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    MacDonald “Mickey” Spidel, 90

    MacDonald “Mickey” Spidel, 90, of Bowling Green, Ky., went peacefully home to Jesus on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, at home surrounded by his family. He was born in Lawrence County, Ill., on Feb. 23, 1929, to the late Raymond McClain “Max” and Ruth Ellen (Breen) Spidel. He is survived by his wife of over 69 years, Judy (Chappell) Spidel; their four children, Vicky (David) Garvin of Allegan, Scott (Judy) Spidel of Bowling Green, Ky., Diane (Ed) Lewis of Edinboro, Penn., and Brenda (Steve) Laws of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; nine grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his sister, Everrene Reish, and a special cousin, Ray Spidel,…

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    Geraldine Louise Krotz, 89

    Geraldine Louise Krotz, 89, of Hopkins passed away Monday, Sept. 9, 2019, at her home.  Born Sept. 26, 1929, in Allegan, she was the daughter of the late Herman and Emily Letha (Abbot) Grauman and was the wife of the late Robert Krotz.  Mrs. Krotz was highly intelligent and extremely organized. Both attributes combined to allow her to graduate high school early at the age of 16 as well as helped her to never need a personal computer. Her mind and a piece of paper was all she needed.  Mrs. Krotz was a dedicated homemaker and farmer as well as a talented seamstress who typically made all her sons’ clothing.…

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    Larry Gene Curry, 77

    Larry Gene Curry, 77, of Martin passed away at his home on Sept. 4, 2019, surrounded by family. Larry was born to Russell and Florence (Knight) Curry on Aug. 22, 1942. He joined the Air Force in 1962 where he served four years as a firefighter, stationed in Bossier City, La. He worked for General Motors for 30 years until his retirement. On April 17, 1964, he married Sharon (Chick) Martin, whom survives, and they spent the next 55 years together. He is also survived by his children, Brenda (Bobbie Jo) Ritchie and David (Julie) Curry; grandchildren, Adam (Jen) Dill, Morgan Dill, Garrett Dill, Tanner Curry, Cayden Curry, Teagan Curry…

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    Phyllis Ann Moored, 75

    Phyllis Ann Moored, 75, of Allegan passed away Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019, at her home.  Born March 14, 1944, in Grand Rapids, she was the daughter of the late Marian (Pickett) Wiseman and was the wife of the late Larry Moored.  Phyllis had worked for Perrigo for 30 years prior to retirement. She loved riding her VW trike and Harley Davidson motorcycles with her friends in the Phara-Dice Motorcycle Club, of which she was a lifetime member. She also enjoyed spending time at Beach Paradise over the last 20 years.  Phyllis’ other hobbies included sewing and making ceramic Christmas ornaments for her family. Phyllis is survived by her children, Cathy…

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    Norma Cabot, 89

    Norma Cabot, 89, passed away peacefully on Sept. 9, 2019. She was preceded in death by her husband Charles Cabot; parents, George and Nadine Wenzel; daughter Jeanne Telfare; son George Cabot; and her sister Barbara Halliday. She will be remembered and missed by her children, William Cabot, Thomas (Victoria) Cabot; son-in-law Willis Ronald Telfare III; daughters-in-law, Jennette Cabot and Olenka Hubickyj; grandchildren, Alex, Eric, Chase and Clara; and many nieces, nephews, and friends. Norma was a homemaker for most of her life. She enjoyed adventure through her many travels from Africa, Galapagos, Svalbard, New Zealand, Solomon Islands and many more. She was an avid bird watcher as well. Norma graduated…

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    Eula Mae Thomas, 96

    Eula Mae Bocage was born July 19, 1923, in New Orleans, La., to Frederick Bocage and Estelle Duplessie. Mom had three siblings; Sterling (Toni), Elaine (Clarence) and Elton (Ruby). All have proceeded her in death. Mom married the love of her life, David Merlin Thomas on Oct. 10, 1943. They had a total of eight children; Betsy (Elfrid), Melva (Roland), Gwendolyn Judy, James (Rebecca), David (Holly), Terry (Michelle), Sherry (Tim) and Elton (Katherine).  Later in life she met two daughters she claimed as her own; Sharon Patterson and Christine Cherry. We would also like to acknowledge mom’s dearest friend, Dolly Payne. Our mother gave her total life to supporting and…

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    Charles Jay Bouwman, 71

    Charles Jay Bouwman, 71, of Fennville passed away Friday, Sept. 6, 2019, at Holland Hospital. Born March 25, 1948, in Holland, he was the son of the late Donald and Anna (Sas) Bouwman.  Charles was a veteran of the United States Navy where he had worked as an aircraft mechanic. He loved hunting and was an avid fisherman. Charles also loved to ride his bicycle around town and through the county until recently when he switched to a moped. He is survived by his sons, Bryan Bouwman, Tracey Bouwman and Mitch Bouwman; siblings, David Bouwman, Dona Post and Lynn Casemier; and three grandchildren, Lance, Dayna and Avery Bouwman. A Celebration…

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    Eugene Donald Zelmanski, 83

    Eugene Donald Zelmanski, 83, of Kalamazoo. Starting line May 24, 1936, Detroit; finish line Sept. 5, 2019, Alamo Township. Son of Edward “Hap,” Stella, and Eleanor Zelmanski; brother of Louise, James, and Ronald. Proud father of Susan and Pamela. Even prouder grandfather of Jayson Ramesh, Nathan Eugene, Margaret Jeanine, Abigail Mary, and Sean Patrick. Loyal uncle, cousin, neighbor and friend to many. And there’s much more: Fisherman, paratrooper, proud pond owner, golf course builder, WMU graduate, 35 years Parker Hannifin engineer, passionate nature lover, beekeeper, wild bird enthusiast, hummingbird tracker, chicken and duck owner, expert soup maker, drinker of massive amounts of coffee, hunter, racehorse owner, charter fishing business owner,…

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    Janina Wait, 94

    Janina Wait, 94, of Allegan, Michigan, passed away on Friday, Aug. 31, 2019. Janina “Jani” Wait, was born May 30, 1925, in Kalamazoo. She graduated from Michigan State University, and was employed by Allegan General Hospital as a Medical Technologist.  She is survived by her niece, Karen (Stuart) Hartlep of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; grand-niece Leah Hartlep of Garden City, Iowa; nephew James (Roberta) Grimes of Pasadena, Calif.; and niece Peg (Patrick) Wolf of East Lansing. Jani was preceded in death by her husband Claude Wait; her parents, John and Stefania (Klosinska) Dzialowski; sisters, Stefania (Robert) Rue, and Marya (Merwin) Grimes,;brother Mieczyslaw Dzialowski; niece Victoria Rue; and nephew Stefan Rue. Jani…

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    Wildarene E. “Wid” Sheffer, 96

    What a glorious day for Wildarene E. “Wid” Sheffer on Sept. 7, 2019, as she entered into the presence of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, seeing her loved ones and many friends again. Wid was born to parents, Harry and Ann Pickitt of Allegan on Nov. 23, 1922. She graduated from Allegan High School with the class of 1940, then attended Wheaton College. During World War II, she worked many volunteer hours for the Red Cross. Wid was a member of First Baptist Church of Allegan for 82 years, where she sang with the choir and also taught Sunday School classes. After the war on June 18, 1947, she…

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    Carolyn Theresa VanPatten, 79

    Carolyn Theresa VanPatten, 79, of Allegan went to be with the Lord, Monday, Sept. 2, 2019, at her home. Born Dec. 24, 1939, in Chicago, Ill., she was the daughter of the late Walter and Theresa Koy Baranski. On Oct. 2, 1976, she married Donald VanPatten and enjoyed 40 years of marriage. Mrs. VanPatten had worked in Social Services for 10 years and then started the Swan Lake Store and Campground for 35 wonderful years, which brought her great joy. She enjoyed puzzle books, lottery tickets, and shopping. Many knew her for her funny and unique facial expressions. She is survived by her nine children, Gary Fuss, Terry and Dorothy…

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    Ralph Siddell, 89

    On Friday, Aug. 30, Ralph Siddell passed away peacefully at his Fennville home at the age of 89. Ralph was preceded in death by his loving husband of 54 years William (Bill) Johnson. Ralph was born in Detroit, on April 17, 1930. He received his horticultural certificate from Michigan State University and ran his own florist shop. He later joined human resources at Chrysler Corporation in Detroit. Ralph and Bill lived in Indian Village during their Detroit years. Using their entrepreneurial skills, Ralph and Bill ran a successful bar named The Deck on Jefferson Avenue and Alter Road in Detroit. The Deck was a favorite for Grosse Point locals. Ralph…

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    Rex J. Burkhead, 64

    Rex J. Burkhead, 64, of Allegan passed away Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019, at his home in Allegan. He was born Nov. 9, 1954, in Plainwell the son of Charles and Betty (Fuller) Burkhead. Rex had worked at Perrigo for 21 years until his retirement in 2000. He had also delivered the Flashes in Allegan for many years. In his free time he liked working with ham radios and spending time with “the gang,” his family. Rex enjoyed volunteering at DHS for more than 10 years. He was a member of the National Federation of the Blind and had attended the School for the Blind. On Feb. 12, 1983, he married…

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    Robert Joseph Carey, 91

    Robert Joseph Carey, 91, passed away peacefully on Aug. 23, 2019. He is survived by his beloved wife of 56 years, Marty; his children, John, Robin, Christine, Jacqueline, Kevin, and Michael; and a plethora of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Rob was a military veteran who served in the Merchant Marines during World War II. He worked in advertising at the Leo Burnett agency in Chicago on accounts like Green Giant, Wrigley and Pabst Blue Ribbon. After relocating to Saugatuck, he became the editor-in-chief for the West Michigan Tourist Association. He was an avid tennis and volleyball player, and a skilled photographer. In the course of his life, he experienced almost every…

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    Margaret Ellen Bridgeman, 73

    Margaret Ellen Bridgeman, 73, of Allegan passed away Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, at Allegan County Medical Care Community. Born Sept. 9, 1945, in Allegan, she was the daughter of the late Anker and Mary Theresa (Tanczos) Smith and the widow of the late Daniel Ward Bridgeman.  Margaret lived most of her life in Allegan except for a few years spent in Fennville and four years in Lansing while studying at MSU where she graduated in 1968 with a BA in Education. She taught first, second and pre-first grade from 1968 to 2005. Teaching was a true love of Margaret’s.  She thoroughly enjoyed watching the children and marveled at their enthusiasm…

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    Shirley L. Smith, 90

    Shirley L. Smith, 90, of Saugatuck died Monday, Aug. 19, 2019, at Holland Hospital. Shirley enjoyed gardening and traveling. She was preceded in death by her husband Phillip Smith in 1978. She is survived by her children, Bruce Smith of Saugatuck, Gale Gilliam of Douglas and Larry and Deb Smith of Saugatuck; grandchildren, Evan and Jennifer Gilliam, Elaine and Jordan Arens, Nicole and Gordy Fitch; great-grandchildren, Jennavieve, Ethan, Kaya, Nicolai, Lily and Cali; sisters, Phyllis Baranoski of Plainwell, Beverly Anderson of Marcellus, Carol Booth of Dowagiac and Maxine Kemp of Holland; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Cremation has…

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    Jim F. Menck, 79

    Jim F. Menck, 79, of Allegan passed away Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, at Allegan General Hospital. He was born Jan. 31, 1940, in Kalamazoo, the son of William Menck and Edith (Savage) Cannom. Jim had worked at Michigan Gas Utilities until his retirement in 1994. After retiring Jim went to work at a well drilling company in the area. He had been the Trowbridge Township Supervisor and Assessor for many years. In his spare time Jim enjoyed hunting, fishing, trapping, woodworking and gardening. He loved spending time with his family, farming together and taking trips up north. On Nov. 8, 1958, in Kalamazoo, he married Katheryn Riley who survives. Also…

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    Gladys Mae Bynum, 98

    Gladys Mae Bynum, 98, of Fennville passed away Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019, at her home with family and friends by her side. Born May 10, 1921, in Marianna, Ark., she was the daughter of the late Benjamin and Queen Victoria (Scott) Franklin. She was the matriarch of the family and the oldest living survivor of 20 siblings. Gladys moved from Marianna, Ark., to Detroit in 1945.  Gladys was a devoted servant of Jehovah God and was one of Jehovah’s Witnesses for more than 70 years. With a smile and kind words, Gladys enjoyed and loved people. In turn, all who came into contact with her throughout the years loved her…

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    Thelma J. Smalla, 83

    Thelma J. Smalla, 83, passed away Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019, at Wings Home in Allegan. She was born April 5, 1936, in Allegan the daughter of Hugh and Beatrice (Clawson) Taylor. Thelma had been a secretary at Tru Heat in Allegan for 10 years retiring after her marriage to Steven Smalla on Jan. 28, 1989. She was active in the Otsego Church of God as a prayer warrior and was happiest when she was surrounded by her family. She is survived by her husband of 30 years; her five children, Cindi (Dan) Witt of Gobles, Bill Jr. (Diana) Doest of Allegan, Sharon (Bruce) Milhiem of Otsego, Ron (Louellen) Doest of…

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    Halbert Stanton Sands, 90

    Halbert Stanton Sands, 90, passed away Monday, August 12, 2019, at Sentinel Pointe Senior Living in Grand Rapids. Hal was the only child born to Herbert and Gladys Sands. He grew up in Springfield, Missouri, graduating from Springfield Central High and Southwest Missouri University where he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Hal served in the United States Army during the Korean War. He married Jeanne on Oct. 8, 1950. After college and military service, Hal and Jeanne moved to Plainwell. Hal served as teacher, coach and administrator at Plainwell High School from 1955 to 1985. Hal and Jeanne retired to Naples, Fla., until 2015, when they moved back to Michigan…

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    Stella Mae Mckeown Vahue, 89

    Stella Mae Mckeown Vahue passed away on Aug. 10, 2019, at the age of 89. She was preceded in death by her husband Jerry L. Vahue. She is survived by her children Garry Vahue and Janice Vahue Ofalla and also by several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Aug. 24, at 11 a.m. at First Congregational Church, 323 Cutler St., Allegan, MI  49010. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the First Congregational Church. . Tags:  Allegan County News Obituary Vahue Stella

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    Norma Sherwood, 101

    Norma Sherwood, former South Haven resident, passed away at the age of 101 on April 24, 2019.  Norma was surrounded by family and friends when she passed peacefully at her retirement residence in Florida.  Norma was born on March 27, 1918, in Kansas City, Mo., to Stanley and Mary Catherine Severinghaus.  Norma was the third oldest of six siblings, many of whom enjoyed longevity similar to Norma’s. The brothers and sisters remained close throughout their lifetimes; and Norma took pleasure in traveling out of state to visit her siblings, and routinely did so right up to her 100th birthday.  When Norma was an infant, her family moved to South Haven,…

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    Joyce Marie Kolbeck, 88

    Joyce Marie Kolbeck, 88, of Allegan passed away Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019, at Ely Manor. Born Dec. 1, 1930, in Otsego, she was the daughter of the late Leonard Persley and Hazel (VanHouten) Brown and was the wife of the late Eugene Arthur Meade and Alois Kolbeck.  When she was not tending to the variety of animals on her mini hobby farm, she enjoyed spending time crocheting. Mrs. Kolbeck is survived by her children, Linda Hermenitt, George (Lisa) Meade, Herb Meade, Harry (Kathy) Meade, Kenneth (Elizabeth) Meade, Michael Meade and Larry (Helen) Meade; her sisters, Neva Wallace and Helen Wallace; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.  Along with her parents…

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    Thomas Charles Moon, 79

    On Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019, Thomas Charles Moon, loving husband, father and grandfather, passed away peacefully at the age of 79 at his home in Delton. Tom was born on April 1, 1940, in Detroit, to Thomas Lloyd Moon and Alice June Moon. He grew up in Plainwell where he was called “Tommy” by all who knew him. An avid scholar-athlete at Plainwell High School, Tom excelled in both the classroom and in football, basketball and track. Tom was also a committed member of the Boy Scouts of America, where he was a member of the Order of the Arrow and attained the rank of Eagle Scout. Tom graduated with…

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    Sally Ann Miller, 82

    Sally Ann Miller, 82, of Allegan passed away Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, following years of battling health issues. Through her final months, she received special care at Ely Manor where she made friends with all. Born May 9, 1937, in Indiana, Pa., she was the daughter of the late John W. “Jack” and Blanche E. (Wolfe) Williams and was the wife of the late Dean Charles Miller.  Sally loved talking with people, whether it be a stranger in a store or chatting with friends over a meal. She loved and supported her family and friends unconditionally.  Spending time on the telephone was a favorite pastime of Sally’s as it helped…

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    Steven E. Klingenberg, 67

    Steven E. Klingenberg, 67, of Saugatuck and Ft. Lauderdale Fla., died peacefully Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019, at Spectrum Hospital in Grand Rapids. Born in Holland, Steve graduated from Holland High School class of 1969. He was co-owner of Major Brands Oil and Performance Plus Oil Changes. He is survived by his sons, Kyle (Mandy) Klingenberg and Justin (Melissa) Klingenberg, both of Holland; grandchildren, Olivia, Esmay and Finley; mother Ann Klingenberg of Holland; brother Rodney (Karen) Klingenberg of Holland; as well as nephews. A memorial service will be held Friday, Aug. 16, at 11 a.m., at Christ Memorial Church, 595 Graafschap Road, Holland, with Rev. Anna Radcliffe officiating. Burial will be…

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    Nancy J. Heilig, 85

    Nancy J. Heilig, 85, of Plainwell passed away Thursday, Aug.ust 8, 2019, at Wings Home in Allegan. She was born Dec. 24, 1933, in Rutherfordton, N.C., the daughter of Adele Hyder. Nancy had owned and operated Western Michigan Financial Services for more than 20 years. After retiring she started two non-profit organizations, Good Hands of Plainwell and Bridges of Hope of Allegan County. Nancy also assisted in starting Sylvia’s Place and Wings of Hope Hospice. She was a member of the DDA, Chamber of Commerce and was a charter member of Hope Lutheran Church. On May 23, 1953, in Newport, N.C., she married Jennings Heilig who survives. Also surviving are…

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    Janice Lee (Wadsworth) Keith, 58

    On July 29, 2019, Janice Lee (Wadsworth) Keith was called to heaven to be with her Lord. Janice was born Jan. 20, 1961, in Kalamazoo. She was preceded in death by her sister LuAnn (Hamm) Dekilder and step brother Roe Johnson. Jan is survived by her husband of 42 years John Ray Keith of Plainwell; her mother, Joann (Rocky) Johnson of Allegan; daughter Faith (William) Davis of Lennon MI; son John (Kerry) Keith of Allegan; five grandchildren; Daniell Davis, Charles Keith, James Davis, Amanda Keith and Alexander Keith; sister Rachel Wadsworth of Kalamazoo; sister Virginia (Bruce) Hopson of Fennville; sister Loretta Smith of Kalamazoo; sister Beth Hamm of Allegan; brother…

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    Jeanne Neuhaus, 83

    Jeanne Neuhaus, 83, of Hopkins passed away Friday, Aug. 2, 2019, at Metro Health Hospital. Born Sept. 10, 1935, in Grand Rapids, she was the daughter of the late Kenneth and Stella (Babinski) Heim. She met Michael Neuhaus while attending a Catholic youth group and they married in 1959. Michael preceded her in death in 1999 after spending more than 40 years together. Mrs. Neuhaus was a dedicated member of St. Stanislaus Catholic Church for over 40 years where she served on the Altar Society and belonged to Our Lady Queen of Heaven Circle. She had worked for Weick’s Grocery Store for 13 years and later for the Allegan County…

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    Janice Lee (Wadsworth) Keith, 58, of Plainwell

    On July 29, 2019, Janice Lee (Wadsworth) Keith was called to heaven to be with her Lord. Janice was born Jan. 20, 1961, in Kalamazoo. She was proceeded in death by her sister LuAnn (Hamm) Dekilder and step brother Roe Johnson. Jan is survived by her husband of 42 years John Ray Keith of Plainwell; her mother, Joann (Rocky) Johnson of Allegan; daughter Faith (William) Davis of Lennon MI; son John (Kerry) Keith of Allegan; five grandchildren; Daniell Davis, Charles Keith, James Davis, Amanda Keith and Alexander Keith; sister Rachel Wadsworth of Kalamazoo; sister Virginia (Bruce) Hopson of Fennville; sister Loretta Smith of Kalamazoo; sister Beth Hamm of Allegan; brother…

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    Isabelle M. ‘Liz’ Kong, 89

    Isabelle M. “Liz” Kong, 89, passed away July 9, 2019, at Rehoboth Oaks Assisted Living in Dorr. She was born Nov. 17, 1929, in St. Louis County, Missouri, the daughter of Ignacio Marie and Guadalupe (Gomez) de Uriarte. Surviving are her children, Robbie Melton of Hawaii, Ann Kong of California, Dave Kong of California and Randy Kong of Iowa; her siblings Irene Ruga, Raymond de Uriarte and Thomas Uriarte; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents. According to her wishes cremation has taken place. A celebration of life service will be Saturday, August 17, at 11 a.m. at Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego. Contributions in…

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    Vincent H. Beckman III, 74

    In Memory of Vincent H. Beckman III It is with a heavy heart that we inform you of the passing of Attorney Vincent H. Beckman III, 74, of Chicago, Ill., and Saugatuck. Born in St Louis, Mo., on Sept. 30, 1944, Vincent Beckman III was the son of Elizabeth Desloge and Vincent Beckman Jr., and loving husband of Carmen J. Beckman. He passed into the arms of God on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. Vincent Beckman grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he attended St. Xavier High School. He received a B.A. from Notre Dame University, a Masters in Sociology from University of Chicago and a J.D. from Northwestern University, which…

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    Betty Jean Truax, 93 of Shelbyville

    Betty Jean Truax, 93 of Shelbyville, passed away at her home on July 31, 2019. She was born May 20, 1926 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the daughter of the late George and Jessie (Sweezy) Hammer. Betty was a wonderful seamstress and worked for Kesslers most of her life.  She is survived by her children, Gary (Betty) Truax, Darlene (Fred) Morley, Bruce (Sharon) Truax, and Neil (Linda Simmons) Truax; her son-in-law, Kenneth Thomas; her sister, Donna Youtzy; 10 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gerald Truax, and daughter, Janice Thomas; her brothers, Larry (Myrna) Hammer, Wendel (Rose) Hammer, Grant (Beulah) Hammer and Ed…

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    Janet Rund

    Janet Elizabeth Perkins Rund passed away from Alzheimer’s disease on July 28, 2019. She was peaceful and surrounded by her loving husband and children. Her family is grateful to the staff and caregivers at Freedom Village for their partnership and care over the years. Janet was born in Chicago, Ill., to Alfred and Dorothy Perkins. She has four siblings, Barbara Wright, Arthur Perkins, Carol Williams and Marilyn Biery. Janet grew up in Illinois and Indiana and attended Millikin University in Decatur, Ill., where she earned a nursing degree and met her best friend and husband-to-be Austin Rund. They married on Sept. 18, 1976, settled in Decatur and raised three children,…

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    Frank Albert Blank, 82

    Frank Albert Blank, 82, of Hopkins passed away Monday, July 29, 2019, at his home.  Born Aug. 21, 1936, in Crete, Ill., he was the son of the late Frank and Elsie (Dehn) Blank and the husband of the late Arlene (Schaendorf) Blank.  Frank worked for the Teamsters and also was a farmer. His true passions were time spent hunting and fishing and maybe relaxing with a little Canadian Mist. Frank and his wife, Arlene, always enjoyed creating wonderful memories with their grandchildren.  Surviving are his two children, John Blank (and his wife, Marcy Hazen) and Karyn Blank; three grandchildren, Zachary J. Blank, Logan F. Blank and Briana B. Cronk;…

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    Janet Ilene Westfahl, 82

    Janet Ilene Westfahl, 82, of Hopkins passed away Friday, July 26, 2019, at Railside Assisted Living in Byron Center with her friend, Hannah Hensel present.  Born Jan. 1, 1937, in Grand Rapids, Janet was the daughter of the late Clarence and Nellie (Schribner) Solomon and the wife of the late William Carl Westfahl Jr.  She was a member of St. Therese Catholic Church in Wayland and dedicated to her Lord. Janet had a kind and giving heart and she enjoyed taking care of her family, especially doting on her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  She is survived by her children, Sharilyn Westfahl, Jeff McLochlin, Jesse McLochlin, Jancy McLochlin and Jerry McLochlin; her…

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    Alex Bardocz, 45

    Alex Bardocz, 45, of Allegan passed away on July 24, 2019. Born Sept. 19, 1973, in Livonia, he was the son of the late Alexander (Art) and Donnie (Garlen) Bardocz. He was preceded in death by his son Matthew Bardocz and his brother Douglas Bardocz.  He is survived by his sons, Jacob Bardocz and Jaiden Milward; his siblings, Steve (Donna) Bardocz, Bill (Shelley) Bardocz, Tim (Pam) Curtis, Steve (Patty) Curtis, Gary (Linda) Curtis, Becky Bardocz and Sally (David) Sturgis; and many nephews and nieces. Alex had a kind heart and was always willing to lend a helping hand. He had a passion for anything with wheels and  enjoyed attending auto…

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    William John Petter, 93

    William John Petter, 93, of South Haven passed away July 20, 2019, at his home under Hospice care.  William, oldest of eight children, was born to Blanche and William Petter in Ellsworth (population 250) situated six miles west of East Jordan along a chain of lakes connecting Lake Bellaire to the south. Whenever asked what it was like growing up during the Great Depression, Bill would say, “No one in Ellsworth really knew there was a depression because no one had any money to begin with. The only difference was that more guys came back home from the city.” After a childhood of hunting, fishing and picking beans on Grandpa’s…

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    Raymond Dansfield, 83

    Raymond “Ray” Dansfield went to the Lord on Dec. 21, 2018, after a brief illness resulting from a fall at his home in St. Joseph. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at Community Church of Douglas, 6874 Wiley Road, Douglas, MI; on Wednesday, Aug. 7, at 11 a.m. Ray was born in St. Joseph on Nov. 2, 1935. His father was Frank Denison, a well-known yacht builder in both Saugatuck and Fort Lauderdale, and his mother was Gladys (Petersen) Dansfield of St. Joseph who married Frank Dansfield, and who raised Ray as his son. Ray’s wife and soul mate of 32 years, and who preceded his death, was…