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Obituaries Archives for 2015-09

Darcy L. Marrs of Harrison

Darcy L. Marrs, age 52 of Harrison, passed away Saturday, September 26, 2015 at her daughter’s home in Big Rapids after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born February 4, 1963 in Grand Rapids, the daughter of Roy Jr. and Donna (Roberts) Misner.

Darcy is survived by her three children, Misty (Jamie) Harvey, Bobbie (Chris) VanWestrienen and Tim Marrs II all of Big Rapids; five grandchildren and one on the way; three siblings, Sandy (Jim) Perrin of Newaygo, Robin (Marv) Myers of Reed City and David Misner of Idlewild; many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; three siblings, Cindy, Chuck and Bob Misner; two nephews, Tim Perrin and Joshua Myers; and a grandson, Branden Harvey.

A memorial service will be planned for a later date.

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Carol R. Supenski of Big Rapids

Carol R. Supenski, age 56 of Big Rapids, passed away Saturday, September 26, 2015 after a courageous battle with leukemia. She was born February 28, 1959 in Manning, Iowa, the daughter of Harold and Eileen (Hilbert) Pace. Carol graduated from Fort Dodge High School in Iowa in 1977 and attended the University of Northern Iowa where she earned her bachelor's degree in education.

Carol began her teaching career in Lower Brule, South Dakota on the Sioux Reservation. She married Donald Supenski and the two traveled around the United States together. She later moved to the Big Rapids area where she continued teaching and most recently was employed by Ferris State University at NEMCSA Head Start. Carol was an active member at the Big Rapids First United Methodist Church. She enjoyed being outdoors and spending time with friends and family.

Carol loved her family and will be greatly missed. She is survived by her two daughters, Cora and Shannon Supenski, both of Big Rapids; brother, Les (Debbie) Pace of WI; and many nieces and nephews. Carol was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Jo Ann Pierson.

A memorial service will take place on Thursday, October 1st at 11am at the Big Rapids First United Methodist Church with Reverend Rebecca Morrison officiating.

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Marlene Payne of Big Rapids

Marlene Payne, 82 years-old, went to be with her Lord and Savior on September 25, 2015. Marlene, the daughter of Frank and Dorothy (Baker) Burrows. Her siblings are the late Ronald (Marcia) Burrows, Battle Creek, MI; the late Berniece Bush, Dowagiac, MI; the late Norma Jean Jones, Milwaukee, WI, and, Daniel (Lisa) Burrows, Davison, MI.


She was married to Winton T. Payne on November 19, 1954 in Vicksburg, MI. Winton preceded her in death in 1997. Together they raised two daughters, Anita (Charles) Roberts, Lapeer, MI and Deborah (Daniel) Kallman, Grandville, MI. She has six grandchildren: Matthew (Jennifer) Kallman, Joel (Alicia) Kallman, Jacob (Tiffany) Kallman, Nathan (Alexa) Kallman, Zachary Roberts, and Hannah Roberts. She has twelve great-grandchildren: Isaac, Rebekah, Hannah Grace, Noah, Levi, Benjamin, MacKenzie, Timothy Joel (TJ), a granddaughter being born on October 1, Aaliyah, and Owen Kallman.


Marlene graduated from Vicksburg, MI high school, North Central Bible Institute in Minneapolis, MN, attended Ferris State University and graduated from Central Michigan University with a BS in Education. She taught first grade in Hersey, MI for 24 years before her retirement.
Marlene has been an active member of First Baptist Church in Big Rapids, working in Sunday School, as a treasurer for a few years, and participated in the music programs: singing in the choir, in groups, and as a soloist. Along with her dear friend Marjorie Brink, she also started a senior group called the Golden Fellowship in 2003.


Marlene has been staying at the Florida Holiness Campground in Lakeland, FL for several winters and has many good friends there as well as at Heritage Baptist Church in Lakeland. In 2014, Marlene moved to Rest Haven Homes in Grand Rapids, MI and quickly became a contributing member of this special community. She was quick to volunteer and you could often find her at the “Big House” singing with the choir, playing games, exercising, and going to concerts.


A celebration of Marlene’s life will be held at the First Baptist Church in Big Rapids on Tuesday, September 29, 2015 at 11 am. Family will greet friends at the church 1 hour before the service and would also enjoy fellowshipping at a luncheon in Marlene’s honor at the church immediately following the service. Interment will be at the Pine Plains Cemetery in Big Rapids, MI.


In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church of Big Rapids, MI or Rest Haven Homes in Grand Rapids, MI

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Lyle Ann Sprague of Clare

Lyle Ann Sprague, 63, passed away on Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at the Woodland Hospice in Mt. Pleasant, surrounded by family. She was born on March 28, 1952 in Reed City, the daughter of Lyle and Melva Ann (Beatty) Hoxie.

Lyle Ann was the most thoughtful and caring person always putting others’ needs before her own. When God created her- he created the perfect angel and has now asked her to come home.

Surviving to cherish her memory are her 3 children; Troy (Missy) Sprague, Ted (Misty) Sprague and Jennifer (Joel) Struble; 7 grandchildren; Seth, Hannah, Abigail, Anna, Chloe, Kyle and William, one brother; Joel (Susan);
4 sisters; Susan, Debbie (Keith), Quenna (Kris) and Dee, including many nieces, nephews and friends.

Lyle Ann is preceded in death by her parents, grandson, Caleb Heath, brother-in-law, Roger Esch and her best friend, Nancy Herring.

It was Lyle Ann’s wishes to not have a memorial service. She has chosen to have a Celebration of Life which will be at a later date.

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Mary Susan Mitchell of Remus

Mary Susan Mitchell, our beautiful and caring wife, mother and grandmother, went to be with her Lord Wednesday, September 23, 2015. She was 60 years old.

A funeral ceremony will be held in her honor Saturday, September 26th, at 11:00 AM at Janowicz Family Funeral Home in Remus. Pastor Angela King will officiate with burial to follow in Mt. Hope Cemetery. Visitation will take place Friday evening at the funeral home from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Those desiring may direct memorial contributions to Hospice of Michigan (400 Perry Ave., Big Rapids, MI 49307). Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

Mary was born with the “gift of gab” on October 12, 1954, the daughter of Bernice and Alexander (Winston) Dandy. She married the love of her life, Ed, on October 1, 1970, and together the two grew their family to include six children.

Hobbies of hers included crocheting, dancing, doodling, word searches and cooking. Everyone knew her for the smile that was always on her face and the caramel corn she made around Christmas time. Mary enjoyed watching the Tigers and cage fighting on T.V. with her family. She even made (and won) bets against her children on some of the big fights. Her children remember her as being the best mom in the world and her grandchildren remember her as their Meme.

Mary’s loving nature and great sense of humor will be greatly missed by her husband of 45 years, Edward; children, Edward Jr. Mitchell (Christy), William (Meghan) Mitchell, Sherry Karns, Jean (Jesse) Johnston, Christine Mitchell and Darlene (Brian) Lintemuth; brothers, Alexander, Guy and Roger; sister, Linda; 31 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren, and her two beloved dogs, Hy-Dee and Baxter. She was preceded in death by her parents and father-in-law, William.

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Richard Pointer of Morley

Richard Pointer, age 81 of Morley, passed away Monday, September 21, 2015 at the Spectrum Memorial Kelsey Hospital Extended Care Facility in Lakeview after a long battle with extended illnesses. He was the son of Raymond and Alma (Cross) Pointer and loving husband of Marcia J. Pointer.

Richard is survived by his wife of 58 years, Marcia; four daughters, Patricia (Perry) Dukes of Big Rapids, Kathie (Denny) Smith of Morley, Beth (Scott) Stringer of Kingsley and Victoria (Jeffrey) White of Lansing; 15 grandchildren, Justin (Monica) Dukes of Canadian Lakes, Zachary and Eli Dukes both of Big Rapids, Lauren (Bryan) Aymor of Morley, McKenzie, Tricia and Dakota Smith all of Morley, Jarrod Stinger of Traverse City, Tyler, Jason, Drayton and Kariyssa Stringer all of Kingsley, Ryan, Kyle and Hailey White all of Lansing; and three great-grandchildren, Dawson, Isabelle and Austin.

During Richard’s working years he worked for Kelvinator, Rieth-Riley, Building Construction and Ferris State University until his retirement in March of 1996. Richard loved to travel, fish and enjoyed deer hunting. He also enjoyed watching his children and grandchildren in all their sports activities and was always happy to have family get-together's.

Richard will be greatly missed by his family and friends. His legacy will continue with the kindness he instilled in others.

A private family graveside service will be scheduled at a later date.

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Edmund W. Urban of Canadian Lakes

Edmund W. Urban, our loving husband, father, grandfather and friend, passed away Sunday evening, September 20, 2015, at his home in Canadian Lakes. He was 76 years old.


A memorial mass will be held in Ed’s honor, Thursday, October 8th, at 11:00 AM, at St. Michael Catholic Church in Remus with Fr. Aaron Ferris as Celebrant. Visitation will take place at Janowicz Family Funeral Home in Remus, Wednesday, October 7th, from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM with a scripture service at 4:30 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to Spectrum Health Hospice (750 Fuller Ave. N.E., Grand Rapids, MI 49503). Envelopes will be available at the funeral home and at church.


Ed was born April 11, 1939, in Detroit, MI, the son of Margaret and Edmund (Dermacher) Urban. He attended St. Cecelia High School where he was a star athlete in baseball, basketball and football. After graduation, Ed married the love of his life, Sandy, and together the two grew their family to include five children. While raising their family, Ed worked in sales for a few companies before taking a position with Edward C. Levy Company. He worked there for 15 years before retiring and moving to Canadian Lakes.


Ed was well respected and loved by his many friends, family, co-workers and clients, and was often referred to as “a good man”. He enjoyed golfing and loved every minute of time spent with his family. Charming, respectful, hard-working, kind and laid back were words used to describe Ed.


Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 58 years, Sandy; children, Debra Ann (Matthew) Moyer, Edmund Walter Urban, Kenneth Dean (Nancy) Urban, Douglas Michael (Teresinha) Urban and Darryl Scott Urban; sister, Barbara Allor; nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents.

 

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John J. Taylor of Paris

John J. “JT” Taylor, age 63 of Paris, passed away Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at his home. He was born July 25, 1952 in Big Rapids, the son of John “Jack” and Rose (Whalen) Taylor. JT graduated from Reed City High School in 1971. He was a parishioner of St. Anne Catholic Church in Paris.

JT’s passion and lifetime career for 47 years was harness horse training for Taylor Stables. His first race was at the age of 16 on May 31st in Marion with Delightful Lady. As a 16 year old in 1969, JT took Top Honors for most wins on the Matinee Circuit in Northern Michigan. On December 9, 1971 at Northville Downs he had his first para-mutual start at age 18, also with Delightful Lady. JT’s last race, 47 years later, on July 12, 2015 was with Aaron Colley’s A.J. Hammerhill taking the pacer to his first lifetime win. He was a member of USTA and MHHA.

JT enjoyed hunting with his buddies and he was a fun loving man that was always willing to help a friend. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

JT is survived by his wife, Carie Makin of Paris; son, Trevor (Stacey) Taylor of South Webber, UT; step-son, Matthew (Emily) Edwards of Atlantic Beach, FL; grandson, Coty Edwards; five sisters, Barbara (Keith) Ellison of Rockford, Mary (David) Jaques of Paris, Theresa (Kenneth) Robbins of Durand, Pamela Allen and Patricia (Roger) Rehkopf of Rockford; three nieces and 11 nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Betty Taylor.

A Mass of Christian Burial will take place 11:00 a.m. Monday, September 21, 2015 at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church in Reed City, 831 S. Chestnut Street, with Father Michael Hodges officiating. The family will greet friends from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service at 11:00 a.m. at the church. For a Mass to be prayed in JT’s name, Mass Cards will be available at the church.

Memorial contributions in JT’s name may be made in memory of Brad Hanners Strong at www.GoFundMe.com/HannersStrong.

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Suzanne M. Bos of Big Rapids

Suzanne M. “Sue” Bos, age 44 of Big Rapids, passed away Sunday, September 13, 2015 at her home. She was born October 27, 1970 in Big Rapids, the daughter of Howard and Carol (Holman) Doxtater. Sue graduated from Big Rapids High School in 1988. She was a very determined woman; she could do anything she set her mind to. Sue enjoyed reading and communicating with family and friends through email.

She cherished her daughter and grandchildren and she will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Sue is survived by her daughter, Jennifer (Benjamin) Bowman of Big Rapids; two grandchildren, Kayla and Zoey Bowman; mother, Carol Tinker of Big Rapids; sister, Rebecca (Lenny) Vaughan of Big Rapids; brother, Matthew (Jodi) Doxtater of Big Rapids; four nieces and nephews, Brett and Olivia Doxtater and Brynn and Jace Vaughan; as well as many other extended family members and dear friends.

She was preceded in death by her son, Jonathon Bos and brother, William Doxtater.

A memorial service will take place 11:00 a.m. Friday, September 18, 2015 at the Daggett-Gilbert Funeral Home with Pastor David Watkins officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made in Sue’s name to the Animal Rescue Coalition of Mecosta County, 18400 220th Ave, Big Rapids, MI 49307.

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Betty L. Southworth of Big Rapids

Betty L. Southworth, age 82 of Big Rapids, passed away Sunday, September 13, 2015 at Mercy Health St. Mary’s Campus in Grand Rapids. She was born October 11, 1932 in Big Rapids, the daughter of Alton and Maude (O’Brien) Kienitz. Betty graduated from Big Rapids High School. She was a lifelong devout Catholic and a member of St. Paul Campus Parish in Big Rapids.

Betty was a hard worker her entire life. To support her three children, Betty worked at several retail businesses in the area. She always enjoyed any job where she had face to face contact with people. Most recently Betty was working at the Big Rapids Dairy Queen until her health failed a couple of months ago. She enjoyed entertaining, baking, playing cards with her girlfriends and watching movies.

Betty loved spending time with her family and she will be forever missed.

Survivors include her son, Robert (Beth) Noe of Austin, TX; three step-children, Becky (Eric) Priebe of Saline, Mary (Mark) Waldron of Big Rapids and Tom (Vickie) Southworth of Royal Oak; two grandchildren, Allison (Dov) Lustig and Adam Noe; three step-grandchildren, Audrey Waldron and Dean (Allison) Waldron and Charlotte Southworth; two great-grandchildren, Alex and Jillian Lustig; close friend, Brenda VanSlooten of Zeeland; sister-in-law, Virginia Kienitz of Big Rapids; three nieces, Linda (Pete) Currie, Nancy (Mark) Patrick and Carrie Heemstra; nine great-nieces and nephews; as well as many other extended family and dear friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Howard “Gus” Southworth; two children, Denise and Mark Noe; stepson, Roger Southworth and brother, Alton “Al” Kienitz.

Mass of Christian Burial will take place 11:00 a.m. Thursday, September 17, 2015 at St. Paul Campus Parish in Big Rapids with Father Michael Burt officiating. The family will greet friends from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 16th at the Daggett-Gilbert Funeral Home in Big Rapids. She will be laid to rest at Mount Carmel Cemetery in Big Rapids.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Betty’s name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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Lon C. Green of Big Rapids

Lon C. Green, age 71, of Big Rapids passed away Sunday, September 13, 2015. He was born on July 27, 1944 in Murray, Utah, the son of Lamar M. and Patty R. (Peterson) Green. He earned a PhD degree at Kent State University. Lon moved to Big Rapids in 1985 where he was employed at Ferris State University as the Department Head, Humanities. At the present time, he was a professor in communications. Prior to moving to Big Rapids he was Department Head in Humanities at Lewis University in Joliet, Illinois. Lon served a two year mission in Australia for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. His personal time was spent with his family or on the golf course. He also enjoyed hockey.

He is survived by his wife, Kristine Szot-Green; one son, Michael, at home; two daughters, Kristen Green of Utah and Heather Green of California; two step children, Jessica (Bill) Tokar of Utah and Ryan (Jasmine) Malcolm of Grand Haven; seven grandchildren, Matthew Green, Nadija, Audrey, and Erryn Tokar, Conner, Hayden, and Kloey Malcolm. Also surviving are one sister, Diane Jeffers and one brother, Fred Green as well as several nieces and nephews.

Lon was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 am Friday, September 18, 2015 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints 1325 Woodward Ave. Big Rapids. His family will greet friends on Thursday, September 17, 2015 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at the Mohnke Funeral Home in Big Rapids. Memorial contributions may be made to Big Rapids High School Sports Boosters.

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Kenneth E. Couey of Canadian Lakes

Kenneth E. “Ken” Couey, age 67 of Canadian Lakes, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, September 6, 2015 at his home. He was born October 7, 1947 in Atlanta, GA, the son of Kenneth and Alice (Johnson) Couey. Ken was an outstanding Fifth Grade Elementary School Teacher before he began his career with Ford Motor Company. He retired in 2007 after advancing quickly to the level of a Division Manager. Ken was formerly on the Board of Directors in Canadian Lakes. He enjoyed boating, riding atv’s and was an avid sportsman.

Ken is survived by his two sons, Kris Couey of Atlanta, GA and Ken Jr. (Lindsey) Couey of Bellingham, WA; Ken Jr.’s mother, Roxanne; three grandchildren, Jack, Karma and Alec; brother, Pastor Raymond (Donna) Couey of Lenoir City, TN; nephew, Ray (Michelle) Couey; niece, Alicia (Jason) Henderson; beloved dog, Kaylie and many friends from hunting, Canadian Lakes and Ford Motor Company.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A memorial service will be held 12:30 p.m. Sunday, September 20, 2015 at the Canadian Lakes Alpine Haus with Pastor Raymond Couey officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made in Ken’s name to the Border Patrol Foundation (borderpatrolfoundation.org).

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Frances P. Moore of Big Rapids

Frances P. Moore, age 89 of Big Rapids, passed away Wednesday, September 10, 2015 at Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital.

She was born September 30, 1925 in the youngest of eight children in Rockland Texas, the daughter of Martin R. and Polly J. (Rollins) Penn.
Frances made her home in Beaumont, Texas where she was employed at J. C. Penny as a cosmetics sales lady. She was a member of the Beaumont First Baptist Church where she enjoyed teaching Sunday school.
Frances moved to Michigan in 1990, following the death of her sister Janie Bryant.

She is survived by her beloved son; Wallace Thomas Moore of Big Rapids; two grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews and her favorite cat, Brandy.

Frances was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, William Thomas Moore Jr.; two sisters, Janie Bryant, Leena Causey and five brothers.

Frances will be laid to rest next to her husband in the Magnolia Cemetery, Beaumont, Texas.

Memorial contributions in Frances’s name may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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Jacquelyn Wilbur of Baldwin

Jacquelyn Wilbur, 86, of Baldwin went to her eternal home on Thursday, September 10, 2015. She was born March 30, 1929, the daughter of Arthur and Helen (Welburn) Wilson. Jacquelyn graduated from Albion High School. She later married, Henry Wilbur.

Jacquelyn is survived by her son, Henry (Carol Wilbur of Battle Creek; daughters, Cindy (Larry) Wilbur, Sherry Wilkins both of Baldwin, and Sandy (David) Baker of Muskegon; sisters-in-law Anna Moore and Carmen Young; brother-in-law Art Wilbur; sixteen grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sister, Jewell Hughes; brother, Billy Waterhouse; and daughters, Susan and Kristi Wilbur.

In accordance with her wishes, no services will be scheduled. A small family gathering will take place at her residence and a final goodbye will be at the North Athens Cemetery where her husband and two daughters are at rest.

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Kenneth Nichols of Mecosta

Kenneth Nichols, 74 of Mecosta, passed away Tuesday, September 8, 2015 at his home surrounded by family. A funeral ceremony will be held in his honor Friday, September 11th, at 11:00 AM, at Janowicz Family Funeral Home in Remus. Visitation will be held at the funeral home Thursday night from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Pastor Roger Cooper will officiate the service with burial to follow in Mt. Hope Cemetery.

Ken was born August 29, 1941 in Gowen, the son of Obediah and Myrtle (Kent) Nichols. In 1971, he married Diane Gibbons.

Ken & his wife, Diane purchased KJ’s Restaurant in 1998 and Ken was considered the “PR guy”, always visiting with their customers. Ken continued to work at Parker Hannifan Brass in Lakeview, retiring in 2003 after 27 years in the business. He loved gardening, flowers, his yard and the work it required. He had a passion for motorcycles and scooters but most of all he loved being “Papa” to his grandchildren.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Diane of 44 years; six children, Patricia McClain, Toni (Gary) Young, Kenneth Nichols, Tammy (Brian) McCracken, Traci (John) Hough, Kevin Nichols and Kulrina “Trina” (Jack) Panek; brothers, Butch and Billy; sisters, June, Ethel, Helen and Edith, and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Kendall in 1987 and brothers, Jim, Tom, O.B., Emmory and Bobby.

Kenneth’s family would like to thank everyone who came to his 74th Birthday that was held on Saturday, August 29th.

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Evelyn M. Hampel of Rodney

Evelyn M. Hampel, age 88 of Rodney, passed away Sunday, September 6, 2015. She was born October 15, 1926 the daughter of Delbert and Jennie (Soper) Maguire. Evelyn was born in Grant Center and moved to Big Rapids during her High School years; she graduated in 1944.

Evelyn married Bruce C. Hampel on December 23, 1945 and together they made their home on the family farm in Martiny Township.

She worked for several businesses in Big Rapids including; in the office at Hanchett Manufacturing, at First National Bank and as the Office Manager at Wolverine World Wide. Evelyn finished her working career as the Mecosta County 77th District Court Clerk, retiring in 1990.

Evelyn enjoyed many years of Polka, Waltz and Square dancing with her husband Bruce. She will be remembered as a great cook and talented seamstress. She was a member of Eagles Aerie #2535 Ladies Auxiliary of Big Rapids.
Evelyn was a devout member of the Chippewa Lake Community Church.

She leaves her cherished family of three children; Kay (John) Reid of Rodney, Rex (Barbara) Hampel of Rodney, Kathy (Douglas) Carroll of Barryton; grandchildren, Jamie (Frank) Bissett, Justin (Amy) Hampel, Aaron (Jamie) Hampel, Nicole (Eric) Damveld; great-grandchildren, Hayven, Westyn and Berkley Hampel and Kensington Grace Damveld and many nieces and nephews.

Evelyn was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 69 years, Bruce and her brother and his wife; Forrest and Burnedda Maguire.

Funeral services will take place 2:00 p.m. Monday, September 14th at the Daggett-Gilbert Funeral Home in Big Rapids with Pastor Roger Bennett officiating. The family will greet friends on Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Evelyn will be laid to rest at the Martiny Township Cemetery in Rodney.

Memorial contributions in Evelyn’s name may be made to either the Alzheimer’s Association or Hospice of Michigan.

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Marian Seelhoff Thiel of Reed City

Marian Seelhoff Thiel, of Reed City, went to be with her Lord on Monday, September 7, 2015; she was 96 years old. Marian was the daughter of John and Louise Seelhoff of rural Reed City. She was baptized, confirmed and married at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Reed City, where she was a lifelong member. Marian attended the Schmidt School for the first eight years of her education and then went on to graduate from Reed City High School in 1938.

On September 28, 1940 Marian married Leonard Thiel of Reed City and together they made their home on the centennial farm homesteaded by Leonard’s grandfather. They were married for 67 years when he predeceased her in February 2007. Marian was a member of the Chat and Chew Farm Bureau Group, which was named by Leonard.

She is survived by her six children, Charlotte (Richard) Samuels of Grand Rapids, Carole (Bill) Plage of Sophia, NC, Janet (Al Jay) Cousineau of Alto, Ima (Lloyd) Gauthier of Traverse City, Joyce (Dennis) Fisher of Big Rapids and Jon (Laurie) Thiel of Lehigh Acres, FL; seven grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild; the families of Sean, Steve and Scott Samuels; and many special people at Breton Rehab and Living Center in Grand Rapids.

Marian’s parents and siblings, Jack, Paul and Luther Seelhoff and Ione Nicklas all preceded her in death.

Funeral services will take place 11:00 a.m. Thursday, September 10, 2015 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Reed City, 22275 – 4 Mile Road, with Reverend Dawn Pooley 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. on Wednesday, September 9th at the Daggett-Gilbert Funeral Home in Big Rapids. She will be laid to rest at Hersey Village Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in Marian’s name may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church in Reed City.

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William J. Ganzak of Chase

William J. Ganzak, age 84, of Chase passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 6, 2015 at his home. He was born on September 24, 1930 to Jacob and Antoinette (Shimkus) Ganzak in Dearborn, MI. Bill graduated from Fordson High School in Dearborn. He entered into the US Army during the Koreran War and was honorably discharged in 1953.

Bill was a devout Catholic his entire life. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus serving as a 3rd and 4th degree member. He was a lifetime member of Reed City VFW Post 2964 and enjoyed gardening, hunting, fishing, and reading.

Bill is survived by his loving wife Jean of Chase; seven children, Karen (Scott) Marchuck, William (Anita), Michael (Penny Marie), Thomas (Debbie), Dennis (Candace), James (Marisa), Anne Marie (Patrick) Gaffka; three step-children, Andrew McCarron, Steven (Patty) McCarron, Gwendolyn Sue (Dennis) Rose; grandchildren, Mitchell (Rachel) Ganzak, Mackenzi Ganzak, Michael Ganzak, Patrick Ganzak, Madison Ganzak, Brandon Ganzak, Justin Ganzak, Johnny Ganzak, Emily Ganzak, Sarah Ganzak, Cassandra Ganzak, Samantha Ganzak, Jacob Ganzak, Steven Michael McCarron and Leeann McCarron; two great-grandchildren, J.J. and Ema; his beloved dog Bo and many nieces, nephews and dear friends.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents and a brother Robert Anthony Ganzak.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, September 11, 2015 at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church in Reed City with Father Michael Hodges officiating.

The family will greet friends at St. Philip Neri on Thursday from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and one hour prior to mass, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Friday. A rosary will take place at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday evening at church.

Memorial contributions in Bill’s name can be made to Hospice of Michigan, Big Rapids.

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Edward L. Aemisegger of Stanwood

Edward L. Aemisegger, age 79 of Stanwood formerly of Comstock Park, passed away Sunday, September 6, 2015 at his home. He was born January 13, 1936 in Stanwood, the son of Merle and Rozella (Gillmore) Aemisegger. Ed graduated from Big Rapids High School in 1954.

He was a truck driver for many years. Ed married Margie Dale Carr and together they made their home in Pennsylvania and eventually moved to Comstock Park. Tragically, Margie passed at a young age; Ed began a new chapter in his life marrying Sandra McCardle. They continued to reside in Comstock Park until they retired and moved to Stanwood. Ed enjoyed the outdoors; hunting, fishing and bird watching. He loved spending time with his family.

Ed is survived by his wife, Sandra of Stanwood; children, Laurie (Dave) Swain of Hastings, Carolyn (Jeff) McCardle of Morley, Lesley (Phil) Korhorn of Washington State, Shari Wilson of Wyoming, Rochel (Chris) Barnes of Cedar Springs, Ivan (Cindy) McCardle of Stanwood; 24 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren and one on the way; siblings, Linda Lu Briere of CA, Leslie Jarvi of Marquette, Kyle Aemisegger of Ortonville and Karla (Joel) Cornea of Ortonville; many nieces, nephews and an aunt, Hazel Johanson of Grand Rapids.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his first wife, Margie Dale Aemissegger.

Funeral services will take place 3:00 p.m. Friday, September 11, 2015 at the Daggett-Gilbert Funeral Home in Big Rapids with Pastor Gerald Switzer 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. Thursday, September 10th at the funeral home. Ed will be laid to rest at Higbee Cemetery in Morley.

Memorial contributions may be made in Ed’s name to the family.

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Kelvin J. Wright Sr. Remus

Kelvin J. Wright Sr., 61 of Remus, passed away Tuesday, September 1, 2015 at his home surrounded by family. Cremation will take place with no service to follow.

 

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Jeffery S. Taylor of Big Rapids

Jeffery S. Taylor, age 49 of Big Rapids, passed away Monday, August 31, 2015. He was born January 29, 1966 in East Grand Rapids, the son of Gerald and Betty (Freiberg) Taylor. Jeff graduated from White Cloud High School in 1984. On October 13, 1990 he married Cheryl Stafford in Rockford and they eventually made their home in Big Rapids. Jeff enjoyed the outdoors; especially bow hunting and fishing.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 25 years, Cheryl Taylor of Big Rapids; one son, Chancey Taylor of Big Rapids; three sisters, Julie Chobod of Morley, Jodi Taylor of CA and Ada (Rick) Shaw of WA; beloved in-laws, Wes (Elaine) Stafford; brother-in-law, Jim (Jennifer) Stafford and several nieces and nephews.

Jeff was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.

A Memorial Service will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, September 4, 2015 at Daggett-Gilbert Funeral Home in Big Rapids. The family will greet friends one hour prior to the service from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home.

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Russell Griffus of Big Rapids

Russell "Kim" Griffus, 62, of Big Rapids, passed away Wednesday, September 2, 2015, peacefully at his residence.
Arrangements are pending with the Mohnke Funeral Home in Big Rapids.

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