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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
      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.
      He was preceded in passing by his parents; sister, Margaret Brule; and brother, Floyd Wheeler.

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


SSue Cole Duffy d 1-25-2018ue 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.
     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

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 1-18-2018Barbara 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, 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, Hartford, with arrangements. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at


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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