Obituaries

Barbara Ann Adams, 83, Vicksburg, died August 3, 2022 at Glen Arbor Hospice in Battle Creek. She was born in Clinton, Illinois on January 3, 1939, the daughter of Floyd and Opal (Mills) Miller. The family moved to the Vicksburg area in 1953, and Barbara graduated from Vicksburg High School in 1957. She married Billy Ray Adams on February 22, 1958. She worked briefly at the Upjohn Company, the Vicksburg Hospital, and for her father at the Texas Corners Hardware Store. Barbara loved to sew and quilt for family and friends. She visited many area craft shows with her Appliqués by Barbara. She and her husband enjoyed travelling the country to NASCAR races, going to the casino, and camping. They spent their winters in Port Lavaca, Texas. Barbara is survived by her husband of 64 years, Billy Ray Adams; brother Robert Miller; sister-in-law Sally (Tom) Reed; nephews Michael Miller and Chris, Aaron, Joe, and Matt Reed; niece Lindsey (Tom) Den Harder and their children, Blake and Luke. She was preceded in death by her son, Bradley Ray Adams in 2017. Cremation has been conducted. Her life will be celebrated at an open house on September 11 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Kline’s Resort Clubhouse. Donations may go to charity. Visit her page at eickhofffuneralhome.com.

Barry A. Bly, 75, Vicksburg, passed away August 18, 2022. Barry was born on November 26, 1946 in Flint, the son of Cleo “Van” and Pearl (Kelley) Bly. Barry’s dad was a traveling sales rep for Eckrich Meat and because of that he did a lot of traveling. This caused Barry to go to many schools and move around a lot. Barry always looked for the positive and enjoyed the experiences traveling provided and loved his childhood. He graduated from Kalamazoo Loy Norrix High School with the class of 1964. After high school, he graduated from Michigan State University with a business degree. He was employed with General Motors, and then worked for over 20 years at Borgess Hospital. He married Angel Kellogg on June 12, 1982. He enjoyed watching sports, playing golf, hunting, and fishing. His family will remember him as quiet, gentle, and witty. Barry is survived by his wife Angel; children Shannon Bly, Joe (Abby) Franklin-Bly of Kalamazoo, Matt (Jenn) Bly of Texas; grandchildren Kevyn, Pascal, Jordan, Caeleb, Daisha, and Ezra. He is also survived by his brother, Randy Bly, of Portage. Barry was preceded in death by his parents. Barry has been cremated. His ashes will be buried at the Vicksburg Cemetery. Visit his page at amsfuneralhomes.com.

Francis Bruystens, 87, Three Rivers, passed away August 1, 2022. Francis, “Fritz”, was born on July 20, 1935 in Chicago, the son of Herbert and Johanna (Gerritsen) Bruystens. Fritz loved the challenge of putting a puzzle together and owned a large collection of puzzles. Fritz also loved to go fishing, campin and work in the yard. He worked at Simpson’s Paper Mill in Vicksburg and other shops in the area. He was preceded in passing by his parents and siblings Olga Crossman and Charlie Bruystens. Francis is survived by his children, Mark Bruystens and Diane (Daryl) Grofvert; grandchildren Josh (Rebeca) Bruystens and Shelbe Bruystens; great grandchildren Jackson and Clarity Bruystens; siblings Herbie Bruystens and Carl (Judy) Bruystens; and many nieces and nephews. In accordance with Fritz’s wishes, cremation has taken place. Visit his page at amsfuneralhomes.com.

Harriet Louise Burch, 101, Schoolcraft, passed away on August 5, 2022. Harriet was born December 7, 1920 in Kalamazoo, the daughter of Roy and Maude (Null) Cobb. She graduated from Schoolcraft High School and married Uroyal “John” Burch. Harriet retired from Portage Public Schools as a transportation secretary and school bus driver. She was member of the First Presbyterian Church of Schoolcraft and Eastern Star. She was strong-willed and enjoyed needlework. Harriet is survived by her daughters-in-law Jackie Burch of Illinois and Betty Burch of Schoolcraft; grandchildren John (Kay) Burch of Schoolcraft, Mark (Karen) Burch of Arkansas, Tammy Rice of Schoolcraft and Roy (Connie) Burch of Illinois; great grandchildren Renee (Scott) Bragagnini of Schoolcraft, Blaine (Lia) Burch of Kalamazoo, Raygen (Jared) Knee of Schoolcraft, Rylee (Hannah) Rice of Three Rivers, Brooke (Kelson) Gettel of Battle Creek, Travis Burch of Colorado and Tyler (Elizabeth) Burch of Illinois; and great great grandchildren Lio, Lilliana, Remi, Ellexi, Callon, Mackenzie, Harrison, Weston, Blakely, and Barrett. Harriet was preceded in death by her husband and sons Dan and Jerry Burch. Visit her page at amsfuneralhomes.com. Donations may go to First Presbyterian Church of Schoolcraft.

Velma I. Cannell, 93, Vicksburg, passed away August 10, 2022. Velma was born January 6, 1929 in Guelph, Ontario, Canada to Harold and Gladys (Younger) Boles. She married Arthur F. Cannell on July 29, 1950. Because of Art’s employment, the young family relocated to the United States, and raised their family in St. Clair Shores. Following their retirement in 1983, they spent time in North Carolina and Florida before moving to Vicksburg, where she loved living. She was an avid reader and took great pride in winning one of Vicksburg District Libraries Summer Reading Program contests. Following the death of her husband Art in 2013, she lived in her own home, with family nearby. Velma was a very private person who lived an honorable life. She will be missed by family and friends. Velma is survived by sons Stephen (Marie), Donald, and Larry (Lori Heiden) Cannell; grandchildren Lisa (Kyle) Nirginakis, Emily (Raymond) French, Jonathon (Kate) Cannell, Marilyn Cannell, and Natalie Cannell; great-grandchildren Tory French, Kaylin, Lucas, Lily and Kevin Nirginakis, and Sean Cannell. Visit her page at amsfuneralhomes.com.

Kenneth C. Gorsline, 84, passed away on August 20, 2022. Ken was born in Vicksburg on December 18, 1937, the son of Carl Kenneth and Mindy Mabel (Smith) Gorsline. He graduated from Galesburg-Augusta High School in 1956. Ken proudly served in the US Marine Corps. He worked at Kalamazoo Manufacturing and in 1988 started his own business, Ken Gorsline Welding. For 44 years he was a volunteer with South County EMS. He enjoyed bowling, dancing, hunting, and his horses. Ken was a member of St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church. On May 13, 1961, he married Geraldine “Jerri” Ottney, who survives. Ken is also survived by his children, Theresa Gorsline, Kenneth Charles (Renee) Gorsline Jr., Julia (David) Markle and Jonathan (Jamie) Gorsline; grandchildren Paul (Miranda) Duis, William Gorsline, Angellea Gorsline, Samuel Herring, Darrell Markle, Holley Markle, Jared (Lauryn Mohney) Gorsline, Jordan Gorsline, Jonathan “JJ” Gorsline; great-grandchildren Amalia, Alaric, Natalie, Parker, Johnny, Emma; and several nieces and nephews. Ken was preceded in death by his parents, an infant son, Carl Paul Gorsline, and a brother, Carl Junior Gorsline. Donations may go to Centrica Care Navigators or St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church.

Juanita May Gregg, 91, Kalamazoo, passed away July 27, 2022. She was born in Kalamazoo February 15, 1931, to Leonard Ernest and Emma Arlene (Eastman) Goble. Juanita graduated from Galesburg High School in 1949 and KVCC. She worked as an accountant and at Episcopal Diocese of Western Michigan. She is survived by her husband of 72 ½ years, Harry Lewis Gregg; daughters Judy Smith, Deborah (George) Goodsell, Patricia (James) Madison, and Dyrinda Voss; granddaughter-in-law Nancy Smith; grandchildren Jeffrey (Rene) Smith, Patrick (Lisa) Smith, Sarah (Peter) Ellis, David (Laurel Yoder) Goodsell, Joshua (Haley Newburry) Madison, Sergey (Taylor Fowler) Madison, Michael (Emily) Voss, Michelle Voss, and Brianna Dompke; great-grandchildren Katlin, Colton, Bryana, Hadlee, Hudson, Blake, Cora, Dean, River, Vera, Grace, Kennedy, Aiden, and Grayson; great-great-granddaughter, Piper; “sister” Mae Cutler; brother-in-law Roger Gregg; sister-in-law Joyce Adkins; and several nieces and nephews. Juanita was preceded in death by her parents; son-in-law Richard Voss; grandson Bryan Smith; and many siblings. Donations may go to American Heart Association or Shriners Hospitals.

Daniel Stephen Hendrick, 61, Three Rivers, died August 22, 2022 at Edgewood Manor where he has resided since 2008. He was born in Vicksburg July 28, 1961, the son of William John and Mary Frances (Mattheis) Hendrick. He graduated from Vicksburg High School with the class of 1979, then joined the U.S. Air Force serving in both Italy and Korea. Daniel worked at Summit Polymers and Kalamazoo Manufacturing. He was an animal lover and enjoyed arts and crafts, gardening, and hunting. Dan is survived by sisters Denise (Morris) Ballman of Three Rivers, Danine (Robert) Trattles of Kentucky, Debra (Curtis Holden) Hendrick of Arizona, and Delinda (Walter McDonald) Hendrick of Gun Lake; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, David Hendrick. Visit his page at eickhofffuneralhome.com.

Janet Noel, 89, Vicksburg, passed away on September 1, 2022. Janet was born November 13, 1932, to Theodore and Iva (Welch) Zimmerman. She graduated from Vicksburg High School in 1950. Janet worked in benefits for the paper mill and then Upjohn. She married Vernon Noel in 1950. Janet golfed and bowled. She liked outdoor games and just about any card game. She quilted, sewed, and loved to spend time with her family. She was a long-time member of Vicksburg United Methodist Church. She enjoyed traveling and visited many states and countries. She will be deeply missed. Janet is survived by her husband of 72 years, Vernon; children Walter Noel, Wayne Noel, Terri Solomon, Sherry (Kevin Chesser) Shoemaker and Steve (Gaylee) Noel; nine grandchildren, five great grandchildren, and five siblings, as well as several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and five siblings. Services are scheduled September 7 at the Vicksburg United Methodist Church. Donations may go to the Alzheimer’s Foundation. Visit her page at amsfuneralhomes.com.

Debora Shelton, 68, Vicksburg, passed away August 18, 2022 with her family by her side. She was a very special woman who was loving and devoted to her family. She was outspoken, hardworking, proud, and genuine. Debora was preceded in death by her father, Darrell Hayden Bryant, and her brother, Darrell Bryant. She is survived by her mother, Audrey Bryant; sister Dawn (Rod) Bell; children Russell Shelton (Stacey Smith) and Amber Shelton (Raymond Taylor); grandchildren Ty Shelton, Skiy Ewing, Logan Ewing, Gage Shelton, several bonus grandchildren, and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews. Friends and family are invited to attend a Celebration of Life in Debora’s honor on September 24, 2022, at 2 p.m. at 15905 Portage Road, Vicksburg.

Robert Lee Sinclair, 95, Vicksburg, passed away July 30, 2022 at the Bowman Place in Three Rivers. Bob was born on Feb. 7, 1927 in Hannibal, Missouri, to Ernest and Etta (McNeal) Sinclair. He learned to work hard on the farm and graduated from Tilden High School in 1944. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy on Feb. 27, 1945. Bob was honorably discharged at the end of World War II, reaching the rank of Seaman 1st Class V-6. He married Mary Callis on Sept. 29, 1950 in Rockford and moved to Vicksburg. Bob worked at Simpson Lee Paper Company for more than 30 years. He loved gardening, bird watching, auctions, history, country music, games, and traveling out West. Survivors include his wife, Mary; children Robert Jr. (Barbara) of Vicksburg, Brenda (Donald) Creager of Three Rivers, and Stephen (Mary Brown) of Katy, Texas; grandchildren Suzanne, Donald Jr., Stephanie, Robert III, Dawn, Adam, and Arden; 16 great-grandchildren and many loving nieces and nephews. Bob was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Floyd Sinclair, Ernest Eugene Sinclair, Russell Sinclair and James Sinclair; and sisters Rosetta Sokol and Kathryn Jennings. Donations may go to Schoolcraft Assembly of God or to Wounded Warrior Project.

Polly Laurene (Reed) Youngs, 88, passed away peacefully on August 4, 2022. Polly was born June 10, 1935. She married James O. Youngs on January 11, 1954, and they celebrated 58 years together. They had two sons, Reed and Greg, and adored their three grandchildren, Amy, Megan and Jim. Polly was employed in the transportation field for over 40 years. She was Jim’s biggest supporter during his county clerk campaigns. They enjoyed their time on Mackinac Island at the Governor’s Conference and yearly Michigan County Clerk’s Association Conferences. Polly will be remembered for her Christmas Open Houses, her wonderful cooking, and her generous spirit. She was a volunteer for the Vicksburg Lioness’ Club and South County Community Center, and she enjoyed her time with the Vicksburg Ladies Library. A celebration of life was held on August 18th, 2022, at the Zhang Senior Community Center in Portage. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Vicksburg District Library, Zhang Senior Community Center or Hospice (Centrica Care of Southwest Michigan).

Obituaries

Dr. David Wray Adams, 82, formerly of Vicksburg, died May 18, 2022 at St. Thomas Hospital Nashville, Tennessee. Wray, as he was called in his Tennessee youth, was a lover of life that played pranks, enjoyed family and being an outdoorsman. At 21, Wray lost his sight in a hunting accident. He overcame it and graduated from chiropractic school in 1965. David then moved to Vicksburg, his home for over 50 years. “Doc” parented five children: David Wray, David Alan, Marsha, Eric and Maria. He opened chiropractic offices in Vicksburg and Union City. Doc trained coon dogs, coached baseball, successfully hunted a bear, played poker, lived to fish and adored making people laugh. On May 4, 1985, Doc married Shirley, a mom of three adult children (Rose, Kathy and Byron). Most people in Vicksburg frequented their home at one time or another. Together they have eight children, 13 grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren. Join the family of Doc for a memorial luncheon on August 21 at 1:30 p.m. at Pride of Scotts, 8450 36th Street. Roasted pork, sides, and drinks will be provided. If you had a favorite dish to share with Doc, add it to the buffet table!

Luane Czochara, 67, Vicksburg, passed away July 4, 2022. She was born February 10, 1955, in Chicago, the daughter of Lukas and Laverne (Sporar) Lulich. Luane loved her music, singing along to her favorite tunes by Celine Dion, Cher, and Michael Bolton.  Her love for music would be proudly reflected in the lives of her boys, as both would learn the guitar and bass, eventually forming their own band in Detroit. Luane loved to laugh. She spent many holidays at the kitchen table, playing cards, talking, and reminiscing with her sisters, bringing themselves to tears in their laughter. Luane loved her family. She appreciated her husband Ron and the great small-town life his hard work provided. She loved her sons, for whom she would do anything. Luane especially loved her grandchildren — her Daisy Girl and her Jack Jack. She loved spending time with them and sent them many packages, filled with candy, toys, and little heart-felt mementos she collected. She is survived by her husband, Ronald Czochara; children Christopher (Susanne) Czochara and Nathan Czochara; and grandchildren Daisy and Jackson Czochara. Donations may go to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Visit her page at amsfuneralhomes.com.

Jane Elizabeth (VanTichelt) Decker passed away peacefully June 4, 2022 at Park Village Pines in Kalamazoo. She was born January 28, 1931 to Jake and Evelyn (Hutchinson) VanTichelt. Jane grew up in Scotts and graduated from Climax-Scotts schools. On April 22, 1950, she married Kenneth “Jack” Decker. She was a mother, grandmother, gardener, cook, canner, seamstress (she was the queen of put-together Halloween costumes the night before), knitter, and crocheter. She is survived by her son Dean (Dawnn) Decker and her daughter Cheryl Lettow; grandchildren Ryan (Kelsey) Decker, Cameron Decker, Corbin Decker, Meredith Decker, Samantha (Nick) DeRyke, Sarah Lettow and Mitchell (Emily) Lettow; great-grandchildren Ava DeRyke, Grace DeRyke, Miles DeRyke, June Decker, and Henry Decker; sister Charlene (Jim) Longman; sister-in-law Elaine VanTichelt. Jane was preceded in death by her parents; husband Jack; sisters Lorraine (Bill) Frommann and Marylane Ross; brother Jake VanTichelt; and son-in-law Randy Lettow. Donations may go to Centrica Care Navigators or SPCA. Visit her page at langelands.com.

Jean Durham, 67, Ada, formerly of Vicksburg, died unexpectedly July 2, 2022, in Grand Rapids. Jean was born March 10, 1955, in Grand Rapids, the daughter of Harold and Jeanette Newhouse. Jean was the youngest of four children and grew up on Long Lake in Portage. She graduated from Portage Central High School in 1973 and attended WMU. She married Eric Durham on December 17, 1977. She loved being a mother, made friends easily, and enjoyed hosting events. She was preceded in death by a brother, Thomas Newhouse. She is survived by her husband of 44 years, Eric Durham; children Joe (Laura) Durham, Rachel Durham, and Charlotte (John) Miller; grandchildren Hazel, Ameilia, Molly, Mack, and Rose; brothers John (Sue) Newhouse, and James (Irene) Newhouse; in-laws Peg Newhouse, Jon Durham (Jerry Harty), and Becky (Roger) Knapp; and many nieces and nephews. Visit her page at BetzlerLifeStory.com. Donations may go to Humane Society of West Michigan.

Gregory Alan “Greg” Goldsmith, 72, Albertville, Alabama, passed away July 1, 2022. Greg was born in Michigan December 21, 1949. He served his country with honor and courage in the U.S. Navy and was retired from the University of Alabama. He was preceded in passing by his parents, David J. and , Helen Joyce Palmer Goldsmith. His mother died in Kalamazoo earlier this year.
He is survived by his wife Donna Zimmerman Goldsmith; children Thomas Bobo (Savannah) and Timothy James Goldsmith; grandchildren Tyler, Peyton and Caroline Bobo; sister Gayle Mahieu (Jack); and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. The family chose to honor his wishes with cremation with no formal service. Donations may go to your local animal shelter or rescue. Greg was an active animal rescuer, past foster parent, and volunteer for Second Chance Rescue in Boaz, Ala.

Virginia Ann Hart, 90, Three Rivers, passed away on July 9, 2022. She was born the oldest of five on August 5, 1931, in Boston, Mass., the daughter of Calvin and Rose (Burke) Mills. Virginia will be fondly remembered for her love of crocheting, playing cards and cribbage. She is preceded in her passing by her husband of 54 years, William Hart, siblings, and parents. Left to cherish her loving memory are her children Kathleen Schultz, Benjamin Hart, and Barbara Sutton; five grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Visit her page at amsfuneralhomes.com.

Judith J. Johnson, 82, Portage, passed away July 18, 2022. She was born in Kalamazoo on April 30, 1940, the daughter of Jack Foster and Alberta Fochtman. On December 29, 1990, Judy married Roger Johnson. Judith loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in her passing by her husband, Roger Johnson, parents, stepfather Wendal Allgair, and her niece, Laurie Ivens. She is survived by her children, Anita (Scott) Barnes and Thomas Ryan; grandson Cody Yummit; great grandchildren McKennzie and Lucas Yummit; siblings Bill Foster, Bernie Foster, Kevin (Malia) Allgaier, and Jackie Griner; nieces Sonda Vickery, Tamara Foster-Leathers, Lucinda McCracken, and Sherry (Chuck) Duran; nephews Randy (Linda) Foster, Terry (Naomi) Griner, David (Julie) Foster, Nick (Farren) Allgaier, Austin Allgaier, and Nick (Elsie) Stephens; god-children Michelle (Scott) Nichols, Mark Marthinsen, and Miles Marthinsen; step-children Kathleen (Mike) Allen and Scott (Julie) Johnson; and step-grandchildren Kayla and Keith Vroman. Donations may go to St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church. Visit her page at amsfuneralhomes.com.

Gary E. Longenecker, Vicksburg, passed away July 14, 2022, at Rose Arbor Hospice. Gary was born July 16, 1951, in Elkhart, Ind., the son of Paul and Helen (Warren) Longenecker. He was a veteran serving in the U.S. Air Force and later the Army National Guard. Prior to his retirement, Gary worked for the City of Kalamazoo for 37 years as an operator in the Environmental Services Department. Gary loved golfing, time with family and friends, bowling, horseshoes and deer hunting. On April 26, 1975, he was united in marriage to his loving wife, Billie (Berry), who survives. Also surviving are sons Gary Keith (Meranda) Longenecker and Craig (Tammy) Longenecker; granddaughter Kaitlyn-Marie Longenecker; brother and sister Steve Longenecker and Robin (Richard) Orzechowski; and several nieces and nephews. Gary was preceded in death by his parents; brother Paul Jr. “Butch” Longenecker; sister Vickie Conolly; mother-in-law Josephine Berry; sister-in-law Lucinda (Cindy) Stratton; niece Michelle Stratton; and beloved dog Sassie. Donations may go to the Wounded Warrior Project. Visit his page at langelands.com.

Lloyd E. Miller, 85, Vicksburg, passed away July 17, 2022. Lloyd was born July 30, 1936 in Athens, the son of Lyle and Ruth (Chapman) Miller. He graduated from Athens High School in 1954. He worked for the Grand Trunk Railroad for over 40 years, working his way up the ladder to yard master. On May 15, 1959 he married the love of his life, Sue Marcy. Together they had four children, Lloyd Jr., Doug, Tim and Jennifer. He enjoyed camping, mushroom hunting, and fishing. Lloyd is survived by his wife of 63 years, Sue; children Lloyd (Marsha) Miller Jr. of Schoolcraft, Doug (JoAnn) Miller of Maryland., Tim (Kim) Miller of Iowa, and Jennifer (Chris) Gray of Schoolcraft; grandchildren Morgan Miller, Dr. Derrick Miller, Owen Miller, Kiaha Gray, Aiden Gray, Sarah Miller, Sam Miller, Koertney Miller, and Abby Miller; sisters Arlene (Robert) Orchel, of Fulton and Donna (John) Perkins, of Scotts; sister-in-law Carol Miller, of Fulton; brother-in-law Gary Marcy, of Illinois.; and numerous nieces and nephews. Lloyd was preceded in death by his brother Harold Miller and sister Dorothy (Leo) Voss and his parents Lyle and Ruth Miller. Visit his page at amsfuneralhomes.com. Donations may go to Factoryville Bible Church.

David “Dave” Munn, 66, Vicksburg, passed away July 24, 2022. Dave was born December 1, 1955, to Clifford and Nora Belle (Skinner) Munn. Dave was an outdoorsman who loved to hunt, fish, and camp. He loved his Harley and going on long rides with friends. He was always willing to have visitors, no matter what time it was. He also enjoyed watching westerns. Dave is survived by his sister, Mary Elizabeth (Douglas) Woodhams, six nephews, four nieces, five great nieces, and five great nephews. Dave was preceded in death by his parents; siblings John Munn, Thomas Munn, and Julie Middaugh; and niece Rebecca. Visit his page at amsfuneralhomes.com.

Maxine Mae “Pat” Crouch Nieder died on or about June 23, 2022 at Marquette independent living community in East Lansing. Pat was born April 28, 1932 to Charles William and Edith Belle (Pearman) Crouch. Pat’s mother died when Pat was a child and her father married Mary Ellen Guiette. Pat graduated from Vicksburg High School with the class of 1949. Pat earned a diploma in nursing at the Borgess School of Nursing and a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Boston College. She was employed in a supervisory position at St. Joseph Hospital in Flint and as medical/surgical nursing and pediatrics instructor at Borgess Hospital. In 1968-69, Pat went to Vietnam through the Catholic Relief Service and U.S. Agency for International Development and provided nursing care to infants and small children in orphanages in Saigon. She also provided on-the-job training for Vietnamese childcare workers. Returning to the states, Pat moved to Chicago where she worked at St. Ann’s Hospital, St Luke’s Medical Center, the Chicago Department of Public Works and in public health research positions at the University of Illinois. During this time, she earned master’s degrees in public health from the University of Illinois. In Chicago, Pat met and married Dean Nieder in 1980. Unfortunately, within weeks of their marriage, Dean died suddenly of a heart attack. Pat moved to Florida, eventually reconnecting with a University of Illinois professor, Lyndon Babcock, with whom she began working in the field of environmental impacts, initially in Mexico and eventually throughout the United States. They settled in East Lansing where they remained together until his death in August 2021. Pat was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Max (Margaret), Bernard (Sharon, Char), and Barry; sisters Blanche Helen, Carol Elizabeth, and LeAnna (Bill) Sillaman. She is survived by brothers Bill (Sandy) and Jay (Kathy); sisters Kathleen (Richard) Shipe and Judy (Dale Richards) Hill; sister-in-law Nancy Crouch, and many nieces and nephews.

Steven Blair Palmer, 60, Vicksburg, passed away peacefully July 16 in his home. Steve was born in Paw Paw on July 7, 1962. Steve spent his childhood playing sports, hanging with friends and family, and causing general mischief. Steve graduated from Vicksburg High School and joined the Marine Corps. While he completed his service in 1984, he was forever a Marine in heart and spirit. Steve became a journeyman painter in the Kalamazoo area, where he met and married Tambrin. Together with their daughters, Elizabeth and Samantha, Steve and Tambrin forged a life with each other. He loved movies, rock ‘n’ roll music, fishing, hunting, and watching a hockey or baseball game on a Thursday night. He loved time spent camping and at the family cabin. He was proud of his daughters. He is survived by his girls Tambrin, Elizabeth, and Samantha. Also surviving are his parents, Alice (James) Krepel and Paul (Glenna) Palmer; brother Michael (Cindy) Palmer; sisters Nancy Lee and Denise (Neil) Hannah; step-brothers Erik Jensen and Chris Jensen; and many nieces, nephews, and close friends. Services have been held. Donations may go to the Wounded Warrior Project. Visit his page at amsfuneralhomes.com.

Robert “Bob” A. Piper, 66, Vicksburg, passed away June 29, 2022, at his beloved summer home. Bob was born to Ronald and Alma (Stacey) Piper November 22, 1955, in Kalamazoo. Bob grew up on Long Lake in Portage. His first job was at the Long Lake Roller Rink tying laces, which is where Bob and Brenda first met. After high school, he joined the construction trade, working alongside his father for many years. Bob was a carpenter for 40 years and was involved in the Carpenters Union Local 525. He married Brenda Huntington on October 5, 1991, and together they raised daughters, Sierra and Natalie. He enjoyed hunting turkeys, deer, and rabbits with his dog Luci, and entering paintball tournaments. He enjoyed his summer home/trailer camping with his family at the Hodge Podge Lodge on Sand Lake in Nottawa. Bob is survived by his parents, Alma and Frank Ridley of Schoolcraft; wife Brenda Piper of Vicksburg; daughters Sierra (Eric) Vance of Vicksburg and Natalie (Jesse) Richards of Athens; grandson James A. Vance; sisters Rhonda (Tony) Bonte and Kim (Ken) Bambacht; and many nieces and nephews. Visit his page at amsfuneralhomes.com.

Floyd D. Sehy Jr., 69, Paulden, Arizona, passed away May 9, 2022. He was born June 10, 1962, to Floyd and Emily (Dolph) Sehy. He married Theresa Waldron and raised her daughters, Gina and Melissa, as his own. Together they shared two more children, Tabitha and Matthew. Though the marriage ended, Floyd was forever grateful. Floyd restored a ‘57 Chevy in memory of his brother Michael and loved model trains. Floyd worked at American Axle in Three Rivers. He spent his final years in the mountains of Arizona with his loving companion, Deb Thompson, and her family. Floyd is survived by Deb Thompson, of Paulden, Ariz.; children Tabitha (Raul) Sehy of South Haven, Matthew Sehy of Kentucky, Gina (Randy) Munn of Mattawan, Melissa (Doug) Vrba of Kalamazoo; grandchildren Dustin, Joseph, Lauren, Danielle, Ethan, Tyler, Bryce, Graham, Sophia, Madison and Jake; great-grandchildren Ariya, Aniyah, Terrell Jr., Emma, and Beau, siblings Linda (Willard) Mohney of Vicksburg, Nancy (Ray) Baughan of Vicksburg, Bruce Sehy, of Scotts and Karen Coville of Paw Paw. He was preceded in death by his brother, Michael, and parents Floyd and Emily Sehy. At Floyd’s request, a celebration of life, which will include a campfire, is planned for August 13, 2022, at 7 p.m. at the home of Willard and Linda Mohney in Vicksburg.

Casey Aubrey Young, 34, passed away unexpectedly July 1, 2022. Casey was born in Houston to Julie (Blomiley) and Terry Young. Casey graduated from Schoolcraft High School and achieved a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University North Central. He was also the pitcher for the PNC Panthers. He worked as a senior territory sales manager at TP Orthodontics. Casey absolutely loved all sports and excelled at everything he attempted, whether it was baseball, basketball, golf or ping pong. Casey loved to dance and had a mean Billie Jean. He took on anyone willing and foolish enough to challenge him to a dance battle. He was the class clown who everyone loved to be around. Casey could make anyone laugh. “If you love life, life will love you back.” No truer words could have ever been spoken about Casey. He had many friends, was positive and selfless, and touched many lives. Casey loved his girl and the love of his life, Jena, his beloved mom, dad, and brother, Big T, his dog Rocky, his family and his countless friends. The world is a little less bright and a little less beautiful. He will be deeply missed by so many. Casey is survived by his older brother, Terry Vincent Young, his parents, Julie and Terry Young, and for the past 15 years, the love of his life, Jena Wireman.

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Bernice Dobrowolski Memorial
A memorial for Bernice Penar Dobrowolski, who died Jan. 6, will be held Saturday, June 25, 2022 at Immaculate Conception Church in Three Rivers. Rosary will be at 10:30 a.m. followed by mass at 11 a.m. Interment will be at Parkville Cemetery.

Shannon Kay Glascock, 52, Vicksburg, passed away on May 10, 2022. Shannon was born September 27, 1969 in Battle Creek, the daughter of Jack and Diane (Scofield) Budrow. Shannon graduated from Schoolcraft High School with the class of ’87. After high school, Shannon attended KVCC, then cosmetology and beautician school. She married Charlie Glascock on October 16, 1993 and together they had three children: Zach, Madison, and Christian. She was a salon owner at Salon Pura Vida in Portage for 10 years. Holidays and family were special to her, and this past Christmas, while ill, she made sure to be there with her kids. Her hobbies included shopping, crafting, and the Cooking Channel. Shannon’s family will remember her as being loving, strong, powerful, caring, brave and selfless. Shannon is survived by her husband Charlie; children Zach Glascock of Lansing, Madison Glascock of Lansing and Christian Glascock of Grand Rapids; granddaughter Harper; parents Jack and Diane Budrow of Kalamazoo; sisters Jenny (Steve) Huskey of Bowling Green, Ky. and Renae (Jason) Schug of Schoolcraft. Visit her page at amsfuneralhomes.com. Donations may go to Alcoholics Anonymous.

James Terrell Keene, 91 of Kalamazoo, passed away peacefully at Rose Arbor February 15, 2022. He was born March 20, 1930 in Kalamazoo to Bernice Lucille (Terrell) and Leo Eldon Keene. He graduated from Kalamazoo Central High School and WMU. On July 27th, 1951, he married Marilyn Marie Mason. Jim served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict. He worked at the Upjohn Company, retiring in 1988. He was a family man who liked flying airplanes, hunting and woodworking. Jim is survived by daughters Suzanne (Brian) Rucker, Lori (Floyd) Phalen; grandchildren Lindsey Rucker, James (Maggie) Rucker, Emily (Kyle Waite) Rucker; great-grandchildren Marilyn Waite, Eric Waite, Max Rucker and Charlie Rucker; sister-in-law Janis (Jack) Loomis and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Marilyn; parents; brother and sister-in-law Richard and Avis Keene; sister and brother-in-law Barbara and Ed Vanden Akker; nephews Ron Keene, Brian Loomis, and nieces Diane Burhans and Sharon Loomis. Celebrate Jim’s life at a gathering June 11 at 2 p.m. at the Schoolcraft United Methodist Church. Beverages and dessert to follow. RSVP to 517-930-2975 or phalensfarm@gmail.com by June 4. Donations may go to Doctors Without Borders.

Kim Lathwell, son of Clarence and June Lathwell, left this earth May 3, 2022. He was born and raised in Benzie County on Lathwell Farms, raising beef cattle and harvesting cherries. He graduated from Benzie Central Schools in 1966. Kim graduated from CMU in 1971, majoring in education. He spent most of his teaching career at Vicksburg High School. After receiving his master’s degree from WMU, he became principal at Schoolcraft High School and Portage Northern High School. Kim and his wife, JoEllen, traveled to Avon Park, Florida in the winter months. Kim leaves behind his wife of 52 years, JoEllen; daughters Amy (Chuck) Kositzke of Commerce Township, Mich., Kristi (J.R.) Belmore of Battle Creek, and Kari (Dan) Martin of Mount Pleasant; grandchildren Elizabeth, Michael and Matthew Kositzke, Mason, Madalyn and Katelyn Belmore and Brendan, Kyle and Collin Martin; siblings Gary (Mary) Lathwell, Larry (Deanna) Lathwell, Melanie (Wayne) Brock, BJ (Kathy Lathwell) and Julie (Rick) Zych as well as many nephews and nieces. Donations may go to the Benzie County Central Schools Educational Foundation or to the Kalamazoo Community Foundation for Vicksburg, Schoolcraft, or Portage schools. Visit his page at bennett-barzfuneralhome.com.

Deanne “Deanna” Armstrong Lunardini, 83, passed away peacefully April 30, 2022 at Alamo Nursing Home, surrounded by her loving family. Born on June 14, 1938 in Monroe, Deanna was daughter of the late Percy J. Armstrong and Eudora (Bates) Armstrong DuRocher. She graduated in 1955 from St. Mary Academy in Monroe. She was happiest dancing, playing cards or Scrabble, and cheering on her grandchildren. Deanna is survived by her children, Karen (Gary) Theisen of Hickory Corners, Mich., Robert C. (Carol Aspros) Lunardini, Jr. of Tallahassee, Fla., William P. Lunardini of Ocean Springs, Miss.; Kathleen (Yancy) DeMott of Vicksburg, and Michael (Gay) Lunardini of Brandon, Miss.; sisters Lynette (Daniel) Nash of Marysville and Cheri Mruzek of Tecumseh; and sister- in-law Joanne Armstrong of Monroe. Deanna was blessed with 24 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Deanna was preceded in death by her beloved son, Thomas Lamar Lunardini, and loving brother, Richard W. Armstrong. Donations may go to Woman’s Life Chapter 831, with memo “Logan” to help a local boy with medical needs.

Monalene L. Mansmith, 91, Coldwater, died May 15, 2022, at Drew’s Place in Coldwater. She was born near Fulton on January 5, 1931, the daughter of Holly R. and Myrtie (Springer) Wilson. Monalene graduated from Vicksburg High School with the class of 1949 and married George Allen Mansmith July 26, 1952 in Fulton. Monalene was an active mother, serving as a Cub Scout, Boy Scout, and Blue Bird mother. She worked briefly at Coldwater Schools and was involved helping out at Little Leggs Daycare for several years. She was an immaculate housekeeper and homemaker, and she enjoyed working in her flower garden. Monalene is survived by her son, Robert Mansmith of Coldwater; grandchildren Danielle Tompkins, Breanna Mansmith, and Matthew Mansmith; great-grandchildren Madelyn, Sebastian, and Gabby; and daughter-in-law Georgia Mansmith. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband George; son Allen; daughter Diana Tompkins; and in-laws Harvey and Evelyn Mansmith. Services have been held. Donations may go to Coldwater ProMedica Hospice. Visit her page at eickhofffuneralhome.com.

Marilyn Virginia Woodworth Moise passed away on May 4, 2022. She was born February 8, 1929 in Kalamazoo, to Thomas Bishop Woodworth and Dorothy Louise Crittenden. She and her young family moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1957, where all four of her children were raised. Marilyn returned to Michigan in 1978 with her beloved husband, Jesse Allen Mann, and worked in the family business, Graff Trucking Company. In 1992, she took over the trucking company and remained there until it closed in 2002. Marilyn is survived by daughters Sharon (Tom) O’Connor of Albuquerque, Jacque (Marty Enright) Moise of Placitas, N.M., and Becky Moise of Vicksburg. She was also blessed with 10 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren. Marilyn was preceded in death by her son, Brad Moise of Albuquerque, and her husband, Jesse. Marilyn will always be remembered for her generosity, kind heart and outspoken, unsolicited opinions. At Marilyn’s request, there will be no funeral or memorial service. She may be remembered by making a donation to your favorite charity. Please visit Marilyn’s page at langelands.com.

William “Bill” Sanford Northrop, 92, Marcellus, passed away March 9, 2022. Bill was born March 26, 1929, to Howard and Doris Northrop in Lansing. After graduating from Eastern High School in 1947, he went on to work at Michigan Millers Insurance where he met his wife, Jean. They raised six children in Vicksburg. Bill was a successful insurance salesman who achieved the honor of “Man of the Year” and was a guest speaker at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island in 1968. Bill loved to hunt, fish, golf and bowl. He played softball into his 50s. He enjoyed playing cards and had quite the sweet tooth. He built a life doing what he liked best. After retiring, he moved to a farm and cared for almost 100 head of cattle and 240 acres. Bill is survived by children Bill, Cheri (Steve) Ryan, Sandy (Bob) Jones, Robin (Dick) Engel, and Joel. He is also survived by a sister, Connie, 14 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jean, son David and daughter-in-law Karen. A memorial will be held for family in the spring where his ashes will be spread on the property that he so loved. Online condolences may be shared at http://www.hohnerfh.com.