|Sandra Gay Bibler
Sandra Gay Bibler, 54, of Jackson died Thursday, Nov. 15, 2001 at Sparrow
Hospital in Lansing.
She was born Jan. 11, 1947 in Albion to Stacey C. and Doris M. (McCracken)
Ashley. On March 25, 1988, she married Charles H. Bibler.
Mrs. Bibler was an accountant preparing taxes for many years. She was
treasurer at Michigan Aggregates Corporation in Jonesville, and also worked
for H & R Block in the Jackson and Brooklyn offices.
She was a member of the Ladies V.F.W. Auxiliary Springport #6056, and
the Gorham Baptist Church in Jackson. She enjoyed fishing, playing cards,
gardening, and her grandchildren.
Survivors include her husband Charles; four daughters: Nichelle Yonts
of Clinton, Linda McCann of Oklahoma, and Martina Todoroff and Michelle
Conrad, both of Jackson; two brothers: Roger Ashley of Ft. Myers, Florida
and David Ashley of Jackson; and seven grandchildren. She was preceded
in death by her parents.
A memorial service iss Wednesday, November 21, at the J. Kevin Tidd
Funeral Home, with the Rev. Todd McLane officiating. Interment will follow
at Clarence Center Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Springport Ladies Auxiliary.
Donald Eugene Dice
Donald Eugene Dice, 88, of Albion died Friday, Nov. 16, 2001 at his
He was born April 21, 1913 in Albion to Alvin and Grace (Stickney)
Dice. He graduated Albion College in 1936, and served in the U.S. Army
from 1942 to 1945. He was employed at Albion Malleable (Harvard Industries)
for 42 years.
Mr. Dice was President of the Duck Lake Country Club, and was the longest
continuous member there (66 years). He was involved in many civic activities,
and served on the board when Albion Community Hospital was built. He was
President of the Leisure Hour Club for eight years, and he belonged to
the Elks Lodge, the American Veterans of Foreign War, and was an active
member at St. James Episcopal Church in Albion. And he had a 31-year love
affair with his wife Till.
Survivors include his wife, Till; four daughters: Joann Gerbasi of
Santa Rosa, California, Vicki (Jeff) Rumsey of Big Rapids, Debra (Dan)
Rabakon of Duck Lake, and Gayle Zerfas of Big Rapids; a son, William (Linda)
Zerfas of Boise, Idaho; 11 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and his beloved son, David,
who died in 1995.
A memorial service was November 19 at St. James Episcopal Church in
Albion, with Father Ed Scully officiating. Interment was in Riverside Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. James Episcopal Church Roofing
Arrangememts were handled by the J. Kevin Tidd Funeral Home.
Charles Thomas Crouch, Sr.
Charles Thomas Crouch, Sr., 58, of Albion, died Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2001.
Mr. Crouch was born in Oakhill, West Virginia Sept. 26, 1943 to Alvie
Lee and Nellie (Roop) Crouch. He married Bonnie Fowler Feb. 23, 1980.
He was employed at Ford Motor Company as a foreman for several years,
at Battle Creek Foundry, and later helped at the J. Kevin Tidd Funeral
Mr. Crouch was a member of Grace Freewill Baptist Church. He was an
accomplished musician, and played with several area bands. He also had
professional recordings, and enjoyed song writing. He wrote “Just South
of Ohio” and “I Can't Help It.” He enjoyed crossword puzzles, watching
sports, his dog, and helping others.
Survivors include his wife Bonnie of Albion; five sons: James and Jason
of Albion, Charles Jr. and Everett of Arizona, and Clarence of Japan; sister
Annie Smith of West Virginia; and six grandchildren. He was preceded in
death by his sister Norma Jean, and brothers James and Orville.
Services were November 26 at the J. Kevin Tidd Funeral Home, with Pastor
Dan McCurry officiating. Interment was in Riverside Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Grace Freewill Baptist Church
Edward Joseph Surprenant
Edward Joseph Surprenant, 72, died Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2001 at his home,
with his loving family at his bedside.
Mr. Surprenant was born in Naugatuck, Connecticut June 15, 1929 to
William H. and Mary (Stanbridge) Surprenant. He moved to Springport in
1947, and married Charlotte Arquette Nov. 17, 1951 at St. Paul Lutheran
Church in Albion.
He was a member of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church of Albion.
He was employed at Lonergans/McGraw Edison for 25 years, and retired from
Decker Manufacturing in 1994. He served in the Michigan National Guard
for 14 years.
Survivors include his wife Charlotte; three sons: Kenneth (Kathryn)
and Robert of Battle Creek, and Brett (Gabriella) of High Point, North
Carolina; two daughters: Cheryl (Brett) Johnson and Annette (Louis) Lerma
of Albion; two sisters-in-law: Eva Surprenant of Naugatuck, Connecticut
and Theresa Surprenant of Waterbury, Connecticut; brother-in-law Forrest
Jackson of Jackson; 13 grandchildren; one great-grandson; and several nieces
He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers William and Raymond,
sister Marie Blanche (Forrest) Jackson, and infant sister Marie Irene Surprenant.
Services were November 24 at St. Paul Evangelical Church in Albion,
with Pastor James Waddell officiating. Interment was in Albion Memory Gardens.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran
Church of Albion, or to Hospice of Oaklawn and Jackson.
Georgia Lee (McGehee) Cypret
Georgia Cypret, 93, of Marshall died late Monday evening, Nov. 19, 2001.
She was born Aug. 14, 1908 in Couch, Missouri to William M. and Virgie
Lue (Brewer) McGehee. Mrs Cypret had been a resident of Albion since 1939-1940,
when she moved from Missouri. She moved to Marshall in 1998.
At a young age, she picked cotton for many years in southeast Missouri
and Arkansas. During World War II, she worked at Lonigans, later known
as McGraw-Edison in Albion, building shells and bombs, and spot welding.
She also was a homemaker, and ran a laundry service at home while raising
She was a member of Center Point Church of God, and later attended
the Assembly of God Church in Albion.
Survivors include her son, Carthle Eugene (Juanita) Cypret; three granddaughters:
Mrs. Al (Lois) McClurg of Litchfield, Mrs. Cecil (Linda) Cypret-Kilbourne
of Marshall, and Mrs. Charles (Brenda) Vanderpool of Homer; one extended-family
grandson, Bruce Fox of Albion; 13 great-grandchildren; and 20 great-great
She was preceded in death by extended-family aunt and uncle, Slim and
Grable, two daughters, two sons, one brother, 11 sisters, her parents,
husband Marvin Cecil Cypret, one great-grandchild, DeAnna McClurg, and
one grandson-in-law, David Wellman.
Services were November 23 at the Albion Chapel of Tidd-Williams Funeral
Chapels, with the Rev. Earl Martin officiating. Burial was in Albion Memory
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.
Ernestine Pearson, 49, of Albion, died Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2001 at Bronson
Hospital in Kalamazoo.
Mrs. Pearson was born Jan. 31, 1952 in Detroit to Earnest and Gladys
(Stockdale) Embry. She was employed as a machine operator at Lear Corporation
in Marshall, and was a clerk at J.C. Penney in Jackson. She spent most
of her life in Albion.
She was a member of Grace Temple C.O.G.I.C., Goodwill Singers, and
enjoyed music, singing, dancing, and volunteer work for Headstart.
Survivors include her parents, Earnest and Gladys Embry of Albion;
two daughters, Marquetta Pearson Frost and Elese Pearson Quarles, both
of Albion; son Darnell Pearson of Ypsilanti; two sisters, Hattie Embry
of Albion and Joylette Hartford of Jackson; three brothers, Howard Embry
of Pennsylvania, Ernest Embry of Detroit, and Bruce Embry of Albion; and
She was preceded in death by a brother, Ernest Embry, Jr.
Services were November 27 at Grace Temple C.O.G.I.C. in Albion, with
the Rev. Robert Brown officiating. Interment was in Albion Memory Gardens.
Arrangements were handled by the J. Kevin Tidd Funeral Home.
Robert F. Birchfield
Robert F. Birchfield, 73, of Litchfield, died Thursday, Nov. 29, 2001
at his home.
He was born Feb. 9, 1928 in Walkerton, Indiana to Walker and Alka (Fraley)
Birchfield. In 1955, he married Gloria Wilbur.
He served in the U.S. Army. In 1979, he retired from the former Albion
Metal Products Company. He enjoyed fishing in Michigan rivers and the Gulf
Survivors include his wife, Gloria; two daughters: Kathy (Larry) Sanders
of Litchfield, and Linda (Paul) Dettenwanger of Independence, Missouri;
two sons: Robert (Marilyn) Birchfield of Kansas City, Missouri, and Aaron
Birchfield of Texas; three sisters: Catherine Woods of Homer, Lucy Dudek
of Fayetteville, South Carolina, and Shirley (Fred) Dale of Pleasant Lake,
Indiana; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded
in death by three brothers and one sister.
Funeral arrangements were handled by the George White Funeral Home
Memorial donations may be made to the lung association.
Margaret Doty, 52, of Lansing, died Thursday, Nov. 29, 2001 after a
long battle with cancer.
Mrs. Doty was born July 18, 1949 in Jackson to Bernard and Dorothy
She was been a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church for 20 years,
and served as a Eucharistic Minister. She had been employed with the state
of Michigan for 10 years in the Department of Agriculture, retiring in
She loved to travel, and play Bingo and Euchre. She especially enjoyed
spending time with her family.
Survivors include her husband of 29 years, Philip; children, Rebecca
Doty and Troy Rivas, and Kristopher Doty and fiancée, Amy; sisters
Rose (Mark) Noble, Mary (Terry) Osborn, Suzie Osterberg, and Patty Hoover;
brother Bob Osterberg, Sr.; grandchildren Anthony Cooper, Joshua Rivas
and Kameron Doty; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Bernard Osterberg,
Jr., and several aunts and uncles.
A funeral mass was December 4 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic
Church, with Rev. Fr. John Byers officiating. Interment was in St. Joseph
Memorial contributions may be made to the Mission of Hope Cancer Fund
in memory of Margaret.
Arrangements were handled by the Palmer-Bush Lansing Chapel.
Mable A. Grant
Mable A. Grant, 99, of Albion, died Dec. 9, 2001 at Albion Manor Care
She was born March 11, 1902 in Vandalia to Jessie and Flossie (Burnett)
Stewart. She married Lloyd Grant in 1935 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He preceded
her in death Dec. 30, 1993.
She loved sewing, needlepoint, flower gardening, reading, and cooking,
and she had a natural talent in catering services. She formerly ran her
own catering business in Albion. She was a homemaker. She gave her life
to Christ and became a member of Leggett Chapel-AME Zion Church in Albion.
Survivors include daughter Ann Cannon of Chicago, Illinois; daughter-in-law
Esther Scott of Tucson, Arizona; four grandchildren, James E. (Ann) Scott
of Gainesville, Florida, Michael (Melody) Scott of Albion; Theresa Williams
of Chicago, Illinois, and Carol Mumford of Tampa, Florida; eight great-grandchildren;
10 great-great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law Gladyes Grant of Akron, Ohio
and Ava Berry of Chicago, Illinois; very special friends George and Mary
Duncan of Albion; and a host of other relatives and friends. She was also
preceded in death by a son, Jasper Scott.
Funeral services were December 14 at the Leggett Chapel - AME Zion
Church, with the Rev. Ernest Harris officiating. Interment was in Albion
Memorial contributions may be made to the Ronald McDonald House.
Arrangements were handled by the Albion Chapel of Tidd-Williams Funeral
Edward N. MacConomy
Edward N. MacConomy, 85, died Dec. 17, 2001 at the Virginia Hospital
Center, Arlington, of pneumonia.
The son of an Episcopal priest, the late Rev. E. Nelson MacConomy and
Frances Bailey MacConomy, he was born on his maternal grandmother’s farm
near Munith. In 1957, he married Alma Deane Fuller.
Dr. MacConomy worked 41 years at the Library of Congress, where he
started as a messenger in 1940 after graduating from William and Mary College.
He later held several administrative posts in the Library, including assistant
chief of the general Reference and Bibliography Division, and chief of
the Loan Division and of the Stack and Reader Division. He also served
as the Library’s Chief Bibliographer.
He was a librarian and political instructor at Albion College from
1961 to 1963.
In the early 1950s, he was the specialist on Communism in the Library’s
Congressional Research Service, thus bearing the brunt of Senator Joseph
McCarthy’s relentless demands for research into the backgrounds of American
citizens whom he suspected of Communist Party ties. He retired from the
Library in 1985 as chief of the National Referral Center.
He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Omicron Delta Kappa, Pi Sigma Alpha,
the American Political Science Association, the American Association of
University Professors, the American Library Association, the D.C. Library
Association, and the Bibliographical Society of America. He wrote his doctoral
dissertation at the University of Michigan on The Political Thought of
William Temple, Archbishop of Canterbury.
A member of Grace Episcopal Church in Alexandria since 1979, Dr. MacConomy
had served on the vestry of St. James Episcopal Church in Albion, and of
Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Alexandria.
Survivors include his wife, Alma Deane, their son, Scott, grandson
Cameron MacConomy, and a step-granddaughter, Kiera Thompson, all of Alexandria.
Otha L. “Bob” Flanagan
Otha L. “Bob” Flanagan, 81, of Albion, died Thursday, Dec. 27, 2001
at Faith Haven Living Center in Jackson.
Mr. Flanagan was born April 22, 1920 in Athens, Alabama to Charles
and Cora (Perry) Flanagan. On Dec. 1, 1957, he married Lena Wray.
He was employed as an arc welder at Steel Fabrications, Corning Glass,
Alfab and T & S Equipment for many years. He was a member of Moose
Lodge and the American Legion.
Survivors include his wife, Lena Flanagan of Albion; daughters Joann
Mitchell and Pam Stewart, both of Athens, Alabama, Sheila Moore of Anderson,
Alabama, and Sherry Flanagan of Albion; sons David Flanagan of Marshall
and Tim Flanagan of Athens, Alabama; brothers Ceal Flanagan of Akron, Ohio
and Rowley Flanagan of Atlanta, Georgia; 21 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by daughter Linda Flanagan, by son Paul; and by
A memorial service was December 31 at the J. Kevin Tidd Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Faith Haven Living Center.
Lila Mae Hawkins
Lila Mae Hawkins, 89, of Chicago, Illinois and formerly of Albion, died
Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2001 at her home.
Mrs. Hawkins was born Feb. 8, 1912 in Millview, Florida to Thornton
and Mary Ellen (Foy) Johnson. In 1973, she married Carl J. Hawkins. He
preceded her in death in 1973.
She moved to Albion in 1996 from Detroit. She was a homemaker all her
life, and enjoyed reading and fishing.
Survivors include a foster son, Morris, Jean Simpson of Chicago, Illinois,
and five grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her sister, Margaret
Johnson, and by a cousin, Arthur Walker.
Funeral services were December 31 at the J. Kevin Tidd Funeral Home,
with the Rev. David Lynch officiating. Interment was in Albion Memory Gardens.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital
or Motts Children’s Hospital.
Flora Jane Winter
Flora Jane Winter, 76, of Albion, died Dec. 27, 2001 at Borgess Hospital
She was born Jan. 5, 1925 in Albion to Clark Henry and Minnie (Davenport)
Short. She married Raymond Winter in 1945 in Bryan, Ohio. He preceded her
in death May 29, 1994.
Mrs. Winter lived in the Albion area most of her life. She was a short
order cook in various restaurants. She was a homemaker, and a member of
Rice Creek Community Church. She enjoyed reading and flowers.
Survivors include sons Loren R. (Sue) Winter of Albion, Stewart Winter
of Olivet, and Gerald “Jerry” Winter of Albion; and five grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by grandchild Andy Winter; by sisters Madora
Hopkins, Jeanne Marks, and Lillian “Jeanetta” Gill; and by brother Keith
Funeral services were December 31 at the Albion Chapel of Tidd-Williams
Funeral Chapels, with the Rev. Dr. Lindsay Howan officiating. Interment
was in Rice Creek Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Michigan Heart Association.
Helen E. Hepler
Helen E. Hepler, 81, formerly of Albion, died Thursday, Dec. 27, 2001
at her residence in Marshall.
Mrs. Hepler was born April 22, 1920 in Albion Township to George and
Marian (Cook) Ackley. On April 18, 1944, she married Edward G. Hepler.
She received her Bachelors Degree in music from Albion College. She
had a great love for music, and was a retired music teacher for the South
Bend Community Schools and the South Bend Youth Symphony.
She was a member of American Association of University Women, the Presbyterian
Church, and the Women’s Group at the Church. She played in the Symphony
Orchestra at the Indiana University at South Bend, and also in the Albion
College Orchestra. She was also an accomplished seamstress.
Survivors include by her husband, Edward G. Hepler of Marshall; daughters
Marcia (Dr. Neil) Starkey of Albion and Carol Hepler of Coppell, Texas;
son Michael (Karen) Hepler of Georgetown, Kentucky; sister Frances Frendt
of Burbank, California; brother Robert Ackley of Homer; and grandchildren
Melissa, Katherine and Jonathan. She was preceded in death by her parents.
Funeral services were Saturday, December 29 at the First Presbyterian
Church in Albion, with the Rev. James Brazell officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation or
to the Albion College Music Department.
Phayon W. Foley, 87, of Homer, died Monday, Dec. 31, 2001 at Battle
Creek Health Systems.
He worked for the Home Dairy in Albion for 30 years, and for Ashley
Dairy in Battle Creek and Folk Oil Company in Homer. He was also a farmer.
Mr. Foley was born Feb. 19, 1914 in Albion Township to C. Frank and
Verne H. (Schaburg) Foley, and graduated Homer High School in 1932. He
married Olive Fisher Aug. 14, 1938. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and camping.
He was an honorary life member of the Homer Fire Department, where
he had served for nearly 50 years. He was also a life member of the Humanity
Masonic Lodge #29 F & AM of Homer, Marshall Commandry #17 Knights Templar,
Order of Eastern Star, Stella Chapter, and was an active member of the
First Presbyterian Church in Homer.
Survivors include his wife Olive; daughter Phyllis Moor of Homer; son
Michael (Marla) Foley of Ft. Collins, Colorado; sisters Shirley Powers
of Concord, Marie Allman of Battle Creek, and Mildred Wilson of Marshall;
and grandchildren Jennifer Clemens, Jon Clemens, and Jason Foley.
He was preceded in death by his brother Clifford.
Services were Friday at the J. Kevin Tidd Funeral Home in Albion, with
the Rev. Don Smith officiating. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery in Homer.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Presbyterian Church or to
the Homer Area Community Foundation.
Emma M. Goodrich, 100, of Holt, and formerly of Birmingham and Duck
Lake, died Jan. 1, 2002 in Marshall.
Mrs. Goodrich was born Sept. 29, 1901 in Clarence Township in Calhoun
County, the daughter of George Washington Favorite and Minnie (Heiser)
She was a member of the Michigan Education Association, the Order of
the Eastern Star #150 in Mason, and the First Presbyterian Church in Birmingham.
She had a lifelong love of flowers, art, and antiques.
Survivors include five nieces: Eleanor Palmer of Mason, Betty Shepard
of Brooklyn, Verna Favorite of Mason, Barbara Seger of Kentucky, and Berdene
Miley of California; three nephews: Roger Favorite of Cedar, Derroll Cortright
of Albion, and Rowland Cortright of Springport; and by numerous grand-nieces
and grand-nephews and great-grand-nieces and great-grand-nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Larned Goodrich, in 1980,
by brothers Will and Fred Favorite, sisters Hulda Cortright, Emily Updegraph,
Erma Houseman, and Ethel Reams.
Funeral services were January 5 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home in
Eaton Rapids, with Bishop James R. Banister Jr. officiating. Interment
was in Oakwood Cemetery in Eaton Rapids.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Vivial Leik, 76, of Albion, died Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2002 at Battle Creek
She was born June 1, 1925 in Royal Oak to Frederick R. and Addie Velma
(Shellenbarger) Apsey. She married Joseph A. Leik Jan. 1, 1944. He preceded
her in death in 1982.
Mrs. Leik was a homemaker all her life, and was a member of Gospel
Assembly Church in Lansing. Her interests were interior decorating, gardening,
and miniature golf. She enjoyed being with her family and friends, and
was well-known as an all-around stylish lady.
Survivors include two daughters, Patricial Diane Alfonso of Los Angeles,
California, and Nancy Marie Leik of Albion; a son, Kenneth David Leik of
Grass Lake; two sisters, Margaret M. Willett and Beatrice M. Mosher, both
of Lake Odessa; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
She was also preceded in death by a brother, Frederick J. Apsey, and
by a sister.
Funeral services were January 11 at the J. Kevin Tidd Funeral Home
in Albion, with the Rev. Richard Workman officiating. Interment followed
at Albion Memory Gardens.
Helen C. Randall Haselton
Helen C. Randall Haselton, 82, of Millburn, New Jersey, died Wednesday,
Jan. 2, 2002 in Livingston, New Jersey.
She was born Dec. 9, 1919 in Albion to Dr. David L. and Eugenia (Schelde)
Randall. She received a bachelor of arts degree from Albion College, and
a master’s degree in education from Boston University.
Mrs. Haselton was a teacher at Christ Church Pre-School in Short Hills,
New Jersey, before retiring 25 years ago.
Survivors include her husband, Stephen J. Haselton, Ph.D. of Millburn,
New Jersey; sons Ernest Lawton and Randy Haselton; daughter Carolyn Lawton;
brothers John Randall and Dr. David L. Randall; sister Alice Kilgour; six
grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Burial has taken place at Riverside Cemetery. A memorial service will
be held at a later date.
Arrangements made handled by J. Kevin Tidd Funeral Home.
Nancy R. (Woods) Whitfield
Nancy R. Whitfield of Albion, formerly of Saline, died Jan. 5, 2002.
Mrs. Whitfield served the Albion Public Schools for 36 years as a teacher
and a senior speech therapist, retiring in 1998. She was the first speech
therapist for the Albion Public Schools. In 1989, she became Michigan State
President for Delta Kappa Gamma Society, and also served as their International
Music Chairman, which took her all over the world and brought her the Woman
of Distinction Award. In 1995, she was honored by her colleagues and Albion
Public Schools as Special Services Teacher of the Year.
She was the third of eight children born to Paul and Mary Woods of
Saline. She attended the University of Michigan, and earned her bachelor’s
degree in education. She went on to Eastern Michigan University, where
she earned her master’s degree in education and specialized in Speech Therapy.
Upon leaving college, she was one of the first black teachers in the
Cleveland school district, and was a pioneer in integrating that school
system. It was at this time she met and married Nicholas Whitfield, and
went on a three-year adventure to Liberia in West Africa. It was there
her first son, Paul, was born. Upon returning to the United States, she
and Nick moved to Albion, where they were both teachers. Shortly thereafter,
their son Richard was born. In 1975, Nicholas passed away. She drew upon
the support and prayers of her many friends in the Albion community, who
helped her to complete the family home she and Nick had begun.
Over the years, Mrs. Whitfield was always a willing participant in
many community and church projects. She was always quite persuasive in
getting others involved as well. She was very generous, and her home was
She grew up in a home where music was a great love. Consequently, she
and her sisters formed a gospel-singing group, “The Trees.” They enjoyed
traveling and performing together for many years.
Despite her many civic involvements, Whitfield devoted much of her
time to ministry, through her weekly bible study, prayer groups and organizing
yearly women’s retreats. The last several years she received great joy
from her involvement with the Jackson Area Emmaus Community, a non-denominational
Christian organization. She become its Lay Director, a position she held
until her death.
Survivors include sons Paul (Kathy) and Richard; sisters Mary (Ted)
Baker, Sarah (Jim) Palmer, Rachel and Naomi Woods; brothers Paul and Silas
(Gail) Woods; four grandchildren: Nicholas, Ricky, Christopher, and Alexandra;
seven nephews; 10 nieces; and a host of relatives and friends.
Funeral services were Tuesday in Goodrich Chapel, Albion College, with
the Rev. Greg Martin officiating. Interment was in Albion Memory Gardens.
Arrangements were handled by the J. Kevin Tidd Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Hope Clinic in Ypsilanti.
Adele Dreyer Whitehouse
Adele Dreyer Whitehouse, 100, formerly of Albion, died Thursday in St.
She was born in Port Huron in 1901, and was active until the last few
months of her life.
She was preceded in death by her husband, former Albion College president
William W. Whitehouse, and by a stepdaughter, Joyce Douglas.
Survivors include her stepson, Keith H. Whitehouse of Morenci, and
five step-grandchildren: Susan Wiley of South Carolina, Diane Eddy of Connecticut,
William Whitehouse of Brighton, James Whitehouse of Albion, and William
Douglas of Florida.
A family memorial service will be held in Bay View in the spring.
Memorial contributions may be made to Albion College.
Nellie M. Moe
Nellie M. Moe, 100, of Parma, died Jan. 12. 2002 at Doctors Hospital
Mrs. Moe was born Dec. 12, 1901 in Lenawee County to Frank and Mary
Adelle (Freer) Gilmore. She came to Parma in 1910 from Ridgeway. She married
Carlton O. Moe in Parma May 29, 1921. He preceded her in death July 24,
She was a homemaker, and a member of the North Parma United Methodist
Church, the Countryside Club, and the Jackson County Farm Bureau.
Mrs. Moe had lived in the same home for 80 years. During the war, from
1942 to 1946, she and her husband were co-owners of the Moe and Dawson
grocery store in Parma for four years.
Survivors include son Van (Mary) Moe of Parma, three grandchildren,
eight great-grandchildren two great-great-grandchildren, and sister Hilda
Gilmore. She was also preceded in death by three sisters and two brothers.
Funeral services were January 15 at the Parma Chapel of the Tidd-Williams
Funeral Chapels, with Dr. Keith Heifner officiating. Interment was in Fairview
Cemetery in Parma.
Memorial contributions may be made to the North Parma United Methodist
Janice Marie Hamilton
Janice Marie Hamilton, 69, of Mason and formerly of Homer, died Jan.
12, 2002 at her residence.
She was born Dec. 10, 1932 in Homer to Charles W. and Leona D. (Taylor)
Worden. She married Russell L. Hamilton in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands Feb.
28, 2000. She had lived in Mason for one year, moving there from Jackson.
Prior to that, she lived in Homer in the same house where she was born.
She worked as a beautician, and later worked at Meijers in Jackson. She
attended the Homer Presbyterian Church as a child. She loved cats.
Survivors include her husband Russell of Mason; sons Steven Richar
of Jackson and Craig Corey of Jupiter, Florida; daughter Cynthia Moquist
of Holt; stepchildren Monica Terrant, Stacey Pier, Sally Pier and Russ
Hamilton II; grandchildren Amber Moquist, Adam Corey and Rachel Corey;
nine step-grandchildren; and sisters Mrs. Russell (Thelma) Keys of Battle
Creek, Wodena Hill of Elkhart, Indiana, and Mrs. Lauren (Berneta) Crandall
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Funeral services were January 16 at the Homer Chapel of Tidd-Williams
Funeral Chapels, with the Rev. James Brazell officiating. Interment was
in Fairview Cemetery in Homer.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Richard J. Geyer
Richard J. Geyer, 71, of Grand Rapids and formerly of Albion, died Jan.
6, 2002 at Metropolitan Hospital in Grand Rapids after a two-year illness
at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans.
He was born Oct. 16, 1930 in Homer to William and Iva Jane (Jeffery)
Geyer. He married Martha L. Bishop in Albion Feb. 16, 1952. He lived in
the Albion area before moving to Grand Rapids two years ago. He was a Korean
War Army Veteran.
He worked at Union Steel for 39 years, retiring in October, 1992 from
the Quality Control Dept. He was active in Boy Scout, acting as Scoutmaster
and working Eagle Scouts. He had been District Scout Commissioner for the
area Boy Scouts. He was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Albion,
and a member of the Messiah Lutheran Church in Grand Rapids.
Survivors include his wife Martha of Grand Rapids; daughter, Mrs. Daniel
(Gail) Coonrod of Albion; son Jacob M. Geyer of Albion; and grandchildren
Harley Arvanitis and Samantha Coonrod. He was preceded in death by his
parents, and by a brother, Douglas Geyer.
Funeral services were January 9 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, with
the Reverands James Waddell and Terry Hoese officiating. Interment was
in Clarence Center Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Grand Rapids Home for Veterans.
Lester R. King, Jr.
Lester R. King, Jr., 76, of Homer, died Sunday, Jan. 13, 2002 at the
Veterans Administration Hospital in Battle Creek.
He was born Feb. 12, 1925 in Jackson to Lester Raymond and Turena K.
(Riker) King. He served in the Marine Corps during World War II in the
Pacific Theater. For many years, he did automobile body repairing and painting.
Survivors include daughter Judy Bildner of Osseo; sons Steve Chamberlain
of Homer and Donald Chamberlain of Lansing; sisters Dorothy Reed of Homer
and Mrs. Norman (Maxine) Cambo of Bremington, Washington; brother Kenneth
King of Marshall; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Graveside services were January 18 at Fairview Cemetery in Homer, with
the Rev. Mark Mitchell officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Veterans Administration Hospital
in Battle Creek.
Arrangements were handled by the J. Kevin Tidd Funeral Home in Albion.
Lillian P. MacShara
Lillian P. MacShara, 69, of Albion, died Thursday, Jan. 17, 2002 at
Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo.
She was born Sept. 3, 1932 in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada to Clarence
and Gertrude (Sarraras) Wettlaufer. She was a surgical technician for Botsford
Hospital in Farmington Hills, where she lived for 28 years before moving
to Albion seven years ago.
Mrs. MacShara enjoyed crocheting, gardening, baking, and especially
her family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She married Calvin H.
MacShara Oct. 6, 1951.
Survivors include her husband Calvin; daughters Karen Knowlton of Eaton
Rapids, Connie Raupp of Marshall, and Debbie Burnham of Belleville; sons
Randy MacShara of Fairport, New York, Jeff MacShara of Los Angeles, California,
and Scott MacShara of Belleville; one sister; six brothers; 11 grandchildren;
and eight great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by one grandchild and one brother.
A private memorial service was held at the United Methodist Church
in Springport, with the Rev. David Blair officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army or to Wildlife
Arrangements were handled by the J. Kevin Tidd Funeral Home.
Frederick William Denbrock
Frederick William Denbrock, 74, of Homer, died Saturday, Jan. 19, 2002
in Punta Gorda, Florida.
He was born Dec. 14, 1927 in Butler Township to Albert and Minnie (Kowaiski)
Denbrock. He was a sales executive at Karr Products for several years,
and served his country during World War II with the Air Force at Hickam
Air Base in Hawaii. He married Ruth Dogan 54 years ago.
Mr. Denbrock was an avid race car driver, and built hot rod cars. After
his retirement, he trained and raced horses, and enjoyed golfing and spending
winters in Florida with his wife. He was very active in the Gideon’s International,
and held several positions at Cook's Prairie Baptist Church in Homer.
Survivors include his wife Ruth of Punta Gorda, Florida; daughter Carolyn
(Dan) Miller of Marshall; sons Mike (Diane) Denbrock of South Bend, Indiana,
and Larry (Lori) Denbrock of Memphis, Tennessee; sister Mrs. Fred (Monabell)
Prentice; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by brothers Harold, Ed, and Cecil Denbrock,
and by sister Anabelle Enos.
Funeral services were January 25 at the J. Kevin Tidd Funeral Home,
with the Rev. Bob Rundell and the Rev. Dorman Hutchison officiating. Interment
was in Fairview Cemetery in Homer.
Memorials contributions may be made to Cook’s Prairie Baptist Church
Lucille Lawe, 64, of Jackson, died Thursday, Jan. 17, 2002 at University
of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor.
She was born June 4, 1937 in Mud Creek (Hazard County), Kentucky to
Lafey and Azel (Johnson) Caudill. She married John Lawe.
Mrs. Lawe was a homemaker most of her life, and lived in the Springport
and Eaton Rapids areas. She enjoyed bingo, helping others, and raising
several foster children.
Survivors include her mother, Azel Caudill of Albion; daughters Rena
(Jon) Flowers of Eaton Rapids and Cindy Lawe of Jackson; sons Marcus (Margaret)
Lawe and Craig (Lisa) Lawe, both of Springport, and Kevin (Imajean) Lawe
of Jackson; sisters Betty Sue Neufer of Indiana, Shelby Newsome and Kelly
Hatwick, both of Springport, and Emma LaRoe, Clotine Caudill, Holean McCullough,
and Patty Fausz, all of Albion; brothers Jack Caudill and Ron Caudill,
both of Albion; special friend Charlie Ackers of Jackson; 13 grandchildren;
and two great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, her father, sons Richard,
Darwin and Keith; brother Don Caudill; and grandson Justin Allen Lawe.
Funeral services were January 22 at the J. Kevin Tidd Funeral Home,
with the Rev. Jack Fugate officiating. Interment followed at Albion Memory
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association
or the Kidney Foundation.
Elizabeth A. (Cousins) Yates
Elizabeth A. (Cousins) Yates, 49, of Albion, died Monday, Jan. 21, 2002
at Foote Hospital in Jackson.
Mrs. Yates was employed at United States Postal Service in Jackson.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Elizabeth (Ormiston) Cousins.
Survivors include her husband, Dwayne Yates of Albion; daughter Amy
Long; father Otis Cousins; brothers Harry Cousins, Robert Cousins and Mark
(Darlene) Cousins; step-children Lee and Rachael; grandchild Gavin Nelson;
and six step-grandchildren.
Memorial services were January 28 at Albion Memory Gardens.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Gavin Nelson Trust Fund in
care of Amy Long in Springport.