Obituaries 2000

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January 12, 2000

Joseph Michael Nageldinger
Joseph Michael Nageldinger, 50, of Jackson, died Monday, January 3, 2000, at
Foote Hospital in Jackson.
Mr. Nageldinger was born November 10, 1949, in Penn Yan, New York, to James
P. and Dorothy J. (Gottshall) Nageldinger. He was a resident of the Calhoun
County area since 1950. He was a 1968 graduate of Homer High School and
served in the U.S. Marines.
Mr. Nageldinger was a supervisor at Parnall Correction Facility in Jackson
for 16 years. He enjoyed softball, hunting, baseball and the outdoors in
general. He was a member of the American Legion in Jackson.
Survivors include three sons, Adam, Joshua and Jacob; one daughter, Katie;
his mother and stepfather, Dr. and Mrs. Russell (Dorothy) Rowan of Albion;
his father and stepmother, James P. (Seu Yean) Nageldinger of Longwood,
Florida; his fiancee, Kim Rose of Stockbridge; a brother, James K.
Nageldinger of Seattle; two sisters, Mrs. Brian (Kathryn) Warrington of
Polson, Montana, and Mrs. Andrew (Annie) McFarlane, of Leland; two
stepsisters, Mrs. Russell (Diana) Hrab, of Albion, and Carol Galas, of Royal
Oak; and a stepbrother, Chris (Debbi) Rowan, of LeMesa, California.
Funeral services were held Friday, January 7, at St. James Episcopal Church
in Albion, with Father Ed Scully officiating. Burial was in Fairview
Cemetery in Homer.
Funeral arrangements were handled by the Albion Chapel of Tidd-Williams
Funeral Chapels.
Memorials are suggested to Big Brothers-Big Sisters of Jackson County.

January 19, 2000

Nancy Kay Cortright
Nancy Kay Cortright, 60, of Homer, died Sunday, January 16, 2000, at her
home.
Mrs. Cortright was born November 18, 1939, in Albion, to Carl G. and Marie
E. (Holmes) Norton. She married Bill Cortright in Albion, October 18, 1968.
He survives.
Mrs. Cortright was a life resident of the area and worked as a supervisor
for Michigan Bell for 20 years. For the past 10 years she was with the
alternative education program of Homer Community Schools. She was a member
of the O.E.S. and the First Presbyterian Church in Homer.
In addition to her husband, Mrs. Cortright is survived by a son, Tim
(Melissa) Cortright of Battle Creek; a daughter, Mrs. Rob (Lisa) Ridgeway of
Homer; four grandchildren, Tyler and Brock Ridgeway of Homer, and Kaitlyn
and Abigail Cortright of Battle Creek, her mother, Marie Norton; three
sisters, Mrs. Tom (Betsy) Tucker of Marshall, Mrs. Charles (Sharron) Edler
of Homer, and Mrs. Scott (Barbara) Anderson of Coldwater; two brothers,
William Carl Norton of Norfolk, Virginia, and Jim Norton of Homer.
She was preceded in death by her father, Carl G. Norton, August 15, 1982.
Visitation will be Tuesday from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at the Homer Chapel of
Tidd-Williams Funeral Chapels. Funeral services will be today (Wednesday) at
3:30 p.m. at the funeral home.
Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery in Homer.
Memorial contributions may be made to Good Samaritan Hospice or the Homer
Area Community Foundation.

Michael Gerald Smith
Michael Gerald Smith, 41, of Homer, died Monday, January 10, 2000, in Battle
Creek Health Systems.
Mr. Smith was born June 2, 1958, in Battle Creek, to Richard and Mary Louise
Smith. He attended East Grand Rapids High School.  After enlisting in the
Army in 1975, he served at several stations in the U.S. and overseas,
including Germany and Turkey. He participated in Desert Storm in 1990-91,
and then retired from the Army in June of 1995. He was employed by Rennco
Inc., of Homer.
Mr. Smith married Kimberly Jean Lyon January 7, 1995, at St. Luke1s United
Methodist Church in El Paso, Texas. She survives.
Mr. Smith was a member of the Homer United Methodist Church and the Homer
Lions Club. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and playing softball.
In addition to his wife, survivors include his mother, Mary Louise Hartle of
Homer; two brothers, William Smith of Jenison and Richard Smith of Grand
Rapids; and three sisters, Theresa Birtalan of Traverse City, Rose Lemmink
of Stanwood, and Beth Hartle of Omaha, Nebraska.
He was preceded in death by his father, Richard Lloyd Smith.
Funeral services were Thursday, January 13, at the Homer United Methodist
Church, with the Rev. George Luciani officiating. Burial was in Memory
Gardens, Valley City, North Dakota.
Funeral arrangements were handled by the Homer Chapel of Tidd-Williams
Funeral Chapels.

Kaylee Paige Reynolds-Brown
Kaylee Paige Reynolds-Brown, infant daughter of Eddie Brown and Jennovee
Reynolds, of Homer, was stillborn Monday, January 10, 2000, at University of
Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor.
In addition to her parents, she is survived by grandparents, Harley and Faye
Reynolds of Homer, John and Sally Brown of Homer, and Karen Brown of
Springport; great-grandparents, Boyd and Hazel Fugate of Kentucky, Glen and
Shirley Murphy of Indiana and Nannie Brown of Kentucky, and several aunts
and uncles.
Funeral services were held Friday, January 14, at Riverside Baptist Church
in Homer with Pastor Danny McCurry officiating. Interment was in Fairview
Cemetery in Homer.
Funeral arrangements were handled by the George White Funeral Home in
Litchfield.

Thoburn Duane Hunsicker
Thoburn Duane Hunsicker, 87, of Marshall, died Thursday, January 13, 2000,
at his home.
Mr. Hunsicker was born September 21, 1912, in McGuffy, Ohio, to Floyd and
Ruby (Sinift) Hunsicker. Her married Beatrice Fickle in 1932 in McGuffy. She
preceded him in death in November of 1986.
Mr. Hunsicker is formerly of Tekonsha, moving to Marshall in 1994. He
retired in 1978 from the mat department of Ronan-Kunzel after 20 years. He
was a member and former trustee of First Baptist Church in Tekonsha. He was
a former member of the Marshall Moose and a member of the International
Association of Machinists and Aero Space Workers. He enjoyed fishing,
gardening, baseball, football and he loved farming.
Survivors include a son, Lamar (Elaine) Hunsicker of Ceresco; six
grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; a special friend, Esther Keller of
Marshall; and a brother, Jack Hunsicker of California.
He was preceded in death by two sons, Ronald Hunsicker and Duane Hunsicker
(1994); and a brother, James Ronald Hunsicker.
Funeral services were Monday, January 17, at First Baptist Church in
Tekonsha, with the Rev. James Berger officiating. Burial was in Riverside
Cemetery in Tekonsha.
The Homer Chapel of Tidd-Williams Funeral Chapels handled the arrangements.
Memorials may be made to the Deacon's Fund at First Baptist Church in
Tekonsha.

January 26, 2000

Betty L. Smith
Betty L. Smith, 66, of Albion, died Wednesday, January 19, 2000, at her
home.
Mrs. Smith was born December 28, 1933, in Darkmount, West Virginia, to
Orville and Stella (Smith) Jeffrey. She married Onsby E. 3Smitty2 Smith
February 18, 1952, in Williamston, West Virginia. He preceded her in death
March 30, 1993.
Mrs. Smith had lived in Albion since 1977. She was a homemaker and attended
the Baptist Church. She loved to dance and play Yahtzee.
Survivors include four sons, Onsby (fiancee Patricia) Smith, Jr. of Albion,
Corbett (Thelma) Smith of Albion, Timmie (fiancee Shirley) Smith of Homer,
and Carl (fiancee Tina) Smith of Homer; a daughter, Mrs. Anna Ray (fiance
Gene) Smith of Albion; 25 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren; five
sisters, Madeline Frances Williams of Indianapolis, Katherine Virginia Ball
of Madison, West Virginia, Rosa Mae Holstine of Nellis, West Virginia,
Carolyn Jean Mulkey of Homer, and Ida Belle Marchesano, of Homer; two
brothers, Robert Edward Jeffrey of Greenview, West Virginia, and Clarence
Emerson Jeffrey of Columbus, Ohio.
She was preceded in death by five sisters and five brothers.
Funeral services were held Saturday, January 22, at the Albion Chapel of
Tidd-Williams Funeral Chapels, with the Rev. Clay Watkins officiating.
Burial was in Albion Memory Gardens.

Cora B. Smeltzer
Cora B. Smeltzer, 71, of Homer, died Saturday, January 22, 2000, at her
home. Mrs. Smeltzer was born October 20, 1928, in Gallipolis, Ohio, to
Pearly and Tressie (Myers) Edler. She moved to the Homer area in 1948.
She married Paul Smeltzer August 16, 1947. He preceded her in death in 1998.
Mrs. Smeltzer enjoyed attending the Gospel Barn, making quilts, cooking and
canning, auto racing and caring for her family.
Survivors include four daughters, Diane Cline of Pana, Illinois, Dorene Love
of Molino, Florida, Barbara Smeltzer of Bankers, and Cora Angell of
Flushing; one son, Lawrence "Buddy" Smeltzer of Homer; 23 grandchildren and
15 great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Paul
Smeltzer, Jr. and a brother Charles Edler.
Funeral services were Tuesday, January 25, at Riverside Baptist Church in
Homer, with the Rev. Larry Fulton and Pastor Dan McCurry officiating. Burial
was in Albion Memory Gardens.
The George White Funeral Home in Litchfield handled the arrangements.
Memorials are suggested to Riverside Baptist Church or Hospice of Jackson
County.

Rose Mary Mulkey
Rose Mary Mulkey, 67, of Albion and formerly of Homer, died Friday, January
21, 2000, in Albion.
Mrs. Mulkey was born September 14, 1932, in McGuffy, Ohio, to Floyd and
Nellie (Perkins) Cole. She married Vernon Mulkey August 18, 1972, in
Partello. He survives.
Mrs. Mulkey lived in Albion the past 10 years. She was a member of the Grace
Free Will Baptist Church. She volunteered at the Good Will and Albion
Nursing Home. She was a peacemaker, leading onward for the Lord and a great
witness. She loved to cook, garden, sing gospel music, and she collected
dolls and teddy bears.
In addition to her husband, survivors include six children, Daryl Burkwalt
of Albion, Diane (Burkwalt) Moore of Albion, Sherry  (Lawrence) Jones of
Milan, Terry (Carl) Allen of Albion, Roseda (Chad) Gray of Springport, and
Kenneth Mulkey of Ionia; three stepchildren, Kay (Charles) Rochester of
Eaton Rapids, Pamela Smith of Charlotte and Vernon (Kristen) Mulkey, Jr. of
Eaton Rapids; seven grandchildren; seven step-grandchildren; one
great-grandson; three brothers, Ralph Cole and John Cole, both of Texas, and
Arthur Cole of Coldwater; and five sisters, Grace Love of Ohio, Myrtle Yates
of Albion, Tressie Wriet of Georgia, Carolyn Zesoski of Coldwater and Cora
Lee Bailey of North Carolina.
She was preceded in death by her parents, a child, Baby Burkwalt,  a sister,
Kathleen Wallace, a brother, Ollie Clifford Cole and a sister, Wanda Arlene
Conley.
There will be a remembrance service today (Wednesday) at 7 p.m. at the Grace
Free Will Baptist Church. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. today.
Funeral services are at 1 p.m. Thursday, January 27, at the church, with the
Rev. Douglas Ritchie officiating. Burial will be in Albion Memory Gardens.
Funeral arrangements were handled by the Albion Chapel of Tidd-Williams
Funeral Chapels.
Memorial contributions may be made to the family.

February 2, 2000

Harry E. McCone
Harry E. McCone, 76, of Homer, died Thursday, January 27, 2000, at Foote
Hospital in Jackson.
Mr. McCone was born August 31, 1923, in Julesburg, Colorado, to Clarence and
Edna Mae (McAdams) McCone. He married Rosetta Louise Miller September 7,
1946, in Homer. She preceded him in death December 20, 1993.
Mr. McCone was a lifelong resident of the area. He was a member of VFW Post
#9411 in Homer and was active in the recycling center. His hobbies included
drawing, painting and woodworking. He was employed by Service Caster, Reith
Riley Construction, Homer Community Schools, Donnie Moore Meat Packing,
several area gas stations and Bob Chelf gravel pit.
Survivors include three daughters, Carol Jackson of Homer, Mrs. Denise
Taylor of Homer and Mrs. Byron (Sherry) Plato of Jacksonville, Florida; four
grandchildren, Tammala Case, Dean Plato, Tracy Wirebaugh and Michael
Wirebaugh; one great-granddaughter, Krystal Plunkett; and one brother,
Clarence J. McCone.
In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Yvette.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, February 1, at the Homer Chapel of
Tidd-Williams Funeral Chapels, Inc., with the Rev. Larry Fulton officiating.
Burial was in Cook's Prairie Cemetery.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Gambro Center in Jackson.

Sue Tasker Hurley
Sue Tasker Hurley, 69, of Hammond, Louisiana and a native of Litchfield,
died Friday, January 28, 2000, at North Oaks Medical Center.
Survivors include her husband, James Hurley of Hammnod; three daughters,
Linda Haskell and Brenda Swafford, both of Hammond, and Twig Bousfield of
Houston; one son, Rodney Hurley of Boston; one sister, Donna DuBois of
Litchfield; 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Clyde and Elizabeth Juckett
Tasker; a brother Ross Tasker, and a grandson.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, February 1, at Harry  McKneely & Son
Funeral Home, Inc. in Hammond.
Burial was in Gatlin Cemetery.

Leon A. VanPatten
Leon A. VanPatten, 84, of Bowling Green, Kentucky, died Sunday, January 30,
2000, in Bowling Green.
Mr. VanPatten was born December 19, 1915, in Allen, to Harlow and Maude
(Rainey) VanPatten. He married Cass Zeigler May 5, 1941. She preceded him in
death in 1996.
Mr. VanPatten was an Allen High School graduate and graduated from Michigan
State University with an engineering degree. He served in the U.S. Army
during World War II in the Philippines and retired from the Army Reserves as
a Lt. Colonel.
He owned and operated H. Van Patten Company in Homer and Allen for many
years, then sold crop insurance for the federal crop insurance program. He
was a long-time resident of Allen, a member of the Allen Methodist Church
and a member of the Masonic Lodge. He served on the election board in Allen
for many years.
Survivors include a son, Mark (Nancy) VanPatten of Bowling Green; two
grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by a son, David, and a
sister Morna White.
Funeral services are Wednesday, February 2, at 11 a.m. at Diedrich-White
Funeral Home in Quincy. Interment will be in Allen Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

February 9, 2000

Pauline C. Riker
Pauline C. Riker, 86, of Litchfield, died Monday, January 31, 2000.
Mrs. Riker was born August 10, 1913, in Butler Township, to Guy and Margaret
(Rae) Lake.
She married Zerald T. Riker August 21, 1932. He preceded her in death in
1982.
Mrs. Riker was a graduate of Homer High School. She was a lifelong resident
of the area, and a cook at Litchfield schools for many years. She was a
member of the WWII Mothers.
Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. James (Merlene) Hancock of Lupton,
Mrs. Lynn (Gail) Thompson of Litchfield and Mrs. Bruce (Pamela) Sayer of
Comstock Park; one son, Russell (Molly) Riker of Homer; a sister-in-law, Ila
Lambright of Litchfield; and several grandchildren, step-grandchildren,
great-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by two sisters.
Funeral services were held Saturday, February 5, at the George White Funeral
Home in Litchfield, with the Rev. Clyde Wonders officiating.
Interment was in Mt. Hope Cemetery in Litchfield.
Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society.

Rondal Allen
Rondal Allen, 61, of Albion, died Thursday, February 3, 2000, at his home.
Mr. Allen was born April 11, 1938, in Pikeville, Kentucky, to Edgar and
Viola Babe (Boyd) Allen. He married Eliza Justice September 5, 1961. She
survives.
Mr. Allen lived most of his life in the Albion and Springport areas. He was
a farmer and enjoyed fishing, coon hunting and lawn care.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Allen is survived by two daughters, Mrs. John
(Carolyn) Eldridge of Albion and Laura Allen and Glen Moore of Potterville;
four sons,  Terry Allen, Carl (Terry Lynn) Allen, Richard Allen and Judy
Rowe, and Jimmy (Paula) Allen, all of Albion; two stepsons, Chester "Eugene"
(Joyce) Tackett of Albion and William "Ed" (Zelmaglee) Tackett of Homer; two
sisters, Mrs. Frank (Helena) Edmond of Woodhaven and Mrs. Gary (Micky)
Thomas of Virginia; three brothers, James (Madge) Allen of Betsy Lane,
Kentucky, Vernon (Bonnie) Allen of Albion, and Willard (June) Allen of
Circleville, Ohio; 16 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Mr. Allen was preceded in death by his parents; a son, George Elmer Allen;
and a daughter, Marylin Spencer.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, February 8, at the George White Funeral
Home in Litchfield, with Pastor Doug Richie officiating. Interment followed
at Albion Memory Gardens.
Memorials are suggested to the Grace Free Will Baptist Church in Albion.

Harold E. Young
Harold E. Young, 85, of Homer, died Thursday, February 4, 2000, in Jackson.
Mr. Young was born March 3, 1914, in Bismark, Illinois, to Ross and Lydia
Marie (Brown) Young. He married Gertrude Miller September 1, 1940, in
Chicago. She survives.
Mr. Young was a resident of Homer since 1943. He owned and operated the IGA
grocery store in Homer for many years. He was an active member of the United
Methodist Church in Homer and was a member of the Lions Club for more than
50 years. He was a sports enthusiast. He and his many friends  enjoyed
hunting, fishing, bowling and golfing.
In addition to his wife, survivors include a daughter, Joan (Bob)
Vandenburgh of Toledo, Ohio; a son, Gerald (Carol) Young of Clackamas,
Oregon; two granddaughters, Angela (Tom) Height of Saline, and Natalie
(Trung) Doan of Ann Arbor; and a sister, Peg Kafka of Albion. He was
preceded in death by a son, Donald Young.
Funeral services were held Monday, February 7, at the Homer Chapel of
Tidd-Williams Funeral Chapels, with the Rev. George Luciani officiating.
Burial was in Fairview Cemetery in Homer.
Memorials are suggested to the Homer United Methodist Church or the Homer
Area Community Foundation fund.

February 16, 2000

Charles Frederick Duncan
Charles Frederick Duncan, 49, of Quincy, died Saturday, February 12, 2000,
at his home.
Mr. Duncan was born February 5, 1951, in Albion, to Harold and Delores
(Riley) Duncan. His father survives in Homer. He married Joann LaRoe May 1,
1971. She also survives.
Mr. Duncan was employed at Dexter Axel Company in Fremont, Indiana.
In addition to his wife and father, Mr. Duncan is survived by a daughter,
Cindy Duncan of Albion; a son, Charles F. Duncan II of Stockbridge; three
sisters, Sharon Faye LaRoe of Homer, Lavonda Kay Wolfe of Hillsdale, and
Tina Marie Avery of Homer; two brothers, Harold F. Duncan of Homer and
Edward E. Duncan of Hillsdale; three grandchildren, Shawn and Anthony
Duncan, and Kayla Duncan.
Mr. Douglas was preceded in death by his mother.
Funeral services will be held today (Wednesday) at 11 a.m. at the
Diedrich-White Funeral Home in Quincy, with the Rev. C. Wayne Prince
officiating. Interment will follow at Lakeview Cemetery in Quincy.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Heart Association or
the Diabetes Fund.

Brenda Kay Cook
Brenda Kay Cook, 46, of Marshall, died Sunday, February 13, 2000, at Henry
Ford Hospital in Detroit.
Mrs. Cook was born December 21, 1953, in Albion, to Duane and Julie
(Twichell) Gill. They survive. She married Lynn David Cook at the West
Eckford Missionary Church February 7, 1971, and he survives.
Mrs. Cook was a graduate of Marshall High School and had been a resident of
this area the majority of her life. She had been employed by Dr. Mark
Richardson as a medical billing clerk. Prior employment included working for
the City of Marshall in the financial office. During the 1980s, she and her
husband owned and operated a dairy farm in the Litchfield area.
Mrs. Cook was an active member of the West Eckford Missionary Church. When
her daughters were young, she volunteered as a leader for the Hillsdale
County 4-H Club and also as a leader for the Brownies. In 1985, she and her
husband received the District 2, Outstanding Young Dairy Couple award from
the Michigan Milk Producers Association. Her life centered around her family
and friends, and she enjoyed calling them to stay in touch.
In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Cook is survived by three
daughters, Lori (Mike) Collard of Clarkston, Amy (Jaime) Beattie of Marshall
and Krista Cook of Marshall; a grandson, Matthew Collard; a brother, Robert
D. Gill of Charlotte; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held today (Wednesday) at 11 a.m. at the West
Eckford Missionary Church. Interment will follow in West Eckford Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the National Brain Tumor Foundation or
the West Eckford Missionary Church.
The Craig K. Kempf Funeral Home in Marshall handled the arrangements.

February 23, 2000

Edgar T. Morris
Edgar T. Morris, 89, of Litchfield, died Thursday, February 17, 2000, at the
Hillsdale County Medical Care Facility.
Mr. Morris was born July 4, 1910, in Lenawee County and graduated from Sand
Creek High School. He was employed for many years at Addison Products and
was a farmer.
Survivors include two sons, Thomas (Mary) Morris of Litchfield, and Ed
Morris; and 10 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife Doris (Wotring), a daughter, a son, a
brother and a sister.
Funeral services were held Monday, February 21, at the George White Funeral
Home in Litchfield.
Memorials may be made to Hillsdale County Medical Care Facility.

Samuel Neufer
Samuel Neufer, 81, of Albion, died Wednesday, February 16, 2000, at Borgess
Hospital in Kalamazoo.
Mr. Neufer was born January 14, 1919, in Albion, to Samuel E. and Mary
(Gettys) Neufer. He married Elizabeth Folk in Ajo, Arizona, December 31,
1942. She survives.
Mr. Neufer was a veteran disabled in World War II, and had been a prisoner
of war in Germany. He was a member of the Albion V.F.W. Post #3672, Elks
#1798, Moose #406, and a lifetime member of Eagles #1265.
He enjoyed hunting and fishing with his son and nephews, camping, and all
outdoor activities, including outdoor cooking and relaxing outdoors on his
deck watching the birds and squirrels. Mr. Neufer was an avid game show
viewer. He enjoyed his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
In addition to his wife of 57 years, Mr. Neufer is survived by two
daughters, Sandra Gargans of California and Jane Neufer of Michigan; a son,
Scott Neufer of Michigan; three grandchildren, Cristy (David) Fyffe of
Michigan, Shawn Neufer of Washington and Nate Neufer of Indiana; two
great-grandchildren, Samantha Fyffe and Jason Fyffe; a brother, Hardy (Gert)
Neufer of Michigan; a sister, Hazel (Fritz) Feddersen; and several nieces,
nephews and cousins.
Mr. Neufer was preceded in death by four sisters, Arvilla Boyer, Jeanetta
Neufer (infant), Elsie Putnam and Lucille Pyle, and five brothers, Richard
Neufer, William Neufer, Franklin Holibaugh (infant), Cecil Holibaugh and
Harry Blair.
Funeral services were held Monday, February 21, at the Albion Chapel of
Tidd-Williams Funeral Chapels, with the Rev. James Brazell presiding. Burial
followed in Riverside Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Kidney Foundation or the charity
of the donor's choice.

James L. (Big Jim) Wildt
James L. (Big Jim) Wildt, 77, of Litchfield, died Saturday, February 19,
2000, at the Arbor Manor Care Center in Spring Arbor.
Mr. Wildt was born February 5, 1923, in Pulaski Township, to Leo and Marion
(Bentley) Wildt. He married Valera Sue Melton June 3, 1994, in Hernando,
Mississippi. She preceded him in death June 30, 1997.
Mr. Wildt was a 1941 graduate of Litchfield High School. He served in the
U.S. Army during World War II as a military police staff sergeant. He was a
farmer, carpenter and a maintenance worker for Litchfield Community Schools
from 1968 until 1986.
Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Robert (Penny) Jump of Litchfield; two
sons, James (Linda Kay) Wildt of Litchfield and Larry (Kathy) Wildt of Ada;
a sister, Lois Southfield of Litchfield; a brother Donald (Eleanor) Wildt of
Litchfield; and eight grandchildren, Ryan, Renee and Whitney Omo, Kyle,
David, Frederick and Christine Wildt, and Nicole Jump.
Funeral services were Monday, February 21, at the Litchfield Congregational
Church with the Revs. Mike Murray and Kathy Brown officiating. Interment was
in Mt. Hope Cemetery in Litchfield.
The George White Funeral Home of Litchfield handled the funeral
arrangements.
Memorials may be made to the Litchfield Congregational Church.

March 1, 2000

Lillie Myrtle Blair
Lillie Myrtle Blair, 81, of Albion, died Wednesday, February 23, 2000, at
her home under the care of her family and hospice.
Mrs. Blair was born June 22, 1918, in Ivel, Kentucky, to William and Pearl
(Hall) Damron. She married Granis J. Blair in Tram, Kentucky, on September
21, 1938. He preceded her in death in 1990.
Mrs. Blair moved to Michigan in 1940. She was employed for several years at
Corning Glass Co. and the Pagoda Restaurant. She was a member of the
Southern United Baptist Church, the Albion American Legion Auxiliary, and
enjoyed playing bingo, trips to Mt. Pleasant, flower gardening, hand crafts
and especially her grandchildren.
Survivors include a son, Billy Blair of Albion; four daughters, Mrs. Joe
(Bobbie) Adams of Albion, Mrs. Loretta Neal of Tekonsha, Mrs. Sherwood
(Brenda) Tackett of Martin, Tennessee, and Mrs. Alan (Virginia) Wilczak of
Albion; a sister, Ruby Timberman of Bradenton, Florida; two brothers,
Herbert Damron of Marshall and Don Gibson of Albion; 21 grandchildren; 35
great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Lillie
Arleen Blair; two sons, Doug and Darrell Blair; three brothers; a sister;
and a grandchild.
Funeral services were held Saturday, February 26, at the Grace Free Will
Baptist Church in Albion with the Rev. Earl Martin officiating. Interment
was in Riverside Cemetery in Albion.
Memorials are suggested to Good Samaritan (Life Span) Hospice.

Aleta M. "Sally" Hyde
Aleta M. "Sally" Hyde, 80, of Homer, died suddenly Saturday, February 26,
2000, at Borgess Hospital in Kalamazoo.
Mrs. Hyde was born June 14, 1919, in Homer to Lawrence R. and Iva (Hepler)
Ralston. She married Max L. Hyde September 29, 1939, in Homer. He preceded
her in death July 4, 1993.
Mrs. Hyde was a lifelong resident of the area. She was formerly employed by
Union Steel. She was a homemaker and a charter member of VFW Post #9411 -
Homer Auxiliary. She worked with Homer Caring and Sharing, was a former Cub
Scout leader and enjoyed bowling.
Survivors include a son, Lawrence (Portia) Hyde of Homer; and three
grandchildren, Mrs. Casey (Jessica) Hyde-Guehl of Marshall, James Hyde of
Homer and  Greg Lucyshyn of Homer.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Linda
Lucyshyn; a sister, Helen Macky; and two brothers, Lynn and Theron Ralston.
Funeral services were Tuesday, February 29, at the Homer Chapel of
Tidd-Williams Funeral Chapels with the Rev. Donald H. Smith officiating.
Burial was in Fairview Cemetery in Homer.
Memorial contributions may be made to the VFW Post #9411 Auxiliary or the
Harry and Linda Lucyshyn Scholarship fund.

Marjorie Bain
Marjorie Bain, 84, formerly of Fenton, died Sunday, February 27, 2000, at
Arbor Manor Care Center in Spring Arbor.
Mrs. Bain was born May 8, 1914, in Detroit, to Robert and Elsie (McIntyre)
Stibbles. She married Albert Bain in March 1, 1941. He preceded her in death
in 1998.
Mrs. Bain had been a veterans employment representative for 22 years for the
Michigan Employment Securities Commission, retiring in 1979. She was a
member of the first graduating class of Detroit1s  Mackenzie High School in
1932. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Fenton and the
Litchfield United Methodist Church. She had also been a Girl Scout leader.
Survivors include two daughters Mrs. Thomas (Marge) Beckner of Litchfield
and Mrs. Michael (Kathleen) Roth of Cincinnati, Ohio; and three
grandchildren, Mark, Lori and Kristen Beckner.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, February 29, at the Litchfield United
Methodist Church, with the Rev. Kathy Brown officiating.
Burial is today (Wednesday) at 2 p.m. at Tyrone Memorial Gardens in Fenton.
Funeral arrangements were handled by the George White Funeral Home in
Litchfield.
Memorials are suggested to the Hartland Senior Center or Make-a-Wish
Foundation.

Susie H. Taylor
Susie H. Taylor, 95, long-time resident of the Litchfield area, died
Saturday, February 26, 2000, at the Odd Fellows & Rebekah Home in Jackson.
Mrs. Taylor was born January 14, 1905, in Crystal, to George and Audrie
(Eitner) Kast. She was a member of the Litchfield United Methodist Church
and the Litchfield Rebekah Lodge. She was preceded in death by two husbands,
George Yeager in 1934 and Ivan Taylor in 1969.
Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Richard (Joyce) Pitts of Litchfield;
three sons, Carlisle (Mildred) Yeager of Lady Lake, Florida, George (Judy)
Yeager of Citra, Florida, and Kenneth (Elaine) Yeager of Summerfield,
Florida; a sister, Iris Boochard of Mecosta; a brother, Marion Kast of
Mason; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren and five
great-great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husbands, she was preceded in death by a son, Donald
Taylor, and a sister, Leona Bennett.
Funeral services will be today (Wednesday) at 11 a.m. at the George White
Funeral Home in Litchfield, with the Rev. Clyde Wonders officiating.
Burial will follow in Mt. Hope Cemetery in Litchfield.
Memorials are suggested to the Odd Fellows & Rebekah Home in Jackson.

Leona Mae Notestine
Leona Mae Notestine, 95, a lifelong Butler Township resident, died Saturday,
February 26, 2000, at her residence.
Mrs. Notestine was born March 12, 1904, in Butler Township to Winfred and
Edna (Rossman) Wolf.
She married James R. Notestine September 24, 1927. He preceded her in death
in 1969.
She graduated from Quincy High School in 1922 and from Ypsilanti Normal
College. She was the owner of Leona1s Apparel in Quincy for 27 years. At one
time she taught at the Dayburg County School (K-eighth grade). She had also
been an employee of Consumers Power in Jackson, Levonne Lingerie Shop in
Kalamazoo, and Sears and Roebuck and Crowley Millner & Co. in Detroit.
Mrs. Notestine was past Worthy Matron of the Quincy Chapter #12 OES and a
member of the White Shrine, Pythian Sisters, the Quincy American Legion
Auxiliary and Farm Bureau. She was also a member of the Quincy United
Methodist Church.
Survivors include nieces and nephews, Bill and Gayla Wolfe of Quincy; Barb
and Chuck Sigler of Hillsdale and Harry Hudson of Coldwater; and several
great-nieces and great-nephews.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a niece, Beverly
Hudson, and a brother, William Adelbert Wolf.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, February 29, at the Diedrich-White
Funeral Home in Quincy, with the Rev. Keith Walsworth officiating.
Burial followed in Whig Center Cemetery in Butler Township.
Memorials are suggested to Hospice of Branch County or the American Cancer
Society.

Thomas Vernon Clay
Thomas Vernon Clay, 35, of Homer Township, died Sunday, February 27, 2000,
at his home.
Mr. Clay was born June 8, 1964, in Albion, to Charles and Caroline (Nyssen)
Clay.
He had been employed by Walker Manufacturing Co. and Yukon Industries in
Litchfield. He also owned a landscaping business. He enjoyed auto racing as
both a participant and TV spectator.
Mr. Clay is survived by his father and stepmother, Charles and Ellen Clay of
Homer; two sisters, Cindy Herman of Reading and Sabrina Clay of Homer; three
brothers, Chris Nickles of Colon, and Joseph Clay and Charles E. Clay, both
of Homer; and two stepbrothers, Shane Girdham and Dustin Girdham, both of
Homer.
He was preceded in death by his mother.
Graveside services will be held Thursday at 1 p.m. at Riverside Cemetery,
Tekonsha, with Rev. Clay Watkins officiating. There will be no visitation.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice (Life Span).
Arrangements were made by George White Funeral Home, Litchfield.

March 8, 2000

Marvin D. Wade
Marvin D. Wade, 78, of Homer, died Saturday, March 4, 2000, at his home.
Mr. Wade was born January 9, 1922, in Butler Township, to C. Merrill and
Florence (King) Wade. He married Dorothy Straw August 24, 1947. She
survives.
Mr. Wade was a lifelong resident of the area and a farmer. He was a World
War II veteran, serving in the U.S. Navy. He was a member of the Michigan
Farm Bureau and Farm Bureau Oil Association, Michigan Milk Producers
Association, Dairy Herd Improvement Association, Homer VFW, was a trustee of
Butler Township, and was a member of the Country Couples Club and Litchfield
Farmers Club.
In addition to his wife, survivors include three daughters, Mrs. Ron (Ann)
Peeper of Florida, Mrs. Jerry (Ellen) Brodock of Homer and Mrs. Jeff (Lori)
Butler of Homer; two sons, James (Kathy) Wade of Petoskey, and Dean (Marla)
Wade of Homer; a brother, Richard (Lois) Wade of Albion, 13 grandchildren;
and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 7, at the George White Funeral
Home in Litchfield. Interment was in Fairview Cemetery in Homer.
Memorials are suggested to Hospice (Life Span) or the Homer Public Library
Building Fund.

March 15, 2000

Norma M. VanWert
Norma M. VanWert, 62, of Jonesville, died Monday, March 6, 2000, at her
home.
Mrs. VanWert was born February 17, 1938, in Flint, to Alex and Geraldine
(Harris) Sheerer. Her mother survives in Litchfield. She graduated from
Litchfield High School in 1957. She married John M. VanWert August 23, 1958.
He survives.
Mrs. VanWert enjoyed gardening, needlepoint and bird watching. She
especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and caring for her
pets.
Mrs. VanWert was co-owner of VanWert Photography. She had been an employee
of Jonesville Products for more than 25 years and was a co-owner of Tastee
Twirl in Litchfield.
In addition to her husband and mother, she is survived by three daughters,
Mrs. Larry (Pamela Sue) Carothers, Mrs. Jim (Penny Mae) Sarles, and Mrs.
Richard (Patricia Ann) Weston, all of Jonesville; one son, John D. (Teresa)
VanWert of Jonesville; two sisters, Carol Fleming of Jackson and Mrs. Duane
(Kitty) Bills of Litchfield; two brothers, George (Delores) Sheerer of
Litchfield, and Jerry (Ruth) Sheerer of East Leroy; and 15 grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her father; a sister, Joanna Houchen, and a
granddaughter.
Funeral services were held Thursday, March 9, at Litchfield United Methodist
Church with the Revs. Kathy Brown and Daniel Pann officiating.
Interment followed in Mosherville Cemetery.
Funeral arrangements were handled by the George White Funeral Home in
Litchfield.
Memorials are suggested to Hospice of Hillsdale County or the American
Cancer Society.

Gale E. Leece
Gale E. Leece, 82, of Litchfield, died Tuesday, March 7, 2000, at the
Community Health Center of Branch County in Coldwater.
Mr. Leece was born October 3, 1917, in Jackson, to Gale A. and Mathilda
(Maske) Leece. He married Virginia Berlin June 16, 1940. She survives.
Mr. Leece graduated from East Jackson High School in 1937. He was retired
from Simpson Industries, Inc., where he worked for 27 years. He had also
been employed at Richard Brothers in Hillsdale.
He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Litchfield.
In addition to his wife, survivors include two sons, Paul Leece of
Litchfield and Edward (Linda) Leece of Jonesville; two sisters, Elanor
Hammond of Michigan Center and Mrs. Howard (Betty) McManus of Hanover; three
grandchildren, Teresa (Jeff) Freese of Holland, Tim (Debra) Leece of
Litchfield, and Laurie (Mike) Lehman of Hamilton, Indiana, and two
great-granddaughters, Jasmine and Ashleigh Leece.
Mr. Leece was preceded in death by two sisters and a great-granddaughter.
Funeral services were Friday, March 10, at the First Baptist Church, with
the Rev. Gerald Spoor officiating. Interment followed at Mt. Hope Cemetery
in Litchfield.
The George White Funeral Home in Litchfield handled the funeral
arrangements.
Memorials are suggested to the First Baptist Church Growth Fund.
Lou Beth Cortright
Lou Beth Cortright, 42, of Homer, died Friday, March 10, 2000, at her
residence.
Mrs. Cortright was born June 17, 1975, in Albion, to Lewis and Elizabeth
(Anderson) Rogers. They survive in Homer.
Mrs. Cortright graduated from Homer High School in 1975. She married James
Eric Cortright September 8, 1978. He survives.
Mrs. Cortright served as the deputy clerk for the Village of Homer for nine
years. She enjoyed refinishing furniture.
In addition to her husband and parents, survivors include a daughter, Erika
Beth Cortright at home; her mother-in-law, Louise Beatty, of Arizona; and
her father-in-law, William Cortright, of Homer.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Kay Rogers, in 1980.
Funeral services were held Monday, March 13, at the George White Funeral
Home in Litchfield, with the Rev. Larry Fulton officiating.
Interment was in Fairview Cemetery in Homer.
Memorials are suggested to Life Span Good Samaritan Hospice.

Linda Winchell
Linda Winchell, 47, of Battle Creek, died Monday, March 13, 2000.
Ms. Winchell was born May 28, 1952, in Albion, to Lyman L. and Rita E.
(Charameda) Winchell.
She enjoyed bowling, nature, wildlife, wild animals and her housekeeping.
Ms. Winchell is survived by her father and stepmother, Lyman L. and Judith
Winchell of Albion; a brother, Tracy Winchell of Battle Creek; and two
sisters, Robin Winchell of Albion and Vicki (Ben) Miles of Marshall.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Rita Winchell, and her lifelong
companion, Russell Sanders.
According to the family’s wishes, cremation has taken place and there will
be no visitation or services. There will be a private graveside service at a
later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society.
Tidd-Williams Funeral Chapels handled the arrangements.

March 22, 2000

Shirley E. Campbell
Shirley E. Campbell, 65, of Litchfield, died Monday, March 13, 2000, at
Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo.
Mrs. Campbell was born September 22, 1934, in Butler Township, to Lawrence
and Elizabeth (Peters) Listemann. She graduated from Reading High School.
She married Floyd H. “Brownie” Campbell in 1985. He preceded her death in
November, 1999.
Mrs. Campbell was a homemaker and child care provider.
Survivors include seven daughters, Patricia Cline of Litchfield, Christine
(Kevin) Moran of Reading, Janette (Aaron) Staten of Homer, Sarah Pratt of
Jonesville, Betty Campbell of Jonesville, Carol (Dave) Neff of Flora,
Illinois, and Ferrel Speith of Jonesville; a son, Chuck (Cindy) Campbell of
Milan, Tennessee; a sister, Helen Hart of Litchfield; two brothers, Lowell
Lambertson of Litchfield and Donald Lambertson of Hillsdale; and many
grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, Mrs. Campbell was preceded in death by a son,
Larry VanDorn, and a sister, Lucille Heckel.
Funeral services were held Thursday, March 16, at the George White Funeral
Home in Litchfield, with the Rev. Larry Fulton officiating. Interment
followed at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Litchfield.
Memorials are suggested to the donor’s choice.

Rev. William A. Swihart
Rev. William A. Swihart, of Kalamazoo, died Thursday, March 16, 2000.
He was born December 22, 1912, in Three Rivers, to Charles and Alice
Swihart. He attended Denver Bible Institute in Colorado to prepare for the
ministry. He married Marian H. Luse on June 4, 1936.
Together they ministered to the following churches for 65 years: Packard
Gospel Center, now Maple Grove Bible Church in South Haven; Covey Hill
Baptist Church; North Adams Baptist Church; Hanover Church; Sycomore Street
Bible Church, Jackson; Cook’s Prairie Baptist Church, Homer; Bancroft
Church; Berrien Center Bible Church; Watson Community Church, Watson
Corners; Valley View Bible Church of Kalamazoo; and was chaplain at
Friendship Village, Kalamazoo.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years; a son, Philip A. Swihart of Hawaii;
three daughters, Miriam (Jay) VanderVelde of White Cloud, Mary (Phillip)
Davis of South Haven and Lois Mejeur of White Cloud; 13 grandchildren; and
18 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers and a sister.
He was a blessing to many and will be missed by all who knew him.
Services were held Monday at the Calvary Bible Church with the Rev. Dr. John
H. Munro officiating. The Langeland Family Funeral Homes handled the
arrangements.
Graveside services were held Monday at Burr Oak Cemetery, Burr Oak.

March 29, 2000

Harriet P. Thomas
Harriet P. Thomas, 84, a long-time resident of the Litchfield area, died
Saturday, March 25, 2000, at Tendercare in Marshall.
Mrs. Thomas was born June 15, 1915, in Harlin, Indiana, to H.O. and Mary
(Applegate) Leighner. She married Max W. Thomas May 24, 1938, in Fort Wayne,
Indiana. He preceded her in death in 1997.
She was retired from Hillsdale County Farm Bureau, where she was a secretary
for several years.
Mrs. Thomas was a Cub Scout leader, a Branch County 4-H leader, a member of
the Rebekah Lodge in Litchfield, the Litchfield United Methodist Church and
the Hillsdale County Farm Bureau.
Survivors include four sons, Harry (Sandra) Thomas of Litchfield, Arthur
(Kathy) Thomas of Homer, Douglas (Sharon) Thomas of Tekonsha, and Dewayne
Thomas of Litchfield; one sister, Lois (Ralph) Yeager of Cincinnati; one
brother, Roy (Nancy) Leighner of Rockford, Ohio; 13 grandchildren; and 12
great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by two daughters,
Donna Ruth and Rebecca Sue; one son, Kenneth; one grandson, Steven; and four
brothers, Rufus, Howard, Harold and Ray Leighner.
Funeral services are today, (Wednesday), March 29, at 1 p.m. at the George
White Funeral Home in Litchfield. Interment will follow in Mt. Hope Cemetery
in Litchfield.
Memorials are suggested to Tendercare Activities Fund or the Odd Fellow and
Rebekah Home Activities Fund.

Warren Harding Vincent
Warren Harding Vincent, 77, of Lansing, died Thursday, March 23, 2000.
Mr. Harding was born June 13, 1922, in Calhoun County, to Fred and Martha
Vincent. He was a 1939 graduate of Homer High School. He attended Michigan
State University, Denison University and Iowa State University, where he
received a Ph.D.
He spent his entire career, from 1948-1984, with MSU, engaged in teaching
farm management. From 1967-1986 he traveled extensively teaching, consulting
and doing research in South America, Europe, Africa and Asia.
Mr. Vincent served briefly in World War II in the U.S. Army Air Corps and
the Chemical Warfare Service, receiving two bronze stars and attaining the
rank of 1st Sergeant.
Mr. Vincent was married twice, first to Betty Helen Grossnickle and then to
Toni Domingo in 1980.
Survivors include his children, Steven F. (Linda) Vincent of Atlanta,
Georgia, James P. of Sydney, Australia, Jeffrey R.. Vincent of West
Lafayette, Indiana, Jill Vincent of Atlanta, Georgia, Peter T. (Robin)
Vincent of Mason, and Chad T. (Wendy) Vincent of Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin;
three brothers, Harold Vincent of Homer, Russell Vincent of Florida and
Robert Vincent of Battle Creek; two sisters, Donna Bowersox and Dorothy
Taylor, both of Montana; and 12 grandchildren.
There will be a memorial service Saturday, April 22, at 1 p.m., with
interment following in the Memorial Garden of University United Methodist
Church in East Lansing.
Gorsline-Runciman Funeral Home of Lansing handled the funeral arrangements.
Memorials may be made to University United Methodist Church or Hospice House
of Mid-Michigan.


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