Obituaries

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.

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Terri Jean Burgess, 65, Vicksburg, passed away April 4, 2022. She was born on August 16, 1956, in Kalamazoo, the daughter of Milton and Betty (Gardeneer) Burson. Terri grew up in Schoolcraft and was a graduate of Schoolcraft High School with the class of 1974. In 2000 she married Richard Burgess; they made their home in Vicksburg. Home was her happy place. She worked for over 20 years for Lear Corporation in Mendon. She loved to collect Native American artifacts and loved their culture, and she followed all the Detroit professional sports teams. Terri was proud of her children, grandchildren, and extended family. She was a four-legged mom as well to her dogs. Terri’s family will remember her as quiet, kind, and loving. Terri is survived by her husband of 21 years, Richard; children Jason (Brittany) Jukes and Kristen (Brian) Shannon; stepchildren Joe, Lauren, and Grace; and 19 grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister Peggy Baldwin and mother-in-law Claudia Burgess. She was preceded in death by her siblings Robert, Louise, KC, Mike, and Marlene, and her special dog, Sergeant Carter. Visit her page at amsfuneralhomes.com.

Donald Lynn Crapo, 76, passed away on January 26, 2022, at his home in Clear Lake, Indiana after a difficult battle with lung cancer. He was born in Lansing March 12, 1945 to Donald Rexford and Enid Lucille (Davis) Crapo. After his mother’s death, his father remarried, and Maxine Alice Crapo became his stepmother. Don and his three sisters grew up on a chicken farm east of Vicksburg. A few years after graduating from Vicksburg High School in 1963, Don enlisted in the Air Force. He was stationed at Spangdahlem AFB, Germany during the Vietnam War. Don was a staff sergeant serving as a bomb specialist. After completing his enlistment, he returned to Michigan and completed master’s degrees in accounting and finance from Western Michigan University, graduating magna cum laude. Don spent 20-plus years of his career at Upjohn Pharmaceuticals. Don was preceded in death by his father, mother, stepmother and two sisters (Barbara and Carol). Survivors include sons Darryl Crapo and Greg (Lisa) Crapo, two grandchildren, and his sister, Sandy (Dan) Minger.

Otto Carl Decker, 88, Vicksburg, passed away on April 26, 2022. Otto was born January 22, 1934 in Toledo, Ohio to Frank and Marie (Eppler) Weitenauer. He attended Mendon Community Schools and graduated from Mendon High School in 1952. He joined the US Army and served from 1954 until 1956. Otto married Nancy Jean Brown on April 16, 1955. Otto worked at Simpson Lee Paper Company as a millwright. He also was the owner of Decker’s Auto Service. He was a volunteer fireman for 50 years. He was an active member of St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church for over 50 years. He was a 3rd degree member of the Knights of Columbus Council 13305. He loved sports, history, reading, discussing politics and target shooting. Otto is survived by his wife of 67 years, Nancy; children Anna (Scott) Cowherd, Tony (Monica Johnson) Decker, Mike (Kathy) Decker, Melanie (Andy) Boyd, Joe (Karen Warner) Decker, and Phil (Emily) Decker; 16 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Otto Decker Sr, Frank and Marie Weitenauer; son Paul Christopher Decker; sisters Joan Wales-Dixon and Delores Elkins; sister-in-law Helen Brown Horn; and parents-in-law Anna and Ralph Brown.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held for Otto on Friday, May 6 at 11 a.m. at the St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church, with Monsignor Thomas Martin officiating. The family will receive friends at the church on Friday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. The family will lead a rosary at the church beginning at 9:45 a.m. in the sanctuary. Burial of Otto’s ashes will be held with military honors at Vicksburg Cemetery following the mass. Visit his page at amshfuneralhomes.com. Donations may go to St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church, St. Martin’s Knights of Columbus Council 13305, and South County Fire Authority.

David A. Friel, Three Rivers, passed away quietly in his sleep November 26, 2021, the day after Thanksgiving. David was born May 21, 1943 in Kalamazoo, the son of Arlene and Lester Friel. He attended Vicksburg High School before leaving at 17 to join the U.S. Navy in 1960. He served on the USS Yosemite and transferred to the Reserves in 1964. Before being honorably discharged in 1966, he received the National Defense Service Medal, Expeditionary Medals for Berlin and Cuba, and the Bronze Star. After his discharge, he became a painter, eventually settling in Denver. In 2018, he returned to Michigan, settling in Three Rivers to be close to family. He is survived by his sisters Alice, Candy, and Marsha; brother Bruce; several nieces and nephews; and many extended family members.

Bonnie June Gose, 85, Greenville, passed away April 8, 2022 at her home. The daughter of Arnold E. and Minnie Ann (Haney) Gose, Bonnie was born on July 26, 1936 in LaGrange County, Indiana. She was raised on a farm in southern Michigan and graduated from Vicksburg High School. She worked at the Haas Corporation and earned her Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Aquinas College. In the late 1960’s, Bonnie moved to Southfield where she began her career at Federal Mogul corporate offices, transferring to the Greenville plant in 1979. She was active in the Greenville Community Church, and more recently attended the First Church of God in Greenville. Bonnie was preceded in death by her parents; sisters Janet Eihleen Gose and Doris Nelle Gose;  brother-in-law Doug Truckey; sister-in-law Sharon Gose; niece Kimberlee Kay Aquiree; and nephew, Dennis Alan Truckey. Surviving are sister Janice Truckey of Vicksburg; brothers Bill Gose of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Wilbur (Janice) Gose of Campbellsville, Kentucky; friends Wilma Stidham and Janet Delamater, both of Greenville;  several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, great-great nieces, and great-great nephews, and many special friends. Donations may go to Have Mercy. Visit her page at MichiganCremation.com.

Ronald E. Hambright Sr., 86, Vicksburg, passed away April 26, 2022. Ronald was born March 19, 1936 in Kalamazoo, the son of John and Lavada (Sharp) Hambright. Ron proudly served his country in the United States Army. After the military he went into the workforce and was in maintenance at the Kalamazoo State Hospital for over 32 years until his retirement in 1988. Ron enjoyed his morning rituals and most often could be seen at a local restaurant for breakfast and spent time solving the world’s problems with the rest of the guys at the table. He traveled to places like Branson, Mo. and Florida. Mostly though he loved to go hunting and fishing. Ron will be remembered by many as strong-willed and very independent. Ron is survived by his children, Phyllis (Jeff) Truckey, of Vicksburg and Richard “Rick” (Stephanie) Hambright, of Vicksburg; six grandchildren and nine great grandchildren with one more on the way. He was preceded in death by his wife Patricia; son Ronald Hambright Jr; parents John and Lavada Hambright; sister Marilyn Ballard; and brothers Alvin, Melvin and Kenneth Hambright. A graveside service will be held with military honors Wednesday, May 4 at 11 a.m. at the Vicksburg Cemetery. Visit his page at amsfuneralhomes.com. Donations may go to the D.A.V.

Owen Hoyt, born on November 4, 1949, in Vicksburg, died April 8, 2022. He graduated from Schoolcraft High School in 1969 and served in the United States Army from 1969 to 1971. Owen enjoyed spending time with his friends and working on steam locomotives, whether volunteering at the Little River Railroad or attending many steam engine shows around the area. He also spent many hours working the evaporators and making maple syrup at home, as well as with MSU at Kellogg Forest and the Kalamazoo Nature Center. Owen is survived by his children, Cassidy, Camden, Ryley of Schoolcraft and Liam of Portage; sister Patricia Hoyt of Phoenix, Ariz.; nephew Robert (Kim) Northrop; niece Shannon (Greg) Bruner; and brother-in-law William Northrop of Schoolcraft. He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Ellen Hoyt, and sister Karen (Hoyt) Northrop. Services have been held. Donations may go to SPCA of Southwest Michigan, 6955 W KL Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI 49009. Visit Owen’s page at amsfuneralhomes.com.

Ethel Kathleen Markan, 72, Vicksburg, passed away April 25, 2022. Ethel was born March 3, 1950, in Vicksburg, the daughter of Robert James and Florence Kathleen (Keener) Isaac. Ethel attended Vicksburg Community Schools and graduated from Vicksburg High School with the class of 1968. After high school, Ethel attended Parsons Business School, now known as Davenport University. She earned her certificate in business. She also attended KVCC. She worked at Simpson Lee Paper Company in Vicksburg as a customer service inventory clerk for 10 years. On November 22, 1975, she married Ronald Markan. The couple had three daughters. Ethel temporarily left the workforce and was later employed by the Vicksburg school system as an elementary school lunchroom and playground supervisor. She retired from the system in 2017. Ethel gave more than she took and left her community a better place for all to live. Ethel is survived by her husband of 46 years, Ronald; daughters Kathleen (Douglas) Klostermann, Kristeen Markan, and Kourtney (Todd) Ellens; grandchildren Emily, Ethan, Rozlyn, Adelynn, and Rowan. She was preceded in death by her parents, Kathleen and Robert Isaac and younger brother, Norman (Debbie) Isaac. Services have been held. Visit her page at amsfuneralhomes.com. Donations may go to American Cancer Society.

Glenna Marie Momany-Hurst, 31, Scotts, passed away March 14, 2022.  Glenna was born March 18, 1990 in Kalamazoo to Michael Glen Momany and Julie Morrow-Momany Prange. Glenna is survived by her parents; sister Kaylee Jo Hoeger; step-father Jeffrey Lee Prange; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and a niece.  She was preceded in death by grandparents Glen and Mable Momany and Richard and Joan Morrow. A Celebration of Life has taken place, and a private interment will be held at a later date.  Donations may go to Kalamazoo Humane Society. Visit Glenna’s page at amsfuneralhomes.com.

Patricia L. Ovens, 63, Portage, died on April 25, 2022. She was born October 6, 1958, in Kalamazoo, the daughter of Bobby and Evelyn (Lyles) Elkins. She was a 1976 graduate of Parchment High School where she was a star track and field athlete and a flautist in the marching band. She later earned an associate degree in accounting from KVCC. Patricia was a hard worker, starting at Kmart in accounting and as a pharmacy tech, before moving to the U.S. Postal Service as a clerk for over 20 years. After retiring from the USPS, Patricia worked as an elementary school crossing guard and was employed by the City of Portage as a clerk at the time of her death. She married Michael Ovens on August 27, 1994. Patricia loved to travel, was an avid sports fan and loved to see her son, Bret, pitch when he played travel league baseball. Patricia enjoyed cooking meals for holiday family gatherings. In retirement, she frequently attended her grandchildren’s Little League games and recitals and later spoiled them with snacks and legendary grilled cheese sandwiches. Her family includes her husband, Michael; mother Evelyn Elkins; children Timothy (Sarah) Arkwright, Kelly (Cecil) Lenfield, Katie (Matthew) Wittenberg, and Bret (Halie Voss) Ovens; grandchildren Elliot, Nolan, and Cecilia Lenfield, Ian Wittenberg, and Kayden Ovens; brothers Mike (Vicki) Elkins and Jeff (Dawn) Elkins; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, Bobby Lynn Elkins. Visit Patricia’s page at langelands.com.

Patricia May Paradine, 89, Schoolcraft, went to be with her Lord and Savior April 28, 2022. She was born on July 14, 1932 in Kalamazoo, the daughter of Anthony and Meryl (Ellard) VanDerWeele. She graduated from Vicksburg High School in 1950. On January 8, 1955, she married Donald Paradine. After 28 years with the Upjohn Company, she retired in 1987. She enjoyed traveling, knitting, sewing, painting, reading and spending time with her family. In her retirement, she and Don lived eight years in Citrus Springs, Fla. before returning to Schoolcraft in 2003. Left to cherish her loving memory are her husband, Donald Paradine; children Kevin (Amy) Paradine, Charlie (Teresa) Paradine, Julia (Richard) Paradine-Rice, and beloved exchange student Anja Nijenkamp; grandchildren Shauna (Jeff), Tiffany (Spencer), Ethan (Abby), Tee, Trevor, and Anthony (Allison); great-grandchildren Soren, Sean, and Mina Patricia; sister-in-law Marilyn VanDerWeele; honorary daughter Karen Adams; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Patricia was preceded in her passing by her parents and brothers Denton (Mary) VanDerWeele and Robert VanDerWeele. In accordance with Patricia’s wishes, cremation has taken place and a celebration of her life will be held at the Schoolcraft United Methodist Church, 342 North Grand Street, Schoolcraft, on Saturday, May 14, 2022, with a time for visiting beginning at 10 a.m. until the time of service at noon with Pastor Marty Cobb officiating. A time of food and fellowship will be held following the service. Patricia will be laid to rest at Schoolcraft Cemetery on a later date. Memorials made in Patricia’s memory may be directed to the Schoolcraft United Methodist Church or the United Methodist Women. While at http://www.amsfuneralhomes.com please take time to sign Patricia’s guestbook and share a memory with her family. The Paradine family is being cared for by the Avink, McCowen & Secord Funeral Homes and Cremation Society, Schoolcraft.

Dianna LaRue Ware Richardson, 73, Portage, formerly of Schoolcraft, passed away April 8, 2022. Dianna was born August 6, 1948 to Lester and Evelyn Ware. She was a 1966 graduate of Schoolcraft High School. She loved her family and friends and always stayed active outdoors. She enjoyed her job at Borgess/Ascension Health in the Patient Financial Services area. After retiring, Dianna worked in the deli at Harding’s to stay busy. She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers Richard (Dick) and Donald Ware. Left to cherish her loving memory are her sister Dorothy (Michael) Ganey of Arizona; children Lester Richardson of Portage and Elizabeth (Curtis) Walker of Holland; grandchildren Timothy Worline, Cameron (Kay) Richardson, Keegan Richardson, Justin Walker, Nickolas Walker, Kelsea Walker, and Riley Walker; great-grandchildren Wyatt, Kamdyn and Trinity; and many loved nieces and nephews.

Phyllis Mae Rosen, 86, Vicksburg, died April 6, 2022, at Wings of Hope Hospice in Allegan. She was born in Vicksburg on September 1, 1935, the daughter of Fannie Irene Boyd and Brony Dombroski. She attended Mendon Schools and for a few years worked at Kaywood Manufacturing, making window blinds. She enjoyed crocheting, cross-stitching, and solving sudoku puzzles. Phyllis is survived by daughters Delores (Chris) Salter of Vicksburg, Martha Tice of Three Rivers, Debra Franks of Mendon; step-daughter Nora Rosen of Mayer, Arizona; 13 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and 18 great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, step-father Edward “Shorty” Hughes, daughter Mary Ellen Franks, son-in-law Robert Franks, and grandson Steven Franks. Donations may go to Wings of Hope Hospice, 530 Linn St., Allegan, MI 49010. Visit her page at eickhofffuneralhome.com.

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David J. Boucher, 70, Vicksburg, died on March 27, 2022. He was born on April 24, 1951, in Kalamazoo, the son of Robert and Mary Louise (Angell) Boucher. He graduated from Bronson High School and attended Glen Oaks Community College. On March 20, 1971, he married his junior high sweetheart, Constance “Connie” Locey, and they just celebrated their 51st anniversary. He worked for Consumers Power and spent over 25 years at Upjohn. More recently he worked at Bronson Hospital. Over the years he was active in Vicksburg Little League with his children and grandchildren. David enjoyed being the daycare grandpa for his grandchildren. His family includes his wife, Connie Boucher; children Michael (Holly) Boucher and Kellie (Marty) Thomas; grandchildren Kyler Ridenour, Will Thomas, Delaney Thomas, and Cameron Boucher; brother Tom (Carol) Boucher; sister Carol Boucher; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers Jeffrey and Lon Boucher. Donations may go to the Little Help Big Difference Fund. Please visit his page at langelands.com.

Mary “Faith” Connors Chapman passed away March 7, 2022. Faith was born February 22, 1969 to Tom and Margaret Connors. She was a 1987 graduate of Vicksburg High School. She loved her family and many friends. She enjoyed her job at Walters-Dimmick Petroleum in Vicksburg, then more recently in Mendon for many years. Faith received her wings surrounded by those who love her. She was preceded in death by her infant brother Chad, her parents, and nephew Chance Connors.  She is survived by her husband, Mike Chapman, son Dustin Pearson, brother Tom Connors, sister Chris (Ken) Warwick, and brother Mike (Kelley) Connors.

Shirley Fay Cole, 91, Vicksburg, passed away January 26, 2022. She was born July 27, 1930, in Dayton, Ohio, the daughter of Charles and Bessie (Robinette) Hipple. Shirley married Clifford R. Cole on June 29, 1945, and together they had three children, Margaret, Carolyn, and Clifford. She loved visiting with family and friends. Shirley lived in Ohio until moving to Vicksburg in 1999 to live with her daughter, Carolyn, and son-in-law Dave Fagaly. Shirley was preceded in death by her husband, Clifford, her parents, siblings, and one great-grandson, Xavier Jaden Fagaly. Shirley is survived by her three children, Maggie Girton of Williamsburg, Ohio, Carolyn (Dave) Fagaly of Vicksburg and Clifford Cole of Houston, Texas; grandchildren Brad (Angie), Jeremy (Angie), David, Bob (Piera), Kelley, Steve (Nicki); 14 great-grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren. A Celebration of Life will take place later in the year at 12th Street Baptist Church in Kalamazoo. There will be another Celebration of Life in Ohio. Visit her page at amsfuneralhomes.com.

Thomas Earle, 67, Vicksburg, passed away February 23, 2022. Tom was born to Raymond and Dorothy (Harker) Earle on June 19, 1954. Tom is survived by his siblings, Joe Earle, Fred (Maryann) Earle, Billy Earle, Teresa Earle, and Gloria (Dennis) Meloche; Aunt Betty; and many nieces and nephews. Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Dorothy (Harker) Earle. He retired from Stewart & Sutherland after 44 years. Visit his page at amsfuneralhomes.com.

Helen J. Goldsmith, Kalamazoo, died February 11, 2022. She was born September 10, 1927, in Kalamazoo, to Clayton and Lillian (Norris) Palmiter. In 1947, Helen married David J. Goldsmith. She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; sister Frances Perry; brothers-in-law Bob Perry and Lou Meinert; and grandson, David Goldsmith. Helen is survived by her son, Gregory (Donna) Goldsmith; daughter, Gayle (Jack) Mahieu; grandchildren Shelley Munson, Jeffery Mahieu, and Natalie Goldsmith; great-grandchildren Jarid (Hannah) Rial, Jocie Rial, Zachary (Brittany) Mahieu, Emmalee Mahieu, Jackson Mahieu, and Nona Mahieu; great-great-grandson, Fenix; and sister, Janis Meinert. Gifts may go to Animal Rescue Project. Visit her page at langelands.com.

Klaus Kardys, Portage, passed away at home on March 12, 2022. Klaus was born in Dieburg, Germany to Jan and Maria Kardys on June 12, 1948. As an infant, he moved with his parents to Carleton, Michigan where they became U.S. citizens. Klaus graduated from Monroe Catholic Central High School and then moved to Marquette where he graduated from Northern Michigan University and met his future bride, Mary Ann Copenhafer. In 1976, Klaus and Mary Ann moved into their home overlooking Austin Lake. Klaus was an avid historian and gardener. Klaus’ greatest joy and love came in 1982 when the couple welcomed their son, Philip, and in 1985, a daughter, Mandy. Klaus was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann; son, Philip (Veronica) Kardys; daughter, Mandy (Anthony) Davis; granddaughters, Paisley and Paige; great-grandson, Alec; sister, Sylvia (Dale) Ford; and many beloved nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. He will be remembered for his quick wit and fun spirit. Please consider planting a tree, or donating to arborday.org. Visit his page at eickhofffuneralhome.com.

Susan Kipker, 74 of Schoolcraft, died peacefully February 24, 2022, surrounded by her family, including her grand dogs, in a room filled with prayer and love. Sue was born January 23, 1948, in Kalamazoo to Rex and Iva (Case) Gettys. Sue was preceded in death by her parents. Surviving are her husband, Jerry; children Jason Kipker and Josh (Julie) Kipker; granddaughter, Olivia; sister Nancy (Rick) Ullrey; and several nieces and nephews. Services have been held. Visit Susan’s webpage at BetzlerLifeStory.com to archive favorite memories, photos, and sign her guestbook. Memorial contributions may be made to SPCA of Southwest Michigan or Kalamazoo Humane Society.

Barry C. Lehmkuhl, 70, formerly of Vicksburg, died October 22, 2021. Barry was born in Allegan on September 24, 1951, to Elaine and Karl Lehmkuhl. He graduated from Vicksburg High School in 1969. He enjoyed and collected music, and he could not only recall names of songs, but the artist and the year a song came out back to the early 60’s. His other passion was cars; over the years, Barry bought and restored many. He kept in close contact with several of his closest friends from high school until near the end of his life. He treasured those friendships and loved to kick back, laugh and share stories of the good ol’ days in Vicksburg. He also loved his cats and had several that he treated like his kids. Barry worked many years for the Stryker Corporation. He was preceded in his death by both his parents and his brother Brad. He is survived by his sisters, Kris Hill-Moyer of Portage and Marilee Furlong of Three Rivers, and brother, Brent Lehmkuhl of Bloomington, Ind. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews who remember him as being the life of the party. Donations may go to South County Community Services.

Charles Arno “Butch” McClish, 76, Vicksburg, passed away February 27, 2022. He was born in Battle Creek October 8, 1945, the son of Arno and Wilma McClish. When he was 14, his family moved to Colon. Following high school, he worked as a farm hand in the area and he met Rita Roberts at a township dance hall. The two were married April 4, 1964. He began working for H&H Farms. In 1965 he transitioned to Rheems Manufacturing and began his career in welding. He continued his career working at Clarks Manufacturing and Checker Motors before retiring from Bentler in 2011. In his free time, he enjoyed farming, ice fishing, woodworking, and most of all, spoiling his grandchildren. He was preceded in his passing by his parents, sister, and son-in-law Jeff Daughtry. Left to cherish his loving memory is his wife of 57 years, Rita McClish; children Chuck McClish, Sherri Daughtry, Cricket McClish, Rick (Carla) McClish, and Robin (Joe) Peck; 14 grandchildren and 12 grandchildren with one on the way. Visit his page at amsfuneralhomes.com.

Lois A. Minnis, 79, Fulton, passed away March 27, 2022. Lois was born February 17, 1943, the daughter of Fred and Lois (Pansch) Borgens. She loved to quilt, garden, and play Yahtzee. Above all else, Lois was a wonderful mother, and her grandchildren and great grandchildren meant the world to her. Lois is survived by her children, Willard Herbert Minnis of Fulton, LouAnn (Forester) Prater of Fulton, LeAnn Prater of Sherwood and Lori Grinage of Colon; grandchildren Sara Bradford of Battle Creek, Brian (Sheila) Dodson of Schoolcraft, TJ (Samantha) Latta of Indiana, Amanda Hart of Addison, Brady Hallock of Battle Creek and Heather Prater of Sherwood; and 15 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother Steve (Pauline) Borgens of California; sister Sue Dale of Oshtemo; brother-in-law Norman (Lois) Minnis of Fulton; as well as several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Willard, parents, and grandson Matthew. Services have been held. Visit her page at amsfuneralhomes.com. Donations may go to Wakeshma Community Church or the Humane Society of Kalamazoo.

Robert (Bob) Morren, 88, Frostproof, Florida, passed away December 27, 2021. He was born on December 2, 1933 to Willis and Agatha (Van Eck) Morren of Portage. He married the love of his life, Bonnie Jean (Hobson), and served in the U.S. Navy during the Korea War. When he came home, he was a firefighter in Kalamazoo for 28 years. On his days off, he worked his farm in Vicksburg. Bob, Bonnie and their family enjoyed camping all over the USA. He was able to expand his hunting trips to include Montana, Africa, and Alaska. In 1987, Bonnie and Bob moved permanently to Frostproof, Florida. He was preceded in death by wife of 63 years, Bonnie. He is survived by his brother, Dr. Ronald (Diane) Morren; children Sheri (Herbert) DeMeritt, Sue Hoeksema, Steven (Denise) Morren; and a very large and extended family of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Please join the family for a memorial celebration Saturday, June 4, 2022, at 1 p.m. at 8258 Victory Street, Vicksburg. The service will be held at the Learning Center at the Nazarene Indian Lake Campgrounds. All friends, family and colleagues are welcome.

Sylvanus “Skip” Franklin Reed Jr. passed away March 14, 2022. He was born February 20, 1940, in Yankee Springs, the son of Sylvanus Reed Sr. and Maxine Gile. After his father died in the Korean Conflict in 1950, he was raised by his mother, Maxine, and stepfather Leighton Sage. Skip earned a journeyman license and completed his apprenticeship at General Motors of Kalamazoo, working there for 22 years. He was a member of UAW Local 488 and the Kalamazoo Corvette Club. He volunteered with the Mounted Division of Kalamazoo County and worked at the Kalamazoo County Fair. Skip was preceded in death by his parents; stepfather; and brothers James and Kenneth Reed. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Patsy Reed; children Brenda (Mike) Ward and Michael (Dawn) Reed; grandchildren Erik Ward and Jennifer (Jacob) Brechtel; siblings Sandra (Lisa Wilkinson) Griffin, Ronald (Sue) Sage, Bruce (Sheryl) Sage, Wayne (Marcia) Sage, Terry (Laurie Haner) Sage and Kevin (Sun) Sage; nephew Andrew “Andy” Sage; friends of 56 years Linda and Phil Hearld; as well as many dear friends, nieces and nephews. Visit his page at amsfuneralhomes.com. Donations may go to Hospice Centrica Care Navigators.

Rose M. Reiter, Schoolcraft, passed away at home March 22, 2022, with her family by her side. She was born November 29, 1938, in Kalamazoo, the fourth child of Floyd and Eva (Amyotte) Norwood. On June 11, 1958, she married the love of her life, Jay C Reiter. Together they had three daughters. Rose is survived by her loving, devoted husband of 63 years, Jay; three daughters, Theresa O’Leary of Schoolcraft, Diane (Joe) Prior of Schoolcraft, and Christine (Randy) Bennett of Kalamazoo; grandchildren Tyler, Jennifer, and Megan O’Leary, Kimberly (Bryce) Ingram and Michael (Andrea) Prior; great grandchildren Barrett and Bennett Ingram and Presley Prior; and one brother, James (Connie) Norwood. Rose was preceded in death by her parents and siblings Barbara Ellison, Robert Norwood, Mary Lou Hotchkiss, and Richard Norwood. Donations may go to the Schoolcraft Food Pantry c/o Schoolcraft Presbyterian Church. Visit her page at amsfuneralhomes.com.

Virginia Ann Shaw passed away on March 23, 2022 at Maple Lake Assisted Living in Paw Paw. Virginia was born in Muskegon on January 27, 1927, the eighth child of Frank and Mary Cady. Her mother passed away days after her birth, and she was adopted and raised by her aunt and uncle, Merritt and Josie Baxter. Virginia was a homemaker who enjoyed cooking, baking (famous for her sugar cookies), traveling and camping with her husband, Eldyn, and friends, playing games, hunting mushrooms and watching John Wayne movies. She was preceded in death by her husband, Eldyn Shaw, son Ronald Shaw, daughter-in-law Jackie Shaw and her siblings. Surviving is her family, Keith (Cheryl) Shaw, Gordon (Tamara) Shaw, Donald (Jill) Shaw, and daughter-in-law Brenda Shaw, nine grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and nieces and nephews. A celebration of life will be held Saturday, April 30, visitation beginning at 11 a.m. at Gobles United Methodist Church. The service will start at noon and be followed by a luncheon. Donations may go to Centrica Care Navigators hospice. Visit her page at amsfuneralhomes.com.

Michael John Zimmerman, 58, passed away November 23, 2021, at Duke Hospital in Durham, N.C. Michael was born in Vicksburg September 12, 1963, to Theodore and Mary Zimmerman. He enjoyed fishing at Mud Lake and deer hunting. Michael served in the U.S. Army and started his career at Upjohn as a chemical operator. Michael and Wendy were married May 18, 1991, and raised their children Brock and Baileigh. In 2007, his career with Pfizer took him and his family to St. Louis and in 2020, he moved his career with Pfizer to Chapel Hill, N.C. In August of 2021, he was able to take one final road trip in his Chevy Camaro where he was able to see all his old friends. During that trip he was in a bass fishing tournament with his brothers Ken and Steve at Austin Lake. He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Wendy Dempsey-Zimmerman; children Brock and Baileigh, another daughter, Mindy, from his first marriage, and his beloved dachshund, Buddy. He is also survived by his brothers Kenneth (Melody) Zimmerman of Goodrich, Mich. and Steve Zimmerman of Vicksburg. He was preceded in death by his parents. Donations may go to the Duke Cancer Institute Head and Neck Cancers Fund.