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Mrs. Jennie Boven  5605 Eastland Drive  Passed away Sunday, April 18, 1971.  Mrs. Boven was born March 3, 1897 in Kalamazoo, daughter of Derk and Grace Smith.  She was a lifelong resident of Kalamazoo.  She was a member of the Third Reformed Church and was the widow of Monroe Boven.  Surviving are: one son, Eugene of Long Beach, Calif.;  two daughters, Mrs. Doris Welty of Delton and Mrs. Fred (Shirley) Dietrich of Kalamazoo;  three grandchildren;  two sisters, Mrs. Anna Schilling of Kalamazoo and Mrs. Grace Kramer of Sacramento, Calif.; one brother, William Smith of Kalamazoo;  several nieces and nephews.  Memorial services will be held Wednesday at 1 o’clock at the Langeland Chapel, 622 S. Burdick, Rev. Dick Vriesman officiating.  Interment Riverside Cemetery.  The family suggests memorials be made to the charity of your choice.  Friends may call at the chapel.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  Mon 19 April 1971

Mr. Dick Boven  5771 East ML Ave., Comstock Township  Passed away Tuesday morning, March 16, 1976.  Mr. Boven was born Feb 1, 1887, in the Netherlands and was a resident of the Kalamazoo area since 1905.  Before his retirement, he was self employed in agriculture.  He was a member of the Comstock Christian Reformed Church.  His wife, Henrietta, passed away July 20, 1975.  Surviving are 3 sons and 2 daughters, Mrs. William (Martha) Schaap of Portage, Henry of Chula Vista, Calif., Ted and Harm, and Mrs. Chris (Anne) Wenke of Comstock;  22 grandchildren; 35 great grandchildren;  one great-great-grandchild, several nieces and nephews.  He wa preceded in death by a son, John.  Memorial services will be held Friday at 1 o’clock at the Langeland Chapel, 622 S. Burdick,  Rev. Hessel Bouma officiating.  Interment in Comstock Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to the Church Memorial Fund.  Friends may call at the chapel.   source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  Wed 17 March 1975

Mrs. Irene J. Boven  1708 Fulford  Passed away Wednesday, Feb. 16, 1977.  Mrs. Boven was born Feb 1, 1918, in Kalamazoo, daughter of Sanford and Agnes Rhoads and had been a lifelong resident here.  She was a member of the Bethel Baptist Church and formerly owned and operated Irene’s Beauty Shop.  Surviving are her husband, John; one son and one daughter, Roger L. of Coloma and Mrs. Eileen J. Hasty of Kalamazoo;  4 grandchildren, Donald, Sandy, Crista and Denise Boven;  one brother, Lloyd Rhoads of Kalamazoo.  Memorial services will be held Saturday at 1 o’clock at the Langeland Chapel, 622 S. Burdick, with Pastor Thomas Burke officiating.  Interment in Riverside Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Bethel Baptist Organ Fund.  Friends may call at the chapel.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Thurs 17 Feb 1977

Mr. Peter Boven  29649 Aspirin Dr.  Flat Rock, Mich.  Formerly of Kalamazoo  Age 52, passed away Thursday morning at Wayne General Hospital, Wayne, Mich.  Mr. Boven was born April 13, 1920, in Kalamazoo, the son of Henry Sr. and Nellie Boven.  He is survived by his wife, Ethel; his mother, Mrs. Nellie Boven of Kalamazoo; one daughter, Mrs. Leon (Carolyn) Hillman of Kalamazoo;  3 sons, Larry Boven of Kalamazoo, Rocky Boven of Largo, Fla. and Pete Boven Jr. of Flat Rock, Mich.;  5 step-children, Mrs. Mary Ann Dutton, Mrs. Jacqueline Sutton, Chuck, Ronald and Donald Koscher, all of Flat Rock, Mich.;  21 grandchildren; 5 brothers, Henry, Marvin, John, Leon, Stanley, all of Kalamazoo;  several nieces and nephews.  Funeral services 1 p.m. Monday July 17, 1972, at Bobcean Funeral Home, Flat Rock, Mich. source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  Fri 14 July 1972

Mrs. Elizabeth M. Bowen  9620 W. H. Ave., Kalamazoo, Mich.  Mrs. Bowen passed away August 26, 1976 at the Upjohn Community Nursing Home.  She was born July 2, 1892 in Ludlow, Pa.  She was a member of the Grosse Pointe Memorial Church; she was also a member of the Grosse Pointe Artist Association and Fine Art Section of the Michigan Academy of Science, Arts, and Letters.  Surviving are:  two daughters, Mrs. Hugh (Jacqueline) Anderson of Kalamazoo, Mrs. Allan (Joyce) Rutter of Oakville, Ontario, Canada;  five grandchildren;  one brother, Mr. Mark H. Goff of Cambridge Springs, Pa.  Her husband, Ernest, preceded her in death in 1953.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Library Memorial Fund of the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts.  Funeral services will be held at the Bracken Funeral Home in Corry, Pa., Saturday at 1:30 p.m.  Interment, Pine Grove Cemetery.  Arrangements b y the Truesdale Williamsburg Chapel, 445 W. Michigan Ave.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Friday 27 Aug 1976

Mr. Michael Bowen Jr.,  108 W. Washington, Augusta  Age 42, passed away suddenly Saturday evening in Battle Creek.  Mr. Bowen was born Nov. 13, 1928, in Cincinnati, Ohio, the son of Michael C. and Edna Bowen.  He attended school in Cincinnati and enlisted in the Army in 1945, retiring in 1966.  Mr. Bowen had resided in Augusta for the past 5 years and was employed at Ft. Custer State Home.  He was married to Janet Maxson, in 1948, who survives.  Also surviving are 2 sons, Michael of Fairfield, Calif. and Patrick of Galesburg; one daughter, Mrs. Dale (Susan) Martin of Galesburg; 3 grandchildren; his mother, Mrs. Enda (sic) Bowen; his grandmother, Mrs. Elizabeth Genin, both of Cincinnati; 2 brothers, Ronald of Cincinnati and Donald of Las Vegas; one sister, Mrs. Geraldine Grueninger of Cincinnati.  Friends are being received at the Hoag-Schmitts Funeral Home, Galesburg, where services will be held Tuesday 2 p.m., Rev. Louis E. Halsey, Chaplain of the Veterans Administration Hospital, officiating.  Interment in Ft. Custer National Cemetery.   source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  Mon 2 Aug 1971

Mrs. Mabel Louise Bowen   19 Skyline Dr., Clio, Michigan  Passed away in Youngstown, Ohio, September 6, 1972.  Mrs. Bowen was born April 3, 1882 in Kalamazoo and had resided here until 1961.  A member of the United Methodist Church of Kalamazoo.  Surviving are:  one son, Robert E. Canfield, Ohio; 2 nephews, 8 grandchildren  12 great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur E. in 1947.  Mrs. Bowen will be at the Truesdale Downtown Funeral Home where religous services will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, Rev. Alden Burns of the Milwood United Methodist Church officiating.  Interment in Riverside Cemetery.  The Family will be at the funeral home from 7 to 9 Friday evening.   source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Thurs 7 Sept 1972

Mr. Charles Eugene Bower  704 Idaho, Portage  Passed away March 25, 1977, at Borgess Hospital.  Mr. Bower was born May 15, 1904, in Allegan, Mich.  Prior to his retirement ten years ago, he was employed at the Upjohn Co., in the Anti-biotics Dept., for over 40 years.  He attended the First Missionary Baptist Church.  Was a member and Past Master of Portage Masonic Lodge No. 340 F & AM, a member of the Ancient & Accepted Scottish Rite 32nd Degree, A.A.O.N.M.S. Shriner Saladin Temple and was the organizer and first president of the Masons Retirees Club of the Kalamazoo area.  He is survived by his wife, Gertrude of 52 years;  3 daughters, Mrs. Charles (Frances) Williamson, Mrs. John (Joyce) Stafford and Mrs. Virginia (Bower) Graham, all of Portage; 12 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren;  one brother, Clarence J. Bower of Kalamazoo; one sister, Mrs. Clifford (Violet) LaCoss of Kalamazoo;  several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by a daughter, Marjorie Jean, Nov. 21, 1927, and a son, Charles Jay, June 19, 1965.  Funeral services will be held Monday at 3 p.m. at the Truesdale Chapels of the Pines, Westnedge at Milham, Portage, with Pastor R. L. Goodwin of the Missionary Baptist Church, officiating.  Interment in Mt. Ever-Rest Cemetery.  Masonic memorial services under auspices of Portage Masonic Lodge No. 340 F & AM, will be held Sunday at 7 p.m.  Memorial contributions may be made to the First Missionary Baptist Church or the American Cancer Society.  Friends may call at the chapel after 7 p.m. this evening.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  Sat 26 Mar 1977

Albert E. (Bert) Bowers  4715 Long Lake Dr., Portage  Passed away Wednesday morning June 16, 1971.  Bert was born July 24, 1956, in Kalamazoo, the son of Daniel R. and Jean Bowers.   He was a student at Portage Central.  Surviving besides the parents are one brother, Kurtis Dane Bowers of Kalamazoo;  one sister, Daneen Bowers, home address;  grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Earl A. Bowers of Constantine and Mr. Albert Tooley of Marshall;  several aunts, uncles, cousins.  Memorial services will be held Friday at 2 o’clock at the Langeland Portage Chapel, 411 E. Center.  Interment in Mt. Ever-Rest Cemetery.  Friends may call at the Portage Chapel.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  Wed 16 June 1971

Mr. Arthur A. Bowers  1117 W. Maple St.  Formerly of 120 Burr Oak St.  Passed away Tuesday morning, Feb 8, 1977.  Mr. Bowers was born April 8, 1903 in Marion, Ind., son of William E. and Pearl J. Bowers and was a resident of Kalamazoo since 1930.  Previously living in Ft. Wayne, Ind.  He was employed as an insurance salesman for 15 years, and in recent years by the Pemco Wheel Co.  Surviving are his wife, Marguerite; 3 sons and one daughter, David A. of Goodson, Mo.,  Mrs. Bill (Celine M.) Downs of Kalamazoo, Paul J. of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Joseph A. of Portage;  13 grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Jeannette Grayless of Ft. Wayne, Ind.; several nieces and nephews.  Service arrangements will be announced later.  Friends may meet the family at the Langeland Chapel, 622 S. Burc, this evening 8 to 9 o’clock.  Memorials may be made to the Michigan Lung Assoc.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  Tues 8 Feb 1977

Doris L. Bowers  Richland, Mi.  Passed away Sunday at her residence, 8232 Gull Manor, she was 44 years old.  Member of First Church of Christ Scientist, Battle Creek.  Surviving are her children Mrs. Walter D. (Vicky) Brinkley, Willliamsburg, Va.;  Adrian C.;  Stuart C. Morrison;  Brett C. Bowers;  Barry N. Bowers Jr.;  Scott P. Bowers;  Paul D. Bowers, all at home;  1 grandchild; her parents Mr. and Mrs. Alexander G. Stuart of Battle Creek.  Services will be held Wednesday at 1 p.m. at the Richard A. Henry Funeral Home.  Burial at Memorial Park Cemetery, Battle Creek.   source: Kalamazoo Gazette Tues Dec 2, 1975

Mrs. Christa E. Bowers  San Antonio, Texas Formerly of 115 Fellows Ave.  Passed away Sunday, March 26, 1972 in San Antonio, Texas.  Mrs. Bowers was born January 21, 1935 in Germany, the daughter of Werner and Lizabeth Zinsser and was formerly of Fulda, Germany and had made her home for the past 12 years in The United States.  She was a member of the Catholic Church.  Surviving is her husband, Capt. David A.; two daughters and one son, Kathleen, Michael and Joanne, all of San Antonio, Texas;  her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Werner Zinsser of Fulda, Germany;  three brothers, Roelfe, Klaus and Helmut all of Germany;  several nieces and nephews.  Memorial services will be held Saturday afternoon at 1 o’clock from the Langeland Chapel, 622 S. Burdick.  Interment in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.  Friends may call at the chapel after 12 noon Friday where a Rosary will be recited Friday evening at 7:30.  Memorials may be made to the Cancer Society.  source:   Kalamazoo Gazette  Wed 29 Mar 1972

Mr. Theodore Bowers  12290 East L. Ave.  Galesburg  Age 72, passed away Thursday morning, Mr. Bowers was born July 24, 1898, in Sac City, Iowa, the son of James and Sara Bowers.  He had resided in Galesburg for the past 20 years and for many years in the Richland area.  He was a Master Plumber, retiring in 1962.  On June 18, 1928, he was married to Margaret Barney, who survives.  Also surviving are 4 sons, Theodore, James and Howard of Galesburg, Franklin of Comstock;  4 daughters, Rosemarie Johnson of Kalamazoo, Margaret Ann Munn of Richland, Rosalind Anderson of Scotts and Sidney Sue Chrony of Grand Rapids, 5 brothers, Guy, Emil, Fletcher, James, Charles;  one sister, Mrs. Irene Reynells, all of Kalamazoo; 26 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren. Arrangements will be announced later by the Hoag-Schmitts Funeral Home, Galesburg.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  Thurs 1 April 1971

Raymond W. Bowers  Former Wells President of the Wells Manufacturing Corp. in Three Rivers, died Friday at Kalamazoo’s Friendship Village.  He was 69.  Graveside services will be held 4 p.m. Monday at the Riverside Cemetery in Three Rivers with the Rev. Richard Beckett officiating.  Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Halverson Chapel in Three Rivers.  Bowers was an executive for two decades at the firm, which makes sawing machines and power handsaws, before assuming the presidency in 1964.  Survivors include his wife, Marian; a son, Ray D. of Battle Creek;  a daughter, Mrs. Joseph Brescher Jr. of Cranford, N.J.;  two brothers , Willard of Binghamton, N.Y., and Harold of Pleasant Ridge, Mich.;  three grandchildren and two nieces.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Sun 25 July 1976

Mrs. Marilyn Y. Bowers  354 Fineview  Passed away Thursday morning, Oct. 30, 1975.  Mrs. Bowers was born September 2, 1930, in Grand Rapids, daughter of Frank and Corrine Martin and had been a resident here since 1948.  She graduated from Grand Rapids South High School in 1948 and from Bronson Hospital School of Nursing in 1951 and was a registered nurse. She was a member of the First Reformed Church, a past president of the Guild and a member of the choir.  She was also a past president of the Family & Children’s Services and past president of the Westwood School Mother’s Study Club.  Mrs. Bowers had been active in Red Cross work and served as a teacher and Bloodmobile worker.  She was a past leader of the Westwood Girl Scout Troop No. 275.  On September 21, 1951, she was married to John D. Bowers, who survives.  Also surviving are 2 sons and one daughter, Robert J. at Hope College, Miss Maurene K. and James M., both at home;  her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Martin;  one sister, Mrs. Charles (Mary Kay) Gooder, and 2 nephews, all of Grand Rapids.  Memorial services will be held Saturday at 3 o’clock at the Langeland Chapel, 622 S. Burdick, Rev. Russell Vande Bunte and Dr. C. P. Dame officiating.  Interment in Riverside Cemetery.   Memorial contributions may be made to the Family & Children’s Services, the Cancer Society, Bronson Hospital Oncology Dept. or the Girl Scouts.  Friends may call at the chapel.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  Fri Oct 31, 1975


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