Miscellaneous Michigan Obituaries


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Carl Zotter, 75, of 1909 Military Street, died today in Mercy Hospital after a long illness.
He was employed by Port Huron Paper Company for 27 years until his retirement.  He attended St. Joseph's Catholic Church and was a member of the Holy Name Society, the Third Order of St. Francis and the Legion of Mary Auxiliary.
He was born April 23, 1893, in Graz, Austria, and came to Port Huron in 1929.
He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Josephine Zotter; three daughters, Mrs. John Simpson Jr., Saginaw; Mrs. William Moses, Mt. Clemens and Mrs. Sherman Selden, Rochester, NY.; three sons, Carl J. Zotter, Midland, Mich.; Edward J. Zotter, Bloomfield Hills, Mich., and Walter J. Zotter, Mt. Clemens; a brother John Zotter, Port Huron; two sisters, Mrs. Lena Ropposch and Mrs. Mary Bauer, both of Port Huron, and 19 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in St. Joseph's Church, Rev. Robert B. Koenig, pastor, will officiate.
Burial will be in the Mt. Hope Cemetery.
Rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. Wednesday in Karrer-Simpson Funeral Home. [From a 1969 clipping]

February 13, 1984

Mr. Edward J. Zotter of Macomb Township, passed away on Monday in his home at the age of 51 years.
Born in Port Huron, Michigan on February 20, 1932, a son of the late Carl and Josephine Ropposch Zotter, he was united in marriage with the former Geraldine Gongle on September 13, 1958 in Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Harper Woods.  The couple lived in Bloomfield Hills and for the past ten years at their present address.
Edward was self employed as a cutting tool salesman for the past eight years.  He serves in the United States Army and was a member of St. Isidore Catholic Church.
Surviving besides his wife Geraldine and a son Mark Zotter are two brothers, Carl Zotter of Midland Michigan and Walter Zotter of Clinton Township and Ms. Josefa Zotter of Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday at 10:30 a.m. in St. Isidore Catholic Church, 18201 23 Mile Road at Romero Plank Road with the Reverend Father Lawrence Nawrocki officiating.  Burial will be in St. Peter Catholic Cemetery, Clinton Township.
Mr. Zotter will rest in the Will and Schwarzkoff Funeral Home, 233 North Gratiot Avenue, Mount Clemens until 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday and will then lie in state in the church from 9:45 a.m. Thursday until the time of service.
Scripture service Wednesday 7:30 p.m.
Visiting hours until 9:00 p.m.

Macomb Letter, Macomb, Dec. 2, 1884
     Death has again entered this neighborhood.  On Sunday morning Nov. 30, Nettie, the daughter of Ira and Louisa Kniffen, aged 18 years and 6 months.   She was stricken down with fever while taking care of her brother and during her last sickness was a great sufferer.  Nettie was loved by all who knew her.  Sweet spirited, good her self, she looked upon all as being good.  She was buried on Monday at the Preston Cemetery.  Rev. Lucas attended the funeral service.  The family in their great affliction, share the sympathies of all.

Mt Clemens Monitor, Oct. 14, 1904
   Davis.   Rev. Elijah W. Howe, who was spoken of in the Monitor last week
as being seriously ill, passed away last Saturday morning, in the 82d year
of his age.  A double affliction to the family was brought on by the sudden
sickness and death of his wife, who was taken ill at the supper table Friday
evening and survived only three days, passing away on Monday evening.  Mr.
Howe's funeral was to have been held on Tuesday, but was postponed and a
double funeral held on Wednesday, and they were laid to rest in one grave in
the Davis cemetery.  They were both natives of New York, but came to this
state in early childhood, and were therefore among the early pioneers of
this town.  Her name was Jane Wetley, and they were married in 1846, having
lived a happy life together for more than 58 years.  They both joined the
M.E. church soon after their marriage and have been very active members
until a few years ago when illness prevented them from active church work.
Mr. Howe was licensed to preach in 1857, and had always been a great help to
the church in his ministerial services.  They leave two daughters, Mrs. Jay
Warren, of Olivet and Mrs. Spicer Warren of Capac, and eleven grandchildren,
who have the sympathy of the entire community in their bereavement.  Thus
the pioneers are fast passing away, but few being left in this vicinity.

Mt Clemens Monitor, Oct. 21 1904
   Ottis Warren, of New York, grandson of Rev. and Mrs. E. W. Howe, who were
buried last week, arrived here on Monday and with two daughters, Mr.s J. M.
Warren, of Olivet, and Mrs. L.P. Warren of Capac, are settling the affairs
of the deceased.

Obituary of Saturday, June 7, 1941 in the Kalamazoo Gazette page 8:2
Seized with Fatal Illness at His Work
John Van Dyke, 220 West Patterson street, died last night at this home.  He went to work at the Riverside Foundry Friday morning and returned in the afternoon complaining of illness.
Mr. Van Dyke was born July 11, 1874 in Groingen, Netherlands, and was a member of the First Reformed church.
Surviving are his widow, Frederika; two daughters, Mrs. Peter Voss and Mrs. John Mastenbrook; a step-daughter, Mrs. E. DeYoung; two step-sons, Thomas and Peter Huizenga, all of Kalamazoo; a brother Jacob Van Dyke and a sister, Mrs. John Landman, both of the Netherlands; three grandchildren and three step-grandchildren.

Obituary of Tuesday, October 10, 1961 in the Kalamazoo Gazette page 38:7
915 Burr Oak St.ó

Passed away Tuesday morning. Mr. Van Dyke was born July 21, 1873, in Kalamazoo, the son of Adrian and Cornelia Van Dyke and spent his life here.  He was self employed as a plumber.  Mr. Van Dyke was married to Grace Meyer, July 27, 1905, who survives.  Surviving besides the wife are; one daughter, Mrs. Neil (Alice) Stuut; 3 grandchildren, Mrs. Leslie (Helen) Greene of Kalamazoo, David Stuut of Baltimore, MD and Carol Stuut of Kalamazoo; 2 great-grandchildren.  Friends will be received at the Joldersma & Klein Funeral Home.  Time of services to be announced later.

Obituary of Friday, November 18, 1938 in the Kalamazoo Gazette reads:
David DeLeeuw Dies at Age 53
David DeLeeuw, 53, died in Bronson Hospital this morning after a lingering illness.  He was taken seriously ill one week ago.
Born in Kalamazoo, he was a member for 18 years in the DeLeeuw Brothers seed and produce firm,  Mr. DeLeeuw was a member of Bethany Reformed church, the Knights Templar commandery and chapter and the United Commercial Travelers.
Surviving in addition to his widow, Mamie are a son, Robert and a daughter, Mrs. Gordon Burdick (Marian), both of Kalamazoo; his mother, Mrs. Garret Noordam, Kalamazoo; three brothers, Neil, Lawrence and Harold all of this city; six sisters, Mrs. George Dudley, Mrs. John Pikkard, Mrs. N. Sanders, Mrs., Robert Hanks, Mrs. C Turpstra, all of Kalamazoo and Mrs. Walter Crawford, Toronto, Can.

Obituary of July 18, 1914 in the Kalamazoo Gazette 
 Mrs. Corneilus DeLeeuw
Mrs. Cornelius DeLeeuw of 311 E Dutton St died at 11o'clock yesterday morning, aged 30 years.  She is survived by her husband, her parents Mr. and Mrs. John Stohrer, a sister, Mrs. Al Eckman, and a brother Glenn Stohrer all of Kalamazoo, one brother of Chicago, William Stohrer and a brother living in Minnesota, Fred Stohrer.  The funeral will be held from Truesdale's chapel at 4 o'clock Monday afternoon. Burial will be at Riverside.

Obituary of Wednesday, October 10, 1945 in the Kalamazoo Gazette page 12:3
Mathias DeLeeuw Former Indiana Resident.
Mathias DeLeeuw, 65, of 623 Howard St, died at 11 this morning while en route to Bronson Hospital.  He had been ill for some time.  Mr. DeLeeuw was born here Dec 16 1879 and was unmarried. He was a casket trimmer in Indiana for many years.  Survivors are three sisters and one brother. 
**Parents- Abraham and Lena Appel DeLeeuw

Obituary of June 6, 1944 in the Kalamazoo Gazette page 13:5
Mrs. Lena DeLeeuw, 92, a resident of Kalamazoo 71 years, died Monday night at her home, 623 Howard street.  She was born in the Netherlands Jan 4, 1852, the daughter of Abraham and Sarah Appel and came to this city at the age of 21.  Mrs. DeLeeuw was a member of the Fourth Reformed Church.  Surviving are two sons, Mathias and Abraham DeLeeuw and three daughters, Mrs. Maud Ryskamp, Mrs. Angeline Venema, and Mrs. Elizabeth Fitzpatrick, all of Kalamazoo; 11 grandchildren including six grandsons in the service and six great-grandchildren.

Obituary of Friday, January 1, 1892 in the Kalamazoo Weekly Gazette
Mrs. Sarah Foster died at the home of Mrs. Henry Pixley, 218 east Cedar street Christmas morning aged 93 years.
Mrs. Fosterís maiden name was Sarah Cackler and she was born May 16, 1798 at Wheeling, Pa. She moved to Ohio when six years of age, married and was the mother of six children, the youngest a year old when her husband died 57 years ago last July.  She came to Richland, this country 43 years ago and settled on a farm.  Her health was good and she was strong and active for on of her years, often riding from Richland to the city and returning the same day.  She lived with her son, Samuel Foster, in Richland, and came to the city for a visit and was taken sick with la grippe one week ago last Wednesday.
Four children survive her, Mrs. Henry Pixley of this city, Mrs. Asa Stratton of Richland, Mrs. Hiram Shakespeare of Watervliet and Samuel Foster of Richland.  The deceased was a member of the Christian church, a kind and affectionate mother and earnest woman for good of all.

Obituary of June 13, 1963 in the Kalamazoo Gazette 4, 042:5 reads:
 DeLeeuw, Mrs. Martha J.
 315 E Dutton St--
Passed away Wednesday evening, Mrs. DeLeeuw was born October 25, 1908 in Spencerport, NY, daughter of William and Nettie Ireland and had been a resident of Kalamazoo for the past 13 years.  She was a member of the Greenwood Reformed Church.  Mrs. DeLeeuw is survived by her husband, Cornelius, one step-son, Donald DeLeeuw; 6 grandchildren; one sister Mrs. Lenora B Ingraham of Hilton, NY; one brother, James Ireland of Mt Pleasant; 3 aunts; several nieces and nephews.  Services will be held Saturday at 2 o'clock at the Langeland Memorial Chapel, Rev. Harry Buis and Rev. John Nyltray officiating.  Cremation will follow.  Friends may call at the chapel.

Carolina's obituary of July 18, 1914 in the Kalamazoo Gazette reads:
 Mrs. Corneilus DeLeeuw
Mrs. Cornelius DeLeeuw of 311 E Dutton St died at 11o'clock yesterday morning, aged 30 years.  She is survived by her husband, her parents Mr. and Mrs. John Stohrer, a sister, Mrs. Al Eckman, and a brother Glenn Stohrer all of Kalamazoo, one brother of Chicago, William Stohrer and a brother living in Minnesota, Fred Stohrer.  The funeral will be held from Truesdale's chapel at 4 o'clock Monday afternoon. Burial will be at Riverside.

Obituary of July 31, 1950 in the Kalamazoo Gazette 013:8 reads:
 DeLeeuw, Mrs. Myrtle Mae
 315 E Dutton St
 Kalamazoo, MI
Passed away at the residence Sunday evening after a long illness.  Mrs. DeLeeuw was born February 11,1881 in Michigan, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William H Smith; she was a resident of Kalamazoo for 37 years, and a member of the Corinthian Chapter, Order of Eastern Star; White Shrine of Jerusalem; Women's Benefit Association; American Legion Auxiliary; and the Women's Relief Corp.  Surviving besides the husband, Cornelius are on son, Donald M. of Kalamazoo; two brothers, Floyd Smith Riveria Beach, FL and Claude M Smith of Kalamazoo; two sisters Mrs. Harry Chenoweth, Newberry, Michigan and Mrs. William Gadke of Kalamazoo; two grandchildren.  Friends may call at the Truesdale chapel where services will be held Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock, Corinthian Chapter of Eastern Star officiating. Interment at Riverside cemetery.

Obituary January 1, 1915 in the Kalamazoo Gazette 
Jacob DeLeeuw, aged 56, died at his home, 809 Eggleston Ave, yesterday morning at 2 o'clock.  He had been in failing health for a little over two months.  He is survived by a widow and 11 children.  Cornelius, David, Lawrence, Harold, Theodore, Irene, Kate, Elizabeth, Mrs. Walter Crawford, Mrs. George Dailey, Mrs. Kemp Terpstra.  The funeral will be held Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the home.  Rev. Peatling will officiate.  Burial at Riverside.

Obituary of Saturday March 23, 1940 in the Kalamazoo Gazette 
Minnie Noordam Expires at Home
Kalamazoo Resident for Seventy-Two Years
Mrs. Minnie Noordam, 75, of 121 Garfield court, a resident of Kalamazoo for 72 years, died at her home Saturday morning following a lingering illness.  She was born Oct 26, 1864 in the Netherlands and came to Kalamazoo when three years old.  She was a member of the Gospel Hall.
Surviving are her husband, Garrett; three sons, Neil DeLeeuw, Lawrence DeLeeuw, and Harold DeLeeuw; six daughters, Mrs. Kemp Terpstra, Mrs. Nathan Swander, Mrs. George Dudley, Mrs. Roberts Hanks, Mrs. John Pikkart, all of Kalamazoo,  and Mrs. Walter Crawford of Alto, Michigan; two sisters, Mrs. Lena Boekeloo of Kalamazoo and Mrs. Jennie Francoise, New York City; three step children, Mrs. Albert VanOerkom and John Noordam, both of Kalamazoo and Garrett Noordam of Chicago; 29 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

The Macomb Daily  -  July 20, 1972
Oscar J. Landuyt
  St. Clair Shores -  Oscar J. Landuyt, 65, died Monday at his home after a long illness.
  He was born April 15, 1907 in Belgium and was retired from the planning department at Uniroyal Co.
  Surviving are his wife, Anna;  two sons, Oscar Jr. and Merrill;  one brother, Morris; one sister,  Mrs. Edward Hansen and five grandchildren.
Services were held today at the Bagnasco Funeral Home, 25800  Harper, St. Clair Shores.
    Burial was in Cadillac Memorial Gardens East in Clinton Township.

The  Detroit Free Press  -  Sept 16, 1970
Beloved husband of Erma;  dear father of Mrs. Charles (Karen) Valdez and William;  survived by one granddaughter;  son of  Mrs. Augusta Maes.  Funeral from the Arthur J. VanLerberghe Funeral Home,  13340 E. Warren Corner, Lakeview,  Thursday morning at
9:30, and St. Juliana's Church at 10.  Rosary Wednesday evening at 8.

Obit written:  April 20, 1923
Mrs. Bertha Luckhardt
  Mrs. Bertha Luckhardt, wife of Jacob Luckhardt of Lodi township died Friday morning after a short illness.  She was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Christoph  Lindemann.  Mrs Luckhardt was born in Scio township Jan. 25, 1864.  She is survived by her husband, five daughters, two sons, 12 grandchildren, two brothers and four sisters.   Funeral services were held at 1:30 at the residence and at 2:30 at the Bethel Lutheran church of Freedom Sunday afternoon.  Rev. Fred Lueckhoff officiating.  Burial in Bethel cemetery.

Unidentified Obit:
  SALINE.  Aaron Luckhardt, 78 years old, died this morning at his home at 211 E. Henry St., after a lingering illness.
  He was married to Rosie Pauline Lindeman of Lodi on March 22, 1888.  He was born in Freedom township, Nov. 24, 1861,
and was the son of Michael and Christina Armbruster Luckhardt.   Besides his wife, he is survived by seven children, Mrs. C. S.
Ernst of Bridgewater, Mrs George Steeb of Dexter, Mrs Adolph Stierle of Saline township, Ernest, Amos, and Alvin of Saline
township, and Julius of Ypsilanti; 25 grand children; two brothers, George of Pittsfield township, and and Emanual of Lodi township;
and three sisters.  Mrs Katherine Alber of Saline township, Mrs. Charles Nissle of Ann Arbor, Mrs. Ida Alber of Dearborn.
  Private funeral services will be held at 1:30 at the residence on Sanday afternoon and will be folloes by public services at 2 o'clock
in St. Paul's Evangelical church.  Rev. C. H. Wittbracht will officiate.  Burial will be in Oakwood cemetery.

Charles Coe Dies At His Residence
Charles L. Coe, 718 Millard court, died yesterday at his home. He was born Oct 1, 1862 in Comstock township and had been a lifelong resident of Kalamazoo County. A painter-decorator, he was the pupil of Smith Carlton, the only Civil war veteran in Kalamazoo. In 1894 he married Minnie J. Rice in the Kalamazoo Bethel Baptist church.
He is survived by his widow, Minnie; two daughters, Mrs. Ermell Magerman, and Eleanore Coe, Kalamazoo; three sons, George, Kalamazoo, Charles C., Grand Rapids, and Donald E., Augusta; one sister, Mrs. Olive Hamill, Sacramento, Calif.; and three grandchildren, William A. Magerman, Robert E. Coe, and Ronald E. Coe, Kalamazoo.
The Kalamazoo (MI) Gazette, April 5, 1941, p. 16, col. 4

APPERLEY, Gary Robert Of Kalamazoo
Gary's life began on July 4, 1952 in Mt Morris, MI, the son of  Omer and Betty Apperley. He grew up in Mt. Morris, and graduated from Elizabeth Johnson High School in 1970. After graduation, Gary enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served his country in Vietnam from 1970 to 1974. When he left the military, Gary went to Flint Barber College and earned his barber certificate. In 1975, he moved to Kalamazoo and started working at Sir David's then Headquarters. In the early 1980s he went into partnership in the Styles Ahead Salon. He also owned Hair for You and The Look Salons, all in Kalamazoo. At Styles Ahead, Gary cut Jacalyn (Sennhenn) Richardson's hair for several years. Jacki and Gary started dating and those haircuts led to their marriage in Kalamazoo on January 12, 1994. Gary loved to golf and was a member at the Elk's Golf Club. Gary also worked at Holiday Lanes, as the assistant manager, and was an avid bowler.   Gary loved sports and was a Detroit Tiger Fan. One of his fondest memories as a boy was going to Tiger Stadium with his dad. Gary loved people with his big heart and never met a stranger. He loved to laugh and could make friends easily. Gary knew how to enjoy life and tried to instill that and patience in his family. His family includes his wife, Jacki of Kalamazoo; two sons, Jason and wife, Lauren of Kalamazoo, and Jarod of Kalamazoo. His mother, Betty, lives in Mt. Morris. He has a granddaughter, Sydney, and was looking forward to the birth of his second grandchild. Gary has a sister, Linda Dimond and her fiance', Ron Looney of Clio, MI. Gary's maternal grandmother, Lecy Clontz, lives in Clio too. He has several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. Gary loved his cat Paws and his dog Scruffy. Gary died on April 18, 2001 in Kalamazoo. His family will meet friends on Saturday, April 21 from 2-4 p.m. at the Rupert, Durham, Marshall and Gren Funeral Homes, Portage Chapel, where his Celebration of Life Service will be held at 4 p.m. He will be buried in Fort Custer National Cemetery with full military honors at a later date. Please share a memory of Gary with his family at the chapel, or send flowers, memorials to the American Cancer Society or leave a memory on his personal web site at www.rdmg.com
The Kalamazoo Gazette, Thursday April 19, 2001

Detroit News 12 Aug 1999 pg2d
Thomas A. Hill  August 10 Beloved husband of Dorothy for 67 years Dear father of Thomas (Patricia) Hill. Dear grandfather of David (Julie) Hill and James Hill.   Visitation Thursday 5-9 PM at the Northrop-Sassaman Funeral Home, 19091 Northville. Services Friday 11 AM at the First Presbyterian Church 200 E. Main St. Northville.   Memorial contributions to the American Heart Assocation would be appreciated.

THE KALAMAZOO GAZETTE, Kalamazoo, Mich., Thurs., Aug. 24, 2000, Pg. C4, Col. 3, Obit. 2
BURGESS, George Dana
5473 Croyden
Kalamazoo, MI 49001
Passed away August 22, 2000.  Mr. BURGESS was born September 23, 1913 in Brut[u]s, MI.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Francis (CLAPPER), in 1994.  Surviving are two sons and their spouses, Leroy and Sharon BURGESS of Marcellus, and Roland and Doris BURGESS of Battle Creek; grandchildren, Kenneth, Kathy, Keith and Eric BURGESS of Florida, Pamela KELLEY, Margaret WOFFORD and Tim BURGESS of Battle Creek.  Cremation has taken place.  Memorials to Hospice of Greater Kalamazoo or charity of choice.

LAWTON LEADER, Lawton, Mich., Fri., May 6, 1898, 
Pg. 3, Col. 2 (News in General), Art. 33
     Halsted S. DOUGLASS of Kalamazoo died at his home in that city last Saturday evening at the age of 70 years.  Mr. DOUGLASS was formerly a resident of Lawton having moved to Kalamazoo upwards of 16 years ago.

KALAMAZOO DAILY TELEGRAPH, Kalamazoo, Mich., Mon. Eve., May 2, 1898, Pg. 4, Col. 4, Obit. 1
     Halsted S. DOUGLASS of 418 Richardson street, died peacefully Saturday evening at 9 o'clock at the age of 70.  Mr. DOUGLASS was an active Prohibitionist and prominent in the work for this cause.  Besides a host of friends he leaves a wife and son and two sisters, Mrs. L. TICKNOR of Ann Arbor and Mrs. H. TYLER of Vermontville, an adopted son, W. POWERS of the firm of Powers & Ireland of Benton Harbor.

Bay City Times
Bay City, Bay County, MI - USA
12 Oct 1929
Kusmierz -- Joseph Kusmierz, 2030 Kosciuszko avenue died at Mercy hospital following an accident in which he was struck down by an automobile Friday night.  Mr. Kusmierz was born in Poland April 6, 1858. He has been a resident of Bay  City for 50 years. Five sons, Steven, Alosis, Anthony, Louis and Joseph, and four daughters, Agnes, Catherine, Hoanna and Marie, one sister, Mrs Catherine Meyer and 16 grandchildren survive him. Mrs. Kusmierz preceded her husband in death. The funeral will be held Monday, October 14, at 10 a.m. at St. Stanislaus church of which he was a member. The Rev. L.P. Krakowski will have charge of the ceremony.

The following article appeared in this same edition regarding the accident:
Driver Released on Recommendation of Asssistant Procecutor
Joseph Kusmierz, 2030 Twenty-second street, riding a bicycle, was struck and killed at Nineteenth and Farragut streets about 6:45 p.m. Friday night by a light touring car driven by Chester Rivers, Fremont and Lincoln streets.
Mr. Kusmierz, who was 69 years old, was rushed to Mercy Hospital in an ambulance. He was dead when received there.
Chester Rivers, driver of the machine that struck Kusmierz, was held for examination at the police station, but was later released upon the recommendation of George P. Weadock, assistant procecutor.
With Rivers in his car were Stanley Wrzesinski, 1104 Seventeenth street, and Casimer Petrowski, of the same address. Rivers, who was proceeding south on Farragut street, told police that he was not driving in excess of 20 miles per hour. He said that Kusmierz was within five feet of his automobile before he noticed him and that the accident was unavoidable. The police reported that both lights on his automobile were working but that the windshield wiper was out of order making it difficult for him to see through the windshield as it was misty at the time.   Frank Wisniewski, 817 South Grant street, a witness of the accident, in a statement to assistant prosecuting attorney, said that Rivers apparently had his car under control at the time.

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