Miscellaneous Michigan Obituaries


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Mr. Harry S. Browne  Local Man’s Father Dies in Wisconsin  Funeral services were held Friday for Harry S. Browne, 77 in Fort Atkinson, Wis.  Browne is the father of Harry C. Browne, 1323 Calhoun.   Besides his son, he is survived by a sister,  two daughters and several grandchildren.   source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  Mon 22 May 1972

Mr. Charles H. Brownell  739 Denway Dr.  Passed away June 13, 1972, at Borgess Hospital.  Mr. Brownell was born August 3, 1912, in Chicago, Ill., the son of Charles and Irene Brownell and lived most of his life in Kalamazoo.  Surviving are his wife, Cora; 2 sons, Duane (Bud) Brownell of Kalamazoo and Larry Brownell of Mendon;  3 daughters, Cora Denison of Ventura, Calif.,  Mary Dodson of Scottville, Mich. and Norma Clinard of Alamo;  a granddaughter, Debbie, at home,  21 other grandchildren; one great-grandson.  Religious services will be held 1 p.m. Friday, Truesdale South Chapel,  Portage, Rev. Harold Simon officiating.  Interment Riverside Cemetery. The family suggests memorials may be made to the Heart Fund.   source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  Wed 14 Jun 1972

Mrs. Bessie Brower  Texarkana, Texas  (Formerly of Kalamazoo)  Age 68, passed away Friday evening in Texarkana.  Mrs. Brower was born April 15, 1902.  She was a member of the Hardy Memorial Methodist Church in Texarkana and was a former member of Rebekkah Lodge of Kalamazoo.  Survived by:  two children, son, Willard of Texarkana and a daughter, Mrs. Herman (Dorothy) Dykema, two grandchildren,  Cecily and Kevin Dykema all of Kalamazoo.  Services will be at  the East Funeral Home, Texarkana, Monday at 2 p.m.  Interment at Red Lick, Texas.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  Sat 3 Apr 1971

Mrs. Arthur (Mabel) L. Brownell   Seal Beach, Calif.  Formerly of Kalamazoo and Tucson, passed away November 26, 1975.  Surviving are: one son, William A. Brownell and two granddaughters in Seoul, Korea.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  Sun 30 Nov 1975

Mr. John Bruce  12134 S. Stewart  Chicago, Ill.  Formerly of Kalamazoo  Passed away suddenly Wednesday in Chicago.  Mr. Bruce was born May 14, 1909, in Sioux City, Iowa, the son of Charles and Mable Bruce and resided in Kalamazoo from 1956 until 1963, and at the time of his death was employed as an accountant with the Chicago Board of Trade.  He is survived by one son, John C. Bruce of Portage;  2 grandchidren; one brother, Rev. Charles F. Bruce of South Bend, Ind.;  one sister, Mrs. Emily Renshaw of Sioux City, Iowa.  Friends are being received at the Joldersma & Klein Funeral Home.  Services will be held at the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, West Milham Ave., Saturday at 1 p.m., Rev. Rex Heidmann officiating.  Interment, Riverside Cemetery.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  Fri 17 Sep 1971

Mr. Homer F. Brundage  715 Regency Square  Passed away September 4, 1972 at Bronson Hospital.  Mr. Brundage was born March 3, 1890 in Kalamazoo, son of Ozial W. and Susie E. Brundage and had been a lifetime resident here.  Chairman of the Board of the Brundage Company, Member of the Second Church of Christ Science and the mother church of Boston, past president of Kalamazoo Exchange Club, member of the Knights of Phythias Lodge and the Park Club.  Member of the Board of the National Warm Air Heating and Air Conditioning Association, Past president of the Kalamazoo Board of Education, Kalamazoo Engineering Society, Western Michigan Chapter of American Society of Heating, Air Conditioning and Engineers.  Surviving are the wife, Bernice; two sons, F. Ward, Kalamazoo,  Joseph E., Sturgis;  four grandchildren;  several nieces and nephews.  Mr. Brundage will be at the Truesdale Downtown Funeral Home until noon Thursday to be taken to the First United Presbyterian Church where Christian Science services will be read at 2 p.m.  Interment Mount Ever-Rest Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Second Church of Christ Science.   source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  Tues 5 Sep 1972

Mr. Rex E. Brugler  411 E. Walnut St.  Passed away August 3 (1971) at Borgess Hospital.  Mr. Brugler was born Feb. 16, 1925, in Big Springs, Ohio, son of Everett & Ruby Brugler.  Graduate of Mt. Victory Ohio High School and Ohio Northern University;  veteran of World War II serving with the U.S. Marines, and had been employed as a welder at the Clarage Fan Co.  Surviving are the wife, Jorrette; mother,  Mrs. Earl (Ruby) Weedbrock,  Crooked Lake, Delton;  sister, Mrs. Leslie (LeVada) Davis, Otsego;  nephew, Darryl Davis.  Preceded in death by his father, Everett 1964.  Friends may call at the Truesddale Downtown Funeral Home after 7 p.m. Wednesday, where religious services will be held 10 a.m. Friday, Interment, Green Bower Cemetery, Alamo Twp.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  Wed 4 Aug 1971

Mrs. Patricia Lenihan Brubaker - Food Poisoning Fatal To Former Kalamazoo Woman  age 26, a former Kalamazoo resident, died Monday in Islamabad, Pakistan.  Her family said death was caused by food poisoning.  Mrs. Brubaker, who traveled to Pakistan two months ago to teach foreign languages, was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William F. Lenihan of Mesa, Ariz.  Her father was a Kalamazoo realtor for many years. Mrs. Brubaker attended Kalamazoo schools and was a graduate of Arizona State College. Funeral services will be held Sunday at the Melcher Funeral Home in Mesa.  Survivors beside her parents include her husband, Eric;  two sisters, Mrs. Robert Rockafield of LaGrange, Ill., and Mrs. Larry Melcher of Mesa, and a brother, William E. Lenihan Jr. of Pennsylvania.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Tues 29 Aug 1972

Rev. John H. Bruggers, DD  2823 Harvard  Passed away Saturday afternoon, June 26, 1971.  Rev. Bruggers was born Feb. 10, 1883, in The Netherlands, the son of John and Gertrude Bruggers, and had been a resident of Kalamazoo for 12 years.  He spent his early years in Muscatine, Iowa, and Dispatch, Kan.  He was graduated from Northwestern Academy, Orange City, Iowa and recieved his A.B., M.A. and D.D. degrees from Hope College and his B.D. degree from Western Theological Seminary.  Rev. Bruggers was ordained in the First Reformed Church of Orange City, Iowa and served as first pastor of the 6th Reformed Church of Holland, Mich., from 1919 to 1928.  He also served reformed churches in Coopersville, Mich., from 1928  to 1943, and Wichert, Ill., from 1943 to 1955, and Battle Creek from 1955 to 1959.  He had served as president of the Particular Synod of Michigan and also as stated clerk of Classis Muskegon and as secretary-treasurer of church expansion for 25 years.  He had been a board member of the Western Theological Seminary and had also been active in Boy Scout work for 15 years.  He was a member of the Greenwood Reformed Church.  Surviving are his wife, Cornelia W., and three sons, Dr. Laurence Bruggers of Saginaw,  Rev. Glenn Bruggers of Fukuoka, Japan and Dr. Howard Bruggers of  New Orleans, La., 12 grandchildren and several nices and nephews.  Memorial services will be held Tuesday at 2 o’clock at the Greenwood Reformed Church.  Interment in Mt. Ever-Rest Cemetery.   Friends may meet the family at Langeland Chapel, 622 S. Burdick , Sunday from 3 to 4 p.m. and Monday from 3 to 4 and 7 to 8:30 p.m.  The family requests that flowers be omitted and that memorial contributions be made to the John and Cornelia Bruggers Scholarship Fund at Hope College or to your local church.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  Sun 27 Jun 1971

Mr. Clarence A. Brunner  1109 N. Fletcher  Passed away Wednesday evening, Dec 17, 1975.  Mr. Brunner was born Dec. 8, 1902, in Manchester, N.H. and had been a resident here since 1951. Before his retirement, had been employed by Checker Motors Corp. for 14 years.  Was a member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Kalamazoo Elks Lodge No. 50 and the Albion Masonic Lodge No. 14.  He was preceded in death by a son, John Arno Brunner in 1971. On Sept. 7, 1931, he was married to Ethel Boldt, who survives.  Also surviving are one grandson, William Brunner of Riverside, Calif.; one sister, Mrs. Edna Blakely of Belgrade, Me.  Memorial services will be held Saturday morning at 11 o’clock in St. Johns Chapel, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, with Rev. James C. Holt officiating.  Interment in Riverside Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to St. Luke’s Episcopal Church  Memorial Fund.  Friends may call at the Langeland Chapel, 622 S. Burdick.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  Fri 19 Dec 1975

Mrs. Maude M. Brunton  3807 Market St.,  Passed away Thursday morning at Bronson Hospital.  Mrs. Brunton was born April 17, 1899, in Lima, Ohio, daughter of William and Frances Hall Mayes.  She had been employed by the Shakespeare Co. and lately as a nurses aid for Kalamazoo State Hospital.  Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Violet M. McKeeby of Kalamazoo;  one granddaughter, Sharon Lee Lamb of Mattawan;  9 great-grandchildren.  Friends are being received at the Joldersma & Klein Funeral Home, where services will be held Monday at 1 o’clock, Rev. A. G. Fulton officiating.  Interment in Riverside Cemetery.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  Fri 26 Nov 1976

Mrs. Ethel M. Bryer  2610 Asbury Dr.  Passed away Tuesday evening March 23, 1976.  Mrs. Bryer was born September 12, 1902 in Wabash, Ind., daugher of Ozro and Josie Leland and had been a resident here most of her life.  She was a member of the First Freewill Baptist Church.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Adolph, in 1968 and by a grandson, John Bryer in 1975. Surviving are 4 sons and 2 daughers, Lorin and Norman, both of Kalamazoo,  Carl E. of Portage,  Neil D.,  Mrs. Raymond (Beverly) Caldwell, both of Kalamazoo, and Mrs. Ted (Pauline) Osburn of Portage;  9 grand-children;  1 sister and 1 brother,  Mrs. Velma Riggs and Homer Leland, both of Kalamazoo;  several nieces and nephews.  Memorial services will be held Friday morning at 11 o’clock at the Langeland Chapel, 622 S. Burdick, with Rev. John W. Vick officiating.  Interment in Riverside Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Heart Fund.  Friends may call at the chapel.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  Wed 24 Mar 1976

Wanda H. Brzezicki  3709 Frances St.  Passed away Monday evening at Borgess Hospital.  She was born February 10, 1911 in Poland, daughter of Teophield and Anna Folkman Krempin. She was employed in the food service department at Western Michigan University until her retirement in 1970.  She is a member of Trinity Lutheran Church.  She was married to Jozef Brzezicki, July 20, 1935 in Poland, who survives.  Also surviving are:  three sons, Richard of Kalamazoo,  Sigmund of Dayton and Waldemar of Cincinnati;  nine grandchildren;  four sisters, Mrs. Alice Kennig and Mrs. Hedwig Kenning,  Mrs. Maria Hasshick and Mrs. Olga Holler, all in Germany;  several nieces and nephews.  Friends are being received at the Joldersma & Klein Funeral Home.  Funeral services will be held Friday at 1 o’clock at Trinity Lutheran Church, Pastor William A. Diehl officiating.  Interment Riverside Cemetery.  source:  Kalmaazoo Gazette  Wed 7 July 1976

Mrs. Kenneth (Virginia Hart) Brush,  Columbus, Ohio  Formerly of Kalamazoo   Funeral services will be held Tuesday for Mrs. Virginia Brush, a former Kalamazoo woman who died Friday in Columbus, Ohio.  Mrs. Brush, 38, was born in Kalamazoo.  She was the daughter of Benjamin and Virginia Savard Hart.  Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Williams Funeral Home in Delton. Friends will be received from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday.  Burial will be at the Prairieville Cemetery. Mrs. Brush is survived by her husband, Kenneth;  two sisters, Mrs. Ruth Buttocovola of Tampa, Fla., and Mrs. Jenny Mayes of Buffalo, W. Va.;  five brothers, Wayne of Tampa, Fla.,  Don and Marvin of Flint,  John Hart of Lake Orion, and Gary of Allegan;  her mother, Mrs. Virginia Koloseik of Columbus, Ohio;  and her maternal grandmother, Mrs. Ruth Savard of Lake Orion. source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Sun Oct 26 1975

Mr. Albert M. Brewer  934 Bellevue Pl.  Passed away Jan. 16, 1977.  Mr. Brewer was born August 19, 1885, in Berlin, Wis., and had been a resident here for the past 65 years.  Was a retired employee of the Atlas Press co.  Member of Bethel Baptist Church and had been a board member of the Kalamazoo Gospel Mission for several years.  Surviving are 2 daughters, Mrs. Herman (Faythe) Allen of Parchment, and Miss Roberta E. Brewer of Kalamazoo;  2 granddaughters;  3 great-grandchildren;  one niece and 2 nephews.  Graveside services will be held 1 p.m. Tuesday at Mt. Ever-Rest Cemetery, Rev. Lee R. Russell officiating.  The family requests flowers please be omitted and contributions be made to the Kalamazoo Gospel Mission.  Friends may call at the Truesdale Williamsburg Chapel, 445 W. Michigan, this evening from 7 to 9 pm.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  Mon 17 Jan 1977

Miss Suzanne D. Bryan  (Scukanec)  5129 Woodmont, Portage  Passed away Saturday evening, July 31, 1971.  Miss Bryan was born Nov. 14, 1943, in Hagarstown, Md., the daughter of Norman C. and Dorothy V. Bryan and had been a resident of Kalamazoo for 19 years. She was employed in the office of the Auto-Owners Insurance Co.  Miss Bryan is survived by her mother and step-father, Mr. and Mrs. Lester M. Johnson of Portage;  one sister, Miss Carole K. Bryan of Columbus, Ohio;  grandparents,  Mr. and Mrs. E. C. Bryan of Springfield, Ohio;  several aunts, uncles and cousins.   Memorial services will be held Wednesday morning at 11 o’clock atthe Langeland Chapel, 622 S. Burdick. Interment in Mt. Ever-Rest Cemetery.  Friends may call at the chapel.  source: Kalamazoo Gazette  Mon 2 Aug 1971

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