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Obituaries Archives for 2015-03

Lawrence Stanley Kotecki of Big Rapids

Lawrence Stanley Kotecki, 74, of Big Rapids, passed away on Wednesday, March 25, 2015. He was born on July 22, 1940 in Ludington, the son of Stanley and Gertrude (Bruesch) Kotecki. He lived in the Muskegon area most of his life. After graduating from Muskegon Catholic Central he served in the Army National Guard. On June 22, 1963 he married the love of life, Judy Gillard. Together they raised four children.

Larry worked as a skilled machinist until he retired and moved to Big Rapids. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and loved to play cribbage. He was known for his incredible and funny stories of life and growing up with his amusing family and friends. He will be missed by many.

He was preceded in death by his wife Judy on March 2, 2002. He is survived by his daughters, Terri (Ray) Peterson, Pat Muskovin, Lynda (Scott) Madariaga, and son, Phillip (Kelly) Kotecki; eight grandchildren, Jeff, Eric, Kirstin, Chris, Kelly, Paige, Antonio, and Blake; brothers, Ralph (Judy) Kotecki, Dennis Kotecki; one sister, Annette (Ron) Krehn; as well as many nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.

Funeral Services will be 11:00 am, Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Spring Lake. A celebration of Larry’s life will be 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at his brother, Ralph's, home 3408 E Ellis Rd, Muskegon, MI 49444. In Lieu of flowers the family is requesting donations to Larry's favorite charity, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

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Patricia Ann Barnes of Reed City

Patricia Ann Barnes of Reed City passed away Wednesday, March 18, 2015 in Grand Rapids. She was 79.

 

She was born June 28, 1935 in Muskegon to Robert and Marjory (Barr) Larabee and was raised in the Muskegon area. On May 2, 1964 she was married in Muskegon to John William Barnes who survives. Patricia and John made their life together in Ravenna for over 22 years before moving to the Reed City area and lived together for the remainder of her life. She attended the Dover Baptist Church of Bristol and loved to fish, camp, and knit. She is survived by her husband John Barnes, children Jack, Ken, Ted, Cathy, Steve, Luann, Virginia, Cindy, and John William Jr., and sisters Sue (Don) Fink and Nancy Albright. She was preceded in death by her parents Robert and Marjory Larabee, and a brother Robert Larabee.

 

A memorial service will be held 11:00 A.M. Monday, March 30, 2015 at the Dover Baptist Church in Bristol with Rev. Ron Ruark officiating. In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation may be given in her name to the Barnes family.

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William L. Buck of Hersey

William L. “Bill” Buck, age 70 of Hersey, passed away Thursday, March 26, 2015 at Metron of Big Rapids. He was born November 30, 1944 in Arbyrd, MO, the son of Orville and Wilma (Brown) Buck. Bill was employed by the Sparta Foundry for many years, retiring in 1989.

He married Marjorie Anderson in 1986. Bill and Marjorie moved to the Hersey area in 1991 to make their home. He worked for Patterson Flowers for 14 years. Bill enjoyed camping, traveling to the U.P., and watching stock-car and truck races.

He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Marjorie Buck of Hersey; four children, William (Danna Dingman) Buck of Grant, Steven Buck of Grand Rapids, Joshua (Julia) Buck of Sheridan and Victoria (Reid) Sherwood of Newaygo; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a sister, Teresa Best of Big Rapids.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents.

A private family memorial service will take place at a later date.

Contributions in Bill’s name may be given to his family or to the Animal Rescue Coalition. Envelopes are available at Daggett-Gilbert Funeral Home in Big Rapids.

 

 

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58-year-old Lynn J. Garchow of Chippewa Lake

Lynn J. Garchow, age 58 of Chippewa Lake, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at his home. He was born October 24, 1956 in Mt. Pleasant, the son of Delbert and Ila (Stockwell) Garchow. Lynn graduated from Chippewa Hills High School in 1975. He later attended Mid-Michigan Community College for two years. Lynn married Jacqueline Priest in 1995. He loved the outdoors; especially hunting and farming. Lynn would always lend a helping hand to those in need.


He is survived by his life partner and wife of 40 years, Jacqueline Garchow of Chippewa Lake; a step-son, Bob Dyer of Chippewa Lake; two children, Shawn Riley of Sears and Shawn Lynn Garchow of Barryton; five grandchildren, Chelsea, Emily, Jacob, Nathaniel and Maddison; two brothers, Steve (Diane) Garchow of Rodney and Donald Garchow of Barryton; sister, Bonnie (Scott) Langworthy of Barryton; uncle, Jim (Deana) Stockwell of Evart; aunt, Geraldine Harpster of Clare; many nieces and nephews.

 

Lynn was preceded in death by his parents.
The family will greet friends 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Monday, March 30, 2015 at the Daggett Funeral Home in Barryton. Lynn will be laid to rest at Chippewa Lake Cemetery.


Memorial contributions in Lynn’s name may be made to the Daggett Funeral Home.

 

 

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Brenda Louise Steiner of Big Rapids

Brenda Louise Steiner, 54, of Big Rapids passed away on Thursday, March 26, 2015 at home in the presence of her loving family after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born February 26, 1961 in Big Rapids, the daughter of Harry and Neva (Blood) Steiner. Brenda graduated from Morley Stanwood High School. Following high school she attended Great Lakes Bible College for two years then cared for her paternal grandparents for three years. Brenda worked at K-Mart for 26 years then Menards until September 2014.

She is survived by Brad Bloxsom, her husband, two daughters; Hannah Bloxsom of Big Rapids, Chloe (Kyle) Roush of Middleville, one son; Isaac Bloxsom at home, her father, Harry (Beverly) Steiner of Stanwood, mother-in-law, Beverly Bloxsom of Big Rapids, three brothers; Todd (Amy) Steiner of Big Rapids, Karl (Michelle) Steiner of Big Rapids and Gary (Wendy) Steiner of Illinois, brother-in-law Mark L. Bloxsom, sister-in-law and Julia E. (Corey) Phelps; plus several nieces and one nephew.

Funeral service will be 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at the Rogers Heights Christian Church with Pastor Scott Davidson officiating. Brenda's family will greet friends from 10 a.m. until time of service. Memorial contributions may be made in Brenda’s name to the Rogers Heights Christian Church.

 

 

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Michael C. Jones of Big Rapids

Michael C. “Mike” Jones, age 63 of Big Rapids, passed away Monday, March 23, 2015 at his home. He was born February 6, 1952 in Lansing, the son of Paul and Mavis (Lovejoy) Jones. Mike was raised in Eaton Rapids where he attended high school. He was employed by General Motors for 32 years until he retired. Mike collected Camel products and enjoyed watching football and wrestling.

He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather and he will be greatly missed. Mike is survived by his wife, Donna Jones of Big Rapids; two children both formerly of Charlotte, Bruce (Phia Kidder) Jones of TX and Amy Jones of TN; four step-children, Heather (Brian Lewis) Papranec of Eaton Rapids, Andy Papranec of Eaton Rapids, Adam (Crystal) Papranec of Eaton Rapids and Heidi (Matthew) Williams of Vermontville; eight grandchildren, Trent Hurd, Barrett, Gabrielle, Grace and Adam “AJ” Papranec, Marcus Papranec, Caleb and Clara Williams; brother, Clifford (Peg) Jones of Charlotte; sister, Sandra (Marty) Bodell of Eaton Rapids; many nieces and nephews; and the mother of his children, Palmoneada Hall Jones of Eaton Rapids.

He was preceded in death by his parents; stepmother, Maxine Larkins Jones; and brother, Robert Jones.

The family will greet friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, March 26, 2015 at the Daggett-Gilbert Funeral Home in Big Rapids. Mike will be laid to rest at South Grant Center Cemetery in Big Rapids.

A memorial gathering will also take place from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday, March 27, 2015 at Skinner Funeral Homes in Eaton Rapids.
Memorial contributions may be made in Mike’s name to Susan P. Wheatlake Regional Cancer Center or to his wife, Donna Jones.
 

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Ronald L. Selfridge of Chippewa Lake

Ronald L. Selfridge of Chippewa Lake, age 76, passed away Saturday, March 21, 2015. He was born November 2, 1938 in Lansing, son of Howard and Eleanor (Nicolai) Selfridge. Ron graduated from Lansing Eastern High School in 1958 and was a member of their three-time state championship cross country team. The 1956 team was inducted into the Lansing Sports Hall of Fame in 1991. Ron was honorably discharged from the United States Army in 1961.

He married Alice Fowler on August 3, 1963. They made their homes in Flint and Lansing, later moving to rural Ionia where they raised their family. Ron worked as an electrical salesman for Michigan Electric, Michigan Brass, and Medler Electric.

After retiring, Ron and Alice moved to Chippewa Lake. Ron loved life on the lake including fishing and boating; he had a keen eye and artistic appreciation for Nature in his photography. Ron was known for his outgoing personality, great sense of humor, and generous spirit. He was a man of “small world” experiences, and people he met were never strangers for long. He cherished his family and considered friends as extended family.

Ron served as a Chippewa Township Trustee and was a devout member of the Reed City Church of the Nazarene.

He is survived by his beloved wife Alice of Chippewa Lake; three children, Christine (Sam) Simonetta of Deerton, MI, Cindy (Loren) Bryant of Mitchell, SD, Kevin Selfridge of Chino Hills, CA; four grandchildren, Danielle, Cassi, Amanda, and Sierra Selfridge, and several nieces and nephews. Ron was preceded in death by his parents, brother Robert Selfridge, and special cousin Larry Selfridge.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, March 26 at the Reed City Church of the Nazarene (220th Patterson Ave.) with Pastor Chris DeMott officiating. The family will greet friends on Wednesday, March 25 from 2:00 - 4:00 pm and 6:00 - 8:00 pm also at the church.

Memorial contributions in Ron’s name may be made to the Reed City Church of the Nazarene where they will be directed to Youth Programs and the Shepherd’s Table.

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Frank Winter of Big Rapids

Frank E. “Buz” Winter, 84, of Big Rapids,died peacefully at home on Friday, March 20, 2015. He was born on July 31, 1930 in Big Rapids, the son of Raymond M. and Pearl E. (Young) Winter.

Frank graduated from Big Rapids High School in 1948. He married Monai M. Lyle in 1950. In April of 1951 Frank enlisted in the United States Air Force. He served for 25 years achieving the rank of Chief Master Sergeant. Following retirement he returned to Big Rapids where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration at Ferris State He then worked for MOISD where he set up the truancy program and was supervisor of transportation.

Frank’s interests were fishing, hunting, wood working and family cookouts. He had a massive collection of elephants. Frank loved college football, the Tigers and wintering in the south.

He is survived by Monai, his wife of 64 years, five children, Michael (Cindy) Winter of St. Anthony, MN, Thomas(Debbie) Winter of Lawrence, MI, Peter(Brenda) Winter of Paris, MI, Marian(Tom) Benedict of Big Rapids and Russell (Michelle) Winter of Howell, MI; 14 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. Also surviving are five brothers and sisters, Ellen Murphy of Whitehall, Donna Winter, Katie Martz and Diane (Gene) Bongard, all of Big Rapids, Stephen (Cheryl) Winter of Grosse Point, plus brother-in-law Richard (Sara) Mursch of North Carolina.


Frank was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Marian Mursch, brothers-in-law, Raymond Hernandez, John Murphy and Alvin Martz.

Graveside services for Frank will be announced at a later date.

 


 

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Emily E. Gallourakis of Big Rapids

Emily E. Gallourakis, age 17 of Big Rapids, passed away unexpectedly Monday, March 16, 2015 in Grand Rapids. She was born November 1, 1997 in Grand Rapids, the daughter of Jeff and Julie (Elliott) Gallourakis. Emily attended the Big Rapids Public Schools.

She enjoyed playing sports; softball, basketball, volleyball and her greatest passion was hockey. Emily began playing hockey for BRAJHA at the age of four and continued through the Pee Wee level. She loved the outdoors; going to the beach, skim boarding at the beach, snowboarding and camping. Emily also had a desire to care for animals.

She is survived by her parents, Jeff and Julie Gallourakis of Big Rapids; brother, Nate Gallourakis of Big Rapids; paternal grandparents, John and Ellen Gallourakis of Canadian Lakes; maternal grandparents, Carlton and Nancy Elliott of Imlay City; seven aunts and uncles, Jason Gallourakis and Edwin Beltran of Columbus, OH, Janalyn and Robert Pemberton of Imlay City, Janaye and John Shack of Imlay City and Mary Elliott of Shelby Township; six cousins, Sydney and Robbie Pemberton, Ava Shack, Joe, John and Caterina Elliott.

Emily was preceded in death by her uncle, Dean Elliott.

Funeral services will take place 11:00 a.m. MONDAY, March 23, 2015 at the Daggett-Gilbert Funeral Home in Big Rapids with Reverend Rebecca Morrison officiating. The family will greet friends 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. SATURDAY, March 21st at the funeral home. Emily will be laid to rest at Highland View Cemetery in Big Rapids.

Memorial contributions may be made in Emily’s name to the Animal Rescue Coalition of Mecosta County, 18400 220th Avenue, Big Rapids, MI, 49307 or to her family.

 

 

 

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Phillip Arthur Stinson of Reed City

Phillip Arthur Stinson of Reed City passed away Monday, March 16, 2015 at Spectrum Health-Reed City Hospital. He was 72. He was born December 27, 1942 in St. Paul, MN to Clifford and Evelyn (Urie) Stinson. He attended school in Detroit and was a 1960 graduate of Cody High School. On December 28, 1977 he was married in Hersey to Vickie Florence Jones who passed away in 2010. He was employed for 30 years with Evart Products as a Product Control Manager and also owned and operated Grandma’s Kiddie Care with his wife Vickie for 25 years. Mr. Stinson was a member of both the United Methodist Church in Reed City and the Reed City Church of the Nazarene. He loved reading and woodworking. He is survived by his children: Pat Stinson, Tracey Stinson, Larry (Lori) Servello, Victor (Ronda) Stinson, Jason (Karen) Stinson, and Chris (Shelley) Stinson, sisters Judith (Ross) Hunter and Sara Stinson, son-in-law Kevin Reed, 19 grandchildren, and 6 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents Clifford and Evelyn Stinson, wife Vickie Stinson, and daughter Tina Reed. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, March 21, 2015 at the Reed City Church of the Nazarene with Rev. Chris DeMott officiating. Burial will follow at Woodland Cemetery in Reed City. Visitation with the family will be from 3-7 P.M. Friday, March 20, 2015 at the Reed City Church of the Nazarene.

 

 

 

 

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Marilyn Gail Leech of Big Rapids

Marilyn Gail Leech, 63, of Big Rapids, passed away on Monday, March 16, 2015.

No public memorial is planned at this time.

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Helen "Irene" Loop of LeRoy

Helen “Irene” Loop of LeRoy passed away Friday, March 13, 2015 in Cadillac. She was 91. Irene was born July 30, 1923 in LeRoy to Charles and Emily (Backstrom) Westman and was a 1942 graduate of LeRoy Agricultural High School. She was a lifelong resident of LeRoy and a member of the Zion-Emanuel Lutheran Church in LeRoy. On July 25, 1945 she was married in Tustin to Clifford Ray Loop who passed away in 2009. She held several jobs throughout her life including: with Tasa Wire and the Miller Airport in Reed City, National Business Service of Cadillac, and with Eagle Boy’s Village of Hersey before her retirement in 1988. She was an avid fan of the Detroit Tigers. Irene also enjoyed camping and travelling with Cliff after their retirement.

 

Irene is survived by her son Jim (Elaine) Loop, daughters Kay Starlin and Lynda (Larry) Smith. Also surviving are seven grandchildren: Scott (Kim) Loop, Tom (Traci) Loop, Randy (Jamie) Loop, Troy Starlin, Darrin Starlin, Amy Jo DeJesus, and Bob (Stephanie) Smith, and 10 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents Charles and Emily Westman, brother Glen Westman, and husband Clifford Ray Loop. Funeral services will be 11:00 A.M. Thursday, March19, 2015 at the Pruitt-Livingston Funeral Home in Reed City with Rev. Michael Holman officiating. Burial will be at Ashton Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. Wednesday, March 18, 2014 at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made in her name to the Osceola County Commission On Aging.

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Alvin Wayne Martz of Big Rapids

Alvin Wayne Martz, 87, of Big Rapids, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family and friends on March 12, 2015.

Alvin (Al) was born April 2, 1927 in Stanwood, the son of Harvey and Dorothea (Bush) Martz, the middle child between his two sisters, Lois and Avis. In 1944, Al graduated from Big Rapids High School, and then joined the US Army. He served as a corporal in Austria during World War II.

Several years after his return from the military, Al met his wife Katherine Kay Winter, (Katie) in Big Rapids, and they were married June 3, 1955. In 1959 they moved to Fairbanks, Alaska where they raised their 5 children. Al was skilled at carpentry, which became his career, but he also built and remodeled his own and other’s homes throughout his life. Al and his family enjoyed camping, fishing, hunting, boating and numerous other outdoor activities including time spent at their family cabin. Al led his family through numerous lifetime adventures with strength, humor, encouraging words, and great creativity, (creativity usually being needed to get back home). Besides his enjoyment in the outdoors, Al’s love of his wife Katie and his family, plus his faith in God were visible and evident in all he did.

Al and Katie returned to their hometown of Big Rapids in 1995 where they’ve continued their fellowship in their church, St. Peter’s Lutheran, and their community. They’ve hosted many gatherings at Katie’s family farm and the traditions continue with love and laugher. Al’s strength of character, humor, compassion, and kindness, even in the face of adversity, has left a lasting impression on all he’s known and loved.

Al is survived by his wife Katie; their five children, Scott (Andrea) of Fairbanks, Linea Laird (Mike) of Bremerton, WA, Amy Hunt (Tim) of Fairbanks, John (Susie) of Big Rapids, and Bill (Jane) of Anchorage, AK; eighteen grandchildren, Michael Martz (Marissa), Abigail Bazan (Ryan), and Hassan Voorhees; Erin, Kristin, and Colin Laird; Nathan Hunt (Micky), Joshua Hunt, and Bridget Martz; Logan, Reagan, Wyatt, Ashton Martz and Courtney Sanford (Nic); and are further blessed with seven great grandchildren. Al has many surviving extended family members including his sister Avis Batchelder; brother and sisters-in-laws; Dick and Sara Mursch, Frank & Monai Winter, Ellen Murphy, Donalyn Winter, Gene and Diane Bongard, and Steve and Cheryl Winter; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sister Lois Jacobson.

A memorial service will be 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, March 17, 2015, at St. Peters Lutheran Church in Big Rapids, with Pastor John Bookshaw officiating. Visitation with the family will be held at the church from 10:00 am to 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers, the family requests any donations be made to St. Peters Lutheran Church School Scholarship Fund.

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Lillian M. Spence of Stanwood

Lillian M. Spence, age 90 of Stanwood, passed away Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at her home.

 

Cremation has taken place and there are no services being planned at this time.

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Marilyn Percy of Mecosta

Marilyn Percy, age 80 of Mecosta, passed away Monday, March 9, 2015 at Altercare of Big Rapids. She was born November 4, 1934 in Muskegon, Michigan. Marilyn was the daughter of George J. and Victoria (Goresch) Hosko. Marilyn graduated from Muskegon High School. 

She married Jasper Percy on January 17, 1953 at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Muskegon, where they raised their family. After Jasper retired in 1992, he and Marilyn moved to Horsehead Lake, in Mecosta County. 

Marilyn had many hobbies, including; gardening, camping, cooking, crocheting, reading, playing cards & walking. Marilyn was a member of the St. Michael Catholic Church in Remus and the Big Rapids AmVets Post 1941. 

She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend, she will be greatly missed. Marilyn is survived by her husband of 62 years, Jasper Percy of Mecosta; three children, Joseph (Kenetha Griffith) Percy of Big Rapids, Mariann (Bart) Rommel of MD and Kristine (Chip) Johnson of Plainwell; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a sister, MaryAnn (Gene) White of Muskegon; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Carolyn Cerka and a brother, Bernard Hosko.

A memorial mass will take place at 11:00 a.m. Monday, March 16, 2015 at St. Michael Catholic Church in Remus with Father Aaron Ferris officiating. The family will greet friends prior to the service at 10:00 a.m. on Monday at the church. Marilyn will be laid to rest in the spring at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Mecosta. 

The family will be forever grateful for the exceptional care that Marilyn received from the staff at Altercare. 

Memorial contributions may be made in Marilyn’s name to Hospice of Michigan or St. Michael Catholic Church.

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Vivian Arlene Wilson of Hart

Vivian Arlene Wilson (Hart), age 93, went home to be with her Lord, on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at her home in Evart with her daughters, Cindy and Paulette at her side. Vivian was born in Shepherd on November 10, 1921 to Floyd and Louise (Lyman) Black. She married Roger Hart on October 20, 1939 in Isabella County and they made their home in Weidman a short time before moving to Pontiac where Roger was employed. Vivian and Roger moved to the Weidman and Barryton areas where their children were raised. Vivian was the head baker and cook at the Dairy Bar in Barryton and enjoyed working at the Groves Store for numerous years. 
She enjoyed her flower gardens, fishing, crocheting, quilting and sewing. When she was able she loved to dance and was a former member of the Barryton Rebekahs. 

Vivian is survived by; four daughters, Carol (Tom) Bierschbach of Beal City, Gloria (Scott) McKenzie of Lake, Paulette (Ty) Strong of Remus and Cindy Maneke of Evart; one son, Cyrus Hart of Barryton; 20 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Donna Curtiss and Wilma Alpers; and several great-great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and close friends.

Vivian was preceded in death by her parents; 2 husbands, Roger Hart in 1968 and Burt Wilson in 1991 and dear friend Forrest Eggert in 2009.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 14, 2015 at the Daggett Funeral Home in Barryton with Pastor Ryan Beilfuss officiating. Vivian will be laid to rest at Strong Cemetery in the spring.

The family will greet friends from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, March 13th at the Daggett Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions in Vivian’s name can be made to the Mecosta Senior Center where she looked forward to playing Euchre. Share a memory or sign the guestbook online at daggettgilbertfuneralhome.com.

FUNERAL SERVICE

Saturday March 14, 2015, 11:00 AM at Daggett Funeral Home 
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Retta "Iola" Stiles of Big Rapids

Retta “Iola” Stiles, age 93 of Big Rapids, went to be with her Heavenly Father on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at her home surrounded by her children. She was born November 5, 1921 in Big Rapids, the daughter of William and Grace (Jenkins) Cady.

Iola’s life was dedicated to raising children; as a foster parent, along with her husband Loren, Iola shared her home, family and especially her love with 63 children. In Iola’s own words “I collect people” and then they became part of her family. She was always knitting baby blankets and sweater sets, but never with a pattern. Iola chose to live everyday happy; she was always smiling and made a point to brighten everyone’s life, she kept that attitude until the very end.

Iola was a faithful member of Trinity Fellowship Evangelical Free Church of Big Rapids for over 25 years.

She will be forever missed and always remembered by her loving family including; her children, Steven (Sharon) Settlemyre of Cedar Springs, James (Joan) Settlemyre of Lansing, Jan (Connie) Settlemyre of Zeeland, Marshall “Skip” Enyart of California, Walter Kim (Carol) Enyart of Lakeview, Kelly (Jim) Bouman of Paris, Kevyn (Becky) Enyart of Chase, Linda Stiles Graham of Florida, Daryn (Tina) Stiles of Ashton, Mari (Sam) Dwyer of Big Rapids, Jamie (Michael) Hamilton of Big Rapids, son-in-laws, Michael “Mickey” Wise of Panama City, FL, Ron Merritt of Farwell; daughter-in-law, JoAnn Settlemyre of White Cloud; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; a brother, William “Bill” (Mildred) Cady of Kentucky; two sisters, Barbara Biller of Big Rapids and Beatrice Batchelder of Reed City; a sister-in-law, Edna Cady of Big Rapids; many nieces, nephews and all the people she collected along the way.

Iola was preceded in death by her parents; three husbands, James Coleman Settlemyre, Walter Andrew Enyart and Loren Stiles; four sons, Jaremy Stiles, Jerry, Gerry and Jeffrey Settlemyre; three daughters, Marlene Settlemyre, Andria Merritt and Diane Stiles Wise; a brother, George Cady; three sisters, Ruby Ferrier, Evelyn Shore and Gladys “Blondie” Martin. Iola’s faith in God was what gave her strength through all her losses.

Funeral services will take place 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at Trinity Fellowship Evangelical Free Church in Big Rapids with Pastor Gary deBock and Elder Bill Routley officiating. The family will greet friends from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday, March 9th at Daggett-Gilbert Funeral Home in Big Rapids. Iola will be laid to rest at Pine Plains Cemetery in Big Rapids in the Spring.

Memorial contributions in Iola’s name may be made to Trinity Fellowship Evangelical Free Church and will be directed to various Children’s programs and missions.

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Betty Canade Traynor of Big Rapids

Betty Canade Traynor, 79, of Big Rapids, passed away on Wednesday, March 4, 2015. She was born on January 15, 1936 in Lawrenceburg, TN, the daughter of Moses and Ellen (Jenkins) Shelton.

Betty married Leon on March 21, 1969 and lived in Norwich Township since. For many years she worked in food service at Ferris State University until retiring. She attended Trinity Fellowship Church in Big Rapids. Betty loved to tend to her flowers and garden and making beautiful quilts.

Betty is survived by her children; LuWanda (Ed) Cupper, Jack (Anita) Gregory, Gary Traynor, Doug (LouAnn) Gregory, Becky (Harlan) Vandebunte, Dawn (Lon) Keith and Jill Gilbert. She is also survived by 29 grandchildren, 2 sisters, one brother, sisters-in-law, Ellen Shroyer and Donna Traynor and many great great great grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, March 8, 2015 at the Mohnke Funeral Home in Big Rapids with Pastor Foster Brummel officiating.
Visitation will be Saturday from 4-7:00 p.m. at the funeral home and the family will greet friends prior to the service.

Memorial contributions may be made in Betty’s name to the Hospice of Michigan, envelopes may be left at the funeral home.

Interment will be in the spring at the Hungerford Cemetery.
 

 

 

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Gladys Josephine Ulrich of Stanwood

Gladys Josephine Ulrich, 95, of Stanwood, MI, passed away on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at Autumn Ridge Nursing home in Clarkston Michigan at the age of 95.

 

She was born on April 15, 1919 in Hawkins, Michigan and was a graduate of Big Rapids High School. She married Harold Edward Ulrich on April 6, 1940. They were happily married for 64 years, residing in Stanwood, Michigan. They raised and loved seven children and had 22 grandchildren and 30 great grandchildren. They were members of St. Peters Lutheran Church.

 

Gladys was a kind and patient mother, and grandmother. She enjoyed cooking, sewing, and entertaining her large family. We will always remember her for her beautiful smile and her happiness.

 

She is survived by her children: Daughter-in-law Jeannie Ulrich, Son-in-law Larry Lewis, James & Charlene Ulrich, Ronald & Jane Irwin, Ronald Ulrich, Larry & Judy Beemer, and Kelly and Diane Rushmore

 

She was preceded in death by her husband Harold, her son Richard, daughter Sandra Lewis, and two grandchildren Jennifer Ulrich, and Chad Irwin.
Funeral Services will be at the funeral home at 2:00 p.m.,Saturday, March 14, 2015

 

Visitation will be at the Mohnke Funeral Home on Friday, March 13, 2015 from 6-8:00pm. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, envelopes may be left at the funeral home.

 

 

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Kelvin Lee Baird of Cadillac

Kelvin “Kelly” Lee Baird passed away Friday, February 20, 2015, peacefully, after a long battle with difficult illnesses. He was 61.

Kelly was born July 5, 1953. He was originally from Cadillac, Michigan, and formerly resided in Pine City, Minnesota.

 

He is preceded in death by his father, Gail T. Baird Sr.; his mother, Marlene A. Baird (Campbell); and stepmother, Betty Ann Baird (Ericks).

Kelly is survived by siblings: Jeff and Karen Baird, Kim and Kimberly Baird, Dan and Darla Baird, Renee Baird and fiance Steve Boe, Gail T. Jr. and Shawn Baird, Tina and Tim Ohlert, and Jeffrey and Renee Baird; several nephews and nieces, including several great-nephews and nieces, and many friends.

 

Kelly worked as a construction worker for many years doing siding and remodeling, until his health would no longer allow him.

Kelvin will always be remembered as an avid hunter. He truly loved fishing with his nephews and family members. He enjoyed gardening, canning and cooking, and watching a good Western movie.

 

Kelly enjoyed a good fish fry, and grilling out, camping, and sitting around the fire with family and friends. He especially loved sharing a good game of cribbage, or a game of cards with his nephew, Josh, and his wife, Rikki, whom Kelly had a special bond with, and lived with for several years. Kelly’s friendly personality and contagious laugh will be deeply missed.

 

A private celebration of Kelly’s life will be when we can enjoy the great outdoors that Kelly so enjoyed.

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Kathryn Paddock of Manton

Kathryn Paddock, of Manton, passed away on Tuesday, March 3, 2015, in Liberty Township. She was 48.

 

Visitation for friends and family will be held on Saturday, March 7, 2015, from 6 until 9 p.m. at the Hall-Holdship Funeral Home.

 

Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 8, 2015, at Rollins Christian Fellowship located on M-42 in Manton.

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William A. Swix of Stanton

 

William A. Swix, age 78 of Stanton, passed away Friday, February 27, 2015. He was born March, 26, 1936 in Lansing the son of William V. and Orpha (Hopkins) Swix.

Bill graduated from Sexton High School in 1954 . He married Carolyn VanBlaricom and made their home in Lansing. Bill was employed by the City of Lansing , retiring in 1988 as assistant supervisor at Potter Park Zoo.


Bill was a wrestler at Sexton, claiming 2nd place in state in 103 pound class and 1st place in state in the 112 pound class the following year. He was active for many years in several local bowling leagues. He served as Assistant Scout Master Troup 294, Chief Okemos Council. While involved with Boy Scouts he was inducted into the Order of the Arrow. Potter Park Zoo was Bill’s personal interest as well as his career. As a charter member of the Friends of the Zoo Society, he participated in many fund raisers and improvement projects to improve and maintain the zoo. For the past 21 years, Bill and Carolyn have made their home at Half Moon Lake near Stanton.

Bill is survived by his wife of over 61 years, Carolyn Swix; four children, Stephen P. (Christine Daggett) Swix of Big Rapids, Terri (William) Fowler of Sedalia, MO, Douglas (Julie) Swix of Lansing, Diane (Kevin Roche) Swix Berry of Lansing; sister, Vicki (Skip) Loudenslager of Lake Odessa; brother, Gordon (Connie) Swix of Lansing; eight grandchildren; Amy(Joe) Peters of Dansville, MI, Angela Swix of Chase, MI, Allen (Cindy) Fowler of Hobart, IN, Erik Fowler of Bowling Green, KY, Stephen (April) Swix stationed at Hunter Army Air Field in Savannah, GA, India Berry of Lansing, MI, Grant and Meagan Swix of Lansing; two great-granddaughters, Rachel Peters and Natalee Swix.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents and son John L. Swix.

Funeral services will take place 1:00 p.m. Thursday, March 5, 2015 at the Barden Funeral Home in Stanton. The family will greet family and friends on Wednesday, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Burial will be at Elm Hall Cemetery. Memorial contributions in Bill’s name may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.

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Samuel R. Ross of Norwich Twp.

Samuel R. Ross, 54, of Norwich Township, passed away Saturday, February 28, 2015, at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids.

Funeral services are tentatively scheduled for 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 7, at the First United Methodist Church in Big Rapids, with visitation from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. on Friday, March 6, at the Mohnke Funeral Home in Big Rapids.

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Suzanna Bartosh of Big Rapids

Suzanna Bartosh, 84, of Big Rapids, passed away Saturday, February 28, 2015, at Evergreen Terrace in Big Rapids.

She was born July 21, 1930, in Clearfield, PA, the daughter of Steve and Anna (Drop) Kutzer. On May 27, 1951, Suzanna married Leonard Bartosh, and they lived for many years in the Metro Detroit area. Leonard passed away in 1996, and Suzanna moved to Big Rapids in 2002. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

Suzanna is survived by her daughter Colette (Clyde) Hardman of Big Rapids; her son Randy Bartosh of Chicago; a granddaughter Kara Hardman; 3 sisters, 1 brother, and several nieces and nephews.

Private family services and entombment will take place this week at Holy Sepulchre Catholic Cemetery in Southfield. A Memorial Mass for Suzanna will be prayed at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Big Rapids at a later date. In lieu of flowers, her family is requesting memorial contributions be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or Spectrum Health Hospice, with envelopes available at the Mohnke Funeral Home in Big Rapids.

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