Miscellaneous Michigan Obituaries


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Mr.  Russell G. Clark - 818 Burr Oak Ct - Passed away Sunday January 30, 1972, in Blodgett Hospital, Grand Rapids.  Mr. Clark was born Dec 9, 1895, in Geneva, Mich., the son of Roy and Minnie Colburn Clark.  He was retired manager of the VFW Club and a member of VFW No. 827.  Mr. Clark is survived by 2 daughters, Mrs. Jean Nye of Lake Jackson, Texas and Mrs. Chester (Eleanor) Kraft of Lansing;  one son Ronald of San Jose,Calif.; 10 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren.  Friends are being received after 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Joldersma & Klein Funeral Home where services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Pastor Douglas Beason officiating.  Interment in Lacota Cemetery.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Mon 31 Jan 1972

Mrs. Ruth M. Clark - 1367 Portage St. - Age 58, passed away suddenly Friday (20 Dec 1968) evening. Mrs. Clark was born October 29, 1910 in Kalamazoo, daughter of Lawrence and Sadie VanHalst Wager. She graduated from Western Michigan University in 1931 and taught school in Niles for three years. Mrs. Clark was a licensed funeral director and embalmer and was a member of the firm of Wagar & Clark.  She was a member of the Stockbridge Ave. United Methodist Church, the Corinthian Chpt. No. 123 O.E.S., Kalamazoo White Shrine No. 18 W.S.O.J.  On August 4, 1934, she was married to Asher Clark, who survives. Surviving besides her husband are: one daughter, Miss Joan Clark; one son, S.P. 4 Alan Clark, U.S. Army, serving in Viet Nam; one sister, Miss Frances Wagar of Flint;  two brothers, Lawrence and John of Kalamazoo;  several nieces and nephews.  Friends are being received at Wagar & Clark Chapel until Tuesday morning at 9.  Funeral services will be held from the Stockbridge Ave. United Methodist Church, Tuesday at 11 A.M., Rev. Lloyd Schloop and Rev. Carlton Benson officiating. Interment in the family lot Riverside Cemetery. The family suggests memorials to the Stockbridge Ave. United Methodist Building Fund or the charity of your choice.  source: Kalamazoo Gazette Sat 21 Dec 1968

Mr. Wilfred M. Carroll - 1209 Sheridan Dr. - Passed away Monday evening, May 3, 1971, in Jackson, Mich.  Mr. Carroll was born June 17, 1881, in Pine Creek, Allegan County, Mich., the son of William T. and Clarisse Carroll and had resided in Kalamazoo for 35 years, prior to that time in Otsego.  He was a retired employee of the King Paper Co.  Mr. Carroll was a charter member of the Westminster United Presbyterian Church, a member of the Masonic Lodge, Comstock Odd Fellows No. 441 and the Woodmen.  On June 30, 1904, he was married to Cora Horton, who survives.  Also surviving are 2 sons, Bert E. of Toledo, Ohio and William J. of Coca Beach, Fla.;  4 grandchildren, Robert of Birmingham, Mich.  Thomas of St. Louis, Mo.,  Miss Virginia of Boston, Mass. and Miss Michelle W. of Cocoa Beach, Fla.;  7 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. Memorial services will be held Friday at 3 o’clock at the Langeland Chapel, 622 S. Burdick.  Interment in Hillside Cemetery,
Plainwell.  Friends may call at the chapel.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  Wed 5 May 1971

Mrs. Adeline M. Coffman - 407D Daffodil Court, Sunnyvale, Calif. Formerly of 3720 Midway, Kalamazoo Passed away at her home December 23, 1971.  Mrs. Coffman was born July 28, 1907 in Kalamazoo and had been a resident of Kalamazoo all of her life prior to the last three years which were spent in California.  Mrs. Coffman is survived by:  her husband, Lindon; two brothers, George Wheeler of Kalamazoo and Carl Wheeler of Florida; a foster daughter, Rosemary Hogan of Sunnyvale, Calif.; several nieces and nephews.  Funeral services will be conducted 1 p.m. Wednesday from the Truesdale Downtown Funeral Home, Rev. Arthur R. Davis of the Westwood United Methodist Church officiating.  Interment Mount Ever-Rest Cemetery.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Mon 27 Dec 1971

Mr. Neil VanDalen - Died Monday morning, February 25, 2002 at Rose Arbor Hospice Care Facility. Neil was born June 25, 1913 in Kalamazoo, MI, the son of Henry and Maude (Penny) VanDalen, and was a lifelong resident here. Prior to his retirement in 1977, he was employed for over 43 years at the Illinois Envelope Company. He was a member of the Covenant United Reformed Church. Neil was preceded in death by 2 sons, Henry VanDalen and Dr. Donald VanDalen; and by brothers, Peter and John VanDalen; and by sisters, Cornelia Griffioen, Jacoba Hartman and Jeanette Smith. On August 9, 1933 he was united in marriage to Mary Schrier, who survives. Also surviving are 2 daughters-in-law, Barbara VanDalen of Kalamazoo, and Maureen VanDalen of Seminole, FL; 8 grandchildren and their spouses, Bill and Debra Bytwork, Chuck and Laura Kos, Rod and Sandra Luchies, Dennis and Amy VanDalen, Jody and Kimbra Holling, Aaron and Theresa VanDalen, Donya VanDalen and Timothy Shea; 14 great-grandchildren; a brother, Carl (Ruth) VanDalen of Kalamazoo; several nieces and nephews. Services will be held at 11:00 o'clock Thursday at the Langeland Family Funeral Homes Memorial Chapel 622 S. Burdick St. 343-1508 with the Rev. Wybren H. Oord officiating. Private interment in Riverside Cemetery.  Friends may meet the family Wednesday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the chapel. Memorial contributions in Neil's memory may be made to the Covenant United Reformed Church or Hospice of Greater Kalamazoo.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette 26 Feb 2002

Mr. Samuel Clearwater - 3625 W. Michigan Ave. - Passed away Monday morning at Ridgeview Manor Nursing Home.  Mr. Clearwater was born Nov. 6, 1881, in Newport, Ind., son of Nathan and Mary Jane Davis Clearwater and had been a resident of Kalamazoo since 1918.  He was self employed and later worked for Bressons Bakery and Wagar & Clark Chapel.  Member of Stockbridge Ave. United Methodist Church, life member of Anchor Lodge of S.O. No. 87 F. & A.M.  Surviving are 2 sons, Howard of Battle Creek and Donald of Kalamazoo;  8 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren. A daughter, Mrs. Lillian Hill, passed away July 8, 1959.  Friends are being received at the Wagar & Clark Chapel, where funeral services will be held Wednesday at 1 p.m., Rev. Kenneth Lindland and Anchor Lodge of S.O. No. 87 F & AM officiating.  Interment in Riverside Cemetery. The family suggests that memorials be made to the Living Memorial Kalamazoo Chapter Multiple Sclerosis or a charity of your choice.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Tues 6 Jan 1976

Mrs. Helen V. Curry - 9866 Gull Lake Dr., W., Richland, passed away Monday June 7, 1976 at Borgess Hospital.  Mrs. Curry was born August 28, 1905, in Norway, Mich., the daughter of John and Christine Lindahl.  She had retired from Gilmore Dept. Store, where she was employed in the Accounting Dept. Helen and William Gordon Curry, where (sic) married July 8, 1933.  She was a member of the Richland Presbyterian Church.  Surviving are her husband, William Gordon; one sister, Mrs. Mae Daydiff of Waukegan, Ill.; several nieces and nephews.  Mrs. Curry has been cremated and a memorial service will be conducted 2 p.m. Friday at the Richland Presbyterian Church, Rev. Russell Damstra and Rev. Gregg Renstrom officiating.  Family suggests that memorials may be made to either the Heart Fund or Michigan Lung Association in her name.  Arrangements by Truesdale Williamsburg Chapel, 445 W. Michigan.  Kalamazoo Gazette Tues 8 June 1976

Gary VanderMeer - Found his comfort with the Lord Sunday, October 28, 2001 at the age of 59 years, after a long battle with cancer. He was born December 28, 1941 in Kalamazoo, MI, the son of Garrett and Nellie Mae (Corstange) VanderMeer. Gary served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, and had been employed as a meet cutter and manager with H.E.B. and Albertson's Grocery Stores in San Antonio for over 25 years. He was preceded in death by his parents. Survivors include his wife of 38 years, Phyllis; daughters, Kari and husband, Dean Spencer, and Shawn and husband, Pete Robledo; grandchildren, Alexandria and Codie Robledo; and a host of extended family and friends. Visitation was Tuesday, October 31, 2001 at the funeral home. The funeral Service will be 10 a.m. today, Wednesday, October 31, 2001 at Sunset Northwest Funeral Home 6321 Bandera Road San Antonio, TX 78238 Interment will follow in Mission Burial Park North.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette 31 Oct 2001

Mrs. Myrtle B. Collins - Formerly of 427 Beekman Ct. Passed away Tuesday morning, September 12, 1972.  Mrs. Collins was born June 20, 1892 in Traverse City, Mich., daughter of William and Mary VanderLip and had been a resident of Kalamazoo for over 40 years.  She is survived by her husband, Harry F.; one daughter and one son, Mrs. Lucille Crevier, Muskegon, Wendell A. Webster of Kalamazoo; eight grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; 14 great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Sylvia Mae Krane, Tampa, fla., Mrs. Maude Wiltse, Vicksburg; several nieces and nepews.  Memorial services will be held Thursday morning at 11 o'clock from the Langeland Chapel, 622 S. Burdick, with Pastor Keith Kaynor of the Bethal (sic) Bapitst (sic) Church officiating.  Interment, Riverside Cemetery. Friends may call at the chapel.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette 11 Sep 1972

Mrs. Ethel L. Corwin - 1314 Oak St., Kalamazoo passed away Wednesday, November 19, 1975, at Borgess Hospital. Mrs. Corwin was born September 25, 1892 in Decatur, Michigan, the daughter of William and Samantha Hoyt Griffin.  Lived in the Kalamazoo area most of her life.  She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary of Joseph B. Westnedge Post No. 36.  Survived by: one daughter, Mrs. James Knauss of Portage; two grandchildren; one niece, Mrs. Maxine Lines of Kalamazoo; one nephew, Mr. Donald Hampton, Middlebury, Indiana.  She was preceded in death August 31, 1974, by her husband, Ray A. Corwin.  Funeral services 2:30 p.m. Friday at Truesdale Chapels of the Pines, Westnedge at Milham Rd., Portage, Rev. Kurt Fish, St. Stevens Episcopal Church officiating.  Interment, Portage Central Cemetery.  The family suggests that mememorials may be made to the Heart Fund.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Thurs. Nov 20, 1975

Mrs. Margaret L. Burr - Rte. 2, Vicksburg - Passed away Saturday morning after a lingering illness.  Mrs. Burr was born Feb. 10, 1917, in Vicksburg, the daughter of Charles and Hannah Munn Lee and was a lifelong resident here.  She was employed at Simpson Lee Paper Co. for 16 years as an inspector and for the past two years at Boers Dress Shop in Vicksburg.  On Oct. 13, 1934, she was married to Clair Burr, in Elkhart, Ind., who survives.  Also surviving are one son, Larry of Vicksburg; 6 sisters, Mrs. Grace Elam of Zephyr Hills, Fla., Mrs. George (Anna) Harris of Schoolcraft,  Mrs. Stanley (Mable) Marquart of Battle Creek, Mrs. Roy (Nina) Batten of Mendon,  Mrs. John (Mae) Boers and Mrs. Glennys Shick, both of Vicksburg;  2 grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and cousins.  Friends may call at the Rupert-Durham Funeral Home from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 Monday.  Services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Lake Center Bible Church, Rev. Carl Holwerda officiating.  Interment in Vic!
ksburg Cemetery. The family suggests memorials to the Lake Center Bible Church or Franklin Community Hospital.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  Mon 1 May 1972

Mrs. Esther Osgood Chapman, 51, former Kalamazoo area teacher, died Sunday in a hospital in Kaneohe, Oahu, Hawaii.  Mrs. Chapman was the wife of the Rev. Orlando Chapman.  They taught in area schools and were active in working with youth in the Texas Corners area.  Rev. and Mrs. Chapman left  the Kalamazoo area about 15 years ago.   She taught at Lake Center School in Portage.  She was graduated from college in Arizona after attending Western  Michigan University.  Survivors include her husband; a son, Verne at home;  daughter, Mrs. Frances Polmasteer of Brookings, Ore.; her mother, Mrs. Mary Osgood of Mendon, and three brothers, Harold of Kalamazoo, Leonard W. of Mendon and Kirk of Norfolk, Va. Her father and another brother preceded her in death.  Funeral services will be Friday at Punch Bowl National Cemetery in Oahu.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  Tues 17 August 1971

Mr. Lloyd A. Branch, 5127 South Long Lake Drive, age 72, passed away at Veterans Hospital Ann Arbor, Thursday morning, February 24, 1966, following a short illness. Mr. Branch was born July 31, 1893, in Pavilion township, the son of Owen and Ida (Giem) Branch and was a life resident of the Kalamazoo area. Previous to his retirement, he was a self employed contractor and was a veteran of World War I.
Mr. Branch is survived by his wife, Lulu; 3 stepchildren, Merrill J. Coe, Kalamazoo; Max O. Coe, Vicksburg and Mrs. Louis (Alice) Grunwald of Calcutta, India; one brother, Clair of Portage; 5 step grandchildren; 4 step great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.
Private graveside services were held in Smith Cemetery Saturday morning at 11 under auspices of the American Legion. Funeral arrangements by Critz-Redmond Funeral Home.  Vicksburg Commercial, February 24, 1966

Mrs. Mary F. Cox - 1815 Colby Ave. Passed away Saturday evening, August 7, 1976.  Mrs. Cox was born Oct. 16, 1890, in Allegan County, daughter of Samuel and Mary Hatfield and was a resident of Kalamazoo most of her life.  She was a member of the Apostolic Church.  Surviving are one daughter and 2 sons, Mrs. Harold (Katherine) Smith of Kalamazoo, Lewis Bellinger of Martin, Mich. and Leonard Bellinger of College Point, L.I., New York; 22 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; several great-great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her husbands, Louis Bellinger and Barney Cox.  Also 2 daughter, Mrs. Dorothy Channells in 1972 and Mrs. Carrie Crawford in 1974.  Memorial services will be held Tuesday at 1 o'clock at the Langlenad Chapel, 622 S. Burdick, Priest John Millar officiating.  Interment in Riverside Cemetery.  Friends may call at the chapel.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Senior Services. source: Kalamazoo Gazette Mon 9 Aug 1976

Robert (Robbie) A. Chapman - 216 Nelson, Kalamazoo - Passed away April 23, (1977) He was born November 6, 1961 in Kalamazoo the son of David A. and Ruth J. (Wynn) Chapman.  He was a member of the Simpson United Methodist Church, was a 10th grade student at Kalamazoo Central High School and was to have started work Saturday at the Amusement World on West Main.  Surviving are his parents Mr. and Mrs. David  A. Chapman of Kalamazoo;  one brother Dennis of Kalamazoo;  2 sisters, Mrs. Robert (Janis) Griffith of Kalamazoo,  Miss Cynthia Chapman at home; grandmother Mrs. Iva B. Chapman of Kalamazoo.  Also surviving are one nephew, 3 nieces, several aunts, uncles and cousins.  Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the Simpson United  Methodist Church with Rev. Wendell  R. Stine officiating.  Interment in Mt. Ever-Rest Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to the John F. Kennedy Center.  Friends may call at the Truesdale Willliamsburg Chapel, 445 W. Michigan after 2 p.m. today.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  Sun 24 April 1977

Donna Lundquist - Died March 27, 2002 at Rose Arbor Hospice following a six year battle with cancer.Donna was born April 8, 1949 in Hammond, IN, the daughter of Willard and Ruth (Grosse) Sitler. She graduated from Munster High School in Munster, IN and received her Associates Degree from Ball State University. Donna worked as an administrative assistant and payroll manager early on and then was a stay at home mom and ``home base'' for the neighborhood boys after school. She was an active volunteer in the Portage School System and a member of Zion Lutheran Church. Donna enjoyed traveling, shopping, and experiencing new restaurants. On August 19, 1972 in Hammond, IN, she was united in marriage to Ken Lundquist, who survives. Also surviving are her children, Dana (Mike) Faust of Chicago, IL and Mark Lundquist completing his senior year at MSU; three nephews and two nieces. The family will be present to receive friends Saturday from 2:00 - 4:00 PM and 6:00 - 8:00 PM at the Betzler Funeral Home Stadium Dr. West of 131 375-2900 where services will be held Monday at 11:00 AM with Pastor Larry Brelje officiating. Interment Portage South Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to West Michigan Cancer Center or Hospice of Greater Kalamazoo. Share a memory online at www.betzlerfuneralhome.com  source: Kalamazoo Gazette 31 Mar 2002

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