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Thursday, February 01, 2001
Hovey, John J.
June 28, 1946 - February 1, 2001

John J. Hovey, 54, of Rosebush, died on Thursday, February 1, 2001, in Harrison, Michigan.

A Funeral Mass for John J. Hovey will be held Monday, February 5th, at 11 a.m. from St. Henry’s Catholic Church in Rosebush, with Fr. John Cotter and Sister Mary Ellen McDonald officiating. Interment will be in St. Henry’s Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at Clark Funeral Chapel in Mt. Pleasant on Saturday, February 3rd, from 7-9 p.m., and on Sunday, February 4th, from 2-5 and 7-9 p.m. There will be a vigil service at 7:00 p.m. Sunday evening at the funeral chapel. Those wishing to make a memorial donation in memory of John may consider St. Henry’s School or donor’s choice. Envelopes will be available at the funeral chapel.

John was born on June 28, 1946, in Mt. Pleasant, the son of Gerald Harrison and Julie Margaret (Burch) Hovey. He graduated from Sacred Heart Academy in 1965. John married Elizabeth Fulk on November 13, 1965. He served in the U.S. Army from January 1966 to February 1968. John was self-employed as a building contractor for John J. Hovey Builder for the last 25 years. He had worked in construction for over 35 years.

John was a member of the Home Builders Association. He was very active with construction at the Isabella County Fairgrounds and the Habitat for Community. He was involved with the St. Henry’s Administration Board, and John had a great love for St. Henry’s School and especially enjoyed supporting and attending the St. Henry’s Auction for the school’s benefit. John had been awarded the 3-Gallon Pin by the Red Cross Blood Drive.

John loved fishing with Tom and spending time with his grandchildren, going to the movies on Friday nights. He enjoyed spending time with, and helping, his brother Terry. John also enjoyed deer hunting with the Evans boys and socializing at the White Wagon Restaurant in Rosebush.

John is survived by his wife, Beth Hovey of Rosebush; his children, Jonathan Scott Hovey of Mesa, AZ, Jennifer B. Reihl of Rosebush, Julie Sheets (Scott) of Mt. Pleasant; his 4 grandchildren, Kristina Reihl, Hailey Reihl, Laine and Logan Sheets; his mother Julia Hovey and parents-in-law Mac B. and Barbara Fulk of Clare; and his brothers Gerald F. Hovey (Shirley) of Muskegon, Terry Lee Hovey (Evelyn) of Rosebush, and Roderick E. Hovey (Mary) of Rosebush; his sisters Rhonda K. Busch (Bob) of Traverse City and Coriann Thielen (Dave) of Mt. Pleasant. John and Beth have 10 godchildren and many loving nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins and friends.

John was preceded in death by his father, Gerald “Jake” Hovey and his brother Douglas Hovey.

Tuesday, January 30, 2001
Eldred, Milo Harris
June 22, 1913 - January 30, 2001

Milo Harris Eldred, 87, of Cadillac, Michigan, formerly of Winn, died on Tuesday, January 30, 2001, at Sparrow Medical Center in Lansing.

A Funeral Mass for Milo Eldred will be held Friday, February 2nd, at 11 a.m. from St. Leo’s Catholic Church in Winn, with Fr. Julius A. Spleet officiating. Interment will take place at the Pine River Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at Clark Funeral Chapel in Mt. Pleasant on Wednesday, January 31st from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. and on Thursday, February 1st from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. There will be a vigil service at 7:30 p.m. Thursday evening at the funeral chapel. Those wishing to make a memorial donation in memory of Milo may consider Community Cancer Services or the American Heart Association. Envelopes will be available at the funeral chapel.

Milo was born on June 22, 1913, in Blanchard, the son of Edmund and Alice (Gustavison) Eldred. Milo was preceded in death by his first wife, Anne Catherine Schafer, whom he married on May 30, 1936, in Beal City. Milo married Lydia Garrison on September 20, 1986, in Cadillac. He was self-employed as a farmer from 1951 to 1985, when he retired. Milo had worked for the Isabella County Road Commission and Roosevelt Oil Refinery. Milo was a member of St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Cadillac, the Knights of Columbus and a former member of the Moose Lodge.

Milo is survived by his wife, Lydia Eldred of Cadillac; his children, Alice Tatro of Winn, Patricia Uebele (Gerald) of Blanchard, Shirley Gates (Dave) of Blanchard, Michael “Mick” Eldred and Rhonda Wernette of Mt. Pleasant, step-son Ron Garrison of Lansing; 16 grandchildren and 1 step-grandchild; 23 great-grandchildren; and sister-in-law Eleanor Eldred of St. Louis.

Milo was preceded in death by his first wife, his sister Violet Eldred, his brother Sherman Eldred and Milo’s twin brother Milan Eldred.

Monday, January 29, 2001
Mayer, Andrew L.
December 8, 1946 - January 29, 2001

Andrew Louis Mayer, age 54, of Mt. Pleasant, passed away at his home on Monday, January 29, 2001.

He was born December 8, 1946, in Dearborn, Michigan to Clarence and Virginia Mayer. He attended school in Algonac, Michigan and graduated from CMU with a Master's Degree in Educational Administration. He was employed by the Mt. Pleasant Police Department as a patrolman in 1970 and retired as Deputy Director of Public Safety in 1997. Andy was an avid hunter and fisherman and devoted his life to family and friends. He was a member of the Winn United Methodist Church where he accepted the Lord and was Baptized.

He is survived by his wife, Pam, sons Doug and Darryl, step-children Lisa Adams and Lori (Patrick) Garrett, grandchildren Drew Mayer and Trista Nelson, Meagan, Logan, Ethan and Reagan Adams, Aliesha, Alex and Patrick Garrett, and many loving friends and relatives.

Cremation has taken place and at Andy’s request, a Memorial Service and Celebration of his life will take place at Clark Funeral Chapel in Mt. Pleasant at 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 3, 2001.

The family requests that friends meet at Island Park on Saturday at 1 p.m. for a procession leading to Clark Funeral Chapel.

In Lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the family, Hospice of Central Michigan, or the American Cancer Society. Envelopes will be available at the funeral chapel.

Saturday, January 27, 2001
Miller, Jesse Elden
May 22, 1915 - January 27, 2001

Jesse Elden Miller, 85, of Rosebush, Michigan, passed away Saturday, January 27, 2001 at his residence.

Funeral Services for Jesse Elden Miller will be held Tuesday, January 30th, at 1 p.m. from Clark Funeral Chapel in Mt. Pleasant. Rev. Tom Jones and Bishop Wayne Helmuth will officiate. Interment will take place at the Vernon Twp. Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at Clark Funeral Chapel in Mt. Pleasant on Monday, January 29th, from 2-5 & 7-9 p.m. and on Tuesday, January 30th, from 12 noon until service time.

Those wishing to make a memorial donation in memory of Jesse may consider Hospice of Central Michigan or the Leukemia Foundation. Envelopes will be available at the funeral chapel.

Jesse was born May 22, 1915, in Rushsylvania, Ohio, the son of William Enoch Miller and Bertha Viola (Tussing) Miller. Jesse attended high school in Middleburg, Ohio. He later married Dorothy Carrie Pifer on March 8, 1940. Jesse worked as a self-employed cabinet maker from 1936 to 1938. He later worked for Sears Roebuck & Co. in 1941 and then went to work for AC Division of General Motors as a Tool and Die Maker from 1941 to 1946 and for Ferro Stamping Co. from 1946 to 1965. Jesse retired as a Tool and Die Maker from General Motors in 1978 after 13 years of service.

Jesse was a past member of the AFL-CIO, Fraternal Order of Elks, and the Knights of Pithias Lodge.

Jesse is survived by his wife, Dorothy C. Miller of Rosebush;
Children, Larry Elden (Barbara) Miller of Mt. Pleasant, David Duane (Elizabeth) Miller of Mt. Pleasant, and Bonnie Diane (Jay) Kerney of Virginia Beach, VA; Grandchildren, Carrie (Greg) Halsey of Annapolis, MD., Julie (Michael) Viele of Midland, Matthew Miller of Rosebush, Christian (Jeff) Kennedy of Mt. Pleasant, Andrea (Brian) Wentworth of Mt. Pleasant, Margaret (Jeff) Hovey of Mt. Pleasant, Darren (Cheryl) Kerney of Gloucester, VA.; Great-Grandchildren, Arielle Halsey, Caitlin Viele, Brooke Viele, Jordyn Viele, Jay Kennedy, Andrew Kennedy, Casey Kennedy, Lexi Wentworth, Ashton Wentworth, Trueman Wentworth, Noah Kerney.
Sister, Onalee Crafard of Harrison, Mi.

Jesse loved family gatherings and felt especially blessed to have been able to enjoy his great-great-grandchildren.

Jesse was preceded in death by his parents; Brothers, Andrew, Woodrow and Fredrich; Sister, Glenna; and a Granddaughter, Yvonne Paige.

Tuesday, January 23, 2001
Westbrook, Ruth Marie
November 13, 1924 - January 23, 2001

Ruth Marie Westbrook entered into eternal life on January 23rd, 2001. Surrounded by her loved ones, she passed at her home in Mt. Pleasant, of natural causes. She was 76.

Viewing will be held at Clark Funeral Chapel (located at 114 Bradley, Mt. Pleasant) on Friday, January 26, from 2:00-5:00 p.m. followed by eulogy and prayer service at 7:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held at Sacred Heart Parish on Saturday, January 27 at 11:00 a.m.

The family would like to extend their thanks to Hospice of Central Michigan for assisting with her care in her final days. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Central Michigan or to Sacred Heart Parish.

Ruth was born November 13, 1924, in Snover, Michigan, the daughter of Charles and Hilda Kroetsch. She has resided in Mt. Pleasant since her marriage to Scott Bowen Westbrook in 1945. During their 30 years of marriage, they shared six children.

In her career, she worked as a nurse/doctor's aide at Central Michigan University Health Services, from which she retired after over 20 years. Ruth served on the board of the Moose Lodge for many years. Additionally, she was a member of the Elks Club, as well as the VFW. Bowling, cards and luncheons were among her favorite pastimes, and she delighted in spending time with her grandchildren.

She is survived by five children: Lynn Ann (Bernie) Rettelle of Bay City, Michigan, Michael (Dora) Westbrook of Danville, Michigan, Jannette (David) Graham of Parker, Colorado, Patrick (Krista) Westbrook of Rosebush, Michigan, Darlene Drake of Waukegan, Illinois; six siblings: Willard (Shirley) Kroetsch, Wilfred (Virginia) Kroetsch, Leon Kroetsch, Kathleen (Sam) Rich, Brother Jerome, Joe (Suzanne) Kroetsch; six grandchildren: Michelle Bullis, Sheri Habina and Casey Rettelle, Laura and Sarah Graham, Patrick Westbrook.

Her husband Scott, son Daniel and sister Helen preceded her in death.

Ruth's love, laughter and wisdom was admired by all that knew her, and will be greatly missed by those who loved her. We love you Ruthie Pearl. May God keep you by his side.
Brownson, Howard E.
March 18, 1913 - January 23, 2001

Howard E. Brownson, 87, of Mt. Pleasant, died on Tuesday, January 23, 2001, at Central Michigan Community Hospital.

Funeral Services will be held on Friday, January 26th, at 11 a.m. from Clark Funeral Chapel, with Pastor Randy Stehouwer of Resurrection Life Church officiating. Interment will be in the Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Mt. Pleasant.

The family will receive friends at Clark Funeral Chapel in Mt. Pleasant on Wednesday, January 24th, from 7-9 p.m. and on Thursday, January 25th, from 2-5 and 7-9 p.m. Those wishing to make a memorial donation in memory of Howard may consider the United Methodist Church Carson City – Building Fund or the Parkinson Foundation. Envelopes will be available at the funeral chapel.

Howard was born March 18, 1913, in Gaylord, the son of Frank and E. Faith (Robinson) Brownson. He graduated from Mt. Pleasant High School in 1932. While he attended Central Michigan College, Howard played clarinet and Big Band music with the CMC Band and the Indian School Band. Howard served in the United States Army from 1943-1946. Howard married Marja Servoss on June 15, 1947, in Mt. Pleasant. He worked as a machine designer for Helfrecht Machine Company in Saginaw from 1967-1978. He was previously self-employed with Brownson’s Signs in Mt. Pleasant from 1946-1967, and had worked as an auto mechanic and other various jobs prior to that. Howard was a member of the I.O.O.F.( Odd Fellows) and the V.F.W.-Sheridan Chapter. He was a member of the Carson City United Methodist Church. He enjoyed wood carving, fishing, and camping. Howard loved animals and they responded in kind to him.

Howard is survived by his wife, Marja Brownson; his children, Gene Brownson (Cindy) of Beal City and Marlene McGuirk (Dan) of Alma; and his grandchildren, Jerrod Brownson (Wendi Baker) of Mt. Pleasant and Melissa Brownson of Beal City.

Monday, January 22, 2001
Marohn, Taylor Ann
November 30, 1992 - January 22, 2001

Taylor Ann Marohn, age 8, of Rockford, Michigan, died on Monday, January 22, 2001.

Services for Taylor will be private.

Please share a memory of Taylor with the family at the chapel or through the Condolence Register Book.

Sunday, January 21, 2001
Pitts, Ernest George
June 13, 1931 - January 21, 2001

Ernest George “Dirty Ernie” Pitts, 69, of Weidman, died on Sunday, January 21, 2001, at Central Michigan Community Hospital in Mt. Pleasant.

Funeral Services for Ernie will be held on Wednesday, January 24th, at 11 a.m. from Clark Funeral Chapel. Rev. Tom Jones will officiate. Interment will be in the Coomer Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at Clark Funeral Chapel in Mt. Pleasant on Monday, January 22nd, from 7-9 p.m. and on Tuesday, January 23rd, from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. Those wishing to make a memorial donation in memory of Ernie may consider Hospice of Central Michigan. Envelopes will be available at the funeral chapel.

Ernie was born on June 13, 1931, in Flint, the son of Sequel and Ruth (Townsend) Pitts. He graduated from Mt. Pleasant High School in 1949. Ernie was married to Bobette Kelsey from November 3, 1949, until 1973. Ernie was employed as a mechanic at Art Savage, Morbark, Bandit and was self-employed for many years as an excavator and a used car dealer. He could fix anything and spent many years rebuilding cars, lawnmowers, etc. Ernie loved fishing, hunting, going to Las Vegas, camping, spending time with his dog Shasta. For years he built and flew planes and rode snowmobiles. He had enjoyed the past 15 years with his best friend, companion, and soulmate, Jean Foster.

Ernie is survived by Jean Foster of Mt. Pleasant; his son Roger Pitts (Jean) of Mt. Pleasant, his daughters, Diana Gluch of Weidman, Peggy Germain (Gary) of Mt. Pleasant, Penny Seymour of Elkhart, IN, and Lori Crawley (Doug) of Winn; his grandchildren, Jennifer and Angela Gluch, Keith Germain, Lisa (Toby) Long, Aaron (Rosie) Harry, Brandon Seymour and Trevor and Jake; his sister Joyce Buncic (Al) of Flint; and Jean’s brother, Richard Farner of Mt. Pleasant.

Ernie was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Shirley Jones.

Tuesday, January 16, 2001
Hazel, Maxine
May 29, 1911 - January 16, 2001

Maxine Hazel, 89, of Mt. Pleasant, died on Tuesday, January 16, 2001, at Gratiot Community Hospital.

Please share a memory of Maxine with the family at the chapel or through the Condolence Register Book.
Scott, Hazel M.
October 2, 1931 - January 16, 2001

Hazel Marie Scott, 69, of Mt. Pleasant died Tuesday, January 16, 2001, at her home.

Funeral Services for Hazel Scott will be held on Friday, January 19th, at 4 p.m. from the Clark Funeral Chapel. Rev. Jana Lynn Almeida of the Trinity United Methodist Church will officiate. Interment will be in the Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Mt. Pleasant.

The family will receive friends at Clark Funeral Chapel in Mt. Pleasant on Friday, January 19th, from 12 noon until the time of the service. Those wishing to make a memorial donation in memory of Hazel may consider the American Diabetes Association or to the Welcome Home for the Blind. Envelopes will be available at the funeral chapel.

Hazel was born October 2, 1931, in Rowletts, Kentucky. She worked as an accountant for Carpetland in Indiana for 30 years. In her final journey, Hazel was in the loving care of her sister Juanita and her husband Houston Maxey.

Hazel is survived by her husband, David Scott of Indiana; her son Jeffrey (Jenny) Scott of San Francisco, California; her sister Juanita (Houston) Maxey of Mt. Pleasant; many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by one brother, George Wayne Quinn.

Monday, January 15, 2001
Schmittler, Robert Herman
January 26, 1953 - January 15, 2001

Robert Herman Schmittler, 47, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan died Monday, January 15, 2001, at the University of Alabama Health System in Birmingham, Alabama.

Funeral services for Robert Herman Schmittler will be held Monday, January 22nd, at 11 a.m. from Clark Funeral Chapel, with Pastor Gordon Rydman of the Central Baptist Church officiating. Interment will follow in the Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Mt. Pleasant.

The family will receive friends at Clark Funeral Chapel in Mt. Pleasant on Sunday, January 21st, from 3-5 p.m. and again from 7-9 p.m.

Robert was born January 26, 1953, in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, the son of Robert H. and Irene (Phelps) Schmittler Sr. He graduated from Mt. Pleasant High School in 1971. Robert attended Michigan State University and Ferris State University, majoring in Criminal Justice. He also served in the U.S. Army during Vietnam. Robert married Kathleen Kranzer, May 19, 1984, in Manhattan Beach, California. Robert was a building official for the City of Manhattan Beach, California. He also worked as a construction manager. He was a member of the International Conference of Building Officials (I.C.B.O).

Robert is survived by his wife Kathleen Schmittler; children, Daniel Steven Schmittler, Jacob Robert Schmittler, and Sarah Katherine Rose Schmittler, all of Mt. Pleasant; his mother, Irene Schmittler of Mt. Pleasant; his parents-in-law, Ron and Alline Kranzer of San Dimas, California; two half-brothers, Jerry (Jeanie) Schmittler and Harlan (Martha) Schmittler, both of Albion, Illinois.

Robert was preceded in death by his father, Robert in 1996,and a daughter, Jennifer Irene Schmittler in 1973.

Sunday, January 14, 2001
Liscomb, Jesse A.
June 5, 1961 - January 14, 2001

Jesse A. Liscomb, 39, of Mt. Pleasant died Sunday, January 14, 2001, unexpectedly at his home.

Funeral Services for Jesse A. Liscomb will be held on Thursday, January 18th, at 11 a.m. from the Clark Funeral Chapel. Rev. Daniel Siedlecki of the Central Michigan Christian Church will officiate. Interment will be in the Riverside Cemetery in Mt. Pleasant.

The family will receive friends at Clark Funeral Chapel in Mt. Pleasant on Tuesday, January 16th, from 7–9 p.m. and on Wednesday, January 17th, from 2-5 & 7-9 p.m. Those wishing to make a memorial donation in memory of Jesse may consider his family. Envelopes will be available at the funeral chapel.

Jesse was born June 5, 1961, in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. He worked as an electrician for Mid State Electric for 6 years. Jesse’s pastimes were car racing and fishing.

Jesse is survived by his daughter, Tabatha Liscomb of Mt. Pleasant, 2 step-daughters, Amy Groeneveld and Kim Kappler; 1 granddaughter, Holly Groeneveld; mother Sharon Liscomb and step-father Joe Faber of Lake, Michigan; his siblings, Shari and Robert Maycroft of Mt. Pleasant, April and Ray Malott of Mt. Pleasant, Don and Deb Liscomb of Mt. Pleasant, Aaron and Lauri Liscomb of Mt. Pleasant, Christian Liscomb and Eric Simon of Angola, Indiana, Todd and Karrie Faber of Blanchard, Heidi and Julian Quezada of Vestaburg and Ty and Molly Faber of Shepherd; his grandmother, Irene Stahl of Mt. Pleasant; 14 nieces and nephews; 2 great nieces and nephews.

Thursday, January 11, 2001
Jones, Garry Lynn
May 8, 1943 - January 11, 2001

Garry Lynn Jones, 57, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan died Thursday, January 11, 2001, at Central Michigan Community Hospital.

Funeral services for Garry Lynn Jones will be held Monday, January 15th, at 11 a.m. from Clark Funeral Chapel, with Pastor Dale Golden of Coomer United Methodist Church officiating. Interment will follow in the Union Cemetery in Winn.

The family will receive friends at Clark Funeral Chapel in Mt. Pleasant on Sunday, January 14th, from 2–9 p.m. Those wishing to make a memorial donation in memory of Garry may consider the Vietnam Veterans Association or Coomer United Methodist Church. Envelopes will be available at the funeral chapel.

Garry was born May 8, 1943, in Edmore, Michigan, the son of Herman and Dorothy (Moore) Jones. He graduated from Shepherd High School in 1962. Garry served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He married Roberta “Bobbie” Jean Gary, May 17, 1969. Garry was self-employed, working construction and farming in Mt. Pleasant. Garry was a member of Coomer United Methodist Church and the Shepherd Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Garry is survived by his wife Roberta “Bobbie” Jones; one brother, Jack Jones (Ruth) of Mt. Pleasant; two sisters, Bessie Kalis (Edward) of Mt. Pleasant and Elizabeth Wood ( Eugene) of Lansing. Many loving nieces and nephews also survive Garry.

Garry was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Bobby Franklin Jones; two sisters Zelpha Morey and Louise Peltier.

Sunday, January 07, 2001
VonDoloski, Alex
January 8, 1920 - January 7, 2001

Alex VonDoloski, 80, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan died Sunday, January 7th, at the Isabella County Medical Care Facility.

A Funeral Mass for Alex VonDoloski will be held Wednesday, January 10th, at 11 a.m. from Sacred Heart Catholic Church, with Fr. Robert Byrne officiating. Interment will be in the Calvary Cemetery in Mt. Pleasant.

The family will receive friends at Clark Funeral Chapel in Mt. Pleasant on Tuesday, January 9th, from 7–9 p.m. A vigil service will be held Tuesday evening at 8 p.m. Those wishing to make a memorial donation in memory of Alex may consider Sacred Heart Catholic Church or the Isabella County Medical Care Facility. Envelopes will be available at the funeral chapel.

Alex was born January 8, 1920, in Cleveland, Ohio, the son of John and Alberta VonDoloski. Mr. VonDoloski served in the U.S. Army during WWII. He retired from Diamond Reo in Lansing, MI. Alex was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. He loved to play musical instruments like the violin, guitar, banjo, and the harmonica. His hobby took him to flea markets where he would buy old instruments and refurbish them.

Alex’s family would like to thank the Medical Care Facility and staff for all the love and care they have received over the years.

Alex is survived by one brother, Ed VonDoloski, of Mt. Pleasant and one sister, Lottie Guthrie, of DeWitt and many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.

Mr. VonDoloski was preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers, Walter and John, and one sister Mary Overfield.

Saturday, January 06, 2001
Van Orden, Eva Irene
January 27, 1913 - January 6, 2001

Eva Irene VanOrden, 87, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan died on Saturday, January 6, at the Central Michigan Community Hospital.

Funeral services for Eva Irene VanOrden will be held on Wednesday, January 10th, at 2 p.m. from Clark Funeral Chapel. Rev. Steven Bradshaw of the Central Assembly of God will officiate. Interment will take place at the Riverside Cemetery in Mt. Pleasant.

The family will receive friends at Clark Funeral Chapel in Mt. Pleasant on Tuesday, January 9th, from 3–7 p.m. Those wishing to make a memorial donation in memory of Eva may consider Friends of Isabella Seniors or to a charity of choice. Envelopes will be available at the funeral chapel.

Eva was born January 27, 1913, the daughter of Roy Wallace and Nettie (Gross) Wallace.
Eva married Edward VanOrden in 1928. She had worked at the Mt. Pleasant Center as a Nurse’s Attendant.

Eva is survived by her children, Betty Weller (George) of Florida, Louis VanOrden (Jerri) of Mt. Pleasant, Dale VanOrden of Crystal, MI, Doris Mumy of Midland, Larry VanOrden (Jeanne) of Midland, Robert VanOrden (Barbara) of Missouri, Roy VanOrden of Adrian, Linda Duran (Ray) of Chicago, Ill., Paul VanOrden (Lynda) of Mt. Pleasant; 20 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great-grandchildren; 2 sisters, Dorothy Martinez of Mt. Pleasant and Ruby Clymer (Orville) of Florida

Eva was preceded in death by her husband Edward in 1978; 2 sons, Walter and Edward Jr.;
4 sisters and 1 brother; and 1 grandson Marc Mumy.

Friday, January 05, 2001
Van Kuren, Norman D.
August 15, 1926 - January 5, 2001

Norman D. Van Kuren, 74, of Mt. Pleasant died on Friday, January 5, 2001, at his residence.

Funeral services for Norman will be held on Monday, January 8th at 11 a.m. from Clark Funeral Chapel. Pastor Terry Nordheim of Immanuel Lutheran Church will officiate.
Interment will take place at the Union Cemetery in Fremont Township, Isabella County.

The family will receive friends at Clark Funeral Chapel in Mt. Pleasant on Sunday, January 7th from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. as well as on Monday, January 8th from 10 a.m. until the time of service. Those wishing to make a memorial donation in memory of Norman may consider the American Lung Association. Envelopes will be available at the funeral chapel.

Norman was born on August 15, 1926, the son of Viburt and Edna Mae (Schurr) Van Kuren. He was a business owner, having owned two bars, Kelly’s and Harold’s, and a gas station. Norman retired in 1981. Norman was married to Mary “Jean” (Guibord) Van Kuren, who preceded him in death on July 11, 1999.

Norman is survived by his 2 daughters, Vickie (Kirt) Rathka and Sharon Southwick, both of Mt. Pleasant, and 3 grandchildren, Steven Allen Southwick, Jr., Gregory Dean Southwick, and Matthew David Southwick.

Norman was preceded in death by his wife and both parents.

Wednesday, January 03, 2001
Langlois, Sue Ann
April 13, 1947 - January 3, 2001

Sue Ann Langlois, 53, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan died on Wednesday, January 3, 2001, at her residence.

Funeral service for Sue Ann Langlois will be held on Saturday, January 6th, at 2 p.m. from Clark Funeral Chapel. Pastor Max Rauschenberger of the Isabella Baptist Church will officiate.
Interment will take place at the Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Mt. Pleasant.

The family will receive friends at Clark Funeral Chapel in Mt. Pleasant on Friday, January 4th, from 3–5 and 7– 9 p.m. Those wishing to make a memorial donation in memory of Sue Ann may consider Community Cancer Services. Envelopes will be available at the funeral chapel.

Sue Ann was born April 13, 1947, in Mt. Pleasant, the daughter of Daniel Earnest and Margaret Vivian (Moore) Earnest. She was a graduate of Mt. Pleasant High School in 1965. Sue Ann had worked at the Isabella County Medical Care Facility for 23 years and took early retirement in October of 1999. She enjoyed motorcycling and taking her dog Sidecar with her.

Sue Ann is survived by her husband, Michael D. Langlois of Mt. Pleasant; 2 daughters, Tammy Ward and Curtis Hall of Chesaning, Bethany Kappler and her husband Larry of Shepherd; 1 son, David Langlois of Weidman; 5 grandchildren, Missie, Nikki, and Mathew Mead, Larry and Joseph Kappler; her mother Margaret Vivian Earnest and mother-in-law Beverly Ann Langlois, both of Mt. Pleasant; sisters, Eva Findley (Roy) of Harrison, Peggy Wixson (John) and Bonnie Blackmer (Benjamin), both of Lake.

Sue Ann was preceded in death by her father, Daniel Earnest, 2 nieces, Peggy Cotter and Janet Lewis, and one nephew, Allen Blackmer.

Monday, January 01, 2001
Bragg, Winona (Oren)
February 26, 1921 - January 1, 2001

Winona Bragg, 79, died Monday, January 1, 2001 at Tendercare in Mt. Pleasant.

Winona was born February 26, 1921, in Elsie, Michigan, the daughter of Glen and Ruth (Bates) Oren. She graduated from Shepherd High School in 1938 and from Central Michigan University in 1942. She served in the SPARS (Coast Guard) for over three years, reaching the rank of Ensign upon discharge from the service. Winona helped her father in the operation of the Glen Oren Stores in Mt. Pleasant.

Winona married Shirley Bragg on December 3, 1948. She is survived by 5 daughters, Anita (Chuch) Bouth, Charlet (Ron) Sanders, Denise (Pete) Cotter, Evon (Scott) Peters, Elesa (Bob) Ball; 13 grandchildren; and 1 brother Newell (Lois) Oren of Shepherd.

After her father’s death, she and her brother Newell remodeled the store and had a successful business. When the store closed in 1977, she and her husband Shirley opened their own business, which is still in operation.

Winona was a member of the First United Methodist Church, the Historical Society, the Hospital Auxiliary, the Button Club, DAR, and the Michigan Retailers Association. She enjoyed collecting buttons and antique books.

Services will be held at Clark Funeral Chapel on Friday, January 5th, at 11 a.m., with Revs. Benton Heisler and Mark Erbes officiating. The family will receive friends on Thursday January 4, 2001 from 2-5 and 7-9p.m. at the Clark Funeral Chapel. Cremation will follow the service. Burial will be in the Veterans Garden of Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Mt. Pleasant.

In lieu of flowers, the Bragg Family asks that you think of Hospice of Central Michigan or the First United Methodist Church of Mt. Pleasant or the Alzheimers Association. Envelopes will be available at Clark Funeral Chapel.
Bergeson, Alice Marie
January 13, 1940 - January 1, 2001

Alice Marie Bergeson, died at age 60 at her home. She had been battling thyroid cancer since 1987. Cremation has taken place. A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Donations in her name may be given to Hospice of Central Michigan, 401 S. Main Street, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan 48858. Envelopes will be available at Clark Funeral Chapel.

Alice was born January 13, 1940, the fifth daughter of the Reverend Paul E. Schauer and Elsie Fischer Schauer. Alice lived in DeKalb through the school years and graduated from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois in 1961. She married John Bergeson of Sycamore, Illinois that same year. He survives her. She is also survived by one son, John and his wife Sharon of Phoenix, AZ and Baeumont, Texas and one daughter, Kristin Bergeson of Indianapolis, Indiana and her husband James R. Haines. Nine brothers and sisters also survive: Grace Palmer of Ft. Worth, Texas, Joann (Robert) Schmeling of Escanaba, Michigan, Natalie Reinertsen (Norman) of Elmhurst, Illinois, Lois Abel (Joseph) of Glen Ellyn, IL, Rachel Birchard (Kendon) of Deerfield, IL, Ruth Ormsbee of New Bern, North Carolina, Paul Schauer (Cyndy) of Littleton, Colorado, Peter Schauer (Lynn) of Boonville, Missouri, and John Schauer (Brenda) of Olathe, Kansas. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Alice taught elementary school in Geneva, Illinois before moving to Kalamazoo, Michigan, in 1966. In 1970 the family moved to the central Michigan area, eventually settling near Remus. She was a substitute teacher in the Mt. Pleasant Schools as well as participating in many volunteer activities, having a Cub Scout troop and a Girl Scout troop. She also served on the Red Cross Board of Directors as president and was a blood donor before her illness. She was a member of the Mt. Pleasant Federated Garden Club and served as president of that group also. She also worked on United Way campaigns. In 1977 Alice earned her private pilot’s license and was a lifetime member of the Antique Airplane Assoc. and the Experimental Aircraft Assoc. In recent years she and her husband edited and published aviation newsletters.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother-in-law Roland B. Ormsbee, M.D., a niece Carol Palmer, and brother-in-law Major Carl J. Palmer USA Ret.

Friday, December 22, 2000
Talley, Judith Elaine
May 14, 1946 - December 22, 2000

Judith E. Talley, 54, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan died Friday, December 22, 2000, at her residence.

Cremation has taken place. There will be a memorial service scheduled at a later date.

Those wishing to make a memorial donation in memory of Judy may consider Hospice of Central Michigan. Envelopes will be available at Clark Funeral Chapel.

Judy was born May 14, 1946 in Carmi, Illinois, the daughter of Isaac M. Smith and Opal F. (Cox) Smith. Judy married Michael P. Talley December 30, 1967.

Judy is survived by her husband, Michael P. Talley of Mt. Pleasant, her children, Anthony Dale Smith (Karlyn) of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, Lisa Ann Talley of Carmi, Illinois, John David Turner (Corinne) of Clare, Michigan, Michael Ross Talley of Shepherd, Michigan, and Adam Earl Talley of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan; her 5 grandchildren, Abigail and Storm Smith, Michelle and John Turner, and Hallie Moore; and 1 brother Richard Lynn Smith of Carmi, Illinois.

Judy was preceded in death by both parents.


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