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Obituaries Archives for 2016-02

Shirley M. Reynolds of Mecosta

Shirley M. Reynolds, age 86 of Mecosta, passed away Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at home. She was born July 3, 1929 in Lansing the daughter of Manley and Thelma (Torgerson) Martin. Shirley married Wilbert Reynolds on November 8, 1947 in Grand Ledge. They made their home in Holt until moving to the farm in Rodney in 1967. Shirley was employed by Evart Products until her retirement. She was a member of the Chippewa Lake Birthday Club and the Chippewa Lake Community Church.

 

She is survived by her four children; Vickie (Richard) Johnson of Mecosta, Jeff Reynolds of Punta Gorda, FL, Debbie (Ed) Brigham of Marion, Greg (Sue) Reynolds of Mecosta; 15 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

 

Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, her beloved husband, Wilbert on February 17, 2003, a great-grandson, Zachary and a sister and her husband, Beverly and Tony Schneider.

 

Funeral services will take place 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at the Chippewa Lake Community Church with Pastor Roger Bennett officiating. The family will greet friends two hours prior to services at the church, beginning at 11:00 a.m. Spring burial will be at Martiny Township Cemetery.

 

Shirley was a proud cancer survivor, with that in mind memorial contributions may be made to the National Breast Cancer Foundation or the Chippewa Lake Community Church.

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Kevin Joseph Belcher of Big Rapids

Kevin Joseph Belcher, 59 of Big Rapids, died unexpectedly at home on Wednesday, February 24, 2016.

 

Kevin was a kind and loving father and uncle who enjoyed the outdoors. His sense of humor will be greatly missed

 

Kevin is survived by his children Nicholas (Julie) Good of Lansing, Emileigh (Nathan) Buchinger of Bath, and Derrick Belcher of Texas; grandchildren Rylee Good and Nataleigh, Adam & Ian Buchinger. He is also survived by eight siblings, Stephen (Kathy) Belcher, Maureen Belcher, Jeanne (Gary) Bluhm, and Susan Samuels all of Big Rapids, Mary (John) Fischer of Midland, Ann (Ken) Malm of Omaha, NE, Rosemary (Steve) Dekker of Florida, and Jacqui Porter of Toledo, Ohio; numerous nieces and nephews; his aunt and uncle, Paul and Lois Belcher Hammond of Tulsa, OK and aunt Shirley Hoffert of Arizona; and several cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, Dwain Joseph Belcher and the Rev. Barbara (Hofmann) Belcher.

 

A memorial service to celebrate his life will be at 2:00 pm.  Thursday, March 3, 2016 at the Mohnke Funeral Home in Big Rapids.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the West Michigan Episcopal Cursillo (WMEC) at 1550 Bowler Road, Hastings, MI 49058 c/o Colin Cruttenden.

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Wanda V. Spicer of Scottville

Wanda V. Spicer, 73, of Scottville passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at Tender Care in Ludington.  Wanda was born February 10, 1943 in Stanwood, the daughter of Elmer and Mary (Kelley) Terwilliger.  On March 17, 1961, she married Larry Spicer and lived in the area until moving to Mason County ten years ago.

 

Wanda is survived by her husband, Larry; sons, William (Debra Wright) and Darrell; adoptive daughter, Patty Sadenwater; sister, Leafah Hartline; four grandchildren; six great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Ardella Frye

 

Funeral services will be at 1:00 pm on Saturday, February 27 at the Mohnke Funeral Home in Big Rapids with Pastor Joe Martin officiating.  Wanda’s family will greet friends from 4:00 to 7:00 pm on Friday, February 26 at the funeral home and one hour prior to the funeral service.  Spring burial will take place at the Hungerford Cemetery.  Memorial contributions in Wanda’s name may be made to the American Cancer Society with envelopes available at the funeral home.

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Roger L. Campbell of Rodney

Roger L. Campbell, age 64 of Rodney, formerly of Redford, passed away, Monday, February 22, 2016. He was born February 1, 1952 in Detroit to Lawrence and Anne (Lewandowski) Campbell.

 

Roger was employed by G. M. Powertrain in Livonia and he retired to Rodney.

 

He is survived by many beloved family and friends, including his loving partner, Donna of Rodney; two daughters, Michelle Campbell of Wayne, Rosie (Jason) Ziembroski of Wayne; two step-daughters, DJ Cady of Highland, Dawn (Shawn) Kane of Farmington Hills; eight grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; three sisters, Patricia (Jerry) Sarna of Plymouth, Ruth (Doug) Sorenson of Dearborn, Barb (Matt) Torey of Redford; several nieces and nephews.

 

Roger was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Bob Campbell and a sister, Diane Siembor.

Funeral services will take place 4:00 p.m. Sunday, February 28th, 2015 at the Daggett-Gilbert Funeral Home in Big Rapids. The family will greet friends at the funeral home on Saturday, February 27th from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. There will also be visitation on Sunday from 12:00 p.m. (noon) until services at 4:00 p.m.

 

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Montgomery P. Matteson Canadian Lakes

Montgomery P. 'Monty' Matteson, age 72 of Canadian Lakes, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, November 24, 2015 at his home. He was born April 9, 1943 in Brighton, MI.

Monty made his home in Livingston County where he worked as a computer analyst for General Motors and Lockheed Martin. He retired to his home at Canadian Lakes in 2002. Monty was preceded in death by his parents Mark and Mabel (nee Oram) Matteson, brother Milton and sister June (nee Matteson) Hartman. Monty is survived by his beloved wife, Donna (nee` Christensen) Matteson; sons, Jeff (Jamie) Matteson, Brian Matteson; grandchildren, Ashley, Austin, Ranger and Raiven ; brothers, Otis (Dee) Matteson, Jim (Norma) Matteson, Ken (Alice) Matteson, Dwight (Joyce) Matteson; brothers-in-law, Harry (Karen) Christensen, Carl Christensen, many nieces and nephews, Church Family, friends, and his beloved dog Maxine. Monty was a Navy Veteran.

A special Thank You to Pastor Paul Schneider, Harry, Karen, Kelsey, and Alan Christensen, Maria Johnson, and Pat and Gary Anderson for all their special help and care during Monty’s illness, time in hospice, and after.

Cremation has taken place. A Memorial Service and Dinner will be Saturday, April 2, 2016 at noon, at Chapel of the Lakes Lutheran Church 9407 90th Avenue, in Mecosta, Michigan.

 

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James J. Aitken of Remus

James J. Aitken, age 75 of Remus, passed away Friday, February 19, 2016 at Woodland Hospice.

 

Cremation will take place with a memorial mass to follow in the spring.

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Nettie Lois Robinson of Big Rapids

Nettie Lois Robinson, age 85 passed away in Big Rapids, MI on February 20, 2016 after a long illness. She was born on January 2, 1931 in Traverse City. Nettie is survived by her six children, Starletta (Dan) Snowdin, Sherry (Dennis) Pellegrom, Allen Burley, Robin Russell Burley, Steven (Lynn) Burley and Terry Rolfe; eighteen grandchildren, forty great grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren and two nieces, Irene (Roger) Bedell and Nancy (Russ) Novak. Nettie was preceded in death by her parents, Duard David and Clarabelle (Petrofka) Cole, and three husbands, Allen Burley, Roy Beech and Charles Robinson.

 

She was a resident of Baldwin, MI until 1974 when she moved to Odessa, TX where she worked for the Odessa School District. After leaving there, she was employed for several years making drapes for JC Penney. She retired from Penney’s to enjoy knitting and spending time with family and friends.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 25, 2016, at Metron of Big Rapids (725 Fuller Ave.) where she resided.

 

Memorial donations in Nettie’s name can be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.

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Mary M. Magee of Traverse City, formerly of Big Rapids

Mary M. Magee, 93, died peacefully at her home in Traverse City, on Friday, February 19, 2012. She was a long time resident of Big Rapids until she and her husband, Kenneth Magee, moved to Traverse Manor Assisted Retirement Center several years ago.

 

Mary was born April 14, 1922 in Big Rapids, daughter of William and Bessie (Lundgren) Modrow. She graduated form Big Rapids High School in 1940, and earned a teaching certificate from Ferris State College. She was employed at the Mecosta County Clerk’s office and later at Citizens State Bank, where she worked until her marriage to Kenneth Magee in 1958.

 

Mary, the last of the “Modrow Girls” was preceded in death by her loving husband, Kenneth in 2012, her sisters, Mildred Modrow, Mabel Rogers, Agnes Streeter, Esther Brown, and an infant sister and brother, Thedore Modrow. She is survived by her step-daughter, Ann Magee of Grapeville, Washington and several nieces and nephews.

 

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at the Mohnke Funeral Home in Big Rapids with Pastor John Bookshaw officiating. Interment will be in the spring at Highland View Cemetery.

 

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Sharon Ann Butts of Remus

 

Sharon Ann Butts, age 75 of Remus, passed away Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at the Laurels of Mt. Pleasant. Cremation will take place with a memorial service to follow at the Chippewa Hills Baptist Church – Remus, Saturday, February 20th at 11:00 AM. Pastor Chuck Richardson will officiate. Visitation will take place at the church Saturday morning from 10:00 AM to the time of service.

Sharon was born October 14, 1940, the daughter of William and Kathleen (Geiger) Johnson. She loved to mushroom hunt, fish and spend time outside whenever she could. Sharon also enjoyed traveling to the U.P. near Paradise with her husband, James. She was known best for her stubbornness, sense of humor, love for animals and being a great mother to her three children.

Sharon will be greatly missed by her husband of 56 years, James; son, Brian (Annette) Butts; daughters, Brenda (Herbert) Faling and Barbara Butts (David Rowell); brother, Gary Jordan; sisters, Marie Fowler and Marlin Champod and one grandson, Harley Raglin.

She was preceded in death by her parents and step-mother, Mary Johnson-Casner.

Those desiring may direct memorial contributions to the ARC of Mecosta County at 18400 220th Ave, Big Rapids, MI 49307. Envelopes will be available at the church.

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Sherrill (Shark) Lynn Perry of Remus

Sherrill (Shark) Lynn Perry, age 82 of Remus passed away on Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016. Services will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016 at 11:00 AM at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Remus with Pastor Jonathan Voss officiating. Visitation will take place Tues., Feb. 16th from 4-8:00 PM at the church and again on Wed. from 10:00 AM until the time of the service. A luncheon will be served at the church following the service. Burial will take place in the spring at Strong Cemetery.

Sherrill was born March 29, 1933, the son of Nile Oren and Beulah Amanda (Young) Perry. He retired from Hitachi after 37 years and enjoyed spending his time outdoors with farming as his hobby.

On July 10, 1953, he married Ann (Thren), who preceded him in death in 2008. Left to cherish his memory are one son, David (Susan) Perry; four daughters, Marlene (Steven) Martin, Denise (Kim) Robinson, Alicia (Brian) Eldred and Marcia Sebright; grandchildren, Steven (Katie) Martin, David Martin, Jayson (Amber) Robinson, Stacey (Nick) Warren, Kristyn Robinson, Kyle (Maegan) Eldred, Brett (Angie) Eldred, Erik Eldred, Kurt (Amanda) Helmer, Sam (Gretchen) Helmer, Sarah (Todd) Taylor, Amanda Perry, Alivia Perry; ten great-grandchildren; one brother, Larry (Jeanne) Perry and sister-in-law, Donna Thren.

Sherrill was preceded in death by his wife, Ann; his parents, and brother, Marvin Perry.

In Lieu of flowers, those desiring may direct memorial contributions to St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church – Remus or to the Mecosta County Senior Center. Envelopes will be available at church.

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L.D. Clyde Curtis of Big Rapids

L.D. Clyde Curtis, 91, of Big Rapids, passed away on Monday, February 15, 2016 at Metron of Big Rapids.

 

Funeral services will take place at 11:00 am on Friday, February 19, 2016 at the First Baptist Church in Howard City.

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Sheri Jo (Horgan) Montag of Grand Rapids

Sheri Jo (Horgan) Montag, age 42 of Grand Rapids, formerly of Big Rapids, passed away Thursday, February 11, 2016 at Faith Hospice of Trillium Woods; she had fought a long and courageous battle against cancer. She was born February 15, 1973 in Big Rapids, the youngest child of James “Jim” and Joanne R. (Bouman) Horgan. Sheri graduated from Big Rapids High School in 1991; during high school, she played sports and attended Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, traveling to Europe with the Blue Lake International Choir. She continued her education and became a licensed cosmetologist. Sheri also held several retail jobs in the Grand Rapids area until attending Ross Medical graduating in 1998 as a Certified Medical Assistant. She was employed by The Fertility Center, West Michigan Cardiology and most recently by Bed Bath and Beyond in Grandville.

 

Sheri married Jason Montag on April 30, 2005 in Jamaica and they returned to Grand Rapids to make their home. Sheri appreciated her home and family. She was a dedicated wife, mother and daughter. She enjoyed traveling and family trips, but especially going to the beach or the cabin.

 

Sheri will be remembered for her beautiful smile, for being a true friend, for her stubbornness, her competitiveness and many other attributes. She will be loved forever and never forgotten by her cherished family and friends including; her husband, Jason and their two sons, Zachary and Ashton all of Grand Rapids; her parents, Joanne and James “Jim” Horgan of Paris; sister, Sheila (Brian) Swartz of Caledonia; brother Jimmy (Kim) Horgan of Middleville; nieces and nephews, Joshua (Lydia) Swartz of Traverse City and their three sons, Zane, Cameron and Macsen, Bradley Swartz of Grand Rapids, Brianna (fiancé Derek Eaton) Swartz of Caledonia, Ashley (Alex) Sackett of Caledonia and their son “Super” Parker Sackett, Brittany Horgan and Mitchell Horgan both at home in Middleville; Godmother, Mary Therese Smith of Big Rapids, father and mother-in-law, Paul and Jane (Hamilton) Montag of Jenison, grandmother-in-law, Elizabeth Montag of Sterling Heights; brother-in-law, Trevor (Jenny) Montag of Jenison; sister-in-law, Danielle “Dani” Montag of Kentwood; many aunts, uncles, cousins and dear friends including, Megan Gifford, Darcy Ferguson and Missy DeYoung.

Sheri was preceded in death by her grandparents, Ruth and Joe Bouman and Bill and Margaret Horgan.

 

A memorial service will take place 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Big Rapids with Father Joe Fix officiating. The family will greet friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday February 16th at the Daggett-Gilbert Funeral Home in Big Rapids and one hour prior to services on Wednesday at the church.
 

Memorial contributions in Sheri’s name may be given to her family for the education of her sons, Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids or St. Mary’s School in Big Rapids.

 

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Patricia Jean Mosher of Big Rapids

Patricia Jean Mosher, 69, of Big Rapids, went to be with her Lord on Wednesday, February 10, 2016.

She was born July 24, 1946, in Big Rapids, the daughter of Henry V. and Charlotte A. (VanOrman) Schohl. Patt graduated from Big Rapids High School in 1965, and on May 28, 1966, she married Allen D. Mosher.

For 36 years, Patt worked in purchasing at Ferris State University, retiring in 2005. She was very committed to St. Mary Catholic Church and her faith.

Patt is survived by her husband Al; her siblings, Bud (Joanne) Schohl, Eileen Brady, Charlene Ferguson, Richard (Kris) Schohl, Marie (Don) Cross, Kay Freeland, and Jack (Faye) Randall; her mother-in-law, Marjorie Bobowik; and many niece and nephews. Patt was preceded in death by her parents and 4 siblings, Hank Schohl, Violet Elliott, Tom Schohl, and Shirley Buist.

A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 11:00 am, Monday, February 15, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Big Rapids, with Father Michael Burt officiating. Spring burial will be in the Mt. Carmel Cemetery. Patt’s family will greet friends on Sunday, February 14, from 4-6 p.m. at the Mohnke Funeral Home in Big Rapids, with a Rosary Service beginning at 5:30 p.m. Memorial contributions in Patt’s name may be made for the Susan B. Wheatlake Cancer Center, with envelopes available at the funeral home.

 

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Crystal A. Esser-Flowers of Morley

Crystal A. Esser-Flowers, age 31 of Morley, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, February 7, 2016 at her home. She was born March 11, 1984 in Grand Rapids, the daughter of James and Penny (Huey) Esser. Crystal graduated from the MOISD in 2002. She enjoyed drawing and sketching. Crystal was always helping people and animals; she made any animal her pet.

 

She loved her family and spending time with her nieces and nephews. Crystal is survived by her husband, Michael Flowers of Morley; two sons, Zander Hudson-Flowers and Zachary Hiler-Flowers both of Morley; parents, Jim and Penny Esser of Morley; two siblings, Michael Esser of Morley and Tanya (Joshua) Velting of Stanwood; several nieces and nephews; grandparents, Wayne and Shirley Huey of Big Rapids and John and Barb Esser of Wyoming, MI; best friend, Marie Palm of Morley; as well as many extended family and friends.

 

A memorial service will take place 3:00 p.m. Saturday, February 13, 2016 at the Daggett-Gilbert Funeral Home in Big Rapids with Pastor Bruce Peterson officiating. The family will greet friends one hour prior to the service on Saturday.

 

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Crystal’s name to help take care of her children.

 

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Merri Lois (Meier) Borkowski of Big Rapids

Merri Lois (Meier) Borkowski, 72, of Big Rapids, passed away surrounded by her loving family on Sunday, February 7, 2016 after a long, courageous battle with cancer.  Merri was born May 7, 1943 to Martin and Lois Meier of St. Anne, IL.  After graduating St. Anne High School, she earned her BS from the University of Illinois – Champaign.

 

Merri’s passion for teaching took her to many high schools in Illinois and Michigan including Big Rapids High School where she not only taught, but also served as the Gifted and Talented Coordinator for the district.  Merri also taught Accounting at the collegiate level as a faculty member of Ferris State University.

 

In addition to teaching, Merri took pride in selling real estate in the Big Rapids area.  Merri was also an accomplished author, writing three novels in her favorite genre – mystery fiction.  She enjoyed attending book signings and always made time for people interested in discussing literature or the writing process.  Merri was a successful public speaker and would gladly give her time and talents to address groups on a wide variety of topics.

 

Merri became a resident of Big Rapids, MI in 1978 but spent winters in Jerseyville, in order to be closer to her beloved grandchildren.  While in Jerseyville, Merri served as a reading tutor for elementary students at Holy Ghost Elementary School.

 

She is preceded in death by her parents, Martin and Lois Meier and her uncle, Gordon Meier.  She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Robert Borkowski of Big Rapids, Michigan; son, Casey Borkowski of Big Rapids, Michigan; and son, Brian (Jennifer) Borkowski; and grandchildren, Casey and Noah Borkowski all of Jerseyville, IL.

 

Merri lived a life of love and dedication to her family, friends, and community.  She touched the lives of everyone she came into contact with and made the world a better place for being in it.  She will be dearly missed.

 

A memorial gathering with Merri’s family will take place from 5:00 to 6:00 pm on Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at the Mohnke Funeral Home in Big Rapids.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Merri’s name may be made to the American Cancer Society with envelopes available at the funeral home.

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Elmer 'Tug' Eckert of Six Lakes

Elmer “Tug” Eckert, age 89 of Six Lakes passed away Tues., February 2, 2016. Services will be held Friday, Feb. 5, 2016 at 1:00 PM at Janowicz Family Funeral Home in Remus with Pastor David Waid officiating. The family will greet friends at the funeral home from 12 noon until the time of the service.

Elmer was born in Six Lakes on March 1, 1926, the son of Milan and Ruth (Delamater) Eckert. He was an avid hunter and loved to fish. He was a true outdoorsman, enjoying camping and traveling. He was a quiet, gentle and go-with-the-flow kind of man, never complaining about anything.

Left to cherish his memory are his son and daughter-in-law, Steven (Diana) Eckert; brothers, Lawrence, John and Lloyd; sisters, Gail and June; grandchildren, Keith, Jeremy, Troy and Cody and six great-grandchildren.

Elmer was preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn; his son, Gary Eckert; three brothers, George, Jim and Ron and one sister, Betty.

 

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Mary Lou (Kelley) Rozier of Copemish

Mary Lou (Kelley) Rozier passed away on Friday, January 29, 2016 after many years of battling illnesses. She was 77 years old, born on December 2, 1938 in Burton Township, Genesse County, the daughter of William and Flossie (Ostrander) Kelley. Mary was a wonderful cook, loved to sew and do crafts, and enjoyed listening to Christian programs and music.

 

She has joined her Savior in heaven, along with her Beloved husband Bill, and many other loved ones. Surviving are three sons, Tim (Susan) Rozier of Salcha, Alaska, Mark (Norma Jane) Rozier of Paris, Michigan, and Bill (Bernie) Rozier of Tucson, Arizona; six grandchildren, Matthew, Aaron, Timmy, Randall, Virginia Rozier, and Rachel (Steven) Willis; one great-grandson, Trenton Rozier; two sisters, two brothers, and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

 

Many thanks to all the care workers, friends, and professionals who helped Mary through many medical problems, transportation and daily care. As she stated many times, “I am very blessed.” A private graveside service will be held in Copemish, Michigan later this year.

 

Arrangements and care entrusted to the Daggett-Gilbert Funeral Home in Big Rapids.

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