Mecosta County

Davis, Mrs. Sarah
8 Aug 1912

Mrs. Sarah Davis died at her home in Green Township Monday forenoon at 10 o'clock of cancer of the face.

Mrs. Sarah Davis was born in Canada in 1850, when she moved with her parents to Holland, where she resided until her marriage to James Davis at Big Rapids, living in Green Township for 38 years. She was a kind and loving wife and mother and was loved by all who knew her. She is survived by a husband and one son to mourn her loss.

Contributed by Fran Upshur

Hangstafer, Oakel
25 Jan 1974

Oakel Hangstafer, 78, 121 Second Ave., Big Rapids, died Friday evening at the Community Hospital.

She was born in Big Rapids, April 6, 1895 and lived her entire life in the area. She was a member of the United Church, the Big Rapids Women's Club, the Big Rapids Garden Club, Third Ward Extension Club, Community Hospital Auxiliary and a life member of the Ferris State College Alumni Association.

Surviving are her husband, Chester; two daughters, Barbarajoan Franklin, New York City; Mrs. George (Beth) Calvert, Cincinnati, Ohio; one son Jack Franklin, Western Springs, Ill; one step-daughter, Mrs. Alfred (Doreen) Graboski, Big Rapids; three granchildren; four great grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Hazel Roosa, Brandenton, Fla.; and one brother, Kenneth Davis, Sandusky, Ohio.

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Seaman, Fred
26 Feb 1971

Fred Seaman, 72, R. 4, Big Rapids, died Friday in Cimmunity Hospital.

He was born October 1, 1898 in Barton Township, Newaygo County, and has lived in the area all his life.

He is survived by his wife, Lillian, three sons, Ellis, Paris; Glen, R. 4, Big Rapids; Orville, R. 2, Reed City; two daughers, Mrs. Ilene Cain, Stanwood; Mrs. Edna Sunquist, Paris; two grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; one brother, Orrie Seaman, Ypsilanti; two sisters, Mrs. Mildred Martiny, Rodney and Mrs. Lens Gilbert, New York. One daughter, Dorothy preceeded him in death.

Funeral services will be Monday at 2:30 p.m., from Rogers Funeral Home, the Rev. Michael Steer officiating. Burial will be in Davenport Cemetery.

Contributed by Fran Upshur

Smith, Mrs. Eliza (Barry)
Pioneer - Monday evening February 28, 1910

Mrs Eliza Smith ( Barry ) a Former resident of this City, died at St Joseph Saturday. The Body is expected here tomorrow forenoon on the 9:25 train and will be taken to the cemetary.

She was mother in law to Ben Coleman, who was at one time a mill wright for the Darrah-Milling company. Her daughter Mrs Coleman will accompany the body here.

Contributed by Mary

Steinke, Fred F.
17 Mar 1974

Fred F. Steinke died Sunday at the Greenridge Nursing Home at the age of 90.

He was born on Sept. 25, 1883 in Germany and came to Michigan as a small child. He lived in the Howard City area, Morley, the Muskegon area and White Cloud before coming to Big Rapids in 1973. He worked most of his life as a carpenter and farmer.

Mr. Steinke is survived by three sons; Walter, Stanwood, Alfred and Vernon of Big Rapids; two daughters, Mrs. Wsley (Laura) Morrison, Rogers Heights, Mrs. Donald (Edith) McCuliffe, Sparta; one sister, Mrs. Lena Hacker of Ionia; five brothers, Ferman, Detroit Lakes, Minn., Albert, Saranac, Rudolph, Indian River, Arnold, Kalamazoo, Adolph of Morley; several nieces and nephews.

He is also survived by 13 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren.

Contributed by Fran Upshur