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Mrs. Lora V. Brooks  2224 Oxford  Passed away suddenly early Saturday (20 Nov 1971)  morning at Borgess Hospital.  She was born September 11, 1904 in Kendal, Michigan and had been a resident of this community for the past ten years.  She is survived by;  her husband, Clifford;  one son, Donald Cook of Kendal;  one daughter, Mrs.Phillip (Nellie) Smith of Otsego;  8 grandchildren, one great-grandson; a sister, Mrs. Lela Clason of Parchment;  several nieces and nephews.  The family will receive friends at the Donovan Funeral Home between 3 and 5, Sunday afternoon, where funeral services will be held Monday at 2 p.m., Rev. William Miles of the United Methodist Church of Kendal and Gobles officiating.  Burial in the Kendal Cemetery.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Sun 21 Nov 1971

Mr. Lyle E. Brooks  4699 W. Hickory Corners Rd., Hickory Corners, Michigan  Passed away early Wednesday morning at Lila Hospital where he had been a patient a short time.  Mr. Brooks was born November 22, 1904 in Claredon, Michigan, son of George and Blanche Harmon Brooks.  He retired from Grand Trunk Railroad in 1969 after 25 years of service.  He was married to Vada Bachelder, September 22, 1945 in Midland Park.  He and his wife, Vada had lived in the Hickory Corners area for 26 years.  Surviving are:  his wife, Vada;  two daughters.  Mrs. Gerald (Anita) Blowers, Battle Creek,  Mrs. Thomas (Lorriane) Ludwick of Battle Creek;  four grandchildren;   two sisters, Mrs. Clayton (Lois) Vandenberg, Marshall, Mich.,  Mrs. Kenneth (Pauline) Walling, Concord, Mich.;  three brothers, Gail of Jackson, Paul of Homer and George of Concord.  Friends are being received at the Williams Funeral Home, Delton, where services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. with Rev. Vaughn Jensen officating.  Interment, East Hickory Corners Cemetery.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  Thurs 25 Nov 1971

Mr. Robert C. Brooks  1520 E. Michigan Ave.  Age 24, passed away Monday April 10, 1972.  Mr. Brooks was born June 30, 1948, in Kalamazoo, the son of Louis Francis Curtis and Edna Brooks.  His mother preceded him in death in June of 1971. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.  Surviving are 3 sisters and one brother, Brenda L. Brooks, Patricia Evans, both of Kalamazoo,   Carol Ann Brooks of Gary, Ind. and Ronald Curtis of Los Angeles, Calif.;  his grandmother, Mrs. Bernice Brooks of Gary, Ind.;  4 nephews, 7 nieces, one uncle, 3 aunts and a host of other relatives and friends.  Memorial services will be announced later.  Friends may call at the Harper Funeral Home, 521 Douglas Ave., after 6 p.m. today.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  Wed 12 Apr 1972

Mrs. Myrtle Ellis Brophy  Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.  Formerly of  Kalamazoo  Passed away February 2, 1972, in Harbor Beach Nursing Home, Florida.  Mrs. Brophy was born Feb. 9, 1890, in San Francisco, Calif., the daughter of Charles and Henrietta Ellis.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank F. in 1958.  Surviving are several nieces, nephews and cousins.  Graveside services will be held 2 p.m. Monday at Oak Hill Cemetery, Battle Creek, Rev. David L. Evans officiating.  Arrangements by Truesdale Downtown Funeral Home.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  Fri 4 Feb 1972

Mrs. Elsie U. Brogan  Rochester, N.Y.  Formerly of Kalamazoo  Passed away August 5, 1976 in Rochester, N.Y.  Mrs. Brogan was born June 1, 1884, in Giessen, Germany and was a resident of Kalamazoo most of her life, living in Rochester since 1963.  She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church.  Surviving are one son and one daughter, Robert of Webster, N.Y. and Miss Mary Felder of Denver, Colo.;  one brother, Adolph Ulm of West New York, N.J.;  one sister, Agusta Knetch of Germany.  Graveside services will be held Saturday at 1 o’clock at the Genesee Prairie Cemetery, Pastor Allen Hellwege officiating.  Arrangements by the Langeland Chapels.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Fri 6 Aug 1976

Mr. Whitfield Bronson  136 E. Paterson  Passed away suddenly Tuesday morning at his home.  Mr. Bronson was born in Aberdeen, Miss., Nov. 1, 1913, son of Rev. Izier and Sadie Bronson.  He was employed at Western Michigan University and was a veteran of World War II.  Surviving are 4 sons, Fred and Rowan Bronson of Milwaukee, Wis., James and Edward Bronson of Los Angeles, Calif.;  one daughter, Carolyn Bronson of San Diego, Calif.;  one step-brother, Mr. Sylemon Whitehead of St. Louis, Mo.;  4 sisters, Mrs. Velma Williams, Mrs. Gladys Battles, Mrs. Ernestine Jones and Mrs. Wilma Parker all of St. Louis, Mo.  Memorial services were held today at 1 p.m., the Harper Funeral Home, 521 Douglas, Rev. Mabry Gardner officiating.   Interment in Riverside Cemetery.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette   Fri 28 Jan 1977

Mrs. Myrth E. Broesamle  Formerly of 2815 Crest Dr. Kalamazoo  Passed away Sunday morning at Borgess Hospital.  Born September 1, 1895 in Allegan County.  Her husband, Paul, preceded her in death.  Surviving are:  one son, John Broesamle of Richland;  three sisters, Mrs. Paul Pomeroy, Mrs. Bernie Niffenegger of Kalamazoo and Mrs. John Harry of Fennville, Mich.;  nieces and nephews.  Graveside services will take place at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at Mount Ever-Rest Cemetery, Dr. Kenneth B. Seeley officiating.  Friends may call at the Truesdale Chapels of the Pines, Westnedge at Milham, Portage after 12 noon Monday.   source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  Mon 14 Feb 1977

Mrs. Winnifred Bronner  615 Lovell  Passed away Thursday afternoon Oct 30, 1975.  Mrs. Bronner was born Nov 13, 1889, in Almena, Mich., daughter of Charles and May Soule and was a lifelong resident of the Kalamazoo area.  She was preceded in death by 2 sons, Charles R. Terrell, Dec 4, 1974 and Harlan V. Terrell, Sept 11, 1975.  Surviving are 2 daughters, Mrs. Paul (Vivian) Rench and Mrs. Wannetta Fricke, both of Portage;  13 grandchildren,  32 great-grandchildren;  14 great-great-grandchildren; one sister and one brother, Mrs. Florence Lockwood of El Cajon, Calif. and Thomas Soule of Paw Paw;  several nieces and nephews.  Memorial service will be held Monday morning at 11 o’clock at the Langeland Portage Chapel, 411 E. Centre Ave., Pastor David Sleeman, of Faith Mission Inn of Scotts, officiating.  Interment in Wildey Cemetery, Paw Paw.  Friends may call at the Portage Chapel.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  Fri Oct 31, 1975

Mrs. Nellie E. Broughton  128 Fellows Ave.  Passed away Wednesday morning March 22, 1972.  Mrs. Broughton was born January 8, 1886 in Ohio, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alonzo Ennes and had been a resident here for 5 years.  Before her retirement, she was employed by Periodical Publishers. She was the widow of Ed Broughton.  She is survived by one grandson, John Houk of Kalamazoo.  Mrs. Broughton was taken from the Langeland Chapels to the Fisher Funeral Home, Vermilion, Ohio, for services and interment.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  Wed 22 Mar 1972.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  Wed 22 Mar 1972

Mrs. Doris E. Brouwer  4813 S. Long Lake Dr., Kalamazoo  Age 58, passed away at Franklin Community Hospital in Vicksburg Thursday morning following a lingering illness.  She was born July 8, 1913 in Marcellus, Michigan, the daughter of Harry and Gladys Gearhart.  She was a member of the Portage United Methodist Church and Olympia Chapter No. 274 OES of Portage.  She resided most of her life in this area.  On Aug 15, 1936 she was united in marriage to Okko Brouwer who preceded her in death in 1971.  Surviving are: one son, Thomas of Rte. 1, Scotts;  her mother, Mrs. Gladys Garl of Three Rivers;  3 brothers, Edwin and William Gearhart both of Three Rivers and Olin Gearhart of LaSalle, Ill.;  3 grandchildren, Michele, Todd, Barbara;  several nieces and nephews.  Her father, Harry Gearhart preceded her in death in 1969. Friends may call at the Rupert-Durham Funeral Home after 7 p.m., Rev. Maurice McKean officiating.  Interment in Portage Central Cemetery.  The family suggest that those who wish may make memorial contributions to The Franklin Community Hospital.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  Thurs 22 July 1971

Mr. John Brouwer  10294 Tomkinson, Scotts  Mr. Brouwer died Friday evening in Borgess Hospital in Kalamazoo.  He was born March 22, 1899 in the Hague of the Netherlands.  He served in the Royal Dutch Navy and came to the United States in 1924.  He moved to Three Rivers in 1932 and on July 27, 1935 he was married to Winifred A. Stears in Elkhart, Indiana.  He worked for the Weyerhauser Company in Three Rivers for 28 years and later worked for the Charles Security Services in Kalamazoo.  He was a member of the First Church of God in Portage.  Surviving are his wife Winifred A.; one daughter Mrs. Stanley (Martha) Eaton of Portage;  4 grandchildren, Bruce, Jacqueline, Linda and Robert Eaton all of Portage;  2 sisters, Mrs. J.A.A. (Martha) Koning and Mrs. Adrian (Marie) Petri both of the Netherlands;  several nieces and nephews.  His parents, one son John and 5 brothers preceded him in death.  Religious services will be held Tuesday at 10:30 am. from the Halverson Chapel, Three Rivers with the Rev. Roland Gani of the First Church of God officiating.  Interment will be at Riverside Cemetery in Three Rivers.  The family will receive friends at the Halverson Chapel Monday from 7 to 8 p.m.  Memorials can be given to the Portage First Church of God.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  Sat 23 Apr 1977

Mr.  J. Stanley Brothers, Jr.  2229 LaCross  Kalamazoo  Passed away Sept. 18, 1976 at Bronson Hospital.  He was born July 14, 1896 in Kansas City, Missouri.  He was a musician playing the violin for many years in the local Butterfield Theatre.  Prior to and during the 1920’s he composed many popular songs which were published.  He wrote greeting card material for greeting card publishers throughout the years and was noted as an authority.  He was also considered an authority on Early American glass.  He wrote for several magazines dealing with antiques. He was author of Thumbnail Sketches and many other articles on glass.  He was a veteran of WWI having servied in the U.S. Army and he was one of the original founders and a life member of the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts.  He is survived by his wife, Cecelia M. whom he married May 1, 1942 in Kalamazoo.  Also surviving is one sister, Miss Peggy F. Brothers of Kalamazoo;  2 cousins, Mrs. Hazel Pitsch of Glendale, Calif and Mrs. Josephine Charvot of Long Beach, Calif.  Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 3 p.m. at the Truesdale Williamsburg Chapel, 445 W. Michigan with Dr. Kenneth B. Seeley officiating.  Interment in Mountain Home Cemetery. The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the charity of your choice.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  Mon 20 Sep 1976

Mr. Arthur W. Brown  Rte 1, Augusta  Passed away Wednesday afternoon at Borgess Hospital after a short illness.  Mr. Brown was born July 8, 1898 in Blue Island, Ill., the son of John and Fannie Carlyle and had been a resident of the Kalamazoo area since 1922.  He was a bus driver, employed by the National City Lines of Kalamazoo, retiring in 1963.  Mr. Brown was a member of BPOE No. 50, Eagles Aerie No 526 and Bus Drivers Union 1093.  He is survived by his wife, Neva Leach Brown;  3 brothers, John and Sandy Brown of Blue Island, Ill. and George Brown of Chicago;  several nieces and nephews;   one grandniece and nephew.  Friends are being received at the Joldersma & Klein Funeral Home, where services will be held Saturday morning at 11 o’clock.  BPOE No. 50 officiating.  Burial in Hamilton Cemetery, Decautr.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Heart Fund.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  Fri 23 July 1971

Mrs. Catherine M. Brown  Vicksburg Manor, Vicksburg  Formerly Kalamazoo  Passed away June 29, 1977.  Mrs. Brown was born in Kalamazoo, August 2, 1915, daughter of Lewis and Mary Hunt and had resided in this area most of her life.  She had been employed for many years by the Baxter Laundry Co. in Kalamazoo.  She was married to Erwin Brown, who preceded her in death in 1958.  Surviving are one son, Hayes Brown of Oshtemo;  one daughter, Mrs. Fred (Sharon) Russell of Lawton;  one brother, Charles Hunt of Kalamazoo;  one sister, Mrs. Florence Teal of Kalamazoo;   step-mother, Mrs. Blanche Hunt of Alamo, formerly of Galesburg;  6 grandchildren;  several nieces and nephews;  a brother and sister-in-law, Clifford and Jackie Brown of Kalamazoo.  Friends may call at the Rupert-Durham Funeral Home, after 10 a.m. Friday, where services will be held Saturday morning at 10 am., with Rev. Dale Benton of the Schoolcraft United Methodist Church, officiating.  Interment in Blunt, South Dakota.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  Thurs 30 June 1977

Dale R. Brown  93 Washington St., Galesburg  Age 59, passed away suddenly Friday afternoon in Battle Creek.   Born May 2, 1912 in Battle Creek, son of Charles and Eunice Brown and has resided in Galesburg for over 30 years.  Employed at the V.A. Hospital for 15 years and the past 19 years at Shakespeare Co., Kalamazoo.  He was a member of the Galesburg Fire Dept. for 31 years.  Married to Amilene Wetherill, January 25, 1941, who survives.  Also one daughter, Daleene at home;  one step-son, Howard Bristol of Mattawan;  four step-daughters, Mrs. Ida Rediker of Springfield,  Mrs. Frances Fair and Mrs. Alta Rhoads both of Scotts,  Mrs. Roberta Dutton of Portage;  19 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren;  one sister, Mrs. Edna Hess, Oscota.  Friends are being received at the Hoag-Schmitts Funeral Home, Galesburg, where services will be held Monday at 3 p.m., Rev. Edwin Granholm officiating.  Interment, Oak Grove Cemetery. source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Sat 30 Oct 1971

Mr. Cecil G. Brown  1840 Charles Avenue  Passed away Monday afternoon, July 17, 1972, Mr. Brown was born March 12, 1916 in Kalamazoo, son of Guy and Cora Brown and had been a lifelong resident here.  Mr. Brown had been employed as a construction worker.  He is survived by:  his wife, Barbara;  two step-children, Gregory Stewart with the U.S. Army, Ft. Bragg, North Carolina and Miss Karla Curtis of Kalamazoo;  four brothers and fours sisters, Dale Brown, San Jose, Calif.,  Mrs. Mable Kemp of Kalamazoo,  Calvin Brown of San Jose, Calif.,  Mrs. Winifred Cramer of Lawton,  Ernest Brown,  Mrs. Cora Edgerly,  Mrs. Alice White and Victor Brown, all of  Kalamazoo;   several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by a death by a brother, Guy F. Brown.  Memorial services will be held Friday morning at 10:30 at the Langeland Chapel, 622 S. Burdick.  Interment, Oak Grove Cemetery, Lawton.  Friends may call at the chapel.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  Tues 18 July 1972

Donald E. Brown  Age 48;  141 E. Hancock St., Climax  Died Saturday at Leila Hospital, Battle Creek.  Mr. Brown was a former owner of Halstead Grocery in Bedford and the Brown Grocery in Climax.  He was presently employed by the Clark Equipment Co. in Battle Creek, a member of the Climax Masonic Lodge, the Climax Post No. 465, American Legion; active on the Rescue Squad and Climax Rifle Club and Fire Department.  He had been a resident of Climax for the last 14 years and served in the Navy in W.W. II.  Surviving are his wife, Alice J. (Uldriks); 2 sons, Donald E. Brown II,  Larry C. Brown;  a daughter, Debra A., all at home;  4 sisters, Mrs. Rex (Mamee) McCarty and Mrs. Donna King of Hickory Corners,  Mrs. Jerry (Kay) Dolbee of Athens and Mrs. Richard (Christine) Dean of Columbus, Ohio;  his step-mother, Mrs. June Eitnier of Athens.  Services will be held Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Richard A. Henry Funeral Home, Battle Creek,  Rev. Paul D. Mazur of Climax United Methodist Church officiating.  Military committal by Climax Post No. 465, American Legion.  Preferred memorials to Cancer Society.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  Mon Nov 3, 1975

Mrs. Eunice Brown  2639 Catherine Rd., Altadena, Calif.  Formerly of Kalamazoo  Funeral services for Mrs. Brown were held Saturday at Glasser-Miller-Lamb Chapel in Arcadia.  Mrs. Brown passed away June 2 (1971) at the age of 74 in California.  She formerly was employed at the Upjohn Co.  Mrs. Brown is survived by one daughter, Jean Myers of North Hollywood;  2 sons, Dale D. Brown of Coopersville, Mich. and Lewis L. Brown of Kalamazoo;  a sister, Relma Graves of Altadena;  nephew, Jerome Graves of Arcadia;  several grandchildren.  The family suggests memorials may be made to the Heart Fund.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  Thurs 17 Jun 1971

Mrs. Edith M. Brown  1323 Brownell  Passed away Sunday morning January 16, 1972.  Mrs. Brown was born December 2, 1889, in Wayne County, Ind., the daughter of Robert and Josephine Wimpey and had been a resident here for 53 years.  She was a member of the Full Gospel Mission.  Her husband, Albert A., preceded her in death March 19, 1968.  Mrs. Brown is survived by 4 nephews and one niece, Orville Wimpey of Marion, Ind., Donald Hockett,  Floyd Clark, Orville Hockett, Floyd Clark,  Orville Hockett, all of Kalamazoo,  Mrs. Chloe Pemberton of Arkansas.  Memorial services will be held Tuesday morning at 11 o’clock at the Langeland Chapel, 622 S. Burdick, Rev. Edward Vander Roest officiating.  Interment in Riverside Cemetery.  Friends may call at the chapel.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  Mon 17 Jan 1972


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