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Mr. William DeHollander - 8700 Gull Rd., passed away Monday, August 9, 1976.  Mr. DeHollander was born Oct. 27, 1901, in the Netherlands, son of Jacob and Elizabeth DeHollander and had been a lifelong resident of the Richland area.  Before his retirement, had been employed by the Hawthorne Paper Co. for 44 years and had also been engaged in farming. His wife, Lillian, passed away in 1975.  Surviving are 4 daughters,  Mrs. Donald (Helen) Gibbs of Battle Creek,  Mrs. Jack (Marian) Green,  Mrs. Chester (Dorothy) Ford,  Mrs. Kenneth (Evelyn) Essar, all of Richland;  6 grandchildren;   8 great-grandchildren;  one sister and 2 brothers, Mrs. Catherine Shorter of Kalamazoo,  John of Gobles and Jacob of Parchment;  several nieces and nephews.  Service arrangements will be announced later by the Langeland Chapel, 622 S. Burdick.  The family requests memorial contributions be made to the Gull Lake Ambulance.  Friends may call at the chapel.    source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Tues 10 Aug 1976

Mrs. Blanche H. Deitz - 471 W. South St., passed away early Monday morning at Bronson Hospital.  Born July 28, 1881 in Kalamazoo daughter of Rufus and Margaret Hardy and had been a lifelong resident of this community.  She was a member of St. Lukes Episcopal Church and is survived by:  one daughter, Mrs. Mary Seitman of Kalamazoo;   two grandchildren,  John M. Seitman of San Diego, Calif. and Mrs. John (Nancy) Colina of Riverview, Michigan;  three great-grandchildren;  one nephew, Robert H. Harrington of San Diego, Calif.  Friends will be received at the Donovan Funeral Home after noontime on Tuesday.  Funeral arrangements will be announced later.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Mon 8 May 1972

Mrs. Jeanette E. Deichman - Rte 3, Vicksburg, died Monday at Borgess Hospital.  Born July 13, 1917 in Monroe, Michigan and had been a resident of the Kalamazoo area for 34 years.  Mem-ber of Zion Lutheran Church. Survived by her husband, Ray;  two sons, William of Oshtemo and Robert of Jacksonville,Fla.;  one grandson, Shane Mulrunnin Deichman;  two sisters, Mrs. Russell (Betty Ann) Emerson of Monroe, Mich. and Mrs. Lyle (Irene) Skinner of Portage;  one brother, Mr. David Bogle of Monroe.  Religious services 11 a.m. Thursday, Zion Lutheran Church, Pastor Louis W. Grother officiating.  Interment, Mt. Ever-Rest Cemetery.   Friends may call after 7 this evening at the Truesdale South Chapel, Portage.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Tues 28 Mar 1972

Ronald F. DeKam - 1521 Sheridan Dr., passed away Tuesday evening, May 3, 1977.  Mr. DeKam was born in Kalamazoo, March 19, 1910, son of George and Florence (Fisher) DeKam and was a life resident here.  He was a licensed master plumber.  He was a retired superintendent for Associated Mechanical where he had been employed for 28 years and was previously with Wheeler-Blaney Company.  Member of St. Augustine Cathedral, Plumbers and Steam Fitters Local 337, former member of the Kalamazoo City Planning Board, member of the Knights of Columbus Council 1616.  Surviving are:  his wife, Agnes J. (Leonard), with whom he celebrated his 48th Wedding Anniversary on April 24th., three children,  Mrs. Adrian (Beverly) Kramer, Ronald G. DeKam, both of Kalamazoo,  Richard T. DeKam of Portage;  two brothers, George and Burton DeKam both of Parchment;  five grandchildren,  Cynthia and Stephen Kramer, Rick, Rodney and Kimberley DeKam;  several nieces and nephews.  Friends are being received at the Redmond Funeral Home where the rosary will be recited Thursday evening at 7:30.  Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at St. Augustine Cathedral Friday morning at 10, Father Brendan Tarrier officiating.  Interment, Mount Olivet Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to St. Augustine Cathedral or Font Bonne Manor.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  Wed 4 May 1977

Mr. Roy W. Deland - 402 Montrose, passed away Sunday Dec. 19, 1971, at Bronson Hospital.  Mr. Deland was born June 1, 1893, in Charlotte, Mich.  He was Credit Manager for Lee & Cady Wholesale Grocers for 40 years until his retirement in 1957.  A member of United Commercial Travelers and Kalamazoo Numismatic Society.  Surviving are a nephew, Lewis Wright of Lansing;  several nieces including Mrs. Glenn Leeper, Delton.  Friends may call at the Truesdale Downtown Funeral Home after 7 p.m. Monday, where religious services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Rev. Ray Fassett officiating.  Interment, Mt. Ever-Rest Cemetery.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Mon 20 Dec 1971

Benjamin “Ben” DeKam - 623 Keyes Dr., passed away suddenly Thursday evening.  Ben was born August 16, 1955, in Kalamazoo, the son of Burton and Helen DeKam.  He was a student at Harold Upjohn School and was a member of St. Ambrose Church.  Surviving besides the parents are 2 brothers, James of Galesburg and Jerry at home;  2 sisters, Mrs. Ronald (Carolyn) Lilly of Satelite Beach, Fla.; and Mrs. Clifford (Nancy) Puryear Jr. of Kalamazoo;  grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. George Jurgensen of Cassopolis.  Friends are being received at the Redmond Funeral Home, where wake services will be held Sunday evening at 7:30.  Requiem High Mass will be celebrated at St. Ambrose Church Monday morning at 10.  Burial in Mt. Olivet cemetery.  Those who wish, may make memorials to Muscular Dystrophy Fund.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Sat 23 Oct 1971

Miss Nellie DeLieu - 1424 S. Westnedge, passed away Sunday, July 23, 1972 at Birch Manor Nursing Home.  She was born July 8, 1880 in the Netherlands, to Jacob and Adrainne DeLeeuw.  She had retired as an employee (sic) of the Upjohn Company;  member of the First Reformed Church;  Christian Business Women’s Association.  Survived by:  her sister, Miss Jennie DeLieu of Kalamazoo and a niece, Miss Kathleen Jose of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.  Religious services 11 a.m. Wednesday at Truesdale South Chapel, Portage, Rev. Russell W. VandeBunte officiating.  Interment, Riverside Cemetery.  The family suggests memorials may be made to the First Reformed Church or the Senior Citizens Fund. source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Mon 24 July 1972

Mr. Bert G. Dekema Sr. - 1229 Edgemoor, passed away April 8, (1971) at Bronson Hospital.  Mr. Dekema was born July 9, 1893, in Grand Rapids, the son of Nicholas and Nellie VanderVeen Dekema and had resided here most of his life.  He was a clerk at the Post Office until his retirement Nov. 30, 1953, and in 1956 became active in real estate sales.   Mr. Dekema was a member of the Kalamazoo Board of Realtors, Kalamazoo Lodge No. 87 F & AM, Saladin Temple AAONMS, 32nd Degree Mason and Kalamazoo Rose Society.  Surviving are one son, Bert G. Jr. of Schoolcraft;  2 daughters, Mrs. Lyman (Betsy) Woodman of Anchorage, Alaska,  Mrs. Herbert (Dorothey Ann) Seaver of Kalamazoo;  13 grandchildren;  one brother, Garrett of Chicago, Ill.  Mr. Dekema will be at the Truesdale Downtown Funeral Home until noon Monday, to be taken to the Second Reformed Church for services at 2 p.m., Rev. Jay R. Weener officiating.  Interment, Mt. Ever-Rest Cemetery.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Thurs 8 April 1971

Mrs. Elva Ann Deland - 402 Montrose, passed away Dec. 15, 1971, at Bronson Hospital.  Mrs. Deland was born April 13, 1892, in Kalamazoo, the daughter of John H. and Martha Ware Gillman and had been a lifetime resident here.  Surviving are her husband, Roy W.;  one niece, Mrs. Ardeth Chambers, Kalamazoo.  Service arrangements will be announced later by the Truesdale Downtown Funeral Home.  source: Kalamazoo Gazette Thurs 16 Dec 1971

Mr. Herman C. Delgadillo - 441 Egleston, passed away Monday afternoon, March 29, 1971.  Mr. Delgadillo was born April 25, 1916, in Linares, Mexico, the son of Felix and Maria Delgadillo and had been a resident of Kalamazoo for 25 years.  He was employed by the Allied Paper Co. for 15 years.  Mr. Delgadillo was a member of St. Joseph Church and Our Lady of Guadalupe Rosary Group.  He was organizer of Latin American Dances in Kalamazoo.  Surviving are 2 sons and one daughter, Margarito and Lloyd of Kalamazoo,  Mrs. Sotero (Maria) Gonzalez of Plainwell; 4 grandchildren;  one brother, Proquinto of Austin, Texas;  one sister, Mrs. Minerva Rodriquez of San Antonio, Texas;  a half sister and 3 half brothers, Mrs. Denis Tijerina of Chicago, Cancepcion, Lorenzo and Trinidad Rubio, all of San Antonio, Texas;  several nieces and nephews. Memorial services will be held Friday morning at 11 o’clock at the Langeland Chapel, 622 S. Burdick.  Interment in Riverside Cemetery.  Friends may call at the chapel, where the rosary will be recited Thursday evening at 8 o’clock.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Wed 31 March 1971

Mrs. Gladys Perkowski DeLoof - Formerly of Kalamazoo, passed away April 25, 1971, in Elcerrito, Calif.  She had been in ill health for several years.  Mrs. DeLoof was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Alex Perkowski of Kalamazoo, and while living in Kalamazoo was employed by the Sutherland Paper co. for many years.  She is survived by her husband, Harold;  one daughter, Jacqueline;  one son, Robert;  one sister, Mrs. James (Joan) Woods of Kalamazoo.  Services and interment will be held in California.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Tues 27 Apr 1971

Mrs. Wilhelmina “Minnie” deKoning - 1430 Alamo Ave., Formerly 427 Pinehurst  Blvd.  passed away June 6, (1971) at Bronson Hospital.  She was the widow of Anthony J. deKoning, who passed away in July of 1958.  Mrs. deKoning was born June 16, 1881, in Doomberg, Zeeland, Netherlands, the daughter of Hubert and Madeline Leenhouts Van Peenan and came to this country as a child, settling in Kalamazoo.  She was a member of the Second Reformed Church.  Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Frances M. Sorlie of Kalamazoo; one son, Henry W. of Ann Arbor;  5 grandchildren;  4 great-grandchildren.  Friends may call at the Truesdale Downtown Funeral Home, where services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Rev. Jay R. Weener officiating.  Interment in Riverside Cemetery.  Friends may make contributions to the Second Reformed Church Building Fund.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  Mon 7 Jun 1971

Mr. Frank A. Taylor - 6204 N. Sherman Lake Dr., Augusta and Englewood, Fla., passed away unexpectedly Sunday Dec 26, (1971) while wintering in Florida.  Mr. Taylor was born August 4, 1907.  He retired 2 years ago after 25 years as a salesman with the International Paper Co., Kalamazoo.  Mr. Taylor is survived by his wife, Lena Holdridge Taylor;  one son, Thomas C. of Midland, Mich.;  one daughter, Mrs. Bradford C. (Marie) Admas of Brutus, Mich.;  5 grandchildren;  one brother, Robert F. of Shelbyville.  Friends may call after 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Schulueter-Farley Funeral Home, Augusta, where services will be held Thursday at 1 p.m., Rev. Milton Ten Have officiating.  Interment, Augusta Cemetery.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Tues 28 Dec 1971

Dorothy Irwin - Died March 19, 2002 in Naples, Florida. Dorothy was born August 6, 1904 in Prairie Ronde Twp., MI, the daughter of William and Emma (Douglas) Burgess, and was a lifelong resident of Porter Twp. and Lawton. She owned and operated a farm in Porter Twp. along with her husband Les. She was also employed with Warner Winery, retiring in the 1970s. Dorothy enjoyed crocheting, Rummy-O and Pinochle with her many friends. She wintered the past 20 years in Lake Placid, Florida. One of Dorothy's many joys was the art of conversation, especially with her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and playing with her great-great-granddaughter Brianne. She was preceded in death by her husband, Leslie Irwin; and her former husband, David Allen Coleman; 4 sisters, Hazel Hooper, Hattie Turner, Marie Brown and Mable Burgess. Surviving are her son, William A. Coleman; 2 granddaughters, Patricia (Tom) Harrell, Linda (Robert) Coleman Shirkey; 5 great-grandchildren, Eric (Jennifer) Harrell, Melissa (Gary) Harrell Hessert, Matthew Harrell, Zachary Shirkey and Kezia Shirkey; great-great-granddaughter, Brianne Hessert; and many nieces and nephews. Funeral Monday 11 a.m. at Betzler & Thompson Funeral Homes M-40 South of I-94, Paw Paw 657-3870 Rev. Jim Dyke officiating. Interment Oak Grove Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Lawton Community Center or charity of the donor's choice. The family will be present to receive friends Sunday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Share a memory on line at www.betzlerfuneralhome.com  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Mar 2002

Norman Imerzel - Age 75, died Saturday, November 3, 2001 in Gulfport, MS. Mr. Imerzel was born and raised in Kalamazoo. He was an Army veteran of World War II, and was a retired truck driver. He was preceded in death by his parents, Leo and Ethel (Grames) Imerzel; and two brothers, Kenneth Imerzel and Harold Imerzel; and an uncle, Elmer Grames. Survivors include his wife, Lera Imerzel of Biloxi, MS; 4 step-daught-ers, Patricia Mack of Greenville, MI, Mary Warner of Gulf-port, MS, Diane Robinson of Portage, MI, and Tina Dillion of Kalamazoo, MI; 4 step-sons, Thomas Hart of Gulfport, MS, Joe Hart of Germany, James Hart of Biloxi, and Michael Hart of D'Iberville, MS; a sister, Evelyn Woolsey of Arizona; 2 brothers and their spouses, Dale and Dorothy (Lessman) Imerzel, Robert and Ann (Currie) Imerzel; a nephew, Brian Imerzel; a niece, Karen Imerzel; and 3 great-nieces, Ashley Imerzel, Breania Imerzel and Jennifer Blackmun; an aunt, Cora Grames of Coldwater; and many friends. Burial was in Biloxi, MS. source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  Nov 20, 2001

Ruth Adelaide Parsons Brakeman Irish - began her life in Texas Township on November 3, 1908. She attended school in Schoolcraft and Western Normal School in Kalamazoo. She was employed for many years with the Industrial State Bank (Comerica) and was a talented seamstress, making clothes for several women in town and for her family. Ruth's family was very important to her and she was strongly committed to them. They include her son, Louis and his wife, Loris Brakeman Jr. of Deland, FL; her daughter, Julia and her husband, John Rey of Schoolcraft; and by her sister, Ethelyn Kelley of Hast-ings. She has six grandchildren and eight great-grand-children, as well as one step-son, Kenneth and his wife, Margaret Irish of Oakton, VA; six step-grandchildren and 16 step-great-grandchildren. Ruth died on December 21, 2001 in Kalamazoo. She follows in death her first husband, Louis F. Brakeman in 1957; her second husband, Kenneth Irish in 1985; and her daughter Sara. A Committal Service will be held on Monday, December 24 at 11:00 a.m. at her graveside in Mt. Ever-Rest Cemetery, Westnedge Ave. There will be a memorial Celebration of Life Service for Ruth on Saturday, December 29th at 3:00 p.m. at the Rupert, Durham, Marshall and Gren Funeral Home, Portage Chapel. Please share a memory of Ruth with her family at the graveside, chapel or read her life story, send flowers, make memorial contributions in her name to the American Cancer Society or Hospice of Greater Kalamazoo on her personal web page at www.rdmg.com source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Dec 22, 2001

Helen Inman Eggert Bush - Helen passed away on March 9, 2002 at Florida Hospital-Deland, Deland, Florida. She was born July 26, 1908 in Carleton, MI, to Harry and Bertha (Carless) Williams. She graduated from high school in Yale, MI, earned a BA Degree from Western Michigan in 1930, and an MA Degree from the University of Michigan in 1950. After she married Earl A. Inman in 1932, she lived in Kalamazoo for many years. After his death she was a residence hall director at Western Michigan University for 14 years. She married Gordon D. Eggert in 1961, and worked as a high school guidance counselor at Niles, MI, until her retirement in 1969. Helen married George E. Bush in 1992. She attended Trinity United Methodist Church in Deland, FL, and served as treasurer of Church Women United of West Voluisa County for many years. Helen was a member of P.E.O., the International Philanthropic Educational Organization for 66 years. She was very special to many; her selfless love and spirit of kindness will be remembered by all whose lives she touched.She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Everett Williams; and her three husbands. She is survived by 2 step-daughters, Charlene (Eggert) Sauer of Schoolcraft, MI, and Sharon (Bush) Molthen of Maitland, FL; also 3 step-sons, Gerald Eggert of State College, PA, Edward Eggert of Kelseyville, CA, and Michael Bush of Peru, NY. Surviving are 2 nephews, James Williams of Charlevoix, MI, and Paul Williams of Yale, MI; and 3 nieces, Janet (Williams) Noble of Yale, MI, Ruth (Eggert) Wells and Beverly (Eggert) VanBuskirk of Deltona. Her extended family includes 13 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. At Helen's request there will be no visitation or services. Private interment will take place at a later date. Contributions may be given to the charity of your choice. Baldauff Funeral Home Orange City, FL  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette March 12, 2002

Ollie L. (Samuels) Bloodworth - Passed away Monday, April 22, 2002. She was born September 15, 1932 in Hurtsboro, AL, the daughter of Arch and Essie May (Johnson) Samuels Jr. She was a member of Friendship Baptist Church in Hurtsboro, AL, where she served on the Usher Board. She united in holy matrimony with Charlie Joe Bloodworth Sr., in 1955. She was preceded in death by her parents; and a son, Vincent E. Bloodworth. Her uncle, Frank Samuels of Chicago, passed on April 28, 2002. Surviving are five daughters, Brenda Stubbs, Delphine (Jacoby) Peete, Carla (Sam) Thompson, Barbara Bloodworth- Harris, and Annie Mae Bloodworth, all of Kalamazoo; four sons, Robert (Mary) Bloodworth and Terry A. Bloodworth, both of Kalamazoo, William C. (Cassandra) Bloodworth of South Bend, IN, Charlie Bloodworth of Detroit; one brother, Fred (Essie Mae) Samuels, 1 niece and 2 nephews, all of Atlanta, GA; one aunt, Marie Metcalf of Chicago; 21 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren, all of Kalamazoo; 2 very special friends, Lillie B. West of Lansing, MI, Ruby Whitmore of Kalamazoo; special daughters, LaSonya Wilson, Jackie (Larry) Davis, Tammy Simmon; godchildren, LaMar Ayers, Derrick Sanders II, and Timothy Simmon. Services will be held 1 p.m. Friday with a 12 Noon viewing at Galilee Baptist Church, Pastor J. Louis Felton officiating. Interment Riverside Cemetery. Arrangements by Harper Funeral Home 521 Douglas Avenue 342-1000  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette May 2, 2002

Mrs. Beverly J. Bond - Died Monday evening April 29, 2002. Beverly was born January 15, 1954 in Kalamazoo, Michigan a daughter of Edward and Beverly (VanPelt) Havlik. She had been a lifelong Kalamazoo area resident and was employed with McDonalds for several years. She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Kerry Zimmerman; and her maternal grandmother, Chrystal VanPelt. She is survived by a son, Brady (Kathryn) Bond of Kalamazoo; 3 grandchildren; 2 brothers, her twin, Edward Havlik of Kalamazoo and Joseph Havlik of Grand Rapids; a sister, Nancy (Pete) Ruelas of Mattawan; an aunt, Charlotte Connolley; a cousin; and several nieces and nephews. In accordance with her wishes, cremation has taken place. There will be no visitation. A memorial service will be held 1 o'clock Saturday from the Langeland Family Funeral Homes Portage Chapel 411 E. Centre Ave. 343-1508 Private inurnment of cremains will take place at a later date. Memorials may be directed to the charity of your choice.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette May 3, 2002

Stuart  J. Burden - Died Wednesday May 1, 2002. Stuart was born April 6, 1945 in Kalamazoo, Michigan the son of Scott and Arylis (Roe) Burden. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, worked at the Eaton Corporation for the past 10 years and was a member of the Westwood United Methodist Church. On September 12, 1981 Stuart was united in marriage to Kathy L. (Kalleward), who survives. Also surviving are two children:  Matthew and Laura Burden both at home; mother Arylis Burden of Kalamazoo; two brothers: Wayne and Kent Burden; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father. Services will be held 11:00 am Monday at the Langeland Family Funeral Homes Memorial Chapel 622 S. Burdick St. 343-1508 The Rev. Eric Beck officiating. Interment will follow in Ft. Custer National Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Westwood United Methodist Church or the Alzheimer's Association.  source: Kalamazoo Gazette May 3, 2002

Mrs. Mary Fox - Died Wednesday morning May 1, 2002. Mrs. Fox was born December 19, 1917 in Kalamazoo with her twin sister Jane DeBoer who passed away October 19, 1991. She was a daughter of Simon K. and Lina D. (Maas) Adams. She was a member of Twin Lakes Reformed Church and enjoyed nature, gardening, crafts, Bible study and did volunteer work for over 18 years at Alamo Nursing Home. She was the author of a book of poems entitled ``Ordinary Things'' which was printed in 1996. On November 28, 1947 she was united in marriage to Arthur M. Fox who preceded her in death on June 21, 1978. She was also preceded in death by 3 brothers and 4 sisters. She is survived by 3 children, Robert (Carol) Fox and Beverly (Jeff) Bertch all of Kalamazoo, and Brenda (Dan) Brown of Paw Paw; 7 grandchildren, Scott, Carrie, and Laurie Bertch, Sean, Jenny and Heather Brown, Tracy Fox; a sister, Stella (Gerald) Doorn of Comstock; and many special nieces, nephews and cousins. A memorial services will be held 4:00 o'clock Friday (May 10) at Twin Lakes Reformed Church, 5475 Ravine Rd. with the Rev. Mr. Donald DeYoung officiating. Visitation will be Saturday from 10-12pm at the Langeland Family Funeral Homes Memorial Chapel 622 S. Burdick St. 343-1508 Private interment will be in Grand Prairie Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Twin Lakes Reformed Church.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette May 3, 2002