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Ernest Allen Daisy
was born on Dec. 31, 1947 in Watervliet, Mich., the son of Howard and Agatha (Williams) Daisy. Ernest passed away at the age of 70 on July 25, 2018 at his home in Hartford.
     Ernie, as he was known by most, owned Daisy Masonry. In his spare time he was an outdoors man, enjoying fishing, hunting and trapping.
     On Dec. 22, 1972, Ernie married Karen Roe, who survives along with two sons; Brian (Marie) Daisy and Chad (Jennifer Brady) Daisy, both of Hartford, eight grandchildren; Skyler, Tonda, Simon, Julia, Exander, Avory, Trinity and Exavier. He is also survived by four sisters; Bonnie Daisy of Dowagiac, Judy Daisy-Sink of Coloma, Shirley Gallegos and Francine (Dorito) Galvan and a brother; Terry Daisy all of Dowagiac.
     Ernie was preceded in passing by his parents and four siblings; Howard Daisy Jr., Karen F. Daisy, Jerry Daisy, and Arlene Beccera.
     As to Ernie’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A Traditional American Indian Ceremony with military rites will be conducted at 4 p.m. on Aug. 9, 2018 at the Rogers Lake Pavilion. In lieu of flowers, please send a sympathy card to the family.
     The Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford is assisting the family. Those wishing to leave a memorial condolence for the family may do so on our website at www.calvin-leonardfh. com.

 


Nanette Keifer d 7-30-2018
Nanette “Nan” Keifer, 66, of Hartford passed away Monday, July 30, 2018, at Lakeland Medical Center, St. Joseph. Nan was born April 1, 1952, to Cyril and Mildred Miles in St. Joseph. She went to St. Joseph High School. On May 9, 1981, she married James Keifer. Nan was a homemaker and enjoyed crocheting. She dedicated her life to helping others and especially enjoyed being with children.
Nan was very involved in Sunday school and vacation Bible school at Keeler United Methodist Church, as well as church time and Awana at Hartford Federated Church. She loved all different kinds of music and always had the time for anyone, she never knew a stranger.
     Nan always enjoyed a good laugh and was always a jokester. Most of all, she cherished her family.      Nan is survived by her husband of 37 years, James Keifer; children, Amanda (Dave Green) Keifer-Bryant and James (Venessa) Keifer; grandchildren “gumdrops,” Rachel and Allison Keifer; brother, Cyril (Donna) Miles Jr.; sister, Millie Miles, the youngest; cousin and best friend, Kate Martin; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
     She was preceded in death by her parents, Cyril and Mildred Miles; and grandson, PJ Keifer.


 

Doug Davis d 7-5-2018 Douglas Eugene Davis was born March 26, 1958, in St. Joseph. He was one of four children born to Melvin and Beverly (Sorenson) Davis. “Doug,” as he was known to everyone, passed away at his home in Covert Township on Thursday, July 5, 2018.
     On
May 17, 2014, Doug was united in marriage to Peggy Bresson, she survives; along with Doug’s children, Matthew Davis and Bambi Weston of Oklahoma; a stepdaughter, Ashley (Chris) Hotrum; several grandchildren; three brothers: Melvin Davis Jr., Alvin (Renae) Davis and Thomas Davis all of Michigan; and many other family members and friends.

Doug was preceded in passing by a son, Aaron Davis.

 


Patrick Tarantino d 7-2-2018Patrick John Tarantino Sr. was called home to be with our Lord on July 2, 2018.
     Patrick was born on April 2, 1952, to Ross William and Billie Jean (Neddo) Tarantino. He attended and graduated from Lawrence Public Schools. As an adult, he resided in both the communities of Lawrence and Hartford. He worked many years for the Van Buren County Road Commission in Lawrence. He then went on to work at several road construction companies, many times out of state. He was a very active man who loved the outdoors. He was an avid deer hunter and loved antiques from the 1950s. He took pride in his family, his home and his country.
     Those who knew Pat know that he had a very unique personality and never met a stranger. He was loved by his family and friends. We thank God for his life and the memories he left us with. 
     He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Roxy Tarantino of Hartford; daughter, Stacey (Dennis) Romeo of Hartford; daughter, Karri Tarantino of Hunstville, Ala.; daughter, Jeannene (Chris) Gatties of Hartford; son, Patrick (Wendy) Tarantino Jr. of Coloma; son, Jason Tarantino of Decatur; son, Bryan Romeo of Hartford; and many grandchildren; his brother, Ross (Ruth Ann) Tarantino of Benton Harbor; and brother, Terry Tarantino.

     He was preceded in death by his father, Ross William Tarantino; his mother, Billie Jean Neddo; and his brother, Mike Tarantino.
     Per his wishes cremation has taken place. Visitation will be held from 3-4:30 p.m. July 15, 2018, with a memorial service following at 5 p.m. at Redeemer Lutheran Church, Sister Lakes.

 

Leticia (Romero) Aranda was born March 13, 1954 in Edinburg, Texas, the daughter of Manuel and Oralia (Garza) Romero. Leticia passed away at the age of 64 on Wednesday, July 4, 2018, at home.
     Leticia retired as the center director at the Decatur Head Start. She was a huge fan of the MASH television show and loved spending time with her family. She will be truly missed.
     Leticia is survived by her children: Jesse (Virginia) Manciaz Jr., of Hartford, Luis (Juana) Aranda of San Benito, Texas, Nano Aranda of Niles and Cristela (Gabriel) Rodriguez of Hartford; fourteen grandchildren; four greatgrandchildren and six siblings: Graciela (Alfonzo) Chavez of Hartford, Juan (Sharon) Romero of Texas, Gerardo (Luisa) Romero of Maryland, Aldo Romero, Lorenzo (Elizabeth) Romero of Hartford, and Rodolfo (Crystal) Romero of Coloma, and special friends: Susan Shafer of Decatur, and Elvia Bermudez of Dowagiac.
     Leticia was preceded in passing by a daughter, Anabel Reyna; a granddaughter, Jordan Manciaz; her parents, and a sister, Diana Castillo.  
     The family will welcome friends from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, July 7th, at the Hartford United Methodist Church with a celebration of life service honoring her memory to follow. Pastor Ryan Wenburg will officiate.  As to Leticia's wishes, cremation will follow the service.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the family. The Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford has been entrusted with the arrangements.  Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at www.calvin-leonardfh.com.


Wayne Rose d 6-27-2018 Wayne Edward Rose
was born Jan. 26, 1925, in the family home in Hartford. He was the son of Don and Delta (Rassette) Rose. Wayne passed away peacefully at Rose Arbor Hospice Residence on Wednesday, June 27, 2018, with his two daughters by his side.

     On June 21, 1947, Wayne was united in marriage to Mary Groth, and they enjoyed each others company until Mary’s passing on Feb. 27, 2009. Wayne served his country proudly in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was formerly employed at Covel Manufacturing, Burmeca in Belgium and then owned and operated Rose Machine Shop in Hartford for many years. In his spare time, Wayne enjoyed antique tractors and engines and traveling with his wife Mary. As the saying goes, if Wayne couldn’t fix it, it couldn’t be fixed. Wayne and Mary were one of the founders of the Hartford Old Engine and Tractor Club and when they were younger, were very active members.
     Wayne was preceded in passing by his wife, Mary; and his only brother, Don Rose.

     Wayne is survived by two daughters, Judith (David) Rainey of Bangor, and Susan (Dave) Tapper of Hartford; four grandchildren: Amanda (Gabe) Malmstrom of Paw Paw, Jenny (Jason) Elston, Andrew Yirchott and Adam (Allie Burris) Unrath all of Hartford; and five great-grandchildren: Alex and Helen Malmstrom, Madisyn, Luke and Olivia Elston.
    
The family will welcome friends from 5-8 p.m. Sunday, July 1, 2018, at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford. A celebration of life service will take place at 11 a.m. Monday, July 2, 2018, at the funeral home. The Rev. Scott Saylor of the New Day Church of Watervliet will officiate. Wayne will be laid to rest with full military rites by the North Berrien Military Rites Team in Maple Hill Cemetery in Hartford. Memorials may be made to Rose Arbor Hospice Residence. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family can do so on our website at www.calvin-leonardfh.com.


Sondra Lee Councell was born June 14, 1939, in Kalamazoo, the daughter of Richard and Juanita (Hassen) Benznoska. Sondra passed away at the age of 79 at her home in Keeler Township on Saturday, June 16, 2018.
     On Aug. 6, 1960, Sondra was united in marriage to Kenneth Councell. Sondra was formerly employed at Gilmore Brothers in Kalamazoo and at Modern Plastics of Benton Harbor. She attended The Church Keeler, and loved to mow the yard on her riding lawn mower so much that the rest of the family just had to sit back and watch.

     The family will receive friends from 2-3 p.m. Thursday, June 21, 2018, at the New Day Church in Watervliet, where a celebration of life service to honor Sondra’s memory will follow at 3 p.m. with the Rev. Scott Saylor officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the church. The family has entrusted the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, with arrangements. Memorial condolences for the family can be left at www.calvinleonardfh. com.
     Sondra is survived by her husband, Ken; a son, Kevin Councell of Lawrence; a daughter-in-law, Brenda Councell of Kalamazoo; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a brother, Richard Benznoska of Richland, Mich.
     Sondra was preceded in passing by a son, Craig Councell; her parents; and a brother, James Benznoska.

 


Martin Alvarez d 6-9-2018Martin Alvarez,53 of Hartford passed away unexpectedly at his residence on Saturday, June 9, 2018.
    Cremation has taken place.

    A memorial service will be held 1:00 pm Friday, June 15 at Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral in Coloma where the family will receive friends beginning one hour prior to the service.
    Those wishing to leave an online message of remembrance may do so by using the "Guestbook" link located on this page.
    Martin was born January 30, 1965 in San Juan, Texas to Andres and Angelita (Garcia) Alvarez.
    He was formerly employed for 11 seasons with Telamon Corporation and nine years with Auto Cam in building maintenance.
     Martin loved working on cars where auto body was his passion.  In his free time he also enjoyed wood work, building, and creating gifts for his family.
     Survivors include his wife Cynthia whom he married May 11, 1985; two daughters, Erica Marie Alvarez, Priscilla Ann Alvarez, and two sons Andrew Martin Alvarez and Tony Saldana all of Hartford.
     Martin is also survived by four grandchildren, one brother Jesus Alvarez of San Juan, Texas; two sisters, Maria de La Luz Alvarez of San Juan, Texas Juanita Alvarez of San Antonio, Texas; and his mother- in-law Graciela Saldana of Hartford.
     Martin had countless friends both in Texas and Michigan.
     Above all, he loved and cherished his time with his grandkids.

 


Louis Drak
e Williams, 89, of Hartford, passed away Wednesday, May 30, 2018, at home.
     Louis was born March 12, 1929, in Hartford, the son of Frank and Lucille (Drake) Williams, both of whom precede him in passing. Also preceding him in passing are two brothers: Burton Williams and James Williams.
     Louis worked as an electrician and was a member of Local 153 of South Bend. His favorite hobby was farming. In his spare time, he loved gardening, reading and watching westerns on television. Louis served his country proudly in the United States Army during the Korean War.
     Louis married the former Helen Farley on Jan. 25, 1957. She survives, along with a daughter, Dian (Russell) Walker of Hartford.


Helen Russell d 5-25-2018Helen Leila (Carpp) Russell
was born June 28, 1929, and passed away Friday, May 25, 2018, at Hampshire in Merced, Calif.
     Helen grew up in Hartford and graduated in 1948 from Hartford High School. She moved to California and lived in the Central Valley for 40 years. She was married to Forrest M. Russell for 60 years, and they had two children: Michael Russell and Deborah Ford. Helen was a wond
erful housewife, mother and friend to all. She attended the Don Pedro Baptist Church. She worked in its food program and helped out with the church’s Bible School. She was a Red Hats Lady, and was involved with Bonco.
     Helen enjoyed socializing with others. She loved cats, any meal that included a stick of butter, and spending time with her family. Anyone who knew her, felt blessed. She was a beautiful person with a huge heart. She will be truly missed.
     Helen is survived by her children: Michael and Deborah; six grandchildren; 11 beautiful great-grandchildren, which she loved with all of her heart; and lifelong friend, Bonna Vanderlyn.
     The family will welcome friends at Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford, for a graveside service, 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 12, with the Rev. Ryan Wenburg of the Hartford United Methodist Church, officiating. The Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, is helping the family with local arrangements.

 Gene Avery d 5-12-2018
Gene Lawrence Avery
was born July 18, 1925, in Dowagiac. He was one of four children born to Bert and Lela (Van Auken) Avery. Gene peacefully went to be with his Lord on Saturday, May 12, 2018, at Maple Lake Assisted Living in Paw Paw.
     The family will welcome friends 2-4 p.m. Sunday, May 20, 2018, at the Hartford Federated Church, followed by a celebration of life service to honor Gene’s memory. Chaplain Larry Avery will officiate. As to his wishes, cremation will follow the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the church or to the donor’s choice. The Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford is helping the family with arrangements. Memorial condolences for the family can be left at www.calvin-leonardfh. com.
     Gene was a graduate of Lawton High School and was employed by the Michigan Department of Transportation for many years until his retirement. He then worked at Kellogg’s Hardware in Hartford for a number of years and helped at the Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford for a short period. He was a member of the Hartford Federated Church for over 50 years. Gene loved his family dearly and will be truly missed by all who knew him.
     On July 19, 1946, Gene was united in marriage to Donna Garrod, and together they raised their two children, Larry (Carol) Avery of Anderson, Ind., and Maxine (Gary) Carlson of Hartford. He also leaves behind four grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.
     His wife Donna passed away Aug. 9, 2016. Gene was also preceded in passing by his parents; a sister, Helen Fuller; and two brothers, George and Wayne Avery.
    The family would like to send special thanks to Maple Lakes Assisted Living and Great Lakes Hospice for the great care given.

Glen A. Wilkens d 4-12-2018
Glen Arnold Wilkens
was born May 15, 1929, and passed away on April 12, 2018.
     Glen was a father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He is survived by his children: Sharon (Ron) Gimik, Julie Harmon, Randy Wilkens and Laura Luciano; stepchildren: David Osburn, Keith Osburn, Jim Osburn, Victor Wells and Karen Hamilton; 10 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
     Glen was preceded in passing by his first wife, Eleanor; his second wife, Carol; and a stepson, Ralph Osburn.
     Visitation will be at Calvin Funeral Home from 1-2 p.m. Saturday, May 19, followed by a graveside service at Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford. For the full obituary please go to www.calvin-leonardfh.com.



  Lucille Esther Brunais d 5-8-2018
Lucille Esther (Scott)
Brunais
was born Feb. 21, 1924, in Speer, Colo., the daughter of William and Mary (Priest) Scott. Lucille passed away at the age of 94, from this life on earth to eternity in heaven on Tuesday, May 8, 2018, at her home in Hartford.
     Lucille was united in marriage to Frank Brunais on Dec. 10, 1946.
     As to her wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no services. The Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford is assisting the family and memorial condolences for the family can be left at www.calvin-leonardfh. com. Lucille is survived by her children: Frank (Nani) Brunais of Waynesville, Mo., William (Rose) Brunais of Hillsboro, Ore., Mary (John) Aman of Hartford, and Russell (Sandra) Brunais of Keeler. She is also survived by numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-greatgrandchildren.
     Lucille was preceded in passing by her husband, Frank Brunais; a son, Donald Brunais; a granddaughter, Susan Brunais; her parents; a grandson, Jewell “Scott” Goble; and a brother, William Scott.

 


Catherine Trudell d 5-1-2018Catherine J. Trudell
, 77, passed away Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo.
     Funeral services will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home in Coloma and conclude with the burial at Coloma Cemetery. Visitation will be on Friday from 5 - 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
     Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association or Caring Circle Hospice. Those wishing to leave a message or share a memory with the family online may do so by selecting the "Sign the Guestbook" option on the left.
     Cathy was born February 7, 1941 in Judsonia, Arkansas to William and Theresa Smith. Most of her working career was spent as a police dispatcher for both the Coloma Township and Hartford City Police Departments. Later she worked in customer service at Walmart for several years prior to retiring in 2006. Much of her time was spent either working or enjoying the company of her family. Cathy also enjoyed antiquing and enjoying the summer air while mowing the grass on her riding lawn mower.
     Cathy is survived by her two daughters, Lovedia (Allen) Stap of Gobles, Mich. and Lee Ann Branham of Milan, Tenn.; her step-son Robbie Trudell of Hartford; her sister Dianna (Dennis) Small of Bangor; brothers Larry (Shirley) Wicoff of Atkins, Ark. and Kenny Wicoff of Misick, Mich.; eight grandchildren and sixteen great grandchildren.
     She was preceded in death her son William Tony Gibson; daughter Patricia Caprez; step-daughter Teresa Trudell, husbands Duane Trudell and William Gibson; parents William and Teresa; and stepfather Edward Wicoff.




Mearl Hunt d 4-23-2018Mearl Frederick Hunt, age 86, of Paw Paw passed away Monday, April 23, 2018 at Bronson Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo, Michigan. Mearl was born March 9, 1932 in Watervliet, Michigan the son of Donald and Margaret (Wood) Hunt. Mearl proudly served in the United States Army during the Korean War. He was united in marriage to the former Pauline Weaver on February 25, 1989 in Las Vegas, Nevada. 
     Mearl was a member of the American Legion, McGowen Johnson Post 68 and VFW Mc Kinley Wilson Hall. Post 2532. He enjoyed bowling, driving his boat around 3 Mile Lake, gardening and being outdoors.
     Mearl is survived by his loving wife of 29 years; Pauline, 3 daughters; Debra (Charles) Byars, Kathy (Richard) White and Sandy (Bill) Main, step-daughter; Tami (Gary) Newton, step-son; Randy (Laura) Newton, several grandchildren and great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Mearl was preceded in death by his step-son; Herbert Newton, sisters; Sally, Dorothy and Georgia and brothers; Don, Jerry and Jim.
     Memorial Mass will take place Friday, April 27, 2018 at 11:00 AM at St. Mary Catholic Church, Paw Paw, with Fr. Joseph Xavier officiating. Visitation will take place on Friday at the church from 10:00 AM until the time of service. Burial will take place at Fort Custer National Cemetery at a later date. Those planning a memorial contribution are asked to consider the American Legion, McGowen Johnson Post 68, Paw Paw.

NOTE:  Mearl lived in Hartford for 35 years.  In the late 60's and early 70's, he was an Explorer-Boy Scout Leader and the President of the Hartford Band Boosters. 


John Bernard Vargo
was born May 27, 1933, in Hartford, one of nine children, born to Michael and Helen (Kaminsky) Vargo, whom precede him in passing. John passed away suddenly at a friend’s home in Lawrence on Saturday, April 21, 2018, at the age of 84.

     John was a 1951 Hartford High School graduate and lived all of his life here in Hartford, except for the time spent in the United States Army during the Korean War. After serving in the army, he spent part of his life farming, a number of years in the packaging industry and finally retiring from the Van Buren County Road Commission.
     A memorial Mass of Christian Burial will commence at 10 a.m. Monday April 30, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Hartford. 
     John is survived by his eight siblings: Joseph (Sharon) Vargo of Benton Harbor, Michael Vargo of Hartford, Bernadine Bouwmeester of Dowagiac, Elizabeth Vargo of St. Joseph, MaryAnn Brown of Portage, Helen (Evan) Hazelett of St. Joseph, Agnes (Victor) Castanier of Saginaw, and Christina Sinclair of Pendelton, S.C.; his special friends: Sally and Richard Norg of Lawrence, who helped him during his sickness and numerous nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.


Joseph
Morseau
,
65, of Allegan passed away Monday, April 23, 2018, at Wings of Hope Hospice, Allegan.
     Joseph was born Feb. 16, 1953, in Hartford, the son of George and Theresa (Alexis) Morseau, both of whom preceded him in passing. Also preceding him in passing were six siblings: Veronica Morseau, Gloria Morseau, Susie Morseau, Kipling Morseau, John Morseau and Juanita Wall.
    Joseph was a member of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians. He was an excellent college student. In his spare time, he loved playing the guitar, reading and eating.
 
    Joseph is survived by two sisters, Georgiana Morseau and Cleora Morseau.
    The family will welcome friends 5-9 p.m. Thursday, April 26, at the Calvin Funeral Home, with a traditional Indian service taking place during the visitation. A celebration of life service will take place at 10 a.m. Friday, April 27, at the funeral home with Deacon Arthur Morsaw officiating.  Joseph will be laid to rest in Sacred Heart of Mary Cemetery in Silvercreek Township.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at calvin-leonardfh.com.

    


Jack Owen Fuller
was born on Feb. 18, 1937, in Hartford, the son of John and Beatrice (Roggow) Fuller, both of whom precede him in passing. Jack was also preceded by a brother, Roney Fuller; and a sister, Dixie Morris.
     Jack passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his family on Thursday, April 19, 2018, at the age of 81.
     Jack is survived by his four children, Cari Fuller of Lawrence, Kristine Densmore of Battle Creek, Robyn Gardner of Paw Paw, and Jack Fuller of Bangor; six grand kids, Steven Jones, Amanda Jones, Autumn Cook, Matthew Gardner Sr., Jason Owen Gardner and Kisa Axsom; 15 great-grandchildren; seven siblings, Sharon (Toots) Philips, Tonya Murphy, Gale Fuller, Junior Fuller, Richard Fuller, David Fuller and Nick Fuller; and several nieces, nephews and friends.
     The family will have a celebration of life gathering at Jack’s home at a later date. The family has entrusted the Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford with arrangements. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at www.calvin-leonardfh.com.

    

Alta Lucille Newnum was born Sept. 2, 1924, in Hartford, the daughter of Milton and Margaret (Donovan) Lee, both of whom preceded her in passing. Alta passed away Saturday,
April 14, 2018, at Countryside Nursing and Rehabilitation Community in South Haven.
     Alta was a lifetime member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Hartford, where she helped with funeral lunches for many years. She was formerly employed at Adams Electronics of Bangor for 11 years and later at Auto Specialties of Hartford for 9 1/2 years, retiring in 1980.
    Alta is survived by her children: James (Geraldine) Newnum of Wallace, Mich., Thomas (Joanne) Newnum of Hartford, Joyce (Tommy) Brown of Glen St. Mary, Fla., Mary (David) Knight of Hartford; 14 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren and 18 great-great-grandchildren.
      As to Alta's wishes, cremation has taken place and a private graveside service will be held at Maple Hill Cemetery in Hartford.  Deacon Arthur Morsaw will officiate. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Alta’s name may be made to Immaculate Catholic Church. Those wishing to leave a memorial condolence for the family may do so on our website at
www.calvin-leonardfh.com.

 NOTE:  Alta was a 1942 Hartford High School.


Lisa Ryan d 4-12-2018
Lisa Little Ryan
, 47, of Portage, passed away at Bronson Methodist Hospital Thursday, April 12, 2018.
     A celebration of life service will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, at Clark Chapel & Cremation Services, 407 Center St., Dowagiac, with Jim Matson officiating. Friends may visit with the family on Tuesday, April 17, from 11 a.m. until time of service at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the family in c/o Timothy Ryan.
     Lisa was born Dec. 2, 1970, to Wayne F. and Judy (Hoyt) Little Sr., in Benton Harbor. She graduated from Coloma High School. On July 14, 1990, she married Timothy Ryan at Keeler Baptist Church in Keeler. Lisa enjoyed going to the casino with her husband, taking long drives and her social media. Most of all she loved to spend time with her family and dogs, Waylon and Molly.
     Lisa is survived by her husband, Timothy; siblings: Shelly (Jim Matson) Clements of Coloma, Wayne F. Little Jr. of Baroda, and Robert Steven Little of Hartford; and dogs, Waylon and Molly.


Minnie Saddler d 4-11-2018Minnie Sadler
,
93, of Hartford died April 11, 2018, at Countryside Nursing Home, South Haven.
     Minnie’s life began Jan. 11, 1925, in McDonald, a small community in Van Buren County. She was a lifetime area resident and worked at the Watervliet Paper Mill for over 40 years; Minnie proudly was one of the few women to run a paper machine. In 1947, Minnie married the love of her life Calvin Sadler. Together they would be founding members of the Southwest Buggy Club, and they helped raise nieces, nephews and other children as their own.
     Minnie enjoyed going to garage sales, being active in her church and cheering on Dale Earnhardt Jr. to victory. Family was very important to Minnie, and hers revolved around many nieces and nephews, including her caregivers, nephew Robert (Lori) Hosbein and great-niece Dawn (Brandon) Melvin. Minnie died Wednesday, April 11, at Countryside Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in South Haven.
     Her husband, Calvin Sadler, parents, and six siblings, preceded her in death.
     Friends may visit with Minnie’s family 6-8 p.m. Monday, April 16, at Hutchins Funeral Home in Watervliet. Funeral services will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 17, at Faith Lutheran Church in Coloma. Burial will follow in Watervliet Cemetery. Memorials may be made in Minnie’s memory to Faith Lutheran Church. You are invited to share a memory with Minnie’s family at hutchinsfuneral. com.


Dr. Richard Lyon d 4-2-2018Richard C. Lyon
of Coloma died April 2, 2018, after a short illness. Born Oct. 1, 1922, he was the oldest child of Harold E. Lyon and Marion Stone Lyon.
     Dick graduated from Coloma High School in 1939. While attending Western Michigan College of Education, he was called to duty in the U.S. Army, serving first as an enlisted man. He attended Texas A& M and then Washington University in St. Louis, graduating as a doctor of dentistry. His 42 year practice in Hartford was interrupted when he was recalled to active duty with the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was stationed in Yokohama, Japan. He was discharged as a captain.
     Dick was an active member of the Twin Cities Camera Club, volunteered with the North Berrien Senior Center, and was an avid sports fan.  
     He is survived by two sisters, Janet L. Vandervoort of Granger, Ind., and Joan L. Hines of Portage, Mich.; a brother-in-law, John E. Vandervoort; and six nieces and nephews.
     At his request, no service will be held. Following cremation, interment will take place at Fort Custer National Cemetery, Battle Creek. Arrangements are being handled by Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Coloma.
    Memorials may be made in Dick’s name to Sarrett Nature Center, 2300 N. Benton Center Road, Benton Harbor, MI 49022.

 


Therese Latus Geibig d 3-23-2018Therese Marie Geibig
, age 88, of Battle Creek, died peacefully with her family beside her on Thursday, March 29th 2018. She was born July 7, 1929 in Benton Harbor to Cyril and Eva (Durner) Latus and has been a resident of Battle Creek for 53 years.
     She was a graduate of the 1947 class of Hartford High School and Western Michigan University. Therese was a dedicated elementary school teacher for the Battle Creek Public Schools, retiring in 1991. She was a member of St. Jerome Catholic Church and enjoyed volunteering at the Church. She also loved nature and the outdoors. Her family was her priority and loved all of them dearly.
     She is survived by her husband Ernest Geibig of 64 years, and children; David (Karen) Geibig, Robert Michael (Bernice) Geibig, Tom (Nancy) Geibig, Shannon (Larry) Geibig, Charles Geibig, and nine grandchildren and six great grandchildren. 
Therese's father, Cyril, was the brother of Leo (Doc) F Latus who owned a farm out by Van Auken Lake.  Her mother, Mrs Eva Latus, taught in Hartford Public Schools for a number of years.
     Visitation will be on Wednesday 5 to 7. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated Thursday 11:30 AM at St. Jerome Catholic Church, 229 Collier Ave. Interment will follow at Ft. Custer National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to St. Jerome Catholic Church.
     Arrangements are by Bachman Hebble Funeral Service.


Julie D. Beeman d 3-23-2018 Julie Dawn Beeman
went to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, March 23, 2018, surrounded by loved ones at Rose Arbor Hospice in Kalamazoo.
      Julie was born on Oct. 9, 1964, in Three Rivers, Mich., the daughter of Lester and Thelma (Riggs) Beeman who survive her. Julie grew up in Hartford, graduating from Grace Christian School in Watervliet. She continued her education at Grand Rapids Baptist College, while earning her degree at Western Michigan University. She worked as an accountant, acquiring her certified public accountant license with Jackie Mcgehee, Kalamazoo, spending many years at Sahr Building Supply, Kalamazoo, and most recently making use of her skills at Keeler Glasgow. Julie was an avid reader who continued to grow her library until her last days. She also enjoyed southern gospel music, traveling many miles to attend concerts. She was a loyal sports fan for local, professional and college teams (Go Blue!).
     Julie served the Lord in various ways at Hartford Federated Church as a longtime member including as a treasurer, choir member and director, nursery worker and facilitator of a book club, as well as serving on numerous committees. Most recently, she was a faithful member at First Church of God in St. Joseph, where she was blessed to have made many friends.  
     Her goal was to finish well and with God’s strength she did just that.
     Along with her parents, Julie is survived by her sister, Janet (Andrew) Lawrence of South Haven; her brother, John (Kathleen) Beeman of Kalamazoo; and her nieces, Paula Lawrence and Patricia (fiancé Zach Bartel) Lawrence of Grand Rapids; an uncle, Rex; aunts, several cousins and her best friend, Cindy Nyhuis of Hartford.
     Julie will be interred at Maple Hill Cemetery of Hartford with a graveside service at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, with the Rev. Bob Confer officiating. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, April 13, at the First Church of God in St. Joseph, with the Rev. David Culp officiating. Memorials may be made to Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan, Missionary Ed Weber (Thailand) of Hartford Federated Church, or to First Church of God missions project.
     The family has entrusted the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, with arrangements. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at www.calvin-leonardfh.com.


Jenessa MacEachron d 3-23-2018Jenessa Marie MacEachron was born Aug. 12, 2011, in South Haven. She was one of three children born to Dennis and Carla (Urquieta) MacEachron II. Jenessa passed away suddenly on March 23, 2018, as the result of a car accident.
     Jenessa was a first grader at Redwood Elementary School in Hartford. She enjoyed playing with her brother and sister and the times spent with her family.
     The family will welcome friends 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, 2018, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Hartford, where the Mass of Christian Burial will be held. The Revs. German Perez-Diaz and Fabio Garzon will serve as celebrants. A celebration of life service to honor Jenessa’s short time here on earth, will commence at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 29, 2018, at the Truth Church in Paw Paw. The Rev. Steve Green will officiate. Jenessa will be laid to rest at Maple Hill Cemetery in Hartford. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family. Memorial condolences for the family can be left at www.calvin-leonardfh.com.
     Besides her mother and father, Jenessa is survived by her two siblings, Aubree and Carson MacEachron; grandparents: Francisco and Ramona Urquieta, Carrie and James Roberts, Dennis and Sherri MacEachron; and great-grandparents: Bonnie Fisher, Bill Lindley and Esperanza Urquieta.
     Jenessa was preceded in passing by her grandparents: Silvina and Carlos Meza and Amancio Urquieta.


Delores “Doody” Kietzer began her journey of eternal life Tuesday, March 20, 2018, peacefully at her home with her family by her side.
     Delores was born July 28, 1935, in Watervliet to Fredrick Leo and Faye Ruth (La-Porte) Wood.
     Delores graduated from Watervliet High School, June 1953. Delores married Mose Kietzer on May 29, 1953. Together they farmed and raised their family in the Keeler/Sister Lakes area. Mose preceded Delores in death on Sept. 6, 2017. They shared nearly 64 years of marriage. Together they loved spending their winters in Florida. Delores loved fishing and was very competitive; giving the men a run for their money.
     After living on Lake Okeechobee, Fla., for many years they settled in Holiday, Fla. Delores became actively involved in the local civic association, serving as the president for several years. At the time of her illness, Delores was the current bingo chairwoman. Delores and Mose met many people while spending their winters in Florida, which led to lifelong friendships.
     Delores was an excellent seamstress. She began sewing her own clothes as a teenager, then she was employed at Jean Kay Dress Shop in Watervliet. She found that sewing was a necessity after having four daughters. She was known for making beautiful jackets out of sweatshirts, decorating them and giving them as gifts.
     Delores is survived by her five children: Lorraine “Susie” Medina, Kathryn (Larry) Wise, Christine (Art) Sedlar, Darcy (Lee) Dennison and Jim (Sandy) Kietzer; her seven grandchildren: Danielle Wise, Holly (Josh) Costa, Joseph Sedlar, Brandy (Matthew) Tenter, Bradley Solecki, Michael Solecki and Jacob Sedlar; and her five great-grandchildren: Emma Costa, Lilly Costa, Nicholas Costa, Madilyn Costa and Nathaniel Tenter. Delores is also survived by her brother, George “Pete” Wood, and many nieces and nephews.
     Delores was preceded in death by her husband, Mose, and daughter, Karen Jane.
     A celebration of life service will take place 2-5 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at the Sister Lakes Lions Club, 66991 95th Ave., Dowagiac. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Caring Circle Hospice, 4025 Health Park Lane, St. Joseph, MI 49085.


Paul Abrams d 3-20-2018Paul Arthur Abrams
passed away March 20, 2018. Paul was born Nov. 18, 1926, in Chicago, the son of Jacob A. and Beatrice Diamond Abrams. He moved to Hartford, as an infant, where his father and mother had a department store. He was a graduate of Hartford High School in 1944, where he was active in sports and Boy Scouts of America, becoming one of Hartford’s first Eagle Scouts.
     After graduation, he served in the Army Air Forces during World War II and later served in the Army Combat Engineers during the Korean War. After serving in the Air Force, he went on to graduate from Western Michigan University. Following graduation, Paul joined his father in managing Abrams Department Store in Hartford, and later assuming ownership of the store which he operated until 1970.
     There he was very active in the community, serving on the Chamber of Commerce, United Fund, and other activities. He was also a member of the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Posse for many years. After closing the store in 1970, he moved to Benton Harbor, and became a manufacturer’s representative, selling shoes for Genesco of Nashville, Tenn., serving in several of their divisions. Later on he worked for Musebeck Shoe Co., Oconomowoc, Wis., covering the Midwest, and supervising the East Coast as well, until his retirement in 1992.
     Paul was active in the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary for over 30 years, serving in many capacities in the local Flotilla Division, as well as on the 9th District Staff. He was also a life member of Lakeshore Lodge 298, Free and Accepted Masons, Benton Harbor; having also served as Worshipful Master of Florida Lodge 309, Hartford, twice; and was a life member of Valley of Grand Rapids, Scottish Rite; and as a member of Saladin Temple Shriners. He also served for many years as a volunteer for Lakeland Medical Center in St. Joseph, and as a volunteer for Senior Net, teaching seniors to be able to use their computers; he loved to cruise up north with his wife Dorothy on their boat, through the straits and on up to Canada in the summer. He was a member of Temple B’nai Shalom in Benton Harbor, Michigan and was on the Board of Directors for many years.
     He is survived by his children; Paula Annette (Dennis) Rupp of Benton Harbor, Stevan Abrams, Victoria Lynn Abrams, Thereasa Eilene Abrams of Nashville, TN, Michael Jay Buchbinder of Benton Harbor, and Paula Ann (Jeffery) Hubbard of Round Lake Beach, IL.  He is also survived by his grandchildren; Ian Jacob Rupp, Corey Anne (Daniel) Ference Nickel, Jacob Peter Ference, Grace Catherine Ference, Beth Binzel, Erica Gray, Sarah Jane Abrams; and great-grandson Asher Leonard Nickel.
     He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Dorothy Zaban Buchbinder Abrams, whom he married in 1970 and his parents, Jacob A. and Beatrice Diamond Abrams.
     A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 1:00 P.M. at Starks & Menchinger Chapel at 2650 Niles Road, St. Joseph with visitation will be one hour prior to the service with burial to follow at Bnai’ Shalom Cemetery.   In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Temple Bnai’ Shalom, Benton Harbor in Michigan. Those wishing to sign Paul’s Memory Book online may do so at www.starks-menchinger.com.


Cornelia Von Tymke d 3-19-2018Cornelia Yon Tymke
, 67, of South Haven, passed away Monday, March 19, 2018 at her home. She was born October 11, 1950 to Edward and Barbara (Konkle) Tymke in South Haven. Cornelia graduated from Hartford High School in 1969 before earning her Bachelor’s degree in Education from Western Michigan University. She taught Family Living for Berrien Springs High School for 28 years before her retirement. Quilting and reading were Cornelia’s passions. She was the owner of Calico Creations for the past thirty years.
     She is preceded in death along with her parents by siblings – Edward J. Tymke and Veda Tymke.
     Cornelia is survived by her children – Joe (Denise) Miller of South Haven and Jason (Lori) Miller of Las Vegas, sister – Pam (Jim) Fisher of South Haven, granddaughter – Emilie, and nephews – Jacob (Maureen) Fisher and Matthew (Hillary) Fisher.
     Visitation will be held from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at the Filbrandt Family Funeral Home in South Haven. Funeral services will follow visitation at 2:00 PM with Pastor Jeffrey S. Dick officiating at the funeral home. Cornelia will be laid to rest at Mountain Home Cemetery in Otsego Township at a later date. 



Cynthia Shelton Leimbach Johnson d 3-20-2018Cynthia Marie (Shelton) Leimbach Johnson
,
46, of Coloma passed away Sunday, March 18, 2018 at Lakeland Community Hospital, Watervliet.
     Cynthia was born March 13, 1972, in St. Joseph. Cynthia was the daughter of Denny and Nancy (Vaughn) Shelton. Cynthia was a 1991 graduate of Hartford High School. During high school, she was a cheerleader, a flautist in the marching band and a member of the Navy Sea Cadet program. Cynthia joined the U.S. Navy after graduation, serving her country proudly aboard the U.S.S. Samuel Gompers, stationed in Oakland, Calif.
     She loved animals, especially horses. She enjoyed attending church and going to the beach especially along the shores of Lake Michigan. Most importantly, she loved her family and she fought every day of her life for her kids – the most important people in her life.
     Cynthia is survived by three children: Kyler Leimbach, 25, Jaden Johnson, 16, and Jalyn Johnson, 14; her husband, Brig “Harold” Johnson; her parents, Denny and Susie Shelton; three siblings: Rebecca (Tosh) Shelton-Struwin, Denny (Greta) Shelton Jr. and Nicole (Steve) Shelton-Little; grandmother, Jewel (Teague) Vaughn; and many other family members.
     Cynthia was preceded in passing by her maternal grandfather, Louis Vaughn; her paternal grandparents, Harrel and Ida (Thomas) Shelton; her maternal uncle, Terry Vaughn; her paternal uncle, Larry Shelton; and paternal aunt, Jerry Houchin.
     Cynthia will be cremated. The family will welcome friends 10-11 a.m. Friday, March 23, at the Hartford General Baptist Church, 323 E. Main St., Hartford, MI 49057, where the service to honor her memory will commence at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Steve Bisbee officiating. Burial with full military honors will take place at Fort Custer National Cemetery in Battle Creek.  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, and donations to the family at www.gofundme.com/cynthia-leimbach-sheltonjohnson.


Manuel Lisalde Medrano d 3-7-2018Manuel Lisalde Medrano
, 88, of Hartford passed away on Wednesday, March 7, 2018, at his home surrounded by his family.
     The family will welcome friends 6-8 p.m. Monday, March 12, 2018, at the Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 13, 2018, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Hartford with the Rev. German Perez- Diaz as the celebrant.
     Manuel will be laid to rest in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford. The family has requested that memorial donations be made to Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan. Those wishing to leave condolences for the family may do so on our website at www.calvin-leonardfh. com. Manuel was born April 9, 1929, in San Antonio, the son of Cipriano and Maria de la Soledad (Lisalde) Medrano, both of whom preceded him in passing. Also preceding him were a son, Manuel Medrano; and a daughter, Leticia Medrano.
     Manuel was married to the love of his life, Teresa Suarez for 68 years. She survives along with their children: Margaret (Gilbert) Garcia, George (Blanca) Medrano, Olivia (Carmelo) Rodriguez, Juanita Jackson, Elena (Victor) Hidalgo, Judy (Daniel) Mireles, Robert (Rachel) Medrano, Jesse Medrano and Susie (Jose Luis) Perez. He is also survived by 36 grandchildren, 68 great-grandchildren and seven great-greatgrandchildren.
     Manuel was formerly employed at Druskovich Farms and Willbrandt Farms, both of Decatur, and at Hilltop Farms of Hartford. Being a simple family man, Manuel’s most precious times were those spent at all the family gatherings.

 


Nancy Jean Fast
of Hartford went to be with the Lord on Monday, March 5, 2018, at Lakeland Medical Center, St. Joseph, at the young age of 60.
     She was born on Aug. 17, 1957, in South Haven, the daughter of Arthur and Leona Mielke, both of whom preceded her in passing.
     On July 9, 1982, Nancy was united in marriage to Denny Fast. While living in Nashville, Tenn., Nancy was employed as a bartender at some of the local night spots, several years in banking and then as a secretary for Jewell Roofing Co. After moving back to Michigan, she attended the Peace Lutheran Church of South Haven and the Hope Lutheran Church of Hartford. She loved the times she went fishing with her friends from Paw Paw, doing art work, and crafts of all kinds, and especially loved to cook chocolate chip nut cookies for her husband and treats for her family and friends.
     Nancy is survived by her husband, Denny; a sister, Ann; and many other family members and friends.
     Nancy’s family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 10, at the Hope Lutheran Church, 205 Bennett Ave., Hartford, where the celebration of life service will commence at noon. The Rev. Frederick S. Adrian will officiate. Nancy will be laid to rest with a private service in North Shore Memory Gardens, Hagar Township. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the church. The family has entrusted the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, with arrangements and those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at www.calvin-leonardfh.com.


Violet Lotus Smith
,
89, of Hartford died Feb. 27, 2018, at Lakeland Medical Center, St. Joseph. Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, 621-4101.


Margaret Louise Carlock Zwolinski d 2-26-2018Margaret Louise Zwolinski
,
84, of Benton Harbor passed away Monday, Feb. 26, 2018, at her daughter’s home in Lawrence.
     Louise was born in the back seat of a car July 3, 1933, in Rochester, Ind., to Otha and Julia (Daugherty) Carlock. She graduated in 1952 from Hartford High School and stayed close to her original community all her life. She held various jobs in the community, including Watervliet Paper Co., Watervliet High School, Whirlpool Corp. and her own home rentals. In her free time, she enjoyed socializing with anyone that came into her kitchen, learning about construction, gardening and most of all spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  
     Survivors include her daughters: Juelz Zwolinski of Watervliet and Grand Rapids, Sandy (Todd) Mc-Guire of Lawrence, Susan (Frank) Hanners of Benton Harbor; and one brother, Joe Carlock of Hartford. She is also survived by three grandchildren: Kimberly (Steve) Glowacki of Granger, Ind., Dan (Amanda) Malkin of Eau Claire, Jon Hanners of Benton Harbor; and two greatgrandchildren, Jason and Joseph Malkin.
     In addition to her parents, Louise was preceded in death by her son, John; two brothers, Bill and Chuck Carlock; and a sister, Cyndi (Joe) Carlock

    
 


Tommy Lee Martin
,
50, of Hartford passed away Monday, Feb. 26, 2018, at Watervliet Hospital.
     Tommy was born Feb. 22, 1968, in South Haven, the son of Tommy and Linda (Lamp) Martin. He grew up in the Breedsville/ Bangor area and had lived in the Hartford area for the past seven years. He was all about family, and his hobbies were raising show chickens and pit bulls. He loved helping his mom and would do anything for her, as well as his family and friends. He doted on his grandchildren.
     Surviving are his wife, Carol, whom he married Dec. 16, 1989; four children: Dawn Parker of Chicago, Tommy Martin Jr. of Hartford, Ashley (Chad Simpson) Martin of Hartford, Angel Bowling of Hartford; six grandchildren: Jordan, Courtney, Devin Shiflett, Makenzie Martin, Ariana, Skyla Simpson; mother, Linda Martin of South Haven; best friends, Bobby Johnson and family; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
     He was preceded in death by his father, Tommy Willard Martin.
     The family will meet friends from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 3, 2018, at the Bangor Chapel, D.L. Miller Funeral Home where the memorial service will be at 1 p.m. According to his wishes cremation has taken place. www.dlmillerfuneralhome. com.

 


Maurice Smith
,
88, of Bangor passed away Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018, at the Cass County Medical Care Facility.
     Maurice was born May 25, 1929, in Lawrence, the son of the late Floyd and Eva Smith, and lived in Bangor and Hartford most of his life. Maurice was very gifted with electronics and could even build a radio from scratch. He worked for the railroad many years before joining the Freestone Pickle Co., where he worked until retirement.  
     Surviving is his sister, June Stanton of Cassopolis; niece, Marlene Deming of Cassopolis; nephew, Greg Stanton of San Antonio; and many great-nieces and nephews.
     He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, John Smith.


Dave Kublick d 2-2018David Lee “Dave” Kublick
, 79, was born Dec. 3, 1938, on his family farm in Coloma, now Benton Harbor, to Daniel and Elsie (Schultz) Kublick. He retired from Carol Ott Construction after over 30 years of service. Dave was a member of the Benton Heights Church of God. However, most recently he had been attending the Hartford United Methodist Church. He was also a member of the Hartford Lions Club. In his free time, Dave enjoyed building things for family and friends, spending time with his grandchildren, playing with his train set and going to the casino.
     Surviving are his children, Shawna (Jose Mendez) Reyna of Covert, and Daniel (Margie) Kublick of Sullivan, Mo.; brothers: Donald (Helga) Kublick of Benton Harbor, Glenn and Edward Kublick of Watervliet; and sisters, Jeanette Schuler of Lexington, S.C., and Evelyn (Jack) Dukesherer of Benton Harbor. Also surviving are his grandchildren: Justin Reyna of Bangor, Arin Reyna of Kalamazoo and David Mendez of Covert.
     In addition to his parents, Dave was preceded in death by his wife, Judy Ann Kublick; and two sisters, Carolyn Kublick and Arlette Burridge.

 Ronald Wheeler d 2-12-2018
 Ronald LeRoy Wheeler, 71, of Hartford passed away suddenly on Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, at his home.
     Ron was born on March 16, 1946, in Benton Harbor, the son of John and Retta (Burtchett) Wheeler. He married Virginia Cantrell on Dec. 12, 1964. He was employed in the meat department at Hardings in Dowagiac and Hartford since 1986.
     Ron and Ginny were high school sweethearts who cherished their life together for over 53 years. They had two children he would do anything for, and he loved them unconditionally; his daughter Tam, with her son, Adam, is a kind, loving person with a giving heart and is an amazing mom, and his son, Bryan and Crystal with their sons, Tyler and Jacob. He was so proud of Bryan’s military service and of the life they worked so hard for to provide for their family. He loved his trips out to Arizona to elk hunt with Bryan and would carry photos of those hunts in his coat pocket waiting for someone to ask about his trips.

      Ron enjoyed watching and coaching his children and grandchildren. He coached little league baseball in Hartford for many years. He was the first coach to have a girl play on his little league baseball team.
      His most beloved brother and sister, Jerry and Judy, who they traveled with many times and never stopped laughing. He loved family fun night with dinner: Yahtzee, Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy (yes, we kept score); his up north deer hunting trips with Jerry, Charlie and Bub; and golfing with his nephews. He was a faithful employee at Hardings in Dowagiac until his retirement, and then worked part-time at Hardings in Hartford. He thought the world of Taylor, Cody, Art, Bill, Carol and Tim, and the many friends he made while working there. He enjoyed meeting grade school friends for lunch a couple times a year, and spending time with his best friends, Don and Shirley. He was “Great Papa” to Joshua, Braden, Layla and Hunter and absolutely loved spending time with them in Arizona.
      Ron was the kind of man that made you want to be a better person. You wanted him to be proud of you. He made the world a better place just by being here.
      The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 19, 2018, at Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford. A celebration of life service to honor Ron’s memory will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018, also at Calvin Funeral Home. The Rev. Boyd Saylor will officiate. Ron will be laid to rest at North Shore Memory Gardens in Hagar Township and a dinner will follow at the Hartford United Methodist Church. The family has requested that those wishing to make a memorial in his name may do so to the church or charity of your choice.  Memorial condolences for the family can be left at www.calvin-leonardfh.com.
      Ron is survived by his wife, Virginia; his children, Tamara Wheeler of Hartford, and Bryan (Crystal) Wheeler of Sierra Vista, Ariz.; three grandsons: Tyler (Tara) Wheeler and Jacob Wheeler of Sierra Vista, Ariz., and Adam Wheeler of Hartford; four greatgrandchildren: Joshua, Braden, Layla and Hunter, all of Sierra Vista, Ariz.; brothers: Willard (Mary) Wheeler, David (Farrell) Wheeler and Frank (Nancy) Wheeler; sisters, Judy (Jerry) Cantrell and Jane Wheeler; Bob (Linda) Cantrell, Kaye Rogers and many other family and friends.
     


Sylvia Jeannene Crest
was born April 22, 1945, in Dell, Ark., the daughter of Marlin and Sylvia (Dollins) Traughber. Sylvia passed away at the age 72 at Hanson Hospice Center in Lincoln Township on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018.
     Sylvia was formerly employed at Salutos Pizza in Benton Harbor and as a cook at the Panel Room Restaurant in Hartford. She loved watching the birds, especially humming birds. She had a green thumb, in that she could grow anything, and she simply loved.
     Sylvia is survived by two daughters: Tracy Crest of Hartford and Laura Crest of Benton Harbor; four grandchildren; Zac Crest, George Crest, Shontai (Jacob) Kuhens, and Michael (Stephanie) Fain; four greatgrandchildren, and 10 siblings: Charles, Verlin, Doyle, Carolyn, Jim, Jack, Rick, Nelda, Ali and Tim.
     Sylvia was preceded in passing by her husband; Donald, a son; David Crest, and her parents.

 


Judy Bradshaw d 2-1-2018Judy K. Bradshaw
, 59, of Keeler passed away unexpectedly on Feb. 1, 2018, at her home with family by her side.
     Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Monday at Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home in Coloma. The funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Keeler Cemetery. Those wishing to leave a message for the family online may do so at www.duffieldpastrick. com. Judy was born Jan. 10, 1959, in Belle Glade, Fla. to Leroy and Gloria (Bailey) Hutsell. Judy was a homemaker who had a passion for reading fiction, mysteries and her Bible. She also enjoyed sewing, crocheting, quilt making, beading and blues music. Her biggest passion however, was taking care of her husband, Price, and spending time with her family and grandkids.
     Judy is survived by her husband, Price, of 34 years; children: Brian (Tina) Bradshaw, Kristin (Kurt) Stowe and Matthew (Kelly) Bradshaw; her mother, Gloria (William) Prince; mother-in-law, Thelma Spruell; and siblings: Barb (Doug) Kelly, Kathy (Richard) Kiser, Roylee Hutsell, Jimmy Hutsell and Carin (Kenny) Smith. Also surviving are her grandchildren: Kaylee, Helena, Ellie and Piper; a longtime friend, Holly Klock; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and her dog, Peanut.
     She was preceded in death by her brother, Baby Leroy; father, Leroy; and grandparents: Oliver and Grace Hutsell and William and Liza Bailey.


Lorna Ann Stagg passed away at the age of 73 on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018, at Brookdale Meridian Assisted Living in Haslet. 
    Lorna was born May 15, 1944, in Chicago, the daughter of William and Margaret (Thar) Friedl.
     Lorna was a secretary for Olds and Mackinder Law Firm and the Hartford Public Schools for many years. She was a longtime member of MECCA, the Modern Mother’s Club, the Watervliet Hospital Auxiliary, a trustee of the Hartford Public Schools Foundation, and a member of many other clubs.
     She loved life. She was devoted to her children. She was an enthusiastic booster of those around her. She cared deeply for the students she worked with. She made friends wherever she went. She will be forever missed by her communities. She was loved.
      Lorna is survived by her children: Leslie (Pratt) Scogin, Jason Pratt and Jennifer (Stagg) Rodgers; stepchildren: Adelbert Stagg Jr., Robert Stagg, Andy Stagg, Richard Stagg and Sally Stagg; 15 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and many other family members and friends.
      Lorna was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Adelbert Stagg, on June 12, 2013, and her parents.
     The family will welcome friends from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018, at the Hartford Seventh-day Adventist Church. A celebration of life service to honor Lorna’s memory will commence at 11 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, at the church. Pastor Michael Taylor of the Paw Paw Seventh-day Adventist Church will officiate. Lorna will be laid to rest next to her husband at Maple Hill Cemetery in Hartford. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Hartford Public Schools Foundation for Quality Education. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at calvin-leonardfh.com.

 


Sue Cole Duffy d 1-25-2018Sue Duffy
, our beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, went to be with our Lord after a brief illness Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, at Lakeland Hospital in Niles. Sue was born Nov. 18, 1945, in Hayti, Mo.
     A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Hartford. Burial will follow in Keeler Cemetery. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Monday with the Rosary at 7 p.m. at Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home in Coloma. Memorials may be made to the church building fund. Those wishing to leave a message for the family online may do so at www. duffieldpastrick.com.
     Sue and her husband, Mike, enjoyed family, friends and their church. Mike and Sue would have celebrated 54 years of marriage April 29. Sue’s laughter and sense of humor and quick wit will be sadly missed by her family and friends. Sue retired from Meijer after 21 years in 2006.
     Survivors include her husband, Michael J. Duffy; brother, Steve (Bernie) Cole of Traverse City; daughter, Kim (Denny) Wine of Muskegon; daughter, Sandy (Mike) Hartford of Benton Harbor; son, Michael P. Duffy of Sister Lakes; her grandchildren: Amanda (Austin) Langlois, Erin Wine and her fiancé Justin, Chelsea Wine and her fiancé Craige Diaz, and Tyler Duffy; and great-grandchildren: Drake Joseph Langlois, Davis James Langlois, Porter Carl Rivord, Luna Rain Diaz and Carson Michael Rivord. Sue was preceded in death by her daughter, Lisa Duffy; her son, Mark Duffy; her brother, Ray Cole; and her sister, Gloria Miller.


Charlene McFarland d 1-23-2018Charlene Louise McFarland
, 90, formerly of Hartford, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, in Maryland.
     She was born on July 24, 1927, in Hartford, the daughter of Marshall and Bertha (Van Gorder) Kaylor. Charlene was married for 55 years to Jay McFarland, also of Hartford. Jay passed away on Dec. 14, 1999.
     Charlene was also preceded by a daughter, Theresa Morris; her parents; and a sister, Loretta Paul.
     She was employed at the Voice of Music (V-M) for a number of years, and worked at other companies in the Hartford and Mattawan area until she retired at the age of 65 to Van Auken Lake with her husband.
     Charlene is survived by a son, Terry (Adrienne) McFarland of Severn, Md.; five grandchildren: Mark McFarland, David (Colleen) McFarland, Cynthia Gilman, Tammy (David) Millword and Todd McFarland; eight great-grandchildren: Abigail, Austin, Amanda, Susan, Donald, Jessica, Jennifer and James; four great-great-grandchildren: Dakota, Aiden, Brantley and Sienna; and many other family members and friends.
     The family will welcome friends 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 30, at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford. A celebration of life service to honor Charlene's memory will take place at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 31, at the Hartford Federated Church, where she was a lifelong member. The Rev. Benjamin Williamson will officiate. Burial will follow in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford. Memorial donations in Charlene's name may be made to Hartford Federated Church. Condolences for the family can be left at www.calvin-leonardfh.com.

Note:  Charlene was from the Hartford High School Class of 1945.


Ray French d 1-18-2018Ray Lavern French, 87 years, of Hartford, passed away on Thursday, January 18, 2018 at Hanson Hospice Center, while holding the Jack of Trump suit. He was born November 4, 1930 in Lawton, Michigan to the late Orel French and Lois (Middleton)Williams.
     Ray graduated from Dowagiac High School and worked for many years as a security guard for Auto Specialty in Benton Harbor, MI, and the Thunderbird Resort in Lawrence MI.  He also worked as a Janitor for the Lake Michigan Catholic Schools. He served proudly in the United States Navy on the U.S.S. Wasp in the Korean War. Ray enjoyed reading, fishing with his brothers, playing cards at the area senior centers, and most of all he enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Besides his parents, he is preceded in death by his step-father Edgar Williams, brother Merle French, and his aunt, Doris (Middleton) Carpenter.
     He is survived by his lovely wife of 48 years Karen (Domke) French; two sons, Kenny J. French Sr. (Teresa) of Victoria, Texas, Tony P.  French (Sharleen) of Overton, Texas; two daughters, Lois (French) Triebenbach (Terry) of Big Sandy, Texas, Raquel (French) Goetzke (Paul) of Hartford; two brothers,  Jr. French (Thelma) of Mattawan, MI, and Clifford French (Marilyn) of Lawton; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, with one on the way; along with many nieces, nephews, and friends.
     A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, January 26, 2018 at 12:00 Noon at Hartford United Methodist Church 425 E. Main St. Hartford, service will conclude with military honors. Burial will be held at a later date. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.
     In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the Senior Center of Hartford, American Cancer Society, or to a Veteran’s organization of your choice.
     A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, January 26, 2018 at 12:00 Noon at Hartford United Methodist Church 425 E. Main St. Hartford, service will conclude with military honors. Burial will be held at a later date. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.
     In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the Senior Center of Hartford, American Cancer Society, or to a Veteran’s organization of your choice.

 


Barbara Duffy Bray d 1-18-2018
Barbara D. (Duffy) Bray
, 65, of Breedsville, Mich., passed away Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018, at Bronson Hospital.
     Barbara was born July 11, 1952, in Hartford, the daughter of the late Ruth and Mike Duffy and had lived in the Bangor/Hartford area all of her life. Barbara worked until retirement for the state of Michigan.
     Surviving is her husband of 20 years, George; a son, Bob (Chauncey) of Colorado; daughter Erica (Ray) Vandeven of Arizona; and four grandchildren.
     Following her wishes cremation has taken place. The family will meet friends from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26, at the Bangor Chapel, D. L. Miller Funeral Home, www.dl millerfuneralhome.com, where a prayer service will take place at 7:30 p.m. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.


NOTE:
 Barbara was a 1970 Hartford High School graduate.




James Pleyer d 1-12-2018J
ames A. Pleyer was born June 11, 1940, in Chicago. When he was 8 years old his parents moved to Hartford to enjoy the quiet country life. James spent the rest of his childhood growing up in Hartford, graduating from Hartford High School, where he enjoyed being a part of the baseball team. After high school, James worked for a cement company until he proudly enlisted in the U.S. Army. James returned home after serving his country and went to work at Ausco Products, first as a time keeper and then in receiving until he retired. James continued his love of playing baseball by participating on Ausco’s baseball team. Outside of work, James enjoyed gardening, mowing his lawn, hunting, cheering on the Chicago Cubs and Bears, and spending time with family and friends.    
    
James’ loving family includes his wife of 47 years, Marilyn (McGee) Pleyer; three children: Phillip (Kimberly) McGee of White Lake, Mich., Joseph (Janice) Pleyer of Sun City, Ariz., and Candyce Buysse of Granger, Ind.; nine grandchildren; seven siblings: Wayne (Linda) Pleyer of Lawrence, Kathy (Bob) Sinclair of Hartford, Christine Lawson of Watervliet, Diane Pleyer of Watervliet, Bruce Pleyer of Hartford, Darlene (Al) Giganti of Watervliet, and Paul Pleyer of Hartford; a sister-in-law, Judy Pleyer of Lowell, Ind.; a brother-in-law, Jerry Tanner of Hartford; and many nieces and nephews.
     James died Friday, Jan. 12, at Lakeland Hospital in Watervliet.
     His parents, Joseph and Anna (Pradon) Pleyer; a brother, Ron Pleyer; and a sister, Joan Tanner; preceded James in death.
     Funeral services will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, at Salem Lutheran Church in Coloma, a luncheon will follow immediately and burial will be private at Fairview Memorial Cemetery.

NOTE:  James was a 1959 Hartford High School graduate. 

 


Maxine Salverson d 1-10-2018Maxine M. Salverson
went home with our Lord Jesus on January 10th, 2018. She spent the last three years living at Lake City Place Assisted Living here in Warsaw. The staff loved her loving and kind personality and she loved them.
     She was born to Ethel and Floyd Selter on November 18, 1927 in Watervliet, Michigan. In February of 1946, she married Charles J Salverson. She is preceded in death by her husband Charles J Salverson, son, Jackie Eugene along with her brothers and sisters. She leaves behind two daughters Donna (James) Fisher, Nancy (Joseph) Copada, and a son, James (Carol) Salverson, 7 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.
     She attended Watervliet High School and worked at the Watervliet Paper Company in her early years, Matt's Corp and Nylon Extruders. She served most of her life as a homemaker. She was past-president of the Hartford American Legion Auxiliary. She raised her family in Hartford, Michigan from 1949 to 2004 and attended The Hartford Federated Church. She then lived in Dowagiac, Michigan with her companion, Don Higley who preceded her in death.
     At the request of the deceased, no funeral service will be held. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at 10:00 am on Thursday, January 18th, 2018 at McHatton Sadler Funeral Home, 2290 Provident Ct., Warsaw, Indiana where Chaplin Forrest Tabor will conduct the service.
     In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Heartland Hospice, 1315 Directors Row #210, Fort Wayne, IN. 46808 or Lake City Place Assisted Living, 425 Chinworth Ct., Warsaw, IN. 46580, Attn: Activities Director.
     A special thanks to the staff at Heartland Hospice of Fort Wayne for their assistance with our mother, the wonderful care by her Nurse, Chaplin, Social Worker and those who assisted with her personal care.
     A special thanks to the staff of nurses, aides, activity director, cooks, and beautician who blessed my mother these past years at Lake City.


Teresa Darlene Trudell, 57, of South Haven passed away Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018, at Bronson Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo. Teresa was born March 21, 1960, in Benton Harbor, the daughter of Duane Trudell and Dorothy (Swafford) Holifield. Teresa is survived by four children: Rodney Harris, Amanda Harris, Nicole (Wayne) Grabovac and Richard Harris; grandchildren: Nathan Grabovac, Joshua Grabovac and Kaleb Grabovac; her mother, Dorothy; two sisters, Shelia (Russell) Morrow and Patti Gaylord; two brothers, John (Tana) Trudell and Robbie (Pam) Trudell; and stepmother, Catherine Trudell.
     Teresa was preceded in passing by her father, Duane Trudell; and a brother, Terry Trudell.
     As to Teresa’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A memorial gathering for family and friends will commence from 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 6, at the Hartford Federated Church. The family has entrusted the Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford, with arrangements. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at www.calvin-leonardfh.com.

 

David C. Sweet, 87, of Hartford passed away on Jan. 1, 2018, at Countryside Nursing Home in South Haven.
     Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 6, at Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home in Coloma followed by private graveside services at Maple Hill Cemetery in Hartford. Those wishing to leave a message or share a memory with the family online may do so at www.duffieldpastrick. com.
     David “Snooks”Sweet was born Dec. 23, 1930, in Watervliet, to Charles and Dolores (Bailey) Sweet. He was an Army veteran who served during the Korean War era in California. Following his military service, David drove truck for 12 years and loved all of his fellow drivers. He later worked at Duffy Motts, the Van Buren County Fruit Exchange and Hilltop Nursery. David had a love for his model trains, working on his pool and yard, having coffee with friends, watching NASCAR and spending time with his grandchildren.
     David is survived by his three children: David Wayne (Rhonda Estes) Sweet, Shaun (Julie) Sweet and Shelly Ann (Brian) Simpson all of Hartford. He is also survived by his three grandchildren: Emily (Aldo) Romero, Autumn Sweet and Matthew Simpson; his three great-grandchildren: Rinoa and Roslyn Romero and Mia McLaughlin; sister-inlaw, Barbara Sweet; and several nieces and nephews.
     In addition to his parents, David was preceded in death by his wife, Jeanne Marie Sweet in 2012; and his brother, Warren “Skike” Sweet.

 


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