2000 Charlotte Shopping Guide obituaries, Eaton County, Michigan 

 

Copyright © 2006 by Charlotte Public Library. This copy contributed for use in the Eaton County MIGenWeb.

 

Robert Aardema

    Robert Albert Aardema, 53, of Charlotte, died Feb. 4, 2000 in Ruskin, Fla.

   Mr. Aardema was born June 7, 1946 in Lansing, the son of Martin and Mary (LaRosa) Aardema. He was a sales representative for Agro-K for 17 years, and member of Our Lady of the Rosary Chapel, Middleville. He enjoyed muzzle-loading sports and was an avid sportsman.

   He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Janne (Powers) of Charlotte; three daughters, Melissa (Tom) Kunkel of Burlington, Ken., and Jessica Aardema and Amy Aardema, both of Charlotte; three grandchildren, Timothy, Emma, and Elizabeth Kunkel; three sisters, Rose Marie Cole of Howell, Dorothy Nelson of northern Michigan and Marty Jo Caputo of Georgia.

   He was preceded in death by his father, Marin in 1986, and a grandson, Robert Joseph Kunkel in 1995.

   Funeral mass was Feb. 9 at the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Father Francisco Radecki officiating. Interment was in the Bosworth Cemetery.

                                   

 Diana D. Ackley

    Diana Dale Ackley, 51, of Potterville, died Sept. 3, 2000.

   Mrs. Ackley was born June 3, 1949 in Lansing, the daughter of Harold and Ella (McBride) Houseman. She loved telling about her grandchildren and enjoyed bowling and bingo. She was an administrative technician for the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Agriculture Statistic Service.

   Surviving are her husband, Terry Ackley; sons, Russell (Jenny) of Potterville, Chad (Michelle) of Lansing, and Scott of Potterville; five grandchildren; mother, Ella Louise Houseman; sisters, Linda (Barry) Welch of Grand Ledge and Kathy Houseman of Lansing; and brother, Harold (Gerry) Houseman of Lansing.

   Funeral services were held Sept. 8 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Juvenile Heart Foundation or Ronald McDonald House.

   Further information may be available at www.legacy.com.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Inc.

                                    

M. Ruth Ackley

    M. Ruth Ackley, 64 of Bellevue, died Saturday, July 29, 2000 at Battle Creek Health System.

   Mrs. Ackley was born Sept. 9, 1935 in Alma, the daughter of Warren and Marian (Pollard) Clark. She graduated from Elsie High School in 1953 and was employed as an assistant supervisor for Michigan Millers Insurance Company in Lansing for several years. She married Douglas Ackley on Oct. 15, 1961 in Elsie. She was a resident of Bellevue for 28 years, a member of the Bellevue United Methodist Church, and enjoyed flower gardening and reading.

   Surviving are her husband, Douglas; sons, Scott of Valencia, Calif. And Doug of Marfa, Texas; three grandchildren; and brother, Robert Clark of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

   She was preceded in death by a sister, Pat Pradmore; and her parents.

   Graveside services were held Aug. 1 at Maple Grove Cemetery, Ovid, with Rev. Merlin Pratt officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

   Arrangements by Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue. 

                                     

Richard Ackley

   Richard C. Ackley, 49, of Lansing died April 5, 2000 in Lansing.

   Mr. Ackley was born July 15, 1950 in Lansing and was an avid outdoorsman, who loved to play gold and cards, hunt, and fish. He was a member of the Duck Lake Country Club. He had been manager of Eberhard’s, was a co-owner of the Lansing IGA and a warehouse manager at Wolverton.

   He is survived by his wife of two years, Donna; one daughter, Mechelle Ackley of Lansing; his mother, Phyllis Ackley of Eaton Rapids; five sisters, Christine (Loren) Cowles of Springport, Cathy (Bud) Cowles and Carol (Steve) Clark, both of Eaton Rapids, Janice (Jim) Boice of Perry and Mary Ackley of Lansing; five brothers, Thomas (Vicki), Timothy (Jackie), Robert (Annette), and William (Anke), all of Eaton Rapids, and Joseph (Pam) of Charlotte; on sister-in-law, Sue Ackley Larson of Eaton Rapids; his father- and mother-in-law, Harvey and Gertrude Heppe of Orleans; two sisters-in-law, LuAnn (Thomas) Phelps of Schoolcraft and Linda (David) Odette of Muskegon; one brother-in-law, Donald (Karen) Heppe of Orleans; and 37 nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by his father, Carson Ackley, one brother James, and one niece, Carol Cowles.

   Mass of the Resurrection was April 7 at the St. Peter Catholic Church, Eaton Rapids, with Fr. Bennett Constantine as Celebrant. Interment was in the Rosehill Cemetery, Eaton Rapids. Arrangements were made by the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or Michigan Lung Association through www.legacy.com.

                                    

 Francis J. Allen

    Francis J. Allen, age 95 of Dimondale, went to be with his Lord, October 27, 2000. He was born October 22, 1905, the son of Bugene and Emma (Thompson) Allen. They preceded him in death along with his sister Lena Allen; brother and sister-in-law, Don and Lorainne Allen; sister and brother-in-law, Fern and Roy Twichell and niece, Esther Scott. Francis was a lifetime resident of Dimondale, working at the Bank of Dimondale, the Lyons Hardware Store, and the George Worthington Co. from which he retired. He was a member of the Dimondale Presbyterian Church since 1936. Francis served in many capacities, but was most remembered for his music ministry for 28 years. He played the organ and piano for the youth and adult choirs, worship services for the Presbyterian and Methodist Church and Sunday afternoons at the Jarvis Acres/St. Lawrence Dimondale Center, plus many weddings throughout the years. Francis was a member with the Orpheus Club of Lansing, a men’s choir, where he sang 1st bass. He volunteered much of his time to the church, local government and the Dimondale Chapter of the Red Cross. In his spare time he enjoyed traveling with his sister, Fern; gardening, baking, the ravel logs at M.S.U. and time spent with the Dimondale Senior Citizens Group. We would like to give a special thank you to the ladies at the New Haven Foster Car Home: Nancy Ness, Angie Arnott, Reni DeChelbor, Brandy Hatt, Lori Jackson, Kristina Mayhew, Dee Dee McGalliard, Christina McKenzie, Ethel Murray, Rosemary Parker, Valerie Parkey and Nancy Sutherland. Thank you for the special care and love you gave to Francis.

   Surviving are 3 nephews, Rex (Judy) Twichell, Neil (Jackie) Twichell and Tom (Debbie) Twichell all of Eaton Rapids; 3 nieces, Florence Twichell of Eaton Rapids, Reva (Richard) Lerch of Oak Hill, FL, and Janette (Carl) Williams of Tuscon, AZ; 15 grand nephews and nieces; 21 great-grand nephews and nieces and 1 great-great-grand niece.

   Funeral services were held at the Dimondale Presbyterian Church on Monday, October 30th. Arrangements were made by the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. Please direct any donation to the Dimondale Presbyterian Church at P.O. Box 357, Dimondale, MI 48821 or the Hospice of Lansing.

                                    

Lyle Allen

   Lyle Allen, 79, of Eaton Rapids, formerly of Charlotte died July 13, 2000 at his residence.

   Mr. Allen was born in Lowell, the son of William and Mable (Medmar) Allen. He had been a Charlotte, Eaton Rapids area resident since 1956 and was a 1938 graduate of Ionia High School. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II, was a former VFW member and member of the Iris Club. While in Charlotte, he owned the former Charlotte Wallpaper & Paint Store until about 1964, when he started working at the Owens-Illinois Glass Factory, from which he retired in 1976 after 12 years of service.

   He is survived by his wife, Dorothy (Bayley-Lux); two daughters, Judy (Carl) Pearson of Dunedin, Fla. And Barbara Allen of Mundelein, Ill.; one son, Bruce (Kathleen) of Spring Hill, Fla.; two stepsons, Robert (Jo) Lux of Grand Ledge and Richard Lux of Charlotte; two stepdaughters, Lynne (Bob) Kimmel of Charlotte and Barbara (Garry) Bruce of Charlotte; 16 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; one sister, Jean of Ocala, Fla.; and three brothers, Howard of Ark., Robert of Texas and William of Fla.

   He was preceded in death by his first wife, Ruth Allen in 1967; one son, William Harold in 1948; three sisters; and one brother.

   Services were July 15 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel, Charlotte, with Rev. William Ericson officiating. Interment was in the Balcom Cemetery, Ionia.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton Community Hospice or Memorial Tree Garden.

                                    

Gary Allensworth

   Gary William Allensworth, 62, of Bellevue died Feb. 16, 2000 at his home.

   Mr. Allensworth was born March 15, 1937 in Battle Creek, the son of James and Luella Allensworth. He graduated from Springfield High School in 1958 and had been employed by Al’s Carpet Service in the 1960s and later as a heavy equipment operator for the Calhoun County Road Commission. He moved to Bellevue in 1985 and worked for the Bellevue Milling Co. and as a woodworker for the Bellevue Cabinet Shop. He had married the former Elizabeth Hall.

   He is survived by two daughters, Carol Askew of Battle Creek and Rebecca Leslie of Cary, N.C.; one son, William of Battle Creek; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and one sister-in-law, Norma Allensworth, with whom he resided.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth; his parents; one brother, Jim Allensworth; and two sisters, Betty Chantrenne and Phyllis Mayo.

   Services were Feb. 19 at Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue, with the Rev. Darwin Kuhl officiating.

   Inurnment of cremains will take place at Riverside Cemetery, Bellevue, at a later date.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

                                    

Larry Angus

   Larry Scott Angus, 40, of Charlotte, formerly of Athens, died March 12, 2000 at his home.

   Mr. Angus was born March 14, 1959, the son of Darwin and Marie (Branson) Angus in Battle Creek. He had been a truck driver for Sandy’s Landscaping in Charlotte. He was a member of Charlotte Eagles Aerie #3552 and enjoyed snowmobiling.

   He is survived by his parents, Darwin and Marie Angus of East Leroy; one daughter, Sarah Angus of Bellevue; one son, Michael (Amanda) of Bellevue; one grandson; one sister, Donna (Claude) Williams of East Leroy; one brother, Steve Angus of Battle Creek; and special friend, Trudy Patrick and her sons, Michael, Shawn and Trent Fraley of Charlotte.

   Services were March 15 at the Birchwood United Methodist Church, Battle Creek, with Pastor Melanie Baker-Streevy officiating. Interment was in the Leroy Congregational Cemetery, East Leroy. Arrangements were made by the Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue.

   Memorial contributions may be made to his children.

                                    

Mary L. Arney

   Mary Louise Arney, 71, of Rotonda West, Fla., died Aug. 3, 2000 at Englewood Community Hospital, Englewood, Fla.

   Mrs. Arney was born April 20, 1929, the daughter of George and Illa (Davis) Horsford in Battle Creek, and moved to the Rotonda West area in 1979 from Battle Creek and Bellevue. She was employed by Kellogg Co. and Clark Equipment Co., both in Battle Creek, and retired from Olivet College in 1978. She was an active member and volunteer for more than 17 years with the American Legion Post Auxiliary #113 in Rotonda.

   She is survived by her husband, Loren; two daughters, Kathryn (Earl) Hoag and Karen (Frank) Brownell, both of Olivet; two sisters, Ardeth (Lynn) Juckett of Battle Creek and Joyce (Robert) Scott of Rotonda West, Fla.; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

   Memorial services were held Aug. 6 at the American Legion Post #113, Rotonda West, Fla.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Legion Post #113, Rotonda West, Fla.

   Arrangements were made by Lemon Bay Funeral Homes, Englewood Chapel, Venice, Fla.

                                    

 Leora B. Arnold

   Leora B. Arnold, age 88, died Wednesday, February 2, 2000 in Holt. Leora was born October 24, 1911 in Ionia the daughter of Matthew G. and Almira Abbie (Higgins) Bradley (former owners of the Bradley Funeral Home in Ionia). She had been a member of the First United Methodist Church in Eaton Rapids since 1948. Leora worked side by side with her husband at Arnold & Becklund IGA for 22 years. She was a former member of the BPW and Eaton Rapids Hospital Auxiliary. Leora was a graduate of Ionia High School, Class of 1930 and played ladies semi-pro softball in Ionia for several years with the Friar Ale team.

   Surviving are her husband of 63 years, Volney M.; 2 daughters, Judith (Gary) Davis of Bradenton, FL, Jill (Terry) Clone of Eaton Rapids; 4 grandchildren, Lori (Brian) Robinson, Lisa (Chad) Rehkopf, Greg (Lisa) Clone, Jon (Marcy) Clone; 7 great-grandchildren and a half sister, Joan (Leo) Watkins of Troutman, NC.

   Funeral services were held on Monday, February 7, 2000 at the First United Methodist Church, Eaton Rapids, with Pastor Tom Evans officiating. Interment followed at Rosehill Cemetery. Funeral arrangements wee made by the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids. Those desiring may make contributions to the First United Methodist Church Building Fund or the Eaton Rapids Medical Center Building Fund in memory of Leora B. Arnold.

                                    

Frieda Arps

   Frieda Arps, 91, of Charlotte, formerly of Saginaw, Detroit and Hastings, died April 27, 2000 at Sparrow Hospital, Lansing, from injuries sustained in an auto accident.

   Mrs. Arps was born May 20, 1908 in Defiance, Ohio, the daughter of John and Mary (Bohlke) Mohrmann. She was a member of the First Lutheran Church of Charlotte.

   She is survived by tow daughters, Jean Arps of Charlotte and Ruth (John) White of Bloomfield, Ind., and two sons, Richard (Marion) of Cadillac and Ronald (Cathy) of Sylvan, N.C.; ten grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Arps in 1969.

   Private services were held with the Rev. Timothy Olson officiating. Interment was in the Glen Eden Memorial Park, Livonia.

   Memorial contributions may be made through the First Lutheran Church of Charlotte for the Lutheran Association of Missionaries and Pilots or First Lutheran Church.

   Arrangements by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

                                    

Ethel Arthur

   Ethel Mae Arthur, 73, of Laingsburg, formerly of Charlotte, died Tuesday, June 27, 2000 in Dewitt, as the result of an auto accident.

   Mrs. Arthur was born April 16, 1927 in Grand Rapids, the daughter of Harley and Ethel (Briggs) Kinne. She attended Grand Ledge High School, and had lived in Laingsburg for the last 15 years. She married Robert Arthur on May 24, 1946 in Grand Ledge, and was a homemaker. She was affiliated with the Methodist Church, the Eastern Star in Grand Ledge, Farm B, the Lansing Consumers Retiree Club, and was active in bowling and several charities.

   Surviving are her husband, Robert; children, Jeanne (Michael) Wood of Farmington Hills, Thomas (Vicki) of Irmo, S.C., Andrew (Jill), and Edward (Amber), both of Laingsburg; grandchildren, Marjann Lawson, Nicholas, Adam, A.J., Mandy, Angus, Chelsea and Brittany; and one brother, John (Sandie) Kinne of Grand Ledge.

   Funeral services were held July 1 at Watkins Brothers Funeral Home, McDougall Chapel, Laingsburg, with Pastor Gerald Sever officiating. Interment was at Reed Cemetery, Laingsburg.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Laingsburg Public Library.

                                    

Thelma M. Ash

   Thelma Maybell Ash, 96, of Charlotte died Monday, Sept. 11, 2000.

   Mrs. Ash was born March 5, 1904 in Benton Township, Eaton County, the daughter of Andrew and Bertha (Garn) Root. She was one of five children of pioneer parents who moved to Michigan in the 1870s. She graduated from Charlotte High School with the Class 0f 1924, and was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother who loved to crochet. She was a member of the Northwest Carmel Birthday Club and Local Hobby Club.

   She is survived by two sons, Roger (Mary) and Clare (Shirley) Jr., both of Charlotte; five grandchildren, Dennis (Danette) Ash of Rapid River, Mark (Judy) Ash of Cheboygan, Steven (Judy) Ash of Charlotte, Anne (Gregg) Smith of Crown Point, Ind., and Anita (Gene) Swayer of Cooks; ten great-grandchildren, Michael (Laura) Ash of Rensselaer, Ind., Austin Ash of Escanaba, Adriene (Keith) Reese of Rapid River, Matthew, Joseph and Joanne Ash of Cheboygan, Steve Jr. And Christopher Ash of Charlotte, and, Kevin and Rachel Smith of Crown Point; twin sisters, Aletha Ells and Almary Cooper, both of Charlotte.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Clare Sr. in 1968; on sister, Goldie Wright; and brother, Carson Root.

   Services were Sept. 13 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Jeff Bowman officiating. Interment was in the Gresham Cemetery, Chester Township.

                                    

 Evelyn L. Atkinson

    Evelyn L. Atkinson, 77, of Dimondale, formerly of Farwell, died Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2000 at St. Lawrence Dimondale Center after an extended illness.

   Mrs. Atkinson was born in Springdale, Ark., the daughter of Walter and Pear (Peerson) Atkinson. She was a member of the Farwell Church of Christ.

   Surviving are one sister, Margaret Ethel (Arthur) Goudie of Charlotte; nephew, Arthur Lynn Goudie; nieces, Janet Orton, Nancy Brickner, Jill Crane, Jane Merritt and Susan McNey; 18 great-nieces and nephews and seven great-great-nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held Nov. 3 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel, Charlotte, with Barry Merritt officiating. Interment was at Surrey Township Cemetery, Farwell.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Lawrence Dimondale Center Activities Fund.

   Arrangements by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

                                    

 Robert Babcock

   Robert Lewis Babcock, 84, of Potterville, formerly of Eaton Rapids, died Jan. 18, 2000 in Eaton Rapids.

   Mr. Babcock was born Sept. 21, 1915 in Brookfield Township, Eaton County, the son of Martin and Ruth (Brinninstool) Babcock. He retired in 1977 as a machine repairman for General Motors-Oldsmobile Division in Lansing, after 29 ½ years of service. He was a member of the UAW Local #652, Lansing. He served in the Navy during World War II and was a member of the VFW Post # 6054 of Potterville. Following retirement, he was active with the Eaton Rapids Senior Citizens group.

   He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Louise (Cribley); one son, Michael (Martha) Babcock of Six Lakes; tow step-sons, Gail (Barbara) Lownsberry of Onondaga and Jerry (Linda) Lownsberry of Grand Rapids; 11 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren; one sister, Pauline Babcock of Olivet; one sister-in-law, Vivian Babcock of Charlotte; and, several nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by a step-son, Gary Lownsberry in 1983, one sister, Dorothy Baum in 1995, and one brother, Walter in 1998.

   Graveside memorial services will be held later in the spring at the Benton Township Cemetery, Potterville.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton Rapids Senior Center, 201 ½ Grand St., Eaton Rapids 48827.

   Arrangements were made by the Skinner Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids.

                                     

Robert “Welder” Baes 

   Robert “Welder” Donald Baes, 67, of Lake Odessa, died April 13, 2000.

   Mr. Baes was born July 8, 1932 in Hartford, the son of Gus and Martha (Bruder) Baes. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was the first blacksmith at Charlton Park, Hastings, and had also been a blacksmith at Turkeyville, near Bellevue, and Bowen Mills, Hastings. He retired in 1980 from Motor Wheel after 26 years of service.

   He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Phyllis; two daughters, Dawn (Phil) Broadbeck of Lake Odessa and Lori Ann (Tom) Peake of Sunfield; two sons, Dan of Lake Odessa and Mark of Cass City; seven grandchildren, Nathan, Amber, Preston, Andrew, Natasha, Kyle and Erin; one great-granddaughter, Tabitha Peake; two step-grandchildren, Nichole Fletcher and Tommy Peake II; four sisters, Helen (Gene) Brooks of Remington, Va., Evelyn (Dale) Knuth of Leasburg, Fla., Ruth (Melton) Dean of Eau Claire, Sally Baes of Knox, Ind.; two brothers, Ed (Carol) Baes of Old Town, Fla. And Paul (Marge) Baes of Coloma; and many nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by both his parents, an infant son, Robert Donald Jr.; sister, Betty Wolf; and brother, Augie Baes.

   Services were April 17 at the Lakewood United Methodist Church, Lake Odessa. Interment was in the Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Ionia.

   Memorial contributions may be made in care of the family for a charity to be named later. To send notes to the family and to sign the book, e-mail: rosierfuneralhome@hotmail.com

                                    

Eleanore Baker 

    A long-standing and beloved member of the Eaton Rapids community, Eleanore Baker, age 85, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, November 18, 2000. She was born in Saginaw, Michigan on February 22, 1915 the daughter of Michael and Valentina (Brzeczkiewicz) Slominski. Before settling in Eaton Rapids, she lived in Lansing where she worked for the State Liquor Control Commission. She married Willard Kendall Baker and later worked for years as Librarian of King Street Elementary School. She was a long-time member of St. Peter Catholic Church, St. Peter Alter Society, the Association of Catholic Business Women, Bucks and Does Square Dance Club and served as treasurer of the American Legion Auxiliary in Eaton Rapids. She was also active in the Eaton Rapids Senior Center where she was known for her wonderful baked goods. Preceding her in death are twelve siblings: Francis, Sadie, John, Walter, Martin, Anthony, Harold, Regina, Leo, Agnes, Sylvester, and Joe.

   Eleanore is survived by her two sons; Michael Alva, of Eaton Rapids and Steven Willard (Jennifer) of Laguna Beach, California; Aaron Michael of Traverse City and Emily Grace of Laguna Beach, California (Grandma Buscha’s treasured grandchildren); and many nieces and nephews.

   Funeral arrangements were by Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. Family and parish community will celebrate Eleanore’s life at Rosary Services to be held at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Tuesday, November 21. Visitation will follow from 2:30-4 p.m. and 7:30-9 p.m. Father Bennett P. Constantine will celebrate the funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, November 22, at St. Peter Catholic Church in Eaton Rapids. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Eleanore’s name to St. Peter Catholic Church in Eaton Rapids or the Michigan Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation in Southfield.

                                    

Frank Balaam 

   Frank Balaam, 79, of Olivet, died March 31, 2000 at Tendercare, Marshall.

   Mr. Balaam was born in Chicago, Ill., the son of Sidney and Elizabeth (Shea) Balaam, and had been an Olivet resident since 1979, coming from the Detroit area. He was a school teacher, having taught instrumental music and Spanish, retiring in 1977 after 32 years of teaching. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was a member of the Army Band of the Sixth Service Command. He played French horn in the Detroit Symphony during the 1940s, was a member of the Detroit Federation of Musicians, and had toured with the Youth For Understanding Group in the 1960s. He was a member of the St. Ann Catholic Church, Bellevue, a former member of the Olivet Rotary Club, and had served as a recruiter of students for Olivet College.

   He is survived by two sons, Paul (Noreen) of Lowell and Hugh (Martha) of Bethesda, Md.; two grandchildren; and one sister, Colletta Danz of Chicago.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Eleanor in 1992, and one brother, Charles.

   Cremation has taken place.

   Memorial Mass is Saturday, April 15 at 11 a.m. at St. Ann Catholic Church. Inurnment of creamains will be at the Olivet Cemetery. Arrangements were made by the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to St. Ann Catholic Church or the charity of one’s choice.

                                     

Henry Bartlett 

   Henry “Hank” Dorr Bartlett, 64, of Lansing, formerly of Charlotte, died Jan. 26, 2000.

   Mr. Bartlett was born Nov. 17,1935 in Charlotte, the son of William and Ethel (Akley) Bartlett. He was a transmission mechanic.

   He is survived by his wife, Kathleen “Kathy” (Szarka) Sherman-Bartlett; three daughters, Bridget (Wade) Sherman, May Brown of Rockford and Carolyne (Lynn) Garvie of Charlotte; two sons, William and Claude, both of Charlotte; 14 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; one sister, Shirley Bartlett of Charlotte; two sisters, Dorothy (Duane) Winiright of Florida and Carol (Dale) Garvie of Charlotte; two brothers, Everett of Florida and Roy (Karole) of Charlotte; and his uncle, Carl Bartlett of Grand Ledge.

   Services were Jan. 31 at the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Charles Jenson officiating. 

                                    

Kenneth Baur 

   Kenneth Baur, 73, of Charlotte, died Jan. 4, 2000 in Columbus, Ohio.

   Mr. Baur was born May 31, 1926 in Unionville, the son of Oscar and Leona (Goebel) Baur. He had been a Charlotte resident since 1961 and owned Town & Country Realty and the Award & Specialty Co. He was very devoted to his family and to the First Lutheran Church, Charlotte. He had been an Eaton County Commissioner for 12 years, served in the U.S. Army in World War II, stationed in Germany, and was a lifelong supporter of 4-H and the Eaton County 4-H Fair.

   He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Marjorie; three daughters, Cynthia (Gil) VanNeste and Mary (Van) Wertz, both of Charlotte, and Diane (David) Franz of Lansing; eight grandchildren, Rebeckah, Rikki, Trevor, Robbyn, Kory, Julie, Callie and Nicholas; and one brother, Carl of Caro.

   He was preceded in death by two sons, Dwight in 1974 and Paul in 1977.

   Services were Jan. 7 at the First Lutheran Church with Pastor Timothy Olson officiating. Interment was in the Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte. Arrangements were made by the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the First Lutheran Church. 

                                    

James Beckwith

   James Wellington Beckwith, 59, of Sunfield, passed away Monday, Oct. 2, 2000 after a two-year battle with cancer.

   Mr. Beckwith was born Sept. 19, 1941 in Grand Ledge, the son of William and Arlene (Rogers Dixon) Beckwith. Mr. Beckwith was a member of the Most Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Middleville, and retired from the Lansing School District.

   Surviving are his wife of 40 years, Judy (Snider) Beckwith; four children, Lisa (Ezra) Hedges and Martin (Nancy) Beckwith, both of Hastings, and Monte (Kerri) Beckwith and Sue (Allen) Ells, both of Charlotte; five grandchildren, Steven, Kailie, Amanda, Nathan and Ashley; brother, Dennis (Joanne) Beckwith; sister, Sharon (Glen) Marsh; his mother, Arlene (Rogers) Beckwith; and several nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by his father, William Beckwith; a brother, Forrest William Beckwith; and a stepfather, Bernard Rogers.

   Funeral mass was held Oct. 6 at Rosier Funeral Home, Mapes-Fisher Chapel, Sunfield. Interment was at Union Cemetery, Oneida Twp. Pallbearers were Dennis Beckwith, John Snider, Bernard Snider, Timothy Snider, Mark Snider, Joe Hildenbrand and Rick VanFossen.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Most Holy Rosary Church or for a Mass, in care of Rosier Funeral Home, P.O. Box 36, Sunfield, MI 48890.

   To sign the book or leave a message, visit www.legacy.com.

   Arrangements by Rosier Funeral Home, Mapes-Fisher Chapel, Sunfield. 

                                    

Brenden H. Bell 

   Brenden Hahn Bell, infant son of Ray and Cassie Bell of Middleville, died Dec. 7, 2000.

   He is survived by his parents; his grandparents, Nelson and Pam Appelman of Nashville and Dan and Joanne Bell of Hastings; his great-grandparents, Ray and Esther Grant of Charlotte; aunts and uncles, Dan (Phoebe) Bell of Hasting, Thomas (Stacey) Bell and Ashleigh Hale of Grand Rapids, and Tony Appelman of Nashville.

   Graveside services were Dec. 11 at the Gresham Cemetery, Charlotte, with Pastor Robert Mayo officiating.

   Arrangements were made by the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. 

                                    

Melba J. Bennett 

   Melba J. Bennett, age 73 of Eaton Rapids, is at peace following a long illness that took her life on Tuesday, October 24, 2000. She was born May 25, 1927 in Gratiot County, the daughter of John and Leona (Edwards) Gibson. Melba was an Eaton Rapids High School graduate, class of 1945. She was a retired Billing Clerk for the Eaton Rapids Community Hospital, and a member of the V.F.W. Auxiliary in Eaton Rapids. Preceding her in death were her parents, father, George Best; husband, Edward Bennett; and daughter, Lynne Jacobs.

   Surviving are 4 children, George (Kathy) Sorters of Logan, Utah, Martin Engen of Lansing, Denise Sommer of Charlotte and Cindy Waugh of Dimondale; 14 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were Friday, October 27th from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. Burial followed in the Rosehill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids. 

                                   

Ray Betts 

   Ray Betts, 72, of Charlotte died March 18, 2000.

   Mr. Betts was born April 17, 1927 in Lansing, the son of Ray and Celia (Ottgen) Betts. He retired in 1988 as a truck driver for ANR Freight. He was a life member of Maple City VFW Post #2406 and enjoyed woodworking.

   He is survived by his wife, Betty; one daughter, Janet (Dennis) Flinchbaugh of Covington, Ga.; two sons, Ray (Luanne) of Lansing, Ronald (friend Sandy) of Charlotte and Rodney (Janine) Betts of Portland; ten grandchildren; one great-grandson; three brothers, Glen (Dorla) of Nashville, Elmer (Betty) of Charlotte, and Clarence (Virginia) of St. Louis, Mo.

   He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Cathy Jo in 1970; and one brother, Floyd.

   Graveside services are Monday, April 3 at 2 p.m. at the Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte. Arrangements were made by the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Michigan Heart Association. 

                                    

Phillip E. Bickel 

   Phillip E. Bickel, 54, of Bellevue died unexpectedly on Sept. 23, 2000 at Battle Creek Health Systems.

   Mr. Bickel was born April 27, 1946 in Battle Creek, the son of Merrill and Ida (Lindsley) Bickel and had been a resident of the Bellevue and Charlotte area for 24 years, coming from Battle Creek. He was a 1964 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School, served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, and was currently employed as a truck driver for DLF Container in Battle Creek. He was a member of the Charlotte Congregation of the Jehovah’s Witnesses and enjoyed fishing and hunting. He married Susan Canfield May 21, 1966.

   He is survived by his wife, Susan; one daughter, Dena (James) Gritter of Cummings, Ga.; one son, Steven (Raquel) Brickel of Norcross, Ga.; his mother, Ida of Battle Creek; and one brother, Paul (Claudia) of Port Orange, Fla.

   He was preceded in death by his father, Merrill Bickel.

   Cremation has taken place.

   Memorial services were Sept. 30 at Kingdom Hall of the Charlotte Jehovah’s Witnesses.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the World-wide Bible Educational Program of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

   Arrangements were made by the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte. 

                                     

Gertrude Bigler 

   Gertrude “Gerry” Bigler, 75, of Olivet, formerly of Lansing, died Jan. 7, 2000 at Hayes Green Beach Hospital, Charlotte.

   Mrs. Bigler was born in Buffalo, N.Y., the daughter of Robert and Ruth (Thompson) Butler and had been an Olivet resident for 10 ½ years, coming from Lansing.

   She is survived by two daughters, Ruth (Roger) Townsend of Maple Rapids and Nancy Gardenhouse of Waterford; one son, Jack (Mary) Thayer of Olivet; 11 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by one sister, Lenora Beeman.

   Services were Jan. 11 at the Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Lansing, with the Rev. Clark Hock officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Hayes Green Beach Hospital.

   Arrangements by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte. 

                                    

Herbert Black 

   Herbert Ralph  Black, 90, of Charlotte, died of cancer July 14, 2000 at his home.

   Mr. Black was born Dec. 7, 1909, the son of James Laird and Marion (Anderson) Black. He grew up on a farm near Big Stone City, S.D., and attended Northern State Teachers College (now Northern State University), Aberdeen, S.D. graduating in 1932. During college, he played in the symphony orchestra, was active in dramatics and lettered all four years in both basketball and football, in addition to working to pay his way through school.

   He and his brother, Harold, moved to Dowagiac in 1933 and worked with their brother, James, who had opened a Gambles store, He was a member of the Dowagiac B.P.O.E. and a past exalted ruler of the organization. In 1941, he moved to Charlotte to open a Gambles store, which he owned and operated until 1984. In addition to that, he was on the Board of Directors of Eaton Federal Savings Back for 40 years, serving for several years as chairman. He had a strong commitment to community service and served as Mayor of Charlotte for four terms, was an Eaton County Commissioner and was a member of the Maple Hill Cemetery Board. An active member of the Chamber of Commerce, as well as the Charlotte Rotary Club, he served as president of both organizations. He was also a past president and honorary member of the Charlotte Country Club, where he was a member for over 50 years.

   Several awards were presented to him in recognition of his contributions as a community leader, including the Clyde A. Fulton Community Pride Award, Eaton County Honored Citizen Award and Rotary’s Paul Harris Fellowship. He was an avid reader, golfer and outdoorsman, Music was also an important part of his entire life, as he had been a professional classical and popular musician in his 20s. In 1939, he married Josephine Lyola Connolly, who died in 1969. He married Dorothy Newton Haskins in 1971.

   He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; four daughters, Marcia McMahon of Bethesda, Md., Margaret Spaly of Ann Arbor, Barbara (Roger) Mooberry of Longview, Wash. And Susan Black of Evanston, Ill.; one son, Herbert Jr. (Christine) of Ann Arbor; 11 grandchildren, Herbert III, Stephen and Kevin Black, Eleanor, Catherine and Tony McMahon, Eric and Brian Spaly, and, Isaac, Matthew and Jacob Mooberry; three stepsons, Ronald (Susan) Haskins of Rockville, Md., Gage (Belinda) Haskins of Delaplane, Va., Mark Haskins of Lambertville, and eight step-grandchildren, Heather Bourdon, Seth, Megan and Lucas Haskins, John Eric Haskins, Dustin, Ivy and Ariel Haskins and two grandchildren, Cooper Bourdon and Chase Haskins; and brother, Harold of Polson, Mont.

   Services were July 18 at the Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church, Charlotte. Interment was in the Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be mad to the American Cancer Society or Lawrence Ave. United Methodist Church. 

                                    

Kenneth Blodgett 

   Kenneth LeRoy Blodgett, 89, of Charlotte died Jan. 26, 2000.

   Mr. Blodgett was born Jan. 10, 1911 in Benton Township, the son of Floid and Grace (Ervay) Blodgett. He was an inspector for Wilcox-Gay Corporation and retired as a custodian for the Eaton County Courthouse. He was a member of the South Cochran Church of God and American Association of Retired Persons.

   He is survived by his wife of 47years, Esther (Secord); one stepson, David (Sharon) Secord; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and tow sisters, Bernice Whealer of Bellevue and Alice Blodgett of Charlotte.

   He was preceded in death by two brothers, James and Ernest, and one sister, Anna Smith.

   Services were Jan. 29 at the South Church of God with the Rev. Hugh Burger, the Rev. Rich Mitterling, the Rev. Tim Secord and Nick Mizer officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be mad to the South Cochran Church of God.

   Interment was in the Riverside Cemetery at a later date.

   Arrangements were made by the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. 

                                     

Dorothy Bonathan

   Dorothy (Piche) Bonathan, 82, of Charlotte, formerly of Olivet and Sault Ste. Marie, died July 8, 2000 at her residence following a short illness.

   Mrs. Bonathan was born July 17,1917 in Sault Ste. Marie and had been a Charlotte and Olivet area resident for five years. She was a 1936 graduate of Loretta High School and former member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, both in Sault St. Marie. She was past president of the Altar Society at Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, Houghton Lake, and a former member of the Isaac Walton League. She enjoyed cooking, music, arts and crafts and traveling. She was a skilled seamstress and quilter. Her husband, Kenneth Bonathan, was a previous owner of the Sugar Island Ferry.

   She is survived by tow daughters, Marilyn (Leo) Weeks of Olivet and Ruth (Glenn) Fergin of Walled Lake; two sons, Kenneth (JoAnn) of South Jordan, Utah, and Darren (Kathy) of Wayne; nine grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her husband in 1971 and one granddaughter, Colette in 1974.

   Services were July 11 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel, Charlotte, with Rev. Fr. Denis Spitzley officiating and graveside services and interment were July 12 at the Riverside Cemetery, Sault St. Marie, with Rev. Fr. Ted Brodeur officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton Community Hospice, 313 Lansing St., Charlotte, MI 48813. 

                                     

Paul R. Borgman 

   Paul Ray Borgman, 51, of Olivet, died Friday, Oct. 20, 2000.

   Mr. Borgman was born Aug. 31, 1949 in Charlotte, the son of Leon Borgman of the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans and Joyce (Gasser) Beiser of Melbourne, Fla.; they survive. Mr. Borgman was a 33-year employee of General Motors, Lansing, and a former member of Charlotte Eagles Aerie #3552.

   Surviving are sons, Ronnie Borgman, Mark Redfield and Brad Harvey, all of Charlotte; daughter, Erika Harvey of Missouri; three grandchildren; brothers, Carl (Diane) Borgman of Mason and Roger Borgman of Olivet; sister, Cynthia Borgman of Battle Creek; and uncle, Emert Borgman of Bellevue.

   Funeral services were held Oct. 25 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Arthur Salisbury officiating. Interment was at Bosworth Cemetery, Walton Twp.

   Further information may be available at www.legacy.com.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Inc. 

                                     

Maurice L. Bosier 

   Maurice L. Bosier, age 86 of Eaton Rapids, died Sunday, July 16,2000. He was born July 1, 1914 in Hillsdale County, the son of Harry and Ethel (West) Bosier. Mr. Bosier was a retired Supervisor for Allied Products and Goodnoe Tool & Die both in Eaton Rapids. He was a member of the Eaton Rapids Conservation Club. Preceding him in death were his wife, Mary in 1992 and daughter, Bernadine in 1991.

   Surviving are a sister, Beryl Harlan of Hillsdale; niece and 2 nephews; sister-in-law, Ann Sohmer of Lansing and special friend Mildred Tropp of Eaton Rapids.

   Funeral services will be Wednesday, July 19th at 1 p.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. Burial will follow in the Sunset View Cemetery in Jonesville. Visitation will be Tuesday evening form 6-8p.m. For those desiring, a memorial contribution may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or to a charity of one’s choice in memory of Maurice L. Bosier. 

                                     

Myrl Boughton 

   Myrl Boughton, 81, of Corneila, Ga., formerly of Charlotte, died Sept. 1, 2000.

   Mr. Boughton was born April 6, 1919, the son of Ray and Myrtle Boughton.

   He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Pam; two daughters, Bonny (LeRoy) Sedore of Charlotte and JoJean (Ron) Marple of Houghton Lake; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

   He was preceded in death by his parents, and one son, Danny Boughton.

   Services were Sept. 5 in Corneila. Arrangements were made by the Pray Funeral Home. 

                                    

Beatrice Bowen 

   Beatrice Hellen Bowen, 75, of Vermontville died Monday, May 29, 2000.

   Mrs. Bowen was born Aug. 31, 1924 in Eaton Rapids, the daughter of Goldie and Nellie (Lee) Pritchard. She had been an assistant manager at the Eaton Rapids Kroger store, Wrigley’s, and G.C. Murphy Co., and a Maple Valley school bus driver for 19 years until she retired. She was a member of the Battle Creek Pony Association and Michigan Farmers’ Hall of Fame.

   She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Allen; two daughters, Catherine (William) Nichols of Portland and Janice (Mark) Kersjes of Vermontville; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

   Services were June 2 at Nashville Baptist Church, with the Rev. Lester DeGroot officiating. Interment was in the Freemire Cemetery, Sunfield Township. Arrangements were made by the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be mad to Maple Valley Scholarship Fund.

   More information available at www.legacy.com. 

                                     

Michael R. Bowles 

   Michael Ramon Bowles, 51, died Nov. 11, 2000 at his home in Alabama.

   Mr. Bowles was born in Michigan and relocated to Tuscaloosa five years ago. He was proud of his military service as a Vietnam veteran. He enjoyed gardening, spending time with his wife and family, and spending time with his beloved pets, Hercules, Hiedi, K.C., Miracle, Brandy and Rebel.

   He is survived by his wife, June; four sons, Billy Joe (Kari) Stacey James (Jennifer), Dale Archer (Teresa) and Wesley Raymon (Jennifer); two brothers, David and Steve; sisters, Pat and Prudy; his mother, Betty Bowles; and eight grandchildren.

   Services were Nov. 16 at Sardis Baptist Church in Ala. Interment was in the Sardis Baptist Church Cemetery.

   Arrangements were made by the Sunset Funeral Home, Northport, Ala. 

                                    

Bernice Elizabeth Bowman 

   Bernice Elizabeth Bowman, age 93 of Eaton Rapids, died Thursday, November 2, 2000 at the Pines Nursing Home in Lansing. She was born July 31, 1907 in Hastings, MI, one of 15 children born to Benjamin and Reda (Siebert) Bowman. Bernice began her career here in Eaton Rapids working for Dr. Bert VanArk as his nurse and ran the day to day operations at the Old Eaton Rapids Hospital (Stimpson Hospital), retiring in 1973. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Eaton Rapids. She is preceded in death by her parents and 11 brothers and sisters.

   Surviving are 1 sister, Ethel Weisenhofer of Middleville and 2 brothers, Richard Bowman of Lansing and Chester Bowman of Lawton, Oklahoma and numerous nieces and nephews.

   Memorial services for Bernice will be held Friday, November 10th, at 3 p.m. from he First Baptist Church in Eaton Rapids with rev. Schott Boles officiating. Interment of cremains will be at Rutland Cemetery on the family plot in Hastings, MI. For those desiring, a memorial contributions may be made to either the Eaton Rapids Medial Center or the First Baptist Church in memory of Bernice E. Bowman. The family was served through the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. 

                                     

Clair Boyer 

   Clair Boyer, 80, of Baton Rouge, La., formerly of Bellevue, died Feb. 28, 2000 at his home in Baton Rouge.

   Mr. Boyer was born Nov. 15, 1919 in Bellevue, the son of Fred Anthony and Clara Elizabeth (Anderson) Boyer. He enlisted in the U.S. Army March 21, 1941 and was honorably discharged June 3, 1944. He was involved in three major campaigns in the South Pacific during World War II. He served in New Zealand, New Caledonia, New Guinea, Guadalcanal, Russell Island and New George Island. After retiring from the military, he worked in civil service. He married Sadie Caldwell March 13, 1954. He was a member of the Civil Service, VFW, and the Bellevue First Baptist Church.

   He is survived by his wife, Sadie; one daughter, Pauline Parrott of Baton Rouge; one son, Johnnie Boyer of Big Rock, Tenn.; one sister, Lottie Howard of Battle Creek; five brothers, Ralph of Lady Lake, Fla., Arthur and Clarence, both of Battle Creek, Donald of Summerfield, Fla., and Ernie of Bellevue; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

   He was preceded in death by twin sons, Dwight Lee and Samuel Jacob Boyer on May 17, 1961, at birth; brothers, Jessie, Fred, John and William Boyer, and three infant brothers; and sisters, Ella Lambert And Edith Ayers.

   Services were March 6 at the Shaw Funeral home, Bellevue, with the Rev. John Boyer officiating. Interment was in the Riverside Cemetery, Bellevue, with military honors provided by the United Veterans’ War Council.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Mr. Boyer’s wife, Sadie. 

                                     

Bob Boyles 

   Bob Boyles, 68, of Charlotte, died May 14, 2000.

   Mr. Boyles was born March 13, 1932 in East Alton, Ill., the son of Forrest and Ruth (Northcut) Boyles. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War. He came to Charlotte in 1973 from Alton, Ill., and retired in 1988 as a quality supervisor for Owens-Illinois Glass Containers. He was also a bailiff for the Eaton County courts for nine years He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and Charlotte Country Club.

   He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Bonita “Bonnie” (Drexelius); two daughters, Cindy (Ron) Presocki of St. Johns, Susan (Jerry) Boyles-Martin of New Baltimore; two sons, John (Susan) of Charlotte, and Robert (Ann) of Hickory Corners; and nine grandchildren, Sarah, Jennifer, Michael and David Presocki, Jerry Martin III, Shelby Jean Martin, and Aaron, Craig and Sydney Boyles; brother, Ray (Martha) Boyles of East Alton, Ill.

   He was preceded in death by one grandson, Jake Robert Martin.

   Services were May 17 at St. Mary Catholic Church, Charlotte, with Father Thomas Nenneau officiating. Arrangements were made by the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary Catholic Church.

   More information is available at www.legacy.com. 

                                   

Ernest Brewer, Jr. 

   Ernest Brewer, Jr., age 77 of Eaton Rapids died Tuesday, April 11, 2000. He was born September 27, 1922 in Glascow Junction, Kentucky, the son of Ernest W. and Lela (Butler) Brewer. Mr. Brewer was a Army Veteran of World War II and a member of the American Legion Harold Teeter Post #15 of Eaton Rapids. He retired from Diamond REO in Lansing and was a member of the New Hope Worship Center in Albion. He was preceded in death by 2 grandchildren, Valary Lee and Patrick Lee Brewer.

   Surviving are his wife of 56 years, Jeta; 3 sons, Larry Joe (Mary) Brewer of Marengo, Indianan, Ernest Lee (Carolyn) Brewer of Eaton Rapids and Gary Lamaar (Kathy) Brewer of Albany, Texas; 11 grandchildren and 11great-grandchildren; sister, Dorothy Irene Fletcher of Charlotte; 2 half-brothers, Ronald Brewer of Bedford, Indianan and Donald Brewer of Phoenix, Arizona and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held on Friday, April 14th from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with the Rev. William Steere of the New Hope Worship Center in Albion officiating. Burial followed in the Rosehill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids with full military honors provided by the American Legion Post #15. 

                                     

Emma Britain 

   Emma Britain, 91, of Charlotte died June 22, 2000.

   Mrs. Britain was born Oct. 12, 1908, in Buhler, Kansas, the daughter of Abe and Tina (Kirsch) Berg. She was a member of the Grand Ledge Baptist Church.

   She is survived by one sister, Clara While of Charlotte; nine nieces and nephews; and many grand nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl; one sister, Helen Ackley; and one brother, David Berg.

   Services were June 26 at the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Andrew Ford and Rev. Don Kirkland officiating. Interment was in the Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Grand Ledge Baptist Church Building Fund. 

                                     

James Brock 

   James Lester Brock, 68, of Charlotte died April 14, 2000.

   Mr. Brock was born June 4, 1931 in Memphis, Tenn., the son of James and Iva (Willis) Brock. He retired after 34 years from General Motors Corp. in the Quality Control Department.

   He is survived by his wife, Lorna; two sons, Gregory of Fremont and Daryl of Charlotte; three grandchildren; his mother, Iva Brock of Charlotte; one sister, Billie Johnson of Bradenton, Fla.; and one brother, Terry of Hastings.

   Cremation has taken place.

   Memorial services were April 18 at Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church, Charlotte, wit the Rev. George Fleming officiating. Arrangements were made by the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to LAUMC. More information is available on the internet at www.legacy.com. 

                                     

Geraldine Bruce 

   Geraldine L. Bruce, 78, of Lansing, formerly of Olivet, died Feb. 2, 2000 at the Burcham Hills in East Lansing.

   Miss Bruce was born in Byron, the daughter of Douglas and Juanita (Moore) Bruce. She was a 1938 graduate of Olivet High School, attended Cleary College in Ypsilanti, was a member of the Oldsmobile Girls’ Club and attended the Trinity United Methodist Church, Lansing.

   She was a retired executive secretary for Oldsmobile in Lansing.

   She is survived by tow sisters-in-law, Elaine Bruce of Olivet and Dorothy Bruce of East Lansing; four nieces, Christy, Cathy, Barb and Amy; and three nephews, Mark, Doug and David.

   She was preceded in death by two brothers, Jack and Robert.

   Graveside services were Feb. 5 at the Olivet Cemetery, Olivet, with the Rev. Rae Franks officiating. Arrangements were made by the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Olivet Congregational Church or the charity of one’s choice. 

                                     

Lillie Bryde 

   Lillie Sue Bryde, 71, of Charlotte, passed away Saturday, March 18, 2000.

   Mrs. Bryde was born Dec. 30, 1928, the daughter of Mary (Hancock) and Robert Yarbrough. She retired from the Michigan State Police Department as a traffic service code clerk.

   Surviving are her husband, Leslie Maynard Bryde; daughter, Connie Whitford of Lansing; two sons, William of West Virginia and Raymond of Lansing; eight grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren and four step-grandchildren; five sisters, Elizabeth Morrison, Jean Farmer, Barbara Mullins of Clarksville, Tenn., Martha Canada of Ashland City, Tenn., Rachel Jones of Nashville, Tenn.; brother, James Yarbrough of Clarksville, Tenn.

   She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Nel Clark.

   Funeral services were held March 24 at West Windsor United Brethren Church in Dimondale. Interment was at Deepdale Memorial Gardens in Lansing.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the family.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Inc. 

                                     

Mary Elizabeth Bryson 

   Mary Elizabeth Bryson, age 53 of Eaton Rapids, died Friday, June 23, 2000 at her residence following a terminal illness. She was born August 5, 1946 in Leslie, the daughter of William and Heloise (Stiner) Kannawin. Mary was a Leslie High School graduate, class of 1964. She was employed by Enterprize Marketing of Wyoming, MI. She was also a former Girl Scout Leader, member of the Griffith United Methodist Church and Secretary for the Griffith United Methodist Women.

   Surviving are her husband of 35 years, Tom; daughter, Shelley (Brad) Homer of Batavia, IL; son, Alan Bryson of Leslie; 2 brothers, William (Martha) Kannawin of Canyon Lake, TX and Jack (Beth) Kannawin of Leslie; several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services will be Tuesday, June 27th at 11 a.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with the Rev. Jack Fugate officiating. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery in Leslie. For those desiring, a memorial contribution may be made to either the American Cancer Society or the Griffith United Methodist Church Building Fund in memory of Mary E. Bryson. 

                                     

Delona L. Buckles 

   Delona “Lonnie” Lu Buckles, 60, of Battle Creek, died Saturday, Aug. 19, 2000.

   Mrs. Buckles was born April 17, 1940 in Marion, Ind., the daughter of Charles and Margaret (Bibler) Sutton. She was a homemaker and also worked in advertising and as a tax specialist.

   She is survived by her husband, Terry; one daughter, Leslie (Ken) Hundt of Howell; one son, John (Diane) of Kalamazoo; three grandchildren, Anna and Ryan Buckles, and Audrey Hundt; and her mother, Margaret Sutton of Marion, Ind.

   No services are planned.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Envelopes available at the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. 

                                     

Charles R. Buell 

   Charles Richard Buell, 72, of Harlingen, Texas, formerly of Charlotte, died Dec. 18, 2000.

   Mr. Buell was born Dec. 1, 1928 in Decatur County, Ind., the son of Willard and Florence (Rork) Buell. He was an honorary member of the American Legion in LaFeria, Texas.

   He is survived by his wife, Betty Jean (Tellas) of Charlotte; one daughter, Barbara (Robert) Thomas of Athens, Tenn.; one son, Charles (Marcia) Buell of Potterville; four grandchildren, Heather Buell, Robert Thomas, Melissa Thomas, Marcie Thomas; one great-grandchild, Mikayla Thomas; two sisters, Helen (Jack) Fletcher of Greensburg, Ind. And Bertha Lucretia Hess of Florida; and two brothers, Loren (Mary Lou) of Indianapolis, Ind., and Robert (Carrole) of Greensburg.

   Memorial services are at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 28, at the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Bill Tate officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. 

                                     

Clorah L. Bunker 

   Clorah L. Bunker, age 91 of Mason, died Monday, April 10, 2000 at her residence. Clorah was born October 12, 1908 in Brinton the daughter of Marion E. and Martha G. (Braucher) Brininstool. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Carl Flaughter; her second husband, Oscar A. Bunker; son, Elmer Flaugher and daughter, Estina Disbrow. Another daughter, Lillian Darnell, died April 11, 2000.

   Surviving are 3 daughters, Florence (Earl) Lauck of Eaton Rapids, Darla (Wayne) Tody of Traverse City, Carol (George) Hertzfeld of Jackson; 3 sons, Daniel (Betty) Bunker of Williamston, Ruhl (Elaine) Bunker of Dansville, Ivan Lee Bunker of Mason; 37 grandchildren; 95 great-grandchildren; 57 great-great-grandchildren; sister, Ellen Raymer of Elsie and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held Friday, April 14, 2000 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids, with Rev. Stephen Aikin, Pastor of the Aurelius Baptist Church officiating. Interment followed at Greenwood Cemetery, Aurelius. Those desiring may make contributions to either the Aurelius Baptist Church or American Heart Association in memory of Clorah L. Bunker. 

                                     

Robert Burd 

   Robert Burd, 75, of Nashville died July 9 at the Battle Creek Health System.

   Mr. Burd was born March 28, 1925 in Barry County, the son of Ray and Ella Scobey Burd. He was formerly employed by Eaton Manufacturing, Barton Construction and Visser Oil Co., and retired from Davis Oil Co. in 1987. He married Pat Shurlow Oct. 9, 1948 in Hastings, and was a member of the Baseline United Methodist Church, Maple Leaf Grange #940 and Nashville 5+, a musical group. He enjoyed making and repairing musical instruments, wood working and being with family and friends.

   He is survived by his wife, Pat; one daughter, Anna (Ron) Bender of Nashville; two sons, Tom (Gail) of Elizabethon, Tenn. And Jerry of Nashville; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one sister, Bunnie Pierce of Battle Creek; four brothers, Lawrence of Battle Creek, Richard of Florida, Arden of New Mexico and Dale of Minn.; and many nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by two brothers, Archie and Merle, and one sister, Carol Mendez.

   Services were July 14 at Baseline UMC with Rev. Glenn Wegner officiating. Interment was in the Bell Cemetery, Assyria Township. Arrangements were made by the Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Youth Ministries of Baseline UMC. 

                                     

Ernest Burger Jr. 

   Ernest H. Burger Jr., 87, of Metamora, formerly of Charlotte and Hadley, died May 31, 2000.

   Mr. Burger was born April 10, 1913, in Grand Blanc, the son of Ernest and Blanche (Seymour) Burger. He married Willie Rogers Davis, June 15, 1990 at Ada. He had been a supervisor at Superior Furniture, Lowell, retiring in 1991. He was a member of Lapeer Church of the Nazarene and enjoyed staying in Arizona during the winter months.

   He is survived by his wife, Willie; one daughter, Nancy (William) Schreiner of Elgin, Ill; two sons, Stanley (Diana) of Bancroft and Joseph (Beatrice) of Charlotte; eight grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and one brother, Joseph of Flint.

   He was preceded in death by his first wife, Gladiola (King) in 1979, one son, Dennis in 1974, and two grandsons, Henry Schreiner and Michael Schreiner.

   Services were June 3 at the Lapeer Church of the Nazarene with the Rev. Robert Lewis officiating. Interment was in Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte. Arrangements were made by the Muir Brothers Funeral Home, Lapeer. 

                                   

 Clyde H. Burleson 

   Clyde H. Burleson, age 66, of Mason died Friday, January 7 2000 in Eaton Rapids. He was born September 19, 1933 in Eaton Rapids the son of Ward and Helen (Hall) Burleson. Clyde retired in 1982 with 30 years of service with Fisher Body of Lansing and was a member of the U.A.W. Local #602.

   Surviving are his wife of 45 years, Patty Lou; 4 children, Susan (Steve) Pifer of Howell, William (Roberta) Burleson of Eaton Rapids, Julie (Richard) Rice of Onondaga and Timothy (Deborah) Burleson of Mason; 9 grandchildren; 2 sisters, Martha Burleson of Eaton Rapids and Naomi (William) Wilkinson of Dimondale; 5 nieces and nephews; mother-in-law Beatrice Hart; sister and brother-in-law, Karen and William DeTemple; and uncles, John Steele and Bill Cherry. 

   Funeral services were held Monday, January 10th from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with the Rev. Stephen Klink officiating. Burial followed in the Rosehill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids. For those desiring a memorial contribution may be made to the Eaton Rapids Senior Center in memory of Clyde H. Burleson. 

                                     

Bertha L. Burley 

   Bertha L. Burley, age 87 of Eaton Rapids, died Friday, December 12, 2000. She was born December 15, 1913 in Sandusky County, Ohio. Mrs. Burley lived in the Eaton Rapids area since 1955. She was preceded in death by her husband LaVerne Burley in 1997.

   Surviving are her son Eldon (Pat) Burley of Eaton Rapids; 4 grandchildren, Michael (Candice) Burley, Mark (Carolyn) Burley, Lori Bennett all of Eaton Rapids and Lisa (Dave) Felice of Dimondale; 2 great-granddaughters, Jennifer Burley and Alisa Bennett.

   Memorial services will be Thursday, December 28th at 1 p.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. 

                                    

Cary E. Burns 

   Cary E. Burns, age 89 of Pleasant Lake, died Friday, August 25, 2000 at Arbor Manor Nursing Home in Spring Arbor. He was born July 2, 1911 in New Weston, Ohio. Mr. Burns grew up in Eaton Rapids area and graduated from Mason High School. He served in the Army during World War II, receiving a Purple Heart and spending 1 ½ years in a Veteran’s Hospital from the injuries he sustained. Mr. Burns retired from General Motors in Lansing with 43 years of service. A life member of the F.&A.M. Lodge #63 in Eaton Rapids and a member of the D.A.V.

   Surviving are his wife of 53 years, Helen; 3 sisters-in-law, Vera Heminger, Barbara Burns, and Gladys Burns; several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services will be Wednesday, August 30, at 1:00 p.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with Rev. Tom Evans officiating. Graveside services will follow in the Rosehill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids with full military honors provided by the American Legion Harold Teeter Post #15. Visitation will be Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the funeral home. 

                                    

Gordon Burpee 

   Gordon Burpee, 68, of Nashville, died April 21, 2000 at his residence.

   Mr. Burpee was born Jan. 8, 1932 in Dowling, the son of Clinton and Crystal (Card) Burpee. He attended Dowling and Hastings schools and married Phyllis Warner. He worked for General Motors for 30 years and retired in 1983. He also spent time farming his own land, restoring old tractors and gardening. He was a member of Grace Community Church, Nashville.

   He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Phyllis Burpee of Nashville; one daughter, Bonnie (Steven) Bosserd of Battle Creek; four sons, Jeffrey (Mary) and Gary (Carla), both of Nashville, Gregory (Barb) of Charlotte, and Matthew (Beth) of North Carolina; ten grandchildren; three sisters. Allie Smith of Hastings, Gladys (William) Rodewald and Nora (Lawrence) Butcher, both of Calif., Dorothy (Royal) Gorham of Battle Creek; five brothers, Kenneth, Herbert, Bill, Pete, and Merle (Beth), all of Dowling; and many nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Gerald.

   Services were April 25 at Girrbach Funeral Home, Hastings, with Pastor Don Roscoe officiating. Interment was in the Barryville Cemetery, Barry County.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Grace Community Church. 

                                     

Raymond Bursley 

   Raymond Frank Bursley, 84, of Niles, died July 8, 2000 at his home after a brief illness.

   Mr. Bursley was born Dec. 4, 1915 in Chester, the son of Bert Bursley and Vera Sattley. He lived in Niles for two years and Buchanan for 14 years, coming from Battle Creek. He married Ardis Frantz in October 1939 in Sunfield. After her death in 1976, he married Linda Joy Corey Aug. 10, 1997 in Buchanan. He was an active member of the Buchanan Church of the Nazarene and Indian Lake Nazarene Camp, Vicksburg, a former member of the Church of the Brethren, Sunfield, and enjoyed fishing, boating and woodcrafting. He retired in 1976 after 25 years of service at the Kellogg’s, Battle Creek.

   He is survived by his wife, Linda Joy; one daughter, Lori Boulter of Hastings; one son Eldon Bursley of Charlotte; Jeremy and Michael Skinner, both of Mishawaka, Ind.; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; four sisters, Maxine Fiquer of Lansing. Ruthann Olney and Mable Olney, both of Eaton Rapids, and Jean Sheren of Grand Ledge; and two brothers, Don of Henry, Tenn., and Bill of Eaton Rapids.

   He was preceded in death by his first wife Ardis, in 1976, one son, Allen Bursley in 1971, and two sisters.

   Services were July 11 at the Buchanan Church of the Nazarene, Buchanan, with Rev. Leonard Bailey officiating. Graveside services were July 12 at the Sunfield Cemetery, Sunfield, with Pastor Mark Ralph officiating. Arrangements were made by the Halbritter Funeral Home, Niles.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Buchanan Church of the Nazarene. 

                                     

Dwight J. Burton 

   Rev. Dwight J. Burton, 51, of Flint, died Thursday, Aug. 10, 2000 at Genesys Health Park.

   Rev. Burton was born Nov. 20, 1948 in Charlotte. He married Linda Weber on Aug. 28, 1971 in Ann Arbor. He was a member and vice president of POWER, and was Director Parish for Cooperative Ministries of Northwest Flint. Rev. Burton was very active in the church, and school partnerships at Northern High School and Anderson Elementary. He was very active in Urban Ministry and was a participant in the Flint 17. Rev. Burton was the current pastor at Central United Methodist Church of Flint, and was past minister at Stockbridge Avenue United Methodist Church in Kalamazoo, Schoolcraft/PleasantValley United Methodist Church in Schoolcraft and Farwell United Methodist Church in Farwell.

   Surviving are his wife, Linda; son, Corey (Wendy) of Schoolcraft; daughter, Courtney (Todd) Ingle of Portage; grandchildren Ashley, Halley, Noah and Kathryn; and a sister Linda (Steven) Hennigar of Oscoda.

   He was preceded in death by his parents, Linden and Enola.

   Cremation has taken place, and memorial services were held Aug. 14 at Central United Methodist Church, Flint, with Bishop Donald Ott officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Lake Louise United Methodist Camp.

   Arrangements by Swartz Funeral Home, Inc. Flint. 

                                    

Francis Bust 

   Francis Ervin Bust, 85, of East Lansing, died on Friday, June 2, 2000 at 6 a.m.

   Mr. Bust was born in Charlotte on Oct. 2, 1914, and was the son of Frank and Amy Bust. His father was of the Dutch and German descent and owned and operated an 80-acre farm in Charlotte. His mother was of English descent, an excellent homemaker and raised chickens on the farm. Francis had two brothers and one sister, Paul Mervin, Marion Thomas and Norma Ilene, and graduated from Charlotte High School in 1933. He studied agriculture and animal husbandry at Michigan Agricultural College in East Lansing.

   During the Great Depression, Mr. Bust worked on the farm and implemented cost-controlling farming techniques which resulted in the family farm remaining in a solvent condition. In World War II, he was assigned by the War Manpower Department to run the family farm. In the late 1930s and 1940s, because of his innovations and efficient operations, this medium-sized family farm realized a profit margin comparable to that of a large-size farm. The MAC Agricultural School repeatedly recognized the success that Francis had in implementing cutting-edge principles and practices through case study of the family farm and family trips to observe farming operations. This was an exciting and rewarding time for him. Later on, he often shared stories about his farming experiences with his children.

   In 1945, Francis joined the Farm Bureau Insurance company where he built a successful career spanning 37 years with the community. He developed insurance programs to meet the specific needs of large-size farming operations within Michigan and the Great Lakes Region. Because he kept apprised of the state-of-the-art farming equipment and operations. He enabled the company to capitalize on growth opportunities. He was top in regional sales, instrumental in training agents through classroom lectures and in the field. On a state-wide basis he was recognized for his thorough oversight of large-farm insurance policies which optimized and matched services to client needs. He studied insurance and real estate through the continuing education courses offered at the University of Michigan. He retired April 1, 1982.

   Following a spring and summer courtship, Francis was united in marriage with Marjorie Loretta Stewart on Oct. 9, 1948 at the Memorial Christian Church in Ann Arbor. Since 1950, the couple have enjoyed making their home in the community of East Lansing, where they raised two daughters, Vivian Kay and Elizabeth Ann. His beloved wife Marjorie an family were the number one priority of his life. He was a loving husband and dedicated father. He enjoyed sharing a married life of over 50 years with wife, Margie, and did whatever it took to provide for a prosperous home life and the happiness of his family.

   Mr. Bust was an active member of the First Christian Church of Lansing. He was a trustee of the church and held several offices on the Board of Directors, including being chairman of the Building Committee for the original church structure built on Chester Road in Lansing. He was a life member of the East Lansing Masonic Lodge #480, and a member of the Lansing Commandery 25 KT. He held a life membership with the East Lansing Kiwanis Club and was on the Membership and Education Committee. He was proud of his 21-year perfect attendance record at Kiwanis. He was also an active volunteer at Sparrow Hospital. He was a contributing member of the community and a well-respected businessman.

   Surviving are his two daughter, Vivian Bust of Irvine, Calif. And Elizabeth, son-in-law Micheal Watters and granddaughters, Julie and Valerie Watters of Cheyenne, Wyo.; brother, Tom (Betty) of Chelsea; sister-in-law, Wilda Bust of Charlotte; and nephews, David, Jeffrey, Donald and Gordon Davis and their respective families.

   He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Margie; brother, Paul; sister, Norma Jones, and brother-in-law, Carleton Jones.

   Funeral services were held June 9 at the First Christian Church (of Disciples), Lansing, with Rev. Michael Spitters officiating. Interment and graveside services were held at Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the First Christian Church, 1001 Chester Rd., Lansing, MI 48912. 

                                     

Lois V. Butler 

   Lois V. Butler, 67, of Laingsburg, died Saturday, Nov. 18,2000 at her home.

   Mrs. Butler was born April 26, 1933 in Marinette, Wis., the daughter of Lewis and Vivian (Olson) Nelson. She attended Marinette High School and attended college in Augsburg, Minn. She married Leroi Butler in Lansing in 1974; he died in 1995. She had lived in Laingsburg since 1984 and was a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Marinette, Wis., and the Marinette Historical Society. She was also a retired bookkeeper for Butler Soft Water.

   Surviving are children, Marybeth (Al) Tillman of Bath, Lory (Jeff) Tallman of Charlotte, and Mitch (Tracey) Billington of Perry; grandchildren Seth, Dawn, Cody, Rose, Ryan and Michelle; brothers, Dean (Kay) Nelson of Marinette, Wis., Lee (Vicki) Nelson of Milwaukee, Wis., and Wayne Nelson of Bay City; and sister, Joann (Bert) Paine of Linnfield, Mass.

   Funeral services were held Nov. 22 at Watkins Brothers Funeral Home, McDougall Chapel, Laingsburg, with Pastor Gerald Sever officiating. Internment was at Chapel Hill Cemetery, Lansing.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Ingham Med Hospice.

   Arrangements by Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Laingsburg. 

                                     

Donald Robert Cady 

   Donald R. Cady, age 86 of Eaton Rapids, died Tuesday, September 19, 2000. He was born March 8, 1914 in Evangeline Twp., Charlevoix County, the son of LeRoy and Evelena (Howie) Cady. Don was retired form Miller’s Dairy as Chief Operator for the Hydro-Diesel Plant at Smithville in Eaton Rapids. He was a member and past president of the Eaton Rapids Kiwanis Club. He was preceded in death by son, Don and daughter, Shirley Smith; 3 brothers and 4 sisters.

   Surviving are his wife of 57 years, Lillian; 6 daughters, Anita Gordos of Charlotte, Jackie (Burt) Warner of New Mexico, Connie Corbin of Zepherhills, FL, Sandy (William) Frasher, Mary (Alvin) Glassbrook and Linda (Nick) Kostopoulos all of Eaton Rapids; special son and daughter, Dick and Judy Smith of Eaton Rapids; and daughter-in-law, Brenda Cady; 27 grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild; brother, Perry Cady of Florida; 2 sisters, Verlie McDonald of Eaton Rapids and Margaret Giddings of Dimondale; sister-in-law, Gladys Cady of Eaton Rapids; several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held Friday, September 22nd from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with Rev. Carl Barrett officiating. Burial was in the Rosehill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids. For those desiring, a memorial contribution may be made to Eaton Community Hospice at 313 Lansing Street, Charlotte, MI 48813 in memory of Donald R. Cady. 

                                     

Charles John Cambric 

   Charles J. Cambric, age 81 of Eaton Rapids, died Wednesday, June 7, 2000 at the Eaton Rapids Medical Center. He was born March 9, 1919 in Jackson, Michigan, the son of Eugene and Edith (Sayles) Cambric. Mr. Cambric served in the Army during World War II and had retired in 1976 as a Tool Crib Attendant for Oldsmobile in Lansing. A life member of the V.F.W. Post #7309 of Mason, a life member of the Masonic Lodge #192 of Onondaga and a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Lodge #1825 of Gaylord. Preceding him in death was a grandson, Rob Cambric, in 1989.

   Surviving are 4 children, Steven (Toni) Cambric of Stanton, Linda (Charles) Cleveland of New Ulm, Texas, Robert (Ellen) Cambric of Houston, Texas and James (Carol) Cambric of Eaton Rapids; 13 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren; sister, Arlene “Peg” Smith of Eaton Rapids and 3 nieces.

   Funeral services were held on Saturday, June 10th, from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with the Rev. Stephen Klink of the Community Christian Church officiating. Burial followed in the Plains Cemetery in rural Eaton Rapids where full military honors were provided by the V.F.W. Post #7309. Casket bearers were Joseph Cambric, Erin Cambric, Gary Werner, Todd Werner, Jeff Werner and Gabriel Ulrich; honorary bearers were Robert and Steven Cambric. For those desiring, a memorial contribution may be made to the Eaton Rapids Masonic Lodge, in memory of Charles J. Cambric. 

                                     

James Tyson Camp 

   James T. Camp, age 77 of Eaton Rapids, died Wednesday, August 2, 2000. He was born April 1, 1922 in Shelby, North Carolina, the son of Boyd and Laura (Spake) Camp. Mr. Camp was a veteran of World War II, receiving a Purple Heart. He retired from the Teamsters Local #580, working for Granger Bros. Construction Co. in Lansing and also worked as a truck driver for Cooper Chevy / Olds in Eaton Rapids. Jim was a founding member of the Island City Baptist Church, a life member and Past Noble Grand of the I.O.O.F. Lodge #114 both in Eaton Rapids. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary, on June 3, 2000 and a son, Dwight, in 1958.

   Surviving are children, Laura (Vernie) Miller, Diane Oberlin, James Camp, Jr., Brian Camp, Deborah (David) Lynch, Caroyll Camp; sister, Edna (Bob) Fortenberry, Jean Allen, Joan (Charle) Daves, Raye (Aubrey) Clark, Rachel (Bill) Jolley; brothers, Hoyle (Katherine) Camp, John (Earleen) Camp, Hugh (Carolyn) Camp; sisters-in-law, Irene and Louise Camp; 13 grandchildren, Denny and David Miller, Jeffrey and Michelle Oberlin, Christina Johnson, Benjamin, Daniel, Timmy, Clifford, Robert and Scott Camp. Chandra and Joshua Lynch; 7 great-grandchildren, Tracie, Marcus, Christopher and Keisha Miller, Jacob and Tyler Oberlin-Scott and Clorissa Oberlin; 2 step-grandchildren, Rebecca Neverdusky and Courtney Morten; and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were Saturday, August 5th from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. Burial was in Pleasant Hill Baptist Cemetery in Shelby, North Carolina. 

                                     

Mary Lee Camp 

   Mary Lee Camp, age 70 of Eaton Rapids, died Saturday, June 3, 2000 at a Lansing hospital. She was born October 9, 1929 in Shelby, North Carolina, the daughter of Shelton and Barbara Lee (Davis) Cabiness. Mary worked at the Home Port Restaurant and was the former Manager of the Econ-O-Wash Laundry both in Eaton Rapids. A founding member of the Island City Baptist Church and former member of the Rebekah Sunshine Lodge #142 both in Eaton Rapids. She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Guy, Elmo and Eubert Cabiness; son, Dwight Camp; Daughter-in-law, Tammy Miller; grandson, Michael Miller; sisters-in-law, Lois and Estiline Cabiness and brother-in-law, Clyde Kirby.

   Surviving are her husband of 47 years, James; children, Laura (Vernie) Miller, Diane Oberlin, James Camp Jr., Brian Camp, Deborah (David) Lynch, and Caroyll Camp; sisters, Beuna Kirby and Jane (J.V.) Weaver; brothers, Wilbur and Paul (Pauline) Cabiness; sisters-in-law, Viola and Daisy Cabiness; 13 grandchildren, Denny and David Miller, Jeffrey and Michelle Oberlin, Christina Johnson, Benjamin, Daniel, Timmy, Clifford, Robert and Scott Camp, Chandra and Joshua Lynch; 7 great-grandchildren, Tracie, Marcus, Christopher and Keisha Miller, Jacob and Tyler Oberlin-Scott, and Clorissa Oberlin; many nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services will be Tuesday, June 6th at 11 a.m. at the Clay-Barnette Funeral Home at Shelby, North Carolina with visitation on Wednesday evening from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will follow in the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Cemetery in Shelby. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton Community Hospice at P.O. Box 636 Charlotte, MI 48813.

                                     

Earl Campbell 

   Earl Wills Campbell, 86, of Battle Creek died May 15, 2000 at his home.

   Mr. Campbell was born Oct. 28, 1913 in Nashville, the son of Scott Noble Campbell and Bernice Octavia (Wills) Campbell. He moved to Battle Creek in March 1995, coming form Barry County. He was employed for 40 years in plant protection at Kellogg’s, Battle Creek, retiring in 1976. He was formerly employed at United Steel & Wire, and was a former sexton of the Assyria, Ellis and Bell cemeteries, Barry County. He attended Battle Creek Central High School and married Jessie (Bodell) Campbell in Battle Creek Aug. 26, 1937. He enjoyed playing golf, hunting, fishing, cards, travel, time with family, and bowling; he bowled in several area leagues. He was a member of the Pleasantview Family Church, long-time member of Hiawatha Sportsmans Club in the Upper Peninsula, member of the Modern Woodman of America, a District 3 representative for the Michigan United Conservation Clubs, life member of the Kellogg Sportsman Club, the Kellogg 25-year Club, life member and past president of the Barry County Sportsmans Club, member and past president of the Bellevue Conservation Club, National Rifle Association, Moose Lodge of Marshall; and Wingo Travel Club of Battle Creek.

   He is survived by his wife, Jessie; one daughter, Mary Adaline Javor of Tequesta, Fla.; two sons, Norman James of Bokeelia, Fla., and David Ray of Bellevue; nine grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; one sister, Ellen Gray of Delton; and three brothers, Clarence and William, both of Battle Creek, and Frank of Delton.

   He was preceded in death by one brother, Glenn Noble Campbell, and, two brothers and one sister who died in infancy.

   Services were held May 18 at Pleasantview Family Church, Dowling, with Pastor Steve Olmstead and Pastor Bob Homan officiating. Interment was at Ellis Cemetery, Assyria Township. Arrangements were made by the Bachman Hebble Funeral Service, Battle Creek.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Pleasantview Family Church. 

                                     

Thelma Campbell 

   Thelma Campbell, 86, of Charlotte died May 2, 2000.

   Mrs. Campbell was born Oct. 29, 1913 in Champaign, Ill., the daughter of Howard and Ethel (Wilson) Fabert. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Charlotte.

   She is survived by two daughters, Phyllis (Harold) Smuts of Charlotte and Barbara (Rev. H. Albert) Sundberg of Indian River; one son, Lawrence (Beverly) of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa; 15 grandchildren; 48 great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Agnes Fabert of San Diego and Agnes Campbell of Vermontville; two nephews; and two nieces.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Samuel Campbell in 1993, one sister, Irma Sandborn, and one brother, Merle Fabert.

   Services were May 5 at the Calvary Baptist Church, Charlotte, with the Rev. Albert Sundberg and the Rev. Mark Booth officiating. Interment was in the Gresham Cemetery, Charlotte. Arrangements were made by the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Calvary Baptist Church. More information is available at www.legacy.com. 

                                     

Ronald H. Captain 

   Ronald Hugh Captain, 66, of Charlotte, died Nov. 4, 2000.

   Mr. Captain was born Nov. 13, 1933 in Mattawan, the son of Lewis and Jeanette (VanStelle) Captain. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and retired as vice president of Marsh & McLennan in 1993. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, sports, and especially his grandchildren. In his spare time, he raised ostriches.

   He is survived by his wife, Betty; two daughters, Debbie (Michael) Addington of Charlotte and Tammy (Michael) Holbrook of Bath; one son, Rod of Michigan; seven grandchildren, Joe, Jamie, Erica, Samantha, Ryan, Nicholas and Jacob; one brother, Richard (Patricia) of Traverse City; two sister, Patricia Welch of Asheville, N.C. and MaryAnn McAuley of Franklin, Mass.; and several nieces and nephews.

   Memorial services were Nov. 7 at the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with R. Raymond Rossell officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heat Association. 

                                      

Harry O. Card 

   Harry O. Card, age 76 of Riverview, FL, passed away Monday, June 26, 2000 under the care of LifePath Hospice. He was born in Eaton Rapids on June 27, 1923 to J. Manley and Imah Odell Card. He belonged to the Eaton Rapids Methodist Church and sang in the choir for many years. After serving in the Army from February 1943 to October 1945, he then joined his father in business in Card’s Food Locker. He retired in 1982 to Riverview, FL. Preceding him in death were his parents.

   Surviving are his wife of 55 years, Elizabeth of Riverview; sons, Christopher (Michelle), and Charles (Martha); 9 grandchildren, Billy, Ben, Kelly, Jason, Charlie, Cathy, Jenny, Dalton, Alexus and 1 great-grandchild, Mikayla, all of Virginia; his sister, Helen Hovis of Bay City, MI; and many nieces and nephews.

   Donations in honor of Harry’s life may be made to LifePath Hospice, 3010 W. Azeele St., Tampa, FL 33609. Arrangements were made by Serenity Meadows Funeral Home, Riverview, FL. 

                                     

Doris Carey 

   Doris Carey, 70, of Mulliken died June 7, 2000 at her home.

   Mrs. Carey was born July 8, 1929 in Bentley, the daughter of Joseph and Mary (Bennett) Sivyer. She was a former Girl Scout and Cub Scout leader.

   She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Lyle; one daughter, Ann (Eldon) Hall of Holt; two sons, Daniel (Cynthia) of Portland and Robert (Christine) of Climax; six grandchildren; one great-grandchildren; two sisters, Norma Beebe of California and Margaret Sanders of Bay City; one brother, James Sivyer of Traverse City; and nieces and nephews.

   Services were June 10 at Barker-Leik Funeral Home, Mulliken, with Pastor Don Woolum of Mulliken United Methodist Church officiating. Interment was in the Meadowbrook Cemetery, Mulliken. 

                                     

Lillian Carney 

   Lillian Carney, 78, of Dimondale, died Thursday, Oct. 19, 2000 in Lansing.

   Mrs. Carney was born Jan. 16, 1922 in Spring City, Tenn., the daughter of James and Kathryn (Vincent) McClure. She was a member of the Vermontville Bible Church.

   Surviving are her husband, William; son, William Larry (Christine) Carney of Gore, Okla.; daughters, Charlotte (James) Brace of Dowling, and Sharon (Richard) Gleason of Lansing; daughter-in-law, Shari Carney of Nashville; eight grandchildren; brothers, James, Ralph and Bobbie McClure, all of Hixon, Tenn.; sister, Mary Ellen Davis of Chattanooga, Tenn., Charlene Carney of Albertville, Ala., Joanne Patterson of Red Bank, Tenn., and Linda Holmes of Hixon, Tenn.; and many nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Gary in 1993; and sister, Manola in 1926.

   Funeral services were held Oct. 23 at Vermontville Bible Church, with Rev. Dan Smith officiating. Interment was at Dimondale Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Awana program at the Vermontville Bible Church. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.

   Further information may be available at www.legacy.com.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Inc., Charlotte. 

                                     

Dorthy E. Carrigan 

   Dorthy Eileen Carrigan, 80, Vermontville die Sept. 22, 2000 at her residence.

   Mrs. Carrigan was born March 17, 1920 in Spencerville, Ohio, the daughter of George and Rosa (Reynolds) Miller. She graduated from Spencerville High School in 1938, and served in the U.S Army from 1944 to 1946. She married Owen Carrigan Nov. 10, 1951 and they moved to Vermontville from Detroit in 1969. She enjoyed reading, sewing and being with her grandchildren.

   She is survived by her husband, Owen of Vermontville; on e daughter, Eileen (Brice) Feighner; sons, Thomas of Tempe, Ariz.; five grandchildren; sister, Frances (Lester) Reeder of Spencerville; brother, Ned (Florence) Miller of Newark, Ohio; and nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by three brother, Lloyd Miller, Walter Miller and Mike Miller; and one sister, Lois Stose.

   Services were Sept. 25 at the Girrbach Funeral Home, Hastings, with Brice Feighner officiating. Interment was in the Kalamo Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice, 313 Lansing St., Box 636, Charlotte, MI 48813. 

                                     

Vera M. Carter 

   Vera Marie Carter, 87, formerly of Charlotte, died Thursday, Dec. 21, 2000 in Charlotte.

   Mrs. Carter was born Dec. 3, 1913 in Eaton County, the daughter of Perry Alexander Parish and Effie May Lightner. She was past president of VFW Post 2406 Auxiliary, and enjoyed reading, embroidery and gardening.

   Surviving are daughters, Patsy Carter and Clara Jean Morrison, both of Charlotte; three grandchildren, Mark Morrison, Patricia Morrison and Jon Morrison; and seven nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Carter in 1967.

   Funeral services were held Dec. 23 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Arthur Salisbury officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s /Dementia Foundation. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.

   Ruther information may be available at www.legacy.com.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home Inc., Charlotte. 

                                     

Steven Casey 

   Steven Carrol Casey, 49, of Millett died April 21, 2000.

   Mr. Casey was born March 19, 1951 in Lansing, the son of Carrol and Mabel (Jewell) Casey. He was employed through the International Brotherhood of Electrician Workers Local #665.

   Surviving are his aunts, Helen (Dwight) Heisler, Marion Casey and Viola Casey; and many cousins.

   He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Stanley Casey.

   Graveside services were April 25 at Deepdale Memorial Gardens, Lansing, with the Rev. Chris Bigg officiating. Arrangements were made by the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   More information may be available at www.legacy.com. 

                                     

William Casey Jr. 

   William Edward Casey Jr., 69, of Charlotte, died March 31, 2000.

   Mr. Casey was born March 15, 1931 in Benton Township, the son of William Casey Sr. and Helen (Bartholomew) Casey. He was an electronics technician for Oldsmobile, Wilcox-Gay, Abrams Instrument and for 20 years with the State of Michigan Department of Transportation. He attended Miers Elementary and graduated in 1948 from Charlotte High School. He was a member of the Eaton County Amateur Radio Club.

   He is survived by his wife, Marion (Griffus); tow daughters, Lucinda Rose Casey of Potterville and Linnea Peter of Lansing; one son, William Casey III of Charlotte; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

   He was preceded in death by three sisters, Maxine, Pauline, and Lucy, and three brothers, Roger, Peter and Carrol.

   Services were April 3 at the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with the Rev. George Fleming officiating. Interment was in the Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association. 

                                     

Margaret R. Chapman 

   Margaret R. “Peg” Chapman, of Charlotte, died Nov. 28, 2000.

   Mrs. Chapman had made her home in Charlotte since 1947. She was a member of the First Congregational Church UCC and its Blanche Moyer Circle, a life member of the Auxiliary to the American Legion and the Auxiliary to the Michigan Optometric Association. She also belonged to the Auxiliary of Hayes Green Beach Hospital. Her family and friends will remember her for her kindness and generosity.

   She is survived by one daughter, Jennifer (Andrew) Wheeler; one son, David (Laura); two grandchildren, Jennifer (Andrew) Wheeler and Jonathan Chapman; and one great-granddaughter, Madelynn Wheeler.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Wayne Chapman, and one granddaughter, Rosemary Chapman.

   Cremation has taken place, with inturment at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Lansing. A memorial service was held Dec. 1 at Burkhead–Green Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Z. William Colson officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the First Congregation Church UCC, Charlotte, or to the Mid-Michigan Chapter of the American Red Cross, 1800 E. Grand River Ave., P.O. Box 30101, Lansing, MI 48909. 

                                     

Bernice G. Charlefour 

   Bernice G. Charlefour, age 101 of Eaton Rapids, died Sunday, April 9, 2000 at a nursing home in Charlotte. She was born September 18, 1898 in Eaton Rapids Township, the daughter of Marcus and Eva (Cornish) Boody. Mrs. Charlefour was a retired clerk for the Vaughn’s Clothing Store in Eaton Rapids, and was a former teacher who had graduated from Kalamazoo Normal. She was a member of the Griffith United Methodist Church in rural Eaton Rapids, a life member of the Rebekah Sunshine Lodge #142 in Eaton Rapids, a member since 1918, and was the past president of the Rebekah Assembly of Michigan serving in 1945. She was also one of the founding members of the Eaton Rapids Senior Citizens organization. Preceding her in death were her parents; stepmother, Bernice Nadel Boody; husband, Colburn Charlefour; and daughter, Phyllis Miller.

   Surviving are her son, Richard (Kathleen) Charlefour of Eaton Rapids; son-in-law, Donald “Deke” Miller of Eaton Rapids; 4 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great-grandchildren.

   Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, April 12th at 1:00 p.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with Rev. Jack Fugate and Rev. Lambert McClintic officiating. Interment will follow in the Rosehill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids. Visitation will be Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. with a Rebekah Memorial Service at 7 p.m. on Tuesday evening. For those desiring a memorial contribution may be made to the Griffith United Methodist Church Building Fund in memory of Bernice G. Charlefour. 

                                     

Hazel Claflin 

   Hazel (Clever) Claflin, 92, of Grand Ledge, formerly of Charlotte, died Feb. 17, 2000.

   Mrs. Claflin was born March 25, 1907 the daughter of Earl and Wilda (Shaul) Clever. During her lifetime career of secretarial / bookkeeping work, she was employed by Clever Implement and Coal Co., Munger Hardware, Jury-Rowe Furniture Co., Mapes Furniture Store, and Ethan Allen – Allen Gallery, and retired in the late 1970’s. She was a lifetime member of the Charlotte Congregational Church United Church of Christ and its Mary-Martha Circle.

   She is survived by three sons, Richard (Bonnie) of Grand Ledge, Donald (Pat) of ST. Petersburg, Fla., and Ted of Charlotte; two granddaughters, Derinda (Eldred) Claflin of Charlotte and Holly Beth (Dave) Carpenter of Olivet; and one great-granddaughter, Nichole Eldred of Charlotte.

   Graveside services were Feb. 21 at Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte, with the Rev. Dr. Peter Brenner officiating. Arrangements were made by the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Memorial donations may be made to Maple Hill Cemetery or the Charlotte Congregational Church. 

                                     

Theodore E. Claflin  

   Theodore “Ted” E. Claflin, 60, of Charlotte, died July 28, 2000.

   Mr. Claflin was born April 19, 1940 in Charlotte, the son of Rex and Hazel (Clever) Claflin. He graduated from Western Michigan University, then taught in the Grand Ledge School system for 30 years, retiring in 1995. He had managed Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte for the past four years.

   Memorial services will be held Wednesday, Aug. 16 at 12:30 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, Charlotte, with Rev. Dr. Peter Brenner officiating. Arrangements were made by the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Friends of Maple Hill Cemetery; envelopes will be available at the memorial service. 

                                     

Paul R. Clair 

   Paul R. Clair, of Lansing, died Wednesday, August 23, 2000 at the age of 29. He was born May 6, 1971 in Ann Arbor the son of Rev. Robin & Judith (Wieman) Clair. Paul was a 1989 graduate of Eaton Rapids High School and participated in many school activities including Football, Wrestling, Quiz Bowl, Drama and Choir Ensemble. Paul’s goal in life was to become a minister and had recently completed a course at Berean School of Ministry. He was an active member of the Mount Hope Church where he was involved in the choir and many of their Holiday Productions. He is preceded in death by his father, Rev. Robin Clair, in 1997.

   Surviving are his mother, Judy (Jack) Pepple; 3 siblings, Troy (Tammy) Clair, Todd (Carleen) Clair, Christa (Todd) McLane; 9 nieces and nephews; 2 stepbrothers, Larry (Chrisy) Pepple & Ed Pepple.

   Funeral services were held Friday, August 25, 2000 at Mount Hope Church with Rev. Gary Uptigrove officiating. Internment was in Rosehill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids. Arrangements were made by the Palmer-Bush Delta Chapel, Lansing. Memorials can be made to Mount Hope Church in memory of Paul. 

                                    

Laurence Clark 

   Laurence Carlton Clark, 100, of Charlotte died July 9, 2000. Mr. Clark was born July 17, 1899 in Drumbo, Ontario, Canada. He had been a grape farmer near Silver Creek, N.Y. of over 25 years before his retirement. For the last four years, he lived with his daughter, Mary Ann Dickinson of Charlotte.

   He is survived by two daughters, Mary Ann (David) Dickinson of Charlotte and Eileen (David) Salzman of Sebring, Fla.; one son John (Jackie) Clark of Lodi, Ohio; nine grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; and one sister Mary Keyes of Princeton, Ontario, Canada.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Gladys Bea Clark.

   Services and internment were held in Sebring, Fla. Arrangements were made by the Morris Funeral Chapel, Sebring. 

                                    

Martin Clemence 

   Martin Charles Clemence, 49, of Charlotte, died Saturday, Sept. 23, 2000.

   Mr. Clemence was born Aug. 18, 1951 in Charlotte, the son of Charles and Doris (Mead) Clemence. He was a carpenter and Vietnam veteran.

   Surviving are brother, Scott (Deborah) of Charlotte; sisters Christine Clemence of Charlotte and Sharon Saites of Lansing; nieces and nephews and aunts and uncles. 

   Memorial services were held Oct. 7 at the Charlotte First Congregational Church with Rev. Dr. Peter Brenner officiating.

   Further information may be available at www.legacy.com.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Inc. 

                                     

Clyde Clift 

   Clyde Roland Clift, 70, of Bellevue died June 5, 2000.

   Mr. Clift was born Oct. 30, 1929, the son of Roland and Marie (Voegli) Clift in Bellevue Township. He was a master sergeant in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and received the Purple Heart and three Bronze Stars. He was wounded in action and told the story of how he “played dead” while a Chinese soldier stole his wristwatch – and he survived to tell the story. He worked for Kellogg’s, Cheney Limestone, Modern Transit, Clark Equipment and Ralston, retiring in 1995 after 16 years with Ralston running the cooker. He married Letha Jane Pierce July 3, 1952. He was a member of Nashville VFW Post #298, Michigan Sheriff’s Association, a life member of D.A.V. Chapter #7, Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie #299, Fraternal Order of Moose Lodge #676, Marshall, and the American ARP. He enjoyed watching and reading about NASCAR racing and spending time with his grandchildren.

   He is survived by his wife, Letha; three daughters, Brenda Harrison, Deborah Whitcomb and Lisa Clift of Bellevue; his mother, Marie Rea of Bellevue; six grandchildren; one sister, Lucille Wine of Battle Creek; and two brothers, Jack and Richard.

   Services were June 9 at the Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue, with the Rev. Darwin Kuhl officiating. Interment was in the Riverside Cemetery, Bellevue.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Brooke Abbott Scholarship Fund. 

                                     

Dorothy P. Cole 

   Dorothy Penning Cole, 98, of Washington, D.C., formerly of Charlotte, died Dec. 18 at Washington Home Hospice.

   Mrs. Cole had been a resident of Washington, D.C. for about 50 years. She was born in Charlotte in 1902 and graduated from Charlotte High School and later enrolled in the Dunbar School of Opera in Chicago, Ill. She performed for several seasons in stock and light opera, playing in “Carmen” and the “Student Prince” and as Maid Marian in “Robin Hood”. She later attended Michigan State Teachers’ College and earned a degree in music and art, which she taught in both public and private schools. In 1926, she married Herbert Cole, who died in 1972 after serving as president of BNA Washington Inc. The Coles became members of the Divine Science Church in 1963 where he was later ordained. She was chairman of the church’s music committee for 30 years, planning and organizing choir and soloist music for Sunday services. Until her late 80s, she traveled to England, France, Norway, the Caribbean and Hawaii, mostly by cruise ship.

   She is survived by one niece, Margaret Mudge of Sarasota, Fla., and one nephew, Cole Blasier of Washington, D.C.

   Memorial services at the Divine Science Church at Wisconsin and 35th Street will be held at a later date to be announced.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Divine Science Church. 

                                     

Gary W. Cole 

   Gary W. Cole, 58, of Delton, formerly of Hastings and Charlotte, died Sept. 3, 2000 at the University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor.

   Mr. Cole was the son of Norma Cole of Charlotte. 

                                     

Richard Collins 

   Richard “Rick” Eugene Collins, 52, of Eaton Rapids, died Wednesday, June 7, 2000 as a result of a motorcycle accident.

   Mr. Collins was born Nov. 20, 1947 in Charlotte, the son of Ken Collins and Doris Holly. He was a sales representative for Ziebart.

   Surviving are his wife, Jeannie (Smith) Collins; daughter, Kim Collins of Pittsburgh, Penn.; son Kevin (Melinda) Collins of Elk Grove, Calif.; granddaughter, Marissa Collins of Elk Grove, Calif.; mother, Doris (Winslow) Holly of Charlotte; sister, Kathy (Bill) Andrews of St. Louis, Mo.; nieces, Angie and Molly Andrews of St. Louis, Mo., Allison and Megan Hart; sister-in-law, Marilyn (Skip) Hart of Lebanon, Ind.; nephews Skipper and Dan Hart; father-in-law Bob Smith of Eaton Rapids; and aunt, Mable Clough of Charlotte.

   He was preceded in death by his father in 1998.

   Funeral services were held June 10 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

   Further information available at www.legacy.com.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Inc.  

                                     

Joyce B. Comer 

   Joyce B. Comer, age 73 of Eaton Rapids, died Tuesday, December 12, 2000 in Lansing. Joyce was born August 7, 1927 in Lansing, the daughter of Howard and Isabel Ann (Foster) Slaght. She was a member of the Eaton Rapids Medical Center Red Cross Volunteers for 30 years and a member of the Eaton Rapids Township Fire Department Boosters.

   Surviving are her husband of 54 years, Robert; daughter Joanne Comer of Grand Ledge; 3 sons, Rodney, Larry, and Thomas L. Comer all of Eaton Rapids; 6 grandchildren, Jason, Joshua and Jessica Comer, Gregory, Michael and Timothy Comer; 3 great-grandchildren, Ryan, Brendan and Annika; 2 sisters Carol (Keith) Williams of Eaton Rapids, Jacki (Loren) Worden of North Carolina; and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held December 16th at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids, with Pastor Stephen Klink officiating. Interment will be at Brickyard Cemetery, Eaton Rapids. Those desiring may make contributions to either the American Diabetes Association or the American Cancer Society in memory of Joyce B. Comer.

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Clarence W. Conklin 

   Clarence W. Conklin of Evart died Wednesday, July 19, 2000 at Autumwood of McBain. He was 81. Mr. Conklin was born on April 26, 1919 to Clarence M. and Etta Marie (Marshall) Conklin in Oldsmar, Florida. He married Fern M. Hoag on June 20, 1939 in Angola, Indiana. He was employed by the state of Michigan as a carpenter and brick man at Camp Grayling National Guard Camp. He served his country in the Navy during World War II. He was an avid hunter and fisherman.

   He is survived by his wife, Fern of Evart; children, Al (Sandra) Conklin of Evart; and Sandra K. (Lanny) Rowe of Holt; one sister, Vivian Conklin of Gainsville, Florida, as well as 10 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Clarence J. Conklin and a daughter, Nancy Lee Conklin.

   A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, August 19, 2000 at the Onondaga Sportsman’s Club in Eaton Rapids. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association. Arrangements are being handled by the Fosnaught Funeral Home, Marion, Michigan. To view on-line guest book and further memorial information, please visit www.legacy.com. 

                                     

Elmer Conley  

   Elmer Conley, 79, of Charlotte died July 28, 2000.

   Mr. Conley was born May 24, 1921, on Knott County, Ken., the son of Fred and Mae (Warrix) Conley. At the age of five his mother moved her nine children to Ohio after his father was killed. There, his mother remarried and had five more children. Later, they moved to Springport, where he graduated from high school. He lettered in baseball, basketball and football; was captain of his team and served as class president. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, and worked in Jackson for a short period before moving to Charlotte with his brother, Howard. The two of them became partners at a Mobile gas station on Lansing Street and in 1948, he married Anna Mae Royston. He began working at the Charlotte Post Office in 1949 and later became assistant postmaster. He also drove a school bus. Together, he and his wife had two children. After retiring in 1981, he did maintenance work for the Immanuel Nursing Home (now Eaton Manor) for five years. The Conleys spent their winters in San Benito, Texas at Fun N Sun Campgrounds for 12 years, where he belonged to the Camera Club and was a teacher of the Bible group. He also enjoyed making many craft projects. He was a past member of the Crossroads United Brethren Church where he was Sunday School superintendent for 25 years and former teacher of the Boys Brigade. He was a past member of the Salvation Army Board, and was involved with the Eaton County Jail Ministry for many years. He enjoyed taking slides of the many trips that he and his wife took and entertained numerous senior citizens and guests at church functions with his slide presentations. He also enjoyed attending Olivet Senior Citizens events.

   He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Anna Mae; one daughter, Sheri (Jerry) Sanders of Port Charlotte, Fla. (formerly of Charlotte); one son, Roger (Darlene) of Charlotte; four grandchildren, Carmen (Brent) Pryor, Chad (Christy) Sanders, and Kristina and Ryan Conley; seven sisters, Ruby England of Eaton Rapids, Lola England of Concord, Betty (Leon) Pierce of Mason, Roberta (Ken) Swift of Sun City, Ariz., Mary (Bob) Every of Mason, Shirley (Ray) Every of Mason, Joy Jewitt of Mayer, Ariz.; two brothers, Lawrence (Marjorie) of Lakeview, Ohio, and Fred (Geraldine) of Charlotte; and one sister-in-law, Mary Conley of Charlotte.

   He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Edith Amolsch; and three brothers, Art, Howard and Ray.

   Services were July 31 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Mike Arnold officiating. Interment was in the Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Leukemia Society of America or Crossroads United Brethren Church. 

                                     

Mavis Conley 

   Mavis Lorene Conley, 81, of Charlotte, died Monday, Jan. 10, 2000.

   Mrs. Conley was born Oct. 4, 1918 in Malta, Mont., the fourth daughter and fifth child of Charles and Susan (Chaudoin) Stonesifer. She was a manager of Arnolds Drug Store before retiring in 1980.

   Surviving are son, Terry Conley of West Bloomfield; daughter Tamara (Denis) Hulsebos of Nashville; six grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by husband, Ray Conley in 1993.

   Funeral services were held Jan. 13 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte with Rev. Dr. Charles Moore officiating. Interment was at Clarence Center Cemetery, Clarence Twp.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Inc. 

                                     

Marjorie E. Converse 

   Marjorie E. Converse, age 78, of Charlotte and formerly from Eaton Rapids, died Wednesday, March 1, 2000 at a Lansing hospital. She was born April 25, 1921 in Lansing the daughter of George and Ruth (Moore) Hunter. Mrs. Converse was a Secretary for the Eaton Rapids High School, a Clerical Assistant at Provincial Hospital in Lansing and worked in the Floral Dept. at Schmidt’s Groceries in Lansing. She loved to Rollerskate as a teenager at the old roller skating rink in Eaton Rapids. She also loved baking and her flower. She was preceded in death by her son David in 1994 and a sister, Maxine Nelson.

   Surviving are her husband of 60 years, Judd; 2 sons, Justin (Jan) Converse Jr. of New Mexico and Donald (Carole) Converse of Leslie; 5 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held Saturday, March 4, at the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. Interment followed in Glendale Cemetery, Okemos. Pallbearers were grandsons. 

                                     

Mary E. Cook 

   Mary E. Cook, age 80, died Thursday, January 13, 2000, in Eaton Rapids. Mary was born October 24, 1919 in Morristown, NJ, the daughter of James and Minnie (Everman) DeNike. She was a short order cook for most of the restaurants in Eaton Rapids over the years. Mrs. Cook was preceded in death by her husband, Tracy, in 1984.

   Surviving are her daughter, Lisa (Floyd) Byron of Eaton Rapids; son, Wayne (Sandy) Miller of Lansing; 3 step daughters, Evelyn Boyd of Eaton Rapids, Frances Turner and Betty Jo (Donald) Powell both of South Carolina; 21 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; 11 great-great grandchildren; and 1 sister, Rose Schroeder of New Jersey.

   Funeral services were held on Monday, January 17, 2000 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids, with Rev. Stephen Klink, Pastor of the Eaton Rapids Community Christian Church, officiating. Interment followed at Rosehill Cemetery, Eaton Rapids. Those desiring may make contributions to the Eaton Rapids Medical Center Building Fund in memory of Mary Cook. 

                                     

Maxine Cook 

   Maxine Cook, 75, of Vermontville, formerly of Delta Mills, passed away Nov. 17, 2000 at her farm.

   Mrs. Cook was born Oct. 9, 1925 in Ingham Co., the daughter of Harry and Estella (Baumgrass) Parkhurst. She was a member of the Farm Bureau, president of the Vermontville Garden Club, and enjoyed the Vermontville Senior Citizens Wednesday Lunch Club.

   Surviving are six sons, Floyd of Charlotte, LeRoy (Elaine) of Bellevue, Harry (Karyn) of Battle Creek, and Larry, Rex (Deborah) and Mark (Tonya), all of Vermontville; 19 grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and three step-great-grandchildren; brother, Robert (Jackie) Parkhurst of Dansville; two sisters, Beverly Parkhurst of Dansville and Marion Parkhurst of Mason; several nieces and nephews; and special niece, Rachel Parkhurst of Dansville.

   She was proceeded in death by her parents; husband, Harold; two infant sons, Carl and Earl; daughter, Mary Dewitt; granddaughter, Anne Dewitt of Lexington, N.C.; and brother, Raymond Parkhurst.

   Services were held Nov. 20 at Holihan-Atkin Funeral Home, Grand Ledge, with Rev. Phillip Altes, Charles Jenson and Richard Garn officiating. Interment was at Delta Mills Cemetery. 

                                     

Donna J. Cooper 

   Donna J. Cooper, age 62, died at her home February 19, 2000. She was born September 28, 1937 in Jackson County, Michigan, the daughter of Gaylord and Arda May (Cowles) Baum. She lived in the Springport area for most of her life. She worked at Baums Dairy for numerous years and later at L&J Machine & Tool. She was a member of the Marshall Moose Lodge and bowled for their team. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry F. Cooper, in November 1999, a brother, Forrest and parents.

   Surviving are 2 sons, Floyd (Sharon Kay) Cooper of Albion and Jeff (Paula) Cooper of Springport; 3 daughters, Cheryl Reitz of Jackson, Peggy Sue (Tim) Brockwell of Horton and Julie (Lanny) Clawson of Albion; 10 grandchildren, Kevin Brasseur, Steven Brasseur, Craig Brasseur, Charles and Stacy Cooper, Jenny Cooper, Amy and Alicia Clawson, Travis and Joey Cooper; 3 sisters, Loretta Lincoln of Springport, Nellie (George) Hindes of New Orleans, Louisiana, Carol (Dick) Tymkew of Sturgis; 2 brothers, Floyd (Janice) Baum of Springport and Garold (Bev) Baum of Rives Jct.

   Funeral services will be held Wednesday, February 23rd, at the Albion Chapel of Tidd- Williams Funeral Chapels with Rev. Robert Doner officiating. Interment will be at Fairview Cemetery in Parma, Michigan. Visitation will be Tuesday, February 22, 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. 

                                     

Elaine Coppock 

   Elaine Coppock, 79, of Lansing, formerly of Charlotte and Olivet, died Jan. 1, 2000 in Lansing, after an extended illness.

   Mrs. Coppock was born in Ann Arbor, the daughter of Alfred and Alma (Paully) Schroeder. She graduated summa cum laude from Olivet College in 1965 where she earned a bachelor’s degree in arts and later earned a master’s degree in languages from the University of Michigan. She taught school in the Olivet schools for 21 years, retiring in 1986. She was a member of the First Lutheran Church, Charlotte, and on the Women’s Board of Olivet College.

   She is survived by one son, Al (Lynn) of Grand Rapids; one daughter-in-law, Juli Coppock of Palmer, Alaska; five grandchildren, Lori (Greg) Kerr of Oklahoma City, Okla., Brant (Holly) Coppock of Benton Harbor, Chad Coppock and Danielle Coppock, both of Grand Rapids, and Teya (Chris) Stassimos of Rock Springs, Wyo.; two step-granddaughters; six great-grandchildren; three brothers, Hal (Shirley) Schroeder of Livonia, Dr. Alfred (Barbara) Schroeder of Lake Oswego, Ore., and Dr. Carl (Bobbie) Schroeder of Wenatchee, Wash.; two sister-in-law, Jean Laraway of Ariz. And Kay Hodgson of Fla.; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Everett in August 1996 and one son, Everett, in July 1999.

   Services were Jan. 4 at the First Lutheran Church with Pastor Timothy Olson officiating. Interment was in the Memorial Park Cemetery, Rogers City. Arrangements were made by the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the First Lutheran Church for its Stephen Ministries. 

                                     

Dolores Corbin 

   Dolores Corbin, age 98, died Thursday, March 2, 2000 in Charlotte. Dolores was born August 19, 1901 in Wheeler, MI the daughter of William and Myrtle (Welch) Rittenour. She had been a cook for Baldy’s Restaurant in Eaton Rapids for many years. Mrs. Corbin was preceded in death by her son, Dallis F. Schultz in 1987 and daughter, Dorothy Elston in 1994.

   Surviving are her daughter Donna (Clyde) Oberlin of Eaton Rapids; 11 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and 8 great-great- grandchildren.

   Graveside services were held on Saturday, March 4, 2000 at Rosehill Cemetery with Rev. Winford Collins officiating. Arrangements were made by the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids. www.Legacy.com. 

                                     

Margaret “Maggie” Corliss 

   Margaret “Maggie” Corliss, age 81 of McBain and formerly of the Tustin area, died at Autumnwood of McBain on June 23, 2000. She was born in Dimondale on December 11, 1918 to Gershom & Ruth (Hershbarger) Wiborn. She married Donald Corliss at Fort Lauderdale, Florida on March 16, 1956. He preceded her in death in 1995. Margaret was a Registered Nurse and had worked at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing. Her last employment was a salad prep for Caberfae Motor Lodge in Cadillac. She had worked there for 15 years and retired in 1980. She enjoyed gardening, house plants, crocheting, reading, her animals, and antiques. She was a very spunky and social person. She dearly enjoyed her grandchildren. She also enjoyed going to sports events.

   Surviving are son, George (Deb) Corliss of McBain; 2 stepsons, Kenneth (Linda) Corliss of Kalamazoo and Donald Corliss, Jr. of Sturgis; 1 adopted son, Ronald Kitchen of Marquette; 14 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Roberta Wiborn of Dimondale; nieces, nephews & cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents and 4 brothers, Robert Wiborn, John Wiborn, Cy Wiborn and Roland Wiborn.

   Funeral services will be Tuesday, June 27th, at 1p.m. at the Burkholder Funeral Home in McBain with George Corliss officiating. Burial will be at Riverside Township Cemetery. Memorial tributes can be made to Listen American Drug Prevention Programs. 

                                     

Metha Mae Cosgray 

   Metha Mae Cosgray, age 100 of Chelsea and formerly of Eaton Rapids, died Sunday, September 3, 2000 at the Chelsea Retirement Center in Chelsea. She was born July 15, 1900 in Tecumseh, Michigan, the daughter of Clarence and Ida (Derby) Allison. Mrs. Cosgray was a member of the Robbins United Methodist Church in Eaton Rapids. Preceding her in death was her husband Wm. Frank Cosgray, in 1980.

   Surviving are nieces and nephews, Jim Allison of Illinois, Janet Bryant of Illinois, Phillip Osburn of Stockbridge, Ted Osburn of Ft. Myers, FL, Don Osburn of Wayne, Doris Scott of Claremont, Mass., and Jeannette Schneider of Stockbridge; several great nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services will be Wednesday, September 6th at 11 a.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with the Rev. Marty DeBow of the Robbins United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will follow in the Brookside Cemetery in Tecumseh, MI. For those desiring, a memorial contribution may be made to a charity of one’s choice in memory of Metha Mae Cosgray. 

                                     

Harold Cotton 

   Harold Buehler Cotton, 76, of Mulliken, died Tuesday, March 21, 2000.

   Mr. Cotton was born in Vermontville, the son of Dale and Leone (Buehler) Cotton. He had strong work ethic, loved farming, and was a skilled tradesman for General Motors. He also enjoyed spending winters in Florida.

   Surviving are his wife of 50 years, Helen (Buster); sons, Harry (Brenda) Cotton of Montpelier, Ohio, and Howard Cotton of Mulliken; daughter, Helene (David) Larson of Eaton Rapids; granddaughter, Michelle Larson; and sister, Barbara Best of Eaton Rapid.

   He was preceded in death by his parents, Dale and Leone Cotton; sister, Madeline Pennington; and grandchildren, Dale, Becky and Susan Cotton.

   Funeral services were held March 25 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Brian Sheen officiating. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Vermontville.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Lansing or SPY Scholarship Fund. 

                                     

Shirley A. Cousino 

   Shirley Ann Cousino, 65, of Clarence Township, Olivet died Dec. 6, 2000 at the home of her niece.

   Miss Cousino was born Aug. 5, 1935 in Bono, Ohio, the daughter of Roger and Dorothy (Garver) Cousino. She was employed at Hoover in Charlotte for 25 years, retiring in 1990. She was also a member of St. John’s Catholic Church, Albion and enjoyed crocheting, baby sitting, gardening and reading.

   She is survived by one sister, Marge (Larry) McComb of Marshall; three brothers, Leonard Cousino of Homer, Stanley Cousino of Howell and Merlin Cousino of Albion; and several nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by one sister, Carol, and one brother, Carl.

   Mass is Saturday, Dec. 9 at 2 p.m. at the St. John’s Catholic Church, Albion, with Fr. Gordon Green officiating. Interment is in the Albion Memory Gardens.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. 

                                     

Kathryn I. Craun 

   Kathryn I. Craun, age 84 of Eaton Rapids, died April 7, 2000. She was born June 22, 1915 in Jackson, Michigan, the daughter of Arthur and Josephine (Jewell) Davison and she grew up on the family farm in Hamlin Township. On December 18, 1942, she married Martin Craun and together operated a dairy farm west of town. He preceded her in death in 1975. She was a secretary for A.M. Smith-Hansen Packing Co., the First Methodist Church, Robinson and Zentmyer Attorneys, and Nolan and Dallas Attorneys, retiring in 1980. A member of the Eaton Rapids Garden Club, she enjoyed her flowers, books and antiques.

   Surviving are sons, David of Eaton Rapids and Dennis of Spring Lake; brothers, Robert Davison of Eaton Rapids and Carl Davison of Jackson; former daughter-in-law, Brenda Hughes of Columbus, OH; grandchildren, Brianna Veazie of Sanford, ME and James (Rebecca) Hathaway of Columbus, OH; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Preceding her in death were infant son, John; sister, Genevieve Southwick and brother, Donald Davison.

   Funeral services were held on Monday, April 10th from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids, with internment in the Rosehill Cemetery. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton Rapids Public Library. 

                                     

Ila Cross 

   Ila Cross, 81, of Potterville, died Wednesday, July 26, 2000.

   Mrs. Cross was born April 30, 1919 in Montcalm Co., the daughter of William and Dora (Black) Barkhuff. She was a member of the Potterville United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Women’s Group and the Potterville Lioness Club. She enjoyed traveling, many fishing trips, her garden and spending time with her family.

   Surviving are her husband of 58 years, Howard; two sons, Richard (Nancy) of Potterville and Ronald (Connie) of Modesto, Calif.; five grandchildren, Mike Cross, Tina (Cross) Walker, Kimberly (Cross) Willis, Jennifer (Cross) Langpaap and Dena Cross; six great-grandchildren; and brother, Dale Barkhuff of Carson City.

   Funeral services were held July 29 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Earl Cross officiating. Interment was at Deepdale Memorial Gardens, Lansing.

   Further information may be available at www.legacy.com.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Inc. 

                                     

Jesse J. Cummings 

   Jesse J. Cummings, 86, of Bellevue, died Nov. 11, 2000, at Battle Creek Health System.

   Mr. Cummings was born March 13, 1914 in Rochester, Ind., to Daniel and Lulu (Lining) Cummings. He graduated from Battle Creek Central High School. He operated the Curly Q Drive IN in Bellevue for 25 years, and also operated a floral shop in Bellevue. He also served as Bellevue’s first uniformed police officer for many years. He married Inez Burkimer Feb. 7, 1962; she survives. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Bellevue, and the TTCM Trailer Club. He and his wife traveled in the south during winter for the past 33 years. He enjoyed fishing and was an avid golfer, having played in several Michigan Pro-Am events.

   He was preceded in death by two sister, Dorothy Squires and Fernetta Griffin; and two brothers, Forest and George Cummings.

   Services were Nov. 14 at the Bellevue Fist United Methodist Church, with Rev. Darwin Kuhl officiating. Arrangements by Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Bellevue First Responder, or to the charity of one’s choice. 

                                     

E. Mae Curry 

   E. Mae Curry, age 91 of Eaton Rapids and formerly of Bellevue, passed away Thursday, April 20th. Mae was born March 21, 1909 in Amasa, Michigan. The daughter of Arvid S. and Mary L. (Wherly) Peterson, Mae was raised in Amasa before attending Ferris State College, where she earned her degree in elementary education. She later attended Western Michigan University. Mae was preceded in death by her husband Albert Curry, whom she married on June 23, 1933. She was an elementary school teacher in the Bellevue and Battle Creek Lakeview School systems for 18 years.

   She is survived by sons Hugh (Sharon) Curry of Columbia, Missouri and Arvid (Sally) Curry of Greenville; a daughter, Mary (Arnie) Thuma of Eaton Rapids; grandchildren, Linda (Craig) Willis, Mark (Elizabeth) Curry, David (Jill) Curry, Mike Curry, Mindy Curry, Tracy (Greg) Gletek, and Jeff Thuma; 12 great-grandchildren; and her sister Margie Beiszczat of Iron River.

   Funeral services will be Tuesday, April 25th, 11a.m. at the Shaw Funeral Home, 1838 Capital Ave., S.W., Battle Creek, MI with Rev. Mark Thompson officiating. Interment will be at Riverside Cemetery, Bellevue. Memorial contributions may be made to the Bellevue First United Methodist Church. 

                                     

Ronald L. Curtis 

   Ronald Lynn Curtis, 34, of Bellevue, died unexpectedly early in the morning of Sept. 10, 2000.

   Mr. Curtis was born Oct. 27, 1965, the son of Alwin Curtis and Bonita (Downer) Curtis. He grew up in the Bellevue area, attended school in Bellevue, and received his high school diploma in 1983. He left Michigan in ’83 and moved to Florida where he was a construction worker. He had also been employed at Bob Greene’s gas station, Bellevue, working as an attendant and as a mechanic. He was employed at Jon Pfiester’s Farm (Doc’s Farm), both as a farm hand and mechanic. He joined the U.S. Marine Corps in April 1989, graduating from boot camp at Camp Pendleton, Calif., in July ’89. He fought in Desert Storm and Desert Sheild from 1990-1991, and was stationed in Hawaii from ’91 to December ’94. Mr. Curtis received four expert rifleman medals, among many medals of commendation, while serving his country in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was currently a corporal in the Marine Corps Ready Reserve. Mr. Curtis met his wife, Suzzette (Frentress) in January ’95. Following a three-year courtship, they married Oct. 30, 1998. Mr. Curtis loved community projects, and helping out with painting projects at the Bellevue Elementary School. He had a passion for hunting, and it didn’t matter what was being hunted. He had hunted wild boar while in Hawaii, and elk, moose and bear in the western U.S. He loved to bowhunt, and did so every season, teaching his wife at the same time. He was also responsible, while growing up, for taking care of duties on the family farm. He loved to help other people, and cared for the outdoors, working together on the farm where they lived. He had many gifts and talents that he shared with many of those around him. He will be sorely missed, but all know in their hearts that God takes his own when He decides to.

   He is survived by his wife, Suzette of Olivet; his father Alwin Curtis and his mother Gin Curtis, both of Bellevue; two brothers, Gary of N.Y. and David (Vicky) of Grand Rapids; his grandparents, Clarence and June VanBuskirk of Gladwin; brothers-in-law, Jason, Darren, David and Joseph Frentress, all of Olivet; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Dave and Brenda Frentress; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

   He was preceded in death by his mother, Bonita Curtis in 1968.

   Services were Sept. 14 at the Bellevue Christian Center with Rev. Bill Brown officiating. Interment was in the Riverside Cemetery, Bellevue, with military honors.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Veterans of Foreign Wars. 

                                     

Carolyn Daly 

   Carolyn Daly, 64, of Charlotte, died Oct. 7, 2000 in Moore’s Adult Foster Care Home, Charlotte.

   She was born May 16, 1936 in Battle Creek, the daughter of Clarence and Erma (Hopkins) White.

   Surviving are sons, Joseph Jr. of New York City, N.Y., David of Charlotte, Stephen of Bellevue and Paul of Marshall; a daughter, Elizabeth of Bellevue; and ten grandchildren.

   Services were held Oct. 11 at Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue, with Rev. Fr. Dennis Spitzley officiating. 

                                     

Lillian V. Darnell 

   Lillian V. Darnell, age 77 of Eaton Rapids, died Tuesday, April 11, 2000 in Howell. Lillian was born June 11, 1922 in Lansing, the daughter of Oscar and Viola (Hoover) Bunker. She was a Special Education bus driver for Eaton Rapids Public Schools. Preceding her in death were her husband, Clarence F. in 1970, her sister, Estina Disbrow, and her stepmother, Clorah Bunker on April 10, 2000.

   Lillian is survived by 3 daughters, Lois (David) Clark of Unica, Ila (Larry) Collins of St. Louis, Karen Roebuck of Adrian; 5 sons, Clarence (Carolyn) Darnell, Jr. of Fowlerville, Terry (Sue) Darnell of Elsie, Ray (Connie) Darnell and Ron (Carla) Darnell both of Lansing, Kevin Darnell of Eaton Rapids; 27 grandchildren; 3 brothers, Ruhl (Elaine) Bunker of Dansville, Daniel (Betty) Bunker of Williamston, Ivan Lee Bunker of Mason; 3 sisters, Florence (Earl) Lauck of Eaton Rapids, Darla (Wayne) Tody of Traverse City, Carol (George) Hertzfeld of Jackson and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held on Friday, April 14, 2000 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids with Rev. Stephen Aikin, Pastor, of the Aurelius Baptist Church officiating. Interment followed at Greenwood Cemetery, Aurelius. 

                                     

Wanda J. Davis 

   Wanda Jane McClure Davis, 78, died Nov. 7, 2000, following a lengthy illness.

   Mrs. Davis was born April 12, 1922, the daughter of Jay and Opal Belle (Wurtz) Guyer. She was a waitress at the old Stockyard Restaurant, the old Depot Restaurant and a sales person for Stanley Products and Avon. She was generous in helping friends. She enjoyed fishing and country music and played the piano by ear.

   She is survived by four daughters, Bonnie (LeRoy) Sedore and Diane (Time) Maynard, both of Charlotte; one son, Richard (Suzy) of Charlotte; Carole Franciscotty of Grand Ledge; Stephanie (Dennis) Baker of Eaton Rapids; 13 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; one sister, Shirley (Les) Bremmer of Charlotte; two brothers, Richard (Betty) Guyer of Spencer, Ohio, and Robert Guyer of Panama City, Fla.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Lester, Carl Davis; and five brothers, Jack Guyer, Russell Guyer, Clare Guyer, Dale Guyer and Stanley Guyer.

   Graveside services were Nov. 9 at the Bosworth Cemetery. Arrangements were made by the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. 

                                     

Flossie E. DeBar 

   Flossie E. DeBar, 86, of Lansing died Sept. 17, 2000.

   Mrs. DeBar was born Nov. 24, 1913 in Clare, the daughter of George and Dora (Miller) Highlen. Music was a large part of Mrs. DeBar’s life, and she also enjoyed bowling and round and square dancing. She sewed, crocheted, did beautiful embroidery work and taught classes in tatting. Some of her employment years were spent upholstering at the Charlotte Chair Company and later, at her home on Vermontville Highway. Moving to Lansing from Clare as a teenager, she lived most of her younger years in the Lansing and Charlotte areas until she and her husband, Kenneth, became the owners and operators of a resort at Fife Lake and were in business with their son, Raymond. They enjoyed the north country, living on a beautiful lake, and had some memorable times during their years there. She later resided in Tucson, Ariz. For 23 years, where she played piano and organ in her own, as well as other, band, all of which entertained on a regular basis in and around the Tucson area. In 1996, due to ill health, she returned to the Lansing area to be near her family.

   She is survived by one daughter, Ruth (Albert) Mix of Grand Ledge; two sons, Rex (Valerie) of Lansing and Raymond (Mary) of Grand Ledge; one granddaughter; seven grandsons; 13 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Fern Jenkins of Lansing and Gladys Curtis of Charlotte; one brother, George (LaVetta) Highlen of Grand Ledge; several nieces and nephews; and special friend, Melvin Michaud.

   She was preceded in death by two husbands, Kenneth DeBar in 1965 and Ernest Myers in 1995.

   Services were Sept. 21 at Tiffany Funeral Home, Lansing, with Rev. Dr. Leiscester Longden and Rev. George Fleming officiating. Interment was in the Delta Center Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton Community Hospice. 

                                     

Vivian Denniston 

   Vivian “Peggy” M. Denniston, 78, of Bellevue died April 3, 2000 at Sparrow Hospital, Lansing.

   Mrs. Denniston was born Feb. 6, 1922 in Bellevue, the daughter of Maurice and Jannette (Cook) VanScoter. She was a 1939 graduate of Bellevue High School and earned a certificate in stenography from Kellogg Community College in 1966. She was a home day care provider and had previously worked at Tekonsha Engineering. She was a member of the Fredonia Grange, the Order of Eastern Star of Marshall and a long time member of the Marshall 4-H.

   She is survived by two daughters, Mary Mohammadianpour of Bellevue and Vanessa Denniston of El Cajon, Calif.; two sons, Larry of Apple Valley, Calif. and Alan of Midland, Texas; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by one sister, Frances VanScoter at age 3.

   Services were April 7 at the Bellevue First Baptist Church with Pastor Don Francis officiating. Interment was in the Riverside Cemetery, Bellevue. Arrangements were made by the Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan. 

                                     

Doris May DePeel 

   Doris May DePeel, age 76 of Eaton Rapids, died Wednesday, April 26, 2000 at a Lansing Hospital. She was born August 22, 1923 in Ingham County, the daughter of Bert and Bernice (Root) Parsons. Doris retired after 40 years of service with Acme Industries, formerly Rheem’s, in Jackson. She was a member of the First Congregational Church in Eaton Rapids and was preceded in death by her husband Wayne in 1991.

   Surviving are her son, Bill (Gwen) DePeel of Eaton Rapids; grandsons, Kevin and William DePeel both of Eaton Rapids; brother, Gordon Parsons of Irons, MI; sisters-in-law, Mona Parsons of Eaton Rapids and Irene Parsons of Lansing; several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held Saturday, April 29th from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with Pastor Mike Fountain of the Island City Baptist Church officiating. Interment followed at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Jackson, MI. 

                                     

Lucy Dewey 

   Lucy Florence Dewey, 81, of Charlotte died Jan. 19, 2000.

   Mrs. Dewey was born April 9, 1918, the daughter of George and Elsie (Barnard) Barry in Fowlerville.

   She was a member of the Gleaners Lodge of the Rebekahs and a lifelong member of Past Worthy Matron of the Arbutus Chapter, Order of Eastern Star.

   She is survived by one son, George (Pam) of Charlotte; one granddaughter, Ramona Leiter of Standish; four grandsons, Jason, Clayton, Levi and Zebediah, all the children of Mark Dewey; two great-grandchildren, Jonathan and Katie Leiter; and many cousins.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, John in 1972.

   Visitation is Saturday, Jan. 22 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Services are Sunday, Jan. 23, at the funeral home with Pastor Martin Saunders officiating. Interment is the Greenwood Cemetery, Fowlerville.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. 

                                     

Margaret E. Dodd 

   Margaret Ella Dodd, 89, of Charlotte, died Friday, Oct. 6, 2000.

   Mrs. Dodd was born June 15, 1911 in Benton Twp., the daughter of Hal and Carrie (Locke) Haun, and was a lifelong resident of Benton Twp. She was a retired deputy register of probate of Eaton County. She was a member of the West Benton United Methodist Church, a former member of the Business Women’s Guild, and the Eaton County Historical Society.

   Surviving are two nieces, Margaret (Paul Hossler) Bignall of Ann Arbor and Kay (Charles) Bolles of N.C.; two grand nieces, Kerry (Thomas) Weisel and Anne (Joseph) Galeone.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Delbert Dodd on Sept. 27, 1983; and sister, Mildred Barnhill in 1995.

   Funeral services were held Oct. 9 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Pastor Jeff Bowman officiating. Interment was at Benton Township Cemetery, Potterville.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Courthouse Square Association, Inc.

   Further information may be available at www.legacy.com.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Inc. 

                                     

Evelyn Doll 

   Evelyn Doll, 81, died Jan. 31, 2000.

   Sister Doll was born in Plentywood, Mont., Sept. 18, 1918, the daughter of Victor and Anna (Menz) Doll. She was a member of St. Michael Catholic Parish in Pontiac at the time of her entrance into the Congregation of the Sister of St. Joseph June 19, 1934. She received the name Sister Maris Stella at a reception Jan. 7, 1935, but later returned to using her baptismal name. She pronounced temporary vows Jan. 8, 1937 and final vows Jan. 8, 1940.

   She earned a bachelor’s degree at Nazareth College and a master’s degree in education at the University of Detroit. She taught for nearly 50 years in many schools of the congregation including: St. Mary, Charlotte; St. John, Davison (served as principal); St. Joseph, Battle Creek; Immaculate Conception, Anchorville; St. Rita, Detroit; St. Mary, Grayling; and Holy Angels, Sturgis. She loved children and her work in the classroom.

   After completing her teaching career at Holy angels Parish, she moved into Christian service in the same parish to minister to the elderly. From 1985-93, coordinating a program for older parishioners, planning activities and ministering to the homebound and shut-ins. In 1993, she retired to Nazareth as a pastoral minister to many of the sick sisters.

   At the time of her Diamond Jubilee, she wrote: “From the very beginning of my life at Nazareth, my inner self was nourished, encouraged and fortified with all manner of grounding and wisdom.” At the same time, she was clever, humorous person who enjoyed life to the fullest. She had many good friends and was close to her family. In her last illness, she was calm and unafraid. In a beautiful letter to those whom she loved, she said: “To see God when I didn’t expect to! How many words describe Him in our lives and yet do not adequately praise Him. That’s why there is a refulgence that fills my being.” Now, at last her union with the God she desired so much is complete.

   Mass of the Christian Burial was Feb. 3 at Holy Family Chapel. 

                                     

Beulah L. Dostie 

   Beulah L. Dostie, 84, of Olivet died Sept. 10, 2000 at Hayes Green Beach Hospital, Charlotte.

   Mrs. Dostie was born Aug. 31, 1916 in Bellevue Township, Eaton County, the daughter of Ardie and Lillie (Lewis) Thornton and lived most of her life in Eaton County. She is a 1934 graduate of Olivet High School, retired employee of Olivet College, member of the Ainger Bible Church and its Ambassador Class and Ladies Missionary Society, and member of the Olivet Senior Citizens.

   She is survived by two daughters, Janetta (William) Shilling of Olivet and Shirley Moore of Torrington, Wyo.; three sons, LaWayne (Carol) Emerson and Lee Emerson, both of Olivet, and Jerrold (Roseann) Emerson of Charlotte; one stepson, Maurice (Jacqueline) Dostie Jr. of Battle Creek; one daughter-in-law, Dagmar Dostie of Battle Creek; 19 grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Maurice Dostie in 1991 and one stepson, Delbert Dostie.

   Services were Sept. 13 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel, Charlotte, with Rev. Scott Brood of the Ainger Bible Church officiating. Interment was in the Bosworth Cemetery, Olivet.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Ainger Bible Church. 

                                     

Charles James Dowding 

   Charles James Dowding, age 90 of Eaton Rapids, died Sunday, November 19, 2000 at the Hayes Green Beach Hospital in Charlotte. He was born September 30, 1910 in Lee Township, Calhoun County, the son of James and Ruby (McGinn) Dowding. Mr. Dowding was a Marshall High School graduate and received a Teaching Degree from Western Michigan University. He retired with 35 years of service as a teacher from the Eaton Rapids Public Schools. He volunteered his time as a crossing guard on Main Street and helped out in the Lunch Room at Northwestern Schools for several years following retirement. He was a member of the Eaton Rapids Teacher’s Association and Western Michigan Alumni Association. Preceding him in death was a brother, Ray and sister, Clara Wolfe.

   Surviving are his brother Bernard Tanner of Georgia; several nieces and nephews including Bruce (Charlene) Dowding of Olivet; great nieces and nephews including Cherri (Larry) Brester, Cathy Dowding and Bruce (Tammi) Dowding, Jr. all of Olivet.

   Funeral services will be Wednesday, November 22, 2000 at 1 p.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with Rev. Dr. David D’Arcy of the First Congregational Church officiating. Burial will be in the Rosehill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids. Visitation will be Tuesday evening from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. 

                                     

Judy Lynn Dowding 

   Judy L. Dowding, age 59 of Eaton Rapids, died Sunday, September 3, 2000 at eh Ingham Regional Medical Center in Lansing. She was born June 15, 1941 in Eaton Rapids the daughter of Gerald and Myrtle (Slayton) Holbrook. Judy graduated from the Seventh Day Adventist Academy in Grand Ledge in 1959, and received an associates degree in Accounting. She married Donald Dowding on October 24, 1959 in Eaton Rapids. Judy was currently employed by the Department of Agriculture Farm Services in Eaton County for he past 11 years and was previously employed for 12 years with Aluminium Extrusions in Charlotte. She was preceded by her parents; brother, Robert Ott; and brother-in-law, William Riley.

   Surviving are her husband of 40 years, Don; son, Troy Dowding; daughter, Jody (Jim) Dean all of Eaton Rapids; grandchild, Troy and 2 step-grandchildren, Ardith and Samantha; brother, Jack (Gerry) Holbrook of Eaton Rapids; 5 sisters, Joyce Virginia McCarrick of Eaton Rapids, JoAnne Holbrook of Eaton Rapids, June Riley of Kentucky, Diane (Tim) McDonnell of Lansing and Marilyn (Robert) Taggert of Eaton Rapids; several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services will be Thursday, September 7th at 1 p.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with the Rev. Carl Barrett officiating. Burial will follow in the Clarence Center Cemetery at Duck Lake in Calhoun County. Visitation will be Wednesday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. For those desiring, a memorial contribution may be made to the American Diabetes Association at Suite 2255, 30600 Telegraph Rd., Bingham Farms, MI 48025-4532 in memory of Judy L. Dowding. 

                                     

James Allen Drake 

   James Allen Drake of Eaton Rapids, died Monday, November 27, 2000 at a Lansing hospital. He was born February 3, 1916 in Jackson, the son of Royal and Esther (Tuttle) Drake. Mr. Drake was a retired chief engineer for Lansing Drop Forge, retiring in 1981 after 42 years of service. He was preceded in death by his wife Mary Frances on April 8, 1999.

   Surviving are 3 children, James Gary (Marty) Drake of Lansing, Linda (Roy) Sebastian of Nashville and Gregory Allen (Tammy) Drake of Portland; 7 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren; special friend Ida Wright of Eaton Rapids.

   Funeral arrangements were done by Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. Private funeral services were held on Thursday, November 30th with interment following at Chapel Hill Memorial Garden in Lansing. For those desiring, a memorial contribution may be made to the Eaton Community Hospice at 313 Lansing St., Charlotte, MI 48813. 

                                     

Leo Dunn 

   Leo Frank Dunn, 65, of Charlotte died Feb. 18, 2000 at the Eaton County Medical Care Facility, Charlotte.

   Mr. Dunn was born in Lansing, the son of William and Ethel (Loster) Dunn. He had been a lifetime farmer.

   He is said to have been very generous and a great gardener, sharing garden produce with his neighbors.

   He is survived by two sisters, Leona (Roy) Brown of Ionia and Mary Williams of East Lansing; two brothers, William of Charlotte and Robert (Sarah) Dunn of Eaton Rapids; and many nieces and nephews.

   Memorial services were Feb. 21 at the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with the Rev. Martin Saunders officiating. 

                                     

Leo A. Ekins 

   Leo A. Ekins, age 70, died Tuesday, May 2, 2000. Leo was born July 12, 1929 in Bellevue, the son of George W. And Jennie Viola (Peck) Ekins. He was a life member of the VFW Charlotte Post #2406 and retired from Oldsmobile in 1977 after 30 years of service. Leo was a friend of the First Congregational Church in Eaton Rapids. He was preceded in death by his sister, Audrey Gretton in 1999.

   Surviving are his wife of 49 years, Pat (Bothwell); daughter, Janell Bush of Eaton Rapids; 3 grandchildren, Brad Luke and Alana Bush; sister-in-law, Ilo (Bud) Baldwin of Eaton Rapids; brother-in-law, Don (Betty) Bothwell of AZ; and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held on Friday, May 5, 2000, at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids, with Pastor Stephen Klink officiating. Interment followed at Rosehill Cemetery, Eaton Rapids. Casket bearers were Michael Baldwin, Kevin Baldwin, Jeff Baldwin, Douglas Baldwin, Dale Hawkins, and Robert Morrow with honorary bearers Bradley and Lucas Bush. Those desiring may make contributions to the First Congregational Church, Eaton Rapids Senior Center or the charity of your choice. www.legacy.com. 

                                     

Dorr K. Ellsworth  

   Dorr K. Ellsworth, age 65 of Springport, died Wednesday, October 25, 2000 at a Lansing hospital. He was born December 10, 1934 in Aurelius Township In Ingham County, the son of Clyde and Bernice (Hall) Ellsworth. Dorr was an Eaton Rapids High School graduate, class of 1953. He was a former Purchasing Manager for Camshaft Machine in Jackson and retired from Dart Container in Mason in January of this year. Dorr had worked several years as a 4-H Leader and was on the board of the Eaton County 4-H Council. He was a member of the Shipping and Receiving Association of Michigan, a member of the Purchasing Managers Association of Michigan, and the Springport Lions Club.

   Surviving are his wife of 45 years, Beverly; 3 children, Christopher Ellsworth of Eaton Rapids, Julia (Steven) Pierce of Eaton Rapids and Kevin (Gisela) Ellsworth of Hollywood, FL; 2 grandchildren, Brooke (Kirk) Wiltse and Drew Pierce of Eaton Rapids; great-granddaughter, Athena Wiltse; brother, Dale (Sue) Ellsworth and sister, Mary Gates all of Eaton Rapids; several nieces and nephews; mother-in-law Liz (Rich) Vandermolen of Eaton Rapids.

   Funeral services were held October 28th from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with the Rev. Lambert McClintic officiating. Burial followed in the Griffith Cemetery in Jackson County. For those desiring, a memorial contribution may be made to the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan, Inc. at 2350 S. Huron Parkway, Ann Arbor, MI 48104, in memory of Dorr K. Ellsworth. 

                                     

Gary S. Emede 

   Gary Stephen Emede, 52, of Arizona City, Ariz., died July 24, 2000 at his home.

   Mr. Emede was born May 14, 1948 in Lansing, the son of Jerry and Bette Emede. He spent the last 18 years residing in Arizona City, Ariz., and was self-employed in a propeller shop.

   Surviving are his wife, Linda Kay Emede; his son, Jim (Nancy) Emede; one granddaughter, Cheyenne Emede; mother, Bette Emede; two brothers, Bill (Julie) and Jim (Denise); and two sister, Susan (Brett) Hendrick and Cheryl (Wayne) Wilbur; two nieces, Natalie Sage and Stacy Emede; nephews, Tom, Jake and Jordan Emede, Roger and Travis Smith, and Ryan and Jeremy Spotts; and an aunt, Sharon Emede.

   Services were held July 27 at the Arizonia City Moose Lodge, Ariz. The family will receive friends Sunday, Aug. 13 from 2-4 p.m. at 2160 Vermontville Hwy., Charlotte/

   Arrangements were by Valley Funeral Home, Eloy, Ariz. 

                                     

Gerald P. Emede 

   Gerald P. Emede, 77, of Charlotte, died July 26, 2000 at his home after a long illness.

   Surviving are wife, Bette; two daughters, Cheryl (Wayne) Wilbur and Susan (Brett) Hendrick; two sons, Bill (Julie) and Jim (Denise); ten grandchildren: Jim Emede; Natalie Sage; Jordan, Tom, Stacy and Jake Emede; Urian and Jeremy Spotts; and, Travis and Roger Smith; two great-grandchildren, Cheyenne Emede and Kaylin Spotts; and a sister, Sharon Emede.

   No services are being held. The family will receive friends Sunday, Aug. 13 from 2-4 p.m. at 2160 Vermontville Hwy., Charlotte.

   Arrangements by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte. 

                                     

Rena Mae Emens 

   Rena Mae Emens, age 94, died Friday, July 28, 2000 in Eaton Rapids. Rena was born October 16, 1905 in Dansville the daughter of Ned M. and Nora Estella (Grimes) Townsend. She was a member of the Eaton Rapids Wesleyan Church. Mrs. Emens was preceded in death by her husband, Clayton Perrine in 1950; her second husband, Deane Emens in 1992; son, Robert Perrine in 1969 and daughter-in-law, Agnes Perrine Estein.

   Surviving are her daughter, Edna (Russell) Smith of Lake, MI; 2 sons, Lester (Virginia) Perrine of Harrison, Kenneth (Marilyn) Perrine of Gulfport, Mississippi; 4 stepsons, William D. (Betty) Emens of Splendors, Texas, Thomas (Judy) Emens of Flagler, Florida, Robert (Chris) Emens of Crystal Falls, Phillip (Chris) Emens of Springport; 31 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren.

   Funeral services were held Saturday, August 5, 2000 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids, with Rev. Marilyn Perrine and Rev. Dennis Perkins officiating. Interment followed at Jones Cemetery in Rives Junction. Those desiring may make contributions to the Wesleyan Church in memory of Rena M. Emens. www.legacy.com 

                                     

Benjimen L. Emery 

   Benjimen Lee Emery, six-weeks-old, of Charlotte, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2000.

   Benjimen was born Oct. 8, 2000 in Charlotte, the son of Jesse Emery and Christie Burnett who survive.

   Also surviving are a brother, Donovan; grandparents, Ron Burnett, James (Nancy) Emery, Nancy Burnett, Patricia Johnson; great-grandparents, Thomas (Geraldine) Emery and Mary Norris.

   Funeral services were held Nov. 18 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Elder Richard Garn officiating. Interment was at West Carmel Cemetery, Charlotte.

   Further information may be available at www.legacy.com.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. 

                                     

Howard F. Evans 

   Howard F. Evans, 82, of Charlotte, died Nov. 17, 2000.

   Mr. Evans was born Oct. 21, 1918 in Tiffon, Ohio, the son of Charles and Jennie (DeMott) Evans.

   Surviving are his wife, Dorothy Ann (Hart) of Charlotte; sons, Howard (Connie) Evans of Dowling, Dean (Annie) Evans of Houghton Lake and Alan (Rose) Evans of Middleton; daughter, Judy (Calvin) Oles of Dowling; eight grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by a grandson, Daren in 1988.

   Funeral services were held Nov. 18 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Pastor Lester DeGroot officiating. Interment was at Union Home Cemetery, St. Johns.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Manor Nursing Home or the Alzheimer’s Association.

   Further information may be available at www.legacy.com.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. 

                                     

Robert Evans 

   Robert Lawrence Evans, 69, of Charlotte died Jan. 2, 2000.

   Mr. Evans was born in Lansing June 3, 1930 and was the stepson of Fred and June Fisher.

   He is survived by his wife, Irene of Charlotte; one stepdaughter, Demour (Steve) Rosenberger of Hastings; one brother, Russell of Mason; one stepsister, Sally Phillips of Kalkaska; and on sister, Mildred, of White Cloud.

   Graveside services were Jan. 5 at the Needmore Cemetery, Charlotte, with the Rev. Rich Mitterling officiating. Arrangements were made by the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. 

                                     

Opal Fast 

   Opal Fast, 97, formerly of Vermontville and Charlotte, died De. 25, 1999.

   Mrs. Fast was born Jan. 10, 1902 in Vermontville Township, the daughter of Henry and Grace (Bale) Carey. She was married to Shirley Fast for 48 years. Mrs. Fast was a member of the Christ United Methodist Church of Lansing, and was the eldest of ten children. She was a kind and caring person with a ready smile.

   Surviving are grandsons, Jack, Kenny and Kurt; step-grandsons, Jeff and Richard Welsh; devoted granddaughter, Darcy Schultz; three great-granddaughters; brothers, Kenneth Wayne (Bonnie) Carey and Clifford (Esther) Carey; sister, Beverly Jean Feldpausch; and many nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Shirley in 1974; two sons, Kendall and Shirley “Buzz” Jr.; one sister, Mildred Frank; and five brothers, Joe, Lawrence, Dale, Lyle and Raymond.

   Services were Dec. 28 at the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Pastor Steve Klink officiating. Interment was in the Freemire Cemetery, Sunfield.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimers Association. 

                                     

Mary A. Faynor 

   Mary A. Faynor, age 77 of Eaton Rapids, died Wednesday, July 19, 2000 at the Sparrow-St. Lawrence/Dimondale Center. She was born August 19, 1922 in Flint, the daughter of John and Tillie (Oravec) Vlachovic. Mary was retired from the Eaton Stamping Company in Eaton Rapids with 27 years of service, and a member of the Czechoslovakian Society of America. Mary’s fondest memories were the many fishing trips made to Canada in the family float plane with her family and close friends.

   Surviving are her husband of 59 years, Milton; 4 children, Bud (Judy) Faynor of Eaton Rapids, Douglass (Sheron) Faynor of Woodburn, OR, Patricia Faynor of Eaton Rapids and Craig Faynor and special fiend Paul Roesch of Orlando, FL; 3 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

   Funeral services were held on Saturday, July 22, at the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids, with the burial in the Eaton Cemetery. For those desiring memorial gifts may be made in memory of Mary A. Faynor to the Sparrow-St. Lawrence/ Dimondale Center. 

                                     

Henry C. Felder 

   Henry Casper Felder Sr., 79, of Charlotte, died Aug. 19, 2000.

   Mr. Felder was born Aug. 5, 1921 in Glencoe, Minn., the son of Alexander and Katherine (Wolff) Felder. He was a truck driver for General Aluminum, retiring in 1983. He served with the U.S. Army during World War II and had been awarded the Bronze Star for Meritorious Achievement in Ground Combat, and was a life member of the VFW Post 8260 of Nashville.

   He is survived by his wife, Cordie (Shaver) of Charlotte; two daughters, Carol (David) Slocum of Charlotte and Katherine Ross of Oscoda; one son, Henry Jr. (Cathy) of Nashville; six grandchildren, David (Tammi) Slocum II, Victoria (Duke) Selby, Robert Slocum, Angela (Edgar) Biergeder; foster daughter, Laura Humphrey and her daughter, Danielle Wipping; sister, Deloris Young of Lansing; two brothers, Alex Felder of N.J. and John Felder of Alabama.

   He was preceded in death by one son, Donald in 1973.

   Services were held Aug. 22 at the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Pastor Timothy Olson officiating. Interment was in the Gresham Cemetery, with graveside services under the auspices of VFW Post 8260 of Nashville.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice or the First Lutheran Church, Charlotte. 

                                     

Douglas H. Ferguson 

   Douglas H. Ferguson, age 81, of Eaton Rapids died Sunday, March 5, 2000 at the Sparrow Street Lawrence/Dimondale Center. He was born August 18, 1918 in Eaton Rapids the son of Robert and Gertrude (Schauble) Ferguson. Doug was an Eaton Rapids High School graduate, class of 1937, and played on the Basketball team that won the State Title 36-37. He served as a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Army Air Corp. during World War II. He was a local businessman in Eaton Rapids for 20 years, owning and operating Ferguson’s Cleaners, retiring in 1984. He then worked for Adams Tool & Engineering Company in Lansing for 15 years. Doug was a Life Member of the F.&A.M. Lodge #63 in Eaton Rapids and was a member of the Michigan United Conservation Clubs. Doug was a very good athlete who coached little league baseball and played baseball also. He won several 1st place trophies at the local gold course, with partner Whitey Palk, and enjoyed his hunting and fishing.

   Surviving are his wife of 57 years, Maxine (Norris); son, Stephen Douglas Ferguson of Grayling; daughter, Susan (Thomas) Landberg of LaFayette, IN; 4 grandchildren, Mike and Sarah Fouts and Natascha and Lisha Ferguson; brother, Robert (Norma) Ferguson of Marshall; sister, Roberta Murphy of Lansing and several nieces nephews; extended families, Jim & Jan Squires, Dondi & Boys, Hovey Family, Robbie and Brian Hovey.

   Funeral services will be Wednesday, March 8th at 11 a.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with the Rev. Tom Evans of the First United Methodist Church officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. with a Masonic Memorial Service being conducted at 7 p.m. by Brother Howard Haven. For those desiring a memorial contribution may be made to the Masonic Temple or a charity of choice in memory of Douglas H. Ferguson. 

                                     

Esma S. Ferguson 

   Esma S. Ferguson, age 93 of Eaton Rapids, died Tuesday, October 31, 2000 in Ionia. Esma was born July 10, 1907 in Essex Twp., Clinton County, Michigan. She was the daughter of Charles Riley and Bessie Ann (Slater) Ferguson. She graduated from County Normal in 1927, Central Michigan University in 1945, and was a schoolteacher for 44 years teaching in the Eaton Rapids Junior High School for 26 years. Esma was a member of the Eaton Rapids BPW, the Garden Club, and was a former member of AAWW. She was also a member of the Ester Circle, the Eaton County and Eaton Rapids Retired Teachers Association and the Delta Kappa Gamma, Eaton County Branch.

   Surviving are 3 nieces, Marsha Wagner and Sandra Stout both of Ionia and Pamela (James) Hynes of Florida; 5 grandnieces and nephews; 11 great-grandnieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held on Sunday, November 5, 2000 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with Rev. Robert Betts officiating. Interment will be at the Lowe Cemetery, Clinton County. Those desiring may make contributions to the Lowe Church, St. Johns in memory of Esma Ferguson. www.legacy.com. 

                                     

Kathryn Feyrer 

   Kathryn Ann (Vincent) Feyrer, 41, of Shawboro, N.C., formerly of Nashville, died May 7, 2000.

   Mrs. Feyrer was born Oct. 17, 1958 after a 31-year battle with diabetes and was scheduled for a kidney transplant in June. She graduated from Maple Valley High School, and attended Liberty Baptist College in Virginia. She was a lady with many talents who dearly loved the Lord.

   She is survived by her husband, James; two sons, James and Charles (Chad) of North Carolina; her parents, Alden and Arline Vincent; one sister, Beth Martinez; two brothers, John and Alden (Bud); and his grandmother, Eva Johnson, all of the Nashville area; and, many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

   Services are Monday May 15 at 11 a.m. at the Nashville Baptist Church with Pastor Lester DeGroot officiating. Interment will be in the Dowling Cemetery. Arrangements by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Nashville Baptist Church. 

                                     

Fletcher Fhaner 

   Fletcher Fhaner, 74, of Potterville, died March 31, 2000.

   Mr. Fhaner was born Feb. 20, 1926 in Benton Township, the son of Claude and Jessie (Merrill) Fhaner. He had been a crane operator for Oldsmobile, served in the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborn during World War II, and was a member of VFW Post #701, Lansing. He had also been a Potterville volunteer fireman for 30 years.

   He is survived by two daughters, Ann (Jim) Neuman of Shelby and Carolyn (Russ) Carroll of Ludington; one son, Richard (Phyllis) Fhaner of Potterville; grandchildren, Susan, Daniel and Richard Fhaner of Potterville, Ben David and Steven Neuman of Shelby, and Mark and Matt Carroll of Ludington; one sister, Jeanette VanLoton of Potterville; and one brother, Bob (Maxine) Fhaner of Prudenville.

   Services were April 3 at the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with the Rev. Paul Bailey officiating. Interment was at Benton Township Cemetery, Potterville.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Sparrow Hospice House or Eaton County Meals on Wheels. 

                                     

Catherine L. Finch 

   Catherine L. Finch, age 89, died Tuesday, May 23, 2000 in Holt. Catherine was born May 19, 1911 in Eaton Rapids, the daughter of Harry Pete and Florence (Hamlin) Walworth. She was a member of the First Congregational Church in Eaton Rapids. Mrs. Finch was preceded in death by her husband, Lewis and brother, Kenneth Walworth.

   Surviving are her son, Herbert Finch of Eaton Rapids; 2 brothers, Lyle (Inez) Walworth of Jackson and Victor (Jean) Walworth of South Carolina.

   Funeral services were held on Friday, May 26, 2000 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids. Interment followed at Rosehill Cemetery Eaton Rapids. Those desiring may make contributions to the Eaton Rapids Senior Center in memory of Catherine Finch. 

                                     

Hildegrade Fink (Gemalsky, Cook) 

Hildegrade Fink (Gemalsky, Cook) age 67, died April 7, 2000 in Vicksburg, MI. Mrs. Fink was born November 3, 1933 in Eaton Rapids. She was the daughter of Julius and Emma (Keehn) Gemalsky.

   She is survived by a daughter, Connie May Cook, and 3 sons, Garry L., Barry L. and Lawry Gene Cook all of Cleveland, Ohio. Also surviving are 2 sisters, Ella Ewing of Holt and Gertrude Norris of Eaton Rapids and 1 brother, Leon Gemalsky also of Eaton Rapids. She was preceded in death by 4 brothers, Kurt, Irvin, Ronald and Gayheart (Pete) Gemalsky and 1 sister, Letha McKenzie.

   Graveside services were held at Roselawn Cemetery in Eaton Rapids on April 11, 2000 with Rev. Mark Eckert presiding. 

                                     

Gaylord O. Fisher 

   Gaylord Otis Fisher, 85, of Charlotte, died July 29, 2000.

   Mr. Fisher was born June 6, 1914 in Eaton County, the son of William and Nellie (Bartholomew) Fisher.

   He is survived by three daughters, Carol (Lynn) Sumerix of Eaton Rapids, Joann (Stephen) Tinsley of Richardson, Texas, and Brenda (William) Apt of Bellingham, Wash.; four grandchildren; and one sister, Della (Don) Stanke of Charlotte.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Mae (Root) in 1995; two sons, Jeffery Lynn in 1977 and William Eric in 1981; two sisters, Edna and Bernice; and one brother, Floyd.

   Graveside services were Aug. 1 at Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte, with Rev. George Fleming officiating. Arrangements were made by the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice. 

                                     

Linda Fisher 

   Linda Lou (Lundeen) Fisher, 53, of Newaygo died Jan. 22, 2000 at Gerber Memorial Health Services in Fremont.

   Mrs. Fisher was born April 12, 1946 in Charlotte, that daughter of Theodore and Dorothy (Allen) Lundeen. She graduated from Charlotte High School in 1964 and worked for the State of Michigan Department of Treasury for several years. She married George Fisher June 10, 1981 in Charlotte. She had been a resident of the Newaygo area since 1987, where she was a homemaker. She had been a member of the First Church of God in Charlotte.

   She is survived by one daughter, Lucinda Fisher of White Cloud; one son, John (Debbie) Fisher of Hesparia; one granddaughter, Hannah Lynn Fisher; two step grandchildren, Jerry North and Bobbie Jo La Porte; one sister, Florence (Robert) Donley of Charlotte; and three brothers, Bill (Cecelia) Lundeen and Jim (Alice) Lundeen, both of Charlotte, and Richard Lundeen of Newaygo.

   She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, George, in 1993.

   Cremation has taken place. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

   Memorial services will be held at a later date.

   Arrangements by the Crandell Funeral Home, White Cloud.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Linda Fisher family. 

                                    

Byron Fleming 

   Byron Fleming, 92, of Charlotte died March 25, 2000 at Mapleknoll Manor in Charlotte.

   Mr. Byron was born July 25, 1907 in Convoy, Ohio, the son of Russell and Jessie (Pyle) Fleming, and had been a Charlotte resident since 1988, coming from Indianapolis, Ind. He was a graduate of Shepherd High School and had been an insurance adjuster and branch manager for Auto Owners Insurance Co., where he worked from 1937 until his retirement in 1972. He was a member of the Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church, Jubilee Lodge #746 F/7AM in Whiteland, Ind.; and Charlotte Lodge #120 F&AM.

   He is survived by his wife, Donna; two daughters, Carole (Wendell) Somers of Charlotte and Judith (Chris) Whiteman of Lakeland, Fla.; five grandchildren, either great-grandchildren; and one sister, Isobel Keller of Coleman.

   He was preceded in death by his first wife, Bertha (Rice) in 1992 and one daughter, Louise Propps in 1980.

   Services were March 30 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel, Charlotte, with the Rev. George Fleming officiating. Interment was in the Salt River Cemetery, Shepherd.

   Memorial contributions may be made to LAUMC. 

                                     

Donna Fleming 

   Donna Fleming, 91, of Charlotte died April 11, 2000.

   Mrs. Fleming was born Dec. 16, 1908 in Iron Mountain, the daughter of Owen and Matie (Starkweather) Griffin. She was a graduate of Charlotte High School in 1926 and a 1927 graduate of the Eaton County Normal School. She was married to Lewie Matthews in 1927 until his death in 1971. She was married to Melvin Smith in 1973 until his death in 1983. She was married to Byron Fleming in 1993 until his death in March, 2000. She taught school in Eaton County for nine years, and worked as a bookkeeper for Community Oil Co. for 32 years. She was a member of the Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church, an avid musician and former member of the Kitchen Band and Methodist Marvels.

   She is survived by one stepdaughter, Carroll (Wendell) Somers of Charlotte; one stepson, Doug Smith of Sarasota, Fla.; local nephew and nieces, Wayne Lesher of Lansing, Louise (Hubert) Barbour of Charlotte and Dee Thornhill of Eaton Rapids, and five other nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by three husbands and one brother and sister-in-law, Max and Ruby Griffin.

   Services were April 14 at the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with the Rev. George Fleming officiating. Interment was in the Bosworth Cemetery, Olivet.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church, Charlotte. More information is available at www.legacy.com. 

                                     

Alice Forell 

   Alice Edna Forell, 89, of Charlotte, died June 24, 2000 following a lengthy illness.

   Mrs. Forell was born in Iron River, the daughter of John and Edna (Warner) Forell. She was a bacteriologist for the State of Michigan Laboratory, retiring in 1980 and had been a nurse for the Army at Liela Post Hospital, Battle Creek.

   She is survived by one brother, Jack (Frances) Forell of Charlotte; one sister, Olive Moffit; one niece and four nephews; nine great-nieces and nephews; and nine great-great-nieces and nephews.

   Services were June 27 at the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Larry Young officiating. Interment was in the Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or American Cancer Society. 

                                     

Burleigh Forseman 

   Burleigh Forseman, 74, of Three Rivers, died June 9, 2000 at Riverview Manor, Three Rivers, following a lengthy illness.

   Mr. Forseman was born in Flint July 10, 1925, the son of Henry and Pearl (LaDue) Forseman. He served in the Naval Reserve from 1942-45, and United States Navy from 1945-47 as storekeeper aviation third. He received the Asiatic-Pacific Medal, American Area Medal, and World War II Victory Medal. He was employed for several years at Continental Can Co. and Wells Index, Three Rivers, and owned and operated for several years the Popcorn Stand that is now located in Scidmore Park. He was a past member and former Exalted Ruler of Elks Lodge #1248, Three Rivers, and a Past Commander of American Legion Hice-Shutes Post #170.

   He is survived by three daughters, Linda Pullman, Marcie Weatherwax and Debra (Skip) Abel, all of Three Rivers; two sons, Michael (Barb) of Grand Rapids and Patrick of Parchment; 13 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two nieces, Bonnie (Paul) Blatt of Dunedin, Fla., and Jessica (Jerry) Ponkey of Belmont; his former wife, Jacqueline (Niendorf) Sayer; and many friends.

   He was preceded in death by his parents; step- mother, Helen Forseman; one sister, Virginia Harshey; one granddaughter, Ashleigh Nicole Forseman; and his good friend, Red Gabbard.

   Memorial services were June 14 at the Hohner Funeral Home, Three Rivers, with the Rev. Lawrence Farris officiating. Interment of cremains was at Ft. Custer National Cemetery, Battle Creek.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice. 

                                     

Jenetta Fountain 

   Jenetta Veliquette Fountain, 88, of Ceresco, died April 15, 2000 at Battle Creek Health System, following a short illness.

   Mrs. Fountain was born Dec. 27, 1911 in Lucas County, Ohio, the daughter of Moses and Nova (Large) DeCant. She had been a resident of the Olivet and Marshall areas most of her life. She was a homemaker, and married Preston Velliquette Nov. 27, 1929 in Allegan. After his death, she married Donald Fountain Aug. 23, 1986 in Battle Creek. She formerly attended the South Side Bible Church and enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. In her earlier years, many social activities at Marshall House, where she lived.

   She is survived by two daughters, Dolores Crosby of Athens and Janet Wygant of Battle Creek; four stepchildren, Shirley Damon of Marshall, Joan Ranger of Battle Creek, Sharon Osborne of Portage and Jerry Fountain of Battle Creek; six grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; 12 step-grandchildren; 16 step-great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Nina Barnes of Marshall and Goldia Robinson of Westbranch.

   She was preceded in death by two husbands, Preston Velliquette Dec. 27, 1968 and Donald Fountain March 17, 2000; and six sisters.

   Services were April 18 at the Craig K. Kempf Funeral Home, Marshall, with Pastor Michael Brown officiating. Interment was in the Oakridge Cemetery, Marshall.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Oaklawn Hospice Care. 

                                     

Beatrice Fruin 

   Beatrice Irene Fruin, 83, of Bellevue, died Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2000 at Evergreen Manor.

   Mrs. Fruin was born April 23, 1916 to Willis and Alice (Clark) Morrison, in Spring Arbor. She attended Battle Creek Central High School and worked at Post Cereals, from 1943 until 1946, where she met her future husband, Traverse Fruin. They were married May 14, 1948; he died in 1989. She enjoyed gardening.

   She is survived by two daughters, Betty Harger of Battle Creek and Barbara Martin of Athens; one son, Arthur of Battle Creek; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Traverse; her parents; one sister, Vivian Steele; three brothers, Wendell Eastman, Hubert Hamp and Eugene Morrison; and one grandson, Duane Harger.

   Graveside services were Feb. 19 at Riverside Cemetery, Bellevue.

   Arrangements were made by the Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue. 

                                     

Carl Gallihugh 

   Carl Wilford Gallihugh, 78, of Olivet died March 30, 2002 surrounded by his family and loved ones.

 Mr. Gallihugh was born Feb. 17, 1922 in Battle Creek and moved to T Drive North in Lee Township at the age of 7 with his parents. IN 1944, he purchased a 100-acre farm for $1,750 also on T Drive North. He married Betty TenBrock of Wyoming Park Jan. 4, 1947 and together, they raised four children. He attended Michigan State University Agricultural Short Course, and with his wife’s aid, helped his parents’ farm, farmed his own acreage, and helped others at harvest time. While farming, he was a first class machinist at Ronan Kunzel of Marshall. He retired from Battle Creek Packaging and later returned to work at Hayes Machine in Marshall. He collected antique gas engines, antique tractors and old farm implements. He built his own railroad on the family farm, giving many rides to his grandchildren and local school children on a gas-powered railroad repair car.

   He is survived by two daughters, Terri (Michael) Gordon of Comstock Park and Kim (Rickey) Schlehuber of Olivet; one son, Carl (Denise) Gallihugh of Olivet; 11 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one sister, Arbutus Young of Battle Creek; one brother, Thomas Gallihugh of Ceresco; and, many nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty; one daughter, Robin Barrus; and his parents, Humphrey and Hazel Gallihugh.

   Services were April 3 at Kempf Funeral Home, Marshall, with the Rev. Richard Gordon and the Rev. Lindsay Howan officiating. Interment was in the Floral Lawn Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Rice Creek Community Church or Bronson Methodist Trauma/Burn Unit, Kalamazoo. 

                                     

Marguerite Gallihugh 

   Marguerite Gallihugh, 82, of Battle Creek died Jan. 21, 2000.

   Mrs. Gallihugh was born Aug. 28, 1917 in Watertown, Conn., the daughter of Arthur and Luler (Johnson) Barber. She came to Battle Creek with her family when she was one-year-old, graduating from Battle Creek High School in 1936. She retired from Clark Equipment after 32 years of service, then spent winters in Mulberry, Fla. She enjoyed crocheting, flower gardening, reading and was an avid cat lover.

   She is survived by one daughter, Carol Raab of Nashville; one son, Nicholas Gutsue of Beverly Hills, Calif.; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; three sisters, Daisy Fazel of Wis., Lily Donahue of Fort Wayne, Ind., and Leona (David) Schmier of Flint; and two brothers, Ray (Loretta) Barber and Bill (Carol) Barber, both of Kalamazoo.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene in 1998, four brothers, Charles, Harold, Junior, Harry; and two sisters, Stella Rich and Alta Gray.

   Cremation has taken place.

   Services were Jan. 22 at the Maple Valley Chapel, Nashville, with the Rev. David Hustwick officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Andrew’s Anglican Church Building Fund. 

                                     

Ronald C. Gallups 

   Ronald C. Gallups, age 51 of Eaton Rapids, died Tuesday, October 17, 2000. Ronald was born October 12, 1949 in McKinney, Texas, the son of Claude and Betty (Flannery) Gallups. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during Vietnam, a life member of the Purple Heart Association and was awarded the Silver Service Star. Ron was the owner and operator of Gallups Paint Contracting. He was preceded in death by his father, Claude Gallups; sister, Charlotte and brother, Gary.

   Surviving are his loving wife of 14 years, Diane (Browder). He was a loving father of 3 daughters, Christy (Paul), Mistie and Tamera; loving father of 2 sons, Mike (Kris) and Chris; loving grandfather of Jordan, Dakotah, Ryan; loving son of Betty Gallups of Texas; loving brother to Make (Judy), Glen, Jody (Harold) Davis and Kathy (Billy) Newport all of Texas; and several nieces and nephews.

   Graveside services were held in Texas at the Chambersville Cemetery. Arrangements were by the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids. 

                                     

Nancy Gates 

   Nancy Wilkinson Gates, 73, of Bellevue died March 8, 2000 at her daughter’s home in Bellevue.

   Mrs. Gates was born July 4, 1926, the daughter of Charles and Leta (Hines) Wilkinson in Grand Ledge. She graduated from Grand Ledge High School, then moved to Bellevue in 1948. She worked at General Motors Acceptance Corporation in Battle Creek and Clark Equipment, retiring in 1982. She married Lawrence Gates Sept. 7, 1944 at Trinity Episcopal Church, Grand Ledge, of which she was a member. She was also a member of the Etc. Club.

   She is survived by one daughter, Gay (Jim) Noble of Bellevue; one son, Craig (Glee) of Spring Hill, Fla.; four grandchildren, Maria Prestigiacomo, Mandy McMullin, La Nae Noble, and Brandie Mellion; and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband May 2, 1999 and one sister, Jane Potter, in 1997.

   Private family services will be held at a later date.

   Arrangements were made by the Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue. 

                                     

Robert M. Gates 

   Robert M. Gates, 90, of Charlotte, died Thursday, Dec. 14, 2000 at Eaton County Medical Care Facility after an extended illness.

   Mr. Gates was born May 14, 1910 in Sault St. Marie, the son of Versele and Myrtle (Barber) Gates, and had been a Charlotte resident for over 60 years. HE was married to Catherine Ann (Storr) Gates on Nov. 9, 1940 in Charlotte, and was employed as a bookkeeper for Mill Supplies Corporation in Lansing. He was a member of the First Congregational Church and the Knights Templar.

   Surviving are one son, Roger Gates of Charlotte; two grandsons, Michael Gates and David “Todd” Gates, both of Lansing; and a brother, Marshall McKee of Kalkaska.

   He was preceded in death by a son, James Gates on May 21, 1982; and his wife, Catherine on July 14, 1996.

   Cremation has taken place, and memorial services were held Dec. 18 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel, Charlotte, with Rev. Gary Taylor officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte. Arrangements were made by the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the First Congregational Church UCC. 

                                     

Todd George 

   Todd Clell George, 39, of Hastings died April 8, 2000 at Bronson Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo.

   Mr. George was born Aug. 27, 1960, in Battle Creek, the son of David and Carolyn (Rundle) George. He was raised in the East Leroy area and attended Lakeview, Harper Creek and Hastings schools, graduating in 1978 from Hastings High School. His family moved to the Hastings area in 1971. He married Patricia Hallock June 26, 1988. He had been employed as store security for the former Big Wheel in Hastings and Brinks Armored Services of Grand Rapids, as Hastings City Police Reserve officer with the Hastings Ambulance Service, a six-year attendant at Thornapple Manor, and had been in well drilling the past two years. He was an avid outdoorsman, enjoyed hunting, fishing, snowmobiling and camping with his family. He also enjoyed woodworking and small-engine repair. He loved animals and working with the elderly and was a citizens band radio enthusiast.

   He is survived by his wife, Patricia; two sons, Stephen and Douglas, both of Hastings; his parents, Carolyn and David George of Hastings; one brother, Jace (Linda) of Hastings; and nephews and nieces including Zachary and Christopher George.

   He was preceded in death by his grandparents.

   Services were April 11 at the Wren Funeral Home, Hasting, with the Rev. Alvin Yates officiating. Interment was in the Olivet Cemetery, Olivet.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. 

                                     

Emilie B. Gilbert 

   Emilie B. Gilbert, 97, of Charlotte, died Saturday, Aug. 26, 2000 at the Golden Days Adult Foster Care Home after an extended illness.

   She was born in Ypsilanti, the daughter of A. George and Minnie (Scott) Gilbert and had been a Charlotte resident since 1904. She was a retired bookkeeper, having worked for the Charlotte Chair Co., Spencer Hardware and Munger Hardware. She was a graduate of Charlotte High School and was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church in Charlotte.

   Surviving are a sister-in-law, Emma Gilbert of Charlotte; and, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

   Funeral services were held Aug. 29 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel, Charlotte, with Pastor Mark Booth officiating. Interment was at Bosworth Cemetery, Olivet.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Calvary Baptist Church or Youth Haven Ranch.

   Arrangements by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Inc. 

                                     

Betty Gillaspie 

   Betty Joy Gillaspie, 54, of Vermontville, died April 4, 2000 at her home.

   Ms. Gillaspie was born March 18, 1946 in Sunfield, the daughter of Bud and Bea (Ball) Gillaspie. She graduated from Lakewood High School and was an upholsterer for Charlotte Chair Factory for 29 years. She was a member of the Vermontville Bible Church and enjoyed plastic canvas crafting and painting classes.

   She is survived by her parents, Bud and Bea Gillaspie of Vermontville; three brothers, Bruce (Margaret Ann) Gillaspie of Lafayette, La., Bernie Gillaspie of Raleigh, N.C., and Bradley (Barbara) Gillaspie of Gays Mill, Wis.; and several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.

   Cremation has taken place.

   Memorial services were April 6 at Vermontville Bible Church, with the Rev. Dan Smith officiating. Arrangements were made by the Maple Valley Chapel, Nashville.

   Memorial contributions may be made to a cancer fund. 

                                     

Beulah Gilman 

   Beulah Viola Gilman, 90, of Charlotte, died Jan. 20, 2000.

   Mrs. Gilman was born Oct. 7, 1909 in Eaton County, the daughter of Claude and Daisey (Lafler) Haines. She had been an assembly worker for Wilcox-Gay Corporation, Charlotte. She and her husband, Ray, spent many winters in Zephyrhills, Fla., and built many lasting friendships there. She enjoyed doing crafts, loved fishing, and was a member of the Rebekah’s Lodge #68. She also enjoyed the role of “Grandma” to her younger nephews, 14 great-nieces and nephews; and two great-great-nephews.

   She is survived by two brothers, Dwight “Pete” (Barbara) Haines of Charlotte and Merle (Phyllis) Haines of Winter Haven, Fla.; five nephews, William Haines of Holt, Merle “Brad” Haines of Marshall, Mark Haines of Orkdal, Norway, John Haines of Hastings, and Peter Haines of Gowen.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Ray in 1984.

   Services were Jan. 24 at the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with the Rev. Arthur Salisbury officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital. 

                                     

Skylar Goddard 

   Skylar David-Douglas Goddard, three weeks old, of Charlotte died Sept. 7, 2000.

   Skylar was born Aug. 17, 2000 in Detroit, the son of Scott and Shelby Goddard.

   He is survived by his parents; one brother, Dylan Zopf; his grandparents, Douglas (Diane Grinnell) Crowe of Delta Twp., Lynn and Karen Forell of Charlotte and David and Linda Goddard of Twinning; his great-grandparents, Patricia Crowe of Grand Ledge, Gladys Castle of Flint, Ruth Goddard of Flint; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

   Graveside services were Sept. 9 at the Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte with R. Raymond Rossell officiating. Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Inc., Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Ronald McDonald House. 

                                     

Robert Goodrich 

   Robert Goodrich, 75, of Hastings died Jan. 23, 2000.

   Mr. Goodrich was born Dec. 8, 1924 in Battle Creek, the son of Eddy and Bethel Goodrich, and was associated with his father and grandfather in the Starks/Goodrich Auto Dealership in Olivet for many years. He served his country honorable, having received several medals. He married Phyllis White Sept. 14, 1947 and enjoyed music, playing golf and fishing.

   He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Phyllis; one son, Gregory (Sandra); two grandsons Gregory Robert and Dylan Michael; one sister-in-law, Florence (Eugene) Royston; several nieces and nephews; and puppy, McGee.

   Services were Jan. 26, 2000 at the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with the Rev. Jeffrey Bowman officiating. Interment was in the Gresham Cemetery, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Make-a-Wish Foundation or the Ronald McDonald House. 

                                     

Joseph Gorodensky 

   Joseph “Joey” H. Gorodensky, 41, of Vermontville died Feb. 15, 2000 at his home.

   Mr. Gorodensky was born Dec. 23, 1958 in Hastings, the son of Joseph and Edith (Rose) Gorodensky. He attended Maple Valley High School and married Janice Cobb Jan. 15, 1999 in Charlotte. He had been employed by American Bumper Co. in Ionia, Ewing Well drilling in Vermontville, had done construction work and owned his own landscaping business in Florida. He enjoyed carpentry work, gardening, hunting, mushrooming, children, and all animals, especially horses.

   He is survived by his wife, Janice; two daughters, Katie Jo Kelly of Athens and Nicola Gorodenski; one stepdaughter, Christie Osborne of Charlotte; two stepsons, Jared and Richard Osborne, both of Nashville; one granddaughter, Christianna; his mother, Edith (Frank) Furlong of Florida; his father, Joseph (Elaine) of Nashville; four sisters, Elaine (Jeff) Geiger of Lake Odessa, Sharon (Jo Kubek) Whitaker of Hasting, Kim (Tad) Lubitz of Woodland, and Barbie (Jeff) Sharritt of Florida; three brothers, Edward Gorodenski and Glen (Jolie) Gorodenski, both of Hastings, and Frankie Furlong of Florida; and several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

   He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Nicholo and Valeria Gorodenski and Harold and Marie Rose.

   Services were Feb. 18 at the Maple Valley Chapel, Nashville, with the Rev. Andy Frey officiating. Interment was in the Woodlawn Cemetery, Vermontville.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice. 

                                     

Martha Grant 

   Martha Grant, 64, of Charlotte, devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend, died Thursday, Sept. 14, taking her place with the Lord.

   A more loving and caring person there will never be. She will be remembered in the smiles and laughter of all the lives she touched. Tura, Lura, Lura.

   Mrs. Grant’s legacy is her children, five daughters, Martha, Barbara, Coffee, Dawn and Erin; three sons, Ethan, David and Joshua. She is also survived by numerous grandchildren; two sisters, Linda and Onnie; and two brothers, B.K. and Edward.

   Services were held at the Grant residence in Charlotte Sept. 18 with family and friends. Arrangements were made by the Palmer-Bush Funeral Chapel, Lansing.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton County Hospice or American Cancer Society. 

                                     

Larry L. Green 

   Larry L. Green, 64, of Marion, Ind., died Sunday, Dec. 3, 2000 at Marion General  Hospital, Marion, Ind.

   Mr. Green was born on Oct. 1, 1936 in Marion, Ind., and lived in Marion all his life. He worked in production at the Chrysler Transmission Plant in Kokomo for 27 years, retiring in 1995. He loved doing picture puzzles and playing the lotteries.

   Surviving are four daughters, Vicki (Mike) Talbert, Darcy (Charles) Kling and Sherry Baswell, all of Marion, Ind., and Laura (Chandler) Miller of Elkhart, Ind.; three sons, Anthony (Cindy) of Huntington, Ind., Arrick (Anne) and Shane, both of Marion, Ind.; four sisters, Evelyn Dille and Lucille Forrester, both of Marion, Ind., Katherine Palmer of Wabash, Ind., and Geneva Grey of Anderson, Ind., ten grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

    He was preceded in death by his wife, Marlene Green on May 29, 1997; and a sister, Maxine York.

   Funeral services were held Dec. 6 at Raven Funeral Home, Marion, Ind., with Rev. Charles McKnight officiating. Entombment was at Gardens of Memory, Huntington County, Ind.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association, 9410 Priority Way West Dr., Indianapolis, IN 46240. 

                                     

James Grier 

   James Grier, 80, a resident of Heritage Manor, Houghton, passed away at his home early Wednesday morning, Jan. 5, 2000 following a lengthy illness.

   Mr. Grier was born May 28, 1919 in Eaton County, a son of the late Paul and Velma Lenore (Edman) Grier. He was a graduate of Charlotte High School and had attended the agricultural program at Michigan State University. He had also completed a Dale Carnegie Course. He later lived in Hastings for four years, and came to Tapiola to make his home nine years ago. Since Nov. of 1999, he made his home at Heritage Manor in Houghton. Mr. Grier was a retired dairy farmer, and had also served as a substitute mail carrier in the Charlotte area. He was a veteran of World War II, having served with the United States Army, and was wounded in Iceland. While he was a patient at the Veteran’s Hospital in North Carolina, he was united in marriage to Pauline Thompson on Aug. 14,1943. He attended a Methodist Church, and was a member of the National Farmers Organization, the Farm Bureau, and, American Legion Post #42, where he served as a past commander. He had served as past third district commander of the American Legion, and was a member of the VFW and the DAV.

   Surviving are his wife, Pauline; five daughters, Linda (David) Rulison of Tapiola, Rosemary Grier (John Welch) of Tapiola, Gloria (Bruce) Griffith of Springfield, Ore., Sandra (Mitch) McGarvey of Howell, Katie (Paul) Goudreault of River Falls, Wis.; 12 grandchildren; one brother, Edmand (Ruth) Grier of Charlotte; two sisters, Barbara (Joseph) Nelson, and Julia (Harold) Weaver, both of Charlotte; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

   As requested by the deceased, there was no visitation and the body was cremated. A memorial service will be held Sunday, Jan. 16, 2p.m. at the American Legion, Charlotte, with Rev. Jeff Bowman officiating.

   Arrangements by Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, Hancock. 

                                     

Phyllis M. Grier 

   Phyllis M. Grier, 75, of Charlotte died Sept. 22, 2000.

   Mrs. Grier was born July 12, 1925 in Eaton Co., the daughter of Robert and Alice (Comstock) Thornton.

   She is survived by one daughter, Susan Grier of Lansing; one son, Michael (Connie) of Charlotte; one  daughter-in-law, Ann Grier of Charlotte; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

   She was proceeded in death by her husband, William Fredrick Grier Oct. 20, 1996; one son, Robert David Grier on March 2, 2000; and one grandson, Jeffery in 1984.

   Services were Sept. 25 at the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Arthur Salisbury officiating. Interment was in the Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice. 

                                     

Robert Grier 

   Robert Davis Grier, 51, of Charlotte, Michigan died Wednesday, March 1, 2000.

   Mr. Grier was born August 12, 1948 in Charlotte, Michigan, the son of William Fredrick and Phyllis Mary (Thornton) Grier. He recently worked as an apprentice operator at Owens Illinois after many years with Griers TV Shop.

   He is survived by his wife of 31 years Ann Christine (Bartolocci), daughter Amy (Jim) Flowers of Battle Creek, sons: Robert Grier and Fiancée Jamie Watson of Florida, Richard Grier of Ft. Hood, Texas, grandson Sean Patrick Flower of Battle Creek, his mother Phyllis, brother Mike (Connie) Grier of Charlotte, sister Susan Grier of Lansing, Uncle Phillip and Aunt Marilyn Masters of Northville and Aunt Caryl Grier of Lansing.

   He was preceded in death by his father in 1996 and son Jeffery in 1984.

   Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 6, 2000 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Charlotte with Father Thomas Nenneau officiating. Interment will be in Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte. Visitation will be Saturday, 7-9 p.m. and Sunday 2-5 and 7-9 p.m., Rosary service 2:00p.m. at Pray Funeral Home.

   If desired memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary Catholic Church or to EC Hospice. 

                                     

Barbara Grooms 

   Barbara (Schneeberger) Grooms, 48, of Dimondale, died May 26, 2000 at a Lansing hospital.

   Mrs. Grooms was born Oct. 15, 1951 in Lansing, a daughter of Glenn and Alice (Umlor) Schneeberger. A 1970 graduate of Eaton Rapids High School, she was employed at Independence Village and formerly at Don’s Windmill Truck Stop, Dimondale.

   She is survived by her mother, Alice Schneeberger; three sisters, Donna (James) Hammel, Bonnie Schneeberger, and Jackie (Daniel) Pope; two brothers, Donald Schneeberger and Roger (Bev) Schneeberger; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins; and numerous friends.

   She was preceded in death by her father, Glenn Schneeberger.

   Services were May 31 at Field & Leik Funeral Home, Dimondale, with the Rev. John Toth officiating. Interment was in the Dimondale Cemetery. 

                                     

Maxine M. Gyger 

   Maxine M. Gyger, 79, of Charlotte died Dec. 24, 2000 at Tendercare South Nursing Home, Lansing, after an extended illness.

   Mrs. Gyger was born in Antioch Township, Wexford County, the daughter of Edwin and Ruth (Thornton) Shrontz and had been a Charlotte resident since 1965. She had been an auditor for the state of Michigan County Fair Division, retiring in January 1987 after 13 years of service. She was a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church and Maple City Post #2406 VFW Auxiliary, Charlotte.

   She is survived by one son, Jack (Nancy) of Charlotte; four grandchildren; and one great grandchild.

   She was preceded in death by one son, Dennis and one daughter, Judith Richardson.

   Cremation has taken place. There will be no visitation.

   Memorial services are Tuesday, Jan. 2 at 6:30 p.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Charlotte, with Rev. Dr. Carol Spangenberg officiating. Arrangements were made by the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the St. John’s Episcopal Church. 

                                     

Marjorie Hackett 

   Marjorie (Hunt) Hackett, 59, of Hudson, Fla., formerly of Vermontville, died Feb. 13, 2000.

   She is survived by her husband of 23 years, Charles; two sons, Bill Lomax of Norfolk, Va., and Mel Lomax of Tampa, Fla.; four grandchildren, Jonathen, Sarah, Brian and Yvette; two sisters, Joan (Larry) Weiler and Wanda (Earl) Sebolt, both of Charlotte; one brother, Ronald (Betty) Hunt of Charlotte; and, many nieces and nephews.

   Cremation is planned and no memorial services will be held.

   Condolence and cards may be sent to Mrs. Hackett’s husband, Charles, at 9207 Bolton Ave., Lot #151, Hudson, FL, 34667.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Bayonet Point Regional Medical Center, Heart Unit, at 14000 Fivay Rd., Hudson, Fla. 34667. 

                                     

Francis Haff 

   Rev. Francis Christian Haff, 93, of Potterville, passed away July 11, 2000.

   Rev. Haff was born June 28, 1907 in Caladonia, the son of Israel and Inez (Jensen) Haff. He graduated from God’s Bible School and Cleveland Bible Institute, and was a member of the Lansing First Church of the Nazarene.

   Surviving are son, Jon (Sandy) of Potterville; daughter, Gloria (Peter) Trumpower of Lakeview; nine grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

   He was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Frances Baker Haff in 1998; and, daughter, Jeanne in 1994.

   Funeral services were held July 14 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Dale Harvey, Rev. Arthur Salisbury, Rev. David Sutherland and Dr. Donald King officiating. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Vermontville.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Lansing.

   Further information available at www.legacy.com.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Inc. 

                                     

Genevieve Frances Hallifax 

   Genevieve Frances Hallifax, age 75 of Eaton Rapids, died Sunday, March 19, 2000. She was born October 22, 1924 in Slinger, Wisconsin, the daughter of Edward and Mabel (Graff) Kohl. Mrs. Hallifax was a graduate of Westbend High School (Wisconsin) class of 1943, she served as a WAVE in the U.S. Navy during World War II, and married Roger E. Hallifax on November 17, 1945. Mrs. Hallifax retired as an Accounting Executive for the State of Michigan serving 33 years. She and her husband were member of the Lansing Moose Lodge. Preceding her in death is her husband of 52 years, Roger in 1998.

   Surviving are 5 daughters, Patricia (Donald) Buggia of DeWitt, Lois Hallifax of Lansing, Jane Hallifax Vedder of Portland, JoAnn (Lynn) Anderson of DeWitt and Julie “Casey” (Scott) Wooster of Chelsea; 5 grandchildren, Tammy and Jeffrey Anderson, Paige Vedder, Breanna and Carley Wooster; one sister, Eleanore Kustka of Green Bay, 4 brothers, Allen Kohl of Winterhaven, FL, Edward Kohl of Milwaukee, Tom Collins of Barton, FL, and Michael Collins of Westerville, OH; and many nieces and nephews.

   Mass of the Christian Burial will be Wednesday, March 22nd at 11 a.m. from St. Peter Catholic Church in Eaton Rapids with Rev. Fr. Ben Constantine as celebrant. Visitation will be Tuesday evening from 6-9 p.m. with a Prayer Service at 6 p.m. at the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. For those desiring, a memorial contribution may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association in memory of Genevieve F. Hallifax. 

                                     

Dorothy Halsey 

   Dorothy Halsey, 85, of Charlotte died March 18, 2000 at the Hospice House of Mid-Michigan, Lansing.

   Mrs. Halsey was born in Eaton Township, Eaton County, the daughter of Clifton and Ruth (Creitz) Southworth, and was a lifelong Charlotte-area resident. She was a 1932 graduate of Charlotte High School, a former volunteer for the Eaton County Extension Service and a volunteer dispatcher for the former Bellevue Rescue Squad. She was a retired bookkeeper, having been employed by Bob Surine Auto Sales, Acme Bookkeeping and Wertz Implement Co., from which she retired in 1973. She was a devoted wife and mother, and, in later years, gifted crafter of leather, fabric and yarn. She married Victor Halsey Aug. 31, 1933.

   She is survived by her husband, Victor; one daughter, Nancy Crane of Mio; two sons, John (Barbara) of Lansing, Ill., and Ronald (Martha) of Potterville; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and one sister, Eleanor Potocki of Hilton Head Island, N.C.

   She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Donis Lashbrook and Marion Heisler; and one step-brother, Darrell VanWey.

   Services were March 21 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel, Charlotte, with the Rev. Thomas Peters officiating. Interment was in the Bosworth Cemetery, Olivet. 

                                     

Anna A. Hamilton 

   Anna Alta Hamilton, 89, of Charlotte died July 27, 2000 at Thornapple Manor Nursing Home, Hastings, after a long illness.

   Mrs. Hamilton was born in McKean County, Penn, the daughter of Rex and Emma (Franklin) Maxson, and had been a Charlotte resident since the late 1930s. She had worked at the former Wilcox-Gay in Charlotte and also as a babysitter. She was a member of the Charlotte Church of the Nazarene, where she served as secretary/treasurer of the Sunday School and had taught both Sunday and Bible school.

   She is survived by one daughter, Joann (Almon) Sebolt of Charlotte; four grandchildren; and one brother, Morris (Ruth) Maxson of Hudson, Fla.

   She was preceded in death by one sister, Vera Parker in 1993, and one brother, Dwellie Maxson in 1966.

   Cremation has taken place. Memorial services were July 31 at the Charlotte Church of the Nazarene with Rev. Arthur Salisbury officiating. Inurnment of cremains was at Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte. Arrangements were made by the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Charlotte Church of the Nazarene. 

                                     

Alverna L. Hammerberg 

   Alverna Leota Hammerberg, 91, of Chelsea, formerly of Charlotte, died Aug. 4, 2000 at Chelsea Retirement Community, Towsley Village.

   Mrs. Hammerberg was born Sept. 29, 1908 in Hyndman, Penn., the daughter of Burton and Laura (Leonard) Wolford. She was a member of the Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church in Charlotte, the Ruth Circle of Chelsea United Methodist Church, and the Chelsea Senior Citizens. She had been a registered nurse, but her main love was her family. On June 12, 1937, she married Fritchiof Hammerberg in Rockville, Md.

   She is survived by three sons, Gary (Lynn Harshbarger) of Chelsea, Bruce (JoAnn) of North Carolina and Craig of Manchester; six grandchildren, Angie Spencer and Jeff, Doug, David and Kris Hammerberg; and four great-grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Fritchiof on July 7, 1977, and one sister.

   Memorial services were Aug. 12 at Chelsea Retirement Community, Towsley Village Chapel, Chelsea, with Rev. James Hilliard officiating. Interment will take place in Pennsylvania. Arrangements were made by the Cole Funeral Home, Chelsea.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Chelsea Senior Citizens. 

                                     

Charles F. Hammell 

   Charles Francis Hammell, 82, of Potterville, died Nov. 16, 2000.

   Mr. Hammell was born Dec. 3, 1917 in Lansing, the son of Charles Howard and Nellie (Hamilton) Hammell. He was a member of VFW Post 6034 of Potterville.

   Surviving are sisters, Elizabeth Austin of Potterville and Charlotte Bridenbaugh of DeWitt; and several nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by a sister, Helen.

   A graveside committal service will be held at a later date in Benton Twp. Cemetery.

   Further information may be available at www.legacy.com.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. 

                                     

Lucille Hanson 

   Lucille “Sue” Hanson, 73, of Auburn, Ind., died Jan. 17, 2000 at DeKalb Memorial Hospital, Auburn, Ind.

   Mrs. Hanson was born June 7, 1926 in Williams Co., Ohio. She was married to Howard Hanson on July 24, 1948 and was a homemaker.

   She is survived by two sons, Steven of Eau Claire, Wis., and Jeff Hanson of Auburn, Ind.; one sister, Dorothy Eagleson of Bowling Green, Ohio; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Oct. 23, 1997, two brothers, and one sister.

   Services were Jan. 20 at Feller Funeral Home, Waterloo, Ind. Interment was in Milton Township Cemetery, Custar, Ohio.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Indian Village Food Bank. 

                                     

Wayne A. Harris 

   Wayne A. Harris, 71, of Olivet, died Monday, Nov. 20, 2000 of natural causes while deer hunting on his farm.

   Mr. Harris was born July 31, 1929 in Walton Twp., the son of Hugh and Margaret (Liggett) Harris, and was a life-long Walton Twp. Resident. He was a 1947 graduate of Olivet High School, a retired employee of Fisher Body Division of General Motors in Lansing, with 23 ½ years of service, and a life-long farmer. He attended Nashville Baptist Church, was a member of the Wolverine State Coon Hunters Club and enjoyed hunting, golfing, working and the outdoors. He was married to Barbara Boysen on June 28, 1958; she preceded him in death on Jan. 9, 1997.

   Surviving are one daughter, Lori (Rev. Deano) Lamphere of Nashville; one son, Martin (Marie) Harris of Springport; five grandchildren, Joshua, Eric and Adam Lamphere, and Kayla and Devin Harris; his mother, Margaret Harris of Olivet; brother, Gaylord (Ardeth) Harris of Olivet; sisters, Dorma Hisler of Springport and Myrna (Miles) Shrontz of Coral Springs, Fla.; dear friend, Shirley Weaver of Olivet; and 22 nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by his father in Jan. 1967.

   Funeral services were held Nov. 24 at Nashville Baptist Church with Rev. Lester DeGroot and Rev. Deano Lamphere officiating. Interment was at Bosworth Cemetery, Olivet.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Nashville Baptist Church.

   Arrangements by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte. 

                                     

Lute Hartenburg 

   Lute Hartenburg, age 86, died Tuesday, June 6, 2000 in Lansing. Lute was born July 19, 1913 in Eaton Rapids Twp., the son of Burr Riley and Mable Lavine (Higelmire) Hartenburg and was raised by his step father, Rocky Canady from the age of 14. Mr. Hartenburg was an active member of the Robbins United Methodist Church, a prominent Eaton Rapids farmer and served as President of the Eaton County Farm Bureau. He was a Past President of the Eaton Rapids School Board. Lute loved farming, his grandchildren, fishing, gardening, and working in his yard. He was preceded in death by 2 sons, Burr & Jerry L.; sister, Erma Anderson; brother, Wayland “Wade” Hartenburg; 2 brothers-in-law, Bernard (Ellen) Bellows, Emory Anderson and his step brother, Vern Canady.

   Surviving are his wife of 64 years, Maxine O. (Bellows); Hartenburg of Westlake, Ohio; daughter-in-law, Renee Hartenburg of Eaton Rapids; 10 grandchildren, Julie (Doug) Tews, Gretchen (Keith) Pretty, Rachel (Jim) Myers, Kurt Hartenburg and their mother, Audrey Hartenburg; Heidi (John) McGarry, Derrick L. Hartenburg, Heather (Paul) DeRose, John (Melissa) Hartenburg, Ben (Andrea) Hartenburg, Peter Hartenburg; 13 great-grandchildren, Jenna Tews, Adam Pretty, Audra Pretty, Victoria Pretty, Kathryn Pretty, Thomas Myers, Maria Myers, Molly McGarry, Megan McGarry, Zach Hartenburg, Evan Hartenburg, Ross Hartenburg, Paige Hartenburg; 2 sisters-in-law, Leone Hartenburg of Eaton Rapids, Lola Anderson of St. Louis; step sister, Myrtle Canady of AZ; several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

   Funeral services were held Friday, June 9, 2000 at the Robbins United Methodist Church, Eaton Rapids, with Pastor Marty DeBow officiating. Interment followed at Oakwood Cemetery, Eaton Rapids. Casket bearers were Kurt Hartenburg, Derrick Hartenburg, John Hartenburg, Ben Hartenburg, and Peter Hartenburg. The family was served through the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids. Those desiring may make contributions to the Robbins United Methodist Church in memory of Lute Hartenburg. www.legacy.com. 

                                     

Ferron Hartshorn 

   Ferron H. Hartshorn, 71, of Bellevue died May 30, 2000, at Borgess Hospital, Kalamazoo.

   Mr. Hartshorn was born Oct. 30, 1928 in Moscow, Ohio, the son of Harry and Maude (Manning) Hartshorn. He graduated from high school in Ohio and attended the Peniel Bible Institute in Kentucky, becoming a minister at the Vicksburg Assembly of God. He had been employed with Kellogg’s, retiring in 1988 from the processing department. He was a member of the Kellogg’s 25-year Club and a part-time minister. He served as a U.S. Army medic during the Korean War. He enjoyed playing gold, lawn work and being a father and grandfather.

   He is survived by his wife, Wilda; three daughters, Cindy (Hank) Emenhiser of Charlotte, Dawn (Larry) Baughman of Climax and Kim (Dan) Hoving of Traverse City; three sons, Chris (Tina) Davis of Battle Creek, James (Yvonne) Hartshorn of Miami, Fla., and the Rev. Mark (Debbie) Hartshorn of West Chester, Ohio; 13 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; three sisters, Gail Greishop of Dayton, Ohio, Maxine Hartshorn of Xenia, Ohio, and Alice Cox of Heiskell, Tenn.; and two brothers, Paul of Lexington, Ken., and Edward of Lakeland, Fla.

   He was preceded in death by two brothers, Harry and James, and one granddaughter, Kelcey Hoving in 1989.

   Services were June 2 at the Bellevue Christian Center, Bellevue, with the Rev. Steve Covert and the Rev. Mark Hartshorn officiating. Interment was in the Riverside Cemetery, Bellevue. Arrangements were made by the Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Bellevue Christian Center. 

                                     

Shirley L. (Jones) Haskell 

   Shirley L. (Jones) Haskell, of Lansing, formerly of Eaton Rapids, died Thursday, March 9, 2000 at the age of 60. Shirley was born May 29, 1939 in Lansing, the daughter of Oscar Bert and Eva Elizabeth Jones.

   Surviving are 3 children, Ireta M. (Eric) Peterson of Mulliken, Thomas (Jeanie) Henderson of Eaton Rapids, Lura E. (Gregory) Jarosz of Lincoln Park; 10 grandchildren, Heather M., Amber R., Gustav R. and James Q. Peterson, Benjamin T., Jack L., and Naomi “Jacque” Henderson, Robert J., Melissa A. and Joshua A. Jarosz; father Oscar Bert Jones of Traverse City; 2 brothers, Rob (Kathy) Rouser of Eaton Rapids, Dale (Barbara) Jones of Kingsley; 2 sisters, Paulette (Ron) Crosby of Eaton Rapids, Ellen “Vickie” (George) Cole-Rouser of Potterville and several nieces, nephews and cousins. She also leaves behind many doctors, nurses, and co-workers at Ingham Regional Medical Center whom she loved dearly, and patients that she cherished. Shirley’s passion was riding in the wind with her friends in the Blue Angels Motor Cycle Club in Detroit. She’ll never be forgotten by her many friends and family from across the country.

   A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, March 15, 2000, at 4:00 p.m., at the Life Christian Church, 2560 Eaton Rapids Road, M-99, with Rev. David Stephens officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Those desiring may make contributions to the charity of one’s choice in memory of Shirley Haskell. Arrangements were made by the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids. 

                                     

Vera Jean Hayter 

   Vera Jean Hayter, age 73 of Eaton Rapids, died Thursday, November 9, 2000 at the University Hospital in Ann Arbor. She was born January 15, 1927 in Saulte Ste. Marie, Michigan, the daughter of Delbert and Edith (Heath) VanLuven. Mrs. Hayter was a very active person, enjoying golf, playing cards and going out to dinner and shopping. She was formerly employed at Miller’s Ice Cream Parlour in Eaton Rapids, spent 18 years working for the Eaton Stamping Company in Eaton Rapids, worked several year with Care Free in Charlotte, 14 years as Cook for Rod’s Lounge in Eaton Rapids and was currently a carrier for the Lansing State Journal, Flashes, Eaton Community News and Detroit News. Preceding her in death were her husband, Leslie D. Hayter in 1980; 2 grandchildren; and 3 siblings.

   Surviving are 4 children, Velma (Dan) Brouque of Grand Haven, Lila Deverney of Owosso, Bill (Dawn) Gleason of Eaton Rapids and Tom (Missy) Gleason of Onondaga; 10 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; 5 brothers and sisters including Clyde (Dorothy) VanLuven of Mason; numerous nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held on Monday, November 13th from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with Rev. Stephen Klink of the community Christian Church officiating. Burial followed in the Rosehill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids. For those desiring, a memorial contribution may be made to the Heart & Hands in Eaton Rapids, envelopes are available at the funeral home. 

                                     

Lawrence Hawkins 

   Lawrence Hawkins, 76, of Jackson died March 26, 2000 at Doctor’s Hospital, Jackson.

   Mr. Hawkins was born Aug. 20, 1923, the son of the late Fay and Hattie (Bale) Hawkins. He graduated from Vermontville High School in 1941 and joined the U.S. Navy. He served on a submarine during World War II from July 1941 until August 1946. He was a former member of Teamsters Local #580 of Lansing, and Teamsters Local #414, Ft. Wayne, Ind. He was a life member of VFW Post #2406, Eagles Aerie #3552 and American Legion Post #42, all of Charlotte. He was also affiliated with the VFW National Home for Children in Eaton Rapids, and Camp Trotter (VFW camp for children), and the United States Submarine Vets of World War II. He had a great love of his country, family and friends.

   He is survived by one daughter, Debbie, one son, David (Brenda); two granddaughters, Heather and Stacee; a special son, Don Stahl; one brother, Elwood; three sisters, Eleanor Rawson, Lucille Carroll and Anna Mae Schaub Antico; and, many nieces and nephews.

   At his request, cremation has taken place.

   Graveside memorial services were March 31 at the Veterans’ Cemetery, Battle Creek.

   Memorial contributions may be made to VFW National Home for Children, 1573 S. Waverly Rd., Eaton Rapids, MI 18827, or the Children’s Miracle Network.

   Arrangements were made by the M.G. Braun Funeral Home, Brooklyn. 

                                     

Norine M. Heisler 

   Norine M. (Sharp) Heisler, 90, of Olivet died Dec. 1, 2000 at Oaklawn Hospital, Marshall.

   Mrs. Heisler was born Sept. 4, 1910 in Chester Twp., Eaton Co., the daughter of Carl and Phoebe (Ripley) Sharp and was a lifelong Eaton County resident. She married Andrew Heisler Nov. 29, 1928.

   She is survived by three sons, Dwight (Helen), Dewey (Shirley), and Richard (Sheila), all of Olivet; eight grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Andrew Dec. 11, 1985; and one granddaughter, Jean Ellen Heisler on May 31, 1963.

   Services were Dec. 4 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel, Charlotte, with Pastor David Litchfield officiating. Interment was in the Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Lee Center United Methodist Church.

   Arrangements by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte. 

                                     

Arlene Helderman 

   Arlene Helderman, 76, of Hanover, passed away Tuesday, De. 5, 2000 at Albion Manor Nursing Home.

   Mrs. Helderman was born Aug. 23, 1924 in East Jordan, the daughter of Marenus and Frances Hayward. She was a Girl Scout leader in the Munith area, and cared for many foster children through the years.

   Surviving are children, Sam (Susan) Clough of Jackson, Judi (Bob) Davis St. of Springport, Sandi (Jerry) Andrews of Albion, Sherry (Bill) Parlow of Saratoga, Wyo., Beth (Michael Ewald) Helderman of Hanover; step-children, Charles (Sally) Helderman of New Jersey and Irma Lumsden of Missouri; brother, M.E. “Mike” Hayward Jr. and Anson Hayward, both of Florida, Arthur Hayward of Lansing and Kenn Hayward of Eaton Rapids; sisters, Eleanor Hawley of Peoria, Ill., Genevra “Genny” Wilson of Charlotte and Sharon Ryder of Florida; 17 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Ray Helderman in 1984; three sisters and one brother.

   Funeral services were held Dec. 8 at Kurtz-Towns Funeral Homes, Hanover, with Pastor Tom Dillard officiating. Interment was at Hanover Cemetery.

   Arrangements by Kurtz-Towns Funeral Homes Hanover. 

                                     

Dorothy Hennessey 

   Dorothy Hennessey, 81, of Charlotte died April 27, 2000.

   Mrs. Hennessey was born Aug. 21, 1918 in Bay City, the daughter of Stanley and Victoria Jones. She had been a home health care aide for many local Alzheimer’s patients. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Charlotte, an active member of its Altar Society and an Ecumenical Minister.

   She is survived by two daughters, Torre Bolus of Lansing and Loraine (Gary) Shaver of Charlotte; two sons, Mike (special friend Nancy Bennett) and Jerry (Annette), both of Charlotte; six grandchildren, Anne Marie Bolus of Lansing, Jason, Benjamin and Matthew Shaver, Stephanie Hennessey, and David Kirby, all of Charlotte; and one great-grandson, James “Cal” Carlyle Leppien of Lansing.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Carlyle “Cal” in 1972.

   Funeral Mass was April 29 at ST. Mary’s Catholic Church with Fr. Thomas Nenneau officiating. Interment was in the Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte. Arrangements were made by the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. 

                                     

Gordon J. Henry 

   Gordon, J. Henry, 55, of Olivet, died Nov. 5, 2000 at his residence.

   Mr. Henry was born Sept. 17, 1945 in Lansing, the son of Harold and Wilma (Struble) Henry and had been an Olivet resident for 50 years. He was a 1963 graduate of Olivet High School and attended Ainger Bible Church. He loved golf and was an avid sports enthusiast. He was a longtime secretary and played in the Tuesday night men’s golf league at Olivet Country Club and was the organizer of the Weekend Wing Ding Golf Tournament that had been held for many years. He loved the Olivet Eagles, the Michigan State Spartans and the Detroit Professional teams. He was a 35-year employee of Owens-Brockway in Charlotte.

   He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Linda (Long) Henry; sons, John T. Henry and James M. (Deborah) Henry; daughter, Laura Henry; grandson, Caleb James Henry; his mother, Wilma (Henry) Garity; brothers, Ron (Nancy) Henry and Tink (Shirley) Henry; sister, Elizabeth (Bob) Yago; and several nieces and nephews and grand-nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by his father, Harold Henry on Feb. 27, 1965.

   Services were Nov. 7 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel, Charlotte, with Pastor Scott Brood of the Ainger Bible Church officiating. Interment was in the Olivet Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Ainger Bible Church. 

                                     

Joseph Henry 

   Joseph Lee Henry, 42, of Potterville died Jan. 22, 2000.

   Mr. Henry was an employee of Fleet Image, attended Life Christian Church and was a loving and caring father.

   He is survived by one daughter, Katy Henry of Potterville; one son, Jarrod of Potterville; his parents, William and Catherine (Hunt) Henry of Potterville; one sister, Jennie (Mark) Mishler of Charlotte; and many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by one brother, Michael, and three nephews, David and Craig Henry and Travis Mishler.

   Services were Jan. 26 at Peters & Murray Funeral Home, Grand Ledge. Interment was at the Benton Township Cemetery Potterville.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Henry Children’s Trust Fund. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. 

                                     

Robert Hicks 

   Robert Hicks, 59, of Charlotte died Wednesday, Dec. 29, 1999 at Mercy Hospital, Cadillac, after a seven-year illness.

   Mr. Hicks was born Sept. 9, 1940 in Allen Park, the son of Robert and Betty (Pease) Hicks. He grew up in Grand Marais and married Beatrice Kay Moon Nov. 6, 1993. He lived most of his life in the Lansing area and was a truck driver for Copco Paper (Unisource) until his retirement.

   He is survived by his wife, Beatrice; one daughter, Cheryl (Dave) Wood of Belleville; one son, Robert (Sherry) Hicks of Charlotte; two stepsons, Jeffery (Val) Weeks of Eaton Rapids and Chad (Cherri) Weeks of Charlotte; pme brother, Allen (Joyce) of Richland; and seven grandchildren, Brandon, Chelsea, David, Kristel, Donnie, Nick and Michael.

   Memorial services and interment will be announced at a later date.

   Arrangements were made by the Hall Funeral Chapel, Manton. 

                                     

Howard Floyd Hisler 

   Howard Floyd Hisler, age 43 of Eaton Rapids, went to be with the Lord on Friday, October 13, 2000. He was born August 25, 1957 in Eaton Rapids, the son of Howard D. and Gwen (Wilbur) Hisler. Howard was an Eaton Rapids High School Graduate, class of 1975. He worked as a Maintenance Supervisor for the Michigan Packing Co. in Mason for 23 years. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Eaton Rapids, a member of the Hamlin Township Fire Department and an Emergency Medical Technician. He was preceded in death by a brother, Steven Hisler in 1990.

   Surviving are girlfriend, Julie Beurmann of Eaton Rapids; 2 children, Jacob Hisler of Charlotte and Jane Hisler of Eaton Rapids; parents, Howard D. (Dorothy) Hisler of Eaton Rapids and Gwen (Richard) Oberlin of Fredericks, TX; grandparents, Margaret Wilbur of Eaton Rapids and Leota Trainor of Palmetto, FL; brothers and sisters, Dian (Brad) Brummette, Mark (Melissa) Hisler, Wendy (James) Wickman, Jeff (Beth) Palmer, Julie Thompson, Jim (Serena) Palmer, Carrie (Jason) Roemer, Phil (Kelli) Oberlin, James (Jody) Dean, Rob Oberlin, Rick (Candi) Oberlin, Ronnie (Jennifer) Oberlin and Lisa (Michael) Clore; several nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

   Funeral services will be Tuesday, October 17th at 1 p.m. from the First Baptist Church in Eaton Rapids with the Rev. Scott Boles officiating. Burial will follow in the Rosehill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids with honor guard and pallbearers provided by the Hamlin Township Fire Dept. Arrangements by the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. For those desiring, a memorial contribution may be made to the Hamlin Township Fire Department, in memory of Howard F. Hisler. 

                                     

Larry D. Hocquard 

   Larry Darwin Hocquard, 49, of Charlotte, passed away Thursday, Oct. 26, 2000.

   Mr. Hocquard was born March 19, 1951 in Lansing, the son of Raymond and Marvel (Courtright) Hocquard. He was baptized into the Catholic Church and was a Vietnam-era veteran, serving with the U.S. Army.

   Surviving are son, Larry (Leslie) of N.C., and Darrin and David of Kentucky; former wife, Susan of Kentucky; twin sister, Sherry Hernandez of Lansing; brothers, Raymond (Thelma) Hocquard of Charlotte, Leon (Jan) Hocquard of Crawfordsville, Ind., and George Hocquard of Edgewater, Fla.; several nieces and nephews; father, Raymond (Lorraine) Hocquard of Edgewater, Fla.; and grandmother, Clara Hocquard of Lansing.

   He was preceded in death by his mother, Marvel in 1989.

   Funeral services were held Oct. 30 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Father Bennett Constantine officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Barry-Eaton Hospice.

   Further information may be available at www.legacy.com.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Inc. 

                                     

Kathy S. Hodges 

   Kathy Sue Hodges, 43, of Charlotte, died Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2000.

   Miss Hodges was born Dec. 29, 1956, the daughter of Clarence and Dorothy (Curley) Hodges. She was a member of the Church of the Resurrection in Lansing.

   Surviving are her parents; brother, Edward (Rose) Hodges of Charlotte; fiancé, Jerry Pomeroy; and special friend, Lilla Olson.

   Funeral services were held Oct. 19 at Chruch of the Resurrection, Lansing, with Father Michael Petroski officiating. Interment was at Benton Township Cemetery, Potterville.

   Further information may be available at www.legacy.com.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Inc. 

                                     

Patricia R. Hoffman 

   Patricia F. Hoffman, 63, of Nashville, died Friday, Dec. 15, 2000 at Spectrum Health-East, Grand Rapids.

   Mrs. Hoffman was born Nov. 22, 1937 in Rochester, the daughter of Omer and Doris (Mulholland) Carey. She was raised in the Charlotte area and attended schools there, graduating in 1956 from Charlotte High School. She lived in the Charlotte/Nashville area most of her life. She married Roy “John” Hoffman on Jan. 2, 1970; he died June 7, 2000. Mrs. Hoffman was employed at General Motors Corp. in Lansing from 1969 until she retired in 1986, and had previously worked for Michigan National Bank in Potterville. She was a member of Women of the Moose and the VFW Auxiliary, and enjoyed doing word search puzzles, gardening, bird watching, fishing, and watching soap operas on TV.

   She is survived by four sons, Kevin (Cindy) Bumford of Battle Creek, and Kerwin, Gordon (Cindy) and Jeff Bumford, all of Nashville; one daughter, Lynn (Tom) Leonard of Hastings; two stepsons, Bill (Evelyn) Hoffman of Portland and Christopher (Treasa) Hoffman of Charlotte; two stepdaughters, Reda Hoffman of Eaton Rapids and Cindy Ripley of Detroit; ten grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, ten step-grandchildren and one step-great-grandchild; two brothers, Dean (Ruth) Carey of Charlotte and Duane (Carolyn) Carey of Lansing; four sisters, Sue (Sam) Satterlee and Doreen (Harry) Stanton, both of Charlotte, Fonda (John) Hannaford of Sterling Heights, and Babe (Don) Bridges of Gladwin; and several nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, Gregg Bumford; grandson, Brandon Miser-Bumford; and father-in-law, Dewey Dull.

   Services were held Dec. 19 at Wren Funeral Home, Hastings, with Rev. Alan Mettler officiating. Interment was at Lakeview Cemetery, Nashville. Arrangements were made by the Wren Funeral Home, Hastings.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the family. 

                                     

Roy Hoffman 

   Roy “John” Hoffman, 62, of Nashville, died Wednesday, June 7, 2000 at Ingham Regional Medical Center in Lansing.

   Mr. Hoffman was born Oct. 6, 1937 in Nashville, the son of Eber and Dorotha (Callihan) Hoffman. He was raised in the Nashville area and attended school there. He lived in the same home in Nashville for the past 20 years, moving there form Charlotte. He married Patricia (Carey) Bumford on Jan. 1, 1971; she survives. Mr. Hoffman was employed at the Michigan Department of Transportation from 1964 until he retired in 1991. He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed working out of his fix-it shop at his home.

   Surviving are his wife, Patricia; sons, Bill (Evelyn) Hoffman of Portland and Christopher (Treasa) Hoffman of Charlotte; daughters, Reda Hoffman of Eaton Rapids and Cindy Ripley of Westland; stepsons, Kevin (Cindy) Bumford of Battle Creek, Kerwin (Carol) Bumford of Delton, Gordon (Cindy) Bumford and Jeff Bumford, both of Nashville; stepdaughter, Lynn Jane (Tom) Leonard of Nashville; ten grandchildren, 15 step-grandchildren and eight step-great-grandchildren; mother, Dorotha Dull of Hastings; brother, Duane (Judy) Hoffman of Lake Odessa, Marvin (Laura Mae) Hoffman of Hastings, Ronald (Penny) Hoffman of Caledonia; sister, Patricia (Robert) Webb of Hastings; and, nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by his father; stepfather, Dewey Dull; stepson, Gregg Bumford; and stepgrandson, Brandon Misner.

   Services were held June 10 at Wren Funeral Home, Hastings, with Rev. John Jakus officiating. Interment was at Lakeview Cemetery, Nashville.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the family.

   Arrangements by Wren Funeral Home, Hastings. 

                                     

Sally Holmes 

   Sally (McDonald) Holmes, 64, of Charlotte died Feb. 22, 2000 after a brief, but courageous battle with cancer.

   Mrs. Holmes was born Aug. 7, 1935 in Charlotte, the daughter of Francis J. and Thelma C. (Howard) McDonald. She was a lifelong Charlotte resident and a 1953 graduate of Charlotte High School. She was very supportive of her children by being involved in the Charlotte Band Boosters and a Den Mother for Cub Scouts. She had been employed for 24 years by General Motors SPO in Lansing.

   She is survived by two daughters, Catherine (Francois) Moyet of Kalamazoo and Candace (Ronald) Moiles of Mattawan; two sons, Craig (Diane) of Huntersville, N.C. and Daniel (Staci) of Charlotte; four grandchildren Jud and Evan Moiles and Claire and Mathilde Moyet; and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, A. Joseph in 1994, and one sister, Susie Mazurek.

   Services were Feb. 26 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel, Charlotte, with the Rev. Arthur Salisbury officiating. Interment was in the Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Lawrence Dimondale Center, Eaton Community Hospice, or American Caner Society.

   The family is grateful to everyone who assisted with the care of their mother, with special recognition of One North at the St. Lawrence Dimondale Center. 

                                     

Wesley V. Horn 

   Wesley V. Horn, age 90, died February 27, 2000. Mr. Horn was born in rural Pillager, Minnesota on July 16, 1909 to George Wesley and Flarra Belle Horn. He was a resident of the Lansing area for the past 60 years having lived at Park Lake, Holt and most recently Eaton Rapids. He was a member of the First Assembly of God Church and has been employed by Lorenz Bros. Buick and Phillip (Capitol) Dodge of Lansing as a body mechanic prior to his retirement in 1975.

   Surviving are his son, George W. of DeWitt; 2 daughters, Beverly (Lew) Wilson of Eaton Rapids, and Gloria (Kenneth) Feher of Haslett; brother, Daniel of Baxter, Minnesota; 6 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. Mr. Horn was preceded in death by his wife Ardeth, grandchildren Susan Horn, 2 sisters and 10 brothers.

   Funeral services were held Wednesday at the Gorsline-Runciman Lansing Chapel. Interment was in Gunnisonville Cemetery, DeWitt Twp. Those wishing may contribute to the Eaton Rapids Medical Center or the Alzheimer Association. 

                                     

Anni Hose 

   Anni “Oma” Hose, 92, of Lansing died Sept. 9, 2000.

   Mrs. Hose was born Nov. 27, 1907 in Germany, the daughter of Johann and Rosa (Berg) Nemetz.

   She is survived by one daughter, Christel (Mamun) Lojewski-Taha of Lansing; one brother, Hans Nemetz of Germany; one granddaughters, Karen (Scott) Silcox of Charlotte; two great-granddaughters, Mindy and Ashley; and two step-great-grandsons, Eric and Kyle.

   Graveside services were Sept. 23 at the Needmore Cemetery, Chester Township, with R. Raymond Rossell officiating. Arrangements were made by the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Christian Children’s Fund. 

                                     

Mary Martha Hosler 

   Mary Martha Hosler, age 92 of Eaton Rapids, died Tuesday, October 31, 2000 in Eaton Rapids. She was born January 15, 1908 in Lansing, the daughter of William F. and Altha E. (Chapman) Hall. Mary was a high school graduate and received her teacher’s degree at County Normal. She started teaching in 1929 at Boody Country School, then moved to Royston and then Bentley Country Schools. She ended up at Dimondale Elementary School, and when they merged with Holt, moving to the Holt school system. She retired as a school teacher and the Holt Administration brought her back as a Librarian, and before long became Elementary Library Supervisor for Holt. Mary has been a long standing member of the Robbins United Methodist Church in Eaton Rapids. She was preceded in death by her husband Earl in 1993; 2 brothers, Lyle and Richard Hall; and a granddaughter, Ann Mary Grabow in 1976.

   Surviving are 2 children, daughter, Marilyn (Harry) Grabow of Eaton Rapids and son, William L. (Norma) Holser of Dansville; 4 grandchildren, Joellen Hosler, Chris (Andrea) Hosler, Virginia (Richard) Berry and James (Patricia) Grabow; nephew, Lawrence (Jeraldine) Hall.

   Funeral services were Friday, November 3, 2000 from the Robbins United Methodist Church, with Rev. Marty DeBow officiating. Burial followed in the Rosehill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids. Arrangements were made by the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. For those desiring a memorial contribution may be made to the Robbins United Methodist Church in memory of Mary M. Hosler. 

                                     

Kathryn B. Houck 

   Kathryn Bosworth Houck, 86, of Vermontville, died Nov. 28, 2000.

   Mrs. Houck was born July 28, 1914 in Vermontville, the daughter of Jessie LeRoy “Roy” and Cora (Chatfield) Hager. She retired in 1980 after 16 years of serving as the Eaton County clerk. She had worked as a dental receptionist for Dr. McLaughlin, and was the former Vermontville Township clerk. She loved horses and received many awards and championships for her horses. She also enjoyed fishing, and was a charter member of the Vermontville Historical Society, as well as a member of the Eaton County Humane Society, National Organization of Women, First Congregational Church and LCA of Vermontville, Charlotte VFW Post #2406 Auxiliary, and Charlotte American Legion Post #42 Auxiliary.

   She is survived by two sisters, Phyllis Kilpatrick of Vermontville and June Stair of East Lansing; one brother, Clair “Pat” Hager of Vermontville; nephews, Steve (Jodie) Kilpatrick of Lansing, Mike (Cecelia) Kilpatrick of California, Kevin (Mary) Kilpatrick of Portage, Earl “Bud” Townsend of Colorado, Bob Hager of South Carolina, and Bill Parkinson of Cadillac; nieces, Elouise Bowen of Battle Creek and Margaret Strang and June Nash, both of Lansing.

   She was preceded in death by one sister, Verna Burk.

   Services were held Dec. 1 at the First Congregational Church of Vermontville with Rev. Eric Lison officiating. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Vermontville. Arrangements were made by the Pray Funeral Home. 

                                     

Donna Housler 

   Donna Lou Housler, 75, of Charlotte died July 10, 2000.

   Ms. Housler was born Jan. 20, 1925 in Vermontville, the daughter of Arthur and LuLu (Culver) Housler. She was an office worker for the Atomic Energy Commission and served her country during World War II in the WACS.

   She is survived by one brother, Paul Housler of Calif., and many nieces and nephews.

   Arrangements were made by the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Eaton County Medical Care Facility, Charlotte. 

                                     

Robert Bishop Houston 

   Robert Bishop Houston, age 88, of Naples, FL, died Monday, February 21, 2000. He was a lifelong resident of Eaton Rapids before retiring to Bonita Springs, FL. Bob worked for Miller’s Ice Cream Factory for over 30 years.

   He is survived by a son, James (Debbie) Houston of Cripple Creek, CO; a daughter, Ann (David) Hartley of Bonita Springs; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Roberta; a son, Stephen; and a brother, James.

   Private graveside services were held at the Bonita Springs Cemetery on Friday, February 25th. For those desiring, a contribution to the Shriners Hospital for Children, 12502 North Pine Drive, Tampa, FL 33612 in memory of Robert. 

                                     

Jerry L. Howard 

   Jerry L. Howard, 59, of Charlotte died Sept. 20, 2000.

   Mr. Howard was born Dec. 4, 1940 in Charlotte, the son of Gerald and Dorothy (Brown) Howard.

   He is survived by one daughter, Jeanne Rohder of Lansing; one son, Greg Howard; and four grandchildren.

   Memorial services were Sept. 23 at Faith Tabernacle, Lansing, with Pastor Frances Simon officiating. Interment was in the Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte. Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Inc. 

                                     

Gabriel J. J. Howe 

   Gabriel Josiah Jackson Howe, 4, of Charlotte, died Thursday, Aug. 10, 2000.

   Gabriel was born Feb. 21, 1996, in Lansing.

   Surviving are his parents, Richard and Kathleen (Lippert) Howe; brothers, Adam Quintela with the U.S. Navy, Keith Howe of Lansing, and D’Andre Jackson and Kenneth Turner, both of Ypsilanti; a sister, Danielle Turner of Ypsilanti; grandparents, Gary Jackson of Mason, R.J. and Delphine Lippert of Ithaca, and Joyce Howe of Eaton Rapids; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

   Memorial services were held Aug. 14 at the Olivet First Assembly of God, with Rev. Douglas Hammond officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Children’s Ministry at Olivet First Assembly of God. Envelopes are available at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, or at the church.

   Further information may be available at www.legacy.com.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Inc. 

                                     

Gleason Iams 

   Gleason Lee Iams, 42, of Eaton Rapids died May 300, 2000 in Eaton Rapids.

   Mr. Iams was born March 9, 1958 in Charlotte, the son of Gleason and Melva (Bearndt) Iams. He had been a truck driver with NTB Trucking.

   He is survived by his wife, Shelly; three daughters, Rabeca Buck, Elizabeth Buck, and Robin Iams; one son, Robert; two sisters, Iris Brown of Plymouth and Jody (Butch) DeWaters of Charlotte; and one brother, Charles (Kimberly) of Eaton Rapids.

   Graveside services were June 2 at the Rosehill Cemetery, Eaton Rapids, with Pastor Mark Woodbury of the Charlotte Assembly of God officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Iams Children Education Fund. 

                                     

Lois Irene Ide 

   Rejoice Dear Hearts and do not cry-I did not die-but only change in a twinkling of an eye-to join my savior in the sky. I’ll wait for you there and joyfully we’ll be together again, for Eternity. The heart of our family started her new journey Wednesday, September 20, 2000 at the age of 65. Until we meet again, her kindness, her laugh, her sweetness and her dark happy eyes will be deeply missed. Her love of birds, her flower gardens and her many trips to their place on the lake gave her great happiness and peace. She loved her Lord and savior, Jesus Christ, her husband and her children with all her heart.

   Surviving are her husband of 47 years, Denis Ide and her six beautiful children, Valerie (Paul) Weston, Marguerite Smith, Denis Ide, Martha (Steve) Graves and Elizabeth (Paul) McCalla, plus nine dear grandchildren, Kelly, Trinity, Sean, Jacob, Joshua, Hannah, Victoria, Justin and Garrett who were in her prayers and part of her life always.

   Visitation for family and friends was held at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids on Friday. Final Services will be with her immediate family in a private ceremony. A special thanks to nurse Kathy Myasato and Margaret Kyser for their loving care. Donations may be made to Eaton Community Hospice. www.legacy.com. 

                                     

Karrie E. Ingram 

   Karrie Ellen Ingram, 42, of Charlotte, died Monday, Oct. 9, 2000.

   Mrs. Ingram was born July 6, 1958 in Lansing, the daughter of Robert and Maxine (Allen) Waite. She was a member of the Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church, and a former member of the Eaton County Sheriff Posse. She was also the deli manager for the Charlotte Felpausch store, where she had worked for 13 years.

   Surviving are her husband, Eric Ingram of Charlotte; daughter, Kaylee Ingram of North Lawrence, Ohio; sons, Marty Lake of Potterville and Sam Ingram of Charlotte; father, Robert (Menta) Waite of Hastings and Ronald (Carol) Waite of Texas; an aunt, Joyce McElrath of Lansing; and, nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her mother, and daughter, Christina Lake in 1992.

   Memorial services were held Oct. 13 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. George Fleming officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Eaton County 4-H Club.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Inc. 

                                     

Colonel David K. Jackson 

   Colonel David K. Jackson (Retired) age 62 of Eaton Rapids, died Monday, July 17, 2000 in Lansing. David was born August 25, 1937 in Eaton Rapids, the son of Herbert Lester and Marion Elizabeth (Tomlinson) Jackson. He graduated from MSU in the ROTC Program, which led to a 30 year career in the U.S. Air Force, retiring as Colonel. He served in several foreign countries and during the Johnson Administration he was stationed on Air Force One. While serving his country he obtained his PhD in education administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He continued to broaden his educational horizons through practical “hands on” classes so he could enjoy his numerous hobbies such as stained glass, auto body (restoring a roadster), gardening, canning, wood working and clock restoration. His desire had always been to retire to his hometown of Eaton Rapids where his other passion was teaching and sharing with the students at the Eaton Rapids Middle School.

   Surviving are his wife, Lee Druskis Jackson; daughter, Captains Laurie (Dean) Frazier stationed in Germany; son, Steve Jackson of San Rafael, CA; 3 brothers, Wayne (Karen) Jackson of Eaton Rapids, Leroy (Karen) Jackson of Illinois, Dean (Marcia) Jackson of Eaton Rapids; 3 sisters, T. Joan (Paul) Barsdale of North Carolina, Linda (Glen) Meyer of Eaton Rapids and Ilene McCarthy of Eaton Rapids; several aunts, including Betty Sharland of Jackson; numerous nieces, nephews and long time friend Mary Twigg of Eaton Lansing.

   Funeral services was held on Friday, July 21, 2000, at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with Military Honors presented by Wright Patterson Air Force Base. Those desiring may make contributions to the Eaton County Community Foundation, Colonel David K. Jackson Scholarship Fund in his memory. www. Legacy.com. 

                                     

Florence C. Jackson 

   Florence C. Jackson, age 89, died Tuesday, June 27, 2000 in Springfield, Ohio. Florence was born June 27, 1911 in Onstead, the daughter of George Edward and Georginia Eliza (Armstrong) White. She was a member of the Eaton Rapids First United Methodist Church. Florence graduated from Eastern Michigan University, Class of 1941, and taught in the Michigan public schools for 39 years with 25 years in the Eaton Rapids schools. She was a member of the National, State and County Education Associations and very active in the Eaton Rapids Hospital Auxiliary. She was preceded in death by her husband, Chester, in 1989; 2 sisters, Elizabeth Crow in 1980 and Bonita Cisco in 1997; and brother, Dr. Edward White in 1988.

   Florence is survived by 3 nephews, Chris J. (Brenda) White of Bakersfield, CA, Sam (Chris) White of Visalia, CA, Eric (Terri) Crow of Springfield OH; 3 nieces, Susan Tovar of Tulare, CAL, Ann (Gerald) Baker of Springfield, OH, Connie McBrayer of Flat Rock, NC; 7 grandnephews and 8 grandnieces.

   Funeral services were held Saturday, July 1, 2000, at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids, with Pastor Tom Evans of the Eaton Rapids First United Methodist Church officiating. Interment followed at Rosehill Cemetery, Eaton Rapids. Those desiring may make contributions to either the First United Methodist Church Building Fund or the Eaton Rapids Medical Center Building Fund in memory of Florence Jackson. 

                                     

Edward Jecks 

   Edward Jecks, age 67, died Sunday, March 19, 2000, at his home. Ed was born July 31, 1932 in Morristown, TN, to parents Leon A. and Mary (Fulton) Jecks. He has been a builder in the Eaton Rapids area for over 29 years, during which he has built over 400 homes. Ed semi-retired in 1994 and remained active in the family home building business. He volunteered his time with handicapped children in the Eaton Special Riding Volunteers Association of Charlotte for many years. Mr. Jecks was preceded in death by his daughter, Linda Strang in 1989 and his brother, Alfred Jecks in 1991.

   He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Lorena; 6 children, Steven Jecks, James (Trina) Jecks brother of Eaton Rapids, Daniel (Wendy) Jecks of Wixom, Carolyn (Steve) Suckow of L.A., Sandra (Edgar) Martinez of Washington, D.C., and Joseph Jecks of Gross Pointe; 8 grandchildren, Jason Jecks, Anthony & Matthew Strang, Travis & Jacob Jecks, Ryan Weidner, Tony Jecks, and Ariana Martinez; 2 great-grandchildren, Adrianne Strang & Chandler Strang; sister, Dorothy Baker of Eaton Rapids.

   Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 22, 2000, at the Wesleyan Church, 6044 S. Clinton Tr., Eaton Rapids, with Rev. Stephen Klink officiating. The family will visit with friends on Tuesday from 1-3 and 6-8 p.m. at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids. Interment will be at Rosehill Cemetery with casket bearers Don Anderson, Mark E. Risner, Roger Love, Dennis Baker, Dave Baker and Ron Wittman. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton Special Riding Volunteers Association or Eaton Community Hospice in memory of Edward Jecks. 

                                     

Grace M. Jennings 

   Grace M. Jennings, age 95 of Eaton Rapids, died Sunday, August 27, 2000 in Lansing. Grace was born January 30, 1905 in Shepherd, the daughter of John Adam and Lottie Elizabeth (Richmond) Vicary. Mrs. Jennings was a retired teacher from Michigan Public Schools. She was a member of the Eaton Rapids First Congregational Church, the Napoleon Chapter #328 Order of the Eastern Star, the U & I Club of Eaton Rapids, the Community Hospital Auxiliary and the Eaton County Retired Teachers. Her husband, Paul, preceded her in death in 1986.

   Surviving are her daughter, Constance Leseney of Lansing; 3 grandchildren, Shari Wilson, Renee Sheerin, Lori Richmond; 11 great-grandchildren; 7 great-great-grandchildren; 1 niece; 1 nephew and several cousins.

   Funeral services were held on Tuesday, August 29, 2000 at the First Congregational Church, Eaton Rapids with the Rev. Dr. David L. D’Arcy officiating. Interment followed at Rosehill Cemetery, Eaton Rapids. Those desiring may make contributions to the charity of your choice in memory of Grace M. Jennings. Arrangements by the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids. 

                                     

Jerold Jermain 

  Jerold “Jerry” Jermain, 84, died Monday, Oct. 16, 2000.

   Mr. Jermain was born May 23, 1916 in Alpena, the son of Walter and Maude (Stevens) Jermain. He was in the Army during World War II, was a life member of VFW Post #2406, a member of American Legion Post #42, the Eagle Aerie # 3552, and a former member of the Moose Lodge in Marshall. He was also a square dance enthusiast with the Bellevue Whirlaways and Wagon Wheels. He worked as a delivery person for Model Coverall of Lansing.

   Surviving are his companion for the past 17 years, Helen Bracy of Battle Creek; daughter, Marie (Stan) Venton; son, Gary Jermain; grandsons, Scott (Michelle) Venton and Jim (Michele) Venton; two great-grandchildren, Bryan and Kelsey, all of Vermontville.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Phyllis in Nov. 1981; and a sister, Jean Barber in Dec. 1979.

   Funeral services were held Oct. 19 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Arthur Salisbury officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

   Further information may be available at www.legacy.com.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Inc. 

                                     

Robert H. Jewell 

   Robert Harry Jewell, 68, of Charlotte died Dec. 10, 2000.

   Mr. Jewell was born Jan. 19, 1932 in Olivet, the son of Jerry and Flora (Bealefeld) Jewell. He had been involved in law enforcement as a police officer for the cities of Charlotte Eaton Rapids and as an Eaton County Sheriff’s deputy. He had also been a professional photographer, real estate agent, printer for the Charlotte Shopping Guide, and former member of the Charlotte Fire Department. His health had been poor for the last few years, but he always had a smile and a “hello” for everyone. He was generous and always willing to help. The past year, he enjoyed going to the restaurant on his motorized scooter and visiting with his friends over coffee.

   He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Marcia (Potter); one daughter, Annette (Ted) Dills of Grand Ledge; two sons, Randy (Cindy) and Scott (Nikki), both of Charlotte; four granddaughters, Heather, Hannah, Whittney and Courtney; one grandson, Hunter; one sister, Lucy Howard of Battle Creek; three brothers, Jerry Jr. and Floyd (Sally), both of Charlotte, and Paul of California; and many nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Gideon.

   Services held Dec. 14 at the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Windle Davis officiating. Interment was in the Woodland Cemetery, Woodland.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital. 

                                     

Lois Johnson 

   Lois An Johnson, 85, of Adrian, formerly of Charlotte, died June 10, 2000.

   Mrs. Johnson was born Aug. 11, 1914 in Macon County, Tenn., the daughter of Carlene and Maggie (Waldron) Meador. She had surgery at the age of 12 on a foot deformed by polio. She was in the hospital for three months and it was then that she decided to become a nurse. She graduated from the Chicago School of Nursing in 1941 and came to Charlotte that year. Her husband, Hubert Johnson, was of draft age and when she applied for work at the Charlotte hospital, the money she would have been paid would not have been enough to pay for uniforms and shoes. She went to work at the Charlotte Chair Factory. She taught school in a one-room schoolhouse, kindergarten through eighth grade, and taught third grade Sunday School for seven years at the Free Methodist Church, where she was a member. Her education was mostly from mail orders. She took at sewing class at Singer Sewing, but used that knowledge to serve her family rather than earn money. She did mending and alterations, mostly for free, but a close friend, Eythe Bohn, once gave her $4 for hemming two shirts.

   She is survived by one daughter, Mea Dora (Mark) Salemka; one grandson, Matthew Salemka of Adrian; two nieces; one nephew; several grand nieces and nephews; several grand-grand-nieces; and on grand-grand-grand-niece.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Hubert July 30, 1995; and close friend, Eythe Bohn.

   Services were June 12 at the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with the Rev. Charles Kruger officiating. Interment was in the Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte. 

                                     

Mary Jones 

   Mary E. Jones, 65 of Charlotte, formerly of Arizona, died July 25, 2000.

   Mrs. Jones was born Aug. 24, 1934 in Stattanville, Penn., the daughter of Paul and Alice (Freebourn) Clinger. She was a glass manufacturer production worker and enjoyed bowling, crafts, gardening and Bible study.

   She is survived by one daughter, Stacey (Andrew) Harris of Charlotte; two sons, Steve Jones and Mike (Kelley) Jones, both of Bisbee, Ariz.; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; five sisters, Nancy (John) Duggan of Charlotte, Bonnie (Bob) Jones of Olivet, Irene (Bill) Etzel and Norma Martin, both of Clarion, Penn., and Linda Shepard of Dallas, Ga.; two brothers, Lewis Clinger of Strattanville and James Clinger of Grand Rapids; and many nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter in 1999.

   Special thanks to Kim of Ingham Hospice.

   Services were July 27 at the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. David Selleck, officiating. Following local services, the body was taken to Bisbee, Ariz. for final services and interment in the Evergreen Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Ingham Hospice. 

                                     

Beulah Jones 

   Beulah Almedia Jones, 94, of Charlotte died May 7, 2000.

   Mrs. Jones was born March 5, 1906, in Eaton County, the daughter of Floyd and Beulah (Wickerd) Greenman. She had been a clerk at the Kelly Variety Store, Nashville.

   She is survived by five grandchildren, Deborah Hughes, Rebecca Bellinger, David Chambers, Lisa Mueller and Lori Cotton; eight great-grandchildren; one sister, Mildred Pease of Henderson, Nev.; one nieces, Margaret Greenman of Battle Creek; and several other nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Jones, and three sons, Arlin Chambers, Myrlin Chambers and Jack Bowers.

   Services were May 9 at the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with the Rev. George Fleming officiating. Interment was in the Deepdale Memorial Park, Lansing. 

                                     

Ellen M. Jones 

   Ellen M. Jones, age 79, died Sunday, February 13, 2000 in Wayne. Ellen was born, May 11, 1920 in Detroit, the daughter of Edward Morris and Mary Martha (Gendron) Nyberg. She was a resident of Eaton Rapids for many years, a member of St. Peter Church and the Altar Society. Mrs. Jones was preceded in death by her husband, Clinton M. Jones in 1991.

   Surviving are 6 children; 15 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; and 1 sister. Mass of the Christian Burial will be prayed on Tuesday, February 15, 2000, 12 noon, at St. Peter Church, Eaton Rapids, with Father Bennett Constantine as Celebrant. Rite of Burial will be at Rosehill Cemetery, Eaton Rapids. Those desiring may make contributions to Hope Nursing Center, Activities Unit, in memory of Ellen M. Jones. Arrangements by the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids. www.legacy.com. 

                                     

Joyce A. Jones 

   Joyce Ann Jones, 60, of Lansing, died Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2000.

   Mrs. Jones was born Oct. 3, 1939 in Charlotte, the daughter of Donald and Margaret (Dick) Crosslan. She was a bus attendant for Dean Transportation.

   Surviving are sons, Robert (Robyn) Jones of Charlotte and Gordon “Wes” Jones of Lansing; grandsons, Robert and Justin; brothers, Richard Crosslan of Charlotte and Keith Crosslan of Holt; and sisters, Donna Caswell and Barbara Williams, both of Lansing.

   Memorial services were held Aug. 26 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with R. Raymond Rossell officiating. Interment was at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens, Dimondale.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.

   Further information may be available at www.legacy.com.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Inc. 

                                     

Meredyth Jones 

   Meredyth “Spud” Jones, 74, of Charlotte, died Saturday, Jan. 22, 2000.

   Mr. Jones was born March 8, 1925 in Olivet, the son of Harold and Mabel (Wright) Jones. He graduated from Ionia High School in 1943, then served in the U.S. Navy. He was employed by the State Highway Department of Michigan and also designed signs and displays for both the road Commission and fair board in Ionia County. Callender & Dornbos then employed him as a graphic artist until his retirement in 1988. He pursued his art at home, by illustrating, rendering, serigraphy, fine art, line drawings and airbrush. His work hangs in private collections throughout the nation.

   He was a charter member, past president and treasurer of the Eaton Art League; served on the Eaton Intermediate School District’s Advisory Art Committee; was a former member of the Ionia Jaycees; and had served as trainer, commissioner and chairman of Circus and Exhibition Boy Scouts of America, Grand Valley District. He also loved sailboat racing and bowled in the Top of the Hill League, being named the House High Average Bowler for 1993-94. He was also President of the Charlotte Bowling Association and a member of the Charlotte Dads of Foreign Service VFW Post #286.

   He is survived by his wife, Roberta; two daughters, Debbie (David) Kring of Harbor Springs and Tracy (Stacy) Seabrook of Oxford, N.C.; three sons, Chad (Marilyn) of Worland, Wyo. And Dennis (Georgia) of Cary, N.C., and Phillip (Tessie) of Stockbridge, Ga.; 12 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and one brother, Richard (Betty) of Dearborn.

   Cremation has taken place.

   Services were Jan. 26 at the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with the Rev. Dr. Charles Moore officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton Art League. 

                                     

Virginia Troutner Jones 

   Virginia Mae Troutner Jones, 82, of Charlotte died March 27, 2000.

   Mrs. Jones was born Nov. 21, 1917 in Battle Creek, the daughter of Robert and Alice (Rogers) McDonald.

   She is survived by one daughter, Rose Ann (Carl) Holmgren of Charlotte; two sons, Herbert (Laurie) Troutner of Port Huron and Max (Dena) Troutner of Bellevue; son-in-law, Gary Copenhaver; nine grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Carlton and one daughter, Neva Copenhaver.

   Services were March 30 at the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with the Rev. Lester DeGroot officiating. Interment was in the Hicks Cemetery, West Pennfield. 

                                     

William H. Jones 

   William H. Jones, age 97 of Eaton Rapids, died Friday evening, August 19, 2000 at his home. Mr. Jones was born May 2, 1903 in Dimondale, a son of Harry E. and Grace M. (Geisenhafer) Jones. His wife, Hilda Mary Ashley, died April 9, 1997 after 67 years of marriage. The Joneses lived in the Dimondale and Lansing area. Following his retirement from Wohlert Corp., they resided in Lake Wales, Florida for 27 years.

   Surviving are their daughter, Marilyn (Jerry) Fuller of Eaton Rapids; three grandchildren, Colin L. (Holly) Paul, William D. (Donna) Paul and Sherri Lee Fuller; and seven great-grandchildren, Aaron, Brittany, Bradley, Nikki, Hayden, Chase and Sidney.

   Graveside services were held Monday, August 21st at Dimondale Cemetery with Rev. Robert E. Betts, Chaplin of Eaton Community Hospice, officiating. Pallbearers were Jerry Fuller, Sherri Fuller, Bradley Paul, Colin Paul, William Paul and Aaron Spicer. 

                                     

Irma C. Joppie 

   Irma C. Joppie, 98, of Vermontville, passed away Sunday, Nov. 26, 2000 at Pennock Hospital, Hastings.

   Mrs. Joppie was born Jan. 27, 1902 in Vermontville Twp., the daughter of Willard and Julia (Ackley) Ward. On Oct. 8, 1921, she married Leonard Joppie; he preceded her in death on June 21, 1992. Mrs. Joppie was a member of the Bismark Ladies Aid Society and the Bismark Busy Bee Extension Club. She taught knitting in the 4-H club in Sunfield for many years, and was a former teacher in the Chance Country School. She loved gardening, flowers, and especially each one of her 68+ grandchildren. She lived in her home for 75 years, and was a great neighborhood friend who was always willing to help those in need.

   Surviving are five children, Leona (Warren) McNally of Marshall, Louise (Charles) Viele of Vermontville, Musser of Vermontville, and Joanne (Douglas) Steward of St. Louis; 20 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren, and 14+ great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her husband; a son, Neil Joppie (killed in the Korean War, July 4, 1952); a grandson, Larry Neil Musser, June 20, 1986; and five brothers and sisters.

   Funeral services were held Nov. 30 at Rosier Funeral Home, Mapes-Fisher Chapel, Sunfield, with Rev. Eric Lison officiating. Interment was at Sunfield Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Maple Valley Memorial Scholarship Foundation, P.O. Box 715, Nashville, MI 49073.

   Arrangements were by Rosier Funeral Home, Mapes-Fisher Chapel, Sunfield. 

                                     

Bill Jordan 

   Bill “Shawnee Bill” Jordan, 65, of Eaton Rapids, died Sunday, April 19, 2000 in Eaton Rapids.

   Mr. Jordan was born Aug. 2, 1934 in Eaton Rapids, the son of Jesse Russell and Helena (French) Jordan. He was the local Eaton Rapids “House Doctor” with a passion for restoring Victorian homes. He was the current president of the Eaton Rapids Conservation Club, and a former member of Three Fires Muzzle Loading Club.

   Surviving are his wife, Estella; children, David (Violet) Jordan, Bruce Jordan, Tobi Jordan and Julie (Dick) Scott, all of Eaton Rapids, Cynthia Plowman of Lansing, Cathy (Jim) Backus of Charlotte, Ramey (Susan) Palacios of Texas, Jim (Tana) Miller of Vermontville, Cristy Palacios and Bonnie (David) Young, both of Charlotte, Tim (Carie) Palacios of Ypsilanti; 28 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; two brothers, Jess Jordan and Steve (Shirley) Haskell of Eaton Rapids; two sisters, Doris (AJ) Adams of Eaton Rapids, Barb (Leo) Jones; and, several nieces and nephews.

   A remembrance dinner was held April 19 at the Eaton Rapids Conservation Club.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the family.

   Arrangements by Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids. 

                                     

Daniel Joseph 

   Daniel Scott Joseph, 38, of Eaton Rapids died Jan. 28, 2000.

   Mr. Joseph was born Dec. 21, 1961 in Fort Wayne, Ind., the son of Donald and Mary (Brundage) Joseph. He was a mail carrier.

   He is survived by his wife, Suzanne Ellen (DeMars); two daughters, Mary and Jessica; one son, Jack; his father, Donald of DeWitt; and two sisters, Jill Platte of Grand Rapids and Julie Horvath of Lansing.

   He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary.

   Cremation has taken place.

   Services were held Feb. 2 at the Charlotte First Church of the Nazarene with the Rev. Glenn Neal officiating.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Inc. 

                                     

Stephan L. Kaufmann 

   Stephan L. Kaufmann, 20 of Bellevue, died Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2000 at Battle Creek Health System.

   Mr. Kaufmann passed away after a long illness, and had been awaiting a double lung transplant.

   He was born Feb. 23, 1980 in Battle Creek, the son of Jon and Sabine (Kipp) Kaufmann Sr. He graduated in 1998 and was employed at Fun Services, Inc., the family business. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, soccer and big trucks. He was a member of St. Ann Catholic Church.

   Surviving are his parents; brothers, Jon Jr. and Robert Kaufmann of Bellevue; paternal grandfather, Albert Kaufmann of Bellevue; and maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Lutz Kipp of Germany.

   Services were held Oct. 13 at St. Ann Catholic Church, with Rev. Msgr. Raymond Goehring officiating.

   Interment was at Riverside Cemetery, Bellevue.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 3064 Broadway, Saginaw, MI 48603.

   Arrangements by Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue. 

                                     

Marion Kayne 

   Marion “Whitey” Kayne Sr., 74, of Charlotte, died Monday, Oct. 2, 2000.

   Mr. Kayne was born Feb. 2, 1926 in Chesapeake, W.Va., the son of Adam and Teanie (Lipinski) Kaynoski. He was married to Sarah Neer, who preceded him in death June 5, 1994. He was a supervisor at General Motors, Fleetwood Division of Fisher Body, and a veteran of World War II, serving with the U.S. Army. He was also a regular at the McDonald’s morning coffee group.

   Surviving are a son, Marion “Whitey” (Yvonne) II; two daughters, Tami (Robert) Closson of Sunfield, Brenda (Russ) Bolia of Boswell, Ark.; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; two brothers, George Opron of Geneva, Ohio, and Ted Opron of Fairview, W.Va.

   Memorial services were held Oct. 5 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with R. Raymond Rossell officiating.

   Further information may be available at www.legacy.com.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Inc. 

                                     

Hazel T. Kays 

   Hazel Thayne (Moore) Kays, 86, of Hastings, formerly of Charlotte, died Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2000.

   Mrs. Kays was born in Cassopolis on July 8, 1914, the daughter of Fred and Bess (Orr) Moore, and married Arthur Kays in 1933.

   Surviving are her daughter, Ellen Christie Kays of Lansing; daughter and son-in-law, Beth and John Saurer of Hastings; sons and daughters-in-law, Paul and Nancy Kays of Hendersonville, N.C., and Morey and Neva Kays of Punta Gorda, Fla.; five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur in 1988, and five sisters.

   Services were held Oct. 20 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel, Charlotte, with Rev. Dr. Peter Brenner officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Barry Community Hospice, 450 Meadowrun Dr., Hastings, MI 49058 or the American Diabetes Association, 300 Lafayette, SE, Suite L2051, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. 

                                     

Laura Kellogg 

   Laura Genevieve Kellogg, 77, passed away July 11, 2000 after complications during surgery.

   Mrs. Kellogg was born Jan. 1, 1923 in Lansing, the daughter of Edward and Gertrude (Fredericks) Spencer. She worked as a cashier for several stores, was a bird lover, and a former member of Miller Road Bible Church, North School Mothers Club, Eaton County 4-H Extension and a current member of First Baptist Church of Charlotte. She was also known by many friends through her retail career at Arbaughs, Sears, Robert Hall and Eberhards.

   Surviving are four sons, James (Kathy) Stewart of Grand Ledge, Dennis (Barbara) of Eaton Rapids, Robert Jr. (Tina) of Charlotte and Richard (April) of Englewood, Ohio; one daughter, Vicki Curry of Lansing; 14 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; brothers, Dallas (Dolores) Spencer of Joliet, Ill., Edward Jr. (Patricia) Spencer of Tampa, Fla.; sister-in-law, Martha Spencer of Holt; and, many dear and special friends and neighbors.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Kellogg Sr. in 1997; grandson, Lee Kellogg in 1998; brother, Forrest Spencer in 1994 and a very dear friend, Gladys Spotts.

   Funeral services were held July 15 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Dr. Charles Moore officiating. Interment was at Deepdale Memorial Gardens, Lansing.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Youth Haven Ranch or Charlotte First Baptist Church Building Fund.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Inc. 

                                     

Edith Kennison 

   Edith (Knoll) Kennison, 64, of Bellevue died Dec. 31, 1999 at her home.

   Mrs. Kennison was born Nov. 6, 1935 the daughter of William and Caroline (Garrity) Sellen in Bellevue Township. She had been employed by Wilcox-Gay in Charlotte, Air-Way Manufacturing, and several area restaurants as a cook and waitress. She enjoyed spending time with her family and grandchildren.

   She is survived by her mother, Caroline Sellen; one daughter, Catherine Knoll of Olivet; four sons, Owen (Vicky) Jr., Gale, Matthew (Regi), and Neal, all of Olivet; 12 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two sisters, Suzanne Taylor and JoAnn Bowser of Lansing; two brothers, Kenneth Sellen of Northville and Irvin Sellen of Marshall; and one half-brother, Ricky Link on Burlington.

   She was preceded in death by her father, William Sellen in 1995, and one brother, Conrad Sellen in 1979.

   Graveside services were Jan. 4 at Hillside Cemetery, Kalamo Township, with Pastor Doug Hammon officiating. Arrangements were made by the Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the family. 

                                     

Maxine P. Kenyon 

   Maxine Pearl Kenyon, 86, of Lansing, formerly of Charlotte, died Dec. 23, 2000.

   Mrs. Kenyon was born in Ionia, the daughter of Harrie and Pearl (Presley) Morgan. She and her husband, Sidney, owned and operated the Charlotte Home Bakery. She was a member of the First Baptist Church, Charlotte, and its Mary Murray Circle. She was Past Noble Grand and Past District President of the Charlotte Rebekah Lodge #68 and attained the highest degree of chivalry in the Rebekah Lodge. She was also a Red Cross volunteer in Charlotte.

   She is survived by one son, Richard (Bea) of Glendale, AZ.; one son-in-law, Gary Mabie of Mt. Clemens; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; one sister, Dorothy Mead of Mulliken; and one brother, Milton Morgan Zephyrhills, FL.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Sidney in 1982, one daughter, Helen Mabie in 1994, one sister, Helen Ketchum, and one brother, Elton Morgan.

   Services were held Dec. 27 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Pastor Richard Wilford officiating. Interment was in the Middleville Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetic Association. 

                                     

Keith W. King 

   Keith W. King, 91, of Olivet, died Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2000.

   Mr. King was born May 27, 1909 on the family farm in Carmel Twp., Eaton Co. He graduated from Charlotte High School, and from Michigan State University with the Class of 1931. He taught vocational agriculture and biology at Morenci, Battle Creek, Lakeview, Olivet and Charlotte high schools. He also operated a dairy farm in Carmel, Eaton and Walton Townships. He was a member of the Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church, United Methodist Men, Michigan and Battle Creek Milk Producers Associations, Eaton County Farm Bureau, Eaton County Historical Society, King’s Kampers and the Holiday Rambler Camping Association. He also served as a 4-H leader and was a charter member of both the Thornapple Grand Soil Conservation District and Charlotte Lions Club. He enjoyed traveling and working on antique clocks.

   Surviving are his son, Dennis (Sandy) of Charlotte; daughter, Dianne Gundry of Olivet; four grandchildren , Abby King, Jeremy King, Brian (Beth)  Chappell and Celeste (Scott) Smith; three great-grandchildren; a sister, Betty (Dale) Redman of Bradenton, Fla.; and brother, Kenneth King of Duck Lake.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Lillian, and his sister, Rosemary Ladd.

   Funeral services were held Sept. 9 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte, with the Rev. George Fleming officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church in Charlotte.

   Arrangements by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte. 

                                     

Richard King 

  Richard “Dick” King, age 73, passed away March 1, 2000 at Ingham Medical Hospital after a long illness.

   He was the former owner of Kings Bar & Grill in Dexter for 21 years. He then worked and retired from Thetford Corp. in Dexter, he was a member of the Ann Arbor Elks and Vice-President of Washtenaw Table Toppers. Mr. King was born June 14, 1926 in Jackson, Michigan the son of Clyde and Doris (Campbell) King.

   He is survived by his wife of 39 years June (Butler), son Randy (Adele) King of Pinckney, grandchildren Michelle King of Ann Arbor, Stephanie King of Grand Rapids, sisters-in-law; Myrtle King of Arizona, Elaine Butler of Grand Ledge and Wanda Butler of Lansing, and several nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by a brother Paul King.

   Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m. Monday, March 6, 2000 at Pray Funeral Home with Rev. Geri Litchfield officiating. Interment will be in Center Eaton Cemetery in Charlotte. Visitation will be Sunday 2-5 and 7-9 p.m. at Pray Funeral Home. 

                                     

Donald Kirvan 

   Donald Kirvan, 80, of Potterville, formerly of Great Lakes Christian Home, Holt, died April 24, 2000 at his residence.

   He was born in Lansing, the son of Roscoe and Norma (Schram) Kirvan and had been a Potterville resident since 1938, coming from Okemos. He was a 1938 graduate of Okemos High School, attended Ferris Institute, where he was a member of the band, a member of the State FFA Band in 1936 that went to the National FFA Convention in Kansas City, Mo., a life member of Potterville Lodge #367 F&AM, and had been employed at Oldsmobile in Lansing, from which he retired in 1975 after 30 years of service.

   He is survived by one brother, John of Paw Paw; and nieces and nephews, Denise (Steve) Smith, David (Norma) Kirvan, Carol Kirvan, Cathy (Monty) Cox, Trace (Dawn) Kirvan, Nancy (Mark) Schafer and Eric (Kelly) Kirvan.

   He was preceded in death by his father in 1970, his mother in 1992, sister-in-law, Julia (Keyes) Kirvan in 1961, brother Duane Kirvan in 1988; niece, Teresa Kirvan in 1993; and sister-in-law, Doris (Feyerabend) Kirvan in 1994.

   Services were April 27 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel, Charlotte, with Chaplain Robert Palmer officiating. Interment was at Deepdale Memorial Park, Lansing.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Potterville United Methodist Church or Oldsmobile Outdoor Club. 

                                     

Robert Kline 

   Robert Kline II, 76, of Charlotte died Feb. 5, 2000.

   Mr. Kline was born Aug. 8, 1923 in Valpariso, Ind., the son of Robert and Anna (Beach) Kline. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and married Freda George Jan. 11, 1963 in Columbia, S.C. He had been a salesman for many years.

   He is survived by his wife, Freda; two daughters, Karen Linn and Gail Ann Blowers; two sons, Robert III and Kevin; two step-daughters; seven grandchildren; one sister, Shirley Balakar; and several nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by his parents.

   Services were Feb. 9 at the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with R. Raymond Rossell officiating. Interment was in the Deepdale Memorial Park, Lansing.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Michigan Heart Association. 

                                     

Ernest W. Klingensmith 

   Ernest Warner Klingensmith, 73, formerly of Eaton County, died Aug. 21, 2000 in Marshall.

   Mr. Klingensmith was born May 29, 1927 in Waco, Texas, the son of Ernest Klingensmith Sr. and Pearl (Warner) Klingensmith. He served with the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force for 12 years.

   Surviving are two daughters, one brother, two sisters, and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held Aug. 30 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with R. Raymond Rossell officiating. Interment with full military honors was at Ft. Custer National Cemetery, Augusta.

   Further information may be available at www.legacy.com.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Inc. 

                                     

Clint Lee Knoblauch 

   Clint Lee Knoblauch, age 62, died June 21, 2000 in Reno, Nevada. He was born September 3, 1937 in Albion, MI, to Donald A. and Elizabeth Jane (Rutz) Knoblauch. He was a graduate of Washington Gardner High School and was a Navy Veteran. He was formerly employed as a chef. He enjoyed outdoor sports.

   Surviving are 5 children; his father and 4 aunts.

   Services will be held at a later date. Local arrangements are by Tidd-Williams Funeral Chapels. 

                                     

Donald Alfred Knoblauch 

   Donald Alfred Knoblauch, age 84 of Springport, died October 28, 2000 at Trillium Hospital, Albion. He was born October 20, 1916 in Albion, Michigan the son of Alfred and Agnes (Carlton) Knoblauch. He was a lifelong resident of the Albion area and a Journeyman Plumber working out of Plumber’s Union Local 333 in Jackson, MI until his retirement in 1981. He was a Navy Veteran & served in the Seabees during WWII. He was a member of the Elks, VFW & the DAV. He enjoyed sports and was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jane (Tompkins) in 1998; his former wife, Elizabeth (Rutz) Knoblauch; son, Clint Knoblauch and sister, Dorothy Hakes.

   Surviving are his daughter, Erdean (Bill) Jason of Venice, FL; 3 sisters, Marge (Arlone) Wessborg of Haslett, MI, Pauline Eldridge of Lakeland, FL and Janice Delaney of East Lansing; and several grandchildren.

   According to his wishes, cremation has taken place and there is no visitation. Graveside Memorial Service was held Friday, November 3, 2000 at Albion Memory Gardens with Rev. Cameron South officiating. Arrangements made by the Albion Chapel of Tidd-Williams Funeral Chapels. 

                                     

George F. Koos 

   George Frederick Koos, 89, of Charlotte died Nov. 7, 2000 in Charlotte.

   Mr. Koos was a retired machinist of Lumberg Screw Products after 30 years of service and a retired dairy farmer. He was a charter member of the Dad’s Post #286 Charlotte and a member of Local #724, Lansing.

   He is survived by two daughters, Betty Lou Ziegler and Melba Jane Kohler, both of Charlotte; three sons, Herman (Yvonne) of Grand Ledge and Merlin (Pat) and Charles (Nickie), both of Charlotte; 17 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; and one sister-in-law, Virginia Spicer of Olivet.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Florence; one son, Norman; and one granddaughter, Dawna.

   Services are Nov. 11 at 1 p.m. at the Peters & Murray Funeral Home, Grand Ledge, with the Rev. Rick McKenzie officiating. Interment is in the Meadowbrook Cemetery, Mulliken.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Meals on Wheels Program or SIREN / Eaton Shelter. 

                                     

Carl Kyser 

   Carl Kyser passed away at the age 67 on Thursday, February 17, 2000. He was at his home that he loved so dearly, following a valiant year long struggle with lung cancer and biliary caner. He was born June 21, 1932, the son of Guy and Magnolia (Lohness) Kyser in Hillsdale, Michigan. Carl was a Korean War veteran serving in the United States Army. He retired from Eaton Technologies in 1990 but continued to dedicate himself to volunteer work with the Eaton Community Hospice, the Robbins United Methodist Church, the American Red Cross, the American Legion, and the Eaton Rapids Medical Center. Carl was preceded in death by his parents and his daughter, Renee.

   Surviving are his wife Margaret; his daughter, Elonda (Donald) Watts; his sons, Mark (Dori) Wilcox and Michael Raby; his grandchildren, Travis Watts, Dylan Secord, Kacey and Darren Spitzley, Travis and Micalyn Wilcox, Brian Krupinski; his brother, Duane; his sisters, Donna (Ron) Neill, Yvonne (Jerry) Letts, Judy (Dean) Zimmerman and Mary Ann (Will) Miller; Margaret’s family, her mother Marian Trombley; her sisters, Carolyn (William) Spyker, Katheryn (Joe) Pore, Loretta (William) Gaunt and many nieces and nephews. Carl will always be remembered as a devoted family man and true friend to many.

   The family was served by the Skinner Funeral Home with services held on Monday, February 21st, at the Robbins United Methodist Church, Eaton Rapids, with the Rev. Dr. James P. Mitchum and Rev. Marty DeBow officiating. Full military honors were provided by the American Legion Post #15 Eaton Rapids at Rosehill Cemetery following the service. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider memorial contributions to Eaton Community Hospice, Robbins United Methodist Church or the Eaton Rapids Medical Center. 

                                     

Berniece Landers 

   Berniece Mae Landers, 64, of Charlotte died Dec. 23, 1999.

   Mrs. Landers was born May 3, 1935 in Clarence Township, Calhoun Co., the daughter of James and Elizabeth Butler.

   She is survived by two daughters, Sherry (Frank) Stellino of Lowell and Mary Landers of Charlotte; four sons, Gerald (Carol) of Cadillac, and Terry, Larry (Tammy), and Gary, all of Charlotte; her mother-in-law, Gertrude Landers; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren; one brother, Bernard Butler; and half-sister, Olive Lewis.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard in 1974.

   Services were Dec. 27 at the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Interment was in the Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the family. 

                                     

Eric Lankton 

   Eric Lankton, age 22 of Eaton Rapids, died Thursday, September 14, 2000 as the result of an auto accident in East Lansing. Eric was born January 6, 1978 in Eaton Rapids, the son of Fred Allen and Sally Jean (Gogarn) Lankton II. He graduated from Eaton Rapids High School, Class of 1997 and the Motorcycle Mechanic’s Institute in Arizona in 1999. Eric’s great passion in life was Motocross Racing and he was sponsored by the College Bike Shop in 1999 and Baldy’s Allbike in Eaton Rapids for the 2000 season. He was preceded in death by his father, Fred, in 1985.

   Surviving are his son, Kody Andrew Lankton; mother, Sally J. Lankton, Fred (Patty) Lankton of Eaton Rapids, Henry (Lynn) Lankton of Leslie, Robert (April) Lankton of Eaton Rapids, Wade (Evie) Lankton of Onondaga; 2 sisters, Julie (Chris) Rumer of Arizona, Joanna Wherry of Eaton Rapids; 9 nieces and nephews, Zachary, Valerie, Victoria, Alexis, Autumn, Ashley, Robert Jr. and Ariel Lankton, Kenny Wherry; grandparents, Robert (Pauline) Gogarn of Lansing, Jean Gogarn of Lansing, Madonna Derstein of Stockbridge and Kody’s mother, Angela Hahn.

   Funeral services were held September 18, 2000 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids, with Rev. Stephen Klink officiating. Interment followed at Oakwood Cemetery, Eaton Rapids. Those desiring may make contributions to the Gideon Memorial Bibles in memory of Eric Lankton. www.legacy.com. 

                                     

DeWayne “D.C.” Laraway 

   DeWayne “D.C.” Laraway, age 71 of Eaton Rapids, died Saturday, August 26, 2000 in Eaton Rapids. DeWayne was born May 27, 1929 in Muskegon the son of Guy Charles and Beatrice (Hicks) Laraway. D.C. was the owner of several construction companies over the last 53 years including D.C. Laraway Co. and currently owned Diversified Construction.

   He is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Faye; 7 daughters, Linda Peck of Ann Arbor, Terri Ervin of Holt, Deborah (Thomas) Bartig of Jackson, Diana (Javier) Rodriguez of Lincoln Park, Kelli (Todd) Simpson of Kalkaska, Mary (Mark) Steinbrecher of Clinton Twp., Linda Lindquist of Shingleton; 4 sons, Bruce (Sue) Laraway of FL, Timothy Ervin of NV, Brian Ervin of Mason, Jeffrey Ervin of Holt; 25 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; brother, Ferris (Dawne) Laraway of FL; sister, Esther (Ray) Ramsey of Muskegon; nieces; nephews; many dear cousins; and close friends, Bob and Char Klont of Grayling.

   Funeral services were held on Monday, August 28, 2000, at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids. Those desiring may make contributions to the American Diabetes Association in memory of DeWayne Laraway. www.legacy.com. 

                                     

Mildred Abbie Larsen 

   Mildred A. Larsen, age 91 of Eaton Rapids, died Tuesday, November 21, 2000 at the East Lansing Health Care Center. She was born January 30, 1909 in Eaton county, one of twelve children born to Henry W. and Nettie E. (Taylor) Peck. Mrs. Larsen was a retired press operator for the Eaton Stamping Company, retiring in 1979. She was a member of the First Congregational Church, a Life member of the Rebekah Sunshine Lodge #114, and was a very active member of the Eaton Rapids Senior Citizens. She was preceded in death by husband, Ole Larsen in 1956; daughter, Lila Bauer in 1993; 8 sisters and 3 brothers.

   Surviving are a daughter, Beverly Larsen (Rutgar) Hoag of Williamston; son-in-law, Robert (Barbara) Bauer of Lansing; Foster children, Wayne Pike and Rita Christensen both of Lansing; 8 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held on Friday, November 24th from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with Rev. Dr. David D’Arcy of the First Congregational Church officiating. Interment followed in the Oakwood Cemetery in Eaton Rapids. Pall bearers were Jeff Larsen, Mark Bauer, Ashley Frayre, John Bauer, Bob Bauer and Joe Forquer. For those desiring, a memorial contribution may be made to either the Eaton Rapids Senior Citizens or to the Michigan Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation in Southfield. The family of Mrs. Larsen would like to express their gratitude for the excellent care give by the staff at the East Lansing Health Care Center. 

                                     

Duane J. Lawhead 

   Duane J. Lawhead, 79, of Travares, Fla., formerly of Eaton Rapids, died Nov. 22, 2000.

   Mr. Lawhead was born Oct. 14, 1921 in Potterville, the son of Donald and Kathleen (Kinsel) Lawhead. He was a decorated Army Air Corps veteran of World War II, receiving a Purple Heart. He was a retired master metalsmith for aircraft, working for the United States Department of Defense, and a member of Masonic Lodge #1283, all of Eaton Rapids.

   He is survived by his wife, Fay; one daughter, Dorothy Parsley of Florida; two sons, Dennis of Eaton Rapids and David of Onstead; two stepsons, Jack Swan of Colorado and Steven Siegrest of Hawaii; three stepdaughters, Beth Seltenright of Florida, Anita Chateauneuf of New Hampshire, and Esther Emswiler of Battle Creek; 11 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

   Service were Nov. 28 at the Skinner Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids. Interment was in the Rosehill Cemetery, Eaton Rapids, with full military honors provided by the Greater Eaton Rapids Area Veterans Association.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton Rapids Masonic Lodge or the Eaton Community Hospice. 

                                     

Dr. John Lawther 

   Dr. John Lawther, 95, of Owosso, formerly of Charlotte, died May 6, 2000 at Hospice of Mid-Michigan, Lansing.

   Dr. Lawther was born Feb. 16, 1905 in Clarkston, the son of John and Isabel (Pennell) Lawther. He took undergraduate studies at Albion College and graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School in 1931. He practiced medicine in Michigan for 50 years, first in Charlotte and later in Hartford. He was a story teller, philosopher, music lover, avid reader and devoted grandfather.

   He is survived by two daughters, Nancy (Harold) Sherman Smith of Eaton Rapids and Joanne (Arthur) Hupp of Hot Springs Village, Ark.; one son, John (Betty) of Grand Rapids; 13 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; and, several nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Jean (McCall) in 1942; three brothers, two sisters, and one grandson, John Scott Lawther in 1986.

   Memorial services were May 10 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids, with Pastor Tom Evans officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice House of Mid-Michigan. 

                                     

Helen L. LeSeney 

   Helen Louise (Northrup) LeSeney, 79, of Charlotte died Friday, Aug. 4, 2000. Mrs. LeSeney was born Sept. 23, 1920 in Iowa, the daughter of Charles and Louise (Duff) Edington. She was associated with the Eaton Farm Bureau, Eagle Aerie #3552, and was a former president of the Landrace Swine Association.

   She is survived by two sons, Ron (Barbara) LeSeney of Lansing and Bill (Grace) LeSeney of Las Vegas, Nev.; four grandchildren, Steven, Lisa, Michael and Laurie; and five great-grandchildren, Ryan, Christopher, Jennifer, Bryan and Megan. She was preceded in death by her husband, Glenn in 1987.

   Services were Aug. 9, at the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. George Fleming officiating. Interment was in the Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte. Arrangements were made by the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church, Charlotte, or the Eaton County Community Hospice, usic Scholarship Fund, Olivet College, Olivet. 

                                     

James E. Lightner 

   James E. Lightner, 63, of Vermontville, died Aug. 21, 2000.

   Mr. Lightner was born Sept. 3, 1936 in Charlotte, the son of Harry and Janet Lightner. He had served in the U.S. Army and was a janitor for Maple Valley Schools.

   He is survived by his wife, Lois (Trowbridge); four daughters, Janice (Dave) Powell of Mulliken, Norma (Ross) Drake of Nashville, Susan (Troy) Clements of Grand Ledge and Betsy (Robert) Richardson of Albion; six grandchildren; his mother, Janet Haff; three sisters, Audrey (Bud) Ommen of Vermontville, Margaret (Roy) French and Linda White, both of Charlotte; and one brother, Gary Lightner of Charlotte.

   Services were Aug. 24 at the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Jeffrey Bowman officiating. Interment was in the Ft. Custer National Cemetery, Augusta. 

                                     

Rodney A. Link 

   Rodney “Rocket” Allan Link, 52, of Mackinaw City, died Aug. 18, 2000.

   Mr. Link was born Oct. 27, 1947 in Hastings, the son of William and Marian (Dingman) Link.

   He is survived by his mother, Marian of Charlotte; one sister, Luanne Link of Charlotte; two nieces, Karey Burnett of Charlotte and Babette Burnett of Lansing; and two nephews, Jeremy Tamez and Bill Link, both of Charlotte.

   Services were Aug. 23 at the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Interment was in the Kalamo Cemetery. 

                                     

Georgia May Livingston 

   Georgia May Livingston, 93, of Eaton Rapids, died July 23, 2000.

   Mrs. Livingston was born Aug. 17, 1906 in Washtenaw County, the daughter of Arthur and Elizabeth (Eckhart) Langdon.

   She is survived by two daughters, Ruth (Raymond) Gibbs of Charlotte and Lola Reese of Eaton Rapids; one son, Richard (Betty) Livingston of Summerdale, Ala.; 12 grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and one sister-in-law, Inez (Clare) Brunton.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, William in 1968; an infant son, and son-in-law, Dale Reese.

   Graveside services were July 28 at Center Eaton Cemetery, Charlotte, with R. Raymond Rossell officiating. Arrangements were made by the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice. 

                                     

Richard L. Livingston 

   Richard LaVern Livingston, 71, of Summerdale, Ala., passed away Oct. 16, 2000 at Mercy Medical Center in Daphne, Ala.

   Surviving are his wife, Betty Jean Stevens Livingston of Summerdale, Ala.; four daughters, Wanda Kay (Steve) Lahr of Duck Lake, Janet Lee Kruskamp of Clair, Dawn Annette (James) Collier of Summerdale, Ala., and April Gay Livingston of Robertsdale, Ala.; four sons, Robert Livingston of Hastings, Melvin (Beth) Gleason of Dansville; Olin Edmund Gleason of Summerdale, and Timothy Livingston of Foley, Ala.; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

   Graveside services were held Oct. 21 at Center Eaton Cemetery, Charlotte.

   Further information may be available at www.legacy.com.

   Local arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. 

                                     

David C. Lloyd 

   David C. Lloyd, of Eaton Rapids, died Thursday, Aug. 24, 2000 at his residence following at long illness.

   Mr. Lloyd was born Feb. 22, 1923 in Eaton Rapids, the son of Harold and Hazel (Schutt) Lloyd. He was a graduate of Eaton Rapids High School, served in the Army during World War II, and retired as a foreman in the shipping department for General Aluminum Products in Charlotte.

   Surviving are his wife of 54 years, Rosemund; sons, Steven and grandson Timothy of Charlotte; two brothers, Douglas (Alice) Lloyd of Saline and Eugene (Elaine) Lloyd of Newago; two sisters, Francis (Keith) Manigold of Calif., and Beatrice (Stan) Widdas of Wash.; and, several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held Aug. 26 at Skinner Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids, wit Rev. Robert Betts officiating. Interment was at Rosehill Cemetery, Eaton Rapids, with full military honors provided by American Legion Harold Teeter Post #15.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Heartland Home Health Care and Hospice, 700 w. Ash St., Mason, MI 48854.

   Arrangements by Skinner Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids. 

                                     

Phyllis A. Locke 

   Phyllis A. Locke, age 77, died Tuesday, February 8, 2000, in Lansing. She was born September 30 , 1922 in Charlotte, the daughter of Merrell David and Velma Adele (McArthur) Van Deusen. Phyllis was a member of the Central Michigan Philatelic Society, a founding member of the Barryton Area Historical Society and a member of the Barryton Area Senior Center. Phyllis was preceded in death by her husband, John in 1993 and her daughter, Barbara Underwood in 1999.

   Surviving are her daughter, Penny (Al “Sonny”) Opdyke of Lansing; 3 grandchildren, Todd (Renee) Underwood of Marshall, Tammy (Jerry) Mejia and Tim Opdyke both of Lansing; 3 great-grandsons, Trevor, Tyler and Alex; sister, Maxine Coville of White Cloud; several nieces, nephews, cousins and special friends she met of her life’s journey.

   Funeral services were held on Friday, February 11, 2000 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids, with Rev. Lyle D. Heaton, Pastor of the Wacousta Community United Methodist Church, officiating. Interment followed at Rosehill Cemetery, Eaton Rapids. Casket bearers were Todd Underwood, Tim Opdyke, Jerry Meyia and Sonny Opdyke. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to the Barryton Area Historical Society or the American Cancer Society in memory of Phyllis A. Locke. www.legacy.com. 

                                     

Beverly J. Long 

   Beverly J. Long, age 77 of Eaton Rapids, died Friday, March 24, 2000. She was born February 13, 1923 in Allegan, MI, the daughter of Ray and Coreen (Keli) Sadler. Mrs. Long and her husband had owned and operated Farmer’s Warehouse In Eaton Rapids. A very loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who enjoyed auctions and yard sales. She was preceded in death by her husband Max in 1987.

   Surviving are her 2 sons, James (Leslie) Long and David (Sharon) Long all of Eaton Rapids; 6 grandchildren, Shelli Long of Eaton Rapids, Phillip Long of Lansing, David M. Long II of Lansing, Mary (Bryan) Crandell of Perry, Jason Shipman of Lansing and Justin Shipman of Lansing; 5 great-grandchildren, Margeaux, Marci, Morgan, Kaitlyn and Zachary.

   Funeral services will be Wednesday, March 29th at 11 a.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. Visitation will be Tuesday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. For those desiring a memorial contribution may be made to the Eaton Community Hospice in memory of Beverly J. Long. 

                                     

Maude Lott 

   Maude (Shafe) Lott, 95, of Haslett, formerly of Lansing, died Feb. 13, 2000.

   Mrs. Lott was born April 6, 1904 in Olivet, one of nine children of Edward and Mini (Wing) Shafe.

   She is survived by one daughter, Berneitta Barker of Haslett; two grandsons; one sister, Lucille Babcock of Largo, Fla.; and four brothers, Fred Shafe of Olivet, Carl Shafe of Bellevue, Norris Shafe of Lansing, and Raymond Shafe of Goodrich Lake.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, John; two sisters, Hazel Kibbler and Dora Vosburgh; and one brother, Garden.

   Services were Feb. 15 at the Gorsline-Runciman Co., East Chapel, East Lansing, with the Rev. Darrell Neves officiating. Interment was in the Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Lansing. 

                                     

R. Alan Love Jr. 

   R. Alan Love, Jr., 36, of Columbus, Ohio, formerly of Bellevue, died May 6, 2000 in Fairfield County, Ohio.

   Mr. Love was born Nov. 15, 1963, the son of Roger Alan Love, Sr. and Judy Le (Pettit) Love in Battle Creek. He graduated from Bellevue High School in 1982 and attended Kellogg Community College. He graduated from Western Michigan University in 19990 and moved to Ohio in 1992. He became a certified public accountant in 1998. He had worked for Felpausch in several locations, United Skates of America, Glass Works Plus and Designs, and had his own consulting firm. He enjoyed hunting, boating, gardening, his dogs and cats, and time spent with family and friends.

   He is survived by his father, Roger A. (Shelia) Love, Sr. of Bellevue; his mother, Judy (Vito) Ragusa of Battle Creek, and Kayelyn Love of San Diego, Calif.; his grandparents, Pansy Gardner of Bellevue, Frank (Mae) Pettit of Coldwater, and Lucille Love of Bellevue; nephews and niece, Geoffrey and Gregory Willis, Lorin and Nathan Wallace, and Christopher Beard; several aunts, uncles and cousins; special friends, Mikeal and Toni Gutsue, and Kristin, Mike Jr. and John Gutsue; special friends in Ohio, Cathi and her daughters, Brittany and Sydney.

   He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Elmer Gardner and Wilbur Love.

   Services were May 11 at Bellevue United Methodist Church with Pastor Jerry Pettit and Pastor Brad Gardner officiating. Interment was in the Riverside Cemetery, Bellevue. Arrangements were made by the Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Ohio Volunteers or Cheff Center. 

                                     

Mary Lown 

   Mary Margaret Lown, 75, of Charlotte, died Wednesday, July 5, 2000.

   Mrs. Lown was born Aug. 15, 1924 in Charlotte, the daughter of Jay and Hazel (Ames) Imes. She had worked at Wilcox Gay and A.E. for several years and was also a race horse owner and member of the U.S. Trotting Association and the Michigan Harness Horseman’s Association.

   Surviving are her husband, Floyd of Charlotte; sons, James of Eaton Rapids, Jeffrey of Lansing, Jerry of Hastings and Joey (Dawn) of Dorr; daughters, Joanne (Harvey) Metzgar of Eaton Rapids, Janet (David) Pitts of Germany and Joyce of Charlotte; grandchildren, Jennifer Metzgar, Bradley Pitts And Brittany Lown; sister, Cleo Walker; and, several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held July 8 at Pray Funeral Home, with Rev. Art Salisbury officiating. Interment was at Millerburg Cemetery, Carmel Twp.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Michigan Heart Association.

   Further information available at www.legacy.com.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Inc. 

                                     

Bertha McCallum 

   Bertha McCallum, 100, of Charlotte died July 28, 2000.

   Mrs. McCallum was born May 6, 1900 in Calhoun County, the daughter of James and Eva (Corey) Butler.

   She is survived by one daughter, Maxine (Pete) Callahan of Charlotte; 12 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; 52 great-great-grandchildren; and, several nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Montie in 1975; two sons, Max in 1972 and Stuart in 1983; and one daughter, Fern McCallum in 1980.

   Services were held July 31 at the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Charles Jenson officiating. Interment was at Hunt Cemetery, North Clarence Township. 

                                      

Joe Ray McClellan 

   Joe Ray McClellan, 58, of Charlotte, died Aug. 2, 2000.

   Mr. McClellan was born Sept. 11, 1941 in Eureka Springs, Ark., the son of Bart and Beulah (Hopper) McClellan. He was a member of the Eagles, and worked as a lineman for GTE Telephone for 30 years. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He is survived by one daughter, Joanne (Mike) Dedman of Houston, Texas; one granddaughter, Dallas; one grandson, Kevin; two stepdaughters, Rachelle Maurer of Charlotte and Olga Pung of Caro; two stepgrandchildren, Nathan and Andrea; and one brother, Jerry (Barbara) McClellan of Calif. He was preceded in death by his wife, Leah, and a grandson, Hunter. Family Affirmation Service was held Aug. 5 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Arrangements were made by the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Shelter or the American Cancer Society. 

                                     

Helen Eva McConnell 

   Helen Eva McConnell of Onondaga, Michigan, passed away September 6, 2000 at the age of 86. Born February 20, 1914 in Dansville, Michigan, she was the daughter of John and Anna (Smegal) Thomas. Helen enjoyed the out-of-doors, fishing, gardening, bowling, basketball, playing euchre, and dancing. She graduated valedictorian of her high school class in 1932 at Dansville. Helen was married to Everett D. Baker, August 29, 1936. He died in 1964. On March 29, 1969, she married Leland L. McConnell of Eaton Rapids. He died in 1996. She was preceded in death by two sisters, Anna Yerke and Johanna; and two infant brothers.

   Helen is survived by two sisters, Louise (Raymond) Reynolds of Perry and Elizabeth Potter of Pleasant Lake; several nieces, nephews, and cousins; two sister-in-laws, Opal Claflin of Lansing and Bethel Esch of Eaton Rapids; four step-children, Gary McConnell of Lansing, Douglas McConnell, Vickie (Robert) Magiera, and Verna (Walter) Smith all of Onondaga; five step-grandchildren, Gerald Magiera, Jr., Anthony (Theresa) Magiera, Tammie (Thomas) Oates, and Teresa (Marc) Heisler; and six step-great-grandchildren.

   Funeral services were held September 9th at Caskey-Mitchell Funeral Home of Stockbridge with Pastor Terry Talbert of Destiny Church International of Dewitt officiating. Interment was in the Stockbridge Oaklawn Cemetery. Pall Bearers wee Donald Pollock, Tom Reynolds, Gerald Magiera, Jr., Anthony Magiera, Robert Magiera, and Thomas Oates with honorary pall bearer Marc Heisler. Memorial contributions can be made to the American Heart Association or Hospice House of Mid-Michigan, St. Lawrence Campus, 1210 W. Saginaw, Lansing, Michigan 48915-1999, in memory of Helen E. McConnell. 

                                     

Elfriede H. “Elfie” McCracken 

   Elfriede H. “Elfie” McCracken, age 75, died Wednesday, June 14, 2000, in Lansing. Elfie was born July 16, 1924 in Karlsruhe, Germany, the daughter of Leopold Eschney and Elizabeth (Moll) Vischer. She retired from Eaton Technology in 1988 after 20 years of service. Elfie was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth R. McCracken in 1983.

   Surviving are her daughter, Heidi (Dave) Coe of Illinois; 3 sons, Jim (and his girlfriend Cathy Dean) McCracken of Olivet, Charles (Joann) O’Kraski, Leo (Sue) O’Kraski both of Illinois; 7 grandchildren, Megan, Ryan, Halley and Dylan O’Kraski and Jamie Coe and Miranda McCracken.

   Funeral services were held on Saturday, June 17, 2000, at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids with Rev. Stephen Klink, Pastor of the Eaton Rapids Community Christian Church officiating. Interment will be at Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta. 

                                     

Julie McEwan 

   Julie Katherine McEwan, 42, of Charlotte died Feb. 19, 2000.

   Ms. McEwan was born May 5, 1957, in Hastings, the daughter of Digory and Jean (Thomas) McEwan. She was in the top 10 of her high school graduating class, attended Lake Superior State College on an athletic scholarship and was awarded a Calhoun County Medical Society Scholarship. She was a registered nurse and had worked at Leila Hospital in Battle Creek and Hayes Green Beach Hospital in Charlotte.

   She is survived by one sister, Kathleen (Raymond) Schook of Marshall; two brothers, Patrick (Vicki) McEwan of Charlotte and Timothy (Laurie) McEwan of Richland; and nephews, Derek and Kevin Schook.

   She was preceded in death by her father, Digory in 1971 and her mother, Jean in 1999.

   Cremation is planned.

   Services were Feb. 23, 2000 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Charlotte, with Fr. Thomas Nenneau officiating. Arrangements were made by the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society. 

                                     

Zelmadene Eloise McHaney 

   Zelmadene Eloise McHaney, age 69 of Narrow Lake, died Wednesday, May 3, 2000 at a Lansing hospital. She was born August 9, 1930 in Springport, the oldest of 10 children born to Howard and Twila (Greenslade) Place. Zelmadene was an Eaton Rapids High School graduate, class of 1949, and was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Brookfield Lodge #352. She was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Sara McHaney; brother, Harold Place, and father, Howard.

   Surviving are her husband of 48 years, Sam; 4 children, Michael McHaney of Leslie, Deborah (Brad) Bessent of Jacksonville, FL, David Randell (Tammy) McHaney of Mesa, AZ, and Thomas (Mary Lou) McHaney of Narrow Lake; 13 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren; Mother, Twila Place of Dimondale; 2 sisters, Norma Jean (Chuck) Cribley of Eaton Rapids and Sheila (Richard) Heisler of Charlotte; 6 brothers, Robert (Darlene) Place of Lake View, Phillip (Laurie) Place of Marshall, Merlyn (Sandy) Place of Olivet, Ronald (Laura) Place of Battle Creek, Daryl (Shirley) Place of Olivet and Kevin (Judy) Place of Olivet; sister-in-law Dora Place of Eaton Rapids; several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held Monday, May 8th, from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with Rev. Tom Evans of the First United Methodist Church officiating. Burial followed at the Perry Cemetery in Brookfield Township in Eaton County. Casket bearers were brothers, Robert, Phillip, Merlyn, Ronald, Daryl and Kevin Place. A Memorial Service was conducted Sunday, May 7th, by the Brookfield Lodge. For those desiring, a memorial contribution may be made to either the American Diabetes Association or the Order of the Eastern Star, Brookfield Lodge #352, in memory of Zelmadene E. McHaney. 

                                     

Ricky J. McKellen 

   Ricky John McKellen, 35, of Bellevue died Sept. 23, 2000.

   Mr. McKellen was born July 18, 1965 in Muskegon, the son of Ken and Joyce (Bissell) McKellen. He was active in Cub Scouts, earning the rank of Wolf, and later was involved in the Boy Scouts of America during his school years. He was a 1983 graduate of Charlotte High School and served his country in the United States Marine Corps Reserve. He was most recently employed at Magnesium Products, Eaton Rapids, and was a Harley-Davidson enthusiast, as well as a member of the Moose Lodge in Albion.

   He is survived by his wife, Kim; two sons, Ricky Raven and Jayce Aaron; two stepsons, Lance Jones and Skyler Jones; his parents; and one sister, Leigh Ann (Wayne) Curtis of Nashville.

   Services were held Sept. 26 at the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Lester DeGroot officiating. Interment was in the Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to an education fund for children. 

                                     

Jean McLean 

   Jean (Davids) McLean, 86, of Sun Lakes, Ariz., formerly of Charlotte, died Dec. 17, 1999 at her home in Sun Lakes.

   Mrs. McLean was born Dec. 31, 1912 in Charlotte, the first child of Mary Craig Davids, a registered nurse, and Ernest Davids, an attorney-at-law and, at one time, mayor of Charlotte. She was a 1933 graduate of Western Michigan University, taught school, traveled extensively, then married Roy McLean Aug. 26, 1939 at the First Congregational Church, Charlotte. She had two daughters, Mary Jean in 1943 and Nancy Kristine in 1949, both born in Lansing. In 1956, she and her brother, Craig Davids, helped her husband, Roy, make history in Charlotte by starting the first radio station for all of Eaton County – WCER AM and FM. She was involved in all facets of the radio station and eventually had her own popular radio show, “Woman’s Page of the Air.” In addition, she continued to substitute teach throughout her life, but her real passions were traveling the globe, investing in the stock market, being very active politically in the Eaton County Republican part, was an extraordinary community leader and last, but not least, the heart and soul of her family. She and her husband sold the radio station in 1976 after more than 20 years. They began wintering in Sun Lakes in 1984. Suffering from increasing arthritis pain, she and Roy moved permanently to Sun Lakes in 1993. In July of 1999, she went under hospice care. She was a woman ahead of her time – an extremely bright, articulate and gutsy woman, a driving force in her community and family. Whether as a teacher, friend, wife, mother or co-worker, she believed in being the best she could and encouraged others, with love and sensitivity to be the same.

   She is survived by her husband, Roy of Sun Lakes; two daughters, Mary Jean Renner of Costa Mesa, Calif., and Nancy Kristine Brown of Chandler, Ariz.; one sister, Donelda of Coolidge, Ariz.; one granddaughter, Karen Renner of Los Angeles, Calif.; and step-grandchildren, Eric Brown of San Francisco, Calif., Mark Brown of Chicago, Ill., and Jacqueline Brown of Chandler, Ariz.

   Cremation has taken place. Services were Dec. 27 at Sun Lakes United Church of Christ, in Sun Lakes.

   Arrangements were made by the Bueler Mortuary, Chandler. 

                                     

Karen McLeod 

   Karen Sue McLeod, 31, of Charlotte died Feb. 13, 2000.

   Mrs. McLeod was born Nov. 5, 1968, the daughter of Clayton and Mary Prater. She was a dental assistant at Charlotte Family Dentistry.

   She is survived by her husband, Peter; two sons, Cody and Zackary Roiter; her parents; one brother, Matt Prater of Springport; her grandfathers, Clyde Prater and Charles Grove; and her mother-in-law, Anne McLeod.

   She was preceded in death by her grandmothers, Betty Grove and Clora Prater; one sister, Judy Bunker; and one brother, Patrick Prater.

   Services were Feb. 17 at the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Pastor Winfred Collins officiating. Interment was in the Hunt Cemetery in Clarence Twp.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Children’s Education Fund. 

                                     

Virgil McMillon 

   Virgil Thomas McMillon, 84, of Bellevue died April 21, 2000 at his home.

   Mr. McMillon was born March 10, 1916 the son of Milton and Lavada (Lester) McMillon in Evansville, Tenn. He worked for the Oliver Corporation as an assembler for 20 years, the Coolseat Gas Company in Trenton for 15 years, and Bell Telephone Co., Novi, for ten years. He retired in 1980. He married Catherine Irene Knight Oct. 5, 1938. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, taxidermy and spending time with friends and family.

   He is survived by his wife, Catherine; one daughter, Charlene Drayton of Bellevue; one son, Steven of Bellevue; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; six sisters, Alice Swafford of Dunlap, Tenn., Edith McNeil of Battle Creek, Willie Grace Angel of Pikesville, Tenn., Dorothy Morrow of Chattanooga, Tenn., Louise Combo of San Diego, Calif., and Elizabeth Smith of Soddy Daisy, Tenn.; three brothers, Carl of Vandalia, Ohio, Jim of Dayton, Tenn., and Eugene of Helena, Mont.

   He was preceded in death by one daughter, Betty Schmidt; two brothers, Church and Harold McMillon; and one sister, Maude McMillon.

   Services were April 25 at the First Baptist Church, Bellevue, with Pastor Steve Olmstead and Pastor Ray Talmago officiating. Interment was in the Riversdale Cemetery, Bellevue. Arrangements were made by the Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Good Samaritan Hospice Care. 

                                     

Luella McPherson-Hudson 

   Luella McPherson – Hudson, age 89 of Charlotte, formerly of Traverse City, died Friday, July 14, 2000 in Lansing. Luella was born December 16, 1910 in East Lake, the daughter of Harold and Agnes (Poliskey) Edmondson. Mrs. McPherson was a schoolteacher in the Traverse City area for 30 years, retiring in 1967. She was a member of the MEA and NEA. Luella was preceded in death by her first husband, George McPherson and her second husband, Charles Hudson; 2 brothers, David and Rod Edmondson; and sister, Annabelle Pletzke.

   Surviving are her son Lloyd (Marilyn) McPherson of Charlotte; 2 grandchildren, Chandra (David) Cataline of Jackson and David (Linda) McPherson of Orlando, FL; 3 great-grandchildren, Tyler and Leslie Cataline and Danny Hignite; brother, Harold (Elsie) Edmondson of Traverse City; and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, July 19, 2000, 1 p.m., at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 at the Funeral Home. Those desiring may make contributions to either Ele’s Place or Make-A-Wish Foundation in memory of Luella McPherson – Hudson. www.legacy.com. 

                                     

Louis Madry 

   Louis Madry, 75, of Charlotte died September 24, 2000.

   Mr. Madry was born June 1, 1925 in Bellevue, the son of John and Katherine (Dlugoscz) Madry. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army, and a lifelong Eaton County farmer.

   He is survived by his wife, Frances; one daughter, Mary Catherine (Glenn) Shook of Charlotte; two grandsons, Joseph Nelson Shook and Glenn Louis Shook; two sisters; one brother; and his mother-in-law, Mary A. Smith.

   Services were Sept. 27 at St. Mary Catholic Church Charlotte. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte. Arrangements were made by the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Mary Catholic Church, St. Mary Catholic School or Hayes Green Beach Hospital. 

                                     

Virginia Maggard 

   Virginia Maggard, 62, of Charlotte died Jan. 27, 2000 at Hospice House of Mid-Michigan.

   Mrs. Maggard was born Sept. 30, 1937 in Hazzard, Ken., the daughter of Arthur and Lona (Patrick) Myers. She is survived by one daughter, Bonnie Engel of Charlotte; four sons, Robert Engel, Dan (Nancy) Engel, Ronn Engel, all of Charlotte, and Steve Engel of Kentucky; 12 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

   Services were Jan. 29 at the Barker-Leik Funeral Home, Mulliken, with the Rev. Herman Meadors officiating. Interment was in the Woodlawn Cemetery, Vermontville. 

                                     

Charles Mahan 

   Charles M. Mahan, 56, of Nashville, formerly of Charlotte, died Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2000 at his residence after a short illness.

   Mr. Mahan was born in Charlotte, the son of Frank and Helen (Smith) Mahan, and was a lifelong area resident. He served in the U.S. Marines during the Vietnam War. He was currently employed by General Motors in Lansing, and was a member of the UAW Local #1753 in Lansing. He married Janet “Peggy” Harris on Sept. 25, 1965.

   Surviving are his wife, Peggy; two sons, Victor (Libby) of Chicago, Ill., and Kevin (Tricia) of Bellevue; two grandchildren, Brooke and Tyler; one brother, Patrick (Katheryn) of Florida; and one sister, Kay (John) Thorndyke of Marshall.

   He was preceded in death by a son, Todd in 1983.

   Funeral services were held Oct. 6 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel, Charlotte, with Pastor Scott Brood officiating. Interment was at West Carmel Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or to Hospice.

   Arrangements by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home. 

                                     

Verna M. Mahan 

   Verna Mae Mahan, 76, of Vermontville, died Nov. 11, 2000.

   Mrs. Mahan was born Sept. 13, 1924 in Eaton County, the daughter of Max and Doris (Green) Carey. She worked for General Motors in Lansing, was a clerk at Wally Hanson’s Hardware, Charlotte, and had belonged to Local #602, Charloteers.

   She is survived by two sons, Leonard (Hazel) Satterly of Charlotte and Larry (Janice) Mahan of Vermontville; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two sisters, Gloria Cranson of Vermontville and Caryl Fender of Battle Creek; and several nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, George in 1992; one sister, Vera Fisher; and an infant son, Dale Satterly.

   Services were Nov. 15 at the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Thomas Haynie officiating. Interment was in the Hillside Cemetery, Kalamo.

   Memorial contributions may be made to either the American Diabetes Assn. or Arthritis Foundation. 

                                     

Rev. Dr. Alan S. Malcolm, Sr.  

   Rev. Dr. Alan Malcolm passed away unexpectedly on March 3, 2000 at the Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine. Rev. Malcolm served the First Congregational Church of Eaton Rapids as its pastor for 18 months, recently returning to his beloved Maine. He was serving as the senior pastor of the Yarmouth Church of the Nazarene at the time of his death.

   He was the beloved husband of Rev. Lillian Malcolm and devoted father to five children, Alexander, Andrew, Alan Jr. (AJ), Kylan and Kaitlan of Yarmouth, Maine. Pastor to the many that he served, Alan is also survived by his father Florain, brothers Florian Jr. and Thomas all of Millinocket, Maine. Alan will be missed for his love of Southern gospel music, his cheers at Haley Field, and to all those he met and called friend. Alan’s love of sports and trains will be carried on by his children that he so dearly loved. Alan will always be known for his genuine love of God and those he touched in ministry. His life was a testimony of a Christian man and shall be a beacon to all those who remember him.

   A Celebration of Life Service was held at the Millinocket Church of the Nazarene on March 6, 2000. Cards can be sent to Lillian Malcolm, P.O. Box 245, Yarmouth, ME 04096. 

                                     

Charles James Martin, Sr. 

   Charles James Martin, Sr., age 88 of St. Helen, died Saturday, November 4, 2000 in West Branch. Charles was born September 12, 1912 in Cheboygan, the son of James Hamilton and Clara (Harcourt) Martin and was a direct descendent of Presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams. He graduated from Lansing Eastern High School, Class of 1931, and lived in the Lansing, Okemos and Eaton Rapids areas until retirement when he spent many years at their cottage in St. Helen. He was employed with Diamond Reo for 20 years, owned and operated Martin Mower Service in Okemos for 15 years and retired from Eaton Stamping in 1977. Mr. Martin was an avid hunter, fisherman, loved to trap and was a member of the NRA and the Michigan Steelhead Association.

   Surviving are his wife of 38 years, Theo F.; 3 daughters, Betty (Richard) King of Wellston, Sue (Don) Newland of Florida, Zoanna (Bob) Riley of Lansing; 3 sons, Charles James (Dian) Martin, Jr. of Eaton Rapids, Duff (Nancy) Martin of Leslie, Ralph (Jan) Martin of Lake George; stepson, Dale D. Jones of Lansing; 21 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchildren and 1 nephew, Richard Erratt. He was preceded in death by his stepson, Neil Jones in 1997; grandson, Duffy Martin, Jr. in 1982; and sister, Bess Erratt in 1998.

   Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, November 8, 2000, 10 a.m. at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids. Graveside services will follow at the Richfield Cemetery, St. Helen, at 3 p.m. The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. at the Funeral Home. Those desiring may make contributions to Wildlife Rehabilitation or the Tri County office on aging, Meals on Wheels, in memory of Charles J. Martin, Sr.   www.legacy.com. 

                                     

Mary Mason 

   Mary Mason, 98, of Charlotte died Aug. 1, 2000.

   Mrs. Mason was born in Lee Township, Calhoun County, the daughter of Scott and Almyra (Kibler) Dickinson. She was a member of the Charlotte Free Methodist Church and Gideons Auxiliary.

   She is survived by one daughter, Doris (Frank) Kline of Charlotte; one son, Milford (Joanne) Mason of Clarkston; four grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd Mason in 1976.

   Services were Aug. 4 at the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Vincent Myers officiating. Interment was in the Hillside Cemetery, Kalamo. 

                                     

Jack C. Maupin 

   Jack C. Maupin, age 92, of Ann Arbor, formerly of Charlotte and Eaton Rapids, died Sunday, July 26, 2000 in Ann Arbor. Jack was born February 29, 1908 in Kentucky, the son of Joel Edgar and Theo (Hall) Maupin. He retired from General Motors in 1972 after 30 years of service. Mr. Maupin was preceded in death by his first wife, Frances Louise and his second wife, Alyce.

   Surviving are 2 daughters, Vicki (James) Divita of Crystal Lake, IL, and Marsha Strickland of Ann Arbor; 4 grandchildren, Jeffrey (Brenda) Squires, Todd Squires, Darren Strickland, Stephanie Phillips; 2 great-grandchildren, Chelsea Squires and Amber Phillips.

   Funeral services will be held on Thursday, July 20, 2000, 3 p.m., at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids. The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 5-7 p.m. at the Funeral Home. 

                                     

Frank Maynard 

   Frank Maynard, 77, of Potterville died May 1, 2000.

   Mr. Maynard was born Jan. 15, 1923 in Orleans, the son of Frank and Maria (Bowling) Maynard. He was a life member of the Disabled American Veterans of Lansing, and served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He had worked on highway construction for the Michigan Department of Transportation.

   He is survived by his wife, Dawn (Brooks); two daughters, Jill (Clark) Gidner of Charlotte and Linda (Tony) Cervantes of Eaton Rapids; one son, Rick of Carson City; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and one sister, Hazel (Elmer) Dingman of Clifford Lake.

   He was preceded in death by one son, John Maynard in 1996.

   Services were May 4 at the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Pastor Dick Thorp officiating. Interment was in the Ft. Custer National Cemetery, Augusta.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, with further information available at www.legacy.com. 

                                     

Phillip Merren 

   Phillip Merren, 35, of Olivet died March 25, 2000.

   Mr. Merren was born Feb. 25, 1965 in Charlotte, the son of Donald and Janet (Campbell) Merren.

   He is survived by his parents; his wife, Dawn Rae (Karn); three daughters, Athena Merren, Trisha Hisler and Lindsay Hisler; five sons, Charles Merren, Jerrett Merren, Joshua Merren, Adam Hisler, and Tyler Hisler; three sisters, Loretta Betts, Kimberly Rounds, Deanna Barnum; and one brother, Scott Merren.

   Services and dinner were March 31 at the Sunfield United Brethren Church. Arrangements were made by the Pray Funeral Home, Inc.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Phillip Merren fund. 

                                     

Mary Messenger 

   Mary Margaret Swayzee Messenger, 86, of Bellevue, died April 24, 2000 in Kalamazoo.

   Mrs. Messenger was born Dec. 7, 1913 in Burnett Creek, Ind., the daughter of Ray and Laura Ann (Beckner) Swayzee. She graduated from Bellevue High School and from Nichols Hospital in Battle Creek as a registered nurse. She worked at Community Hospital from 1960 to 1972. She married Lynn Messenger July 27, 1935. For several years, she was a member of the Hospital Auxiliary and a 4-H leader, a member of the Bellevue United Methodist Church and United Methodist Women, Bellevue Historical Society, Eastern Star and the 20th Century Club for 50 years. She was the Bellevue Senior Citizen of the Year in 1983.

   She is survived by three daughters, Lois (Robert) Siple of Vermontville, Laura (Wayne) Mahoney of Tillsonburg, Ontario, and Joann (James) Pierce of Kalamazoo; one son, Harold (Diane) of Bellevue; 13 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; one sister, Helen Kieser of Delton; and one brother, Gerald (Mildred) O’Dell of Olivet.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Lynn, in 1992.

   Services were April 28 at the Bellevue United Methodist Church, with Pastors Dan Minor and Mark Thompson officiating. Internment was in the Riverside Cemetery, Bellevue. Arrangements were made by the Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Bellevue United Methodist Church Limited Access Fund, or the American Cancer Society. 

                                     

Gwendolyn Metz 

   Gwendolyn Hartsell Metz, 29, of Follansbee, W. Va., formerly of Henry’s Bend and Charlotte, died Sunday, April 2, 2000 of injuries resulting from an automobile accident in Follansbee.

   Mrs. Metz was born March 13, 1971 in Oil City, the daughter of Donald and Sandra Aaron Hartsell, and was raised in Henry’s Bend. She was a 1989 graduated of West Forest High School, Tionesta, and had attended Clarion University of Pennsylvania. She was employed for two-and-one-half years as a secretary/ dispatcher with Sunesis Trucking, Follansbee, and was employed at Spartan Motors while living in Charlotte. She was very active in her children’s lives and activities, especially with the Brooke County, W. Va., wrestling program. Mrs. Metz was a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Oil City and the United Methodist Church in Follansbee.

   She is survived by her husband, Joseph; her parents of Henry’s Bend; two children, Brandon and Megan Metz of Follansbee; three stepchildren, Ashley and Joey Metz of Follansbee and Amber Metz Cochran of Franklin; one sister, Kimberly (Steven) French of Charlotte; one brother, Donald “D.J.” Hartsell Jr. of Midland, Texas; her grandparents, William and Mabel Aaron of Henry’s Bend; and great-grandmother, Edna Baughman of Volant; her father and mother-in-law, Ted and Norma Metz of Warren, Ohio; one sister-in-law, Debbie (Don) Hall of Follansbee; two brothers-in-law, David (Connie) Metz of Warren, Ohio and James Grubb of Marysville, Ohio; and numerous uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

   She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Dow and Libbie Hartsell.

   Services were April 7 at the Grace United Methodist Church with the Rev. Jack Friggle officiating. Interment was in the Brandon Cemetery, Cranberry. Arrangements by Osenider Funeral Home, Oil City, Penn.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Gwendolyn Metz Memorial Fund, in care of the Northwest Savings Bank, 259 Seneca St., Oil City, PA 16301. 

                                     

Ernestine (Supp) Miller 

   Ernestine Audrey (Supp) Miller, 91 of Eaton Rapids, formerly of Charlotte, died Jan. 14, 2000.

   Mrs. Miller was born Jan. 8, 1909 in Holland, the daughter of George and Elizabeth (Smith) Windeknecht. She opened the first Montgomery Ward’s office in Charlotte, and was later employed as a secretary to Dr. Daniel Carothers in Charlotte for many years.

   She is survived by her husband, Lynn; one daughter, Betty (Floyd “Bud”) Wainwright of Charlotte; one son, Robert (Sharon) Kulfan of Seattle, Wash.; six grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and one great-great-granddaughter.

   Services were Jan. 18 at the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with the Rev. George Fleming officiating. Interment was in Rosehill Cemetery, Eaton Rapids.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or the American Diabetes Association. 

                                     

Geneva Miller 

   Geneva Miller, age 76 of Springport, went to be with her Lord on Friday, October 20, 2000 at her residence. Geneva was born January 9, 1924in Jackson, KY, the daughter of James Monroe and Elizabeth (Hale) Caudill. She was a member of the Fellowship Baptist Church (formerly the Southern United Baptist Church) in Albion. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harlow in 1985.

   Surviving are her 3 daughters, Josephine (Charles) Arrington of Bardwell, KY, Bette Johnson of Springport, Gayenell Miller of Arlington, KY; 3 sons, Glenn (Nell) Miller of Eaton Rapids, Claude Miller of Allen, Harlin (Linda) of Hillsdale; 25 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren.

   Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, October 24, 2000, 1:00 p.m., at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids, with Rev. James Snyder officiating. Interment will follow at the Springport Cemetery. Those desiring may make contributions to Hartland Hospice, 700 W.  Ash, Mason, MI 48854 in memory of Geneva Miller. 

                                     

Howard Miller 

   Howard Eugene Miller, 87, of Convis Township, died Feb. 19, 2000 at home.

   Mr. Miller was born Feb. 3, 1913, the son of Eugene and Edna (Turner) Miller in Eaton Rapids. He graduated from Fremont (Ind.) High School and had worked as an assistant warehouse foreman at Sears from 1947 until he retired in 1975. He married Lily Bell Wygang July 12, 1937 in Fremont. He raised Shetland ponies and entered them in pony-pulling contests. He was a member of the Michigan Motor Home Owners Club and enjoyed camping, fishing, hunting, gardening and traveling. He spent winters in Sun City, Ariz. from 1975-97.

   He is survived by his wife, Lily; one son, Neil Miller of Crystal; grandchildren, Rick Miller and Terry (Ralph) Murphy, both of Toledo, Steven (Katie) Miller, both of Jackson and Brad Treat of Lansing; great-grandchildren, Jacob and Alan Murphy, both of Toledo; and two sisters, Genevieve Robinson of Harrison, and Mildred Radee of Marshall.

   He was preceded in death by three sisters, Esther White, Clara Landis and Ruth Miller; and three brothers, Fred, Charles, and Dudley Miller.

   Services were Feb. 22 at the Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue, with Pastor George Fleming officiating. Internment was in the Assyria Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Leoni Twp. Fire Department in Michigan Center, Michigan. 

                                     

Maurine Miller 

   Maurine “Suzie” Miller, 83, of Palmetto, Fla., formerly of Dimondale, died Thursday, Feb. 24, 2000.

   Mrs. Miller was born July 4, 1916 in Jackson, the daughter of Loren and Rena (Brown) Gleason. She worked at Oldsmobile for 27 years, until her retirement in 1982.

   Surviving are her daughter, Joan (Tony) Bierens of Palmetto, Fla.; son, Richard (Juanita) Retzloff of Edmore; brothers, William (Shirley) Gleason of Lansing and Lynn (Betty) Gleason of Charlotte; grandchildren, Randy Retzloff of Montana, Robin Retzloff of Florida, Dan Wells of Lansing, Scott Wells of Harrison, Allen Sidel of Morris, John Sidel of North Carolina; nine great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by two husbands, Paul Miller in 1973 and Wilbur Retzloff in 1976; three grandchildren and two brothers.

   Funeral services were held Feb. 28 at Lansing Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 5400 W. St. Joseph, Lansing, with Pastor Paul Yeoman and Pastor Daniel Towar officiating. Interment was at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Lansing.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Lansing Seventh Day Adventist Church Community Services Center. 

                                     

William Moehring 

   William Driver Moehring, 80, of Florida, formerly of Charlotte, died Jan. 11, 2000 in Florida.

   Mr. Moehring was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., the son of William and Grace (Van Meter) Moehring. He was an electrical and mechanical engineer and founded the Michigan Magnetics in Vermontville and World Magnetics in Vermontville and World Magnetics of Traverse City. HE held 17 patents in the manufacturing of magnetic heads. His Navy service was aboard the USS Enterprise during World War II.

   He is survived by his wife, Rhoda Tennis of Steinhatchee, Fla.; two daughters, Kathleen (David) Lake of Charlotte and Rebecca (Joseph) Lovato of Grand Ledge; four grandchildren, William Lake, Jessica Lake, Michael Lovato and Miranda Lovato; and one nephew, Mark Moehring of Florida.

   Services are today, Sunday, Jan. 16, 2000 at 2 p.m. at the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with the Rev. George Fleming officiating. Interment is in the Woodlawn Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Maple Valley Scholarship Fund. 

                                     

Rev. Forrest Mohr 

   The Rev. Forrest Mohr, 88, of Grand Rapids, formerly of Charlotte and Lansing, died July 18, 2000 in Grand Rapids.

   Rev. Mohr was born June 11, 1912 in Brooklyn, the son of George and Minnie (Jacobs) Mohr. He was an ordained minister in the United Methodist Church for 33 years, serving in Lawrence Avenue UMC in Charlotte, and churches in Jonesville, Lake Odessa, Boyne City, Lansing and Reed City. He was the founding pastor and built the Christ UMC in Lansing.

   He is survived by two sons, David (Judith) of Manchester, Conn. And William (Jo Ann) of Sarasota, Fla.; four grandchildren, Dawna (Richard) Tapia, Elizabeth (John) Franco, Brian (Dawn) and Scott; four great-grandchildren, Stephanie and Christopher Tapia and Kyle and Eric Mohr; and one brother, Clarence of Tawas.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Marjorie in 1998.

   Services are Saturday, July 22 at Christ UMC, 517 W. Jolly Road, Lansing, with the Rev. Laurie Haller, officiating. Interment is in the Mt. Hope Cemetery, Litchfield.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Clark  Retirement Community, 1551 Franklin St., Grand Rapids, MI 49506. 

                                     

Hazel W. Morgan 

   Hazel W. Morgan, age 72 of Eaton Rapids, died after a lifetime of much love and happiness, and peacefully went to be with the Lord after a courageous battle with A.L.S., on Thursday, May 11, 2000. She was born December 29, 1927 in London, England, the daughter of Robert and Ann (Wright) Blackford. She came to America on October 22, 1948 and was employed by Casa Nova Restaurant for 27 years and the Sheraton Hotel in Lansing for 6 years. Hazel was a member of St. Peter Catholic Church in Eaton Rapids. Preceding her in death are 2 sons, Brian and Jamie; parents, Robert and Ann; and 2 sisters. She touched so many hearts with kindness, all will remember her with love, and she leaves us with everlasting memories! The family would like to give our deepest thanks to all who cared for Hazel, Eaton Rapids Medical Staff, Ingham Medical Hospital, University of Michigan Hospital, as well as visiting nurses, ALS foundation and Tri-County Office on Aging; with a special thank you to daughter, Deborah Martin and granddaughter, Jasmin Martin for all the care and comfort over the last few years.

   Surviving are 10 children, Helen (Jim) Strong, Sue Morgan, Robert (Debra) Morgan, Raymond (Angela) Morgan, Jeffrey (Mary Beth) Morgan, Deborah Martin, Michelle Morgan, Leonard (Kyle) Morgan, Terry Sparks and Chuck Oliver; 42 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; 3 sisters, Esme (Alfred) Alcazar of Pensacola, FL, Hilda (Ivan) Lee and Freda Manning; 2 brothers, Robert and Raymond Blackford all of England; several nieces and nephews and friends.

   Mass of the Christian burial was held Monday, May 15th from the St. Peter Church, Eaton Rapids. A Rosary was held Sunday evening at the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. Burial was in the Munger Cemetery in rural Eaton Rapids. Pall bearers were Jerry Warfield, Mark Shock, Steve Shock, Jeremy Cripe, Jeff Cripe and Donald Morgan; Honorary Pallbearers were John and Al Alcazar. For those desiring, a memorial contribution may be made to the ALS Association, 678 Front St. N.W., Suite 232, Grand Rapids, MI 49504 in memory of Hazel W. Morgan. 

                                     

Donna Irelan Morris 

   Donna Irelan Morris, age 74 of Dimondale, died July 28, 2000 at her home. Mrs. Morris was a loyal employee of First of American Bank, now National City, for 25 ½ years. She did volunteer work for M.D.A. and also Sparrow Hospital’s Surgical Lounge (and was its President for two years) Mrs. Morris attended Mt. Hope Church, was a life member of the V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary, Post 995, Bitely and was their first Gold Star Mother. She was preceded in death by her husband of 15 years, Edward W. Irelan, her husband of 31 years, Carl R. Morris, and her son, Raymond L. Morris, who was killed in action in Vietnam.

   Surviving are two sons, Donald E. (Lynne) Irelan of Asheville, NC, Rocky (Pam) Irelan of Eaton Rapids; two daughters, Edna Umbarger of Eaton Rapids and Vicki (John) Witzke of Johnstown, NY; 16 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; her brother, Albert Austin; and special cousins, Janalee & Lester McClure.

   Services were held at 2:30 p.m. Friday at Field & Leik Funeral Home with Rev. Clyde Harris officiating. V.F.W. Auxiliary honors were given. Interment was in Dimondale Cemetery. 

                                     

Jack Morris 

   Jack Emerson Morris, 79, of Charlotte died Feb. 24, 2000.

   Mr. Morris was born May 20, 1920 in Carmel Township, the son of Vern and Zesto Belle (Courtright) Morris. He was a millwright and maintenance worker for Maeward Couplings of Olivet. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

   He is survived by one daughter, Shirley Morris of Charlotte; four sons, Daniel of Grand Rapids, Paul (Faye) of Alma, Timothy (Sue) of Virginia Beach, Va., and Mark of Charlotte; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; seven step-grandchildren; and three sisters, Valdeen (Roy) Young of Lakeland, Fla., Mary (Larry) Galvin of Manton, and Ruth “Mead” (Jack) Cleaver of Charlotte.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Frances (Merritt) in 1991, one son, David in 1946, and one brother, Richard.

   Services were Feb. 26 at the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with the Rev. Mark Booth officiating. Interment was in the Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte. 

                                     

Frederick Moul 

   Frederick Luther Moul, 85, of Charlotte, died Monday, March 20, 2000.

   Mr. Moul was born Dec. 15, 1914, the son of Clinton and Elsie (Stauffer) Moul. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and had been a tool and die maker for Aluminum Extrusion and Hoover Corporation in Charlotte. He was active in the VFW, where he had served as quartermaster and the American Legion.

   Surviving are nine nieces, nephews, many friends and comrades.

   Graveside services were held March 22 at Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte, with R. Raymond Rossell officiating. Military honors were given by VFW Post 2406 at Pray Funeral Home.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

                                     

Grace L. Mumby 

   Grace Louise “Sis” (Shaull) Mumby, 72, passed away at Pacific Coast Manor in Capitola, Calif., on Thursday, Aug. 17, 2000.

   Mrs. Mumby was born in Lansing on Aug. 14, 1928, and grew up in Charlotte. She graduated from Charlotte High School and from Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla., and enlisted in the U.S. Navy Air Force in 1948. In 1951, while in the Air Force, she contracted polio and was confined to a wheelchair the remainder of her life. In April 1967, she married E.W. “Ted” Mumby in Riverside, Calif. They resided in Watsonville their entire married life. Louise and Ted traveled twice to Lucknow, India, for celebrations honoring them for Ted’s past missionary and athletic achievements there. She was a devout Methodist and very active in church, and was a loving, caring and generous lady.

   Surviving are her brother, S. David (Mary) Shaull of Orchard Lake; and nieces, Jan Sackman, Gina Green and Alison Shaull.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Ted in 1988.

   Cremation took place in Watsonville, Calif., and internment of cremains was in Mendon.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

   Arrangements by Davis Memorial Chapel, Watsonville, Calif. 

                                     

Erikka Leighanne Murphy

   Erikka Leighanne Murphy, 7, of Olivet died March 5, 2000 as the result of an all-terrain vehicle accident.

   Erikka was born in Marshall, one of triplets born to Mark and Suzanne (Schmidt) Murphy. She was a first grade student at the Fern Persons Elementary School, Olivet.

   She is survived by her parents; triplet sister, Erinne; two brothers, including triplet brother, Trenton, and another brother, Cameron; her great-grandparents, Leon and Sharon Murphy of Olivet, and Ann and Yuel Case and John and Barbette Schmidt, all of Marshall; and her great-grandparents, James and Verna Aughton of Albion and Mary Duncan of Marshall.

   Services were March 8 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel, Charlotte, with Minister Steve Doty officiating. Internment was in the Bosworth Cemetery, Olivet.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Fern Persons Elementary School in Olivet. 

                                     

James Muzzy  

   James Muzzy, 77, of Charlotte died Dec. 29, 1999 at his Windsor Township home following a long illness.

   Mr. Muzzy was born Feb. 4, 1922 in Owosso, the son of Samuel and Bertha (Schultz) Muzzy. He was a World War II army veteran, member of Disabled American Veterans, and a retired Diamond Reo employee.

   He is survived by his wife, Lepha; two stepdaughters, Joan (Brian) Brodberg and Barbara (William) McGuirt, both of Harrison; one stepson, Jack (Cheryl) Cahill of Charlotte; 11 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and two sisters, Viola Belle of Hillsdale and Lois Winkler of Owosso.

   Services were Jan. 2 at Field and Leik Funeral Home, Dimondale, with the Rev. John Toth officiating. Military honors were provided by the Disabled American Veterans. Interment was in the Dimondale Cemetery. 

                                     

Fern Napier 

   Fern (Gullett) Napier, 67, of Charlotte died Sept. 9, 2000 after an extended illness.

   Mrs. Napier was born in Crawford, Ken., the daughter of Kelly and Goldie (Patrick) Gullett and had been a Charlotte resident for about 48 years.

   She is survived by one daughter, Lisa Broach of Bradenton, Fla.; two sons, John (Sonya) of Charlotte and Charles (Becky) of Lansing; seven grandchildren, Rochelle Napier, Rosalyn Perry, Nicole Napier, Heidi Napier, Isiah Broach, Nathan Napier and Natalie Napier; one great-grandson, Aryes Napier; two sisters, May Holton of Charlotte and Faye Baldwin of Marshall; and one brother, Homer (Geneva) Gullett of Lansing.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Nathan Napier in 1973; one sister, Mildred; and four brothers, Marvin, Ray, Jack and Russel “Tip.”

   Services were Sept. 13 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel, Charlotte, with Tom Haynie officiating. Interment was in the Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice. 

                                     

Theron Nash 

   Theron A. Nash, 64, of Lake, formerly of Charlotte, died Jan. 26, 2000 after an extended illness.

   Mr. Nash was born in Charlotte, the son of Boyd and Ida (Smith) Nash and had resided at Lake for 14 years. He was a 1953 graduate of Charlotte High School and a U.S. Army veteran. He had been employed by Fisher Body Division of General Motors Corporation, Lansing, retiring in 1984 after 30 years of service.

   He is survived by one daughter, Vickie (Terry) Griffin of Glen Allen, Va.; one son, Wayne (Julie) of Commerce Township; one grandson, Travis Griffin; one sister, Carol Nash of Tustin, Calif.; and two brothers, Lowel (Patricia) of Lansing and Loy (Veronica) of Charlotte.

   Services were Jan. 29 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel, Charlotte, with the Rev. George Fleming officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Karmanos Cancer Institute, 24601 Northwestern Hwy., Southfield, Mich. 48075-9821. 

                                     

Ruth F. Naylor 

   Ruth F. Naylor, age 88, died Saturday, June 10, 2000 in Grayling. Ruth was born June 6, 1912 in Great Falls, Montana, the daughter of Frank and Flora (Coy) Gunnell. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Eaton Rapids. Ruth helped her husband, Frank, on the farm and he preceded her in death as did also her son-in-law, Larry Herrick and great-grandson, Dekota Rowley.

   Surviving are her daughter, Carol (Duke) Lamotte of Grayling; 2 sons, Reese Naylor and friend Anne Wamsley of Pea Ridge, Arkansas and Keith (Diana) Naylor of Eaton Rapids; 10 grandchildren, Ron Naylor, Cindy (Dennis) Hasenick, John Herrick, Kim Reynolds, Curt (Kris) Lamotte, Mike (Amber) Wakley, Tammy (Paul) Rowley, Kim Wakley, Mike Naylor, Stacey (Jim) Clickner and 12 great-grandchildren.

   Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, June 13, 2000, 11 a.m. at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids, with Pastor Tom Evans officiating. Those desiring may make contributions to the First United Methodist Church Building Fund or Americare Hospice, Grayling in memory of Ruth Naylor. 

                                     

Earlin H. Nettleton 

   Earlin H. Nettleton of DeWitt, age 74, died April 15, 2000. He was born June 22, 1925 in Gladwin. Mr. Nettleton retired from General Motors after 30 years of service and was a Veteran of World War II, serving with the U.S. Navy.

   Surviving are his wife, Marian Mae; 3 daughters, Judith (Lon) Curtis of Eaton Rapids, Pamela (Michael) Beach of DeWitt and Cindy Jo (Brian) Fry of St. Johns; 2 sons, Keith of Lansing and Steven of DeWitt; 7 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild; 1 brother, George (Pat) Nettleton of Gladwin; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services will be held Wednesday, April 19, 2 p.m., at the Gorsline-Runciman Co. DeWitt Chapel, 111 S. Franklin, DeWitt, with the Rev. Tad Jameson, Pastor of Calvary Baptist Church officiating. Interment will follow in DeWitt Cemetery, DeWitt. The family will receive friends at the Chapel Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. 

                                     

Jackie N. Norris 

   Jackie Naomi Norris, 48, of Mulliken, died at home with her family at her bedside, Saturday, Oct. 28, 2000.

   Mrs. Norris was born Feb. 7, 1952 in Lansing, the daughter of Jack and Naomi (Monroe) Sims. She worked as a document processor for MESSA Insurance Company. A former member of the Michigan Fiddlers Association, Mrs. Norris enjoyed playing the fiddle, drawing and carving wood.

   Surviving are her husband, Phillip; mother, Naomi Sims of Vermontville; sisters, Barbara (Leon) Norris of Grand Ledge; father-in-law, Wilford Norris; and eight nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her father, Jack in 1997.

   Funeral services were held Oct. 31 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Richard Garn officiating. Internment was at Sunfield Township Cemetery, Sunfield.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Sunfield Fire Department or Lakewood Ambulance Service.

   Further information may be available at www.legacy.com.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Inc., Charlotte. 

                                     

Marie Northrup 

   Marie A. Northrup, 83, of St. Johns died June 16, 2000.

   Mrs. Northrup was born in Olive Township May 19, 1917, the daughter of Ben and Sybil (Boron) Gillison. She had lived her entire life in Clinton County. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and its Altar Society, the Farm Bureau, and Clinton County Extension. She was a former 4-H leader and a 1935 graduate of Rodney B. Wilson High School, St. Johns. She married Harry Northrup in Holt on March 9, 1940.

   She is survived by two daughters, Janet (Harold) Goelz of Charlotte and Eileen (David) Church of Dewitt six grandchildren, Ann (Rich) Lown, Dawn Webb and Cara (Scott) Courser, all of Charlotte, Troy Church of Plainfield, Ill., Ronald Goelz of Montrose, Colo., and Jeffrey (Kristin) Church of Lansing; nine great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Gladys (Raymond Mayers of St. Johns) and Darthea (Paul) Hartgerink of Lansing.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry Nov. 4, 1996, and one daughter, Jean Ann.

   Mass was June 21 at the St. Joseph Catholic Church, St. Johns with Fr. Joseph Mundandan officiating. Interment was in the Mt. Rest Cemetery, St. Johns. Arrangements were made by the Osgood Funeral Home, St. Johns.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton Community Hospice, Charlotte. 

                                     

Hazel A. Norton 

   Hazel Addriett Norton, 76, of Charlotte, died Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2000.

   Mrs. Norton was born Dec. 12, 1923 in Dowling, the daughter of Glenn and Mary (Beach) Rowden.

   Surviving are her husband, Leo of Charlotte; daughter, Addriett (James) Balgoyen of Charlotte; sons, Kendric (Julie) Norton of Bellevue and Greg (Sue) Norton of Charlotte; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

   Funeral services were held Oct. 14 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Darwin Kuhl officiating. Interment was at West Carmel Cemetery, Carmel Twp.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton County Medical Facility.

   Further information may be available at www.legacy.com.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Inc. 

                                     

James W. Norton 

   James W. Norton, age 67 of Lake Odessa, formerly of Eaton Rapids, died Monday, July 24, 2000 at his residence following a long illness. He was born May 22, 1933 in Perrington, MI, the son of Charles and Thelma Norton. Jim and wife Joyce owned and operated the Norton Party Store in Eaton Rapids for several years. He was a Too & Die Maker and owned and operated Satterlee Machining for 15 years in Eaton Rapids, retiring after health problems. He was a member of the Brookfield Masonic Lodge and was affiliated with the Brookfield United Methodist Church. Preceding him in death is a brother, Roland Norton.

   Surviving are his wife of 49 years, Joyce; 3 daughters, Deborah (Steve) Haman of DeWitt, April (Dan) Balger of Okemos and Karen (Charles) Ambs of Hudsonville; 6 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild; brother, John (Jackie) Norton of Albion; 3 sisters, Sandra (Ron) Guilloz of Ann Arbor, Nancy Barnes of Albion and June Shirley of Lake George; several nieces and nephews.

   Memorial services will be Thursday, July 27, 2000 at 11 a.m. at the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. Visitation will be Wednesday evening from 7-9 p.m. and on Thursday 2 hours previous to the service. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Eaton Rapids Medical Center in memory of James Norton. 

                                     

James Novess 

   James Novess, 57, of Lansing died Nov. 23, 2000 at his residence.

   Mr. Novess was born in Ann Arbor, and was an Army veteran, having served during the Vietnam War.

   He is survived by one foster sister, Reta Bonney of Middlebury, Ind.

   Military graveside services were Dec. 4 at Fort Custer National Cemetery, Augusta, with Rev. Steven Lewis and the Fort Custer Honor Guard officiating.

   Arrangements were made by the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte. 

                                     

Jean S. Oberlin 

   Jean S. Oberlin, 76, of Charlotte, died July 31, 2000 at the Eaton County Medical Care Facility after an extended illness.

   Mrs. Oberlin was born in Charlotte, the daughter of Grover and Mabel (Summers) Riddle. She had lived in Charlotte all her life, except for 26 years that she lived in Florida. She was a 1942 graduated of Charlotte High School and had been employed by Sears, Roebuck & Co. in Charlotte and Sarasota, Fla., from where she retired in 1988.

   She is survived by two daughters, Karole (Roy) Bartlett; of Charlotte and Barbara (Jim) Rieben of Swanton, Ohio; two stepsons, Richard (Tootie) Oberlin of Texas and Stephen (June) Oberlin of Marshall; two stepdaughters, Sandra DuPre of Barryton, and Sally (Brian) Gissenhaver of Bath; 21 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; one brother, George Riddle of Charlotte; and a brother-in-law, Leslie Wells of Charlotte.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Oberlin in 1998; and one sister, Eunice Wells in 1999.

   Graveside services and interment were Aug. 4 at the Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte, with Charles Jenson officiating. Arrangements were made by the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Hayes Green Beach Hospital, the Eaton County Medical Care Facility or the charity of one’s choice. 

                                     

Arthur Olmstead 

   Arthur Olmstead, 84, of Cedar, died July 8, 2000.

   Mr. Olmstead was born Sept. 28, 1915 in the Burton Heights section of Grand Rapids. During the Depression years, his family lived in Ludington. Following high school graduation, he played the piano professionally, touring the United States and Europe. In 1937, he enrolled at the Michigan State College of Engineering and continued playing the piano and writing orchestrations for local big bands. He was employed as a draftsman at Oldsmobile Product Engineering in 1940, eventually being named chief draftsman on the wartime 20MM Gun Project. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1942 and was appointed engineering officer of the 343rd squadron of the 55th Fighter Group, Tacoma, Wash. The Group was the first P-38 fighter for bomber escort over Germany starting in October 1943. At the end of the war, the 55th Fighter Group performed occupation duties at Kaufburen, Germany. IN May 1945, he married Honor Joan Lisney of Barking, England. He was discharged as a major in the Air Force Reserves in 1946. After the war, he was an engineer in the group that designed and brought to production the 1947 Oldsmobile Rocket V-8 engine. After the 1957 death of his first wife, he married Margaret Packard Carr in 1962 and lived in Charlotte until he retired in 1974 from Oldsmobile after 34 years of service. He then designed and built their home on Little Traverse Lake in Leelanua County. He was a member of St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church, Northport, and the Light of Life Episcopal Church, Suttons Bay. He was a member of the Grand Traverse/Leelanua Community Mental Health Board from 1981-88, serving as chairman in 1985; the Foundation for Mental Health from 1994 to present, a founding member of the Association of Retarded Citizens and the Michigan Association of Children with Emotional Disorders, the Michigan Society of Autistic Children, Leelanua Prospectors Club, American Federation of Musicians, Society of Automotive Engineers, Little Traverse Lake Association and the 55th Fighter Group Association.

   He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Margaret of Cedar; one daughter, Sara (John) Gedda of Rochester Hills; two sons, Craig (Karen) of Charlotte and Roger of Suttons Bay; two sons by marriage, Don (Polly) Carr of Alexandria, Va. And Charles (Mary Jo) Carr of Schaumburg, Ill.; a sister, Marguerite Cronkright of Port Richey, Fla.; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

   Cremation has taken place.

   Memorial services were July 12 at the Leland Community United Methodist Church, with Rev. Louise Kountze officiating. Interment was in the Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte. Arrangements were made by the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Light of Life Church, c/o Grace Episcopal Church, 341 Washington, Traverse City, MI 49684, or the Foundation for Mental Health, 701 S. Elmwood, Suite 19, Traverse City, MI 49685. 

                                     

John O’Brien 

   John Charles O’Brien, 93, of Dimondale died May 4, 2000.

   Mr. O’Brien was born Dec. 8, 1906 in Mt. Pleasant, the son of Alonzo and Katherine (Swift) O’Brien. He had been a farmer and member of the Eaton County Farm Bureau.

   He is survived by one son, Ronald (Amelia) O’Brien of Dimondale; four grandchildren, Kelly (Jim) Fiser, Rene Deller, and Vickie (Jerry) VanLiew, all of Dimondale, and Randy O’Brien of Potterville; seven great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; three brothers, Ervin (Alice) of Lansing, Daniel (Dorothy) of Westphalia and Buzzle of Mt. Pleasant; and many nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by his first wife, Marie in 1976; second wife, Luella in 1992; one stepson, Elmer and his wife, Althea, Steele.

   Services were held May 8 at the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with the Rev. John Toth officiating. Interment was in the Dimondale Cemetery, Dimondale.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Dimondale Presbyterian Church. 

                                     

Elizabeth M. O’Leary 

   Elizabeth Mae Wensley O’Leary, 94, of Peoria, Ariz., formerly of Charlotte, died Nov. 11, 2000.

   Mrs. O’Leary was born June 16, 1906 in Pittsburgh, PA, the daughter of Mathew and Mary Antis. She was employed by Westinghouse Corporation. She married Roy Wensley, an engineer at Westinghouse, in 1931 and they lived in Philadelphia until 1947, then moved to Charlotte. After her husband’s death in 1953, Elizabeth took up residence at Gun Lake, From 1953 to 1967, she was employed by Doctors Finney and Phelps in Hastings. In 1967, she married Douglas O’Leary of Marshall. They split their time between Gun Lake and Marshall until moving to Sun City, AZ in 1972. After Mr. O’Leary’s death in 1991, Mrs. O’Leary moved to the Forum at Desert Harbor in Peoria, AZ. She was a life member of Easter Star, as well as the United Church of Sun City in Sun City, and the First Presbyterian Church, Hastings.

   She is survived by one daughter, Anne Lindeman of Peoria, Ariz.; one son, Jim Wensley of Playa Del Rey, Calif.; three stepchildren; 20 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.

   Memorial services were Nov. 20 at The Forum, with Rev. Luther Abraham officiating. 

                                     

Ruth Olmstead 

   Ruth Luella Olmstead, 87, of Charlotte died June 22, 2000 at Ingham Regional Medical Center.

   Mrs. Olmstead was born in Walton Township, the daughter of Wyman and Lena (Trowbridge) Turner. She worked at Bos Bakery in Charlotte for 25 years. The main focus of her life was her family and her church. She was a 60-year member of Crossroads Church of the United Brethren in Charlotte for 60 years.

   She is survived by her husband of 70 years, Alton; three daughters, Mary (Steve) (Crandall) Hundt and Suzanne (Bill) Brenton, both of Charlotte, and Evelyn Chapman of East Leroy; one son, Kenneth (Marie) of Burbank, Calif.; 13 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; two sisters, Lucille Shepard of Assyria Center and Ina Blanchard of Indiana.

   Services were June 26 at the Crossroads Church of the United Brethren, Charlotte, with the Rev. Mike Arnold officiating. Internment was in the Bosworth Cemetery, Eaton County. Arrangements were made by the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Crossroads Church. 

                                     

Roby Osborn 

   Roby Edward Osborn, 61, of Potterville, passed away May 22, 2000 at his home.

   Mr. Osborn was born Aug. 28, 1938.

   Surviving are his wife, Sally Osborn; son, Steven Osborn; step-children, Jodie and Fred Frese; granddaughters, Stevie and Maddie.

   He was preceded in death by his son, Roby John Osborn; mother, Marion Osborn; and father, Roby Osborn.

   No memorial services will be held. Further information available at www.legacy.com.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. 

                                     

Annemarie Othmer 

   Annemarie Othmer, 91, of Woodland, died Jan. 19, 2000.

   Mrs. Othmer was born Nov. 16, 1908 in Halle, Germany, the daughter of Gottholt and Frieda (Abel) Spiegel. She moved to Chicago, Ill., in 1932 and married Rudy Othmer. They moved to Vermontville and later to Woodland, where they farmed for over 40 years.

   She is survived by one daughter, Rose Marie Othmer of Richmond, Ind.; three sons, Peter (Betty) of Fullerton, Calif., Hans (Bobbie Ann) of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Bob (Kathy) of Vermontville; four grandchildren, Dawn (Andy) Robotham, Rudy (Christin) Othmer, John Othmer and Brigette Othmer; and one sister, Hildegard Boulter of Germany.

   She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband of 60 years, Rudy.

   Visitation is today, Sunday, Jan. 23 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the Koops Funeral Chapel, Lake Odessa.

   Services are Monday, Jan. 24 at 10 a.m. at the funeral home.

   Internment is in the Woodland Memorial Park.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Woodland Lions Club for the Rudy Othmer Scholarship Fund. 

                                     

Virginia L. Otto  

   Virginia L. Otto, 81, of Haslett, died Oct. 13, 2000.

   Mrs. Otto was born Aug. 12, 1919 in Bear Lake.

   Surviving are three daughters, Tamsyn Martha (Michael) Mihalus of East Lansing, Terese Marie (Thomas) Stuckman of Meridian, Miss., and Tanya Mary (Jim) Wall of Spokane, Wash.; and four grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl in 1983, and son, Ewan in 1962.

   Funeral services were held Oct. 15 at Gorsline-Runciman Co., East Chapel, East Lansing. Internment was at Rose Cemetery, Bath.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Sparrow Home, Hospice, 1215 E. Michigan Ave., P.O. Box 30480, Lansing, MI 48909.

   Arrangements by Gorsline-Runciman Co., East Chapel, East Lansing. 

                                     

Frances Owen 

   Frances Alta Owen, 84, of Ionia, died March 31, 2000 at Sparrow Hospital, Lansing.

   Mrs. Owen was born March 23, 1916 in Woodland, the daughter of the Rev. Glenn and DeEtte (Hunt) Rairigh. She was a nurse at Pennock Hospital several years ago and had also worked at Williams Department Store in Lake Odessa for years.

   She is survived by one sister, Peggy (Donald) Currell of Sunfield; one brother, Glenwood (Flossie) Rairigh of Sunfield; and four nephews.

   She was preceded in death by both her parents, her husband, Lincoln in 1986, and one daughter, Wilmetta Owen in 1957.

   No public services were held. Interment was at Woodland Memorial Park, Woodland. Arrangements were made by the Rosier Funeral Home, Mapes-Fisher Chapel, Sunfield.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton Community Hospice. 

                                     

Edsel Page 

   Edsel Page, 72, of Vermontville, died Monday, Jan. 3, 2000 at Ingham Medical Center, Lansing.

   Mr. Page was born Nov. 24, 1927 in Gleason, Tenn., the son of Jesse and Ione (Brawner) Page. He married Mildred Aylor on Nov. 21, 1948 in McKenzie, Tenn. He retired from General Motors Corp. in Lansing in 1980, after 30 years of service. He was a member of the Nashville Lions Club, the Mid-Michigan Mule & Donkey Association, and entered and showed his mules at various fairs, especially in Detroit, and internationally.

   Surviving are his wife, Mildred; children, Rena (Gene) Boucher of Memphis, Tenn., Edsel Page Jr., Lanny (Margaret) Page of Memphis, Tenn., Sheri (Al) Reynolds of Vermontville, Kristie (David) Trimble of Sarasota, Fla., Ben Page of Nashville, John (Theresa) Page of Grand Ledge; 13 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

   He was preceded in death by a grandson, Seth Page, and a brother, Eugene Page.

   Services were held Jan. 6 at Maple Valley Chapel, Nashville, and Jan. 7 at New Valley United Methodist Church, Gleason, Tenn. Interment was at New Valley Cemetery, Gleason, Tenn.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Nashville Lions Club.

   Arrangements by Maple Valley Chapel, Nashville. 

                                     

David Pardee 

   David Pardee, 52, passed away Sunday, March 19, 2000.

   Mr. Pardee was born in Big Rapids on June 20, 1947, the son of Rev. George and Alice (Marlette) Pardee, who preceded him in death. He attended Eastern High School in Lansing, and was employed by the Republican Tribune in Charlotte for several years. He had worked for General Motors for the past 24 years. The past few years of his employment at General Motors, he coordinated plant tours for the Lansing plants. Besides his love for his family, and enjoyment working with people, he was an avid Elvis fan, loved computers, cars and traveling.

   Surviving are his wife, Beverly Ann Pardee; three children, Tim (Deb) Julson of Rochester Hills, Cindy (Don) Hoffman of DeWitt, Tom (Heather) Julson of Portage; eight grandchildren, Donald Randy Hoffman, Thomas Delbert Hoffman, David Leland Hoffman, Kristina Ann Hoffman, Victoria Ann Julson, Matthew Taylor Hoffman, Nicolette Cheri Julson, Alexander Grant Julson; sister, Ruth (Wayne) McDonell of Palmer, Alaska; brother, George Winfield (Sally) Pardee Jr. of Belleville, Ill.; four brothers, all of which reunited with David in 1990 after years of separation, Leslie (Dottie) White of Vian, O.K., David White of West Suffield, Conn., Gary (Vicki) White of Greenfield, Mass., and Larry White of East Hampton, Mass.

   Funeral services were held March 23 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Lansing, with Rev. James Schalkhauser and Rev. James Lichtenberger officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society for Lung Cancer Research. 

                                     

Florence V. Parr 

   Florence V. Parr, 91, of Grand Ledge, Michigan, died Thursday, January 16, 2000. Mrs. Parr was born March 9, 1908 in Gratiot County, Michigan the daughter of Roy and Elsie (Rogers) Crossette. She attended Grand Ledge Baptist Church.

   She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Robert Parr, son Jerry (Cheryl) Parr of Haslett and four grandchildren; Stephen, Eric, Kyle and Heidi.

   Funeral services will be at 1:00 p.m. Monday, January 17, 2000 at Pray Funeral Home with Rev. Christopher Brauns officiating. Interment will be in Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte, Michigan. Visitation will be Sunday 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Pray Funeral Home.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Grand Ledge Baptist Church or Eaton Community Hospice. 

                                     

Mona M. Parsons 

   Mona M. Parsons, age 81 of Eaton Rapids, died Saturday, December 16, 2000 at a Lansing hospital. She was born October 1, 1919 in Flint, Michigan one of 13 children born to George and Daisy (Hoffman) Tanner. Mrs. Parsons worked for Fisher Body during World War II in the Sewing Room and later, from 1957 through 1975, worked for the Flashes Shopper’s Guide & News in Eaton Rapids as Ad Composition Coordinator. She was a life member of the Order of the Eastern Star Lodge #241 in Eaton Rapids. Preceding her in death was her husband Alfred James Parsons on July 6, 1979.

   Surviving are 4 children, daughter, Sandra Kay (James) Spitler of Stoney Lake, MI, 3 sons, Dan (Judy) Parsons, Ron (Nancy) Parsons and Greg Parsons all of Eaton Rapids; 9 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; 9 brothers and sisters; and numerous nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, December 20th, at 11 a.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with Rev. Tom Evans of the First United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be in the Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Lansing. Visitation will be Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. For those desiring, a memorial contribution may be made to the American Heart Association at 271 Woodland Pass, Suite 110, East Lansing, Michigan, 48823-2060 in memory of Mona M. Parsons. 

                                     

Barbara Paton 

   Barbara (Davis) Paton, 71, of Olivet, formerly of Charlotte, died Jan. 23, 2000 at her residence.

   Mrs. Paton was born Nov. 29, 1928 in Charlotte, the daughter of Leigh and Beatrice (Rogers) Davis, and had been an Olivet resident for 30 years, coming from Charlotte. She was a graduate of Charlotte High School, had been employed as a telephone operator for Michigan Bell Telephone Co. in Charlotte, and was a former member of the Eaton Art League.

   She is survived by three daughters, Diane Swift of Lee’s Summit, Mo., Pamela (Donald) Andrews of Charlotte and Sheila (Larry) Siefert of Springport; one son, Michael of Florida; 12 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and one brother, Roger Davis of Charlotte.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert in 1983; her parents; and two brothers, Richard and Robert Davis.

   Private services have been held.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Susan G. Kormen Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 650309, Dallas, Texas 75265-0309. 

                                     

Gertrude F. Pease 

   Gertrude F. Pease, 82, of Nashville, died Sunday, Oct. 29 at Battle Creek Health System.

   Mrs. Pease was born July 13, 1918 in Mulliken, the daughter of Kenneth and Eva (Dartch) Balley. She married Clifford Pease of June 30, 1940, and worked several years as a nurse’s aide in the Bellevue and Charlotte areas. She was a life member of Kalamo OES, and active with the Kalamo Methodist Church, where she was a choir director and Sunday school teacher. She played the piano and harmonica, and enjoyed reading, crocheting, and, crossword and jigsaw puzzles.

   Surviving are her husband, Clifford; daughters, Helen (Ernest) White of Quincy, Sharon (Paul Sr.) Franklin of Nashville and Barbara (Charles Sr.) Schutt of Algonac; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; a step-brother, Dennis Jones of Montana; and a sister-in-law, Norma Bailey of Florida.

   She was preceded in death by a sister, Donna Thems; and brothers, Robert Bailey and Martin Bailey in infancy.

   Services were held Nov. 2 at Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue. Interment was at Hillside Cemetery, Kalamo.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. 

                                     

Harry A. Pease 

   Harry A. Pease, 73, of Kalamo Twp., died Aug. 30 at his home.

   Mr. Pease was born Dec. 6, 1926 in Kalamo Twp., the son of Edward and Carrie (Bowen) Pease. He graduated from Bellevue High School in 1944 and was employed with Post Cereals, Battle Creek, for 33 ½ years. He was a member of the Kalamo United Methodist Church, a Past Master of Kalamo Masonic Lodge #327, F&AM; a Past Worthy Patron of Kalamo Chapter #339 Order of Eastern Star; and a member of the Bedford Royal Arch Masons, Bellevue Lions Club, and the Post 25-Year Club. He was also an administrative leader of 4-H. He married Frances Barker on June 23, 1951 in Kalamo.

   He is survived by three daughters, Constance Campbell of Kennebunk, Maine, Kathryn Jarvis of Hastings and Jacqueline Pease of St. Augustine, Fla.; two sons, Carl of Kalamo and Edward of Middleville; 10 grandchildren; two sisters, Dorothy Franks of Vermontville and Mary Eisenlord of Battle Creek; and two brothers, Edward of Charlotte and Clifford of Nashville.

   He was preceded in death by one son, Joseph in 1983; and two sisters, Hazel Goode and Mabel Hamilton; and two brothers, Floyd, Donald and George.

   Services were Sept. 2 at Bellevue UMC with Pastor Mark Thompson and Kalamo Masonic Lodge #327 F&AM officiating. Interment was in the Hillside Cemetery, Kalamo Twp. Arrangements were made by the Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Bellevue Memorial Scholarship Foundation. 

                                     

Ivan Henry Peck 

   Ivan Henry Peck, age 82 of Lansing, died Tuesday, September 26, 2000. He was born March 23, 1918 in Eaton Rapids, the son of David and Ethel (Zentmyer) Peck. Mr. Peck was a retired Supervisor for the State of Michigan, a life member of the I.O.O.F. in Bellaire and a member of the Eagles in Holt. Preceded him in death were his wives Olive (Shelton) and Virginia (Potter).

   Surviving are 5 children, Charlene (Jerry) James of Horton, David (Glenda) Peck of Mason, Lucinda (Charles) Harrison of Norfolk, VA, Penny Peck of Norfolk, VA, and Evelee Williams of Sun City, CA; 2 step-children, Richard (Dorothy) Warner of Texas and Judy Vstula of DeWitt; 14 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren; sister, Bea (George) Long of Eaton Rapids; and several nieces and nephews.

   Private memorial services will be held at a later date. The family is being served through the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. 

                                     

Jeannine G. (LaCroix) Perry 

   Jeannine G. (LaCroix) Perry of Pulaski, Tennessee, formerly of Eaton Rapids, died May 17, 2000 as the result of an auto accident.

   Surviving are her husband of 16 years, Matthew, son Aaron and daughter Sarah all of Pulaski; brother, John LaCroix of Detroit, MI; sister, Michele LaCroix of Boston, MA.

   There will be no funeral services. 

                                     

Eleanor Peterson 

   Eleanor Peterson, 87, of Lansing, died May 23, 2000 at the home of her daughter, Elizabeth Rathbun, in Vermontville Township.

   Mrs. Peterson was born May 14, 1913 in Owosso, the daughter of Charles and Martilla (Ferris) Townsend. She was retired from the Michigan Secretary of State.

   She is survived by five daughters, Ruth Ann Peterson of Lansing, Sharon Davis of Mason, Nancy Gallegos of Austin, Texas, Elizabeth (Robert) Rathbun of Vermontville and Jane (Mike) Johnson of Dimondale; 24 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; and one niece.

   Services were May 26 at Field & Leik Funeral Home, Dimondale, with the Rev. John Toth officiating. Interment was in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Owosso. 

                                     

Jessie M. Pierce 

   Jessie Pierce, 96, of Bellevue died July 27, 2000 at Marshall Manor.

   Mrs. Pierce was born Jan. 9, 1904 in Eaton Rapids, the daughter of Phencil Lorenzo and Annie (Brunton) Morris. She married Elston Pierce Aug. 8, 1921. She was a member of the Bellevue First Baptist Church.

   She is survived by four daughters, Anna Swank of Harrison, Ardell Torres of Pennfield, and Letha Clift and Eltha Pierce, both of Bellevue; one son, Richard Eugene of Bellevue; 20 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and three sons, Elston Jr., Rodney and Leonard.

   Graveside services were July 31 at Riverside Cemetery, Bellevue, with Rev. Don Francis officiating. Arrangements were made by the Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice. 

                                     

Jim H. “Smiley” Pierce

   Jim H. “Smiley” Pierce, age 56, died Tuesday, June 27, 2000 at his residence. Jim was born February 27, 1944 in Eaton Rapids, the son of Daniel Henry and Grace (Harrison) Pierce. He was a partner with his father and brother in a large family farming operation in Hamlin Twp. For many years. Jim was a veteran of the U.S. Navy serving in the CB’s in Vietnam and was later a member of the Onondaga VFW Post #6986. He was a volunteer fire fighter with the Hamlin Twp. Fire Dept. and a former Hamlin Twp. Trustee. Above all, he was a devoted Michigan Fan. Jim was preceded in death by his father, Daniel in 1991.

   Surviving are his mother, Grace Pierce of Eaton Rapids; 2 brothers, Robert D. (Marsha) Pierce of Morenci, John D. Pierce of Lansing; niece, Amanda Pierce; 2 nephews, Bill (Susan) Pierce, Jim (Mimi) Pierce; 4 grand nephews, Cody, Travis, Jerimiah and Wesley.

   Funeral services were held on Friday, June 30, 2000 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids, with Rev. Stephen Klink officiating. Internment followed at Rosehill Cemetery, Eaton Rapids. Those desiring may make contributions to the Hamlin Twp. Fire Department in memory of Jim Pierce. www.legacy.com. 

                                     

Ira L. “Bud” Pifer 

   Ira LaVern “Bud” Pifer, 66, of Foley, Ala., formerly of Eaton County, died Sept. 14, 2000.

   Mr. Pifer was a graduate of Lansing Sexton High School and worked for ATL Truck Lines in both Lansing and Jackson before retiring 15 years ago. He was a Boy Scout leader for many years in both Lansing and Vermontville.

   He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Loretta (Shilling); three daughters, Gail (David) Allen of Charlotte, Cindy (Ron) Hughes of Indiana and Sandy Weaver of Texas; one son, Randy (Diane) of Vermontville; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; one sister, Celora “Tootie” (Myron) Shilling of Charlotte; and one brother, Larry (Paul) of Delton.

   He was preceded in death by his parents, Otto and Leslie Pifer and one sister, Anita Rodebaugh.

   Cremation has taken place in Alabama.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton Community Hospice. 

                                     

Lyle W. Place 

   Lyle William Place, 74, of Charlotte, died Sept. 3, 2000.

   Mr. Place was born Nov. 1, 1925 in Dowagiac, the son of Fred and Myra (Enos) Place. He was an owner/operator for Charlotte Glass, Inc., and retired in 1990. He was also a World War II veteran of the U.S. Navy, and affiliated with the VFW and New Hope Baptist Church, Ellington, Fla.

   He is survived by his wife, A. Marie (Gasper) of Charlotte; three daughters, Linda Place of Ann Arbor, Marcia Feldpausch of Charlotte, and Rita (Don) Clough of Olivet; one son, Lyle of Charlotte; one sister, Virginia Hal of California; one brother, George of Morenci; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

   He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Myra Place; one sister, Helen Parrish of Kalamazoo; and two brothers, Enos of Florida and Fred of Linton, Ind.

   Services were held Sept. 6 at the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Lester DeGroot officiating. Interment was in the Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. 

                                     

Martha Planck 

   Martha Planck, 77, of Charlotte, formerly of Nashville, died June 3, 2000 at Hospice Home in Lansing.

   Mrs. Planck was born Nov. 29, 1922 in Strongs, the daughter of Frederick and Maggie (Hunter) Histed. She married Wallace Planck Jan. 4, 1945 in Nashville. She was a furniture finisher for the Furniture Factory in Hastings and after her husband died, was a social service volunteer in Charlotte and a Helping Hands volunteer, also in Charlotte. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary in Charlotte and Nashville VFW Auxiliary. She attended the Nashville United Methodist Church. She loved to crochet and was an avid bingo player.

   She is survived by two daughters, Jean (George) Gonser of Charlotte and Linda (Raymond) Hayes of Freeport; one son, Walter of Nashville; several step-children; special grandchildren, Dr. Rusty Gonser and his wife, Dr. Elaina Tuttle of Maryland, Shane and Kathy Gonser, and their daughter, Shelby of Charlotte, Jeana Gonser of Charlotte, Denia Hull of Freeport, and several other grandchildren and great-grandchildren; one sister, Betty Bedell of Canada; two brothers, Raymond and Frank Histed of Nashville; many nieces and nephews; and special friend, Carla Hale of Charlotte.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Wallace Nov. 22, 1988; her parents; and 18 brothers and sisters.

   There was a memorial celebration June 10 at the Maple Valley Chapel, Nashville. Internment was in the Lakeview Cemetery, Nashville.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Eaton County Hospice or Hospice House of Mid-Michigan. 

                                     

Pearl M. Poehler 

   Pearl M. Poehler, age 91, a long time resident of Eaton Rapids, died Saturday, July 15, 2000 in Kalamazoo. Pearl was a born May1, 1909 in Lakeview, moving to Eaton Rapids in 1911 and growing up “in the Brickyard”. She graduated from Eaton Rapids High School in 1926, and then the Acme Business College in Lansing, after which she pursued a career in business. She retired in 1974 after many years working for the State of Michigan, Treasury Dept., in Lansing. Pearl was active in the Senior Citizens Center, and a member of their “Mad Hatters Kitchen Band”. A true competitor, she loved to play bingo, euchre, and any other card game. She was an avid sports fan. She had been a member of the First United Methodist Church and The Order of the Eastern Star. Pearl was preceded in death by her husband, Harold “Dutch” Poehler; her parents, Harry and Rose (Haven) Scott; and three siblings, Baby William Scott, Iris Reuter and Leola Finch.

   Surviving are her 3 children, Marlene (Jack) Koch of Parchment, Patricia (Mel) Nelson of Naples, FL, Gary (Pat) Dodge of Orange City, FL; her brother, Cyril (Judy) Scott of Toledo, OH; 9 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and 9 nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services will be held on Thursday, July 20, 2000, 11 a.m., at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids, with Pastor Tom Evans of the First United Methodist Church officiating. The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to the Eaton Rapids Senior Center in memory of Pearl Poehler. 

                                     

Donna Rae Pope 

   Donna Rae Pope, age 55, of St. Johns, went to her Lord February 19, 2000 after a long and courageous battle with Lymphoma at Ingham Medical Center. She was born June 29, 1944 to Donald & Marie (Eisler) Alvord. She attended Elsie High in 1962. For the past 14 years she was employed by Squires Equipment, Eaton Rapids, in the School Bus Division. She was preceded in death by daughter Mary Ann Pope and mother Marie Alvord.

   Donna is survived by her husband Raymond G. Pope, Jr. whom she married October 3, 1964 in St. Johns; daughter, Theresa (Phillip) Benson of Augusta N.J.; son, David (Heather) Pope of DeWitt; 3 of her greatest loves, grandchildren Logan Phillip Benson, Blake Isabelle Benson and Jacob David Pope; father, Donald Alvord of Houghton Lake; brother, Gary (Rita) Alvord of Ovid, sister, Monica Stechschulte of Dayton, Ohio; father-in-law & mother-in-law, who loved her like their own, Raymond C. & Irene Pope of St. Johns.

   Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, February 22, 2000, 10:30 a.m., at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Rev. Fr. Kenneth McDonald and Deacon Robert McPhilamy officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Rest Cemetery, A Rosary service was prayed Monday evening at the Osgood Funeral Home, St. Johns.

   The family would like to take this time to thank the entire staff of five-north at Ingham Medical. To Ray, John, Judy, Bev, Petra, Jill, Marianne and to everyone who we left out and to Dr. Layhe and Dr. Pat. You people are supreme care givers and we wish you all a big Thank You for all the love, care and devotion you gave to Donna. You made her final days as tolerable as possible. She loved you all. Grandma: We will always love you. You are now our Special Angel in Heaven. Logie Bear, Blakie Belle and Jakey. 

                                     

Evelyn Poppe 

   Evelyn (Tank) Poppe, 85, of Kalamazoo, formerly of Charlotte, died Saturday, Feb. 5, 2000 at Bronson Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo.

   Mrs. Poppe was born in Bono, Ohio, the daughter of Edward and Lena Mae (Jeremy) Tank, and had been a Kalamazoo resident since 1979, moving there from Charlotte. She was a retired telephone sales supervisor for Sears, Roebuck & Co. in Charlotte, was a member of St. Augustine’s Catholic Church in Kalamazoo, was a perpetual member of The Sisters of St. Joseph Guild in Nazareth, and was a former member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and its Alter Society in Charlotte.

   She is survived by one sister-in-law, Ruth Tank of Charlotte; brother-in-law, Eric Lefkes of Kalamazoo; and numerous nieces and nephews including, Terralene (Richard) Deer of Charlotte and Patrick (Suzanne) Tank of Little Rock, Ark.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter in 1965; four sisters, Henrietta O’Boyle, Gladys Tank, Marjorie Simon and Mae Lefkes; and two brothers, Wayne Tank and Herman Tank.

   Funeral Mass was Feb. 9 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Charlotte, with the Rev. Fr. Thomas Nenneau officiating. Internment was in the Deepdale Memorial Park, Lansing.

   Arrangements by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Charlotte. 

                                     

Rachael A. Porter 

   Rachael Ann Garlow (Poe) Porter, 52, of Charlotte, died Aug. 23, 2000.

   Mrs. Porter was born June 22, 1948 in Fairmont, W.Va., the daughter of John Richard Garlow and Catherine Behnke. She had been secretary to the principal at the Charlotte Junior High School for 16 years.

   She is survived by her husband, Robert; two daughters, Julie Poe of Charlotte and Michelle Poe of Springport; one son, Michael Poe, and his fiancée Hope of Northville; her father, John Richard (Marilyn) Garlow of Charlotte; her mother, Catherine Behnke of Salineville, Ohio; one sister, Mary Beth Hartline of N. Richland Hills, Texas; four brothers, David Garlow of Charlotte, Timothy Garlow of Lexington, N.C., Joseph Garlow of Gladstone and John Garlow II of Lewisville, Texas; her grandmother, Dorothy Moran Garlow of St. Albans, W.Va.; and, many nieces and nephews.

   Services were Aug. 26 at the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Dr. Peter Brenner officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to a scholarship fund in memory of Rachael.

   More information may be available at www.legacy.com. 

                                     

Milton J. Potter 

   Milton J. Potter, 74, of Charlotte died Sept. 17, 2000 at his residence.

   Mr. Potter was born in Kalamo Township, Eaton County the son of Carl and Edith (Exander) Potter and was a long-time Charlotte-area resident, who had also lived in the Hastings area for many years. He was a World War II Navy veteran and past Commander and member of Maple City Post #2406 VFW, the Greenwalt-Flaherty Post #42 American Legion and Charlotte Eagles Aerie #3552. He was a retired auto painter, having worked for Kalamazoo Body and Barnum & Tenny in Lansing, from which he retired.

   He is survived by his wife, Glenna (Snyder); three daughters, Marcia (Larry) Hicks of Lansing, Shirley (Duane) Hall of Eaton Rapids and Pam (Ted) Bushler of Grand Ledge; two stepdaughters, Marsha (Ted) Whipple of Charlotte and Lori (Rick) Olson of Olivet; one stepson, Tom Howe of Dunedin, Fla.; three step-grandchildren; seven grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; two sisters, Margaret (Alex) Verhelle of Farwell and Mildred Verhaelle of Eaton Rapids; three brothers, Max (Joyce) of Vermontville, Robert of Indiana and Raymond (Elsie) of Charlotte; one sister-in-law, Rose Potter of Charlotte; and numerous nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by two brothers, Merlin and Royce.

   Services were Sept. 19 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel, Charlotte, with Pastor Darryl Johnson and VFW Post #2406 officiating. Interment was in the Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Hayes Green Beach Hospital or the Needmore Bible Church. 

                                     

Clayton Prater 

   Clayton Prater, 60, of Olivet died Feb. 15, 2000 at his residence.

   Mr. Prater was born Nov. 13, 1939 in Springport, the son of Clyde and Clora (Risner) Prater. He married Mary Grove July 13, 1968 in Lee Township. He was a member of the Faith Assembly of God. He graduated from Olivet High School, then went into the Navy for four years. He was employed by Eaton Manufacturing for 25 years. He loved to bowl and was active in national bowling tournaments. He loved collecting old cars, and used to drive his golf cart to church with his grandchildren. He was a very loving person who loved his family and friends.

   He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Mary of Olivet; one son, Matt (Tina) Prater of Springport; four grandchildren, Spencer Prater, Kaitlyn Prater, Cody Roiter and Zack Roiter; five sisters, Thelma (Chuck) Burkwalt, Jerlene Prater, Lois (Brian) Dehnert, Emma Damron (Steve West), Janice (Steve) Jackson; one brother, Bob; his father, Clyde of Olivet; and several nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by his mother in 1999; one daughter, Karen Prater-McLeod, wife of Pete McLeod of Charlotte; one son, Patrick Lynn Prater in 1970; one step-daughter, Judy Lynn Bunker in 1970; and one sister, Manda Prater.

   Services were Feb. 18 at the Albion Chapel of Tidd-Williams Funeral Chapels, with the Rev. Winford Collins and the Rev. Todd McLane officiating. Interment was in the Hunt Cemetery, Clarence Township.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the family. 

                                     

Mabel M. Preston 

   Mabel May Preston, 87, of Charlotte, died Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2000.

   Mrs. Preston was born Feb. 21, 1913 in Charlotte, the daughter of Albert Mason and Ella May (Martin) Etson.

   Surviving are a son, Dean (Bonnie) Preston of Eaton Rapids; son-in-law, Larry (Sharon) Johnson of Olivet; grandchildren, Scott, Steve, Brian, Sherri, Dana and Darren; and ten great-grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Boyd Preston in 1975; and a daughter, Linda Johnson in 1973.

   Funeral services were held Dec. 15 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with R. Raymond Rossell officiating. Interment was at Bosworth Cemetery, Olivet.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Eaton County Medical Care Facility.

   Further information may be available at www.legacy.com.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Inc., Charlotte. 

                                     

John Priesman 

   John Calvin Priesman, 76, of Charlotte died March 30, 2000.

   Mr. Priesman was born Jan. 10, 1924 in Mulliken, the son of Frederick and Lillian (Wagoner) Priesman. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was a member of VFW Post #2406, Charlotte. He had worked as a reinforced iron worker “rod buster.”

   He is survived by one daughter, Brenda (Douglas) Hoeve of Dorr; one son, John Jr. of Charlotte; two grandchildren, Shannen Sabino of Florida and Ty Tinkey of Montana; two sisters, Betty Smith of Harrison and Patricia (Sam) Spagnuolo of Charlotte; four brothers, Neal and Warren “Fritz”, both of Lansing, Ward “Ed” (Kate) of Kalamo and Richard (Jean) of Charlotte; one half-brother, Larry (Joyce) of Georgia; and his friend of 38 years, Nancy Wotkyns of Eaton Rapids.

   Graveside services are Tuesday, April 4 at the Ft. Custer National Cemetery, Augusta, with services by VFW Post #2406. Arrangements were made by the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Disabled American Veterans of the VFW Home, Eaton Rapids. 

                                     

James W. Putney 

   James W. Putney, 87, of Dimondale died Sept. 3, 2000 at Hayes Green Beach Hospital, Charlotte following a short illness.

   Mr. Putney was born March 2, 1913 in Oneida Township, the son of Robert and Nettie (Humphrey) Putney. He had worked at the Grand Ledge Face Brick Factory, Portland Manufacturing, in plant protection; Atlas Drop Forge, Willow Run Bomber Plant; and in Pennsylvania during World War II. He retired from Fisher Body in 1972 after 26 years of service. He was a farmer all his life and a member of UAW Local #602.

   He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Jessie Belle; one daughter, Juaneta Hunt of Tucson, Ariz.; one son, Raymond (Carolyn) of Charlotte; eight grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; three sisters, Julia (Ernest) Shaw and Idea Kwant, both of Grand Ledge, and Zella Challender of California; two brothers, Richard (Ethelyn) of Lyons and Morris (Patricia) of Grand Ledge; and several nieces and nephews.

   Services were Sept 7 at the Field & Leik Funeral Home, Dimondale, with Pastor Charles Moore officiating. Interment was in the Dimondale Cemetery. 

                                     

Margaret E. Randall 

   Margaret E. (Nelson) Randall, 78, of Olivet formerly of Nokomis, Fla., died Dec. 3, 2000 at her residence.

   Mrs. Randall was born in Olivet, the daughter of James Ira and Mina (Boyd) Nelson. Since, 1974, she had spent summers in Olivet and winters in Nokomis. She was a member of the Olivet Congregational Church and its Women’s Fellowship. She married John Wesley Randall Oct. 29, 1945.

   She is survived by two sons, Stephen (Libby) of Morgantown, W.Va., and John (Charlotte) of East Harwich, Mass.; four grandchildren; and one brother, Ernest “Mike” Nelson of Olivet.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, John Jan. 14, 1988; two brothers, James and Rolland Nelson; and three sisters, Iris Nelson, Vivian Nelson, and Edyth Crannell.

   Cremation has taken place. Memorial services will be held at a later date. Interment of cremains will be held at a later date. Interment will be at Riverside Cemetery, Tekonsha.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Oaklawn Hospice, Marshall.

   Arrangements by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte. 

                                     

Joyce E. Rauser 

   Joyce E. Rauser, 86, of Charlotte died Sept. 6, 2000.

   Mrs. Rauser was born Feb. 18, 1914 in Assyria, the daughter of Roy and Mabel (Cox) Moore. She was a lifelong member of the St. John’s Episcopal Church where she was an active member of the St. Ann’s Guild. She was a member of the Charlotte Country Club and president of the Women’s Association. She was also one of eight founding members of two long-standing bridge clubs in Charlotte. She was a member of Rotary Ann’s. She wrote the “Tales About Town” column in the Charlotte Republican-Tribune for many years and helped Doc DeFoe write the “Up and Down Mainstreet” column. She assisted her husband, Wells, producing and distributing articles to newspapers throughout the state.

   She is survived by one daughter, Wendy (Michael) McGowan of Tacoma, Wash; one son, Christopher (Christine) of Highland Park, Ill.; four grandchildren, Kelly, Megan, Peter and Mark; one sister, Virginia Gibbon of Brighton; and one brother, Wendell (Lu) Moore of San Diego, Calif.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Wells, June 27, 1997.

   Services were Sept 11 at the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Dr. Carol Spangenburg officiating. Interment was in the Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Hayes Green Beach Hospital or St. John’s Episcopal Church, both of Charlotte. 

                                     

James Reed 

   James A. Reed, 70, of Charlotte, died Tuesday, June 13, 2000 at Ingham Regional Medical Center.

   Mr. Reed was born Oct. 31, 1929 in Augusta, the son of Harold and Helen (Silcock) Reed. He served with the U.S. Army during World War II, and then in the U.S. Marine Corps for two enlistments and had worked as a doughnut maker.

   Surviving are his daughter, Jamie Baines; granddaughter, Danielle of Battle Creek; step-son, Dale Niles of Ohio; step-daughters, Cindy (David) Palmiter of Charlotte and Debbie Niles of Battle Creek; three step-grandchildren and three step-great-grandchildren; brother, Barney (Carolyne) Reed of Hickory Corners; sisters, Betty Towne of Richland, Mary Palmer of Battle Creek, Donna (Don) Grubius of Richland, Patsy (Edward) LeBlanc of Danvers, Mass., Ailene Holston of Kalamazoo and Elsie (Jim) Shannon Augusta.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty on Feb. 21, 1999.

   Funeral services were held June 15 at Ft. Custer National Cemetery, Augusta, with Raymond Rossell officiating.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the family.

   Further information may be available at www.legacy.com.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Inc. 

                                     

Milford E. Reeder 

   Milford E. Reeder, 83, of Olivet died Sept. 17, 2000 at the Tendercare of Marshall after an extended illness.

   Mr. Reeder was born in Lansing, the son of Earl and Mae (Munshaw) Reeder and had been an Olivet Postmaster and had been a department head at the Federal Center, Battle Creek, with a total of 32 years of federal service. He was a graduate of Evanston, Ill., High School and a 1941 graduated of Olivet College. He was a U.S. Navy veteran, having served during World War II. He was a member of the Olivet Congregational Church, where he had served on the board of deacons, board of trustees and on two committees for selecting new ministers. He was a former member and Past President of the Olivet Lions Club and member of the American Legion and Olivet Lodge #267 F&AM.

   He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Virginia (Jones).

   He was preceded in death by his parents, one daughter, Kathryn Reeder, and one brother, Milton.

   Cremation has taken place. There was no visitation.

   Military graveside services and interment were Sept. 22 at the Fort Custer National Cemetery, Augusta, with Rev. Roy Backus and the Fort Custer Honor Guard officiating. Arrangements were made by the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Olivet College, the Olivet Congregational Church, the Alzheimer’s Association or charity of one’s choice. 

                                     

Dale E. Reese 

   Dale E. Reese, age 78 of Eaton Rapids, died Tuesday, June 20, 2000 at a Lansing hospital. He was born May 13, 1922 in McComb, Ohio, the son of Ember and Laura (Madouse) Reese. Dale and his family moved to Eaton Rapids in 1925, when he was 3 years old. He attended the Eaton Rapids High School and had graduated in 1940. Early on, Dale had worked in Eaton Rapids for Charlie and Ellen Smith at their Service Station and later for Jack Harris at Zephyr Gas Station. He retired as an Agent for the Prudential Life Insurance Company, serving the Eaton Rapids area. Dale volunteered for the Eaton Rapids Fire Department, serving 18 years, and was a former Assistant Fire Chief. Preceding him in death were 2 grandchildren, Wayne and Wendy Strank; 2 brothers, Clyde and Lloyd Reese; and a sister, Esther Shepard.

   Surviving are his wife of 54 years, Lola; 2 daughters, Gail (David) Strank of Eaton Rapids and Vicki (Marvin) Ellsworth of Eaton Rapids; 8 grandchildren, Laura and Peter Strank, Debra (Nick) Tupper, Douglas (Bonnie) Ellsworth, Daniel (Karie) Ellsworth, Shad, Luke and Elizabeth Ellsworth; 10 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great-grandchildren; mother-in-law, Georgia Livingston.

   Funeral services were held on Friday, June 23rd at Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with the Rev. Dennis Perkins of the Eaton Rapids Wesleyan Church officiating. Burial followed in the Plains Cemetery in rural Eaton Rapids. Pall bearers were Eaton Rapids Firemen, Roger McNutt, Kim Freer, Troy Oliver, Brian Walker, Mark Miller, Kevin Holland and Scott Perry. For those desiring, a memorial contribution may be made to the Eaton Rapids Fire Department in memory of Dale E. Reese. 

                                     

Donald Rhodabeck 

   Donald Rhodabeck, 84, of Charlotte died Jan. 4, 2000.

   Mr. Rhodabeck was born June 22, 1915 in Emmet County, the son of Daniel and Bessie Rhodabeck.

   Graveside services were Jan. 7 at the Needmore Cemetery, rural Charlotte, with Raymond Rossell officiating. 

                                     

Mildred I. Richter 

   Mildred I. Richter, 92, of Grand Ledge, formerly of Lake Odessa, died Friday afternoon, Oct. 27, 2000, at Tendercare West in Delta Twp.

   Mrs. Richter was born Sept. 9, 1908 in Gratiot County, a daughter of Byron and Madge (Hakes) Reeves. She was a retired General Motors employee, and a life member of Lake Odessa OES #315.

   Surviving are two daughters, Betty (Harold) Buchholz of Grand Ledge and Barbara Jean Riggs of Grand Haven; five grandsons, and 15 great-grandchildren; two step-children, Muriel (Dan) Shinaver of Dimondale and John (Carol) Richter of Utica; nine step-grandchildren and 10 step-great-grandchildren.

   Services were held Oct. 30 at Barker-Leik Funeral Home, Mulliken, with Pastor Don Woolum of the Mulliken United Methodist Church officiating. Interment was at Lakeside Cemetery, Lake Odessa. 

                                     

Virginia R. (Blatt) Riley 

   Virginia R. (Blatt) Riley, age 67, died Monday, January 31, 2000. Virginia was born October 6, 1932 in Eaton Rapids, the daughter of Francis Harold and Helen Jane (Collins) Blatt. She was a member of the VFW and the American Legion Club 47 in Comstock Park and retired from the Grand Rapids Veterans Facility. Virginia graduated from the Eaton Rapids High School, Class of 1951. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Riley and sister, Clara Finney.

   Surviving are her 2 sons, Perry (Susan) McDonald of Holt, Sidney (Roxanne) McDonald of Lansing; 3 grandchildren, Sarah and Jessica McDonald and Lindsey; 3 brothers, Paul (Bonnie) Blatt of Lansing, Robert (Wilma) Blatt of Florida, John (Carolyn) Blatt of Muskegon and several nieces and nephews.

   Memorial services were held on Saturday, February 5, 2000 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids. Interment of cremains followed at Rosehill Cemetery, Eaton Rapids. 

                                     

Paul Roberts 

   Paul Edward Roberts, 90, of Sarasota, Fla., formerly of Charlotte, died Thursday, Feb. 24, 2000 at his home.

   Mr. Roberts was born Nov. 22, 1909 in Hamler, Ohio. He studied mechanical engineering at Fenn College, and was credited as a co-inventor of the aluminum anodizing process while employed at ALCOA. In 1950, he and his wife, Virgie, moved to Charlotte, where they resided at Stone Manor, at the corner of Henry Street and Cochran Ave., for 29 years.

   Mr. Roberts was the founder and chief engineer of Maeward Couplings, Inc. in Olivet from 1954-1970. He was a private aircraft pilot, a nautical captain, and in 1979, retired to Florida where he became a tournament shuffleboard champion.

   Surviving are his wife, Virgie; daughters, Phyllis Sherick of Katy, Texas, and Janet Holmes of Vancouver, Wash.; son, Paul Roberts of Tipp City, Ohio; stepdaughter, Maryellen Dudley of Sarasota, Fla.; sister, Zuma Johns of Ohio; and, 18 grandchildren.

   Funeral services were held March 4 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Arthur Salisbury officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Hayes Green Beach Hospital, Charlotte.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Inc. 

                                     

Betty (Williams) Robins 

   Betty J. (Williams) Robins, 63, of Lansing died May 17, 2000 at her residence after an extended illness.

   Mrs. Robins was born in Wardell, Mo., the daughter of Benjamin and Vivian (Young) Williams and had been a Lansing resident for 45 years, coming from Missouri. She had been employed for 28 years at the Ingham Regional Medical Center, Pennsylvania Campus, Lansing.

   She is survived by four daughters, Joan Buck of Lansing, Debbie Bobillo of Dimondale, Donna Holey of Carson City, and Cynthia Robins of Lansing; two sons, Gregory of Lansing and Kenneth of Harrison; 16 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; three sisters; and three brothers.

   Services were May 20 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel, Charlotte, with Pastor Daryl Franzel officiating. Interment was in the Millerburg Cemetery, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Ingham Medical Hospice or American Cancer Society. 

                                     

Gary Robinson 

   Gary Wayne Robinson, 56, of Charlotte, died Dec. 28, 1999.

   Mr. Robinson was born Nov. 13, 1943 in West Branch, the son of Henry and Lois (Dunbar) Robinson. He was a member of Charlotte VFW Post #2406, past master of Masonic Lodge #314 of Ishpeming, past patron Hematite of OES Chapter #190, past associate Bethel Guardian of Bethel #12, past governor of Marquette Moose Lodge, a Shriner and past president of the Ishpeming Rotary Club. He had been an emergency medical technician with the Ishpeming Ambulance Service and an EMT instructor/trainer. He taught professional military education at K.I. Sawyer Air Force Base, serving with the U.S. Air Force from 1961-81, and in Vietnam, and retired as a MSGT. HE was an insurance agent for 16 years and for the past three years, a network administrator for the Grand Hotel of Mackinac Island and Okemos.

   He is survived by his wife, Nina (Cobb); four daughters, Samantha (Chris) Durrett, Christina Robinson (and her fiancée, Rod McKinnis), Hope Robinson, and Elizabeth (John) Wasey; five grandchildren; and his parents.

   Memorial services were Dec. 30 at the St. John’s Episcopal Church, Charlotte, with the Rev. Dr. Carol Spangenberg officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to St. John’s Episcopal Church.

   Arrangements were made by the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. 

                                     

Faith Rogers 

   Faith Starrett Rogers, 91, of Battle Creek, died Tuesday, Feb. 29 at Tendercare Riverside.

   Mrs. Rogers was born Sept. 24, 1908 to Joseph and Effie (Koons) Starrett in Grand Rapids. She worked in the laundry at Ft. Custer, at the William Morgan Facility in Marshall, and Detroit Waste Works in Battle Creek.

   Surviving are a daughter, Irene Hill of Bellevue; sons, Robert Delaphiano Jr. of Gun Lake, and John Delaphiano of Assyria Twp.; 24 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by husbands, Robert Delaphiano Sr., and Charles Rogers; grandson, Joe Delaphiano, who was killed while serving in the Marine Corps in Vietnam in 1970; and by granddaughter, Karen Wensloff in 1980.

   Graveside services were held March 2 at Wilcox Cemetery, Maple Grove Twp.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.

   Arrangements by Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue. 

                                     

James B. Rogers 

   James B. Rogers, age 68, of Eaton Rapids died Tuesday, February 1, 2000 at a Lansing hospital. He was born March 20, 1931 in Muskegon, Michigan the son of Elmer and Bertha (Dyer) Rogers. Jim was a retired employee of Federal Drop Forge in Lansing. He was preceded in death by his son Jimmie Rodgers; and 3 brothers, Bud, Sidney and Jake.

   Surviving are his wife of 49 years, Ordelia (Babe); 2 children, Trudy (Merrill) Shelden and Rodney (Christine) Rogers all of Eaton Rapids; 13 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren; 2 sisters, Beulah Rogers of St. Johns and Alice Cook of Casa Grande, AZ; several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held Friday, February 4th, from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with Rev. Stephen Klink of the Community Christian Church officiating. Burial followed in the Bunker Cemetery in rural Eaton Rapids. Casket bearers were grandsons, Jeff Dassance, Jacob Rogers, Snapper Shelden, Sidney Shelden, Brent Dyer and Richard Rogers; honorary bearers were Levi Rogers and Ned Palmer. 

                                     

Betty Root 

   Betty Jean Root, 68, of Charlotte died March 15, 2000.

   Mrs. Root was born July 11, 1931 in Wolf Lake, Ill., the daughter of Ralph and Myrtle (Patrick) McLane. She gave unconditional love as she raised her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed gardening and raising flowers.

   She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Merlin; four daughters, Jill (Bill) Feasal of Mulliken. Cathy Root (John Landis) of Woodland, and Jodie Rininger (Mike Feistner) and Lisa (Martin) French, both of Charlotte; two sons, Merlin (Alana) of Charlotte and Kevin of Bellevue; 13 grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; several step-grandchildren; five sisters, Lela Lake, Evelyn VanDeMoortel, Ellen Green, Judy (Bill) Converse of Florida and Thelma (Jim) Mayhew; one brother, Ollen (Connie) McLane; one sister-in-law, Betty McLane of Charlotte; two brothers-in-law, Glen (Virginia) Root of Charlotte and Wilbur (Tillie) Root of Lansing; and many friends.

   She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Ralph McLane.

   Services were March 18 at the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with the Rev. Dick McLane and the Rev. Mike McLane officiating. Interment was in the Meadowbrook Cemetery, Mulliken.

   Special thanks for the living care given by Dr. Carol Parson, nurse Karla, Dr. Ramona Kwapiszewski and Sparrow Hospice. 

                                     

Kathleen Root 

   Kathleen Root, 78, of Vermontville, died Monday, July 17, 2000.

   Mrs. Root was born Sept. 16, 1921 in Detroit, the daughter of Paul and Mary (Parsons) Cranson. She was a member of the Church of Christ.

   She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Cedric; three sons, Michael (Vicki) of Marshall and James of Deland, Fla; one daughter, Cindy (Dennis) Walker of Vermontville; 14 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; three brothers, Evert Cranson of Vermontville, Bryce Cranson of Harrison and Jack Cranson of Milan; and, sister, June Davis of Mo.

   She was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Tiffany.

   Services were July 19 at the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Steve Doty officiating. Interment was in the Gresham Cemetery, Chester Township.

   Further information may be available at www.legacy.com.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Inc. 

                                     

David Rose 

   David Lyle Rose, 45, of Tulsa, Okla., died Jan. 15, 2000 in Tulsa.

   Mr. Rose was born in Eaton Rapids, the son of John Rose and Juanita Rose Jan. 13, 1955. He lived in Colorado and California before moving to Tulsa in 1990. He was in the sheetrock construction business, and was married to Scarlette Rose, who preceded him in death.

   He is survived by his mother, Juanita Rose of Charlotte; daughter, Leslie Rose of Tulsa, Okla.; sister, Judy (Andy) Kozora of Charlotte; brothers, John (Gladys) Rose of Olivet, Bruce Rose of Lake Tahoe, Nev., and Paul Rose of Charlotte; friend, Cindy Rose of Tulsa; and numerous nieces, nephews and relatives.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Scarlette, and his father, John Rose in 1985.

   Memorial services were held Jan. 19 at the Kennard Funeral Chapel, Broken Arrow, Okla., with the Rev. Keith Mills officiating.

   Local memorial services are Saturday, Feb. 5 at 1 p.m. at the Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church, Charlotte. 

                                     

Wallace Rose 

   Wallace Rose, 87, of Pleasant, Valley, W.V., died July 15, 2000 at Fairmont General Hospital, Fairmont, W.V.

   Mr. Rose was born in Prestonburg, Ken., Dec. 26, 1912, the son of George and Susie (Rucker) Rose. He was a loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He retired from the decorating department of Owens-Illinois Glass Plant, Fairmont, W.V., retiring in 1972 with 40 years of service. He was a member of the Owenizers group and Quarter Century Club, both of the Owens-Illinois Glass Plant. He was one of the founding charter members and the first loan officer of the Owenized Credit Union, now Fairmont Federal Credit Union, Fairmont. He was a veteran of World War II U.S. Army and a graduate of Prestonsburg High School. He was a member of the Valley Chapel United Methodist Church and BPO Elks Lodge #294 Fairmont.

   He is survived by one daughter, Donna (Sherrill) Allen of Charlotte; two sons, Roger (Judy) of Lady Lake, Fla. And Wally Jr. (Bev) of Fairmont, W.V.; two sisters, Vivian Byrd of Pensacola, Fla. and Margaret Perry of Huntington, W.V.; six grandchildren, Lori (John) Lilly of Fairmont, W.V., Bethanie of Fairmont, Dean of Frederick, Md., Susan Elizabeth (Jeff) Martin of Bedford, Va., Sherry (Ed) Allen of Charlotte, Kathy Sue (Ken) Cole of Perry; and seven great-grandchildren, Kylie and Tyler Allen, Kyler and Hollyn Rose, and, Josh, Katie and Christopher Martin.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Susan Virginia Parsley Rose March 14, 1989; one sister, Opal McClung; three brothers, Alfred, Paul and Orville; and one daughter-in-law, Debbie Hall Rose.

   Services were July 18 at the Ford Funeral Home, Inc., Fairmont, with Frank Spevock officiating. Interment was in the Grandview Memorial Gardens, Fairmont. 

                                     

Judith Ross 

   Judith (Faust) Ross, 59, of Rudyard, died Aug. 15, 2000 at War Memorial Hospital, Sault Ste. Marie.

   Mrs. Ross was born Sept. 8, 1940 in Vermontville. She graduated from Vermontville High School with the class of 1958, and continued her education at Ferris State College graduating with an associates degree in secretarial skills. She also attended Northwest Christian College in Minneapolis, Minn. She married her husband Ken on Aug. 29, 1964 in Vermontville. They were married for 36 years and resided on their family farm in Rudyard.

   She is survived by her husband, Kenneth; three sons, Wayne (Dawn) of Petoskey, Russell (fiancée-Kelly) of Phoenix, Ariz., and Gerald (Amanda) of Linden; four grandchildren, twin boys Adam and David Ross, Rebekah Ross and Rachael Ross; three sisters, Marlene (Richard) Lewellyn of Vermontville, Yvonne (Mickey) Henry of Wayland and Diane (Dennis) Houdek of Jacksonville, Fla.; two brothers, James Faust of Vermontville and Douglas (Mary Lou) Faust of Charlotte; and many nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her parents, Leslie and Aubra Faust.

   Services were Aug. 18 at the Reamer Funeral Home, Pickford, with Rev. LeRoy Case officiating. Interment was in the Oaklawn Chapel Gardens, Rudyard.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Rudyard Ambulance Corps or Rudyard High School Memorial Scholarship Fund. 

                                     

Carol Ann (Dexter) Rowlee 

   Carol Ann (Dexter) Rowlee, age 60, of Covert died June 27, 2000, at Lakeland Hospital, St. Joseph. Carol was born January 14, 1940 in Jackson, Michigan, to Donald and Myrtle Kilburn Dexter. She was a homemaker and will be deeply missed by her loved ones.

   Survivors include two daughters, Tamara Davis and Brandy (Edward) Dailey, both of Covert; a son, Douglas (Tamara) Elston of Berrien Springs; 10 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; a sister, Sandra (Skip) Brown of Eaton Rapids; and 2 brothers, Thomas (Sandra) Dexter of Charlotte and Donald (Suzanna) Dexter, Jr. of Dimondale. She was preceded in death by her parents, and a grandson, Jeremy Rowlee.

   Prayer services were held June 30th at Allred Funeral Home, Berrien Springs with burial in Covert Cemetery. Pall bearers were Skip, Tim, & Tom Brown; Tony Dexter; Michael & Joshua Rowlee. The family requests that memorials be made to the American Diabetes Association or to the charity of the donor’s choice. 

                                     

Jack L. Rowse 

   Jack Lee Rowse, 67, of Bellevue, died Friday, Aug. 11, 2000 at his home.

   Mr. Rowse was born Oct. 10, 1932 in Battle Creek, the son of Herbert and Pauline (Yeomans) Rowse. He attended Pennfield Schools and graduated from Lakeview High School in 1950. He served with the U.S. Navy from 1952-56 in Pensacola, Fla., as a flight mechanic. Mr. Rowse worked for 32 years at Post Division of General Foods as an electrician, and retired from there in 1989. He also worked at the Battle Creek Lowe’s store in the electrical department from the time the store opened until 1999. He married Barbara Sealock on July 3, 1955. Mr. Rowse was a member of the Post 25 year club and a former member of United Cereal-Bakery and Food Workers Local 374. He enjoyed following both his children and grandchildren in their athletic and other events. He was a former scoutmaster and coach of his children’s sports, enjoyed watching sports on TV, and was an avid Detroit Tigers fan.

   Surviving are his wife of 45 years, Barbara; daughter, Julie (Larry) Rutherford of Orlando, Fla., Pam Felter of Battle Creek and Dawn (Dan) King of Palm Harbor, Fla.; sons, Jack (Linda) Rowse of Battle Creek and Timothy (Julia) Rowse of Hastings; six grandchildren; sisters, Joyce Nicholls and Grace Weever, both of Battle Creek; and brothers, Herbert Rowse and Robert Rowse, both of Battle Creek.

   He was preceded in death by a brother, Richard Rowse.

   Funeral services were held Aug. 15 at the Farley-Estes and Dowdle Funeral Home, Battle Creek. Interment was at Memorial Park Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Good Samaritan Hospice Care, the Diabetes Association or the Leukemia Foundation.

   Arrangements by Farley-Estes and Dowdle Funeral Home, Battle Creek. 

                                     

Ruth Royston 

   Ruth Elizabeth Royston, 73, of Moorestown, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2000 at her home.

   Mrs. Royston was born in Paragould, Ark., the youngest of seven children. Having been a beautician in her Lansing home for over 35 years, and an instructor at Melba Beauty College, she retired to the Lake City area. She was an active member of the Moorestown United Methodist Church. She organized mother/daughter banquets and was very proud of her involvement in the development of the food pantry at the church. She also worked on hunters’ dinners, funeral dinners, crafts, Bible school and children’s sermons. She was a friend to many in the community and often visited the sick, taking in meals and sharing her time. An excellent cook and entertainer, her favorite activity was to share her home and a meal with friends.

   She is survived by her husband of 26 years, Gaylord; three daughters, Linda (Clyde) Grant of Williamston, Sharon (Dick) Stinger and Donna Maxwell, both of Lansing; 11 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; one sister, Mary Lou Kamiensky of Lake City; two sisters-in-law, Lurlene Etherton of Kentucky and Gerri Etherton of Milan.

   Services were Feb. 11 at the Moorsetown-Stittsville United Methodist Church with Pastor Jay Kendall officiating. Interment was at Deepdale Memorial Park, Lansing.

   Arrangements were made by the Young Funeral Home, Lake City. 

                                     

Donald Rugg 

   Donald Henry Rugg, 57, of Bellevue died Jan. 2, 2000 at Battle Creek Health System.

   Mr. Rugg was born in Battle Creek Oct. 22, 1942, the son of Cyrus and Pauline (Hodges) Rugg. He graduated from Pennfield High School and worked for 37 years for Cello Foil as a laminator. He was an avid hunter and outdoorsman and member of the Battle Creek Sportsmen’s Club.

   He is survived by his fiancée, Linda Barrett of Bellevue; one daughter, Donnette Rugg of Puerto Rico; one son, James of Bellevue; 11 grandchildren; three sisters, Pat DeMott of Bitely, Jean Criffield of Bellevue and Sandra Palmer of Delton; three brothers, Fred and Gary, both of Bellevue, and Harold of Battle Creek; and many nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by his parents.

   Memorial services were Jan. 5 at Bellevue Christian Center with his nephew, David Rugg, officiating. Arrangements were made by the Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. 

                                     

Lyllian St. Clair 

   Lyllian Karoline St. Clair, 96, of Vermontville died July 16, 2000.

   Mrs. St. Clair was born March 31, 1904 in Lansing. She and her husband, Art, owned and operated a bait shop and shoe repair store at Houghton Lake. She retired from Michigan State University Cafeteria Services.

   She is survived by four grandchildren, Sandra (Kenneth) Furlong of Vermontville, Pamela (Ronald) Heredeen of Grand Rapids, Minn., Arthur (Bonnie) Koehler Jr. of Dorr and Tamara Rowland of Henrietta; 16 great-grandchildren; 26 great-great-grandchildren; one great-great-great-granddaughter; and one stepdaughter, Betty (Carlos) Carrillo of Toledo, Ohio.

   She was preceded in death by her first husband, Arthur Koehler, in 1960; her second husband, George St. Clair in 1966; one son, Arthur Koehler Sr. in 1995; one brother; three sisters; one great-grandson, Randy; and special friend, Devere Wheeler.

   Services were July 20 at Gorsline-Runciman Lansing Chapel with Rev. Kenneth Vaught officiating. Interment was in the Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Lansing. 

                                     

John N. Saites 

   John Nicholas Saites, 58, beloved father and husband, of Potterville, died Dec. 26, 2000.

   Mr. Saites was born Oct. 15, 1942 in Lansing, the son of Nicholas and Margaret (Davey) Saites. He was owner of Saites Brothers Caterers, Potterville. He was a member of both the Charlotte and Potterville Chambers of Commerce and the Potterville United Methodist Church.

   He is survived by his wife, Nancy (Field); three daughters, Christie (Robert) VanderVliet of Oakridge, N.J., Carrie (Kurt) Stefan of Florida, and Holly Saites of Potterville; one son, Christopher of Potterville; one granddaughter, Ashley VanderVliet; one sister, Jackie Kahl of Canadian Lakes; three brothers, William of Lansing, Nicholas (Penny) of Grand Ledge and Louis Nicholas of Lakeland, FL; and one brother-in-law, Roger Saylor of Potterville.

   He was preceded in death by his parents; and one sister, Lynda Saylor.

   Services were Dec. 29 at the Potterville UMC with Rev. Paul Bailey officiating. Interment was in the Benton Township Cemetery, Potterville. 

                                     

Leon H. Sampson 

   Leon Hedrick Sampson, 84, of Winona Lake, Ind., formerly of Charlotte, died July 31, 2000.

   Mr. Sampson was born Oct. 22, 1915 in Fort Recovery, Ohio, the son of Amos and Myrtle (Hedrick) Sampson. He was a licensed pilot, member of the Camache Society and past president of Michigan Nut Growers – his expertise was in the scientific development of products and electrical engineering. He had made optical products that have been used in the U.S. Space Program.

   He is survived by his wife, Helen (Galusha) Sampson; two daughters, Lucene (Richard) Harstine of Roanoke, Va., Ellen (George) Harton of Glendale, Md.; 12 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one sister, Thelsa (Robert) Turner of Charlotte; and a sister-in-law, Mary Sampson of Lansing.

   He was preceded in death by a brother, Benson Sampson in 1999.

   Services were Aug. 2 at the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Dr. George Harton officiating. Interment was in the Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Covenant Community Church, Redfield Township, or Capital Bible Seminary of Lanham, Md. – directed to Care Scholarships. 

                                     

B. Bessie Satterlee 

   B. Bessie Satterlee, 93, of Elkhart, Ind., formerly of Charlotte, died May 5, 2000.

   Mrs. Satterlee was born July 16, 1906 in Charlotte, the daughter of Bert and Cora (Mikesell) Cooper.

   She was a charter member of the Chester Gospel Church and the Just-A-Mere Club.

   She is survived by three daughters, Charlene (Donald) Jetter of Elkhart, Ind., Norma (Wayne) Clute of Jackson, and Nancy (Phil) Herzel of Woodland; 22 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and one daughter-in-law, Georgia Satterlee of Holland.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Rex in 1977; one daughter, Coreen Shoup in 1969; and one son, Eugene in 1989.

   Services were May 9 at the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with the Rev. Lester DeGroot officiating. Interment was in the Gresham Cemetery, Chester Township, Eaton County.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Chester Gospel Church or Alzheimer’s Association. 

                                     

Ella Marie Satterly  

   Ella Marie Satterly, 73, of Algonac, formerly of Charlotte, died April 21, 2000.

   Mrs. Satterly was born Sept. 29, 1926 in Eaton County, the daughter of Joseph and Jessie (Claflin) Norris. She was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Harsen Island and past president and secretary of its Ladies Circle, a den mother, Lioness, and enjoyed baking and cooking for church activities.

   She is survived by four sons, Norris (Hazel) Satterly of Iron Mountain, Byron (Pam) Satterly of Sterling Heights, Christopher (Linda) Satterly of Algonac, and Leonard (Hazel) Satterly of Charlotte; ten grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Betty Meeb of Clarksville and Mable Wakley of Sunfield; and two brothers, Wilford “Bill” Norris of Charlotte and Dale Norris of Lansing.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, David in 1999.

   Services were held April 22 at the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with the Rev. Mark Ralph officiating. Interment was in the Gresham Cemetery, Charlotte.

   More information may be available at www.legacy.com. 

                                     

Lynda Saylor 

   Lynda Zoie Saylor, 53, of Potterville died May 20, 2000 at her residence.

   Mrs. Saylor was born in Lansing, the daughter of Nickolas and Margaret (Davey) Saites. She was a payroll supervisor for the Potterville Public Schools for 20 years.

   She is survived by her husband, Roger; one daughter, Lisa Mae (Tony) Feighner of Mason; one son, James Scott (Vi) of Battle Creek; three grandchildren, Zoie Feighner, Tyler Saylor and Dominic Saylor; one sisters, Jackie (Saites) Kahl of Canadian Lakes; and three brothers, William (Sharon) Saites of Lansing, John (Nancy) Saites of Potterville and Nickolas (Penny) Saites of Grand Ledge; and sister, Jackie (Saites) Kahl of Canadian Lakes.

   Services were May 23 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with the Rev. Paul Bailey officiating. Interment was in the Benton Township Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Sparrow Home Hospital Programs.

   More information is available at www.legacy.com. 

                                     

Linda Lou Scarbro 

   Linda L. Scarbro, age 51 of Eaton Rapids, formerly of Columbiaville, died Thursday, October 5, 2000 at her residence following a terminal illness. She was born March 11, 1949 in Lansing, the daughter of Gene and Ludema (McNatt) VanAtta. She was preceded in death by her mother, Ludema Pearson.

   Surviving are her husband, Lawrence; 3 daughters, Shannon (Tim) Smith of Mayville, Sheila (Bob) Hancock of Davison, and Lisa (Pete) Bennett of Lapeer; father and step-mother, Gene and Sharon VanAtta of Fowlerville; 8 grandchildren; 12 brothers and sisters, Nancy Bradford of Colorado, Ralph Snyder of Lansing, Roger Snyder of Lansing, Alan Ott of Three Rivers, Kendall Ott of Aurelius, Douglas Ott of Lansing, Randy VanAtta of Fowlerville, Mike VanAtta of Perry, Harry VanAtta of Dansville, Rick VanAtta of Webberville, Kathy Greenhill of Shepherd and Matt VanAtta of Williamston; several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held Saturday, October 7, 2000 from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with the Rev. Stephen Klink of the Community Christian Church officiating. Burial followed in the Oakwood Cemetery in Eaton Rapids. Pallbearers were Harley McNatt, DuWayne Ryckman, Raymond Carter, Charles Carter, Rusty Heeter and Marvin Davis. For those desiring, a memorial contribution may be made to either the A.L.S. Association, Hospice of Lansing or the Eaton Community Hospice, in memory of Linda L. Scarbro. 

                                     

Linda M. Schaefer 

   Linda M. Schaefer, 94, of Charlotte, died Sunday, Aug. 13, 2000 at her residence after an extended illness.

   Mrs. Schaefer was born Dec. 18, 1905 in Merrill, the daughter of William and Eliza (Reynolds) Moulton, and had been a Charlotte resident since 1939, coming from Lansing. She was registered nurse at Hayes Green Beach Hospital, Charlotte, from where she retired. She was a member of the Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church, the Maple City Chapter #218 OES in Charlotte, the Charlotte Women’s Club, HGB Hospital Auxiliary, the Altruistic Club, Friendship Club and the Pythian Sisters.

   Surviving are her son, Charles Schaefer II of Charlotte, and her daughter, Ann Schaefer of Grand Rapids.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Schaefer on Oct. 21, 1983.

   Cremation has taken place and private services were held at Oakwood Cemetery, Saginaw.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Hayes Green Beach Hospital or the Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church, both of Charlotte.

   Arrangements by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte. 

                                     

Joanne Marie Scheffler 

   Joanne Marie Scheffler, age 69 of Onondaga, died Tuesday, October 24, 2000 at her residence. Joanne was born February 10, 1931 in Wyandotte, the daughter of Joseph Leo and Mary Isabel (Brashaw) Callahan. She was preceded in death by her brother, Donald.

   Surviving are her husband of 47 years, Richard; 3 daughters, Nancy Joan (Jeffrey) Crose, Kathleen Anne Scheffler both of Onondaga, Suzanne Havckost of San Antonio, TX; 3 grandchildren, Carol Lynn (Gordon) Usher of Pawpaw, Jeffrey Thomas Crose of Onondaga, Gregory Ryan Havckost of San Antonio, TX; 2 brothers, Patrick (Genevieve) Callahan of Winter Haven, FL, Clifford (Barbara) Callahan of Coldwater and numerous nieces and nephews.

   Mass of the Christian Burial was prayed Friday, October 27, 2000 at St. Peter Church, Eaton Rapids, with Father Bennett Constantine as Celebrant. The Rosary was prayed on Thursday. Interment will be at the Onondaga Cemetery. Arrangements were by Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids. A special thank you to Dr. Hamdan and Dr. Bolmer, the Breslin Cancer Center and the nursing staff of Ingham Regional’s 5 North. Memorial contributions may be made to either Joanne’s family or the Breslin Cancer Center. 

                                     

Daniel Lee Scheib 

   Daniel Lee Scheib, 51, of Olivet, formerly of Charlotte, died Aug. 4, 2000 as the result of an auto accident.

   Mr. Scheib was born April 30, 1949 in Charlotte, the son of Robert and Aileen (Barden) Scheib, and was a lifelong Charlotte and Olivet-area resident. He graduated from Charlotte High School in 1968 and Olivet College in 1993, where he was on the dean’s list. He was an accomplished musician, having toured for a time with the “Mighty Joe Young” blues band in Chicago. He played at the Detroit Jazz Festival on several occasions and performed with the Olivet College Jazz Ensemble. Music was Dan’s life and he openly shared his music with everyone, to everyone’s pleasure.

   He is survived by his children, Jamie Scheib of Vermontville and Mandi Scheib of Wayland; sister, Suzanne (Jack) Pentecost of Mason; brothers, John and David (Valerie) Scheib, both of Lansing; and nieces and nephews, Jeanne (Mitchell) Hayes, Erik Cooley, Michael Ogelsby, Andrea Birch, Keni (Jeff) Wanbaugh and Phillip (Nicole) VandeMoortel.

   Memorial services were Aug. 8 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel, Charlotte, with the Rev. John Toth officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Daniel Scheib Music Scholarship Fund, Olivet College, Olivet. 

                                     

William Schimmel 

   William Harold Schimmel, 81, of Charlotte, died Monday, June 12, 2000.

   Mr. Schimmel was born May 24, 1919 in Pittsburgh, Penn., the son of Albert and Anna Schimmel. He was a certified public accountant in Pittsburgh, Penn., for Peat, Marwick, Mitchell and Co., then in East Detroit at the Schimmel and Hemeryck Accounting Firm.

   Surviving are his wife of 57 years, Janet (Fay) Schimmel; daughter, Ann (Don) Sovey; grandchildren, Jennifer and Christopher Sovey of Charlotte; and, sister-in-law, Ruth Schimmel of Madison, Wis.

   He was preceded in death by his brother, Albert Schimmel.

   Funeral services were held June 14, at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Dr. Peter R.K. Brenner officiating.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to First Congregational Church U.C.C. of Charlotte.

   Further information available at www.legacy.com.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Inc. 

                                     

Beatrice Scott 

   Beatrice Scott, 83, of Charlotte, died Jan. 29, 2000.

   Mrs. Scott was born June 10, 1916 in Lansing, the daughter of Ira and Margaret (Anderson) Cooper. She was a teacher for Charlotte Public Schools, starting as a rural teacher. She had spent a year in Alaska, retiring in 1972 after 31 years of service. She attended Western Michigan University and was a member of the Delta Kappa Gamma Sorority, past worthy matron of Maple City Order of Eastern Star Chapter #218, member of the White Shrine and a past guardian of Job’s Daughters Bethel #1.

   She is survived by her husband, Archie; two daughters, Joyce (Gene) Byrd and Margaret Elbrink, both of Charlotte; six grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

   Services were Jan. 31 at the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with the Rev. Dr. Peter R.K. Brenner officiating. Interment was in the Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte. 

                                     

Travis Seavolt 

   Travis Jeffrey “TJ” Seavolt, 15 months old, died in the arms of his parents Sunday, Dec. 5 at the Riley Hospital for Children, Indianapolis, Ind.

   TJ was born Sept. 1, 1998 at Edward W. Sparrow Hospital, Lansing, the son of Jeffrey and Donna Marie (Dinsmore) Seavolt. In 1999, he became the EWS Hospital Children’s Miracle Network Poster Child. He was an angel of love and taught those who loved him about strength and courage. He fought and won his battle with leukemia, with the help of his sister, Savanna, who was a perfect six-out-of-six bone marrow match. But the long battle with side effects and infections was too much for TJ’s small body and although he weakened physically, he continued his strong commitment of love until he said good-bye.

   He is survived by his parents, Jeffrey and Donna Marie of Lansing; two sisters, Savanna, 5, and Selina, 2; his grandparents, Thomas and Wanda Dinsmore of Grand Ledge and Ronald and Yvonne Seavolt of Charlotte; aunts Shellie (Robert) Rasmussen of Charlotte, Carolyn (Thomas) Foster of Alpena, Judy (Gordon) Long of Mt. Pleasant, Diana Liams of Grand Ledge; one uncle, LeVon Seavolt of Traverse City; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, family members and friends.

   Celebration of Life services were Dec. 9 at the Holihan-Atkin Funeral Home, Grand Ledge. Interment was in the Meadowbrook Cemetery, Mulliken.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the National Children’s Cancer Society, 1015 Locust, Suite 600, St. Louis, Mo. 63101. 

                                     

Elisabeth Selden 

   Elisabeth Ellen (Storm) Selden, 80, of Olivet, died Monday, June 12, 2000 after a two-year struggle with cancer.

   Mrs. Selden was born Dec. 29, 1919 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, the daughter of William Burns and Nellie (Haley) Storm. She grew up in DeKalb, Ill. After graduation from high school, she attended Northern Illinois University and Olivet College, where she earned a bachelor of arts degree in English literature. She and Willis Selden were married May 30, 1942 in Olivet. They have lived in Michigan, Illinois, Minnesota and Virginia, and abroad including several trips to Turkey. Mrs. Selden led a long and active life of volunteer, and occasionally paid, work. She worked for the Democratic party in Minnesota and Virginia. Her activities during her last 25 years, when she lived in Olivet, included being the secretary of the Olivet Congregational Church, and a member of the Fanny Quick Circle of the Church. She was active in the Olivet College Alumni Association, the American Association of University Women, and the Olivet College Women’s Board for which she worked many years at the Oak Chest Thrift Shop in aid of scholarships for women to Olivet College. She was also a member of the Bulb and Blossom Garden Club. She held leadership positions in all of these organizations. She was a keen gardener and bird watcher. Although Mrs. Selden died as the victim of a cruelly aggressive disease, she nonetheless was able to chose her manner of doing so, in her own home, with the life and voices of her loving family going on around her, in a room full of flowers and books, with windows letting in the sounds of birds and the patterns of leaves and branches – all very important elements to her in her long and active life.

   Surviving are her husband, Willis Arthur Selden; children, Elisabeth Cakir, Ramsay William, Anne Berry and Caroline Barnett; grandchildren, Mine Cakir, Bulent Cakir, Charles, Thaddeus, Eldon Colby, Winter Colby, David Colby, Emily Colby and Heather Woods; great-grandchildren, Eleanora Colby and Ozan Nampha; brothers, Robert McLeod Storm and William Bruce Storm; and sister, Barbara Storm Jolley.

   Memorial services were held June 16 at the Olivet Congregational Church.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Olivet College Scholarship Fund.

   Arrangements by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte. 

                                     

Betty Senko 

   Betty Jane, Senko, 75, of Lansing died Jan. 12, 2000.

   Mrs. Senko was born Oct. 17, 1924 in Mayville, the daughter of Wilbur and E. Caroline Bates. She was a sales associate at J.C. Penny’s.

   She is survived by one daughter, Carolyn (Tommy) Mahon of Charlotte; three sons, Lon of Charlotte, Robert (Denise) of Boulder City, Nev., and Gary (Yvonne) of Eaton Rapids; 11 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; one sister, Lucille (William) Sandhoof II of Braden, Fla.; and one brother-in-law, Donald (Judee) Senko of Plymouth.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Francis “Frank” in 1997.

   Visitation is today, Sunday, from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Services are Monday, Jan. 17, at 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home, Charlotte, with Pastor Noel Hall-Niemann officiating. Interment is in the Deepdale Mausoleum, Lansing.

   Memorial contributions may be made to VFW Post #2406 Auxiliary Cancer Fund. 

                                     

Audrey Sexmith 

   Audrey Jane Sexmith, 80, died Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2000 in Muskegon.

   Mrs. Sexmith was born in Charlotte on Dec. 7, 1919 to Carl Allen and Marguarite (Marple) Cox, and married Donald Sexmith in Charlotte in 1941. She had been employed as an organist at First Congregational Church in Charlotte, Greenfield Congregational Church in Dearborn, and First Congregational Church of Muskegon where she was also a member and served as a volunteer. Additionally, she had worked playing the organ for Howe-Peterson Funeral Home in Dearborn, and was also active in accompanying students for solo and ensemble. She was a member of the Friends of Art, American Guild of Organist’s-Detroit Chapter, and volunteered for the American Red Cross.

   Surviving are one daughter, Susan (Dennis) Emmons of N. Muskegon; two granddaughters, Kimberly (Ted) Brayton and Julie Emmons; two great-grandchildren, Benjamin and Betsy Brayton; one brother, William Cox of Charlotte; aunt, June (Dorance) Marple of Charlotte; and, nephew, Frank.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald, on Sept. 2, 1984; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Louis and Katherine Hanson; and by sister-in-law, Dorris Cox.

   Services were held Jan. 15 at First Congregational Church, Muskegon, with Rev. Thomas Mason and Rev. Betsy Skinner officiating. Interment was at First Congregational Church Columbarium.

   Arrangements by Clock Funeral Home, Muskegon. 

                                     

Charlene M. Shaver 

   Charlene Marie Davids Shaver, 45, died Dec. 18, 2000 following a year-long illness.

   Mrs. Shaver was born May 18, 1955, the daughter of Donald and Florence (Smith) Davids and grew up in Charlotte. She graduated from Olivet Adult Education in 1978 and worked at Core Technology in Lansing and, for many years, in the medical field before that. She was a member of the Nazarene Church, Holt. She greatly enjoyed time spent with her son and other family members and many friends.

   She is survived by one son, Joshua; two sisters, Donna (Jack) Oestrick of Austin, Texas, and Florence Davids of Charlotte; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

   Services were Dec. 20 at the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Pastor Mike Prince celebrating. Interment was in the Needmore Cemetery, Roxand Township.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the upcoming new Hospice House of Charlotte or St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. 

                                     

Marjorie Shaver 

   Marjorie Shaver, 73, of Lake Panasoffkee, Fla., formerly of Charlotte, died April 16, 2000 in Leesburg, Fla.

   Mrs. Shaver was born in Charlotte and had been a homemaker and past member of the Lake Panasoffkee Library Association and the Kalamo Order of Eastern Star.

   She is survived by one daughter, Penny Rosenburg of Lake Panasoffkee; one son, Dennis of Grand Ledge; five grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

   Memorial services were April 20 at the First Baptist Church, Lake Panasoffkee, with the Rev. John King officiating. Interment was in the Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell.

   Arrangements by Page-Theus Funeral Home. 

                                     

Julia A. Shaw 

   Julia A. Shaw, 89, of Middleville died Dec. 3, 2000 at Tendercare, Hastings.

   Mrs. Shaw was born July 12, 1911 in Charlotte, the daughter of Carson and Clara (Bishop) Moyer. She was raised in Charlotte and graduated from Charlotte High School. She went on to earn a teaching certificate from County Normal, and taught school for one year. She was employed by General Motors during World War II, and drove the ice-cream truck for Blue Ribbon Dairy until her retirement. Mrs. Shaw was a homemaker, loved cooking, and was an avid reader. She was an outdoor enthusiast, with a special fondness for fishing, gardening and friendships.

   She is survived by one nephew, Armand (Tressa) Peters of Central Lake; two grand nephews; and special friend, Samuel McKeown of Middleville.

   She was preceded in death by her husbands, Keith Cline and Milo Shaw; and a sister, June Marie Peters.

   Services and committal were Dec. 6 at Beeler Funeral Chapel, Middleville, with Rev. Lee Zachman officiating. Interment was at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Middleville.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Tendercare of Hastings.

   Arrangements were made by the Beeler Funeral Home, Middleville. 

                                     

Violet Sheets 

   Violet (Weeks) Sheets, 85, of Olivet, died Wednesday, June 14, 2000 at Hayes Green Beach Hospital, Charlotte.

   Mrs. Sheets was born in Bellevue, the daughter of James and Loretta (Emmons) Weeks, and was a lifelong area resident. She was a 1931 graduate of Bellevue High School, a member of the Olivet Congregational Church and its Amy Storr-Emma Jo Circle, a member of the Charlotte Rebekah Lodge #68, the Grand River Valley LEA #31, the Olivet Sports Boosters, and was a former 4H leader. Mrs. Sheets had been employed as a data processor for the Michigan Department of Treasury, retiring in 1980 after 12 years of service. She dearly loved her family, and her friends were very important to her.

   Surviving are three daughters, Patricia Latham and Merilee Metters, both of Lansing, and Betsey (Thomas) Mulvaney of Burke, Va.; two sons, Alan Sheets of Charleston, Ark. And Ivan (Patricia) Sheets of Olivet; 12 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and two step-great-grandchildren; and one sister, Doris (Irving) Davis of Lansing.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Sheets on June 28, 1962; two grandchildren; and sisters, LaVeda Weeks and Alice Randall.

   Funeral services were held June 17 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel, Charlotte, with Rev. Clark Hock officiating. Interment was at Bosworth Cemetery, Olivet.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Olivet Congregational Church, Olivet Sports Boosters, or the charity of one’s choice.

   Arrangements by Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel, Charlotte. 

                                     

Alvin R. Sheff 

   Alvin R. Sheff, age 69, died Thursday, February 3, 2000 in Lansing. Alvin was born February 27, 1930 in Sturgis, the son of Benjamin Cherry and Agnes Gertrude (Cunningham) Sheff. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving in the Korean Conflict, a member of the American Legion Post #351 in Utica, and Voiture 40 et 8 Post #1061 in East Pointe. Alvin retired from Chrysler Corp in Warren in 1982.

   Surviving are his wife, Margaret L.; daughter, Denise (Dale) Tuomari of Redford; son, Bernard Sheff of Eaton Rapids; 2 grandchildren, Benjamin Patrick Sheff, James Douglas Sheff; mother, Agnes Sheff of Florida; and sister Doris Anscomb of Florida; and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held on Monday February 7, 2000 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids with Pastor John Hayden of the Columbia Road Baptist Church officiating. Interment will follow at Fowler Cemetery in Aurelius Twp. Those desiring may make contributions to the American Legion Post #351 in memory of Alvin Sheff. 

                                     

Sylvia W. Sherman 

   Sylvia Waneta Sherman, 79, of Charlotte, formerly of Nashville, died Dec. 20, 2000.

   Mrs. Sherman was born Nov. 25, 1921 in Three Rivers, the daughter of Heber and Myrtle (Squires) Julian. She worked for Hastings Manufacturing Co., retiring in 1977. She was a member of the Nashville VFW Auxiliary and Peace United Methodist Church, Nashville.

   She is survived by one daughter, Sandra (Max) Simpson; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one niece, Sylvia (Russell) Hoeve of Nashville; and one nephew, Heber Hansen of Nashville.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Lewis in 1993.

   Services were Dec. 22 at the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Susan Trowbridge officiating. Interment was in the Wilcox Cemetery, Nashville.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Peace UMC or Eaton County Medical Care Facility, Charlotte. 

                                     

Cornelia M. Shimer 

   Cornelia “Katie” M. Shimer, 90, of Lansing, formerly of Bellevue, died Nov. 16, 2000 in Lansing.

   Mrs. Shimer was born Dec. 8, 1909 in Kalamazoo, the daughter of Abraham and Catherine (DeKraker) Aalbregtse. She moved to Bellevue in 1923 with her family, and graduated from H. Wayne School of Cosmetology. She was a life member of the Eastern Star and a life member of the Bellevue Historical Society. She married Mark Shimer on June 23, 1934, and was a homemaker.

   Surviving are her husband; daughters, Elaine (Fred) Voda of Hot Springs, Ark., Louise (Bill) King of Montgomery, Texas, and Brenda (Bill) Wickham of Haslett; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

   Services were held Nov. 20 at Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue, with Rev. Darwin Kuhl officiating. Interment was at Riverside Cemetery, Bellevue.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.

   Arrangements by Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue. 

                                     

Vernon Shipman 

   Vernon Shipman, 58, of Charlotte, died May 27, 2000 at the Sparrow Health Systems, Sparrow Campus, Lansing, after a short illness.

   Mr. Shipman was born in Golden Valley, N.D., the son of Glen and Leotina (Grossman) Shipman, and had been a Charlotte-area resident for about 20 years. He was employed at Felpausch Food Center in Eaton Rapids and was a member of the Grand Ledge Seventh-day Adventist Church. He enjoyed bowling, traveling and his family and friends. He was a participant in Special Olympics, where he had won numerous medals and also did volunteer work at the Eaton County Medical Care Facility, Charlotte.

   He is survived by four sisters, Dorothy Bowling of Grand Rapids, Winonah Arnold of Kalkaska, Gwen Newberry of Bellevue and Beverly Kucera of Las Vegas, Nev.; and one brother, Orville of Enterprise, Ala.

   He was preceded in death by his parents, and three brothers, Stanley, Virgil and Keith.

   Services were May 31 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel, Charlotte, with the Rev. Lyle Davis and Pastor Darren Tharp officiating. Interment was in the Sand Lake Cemetery, Sand Lake.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Special Olympics. 

                                     

Deborah Ann (Pierpoint) Shore 

   Deborah Ann (Pierpoint) Shore, age 44 of Eaton Rapids, died Wednesday, October 18, 2000 at the Hospice House of Mid-Michigan, St. Lawrence Campus in Lansing. She was born December 14, 1955 in Detroit, the daughter of Herbert and Jane (Lonyo) Pierpoint. Deb was an Eaton Rapids High School graduate, class of 1974, and received her associates degree from Davidson County Community College in 1994. She had lived the past 20 years in North Carolina, where she worked as a Medical Records Clerk for hospitals. Preceding her in death was a brother, Charles Pierpoint in 1987.

   Surviving are her husband, Benny; 3 daughters, Christal Hughes, Maida (Roger) Martin, and Kerry Shore all of Thomasville, NC; 3 grandchildren, Selena Shore, Benny Hughes and Dustin Stillwell; father, Herbert Pierpoint of Eaton Rapids; mother, Jane (Claude) Lambert of Pulaski, VA; brother, Thomas (Sue) Pierpoint and sisters, Beverly (Joe) Mientkiewicz and sister-in-law, Diane Pierpoint all of Eaton Rapids; several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were Saturday, October 21, from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. Graveside services were at Grand Lawn Cemetery in Detroit. For those desiring, a memorial contribution may be made to either the Hospice House of Mid-Michigan or the Eaton Community Hospice, in memory of Deborah Ann Shore. 

                                     

Lloyd Sixberry 

   Lloyd Sixberry, 92, of Nashville died April 29, 2000 at his home.

   Mr. Sixberry was born March 6, 1908 in Castleton Township, the son of Harry and Bessie (Hollister) Sixberry. He married Donna Keller Feb. 17, 1937 in Auburn, Ind. He farmed most of his life and retired from Post Cereals in Battle Creek after 23 years of service. He also worked at Eaton Manufacturing in Battle Creek for five years. He was a member of the Horizon Club and enjoyed hunting and fishing.

   He is survived by two sisters, Mary Lou (Joseph) Harp of Charlotte and Dawn Sixberry of Nashville; four sons, Maynard (Darlene) and Gerald (Beverly), both of Nashville, Gordon (Coralyn) of Charlotte and David (Sharon) of Hastings; 16 grandchildren; six step-grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

   He was preceded in death by his first wife, Sarah, and his wife of 56 years, Donna, in 1993; two brothers and two sisters.

   Services were May 2 at the Maple Valley Chapel, Nashville, with the Rev. Kenneth Vaught officiating. Interment was in the Wilcox Cemetery, Nashville.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Barry Community Hospice, 450 Meadow Run Dr., Hastings, MI 49058. 

                                     

Pauline Slatton 

   Pauline (Keeney) Slatton, 76, of Bellevue, formerly of Plainwell and Charlotte, died March 27, 2000 at Country Living Adult Foster Care Home, Olivet.

   Mrs. Slatton was born Nov. 2, 1923 in Martin, the daughter of Fred and Donna (Culver) Keeney, and had been a resident of the Bellevue area for nine months, coming from Plainwell. She was retired from the Parker-Hanniflin Co., Otsego.

   She is survived by one daughter, Linda (Doug) Swift of Bellevue; one son, Jim (Pat) of Scottsdale, Ariz.; three grandchildren; and, one brother, Dale Keeney of Plainwell.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Ben in 1984.

   At her request, cremation has taken place. No services will be held at this time. Arrangements were made by the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. 

                                     

Rodney A. Slee 

   Rodney A. Slee, 35, of Vermontville, died Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2000.

   Mr. Slee was born Sept. 9, 1965 in Lansing, the son of Thomas and Donna (Trowbridge) Slee. He had been a member of the National Guard and was a field service technician at Aluminum Casting and Engineering of Milwaukee, Wis. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and playing golf.

   Surviving are two sons, David of Hastings and Alex of Vermontville; companion, Jill of Vermontville; parents Thomas and Donna Slee of Charlotte; and three brothers, Matt (Sherra) Slee of Eaton Rapids, Paul Slee of Fremont, Ind., and Tom (Kathy) Slee of Olivet.

   Funeral services were held Nov. 18 at Pray Funeral Home, Inc., Charlotte, with Pastor Scott Louridge officiating. Interment was at Hillside Cemetery, Kalamo Twp.

   Memorial contributions may be made to a fund for the children.

   Further information may be available at www.legacy.com.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. 

                                     

Herman Sluyter 

   Memorial services for Herman Sluyter were held Saturday, Jan. 22 at the Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church, Charlotte, with the Rev. George Fleming officiating.

   Mr. Sluyter, 92, of Charlotte and Okemos, died Dec. 19, 1999 at the Eaton County Medical Care Facility, Charlotte.

   Arrangements were made by the Hall Funeral Chapel, Manton. Interment was in the Liberty Township Cemetery, Manton. 

                                     

Kenneth Smalley 

   Kenneth Smalley Jr., 73, of Nashville, formerly of Potterville, died Sunday, Sept. 24, 2000 at the Laurels of Bedford Nursing Home after an extended illness.

   Mr. Smalley was born in Potterville, the son of Kenneth and Merna (Green) Smalley, and was a career U.S. Navy veteran, having served 28 years.

   Surviving are one son, Jerry Smalley of Bloomfield, N.M.; two sisters, JoAnn Teichman of Charlotte and Bernadine Raines of Lansing; and two brothers, John and Francis “Smokey”, both of Potterville.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary (Fell) Smalley on Jan. 25, 2000.

   Cremation has taken place; there will be no services.

   Arrangements by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte. 

                                     

Mary Smalley

   Mary Smalley 78, of Nashville, formerly of Potterville, died Jan. 25, 2000 at the Battle Creek Health System-Leila Site, after an extended illness.

   Mrs. Smalley was born in Clinton County, the daughter of Howard and Kate Fell. She was a homemaker and had been employed for a time at General Motors Corporation.

   She is survived by her husband, Kenneth.

   Cremation has taken place. There were no services.

   Arrangements were made by the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte. 

                                     

Howard E. Smiley 

   Howard E. Smiley, age 89 of Portland, died Wednesday, May 24, 2000. He was born September 16, 1910 in Mason the son of William and Dora (Whipp) Smiley. Howard was raised in Mason and had graduated from Mason High School. He was a retired Manager for the A&P Food Store in Portland, a Life member of the Masonic Lodge in Portland, a 40 year member and past treasurer for the Portland Fire Department and former member of the Portland Chamber of Commerce. Preceding him in death were his wife, Lorene (Hyatt); sisters and brothers, Erma, Eva, Theodore, Everett, Ellis and Elmer Smiley.

   Surviving are son, Gary (Helen) Smiley of Ionia; stepsons, Jerold (Jaynie) Lane of Naperville, IL and Jon (Mary) Lane of Raymond, CO; 3 grandchildren and 4 step-grandchildren; brother, Harry Smiley of Holt; several nieces and nephews.

   Graveside services were held May 27th at the Fowler Cemetery in rural Eaton Rapids. Arrangements were made by the Skinner Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids. For those desiring, a memorial contribution may be made to either the Portland Fire Department or the Masonic Lodge in memory of Howard E. Smiley. 

                                     

Daniel Smith 

   Daniel M. Smith, 46, of Charlotte died Dec. 22, 1999 at the Eaton County Medical Care Facility, where he had been a resident for the past 15 years as a result of an accident.

   Mr. Smith was born May 30, 1953 in Mt. Clemons, the son of James and Pat (North) Smith.

   He is survived by his father and one brother, Timothy Smith of Allegan.

   He was preceded in death by his mother and wife, Kathy (Gullet).

   No services are planned at this time.

   Arrangements were made by Pray Funeral Home, Inc. of Charlotte. 

                                     

Don Smith 

   Don Smith, 82, of East Lansing, formerly of Charlotte, Baldwin, and McAllen, Texas, died March 26, 2000 in East Lansing.

   Mr. Smith began as a teacher and retired as Assistant to the Superintendent of Charlotte Public Schools in 1974.

   He is survived by his wife of 58 years, June (Day); one daughter, Shelia Airola of Fife Lake; one son, Rockne “Rocky” (Coleen) of Gilbraltar, five grandchildren, Aaron (Michelle) of Holt, Kirk (Karen) of Virginia, Lynn (Jeff) Eaton of California, Jean (John) Davis of Lansing and Stephen (Cathi) Airola of Lansing; nine great-grandchildren; and one brother, Doug (Cheri Rae) of Charlotte.

   Cremation has taken place.

   Memorial services were April 6 at Burcham Hills Retirement Center, East Lansing. Arrangements were made by the Gorsline-Runciman East Chapel, East Lansing.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. 

                                     

Edwinna J. Smith 

   Edwinna J. Smith, 93, of Baldwin, formerly of Potterville and Charlotte, died Tuesday morning, Oct. 31, 2000 at a Baldwin nursing home.

   Mrs. Smith was born Jan. 17, 1907 in Clinton County, the daughter of Smith and Winifred (Wilson) Aldrich. She was a past matron and life member of Dimondale OES #363.

   She is survived by one daughter, Juanita (Charlie) Turner of Baldwin; four sons, James of Potterville, Larry of Anchorage, Alaska, and, Robert and Charles, both of Charlotte; nine grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and several great-great-grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Louis in 1981.

   Services were Nov. 3 at the Field & Leik Funeral Home, Dimondale, with Rev. Rae Franke officiating. Interment was in the Barryville Cemetery. 

                                     

Harold E. Smith 

   Harold E. Smith, 71, of Eaton Rapids, formerly of Battle Creek, died May 11, 2000. Born June 9, 1928 in St. Joe, Arkansas to Ola and Truman Smith, he retired from the military in March, 1968 after 21 years of service in the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Air Force.

   He was a real estate salesman/broker and appraiser in the Battle Creek area for 24 years before retiring to Eaton Rapids in 1992.

   He is survived by his mother, Ola, and a sister Jeannene Cox, both of Hurst, Texas; two children, a son, Douglas (Julie) Smith of Eaton Rapids; and a daughter, Melanie (Hal) Means, and one grandson, Reilly, of Marshall. The family would like to thank Kay Springer and her family for their kindness and friendship, and Ingham Hospice and their staff for their compassionate care and support.

   Funeral services will be held Monday, May 15, 2000 at 1 p.m. at Farley-Estes & Dowdle Funeral Home, 105 Capital Ave., NE, Battle Creek, Mich., 49017, with Hospice Chaplain David A. Selleck officiating. Interment and military honors will follow at Fort Custer National Cemetery. The family will receive friends Sunday. Please call (616) 962-5527 for times. Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to Ingham Hospice, 825 East Michigan Ave., Lansing, MI 48912. 

                                     

Howard Raymond Smith 

   Howard Raymond Smith, age 79 of Aurelius Township, died Tuesday, May 2, 2000 at his residence following a long illness. He was born March 10, 1921 on the family farm in Aurelius Township, the son of Alva M. and Beulah Mae (Klink) Smith. Howard served in the Navy in communications on the U.S.S. Astoria during World War II. He was a retired Farmer and Auctioneer in the Aurelius and Mason area. A former 4-H Leader and member of the Ingham County Farm Bureau and Michigan Centennial Farm Association. He is a life member of the Lester Sitts VFW Post #5065 of Sheridan and a member of the Robbins United Methodist Church in rural Eaton Rapids.

   Surviving are his wife of 53 years, Ruth; 5 children, Ronald (Connie) Smith of Mason, Dr. Patricia Anders (Terry Neujahr) of Tucson, AZ, Sue Ellen (Mark) Betcher of Mason, Lawrence Howard (Annie) Smith of Eaton Rapids and Margaret Ruth Anderson of Mason; 14 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

   Funeral services were held Friday, May 5th at the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with Rev. Marty DeBow of the Robbins United Methodist Church officiating. Burial followed at the Fowler Cemetery in rural Eaton Rapids. Casket bearers were grandchildren, Lawrence Howard Smith, Paul Anders-Stout, Timothy Scott Strickland, Dustin Ronald Smith, Joseph Douglas Betcher, Alva Marie Smith, Lawrence Reese Smith and Sarah Ruth Anderson. Full military honors were provided by the Lester Sitts VFW Post #5065 of Sheridan. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to either Heartland Hospice, 700 W. Ash St., Mason, MI 48854 or Robbins United Methodist Church, 6419 Bunker Rd., Eaton Rapids, MI 48827 in memory of Howard R. Smith. 

                                     

Retha B. Smith 

   Retha B. Mogg Smith, 85, of Charlotte died Dec. 9, 2000.

   Mrs. Smith was born March 26, 1915 in Kalamo Township, the daughter of Clair and Lottie (Wise) Brown. She worked with her husband, Cecil, for many years in the Charlotte Disposal business. She will also be remembered for her positions as a clerk with both Wildern’s Drug Store and Richey’s in downtown Charlotte.

   She is survived by two sons, Jerry (Joy) Mogg of Charlotte and Gene (Mildred) Mogg of Grand Rapids; one brother, A.C. Brown; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her husband Cecil Mogg.

   Memorial services were Dec. 13 at the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Vincent Myers officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Eaton County Medical Care Facility.

   Further information may be available at www.legacy.com. 

                                     

Robert Michael “Bobby” Smith 

   Robert Michael “Bobby” Smith, age 16 of Eaton Rapids, passed from this life on Wednesday, October 11, 2000. Bobby was born on February 14, 1984 in Lansing, the son of Robert C. and Linda M. (Thurston) Smith. He attended the Eaton Rapids High School, liked to play computer and listen to music and play video games with his brother, Adam and cousin, Steve. He enjoyed the out-of-doors, with campfires, working around the home and hunting with his dad. Bobby was a very kind sensitive and shy young man, and to his brother, Adam, wasn’t just a brother, he was a friend. His family will always love and miss him, and they know he is with God now.

   Surviving are his parents, Bob and Linda; brother, Adam; half-sister, Heidi Smith; nephews, Johnny Rendon and Austin Potter; niece, Deserae Potter; grandparents, Roger and Verna Thurston and Mary Smith; great-grandparents, Lloyd and Doris Nichols; aunts and uncles, Marie and Dave Denman, Lee and Karen Thurston, Lynn and Lori Thurston, Bob and Sandy Thurston, and Jack Smith; cousins, Steve, Angela and Randall Denman, Matt Hunter, Tara, Eric, Craig, Brian, Kari, Josh and Ronni Thurston, Sara Adams and Sam Smith.

   Memorial services for Bobby were held at the family home on Friday, October 13th at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Tom Evans of the First United Methodist Church officiating. A memorial designation has not been made at this time, but for those desiring, contributions may be made directly to the family in memory of Robert Michael Smith and can be mailed directly to the family or to Skinner Funeral Home at 315 S. River St., Eaton Rapids, MI 48827. 

                                     

Madeline M. Snow 

   Madeline M. Snow, age 93, formerly of Eaton Rapids, passed away Saturday, October 28, 2000 at Ingham Medical Hospital. She was born September 28, 1907 in Rouselaire, Belgium, and named Madelena Margreta. She was one of eight children born to Camial and Leona (VanCoille) Van Steeland. When still a small child, she immigrated to America with her family arriving at New York Ellis Island on the ship “Postsdam” the end of March 1912. Had they embarked later they would have been aboard the “Titanic.” Two years after leaving Europe, their former home land Belgium was invaded by the Germans in World War I. Once in the United States, the family settled first in Ohio, then at a farm on Curtis Road in the Mason, Aurelius area. Growing up Madeline helped work the farm without electricity or plumbing and walked the miles of then dirt roads to attend Pink School which once stood at College and Columbia Roads. The school is now long gone and the roads paved with asphalt. She then moved to Eaton Rapids to live with a married sister so she could attend high school. She worked as a dishwasher at the old Stimson Hospital and graduated with the class of 1927. It was in high school that she met and later married her husband, Clair Snow, on November 16, 1929. They purchased a house at 732 Michigan Street that year and Madeline lived there for over 60 years. She worked at the Eaton Rapids Public Schools as a Kindergarten teachers aid, then as a nurses aid at Eaton Rapids Community Hospital, retiring in 1975. She was also a member of the First United Methodist Church in Eaton Rapids. Her husband Clair preceded her in death July 3rd, 1952, a result of lingering injuries suffered in an auto accident in 1946.

   Surviving are 4 children, Robert (Lois) Snow of Springport, Richard (Marlene) Snow of Owosso, JoAnne Snow of Ionia and Annette Snow of Lansing; 8 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services will be Tuesday, October 31 at 1 p.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with Rev. Tom Evans officiating. Interment will follow in the Rosehill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids. For those desiring, a memorial contribution may be made to the Ingham County Medical Care Facility. 

                                     

Charles Snyder 

   Charles Snyder, 76, of Bellevue died March 30, 2000 at the Battle Creek Health System.

   Mr. Snyder was born July 3, 1923 in Battle Creek, the son of Lee and Florence (Shaffer) Wilson. He attended school in Springfield and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He had been a carpenter/millwright and construction superintendent until 1978 when he hired into General Motors as a millwright. He retired in 1988 while working at Oldsmobile-Fisher Body in Lansing. He married Helen Krassow June 20, 1964 in Paris, Ill., who also died April 6 in Durand.

   He is survived by one daughter, Diane Smith of Cape Coral, Fla.; three sons, Dennis of Holly, Rodney of DeWitt, and Jonathan of Barrington, N.J.; eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Norma Drake of Wilcox, Ariz.

   He was preceded in death by two sons, Chuckie Snyder in 1949 and Kevin Lee Snyder in 1993; one brother, Earl Snyder in 1927; and his parents, Lee in 1967 and Florence in 1995.

   Joint services for he and Helen were April 15 at the Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue, with the Rev. Mark Thompson officiating. Interment was in the Wilcox Cemetery, Maple Grove Township, Barry County. 

                                     

Helen Snyder 

   Helen Snyder, 79, of Bellevue died April 6, 2000 in Durand.

   Mrs. Snyder was born Aug. 7, 1920 in Rudolph, Ohio, the daughter of John and Ellen (Bigelow) Krassow. She attended school in Bowling Green, Ohio, and worked for Toledo Dry Cleaners. For over 40 years, she was a homemaker and “caretaker”, enjoying tending to her animals, which included dogs, cats, cows, chickens, geese, turkeys and pigs. She married Charles Snyder June 20, 1964 in Paris, Ill., who also died April 6 in Durand.

   She is survived by one stepdaughter, Diane Smith of Cape Coral, Fla.; three stepsons, Dennis of Holly, Rodney of DeWitt, and Jonathan of Barrington, N.J.; eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; one sister, Jessie Quinby of Bowling Green, Ohio; and three brothers, Calvin Krassow, Virgil Krassow, Merle Krassow.

   She was preceded in death by two brothers, Bob Yarger and Carroll Krassow.

   Joint services for she and Charles were April 15 at the Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue, with the Rev. Mark Thompson officiating. Interment was at Wilcox Cemetery, Maple Grove Township, Barry County. 

                                     

Dorothy A. Soderberg 

   Dorothy Ann Soderberg, 93, of Charlotte, died Oct. 5, 2000.

   Mrs. Soderberg was born June 16, 1907 in Norway Lake, Minn.

   Surviving are sons, Richard (Sue) of Traverse City, Randolph (Kathleen) of Charlotte; three grandchildren, Tracy (Jim) Holmes, Kimberly Tinkey of Chicago, Ill., and Zachary (Nicole) Soderberg of Napanee, Ind.; four great-grandchildren, Olivia and Jack Holmes, and Carter and Maxwell Soderberg.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Hubert in Dec. 1974.

   Cremation has taken place, and a time of remembrance for Dorothy will be hosted by her immediate family Sunday, Oct. 22, from noon to 5 p.m. at 2400 W. Kinsel Hwy., Charlotte. 

                                     

Ebba Sorensen 

   Ebba Sorensen, 95, of Charlotte died May 7, 2000.

   Mrs. Sorensen was born March 31, 1905 in Woburn, Mass., the daughter of Carl and Agnes (Petersen) Nielsen. She was a member of Peace Lutheran Church, Charlotte, had taught Sunday School and sang in the choir for many years.

   She is survived by two daughters, Dorothy (Robert, M.D.) Leeser of Charlotte and Edna Mae (James) Earle of Livonia; two sons, Robert (Pamela) of Jacksonville, Fla., and David (Pamela) of Grand Rapids; 14 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Ruth Nielsen of Minn. and Astrid Romundstad of Minnesota.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Aage Sorensen in 1984.

   Services were May 10 at the Peace Lutheran Church, Charlotte, with Pastor Noel Hall-Niemann officiating. Interment was in the Woodlawn Cemetery, Detroit. Arrangements were made by the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Hayes Green Beach Hospital, Charlotte. 

                                     

Yolande Sosnowski 

   Yolande Maureen Sosnowski, 79, of Charlotte died May 15, 2000 at the home of her daughter.

   Mrs. Sosnowski was born in France Dec. 9, 1920, the daughter of August and Marguerite (Dillon) Salmon. She had been a customer service representative for many years with Empire Bank and the National Bank of Detroit.

   She is survived by two daughters, Yvonne (Whitey) Kayne II of Charlotte and Colette (Edward) Jones of St. Clair Shores; one son, Michael (Dawn) Dolsen of Clinton Township; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her first husband, Thomas Dolsen Jr., and second husband, Harry Sosnowski.

   A private family memorial service will be held at a later date with arrangements by the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Eaton County Medical Care Facility or Sparrow Hospice.

   More information is available at www.legacy.com. 

                                     

Sharlot Sours 

   Sharlot Sours, 58, of Nashville, formerly of Olivet, died April 1, 2000 at Spectrum East (Blodgett Hospital), Grand Rapids, after a short illness.

   Ms. Sours was born in Battle Creek, the daughter of Elliott and Marian (Smith) Sours and had been a Nashville resident since 1963, moving there from Olivet. She was high school math teacher in the Maple Valley School System where she had taught since 1963. She was a 1959 graduate of Olivet High School, 1963 graduate of Olivet College, and taken numerous Math and Science Foundation courses. She was a member of the National Education Association and Michigan Education Association, served as vice president of the Eaton County Education Association and president of the Maple Valley Education Association, was former member of the Business Professional Women, Delta Kappa Gamma Society and had been a member of Sigma Beta Sorority while attending Olivet College.

   She is survived by one sister, Linda (Harley) Krauss of Olivet and one nephew, David Krauss of Olivet.

   Services were April 5 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel, Charlotte, with the Rev. Clark Hock officiating. Interment was in the Bosworth Cemetery, Olivet.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Maple Valley Memorial Scholarship Foundation or American Cancer Society. 

                                     

Bethel Spaulding 

   Bethel “Betty” Spaulding, 85, of Bellevue died May 13, 2000 at her home.

   Mrs. Spaulding was born Feb. 21, 1915 in Olivet, the daughter of Carroll and Alice (Butler) Scott. She graduated from Charlotte High School and had been a lifelong area resident. She married Darrold Spaulding Nov. 22, 1933. She was a homemaker and member of the United Methodist Women and its Rachel Circle of the Bellevue United Methodist Church. She enjoyed playing golf, bowling, fishing, knitting, crocheting and spending time with her family. During World War II, she knitted sweaters and other items for servicemen and donated many pints of blood. She spent the last three winters in Florida.

   She is survived by one daughter, Shirley (Gerald) Misch of Bellevue; one son, Gary (Andrea) Spaulding of Battle Creek; eight grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Darrold in 1988; her parents; two sisters, Ruth Spooner in 1938 and Dorothy Adams in 1975; and one grandson, Michael Misch in 1976.

   Services were May 15 at the Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue, with the Rev. Bruce Rhodes officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Bellevue First Responders or to the charity of one’s choice. 

                                     

Charles E. ‘Junior’ Speckin 

   Charles E. ‘Junior’ Speckin, age 45 lived in Tucson, AZ until he had a sudden illness and died April 10, 2000. Junior was born on February 19, 1954 in St. Johns, MI. He moved to Eaton Rapids and lived there until December 1989. He was employed at Grable & Sons for 17 years until 1989 when he left to take care of his parents in Tombstone, AZ.

   He is survived by his wife, Jackie and two children, Tammy Earls of Springport and Linda Speckin of Tucson, AZ; four grandchildren, Kimberly, Robert, James and Jazmine. He is also survived by his mother, Norma Speckin; two brothers, Marvin and George Speckin; 2 sisters, Linda Proctor and Carol Rutledge all of Arizona. He was preceded in death by his father, Charles E. Specking, Sr.

   Junior will be greatly missed by family and friends. 

                                     

Karen Spedowski 

   Karen J. Spedowski, 56, of Charlotte died April 26, 2000.

   Mrs. Spedowski was born Aug. 25, 1943 in Big Rapids, the daughter of Roy and Helen (Berg) Adams. She was employed as a judicial secretary to the Honorable David McKeagan, U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan. She was affiliated with the Federal Judicial Secretaries Association; a former member of the Lansing Legal Support Professionals, as well as the Michigan and National associations; and Michigan Ducks Unlimited, serving that organization as recording secretary, its annual meeting chair in 1993, and its first Ladies State Coordinator, establishing seven new ladies fund raising events through Michigan. She was also an active member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Charlotte, serving as a member of the Parish Council and Trustee of St. Mary’s Educational Trust. She was also a member of the Lansing Diocese Pastoral Council.

   She is survived by one daughter, Denise (Keith) Droscha of Charlotte; one son, Paul (Cheryl) of Charlotte; four granddaughters, Kaelyn and Whitney Droscha and Amelia Jiminez, all of Charlotte, and Beth Spedowski of Watersmeet; three sisters, Nancy (Steve) Starks of Coopersville, Nancy (Jerry) Wright and Sandra (Alvin) Eastlund, both of Reed City; four brothers, Gary (Janet) Adams of Mecosta, Kevin (Portia) Adams of Clermont, Fla., Michael Adams of Mount Pleasant and Bruce (Patty) Goldammer of Alpena; her father-in-law, Joseph of Irons; and brothers and sisters-in-law, Jerry (Nancy) Spedowski, Joseph (Nancy) Spedowski, Jeffrey (Barbara) Spedowski, all of Big Rapids and Jordan (Jackie) Spedowski of Reed City; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins; and her special friend, Rebecca Bell of Ann Arbor.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, James, in 1996 and her parents.

   Services were April 29 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Fr. Thomas Nenneau officiating. Interment was in the Center Eaton Cemetery, Eaton Township. Arrangements were made by the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Mary’s Educational Trust Fund. 

                                     

Sarah Spicer 

   Sarah Louisa “Sally Lou” Spicer, 95, of Jackson, formerly of Charlotte, and Chicago, Ill., died Jan. 20, 2000 in Jackson.

   Ms. Spicer was born Jan. 23, 1904 in Charlotte, the daughter of Frederick and Lilly (Force) Spicer. She graduated from Charlotte High School and then the Eaton County Normal School in 1922 and taught school for one year in Grand Rapids. She then went to Chicago, Ill., where she lived and worked for 59 years. She had been a private secretary for several businesses, including the Butler Paper Co., Mummert Paper Co., and Aladdin Travel Agency. She belonged to, and was active in, Delta Theta Tau Sorority and traveled extensively. She had also been a seamstress. She returned to Charlotte in 1983 and lived in the Grammer Apartments, then moved to Vista Grande Villa Retirement Home, Jackson, in 1986.

   She is survived by two nieces, Betty Brandon of Charlotte and Sandra (Joe Witko) Peters of Phoenix, Ariz.; one nephew, Richard (Marcella) Peters of Frankenmuth; and many great and great-great nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Ralph and Thomas; and four sisters, Edith Moore, Blanche Stevens, Barbara Warren and Helen Peters.

   Services were Jan. 24 at the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with the Rev. William Colson officiating. Interment was in the Center Eaton County Cemetery, Eaton County. 

                                     

Connie L. Srigley 

   Connie Lee (Slade) Srigley, 57, of Pebble Beach, Calif., formerly of Vermontville, died Sept. 15, 2000, at her home following a lengthy illness.

   Mrs. Srigley worked in labor relations with the Sevenup Co. and was a former employment manager for MGM Studios in Hollywood, Calif. She was a graduate of Michigan State University and the University of California at Los Angeles. She had been a member of the Church in the Forrest, Pebble Beach; Questers; the Cypress Garden Club; and American Association of University Women.

   She is survived by her husband, Rick of Pebble Beach; two daughters, Rochelle Srigley of North Hollywood, Calif., and Karena Bolger of Burbank, Calif.; her father, Theron Slade of Palm Harbor Fla.; and two sisters, Rosalie Bacun of Dunedin, Fla. And Linda Sroflarski, of Palm Harbor, Fla.

   Services were Sept. 19 at the Church in the Forest Pebble Beach. Arrangements were made by the Payl Mortuary.

   She was preceded in death by her mother, Leolyn Slade of Palm Harbor in March 2000.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Friends of the Sea Otter, 2150 Garden Road, Suite A-13, Monterey, Calif. 93940. 

                                     

William Staley 

   William Curtis Staley, 81, of Charlotte died April 4, 2000 at his residence.

   Mr. Staley was born March 10, 1914 in Lake City, Ark., the son of Daniel and Nellie Tiner. He married Opal Cypret in 1939 in Dyess, Ark.

   He had lived in the Albion area since 1944 and later, moved to Charlotte. He had been employed by Union Steel in its welding department for one year and had also been employed by Lonergren Manufacturing, retiring in 1982 from Albion Industries after 36 years as a supervisor in the welding department. He was a member of both the Albion and Charlotte Assemblies of God.

   He is survived by his wife of 60 years, M. Opal; two daughters, Vickie (Tom) Browning of Olivet and Lynette Caldwell of Lansing; two sons, Curtis (Joyce) of Coldwater and Donnie (Cheryl) of Las Vegas, Nev.; 10 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

   He was preceded in death by three sisters, four brothers, and two grandchildren.

   Services were April 7 at 1 p.m. at the Albion Assembly of God Church with Pastor Mark Woodbury and the Rev. Earl Brown officiating. Interment was in the Albion Memory Gardens. Arrangements were made by the Tidd-Williams Funeral Chapel, Albion.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan. 

                                     

Sandra Starr 

   Sandra Jean Starr, 42, of Charlotte, passed away Saturday, Sept. 30, 2000 following a lengthy illness.

   Mrs. Starr was born May 19, 1958, the daughter of Thomas and Margaret (Day) Shafe, and grew up in Olivet. She was a graduate of Olivet High School in 1976 and worked as a claim representative for State Farm Insurance in Marshall. She enjoyed her involvement with the Charlotte GFWC Women’s Club Chorus. She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Charlotte.

   Surviving are her husband, Timothy, and their two children, Kristin and Cameron; parents, Thomas and Margaret Shafe; three sisters, Cheryl (Kelly) Coplin of Shelbyville, Lori (Chris) Koyl of Olivet, and Michelle (Justin) Bowerman of Charlotte; and two grandfathers, Lester Day and Fred Shafe, both of Olivet.

   Funeral Mass was held Oct. 3 at St. Mary Catholic Church, with Fr. Denis Spitzley celebrating. Interment was at Bosworth Cemetery, Olivet.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice.

   Further information may be available at www.legacy.com.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Inc. 

                                     

Helen Steiner 

   Helen Marie (Penny) Steiner, 92, of Potterville died June 13, 2000.

   Mrs. Steiner was born Sept. 20, 1907 in Sidney, Ill., the daughter of Earl and Fanny (Hardyman) Penny. She married Edward Steiner Oct. 24, 1924 in Urbana, Ill.

   She is survived by one daughter, Lorraine (Robert) Rolfe of Lansing; two sons, Edward (Dorothy) Jr. of Charlotte and Roderick of Ionia; eight grandchildren, Butch, Judy, Cathy, Mark, Eric, Scott, Tanny and Pam; 15 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren; three brothers, Gilbert (Shirley) Penny and Merle Penny, both of Urbana, and Delmar Penny of Okechobee, Fla.; and many loving nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward in 1979, two sisters, Opal Steiner and Esther Bauer; and one daughter-in-law, Connie Steiner.

   Visitation is Saturday, June 17 and Sunday, June 18 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Services are tomorrow, Monday June 19 at 1 p.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Paul Bailey officiating. Interment is in the Benton Township Cemetery, Potterville. 

                                     

Randy Steiner 

   Randy Lee Steiner, 53, of Bellevue, died Tuesday, Feb. 29 at his home.

   Mr. Steiner was born June 2, 1946 to Clarence Melrose and Virginia Jeanette (Roberts) Steiner in Battle Creek, and was raised by his stepfather, Glen Mahaffy. He graduated in 1964 from Bellevue High School, and married Debra Kay Andrews on Nov. 24, 1989 in Bellevue.

   He worked as the night auditor at Battle Creek Inn for the last eight years, and was an emergency medical technician for the former Bellevue Rescue Squad. He was a member of Bellevue First Baptist Church and the Bellevue Village Players. He enjoyed traveling, darts and golf.

   Surviving are his wife, Debra Steiner; son, Todd Steiner of Battle Creek; daughters, Fawn Beers of Bellevue and Mindy Woodworth of Battle Creek; two grandchildren; sisters, Linda Thompson of Phoenix, Ariz., and Marietta Morales of Charlotte; stepsisters, Dorothy Jones of Fife Lake, Melva Jones of Bay City, and Margaret Hayward of Saginaw; stepbrother, Lloyd Mahaffy of Marlette; special friends, Tom and Esther Ican of Battle Creek; and lots of loving family.

   He was preceded in death by his mother, father and stepfather.

   Services were held March 3 at Bellevue First Baptist Church, with Pastor Robert Homan officiating Interment was at Riverside Cemetery, Bellevue.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the family. 

                                     

Alberta M. Stoltzfus 

   Alberta M. Stoltzfus, died Monday, Nov. 13, 2000 at Sparrow Health Systems, Sparrow Campus, Lansing after an illness of two days.

   Mrs. Stoltzfus was born in Fulton Co., Ohio, the daughter of Frank and Lydia (Sauder) Goldsmith, and had been a Charlotte resident since 1960, coming from Archbold, Ohio. She was a 1938 graduate of Archbold High School and was married to Lester Stoltzfus on April 21, 1946. He preceded her in death on March 26, 1996. While in Archbold, she had been employed by LaChoy Foods and since moving to Charlotte has been self-employed as a homemaker/housekeeper for many businesses and private individuals in the area. She had been a member of First Lutheran Church in Charlotte since 1960, where she taught Sunday School. She was a member of the choir and the Elizabeth Guild, and was active in quilt-making for the Lutheran World Relief Organization. She loved doing things for her grandchildren and their friends, and enjoyed traveling.

   Surviving are a son, Ned (Tessa) Stoltzfus of Charlotte; daughter, Dr. Marilyn (Dr. Dennis) Baeyens of Little Rock, Ark; grandchildren Katie Baeyens, Lisa and Levi Stoltzfus; and one sister, Helen Klinger of Archbold, Ohio.

   Memorial services were held Nov. 17 at First Lutheran Church, Charlotte, with Pastor Timothy Olson officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the First Lutheran Church.

   Arrangements by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte. 

                                     

John Fredrick Strader 

   John Fredrick Strader, age 80 of LaFeria, TX formerly of Eaton Rapids, died Wednesday, October 18, 2000 at his residence. He was born October 3, 1920 in Menasha, WI, the son of Mert and Mary Net (Linskin) Strader. John has lived the past 10 years in Texas. He retired in 1982 from C.R. Equipment Sales in Lansing and was an Army Veteran of World War II. A life member of the Moose Lodge #288 in Lansing, a member of the Eagles in Holt and a member of the Springport V.F.W. Preceding him in death was his wife Joan in 1967.

   Surviving are 2 sons, Conner (Vickie) Strader of Eaton Rapids, and Guy W. (Roxanne) Strader of Elizabeth, West Virginia; 1 grandchild, Johnette (Ken) Edwards of N.C.; 3 great-grandchildren, Crystal, Steven and Keesha; 5 step-grandchildren, Laurie, Elizabeth, Tom, Christy and Melissa; step-brother, Marvin (Alvina) Strader.

   Funeral services were held Monday, October 23rd, from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. 

                                     

Betty Jean Strang 

   Betty Jean Strang, age 71, died Tuesday, March 14, 2000 in Eaton Rapids. Betty was born April 12, 1928 in Ringsted, Iowa the daughter of Sebo and Sylvia (McLaughlin) Behrends. Mrs. Strang retired from food service at Ingham Medical Hospital in 1983. She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard, in 1988 and her daughter, Marla Silvas, in 1991.

   Surviving are her children. Kean Harr of California, Roxanna (Ed) Sluiter of Grand Rapids, Harvey Harr, Robert (JoAnne) Harr both of Iowa, Sharon Harr of Marquette, Jeri Olson of Charlotte; step children, Sheila (Mike) Glavin, Mike (Diane) Strang, Peggy (Craig) Cartwright, Jeff Strang all of Eaton Rapids; 24 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren; 2 brothers, Oscar and Robert; 6 sisters, Helen, Esther, Edna, Myrna, Daisy and Melvina; dear companion, Jerry Lindemann (who brought her much joy); and other close members of her extended family, Connie (Byron) Lyles and Rudy.

   Funeral services were held on Friday, March 17, 2000, at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids. 

                                     

Helen E. Strang 

   Helen E. Strang, age 92, of Eaton Rapids died Wednesday, April 19, 2000. She was born December 19, 1907 in Senaco County, Ohio, the daughter of James and Maude (Stahl) Kime. Mrs. Strang was a former employee of Horner’s Woolen Mill and a former Practical Nurse for the Eaton Rapids Community Hospital. She was a life member of the Rabekah Sunshine Lodge #142 and a member of the First United Methodist Church both of Eaton Rapids. She was preceded in death by her husband, Stanley; son, Neil Stanley Strang; and daughter, Mildred “Mickey” Keith.

   Surviving are her son, Douglas (Mary E. “Pat”) Strang of Rapid City, MI; daughter-in-law, Penny Strang of Lansing; 8 grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held April 22nd from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with Rev. Tom Evans officiating. Burial followed in the Rosehill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids. 

                                     

Francis Stump 

   Francis N. Stump, 81, of Charlotte, formerly of Lansing, died Feb. 1, 2000 at his residence after an extended illness.

   Mr. Stump was born in Westphalia and had lived in Charlotte since October 1998, coming from West Virginia. Previously he had lived in Lansing and had been employed by the Motor Wheel Corporation, retiring in 1980 after 35 years of service. He was a U.S. Army veteran.

   He is survived by four daughters, Mildred Holcomb of Charlotte, Kimm (Thomas) Griffin of Lansing, Helen (Donald) DeBie of Florida, and Frances Rouse of Lansing; one son, Harry (Joan) of Pennsylvania; one daughter-in-law, Lois Rouse of Oklahoma; 20 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Marjorie in 1985, one son, Mahlon in 1989, one son-in-law, Marvin Holcomb in 1998, two brothers and one sister.

   Services were Feb. 4 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel, Charlotte, with Pastor Jan Hite officiating. Cremation followed the service.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Barry-Eaton Home Health/Hospice, 528 Beech St., Charlotte, MI 48813. 

                                     

Carolyn Surline  

   Carolyn Surline, 72, of Meansville, Ga., formerly of Port Huron, died Saturday, Feb. 19, 2000.

   Mrs. Surline was born April 5, 1927 in Port Huron to the late Chester and Winifred (Dolan) Whitford and was a lifelong area resident until she moved to Georgia two years ago. She married Clarence Surline on June 23, 1945, in Port Huron; he died Jan. 5, 1997. She was a member of Sparlingville Baptist Church and the Charles Hammond American Legion Post 8 Auxiliary.

   Surviving are her six sons, David Surline, Thomas Surline, Richard (Pamela) Surline and Patrick Surline; five daughters, Carol (Ronald) Schultz, Nancy Herbert, Sherry (Paul) Adolph, Tammy (Todd) Gerstenberg and Patricia (Michael) Lloyd; 22 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Donald (Ann) Whitford and Patrick Whitford; a sister, Nancy (Gene) Lemon; and, several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held Feb. 22 at Pollock-Randall Funeral Home, with Rev. Woodward Nelson officiating. Interment was at Lakeside Cemetery, Port Huron.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. 

                                     

David Sutton 

   David Charles Sutton, 18, of Charlotte, died May 5, 2000.

   Mr. Sutton was born Aug. 16, 1981 in Elmhurst, Ill., the son of Charles and Patricia (Meredith) Sutton. He was employed by Meridian Magnesium Products in Eaton Rapids, and affiliated with the Charlotte Assembly of God. He had been a Boy Scout and a member of the Charlotte High School Band.

   He is survived by his wife, Jerusha (Baker); one son, Christopher Michael; his parents, Charles and Patricia Sutton; one sister, Virginia Sutton of Alaska; two brothers, Aaron (Tara) of Alaska and Brian (Gwen) of Florida; his grandparents, Donald and Ruby Sutton of Portland, Col. Francis (Sis) Meredith of Columbia, S.C., and Ruth (John) Rudisill of Hendersonville, N.C.; several nieces and nephews; his mother-in-law, Carol (Steven) Boots; and his father-in-law, Douglas (Joan) Baker.

   Services were May 9 at the Charlotte Assembly of God with Pastor Mark Woodbury, Pastor Jeff Frost and Pastor William Tate Sr. officiating. Arrangements were made by the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to an educational fund for his children. 

                                     

Clare Swan 

   Clare Swan, 83, of Eaton Rapids died March 26, 2000 in Charlotte.

   Mr. Swan was born Aug. 31, 1916 in Brookfield Township, Eaton County, the son of Charles and Hazel (Sauerbrun). He retired from farming and had also been a machinist at MNR in Olivet. He had a love for flying and had been a pilot for many years.

   He is survived by one daughter, Audrey (Paul) Kerekes of Charlotte; one daughter-in-law, Joyce Swan of Mt. Pleasant; eight stepchildren, Allan (Marcia) Clarke, Donald (Joyce) Clarke, Gary (Ruth) Clarke, and Marie (Carl) Florian, all of Eaton Rapids, and Dean (Linda) Clarke of Bellevue; Maurice Clarke and Gloria of Florida, and Maynard (Kathy) Clarke of Georgia; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren, 28 step-grandchildren; 41 step-great-grandchildren; one sister, Leila (Carl) Heisler of Arizona; special friends, Wayne and Diane Clone of Eaton Rapids; and, several nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by his first wife, Doris (Clarke) Swan in 1973; his second wife, Velma (Harshey) Swan in 1992; and his son, Howard Swan in 1999.

   Services were March 29 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids, with Pastor Tom Evans officiating. Interment was in the Rosehill Cemetery, Eaton Rapids.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton Rapids First United Methodist Church. 

                                     

Helen N. Swan 

   Helen N. Swan, age 90, died Thursday, May 11, 2000 at Duck Lake. Helen was born March 29, 1910 in Springport, the daughter of John and Nellie Jane (Sebring) Caldwell. Mrs. Swan graduated from Springport High School as Class President in 1927, taught at the Hayden Country School in Jackson County, then went back to Western Michigan University (then County Norman) for one year. She was a cashier for the telephone company before returning to teach at Bath Mills for 8 years, first grade at Springport, then 17 years as a second, kindergarten and reading teacher at Northwester and Union Street Schools in Eaton Rapids. Helen retired in 1974. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Kenneth E. Trimm; second husband, Russell E. Swan; brothers, Edgar, George, Frank, John and Donald Caldwell and her sister, Edith Peckham.

   Surviving are her daughter, Mary Jane (Neil) Henry of Duck Lake and their children, Lt. Colonel Scott Anson (Linda) Henry of Columbia, SC, Sarah Allison Henry of Cape Haze, FL, Duncan Caldwell Henry of Duck Lake; Step son, Tom (Pat) Swan of Duck Lake and their children T. Michael (Darlene) Swan, Tim Swan and Mike Swan all of Eaton Rapids; 2 great-grandchildren, Avery Parker and Austin Wentworth Henry.

   Funeral services were held on Saturday, May 13, 2000 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids, with Rev. Jeanne Randels of the Okemos Community Church officiating. Interment followed at Rosehill Cemetery, Eaton Rapids. Those desiring may make contributions to the Eaton Rapids Elementary Reading Program, Eaton Rapids Medical Center Meals of Wheels or Calhoun County Hospice in memory of Helen Swan. 

                                     

Virginia Swayze 

   Virginia Swayze, 84, of Charlotte, formerly of Lansing, died Jan. 22, 2000 at Hayes Green Beach Hospital, Charlotte.

   Mrs. Swayze was born April 29, 1915 in Urbana, Ill., the daughter of John and Mary (Boyce) Phillips. She was a retired bookkeeper.

   She is survived by two daughters, Janice (James) Nelson of Ionia and Jamie (Larry) McCormick of Lansing; one son, Keith Swayze of Flint; 14 grandchildren; and 26 great-grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, James in 1993.

   Services were Jan. 25 at the Barker-Leik Funeral Home, Mulliken, with Pastor Don Woolum officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Charlotte Community Library. 

                                     

Jeffery Sweet 

   Jeffery Lynn Sweet, 56, of Potterville, died Saturday, Feb. 12, 2000 at St. Lawrence Hospital in Lansing.

   Mr. Sweet was born May 10, 1943 in Lansing, the son of Charles and Katherine (Thompson) Sweet. He was a service manager for AIS-Lansing and had been a volunteer fireman and EMT for several years.

   Surviving are his wife, Jacqueline; sons, Steve (Cynthia) Sweet of Tucson, Ariz., and Jerry (Donna) Sweet of Potterville; daughter, Carolyn Jean (John) Valentine of Holt; brothers, Doug of East Lansing, William of Eaton Rapids and Charles of Potterville; sister, Nan Palmer of Calif.; grandchildren, Matthew, Brittani, Mitchell, Meaghan and Alexander; mother-in-law, Carol Williams; brother-in-law, Roy Russell; sisters-in-law, Nancy Albright and Edna Nute; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.

   Funeral services were held Feb. 16 at Potterville United Methodist Church with Rev. Paul Bailey and Rev. Tom Peters officiating. Cremation took place following the services.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Potterville Benton Township Fire Department or the Potterville Community Playground.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Inc. 

                                     

Thelma Sweet 

   Thelma (Carr) Sweet, 84, of Charlotte, died Sunday, Oct. 15, 2000 at the Maple Knoll Manor, after an illness of several months.

   Mrs. Sweet was born Feb. 1, 1916 in Howell, the daughter of Alva and Catherine (Fandell) Patrick, and moved to Charlotte as a young child and remained there all her life. She was married to Attorney Robert C. Carr in 1936; he preceded her in death in 1960. She was married to Edlin Sweet in 1964;he preceded her in death in 1990. She was a 1934 graduate of Charlotte High School, was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, the National Council of Catholic Women, the St. Mary’s Altar Society, the Hayes Green Beach Hospital Golden Key Club, the Altruistic Club and the Charlotte Country Club.

   Surviving are her daughter, Mary Carr (Michael) Guglielmo of Fairfield, Conn.; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; a sister, Harriet Bouska of Lansing; and two nieces, Margaret Bouska and Jean Underhill, both of Lansing.

   A scripture service was held Oct. 16 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel, Charlotte. Mass of the Christian Burial was held Oct. 17 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, with Rev. Fr. Denis Spitzley officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Maple Knoll Manor, 2152 S. Cochran, Charlotte, MI 48813.

   Arrangements by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte. 

                                     

Mary E. Taylor 

   Mary Esther Taylor, 63, of Charlotte, passed away Aug. 13, 2000.

   Mrs. Taylor was born July 29, 1937 in Hillsdale, the daughter of Levi and Irene (Bacon) Flowers. She was a member of the Free Methodist Church of Charlotte.

   Surviving are her husband of 40 years, Jerry Taylor; son, Logan (Heather) Taylor of Elkhart, Ind; daughter, Crystal (Tim) Frazier of Charlotte; nine grandchildren, April, Autumn, Amber, Ashley and Christopher of Charlotte, and, Tiva, Travis, Tiffany and Anthony of Tampa, Fla.; brother, George Flowers of Brooklyn; and special friend, “Precious”, her cat.

   Funeral services were held Aug. 17 at the Free Methodist Church, Charlotte, with Rev. Paul Davis and Pastor Scott Collier officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the family.

   Further information may be available at www.legacy.com.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Inc. 

                                     

Keith Thelen 

   Keith A. Thelen of Charlotte, 49, died Jan. 4, 2000, following a brief illness.

   Mr. Thelen was born March 3, 1950 in Lansing, the son of Roman and Helen (Schmidt) Thelen. He retired in 1998 from the Michigan Department of Public Health after 27 years of service.

   He is survived by fiancée, Cindy Crabtree; two sons, Todd and Chad; five brothers, Neil, Elden, Dennis, Gerald and Ronald; and many nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Susan Thelen and Shirley Pardee.

   Services were Jan. 8 at St. Mary Cathedral, Lansing with Fr. George Michalex officiating. Interment was in Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

   Arrangements were made by the Tiffany Funeral Home, Lansing. 

                                     

Leonora Mae Them 

   Leonora Mae Them, 89, of Charlotte, died Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2000.

   Mrs. Them was born April 12, 1910 in St. Louis, the daughter of Ira and Maude Hemminger. She was a member of the First Baptist Church, Charlotte.

   She is survived by one daughter, Etta McClure of Linde; two sons, Harold “Doug” and Earling (Lorraine), both of Charlotte; one sister, Rose North of Lansing; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Them.

   Services were held Jan. 15 at the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Pastor Jeff Shaeffer officiating. Interment was in the Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte. 

                                     

Gladys I. Thomas 

   Gladys Ila (Halsey) Thomas, 89, of Hendersonville, N.C., formerly of Charlotte, died Dec. 24, 2000, at the home of her daughter.

   Mrs. Thomas was a native of the Charlotte area and lived in Longwood, Fla., for 21 years before moving to Hendersonville five years ago. She was an active, longtime member of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church.

   She is survived by two daughters, Janet (Gordon) Weidemann of Hendersonville and Anita Ratliff of Charlottesville, Va.; two sons, James (Charlene) and Dennis Thomas, both of Tavares, Fla.; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; four sisters, Edith Hutchison, Vera Bracy, Ola Burnett and Ila Burnett; three brothers, Floyd “Bud” Halsey of Charlotte, Robert Halsey of Nashville and Harold “Dean” Halsey of Fort Pierce, Fla.; and many nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur in 1995; one daughter, Neida Greek; one grandson; three brothers; and seven sisters.

   Memorial services are planned for a later date in Michigan.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Four Seasons Hospice, P.O. Box 2395, Hendersonville, NC 38793 or The Memory Assessment Clinic and Eldercare Resource Center, 2360 Sweeten Creek Road, Asheville, NC 28803. 

                                     

Juanita Thompson 

   Juanita Celena Thompson, 87, of Charlotte died March 29, 2000.

   Mrs. Thompson was born Aug. 11, 1912 in Eaton County, the daughter of Orren and Pearl May (Crozier) Shumaker. She was a member of the Center Eaton Church United Methodist Church and Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church, Charlotte.

   She is survived by one daughter, Vonda Stanton of Charlotte; one son, Robert (Alice) of Seymor, Ind.; six grandchildren, Robert Thompson, Jane (Larry) Johnston, Eric (Carrie) Stanton, Gina (Scott) Swanson, Mark (Betsy) Stanton, Karen (Brian) Stults; and 15 great-grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Farley in 1999.

   Services were April 1 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with the Rev. George Fleming officiating. Interment was in the Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Lawrence Ave. United Methodist Church or the Charlotte Public Library. 

                                     

Ira Thorburn 

   Ira Thorburn, 89, of Olivet died March 12, 2000 at the Veterans Administration Medical Center, Battle Creek.

   Mr. Thorburn was born in Mason, the son of Ira and Bertha Thorburn, and had been an Olivet resident since 1970, coming from the Detroit area. He was a truck driver in the Detroit area, retiring in 1968, and had served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the Asiatic Pacific Theatre. He was a life member of Maple City VFW Post #2406, Charlotte, the Greenawalt-Flaherty American Legion Post #42, Charlotte, and Teamsters Local #299, Detroit.

   He is survived by his wife, Mary (Arakelian) Thorburn; one son, Robert Thorburn of Texas; two stepsons, Charles (Linda) Ohannesian of Hartland and George Ohannesian of Taylor; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

   He was preceded in death by two stepsons, John and Benjamin Ohannesian, and two sisters, Bernice and Lucille.

   Services were March 15 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel, Charlotte, with the Rev. Clark Hock officiating. Interment was in the Bosworth Cemetery, Olivet.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. 

                                     

Ned B. Tieche 

   Ned Brown Tieche Sr., 87, of Minneapolis, Minn., formerly of Charlotte, died Friday, Oct. 27, 2000.

   Mr. Tieche was born July 6, 1913 in Kalamo Twp., the son of R.B. Hayes and Ethel Mae (Brown) Tieche. He was a scoutmaster for the Boy Scouts from 1948 to 1958, Explorer Advisor, member of United Methodist Church of New Dairy, Pa., life member of Sojourner’s Lodge #483 F&AM, life member of Peninsular Ram #16 of Michigan, member of Knights Templar Commandry #001, Moslem Shrine Temple of Michigan.

   Surviving are two sons, Ned II, of Hopkins, Minn., Thomas of San Francisco, Calif.; six grandchildren; sister, Agnes Quigley of Ypsilanti; and several nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Rose; sister, Evelyn Wolfe; two brothers, Dr. Henry Tieche, MD, and Morris Tieche.

   Graveside services were held Nov. 4 at Acacia Park Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Boy Scouts of America. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.

   Further information may be available at www.legacy.com.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Inc. 

                                     

Hazel Tinkey 

   Hazel Tinkey, 98, of Charlotte died June 5, 2000.

   Mrs. Tinkey was born March 23, 1902 in Baldwin, the daughter of Curtis and Valerie (Fortier) Bartlett. She was a clerk at the Curtis Grocery Store in Lansing for 25 years.

   She is survived by one daughter, Margaret (Gordon) Peltier of Fla.; two sons, Eugene Tinkey of Charlotte and Clifford “Bud” (Jeanette) Tinkey of Charlotte; seven grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren; 21 great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Mina Urdahl of Minn.; and one brother, Samuel Bartlett of Minn.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, George Nov. 30, 1964, and two grandchildren, Charlotte Wright in 1970 and George Tinkey in 1985.

   Services were June 8 at the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Charles Jenson officiating. Interment was in the Deepdale Memorial Gardensm Lansing.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Eaton County Medical Care Facility. 

                                     

Blake E. Towe 

   Blake Elwood Towe, 63, of Charlotte, formerly of Wyoming, died Saturday, Oct. 7, 2000.

   Mr. Towe was born Sept. 1, 1937 in Chester Twp., the son of Clare and Mildred (Taylor) Towe. He worked in the truck manufacturing business and served with the U.S. Navy from 1956 to 1958.

   Surviving are two daughters, Anne (Towe) Johnson of Alpena and Elizabeth Towe of Charlotte; two sons, Williams “Bill” of Lake Odessa and George of Sun City, Ariz.; five grandchildren; mother, Mildred Towe of Charlotte; and brother, Larry (Charlotte) Towe of Charlotte.

   He was preceded in death by his former wife, Joyce Towe in 1980; his father, Clare in 1977; and brother, Gary in 1996.

   Memorial services were held Oct .9 at Pray Funeral Home, Inc., with Rev. Richard Garn officiating.

   Further information may be available at www.legacy.com.

   Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Inc. 

                                     

Willard G. Treadwell 

   Willard G. Treadwell, age 81 of Eaton Rapids, died Friday, March 10, 2000. He was born September 27, 1918 in DeWitt, the son of Fred and Olive (Baker) Treadwell. Mr. Treadwell was an Army Veteran of World War II and a Life Member of the Adams Rockey V.F.W. Post #6056 of Springport. Mr. Treadwell was a retired farmer and a retired employee of Diamond REO in Lansing. A member of the Great Lakes Haflinger Association and the Leslie Tractor Club. He enjoyed his retirement by restoring tractors and operating a Harness Shop. Preceding his in death are his parents and sister, Veva Webster.

   Surviving are his wife of 59 years, Genevieve; son David (Yvonne) Treadwell of Leslie; daughter, Constance (Samuel) Graham of Eaton Rapids; 6 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren; sister, Marguerite Johnson of Austin, TX; and many nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services will be Tuesday, March 14th at 11 a.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. For those desiring, a memorial contribution may be made to either the Hospice House of Mid-Michigan or the Adams Rockey V.F.W. Post 6056 if Springport. 

                                     

Susanne (Traver) Custer Ullrey  

   Susanne (Traver) Custer Ullrey, of Okemos, died peacefully Wednesday, November 1, 2000, at Hospice House of Mid-Michigan in Sparrow Hospital’s St. Lawrence Campus on the same floor where she was born. Her husband, Dr. Duane E. Ullrey, her son, Henry J. Custer, and her two daughters, Kaye C. Chodl and Kim C. Erznoznik, were at her bedside. Her last days were filled with laughter, tears, and wonderful memories. Sue was born February 4, 1930, to Marc and Ruth Traver and was a 1948 graduate of Williamston High School. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Jack L. Custer, and an infant son, Michael. At Michigan State University, she helped identify prospective medical students for the College of Human Medicine for a period of seventeen years. More than that, she loved the students and prepared many a holiday dinner for those who were far from home. Sue was an outstanding cook and a gracious hostess, who made all feel welcome.

   She will be sorely missed by all her friends and family, including her husband, children, her sons-in-law, James H. Chodl and Michael J. Erznoznik, and her grandchildren, Thomas Henry Chodl, Meghan Jae Erznoznik, Molly L. R. Erznoznik, and Elisabeth Susanne Chodl.

   Funeral services were held Saturday, November 4, at the Gorsline-Runciman Co. East Chapel, East Lansing, with Rev. Max Williams, Jr. Pastor of Linworth United Methodist Church, Columbus, OH, officiating. Private interment will be held in Rosehill Cemetery, Eaton Rapids. Those desiring may make contributions to Hospice House of Mid-Michigan, 1210 E. Saginaw, Lansing, MI 48915 or the Capital Area District Libraries, Large-Print Book Collection, 401 S. Capital, Lansing, MI 48933 in her memory. 

                                     

Kenneth Umbarger 

   Kenneth Umbarger, 76, of Charlotte, formerly of Eaton Rapids, died Sunday, Oct. 1, 2000 in Lansing.

   Mr. Umbarger was born Oct. 25, 1923 in Brookfield Twp., the son of James Alton and Flossie Marie (Rochester) Umbarger. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving in World War II, a life member of the VFW National Home, and a member of Potterville VFW Post #6334. He retired as an inspector from Oldsmobile in 1985.

   Surviving are his wife of 54 years, Sarah; two daughters, Sandy Southward of Charlotte and Penny (David) Louth of Lansing; two sons, Darwin (Maggi) of Eaton Rapids and Jeffery Kenneth (Kaye) of Dimondale; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; three brothers, Howard (Ruth) of Eaton Rapids, Maurice (June) of Charlotte and Delton “Bud” (Darlene) of Beaverton; two sisters, Margaret Dowding of Olivet; and several nieces and nephew.

   He was preceded in death by his brother, Maynard, and his sister, Hazel Clough.

   Funeral services were held Oct. 4 at Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids. Interment was at Brickyard Cemetery. Casket bearers were Kevin Umbarger, Thad Southward, Justin Southward and Seth Dean.

   Further information may be available at www.legacy.com.

   Arrangements by Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids. 

                                     

Caroline Urich 

   Caroline Urich, 83, of Marshall, formerly of Bellevue, died Jan. 1, 2000 at Bronson Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo.

   Mrs. Urich was born in Madison, Wis., June 15, 1916 the daughter of Edmond and Lizzie (Campbell) Stiede. She graduated from Bellevue High School and from nursing school in Sault Ste. Marie. She was a nurse at Leila Hospital in Sault Ste. Marie and Punta Gorda, Fla. before returning to the area in 1995. She married Floyd Urich in 1937 in Indiana.

   She is survived by one stepdaughter, Dorothy Michner of Jackson; one stepson, Robert Russell of Dowling; step-grandson, Mikeal D. Gutsue of Bellevue; step-great-grandsons, John Mikeal Gustue of Bellevue Mikeal D. Gutsue II of Battle Creek; sister, Adeline Hillard of Marshall; brother, John Stiede of Calif.; and many nieces and nephews.

   She enjoyed fishing.

   She was preceded in death by her husband Floyd in 1978 in Punta Gorda, Fla.; two sisters, May Bradshaw and Alice Nickells; her twin brother, Chuck, and two other brothers, Albert and Archie Stiede.

   Cremation has taken place.

   Services will be Saturday, Jan. 15, at 3 p.m., at the Bellevue United Methodist Church, with Rev. Mark Thompson officiating. Arrangements were made by the Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Arthritis Foundation or American Diabetes Association. 

                                     

Elmer Van Buren 

   Elmer Glenn Van Buren, 77, of Irons and formerly of Bellevue, died Sunday June 18 at Oaklawn Hospital in Marshall. He was born December 17, 1922, in Detroit to Glen A. Van Buren and Florence M. (Byer) Van Buren. He lived his childhood in Detroit. He started delivering The Detroit Free Press at the age of 10. He enlisted into the Naval Reserve at age of 16 as a Seaman, Feb. 26, 1938 by the U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of the Marine Inspection and Navigation.

   He graduated June 20, 1940 from Detroit Cooley High School and joined the U.S. Navy immediately after graduation. He was stationed at the San Diego, Calif. naval base. He attended and learned plumbing, pipe fitting and ship repair until 1942. He played on the U.S. Naval baseball team “Ryana,” playing second base and outfield until 1944.

   He toured the South Pacific on the USS Salt Lake City, touring Alaska to Australia. He fought at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii during the December 7, 1941 bombing. He did not reenlist at the end of 1945 and was honorable discharged as First Class Ship Fitter, “Fresh Water King.”

   He started his career as a Locomotive Engineer in 1945 with the Southern Pacific Railroad in Los Angeles-Yuma-Tuscon. In 1951, he worked on the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy railroad in Lincoln, Neb. On May 1, 1952 he started working for the Grand Trunk Western Railroad and living in Durand, Mich. He retired from railroading in 1982 after 36 years of railroading here in Battle Creek.

   When laid off in his early years of railroading, he worked as a meat cutter, worked construction and delivered the U.S. Mail as a rural carrier, and worked at a Chevrolet auto plant in Flint, Mich.

   He married Leora Catherine McAvoy on June 29, 1953, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, in Durand, and she survives him. Also surviving are daughters, Kathleen M. Van Buren of Nashville, Linda S. Van Buren-Millard of Battle Creek and son-in-law Rich S. Millard of Battle Creek, grandchildren Kristen M. Hampton and Jeffrey M. Brzycki of Nashville, Jeremy J. Brzycki of Vermontville, Jason A. Millard of Kalamazoo and Maranda C. Millard of Chicago, and great grandchildren Jessica Brzycki-Stambaugh and Donald Hampton III and a sister, Helen I. Bishop of DeFuniak Spring, Fla. He was preceded in death by his parents Glen and Florence Van Buren and brother Ernie H. Van Buren, WWII-U.S. Navy (killed in action).

   He was a member of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, served as a past president of the railroad union in Durand, a member of the Durand Conservation Club, the Masonic Lodge #80 of Byron, Mich., the National Rifle Association and the Michigan Sheriff’s Association. He was also a member of the Bellevue Conservation Club and NARFE, the Disabled American Vet Commander’s Club, Fin and Feather Club of Mason County, AARP, SNIPES, VFW and the North American Fishing Club. He was a 50-year Pearl Harbor Military Survivor Club member.

   He bowled and golfed for the Durand Railroaders. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and traveling to northern Michigan, the upper peninsula. He loved to read 5 to 8 newspapers each day and attended welding classes at Baldwin Schools.

   Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 21 at Shaw Funeral Home in Battle Creek with the Rev. James D. Hill officiating. Interment took place at Fort Custer National Cemetery with military honors. Memorial contributions can be made to The Nature Conservancy, Michigan Chapter, 2840 E. Grand River Ave., Suite # 5, East Lansing, MI 48823. 

                                     

Irene VanLiew 

   Irene Rose VanLiew, 75, of Charlotte died Jan. 14, 2000.

   Mrs. VanLiew was born Feb. 2, 1924 in Charlotte, the daughter of Frank and June (Glover) Aseltine. She was the oldest of nine children – two sisters and six brothers. She loved her family and enjoyed sewing and gardening.

   She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Robert VanLiew; two daughters, Bonnie (Jon) Hoyt and Debbie (Dave) Letts, both of Charlotte; two sons, Jerry (Vickie) of Dimondale and Robert (Jackie) of Pennsylvania; two sisters, Ann (Ray) Dickinson of Vermontville and Ella (Paul) Evart of Charlotte; and five brothers, Elmer (Grace) Aseltine of Missouri, and Lynn Aseltine, John (Phyllis) Aseltine, Allen (Annie) Aseltine and Donald (Debbie) Aseltine, all of Charlotte.

   She was preceded in death by one brother, Cecil Aseltine.

   Services were Jan. 17 at the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with the Rev. John Toth officiating. Interment was in the Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Kiwanis Manor. 

                                     

Ralph A. VanVleck 

Ralph A. VanVleck, 82, of Potterville died Dec. 22, 2000.

   Mr. VanVleck was born in Benton Township, the son of Fred L. and Sarah (Lord) VanVleck. He was a lifelong Benton Township resident and a lifelong farmer. He was a 1936 graduate of Charlotte High School, a member of the Potterville Lodge #367 F&AM, Potterville Order of Eastern Star #413, Michigan Farm Bureau, Michigan Fiddler’s Association and American Association of Retired Persons. He enjoyed square dancing and had volunteered to deliver Meals on Wheels.

   He is survived by one daughter, Dorothy Ann VanVleck of Orlando, Fla.; one sister, Mildred Gidner of Charlotte; one sister-in-law, Julietta VanVleck of Charlotte; and numerous nieces and nephews.

   Services were Dec. 27 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel, Charlotte, with Rev. Paul Bailey and Potterville Lodge #367 officiating. Interment was in the Benton Township Cemetery, Potterville.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Potterville UMC. 

                                     

Walter VaVerka 

   Walter Joseph VaVerka, 82, of Charlotte died Feb. 18, 2000.

   Mr. VaVerka was born Sept. 15, 1917 in Detroit, the son of Joseph and Katherine (Havranek) VaVerka. He had been a resident of Detroit and retired tool engineer, moving to Charlotte in 1996. He served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II and was an avid fisherman and boater in northern Michigan.

   He is survived by his wife, Katherine; one daughter, Katherine Lowman of Dallas, Texas; one son, Robert of Charlotte; three granddaughters; and one great-granddaughter.

   Services will be held at a later date, with arrangements by the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Eaton County Community Hospice. 

                                     

Guillermo Velasquez 

   Guillermo Velasquez, 81, of Charlotte died June 11, 2000.

   Mr. Velasquez was born June 25, 1918 in Laredo, Texas, the son of Crispin and Otila (Valdez) Velasquez.

   He is survived by his wife, Maria; two daughters, Mary Lou Solis of Charlotte and Margarita (Rodolfo) Soto of Fort Wayne, Ind.; three sons, Guillermo Jr. of Charlotte and Santiago (Linda) and Crispin (Maria), both of Lansing; 18 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Juan of Texas and Simon of New Mexico.

   Services were June 14 at the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Elaine Shegitz officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the family. 

                                     

Dumitru Vess 

   Dumitru “Danny” Vess, 58, of Hasting, died Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2000.

   Surviving are his wife, Deanna Vess; children, Deanna Vess of Sparta, Sue (Bud) Confer of Belding, Jason (Kelly) Vess of Calva, Megan Vess and Dumitru Vess, both of Hastings; grandchild, Chad; mother, Pearl (Jimmy) Cloutier of Pontiac; siblings, Sharon Irwin of Grosse Pointe Woods, Jacqueline (EC) Green of Auburn Hills, Jeffrey (Denise) Cloutier of Clarkston, Robert (Colleen) Cloutier and Michael (Karen) Cloutier, both of Waterford, and Jimmy (Christina) Cloutier of Pontiac.

   He was preceded in death by his father, Jack Vess, and sister, Donna Vess.

   Funeral services were held Feb. 25, at Oakland Avenue Chapel, Huntoon Funeral Home, Pontiac. Interment was at Oak Hill Cemetery, Pontiac.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Danny Vess Memorial Fund, Main St. Saving Bank-Hastings, 629 West State St., Hasting, MI 49058. 

                                     

Leah L. Walkinshaw 

   Leah L. Walkinshaw, 90, of Bellevue, died Thursday, Nov. 16, 2000 at Tendercare Manor, Marshall.

   Mrs. Walkinshaw was born Nov. 28, 1909 in Tekonsha, the daughter of Leo and Katie (Eddy) Knight. She graduated from Tekonsha High School and attended Teachers College. She married Smith Russell “Gus” Brott; he died in 1959. She later married Robert Walkinshaw; he died in 1989. Mrs. Walkinshaw was employed for many years as a teacher and at the Gates Grocery store in Bellevue.

   Surviving are a daughter, Peggy (John) Beach of Clarkston; son, Jack (Carolyn) Brott of Marshall; stepdaughters, Wilda (Charles) Beeby of Huntington, Ind. And Phyllis (Eugene) Moyes of Florida; stepson, Duane (Emma) Walkinshaw of Floral City, Fla.; six grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.

   Services were held Nov. 18 at Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue, with Rev. Bill Brown officiating. Interment was at Riverside Cemetery, Bellevue.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Tendercare of Marshall, or the American Cancer Society. 

                                     

Victor H. Walworth 

   Victor H. Walworth, age 83, of Columbia, SC, died Aug. 15, 2000. He was born in Eaton Rapids, MI, the son of the late Harry and Florence Hamlin Walworth. Before moving to Columbia in 1975, he had lived in Florida for 20 years. He was retired from the Federal Credit Union as Examiner. Mr. Walworth had previously worked with the National Credit Union Administration in Washington, D.C. He received a Bachelors Degree in Art Studio in 1988 and Master Degree in 1995 from the University of South Carolina. He was a member of St. Simon and St. Jude Episcopal Church and was an Army veteran.

   Surviving are his wife, Jean M. Walworth; daughters, Victoria W. Leeke of Blythewood and Johnna S. Metzler of Columbia; son, Peter B. Walworth of East Grand Rapids, MI; brother, Lyle Walworth of Jackson, MI and 7 grandchildren. Mr. Walworth was preceded in death by his first wife, Gloria P. Walworth; sister, Catherine Finch and brother, Kenneth Walworth.

   Funeral services were held Aug. 18, 2000 at St. Simon and St. Jude Episcopal Church with inturnment in Bush River Memorial Gardens Mausoleum. Memorials may be made to St. Simon and St. Jude Episcopal Church, 1110 Kinley Road, Irmo, SC 29063. Arrangements were by Caughman-Harman Funeral Home, Irmo/St. Andrews Chapel. 

                                     

Evelyn Waterbury 

   Evelyn Waterbury, 76, of Convis Township, died May 4, 2000 at home.

   Mrs. Waterbury was born May 27, 1923 in Battle Creek, the daughter of Russell and Dora (Fisk) Eadie. She attended Battle Creek Central High School and married William Francis Waterbury, July 22, 1939. She enjoyed bird watching, flower gardening, reading, music and doing craft. She was a long-time member of the Bellevue First Baptist Church, where she was active in youth work and taught Sunday School.

   She is survived by one son, Eugene of Bellevue; one sister, Geraldine Eadie of Battle Creek; three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, William Francis Dec. 29, 1989; two children at birth; and three brothers, Alvin and LaVern Rounds, and Carl Eadie.

   Services were May 8 at the Bellevue First Baptist Church with Pastor Donald Francis officiating. Interment was in the Riverside Cemetery, Bellevue. Arrangements were made by the Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Bellevue First Baptist Church. 

                                     

Douglas Watson 

   Douglas Daniel Watson, 43, of Albion died May 5, 2000 at the Albion Trillium Hospital after being stricken at his home.

   Mr. Watson was born Oct. 10, 1956 in Marshall, the son of Daniel Boone and Laura (Cole) Watson. He was a lifelong resident of the area. He had been employed by Tesnic Cable Co., Tampa, Fla., and installed cables for computers all over the country. His previous employment was with the Johnson Iron Co., Charlotte. He had also owned his own auto parts and speed shop in Charlotte. For a short time, he lived in Ft. Myers, Fla., and while there, owned and operated his own car lot and auto body repair shop. On Sept. 6, 1975, he married Carolyn Benjamin in Springport.

   He is survived by his wife, Carolyn; one daughter, Aimee Watson of North Fr. Myers, Fla.; one son, Ryan at home; four sisters, Emma Coker of Coldwater, Polly Sebolt of Hart, Brenda Berchtold of Charlotte, and Lonna Pickett of Holland; and numerous nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by one sister, Shirley Neitzka; and four brothers, Jack, Jerry, Terry and Gary.

   Services were May 9 at the Craig K. Kempf Funeral Home, Marshall. Interment was in the Rice Creek Cemetery, Lee Township, Calhoun County.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Douglas Watson Memorial Fund. 

                                     

David Weaver 

   David Lou Weaver, 69, of Charlotte, died Jan. 20, 2000 at home.

   Mr. Weaver was born April 15, 1930 in Shipshewana, Ind., the son of Ralph and Olive (Troyer) Weaver. He attended Goshen College and Purdue University and had been a fish biologist for the Department of Natural Resources for over 30 years, retiring in 1994. He raised hay and cattle on his farm after retiring and was an Army veteran.

   He is survived by his wife, Diane (Wawiernia); two daughters, Rhonda (Tom) Blosser of Goshen, Ind. And Anna (Ben) Yoder of Middlebury, Ind.; two sons, Eric (Cathy) and Kirk, both of Charlotte; one stepdaughter, Jessica Kirby at home; two stepsons, Ben Kirby of Wisconsin and Erin Kirby of Holland; six grandchildren; one sister, Harriet (Ken) Warren of LaGrange, Ind.; and brother, Joe (Gail) Bontrager of Scranton, Penn.

   Cremation has taken place.

   A Family Affirmation Service was held Jan. 29 at the Sunfield United Methodist Church.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

   Arrangements were made by the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. 

                                     

Francis Weeks 

   Francis (Murphy) Weeks, 74, of Olivet, died Saturday, Feb. 12, 2000 at Battle Creek Health System, Leila Site.

   She was born at Partello in Lee Twp., of Calhoun Co., the daughter of Joseph and Freda (Heisler) Murphy, and was a lifelong area resident. She had been a self-employed hair stylist, was a member of the 50+ Fellowship at Charlotte Assembly of God, the Singles in Action at the Olivet First Assembly of God, and was a charter member of the Charlotte Eagles. Her hobbies were bowling, garage sales, square dancing, crocheting, traveling, flea markets and enjoying her family.

   Surviving are three sons, Milton (Alice) Weeks of Grand Rapids, Leo (Marilyn) Weeks of Olivet and Larry (Jean) Weeks of Shelby; six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; three brothers, Lawrence (Charlene) Murphy of Bellevue, Sidney (Pat) Murphy and Leon (Sharon) Murphy, both of Olivet.

   Funeral services were held Feb. 15 at Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel, Charlotte, with Pastor Todd McLane and Pastor David Ames officiating. Interment was at Clarence Center Cemetery, Clarence Twp., Calhoun Co.

   If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Charlotte Senior Center. 

                                     

Freeda Wells 

   Freeda Wells, 59, of Newport, Ark., formerly of Charlotte and Barryton, died June 4, 2000 in Little Rock, Ark.

   Mrs. Wells was born Oct. 10, 1940 in Tuckerman, Ark.

   She is survived by one daughter, Sandra Taunton of Hersey; one son, Wallace Taunton of Greenville; two grandchildren, Kristina and Rebecka; three step-children, Patsy Towe and Betty Wells, both of Charlotte, and Tom Wells of Detroit; two step-grandchildren; four sisters, Wanda Wells and Olean Matheney, both of Charlotte, and Ruth (Ralph) Tucker and Bernice Skaggs, both of Tuckerman; and one brother, Bill (Virginia) Matheney of Alameda, Calif.

   Services were held in Newport, Ark. Interment was in the Gracelawn Cemetery, Tuckerman. 

                                     

Vera Wells-Stallings 

   Vera Wells-Stallings, 83, of Welaka, Fla. formerly of Vermontville, died March 4, 2000, in a Florida hospital.

   Mrs. Wells-Stallings was born near Portland, Tenn. June 28, 1916, the daughter of Frank and Bessie (Chumbley) Vernon. As a young child, she moved to Vermontville and lived there until 1992. She married Ralph Wells and they had two sons, Charles and Douglas. After Ralph died in 1992, she moved to Florida, where she met and married George Stallings Jan. 1, 1995.

   She is survived by her husband, George; two sons, Charles Wells of Battle Creek and Douglas (Jane) Wells of Pomona Park, Fla.; eight grandchildren, David, Dawn, Denise, Debbie, Susan, Charles, Jason and Doug; five step children, Carl (Neville) Stallings, Wayman (Jean) Stallings, Ormand (Ruby) Stallings, Homer (Brenda) Stallings, and Annette (Kirby) Sykes, all of the Palatka, Fla. area; several step grandchildren; and step great-grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her first husband, Ralph, in 1992.

   Graveside services were March 8 at the Hillside Cemetery, Kalamo, with R. Raymond Rossell officiating. Arrangements were made by the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Vermontville Ambulance or Maple Valley Memorial Scholarship Foundation. 

                                     

Phyllis Welch 

   Phyllis Irene Welch, 74, of Charlotte died May 9, 2000.

   Mrs. Welch was born June 9, 1925 in Eaton County, the daughter of George and Elsie (Mason) Reed. She worked in packaging for Aluminum Extrusions.

   She is survived by one daughter, Jane Anne (Neil) King of Charlotte; two sons, Rex of Charlotte, and David (Sally) of Bellevue; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one sister, Marian (Gerald) Terry; and one brother, Roger (Donna) Reed.

   She was preceded in death by her husband.

   Services were May 11 at the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with the Rev. Rich Mitterling officiating. Interment was in the West Carmel Cemetery, Carmel Township. 

                                     

Allen J. West 

   Allen James “Jim” West, 56, of Potterville died Nov. 6, 2000, after a courageous three-year battle with cancer.

   Mr. West was born Aug. 2, 1944 in Lansing, a son of Edward and Evelyn West. He was a truck driver and member of ST. Mary’s Catholic Church, Charlotte.

   He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Cathy; two sons, Allen James and Jodi West Jr. and Eric and Jamie West; three grandchildren, Morgan, McKenzie and Tyler West; his stepfather, Edson Farnsworth; two sisters, Judy (Dick) Dahlgren and Jane West; one sister-in-law, Donna West; numerous nieces and nephews and several in-laws he dearly treasured; two uncles, Joe (Marge) O’Dell and Bob (Dolores) O’Dell; and his companion Shancy.

   Mass of the Christian Burial was Nov. 9 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Fr. Denis Spitzley as celebrant. Interment was in the West Windsor Cemetery. Arrangements were made by the Field & Leik Funeral Home, Dimondale.

   Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or St. Mary’s Catholic Church Building Fund. 

                                     

Harold Whitaker 

   Harold “Bud” Whitaker, 63, of Nashville died Dec. 17, 2000.

   Mr. Whitaker was born Jan. 22, 1937 in Pennsylvania, the son of Raymond and Katherine (Banks) Whitaker. He was a line worker for Fisher Body in Lansing for 44 years. He was a member of the Nashville Baptist Church.

   He is survived by his wife, Nola (Belcher) of Nashville; three daughters, Crystal (Rick) Phillis of Eagle, Melinda (Tim) Gorman of Nashville and Melissa Whitaker of Muskegon; one son, Raymond of Nashville; one step-daughter, Cindy (Kevin) Burns; three step-sons, Daniel Dankenbring of Charlotte, Gerald (Melanie) Dankenbring of Lansing and Robert (Amy) Dankenbring of Vermontville; 21 grandchildren; step-grandchildren; two sisters, Rita (Don) Wellman of Charlotte and Anna (Forest) Burr of Florida; and two brothers, Larry of Hastings and James of Lansing.

   Services were Dec. 21 at the Nashville Baptist Church with Rev. Lester DeGroot officiating. Interment was in the Lakeview Cemetery, Nashville. Arrangements were made by the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Nashville Baptist Church or American Heart Association. 

                                     

Mary E. White 

   Mary Ellen White, 94, of Charlotte died July 31, 2000.

   Mrs. White was born Jan. 7, 1906 in Eaton County, the daughter of William and Emma (Maxson) Mitchell. Mrs. White taught in several rural schools after graduating from Eaton County Normal and was a member of the West Benton Ladies Aid Society and Eaton County Farm Bureau.

   She is survived by two daughters, Gloria (Bob) Albu of Boynton Beach, Fla., and Rose (Bruce) Brundage of Charlotte; one son, Robert White of Charlotte; nine grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and one brother, Herod Maxson Mitchell.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy in 1984; one daughter, Betty Scott in 1975; two grandchildren, Phillip and David Scott in 1993; and one sister, Louise Bosworth in 1984.

   Services were held Aug. 3 at the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Mike Arnold officiating. Interment was in the Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Crossroads United Brethren Church. 

                                     

Cora Whitinger 

   Cora Luella Whitinger, 68, of Lyons, died Jan. 1, 2000 at her residence.

   Mrs. Whitinger was born May 28, 1931 in Sunfield, the daughter of Carl and Blanche (King) Guy.

   She is survived by her husband, George; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; one sister, Liota (Vernon) Shattuck of Lyons; one sister-in-law, Almeda Guy of Portland; three stepdaughters, Wanda (Cecil) Cook of Potterville, Mary (Frank) Wilkinson of Florida, Joyce (Robert) Schultz of Grand Blanc; one stepson, George Whitinger of Battle Creek; 14 step-grandchildren; and several step-great-grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by one sister, Addie (Guy) Martin; one brother, Ken Guy; daughter, Cora Lee Clark; son, Michael Lynn; her parents; and two step-children, Melvin and Larry Whitinger.

   Services were Jan. 4 at the Rosier Funeral Home, Mapes-Fisher Chapel, Sunfield, with the Rev. Brian Sheen of the Sunfield United Methodist Church officiating. Interment was at Sunfield Cemetery, Sunfield.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice. 

                                     

Dorothy M. Whitinger 

   Dorothy M. (Sheets) Whitinger, 87, of Charlotte, formerly of Olivet, died Dec. 11, 2000 at Maple Knoll Manor, Charlotte.

   Mrs. Whitinger was born in Saginaw, the daughter of David and Ida May (Andrews) Stage and had lived most of her life in Eaton County. She had been employed by the former Wilcox Gay Corp. and Brown’s Drug Store, both of Charlotte. She had played the piano for the Untied Brethren Church many years ago.

   She is survived by one daughter, Leona (John) Ransom of Stockbridge; two sons, Lloyd (Jackie) Johnson of Bluffton, Ind., and Elliott (Gloria) Johnson of Duluth, Minn.; 13 grandchildren; numerous great and great-great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Laura Reese of Corunna and Rose Potter of Dowagiac.

   She was preceded in death by husbands Rex Johnson, Earl Sheets and Elwood Whitinger; one daughter, Dorothy John; one son, James Johnson; and one brother, David Stage.

   Services were Dec. 14 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel, Charlotte, with Rev. George Fleming officiating. Interment was in the Bosworth Cemetery, Olivet.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Kiwanis Manor, Charlotte, for their Activities Fund.

   Arrangements by Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel, Charlotte. 

                                     

Joyce Louise Whittum 

   Joyce Louise Whittum, age 72, of Eaton Rapids, surrounded by family, died peacefully at home on Thursday, July 6, 2000 after a brief but courageous battle with cancer. All who came in contact with Joyce were profoundly touched by her love, her kindness and her light. She was born Sept. 3, 1927 in Hastings, Michigan, the daughter of Arthur S. and Leona B. (Dingham) Freese. Joyce retired in 1982 from the Felpausch Food Store in Eaton Rapids as a cashier/bookkeeper, with 26 years of service. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clair in 1992.

   Surviving are her 4 children, Michael (Laureen) Whittum of Eaton Rapids, Bruce (Jean) Whittum of Lewisburg, TN, Tammy (John) Merritt of Charlotte and Cindy Whittum of Charlotte; 8 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren; brother, Robert (Phyllis) Freese of Hastings and many loving friends and relatives.

   Funeral services were held Monday, July 10 from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with the Evangelist Tom Haynie of the West Oaks Christian Church of Wixom, MI, officiating. Interment followed in the Rosehill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids. Pallbearers were Leonard Gregory, Clifford Bustance, Scott Whittum, Mike Whittum Jr., Chad Whittum and Howard Day.

   For those desiring a memorial contribution may be made out to Ingham Visiting Nurse Services in care of Ingham Regional Home Care Services at 825 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, MI 48912 in memory of Joyce L. Whittum. 

                                     

Agnes Helen Williams 

   Agnes Helen Williams, age 68 of Lansing, died Friday, September 15, 2000 at the Hospice House of Mid-Michigan at the St. Lawrence Campus. She was born February 1, 1932 in Eaton Rapids, the daughter of Arthur Ward and Margaret Henrietta (Marquardt) Philo. Mrs. Williams was a retired employee of General Motors in Lansing. A member of the Moose Lodge #288 in Lansing, the Eagles and American Legion Auxiliary Post #238 both in Holt. Preceded her in death were her parents, 4 brothers, and 2 sisters.

   Surviving are 3 children, John (Marsha) Ludtke of Eaton Rapids, Marsha Conlin of Florida, and Margaret Parlor of Lansing; 5 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild; 4 sisters, Mary Kikendall of Eaton Rapids, Delberta Grimm, Maxine Wooden and Verna Byron all of Lansing; several nieces and nephews.

   Memorial services were held on Tuesday, September 19th at 1 p.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with the Rev. Francis Dunn-Simon of Faith Tabernacle Church in Lansing officiating. Burial followed in the Glendale Cemetery in Okemos. 

                                     

Allen Williams 

   Allen H. Williams, 75, of Charlotte, died Monday, Oct. 2, 2000 at Hayes Green Beach Hospital in Charlotte.

   Mr. Williams was born May 20, 1925 in Marshall, and had been a Charlotte resident since 1967, coming from Eaton Rapids. He was a 1944 graduate of Olivet High School and was a retired U.S. Army infantry first sergeant, retiring in 1967 after 21 years of service. He was a life member of Maple City Post #2406 VFW in Charlotte, and was a member of Masonic Lodge #233 F&AM in Camby, Ore.

   Surviving are his wife, Mary (Conrad) Williams; two daughters, Mary (James) Hayward of Vancouver, Wash. and Suzanne (Harry) Roberts of Palmer, Alaska; six grandchildren; his twin sister, Alice (Chester) Butler of Olivet; and several nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by a daughter, Patricia Rodriquez in 1995.

   Cremation has taken place. Memorial military graveside services were held Oct. 6 at Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte, with Chaplains George How and Fred West and the VFW Honor Guard officiating.

   Memorial contributions may be made to VFW Post #2406 Cancer Program.

   Arrangements by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home. 

                                     

Paul Williams 

   Paul E. Williams, 71, of Nashville died Jan. 20, 2000 at his home.

   Mr. Williams was born Jan. 24, 1928 in Selma, Ind., the son of Joseph and Pearl (Bright) Williams. He was a Navy Seaman, serving after World War II. He married Dorothy Frank in Coloma June 16, 1951. He retired in 1983 after 22 years of service with Owens-Illinois Glass Co., Charlotte. Other employment included the Watervliet Paper Mill, Whirlpool Corporation in St. Joseph, and Ball Brothers Glass Factory, Joliet, Ill. He enjoyed fishing, building, watching TV, tinkering, and his grandchildren.

   He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; two daughters, Lois (Keith) Bosworth of Nashville and Judith Williams of Potterville; two sons, George (Michelle) of Hastings and Paul R. (Pamela) of Lakeland, Fla.; 10 grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and one brother, Jerry of Minnesota.

   He was preceded in death by two sisters, Veda and Maxine; and three brothers, Howard, George and Joe.

   Services were Jan. 24 at the Maple Valley Chapel, Nashville, with the Rev. Tom Peters officiating. Interment was in the Wilcox Cemetery, Nashville.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Hearing Impaired Association. 

                                     

Richard Williams 

   Richard Wayne Williams, 64, of Baldwin, formerly of Eaton County, died Jan. 20, 2000 at his home.

   Mr. Williams was born Jan. 25, 1935 in Charlotte, the son of Dale Kint and Ruth Mary (Patterson) Williams. He married Cheryl Ann Dowell in 1955 and was employed at Munger’s Hardware in Charlotte for several years before beginning his employment at Charlotte Public Schools, retiring in 1990 after 16 years of service. He spent the majority of his time as a building engineer at Galewood Elementary School, Charlotte.

   He is survived by his wife, Cheryl; one daughter, Kathleen (Mike) Kelly of Grand Rapids; two sons, Rock (Cathy) Aaron of Murfreesboro, Tenn., and James Williams of Olivet; two grandchildren; his mother, Ruth Mary Williams of Charlotte; one sister, Mary Janice Morey of Bellevue; and one brother, Kent Williams of Charlotte.

   Cremation has taken place.

   Interment of the cremains was in the Deepdale Cemetery, Lansing.

   Arrangements were made by the Vida Funeral Home, Baldwin. 

                                     

Beulah B. Wilson 

   Beulah (Bell) Wilson, 88, of Charlotte died Nov. 5, 2000 at Sparrow Hospital, Lasing.

   Mrs. Wilson was born Aug. 3, 1912 in Kalamo Township, Eaton County, the daughter of Bert and Myra (Shellenbarger) Bell and had been a lifelong Eaton County resident. She had been a homemaker most of her life, but had been employed in later years by the Green Thumb Corp. at the historic Eaton County Courthouse in downtown Charlotte. She was a graduate of Charlotte High School, a member of the Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church and had been a member of the Charlotte Kitchen Band.

   She is survived by one daughter, Myrna Sullivan of Charlotte; one granddaughter, Heather Sullivan of Charlotte; one grandson, Andrew Sullivan of Charlotte; one sister, Dorothy Tirrell of Charlotte; and several nephews, grand nieces and nephews.

   Services were Nov. 9 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel, Charlotte, with the Rev. George Fleming officiating. Interment was in the Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the LAUMC. 

                                     

Paula K. Wilson 

   Paula K. Wilson of Eaton Rapids (formerly of Holt) passed away of April 22, 2000 at the age of 31. She was born on June 26, 1968 in Mason and graduated from Holt High School in 1986. Paula served 8 years in the Army Reserves and was currently employed at Michigan Automotive Compressors, Inc. in Parma. Paula enjoyed fixing computers and cars and going to drive-in movies. But she got her greatest joy by helping other people.

   Surviving are her special friend Sheila Slentz of Eaton Rapids; parents Allan D. (Poppa) and Celia A. Wilson of Holt; grandfather A.H. Wilson of Delta Mills; 4 brothers Allan II (Ashlee) Wilson and Clifford Wilson of Lansing, Tyrone Wilson of Holt, and Andrew (Kelly) Wilson of East Lansing; best friend Dan Evans of Lansing; 6 nephews, 1 niece, several aunts, uncles, cousins, and many friends.

   Funeral services were held April 26th at the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids with Rev. Jack Fugate officiating. Those desiring may make contributions to any mental health facility or Toys for Tots in memory of Paula K. Wilson. 

                                     

Ruth Windhorst 

   Ruth Windhorst, 85, of Brighton, formerly of Charlotte, died March 11, 2000 at Medilodge of Howell.

   Mrs. Windhorst was born Aug. 12, 1914 in Northville, the daughter of homer and Edith (Haslett) Bryan. She grew up in the Charlotte and married Joseph (Jake) Windhorst Oct. 29, 1933 in Jefferson, Ind., moving to the Brighton area in 1980 from Redford. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Brighton.

   She is survived by one daughter, Susan (Donald) Urban of Brighton; six grandchildren; and, several nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Dec. 18, 1990, and one son, Bryan.

   Services were March 14 at the First United Methodist Church, Brighton, with the Rev. Gilson Miller officiating. Interment was in the Glen Eden Memorial Park, Livonia.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Michigan Parkinsons Foundation or First United Methodist Church, Brighton. 

                                     

Grace Winslow 

   Grace Winslow, age 97 of Eaton Rapids, died Thursday, March 9, 2000 in Flint. Grace was born November 16, 1902 in Leslie, MI, the daughter of Artie and Blanch (Wilbur) Wood. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Eaton Rapids, a life member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary #1283. Mrs. Winslow was also a life member of the OES #241 in Eaton Rapids. She retired from the Eaton Rapids School District in 1968 after 35 years of services and was a member of the Michigan and Eaton County Retired School Teachers Association. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gleeland; stepson, Gleeland, Jr.; brothers, Harvey, Clayton, Carl and Rex Wood.

   Surviving are her step grandson, Kirk Winslow of New York; sister, Floy Tharp of Linden; several nieces and nephews including Ted (Vicki) Tharp of Linden, Jack Tharp of Indiana; grand nieces, Trisha and Jessica Tharp; great-grand nephew, Tod Tharp.

   Funeral services were held on Monday, March 13, 2000 at the First United Methodist Church, Eaton Rapids with Pastor Tom Evans officiating. Interment will follow at Felt Plains Cemetery, Leslie. An OES Memorial Service was held Sunday at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids. Those desiring may make contributions to the First United Methodist Church Building Fund or the Eaton Rapids Elementary Education Library Fund in memory of Grace Winslow. 

                                     

Shirley A. Winstead 

   Shirley A. Winstead, age 64, died June 21, 2000 in Ann Arbor. Shirley was born May 6, 1936 in Napoleon, the daughter of Albert and Bernadine E. (Miller) Mangus. Mrs. Winstead was an Associate Minister with the Spiritual Episcopal Church in Eaton Rapids. She received voice training in Jackson, sang in operas on stage in Chicago and was a member of the Eaton Rapids Women’s Chorus. Shirley was employed at the Eaton Rapids Community Hospital and was known as the “Singing Nurse”. She was the owner and operator of the Sunflower Lodge, Adult Foster Care Home and three other homes for the developmentally disabled; sold the in 1989 and retired due to her heart transplant. Shirley was preceded in death by her husband, Gerald Thomas Winstead in 1966.

   Surviving are 2 daughters, Cheryl (Corey) French of Eaton Rapids, Alberta (Richard) Duffrin of Springport; son, Jaimeson (Giget) Winstead of Eaton Rapids; 8 grandchildren, Aaron, Cassandra, Sarah, Monica; and an uncle, Dick Fox of Jackson.

   Funeral services were held on Saturday, June 24, 2000, at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids with Rev. Jay Powell officiating. Interment followed at Bunker Hill Cemetery, Eaton Rapids. Those desiring may make contributions to the University of Michigan Medical Center, Transplantation Unit in memory of Shirley Winstead. www.legacy.com. 

                                     

Laurie R. Winters 

   Laurie Rae Winters, 40, of Eaton Rapids died Sept. 7, 2000.

   Mrs. Winters was born July 26, 1960 in Eaton Rapids, the daughter of Leroy and Beverly (Dawley) Bouts. She was a 1978 graduate of Eaton Rapids High School. She had been a lead billing clerk for Blue Cross through Sparrow Health Services, Lansing, for 22 years and formerly worked for St. Lawrence Hospital before their merger.

   She is survived by two daughters, Rebecca and Kattrina Winters, both at home; her parents, Leroy and Beverly Bouts of Eaton Rapids; one granddaughter, Morgan Weessies, and her family, Stacey and Brent Weessies and their daughter, Megan, all of Portage; a brother, Zachary (Elizabeth) Bouts of Brooklyn; niece and nephew, Rudy and J.R. Ennis; a sister, Trisha Bouts (fiancé, Dave Miah) of Koln, Germany.

   Services were Sept. 10 at the Skinner Funeral home, Eaton Rapids, with Rev. Stephen Klink officiating. Interment was at Oakwood Cemetery, Hamlin Township. 

                                     

Ricky A. Winters 

   Ricky Allen Winters, 47, of Eaton Rapids died Sept. 7, 2000.

   Mr. Winters was born Jan. 27, 1953 in Eaton Rapids, the son of Allen Sr. and Francis “Dolly” (Hayward). He was a 1971 graduate of Eaton Rapids High School. He was a route salesman for Perfection Bakery, formerly Schafer Bakery, in Lansing for the past 17 years, and was previously employed for ten years at Kroger in Lansing.

   He is survived by two daughters, Rebecca and Kattrina Winters, both at home; one granddaughter, Morgan Weessies of Portage; two brothers, Rodney (Pat) Winters of Saranac and Allen (Karen) Winters of Harrison; two sisters, April (Jim) Colosky of Eaton Rapids and Nakoatta (Michael) Seale of Harrison; and several nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

   He was preceded in death by his parents, Allen and Dolly.

   Services were Sept. 10 at the Skinner Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids, with Rev. Stephen Klink officiating. Interment was at Oakwood Cemetery, Hamlin Township. 

                                     

Helen Wisinski 

   Helen Josephine Wisinski, 83, of Haslett died April 15, 2000 at Dimondale Center.

   Mrs. Wisinski was born in Erie, Penn., the daughter of John and Josephine (Kilbina) Lata. She was a homemaker and member of the Catholic Church her entire life and enjoyed making crafts.

   She is survived by two sons, Leonard (Judy) of Haslett, Ronald of Ohio; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and three brothers, Louis Lata of California, Eddie of Tennessee and Teddy of Erie, Penn.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Stanley in 1976.

   Funeral mass was April 19 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Erie, Penn. Further information may be available on the internet at www.legacy.com. Local arrangements were made by the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. 

                                     

Luella Wonser 

   Luella Wonser, 95, of Eaton Rapids died Feb. 14, 2000.

   Mrs. Wonser was born Dec. 8, 1904 in Eaton Township, the daughter of Ira and Vera (Rolfe) Halsey. She was a teacher in the Eaton County rural schools.

   She is survived by two daughters, Doris Wonser of Eaton Rapids and Gaynell (Louis) Haley of Charlotte; three grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; five sisters, Edith Hutchinson, Vera Bracy and Ola (Joel) Burnett, all of Charlotte, Gladys Thomas of Hendersonville, N.C., and Ila Burnett of Olivet; and three brothers, Dean (Dorothy) Halsey of Ft. Myers, Fla., Bud (Shirley) Halsey of Charlotte, and Robert (Peg) Halsey of Nashville.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Pearl, in 1982; four sisters, Mary Hosey, Grace Thomas, Florence Sprague and Lela Granger; and two brothers, George Halsey and Elmer Halsey.

   Services were Feb. 17 at the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with the Rev. Dave Burnett officiating. Interment was in the Needmore Cemetery, Roxand Township.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Shady Green Pastures Bible Camp. 

                                     

Charles K. Woods 

   Charles K. Woods, 83, of Bellevue, died Monday, Aug. 21, 2000 at Ingham Regional Medical Center, Lansing, of lung cancer.

   Mr. Woods was born Nov. 29, 1917 in Bellevue to Fred and Leona (Kent) Woods. He gradated from Bellevue High School in 1936 where he was class salutatorian. He graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor of science in agriculture degree in 1941 and was employed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Lansing for six months. He was drafted into World War II, serving in the U.S. Army from 1941-1946 in the South Pacific in New Guinea, the Philippines and Japan. After the war, he returned to the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture and served 32 years in Albany, N.Y. and Lansing offices, retiring in 1978. While in Albany, he earned a master’s degree in business administration at Siena College at Loudonville, N.Y. He was well known in recent years by local farmers for giving crop reports over local radio stations for the Lansing area. He was a member of the Bellevue First Baptist Church, Senior Citizens, and the Bellevue Historical Society, and enjoyed fishing and traveling. He met Elsa Trombini, in Albany, and they were married May 29, 1949; she survives.

   Also surviving are a daughter, Elizabeth Namle of Haslett; son, Kenton Woods of Glendale, Calif.; and five grandchildren, Alison, Marc, Stephen, Michael and Katherine.

   Private services will take place at a later date, with Rev. Don Francis officiating. Interment was at Riverside Cemetery, Bellevue.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association.

   Arrangements by Shaw Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel, Bellevue. 

                                     

Edward and Wanita Woodworth 

   Wanita Woodworth died Jan. 17, 1995 and Edward Woodworth died Dec. 24, 1999.

   The couple lived in Kalamo Township all their lives.

   It was Mr. and Mrs. Woodworth’s wish that they be buried together and share a service.

   Memorial services for the couple are Tuesday, April 4 at 1 p.m. at Kalamo Cemetery, Kalamo. 

                                     

Cecil H. Wright 

   Cecil H. Wright, age 85 of Eaton Rapids, died Tuesday, September 5, 2000 in Eaton Rapids. Cecil was born June 24, 1915 in Mecosta, the son of Floyd P. and Ilah O. (Fleck) Wright. Mr. Wright was a Veteran of the U.S. Army serving in WWII and a member of the Charlotte VFW Post #2406 and the Charlotte American Legion Post #42. He was employed with the Rail Road for 20 years from 1957 to 1977 and was the co-owner of C.H. and J.E. Wright Accounting and Tax Service in Eaton Rapids. Cecil was a member of the Eaton Rapids Masonic Lodge and the Independent Accountants Association.

   Surviving are his wife of 52 years, Joyce (Pollard); 3 daughters Jody (Josh) Tenenberg of WA, Pamela Wright of Eaton Rapids, Teresa (Steve Peters) Wright of CO; son Gregory (Stephany) Wright of CO; 3 grandchildren, Jeff, Aric and Bret Wright; 2 great-grandchildren, Adam and Kathrine Wright; brother, Vern (Barb) Wright of Laingsburg; 3 sisters, Bea Lovell of Traverse City, Imogene Wright of Lansing, and Donna Bibler of Albion.

   Funeral services were held on Saturday, September 9, 2000 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids, with Rev. Stephen Klink officiating. Interment followed at Rosehill Cemetery, Eaton Rapids with Military Honors presented by the Charlotte VFW Post #2406. Those desiring may make contributions to the American Diabetes Assoc. in memory of Cecil H. Wright.  www.legacy.com. 

                                     

Leola Lavon Yarrington 

   Leola Lavon Yarrington was born at Willow Lake, SD to Eilert and Rose Janssen on January 20, 1927. After a lingering illness, she passed away at home in Wesleyan Village, Brooksville, FL, on May 7, 2000. When Leola was 10 years old, the family moved to Mitchell, SD where the family became active in the Wesleyan Methodist Church. She graduated from Mitchell High School and attended Marion College (now IWU) in Indiana. After college, she lived in Waterloo, Iowa, where she met and married Dean A. Yarrington on March 18, 1950. They observed their 50th anniversary this year with family and friends at Kissimmee, FL. She worked at the John Deere Tractor Works, Waterloo, and as the bookkeeper in the family business in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Upon the sale of their company, they traveled in their RV and later worked as a house parent at the Veterans of Foreign Wars National Children’s Home, Eaton Rapids, MI. After their retirement they again traveled in their RV and became active in volunteer work with the missions group RVICS. In 1998 they moved to Wesleyan Village. She found a blessing in anything and everything. She was a loving wife for 50 years to Dean, and a blessing to her children and grandchildren all their lives. Her life was her testimony to her faith and deep spiritual life.

   She is survived by her husband, Dean; one son, Dean Jr. (Claudia) of Atlanta, GA; four daughters, Jane (Scott) Jackson of Joplin, MO, Gail (Jeff) Brown of Eaton Rapids, Meri (Mike) Ferrell of Houston, TX, and June (Conroy) Campbell of Tulsa, OK; 18 grandchildren; brother, Duane H. Janssen, Sr. of Brooksville, FL; several nieces and nephews and a host of friends. She was preceded in death by her parents.

   Burial is in the Brooksville Cemetery, Memorials may be made to the Pasco Hernando Hospice, 12107 Majestic Blvd., Hudson, FL 34667 or to Pioneers Missionary Organization, 12343 Narcoossee Road, Orlando, FL 32827-6020 in support of her grandchildren Matthew and Melissa Yarrington. 

                                     

Ollie M. Young 

   Ollie M. Young, 73, of Charlotte died Dec. 26, 2000 at her residence after an extended illness.

   She was born in West Louisville, KY, the daughter of Yewell and Ollie Stallings and had been a Charlotte resident since 1972. She was the former owner of Fond Memories (now Golden Day) Adult Foster Care Home, Charlotte, and attended the Gospel Assembly in Lansing.

   She is survived by her husband, Claude; five daughters, Cindi (Larry) Powers of Charlotte, Debbie (Carl) Watkis, Laura young and Tammy Cary, all of Lansing, and Rose (Don) Perry of Bellevue; one son, William Davenport of Owensboro, KY; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

   Services were Dec. 29 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Chapel, Charlotte, with Rev. Paul Elswick and Rev. Fred Young officiating. Interment was in the Perry Cemetery, Brookfield Township.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton Community Hospice for their proposed new Hospice House. 

                                    

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