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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 home.
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 Fund.
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 Home.
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 Building Fund.

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 and nephews.
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 grandchildren.
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 grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by extended-family aunt and uncle, Slim and Roxy 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 Gardens.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.

Ernestine Pearson

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 four grandchildren.
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 of Mexico.
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 in Litchfield.
Memorial donations may be made to the lung association.

Margaret Doty

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 Osterberg.
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 1995.
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 Cemetery.
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 Center.
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 Memory Gardens.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Ronald McDonald House.
Arrangements were handled by the Albion Chapel of Tidd-Williams Funeral Chapels.

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 sister.
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 in Kalamazoo.
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 Short. 
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 Foley

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 Goodrich

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) Favorite.
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.

Vivian Leik

Vivial Leik, 76, of Albion, died Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2002 at Battle Creek Health Systems.
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 always open.
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. Petersburg, Florida.
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 in Jackson.
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, 1970.
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 Church.

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 of Litchfield.
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 Refuge Fund.
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 or Gideon’s.

Lucille Lawe

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 Gardens.
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. 


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