Justin Gerard Wernette, our loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, passed away Tuesday, August 30, 2016 in Midland, MI at the age of 90. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, September 2nd, at 11:00 AM, at St. Michael Catholic Church in Remus. Visitation will take place at the church on Thursday evening from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM with a Rosary Service at 7:30 PM. Burial in St. Michael’s Cemetery will follow the funeral service on Friday.
Justin was born October 6, 1925, in Remus, MI, the son of Michael and Antoinette (Schoner) Wernette. After being locally educated through Remus High School, Justin proudly served his country in the United States Army from 1944 to 1946 in Europe during WWII. He married the love of his life, Violet U. Stine on May 14, 1949, and together the two grew their family to include five children.
Justin enjoyed canning vegetables with his wife, restoring old cars and babysitting. Children were his favorite and he enjoyed every busy minute of watching them with his wife. He also loved deer hunting; Justin even shot a deer last fall at the age of 90. The proud veteran he was, Justin was a very involved member of the Mecosta VFW. He was the chairman of their BINGO for 30 years, and cracked many eggs in their kitchen during the numerous breakfasts they hosted. Justin felt very fortunate to have been a part of the 2014 Honor Flight to Washington D.C. After being talked into going, it became a favorite trip of his.
Outgoing, caring, compassionate and religious were all words used to describe Justin. He was known to be a social butterfly that always had a story to tell.
His good sense of humor and loving nature will be greatly missed by his wife of 67 years, Violet; children, Janet (Robert) McCall, Roger (Michelle) Wernette, Randy (Julie) Wernette, Dennis (Kristine) Wernette and Darwin (Linda) Wernette; 16 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Julius and Durward Wernette; sisters, Ruth Lapham, Doris Marks, Rose Daniels and Patricia Smith; grandson, Brandon McCall and great-grandson, Lincoln Larrabee.
Those desiring may direct memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society or to God’s Helping Hands. Envelopes will be available at the church.
Joseph Michael Norbeck, age 72 of Canadian Lakes, MI, loving husband, father and grandfather, passed away on the evening of Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at Spectrum Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids, MI.
Joseph was born November 10, 1943 in Philadelphia, PA; the son of Helen and Joseph (Thornton) Norbeck. He was the oldest of six children.
After graduating from St. James high school in Folcroft, PA, Joseph went on to proudly serve his country in the United States Air Force from October of 1961 to October of 1965. He then married the love of his life, Sharon Kay Davis in 1965, renewing their vows to one another in 2012. Joseph received his PhD in Chemistry in 1972 from the University of Nebraska. He then spent one year in Sheffield, England and one year in Madison, WI before he took a job as a research scientist with Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, MI, where he would work for 18 years. Joseph then took a job with the University of California - Riverside teaching both environmental and chemical engineering to undergraduate and graduate students. He was the founding director of the College of Engineering Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT) from 1992 to 2005, as well as the founding director of the Environmental Research Institute (ERI) from 2005 to 2011. Joseph decided it was time to retire in 2011, but he still remained a member of numerous advisory committees. Once retired, he and Sharon lived in Palm Desert, CA in the winter and Canadian Lakes, MI during the summer months.
Joseph loved to fish and golf, which he did plenty of during his 28 years as a Canadian Lakes resident.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 50 years, Sharon; children, Jason (Jenny) Norbeck and Allyson (Michael) Samborn; brothers, William and Robert (Ruthann); sisters, Helen (Greg) Uff and Maribeth (Wes) Payne; grandchildren, Warren, Max and Jackson Norbeck and Ariadne Samborn and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Thomas Norbeck.
Cremation will take place with a memorial service to follow at the Antler’s Fireside Grill in Canadian Lakes on September 24, 2016 at 2 pm.
Because education was so important to Joseph, the family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to his grandchildren’s education fund. Donations can be sent to the family directly or to the Joseph Norbeck Memorial Fund at Isabella Bank 8351 100th Ave. Stanwood, MI 49346. Or, because his family was so appreciative of the Renucci Hospitality House at Butterworth Hospital, donations may also be sent to them at 290 Ransom St. NE Grand Rapids, MI 49503.
Nancy M. Hyder, 67, passed away unexpectedly at home in Remus, Thursday, August 25, 2016. She was born on July 13, 1949, in Mt. Pleasant to Albert and Marjory (Diehl) Hyder. She grew up in the Remus area, graduated from Mecosta-Remus High School in 1967 and was employed at McClaren Central Michigan where she was a housekeeper for 38 years before retiring in 2015.
Nancy was a hard and willing worker. She enjoyed fishing, bicycling, walking, and crafts. She volunteered at Woodland Hospice for 35 years and was part of the Red Cross Clown Core.
Nancy is survived by the family she loved spending time with; her mother, Marjory of Remus; two sisters, Cathy VanOrden of Mt. Pleasant and Emily (Ken) Wolfe of Bronson; sister-in-law, Ilene Hyder of Millbrook; and numerous, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends who will continue to hold the memories they have close to their hearts.
Nancy was preceded in death by her dad Albert; brother, Allen and brother-in-law, Clinton VanOrden.
A memorial service was held at 11 AM, Saturday, August 27th at New Hope United Methodist Church (7296 9 Mile Rd.) Mecosta, with the family greeting friends one hour prior, 10 AM – 11 AM at the church.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to Woodland Hospice or New Hope United Methodist Church, where she attended.
Arrangements entrusted to Daggett Funeral Home in Barryton.
Mary Joanne “Mary Jo” Steeno, 73, of Big Rapids went to be with God after fighting a valiant 5-year battle with breast cancer on August 26, 2016.
Mary was born on April 1, 1943 in San Francisco, CA to John and Wenonah “Nonie” Shea. It was during WWII, and her parents were stationed there. Her father, John, was a Naval officer and attorney, and her mother, Nonie, was a hospital volunteer and Grandmother Extraordinaire. After the war, the Sheas lived in Hancock, MI, where Mary spent most of her childhood. She grew up the oldest of two and often cared for her sister, Kathleen, who is 9 years her junior. In her senior year of high school, the Sheas moved to Detroit. After graduating, Mary, a devout Roman Catholic, went to Fontbonne College and convent in St. Louis, MO. While there, Mary was a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet for 8 years, receiving her degree in English and Philosophy, and taught elementary education classes.. After determining that she would serve God in other ways, Mary left Fontbonne for Michigan State University, where she acquired her Masters in Counseling. It was there she met and later married the love of her life, David Steeno. They were married on August 7, 1971 in a small family ceremony in Midland, MI. While David completed law school, Mary worked as a school counselor in various Michigan towns. In 1986, Mary and David moved to Big Rapids with their two children, Karen and John. They both served the Catholic Church and students at Ferris State University, together for many years thereafter.
Mary was the Educational Counselor for the School of Allied Health Sciences and Ferris State for 22 years. She was passionate about providing quality education, serving others and football. During college football season, it was rare to see Mary anywhere other than in front of a television cheering Notre Dame and Michigan State while making appetizers and homemade chili for family. She and David attended many Green Bay Packers games at Lambeau Field and enjoyed spending time near the water. Mary was a lifelong learner, deeply spiritual, and a faithful friend. She enjoyed ice skating, water skiing, and art of any kind, especially painting. As a wife, sister, mother, nana and friend, she was loving and generous.
She is survived by her husband, David of Big Rapids, her spouse of 45 years; her daughter Karen (Kyle) Oberhill, and granddaughter, Grace of Kalamazoo; her son John (Chelsey) of Madison, WI, her sister, Kathleen (John) Reding and a host of family in Kokomo, IN. Mary’s family will receive visitors at Mohnke Funeral Home on Tuesday, August 30th from 5-7:00 p.m., Rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian burial will be at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, August 31, 2016 at St. Paul’s Chapel with Father Tom Page celebrant. Interment will take place at Mt. Carmel Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Association, envelopes available at the funeral home.
Glenn P. Holt, age 88 of Rodney, passed away Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at home surrounded by his family. He was born September 18, 1927 on the family farm in Rodney, the son of Benjamin and Velma (Louckes) Holt. Glenn graduated from Barryton Agricultural High School in 1946. He enlisted into the United States Army, honorably serving his country during the Korean Conflict.
On June 20, 1959 he married Carol Cox at the Church of God in Big Rapids and together they raised their family on the farm in Rodney. Glenn was employed by Austin Gas Fields for 33 years before he retired. He was a member of the Chippewa Lake Community Church, the Mecosta VFW Post 2335, and the Big Rapids Masonic Lodge #171. Glenn loved to work on the farm and in his barn, ride the tractors, and take care of his crops. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, and collecting hammers.
Glenn will be greatly missed by his family and friends. He is survived by his beloved wife of 57 years, Carol Holt of Rodney; three children, Glenda (Jim) Montague of Canadian Lakes, Terry (Bonnie) Holt of Reed City, and Laurie (Doug) Walsh of Mattawan; eight grandchildren, Sarah, Kurt, Summer, Robert, G’ne, Corey, Nina, and Mara; eight great-grandchildren, Michael, Daniel, Shelby, Zander, Holli, Lily, Embry, and Grady; a sister-in-law, Gloria Holt of Illinois; and several nieces and nephews.
Glenn was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Marge (Paul) Johnson; brothers, Tom Holt and Jack (Phyllis) Holt; son, Steven Holt; and grandson, Andy Holt.
Funeral services will take place 1:00 p.m. Saturday, August 27, 2016 at the Daggett-Gilbert Funeral Home in Big Rapids with Pastor Roger Bennett officiating. The family will greet friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday, August 26th at the funeral home. Glenn will be laid to rest at Highland View Cemetery in Big Rapids.
Memorial contributions in Glenn’s name may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.
Ronald J. Orvis, 59, of Evart, passed away Saturday, August 20, 2016 at Spectrum Health Blodgett Hospital in East Grand Rapids.
A memorial service is being planned for 2:00 p.m. Saturday, September 10 at McDowell Funeral Home, with visitation beginning at 1:00 p.m.
Donald W. Dunn, age 70, of Big Rapids passed away Monday, August 22, 2016 at Spectrum Butterworth Hospital. He was born on April 17, 1946 in Big Rapids, the son of David W. and Rose Ella (Alger) Dunn. Don graduated from Big Rapids High School in 1964. He retired after 30 years from ANR Pipeline. Don enjoyed hunting and sporting events with his grandchildren.
He is survived by three sons, Brian Dunn of Hope, MI, David (Kimberly) Dunn of Howard City, and Daniel (Melanie) Dunn of Howard City; eight grandchildren, Devin, Bryce, Keegan, Karlyn, Keeayra, Mason, Dawson, and Pierson. Also surviving are three sisters, Betty Goldhammer, Nancy Fairman and Linda Mann.
Don was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Bonnie (2013), and one son, Kurt.
Funeral services for Don will be at 11:00 AM, Saturday, August 27, 2016 at the Mohnke Funeral Home in Big Rapids with Pastor John Bookshaw officiating. Visitation will be Friday from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Interment will be at Highland View Cemetery.
Robert Henry “Bob” Romine, 75, of Paris, passed away Monday, August 22, 2016, at Presence Resurrection Medical Center in Chicago, following a lengthy battle with cancer.
He was born June 18, 1941, in Big Rapids, the son of Henry and Beulah (Montague) Romine. Bob is survived by Sandra (Halladay), his wife of 39 years; 5 children, Sherri Reynolds, Scott (Tina) Lackney, Debra (Bobby) Marsh, Stacy (Lyn) Lackney, and Connie (David) Babbitt; 12 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; his sister Barbara J. Waldron; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant sister and another sister Shirley Dennis, a stepson Steven Lackney, and a grandson Shawn Lackney.
Bob drove truck for many years. Besides family, his passion was farming. He was an easy-going man who brought joy to all who knew him. He was greatly loved and will certainly be missed.
A private family gathering will be held in Bob’s memory. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Susan Wheatlake Cancer Center in Reed City.
Carol Jean Young of Reed City passed away Saturday, August 20, 2016 at her home surrounded by her family. She was 69.
There are many people who come and go in our lives. A few touch us in ways that change us forever, that make us better for knowing them. Carol made a difference and for this we are very grateful. She will be truly missed. Carol is survived by her daughters Brenda Lee Young and Debra (Mark) Upson, sisters Lola Beyer, Elaine Galvanek, Nancy Eckholm, and Linda Block, grandchildren: Amber Phillips, Ashley Wood, Jessica Stansky, Mitchel Upson, and 12 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Robert Russell Young, her parents Clarence and Grace (Lucas) Rothig, and her brothers Gerald and Clarence Rothig.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 P.M. Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at the Pruitt-Livingston Funeral Home in Reed City with Pastor Dan Pflug officiating. Visitation with the family will begin at 12:00 P.M. There will be a funeral luncheon at the Reed City Moose Lodge #705 following services. Memorial contributions may be made in her name to Spectrum Health Hospice.
Jack L. Fetterley, age 80 passed away peacefully, surrounded by his four daughters, on Saturday, August 20, 2016 at his home. A lifelong resident, Jack was born in Big Rapids on April 15, 1936 the son of Otto and Vesta (Kershner) Fetterley. He graduated from Big Rapids High School and served in the United States Airforce until his honorable discharge. Jack was employed by Giant Supermarkets for over 30 years and later by Carters Grocery until he retired.
Jack served as a volunteer for the Big Rapids Fire Department for several years. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He enjoyed many years of camping, bowling, being in the sun and spending time with his daughters (Jack’s Girls).
Jack will be sadly missed by his dear friends at Szots in Big Rapids and forever loved by his family of four daughters, Shelly (Art) Sullivan of Iowa, Leanne (Bob) Souter of Sparta, Jackie (Brian) Bennitt of Grant, Dionne (Jeff) Berenbrock of Kent City; nine grandchildren, Nicole, Ashley, Alexander, Erika, Sasha, Cody, Courtney, Allie, Abbie; seven great-grandchildren and two nieces. Jack was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters, Gertrude Terwillegar, Juanita Brockelbank, Maxine Williams and one nephew.
The family will greet friends on Tuesday, August 23rd from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Daggett-Gilbert Funeral Home in Big Rapids. A memorial service will take place 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 24th also at the Daggett-Gilbert Funeral Home in Big Rapids with Reverend Kaye Patton officiating.
Memorial contributions in Jack’s name may be made to Hospice of Michigan.
Monique McDiarmid age 57, passed away Friday, August 19, 2016 following a long battle with cancer, she was surrounded by her loved ones. Monique was born on January 8, 1959 in Saginaw Michigan the daughter of William and Doris (McFarland) Clark.
Monique enjoyed the simple things in life. Summers at the family farm and being surrounded by her loving family was what brought joy to her life. Most importantly, Monique always made sure her daughter and husband were well taken care of. Her hope was to inspire others as she showed amazing courage during her battle with cancer.
Monique was a one-of-a-kind woman that was wonderful at making memories with those she loved. She was a devout Christian and a member of the Church of the Nazarene.
She was preceded in death by her beloved mother, Doris Clark in 2003.
Monique will be greatly missed by those she leaves behind, her daughter, Megan; her husband Tim; her father William Clark; brother Jerry; step-son, Brian; step-daughter, Brenda; nieces, Lindsey, Leah, Jacquelyn; nephews, David, Jeremy, Jonah and many other loved ones.
Funeral services will take place 10:30 a.m. Thursday, August 25th at the Daggett-Gilbert Funeral Home in Big Rapids with Pastor Harold Gilkerson officiating. The family will greet friends on Wednesday, August 24th from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be at East Lawn Memorial Gardens in Saginaw.
Memorial contributions in Monique’s name may be given to her family.
Reuben Earl Cook 6/19/1948 of Reed City MI, formerly of Burton, MI, passed away peacefully in his home on Sunday August 14, 2016 surrounded by his family.
He was a beloved husband; father, brother, uncle, cousin and friend. Reuben was born June 19, 1948 to William and Lillian Cook in Flint, MI where he graduated from Bentley Senior High School. Soon after graduation he joined the Army where he served as a mechanic in Germany. After he was honorably discharged from his service he began work at Fisher Body and was employed at the facility until its closure. He then began employment with General Motors of Flint until he fully retired. Upon his retirement he pursued his dream of moving to Reed City with the love of his life Carolyn (Jaco) Cook.
He truly loved his family, friends, being surrounded by nature and life. Reuben was deeply loved by his wife Carolyn, his family, friends and all those he touched in life. Reuben is survived by his wife Carolyn Cook, 6 children, 13 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren 1 brother, 3 sisters and many nieces, nephews and friends. Reuben was preceded in death by his son Raymond Earl, his father William Julius Cook and his mother Lillian Pauline (Haase) Cook.
A memorial service to celebrate Reuben's life will be held on Saturday, August 20, 2016 at 3pm at Charity Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to St. Jude's Children’s Hospital.
Lucille M. Rugg, 88, of Reed City, passed away Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at Spectrum Health – Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids.
She was born March 15, 1928 in East Grand Rapids and attended Grand Rapids area schools, graduating from South High School in 1946. She then attended Western Michigan, receiving her teaching degree. Lucille married Rodney Rugg on August 19, 1950. He survives. Also surviving are her daughter Marta (Steve) Hammond of Billings, Missouri; 1 son, Raymond (Kathleen) Rugg of Eagar, Arizona; and 2 grandchildren, Royal (Amanda) Rugg and Maya Rugg. She was preceded in death by a sister and brother-in-law Betty (Ed) Spomer. Rod and Lucille were residents of Reed City since 1964.
She had worked at the Ferris State University bookstore for 30 years. She was an active member of the Reed City United Methodist Church and the Womens' groups of the church. She had also been a member of a 4H extension group.
Funeral services for Lucille will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, August 20 at the Reed City United Methodist Church with Rev. Kathy Cadarette officiating. Visitation will be held on Friday, August 19 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at McDowell Funeral Home, and from 10:00 a.m. until services Saturday at the church. The family requests memorials be made to the United Methodist Church.
Roy Dale Shananaquet, age 49, of Big Rapids passed away on Saturday, August 13, 2016 at his residence after battling a long illness.
He loved being with family and friends, and was a member of The Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians.
Roy was preceded in death by his mother, Yvonne Holdman.
He is survived by John Curtice (Lisa Miller), Bill Curtice (Amy Barrat), Becky Shananaquet (Bill Kaiser), Chris (Angelia) Shananaquet, and extended family.
Funeral arrangements are pending at the Mohnke Funeral Home in Big Rapids.
Bette M. Howe age 92, a longtime resident of Morley, passed away Sunday, August 14, 2016, at Spectrum Butterworth in Grand Rapids. She was born August 19, 1923 in Lansing, the daughter of Claude and Beulah (Berkhousen) Taber.
Bette was actively involved in her community. She was member of the Mecosta County R.S.V.P. and a member of the Luther Bible Chapel of Morley.
Bette is survived by three daughters, Susan Dulaney of Morley, Victoria Butler of Stanwood, Brenda Smith of Howard City; two sons, Ed Howe Jr. of Howard City, Bill (Sandra) Howe of Stanwood; 17 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; four sisters, Alice, Deanna, Marlene, Christine; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, a great-granddaughter, three sisters and one brother.
Cremation has taken place and there will be a memorial service 1:00 p.m. Friday, August 19, 2016 at the Luther Bible Chapel in Morley with Pastor David Bongard officiating.
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial contributions be made to “R.S.V.P.” (Retired Senior Volunteers Program) at 14485 Northland Drive, Big Rapids, MI 49307
Edward J. "Jim" Wieland, age 75 of Stanwood, passed away Saturday, August 13, 2016 at his home.
A memorial service will take place 2:00 p.m. Saturday, August 20, 2016 at the Church of the First Born in Reed City.
Robert Roy Smith of Reed City passed away Thursday, August 11, 2016 at his residence. He was 84 years old.
He was born June 27, 1932 in Luther to Samuel and Vietta (Fralick) Smith and was raised in Reed City. He was a 1950 graduate of Reed City High School. On February 9, 1951 he was married in Reed City to Helen Louise Hoogerhyde who survives him. Robert was employed for 39 years with Tubelite Corp. until his retirement in 1992. He was a wonderful grandfather and father and he enjoyed gardening. He is survived by his wife Helen Smith, children: Linda (Kenneth) Mom, Robert Smith, and Gary (Judy) Smith, 17 grandchildren, 38 great grandchildren, 2 great great grandchildren, brother-in-law Pete (Marilyn) Hoogerhyde, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Samuel and Vietta Smith, his brothers Ralph, Howard, and Byron Smith, and his daughter Karen Bartels and son Terry Smith.
Funeral services will take place at 11:00 A.M. on Monday, August 15, 2016 at the Pruitt-Livingston Funeral Home in Reed City with Rev. Glen Robinette officiating. Burial will be at Woodland Cemetery in Reed City. Visitation with the family will be from 10:00 A.M. until the beginning of services.
Dolores A. “Robin” Thon, age 67 of Morley, passed away Friday, August 12, 2016 at her home. She was born September 13, 1948 in Greenville, the daughter of Robert Sr. and Marian (Rickard) Gray. Robin married Timothy R. Thon on November 18, 1988; she wanted all to know he was the best friend and husband anyone could ask for. She enjoyed the outdoors; golfing, fishing, camping and gardening. Robin also liked to travel, quilt, knit, and making stained glass art.
She is survived by her beloved husband of nearly 28 years, Timothy R. Thon; son, Randy Allen (Stephanie) Rogers; three step-sons, Jeff (Kristen) Thon, Jason (friend Jessie) Thon, and Rick (Rhonda) Thon; six grandchildren, Avery and Blake Rogers, Hunter, Savannah, Emily, and Nichole Thon; twin sister, Doris L. (Richard L.) Schroeder; brother, Robert O. Jr. (Mary) Gray; several nieces and nephews.
Robin was preceded in death by her parents and her infant son, Rex Matthew Rogers.
Arrangements and care entrusted to the Daggett-Gilbert Funeral Home in Big Rapids.
Bruce W. Nordland, age 62 of Big Rapids, passed away Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at the Spectrum Health Reed City Skilled Nursing Facility. He was born February 2, 1954 in Big Rapids, the son of Dwight and Betty (Skeoch) Nordland. Bruce was raised in the Chippewa Lake area and attended Chippewa Hills High School. He enlisted in the United States Army serving during the Vietnam War before he was honorably discharged.
Bruce owned and operated C & B Linen in Evart for many years. He enjoyed the outdoors; hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, and boating. Bruce was a member of the VFW, Big Rapids Eagles Aerie 2535, and the National Rifle Association.
He is survived by his three children, Millisa (Denny) Getgood of Midland, Scott (Amanda) Nordland of Big Rapids, and Bret (Maria) Nordland of Vermontville; seven grandchildren; one brother; one sister; many nieces and nephews; and the mother of his children, Connie Nordland. Bruce was preceded in death by his parents.
A celebration of life will take place from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Friday, August 26, 2016 at the Clear Lake Golf Club in Big Rapids.
Memorial contributions may be made in Bruce’s name to Hospice of Michigan in Big Rapids; envelopes are available at the Daggett-Gilbert Funeral Home in Big Rapids.
Darwin Laverne Lattimore, 81 of Rodney, passed away on Wednesday, August 10, 2016 with family by his side.
Darwin was born on March 26, 1935 in Barryton to R.J. and Neva (Branson) Lattimore.
He graduated from Barryton Rural Agricultural School in 1954 and went to work at Buick in Flint. Darwin married Carol Jayne Toogood on June 11, 1955. Later he worked at MichCon, Wolverine, Shaw’s Pipeline and was a Dairy Farmer for 18 years. In 1973 he established Lattimore’s Mobile Home Sales. He was known as the king of mobile homes in Mecosta County. His father R.J. was a great supporter through all of his life endeavors. He loved his work and all the people he met around the State of Michigan. Darwin believed in treating everyone fairly. Darwin was a huge supporter of the Chippewa Lake Community Church (formerly Chippewa Lake Methodist Church.) He purchased church yard sticks and would go door to door inviting everyone to church.
Darwin is survived by his wife Carol of 61 years, three sons, Dennis (Kathy), Dean (Cindy), Andy (Katey), grandchildren, Katie Lattimore, Seth (Tiffany) Lattimore, Natalie (Joe) Aguirre, Darla (Calvin) Zimmerman, A.J. (Melissa) Lattimore, Amber (fiancé Gavin Erbes) Lattimore, and Ty Lattimore; great-grandsons, Hudson and Madox Zimmerman, and 2 great-grandchildren on the way; sister Marlene (Bruce) Cummings; sister-in-law Margie (Dennis) Randolph; nieces and nephews, Tammy and Darin (Lisa) Cummings, Jeff (Sharon) Toogood, Judy (Mike) Reynolds, Karen Toogood, Dale Eric Toogood, Kim (Brad) Toogood Ross, Carl, Kyle (Tammy), Brian (Karla) Randolph, and many great nieces, great nephews and cousins.
Darwin was preceded in death by his parents R.J. & Neva Lattimore, in-laws Carl & Selma Toogood, grandson Evan Lattimore, brother-in-law Dale Toogood, nephew Dave Toogood and sister-in-law Nancy Toogood Sharp.
Darwin loved his family, friends, church and helping others. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
The family will greet friends from 3 to 7 p.m. on Sunday August 14, 2016 and one hour prior to services on Monday, at the Daggett-Gilbert Funeral Home in Big Rapids. Funeral service will take place at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, August 15, 2016 at the Daggett-Gilbert Funeral Home in Big Rapids with the Rev. Roger Bennett officiating. Burial will follow at the Martiny Township Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made in Darwin’s name to the Chippewa Lake Community Church or Heartland Hospice of Fremont.
Ronald Steve Eichenberg, 48, of Mecosta, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, August 9, 2016 in Paris, MI. Ronnie was born on March 4, 1968 in Big Rapids to Ronald and Allie (Meloche) Eichenberg. He graduated from Chippewa Hills High School in 1986 and started logging for his dad before working as a bulldozer operator. Ronnie will be remembered for helping others, having a good time and spending time with family and friends.
He is survived by the family he loved: his father Ronald (Betty) Eichenberg of Reed City; two sons, Dylan and Josh Eichenberg; two cherished daughters; sisters, Wilma (Don) Mekkes of Rodney, Linda (Dar) Wernette of Remus, Sue (Jay) Snavley of Mecosta, Joyce Eichenberg-Oakley of Mecosta and his half-sister, Marcia (Dan) Jasperse of Hudsonville, whom he recently became acquainted with; his girlfriend, Deb Wible and many extended family members and friends. Ronnie was preceded in death by his mother, Allie; grandparents, uncle and nephew.
Celebration of life will be held at 1:00 p.m., on Sunday, September 11, 2016 at Pine Park in Mecosta (by the baseball diamond).
Memorial contributions may be made in Ronnie’s name can be given for funeral expenses.
Arrangements were entrusted to the Daggett-Gilbert Funeral Home in Big Rapids.
Earlaine K. Brantman, age 63 of Stanwood, passed away, Tuesday, August 9, 2016. She was born September 25, 1952 in Reed City, the daughter of Earl and Lorrene (Youngs) Hoffman. Earlaine graduated from Reed City High School in 1971. She married Chuck on August 5, 1972 at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Reed City and together they raised their family in Stanwood.
Earlaine was employed by Ferris State University as a custodian for 18 years before she retired in September of 2014. She volunteered at the Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital the past year and was known as the “cookie lady”. Earlaine enjoyed boating and riding motorcycles. She and Chuck traveled through 48 states on their motorcycles; some of the trips were along with her parents.
Earlaine loved her family and her granddaughter. She is survived by her husband of 44 years, Chuck Brantman of Stanwood; two children, Dustie (Tony) Kropf of Rockford and Jamie Brantman of Big Rapids; granddaughter, Kaiya Kropf; three sisters, Arlene (Andy) Haiduck of Cleveland, Ohio, Cheryl (Gary) Nurmikko of Kent City, and Shelly (Neal) Wekenman of Reed City; and many nieces and nephews.
Earlaine was preceded in death by her parents, and sister, Lila Karrip.
Cremation has taken place and there are no services planned at this time.
Memorial contributions may be made to Lemmen-Holton Cancer Pavilion; 145 Michigan Street NE, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503; envelopes are available at the Daggett-Gilbert Funeral Home in Big Rapids.
Richard H. Karsten, 85 of Sears, passed into glory on Monday, August 8, 2016 in Grand Rapids. He was born on January 27, 1931 in Rogers City, MI to Herman and Grace (Noffze) Karsten. Dick graduated from Rogers City High School in 1947 and went on to get a Bachelor’s degree in Forestry from Michigan Tech. While in college he entered into the ROTC and later enlisted into the United States Air Force. He was honorably discharged after serving during the Korean Conflict.
On July 11, 1959 he married Mary M. Vanhala in Southfield and they made their home in Berkley, MI where he was a bank manager throughout the Detroit area and retired to his current home on Merrill Lake in 1997.
Richard was an active member of the Barryton Lions Club, Chapel of the Lakes Lutheran Church and God’s Helping Hands in Remus. He also loved to fish.
Richard leaves behind his beloved wife of 56 years, Mary; three sons, Eric (Patricia) of Brighton, Hans (Stephanie) of Midland and Peter (Kristina “Tina”) of Clarkston; eight grandchildren, Ashley, Beth, Lauren, Nathan, Bridget, Bryce, Mackenzie and Lucas; one great-granddaughter Ella, and another one on the way; two sisters, Anita Augsburger and Carleen (Ken) Buchler; and many extended family members and dear friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Paul, Edmund and Donald.
A celebration of Richard’s life and military honors will take place at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, August 13, 2016 at Chapel of the Lakes Lutheran Church (9407 90th Ave., Mecosta, MI). Memorial donations in Richard’s name can be made to God’s Helping Hands, Juvenile Diabetes Association or Chapel of the Lakes. Envelopes are available at the Daggett Funeral Home in Barryton.
James Leonard Myers, age 93 of Big Rapids, Michigan, went to be with his Lord Sunday, August 7, 2016 peacefully with his family by his side. Jim was born in New Paris, Indiana on August 29, 1922. He graduated from Goshen Indiana High School in 1940. Jim honorably served our country overseas during WWII with the United States Army. Upon returning from service, he married Pauline Delores Whirledge on September 8, 1946 in Millersburg, Indiana. They would have celebrated their 70th anniversary in September.
Jim received his Bachelors in Animal Husbandry, followed by a Masters in Agriculture Management at Michigan State College. Jim’s career moved his family to the Big Rapids area where he raised his family and served the community for over 60 years. He served as a 4-H Agent, Extension Director and Farm Management Agent in northern Michigan for 30 years. In retirement Jim served as FHA Farm Recovery Agent and assisted many Agri-Business with taxes and estate planning. He was an active member of the Big Rapids First United Methodist Church and Tinkerin T’s Model T Club.
Jim is survived by his wife, Pauline Myers; brother, Dave Myers; son, Randall (Deborah) Myers; daughters, Roberta (Denny) Pennock, Brenda (Dennis) Stein; grandchildren, Jacob (Maggie) Myers, Joseph (Amanda Murillo) Myers, Amy (Phillip) Martin, Wendy Pennock, Nicole (Andy) Brown, Kristen Stein, Stephen Pennock, Daniel (Jessica) Pennock; five great-grandchildren and one due in December; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James “Roy”and Miriam Myers; sisters, Barb Ganger, Kate Stutsman, and Emma Mae Bates; and brother, Wilbur “Pete” Myers.
Jim’s “Leonard’s” greatest love was his family, church, and helping others. He was a faithful servant to his Lord and Savior. Jim will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Funeral services will take place 11:00 a.m. Friday, August 12, 2016 at the Big Rapids First United Methodist Church with Reverend Rebecca Morrison 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, August 11th at the Daggett-Gilbert Funeral Home in Big Rapids and one hour prior to the service on Friday at the church.
Memorial contributions may be made in Jim’s name to the Big Rapids First United Methodist Church Memorial Garden.
Gary Lee Bishop, 59, of Big Rapids, passed away Friday, August 5, 2016.
Gary was born on December 20, 1956 in Big Rapids, the son of Allen and Elizabeth (Morton) Bishop.
He is survived by his companion of 18 years, Theresa L. Karkula, one sister; Lenore (Kent) Shipley of St. Joseph , MO, two brothers; Steven (Ruth) Bishop of Mecosta and John (Diane) Bishop of Remus and his two children; Kenny Bishop and Lindsey Bishop, plus many nieces and nephews.
Gary was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Walter and David Bishop.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Gary Rex Munger, 74 of Blanchard, passed away Thursday, August 4, 2016.
Gary grew up in Edmore, eldest son of Rex and Dorothy (Wheeler) Munger. He married Betty Ann Decker September 17, 1960, daughter of Robert and Helen (Dargity) Decker of Blanchard. Four children were born to this union; Bradley Rex (Debbie) of Edmore, Brian (Kelly) of Zebulon, NC, Becky (Jade) Goodrich of Riverdale and Brenda (Stephen) Lint of Blanchard. Gary was a devoted Green Bay Packers Fan and it made his day when he watched his team beat Detroit at Lambeau Field from a sky box. Whatever Gary’s passion, building dune buggies from old Corvairs, restoring old Ford tractors, woodworking or fishing, he was in it all the way always explaining to Betty, “it only costs a little more to go first class.”
Gary will be greatly missed by his wife of 56 years, Betty; his children; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and brother, Dennis (Kim Swan) Munger of Freeland.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Michael Munger of McBride, and sister, Karma Jean Petersen of Rockford.
Cremation will take place with a private family gathering to follow.
Gary’s family would like to thank those who aided in his care and rehabilitation this past year. A special thanks to the staff and doctor at The Laurels of Carson City as well as his many friends who phoned and visited.
Jerry Allen Quick Sr., 65, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, August 5, 2016 in Grand Rapids. He was born on April 20, 1951 in Lakeview, MI to Eugene and Erabelle (Morse) Quick. Jerry graduated from Bridgeport High School in 1969 and on June 12, 1976 married Penny Polzin in Saginaw. Jerry worked in the oil fields when he was younger, was an iron worker for numerous years and recently retired from Fluid Routing Solutions in Big Rapids. Jerry was a member of Tops Chapter MI 1805 of Lake George.
His beloved wife of forty years, Penny; six children, Sherry (Charles) Mangrum of Chatanooga, Jerry (Tanis) Quick Jr. of St. James City, FL, Heather (Robert) Kage of Morley, Joey (Allen) Martin of Mt. Pleasant, Rodney of Barryton and Justin (fiancé Kaitlyn) of Barryton; ten grandchildren, Scott, Grant, Jacob, Katie, Jade, Emmy, Shyann, Devin, Kylie, and Lukey; two great grandchildren Adam and Cam and baby Lane on the way; one brother Charles (Joyce) Quick of Washington and many treasured extended family and friends will continue to hold the memories they have close to their hearts.
Jerry was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Roger, Kathryn Brewer, and LaVern.
The family will greet friends on Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at the Daggett Funeral Home in Barryton from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and two hours prior to the funeral on Thursday, August 11th at the funeral home.
Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday at the Daggett Funeral Home with Pastor Jerry Lovett officiating.
Due to Jerry’s unexpected passing the family is asking that in lieu of flowers, donations be made for funeral expenses.
Donna Mae Voelker, age 90 of Big Rapids, went to be with her Savior on Friday, August 5, 2016. She was born May 3, 1926 in Hersey, Michigan, the daughter of Dan and Ruth (Thiel) Sengelaub. Donna graduated from Reed City High School. She married John S. Voelker in 1951.
Donna was employed by Michigan Bell Telephone prior to starting their family. Her joy in life and greatest accomplishment was being a homemaker and mother to her family of five children. Together, Donna and John traveled the United States, Germany, Jamaica, and South America.
She was a faithful and active member of the Big Rapids First Baptist Church; serving as Deaconess and Flower Chairman. Donna also belonged to an Extension Group for many years. She had a wonderful group of friends that met every week for coffee or lunch. Donna enjoyed taking care of the yard and her flowers. She loved to cook and entertain family and friends.
Donna is survived by her five children, Bill (Kerry) Voelker, Steve (Sheral) Voelker, Mary (Mike) Davison, Tim (Jeanette) Voelker, and Joe (Lisa) Voelker; ten grandchildren, Jeff, Megan, Sherra, Michael, Sandon, Erica, Eric, Kyle, Lauren, and Brooke; two great-grandchildren, Braden and Benjamin; brother, Wayne (Marilyn) Sengelaub; sister, Maxine Bloom; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband John Voelker, brother-in-law Bill Bloom, and brother and sister-in-law Charles and Helen Massey.
Funeral services will take place 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at the Big Rapids First Baptist Church with Pastor Bruce Peterson officiating. The family will greet friends from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 9th at the Daggett-Gilbert Funeral Home in Big Rapids and one hour prior to the service on Wednesday at the Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Donna’s name may be made to the Wycliffe Bible Translators, Jim and Cathy Metzler, P.O. Box 628200, Orlando, Florida 32862-8200.
Reverend Leonard J. Skodak Sr., age 94 of Big Rapids, went to be with his Lord Thursday, August 4, 2016. He was born October 20, 1921 in Mauston, Wisconsin, the son of Joseph and Katherine (Lipar) Skodak. Leonard quit school after the 8th grade to work on the family farm. He then enlisted in the United States Navy and was stationed in Providence, Rhode Island where he met his future wife, Mildred Marshall. Leonard and Mildred married on December 5, 1942 after five short weeks of dating and were blessed with nearly 60 years of marriage and four children. Leonard was honorably discharged after serving during World War II.
Together their family moved to Bourbonnais, Illinois where he attended Olivet Nazarene University and achieved his bachelor degree in ministerial studies. Leonard and his family relocated to Wisconsin where he was ordained as a reverend of the Church of the Nazarene. He began his pastoral career in Portage and Laona, Wisconsin before they made Big Rapids their permanent home in 1966. There, Leonard pastored at the First Church of the Nazarene and was the Director of the Nazarene Daycare with Mildred. Leonard also started the Fremont Church of the Nazarene, where they stayed for nearly eight years. Most recently he was a member of the Reed City Church of the Nazarene.
He is survived by his four children, Leonard J. (Mary) Skodak Jr. of Oklahoma City, OK., Joyce E. (Paul Jr.) Hutchings of Smyrna, GA, Edward John (Marlene) Skodak of Reed City, and Juanita J. (Duane) Smith of Forrest, IL.; nine grandchildren, Leonard J. “Lee” Skodak, Loren J. (Bridgett) Skodak, Nicholas Hutchings, Kendra Sue (Joseph) Quales, Aaron Joseph Skodak, Carrie Ann (Ryan) Rafferty, Jennifer Lynn (Justin) Snell, Aaron Jesse Smith, and Joshua Joseph (Kirsten) Smith; nine great-grandchildren, Tyler, Megan and Owen Rafferty, Kaya and Thomas Coleman, Toby Snell, Brailynn Smith, Braydon Quales, and Jacob Christian Skodak; sister, Elsie Webster of Twin Lakes, WI; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Leonard was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Mildred on January 4, 2002; brother, Edward John Skodak while serving during World War II; sister, Evelyn Bradley; and an infant sister.
Funeral services will take place 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 9, 2016 at the Reed City Church of the Nazarene with Pastor Austin Hill and Pastor Harold Gilkerson officiating. The family will greet friends from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Monday, August 8th at the Daggett-Gilbert Funeral Home in Big Rapids and one hour prior to the service on Tuesday at the Church. Leonard will be laid to rest at Mauston Cemetery in Mauston, Wisconsin.
Memorial contributions may be made in Leonard’s name to the Nazarene Compassionate Ministry. Make checks payable to Global Treasurer and mail them to Global Treasury Services, Church of the Nazarene, P.O. Box 843116, Kansas City, MO 64184-3116.
Nicole LeAnn Neitzel, 36 of Big Rapids, Michigan passed away on Monday, August 1, 2016 surrounded by her loving family and close friends at Grand Rapids Metro Health Hospital. She was born March 31, 1980, in Big Rapids, the daughter of Philip and Janet (Besonen) Neitzel.
Nicole was a soft spoken woman who always had a smile on her face and a great sense of humor. She loved to travel and in particular with her family throughout the great lakes region. Visiting family in the Upper Peninsula often and exploring Mackinac Island, Traverse City, Muskegon’s Michigan Adventure and Hershey Park, Pennsylvania amongst other destinations. She was an avid NASCAR fan and looked forward to annual trips to the Michigan International Speedway with her sister Katina each August. She enjoyed Packer Backer trips with her father Phil to Lambeau Field, visiting Door County and relatives in Wisconsin. In her youth she made an epic camping trip to Alaska with her Uncle David, Aunt Joanne and Katina. She loved good books and movies, cowboy boots, camping, swimming and saunas. She was a lover of bright colors and “bling”, jewelry, pedicures and manicures. She loved all animals and her beloved cat Gizmo, dogs Gracie and Max will miss her.
Nicole graduated from Big Rapids High School in 1999 and attended Ferris State University pursuing a degree in elementary education. She worked at Walmart as a sales associate since 1999 and was a former child care provider and also volunteered as one at St Peters Lutheran Church where she was a member.
She is survived by her beloved parents Philip & Janet (Besonen) Neitzel, and her sister and best friend Katina of Big Rapids. Uncles Kenneth (Jennifer) Neitzel, David (Barbara) Neitzel, Douglas (Vicki ) Neitzel, Daniel Neitzel, David (Joanne) Besonen and Donald (Nancy) Besonen. Step-Uncles John (Maxine) Kallies, Doug (Charlene) Kallies. Aunts Deborah (Al) Quast, Joan (Anthony) Haigh, Gail (David) Meinert and Pamela Besonen. Step-Aunts Alice Kallies, Karen (Bob) Young and Mariette (Joe) Piencikowski and many cousins. She is also survived by her close friends Sarah Thompson and Ronda Taylor. Nicole is a special aunt to Reese Thompson and Avery Slendebroek.
Nicole was preceded in death by her infant brother Greg, Grandparents Martin and Evelyn Neitzel (Kallies) and Waino and Alice Besonen, step-Grandfather Lawrence Kallies, Uncle Gordon Neitzel and step-Uncle Leonard Kallies.
You are invited to join in celebrating Nicole’s life by joining her friends and family at Mohnke’s Funeral Home for visitation on Friday, August 5th from 4 to 7 p.m. and again at 10 a.m. on Saturday. Nicole’s Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday, August 6th at 11 a.m. at St Peters Lutheran Church in Big Rapids with Pastor John Bookshaw officiating. Burial will be in Highland View Cemetery with a luncheon following in the church fellowship hall.
Nicole had a lot of Finnish SISU and German spunk which helped her throughout and in particular with her lifelong battle with Diamond Black Fan Anemia and since March with esophageal cancer.
The family suggests that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the following: Diamond Black Fan Anemia at DBA Foundation PO Box 1092, West Seneca, NY 14224 or dbafoundation.org or Smile Train PO Box 96231, Washington, DC 20090-2631, secure.smiletrain.org /donate
Oneta Elgene Donders, passed away peacefully at her home, near Barryton, on Sunday, July 31, 2016, at the age of 90. She was born at home on Eight Point Lake, Isabella County, to Jack and Josephine (Cook) Scott on June 29, 1926. Oneta attended the one room school house in Lake Station before attending Barryton Rural Agricultural School. After marrying Robert B. “Toad” Donders, they made their home near Barryton where they have resided since.
Oneta was very talented and resourceful, with numerous interests: an avid reader, rock hound, and collector. She was an original subscriber to prevention magazine, organic gardening and supporter of herbal and alternative medicine, and one of the very early recycle/reuse advocates. Oneta was a true outdoorsman with a deep love of nature and all it provided. Oneta and Toad taught their children how to live off of the land by hunting, trapping, fishing, gardening and canning. Her actions and way of life taught all how to appreciate and respect what nature provides.
She is survived by her fishing partner and husband Robert; sons, Duane of Sun City, AZ and Dennis of Remus, MI; daughters, Marcia (Arthur) Machado of Crockett, CA and Christina (Randy) Reisig of Saginaw, MI; two step-daughters, Kayla (Lyman) Richter and Shirley “Cookie” (Larry) Squires; a daughter-in-law Linda Donders; seventeen grandchildren, many many great and great-great grandchildren and many extended family and friends who will not forget knowing her nor the things they learned from this remarkable woman.
Oneta was preceded in death by her son Leonard, three sisters and two brothers.
The family will greet friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 6, 2016 at the Daggett Funeral Home in Barryton.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 7th at the funeral home with Pastor Dar Howard officiating. Interment will follow at Garfield Township Cemetery in Lake.
Glen W. Rehkopf, 81, of Reed City, passed away Saturday, July 30, 2016 at his home.
He was born August 23, 1934 in Osceola County to Lewis and Viola (Stevens) Rehkopf, and attended Morris school. Glen married Pearl Shady on May 25, 1964. She survives. Also surviving are his children; Paula Greenfield. Kimberly Rehkopf, and Lewis Rehkopf; 2 brothers, Spencer Burr and Roger Rehkopf; 2 sisters, Saralee Rehkopf (John), and Blanche (LaVail) Erickson; 6 grandchildren, and 1 great granddaughter. Glen was preceded in death by his siblings, Alice Tetzlaff, Robert Burr, Art Burr, and Phyllis Mund. Glen worked for the Big Rapids Box factory for 20 years, and also farmed much of his life.
A memorial luncheon will be held from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Saturday, August 13 at Liberty Baptist Church. Memorials may be made to the family.
Linda Kathleen (O’Hearn) Bulkowski of Canadian Lakes, MI, formerly of Grand Rapids and Kentwood, age 74, passed away on Tuesday, August 2, 2016.
She was born to Robert and Kathleen (Finkler) O’Hearn, on November 3, 1941, whom she has joined in Heaven together with her grandparents, many uncles, aunts and brother and sister-in-law, Walter and Lorraine Kalinowski. She is survived by her loving husband of 55 years, James; children, Daniel, David (Melissa), Richard (Isabel), Walt (Karen), William, Kathryn (Donald) Kowalewski and sister, Carol Ronk. She is also survived by 19 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, brother and sister-in-law, John and Joan Clark; special aunts, Esther Sanborn and Esther Finkler, and many nieces and nephews.
Linda spent her childhood in Marne, MI; before her family moved to Grand Rapids where she graduated as valedictorian from Mount Mercy Academy. She attended Aquinas College from 1959-1960. In 1960, she met James on a blind date and the two were married on June 24, 1961. During her lifetime, Linda was a very devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She will be deeply missed and lovingly remembered. Honoring Linda’s wishes, cremation has taken place.
A memorial service celebrating Linda’s life will be held at St. Anthony’s Parish, 2510 Richmond St. N.W., Grand Rapids, on Saturday, August 6th, at 11:00 AM with Reverend Mark Przybysz as celebrant. Family will greet guests an hour before mass. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to Spectrum Hospice.
Roy Holsworth Jr. passed away Friday the 29th of July at Altercare after a long fight with lung cancer.
Roy was born in Pontiac Michigan in 1931 to Roy Henry and Maude Holsworth.
He served proudly in the Unites States Navy for four years during the Korean war aboard the USS Achernar AK-53.
He was a member of the VFW post2335 in Mecosta where he served as post commander from 1976-1977.
He was a stone mason for over 60 years as well as a musician with his own country band.
He cherished his time with Joyce, his wife of 60 years, his children, grand children, and great grandchildren.
Roy lives on through his four children, Debbie, of South Bend, Mark(Amy) of Rodney, Chris of Beal City, Aaron(Janelle) of Rodney
Grandchildren, Chris (Courtney),Caleb, Marielle, Tyler,(Amanda), Brandon, Courtney, Roy, Matthew, and Kellie, and great grandchildren, Blake, Jake and Luke.
He is also survived by many lifelong friends and relatives.
Roy was preceded in death by his wife Joyce, Parents, Roy and Maude, Siblings, Ray, Bob, Mack, Dick, Jean, Bonnie, Jerry and Betty.
A private service for family will be held at the Martiny Township cemetary on Friday, August 5th at 10:00 A.M.
Raymond M. Daso, age 86 of Big Rapids, passed away Saturday, July 30, 2016 at Metron of Big Rapids. He was born on June 21, 1930 in Cleveland, Ohio, the son of Earl and Lottie (Trimner) Daso.
Raymond is survived by his daughter, Laurie Daso of Colorado.
Arrangements and care entrusted to the Daggett-Gilbert Funeral Home in Big Rapids.
Patricia C. Owens, age 89 of Big Rapids, passed away peacefully at her home on Saturday July 30, 2016. She was born March 17, 1927 in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania the daughter of Robert and Anna (Poppelreiter) Everly. She married Rex G. Owens Sr. on April 29, 1944 in Detroit and they made their home in Dearborn for many years. Pat worked at Greenfield Village and the Henry Ford Museum for over 16 years as a tour guide. Following their retirement in 1981, Pat and Rex moved to the Big Rapids area to make their home.
Pat was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Big Rapids where she enjoyed singing in the choir; she had been active in the Mecosta County RSVP and taught several classes at Ferris State University.
Pat is survived by her two daughters, Susan Owens of Grand Rapids, Sheila (Rick) Shetter of West Minster, Colorado; daughter-in-law, Susan R. Owens of Big Rapids; nine grandchildren, Erika, Kristen, Karl, Tera, Erin, David, Isaac, Kati, Hannah; 15 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Dee Peron, Alda Ernst, Nancy (George) Cini and many nieces and nephews.
Pat was preceded in death by her parents, her beloved husband Rex G. Owens Sr. on June 13, 1994, son, Rex G. Owens Jr. in 2005, infant son, Robert Owens, two brothers, Paul Kirchner, Ronald Kirchner and three sisters, Norma Bavol, Bernice Valimaki and Anna Mae Powell.
A Mass of Christian Burial will take place 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Father Michael Burt officiating. The family will greet friends on Tuesday, August 2nd at the Daggett-Gilbert Funeral Home in Big Rapids from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with a 7:30 time of sharing. The family will also greet friends one hour prior to Mass on Wednesday at the church.
Burial will be at Crapo Cemetery in Green Township, Paris, MI.
Memorial contributions in Pat’s name may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church or The Brook of Big Rapids.