Leontyne “Tina” Dasch, 83, Schoolcraft, passed away peacefully at home on February 6, 2023. She was born on March 3, 1939, in Hamtramck, Michigan, the daughter of Stanley and Catherine (Jankowski) Urbanski. Tina is survived by her daughter Tina (Cloid) Palmer; granddaughters Lindsy Collins and Lauren (Zack) McDonald; and great-grandchildren Braylon, Bostyn, Brezlan and Bronx Collins. She was preceded in death by her grandson, James Collins. While visiting please take time to sign Tina’s guestbook and share a memory with her family. The Dasch family is being cared for by the Avink, McCowen & Secord Funeral Homes and Cremation Society, Schoolcraft.

Douglas MacPhee, 99, passed away in Centrica Hospice Care at Rose Arbor in Kalamazoo on February 9, 2023. Doug was born to Hilda and Angus MacPhee in 1923 in Kalamazoo and attended Kalamazoo High School. He was a United States Army World War II veteran. Doug married Irma Ruth Nash and in 1947, they had a son, James Douglas MacPhee. Doug was a graduate of Western Michigan University and worked in heating and cooling all of his career. Doug was the life of the party. He loved life, having fun, and gathering with friends and neighbors. Doug was an inventor and enjoyed repurposing items. He also loved inventing recipes. He loved animals and would leave food and water for neighborhood animals. He lived each day to the fullest. Doug was preceded in death by his wife, Irma Ruth MacPhee; son James MacPhee; twin sister Doris Giddings; brother-in-law Max Giddings; brother Don MacPhee; sister-in-law Doris MacPhee; and sister Margie Giddings. Doug is survived by his daughter-in-law Judy MacPhee; granddaughters Kimberly (Ben) Critz, Stephanie (Jeff) Wojick; great-granddaughters Maddie and Natalie Wojcik; and countless friends and family. Donations may go to the Kalamazoo Humane Society. Visit his page at

Anthony Ellis Pearl, 71, passed peacefully at Bronson Hospital on February 5, 2023, with his wife at his side. He was born August 5, 1951 in Crestline, Ohio to Ellis (Pete) and Yolanda (Lanni) Pearl. He loved sports and saved cards, photos, pins, and hats, primarily of Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns and Ohio State his entire life. In 1966, his family moved to Portage due to his dad’s work transfer by General Motors. Tony graduated from Portage Northern High School in 1969 and began working in retail sales, marketing, and management where he was awarded multiple honors of performance excellence. He married Vickie Lynn Hahn on April 27, 1973, at St. Monica Catholic Church in Kalamazoo. Surviving in his family circle are his wife of 49 years, Vickie; son Chris and daughter Angela Nelson; grandchildren Brooke Altimus and Wyatt Altimus; step-grandsons Blake Thayer and Tyler Thayer; daughter-in-law Sholeigh (Thayer) Pearl; son-in-law Marc Nelson; sister Mary (Pearl) Stryker; brother-in-law Curt Klingerman; and niece Stacy Klingerman. Preceding Tony in death are his younger sister, Teresa Klingerman, parents, grandparents, and several uncles, aunts, and cousins. Donations may go to St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church.

Christian James “Chris” Wedel, 66, rural Mendon, died unexpectedly February 15, 2023, at the Bronson Hospital Emergency Room. He was born in Battle Creek on April 15, 1956, the son of James and Nancy (Harrison) Wedel and was raised in the Fulton area. He graduated from Athens High School with the class of 1974. He was a farmer, worked in construction and at Simpson Paper Company in Vicksburg where he was a member of the Steelworkers Union. He did a lot of wood-cutting for sale and for home heating from his farm which he purchased in 1982. Chris was married to Deborah Lynn Palmer on August 27, 1983, in Fulton. She survives along with children, Kristen (Daniel) Webb of Kalamazoo, Niccole (Hugh) Plummer and Erik Chesser both of Mendon; grandchildren Charlotte Brown, Dahlia Webb, Dylan Plummer, and Cassie (Gabriel) Park; a great-grandchild on the way; mother, Nancy Wedel of Fulton; brothers Matthew (Sharlene) Wedel and Charles (April) Wedel; sisters Martha (Craig) Henderson and Karla Wedel; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, James Wedel. Donations may go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Visit his page at

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