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Jean Morris Horneffer - Of Portage, MI,  Died at her Portage home April 20, 2002. She was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on May 31, 1933, the daughter of Richard and Helen (Herath) Morris, who preceded her in death. She graduated from Purdue Univer-sity in 1955 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Home Economics. On July 9, 1955 she was united in marriage with Harold L. Horneffer, in Cincinnati, Ohio. In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, Dr. Mark Horneffer (and daughter-in-law, Dr. Elizabeth Horneffer) of Milwaukee, WI; and a daughter, Dr. Karen Horneffer-Ginter, (and son- in-law Dr. Paul Ginter) of Kalamazoo, MI. Also surviving are five grandchildren, Kathryn, David, and Emily Horneffer and Nathan and Mackenzie Ginter. She was the Director of a Nursery School in Grosse Pointe, MI, where the family lived prior to moving to Kalamazoo. Her activities in Kalamazoo included serving as President of the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra League from 1986-87. She chaired a number of committees for the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra League and served on that Board for many years. She also served on the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra Board. She served as an Elder and a Deacon at First Presbyterian Church, on the Boards of the Plaza Arts Circle and the Western Michigan University Theater Guild, as President of the Chi Omega Alumnae and President of the Mortar Board Alumni Group. She was a member of P.E.O, the Kalamazoo Art League, and the John Dunning Guild and served as a volunteer for several events of the Gilmore Keyboard Festival. She enjoyed spending time in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where she and her husband have a condominium. A private burial will take place in Riverside Cemetery in Kalamazoo. There will be a Memorial Service 11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 27, 2002 at the First Presbyterian Church, 321 West South St., Kalamazoo with The Rev. Dr. David VanArsdale and The Rev. Jean Miller officiating. The family will receive friends following the Service at a reception in the Church Dining Room. Memorial gifts may be made to the Emergency Assistance Fund of the First Presbyterian Church or to Hospice of Greater Kalamazoo. Arrangements by Langeland Family Funeral Homes Memorial Chapel 622 S. Burdick St. 343-1508  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette April 22, 2002

Jacquelin M. Horton - 537 Chicago Avenue, Borgess Nursing Home, Kal. Formerly of Corbin, KY, and Summerfield, FL, passed away peacefully on April 22, 2002 at Borgess Nursing Home. Mrs. Horton was born June 28, 1929, the daughter of Glenn Pelkey and Beatrice Hillis. She was employed for 15 years with Borgess Medical Center. She was married to Robert E. Davis on November 6, 1948, who preceded her in death on May 10, 1975. She owned and operated, alongside her husband Robert, Davis Grocery in Hickory Corners, in the late sixties and early seventies. She was married to Arthur L. Horton on January 10, 1983, who preceded her in death on January 23, 1988. Jackie was an avid bowler and loved to travel with her late husband, Arthur. Surviving are two daughters, Ms. Judy Etts of Delton, Mrs. Patricia Snyder (and son-in-law, Gregory) of Hickory Corners; one son, Mr. Clifford E. Davis (and daughter-in-law, Diane) of Ocala, FL; one daughter- in-law, Marilee Davis of Pineville, KY; and step-mother-in-law, Mabel Hillis of Lake Wales, FL. A son, Thomas E. Davis preceded her in death on January 20, 1995. Also surviving are 7 grandchildren, Tammie Snyder of Richland, Robert Snyder of Richland, Clifford J. Davis and Michael Davis of Ocala, FL, Angela Etts of Kalamazoo, April Etts of Delton, and Christopher Davis of Pineville, KY; 5 great-grandchildren, Andrew, Caleb, Andrew, Austin and Jonathan. Cremation has taken place and there will be no visitation. A private family graveside service will take place at Mt. Ever-Rest Cemetery with Pastor Jeff Worden officiating.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette April 24, 2002

G. Ruth Johnson - Of Kalamazoo,  Died Friday April 19, 2002. Ruth was born October 22, 1911 in Sullivan, Illinois the daughter of Jesse and Blanche (Womack) Pearce. She was a graduate of Dowagiac High School, Western Michigan University and the Borgess School of Nursing, and was a member of Zion Lutheran Church. Ruth was preceded in death by her first husband William Riedel in 1968. She later married John C. Johnson in 1976 and he passed away in 1993. Ruth was also preceded in death by her brother, Gerald Pearce and two sisters, Letha Garns and Jean Price. Surviving are her nieces and nephews: Suzanne Dahlgren of Oakland, CA, George Garns of Sandusky, OH, Philip Trice of Oak Park, IL, John Trice of Baton Rouge, LA and James Trice of Kalamazoo, as well as several other nieces, nephews and their families. Services will be held 11:00 am Tuesday at Zion Lutheran Church, 2122 Bronson Blvd with The Rev. Timothy W. Seeber officiating. The family will receive friends at the Langeland Family Funeral Homes Memorial Chapel 622 S. Burdick St. 343-1508 on Monday from 6-8 pm. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Mayo Clinic.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette April 21, 2002

Mrs. Myrth I. Huggins - Kalamazoo, Passed away Thursday evening, April 11, 2002, at Friendship Village, where she had been a resident since 1976. Mrs. Huggins was born in Ganges Township, Fennville, July 5, 1910, the daughter of Frank R. and Euretha (Miller) Mosier. She was a member of the Community Church of Douglas, was a graduate of what is now Western Michigan University, and taught at Peachbelt School in Ganges Township, as well as Lansing and Fennville schools. She was preceded in death by her husband, Oscar in 1965; and two brothers, Dwight Mosier and Earl Mosier. Surviving are several nieces, nephews and cousins. In accordance with her wishes, anatomical donation has been made to the University of Michigan and no services or visitation will be held. Arrangements by Joldersma & Klein 917 S. Burdick 343-2628  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette April 14, 2002

Florene B. Hosner - Of Kalamazoo, Went to be with the Lord on Tuesday evening, April 23, 2002, and to be reunited with her husband Casey, who died in 1996. Florene was born at Pawnee City, Nebraska, on October 17, 1920, the daughter of Joseph and Leila Folsom, and has been a resident of Kalamazoo since 1947. She was a member of Haven Reformed Church. Surviving are her son, Kenneth L. Hosner and daughter- in-law, Cathleen of Kalamazoo; her grandson, Andrew C. Hosner and Shawn Vezinaw of Venice, CA; her nephews, John, Matthew, Mark, Andy and Christopher Engel, all of the Dayton, Ohio area. Services will be held 7:00 p.m. Thursday at the Langeland Family Funeral Homes Memorial Chapel 622 S. Burdick St. 343-1508 with The Rev. Keith Lohman officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home beginning at 6:00 p.m. Private interment will be in Mt. Ever-Rest Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be directed to Hospice Care of South West Michigan or the Kalamazoo Gospel Mission.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette April 24, 2002

Lucille M. (Osterling) Jones - Of Galesburg, Died Thursday April 18, 2002. Lucille was born January 14, 1919 in Kalamazoo, Michigan, the daughter of Charles and Edna (Allison) Osterling. She was member of the Gull Lake United Methodist Church, former member of the Galesburg/Augusta Lioness Club, and prior to her retirement had worked at Felpausch in Delton for 35 years. Lucille was preceded in death by her first husband, Robert Weaver in 1975; second husband, Harry H. Jones in 1989; and two brothers, William and Charles Osterling. Surviving are three step-sons and three step-daughters; two brothers, Wayne (Mildred) Osterling of Battle Creek, and Carl (Gloria) Osterling of Richland; sister-in-law, Delores Osterling of Scotts; several nieces, nephews and cousins. A Memorial Service will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday at the Gull Lake United Methodist Church, 8640 Gull Road with The Rev. Stephen Charnley officiating. Private interment will be in Augusta Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be directed to the church or the Laurels of Galesburg. Arrangements by the Langeland Family Funeral Homes Hoag-Switzer Galesburg Chapel 145 W. Battle Creek St. 343-1508  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette April 24, 2002

Mr. Cornelius W. “Neal” Koster  - Of Kalamazoo, Died Friday morning, April 26, 2002. Neal was born March 29, 1912 in Comstock, the son of William and Jenny Koster. He was a graduate of Comstock High School, and attended Kalamazoo College for 2 years. Prior to his retirement he was employed with the Upjohn Company. He was a member of the Community Reformed Church in Clearwater, FL, where he served as Deacon, Elder and president of the Young at Hearts Club. He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Wilbur in August of 1977; his brother, Koert; his wife, Theressa Koster in August of 1986. In April of 1987 he was united in marriage to Emma DeGraff, who preceded him in death in October of 2000. Surviving are his grandchildren, Jana (Ronald) Vig of Lawton, William Koster of Portland, OR, Steven Koster of Kalamazoo; 5 great- grandchildren, Kaitlynn, Kelsey, and Mallory Koster, Daniel McCann, Rachel Vig; daughter-in- law, Jean Stonerock of Lawton; sister-in-law, Ruby Hoeksema of Wyoming, MI; and several nieces and nephews. Services will be held 11:00 o'clock Tuesday at the Langeland Family Funeral Homes Memor-ial Chapel 622 S. Burdick St. 343-1508 with Rev. Dave Turley, of the Decatur Bible Church, officiating. Friends may meet the family one hour prior to the service at the chapel. Pri-vate interment will be in Mt. Ever-Rest Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the American Diabetes Association.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  April 27, 2002

Aafke Trientje “Evelyn” Kruissel - Of Kalamazoo, Went to be with the Lord on Friday, April 26, 2002 at Rose Arbor Hospice Residence. Evelyn was born October 16, 1924 in Winsum, Groningen, The Netherlands, the daughter of Andy and Janna (Reker) Klooster. She was a member of the Milwood Christian Reformed Church, loved her nature walks and everything beautiful. On April 24, 1945 she was united in marriage to Bernardus ``Ben'' Kruissel, who survives. Also surviving are four children, Hans (Janice) Kruissel, Jane (Roy) Randen, Grace (Robert) Gilman, all of Kalamazoo, and Ben (Jackie) Kruissel of Paw Paw; six grandchildren, Kevin Kruissel, Kelly (Mateo) Pillot, Robert (Laurie) Gilman, Michael Gilman, Don Dwyer III and Michelle (Brian) Smith; four great- grandchildren, Lucas, Kimberly, Samantha and Ethan; two brothers and two sisters, Jakob (Ina) Klooster of The Netherlands, Kina Wagenaar of Kalamazoo, Ralph (Marlene) Klooster of Mattawan, and Ria (Roger) Bush of Paw Paw; sister-in-law, Trudy Klooster of Kalamazoo; brother-in-law, Lammert DeGroot of The Netherlands; several nieces and nephews. Evelyn was preceded in death by her parents; grandson Scott; sister, Trientje A. DeGroot; and brother, John Klooster. Services will be held 11:00 a.m. Monday at the Milwood Christian Reformed Church, 3306 Lovers Lane with The Rev. Loren Kotman officiating. Private entombment will be in Mt. Ever-Rest Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the Langeland Family Funeral Homes Memorial Chapel 622 S. Burdick St. 343-1508 on Sunday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be directed to the American Cancer Society or Milwood Christian Reformed Church.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  April 27, 2002

Edward D. Kuiper - 600 Golden Drive Died Sunday, April 21, 2002. Edward was born October 27, 1915 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the son of Harm and Clarissa Kuiper. Prior to his retirement in 1978, he worked at the Kalamazoo State Hospital for 30 years, where he was Maintenance Supervisor. Ed was a member of the M.S.E.A. and the Marcellus United Methodist Church. In 1964 he was united in marriage to Daisy Emelyn (Ferguson), who preceded him in death on May 16, 1990. He was also preceded in death by a son, David Ernest Kuiper; and several brothers and sisters. Surviving are his son, Harvey (Susan) Kuiper of Kalamazoo; four daughters, Sharon (Bob) Philipp of Vicksburg, Evelyn (Larry) Freemire of Kalamazoo, Diane (John) Diestler of Elkhart, IN, and Mary Ellen (Jerry) Freemire of Portage; step-son, Richard (Sandra) Linihan of Kalamazoo; step-daughter, Kathy Seburg of Vancouver, WA; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sister, Nellie (Al) Jager of Kalamazoo; several nieces and nephews. Services will be held 11:00 a.m. Wednesday at the Langeland Family Funeral Homes Portage Chapel 411 E. Centre Ave. 343-1508 Interment will follow in South Portage Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be directed to the American Diabetes Association or the Kalamazoo Gospel Mission.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette April 22, 2002

Virginia LaRue - Lincoln, NM Died Saturday, April 27, 2002 in Ruidoso, NM. She was born February 13, 1909 in Kansas City, Missouri. She grew up in Pasadena, CA, and retired from Lockheed Aircraft after 32 years of service. She moved to Lincoln County in 1997 from Kalamazoo, MI. She is survived by a son, Robert LaRue and his wife, Rosemary, of Lincoln, NM; and a daughter, Nancy LaRue Mahr and her husband, Hans of Palos Verdes, CA; grandchildren, Beth Reister, Carrie LaRue, Stephen LaRue, Hans Mahr and Krista Mahr; great-grand-children, Erin Reister, Dana Reister, Carolyn LaRue and Ave LaRue. No services are planned at this time. The family has requested memorials to St. Joseph's Indian School, 1111 N. Main Street, Chamberlin, SD 57326. Arrangements are under the direction of LaGrone Funeral Chapel of Ruidoso, 341 Sudderth Dr., Ruidoso, NM 88345. 505-257-7303. source: Kalamazoo Gazette April 30, 2002

Evelyn M. Lawrence - Schoolcraft, Passed away Friday morning, April 19, 2002 in Bronson Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo, MI. She was born August 25, 1920 near Marcellus, MI the daughter of Earle K, and Jennie (Kleckner) Fuller. She was a lifelong resident of the Marcellus & Schoolcraft area and graduated from Marcellus High School in 1938. She was a member of the Faith Fellowship Church of Schoolcraft. Surviving are two daughters, Cheryl A. Lawrence of Rantoul, IL & Phyllis J. Lawrence of Bradenton, FL; two sons, Stephen L. Lawrence of Phoenix, AZ & Robert E. Lawrence of Mattawan, MI; five grandchildren & two great-grandchildren; two sisters, Hazel Fuller or Paw Paw, MI & Barbara (Elmer) Sprang of Lawton, MI; two brothers, Harlon (Helen) Fuller of Lawton & Wilbur (Helen) Fuller of Lawrence, MI; and several nieces and nephews. Two brothers preceded her in death. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM, Monday, April 22, 2002 at Mater Funeral Home Marcellus Mater Funeral Home Mater Funeral Home, Marcellus with Rev. Robert Monroe and Rev. Merle Halsey officiating. Burial will follow in Marcellus Cemetery. The family will receive friends 3 to 6 PM Sunday in the funeral home.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette April 21, 2002

Herm Laudenslager - Of Texas Township, Died April 19, 2002 at his residence. Herm was born April 30, 1946 in Kalamazoo the son of Herman and Naomi Laudenslager Sr. On November 23, 1968 at St. John Bosco Catholic Church in Mattawan he was united into marriage with the former Betty Podkol. Herm was a member of St. Monica Catholic Church and had worked in build supply sales. He loved to be outside and spent much of his time tending to his yard, garden and the wildlife that surrounded the home. He was preceded in death by his parents. Surviving along with his wife are 2 sisters and one brother; Trudy (Richard) Nardone of Kalamazoo, Jeannie (Larry) Halbert of Portage, Kenneth (Nancy) Laudenslager of FL and nieces and nephews. Friends will be received Sunday from 2:00- 4:00 PM and 6:00-8:00 PM at the Betzler Funeral  Homes Stadium Dr. West of 131 375-2900 where the rosary will be recited at 3:30 PM. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday 11 AM at St. Monica Catholic Church with Fr. Larry Farrell, cele-brant. Interment Hope Cemetery, Texas Township. Food and fellowship will be shared after the interment at St. Monica's church hall. Memorials may be made to St. Monica Catholic Church or a charity of one's choice.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette April 21, 2002

Barbara Rita (Knowlton) Magnan - Of Kalamazoo, Died Sunday, April 14, 2002 at Rose Arbor Hospice in Kalamazoo. She was born October 26, 1926 in Grand Rapids, to James Fabian Knowlton and Mary Blanche Bauer. She spent her early child-hood in Grand Rapids, and grew up in the Kalamazoo area. She loved being outdoors and was very good with horses. She also had an aptitude for music: she played cello in the school orchestra, although she never had a lesson. She graduated from St. Augustine High School in 1944, and then briefly attended college. After working briefly for Lockshore Farms Dairy and Sutherland Paper Company, she married Robert Paul Magnan October 24, 1946, in Kalamazoo. She was a member first of St. Augustine Catholic Church, and later of St. Monica Catholic Church in Portage. After raising five children, Barbara returned to college at age 51. She graduated from Western Michigan University with a B.A. in French and won an academic achievement award. She then spent a month touring Europe. This was a dream come true, since she had been interested in languages all of her life, and she loved art and architecture, spending many enjoyable hours drawing and painting. She also loved music: her children remember that she always had a song on her lips. She was a classical pianist and for many years she taught piano to children. After receiving her degree, she taught at the Kalamazoo County Juvenile Home School. She then worked in real estate for a short time. Throughout her life she was a voracious, omnivorous reader and for a while a member of a Great Books Foundation club. Another of her interests was the theater; two high points for the family came when she took to the stage in the Portage Playhouse productions of The Merry Widow and Peter Pan. Among the loves of her life were her dogs - first Jacques, then Brandy, and finally Alex. She was pre-ceded into eternity by her husband, Robert Paul; her sisters, Celine Shields, Therese Marie, and Mary Ann; and her brother, James Anthony. She will be missed by her five children, Ann Marie Iseler of Gaylord, Robert James Magnan of Madison, WI, Susan Elizabeth Magnan of Kalamazoo, Philip John Magnan of Spring Lake, and Theresa Mary Paeltz of Belleville, IL; 21 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; sisters, Katherine Theresa Knowlton, S.S.J. of Kalamazoo, Margaret Mary Midling of Grover Beach, CA, and Mary Buczkowski of Kalamazoo; brother, Thomas B. Knowlton of Aurora, IL; and numerous nieces and nephews. As a final gift to the world, she donated her remains to the Michigan State University Department of Anatomy Willed Body Program. ``A person may will to dispose of his body and to destine it to ends that are useful, morally irreproachable and even noble, among them the desire to aid the sick and suffering. ... Body donation benefits the lives of many human beings and is an expression of some of the deepest religious values.'' (Pope Pius XI, May 14, 1956) ``To everything there is a season And a time for every purpose, under Heaven: A time to be born, a time to die ..., A time to laugh, a time to weep ..., A time to dance, a time to mourn .... To everything there is a season ....'' (Pete Seeger/Ecclesiastes, 3: 1-8) A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Monica Church Saturday, April 27 at 11:00 a.m., followed by a small reception for family and friends. Memorial gifts may be made to Kalamazoo Animal Rescue, P.O. Box 3295, Kalamazoo MI 49003, or MSU Willed Body Program (checks payable to Michigan State University with designation ``Anatomical Gift Fund, in memory of Barbara Knowlton''), Development Fund, MSU, 4700 S. Hagadorn Rd, Suite 220, E. Lansing MI 48823-5399.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette April 16, 2002

Janina “Jean” A. Malinowski - Of Portage, Passed away on April 24, 2002 at her home. She was born on September 2, 1923 in Kepanow, Poland, the daughter of Jan and Antonina (Geslak) Trojanski. Janina was a homemaker and was a Nanny for several families in the Kalamazoo Area for many years. She was a member of St. Monica's Catholic Church. She is survived by her husband, Aloysius ``Al,'' to whom she was married to for fifty years; two daughters, Georgia (Gary) Lupina of Bradinton, FL, and Theresa (Alexander) Runowski of Lawton, MI; a brother and sister-in-law, Wladyslaw ``Walter'' and Czeslawa Trojanski of Poland; a sister-in-law, Charlotte Malinowski of Tampa, FL; two grandchildren, Alexis and Andrew Runowski of Lawton; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received on Sunday, April 28, 2002 from 2-4:00 p.m. and 6-8:00 p.m. at Redmond Funeral Home 4100 S. Westnedge where a Rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday, April 29, 2002 at St. Monica's Catholic Church at 11:00 a.m., Father Wieslaw Lipka Celebrant and Fr. Bogdan Werra Con-Celebrant. Interment will be at Mt. Ever-Rest Cemetery. A luncheon will be held at St. Monica's Catholic Church directly following the burial. Memorial contributions may be directed to Borgess VNA Hospice or St. Monica's Catholic Church.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette April 27, 2002

Leonard Z. Martin - Kalamazoo, Passed away Thursday morning, April 18, 2002 in Kalamazoo. Leonard was born in Lawton, MI. January 27, 1911 the son of Don C. and Bessie May (Douglas) Martin. He graduated from Kalamazoo Central High School, retired from KVP Sutherland Paper Company and was a member of St. Martin of Tours Episcopal Church. A veteran of WW II, he served in the U.S. Army in Europe and was awarded a Purple Heart among other combat and service medals. WW II was Leonard's ``Life Experience.'' He often talked of the time he spent in the Army and kept abreast of news regarding his unit until he died.  Leonard was an American and a soldier. He was very proud of both. On August 15, 1936, he married Mary Ann Urbick, who preceeded him in death on September 17, 1979. He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Warren Martin and Marni Reed of Westminster, CA; a son Dennis; 2 grandchildren; a brother, Douglas of Portage. Services will be held 11 o'clock Wednesday morning at the St. Martin of Tours Episcopal Church, 2010 Nichols Road, Kalamazoo, with The Rev. William (Bill) Spaid, who was like a son to Leonard, offici-ating, followed by a short reception at the church. Graveside committal services will take place at 1:30 PM Wednesday afternoon at Mt. Ever- Rest Memorial Park, with full military honors provided by Comstock VFW Post #6252. Anyone wishing to make a contribution in Leonard's memory is encouraged to do so to the National World War II Memorial on line at www.wwiimemorial.com or by calling 1-800- 639-4WW2 (envelopes available at the funeral home). Friends will be received at the funeral home beginning Tuesday afternoon, where the family will be present from 2 to 4 and from 6 to 8 PM. Joldersma & Klein 917 S. Burdick 343-2628  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette April 21, 2002

Mrs. Jeanne S. Null - Of Kalamazoo, Died Friday morning, April 19, 2002 in Flushing, MI. Jeanne was born August 1, 1915 in Waterloo, Iowa the daughter of Allen A. and Grace M. (Greene) Stocker and had been a resident in the Kalamazoo area since 1945. Prior to her retirement she was a teacher with the Portage Public Schools for 23 years. She was an active member of the First United Methodist Church of Kalamazoo for 51 years and was a member of the Chancel Choir for many years. She also belonged to the Nautilus Sunday School Class where she was a past president; the Delta Kappa Gamma Sorority; member and past president of the Portage Education Association. On December 28, 1935 she was united in marriage to Thomas W. Null who preceded her in death on March 22, 2001. Surviving are 4 children, Sandra (Dale) Crandall of Flint, Theodore (Mikayla) Null of Phoenix, Susan (Richard) Roberts of Ionia, MI, Timothy (Cynthia) Null of San Jose, CA; 9 grandchildren, Rebecca (Nathan) Adams, Robert (Michelle) Crandall, Melissa (Kurt) Volkmann, Amanda (Blake) Miller, Brenda Null, Blake Bailey, Michelle Roberts, Ryan Roberts, Britt Null; 6 great-grandchildren, Aaron Adams, Myra Volkmann, Ashley Crandall, Noah Adams, Russell Volkmann, Peter Adams; a brother, Robert W. Stocker of Phoenix; and several nieces and nephews. There will be no visitation. Graveside Services will be held 1:00 o'clock Tuesday in the mausoleum at Mt. Ever-Rest Cemetery. Memorials may be dir-ected to the First United Methodist Church Choir. Arrangements by pending at the Langeland Family Funeral Homes Memorial Chapel 622 S. Burdick St.343-1508  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette April 21, 2002

Mrs. Evelyn E. Parent - Of Kalamazoo, Passed away Sunday evening, April 28, 2002. Evelyn was born April 1, 1927 in Grand Rapids, the daughter of Ralph and Celia (Young) Weigle, and had been a resident in Kalamazoo for most of her life. Prior to her retirement she was employed for several years with the Rowen and Blair Electric Company, and then later with the Langeland Family Funeral Homes. On June 21, 1974 she was united in marriage to Walter ``Pete'' Parent, who preced-ed her in death on May 1, 1991. Surviving are a daughter, Kathy (Roger) Hall of Battle Creek; 2 grandchildren, Jessica and Jason Hall; a sister, Barbara (Edward) Kalohn of Rochester Hills, MI; a niece and nephew, Susan (Edwin) Ward, Ed (Ruthann) Kalohn. In accordance with her wishes cremation has taken place and there will be no visitation. A Memorial Service will be held 11:00 o'clock Thursday at Langeland Family Funeral Homes Memorial Chapel 622 S. Burdick St. 343-1508 with Rev. John Vick officiating. Private interment will be in Ft. Custer National Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society.  source: Kalamazoo Gazette April 30, 2002

Elizabeth Springer - Of Portage, If anyone ever went away hungry at Elizabeth Springer's house, it was their own fault.  She was proud to be a homemaker and took great care of her family. Elizabeth began life on February 4, 1942 in Kalamazoo, the daughter of Leon and Letha (Auckerman) Watson. She went to school at Grand Prairie, South Junior High, and attended Central High School in Kalamazoo. The Watson's lived on Drake Road where they farmed. Elizabeth like many children of her day, helped out on the family farm. Her father used to haul cattle for other local farmers. One of those farms belonged to Jerry Springer's dad. Elizabeth used to ride along in the truck out to the Springer's and the first impression she made on Jerry Springer was that she was a brat. That brat eventually grew up a little, and started bringing Jerry cookies and brownies when the families would get together. She won Jerry over first with her cooking but as he recalls, ``You couldn't help but to love her.'' Jerry and Elizabeth dated for four years before they married. Jerry remembers going to the old Douglas Drive-in and having hamburgers and soda and watching movies. The couple married at the Springer home on June 12, 1959. The young couple set up house and soon after, Jerry went to serve his country in the military. After his service had ended, the couple moved to Portage and have lived there ever since. They added to their family with the birth of their daughter Barbara and then again four years later with the birth of their daughter Beverly. Elizabeth's cooking was legendary; she made the best potato salad in the county, and she never used a recipe. She would add a pinch of the this and that and it was always good. She loved to make her soups, also a family favorite. Most of her cooking was done without using a recipe, however she loved to collect recipe books. She started her collection in junior high school and has continued it ever since. She loved canning foods, baking her cherry crisp and taking loving care of the family that she held so dear. That family includes her husband, Jerry of Portage; her daughter, Barbara Uildriks of Vicksburg; and her daughter, Beverly Springer of Portage. She loved her three grandchildren, Brandon, Justin and Chelsea Uildriks, who were a light in her life. Elizabeth died at Kairos Dwelling in Kalamazoo on April 27, 2002. She follows in death her father in 2001 and her mother, who died just three days before she died. Her family will meet friends on Wednesday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Rupert, Durham, Marshall and Gren Funeral Homes, Portage Chapel, where her Celebration of Life Service will be held on Thursday at 11:00 a.m. with Chaplain Theda McBride leading the service. Please share a memory of Elizabeth with her family at the chapel or on her personal web page where you may also make memorials to Kairos Dwelling at www.rdmg.com  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette April 29, 2002