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Mrs. Mary E. Chivington - 3625 W. Michigan Ave. - Passed away Sunday morning, Aug. 13, 1972.  Mrs. Chivington was born Oct. 14, 1870 in Meadville, Mo., the daughter of George W. and Sarah A. Myers and had resided in Kalamazoo for 2 years, prior to that living in Peoria, Ill.  She is survived by one son, Harold L.; one daughter, Miss Ginevra M. Chivington, both of Kalamazoo;  a granddaughter, Mrs. Jack (Doyne) Prange of Scotts;  2 great-grandchildren;  2 great-great-grandchildren;  a brother in Long Beach, Calif.; several nieces and nephews.  Mrs. Chivington was taken from the Langeland Chapels to the Camerford-Endsley Funeral Home, Peoria, Ill, where services will be held.  Interment in Parkview Memorial Cemetery.  source: Kalamazoo Gazette Mon 14 Aug 1972

Mr. Earl T. Chipman - 600 Golden Dr. - Passed away Thursday, Sept. 2, 1976 at Bronson Hospital.  Mr. Chipman was born March 28, 1892, in Scotts, Mich. , son of Thomas and Eleanor Munger Chipman.  He had worked for the former Jake Treur’s Meat  Market  for many years.  Surviving are 2 sons, Dale and Harold, both of Kalamazoo; one daughter, Mrs. William (Judy) KImble of Lawton;  23 grandchldren;  several great-grandchildren;  several nieces and nephews.  Funeral services will be held 3 p.m. Saturday from the Truesdale Williamsburg Chapel, 445 W. Michigan Ave., with Rev. Sydney Hawthorne, of the West Oshtemo Baptist Church, officiating.  Interment in West Oshtemo Cemetery.  Friends may call at the Willliamsburg Chapel after 6 p.m. this evening.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Fri 3 Sept 1976

Mr. Morris E. Christlieb - 8603 Douglas, Cooper, Mich. -  Passed away Saturday morning at his residence.   He was born September 25, 1888 in Akron, Ohio, son of William and Martha Christlieb.  He was a dairy farmer, residing in the area 52 years.  Survived by:  his wife, Nora, whom he married June 1, 1913;  one daughter, Mrs. Harold (Georgia) Atwood of Benton Harbor;  two sons, Donald F. of Kalamazoo and Ward of Detroit;  two grandchildren;  a sister, Mrs. William Stoddard of Kalamazoo; several nieces and nephews.  Religious services 3 p.m. Tuesday, Truesdale Downtown Chapel, Dr. T. Thomas Wiley officiating.  Interment, West Cooper Cemetery.  The family suggests memorials be made to the Heart Fund.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Sun 26 Sept 1971

Mrs. Henrietta G. Churchill - 824 Woodward Ave. - Passed away Wednesday evening, March 1, 1972.  Mrs. Churchill  was born January 4, 1899, in Grand Rapids, the daughter of William and Jane Brandel and had been a resident of this community for 45 years.  She is survived by her husband, Gordon W.;  2 sons, Kenneth G. of Kalamazoo,  Robert W. of Plainwell;  4 grandchildren ; one sister and 3 brothers, Mrs. Wilhelmina DeWyk of Ansonia, Conn.,  Henry Brandel of Bushnell, Fla., William Brandel of Orlando, Fla. and Paul Brandel of Grand Rapids;  several nieces and nephews.  Memorial services will be held Saturday morning at 10:30 o’clock at the Langeland Chapel, 622 S. Burdick, Rev. Charles R. Hulbert, of the Bethel Baptist Church, officiating.  Interment in Mt. Ever-Rest Cemetery.  Friends may call at the chapel.  source:   Kalamazoo Gazette Thurs 2 March 1972

Mrs. Hester S. Chrisman - 5378 East Main St. - Passed away November 25, 1971 at Borgess Hospital.  Mrs. Chrisman was born August 20, 1882 in Heatherville, Illinois, daughter of Freeman and Amy Shaw and had resided here since 1923.  Member of the Winchell Ave. Disciples of Christ.  Surviving are:  one son and one daughter, Charles F. and Mrs. Richard (Amy) Young, Kalamazoo;  four granddaughters, Mrs. Suzanne Koons of Kalamazoo,  Mrs. Cheryl Muir, Columbus, Ohio,  Mrs. Mary Mullen, San Francisco and Miss Jane Chrisman, East Lansing;  three great-granchildren, Lauren, Thomas and Timothy Koons;  two nieces and one nephew.   She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles F. in 1960.  Mrs. Chrisman will be at the Truesdale Downtown Funeral Home where private services will be held Saturday.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Winchell Ave. Disciples of Christ in lieu of flowers.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Friday 26 Nov 1971

Mrs. Laura A. Christie - 537 Campbell - Age 78, passed away at Bronson Hospital, Saturday morning following a short illness.  Mrs. Christie was born October 9, 1893 in Chicago, Illinois and had been a resident of this area for the past three years.  She is survived by: one son Wilbur Christie, New York;  two daughters, Mrs. Violet Thompson of Kalamazoo with whom she made her home,  Mrs. Harold (Winfred) Smith, Sturgis, Mich.; two brothers, Abdallah Chisley,  James Chisley both of Chicago; six grandchildren.  Private funeral services with cremation to follow. Arrangements by the Redmond Funeral Home. source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Sunday 31 October 1971

Mr. Albert A. Christian - 120 W. Park St., Vicksburg - Died Friday (March 11, 1977) morning following an illness of ten months.  Mr. Christian was born September 12, 1911 in Muskegon Co., Michigan, son of Lanson and Florence Arnold Christian. He had lived in Vicksburg for many years.  He was manager of Vickburg Simpson-Lee Paper Company operation, and then manager of the Simpson-Lee Paper Company national operation.  Member of the Board of Directors of the Vicksburg Foundation, member of the Vicksburg Community Center Board of Directors, Executive Secretary of Simpson-Lee Paper Company, a member of and past master of Brady Lodge 208 F. & A. M., a former member of the Vicksburg Village Council and the Franklin Community Hospital Board. He was married to Martha Bishop, who survives.  Also surviving are:  one son, Albert Todd of San Ramon, Calif.;  two daughters, Mrs. David (Carol) DeVries, Greensboro, N.C. and Mrs. C. Robert (Madelyn) Wilhelmy, Rocky River, Ohio;  two sisters, Mrs. Mae Jones and Miss Hattie Christian both of Ravenna, Mich.;  eight grandchildren;  one niece and five nephews.  Friends may call at the Rupert-Durham Funeral Home, where the family will recieve friends Sunday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9, and where services will be held Monday at 1 p.m., with Rev. C. Robert Carson, Vicksburg United Methodist Church, officiating.  Interment,  Vicksburg Cemetery.  The family suggests memorials may be given to the Vicksburg Community Center of the American Cancer Society. source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  Sat 12 March 1977

Mrs. Matilda Cizmadji - 825 Mills St. - Passed away Tuesday morning May 2, 1972.  Mrs. Cizmadji was born June 25, 1883, in Krakow, Poland and had been a resident here for 66 years. She was a charter member of St. Joseph Church a member of the Ladies Altar Society and Croatian Fraternal Union.  Mr. and Mrs. Cizmadji would have commemmorated their 65th Wedding Anniversary on Sept. 21.  She is survived by her husband, Michael Sr.; 2 sons and 5 daughters, Mathew and Mary Cizmdji of Kalamazoo,  Mrs. Frederick (Teresa) Lee of Sun City, Ariz.,  Mrs. Harrison (Martha) Skinner,  Michael Jr., both of Kalamazoo,  Mrs. Donald G. (Margaret) Foster of Delton,  Mrs. John (Dorothy) Allgaier of Kalamazoo; 14 grandchildren;  4 great-grandchildren. A son, Thomas preceded her in death in 1970, and a sister, Ann Kuzma, in 1971.  Funeral Mass will be offered Friday morning at 10 o’clock in St. Joseph Church.  Interment in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.  Relatives and friends may meet the family at the Langeland Chapel, 622 S. Burdick, where the rosary will be recited Thursday evening at 8 o’clock.   source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  Wed 3 May 1972

Mr. Michael Cizmadji - 825 Mills St. - Passed away Sunday morning, March 7, 1976.  Mr. Cizmadji was born March 10, 1890, in Yugoslavia, son of Martin and Mary Cizmadji and was a resident of Kalamazoo since 1907.  He was a charter member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and the Croatian Fraternal Union. Before his retirement, he was employed by the Wigginton Builders Supply Co.  On Sept. 20, 1908, he was married to Matilda Karski, who passed away May 2, 1972.  He was also preceded in death by a son, Thomas, August 17, 1970, and by 7 brothers and 2 sisters.   Surviving are 2 sons and 5 daughters, Mathew of Kalamazoo,  Mary and Michael Jr. at home,  Mrs. Frederick (Teresa) Lee of Sun City, Ariz.,  Mrs. Harrison (Martha) Skinner of Kalamazoo,  Mrs. Donald (Margaret) Foster of Delton, Mrs. John (Dorothy) Allgaier of Tempe, Ariz.;  14 grandchldren;  5 great-grandchildren;  one brother-in-law, Walenty Kuzma of Kalamazoo;  several nieces and nephews.  Funeral Mass will be offered Wednesday morning at 10 o’clock at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Father William Fitzgerald officiating.  Interment in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call at the Langeland Chapel, 622 S. Burdick, where the rosary will be recited Tuesday evening at 7:30.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  Monday 8 March 1976

Mrs. Belle Clair - Rte 2, Schoolcraft - Passed away at her residence Monday, April 11, 1977.  Mrs. Clair was born July 23, 1899, in Barbersvile, W. Va., and had made her home in Kalamazoo for many years.  She was married to Harry Clair, who passed away in 1959.  Surviving are 4 sons, Joseph, Thomas, Carl and Paul Merchant, all of Kalamazoo;  2 daughters, Mrs. Jay (Mildred) Dole and Mrs. Clarence (Grace) Crawford, both of Kalamazoo;  13 granddaughters and 9 grandsons;  15 great-granddaughters and 18 great-grandsons.   Friends are being received at the Joldersma & Klein Funeral Home, where services will be held Friday at 2 o’clock, Rev. A. G. Fulton officiating. Interment in Hope Cemetery, Texas Corners.   source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  Thurs 14 April 1977

Mr. Allen W. Clapp - 549 Fineview Ave., Kalamazoo - Passed away Wednesday morning, January 12, 1977.  Mr. Clapp was born May 9, 1922 in Kalamazoo, son of John and Tressa Clapp and was a lifelong resident of the Kal. area.  he was a member of the Berean Baptist Church, was employed by the City of Kal. at  the Police Department Bldg.   On January 21, 1949 he was married to Irene Nakken, who survives.  Also surviving are 1 son and 2 daughters, David of Minneapolis, Minn.,  Mrs. Paul (Dianne) Kingsbury of Rockford, Ill.,  Miss Deborah Clapp, a student at Tenn. Temple Schools in Chattanooga;  1 grandson, Jason Paul Kingsbury;  2 brothers and 1 sister, Norman of San Diego, Duayne, a missionary in Uraguary,  Mrs. Philip (Arlene) Schroyer of Albuquerque, New Mexico;  several nieces and nephews.  Memorial services will be held Saturday at 1 o’clock at the Langeland Chapel, 622 S. Burdick, Pastor David Clark officiating.   Interment in West Cooper Cemetery.  Friends may call at the chapel.  Memorials may be made to the Work and Ministry of Missionary Duayne Clapp, serving in Uruguay under Baptist World Missions.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  Thurs 13 Jan 1977  (submitted by a volunteer, not a family member)   Additional newspaper article:  “Mr. Fix-It”  Allen Clapp Dies in His Police Building Officer by Dave Person, Gazette Staff Writer - Funeral services will be held Saturday afternoon for an employee of the City of Kalamazoo who for the past 14-1/2 years had been coming to the aid of police officers and court officials.  Since June 27, 1962, Allen W. Clapp, 54, was the only maintenance man known to the employes of the police-courts building, 215 W. Lovell, and they were saddened when he was found dead Wednesday morning in his office in the basement of the building.  Clapp of 549 Fineview, apparently died of natural causes, police said.  Attempts by police and fire fighters to revive him were unsuccessful.  He was pronounced dead on arrival at Bronson Hospital.  Clapp was known as “Mr. Fix-It”  to police officers.  He worked on the heating, plumbing and air conditioning along with anything else that was in need of repair in the building.  “There was nothing he couldn’t do,” said Capt. David Sisak, head of staff services for the Kalamazoo Police Department.  “He was kind of like a fixture in the building.  He’ll be sorely missed.”


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