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Susan McMurtrie - Died Saturday, December 15, 2001. Susan was born June 3, 1951 in Kalamazoo, Michigan, the daughter of Leroy and Beverly (Ramp) Tryon. She has been a resident of Portage since 1999 and worked at Michigan Paperboard Company for many years. Susan was a member of Lakeview Baptist Church and a former member of the Battle Creek Jaycees. Surviving are her daughter, Michelle (Jon) Hurry of Portage; son, Matthew (Stacy) McMurtrie of Battle Creek; 4 grandchildren, Taylor and Christopher Hurry, Tyler Olsen and Lindsey McMurtrie; mother, Beverly Sager of Hastings; stepfather, Ted Aslin of Newberry; adopted father, Dan Fitzgerald of Battle Creek; 3 brothers, Ron (Cheryl) Tryon of Minneapolis, MN, Dave (Linda) Tryon of Quincy and Mike (Jan) Tryon of Bay Point, CA; several nieces and nephews. Services were held 3:00 Monday at the Langeland Family Funeral Homes Portage Chapel 411 E. Centre Ave. 343-1508 with Rev. Morris F. Anderson officiating. Private interment will be held in Hope Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be directed to the West Michigan Cancer Center.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette 17 Dec 2001

Rosemary McGruder - Died Thursday, December 6, 2001. Rosemary was born January 23, 1923 in Allegan, Michigan, the daughter of John and Lila (Smith) Marquis. Prior to her retirement in 1980, she worked for 15 years in the catalogue department of Sears. Rosemary enjoyed crocheting and reading, and had been a member of the Club 75 Square Dancers. On February 8, 1945 she was united in marriage to James W. McGruder, who preceded her in death on December 11, 1991. Rosemary was also preceded in death by 3 sons, James Jr, Ronald and Jon McGruder; brother, George Marquis; and special friend, Juanita Gary. Surviving are 10 children, Lois June Axline of Lansing, James E. McGruder of Paw Paw, Judith Standish and Gary A. McGruder, both of Vicksburg, Rosemary Hotrum and Sandra Dedo, both of Scotts, Timothy McGruder of Kalamazoo, David A. McGruder of Bloomingdale, William M. McGruder of Vicksburg, and Kathleen Fitzpatrick of Scotts; 35 grandchildren, 48 great-grand-children and 2 great-great-grandchildren; sister, Betty Eaton of Portage; brother, John Marquis of Plainwell; sister-in-law, Clara Marquis of Mattawan; many nieces and nephews; and 2 special friends, Melba Mitchell of Galesburg, and Eleanor Schiebel of Portage. Services will be held 2:00 o'clock Monday at the Langeland Family Funeral Homes Portage Chapel 411 E. Centre Ave. 343-1508 Interment will follow in Mt. Ever- Rest Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home this evening from 6-8 p.m. and Sunday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to Borgess Visiting Nurse & Hospice Service.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  8 Dec 2001

George McCrumb - Died Friday, November 30, 2001. George was born June 18, 1911 in Battle Creek, Michigan, the son of Roland and Edith (Thuma) McCrumb. He was a long-time member of Trinity Reformed Church. George is survived by his wife of 62 years, Jennie (DeVries); son, Douglas and his wife, Lee of Canton; granddaughter, Stacey and husband, Ron of Hillsdale; 2 great-granddaughters, Alexandria and Brianna; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by 9 brothers and sisters. Services will be held 2:00 p.m. Wednesday at the Langeland Family Funeral Homes Portage Chapel 411 E. Centre Ave. 343-1508 411 E. Centre Avenue with the Rev. Dr. Charles Cohagen officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. Ever-Rest Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today. Memorial contributions may be directed to Trinity Reformed Church.  source: Kalamazoo Gazette 4 Dec 2001

Marilyn McNamara - Passed away November 16, 2001 at Metron of Bloomingdale Nursing Home. She was born February 27, 1929 in Kalamazoo to Roy and Helen Bollinger. Her first husband, Jack R. Stewart; three sisters, Dorothy Schuder, Eddie Simmons and Betty Leversee; and one son, Jack R. Stewart, Jr. preceded her in death. She is survived by her husband, Robert E. McNamara; daughter, Mary Lynn Stewart of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; sons, Michael Stewart of Grand Rapids, Tom Stewart of Plainwell; 8 grandchildren and 3 great- grandchildren. Cremation will take place. A memorial service will be held at a later date at Mt. Ever-Rest in Kalamazoo. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Alzheimers Association would be appreciated. Arrangements by Avink Funeral Home Cremation Society Schoolcraft   source:  Kalamazoo Gazette 18 Nov 2001

Mrs. Mary McDermott - died Friday, October 19, 2001 at home. She was born December 22, 1937 in Reed City, MI, the daughter of Jack and Neoma (Berger) Cooper. She spent her youth in Reed City, and graduated from high School there. Later she moved to Lansing and Augusta before moving to Kalamazoo. She had resided in the area since 1978.  Currently Mary was the owner of M&M Vending. She had worked for years as the office manager at Browning Buick, and later at Horner-Coppin Chrysler Plymouth, both in Battle Creek. She also worked at H&R Block as a tax preparer. Mary was a member of Sandy Pines Resort at Hopkins, where she enjoyed spending time. She also enjoyed computers and family genealogy. Mary is survived by her husband, Louis E. McDermott; a daughter, Annie Osborne of Mishawaka, IN, sons and daughters-in-law, B. Scot and Jamie Wyman of Holt, Steve and Tracy Wyman of Tallahassee, FL, and Craig and Laurie Wyman of Hickory Corners; grandchildren, Jerry, Kacie, Daniel, C.J., Linda, Douglas, Rachel, Libby and Kelley Wyman and Courtney Osborne; her mother, Neoma Cooper of Palm Desert, CA; a sister, Sally Cooper of Sandy Pines Resort, Hopkins; and a brother, Frank Cooper of Anaheim, CA. Friends may call after 6pm this evening at Farley-Estes & Dowdle Richland Chapel 9170 East ``D'' Ave. (M-89) where the family will receive friends until 8 p.m. Funeral Services will be held at the funeral home 4 p.m. Wednesday with Rev. Stephen M.G. Charnley officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette 23 Oct 2001

Arlene McKee - Passed away October 7, 2001. Arlene was born April 6, 1917 in Calhoun County, MI, the daughter of Loyd and Louise Dickinson. Arlene married Joseph Harvey McKee ``the love of her life, '' who preceded her in death on July 18, 2001. Her brothers, Joe and Warren L.D. Dickinson, also preceded her in death. Surviving are a daughter and spouse, Linda J. and Robert Butler and their children, Ernest and Wendy; ``Grandma Grapes'' delight, Evan Dwight Butler, her only great-grandson; her great-granddaughters, Jessie and Mary; sister-in-law, Edie Dickinson and her children, Ruth, Nancy K., Warren, Ardie and Mike; sister-in-law, Elsie McKee of Newaygo; a close friend, Judy Gerencer; her much loved dog ``Bozo;'' many close friends, who all camped at Yankee Springs in the 1950s and 60s, you know who you all are; Mary Ann Theodore, a neighborhood friend from 8 years old, also loved by my momma Arlene. Thanks for all your love and caring through this difficult time. Mary Ann and George Cargo, my parents thought you two were quite special. At her request cremation has already taken place. Redmond Funeral Home 4100 S. Westnedge  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette 9 Oct 2001

Rosemary McAllister ``Aunt Rose'' passed away Tuesday, September 25, 2001. She was born June 10, 1937 in Charleston, MO, the daughter of Henry and Mellissa Myers. A resident of Kalamazoo since 1971, she was an employee of General Motors before being medically retired, a community activist, and a mother of The Holy Temple Church of God in Christ. She was preceded in death by her father and mother, Henry and Mellissa Myers; and one grandson, Gary Allen DeQuan McAllister. She leaves behind to cherish her memory three sons, Elmer Demarco McAllister, Gary Allen McAllister, and Isaiah Donahue McAllister; three daughters, Mellissa T. McAllister, Michelle M. McAllister, and Paulene M. McAllister; and one god-daughter, Billie Wilson, all of Kalamazoo; three grandchildren, Demarco McAllister, Chanel M. McAllister, Tationa McAllister, all of Kalamazoo; four sisters, Belle Shannon, Betty Myers Rey, Lucille Myers, all of Kalamazoo, and Alberta Myers of Benton Harbor; two brothers, Julius Myers of Flint, and Louis Myers of Detroit; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday with a 12 Noon Family Hour at Holy Temple Church of God in Christ, Supt. Amos W. Williams officiating. Arrangements by Harper Funeral Home 521 Douglas Avenue Kalamazoo, MI Interment Riverside Cemetery.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette 29 Sep 2001

Mrs. Gladys Ulam -  Died Thursday evening, November 8, 2001. Gladys was born October 27, 1928 the daughter of Roy and Inez (Lanning) Middleton, and had been a lifelong resident in the area. She was a homemaker and enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. On August 2, 1946 she was united in marriage to John Ulam, who preceded her in death on May 2, 1987. She was also preceded in death by a brother and sister. Surviving are her children, John Ulam Jr. of Dowagiac, Ruth (Mike) McNees of Parchment, Evelyn Powell, David (Tammy) Ulam, all of Portage, Lucinda (Bob) Waber of Parchment, Leo Ulam of Arkansas, Hope Baker of Kalamazoo, Barb (Bob) McNees of Lawton; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; brothers, Curly Middleton, Joe Middleton of Kentucky, Vern Middleton; and several nieces and nephews. Services will be held 11:00 o'clock Tuesday at the Langeland Family Funeral Homes Memorial Chapel 622 S. Burdick St. 343-1508 with Pastor Kevin Barker officiating. Interment will follow in Almena Cemetery. Friends may meet the family Monday from 2-4 and 6- 8 p.m. at the chapel. Memorials may be directed to the Borgess Heart Institute.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette 11 Nov 2001

Mr. Richard Craddock - Formerly of 2019 Bloomfield passed away Monday afternoon, Jan. 17, 1977.  Mr. Craddock was born August 2, 1904 in McLeansboro, Ill., son of Samuel and Katura Craddock and had been a resident of Kalamazoo for the past 47 years.  He was a member of the Milwood United Methodist Church.  He was active in baseball in the Kalamazoo State Hospital Summer League and played on the Old Timers Team.  Mr. Craddock had been employed with Charles Services, Inc., and prior to that had worked for 41 years at the Kalamazoo State Hospital.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn J., Jan. 9, 1973.  Surviving are 2 sons and one daughter, Charles R. of Paw Paw, Miss Marcia Ann and Roger, both of Kalamazoo; 3 grandchildren; 2 brothers and one sister, Roy of Normal, Ill., Mrs. Alice Darnell of Macedonia, Ill. and Sam R. of Benton, Ill.; several nieces and nephews.  Memorial services will be held Thursday at 1 o’clock at the Langeland Chapel, 622 S. Burdick, with Rev. Mr. Alden Burns officiating.  Interment in Mt. Ever-Rest Cemetery.  Friends may call at the chapel.  Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society of the Milwood United Methodist Church Memorial Fund.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Tues Jan 1977

Russell G. Craig - 1334 N. Edwards , age 57, Passed away Saturday.  Born Feb. 14, 1914 in Moulton, Ala.  Had been a resident of Kalamazoo 26 years.  He was an employe (sic) of the Brown Co.  Surviving are a son, Bobby R., of Kalamazoo, and a daughter, Mrs. Harold (Wynell) Hunter of Shelbyville.  Three grandchildren; a step-mother, Mrs. Maude Craig of Moulton, Ala.;  three brothers and a sister; a step-sister; three half-sisters and one foster sister; and several nieces and nephews.  Memorial services will be held Monday at 3 p.m., from the Langeland Chapel, 622 S. Burdick.  Further services and burial will be held at the Eliot Funeral Home in Moulton, Ala.  Friends may call at the Langeland Chapel after 2 p.m. today.   source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Sun 2 Jan 1972

Mr. Clair B. Crandall - 345 N. Burdick passed away Monday morning, July 3, 1972.  Mr. Crandall was born Sept. 5, 1880, in Kalamazoo County, the son of Emery and Alice Crandall and had resided in this area all of his life.  He is survived by one sister, Mrs. Eva Lawrence of Schoolcraft;  2 nephews, one niece, several cousins.  Graveside services will be held Wednesday at 2 o’clock in Riverside Cemetery.  Friends may call at the Langeland Chapel, 622 S. Burdick.   source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Tues 4 July 1972

Mr. Robert Crandall - Las Cruses, N.M., Formerly of Kalamazoo passed away suddenly February 3, 1972.  Mr. Crandall was born Sept. 19, 1912.  Surviving are his wife, Ruth; 8 children; a brother, Joseph Crandall; a sister, Mrs. Clarence Stoops, both of Kalamazoo.  Funeral arrangements are incomplete.   source:  Fri 4 Feb. 1972 Kalamazoo Gazette

Mr. John A. Crapple - Formerly of 2007 Paddington Rd. and Saugatuck passed away July 13, 1976, at the Upjohn Community Nursing Home.  Mr. Crapple was born Dec. 26, 1886, in Chicago, Ill., son of George and Rose (Maroni) Crapple and resided in Kalamazoo area for 34 years.  He retired from Western Michigan University.  Mr. Crapple was a graduate of Chicago Art Institute and taught art in the Saugatuck and Douglas Schools.  He was a life member of the Saugatuck Masonic Lodge No. 328 F & AM.  Surviving are 3 daughters, Mrs. Rose Holton of Gobles, Mrs. Eleanor Norrix of Delmar, N.Y. and Mrs. Isabell Ray of Kalamazoo;  4 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren.  Private services Thursday, Anchor Lodge No. 87 F & AM officiating.  The family suggest memorials may be made to the Senior Citizens Fund or Gobles United Methodist Church.  Arrangements by the Truesdale Willliamsburg Chapel, 445 W. Michigan.   source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Wed 14 July 1976

Mr. Floyd D. Crain - 3631 Croyden Passed away Monday morning Feb 16, 1976.  Mr. Crain was born June 8, 1899, in Kalamazoo, son of Charles and Etta Crain and had been a lifelong resident here.  For 30 years, he had been employed as Purchasing Agent for Globe Casket Co. and in later years was employed as a real estate salesman.  Veteran of World War I.  Member of First Presbyterian Church and Kalamazoo Rose Society.  Surviving are his wife, Flora; one daughter, Mrs. Adrian (Virginia) Moerman of Kalamazoo; 3 grandchildren, Paul, Julie and Thomas Moerman; 2 brothers and 2 sisters, Glen of Kalamazoo, Arthur of Portage, Mrs. Ethel Pasch of Kalamazoo and Mrs. Alta Beach of Plainwell; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by 2 brothers and one sister, Charles and Earl Crain and Mrs. Blanche Ritchie.   Memorial services will be held Wednesday at 1 o’clock at the Langeland Chapel, 622 S. Burdick , Pastor Louis W. Grother of the Zion Lutheran Church, officiating.  Relatives and friends may meet the family at the chapel Monday and Tuesday evenings from 7 to 9 o’clock.   source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Monday 16 Feb 1976

Mrs. Sally Marie Cramer - Buena Park, Calif.  Formerly of Fulton and Kalamazoo passed away Thursday afternoon in California.  Mrs. Cramer was  born in Harrisburg, Ill., May 5, 1905, the daughter of George and Viola Acterson Willliams.  She was a resident of Fulton from 1928 to 1937 and made her home in Kalamazoo until 1970 at which time she moved to California.  Mrs. Cramer was employed at Borgess Hospital for a number of years.  She is survived by one son, Richard of Kalamazoo; one daughter, Mrs. James (Shirley Ann) Leatherman of Buena Park, Calif.; one sister, Mrs. Tressie Shacklett of Anderson, Ind.; a half brother, Roy Hazard of Kalamazoo; a half sister, Mrs. Lucille Valentine of Ann Arbor; 5 grandchildren; one great-grandchild.  Friends may call at the Hoag-Schmitts Funeral Home, Climax, after 6 p.m. Sunday.  Services will be Wednesday at 1 p.m. at the funeral home, Rev. Wilbur A. Williams officiating.  Interment, North Fulton Cemetery.   source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  Sat 1 July 1972


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