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William Klingel - Passed away Saturday, April 6, 2002 at home. Bill was born August 19, 1929 in Fort Wayne, IN, the son of Harry and Laura (Mikesell) Klingel. Bill was a salesman for Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, then worked as a car salesman for Orrin B. Hayes before his retirement in 1992. Bill was an avid golfer. He could tell you exactly how many holes he played each season. He was also a die-hard basketball fan, whether it was watching his granddaughters play high school basketball at Paw Paw, or cheering on his beloved Indiana Hoosiers. On June 17, 1950, in Kalamazoo, Bill was united in marriage to the former Jean C. Moreland, who survives. Also surviving are 5 daughters, Karen (Shane) Klingel-Yu of Athens, GA, Janice (Louie) Abnet of Paw Paw, Kitty (Marty) Flatland of Kalamazoo, Judy (Paul) Cutting of Kalamazoo, Amy (Jay) Plucinski of Mattawan; son, Rick (Jenny) Klingel of Kalamazoo; 13 grandchildren; 2 sisters, Bonnie Boughton and Marge Egnew, both of Three Rivers; 2 brothers, Dave Klingel of Sapphire, NC, Tom Klingel of Snellville, GA. Friends are being received Tuesday 4-8 p.m. at the Adams Funeral Home Paw Paw with a Vigil service at 7 p.m. A Memorial Mass will be held Wednesday 11 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Paw Paw, with Rev. Fr. Robert F. Creagan, Celebrant. Inurnment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be directed to Hospice of Greater Kalamazoo.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette April 8, 2002

Janice Koetje - Died Saturday, April 06, 2002 in Kalamazoo, MI. Janice was born September 9, 1922 in Kalamazoo, the daughter of Orville Sr. and Muriel (Smith) Shetterly. She worked for eleven years at Western Michigan University. Janice enjoyed many outdoor activities, including gardening, feeding the birds and squirrels, mushrooming and fishing. She was an avid card player, especially Pinochle. Janice was preceded in death by her first husband, Robert R. Mursch Sr. in 1963. On June 10, 1983 she was united in marriage to Ronald J. Koetje, who survives. Also surviving are four loving children, Robert R. Jr. (Ausma) Mursch of Mineola, NY, Marsha (Jonathan) Mursch Nardone of Plymouth, MI, David (Kay) Mursch of Richland, MI, and John B. (Cindi) Mursch of Delton, MI; three grandchildren, Stephanie, Andrew and Carson Mursch; one great-granddaughter, Brittany Nelson; two sisters, Eloise Burggraf and Florence Try, both of Mattawan, MI; three brothers: Orville Shetterly of Kalamazoo, Kenneth Shetterly of Kalamazoo, and Robert Shetterly of Huntsville, AL; two step-children, Julie (Darwin) Harrison of Mattawan, and Kimberly (Dan) Alonzi of Alma, MI; many nieces and nephews. The family will be present to receive friends today (Monday) from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. and from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Betzler Funeral Homes Stadium Dr. West of 131 375-2900 where the Funeral Service will be held Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. with viewing one hour prior to service, Rev. Dr. Robert R. Mursch, Pastor officiating. Interment Mt. Ever- Rest Memorial Park. Memorials contributions may be made to Lutheran Church of Our Savior for David Mursch Medical Relief Fund. Share a memory on line at www.betzlerfuneralhome.com   source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Mon April 8, 2002

Jacqueline Jordan - of Kalamazoo, Died Wednesday, April 17, 2002. Jacqueline was born April 17, 1925 in Kalamazoo, Michigan, the daughter of Walter and Leone (Stringham) Denner. Prior to her retirement she worked at the Gibson Guitar Company for over 20 years. Surviving are five sons, Robert (Susan) Jordan of Kalamazoo, James Jordan of Memphis, TN, Richard (Cheryl) Jordan of Kalamazoo, Mark (Joyce) Jordan of Sarasota, FL, and William (Sondra) Jordan of Kalamazoo; sixteen grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two sisters, Jeanne Page of Allegan, and Francis (Paul) Miles of Kalamazoo; several nieces and nephews. Jacqueline was preceded in death by her twin sister, Joyce Schreuder. Graveside services will be held 1:00 o'clock Saturday at the Riverside Cemetery with The Rev. Richard Liggett, of the Lord's Hand Outreach Ministry, officiating. The family will receive friends at the Langeland Family Funeral Homes Memorial Chapel 622 S. Burdick St. 343-1508 this evening from 6-8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be directed to the March of Dimes or American Lung Association. source:  Kalamazoo Gazette April 19, 2002

Leroy Lull - Leroy knew how to put something together and make it last. Building ships as a young man, his home as a young husband, his church family as a charter member of Lord of Life Lutheran Church, and relationships with everyone he met - Leroy Lull understood the value of good foundations. His legacy to his family and friends is the ability to make you feel as you've always been his friend. Leroy Lull began his life in Holyoke, MN, on November 25, 1923, the son of Alfred and Lucille (Soper) Lull. He grew up and attended school in Holyoke and graduated from Central High School in Superior, WI, and upon leaving school took a job at the shipyard in Superior and served his country in the Air Force during World War II. Serving in the Air Force, Leroy flew thirty-five missions as a side gunner on his B-29. He has remained very active with his Air Force reunion group.  Working in the shipyard was a physical and demanding job, but the rewards of that job weren't apparent to Leroy until he met Olaf Berg, a fellow shipyard worker with two daughters still at home. Olaf invited Leroy to dinner one May evening to meet his daughter Dee, but it was the younger daughter Darlayne who caught his eye. By September, Leroy and Dar were ready to walk down the aisle and on September 28, 1946, they married in Superior. Leroy and Dar had fifty-five wonderful years together, until her death in 2001.  Leroy and Dar moved to Michigan in 1948, where Leroy took a job as a pipe fitter, helping to build Upjohn's and Dar became a housewife. He eventually was hired on at Upjohn's and worked for them for thirty-five years. They had two children, first their son Gary, and then their daughter Judi. Leroy was devoted to his children and actively encouraged and raised them. He built the house where the children grew up and where so many wonderful memories were made. Leroy was also very devoted to Lord of Life Lutheran Church. He and Dar were charter members of the church and loved their church work and church family very much. Leroy's family grew to include a son-in-law, grandchildren and friends too numerous to count. That family who love and miss him so much include his daughter, Judi and her husband, Jerry Swoboda of Kalamazoo; his son, Gary of Portage; his two grandchildren, A.J. and Luke Swoboda; his two brothers, Harold and his wife, Dorothy Lull, and Dick and his wife, Vicki Lull; and several nieces and nephews. Leroy died on April 13, 2002 in Cooper Township with his family nearby.  He follows in death his parents; and his wife Dar; and his brother Leonard. Leroy's family will meet friends on Tuesday 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Rupert, Durham, Marshall and Gren Funeral Homes, Portage Chapel. His Celebration of Life Service will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday at Lord Of Life Lutheran Church, Portage, with Reverend Gary Grieger leading the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to Lord of Life Lutheran Church or to the charity of your choice may be made in his name. Please share a memory of Leroy with his family at the chapel, church or on his personal web page at www.rdmg.com.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Mon Apr 15, 2002

Mrs. Ruth McCabe - Died Friday evening, April 5, 2002 in Kalamazoo. Ruth was born October 13, 1935, in Mon, Denmark, a daughter of Poul A. Poulsen and Emilie L. Oltayer-Larsen and had lived in Kalamazoo since 1970. On September 7, 1962 she was united in marriage with Mr. William M. McCabe who preceded her in death on August 12, 2000. Ruth was also preceded in death by her parents and 2 sisters. Surviving are: 2 sons, Michael P. & Kathy McCabe of Lafayette, NJ and Kevin H. & Valerie McCabe of Portage, MI; and 3 grandsons, Benjamin, Andrew and Dustin. In accordance with her wishes cremation will take place and there will be no visitation. Following a private service, her cremated remains will be interred in Ft. Custer National Cemetery. A gathering of family and friends will be held Wednesday evening at her son's home in Portage. Please call the funeral home to make arrangements to attend the gathering. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions should be directed to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements by Langeland Family Funeral Homes Memorial Chapel 622 S. Burdick St. 343-1508   source:  Kalamazoo Gazette April 7, 2002

Mr. Alvin L. Nelson - Kalamazoo, Died Sunday evening, April 7, 2002 at his residence with his family by his side. Al was born June 22, 1928 in Ft. Morgan, CO, the son of Glenn and Adrianne (Sheedy) Nelson, and had lived in the Kalamazoo area for most of his life. He was the world's best truck driver and was a long time employee of Everfresh Farms in Wyoming, MI. Al was loved by everyone who really knew him. He was an avid fisherman and NASCAR fan and his enjoyment in life was being with his family and the annual fishing trip to Watersmeet with the guys. He was the world's greatest husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.  On September 16, 1950, he was united in marriage to Margaret Kamps, who survives. Also surviving are 2 daughters, Glenna (Al) Gruppen of Allegan, and Jodi (Chris) Mattison of Kalamazoo; 5 grandchildren, Michael (Angie) Newell of Paw Paw, Katie and Cody Mattison of Kalamazoo, and Ashley and Nicole Gruppen of Hudsonville; 2 great-grandchildren, Julian and Mackenzie Newell; a brother, Jim Nelson of Kalamazoo; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a brother, Bob Nelson. Services will be held at 1:00 o'clock Thursday at the Langeland Family Funeral Homes Memorial Chapel 622 S. Burdick St. 343-1508 with Harry D. Sibert officiating. Interment in Mt. Ever-Rest Cemetery. Friends may meet the family this evening from 6-8 p.m. and Wednesday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the chapel. Memorial contributions in Al's memory may be made to the West Michigan Cancer Center or Hospice of Greater Kalamazoo.   source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  April 9, 2002

Mr. Percy McDonald - Passed away April 6, 2002 at his residence. Mr. McDonald was born in Richland on July 17, 1918, the son of Hugh and Sarah (Doud) Peters. He was a pilot and test engineer in World War II, flying and testing the B-29's for the military. Mr. McDonald was the Postmaster of Richland for 28 years, retiring in 1977. He was a former member of the Odd fellows Lodge, the Richland Lions Club, the American Legion Post #484, Hickory Corners, the Michigan Branch of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees, and the National League of Postmasters. Since retiring from the post office, Mr. McDonald worked at Richland Upholstery. He was an avid bowler, he enjoyed "tinkering'' and rebuilt a player piano. On June 18, 1942, he married Mary Anna (Allen), who survives. Other members of his family include a son and daughter-in-law, Brent L. and Clarissa McDonald of Otsego; a daughter and son-in-law, Sharon L. and Thomas Hazel of Richland; 3 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by sisters, Marie Cole, Cecile Sherman, Jessie Durin; brothers, Clayton and Loren McDonald. A Memorial Service will be conducted Wednesday, April 10, 2002 at 1 p.m. at the Williams-Gores Funeral Home Delton Pastor Paul Deal officiating. Private interment Fort Custer National Cemetery.  Memorial contributions to Hospice of Greater Kalamazoo or Paws for a Cause will be appreciated.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette April 8, 2002

Ethel Nelson - Passed away Thursday afternoon, February 14, 2002. Ethel was born October 22, 1909 in Kalamazoo, the daughter of Sparlin and Jennie (Kanna) Holder, and had been a lifelong Kalamazoo area resident. She was a graduate of Kalamazoo Central High School. Ethel was a hairdresser for most of her life, and had owned and operated Ethel's Beauty Shop in Kalamazoo for many years. She was a member of the National Hairdresser's Association, and the Order of the Eastern Star Loyalty Chapter #497. On November 26, 1949 she was united in marriage to Bennie Nelson, who survives. Also surviving are many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Walter and Thomas Holder. Funeral Services will be held 2:00 p.m. Monday at the Langeland Family Funeral Homes Portage Chapel 411 E. Centre Ave. 343-1508 with Rev. Dan Minor officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. Ever- Rest Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the Portage Chapel on Sunday afternoon from 2-4 p.m. Memorials in Ethel's memory may be directed to the American Cancer Society.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Feb. 16, 2002

Mrs. Nancy McIntyre - Mrs. McIntyre died Tuesday, April 16, 2002 at Borgess Medical Center. She was born March 19, 1924 in Grand Rapids, the daughter of Beachler Wade and Jeanette (Exstance) Nichols. Nancy lived most of her life in the Kalamazoo area. She was a 1942 graduate of Kalamazoo Central High School. On February 9, 1943 she married Gordon H. McIntyre, who preceded her in death January 25, 1997. Nancy worked for several years at the Shakespeare/Spearflex Corporation in Kalamazoo, retiring in 1980. She loved her family, and taking care of them was her priority. She enjoyed cooking for them, baking canning and gardening. She also loved animals. When her children were young she was active with Cub Scouts and 4-H. Nancy is survived by daughters, Marcia L. McIntyre-Matteson of Plainwell, and Cynthia A. McIntyre of Comstock; sons, Gordon P. McIntyre of Zolfo Springs, FL, and Michael R. (Beverly) McIntyre of Ona, FL; 12 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Richard W. (Esther) Nichols of Richland. In addition to her husband and her parents she was preceded in death by brothers, Robert J. Nichols and Beachler Paul Nichols; and an infant daughter, Nanette McIntyre. Friends may call after 5:00 p.m. Thursday at the: Farley-Estes & Dowdle Augusta Chapel, 307 N. Webster St. where the family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday at Fort Custer National Cemetery with Chaplain Mary Heintzkill, from Hospice of Southwest Michigan, officiating. Friends are asked to arrive at the cemetery entrance by 10:20 a.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Southwest Michigan. For additional information call 731-4212 or see www.farleyestesdowdle.com  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette 17 Apr 2002

Elsie Pake - Of Kalamazoo, Passed away Wednesday, April 17, 2002. Mrs. Pake was born June 6, 1900 in Munger, Michigan, the daughter of William and Augusta Hopp. She had been a resident of Kalamazoo since 1927, residing with her sister Helen S. Ostrout, until her marriage to George Pake in 1942. Mr. Pake passed away in 1986. She was also preceded in death by 12 brothers and sisters. Surviving are two nephews, Gerald (Dee) Gustafson of Gobles, and Neil (Fran) Gustafson of Kalamazoo; two nieces, Ardith Herrema of San Raphel, CA, and Helen (Don) Areaux of Paw Paw; and many great nieces and nephews. She was a member of the Lord of Life Lutheran Church and prior to her retirement had worked at the Upjohn Company for 35 years. In accordance with her wishes, cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held 12:00 o'clock Saturday at the Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 9420 Portage Road with The Rev. Gary Grieger officiating. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the church or charity of your choice.  Arrangements by Langeland Family Funeral Homes Memorial Chapel 622 S. Burdick St. 343-1508  source: Kalamazoo Gazette April 19, 2002

Rozella Nelson - Marie's life began January 13, 1914 in Monterey Township, Michigan the daughter of the late George and Mattie Gordon. She spent most of her life in the Trowbridge Township area, and the last 17 years in Plainwell. Her family includes 5 children and their spouses, Jerald Sherwood of Grant, Michigan, Joseph Sherwood of Plainwell, Darlene ``Sue'' and Ron Cade of Otsego, Roezella ``Sally'' Hunter and Patricia and Jerry Halstead, all of Plainwell; a sister, Beulah Hammer of Allegan; 18 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren and great-great- grandchildren. Marie died Sunday, November 25, 2001 in Allegan, and was preceded in death by her husband, Ernie Nelson in 1959; a grandson, Steven Nelson in 1969; and a grand-daughter, Debra Sherwood-Henry in 1998; 5 brothers and 1 sister. Friends may call at the Rupert, Durham, Marshall and Gren Funeral Home, Plainwell Chapel, today 6-8 p.m., where a Celebration of Life service will be held Wednesday 11 a.m., Rev. Gail Pike speaking. Burial will follow in Hillside Cemetery, Plainwell. Friends may share a memory with the family at the chapel or on line by visiting Marie's personal web page at www.rdmg.com, where you can also make a memorial gift to the Wings of Hope Hospice.  source:  Nov. 27, 2001

Robert Niedzielski - Passed away April 1, 2002 at Borgess Medical Center. Robert was born June 16, 1938 in Kalamazoo, MI the son of Walter and Marguerite (Morand) Niedzielski. He was a veteran, having served in the U.S. Navy. Robert worked at General Motors as a Laborer for many years. He was a 1956 Graduate of St. Augustine's High School. His brother, Raymond and sister-in-Law, Joyce, preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn (Mitts); and his children, Robin (Allen) Hoek of California, Ben Fillmore of Kalamazoo, Brian Niedzielski of Kalamazoo, and Julie Niedzielski of Kalamazoo; a brother, James (Joan) Niedzielski of Kalamazoo; two sisters, Nadine Newton of Kalamazoo, and Ann Niedzielski (Kenny Potts) of Climax; three grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends Monday, April 8, 2002 from 6-8 p.m. at Redmond Funeral Home 4100 S. Westnedge where Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9, 2002, Reverend Dan Minor officiating. Interment will be at Ft. Custer National Cemetery.  A luncheon will be held directly following the burial. In Lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to S.W. Michigan Cancer Center or Hospice of Greater Kalamazoo.   Kalamazoo Gazette April 7, 2002

Ann Ocker - Of Portage, Died Monday, April 8, 2002 at the Rose Arbor Hospice Residence. Ann was born November 28, 1919 in Indiana Harbor, Indiana, the daughter of Anthony and Anna (Godisak) Serdel. Prior to her retirement in 1977, she worked at the James River Company for 35 years. Ann enjoyed her family and watching the wildlife from her home in Portage. She was preceded in death by four brothers, Steve, Anthony, Joseph and Sam Serdel; and two sisters, Cecelia Smith and Christine Nelson. On July 3, 1948 she was united in marriage to Henry J. Ocker, who survives. Also surviving are many nieces, nephews and their families. Services will be held 1:00 o'clock Thursday at the Langeland Family Funeral Homes Portage Chapel 411 E. Centre Ave. 343-1508 The Rev. Richard Liggett, of the Lord's Hand Outreach Ministry, officiating.  Interment will follow in South Portage Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette April 9, 2002

Sherrie Pearson - Died Saturday, March 30, 2002 at home with her family. Sherrie was born September 13, 1948 in Lansing, Michigan, the daughter of Mary Strickland Pearson and the late Olaf Reid Pearson. She was a graduate of Michigan State University and Lansing Community College. Currently Sherrie was a computer electronics specialist at Western Michigan University, and previously at Shambaugh & Son of Kalamazoo. She was on the board of directors of the Kalamazoo Valley Genealogy Society and the author of two genealogical books. Sherrie enjoyed fishing, canoeing and traveling with her partner of twenty years. She is survived by her mother Mary; sisters, Cynthia Jane Gambill and Mary Catherine Glover; brothers, James Knute Pearson and Paul Olaf Pearson; niece, Samantha Reid Gambill, all of Florida; and life-mate, Jacqueline Frank of Kalamazoo. A Memorial Service will be held at Kanley Chapel on the campus of Western Michigan University at 4:00 p.m. Wednesday. Interment will be in Deepdale Cemetery in Lansing. Arrangements by the Langeland Family Funeral Homes Memorial Chapel, 622 S. Burdick St. 343-1508   source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  Sun April 7, 2002

Arthur Reagan - Baptized into the Hope of Christ's Resurrection, died Sunday, April 7, 2002. He was the beloved husband of Patricia A. Reagan (nee Campbell); dear father of A. Stephen Reagan, Kathleen Crandall, Therese (John Ray) Aguilar, William and Christopher Reagan; grandfather of Sean, Melodie and Michael; dear brother-in-law, uncle, great-uncle, cousin and friend. Memorial service in Kalamazoo later. Funeral Services at the Schrader Funeral Home, 14960 Manchester Road at Holloway, Ballwin, MO, Friday 10 a.m. Visitation Thursday 4-8 p.m. Interment National Cemetery, Jefferson Barracks, MO. If desired, contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association or Children's Miracle Network.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette April 8, 2002

Mr. Robert Richards - Died Wednesday morning February 13, 2002. Robert was born September 3, 1915 in Albion, Michigan, a son of J. A. and Anna (Armstrong) Richards. He had been a lifelong Kalamazoo area resident, and was Chief Engineer at J.A. Richards Company for many years before his retirement. He was a member of the First Congregational Church of Kalamazoo, a member and Past Master of local Masonic organizations, Saladin Shrine Temple and Jesters Club of Grand Rapids, Sertoma Club, and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. He also lectured at several universities and received an Honorary Degree from Purdue University and recognition from Texas A&M University.  Robert was actively involved in Scouting as a young man and continued his involvement serving as a leader and scout master for over 10 years. He also enjoyed camping, fishing, and being outdoors. He was preceded in death by his parents; 4 brothers; 4 sisters; and a great-grandson. On November 13, 1936, he was united in marriage to Ruth E. (Wood) Richards, who survives. Also surviving are 3 children, Constance (David) Hunt of Kalamazoo, Charlotte Richards and her husband, Richard Post of Otsego, and Robert (Diane) Richards Jr. of Texas; 7 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; a sister, Ruth Goodman of Hickory Corners, MI; and several nieces and nephews. A Memorial Service will be held 11 o'clock Monday at the First Congregational Church, 129 South Park St. with the Rev. Dr. Robert Noblett officiating. Visitation will be 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday at the Langeland Family Funeral Homes Memorial Chapel 622 S. Burdick St. 343-1508 with a Masonic service being held at 7:30 p.m. Private graveside services will be held in Mt. Ever-Rest Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the First Congregational Church of Kalamazoo or Life Care Center of Plainwell.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Feb 14, 2002


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