Miscellaneous Michigan Obituaries


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Elfriede Lutz - Passed away Monday morning, April 1, 2002. Elfriede was born December 4, 1921 in Germany, the daughter of Karl and Emilie (Eckert) Krepel. Immigrating to the United States in 1950, she was a resident of Benton Harbor for several years, until moving to Portage in 1986. She was employed for several years at Kaywood Company, from where she retired. Elfriede's favorite pastime was working in her yard and garden. On August 11, 1939 she was united in marriage to Albert Lutz, who preceded her in death on August 21, 1999. Also preceding her in death were 2 brothers, Arthur and Rudolf Krepel; a sister, Edith Rink; and a grandson, Joshua Flagel. Surviving are her children, Eleonore (Ron) Flagel of Salida, CA, Karl (Sandy) Lutz of Pendleton, OR, Anneliese Webster and Barbara Parsons, both of St. Joseph, MI, Tereasa (Ralph) Hufstedler of Centreville, MI; 12 grandchildren; 9 great-grand-children; a sister, Waltraut Kaufmann of Germany; several nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 5-6 p.m. at the Langeland Family Funeral Homes Portage Chapel 411 E. Centre Ave. 343-1508 Funeral Services will be held 10:00 a.m. Thursday at the St. James Ev. Lutheran Church (2381 Romence Rd.) with Rev. Mark D. Gieschen officiating. Interment will be at 1:00 p.m, Thursday at the Crystal Springs Memorial Park, Benton Harbor. Memorials in Elfriede's memory may be directed to the Borgess Visiting Nurse & Hospice Program, or the St. James Ev. Lutheran Church.  source: 2 April 2002

Virginia M. Cooper - age 56, 1046 Patwood Apts., Kalamazoo, passed away Sunday (8 May 1977) eve. at Borgess Hospital in Kalamazoo after a lingering illness. She was born Aug. 9, 1920 near Plainwell.  The daughter of William and Mary Fortune Burns.  She lived many years in the Kalamazoo area.  She is survived by one sister, Mrs. Madeline Norman of Plainwell; several cousins.  Friends are being received at the Williams Funeral Home in Delton.  Graveside services will be held Tues. at 2 p.m. at Prairieville Cemetery.  source: Kalamazoo Gazette (Mon 9 May 1977)

Mrs. Maude Short Curry - 1014 Clarence St. passed away Tuesday morning at Borgess Hospital. Mrs. Curry was born August 7, 1905, in Reed City, Mich., the daughter of Jeremiah and Gertrudde Mann and had been a resident here for the past 50 years.  She is survived by 2 daughters, Mrs. Dorothy Wechsler and Mrs. Jean Bennett of Kalamazoo; 2 sons, Charles J. Short of Kalamazoo and William J. Short of Vicksburg; 7 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; one brother, Richard Mann of Reed City; 3 sisters, Mrs. Inez Quick and Mrs. Mae Taylor of Kalamazoo, Mrs. Dora Cronkhite of Alpena; several nieces and nephews.  Friends are being received at the Donovan Funeral Home, where the rosary will be recited Wednesday evening at 7:30, and where funeral services will be held Thursday at 2 o'clock, Father Ronald Zidian officiating.  Burial in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.  Kalamazoo Gazette Wed 19 Jan 1972

Irene Elizabeth Warfield - Went home to be with Jesus on Friday, March 29, 2002, having lived her life with great gusto. Born the daughter of Carlelia and James Baker, on May 11, 1920, she embraced the challenges of being the youngest sibling of seven brothers. A 1938 graduate of Kalamazoo Central High School, she was competitive in sports such as swimming and running, and loved to write poetry. She was an avid bowler, and created sculptured dolls. She married Bernis Warfield Jr. in the spring of 1940. To this union were born six children, Donald, Sharon (Lockett), Larry, Raja, Deborah and Anita Warfield. In the process of raising these children, Irene became a Licensed Practical Nurse, returned to college to complete her Bachelor's Degree, and received her Master's Degree in Counseling. Irene worked for the State of Michigan Dept. of Rehabilitation for the greatest part of her career. Her community involvement included being a lifelong member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority,
where she held a variety of leadership positions. A member of Christian Life Center since 1985, Irene served in the video ministry, and is remembered for the strength and joy she brought to others. She was preceded in death by her brothers, James, Chester, Henry, Arnold, William, Julius and Kenneth Baker; her husband, Bernis; and her grandson, Kwasi Warfield. She is survived by all her children; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren; additionally daughters-in-law, Olivia, Ardina and Shelly Warfield; sisters and brothers-in-law, Ruth Baker, Delma Grier, Martha, Jan, Charles and John Warfield, and Gordon Humphrey Sr; and a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews; and loving friends. Memorial Services will be held Wednesday, April 3, 2002 at 3:30 p.m. at Christian Life Center, 1225 W. Paterson, Kalamazoo. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Heartland Healthcare. Arrangements by Harper Funeral Home 521 Douglas Avenue 342-1000  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette 2 April 2002

Rose Zacharias - Died November 7, 2001 at Heartland Health Care Center. She was born August 10, 1917 in Fond du Lac, WI, the daughter of Solomon and Mary (Obar) Buckarma. Rose enjoyed cooking, baking, gardening, was active in church functions, and helped at the Seventh-day Adventist Church Community Center. Surviving are her husband, Claud Zacharias, whom she married August 31, 1940; 2 sons and spouses, Gary and Jean Zacharias of Battle Creek, and Jerry and Cindy Zacharias of Kalamazoo; grandchildren, Kim and Eron Lang, Claudine and Shawn Selner; 2 great-grandchildren, Chloe and Gary Selner; 2 brothers, Mike and Lola Buckarma of Green Bay, WI, and Naheen and Francis Buckarma of New London, WI; 24 nieces and nephews; many great-nieces and nephews, great-great and great-great-great- grandnieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; 2 brothers, Mikel and George; 4 sisters, Eva Sabbidino, Louise Buckarma, Mackree Thomas, and Lullua Seidel. There will be no visitation. Cremation has taken place. Services 4 p.m. November 10, 2001 at Kalamazoo Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1601 Nichols Rd., Kalamazoo, Pastor Michael Nicholas and Pastor Dan Rachor officiating.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette 8 Nov 2001

Clem Crowe, one of the seven mules of Notre Dame's football  team in the 1925, is dead at age 79.  He died Wednesday night in a Rochester hospital.  During his football days as an end for Notre Dame, Crowe played with Adam Walsh and Rick Miller.  He is the brother of Mrs. Floyd (Peg) Greenburg of Kalamazoo Kalamazoo Gazette Sport Section 15 Apr 1983

Mrs. Madge I. Burgard - Formerly of Oshtemo - Passed away April 22, 1972 at Provincial House Nursing Home. Mrs. Burgard was born July 15, 1892 in Oshtemo Township. The daughter of Will and Mary Rix and a life time resident.  A member of the Oshtemo United Methodist Church, Polyanna Club of the Federated Clubs of Michigan.  Mrs. Burgard was preceded in death by her husband Howard in 1966 and a daughter Mrs. George Peer in 1947. Surviving are 3 sons, Raymond R., Lake Worth, Florida; William, Kalamazoo;  Robert, Ortonville, Michigan; 7 grandchildren; 2 sisters, Mrs. Saul Solomon and Mrs. Ray Markillie of Paw Paw.  Funeral arrangements to be announced by the Truesdale Funeral Home.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Sun 23 April 1972

Mr. Roscoe O. Curren - 3318 Market St., Summer residence 913 Treasure Island, Dr., Eagle Lake, passed away Monday morning, Nov. 3, 1975.  Mr. Curren was born Feb. 27, 1910, in Kalamazoo, son of Benjamin and Dorothea Curren and had been a lifelong resident here.  He was a veteran of World War II and before his retirement was employed by the Standard Burner Service.  Surviving are his wife, Virginia; 2 sisters, Mrs. Gladys Cronk of Kalamazoo and Mrs. Dorothy Selkow of Hartford; several nieces and nephews.  Memorial services will be held Wednesday at 1 o'clock at the Langeland Portage Chapel, 411 E. Centre, Rev. Harold R. Krieg, of the Jones United Methodist Church, officiating.  Interment in Mt. Ever-Rest Cemetery.  Friends may call at the Portage Chapel.   Kalamazoo Gazette Mon Nov. 3, 1975

Mr. John Harden Coleman - 1319 N. Burdick St., age 82, passed away Thursday morning at Borgess Hospital.  Mr. Coleman was born December 11, 1888 in Springfield, Kentucky and had been a resident of Kalamazoo for 27 years.  Before retirement he was employed by Reed Foundry.  Mr. Coleman was church treasurer, a deacon and trustee of Emmanual Chapel Church of God in Christ.  He was a member of the International Molders Union.  Surviving are:  his wife, Myrtle; four children, Mrs. Jacquetta L. Starr, Mrs. Catherine R. White, and Mrs. John H. Coleman, Jr. all of Kalamazoo, and Mrs. Donald E. Coleman of Baltimore, N.Y.; six grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren; a host of other relatives and friends.  Memorial services will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at Emmanual Chapel Church of God in Christ, Rev. E. M. Thompson officiating.  Interment, Riverside Cemetery.  Friends may call at the Harper Funeral Home, 615 Douglas after 1 p.m. today, where the family will receive friends this evening from 7 to 8 p.m.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Thurs 18 Mar 1971

Virginia Peterson - Died March 27, 2002 at Borgess Medical Center. Virginia was born March 5, 1921 in Kalamazoo, the daughter of Peter and Alida (Campbell) DeGraff. She graduated with the Kalamazoo Central Class of 1939. On May 16, 1941, Virginia was united in marriage to Robert L. Peterson, who preceded her in death. She worked for many years as a secretary at KVP Sutherland and in retirement, she worked as a wardrobe lady at Miller Auditorium. Virginia was a charter member of the Kalamazoo Valley Outboard Club, was involved with the Mother Study and PTA at Washington School Elementary, and was a committee member for the Kalamazoo Central Class of 1939. She enjoyed life to the fullest; Virginia loved camping and boating with the family, was an avid bowler and was known for her organizational skills. She is survived by three children, Constance (Allen) White of Hickory Corners, MI, Joanne (Daniel) Grinage of Plainwell, and Robert (Nancy) Peterson of Richland; nine grandchildren, Michael (Penny) Ellis, Jolie (Derek Williams) Ellis, Jodie (Shawn) White Mahoney, Adam (Kerrie) Peterson, Tara Peterson Noora, Roxie (Andy Hanson) Peterson, Nicholas Peterson, Natalie Allen, and Jordan Allen; three great-grandchildren, Skylar and Nolan Noora, and Kaylee Peterson; half-sisters and brothers, Marilyn Blosser, Marion, Martha, Marlene and Peter DeGraff, Ronald DeGraff, and Donald DeGraff; sisters and brothers-in-law, Ben (Genevieve) Peterson of AZ, Alice Lou Hankla of CA, and Max (Marion) Brown of CA. The family will be present to receive friends Friday from 6:00 - 8:00 PM and Saturday from 1:00 - 2:00 PM at the Betzler Funeral Homes Stadium Dr. West of 131 375-2900 where the funeral service will be held Saturday afternoon at 2:00 PM, Pastor Art Cosgrove officiating. Food and fellowship will be shared following the service at Virginia's home. Cremation will take place with private interment at Mt. Ever-Rest Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may be made to West Michigan Cancer Center or the Kalamazoo Humane Society. Share a memory online at www.betzlerfuneralhome.com   source:  Kalamazoo Gazette 29 Mar 2002

Mary Burke Simpson -  Died Wednesday, April 3, 2002, at the Fountains at Bronson Place, her residence in Kalamazoo. Mary was born August 10, 1909 in Sandusky, MI to Charles Joseph, D.D.S. and Rosella (Brady) Burke. She was raised in Battle Creek, attended St. Philip Grade School was a 1927 graduate of Battle Creek Central, received her Bachelors degree and College Life Certificate from Battle Creek College and attended Northwestern Graduate School. In the early 1930's she began teaching at Augusta Schools, taught at West Dearborn Jr. High, Salisbury School, was an elementary and junior high teacher for the Battle Creek Public Schools and was on faculty at the University of Michigan Teacher Training School in 1936. She was married January 15, 1944, at Ft. Custer Chapel to Captain Robert S. Simpson, MD. He survives. She is also survived by a son, Michael Robert Simpson of Lafayette, IN; two daughters, Sue Ann VanHuysen of Hackettstown, NJ, Mary DePouw of Germantown, TN; and grandchildren, Michael VanHuysen, James VanHuysen, Paul VanHuysen, Mary Simpson, Robert Simpson and Laura DePouw. Her brothers, Anthony Burke and The Honorable William Burke, preceded her in death. She was a member of St. Joseph and St. Augustine Catholic Churches, a former member of St. Philip Parish, member of the Irish-American Club of Battle Creek and the Scottish Society of SW Michigan, 1965 board president and founding board member of Visiting Nurse Asso-ciation, former president of Dearborn chapter of Beta Sigma Chi, member of the A.A.U.W., was on the board when Woodland Nursery School was a newly founded A.A.U.W. nursery school, former member and past president of the Morning Musical Club, former member and treasurer of Symphony Women, the Leila and Community Hospital Auxiliary, officer of the Medical Auxiliary, board member of Community Con-cert Association, served as 1972 vice president and board member of Kimball House Historical Society 1971-1980. She enjoyed reading and spending time with her grandchildren. Friends may call after 1:00 p.m. today at the Farley-Estes & Dowdle Funeral Home105 Capital Ave. NE Battle Creek where the family will receive friends 1:00-4:00 & 6:00-8:00 p.m. today. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Fr. Brian L. Stanley at St. Joseph Catholic Church 10:00 a.m. Saturday. Interment Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to The American Cancer Society, 100 W. Michigan, Suite 210, Kalamazoo, MI 49007. Arrangements by Farley-Estes and Dowdle Funeral Home www.farleyestesdowdle.com  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette 5 Apr 2002

Mr. Edward H. Crisp - 12314 42nd St., Fulton - Died Sunday, September 17, 1972 at Bronson Hospital.  Born Janaury 27, 1894 in Hillsdale, Michigan, son of Edward and Carrie Crisp.  He had retired from the Upjohn Company.  He had resided in the area for 35 years.  In 1916 he enlished in No. 48 Highlanders of Canada in World War I.  Member of Kalamazoo Lodge No. 22, F. & A.M. , Loyalty Chapter O.E.S. No. 497;  Royal Arch Masons, Chapter 13, the White Shrine No. 18, Scottist Rite.  Survived by his wife, Florence;  one son, Edward III;  one sister, Mrs. Myrtle Cook, Holiday, Florida.  Religous services 1 p.m. Wednesday, Truesdale South Chapel, Portage, Elder Muirl  Robinson, Sr., officiating.  Graveside Masonic Lodge No. 22 F. & A.M. at North Fulton Cemetery.   The family suggest memorials may be made to Cerebral Palsy Fund.   source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Mon 18 Sep 1972

Mrs. Francis Catolica - 217 E. Alcott - Passed away Thursday evening at the Provincial House Nursing Home, Hastings, following an illness of three years.  Mrs. Catolica was born January 7, 1884 in Italy daughter of Tony and Anna Anselmo.  She had been a resident of Kalamazoo for the past 60 years.  She was a member of St. Augustine Cathedral and an honorary member of the Workers of Mary.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank on February 28, 1955.  She is survived by: three children, Victor, Mrs. Wendell (Anna) Mihalek and Theresa, all of Kalamazoo;  seven grandchildren;  six great-grandchildren;  several nieces and nephews.  Friends are being received at the Redmond Funeral Home where the Rosary will be recited Sunday evening at 7.  Requiem High Mass will be celebrated at St. Augustine Cathedral  Monday morning at 9:30. Burial in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Sat 13 May 1972

Mr. William J.Crawford - 1600 S. 11th St. passed away Sept. 14, 1972, at the Provincial House Nursing Home.  Mr. Crawford was born August 10, 1886, in Texas Corners, the oldest of 8 children, to William and Gertrude Harris Crawford, and was a lifetime resident here.  Surviving are 5 sons and 3 daughters, Leon T., Carl W.,  Max B., Paul L., Wayne L., Mrs. Maxine E. Hess, Mrs. Irene G. Milley, Mrs. Bebe Willis, all of Kalamazoo;  37 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren;  2 brothers and one sister, Ralph, Schoolcraft, Vern and Mrs. Nellie Shoup of Kalamazoo.  Was preceded in death by his wife, Isabelle in 1954, a daughter, Edith and a grandson, Parris Milley.  Mr. Crawford will be at the Truesdale Downtown Funeral Home, where religious services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Rev. Donald H. Severance, of the Kalamazoo Missionary Church, officiating.  Interment in Hope Cemetery.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Thurs 14 Sep 1972

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