Miscellaneous Michigan Obituaries


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Mrs. Katherine B. Chapman - 1400 N. Drake Rd., - Passed away Friday evening September 10, 1976.  Mrs. Chapman was born November 16, 1903 in Romeo, Mi.  The daughter of John J. and Flora Brewer and had been a resident of Kalamazoo for the past 27 years.  She was a member of the First Congregational Church, attended the Olivet College and the University of Michigan, was a member of the Kappa Alpha Theata Sorority.  Prior to her retirement she was employed at Western Michigan University for 16 years as house mother at Siedschlag Hall. She was preceded in death by her husband William L. Chapman in 1949. Surviving is one son an two daughters, William B. Chapman of League City, Texas.  Mrs. Robert (Jean) Haithwaite of Kalamazoo and Mrs. Kristen (Joan) Juul, Carbondale, Ill.  8 grandchildren.  Several nieces and nephews.  Memorial service will be held Monday afternoon at 3 o’clock from the Langeland Chapel, 622 S. Burdick with Rev. Mr. James McCutcheon officiating. Graveside service will be held Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 at the Elm Lawn Cemetery in Bay City.  Friends may call at the Chapel where memorials may be made to the First Congregational Church Memorial Fund or the Michigan Heart Association. source: Kalamazoo Gazette Sun 12 Sep 1976

Michael Alan Chapman - 5311 North 7th St. - Passed away Tuesday morning January 24, 1972.  Michael was born May 8, 1965, in Kalamazoo, the son of Ronald R. and Ellen Z. Chapman.  He attended  the Valley View Bible Church and was in the First Grade at Alamo Center School.  Surviving besides the parents are one sister and 2 brothers, Karen Lee, Ronald Marlyn and David Wright, all at home;  paternal grandparents,  many uncles, aunts, cousins.  Memorial services will be held Thursdayat 3 o’clock at the Langeland Chapel, 622 S. Burdick, Rev. Russel D. Aseltine officiating.  Interment in Liberty Cemetery. Friends may call at he chapel.  Memorials to he Michigan Hemophilia Foundation.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Wed 26 Jan 1972

Mrs. Nellie E. Chapman - 1658 Burlington Dr., Midland Park, Gull Lake - Passed away Saturday morning, January 15, 1972.  Born January 17, 1891 in Kalamazoo, daughter of Arnold and Anna Stulting and had been a lifelong resident of this area.  She was a member of the Richland Covenant Church and was the first president of the Richland Covenant Church Missionary Society.  On April 28, 1909 she was married to Carl Chapman, who survives.  Also surviving are:  two sons and five daughters, Stulting Chapman, Kalamazoo,  Mrs. Robert (Guelda) DeYoung of Clearwater, Fla., Edward Chapman, Mrs. George (Ruth) Payne, both of Kalamazoo, Mrs. Ralph (Frances) Mishler of Richland,  Mrs. Bill (Helen) Byler of Portland, Ore., Mrs. Roger (Shirley) Yeatter of Kalamazoo;  18 grandchildren,  13 nieces and nephews.  Memorial services will be held Tuesday at 2 o’clock at the Richland Covenant Church with Rev. Henry M. Johanson officiating.  Interment, Riverside Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Richland Covenant Church.  Friends may call at  the Langeland Chapel, 622 S. Burdick until Tuesday noon.   source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  Sun 16 Jan 1972

Mrs. Alta M. Chappell - Formerly of 411 E. Walnut - Passed away Sunday morning at Borgess Hospital. She was born January 9, 1888 in Wexford County, daughter of Ezra C. and Alta Coblentz.  She had made her home in Kalamazoo since 1918 and she was married to Harry Chappell who preceded her in death in 1964.  Surviving are:  four sons, Louis, South Haven;  Delbert of Otsego;  Dale of Santa Barbara, Calif.; and Clare of Portage;  eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren;  two brothers, Francis Coblentz of Charlevoix and Willis Coblentz of Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania.  Friends are being received at the Joldersma & Klein Funeral Home, where services will be held Wednesday at 10:30,  Rev. Charles R. Hulbert officiating.  Burial in Riverside Cemetery, Dowagiac.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  Mon 13 Sep 1971

Mr. Clarence J. Charlton - 701 Cooper Ave. - Passed away Saturday morning, Jan. 1, 1977.  Mr. Charlton was born Oct. 19, 1904, in Barry County, Mich., son of William and Nellie Charlton and was a resident of Kalamazoo since 1934, previously living in Hastings. Before his retirement, was employed by the Delight Foundation Garment Co. for 32 years and in recent years employed by the Kalamazoo Paper Co.  He was a member of the Bethel Reformed Church and the Eastwood Community Club.  On Dec. 25, 1933, he was married to Bessie Gingrich, who survives.  Also surviving are one son and one daughter, Arthur Charlton and Mrs. Betty Singer, both of Kalamazoo; 9 grandchildren;  one sister, Mrs. Arthur (Maudie E.) Cook of Coral Gables, Fla.; several nieces and nephews.  Memorial services will be held Wednesday morning at 11 o’clock at  the Langeland Chapel, 622 S. Burdick, Rev. Mr. Harold Cupery officiating.  Interment in Mt. Ever-Rest Cemetery.  Friends may call at the chapel.  Memorials may be made to the Cardiac Unit of Borgess Hospital.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Mon 3 Jan 1977

Mrs. Mabel C. Chase - 3625 W. Michigan Ave. - Passed away Wednesday morning June 28, 1972. Mrs. Chase was born August 21, 1877, in Paw Paw, the daughter of Judge A. J. Mills and Florence Mills (a former school board member), and was a lifelong resident here.  She was a member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church and had been a member of the choir.  Her husband, Edmond W. Chase, preceded her in death in 1947.  Mrs. Chase is survived by 2 sons, Charles M. Chase, former local banker, now of Sarasota, Fla., and Alfred W. Chase of Kalamazoo;  3 grandchildren, Mrs. David R. (Sarah) Crawford,  Charles E. Chase, both of Kalamazoo,  Vincent H. Chase, of Colorado Springs, Colo.;  8 great-grandchildren;  a sister, Mr. Benjamin (Helen) Pyle; a brother, James A. Mills, both of Kalamazoo;  several nieces and nephews. Private memorial services will be held at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church.  Following cremation, interment will be in Mountain Home Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice.   Arrangements by the Langeland Chapel, 622 S. Burdick.   source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  Wed 28 June 1972

Sister M. Ermita Checkley SSJ - Nazareth,  Mich. - Friends are being received at Nazareth, where prayer services will be held Wednesday evening at 7 o’clock.  Mass of the Resurrection will be held in the Holy Family Chapel Thursday morning at 10:30.  Interment in the Gate of Heaven Cemetery.  Arrangements by the Wagar & Clark Chapel.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  Wed 3 Nov 1976

Joseph R. Cheatham - 409 Rosemont, Comstock - Age 74, Passed away Saturday afternoon at the Provincial House Nursing Home after a lingering illness.  Born September 12, 1897 in Madison, Ind., the son of Robert and Susan Allen Cheatham.  Mr. Cheatham was a life member of Fidelity Lodge 513, F & AM, Kalamazoo Chapter 63, R.A.M., Penisular Commandery No. 8, K.T. Saladin Temple, AAONMS, of Grand Rapids,  Loyal Order of Moose, Fraternal Order of Eagles. He is survived by one son; one grandson;  one great-grandaughter;  several cousins.  Friends are being received at the Wagar & Clark Chapel after 2 p.m.  Monday.  Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. Rev. Lloyd S. Scheifele and Fidelity Lodge No. 513 officiating.    Burial in family lot, Maple Grove Cemetery, Comstock.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  Sun 16 July 1972

Mrs. Dottie M. Cheesebro - Rte 2, Vicksburg - Passed away Thursday evening at the Alamo Nursing Home, following an illness of several weeks.  Mrs. Cheesebro  was born June 30, 1896, daughter of Edwin and Effie Baughman and had been a lifelong resident of the Vicksburg area.  On July 18, 1914 she was married to Roy Cheesebro who preceded her in death in 1971.  Surviving are:  two sons, Clyde of Vicksburg, Stanley of Portage;   one daughter, Mrs. Edward (Marie) Shinabarger of Dayton, Ohio;  three brothers, Sherry Baughman of Climax,  Grant of Colon and Clare of Kalamazoo;  one sister, Mrs. Edna Thompson of Battle Creek;  seven grandchildren;  several nieces and nephews.  Friends may call at the Rupert-Durham Funeral Home, Vicksburg, after 10 a.m. Saturday morning where services will be held Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m.  Interment in North Fulton Cemetery.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 on Saturday. The family suggests that  friends may make memorial contributions to the Franklin Community Hospital.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  Fri 21 July 1972

Mrs. Mary Helen Chastain - Seffner, Fla., Formerly of Kalamazoo - Passed away Sunday, April 11, (1971) at University Hospital in Tampa, Fla.  Mrs. Chastain was born Nov. 12, 1925, in Attica Ind.  She attended Mattawan School and before her marriage moved to Tampa, Fla.  Mrs. Chastain is survived by her husband, Lamar; one sister, Mrs. Mildred Neff of Riverview, Fla;  2 brothers, Roy Yeager of Kalamazoo and James Yeager of Richland.   Funeral services will be held 10 a.m., Wednesday at Stowers Funeral Home, 401 W. Brandon Blvd., Brandon, Fla.  Interment in Hillsboro Memorial Gardens.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  Tues 13 April 1971

Earl B. Chenery - Leesburg, Fla.  Formerly of Augusta, Michigan - Passed away Sunday morning, November 23, 1975 in Leesburg, Florida.  Mr. Chenery was born October 4, 1893 in Kalamazoo County, the son of Frank O. and Maude Chenery and was a resident of Augusta, Michigan until 1954 and has been a resident of Leesburg and Tampa since that  time.  Before his retirement he was a rural mail carrier in the Augusta area.  Served in the Army during World War I.  On June 30, 1923 was married to Marian Anderson, who survives.  Also surviving are:  two daughters, Mrs. Carrol (Margaret) Lindsay of Portage,  Mrs. Gordon (Marva) Simpson of Parchment;  six grandsons and one granddaughter;  one brother, Howard Chenery;  several nieces and nephews.  In accordance with Mr. Chenery’s wishes, graveside services will be held at 3 o’clock at the Prairie Home Cemetery, Richland, Rev. Jack Scott of Galesburg United Methodist Church officiating. Friends may meet the family at the Langeland Chapel, 622 S. Burdick, Tuesday evening from 7 to 9.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Monday Nov 24, 1975

Mr. Samuel A. Childress - 35 N.E. 9th St., Miami, Fla - Passed away Saturday, June 18, 1977, in Miami.  Mr. Childress was born Oct. 3, 1900, in Buena Vista, Va. and had made his home in Florida for the past 40 years.  He had served in the U.S. Navy in World Wars I & II.  Was a retired restaurant  manager.  Surviving are one daughter. Mrs. Dolly Fisher;  5 grandchildren;  one great-granddaughter, all of Kalamazoo and Portage.  Memorial services will be held Thursday at 3 o’clock at the Langeland Chapel, 622 S. Burdick, Rev. Charles R. Hulbert, of the Bethlehem Baptist Church, officiating.  Interment in Maple Grove Cemetery, Comstock.  Friends may call at the chapel.   source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Wed 22 June 1977

Mr. William H. Chinn - 2226 Olmstead Rd. - Passed away June 21, 1972, at Bronson Hospital.  Mr. Chinn was born April 13, 1865, in Ney, France and had been a resident here for the past 27 years.  Employed by the Levine Paper Mill until his retirement.  A member of the Comstock United Methodist Church Men’s Club.  Mr. Chinn will be at the Truesdale Downtown Funeral Home, to be take to Maple Grove Cemetery, Comstock, for religious graveside services at 10 a.m. Friday, Rev. Wilbur E. Courter officiating.   source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  Wed 21 June 1972  (submitted by a volunteer, not a family member)  Addtl news article:  Services Set for William Chinn who is dead at age 107.  A hard worker until three years ago, he had been living in Parkview Nursing Home.  He died this morning at Bronson Hospital.  Chinn, who drifted here in 1927, was born in Nay, France, on April 13, 1865, the day before President Lincoln was shot.  After his family came to the United States in the late!
 1860s, his mother died of smallpox.  He lived with a relative until he was 9, when he ran away.  He worked as a house painter throughout  most of the United States before moving to Kalamazoo.  Here, he was employed by the Levine Paper Mill until he was in his 80s. He took up the raising of rabbits and he tended a fishing worm farm in Comstock until he was 104;  when he moved into the nursing home.  He accounted  for his long life  by putting off retirement.  In feature stories in The Gazette, he would predict  the time of his death to be less  than five years after he retired.  He has no survivors, according to Truesdale Downtown Funeral Home, where arrangements are being made.  Graveside services are scheduled Friday at 10 a.m. at  Maple Grove Cemetery, the Rev. William E. Courter officiating.

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