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Jerome Birchmeier Retired from GTE after 30 years - Thursday, August 1, 2002
Jerome Joseph Birchmeier, 56, of Fruitport died Monday, July 29, 2002. He was born in Owosso on July 20, 1946 to Herbert and Albina (Ebenhoeh) Birchmeier and married the former Dianne Olson on Oct. 12, 1974 in Muskegon. Mr. Birchmeier was a 1968 graduate ...

Elsie Wrobel - Thursday, August 1, 2002
Elsie Christina Wrobel, 88, died Monday, July 29, 2002. According to her wishes, there will be no service or visitation. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of North Ottawa Community. Arrangements are being handled by Clock Funeral Home of Fruit...

Barbara Donnelly - Thursday, August 1, 2002
Barbara Donnelly, 69, died July 26, 2002 in Huntington, W.V. She was born Jan. 10, 1933 in Muskegon to Dr. Andrew J. and Valeria J. Donnelly. Survivors include one sister, Sister Andrea (Kay) Donnelly, a Pallottine Missionary Sister in Huntington, W.V.,...

Donald Van Raalte - Wednesday, July 31, 2002
Donald Van Raalte, 64, a Spring Lake native, died on Thursday, July 25, 2002 in Belding. Mr. Van Raalte is survived by his son, Scott and daughter, Tammy Husted; sisters Esther Eckhout of Davisburg and Ruth Barrett of Grand Rapids; brothers Louis (Avis) ...

Daniel Paas Avid hunter and fisherman - Wednesday, July 31, 2002
Daniel C. Paas, 54, of Norton Shores died Saturday, July 27, 2002. He was born March 17, 1948 to Charles and Alice S. (Schultz) Paas in Grand Haven. He was a lifelong area resident and had been a tool and die maker for the former Dama Tool Company of Grand Haven...

Daniel Paas - Tuesday, July 30, 2002
Daniel C. Paas, 54, of Norton Shores died Saturday, July 27, 2002, at his home. Arrangements will be announced by VanZantwick Bartels Kammeraad Funeral Home of Spring Lake....

Margaret Secory Smith Owned a bed and breakfast in Albion - Tuesday, July 30, 2002
Margaret Secory Smith, 77, of Albion died Wednesday, July 24, 2002 at Battle Creek Health Systems. She was born May 14, 1925 in Mason City, Iowa to Lewis and Gertrude Secory. She married Milton J. Smith on June 10, 1944. He preceded her in death on March ...

Bernice Katt Formerly worked for Jobbers Outlet, Meijer - Tuesday, July 30, 2002
Bernice Katt, 85, of Grand Haven died Saturday, July 27, 2002 at a local care facility. She was born Jan. 26, 1917 to Carl and Dena (Weavers) Anderson in Grand Haven and married John J. Katt on Nov. 30, 1938 in Grand Haven. He preceded her in death on June...

Rhonda Dupuis - Tuesday, July 30, 2002
Rhonda Lynn (Hintz) Dupuis, 44, died Thursday, July 25, 2002. She was born in Grand Haven on May 20, 1958 to Raymond and Rosemary (VanTol) Hintz. Survivors include her two sons, Daniel of Clariton, Pa. and Drew of Mt. Vernon, Pa.; daughter, Abi of Greenville...

Gerrit 'Jay' Geerling Worked as a bus driver, baker, crossing g - Tuesday, July 30, 2002
Gerrit "Jay" Geerling, 92, of Howell, formerly of Owosso, died Friday, July 26, 2002. He was born June 30, 1910 to John and Anna (Start) Geerling in Spring Lake. He married Clara Meeusen on Feb. 2, 1934 in Grand Haven. She preceded him in death on May 17...

Olga Conant - Tuesday, July 30, 2002
Olga Conant, 86, of Grand Haven died Saturday, July 27, 2002. Arrangements will be announced later by VanZantwick Bartels Kammeraad Funeral Home of Grand Haven....

Vernon Verplank Widely known member of a pioneer family - Tuesday, July 30, 2002
Vernon Verplank, a widely known member of a pioneer family, passed away peacefully Saturday morning, July 27, 2002 at the age of 95. Mr. Verplank was born July 10, 1907 in Spring Lake to Tony and Jessie (Wills) Verplank. His grandfather, Joos Verplank, a...

William Waltman Retired as a major from U.S. Air Force - Monday, July 29, 2002
William S. Waltman, 84, of Spring Lake died Friday, July 26, 2002, at a local hospital. He was born Oct. 2, 1917 to Chauncey and Myla (Smedley) Waltman in Chicago, Ill. He married Elizabeth M. Maron May 26, 1942 and she preceded him in death on Dec. 14, 1...

Adrian Tanis Retired from Bennett Pump of Muskegon - Monday, July 29, 2002
Adrian Tanis, 86, of Grand Haven died Wednesday, July 24, 2002. He was born Jan. 17, 1916 to William and Jennie (Drost) Tanis in Reeman, and married Marion Ruth Sullivan on Aug. 26, 1940 in Muskegon. She preceded him in death on March 30, 2000. Mr. Tanis ...

William Ruhl - Friday, October 4, 2002
William A. Ruhl, 61, of Spring Lake died unexpectedly Thursday, Oct. 3, 2002 at Mercy Hospital in Muskegon. Arrangements will be announced by VanZantwick Bartels Kammeraad Funeral Home of Spring Lake....

Jack Helmers Enjoyed racing his sports car in club events - Friday, October 4, 2002
Jack Wayne Helmers, 63, of Norton Shores died Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2002 at home. He was born in Muskegon on March 27, 1939 to Arend and Henrietta (Buikema) Helmers. Prior to retiring in 2001, Mr. Helmers had been employed as a Construction Mason at Superior...

Marion Niemi Enjoyed quilting - Friday, October 4, 2002
Marion R. Niemi, 79, of Spring Lake died Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2002 at a local hospital. She was born in Detroit on March 3, 1923 to Eldin and Rose (Stowe) Plain, and married Arvid Niemi on April 5, 1947 in Detroit. Mrs. Niemi had been a homemaker and she ...

Sali Daane Osborn - Friday, October 4, 2002
OSBORN DAANE, SALI Hudsonville (formerly of Grand Haven) A memorial service for Sali Daane Osborn, 46, will be held 2 p.m. Friday, October 4, 2002 at Lee Chapel at Lake Forest Cemetery with Chaplain Carol Flietstra officiating. Sali died Sept. 1...

Lester Knoll Retired from Western Machine Tool Works - Friday, October 4, 2002
Lester Knoll, 96, of Holland, died Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2002 at Resthaven Care Center. He was a member of Central Park Reformed Church, and retired from Western Machine Tool Works. Mr. Knoll was preceded in death by his wife of 75 years, Eberdene, in 2001,...

Baptist Mercurio - Thursday, October 3, 2002
MERCURIO, MR. BAPTIST A. 'BAPPY' Grand Haven A funeral mass for Mr. Mercurio will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church with Rev. William Langlois as celebrant. Friends may meet the family from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m., with a Rosary at 7...

Nellie Zimonich Member of Disciples for Christ Church - Thursday, October 3, 2002
Nellie J. Zimonich, 70, of Spring Lake died Monday, Sept. 30, 2002, at Spectrum Health-Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids. She was born Oct. 27, 1931 to John F. and Nellie (Richardson) Hieftje in Grand Haven, and married Charles Zimonich on May 1, 1954 ...

Edith Pew Member of St. John's Episcopal Church - Wednesday, October 2, 2002
Edith S. Pew, 98, of Spring Lake died at North Ottawa Community Hospital on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2002. She had been a resident of Mt. Pleasant since 1937 and moved to Spring Lake in 1996. She was born in Franklin, Penn. on May 31, 1904, the daughter of Na...

Baptist 'Bappy' Mercurio Played Santa Claus for GHAPS - Wednesday, October 2, 2002
Baptist "Bappy" A. Mercurio, 84, of Spring Lake (formerly of Marion St. in Grand Haven) died Monday, Sept. 30, 2002, at a local hospital. He was born Nov. 9, 1917 to Anthony (Tony) and Santa (Mercurio) Mercurio in Richmond, Ind.; and married Virginia Mac...

Ronald Metzler Retired from the U.S. Air Force - Wednesday, October 2, 2002
Ronald M. Metzler, 68, of Grand Haven died Sunday, Sept. 29, 2002, at his home. He was born June 4, 1934 to Irvin and Alice (Solman) Metzler in Grand Haven. He married Eleanor "Ellie" Petersen on Feb. 1, 2002 in Grand Haven. His first wife Mary Martha Dec...

William Heinz Retired from VanderWall Brothers Block Co. - Wednesday, October 2, 2002
William D. Heinz, 82, of Grand Haven died Monday, Sept. 30, 2002, at home. He was born Oct. 2, 1919 to William and Josephine (Cushman) Heinz, Sr., in Macintosh, S.D. He married Relma J. VanderWall on May 1, 1981 in Grand Haven at St. John's Lutheran Church...

Ronald Metzler - Tuesday, October 1, 2002
Ronald M. Metzler, 68, of Grand Haven died Sunday, Sept. 29, 2002, at his home. Arrangements will be announced by VanZantwick Bartels Kammeraad Funeral Home of Grand Haven....

Nancy Smith - Tuesday, October 1, 2002
Nancy J. Smith, 71, of Flint, died Saturday, Sept. 28, 2002, in Grand Blanc, where she resided at Genesys Convalescent Home. Surviving are three daughters, Pamela S. Blandford of Swartz Creek, Lorie J. Smith of Luther and Nancy Kay (Michael) Greene of Grand Blanc...

Dennis 'Denny' Shaw Retired as deputy from sheriff's department - Monday, September 30, 2002
Dennis "Denny" E. Shaw, 63, Spring Lake resident died Thursday, Sept. 26, 2002, at his home. He was born July 19, 1939 to Elmo O. and Anna A. L. (Johnson) Shaw in Muskegon, and married Patricia Kastelin on Oct. 27, 1961, in Grand Rapids. Denny served in ...

Mae Watson Enjoyed gardening and outdoor life - Monday, September 30, 2002
Mae A. Watson, 80, died Thursday, Sept. 26, 2002 at a local hospital. She was born in Caspian on May 17, 1922 to Herbert and Floy (Harrington) Clark and married Kenneth Watson on Oct. 15, 1955, he preceded her in death on Nov. 6, 1997. Mrs. Watson had ...

Clara Piers - Monday, September 30, 2002
Clara Piers, 91, of Zeeland died Thursday, Sept. 26, 2002 in Zeeland. She was a member of Fourteenth Street Christian Reformed Church, and the church Ladies Aid Society, Sisters of Bethany, and Friendship Club. She was preceded in death by her husband Jo...


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