Miscellaneous Michigan Obituaries


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Mrs. Jennie Coleman - Formerly of Rt. 2, Vicksburg, passed away Tuesday evening at Ridgeview Manor Nursing Home.  Mrs. Coleman was born in Fulton, Mich. on August 4, 1890.  The daughter of Peter and Martha Sherman, and had been a lifelong resident of this area.  She was married to Frank Coleman who preceeded her in death in 1969.  She was a member of the Ladie's Auxiliary to the VFW, Lotus Lily Chapter 262 OES, Independent order of the Odd Fellows.  Surviving her are one son, Robert of Lunenburg, Mass.; 1 sister, Mrs. Charlie (Elsie) Kluck of Scotts; 7 grandchildren; 3 great-grand-children; several nieces and nephews.  Friends may call at the Rupert-Durham Funeral home after 7:00 this evening where Eastern Star Memorial services will be conducted Thursday evening at 8 p.m. and where funeral services will be held Friday at 2:30 p.m. with the Rev. C. Robert Carson of the Vicksburg United Methodist church officiating.  Interment in Vicksburg cemetery.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Wed 2 Jun 1976

Mr. C. Ross Cook - 1210 Lantern Lane Passed away Tuesday evning November 9, 1971.  Mr. Cook was born Oct. 26, 1895, in Fulton, the son of Don and Jessie Cook and was a lifelong resident of this area.  Before his retirement, he had been employed by Michigan Central, New York Central and Penn Central Railroads for 54 years.  Mr. Cook was a member of the First Church of Christ Scientist, Mother Church of Boston, a life member of Kalamazoo Arch Masons and Kalamazoo Lodge No. 22 F & AM, also a member of the Brotherhood of Railway Clerks.  He is survived by his wife, Ketura N. Cook; 2 sons, Edmund H. Cook of Kalamazoo and Alan W. Cook of Huntington Beach, Calif.; one daughter, Mrs. Jack (Rosemary L.) Durren of Kalamazoo;  7 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; one sister and 2 brothers, J. Omar and Donald Cook and Mrs. Clarissa Kite, all of Kalamazoo; several nieces and nephews.  Christian Science services will be read Friday morning at 11 o'clock at the Langeland Chapel, 622 S. Burdick, followed by entombment in Mt. Ever-Rest Mausoleum.  Friends may call at the chapel.   source: Kalamazoo Gazette Wed. 10 Nov 1971

Todd VanDenBerg - He loved the sand at his feet, the sun on his face, the wind in his hair and anything that went fast. After a valiant three year medical battle following a tragic accident, Todd Van Den Berg was freed of his earthly pain February 14, 2002. Todd was born November 25, 1974 in Kalamazoo and was graduated in 1993 from Kalamazoo Central High School. He is survived by his mother Vickie Van Den Berg of Kalamazoo, his father Douglas (Brenda) Van Den Berg of Blissfield, MI, his brother Joel of S. Florida, and his grandparents Tom and Doris Van Den Berg of Kalamazoo, step-sisters Lisa Smith of Chicago, Stephanie (Geoff) Stevens of Carp Lake, MI, Amy Hernandez of Hastings, MI and Karah Smith of Adrian, MI. Cremation will take place. A memorial service will be held Tuesday evening 6 PM at the Twin Lakes Reformed Church, Rev. Donald DeYoung officiating. The family will be present to receive friends beginning at 5 PM until the time of service. Immediately following the service, family and friends are invited to the church hall for a time of light refreshments and memories. Memorials may be made to the Kalamazoo County Humane Society. Arrangements by Betzler Funeral HomesStadium Dr. West of 131 375-2900 Share a memory on line at www.betzlerfuneralhome.com.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette 17 Feb 2002

Kalamazoo Native, Dies at age 51 - Sister Mary Lee Curry (Gerald Ann), a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph for 33 years, died Wednesday in Detroit.  A native of Kalamazoo, Sister Mary Lee earned a bachelor's degree from Nazareth College and a master's degree in biology from Notre Dame University.  From 1960-69, Sister Mary Lee taught sciene at St. Augustine High School, serving for two years after that as supervisor of high schools conducted by the Sisters of St. Joseph.  She served in a number of schools in the Detroit area including St. Benedict, Highland Park, St. Clair Shores, St. Francis Home for Boys, St. Joan of Arc and St. Mark.  In 1976, Sister Mary Lee began parish ministry at St. Conrad Parish in Melvindale. She is survived by three brothers, Joseph and Robert Curry, of Kalamazoo and Charles of Portage; one sister, Mrs. Paul (Phyllis) Cook of Sunnyvale, Calif.  A Mass of the Resurrection will be offered tonight at 7:30 at St. Conrad's Church in Melvindale.  Wake!
 services will be held Friday at noon at the Holy Family Chapel at Nazareth.  Scripture prayer services will be held there Saturday at 4 p.m. A Mass of the Resurrection will be offered Sunday at 7 p.m. in the Holy Family Chapel at Nazareth with burial following at the Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Nazareth.  Kalamazoo Gazette Thurs 30 Dec 1976

Mrs. Fern Burchard - Dunn Loring, VA and 4014 Lakeside Dr., Kalamazoo - Passed away Monday morning, Jan. 10, 1977.  Mrs. Burchard was born Feb. 10, 1887, in Lincoln, Nebr., daughter of Newton W. and Mable Meade Preston.  She was married June 24, 1919, to Edwin D. Burchard. She was a member of the First Congregational Church and a former member of the First Congregational Church in Washington D.C. She had been a kindergarten teacher. Surviving are 5 children, Preston E. Burchard of McLean, Va., Mrs. Charles E. (Jean) Jones of Silver Springs, Md., Mrs. Ray A. (Betty) Pinkham of Kalamazoo, Lowell D. Burchard of Arlington, Va. and Mrs. Herbert W. (Glendon) Penske of Schnectady, N.Y.; 15 grandchildren; 4 nieces and one nephew.  Her body was given to George Washington University Medical School for medical science.  Memorial services will be held at the First Congregational Church in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, January 16.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Specific Language Disability Center, Inc. P. O. Box 2694, Kalamazoo, 49003, for Dyslexic Children, or a charity of your choice. source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Tues 11 Jan 1977

Mr. Peter Corstange - 7863 East Main St.  Passed away Saturday morning.  Mr. Corstange was born August 8, 1909 in Muskegon, son of William and Jennie Corstange and had been a resident here most of his life.  He was a member of the Covenant Church and prior to his retirement was employed by Central Furniture Company.  Surviving are: his wife, Fannie; one daughter, Mrs. Donald (Carolyn) Bolhuis; two sons, Robert and Richard, all of Kalamazoo; three grandchldren; his mother, Mrs. Jennie Corstange; four brothers, William Jr., John, Adrian and Donald all of Kalamazoo;  six sisters, Mrs. Dorothy Nord of Kalamazoo,  Mrs. Marie Crist and Mrs. Nellie VanderMeer, both of South Bend, Mrs. Theresa Johnson, Mrs. Jeanette Dirkse and Mrs. Betty Smith, all of Kalamazoo; several nieces and nephews.  Memorial services will be held Monday at 11 o’clock at the Langeland Chapel, 622 S. Burdick, Rev. Charles Anderson officiating.  Interment, Mt. Ever-Rest Cemetery.  The family suggest that memorial contributions be made to the Lukemia (sic) Research Fund.  Friends may call at the chapel.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Sat 21 Dec 1968

Death Claims Kin of County’s First White Pioneer Settler - Owen W. Harrison, 67, grandson of Judge Basil Harrison, Kalamazoo county’s first white settler, died Tuesday, December 31, (1935) at the farm home in Prairie Ronde where he was born, after a short illness with pneumonia.  Judge Basil Harrison, who first came to Michigan in 1828, and located in the county near where the city of Kalamazoo now stands, was immortalized in James Fenimore Cooper’s “Oak Openings,” as the “bee hunter.”   Owen W. Harrison was born on October 7, 1868 in Prairie Ronde, on the old homestead where Judge Bazil Harrison, the first white settler of Kalamazoo county, located in 1828.  He was the youngest son of John S. and Louisa Harrison.  On December 20, 1893, he was married to Miss Ida F. Shirley, of Texas Township and for two years they lived just west of Texas corners where their son Clark was born and died in infancy.  They then moved back to the old home and he has since resided therre.  On December 18, 1907, the sad and unfortunate accident befell them of their son Paul, 11 years old, drowning which brought deep sadness to their home for many years.  But another son Clare, came to bless their home on January 16, 1909.  On June 4, 1930, his wife died and his  son and wife lived with him until the 7th of May, 1932, when he was married to Iva V. Woodley, of Greenville, Mich.  In Poor health for the past year, he has persevered with his farming, aided by his willing wife help in in every way, and in sickness a capable nurse.  Owen was a good neighbor, always ready to share his hospitality with everyone, also to aid in sickness and in need.  He always enjoyed the pleasant gatherings of his old associates and friends.  He was preceded in death by only 23 days by his brother William.  He leaves to mourn his loss, his wife, Iva, one son, Clare of Texas Township, two grandchildren, one sister Mrs. Emma Longwell, a stepson, Claud Woodley of Lansing, several nephews, nieces and other relatives and a host of friends.  Funeral services will be held from the home on Friday at 2:00 p.m., the Rev. Yinger of the Three Rivers M.E. Church officiating, with burial given in the Harrison cemetery.  Arrangements are being made by the Smith Chapel.  source:  The Schoolcraft Express Thurs 2 Jan 1936

Mr. Milton F. Connell - 1760 East T Ave., Kalamazoo Passed away Tuesday afternoon.  Mr. Connell was born in Texas, March 15, 1912, and had resided in this area for the past 34 years.  He was retired from the Detroit Stoker co., where he had been an engineer.  He was married to Edna Martin, Oct. 28, 1939, who survives.  Also surviving are one son, Steven, home address; one daughter, Mrs. Richard (Brenda) Bresson of Vicksburg; his mother, Mrs. Velma Soileau of Lake Charles, La., 2 sisters, Mrs. Reva Thompson and Mrs. Leta Mae Hanks, both of Lake Charles, La.; 4 grandsons; several nieces and nephews.  Friends may call at the Rupert-Durham Funeral Home, Vicksburg, where services will be held Thursday afternoon at 3 p.m., with Pastor Dan Clark, of the First Assembly of God Church of Kalamazoo, officiating.  Interment, South Portage Cemetery.  The family suggests that memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.  source: Kalamazoo Gazette Wed 30 March 1977

Mrs. Antoinette Charkowski - 530 Edwin - Passed away Friday morning at Borgess Hospital.  Mrs. Charkowski was born March 19, 1896, in Poland and had been a resident of this community for many years.  She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church.  Surviving are her husband, Joseph F.; one daughter, Mrs. Dorothy Riley;  one son, Philip E., both of Kalamazoo;  3 grandchildren;  4 great-grandchildren.  Friends may call at  the Donovan Funeral Home, 447 W. South St., where the rosary will be recited Sunday evening at 7 p.m. Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated Monday morning at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church.  Interment in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.  Those who wish, may contribute to the Midwest Oncology Center, Borgess Hospital, or St. Marys Church Building Fund.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  Sat 4 Dec 1976

Mr. Robert Chittenden - Newbury Park, Calif., Formerly of Schoolcraft - Passed away at his home in Newbury Park Sunday (Sept. 26, 1976).  Mr. Chittenden was born Oct. 4, 1888, in Allegan, son of Harry  and Nellie Chittenden.   He graduated from Western State Normal in 1912.  On June 28, 1913, in Bloomingdale, he was married to Hope Melvin, who preceded him in death in 1963.  Surviving are one son, Robert M. of Newbury Park, Calif.; 3 grandchildren, Donald, Elaine and Alice Chittenden, all of Los Angeles, Calif.; one brother, Rodney E. of Winter Haven, Fla.;  7 nephews.  Friends may call at the Bloomingdale Chapel, Robbins Funeral Home, Thursday evening from 7 to 9 p.m.  Funeral services will be held Friday 1 p.m. at the Bloomingdale Christian Church, Pastor Gerald Doolittle officiating  Interment in Spring Grove Cemetery.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  Tues 28 Sep 1976

Marie E. Inversetti Chamberlin - Died March 25, 2002. She was the wife of Louis D. Chamberlin who died March 2, 2002. Loving mother of Thomas (Joy) Kuhs of Kalamazoo, MI, James (Beverly) Nichols of Kankakee, IL, Neita Trollinger of Keizer, OR and Lynn Brown of Kalamazoo, MI. Proud grand-mother, great-grandmother and aunt of many. Preceded in death by a sister, Lucille Kasten. Services and Interment Private. She had worked with her husband in his beauty supply business before retiring. Enjoyed crafts, especially knitting, playing cards and being on the computer. Info Blake-Lamb Funeral Home 708- 636-1193. source: Kalamazoo Gazette 29 Mar 2002

Mrs. Elizabeth S. Curtis - 429 W. Cedar St. Passed away June 18, 1972, at Bronson Hospital, widow of Ashley Curtis, who died in 1968.  Mrs. Curtis was born Oct. 19, 1888, in Jacksonville, Ill., daughter of Charles T. and Julia Stickle and had been a resident here since 1941.  Was former co-owner of Kalamazoo Letter Service and Portage Headliner.  A member of First Congregational Church.  Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. C.G. (Julia) Bernard, Kalamazoo; 2 grandsons, one grandaughter, Curtis B. Shinn, Wyandotte;  David F. Shinn, Albion and Mrs. Phillip H. (Susan) Bosma, Kalamazoo;  3 great-grandchildren.  Mrs. Curtis will be at the Truesdale Downtown Funeral Home to be taken to Mt. Ever-Rest Cemetery where religous graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Rev. James N. McCutcheon officiating.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Congregational Church Memorial Fund or a charity of your choice.   Kalamazoo Gazette Mon 19 Jun 1972

Mr. Lyle C. Caswell - 1407 Alexander St. - Passed away Friday evening June 25, 1976 at Borgess Hospital.  Mr. Caswell was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan April 17, 1909 the son of Glen and Gertrude Caswell.  He was a life resident here.  Previous to his retirement he was the owner and operator of Caswell Sign Company for 30 years and  formerly was with the Kalamazoo Police Force for 13 years. He was a member of the Painters Union Local No. 312 and the Metropolitan Club of America.  He is survived by his wife Theresa (Santek) Caswell whom he married June 29, 1929. He is survived by two sons James of Saginaw, Thomas of Kalamazoo, two brothers George of Kalamazoo, Gayle of Whittier, California.  One sister Mrs. Lila Ufkes of Plainwell.  Six grand children, several nieces and nephews.  Friends are being received at the Parchment Funeral Home, 2300 E. G Ave. where a Scripture Service will be held Sunday evening at 7 p.m. and where funeral services will be held Monday morning at 10:00 a.m.  Father Stanley E. Sulka officiating.  Interment in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  Sat 26 June 1976

Mrs. Lottie E. Craig - 3260 East B Ave., Formerly Merrill Home, passed away Thursday morning in Plainwell.  Mrs. Craig was born Dec. 15, 1879, in Chicora, Pa.  She is survived by 2 sisters, Mrs. Evelyn Kistler of Sebring, Fla. and Mrs. Helen Bruner of Butler, Pa.; one brother, Austin Kunze of Grand Rapids; 2 nieces, Mrs. John (Phyl) Coombs of Plainwell and Mrs. Lewis Hillyer of Shaker Heights, Ohio; one nephew, Robert L. Kistler of Rochester, N.Y.  Friends may call at the Marshall-Gren Chapel, Plainwell, until 12 o’clock noon Friday.  Graveside services will be held Friday.  Graveside services will be held Friday afternoon at 1 o’clock at Mt. Ever-Rest Cemetery, Arthur Freet, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Plainwell, officiating. source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Thurs 19 Aug 1976

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