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Obituaries Archives for 2016-07

Carlene Jean Church of Luther

Carlene Jean Church of Luther passed away Wednesday, July 27, 2016 in Newaygo. She was 72.


She was born September 2, 1944 in Grand Rapids to Robert and Bessie (Bandsma) Mulford and attended Central High School in Grand Rapids. On July 20, 1974 she was married in Grand Rapids to Mr. Duane Church who survives her. She was a graduate of the Cadillac School of Cosmetology and was employed with the Flair for Hair salon in Baldwin until she started the Carlene’s Creative Cuts salon in Luther where she was the owner and operator until her retirement in 2010. Carlene was a longtime member of the Grace Lutheran Church in Baldwin where she served as a member of the altar guild and as the church custodian with her husband Duane. She enjoyed gardening, ceramics, and baking.


She is survived by her husband Duane Church, children: Steven Church, Sid Church, Donna (Ray) Chelbana, Dora (Randy) Willison, William Engstrom Jr., and Karlene Church; 8 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; siblings: Donald Salisbury and Joyce Towne; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents Robert and Bessie (Bandsma) Mulford, and her step-father Ted Cross.


Funeral services will be held at 12:00 P.M. Saturday, July 30, 2016 at the Grace Lutheran Church in Baldwin with Rev. Daniel Fienen officiating. Visitation with the family will be from 11:00 A.M. Saturday at the church until time of services. A memorial contribution may be made in her name to Hospice of Michigan.



Michael James Cody of Canadian Lakes

Michael James Cody “Mike”, age 87 of Canadian Lakes, passed away on the morning of Tuesday, July 19, 2016. A Memorial Mass will be held in his honor Tuesday, July 26th at 11:00 AM, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church – Remus. Visitation will be held at the church from 10:00 AM to the time of service on Tuesday. Because Mike was such an animal lover, family has asked that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to the ARC of Mecosta County. Envelopes will be available at the church.

Mike was born August 19, 1928 in Quebec, Canada. He worked for Chrysler Corporation in Highland Park for 16 years before designing Apache trailers for Vesley Manufacturing in Lapeer. It wasn’t long before Mike was offered a position with Milton Bradley (the toy manufacturer) as product manager of their Whiting craft division in East Longmeadow, MA. He eventually worked for Prince Company in Holland, Michigan for approximately ten years before retiring in 1993.

After his retirement, he and the love of his life, Dorothy, enjoyed traveling to many different places frequently hauling their camper behind their pickup truck. The couple moved to Canadian Lakes in 1990, then to Gulf Shores, Alabama in 2000, and back to Canadian Lakes in 2005. Throughout his life Mike delighted in hunting, camping, playing cards and bowling.

He had a very dry sense of humor, often making his neighbors laugh. Frugal, soft spoken, down to earth and humble were all words used to describe Mike.

He will be greatly missed by his children, Patrick (Carol) Cody and Nancy Trotter; grandchildren, Patrick, Stephen, Malia, Jennifer, Michael, Kevin, Bill and James, and six great-grandchildren.

Mike was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Kitty Cody; his wife of 62 years, Dorothy in 2014; son, Dennis in 2004 and infant daughter, Kathy in 1959.


Gloria Jayne (Long) Hastings of Luther

Gloria Jayne (Long) Hastings of Luther passed away at her home surrounded by her family on Thursday, July 21, 2016. She was 75.


She was born October 20, 1940 to Eston “Sam” and Ida (Kesl) Long and was raised on the family farm in Hoxeyville. She attended Hoxeyville elementary schools and attended the Hoxeyville Agriculture School until she was transferred to the Luther High School in her junior year. Gloria participated in basketball, softball, cheerleading, and band at her new school. While attending high school in Luther she began dating her future husband Jim Hastings. After high school she attended West Shore Community College where she focused her education in banking. On July 4, 1958 Gloria Long was married to Jim Hastings and they lived their lives together raising 5 children until he passed away in 2014. She held employment early in her life with Wolverine World Wide in Reed City, Evart Products, and later with the Osceola State Bank in Baldwin, where she worked for 20 years until her retirement. Gloria was active in the Luther community where she had served as a member of the village council, as an assistant coach with the Pine River High School track team and the Pine River Middle School basketball team, as a girl’s summer softball coach, and also in the classroom as an aid to the teachers. She enjoyed gardening and being together with family.


She is survived by her children: Jeanette (Tom) Sawyer, Waneda (Clif) Gydesen, Lana (Brian) Gamble, Jim (Missy) Hastings, and Teresa (Doug Olson) Hastings; 11 grandchildren: Chad Gydesen, Candace Kuhn, Brooke Miller, Crystal Snyder, Joshua Gamble, Ashley Gamble, Jason Gamble, Mitchell Hastings, Brett Hastings, Heather Donley, Trisha Donley, and Haley Olson; siblings: Lynn (Donna) Long, Sharon (Bob) Verlindie, Robert (Donna) Long, Thomas (Judy) Long, and Roger (Jessica) Long; 14 great grandchildren: Kadence, Mason, Austin, Hailey, Bristol, Reed, Jaxson, Coldon, Boston, Berkley, Olivia, Clayton, Taryn, and Alaina. She was preceded in death by her parents Eston “Sam” and Ida Long, husband Jim Hastings, brothers Bruce and Greg Long.


Funeral services will be held at 1:00 P.M. Saturday, July 23, 2016 at the Pruitt-Livingston Funeral Home in Reed City with Rev. Scott Loomis officiating. Burial will take place at the North Park Cemetery in Luther. Visitation with the family will be from 12:00 P.M. Saturday at the funeral home until the time of services. Memorial contributions may be made in her name to Munson Hospice.


Glenn V. Sharp of Morley

Glenn V. Sharp of Morley passed away Wednesday, July 20, 2016, at home with his loving wife by his side. He was born in Stanwood on July 29, 1939, the son of Earl and Marvis (Hollenbeck) Sharp. Glenn attended Big Rapids High School. He married Sue (Wood) Sharp on October 12, 1959 and together they made their home in Stanwood until moving to Morley in 2012. Glenn retired from CSX Railroad in 1999.


Glenn will be remembered for his honesty and work ethic, but most of all for being a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He will be deeply missed by his beloved family. Surviving are: his wife of 56 years Sue Sharp of Morley; his wonder dog Chico the Chihuahua; his two children, Tammy (Glen) Louck of Morley, Jodi (Chris) Herbert of Morley; five grandchildren, Glen (Amber) Louck of Morley, Joseph (Megan) Louck of Morley, Amanda Wright of Knoxville, TN, Joshua Wright of Newport News, VA, Jeralynn Wright of Lake Odessa; three great­grandsons, two great­grandaughters; four sisters, Winifred Spedoske of Stanwood, Beverly (Dave) Cousineau of Summerville, GA, Geraldine (Dale) Bell of Palm Coast, FL, Beatrice (Dutch) Bell of Conroe, TX; many nieces, nephews, extended family, and special friends, including Carl and Linda Velting of Morley, Kenny and Sherry Olson of Lowell, and Pete and Chris Mihalciuc of Morley.


Glenn was preceded in death by: his son Richard Sharp; infant daughter Sherry Sharp; father and mother Earl and Marvis Sharp; three brothers, Robert, Gerald (Helen) and Gilbert; one sister, Wilma Sharp; Father and Mother­in­law, Leon and Ruby Wood; two brothers-in-law, Philip Wood, Glen Spedoske; and one sister-in-law, Nancy (Robert) Sharp.


Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m. Sunday, July 24, 2016 at the Daggett-Gilbert Funeral Home in Big Rapids. The family will greet friends on Saturday, July 23rd from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and one hour prior to the funeral on Sunday.



Lyle V. Bliesener Mecosta

Lyle V. Bliesener passed away at his home in Mecosta on July 19, 2016 at the age of 83. A Celebration of Life will be held at Janowicz Family Funeral Home in Remus on Monday, July 25, 2016 at 11:00 AM. The family will greet friends from 10:00 AM until the time of the service. A luncheon will follow the service at the Mecosta VFW Hall.

Lyle was born February 11, 1933 in Lansing, MI. He graduated from
Diamondale High School in 1951 and was drafted in to the U.S. Army not long after. After being honorably discharged, Lyle joined the family owned construction business, V. A. Bliesener & Sons Construction.

He enjoyed gardening (but I think the deer enjoyed it more), ice fishing, and cutting, splitting and stacking wood. Lyle was elected to many Board of Directors including Builders Ready Mix and Associated Builders and Contractors. His main interests in life were his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was always so proud of their many accomplishments.

Lyle is lovingly remembered by his children, Kirk (Rene), Julie and Tracy (Randy); grandchildren, Chad, Ryan, Corey, Joseph, Lindsay, Sunny and Jordan; great-grandchildren, Kalie, Brooks, Lexy, Devlin, and Eli; brother, Norm; many nieces, nephews and his Beloved Dogs.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Judy; father, Vern; mother, Elizabeth, and brothers, Jake and Pat.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to American Heart Assoc. or Hospice Compassus, 401 Center Ave. #130, Bay City 48708. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.



Betty Jane VanAlstine of Grant Center

Betty Jane VanAlstine, 92, long-time Grant Center resident, passed away Sunday, July 17, 2016 at her residence.


She was born to Edward and Margaret (Leuchars) VanAlstine on December 30, 1923.  On November 15, 1939, she married Milton VanAlstine at the home of the Justice of the Peace in Grant Twp., Mecosta County. They were married 62 years at the time of his death in 2001.


Betty went to work at Linten’s Department store in 1958 until 1963.  While working there she was asked by the probate judge to come to work for him, and she worked under five judges during her career as Probate Register in Mecosta County.  After retirement she was elected to the Mecosta County Board of Commissioners.  Betty received several distinguished community awards, including the Mecosta County Liberty Bell Award.


Betty was a life time member of the Grant Center United Methodist Church.  The past several years she attended the Reed City United Methodist Church.  Betty cherished all of her relatives, friends, and acquaintances, old and new.  Anyone knowing Betty for more than five minutes knew of her love for people and music.


Surviving are Betty and Milton’s four children: Lola Jean Callaghan, Ruth Ann (Don) Hinkle, Leslie (Concetta D’Agostino) VanAlstine and Patricia (Thane Hess) Glazier; eleven grandchildren, Kelly Johnson, Jeff Keefer, Jake Callaghan, Jeb Callaghan, Debbie Short, Todd Csernai, Jenny Lowe, Leslie VanAlstine II, Joseph Christmas, Chad Glazier, Rebecca Glazier, along with their spouses; and twenty great grandchildren.  Also, surviving is one sister, Katherine (Fred) Martin of Arizona.  Betty is preceded by her parents, husband, four brothers and two sisters.


Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, July 22, 2016 at the Grant Center United Methodist Church, with Rev. Kathryn Caderette officiating.  Burial will follow in the Grant City Cemetery.  Betty’s family will great friends from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 21, 2016 at the Mohnke Funeral Home in Big Rapids, and after 10:00 a.m. on Friday at the church.


Memorial contributions may be made in her name to the Grant Center United Methodist Church, or to the Betty VanAlstine Katherine Martin Nursing Scholarship Fund (administered through the Reed City United Methodist Church), with envelopes available at the funeral home.



Teresa 'Anne' Best of Stanwood

Teresa “Anne” Best of Stanwood passed away Sunday, July 17, 2016 surrounded by her loving family. It was her 82nd birthday.  She was born in 1934 in Detroit, the daughter of Savario and Lucia (Vingola) Russo.  Anne graduated from East Detroit High School.  She married Daryl Best Sr. on April 8, 1961 and together they made their home in East Detroit until moving to Stanwood in 1970.  Anne began working as a substitute teacher for the Morley-Stanwood School District. She also attended Central Michigan University, until earning her Masters of Education degree. Anne retired from teaching in 1998 at the Morley Elementary School, where she volunteered for many years.


During retirement, Anne and her husband Daryl were very active in the community.  She assisted with Shriner events, fundraisers at the Big Rapids Elks Lodge and other charitable projects. Anne was a member of Christ the King Catholic Church in Howard City.


Anne will be remembered for many attributes: including a quick wit and great sense of humor, a strong faith and work ethic, her creativity and honest friendship, but most of all for being a loving and dedicated wife, mother and grandmother.  She will be forever missed by her beloved family. Surviving are her five children; Julie (Bill Allen) Best of Paris, Daryl Jr. (Candyce) Best of Warren, Patrick (Jodi) Best of St. Cloud, MN, John (Melissa) Best of Kalamazoo, Bonnie (Harry) Best-Pero of Stanwood; seven grandchildren, Jameela Guy, Anthony Best, Andrew Best, Michael Best, Patrick T. Best, Isabel Best, Conner Pero; many nieces, nephews and extended family including the DeLuca and Teceno families. 


Anne was preceded in death by her husband, Daryl Best Sr. on June 14, 2005, two brothers, Rocco Russo, Sam Russo and a sister, Angeline Towne. 


A Mass of Christian Burial will take place 11:00 a.m. Thursday, July 21st at Christ the King Catholic Church in Howard City with Father James Wyse officiating.  The family will greet friends on Wednesday, July 20th from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Daggett-Gilbert Funeral Home in Big Rapids with a scripture service at 7:30 p.m. that evening.  The family will also greet friends one hour prior to Mass at the church on Thursday. 


Memorial contributions in Anne’s name may be made to the Morley Stanwood High School Sports Boosters.



Arden Keith Buss of Evart

Arden Keith Buss passed away quietly at his home on Tuesday, July 12, 2016 under the loving care of his family and hospice nursing staff. He was 86. He was born on December 13th, 1929, the youngest of five children, to Albert and Etta (Draper) Buss.


He attended the Reed City area public schools and participated in athletics and in band. It was during his school years that he met the love of his life, Doris Elaine Ridderman. They were married in May of 1950. He was a member of the Evart United Methodist Church and served the church in a variety of positions. He loved music and sang in the church choir, was a member of the Reed City community band in the 1970’s, and worked the sound system for his wife’s singing trio. Arden was an amazing gardener. He raised many vegetables and flowers, taking great pride in growing flowers for cutting. After his retirement, he and his wife sold flowers and mums at local farm markets. They enjoyed meeting new people and talking to the other vendors they met. He also loved being in the outdoors. He enjoyed fishing and hunting with his family, taking trips to the UP and around northern Michigan. He did wood working in his small wood shop at home in the winter, crafting Adirondack chairs, end tables, perpetual calendars and many other items for his family and friends. Most of all, he loved his family and was proud of their accomplishments.


Arden worked in the oil business and was co-owner of Ridderman Oil Company along with his brother-in-law, Ben Ridderman. He is survived by his children: Diann (Jerry) Block of Beulah, Thomas (Cindy) Buss of Traverse City, and Karen Buss of Rockford, Mark (Carrie) Buss of Reed City, and Lauri (Greg) Gogolin of Williamsburg. Also surviving are grandchildren: Matt (Melanie) Block, Sarah (Jeremy) Milarch, Emily Block, Andrew Buss, Lee Buss, Amanda (Mick) Rickerd, Tim (Andrea) Hinkle, Erin Gogolin, Isaac Gogolin, Seth Gogolin, Joseph Young, Michael Buss, and Elizabeth Buss; great grandchildren: Trevor, Peyton, Abigail, Eliza, Makenzie, Sydney, Joselyn, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Albert and Etta Buss, his wife Doris Buss, siblings Josephine Buss, Hubert Buss, Herdis Buss, Mildred Supernaw, and grandson Evan Gogolin. The family would like to thank Spectrum Hospice, Jenni Lynn’s Home Service, and all the family and friends who helped keep Arden in his home during the last weeks of his life.


A funeral service will take place at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, July 16, 2016 at the Pruitt-Livingston Funeral Home in Reed City with Rev. Melodye Surgeon-Rider officiating. Visitation with the family will be from 6-8 P.M. Friday, July 15, 2016 at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Evart United Methodist Church or to Spectrum Hospice.


Ronald C. Hackett of Barryton

Ronald C. Hackett, 72, of Barryton, MI, passed away on Tuesday, June 28, 2016 where he resided in Clare. He was born on June 6, 1944 in Lansing, to Charles and Thelma (Lemon) Hackett. Ron was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. After the service he worked at General Motors in Lansing for 30 years. Ron loved the Mecosta area and made it his permanent home in 2001.


Ron is survived by: his sisters, Jan Barnhill and Cleo (Jerry) Warden; one brother, Rex (Patricia) Hackett; brother-in-law, Jerry Looney; good friend, Nikki Fauson-Hackett; and many extended family members and friends.


Ron was preceded by in death by his parents, Charles and Thelma; sisters, Lynn Potter and Connie Looney and a brother, Richard Hackett.


A celebration of Ron’s life will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 16, 2016 at his brother’s home, 16080 45th Avenue, Barryton. Military honors will be at the house.



Adeline B. Bednarz of Barryton

Adeline B. Bednarz, age 87, passed away on Thursday, June 16, 2016 at Spectrum Health Butterworth in Grand Rapids. She was born on December 19, 1928 in Detroit to Albert and Anna E. (Niekel) Chylla. Adeline married the late Stanley Walter Bednarz Sr. who passed away in 1985.

Adeline has resided the last few years with her daughter Jacqueline (William) Walsh in Barryton. She is also survived by two sisters, Florence and Cathlene; and two grandchildren, one great-grandchild, one step-grandchild, two step-great-grandchildren; and many extended family and friends.

Adeline was also preceded in death by a son, Stanley Bednarz Junior and two sisters, Dorothy Baroni and Elizabeth Zielinski; and a brother Albert Chylla Jr.

A graveside interment of cremains will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, July 18, 2016 at St. Hedwig Cemetery in Dearborn Heights, MI.


Carl M. Morrison of Big Rapids

Carl M. Morrison, 82, of Big Rapids, passed away Monday, July 11, 2016, at his residence.


He was born September 7, 1933, in Morley, the son of Wesley and Laura (Steinke) Morrison, and moved with his family to Big Rapids when he was six years old.  In 1952, Carl graduated from Big Rapids High School, and then served in the United States Air Force, being honorably discharged in 1956.   


For 34 years, Carl worked for Consumer’s Energy, retiring as sub-station operator in 1993.  In 1991, Carl joined the Mecosta County Fair Board, where he still had remained actively involved.


Carl was married to his wife Dorothy for 47 years until she passed away in 2013.  Surviving are his children, Wesley Morrison of Big Rapids, Dennis (Pamela) Young of Georgia, Deb (Mike) Fountain, Daryl (Faye) Young, and Douglas Young, all of Big Rapids, and daughters Karen, Sandy, and Terri, all of Ludington; 9 grandchildren, and 8 great-grandchildren.  Carl was also preceded in death by his brother Art. 


Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m., Friday, July 15, 2016, at the Mohnke Funeral Home in Big Rapids, with burial to follow in the Pine Plains Cemetery.  Carl’s family will greet friends at the funeral home on Friday from 12:00 p.m. until time of services.   Memorial contributions in his name may be made to Hospice of Michigan, with envelopes available at the funeral home.



Melvin W. Jolly of Mecosta

Melvin W. Jolly, 94, of Mecosta, passed away Tuesday, July 12, 2016, at Royal View Retirement Community in Canadian Lakes. 


He was born July 4, 1922, in Champaign, IL, the son of Lester and Lucille (Barham) Jolley.  During World War II, Melvin served with the U.S. Army. 


Melvin retired as a service supervisor from MichCon/DTE Energy in Grand Rapids after 38 years.  Following retirement, he moved to Round Lake near Mecosta. 


Melvin was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Fran (Tahaney) Jolley.   Surviving are 2 daughters, Michele Boley of Portage, and Pat (Gale) Mortensen of Mecosta; 4 grandchildren, Chris Estep, Scott (Tracey) Boley, Tim (Stephanie) Mortensen, and Shawn (Char-Lin) Mortensen; plus 18 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild; a sister-in-law Wanda Tahaney of Grand Rapids; and 2 nieces, Kathy and Laurie.


Private graveside services and interment will be at the Grandville Cemetery in Grandville.  Memorial contributions in his name may be made for the Albert Schiffer VFW Post 2335 in Mecosta to support the pancake breakfast.  Envelopes are available at the Mohnke Funeral Home in Big Rapids, where arrangements are entrusted.



Geraldine (Geri) Frances Curtis of Howard City

Geraldine (Gerri) Frances Curtis, 93, passed away at The Brook Retirement Community with Assisted and Independent Living in Newaygo, on Sunday, July 10, 2016.


Geraldine was born on December 3, 1922, to Alfred J. and Margaret M. (Bott) Gietzen on the family farm in Remus, Michigan.  She was known as Peggy only to her family as they gave her that nickname shortly after birth.  Geraldine suffered from a variety of health issues throughout her life, missing a substantial amount of school.  In spite of that, she was valedictorian of her graduating class at St. Michael’s Catholic School in Remus.


Gerri was employed at the Creamery (now Leprino Foods) in Remus where she met L.D. Clyde Curtis.  They later married in Remus on June 5, 1948, moved to Barryton, and later to Mt. Pleasant, where she worked for the president of Central Michigan University. Clyde and Geraldine had two children, Denise and Lanny.


In 1975 Gerri and Clyde moved to Howard City and built their dream home across from Christ the King Catholic Church.  Gerri remained very active in the church for the next 40 years, serving on various committees, working on many funeral dinners, reading for masses, and baking for numerous bake sales and bazaars as well as for friend’s birthdays and other celebrations.  Gerri took great pride in her baking and cooking and it gave her great joy to share this gift with others.  In the months before her death, she was still baking for others.  Gerri and Clyde enjoyed many years of square dancing and Gerri also bowled for several years.


Gerri was preceded in death by her husband on February 15, 2016, and his funeral was held February 19.  Later that same day, Gerri fell in her home and broke her neck and her nose.  Thus began a journey of surgeries, hospitals, nursing homes and assisted living facilities.  She continued her fight for life with dignity, in spite of her multiple health problems, and the pain she experienced every day.


Gerri is survived by her daughter Denise (Paul) Jefts of Big Rapids, and her son Lanny (Tammy) Curtis of Howard City.  She also leaves behind her beloved grandchildren Karen Jefts of Grand Rapids, Carl (Tasia) Jefts of Rodney, Lynne (Jim) Garvey of Canton, Randy (Kylie) Curtis of Pottersville, NY, Chad Curtis of Comstock Park, Alicia Curtis of Edmond, OK, Maria Curtis of Howard City; great-granddaughters Eva Jefts and Alivianna Curtis;  brother Allen (Bonnie) Gietzen; sisters-in-law Francis Gietzen Richards, Doris Drake of Barryton, Carroll Hull of Muskegon, Beverly (Clois) Bowman of Reed City; brother-in-law Ron (Gerry) Curtis of Big Rapids; and many nieces and nephews.


Gerri was also preceded in death by her parents, brother Brice “Bud” Gietzen, sister Bethyl Walthers, father-in-law George Curtis, mother-in-law Mabel Curtis, sisters-in-law Barbara Carroll, Neva Fenton, Wilma Fenton, Marge Weeks, brothers-in-law Walt Walthers, Colin Drake, Wayne Hull, Ford Fenton, Eddie Fenton, Harold Weeks, and Robert Curtis, nieces Sheila Bowman and Lori Walthers, nephews David Fenton and Larry Walthers and great-grandson Ezra Michael Curtis.


Funeral services for Gerri will be 11:00 a.m., Friday, July 15, 2016, at Christ the King Catholic Church, 9596 Reed Road in Howard City, with Rev. James Wyse officiating.  Burial will be in the St. Apollonia Cemetery in Morley.  Gerri’s family will greet friends from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday, July 14, at the Mohnke Funeral Home in Big Rapids, and after 10 a.m. on Friday at the church.  Memorial contributions in her name may be made for the church or to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital, with envelopes available at the funeral home.



Darwin A. Mishler, 87, of Paris

Darwin A. Mishler, 87, of Paris, passed away Saturday, July 9, 2016.  He was born on November 21, 1928 in DeWitt, MI, the son of John and Edna (Sabotta) Mishler. 


Darwin was happily married for 62years to Marie L. (Lindsey) Mishler.  He worked for 36 years at Benedict Manufacturing.  Darwin enjoyed fishing and farming.


He is survived by his wife, 3 children Deborah (Mel) Wilcox of Fremont, Randy (Vicky) Mishler of Reed City and Sherry Funk of Newaygo, 13 grandchildren and six great grandchildren.  Also surviving are 3 sisters, Marge Schonborn, Annabelle Yost, Marilyln (Herbert)  Zinser and one sister-in-law, Yvonne Mishler.


Darwin was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Donald and Joseph Mishler, and one sister, Ruth Earnest.


A memorial service will be at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, July 14, 2016 at the Mohnke Funeral Home in Big Rapids.


Memorial contributions may be made in Darwin’s name to the American Heart Association.



Marianne Wolken of Canadian Lakes

Marianne Wolken, 68, of Canadian Lakes, Michigan died on July 6, 2016 in her home after a year long battle with cancer. A memorial service will be held in her honor Tuesday, July 19th, at 11:00 AM, at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Big Rapids, MI. Family will greet friends from 10:00 AM to the time of service.

She was born February 26, 1948 in Martinez, California to Raymond and Martina Thielen. She married Lee Wolken on October 16, 1971 in Flatville, Illinois. She attended Eastern Illinois University and worked for an aerobic dance company in the Detroit area for many years. She was very involved in community service, volunteering for years at her children’s schools, Manna Pantry in Big Rapids, the Dump n Run event with Ferris State University, the Morton Township Library Gala and an active member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Big Rapids, Michigan.

Marianne was a loving, caring, generous person, who enjoyed cooking and hosting theme parties, reading, watching movies, especially horror movies, loved animals, being a genuine cat lady, and delighted in spending lots of imaginative play time with her grandsons.

She is survived by her husband, Lee; daughter, Pamela O’Neal of Ann Arbor Michigan; son, Timothy (Desiree) Wolken of Utica, Michigan; and grandsons Joe O’Neal, Thomas Wolken and Daniel Wolken.



Karen Lynn (Fredrick) Todd of Paris

Karen Lynn (Fredrick) Todd, age 69, of Paris passed away Thursday, July 7, 2016.


She was born on September 21, 1946 in Big Rapids, the daughter of Benjamin and Louise (Zimmerman) Fredrick. 


She attended Eastwood School, previously known as 5th Ward, was involved in Girl Scouts, sold candy at the school basketball games, and graduated from Big Rapids High School in 1964.  Karen married Gary Dean Todd on November 7, 1964, and together they had three beautiful children; son Richard (Amy) Todd, daughter Patricia Todd, and son Mark (Sharon) Todd.


Karen worked at Ferris State University Bookstore for 21 years, retiring in 2007.


She was a member of Reed City United Methodist Church.


She loved all types of crafts, flower, gardening, genealogy, and especially watching her grandchildren grow and become such fine young adults.


Karen is survived by her husband of 51 years, Gary; three children; five grandchildren Eric, David, and Tiffany Todd and Anna and Jack Todd; one sister Janeene L. (Fredrick) Cory; one sister-in-law Lucy Fredrick, plus several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother Alvin Fredrick; and two sisters-in-law Phyllis Fredrick and Rosemary Todd.


Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, July 11, 2016 at Reed City United Methodist Church, Pastor Kathryn Cadarette officiating.  Visitation will be Sunday from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Mohnke Funeral Home in Big Rapids.   Interment will be at Parkhill Cemetery in Green Charter Township.  Memorial contributions may be made to Susan P. Wheatlake Cancer Foundation, 4499 220th Avenue, Reed City, MI  49677 or Reed City United Methodist Church, 503 South Chestnut Street, Reed City, MI  49677.



Charles 'Gordon' Stratz of Big Rapids

Charles “Gordon” Stratz, age 89, a lifelong resident of Big Rapids, passed away Wednesday, July 6, 2016.  He was born March 16, 1927 in Big Rapids, the son of Charles and Agnes (Roddy) Stratz.  Gordon graduated from Big Rapids High School in 1945 and was later drafted into the United States Army. He served during the Korean War and was honorably discharged in 1952.  He returned to Big Rapids and to a job at Consumers Power. 


On October 13, 1956 Gordon married Nelda Stickler at St. Mary Catholic Church.  Together they made their home in Big Rapids, where they raised their family to include six beloved children. Gordon continued his work at Consumers until the age of 40, when he made a life changing decision to quit his job and enter Ferris State College where he earned a degree in Heating and Air Conditioning.  Following graduation, he accepted a position at Ferris, however after a short time, Gordon was compelled to leave that job and pursue his lifetime ambition to own and operate his own business.  In 1970 Gordon realized his dream when he established Stratz Heating and Cooling in Big Rapids. He worked until his retirement in 1995 selling the business to his son Karl who now works with two of his own sons, continuing into the third generation.


He was a devout member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Big Rapids where he sang for weddings and funerals, cantored for Masses and was a 4th degree Knights of Columbus.    Gordon was an avid bowler his entire life, bowling his last game just four months ago.


Gordon is survived by his wife of nearly 60 years, Nelda Stratz of Big Rapids; six children, Cheryl Kelley, Charlene (Warren) Hansen, Karl (Deb) Stratz all of Big Rapids, Steven (Denise) Stratz of Nashville, TN, Michael (Danora) Stratz, Joan (Kyle) Luce all of Big Rapids; 18 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Albert (Marilyn) Stratz of Los Altos, CA, Richard Stratz of Phoenix, AZ; two sisters, Mary Emily Christiansen of Big Rapids, Ann (Merrill) Heald of Phoenix, AZ; sister-in-law, Anna Marie Stratz of Joliet, IL; as well as many nieces and nephews.


Gordon was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Henry Stratz.


A Mass of Christian burial will take place 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Big Rapids with Father Michael Burt officiating.  The family will greet friends on Monday, July 11th   at the Daggett-Gilbert Funeral Home in Big Rapids from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with a Rosary being prayed at 7:30 p.m. that evening. The family will also greet friends one hour prior to Mass at the church on Tuesday.  Burial will be at Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Big Rapids.


Memorial contributions in Gordon’s name may be made to St. Mary’s School in Big Rapids.



Gregory F. 'Greg' Marsh of Stanwood

Gregory F. “Greg” Marsh, age 61 of Stanwood, formerly of Troy and Cedar Springs, passed away Monday, July 4, 2016 at his home.  He was born May 17, 1955 in Dearborn, the son of Ronald and Charlotte (Runge) Marsh.  Greg attended Grosse Pointe North High School.  He honorably served his country in the United States Air Force. 


Greg began his career as a director for Channel 9 & 10 News in Cadillac.  He then became the production vice president at Young and Rubicam and later the director of production at Campbell-Ewald until he retired.  Greg was an award winning producer receiving an Emmy in 1990 and an Addy in 1991, as well as multiple other awards.  He married Maliwan Phiophai inTroy, where they made their home before moving to Cedar Springs and most recently Stanwood.  They attended Hope Community Church in Rockford. 


Greg enjoyed playing poker and being on the water, especially fishing.  He was known as “Uncle Firework” because of his love for fireworks.  Greg will be greatly missed by his family and friends. 


He is survived by his beloved wife, Maliwan Marsh of Stanwood; four siblings, Kathleen (Norman) Smart of Rockford, David (Susan) Marsh of Charleston, South Carolina, Larry (Cathy) Marsh of Rockford, and Carl (Gail) Marsh of Grand Rapids; eight nieces and nephews, Jonathan and Jeremy Smart, Eric and Samantha Marsh, Christen Blalock and Catherine Marsh, and Kayla and Daniel Marsh; great nephew, Easton Blalock.  Greg was preceded in death by his parents.


A memorial service is pending at this time. 


Elizabeth Georgieanne (Wagner) Bacon of Morley

Elizabeth Georgieanne (Wagner) Bacon, 88.


Betty ,the first child of George Owen Wagner and Lucy Jane (Wood) Wagner  and wife of Otto William Bacon, Sr. reunited with them in heaven on July 4, 2016.  Betty was born in Harrison County Iowa on August 20, 1927 and most recently resided in Morley, Michigan.


She is remembered by sons Otto Jr. (Sandy Spiewak) of Brimley, MI, Kevin Sr. (Tonia) of Bates City, MO and daughter Linda Gray (Randy) of Byron Center, MI and her 10 treasured grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.


Betty was a  member of the Community of Christ Church (formerly RLDS Church) her entire life.  She was a teacher and began her career in rural Iowa schools when she was only 17.  Betty retired from Westwood Heights Schools in Flint, MI in 1984.


She enjoyed reading, sewing, traveling , collecting tea pots and tea cups, spending time with her family, and being helpful to those who needed her.  Besides her immediate family, Betty leaves three sisters and one brother, three brothers and one sister predeased her.  She also leaves many nieces and nephews and in-laws.


Special thanks to Byron Center Manor and Faith Hospice for their kind care.


Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 9, 2016 at the Community of Christ Church in Big Rapids.


Burial will follow in Rustford Cemetery in Morley.


Memorial contributions may be made to the Community of Christ Church in Big Rapids.


Betty’s family will greet friends at the church prior to service, beginning at 10:00 a.m.



William A. 'Bill' Tiseo of Mecosta

William A. “Bill” Tiseo, age 87 of Mecosta, formerly of Dearborn, passed away Monday, July 4, 2016 at Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital.  He was born May 10, 1929 in Highland Park, the son of Peter and Anna (Mack) Tiseo.  Bill graduated from Dearborn High School in 1947.  He was drafted into the United States Army honorably serving his country during the Korean Conflict. 


Bill married Beverly Colquhoun at the Sacred Heart Church on April 27, 1957 in Dearborn, where they raised their family.  He was employed by Ford Motor and retired in 1986 when he and Beverly moved to Mecosta.  Bill was talented at shooting pool and playing poker. 


He loved his family and cherished his granddaughters.  Bill is survived by his wife of 59 years, Beverly Tiseo of Mecosta; two children, Kathleen Tiseo (Jim Houston) of Dearborn and Kenneth (Michelle) Tiseo of Caro; two granddaughters, Katie and Blair Tiseo; two siblings, Raymond Tiseo of Dearborn and Marjorie (Richard) Ludwig of Rochester, Indiana; and nieces and nephews.


He was preceded in death by his parents.


There are no services planned at this time.


Warren Everett McBride of Luthe

Warren Everett McBride of Luther passed away Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at Spectrum Health-Blodgett Hospital in Grand Rapids. He was 76.


He was delivered into the world by midwife Nellie Bull on March 9, 1940 in the family home on Birch Street in Luther to William and Marian (Angell) McBride. He attended Lansing area schools and was a 1958 graduate of Lansing Eastern High School. He was employed with General Motors as a tool crib manager for 30 years until their retirement in 1989. Warren and Janet returned to his birth town of Luther after his retirement. He served his communities as a volunteer firefighter in Luther, as vice president of the PTA of the Pleasant View School in Lansing, as Assistant Scout Master of Boy Scout Troop in Lansing, and as a member of the Luther village council and was involved in the successful effort to replace the dam on the Little Manistee River. He was always ready to help out a neighbor in need and will be dearly missed.


He is survived by his wife Janet, two children Brenda (Ron) Alleman and Timothy (Roberta) McBride, 9 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren, and many beautiful nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his son Warren Stacey McBride, his parents William and Marian McBride, and 3 brothers Ronald, Donald, and Roger McBride.


A funeral mass was held on Monday, July 4, 2016 at the St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Luther with Rev. Fr. Ron Schneider officiating. In lieu of flowers, a memorial contribution may be made in his name to either Hospice of Michigan or to the St. Ignatius Catholic Church.


Ashley Lynn Scott of Ft. Payne, AL, originally of Big Rapids

Ashley Lynn Scott went on to heaven Monday, June 27, 2016 in Ft. Payne, AL. She was 25 years old.


She was born July 29, 1990 in Big Rapids to Steven and Rebecca (Vance) Petersmark and was a 2008 graduate of Reed City High School. Ashley attended NE Community College in Rainsville, AL and was employed with DeKalb County Alabama as an EMT. She is survived by her parents Steven and Rebecca Petersmark, her children Josh and Eva, siblings Seth and JoEmmy Petersmark, grandmother Hilda Vance, grandparents Bob and Mary Petersmark, and several aunts and uncles. She was preceded in death by her grandfather Robert Vance.


Funeral services were held on June 30, 2016 in Rainsville.


Cynthia Ann Lamb of Canadian Lake

Cynthia Ann Lamb of Canadian Lakes, loving daughter, sister and friend, passed away Sunday, July 3, 2016 at Spectrum Health-Blodgett Hospital in Grand Rapids surrounded by family at the age of 46.

Services for Cynthia are currently pending.


Marion Margaret (Wells) DeVries of Paris

Marion Margaret (Wells) DeVries, 92, passed away peacefully June 29, 2016, at Coopersville Fountain View in Coopersville, Michigan.  Marion was born April 11, 1924 in Chelsea, Michigan to Clarence and Mary Wells.  She married her husband, Bert, in December of 1941, and together they had three sons. 


Marion was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.  She is survived by three son; James (Margaret) DeVries of Orlando, Florida, Michael (Margaret) DeVries of Metamora, Michigan, and Douglas (Luanne) DeVries of Coopersville, Michigan; six grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; nieces and nephew, including Bob (Doris) Wells, Carol (Richard) Kailing, and Nancy (Ray) Hutchinson all of Big Rapids, Michigan.


There will be no service or memorial at this time, however Marion’s cremains will be interred, at a later date, at Davenport Cemetery in Paris, Michigan.


Helen Anna Shore of Big Rapids

Helen Anna Shore, 89, went to be with the Lord on July 3, 2016 in Big Rapids. She was born March 9, 1927 in Stanwood to Albert and Naomi Hess. Helen was an operator and dispatcher at Michigan Bell/AT&T, in both Big Rapids and Grand Rapids, and retired in 1993 after almost 40 years of service. She was a hard-working, devoted mother who provided for her family at a time when most mothers didn’t work outside the home. In the last 20 years, Helen discovered a love of airplane travel and took many trips to California and a much-cherished trip to Hawaii.


She is survived by one son, Brian (Sharon) Shore, of Chicago, Illinois; one daughter, Dr. Karen Shore, of Oakland, California; and one grandson, Sam, of Chicago. She was preceded in death by her son, Dr. Roger Shore; her husband, John Shore; her parents; and five siblings. Helen will be greatly missed by her family and friends.


In lieu of flowers, donations in her honor can be made to Neuse River Golden Retriever Rescue, where she adopted her beautiful Bear, or to your favorite charity. Donations can be made online at or sent to NRGRR, PO Box 37156, Raleigh, NC 27627.


Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 6, 2016 at the Daggett-Gilbert Funeral Home in Big Rapids with the family greeting friends one hour prior from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. Interment will be at Ladner Cemetery in Rogers Heights.



Harry J. Herman of Coldwater Twp

Harry J. Herman, 92 of Coldwater Twp., went home to be with his Lord, on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 in Grand Rapids. Harry was born, June 17, 1924, the youngest child of Ervin and Nellie (Baldwin) Herman in Sears, MI. Harry graduated from Weidman High School in 1942 and was soon drafted into the United States Army 28th Infantry Division where he was sent to the European Theatre until the end of WWII. On February 9, 1945, while on furlough, he came home and married his sweetheart, Virginia Boger. In 1954 Harry became clerk at the Weidman Post Office and 10 years later became post master. He retired in 1985.


Harry was actively involved in the community. He was a member of the Weidman United Methodist Church and Weidman Lion’s Club, a volunteer with Red Cross Blood Drives, and helped drive for the Mt. Pleasant Soup Kitchen.


Harry is survived by: his beloved wife of 71 years, Virginia; one son, Thomas (Sallie) Herman of Lake Isabella; two grandchildren, Christine (Jim) McFarlane of Mt. Pleasant and John (Amber) Herman of Weidman; three great-grandchildren, Maggie McFarlane, Zachary and Hanna Herman; sister-in- law, Pauline (Boger) Estes and brother-in-law Ralph Turnbull; and many extended family members and friends who will continue to treasure the memories they hold.


Harry was preceded in death by: his parents, an infant brother, Virgil; a brother, Cleve; and five sisters, Cleda, Ruby, Pearl, Nettie and Eula May.


Funeral services were held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 2, 2016 at the Weidman United Methodist Church (3200 N. Woodruff Rd.) with Pastor Scott Smith officiating.


Memorial contributions can be made to the Weidman United Methodist Church where he served faithfully for many years.



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