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LUTHER -- Raymond G. Beebe of Luther died Saturday, Jan. 8, 2000, at his home. He was 64. Mr. Beebe was born July 7, 1936 near Bristol to John and Eva (Giddings) Beebe and was a resident of the Luther area all his life. He married Alrene Purchase Nov. 20, 1954. She survives. Mr. Beebe was a 1954 graduate of Luther High School and was employed at Miller Industries in Reed City. He once owned and operated the Shell service station in Luther. In 1963, he became a member of the Operating Engineers Local 324 working for several construction companies in road building. He was employed for 10 years with Detroit Concrete products in Novi, retiring in 1989. Survivors include a son, John Beebe of Freeland; daughters, Ralene (Paul) Krugler of Ann Arbor, Debra Engler of Battle Creek, Charlotte (Steve) Jagielski of Reed City and Melanie (Bill) Hall of Traverse City; 10 grandchildren; sisters, Ellen (Lee) Brown of Oregon, Helen (Martin) Draper of Florida, Barbara (Bruce) Engler of Tustin, Sharon (Douglas) Gray of Alabama, Elieen Christensen of Utah and Beverly (James) Jeffrey of Sheridan; brother, Arden Beebe of Florida. He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister and one brother. Services are Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the Luther Lions Club with the Rev. Gerald Hyde officiating. Burial will take place at Dover Township Cemetery. Visitation is from 7-9 p.m. today at the Pruitt-Livingston Funeral Home in Reed City. 
 
EVART -- Eugene R. Burkeof Evart, died Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2000 at the home of his son in Traverse City. Services are 10 a.m. Saturday at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Evart, Father Rock Badgerow officiating. A prayer vigil will be Friday at 6 p.m. at the Corey Funeral Home in Evart. Visitation is Friday 7-9 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery. 
 
KALEVA -- Russell H. Bowling of Kaleva died Sunday, Jan. 9, 2000, at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City. He was 86. Mr. Bowling was born Feb. 13, 1913 in Cadillac, to Frank and Edna (Christoffersen) Bowling. He married May Edmondson March 15, 1933. She preceded him in death Aug. 20, 1996. Mr. Bowling lived in the Bear Lake area most of his life. He was a farmer, truck driver and plant manager for Sawyer Fruit and Vegetable of Bear Lake. He and his wife spent most of their retirement years traveling the United States, Canada and Mexico in their motor home. They traveled coast to coast and made two trips to Alaska. They spent winters in Texas and Florida. He loved fishing and hunting with friends and family and made many trips to Canada, New Mexico and Illinois. He loved his family and really enjoyed the parties at his home on Bear Creek in Kaleva. He was a past member of the Bear Lake Lions Club and the Elks Lodge in Manistee. Survivors include his sons, Vern (JoAnn) Bowling of Bear Lake, Ronald (Barb) Bowling of Cobden, Ill., Larry (Carole) Bowling of Bear Lake and Wayne (Sue) Bowling of Bear Lake; daughters, Carolyn (Norm) Pelky of Lake Placid, Fla., Sandra Bowling of Traverse City and Marilyn (Paul) Kaczanowski of Gaylord; daughter-in-law, Marge Bowling of Albuquerque, N.M.; 19 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; sisters, Agnes Kitinoja of Kaleva and Norma (Roy) Wheeler of Mesick; and brothers, Earl (Dorothy) Bowling of Cadillac and Leslie (Doris) Bowling of Manistee. He was preceded in death by his son, Gene; sister, Gladys Riehl; and two brothers, Emery and Kenneth. Memorial services are 7 p.m. Friday at the Terwilliger Funeral Home in Kaleva, with the Rev. Kenneth H. Lein officiating. Visitation is from 6 p.m. Friday until time of services at the funeral home. On May 28, a burial service will be held at Bear Lake Township Cemetery with a celebration of life party at Mr. Bowling's home on McClellan Road in Kaleva. The times will be announced at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or to the Elks National Foundation. Envelopes are available at the Terwilliger Funeral Home. 
 
BENSON, Ariz. -- Charles R. Bailey of Benson, Ariz. and Elkhart, Ind., formerly of Manton, died Saturday Jan. 15, 2000 at Benson Hospital in Benson. He was 74. Mr. Bailey was born Dec. 4, 1925 in Kalamazoo, the son of Clark Remington and Marie (Cox) Bailey. Mr. Bailey was a truck driver for 38 years, 20 years with Howes and Howes. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1945-1948. Most of his service, he was based on the Aleutian Islands in Alaska. He had wintered the last ten years in Arizona. Survivors include his wife, Doris, of Benson and Elkhart; two daughters, Celeste (Tom) Goggan of Elkhart and Marcia (Doyle) Gauld of Birch Run; brothers Clark R. "Junior" Bailey of Arlington, Texas, Donald "Donny" Bailey of Grand Rapids; and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother, William "Bill" Bailey; and granddaughter Lee Ann Maskill. Services were Jan. 18 at Richardson's Mortuary in Benson, Father Louis Hasenfuss officiating. Cremation has taken place. Burial will be in Manton at a later date 
 
CADILLAC -- Joseph Lee Bates, infant son of Roy Allen Bates II and Colleen Sheler of LeRoy, died Jan. 18, 2000 at Spectrum Health Downtown Campus in Grand Rapids. He was two days old. Joseph was born Jan. 16, 2000 in Cadillac. Survivors include his parents, Roy Allen Bates II and Colleen Sheler of LeRoy; two brothers, Jeremiah D. Sheler and Devin M. Sheler, both of Cadillac; one sister, Carolyn A. Sheler of Cadillac; grandparents, Craig and Carol Thompson of Cadillac, Roy Bates Sr. of LeRoy, Anita Reynolds of LeRoy, Dorothy and Gilbert Jensen of Bridgeport, Russell Gilde of Cadillac, Linda Cronkite of Cadillac; great-grandparents, Harry and Vivian Womba of Tustin, Audreen and Jerry Tripp of Cadillac, Leonard and Judy Gilde of Manton, Betty Melson and Dale TooGoog of Big Rapids; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. Services are at 7 p.m. Friday at Peterson Funeral Home in Cadillac with Father Gregg McCallum officiating. Visitation is from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be in LeRoy Township Cemetery in Osceola County. Memorial tributes may be made to the family. Envelopes are available at Peterson Funeral Home. 
 
MANTON -- Orson Babcock of Cadillac died Sunday, Jan. 30, 2000, at his home after a four-month illness. He was 66. Mr. Babcock was born June 11, 1933 in Wanigers in Gladwin County. He married Joan Lovell Dec. 14, 1951 in Cadillac. Mr. Babcock grew up in Cadillac and was a resident of Cadillac and Manton for most of his life. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He retired in 1988 after 29 years with the Michigan State Highway Department. He was a member of the Manton VFW Post No. 7806 and former member and past governor of the Cadillac Moose Lodge. Mr. Babcock attended the Cadillac Assembly of God Church and earlier the Cadillac Revival Center. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and the outdoors. Survivors include his wife, Joan; sons, Bruce, Tony (Katherine), and Dan, all of Manton, and Ken (Trish) of Cadillac; mother, Pearl Shepard of Cadillac; brother, Donald (Frances) Babcock of Cadillac; and 12 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father, Clarence Babcock; step-father, Gerald Shepard; brother, Charles; and son, Charles. Mr. Babcock's body was donated to the University of Michigan. A memorial service is 1 p.m. Friday at the Manton Free Methodist Church, pastors Larry Green and Robert Carpenter officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery in Manton. Memorials can be made to Hospice of Michigan. 

HOUGHTON LAKE -- Ruth M. Bieri of Evart died Wednesday, March 22, 2000 at Autumnwood of McBain after a lengthy illness. She was 75. Mrs. Bieri was born Jan. 11, 1925 in Evart to John Connor and Jessie Corkins. She married Alex Bieri of Evart Feb. 19, 1946. Mrs. Bieri was a lifetime resident of Evart. She retired from Evart Products Lauman Road Plant. Survivors include her husband, Alex Bieri of Evart; children Martin (Patricia) Nieman of Houghton Lake, Dennis (Janet) Myers of Evart and Ralph and Linda Bieri of Evart; grandchildren Christopher Nieman, Anthony Blank, Elizabeth Nieman, Kylee Blank, and Adam Bieri; brothers Gerald Connor of Highland and Norman (Robert) Connor of Sears; and sisters Margaret Kennaday of Waterford and Shirley Blackledge of Flint. She was preceded in death by her son Alex Bieri, Jr.; her parents; brothers Forrest (Skeet) Connor, Stanley Connor and John Connor, Jr.; and sisters Evelyn McLachlan and Myrtle Dahl. 
Memorial services are 1 p.m. Monday at Brooks Corners United Methodist Church in Sears with Pastor Brian Bunch officiating. Burial will be at Forest Hill Cemetery. Memorial tributes may be made to Brooks Corners United Methodist Church or Evart Public Library. Arrangements were made by Christler Funeral Home in Houghton Lake. 

LAKE CITY -- Edgar (Judge) Paul Boettcher Sr., of Lake City, formerly of Saginaw, died Saturday, Sept. 9, 2000 at his home. He was 94. Mr. Boettcher was born April 22, 1906 in Saginaw. He married Henrietta Broadworth Nov.17, 1926 in Saginaw. She preceded him in death March 26, 1985. Mr. Boettcher was co-owner and vice president of Edgar Boettcher Mason Contractors in Saginaw for more than 50 years. He was a member of Brick Masons and Plasters International Union No. 7 for more than 60 years and a former member of the Elks Club in Saginaw. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. Survivors include his sons, Edgar (Trudy) Boettcher Jr. of Lake City, Raymond W. (Janet) Boettcher Sr. of Atlanta, Mich.; grandchildren, Edgar (Janet) Boettcher III, Susan (Steve) Fournier, Donna (Martin) Masker, Mary Jo (Kurt) Schrank, Raymond W. (Karen) Boettcher Jr., Jean (Erik) Henriksen; 11 great-grandchildren; three step-great-grandchildren; one step-great-great-grandchild. 
He was preceded in death by five brothers, Harry, Paul, Elmer, Otto, and Oscar Boettcher; and two sisters, Dorothy Sanders and Leota Murphy. Funeral services are 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Deisler Funeral Home, 2233 Hemmeter Road in Saginaw, the Rev. Donald Ashmall officiating. Visitation is from 2-5 and 7-9 p.m. today and 10 a.m. Wednesday until time of service at the funeral home. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery. Memorial tributes may be made to Amicare Hospice of Cadillac. 
 
CADILLAC -- Orma Dorothy Brodeur died Sunday, Sept. 3, 2000 at Mercy Hospital, Cadillac. She was 84. Private family services were held at Hitesman Funeral Home. Burial took place at Maple Hill Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice. 

CADILLAC -- Hugh B. Boylan of Coloma, formerly of Cadillac, died Monday, September 4, 2000 in St. Joseph. He was 46. 
Mr. Boylan was born on October 22, 1953, to Donald Phillip and Irene Katherine (Frey) Boylan in Chicago. He was a computer programmer, working at Whirlpool for 10 years. He loved to fish, hunt and go camping. Survivors include a daughter, Kristin Boylan of Coloma; mother Irene Boylan and sister Kathy Burke, both of Cadillac; nieces Melissa Watkins of Flint and Amanda and Alana Gunnerson, both of Cadillac; nephews Daniel Burke of Cadillac and Justin, Mason and Hayden Watkins, all of Flint; and special friend Carol Schafer of Coloma. He was preceded in death by his father and grandparents, Milford and Florence Frey. Services are 2 p.m. Friday at Peterson Funeral Home, the Rev. David Siddall officiating. Burial will be in the Sherman Township Cemetery in Osceola County. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today. 
 
CADILLAC -- Frances Elizabeth Brinks died Tuesday Sept. 5, 2000 at Mercy Hospital Cadillac. She was 94. Mrs. Brinks was born Feb. 7, 1906 to Amos and Sarah (Klingler) Scrimger in Clare County. She graduated from Harrison High School and attended Mount Pleasant State Normal School. She taught in the Clare County Elementary Schools. She married Joseph Brinks of Vogel Center in 1926. They farmed in Missaukee County for a number of years. After several heart attacks Mr. Brinks retired from farming and they moved to Cadillac where Mrs. Brinks was employed at Mercy Hospital for 13 years. After her retirement she and her husband enjoyed spending winters in Florida. Survivors include her sons, Roger (Marian) of Manton and Robert (Betty) of Cadillac; 8 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, son Allen Brinks in 1931, her husband in 1974, and sisters Dorothy Trowbridge and Pansy Stanfield. Memorial services are Oct. 1 at 2 p.m. at the Hitesman Funeral Home, Rev. Richard Anderson officiating. Visitation is 1 p.m. until time of services at the funeral home. Burial will be at Haring Township Cemetery. 
 
CADILLAC -- Arthur Doyle Byerlein of Cadillac died Sunday, Aug. 27, 2000 at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City. He was 55. Memorial services will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Cadillac Moose Lodge No. 531. The Broken Circle Service will be performed by the Cadillac Moose Ritual Team. Arrangements were made by Hitesman Funeral Home, Cadillac. 
 
CADILLAC -- Della Mae Bowling of Cadillac died Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2000 at Lakeview Lutheran Manor in Cadillac. She was 51. Mrs. Bowling was born April 12, 1949 in Reno, Nev. to Dean and Cecil Mae (O'Dell) Boram. She married Michael F. Bowling June 14, 1985 in Cadillac. She was a homemaker and had done home health care in the Cadillac area. Mrs. Bowling had lived in the Cadillac area for over 20 years. She was a member of the Moose Lodge No. 298 of Cadillac, and was past senior regent. She was a devoted grandmother. Survivors include her husband, Michael F. Bowling of Cadillac; son, Jonathan L. Boram of Washington; daughter, Katherine A. Spoor of Lake City; grandson, Jessup Hunter Thomas; brother, Dean Boram of California; and sisters, Linda Tatum of Oregon and Loretta West of Washington. Memorial services will take place at a later date. Arrangements were handled by Peterson Funeral Home. 
 
MANTON -- A.J. Butler of Manton died Friday, Nov. 17, 2000 at Lakeview Lutheran Manor in Cadillac. He was 86. Mr. Butler was born Sept. 30, 1914 in Mayville to Mahlon and Maude (Sherman) Butler. He married Gladys Brown June 12, 1935 in Fostoria. Mr. Butler grew up in Mayville. He farmed and lived in Pontiac where he worked at Fisher Body, Pontiac Motors and GMC Truck. In 1946 he moved to Manton and was employed by the Pennsylvania Railroad, Goodrich, Malleable Iron Company and Kysor Corp. Mr. Butler retired from Kysor in 1976.  He and his wife made their home with their granddaughter Deb Atkins and her family in LeRoy for the last few years. He enjoyed fishing and hunting. He loved being with his family, and was a member of the Rollins Church. Survivors include his wife; children Charles of LeRoy, Mona Arlt and Alonzo, both of Traverse City, and Everett (Susan) of Grafton, N.D.; six grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Bernice Wood and Ethlyn Long. Services are 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Rollins Church in Manton, Rev. Robert Lanning officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery in Manton. Visitation is from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at the Hall Funeral Chapel in Manton. Memorial contributions may be made to the Rollins Church. 

CADILLAC -- Theresa Kathleen (Hudak) Brasseur of Cadillac died Monday, Nov. 13, 2000 at home. She was 65. Mrs. Brasseur was born May 15, 1935 in Cheboygan to Clarence and Margaret (Gilbeau) Hudak. She married Carl Brasseur May 2, 1953 and moved to Cadillac in 1960. Mrs. Brasseur was a kind, loving, compassionate wife, mother and grandmother and will be greatly missed. She loved attending various area churches to worship with her many friends. Survivors include her husband, Carl; children, Kathy (Richard) Fordyce of Cadillac, Carl (Lori) Brasseur Jr. of Tustin, Deborah (Fred) Harris of Cadillac, Clare (Nancy Tinsley) Brasseur of Scottville, Greg (Gina) Brasseur of Portland, Ore., and Lisa (Mark) Porteous of Cadillac; grandchildren, Nikki (Karl) Jaeger, Angie, Kyle, and Patti Brasseur, Melissa and Hilary Harris, and Rachelle, Allie, and Christopher Porteous; mother, Margaret Hudak of Cheboygan; sisters, Patricia St. Amour and Anna Marie (Dave) McCormick, both of Cheboygan; brothers, Ronald "Joe" (Ruth) Hudak of DeTour, and Russell (Dorothy) Hudak of Cheboygan; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, Clarence L. Hudak in 1995; and brother, Clarence "Eddie" Hudak in 1982. Cremation has taken place. Services are 11 a.m. Saturday at the Peterson Funeral Home in Cadillac with the Revs. Emma V. Neff and William Markham officiating. 
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Michigan or the American Cancer Society. 
 
MCBAIN -- Anna Wigger Brunink of McBain died Thursday, Dec. 7, 2000 at Autumnwood of McBain. She was 93. Mrs. Brunink was born Sept. 24, 1907 in Riverside Township in Missaukee County to John and Marie (Mys) Dodde. She married Bert Wigger Oct. 10, 1929 in Highland Township in Osceola County. He preceded her in death on Aug. 5, 1945. She married Gerrit Brunink on July 12, 1949 in McBain. He preceded her in death on June 24, 1962. Mrs. Brunink had been a homemaker and was a member of the McBain Christian Reformed Church. She had been a member of the Ladies Aid at the church and an active member in the McBain Senior Citizens for many years. She enjoyed crocheting, and loved her flowers. Survivors include son, Jay (Elaine) Wigger of Kentwood; five grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; brother, Andrew Dodde of Marion; sister, Janet Boerman of McBain; foster daughter, Donna Peterson of Lowell; sister-in-law, Janet Sink of Lake City; and many other relatives. She was preceded in death by her sisters Alice Meyering, and Theresa Otten. Services are at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Burkholder Funeral Home in McBain with the Rev. John Meyer officiating. Burial will be in Mount View Cemetery in McBain. Visitation is 1 p.m. until the time of services. 

HOLLAND -- Ida Baas of Holland died Thursday, Dec. 7, 2000 at a local care facility. She was 96. Mrs. Baas was a charter member of Faith Christian Reformed Church, the Faith Ladies Fellowship and the Holland Christian School Circle.  Survivors include several nieces and nephews. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin, in 1984. Services are 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Notier Ver Lee Langeland Funeral Chapel, 315 E. 16th St., Holland, with the Rev. James Boer officiating. Burial will be in Prosper Cemetery in Prosper. Visitation is 10 a.m. until the time of services at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Holland Christian Schools or Hospice of Holland. 
 
CADILLAC -- George E. Baker of Cadillac died Friday, Dec. 29, 2000 at his home. He was 74. Mr. Baker was born Jan. 24, 1926 in Mason to Curtis Allen and Lillian (Lamphere) Baker. He married Mildred P. Lawson on Feb. 24, 1944 in Mason. Mr. Baker was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Army, where he was awarded the Purple Heart. He moved to Cadillac 35 years ago from Mason. He was employed at Celand Lamphere Construction for 23 years in Mason and worked at the Four Winns woodshop for 13 years. Survivors include his wife, Mildred P. Baker of Cadillac; sons George C. Baker of LeRoy and Allen L. (Cynthia) Baker of Cadillac; daughter, Jane Kinnebrew of Cadillac; brother, Norris (Rosetta) Parker of Manton; mother, Lillian Rathbun of Cadillac; 15 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father, Curtis Baker; stepfather Louis Rathbun; sister Mary "Pauline" Bailey; and brothers Richard "Dick" Baker and Melvin Parker. Visitation will be on Tuesday, Jan. 2 from 1-3 p.m. at the Peterson Funeral Home in Cadillac. No services are scheduled. Memorial tributes may be made to the American Cancer Society. 
 
EVART -- Kenneth J. Brininstool died Dec. 31, 2000 in Leroy Township in Osceola County. He was 56. Services are Wednesday, Jan. 3 at 11 a.m. at the Corey Funeral Home in Evart with Father Joe Fix officiating. Visitation will be prior to services.  Memorials may be directed to Arthritis Research at Children's Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. 
 
CADILLAC -- Christopher "Chris" W. Blackburn of Cadillac died Dec. 23, 2000 in Grand Rapids as a result of a snowboarding accident. He was 15.  Services will be 11 a.m. Friday at the Cadillac Christian Reformed Church with the Rev. Peter Byma officiating. Burial will be in Maple Hill Cemetery, Cadillac. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Peterson Funeral Home in Cadillac. Memorial contributions may be made to Cadillac Area Festivals and Events (CAFE Inc.) for the Chris Blackburn Memorial Skate Park. 
 
CADILLAC -- Janice Faye Barber of Cadillac died Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2000 at her home. She was 53. Mrs. Barber was born in Lansing on Oct. 14, 1947 to Carl and Erma (Shepler) Case. She married Leon A. Barber on Aug. 20, 1966 in Cadillac. She was a homemaker, an officer of the Cadillac Moose Lodge No. 1298, Junior Region, Women of the Moose, and a member of the Salvation Army Home League. She enjoyed playing bingo, crafts, and her grandchildren and children. Mrs. Barber is survived by her husband; sons, Leon C. Barber and Craig Barber and his fiance Traci; daughter, Bonnie Ball; grandchildren, Michael, Dustin, Dylan and Serena Barber; sisters, Cheryl Leupnitz and Debbie Stepaniak; step-mother, Jenny Case of Cadillac; step-brothers and step-sisters; numerous brothers- and sisters-in-law; and many nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles. She was preceded in death by her parents. Services will be 3 p.m. Friday at Peterson Funeral Home, Cadillac. Burial will be in Haring Township Cemetery, Wexford County. Visitation will be 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Peterson Funeral Home. 

MARION — Pauline (Bazuin) Bentley of Tustin died Friday, February 16, 2001 at Pleasant Ridge Nursing Care Center in Marion. She was 89. 
Mrs. Bentley was born June 18, 1911 in Lucas, the daughter of Herman and Winnie (Ninehuis) Dowlyn. She married Harry Bazuin April 20, 1933 in Tustin. He preceded her in death in 1983. She married Clyde M. Bentley Oct. 16, 1993 in Marion. He preceded her in death January 27, 2001. 
Mrs. Bentley was a mother and homemaker. She was a lifelong resident of Marion and Tustin area. She worked at Kettunen Center for 12 years. She was a member of the Marion United Methodist Church where she was actively involved in the Naomi Ruth Circle. She especially loved the out of doors. Survivors include her children, Ruth Ann (Dennis) Smith of Tustin, Larry (Virginia) Bazuin, Robert (Betty Struble) Bazuin, Kenneth (Norma Jean) Bazuin, all of Marion; step children Grace Lussmeyer of Charlotte, Mich., Vera Noakes of Marion, Ines Brocht of Marion, Ellen (Ed) Bentley of Albion and William (Midge) Keehn of Marion; sisters Annette Van Sloten of Caledonia and Ada (Arnold) Sikkema of Grand Rapids; brother, William “June” (Ada) Oeverman of Tustin; sister-in-laws, Babe (Don) Elgas of Prudenville and Nellie Dykstra of Grand Rapids; 29 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her parents, sisters, Hattie DeKryger, Maude Bazuin, brothers Paul Dowlyn and Jay Oeverman, and daughters in law, Mrs. Bob (Jackie) Bazuin and Mrs. Ken (Janice) Bazuin. Services are 11 a.m. today at the Marion United Methodist Church, Pastor Jeff Schrock and Pastor Brian Miller officiating. Burial will be in Highland Hillside Cemetery. Memorial tributes may be made to the Marion United Methodist church Building Fund. 

EVART — Ruth Irene Brackett of Evart, died Monday, Feb. 12, 2001 at Orlando Regional Medical Center, Orlando, Fla. She was 76. 
Services were Monday at the Corey Funeral Home, Evart, Rev. Russ Atherton officiating. Burial was in Oakdale Cemetery, Hersey.


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