, in Grand Rapids. She was the daughter of Walter and Margaret (Maitner) Hess Jr. Laura passed away suddenly at her home in Kalamazoo on Friday, Oct. 31, 2014.
     Laura is survived by a son, Christopher Meissner of Hartford; a daughter, Joy (Edgar) Zepeda of Wyoming, Mich.; three grandchildren; Christmas Snow, her loving companion cat; and her siblings: Anna (Leon) Hudson of Hartford; Paul (Barbara) Hess of Wilmington, N.C.; Robert Hess of Wyoming, Mich.; John (Mavis) Hess of Kentwood, Mich.; Donald (Gladys) Hess of Howard City, Mich.; and Vincent (Victoria) Hess of Lisbon Falls, Maine.
     Laura was extremely proud of her sobriety and loved times spent with her family, especially her grandchildren.
     As per Laura’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A memorial service to honor her memory will commence at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, at Eau Claire Community Congregational Church, with Pastor David Reed officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the family. The family has entrusted the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, with arrangements. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at http://www.calvin-leonardfh.com.

 
Stanley John Kozicki, 65, of Hartford passed away Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo.
     Stanley was born Nov. 15, 1948, in Chicago, the son of Walter and Julia (Proehl) Kozicki, both of whom preceded him in passing. He was also preceded in passing by his first wife, Susan Hope-Kozicki; three sons: Tony, Allen and Stanley (Jr.) Kozicki; a daughter, Sheila Kozicki, two sisters; and two brothers.
     Stanley was formerly employed with Clinton Watch Co. in Illinois. He loved watching NASCAR, his food and, most important, the laughs and the time he spent with his family, especially his sons.
     Stanley is survived by his wife, Pamela; a son, Tom (LouAnn
) Kozicki of Watervliet; and two grandsons, Allen (Angela) Kozicki of Mesa, Ariz., and Cody (Alyssa Groth) of Watervliet.
     A service to honor his memory will commence at 9 a.m. Monday, Nov. 3, at Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, with Pastor Shannon Truelove of Full Gospel Assembly Church officiating. Burial will follow in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford. Memorial donations be made to the family.

 

Harold Martin d 10-2014
Harold L. Martin
of Hartford passed away peacefully at the age of 88. He was the beloved husband of Laurine and was proceeded in death by his first wife, Joyce.
     He was the dearest father of Charlene (William), Patricia, Jeffery (Vicki), Dale (Jamie), Linda and Mary Ellen (Peter), and the loving stepdad of Andrea (Marty), Brent (Cheri) and Collette (Troy). He is also survived by many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
     Harold was a World War II veteran, and was retired from the Watervliet Paper Mill.
     A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, at Calvin Funeral Home, 8 E. Main St., Hartford.
 
Raymond Neil Rodgers of Hartford passed away Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014, at the Timbers of Cass County in Dowagiac. He was 91 years young.
Raymond Neil Rodgers d 10-26-2014      The family will receive friends from 10-10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 1,
2014, at Hartford General Baptist Church. The North Berrien Military Rites Team will then conduct military rites, followed by a memorial service to honor Raymond's life. Pastor Steven Bisbee will officiate. As to Raymond's wishes, cremation has taken place. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice at Home. Memorial condolences for the family can be left at www.calvin-leonardfh.com.
     Raymond was born Nov. 17, 1922 in Tower, Mich., the son of Neil and Florence (Plumber) Rodgers, both of whom preceded him in passing. He was also preceded by six sisters and two brothers.
     Raymond served his country proudly in the United States Army during World War II. After the service, Raymond worked at the Burnette Foundry in Keeler and retired from Auto Specialties after 30 years of faithful employment. For relaxation, he loved to hunt and fish.
Raymond married the former Elizabeth Neff on Nov. 1, 1942, and for the next 72 years they enjoyed their lives together.
     Elizabeth survives, along with the children: Nora Jean (David) Foote of Rudyard, Mich.: and Mary Rodgers and Tom (Tammy) Rodgers, both of Hartford. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Keith (Katherine) Foote of Bronson, Mich., David (Tonya) Foote of Watervliet and Aaron Rodgers of Kleve, Germany; great-grandchildren: Bryan, Rachel, Michael, Garrett and Gavin; and a sister, Genevieve Morris of Flushing, Mich.
 
Virgil Robert Smith d 10-21-2014Virgil Robert Smith, 89, of Hartford, loving uncle of Vicki (Ross) Efting, Neil (Carol) Schaus and Sherry Leonard, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014 at Hanson Hospice Center, Lincoln Township. He is also survived by many other family members.
     Virgil was born Aug. 7, 1925, the son of Hiram and Agnes (Darling) Smith, both of whom precede him in passing. Also preceding him passing were a brother, Vern Smith; a sister, Mable Ekstrom; a half-brother, Gordon Tuttle, Sr.; a great-niece, Erin Schaus; and a great-nephew, Steven Efting.
     Virgil was formerly employed at the Watervliet Paper Mill and the U.S. Post Office in South Haven. He was also instrumental in starting the Dog n' Suds in Watervliet. He faithfully attended the Hartford Federated Church. In his spare time, you could catch him tending to his yard and traveling all over the world.
     As per Virgil's wishes, cremation has taken place and a private burial will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations are made to the American Cancer Society. The family has entrusted the Calvin Funeral Home with arrangements.
Those wishing to leave condolences for the family may do so at http://www.calvin-leondardfh.com.

NOTE: Virgil was a 1943 Hartford High School graduate.
 
Myrtle Irene Stoddard, 91, of Avon Park, Florida, formerly of Hartford, peacefully passed away at the home of her daughter on October 13, 2014.
Myrtle Irene Stoddard d 10-13-2014      Myrt was born on February 25, 1923 in Toppenish Washington to William and Myrtle (Stroud) Ray. She was the fourth of six siblings all of whom preceded her in death. The family moved to Michigan where Myrt married the love of her life Clinton (Chink) Stoddard. They had been married for 70 years when Clinton passed away. Together they lived their lives to the fullest and enriched the lives of so many others along the way. Myrt was full of compassion and unconditional love. She always put others needs above her own no matter what she herself was going through.
     Myrt is survived by her children, William (Nancy); Judith (Ed) Downer and Richard (Jan). Six grandchildren: Terri; Sandi; Jerry (Christin); Jennifer; Stephanie and Mathew. She also leaves behind two most precious great-grandchildren: Donovan and Gabby as well as numerous other loving relatives and friends.
     In addition to Clinton, her beloved sister Mary Sweet, brother Earl Ray and grandson Jeffrey (Heather) Stoddard precede her in death. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Myrtle’s memory to Good Shepherd Hospice, 1110 Hammock Road, Sebring, FL 33870. www.chaptershealth.org. A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 3, 2014, at the Federated Church in Hartford, with the Rev. Dave Gilbert officiating.
 
Edward Frank Cotman d 9-2-2014Edward Frank Cotman, 58, of Hartford passed away Sept. 2, 2014, at his home.
Frank Jr., as he was known to most, was born Jan. 4, 1956, in Watervliet. He was the son of Frank and Lucy (Calabrese) Cotman, both of whom preceded him in passing.

     Frank graduated from Hartford High School and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree. He was employed at Gast Manufacturing for more than 30 years. Frank was a Harley-Davidson motorcycle enthusiast and even built his own motorcycles from the ground up. In his spare time, he enjoyed hunting and fishing and was a member of the NRA.
     Family and friends will gather from 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, at Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford. At 7:30 p.m., a time of remembering Frank’s life will be shared by one of Frank’s closest friends, Lucky Glasgow. After the service, a get-together will begin at 8 p.m. at the Cotman residence. The family has requested that anyone wanting to send flowers, please send perennial flowers. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at http://www.calvin-leonardfh.com.
     Frank is survived by his wife, Virginia; a son, Frankie Cotman of Hartford; and a sister, Angie (Tommy) Campanaro of Glendale, Ariz.

NOTE: Frank was a 1974 Hartford High School graduate.
 
Carl Dexter DeLoach, 70, of Hartford, was called home to Heaven, on Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014, at Lakeland Regional Medical Center, St. Joseph.
     A service to honor his memory will be held on Thursday, Oct. 16, at 3 p.m. at the Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford, with Pastor Thomas Fuller officiating. Military rites will also be conducted by the North Berrien Military Rites Team. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, Oct. 17 from 5-7 p.m. at the Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford. As to Carl’s wishes, cremation will follow the service. In lieu of flowers those wishing to make a memorial may do so to the family or to the American Cancer Society. Memorial condolences for the family can be left on our website at http://
www.calvin-leonardfh.com.
     Carl was born on April 15, 1944, in Lepanto, Ark., the third of fourteen children of Norman and Zelma (Blevens) DeLoach, both of whom precede him in passing. He served his country proudly in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He retired from Love Joy of South Haven after many years of faithful employment.      His most joy was spending time with his grandchildren. You would often see him hot roding around town in his beloved 1971 Chevelle. Carl also loved doing carpentry work, especially on his own home.
     Carl married the former Monica Shafer on Oct. 23, 1976, and she survives along with their daughter, Leslie (Marshal Pomeroy) DeLoach; two granddaughters; Livia and Madelyn and thirteen siblings; Billy (Linda) DeLoach of Lawrence, Thomas (Jeaqnette) DeLoach of Pocahontas, Ark., Charles (Sharon) DeLoach of Decatur, Mary (Doyle) Drane of Hartford, Linda (George) Bergeson of Paw Paw, James (Joyce) DeLoach of Columbia, Tenn., Richard DeLoach of Hartford, Bonnie Imler of Watervliet, Judy (Bill) Haberland of South Haven, Daniel DeLoach, Kenneth DeLoach, Norma (David) Bulat and Mark DeLoach, all of Hartford and special friends, Pete Vassar and Joe Cross.

 
Rhoda Lee Ottolini d 10-2-014Rhoda Lee Ottolini, 90, died Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014, at Washington County Extended Care Center in Nashville, ILL. She was born Sunday, Dec. 2, 1923, in Hartford to Earl and Margaret Stickney Lee.
     In September 1946, in St. Joseph, Rhoda was united in marriage to Angelo C. Ottolini, whom she met during World War II. She was a defense worker and Angelo served in the Army. After the war, they married and moved to Herrin, ILL.
     Mrs. Ottolini was retired from Allen Industries and formerly worked with her husband in his business, Ange's Grocer Store. She was a devoted wife to her husband, Angelo; active in crafts at the senior center; and was a member of the Methodist faith.
     Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law Cynthia and David Hardin of Phoenix; a son and daughter-in-law, Robin Lee and Georgena Ottolini of Okaville, ILL; and one grandson, James Lee Hardin of Phoenix. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Agelo; one grandson, Jeremy David Hardin; a brother, Roger Lee; and four sisters: Barbara Truhn, Louise Engle, Sally Lee and Ann McGriff.
     Memorials can be made to the donor's choice.
     A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Van Natta Funeral Home, at 427 S. Park Ave., Herrin, IL 62948, with the Rev. Chester Wisely officiating. Visitation will be from 9-11 a.m. at the funeral home. Interment will be in San Carlo Cemetery in Herrin.

NOTE: Rhoda was a 1942 Hartford High School graduate.
Nora Hunt d 9-30-2014Nora Elizabeth Hunt, 30, of Hartford, MI, passed away Monday, September 30, 2014, at Bronson Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo, MI.
     Nora was born in Baton Rouge, LA., on August 22, 1984 to Joey Moore & Charon (Bertelsen) Hense. She was a devoted mother and wife, her family was her priority. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.
     She is survived by her husband Justin Hunt Sr, her five children; Ryan Moore, Isiah Moore, Nicholas Moore, Justin Hunt Jr., Natalee Hunt, her brothers; Alberto Martinez and James Hense a sister Christy Ainslee, her parents; Alvis & Charon Hense, her father; Joey J. Moore, and her in-laws Sharolyn and Joseph Hunt.
     Nora has been entrusted to Clark Chapel and Cremation Services, 405 Center St., Dowagiac, MI. Arrangements are pending at this time. Those wishing to leave a memory of Nora my do so online at www.clarkch.com.
 
Harry Franklin Fuller, 67 of Hartford, passed away Friday, Sept. 26, 2014, at his home.
     Harry was born July 17, 1947, in Watervliet, the son of Allie and Catherine (Davis) Fuller, both of whom precede him in passing. Harry was also preceded in passing by a sister, Betty Heffington and two brothers, Harold and Gerald Fuller.
     Harry retired from Mann Metal Finishing in Hartford after numerous years of faithful employment. He was also a dedicated family man, who was a loving husband, father and grandfather.
     Harry married the former Elizabeth Reed on Sept. 21, 1968. She survives, along with five children: Harry Fuller of Lawrence, Kathy Fuller Burnett, James Fuller and Jeff fuller, all of Hartford, and Jerry Myers Hunter of College Station, Texas; nine grandchildren; a sister Jackie Heffington of Hartford; two brothers: Thomas (Cathy) Fuller of Watervliet and David Fuller of Hartford; and two stepbrothers: Allen Briggs of Bangor and John Briggs of Coloma.
     There will be a graveside service at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 29, at Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford. The family has entrusted the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, with arrangements. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences may do so at http://www.calvin-leonardfh.com.

NOTE: Harry was from the 1966 Class of HHS.
 

Beverly Jane Bumann d 9-4-2014Beverly Jane Bumann, age 84 of Brighton passed away September 4, 2014.
     She was born in Hartford, MI, the daughter of Clare and Lucille (Carter) Weeks. She married Orland Bumann on June 20, 1948 in Hartford, MI. Orland preceded her in death in 1992.
     Beverly attended Cornerstone Evangelical Presbyterian Church and enjoyed baking, gardening and watching old movies. Her greatest joy in life was her family, especially her grandchildren. Prior to her retirement in 1994 she had been employed by the Christian Businessman’s Committee.
     She is survived by her children: David (Jane), Mark (Robin) and Matthew, 9 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. Her best friend in the entire world also survived her, Nellie.
     Visitation will be held on Sunday September 7th, from 1:00-4:00 P.M. at Keehn Funeral Home in Brighton, MI. There will be a brief memorial service immediately following visitation at Keehn Funeral Home, for family and anyone who wishes to attend. Memorial contributions in Beverly’s name may be made to ‘Right to Life of Michigan’ with envelopes available at the funeral home.

NOTE: Beverly was a 1948 Hartford High School graduate.

Leo Joseph (Bud) Latus d 9-3-2014Leo Joseph (Bud) Latus was born March 3, 1930 in Memorial Hospital Benton Harbor, Michigan and died at his home in Hartford, Michigan on Wednesday, September 3, 2014.
Bud was the son of Dr. and Mrs. Leo F. Latus who preceded him in death, as did a sister Mary Ellen Learner. Bud graduated from Hartford High School in 1947 and Coyne Electric in Chicago in 1949. He married Lois Annette Kussmann in Hartford on September 17, 1949 in Hartford. Together they raised five children, Marilyn (George) Thornburg, Barbara (Ken) Oosterbaan, Michael (Donna) Latus, Jill (Michael) Hallgren,
and Joan (Joseph) Pipp. All of their children graduated from Hartford Public Schools and received degrees from Michigan colleges.
     After graduation from Coyne Electric he returned to Hartford and worked at Riverside Electric in Riverside, Michigan for eighteen years. From 1967 to 1976 he was the plant superintendent at a new food processing plant in Hartford; Cherry Growers/Duffy Mott. In 1976, he was the plant engineer for Michigan Fruit Canners in Benton Harbor, South Haven and Fennville, Michigan
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He served as Hartford’s Cub Master for several years and served on the Hartford School Board for nine years (1967-1976).
     Bud had served the Athletic Department at HHS for 39 years running the score board clock during the football season. He served on the Zoning and Planning Commission for Hartford for twenty-one years and worked on the Concerts in the Park Committee for several years.
     He served on the City Commission from 1991 to 1996 and as Interim City Manager for six months, January to June, 1999. He also served as a City Commissioner from 2002 to 2013 and actively served on the I-94/Red Arrow Corridor development.
     Bud was honored with the Lion’s Club Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012 and a Special Tribute from the State of Michigan on November 18. 2013 for his more than 35 years of service to his community.
     Bud is survived by Lois, his bride of 64 years, his children and his brothers, Thomas (Marilyn), Peter, Robert (Elizabeth), his sisters Frances DelPizzo and Alice (Clarence) Hill. He is also survived by thirteen grandchildren, four great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
     Memorials may be made to Hospice Care, Rose Arbor of Southwest Michigan, 222 North Kalamazoo Mall, Suite 100, Kalamazoo or to Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Hartford, Michigan
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Visitation for Leo (Bud) Latus will be held at Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford on Sunday, September 7, 2014 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. with a rosary said at 6:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be at Immaculate Conception Church on Monday, September 8, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. with a luncheon served in the Church Hall after burial in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford, Michigan
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Ronald Pleyer d 8-16-2014
Ronald
Pleyer, age 75, of Lowell passed away on Saturday, August 16, 2014.
     He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Judy; 3 daughters, Michele (Gary) Stanley of Lowell, Lisa Kil of Schererville, and Marcy (Charles) Ishmael of Lowell; 4 grandchildren, Kyle Kil, Kyleigh Stanley, Danielle Kil, and Shaun Ishmael; 8 brothers and sisters all of MI. Preceded in death by infant son, Michael Scott; his parents, Joe and Ann Pleyer; and sister, Joan Tanner.
     Friends may meet with the family on Thursday, August 21, 2014 from 1:30 to 6:30 pm at Burdan Funeral Home 12901 Wicker Ave (corner of Rt 41 & 129th Ave) Cedar Lake. A service will be held at 6:00 pm with Fr. Ted Nordquist officiating. Cremation will follow.
     Ron was employed in the heating and air-conditioning business for many years as an excellent draftsman. He was an avid fisherman and loved to play golf. Ron had a big heart for helping others and will be greatly missed by his loving family and many friends.

NOTE:  Ron was a 1957 Hartford High School graduate.

Theresa McFarland Drane Morris d 8-13-2014Theresa Ann McFarland Drane Morris, 65, of Hartford passed away Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, at Borgess Medical Center, Kalamazoo.
     Theresa was born Sept. 7, 1948, in Watervliet, the daughter of Jay and Charlene (Kaylor) McFarland. Her father preceded her in passing.
     Theresa worked in the automotive business early on, but later had her own cleaning business for a number of years. She lived in the Hartford area for most of her life. She also resided in Maryland and Florida for a number of years.
     The family will welcome friends from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, at Hartford Federated Church, where a celebration of life service will commence at 1 p.m. Pastor David Gilbert will officiate. Theresa will be laid to rest in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Theresa’s name may be made to Hartford Federated Church for senior services. Those wishing to leave condolences for the family may do so at www.calvin-leonardfh.com
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     Theresa is survived by her husband, Bill, whom she married Nov. 14, 2002; two daughters, Cynthia Lynn Gilman of Fort Myers, Fla., and Tammy (David) Millword of Lawrence; eight grandchildren: Amanda, Donald, Susan, Jennifer, Jessica, Benjamin, CJ and Joshua; two great­grandchildren, Dakota and Aiden; her mother; a brother, Terry (Adrienne) McFarland of Severn, Md.; and three stepdaughters: Diane (Cecil) Wismer of Hartford; Sheryl (Mark) Horawitze of Phoenix, Ariz.; and Dawn Berbert of Salt Lake City.

NOTE: Theresa was from the 1966 Class of HHS.
 
Carlos Jovani Moreno, 9, of Hartford passed away suddenly Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo.
     Carlos was born Sept. 11, 2004, in Watervliet, the son of Filiberto Moreno and Esperanza Rakins. He was a third­grader at Woodside Elementary in Hartford. He loved soccer, scooters and riding his bike.
     Carlos is survived by his parents; two brothers, Uriel and Anthony Moreno-Aguilar; stepmother, Clara Aguilar; grandparents, Pastor Moreno and Catalina Paniagua; two aunts, Diana and Margarita Moreno; three uncles: Pastor, Rodrigo and Adrian Moreno; and god­parents, Alejo Moreno and Diana Hurtado.

     Mass of Christian Burial will be at noon Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Hartford. The family will greet friends one hour prior to the service. Monsignor Leo Cartagena will officiate. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the family. Those wishing to leave a condolence for the family may do so at www.calvin-leonardfh.com
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Debra Ann Keyser, 61, of St. Joseph passed away surrounded by family and friends at Hanson Hospice Center in Stevensville on Aug. 6, 2014. She was born Aug. 8, 1952, in Bay City, Mich., the daughter of Lloyd and Janet Housel.
     Debra was an avid gardener, scrapbooking enthusiast and master seamstress. She also served the city of Hartford with four terms on City Council and five years on the Planning and Zoning Commission. Debra enjoyed spending time with her family and lived life to the fullest.
     She is survived by her three children: Eric Hunt of Holland, Mich.; Matthew Hunt of Kalamazoo; and Michael Keyser of Kentwood, Mich.; four grandchildren: Noah Hunt, Anna Hunt, Ian Hunt and Desmond Keyser; her mother, Janet Housel of Indianapolis; a brother, Michael Housel of Indianapolis; a sister, Michelle LaPan of Indianapolis; and close family friend, Rhonda Fillmore of St. Joseph. She was preceded in death by her father, Lloyd Housel.
     A private memorial service will be held for family and close friends. Condolences may be sent online at www.mkdfuneralhome. com.

 
Mary L. Wiacek, 76, of South Haven died Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014 at the Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo. Mary was born June 27, 1938 in Hartford, Michigan. to Frank and Michaeline “Molly” (Krolikowska) Wiacek.
     Mary worked as a teacher and administrator for the South Haven Public Schools for over 30 years. She taught in classrooms at Central and Lincoln Schools. Mary was the organist at Sacred Heart Catholic Church for many years. Mary was an avid button collector.
     Mary is preceded in death by her sister, Rose Ann Howard.
She is survived by her sister, Kathleen (Byron) Ward of Hamilton, Mich. Four nieces, two nephews, seven grand nieces and one grand nephew also survive.
     Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014 at the Filbrandt Family Funeral Home of South Haven. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Bangor. Mary will be laid to rest in the Arlington Hill Cemetery in Bangor. Friends wishing to make a memorial contribution could make one to the American Cancer Society or to Sacred Heart Catholic Church for a Mass. Kindly share your thoughts and memories on the family’s online guest book at www.FilbrandtFFH.com.
The family is being helped by the Filbrandt Family Funeral Home of South Haven, 637-0333.

 
Thomas James McConnell, 63, of Keeler Township passed away Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, at home.
Per Tom’s wishes, cremation has taken place, and a memorial celebration to honor his memory will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, at Keeler Church of God, with Pastor Boyd Saylor officiating. The family has requested that those wishing to make a memorial do so to the family. Memorial condolences for the family can be left at www.calvinleonardfh.com.
     Tom was born July 1, 1951, in Watervliet, the son of Allen and Tinnie (Miller) McConnell. He was a graduate of Hartf
ord High School, class of 1969, and for a number of years he was employed at the Zenith/ Heath Corp. in St. Joseph. He also worked at Four Seasons Pool and Spa of Coloma. In his spare time, he enjoyed fishing; playing Christian songs on his guitar, including many that he wrote; and woodworking. He actually built the home the family lived in. He was in the U.S. Army during Vietnam War.
     Tom married the former Nancy Hoyt on July 14, 1969. She survives, along with two sons, Randy McConnell of Baroda and Brian (Lori) McConnell of Elkhart, Ind.; four grandchildren; his mother; a brother, Charles McConnell; and four sisters: Sue Hand, Anita Bard, Barbara Roush and Betty Bitely.
     Tom was preceded in passing by his father and two sisters, Cindy Glenn and Loretta Mesick.



David Allen Moore  d 7-28-2014David Allen Moore - Visitation for David Allen Moore, 47, of Jasper [FL] will be 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. Sunday, August 3, 2014 at Farmer Funeral Home in Silsbee FL.   
     Mr. Moore passed away July 28, 2014 at Christus Jasper Memorial Hospital. David was a native of Watervliet, Michigan and a resident of Jasper.  He was a truck driver.
     He is preceded in death by his adoptive parents Reginald and Lucille Moore and grandchild Addison Moore. Survivors include his mother Winnie Boyer; sons Zachary and Gabriel Moore; sisters Regina Tibbs, Gwen Derrick, and Cindy Moore; brothers Rick Moore, Alvin Moore and Wendell Moore; numerous nieces and nephews and many friends.

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David was a 1984 Hartford High School graduate.

Lucille Richter d 7-28-2014Lucille (Smoot) Richter, 95, of Keeler Township went to meet her Lord and Savior on July 28 at Hanson Hospice Center in Stevensville. Lucille had directed that her body be donated to the University of Michigan Medical School. Cremation will take place at a later date, and her ashes will be interred at Keeler Cemetery beside her deceased husband, Alfred Richter.
     Lucille was born in Watervliet to Frank Smoot and Mary (Bellinger) Smoot on Oct. 2, 1918. She attended Bainbridge Center School and graduated from Watervliet High School in 1935 at age 16. She attended Benton Harbor Business College.

     Lucille was employed as a secretary and bookkeeper at Troost Brothers Furniture Store for six years. She and Alfred Richter were married Sept. 17, 1938, in Benton Harbor. After the birth of her first son, William, she returned to work while husband Alfred served in North Africa and Italy during World War II. During this time, she worked at Dachel-Carter Shipbuilding as transportation clerk, securing ration books for company employees.
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n 1947, Alfred and Lucille purchased a farm of 60 acres in Keeler Township and began a lifelong career of raising many types of vegetables. That tradition continues today with her youngest son, Ronald.
Lucille is survived by her sons: William (Holly) Richter of Stevensville, Larry (Dixie) Richter of Decatur and Ronald Richter of Decatur; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Alfred; a brother, Lloyd; and sisters, Mabel Kerr and Rosella McNair.
     Lucille will be remembered for her tireless efforts on the family farm, as she worked the land providing for her family and countless numbers of employees and friends. She was devoted to her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ as a member of the Calvary Bible Church for more than 50 years of service as a teacher and servant of the Lord. She enjoyed tracing her family history back to some of the earliest settlers in the United States. Later in life, she was able to travel to several countries and meet some of her distant relatives. She will be missed by all she touched with her passion for her family and service to her church.
     As a tribute to her, please consider in lieu of flowers a donation to Calvary Bible Church, 3300 Territorial Road, Benton Harbor, or Hospice at Home, 4025 Health Park Lane, St. Joseph. A celebration of life is planned for Aug. 23 at the home of Ron Richter. A memorial service will be conducted at 3 p.m., followed by a fellowship of food. All family and friends are invited to attend. You may leave a memory of Lucille at www.hutchinsfuneral.com.

 
Lois Blyly d 7-18-2014Lois Loraine Blyly was born Aug. 31, 1932, in Hartford. She passed away suddenly at age of 81, on July 18, 2014, at Lakeland Regional Medical Center, St. Joseph.
     Lois grew up on the family farm south of Hartford and
graduated from Hartford High School in 1950. She was very active in 4-H and won numerous awards at the local and state levels. She went on to college and received her RN degree at Borgess School of Nursing. Lois married Lawrence Blyly on Nov. 28, 1953, and for the next 60 years, they were inseparable. She was a nurse for many years at Dr. Carl Boothby’s office, and was the bookkeeper and co-owned Riverview Equipment and Bait in Hartford with her husband Larry for nearly 50 years.
     The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. July 23 at the Hartford Federated Church, where the service to honor her memory will be held at 11 a.m. on July 24.
     Lois was the daughter of Clarence and
Florence Upham Patterson, both of whom precede her in passing. She was also preceded by two sisters: Wanda Patterson and Sue Dowd, and two brothers: Dale and Louis Patterson.
     Lois is survived by her husband, Lawrence; a son, Steven (Gail) Blyly of Wausaukee, Wis.; a daughter, Debra (George) Kulick of Three Rivers, Calif.; four grandchildren: Amy Blyly of Watertown, Wis., Scott (Janelle) Blyly of Niagara, Wis., Maryrose Kulick and John Kulick both of Three Rivers, Calif.
She is also survived by two great-grandchildren: Violet and Valerie Blyly of Niagara, Wis.; two brothers: Donald (Marge) Patterson of Monticello, Ind., and Ralph (Darlene) Patterson of Grand Junction, and numerous nieces and nephews.

     The Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford, is assisting the family. Those wishing to leave condolences for the family may do so on our website at http://www.calvin-leonardfh.com.
 
Darlene Tate d 7-18-2014Darlene Doris Tate, 75 of Hartford, passed away suddenly, Friday, July 18, 2014, at her home.
     Darlene was born Dec. 15, 1938, in Hartford, the daughter of Luella (Wesaw) Lewis. She was the loving mother of seven children, seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.     
     Darlene was a tribal member of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians. She loved listening to music, mushroom hunting, having company come over and cruising with the kids. Her greatest joy was the love she had for all kinds of animals.
     Darlene is survived by three daughters: Paula Vanlandingham of Hartford, Mary (Dan) Herron of Somerville, Tenn., and Leanne Tate of Kalamazoo. She is also survived by seven grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; two sisters, Mary Drake and Bonnie Drake, both of Hartford; a brother, Morris Lewis Jr. of Watervliet; and numerous other family members and friends.
     Darlene was preceded in passing by her husband, Jimmy Tate; four sons: Steven Tate Sr., Michael Tate, Donnie Tate and Patrick Tate; a great-grandson, Samuel Hover; her mother, and a brother, Paul Dahlke.
     The family will welcome friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at the Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford, where at 7 p.m. a time of remembrance will be celebrated. Kim Bowie of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witness of Lawrence will speak. As to Darlene’s wishes, cremation has taken place and her ashes will be buried in Maple Hill Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Darlene’s name may be made to any animal rescue organization of the donor’s choice.
     Those wishing to leave condolences for the family may do so at http://www.calvin-leonardfh.com.

 
Cliff Dewey d 7-17-2014

 

Harold Clifford Dewey passed away on July 17, 2014. He spent his final day, July 16, his 92nd birthday, with his entire family beside him.

NOTE: Harold, a 1940 Hartford High School graduate, served in the US Army Air Corp-Air Force during World War 11.

 

Ayden Thomas Ledesma, infant son of Santiago Ledesma and Christine Rainwater, passed away July 7, 2014, at Bronson Methodist Hospi­tal in Kalamazoo.
     Cremation has taken place. A graveside burial of ashes will be at 1 p.m. Monday, July 14, at Maple Hill Cemetery in Hartford, with Pastor Doral Jackson officiating. Arrangements are by Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home in Coloma. Those wishing to leave an online message of comfort in the guest book for the family may do so at www.duffieldpastrick.com.
     Our precious little angel was born June 12, 2014, at Bronson Hospital, weighing 1.3 pounds. He came into the world too soon and had a difficult time but was a little fighter. He passed away peacefully into the arms of Jesus with his loving parents by his side. During his short time on Earth, he touched the hearts of many and was deeply loved. His sweet spirit will live on in us until we are once again reunited in Heaven.
     Ayden was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Thomas Muller, on Dec. 9, 2009.
     In addition to his parents, he is survived by half­sisters, Cheyanne Rainwater and Ava-Marie Ledesma of Hartford; maternal grandmother, Pam Muller of Hartford; paternal grandparents, Felicitas (Eric) Sales of Niles and Pedro (Jessica) Ledesma of Holland; and several aunts, uncles, cousins and great­grandparents.
 
James “Doc” Owens, 80, of Hartford passed away surrounded by his loving family on July 3, 2014. He was born Oct. 17, 1933.
     James received his loving nick­name “Doc” as he enjoyed working on cars and became known as the “Car Doctor” since he could fix just about any mechanical issue. James enjoyed playing his guitar and sharing his love of music in church and with his grandchildren. He was loved and respected by many people and helped many during his life.
     James is survived by his loving wife, Imogene; three sons: Danny (Laura) Owens, Ron (Chong) Owens and Tim (Mariea) Owens; his sister, Rebecca (William) Bowen; and many grandchildren and great­grandchildren.
     The family will have a private memorial service to honor his life. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in James’ name to Ron Owens of Hartford.
     Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.McGannHay.com
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JoAnn Thompson Athey, 91, was born February 16, 1923 in Hartford, MI and passed away suddenly at the age of 91, on July 6, 2014 at her home in Portage. She was the daughter of Gaylord and Grace (Johns) Thompson.
     Joann grew up in Hartford, graduated from Hartford High School [1940], received her undergraduate degree after attending Albion College and Michigan State University, and later received a master's degree in Biology from WMU. She taught 5th grade for many years at Milham and Angling Road Elementary Schools in Portage, and biology at KVCC. Her true loves were Botany, science, and the natural outdoors, the love of which she instilled in her children. Joann was active in the Michigan Botanical Society, The Kalamazoo Garden Club, and the Michigan Audubon Society. She gained admittance to the Daughters of the American Revolution several years ago, after tracing her family ancestry to the early Americas. Joann was a dedicated mother, and no sacrifice was too great when it came to her children. Over the past decade, Joann wintered in Bahia de Kino, Sonora, Mexico. She amazed her family and friends by driving across country, on her own, to travel there. She valued her independence, and remained so to the end. She developed many cherished friendships while in Kino, and pursued her love of nature there. She greatly enjoyed engaging the native Mexican populace, and supported several programs that assisted them.

     As to Joann's wishes, cremation has taken place and no formal services will be held. A private family gathering to celebrate Joann's life will take place at a later date.
     Joann is survived by her two children,
Gayl Dennany of Kalamazoo and Roger (Susan Butler) Athey of Scottsdale, AZ; two grandchildren, Charles Dennany, Jr. of Allegan, and Jessica Athey of Scottsdale, AZ; a sister, Gloria Morris, of Portage, and three nieces Karen Belinger, Sandra Ackerman , and Nancy Ulanski. The Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford is assisting the family. Those wishing to leave condolences for the family may do so on our website at www.calvin-leonardfh.com.
Donations to the Michigan Botanical Club can be made in lieu of flowers.
 
Walter Duday d 6-23-2014Walter George Duday - Walt’s life began May 28, 1929, in Chicago. He spent his childhood growing up in Chicago and summering with his parents on Saddle Lake near Grand Junction. Walt’s parents enjoyed Southwest Michigan, so they purchased property, making Hartford their home.
     After high school, Walt proudly served his country in the U.S. Army as a paratrooper. Upon returning to Hartford, he went to work for the city of Watervliet as a police officer and later in the public works department. Walt also worked maintenance for many years at St. Joseph Catholic Church and School in Watervliet.
     Walt will be remembered for always being active; he loved the outdoors, whether doing yard work, hunting or fishing. He was great with his hands and showed his skill through woodworking; he built cradles when his grandchildren were born, as well as other furniture for his children and their families to enjoy. Outside of his hobbies and work, Walt still found time to be active in the Watervliet VFW Post. He was a 4th-Degree Knight and last charter member of Knights of Columbus Council 4055 in Watervliet.
     Walt’s greatest joy was spending time with his loving family, which includes his wife, Joan (Lando), with whom he enjoyed 60 years of marriage; five children: Sandra (Steve) Trombello of Lemont, Ill.; Steven Duday of Long Beach, Calif.; Anna Duday Kellogg of Hartford; Mary Duday Buck of Watervliet; and Edmond Duday of Paw Paw; six grandchildren: Janine Westlund, Carla Westlund, Norman Kellogg, Gina Kellogg, Devon Buck and Collin Buck; a brother, Richard (Mary) Duday of Prescott, Ariz.; two nephews, Christopher Duday and Michael Duday; and a great-niece Alexis Duday.
     Walt died Monday, June 23, at his home with his family by his side. Walt was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Angeline (Nowakowski) Duday; a niece, Melanie Duday; and a nephew, Gregory Duday.
     Friends may visit with Walt’s family from 6-8 p.m. Friday, June 27, with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m., at Hutchins Funeral Home in Watervliet. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 28, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Watervliet. Cremation will follow Mass. Memorials may be made in Walt’s memory to Reverence Hospice of Borgess or in his name to any charity of choice.
Joseph John Klackle II, “Coach Klackle,” 68, of Hartford passed away peacefully with his daughters at his side Monday, June 23, 2014, at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo.
     Joseph was employed at the former Bendix Corp. for 30 years as a hydraulic repairman, but his true love was coaching football and track. He was an assistant football coach at Hartford High school for 20 years and impacted many athletes’ lives. His proudest moment was when the Hartford High School football team celebrated its 1993 Class CC state championship at the Pontiac Silverdome. He will be missed greatly by his “boys,” his cats Hungry Man and Lean Cuisine.
     Joseph was born in St. Louis, Mo., on July 28, 1945, the son of Joseph and Faye (Wilson) Klackle, who preceded him in death. He was a graduate of Lakeshore High School and attended Kent State University, where he played football until a motor vehicle accident ended his football career. On Feb. 2, 1965, he married Linda Kay Jones, who preceded him in death in 2009.
     Joseph is survived by daughters, Elisabeth “Beth” (Eric) Hallgren and Jennifer (Bruce) Cantrell; two sisters, Connie Keith and Kathy (Paul) Gerhard; and three grandchildren of whom he was extremely proud: Matthew, Mariel and Grace.
     A celebration of life will be from 4-7 p.m. Friday, June 27, at His Place Community Center, Hartford. A eulogy will be delivered at 4:30 p.m. by Dewey Sweat. At Joseph’s request, his ashes will reside in his daughter Beth’s garden. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to the Hartford High School Athletic Department.
 
Gordon Schoenfeld d 6-18-2014Gordon Karl Schoenfeld, 79, of Hartford passed away Wednesday, June 18, 2014, at South Haven Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in South Haven. He was born Aug. 30, 1934, in Benton Harbor to Fred and Margaret Schoenfeld.
     Gordon grew up in Millburg, graduating from Coloma High School. He attended Michigan State and M.I.T., where he majored in engineering. After college, he worked for Michigan Bell Telephone and Clark Equipment of Benton Harbor until retirement, at which time he ran Schoenfeld Manufacturer in Millburg, a company started by his father, designing and manufacturing farm implements and racing parts.
    
Gordon married Elizabeth Stokes Donoho on Dec. 14, 1991, at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, where he was a member. Gordon loved racing, and enjoyed keeping up with his nephews and grandchildren in all their endeavors.
    
He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; five stepchildren: Steven (Chris) Bailey and Michael (Vicki) Meachum, both of Hartford; Larry (Lori) Munyon of MacClenny, Fla.; Debbie Slaght of Stewart, Fla.; and John (Michael) Bailey of Northridge, Calif.; one brother, Donald (Susie) Schoenfeld of Fort Smith, Ark.; 14 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and two nephews, Douglas (Missy) Schoenfeld and Dennis (Bonnie) Schoenfeld.
    
He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Margaret Schoenfeld; and a sister, Donna Schoenfeld.
A celebration of life service will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 21, 2014, at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Road, St. Joseph, with Pastor Miryam Hammond officiating. Burial will follow in Millburg Cemetery. Friends may visit from 5-7 p.m. Friday, June 20, 2014, at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the South Haven Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Recreation Fund. Those wishing to sign Gordon’s guest book may do so online at www.starks-menchinger.com.

 
Gary Eugene Huffman, 68, of Hartford passed away Friday, June 13, 2014, at Lakeland Regional Medical Center in St. Joseph.
     A celebration of life service to honor Gary’s memory will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 21, 2014, at Hartford United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Jeffrey Williams officiating. Gary will be laid to rest in Fort Custer National Cemetery at a later date. Those wishing to make a memorial may do so to the family. Memorial condolences for the family can be left at www.calvin-leonardfh.com.
     Gary was born Oct. 6, 1945, in Porterville, Calif., the son of Emery and Jeanette (Durbin) Huffman. He was formerly employed at Mann Metal of Hartford and retired from Amhawk, also of Hartford, after 15 years of employment. He was often seen using his metal detector, walking the halls of Woodside Apartments, standing around talking, which he loved to do, and giving a helping hand to anyone who needed it.
     Gary married the former Susan Kolhoff on Nov. 10, 1973. She survives, along with a daughter, Christina DeGroat of Muskegon; son, Scott Huffman of South Haven; a granddaughter, Grace DeGroat of Muskegon; three sisters: Margaret Huffman of Bangor, Judy (Dan) Coulson of Coopersville and Catherine (Roger) Simmons of Kentucky; two brothers, Paul Huffman and Robert (Betty) Huffman, both of Bangor; and many other family members and friends.
     Gary was preceded in passing by a son, Matthew Huffman; his parents; two brothers, James Huffman and Richard Huffman; and two sisters, Betty Luttrel and Mary Ann Goldsmith.

 
Daniel M. Malaski, 59, of Eau Claire passed away Thursday, June 5, 2014, at Lakeland Regional Medical Center in St. Joseph.
     A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 19, 2014, at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Father James Morris presiding. Those wishing to sign Daniel’s Memory Book on­line may do so at www.starks-menchinger.com
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     Daniel was born May 5, 1955, in Millburg to George and Martha Malaski.
He graduated from Hartford High School [1974]. He was a longtime faithful parishioner of St. Joseph Catholic Church; a member of the Knights of Columbus, where he enjoyed helping with the Lenten pasta dinners; and an associate member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society. He had a special gift when he played the organ – he made it sing.
     Daniel was preceded in death by his parents; his twin brother; David; and a longtime friend, John Vogel.

 
Mary Louise Kendzior, 94, of Hartford was called home to heaven Friday, June 13, 2014, at Hanson Hospice Center, Stevensville.
     A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 17, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Hartford. Deacon Arthur Morsaw and Monsignor Leo Cartagena will officiate. The family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. Monday at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford. Mary will be laid to rest in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford. The family has requested in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to the Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan. Memorial condolences for the family can be left on our website at www.calvin-leonardfh. com.
     Mary was born on Feb. 25, 1920, in Hartford, the daughter of Enos and Bessie (Everhart) Walker. She attended the Twin City Beauty College, received her license to practice and then owned and operated her own beauty shop in her home for many years. Mary was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, the Junior Mother’s Club and in the ’50s and ’60s worked on the community Blossomtime floats.
     Mary is survived by her son, William Kendzior of Hartford; two daughters­in-law: Gloria Kendzior of Hartford and Vivian Kendzior of Oshtemo; a sister­in- law, Eleanor Walker of South Haven; seven grand­children: Jean Kendzior of Hartford, Robert (Yvonne) Kendzior of Zachary, La., Jerry Kendzior of Battle Creek, Dan (Feiyan) Smith of Portage, Lisa Smith of Kalamazoo, Eric Kendzior of Colorado Springs, Co., and Jaclyn (Brian) Csonka of Dearborn Heights; 10 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
     Mary was preceded in passing by her husband, John Kendzior; two sons: Robert and Thomas Kendzior; three brothers: Mike, Lloyd and Art Walker; and granddaughter, Kimberly Kendzior.
 
Mary Ann Freudenburg d 6-10-2014Mary Ann Freudenburg, 66, of Hartford, formerly of St. Joseph, passed away, Tuesday, June 10, 2014, at Lakeland Regional Medical Center, St. Joseph.
     A Celebration of Life Service will be at 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 17, at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Road, St. Joseph, with the Rev. Doral Jackson. Friends may visit with the family one hour prior to the service. Memorial donations may be made to the Freudenburg family in care of Alfred. Those wishing to sign Mary’s Memory Book online may do so at www.starks-menchinger.com.

     Mary was born Oct. 3, 1947, in Benton Harbor to Lester and Rosalie (Nehring) Krause Sr. She graduated from St. Joseph High School in 1965. On March 5, 1977, she married Alfred Freudenburg in St. Joseph. She worked for All-Phase Electric and Swan Oil. Mary was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, daughter and sister. She enjoyed crafts, fishing, antiques and spending time with her family.
     Mary is survived by her husband, Alfred; three daughters: Lori (Lerke) Hartline and Michelle (Michael) (Lerke) Sobralski, both of Coloma, Alicia (Tom) Barry of Battle Creek; three grandchildren: Chelsea Potts, Miranda Sobralski, Harlie Hartline; three great-grandchildren: her mother, Rosalie Krause of St. Joseph; her brother, Lester (Ellen) Krause Jr. of St. Joseph; and her, sister Anne (Walter) Street Jr. of Dowagiac.
     She was preceded in death by her father, Lester Krause Sr. and son, Eric Freudenburg.
 
 

George Washington Thornburg d 6-2-2014George Washington Thornburg, 88, formerly of Hartford, passed into his Heavenly Father’s arms Monday, June 2, 2014 at Borgess Hospital in Kalamazoo as his children stayed by his side to help with his journey home. For almost 2 years, he resided at New Friends Dementia Care, Kalamazoo, until his passing. We are all very thankful for the wonderful care he received at New Friends.

     George was born February 22, 1926 in Shelby, Alabama to Marvin Frank and Mary Pansy Aliene Dendy Thornburg. On July 22, 1944, he married the love of his life, Mary Sue Cheatham in Lake City Arkansas. They left Arkansas, moved to Watervliet MI and then to Hartford, where they settled to raise their family. At age 54 years old, George retired after 32 years of faithful employment with Auto Specialties-Riverside (AUSCO), as a Furnace Operator. After 67 years of marriage, Mary passed away on December 27, 2011.
     He is survived by his children, George E. (Marilyn) Thornburg of Kalamazoo MI, Emma (Ron) Sefcik of Hartford MI, Janet (Garry) Melvin of Lawrence MI. His beloved grandchildren, Jason (Julie) Sefcik of Hayden ID, Dana (John) Liceaga of Shelbyville MI, David (Jen) Thornburg of McCordsville IN, Ken Sefcik of Hartford, Christopher (Sarah) Thornburg of Galesburg MI, and Brandon (Dawn) Melvin of Hartford. He is also survived by his precious great-grandchildren Olivia, Mia, Ava Liceaga, Allyn Edgar, Dylan Thornburg and Elliot Sefcik. He is also survived by Mary’s very special cousin, Bernice Madison (Robert) Lightner of Hartford, who they loved as a daughter, and their children Bobby (Sarah) Lightner and daughter Lillie Rose, Rebecca (Steve) Bintz and daughter
Alyssa
, and Brian Lightner.
     He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Henry and Lawrence, his sister, Evelyn Touey, and a half-sister of whom he recently learned, Alice Thornburg.
     Visitation for George will be held on Friday, June 6 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. at Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford. The committal service for George will be held at 3:30 p.m. in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford. Pastor Jeffrey Williams, Hartford United Methodist Church, will officiate. Memorials may be made in George's memory to Hospice of SW Michigan or to the charity of choice.
 

Roger Edward Hallgren, 87, of Hartford passed away June 1, 2014, at his home surrounded by his loving family.
     Roger was born March 3, 1927, in Norway, Mich., the only child of Edward and Ellen (Franson) Hallgren. Both his parents preceded him in passing, along with his wife, Muriel, in 1997.
Roger Hallgren d 6-1-2014      Roger graduated from Norway High School in 1945. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a scholar­athlete at Northern Michigan University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in 1952. He earned a Master of Arts degree in 1965 from Western Michigan University.
He began his teaching career at Hartford High School in 1952. During his 34-year career there he served as teacher, coach, athletic director and principal who touched the lives of many. He restarted the track program in 1960. His successes as a teacher and coach of many sports earned him an induction into the Michigan Coaches Hall Of Fame in 1986.
     A celebration of Roger’s life will be at 11 a.m. Friday, June 6, 2014, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Hartford. He will be laid to rest in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford.
     The family will welcome friends from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, June 5, 2014, at Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in Roger’s memory be made to the Hartford Athletic Department or Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at www.calvin-leonardfh.com.
     Roger is survived by his wife, Carole, whom he married in 1999; a daughter, Linda (Vere) Shindedecker of Hartford; three sons: Eric (Beth) Hallgren of Hartford, Michael (Jill) Hallgren of Hartford and Dr. Steven (Debbie) Hallgren of Kalamazoo.; a stepson, Ron Foster of Florida; two step-daughters, Stephanie (Ric) Sampson of Three Rivers and Julie Walters of Mattawan; 21 grand­children; and four great­grandchildren.
 
Joyce E. (Klett) Madarik, 87, formerly of Keeler and New Lenox, Ill., passed away peacefully May 13, 2014, at the home of her devoted daughter, Marce (Gary) Reed in Apache Junction, Ariz.
     She was preceded in death by her husband of 40 years, Andrew Madarik; one son, Richard; her parents, Otis and Lucy (Conklin) Klett; brothers: Carol, Edward and Dale; and sister, Leah, in infancy.
Surviving are her loving children: sons Ray­mond Edward (Gayle) Madarik of Venice, Fla.; and Ronald Joseph (Janet) Madarik of New Lenox, Ill.; and daughter Marce (Gary) Reed of Apache Junction, Ariz. A daughter-in-law, Candace (Ken) Richardson of Apache Junction, also survives.
     Also left to cherish her memory are six grandchildren: Robert (Mary) Madarik, Scott (Linda) Madarik, Andrea Madarik, Julie Madarik, Michelle (Reggie) Wilson and Leah Robinson; and nine great-grandchildren: Mallory Robinson (fiancée, Matthew Ratulowski), Jacob Flowers, Haley Anderson, Annalisse and Kallie Madarik, Chance and Sekia Madarik, Caleb Boykin and Abbey Madarik. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive.
     Born and raised a farm girl in Keeler, Joyce became a farm wife and mother. Together with Andy, they operated and managed the family farm, O.K. Fruit Farms, and were part owners of the family construction business, Klett Construction, both of Keeler. After raising their family, Joyce and Andy moved west, settling on a new life as property managers in the Scottsdale and Mesa, Ariz., area.
     According to Joyce’s wishes, a private memorial service celebrating her life was held May 17 over­looking the Superstition Mountains in Apache Junction, Ariz.
     The family wishes to express their heartfelt ap­preciation and thanks to Banner Hospice of Gilbert, Ariz., especially to Sandra and Lisa for their professionalism and compassionate care.
Arrangements entrusted to the Wise Choice-Bunker Funeral Home, 9702 E. Apache Trail, Mesa, Ariz.

 
Earl Zaleski d 5-17-2014Earl Zaleski passed away peacefully, Saturday evening, May 17, 2014 at his home in Lawrence.
     He was born February 4, 1936 the son of the late Conrad and Eleanore (Hemmrick) Zaleski.
     He was a graduate of Hartford High School Class of 1954
. Earl was a professional musician for 60 years, playing big band sounds as well as a supervisor for United Parcel Service retiring in 1995. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Paw Paw, Kalamazoo Antique Auto Restore Club, and Walter P. Chrysler Car Club. Earl loved his collector cars. He had all original 1967 Chrysler New Yorker and an all original 1985 Chrysler Fifth Avenue. He like to travel and traveled many states on back country roads in the U.S. with his wife Sandi.
     On September 17, 2005 he was united in marriage to Sandra L. Holleman who survives. Also surviving are a son in Florida; 3 grandchildren, 2 sisters-in-law and families, Sherry Neeser and Pat Holleman; a special friend Jeremy Gleason and Family and his beloved feline, Stinky.
Family will receive friends Thursday (5/22) 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. at the Adams Funeral Home, Paw Paw where services will be held following visitation at 11 a.m. Interment in Hill Cemetery, Lawrence. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Southwest Michigan, Trinity Lutheran Church or charity of choice.
 
Linda Meagher Ament d 5-4-2014Linda Rae Ament, 66, of Lawrence was born April 28, 1948, in Kittson, Minn. She was the daughter of Raymond Meagher and Helen (Skjordal) Wright. Linda passed away suddenly at her home Sunday, May 4, 2014. Linda was preceded in passing by her father and a brother, Wayne Wright.
     Linda is survived by her husband, Mike; a daughter, Julie (David) Beeching of Lawrence; a son, David (Melissa) Ament of Salt Lake City, Utah; three grandchildren: Nicole (Alan) Colgren of Hartford, Brandon Beeching of Lawrence and Aidan Ament of Salt Lake City; a great­grandchild, Easton Colgren of Hartford; her mothers, Helen (Arlo) Wright of Arizona and Juanita Meagher of Hartford; two brothers, Gary (Ida) Meagher of Hartford and Edward Meagher of Watervliet; and two sisters, Tina Garcia of Hartford and Dawn (Paul) Reich of Arizona.
     Linda was a 1966 graduate of Hartford High School. After high school, Linda went to work with the FBI. She was also formerly employed as a secretary with the Van Buren/Cass Health Department, Visiting Nurses and Hospice of Kalamazoo, Home Health Care of Greater Van Buren County and Watervliet Community Hospital.
     A time of fellowship will be from 6-7 p.m. Thursday, May 8, 2014, at Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford, followed by a celebration of her life. As per her wishes, cremation will follow the service and her ashes will be interred in Maple Hill Cemetery in Hartford at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in Linda’s name be made to the American Kidney Foundation or the American Heart Association. Memorial condolences for the family can be left at www.calvin-leonardfh.com.
 
David Heeter d 4-30-2014David J. Heater, 78, of Hartford passed away Wednesday, April 30, at Lakeland Regional Medical Center in St. Joseph.
     Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 3, at Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home in Coloma, where visitation will be from noon until the time of service. Burial will follow in Keeler Cemetery. Donations in memory of David may be made to the Salvation Army or the American Diabetes Association. Those wishing to leave an online message of comfort for the family may do so at www.duffieldpastrick.com.
     David was born July 18, 1935, in Benton Harbor to Joseph and Elsie (Schaus) Heater. He served in the United States Army, and was a member of the
National and Michigan Trappers Associations, National Rifle Association, Historical Society of Van Buren County, Southwestern Michigan Horse and Buggy Club, and UAW Local 383. He retired in 1998 from Bendix after more than 40 years of service.
     Survivors include his wife, Sue, whom he married July 16, 1958; three sons: Mike (Audrey) Heater of Coloma, Matt Heater of Watervliet and Tim (Deanna) Heater of Hartford; one sister, Gloria (Wilson) Peters of Hartford; and five grandchildren: Ryan, Amy, Zack, Jake and Josh Heater.
     In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, David, in 2004; a daughter, Tracey, in 1976; his brother, John Heater; and a sister, Donna Curtis.
 
Beverly Margaret Fillmore, 72, of Keeler, died April 27, 2014, in Cape Coral, Fla.
     She is survived by her children: Frank (Patty) Fillmore of Bangor; Steve (Linda) Fillmore of Whitehall, Mich.; and Lorena Fillmore of North Fort Myers, Fla.; grandchildren: Dennis Hall of North Fort Myers; Michael Fillmore of Hopkins, Mich.; Zachary (Melissa) Fillmore of Paw Paw; Stephanie Newcomb of Kalamazoo; Kyle and Sara Fillmore of Bangor; and Kristyn Hedman of Benton Harbor; and great­grandchildren: Amelia Fillmore of Paw, Paw and Lea Jones of Kalamazoo.
     A celebration of life will be held at a later date.
Betty Jean Wright Swanner Friel, 78, of Hartford passed away Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at her home.
Betty was born Nov. 17, 1935, in Elkmont, Ala., the daughter of Nathan and Sarah (Adams) Wright. She was formerly employed with Du-Wel in Bangor. She was a talented writer and singer of country music and was just a generous and loving woman.
Betty was preceded in passing by her first husband, David Swanner; her second husband, Donald Friel; two sons: Steve Swanner and Eddie “Tootie” Swanner; her parents; a sister, Sarah Wright and a son-in-law, Jerry Jackson.
     Betty is survived by three daughters: Peggy Swanner of Hartford, Angela Jackson of Dowagiac and Patsy (Donald) Farley of Bangor. She is also survived by six grandchildren; seven great­grandchildren; two great­great-grandchildren; three sisters: Margaret Slinkard of Texas, Norma Wright of Florida and Ramona Payne of Michigan; two brothers: Nathan Wright of Michigan and Louie Wright of Alabama and a daughter­in-law, Debbie Swanner of Michigan.
     The family will welcome friends from 6-7 p.m. Monday, April 28, at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, where the service to honor her memory will commence at 7 p.m. Pastor Ernest Glasgow will officiate. Cremation will follow the service, and Betty’s ashes will be inurned in Hill Cemetery, Lawrence, at a later date. In lieu of flowers, me­morial donations in Betty’s name may be made to the family. Those wishing to leave condolences for the family may do so at www.calvinleonardfh.com.

 
Jacklyn Generaux d 4-15-2014Jacklyn Marie Genereaux, 79, of Stevensville passed away on Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at University of Texas Health Science Center in Tyler, Texas.
     Jacklyn was born May 23, 1934, in Hartford
, the daughter of Levi and Mary (Alexis) Wesaw. She was an active member of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians. She loved playing card games, listening to country music and watching television.
     Jacklyn is survived by her five children – Brenda Brown, Paula Genereaux and Albert Genereaux, all of Hartford, Denise Genereaux of Tyler, Texas, and Sonja Temple of Florida; 12 grandchildren – Eric Brown, Jeffrey Brown, Kris Genereaux, Jessica Brown, Shawn Genereaux, Jennifer Gill, Joel Genereaux, Brandy Arnold, Michael Fisher, Sierra Temple, Tyler Temple and Siloman Temple; 18 great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; four sisters – Mary Maddox, Shirley (Bill) Sigfrids, Patricia (Brian) Andrews and Martha McConnell; and three brothers – Robert, Richard and Kenneth Antisdel.

     Jacklyn is preceded in passing by her husband, Albert Genereaux; her parents; a grandson, Ronson; and a great-great granddaughter, Jaden.

     The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Friday, April 18, at the Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford. A celebration of life service to honor her memory will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 19, at the funeral home with Steve Winchester officiating. Jacklyn will be laid to rest in Rush Lake Indian Cemetery, Hartford Township. Memorial condolences for the family can be left at www.calvinleonardfh.com.

 
Shirley Robinson Andrus d 4-11-2014Shirley June (Robinson) Andrus passed away peacefully to be with her Lord this April 11, 2014, a resident of Porter Hills Village Greenhouse, a long time resident of Grand Rapids, Michigan.
     Shirley was born January 18, 1924, in Kalamazoo, Michigan, to Una and Berton Robinson. She graduated from Hartford High School [
1941] and Western Michigan University College of Occupational Therapy with a B.S. Degree. Employed at University of Iowa Psychiatric Hospital and Mary Free Bed Hospital, Grand Rapids, she also worked for Michigan Crippled Children and Easter Seals Society. Shirley was a proud member of Chancel Choir at Eastminster Presbyterian and, with her servant's heart, volunteered extensively for Blodgett Hospital Ladies Guild and Kent Community Stroke Club. A woman of faith and the heart of her family,
     Shirley was preceded in death by her husband, James Edward Andrus. She is survived by her sister, Margorie Bernardin, of Mokena, Illinois; children, David (Loie) Andrus, Rockford, Barry (Karen) Andrus, Ada, Kimberly (Doug) Brehmer, Otsego, Timothy (Laurie) Andrus, Otsego, and Sarah (Greg) Smith, Middleville. Shirley has 13 grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
     The family is deeply grateful for the loving care shown their mother by the staff at Porter Hills Greenhouse and Emmanuel Hospice. Funeral services will be held Tuesday 11:00 am at Eastminster Presbyterian Church. Visitation will be held at the Zaagman Memorial Chapel, 2800 Burton St. SE, Grand Rapids, on Monday from 2 to 4 pm and 6 to 8 pm and at the church Tuesday from 10 to 11 am prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Emmanuel Hospice.

 
James W Sanders d 4-9-2014James Wesley Sanders, 67, James Wesley Sanders, 67 of Lawrence, passed away suddenly Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at his home.
     James was born Feb. 16, 1947 in California, the son of Wesley and Ida (Hickman) Sanders, both of whom precede him in passing. Also preceding him in passing was a brother, Curtis Sanders.
     James owned and operated Sanders Well Drilling and in his spare time loved riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle.
     Cremation has taken place and there will be no formal services. His ashes will be buried in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at http://www.
calvin-leonardfh.com.
   
James is survived by his sister, Joyce Gregory of Lawrence, three nephews and one niece.

 

Essel Stewart d 4-7-2014Essel Ray Stewart, 61, of Hartford passed away Monday, April 7, 2014, at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo.
     Essel was born April 6, 1953, in Henderson, Ky., the son of Robert and Celesta (Vincent) Stewart. He was formerly employed as a foreman with Anthony Farms in Keeler for 25 years, and he owned and operated The Garage in Keeler for 17 years. Essel enjoyed working on classic cars, riding his motorcycle, camping and traveling. Most important to him was the time spent with his family.
     On Aug.15, 1978, he married the former Sandra Reeves, and she survives, along with three daughters: Sandy (Geoff) Jacobs of St. Joseph, April (Jamie) Wolfe of Mears and Lisa (Jeff) Halliburton of
Hartford ; a son, Thomas (Casie) Stewart; seven grandchildren: Krysti, Casey, Tyler, Brenden, Alex, Cameron and Aiden; and a brother, Walter Cook of Las Vegas.
Essel was preceded in passing by his parents; a brother, David Stewart; and two sisters, Brenda Bonee and Janice Herrington.
     The family will welcome friends from 5-6 p.m. today, April 9, at Calvin Funeral Home,
Hartford , where a service to honor his memory will commence at 6 p.m. Alan Anthony will officiate. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Essel’s name may be made to the family. Those wishing to leave condolences for the family may do so at www.calvin-leonardfh.com.

 

Eddie Dean Swanner, 62, of Bangor passed away Thursday, April 3, 2014, at Rose Arbor Hospice Residence in Kalamazoo.
     “Tootie,” as he was known by many, was born June 10, 1951, in Athens, Ala., the son of David and Betty (Wright) Swanner. He was formerly employed with Duffy Motts in Hartford
. He loved farming, hunting and fishing, and he adored his family.
     Eddie was preceded in passing by his father, David; and a brother, Teddy Steve Swanner.
Eddie married Debbie Cullum on June 13, 1981. She survives, along with a son, Michael Cullum of Bangor; his mother, Betty Friel of
Hartford; three sisters: Peggy Swanner of Hartford, Angela Jackson of Dowagiac and Patsy (Donald) Farley of Bangor; numerous nieces and nephews; and other family members and friends.
     The family will welcome friends from 3-5 p.m. Sunday, April 6, at Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, where the service to honor his memory will commence at 5 p.m. Pastor Ernest Glasgow will officiate. Burial will be in Hill Cemetery, Lawrence. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Eddie’s name may be made to the family. Those wishing to leave condolences for the family may do so at www.calvin-leonardfh.com.
 
Nancy Kay O'Neill d 3-31-2014Nancy Kay O’Neill, of Hartford, died on March 31, 2014.
     A stranger to none and a friend to all, Nancy O’Neill was personable, talkative, and outgoing. She was a free spirit with an adventurous soul who wasn’t afraid to do things on her own terms without worrying about what others thought. Nancy enjoyed many things throughout her life, but nothing filled her heart with joy like becoming a grandmother to the grandchildren she adored. With a life that spanned times of great change in the world around her, she brought laughter and love to so many who were near.
     During the first half of the 1940s, the eyes of the nation were focused overseas as countless young servicemen and women were engaged in WWII. Rationing became a way of life for those who remained stateside while victory gardens were planted to lessen the demand on the nation’s food supply. It was just as the calendar turned to greet the year 1942 that a young couple from Lawton, Michigan, was excited to announce the birth of their daughter, Nancy Kay, on January 1st. She was the oldest of five children and the oldest girl born to her parents, LaVern and LuLu (Quick) Beebe, and she was raised in the family home alongside her siblings, Floyd, Dutch, Roy and Connie.
For the most part Nancy’s upbringing was a reflection of her generation. Her father worked at a local paper mill while her mother worked at the Kalamazoo Gazette. Nancy attended local schools through the eighth grade.     
     Over the years Nancy worked hard including as a field worker in the Van Buren area and also as a worker in many different factories.

     Throughout her life there was nothing that was more important to Nancy than the people she cherished. She was blessed with the births of three sons, Ricky, Roger, and Johnny, and three daughters, Cindy, Louann, and Nancy. Much of her life’s journey was shared with her longtime companion, Carlos, as they had been together for the past 31 years of Nancy’s life. It was later in life that she was filled with unspeakable joy to witness her family tree blossom to include eight grandchildren including Angela, Angel, Amanda, Brad, Bravlio, Tashanna, Roger Lee and Casey. Nancy was very close to all her grandchildren, and she looked forward to spending time with them as often as she could. She was also an important part of their lives. Eventually, her family grew to include 11 great-grandchildren as well. Nancy loved the holidays, and at Christmas time she always had something special for every family member. Sundays often found Nancy gathered with her family for a cookout dinner either at a local park or at a family member’s home.
     A woman of many interests, Nancy enjoyed a variety of things in her leisure time. She and Carlos loved eating out and were known to watch NASCAR at a local bar. Although Nancy never drank, while there she was able to satiate her love for being social, eating a good meal, and cheering on her favorite driver, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. She did enjoy cooking at home, too, with potato salads, soups, and beans being among her specialties. Nancy was proud that her heritage was part Native American, and she collected various pieces and collectables that were part of the Native American culture. She was a meticulous housekeeper who had a house full of plants to care for, and when at home Nancy also kept busy with crossword puzzles and playing solitaire. She and Carlos did enjoy vacationing in Texas a few different times.
     As a result of smoking throughout the majority of her life, Nancy dealt with various health issues regarding her lungs. She also suffered with COPD for several years, but about one year ago she was able to successfully quit smoking - quite an accomplishment! Nancy was a Baptist, but because of her chronic cough she had a hard time attending services, especially during recent years.
     With her bubbly and jovial personality, Nancy O’Neill was so much fun to be around. She had a great sense of humor with a contagious laughter that drew others near with ease. Nancy could talk to anyone and everyone and was known to tease and joke around. She will be deeply missed and forever remembered.
     Nancy’s family includes her lifelong companion, Carlos; 3 children: Cindy (Howard) O’Neill, Louann (Ron) Underly, and Nancy O’Neill; grandchildren: Angela (Joe), Angel (Jeremy), Amanda (Danny), Brad (Misty) Braulio, Tashanna, and Casey (Adrianna); great-grandchildren: Brean, Mariah, Tone, Tonia, Chas, Skyler, Brendon, Jackie, Diamond, Jo Jo, and Colton; 3 brothers: Floyd (Thelma), Dutch and Roy (Marie) Beebe; and many nieces and nephews. Nancy was preceded in death by her parents; 3 children: Ricky Beebe, Roger O’Neill, and Johnny Mitchell; and sister, Connie. Services will be held Thursday 11 a.m. at the Life Story Funeral Home, Betzler & Thompson-Paw Paw, 60900 M-40; 657-3870 with visitation beginning at 10 a.m. Burial at Oak Grove Cemetery, Lawton. Please visit Nancy’s personal web page at www.lifestorynet.com, where you can archive a favorite memory or photo and sign her online guestbook before coming to the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Disabled American Veterans.

 
Rev. Fr. John Grathwohl d 3-30-2014Rev. Fr. John M. Grathwohl, of Kalamazoo, died Sunday March 30, 2014 at Upjohn Nursing Home.
     He was born in Niles, Michigan on July 6, 1929, the son of John Marshall and Eva (Rayfuse) Grathwohl. He graduated from Loras Academy, Debuque, Iowa, attended St. John’s Seminary, Plymouth, Michgigan and Loras College, Dubuque, Iowa.
     He was ordained a Catholic Priest on June 7, 1955, and served as assistant Pastor at St. Charles of Borromeo, Coldwater, Michigan, St. Augustine, Kalamazoo and St. Paul, Owosso. He was Pastor at St. Mary, Morrice, Michigan, St. Monica, (Assistant Pastor), Kalamazoo, St. Therese, Lansing, St. Peter, Eaton Rapids, St. Catherine of Siena, Portage, St. Ambrose, Parchment, Immaculate Conception, Hartford and St. Thomas More, Kalamazoo.
     Father John was a brother, cousin, uncle and special friend to many here and around the world. He was a very generous person, readily recognizing when someone was in need and do what could to alleviate the need, no matter how small or large or what the cost may have been to him. Clearly, his ministry reflects his love for people. He had a love for nature and spent a lot of time with friends and family camping, hiking, canoeing, skiing and sitting around a campfire at his cabin, singing songs and telling stories. Throughout his life he carried a competitive spirit of playfulness that enabled him to connect with children and adults alike. His family or friends who challenged him to a game of racket or basketball or even a game of scrabble would tell you how he hated to lose. He would bring every ounce of skill he had to game and in the end, if it meant he had to put one over on another to win, he was not above doing so, hoping he would not get caught. He loved a challenge and perhaps it was the challenge that led him to serve others in so many ways.
     In August of 1967, he entered the army as a United States Army Chaplain because a young man in his parish who was in Viet Nam at the time had written there was no one there to celebrate the mass. Father John recognized the sacrifices these young men and their families were making and he enlisted to serve as army chaplain. While in Viet Nam, Father John not only addressed the spiritual needs of the service men in his platoon, on his days off he joined a physician and entered local villages to minister to the needs of the Vietnamese people who were suffering the ravages of war. He always had a drive to do what he could to promote compassion, peace and justice for all in an effort to make the world a safer place, especially for the children, who would become the mothers, fathers and leaders of tomorrow.
     Perhaps it was his experiences in Viet Nam that propelled him forward to dedicate his life to promoting peace. He was an unofficial ambassador for peace to many countries on the continent of Africa, Iraq, Haiti, Latin America and throughout the United States. In addition to his parish ministry, he conducted retreats and seminars on peace and justice issues as well as joining others engaged in peaceful demonstrations at nuclear test sights and military bases. Out of concern for those who were physically challenged, Fr. John Actively involved himself in the Bold Program dedicated to helping the blind learn to ski with the support of a sighted companion. In many of the parishes he pushed to involve parishioners in the development of programs designed to meet the spiritual and social needs of children with special needs. One of his greatest legacies is his overriding concern for all children throughout the world living in poverty, without parents to care for them and in poor health, encouraging us as Christians to do what we could to relieve their suffering.
     Father John is survived by his sisters, Mary Ann Drury of Traverse City and Elizabeth VanDerbeck, brother Victor (Bette Warnke), sister-in-law, Mary Lou Grathwohl of Niles, and many nieces and nephews, their children and the children of their children throughout the United States. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Margaret Bohner of Lansing, Brother Joseph of Niles, and brothers-in-law, Richard Drury of Traverse City and William VanDerbeck of Niles.
     Friends are being received Friday from 5-8 pm with a rosary at 7 pm at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, Portage, MI, and Saturday from 9:30 am to 11 am where a mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated Saturday at 11 am. Memorial contributions may be made to Peace House, Casa Amparo Girls Orphanage, Sister Parish - Madres de los (Mother of the Poor) or Doctors Without Borders. Interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Niles, MI. Arrangements by Redmond Funeral Home, 4100 S. Westnedge Ave. Kalamazoo, MI 49008, (269) 343-6156. http://www.redmondfuneralhomes.net/
 
Connie Sue Edgerly, 67, of Hartford passed away Monday, March 24, 2014, at Lakeland Regional Medical Center, St. Joseph.
     A celebration of her life will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 27, 2014, at Hartford General Baptist Church, where she was a member. Pastor Steven Bisbee will officiate. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Connie’s name may be made to the church. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at www.calvin-leonardfh.com.
     Connie was born April 12, 1946, in Kennett, Mo., the daughter of Robert and Maudie (Langston) Harmon. She graduated from Kennett High School and received a bachelor’s degree from Davenport College. She retired as an accountant manager at Flying J Oil Co. of Benton Harbor. After retirement, she enjoyed spending time with her family, which includes her husband, Wells; a daughter, Susan Edgerly; two grandsons, Christopher Fry and Steven Fry, all of Hartford; a great-grand­daughter, Arrissa Fry of Paw Paw; and four sisters: Kathy Harmon of Hartford, Linda Fennessy of Eau Claire, Dee Sweetin of Battle Creek and Gail Shank of North Carolina.
     Connie was preceded in passing by a daughter, Elizabeth Edgerly; her parents; a sister, Winnie Harmon; and two brothers, Paul Langston and Bobby Harmon.
 
Ronald Lee Jensen, 86, of Hartford passed away Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at home.
     Per Ron’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A celebration of life service to honor Ron’s memory will be at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, March 22, 2014, at Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford, where the family will receive friends from noon until the time of service. The Rev. Jeffrey Williams of Hartford United Methodist Church will officiate. Ron’s ashes will be laid to rest in Watervliet City Cemetery with full military rites. The family has requested that memorials be made to the donor’s choice. Memorial condolences for the family can be left at www.calvin­leonardfh.com.
     Ron was born Aug. 13, 1927, in Grand Rapids, the son of John and Gladys (Guinard) Jensen. He attended school in Watervliet. He served his country proudly in the Navy during World War II and in the Army during the Korean War. He was a life member of American Legion Stoddard Post 93 in Hartford and Hess Eastman Post 174 in Lawrence and a life member of the Van Buren Sportsman’s Club. Ron was the proud owner and operator of the first Hartford Auto Repair, retiring in 1992. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, enjoying deer camp with his sons and longtime friends.
     Ron is survived by his wife, Anita; three daughters: Ronelle Jensen, Carla (Norman) Nelson and Brenda Bard; a son, Bradley Jensen; two stepdaughters, Janette Ashley and Lorre (Harley) Darnell; two stepsons, Gregory Brady and Steven (Dawn) Brady; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and other family members and friends.
     Ron was preceded in passing by his parents; two infant children, Carol Jean Jensen and Ronald Lee Jensen Jr.; his first wife, Carol Lee Schmidt-Jensen; and stepdaughter, Kathryn Brady-Bauer.

 
Cheryl Poker Gullliver d 3-17-2014Cheryl Christine Poker Gulliver, 66, of Silvercreek Township died Monday, March 17, 2014, at home. Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, 621-4101.
     Chris, as she was known by most, was born July 6, 1947 in Watervliet, the daughter of Henry and Loretta (Szewczyk) Poker, both of whom precede her in passing.
     Chris was a 1965 graduate of Hartford High School, where she was a cheerleader and first runner-up to Miss Hartford. Her love of bowling was seen throughout her life, as she and her husband, Rocky, co-own and operate Lakes Bowl in Sister Lakes, where she was the bookkeeper and secretary of the Monday Night Hit and Miss Bowling League for 30 years. She loved playing golf and coaching softball, where she coached a number of teams for nearly 30 years.
     Chris is survived by her husband, Roscoe 'Rocky'; two sons, Danny (Robin) Gulliver and David Gulliver, both of Dowagiac; a daughter, Victoria Grote of Dowagiac; five grandchildren, Erica Gulliver, Amelia Grote, Gwen Gulliver, Erich Grote and Paige Taylor all of Dowagiac; one great grandchild, Rachel Prak of Dowagiac; an adopted son, Doug (Judy) Briney of Cassopolis and many other family members and friends.
     The family will welcome friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P.M.; Thursday, March 20 at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, where a rosary will be celebrated at 8 P.M. The Mass of Christian service to celebrate her life will be celebrated at 11 A.M.; Friday, March 21 at the Sacred Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Sister Lakes, with Father Kevin Covert as celebrant. Burial will follow in Sacred Heart of Mary Cemetery, Sister Lakes. Memorial donations in Chris’ name may be made to Hospice at Home, Saint Joseph. Memorial condolences for the family can be left on our website at http://www.calvin-leonardfh.com.
 
John Scherer d 3-7-2014John “John John” Scherer, 20, was born Sept. 24, 1993, in Kalamazoo, the son of John and Susan (Drake) Scherer.
     John John loved sports, especially football, baseball and basketball. He graduated from Hartford High School and was the starting middle linebacker for the Hartford High School Indians and a part of the 2011 state playoffs. He also liked the University of Michigan, the Chicago Bulls and NASCAR. He had a love for farming and hunting with his Dad and Papa. John John loved to travel with his Mom to exotic locations. He always enjoyed spending time with family and friends.
     His surviving family includes his parents; stepmother, Laura; his sisters, Olivia and Karlee; his brothers, Nathan and Landon; paternal grandparents, John and Joyce Scherer Jr. of Dowagiac; maternal grandmother, Mary Drake of Hartford; aunt and uncles: Kelli (Jerry) Casey of Dowagiac, Scott Scherer of Dowagiac, Robert Drake of Hartford, David Drake of Hartford, Shelly (Steven) Smedberg of Watervliet, Russell (Jenna) Drake of Watervliet and Lisa (Bale) Freelove of Hartford; cousins: Alvaro Scherer, Allan Scherer, Harvey Scherer, Alexa Scherer, Ashton Scherer, Alyssa Casey, Madelyn Casey, Christopher Drake, Julie (Joel) McGonigal, Chase Auckerman, Chelsie Drake, Frank Cotman, Kali Drake, Kira Drake, Grant Drake, Carter Drake and Hudson Drake.
     John John passed away March 7, 2014. He was preceded in death by his paternal great-grandparents: Allan and Frances Franz, and John and Amelia Scherer; maternal grandfather, James R. Drake; and maternal great-grandparents: Richard and Margaret Drake, and Morris and Luella Lewis.
     His family will gather with friends from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, March 13, at Clark Chapel, 405 Center St., Dowagiac, where funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, March 14, 2014. He will be laid to rest after the service in Keeler Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Hartford High School football program. Visit www.clarkch.com to leave an online memory of John John.

 
Hartford - Roy Allen Brown, 51, was born July 26, 1962, in Watervliet. He was one of three children born to Walter and Martha (La-Farlette) Brown. Roy passed away at the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor on Sunday March 2, 2014.
     He was preceded in death by his father and a nephew, Antonio Ledesma.

Cremation has taken place and a memorial service to honor Roy’s memory will take place on Monday, March 10 at 7 p.m. at the Hartford General Baptist Church. Pastor Steve Bisbee will officiate. In lieu of flowers, memorials be made to the family. Memorial condolences for the family can be left on our website at www.calvin-leonardfh.com.
     Besides his mother, Roy is survived by a daughter, Nicole Nagy of N.C.; two sisters: Georgia Hodges of Paw Paw and Rosemary Brown of Hartford; three aunts; Mary (Gene) Bisbee, Barbara Meador and MaDonna Martin, all of Hartford; an uncle: John Wise of Dowagiac; two nieces: Vivian (Christopher) Dukes of Ionia and Stacey Ledesma of Hartford; two nephews: Chris Cummins II of Paw Paw and Pedro Ledesma IV of Hartford and three stepchildren: Brandon, Jessica and Johnathon.
     Roy was a 1981 graduate of Hartford High School. He went on to get a mechanics certificate in repairing brakes. He loved his family and enjoyed being with them.
 
Margaret Maynard d 2-22-2014Margaret Ruth Maynard, 76, of South Haven died Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, at her home. She was born Feb. 8, 1938, in Hartford to Earl and Ruthie (Powell) West.
     Margaret worked for many years at Everett Piano Co. until its closing in 1986. She then worked at Walmart for 10 years, retiring in 2002. Margaret enjoyed playing bingo. Margaret’s best friend and bingo buddy was Lillian Clark.

     She was preceded in death by three sisters: Louise Reeves, Doris Spiker and Mary Fortune.
     Margaret is survived by her husband of 59 years, Harry Maynard of South Haven; her children: Cindy Rogalla of South Haven and Chris (Stephanie) Maynard of Running Springs, Calif.; three grandchildren: Nikki (Joe Koblinski) Rogalla, Scott (Katie) Rogalla and Keoki Maynard; six great-grandchildren: Caiden, Mikaila, Nolan, Braison, Kassidy and Colt; and two brothers, Art (Beulah) West and Aubrey (Margaret) West, both of Decatur.
     Services will be scheduled at a later date. Kindly share your thoughts and memories on the family’s online guest book at www.
FilbrandtFFH.com.
     The family is being helped by the Filbrandt Family Funeral Home of South Haven, 637-0333.
 
Ruby French d 2-21-2014Ruby Elmyra French, 92, died Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Nancy and Gary Smith of South Haven, where she resided for 3 years.
     Ruby was born Feb. 18, 1922, in Hartford, the daughter of Howard and Myrtle Butcher. In addition to her daughter, survivors include three sons: Charles (Norma) French of Bangor, Larry (Kathy) French of Three Rivers and Gary (Dana) French of Mishawaka, Ind.; a daughter, Esther Grant of Benton Harbor; 13 grandchildren; and 28 great-grandchildren.
Ruby enjoyed and worked hard in the family vegetable garden. She prepared preserves and vegetables for the winter months. She loved her flower gardens, crocheting, and gave many gifts of love to family and friends. She was a member of Bangor Free Methodist Church since 1949 and taught Sunday school for many of those years. She will be remembered for her Christian faith.
     She was preceded in death by her husband, James French, whom she married Oct. 25, 1940; two brothers, Richard and Orville Butcher; and a son-in-law, Robert Grant.
     The family will meet friends from 10:30 a.m. until time of funeral service at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 1, at Bangor Free Method­ist Church. Pastor Dan Stout will officiate. Interment will follow in Chambers Cemetery.
     The family suggests memorial contributions to Free Methodist Church or Hospice at Home. Arrangements are by Bangor Chapel, D.L. Miller Funeral Home (www.dlmillerfuneralhome.com).


 
John William Winkel, 53, of Hartford passed away suddenly Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, in Paw Paw.
Jon Winkel d 2-21-2014      A celebration of life service to honor John’s memo­ry will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 1, 2014, at Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hartford, where the family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until the time of service. Those wishing to make a memorial may do so to the church or to the family. Memorial condolences for the family can be left at www. calvin-leonardfh.com.

     John was born March 4, 1960, in Watervliet, the son of Willard and Laura (Barchalk) Winkel. He was a [1978] graduate of Hartford High School and was employed at Coca-Cola in Paw Paw. John was a member of Hope Lutheran Church, where he was the church’s president. He enjoyed the outdoors, as shown by his love for working in his garden with his granddaughter, Evelyn; and playing golf and softball. He was also a diehard fan of the Oakland Raiders and the University of Michigan.
     John married the former Rosa Mendoza on July 14, 2000. She survives, along with a daughter, Samantha (Robert Hernandez) Mendoza; granddaughter, Evelyn Hernandez; his mother, Laura; and a sister, Barbara (Robert) Blocker, all of Hartford; three brothers: Ronald (Dana) Winkel of Frankfort, Ky.; Richard (Sue) Winkel of Hartford; and Brian Winkel of Coloma; his father and mother­in-law, Ben and Aurelia Mendoza of Hartford; his very close friends; Mickey and Randy Williams; and numerous extended family members.
      John was preceded in passing by his father, Willard, and a niece, Venessa Garcia.
 

Doug Martens d 2-17-2014Douglas Martens, 58, of Hartford, died on Monday, February 17, 2014.
     Doug was born in Hartford on June 18, 1955 and was a life long resident. He was a 1973 graduate of Hartford High School where he was a member of the marching band. Doug loved the outdoors, camping and traveling. He was a long time motorcycle enthusiast. Doug had worked for Graphic Impression and Superior Printing of Kalamazoo.
     Doug is survived by his brother, Bruce (Kay) Martens of Lansing Mi, nephew Nic Martens and niece Amanda Martens Tenison. He was proceeded in death by his father, Charles Martens and his mother, Margaret Colman Martens, also of Hartford MI. He is also survived by many close relatives and cousins in Southwestern Michigan area who mourn his loss and many close friends in the Hartford Michigan area.
     Cremation has taken place. Burial of both his mother Margaret and Doug’s ashes will take place at Maple Hill Cemetery in Hartford on Sunday, April 27, at 11 a.m. From 1-5 p.m. there will be a gathering of family and friends of both Doug and Margaret’s at the family home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family. Memorial condolences for the family can be left on our website at http://www.calvin-leonardfh.com.
 
Edward Schaewe, d 2-13-2014Edward Arthur Schaewe, 77, of Yale, was called to meet his Lord and Savior Thursday, February 13, 2014, at Detroit Receiving Hospital, Detroit.
     He was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, August 10, 1936, the son of the late Walter and Lorraine (Bruhn) Schaewe.
     His marriage to Sharon Lynn Adams was August 20, 1961, at St. Peters Lutheran Church, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
     Edward was a 1954 Milwaukee Lutheran High School graduate. He continued his ministries education as a 1959 graduate of NorthWestern College of Watertown, Wisconsin, and a 1962 graduate of Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary of Mequon, Wisconsin where he earned his Masters of Divinity Degree.
     Edward’s first parish was in Marshfield, Wisconsin at St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church and Emanuel Lutheran Church. He served as pastor at churches in Bangor, Hartford, Michigan, and LaCrosse, Wisconsin. His final move to Michigan in 1978, brought him to Yale as pastor of Emanuel Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church, Yale, where he was until his retirement in 2004.
     Edward liked to travel in the fall to northern Michigan with his wife. He enjoyed gardening, especially his roses, and following sports and reading.
Surviving in addition to Sharon, his wife of 52 years, are four sons, Paul (Kelley) of Bay City, Peter of Wisconsin, Philip (Jennifer) of Nebraska and Matthew (Heather) Schaewe of Canton, and a daughter, Jennifer (Nicholas) Antone of Las Vegas; eleven grandchildren, Caleb, Isaac, Elizabeth, Zachary, Miranda, Noah, Olivia, Benjamin, Nathanael, Nicholas and Skylar; brother, Arnold Schaewe of Ohio and sister, Carol Bottoni of Wisconsin; step-brother, John Prey of Wisconsin, as well as several nieces, nephews and many friends.
     He is preceded in death by brother, Donald Schaewe, step-brother, Donald Prey and step-father, Ervin Prey.

     The family honors the memory of Edward and invite you to visit and share memories Monday 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Kaatz Funeral Directors, Yale. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday with 10:00 a.m. visiting at Emanuel Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church, Yale. Rev. Joel Neumann will officiate. Burial will be in Greenwood Lutheran Cemetery, Greenwood Township. Memorials are suggested to Emanuel Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church, Yale. For information and Guest Book kaatzfunerals.com
 
Lupita Hernandez, infant daughter of Julio and Cristina (Hurtado) Hernandez, passed away Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, at Bronson Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo.
Lupita is survived by her parents of Hartford
and two siblings, Julio and Jesus Hernandez, both of Hartford.
A Mass of Christian burial to honor her memory will commence at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Hartford, with Monsignor Leo Cartagena as celebrant. Burial will follow in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford.
The family has entrusted the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, with handling the arrangements.

 
Caroline Julia Matthews d 2-16-2014Caroline Julia Matthews, 79, of Hartford passed away Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, at Hanson Hospice Center, Stevensville.
     Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Watervliet, of which she was a member. Father John Peter and Father Donald Wieber will be the celebrants. Burial will be in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford. Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. Thursday Feb. 20, 2014, at Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford, where liturgical prayers will be recited at 7 p.m.
     Caroline was born April 1, 1934, in Paw Paw Township, the youngest of six children to Walter and Anna (Halik) Bulat. The family moved to Hartford two years later. Caroline graduated from Hartford High School in 1952. On May 19, 1956, she married Guy L. Matthews Jr., and they spent 39 years together on a farm in Hartford. She retired in January 1999 from Ausco Products (Auto Specialties) after 25 years of service.
     After retirement, she enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, working in the yard with the help of numerous cats and taking care of her goat, Lopsey. She enjoyed attending Bible study, was a member of the St. Joseph Catholic Altar and Rosary Society, and helped out with funeral luncheons.
     Caroline is survived by two daughters: Caroline Denise (Steve) Sells of
Hartford and Lisa (Orville Floyd) of Watervliet; grandchildren: Lindsey (Eric) Smith of Plainwell and Matthew Sells of Hartford; a sister, Stella Shal of Muncie, Ind.; three nephews; seven nieces; and numerous grand-nieces and grandnephews.
     She was preceded in death by her husband, Guy, in January 1996; her parents; sisters, Julia Pittman and Emily Gembicki; brothers, Henry Bulat and Mike Bulat; and nephew, Michael Paluch. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Hospice at Home or Al-Van Humane Society of South Haven. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at www.calvin-leonardfh.com.
 
Reverend Edgar J. Kent, 78, of 1612 Ridge Road, Hodges SC, husband of Georgia Harper Kent, died Saturday, February 15, 2014 at Rev. Edgar Kent d 2-15-2014Self Regional Medical Center.
     Born in Lincoln, Nebraska, he was the son of the late Ernest H. Kent and Bessie Serby Kent Hawk. Reverend Kent earned a Bachelor’s degree in business, he was a preacher for over 55 years, ministering five different churches. He was a member of North Greenwood Church of God and the I.P.C.C.
     Surviving is his wife, of the home; two sons, David and Steven Kent of Battle Creek, MI; three daughters, Cheryl (Randal) Wakefield of Hodges, Cindy Kent of the home, and Linda (Daniel) Groff of Butler, IN; nine grandchildren, Scott (Terina) Wakefield of Fort Wayne, IN, Kimberly (Samuel) Rogers of Wake Forest, NC, Joshua Groff of Butler, IN, Samantha (Ian) Bush of Fargo, ND, Jacob Kent of Battle Creek, MI, and Jennifer Wakefield, Andrew Wakefield, Angela (Patrick) Burdette, and Rachel (Gabe) Butler all of Hodges; eight great grandchildren; and special foster children, Chris Murphy, Natasha Banks, and several other children.
     Pallbearers will be his grandsons.  Memorials may be made to North Greenwood Church of God: Israel Missions; 2274 Montague Ave Ext, Greenwood, SC 29649 or New Creations Chapel; 6400 National Rd E, Richmond, IN 47374.
     The family is at the home.
Messages of condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.harleyfuneralhome.com.

NOTE: Reverend Kent was former pastor of the Hartford Gospel Lighthouse Church and
The Assembly of God in Dowagiac, a substitute teacher at Hartford Public Schools, and a former employee of National City Bank in Hartford.
 
Migueila Velez Garcia, 64, of Hartford died Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 at the South Haven Nursing and Rehabilitation Community. She was born Jan. 10, 1950, to Frank Velez and Petra (Flores) Carrillo in Hamlin, Texas.
     Migueila worked as a secretary for Hartford Public Schools. She loved to go dancing and loved her church. Migueila loved spending time with her grandchildren. She was always on the go and keeping active.
     She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank Velez and Petra Carrillo.

     Migueila is survived by her children: John (Judy) Carrillo of Covert; Frank Carrillo of Grand Island, Neb.; and Valerie Orozco of York, Neb.; two brothers: George (Angel) Velez of Rotan, Texas; and Johnny (Carol) Velez of Chicago; a sister, Sylvia Morales of Rotan, Texas; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
     Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. today, Feb. 18, 2014, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Hartford with Father Fabio Garzon officiating. Migueila will be laid to rest in the Maple Hill Cemetery in Hartford. Kindly share your thoughts and memories on the family’s online guest book at www.Fil­brandtFFH.com.
     The family is being helped by the Filbrandt Family Funeral Home of South Haven, 637-0333.

 
Fred Galati, d 2-11-2014

Fred Galati
- formerly of Hartford, passed away February 11, 2014 in Portland OR.


Fred was a 1965 Hartford High School Graduate.

 
Ramona Fuller Pradon d 2-10-2014Ramona Nell Fuller Pradon, 78, was born Oct. 28, 1935, in Hornersville, Mo. She was one of six children born to John and Ruth (Cole) Neighbors.
     Ramon a passed away peacefully at her home with her family Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, after a battle with cancer.
     In addition to her parents, Ramona was preceded in death by her husbands, Roy Fuller and
Donald Pradon; a great-grandson, Dylan Baham; one sister, June Wyrick; and two brothers, Everett and Johnnie Neighbors.
     She is survived by her daughters, Violet (Gary) Jewell of Coloma and Rhonda (Willie) Brumley of Hartford; six beloved grandchildren: Stacy (Zeb) Deitrich of Stevensville, Clint (Jessica) Jewell of Coloma, Mona Jewell of Coloma, Jessica (Chuck) Baham of Hartford, Mike (Erica) Brumley of Watervliet and Jennifer (Bryan) Romeo of Hartford: 13 beloved great-grandchildren: Taylor, Hayden, Cole, Johnnie, Abigail, Noah, Brooke, Brittany, Mia, Roman, Caleb J., Kourtney and Kaleb; and one great­great-grandchild, Brealynn. Ramona is also survived by two sisters: Shirley (Jim) Blackburn and Neta (Harold) Bibbs, both of Hornersville, Mo.; long­time friend and neighbor, Peggy Winans; and many other wonderful friends.
     A time of fellowship celebrating her life will be from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, at the Van Buren Sportsman’s Club in Hartford. Ramona’s ashes will be inurned in Maple Hill Cemetery in Hartford. Memorial condolences for the family can be left at www.calvin-leonardfh.com.
     Ramona was formerly employed at Hartford Public Schools as a teacher’s aide, working with children in kindergarten through the eighth grade, and then at the Van Buren Learning Center in Lawrence, working with TMI students, ages 12-15, retiring in 1998. She always considered her family a true blessing and loved them very much. She cherished the time spent with them and appreciated all of her good friends.

 
Dan Hamilton d 2-10-2014Dan Leroy Hamilton, 63, of Hartford passed away suddenly Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, at Lakeland Community Hospital, Watervliet.
     Dan was born March 8, 1950, in Harrisburg, Ark., the son of Miles and Geneva (Cooper) Hamilton, both of whom preceded him in passing. Also preceding him in passing were a granddaughter, Azure Skie Hamilton, on June 12, 1998; three brothers: Gerald, Dave and Dan Hamilton; a sister, Brenda Barrett; and mother and father-in-laws, Gloria and Charles Schmidt.
     Dan was formerly employed with Shafer Lake Fruit Inc. He loved trains, time spent with his family, movies and reading.
     Dan is survived by his wife, Barbara; three children: Barbara (Tye) Madison of Hartford, Jene (Jeana) Hamilton of Mattawan and Amy (Tyler Tlewniek) Hamilton of Colorado Springs, Colo.; five grand­children: Nick, Tasha, Stephen, Jacob and Connor; and nine brothers and sisters: Nancy (Kenneth), Johnny (Terry), Sherman, Curtis (Tammy), Sandy, Becky (Dan), Gloria, Chuck and Rich (Diane).
     The family will welcome friends from 1-2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, at the Hartford Federated Church, where the service will be at 2 p.m. The Rev. David Gilbert will officiate. Burial will be in Fairview Memorial Cemetery, Watervliet. Memorial donations in Dan’s name may be made to the family. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at www.calvin­leonardfh.com.
 

Daniel "Danny" Leroy Russell, 64, born November 8, 1949 in Benton Harbor, the youngest son of William and Ruby Russell, passed away peacefully, January 27, 2014 in San Francisco, CA where he had resided for the past several years.
     Danny is survived by his brothers Alfred of Cabot, Ark, George (Barbara) of St Joseph, Kenneth (Ardith) of Carmi, ILL, and David (Beezie) of Coloma. Also surviving are many nieces, nephews, cousins, and two special Sister-In-Laws, Ruth Russell of Ward, Ark and Sharon Russell of Watervliet who he thought of as his sisters.
     In addition to his parents Danny was preceded in death by his friend, comrade, and brother, Eddie Russell.
Danny's life was driven at an early age by music, books, and travel. At 17 he left home with a guitar and a few dollars and headed to California, spending the rest of his life traveling, never without his guitar, going to the Bahamas, Europe and around the US, finally settling back in California.
     Danny's life was pretty much based on a line from an old movie "No matter where you are, That's where you're at". We shall miss him very much.
     Cremation has taken place in California and a memorial service will be held at a later date.
Local arrangements are by Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Coloma. Those wishing to leave an online message of comfort for the family may do so by using the "Guestbook" link located on this page.

NOTE: Danny was a member of the Hartford High School Class of 1968.
 

Dollie Marie Robbins Jackson, Dollie was born Feb. 14, 1948, in Hayti, Mo., the daughter of Ernest and Lorene (James) Dollie Robbins Jackson d 2-2-2014Robbins. Just a few days prior to her 65th birthday, Dollie passed away suddenly on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, at her home in Sturgis, Mich.
     Dollie graduated from Hartford High School and Southwestern Michigan College, where she earned an LPN degree. She spent more than 20 years at Sundstrand Manufacturing in Dowagiac and then retired from home health care in 2013.
     Dollie is survived by her husband, Ronnie E. Jackson of Sturgis, whom she married May 15, 1994; a daughter, Julianne (Shannon) Oliver of Hartford; a grandson, Ryan (Ashley) Oliver of Watervliet; two grand­daughters, Amanda Oliver and Brooke Oliver, and a great-granddaughter, Ava Lynn Oliver, all of Hartford; a stepson, Ronnie Jackson Jr. of Sturgis; two sisters, Velva Robbins of Benton Harbor and Rose Henderson of Bangor; a brother, Mack Robbins of Lakeland, Fla.; numerous nieces; a nephew; other family members; and friends.
     Preceding Dollie in passing were her parents and two brothers, Clifton and Clet Robbins.
     The family will receive friends from noon-2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, at Keeler General Baptist Church, where a service to celebrate her life will begin at 2 p.m. with Pastor Efrain Maya officiating. Dollie will be laid to rest in Keeler Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Dollie’s name may be made to your local humane society. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at www.calvin-leonardfh.com
.

NOTE: Dollie was a 1966 Hartford High School graduate.

 
Shirley Burden Curley d 1-27-2014

Sherry Ann Burden Curley, age 51, passed away on January 27, 2014.
Born on July 22, 1962 in Hartford, Mich.
     She worked as a medical receptionist in Madison Heights. She enjoyed quilting and her children, April and Autumn Curley Her grandchildren, Noel and Paula were her passion.

Survived by her loving companion, Jerry Labiak, Jr.; siblings, five sisters and one brother.     
     Preceded in death by her parents. Sherry will be missed by the entire Labiak family.

 
Jerry Milliken, 71, of Hartford died Monday, Jan. 27, 2014.
     Jerry’s life began July 5, 1942, in Hayti, Missouri. He worked as a supervisor for Emlong’s Nursery for 33 years and enjoyed being a mechanic most of his life. He loved restoring old vehicles.
     His loving family includes: his wife Regina; ten children Donnie (Melinda) Milliken, Donna (Keith) Charles, Diane (Tony) Woodfin, Doreen (Delmon) Brown, Susie Lebold, Jerry Jr “Pee Wee” Milliken, Kevin (Anna) Milliken, Milissa Milliken, Jennifer (Eric) Osborn, and Jeremy (Lynette) Millikin; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren; a sister Kathy (Wade) Brickhimer; a nice Jackie (Richie) Ostrega; and a nephew Bobby Ratz.
     Jerry died Monday, January 27. He is preceded in death by his parents Golden and Floramae Cillie (Matlock) Milliken, a daughter Christy Partain, and a brother Johnny Milliken. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be celebrated at a later date. Hutchins Funeral Home in Watervliet is assisting Jerry’s family with arrangements. You may leave a memory for Jerry’s family at hutchinsfuneral.com
 
Donna B. Beam was born July 23, 1929, in Watervliet, the daughter of John and Maude (Hilts) Frazier. At the age of 84, Donna Beam d 1-24-2014Donna passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, at her home.
     Clare Beam and Donna Frazier were united in marriage on July 26, 1946. She was a member of the Hartford Federated Church, she enjoyed going to the Sportsman’s Club for their Friday night fish dinners, rooting her beloved Detroit Tigers, taking her children fishing and most importantly, visiting with her family, especially on the holidays.
     Donna is survived by four sons: Robert (Lupe) Beam of Fennville, Donald (Brenda Wright) Beam of Lawrence, Ron (Kelly) Beam and Garth (Tamela) Beam both of Kalamazoo; two daughters: Wanda (Junior) Baham of Independence, La., and Millie (Norm) Thompson of Alexandria, La. Donna is also survived by 19 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
     Preceding Donna in passing were her husband, Clare, on May 2, 1998; a daughter, Judith Beam; grandson, Eric Beam; her parents; four sisters and eight brothers.
     The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Fri­day Jan. 24, at the Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford, where a service to celebrate her life will commence at 1 p.m. Saturday. Pastor Glen Cowles of East Arlington Baptist Church will officiate. Burial will be in Keeler Cemetery. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at http://www.calvin-leonardfh.com.

 
Charlotte Catherine Stevens, 88 of Lawrence, MI, passed away on Friday, January 17, 2014 surrounded by family at Charlotte Stevens d 1-17-2014Bronson Lakeview Hospital from complication of pneumonia.
     A memorial will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at the Hartford Federated Church. Following the memorial a luncheon will be served where family and friends can gather and share warm memories of Charlotte. The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hartford Federated Church or The Forgotten Man Ministries (forgottenman.org). Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at
http://www.calvin-leonardfh.com.
     Charlotte was born March 19, 1925 in Chicago, IL to Charles and Kate Baer. She spent her life giving to others as a Sunday school teacher for 59 years, women’s council president for 14 years, and activities director at Hope Nursing Home for 5 years. Charlotte was fondly remembered for 17 years as a cook at Christie Lake Bible Camp, local restaurants, and Lawrence Public Schools. Just last month someone gave her a big hug because they recognized their favorite “school lunch lady.” Not only did Charlotte work throughout the surrounding communities, but she also opened her home for various bible study groups and women’s meetings. Every holiday was spent at Grandma’s house. We began the day with Grandma’s sermon and ended the night with a family game of UNO. Charlotte was an avid reader who read daily from her bible and shared her thirst for knowledge with anyone who would listen. She was a great listener who always took the time to hear your story, share advice, and make you feel loved.
     Charlotte was married to Jim Stevens until his death in 2005. She is survived by her children Alice Minaga, Lynn Nash, Joyce Link, and Chuck Stevens, along with 8 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren
 
Margaret Schaner - Margaret’s life began July 21, 1935, in Shelby, Mich.
Margaret Schaner d 1-15-2014      After graduating from high school, Margaret continued her education at Baker Business College, earning a secretarial degree. Margaret worked at Quality Frozen Foods in Paw Paw, at pharmacies in Watervliet and Hartford, and she was a secretary and housekeeper at Immaculate Conception Church in Hartford. Her favorite “job” was caring for her loving family. Margaret’s flower gardening, feeding birds and caring for her poodles were her passion. She also enjoyed keeping up on current events and debating her political view with anyone. Margaret was spunky and full of life and loved being a mom to everyone.
Margaret’s greatest love was her family, which includes: 10 children: Theresa Martens of Freemont, Mich.; Anne (Thomas) Lefor of Lawrence; Kathleen Schaner of Dallas, Texas; Bernadette (Rudolph) Neumeier of Kalamazoo; Gregory Schaner (Tammy Manser) of Grand Junction; Veronica Schaner (Allen Stefanski) of Hickory Corners; Phillip (Kristin) Schaner of Grand Rapids; Christine (Mark) Parker of Watervliet; Matthew (Cyndi) Schaner of Watervliet; and Magdalen (William) Dygert of Watervliet; 24 grandchildren; 11 great­grandchildren; a sister, Sandy (Gordon) Sherven; a daughter-in-law, Bonnie Baker of Chattanooga, Tenn.; and many nieces and nephews.
     Margaret died unexpectedly Wednesday, Jan. 15, at Lakeland Community Hospital in Watervliet. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of many years, Bernard Schaner; a son, Joseph Baker; her parents, James and Veva Pinder; adopted mom, Rose Jensen; and five siblings: Gladys Panis, Lena Horne, Phyllis Hess, Janet Sevrance and James Pinder.
     Friends may visit with Margaret’s family from 3-5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, with a Rosary prayer at 4:30 p.m. at Hutchins Funeral Home in Watervliet. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 20, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Watervliet. Burial will follow in Hicks Cemetery in Arlington Township. Memorials may be made in Margaret’s memory to the Humane Society. You may leave a memory for Margaret’s family at hutchinsfuneral.com.
H.K. Noe, 75, of Hartford died Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, at home. Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, 621-4101.
 
Claire Chamberlin Olds, 97, was born July 3, 1916, in Chicago, the only child of Earl and Marie Chamberlin. Her mother was Claire Chamberlin Olds d 1-11-2014 a nurse and her father an engineer. Her family moved a great deal during her childhood for her father’s work. During Claire’s grade school years, her family settled in Hartford.
She spent the first three years of high school in Ann Arbor and her senior year at Hartford High School, where she was valedictorian of her graduating class. There she met John S. Olds, whom she would marry a decade later. Both served in World War II, Claire as a lieutenant in the Marines and John as a captain in the Army. There were some family disputes as to which was the higher rank.
     Claire received her under­graduate degree in math and a Michigan teaching certificate from Western Michigan University. Following graduation, Claire earned a master’s degree in English at the University of Michigan.
     Claire and John were married Oct. 19, 1946, and chose to live, work and raise their children in their much­loved hometown of Hartford. They had two sons, John in 1948 and Jim in 1950. Claire taught math at Hartford High School from 1952 to 1973. Early in her teaching career, she was instrumental in organizing the Hartford teachers union. For many years, she was a familiar figure taking tickets at sports events.
     As a gifted poet, Claire published three books of poetry: “Vigil,” “Little Blue Heron” and “The Chamberlin Ladies.” Her last book was a tribute to her mother and two aunts. She was 88 when she published it, and still walked faster than her children.
     Claire was preceded in death by her husband, John, in 1988. She lived for the last 22 years in Friendship Village in Kalamazoo. She is survived by her son, John C. Olds and his wife, Paula Edwards Olds; by her son, Jim Olds and daughter-in­law, Joan Wesaw Olds, and their sons: Jason Murphy, J.R. Olds and Sam Olds; five great-grandchildren: the children of J.R. Olds – Claire, William, Sam and Evelyn – and one great­grandson, the son of Sam Olds, Keewadin.
     A memorial service to celebrate Claire’s life will be held in Hartford this spring, and her ashes will be buried with her husband’s in Maple Hill Cemetery in Hartford.
Claire Olds Memorial, June 26, 2014, 3 p.m.-5 p.m. at Sportsmen's Club in Hartford MI.

NOTE: Claire passed away 1-11-2014. She was a 1934 Hartford High School graduate.
Click here to read a poem she wrote, at age 85, a few days after the terrorist attack on the New York Twin Towers September 11, 2001.
 
Charles “Chuck” Joseph Struzik, 99, of Hartford was called home to heaven Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, at home.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 9, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Hartford. Father Donald Wieber and Monsignor Leo Cartagena will officiate. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8, at Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford, where a Rosary will be said at 7:30 p.m. Charles will be laid to rest with a private service in Maple Hill Cemetery. The family has requested that no flowers be sent. Those wishing to make a memorial may do so to Hospice at Home, Immaculate Conception Catholic Church or St. Jude’s Chil­dren’s Hospital. Memorial condolences for the family can be left at www.calvin­leonardfh. com.
     Charles was born Jan. 24, 1914, in Hegewich, Ill., the son of John and Mary (Ryba) Struzik. He owned and operated Chuck’s T.V. He was an avid fisherman, and he loved bowling and watching horse racing, but his most pleasant times were spent with his family, especially his grandchildren, who called him “Grampy.”
     Charles married the former Teresa Goray on Aug. 2, 1952, and for the next 61 years they enjoyed each other’s company. Teresa survives, along with their daughter, Barb (Dave) Walker of Hartford; a grandson, Rob (Sarah) Steiner of Ann Arbor; a granddaughter, Becky Steiner of Holland, Mich.; and a great-granddaughter, Amelia Steiner of Ann Arbor.
     Charles was preceded in passing by his parents, four brothers and two sisters.

 

 

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