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Gail Kiewiet
March 18, 1953 - May 28, 2002
Paw Paw 
Date of visitation: June 1, 2002
Time of visitation: 5:00 PM
Date of service: June 2, 2002
Time of service: 2:00 PM
Gail Kiewiet as a young woman was described as a person, on one hand like a stallion charging ahead full of spunk and energy for the underdog, and on the other hand like a butterfly bringing a quiet sensitive beauty to the lives she touched.Gail died suddenly May 28, 2002 at her home.
Her life began March 18, 1953 in Kalamazoo the daughter of the late Bud and Helen Kiewiet.  A graduate of Plainwell High School, Gail was active in cheerleading and the school plays; two activities that seemed to be perfectly matched with her spunk and sense of drama. She then spent 21 years in Florida before moving back to this area in 1994.
Her mother remembers her as a person with a heart of gold and a love for people. Her companion Bob Russel recalls that whenever friends were at their home that she could always challenge the most reluctant person into playing a game of ping pong, she also enjoyed playing foosball. Her generous nature extended to animals, she loved dogs and cats and currently had 2 of each that will miss her.
Gail’s family includes her companion Bob Russel Jr., her mother Helen Kiewiet, a sister, Joan Fitzpatrick of DeWitt, two brothers Gordy Kiewiet of Albion, Indiana, Don and Rhonda Kiewiet of Plainwell, nieces and nephew, Gordon Kiewiet, Kelly Kiewiet and Cassandra Kiewiet. She was preceded in death by her father Bud Kiewiet and a brother-in-law, Pat Fitzpatrick. 
Friends may call at the Rupert, Durham, Marshall and Gren Funeral Home, Plainwell Chapel, Saturday 5-8 pm, where a Celebration of Life Service will be held Sunday 2 pm, Rev. Bruce J. Van Der Kolk speaking. Cremation will follow. Please share a memory with the family, or you can also send flowers or a memorial gift to the local Humane Society. 

Lindon W. Lancaster
April 11, 1912 - May 28, 2002
Plainwell 
Date of visitation: June 2, 2002
Time of visitation: 5:00 PM
Date of service: June 3, 2002
Time of service: 11:00 AM
Lindon was blessed with great talent and energy. Helping people brought great fulfillment to his life. Lindon went home to be with his Lord on Tuesday, May 28, 2002. 
He was born into a large family on April 11, 1912 in Green, Kansas, a son of Clyde and Florence (Lamb) Lancaster. At the age of eight his family moved to Howardsville, Michigan. Later they moved to Kalamazoo and at that time Lindon went to work as a herdsman at Clearstream Dairy Farm. During those depression years, he helped support his family. A young lady named Maida Hopkins was the housekeeper for the manager of the farm. Lindon began courting her and on Feb. 9, 1935 they were married. They lived in Ionia for a while and settled back in the Kalamazoo area in 1941 where he began a 24-year career for Lockshore Dairy Farms. Lindon and Maida moved to Plainwell in 1972 and at that time he worked as a custodian at Plainwell Schools; a job he very much enjoyed. 
Lindon was an active member of Cooper Baptist Church where he served as a deacon and led prayer meeting. Following his retirement he went with his oldest son, Jim, on a mission trip to Haiti. Lindon was a member of His Glory, Inc. and also enjoyed serving as a nursing home chaplain in Kalamazoo, Kent and Allegan Counties. He was a superb vegetable gardener and could grow them anywhere. He also enjoyed house painting. Following Maida’s death in 1988 he moved to South Carolina to be near his youngest daughter, Beth. In South Carolina, he was active with Senior Action and also did chaplain work in nursing homes. He attended Faith Free Presbyterian Church in Greenville, SC. 
Lindon’s family includes his five children, Dr. James (Irma) Lancaster, Nancy (Robert) Parrish, Michael (Pamela) Lancaster, Kathleen Patti, and Elizabeth Lancaster; 10 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; five brothers, his twin Lowell Lancaster, Don Lancaster, Clyde Lancaster, Paul Lancaster, John Lancaster; a sister, Clair McMurry; and many nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death were his parents, his wife, and two sisters, Lavone Dusseljee and Jeanette Barnes. 
Friends may spend time with the family 5-8 pm Sunday at Rupert, Durham, Marshall & Gren Funeral Home, Plainwell Chapel. A service to celebrate his life and faith will be held 11 am Monday at the funeral home with his grandson, Rev. James Lancaster, Jr. leading the service. Private interment will follow at Hillside Cemetery, Plainwell. Memorials may be made to His Glory, Inc. 

Annetta Mae Meyer
October 16, 1906 - May 28, 2002
Kalamazoo 
Date of visitation: May 31, 2002
Time of visitation: 2:00 PM
Date of service: June 1, 2002
Time of service: 11:00 AM
Passed away Tuesday morning, May 28, 2002. Annetta was born October 16, 1906 in Kalamazoo, the daughter of Leonard J. and Rena (Kannegeiter) Molhoek, and has been a lifelong area resident. She was a graduate of Kalamazoo Central High School and Parsons Business School. Also a charter member of the Milwood Christian Reformed Church, where she was active in the Ruth Circle Bible Study and the Senior Potluck Group. On June 26, 1928, Annetta was united in marriage to Jacob Menno Meyer, who preceded her in death on December 25, 2001. She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Marjorie Klose on January 28, 1989; and her husband, Ronald Klose on April 7, 1999; by 3 brothers, Bernard Molhoek in 1988, Charles Molhoek in 1996 and Harold Molhoek in 2000; and a sister, Margaret Root in 1996. Surviving are a daughter, Shirley and husband, Terrance Husband of Kalamazoo; a son, Philip J. and wife, Margaret Meyer in Winchester, VA; 10 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter; a sister, Eleanor Bosscher of Kalamazoo; and several nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends on Friday 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. Saturday, June 1 2002 at Milwood Christian Reformed Church, 3306 Lovers Lane with Rev. Loren Kotman officiating. A private interment will be held in Mt. Ever-Rest Cemetery. Memorials in Annetta's memory may be directed to Windsor Place; the Kalamazoo Gospel Mission; the Milwood Christian Reformed Church Memorial Fund; or a charity of your choice.

Francis W. Moshier
- May 28, 2002
Kalamazoo 
Date of visitation: June 2, 2002
Time of visitation: 1:00 PM
Date of service: June 2, 2002
Time of service: 2:00 PM
Died Tuesday evening, May 28, 2002. Francis was born in 1927 in Middletown, NY and was preceded in death by one sister and one brother. Surviving him are his wife, Pauline; his children, Charlene Baranowski, JoAnn Hennrick, Wayne Moshier, Gwen (Mark) Kulak, and Tracy Moshier; his step- children, Ellen (Dennis) Crawford, Ted (Alexis) Workman, and Julie Workman; 8 grandchildren; 4 step-grandchildren and 3 great- grandchildren. Frank served in the Merchant Marines and the U.S. Army during World War II. For many years, he was a volunteer fireman in the state of New York, and was actively involved with the Boy Scouts, as well as the First Congregational Church of Kalamazoo. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, June 2nd at 2:00 o'clock at the First Congregational Church of Kalamazoo, 129 S. Park St. with the Rev. Dr. Robert Noblett and Rev. Ruth Blount officiating. The family will receive friends beginning at 1:00 pm (one hour before the service) at the church in place of visitation as cremation has already taken place. Memorial contributions in Frank's memory may be made in lieu of flowers to the First Congregational Church Memorial Fund, 129 S. Park St., Kalamazoo, MI 49009 or Parkinson's Disease Research Fund, Department of Neurology, U of M Medical Center Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48109-0316. Arrangements by LANGELAND Family Funeral Homes MEMORIAL CHAPEL 622 S. Burdick St. 343-1508 

Jeanette C. Moyer
April 8, 1923 - May 30, 2002
Otsego 
Date of visitation: June 2, 2002
Time of visitation: 7:00 PM
Date of service: June 4, 2002
Time of service: 10:30 AM
Passed away quietly at her home in Plainwell on Thursday, May 30, 2002. Jeanette was born April 8, 1923 in Chicago, IL the daughter of Robert and Margaret (Robinson) Northam. Jeanette graduated from Loretto High School Chicago, IL in 1941 and attended 2 years of Business College. On September 30, 1944 in LA, CA she was united in marriage to Carl Moyer who survives. She was a dedicated mom and a devoted wife raising 13 children. Jeanette was an Avon Representative, an Amway Distributor with her husband Carl and worked at Otsego TV and Kal Equip. She was an active member of St. Margaret's Catholic Church since 1957 and especially enjoyed singing in the choir. Her hobbies included sewing, reading, cooking and watching old movies. Jeanette also was involved with the Otsego Summer Musicals and loved music her whole life. Jeanette and her children enjoyed taking part in Otsego's Halloween Parade with her ingenius costumes for several years. She was preceded in death by her son, Joseph Michael Moyer in 1998 and by 3 brothers and 1 sister. Also surviving are 12 children, Judy (Tom) Harmon, Donna (Ron) Tharge and Margaret (Mike) Rex all of Otsego, Jim (Serena) Moyer of Portage, Ginny (Michael) Summers of Pine, CO, Pat (John) Hinkle, John (Kathy) Moyer and Mary (Lane) Lovett all of Kalamazoo, Nancy (John) Flatt of Plainwell, Carl (Cathy) Moyer of Allegan, Gerry (Laura) Moyer of Alamo, Therese (Barry) Mertz of Kutztown, PA; 43 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. The family will be present to receive friends on Sunday from 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM and on Monday from 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM at the Winkel Funeral Home Otsego where a rosary will be recited Monday at 7:00 PM. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday 10:30 AM at St. Margaret's Catholic Church, Fr. Donald Klingler celebrant. Interment will take place at St. Margaret's Cemetery. Food and fellowship will follow the burial at the St. Margaret's School Gym. Memorials may be made to Borgess Visiting Nurses and Hospice or St. Margaret's Catholic Church. 

Vivian M. Nordyke
August 29, 1918 - June 2, 2002
Portage 
Date of visitation: June 4, 2002
Time of visitation: 6:00 PM
Date of service: June 6, 2002
Time of service: 1:00 PM
Died Sunday evening, June 2, 2002. Vivian was born August 29, 1918 in Battle Creek, MI, the daughter of William and Bertha (Stanley) Watson, and had lived in the Kalamazoo area for most of her life. She was employed for 10 years at the Shakespeare Company. Vivian was preceded in death by her husband, Peter Nordyke in 1993; and by her parents and 2 sisters, Beatrice Tuckey and Louise White. Surviving are 2 daughters, Sue (William) Preston and Patricia Saddler and companion Mike Percy, all of Portage; 8 grandchildren, Duane (Denise) Preston, Christine (Greg) Wiessner, Sheryl (Brett) Isenhower, David (Shawnia) Preston, Shawn (Jenny) Preston, Heather (Danny) Dunn, Amanda (Chad) Gregg and Michael (Missy) Saddler; 15 great-grandchildren; 2 sisters, Wilma Messenger and Bill Bovee of Florida, and Jean Carota of Massachusetts; several nieces and nephews. Services will be held at 1:00 o'clock Thursday at LANGELAND Family Funeral Homes PORTAGE CHAPEL 411 E. Centre Ave. 343-1508 Pastor Randy Burnett, of the 12th Street Baptist Church, officiating. Interment in Mt. Ever-Rest Cemetery. Friends may meet the family this evening from 6-8 and Wednesday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the chapel. Memorial contributions in Vivian's memory may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Steven E. Ross
September 1, 1946 - May 28, 2002
Allegan 
Date of service: May 31, 2002
Time of service: 1:00 PM
Died Tuesday, May 28, 2002. Mr. Ross was born September 1, 1946 in Grand Forks, North Dakota, the son of Richard & Claudia (Edwards) Ross. Steve was a graduate of Allegan High School Class of 1964, Ferris State University and Michigan State University. He was a veteran of the United States Army. Steve worked as a greens keeper for Ot-Well-Egan County Club for many years, and was currently employed as a United States Postman in Otsego for the past 20 years. He was very involved in his community, and was always willing to lend a hand for a good cause. Some of those were Wings of Hope Hospice, ACRDC, Allegan General Hospital, Ducks Unlimited, over 18 years with the Allegan Cabaret, Constable of Allegan, and he was a member of the Elks. Steve also started Swan Creek Productions, which was a D.J. music business. Surviving are 2 children, Brad and Jeanine Ross of Allegan, and Maggie Ross of North Carolina, 2 grandchildren, Ali and Tommy; 1 sister, Linda and Jim Burdick of Allegan; several nieces and nephews; and a close friend, Sue Ross. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday at 1 p.m. at the Allegan Area Community Center, 330 Trowbridge St, Allegan. Memorials may be made to the Allegan General Hospital or the Allegan Public Schools. Arrangements by the GORDEN FUNERAL RESIDENCE Allegan Chapel 

Maxine L. Stuut
November 3, 1917 - May 29, 2002
Portage 
Date of visitation: May 31, 2002
Time of visitation: 2:00 PM
Date of service: June 1, 2002
Time of service: 1:30 PM
Maxine was born November 3, 1917 in Kalamazoo, MI, to John & Ada (Snow) Wagner. Growing up in Comstock she was very close to her father, mother, and sisters. Maxine graduated from Comstock High School. 
She caught the eye of Charles Stuut as she walked by his home. They began dating and were married on October 19, 1940.  Maxine began working at The Shakespeare Company in Kalamazoo as a secretary, where she worked until the birth of her daughter, Sharon. A few years later she gave birth to her son, Ray. 
Her family was very important to her. Chuck and Maxine were inseparable, and enjoyed the simple things like taking a drive on a Sunday afternoon. Her happiest days were spent working around the house, cooking and baking for her family. She was well known for her Oreo dessert and pies made from scratch. She kept contact with her family through long phone conversations. Maxine and Chuck were always present at family reunions, weddings, and graduations. She enjoyed gathering with her family for picnics at Milham Park, spending the afternoon enjoying each others' company.
Maxine’s family includes her children: Sharon & Mark Kieffer and Ray & Alice Stuut both of Portage; a sister: Ruth & Morton Johnson of Odessa Beach, FL; 4 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. Maxine died on May 29, 2002 at Alterra of Wynwood where the staff's care and support were greatly appreciated by the family. Her family greatly appreciated the loving care and attention that was given to Maxine by both the Alterra and Heartland Hospice Staff. She is preceded in death by her husband, Charles; sister Jane Herder and half-sister Helen Hayes. 
Friends may spend with her family on Friday, May 31, 2002 from 2 to 4 PM and again on Saturday from 12:30 to 1:30PM at the Rupert, Durham, Marshall & Gren Funeral Home Portage Chapel where her Celebration of Life service will be held at 1:30 PM Saturday, June 1, 2002. Maxine will be buried next to her husband in Mt. Ever-rest Cemetery. Please share a memory of Maxine or in lieu of flowers make a memorial donation to the Heartland Hospice who were so much help to the family.

John A. Swain Jr.
March 3, 1931 - May 29, 2002
Portage 
Date of visitation: June 2, 2002
Time of visitation: 2:00 PM
Date of service: June 3, 2002
Time of service: 10:30 AM
Died Wednesday evening, May 29, 2002, in Kalamazoo, MI. John was born March 3, 1931, and raised by Jimmie and Norma Hall. He served in the US Army from 1948 to 1951 and was a member of the Comstock VFW Post #6252 for many years. John worked for Checker Motors for over 35 years before retiring. On October 7, 1950, he was united in marriage with the former Marjorie W. Medsker who preceded him in death on December 14, 1981. Mr. Swain was also preceded in death by his parents, a brother and 2 sisters. Surviving are a daughter, Catherine (Russ) Wagner of Kalamazoo; 7 grandchildren, Daniel Monroe and Tammy Hart, Scott (Jerry) Monroe, Jason (Dorothy) Monroe, Luke (Carrie) Wagner, Russell (Danielle) Wagner, Jr., Tina Kelly and Eric Wagner; 13 great-grandchildren; 2 sisters; and many nieces and nephews. Services will be held 10:30 Monday morning at LANGELAND Family Funeral Homes MEMORIAL CHAPEL 622 S. Burdick St. 343-1508 with the Rev. Richard Liggett of Lord's Hand Outreach Ministry, officiating. Interment in Fort Custer National Cemetery will follow services. Friends may meet the family on Sunday from 2-4 & 6-8 pm at the funeral home. 

Shirley Jo Thatcher
May 6, 1946 - May 28, 2002
Vicksburg 
Date of visitation: May 30, 2002
Time of visitation: 3:00 PM
Date of service: May 31, 2002
Time of service: 1:00 PM
Shirley Jo Thatcher was a forgiving and caring person who took time out of her busy life to tend to others that were in need. 
Shirley’s life began on May 6, 1946, the youngest child of John Wayne and Altea (Maul) Dibble and she grew up in Vicksburg. Her parents died when she was a teenager and Shirley was forced to leave school when she was 16 years old to support herself. Though this was difficult, Shirley made the best of her situation and it taught her to be self-dependent and reliable. These characteristics would be cornerstones to her personality, as through the years friends and family would look to Shirley for strength and guidance through both good and rough times. Being on her own would also make Shirley appreciate the importance of family. Over time she and her sisters would become inseparable as they would rely on each other and form a bond that only sisters can share. Through the years others would learn to rely on Shirley’s strength and broad shoulders. 
In 1980 she met Wes Thatcher while having morning coffee at Ted’s Restaurant in Augusta. After a lengthy courtship, they were married on June 23, 1984 and for the next 17 years they would share their dreams and hopes.
Shirley was a kind-hearted person who received great joy in giving and helping others. For several years she and Wes would dress up at Christmas time as Santa and Mrs. Claus. Though many people say that Christmas is for children, it was Shirley who received the gifts and blessings from the endeavors by seeing the smiles and the joy that she brought to each child. Shirley was truly at her best when she could help others.
Another way Shirley showed her affection was through her unique culinary skills. Recipes were only met to be guideline and being creative in the kitchen was a necessity. Her family and friends would rave about her sweet and sour pork and no one went away from the Thatcher house without being offered food. Shirley liked to cook so much that one time when many of the neighbors lost power, she fed more than 40 people. This act of kindness was just one of the ways that showed her warm and kind spirit.
Her grandchildren were the joy of her life. They could do no wrong and each of them received Grandma’s individual attention when they were at her house. She could spend hours listening to their stories and talking to them.
Shirley was an active member of the Vicksburg United Methodist Church where she enjoyed contributing to the life of the church.
Shirley went home to be with her Lord on Tuesday May 28th, 2002. Her family includes her husband Wes, children: Michael and his wife Daryl Keeler of Kalamazoo, Laura and her husband Gary Goff of Portage, Duane Thatcher of Battle Creek, Wes and his wife Chris Thatcher of Brethen MI, sisters: Mary Ann and her husband Ted Renner of Three Rivers, Linda and her husband Richard Blacker of Vicksburg, Joyce Heath of Vicksburg, a brother Allen R. and his wife Connie of Maryland, a sister-in-law Alice Dibble of Vicksburg, 6 grandchildren: Michael and Shamrock Goff of Portage, Ashley Schlueter, Joshua Thatcher and Brandon Livingston of Battle Creek and Samantha Bowers of Rodney, and several nieces and nephews. She follows in death a son Darrell Thatcher and a brother Richard Dibble
Friends may visit with the family on today from 3-5 and 7-9 pm at the Rupert, Durham, Marshall & Gren Funeral Home, Vicksburg Chapel and her Celebration of Life service will be at 1PM on Friday, May 31, 2002 at the Vicksburg United Methodist Church. Burial will be in the Vicksburg Cemetery.

Louis W. Thompson
December 16, 1928 - June 1, 2002
Allegan 
Date of visitation: June 3, 2002
Time of visitation: 5:00 PM
Date of service: June 4, 2002
Time of service: 10:00 AM
Died Saturday, June 1, 2002 at Bronson Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo. Mr. Thompson was born December 16, 1928 in Kalamazoo, MI, the son of John and Atha (Kridler) Thompson. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and retired from Allegan Metal Finishing in 1995 after 30 years. Surviving are his wife, Virginia; 3 children, Genese and Dan Harvey of Indiana, Dianne and Floyd McEwen of Otsego, Terry Thompson of Otsego; 4 stepchildren, Leo and Sue Bloom of Allegan, Ginger and Steve McNees of Texas, James and Bobbie Bloom of Ohio, Randy Bloom of Allegan; 16 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; 1 brother, Virgil Thompson of Tennessee; 1 sister, Lillian Gleason of Plainwell. The family will receive friends this evening (Monday) from 5-7 p.m. at the GORDEN FUNERAL RESIDENCE Allegan Chapel.com A graveside service will be held Tuesday 10:00 a.m. at Oakwood Cemetery, Allegan, Pastor Nathan Kelch officiating.


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