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Mark Allen Ashley
June 22, 1957 - November 28, 2001
Portage
Date of visitation: December 5, 2001
Time of visitation: 11:00 AM
Date of service: December 5, 2001
Time of service: 12:00 PM
 Mark’s life began on June 22, 1957 in Paw Paw and has been a resident of the Kalamazoo area for his entire life.
     Mark has always been an active person who enjoyed being in the outdoors, shooting a game of pool or going bass fishing .He enjoyed spending time at Lake Michigan and its beaches with his family where he enjoyed the tranquility of the waves, having a picnic along the shore and watching the sunset.  He was a devoted family man who liked going places with his family and spending time with them playing cards, board games and watching movies.  His children were his life.  Every year he would take the family up to Charlevoix for a vacation.  Mark was an avid walker who always carried his Bible with him and he attended St. Michael Lutheran and First Assembly of God churches in Portage.
     Mark died on Wednesday November 28th.
     His family includes his son Alex and his wife Angie, a daughter Katie, his brother Michael Corey, sisters Kathy Ashley and Krista.  Other members of his family include his former wife Janice Ashley,  a grandson Sean Alexander Ashley and another grandson expected in March of 2002.
     A Celebration of Life Service will be held at noon on Wednesday at the Rupert, Durham, Marshall & Gren Funeral Home, Vicksburg Chapel.   The family will meet friends at the funeral home from one hour prior to the services. 

Patricia Ann Grandstaff
February 5, 1953 - November 27, 2001
Howe IN 
Date of visitation: November 30, 2001
Time of visitation: 6:00 PM
Date of service: December 1, 2001
Time of service: 1:00 PM
Pat’s life was full of love.  She was a newlywed, in love with her new groom Bill Grandstaff; she loved her pets and companions BooBear and Angel; and she loved her family.  John and Kathryn (Wright) Pearson welcomed their daughter into the world on February 5, 1953 in Kalamazoo.  Pat attended school in Portage and completed her education by attending night school in California.  She enjoyed her work as an apartment manager for many years and she also operated her own housekeeping business. 
Pat’s family includes her husband William “Bill“ Grandstaff of Howe, IN; a daughter Lisa Adams; a granddaughter Samantha Decker; stepsons Aaron and Scott and his wife Sonia Grandstaff; stepgrandchildren Nicole and Scott Jr. and a baby on the way.  She had a sister Christine and her husband Steve Juenemann; a brother Ron Pearson and several nieces and nephews.  Pat had an “adopted” daughter Monica and her husband Bobby Davis and “adopted” grandchildren Eric, Lish, Little Eric, Lace, Andrea, Burke, Stephanie and Andy.
Pat died Tuesday evening in Fort Wayne, IN as a result of a severe heart attack on Saturday night.  She follows in death her parents and a brother John Pearson.  Her family will meet friends Friday from 6-8 p.m. and Saturday from  11am to 1 pm at the Rupert, Durham, Marshall and Gren Funeral Home, Vicksburg Chapel where her Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday at 1 pm with Rev Charles Hulbert leading the service.

Ruth Livingston
March 1, 1925 - November 28, 2001
Plainwell 
Date of visitation: November 30, 2001
Time of visitation: 5:00 PM
Date of service: December 1, 2001
Time of service: 1:00 PM
Love of family defined Ruth Livingston’s life. She died November 28, 2001 at her home in Plainwell. Ruth was born March 1, 1925 in Allegan, Michigan the daughter of Arthur and Martha Graham. Ruth especially enjoyed bowling and playing cards with her family and friends. Ruth’s pride and joy in her life consists of her wonderful husband of 58 years, Ronald, her daughter and son-in-law Jeanne and Bob Spagnoli, her son and his girlfriend, Bob Livingston and Shelby Crawford, 9 grandchildren, several great grandchildren, a brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Joyce Graham several nieces and nephews, and special friends.   Grandson Steve Beilby and a sister, Virginia Hughes, preceded her in death. Friends may call at the Rupert, Durham, Marshall and Gren Funeral Home, Plainwell Chapel, today 5-8 pm. A Celebration of Life Service will be held, Saturday 1:00 pm, at Hope Lutheran Church, Rev. Jeff Otterman speaking. Burial will follow in the family plot in Hillside Cemetery, Plainwell. 

Melvyn Mellor
October 31, 1948 - November 30, 2001
Portage 
Date of visitation: December 4, 2001
Time of visitation: 2:00 PM
Date of service: December 5, 2001
Time of service: 11:00 AM
Mel made sure his family had fun. Because of his health, he lived life for the moment and didn’t worry about the future. His only concern about the future was that when he was no longer here, his family would look back and remember all of the happy experiences he made sure they all had.  
Melvyn Mellor was born October 31, 1948 in Wyandotte, MI. the son of Claude and Hazel (Bard) Mellor. He was raised in River Rouge and at the age of 12, moved with his family to Bay City. While attending T.L. Handy High School where he graduated from in 1966, he met Lisbeth Priem who was a year behind him. They dated all through their high school years. While he was attending Delta College in the Saginaw/Bay City area, he and Lisbeth were married August 17, 1968. After marrying, they came to Kalamazoo where Mel enrolled in WMU. He received his BA Degree in Business in 1972. During his time in college, he served in the National Guard Reserves for six years. 
After graduating, Mel worked as a systems analyst supplying information systems to automobile dealerships around the country. After several years of doing that, the traveling began to wear on him and take away from his time with his family so he began working at the former Upjohn Co. in 1994 and currently was a team leader there.
 Mel loved doing things both with and for his family. On many occasions, they would make one if not two trips to Disney World in Orlando. Always staying at the nicest hotels, and making sure to take in all of the sights and sounds to help make lasting memories for his family. Mel also loved to golf, on many occasions, playing two or three times a week with his son. He enjoyed the fall and Halloween. He also enjoyed sports, video games and reading. 
In addition to his wife Lisbeth, members of Mel’s family include his children Amber of Detroit, James at home, a brother Herbert Wood of Tawas City, a sister Jeannette Schweitzer and her husband Doug of Bay City, and a brother in law Pete Keen of Melvindale. His parents, a sister Patricia Keen and a brother Thomas Mellor preceded Mel in death. 
Mel died at his home Friday, November 30, 2001. Friends may spend time with his family Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Rupert, Durham, Marshall & Gren Funeral Home Portage Chapel where a Celebration of Life Service will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. Mel will be buried in Portage South Cemetery. Please share a memory of Mel with his family. You may also order flowers or make a memorial donation to the Mellor Children Education Trust Fund

Dorothy L. Root
December 6, 1919 - November 28, 2001
Plainwell 
Date of visitation: November 30, 2001
Time of visitation: 5:00 PM
Date of service: December 1, 2001
Time of service: 10:00 AM
For Dorothy Root, Friday night was a night for family get-togethers that many times included fish caught from family fishing trips. Dorothy’s life began December 6, 1919 in Summerville, Michigan, the daughter of the late George and Gladys Myers. She came to the Plainwell area as a young girl and spent her entire life here. Dorothy was active with the Women’s Relief Corps. A very patriotic woman, her love of country was forged in her heart by the wounding of her husband in WW II, and the loss of her son in Vietnam. Dorothy loved to take her grandchildren to the Kalamazoo Speedway to experience the excitement of watching her son Dave, race. Her grandchildren remember the long drives in the country, punctuated with picnic lunches and more often than not an extended trip due to the fact that she would often lose her way and get lost. Her family includes her son and daughter-in-law, Dave and Pam Root of Plainwell, 3 grandchildren and their spouses, Tina and Scott Courtney, Shawn and Deb Arnett and Patty Wason, 9 great grandchildren, a brother, Walter Myers of Kalamazoo and a sister Shirley Cowels of Plainwell, several nieces and nephews. Dorothy died Wednesday, November 28, 2001 in Kalamazoo and was preceded in death by her husband Carl in 1971, her son Russell in 1967, and two sisters, Laura Myers and Pauline Kopenen. Friends may call at the Rupert, Durham, Marshall and Gren Funeral Home, Plainwell Chapel today 5-8 pm, where a Celebration of Life Service will be held Saturday at 10 am, Pastor Keith Heyn speaking. Burial will follow in the family plot in Hillside Cemetery. 

Eric Russell Sears
October 13, 1977 - December 3, 2001
Climax 
Date of visitation: December 7, 2001
Time of visitation: 2:00 PM
Date of service: December 8, 2001
Time of service: 1:00 PM
Fun loving…Athletic…Responsible…Respected and Loved.  These are just a few of the many ways to describe Eric Sears.  He was all of these and so much more than words can say to the people who loved and new him best.
Eric packed a lot of fun into his 24 years of life.  One of his favorite outfits always included a wrinkled Hawaiian shirt.  He loved to have parties and invited his friends to celebrate life in his back yard.  He was a fanatic about anything mechanical.  He enjoyed riding in his dune buggy and he especially enjoyed riding motorcycles.  He was into motor-cross racing and spent much of his free time practicing on area dirt tracks.  Eric found much fun outdoors too.  He was known to have spear fished in Indian Lake and local creeks and he was both a bow and gun hunter.  He loved spending time in the backwoods behind the house where he grew up.
Eric was an athlete.  He played football from the Rocket Leagues through Varsity at Vicksburg High School.  Eric often played center position and to improve himself he began lifting weights at 15 years old and continued the rest of his life.  He was a member of the Ski Club, all through high school and his parents knew that every year, he would need a new pair of skis because last years were broken due in part to many jumps over the last season.  Eric’s athletic pursuits didn’t end with these; he also enjoyed mountain biking and Jet Skiing.
Eric was very responsible for 24 years old.  He bought his house at the age of 21.  He started working at Pharmacia shortly after high school and just last October, he was promoted to a chemical operator at the pharmaceutical company.  He was a hard worker and not only did his friends respect him for that work ethic, so did his family.
Eric loved his family and friends and they loved him.  His family includes his father Jack R. and his wife Rhonda Sears of Paw Paw and his mother Jeanne Sears of Vicksburg.  Eric has a sister Katrina and a brother Nathan, but to say these three were close is an understatement.  Eric’s brother and sister were one of the most important parts of his life.  He was always there for them and was interested and involved in their lives.  He will be greatly missed by his maternal grandparents Bob and Peggy Merrill of Vicksburg and Jack L. and Betty Sears of Schoolcraft; by his aunts and uncles Gwyn and Larry Grubka; Beth and John Foster; Sue and Dan Cooley; Julie and Steve Ellis; Judy and Dave Truman; Bruce and Lesa Sears; Bryan and Lisa K. Sears; several cousins and wonderful friends.
Eric died at his home of natural causes on December 3, 2001.  His family will meet friends from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. on Friday at the Rupert, Durham, Marshall and Gren Funeral Home, Vicksburg Chapel.  His Celebration of Life Saturday December 8, 2001 at 1:00 p.m. at St. Martins Catholic with Fr. Tom Martin leading the service

Eszter Smith
November 26, 1917 - November 30, 2001
Portage 
Date of visitation: December 4, 2001
Time of visitation: 6:00 PM
Date of service: December 6, 2001
Time of service: 10:00 AM
Passed away Nov. 30, 2001, at her home in Portage. Eszter was born Nov. 26, 1917, near Budapest, Hungary, the daughter of Jonas and Maria Kiss.
When she was six years old, she and her sister Jolan were sent to the Netherlands to live with foster families and escape the hardships of WWI. On March 27, 1940, she married Martin L. Smith. They started a family and in 1956 emigrated to the United States with eight young children. Three years and one child later, they moved from Decatur, IL, and settled in Kalamazoo. 
Family and friends remember Eszter for her boundless energy and warm personality. She was a member of the Dutch Immigration Society and was an Avon representative for many years. Eszter loved arts and crafts, crocheting, and playing cards. She wintered in Florida, where she enjoyed shuffleboard and maintained a large group of friends. 
Eszter is survived by her children: Dr. Harry Smith and his fiancé, Diane Desa, of San Antonio, TX, Mary Larrabee of Traverse City, John and Alien Smith of Chicago, IL, Esther and Arthur Wurfel of Portage, Martin and Debra Smith of Kalamazoo, Jolly and Robert Tenant of Portage, Lonnie and Steve Lamie of Traverse City, Alice and William Ferris of Mattawan, and Jacob Smith of Portage; 22 grandchildren, five great grandchildren, a sister, Jolan Hoftijzer of the Netherlands, and several nieces and nephews. She will be greeted in Heaven by her husband, parents, foster parents Arie and Marie Kop, a granddaughter, Nichole Lamie, two brothers and three sisters, who preceded her in death. 
Friends are welcome to spend time with her family Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 4 and 5, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Rupert, Durham, Marshall & Gren Funeral Home Portage Chapel, where a Celebration of Life Service will also be held Thursday, Dec. 6, at 10 a.m. Eszter will be laid to rest beside her husband in Portage Central Cemetery.

Edward A. Averill Jr.
February 5, 2002 - February 3, 2002
Otsego 
Passed away Sunday, February 3, 2002 in Plainwell. Mr. Averill was born February 5, 1929 in Kalamazoo, the son of Edward Sr. and Lillie (Harvey) Averill, and was raised by his mother and step-father, Clifford Bennett Sr. He was an Army Veteran of the Korean Conflict. During the 1960's he was a missile technician and traveled extensively around the world. Most of his life he was employed as a communications engineer for Sprint and RCA, retiring in 1997. Ed enjoyed music, reading and computers, and was a beer and wine connoisseur. Surviving are a daughter and a son, Lynda (Bruce) LaFountain of Plainwell, and Edward A. Averill III of California; 3 grandchildren, James (Shauna) Averill of Otsego, Vicki Conine-Meints and Audra G. LaFountain, both of Plainwell; 4 great-grandchildren, T.J, Sarah, Haley and Hannah; a sister, Yvonne Becker of Kalamazoo; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his step-father; a brother, Clifford Bennett Jr. in 1989; and his wife, Sylvia in 1999. There will be no public visitation. Graveside services and burial will take place in Dallas, Texas. Memorial contributions may be made to the Arthritis Foundation. Local arrangements by Winkel Funeral Home Otsego 

Janice E. Bradeen
March 2, 1937 - February 1, 2002
Kalamazoo 
Date of visitation: February 4, 2002
Time of visitation: 2:00 PM
Date of service: February 5, 2002
Time of service: 1:00 PM
Died suddenly on Friday morning, February 1, 2002 at her residence. Janice was born March 2, 1937 in Kalamazoo, Michigan the daughter of Basil Lyle and Alice Almira (Goodchild) Beardsley. She has been a lifelong resident of this area and prior to retirement in 1999, had worked at W.M.U. for 10 years. Janice was currently working at the Meijer store located on Gull Road. On April 2, 1960 she was united in marriage to Marlin A. Bradeen, who survives. Also surviving are three sons: Danny L. (Vivian) Emmons, Sr. of Kalamazoo, John T. (Janet) Bradeen of Louisville, MS and Gene L. (Lisa) Bradeen of Kalamazoo; two grandsons: Danny L. (Amy) Emmons, Jr. of Madison Heights and Kevin M. Emmons of Kalamazoo; one great-granddaughter, Kennedy Brooke Emmons; one sister, Geri (Ralph) Noe of Las Vegas, NV; several nieces and nephews. Janice was preceded in death by two sisters: Judith Ann and Marian Louise. Services will be held 1:00 o'clock Tuesday at Oakwood United Methodist Church, 2141 Parkview with Pastor Suzanne Kornowski officiating. Private interment will follow in Mt. Ever-Rest Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the LANGELAND Family Funeral Homes MEMORIAL CHAPEL 622 S. Burdick St. 343-1508 Monday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm. Memorial contributions may be directed to Hospice Care of S.W. Michigan. 

Joseph Brinks
May 1, 1922 - February 3, 2002
Kalamazoo 
Date of visitation: February 4, 2002
Time of visitation: 2:00 PM
Date of service: February 6, 2002
Time of service: 11:00 AM
Passed away Sunday morning, February 3, 2002. Joe was born May 1, 1922 in Marion, MI, the son of Ben and Ann (Rozeveld) Brinks. For over 30 years he was employed with National Water Lift until his retirement 1985. Joe was a member of the Second Christian Reformed Church, where he had served as elder and deacon. He was preceded in death by brothers and sisters, Laura, George, Ed, Ralph, Agnes and Ben Jr. On October 26, 1945 he was united in marriage to the former Emma Mejeur, who survives. Also surviving are his son and daughter, Curt (Jan) Brinks of Grandville, Deb and Don LaRoy of Kalamazoo; grandchildren, Jeff (Patti) Brinks, Steve (Chris) Brinks, Michelle (Dave) Heyboer, Becky LaRoy (fiance' Greg Town); great-grandchildren, Hannah, Sophie, Blake, Ty, Mason and Olivia; brother and sisters, Margaret (Herschel) Lake, Bert (Ann) Brinks, Greeta (Jim) Keen; and many nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends on Monday from 6-8 p.m. and Tuesday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the LANGELAND Family Funeral Homes MEMORIAL CHAPEL 622 S. Burdick St. 343-1508 Funeral Services will be held 11:00 a.m. Wednesday at the Second Christian Reformed Church (3015 Nichols Rd) with Rev. Dr. Warren H. Lammers officiating. A private family interment will be held in Mt. Ever-Rest North Cemetery. Memorials in Joe's memory may be directed to Second Christian Reformed Church, or Rose Arbor Hospice Residence. 

Patricia A. Bushman
January 4, 1952 - January 31, 2002
Otsego 
Date of visitation: February 3, 2002
Time of visitation: 2:00 PM
Date of service: February 4, 2002
Time of service: 10:30 AM
Died January 31, 2002 at her mother's residence. Pat was born January 4, 1952 in Grand Rapids, MI, the daughter of Grady and Lucille (Weston) Morgan. She attended Loy Norrix High School and earned her diploma in Holland. In 1998, she graduated from KVCC with her Certified Medical Assistant Degree. Pat worked for many years as a beautician, including working with her mother, and most recently worked with Pro-Med Family Physicians. She enjoyed training and showing horses. Dogs, specifically retrievers, were her next love - Pat proudly showed and trained them locally. She enjoyed fishing, and was an avid sports watcher. While raising her children, she actively attended all of their ball games. Pat was the #1 fan for local #357 softball team and was loved by those whom she cheered for. On March 6, 1981, in Kalamazoo, she was united in marriage with Brad Bushman, who survives. Pat was preceded in death by her father. Surviving along with her husband are her mother, Lucille (Hollis) Weston of Kalamazoo; four children, Paul (Sherry Tourangeau) Burchfield of Martin, Jennifer (Wayne) Clark of Otsego, Clifford (Junko) Bushman of Honolulu, HI, and Cathy Mason of Portage; four grandchildren, Samantha, Mitchell, Matthew, and Heather; a brother, William (Marylin Russell) Morgan of Vicksburg; many nieces and nephews. The family will be present to receive friends Sunday from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the BETZLER FUNERAL HOMES Stadium Dr. West of 131 375-2900 where a Scripture Service will be held that evening. Funeral Services will be held Monday 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Fr. Michael Hazard officiating. Interment Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Greater Kalamazoo, or the West Michigan Cancer Center.

Clara Buytendorp
June 14, 1924 - February 3, 2002
Kalamazoo 
Date of visitation: February 6, 2002
Time of visitation: 2:00 PM
Date of service: February 7, 2002
Time of service: 1:00 PM
Went to be with her Lord, Sunday morning, February 3, 2002. Clara was born June 14, 1924 in Kalamazoo, the daughter of Jacob and Effie (Mulder) Potts, and had been a lifelong resident in the area. She was a member of the Third Reformed Church, worked at the Pineview Greenhouse, and enjoyed camping and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. On August 12, 1942 she was united in marriage to John F. Buytendorp, who preceded her in death on October 9, 1987. She was also preceded in death by a son- in-law, Bill Gernaat; granddaughter, Heavenly; sister, Tessie; and 2 brothers, Claus and Bernard. Surviving are 5 children, Sandy Gernaat, Louann (Leon) Doty, all of Kalamazoo, Johnny (Marge) Buytendorp of Mattawan, Terry (Vicki) Buytendorp of Kalamazoo, Ginny (David) Ruimveld of Vicksburg; 10 grandchildren; 16 great- grandchildren; brother-in-law, Rev. Louis (Joyce) Buytendorp of Wisconsin; sister-in-law, Barbara Buytendorp of Scotts; a special aunt, Jane Potts of Kalamazoo; and several nieces and nephews. Services will be held 1:00 o'clock Thursday at the Third Reformed Church, 2345 N. 10th St., with Pastor Dar VanderWal officiating. Friends may meet the family Wednesday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the LANGELAND Family Funeral Homes MEMORIAL CHAPEL 622 S. Burdick St. 343-1508 Private interment will be in Mt. Ever-Rest Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Third Reformed Church. 

Sally Ann Caffrey
February 16, 1949 - January 31, 2002
Pine Lake 
Date of visitation: February 3, 2002
Time of visitation: 2:00 PM
Date of service: February 4, 2002
Time of service: 1:00 PM
Sally will be remembered as a generous person who was always ready to lend a hand to either family or friends. She passed away peacefully Wednesday, January 30, 2002 at her home. Her life began February 16, 1949 in Allegan, a daughter of Howard and Bettie (Earl) Town. She grew up in Allegan County and lived the majority of her adult life at Pine Lake.
On October 26, 1966 she was united in marriage to Robert Lee Caffrey. Together they had three sons. Sally was a talented homemaker. She was an excellent cook and her desserts are especially remembered. Sally enjoyed sewing and she made many things including afghans for each of her sons when they graduated from high school. She loved her yard and she spent many hours working in the flowers and in the vegetable garden. When Sally’s boys were growing up she spent many hours making sure they made it to their sports practices and she never missed any of their games. She is also remembered for her love of shopping and her many hours she devoted to helping her sister Linda.
In 1986 her husband Bob died and she later met Mearl Noviskey who has been her faithful companion ever since. Her family also includes her sons Bobby (Shannon) Caffrey, Andy (Dawn) Caffrey, Cristen Caffrey; brothers and sisters Linda Meyer, Howard “Butch” Town, Sharon Chrisman, David Towne, Howard Town, Alice Chrisman, Janet Foreman, Gary Town, and Robert “Dobber” Town; six grandchildren who she adored and she was anticipating the birth of one more. 
Friends may spend time with Sally’s family 2-4 pm Sunday at Rupert, Durham, Marshall & Gren Funeral Home, Plainwell Chapel. A Celebration of Life Service will be held 1 pm Monday at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Prairieville Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Arthritis Foundation or Cancer Society. 

Genevieve (Wildermuth) Connable
April 27, 1906 - February 1, 2002
Kalamazoo 
Died Friday evening February 1, 2002, at her home in Kalamazoo. Genevieve was born April 27, 1906, in Kalamazoo. She was the daughter of Clay J. Wildermuth and Edna Gates Wildermuth. She graduated from Western State High School in Kalamazoo, from Kalamazoo College in 1928 and received a graduate degree from Simmons College at Harvard University in Boston, Massachusetts in 1930. She taught High School in Schoolcraft, Michigan for 2 years, then took a position with the Wilmark Service System in Chicago. During World War II, Mrs. Connable served in the Red Cross Motor Corps, transporting wounded sailors by ambulance from Key West to Miami, Florida. In recent years she was active in Kalamazoo College alumni affairs, and served as President of the 1833 Society. Mrs. Connable was united in marriage to Horace P. Connable of Kalamazoo in 1933. He preceded her in death in 1991. Mr. and Mrs. Connable lived in Key West, McAllen, Texas and on Mrs. Connable's family farm at Royal Centre, Indiana, before moving back to Kalamazoo in 1985. Mrs. Connable is survived by several cousins including Harriet Slaughter of Kalamazoo and Royal Centre, Indiana. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her brother-in-law, Alfred B. Connable, and a niece Mary Burdick Thorne of Kalamazoo. She is also survived by sisters-in-law, Tenho S. Connable of Kalamazoo and Becky Connable of Cupertino, California; nephews, Alfred B. Connable, III of Roslyn, Long Island, NY, and A. Bruce Connable of Snowmass, Colorado, and nieces, Nancy M. Connable, Joan Rood, and Hazel Rood of Kalamazoo, Ellen Rood Ashby of Oberlin, Ohio, Peggy Rood Clark of Calgary, Canada and Laurie Connable of San Diego, California. In accordance with Mrs. Connable's wishes, cremation will take place and there will be no services or visitation. Memorial contributions may be directed to Kalamazoo College. Arrangements by LANGELAND Family Funeral Homes MEMORIAL CHAPEL 622 S. Burdick St. 343-1508 

Steven Cowgill
December 9, 2001 - February 3, 2002
Vicksburg 
Date of visitation: February 7, 2002
Time of visitation: 11:30 AM
Date of service: February 7, 2002
Time of service: 1:30 PM
Steven will always be remembered for his beautiful brown eyes. When he looked at you it was if he had always known you. Steven’s parents David and Jennifer waited anxiously for his birth that took place December 9, 2001 at Borgess Hospital. Weighing 7 pounds 8 ounces, he had a strong appetite and just recently enjoying applesauce. Though he was just starting to notice the world around him and to coo, Steven died suddenly at his home on February 3, 2002. His family will remember him as a happy, curious and content child.  Steven’s family includes his parents; David and Jennifer, sister; Rachel, brother; Bradley, grandparents; Paul and Barbara Romig, Donald and Janice Weaver; great grandparents; Alta Cowgill, Dorothy Reitenour, Arthur and Doris Romig; cousins; Zachery, Ashley, D.J. and many aunts and uncles. A sister Audrie preceded Steven in death, as well as a grandfather Bernard Cowgill; and great grandfather; Wyburn Cowgill. Friends may spend time with Stevens’s family at a reception at Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church at 11:30 A.M. Thursday February 7th followed by a service to celebrate Steven’s life at 1:30 P.M. Steven will be laid to rest with his great grandfather James Reitenour at Harrison cemetery. Arrangements by Rupert, Durham, Marshall & Gren Funeral Home, Vicksburg Chapel.

Edward A. DeHollander
September 4, 1956 - February 3, 2002
Kalamazoo 
Date of visitation: February 6, 2002
Time of visitation: 2:00 PM
Date of service: February 7, 2002
Time of service: 12:00 PM
Died early Sunday morning, February 3, 2002. Edward was born September 4, 1956 in Kalamazoo, the son of Edward A. and Delores (Crill) DeHollander. He worked as a commercial/residential painter for 20 years. On August 26, 1978 he was united in marriage to the former Linda Adams, who survives. Also surviving are his mother; 1 daughter, Mindy DeHollander; and 1 son, Edward DeHollander; 3 grandchildren; 2 sisters, Rose (Douglas) Maxam and Ruthie DeHollander, both of Kalamazoo; 3 brothers, Lloyd, Jeff and Clifford DeHollander of Kalamazoo; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Services will be held Thursday at 12 o'clock at the LANGELAND Family Funeral Homes MEMORIAL CHAPEL 622 S. Burdick St. 343-1508 with the Rev. John W. Vick, of the First Free Will Baptist Church, officiating. Visitation will be held Wednesday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Memorials may be directed to the family. 

Thomas Jarvis
October 9, 1955 - February 1, 2002
Portage 
Date of visitation: February 5, 2002
Time of visitation: 2:00 PM
Date of service: February 6, 2002
Time of service: 11:00 AM
Died suddenly February 1, 2002 in Longboat Key, Florida. Dr. Jarvis was born October 9, 1955 in Highland Park, MI. He graduated from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, and operated his dental practice in Portage for the past 21 years. He was an avid golfer and tennis player. He will be remembered as a devoted husband, father, son, brother and friend. On June 18, 1982, he was united in marriage to the love of his life, Michele. Along with Michele he is survived by their children, Elizabeth and Andrew; his parents, Edward and Carol Meredith; two sisters, Susan Noetzel and Melissa Losacco; a brother, David Meredith; several nieces and nephews. Funeral service will be held Wednesday 11:00 a.m. at St. Monica Catholic Church. Cremation will follow with private interment at Hope Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Habitat for Humanity. The family will be present to receive friends Tuesday from 2:00-4:00 p.m. and 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the BETZLER FUNERAL HOMES Stadium Dr. West of 131 375-2900 Family and friends are invited for a time of food and fellowship immediately following the service at St. Monica Parish Hall. 

Emmett Hans Johnson
March 15, 1927 - January 31, 2002
Mattawan 
Date of visitation: February 3, 2002
Time of visitation: 2:00 PM
Date of service: February 4, 2002
Time of service: 1:00 PM
Iron Mountain, Michigan in the Upper Peninsula is still an area of unspoiled natural beauty, where individuals have strong spirits and a love of the out of doors.  This was never more true when on March 15, 1927 in Iron Mountain, Hans and Effie (Petersen) Johnson welcomed into the world their son Emmett.  He was born into a family with a strong Swedish heritage and grew up with the strong family values and work ethic associated with that heritage.  Emmett attended school in L’Anse until he was 16.   He wanted to serve his country and help with the World War II effort, so he traveled to New York and joined the Merchant Marines in 1943, training in Sheepshead Bay, by telling them he was older than he really was.  He served from 1943 to 1946 and earned the rank of Jr. Engineer.  After leaving the Merchant Marines, he returned home and a relationship began between Emmett and Betty J. Dault, with who he attended school.  The young couple was married on May 24, 1947 in L’Anse and enjoyed 54 years of marriage.  They began their family with the birth of a son Dale, then son David, followed by daughter Suzanne and finally son Duane.  Emmett worked 17 years at Celotex in L’Anse as well as on the car ferries and in the mines up north.  Leisure time for Emmett meant that he was outside enjoying nature.  He loved to fish, hunt, ice fish and especially cutting wood.   Emmett could saw wood faster than a group of men could stack it.  He was a member of the Schoolcraft Assembly of God Church, the Portage Eagle's Lodge and a member of the Moose Lodge.    His family includes his wife Betty of Mattawan, a son Dale of Milwaukee, a daughter Suzanne and her husband Thomas Vardigan of Mattawan, and a son David and his wife Marjorie of L'Anse, MI.  Emmett has 11 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.  He has a sister June Denny of Florida as well as 18 nieces and nephews.   Emmett died in Kalamazoo on January 31, 2002.  He follows in death his parents and his son Duane R., two brothers Earl and Harlan Johnson and two sisters Isabelle Fish and Betty Supanich.  His family will meet friends from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. on Sunday at the Rupert, Durham, Marshall and Gren Funeral Homes, Vicksburg Chapel where his Celebration of Life Service will be held on Monday at 1:00 pm with Reverend Fred Betcher speaking.  Emmett will be buried in the Evergreen Cemetery in L’Anse next to his parents and son.

Arlene "Korky" Korkinsky
July 15, 1912 - January 30, 2002
Plainwell 
Date of visitation: February 3, 2002
Time of visitation: 2:00 PM
Date of service: February 3, 2002
Time of service: 10:00 AM
 At home in her kitchen cooking for her children and grandchildren was the hallmark of Arlene Korkinsky’s life. Arlene went to be with her lord Wednesday January 30, 2002.
 Her life began July 15, 1912 in Vicksburg, Michigan the daughter of the late Ernest and Lula Monroe, and spent her entire life in this area. On February 6, 1931 she married John Korkinsky, they had met at a dance and she would continue to enjoy dancing even in the later years of her life. Arlene was also fond of bingo and fishing, which she did with her son Bruce. Her love of nature extended to animals, her cat Curio and a special dog Bo. Arlene had worked at the Kellogg Co., during the war effort she worked at Clark Equipment Co., and retired from Sears and Roebuck & Co. in 1971 where she worked in the men’s furnishing department.
 Her family includes her husband John, 3 children, Jim Korkinsky and Bruce Korkinsky both of Plainwell, a daughter Sharon Korkinsky of Cloverdale, 3 grandchildren, Diane McCarty, Julie Wenger and Sue Lenz, 4 great grandchildren, 2 sisters and a brother, Lucene Milham of Arizona, Harold Monroe of Florida and Emogene Fry of Kalamazoo, several nieces and nephews. Her daughter-in-law Madeline Korkinsky preceded Arlene in death. 
 Friends may call at the Rupert, Durham, Marshall and Gren Funeral Home, Plainwell Chapel, Sunday 2-4 PM. A Celebration of Life service will be held Monday 10 am at the Otsego Baptist Church, Pastor David L. DeCook speaking. Burial will follow in Memorial Park in Battle Creek.


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