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Dale E. Brinsfield,
70 of Hartford, was born on Oct. 31, 1944, to
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
Kenny and Bobby Brinsfield and sisters: Mary Alice
and O’Nieta Brinsfield.
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
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
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
Dale maintained the grounds around the memorial at the park.
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
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.
1941 Hartford graduate.
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
Clyde was proud to serve in the
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.
NOTE: Clyde was a
1945 Hartford High School graduate.
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
Carl William Burnette peacefully left us
on December 20, 2014 to travel on
his Spiritual Journey, fittingly on the eve of the winter
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
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
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.
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,
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.
Ralph was a
graduate of Hartford High School.
Lynn (Snodgrass) Arnt,
32, of Eau Claire went to be with the Lord on Friday, Dec. 19,
Rachel was born July 12, 1982, in St. Joseph, the daughter of
Larry and Deborah Snodgrass.
On July 25, 2009, Rachel and Christopher
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,
of Hartford; a nephew, Trent of Watervliet; her father- and
mother-in-law, Greg and Tammy
of Eau Claire; a sister-in-law, Courtney
of Farmington Hills, Mich.; her grandmothers-in-law, Betty
of Eau Claire and Nancy Elliot of Sodus; special friends,
Sheridan of Watervliet and Tracy McClure of Parrish, Fla.; and
numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, other family members
Rachel was preceded in passing by her grandparents, Gene and
Bonnie Snodgrass; her grandfather, Richard
and her grandfathers-in-law, Clifford
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
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.
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,
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
Victor-Hugo Jimenez, 29,
of Hartford passed away suddenly Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, at
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
Wilcoxson, 91, of Niles, formerly of Hartford,
passed away peacefully in her home Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014,
with her family at her side.
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
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
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,
in Lawrence, Michigan to Chester P. and Luella (VanRiper)
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
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.
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
of Benton Harbor after 12 years of employment as a security
Glen is survived by his wife, Marjorie Robinson; daughter,
grandchildren: Quentin (Stacy)
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.
Ann Klein - 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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Ruth was a
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
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
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
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.
Hartford, passed away suddenly Monday, Nov. 24,
Sandra was born May 11, 1965 at the U.S. Army Hospital
France, the daughter of James
and Irmgard (Ubell) Reed. She was a 1983 graduate of
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
(Rogers) Prince, both of whom preceded her in passing. She was
also preceded in death by her husband, John, and a sister,
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
Alta is survived by her children: Rosemary (Hervey) Tanner of
Coloma; Clyde (Sharon)
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
of Hartford, 18 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; 28
great-great-grandchildren; four sisters: Lucille Key of Fort
Smith, Ark.; Wanda Patterson of Shelbyville, Mo.;
Cassidy of Stockton, Calif.; and Shirley Jarvis of
Ark.; and a brother; Norman Prince of
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
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:
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,
Daugherty and Vicki (De May-Wier)
Wood; four grandchildren:
David Daugherty, Fawn Lewis and Dustin
and seven great-grandchildren: Justin
Lewis, Sebastian Lewis, Noah
His parents, Jessie and John; a brother, Elmer De May; and two
(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
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
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
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
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
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
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,
Laura was extremely proud of her sobriety and loved
times spent with her family, especially her
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.
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)
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.)
a daughter, Sheila
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)
of Watervliet; and two grandsons, Allen (Angela)
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 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.
The family will receive friends from 10-10:30 a.m. Saturday,
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
Frank is survived by his wife, Virginia; a son, Frankie
Cotman of Hartford; and a sister, Angie (Tommy) Campanaro of
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
Carl was born on April 15, 1944, in Lepanto, Ark., the third
of fourteen children of Norman and Zelma (Blevens)
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
around town in his beloved 1971
Carl also loved doing carpentry work, especially on his own
Carl married the former Monica Shafer on Oct. 23, 1976, and
she survives along with their daughter, Leslie (Marshal
and Madelyn and thirteen siblings; Billy (Linda)
of Lawrence, Thomas (Jeaqnette)
of Pocahontas, Ark., Charles (Sharon)
of Decatur, Mary (Doyle)
of Hartford, Linda (George) Bergeson of Paw Paw, James (Joyce)
of Columbia, Tenn., Richard
of Hartford, Bonnie
of Watervliet, Judy (Bill)
of South Haven, Daniel
all of Hartford and special friends, Pete Vassar and Joe
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
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.
Rhoda was a
Hartford High School graduate.
, 30, of Hartford, MI, passed away
Monday, September 30, 2014, at Bronson Methodist Hospital,
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
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, 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.
Joseph (Bud) Latus was born March 3, 1930 in
Memorial Hospital Benton Harbor,
Michigan and died at his home in
Michigan on Wednesday, September 3,
Bud was the son of
Mrs. Leo F. Latus who preceded him in death, as did a
Mary Ellen Learner. Bud graduated
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
After graduation from Coyne Electric he returned to
Hartford and worked at Riverside Electric in
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
Harbor, South Haven and
He served as
Hartford’s Cub Master for several years
and served on the Hartford School Board for nine years
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
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
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 or to Immaculate Conception Catholic
Visitation for Leo (Bud) Latus will be held at Calvin Funeral
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
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.
Ron was a
1957 Hartford High School graduate.
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.
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.
Theresa was from the 1966 Class
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
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.
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
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
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
Tom was born July 1, 1951, in Watervliet, the son of
Allen and Tinnie (Miller) McConnell. He
was a graduate of Hartford
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.
- 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
David was a native of Watervliet, Michigan and a
resident of Jasper. He was a truck driver.
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
was a 1984 Hartford High
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
and two brothers: Dale and
Lois is survived by her husband, Lawrence; a son,
Steven (Gail) Blyly of Wausaukee, Wis.; a daughter, Debra
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.
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.
Doris Tate, 75 of
Hartford, passed away suddenly, Friday, July 18, 2014, at her
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
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.
passed away on July 17, 2014. He spent his final day, July 16,
his 92nd birthday, with his entire family beside him.
Hartford High School graduate,
served in the
US Army Air Corp-Air Force
during World War 11.
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
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
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
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)
Joann grew up in Hartford,
graduated from Hartford High School ,
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
- 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,
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
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
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.
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.
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)
He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred
and Margaret Schoenfeld;
and a sister, Donna
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
Gary Eugene Huffman, 68, of Hartford passed away
Friday, June 13, 2014, at Lakeland Regional Medical Center in
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
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.
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
Daniel was born May 5, 1955, in Millburg
to George and Martha
graduated from Hartford High School .
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.
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
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.
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
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.
66, of Hartford, formerly
of St. Joseph, passed away, Tuesday, June 10, 2014, at
Lakeland Regional Medical Center, St. Joseph.
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
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.
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
preceded in death by her father, Lester Krause Sr. and son,
88, formerly of
Hartford, passed into his Heavenly Father’s arms
Monday, June 2, 2014 at
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.
born February 22, 1926 in
Mary Pansy Aliene Dendy Thornburg.
On July 22, 1944, he married the love of his life,
Mary Sue Cheatham in
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
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
and Brian Lightner.
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
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,
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
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,
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
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)
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.
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
Surviving are her loving children: sons Raymond Edward
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,
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
Arrangements entrusted to the Wise Choice-Bunker Funeral Home,
9702 E. Apache Trail, Mesa, Ariz.
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
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.
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,
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
Swanner; her parents; a sister,
Sarah Wright and a son-in-law, Jerry Jackson.
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.
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
79, of Stevensville passed away on Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at
University of Texas Health Science Center in Tyler, Texas.
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
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
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
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
Robinson. She graduated from Hartford High School 
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
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
Shirley was preceded in death by her husband, James Edward
Andrus. She is survived by her sister, Margorie
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
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
Presbyterian Church. Visitation will be held at the
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.
67, James Wesley Sanders,
67 of Lawrence, passed away suddenly Wednesday, April 9, 2014
at his home.
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
James is survived by his sister, Joyce Gregory of Lawrence,
three nephews and one niece.
passed away Monday, April 7, 2014, at Borgess Medical Center
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)
; a son, Thomas (Casie) Stewart; seven grandchildren: Krysti,
Casey, Tyler, Brenden, Alex, Cameron and Aiden; and a brother,
Walter Cook of Las Vegas.
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,
, 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
Eddie Dean Swanner,
62, of Bangor passed away Thursday, April 3, 2014, at Rose
Arbor Hospice Residence in Kalamazoo.
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
Eddie was preceded in passing by his father, David; and a
brother, Teddy Steve Swanner.
Debbie Cullum on June 13, 1981. She survives, along with a
son, Michael Cullum of Bangor; his mother,
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.
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.
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
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
Over the years Nancy worked hard including as a field
worker in the Van Buren area and also as a worker in many
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
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
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.
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.
Fr. John M. Grathwohl,
of Kalamazoo, died Sunday March 30, 2014 at Upjohn Nursing
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.
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.
Immaculate Conception, Hartford
and St. Thomas More, Kalamazoo.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
preceded in passing by a daughter, Elizabeth Edgerly; her
parents; a sister, Winnie Harmon; and two brothers, Paul
Langston and Bobby Harmon.
Jensen, 86, of
Hartford passed away Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at home.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Christine Poker Gulliver,
66, of Silvercreek Township died Monday, March 17, 2014, at
home. Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, 621-4101.
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.
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.
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 John” Scherer,
20, was born Sept. 24, 1993, in Kalamazoo, the son of John and
Susan (Drake) Scherer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
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
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
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)
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
The family is being helped by the Filbrandt Family Funeral
Home of South Haven, 637-0333.
Ruby 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
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.
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.
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.
suggests memorial contributions to Free Methodist Church or
Hospice at Home. Arrangements are by Bangor Chapel, D.L.
Miller Funeral Home (www.dlmillerfuneralhome.com).
53, of Hartford passed away suddenly Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, in
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.
John was born March 4, 1960, in Watervliet, the son of Willard
and Laura (Barchalk) Winkel.
He was a  graduate of Hartford
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.
Martens, 58, of
Hartford, died on Monday, February 17, 2014.
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.
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.
77, of Yale, was called to meet his Lord and Savior Thursday,
February 13, 2014, at Detroit Receiving Hospital, Detroit.
born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, August 10, 1936, the son of the
late Walter and Lorraine (Bruhn) Schaewe.
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.
to travel in the fall to northern Michigan with his wife. He
enjoyed gardening, especially his roses, and following sports
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
He is preceded
in death by brother, Donald Schaewe, step-brother, Donald Prey
and step-father, Ervin Prey.
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
daughter of Julio and Cristina (Hurtado) Hernandez, passed
away Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, at Bronson Methodist Hospital,
Lupita is survived by her parents of
and two siblings, Julio and Jesus Hernandez, both of
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,
The family has entrusted the Calvin Funeral Home,
with handling the arrangements.
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
Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. Thursday Feb. 20, 2014, at
Calvin Funeral Home in
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
High School in 1952. On May
19, 1956, she married Guy L. Matthews Jr., and they spent 39
years together on a farm in
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
Caroline is survived by two daughters: Caroline Denise (Steve)
and Lisa (Orville Floyd) of Watervliet; grandchildren: Lindsey
(Eric) Smith of Plainwell and Matthew Sells of
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,
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
Reverend Edgar J. Kent, 78,
of 1612 Ridge Road, Hodges SC, husband of Georgia Harper Kent,
died Saturday, February 15, 2014 at
Regional Medical Center.
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.
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
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
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.
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,
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
preceded in death by her parents, Frank Velez and Petra
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
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
The family is being helped by the Filbrandt Family Funeral
Home of South Haven, 637-0333.
Fred Galati - formerly of Hartford, passed away
February 11, 2014 in Portland OR.
Fred was a 1965 Hartford High School
Nell Fuller Pradon,
was born Oct. 28, 1935, in Hornersville,
Mo. She was one of six children born to John and Ruth (Cole)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
formerly employed with Shafer Lake Fruit Inc. He loved trains,
time spent with his family, movies and reading.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
NOTE: Danny was a member of the Hartford High School Class
Dollie Marie Robbins Jackson,
Dollie was born Feb. 14, 1948,
in Hayti, Mo., the daughter of Ernest and Lorene (James)
Just a few days prior to her 65th birthday, Dollie passed away
suddenly on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, at her home in Sturgis,
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.
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.
Dollie in passing were her parents and two brothers, Clifton
and Clet Robbins.
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
Dollie was a
Hartford High School graduate.
Sherry Ann Burden Curley, age 51, passed away on
January 27, 2014.
Born on July 22, 1962 in Hartford,
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
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.
Milliken, 71, of
Hartford died Monday, Jan. 27, 2014.
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
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.
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,
passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, at her
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
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
Lakeview Hospital from complication of pneumonia.
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
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.
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
- Margaret’s life began July 21, 1935, in Shelby,
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
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.
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
75, of Hartford died Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, at home. Calvin
Funeral Home, Hartford, 621-4101.
Claire Chamberlin Olds,
was born July 3, 1916, in Chicago, the only child of Earl and
Marie Chamberlin. Her mother was
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.
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.
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.
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
Hartford High School graduate.
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.
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.”
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.
preceded in passing by his parents, four brothers and two
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