Obituaries

Hascall D. Baker, 83, Vicksburg, passed away on December 29, 2021. He was born on October 26, 1938, in Kalamazoo, the son of Hascall Baker and Magda Griffith. On December 17, 1960, Janet and Hascall sealed their love in marriage. They began their family in Vicksburg with three wonderful children: Jeannie, Mike, and Jay. He was preceded in his passing by his parents, Hascall and Magda; his wife, Janet; his sister, Onalee; and daughter in-law Vickie. Left to cherish his loving memory are his children, Jeannie (Robert) Starks, Mike Baker, and Jay Baker; grandchildren Cassie, Nicole, Melissa, Debbie, John and Angel; and 10 great grandchildren. Visit Hascall’s page at amsfuneralhomes.com.

Jeffrey Bell, 73, Schoolcraft, passed away January 24, 2022. He was born August 2, 1948, in Kalamazoo, the son of Ramsay and Virginia Bell. He graduated from Schoolcraft High School in 1966 and married Vicki Darr on February 12, 1972. He earned his teaching degree at WMU and began teaching in Schoolcraft, eventually heading the computer lab and technology department. Concurrently, he partnered with Chandler Garrison to run the Village Cyclery for 42 years. Jeff loved cycling, working on his computers, and spending time with his grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ramsay and Virginia Bell; his brother, James Bell; and his granddaughter, Nora Joyce Bell. Left to cherish his loving memory is his wife of 49 years, Victoria Bell; son and daughter-in-law, Ross and Nikeata Bell; and grandchildren Marti Grace and Nolen Jeffrey. Donations may go to the Schoolcraft Community Schools Scholarship Fund or the Schoolcraft Community Library. A visitation service will be held on Saturday, February 5, 2022, from 2-4 p.m. at Westminster Hall, 224 East Cass Street, Schoolcraft. All are welcome, but masks will be required. Visit his page at amsfuneralhomes.com.

Bernice Mary Dobrowolski, 93, Three Rivers, passed away January 6, 2022 with her family at her side. She was born August 21, 1928 in Vicksburg, the daughter of Vence and Anna (Turek) Penar. Bernice graduated from Vicksburg High School with the class of 1946, and attended Parsons’ Business School, working at the Kalamazoo County Alimony and Probation Department. On September 1, 1951, she married Chester (Chet) Dobrowolski at St. Edward Catholic Church in Vicksburg, and shortly moved to the Dobrowolski family farm where they resided for 70 years. Bernice worked as Park Township deputy treasurer, a receptionist for Griffith Chiropractics, and as a working farm wife. Bernice is survived by Chet, her husband of 70 years; daughters Sally (Jeffrey) Middleton of Three Rivers and Joanne (Keith) Dalgleish of Bloomfield Hills; son John (Gwen) Dobrowolski of East Lansing; grandchildren, Alex (Kerry), Collin, and Lucas (Erin) Middleton; Michael (Catherine) and Jack (Joan) Dalgleish; Stephanie (Nathan) Overholser and John (Fernanda) Dobrowolski Jr.; step-grandchildren Amanda and Alex (Anna) Geml; eight great-grandchildren and five step-great-grandchildren; sister-in-law Maxine Penar; and many nieces and nephews. Bernice was preceded in death by her infant son, Timothy Joseph; parents; brothers William, Stanley and Frank Penar; and an infant sister, Josephine Penar. Donations may go to the Immaculate Conception Parish Education Trust Fund. Visit her page at http://www.hohnerfh.com.

Nancy Joyce Drahos, 85, died peacefully on December 29, 2021 after a long journey with Alzheimer’s disease. She was born in Three Rivers on April 30, 1936, the daughter of Reuel and Elsie (Wadenstorfer) Kaiser. She attended a one-room school in Parkville and went to Mendon High School, graduating in 1953 as the valedictorian of her class. After school she worked at Reed Music in Kalamazoo, where she met her future husband, Robert Drahos. They were married in August, 1955. She was strong, humble, and the backbone of her family. A celebration of Nancy’s life is being planned for spring 2022 by her children and their spouses, Michael (Patricia) Drahos of Sherburne, N.Y., Joel (Karen) Drahos of Webster, Wis., Chris (Craig) Arms of South Haven, and Karen (Rickey) Ray of Vicksburg. Donations may go to the Alzheimer’s Association or the Lakeland Reformed Church. Visit her page at eickhofffuneralhome.com.

Ronald Mark Jarman, 58, Mills River, N.C., formerly of Vicksburg, left his earthly home and entered his heavenly home January 19, 2022. He was born in 1963 in Jacksonville, N.C. Ron was a graduate of Vicksburg High School class of 1981. He was self-employed for many years in the Mills River area. He ran several businesses and worked on numerous industrial repairs for clients around the world. He had a great love for family, friends and his dogs, Mia and Molly, his cats, Callie and Petey and many very good friends. Ron was preceded in death by his grandparents, Roscoe and Ethel Jarman; grandfather Cliford Bryan and grandmother Louie Catherine Baysden. He is survived by his parents, Ron and Maxine Jarman of Mills River, N.C.; siblings Chuck (Kathy) Jarman of Vicksburg and Anne (Neal) Campbell of Fletcher, N.C.; nephew, Charlie (Tara) Jarman of Granite Falls, Wash.; niece, Master Sergeant Penny (Ron) Hinton of Martinsville, Ind.; nephew Michael Jenkins of Horse Shoe, N.C.; great-nieces, Ela Hoffmann of Indiana and Zara and Zadie Jarman of Washington; many aunts, uncles and cousins; and stepdaughter Sabrina Hatfield of Mills River, N.C. He was and always will be Papa Ron to grandson Aaron and twin granddaughters Ariel and Allison. Donations may go to Black Mountain Home for Children.

Kenneth “Kenny” Paul Kalvig, 44, Kalamazoo, died January 17, 2022, from a brain aneurysm. Ken was born on April 28, 1977 to Paul W. and Kathleen (Meyer) Kalvig in Fremont, Ohio. He graduated from Bellevue Senior High School, Bellevue, Ohio, in 1995. He was a business analyst for Whirlpool Corporation. On June 15, 2013, Ken married the girl of his dreams, Rebecca Mattmiller. An avid Ohio State Fan, Kenny enjoyed golfing, cooking, hanging out with family and friends, and just being the life of the party. Above all else, and equal to his love for Becky, he was a wonderful father to Bella, the light of his life. He is survived by his parents, wife, and daughter, Isabelle Sera; sisters Amy Kalvig of Vicksburg, Beth (Andrew) Missler of Vicksburg and Sarah (Aaron) Gruber of Vicksburg); father-in-law John (Phyllis) Mattmiller; and mother-in-law Bobbie Jo Mattmiller. He was godfather to and survived by his niece, Annie Keenan, and nephew, Ryan Gruber. He is also survived by several more nieces and nephews on both sides of the family. Visit his page at langelands.com.

Joyce Carolyn Keyes, 80, Vicksburg, passed away on January 26, 2022. Joyce was born December 19, 1941, to Harold and Rose (Miller) Manley. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother and was well known for her apple fritters and dandelion wine. She was team mom for her kids’ Little League team and participated in the March of Dimes. She enjoyed horse shows, motorcycle races and her 1967 Camaro. Joyce is survived by her husband of 63 years, Roger Keyes; mother-in-law Verna Keyes; children Roxanne Norman (Kevin Bonebright), and Roger (MaryLynn) Keyes II; grandchildren Crystal Norman (Josh Shook), Veronica Norman, and Monique Wilcox; great grandchildren, Evan, Ian, Maddox, and Mallary; and several nieces and nephews. Joyce was preceded in death by her daughter, Julie Anne; parents; father-in-law, Archie Keyes; brothers Bud, Robert, and Victor; and her favorite dog, Rotten. A Celebration of Life event will be held at 11611 Shaver Rd., Schoolcraft, at 4 p.m. on Saturday, February 5, 2022. Donations may go to your local animal shelter. Visit her page at amsfuneralhomes.com.

Peter Fay Mathews II, 61, Schoolcraft, passed away January 16, 2022, at Ascension Borgess Hospital. Peter was born on December 14, 1960 in Sturgis, the son of Peter Fay and Geraldine (Mears) Mathews. He graduated from Schoolcraft High School with the class of 1980. On December 7, 2007, Peter married Johanne Proulx in Centreville. Peter is survived by his wife, Johanne Proulx-Mathews of Schoolcraft; children Mary “Elizabeth” Mathews of Kalamazoo, Peter Fay Mathews III of Cassopolis, Casey (Michael) Biggs of Elizabeth Town, Ky., Patricia Proulx, Caroline St. Pierre, and Tina St. Pierre; parents Peter Fay and Geraldine Mathews; grandchildren Adrianna “Hope”, Andrew, Jayson, Ryan, Connor, McKenzie, Sabrina, Ariane, Constantino, Johnathan and Oliver; siblings Gerry Jo, Sandra, Dianne, Danny, David, and Holly; many uncles, aunts, nieces and nephews; and mother-in-law Evelyn Chapman. Peter was preceded in death by grandparents Fay and Mary Mathews and Bud and Lucille Mears, and a great nephew, Kurtis. Services have been held. Donations may go to the Mathews Family. Visit his page at schipperfuneralhome.com.

Tina D. Noyes, 58, Schoolcraft, passed away on January 2, 2022. She was born on August 23, 1963, in Allegan, the daughter of Robert Polley and Christine Carter. She attended Portage Northern High School. Following high school, she was employed by Meijer. Tina loved spending time outside gardening, and she spoiled her pets more than she spoiled her children. She loved the outdoors, and her favorite hobbies involved exploring, whether it was time spent in a canoe, kayaking, fishing or visiting campgrounds. Tina liked taking day trips just for the sheer enjoyment of riding in the car and listening to music. Tina was preceded in her passing by her parents; siblings Michael Adcock, Danny Adcock, and Marlon Polley; and brother in-law Ron Hardin. Left to cherish her loving memory is her husband, Michael Noyes; her child Carissa Noyes; siblings Crystal Hardin, Gregg Polley, Hope Gibson, Sharon Adcock and Stanley Adcock; nieces and nephews Desiree, Marlon, Auddie, Aubrey, Jacy, Camyren, Arabella and Junior; and fur babies Pe’le, Milo, Otis and Tigger. In accordance with Tina’s wishes, cremation has taken place. Please take a moment to visit Tina’s tribute page at amsfuneralhomes.com and light a candle and share a memory with the family. The Noyes family is being assisted by Avink, McCowen & Secord Funeral Homes, Vicksburg.

Anthony “Tony” P. Sehy, 51, Schoolcraft, passed away on December 15, 2021. He was born November 28, 1970, in Kalamazoo, the son of Paul and Dorothy (Hitzeman) Sehy. He graduated in 1989 from Vicksburg High School where he played football and ran cross country and track. He attended Eastern Michigan University and Kalamazoo Valley Community College. On August 21, 1993, he married Kelly Boyer, and together they raised eight children. He treasured his time with his family and loved attending all the special events of the extended family. For over 30 years, Tony worked as a DJ for many events. He also owned Key Media and was a successful real estate agent for Khoury Real Estate. He was an avid NASCAR fan. He enjoyed playing board games with his family and loved spending time with his children. One of his favorite pastimes was announcing for the Hackett Catholic Prep High School Band. Tony was a hard-working, kind, and generous person. He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Kelly; children Logan (Jewelee) Sehy of Portage, Collin Sehy of Washington, Nathan (fiancée, Zoe Gibbs), of Florida., and Gavin, Ethan, Noel, Holden, and Calista Sehy, all of Schoolcraft. He is also survived by his parents, Paul and Dorothy Sehy, of Ohio; siblings Joe (Cheryl) Saul-Sehy, of Texas, and Nicole (Eric) Meli, of Ohio; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Services have been held. Visit his page at mccowensecord.com. Donations may go to the family c/o Kelly Sehy.

Joyce Darlene Sinclair, 85, passed away on January 23, 2022. She was born on June 23, 1936 in Summitville, Ind. to Willard and Helen Bright. She graduated from Summitville High School in 1954 and began work at the RCA plant in Marion, Ind. In 1961, she married David Dills; they moved to Kalamazoo, where she went to work at Gibson Guitar and later at Hydro-Matic (American Axle) in Three Rivers. In 1998, she married Jim Sinclair; they moved to Cadillac to enjoy their retirement. In 2011, they moved back to Vicksburg to be closer to family. Joyce enjoyed spending time with family and loved when the grands and great grands came to visit. Joyce is survived by children Randy Bright, Deb Bright and Vern Overweg, Pam and Norm Overweg, all of Vicksburg; grandchildren Ryan Bright, Kelly Overweg, Matt Overweg (Katie Mueller), Suzanna (Alec) Iwasko; great grandchildren Emma Overweg, Jackson Vanderband, Claire Vanderband and Blake Iwasko. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews, stepchildren David Sinclair and Nancy (Wayne) Martin and Buddy the cat. She was preceded in death by her husband Jim, parents, brothers Delorn, Jim and Jack Bright and sister Sue Bell Wessel, all of Indiana. A celebration will take place in the spring. Visit her page at amsfuneralhomes.com. Donations may go to South County Community Services and/or Centrica Care Navigators (formerly: Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan).

Leo Swiat, III, 84, Portage, passed away January 23, 2022. He was born to Leo and Marie (Holy) Swiat in Kalamazoo September 29, 1937. Leo graduated from St. Augustine High School in 1955 and graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1959. He served in the United States National Guard for three years. On August 11, 1962, he married DeVon Lohmeyer. Leo was the president of Olmsted & Mulhall, a locally owned investment firm owned by the Swiat family. He served the Catholic Church in many capacities and was active in many organizations in the Kalamazoo area. Leo is survived by his wife, DeVon; children Michael (Jennifer) Swiat, of Ohio, Christopher (Kathy) Swiat, of Maryland, Gregory (fiancée: Ani Oksayan) Swiat, of California, Timothy (fiancée: Rebekah Hudson) Swiat, of Colorado, Monica (Scott) Duprey, of Saginaw, and Jessica (Jason) Asch of Kentucky; 12 grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; many nieces and nephews; one special great niece and two godsons. He was preceded in death by parents Leo and Marie (Holy) Swiat; brothers Richard and Thomas Swiat, and baby brother Leo Jr.; and sisters-in-law Fran and Jetta Swiat. A visitation will be held Thursday, February 10 from 4-7 p.m. at St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church, where a rosary will be held at 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at the church on Friday, February 11 at 11 a.m. Following the service, Leo’s ashes will be buried at Mt Olivet Catholic Cemetery. Visit his page at amsfuneralhomes.com. Donations may go to St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church, Centrica Care Navigator Hospice (formerly known as Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan) or Wounded Warriors.

Robert Dean Tipton, Scotts, passed away at his home on January 15, 2022. He was born on July 19, 1933 in his grandparents’ farmhouse in Westville, Ind. Bob served in the army and was stationed in Korea in 1954. He graduated from Western Kentucky University with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education. His 30-year career in elementary education included teaching 4th-6th grades and physical education, and he spent 17 years as principal of Climax-Scotts Elementary. He played team basketball and later coached. Most of all, he was a loving family man. He enjoyed his home and garden, friends and family get-togethers, fishing and golf. He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Beth; children Nathaniel Tipton, Elizabeth (Ryan) Heath, Craig (Kelli) Tipton, Tracey Tipton (Joe Holzschuh); granddaughters Grace and Joell Tipton; and many beloved nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Cloyd and Ruth (Coulter) Tipton; brothers and sisters-in-law Erwin (Carolyn) Tipton and Charles (Eleanor) Tipton; and nephew Dale Tipton. Cremation has taken place and services have been held. Visit Bob’s webpage at BetzlerLifeStory.com to archive favorite memories, photos and sign his guestbook. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at alz.org or Lending Hands of Michigan.

James A. White, 74, Portage, passed away January 20, 2022. Jim was born in Kalamazoo on May 25, 1947, to Benjamin P. and Lola (Owen) White. Jim was one of the “four J’s” in the family with siblings Jay (Jody), Janice (Thomas), and Joy (Robert); all survive. After high school graduation, Jim became a United States Navy Seabee, with duty in and around Vietnam from 1967 to 1971. Jim was honorably discharged in 1971. He pursued an associate degree from Howard W. Sam’s Technical Institute in Indiana, followed by a bachelor’s degree in bank operations. Jim spent 50 years in construction, working as a construction manager for National Heritage Academy, Elmridge Construction and Monarch Building Services. He married Janice Ann Martin on June 29, 1968. They loved travelling and golfing and had many grand adventures over their 53 years together. Jim and Jan were blessed with two daughters, Kristina (Joseph) Miller, and Cindy (Trent) Hayward. They also welcomed six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren to their growing family. Jim enjoyed membership in the Portage-Brady Freemasons Lodge No. 340 where he was an active member for 26 years. He enjoyed golf, deer and bird hunting, and fishing. He was also a man of faith. Services have been held. Memorial contributions may be made to Portage-Brady Freemasons Lodge #340 Almoners Fund. Visit his page at langelands.com.

Linda Louise Willis, 82, Vicksburg, passed away on January 18, 2022. She was born on June 4, 1939, the daughter of Michael Hoover and Alice Slanker. She graduated from Vicksburg High School in 1957. Following graduation, she began working for the Parchment Paper Company as an office clerk. Over the course of her life, she worked many jobs and retired from the Village of Vicksburg in the 1990s. In 1956, Linda met the love of her life, Frederick Willis Jr., and on June 8, 1957 the two were united in marriage. Together they raised their family in Vicksburg. More than anything, Linda loved her family and committed her life to taking care of them. She was preceded in her passing by her parents and sister Gayl Sims. Left to cherish her loving memory is her husband of 64 years, Frederick Willis Jr.; children Michael (Dawn) Willis, Robby (April) Willis, Michelle (Michael) Fruehauf and Frederick (Angie) Willis III; grandchildren Mitchell, Michael Jr., Chelsea, Cassandra, Chris, Miranda, Joshua, Gabriel and Lily; great-grandchildren Baylee, Trista, Parker and Adalynn; and many dear friends and other family members. In accordance with Linda’s wishes, cremation has taken place and no public services will be held. Memorials made in Linda’s memory may be directed to a charity of your choice. Please take a moment to visit her tribute page at amsfuneralhomes.com and light a candle and share a memory with the family. The Noyes family is being assisted by Avink, McCowen & Secord Funeral Homes, Vicksburg.

Obituaries

Margaret Irene Chapin, 87, Schoolcraft, passed away December 24, 2021 at her home. Margaret (Margie) was born March 26, 1934, to Frank and Maude (Heath) Fuller in Avoca, Michigan. She graduated from Schoolcraft High School in 1952 and married Irvin N. Chapin in 1954. She worked as a journalist and writer for the Vicksburg Commercial and the Schoolcraft Express and raised five children who survive her: Debra Hilsbos, Lori Michael, Scott Chapin, Dana Wiley and Pam Krieg. She also is survived by 25 grandchildren, multiple great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by siblings Francis, Gerald, Ralph, Harvey and Calvin Fuller and Shirley Smithe. She attended KVCC and was interested in genealogy. She was also a member of the Schoolcraft Ladies Library Association and the Schoolcraft United Methodist Church. She managed Lakeland Reformed Church’s South County Clothing Shop for almost 20 years. She enjoyed gardening, antiques, canning and freezing, quilting, ceramics and basket weaving. A public memorial service will be held at a later date. Donations may go to the Schoolcraft United Methodist Church.

Nancy Jane Cohrs, 64, Charlotte, Michigan, formerly of Vicksburg, passed away suddenly on December 9, 2021. She was born in Vicksburg, on October 12, 1957, to Fred Robert and Maxine Muir Cohrs. Nancy graduated from Vicksburg High School, attended MSU, and worked for 41 years at Meijer Distribution Centers in Lansing. Nancy was dearly loved by her family and friends. She expressed her love through loyalty, generous gifts, and volunteering. Her cheerful sense of humor during even the toughest times made those around her feel important, loved, and special. Nancy was devoted to her nieces and nephews, whom she treated as her own children. The family will remember her with love and laughter, and with a commitment to honor her warmth, strength, determination and work ethic. Nancy was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, William Robert Cohrs. She is survived by siblings and in-laws Fred and Ann Cohrs of Springfield, Virginia, Dan Cohrs of Vancouver, B.C., Mary Ann (Cohrs) and Phillip Weaver of Caledonia, Mich., Tim and Linda Cohrs of Kalamazoo, and Susan Cohrs of Coppell, Texas, and by her best friend of 40 years, Charlene R. Crabtree of Charlotte. Nancy’s nieces and nephews include Jeff Cohrs, Laura (Cohrs) Anthony, Philip Cohrs, Suzanne (Cohrs) Rogers, Daniel Cohrs, Mark Cohrs, Phillip Weaver, Matthew Weaver, twelve great nieces and nephews, numerous cousins, and many more loved ones. Family and friends will gather to celebrate Nancy’s life in the summer of 2022.

Charles Edward Goodwin, 79, Vicksburg, passed away on December 10, 2021. Charles “Chuck” was born on June 22, 1942, in Paris, Ill., the son of Robert and Berniece (Ward) Goodwin. He graduated from Paris High School. After high school he became a system analyst programmer in the banking industry. He retired from First Source Bank. Charles married Kathy Harding on July 2, 1982, in Muncie, Ind. Kathy learned that she ranked third in Chuck’s life behind fishing and watching college basketball. Chuck was very proud of his two children. He was a lover of wildlife and his pet cats and dogs. Chuck will be remembered by his family as a social jokester and storyteller, but most of all being a good husband, father, and grandfather. Charles Goodwin is survived by his wife of 39 years, Kathy; daughter Dawna Bird of Indiana; five grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. He is also survived by a brother, Larry (Carolyn) Goodwin of Illinois. Charles was preceded in death by a son, Douglas Goodwin, and his parents, Robert and Berniece Goodwin. Visit his page at mccowensecord.com. Donations may go to Centrica Care (formerly Hospice Care of SWMI).

Derek J. Guthrie, 46, Vicksburg, passed away on December 21, 2021. He was born January 28, 1975 in Kalamazoo, the son of Reubin and Linda (Nash) Guthrie. In 1994, he graduated from Three Rivers High School and attended Glen Oaks Community College before going to the police academy at Kalamazoo Valley Community College. He worked for the St. Joseph County Reserve and the Centreville Police Department before working for Vicksburg in 2017. He served as a patrol officer, ran the reserve unit, and was also a school resource officer for Vicksburg Schools. Derek and Angie were married on January 12, 2001. Their family grew to include two children, Summer and Bryce, in addition to Derek’s daughter from a previous relationship, Kasmin. Derek is survived by his wife of 20 years, Angie; children Kasmin, Summer and Bryce Guthrie; his mother, Linda Guthrie of Constantine; siblings Melissa (Joseph) Long of Constantine and Jessi McCarroll of California; his mother-in-law; brothers and sisters-in-law Peter and Karen Asakevich of Kalamazoo, Patrick (Rachel) Asakevich, of Watervliet, Christopher Rousch of Battle Creek; aunt and uncle Steven Nash, of Constantine and Mary Nash of Vicksburg; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Pyper Elizabeth in 2002, father Reubin and his grandparents, Otto and Pauline Nash. Services have been held. Visit his page at amsfuneralhomes.com. Donations may go to the Village of Vicksburg Shop with a Cop.

Janet K. Haas, 80, Vicksburg, passed away on December 21, 2021. Jan was born on November 5, 1941, in Marcellus, the daughter of Walter and Lovella Haas. Jan loved her pets and all living creatures. She was passionate about her faith and regularly attended mass at St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church. She served her church many times as an altar server. Jan loved the Vicksburg community and enjoyed going to local diners to be around people. She will be remembered by those that knew her as social, faithful, loving, and a little outspoken at times. Janet is survived by her sister Barb Haas, of Vicksburg, several cousins, and her pets. She was preceded in death by her parents Walter and Lovella Haas and two sisters, Mary Ann Haas and Adeline Dewing.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, January 5, 2022 at 11 a.m. at St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church, 5855 East W Ave, Vicksburg. A visitation will be held from 10-11 a.m. that day at the church. A burial of Janet’s ashes at Mount Ever-Rest Memorial Gardens will follow. Visit her page at amsfuneralhomes.com. Donations may go to St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church.

Rollin Hildebrand Jr, 95, Vicksburg, passed away on December 17, 2021. Rollin was born in LaGrange, Ind. October 1, 1926 to Rollin Sr. and Bessie (Weirch) Hildebrand. After graduating from Vicksburg High School, Rollin married Mary Lou Miller on June 6, 1947. Rollin owned and operated R. Hildebrand Builders and was a church pastor. He enjoyed photography, hunting, fishing, reading, traveling, and was a Kiwanis Club member. Rollin is survived by his wife of 74 ½ years, Mary Lou; daughters Linda (Bob) Mohr of Lawton, Sharon Richey of Vicksburg, Sue (Dale) Arndt of Scotts and Lynn (Bill) McCarty of Vicksburg; nine grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren; sisters Virginia Bogema of Schoolcraft, Ruth Fritz, of Pennsylvania, and Margaret (Richard) Fifer of Florida; sister and brother-in-law Joyce Hildebrand of Vicksburg and Mike (Jan) O’Halloran of Galesburg. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Howard (Maribel) and Robert Hildebrand; and brothers-in-law Albert Fritz and Bill Bogema. Visit his page at mccowensecord.com. Donations may go to ChapNaz Church or Generous Hands.

DeMaris Elaine Holmes passed away December 18, 2021. DeMaris was born January 14, 1938 in Three Rivers to Arlo and Hazel (Shingledecker) Schug. She moved to Schoolcraft as a young girl and graduated from Schoolcraft High School in 1955. She went to work in the office of Latex Compounders. In 1956, she married her classmate, Leonard Holmes. The first three years of their marriage they lived in California where Leonard was stationed with the Navy. After his discharge, they returned to live near Schoolcraft. DeMaris worked for 25 years as a seasonal greenhouse worker. She enjoyed crafts, needlework, gardening, and reading. For several years she delivered meals on wheels. Dee and Leonard were members of several square dance clubs and attended many national conventions. After retirement, they spent winters on the Gulf Coast in Alabama. She was a member of the Schoolcraft United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women. She enjoyed watching her sons and grandchildren in both school and sporting events. After 60 years of marriage, Leonard preceded her in death in 2016. Surviving are her sons Steven (Chris) Holmes and Gregory (Nancy) Holmes; grandchildren Ashley Holmes and Bryan Holmes; brother Lloyd (Nancy) Schug; brother-in-law Gordon (Martha) Miller; and many cousins and extended family. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Donations may go to Schoolcraft United Methodist Church (Building Fund). Visit her page at langelands.com.

Laurie A. Ivens, 59, Vicksburg, passed away on November 28, 2021. She was born April 19, 1962, in Vicksburg, the daughter of Bernard and Janet (Hambright) Foster. Laurie graduated from Vicksburg High School with the class of 1980. She was blessed with three children, Melissa, Shaina, and Josh. She worked as a subcontractor in telecommunications at Upjohn Company, then for over 20 years as a technician for CTS. Laurie enjoyed reading, knitting, playing dice and solitaire, and tending to her yard. For 20 years, Laurie enjoyed a loving relationship with Roy Schoonhoven. Roy passed away in 2020, shortly before they were to marry. She is survived by her children, Melissa (Michael) Snyder of Vicksburg, Shaina (Jamal) Collins of Kalamazoo, and Josh Ivens of Vicksburg; 10 grandchildren, Xzavier, Zoey, Skyler, Ace, Sandy, Chevontae, Armani, Camila, Carter and Cassavelie. She is also survived by her father, Bernie Foster, of Portage; and siblings Sonda Vickery of Kalamazoo and Randy (Linda) Foster of Vicksburg. She was preceded in death by her mother, Janet Foster, and fiancée, Roy Schoonhoven. Services have been held. Visit her page at mcccowensecord.com. Donations may go to the family c/o Bernie Foster.

Anthony “Tony” P. Sehy, 51, Schoolcraft, passed away on December 15, 2021. He was born November 28, 1970, in Kalamazoo, the son of Paul and Dorothy (Hitzeman) Sehy. He graduated in 1989 from Vicksburg High School where he played football and ran cross country and track. He attended Eastern Michigan University and KVCC. On August 21, 1993, he married Kelly Boyer, and together they raised eight children. For over 30 years, Tony worked as a DJ. He also owned Key Media and was a successful real estate agent. He loved NASCAR and board games. One of his favorite pastimes was announcing for the Hackett Catholic Prep High School Band. Tony was a hard-working, kind, and generous person. He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Kelly; children Logan (Jewelee) Sehy of Portage, Collin Sehy of Washington, Nathan (fiancée, Zoe Gibbs), of Florida., and Gavin, Ethan, Noel, Holden, and Calista Sehy, all of Schoolcraft. He is also survived by his parents, Paul and Dorothy Sehy, of Ohio; siblings Joe (Cheryl) Saul-Sehy, of Texas, and Nicole (Eric) Meli, of Ohio; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Visit his page at mccowensecord.com. Donations may go to the family c/o Kelly Sehy.

Cathy Vanatti, 63, Vicksburg, passed away December 15, 2021. Cathy was born March 5, 1958, the daughter of Wayne and Dora (Warner) Coble. Cathy worked for Eaton Corporation until it shut its doors and then worked for FEMA. She was known for her Sunday family dinners. She loved bowling, golfing, and Lions football. Cathy is survived by her children, Stephanie (Joseph) Bragg, Heather (Michael) Adkins, Matthew Wolfe, Heidi Stevens, and Naomie Wolfe; grandchildren Anthony, Alexia and Adriel Younger, Chase Chmiel, and Asher, Alton and Aiden Bragg; sisters, Donna Coble and Nancy (Don) Roberts; and nieces and a nephew. Cathy was preceded in death by her parents, Wayne and Dora (Warner) Coble, and her husband, Roger Wolfe. Visit her page at mccowensecord.com.

Timothy A. Wolf, Mattawan, formerly of Vicksburg, passed away December 20, 2021, at his home. Tim was born January 14, 1978, in Kalamazoo, the son of Michael and Waneta (Kershner) Wolf. Tim grew up in Vicksburg and attended Vicksburg Community Schools, graduating in 1996. Growing up, he loved soccer, football, swimming, and camping. As he grew older, he enjoyed motorcycles, golf, and grilling. Tim was employed the past 11 years at Parker Aerospace. In 2014, Tim reconnected with his high school classmate, Amanda Wynn. On April 7, 2021, Tim was united in marriage to Amanda, who survives. Also surviving are his stepson, Mason Gilkey; parents Michael and Nita Wolf; brother and sister, Christopher (Bethany) Wolf and Beth (Jason) Boogholt; parents-in-law Ken and Sue Wynn; sister and brother-in-law, Dana (Andy) Cooper and Sean (Liz) Wynn; several nieces and nephews; and fur babies Chubbs and Cash. Services have been held. Donations may go to the SPCA of Southwest Michigan. Visit his page at langelands.com.

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David C. Cross, Brooksville, Fla., formerly of Vicksburg, passed away Oct. 8 in Kalamazoo with his daughter by his side. David was born April 8, 1943 in Kenton, Ohio, the son of Zenabelle and Charles Cross. He was raised in Sunberry, Ohio, alongside brothers Duane and Arthur. He graduated from Big Walnut High School in 1961. After high school, David enlisted in the Army where he served for three years. While on leave, he met his wife of 54 years, Carol. They had two children, Karen and Timothy. They moved in 1980 to Vicksburg where the family started a small farm. David worked at Upjohn for 25 years. He was the supervisor of granulating (dry products). After David retired, he invested his time in the outdoors, the farm, his children and grandchildren. He loved to go fishing, camping, hunting, and golfing. David was preceded in death by his wife, Carol, and parents Zenabelle Philippe and Charles Cross. He is survived by his children, Karen (Rick) Clipfell and Timothy (Deborah) Cross; brothers Duane and Arthur Cross; nine grandchildren, six great grandchildren and one on the way.

Joyce A. Fink, 92, Vicksburg, passed away on November 8, 2021. Joyce was born July 30, 1929 in Ottawa Lake, Mich. the daughter of Albert and Florence (Dunbar) Jacobs. She was married to the love of her life, Wilbert Fink, and they raised five children. She was a faithful member of Lord of Life Lutheran Church. She enjoyed 70 years of friendship with the ladies of the Mother’s Club in Vicksburg. While her children were growing, she was a den mother for the Cub Scouts, and a Kalamazoo County 4H leader. She enjoyed puzzles and sudoku. Joyce loved her family very much and will be remembered as being strong, independent, kind, loving, faith-based and selfless. Joyce is survived by her five children, Jolaine (David) Snyder of Three Rivers, William (Candice) Fink, of Ohio, Dale (Debra) Fink of Scotts, Robert (Renee) Fink of Scotts, and Elaine (Brad) Burdge of Florida.; 10 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilbert. Visit her page at mccowensecord.com. Donations may go to Melanoma Research Rogel Cancer Center c/o Dr. Lao.

Robert Gettys, 70, Battle Creek, passed away November 2, 2021. Bob was born in Kalamazoo on December 30, 1950, the son of Robert and Nanny Colleen (Golliday) Gettys. On June 25, 1999, he married Pamela Reinbold, who survives. Bob proudly served in the US Army. He worked for many years at Harbor Lite in Vicksburg, driving a fork-lift. Bob enjoyed horseshoes and playing cards or cribbage. He loved candy and liked hiding it so others wouldn’t know where to find it. In his younger days, Bob played baseball. He also enjoyed old western and action movies. Besides his wife, he is survived by his children, Jeff Gettys of Vicksburg, Jason (Michelle Hammel) Gettys of Comstock, Alicia (Larry) Towery of Battle Creek, and Chelcie Gettys of Colorado; grandchildren Ryan, Anthony, Tyler, Hannah, Jay, Kenna, Emma and Kylie; great-grandchildren, Kayden, and Madilyn; brothers, Dennis (Lisa) Gettys, Dan Gettys, Gordon “Dee” Gettys; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents; grandson Justin; a sister, Diane; brothers Leonard, Tom, Jerry and Joe; and many friends. Donations may go to the American Heart Association.

Joyce E. Harber, 94, Vicksburg, passed away on November 30, 2021. Joyce was born in Kalamazoo on April 26, 1927, the daughter of Allen and Nellie (Blue) Venhuis. She met Lloyd Harber and they were married on November 7, 1947, in Vicksburg. For 16 winters, Joyce and Lloyd enjoyed their time in Mission, Texas. She enjoyed reading and doing puzzles. Joyce is survived by two children, Norma Manley and Jim Harber, both of Vicksburg; son-in-law Richard Mays of Otsego; grandchildren Matt and Josh Harber, both of Kalamazoo, Jennifer (Shane) Cassel of Grand Rapids and Rich Mays of Scotts; five great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd, daughter Nancy Mays, parents and a sister, Betty. Visit her page at mccowensecord.com.

Ronald Edward Lee, 71, Kalamazoo, passed away October 20, 2021. Ron was born in Battle Creek December 12, 1949, the son of Donald C. Lee and Irene J. (Idalski) Lee. After graduating from Harper Creek High School, Ron studied criminal justice at KVCC. He worked for the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety for 33 years. He and his first wife of nine years, Linda Rook, had one son, Jason. Ron married his second wife, Nancy Palmer, and had two children, Jonathan and Jessica. He loved dogs, history, the Packers, and the Yankees. He never missed coffee with the boys at Yogi’s. Donations may go to the Kalamazoo Promise or the K9s of Valor Foundation. Visit his page at avinkcremation.com.

Gayle Leone (Applegate) Miller, 84, Vicksburg, passed away November 17, 2021. Gayle was born in Woodburn, Ind., September 16, 1937 to Deoh and Emily Applegate. She graduated from the Battle Creek School of Nursing in 1957. Howard and Gayle were high school sweethearts, marrying in 1956. Gayle was a nurse at War Memorial Hospital and Vicksburg Hospital. She was an avid baker and canner, a curious conversationalist, a prankster, a good listener, and devoted to the Lord. She loved games, puzzles, crafts, gardening, and watching birds. She was preceded in death by her parents, Deoh and Emily Applegate; siblings Bob (Cleo) Applegate, Janette (Earl) Lee and Marjorie (Bob) Mowry. Gayle is survived by her husband, Howard Wayne Miller; brother Aaron (Barb) Applegate; children Tim (Linda) Miller, Karen Miller, Laura (Dave) Crotser and Matt (Sue) Miller; grandchildren, Sarah (Jeff) Day, Jacob (Misty) Miller, Emily Miller, Kacie (Patrick) Hook, Joe (Bekah) Miller, Erin, Daniel, Luke and Emma Miller; and great grandchildren Angela, Korey, Sydney, Joslyn, and CJ Miller. Donations may go to SCCS or Daily Bread Devotional. Visit her page at mccowensecord.com.

Mary Louise Nemire, 93, Mendon, died November 23, 2021 at her home. She was born in Kalamazoo March 23, 1928, the daughter of the late Benjamin and Jean ((Herbstriet) Barton. She was married to Daniel W. Nemire November 4, 1946 in Kalamazoo. They resided in the Kalamazoo-Vicksburg area where he worked at Upjohn, and she was a homemaker and cake baker for special celebrations. She was a member of the Wakeshma Community Church and enjoyed travel. Mary is survived by her children, Daniel Nemire of Mendon, Don Nemire of Three Rivers, Rick (Julie) Nemire of Mendon, Deanna (Ken) Hazard and Judith (Bob) VanLaan, both of Kalamazoo; 15 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, daughter Marigail Roseboom and sisters, Winifred Ruth Gross, Barbara Jean Barton and Martha Milham. Services have been held. Donations may go to the Kalamazoo Gospel Mission or Kindred Hospice. Visit her page at eickhofffuneralhome.com.

Pamela Joy Sinkler-Borger, 67, Vicksburg, died October 29, 2021, at Ascension Borgess Hospital. She was born in Hastings March 1, 1954, the daughter of the late Keith and Sarah Sinkler. Pam was a retired factory worker who enjoyed family, going up north, quilting, sewing, and country music. She was a member of the Christian Motorcyclist Association. Pam is survived by her husband of 25 years, Rodney Borger; children Kathy (Chris) Wagy of Kalamazoo, Amy (Jason) Carter of Peru, Ind., Stacy (Tim) Waters of Delton, Sabrina (Dave) Stamper of Three Rivers, Rodger Borger of Schoolcraft, Roy (Violet) Smith of New Mexico, and Tommie (Kristy) Platz of Schoolcraft; siblings Joe (Jan) Sinkler, Teresa (Jim) Raymond, Brian (Jeanne) Sinkler, and Dennis Sinkler; grandchildren Christian, Travis (Eden), Ryan, Gregory, Jasper, Jocelyn, Sadie, Tyler, Makayla, Layne, Landon, Destinee, Isis, Keetin, Kerissa, Logan, and Tye; great-grandchildren Matthew, Raeleigh, Bretton, Jaela, Jazmyn, Korbyn and another on the way; and lots of nieces and nephews. Visit her page at mccowensecord.com. Donations may go to the family c/o Stacy Waters.

David Yeck Sr., 78, passed away suddenly on October 28, 2021. David was born in Ludington on February 5, 1943, the son of George and Madeline (Klopfenstein) Yeck. David loved to spend his free time duck and goose hunting. He enjoyed bluegill fishing with anyone, and walleye fishing with his wife, Lynn, after they moved onto the St. Joseph River. He was involved in coaching sports for his children and the community. He always made time for his kids and helped them any way he could to improve or be successful in their endeavors, whether it was sports, hunting or life itself. David was an avid Kalamazoo Wings, Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Lions and Detroit Tigers fan. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Lynn (Klein) Yeck; children David Yeck, Andrea (Donald) Creager, and Christopher (Camille) Yeck of Mattawan; grandchildren Jacob and Elizabeth Yeck, Coleman and Amelia Creager, and Elianna and Lachlan Yeck; sister Margaret Mary (Yeck) Overman; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded is death by his parents and sister Carol Ann (Yeck) Montgomery. Donations may go to the Kirk Gibson Foundation for Parkinson’s Disease Research or Delta Waterfowl. Visit his page at avinkcremation.com.