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James “Boonie” HilaskiApril 19, 2015

James “Boonie” Hilaski, age 72 of Dorr, went to be with the Lord April 19, 2015, while home with family. He was born to the late Walter and Florence Hilaski. James lives on in the hearts and memories of his wife of 50 years, Linda (Swainston) Hilaski; his son Brian Hilaski; his daughters Catherine Hilaski and Shelley (Mark) Funk; granddaughter Alicia (Cesar) Juarez; and 4 great-grandchildren: Ariana, Elias, Isaac, and Charlotte; and mother-in…



Herman Jay Potter

Herman Jay PotterApril 19, 2015

Herman Jay Potter, age 75 went to be with his Lord, Sunday, April 19, 2015. He was preceded in death by his parents Herman and Susie Potter; brother Arthur (Savannah) Potter; sisters Henrietta Zerfas, Betty Brondyke, Gertrude Kroll; brother-in-laws Robert DeJong, Donald (Julia) Westendorp. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 50 years Florence Potter; children Roger (Melody Sessions) Potter, Dan (Amy) Potter; grandchildren Jenna…



Michael A. Klinkner

Michael A. KlinknerApril 14, 2015

Michael A. Klinkner, age 52, of Wayland, went to be with his Lord, Tuesday, April 14, 2015. He was preceded in death by his mother, Constance Klinkner (Lesinski) and his mother and father-in-law Enoch and Evelyn Fish. Mike will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 33 years, Tracey Klinkner (Fish); his children, Melissa and Vern Hall, Michael D. Klinkner, Mallory and Greg Taber, Madison Elizabeth Klinkner; his 14 grandchildren; his father,…



Fred Schwartz

Fred SchwartzApril 13, 2015

Fred Schwartz, age 83 of Wayland, passed away April 13, 2015. He was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Mary Lou Schwartz. Fred will be remembered by his son Bruce (Vicki) Schwartz; his grandchildren Jeremy and Jessica Schwartz; his great-granddaughter Macy; his brothers and sisters-in-law: Donald and Jeannette Schwartz and Jerry and Linda Schwartz; and many nieces and nephews. Fred and Mary Lou were longtime business owners through the…



Robert P. Kramer

Robert P. KramerApril 11, 2015

Robert Kramer, age 63 of Wayland, passed away April 11, 2015. He was preceded in death by his parents James and Betty Kramer and his father-in-law William Walsh. Bob will be lovingly remembered by wife, Pamela; his children: Jamie Kramer, Melissa (Jason VanderZand) Kramer, Christine Kramer, and Marcus Kramer; his grandchildren: Dominick Kramer, Cody Kramer, and Haley VanderZand; his mother-in-law Mildred Walsh; his brothers and sisters: Jim…



Chad Russell MacIntosh

Chad Russell MacIntoshApril 11, 2015

Chad Russell MacIntosh, CRT, RRT, age 36 of Gun Lake, passed away April 11, 2015. He was preceded in death by his grandparents: Lionel and Jean Barrett and Russell MacIntosh, and his best friend Kristofor Lorback. Chad will be lovingly remembered by his wife Kim MacIntosh; his children: Keegan and Emmarie; his parents: Scott and Suzanne MacIntosh; his twin brother Andrew (Tiffany) MacIntosh and his brother Cameron MacIntosh and fiancée Andrea…



Edith E. Clack

Edith E. ClackApril 7, 2015

Heaven rejoiced in welcoming home the soul of Edith E. Clack, age 99, of Wayland on April 7, 2015. Edith and her husband Eugene owned and operated Gene’s Barber Shop & The Beauty Center in Wayland, MI. She was a lifelong member of Wayland United Methodist Church, where she taught Sunday school and was active in many women’s groups. Edith loved to work in her flower and vegetable gardens. They were admired by many in Wayland for their beauty and…



Deborah Sue White

Deborah Sue WhiteApril 3, 2015

Deborah Sue White, age 61, went to be with her Father in Heaven on April 3rd, 2015. She was born and raised in Alabama but moved to Michigan in 1977, but never lost her accent, which is something everyone loved about her. Debbie, as a lot of people knew her by, could put a smile on anyone’s face with her goofy humor and kind heart. She will always be remembered as a loving, caring, and giving woman that loved spending time with her family more…



Virginia L. Hall

Virginia L. HallApril 1, 2015

Virginia L. Hall, age 82, of Shelbyville, went to be with her Lord, Wednesday, April 1, 2015. She was preceded in death by her husband, Theodore Hall and her sister, Nancy Northrop.
Virginia will be lovingly remembered by her niece, Denise Shondelmeyer; sister-in-law, Rosemary, brother-in-law, Don; and many special nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Virginia was a giving, loving and wonderful person. She loved having fun, shopping,…



Beverly Ann Gerard

Beverly Ann GerardMarch 28, 2015

Beverly Ann Gerard, age 74 of Burnips, went to be with her Lord and loved ones who preceded her in death.
Bev will be lovingly remembered by her brother Milo “Mick” (Exie) Gerard of White Cloud; her nieces and nephews Pam (Jim) Baxter, Susan (Paul) Kennedy, Cheri Berkenpas, and Jeff Gerard. She was preceded in death by her brother Ron (Norma) Gerard, special Uncle and Aunt Warren and Gert Smith.
Bev was a member of the Burnips United…



Johanna

Johanna “Jo” BryantMarch 25, 2015

Johanna (Jo) Bryant, age 84, of Dorr passed away unexpectedly, and much too soon, Wednesday March 25, 2015. Jo was born March 20, 1931 in Kalamazoo, MI to Elzo and Gertrude Veenkant. Since retiring, Jo and her late husband, Richard (Dick Bryant), looked forward to their weekends up north, hunting, fishing, playing poker, and spending time with family and friends around the campfire. Jo also loved watching NASCAR, going to the casino,…



Doreene Mabel McCrath

Doreene Mabel McCrathMarch 25, 2015

Doreene Mabel McCrath, age 97 of Wayland, went to be with her Lord March 25, 2015. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles; her son Terry; her grandson Robert McCrath; her sister Bunny Danduran; her brother Albert Wolf, Jr.; and her son-in-law Erwin Scheib. Doreene will be lovingly remembered by her children: Wally (Pat) McCrath, Sandy Scheib, and Nancy McCrath; step-sons: Paul (Jo) McCrath and Cliff McCrath; 8 grandchildren, 24 great…



Russell R. Shoemaker

Russell R. ShoemakerMarch 24, 2015

Russell R. Shoemaker, age 86 of Dorr, went to be with his Lord March 24, 2015. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ruben and Hattie Shoemaker, his sisters Beatrice Pallett and Edith DeCoux and his brothers Horace Shoemaker and Lester “Jack” Shoemaker. Russ will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 65 years, Viola; his children: Linda Shoemaker-Johnston, Janice (Gilbert) Goodwin, Dean (Tammy) Shoemaker, Colleen (Brian) Thomas, and Marcia …



Earl

Earl “Tom” BinionMarch 12, 2015

Earl Thomas “Tom” Binion, age 74 of Wayland, passed away March 12, 2015. He was preceded in death by sisters Betty and Shirley and his brother Billy Joe. Tom will be lovingly remembered by his children Andrea (Craig) Thompson, Scott (Deb) Binion, and Theresa (Joe) Faunce; his grandchildren: Christopher, Harley, Levi, Alyssa, Evan, and Riley; his sister Sue and his brother Sam; and many nieces and nephews. Tom was a veteran of the U.S. Marine…



James Scott Sevigny

James Scott SevignyMarch 9, 2015

James Scott Sevigny, age 50 of Wayland, passed away March 9, 2015. Jim will be lovingly remembered by his sons Tyler and Austin Sevigny; his parents Orlys and Dick Sevigny; his brothers and sister: Renee Sevigny and Doug Goodwin, Rick Sevigny and Kathy Stafford, Mike and Karen Sevigny, Bob and Donna Sevigny, and Tom and Connie Sevigny; and many nieces and nephews and extended family. Jim was a Diesel Technician at South Kent Truck Sales. He was…



Rose Jones

Rose JonesMarch 8, 2015

Rose (Rewa) Jones, age 93 of Dorr Township (Hilliards), entered into eternal rest on March 8, 2015. Rose was born to Fred and Mary Rewa on March 28, 1921 in Salem Township. She was preceded in death by her husband Lawrence “Sam” Jones and son John “Scott” Jones. Rose and Sam owned and operated a dairy farm in Monterey Township. Rose will be lovingly remembered by her daughter Wilma Darlene (Marvin) Pogodzinski of Hilliards and daughter-in-law…



Ann L. Miklusicak

Ann L. MiklusicakMarch 7, 2015

Ann L. Miklusicak, age 93, of Wayland went peacefully to be with her Lord on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at home. Ann was born on December 9, 1921 in Wayland Township to John and Maria (Farsky) Miklusicak. She was a life-long area resident retiring from GM as an Inspector. Ann was a very devout Catholic, loved her animals and enjoyed being outdoors working in her garden. She is survived by her nephew and caretaker Jim Miklusicak along with many…



John Robert Gavrun, Sr.

John Robert Gavrun, Sr.February 27, 2015

John Robert Gavrun, Sr., age 78 of Hopkins, passed away February 27, 2015. John was born September 25, 1936, in Chicago, Illinois to the late Andrew and Margaret (Sharp) Gavrun. He served in the U.S. Marines. John will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 55 years, Mary Gavrun; his children: Mary A. Pelton of Indiana, John (Lorrie) Gavrun, Jr. of Florida, Andrea (Gene) Van Dieman of Ontario, Della (Phil) Shenoskey of Michigan, Lora (Dave)…



Andrew M. Chlebana

Andrew M. ChlebanaFebruary 26, 2015

Andrew M. Chlebana, age 82 of Wayland, went to be with his Lord February 26, 2015. He was preceded in death by parents Michael and Johanna Chlebana; his brothers Charles, Joseph, Michael, and Alex Chlebana; and his sister Amelia Peck. Andrew was the beloved husband of his wife of 55 years, Elizabeth; he will be lovingly remembered by his children: Cynthia, Roger (Robin), Roy (Andrea), and Matthew Chlebana; his grandchildren: Jamie Elizabeth,…



Stanley James Jansen

Stanley James JansenFebruary 24, 2015

Stanley James Jansen, age 90 of Dorr, passed away February 24th following a brief illness. His son, James Allyn (Jimmy), his parents, Nicholas and Sophie, his brother and sister in law, Nicholas and Esther precede him in death. He is survived by his wife and best friend Evelyn of 47 years. Also his children Joan and James Slopsema, Jerry and Vicki Jansen, Larry and Laurel Jansen, Ron and Mary Jansen, Stan Jr. and Sharon Jansen, Steve and Kathie…



Richard E. Kugelard

Richard E. KugelardFebruary 21, 2015

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Richard E. Kugelard, age 72, passed away, Saturday, February 21, 2015, at his home in Middleville. He was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Ada Kugelard and his sister, Norma (Marv) McBride.

Dick will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 51 years, Sandy Kugelard (Seymour); his children, Gina Munch (Nick DeWeerd), Troy Kugelard, Creg (Cara) Kugelard; his grandchildren, Kayla and Kelsey Munch, Cyle and Alana Kugelard.



James E. Turner

James E. TurnerFebruary 20, 2015



Marvin L. Potter

Marvin L. PotterFebruary 11, 2015

Marvin Potter, age 79 of Wayland, went peacefully to meet his Lord on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at Trillium Woods. Marv was born on November 19, 1935 in Grand Rapids, son of the late Alfred and Betty Potter. He was raised in the Byron Center area. On November 9, 1956, he married Norma Middlebush. They resided in Wyoming until 1969, when they settled in Byron Center to raise their family. Marv drove semi for 59 years working for several…



Michael J. Davis

Michael J. DavisFebruary 2, 2015

Davis, Michael 9/13/1943 – 2/2/2015 Wayland, Michigan Michael J. Davis, age 71 of Wayland, passed away February 2, 2015 at Alamo Nursing Home following a battle with cancer. Mike was preceded in death by his precious little girl Teressa “Cissy” Davis, his parents Charlie and Azel Davis, his brothers: Terry, Charles and Jack Davis and his sister Lillian Butler. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 49 years Barb Davis of Wayland; his sons…



Marguerite H. Doublestein

Marguerite H. DoublesteinJanuary 29, 2015

Marguerite Hope Doublestein, age 95 of Wayland, passed away January 29, 2015, at Trillium Woods-Faith Hospice. She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Bob Doublestein, her sister Vivian Barnes and her brothers Stephen Swift and Reginald Swift; her daughter-in-law Alice Hall; and her step-son Lynn Doubblestein. Marguerite will be lovingly remembered by her children: Bob (Charlene) Doublestein, Jr., Verner Alan Hall, Jr., and…



Rita Mae Huver

Rita Mae HuverJanuary 29, 2015

Rita Mae Huver, age 76 of Dorr, went to be with her Lord on January 29, 2015. She was preceded in death by her parents Uriel and Mae McCauley; her brothers and sister: Lyle, Donald, and Clement McCauley and Patricia Dillingham. Rita will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 56 years Edmund Huver; her children: Edmund (Lois) Huver, Jr., Jeffrey (Bonnie) Huver, Dennis (Kerry) Huver, Patrick (Bridget) Huver, and Troy (Lisa) Huver; her…



Dorathe June Tylzynski

Dorathe June TylzynskiJanuary 29, 2015

Dorathe Tylzynski, age 71 of Dorr, passed away January 31, 2015. She was preceded in death by her brother Donald Cadman and her sister Ruth (Cadman) Lockner. Dorathe will lovingly be remembered by her son Jon Tylzynski; her granddaughters Angie and JoLena; her great-grandson Alec; her sisters and brother: Charles Cadman, Margaret Carpenter, Jean Bigelow, and Catherine Cadman; and many nieces and nephews. Dorathe was a member of Grand Rapids…



Dorothy Rybiski

Dorothy RybiskiJanuary 26, 2015

Dorothy Rybiski, age 91 of Wayland, passed away Monday, January 26, 2015 at the Laurels of Sandy Creek. She was preceded in death by her husband Harry Rybiski. Dorothy will be lovingly remembered by her children: Robert Rybiski and Mary Ann Rybiski; her grandchildren: Jon Rybiski, Debra Rippy, Shannon Quackenbush, and Brett Rybiski; her great-grandchildren: Sierra, Brynn and Rylie Rybiski, Catherine Wendling, and Alli Quackenbush; and several…



Elaine Marie Schmidt

Elaine Marie SchmidtJanuary 20, 2015

Elaine Schmidt, age 66 of Dorr, passed away January 20, 2015 at St. Mary’s Hospital. She was preceded in death by her parents Stanley & Cleota (Fisher) Schmidt. She will be remembered by her children: Todd Schmidt and Tracey Schmidt; her grandchildren: Kelsey Schmidt, Cody Schmidt, and Kylee Schmidt; her sister Lori Schmidt; and other extended family and friends. Elaine previously was a waitress at the Byron Center Hotel Restaurant for over 20…



Teressa

Teressa “Cissy” DavisJanuary 19, 2015

Teressa C. Davis, age 45 of Allegan, passed away January 19, 2015 at Bronson Methodist Hospital. She will be lovingly remembered by her parents Mike and Barb Davis of Wayland; her brothers: Mike (Terry) Davis of Wayland and Dave (Connie) Davis of Caledonia; and numerous nieces and nephews and extended family and her friends at Sue’s Adult Foster Care Home. Teressa “Cissy” was a loving and happy caring little girl and treasured by her family her…



Cynthia M. Mellon

Cynthia M. MellonJanuary 18, 2015

Cynthia M. Mellon (Lundberg), age 77 of Grand Rapids, went to be with her Lord, Sunday, January 18, 2015. She is survived by her loving husband, Donal; dear children: Donald R. (Karen) Van Houten, David J. (Kris) Van Houten, Daniel E. (Lora) Van Houten, Timothy M. (Connie) Van Houten; 2 step-daughters, Kristin Mellon and Marylynn (Charlie) Morton; 22 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; her sister Alyce Sides; several nieces and nephews,…



David D Wood

David D WoodJanuary 9, 2015

On January 9, 2015, David D. Wood, age 76, of Payne Lake passed away peacefully from this life to the next after a brief battle with cancer. He was surrounded by loved ones.

Dave will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Norma (Drummond) Wood, to whom he was married for 52 years; his children Allen (Bev) Wood, Nadine (Ken Moon) Courtnay, Mishelle (Mark) Schoen, and Gary (Jackie Godley) Wood; grandchildren Kristyn Courtnay, Joshua Courtnay,…



George Adrianson

George AdriansonJanuary 3, 2015

George E. Adrianson, age 76 of Martin, passed away January 3, 2015. He was preceded in death by his parents George and Evelyn Adrianson and his sister Louise Adrianson. George will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 56 years Kathleen; his children: Calvin (Mae) Adrianson, Kenneth (Janice) Adrianson, and Peggy (Rod) Bourdo; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; his brothers and sisters: Loretta Fugate, Clifford Adrianson, Roy…



Loren

Loren “Butch” J. EdwardsJanuary 2, 2015

Butch Edwards, age 73 of Wayland, passed away at home with hospice January 2, 2014. He was preceded in death by his parents Melvin Edwards and Betty Welch and his sisters Margaret Hall and Phyllis Pintarelli and an infant baby boy. Butch will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 45 years Lois “Louie”; his children: James (Dawn) Edwards and Jodi (Chad) Wilcox; five grandchildren: Jimmy Jack Edwards, Andrew (Yvonne) Pardee, Garrett Wilcox, Hailey…



Evelyn

Evelyn “Ginny” BurleyDecember 31, 2014

Evelyn “Ginny” Burley, age 86 of Wayland, went to be with her Lord and Savior December 31, 2014. Ginny was born in Philadelphia, PA on August 17, 1928, to the late William Lawrence and Evelyn Patton. Her family moved to Ashland, Ohio where she graduated from and married Paul Burley on June 28, 1947. They raised all their children in Ashland, but decided to move the family to Gun Lake, Michigan in 1966. Paul worked at G.M. in Kalamazoo and Ginny…



Sharon Kay Keyzer

Sharon Kay KeyzerDecember 28, 2014

Sharon Kay Keyzer, age 67 of Wayland, went to be with her Lord and Savior on December 28, 2014, at Trillium Woods-Faith Hospice after a very courageous battle with cancer. She was preceded in death by her husband Wayne, her son John, her granddaughter Kassandra, parents Peter and Ruby Mulder, and her brother Larry Mulder. Sharon’s family includes her daughter Karen & Ken Louwenaar of Wayland; her grandson: Alex; her great-grandson Reese; her…



Larry Jay Smith

Larry Jay SmithDecember 26, 2014

Larry Jay Smith, age 57, passed away, Friday, December 26, 2014. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Rose Smith; his brothers, Alan and Roger Smith; and his nieces, Kristina and Karen Smith. Larry is survived by his siblings, Patricia Smith, LeRoy (Yvonne) Smith, Vicki (Jack) Erb; his nieces and nephews, Marie Smith (Andy), Kathleen (Andy) Kles, Rachel (Jeremy) Weber, Karolyn (Lonnie) Beggs, Jeremy (Andrea) Erb; his great-nieces…



Raymond Russell Hinkle

Raymond Russell HinkleDecember 12, 2014

Raymond Russell Hinkle, age 65, of Shelbyville, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday December 12, 2014. He was preceded in death by his father, Bill Hinkle and three siblings. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 47 years, Elaine (Haveman) Hinkle; his children, Bill (Jane) Hinkle, John (Pétra) Hinkle, and Shawna (Kevin) Alflen; 10 grandchildren and 1 great granddaughter; mother, Emma Hinkle; eleven siblings; mother-in-law,…



Bernice L. Vogel

Bernice L. VogelDecember 11, 2014

Bernice Vogel, age 90 of Wayland, passed away into the loving arms of her savior and beloved husband Andrew on December 11, 2014.
She was preceded in death by her siblings Russell Calkins, Max Calkins, May Truax and Dana Nykamp. Bernice will be lovingly remembered by her 5 sons and greatest achievements: Donald (Bonnie) Vogel, Robert (Karen) Vogel, Richard (Nelva) Vogel, Douglas (Jane) Vogel and Dennis (Lynn) Vogel. She is survived by her…



Gabriella S. Rewa

Gabriella S. RewaNovember 26, 2014

Gabriella Sylvia Rewa, age 83 of Salem Township, passed away November 26, 2014. She was preceded in death by her husband John Rewa, her parents Hippoliet and Helen Bosman, and her grandson Jay Fase in 2010. Gabriella will be lovingly remembered by her children: John (Roganne) Rewa, Karl (Dale Rachelle) Rewa, Joan Rewa, Matthew (Rosie) Rewa, Sarah (Doug) Fase, Christopher “Jake” Rewa, Greta Rewa, Vincent Rewa, and Jason (Elaine) Rewa; 28…



JoAnn M. Zomerlei

JoAnn M. ZomerleiNovember 26, 2014

JoAnn (Homrich) Zomerlei, age 82 of North Dorr, passed away November 26, 2014. She was preceded in death by her parents Lawrence and Elizabeth Homrich, her brother Vernon Homrich, and her sister Marlene Wykowski. JoAnn will lovingly be remembered by her husband of 60 years, Carl; her children: Ron (Pat) Zomerlei, Allen (Marge) Zomerlei, Karen (Terry) Miller, and Larry (Julie) Zomerlei; her grandchildren: Mike, Jeff, Pete, Brandon, Jenni, Sarah,…



Crystal Rook

Crystal RookNovember 17, 2014

Crystal Rook, age 85 of Shelbyville, went home to be with the Lord on November 17, 2014. Crystal was born on March 2, 1929 in Martin to Conrad and Anna Haveman. She graduated from Martin High School in 1947. Crystal helped her husband William farm, always working beside him. She was a strong-willed woman who loved her family. She loved the Lord her God. William and Crystal also wintered in Florida for 35 years. Crystal was preceded in death by…



Juanita Irwin

Juanita IrwinNovember 14, 2014

Juanita Irwin age 90 of Dorr, went to be with her Lord, Friday, November 14, 2014. Juanita was born March 2, 1924 the daughter of Walter and Anna Stewart in Boyd County, Kentucky. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Eugene, her brothers Harold, W.R., C.R. Stewart and son-in-law Galen Brown. She is survived by her children: Ann Brown, Craig (Karen) Irwin, Brent (Irene) Irwin and Daren (Monica) Irwin; 12 grandchildren, 4 great…



Tal N. Cheers

Tal N. CheersNovember 5, 2014

Tal Nelson Cheers – 9/7/1964-11/5/2014
Beloved son of Dale Cheers (deceased), mother Shirlee Young Cheers, sisters Lisa (Tom) Hyde and Kira (Tom) Donnelly. He will be greatly missed by his partner in life and caregiver Joan Schultz, niece Rochelle Hyde and nephews Collin (Kaitlyn) Donnelly and Evan Donnelly. Tal was known for his sense of humor and always willing to help others. He graduated from East Kentwood High School and lived in the…



Barbara L.  Hoekstra

Barbara L. HoekstraOctober 30, 2014

Barbara Hoekstra, age 58 of Gun Lake, passed away at home following a brief illness. She was preceded in death by her father Howard DeBack and sister-in-law Colleen DeBack. Barbara will be lovingly remembered by her husband Randy Hoekstra; her children: Tracy (Raigen) Blake and Scott Hoekstra (Katlynn Gregersen); her mother Helen DeBack; her brothers and sisters: Ken (Nancy) DeBack, Donna (Jim) Bosma, Mary Wammack, Sally (John) Clelland, Linda…



Lyle J. Leys, Sr.

Lyle J. Leys, Sr.October 30, 2014

Lyle J. Leys, age 84 of Dorr, passed away at home, October 30, 2014. He was preceded in death by his parents Russell and Leta Leys; his brother Ronald, his treasured daughter-in-law Diane Leys, his grandson Michael Scott Leys, and infant twin daughters Kimberly and Terry. Lyle will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 44 years, Luella; his children: Jan (Mike) Stevens, Cathy (Stan) Elwartowski, Russell Leys, Karen (Wayne) Berens, Jim Cook,…



Robert J. Hendrixson

Robert J. HendrixsonOctober 25, 2014

Robert J. Hendrixson, age 86 of Wayland, entered into eternal rest on October 25, 2014. He was born in Wayland, at home, on August 21, 1928, to Harry H. and Anna May (Higby) Hendrixson. He was preceded in death by his dad and mother; one brother Donald G. Hendrixson; 5 sisters: Elsie (Lloyd) Cutler, Daisey (Gerald) Kronberg, Cecil (Ellis) Tooker, Hattie (Arthur) Dawson, and Lucille (Ted) Niemchick; stepdaughter Julie (Thomas) Kaminski; and son…



Jacob N. Sprague, Jr.

Jacob N. Sprague, Jr.October 25, 2014

Jacob N. Sprague, Jr., age 85 of Grand Rapids, passed away October 25, 2014. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jacob and Cecelia Sprague; his brothers Naman, Carl and Herman Sprague; and his sisters: Luella Collins and Maudelene McDonald. Jacob will be lovingly remembered by his caregivers: Patricia Sprague and Coleen Nessner and many nieces and nephews. Jacob was a member of the Gun Lake Tribe in Bradley. Friends may visit with Jacob’s…



Paul D. Cochran

Paul D. CochranOctober 18, 2014

Paul D. Cochran, age 36 of Dorr, passed away Saturday, October 18, 2014 at Metro Hospital following a sudden stroke. Through the Gift of Life several individuals will benefit by Paul’s donation. He was preceded in death by grandparents, Paul and Beverly Cochran and uncle Rob Wagner. Paul will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Maria; their children: Katheline and Damian; his parents: Paul and Theresa Cochran; his brothers: Andrew (Kelly)…



Victor Allen Dennis

Victor Allen DennisOctober 10, 2014

Victor Allen Dennis, age 66 of Wayland, passed away October 10, 2014. He was preceded in death by his first wife Gloria Jean Dennis, his parents Charles and Thelma Dennis, and his sister Bonita Herring. Victor will be lovingly remembered by his wife Pameler; his children: Victor (Kathryn) Dennis, Charles Dennis, and Ann (Jeff) Junge; step-sons: Raymond “Chip” (Becky) Morehouse, Daniel (Sarah) Morehouse, David (Robin) Morehouse, Joseph (Dana)…



Patrick L. Ten Hoopen

Patrick L. Ten HoopenOctober 10, 2014

Patrick L. Ten Hoopen, age 73 of Dorr, passed away October 10, 2014. Pat will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 46 years, Barbara; his children: Patrick (Cassandra) Ten Hoopen, Carolyn (John) Clark, Sherry Ten Hoopen, and Gina Ten Hoopen; four grandchildren; brothers and sisters: Bill (Carol) Ten Hoopen, Roger (Sharon) Ten Hoopen, Kathy Bowker, Bro. Francis Ten Hoopen, Mary Lennington, Mike (Becky) Ten Hoopen, and Barb McNally; many nieces…



Cathie Delisa

Cathie DelisaOctober 3, 2014

Cathie May Delisa, age 66, of Dorr passed on Friday, October 3, 2014 at home surrounded by her loving family after a long battle with cancer. Cathie was born on December 18, 1947 in Binghamton, New York to Kenneth Neil Joy and Lila May (Wheelock) Romanczuk. She was a 1966 graduate of Binghamton North High School. In 1967 she married Joseph Delisa Sr. and he survives. Cathie was the Dorr Township Lions Club treasurer for a few years and very…



Mary Jo Pillars

Mary Jo PillarsOctober 3, 2014

Mary Jo Pillars, age 75 of Martin, passed away peacefully on October 3, 2014 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Rapids, after a long battle with ovarian cancer. The daughter of Herchall and Elsie Bender of Martin, Mary Jo was born on February 9, 1939. She graduated valedictorian of Martin High School, class of 1957 and spent her entire life in the Martin area. For over 25 years, Mary Jo was a clerk at the Wayland Hopkins Livestock Auction, along…



Alberta

Alberta “Birdie” PopmaSeptember 23, 2014

Alberta J. “Birdie” Popma age 63 of Bradley Settlement, went to be with the Lord, Tuesday, September 23, 2014. She was preceded in death by her parents Joseph and Sarah Sprague, her siblings Linda Rose Shomin, Randall L. Sprague and Joseph Sprague. She is survived by her children Amy (Steven) Loonsfoot, Al Popma, Andrea (Cory) Heiss, Dean (Sheila) Popma and Dena (Chris) Barton; grandchildren Anthony, Joseph, Hunter, Lilly, Austin, Avory and…



Orville Hazen

Orville HazenSeptember 9, 2014

Orville Hazen, age 89, passed away September 9, 2014. He was preceded in death by his wife Joan; his sister Leatha; his brothers: Royal (Joan), Herbert, and Raymond; and his great-granddaughter Alissa. Orville will be lovingly remembered by his children: Joyce (Steve) Farrell, Carol (Bill) Genther, Raymond (Kathy) Hazen, Patricia (Glenn) Avery, Shirley (Alan) Schouw, and Barb (Jerry) Klunder; grandchildren: Steven Farrell, Jr., Patrick (Patti)…



Nellie B. Whitcomb

Nellie B. WhitcombSeptember 8, 2014

Nellie Bernita Whitcomb, 99, of Moline, passed away on Monday, September 08, 2014. She was born on July 28, 1915 to Alfred and Elsie (Frank) Noah. Nellie is survived by sons Jerry (Beth) Whitcomb, Robert Whitcomb (Deb Jackman); daughter Linda (Paul) Zimmer; grandchildren, Todd Whitcomb, Teresa (Matt) Maynard, Scott Whitcomb, Ryan (Anne) Whitcomb, Aaron (Beth) Zimmer, Megan Zimmer, and Jared (Jenny) Zimmer; great grandchildren Skye Whitcomb…



Howard C. Cowles

Howard C. CowlesSeptember 2, 2014

Howard C. Cowles, aged 90, reunited with his beautiful bride of 64 years, Juanita, in Heaven, September 2, 2014. He was preceded in death by his wife, Juanita (Bush) Cowles and his daughter Constance Swartout. Howard will be lovingly remembered by his children: Emery (Michelle) Stora and Diane (Tim) Butler; his grandchildren: Jill Dominiak, Robert (Ann) Swartout, Tracey (Tom) Arnold, Teri Stora, Michael Stora, Michelle (Tom) Grassia, Toni (Todd…



Dennis O. Taylor

Dennis O. TaylorAugust 16, 2014

Dennis O. Taylor, RN, BSN, of Green Lake went to the Walls of Jasper and the streets made of Gold for the most magnificent rock hunting ever. Revelations 21:18-21 Dennis was born in 1940 and left this earth on August 15, 2014. He was preceded in death by his brother Les Taylor and left to remember him are his brother James and Lois Taylor of East Jordan and his sisters Joyce Vanderzee of Grand Rapids and Gail Marzean of Wayland. He leaves behind…



Marjorie Elizabeth Velicky

Marjorie Elizabeth VelickyAugust 15, 2014

Marjorie Elizabeth Velicky, age 77 of Dorr, passed away August 15, 2014. She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Elizabeth Pitsch, her sisters: Donna Holzgen, Jean Morsman, and Berdine Pitsch; and her brother Chester Pitsch. She will lovingly be remembered by her children: Elizabeth (Scott) Lynema, Stephen (Sandy) Velicky, and Leslie (Paul) Lettinga; grandchildren: Leyton, Erin, Mason, and Kinsee; her brother Forest (Berdine) Pitsch;…



James Marion Ledford, Jr.

James Marion Ledford, Jr.August 14, 2014

James “Jim” Marion Ledford, Jr., took his final march home to our Lord from his residence in Dorr, MI, August 14, 2014. Jim was born June 5, 1948, in Chicago, IL, to James, Sr. and Julia Ledford, who preceded him in death. He graduated from Forest View High School, Arlington Heights, IL, in 1966. He chose to immediately enlist in the U.S. Army and proudly served in the ASA, stationed in both Ethiopia and Vietnam. Shortly after his discharge, he…



Josie G. Talsma

Josie G. TalsmaAugust 4, 2014

Josie Talsma, age 90, went to be with her Lord and Savior, August 4, 2014. She was preceded in death by her husband Nick Talsma; sister Dort Zeinstra; son Dennis Talsma; and great-grandson Ricky Talsma. Josie will be lovingly remembered by her children: Dale (Jean) Talsma and Larry (Deb) Talsma; daughter-in-law Diane Talsma, grandchildren; great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews and her brothers: Al (Florence) Hoekstra, Sierd (Marlene) Hoekstra,…



Barbara Rae Prelwitz

Barbara Rae PrelwitzAugust 3, 2014

Barbara Rae (Williams) Prelwitz, age 62, of Gun Lake, Michigan, was called to Heaven on Sunday August 3, 2014. Barb, as family and friends called her, loved to play bingo on Sundays. She also loved to play cards and scrabble, and was tough to beat at both. She was one of Elvis Presley’s biggest fans. She had a special protective spirit in her heart for all children. She was a woman of strong faith and frequently spoke out about that faith. She…



Verla Quackenboss

Verla QuackenbossJuly 28, 2014

Verla Quackenboss, age 85 of Gun Lake, passed away under hospice care, Monday, July 28, 2014. She will be lovingly remembered by her husband Robert; her children: Cheri (Dick) Snay, Terry (Pat) Johnston and Shelli (Dan) Kelley; 10 Grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Ollie Pulse. Verla loved going out morel hunting, working in her garden, playing with her dogs and cats, and knitting and…



James Wright

James WrightJuly 24, 2014

James Wright of Wayland, Michigan, passed away July 24, 2014, at home under hospice care. He is lovingly remembered by his children: Brandon Wright, and Kylee (Jonathan) Postma; his significant other: Charlene Jones and her children Jared, Autumn, and Stephanie Jones; his two grandsons Logan and Mason Postma; his seven siblings; Gene (Sue) Wright, Karen (Robert) Merrenn, Robert (April) Wright, Christopher (Bob) Wright, Mary (Gerry) Belden, David…



Karen L. Binion

Karen L. BinionJuly 20, 2014

Karen L. Binion, age 70 of Wayland, passed away at home under hospice care July 20, 2014. She was preceded in death by her parents Raymond and Clara Mendenhall; her sisters Mardell Ritter and Ardith Eyer and her brother Duane Mendenhall. Karen will be lovingly remembered by her children Andrea (Craig) Thompson, Brian Olendorf, and step-son Scott (Deb) Binion; her granddaughter Samantha Dykstra; her special friend Tom; her sister Arlene Fansher…



Roger N. Dunkle

Roger N. DunkleJuly 19, 2014

Roger Nile Dunkle, age 71 of Grand Rapids, passed away peacefully at home July 19, 2014. He was preceded in death by his parents Roy and Dorothy Dunkle and his sister Sandra Lee. Roger will be lovingly remembered by his wife: Ellen Dunkle; his children: Tom (Jenni) Dunkle, Tim (Sue) Dunkle, Rick (Wendy) Dunkle, Jason (Irene) Kamminga, Alisha Kamminga, and Kortney (Holly) Kamminga; grandchildren: Lauren Dunkle, Jacob Dunkle, Sarah Dunkle, Jerrod…



Warren

Warren “Tom” SmithJuly 15, 2014

Warren “Tom” Smith, age 81 of Shelbyville, passed away Tuesday, July 15, 2014. Tom retired from Kalamazoo Public Schools in 1987 after 33 years of service as the Director of Transportation. He was preceded in death by his loving wife Mary Lou. He is survived by his children, Terri (Tom) McLaughlin, Thomas (Ronda) Smith, Tammy (Scott) Elders; 4 grandchildren, Bradley Elders, Jessica Smith, Kurt Elders and Rebecca McLaughlin; and his brother Bud…



Eugene

Eugene “Gene” FentonJuly 10, 2014

Eugene B. Fenton “Gene”, age 81 of Wayland, passed away under hospice care, at home on his beloved farm. He was preceded in death by his parents, Elwood and Clara (Finkbeiner) Fenton, his twin brother Charles Fenton and his sister Anne Louise Fenton. Gene will be lovingly remember by his brother Jack (Pat) Fenton; his sister-in-law Ruth Fenton; and nieces and nephews: Tammy (Russ) Quick, Debbie (Keith) Thayer, Mary (Jerry) Bronkhorst, Susan …



Edward

Edward “Ted” WeatherheadJuly 7, 2014

On Monday July 7, 2014, Edward “Ted” Weatherhead passed away at his home in Wayland surrounded by his loving family. Ted dedicated his life to his faith, his family, his community, and his country. Lt. Weatherhead, proudly served in World War II as an Air Force pilot was born March 13, 1923 in Columbus, Ohio. He was awarded the Silver Beaver Medal for his leadership in Scouting. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and Rotary Club. He was…



Alice Frook

Alice FrookJuly 5, 2014

Alice Mae (Schmidt) Frook, age 85, of Wayland formerly of Cadillac, went to be with her Lord on July 5, 2014. She is survived by her daughter Kathryn (Dan) McRae; her son-in-law Ken (Mary) Brinks; grandchildren: Doug (Becky) Brinks, Shelly Brinks, Scott McRae, and Kevin McRae; 7 great-grandchildren; her brother-in-law Kenneth (Suzie) Frook; her sister-in-law Sylvia (David) Huseby; and many nieces and nephews. Alice was preceded in death by her…



Frederic Hilbert

Frederic HilbertJuly 4, 2014

“Lived a life of constant amazement”

Frederic Hilbert, age 101 of Sentinel Pointe formerly of Wayland, passed away July 4, 2014. He was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Laverna and his wife of 23 years, Evelyn; his son Michael; his grandson Todd; his daughter-in-law Lynne Hilbert; his brother Russel and his sisters Juanita and Helen. Fred will be lovingly remembered by his children: Kenneth (Jane) Hilbert, John Hilbert, and E. Scott…



Norma Wamhoff TerAvest

Norma Wamhoff TerAvestJuly 1, 2014

On January 11, 1920 Norma was the first born of six children of Charles and Edith Wamhoff of Hopkins. She personified BIG sister by becoming a role model to many in her personal and career life. Mom of Susan and Mark, Wife of Robert (Bob), Business Partner in the dairy farm operation, School Teacher, Principal, Sunday School Teacher, Homemaker; she did it all with dedication and excellence. She married Bob on June 28, 1947 and they were…



Martha Koster

Martha KosterJune 28, 2014

Martha Koster, age 93, of Wayland passed peacefully at her home on Saturday, June 28th, 2014. Martha was born on April 28, 1921 in Randolph, WI. She was a woman ahead of her time, starting her own Dairy Farm 50 years ago. Martha leaves behind: children Gracia Stob, Ivan (Beth) Koster, Harry (Laura) Koster, Ken Koster and Kathy (Cal) Geers, 11 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, brother and sisters-in-law Arnie (Joyce) Koster, Bertha…



Margaret Heibel

Margaret HeibelJune 26, 2014

Margaret M. (Rewa) Heibel, age 93 of New Salem, went to be with her Lord and Savior June 26, 2014. She was preceded in death by her husband Cletus; her daughter Monica England; her sons-in-law: George Chismar and Eugene Striegle, Sr.; and several brothers and sisters. She will be lovingly remembered by her children: Dorothy Chismar, Ruth Striegle, Linus (Nancy) Heibel, Tarsie (Neil) Thompson, and Marian (Russ) Richardson; son-in-law Jamie…



Kassandra Keyzer

Kassandra KeyzerJune 25, 2014

Kassandra Rose Keyzer, age 21 of Wayland, went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ June 25, 2014. She was preceded in death by her Grandfathers Wayne Keyzer and Ken Louwenaar and her Uncle John Keyzer. Kassandra will be lovingly remembered by her sweet son Reese; her fiancée Robert Johnson; her parents: Karen and Ken Louwenaar; her brother Alex Louwenaar; her grandmothers Sharon Keyzer and Pat Louwenaar; her great-grandmothers: Shirley…



Betty Mae (Whitmore) Szymanski

Betty Mae (Whitmore) SzymanskiJune 14, 2014

Betty Mae (Whitmore) Szymanski, age 84, of Wayland, formerly of Newaygo and Comstock Park, went to be with her Lord, Saturday, June 14, 2014. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward G. Szymanski, her brother, Jack Whitmore, her grandson, Robert Szymanski and her parents Marion and Ernest Whitmore.
Betty will be lovingly remembered by her children, Edward (Gloria) Szymanski, Thomas (Arlene) Szymanski, Janine (Ralf) Holloman; her six…



Albert Lee Mohn

Albert Lee MohnJune 5, 2014

Albert Lee Mohn, age 70 of Ionia, passed away June 5th. He was preceded in death by: his brother and sister-in-law Neal and Sarah Mohn. Albert will be lovingly remembered by his children:, Candice Bailey, Craig Mohn, and Amanda Degroot; his seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; his brothers: Oscar Mohn and Gerald Mohn; his sisters: Betty Harris, Nellie Beverwyk, and Linda Jenks; and many nieces and nephews. Albert was a veteran of…



Melvin

Melvin”Mike” EkkelJune 1, 2014

Melvin “Mike” Ekkel, age 73 of Wayland, went to be with his Lord June 1, 2014. He was preceded in death by his wife Joan in 1988; his parents: John and Dena Ekkel; his sisters: Edith Tozer and Diane Ekkel and brothers: James and Donald Ekkel. He will be lovingly remembered by his children: Jeff (Nancy) Ekkel, Debra (Eugene) James, and Dawn Stein; grandchildren: Jeremy Ekkel, Joshua Ekkel, Nicole James, Kyle James, Elizabeth Stein, and Olivia…



Kathleen Cocayne

Kathleen CocayneMay 29, 2014

Kathleen Cocayne, age 68 of Dorr, passed away at her home May 29, 2014. She was preceded in death by her parents, Alan and Eunice Cocayne, her brother James Cocayne, and her Aunt and Uncle Lois and Albert Podhajsky. She will be lovingly remembered by Jeff and Lydya Hulst and Erika, Nicolas, Jessica, and Annika Hulst; her cousins: Tom and Vicky Podhajsky, Michael Podhajsky, David and Irene Podhajsky and Lori and Rick Speck. Kathy was a member of…



James Schumaker

James SchumakerMay 19, 2014

James Schumaker, age 87 of Middleville, died on May 19, 2014 at Faith Hospice, Trillium Woods surrounded by his family. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Geneva Schumaker, and sister Ruth Weick. Jim is survived by his wife Ann of 66 years and his six children: Kathy and Mic Mutschler, Suzi and Tim Tobolic, Jim Schumaker and Nabil Ghazal, John and Stacy Schumaker, Mary Adams, Bill Schumaker and special family friend Betty Sue Van…



Lawrence Haywood, Sr.

Lawrence Haywood, Sr.May 17, 2014

Lawrence Haywood, Sr., age 68 of Shelbyville, passed away suddenly May 17, 2014 while on a family vacation. He was preceded in death by his parents, Leon and Esther Haywood and his brothers and sisters: June, Bobby, and Dawn. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 50 years, Joyce; his children: Cindy (Steven) Kazmierski, Larry Haywood, Jr., and Kristen Haywood (Jim Knopp); 8 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters:…



Douglas Wayne Valentine

Douglas Wayne ValentineMay 12, 2014

Douglas W. Valentine, age 71, of Wayland passed away suddenly on Monday, May 12, 2014. Doug was born on September 26, 1942 in Ionia, MI to James F. and Elsie Evedene (Mulnix) Valentine. Doug graduated from Union High school and received a bachelor’s degree in Business from Davenport University. He took great pride in his time served in the Army during the Vietnam War. Shortly after his time in the Army he married the love of his life Joan…



Marvin E. Clark

Marvin E. ClarkApril 28, 2014

Marvin E. Clark, age 81 of Monterey Twp., went to be with our Heavenly Father on April 28, 2014. Marvin was born and raised in the Upper Peninsula. Born June 4, 1932, in Garnet, MI, the son of Truman and Leotta Clark. He is survived by his friend, Marjorie Oldenburg; his son Marvin C. (Kathleen) Clark of Jamestown, IN; his granddaughters: Jennifer (Brooks) Wagler and Kimberly (Judd) Houston; his great-grandchildren: Dylan Foster, Kaley Tharp,…



Dorothy Reurink

Dorothy ReurinkApril 28, 2014

Dorothy Reurink, age 69 of Wyoming, passed away unexpectedly Monday, April 28, 2014. She was preceded in death by her parents Albert and Louise Reurink and very special friend Howard “Butch” Dykstra. She will be lovingly remembered by her brothers and sisters: Nancy (Dale) Overzet, John (Judy) Reurink, Albert (Michelle) Reurink, Ken Reurink, and Sally Osterbind; sister-in-law Sharon (Donald Keith) Reurink; four nieces and five nephews; one great…



Robert Allen Van Dyke

Robert Allen Van DykeApril 26, 2014

Robert Allen Van Dyke, age 58 of Hopkins, passed away April 26, 2014. He was preceded in death by his father Henry “Bud”, sister Brenda, and sister-in-law Linda. He is survived by his mother, Jane; his daughters Sheila and Carmen and his granddaughters Amanda and Emily. Also surviving are his brothers Dennis (Sherry) and Pete (Jaylee) and his sister Karen (Jeff) Pomeroy and her children, Ann, Lisa and John (Jessica) Young, who were like his…



Marilyn Barney

Marilyn BarneyApril 25, 2014

Marilyn Barney, age 76 of Fort Myers, Florida, formerly of Dorr, passed away April 25, 2014. She was preceded in death by her mother Marian Snyder and her sister Patricia Thompson. Marilyn will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 44 years, Joseph Barney; her children: Debra Matice, Daniel Barney, Nancy Havens, and Katherine (Kenneth) Riemersma; her step-children: Devie (Norbert) Gorges, Jeffrey Barney, David (Charon) Barney; her precious 14…



Francis J. Breen

Francis J. BreenApril 19, 2014

Francis J. Breen, age 91 of Wayland, passed away April 19, 2014. He will be lovingly remembered by his children: Greg and Janet Breen and Sandra Breen; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild; his sister Ruth and his brother John; and many nieces and nephews. Francis was preceded in death by his wife Dortha. Francis was a WWII Veteran of the U.S. Army. A time for relatives and friends to visit with Francis’…



Isabella D. Selvig

Isabella D. SelvigApril 19, 2014

Isabella D. Selvig, 93, of Byron Center passed gently into the arms of our Lord on Saturday, April 19, 2014 with her family by her side. Isabella was born on October 25, 1920 in Byron Center to Steve and Gertrude (Roeluf) Miller. She will be dearly missed by her children: Marie (Ken) Baxter, Karen Edema, Pearl (Edward) Trojanowski, Lloyd Selvig, Diane (Richard) Boyles, David (Suzanne) Selvig, Daryl (Grace) Selvig, daughter-in-law Kate Grunwell…



Carol Henry

Carol HenryApril 10, 2014

Carol Lee Henry, age 45, went to be with her Lord, Thursday April 10, 2014. She was preceded in death by her mother, Hattie Perry. She will be lovingly remembered by her husband, Jack Henry: children, Alicia, Abigail, and Allen Henry; father, Charles Perry, brothers, Kevin (Dawn) Perry and David Perry; and sisters, Diane (Jerry) Spence, Linda (Terry) Perry.
Visitation with the family will be held from 1 to 4PM Sunday, April 13 at Kubiak-Cook…



David A. Root

David A. RootApril 7, 2014

David A. Root, age 69 of Wayland, went to be with his Savior April 7, 2014. He will be lovingly remembered by his special friend Alice; his sister Gloria (Larry) Byle; and several nieces and nephews. Dave retired as an electrician from Newkirk Electric. A time for relatives and friends to visit with Dave’s family will be held from 4-7 PM Friday, April 11, at Kubiak-Cook Funeral Services in Dorr, 4330 18th Street. A private graveside service will…



Thomas Bala

Thomas BalaApril 5, 2014

Thomas B. Bala, age 60, went to be with his Lord, Saturday, April 5, 2014, after a 25 year battle with Multiple Sclerosis.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ben and Donna Bala.
Tom will be lovingly remembered by his children, Corry (Amanda) Bala of Holly MI, Kevin (Carrie) Bala of Middleville MI, Candi (Kenny) Marquard of Shelbyville MI, Casey Bala of Wayland MI; his grandchildren, Cameron and Collin Bala, Carter, Kaleigh and…



Mildred Van Houten

Mildred Van HoutenApril 5, 2014

Mildred Van Houten, age 93, went to be with her Lord, Saturday, April 05, 2014. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ira VanHouten; her daughter, Linda Dean; and her siblings, Clarabelle, Bernard and her infant brother, David. Mildred will be lovingly remembered by her children, Lois (Gary) Switzer of Sault St. Marie, Lola Merchant of Martin, Sue (Randy) Walcott of WA; her 8 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; 4 great-great…



Louis Lake

Louis LakeMarch 31, 2014

Louis “Lou” Milton Lake, age 67, of Wayland passed away March 31, 2014 from stomach cancer with his family by his side. He fought the cancer to the very end, trying everything possible to put it into remission. He LIVED with cancer for the last 12 months and lived life to the fullest. Never letting a day go by without letting his family know how much he loves them.

Louis was born August 29, 1946 in Ionia, MI to Hersel and Maxine Lake. Louis…



Russ Jones

Russ JonesMarch 18, 2014

Russ Jones, age 78 went to be with his Lord, Tuesday, March 18, 2014. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 54 years, Pat Jones; children Bill Jones, Barb (Eric) Wolfe, Kim (Dave) Kaylor; grandchildren Guy, Katie (Damon), Anthony, Brandon, Michael and Josh; 3 great-grandchildren; brother Ronald (Sally) Jones; many nieces and nephews. Russ was a life-long resident of Hopkins, milk hauler and farmer. He will be missed by his family and…



JoEllen Jo Garcia

JoEllen Jo GarciaMarch 15, 2014

JoEllen Garcia, age 42 of Dorr, passed away March 15, 2014. She was preceded in death by her grandparents. She will be lovingly remembered by her husband, Felix, Sr.; her children: Jacob Collins, Felix Garcia, Jr., and Gabby Garcia; her mother, Pat Palazzola and her father Frank Palazzola; her brothers and sisters: Jack (Joyce) Moseley, Jim Moseley, Timothy (Dora) Moseley, Truie (Kevin) Rotman, Lynda Moseley, Laura Moseley, and Kathryn (Bill)…



Nicklas Gorodenski

Nicklas GorodenskiMarch 14, 2014

Nicklas J. Gorodenski, age 84, passed away March 14, 2014. He was preceded in death by his parents, Nickola and Valeria Gorodenski. He will be lovingly remembered by his children: Cynthia (George) Owsley, Debra Kilmartin, and John (Kathy) Gorodenski; grandchildren: Kelly, Michelle, Denny, Becky, Jillian, Lacey, Kacey and Nicole; great-grandchildren: Bianca, Madeline, and Allie; brothers and sisters: Eva Lewis, Barbara Baldwin (Art Osterwald),…



Charles Edward Doublestein

Charles Edward DoublesteinMarch 12, 2014

Charles Edward Doublestein, age 88 of Hastings, passed away March 12, 2014. He was preceded in death by his parents, Floyd and Velma, his brothers Bob and Duane, and sister-in-law Nancy. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 33 years, Susan; his children: Colette (Bob) McDonald, James (Diane) Doublestein, and Forrest (Stephanie) Doublestein; his grandchildren: Charles (Kimmberly), Brian (Kate), Jeremy, Jude, and Hawthorne; several great…



Betty Meconis

Betty MeconisMarch 9, 2014

Betty Jean Meconis, age 89, passed away Sunday, March 9, 2014, with her family by her side after a courageous battle with C.O.P.D. She was preceded in death by her parents Charles and Ruby Schwander, her husband Leo Meconis, son and daughter-in-law Barry and Nancy Meconis, granddaughters Sharon and Tracy Meconis, and seven brothers and sisters. Betty was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, and the best G.G. (great-grandmother) who always put…



Clara Rewa

Clara RewaMarch 6, 2014

Clara Rewa, 88, last of 10 children born to Artimus and Clara Hill, died Thursday, March 6, at Allegan County Medical Care Community where she had been well cared for the last six years. She was predeceased by her husband Francis, son-in-law Christopher Althouse, granddaughter Jessica Pavlak, her own siblings, and many in-laws. She leaves in loving memory her children Pat (Marcia) Rewa, Mary Frances Rewa, Don (Cathy) Rewa, Katie (Ron) Weber, C…



Joan M. Miller

Joan M. MillerFebruary 25, 2014

Joan M. Miller, age 74, of Hopkins went to be with the Lord Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at Spectrum Hospital in Grand Rapids. She was born on July 19, 1939 to Michael and Helena (Miller) Schaendorf in North Dorr. Joan worked for Spartan Stores for several years in the warehouse. She loved to be with her family and especially spoiling the grandchildren. Joan is survived by: husband Jim Miller, children Kathy (Rob) Cornell, Kim (Mike)…