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Barbara Jane Ackerman, passed away peacefully Feb. 24, surrounded by family. Barbara was born in Grandville on March 9, 1935 to John and Freda Imanse. When Barb’s father started a business delivering home heating oil in 1945, the family moved to Vicksburg. Barb married her childhood sweetheart, Chuck (Charles), on October 7, 1952. Married for 65 years, and together for more, they shared a love of family and of sports, as spectators, but even more as participants. Barb and Chuck raised four sons who survive, Greg (Vicki), Rod (Sandy), Brian (Joyce), and Dave (Liz). They have 10 grandchildren, Kelly (John) Christiansen, Matt (Asmita) Ackerman, Jacob Ackerman, Amy (Doug) Collins, Adam (Kristen) Ackerman, Anna (Andy) Rosko, Allison (Josh White, fiancé) Ackerman, Audrey (Wesley) Cimmarrusti, Carley Ackerman and Cameron Ackerman. The family continues to grow with seven great grandchildren and one soon to join them in March. Barb is also survived by her sister and brother-in-law Virginia and David Sargeant of Australia; brothers and sisters-in-law, Evelyn Charles, John (Sally) Ackerman, Denise (Doug) Parker, Bonnie (Tom) Ivens, DeWayne Bowen, Pat Imanse, Ron Boelman and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Bruce Imanse, sister June Boelman, brothers-in-law Walt Ackerman and Gus Charles and sisters-in-law Culia Ackerman and Mary Bowen. Along with her parents, Barb and Chuck were founding members of Lakeland Reformed Church where her funeral service was held. Donations may go to the church and the National Alzheimer’s Association. The family is being assisted by the McCowen & Secord Life Story Family Funeral Homes, Vicksburg.

Leroy A. Bross, 91, passed away Feb. 11. He was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Shirley A. Bross (Ackerman), brothers Charles Bross, Richard Bross and his parents, August and Rose Bross. He was born in Porter, Ind. on Feb. 24, 1926. Surviving are his children, Richard Bross (Sue), Swartz Creek, Mich., Allen Bross (Nora) Nashville, Mich., and Pamela DeCuypere (Jeff), Vicksburg. He is also survived by six grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, many friends, and special caregiver Patty DeCuypere. He quit school to join the navy, serving from 1943-1946, and the army, serving from 1948-1954. He was promoted to sergeant while serving in France. He was a mechanic with the zone’s 7805th Area Command in Orleans. He holds the American Theater Campaign medal, Asiatic Pacific Theater ribbon, Philippine Liberation medal, Good Conduct medal and Army of Occupation medal for service in Japan. After leaving the military, he went back to school to get his GED. From 1954 to 1960, he worked at Bilbia Marathon Station in Battle Creek. In May 1961, he went to work for the Department of Natural Resources, where he worked for 25 years. After the passing of his wife, he moved to Vicksburg to live with Pam and Jeff. He built a small cottage where he was able to watch wildlife at its glory. He was a founder of the Circle D Wildlife Refuge, responsible for a large part of the progress of the Refuge. Donations may go to Circle D Wildlife Refuge. He will be buried next to the love of his life at Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta. Services will be held later in the spring, followed by a celebration of his life at Fort Custer Recreation Area.

Anna Marie (Matz) Linton, 107, Vicksburg, died Feb. 24. She was born February 14, 1911, to Pietro Mazza “Pete Matz” and Marietta “Mary Caterina,” who were children when they travelled to the United States from southern Italy. Ann grew up in an immigrant neighborhood south of Chicago known as “Hungry Hill.” The family moved to Vicksburg in 1923, where Pete and Mary started Matz’s Confectionery. As she grew up, Ann always helped her parents in the store. She graduated from Vicksburg High School and later from Western State Teachers College, the first in her family to complete both high school and college. Ann’s first job was teaching fourth grade in Vicksburg. Clayton Linton, a star athlete with James Dean looks, joined the staff as a teacher and coach. On June 15, 1940, they were married. Clayton joined the Navy and was stationed in the Aleutian Islands for the rest of WWII. After the war, Clayton became a principal at Vicksburg High School. Policy dictated that a husband and wife couldn’t teach in the same school system. Later on, Ann returned to teaching and taught first grade at Milham School in Portage. She also joined the teachers’ bowling and golf leagues, earning a few trophies. Ann and Clayton loved dining and dancing at the Elks Club and dining at the Beacon Club. She also volunteered at church, Borgess Hospital, and was an aide teaching reading at Sunset Elementary, where she received the Star Award. She went on a trip to Italy and Sicily when she was 96, visiting the towns where her parents and grandparents were born. Ann golfed until she was 93, and bowled until she was 100. At the age of 100, she left her home and spent the next seven years at Bickford Cottage of Portage. Ann was preceded in death by her parents, Pete and Mary Matz, her husband, Clayton Linton, and her brother, Joseph Matz, and his wife, Veronica. She is survived by her daughter, MaryAnn (Robert) Hayward; grandchildren Darcy (Stephen) Staley and Trent (Cindy) Hayward; and great-grandchildren Darby (Andy) Disselkoen, Emma Walhout, Alex Walhout, Megan Hayward, Macy Hayward, Samuel Staley, and Isaac Staley. A Celebration of Life service will be held at Lakeland Reformed Church in May. Donations may go to Lakeland Reformed Church, Vicksburg Community Schools Foundation (please designate student scholarships or teacher grants), or a charity of your choice.

Louise Claire Marks-Russell-Waldron, passed away March 7 at Fairview Nursing Home after several years of health issues. Louise was born on March 23, 1939 to Clair and Marion (McNett) Marks in Kalamazoo. When she was three years old, her mother married Maurice Russell, a military man. This gave Louise the opportunity to live in several states growing up. They moved back to Vicksburg to raise their family. Louise had eight brothers; Dan (Wendy) Russell, of Indiana, Tom and Judith Russell, of New Mexico, Joel Russell, Rick Russell, of Centreville, David (Kathy) Russell, of Portage, Ben Russell of California, Duane Marks, Clair “Bucky”, and a sister, Diane Marks. Louise had a fun-filled childhood with such a large family and lots of cousins to play with. She always had a fun filled spirit! In 1954 at the age of 15, Louise married Wayne Waldron of Vicksburg. They started a family right away. By the time she was 21 she had been blessed with four children; Michael Waldron, of Vicksburg; Steven (Kathy) Waldron, of Vicksburg; Diana (Alan) VanOrnam, of Vicksburg; and Christine (Randy) Mohney, of Schoolcraft. In 1979 she married Bruce Jones of Kalamazoo. They had several variety shops in Leonidas, Mendon and Centreville, which she loved. Louise loved being with people and loved being in retail. Louise was blessed with 15 grandchildren; Michael Waldron, of Saginaw, Amanda Waldron, of Vicksburg, Jesse (Susan) VanOrnam of Scotts, Nick VanOrnam, of Vicksburg, Shanna (Shawn) Herington, of Delton, Ben (Rebecca) Walters, of Vicksburg, Christina Markus, of Kalamazoo, Steven (Mary) Waldron, of Vicksburg, Sarah Waldron (Don Knowles), of Kalamazoo, and Callie Mohney, of Delton. Louise also had great grandchildren Logan, Keegan, Lilly, Zoey, Chloe, Charliegh, Isabelle, George, and Brinley. Louise was also a great great grandmother to Rieonta and Isabelle. Louise was preceded in death by her parents, Clair Marks, Maurice and Marion Russell and her brothers, Joel Russell, Clair “Bucky” Marks and her sister, Diane Marks. There was a graveside memorial to celebrate Louise’s life on March 24, at Factoryville Cemetery in Leonidas. The family is being assisted by the McCowen & Secord Life Story Family Funeral Homes, Rupert-Durham Chapel, Vicksburg.

Larry Dale Parker, 81, a former resident of Schoolcraft and Crossville, Tenn. for the last five years, died on his birthday, March 28. Larry grew up on a farm in Winterset, IA. He would tell fantastic and funny stories about farm life. His childhood pastimes involved fishing, hunting, and playing pranks. Later in life, you could catch Larry almost every weekend at States Golf Course. One of the highlights of his life was getting a hole in one. Larry was the biggest fan of all six of his children, all athletes. He loved fishing with his kids, would take them camping, and enjoyed spending time playing cards or board games. He served in the Marine Corps. He worked for General Motors for over 40 years, first in a plant near Chicago and later in Kalamazoo. He was known for being a very talented tool and die maker and even was rewarded for inventing a new manufacturing process at GM. Larry will be especially missed by his wife, Joyce, and his children, Kirk (wife Silke), Tom (wife Cathy), Rich (wife Yuki), Scott (wife Katsuyo), and Mandy (husband Huw). Larry is also survived by 14 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Larry was preceded in death by his parents, Glenn and Mabel, a brother, Loren, and son, Mark.

Phyllis Adele Roe, 95, Scotts, passed away March 25. She was born on March 7, 1923 in Redford. She was the daughter of George and Grace (Grady) Lobig. Phyllis graduated from Climax High School in 1941. On September 26, 1942 she married Tony Roe. She worked as a clerk at Sinclair Market in Climax. She liked to play golf and go fishing and was the best fish cooker around. She is survived by her three children, Danny (Robin) Roe, of Climax; Jack (Lynda) Roe, of South Carolina and Roger Roe, of Virginia; eight grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; and three great great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Tony, sisters June Burgett and Josephine Wessel and brother Dale Lobig. A gathering will be held at American Legion Post 465 in Climax in April. Visit her page at mccowensecord.com. Donations may go to Southern Care Hospice and/or American Legion Post 465. Family is being assisted by the McCowen & Secord Family Funeral Homes, Rupert-Durham Chapel.

Morris ‘Ron’ Salisbury
, Scotts, passed away March 3 at Brookdale Assisted Living in Battle Creek. He was born on June 10, 1942 in Galesburg, the son of the late Morris and Alice (Scharping) Salisbury. Ron was employed by Kalamazoo County Road Commission for 37 years until his retirement in 1998. On October 27, 1962, he was married to Linda (Etter) Salisbury, who preceded him in death on March 10, 2013. Surviving are their daughters, Denise (David) Adams of Fulton, and Teri (Randy) Pack of Vicksburg; grandchildren David (Mary) Adams, Nina (Ian) Bostocky, Brittany (Randy) Pack, Angela (Markes) Prude, Lindsey (Kyle) Otis and Nicholas (Erica Dunham) Wolf; 10 great grandchildren; and a brother, James (Mary) Salisbury of Scotts. He was preceded in death by a toddler sister, Maureen Salisbury. Funeral services were held at Langeland Family Funeral Homes, Climax Chapel. Interment followed in Boughton Cemetery. Donations may go to Grace Hospice or Brookdale Assisted Living, Battle Creek.

Steven Carl Woloszyk, died unexpectedly Feb. 23. He was born to Carl and Kathleen (Provost) Woloszyk on December 13, 1970 in Rogers City. His family included his wife, Dianne; stepchildren Nathan Thompson (Kristin) of Galesburg, Brandon Thompson (Angie) of Menifee, Calif. and Alyssa Thompson of Vicksburg; a brother, Brian, of Grand Rapids; grandparent Maxine Provost of Florida; an aunt, Diane (Terrence) Sheldon of Avon Park, FL, and Darlene (Richard) Lewandowski of Posen, Mich; a nephew, Joseph, a step-grandchild, Charlie Mae Thompson, and numerous cousins, aunts, and uncles from the Woloszyk, Provost, and Dianne’s families. Steven was preceded in death by three of his grandparents, aunt Jeanette (Duane) Maxwell; cousin Matthew Lewandowski and numerous aunts and uncles. Steven was a mortgage broker for 15 years. He was most recently employed for Prime Lending in Portage. He grew up and graduated from Grand Ledge High School. He completed a degree in Business Administration and a Master’s degree in Finance from WMU. He enjoyed backpacking, running, traveling, deer hunting, reading, family and friends. Donations may go to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kalamazoo or to the family.

Obituaries

Mary Evelyn Bell, 79, Vicksburg, passed February 19. She is survived by her sons, Thomas (Lisa) Bell of Yardley, Pa., Matthew (Jackie) Bell of Vicksburg, and James Bell of Armada, Mich.; and grandchildren Anthony, Dmitry, Joanna, Katie, Marlena and Zbigniew. She is also survived by siblings Farmer (Linda) Harris, of Canada and Marilyn (Roy) Puckrin, of Canada. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Frank Bell, in 2012; and a brother, Bill Harris. A memorial service was held on Saturday, February 24 at Life Story Funeral Home, Vicksburg. Please visit Mary Evelyn’s webpage at http://www.lifestorynet.com where you can read her life story, sign the guestbook, and share a memory. Those who wish may make a contribution to the Vicksburg Library and Great Lakes Caring Hospice.

John L. Frakes
, 62, Vicksburg, passed away February 13. He was born to John C. and Marjorie (Baldwin) Frakes on November 4, 1955. John graduated from Vicksburg High School in 1973 and received a bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University. Right out of college, he began working for the City of Marshall. From there, John worked for the City of Battle Creek and then for the City of Allentown, Pa. He and his wife, Cyndi, spent seven years living there before moving back to the Vicksburg area in 1988. He was employed as treasurer and assessor for the City of Parchment from 1990 until retirement after 25 years. John’s family includes his wife, Cynthia; children Jonathan (Michele) Frakes, of Portage and Heather Frakes, of New York; grandchildren Gianna, Brighton, Everett, Aneli and Maverick; siblings Barb (Ted) Sanger, of Jackson; Randy (Rick King) Frakes, of Florida; and Karen (Steve) Marshall, of Georgia. The family received friends on February 23. A memorial service was held Saturday, February 24 at Wakeshma Community Church, Fulton. Please visit John’s webpage at http://www.lifestorynet.com where you can sign the guestbook and share a memory. Those who wish may make contributions to the Wakeshma Community Church and Hospice care of Southwest Michigan.

Linda Sue (Bartos) (Clark) Harvey, 73, passed away February 8, in the loving care of her sons in Canton, OH, while she was visiting. She was born on April 2, 1944 to the late Elton J. (Al) and June L. (Adams) Bartos. She grew up in the Vicksburg area, graduating from Vicksburg High School in 1963. In 1968 Linda married Richard Lee Clark, with whom she had two sons. Later, she and her sons joined the family of Wilbur Duane Harvey and his three children when they were married in 1979. They enjoyed many happy years together until Wilbur’s death in 2008. Linda was a kind and loving person, willing to help her friends from the Hearthside II apartments. She always enjoyed playing bingo, cards and walking dogs for her friends. She is survived by her sons, Douglas Alan Clark and Michael Lee Clark, both of Canton, Ohio, step-children Gary (Joanie) Harvey, Danny and Dawn Harvey, all of Kalamazoo, grandchildren Douglas Jr. (Bubba) Clark, Jacob Clark and Kala Clark all of Ohio, great-grandchildren Noah and Amelia Clark of Ohio, sisters Margie (Robert) Goertler and Shirley (Gary) Meyle, nieces Carmon (Bill) Kammerer of South Bend, Ind., Shelly (Shannon) Burnett, Erin (Scott) Brown, and Lahni (Francisco) Tapia all of Kalamazoo, and several step-grandchildren and step great-grandchildren as well as cousins and friends. Donations may go to American Cancer Society or Aultman Hospice.

Dorothy Hastings, 87, Vicksburg, passed away February 8, surrounded by family. Dorothy was born on September 27, 1930 to Levi and Fanny (Johnson) Cox. Dorothy’s family includes her husband of 65 years, Tom; children Tom (Sharon) Hastings Jr., Maggie (Tim) Corbin and Ann (Tom) Hahn; grandchildren Molly and Hannah Blatt and brother Bill Cox of Miami, Fla. She was preceded in death by her parents; son Timothy, who passed away at birth; her sister, Jeannie Ladd, and her nephew, Jerry Lee Annis. Visit Dorothy’s page at lifestorynet.com. Dorothy was a loving, sweet woman. She was devoted to her family who will deeply miss her. A celebration of her life is being planned for this summer.

Charles D. Hord, 92, Schoolcraft and Punta Gorda, Fla., passed away January 26. Chuck was born in Three Rivers, on November 20, 1925, the son of Clyde and Letha Hord. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Phyllis Hord; sister Arlene Hord Wells and brother-in-law Jan, son Charles D. Hord, Jr. and wife Frenchie, step-children Sue and Rod Eliason, Martha and Patrick Phelps, Bruce and Mickie Sweet, and Craig and Theresa Sweet, several grandchildren, great grandchildren, and a great great grandchild. He was predeceased by his first wife, Ethyl Hord; brother Bill Hord, son Robert Hord and grandson Charles D. Hord III. Chuck served in the United States Army during WWII in the European Theater. He had a 40-year career as a railroad engineer on the New York Central, Pennsylvania Central and finally Conrail lines. He was a member of the Retired Railroaders. Chuck was an active member of the Schoolcraft United Methodist Church and Cleveland United Methodist Church in Florida and an avid golfer and member of the Deep Creek Golf Club. A memorial service will be held in Michigan in the spring. Contributions in his memory may be made to the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) program or a charity of your choosing. We remember Chuck’s famous advice to “keep your head down”, and his work ethic, devotion and love of his family and friends. Visit his page at avinkcremation.com.

(Gerald) Jerry M. Kott, 82, Vicksburg, passed away February 19 at Borgess Hospital. Jerry was born on November 8, 1935 to Harlow and Grace (McNally) Kott. While growing up, Jerry was active in the Boy Scouts, and achieved the highest and most prestigious rank of Eagle Scout. He graduated from Vicksburg High School in 1954. From there, Jerry went on to Western Michigan University. With hard work, he also went on to get his certified life insurance underwriter’s license, which isn’t a license that is easy to get. Jerry was very successful in his career, and after many years he became vice president of Burnham and Flower Insurance Agency. He served as the Vicksburg Rotary Club president in 1976-77. Someone who lived life to the fullest, Jerry was truly one of a kind. He was a jokester with a great sense of humor and a fun-loving personality. Jerry had the amazing ability to get others to believe any story he told, and then in the end he almost always told them it was a joke. A funeral service was held on Monday, February 26 at Life Story Funeral Home in Vicksburg. Jerry is survived by his daughters, Diana (Hal) Blanchard and Ann (Rick) Hughey; a brother, James Kott; grandchildren Erin Courtney, Tiffany (André) Bouvrette, Allen (Dannette) Hughey and Kati (Matthew) Roberts; great grandchildren Rylie, Kamie, Lincoln, Kendall, Marshall and baby Delilah born on Feb. 21. He was preceded in death by his parents and his loving wife of 50 years, Carol. Please visit Jerry’s memory page at http://www.lifestorynet.com where you can read his life story, archive a memory or photo and sign his memory book online. Memorial donations can be made to the Vicksburg Historical Society.

Glen Phillips, 91, Vicksburg, passed away peacefully at home Feb. 14. He is survived by his wife, Connie (Kuivenhoven-Kreider) Phillips; a brother, Max (Stella) Ball; children Sheri (Jerry) VanAvery, Gale (Cindy) Phillips and Sue (Frank) Roberts; stepchildren Terry Kreider, Karen (Bill) Kreider-Sorensen and Kay (Mark Bissot) Kreider. He is also survived by nine grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and six step great grandchildren, plus many extended families. He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Clarissa (Schmitt) Phillips, a brother and four sisters. A funeral service was held on Monday, Feb. 19 at Life Story Funeral Home, Vicksburg with burial at Mount Ever-Rest. Please visit Glen’s page lifestorynet.com. Donations may go to Hospice Care of SW Michigan, Loaves and Fishes, Boy Scouts of America and Juvenile Diabetes.

Linda Schuring, Vicksburg, passed away at home February 15. She was born to Daniel and Ramona (Murray) Moyle on July 20, 1942. She graduated from Mattawan High School in 1960. On Jan. 22, 1972, she married Jerry Schuring, who adopted her three children. She and Jerry were blessed with one son, J.J. In 1990, they established J.L. Milling Inc. together. She was an amazing cook who specialized in making olie cookins, which are a Dutch treat. Linda’s family includes her husband, Jerry; children Tim (Karen Furlong), Mike (Tracey), J. J. (Tracey DeVaney); grandchildren Sarah (Andy), Samantha (Adam), Timmy (Jessica), Shannon, Megan (Phil), Cassondra, Mikey, Shianne, Kody Bishop and Kaley Bishop; great grandchildren Tatum, Cohen, Peyton, Brooke, Alaina, Bentley, Emma S., Emma H., Ella, Delaney, Tensleey, Kimber, Jayce; brothers Danny (Barb) Moyle, David Moyle, Dicky (Sharon) Moyle; and her brother in law, Don Boven, as well as several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by parents, step-father Giles Wright; son Johnny; sister Mary Kay Boven. Visit Linda’s page at lifestorynet.com. Donations may go to Mattawan Area Pantry or Animal Rescue Project.

Alasdair Matthew Shaw, Vicksburg, passed away at 4:38 in the morning of February 3. At 7 pounds 11.8 ounces, 20 ½ inches, Alasdair came into this world as a stillbirth. “Though we may never know why or what wrong, we will love you forever. This very short time is precious. Maybe something could’ve been avoided? Maybe it was just meant to be. Your mother and I may never get to see you grow, drop you off at school, watch your high school baseball games, but that will never change how much either of us love you. I wish we had answers, I wish we knew why. Watch over your mother, watch over your brothers. Your daddy loves you.” Alasdair means defender of mankind, a suitable name for God’s newest angel. Alasdair is survived by his two brothers, Aiden and Asher, as well as his parents, Grace and Alex. Visit Alasdair’s page at lifestorynet.com.

Carolyn Lee Wise, 69, Scotts, passed away on February 21 at the Laurels in Galesburg. Carolyn was born March 4, 1948 to George and Caroll (Keller) Wise. Carolyn is survived by her mother, Caroll; her brother Richard (Carolyn Sue) Wise; one nephew Scott (Jill) Wise; nieces Shellie (Bill) Gibson and Alisha Wise; great nieces Grace Gibson, Emma Gibson and Allison Wise and great nephew Gavin Wise. Carolyn was preceded in death by her father, George. Carolyn worked many years for Dairy Herd Improvement Association. She grew up active in 4H and was involved in the Kalamazoo County Fair. Carolyn lived for her family that will deeply miss her. Visit Carolyn’s page at lifestorynet.com.

Obituaries: September, 2013

Peggy Jean Swinehart, Vicksburg

Peggy Jean born January 22, 1933, died peacefully in her sleep September 18, 2013.

Surviving Peggy is her husband Robert, son Don, and daughter Kathleen (Patrick) Meyers. Grandsons Chris, Brad, Nicholas, Robert, Craig, along with four great grandchildren. Also surviving are brother Bill and Jack. Peggy was preceded in death by a son, Douglas. Services were held Friday, September 27 at Vicksburg United Methodist Church with Pastor Bufford Coe officiating. Arrangements by Avink Cremation Society.

Peter Frank Tindall, Vicksburg

Passed away September 11, 2013. Peter was born August 6, 1990, the son of Frank and Marianne (Salata) Tindall and had been a lifelong resident of the Vicksburg area. He was a 2008 graduate of Vicksburg High School.

Peter is survived by his parents, Frank and Marianne Tindall of Vicksburg: a daughter, Caroline Annabelle Tindall; a brother, David Theordore Lepak; his aunt, Pamela Alnutt; several cousins, including two very special cousins. Tim and Don Alnutt; and many close friends. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Monday, September 16, at St. Martin’s Catholic Church with Rev. Fr. Chris Ankley, officiant. The family received friends at the Langeland Family Funeral Homes. Memorials may be sent to any PNC Bank, in the name of: “Marianne Tindall in the trust of Caroline Annabelle Tindall.”

Helen Melvin, Schoolcraft

Helen Melvin, of Schoolcraft, died on Tuesday, September 10, 2013. Helen’s family includes her three children: Jerry (Janet) Melvin, of Eastpointe; Robert (Judy) Melvin, of Portage; David (Linda Walsh) Melvin, of Schoolcraft; seven grandchildren and eight great grandchildren; and her siblings: Alice (Robert) Duncan, of Kalamazoo; Frank (Joyce) Hragyil, of FL; Nancy (George) Kolosar, of Paw Paw. Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Melvin, Sr. A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday, September 10 at 11AM at St. Martin’s. Burial at Schoolcraft Cemetery.

Please visit Helen’s webpage at http://www.lifestorynet. com where you can leave a memory and sign the guestbook. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to the D.A.V. Robert Potgiesser, Vicksburg

Robert A. Potgiesser, of Vicksburg, Michigan passed away on Monday, September 2, 2013 at the age of 71. Bob is survived by his daughter, April Potgiesser, of Vicksburg. He was preceded in death by his parents: John and Lucille Potgiesser. Funeral services were held on Friday, September 6, at Life Story Funeral Home, with Pastor Dave Downs officiating.

The burial took place at Riverside Cemetery in Kalamazoo. Please visit Robert’s webpage at http://www.lifestorynet.com where you can read his life story, sign the guestbook, and share a memory. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to The Nature Conservancy, The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, and/or National Wildlife Federation.

George A. Richardson, Vicksburg

George A. Richardson, 62, of Vicksburg, passed away August 28, 2013 after a battle with cancer. George was born October 20, 1950 in Kalamazoo to Bayard E. and Lillian Richardson. He spent his youth in the Kalamazoo area.

When he was 10 the family moved to Clearwater, FL spending several years there before the family returned to Michigan. He spent his teens in the Portage area. George had a real zest for life and enjoyed it to the fullest.

He is survived by his wife Cathy W. Richardson, his children Elizabeth Ophelia & William Ketcherside (Elloree, South Carolina) Barry & Melissa Richardson (Vicksburg), and Jonathan & Carolyn Richardson (Vicksburg) Grandchildren Vanesha, Ivy, Jenna, Kera & Bayard. His sister Elise Lehr of Kalamazoo, brother Bill (Sue)Richardson of Vicksburg, sister Barb (Paul) Romig of Three Rivers, and sister Phyllis (Tom) O’Keefe of Delton. His Southern Family along with tons of nieces, nephews and many special friends. He was preceded in death by a son, Christopher George, his parents and two brothers, James E.and Bayard E. Richardson. Internment will take place at a later date in Hardeevile, South Carolina. A memorial service held on September 6 at the United Methodist Church in Vicksburg. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice Care of SW Michigan, St. Judes Hospital or the SIDS Foundation.