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Mrs. Sharon Kay Crouch - 235 W. Park St., Vicksburg passed away Thursday afternoon.  Mrs. Crouch was born June 20, 1943, in Kalamazoo, daughter of Milo C. and Prena Klosterman Dailey an had been a lifelong resident of this area.  She was a member of the Chapman Memorial Church of the Nazarene.  On Dec 27, 1962, she was married to Bernard Crouch, who survives. Also surviving are 2 children, Michael and LeAnna, both at home; her mother, Mrs. Emerson (Prena) Drake of New Mexico; 3 brothers, Kenneth of Vicksburg, Roger of LongLake Rd. and Louis of Fulton;  several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.  The famil will receive friends at the Rupert-Durham Funeral Home, Friday and Saturday evening 7 to 9 and Sunday 3 to 5, and where services will be held Monday at 10:30 a.m., Rev. Lawrence Jantz officiating.  Interment in Vicksburg Cemetery.  The family suggests memorials may be made to the Borgess Hospital Kidney Unit, which may be left at the funeral home.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Fri 16 Apr 1976

Teena Jean, Elsie Elnora and Rachael Corinne Couturier - 2505 Ashton Ave. - Infant triplet daughters of Kathy Courturier. Surviving besides the mother are grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Spoor of Kalamazoo, great grandparents, Mrs. Matilda Spoor of Mesick, Mich. and Mr. Everett Osborne of Mio, Mich. and 2 aunts.  Private services were held Saturday morning, with Rev. Ivan Morse of the Riverview Dr. Wesleyan Church, officiating.  Interment in Mt. Ever-Rest Cemetery.  Arrangements by the Langeland Chapel, 622 S. Burdick.

Mrs. Maude L. Crockett - 1334 Whites Road, passed away at Bronson Hospital, July 21, 1972.  Mrs. Crockett was born July 10, 1886 in Kalamazoo, daughter of Joseph of Rosa Speyer;  the widow of the late Louie M. Crockett.  Surviving are: three sons and one daughter, John M.,  Edward S.,  Mrs. David (Pricilla) Morris, Kalamazoo,  Frederick J., Bloomfield Hills;  16 grandchildren,  eight great-grandchidlren;  mother-in-law, Mrs. Virginia Crockett, Gourdneck Lake and her dear companions, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Keithan, Kalamazoo.  Mrs. Crockett will be at the Truesdale South Chapel, Portage where religious services will be held at 11:30 Wednesday, Rev. Wayne H. Von Nessen of St. Martin of Tours Episcopal Church officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of choice.   source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Tues 1 Aug 1972

Mr. John M. DANIELS - 905 Sunnock, passed away Monday January 3, 1972, at Bronson Hospital.  Mr. Daniels was born August 2, 1916, in Battle Creek, the son of Clarence and Mary Daniels and had resided in the Kalamazoo area for 25 years.  He served in World War II and was a mechanic at O’Keefe Motors, Kalamazoo.   Surviving are his wife, Ardith;  4 daughters, Mrs. Mary L. Berry,  Mrs. Jane C. Wilder, Miss Nancy Daniels,  Miss Debbie A. Daniels;  2 grandchildren, all of Kalamazoo;  one brother and 2 sisters, Gordon Daniels and Mrs. Ethel Brown of Vicksburg,  Mrs. Marjorie Cole of Schoolcraft;  several nieces and nephews.  Religious services will be held 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Truesdale South Chapel, Portage, Rev. Charles R. Hulbert officiating.  Interment, Vicksburg Cemetery.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Tues 4 Jan 1972

Mrs. Lulu Faye Branch, 727 N. Rose, Formerly of 5127 Long Lake Dr., South -- Passed away Saturday evening at the home of her son, Max O. Coe. Mrs. Branch was born May 20, 1887, in Kalamazoo, the daughter of John J. and Margaret McPherson Temple and had resided here her entire life. She had been employed as a reservations agent for the N.Y.C. Railroad for 35 years, In 1905, she was married to Ora Coe, who passed away in 1915. In 1918, she was married to Lloyd A. Branch, who passed away in February of 1966. Surviving are 2 sons and one daughter, Merrill J. Coe, Kalamazoo, Mrs. Louis (Alice) Grunwald of Kansas City, Mo. and Max O. Coe of Vicksburg; one brother, Fred W. Temple of Kalamazoo; one sister, Mrs. Clair (Margaret) Gerould of Kalamazoo; 5 grandchildren: 4 great-grandchildren; a niece and a nephew. Religious services will be conducted by Rev. Dean Bailey, 11 a.m. Tuesday, Truesdale Downtown Chapel. Interment Riverside Cemetery.    The Kalamazoo (MI) Gazette, April 10, 1967, Sect. 2, p. 23, col. 3

Mrs. Lulu B. Crawford - Indian Lake, Vicksburg, age 81, passed away at her home on Tuesday after being in poor health for some time.   Mrs. Crawford was born January 4, 1896, in Brady Township, the daughter of Frank and Cora Lemon.  She was graduated from Vicksburg High School, attended Western Normal and taught school in this area.  On July 11, 1917, she was united in marriage to Henry Crawford, in Gary, Ind. and they resided in Gary until 1952, when they returned to Indian Lake.  Her husband preceded her in death in 1957.  Mrs. Crawford was a member of the Vicksburg United Methodist Church, the D.A.R., Ladies Library Auxiliary and Brady Extension and 23rd Engineers.  Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Shirley of Indian Lake; 2 grandchildren, Michelle and Dean Crawford of Indian Lake;  2 nieces and cousins.  Friends are being received at the Critz-Redmond Funeral Home, where services will be held Friday afternoon at 2, Rev. C. Robert Carson officiating.  Interment in Vicksburg Cemetery.  Those who wish, may make memorials to the Vicksburg United Methodist Church.   source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Wed 25 May, 1977

Jesse Johnson will be remembered as a man who enjoyed the simple joys of nature, hunting and spending time on his garden tractors. He died January 4, 2002 in Fountain, Florida, at his home under the loving care of his family. Jesse was born June 25, 1917 in Eubank, Kentucky, the son of the late Festus and Versie Johnson, and moved to the Plainwell area at the age of seven. His father told his children that he would buy them a musical instrument, if they learned to play the fiddle, guitar or banjo. Jesse learned to pick the banjo and his love of the instrument and the country bluegrass music he picked with friends grew from that fatherly encouragement. When he and his brother moved from Kentucky they came to Michigan on the train with only their clothes on their back and their instruments in feed sacks. Jesse was talented with his hands at work also, working as a tool and die maker. His love of pheasant and rabbit hunting though, was more important than work. His family remembers their dad quitting his job when his hunting vacation was cancelled by his employer. Jesse had retired to Florida in 1974, where he enjoyed the rural area of the panhandle, including his trout ponds. He was preceded in death by the love of his life, his wife, Gladys (Hinga) Johnson in 1990. He was also preceded by his 3 brothers, Leonard, Lloyd and Frank Johnson; and his mother-in-law, Effie Hinga. His family includes 3 sons and their spouses, Donald and Mary Johnson of Plainwell, Richard and Wanita Johnson of Kalamazoo, Jim and Ursula Johnson of Martin; 8 grandchildren; 12 great-grand-children; several nieces and nephews. Friends may call at the Rupert, Durham, Marshall and Gren Funeral Home, Plainwell Chapel, today from 6 to 8 p.m., where a Celebration of Life Service will be held Wednesday 1:30 p.m., Rev. Dan Minor speaking. Burial will follow in the family plot in East Cooper Cemetery. Friends may share a memory of Jesse with the family at the funeral home or on line at www.rdmg.com, where you can also send flowers or a memorial gift to the American Cancer Society.   source: Kalamazoo Gazette  8 Jan 2002

Emmett Johnson - Iron Mountain, Michigan, in the Upper Peninsula is still an area of unspoiled natural beauty, where individuals have strong spirits and a love of the out of doors. This was never more true when on March 15, 1927 in Iron Mountain, Hans and Effie (Petersen) Johnson welcomed into the world their son Emmett. He was born into a family with a strong Swedish heritage, and grew up with the strong family values and work ethic associated with that heritage. Emmett attended school in L'Anse until he was 16. He wanted to serve his country and help with the World War II effort, so he traveled to New York and joined the Merchant Marines in 1943, training in Sheepshead Bay, by telling them he was older than he really was. He served from 1943 to 1946 and earned the rank of Jr. Engineer. After leaving the Merchant Marines, he returned home and a relationship began between Emmett and Betty J. Dault, with whom he attended school. The young couple was married on May 24, 1947 in L'Anse, and enjoyed 54 years of marriage. They began their family with the birth of a son Dale, then son David, followed by daughter Suzanne, and finally son Duane. Emmett worked 17 years at Celotex in L'Anse as well as on the car ferries and in the mines up north. Leisure time for Emmett meant that he was outside enjoying nature. He loved to fish, hunt, ice fish and especially cutting wood. Emmett could saw wood faster than a group of men could stack it. He was a member of the Schoolcraft Assembly of God Church, the Portage Eagle's Lodge and a member of the Moose Lodge. His family includes his wife, Betty of Mattawan; a son, Dale of Milwaukee; a daughter, Suzanne and her husband, Thomas Vardigan of Mattawan; and a son, David and his wife, Marjorie of L'Anse, MI. Emmett has 11 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. He has a sister, June Denny of Florida; as well as 18 nieces and nephews. Emmett died in Kalamazoo on January 31, 2002. He follows in death his parents and his son Duane R.; two brothers, Earl and Harlan Johnson; and two sisters, Isabelle Fish and Betty Supanich. His family will meet friends from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. on Sunday at the Rupert, Durham, Marshall and Gren Funeral Homes, Vicksburg Chapel, where his Celebration of Life Service will be held on Monday at 1:00 p.m. with Reverend Fred Betcher speaking. Emmett will be buried in the Evergreen Cemetery in L'Anse next to his parents and son. Please share a memory of Emmett with his family at the funeral home, or make memorial contributions in his name to Schoolcraft Assembly of God Church, send flowers or leave a memory on his personal web page at www.rdmg.com  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette 2 Feb 2002

Mrs. Angela Cook - 221 Barton Lake Dr., Vicksburg Passed away Tuesday Oct. 5, 1971.  Mrs. Cook was born August 24, 1941, in Decatur, Ala., the daughter of Dee and Irene Terry and had resided here for 20 years. She was a member of the Covenant Church and owned and operated Angies Beauty Shop.  Mrs. Cook is  survived by her husband, Larry D.; 2 step-daughters, Lori and Cindy; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Dee Terry of Kalamazoo; 2 sisters, Mrs. William (Shirley) Jones of Kalamazoo, Mrs. Roger (Peggy) Howery of Leslie, Mich.; several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.  Memorial services will be held Thursday at 1 o'clock at the Covenant Church, 5708 E. Main St., Rev. Charles Anderson officiating.  Interment in Riverside Cemetery.  Friends may call at the Langeland Chapel, 622 S. Burdick, until 11 a.m. Thursday.  source: Kalamazoo Gazette Wed 6 Oct 1971

THE HASTING BANNER, Hastings, Mich., Wed., Aug. 8, 1973, Pg. 19, Cols. 3-5, Art. 1
DAUGHTER OF AREA RESIDENTS CRASH VICTIM
     Services were held Wednesday, Aug. 1, at the Donovan Funeral Home in Kalamazoo for Mrs. Alice CRONK, 29, 1721 Eggleston, Kalamazoo, who was killed instantly between 2 and 3 a.m. on Monday, July 30, when her car went off the highway on the Kalamazoo-Calhoun County line.     Father Adolph Nadrach officiated and burial was in Mt. Ever Rest Cemetery at Kalamazoo.     According to the report, Mrs. CRONK, the daughter of Irving Township Supervisor and Mrs. Leslie RABER of Woodruff Road, Hastings was driving alone when her car went off the road on a curve and smashed into a tree at 48th Street and B Avenue.    She wasn't found until 6:30 that morning.   Mrs. CRONK was secretary to the assistant director of the Waldo Library at Western Michigan University, and also did some of the secretarial work for the director of the library.  She was a 1962 graduate of Middleville's T-K High School and was a cheerleader during her high school days.     She was born at Pennock Hospital on Oct. 5, 1943, and married Tom RHODES in 1963.  Two children, Karen, 8, and Tommy, 6, were born of that marriage, which ended in divorce.  She married Robert CRONK on June 1, 1972.    In addition to her parents, she is survived by a brother, Roger of Hastings; 2 sisters, Mrs. Jim (Shirley) PERRY of Dresden, Tenn., and Mrs. Judy HEATH of Hastings; her paternal grandmother, Mrs. Mable CARNS of Allegan, and her maternal grandmother, Mrs. Sadie CRONK of Lowell.

Mrs. Gladys Anderson - Died Friday morning, April 19, 2002 at the Rose Arbor Hospice Residence. Gladys was born April 18, 1911 in Harrison, MI, the daughter of Lawrence and Emily (Lambert) Burnham, and had been a lifelong resident in the Kalamazoo area. She was a homemaker and enjoyed cooking, reading, and listening to music. In 1934 she was united in marriage to Ivar Anderson, who preceded her in death on August 9, 1990. She was also preceded in death by 2 sisters and 2 brothers, Arlene, Hazel, Ray, and Howard. Surviving are 3 sons and their spouses, Larry (Marjory) Anderson, Norman (Beverly) Anderson, all of Kalamazoo, Dennis (Susan) Anderson of Galesburg; 10 grandchildren, Stephen (Debbie) Anderson, Linda Fricke, Laura Evans, Sherry (Paul) Boughton, Paul (Heather) Anderson, Daniel and Donald Anderson, Julie Anderson and Russ Mencl, Michael (Cheryl) Anderson, and Erik Anderson; 9 great-grandchildren; a sister and brother, Joy Olson of Portage, Frank Burnham of Kalamazoo; and several nieces and nephews. In accordance with her wishes cremation has taken place and there will be no visitation. A memorial service will be announced at a later date. Private interment will be in Riverside Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Kalamazoo Senior Services. Arrangements by Langeland Family Funeral Homes Memorial Chapel 622 S. Burdick St. 343-1508  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette April 21, 2002

Mrs. Gertrude Behrens - Kalamazoo, Died March 21, 2002 at her residence in Friendship Village. Gertrude was born December 20, 1913 in North Freedom, WI, the daughter of Arthur and Agnes (Wagner) Schram.  She was a long time member of the First United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Behrens in 1990; and by a son, Jack Behrens Sr. in 1991.  Surviving are a daughter-in-law, Sherrie Behrens; grandson, Jack Behrens and wife, Christine; and a grand-daughter, Carey Fouts and husband Todd; step-granddaughter, Jennifer Behrens; and 2 step- grandsons, Scott Eukert and Todd Eukert and wife Amy, all of Kalamazoo; 7 great-grandchildren, Andrea, Ben, Alyson, Anna, Della, Joseph and Jack; a sister, Delores Vanderlip of Kalamazoo; and a niece, Gail Brumsfield. In accordance with her wishes, cremation has taken place. Private family graveside services will be held at Mt. Ever-Rest Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Gertrude's memory may be made to Hospice of Greater Kalamazoo, 301 W. Cedar St., Kalamazoo 49007. Arrangements by Langeland Family Funeral Homes Memorial Chapel 622 S. Burdick St. 343-1508  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette April 7, 2002

Mr. Peter Balkema - Died Thursday evening, March 21, 2002. Peter was born May 12, 1918 in Kalamazoo, MI, the son of Ralph and Gertrude (Takens) Balkema and was a lifelong resident here.  Prior to his retirement, he was owner/operator of Balkema, Inc. until he sold his share of the business to his brothers. On January 11, 1941, he was united in marriage to Marie VanderRoest, who survives. Also surviving are 4 daughters and 1 son, Trudy (Ed) Powless of Otsego, Henry (Anne) Balkema of Galesburg, Donna (Marinus) DenHarder of Otsego, Jane (Vernon) Geschwendt of Gull Lake and Christina (David) Pease of Scotts; 16 grandchildren; several greatgrand-children; 4 sisters and 3 brothers, Louwina (Jelke) Huttinga of Montana, Henry (Josephine) Balkema, Joe (Margarete) Balkema, Bertha Balkema, Lena Balkema, all of Kalamazoo, John (Dorothy) Balkema of Scotts and Grace (Bernard) Bruining of Hudsonville; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a sister Jennie DeHaan, a brother Ralph (Mina) Balkema and a brother-in-law Jacob DeHaan. Services will be held at 11:00 o'clock Monday at the Covenant United Reformed Church, 3724 Lovers Lane with the Rev. Mark Mingar of the Calvary Community Church of Plainwell officiating. Interment in Maple Grove Cemetery, Comstock Township. Friends may meet the family today and Sunday from 2-4 & 6-8 pm
at the Langeland Family Funeral Homes Memorial Chapel 622 S. Burdick St. 343-1508 Memorial contributions may be made to Rose Arbor Hospice or the Kalamazoo Gospel Mission.   source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Mar 23, 2002

Mr. Donald Brown - Died Wednesday morning November 7, 2001. Donald was born July 30, 1945 in Kalamazoo, Michigan a son of John and Beverly (Murphy-Chaffee) Brown. At the young age of 17, he joined the U.S. Navy and served during the Vietnam Conflict. That was the first of Don's many, many adventures. He was a devoted brother, uncle, and friend. He enjoyed being outdoors, gardening, fishing, and reading. He also had the best morning glory trellis around.

Remember me. To the living, I am gone.
To the Sorrowful, I will never return.
To the angry, I was cheated. but to the happy, I am at peace.
And to the faithful, I have never left. I can not speak, but I can listen.
I can not be seen, but I can be heard.
So as you stand upon a shore gazing at a beautiful sea,
as you look upon a flower and admire it's simplicity-
Remember me. Remember me in your heart, your thoughts, and your memories.
Of the times we loved, cried, the times we fought, and the times we laughed.
For if you always think of me, I will never have gone.
He was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by 3 sisters and 2 brothers, Melanie Brown of Kalamazoo, Steve (Rea) Brown of Marcellus, Roger (Francine) Chaffee of Kahuku, HI, Kimberly (Richard) Garcia of San Jose, CA, and Patricia Chaffee of Glendale, CA. He will also be sadly missed by 8 nieces and nephews, Derek Dewees of Kalamazoo, Harmony and Erin Brown of Marcellus, Makana, Kaya & Kanoelani Chaffee of Kahuku, HI, Carrie Thomas of Stockton, CA, and Christopher Thomas of San Jose, CA. In accordance with his wishes, cremation has taken place. There will be no visitation. A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorials may be directed to the Kalamazoo Public Library. Arrangements were made by the Langeland Family Funeral Homes Memorial Chapel  622 S. Burdick St. 343-1508   source: Kalamazoo Gazette  Nov. 9, 2001

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