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Mildred Richardson - Millie was born August 20, 1924 in Kalamazoo, the daughter of Patrick and Martha (Summerfield) Thomas. She grew up in the Hayes Park area and graduated from Kalamazoo Central High School in 1942. After graduation, Millie went to work for Michigan Bell Telephone Company as an operator during WW II. In 1952 she married R.S. Dick Richardson. Because of Dick's career in the military, Millie and her family lived all over the world. When Millie eventually settled back here in Kalamazoo, she became very active at St. Monica's Catholic Church and school. Later she went to work as a switchboard operator at Hammond Machinery Company. Members of her family include her children, Amy Richardson of Half Moon Bay, CA, Gary Richardson of Portage, Cid Richardson of Kalamazoo, Joe and AnnaMaria Richardson of Kalamazoo, Andrew and Lisa Richardson of Libertyville, IL, Scott Richardson of Kalamazoo; five grandchildren, Kaila, Megan, Ben, Olivia, and Sophie; sisters, Ellen Otte of Otsego, and Marie Allman of Kalamazoo; a brother, Tom Kelly of Ludington; and many nieces and nephews including Jim Thomas Jr. and his wife, Dr. Rheka Hanu of Chicago. Preceding Millie in death were her husband, Col. R.S. ``Dick'' Richardson; her sisters, Margaret Mishall and Dorothy Brockelbank; and her brothers, James Thomas Sr. and Ted Thomas. Millie died at her home Thursday, February 21, 2002 in Kalamazoo. Friends may spend time with her family Sunday from 3:00 to 5:30 p.m. at the Rupert, Durham, Marshall & Gren Funeral Home, Portage Chapel, where the Rosary will be recited at 5:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday at 10 a.m. at St. Monica's Catholic Church Fr. Larry Farrell, Celebrant. Millie will be buried in Mt. Ever-Rest Cemetery. Memorial donations in her memory may be made to the St. Monica School. Please share a memory of Millie with her family at the chapel or online at www.rdmg.com where you can read her complete life story, share a memory, order flowers or make a memorial donation online.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Feb 23, 2002

Mrs. Julia Rich - Peacefully met her Lord Sunday morning, April 14, 2002. Julia was born December 30, 1929 in Kalamazoo, the daughter of Sigismond and Rose Homoki, and had been a lifelong resident in the area. Julia's life revolved around her love for God and her family.  On March 20, 1948 she was united in marriage to her husband of 54 years Orval, who survives. Also surviving are 6 children, Linda (Jim), Larry (Barb), Julene (Tom), Gary (Kathy), Duane, Shirleen (Steve); 13 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; 4 sisters, Elizabeth, Irene, Margaret, Grace; a brother, Sigismond; and many nieces and nephews.  Julia was preceded in death by her parents, Sigismond and Rose Homoki. Services will be held 2:00 o'clock Tuesday at the Langeland Family Funeral Homes Portage Chapel, 411 E. Centre Ave. 343-1508 Interment will follow in Mt. Ever- Rest Cemetery. Friends may meet the family this evening (Monday) from 6-8 p.m. at the Portage Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be dir!
ected to the West Michigan Cancer Center.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  April 15, 2002

Mr. Scott Russell - Scott was born on February 18, 1954 to James E. and Marjory (Hopkins) Russell in St. Louis, MO. He grew up in the St. Louis area, graduating from Clayton High School.  Scott received a BA degree in Physics from Kalamazoo College, doing internships at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Colorado, U of M's BioPhysics Research Institute, and foreign study in France. Later he earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from MSU and became a licensed Professional Engineer. On May 7, 1977 he married Deborah D. Russell. He and Deb have a son and daughter, Daniel H. Russell and Margaret T. Russell. Scott began his career working at Clarage Fan Company (later Zurn Industries) as an Engineer. He then worked for Steelcase for 16 years before retiring as a Senior Product Engineer. He was awarded more than a dozen patents while at Steelcase.  Scott was a member of St. Timothy Episcopal Church in Richland, singing for many years in the choir, and serving as a Warden, vestry member, and leading the church's recent capital campaign to add a barrier free addition. Scott was a person of many talents and interests. As a young man, he attended courses at the National Outdoor Leadership School and enjoyed wilderness camping and mountain climbing. He loved music, including listening to live music, and playing guitar, drums and singing. He enjoyed cooking and grilling, traveling and playing golf. He read broadly, and was interested in current events, religion and philosophy. Scott and Deb advocated for health care access for all Americans, including testifying in Washington, D.C. Scott was a loving and devoted husband and father, enthusiastically supporting and encouraging his family in their pursuits. In recent years, he enjoyed attending MSU football games with Daniel, and participating in the community musical with Margaret, as well as being present for all their activities. Scott is survived by his parents; his wife; his children; a sister, (Sharon) Lea (Dennis) Langdon of Columbia, MO; his mother-in-law, Monica Russell of Hinsdale, IL; sisters-in- law, Jennifer (James) Edkins of Scottsdale, AZ, and Heidi (Thomas) McNally of Grand Rapids, MI; and extended family. He was preceded in death by his brother, Donald H. Russell; his grandparents; and his father-in-law, George T. Russell. Friends may call after 5:00 p.m. today at: Farley-Estes & Dowdle Richland Chapel 9170 East ``D'' Ave. (M-89) where the family will receive friends today from 5:00-8:00 p.m. and Sunday from 2:00-4:00 p.m. and 6:00-8:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held 1:00 p.m. Monday at St. Timothy Episcopal Church, 9800 East BC Avenue, Richland, with Rev. H. Knute Jacobson officiating. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to the Scott H. Russell Memorial Fund at the Kalamazoo Community Foundation, 151 S. Rose St., Kalamazoo, MI 49007. For more information please call the funeral home at 616-629-6022 or see www.farleyestesdowdle.com  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette April 20, 2002

Mr. Robert D. Reis - Died Wednesday evening April 3, 2002 at his residence. Robert was born August 13, 1929 in Kalamazoo, Michigan a son of Jack and Zana (Casteel) Reis. During WWII, he served with the U.S. Army. He had been a lifelong Kalamazoo area resident and was employed with the City of Kalamazoo before his retirement. He was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Lucille Prough. On September 4, 1960, he was united in marriage to Susie B. (Sanye) Reis who survives. Also surviving, 3 daughters, Linda Grooten of Seattle, WA, Bonnie (Pete) Janke of Oshtemo, and Cindy Harding of Richland; a son, Daniel Reis of Ohio; 5 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; a sister, Margaret (Michael) Wiborn, Sr. of Portage; a sister-in-law, Elizabeth (Arnold) Keyes, Sr. of Portage; and several nieces and nephews. Services will be held 11 o'clock Monday from the Langeland Family Funeral Homes Memorial Chapel 622 S. Burdick St. 343-1508 with the Rev. Mr. James L. Collison officiating. Visitation will be 2- 4 and 6-8pm Sunday. Interment will be in Fort Custer National Cemetery with full military honors. source:  Kalamazoo Gazette April 5, 2002

Mrs. Bonita M. Rowen - Kalamazoo, MI Died Monday evening, April 8, 2002. Bonita was born July 27, 1909 in Kalamazoo, Michigan, a daughter of Alfred and Mary J. (Cassidy) Weed. She had been a lifelong Kalamazoo area resident, and was employed with the First National Bank for 20 years, before her retirement. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Michael Rowen in November of 1978; and 2 brothers. She is survived by 2 step-children, Jack (Elaine) Rowen of Plainwell, and Dick (Euna) Rowen of Otsego; several grandchildren; several great grandchildren; 2 nieces, Darrelyn (Walter) Mathews of Kalamazoo, Jackie (Tim) King of Hastings; and a nephew, Todd (Kris) Weed of Arizona. Services will be held 11 o'clock Friday from Langeland Family Funeral Homes Memorial Chapel 622 S. Burdick St. 343-1508 with the Rev. Mr. Sid Johnston officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the chapel. Interment will be in Riverside Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Visiting Nurse Association Hospice Program.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette April 10, 2002

W. Scott Rich - Died November 7, 2001 at his home. Scott was born March 16, 1924 in Buffalo, NY, the son of Winfield Scott and Mary Eliza (Conrad) Rich Sr. He attended Elmhurst College for a year and a half before enlisting in the United States Army. Scott's active military service spanned from 1943 to 1945. He earned the Bronze Star while fighting in Central Europe, Ardennes and Rhineland. In 1947, he purchased the family insurance agency from his mother. In 1949 Robert Perrigo joined the firm as a partner. Scott sold his interest in 1966 and remained like a brother to Robert. He became an insurance consultant and worked with various companies. He was a member of First United Methodist Church of Kalamazoo. Scott enjoyed golfing, fly-fishing, skiing, reading and music, especially the symphony. On March 4, 1944 in Elmhurst, IL, he was united in marriage with Helen Lorraine Chandler, who survives. Also surviving are four children, Cheryl (Fred) Stendel of Kalamazoo, Cary (Jay) Dembinsky of Grand Rapids, Deborah (Jack) Dahl of Cassadaga, NY, and Guy Rich of Fremont, CA; six grandchildren and five+ great-grandchildren. The family will be present to receive friends Monday from 6-8 p.m. at the Betzler Funeral Homes, Stadium Dr. West of 131 375-2900 A private family service will be held Tuesday with Dr. Douglas W. Vernon officiating. Interment Ft. Custer National Cemetery with full military honors. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one's choice. Share a memory online at www.betzlerfuneralhome.com  source: Kalamazoo Gazette Nov. 11, 2001

Mrs. Glenna Roomsburg - Died Sunday, April 14, 2002. Glenna was born September 4, 1914 in Kalamazoo, MI, the daughter of Leroy and Mary (Fitzgerald) Kendall, and had lived in Baldwin, MI since 1967. Prior to her retirement, she was employed for 25 years at the Gibson Guitar Company. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold on September 29, 2000; and by a sister, Edna Rood. Surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, Jack and Carol Roomsburg of Kalamazoo; 3 grandchildren, Marci (Scott) Anthony of Holland, Shaun (Donald) Nearpass of Galesburg, and Kevin Roomsburg of Galesburg; 7 great-grandchildren; a sister, F. Virginia Lennon of Kalamazoo; nieces and nephews. Services will be held at 11:00 o'clock Thursday at the Langeland Family Funeral Homes Memorial Chapel, 622 S. Burdick St. 343-1508 with Pastor Greg Bishop, of the Northeastern Baptist Church, officiating. Interment in Riverside Cemetery. Friends may meet the family this evening from 6-8 p.m. and Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. at the chapel. The family suggests that memorial contributions in Glenna's memory be made to the Baldwin Baptist Church Building Fund, 560 7th St., Baldwin, MI 49304.  source: Kalamazoo Gazette 16 Apr 2002

Maurice Shrauger - Passed away Monday morning, April 15, 2002. Maurice was born August 18, 1918 in Shoemaker, New Mexico, the son of John and Eva (Knapp) Shrauger, and had been Comstock resident most of his life. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy during WW II, was a life member of the Comstock VFW Post #6252, and a member of the Cootie's and the Dad's Post. For many years he was employed as a painter, from which he retired; and his favorite pastime was listening to Big Band Music. He was preceded in death by a sister, Virginia Bawkey; 2 half-sisters, Dorothy Steffey and Florence Dean; and a half-brother, Percy Marlette. Surviving are his wife of over 60 years, Wanda (Hughey) Shrauger; 2 sons, David (Ann) Shrauger of Allegan, Donald (Kris) Shrauger of Portage; 3 grandchildren, Mark Shrauger and friend, Lisa, Ricky Shrauger, Michelle (Tom) Krcatovich; 6 great-grandchildren, Mitchell, Erin, Erika, Andrew, Steve and Jonathon; 2 sisters, Thelma Loomis and Vera (John) Daly, all of Kalamazoo; and several nieces and nephews. In accordance with Maurice's wishes cremation has taken place. The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. at the Langeland Family Funeral Homes Hoag-Switzer Comstock Chapel 6121 King Highway 343-1508 A Memorial Service will be held 2:00 p.m. Thursday at the Comstock Chapel with Rev. Greg Bishop officiating, and military honors by Comstock VFW Post #6252. Memorials in Maurice's memory may be directed to the Comstock VFW Post #6252 Auxiliary.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette 16 Apr 2002

Mrs. Anna Shrout - Comstock, Died Thursday morning, April 18, 2002 at her residence. Anna was born October 31, 1910 in Salt Lick, KY, the daughter of Leonard and Lillie (Statton) Rogers and had lived in Comstock for most of her life. She was a good mom and loved her 7 children, 19 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren. She enjoyed quilting, crocheting and sewing. Anna was preceded in death by her husband William Shrout in 1958 and by 2 brothers. Surviving are 5 daughters and 2 sons, Louise (Jack) Hudson of Comstock, Gene (Willie) Shrout of Leesburg, FL, Frances (Ralph) Simpson of Comstock, Mary (Dale) Scott of Galesburg, Patricia Tiwana (Oral) Pullin of Comstock, Douglas (Phyllis) Shrout of Comstock and Virginia (Richard) Beardsley of Clarkston, MI; 19 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. Services will be held at 11:00 o'clock Monday at the Langeland Family Funeral Homes Memorial Chapel 622 S. Burdick St. 343-1508 with the Rev. Hubert Johnston of the Westwood Church of God officiating. Interment in Mt. Ever-Rest Cemetery. Friends may meet the family today from 2-4 & 6-8pm at the chapel. Memorial contributions in Anna's memory may be made to Hospice of Greater Kalamazoo.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette April 21, 2002

Mrs. Thelma Slack - Died Thursday morning, April 4, 2002. Thelma was born May 16, 1911 in Kalamazoo, Michigan, a daughter of Glenn and Sarah (Porter) Pallett. She had been a lifelong Kalamazoo area resident, and was employed with the Kalamazoo Label Company for 20 years before her retirement. She also worked at the Shakespeare Company years ago. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Milton E. Slack on July 29, 1961; a brother, Carl Pallett; and a sister, Gladys Day. She is survived by a niece, Donna (Rick) Dangler of Portage; and several other nieces and nephews. Services will be held 1 o'clock Monday from the Langeland Family Funeral Homes Memorial Chapel 622 S. Burdick St. 343-1508 with the Rev. Mr. John Vick officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in Riverside Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Life Care Center Employees Fund or Hospice of Greater Kalamazoo.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette April 6, 2002

Milford Stoneburner - Passed away Saturday, April 6, 2002. Milford was born October 21, 1923 in Kalamazoo, the son of Truman and Eunice (Bruce) Stoneburner, and has been a lifelong area resident. For over 40 years he was employed in auto parts sales, retiring in 1985 from Auto Parts Distributors. He was a member of the Grace Christian Reformed Church. He was also a member of Kalamazoo Antique Engine Club, Past President of the Automotive Parts Association, and a former member of the Michigan Conservation Club. In 1965 he was married to Betty (Caine) Stoneburner, who preceded him in death in 1991. He was also preceded in death by 2 sons, Ronald and Larry Stoneburner. On May 20, 1995 he was united in marriage to Jean Post-Stoneburner, who survives. Also surviving are his step-children, Tamsin Case of Kalamazoo, Ken Post of Kalamazoo, Marilyn Wiersma of Grand Rapids, Peter Post of Galesburg, Sara Calkins of Perrysburg, OH; 13 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; 2 sisters, Laurel Ewaschuk of Kalamazoo, Beatrice Beck of Albuquerque, NM; and many nieces and nephews. Funeral Services will be held 2:00 p.m. Tuesday at the Grace Christian Reformed Church (1724 Whites Rd.) with Rev. Dr. Joseph Brinks and Rev. Dr. Harry Arnold officiating. A private interment will be held in Mt. Ever-Rest North Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Monday from 6- 8 p.m. at Langeland Family Funeral Homes Memorial Chapel 622 S. Burdick St. 343-1508 and at the church on Tuesday from 1-2 p.m. Memorials in Milford's memory may be directed to the Christian Reformed World Relief Committee, or the American Cancer Society.   source:   Kalamazoo Gazette April 8, 2002

Frances Walker - Died Saturday evening, November 17, 2001. Frances was born November 14, 1939 in Kalamazoo, the daughter of Raymond and Lillian (Mosher) Walker, and had been a lifelong resident in the area. She was a member of the Temple Baptist Church, where she was very active. She enjoyed doing crafts and ceramics and won numerous awards at the Kalamazoo County Fair. She was preceded in death by an infant sister, Ruth Ann; and a brother, Ivan. Surviving are a brother, Raymond (Ginny) Walker of Delton; sister- in-law, Bonnie Walker; nieces and nephew, Rick (Pat) Walker of Richland, Renee (Mike) Butler, Rhonda (Alex) Kienitz, all of Pine Lake; great-nieces and nephews, Shelby and John Butler, Rick and Heather Walker; and her dog, Brandon. Services will be held 11:00 o'clock Wednesday at the Temple Baptist Church, 3706 Mt. Olivet Rd., with Pastor Herb Hutchinson officiating. Interment will follow in Riverside Cemetery. Friends may meet the family Tuesday evening from 6-8 p.m. at the Langeland Family Funeral Homes Memorial Chapel, 622 S. Burdick St. 343-1508 Memorials may be directed to the Temple Baptist Church.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Nov 19, 2001

Lucile Masten Smitley - age 86, 307 N. Franks Ave., Sturgis, MI  Died April 15, 2002 at the Thurston Woods Village Nursing Home. She was born on December 16, 1915 in Schoolcraft, Michigan, a daughter of Leroy and Gertrude (Farrow) Phelps. In 1935 she married Maurice Earl Masten, and he died in 1936. After moving to Sturgis in 1953, from Vicksburg, she married Forrest (Toss) Eugene Smitley, who preceded her in death in 1971. Lucile was a devoted housewife and enjoyed babysitting, reading, watching television, playing 500 Rummy with her daughter and spending time with her grandchildren. Surviving are one daughter, Margaret Hart and husband, Dan of Sturgis; 4 grandchildren, Larry Dale Hart, Brenda Lynn Thoms and husband David, Karen Getsloff and husband Chuck, and Dennis Hart, all of Sturgis; six great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Maurice and Forrest; one granddaughter, Linda Grace (Hart) Bellaire; two brothers, Clayton and Frederick; 1 sister, Niva Phelps; and 1 half-brother, Clifford Farrow. Friends and relatives may call at the Rosenberg- Schipper Funeral Home, Ltd. of Sturgis today (Wednesday) from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Services will be held in the funeral home on Thursday at 11:00 a.m. with the Rev. Doug Carr, Gateway Church of God,officiating. Interment will follow in Oak Lawn Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Gateway Church of God or Thurston Woods Village, envelopes are available at the funeral home. Also at www.rosenbergschipper funeralhome.com  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Weds 17 Apr 2002

Amy M. Fletcher - A beautiful shining star went out on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2001, when Amy Michelle Fletcher, 21, died.   We were blessed with her birth on Nov. 29, 1979.    She was a senior at Eastern Michigan University, where she was studying public relations and communications. She lived in Ann Arbor, where she had many friends and a smile for everyone.
She is survived by her parents, Gary and Mary Lynn Fletcher of Port Huron; her siblings, Jodi (Michael) Sheldon, Jason (Andrea) Fletcher and Amanda Fletcher, all of Port Huron; her
grandmother, Martha Kimball of Port Huron; her grandparents, Betty and Jim Loane of Lakeport; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. Also surviving are her beloved niece, Abbie Sheldon; nephews, Trent and Owen Sheldon; her best friend and boyfriend, Julian Gomez, and their cats, Nala, Kalvin and Maizie.   Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Edward's On-the-Lake Church, Lakeport. The Rev. Joseph M. Esper, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery.   Visitation is 7 to 9 p.m. Monday and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Karrer-Simpson Funeral Home and 9 a.m. until the time of the funeral Mass Wednesday in St. Edward's On-the-Lake Catholic Church.   A rosary will be said at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home.  Pallbearers will be Justin Smith, Chris Hall, Terry Orr, Gerald Kramer, Steve Williams and Noah Pearson.   Memorials in Amy's memory may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Association.