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Mrs. Blanch S. Cobb - 507 N. Berkley St. - Passed away Friday evening, Oct. 31, 1975.  Mrs. Cobb was born January 2, 1881 in Mansfield, Ohhio.  The daughter of J. Ward Smith and Martha Hart Smith, who was a direct descendant of John Hart signer of the Decoration (sic) of Independence.  Had made her home in Kalamazoo since 1910. She was a longtime member of the First Presbyterian Church, one of the original organizers of the Kalamazoo Girl Scouts and was a honorary member and had served for a time as historian for the Kalamazoo County Medical Assistance Society. Surviving are one son and one daughter, Thomas S. Cobb and Mrs. Carlton C. (Anna) Chambers.  3 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren.  Memorial services will be held Monday afternoon at 3 p.m. Langeland Portage Chapel, 411 E. Centre with Dr. Lewis Briner officiating.  Interment in Mt. Home Cemetery. Friends may meet the family at the Portagm (sic) Chapel Sunday afternoon from 5 to 7.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Sat Nov 1, 1975

Mrs. Marie A. Cobb - 2821 Applelane Dr. - Passed away Tuesday morning, June 1, 1976.  Mrs. Cobb was born April 20, 1893, in Escanaba, Mich., daughter of Adolphus and Olive Meyette and had been a resident here since 1928.  Her husband, Dr. Horace R. Cobb, passed away in 1963.  Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Robert M. and Helen Davidson of Kalamazoo;  2 grand-daughters, Deborah of San Francisco and Julie of Kalamazoo; several nieces and nephews.  Memorial services will be held Thursday at 1 o'clock at the Langeland Chapel, 622 S. Burdick.  Rev. Mr. Richard Matson, of the Oakwood Community United Methodist Church, officiating.  Interment in Mt. Ever-Rest Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Heart Fund.  Friends may call at the chapel.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Tues 1 June 1976

Mr. Clyde J. Cobb - 1823 Grove - Passed away Tuesday evening March 15, (1977).  He was born January 26, 1891 in Decatur County, Kansas, the son of Gideon and Rosetta Swander Cobb. He had been employed in the shipping department of the Brown Company until his retirement.  He was a member of the South Side Church of the Nazarene.  He was married to Elizabeth Vreeke on November 10, 1920 in Kalamazoo, who survives.  Also surviving are 3 children, Elvin C. of Grand Rapids, Orville of Kalamazoo and Mrs. Eunice P. Corson of Phoenix, Arizona; 9 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren; 4 brothers, Marion of Lakeland, Florida, Harley A. of Auburn, Indiana, Frank of Fort Wayne and Roscoe of Huntington, Indiana;  2 sisters, Mrs. Irma Gump of North Manchester, Indiana and Mrs. Goldie Martin of Huntertown, Indiana; several nieces and nephews.  Friends are being received at the Joldersma & Klein Funeral Home where services will be held Friday at 3 o'clock with Rev. Ezra Hendley officiating.  Interment in Mount Ever-Rest Cemetery. source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Wed 16 Mar 1977

Mr. Clyde W. Coburn - 15 Deloofs - Passed away Feb. 14, 1977.  Mr. Coburn was born Oct. 22, 1891, in Kalamazoo, son of Fred and Etta Coburn.  He had worked for many paper mills and at the age of 75, retired from his farm in Pavilion Township.  Surviving are his wife, Vera; a nephew, Lloyd C. Rice of Kalamazoo; a foster son, William L. Lummis of Kalamazoo.  Several cousins, great and great-grandnieces and nephews.  A daughter, Erna P. Bowen, preceded him in death.  Funeral services will be held Thursday 1 p.m. at the Truesdale Chapels of the Pines, Westnedge at Milham, Portage, Rev. Charles R. Hulbert, of Bethlehem Baptist Church, officiating.  Interment in Riverside Cemetery.  Friends may call after 7:30 p.m. this evening.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Mon 14 Feb 1977

Mrs. Martha C. Cobb - Utica, Mich., formerly of Kalamazoo Passed away Thursday at St. Charles, Mo.  Mrs. Cobb was born Feb. 12, 1888 in Chicago, Ill. and had been a resident of this community for many years.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Leslie A. Cobb in 1957. Surviving are one sister, Mrs. Jack L. (Loretta) Somers of Utica, Mich.; one brother, Lucian C. Brooks of Kalamazoo; several nieces and nephews.  Friends may call at the Donovan Funeral Home, 447 W. South St., Sunday after 2 p.m. where the rosary will be recited Monday evening at 7:30.  Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated Tuesday morning 10 a.m. at St. Augustine Cathedral.  Interment in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.  source: Kalamazoo Gazette Sat 4 Sept 1976

Mr. Charles L. (Lewie) Cober - 2003 Leigh St. - Passed away Sunday morning, May 7, 1972.  Mr. Cober was born January 18, 1903 in Oceana Co., Michigan, son of Alfred and Hattie Cober and had been a resident here for the past 47 years.  At one time he had worked for several foundries in Kalamazoo and prior to his retirement in 1963 was employed by the Michigan State Highway Department. He was a member of the Interna-tional Molders and Allied Workers Union, Local 120.  Surviving is his wife, Hazel D.; his father, Mr. Alfred Cober and one sister, Miss Beatrice Cober, both of Montague, Michigan;  several cousins.  Memorial services will be held Wednesday afternoon at 1 o'clock from the Langeland Chapel, 622 S. Burdick, with interment Mount Ever-Rest Cemetery.  Friends may call at the chapel. source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Mon 8 May 1972

Mr. George L. Codman - Fulton, Mich.age 77, passed away suddenly Wednesday (20 April 1977). Rosary will be recited 7:30 p.m. Thursday from Spencer Funeral Home, Athens.  Funeral service 10 a.m. Friday, St. Edwards Catholic Church, Mendon, Father Stanley Sulka officiating.  Interment So. Fulton Cemetery. Surviving are his wife, Florence: one daughter, Mrs. Charles (Mary) Brunett; one son, James A. Codman, both of Grand Rapids;  11 grandchildren. source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Thurs 21 April 1977
(Addtl information:  Man Killed when Hit by Truck - Athens, A Fulton man, George L. Codman, of route 1, was hit and killed Wednesday morning, as he walked from his doctor's office following an appointment.  According to Calhoun County sheriff's deputies, who investigatged the accident, Codman who was partially blind, stepped into the path of a tanker truck driven by William Bremer of Brenen, Ind.  The accident took place on M-66 just north of the village limits of Athens.  According to deputies, Brenen was headed south on M-66 about 40 m.p.h. when Codman stepped in front of the truck.  The driver, deputies said, tried to avoid the pedestrian and nearly hit a tree. Codman apparently died instantly, deputies said.  Codman, 77, lived at 16512 X Avenue East, about two miles south of Fulton.  He had been a salesman, owner of the McMillan Oil Co. in Grand Rapids and retailer of farm implements during his career.  He retired in 1960.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Fri 22 Apr 1977)

Mrs. Emma I. Beaver Cochran - 2318 Woodward Ave. passed away Monday evening, January 31, 1977. Mrs. Cochran was born March 19, 1898 in Elkhart, Ind., and had lived in Kal. since 1945, prior to that living in Battle Creek.  She retired from the Holiday Inn Expressway.  Surviving is a son, Herman A. Beaver, Battle Creek;  3 step-daughters, Mrs. Joan Carpenter of Sturgis, Mrs. Josephine Deter of Kal. and Mrs. Betty Hacker;  2 grandchidlren; 3 step-grandchildren; 4 great=grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. Helen Rickett of St. James, Fla.; several nieces and nephews.  A memorial service will be held Thursday afternoon at 1 o'clock from the Langeland Chapel, 622 S. Burdick with Rev. Mr. Frank Lamson of the First Congregational Church officiating.  Interment in Mt. Ever-Rest Cemetery.  Friends call at the chapel.  source; Kalamazoo Gazette Wed 2 Feb 1977

Mr. Lester P. Coffman, Sr.  7647 Sprinkle Rd., Portage passed away Saturday Oct. 9, 1976.  Mr. Coffman was born March 23, 1910, in West Union, W. Va., son of John and Alice Coffman and had been a resident here for 38 years.  Before his retirement, he was employed by the Brown Co., Sutherland Div., for 20 years.  Surviving are his wife, Wilma M.; one son and one daughter, Lester P. Jr. of Kalamazoo and Miss Nancy C. of Portage;  2 grandchildren, Christopher and Carol; 2 sisters, Mrs. Lilly Bailey of Kalamazoo and Mrs. Buryl Kauffman of Baltimore, Md.; several nieces and nephews.  Memorial services will be held Tuesday at 2 o'clock at the Langeland Portage Chapel, 411 E. Centre, with the Rev. Mr. Charles R. Hulbert, of the Bethlehem Baptist Church officiating.  Interment in Central Portage Cemetery.  Friends may call at the Portage chapel.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Mon 11 Oct 1976

Mrs. Vivian L. Cole - 23 Ridgewood St. Passed away Thursday evening, Dec. 9, 1976.  Mrs. Cole was born in Kalamazoo, the daughter of Lute and Mary Webber and was a lifelong resident here.  She was the widow of George Cole, who passed away in 1968.  Before her retirement, was employed by Michigan Bell Telephone Co. and in recent years by the Burdick Hotel.  Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Don (Caroline) Priest of Kalamazoo; 2 grandchildren; 3 brothers, Donald L. Webber of Delton, Kenneth and Bernard Webber, both of Kalamazoo; several nieces and nephews.  Graveside services will be held Monday at 1 o'clock in Riverside Cemetery, Rev. Mr. Paul Arnstrom, of Bethany Presbyterian Church of Gobles, officiating.  Friends may call at the Langeland Chapel, 622 S. Burdick, beginning Saturday evening at 7.  source: Kalamazoo Gazette Fri 10 Dec 1976

Mrs. Philip L. Cole (Barbara J.) 53 Worden St., Comstock, age 46, died at Borgess Hospital Wednesday after a lingering illness.  Mrs. Cole is survived by her husband, Philip L.; one son, Daniel Clair, Battle Creek; parents, Mr. and Mrs. Paul E. Bach, Battle Creek; one brother, Gerald D. Bach, Battle Creek; one sister, Mrs. Robert (Marian) Gordier, Battle Creek.  Services Saturday 10:30 a.m. at the Richard A. Henry Funeral Home.  Interment in Hicks Cemetery, Battle Creek.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Thurs 29 Jan 1976

Mr. James H. Cole, Jr. - 8909 Waruf Dr., Portage, Passed away Wednesday at Veterans Hospital, Ann Arbor.  Mr. Cole was born march 10, 1921 in Kansas City, Kansas to Hartson and Eulia Cole.  Serviced in World War II in the Army and maintained a saw sharpener shop in Portage.  He belonged to Lord of Life Lutheran Church of Portage, VFW Post 5855 of Portage, American Legion Post 475 of Schoolcraft.  Survived by wife, Sophia; step-son, Gary Dominowski of Kalamazoo; 3 grand-children; one brother, David of Florida; 2 sisters, Mrs. Mary Frances Bouchard of Joplin, Mo and Mrs. Dee Hutchinson of Hawthorne, Calif.  Friends may call after noon Friday, Truesdale South Chapel, Portage.  Time to be announced later.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Thurs 9 Sept 1971.

Miss Robin Lou Cole - 418 Pecan, Portage, Passed away Tuesday afternoon May 16, 1972 at Borgess Hospital.  Miss Cole was born April 9, 1953, in Kalamazoo, the daughter of Richard and Evelyn Cole and was a lifetime resident here.  Employed as a physical therapy technician at Borgess Hospital.  A member of Zion Lutheran Church.  Graduated from Portage Northern High School in 1971.  Surviving besides the parents are 3 brothers, Terry Lyn, home address, Richard and Sgt. Michael Cole, U.S. Marine Corp., both of California; one sister, Mrs. Janie Allen of kalamazoo; 3 nieces and one nephew; paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Donald Rhodes of California; maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Lowell Corning of Kalamazoo.  Religious services will be held 10 a.m. Friday, Zion Lutheran Church, Pastor Allen Hellwege officiating.  Interment, Mt. Ever-Rest Cemetery.  Friends may call at the Truesdale South Chapel, Portage.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Wed 17 May 1972

Mr. Dan R. Coleman - 1300 S. 4th St. Passed away June 2, 1977.  Mr. Coleman was born January 4, 1895, in Kalamazoo and was a life resident hre, having farmed in this area all of his life.  Surviving are his wife, Clare; 5 daughters, Mrs. Marjorie Bresson, Mrs. Ruth Hubbard, both of Kalamazoo, Mrs. Phyllis Randall of Anaheim, Calif., Mrs. Virginia Guiter of Kalamazoo, Mrs. Barbara Knobloch of Mattawan; 8 grand-children; 10 great-grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Margaret Buckhout of Kalamazoo; several nieces and nephews.  Services will be held Monday at 3 o'clock at the Truesdale Chapels of the Pines, Westnedge at Milham, Portage, Pastor Louis W. Grother officiating.  Interment in Genesee Prairie Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to the March of Dimes.  Friends may call this evening from 7 to 9 and Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Sat 4 Jun 1977

Mr. John H. Coleman - 7672 S. 25th St. Passed away Sunday morning, June 6, 1976.  Mr. Coleman was born January 4, 1904, in Winchester, Ind., son of Harry and Gussie Coleman and had been a resident of the Portage area for the past 19 years.  He retired from the Kalamazoo Tool Co., where he was Quality Control Engineer.  He was of the Methodist faith and was a member of the Elks Lodge of South Haven.  Surviving are his wife, Violet; one son and 2 daughters, Donald of Scotts, Mrs. Donald (Frances) Cochran of South Haven and Mrs. Robert (Carol) Halberstad of Hartford; a step-son, Gary Struble of South Haven; 8 grandchildren; his mother, Mrs. Gussie Oxley of Kalamazoo; 4 brothers and one sister, Wayne of Kalamazoo, Walter of Allegan, Bruce of Ortonville, Kenneth of Portage, Mrs. Joyce Hultin of Elkhart, Ind.; several nieces and nephews.  Memorial services will be held Wednesday morning at 10 o'clock at the Langeland Portage Chapel, 411 E. Centre Ave.  Cremation to follow.  Friends may call at the Portage chapel.  The family suggests that memorials may be made to the Heart Fund.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Mon 7 June 1976

Mrs. Mary Jane Coleman - 1705 N. Park St. passed away Monday morning Sept 20, 1971.  Mrs. Coleman was born June 3, 1902, in Kalamazoo, the daughter of Schuyler and Etta King and was a lifelong resident here. She was a member of the Allen Chapel AME Church.  Mrs. Coleman is survived by her husband, Oliver; her mother Mrs. Etta King of Kalamazoo; two brothers and one sister, Schuyler King, Mrs. Mildred Butler, both of Kalamazoo and Paul King of Paw Paw; several nieces and nephews.  Arrangements to be announced later by the Langeland Chapels.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Mon 20 Sept 1970


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