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SAEGER, HAZEL B.

Daily News, Greenville, MI - Thursday, March 25, 1999
Greenville - Hazel B. SAEGER, 98, Greenville, passed away Tuesday, March 23, 1999, at home.

She was born Nov. 30, 1900, in Noble County, Ind., the daughter of Benjamin and Iva TYLER.

Hazel married Harry Lynn SAEGER on June 24, 1924. He preceded her in death in 1860. She also was preceded in death by one grandson, David Tyler KASS, in 1977.

Until recently, Hazel was active in the United Methodist Church, a member of Lois Circle, a member of Homemakers and the first to establish the Good Friday breakfast sponsored by the Greenville Business and Professional Women and the Homemakers of United Methodist Church. She was Business and Profession Woman's "Woman of the Year" in 1990. She was one of the founders of the Flat River Historical Society. She also was known to many as the "Bird Lady".

She is survived by one daughter, Bettilyn KASS and Richard GENETTE of Greenville; four grandchildren, Stephen Henry KASS of Orlando, Fla., Philip Lynn and Helen KASS of Taylor, James Fredrick and Lisa KASS of Redford, Susan KASS FABER of Taylor; six great-grandchildren, Philip James KASS of Flat Rock, David Gerald KASS, Rose Marie KASS, both of Taylor, Amber Rae FABER of Huntington Woods, Robert Lee KASS, Diana Lynn KASS, both of Redford; and one sister, Doreen TULLY of Fort Wayne, Ind.

Memorial services will be Friday at 3 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, Greenville, with Pastor Harry Johnson officiating.

Cremation has taken place. Members of the family will meet with friends today from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Marshall Funeral Home, Greenville.

Memorial gifts may be sent to Greenville Area Foundation, where a fund in her honor to benefit United Methodist Church will be established.
Contributed by Linda Johnston

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SAGE, CARRIE

Daily News, Greenville, MI - Monday, June 28, 1999
Saranac - Carrie SAGE, 57, passed away Thursday, June 24, 1999, at Spectrum Downtown, Grand Rapids.

She was born July 3, 1941, in Greenville, the daughter of Virgil P. and Mary Lila REED POWERS.

She was a member of Free Methodist Church of Saranac (River of Life Church).

On June 19, 1981, she married James SAGE. He survives with three sons and two daughters-in-law, John and Robin SAGE of Saranac, Gary SAGE of Six Lakes, Jody and Victoria SAGE of Saranac; four daughters and three sons-in-law, Kay and Charles WILSON of Saranac, Barb HILL of Six Lakes, Callie and Richard CURTIS of South Carolina, Kathy and Brian EVANS of Lake Odessa; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Marvin and Alice POWERS, Vance and Audrey POWERS, Emerald and Maude POWERS, all of Greenville; one sister and brother-in-law, Geraldine and Booner BISSELL of Greenville; and eight grandchildren.

Funeral services are today at 2 p.m. at Saranac Free Methodist Church (River of Life Church) with the Revs. Nate Gibbons and Byron Davey officiating. Interment of ashes will be in Rest Haven Memory Gardens, Belding.

Anyone wishing may make contributions to the American Heart Association.

Arrangements were handled by the Lake Funeral Home, Saranac.
Contributed by Linda Johnston

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SAGE, DONALD A.

Daily News, Greenville, MI - Wednesday, May 26, 1999
Palmetto, Fla. - Donald A. SAGE, 87, of Palmetto, Fla., pased away Thursday, July 16, 1998.

In 1948 Donald founded Sage's Meat Processing, which is still in operation in Greenville.

He is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Roger and Joyce SAGE of Greenville; one daughter and son-in-law, Janet and Ronald MARKS of Greenville; four grandchildren and their spouses, Dennis and Therese SAGE of Chicago, Tracy and Todd WHIPKEY of Greenville, Steve and Wendy SAGE of Lowell, Mickey and Debbie SAGE of Tampa, Fla.; 10 great-grandchildren, Andrew, Patrick, Jenna, Kendra, Ericka, Emily, Autumn, Seth, Colin and Megan.

Donald was preceded in death in 1982 by his wife, Wanda, whom he married in 1934; two sisters, Lois BREIMEYER and Violet SIMONS; six brothers, Jimmy Rogers, Samuel, Ira, Jerald, Myron and Joseph SAGE; and special friend, Helen HUBBARD.

Memorial services will be Sunday at 2 p.m. at Rest Haven Memory Gardens, Belding, with Pastor Jerry Jones officiating.

Arrangements were by the Marshall Funeral Home, Greenville.
Contributed by Linda Johnston

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SAHLBOM, ROLF E.

Daily News, Greenville, MI - Saturday, December 11, 1999
Howard City - Rolf E. SAHLBOM, 84, of Coral, passed away Dec. 9, 1999, at Kelsey Memorial Hospital.

He was born Aug. 31, 1915, in Coral, the son of John and Annie ERLANDSON SAHLBOM.

During his working years, he was a lifelong farmer, and he worked at Light Metals for 17 and a half years before retiring in 1977. He was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Lakeview.

In 1945, he married Doris ANTOR, who survives him.

He also is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, John Michael and Pam of Cedar River; three daughters and one son-in-law, Ruby and Gary LARSEN of Trufant, Linda SAHLBOM of Aptos, Calif., Debbie OGONOWSKI of Grand Rapids; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Rolf Fred SAHLBOM.

Funeral services are 11 a.m. Monday at Heckman-Mohnke Funeral Home, Howard City, with Pastor David Gotshall officiating. Burial is in the Coral Cemetery.
Contributed by Linda Johnston

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SAILOR, BLAKELY DEAN

Daily News, Greenville, MI - Monday, May 24, 1999
Carson City - Blakely Dean SAILOR, 17, Crystal, died Sunday, May 23, 1999.

He was born Feb. 12, 1982, in Carson City, the son of Dean SAILOR and Judy Elaine SNOW SAILOR. He was a sophomore at Carson City-Crystal High School.

He is survived by his father, Dean SAILOR of Carson City; his mother and stepfather, Judy Elaine and Rich GOTWALT of Crystal; one brother, Jason SAILOR of Grand Rapids; one sister, Britney SAILOR of Crystal; two grandmothers, Geraldine SNOW of Hubbardston and Opal SNYDER of Carson City.

Funeral services will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the Lux and Schnepp Funeral Home, Carson City, with the Rev. Jody Flessner officiating. Interment will be in Crystal Cemetery.

Visitation is today from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.


Contributed by Linda Johnston
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SANBORN, ERMA L.

Daily News, Greenville, MI - Wednesday, January 20, 1999
Greenville - Erma L. SANBORN, 75, East Coffren Street, Greenville, passed away Monday evening, Jan. 18, 1999, at the home of her daughter in Greenville.

She was born May 23, 1923, at Lansing, the daughter of William E. and Edith POTTER HAZZARD.

She married Clyde SANBORN on Feb. 7, 1942, at Midland. He preceded her in death on Dec. 27, 1993. She also was preceded in death by her parents, one son, Anson SANBORN in April 1997; one sister, Helen SANDERSON; and one brother, Earl HAZZARD.

She is survived by four daughters and one son-in-law, Rose MURDEN of Lansing, Shirley SMITH, Mary Lou and Timothy CUMMINS, all of Greenville, Betty PUTNAM of Edmore; two sons and one daughter-in-law, Roy SANBORN of Edmore, Clyde "Butch" and Kim SANBORN of Montana; one brother and sister-in-law, Ed and Dorothy KING of Midland; 16 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Brown-Teman Funeral Home, Greenville, with Pastor Logan Nash of the Greenville Church of the Rock officiating. Burial will be in Richland Township Cemetery near Vestaburg.

Envelopes for memorial contributions are available at the funeral home, where the family will receive relatives and friends today from 6 to 8 p.m.
Contributed by Linda Johnston

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SANDERS, GRANT A.

Daily News, Greenville, MI - Monday, August 16, 1999
Greenville - Grant A. SANDERS, 86, of Alma, passed away Saturday morning, Aug. 14, 1999, at Gratiot Community Hospital, Alma.

The son of Roscoe and Alice GARY SANDERS, he was born Feb. 7, 1913, in Emerson Township.

He retired from teh Dow Chemical Co. in 1977 and will be honorably remembered by countless friends. A veteran of World War II, he served with the U.S. Army Cavalry and was a member of the Odd Fellows Lodge.

He leaves to mourn his loss his wife of 60 years, Lu SANDERS; one daughter, Barbara SANDERS; one son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Rosemary SANDERS all of Alma; nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; one brother and sister-in-law, Ronald and Maxine SANDERS of Ithaca; six sisters and one brother-in-law, Louise GRIFFETH of Alma, Mary and Ken COLE of Midland, Velma COOL of Alma, Beatrice BYERS of St. Louis, Lorraine ROWE and Viva THRUSH, both of Alma; many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. today at Alma Baptist Church, with Pastor Bill Stiles officiating. Burial will be in Chapel Gardens.

Contributions in his memory are suggested to the American Cancer Society.

The Brown-Teman Funeral Home, Greenville, is serving the family.
Contributed by Linda Johnston

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SANFORD, DEAN ANCIL

Daily News, Greenville, MI - Wednesday, August 25, 1999
Greenville - Dean Ancil SANFORD, 63, of Dickerson Lake Road, Greenville, died Monday, Aug. 23, 1999, at Kelsey Memorial Hospital, Lakeview.

He was born in White Cloud on March 26, 1936, the son of Ancil and Frances FOX SANFORD.

He was employed for many years at R.J. Tower Co. in Greenville and was a veteran of the U.S. Navy.

He is survived by his three sons and a daughter-in-law, Jeff and Linda SANFORD of Lakeview, Jody SANFORD and David SANFORD, both of Greenville; four grandchildren, Jamie, Amanda, Kyle and Jeremy; and his former wife, Loretta.

He was preceded in death by his father in January 1981 and his mother in January 1991.

Funeral and committal services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Hurst Funeral Home, Greenville, with the Rev. Dan Maguire of Langston Church officiating. Burial will be in the Riverside Cemetery, Langston.

Visitation will be today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.
Contributed by Linda Johnston

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SAUR, JOHN CHARLES

Daily News, Greenville, MI - Tuesday, June 1, 1999
Greenville - John Charles SAUR, 52, Oakfield Township, died Monday, May 31, 1999, at Metropolitan Hospital.

He was born in Ionia July 1, 1946, the son of Wilbur H. and Virginia K. LULKA SAUR.

He was a graduate of Ionia High School and a summa cum laude graduate of Ferris State ollege. He was a certified public accountant, retiring in 1998, a farmer, a veteran of the U.S. Army and a member of St. Charles Catholic Church, Greenville.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Margaret, in 1970; his brother, Christopher, in 1977; and his father, Wilbur, in 1979.

Surviving are his mother, Virginia, of Oakfield Township; his brothers and sisters-in-law, Thomas SAUR of Dearborn, Calvin and Wendy SAUR of West Bloomfield, Michael and Pat SAUR of Oakfield Township, Mark and Mary SAUR of Stanton; his sisters and brothers-in-law, Mary and Tom BAYER of Ada, Monica and Paul NAGATA of California, Theresa and David BRACE of Greenville; 18 nieces and nephews; and his aunt, Lorraine POPMA, of Grand Rapids.

Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Charles Catholic Church, Greenville, with the Rev. Fred Brucker as celebrant. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Grand Rapids.

A rosary will be recited at 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the Hurst Funeral Home, Greenville, with visitation from 7 to 9 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Charles Catholic Church Building Fund.
Contributed by Linda Johnston

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SAYLES, DR. CYRENUS C.

Source: THE LOWELL LEDGER and ALTO SOLO, (MI),Thursday, June 23, 1932 - Front Page
Dr. C. C. Sayles, 93, Laid to Rest Here - Dr. Cyrenus C. Sayles, son of Mr. and Mrs. Chapin Sayles, who were among the earliest pioneers of this vicinity, died last Saturday at his home in Langston, Montcalm county, at the age of 93 years. Funeral services were held here Tuesday afternoon at Yeiter's chapel, conducted by a Belding minister. Interment in Oakwood cemetery. A detail from Lowell American Legion Post conducted military services at the grave.

Dr. Sayles was born in Ontario, Can., in 1839, and came here with his parents when about 7 years old. He was one of a family of 15 children and lived here until the breaking out of the Civil War, when he enlisted for three years, at the end of which time he re-enlisted and served to the close of the war. For the past 54 years he has practiced medicine in Montcalm county.

Surviving are the widow, a son, Roy Sayles, a daughter, Mrs. Wm. Force of near Lakeview, three brothers, Merrit Sayles of Lowell, Clarence M. Sayles of Fremont, Frank Sayles of Hastings, and two sisters, Mrs. Lena Snethen of Granite Falls, Wash., and Mrs. Bertha White of Lowell.

Source: LAKEVIEW (MI) ENTERPRISE, Thursday, June 30, 1932

"Card of Thanks - We acknowledge with sincere appreciation the kindness and sympathy shown us by friends and neighbors of Pleasant Hill and Cannonsville during our recent bereavement, the W. R. C. for the flags, and especially Drs. Kelsey, Horne and Swift, and N. H. Youngman & Sons. Mrs. C. C. Sayles, Mr. and Mrs. Will Force, Roy Sayles."

Submitted by LaVonne Bennett

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SAYLES, EMMA

SAYLES, Emma (Mrs. Roy) (Petersen)

Source: GREENVILLE INDEPENDENT (MI), April 26, 1922

Pleasant Hill - A number attended the funeral of Mrs. Roy Sayles at Langston Sunday afternoon.

Source: LAKEVIEW (MI) ENTERPRISE, Thursday, April 27, 1922, front page
LANGSTON - The funeral of Mrs. Emma Sayles was held here Sunday at the Church of Christ. Mrs. Sayles has lived in this vicinity for many years previous to August 1921 when the family moved to Greenville, where she spent the last days of her life.

Submitted by LaVonne Bennett

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SAYLES, MARGARET

SAYLES, Maggie (Magdelena) (Mrs. Cyrenus)(Moye)

Source: LOWELL LEDGER, (MI), Wednesday, December 11, 1889
Died. Margaret, wife of Dr. C. C. Sayles, of Langston, at her late residence, Monday the 9th. The remains will be brought to Lowell, and the funeral will be held from the M. E. Church in this place Thursday, at (?) p.m. Mrs. Sayles maiden name was Margaret Moyer, she leaves a large circle of relatives in this vicinity to mourn her loss.

Source: GREENVILLE (MI) INDEPENDENT, Thursday, December 12, 1889, p 5
Mrs. Maggie J. Sayles, wife of Dr. C. C. Sayles, died at her home in Langston on Monday of inflammation of the bowels, after an illness beginning the Wednesday preceding. She was aged 42 years. The funeral will be at her late residence to-day, after which the body will be taken for interment at Lowell."

Submitted by LaVonne Bennett

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SCHAIBLY, THELMA SOUTH

Daily News, Greenville, MI - Friday, February 19, 1999
Chula Vista, Calif. - Thelma South SCHAIBLY, a longtime Michigan public school teacher, died in San Diego on Monday, Feb. 15, 1999.

Mrs. SCHAIBLY taught in several central Michigan schools including Shepherd, Woodland and Edmore. She taught mathematics and art and directed the staging of themes for many carnivals and proms in Edmore.

In her retirement, she was ative in several churches in the Edmore area, including Blanchard-Pine River, Millbrook and Edmore United Methodist churches, and the Edmore Church of God. After the death of her husband, Kennard B. SCHAIBLY in 1995, she lived with her daughter, Iva Dane BLOOD, in State College, Penn., and her son, John SCHAIBLY, in San Diego.

In addition to her son and daughter, she leaves six grandchildren, including Wesley BLOOD of Toledo, Sherley BLOOD of San Pablo, Calif., Evan SCHAIBLY of Fort Collins, Colo., Janel BLOOD of Concord, Mass., Daryl BLOOD of Holland, and Marla BLOOD of State College. She also leaves two great-grandsons.

A memorial service is planned for 2 p.m. Saturday, April 10, at the Blanchard-Pine River United Methodist Church, 7765 West Blanchard Road, Blanchard.

Arrangements by the Humphrey Mortuary in Chula Vista.
Contributed by Linda Johnston

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SCHEID, EMILY A.

Daily News, Greenville, MI - Thursday, December 9, 1999
Belding - Emily A. SCHEID, 77, of Belding, passed away Monday, Dec. 6, 1999, at Home of Hope, Grand Rapids.

She was born Feb. 1, 1922, in Belding, the daughter of William and Mary SEDLACEK SKOPEC.

She was a graduate of Belding High School with the class of 1939. During her working years she worked in the accounting department of Clark Equipment Co. in Battle Creek and Osceola Refining Co. in Reed City. Later she was the office assistant for St. Joseph and St. Mary Parishes. Emily was a member and held offices in the Ave Maria Guild and Altar Soceity of St. Joseph Catholic Church and St. Phillip Neri Catholic Church. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Belding.

On Oct. 25, 1947, in Belding, she was married to Lawrence J. SCHEID. He preceded her in death Feb. 9, 1953. She was also preceded in death by her parents; one brother, John SKOPEC, on April 10, 1977; and one brother-in-law, Joseph BRAKORA, on Nov. 11, 1998.

She is survived by three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Helen BRAKORA of Big Rapids, Barbara and Fred PARKER of Battle Creek, Mary and Charles VAN VLEET of Fond du Lac, Wis.; and several nieces, nephews and many loving friends in Belding.

Mass of Christian burial was 11 a.m. today at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Belding, with Father Troy A. Nevins officiating. Interment was in Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Big Rapids.

Memorials may be made to the Second Century Fund at St. Joseph Church or the American Cancer Society. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.
Contributed by Linda Johnston

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SCHLIENTZ PRETZ, IRENE

Daily News, Greenville, MI - Monday, February 1, 1999
Belding - Irene SCHLIENTZ PRETZ, 83, Belding, passed away Sunday evening, Jan. 31, 1999, at Heartland Health Care Center, Ionia.

She was born Nov. 21, 1915, in Greenville, to Claud and Daisy HARRISON HOOVER.

She was a former bookkeeper for many years at the Belding Savings and Loan and was a member of the Belding Business and Professional Women's Association.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Robert Carl SCHLIENTZ; her second husband, Christian PRETZ; and one son, Robert Carl SCHLIENTZ Jr.

She is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Richard BRUFF of Belding; two sisters, Betty HANSEN of Maryland, Elanor L.A. HANSEN of Grenville; one brother and sister-in-law, Lawrence and Jo HOOVER of Florida; five grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral and committal services will be Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home, Belding, with Pastor Kendall Harger officiating. Interment will be in Rest Haven Memory Gardens.

Visitation will be Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Ionia County Commission on Aging.
Contributed by Linda Johnston

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SCHMIDT, LOUIS J.

Daily News, Greenville, MI - Wednesday, September 29, 1999
Lansing - Louis J. SCHMIDT, 81, of Gowen, formerly of Lansing, passed away Monday, Sept. 27, 1999.

He was born Sept. 3, 1918, in Manitoba, Canada, and resided in Lansing most of his life.

Mr. SCHMIDT was a member of St. Charles Catholic Church, Greenville, and Local 602 UAW. He had been employed at Fisher Body for 28 years, retiring in 1981, and moved to Bass Lake shortly after retirement.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Minnie, in 1993 and one daughter, Rosemary, in 1956.

He is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, Robert and Joan of Grand Ledge, Darrell and Linda of Chippewa Lake, Edward and Katherine of Lowell; two daughters and one son-in-law, Sandra SCHMIDT of Gowen, Kimberly and Michael VROMAN of Lansing; 13 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; a half sister, Eva SENTES of Alma; many nieces, nephews and friends.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated by Father Pius Poff at noon Thursday at Holy Cross Catholic Church, Lansing, with rite of committal in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 .m., where a vigil will be held at 7 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society in memory of Louis J. Schmidt.
Contributed by Linda Johnston

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SCHNICKE, JESSIE

Daily News, Greenville, MI - Tuesday, March 30, 1999
Rockford - Jessie SCHNICKE, 98, Cedar Springs, formerly of Sand Lake, widow of Karl SCHNICKE, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, March 29, 1999.

Studying and remembering the Bible was very important to her. Every day she thanked the Lord for taking care of her. Mrs. SCHNICKE was a charter member of Huggard Bible Church and a former employee of Wolverine World Wide.

She is survived by three daughters and sons-in-law, Selma and Harold REED, Madelin and Charles REED, Bernice and bruce ARMSTRONG, all of Sand Lake; 10 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren and 13 great-great-grandchildren; one niece and three nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Karl, on Sept 23, 1953; one son, Karl SCHNICKE JR.; one infant daughter, Ruth, who died at birth; one grandson, Jack ARMSTRONG; and one great-grandson, Kurt REED.

The service of praise and thanksgiving to God for the gift of eternal life for Mrs. SCHNICKE will be Thursday at 2:30 p.m. at the Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford, with Pastor Bernard Niekerk officiating. Interment will be in Amble Cemetery.

Friends may celebrate Mrs. Schnicke's life with her family on Wednesday from 3 to 6 p.m. at the funeral home.

Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Huggard Bible Church for the kitchen fund.
Contributed by Linda Johnston

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SCHOFIELD, LAYLA BLANCHE

Daily News, Greenville, MI - Tuesday, December 7, 1999
Greenville - Layla Blanche SCHOFIELD, 91, a lifelong resident of Greenville, passed away early Monday morning, Dec. 6, 1999, at United Memorial Hospital, Greenville.

The daughter of Homer Leonard and Elnora Mae FILKINS MAGEE, she was born Jan. 13, 1908, in Kalamazoo.

She was a very devoted mother and a loving grandmother. She had been a member of the Cleveland-Wolverton Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary in Greenville.

She was preceded in death by one son, Donald SCHOFIELD, on June 15, 1946; her husband, William SCHOFIELD, on April 1, 1958; and one sister, Dorothy WALLER.

Surviving are one daughter, Cindy LILLIE of Greenville; four sons and three daughters-in-law, Bruce and Kay SCHOFIELD of Yuma, Ariz., Leo SCHOFIELD of Milan, Jim and Marilyn SCHOFIELD of Greenville, Larry and Dorothy SCHOFIELD of Gillette, Wyo.; 20 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren, 10 great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Thursday at Brown-Teman Funeral Home, Greenville, with the Rev. R. Mark Shaw, pastor of Calvary Baptist Church, officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Home Cemetery, Greenville.

Envelopes for memorial contributions to the American Heart Association are available at Brown-Teman Funeral Home, where family will receive relatives and friends Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m.
Contributed by Linda Johnston

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SCHOLZ, WINNIFRED S.

Daily News, Greenville, MI - Tuesday, December 28, 1999
Belding - Winnifred S. SCHOLZ, 85, Orleans, passed away Saturday, Dec. 25, 1999, at Sheridan Community Hospital.

She was born March 22, 1914, in Hiram, to Harvey E. and Zella ARMS ROOT.

Winnifred graduated from Belding High School with the class of 1933, was a member of the Belding Historical Society, Belding Alumni Association and attended Shiloh Community Church.

On Aug 27, 1970, at Woodard Lake, she married Olice W. SCHOLZ. He preceded her in death on May 21, 1985.

She also was preceded in death by her father in 1943, her mother in 1975, and special friend Dr. John ENGEMANN.

She is survived by two brothers and one sister-in-law, Jimmie A. ROOT Sr. of Cloverville, Robert C. and LaDonna ROOT of Orleans; several nieces and nephews, Jimmy A. Jr. and Judy ROOT, Roberta W. ROOT, Robert C. II and Naomi ROOT, Thomas H. and Jennifer ROOT, Nathan B. ROOT, Lynda K. and Randy WINRIGHT and Terry ROOT; many great-nieces and great-nephews and four special friends, Thelma WHITWAM, Winnifred LENTZ, Evelyn MORRIS and Bette MILLER.

In accordance with her wishes, cremation has been held. Memorial services are 8 p.m. Thursday at Johnson Funeral Home, Belding, with Pastor Kenneth Harger officiating. Burial will be in Pierson Cemetery.

Visitation is one hour prior to the service.

Memorials may be made to Shiloh Community Church.
Contributed by Linda Johnston

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SCOTT, ALFRED W.

Howard City Record Tuesday May 5, 1927

Alfred W. Scott passes away. Lived in Reynolds township. Highly Esteemed. Alfred W. Scott aged 79, passed away at the home of his daughter, Mrs. J. L. Burlingham, 63 Corrine ST Grand Rapids, Friday April 29th. He is survived by his widow, five sons Mate, William, Olin, (should be Orin) of Hecla South Dakota, Harry and Lowell of Grand Rapids, three daughters, Mrs Burlingham of Grand Rapids, Mrs Fred Gallegar and Mrs Chas Engebretsen of Howard City, 29 grandchildren and ten great grandchildren.

The body was brought to Howard City where services were held at the M.E. church, Tuesay at 1p.m. Mr Scott until his recent illness had been working in a Grand Rapids factory. Mr. Scott was one of the very first setttlers in Reynolds township and spent most of his life here. He was highly respected by all who knew him, was a kind husband and considerate father. Mr. Scott, before moving here serveral years ago was a practical farmer.

See Emma A. Scott.

Submitted by June Barber

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SCOTT, EMMA ANN MASON

From Howard City Record, January 1935

Mrs. E.A. Scott passes at 65.

Mrs. Emma A Scott, aged 65, widow of Alfred W. Scott, one of Reynolds township earliest pioneers passed away Thursday afternoon at the home of her son Lowell, 2263 Wyoming Ave, Wyoming Park. Surviving are five sons, three daughters, numerous grandchildren and a sister Mrs. E.B. Morgan of Saginaw. Prayer was offered at the on Wyoming Ave. at 12 o'clock Saturday. Funeral services were held at 2pm at the Methodist Episcopal Church at Howard City, in charge of Revs. Price and Prosser.

Mrs. Scott was a practical nurse. She was highly esteemed by a wide circle of friends, she was a good mother, a kind neighbor and a loyal friend.Emma Ann Mason was born in Huron County Ontario Canada to John Mason and Sara Witmer Mason. She came to Michigan at the age of nine years and was united in marriage to Alfred W. Scott March 9th 1869. To this union were born eight children, six sons, William of Warren Oregon, Orin of Howard City, Harry and Lowell of Wyoming Park MI Lee, who passed away in 1916 and John who died in infancy. Two daughters, Mrs Edith Gallegar of Stanton MI and Mrs Kate Engebretsen of Howard City. She is also survivied by two step-children, Mrs Lavina Burlingham of Caledonia MI and Mate of Hecla SD, 23 grandchildren and a sister Mrs EB Morgan of Saginaw.

She departed from this life on January 3, 1935 at the age of 65 years, four months and 21 days.

Submitted by June Barber

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SCHUTTE, EDWIN DANIEL "ED"

Daily News, Greenville, MI - Tuesday, March 16, 1999
Greenville - Edwin Daniel "Ed" SCHUTTE, 64, Lincoln Lake Road, Gowen, passed away Sunday morning, March 14, 1999, at his home surrounded by his loving family.

The son of John Frederick and Anna Kay BENEDICT SCHUTTE, he was born Oct. 7, 1934, in Greenville.

Ed was a veteran of both the Korean and Vietnam conflicts and served with the U.S. Navy for 10 years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and restoring farm tractors. He was employed as a press operator at Frigidaire Home Products in Greenville.

On Feb. 27, 1960, in Fontana, Calif., he married Linda MILLER, who survives. Other survivors are his mother, Anna Kay SCHUTTE-WOODS of Greenville; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Julie HAMMAN of Kentwood, Mary and Jim TAFT, Stephanie and Bob CARY, all of Gowen; two sons and daughters-in-law, Edwin Daniel "Dan" II and Denise SCHUTTE, Joe and Donna SCHUTTE, all of Gowen; one sister, Julia ANDERSON of Gowen; one brother and sister-in-law, John Frederick and Mary SCHUTTE of Greenville; his mother-in-law, Lillian MILLER of Fontana, Calif.; one brother-in-law, Stanford R. MILLER of Fontana, Calif.; one sister-in-law, Mary and Gary THIES of Arroyo Grande, Calif.; 10 grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, John Frederick SCHUTTE; his father-in-law, Stanford T. MILLER; and one son-in-law, Lyle HAMMAN.

Funeral services will be Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Brown-Teman Funeral Home, Greenville, with the Rev. Jeff Meyer of Oakwood Christian Reformed Church officiating. Military honors, rendered by the Ray I. Booth American Legion Post 101, will follow the services. Burial will be in St. Charles Catholic Cemetery, Greenville.

Envelopes for memorial contributions, which may be made to Hospice or Visiting Nurse Association, are available at the funeral home, where the family will receive relatives and friends today from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
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SEAMAN, IVA IRENE

Daily News, Greenville, MI - Monday, June 21, 1999
Crystal - Iva Irene SEAMAN, 94, of Carson City, formerly of Sumner, died Saturday, June 19, 1999, at Kent Community Hospital, Grand Rapids.

She was born on Aug. 11, 1904, in Crystal, the daughter of Albert and Edna RIES CONNER. On Aug. 11, 1923, she married Wesley GEE. She was a mother, a grandmother and a homemaker.

Survivors are one daughter, Barbara BRADLEY of Wyoming; three grandchildren, Roger BRADLEY, Belinda SMITH, Patricia BARSZEWSKI; and 7 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by three husbands, Wesley GEE, Floyd BOLLINGER and Otis O. SEAMAN; one son, Bernard; one grandson, Duwayne BRADLEY; one brother and one sister.

Funeral services are Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the Lux and Schnepp Funeral Home, Crystal. Officiating will be Pastors Darold Hill and Gaylon Majors. Burial will be in Sumner Cemetery.

Visitation will be Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

Donations may be made to the American Heart Association.
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SEAT, LEO J.

Daily News, Greenville, MI - Monday, September 20, 1999
Lakeview - Leo J. SEAT, 85, of St. Louis, formerly of Lakeview, passed away Friday, Sept. 17, 1999, at the Schnepp Health Care Center, St. Louis.

Mr. SEAT was preceded in death by his wife, Dorotha, in 1992; one brother, Maurice; two sisters, Delma and Leona; one half brother, Lyle SEAT.

He is survived by a special friend, Irene BROWN; one son, Del SEAT of Battle Creek; two daughters and sons-in-law, Lorraine and Dick WEED of Morley, Carol and Tim YEN of Grand Rapids; seven grandchildren, Roxie, Tony, Duane, Steve, Tina, Jeff and Maria; one brother and three sisters-in-law, LeRoy and Kate SEAT of Six Lakes, Ruth ROBLE and Helen SEIBER; several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Funeral services were 11 a.m. today at Youngman-McCullough Funeral Chapel, Lakeview, with Pastor Ed Slate officiating. Interment was in West Pine Cemetery.
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SEELEY, R. C.

Daily News, Greenville, MI - Thursday, November 4, 1999
Belding - R. C. SEELEY, 87, of Belding, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 3, 1999, at his residence.

He was born Sept. 10, 1912, in Otisco Township, to Lewis and Blanche JOSLYN SEELEY.

He graduated from Belding High School with the class of 1931. He was a lifelong area farmer and was a member of ASCS serving in various positions, and the Otisco Township Board of Review for 30 years.

He was married Feb. 20, 1932, in LaGrange, Ind., to Irene BARLOW. She survives. He is also survived by many close friends and neighbors.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Friday at Shiloh Community Church, Orleans with the Pastors Kenneth Martin and Kenneth Harger officiating. Interment will be in Smyrna Cemetery.

Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church.

Memorials may be made to the Belding Historical Society or the Alvah N. Belding Library.

The family is being served by Johnson Funeral Home, Belding.
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SELLECK, CHARLES H.

Daily News, Greenville, MI - Tuesday, September 21, 1999
Ionia - Charles H. SELLECK, 84, of Fenwick, passed away Monday morning, Sept. 20, 1999, at Metron of Belding.

He was born Feb. 16, 1915, in Orleans, the son of Charles and Myrtle BUCKLEY SELLECK, and was a Ronald Township resident all his life.

Charlie farmed in Ronald Township and also was briefly employed at General Motors Oldsmobile Plant in the early 1940s. He also was employed by Gibson Refrigeration for 25 years until his retirement in 1975.

He married the former Helen LINDLEY FOLTZ KENNY in 1967.

Surviving are his wife, Helen; three children and their spouses, Harry and Barbara SELLECK of Muskegon, Karolyn and James VAN NOORD of Sparta, Marcia and Steve FOUNTAIN of Ionia; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; five stepchildren and their spouses, Dorothy and Bert BENNETT of Orleans, Robert and Delores KENNY of Belding, Josephine and Joe BROWN of Greenville, Pat and John CURRIGAN of Holt, James and Marion KENNY of Greenville; 14 stepgrandchildren, 19, stepgreat-grandchildren, and eight stepgreat-great-grandchildren; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Cleve and Janette SELLECK of Fremont, Dean and Mabel SELLECK of Hastings, Jerry and Celia SELLECK of Ionia; five sisters and one brother-in-law, Hazel BOLLINGER of Ionia, Sylvia CHURCH of Florida, Ethel QUENBY of Lansing, Addie and Gordon HIGBEE of Orleans, Hattie TATOSIAN of Florida.

He was preceded in death by one stepdaughter, Margorie ORR, and one brother, J. B. SELLECK.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Cook Funeral Home, downtown Ionia, with the Rev. Kenneth Harger, of Shiloh Community Church, officiating. Interment will be in Balcom Cemetery.

Visitation will be Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Rich St. Chapel of Cook Funeral Home, Ionia.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association in c/o Cook Funeral Home.
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SENN, EDWARD ARTHUR

Daily News, Greenville, MI - Tuesday, August 31, 1999
Greenville - Edward Arthur SENN, 65, of Dickerson Lake, Stanton, died Saturday, Aug. 28, 1999, peacefully at his home.

He was born in Grand Haven on March 23, 1934, the son of Edward S. and Alice F. SCHULTZ SENN.

Ed graduated from Greenville High School in 1951 and was employed as a tool and die maker working the past several years at Jordan Manufacturing in Belding. He was a member of Hope Lutheran Church, Stanton, and Pheasants Forever in Montcalm County.

He married Iris M. SCHERMERHORN in Greenville on Jan. 12, 1952.

He was preceded in death by his father on May 19, 1967; his mother on April 2, 1996; a twin grandson, Michael Arthur SENN on Dec. 18, 1991; one brother-in-law, John HODGSON, on June 13, 1992.

Surviving are his wife of 47 years, Iris; four sons and daughters-in-law, Edward and Linda of Stanton, Gary and Darlene, Steven and Pamela, all of Sheridan, Daniel and Shawn of Stanton; seven grandchildren, John Edward, Jason Daniel, Stacey Jo, Jeremie Jay, Shannan Marie, Gavin Cole, Jamie Lee; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Esther and Harold PETERMAN, Mary Jane HODGSON, all of Greenville; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Robert and Deanna SENN of Sparta, Dale and Cathy SENN of Traverse city; one sister-in-law, Anna THOMPSON of Stanton; his aunts and uncles, Margaret and Alvin MATKOVICH of Grand Haven, Esther HOCKENBRAUGH of San Bernadino, Calif., Bernard and Elaine SCHULTZ and Walter SCHULTZ, all of Grand Haven; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Hurst Funeral Home, Greenville, with the Rev. Alsen K. Wenze, pastor of Hope Lutheran Church, officiating. Burial will be in Rest Haven Memory Gardens, Belding.

Visitation is today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hope Lutheran Church or Hospice.
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SHAFFER, JANICE NAOMI

Daily News, Greenville, MI - Friday August 13, 1999
Carson City - Janice Naomi SHAFFER, 62, of Carson City, died Wednesday, Aug. 11, 1999, at Carson City Hospital.

She was born March 7, 1937, in Cadillac, the daughter of Arnold and Evelyn PARRISH RAULIN.

She married Lyle Lee SHAFFER on June 8, 1956, in Spokane, Wash.

She was a member of the Calvary Lutheran Church in Carson City and a member of the Altar Guild. She worked for Carson City Schools as a supervisor in the food service department, retiring after 30 years of service.

She is survived by her husband, Lyle Lee SHAFFER of Carson City; one daughter and son-in-law; Brenda Lee and David SMITH of St. Johns; two grandchildren, Shawn and Krista SMITH of St. Johns; four brothers and three sisters-in-law, Ron and Deeanna RAULIN of Belding, Jerry and Sharon PARRISH of Traverse City; Larry PARRISH of Hoxeyville.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Arnold and Evelyn RAULIN.

Funeral services will be noon Saturday at Calvary Lutheran Church, Carson City, with the Rev. Kenneth Williamson officiating. Interment will be in Bloomer Township Cemetery, Carson City.

Visitation will be today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Lux and Schnepp Funeral Home, Carson City.

In lieu of flowers the family is requesting memorial donations to the Calvary Lutheran Church, Carson City.
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SHAFFER, NORMAN E.

Daily News, Greenville, MI - Tuesday, March 23, 1999
Crystal - Norman E. SHAFFER, 62, Crystal, died Monday, March 22, 1999, at his home.

He was born Nov. 25, 1936, in Saginaw, to Rayburn Norman and Azilia ANDREWS SHAFFER.

He married Helen L. HAYS on March 26, 1955, in Livonia.

He is survived by his wife, Helen of Crystal; two daughters and one son-in-law, Mary Ann and Bruce HUMMEL of Carson City, Cynthia SHOWALTER of Lansing; two sons and daughters-in-law, Norman and Veronica SHAFFER of Stanton, Craig and Laurie SHAFFER of Sheridan; 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Lyle and Janice SHAFFER of Carson City, Royce and Marjory SHAFFER of Elm Hall.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Carlene.

Funeral services will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the Lux and Schnepp Funeral Home, Crystal, with the Rev. William Belko officiating. Interment will be in Crystal Cemetery, Crystal.

Visitation will be today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Central Michigan Hospice. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.
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SHELLMAN, GERALDINE M.

Daily News, Greenville, MI - Friday, October 8, 1999
Sheridan - Geraldine M. SHELLMAN, 69, of 8777 N. State Road, Orleans, died Thursday, Oct. 7, 1999, at her home.

She was born Aug. 19, 1930, in Ionia, the daughter of Gerald and Inez BUCK MISNER.

Mrs. SHELLMAN was a longtime resident of the Orleans area and was a member of the VFW Post 5065 Ladies Auxiliary of Sheridan.

She is survived by three daughters and one son-in-law, Patricia LARSEN, Susan LARSEN, both of Orleans, Kathy and Wayne GEISTER of Fenwick; one son, Gerald SHELLMAN of Orleans; two grandhildren, Eric and Sara GEISTER; one great-granddaughter, Zoe GEISTER; two sisters and one brother-in-law, Judy THORN of Blanchard, Delores and Lemuel FREEMAN of Lyons; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Robert and Sandy MISNER of Ionia, Arthur and Georgia MISNER of Morley.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Stebbins and Simpson Funeral Home, Sheridan, with the Rev. Kenneth Harger, of Shiloh Community Church, officiating. Interment will be in Palo Cemetery.

Visitation will be today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the funeral home.
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SHEPARD, BLAKE ALLEN "BUDDY"

Daily News, Greenville, MI - Tuesday, July 6, 1999
Greenville - Blake Allen "Buddy" SHEPARD, 8, Greenville, died Sunday, July 4, 1999, at home, after a struggle with leukemia.

He was born May 10, 1991, in Wayne, the son of Tammy HUFFMAN and Allen SHEPARD.

Blake just completed the second grade at Baldwin Heights Elementary School, Greenville.

He is survived by his parents, Tammy and Dale HOLLIDAY of Greenville, Allen SHEPARD of Romulus; his brothers and sisters, Matthew HUFFMAN, Heather SHEPARD, Ann HOLLIDAY, Christopher HOLLIDAY, Joshua SCARBERRY; his grandparents, Aldred and Beatrice SHEPARD of Romulus, Marsha and David HOLLIDAY of Greenville; his great-grandmother, Zora SHEPARD of Lakeview; his aunts and uncles, Anna CAMPBELL, Theresa and Frank DORE, all of Wayne, Arthur and Lisa HUFFMAN of Baltimore, Md., David and Joy SHEPARD of Jackson, Eunice and Ron FERGUSON, Carrie and Gerald DALTON, all of Belleville; and several cousins.

Blake has gone to follow his angels. Please join us in celebrating the new happiness Blake now has found with funeral services on Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Hurst Funeral Home, Greenville, with Pastor Wayne Otto, of Greenville Community Church, officiating. Burial will be in Rest Haven Memory Gardens, Belding.

Visitation will be Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family.
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SHIVELY, GORDON L.

Daily News, Greenville, MI - Tuesday, October 12, 1999
Belding - Gordon L. SHIVELY, 63, of Belding, passed away Saturday, Oct. 9, 1999, at United Memorial Hospital, Greenville.

He was born Aug. 24, 1936, in Alma, to Robert and Audra FITZGERALD SHIVELY.

Gordon proudly served his country during the Korean War.

He is survived by his children, Cherie Lynn SHIVELY of Vestaburg, Lauri TRUDELL of Auburn, Lisa SHIVELY of Davison, Karen BILLINGS of Charlotte, Gordon Leroy SHIVELY of Vestaburg, Scott SHIVELY of Edmore and Rick SHIVELY of St. Louis; 14 grandchildren and one great-grandchild; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Carl and Pat SHIVELY of Nashville, Tenn., Robert and Melody SHIVELY of Belding; one sister, Peggy ROWLAND of Sheridan.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Johnson Funeral Home, Belding, with pastor Kenneth Harger officiating. Interment will be Richland Township Cemetery, Vestaburg.

In keeping with Gordon's wishes, there will be no visitation. The family will receive relatives and friends one hour prior to the service.

Memorials may be made to the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans.
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SHORT, BESSIE

Daily News, Greenville, MI - Thursday, December 16, 1999
Crystal - Bessie SHORT, 87, of Carson City, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 14, 1999, at Metron of Greenville.

She was born Sept. 21, 1912, in Linden, Iowa, the daughter of Clyde V. and Lelia Marlene BURGGREN.

She married Ira O. SHORT on Aug. 26, 1929, in DesMoines, Iowa. She moved to the Lansing area from Iowa in 1929, and then moved to Crystal in 1948. She worked for Ore-Ida in the packaging and bookkeeping departments from 1963 until her retirement in 1972. She was a life member of the Order of Eastern Star, Rebekahs and the VFW Women's Auxiliary of Sheridan.

She is survived by three daughters and two sons-in-law, LaVera Jeane NEIL of Lansing, Ruby L. BERKIMER of Crystal, Lelia B. and Thomas MANN of Grand Rapids; two sons and daughters-in-law, Vernon C. and Elizabeth SHORT of Sheridan, James I. and Marlene SHORT of Stanton; 17 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Francis and Haute PIKE of Holt, Melvin and Jane PIKE of East Lansing, Pearl and Jean PIKE of Texas.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ira; two brothers, Virgil BURGGREN and John PIKE; and three grandchildren, Stanley SHORT, Jimmie RESPONDEK and Beth Ann MANN.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Lux and Schnepp Funeral Home, Crystal, with the Rev. Rolla Timmons officiating. Interment will be in Crystal Cemetery.

Visitation will be today from 7 to 9 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.
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SIMONS, PETER J.

Daily News, Greenville, MI - Tuesday, March 16, 1999
Rockford - Peter J. SIMONS Jr., 73, Stanton, formerly of Rockford, passed away Sunday, March 14, 1999, at his residence.

He attended St. Bernadette of Lourdes and was a former member of Our Lady of Consolation Catholic Church. Pete was a life and casualty insurance agent and the former owner of Simons Insurance Agency. He proudly served his country as a gunner on a B-52 during World War II in the U.S. Army/Air Corps and was previously a commander at the American Legiion, Merrit Lamb Post 102. An avid sports person, Pete had the distinction of having bowled a perfect game, and in golf, he achieved a hole-in-one and a double eagle on the ninth hole at Silver Lake Country Club, where he played a lot. Pete was a former president of the Rockford Area Chamber of Commerce.

He is survived by his sons, Peter J. SIMONS III of Rockford, Jeffrey S. SIMONS of Stanton; his grandchildren, Joshua S. SIMONS of California, Rachael SIMONS of Chicago, Matthew SIMONS of England, Aaron SIMONS of Pierson; his brother and sister, Jim and June SIMONS of Colorado Springs, Colo., Lorraine "Sis" SIMONS of Newaygo; his sisters-in-law, Sophie SIMONS of Grand Rapids, Margaret SIMONS of Rockford; and nieces and nephews.

The Mass of Christian burial for Mr. SIMONS will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Our Lady of Consolation Catholic Church, Rockford, with the Revs. Thomas Page and Tom Simon as celebrants. Interment will be in Rockford Cemetery with military honors under the auspices of the Kent County Honor Guard.

The rosary will be prayed 8 p.m. today at Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford.

Friends may celebrate Pete's life with his family from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 10:30 a.m. Wednesday until the time of service at the church.

Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider St. Bernadette of Lourdes, 1051 E. Howard City Road, Edmore, 48829-9757.
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SINCERE, THERESSA A.

Source: Grand Rapids Press, Saturday, November 30, 1974

Mother, Daughter Killed in Accident

Funeral services for Theressa A. Sincere, 20, and her three year old daughter Michele, will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at the Stebbins-Simpson Mortuary in Sheridan. Burial will be in Sheridan Cemetery.

Mrs. Sincere, native of Ionia and a graduate of Chippewa Hills High School, and her daughter, both of 35 Stewart St., SW, were killed in an auto accident Wednesday night on US2 near Manistique.

Survivors of Mrs. Sincere include her husband, Gerald; a son, Jason; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Rolland Krouse of Reed City; a brother, Richard Krouse of Hastings; and a sister, Mrs. Keith (Pricilla) Geasler of Rockford.
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SINCLAIR, HARLEY N.

Daily News, Greenville, MI - Saturday, June 5, 1999
Sheridan - Harley N. SINCLAIR, 89, 1751 E. Boyer Road, Fenwick, passed away Friday, June 4, 1999, at Sheridan Community Hospital.

He was born Feb. 6, 1910, in Sheridan, the son of Eugene and Lena BENNETT SINCLAIR.

He married Norma L. HAYSMER on Jan. 5, 1935, in Sheridan.

Mr. SINCLAIR had been a lifelong resident of the Sheridan area, where he farmed all his life. And as a member of the famed "Geritol Gang," he provided music and entertainment for many years to senior citizens throughout the area. In addition, he was a member of the Dulcimer Club.

He is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Ann and Dick WARNER of Sheridan; one son and daughter-in-law, Melvin and Caroline SINCLAIR of Fenwick; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; one sister, Flossie BROWN of Fenwick; and one brother, Cloise SINCLAIR of Sheridan.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Norma L. SINCLAIR, on Dec. 22, 1995; and one sister, Erma STAINES.

Funeral services are 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Stebbins & Simpson Funeral Home, Sheridan, with Pastor Larry Nalett officiating. Interment is at the Sheridan Cemetery.

Visitation will be 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

The family suggests memorial considerations to Fenwick United Methodist Church.
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SKIFF, FRANK J.

Daily News, Greenville, MI - Monday, January 25, 1999
Sheridan - Frank J. SKIFF, 56, 4960 S. Tow Road, Sheridan, passed away Sunday, Jan. 24, 1999, at his home.

He was born July 15, 1942, in Detroit, the son of Frank C. and Margaret PETERS SKIFF.

Mr. SKIFF was a resident of the Sheridan area since 1974 and worked at Frigidaire for 25 years before retiring.

He is survived by his wife, Judy SKIFF; three daughters and sons-in-law, Roxanne and Richard BALFOUR of Hudsonville, Sue and Walter SIMONS of California, Rhonda and Rick WALDORF of Sheridan; his mother, Margaret SKIFF; one brother, Michael SKIFF; and seven grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Memorial services will be Wednesday at 1 p.m. at the Stebbins & Simpson Funeral Home, Sheridan.

The family suggests memorial considerations to the American Cancer Society.
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SLOCUM, JOHN A.

Daily News, Greenville, MI - Saturday, April 17, 1999
Belding - John A. SLOCUM, 29, of 8276 Judevine Rd., Palo, died Thursday, April 15, 1999.

He was born on April 28, 1969, in Belding.

He is survived by his mother, Sally Ann MCMILLAN of Palo; his father, William H. SLOCUM of Sheridan; his maternal grandmother, Mildred KING of Fenwick; one sister, Rachel THACKER of Belding; one stepsister, Jeannie SLOCUM of Sheridan; and one brother, Wade SLOCUM of Belding.

Funeral-committal service is today at 3 p.m. at the Huffman Funeral Home, Belding, with the Rev. Kendall Harger officiating. Interment will be in Clear Lake Cemetery, Fenwick.

Visitation will be one hour before the service at the funeral home.
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SMITH, BERTHA B.

Daily News, Greenville, MI - Wednesday, March 17, 1999
Belding - Bertha B. SMITH, 85, Greenville, passed away Monday, March 15, 1999, at home.

She was born April 22, 1913, in Stanton, to Richard and Minnie BUTTERWORTH CASE.

Bertha was the former owner/operator of Hacker Nursing Home, Belding, for more than 10 years, retiring in 1975. She was a member of Belding Bible Church and a life member of Sheridan VFW Post 5065 Auxiliary.

She was married Feb. 21, 1981, to Gordon L. SMITH. He survives along with her children, Frieda MOSHER of Belding, Mary Jane OSTRANDER and special friend, Richard JOHNSTON of Sheridan; nine grandchildren, Gene and Paula BURNS, Mabel SIMON, Dianna RINCK, Cheri and William HONSON, Sandra MOSHER, Cindy and Jeffrey CHERPES, Donald and Anne HOISINGTON, Kevin OSTRANDER, Ledo OSTRANDER; 30 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren; three sisters, Edna DELAMARTER of Lansing, Dorothy and William EDMONDS of Belding, Mildred WILLIAMS of Huntington, Tenn.; one brother and sister-in-law, George and Theressa CASE of Greenville, one brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Lloyd and Doris SMITH of Greenville.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, William HACKER; her second husband, Ansel R. BATTEN; one stepson, Herman HACKER, in 1934; one son, Robert HACKER, in 1945; two sons-in-law, David OSTRANDER, in 1996 and James R. MOSHER, in 1998; and three great-grandsons.

Funeral services will be Friday at 11 a.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home, Belding, with Pastor Kenneth Martin officiating. Interment will be in Alton Cemetery.

Visitation will be Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor's choice in Bertha's name.
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SMITH, EDITH MAY

Daily News, Greenville, MI - Monday, March 15, 1999
Lakeview - Edith May SMITH, 80, Howard City, passed away Tuesday, March 9, 1999, at Kelsey Memorial Hospital, Lakeview.

She was born June 18, 1918, to Marion and Anna ZILKEE SHERMAN in Belding.

Mrs. SMITH is survived by three daughters and sons-in-law, Riley and Jake GROVER, Barbara Jean and Wayne KYSER, all of Cedar Springs, Debra Kay and Daniel Lee HUSTED of Howard City; one son and daughter-in-law, Roger E. and Cindy SMITH of Howard City; 11 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Eva May STURGEON and Laura RUSSELL.

Besides her parents, Mrs. SMITH was preceded in death by her husband, James Emerson SMITH, in 1996, and three brothers, Elmer, Forrest and Charles SHERMAN.

A memorial service for Mrs. Smith was held Sunday at 4 p.m. at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witness, 7450 W. Townline Lake Road, Lakeview.

Youngman-McCullough Funeral Chapel, Lakeview, handled arrangements.
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SMITH, GEORGE W.

Daily News, Greenville, MI - Tuesday, March 16, 1999
Greenville - George W. SMITH, 86, South Clay St., Greenville, died Sunday, March 14, 1999, at home.

He was born Sept. 3, 1912, in McKinley Township, Huron County, the son of Joseph and Alice HILLYER SMITH.

He married Gladys M. FOULKES on Oct. 5, 1935.

He began working at Greenville Tool & Die Co. at its original location of Benton Street in 1947. He retired in 1977 with 30 years of service, but continued to consult with many projects and taught his craft at Montcalm Community College.

He was well known for his superb craftsmanship. People came from all over to have him fix a wide variety of items. He built a 1/16th scale of a steam locomotive and enjoyed taking his family for a ride on his train.

He also loved nature and enjoyed his fishing and hunting. You could find him and his wife, Gladys, almost daily making their morning walk around downtown Greenville.

George is survived by his wife of 63 years, Gladys; their children, Joanne and John SINCLAIR of Stanton, Tom and Pat SMITH of Greenville, Larry and Dorothy SMITH of Centerville, Len and Judy SMITH of Grand Rapids; 10 grandchildren, Tommy and Janie SINCLAIR, David and Janice SINCLAIR, all of Atlanta, GA., Debbie and Ted FLYNN of Stanton, Kathi and Greg SWARTZ, Todd and Kris SMITH, Kim and Bud ANDERSON, all of Greenville, Billy SMITH and Bobbie SMITH, both of Sturgis, Joe SMITH and Jill SMITH, both of Grand Rapids; 13 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren; one sister-in-law, Eleanor HUFFMAN of Canton, Ohio; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by three sisters, Ella, Annabelle and Bea; and one brother, Burt.

Memorial services are today at 2 p.m. at the Hurst Funeral Home, Greenville, with the Revs. Vincent Bryce of St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church and Brian Dykes of Greenville First United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be Rest Haven Memory Gardens, Belding.

The family will greet relatives and friends one hour prior to services.

The family wishes, instead of flowers, memorials be made to Hospice.
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SMITH, GLADYS M.

Daily News, Greenville, MI - Monday, October 4, 1999
Gladys M. SMITH, 85, of Clay Street, Greenville, died at home Saturday afternoon, Oct. 2, 1999.

She was born in Kalida, Ohio, the daughter of Richard and Sarah GRIFFITH FOULKES and graduated valedictorian in the class of 1931 from Kalida High Shool. She then attended Bowling Green University prior to teaching comptometry in Cleveland, Ohio. She retired from the personnel department of Ore-Ida in 1977.

Gladys married George W. Smith in New York on Oct. 5, 1935. He preceded her in death after 63 years of marriage on March 14, 1999. Also preceding her in death were her three brothers, Billy, Tommy and Clarence FOULKES; her two sisters Mary STROW and Harriet STEMEN.

She was an active member of Greenville First United Methodist Church for more than 50 years, where she taught Sunday School and helped set up the Rotary luncheons. She was also active in the Cub Scouts and helped with the Meals on Wheels program.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Joanne and John SINCLAIR of Stanton; her three sons and daughters-in-law, Tom and Pat SMITH of Greenville, Larry and Dorothy SMITH of Centerville, Len and Judy SMITH of Grand Rapids; her 10 grandchildren, Debbie and Ted FLYNN of Stanton, Kathi and Greg SWARTZ, Todd and Kris SMITH, Kim and Bud ANDERSON, all of Greenville, Tom and Jamie SINCLAIR, David and Janice SINCLAIR, all of Atlanta, Ga., Billy SMITH, Bobby SMITH, both of Sturgis, Joe and Kerri SMITH, Jill SMITH, all of Grand Rapids; 14 great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren; one sister, Eleanor HUFFMAN of Canton, Ohio; many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, her wedding anniversary, at Hurst Funeral Home, Greenville, with her nephew, the Rev. Willis STEMEN, pastor of Toledo Trinity Nazarene Church, officiating. Burial will be in Rest Haven Memory Gardens, Belding.

Visitation will be today from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice or the March of Dimes, for the Post Polio Foundation.
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SMITH, HAROLD EUGENE

Daily News, Greenville, MI - Tuesday, April 27, 1999
Lakeview - Harold Eugene SMITH, 93, Lakeview, passed away Saturday, April 24, 1999.

He was born Nov. 10, 1905, in Gahanna, Ohio, the son of Greenleaf W. and Sylvia A. SMITH. The family moved to Lakeview in 1912.

Mr. SMITH was the owner of Smith's Hardware, Lakeview from 1936 to 1958, and Smith's Laundromat from 1958 to 1970.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Sybil Irene; one daughter and son-in-law, Jackie and Keith VARNEY of Lakeview; two sons and daughters-in-law, Douglas and Maria of Bolinbrook, Ill., David and Jody of St. Johns; eight grandchildren, Leslie, Brian, Patrick, Israel, Jackie, Isaac, Darien and Daisy; three great-grandchildren, Forrest, Autumn and Zahna; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Inez and Sylvia; four brothers, Lorenzo, Bruce, Truman and Buren.

Funeral services will be Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. at the Youngman-McCullough Chapel, Lakeview.

Visitation will be today from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.
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SMITH, HARRIETT F.

Daily News, Greenville, MI - Saturday, April 17, 1999
Ithaca - Harriett F. SMITH, 77, of Ithaca, died Thursday, April 15, 1999, at Carson City Hospital.

Harriett was born on July 14, 1921, in Ithaca, the daughter of Donald K. and Sela DAVIS LEPLEY.

She worked as a bookkeeper at Ithaca Elevator for 30 years. She was active with Food with Friends and the Senior Activity Building. She enjoyed knitting and glass collecting. She was a member of the Elks.

She married Lester LeRoy SMITH on Feb. 18, 1940, in Ithaca.

She is survived by three sons, Shayne SMITH of Greenville, Michael SMITH of Trego, Mont., Marvin SMITH of Maple Rapids; 7 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Francis KELSEY of Prudenville, JoAnn MYERS of St. Johns; one sister-in-law, Velma LEPLEY of Maple City.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 1990; her parents; one brother, Keith LEPLEY; one grandson, Scott SMITH; and one great-grandson, Graham BARKER.

Funeral services will be Monday at 1 p.m. at the Barden Funeral Home, Ithaca, with the Rev. Brian Ruth officiating. Burial will be in Ithaca Cemetery.

Visitation will be Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Senior Activity Building.
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SMITH, JAMES A.

Daily News, Greenville, MI - Saturday, March 6, 1999
Las Vegas - James A. SMITH, 49, died Tuesday, Feb. 23, 1999, in a Las Vegas hospital.

He was born Feb. 13, 1950, in Greenville, to George and Elizabeth SMITH of Grattan.

An engineer in the gaming industry, he was an 18-year resident of Las Vegas.

He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Betty SMITH.

He is survived by his wife, Virginia, of Las Vegas; two daughters, Tania ATWOOD and Erin BENSON of Lansing; five brothers and sisters-in-law, Tim and Lynda SMITH, George and Bobbie SMITH, all of Grattan, Patrick and Nita SMITH of Washington, Kevin and Kathy SMITH of Lowell, Brian and Candy SMITH of Greenville; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Sherry and Dan TWEEDY of Arizona, Liz and Pat WILSON of Belding, Kathy and Val RUSSELL of Oregon; two grandchildren.

The funeral was held at Hites Funeral Home in Las Vegas Feb. 26.
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SMITH, LARRY DEAN

Daily News, Greenville, MI - Thursday, November 11, 1999
Lakeview - Larry Dean SMITH, 51, of Lakeview, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 10, 1999, at Kelsey Memorial Hospital, Lakeview.

He was born Nov. 11, 1947, in Lakeview, to Charles and Donna SHELLY SMITH.

Mr. SMITH was employed at General Electric and Hitachi for more than 30 years. He was a volunteer and an assistant fire chief for Lakeview Fire Department, a member of Tamarack Sportsman's Club, Split Shot Bass Club and Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Lakeview.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Mr. SMITH is survived by his wife, Brenda Jean BUCHOLTZ SMITH, whom he married on July 13, 1968, in Stanton; two sons and their wives, Lonnie Wade and Julie SMITH of Sand Lake, Jamie Scott and Connie SMITH of Lakeview; one daughter, Jennifer Jean SMITH of Lakeview; one granddaughter, Elaina; and one brother and his wife, Jeff and Row SMITH of Greenville.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Lakeview. Interment will be in Lakeview Cemetery.

Friends may call Friday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Youngman-McCullough Funeral Chapel, Lakeview.

Memorials may be made to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.
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SMITH, SIDNEY H.

Daily News, Greenville, MI - Saturday, April 24, 1999
Greenville - Sidney H. SMITH, 71, of Muskrat Road, Sheridan, died Friday, April 2, 1999, at United Memorial Hospital.

He was born July 17, 1927, the son of Sidney and Cora BURDETTE SMITH.

He was an employee of Extruded Metals, retiring in 1984.

He married Jacqueline I. MARTIN in Angola, Ind., on July 20, 1951. She preceded him in death on May 10, 1987.

He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Otis and Carl SMITH; and his sisters, Ruby JONES and Betty WILBUR.

He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Jobi and David MALLORY of Six Lakes, his grandchildren, Andrea, Steven and Stefanie MALLORY; a special friend, Rita HORRIGAN; his sisters-in-law, Violet SMITH of Grand Rapids, Helen and Marshall HOPKINS of Greenville, Donna and Jim TURNER of Wapakoneta, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services are 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Hurst Funeral Home, Greenville, with the Rev. Jerrold T. Jones officiating. Burial will be in Rest Haven Memory Gardens, Belding.

Visitation is 7 to 9 p.m. today and 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or Emphysema Foundation.
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SNOW, ALVIRA J.

Daily News, Greenville, MI - Thursday, January 14, 1999
Greenville - Alvira J. SNOW, 75, East Cass Street, Greenville, died Tuesday evening, Jan. 12, 1999, at home in the care of her daughters.

She was born Jan. 19, 1923, in Greenville, the daughter of Harvey and Gladys BADGE CHRISTENSEN.

She was a graduate of Greenville High School class of 1941. She was a member of the Danish Sisterhood and the American Legion Auxiliary Ray I. Booth Post 101, Greenville. She worked at Cedar Crest Elementary School and then for 20 years at Printco as a group leader, retiring in 1989.

She was married to Vern W. SNOW on Feb. 20, 1943, in Rapid City, S.D., where he was stationed during World War II. He preceded her in death on July 17, 1980.

She is survived by three daughters and sons-in-law, Joanne and Terry MAYFIELD, Kristi and Louie GRAY, all of Greenville, Deb and Jack WRIGHT of Belding; five grandsons, Carl SHAFFER, Tony SHAFFER, Michael WRIGHT, David WRIGHT and Max WRIGHT; one brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Delores CHRISTENSEN of Greenville; sister and brother-in-law, Harva Lou and Manuel RABY of Orleans; an uncle, Bruce and Grace CHRISTENSEN of Greenville and Florida; sisters- and brothers-in-law, Dan and Lois SNOW of Coral, June TICKLE of Greenville, Fay and Art WALKER of Sturgis, and Shirley LARGE of Plainwell.

Funeral services will be Friday at 1 p.m. at the Hurst Funeral Home, Greenville, with the Rev. Ken Harger officiating. Burial will be in East Montcalm Cemetery.

Visitation will be today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the funeral home, with memorial contributions designated to the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association or Hospice.
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SNOW, DOROTHY E.

Daily News, Greenville, MI - Monday, May 3, 1999
Edmore - Dorothy E. SNOW, 78, Cedar Lake, passed away Saturday evening, May 1, 1999, at Gratiot Community Hospital, Alma.

She was born Nov. 2, 1920, in Coleman, to Harry and Ethel WRIGHT MEADFORD.

She married Sidney SNOW on June 2, 1942.

She is survived by her husband, Sidney; two daughters and one son-in-law; Beth and Ron FOWLER of Oregon, Carolyn WILLIAMS of Cedar Lake; one son and daughter-in-law, David and Darleen SNOW of Mississippi; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; four brothers and one sister.

Funeral services will be Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Cedar Lake Seventh-Day Adventist Church. Interment will be in Cedar Lake Cemetery.

Visitation will be Tuesday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Stebbins-McCullough Chapel, Edmore.
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SNOW, KATHLEEN JANE

Daily News, Greenville, MI - Thursday, April 22, 1999
Lakeview - Kathleen Jane SNOW, 62, passed away March 9, 1999.

She was born Jan. 14, 1937, to Otto and Francis CHRISTENSEN.

She married Dennis Lee SNOW on Jan. 28, 1956. He died Dec. 5, 1997, at the age of 61. Mr. SNOW was born Dec. 1, 1936. They passed away in Columbia, Tenn., where they had made their home.

Mr. and Mrs. SNOW are survived by one son, Mike SNOW of Grandville; one daughter, Joanne SNOW of Springhill, Tenn.; and one granddaughter, Jamie SNOW.

Mrs. SNOW also is survived by one brother, Otto CHRISTENSEN of Ionia; her twin sister and brother-in-law, Jean and Mick FERGESON of Ionia; and another sister and brother-in-law, Carol and Howard GLADDING of Mecosta.

Mr. SNOW also is survived by three brothers and sisters-in-law, Earl and Violet SNOW of North Carolina, Sidney and Dorothy SNOW of Cedar Lake, Norman and Lillian SNOW of Ohio. He was preceded in death by one sister, Marion.

Graveside service for both Mr. and Mrs. SNOW will be Sunday at 3 p.m. at Cato Cemetery, Gates Road, Lakeview.

The Youngman-McCullough Chapel, Lakeview, is handling arrangements.
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SNYDER, ALAN DALE

Daily News, Greenville, MI - Thursday, April 29, 1999
Ionia - Alan Dale SNYDER, 51, 2601 S. Third Ave. E., Newton, Iowa, passed away Tuesday, April 27, 1999, at Iowa Methodist Medical Center, Des Moines, Iowa.

He was born April 8, 1948, at St. Johns, the son of Wavel Ralph and Lucile Emma GRAHAM SNYDER.

He graduated from Portland High School, class of 1966, and continued his education through military training. He was a resident of Newton since 1995, having previously resided in Troy, Ohio, San Diego, Calif., Hawaii, Japan and Mecosta.

Mr. SNYDER owned Frontier Kennels, where he bred, trained and showed Labrador retrievers. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps for 20 years. He was employed in Newton at the Correctional Release Center facility as a correctional officer, and was jailer for Jasper County.

He was a member of Kellogg Christian Church, the National Rifle Association; Ducks Unlimited, Miami County chapter, Casstown, Ohio; Pheasants Forever and Newton Izaak Walter League. He also worked with Toys for Tots and organized the run for Special Olympics.

He is survived by six brothers and sisters-in-law, Ralph and Rose SNYDER of Inverness, Fla., Carl and Helen SNYDER of Lyons, John W. and Rosie SNYDER of Belding, Thomas and Carolyn SNYDER of Ionia, William J. and Shelly SNYDER of Sunfield, Jack and Ruth DARLING of Ovid; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Edna and Don FALOR of Fowler, Betty and James ROWLEY of Ionia, Delores "Dee" and Phil BRUNK of Carson City; and one sister-in-law, Diane SNYDER of Marysville, Ohio.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Charles P. SNYDER; and one sister, Carol Ann SNYDER, in infancy.

Funeral services will be today at 3 p.m. at the Wallace-Pence Funeral Home, Newton, Iowa, with the Rev. Mike Johnson, pastor of Kellogg Christian Church, officiating.

Michigan funeral services will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Lake Funeral Home, Ionia. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Gardens, Ionia.

Visitation with the family will be Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Lake Funeral Home, Ionia.

Memorials may be made to Iowa Special Olympics.
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SNYDER, GERALDINE L.

Daily News, Greenville, MI - Saturday, July 31, 1999
Belding - Geraldine L. SNYDER, 86, Belding, passed away Friday, July 30, 1999, at the Heartland Care Center, Ionia.

She was born Aug. 20, 1912, in Saginaw to Floyd W. and Ella Mae DE GROAT KINSMAN.

She received her bachelor's and master's degrees from Central Michigan University. She was a teacher in Lansing Public Schools for 20 years. She was a member of the First Congregational Church of Belding and a member of the Women's Fellowship.

She was married April 14, 1934, in Reno, Nev., to Donald M. SNYDER, and he survives with their daughter, Sharla MC LEOD; and special friend, Skip ELLER of Portland.

She also is survived by two grandchildren, Colby DOMBROSKI and Heather MC LEOD; and two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral services are 11 a.m. Monday at the Johnson Funeral Home, Belding, with the Rev. Dick Woodward officiating.

Visitation will be 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the First Congregational Church.
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SNYDER, KENNETH

Daily News, Greenville, MI - Friday, October 1, 1999
Howard City - Kenneth SNYDER, 65, of Coral, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 29, 1999, at Kelsey Memorial Hospital, Lakeview.

He was born Feb. 17, 1934, in Howard City, the son of William and Allie CASTLE SNYDER.

Surviving are his mother, Allie of Howard City; two sons, Donald COX of Detroit, Steven COX of Rockford; three daughters, Debbie VERNIER of Lakeview, Lisa REICH of Cedar Springs, Paula FLORES of Sheridan; 12 grandchildren; two brothers, Charles SNYDER, Alan LEWIS; one sister, Linda PORTERFIELD; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, William; one daughter, Cathy COX; two infant sisters and one infant brother.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Germain-Mohnke Funeral Home, Howard City, with Bud Lewis officiating. Burial will be in Reynolds Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in his memory may be left at the funeral home, where friends may call from noon until time of service at 2 p.m. Saturday.
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SORENSEN, GEORGIANNA

Daily News, Greenville, MI - Monday, December 13, 1999
Greenville - Georgianna SORENSEN, 60, of Trufant, went to be with her Lord and Savior Saturday, Dec. 11, 1999.

She was born April 22, 1939, in Grand Rapids, to Harold and Gladys OSTRANDER RUBINGH.

Georgianna graduated from Sand Lake High School and attended Cowden Lake Bible Church. She was employed at Frigidaire Corp. in Greenville for many years and was a member of the UAW Local 137.

Mrs. SORENSEN is survived by her husband, Robert Sr., whom she married 43 years ago; her children and their spouses, Kathryn and Carl REED of Sand Lake, Wanda and Glen ARMSTRONG, Bob and Terri SORENSEN, all of Cedar Springs; Tony SORENSEN and Ed SORENSEN, both of Trufant; 11 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter; her mother-in-law, Maude SORENSEN of Trufant; her sister, Darlen TOTTEN of Cedar Springs; her four brothers and sisters-in-law, Russell and Donna RUBINGH of Fairfield, Calif., Denis and Uraina RUBINGH of Beacon, Iowa, Donald and Donna RUBINGH of Doniphan, Neb., Pastor Larry and Linda RUBINGH of Grass Lake; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Junior and Leona SORENSEN, Jim and Jean WORKMAN.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her father-in-law, Herman SORENSEN.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Hurst Funeral Home, Greenville, with the Rev. Larry Rolston, pastor of Cowden Lake Bible Church, officiating. Burial will be in Trufant Cemetery.

Visitation will be Tuesday from 1 to 3 and 6 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Cowden Lake Bible Church.
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SOWER, MONTE

Daily News, Greenville, MI - Friday, October 1, 1999
Ionia - Monte SOWER, 45, of Fenwick, passed away from accidental injuries Thursday, Sept. 23, 1999.

Monte was born March 1, 1954, in Belding, the son of William and Katherine OVERSMITH SOWER.

He grew up in Belding and attended Belding School. Monte liked to fish and hunt and really liked his four dogs.

Mr. SOWER is survived by three sons, Scott ANDERSEN of Belding, Richard BEADLE of Ionia, Phil SOWER of Ionia; two grandsons, Sean and Aaron SOWER; his mother, Katherine BELANGER of Long Lake; one brother, Darrell SOWER of Long Lake; one stepsister and brother, Jan and Paul LINDEMIER of Belding.

He was preceded in death by his father, William.

There will be no service.

Visiting hours will be Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. at Cook Funeral Home, Rich Street Chapel, Ionia.

Memorial contributions may be made to Make a Wish Foundation. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.
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SOWLES, CELIA ANN

Daily News, Greenville, MI - Saturday, August 14, 1999
Stanton - Celia Ann SOWLES, 76, 359 Klees Road, Stanton, passed away Friday, Aug. 13, 1999, upon arrival at Sheridan Community Hospital.

She was born Oct. 19, 1922, in Ionia, the daughter of Floyd BEEBE and Jessie BECKHORN.

She married Robert J. SOWLES on Dec. 1, 1942, in Ionia.

Mrs. SOWLES was a lifelong resident of the Stanton area.

Mrs. SOWLES is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Roger and Laura SOWLES of Stanton; four grandchildren, Scott SOWLES, Ruth HALLOCK, Jackie EVERINGHAM, Marty and Becky SOWLES, all of Stanton; nine great-grandchildren; two sisters and one brother-in-law, Ona REED of Matherton, Bessie and Jack PETERSEN of Ludington; three brothers and two sisters-in-law, Fay and Helen BEEBE of Sand Lake, Melvin BEEBE of Ionia, Harvey and Marguerite BEEBE of Rockford; several sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law and their spouses; Frances and Elmer JENSEN of Edmore, Betty VAUGHN of Edmore, Iva GALVIN of Vestaburg, Beverly and Bill MESSMER of Stanton, Merle and Rosie SOWLES of Stanton, Dale and Maxine SOWLES of Stanton; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband on Dec. 4, 1983.

Visitation will be on Sunday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Stebbins & Simpson Funeral Home, Stanton.

Funeral services will be Monday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. Rolla Timmons officiating. Interment will be in the McBride Cemetery.
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SPANIOLO, MARY LUCILLE

Daily News, Greenville, MI - Friday, April 2, 1999
Carson City - Mary Lucille SPANIOLO, 88, Carson City, died Wednesday, March 31, 1999, at the Carson City Hospital.

She was born May 29, 1910, to Lester and Jane FOLEY MANN in Montcalm County.

She married James R. KAVANAGH on April 14, 1931. He preceded her in death on Sept. 28, 1977.

She then married Louis SPANIOLO, who preceded her in death on Aug. 13, 1988.

She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Carson City, and also a member of St. Mary's Altar Society. She graduated from St. Mary's High School with the Class of 1930.

She is survived by two sons, Robert KAVANAGH of Lansing, Padriac and Helen KAVANAGH of Carson City; three daughters, Janet and Jack HAYES of Williams Bay, Wis., Louise LISCOMBE of Santa Barbara, Calif., Rosemary and Jim HAMACHER of Birmingham, Ala.; 15 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren; two stepsons, Bill and Ronnie SPANIOLO of Carson City, Louis "Bud" and Alice SPANIOLO of Carson City; 17 stepgrandchildren, several stepgreat-grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Florence KAVANAGH of Mt. Pleasant; special sister-in-law, Esther and Maurice RIKER of Carson City; sister-in-law, Bernice PATTEN of Florida.

She was also preceded in death by her parents, Lester and Jane MANN; son, Lawrence KAVANAGH; two brothers, Keith MANN and Carroll MANN; two sisters, Virginia MURPHY and Dorothy DAILEY.

Funeral services are 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Carson City, with the Rev. William Reitz officiating.

Visitation is from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at the Lux and Schnepp Funeral Home, Carson City. Interment will be in Maryknoll Cemetery, Carson City.

Memorials may be made to St. Mary's, or to the donor's choice.
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SPANIOLO, WILLIAM JOHN

Daily News, Greenville, MI - Wednesday, June 16, 1999
Carson City - William John SPANIOLO, 79, Carson City, died June 9, 1999, at Carson City Hospital.

He was born Oct. 15, 1919, in Morrice, to Louis and Lutie BIRD TEMPLE SPANIOLO.

He married Veronica S. WYKOSKY on Oct. 18, 1947, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Nanticoke, Pa.

He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Carson City, American Legion Post 80, Carson City, Mark Daniels VFW Post 1735, Perrinton, and was a volunteer fireman for many years.

He graduated from Carson City High School in 1938. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Army Air Corps.

He was part of Spaniolo Food Market in Carson City for 40 years. He retired from St. Johns Ford Mercury, St. Johns.

He is survived by his wife, Veronica S. SPANIOLO of Carson City; two daughters and one son-in-law, Lynda and David ZISCHKE of DeWitt, Luanne AKIN of Carson City; six grandchildren, Joshua, Jason and Jereme AKIN of Carson City, Matthew, Ronald and Joanna ZISCHKE of DeWitt; one daughter-in-law, LaMae SPANIOLO, of Lovettsville, VA.; one sister, Helen OSTLUND of LaCrosse, Wis.; one brother and sister-in-law, Louis F. "Bud" and Alice SPANIOLO of Carson city; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two sons, William L. and Robert S. SPANIOLO.

Memorial services were Friday, June 11, 1999, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Carson City, with the Rev. William Rietz officiating. Interment will be in Mary Knoll Cemetery, Carson City.

Memorials may be made to Carson City Hospital ICU or Carson City Community Food Bank.

The family was served by the Lux and Schnepp Funeral Home, Carson City.
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SPEAR, JANE FAYE ROBERTS

Daily News, Greenville, MI - Wednesday June 2, 1999
Sheridan - Jane Faye ROBERTS SPEAR, 39, 391 Conkey Drive, Fenwick, passed away Saturday, May 29, 1999, at her home.

She was born Sept. 13, 1959 in Carson City, the daughter of Floyd N. and Donna R. O'BERRY ROBERTS.

She married Randy C. SPEAR on August 27, 1989, in Parnell.

Jane graduated from Ionia High School in 1977 and had resided in the Woodard Lake area for the past 10 years. She was formerly of the Belding and Orleans areas. She attended Evergreen Free Methodist Church, Sheridan, and had worked at the Belding Post Office as a mail carrier for 17 years.

She is survived by her husband, Randy C. SPEAR; two daughters, Corinne and Mackenzie SPEAR, both at home; her mother, Donna ROBERTS of Orleans; her grandmother, Marguerite O'BERRY of Sheridan; four sisters, Jackie DECKER and Don HAGEN of Fenwick, Nancy MC CLINTOCK and Patrick MARLETTE of Greenville, Pamela HANSEN and Randy STEWART of Stanton, Julie and Brian BARAGREY of Belding, two brothers and a sister-in-law, Jerry ROBERTS of Orleans, Jim and Connie ROBERTS of Ionia; one sister-in-law, Tammie and Steve YANOWICH of Colorado; two brothers-in-law, Dan and Kim SPEAR of Missouri, Brock and Joann SPEAR of California; nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her father, Floyd N. Roberts, on April 24, 1993.

Funeral services were 11 a.m. today at Evergreen Free Methodist Church, Sheridan, with the Rev. Jim Vandewarker officiating. Interment will be in the Woodward Lake Cemetery.

The family suggests memorial considerations to Jane's two daughters.
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SPENCER, KATHERINE E.

Daily News, Greenville, MI - Wednesday, January 20, 1999
Belding - Katherine E. SPENCER, 82, Belding, passed away Monday, Jan. 18, 1999, at her residence.

She was born Feb. 28, 1916, in Belding, to Stahlin and Helen NEVE SHANNON.

She graduated from Belding High School with the class of 1934. She was a member of First Congregational Church, Belding, the Kate Shannon Fellowship and Order of Eastern Star.

She was married April 6, 1936, to Orville W. SPENCER. He preceded her in death on Jan. 30, 1991. She also was preceded in death by her parents and one brother and sister-in-law, Martin and Loretta SHANNON.

She is survived by her children, Janice and Al JOHNSON of Belding, Shannan and Wendell ELLSWORTH of Green Bay, Wis.; eight grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren; three nieces and two nephews.

Funeral services will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home, Belding, with the Rev. Dick Woodward officiating. Interment will be in River Ridge Cemetery.

Visitation will be Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to First Congregational Church, the Alvah N. Belding Library or Helping Hands Homemakers.
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SPENCER, VELMA M.

Daily News, Greenville, MI - Monday, August 23, 1999
Belding - Vilma M. SPENCER, 76, of Belding, passed away Saturday, Aug. 21, 1999, at her residence.

She was born Aug. 14, 1923, in Ottertail County, Minn., the daughter of John and Elsie HUGHES WARD.

She was employed at Jolly Kids Togs for 17 years and at Gibson's for seven years. The Spencers owned and operated Vacation Lane Cottages in Cadillac for 16 years, retiring in 1989 and moving back to Belding.

She was married Jan. 30, 1943, in East Hartford, Conn., to Henry W. SPENCER. He preceded her in death Sept. 3, 1990. She also was preceded in death by two sisters, Dorothy WOODARD and Joyce BLAESSER; one great-grandchild, Colin PENNOCK.

She is survived by her children, Yvonne and Tom KEITZ of Highland, Larry SPENCER of Grand Rapids, Linda and Duane POST, Gary and Julie SPENCER, all of Belding; 16 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Erma WARD of Bemidji, Minn., Vera LAUSHE of Forks, Wash.; one brother and sister-in-law, Gerald and Joyce WARD of El Paso, Texas.

Funeral servies will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at Johnson Funeral Home, Belding, with Pastor Kenneth Harger officiating. Interment will be in the Orleans Cemetery.

Visitation will be today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association.
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SPOHN, DOLORES ANN

Daily News, Greenville, MI - Monday, September 20, 1999
Belding - Dolores Ann SPOHN, 63, of 1527 W. State Road, Belding, passed away Friday, Sept. 17, 1999, at Spectrum Health Downtown Campus, Grand Rapids.

She was born Nov. 25, 1935, in Ashley, the daughter of Clare and Vivian I. DAVID BETZ. She had a generous, loving heart and worked in adult foster care facilities in the area. She was captain of the Crime Watch Project for Wellington Estates, Belding.

She is survived by her ex-husband, Ray SPOHN; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Ranee and Jeff ZACHOW, Susan HUDDLESTON, all of Belding, Shirley and Jerry COLES of Sheridan; two sons and one daughter-in-law, Thomas and Leatha ROBBENNOLT of Belding, Phillip ROBBENNOLT of Cedar Springs; one sister and brother-in-law, Sharon and Lawrence FOLLETT of Howard City; one brother and sister-in-law, Gale "Bud" and Nancy BETZ of Bannister; 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her first husband, Lawrence ROBBENNOLT, and one sister, Margie CLAYTON.

Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at River Ridge Cemetery, Belding, with the Rev. Kendall Harger officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Cleveland Clinic Cardiac Research Center.

Arrangements were handled by Huffman Funeral Home, Belding.
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SPRAGUE, LLOYD E.

Daily News, Greenville, MI - Friday, October 22, 1999
Greenville - Lloyd E. SPRAGUE, 87, of Oak Street, Gowen, died Wednesday, Oct. 20, 1999, at Metron of Greenville.

He was born in Spencer Township, Kent County, on July 20, 1912, the son of Edward C. and Nellie CORY SPRAGUE and was married to Geraldine G. PETONEY in Gowen on Jan. 1, 1936.

He graduated from Greenville High School in 1931 and worked at Gibson's for 36 years, retiring in 1974.

He was preceded in death by his wife on Feb. 14, 1990; his parents; and one sister, Margaret SHARP.

Surviving are his sons and daughters-in-law, Bradford E. and Wanda SPRAGUE of Greenville, David and Gaylene SPRAGUE, Ed and Reba SPRAGUE, Steve and Dorothy SPRAGUE and Michael SPRAGUE, all of Gowen; 11 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Saturday at Hurst Funeral Home, Greenville, with Pastor Robert Collar of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church officiating. Burial will be in East Montcalm Cemetery, Greenville.

Visitation with the family will be today from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.
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STANKE, ELLA E.

Daily News, Greenville, MI - Saturday, July 31, 1999
Greenville - Ella E. STANKE, 84, of W. Cannonsville Road, rural Trufant, passed away early Friday morning, July 30, 1999, at Kelsey Memorial Hospital-Long Term Care Unit, Lakeview.

The daughter of L.J. and May WARD CRANKSHAW, she was born on Dec. 26, 1914, in Belmont.

Mrs. STANKE was a member of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Greenville.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband Walter F. STANKE, on Dec. 3, 1963.

She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Dawn and Nicholas ARMOCK of Stanton, Delorus and Ronald BROWN of Whittier, Calif.; two sons and one daughter-in-law, David STANKE of Trufant, Don and Della STANKE of Charlotte; a sister, Zella LINDSEY of Greenville; a brother, Earl CRANKSHAW of Gowen; one grandson and his wife, Patrick and Tinnesa ARMOCK of Stanton; and a great-granddaughter, Kayla ARMOCK.

Funeral services are 11 a.m. Monday at the Brown-Teman Funeral Home, Greenville, with Elder Varian Bauman officiating. Burial will be in Coral Cemetery.

Envelopes for memorial contributions to the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints or the charity of one's choice are available at the funeral home, where the family will receive relatives and friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday.
Contributed by Linda Johnston

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STANNARD, FLORENCE

Daily News, Greenville, MI - Friday, February 19, 1999
Rockford - Mrs. Florence STANNARD, 64, Grand Rapids, passed away very unexpectedly on Wednesday evening, Feb. 17, 1999.

She was born on May 17, 1934, the daughter of Clarence and Lucille GANTZ WEAVER.

Mrs. STANNARD was a graduate of Carson City High School. Florence was a loving wife and mother to her family, and is survived by her husband, Harold Jr., whom she married on Aug. 1, 1978; her son, Timothy WEAVER of Cedar Springs; her brothers and sisters, Luella and Russell COLEMAN of Ashley, Stanley and Lois WEAVER of Stanton, James and Nancy WEAVER of Crystal, Margaret WEAVER of Carson City, Douglas and Gail WEAVER of Sheridan; and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Orletta SHEETS, and her brother, Clarence WEAVER Jr.

The service for Mrs. STANNARD will be 1 p.m. Monday at the Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford, with Pastor Harvey Hammond officiating. Interment will be in Courtland Township Cemetery.

Friends may celebrate Mrs. Stannard's life with her family from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
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STARKS, CECIL B.

Daily News, Greenville, MI - Saturday, December 4, 1999
Sheridan - Cecil B. STARKS, 88, of 426 E. Evergreen St., Sheridan, died Friday, Dec. 3, 1999, upon arrival at Sheridan Community Hospital.

Mr. STARKS has been a longtime resident of the Sheridan area, and he retired from the Carnation Company in 1975.

The son of Burch and Nellie WILLIAMS STARKS, he was born June 10, 1911, in Sidney Township.

He married Edna NOALL STARKS on June 1, 1980, in Warren.

She survives along with three sons and daughters-in-law, Philip and Isabelle STARKS of San Manuel, Ariz., Bernard and Carol STARKS of Grand Ledge, LaRoy and LuAnn STARKS of Portland; 11 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren and several great-great-grandchldren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Grace STARKS, in 1978, six brothers and sisters.

Memorial services will be Monday at 11 a.m. at the Stebbins & Simpson Funeral Home, Sheridan, with Frank Detrick officiating. Following cremation the final interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery.

In accordance with the wishes of Mr. STARKS, no visitation is planned.

The family suggests memorial considerations may be made to Rest Haven Homes Inc.
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STEBBINS, ALICE M.

Daily News, Greenville, MI - Thursday, July 8, 1999
Edmore - Alice M. STEBBINS, 78, Edmore, passed away Thursday, July 8, 1999, at Laurels of Mount Pleasant.

She was born April 10, 1921, in Sidney, to Ernest and Alma PETERSEN ANDERSON.

She was a member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Edmore. She graduated from Dermaway University, Detroit, and with her husband, Kenneth, owned the Stebbins Funeral Home, Edmore, for more than 35 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth, and a sister, Frances V. GREYZCK.

She is survived by two daughers and one son-in-law, Nancy L. and Lee LARSEN of Fairfield, Conn., Jo Ann STEBBINS of Hastings; two grandchildren, Leah LARSEN and Christopher LARSEN.

Funeral services will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at Stebbins-McCullough Funeral Chapel, Edmore, with Pastor Wayne Hoedt officiating. Interment will be in Vinewood Cemetery, Edmore.

Friends may call Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the funeral home.
Contributed by Linda Johnston

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STEELE, EVELYN E.

Daily News, Greenville, MI - Friday, May 14, 1999
Greenville - Evelyn E. STEELE, 93, formerly of Friendship House East, Oak Street, Greenville, and for many years of Entrican, passed away Wednesday, May 12, 1999, at United Memorial Hospital Long Term Care Unit.

She was born March 28, 1906, in Stanton, the daughter of John C. and Effie BRADY STEELE.

She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, Greenville.

At her request, no funeral services will be held. Burial will be in Hillside Cemetery, Entrican.

Memorial contributions may be made to Calvary Baptist Church.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Hurst Funeral Home, Greenville.
Contributed by Linda Johnston

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STEELE, IRENE B.

Daily News, Greenville, MI - Tuesday, July 21, 1998
Greenville - Irene B. STEELE, 82, Dade City, Fla., formerly of the Greenville area, passed away March 9, 1998, in Dade City, Fla.

She was born Sept. 5, 1915, in Fenwick, the daughter of Clyde and Elizabeth VAN CAMP.

She was a former employee of Double D Plastics.

She is survived by her husband, Lelan, of Dade City, Fla.; three sons and daughters-in-law, R.C. and Renee STEELE of Dade City, Thomas and Linda STEELE of Adrian, Richard STEELE of Greenville; one sister and brother-in-law, Beatrice and Carl HACKER of Dade City, Fla.; 31 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren, nine great-great-grandchildren; her nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Marshall Funeral Home, Greenville, with Linda STEELE officiating. Burial will be in Entrican Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made in Irene's name to the American Legion Post 101 of Greenville.
Contributed by Linda Johnston

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STEIGER, PATRICIA M.

Daily News, Greenville, MI - Monday, May 17, 1999
Edmore - Patricia M. STEIGER, 65, passed away Sunday morning, May 16, 1999, at Gratiot Community Hospital, Alma.

She was born Dec. 8, 1934, in Detroit, the daughter of Raymond and Leanore WETZLER FRYE.

She was a beloved parent and grandparent of Nicholas and Brandy.

She is survived by Michael, Tammie, Jeffery, Sandra and Terry; two sisters and one brother-in-law, Barbara and Richard, Karen and Sheri, many grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She will be sadly missed by all.

According to Mrs. STEIGER's wishes, no visitation will be held. Cremation has taken place.

Memorial services will be Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the Stebbins-McCullough Chapel, Edmore.
Contributed by Linda Johnston

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STEINER, CONNIE

Daily News, Greenville, MI - Monday, October 11, 1999
Ionia - Connie STEINER, 57, of Ionia, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and friend to many, passed away after a long and courageous battle with cancer Friday, Oct. 8, 1999.

She was born the daughter of Frank and Mary GEISEN QUILLAN on Dec. 19, 1941, in Belding.

She graduated from Belding High School in 1959. She was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Ionia, and the American Legion Auxiliary in Belding for 21 years. She married Rod STEINER in 1971.

Surviving are her husband, Rod; one son and daughter-in-law, Scott and Sheri STEINER of Lansing; one daughter and son-in-law, Pam and Rod KNEPPER of Ionia; three granddaughters, Stacie, Danielle and LeAnna STEINER; one grandson, Joshua KNEPPER; one sister and brother-in-law, Lin and Wayne WHIPKEY of Greenville; nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Joe QUILLAN.

Mass of Christian burial will be offered 11 a.m. Tuesday at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Ionia, with Father Melvin Fox as presider. The organist will be Mary Cusak. Interment will be in Easton Cemetery.

Visitation will be today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Rich St. Chapel of Cook Funeral Home, Ionia, where a prayer vigil service will be held at 7 p.m.

In lieu of flowers you are asked to consider a contribution to the Ionia Area Hospice. Envelopes are available at Cook Funeral Home.
Contributed by Linda Johnston

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STEVENS, ELIZABETH A.

Daily News, Greenville, MI - Wednesday, June 23, 1999
Lakeview - Elizabeth A. STEVENS, 61, of Lakeview, passed away Tuesday, June 22, 1999, at her home.

Mrs. STEVENS was born Aug. 4, 1937, in Mount Pleasant, the daughter of Thomas and Edna GIBBONS.

She was a member of Lakeview Baptist Church.

Surviving is her husband, Marshall STEVENS, whom she married June 29, 1956, in Blanchard.

Also surviving are one daughter and son-in-law, Coleen and Lonny HELMS of Lakeview; two sons and daughters-in-law, Mark and Kathy STEVENS of Lakeview, Brian and "P-nut" STEVENS of Sheridan; her mother, Edna GIBBONS of Big Rapids; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; five sisters and brothers-in-law, Diane and Ken NICHOLS of Six Lakes, Patricia and Russell WELLING of Mecosta, Terry and Dewey TOTTEN of Mecosta, Susie and Terry GRISWOLD of Morley, Dusty and Neil HERSHBERGER of Lakeview; and one brother, Scott GIBBONS of Morley.

Mrs. STEVENS was preceded in death by one son, Craig, and her father, Thomas GIBBONS.

Funeral services are Friday at 1 p.m. at Youngman-McCullough Chapel with the Rev. Zane Abberger officiating. Interment will be in Altona Cemetery, Mecosta County.

Visitation will be Thursday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the funeral chapel.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Contributed by Linda Johnston

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STEVENS, ROLLAND "SPEED" E.

Daily News, Greenville, MI - Friday, July 2, 1999
Lakeview - Rolland "Speed" E. STEVENS, 66, Lakeview, passed away Thursday morning, July 1, 1999 at his home.

He was born April 15, 1933, the son of Clifford and Mildred LEMP STEVENS.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Wanetta COLLINS and a sister-in-law, Elizabeth STEVENS.

He is survived by a special friend Elsie SCHULTZ; three daughters and sons-in-law, Patricia and George MC CLAIN of Blanchard, Toni and Gary YOUNG, Traci and John HOUGH, all of Lakeview; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; four brothers and two sisters-in-law, Gale STEVENS, Ronald and Ruth STEVENS, Marshall STEVENS, all of Lakeview, Edward and Virginia STEVENS of Howard City; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Iola and Jim STEVENS DAVIS of Muskegon, Levanta and Roy CHRISTENSEN of Stanton.

Funeral services will be Monday at 1 p.m. at Youngman-McCullough Chapel, Lakeview.

Visitation will be Sunday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Contributed by Linda Johnston

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STEVENS, WILLIAM H.

Montcalm Co: April 1, 1909, Stanton

Old resident dead.

William H. Stevens, a pioneer resident of this city, passed away last Evening at 9:30 o'clock at his home in the Stevens block at the advance age of 85 years, 5 months, and 14 days. Mr. Stevens was taken to his bed on Feb. 21, and had been confines to his home for the past three months. Deceased was born in the state of Connecticut on October 18, 1823, and came to Michigan with his parents when but a small boy, locating near Salem, Washtenaw county. He afterwards removed Bushnell township in this county and in 1868 or 1869 located in this city. In many respects Mr. Stevens was a very peculiar man although he had some extra good qualities. He was a hard worker and had succeeded in amassing considerable property, although he had spent a snug fortune in the courts. Deceased leaves an aged widow, a sister, Mrs. L.A. Mabie of Bushnell, and other relatives in that vacinity to mourn. The funeral services will be held at his late home tomorrow morning at 8:30 o'clock and internment will take place in Bushnell cemetery beside the remains of his first wife.

Submitted by Cindy Bryant

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STINE, GAYLORD PAUL

Daily News, Greenville, MI - Monday, May 10, 1999
Lakeview - Gaylord Paul STINE, 57, Lakeview, passed away Saturday, May 8, 1999, at Lowell Nursing Center, Lowell.

He was born July 17, 1941, in Deerfield Township, to LaVance E. and Luella MESSER STINE.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers Carl, Vernon, and Bernard.

Mr. STINE is survived by his children, Kristy and Jame CURRENCE of Colorado, Dennis STINE and Amanada STINE, both of Grand Rapids; two grandchildren, James and Michael; two brothers and one sister-in-law; Lyle STINE of Grand Rapids, Leonard and June STINE of Wyoming; one sister and brother-in-law, Pauline and Gerald LARSEN of Gowen.

Funeral services for Mr. STINE will be Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the Youngman-McCullough Chapel, Lakeview. Interment will be in Altona Cemetery.

Friends may call Tuesday from 11 a.m. until time of services at the funeral home.
Contributed by Linda Johnston

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STONEBURNER, DIANE L.

Daily News, Greenville, MI - Friday, April 9, 1999
Lakeview - Diane L. STONEBURNER, 44, of Lakeview, passed away Thursday morning, April 8, 1999, at her home.

Mrs. STONEBURNER was employed at the Montcalm County Road Commission for the past 11 years.

She was born Jan. 22, 1955, to Bertrand L. Sr. and Lois PATTERSON in Carson City.

Diane is survived by one daughter, Robin Lynn STONEBURNER of Stanton; one son, Robert John STONEBURNER of Alma; her father, Bertrand L. PATTERSON Sr. of Crystal; three nieces and three nephews; four brothers and one sister-in-law, Robert PATTERSON of Hubbardston, Melvin PATTERSON of Entrican, Darrell PATTERSON of Colorado, Delbert and Judy PATTERSON of Crystal; one sister and brother-in-law, Kristine and Mark SHEETS of Florida; a special friend, Mona TREE; three grandchildren, Katelynn Ann, Dallas David and Sylvia Louise.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Lois PATTERSON, on Sept. 30, 1993, and one brother, Bertrand L. PATTERSON Jr., on May 10, 1997.

Funeral services are Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Youngman-McCullough Chapel, Lakeview, with the Rev. Eugene Kooi officiating.

Visitation is Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Montcalm County or American Cancer Society.
Contributed by Linda Johnston

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STOUDT, GERALDINE RUTH

Daily News, Greenville, MI - Saturday, December 11, 1999
Carson City - Geraldine Ruth STOUDT, 84, of Carson City, died Thursday, Dec. 9, 1999, at Sheridan Community Hospital.

She was born Feb. 16, 1915, in North Shade Township, Gratiot County, to Thomas and Bessie WILSON GARNER.

She married Bernard STOUDT on June 11, 1935, in Carson City.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Carson City.

She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Rihard Roene and Sylvia STOUDT of Holland; two granddaughters and their spouses, Celeste and Daniel MC DONOUGH of East Asia, Kristen and Bryan MEYER of Holland; a great-grandson, Martyn MC DONOUGH of East Asia.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Bernard STOUDT; brother, Theodore GARNER; sister, Joyce FRONEY; and great-grandson, Cameron MC DONOUGH.

Funeral services are 3 p.m. Sunday at the First Baptist Church in Carson City, with the Revs. James Barrett, Mike McAlvey and Ray Mayhew officiating.

Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. today at the Lux and Schnepp Funeral Home, Carson City. Interment will be in Crystal Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church or the Carson City Hospital.
Contributed by Linda Johnston

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STRATTON, DONNA JEAN

Daily News, Greenville, MI - Monday, October 25, 1999
Edmore - Donna Jean STRATTON, 70, of Vestaburg, passed away Sunday, Oct. 24, 1999, at her home.

She was born Feb. 15, 1929, in Montcalm County, to Floyd and Helen MEYERS BOLLINGER.

She was a member of Ferris Church of Christ and retired from Vestaburg Community Schools afer more than 25 years of service.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Raymond and Warren Calvin BOLLINGER.

Mrs. STRATTON is survived by her husband, William James STRATTON, whom she married April 17, 1949, at Ferris Church of Christ; one son and daughter-in-law, Monte and Ann STRATTON of Vestaburg; two daughters and sons-in-law, Connie and Darell HETHERINGTON of Vestaburg, Teresa and Dennis HANSEN of Edmore; 11 grandchildren and one great-grandson; one brother and sister-in-law, Terry and Melinda BOLLINGER of Vestaburg.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Ferris Church of Christ. Interment will be in Richland Township Cemetery, Vestaburg.

Friends may call Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Stebbins-McCullough Funeral Chapel, Edmore.
Contributed by Linda Johnston

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STRONG, CRAIG N.

Daily News, Greenville, MI - Saturday, July 3, 1999
Spanaway, Wash. - A graveside service for Craig N. STRONG, 36, Eatonville, Wash., was held Friday, July 2, 1999, at Maynard Bend Cemetery, Gamaliel, Ark.

Mr. STRONG died Friday, June 25, 1999, in a traffic accident outside of Eatonville. He was 36.

Mr. STRONG was born June 12, 1963 in New Orleans, to John and Pat STRONG of Mountain Home, Ark.

Mr. STRONG graduated from the University of Southwestern Louisiana in 1989, where he majored in architecture. He worked for the National Park Service in Washington, D.C., then transferred to Mount Ranier National Park in 1996. He was in charge of the historic and archeological resources of the park.

He is survived by his parents, who graduated from Belding High School in 1954 and 1955; his brother's family of Houston; and grandmother, Mrs. Norbert HOFMANN of Belding.

A memorial service was held Tuesday at Fir Lane Funeral Home, Sapanaway, Wash.

Graveside services were by Kirby-Conner-Boaz Funeral Directors, Mountain Home, Ark.
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STRONG, MRS. EMMA S.

Kalamazoo Gazette, 06 - May, 2000
Kalamazoo - Passed away Thursday evening, May 4, 2000.

Mrs. Strong was born August 31, 1907 in Trufant, MI, the daughter of Christian and Bolina (Hansen) Jensen, and was a resident here since 1928. She attended Western Michigan University. She was a member of Westwood United Methodist Church, the National Assoc. of Retired Federal Employees, and the Metropolitan Auxiliary. On May 7, 1932 she was married to Levi Strong, who passed away January 28, 1990. She is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Janet and Glenn Roberts of Kalamazoo; four grandchildren, Jerry (Donna) Roberts, David (Carol) Roberts, Debra (Jerry) Havenaar, and Diane (Gordon) Henderson; 11 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by six brothers and one sister. Services will be held Monday at 10:00 a.m. at the LANGELAND Family Funeral Homes MEMORIAL CHAPEL 622 S. Burdick St. with the Rev. Mr. Eric Beck officiating. Private interment will be in Mt. Ever-Rest Memorial Park. Visitation will be one hour prior to services. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Westwood United Methodist Church.

Corrections: Father's name-Christen
Mother's name-Boline (known as Lena)
Siblings-7 brothers and one sister
Surnames: HANSEN, HAVENAAR, HENDERSON, JENSEN, ROBERTS, STRONG

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STUMP, WALTER I.

Daily News, Greenville, MI - Monday, July 19, 1999
Greenville - Walter I. STUMP, 53, of Fenwick, passed away Friday evening, July 16, 1999, at Metropolitan Hospital, Grand Rapids.

He was born July 8, 1946, in Belding.

He was a former auto mechanic for Breimeyer Chevrolet in Belding, and was a musician in a band named Jamarama that performed in the area for benefits.

He is survived by his wife, Valerie; his mother, Mazie HANCOCK of Stanton; his children, Walter James STUMP of Brownstown, Mary Louise STUMP of Stanton, Glen Ira and Bonnie STUMP of Stanton, Robert Charles STUMP of Jackson, Loriee May STUMP of Fenwick; 12 grandchildren; and his sister, Pamela PHENIX of Fenwick.

Graveside services will be Tuesday at 3 p.m. at Fairplains Cemetery, with visitation from 2:15 p.m. until the service time.

Visitation will be today from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Marshall Funeral Home, Greenville.

Contributions to the family will be appreciated and can be left at the funeral home.
Contributed by Linda Johnston

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STURDAVANT, EVELYN M.

Daily News, Greenville, MI - Friday, August 13, 1999
Greenville - Evelyn M. STURDAVANT, 86, of Trufant, passed away Wednesday evening, Aug. 11, 1999, at Cumberland Manor, Lowell.

The daughter of Ignatius and Michaline JASZCZ DOLIGALA, she was born Dec. 28, 1912, in Chicago, Ill.

Mrs. STURDAVANT was employed as a dental assistant and attended St. Thomas Lutheran Church, Trufant.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James F. STURDAVANT, in 1982.

Surviving is one nephew, Dennis DOLIGALA of Chicago, Ill.

A private graveside service will be held at Trufant Cemetery, with the Rev. Kurt Peterson, pastor of St. Thomas Lutheran Church, officiating.

The Brown-Teman Funeral Home, Greenville, is serving the family.
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SUNDERLIN, TANYA

Daily News, Greenville, MI - Friday, March 5, 1999
Edmore - Our dear mother and grandmother, Tanya SUNDERLIN, went to be with our beloved father and grandfather on Wednesday, March 3, 1999.

She was born March 9, 1930, in Lansing, the daughter of Howard and Lucile HULBERT, who resided in Lansing.

Tanya was a great cook and made the best biscuits this side of anywhere on the planet. She loved playing cards and enjoyed giving presents to her family and friends. She will be missed by her family and friends.

Tanya was preceded in death by her parents, brothers, sisters and her husband, Robert J. SUNDERLIN. They were married for 48 years.

She is survived by her two sons and daughters-in-law, Gary R. SUNDERLIN, Steven H. SUNDERLIN, their wives, Jean and Cheryl; one brother, Mike HULBERT; one sister, Kay MILLER; five grandchildren, Matthew SUNDERLIND and his fiancee, April SMITH, Tyler and Casee SODERBERG, Tyrel SUNDERLIN, Chelsea SUNDERLIN, Kylee SUNDERLIN; three great-grandchildren, Jesse BIRCH, Brittanee and Rylee SODERBERG; many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will take place at a later date. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Stebbins-McCullough Chapel, Edmore.
Contributed by Linda Johnston

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SUPP, MRS. ZELLA

Montcalm Co: Stanton Clipper - June 28, 1889
Mrs. Zella Supp, wife of Albert Supp, a daughter of Sylvester Mabie, of Bushnell, after giving birth to a nice baby boy, died on Saturday evening, June 15. Funeral services were held on Monday afternoon at her father's home; Rev. Claflin, of Sheridan, delivered the sermon. Her remains were interred in the Bushnell cemetery. Zella was nearly 24 years old. She had a wide circle of friends. To make her acquaintance was to learn to love her. She was married to Albert about 10 months ago. Their few days together were days of happiness. Her husband deeply mourns the loss of his companion and loved one, as do all her relatives and acquaintances, and in this their bereavement (especially Albert and this little child) they have the heartfelt sympathies of their host of friends.

Submitted by Cindy Bryant

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SUTHERLAND, ILA R.

Daily News, Greenville, MI - Tuesday, February 16, 1999
Lakeview - Ila R. SUTHERLAND, 96, Morley, passed away Sunday, Feb. 14, 1999, at Bonet Care Center, Lakeview.

She was born July 25, 1902, in Big Prarie Township, to Hugh and Maud SCADDEN FRENCH.

Mrs. SUTHERLAND is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, Kenneth and Aletha SUTHERLAND, Glenn and Sharon SUTHERLAND, all of Morley, Lloyd and Pat SUTHERLAND of St. Louis; eight grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne, on Aug. 23, 1980, and three brothers, Floyd, Mahlon and Gordon FRENCH.

Mrs. SUTHERLAND was a member of South Hinton Church.

Funeral services will be Wednesday at 1 p.m. at the Youngman-McCullough Chapel, Lakeiew. Interment will be in Lakeview Cemetery, Lakeview.

The family will greet relatives and friends today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the funeral home.
Contributed by Linda Johnston

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SVENDSEN, AGNES M.

Daily News, Greenville, MI - Monday, December 27, 1999
Greenville - Agnes M. SVENDSEN, 88, of Greenville, passed away Thursday morning, Dec. 23, 1999, at Haven Park Christian Nursing Home in Zeeland.

She was born Sept. 14, 1911, in Marshall, the daughter of Harry and Mary Theresa MC GEE LANSING.

As a child her family moved to Coldwater, where she graduated from Coldwater High School in 1929. She attended Western Michigan University, where she earned her life teaching certificate in 1932.

Mrs. SVENDSEN taught at the former Cass Street School in Greenville and served as principal.

After her children were grown, she resumed her teaching career at Lincoln Heights Elementary, where she taught kindergarten and second grade. A member of the Flat River Historical Society, she loved to read, enjoyed her family and friends, and had a special interest in animals.

On July 19, 1938, in Greenville, she married Allison R. SVENDSEN, who preceded her in death on Aug. 17, 1982. She also was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Harry E. LANSING; and one sister, Isabel FISHER.

Surviving are one son, John SVENDSEN of Sturgis; one daughter and son-in-law, Sally and David FARABEE of Holland; two granddaughters, Molly FARABEE of San Francisco, Calif., Megan FARABEE of Ann Arbor; and her four-legged friend, Lucy.

Services will be Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Brown-Teman Funeral Home, Greenville, with the Rev. Jerry Jones, pastor of First Congregational Church, officiating. Burial will be in Forest Home Cemetery, Greenville.

Envelopes for memorial contributions to the Flat River Historical Society or First Congregational Church will be available at the funeral home, where the family will receive relatives and friends on Tuesday from 1 p.m. until time of services.
Contributed by Linda Johnston

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SWARTZ, HUGH


SWARTZ, MINNIE E.

Daily News, Greenville, MI - Friday, February 5, 1999
Greenville - Minnie Ella SWARTZ, 92, of rural Stanton, passed away Wednesday evening, Feb. 3, 1999, at her home.

The daughter of Henry W. and Alvina LANGE HOFFMAN, she was born Dec. 18, 1906, in Revnille, Minn.

In 1925 she graduated from high school in Renville and in 1927 she entered nurse's training at Blodgett Memorial Hospital, graduating in 1930. From 1933-34 she took a post-graduate courst at Columbia Medical Center in New York City, specializing in pediatrics and public health.

In a nursing career that spanned 42 years, Minnie worked in a variety of duties, including night supervisor at D.A. Blodgett Home for Children in Grand Rapids (1930-31), day supervisor and surgical assistant at United Memorial Hospital(1931-33), private duty nursing at Blodgett, St. Mary's, and United Memorial hospitals (1934-47) and 1957-61), dental assistant to Dr. D. G. Ostrander in Greenville (1947-50), school nurse with Greenville Public Schools (1951-57), and finally as an industrial nurse at Federal-Mogul Corp. in Greenville, retiring on Jan. 1, 1972.

Mrs. SWARTZ was cofounder of the Nurses' Aide program at Greenville High School, helped organize the Future Nurses Club, was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Greenville, and the Blodgett Nurses Alumni Association.

On Oct. 1, 1935, at St. John's Lutheran Church parsonage in Ionia, she married Leo M. SWARTZ, who survives. Also surviving are their daughter and son-in-law, Patricia L. and Alvin J. BUCHHOLZ of Stanton; one sister, Elsie SCHMIDT of Longmont, Colo.; her grandchildren, Craig Sr. and Lori BUCHHOLZ, Gary and Rhonda BUCHHOLZ, Curtis and Karen BUCHHOLZ, Gailyn and Michael DAGGETT; 12 great-grandchildren, Craig Jr., Kasey, Olivia, Derrik and Travis BUCHHOLZ, Kirsten, Trish, and Chelsey BUCHHOLZ, Jeremiah Lee and Misti Ann BUCHHOLZ, Brandy and Dustin DAGGETT, and one great-great-granddaughter, Brooke BUCHHOLZ.

She was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, William J., Paul E., Otto and Gustov A. HOFFMAN; three sisters, Erna HOFFMAN, Alga HERRMAN and Lena POSSEHN.

Funeral services are Sunday at 3 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Greenville, with the Rev. W. Tom Zollman, interim pastor, officiating. Burial will take place in East Montcalm Cemetery in the spring.

Envelopes for memorial contributions to St. Paul Lutheran Church or Hospice are available at the Brown-Teman Funeral Home, Greenville, where the family will receive relatives and friends on Saturday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Contributed by Linda Johnston

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SWARTZ, R. J.

Daily News, Greenville, MI - Wednesday, September 22, 1999
Greenville - R. J. SWARTZ, 79, of S. Baldwin Street, Greenville, passed away early Monday morning, Sept. 20, 1999, at Metron of Greenville.

The son of Rudy and Mae BURGESS SWARTZ, he was born Nov. 27, 1919, in Six Lakes.

A veteran of World War II, he served with the U.S. Army in the Big Red 1 Division. He had worked as a carpenter in construction.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Pearl STORY and Eleanor BERGER.

On July 11, 1947, in Greenville, he married Georgiana FOX, who survives. Also surviving are one daughter and son-in-law, Sharla and Ken STEWART of Greenville; one sister, Beulah SOKOLOWSKI of Muskegon Heights; one brother-in-law and spouse, Ron and Louise FOX of Greenville; two grandchildren, Josh STEWART and Meagan STEWART.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Thursday at Brown-Teman Funeral Home, Greenville, with the Rev. Dave Perry, pastor of the First Church of God, officiating. Burial will follow in Lakeview Cemetery.

Envelopes for memorial contributions to Hospice of Michigan are available at the funeral home, where the family will receive relatives and friends today from 6 to 8 p.m.
Contributed by Linda Johnston

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SWEET, MERIDITH "TIM"

Daily News, Greenville, MI - Tuesday, March 9, 1999
Belding - Meridith "Tim" SWEET, 87, formerly of Belding, passed away Sunday, March 7, 1999, at Metron of Big Rapids Nursing Home.

He was born June 19, 1911, in Grand Ledge, to Robert J. and Sadie L. SMITH SWEET.

He retired from Gibson's after many years.

He is survived by one sister and brother-in-law, Mildred and Jay CHAMPLIN of Belding; one brother, Dana SWEET Sr. of Dunnellon, Fla.; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and one sister-in-law, Berniece SWEET.

Graveside services will be Wednesday at 10 a.m. at River Ridge Cemetery with Pastor Scott March officiating.

Memorial may be made to the organization of the donor's choice.

Arrangements are being handled by the Johnson Funeral Home, Belding.
Contributed by Linda Johnston

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SWIFT, REUBEN E.

Daily News, Greenville, MI - Saturday, August 14, 1999
Greenville - Reuben E. SWIFT, 78, of Ranney Drive, Greenville and Bradenton, Fla., died Thursday, Aug. 12, 1999, at his Greenville home.

He was born in Stanton on April 24, 1921, the son of David E. and Belle E. CLEVENGER SWIFT.

He graduated from Vestaburg High School in 1939. Reuben was a veteran of the U.S. Army in World War II and for 36 years he was employed at Federal-Mogul Corporation in Greenville, retiring in 1982.

He married Betty M. DODSON in Lansing on July 4, 1942. She survives along with their three daughters and sons-in-law, Sherry and Rod ROY of Greenville, Caryl Lynn SWIFT and Bill DICKENS of Hollister, Calif., Peggy and Jeff PERDUE of Pittsburg, Pa.; their grandchildren, Roderik and Tammy ROY, Rhonda and Darren SIGNS, all of Greenville, Katherine and Jennifer PERDUE of Pittsburg; three great-grandchildren, Marcus, Marissa and Stephen ROY of Greenville; two brothers and one sister-in-law, Teddy SWIFT of Silver Spring, Md., Robert and Dorothy SWIFT of Lady Lake, Fla.; three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Leona and Frank TOLESON, Dorlah and George WILSON, all of Stanton, Jeanette KECK of Laingsburg; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his brothers, Arthur in 1988 and Eugene in 1956; his sisters, Ilah WYMER in 1987 and Betty HOWELL in 1993.

Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Sunday at Hurst Funeral Home, Greenville, with the Rev. Harry R. Johnson officiating. Burial will be in Forest Home Cemetery, Greenville.

Visitation will be Sunday from 2 to 3 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice or American Cancer Society.
Contributed by Linda Johnston

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