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Sister Leonilla's Rites Wednesday - Funeral services will be held Wednesday for Sister Leonilla Cousino, 89, who died Monday at Fontbonne Manor.  Mass of the Resurrection will be offered in the Holy Family Chapel at 11 a.m. and a scripture prayer service will be held there at 6:30 p.m.  Sister Leonilla entered the congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph, Nazareth, in 1914 and made her final profession of vows in 1920. She taught music, violin and piano at the Nazareth Academy for seven years and was assigned to positions of administration from 1929 until 1962.  She was also active in education in other areas of Michigan.  Sister Leonilla is survived by a niece, Mrs. Robert Twombley of Monroe, and a nephew, Bernard L. Cousino of Erie, as well as several cousins who are Sisters of St. Joseph, Nazareth.  After the Mass on Wednesday, burial will take place in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Nazareth. Kalamazoo Gazette Tues 25 May 1976

Mrs. Bernice L. Cowels - 2414 Stevens passed away Tuesday afternoon Oct. 19, 1971.  Mrs. Cowels was born Nov. 8, 1910 in St. Joseph County, Mich. the daughter of Lewis and Clara Schrader and had been a resident here for 20 years, prior to that she lived in Colon.  She was a member of the Full Gospel Community Church.  Prior to her retirement, she was employed for 20 years at Kalamazoo State Hospital.  Her husband, Charlie, passed away in 1963.  Surviving are one grandson, Rodger Sinen of Kalamazoo; 3 brothers, Bernard Schrader of Colon, Dewayne R. Schrader of Mendon and Lloyd Schrader of Three Rivers; several nieces and nephews.  Memorial services will be held Thursday at 2 o'clock at the Langeland Portage Chapel, 411 E. Centre, Rev. David D. Evans officiating. Interment in Lakeside Cemetery, Colon.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Cancer Society. Kalamazoo Gazette  Wed. 20 Oct 1971

Mr. Clarence C. Cowgill - 411 N. Cedar St., Schoolcraft age 81, passed away Friday morning at Franklin Community Hospital.  Mr. Cowgill was born in Prairie Ronde Twp., Feb. 13, 1890, the son of Edward and Jennie Schroth Cowgill, and had lived in Schoolcraft for the past 10 years.  On April 12, 1913, he was married to Vera Lomison, in Kalamazoo, who survives.  Also surviving are one son, Wyburn Cowgill of Schoolcraft; 4 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.  A son, Duray, preceded him in death in 1944.  Friends may call at the Robertson Funeral Home after 7 p.m. Saturday, where services will be held Tuesday 10 a.m., Rev. Roger Nielson officiating.  Burial in Mt. Ever-Rest Cemetery.  Kalamazoo Gazette Fri 19 March 1971

Mr. Duane F. Cox - Verdries Nursing Home, passed away August 26, 1971.  Mr. Cox was born Oct. 1, 1880, in Portage Twp., the son of L. Fred and Julia Smith Cox and had resided in Kalamazoo and Lawton all of his life, retiring from the Economy Wallpaper Co. in 1942.  He was a member of Anchor Lodge No. 87 F. & A.M.  Surviving are one nephew, Mr. Robert Van Blarcom; 2 grandnieces and one grandnephew, Mrs. Susan Horrocks, Mrs. Betsy Schafer and David Van Blarcom, all of Kalamazoo.  Masonic services will be conducted 1 o'clock Saturday, under auspices of Anchor Lodge No. 87 F. & A.M., at the Truesdale Downtown Funeral Home.  Interment, Lawton Cemetery. Kalamazoo Gazette Fri 27 Aug 1971

Mr. Jesse C. Cox - 540 Fenimore Ave. passed away Tuesday morning after a brief illness.  Mr. Cox was born Feb. 26, 1888, in Indiana, son of Jesse and Lillian Cox.  He was a plasterer by trade.  He was married to Ida M. Munson in 1946, who survives.  Also surviving are 2 sons, Stanley Cox of Kalamazoo and Harold Cox of Denver, Colo.; a step-son, Virgil Munson of Galesburg; several grandchildren; a half brother, John Chambers of Lexington, Ky. A son, Ralph, passed away in 1975.  Friends are being received at the Joldersma & Klein Funeral Home, where services will be held Thursday at 2 o'clock.  Interment in Riverside Cemetery. Kalamazoo Gazette Tues 17 Aug 1976

Mr. Duane Kline - Died Tuesday morning, December 25, 2001. Duane was born August 22, 1933 in Kalamazoo the son of Richard and June (Channells) Miller Kline and had been a lifelong resident in the area. Prior to his retirement he was employed for 30 years with the Keene Corporation. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Sonnia Sangsland; and a step-son, Charles Terry. On January 25, 1975 he was united in marriage to the former Georgia Blume who survives. Also surviving are 2 children, Teresa Bushouse, Daryl Kline; 2 step-children, Angela Papierz, Bill Kline; 12 grandchildren; a sister and 2 brothers, Betty Shingledecker, David Kline, Ron Kline; and several nieces and nephews. In accordance with his wishes cremation has taken place and there will be no visitation. A memorial service will be held 3:00 o'clock Friday, January 4, at the Ravine Rd. Baptist Church, 4445 Ravine Rd. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family. Arrangements by the Affordable Cremation Service  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  28 Dec 2001

Mrs. Zonedra Miller - Died early Thursday morning, November 1, 2001, in Kalamazoo. Zonedra was born January 16, 1916, and had lived in this area for most of her life. She worked for over 20 years as a bus driver for the Portage Public Schools. She was united in marriage to Mr. Albert Sylvester Miller, who preceded her in death on April 9, 1968. Mrs. Miller was also preceded in death by a daughter, Patsy M. Little, on November 25, 1996; and a grandson, Tommy. Surviving are 2 daughters, Nancy (Carl) Ladd of Kalamazoo, and Beni R. Holtman of Gresham, OR; 4 granddaughters, Debbie, Sherry, Janice and Becky; 3 grandsons, Randy, Todd and Toby; 7 great-grand- children; 2 reat-great-
grandchildren; a half-brother, Lewis Ball; 2 step-brothers, Leon and Junior; 2 step-sisters, Edna and Susie; and several nieces and nephews. Services will be held 1:00 Monday afternoon at the Langeland Family Funeral Homes Portage Chapel 411 E. Centre Ave. 343-1508 with the Rev. Charles R. Hulbert officiating. Interment in Mt. Ever- Rest Cemetery will follow services. Friends may meet the family one hour prior to the service at the Portage Chapel. Memorial contributions in Zonedra's memory may be directed to the American Lung Association.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette 3 Nov 2001

Mr. Dale Kline -Died Thursday morning, October 4, 2001. Dale was born June 4, 1935 in Kalamazoo, MI, the son of Burton and Florence (Gray) Kline and was a lifelong resident of the Kalamazoo area. He served in the U.S. Army and after returning to Kalamazoo was employed for 30 years at Eckrich Meats until his retirement in 1990. Dale was a ``street rodder'' and was a member of the Kalamazoo Street Rod Club. On April 7, 1962, he was united in marriage to Marilynn Gregory, who survives. Also surviving are 2 daughters, Lori (Eric) Vorpi of Belmont, MI and Kimberly Kline of Kalamazoo; 3 grandchildren, Erica, Jacob and Callen; a brother-in-law Richard (Sharon) Gregory of Kalamazoo and 2 nephews, Jason and Darrick Gregory. Services will be held at 2:00 o'clock Monday at the Langeland Family Funeral Homes Portage Chapel 411 E. Centre Ave. 343-1508 with the Rev. Ray Brandon, Borgess Hospital Chaplain officiating. Interment in Mt. Ever-Rest Cemetery. Friends may meet the family Saturday evening from 6-8 pm and on Sunday from 2-4 & 6-8 pm at the Portage Chapel. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions in Dale's memory be made to the charity of your choice.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette 5 Oct 2001

Joseph Boone - Passed away Tuesday, November 20, 2001, after fighting a lengthy illness. He was born, April 2, 1948 in Texarkana, Texas, the son of Terry and Corneila (Graves) Boone. He was preceded in death by both parents. His favorite hobbies were fishing and partying.  Surviving his loving wife Ruby Boone (Pratt); six sons, Dewitt Flowers (Lori), of Grand Rapids, MI, Joseph Boone, Jr., Paul and Alex Pratt, Yolonzo and W.D. Trice; two daughters, Leslie Boone, Tonya Pratt, all of Kalamazoo; 25 grandchildren; three sisters, Louise Swanigan of St. Louis, MO; Harriet (Jordan) White, Christine White both of Three Rivers, MI; seven brothers, Rev. Sterling White, Jr., of Charlotte, NC, Rev. Ron White, Orren White, Lamon White, Anthony White all of Three Rivers, MI, Rev. Lawrence White of Zion, IL, William Cowley, Jr., of Kalama-zoo; Special friend, Phinese Vaughn and four sisters- in-law and seven brothers-in-laws and a special niece Tamika Thompson.  Services will be 1:00 P.M. Tuesday with a 12 noon family hour at the Harper Funeral Home 521 Douglas Avenue Kalamazoo, MI Rev. Ron White officiating. Interment Riverside Cemetery. Friends may call from 3:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M., Monday.   source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  25 Nov 2001

Marshall Schau - Died peacefully November 15, 2001 at Bronson Methodist Hospital with his family at his side. Marshall was born September 13, 1927 in Kalamazoo, the son of Marshall Sr. and Cecil (Nichols) Schau. He graduated from Kalamazoo Central High School and Kalamazoo College. Marshall was in the construction business, working with his father for Schau Excavation then retiring from Prab Conveyers. He was an Army Veteran and in his youth a Boy Scout Leader. Marshall was an amateur pilot and enjoyed riding his Harley Davidson. He enjoyed the outdoors with a special love for the State of Michigan especially the U.P., and had a real talent working with metal. Marshall was preceded in death by a sister Norma Kilgore and by a grandson Daniel Wallace, Jr. On August 20, 1968, he was united in marriage to Elizabeth ``Betty'' Schau (Rife) who survives. Also surviving are 2 children: Tim (Judy) Schau of Hickory Corners, Pam (Timothy) Loveland of Climax, a grand- daughter Anne (Nathan) Woods of Hickory Corners, a sister Betty (Robert) Hope of Pretty Lake, several step-children, step-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. The family will be present to receive friends Saturday from 10:00 a.m. - 12 noon at the Betzler Funeral Homes Stadium Dr. West of 131 375-2900 A graveside service will be held Saturday 1:00 p.m. at Riverside Cemetery. Food and fellowship will follow at the family's home. Memorials may be made to Ministry with Community or Cooper Congregational Church. Share a memory at www.betzlerfuneralhome.com  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette 16 Nov 2001

Pauline B. “Polly” DeBruyn - Passed away Wednesday, September 12, 2001 at Kairos Dwelling. Mrs. De Bruyn was born in Garner, Arkansas, on February 13, 1922, the daughter of Paul and Cora (Root) Baker. She graduated from Kalamazoo Central High and was employed by the Red Carpet Beauty Shop from 1970 to 1984. She enjoyed bowling, snowmobiling, fishing, reading and traveling. She was preceded in death by her father, Paul Baker in May of 1984; her mother, Cora Fuller in July of 1985; and her daughter, Karen (Vose) Drummond on March 26, 1989. She is survived by her granddaughter, Melinda (Mindy) Drummond of Kalamazoo; several cousins of Lansing and Arkansas; three step-children, Bonnie (John) Green of Hudsonville, Melanie (Allan) Daul of Bear, Delaware and Randy (Monica) De Bruyn of Portland, Oregon; two step-sisters, Emogene (Dell) Anthony of San Bernardino, California, and Nadine (John) Pierandozzi of Whittier, California. Cremation has taken place. Memorial services will be held 10 o'clock Saturday morning at Westwood Church of God, 811 Gorham Lane, with Rev. Jerry D. Lewis officiating. Joldersma & Klein 917 S. Burdick 343-2628 source:  Kalamazoo Gazette

Mr. Harold VandeFifer - Passed away Monday morning December 24, 2001 in Stanwood, Michigan. Harold was born March 25, 1908 in Kalamazoo a son of Dinges and Sarah (DeWolf) Vandefifer.  During WWII, he served with the U.S. Army Air Corps. He had been a lifelong Kalamazoo area resident and was a member of Sunnyside United Methodist Church. He is survived by a daughter, Karen and son-in-law James Melson of Stanwood, MI; 3 grandchildren; and 4 great-grandchildren. Services will be held 11 o'clock Saturday at the Sunnyside United Methodist Church, 2800 Gull Rd. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in Mt. Ever-Rest Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Sunnyside United Methodist Church. Arrangements were made by the Langeland Family Funeral Homes Memorial Chapel 622 S. Burdick St. 343-1508  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette 27 Dec 2001

Mrs. Lura VandenBos - Died Friday evening, December 21, 2001 in Kalamazoo, MI. Lura was born September 10, 1908 in Holland, MI a daughter of William and Cora (Shank) Ten Have. She lived in Holland for most of her life and moved to Kalamazoo seven years ago to be closer to her family. Lura retired from the Holland Public Schools where she served as an elementary teacher for over 25 years. She was a member of Hope Reformed Church in Holland and joined Second Reformed Church in Kalamazoo. In 1935 she was united in marriage to Mr. Gerrit Vanden Bos who preceded her in death in 1984. She was also preceded in death buy a brother, Charles Ten Have of Saugatuck and a sister, Dorothy Zuverink of Hamilton. Surviving are: 2 children, John Vanden Bos of Lake Jackson, TX and Janet (Frank) Wolf of Kalamazoo; 4 grandchildren, Brian (Stacey) Pursley of Plainwell, Jennifer Pursley of Charlestown, MA, Jean (Bill) Tanner of Houston, TX, and Jay Vanden Bos of Austin, TX; 3 great-grandchildren, Darrin, Andrew and Aidan Pursley; and a brother, Milton (Mary) Ten Have of Zephyr Hills, FL. In accordance with her wishes, cremation will take place and there will be no visitation or services at this time. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Lura's memory should be directed to Western Theological Seminary in Holland, MI. Arrangements by Langeland Family Funeral Homes Memorial Chapel 622 S. Burdick St. 343-1508  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette 23 Dec 2001

Mrs. Carol VanLuke - Died Wednesday afternoon in Kalamazoo. Carol was born March 10, 1945 in Kalamazoo, the daughter of Carl and Frieda M. (Radeen) Eaton. On August 25, 1979 she was united in marriage to Dave Van Luke in Vicksburg, MI who survives. She loved her family, animals and the outdoors. Carol is survived by her children, Michelle (Michael) Barkovich of Lawton, Ronald (Lisa) Alger, Jr. of Galesburg, LeeAnn LaFountain of Plainwell, David Mark Van Luke of Kalamazoo, Holly Lee Waldron of Paw Paw, Kyle D. Van Luke of Delton; 1 brother, Judley (Sandra) Eaton of Portage; grandchildren, Veronica Mae Rexford, Katie Hudson, Kasie Alger, Davey Tifft, Eric Michael Barkovich, Wesley Waldron, Blaine LaFountain, Ryan Lee Alger, Nicholas LaFountain and Georgia Waldron; sisters-in-law, Judy Van Riper, Nancy Lee; brothers-in-law, John Van Riper, Earl Lee; nieces, Donna Goodman, Dawn Schouwburg, Tara Eaton, Marsha Hester; nephews, James, Jonathon, Julie, Jodi Van Riper, several aunts, uncles and cousins. In accordance with her wishes cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, November 27 at 1 p.m. at the Langeland Family Funeral Homes Portage Chapel 411 E. Centre Ave. 343-1508 with the Reverend Richard Liggett officiating. Visitation will be held 1 hour prior to service. Memorials may be directed to the American Lung Association or the Humane Society of Kalamazoo.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette 25 Nov 2001

Marvin VanderSlik - Passed away peacefully on Sunday, October, 21, 2001, in San Diego, California. Marvin is survived by Emma, his wife for 62 years and sweetheart for 69 years. He was born in Byron Center, Michigan, on June 15, 1916, one of 7 children of Thomas and Anna Vanderslik. Marvin served in the U.S. Army during World War II and will rest at Ft. Rosecrans National Cemetery. Mr. VanderSlik retired in 1978 from Bermingham & Prosser (The Mead Corporation) after 44 years of service. He is survived by sisters Pearl Appeldoorn and Gladys Donahue. And is also survived by his children, Linda, Marvin, Jr., Jill, and Robin, and his beautiful grandchildren, Teri, John, Craig, Lisa, and Wendy.  There are no green fees in heaven!   source:  Kalamazoo Gazette 28 Oct 2001

William VanDerKley - Passed away October 3, 2001. William was born Jan. 30, 1926 in Kalamazoo the son of William and LaBertha (Bakker) VanDerKley. He married Jean Marie Biddle in 1948. He was a life long resident of Kalamazoo, served U.S. Navy from 1944-46, a member of St. Mary Church and active in many functions for a number of years, past member of Knights of Columbus and a member of Kalamazoo Local Bricklayers since June 1953. Surviving is his wife Jean, 2 daughters Sandra Kaye VanDerKley and Janice Jo VanDerKley and husband Michael McCauley, grandsons Eric Ryan Armbruster and Lance Thomas McCauley, sisters Johanna VanDerKley and Barbara Stacknik and husband Henry, sister-in-law, Joan VanDerKley and several nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death is a sister Clara and a brother Peter. At his request cremation has taken place. There will be no visitation. Friends and family are invited to a Memorial Mass 10am Tuesday October 9, 2001 at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Father Mike Hazard Celebrant. Interment of cremains a 12 noon at Ft. Custer National Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to American Diabetes or American Cancer Society. Arrangements by Avink Funeral Home Cremation Society Schoolcraft source:  Kalamazoo Gazette 5 Oct 2001

Neil VanderRoest - Passed away Wednesday afternoon, September 26, 2001 in Bronson Hospital. Mr. Vander Roest was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan December 5, 1918, the son of Cornelius G. and Tina (Greendyke) Vander Roest and had been a life-long resident of this community. Neil was a graduate of Kalamazoo Central High School and served in the U. S. Army during World War II in the European Theatre. For many years he was employed by the James River Corporation from which he retired. He was united in marriage on February 17, 1940 to the former Gloria Lucas who preceded him in death on October 16, 1986. A son, Douglas, also preceded him in death in 1986, his parents, a sister, Loretta Van Hoe in 1991, and a brother, Peter Vander Roest in 2001. Surviving are two sons, Neil C. VanderRoest of Pine Lake, Dennis VanderRoest of Plainwell, 2 sisters and one brother, Geraldine Ver Sluis, Betty and husband, Henry J. De Vries, Kenneth and wife, Jeannie Vander Roest, one brother-in-law, Donald J. Van Hoe, all of Kalamazoo, several nieces and nephews. Friends may call 6-8 pm Saturday and 2-4 & 6-8 pm Sunday at the Rupert, Durham, Marshall and Gren Funeral Home, Plainwell Chapel, where a Celebration of Life Service will be held Monday 2:00 pm, Rev. Steven Erkel speaking, burial will follow in East Cooper Cemetery. Friends may share a memory with the family at the chapel or on line at www.rdmg.com, where you can also send flowers or a memorial gift to the American Red Cross disaster relief fund.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette 28 Sep 2001