Miscellaneous Michigan Obituaries


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Mrs. Grace M. Clark - 6917 Oakland Dr., Portage - Passed away Tuesday afternoon, June 6, 1972. Mrs. Clark was born April 22, 1893 in Hopkins, Michigan.  The daughter of Elisa A. and Ella M. Saddler and was a life long resident of the Kalamazoo and Portage areas.  Surviving is one son and one daughter Donald F. Stuart of Texas Corners,  Mrs. Evelyn M. Leeson of Portage, 5 grandchildren,  6 great grandchildren;  2 brothers Leon Saddler of California and David Saddler of Richland,  several nieces and nephews.  Memorial services will be held Friday morning at 11.  The Langeland Portage Chapel, 411 E. Centre Street with Rev. Maurice McKean of the Portage United Methodist Church officiating.  Interment in Riverside Cemetery.  Friends may call at  the Portage Chapel.   source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Wed 7 June 1972

Mary Miller Pierce, wife of Wellington Pierce, died at the home, 348 North Forbes street, (Jackson) Friday at 8:15 p.m., aged 38 years, 8 months.  There survive three daughters and two sons, Mrs. Peter Rausch of Lansing,  Marie, Marguerite, Irving and Wilmer at home;  her father, Martin Miller of Union City;  two sisters and one brother, Mrs. Frank Hall of Quincy,  Mrs. David Larder of Homer and Edward Miller of Union City.  Funeral announcement later  source:  Jackson News am edition Sept. 6, 1924

Mrs. Minnie Couillard - 525 Pleasant Home Ct. passed away Sunday morning, May 9, 1971.  Mrs. Couillard was born Sept. 19, 1897 in Detroit, the daughter of Henry and Augusta Prien and had been a resident of Kalamazoo for 20 years.  She was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church and the Ladies Guild.  Mrs. Couillard was preceded in death by her husband, F. H. Couillard, August 12,1958.  She is survived by one son, Harold E. Couillard; 3 grandchildren, Jeanette, John and Paul, all of Normal, Ill.; one sister, Mrs. John (Hilda) Donovan of Detroit; several nieces and nephews.  Mrs. Couillard was taken from the Langeland Chapel to the Harry J. Hill Funeral Home, 25450 Plymouth Road, Detroit, where services will be held Wednesday.  Interment in Parkview Memorial Cemetery, Detroit. The family requests memorials be made to the Zion Lutheran Church, which may be left at the Langeland Chapel.  Kalamazoo Gazette Monday 10 May 1971

Mrs. Maude V. Cate - 2939 Sunnycrest Dr. - Passed away Monday morning March 13, 1972.  Mrs. Cate was born March 4, 1880, in Johnsonville, Ill., the daughter of Thomas and Alice Montgomery and had been a resident here  for 9 years.  She is survived by 2 sons and 2 daughters, Vergil Lackey of Three Rivers, Mrs. Murray  M. (Beulah) Counterman of Kalamazoo, Leonard F. Lackey of Jackson and Mrs. George (Pauline) Hansen of San Francisco;  7 grandchildren;  13 great-grandchildren;  2 sisters, Mrs. Cretie Williamson of Bluford, Ill. and Mrs. Mary S. Ellis of St. Petersburg, Fla.;  several nieces and nephews.  Memorial services will be held Wednesday morning at 10:30 o’clock at the Langeland Chapel, 622 S. Burdick, Rev. Wayne Brackett, of Christ Baptist Church, officiating.  Interment in Riverside Cemetery, Three Rivers.  Friends may call at the chapel.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Tues 14 March 1972

Mrs. Edith Crummel - 818 E. Walnut St., Passed away at Borgess Hospital, Thursday evening, after a lingering illness.  She was born July 26, 1899 in Louisville, Ky. daughter of Edward and Cora Goodrich Rustenholz and she had made her home in Kalamazoo for most of her life.  She was employed by the Rex Paper Company until her retirement.  She was married to Otto Crummel, who passed away in 1967.  She is survived by a son, Johc. bailey, Jr. (sic) and a daughter, Mrs. Donald (Gloria) Roe, Sr.;  15 grandchldren, 33 great-grandchildren; a brother, Frank Rustenholtz and a sister, Mrs. Thelma Patnode; several niceces and nephews.  Friends are being received at the Jodersma & Klein Funeral Home, where services will be held Monday at 2 o'clock with Rev. Leonard Bruder officiating.  Interment, Riverside cemetery. source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Fri 23 July 1976

Mrs. Nellie L. Cronley - Passed away Tuesday afternoon.  Mrs. Cronley was born Feb. 10, 1881, in Ohio, and resided here for the past 13 years.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Earnest Cronley, in 1937, 2 sons, Thomas M. in 1959 and Robert E. in 1963.  Surviving are one daughter, Winefred Denman of Columbus, Ohio;  8 grandchildren, John T. Cronley of Marion, Ohio,  Joseph J. Cronley of Battle Creek, Mrs. Alan (Christine) Mimms and Thomas M. Cronley, Jr., both of Kalamazoo, Mrs. Robert (Joann) Johns and Mrs. Edward (Jeannine) McCracken, both of Bellefontaine, Ohio, Thomas Diner of Sidney, Ohio and Dr. Richard Cronley, DDS of Dayton, Ohio; 15 grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren.  Friends may call at the Donovan Funeral Home, 447 W. South St., until 9 p.m. this evening, where the rosary will be recited this evening at 7:30 p.m.  Mrs. Cronley will be taken to the Kennedy Funeral Home, Bellefontaine, Ohio where services will be held Friday morning at 10 a.m. at St. Patricks Church.  Interment in Bellefontaine Cemetery.  Those who wish, may make memorial contributions to the Upjohn Community Nursing Home.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Wed 27 Oct 1976

Mr. Carl Henry Carpenter - 2621 Carlton St., Kalamazoo, Formerly of Lawton area - Age 65, passed away Tuesday evening at Lakeview Hospital, Paw Paw.  Mr. Carpenter was born September 22, 1910 in Hampton, Iowa. He was a retired welder for the Burroughs Mfg. Company.  Surviving are:  his wife, Doris;  five brothers, Lawrence and LaVerne of Portage,  Howard of Niles,  George of Gladwin and Russell of Livonia;  one sister, Mrs. Oscar (Flossie) Mitchell, Gobles;  many nieces and nephews.  Friends will be received at the Prindle-Thompson chapel, Lawton, after 7 p.m. this evening and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 Thursday.  Funeral services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. with Rev. Charles Baker officiating.  Interment will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery, Lawton.   source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  Wed Dec 3, 1975

Obituary of Monday, February 28, 1955 in the Kalamazoo Gazette page 14:8
VANDYKE, MR. JOHN 331 N Burdick St. - Passed away Sunday evening in Bronson hospital.  Mr. Van Dyke was born February 2, 1876 in Kalamazoo, the son of William and Martha Van Dyke, and was a life long resident of this community.  He was a member of the Eagles and Moose Lodge.  Mr. Van Dyke is survived by 2 sisters, Mrs. Grace Kooi of Kalamazoo and Mrs. Anna Austin of Barton Lake, Vicksburg; 3 brothers, Harm, Henry, and Jacob, all of Kalamazoo; several nieces and nephews.  Friends will be received at the Donovan Funeral Home after noon time Tuesday.  Funeral announcements will be made later.

Mr. Richard E. Charkowske - 4314 Beechmount, Portage - Passed away Saturday morning, Bronson Hospital.  Mr. Charkowske was born February 7, 1910 in Kalamazoo, was a lifelong resident of this community.  He was formerly employed by the Malnight’s Bakery & Ken and Tom’s Grill.  He was a veteran of World War II and a member of Moose Lodge No. 88.  Surviving are:  two aunts, Mrs. Anna Skinner and Mrs. Agnes Liggett, both of Kalamazoo;  several cousins, and a good friend, Mrs. Rena Thompson.  Friends are being received at the Donovan Funeral Home, 44 W. South St., where a scripture service will be held this evening at 7:30 p.m., Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated Tuesday morning 10 a.m., St. Augustine Cathedral.  Interment  Mt. Olivet Cemetery.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  Mon 21 Feb 1977

Jean Johnson -  Went to be with her Lord Sunday, March 24, 2002. She was born March 4, 1918 in Marion, OH, to the late Delman and Leona Severns. She was a member of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Lansing, and was past president of the Philoptico's Ladies Organization. Mrs. Johnson was a matriarch and the wife of the founder of the Coral Gables Restaurant, Saugatuck, Thomas A. Johnson, who preceded her in death in 1979.  Also preceding her in death was a son, Topper, in 1985. Surviving are her son, Michael (Ruth Ann) Johnson, owner of Coral Gables Restaurant; beloved sister and lifelong companion, Mary Lou Severns; and most precious granddaughter, Thea Katherine Johnson. She is also survived by her cousins. Funeral Services are scheduled for Wednesday 11 a.m. at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 330 Lakeside Dr. NE, Grand Rapids. Officiating will be the Rev. James Bogdan. Burial will be in Manasota Memorial Park, Bradenton, FL. Visitation will be from 7-9 p.m. this evening (Tuesday) at the Saugatuck Chapel Dykstra Funeral Homes 520 Lake St. Saugatuck, MI Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church.   source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  26 Mar 2002

Mrs. Minnie Burggraaf  - 1444 Jefferson Passed away Friday morning, September 8, 1972.  Mrs. Burggraaf was born September 13, 1890 in the Netherlands, the daughter of Harmannus and Willemtien Koopman and had been a resident of Kalamazoo for 60 years.  Prior to her retirement she was assistant matron at the Holland Home on Douglas Avenue. Surviving are two daughters and one son, Mrs. Everett (Jeanette) Bierema of Parchment; Mrs. Wendell (Anna) Strawway of West Branch, Michigan; Henry of Kalamazoo;  five grandchildren;  four great-grandchildren; one sister; Mrs. Wilhelmina Marks of Kalamazoo;  several nieces and nephews.  Memorial services will be held Monday afternoon at 3 o’clock from the Langeland Chapel, 622 S. Burdick Street with Rev. James W. Dempsey of the Parchment United Methodist Church officiating.  Interment Riverside Cemetery.  Friends may meet with the family at the chapel Sunday afternoon from 2-4 and evening from 7-9.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Sat 9 Sep 1972

Joseph A. DALEFSIO - 1004 Clinton, Kalamazoo, passed away Decmeber 7, 1975, at Borgess Hospital.  Mr. Dalefsio was born February 5, 1914 at Waltham, Mass., son of John and Nickolina Dalefsio.  Served in the Navy in World War II.  Survived by: wife, Frances of Kalamazoo;  two sons and one daughter, Robert, William and Janet all of Mass.  Mr. Dalefsio has been sent to Mass. for services and interment.  Arrangements by the Truesdale Williamsburg Chapel.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Mon Dec 8, 1975

Dianna Jean Connable - 70 Glenwood Rd., Rossyln Harbor, Long Island, N.Y. Infant daughter of Alfred and Roma Connable III, passed away July 2, 1972, at Borgess Hospital.  Diana Jean was born April 28, 1972, in Columbus, Ohio.  Surviving besides the parents are a brother, Alfred Benjamin Connable; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Leon J. Lipsky of Brooklyn, N.Y., Mr.and Mrs.Alfred B.Connable II of Kalamazoo.  Graveside services and interment were held in Yorkville Cemetery, Monday July 3, (1972).  Arrangements by the Truesdale Downtown Funeral Home. source: Kalamazoo Gazette Mon 3 July 1972

Salvation Army's Oldest Soldier Dies in California - William H. Councell, the oldest living "soldier" of the Kalamazoo Citadel of the Salvation Army, died Friday in Twenty Nine Palms, Calif.  Councell, 94, had spent most of his life in Bloomingdale and Kalamazoo before moving to California about 15 years ago.  He continued to spend his summers in the Kalamazoo area. Surviving are two sons, Harold of Comstock and Harry of Wiedman; three daughters, Mrs. Beatrice Welsh of Portage, Mrs. Eva Townsend of Bloomingdale, and Mrs. Rosa Cochran of Delton; 22 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.  Funeral services will be held Thursday in Anaheim, Calif.  Kalamazoo Gazette  Sun March 14, 1976

Amy Elizabeth Cremer - 10011 S. 12th St., Schoolcraft,  passed away Friday evening, October 8, 1976.  Amy was born September 23, 1976 in Kalamazoo, daughter of William G. and Diane M. Cremer.  Surviving besides the parents are: grandparents, Dr. and Mrs. John A. Cremer;  Mr. and Mrs. Otto L. Worpel, all of Grand Rapids;  several aunts and uncles.  Memorial services will be held Monday at 3 o’clock at the Zion Lutheran Church, Pastor Louis W. Grother officiating.  Interment, Babyland, Mount Ever-Rest Cemetery.  Friends may meet the family at the Langeland Chapel, 622 S. Burdick, 7 to 9 this evening and 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 on Sunday.  Memorials may be made to the church memorial fund.   source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Sat 9 Oct 1976

Mrs. Theda I. Courtney - 525 Lum Ave. passed away Sunday afternoon, April 25, 1976.  Mrs. Courtney was born July 30, 1919, in Kalamazoo, daughter of Henry and Esther Crummel and had been a lifelong resident here.  She was a member of the Church of God of Prophecy and a member and past leader of the Women's Missionary Band.  Surviving are the husband, Earl L.; 3 sons, Earl A. of Richland, Kenneth D. of Vicksburg and Gary L. Sr. of Kalamazoo; 7 grandchildren; 5 brothers and 2 sisters, Cecil Crummel of Scotts, Harold Crummel of Delton, Joseph Crummel of Mattawan, Mrs. Charles (Dorothy) Mosher of Hoxeyville, Guy D. Crummel and Mrs. Elias (Evelyn) Kloosterman, both of Kalamazoo, Richard Crummel of Sterling Heights; several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.  Memorial services will be held Wednesday morning at 11 o'clock at the Langeland Chapel, 622 S. Burdick, Rev. Mr. John J. Clark II officiating.  Interment, Mt. Ever-Rest Cemetery.  Friends may call at the chapel.  Kalamazoo Gazette Mon 26 April 1976

Mark G. DANCE - Age 80 Dies in California.  Mr. Dance, a resident of Kalamzoo since 1968, died July 8, (1976) while vacationing in Whittier, Calif.  Dance lived with his daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Folkert of 1009 Coolidge.  He was city director of Monroe from 1948 until 1961. Memorial services will be held in Monroe. In addition to Mr. and Mrs. (Barbara) Folkert, he is survived by four grandchildren.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Thurs 15 July 1976

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