November 8, 2018

OBITUARIES

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.