April 30, 2019

OBITUARIES

MAY 2019

 

BROWN, Alma M. (Cummings), age 96; born March 5, 1922, in Danville, Ill.; died Nov. 1, 2018, in Berrien Springs, Mich. She was a member of the Pioneer Memorial Church in Berrien Springs. Survivors include her daughters, Cyndi Leffler, Vicki Doss, and Cheryl Doss; sister, Betty Philips; seven grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted by Dwight K. Nelson; interment was at Rose Hill Cemetery, Berrien Springs.

 

FISHELL, Inez “Irene” (Bolenbaugh), age 90; born Feb. 22, 1928, in Allegan, Mich.; died Oct. 28, 2018, in St. Joseph, Mich. She was a member of the Pioneer Memorial Church in Berrien Springs, Mich. Survivors include her sons, Randy Fishell and David Fishell; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Funeral services were conducted by John Glass; interment was at Rose Hill Cemetery, Berrien Springs.

 

FITZGERALD, Florence (Wilson), age 89; born March 21, 1959, in Green Bay, Wis.; died Feb. 19, 2019, in Glenview, Ill. She was a member of the Green Bay Church in Green Bay. Survivors include her son, Ray Jr. “Toby” FitzGerald; daughters, Mary (Steve) Marin and Amy (Allen) Maranan; brother, Gregg (Marilyn) Wilson; and five grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted by Pastor Steve with private inurnment.

 

FRUHWIRTH, Emma A., age 97; born Sept. 18, 1921, in Chicago, Ill.; died Dec. 19, 2018, in Evergreen Park, Ill. She was a member of the Burbank Church in Burbank, Ill. Survivors include her son, John Wojcik; daughter, Charlene Partlo; and four grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted by Samuel Indreiu; interment was at Chapel Hills Gardens South Cemetery and Funeral Home, Oak Lawn, Mich.

 

GALLAY, Virginia E. (Syson), age 85; born Sept. 5, 1933, in Cass County, Mich.; died Feb. 8, 2019, in Mishawaka, Ind. She was a member of the South Bend First Church in South Bend, Ind. Survivors include her daughters, Becky Matlock and Barbara Young; and brother, Horbert Syson. Memorial and inurnment took place in Fort Custer Cemetery in Augusta, Mich.

 

HAHN, Wendell C., age 78; born Jan. 16, 1941, in Escanaba, Mich.; died Feb. 8, 2019, in Grand Rapids, Mich. He was a member of the Lowell Riverside Fellowship Church in Lowell, Mich. Survivors include his wife, Vicki (Swanson) Hahn; stepdaughter Jennifer (Lindsay) Rasmussen; and five grandchildren. A memorial service will be conducted by Jay Gallimore on Sat., April 27, at 4:00 p.m. at Thornapple Community Church, Grand Rapids (Cascade Township), Mich.

 

KROLL, Mary A. (Byers), age 72; born Nov. 26. 1946, in Noblesville, Ind.; died Jan. 26, 2019, in Niles, Mich. She was a member of the South Bend First Church, South Bend, Ind. Survivors include her husband, Sam Kroll; daughter, Jennifer Kate Kroll; brothers, Pete Byers and Bill Byers; and sister, Delbe Denda. Inurnment arranged through McGann Hay’s American Cremation Society in South Bend.

 

MANNING, Bonitta (Rowe), age 81; born Dec. 30, 1936, in Battle Creek, Mich.; died Oct. 21, 2018, in Carson City, Mich. She was a member of the Cedar Lake Church, Cedar Lake, Mich. Survivors include her husband, Daniel Manning; sons, Mike and Rick Manning; daughters, Kathleen Walter and Karen Block; sister, Arla Jean Homer; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted by Jacob Gibbs; interment was in North Shore Memory Gardens Cemetery, Coloma, Mich.

 

McMILLEN, Henrietta F. (Caldwell), age 96; born Feb. 7, 1923, in Rolling Fork, Miss.; died March 7, 2019, in Grand Rapids, Mich. She was a member of the Grand Rapids Central Church in Grand Rapids. Survivors include sons, Nathan Hale, Milton Hale, and Phillip Hale; daughter, Valerie Hale; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted by Bob Stewart; interment was at Garfield Park Cemetery, Grand Rapids.

 

MEYER, Helen C., age 84; born June 25, 1934, in Ottawa, Ill.; died June 10, 2018, in Battle Creek, Mich. She was a member of the Battle Creek Tabernacle Church, Battle Creek. Survivors include her husband, William H. Meyer; daughters, Rebecca Easton and Sallie Meyer; sister, Arlene Mertel; and one grandchild. Funeral services were conducted by Pastor David Austin; interment was in Oakwood Memorial Park Chapel Cemetery, Ottawa.

 

MOSHER, Laura Maxine (Stevenson), age 102; born June 2, 1916, in Ashley, Mich.; died Sept. 7, 2018, in St. Johns, Mich. She was a member of the St. Johns Church, St. Johns. Survivors include her sons, Robert Carl and David Michael; daughter, Sharon Rose Mosher; foster children, Kelly Donaldson Hohlen and Donald Barrett; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Memorial services were conducted by Dan Towar and Monte Landis; private inurnment.

 

SMITH, Eva M., age 94; born Oct. 17, 1923, in Gas City, Ind.; died Oct. 5, 2018, in Portland, Ore.; She was a member of the Anderson Church in Anderson, Ind. Survivors include her daughter, Cheryl Wright; six grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. Private inurnment.

 

SMITH, Rosalie (Kitchen), age 90; born June 10, 1928, in Toledo, Ohio; died Sept. 15, 2018, in Holland, Mich. She was a member of the Otsego Church in Otsego, Mich. Survivors include her son, David M. Grant; daughters, Denise W. Ames-Fritz, and Dayna L. Scheerenberg; brothers, Gaylord Kitchen, Michael Kitchen, and David Kitchen; 12 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren. Memorial services were conducted by Pastor Michael Taylor at Otsego Church; private inurnment.

 

WATKINSON-WILKINS, Esther Frances (Beck), age 83; born Nov. 8, 1934, in Carnegie, Penn.; died Sept. 10, 2018, in Stevensville, Mich. She was a member of the Pioneer Memorial Church in Berrien Springs, Mich. Survivors include her daughter, Jacquelyn Hilderbrandt; and sister, Patricia Budd. Memorial services were conducted by Carolyn Strzyzykowski; inurnment was in Rose Hill Cemetery, Berrien Springs.

 

WEESNER, Marilyn, age 85; born Aug. 12, 1933, in Converse, Ind.; died Jan. 12, 2019, in North Manchester, Ind. She was a member of the Cicero Church in Cicero, Ind. Survivors include sisters, Barbara Wazdatskey, Shirley Tucker, and Nova Weesner. Memorial services were conducted by Aaron Clark; private inurnment.

 

WHITIS, Catherine J., age 98; born Aug. 5, 1920, in Indianapolis, Ind.; died Jan. 28, 2019, in Corydon, Ind. She was a member of the New Albany Church in New Albany, Ind. Survivors include her sons, James L. and Harris Lloyd Whitis; daughter, Janine Whitis; brother John Monroe Harris; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted by Eric Freking; interment was at BeanBlossom-Cesar Funeral Home Cemetery.


APRIL 2019

ADAMS, Ila F., age 102; born Oct. 3, 1915, in Mich.; died Oct. 2, 2018, in Anderson, Ind. She was a member of the Anderson Church in Anderson. Survivors include her son, Fred Adams; daughters, Sally Catt and Susan Mundy; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and 4 great-great-grandchildren. Private inurnment.

 

ALLEN, Charles, age 83; born Oct. 26, 1934, in Whitstown, Ind.; died Jan. 22, 2018, in Yorktown, Ind. He was a member of the Anderson Church in Anderson, Ind. Survivors include his wife, Karen (Rost) Allen; son, Matthew Allen; daughters, Cynthia Solis, Linda Batts, Kimberly Gordon; brothers, Kenneth Allen, Wayne Allen, John Allen; 10 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; Funeral services conducted in Charlotte, Mich.

 

BAUERMEISTER, Lois (Ashley), age 96; born Aug. 7, 1922, in Purdy Mesa, Colo.; died Jan. 20, 2019, in Murray, Ken. She was a member of the Metropolis Church in Metropolis, Ill. Survivors include her son, Gary Bauermeister and Jerry Joe Bauermeister; daughter, Ronna Loy Barker; seven grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; three step-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted by Pastor Tom Ferguson; interment was in Fooks Cemetery, Possum Trot, Ken.

 

BLUE, Linda J., age 69; born Oct. 6, 1949, in Niles, Mich.; died Oct. 30, 2018, in Alexandria, Ind. She was a member of the Anderson Church in Anderson, Ind. Survivors include her husband, David L. Blue; her sons, Chris Thomas and Derek Blue; her mother, Juanity (Dubuque) Fuller; and brother, Ed Fuller; Funeral services were conducted by Lee Whitman; interment was at Owens Funeral Home in Marion, Ind.

 

BOISMIER, Fern (Craner), age 94; born June 18, 1924, in Omer, Mich.; died Feb. 13, 2018, in Houston, Tex. She was a member of the University Seventh-day Adventist Church in East Lansing, Mich. Survivors include her husband, Oscar Boismier; sons, James and Gary Boismier; brother, James R. Craner; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and five step-grandchildren. Memorial services were conducted by Jose Rojas and Angel Rodriguez, in Pat H. Foley and Company (Dignity Memorial) Houston, Tex. with private inurnment.

 

CORKE, Dale W., age 67; born Feb. 23, 1951, in Edmore, Mich.; died, Sept. 9, 2018, in Battle Creek, Mich. He was a member of the Battle Creek Tabernacle in Battle Creek. Survivors include his wife, Rita A. (Wilke) Corke; son, Levi R. Corke; mother, Mary “JoAnn” (Stephens) Corke Berean; brother, Stephen P. Corke; sisters, Doreen K. Corke, Cynthia A. Wolfer; and Sharon L. Gradziel; five grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted by Pastor Rob Bernardo, Dr. Randy Haugen and Levi Corke; interment was in East Hickory Corners Cemetery in Barry Township, Mich.

 

DEWIND, Ruth Ann (Hopper), age 80; born Mar. 14, 1938, in Gobles, Mich.; died Sept. 18, 2018, in Berrien Springs, Mich. She was a member of the Stevensville Church, Stevensville, Mich. Survivors include her husband, Frank G. DeWind; daughters, Annettte DeWind, Natalie Marocco, Amy Hubble; Lynell DeWind; Jennifer Ward, Rebecca Mattingly; Leah Bown; 12 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Memorial services were conducted by Dave Gotshall; interment was in Georgetown Cemetery, Hudsonville, Mich.

 

DEWIND, Thomas J., age 57; born Nov. 8, 1960, in Zeeland, Mich.; died Sept. 8, 2018, in St. Joseph, Mich. He was a member of the Stevensville Church, Stevensville, Mich. Survivors include his wife, Sally Hammond; daughters, Janna Quetz and Katie DeWind; father, Frank G. DeWind; sisters, Annette DeWind, Natalie Morocco, Amy Hubble, Lynell DeWind; Jennifer Ward, Rebecca Mattingly and Leah Bown; Memorial services were conducted by Dave Gotshall and Dwight Nelson; interment was in Rose Hill Cemetery, Berrien Springs, Mich.

 

GILBERT, William R., age 75; born Nov. 25, 1942, in Morrice, Mich.; died Oct. 9, 2018, in Owosso, Mich. He was a member of the Lansing Church, Lansing, Mich. Survivors include his wife, Flossie Fitzpatrick; sons, William and Daniel; stepson, Cecil Bowers; daughter, Danel Monroe; 18 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. Memorial services were conducted by William A. Gilbert; private inurnment.

 

KNECHT, William E., age 81; born Oct. 28, 1936, in Los Angeles, Calif.; died Aug. 28, 2018, in Shawnee, Kan. He was a member of the Owosso Church, Owosso, Mich. Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Sutton; sons, Allen and Michael; and eight grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted by Elder Larry Puruford; interment was in West Haven Cemetery, Owosso.

 

LINK, Lavern E., age 90; born Feb. 20, 1927, in Shelby, Mich.; died Jan. 22, 2018, in Grand Ledge, Mich. He was a member of the Grand Ledge Church, Grand Ledge. Survivors include her son, Wendell Link; daughters, Linda Dickerson, Debra Oliver, Pennie Clements, Marcia Cierlik, Joy Burger and Hope Link; sister, Lynn McCalley; 20 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted by Charles Hanlon; interment was in Oaklawn Cemetery, Grand Ledge.

 

MEDINA, Ernesto T., age 79; born April 6, 1939, in Ozamis, Phillipines; died Sept. 4, 2018, in St. Joseph, Mich. He was a member of the Michiana Filipino-American Church, Berrien Springs, Mich. Survivors include his wife, Loida Sarno; sons, Ernesto Paul and Christopher Alvin; daughters, Kimberly Jo Knowlton and Lesley Jean Taylor; brother, Benjaminita Onq; sister, Echiquita Fiel; and eight grandchildren. Private inurnment.

 

MEYER, Helen C., age 84; born June 25, 1934, in Ottawa, Ill.; died June 10, 2018, in Battle Creek, Mich. She was a member of the Battle Creek Tabernacle Church, Battle Creek, Mich. Survivors include her husband, William H. Meyer; daughters, Rebecca Easton and Sallie Meyer; sister, Arlene Mertel; and one grandchild. Funeral services were conducted by Pastor David Austin; interment was in Oakwood Memorial Park Chapel Cemetery, Ottawa.


MARCH 2019

 

BALL, Edith H., age 93; born May 28, 1925; born in Fredericktown, Penn.; died, Dec. 7, 2018, in Indiana, Penn. She was a member of the Waterford Church in Waterford, Mich. Survivors include her brothers, Donald D. and Harold A. Ball; and sister, Marcia Shapiro. Funeral services were conducted at Curran Funeral Home; private inurnment in Conemaugh Cemetery in Clarksburg, Penn..

 

CHARLES, Allen, age 83; born Oct. 26, 1934, in Whitestown, Ind.; died Jan. 22, 2018, in Yorktown, Ind. He was a member of the Anderson Church in Anderson, Ind. Survivors include his wife, Karen (Rost) Allen; son, Matthew Allen; daughters, Cynthia Solis, Linda Batts and Kimberly Gordon; 10 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; Funeral and inurnment was in funeral home in Anderson.

 

CORKE, Dale W., age 67; born Feb. 23, 1951, in Edmore, Mich.; died, Sept. 9, 2018, in Battle Creek, Mich. He was a member of the Battle Creek Tabernacle in Battle Creek. Survivors include his wife, Rita A. (Wilke) Corke; son, Levi R. Corke; mother, Mary “JoAnn” (Stephens) Corke Berean; brother, Stephen P. Corke; one grandchild; four step-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted by Pastor Rob Bernardo, Dr. Randy Haugen and Levi Corke; interment was in East Hickory Corners Cemetery in Barry Township, Mich.

 

GREEN, Richard “Dick,” age 81; born Oct. 10, 1937, in Flint, Mich.; died Dec. 29, 2018, in Shiawassee County. He was a member of the First Flint Church in Flint, Mich. Survivors include, his wife, Sadie (Adams) Green; son, Gregory; daughters, Sharie Dengler and Laura Richard; brother, William; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted by Jonathan Chitwood; interment was at Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, Mich.

 

GREER, Charles D., age 55; born May 22, 1963, in Ann Arbor, Mich.; died Dec. 18, 2018, in Saline, Mich. He was a member of the First Flint Church in Flint, Mich. Survivors include sons, Jose Greer and Aaron Michell; stepsons, Brian, Derek and Tommie Rowlands; brother, Gerald Greer; sisters, Kayla Greer, Tanya Greer and Frieda Campbell; grandparent, Jim Campbell; and nine grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted by Jim Merrell.

 

KUHL, Marilyn J. (Hill), age 90; born Jan. 25, 1928, in Beloit, Wis.; died Nov. 30, 2018, in Green Bay, Wis. She was a member of the Green Bay Church in Green Bay. Survivors include daughters, Sandra D. Sloan and Barbara J. Koch; sisters, Corinne Heredia and Judith Pratt; four grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted by Shirley Carey; interment was in Milton Junction Cemetery, Milton, Wis.

 

MAGRAY, Elizabeth A., age 92; born Oct. 11, 1926 in West Allis, Wis.; died Dec. 12, 2018, in Green Bay, Wis.; She was a member of the Green Bay Church in Green Bay. Survivors include her son, Douglas; stepson, Marvin; daughters, Maureen Hixion, Christine Magray, Denise Groh and Michelle Nooyen; stepdaughter, Vyone Nelson; brother, Robert Visauer; 19 grandchildren; and 28 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted by William J. Ochs; interment was at the New Franken Seventh-day Adventist Cemetery in New Franken, Wis.

 

MERKEL, Ruth E. (Vitrano), age 87; born Nov. 23, 1931, in Milwaukee, Wis.; died Jan. 8, 2019, in Ooltewah, Tenn. She was a member of the Pioneer Memorial Church in Berrien Springs, Mich. Survivors include her husband, Louis Eugene Merkel Jr.; daughters, Elaine G. Hotelling and Marcia L. Irwin; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and one step-grandchild. Funeral services were conducted by Pastor Don Gettys; interment was at the National Cemetery in Chattanooga, Tenn.

 

PILBEAM, Marjorie L. (Satterlee), age 93; born Mar. 23, 1925, in Eagle, Mich.; died Nov. 15, 2018, in Charlotte, Mich. She was a member of the Charlotte Church in Charlotte. Survivors include her daughters, Debra Pilbeam, Carol Patrick, and Sandra Zank; six grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; Memorial services were conducted by Pastor Jerryn Schmidt; inurnment was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

 

PRATT, Judith (Hill), age 81; born June 1, 1937, in Beloit, Wis.; died Dec. 11, 2018, in South Beloit, Wis. She was a member of the Rockford Church in Rockford, Ill. Survivors include her son, Jeffrey Mears; stepson, Robert Pratt; daughters, Michelle Davis and, Sherrie Patrick; stepdaughter, Kathy Pratt; five grandchildren; and one step-grandchild. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Michelle Sisk Davis in Beloit; interment was in Beloit.

 

SCHELK, Eleanor M. (Gordon), age 95; born Sept. 12, 1923, in Oconto, Wis.; died Jan. 6, 2019, in Oconto, Wis. She was a member of the Green Bay Church in Green Bay, Wis. Survivors include her son, Duane Carlson; daughters, Gladys Baun, Cheryl Jensen, Gloria Wilde and Karen Buck; 10 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren; Funeral services were conducted by William J. Ochs; interment was in ?????  Mausoleum in Green Bay.

 

SMITH, Lois E. (Harter), age 95; born Mar. 15, 1923, in Gas City, Ind.; died Dec. 27, 2018, in Gas City. She was a member of the Marion Church in Marion, Ind. Survivors include her son, Palmer Jr. Gregory; daughter, Inez Georgia; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. Funeral services were conducted by Richard Byrd; interment was at the Riverside Cemetery in Gas City.

 


FEBRUARY 2019

 

BYLSMA, Harold W., age 89; born July 7, 1929, in Flint, Mich.; died Oct. 7, 2018, in Grand Rapids, Mich. He was a member of the Holly Church in Holly, Mich. Survivors include his sons, Wayne H. and Wesley B. Bylsma. Funeral services were conducted by Wayne Bylsma and Pastor Daniel Ferraz; interment was in Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly.

 

CHRISTENSEN, Bruce V., age 90; born May 18, 1928, in Detroit Lakes, Minn.; died Dec. 9, 2018, in Bridgman, Mich. He was a member of the Buchanan Church in Buchanan, Mich. Survivors include his wife, Marilyn R. (Kidder) Christensen; sons, James S., Michael B., and Robert G.; daughter, Judi Doty; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Inurnment was in Rosehill Cemetery in Berrien Springs, Mich.

 

DeYOUNG, Beverly, age 83; born Aug. 6, 1935; died Dec. 1, 2018, in Wyoming, Mich. She was a member of the Grand Rapids Central Church in Grand Rapids, Mich. Survivors include her son, Jack; daughters, Denise Scott, Jamie Patchin, Janet Renton, and Dyan Max; sister, Barbara Hall; 14 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted by Elder Michael Mattzela; interment followed at the Rosedale Memorial Park in Grand Rapids.

 

KUHL, Marilyn J. (Hill), age 90; born Jan. 25, 1928, in Arpin, Wis.; died Nov. 30, 2018, in Green Bay, Wis. She was a member of the Green Bay Church in Green Bay. Survivors include her daughters, Sandra Sloan, and Barbara Koch; sister, Corinne Heredia, and Judith Pratt; four grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted by Elder Shirley Carey; interment was at Milton Junction Cemetery in Milton, Wis.

 

POHLE, Myrtle B. (Ford), age 92; born Feb. 7, 1926, in Belleville, Ill.; died Nov. 3, 2018, in Edmore, Mich. She was a member of the Cedar Lake Church in Cedar Lake, Mich. Survivors include her daughters, Beverly R. Amlaner, Barbara F. Quaile, and Cheryl L. Williams; sister, Kathleen Miracle; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Memorial services were conducted by Daniel Jean Francois; inurnment was in Luray, Vir.

 

SCHWERSINSKE, Walter C., age 87; born Oct. 8, 1929, in Fond du Lac, Wis.; died March 8, 2017, in Mount Dora, Fla. He was a member of the Mount Dora Church in Mount Dora. Survivors include his wife Betty (Keys); son, W. Douglas; daughters, Dawn Pokorney, and Vickie Marsh; and seven grandchildren. Memorial services were conducted by Pastor Tom Baker; inurnment was at Lakeside Memorial Gardens in Eustis, Fla.

 

WENNER, Kathleen (O’Haver), age 90; born Apr. 24, 1928, in Rockport, Ind.; died Nov. 28, 2018, in Rockport. She was a member of the Tell City Church in Tell City, Ind. Survivors include her son, Kyle Wenner; sister, Ruth Mitchell. Funeral services were conducted by Pastor Melvin Matthews; interment was in Newtonville, Ind.


 

JANUARY 2019

 

BENSON, Dorothy J. (Hale), age 88; born June 12, 1930, in Highland Park, Mich.; died July 2, 2018, in Ashland, Wis. She was a member of the Ashland Church in Ashland. Survivors include son, Don Robert; daughters, Karen D. Ruppert, Gailee Benson and Julie Ann Brilla; brother, Robert Lee Hale; sister, Gloria J. Nicotera; 11 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren. Graveside ceremony was conducted by Pastor Myoung Kwon. Inurnment was in Roberts Funeral Home Cemetery, Ashland, Wis.  

 

BULLOCK, Luella M. (Chaffee), age 83; born May 2, 1935, in McCluskey, N.D.; died Sept. 11, 2018, in Flint, Mich. She was a member of First Flint Church in Flint. Survivors include her husband, Larry Bullock; son, Michael Chaffee; sister, Clara Heitzman. Memorial services were conducted by Pastor Jonathan Chitwood. Inurnment in Flint, Mich. 

 

BYLSMA, Harold, W., age 89, born July 7, 1929, in Flint, Mich., died Oct. 7, 2018, in Grand Blanc, Mich. He was a member of the Holly Church, in Holly, Mich. Survivors include his sons, Wayne and Wesley.  Funeral services were conducted by Wayne Bylsma and Pastor Daniel Ferraz. Interment was at the Great Lakes National Cemetery, Holly. 

 

CRARY, Ronald Franklin, age 83; born, Dec. 24, 1934, in Madison, Wis.; died Sept. 13, 2018, in Grants Pass, Ore. He was a member of Grants Pass Church in Grants Pass. Survivors include wife, Sylvia Jean Crary; son, Mark (Janell) Crary of Columbus, Wis., and Tim (Stephanie) Crary of Wolf Creek, Ore.; daughters, Andrea Crary (Fred Lehmann) of Renton, Wash., and Faith Charaba (Kenny McMahan) of Harrison, Tenn.; 11 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Memorial services were conducted by Pastor Charles Byrd. Inurnment was in Grants Pass. 

 

HALL, Cheri Jill (Grahn), age 70; born, Aug. 15, 1948, in Madison, Wis.; died Oct. 23, 2018, in DeForest, Wis. She was a member of the Madison East Church in Madison. Survivors include son, Kyle; stepson, Nate Hall; stepdaughters, Connie Schmidt and Ella Hall; brother, Larry Grahn; sisters, Loyala Grahn and Janie Pauls. Memorial services were conducted by Titus Naftanaila. Private inurnment followed.  

 

HANNAH, Bonnie Jean, age 99; born Feb. 2, 1919, in Nevada, Iowa; died Oct. 12, 2018, in Berrien Springs, Mich. She was a member of Pioneer Memorial Church in Berrien Springs. Graveside services were conducted by Dwight K. Nelson. Interment was at Rose Hill Cemetery, Berrien Springs. 

 

HILIKER, Jerome D. “Jay”, age 91; born July, 20, 1926, in River Rouge, Mich., died March 20, 2018, in Petoskey, Mich. He was a member of the Hillsdale Church in Hillsdale, Mich. Survivors include his wife, Carolyn (Hayes); son, James; stepsons, Rick Echola and Gene Dixon; daughters, Michele Lovill and Jane Haywood; stepdaughter, Anna Holeman; brothers, Ollie and Fred. Funeral services were conducted by Pastor Michael Wise. Interment was at the Winterfield Township Cemetery, Marion, Ind. He served in World War II and was highly decorated for his service. 

 

McKEE, Annie M. (Morris), age 91, born May 2, 1927, in Brady, Texas; died July 5, 2018, in Jasonville, Ind. She was a member of the Lewis Church in Lewis, Ind. Survivors include sons, Jerry L. and Steve A.; daughters, Linda K. Crosby, Gwen M. Gonzalez, Kathy D. Eldridge, Patty S. Dyer and Peggy L. Sowers; 22 grandchildren; 62 great-grandchildren, and 16 great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted by Elder Herb Wrate and Elder Vialo Weis Jr. Inurnment was in Stephens Cemetery, Lewis. 

 

MEYER, Helen C., age 84; born June 25, 1934, in Ottawa, Ill.; died June 10, 2018, in Battle Creek, Mich. She was a member of the Battle Creek Tabernacle Church in Battle Creek. Survivors include her husband, William H. Meyer; daughters, Rebecca Easton and Sallie Meyer; sister, Arlene Mertel; and one grandchild. Funeral services were conducted by Pastor David Austin. Interment was in Oakwood Memorial Park Chapel Cemetery, Ohawa, Ill.  

 

MOSES, Ellsworth M., age 92; born May 1, 1926, in Clearwater Lake, Mich., died Nov. 17, 2018 in Minocqua, Wis. He was a member of the Clearwater Lake Church in Eagle River, Wis. Survivors include his wife, Nancy (Smith); sons, Monte C. and Kevin S.; daughter, Beth (Lemaster). A memorial service was conducted by Pastor Jeanmark A’Kessler. Inurnment was in Clearwater Lake, Wis. 

 

PEDERSEN, Francis, age 91, born Jan. 3, 1927, in Copenhagen, Denmark; died Sept. 1, 2018, in Wausau, Wis. He was a member of the Clearwater Lake Church in Eagle River, Wis. Survivors include his wife, Luella (Wesby) Pederson; stepdaughters, Jeanne C. Fowler and Gail S. Cress; eight grandchildren; 22 step-great-grandchildren.  Memorial services were conducted by Jeanmark A. Kessler. Inurnment was in Clearwater Lake Cemetery, Eagle River, Wis.  

 

RAINERI, Maria (Dublin), age 69; born Jan. 16, 1949, in Germany; died Oct. 16, 2018, in MacFarland, Wis. She was a member of the Madison East Church in Madison, Wis. Survivors include son, John; daughter, Marcy Konemann; brothers, Tom, Rich, Joe, Michael and Paul Raineri; sisters, Chris Dublin, Jeanette Gunsteen, Sophie Tobias, Teresa Pappas and Anna Nichols; and five grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted by Titus Naftanaila at Highland Memory Gardens in Madison. Interment was in cemetery in Cottage Grove, Wis. 

 

SCHROEDER, Patricia M. (Armstrong), age 84; March 17, 1934, in Cambridge, Wisconsin; died Nov. 2, 2018, in Madison, Wis. She was a member of the Woodland Church in Milton, Wis. Survivors include sisters, Dorothy Simes, Sarah Wachter and Roberta Edwardson. Memorial services were conducted by James VanArsdale. Inurnment was in Elkhorn, Wis 

 

WOODARD, Winefield, age 97; born April 7, 1921, in Gary, Ind.; died Nov. 10, 2018, in Gary, Ind. He was a member of the Mizpah Church in Gary. Memorial services were conducted by Pastor Leeroy Coleman. Interment was in Gary.


 

NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2018

 

ACKEN, Janice E. (Wery), age 76; born Feb. 26, 1942, in Green Bay, Wis.; died July 4, 2018, in Green Bay. She was a member of the Green Bay Church in Green Bay.  

Survivors include her husband, Gerald Acken; sons, Carl and Brent Acken; brother, Tom Wery; and two grandchildren. 

Funeral services were conducted by Paul Demuth.  

 

CHAMBERLAIN, Barbara M. (Bassham), age 70; born Jan. 13, 1948, in Lincoln, Neb.; died July 21, 2018, in Berrien Springs, Mich. She was a member of the Pioneer Memorial Church, Berrien Springs.  

Survivors include her husband, Larry Chamberlain; son, Jonathan; daughter, Mindy Wade; brother, Don Bassham; and four grandchildren.  

Funeral services were conducted by Pastor John Glass; interment was in Rose Hill Cemetery, Berrien Springs, Mich.  

 

CURTIS, Clair W., age 78; born May 31, 1940, in Bellevue, Mich.; died July 16, 2018, in Byron Center, Mich. He was a member of the Wyoming Church in Wyoming, Mich.  

Survivors include his wife, Linda (Dykstra) Curtis; daughters, Karen Caswell and Kathe Kok; sister, Joyce Monroe; and six grandchildren.  

Memorial services were conducted by Mark Caswell and Pastor Dan Rachor in Byron Center, Mich.; interment in Byron Center, Mich.  

 

DENLER, Virginia H., age 95; born March 23, 1923, in Duluth, Minn.; died June 25, 2018, in Spring Lake, Mich. She was a member of the Clearwater Lake Church in Eagle River, Wis.  

Survivors include brothers, Julian, Arnold, Loren, Leland, and Veryl Denler; and sisters, Darlene Brooks and Angeline Froemming.  

Graveside services were conducted by Ray Cress at the Clearwater Lake Cemetery; interment was in Eagle River, Wis.  

 

DREW, Howard W., age 87; born March 3, 1931, in Bloomville, Wis.; died June 20, 2018, in Berrien Springs, Mich. He was a member of the Pioneer Memorial Church, Berrien Springs.  

Survivors include his wife, Lorraine (Schenk) Drew; son, Kevin; daughter, Karen Pierson; and ten grandchildren.  

Memorial services were conducted by Pastor Dwight K. Nelson; private interment.  

 

JORGENSEN, Cecil R., age 80; born March 22, 1938, in Waushara County, Wis.; died July 4, 2018, in Berrien Springs, Mich. He was a member of the Pioneer Memorial Church, Berrien Springs.  

Survivors include sons, Cecil R. II, Roger Lee and Peter Jorgensen; stepsons, Dewey and James Carlson; daughter, Cecilia Gregory; brother, Eugene; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.  

 

LEDESMA, Enrique (“Rick”), age 55; born Dec. 14, 1962, in New York, N.Y.; died June 15, 2018, in St. Joseph, Mich. He was a member of the Pioneer Memorial Church, Berrien Springs, Mich.  

Survivors include his wife, Janet (Ortiz) Ledesma; son, Christian E.; daughter, Ariana C.; mother, Natividad (Velasquez). 

Memorial services were conducted by Dr. Carl Bannister, Dwight K. Nelson, Pastor José Bourget; private interment.  

 

MATACIO, Lauren R., age 68; born Oct. 29, 1949, in Waupaca, Wis.; died July 30, 2018, in Ypsilanti, Mich. She was a member of the Pioneer Memorial Church, Berrien Springs, Mich.  

Survivors include stepdaughter, Jamie Berlin; brothers, Doug and Tim Matacio. 

Memorial services were conducted by Pastor Jose Bourget; private interment.  

 

WILKENS, Robert A. (“Bob”) Jr., age 79; born July 19, 1938, in Wauseon, Ohio; died July 2, 2018, in Battle Creek, Mich. He was a member of the Pioneer Memorial Church, Berrien Springs, Mich.  

Survivors include his wife, Fran (“Becky”) Watkinson; stepdaughter, Jackie Hilderbrandt; and sister, Jean Bermingham.  

Memorial services were conducted by Pastor Skip MacCarty; interment was in Rose Hill Cemetery, Berrien Springs, Mich.  

 

WILLIAMS, Martha M. (Budd), age 84; born Dec. 2, 1933, in Crawsfordville, Ind.; died Sept. 25, 2018, in Ooltewah, Tenn. She was a member of the Cedar Lake Church in Cedar Lake, Mich.  

Survivors include her husband, Ralph Williams; sons, Steven, Randall and Dale; daughters, Janean Mason and Arlene Leavitt; 12 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.  

Funeral services were conducted at Collegedale Memorial Park; interment in Collegedale, Tenn.  


 

OCTOBER 2018

 

CARPENTER, Wilmena R. (Lyons-Nichols), age 80; born Aug. 9, 1937, in Takoma, Wash.; died April 2, 2018, in Langsburg, Mich. She was a member of the Charlotte Church, Charlotte, Mich. Survivors include her husband, Bruce R. Carpenter; sons, Dean and Todd; daughters, Cindy R. Kempl and Julie A. Matyasic; stepdaughters, Nancy G. Sheppler, Cathy J. Kallioinen and Cris T. Carpenter; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; seven step-grandchildren; and four step-great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted by Jerry Schmidt; interment was in White Chapel Memorial, Troy, Mich. 

 

DELL, Joan E. (Garland); born in St. John's, Newfoundland, died June 24, 2018, in St. Joseph, Mich. She was a member of the Stevensville Church, Stevensville, Mich. Survivors include her husband, Richard Dell; daughters, Shari Teschke and Linda Stocker; brothers, Walter Garland and Bob Garland; and four grandchildren. Memorial services were conducted by Bob Garland.

 

JAECKS, Lenard D., age 85; born March 21, 1932, in Wausau, Wis.; died June 25, 2017, in Chattanooga, Tenn. Survivors include his wife, Lois (Iattoni); sons, Steven and Dr. Ronald; sister, Virginia; and three grandchildren. 

 

KEMPF, Kathryn (Gersonde), age 97; born April 5, 1921, in Gobles, Mich.; died May 27, 2018, in St. Joseph, Mich. She was a member of the Stevensville Church, Stevensville, Mich. Survivors include daughters, Renee Coffee, Karen Swenson and Kim Hakeem; sister, Julie Little; seven grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. Memorial services were conducted by John Baxter; private inurnment. 

 

KONKEL, David W., age 79; born Oct. 4, 1938, in Phelps, Wis.; died July 19, 2018, in Phelps. He was a member of the Clearwater Lake Church in Eagle River, Wis.  Survivors include his wife, Marilyn (Follett) Konkel; daughter, Darlene Suddeth. Memorial services were conducted by Rick Peters. 

 

REED, Annette Louis (Mallen), age 75; born March 15, 1945, in Oujda, Morocco; died July 29, 2018, in Grand Rapids, Mich. She was a member of the Urbandale SDA Church. Survivors include her husband, Lewis Reed II; daughters, Laura VanOrsdall and Rebekah; sister, Elizabeth Royce Miller; and two grandchildren. Memorial services were conducted by Pastor Jerry Schmidt; inurnment was in Battle Creek, Mich. 

 

SANDERS, Myrna (Haley), age 79; born Dec. 7, 1939, in Dowagiac, Mich.; died March 24, 2018, in St. Joseph, Mich. She was a member of the Glenwood Church in Dowagiac. Survivors include her husband, Steve Sanders; sons, Rick Lillie and Doug Lillie; daughters, Vicky Lillie, Autumn Nelson and Cindy Yeoger; brother, George S. Haley; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.  Memorial services were conducted by Harry Rogers, Phil Marsh and Harry Spondler; inurnment was in Starks Clark Chapel in Dewey Lake Cemetery, Mich. 

 

SOAPPMAN, Brenda K., age 70; born March 14, 1946, in Traverse City, Mich.; died Jan. 12, 2018. She was a member of the Traverse City Church in Traverse City.  Survivors include brothers, Dennis R. and Eric S.; sisters, Janet L. and Heidi D. Memorial services were conducted by Jeff Akenberger; inurnment was in Grand Traverse Memorial Gardens, Traverse City.


 

SEPTEMBER 2018

 

BYSLSMA, Alma Ruth (McClure), age 87; born Aug. 11, 1931, in St. Charles, Mich.; died Aug. 22, 2017, in Holly, Mich. She was a member of the Holly Church.  Survivors include her husband, Harold Bylsma; sons, Wayne and Wesley; and sister, Jean Ellen Hirchenberger.  Funeral services were conducted by Wayne Bylsma and Pastor Daniel Ferraz; inurnment was in Great Lakes National Cemetery, Holly, Mich.  

 

DRAKE, CAROLYN A. (Cockrell), age 92; born July 12, 1925, in Columbus, Miss.; died May 7, 2018, in Crown Point, Ind. She was a member of the Mizpah Church, Gary, Ind. Survivors include sons, Anthony Cherry, Richard Cherry and Michael Drake; daughter, Tyra Waddell; brothers, Samuel Cockrell, Joseph Cockrell and Travis Cockrell; sisters, Dorothy Walker and Yvonne Keen; 18 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren. Memorial services were conducted by Pastor Leeroy Coleman.  

 

GRAVES, Lester "Buzz" E., age 89; born Sept. 9, 1928, in Yuba, Wis.; died April 10, 2018, in Waukesha, Wis. He was a member of the Waukesha Community Church in New Berlin, Wis. Survivors include his wife, Shirley J. (Elmer) Graves; son, Roger E.; daughter, Jane D. Foll; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Funeral services were conducted by William Ochs; interment was in East Pine River Cemetery, Yuba, Wis.  

 

GUY, George Herman, age 87; born Dec. 18, 1930, in Lola, Kan., died April 22, 2018, in Lawton, Mich. He was a member of Weslaco Church in Weslaco, Texas. Survivors include his wife, Jane (Conrad) Guy; daughter, Janetta Steffen; son, Jonathan and James; seven grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. Memorial and inurnment will happen at a to-be-determined date in Kansas.  

 

KINMAN, Dixie M. (Brown), age 73; born Sept. 27, 1944, in Marion, Ind.; died June 26, 2018, in Fort Wayne, Ind. She was a member of the Marion Church in Marion. Survivors include her husband, Larry W. Kinman; son, Roger W.; daughters, Dian and Joette; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Funeral services were conducted by Matthew Hasty; interment was in Riverside Cemetery in Gas City, Ind.  

 

KOEPKE-BLOCK, Catherine M. (Kiestra), age 89; born June 13, 1928, in Grand Rapids, Mich.; died May 15, 2018, in Shelby, Mich. She was a member of the Shelby Church in Shelby. Survivors include sons, James and Andrew; stepson, Daniel Block; daughters, Suzanne Hazlett and Sandra Hazlett; stepdaughter, Cathy Vredevoogd; nine grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.Funeral services were conducted by Ron Mills; interment was in Hubbard Cemetery in Montague, Mich.   

 

SAUNDERS, Richard Eugene Sr., age 91; born Aug. 17, 1926, in Edgerton, Wis., died June 24, 2018, in Janesville, Wis. He was a member of the Madison East Church in Monona, Wis. Survivors include his wife, Jacquelin (Goodman) Saunders; sons, Richard Jr. and Donald; stepsons, Greg Minier and Mike Minier; daughters, Pamela and Beth (Phil) Saunders-Buss; 15 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted by Titus Naftanaila; interment was in Prairie Mound Cemetery in Oregon, Wis.  

 

SCHMID, Walter P., age 92; born Oct. 12, 1925, in Detroit, Mich.; died March 30, 2018, in Clinton Twp., Mich. He was a member of the Warren Church, Warren, Mich. Survivors include his wife, Doris Schmid; son, Walter Jr.; daughters, Tina Bailey, Margie Tarnacki, Sandy Van Damme and Paula Pyles; brothers, Jacob Schmid and Richard Schmid; nine grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted by Pastor Cory Herthel; internment was in Resurrection Cemetery, Clinton Twp.