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Mr. Milton Leon Cummings Sr. - Kalamazoo, A Memorial Service to celebrate the life of Milton Leon Cummings Sr. will be held Monday, April 29, 2002 at 12:00 Noon at Christian Life Center, Pastor Ervin Armstrong officiating. Milton Leon Cummings was born June 23, 1939, in Corinth, Mississippi, to the late Aaron and Johnnie Cummings. He went to be with the Lord Wednesday, April 24, 2002. He attended school in Portsmouth, Virginia, and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1956. In 1958, he was married to Marcia Yvonne Starr, who survives. From this union were born four children, Darla Renee of Detroit, Milton Leon Jr., Shawn Todd and Wayne Lanier, all of Kalamazoo; two grandchildren, Shawn Todd Cummings Jr. and Mateya Breonna Simmons of Kalamazoo. Mr. Cummings has two brothers, Lenjamin T. (Geneva) Cummings of Chesapeake, VA, Reuben E. (Dorothy) Cummings of Indianapolis, Indiana; one sister, Myrtle Moore of Kalamazoo, MI; and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives surviving. After five years at Burroughs Manufacturing, Milton was employed in management by Peter Eckrich, Inc., until his death. Milton was an active member of Christian Life Center for over fifteen years. He spent years in the Television Video Ministry and was a member of the Mens Fellowship. His loved for video cameras led him to personalized taping of family gatherings, weddings, parties and church functions. There will be no visitations, due to prior private interment at Riverside Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to ``Christian Life Center Mens Fellowship.'' Arrangements by Harper Funeral Home 521 Douglas Avenue 342-1000  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette April 27, 2002

Johanna DeVries - Of Plainwell, Mi., Formerly of Parchment, Mi and Crosstown Parkway Apartments - Died Saturday  afternoon, April 6, 2002, in Plainwell, MI.  Johanna was born December 4, 1909, in The Netherlands, a daughter of John and Frouke (Knoll) Triezenberg, and had lived in Kalamazoo since she was 18 months old.  She was a lifelong member of Grace Christian Reformed Church.  On April 25, 1931, she was united in marriage with Mr. John DeVries, Jr., who preceded her in death on May 5, 1984.  Johanna was also preceded in death by her parents; 1 brother, 2 sisters; and a son-in-law, Gerald Klok Sr.  Surviving are a daughter, Fred Klok of Parchment, Mi;  2 grandsons, Gerry (Linda) Klok Jr. and Randy (Paula) Klok, all of Kalamazoo; 6 great-grandchildren, Ryan, Nathan, Lisa, Jason, Matthew and Mikel Klok; and several nieces and nephews.  Services will be held 3:00 Wednesday afternoon at Langeland Family Funeral Homes, Memorial Chapel, 622 S. Burdick St. 343-1508, with the Rev. Dr. Harry Arnold of Grace Christian Reformed Church, officiating.  Interment in Mount Ever-Rest Cemetery  will follow services.  Friends may meet the family Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Monday April 8, 2002

Mr. Lyle Decker - of Scotts, MI Died Wednesday afternoon, April 17, 2002, in Kalamazoo, MI. Lyle was born August 16, 1919, in Lake City, MI, a son of George and Carrie (Thompson) Decker, and had lived in this area since he was a young boy. He graduated from Scotts High School. Lyle entered the US Army on May 5, 1941, and his unit landed on the beaches of Normandy, France on June 7, 1944. He was wounded on July 27, 1944, and was honorably discharged on March 17, 1945. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster and the Purple Heart. Following the war he worked for Clark Equipment Company for over 30 years and retired in 1975. Lyle loved to hunt and fish and will be remembered as a good brother to all and uncle to many. He was preceded in death by his parents, 3 brothers and 1 sister. Surviving are a sister, Katherine (Charles) Thayer of Climax; a brother, Kenneth ``Jack'' (Jane) Decker of Vicksburg; and many nieces and nephews. Services will be held 10:30 Monday morning at Langeland Family Funeral Homes Climax Chapel 205 E. Maple St. 343-1508 with The Rev. Dr. Thomas L. Truby, of Climax United Methodist Church, officiating. Interment in Fort Custer National Cemetery will follow services. Friends may meet the family on Sunday from 2- 4 & 6-8 pm at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials should be directed to West Michigan Cancer Center or to Borgess Visiting Nurse and Hospice.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette April 19, 2002

Ransom DeVries - Ransom's life began April 18, 1911 in Grand Rapids, a son of Frederick and Anna (Vogel) DeVries. He grew up in Grand Rapids and Plainwell. On September 25, 1937 he married Helen Osewald, and they made their home in Kalamazoo. Ransom worked for several years as a truck driver, but most of his working years were spent at Otto Kihm Tires of Kalamazoo. He was a handyman who enjoyed fixing things and he also liked flower gardening. He especially liked spending time with his great-nephews, Warren and Randy Robb. Every week, for many years, Ransom and Helen attended auctions in Goshen and Shipshewana, Indiana. His family includes a brother, a nephew and his wife, Ted and Susan Robb of Plainwell; and other nieces and nephews. Ransom died last week at his home in Kalamazoo, and was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, three sisters, three brothers and a great-nephew. A Graveside Service to remember his life will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at Hillside Cemetery in Plainwell. Memorials are suggested to Southwestern Michigan Spina Bifida Association. Please visit Ransom's personal web page at www.rdmg.com where you may share a memory or make a memorial contribution. The family is being served by Rupert, Durham, Marshall & Gren, Plainwell Chapel.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Jan 7, 2002

Mrs. Harriett DeVries - Died Sunday evening, February 24, 2002. Harriett was born September 14, 1926 in Muncie, Indiana, the daughter of Otto and Cora (Evers) Allen, and had been a resident in the area for most of her life. She was employed with Michigan Bell Telephone for 36 years, and with the Kalamazoo Gazette for 10 years. Harriett was a member of the Stockbridge Ave. United Methodist Church, where she was very active. She also served as Past Chapter President of Telephone Pioneers; current State Secretary of the Pioneers; Past State Commander of the Ladies Auxiliary of AMVETS; Past President of the Bronson Baby Guild; Past President of Republican Women; and did chairman work for the Angel Tree, Salvation Army, Toy's for Tots, and many other volunteer organizations. She was preceded in death by 5 brothers and sisters, Claribel Hesselgrave, Howard Allen, Maryellen Locey, Robert Allen, and Patricia Cline. On July 28, 1950 she was united in marriage to her husband, Everett, who survives. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews. A Memorial Service will be held 11:00 o'clock Friday at the Stockbridge Ave. United Methodist Church, 1331 Race St. Friends may meet the family on Thursday from 1-3 and 6-8 p.m. at the Langeland Family Funeral Homes Memorial Chapel 622 S. Burdick St. 343-1508 Private interment of cremains will be held at a later date in Ft. Custer National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Stockbridge Ave. United Methodist Church, Telephone Pioneers of America, American Heart Association, or the West Michigan Cancer Center.  source: Kalamazoo Gazette Feb 26, 2002

Mr. Henry G. Dykhouse - Of Gull Lake, died Wednesday, April 10, 2002 at Rose Arbor Hospice in Kalamazoo. He was 91. Mr. Dykhouse was born in Grand Rapids to George James and Martha Schoegje Dykhouse on August 24, 1910. He graduated with an MBA from the University of Michigan. On July 11, 1936 Mr. Dykhouse married then Kalamazoo resident Phyllis Jane Sergeant. He departed for France in 1943 to serve as an Army Medic in World War II. He earned the rank of sergeant. He and his lifelong companion, Phyllis, celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary last summer at the Gull Lake Cafe, named for the lake they loved so dearly. Mr. Dykhouse earned a living in a succession of advertising jobs at Kalamazoo Stove Company, Atlas Press, Popular Science/Mechanics, American Weekly and Merchants Publishing. He later accepted the position of a vice president at the local firm Gilmore Advertising. A number of these jobs entailed extensive travel throughout the northeastern United States and provided him with the opportunity to acquire an intense appreciation of nature, small town America and an encyclopedic knowledge of just about every hamlet, lake and meandering country road between Kalamazoo and New York City. In his spare time Mr. Dykhouse spent many summer days golfing at the Gull Lake Country Club and Gull Lake View. Those days were highlighted by a hole in one. He spent summer evenings listening to the Detroit Tigers on the radio while relaxing on his cottage porch. No matter how grim their season looked, he cheered for his favorite ball club deep into August. As a husband, father, grandfather and friend Mr. Dykhouse played a vital role in the lives of so many because he was unique, compass-ionate, honest, incredibly intelligent and also very funny. Surviving are his wife, Phyllis of Gull Lake; children, Liz Dykhouse of Gull Lake, John Dykhouse of Chatham, NJ and Mary
Dykhouse Farrar of Syracuse, NY; grandchildren Justin and Jason Farrar of New York, NY; cousins, James C. Nichols of Carmel, CA, and Ned and Loretta Nichols of Schoolcraft; sister-in-law, Joan Dykhouse and her family in South Africa and the United States and sister-in-law Elizabeth Sergeant Warner of Gull Lake; nephew and niece David and Beverly Warner of Hickory Corners, and Mike and Jerrie Hilbert of Grand Rapids; and lifelong family friend Robert Hamm of San Francisco, CA. The family extends sincere appreciation to Sandra King, Elizabeth Heystek, Amanda Kizziee, Jamee Dunning for the loving care they have provided for Henry and Phyllis. Services for Mr. Dykhouse will be held 1:00pm Saturday at the Yorkville Community Church with Pastor Ron Hoeksema officiating. Interment will be at Yorkville Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be made to the National Parkinson's Foundation, Borgess Visiting Nurse and Hospice or Rose Arbor Hospice. Arrangements are being handled by: Farley-Estes & Dowdle Richland Chapel 9170 East 'D' Ave. (M-89) www.farleyestesdowdle.com source:  Kalamazoo Gazette April 11, 2002

Catherine “Peg” Donovan - Of Waterford, MI, Formerly of Kalamazoo, Died April 26, 2002 in Waterford, MI. Peg was born February 5, 1914 in Madison, Wisconsin, the daughter of Francis and Amalia (Trautner) O'Neill. She and her husband, Charles owned and operated the Donovan Funeral Home in Kalamazoo from 1955-1975. Peg had been a resident of North Fort Meyers, Florida, from 1979- 1991. She was a former member of St. Augustine Cathedral, a 50 year member of The Catholic Daughters of America, Ladies Elks #50, Borgess Service League and the Marian Guild. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles in 1987; and her sister, Florence Moser in 1999. She is survived by her daughter, Kathleen (Dr. David) Calver of West Bloomfield, MI; three sons, Patrick (Sandra) Donovan of Texas, Michael Donovan of Phoenix, AZ, and David (Connie) Donovan of Okemos, MI; six grandchildren, Joe and Colleen Donovan of Okemos, MI, Mike Donovan Jr. and Ben Donovan of Phoenix, AZ, Michelle Newman of Chicago, IL, and Bill Calver of Royal Oak, MI. A Prayer Service will be held 7:30 p.m. Tuesday evening at Betzler Funeral Homes Stadium Dr. West of 131 375-2900 Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday 10:30 a.m. at St. Augustine Cathedral. Food and fellowship will be shared following the mass at the Crowley Cathedral Center. Interment St. Mary's Cemetery, Paw Paw. The family will be present to receive friends Tuesday from 2:00-4:00 and 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Canterbury by the Lake, Waterford, MI. Share a memory on line at www.betzlerfuneralhome.com.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette April 29, 2002

Mrs. Zelma Marie Everhart - 8083 West “PQ” Ave. Passed away April 20, 2002 at Kairos Dwelling. Mrs. Everhart was born November 3, 1918 in Kalamazoo, and had been a lifelong resident. Surviving are 4 grandchildren, Chuck, Mike, Emerson and Michele Bloomfield; 7 great-grandchildren, Amy, Aaron, Charles III, Matt, Jessie, Nicholas Bloomfield, and Jessica Wager. Visitation from 1-3 p.m. Wednesday at the Truesdale-Ansell Funeral Home Westnedge at Milham ``Since 1895'' where Funeral Services will be held 3 p.m. Wednesday. Interment Mt. Ever-Rest Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Kairos Dwelling.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette April 22, 2002

Steven C. Falkenstein - Kalamazoo, MI Died Sunday, April 21, 2002 at his home. Steven was born October 2, 1952 in Kalamazoo, the son of James C. And Ellen (Roberts) Falkenstein. He was a graduate of Plainwell High School, Class of 1969. Surviving are his mother, Ellen Falkenstein of Allegan; 3 brothers and their spouses, Kenneth and Sharon Falkenstein of Allegan, Jim and Annette Falkenstein of Florida, and Bob and Kathy Miller of Grand Rapids; 1 sister, Connie Petty of Allegan; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, James; and sister, Carol Poindexter. There will be no visitation. Memorial services will be held Wednesday at 1 p.m. at the Gorden Funeral Residence  Allegan Chapel www.gordenfuneral.com Mr. Jim Falkenstein officiating. Interment Mallory Cemetery, Trowbridge Twp.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Apr 23, 2002

Mrs. Jane “Reva”  Fisher - Kalamazoo, Died Tuesday evening, April 9, 2002. Jane was born July 6, 1912 in Kalamazoo, MI, the daughter of Herman and Matilda (Goldberg) Miller, and was a third generation and lifelong resident of Kalamazoo. She had been a well known professional child performer of ballet, regularly seen on local and New York stages. She graduated from Kalamazoo Central and attended Western Normal College. Prior to her retirement, she was employed for 6 years at Prange Opticians. Her hobbies included rose gardening, equestrianship and painting. Jane was the first resident of Friendship Village, where she resided for 27 years. She felt her greatest achievement and pride was her three children. She was preceded in death by her husband, Elton Norman Reva in 1988; and by a brother, Leo Miller. Surviving are 2 daughters and 1 son, Antoinette Reva/Peterman of Kalamazoo, Robin Reva of South Haven, and David Elton Reva of Kalamazoo; 5 grandchildren, David Lee Reva, Heather Marie Barrows, Austin Ryan Roberts, Jay Peterman and Nancy Jane Peterman; 3 great-grandchildren, James and Carlie Cook and Rachel Peterman; several nieces and nephews. In accordance with her wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no visitation or services. Memorial contributions in Jane's memory may be made to the Friends Fund at Friendship Village, 1400 N. Drake Rd., Kalamazoo, MI 49006. Arrangements by the Langeland Family Funeral Homes Memorial Chapel 622 S. Burdick St. 343-1508  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette April 14, 2002

Howard Grinder - Of Battle Creek, Formerly of Vicksburg A loving and caring husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather died at his home on Sunday, April 21, 2002. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Vesta; his daughter, Beverly and her husband, Frank Freeland of Scotts; grandchildren, Stephen and his wife, Tami Freeland of Vicksburg, Sheri Freeland of Scotts, and Becki Freeland of Southgate; 7great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Velda and her husband, Martin Hoehne of Vicksburg; a brother-in-law, Virgil Buckmaster and his wife, Esther of Florida; and several nieces and nephews. The family will meet friends on Wednesday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Rupert, Durham, Marshall & Gren Funeral Home, Vicksburg Chapel and his Cele-bration of Life Service will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday at 1 p.m. Burial will be in the Vicksburg Cemetery. To read Howard's complete life story, share a memory with his family, send flowers or make a memorial contribution to the Good Samaritan Hospice, please visit his personal web page at www.rdmg.com source:   Kalamazoo Gazette April 23, 2002

Elizabeth H. Fessenden - Kalamazoo, Died April 26, 2002. Betty was born March 12, 1909 in Beaver Falls, PA, the daughter of Henry and Edna (Seth) Holdren. She was a life long resident of Kalamazoo, and was a former member of the Elks B.P.O. E. #50. Betty was preceded in death by E.L. ``Shorty'' Fessenden, and by her four brothers. Surviving are 7 nieces and nephews: Larry and Joan DeMink, Peg DeMink, Brom and Linda DeMink, Sarah and Dick Milne, Lynn and Jan Fitzgerald, Donald and Diane Fitzgerald and Ruth Fitzgerald. Cremation will take place and there will be no public visitation or services. Memorials may be made to Kairos Dwelling, 2945 Gull Rd, Kalamazoo, MI 49048. Arrangements by Betzler Funeral  Homes Stadium Dr. West of 131 375-2900  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette April 27, 2002

Mr. Tracy Clark Drake - Kalamazoo, Passed away Friday evening, April 12, 2002, at Heartland Health Care Center. Clark was born in Mentha, MI, February 2, 1912, the son of George & Ella (Mitchell) Drake. He retired as custodian at Comstock High School in 1978 after which he moved to Hesperia, returning to Kalamazoo in 2000. On Feb. 15, 1932, he married Robena Oswalt, who preceded him in death on Nov. 17, 1986. He was also preceded in death by a son, Oscar Drake in 1969, a brother and two sisters. Surviving are his son and daughter-in-law, Robert & Elaine Drake and daughter-in-law, Sharon Oisten, all of Kalamazoo; seven grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; a great-great-granddaughter; several nieces and nephews. Friends are being received at the funeral home from 6 to 8 this evening and from noon until 12:45 Monday morning, followed by a procession to Genessee Prairie Cemetery where committal services will be held at 1 o'clock Monday afternoon. Joldersma & Klein 917 S. Burdick 343-2628  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette April 14, 2002

Ms. Paulette Haley - Of Kalamazoo, MI,  passed away suddenly April 9, 2002 at home. She was born August 1, 1960 in Chicago, IL. Paulette was preceded in death by her parents, Ulyese Grant and Pearline Haley-Lewis; and three brothers. She attended Drake High School in Chicago, IL, relocated to Kalamazoo, MI, in 1983, and became employed by Goodwill of Kalamazoo. She leaves to cherish her memory three children, one son, Lindell Haley;  two daughters, Pearline Haley and Patricia Haley (Scooter), all of Kalamazoo; four brothers, Reggie Haley of St. Paul, MN, Harold Haley of Chicago, IL, her twin brother, Paul Haley, and Richard Haley, both of Arlington, TX; three sisters, Sharon Haley of Milwaukee, WI, and Deanna (Jeryl) Lewis and Donna (Mingnon) Lewis, all of Kalamazoo; two special aunts, Memoria Shelton of Kalamazoo, Hazel Jones of Chicago, IL; one grandson, Keith Jorden Haley; a special cousin, Marshell Haley of Chicago, IL; very special friends, Lou Bertha Person, Lorrane Barnett, Patricia Bell, and Lisa Johnson, all of Kalamazoo; a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. Special thanks to Corphilia Dunigan from all the three children. Services wiLl be held 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, 2002 at Galilee Baptist Church, Pastor J. Louis Felton officiating.  Interment will take place at Riverside Cemetery. Public viewing will take place at Harper Funeral Home 521 Douglas Avenue 342-1000 from 3-5 p.m. today. source: Kalamazoo Gazette April 16, 2002