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    Patricia Jeanne (Baker) Furst, 75

    The world was brighter because of her smile. Patricia Jeanne (Baker) Furst died peacefully at her Ludington home on Jan. 10, 2020, comforted by her family and the warmth of a crackling fire. Born Jan 2, 1945, in Evanston, Ill., to CPT Russel L. and Helen Born Baker, Patricia, who preferred the name Patty, worked a variety a jobs throughout her life. These jobs included volunteering at Family Planning, waitressing at The Hubbard House, operating her own day care, and working as a librarian at West Ward Elementary in Allegan. Patty loved life. She had an exuberant laugh and a signature smile that lit a room and the worlds of…

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    Esther Mauchmar, 88

    Esther Mauchmar, 88, of Watson Township, went to be with the Lord on Jan. 11, 2020. Esther was born March 9, 1931, to Walter and Marion (Page) Kent. Visit with her family and friends on Thursday, Jan. 16, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the McCowen & Secord Funeral Home, Marshall and Gren Chapel, 120 S. Woodhams St. in Plainwell. Esther’s family includes 14 nieces and nephews as well as several great-nieces and -nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Haldon; two siblings, Page W. Kent and James E. Kent. Esther was a lifetime member of Watson Bible Church. She enjoyed farming and traveling. She was…

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    Charlotte Ann Tange, 84

    Charlotte Ann Tange, 84, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, in Allegan. Charlotte was born in Lansing to the late Fred and Ruth (Tillotson) Sears on June 16, 1935. Charlotte was widely known for her love of animals—she loved her cats—birds and especially for her flower garden. She had even been on the Garden Tour. She was an accomplished seamstress and had made many Halloween costumes for her grandchildren. Charlotte is survived by her husband, William Tange; her daughters, Jennifer (Franklin) Brown and husband Larry, Lucie (Franklin) Johnson and husband Paul, and Robin (Forbes) Ash and husband Ken; her grandchildren, Aaron Brown, Jamie (Brown) Wine and husband Eric, and…

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    Donald Eugene Williams, 63

    Donald Eugene Williams, 63, of Allegan, passed away Friday, Jan. 10, 2020, at Rose Arbor Hospice in Kalamazoo. Born April 13, 1956, in Marshalltown, Iowa, he was the son of the late Russell Madison Williams and Estella Novella (Frank) Stinocher and was the husband of Nora Balgoyen-Williams. Don was the youngest of nine children. His devoted mother and loving siblings strongly influenced his childhood upbringing in Iowa and throughout his life. After graduation, northern Minnesota became Don’s next true home. He developed lifelong friendships and took the family back to vacation there every year. He enjoyed spending time in the great outdoors, especially if he had a fishing pole in…

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    Richard L. Bishop, 88

    Richard L. Bishop, 88, of Urbana passed away at 8:11 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019, at home. A memorial service will be announced at a later date. Mr. Bishop was born Aug. 12, 1931, at Lake Odessa, the son of Charles Clarkson and Mary Maurita (McClave) Bishop. He married Dolores M. Prosek on June 12, 1954, and she survives. He is also survived by his daughters, Marian Stone (Dave), Audrey Bishop (Richard Stout), Carol McCleary (David Sr.), and Dorothy Debolt (Jim); a son, Paul Bishop (Paula); a brother, Jordan Bishop (Joan); and sisters Janet Flaugh (Joseph), Charlotte Egan, Margaret Richter (George), Elizabeth Bishop-Martin, and Kathleen Wageley. Also surviving are nine…

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    John C. Lovett Sr., 80

    John C. Lovett Sr., 80, of Otsego passed away Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, in Cape Coral, Fla., near Pine Island where he has been spending the winters since 1989. He was born Sept. 12, 1939, in Plainwell, the son of Carl and Margaret (Ames) Lovett. John was a 1957 Otsego High School graduate and lifelong resident of the area. On June 25, 1960, at First Congregational Church of Otsego he married Sue Galloway, his wife of 59-and-a-half years, who survives. In 1972 with his father he started Lovett Driveway Company and worked for more than 40 years until his retirement. John enjoyed car racing, pony harness racing, fishing, farming, hunting,…

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    David E. Buck, 82

    David E. Buck, 82, of Kalamazoo passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019, at the Phillips AFC Home. David was born in Kalamazoo on Feb. 27, 1937, the son of the late William and Lillian (Strickland) Buck. Though he faced many challenges he always maintained a joyful spirit. He lived independently for 11 years and enjoyed being outdoors, walking, raking and shoveling snow. He loved listening to bluegrass music and knitting rugs on his loom. David enjoyed being around people and making friends. He will be missed by all who knew him. He is survived by two sisters, Betty (Richard) Williams and Jodi Wright; and dear friends, Carolyn (Marcus) Blass.…

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    Mrs. Linda Lee McWhorter, 75

    Mrs. Linda Lee McWhorter, 75, of Camden, Tenn., passed away on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019, at Camden General Hospital. Mrs. McWhorter was born on May 29, 1944. She was preceded in death by parents, James Flowers and Helen Hornketh Flowers. She was a retired L.P.N. Mrs. McWhorter was an excellent wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She always put everyone else’s needs before her own. She never met a stranger, as she could talk to anyone. She loved crafts and sharing them with her loved ones. She was overjoyed with news of a new baby, and a wedding in May and October. She recently traveled to Boston to see her grandson…

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    Jean Eleanor Baker, 94

    Jean Eleanor Baker, 94, of Allegan, passed away Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020, at Briarwood Assisted Living. Born Aug. 10, 1925, in Trowbridge Township, she was the daughter of the late George and Lillian (Curtiss) Siebert and was the widow of Merritt Boysen and Russell Baker. Mrs. Baker graduated from Allegan High School in 1942. She was a longtime member of St. John’s Lutheran Church. She loved to spend time outside tending to her beautiful flower gardens, but her greatest joy came from the time spent with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Mrs. Baker is survived by her daughters, Lois (Brian) VanderWeide and Janis Richards; daughter-in-law, Cathy Boysen; stepdaughters, Patricia (Gene) Furst,…

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    David Blanchard, 66

    David Blanchard, born July 23, 1953, passed away on Friday, Jan. 3, 2020, at the age of 66. He had just visited with his children, Richard and Karrie, then passed while riding home with his son. He had a tough battle with cancer, along with other complications. David lived his entire life in Pullman, graduating from Bloomingdale High School in 1971. He worked for the Allegan County Road Commission for many years. He operated many types of heavy equipment. His favorite to operate was the Drott and road grader. He also loved to plow snow. In the mid 80s, he drove truck for Bohn Aluminum delivering pistons. He also did…

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    Duane A. Anson, 90

    Duane A. Anson, 90, of Plainwell passed away Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, with family at his side. He was born Feb. 26, 1929, in Cooper, the son of Alfred and Bernice (Hughes) Anson. Duane proudly served his country in the U.S. Army. He was a lifelong resident of the area and had owned and operated a golf course in Cooper. In his free time Duane enjoyed golfing, woodworking, traveling, telling stories and jokes and seeing his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. On Oct. 28, 1950, in Kalamazoo he married Arlene Karr who passed away in 2014. Surviving are his children, Brian (Dalene) Anson of Plainwell, Karen (Keith) Holt of St. Joseph and…

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    Robert Daniel Hoyt, 94

    Robert Daniel Hoyt, 94, of Allegan, passed away Monday, Dec. 9, 2019, at American House Assisted Living Memory Care Unit in Holland. Born in Chicago in March 1925, he was the son of the late Victor Rieber and Kathleen Theresa Baker. He was later adopted by James Lawrence Hoyt and moved to Cheshire Center in Allegan County in 1939, where the family ran a gas station and grocery store. Bob graduated from Bloomingdale High School in March 1943 and enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he served as an Aviation Ordnanceman Third Class. He married his high school sweetheart, Roberta Pease, on Sept. 13, 1944, while home on leave. After…

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    Jessie Lloyd Santee

    Jessie Lloyd Santee was born on May 7, 1929. He passed away at this home on Nov. 29, 2019. Lloyd loved the outdoors. He loved to go fishing, hunting and always found something to do outside, whether it was cutting down trees to use for the home he and his wife built or just being in the house on a not so nice day watching all the deer and turkeys outside. Lloyd also enjoyed the company of his family and friends. He was a lifetime brother of the Masons and Eagles. Lloyd was preceded in death by his father Harold and mother Lillian (Elder), his son Ronald, his two brothers…

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    Edward Charles Whitney, 90

    Edward Charles Whitney, 90, of Allegan passed away peacefully on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019, at Rose Arbor Hospice in Kalamazoo. Mr. Whitney was born April 25, 1929, in Allegan, the son of the late Irving and Christina (Hoke) Whitney and the husband of the late Donna (Kelley) Whitney. Edward was a machinist at Parker Hannifin, Brass Division, where he worked until his retirement.  He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Allegan for 60 years and was best known for his famous bean soup at the community lunch.  Edward was a great person to be around, and one always left with a smile after visiting with him. Though…

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    Christine Louise Galbreath, 68

    Christine Louise Galbreath, 68, of Allegan passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019, at Ascension Borgess Medical Center. Born April 19, 1951, in Allegan, she was the daughter of the late Frank Joseph and Edna Jean (Dieble) Ratulowski and was the wife of Robert James Galbreath. Christine had worked for Perrigo for over 30 years as a packaging specialist. She was a generous and loving wife, mother, sister and friend. An avid gardener, she also loved to take long walks with her husband and to hunt for bargains at garage sales. She was known for sharing her well-loved desserts for the holidays and family events. In addition to her…

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    Phyllis Anne Kiella (nee Malarney)

    Phyllis Anne Kiella (nee Malarney) was the third arrival into the Hillsdale home of Theron Joseph “Barney” and Etolah B. (Stearns) Malarney April 26, 1926, where she joined her twin sisters, Mary Louise and Frances. Years later, a brother, TJ, joined them. Dec. 27, 2019, Phyllis died peacefully in her sleep, her life here now complete; she is home with her Lord. She gave us her love and the gift of music. Phyllis attended Hillsdale Public Schools, and, after lugging her double-bass violin between her home on South Street and the high school on West Street, she graduated in 1943. Music was always a part of Phyllis’ early life, whether…

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    Robert Weick, 89

    Robert Weick, 89, of Shelbyville passed away Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019, at American House Assisted Living in Jenison. Born June 15, 1930, in Allegan, he was the son of the late Frederick Jacob and Maude Mae (Dendel) Weick and was the husband of the late Ruth Ann (Schumaker)Weick. Mr. Weick was a member of Shelbyville United Methodist Church. He was an avid fisherman and loved to go hunting at the family cabin. He was proud of his registered Holsteins and enjoyed selling his homegrown fruits and visiting with friends at the area farmer’s markets. Mr. Weick is survived by his children, Dan (Mickey Cerajewski) Weick, Debra (the late Jim) Brenner,…

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    Lawrence Earl Montgomery, 65

    Lawrence Earl Montgomery, 65, of Allegan, passed away on Dec. 8, 2019, at his home after fighting a battle with cancer. He was born on Dec. 25, 1953, in Indiana to the late Monty and Dolly (Gordon) Montgomery. His family moved to Michigan in the 1970s.  Larry graduated from Fennville High School. Larry worked in auto manufacturing for over 40 years.  He was employed at General Electric, Magna/Donnelly, American Auto Coat, and Lacks Enterprise.  He worked in project maintenance and paint processing.  His areas were electrician, robotics, automation and technology. In his spare time, he enjoyed reading, golfing and camping at Sandy Pines.  He also built up the family farm…

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    Marilyn Ann Cook (Martin)

    Marilyn Ann Cook (Martin) was welcomed home by her loving parents, John and Viola Martin (Gentz), and husband, Michael B. Cook, on Friday, December 27th. Marilyn was born in Frasier but lived for nearly 60 years in Allegan. She was a member of First Congregational Church where she taught Sunday School, led the youth group, sang in the choir and served on many church boards. She was also a long-time volunteer at the Congregational Kitchen, which provides free meals for the needy. Marilyn was very active in her community; the City of Allegan honored her with a day named for her.  She was a member of the Allegan Community Players…

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    Paul E. Thayer, 83

    Paul E. Thayer, of Plainwell passed away on Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019, at the age of 83. Paul was born on April 13, 1936, in Allegan. He was the son of Paul and Emma (Norwood) Thayer. On Jan. 21, 1961, he married the love of his life, Donna Boyer. Together they had four children. Paul was a member of First United Methodist Church of Plainwell. He enjoyed working on the missions team at the church. Paul is survived by his wife of 58 years, Donna; Christine (Michael) Freeling, of Kalamazoo; Paul (Candy) Thayer II, of Kalkaska; Amy Thayer, of Portage; and five grandchildren, Daniel, Adam, Joe, Jack, Sean, Meagon, Jennifer,…

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    Phillip Edward Dussia

    Phillip Edward Dussia passed away peacefully on Dec. 17, 2019. Phil was born on July 19, 1940, in Plainwell and was the oldest son of Bernard and Verna (Darrow) Dussia. Five years later, Phil was joined by his brother, John Charles. Phil displayed skills and determination early, achieving Eagle Scout at an impressive age. He graduated from Plainwell High School in 1958 and went on to serve his country in the U.S. Navy. Upon returning home from the Navy, he met the love of his life on a double date. Phil and Bernice (Davis) Dussia were married on August 4, 1962. The following year, their daughter Deborah Lyn was born.…

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    Letha Mae Krcatovich, 89

    Letha Mae Krcatovich, 89, of Allegan passed away Friday, Dec. 13, 2019, at Wings Home with her family at her side. Born Dec. 9, 1930, in Logan, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Earl and Golda “Marie” (Pargeon) Sanders. Letha graduated from Allegan High School as a member of the class of 1948. She married Michael Krcatovich in 1954 and they shared 64 years together prior to his death in 2018. In addition to helping on the family farm, Letha worked at Hopkins High School for over 20 years.  She was a dedicated, longtime member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, where she was the organist for almost 50…

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    Nancy Hayward Milani, 81

    Nancy Hayward Milani, 81, passed away Nov. 9, 2019, at The Brandley Hospice House after a brief illness. The daughter of the late Charles and Margaret Hayward, Nancy was born in Portsmouth, N.H., and was raised there and in York, Maine. Nancy was an honors graduate of York High School. She attended the University of Maine and the University of Nebraska, Omaha, and was a graduate of the University of Michigan Real Estate Institute. Nancy had a variety of careers; she was a histologist at Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City, a legislative assistant at the New York State Assembly, a kindergarten teacher, and she was the first female supervisor…

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    Larry D. Weaver, 77

    Larry D. Weaver, 77, of Allegan passed away peacefully, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019, at his home in Allegan. He was born July 14, 1942, in Plainwell the son of Leslie and Maxine (Bullard) Weaver. For nine years he had worked at Plainwell Paper, and for 29 years Larry had worked in the maintenance department at Menasha until his retirement in 2000. In his spare time Larry enjoyed golfing, tinkering with cars, doing model cars and shopping for cars. On March 10, 1962, in Allegan he married Barbara Germain, who survives. Also surviving are his son, Todd (Shannon) Weaver of Gobles; grandchildren, Stephanie, Ashley, Rebecca (Craig), Nathan (Bethani), Deana and Bailey;…