Miscellaneous Michigan Obituaries


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Myrtie Hatfield - Died Saturday, April 6, 2002 at the Country Court Nursing Home in Mount Vernon. She was born July 13, 1904 in Lawton, MI, the daughter of the late William H. Burns and Myrtie (Locey) Burns. A former resident of Kalamazoo, MI, Myrtie moved to Ohio in 1982. She was a graduate nurse of Bronson Methodist Hospital School of Nursing in Kalamazoo in 1927. She was active in the Alumni Association of Bronson Methodist Hospital, and a member of Zion Lutheran Church, while living in Kalamazoo. Surviving are her son, William A. (Barbara) Hatfield of Howard (Apple Valley), OH; 3 grandchildren, Melvin W. Hatfield of Columbus, Mary J. Nichols of Delaware, and William C. Hatfield of Columbus; and 5 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Melvin L. Hatfield. A private family funeral service will be held at the Flowers- Snyder Funeral Home in Mount Vernon, OH. Interment will be in Riverside Cemetery in Kalamazoo, MI.   source:  Kalamazoo Gazette April 8, 2002

Charles E. “Charlie” Gates - Galesburg, MI, Passed away Sunday evening, April 7, 2002. Charlie was born August 23, 1935 in South Windham, MA, the son of Merton and Louise (Schlotterback) Gates, and has been a lifelong area resident. He was employed at Georgia Pacific for 39 years prior to his retirement in January of 2001. Charlie enjoyed working at his job, hunting and fishing, but the most important part of his life was his family, spending time with all of his family.  He was especially proud of being a cancer survivor for 8 years. On August 5, 1955 he was united in marriage to the former Bonnita M. "Toots'' Cook, who preceded him in death on November 25, 2001. He was also preceded in death by his mother, father; and step-father, Michael Coats. Surviving are his children, Gary Lee and Patricia Gates of Kalamazoo, Dianna Lynn Slager, Nancy Ann Gates, and Keith Michael ``Chopper'' Gates, all of Galesburg; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; brother, Ralph M. and Florence Gates of Plainwell; step-mother, Marion Gates of Parchment; step-brothers and sisters, Harriet Kellogg, Dewayne Kellogg, Ann Albertson, George, Kellogg and Neta Curtis; in-laws, nieces, nephews, aunt, uncle and cousins. Services will be held 1:00 p.m. Thursday at the Langeland Family Funeral Homes Hoag-Switzer Galesburg Chapel 145 W. Battle Creek St. 343-1508 with Pastor Donald Wendell officiating. Interment will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the Galesburg Chapel today (Tuesday) from 6-8 p.m. and Wednesday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Memorials may be directed to Hospice of Greater Kal.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette April 9, 2002

Mr. Earl Hatfield - Died Monday morning, March 11, 2002. In accordance with his wishes, cremation has taken place. There will be no visitation or services. Memorials may be directed to the Michigan Heart Fund. Arrangements were made by the Langeland Family Funeral Homes Memorial Chapel 622 S. Burdick St. 343-1508  source: Kalamazoo Gazette March 12, 2002

Mary Lou Hetler - Passed away Thursday, April 18, 2002 at the home of her daughter. Mary Lou was born July 22, 1914 in Lancaster, Ohio, the daughter of Paul King and Louise (Groff) Durant.  From her early years through her years at Ohio State University, she studied piano and ballet dancing. In the early 1940's, she moved to Michigan and for 25 years, she was a sales associate in the silver department of Hudson's Department Store, retiring in 1984.  When she lived in Northville, she worked with Down's Syndrome children. She was a member of Alpha Kappa Psi, the United Methodist Church of Otsego and their Bell Choir. Her hobbies included boating, camping, sailing, flower gardening and sewing. She loved animals, especially her Yorkshire Terrier ``Scooter.'' On June 25, 1938 in Lancaster, Ohio, she married Robert W. Hetler, who preceded her in death in 1953. Also preceding her in death were her parents; her brother, Paul King Durant Jr; and a granddaughter, Sara Jane Benjamensen. Surviving are a daughter, Saralee Barber of North Easton, MA; a son and daughter-in-law, Thomas Fredrick and Susan Keine Hetler of Brandon, FL; daughter and son-in-law, Marsha Louise and Richard E. Keeler of Otsego; 4 granddaughters, Elizabeth Ann Trembley, Susan Lynn Barber, Lara Christine VanDis and her husband, Jeffrey and Jenifer Louise Keeler; great-grandchildren, Christopher Trembley, Samantha Eileen Adams and Helen Barber; a sister-in-law, Josephine Durant; a niece, Kay Parke. Cremation has taken place and there will be no visitation at the funeral home. A Memorial Service will be held Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Otsego, Rev. Joe Shaler and Rev. James Grant officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Borgess VNA and Hospice. Arrangements by Winkel Funeral Home Otsego  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette April 20, 2002

Marion Hunt - Passed away November 23, 2001. She was born in Chicago, IL on September 1, 1925, the daughter of John and Rose Flaughter. She married Herbert Hunt Sr. She is survived by her husband and their five children and their spouses, Marcia (Terry) Grimmer of Galesburg, Herbert Hunt Jr. of Parchment, Patricia (Robert) Garcia of Vicksburg, Deb DeHollander (Steve) of Kalamazoo, and Jacqueline (Keith) Hunt-Hatfield of North Branch, MI; a sister, Rose Dumelle of Chicago, IL; 15 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Friends and family will be received on Sunday, November 25, 2001 from 2-4:00 P.M. and 6-8:00 P.M. at the Parchment - Redmond Funeral Home 2300 East G Avenue A Rosary will be recited at 7:30 P.M. at the funeral home. Funeral Mass will be held at St. Ambrose Catholic Church on Monday.   Funeral Mass will be held at St. Ambrose Catholic Church on Monday, November 26, 2001 at 11:00 A.M., Father Carl Peltz Celebrant. Interment at East Cooper Cemetery. Memorial Contributions may be directed to American Diabetes Association.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  Nov 24, 2001

Thomas Gibson -Died April 14, 2002 at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, IL. Tom was born May 4, 1945 in Detroit, MI, the son of Thomas A. and Florence Marie (Law) Gibson. He graduated from St. Mary's of Redford and earned his Bachelor's Degree from WMU. His life work was in education; Tom spent over 30 years with the Decatur Schools where he had served as Athletic Director, and had been a Principal of the elementary school. He was a longtime Decatur basketball coach, refereed local high school football games, and was head of the chain-gang at WMU football games. Tom owned and operated the Crooked Lake Market for 17 years. Tom was preceded in death by his father on January 7, 1999.  He is survived by his children, Tom Gibson of Kentwood, MI, and Jessica Gibson of Kalamazoo; his mother, Florence Gibson of Livonia, MI; a sister, Jeanne (Tom) Olsen of Conyers, GA; three brothers, Bob (Molly) Gibson of Livonia, MI, Richard (Victoria) Gibson of Dearborn Heights, MI, and Bill (Norma) Gibson of Mattawan; several nieces and nephews. The family will be present to receive friends Wednesday from 6:00-8:00 p.m. and Thursday from 2:00-4:00 p.m. and 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Betzler Funeral  Homes Stadium Dr. West of 131 375-2900 where a Scripture Service will be held Thursday evening. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church, Paw Paw. Interment St. Mary Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society or WMU Softball.  source: Kalamazoo Gazette  16 Apr 2002

Mr. James Hatfield -   Died Sunday, January 27, 2002 at his residence. James was born March 11, 1957 in Kalamazoo, the son of Jimmie and Ethel (Cureton) Hatfield. He was preceded in death by his father; and a sister, Teresa DeBoer. Surviving are his girlfriend, Rita Key; ex-wife, Teresa Hatfield; 4 children, James II, Mike, Lisa, and Selena Hatfield; mother, Ethel Hatfield; sisters and brothers, Gail Gilbert, Janice Terry, Tony and Tim Hatfield; several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. The family would like to offer special thanks to Hospice for their care and support. Services will be held 1:00 o'clock Wednesday at Langeland Family Funeral Homes Memorial Chapel 622 S. Burdick St. 343-1508 with Pastor Pete Terburg officiating. Interment will follow in Riverside Cemetery. Friends may meet the family one hour prior to the service on Wednesday.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Jan 29, 2002

Michael K. Gilchrist - Portage, MI, passed away Tuesday evening, April 16, 2002.  Mike was born December 13, 1949 in Kalamazoo, the son of Frank and Eleanor (Daily) Gilchrist, and had been an area resident most of his life.  During the Viet Nam War he served in the U.S. Army from 1970-72; and later was a member of the Disabled American Veterans.  He was a member of St. Catherin of Siena Catholic Church.  Mike was preceded in death by a sister, Patricia Klin in 1974;  and by his father, Frank in 1991.  Surviving are his mother, Eleanor Gilchrist of Portage;  a sister, Collen and Bill Kline of Three Rivers;  a brother, Timothy Gilchrist of Portage;  several nieces, nephews and cousins.  The family will receive friends on Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at the Langeland Family Funeral Homes, Portage Chapel, 411 E. Centre Ave.  A Funeral Mass will be celebrated 11:00 a.m. Friday at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church (1150 W. Centre Ave.) with Father Kevin Covert, Celebrant.  Interment with full military honors will follow in Ft. Custer Nationa Cemetery.  Memorials may be directed to St. Catherine of Siena Building Fund, or Cerebral Palsy Association.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette April 18, 2002

Mr. Dale Hartman - Died Tuesday morning, April 16, 2002. Dale was born November 21, 1935 in Battle Creek, Michigan, a son of Henry and Golda (Hoag) Hartman. He had been a Kalamazoo area resident for 20 years, coming from Battle Creek. He was employed with DeNooyer Chevrolet in Battle Creek for 10 years before retiring. He also attended Trinity Assembly of God Church. He was preceded in death by his parents; and 2 sisters, Arlene and Elma Jean. On May 27, 1987, he was united in marriage to Frances K. (Huffman) Hartman, who survives. Also surviving are 4 nieces and their families; and several cousins. Services will be held 1 o'clock Friday from the Langeland Family Funeral Homes Memorial Chapel 622 S. Burdick St. 343-1508 with the Rev. Mr. John M. Backes officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in Riverside Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  17 Apr 2002

William B. Hixson - of Portage, William was with us only 28 days and managed to charm everyone he came in contact with. He smiled a lot and was very alert, but most of all he was strong and a fighter.  When he was born on March 7, 2002 at CS Mott Children's Hospital in Ann Arbor, his mother Nicole knew he would have to overcome some serious heart problems to live. He survived surgery and a heart transplant before leaving us with his memory of bright eyes and little fingers wrapped tightly around his mother's hand. William died in Ann Arbor on April 5, 2002. His family includes his mother, Nicole Hixson and his father, Brad Hart and two sisters, Katrina and Mary Francis, all of Kalamazoo; two uncles, Ralph Tedesco and Michael Vravel, both of Kalamazoo; and one aunt, Marie Johnson of California. His grandparents are Marie Hixson and Mary and Robert Briley, all of Kalamazoo. William follows in death a grandfather, William Hixson; and great-grandparents, Mary and Ralph Tedesco.  A memorial Celebration of Life Service will be held for William on Thursday at 4 p.m. at the Rupert, Durham, Marshall and Gren Funeral Homes, Portage Chapel with Father Mike Hazard leading the service. William will be laid to rest at a later date in his family's cemetery in California. You may order flowers or make memorials in William's name at the funeral homes website, www.rdmg.com  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette April 9, 2002

Douglas Wm. Holtz - Of Portage, Died Sunday, April 7, 2002. Doug was born December 15, 1951 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, son of Robert Bernard and Marjorie Lovina (DeWater) Holtz. He served in the U.S. Air Force, loved music and dancing, and was an ordained minister who enjoyed performing weddings and baptisms. Prior to his retirement, he worked at Fox River Paper Company for over 12 years. On June 19, 1971 he was united in marriage to Vicky Lynn (Wallace), who survives. Also surviving are five daughters, Stacy (Chuck) Stokes of Adams, MA, Jennie (Michael Connors) Holtz of Schoolcraft, Jamie Holtz of Portage, Angie (William) Kidd of Kalamazoo, and Hannah Holtz of Watervliet; eight grandchildren, Geoffrey, Nicholas, Marissa, Leann, Mariah, Jordan, Trey and Hunter; mother, Marjorie Holtz of Kalamazoo; two brothers and two sisters, Richard Holtz of Kalamazoo, Linda (Robert) Pickard of Grand Rapids, Gloria (Randy) DeJonge of Portage, and Robert Holtz of Norfolk, VA; aunt, Anita Nielsen of Oceanside, CA; special friends, Kip Thumm and Roberto Torress; many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. Doug was preceded in death by his father. The family will receive friends at the Langeland Family Funeral Homes Portage Chapel 411 E. Centre Ave. 343-1508 this evening from 6-8 p.m. A private family service will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Gift of Life.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette April 9, 2002

Mrs. Patsy Jones - Beloved mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, and friend, Patsy Jean Jones passed away April 12, 2002. She was born Patsy Jean Maddox on July 22, 1937 in Kansas City, to Wendell and Faye (Trammel) Maddox. She was the fifth of ten children in a home filled with love. As a youth, Patsy was active in several organizations, including her church, First AME in Kansas City, Kansas. She graduated from Sumner High School and later Kansas City Community College. She moved to Kalamazoo and earned a BA degree in elementary education from Western Michigan University. She was employed for over 20 years by the Kalamazoo Public Schools. Patsy was a faithful member of Christian Life Center. She was preceded in death by her husband Woodrow; her father Wendell; a sister, Wendelyn Neal; and a brother, Donald Maddox. Patsy leaves to cherish her memory her dear mother, Faye Maddox; 2 daughters, Maria Smith and Marcia Jones; 3 sons, Mark and Michael Jones and MayShawn Smith; 2 granddaughters, Kaylyn Smith and Tia Jones; 2 great- grandchildren; 4 sisters, Carolyn Taylor and Janet (Adee) Block of Kansas City, Kansas, Betty (James) Evans and Sandra (Melvin) Thornton of Los Angeles, California; 3 brothers, Edward, David and Wendell (Betty) of Kansas City, Kansas; 2 sisters-in-law, Mary McCants and Martha (Joel) Brooks; 1 brother-in-law, Fred (Sandra) Jones; a special cousin, Sam Brooks; and special friends, Helen Dungey, MayWeather Smith and Pearlie Smith. A host of relatives and friends also mourn this loss. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, April 18, 2002 at 12 noon at Christian Life Center, Pastor Ervin Armstrong officiating. Interment Riverside Cemetery. Friends may view Wednesday, from 3 to 5 p.m. at Harper Funeral Home 521 Douglas Avenue 342-1000  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette 16 April 2002

Ronald Koning - Portage, Mi.  Went to be with his Lord Wednesday evening, April 17, 2002 at his residence. Ron was born May 5, 1937 in Comstock, the son of Joe and Frances (DeKraker) Koning, and had been a lifelong Kalamazoo area resident. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving from 1955- 57. Prior to his retirement in 2000, Ron was employed with VanderMay Construction for 27 years. He was a member of the Prairie Edge Christian Reformed Church, where he served as Deacon, Elder, and a Cadet Leader for many years. Ron was an avid fisherman, but most important to him was spending time with his family. On October 2, 1959 he was united in marriage to the former Judy K. VanderKlok, who survives. Also surviving are his children, Michelle and Kevin Berghuis of Kalamazoo, John and Jennifer Koning of Portage; 3 grandchildren, Joshua and Rachel Berghuis, Zachariah Koning; brothers and sister, Merle and Josephine Koning of Portage, Dale and JoAnne Koning of Kalamazoo, Delores and Karl Busching of Portage; several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. The family will receive friends on Saturday from 6-8 p.m. and Sunday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Langeland Family Funeral Homes Portage Chapel 411 E. Centre Ave. 343-1508 Funeral Services will be held 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Prairie Edge Christian Reformed Church (9316 Oakland Dr) with Rev. Philip Kok and Ron's nephew, Rev. Roger Visker, officiating. Interment with full military honors will follow in Ft. Custer National Cemetery. Memorials in Ron's memory may be directed to Hospice of Greater Kalamazoo, or the Kalamazoo Christian School Assoc.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette April 19, 2002

Helen Joslin - Age 84, passed away Monday, April 15, 2002 at home. She was born February 3, 1918 in Toledo, OH. Helen was an Amway Direct Distributor, and an amateur artist. She enjoyed crafts, sewing, crocheting and cooking, as well as visiting with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Survivors include grandchildren, Holly Brooks, Chris and Anna Gunnett, with whom she made her home, Robin and Janet Gunnett and Heidi MacPherson; son-in-law, Clare Gunnett. Great-grandchildren include Jason Schultz, Chad, Shawnee, Andrew, Nicholas, Jordan, Bradley and Sean Gunnett, Crystal LaRose, Mikey and Bobby Brooks, Rachel and Kaitlin Mellema. She was preceded in death by her parents, Erastus and Annabelle Garverick; her daughter, Shirley A. Gunnettt; and her brother, Charles Garverick. A private family service to be held Friday, April 19, 2002 with burial to follow immediately at Genessee Prairie Cemetery, Oshtemo Twp. Arrangements by Avink Funeral Home Cremation Society Schoolcraft  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette April 18, 2002

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