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Jeffery Blair Dixon, 52

Jeffery Blair Dixon, 52, beloved son of Katie Dixon, is reunited with his father William Blair Dixon. Jeff passed away Oct. 9, 2018, after a brave battle with Acute Pancreatitis and Cancer.

Jeff was an inspiration to all who knew him. He always had a smile on his face and a joke on his lips.

Jeff was a kind and gentle man who loved spending time with family and friends. After graduating from Michigan Center High School, Jeff worked as a dispatcher for Skipper’s Oil in Fort Lauderdale, moving to Seattle, Wash., in the 90s, Jeff managed El Bocalino fine dining restaurant. Jeff moved to Saugatuck in 2010 to be closer to family where he worked for Joynit Fiber Optics and Blue Star Engineering Group.

Jeff is survived by his loving family, Katie Dixon, Todd and Beth Dixon, Adrian and Kimberly Dixon-Micu; his nephew, Kyle Dixon and Emily Elzey; and his beloved dog Toshi.

There will be a celebration of his life this spring in Michigan and burial with his father.

 

Donald DeKraker, 100

Donald DeKraker, 100, late of Orland Park, Ill., formerly of Saugatuck and Holland.

He was the beloved husband of the late Lorraine (nee Hoelle); devoted father of Linda (Jack) Connors, Robert (Eileen) DeKraker and Laura (Morris) Threewitt; loving grandfather of Jay Connors, Holly (Gregg) Hall, Scott (Lynn), Andy (Cherise), and Jeff (Katie) Threewitt; cherished great-grandfather of Quinn, Lilah, Jackson, Everett, Grant and Grace; fond brother-in-law of Don Hoelle; and many nieces and nephews.

He served as a First Lt. of the United States Air Force in World War II as navigator of a B-24 Bomber. He was the recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross, a Bronze Star, and a Purple Heart; a 1940 graduate of Hope College in Holland prior to enlisting in the Air Force; past-commander of the Bruner Frehse American Legion Post #137 in Sauga-tuck; and a member of the Johnson Phelps VFW Post 5220 of Oak Lawn, Ill.

Cremation rites have been accorded. Private interment was at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, Ill.

In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Honor Flight Chi-cago, 9701 W. Higgins Rd., Suite 310, Rosemont, IL 60018 -4703 would be appreciated.

Arrangements were provided by Brady-Gill Funeral Home, www.bradygill.com.

 

Thomas Telder, 88

Thomas V. Telder passed away on Sept. 28, 2018, at the age of 88. Born in Grand Rapids, Tom was the son of Adrian V. Telder and Sara Speyer Telder.

Tom is survived by daughters Sara (Jim) Tisdel, Kathy (Mike) Floch and Lisa (Bob) Bowman; grandchildren, Kelly, Kyle, Jordan, Anna, Emily and Jack; and five great-grandchildren.

A man of the world, Tom traveled widely, lived abroad, was an enthusiastic storyteller and always had a listening ear for the stories of others.

Tom gave people space to be themselves and they felt at ease in his presence knowing that he saw the best in them. Tom was passionate about politics and the beauty of Lake Michigan and he prized education, having earned a doctorate.

Tom loved his family and dear friends with everything he had and we have been infinitely blessed and honored to be loved by him; we are forever changed for the better because of him.

There will be a memorial gathering Saturday, Oct. 27, at 1 p.m., with light refreshments afterwards at the Kirby House, 294 W. Center St., Douglas.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Saugatuck Dunes Coastal Alliance, PO Box 1013, Saugatuck, MI 49453; www.saugatuckdunescoastalalliance.com.

Arrangements are by the Dykstra Funeral Home-Mulder Chapel. For an online registry, visit www.dykstrafuneralhome.com.

 

Glenn Fowler, 89Glenn Fowler, 89, of Fennville went to be with his Lord on Saturday, Sept. 22. He passed away at his home.

Glenn is survived by his wife of 66 years, Janeen; his three children, Susan Fowler of North Carolina, Marianne Gagnier of New York and Bill Fowler of California; and three grandchildren, Ryan Smith, Emily and Andrew Fowler.

Originally from Oak Park, Ill., Glenn was a member of the Community Church of Douglas. He and Janeen have lived in Fennville since their retirement in 1995 from Chicago Dietetic Supply founded by his mother Rose in the early 1930s.

A memorial service will be at a later date.
Mason Robert Lievense, 26

Mason Robert Lievense, age 26, of Holland passed away Friday, September 7, 2018.

Mason was kindhearted and generous beyond measure. He had a quick wit, a wicked sense of humor, and always thought to make others laugh. Mason was slow to anger and quick to forgive. He was an old school gentleman who loved history, geography, comics, video games, animals and all things chocolate. He had a big heart and sought to lift others up through his humor, there was never a dull moment when he was around. Mason was dedicated to family and was a very humble person. He had his associate’s degree and sought to finish his bachelor’s degree while working Farmers Insurance. He was preceded in death by his grandfather Donald Lievense.

He is survived by his parents: Anne Drozdowicz and Dave Boes of Douglas and Bob Lievense of Holland; twin brother: Ethan Lievense of Douglas; stepsister: Allie Boes-Asuncion and Jason Asuncion of San Diego, CA; stepbrother: Nate Boes of Portland, OR; grandmother: LaVerne Lievense; step grandparents: Dale and Elaine Boes of Holland, MI; aunts and uncles: James Lievense, Bill and Jane Lievense, Maria Droz and Chuck Gustafson and Margaret Balmer; cousins: Matt Balmer, Molly Howell, Andrew Lievense, Betsy Atkins, Laura Williams.

A funeral service will be 1:00 PM, Saturday, September 15, 2018 at the Community Church of Douglas, 6874 Wiley Road, Douglas, MI 49406. Rev. Kama Jongerius-Zuidema will be officiating.

Visitation will be from 5-8 PM, Friday, September 14, 2018 at Dykstra Funeral Home – Mulder Chapel, 188 West 32nd Street in Holland and from 11:30 – 1:00 PM prior to the service at the church. Memorial contributions may be given to “Mason’s Meals” through Saugatuck Public Schools.

 

Shirley Hope Reeves, 96

Shirley Hope Reeves made her transition into the next life on Aug. 14, 2018, a few weeks after suffering a stroke. Shirley was born on Feb. 8, 1922, to Minna and Charles in Providence, R.I., and enjoyed good health and joyful celebration much of her 96 years with us.

As the oldest of 11 siblings she embraced her leadership role in the Reeves family and continued throughout her life to share her beautiful energy, open and caring smile and loving attention to all she met.

Early in her life, Shirley’s mother provided great learning opportunities. The family owned a resort in Old Orchard, Maine, where the whole family worked together. Shirley learned all aspects of the hospitality industry including bookkeeping, and the true ability to stretch a dollar.

Shirley graduated from Brown University and became a teacher for World War II Veterans who were returning home and studying to earn their high school diplomas. She loved to travel and viewed life on a grand scale — visiting Buckingham Palace, cruising on luxury ocean liners, and exploring various parts of Africa on animal safaris.

In the early 1980s, Shirley moved to Saugatuck, into a lovely home on the shore of Lake Michigan. She welcomed numerous friends and enjoyed playing cards, often into the early hours of the morning.

During the last eight years of Shirley’s life she lived with her dear friend Dennis Konarski in Saugatuck, where they also attended Douglas United Church of Christ. Shirley continued to enjoy an ever-expanding circle of loved ones in her new home where the doors were opened freely to gatherings of good friends, food, stories, games and laughter.

A memorial celebration will be Saturday, Sept. 8, at 11 a.m. at Douglas United Church of Christ with Pastor Sal Sapienza officiating.

Donations may be made in Shirley Hope Reeves’ name to The Animal Clinic of Holland, 1106 South Washington Ave., Holland, MI 49423. Cards may be sent c/o Dennis Konarski to P.O. Box 543, Douglas, MI 49406.

“A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still, gently allows you to grow” — William Shakespeare

 

Vivien Jean Gorman, 87

Vivien Jean Gorman, 87, a longtime resident of Park Ridge and in recent years Glenview, passed peacefully Aug. 19, 2018, surrounded by loved ones appreciative of her nurturing and caring ways.

Vivien was born Feb. 6, 1931, in Chicago, to the late Wilbert Michael Jr. and the late Jean Cecile Walsh Foley. She was preceded in death by her partner of 64 years and love of her life William “Bill” Gorman.

She was loving mother, lifelong role model and warmly embracing mother-in-law to Bonnie (Ron) Wilkins of Saugatuck; Julie Rice, Peggy (Ron) Bjelopetrovich, Kathryn Sullivan, and Amy (Larry) Thalmann.

Viv, grandmother of 16, was always proud of her growing brood and the burgeoning numbers as their loved ones enriched the family further, Kipp Wilkins (Laurie Schmidt), Ali Wilkins (Rich Bellenbaum) and Tess Wil-kins; Beth Stave (fiancée Bryan Buckley), Brian (Min-di) Rice, Cecilia Rice, and Kevin Rice (fiancée Desiree Gonzalez); Becky (Mark) Thalmann, Krista (the late Joe) Schrage, Peter (Bri) Bjelope-trovich and Suzana Bjelopet-rovich; Nicole Sullivan (John Olds) and William Sullivan, and Lawson, Carleigh and Jack Thalmann.

She was a great-grandmoth-er to the next generation of 14, Maeve and Fiona Wilkins and Clyde Bellenbaum; Ewan and Logan Stave, Maddi, Ali and Lindsay Rice; Cooper and Grace Thalmann, Tripp and Mila Schrage, and Camdyn and Remy Bjeloptrovich.

Vivien was dear older sister of the late Bill (Ann) Foley, and sister-in-law among this generation of the Gorman family who’ve passed before her; John and Patricia, Tom and Pat, and Maryl and Art Luxem.

She is survived by a multitude of Foley and Gorman nieces and nephews.

Services have taken place. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Avenues to Independence, 51 Busse Highway, Park Ridge, IL 60068, avenuestoindependence.org.

Arrangements were by Donnellan Family Funeral Home, www.donnellanfuneral.com.

 

Wayne Krueger, 86

Wayne Krueger, 86, formerly of Saugatuck, died Aug. 10, 2018, in Ocala, Fla.

He was born in Menominee on July 24, 1932, and graduated from Stephenson High School in 1950.

He served in the United States Navy as an aviation electrician for four years.

He graduated from Western Michigan University, Wayne State University and East Coast University where he received his Doctorate of Education.

He was a teacher in Lamphere Public Schools in Madison Heights, a Technical Coordinator at Macomb County Community College in Warren, a Dean of Occupational and Technical Instruction at Kirkland Community College in Roscommon, a Director of Physical Plant Planning at A.B. Dow Associates in Midland, and a Superintendent of Schools in Saugatuck.

He met and married Howardean De Long in 1959, and in 1997 they retired in Ocala, Fla.

He is survived by his wife Howardean of Ocala, Fla.; daughter, Laurie Krueger of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; daughter, Lisa Watton and her husband Ric and their children, Chase Watton and Payton Watton of Cummings, Ga.; and son, Kevin Krueger and his wife Sharrie and their children, Jenna Krueger and Nathan Krueger of Jefferson, Md.; brother, Ame Krueger and wife Dottie of Winter Haven, Fla.

He was preceded in death by his parents, father Paul Krueger and mother Edna Erickson Krueger; sister, Paula Avenger and husband Jack of Houston, Texas; and brothers, Hugh Krueger and wife Marjorie, and Kenn Krueger.

 

Alex Priemer, 35

Alexander R. Priemer, 35, of Saugatuck died Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, from complications of a longtime illness.

Born in Park Ridge, Ill., Alex graduated from Elk Grove High School in 2005. Following high school, he received his bachelor’s degree in biology from Northeastern Illinois University.

Alex had been a resident of Saugatuck for the past eight years, where he pursued his passions of animals, nature, and, above all, for art.

He is survived by his parents, Roland and Elizabeth Priemer of Des Plaines, Ill.; brothers, David and Daniel, both of Des Plaines; half sister Cecily Bryant of Dallas, Texas; grandmother Krystyna Kasprow, also of Des Plaines; many loving friends; and his dog Lily.

A memorial visitation will be Thursday, Aug. 16, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Saugatuck Chapel, Dykstra Funeral Homes, 520 Lake St., Saugatuck, with wake prayers at 7:30 p.m.

Memorial donations in Alex’s name may be given to Wishbone Pet Rescue Alliance/Allegan County Animal Shelter, https://wishbonepetrescue.org/give/donate-online/

For more information, or to sign an online register book, please visit dykstrafuneralhome.com.

 

John Hendricks, 89

John Arthur Henricks, 89, of Sarasota, Fla., passed away on July 18, 2018. He was preceded in death by his parents, Adam Gordon Henricks and Floss Riddy Henricks, and his brother Charles.

John was born in Royal Oak on Aug. 16, 1928. He attended Olivet College, in Olivet, where he met his wife of 68 years, Margaret Beyer Henricks.

John joined the Air Force in 1952, and was part of the Strategic Air Command (SAC). In 1956, he was hired as a pilot by Trans World Airlines (TWA), where his career spanned more than 30 years. Captain Henricks flew many aircraft, completing his career piloting the Boeing 747, and the L1011, based out of JFK International in NYC.

John and Margaret raised their six children in Warsaw, Ind. and Sarasota, Fla., spending summers at the family cottage in Saugatuck. They moved to Sarasota in 1980, where John and Margaret resided for the past 38 years.

John loved reading, sailing, skiing, traveling, and doing many things together with his family. He possessed a dry sense of humor, was a true gentleman, and dearly loved his wife.

He is survived by his wife Margaret; his six children, Eric (Gail), Susan (Robert Hammond), John Russell, Rowena (Perkins), Heidi (Ed Horne) and Heather (Derek Burch); his grandchildren; and great grandchildren.

Graveside services, with full military honors, will be held on Aug. 10, at the National Cemetery, followed by a memorial service, in Sarasota, Fla.

Memorial contributions in John’s honor may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. Condolences can be sent to Margaret Henricks, 8735 Midnight Pass Rd #107B, Sarasota, FL 34242.

 

Roger Garvelink, 82

Roger Garvelink, 82, of Douglas, died on July 3 from complications of Alzheimers disease.

He grew up in Holland, attended Hope College and began his career as a math teacher at Zeeland High School. He became the principal of both junior and senior high schools in the Detroit area.

After earning a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, he held positions as superintendent for 23 years in three different states:  Central Valley, N.Y., Birmingham, Mich., and Downers Grove, Ill.

Roger received a number of awards for “outstanding leadership” in public schools. He served on numerous boards and committees related to public school education. His avocation included teaching classes at Eastern and Oakland universities in Michigan and at Benedictine College in Illinois.

Retirement was spent as a national consultant to public school districts in recruiting school superintendents. Roger believed strongly in community service,  including eight years on the Hope College board of trustees, presidency of Rotary Clubs in Michigan and Illinois and three years as president of the Senior Center in Birmingham.

Dr. Garvelink is survived by his wife Carol, their sons Todd (Debbie), Brad, Wendell (Tracy) and five grandchildren.

A memorial service was held at All Saints Episcopal Church in Douglas.  Memorial contributions can be made to Christian Neighbors. P.O Box 43, Douglas, MI  49406 or All Saints church music fund,  P.O Box 189,  Saugatuck, MI 49453.

Terene “Terry” Julius, 74

Terene “Terry” Julius, 74, of Holland passed away July 27, 2018, at Spectrum Butterworth Hospital.

Terry was born in Pittsburgh to Joe and Emily Caliguiri on Feb. 25, 1944. She went on to study at Indiana University in Pennsylvania and Robert Morris College. She worked as a paralegal in Chicago for a number of years while her husband George was getting his MBA degree at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Terry enjoyed gardening, entertaining, her book group, traveling, and enjoyed spending time at their residence in Carmel-by-the-Sea, Calif. She was involved as a board member and volunteer with Center for Women in Transition.

Terry is survived by her husband George P. Julius Jr. of Holland; her children Heather K. Julius of Portland, Ore., and Jason Julius of Holland; her grandchild Greta Terene Julius of Holland; and her siblings Robert Caliguiri (and wife Kate) of Macomb, Geary Caliguiri (and wife Mickey) of Lexington, Ky., Camille Brooks of Chalfont, Pa., and Marshelle Caliguiri (and husband Billy) of Perkasie, Pa.; and by dear friends, Richard Vince and Barry Peterson of Pebble Beach, Calif.

A funeral mass will be at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Parish on Wednesday, Aug. 1 at 1 p.m. with Father Michael Cilibraise officiating. The mass will be followed by fellowship in the church hall immediately after the service. There will be no cemetery service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Center for Women in Transition, 411 Butternut Drive, Holland, MI 49424. For more information, or to sign an online register book, please visit dykstrafuneralhome.com.

 

Edmund ‘Ted’ Littell, 87

Edmund “Ted” Littell, 87, passed away peacefully on Saturday morning, July 14, 2018, under the care of Hospice in Holland.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Tomlinson Littell; two sons, Todd Littell of Brookville, Fla., and Phil Littell of Holland; and two grandsons, Leland and Gabriel Littell of Grand Rapids.

Ted was born March 2, 1931, in Evanston, Ill., where he lived until moving to New Jersey in 1939. He spent the majority of his youth growing up in Mountain Lakes, N.J., and eventually attended the Millersburg Military Institute.

After graduating he joined the United States Marine Corps, attended Fairleigh Dickenson and Wabash College and then returned again to Mountain Lakes before leaving for a job opportunity in California. While on his journey West he stopped off to visit some friends of his family in Chicago where he met his bride, Mary Tomlinson, of 58 years. The newly married couple took up residence in Wilmette, Ill., a Chicago suburb.

It wasn’t too long before Ted was hired by Deluxe Check Printers and transferred to Plymouth. They enjoyed this friendly little town for a short period of time, but Ted was offered another opportunity he could not refuse which was a position in New York City with The Wall Street Journal.

The decision was made and they were off to the East Coast for a new adventure. The Wall Street Journal opened up new opportunities of travel and places to live for the years ahead. They moved to Miami, and then a transfer to the London office in the United Kingdom.

Eventually the family settled back in the states and returned to Mountain Lakes. Ted was once again based in the New York office.

In 1979, Ted decided to leave the East Coast and relocate his family to Holland, as both he and Mary had spent summers in Leland and Saugatuck.

That same year, Ted started his own printing company (Plaza Printing), which he ran until he retired in 2002.

Ted was known by many as a hard-working, determined businessman who was very focused on building his company. He was a caring person with a good sense of humor and was always willing to help those in need. He loved his family and enjoyed spending time at home when he wasn’t working in his office.

He loved listening to his collection of classical music, enjoyed traveling, boating and spending time in Leland.

Ted often mentioned that he felt very fortunate to have had the experience of growing up in Mountain Lakes but in his later years often reflected on how much he grew to love the beauty of the Michigan shoreline.

Ted will be sorely missed by his family and friends.

A funeral service will be Wednesday, July 25, at 4 p.m. at Dykstra Funeral Home, Northwood Chapel, 295 Douglas Ave., in Holland. A one-hour visitation will take place prior to the service starting at 3 p.m. For more information, please visit www.dykstrafuneralhome.com

 

John Clark, 83

John Patrick Clark, 83, passed away June 6, 2018, surrounded with the love of Donna, his wife of 58 years; his daughter Erin (Edward) Irwin; sons, Sean, Patrick (Denise) and Michael; grandchildren Matthew (Elise) Shay, Daniel (Sarah) Shay, Sarah Shay, Sam Shay, Anna Shay, Maggie Clark, Molly Clark, Norah Clark, Taylor Clark, Lauren Clark, Aidan and Anthony Clark, Julia and Nick Pecora; and four great-grandchildren Liam, Louise, Ida Shay and Finley Kaiser-Shay.

He was born in Chicago to James Clark and Sarah Walsh Clark March 13, 1935, and was preceded in death by siblings Margaret (John) Zurawski, Sally Crosby, Patricia (Donald) Bryers and James (Flo).

He attended DePaul Academy, Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa, and DePaul University in Chicago.

He served in the United States Army in Korea as a crypto operator. While in Korea along with two other GI’s he started an orphanage for Korean children, helping to make them self-sufficient raising chickens.

After returning from Korea he started his career with Wilson-Jones Co. in Chicago as a salesman, later becoming president and chief executive officer. When the company was sold, he was moved to New York to become a vice president of American Brands. His desire to return to Chicago led him to purchase, along with partners, Joanna Western Mills later to become ICG (Industrial Coatings Group) where he served as president and chief executive officer.

After his retirement in 1986, the family moved to their homes in Douglas, Mich., and Longboat Key, Fla.

After having been a participant in a clinical trial for a year at the University of Chicago, John lost his battle with Progressive Nuclear Palsy.

His remains were cremated and a celebration of his life will be July 4 at his home.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made in his name to the Mercy Home for Children, 1140 W. Jackson Blvd. Chicago, Ill. 60607 or Cure Progressive Nuclear Palsy, 1206 York Rd. Suite L-4, Lutherville, Md. 21093.

 

Mary Olendorf, 94

Mary Olendorf (nee Gillies) died on June 9, 2018, in South Haven, peacefully in her home. Mrs. Olendorf was born on May 26, 1924, in Bessemer, to her parents, Whitford and Zilpha Gillies.

Her secondary education was completed at the St. Agnes Episcopal School in Loudonville, N.Y. She graduated from Columbia College in Chicago later in life.

She married William Carr Olendorf in 1944. Mr. Olendorf was a former advertising executive and a respected painter and illustrator. She and her husband visited Saugatuck after the Second World War and fell in love with the community and area. They purchased a Saugatuck Township, Lake Michigan cottage in 1952 that has remained in the family.

Mary taught Scenic Design at Barat College of the Sacred Heart in Lake Forest, Ill. Additionally, she was a principal with a group of investors who owned the Red Barn Theatre in Saugatuck, in the 1970s-80s. She also was the executive producer for The Legend Theatre in South Haven. Mrs. Olendorf was a long time and enthusiastic member of both the Illinois and Michigan Community Theatre Associations (CTAM).

Mary and Bill were devoted to the arts. Mary especially adored the theatre and her husband loved to paint. The Red Barn Theatre and The Ox-Bow School of Art were a significant and enduring part of their life. “Art is Long and Time is Fleeting.”

Mrs. Olendorf is survived by her children, William Jr. (Barbara) and Donald (Renee); her sister Elizabeth Boyd; grandchildren, Julie Risher (Bill), Jennifer Mason (Bill), Krista Willertz (Chris), Sonja Skerbeck (Jamie) and Eric Olendorf (Megan); and 11 great-grandchildren, Raegan Willertz, Josh Mason, Alec Willertz, Joseph Skerbeck, Maria Willertz, Sophia Skerbeck, Nicholas Skerbeck, Emma Olendorf, Andrew Olendorf, Matthew Olendorf and Charlie Olendorf.

She was also preceded in death by her husband Bill; daughter-in-law Ann Olendorf (Donald), her grandson Mark Olendorf (Bill Jr.) and great-grandchildren, Mitchell and Philip Mason (Jennifer).

When she passed, her son Donald, granddaughter Sonja, daughter-in-law Renee, and Renee’s daughter Carmen, surrounded her in love. She was particularly blessed with the skilled and loving presence of her caretaker Micheala Miller.

Humility and optimism were her greatest strengths. She had many friends who found her passionate, creative and charming.

“Affection is responsible for nine-tenths of whatever solid and durable happiness there is in our natural lives.” ― C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves

Mrs. Olendorf will be buried in a private ceremony at Plummerville Cemetery. A memorial service will be at The All Saints Episcopal Church, 252 Grand St., in Saugatuck, on Tuesday, June 26, at 1 p.m. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Mary’s life. A luncheon will follow.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to Christian Neighbors Inc. 100 St. Peters Drive, Douglas, MI 49406

 

 

Brian Simonson, 67

Brian Simonson, 67, of Saugatuck was critically injured on his Harley Davidson motorcycle and went home to be with his Lord and Savior on May 31, 2018.

He was greeted by his parents, Carlton and Irene; sisters, Beverly and Bonnie, and his beloved daughter Janice.

Brian will be deeply missed by his wife Gloria; daughters, Jennifer (Rudy) Wahlers and Julie (Chad) Merryman; and sons, Douglas (Maggie) Hanson and Dennis (Sandy) Hanson. Grandpa was so proud of his grandkids, Austin, Dustin (Rachel) Isaac, Abby, Daina, Drew, Samantha, Keeghan, Maggie, Karley, Rowan and Iris. He is also survived by his brother and best friend Bruce (Pam) Simonson; and sister Betty (Ken) Kolean; along with many nieces, nephews, cousins, special loved one; and his ever-faithful and loving dog Cheyene.

Brian graduated from Saugatuck High School in 1969. He was employed at Lloyd J. Harris and Rich Products, JB Labs and Perrigo where he made countless life-long friends. He retired two years ago and daily would say, “It was the best time of my life!”

Brian chose to contribute to Gift of Life to help others. Cremation has taken place and a Celebration of Life is scheduled for Friday, June 8, at 11 a.m. with an hour of visitation prior at Ridgepoint Church, 340 104th Ave., in Holland. Those attending are asked to dress casually and to wear Detroit Tigers or Detroit Lions apparel if available. A time of fellowship and lunch will follow.

For more information or to sign an online register book, please visit dykstrafuneralhome.com.

 

Pieter Lion, 73

Pieter Lion passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 3, 2018. He was born in Groningen, Netherlands, on May 23, 1945.

Lion immigrated to the United States in 1953, where he attended Grand Rapids Christian schools and was a graduate of Calvin College. He served as an Intelligence Advisor in Vietnam from 1967 to 1969 and in the Michigan National Guard. Pieter was a proud U.S. Army Veteran serving in the Vietnam War. During his time in the Army he earned a National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, and an Army Commendation Medal. Pieter was decorated by the U.S. Army and the Army of the Republic of South Vietnam.

From 1974 to 1991, Lion was employed by Holiday Inn Corporation as a general manager and district director. He managed hotels in Indiana, Michigan, Arkansas, Florida and Texas. He served as district director for franchised Holiday Inn hotels in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and Pennsylvania. From 1991 until 2000, he was a partner and served as vice president of operations for Holly’s Inc. From 2001 until his death. Pieter and his wife Patricia owned and operated the Rosemont Inn Resort in Douglas.

He was a member of the board of directors of the International Association of Holiday Inns, president of the Arkansas Hotel and Motel Association, board member of the American Hotel and Motel Association, the North Little Rock Convention Bureau, and was a member and officer in the SKAL Clubs of Little Rock, Miami, Houston, and Detroit.

Peter was a member and chairman of the board of directors of the Grand Rapids Visitor and Convention Bureau, and a member of the board of directors of the H. Henry Meeter Center at Calvin College. He was a member and chair of the Douglas Planning Commission, and member of the Tri-Community Planning Commission. He was appointed to the Village of Douglas Council and served as president of the Douglas Council.

Pieter loved dogs, photography, fly-fishing, reading and rare books, and classical music, especially Bach. He enjoyed studying logic, history, and military ethics. He was a fan of Manchester United and Netherlands National soccer team.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Derk and Geppy (Noorman) Lion; and two sisters and a brother, all of whom died in infancy.

He is survived by his wife Patricia; son Derk (Kriszta Nagy); daughter Katharine (Nicolas Rojas); grandson Oliver; and brother Jerry.

His family welcomes you to attend a celebration of life gathering on Sunday, June 10, from 3 to 5 p.m. at Rosemont Inn Resort, 83 Lakeshore Drive, Douglas, 49406. A private committal service with full military honors will be at a later date at Fort Custer National Cemetery, Augusta.

To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Pieter’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit: www.MichiganCremation.com

Arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation and Funeral Care, Grand Rapids,

 

Robert Lefley, 87

Robert Sidney “Bob” Lefley III, 87, passed away peacefully at his home in Holland on May 13, 2018. Bob was born and raised in River Forest, Ill., and was the only child of Robert and Edna Lefley.

He was a graduate of Oak Park River Forest High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in Engineering at Purdue University. While at Purdue, Bob was an active member of the Indiana Delta Chapter of the Phi Kappa Psi Frateranity.

He was a member of the United Methodist Church in River Forest and during the most recent years, he was an active member of the Community Church of Douglas in Douglas.

Bob is survived by his wife of 65 years, Annette Weaver Lefley; daughter, Christine D. Lefley and husband Jack Junewick (granddaughter Elaney Katsafanas and great grandson Liam Hasselman); son, Robert S. Lefley IV and wife Cindy Lefley (grandson Robert S. Lefley V and wife Meredith, and granddaughter Jenna Lefley), son, David W. Lefley (grandsons, Jason Lefley, Benjamin Lefley, and granddaughter Emma Lefley), son, William W. Lefley and wife Toni McCormick Britz-Lefley (grandsons, Caleb Lefley and Christian Lefley, and granddaughters, Kelsey Lefley and Molly Britz, grandson, Peter Joseph Britz and wife Shanon Britz, great grandson Peter Charles Britz II); and sister-in-law Desiree Heussy and husband Peter of Seattle, Wash.

A memorial service will be Saturday, Aug. 4, at 5 p.m. at the Community Church of Douglas, 6780 E Wiley Road, Douglas, MI with Dr. Dan Miller and Pastor Jeff Messner officiating.

In a private ceremony with his family, Bob’s cremated remains will be buried in the Memorial Gardens of The Community Church Of Douglas Michigan.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Bob’s memory may be directed to the Community Church of Douglas, 6780 E Wiley Rd, Douglas, MI 49406 or The Saugatuck Yacht Club Sailing Program, P O Box 178, Saugatuck, MI 49453. Alternative memorial contributions can be made to The American Cancer Society.

 

Sallie Erlandson, 81

Sallie Erlandson, 81, of Douglas passed away peacefully at Country Home Care AKA “Wilma’s Place” on May 18, 2018.

Sallie was born June 25, 1936, to William and Theodora Klug in Morgantown, W.Va. As a young lass, the family moved to Gary, Ind., where Sallie acted as second mother to her brothers William and Michael.

In her early 20s she met her future husband, Dave Erlandson. The two were married and bought the White House in Saugatuck, now known as Good Goods. There, they rented rooms and started their family. As the Sauga-tuck scene grew into a “party town” they looked for a home in Douglas and there they settled in for many years.

Sallie and Dave raised their family and welcomed many critters and extra kids into their life. She worked as a secretary at SPS and DES and later got her degree in Social Work from Grand Valley State. As a social worker, she was an advocate for children in the Ottawa County 0-5 preventative abuse program, and later she worked at Catholic Social Services in Grand Rapids.

Sallie was the first woman on the Douglas Village Council and she also worked on the committee to build the pavilion at Wicks park, always making time for others.

Later in life she enjoyed yard saleing with her good friend Sue Lark. They were a force to be reckoned with! Also, she enjoyed spending time with her family and friends at one of her favorite places, “Beach Haven,” the family cottage in Elberta. She had a soft spot in her heart for her grandkids, Nora, Kay and Luke who knew her as “Grammy” or “Candy Gram.”

Some people will remember her for her good council during tough times. Some may remember her for her sharp wit. She lived life on her terms, with no apologies and no regrets.

Sallie was preceded in death by an infant daughter Aimee.

She is survived by her children Douglas Erlandson, Mark Erlandson, Molly Erlandson and Tim (Brandy) Erlandson. Also, she is survived by her brothers William (Kathy) Klug of New Jersey and Michael (Jane) Klug of Florida; and her former husband, best friend, and strongest supporter, Dave Erlandson.

The family would like to thank Wilma and Gary Yates for their love and tender care at the end of Sallie’s life. Sallie’s ashes will be laid to rest in the Saugatuck Township Cemetery next to her daughter Aimee. A private memorial service will take place later this summer.

Donations can be made in her name for the proposed new Saugatuck-Douglas District Library building, P.O. Box 789, Douglas, MI 49406.

 

Thomas Kirkaldy, 75

Thomas William Kirkaldy, 75, passed away Tuesday, May 15, 2018, at his home with his loving family by his side. Thomas was the son of the late Thomas Belmont Kirkaldy and Barbara Kirkaldy-Kronenberg.

Tom was very passionate about his work as a Contract Glazier, dedicating his life to his business of 38 years, Royal Glass and Greenhouse. Tom loved life on Lake Michigan, his tiki bar, golfing, and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Lynn Kirkaldy; children, Cindy Kirkaldy, Kenneth William (Laura) Kirkaldy, Michael Thomas (Amy) Kirkaldy and Jeannee (Brett) Kirkaldy-Bergmoser; siblings, Carole Glass and Barbara Napp; six grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, eight nephews and nieces; and Inky the cat.

Visitation was Monday, May 21, at Chappell Funeral Home, 637 West Main St., Fennville and on Tuesday, May 22, visitation was at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 100 St. Peters Drive in Douglas, where the Funeral Mass was with Father Fabio officiating. A luncheon followed at Saugatuck Center for the Arts.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Wounded Warrior Project or the American Cancer Society.

 

Timothy Spooner, 71

Timothy J. Spooner, 71, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 16, 2018, at Aiken Regional Medical Center, Aiken, S.C.

He graduated from Horace Greeley High School in Chappaqua, N.Y. During his senior year in high school, he appeared in a summer stock performance of J.B. at the Cape Playhouse on Cape Cod.

Tim graduated from the University of Denver and was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha. In his early twenties, he was the delegate for El Pasco County to the Colorado Republican Party state convention. He was in the healthcare field for 32 years and at the time of his retirement was a senior vice-president of Aetna, Inc.

Two of his lifelong passions were dedicated to the arts and to community involvement. In Toledo, Ohio, Tim was involved for a number of years with the Old West End Festival, in that city’s historic Victorian district.

In Saugatuck, he was a member of the Saugatuck Historic District Commission, was the founding donor to the Mason Street Warehouse Theater and a member of its board of directors.

In the city of his final residence, Aiken, S.C., Tim was a member of St. Thaddeus Episcopal Church, where he was involved its soup kitchen, and was a member of the board of trustees of Joye in Aiken.

Tim’s life was rewarding because he genuinely enjoyed the company of old and new friends and that of family members, especially his grandchildren.

Mr. Spooner is survived by his husband and companion of 28 years, Steven E. Masterson of Aiken, S.C.; daughter, Beth Shiflett and her husband, Dennis, of Alexandria, Va.; Christy Martinez of Colorado Springs, Colo.; grandchildren Mollie and Katie Shiflett, Gabriel and Olivia Martinez; brother Jack Spooner of Bruceton Mills, W. Va.

A memorial service will be Saturday, June 9, at 10 a.m. at St. Thaddeus Episcopal Church, 125 Pendleton St. SW, Aiken, SC 29801.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Joye in Aiken, P.O. Box 5538, Aiken, S.C. 29804 or to FOTAS (Friends of the Animal Shelter), P.O. Box 2207, Aiken, S.C. 29802.

May the memory of his dedication to community, thoughtfulness of others and his deep-rooted kindness be long remembered. Expressions of sympathy for the family may be left by visiting www. georgefuneralhomes.com

 

Donna Peel, 68

Our family became a lot smaller on April 26, 2018, when we lost Donna Marcy Peel. Donna was a very large presence in the life of the Saugatuck Douglas community and her family.

She was born Sept. 6, 1949, the first of four children. She moved to Saugatuck in the late seventies and became an integral part of the community, working at the Sewer and Water, City of Saugatuck, and most recently as the owner of the Waypoint restaurant in early 2008.

The Waypoint became a local icon where people were comfortable coming alone because there was always room at the community table. Patrons quickly became friends. Donna loved people. She loved talking with them. Most of all she loved helping them.

The cliché “generous to a fault” was the only way she knew to live her life. Donna loved horses and animals of all types. She loved fishing with Mike Peel, the love of her life whom she married Oct. 2, 2001.

Unfortunately, Donna was preceded in death by her sister Christine Aalderink in 1990; as well as her father Roger Marcy in 2015; and her husband Michael Peel in 2016.

Donna is survived by her two sons, John and Ryan (Amanda) Sullivan; her mother Pat Marcy; her brothers, Steve (Brenda) and Roger (Laurie) Marcy; two cousins, four nieces, one nephew and her three step-children.

Donna loved family above all else. She embraced Mike’s children as though they were her own and stayed in contact with them after he passed. The greatest joys of her life were her four grandchildren whom she loved way beyond the moon and back.

A celebration of Donna’s life is being planned and will be at a later date.

Chappell Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. An online registry can be found at www. chappellfuneralhome.com.

LaRone Marie Kendzora Jones, 94

LaRone Marie Kendzora Jones, 94, of Saugatuck, formerly of Stevensville, passed away at Pine Ridge Rehabilitation and Nursing center on Sunday, April 15, 2018.

LaRone was born on March 3, 1924, in Chicago, Ill., to Walter and Marie (Denemark) Kubistal. She moved to Stevensville in 1952 where she raised her two children. She then moved to Saugatuck in 1989 where she made many friends, especially through St. Peter’s Catholic Church.

LaRone played the saxaphone in an all-girl orchestra, along with her sister during the late 30s and early 40s. She enjoyed music, dancing, cooking and sewing. She also enjoyed going to lunch with her friends. Most of all she loved to spend time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

LaRone is survived by her children, Scott (JoLynn) Kendzora of Sarasota, Fla. and Lynn Hardke of St. Joseph; brother Walter “Bud” (Ardie) Kubistal of Stevensville; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; six great-great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

LaRone was preceded in death by her parents; first husband and her children’s father Frank “Scotty” Kendzora; sister Margaret Zmarzly; second husband Rolland Jones; step-son Robert Jones; son-in-law Kevin Hardke; and special friend Harry Dekker.

According to her wishes, she has been cremated. There is a memorial service being planned for this summer.

She wanted to thank all the special friends in Saugatuck who helped her to stay in her own home these last few years

 

Marvin Burd, 92

Marvin Burd, 92, of Saugatuck passed away peacefully at Holland Hospital surrounded by family after a long battle with the effects of diabetes on May 2, 2018.

He was born Jan. 4, 1926, in Otsego to H. Kirk and Beryl Burd. He had many fond memories as a young boy playing along the shores of Lake Michigan in Ganges Township on his parent’s property.

Marv joined the Navy and served during World War II.

He married Jean Burd on June 23, 1946. His career in management took them and their three sons to adventurous places to live in Thailand, Turkey, Iran and Washington DC.

Later in life he settled back in Saugatuck where he worked in real estate.

Marv spent his energies on becoming an expert on the game of Bridge and honing his artistic abilities on his Cigar Band Fish Art. He will be fondly remembered for his cheerful disposition.

Marvin is survived by his three sons, Stephen (Marsha) Burd, Douglas Burd and Mark (Joyce) Burd; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents; wife Jean Burd; sister Shirley Gilman; and great-grandson Grant Burd.

Services were at Chappell Funeral Home, 637 W. Main St., Fennville, MI 49408, on Monday, May 7. Burial was at the Plummerville Cemetery in Ganges Township followed by sharing of memories of Marv at the home of Stephen Burd, 2170 Lakeshore Dr. Fennville, MI 49408.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Grant Rogers Burd Memorial Fund at the Allegan County Community Foundation to support local community recreation, 524 Marshall St. Allegan MI 49010, memo: Grant, or visit: http://alleganfoundationorg.fatcow.com/Grant-Rogers-Burd-Memorial-Fund

Chappell Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements. An online registry can be found at www.chappellfuneralhome.com.

 

Dennis Millirons, 66

Dennis Carl Millirons, 66, LFACHE, of The Hills, Texas, passed away with his family by his side on Monday, April 2. This sudden and unexpected passing has left all who knew him with an indescribable sense of loss and sadness. It is here where we will search for words to describe a life so well lived between July 4, 1951, and April 2, 2018.

Dennis was born to Carl and Lily Bell Millirons of Snyder, Okla., where he grew up on the family farm. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Southwestern Oklahoma State University. He moved to San Antonio and earned a Master of Science Degree in Health Care Administration from Trinity University. It is here that he met his wonderful Phyllis, his wife of some 41 years. Their life was blessed with the birth of their lovely daughter, Kathryn. The three of them shared life’s adventure as they traveled the country during Dennis’s developing healthcare career.

Dennis developed a wealth of knowledge serving as a health system executive and chief executive officer. He has worked in academic medical centers, complex community hospitals and large teaching hospitals. Dennis led organizations in the Southwest, Midwest and Upper Midwest regions of the United States. He has served on many governing boards and maintained faculty appointments at the University of Oklahoma, RUSH University in Chicago and Trinity University in San Antonio.

Dennis has also served the American College of Healthcare Executives as a member of the Council of Regents in North Dakota. He served as president of the Trinity University Health Care Administration Alumni Association and was a recipient of the Dean Duce Award as outstanding alumnus.

Despite all these professional accomplishments, Dennis, the man, never changed one whit. He was humble, fun, adventuresome, and the most loyal of friends with a raucous laugh that one can still hear if you close your eyes and listen.

He loved trying new ski trails, food trends and enjoyed all kinds of music and art. He loved the hunt for the perfect antique, could grill anything to perfection and was an absolute wild man on the dance floor.

No matter how busy, Dennis always…always, had time to listen when one needed it most. He was always positive, caring and left you in a better place than when you first spoke.

Dennis’s love for his family was apparent for all to see. He and Phyllis loved life to the fullest, always trying new things, laughing all the way. Their beautiful daughter, Kathryn, just expanded that world of love. Her marriage to Jerry Baston and their two darling girls, Charlotte and Emily, elevated Dennis to “Grandfather,” aka “Dada,” a role he took to, like a duck to water. Dennis’s world and heart were ever expanding and evolving.

Dennis was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Lily Bell Millirons and in-laws Dan and Rowena Calhoun of San Antonio, Texas. He is survived by his wife Phyllis; daughter Kathryn; son-in-law Jerry Baston; and granddaughters, Charlotte and Emily of Surrey, England. He is also survived by brother-in-law Ron Calhoun and his wife Mary; and nieces and their husbands, Laura and Doug Thomas and Jennifer and Steve Cornie.

Dennis Millirons was not done living and we were not ready to let him go. But it is not up to us. Because of the life he led, we know where he is. We can always find him. Just close your eyes and look into your heart…and there he will be…always.

The memorial services were Monday, April 9, the Chapel of Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, 411 Ranch Road, 620 South, Lakeway, Texas.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or the charity of one’s choice.

Arrangements were provided by Weed-Corley-Fish Lake Travis, where the online guest registry and obituary is at www.wcfish.com.

 

Randy Fisher, 60

It is with regret that the Fisher family must make the following announcement: Randy Scott Fisher, 60, of Fennville died on Saturday, March 24, 2018, at Holland Hospital due to a sudden heart attack.

The son of Elmer and Eula (Sutterfield) Fisher, Randy was born at the Kirby House on Feb. 27, 1958, in Saugatuck. He grew up with his four brothers, Elbert, Tony, Jerry, and Billy, and attended Saugatuck High School. He spent his youth like most rowdy boys do by riding bicycles with his friends, searching in the Allegan woods for Melon-Heads, booze cruising down Lakeshore Drive, and closing down the Sand Bar on Saturday nights.

His wild days slowed when he met his future wife, Sherry Schobert of Chicago, Ill., at the one place where they were “the only two people without white hair”—the Douglas Nursing Home. After their marriage in La Porte, Ind., Randy chose to settle where his roots were deepest: southwest Michigan.

Randy loved the simple things in life: the big lake, hunting, fishing, watching the changing of the fall leaves, a good cup of coffee with biscuits and gravy, M.A.S.H marathons, hunting for morel mushrooms in the woods, shopping at Home Depot and Cabela’s, playing cribbage, trips to the casino, a hug from his daughters, and a cold shot of Jägermeister.

Randy is survived by his loving wife of 28 years, Sherry (Schobert) Fisher; his eldest daughter, Jennifer (Fisher) and husband Brent Rau, and his youngest daughter, Emily Fisher. He is also survived by his brother, Elbert Hinson and his wife Marge; Elbert’s son, Terry and his wife Marie; Terry’s children Zakk and Alycia; and Alycia’s sons Garrett and Rayden. Randy is additionally survived and loved by countless caring friends who turned into family.

The Fisher family cannot thank everyone enough for their kindness during this difficult time. He will be forever missed and forever in their hearts. They will always remember his legacy.

Honoring his wishes, cremation has taken place. Arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation and Funeral Care, Grand Rapids.

 

John Connor, 64

John N. Connor Jr., 64, passed away on March 20, 2018, in his sister’s home in Douglas after a heroic battle with illness.

He was born Sept. 18, 1953, in Munster, Ind., to Barbara S. and John N. Connor, Sr., who preceded him in death.

John is survived by his children, Trip Connor Blair (Leigh) and Susan Jordan (Joe) of Belmont, N.C., and Colleen Kifer of Winter Garden, Fla.; and his three sisters, Catherine C. McNary (David) of Staatsburg, N.Y.; Barbara C. Corcoran of Douglas, and Kerry C. Connor of Munster, Ind. John was very proud of his eight nieces and nephews, Seth McNary (Vanessa), Colin McNary (Judy), Ian McNary (Nora Rose), Meghann Corcoran Owen, Caitlin McNary, Emilie Connor Riggs, Daniel Riggs, and Anna Riggs. He was blessed with seven great-nieces and nephews, Grace Owen, Molly Owen, Cole Owen, Aidan McNary, Hazel McNary, Leo McNary and the newest addition Jack Rose McNary. He is also survived by numerous cousins and friends.

John graduated from Winchendon School in Massachusetts. While at Winchendon he was on the wrestling team and played lacrosse. He attended Indiana University, Hope College and Belmont Abbey. John spent many years traveling to destinations including Belize, Mexico, Cuba, Costa Rica, Nigeria and Honduras. He loved sharing his adventures with friends and family.

John was an avid reader of mysteries and thrillers, and he always looked forward to passing on his books at the Douglas SuperValu. John will be missed sitting on the bench, waiting for the Interurban.

John lived with his sister Barb, who lovingly assisted with his care. He had been ill for some time and recently went into hospice care.

There will be a Celebration of Life on April 28, at 2 p.m. at Unity Church on The Lakeshore, 41 S. Washington St., Douglas.

Memorial contributions can be made in John Connor’s name to Unity Church on The Lakeshore Educational Fund, which his mother Barbara S. Connor began many years ago to educate Unity followers.

Special thanks to all the staff of Holland Hospice who helped make John’s last weeks peaceful. Hospice offered wonderful assistance and compassion to him.

 

Betsy Boyette, 87

Betsy Ann Boyette, 87, passed away peacefully on March 13, 2018, at Holland Hospital.

She was born July 21, 1930, in the farm country outside Kenly, N.C., to James and Ella Boyette, the last of seven children.

She was preceded in death by her parents and all of her siblings and their spouses, Marie Mitchell (Howard), James Boyette (Glady), Norma Lee Radford (Oscar), Kyle Boyette (Ida), Rudolph Boyette (LaVerne) and Dorothea Craddock (V.T.); and several nephews.

She is survived by her beloved spouse Dianne Wendt; cherished niece Rose Rhodes; special nephew Rick (Sandra) Mileski; and adopted niece Kathy (Bobby) Clayton.

At Dianne’s side and helping Betsy to make her transition was their wonderful niece Lori Ann Pauly and her husband Bernard. Betsy also leaves behind many other extended family members and her treasured cats, Della and Louie.

Last, but far from least, she leaves behind a large family of friends too numerous to mention, who supported her and Dianne throughout the trying times of the last few years, and who shared many, many joyful, happy times with them. You know who you are and you enriched her life tremendously.

Betsy was a free spirit. After attending high school, she joined the Air Force with her cousin, and spent more than three years during the Korean War as a ground to air radio operator in Langley, Va. She then moved to Chicago and attended DeVry Technical Institute as the first female graduate.

She held several jobs over the years but found her passion when she started her own business as an interior decorator in 1985. It was successful, and she loved every minute. She retired at age 72, when she and Dianne moved to Saugatuck Township in 2002.

Betsy and Dianne celebrated more than 43 years of commitment to each other, culminating in their marriage in 2015. They spent many years traveling, establishing their homes, building their business, and generally enjoying their families, their friends, and one another.

It was a good life, curtailed only by her failing health within the last couple of years. Even then, her spirit was indomitable.

There will be a Celebration of Life in late May or early June. Details will be announced in the newspaper.

Memorial contributions, if desired, can be made to Unity Church on the Lakeshore or to Wishbone Animal Rescue, both of Douglas.

Special thanks to all of the staff of Holland Hospital who gave such excellent care to Betsy.

Arrangements are being provided by Dykstra Funeral Home-Saugatuck Chapel.

 

Benjamin Bieler, 87

Benjamin F. Bieler, 87, of Lenexa, Kan., died Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, at Westchester Village. Funeral services were Feb. 28, at Porter Funeral Home, 8535 Monrovia, Lenexa, Kan. Burial was in the National Cemetery, Leavenworth, Kan.

Ben was born April 7, 1930, in Saugatuck. He had worked for Mobil Oil for 29 years in Denver, Peoria, Ill., and Omaha before moving to Lenexa and retiring as a chemist in 1993.

Ben is survived by his wife of 60 years Jane Bieler; two children, Michael S. Bieler and Amy Bieler Mealy; grandson and his wife, Kyle and Hollie Mealy; and a great-granddaughter, Violet.

Arrangements were provided by Porter Funeral Home, Kansas City, www. porterfuneralhome.com.

 

Lamoine and Robert Rank

Lamoine Ada Rank passed away at her winter home in Rockport, Texas, on Dec. 30, 2017. She was a bus driver for Saugatuck Public Schools for many years as well as a Girl Scout leader for the Saugatuck-Douglas area.

Robert Grats Rank passed away at The Corpus Christi Memorial Hospital on Feb. 14, 2018. Bob joined the Michigan State Police in 1955 and retired after 25 years of service in 1980 from the South Haven post. After retiring from the MSP, Bob became a part time officer for the Saugatuck Police Department.

Bob and Lamoine were married for more than 66 years. They had many memorable moments while raising their children, Rebecca Ruth, Rita Rose, Ronda Rae, Robert Ray, Robin Renee and Aaron Lee. They are also survived by nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be Saturday, June 23, at 12 noon at Douglas Community Church, 6874 Wiley Road, Douglas, MI 49406.

In lieu of flowers, the Rank family would like any donations to be made in their name to the Michigan State Troopers Assistance Fund. For information, please visit www.mspta.net/mstaf or mail to MSTAF, 1715 Abby Road, Suite B, East Lansing, MI 48823.

 

Roger Brown, 67

Roger Lee Brown, 67, passed away Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, at Elkhart General Hospital.

Roger was born June 5, 1950, in Harrisburg, Ark., to Alton and Catherine (Waldo) Brown. He married Marietta Ivins who preceded him in death Dec. 8, 2012.

He was also preceded in death by his parents and one sibling Tommy Brown and one brother-in-law Steve VanderHoff.

Surviving are three children, Nanette Brown, Reuben (Michelle) Brown and Catherine Hawkins; five grandchildren, Zachary, Shelby, Dillon, Luke and Marlee. Also surviving are three siblings, Sandra (Rick) Gilman, Dan Sanders and Patsy Brown; sister-in-law Nanette VanderHoff; several nephews and nieces, including one special niece, Jennifer Falcone; and numerous cousins.

Roger was a proud United States Army veteran who served in Vietnam; he loved his country and his family.

In his spare time, he enjoyed watching football and spending time with his family.

He will be remembered as an amazing dad and the world’s greatest grandpa.

A celebration of life service will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please give donations to any veteran’s charity.

 

Loretta Carper, 82

Leona Faye Carper, 82, of Douglas passed away Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018.

She retired from H.J. Heinz in 2002 after 29½ years of service. She was a strong believer in hard work and being responsible. Before her loss of vision, her pastimes were reading, playing bingo, crosswords, puzzles and quilting.

Her children and grandchildren were her top priorities. She looked forward to Sunday dinners and having visitors in for coffee. The high- light of her week was listening to radio broadcasts of the Saugatuck High School sports. Her grandchildren were very involved with the sports and the band program.

She was preceded in death by her husband Howard E. Carper in 2011.

She is survived by her children, Sheila and Michael Doucette of Douglas, Phillip and Annette Carper of Fennville, Keith A. Carper of St. Joseph and Jeffrey and Mary Carper of Holland; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Tuesday, Feb. 27, at the Dykstra Funeral Home–Saugatuck Chapel, 520 Lake St., Saugatuck. Rev. Jeff Messner officiated. Burial was at Douglas Cemetery.

Visitation was Monday, Feb. 26, at the Dykstra Funeral Home – Saugatuck Chapel.

To sign an online registry or leave a memory, please visit www.dykstrafuneralhome.com.

 

David Van Dis, 71

David Bert Van Dis, 71, of Ortonville died Jan. 30, 2018.

He was born April 21, 1946, in Holland, to the late Bert and Jane (nee: Bird) Van Dis. He married the former Sharon Kerpan on Sept. 12, 1970, in Waukegan, Ill.

David is survived by his loving wife Sharon Van Dis; four children, Adam (Nikki) Van Dis, Alicia (Justin) Avery, Katrina (Michael) Scully and Aaron (Sarah) Van Dis; seven grandchildren, Krista, Nate, Michael and Shane Van Dis, Everly Avery, Aria and Aidan Scully; two brothers, Gary and Terry Van Dis; and one sister Marianne (Ken) Little.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Michael Van Dis.

David was a member of the Ortonville Village Planning Commission and served as chairman of the Ortonville Blackhawk Trail Committee. He was very active as a leader for church youth groups and Boy Scouts of America. He played in the Thursday night golf league at Goodrich Country Club.

David enjoyed camping, biking, touring lighthouses and hydroplane racing, but most important was his faith, family and friends.

 

Margaret Bennett, 76

Margaret Clark Bennett, 76, of Fennville died Sunday, Feb. 4, after a brief illness.

She is survived by her daughters, Leora (Phil Sargent) Bennett of Fennville and Linda (Victor) Rodriguez of Sauga-tuck and Pittsburgh, Pa.; three grandchildren, John Paul Zigterman and Emily Zigterman of Pittsburgh, Pa. and Joseph Zigterman of Sauga-tuck; a brother Joseph (Ellen) Clark of North Charleston, S.C.; a sister Lucille (Kyle) Koppenaal of Holland; a niece Kory (David) Storey of Toledo, Ohio; two nephews, Kevin (Adriane) Clark of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Kristopher (Amanda) Koppenaal of Ganges; and her beloved cat companion Max.

She was preceded in death by her sister Alice Clark and her husband John.

There is a Celebration of Life planned for late April.

Memorial donations may be made to the Alice M. Clark Memorial Scholarship from Saugatuck High School.

For more information, please visit dykstrafuneralhome.com.

 

Erwin Musolff, 93

Erwin Musolff, 93, of Sauga-tuck passed away peacefully on Feb. 5, 2018. He was born March 10, 1924, in Chicago, Ill.

Erwin worked for many years for Amerford Air Cargo dealing in imports and exports. Erwin was proud to serve his country as a member of the United States Army for two years. Following his retirement, Erwin moved to Sauga-tuck with his life partner of 53 years, Duane Newmeyer.

Surviving are his partner Duane; his brother Frank Musolff (Leona); a sister-in-law Ann Musolff of Chicago; and many nieces and nephews.

Erwin was preceded in death by both his parents and a brother.

Memorials may be given to Hospice of Holland in memory of Erwin.

Many thanks go out to the staff of Grace of Douglas for all their support and kindness shown to Erwin.

Cremation has taken place. To share a photo, memory and sign the family’s online guestbook please visit www.stegengafuneralchapel.com.

 

Lois Minnick-Danno

Lois Ann Minnick-Danno, a devoted mother and grandmother, passed away unexpectedly at home on Jan. 28, 2018.

Lois was a warm and caring woman who was immensely proud and dedicated to her sons and grandson.

Lois was preceded in death by her husband John Danno; her father Fred Grupp; and her first husband Bruce Minnick.

Lois had a passion for art in all forms and enjoyed being creative by painting, drawing, blowing glass beads and weaving on her loom. She had a fun and eclectic sense of style and her artistic expression was evident in her interior design skills.

Lois previously owned Sign and Design studio in Douglas, and most recently was working as a special needs aide.

She expressed her love of nature by keeping her bird feeders stocked and her yard full of beautiful flowers, hanging baskets and imaginative planters. She enjoyed time at the beach and pool, either soaking up the sun, sipping on an Arnold Palmer or playing in the sand and water with her grandson.

Lois was an avid reader and had an impressive collection of books. Her compassionate heart adopted several dogs over the years and when she passed her loyal companion Lilly stood by her side.

Lois is survived by her loving sons, Blake Minnick and Tyler Minnick; her cherished grandson Chase Minnick and his mother Jessica DeLeon; her mother Ethel Grupp; her sister Joan Grupp Douce; and many close family and friends.

The memories of her generous soul, strong spirit and heart of gold will be treasured forever. To know her was to love her.

A memorial service will be planned at a later date this spring. Arrangements are being provided by Dykstra Funeral Home–Saugatuck Chapel.

To sign an on-line registry or leave a memory please visit www.dykstrafuneralhome.com

 

Lea Thrush

Lea Marie (Feck) Thrush wore out her earthly shell and peacefully returned to her goddess on Jan. 23, 2018.

Lea hailed from Traverse City. She was the daughter of Clara Belle Wilkins and Harold Feck. She moved to Saugatuck around 1977.

She was an avid gardener, fisherwoman, lover of animals, reading, sewing and football pools. An inspiring proponent of civil rights and women’s rights, Lea even founded an Allegan County chapter of National Organization for Women in the early ‘80s.

She worked at J.E. Miles, Harris Pie, Haworth and The Newsstand. She later restored and sold ceramics on ebay and had antique booths in Douglas. She also volunteered and collected donations for Covert Baptist Church and Christian Neighbors in Douglas.

Lea is survived by her children, Amy (Spanogle) Myers of New Orleans, La., Rebecca (Spanogle) Klapil of Grand Rapids, and Claudia Marshall of Charlotte, Vt.; her long-time companion PG Walter of Douglas; and her six siblings, Al Feck of Grand Rapids, Neil Feck of Traverse City, Kelly Neff of Thornton, Colo., Theresa Renaud of Golden, Colo., Terrance Moore of Seattle, Wash., and Joe Moore of Beaver Island.

A remembrance, family reunion and burial will be held in August, on Beaver Island.

 

Donald White, 87

Donald (Don) Stuart White passed away at the age of 87 on Dec. 28, 2017, at his home on Hutchinson Island in Stuart, Fla. A private burial service was held on Jan. 2, at All Saints Cemetery in Jensen Beach.

Don was born on July 22, 1930, in Chicago, Ill. His parents were Homer and Avis White and he had an older sister Betty Alcock whom he adored.

He is survived by his three children, eight grandchildren and one great grandchild. His surviving children are Melissa Coutant, Michael White (spouse Elaine) and Michele Chambers (spouse Ken). His surviving grandchildren are Jason Coutant, Gabrielle Coutant, Brandon Coutant, Jered White, Brad-ley White, Troy White, Anna Claire Chambers and Beck Chambers. Surviving great-grandchild is London Brill.

Born and raised in Chi-cago, Ill., Don also spent summers in Vinita, Okla., where he worked on a ranch, growing to love horses and raising livestock.

He attended and graduated from Oklahoma State University (Go Cowboys). He also served one year in the United States Coast Guard and two years in the United States Army.

He moved from Chicago to Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., in 1959 and lived there until 1968 when he moved to Stuart, Fla., where he spent the rest of his life.

He founded White Commercial Corporation (Grain Merchandising) in 1978 and continued as Chairman until his passing in Dec 2017.

Don loved riding his horses, fishing, camping, long walks, spending time with his Labrador retriever, going on week-long remote hikes in Bella Coola, British Columbia, and spending time with family and friends at his cottage in Saugatuck.

He also loved traveling across the country, meeting with farmers and grain elevator owners, and sharing his passion to educate the farming community in the grain merchandising process.

He rarely complained about anything, genuinely loved people and valued their friendship. He truly exemplified Proverbs 18:24: “A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly; and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.”

 

Thomas Janata Watts, 52

Thomas Janata Watts (1965-2018) died on Jan. 7, at his home in Saugatuck.

Tom is survived by his mother Emily Watts of Champaign, Ill.; his brother Edward Watts of East Lansing; his sisters-in-law, Judith Argentieri and Stephanie Watts; great-aunt Sally Dawson of Richmond, Va.; nephews, Samuel Watts, Anton Watts and Alexander Watts; and niece Olivia Watts. He is also survived by cousins Wendy (Rick) Zemanski, Virginia (Dan) Holder, Ford (Cindy) Bartholow, Rusty (Lisa) Watts, Robert (Kim) Dawson, Amy Dawson and Beth (Ben) McAlhany.

He was preceded in death by his father Robert Watts and his brother Benjamin Watts.

He graduated from Champaign (Ill.) Central High School, and earned his B.A. from Aquinas College and his Masters of Library Science from Indiana State University.

Tom belonged to the Saugatuck Yacht Club.

In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to the Saugatuck Yacht Club Sailing Program, 15 Park St., Saugatuck, MI 49453, or to the charity of one’s choice. There will be no service or visitation at this time.

Chappell Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

 

Lathrop ‘Bud’ Morse, 82

Lathrop “Bud” Palmer Morse, Jr., 82, of Holland succumbed to Alzheimer’s Disease on Jan. 6, 2018. Bud was born in Detroit, to Lathrop and Gladys Morse, growing up in Grosse Point, until college and living most of his life in Saugatuck and Holland.

Bud was an alumnus of Albion College where he received his bachelor’s degree, and the University of Michigan where he received his master’s degree, both in music education.

Bud was a passionate man who enjoyed music, conversation, camping, golfing, boating and selling Amsoil. He was a teacher for 39 years, spending 35 years at Sauga-tuck/Douglas Public Schools, where he taught band, math and drivers education.

Bud was also the choir director at First Congregational Church in Saugatuck for 35 years. He was a member of the Grand Rapids Symphonic Band, as well as the Saladin Shrine Band for many years, playing French horn.

After retirement, Bud and Carrie enjoyed traveling to all 50 states and many countries along with spending their winter months in Benson, Ariz., for 11 years. While in Arizona, Bud volunteered as a choir director for Calvary Baptist Church. Both Bud and Carrie volunteered as cave guides at Kartchner State Park in the Caverns.

Bud is survived by his wife of 58 years Carrie Zimmerman Morse; daughters Lori (Joe) Siska and Julie (Jesse) Ramirez; and son Lathrop “Skip” (Carrie) Morse, III. They also have 15 loving grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Bud was also lucky to have a large loving network of extended family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, in-laws, brother Robert C. Morse, and brother-in-law William G. Zimmerman.

Visitation with family will be Thursday, Jan. 11, from 3 to 4 p.m. followed by a Celebration of Life starting at 4 p.m. at Park Christian Reformed Church, 1496 West 32nd St., Holland.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation in Bud’s name to any of the following or a charity of your choice: Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Michigan Chapter, Park Christian Reformed Church of Holland, First Congregational Church of Saugatuck, or Freedom Village in Holland.

Please visit lakeshorememorial.com to leave a message or memory for the family.

 

Martha Kupres, 92

Martha (Bielik) Kupres, 92, of Fennville, passed away on Jan. 8, 2018, at Providence Health Care and Rehabilitation Center in Zeeland.

She was born on March 7, 1925, in Czechoslovakia to Martin and Stephanie Bielik.

She married George Kupres, Jr. on Oct. 19, 1946, in Douglas.

Surviving are four sons, Ronald (Roberta) Kupres of Fennville, Steven (Kim) Kupres of Wisconsin, Carl (Gerry) Kupres of Fennville and Anthony (Deborah) Kupres of Fennville. She had 13 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her brothers, Paul and Joe Bielik; sister Josephine Jariabka; her husband George; and her son George (Sally) Kupres III.

At her request, cremation has taken place and no funeral services are scheduled.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

 

Donald Sewers, 74

Donald James Sewers, 74, of Saugatuck passed away Nov. 29, 2017, at Grace of Douglas.

Don served in the U.S. Army in Germany and Vietnam where he was a surveyor setting up Cam Ranh Bay. His career was with the Michigan Highway Department as a surveyor until his retirement in 1999.

Don enjoyed travel with the Nomads travel group. Don never met a new restaurant that he didn’t want to “check out.” He was always on the go meeting new people and visiting new places.

He was preceded in death by his parents Jim and Alice Sewers.

Don is survived by his brother, Dick (Cherry) Sewers; sisters, Bonnie (Terry) Kozanecki and Betty Rasmussen; along with many nieces and nephews.

A graveside service took place on Saturday, Dec. 2, at Riverside Cemetery in Saugatuck. For more information, or to sign an online register book, please visit dykstrafuneralhome.com.

 

Shirley Jerome McKee

Shirley Jerome McKee, of Holly and recently Fennville, died on Oct. 3, 2017.

Born in Detroit and raised in Grosse Pointe Shores, Shirley remained a life long member of Tau Beta and served as her class secretary for University/Liggett School.

After a stint as a legal secretary and stenographer, Shirley married, moved to Bloomfield Hills and had two sons, Billy Underdown (David Geen) of Douglas and Gibby Underdown (Lesley Wood) of Boyne City.

Shirley was an avid volunteer, including Junior League, Pilgrim’s Project, Nurses Aid, and United Way. She married her true love, Brent P. McKee, and the two enjoyed a full life together in Suburban Chicago.

After Brent’s death, Shirley moved back to Michigan to be closer to family, including three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren on four acres in Holly. A devoted and loving mother with a great sense of humor, she was a devotee of classic films, Matt Dillon, singing a ditty or two and the wisdom of “Opie Taylor.”

Shirley will continue to inspire our smiles and remain a guiding light in our lives.

A donation in her name for the Saugatuck Center for the Arts and The Saugatuck Douglas History Center Internship Funds would be appreciated.

 

Susan K. Peltier, 70

Susan K. Peltier, 70, of Pittsford and formerly of Saugatuck, passed away Saturday morning Nov. 11, 2017, at home under the care of Henry Ford Allegiance Hospice.

She was born July 4, 1947, to the late Clifford and Carolyn (Peltier) Goodlock.

Susan was known for her kind, generous heart. A life-long homemaker, she enjoyed cooking, baking, crafting and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

She was a member of Pittsford Liberty Bible Church, was a 1965 graduate of Pittsford High School and retired from Old Dominion Truck Company of Ann Arbor in 2008.

Susan is survived by four sons, Shawn Bowers of Vandercook Lake, Jason (Vicky) Bowers of Pittsford, Nick (Laura) Bowers of Clinton Township and Aaron (Deanna) Bowers of Bradenton, Fla.; three sisters, Sandy (Dale) Taylor of Addison, Jeannette Kope of Fayette, Ohio, and Sharon (Dennis) Dilyard of Hillsdale; two brothers, Clifford (Patty) Goodlock of Jackson, and Richard Goodlock of Osseo; 10 grandchildren, Christopher (Tiffany), John, Zachary, Alexander, Hailey, Samantha, Kaitlyn, Anthony, Montana and Mekayla; two great grandsons, Ayden and Karter; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service for Susan will be Wednesday, Nov. 15, at 11:30 a.m. at Pittsford Liberty Bible Church with Rev. Dr. Samuel E. Wickard officiating. Private family burial of cremains will be at North Dover Cemetery in rural Clayton.

Arrangements are being provided by Eagle Funeral Home in Hudson.

Memorial contributions in honor of Susan can be made to the Henry Ford Allegiance Hospice. Friends can share memories and words of comfort with the family online at www.eaglefuneralhomes.co

Roselia Josephine Durham, 92

Roselia Josephine Durham, 92, of Douglas died Friday, Nov. 10, 2017, at Grace of Douglas.

Roselia was a member of St. Peter Catholic Church. She was an LPN for more than 30 years at Douglas Community Hospital. She loved to go camping and enjoyed traveling, playing cards and spending time with grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Roselia was preceded in death by her husband Gordon Durham and sons, Richard Durham and Joel Durham.

She is survived by her children, Larry and Bette Durham of Lake Oswego, Ore., David Durham of Hudsonville, Julie Cleveland of Kalamazoo and Karen and Robert Lohrberg of Mattawan; grandchildren, Stacie, Tara, Matthew, Trace, Nicholas, Lauren, Melanie and Rachel; eight great-grandchildren; sisters, Betty and Wally Forrester of Douglas and Constance Current of Walker; and nieces, nephews and cousins

A funeral mass will be Wednesday, Nov. 15, at noon at St. Peter Catholic Church, 100 Peter Drive, Douglas, MI 49406. Father Michael Danner will be officiating. Burial will be in Douglas Cemetery.

Visitation will be Tuesday, Nov. 14, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Dykstra Funeral Homes–Saugatuck Chapel, , and from 11 to 12 p.m. prior to the service at the church. To sign an on-line registry or leave a memory please visit

 

Susan Van Dyke, 62

Susan Georgiana Sligh VanDyke, 62, of Saugatuck, passed away after a long illness on Sunday, Oct. 30, 2017, surrounded by friends and family. She was a wife, mother, sister, aunt and daughter.

Susan was preceded in death by her daughter Emily VanDyke in 2004, and her mother Lyn Sligh.

She is survived by her husband of 42 years, Jim, son Ian, and daughter-in-law Grace; her father Charles Sligh III; brothers, Thomas and Dorothy Sligh, David and Kathy Sligh, and Charles Sligh IV; her mother-in-law Charlene VanDyke; in-laws, Ginger and Tim Clark, David and Judy VanDyke, Mary and Jim Rademaker; along with a multitude of nieces and nephews.

She has passed on many cherished memories to those she is survived by, sailing on Lake Michigan, traveling with her family, among others.

A memorial service will be Wednesday, Nov. 1, at 11 a.m., at Community Church of Douglas, 6874 Wiley Road, Douglas 49406. Visitation was Tuesday, Oct. 31, from 5 to 7 p.m., at Langeland-Sterenberg Funeral Home, 315 E. 16th St., Holland 49423, www.langelandsterenberg.com.

Memorial donations can be made to Faith Hospice-Trillium Woods.

 

D

Dennis (Denny) R. Allen, 75, of Fennville, formerly of Saugatuck, passed away Oct. 26, 2017, at home after a long battle with cancer. He was born Sept. 7, 1942, in Holland, the son of Raymond and Doris (Peel) Allen.

He is survived by his wife Linda; son Troy; daughters, Doreen and Betty Lou; step-daughter Jennifer; six grandchildren; one great-grand- child; and brothers, Robert and Blair.

At Denny’s request, no services will be held, and following his wishes, cremation has taken place. A celebration of life will take place at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Cow Hill Yacht Club, P.O. Box 554, Saugatuck, MI 49453, with proceeds going to the “Salmon in the Classroom” program.

 

Clyde Ball, 87

Clyde Ball, 87, of Saugatuck died peacefully at home surrounded by his loved ones Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017. Born Nov. 3, 1929 in Gary, Ind., to Edwin and Harriet (Spohn) Ball, Clyde was lovingly raised by his maternal grandparents, August Lindley and Frieda (Kurtz) Spohn.

Clyde graduated from Hammond High School in 1947. He then attended Iowa State College where he met his future wife, Belva Lou Ross. They married in 1951 and settled in northwest Indiana while Clyde began studies at the Art Institute of Chicago. He was also an officer in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.

In 1964, after a near-fatal car accident, he and Belva decided to become full-time artists. In 1966, they won best of show at the Bonnewell Art Festival—a trip to Paris! Thus began a 40-year career together, doing shows throughout the United States, winning many awards. He also enjoyed a side-career as a model, featured in commercials, catalogs, magazines and newspapers.

Clyde was preceded in death by his wife Belva in 2009. They were married 58 years.

He is survived by his four children, son-in-law, and two grandchildren, Randy, Jeff, and Kevin Ball; Sandy (Ball), Ted, Callan and Austin Muckleroy.

A memorial service will be Nov. 18 at All Saints Episcopal at 1 p.m. followed by a Celebration of Life at Clyde’s home, 1001 Allegan St., at 3 p.m.

Memorial contributions can be made to Wings of Hope Hospice, 530 Linn St., Allegan, MI 49010.

 

Richard Lord, 58

Richard D. “Rick” Lord, 58, of Saugatuck and Palm Springs, Calif., died on Monday, Oct. 2, 2017.

Rick was born in Buffalo, N.Y., and was raised in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

Rick worked in a steel mill in Hamilton, then as a front-line supervisor for security companies in Canada and the United States until he retired in 2006. Rick spent the last few years concentrating on his art and photography.

Rick was involved with and supported the Saugatuck Center for the Arts and the Architecture & Design Council of the Palm Springs Art Museum.

Rick is survived by his partner of 15 years (husband for nine years), Brian “Skip” Schipper of Saugatuck and Palm Springs. Rick is also survived by his daughter Erin and her husband Adam and their daughter Sophia of Victoria, British Columbia. Rick was close to his brother Les and his sister Cindy and her wife Wendy.

Rick was loved by many close friends in both Michigan and Palm Springs. He enjoyed cooking for others and entertained guests often. He left a legacy of beauty in the gardens he created in Saugatuck and Palm Springs. He loved flowers, especially giving his arrangements to friends.

His smile and infectious laughter will be missed by all.

The family requests that donations be made to the Saugatuck Center for the Arts.

 

Benjamin Watts, 55

Benjamin Hooker Watts, 55, died Sept. 19, 2017, at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana, Ill.

He was born on March 1, 1962, in Urbana, Ill., to Emily Stipes Watts and Robert Allan Watts. He married Judith Diane Argentieri on Oct. 25, 1997, in Chicago, Ill. They have a daughter, Olivia Argentieri Watts, 18, and a son Samuel Argentieri Watts, 16.

Ben is survived by his wife and two children. He is also survived by his mother and brothers, Edward and Thomas, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father.

When Ben and his brothers were growing up, the family spent summers on Lake Michigan in the old family cottage near Saugatuck. Here Ben played Little League and American Legion baseball. He also raced Snipes competitively nationally and regionally, later becoming a sailing instructor at the Saugatuck Yacht Club.

Ben graduated from Champaign Central High School and Dartmouth College and played football for both CHS and Dartmouth. He later graduated from the University of Michigan School of Law, going on to practice law with Gardner Carton & Douglas, Chicago. He returned to Champaign to join Stipes Publishing where he was a partner in the publishing business.

Ben was a devoted and phenomenal husband, father, son, uncle, cousin and friend, who spent most of his free time with his wife and children. He was always present at his children’s various sports, music and other activities. He coached his son’s Little League teams, including Peanut, Farm and Kuhn’s in the American League, with Kuhn’s advancing to the Little League Semi-Finals at Zahnd in 2014.

He also coached several of his son’s and daughter’s YMCA and Champaign Park District basketball teams, leading his daughter’s 7-8th Grade YMCA team to the league championship in 2013.

And something else about him: If he wasn’t with his family or friends, or at a sporting or social event or at Stipes, you could find him in their yard, pursuing his passion for gardening and being visited by the neighborhood cats and dogs.

Ben was very active in the Champaign-Urbana community, serving both on the Crisis Nursery Board of Directors and the Alzheimer’s Association of Champaign County Board of Directors. Ben was a season ticket holder and fan of Illinois sports, as well as an avid supporter of the University of Illinois DIA, the University of Illinois Library, and a member of the University of Illinois Foundation. In addition, Ben supported his alma mater Dartmouth and his fraternity Beta Theta Pi, where he had served as president.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Crisis Nursery, Champaign, Ill., Courage Connection, Champaign, Ill. or Colorectal Cancer Research, NIH, 9000 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20892.

 

George Dennis Mercer, 68

George Dennis Mercer, 68, died unexpectedly on July 19, 2017. He was born Jan. 23, 1949.

He was the loving husband of Connie Klix Mercer and inspiring father of Ian and Grant Mercer.

Founded on his strong Catholic faith, George’s exemplary way of life will continue to be a guiding light for his eight nieces and nephews and 10 great-nieces and -nephews.

He was preceded in death by brother Jeff and sister Karen Randazzo.

George Mercer was the chairman of the real estate department at the law firm of Giarmarco, Mullins & Horton, P.C. where he specialized in commercial and multi-family acquisitions, sales and financing. He was known for his deep knowledge of real estate law, tough negotiating and especially his pleasant demeanor, even in difficult deals.

Clients relied heavily on his expert advice and new lawyers grew under his tutelage. George was a gentleman amongst gentlemen, known for his positive attitude, caring and thoughtfulness.

Connie, Ian and Grant were his first priorities. George developed a large circle of true friends spanning grade school to business. Always yearning for knowledge, George graduated from Bishop Gallagher High School, the University of Michigan and Wayne State Law School. He was a respected member of the alumni board of Sigma Phi fraternity, Ann Arbor.

As an avid sports fan, golfer and stellar left-winger with a world class slap shot, George generated tremendous friendships. His love of trains, both model and full scale is well known from Detroit to Omaha.

The Lake Michigan bluffs were a second home to George and those in his Saugatuck circle remember his warmth and kindness.

George’s sense of humor, quick wit, as well as loving and considerate personality endeared him to his family and friends. A man of such qualities will be sorely missed by all those with whom he came in contact.

Services have already taken place. George was laid to rest in Riverside Cemetery, Saugatuck Township.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Cerebral Palsy Foundation, 3 Columbus Circle, 15th Floor, New York, NY 10019, www.yourcpf.org, or Moody Bible Institute, 820 N. LaSalle Blvd., Chicago, IL 60610, www.moody.edu.

Arrangements were by the Pixley Funeral Home in Rochester, www.pixleyfuneral.com.

 

Alice Haak Haight, 83

Alice Haak Haight, 83, died on Aug. 10, 2017, in Ganges. She was born Dec. 31, 1933, in Cambridge, Mass.

Alice was kind, intelligent, generous, creative, loving and just the right amount competitive. She loved games and her friends but mostly loved spending time with family.

She is fondly remembered and profoundly missed by husband Dick; daughters, Tammy and Betsy and their husbands, Ross Sweetman and Steve Bloom; grandchildren, Amanda, Jill (Nate Lada), Alison (Jim Caroll) and Casey; great-grandson Graham; brother Avery Haak; nieces, Anna and Andrea and their families; along with many close friends and a pack of family dogs.

To honor her memory—the family tried to think of some things she would like everyone to do. So … please be kind, pick up trash, always carry a sweater, support the public library, learn something new every day, don’t use scented products, but mostly …be kind.

The family is going to gather to “Remember Alice” at The Old Schoolhouse, 131 Center St., Douglas, on Aug. 18, from 3 to 5 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to The Friends of the Saugatuck-Douglas District Library or The Saugatuck-Douglas History Center.

Arrangements are by the Dykstra Funeral Homes—Saugatuck Chapel.

Please visit www.dykstrafuneralhome.com to sign an online registry or to leave a memory.

 

 

William “Bill” C. Vandenberg III, 83

William “Bill” C. Vandenberg III, 83, of Holland died peacefully in his sleep at the Vista Springs in Wyoming, Mich., on Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017.

Bill graduated from Culver Military Academy. After a year at Southern Methodist University he enlisted in the Marine Corp. He graduated from Hope College and was later employed as a student recruiter.

After retirement he turned his love of the outdoors into a modest landscaping operation. He worked with Port Sheldon Township to maintain Kiowa Park, as well as many private properties.

Bill was fond of ballroom dancing and took an interest in many sports, especially the Hope College Men’s basketball team, and he counted its coach as one of his closest friends. He could be seen at all of the Hope College football games, and once the women’s basketball program was established, he supported the women as loyally and ardently as the men. Bill was also an avid golfer and spent several years coaching Hope College’s men’s golf team.

Bill is survived by his brothers, Terry, Thomas, and Charles (Jory) Vandenberg; sister Kristy; nephews, Luke (Shelle) Vandenberg and Todd (Jennifer) Vandenberg; niece Tammy Vandenberg; and numerous other nieces and nephews.

A memorial service at All Saints Episcopal Church in Saugatuck is being planned by his family for a later date.

The family is being served by the Langeland-Sterenberg Funeral Home, www.langelandsterenberg.com.

 

Joanne E. Stearns, 91

Joanne E. Stearns, 91, of Glen Ellyn, Ill., passed away peacefully July 27, 2017.

She was the loving wife of the late George Stearns; loving mother of Scott and Cindy Stearns and the late Susan (Dave) Shilling; cherished grandmother of Dave (Angela) Shilling, Steve (Jen) Shilling and Kristy (Joshua) Busch; and great-grandmother of five.

Family and friends will gather on Saturday, Aug. 12, at 1 p.m. for a memorial service at the First Presbyterian Church, 715 N. Carlton St., Wheaton IL.

Please sign the family guestbook at www.forevermissed. com/joanne-stearns.

 

David Corkill, 89

David Charles Corkill, 89, of Sandy Springs, Ga., rose to heaven on July 29, 2017.

David, the son of Dr. Clifford and Mrs. Lois Corkill; loving husband of Diane Corkill of 66 years; brother of Catherine Dolnick and devoted father of three children, Brad, Lesley and Shelley; as well as eight grandchildren, Emily, Nathan, Payton, Pierce, David, Taryn, Savanna, Diana and four great-grandchildren, Violet, Frankie, Etta and Sawyer, will be deeply missed by all.

Corkill was born in Fennville on April 24, 1928. He was an alumni of Michigan State University, a United States veteran and retired professionally from Georgia Pacific Corporation in 1990.

He was an avid hunter, sports enthusiast and prolific World War II historian. He was a kind, gentle man who thought of others before himself.

Corkill lived a full, blessed life until the very end. He rose to be with the Lord in peace while surrounded by loved ones.

Donations in his honor can be made to The Salvation Army of Atlanta.

Memorial services will be in Douglas and will be announced at a later date.

 

Ralph See, 95 and Dorothea See, 94

Ralph Glen See, 95 passed away June 16, 2017, in Huntsville, Texas. Born Jan. 16, 1922, in Oak Park, Ill., he was the son of Frend and Elizabeth (Burrell) See, who formerly lived on 135th Avenue in East Saugatuck.

Ralph grew up in Elmhurst, Ill., where he graduated from high school. He was a World War II Navy veteran, having served two years in the 83rd Construction Battalion in Trinidad, from which he drew many colorful stories.

His wife Dorothea See passed away Dec. 12, 2016, in Conroe, Texas. She was born Dorothea Kathleen Batting in Weir Cove, W. Va., on Nov. 9, 1922, daughter of Charles G. Batting and Ada F. Carson. She was raised in Steuben-ville, Ohio.

Ralph and Dorothea met in Douglas soon after the war. They married in Holland in 1948 and lived continuously in Saugatuck from about 1953-1979. They were members of the United Methodist Church and their four children graduated from SHS.

Ralph serviced televisions, first for Sears in Holland, and later on his own. He also collected books, coins and antiques.

Dorothea was an administrative assistant at Lloyd J. Harris Pie Company for 11 years. She enjoyed crafts and painting.

In 1979 they retired, first to the Upper Peninsula in a remote tract between Newberry and Pine Stump Junction, then in the mid-1980s settled in Graham County, N.C. where they chilled out at their “cozy nook by a babbling brook” in the Smoky Mountains for nearly 30 years.

Their marriage lasted 68 years, 38 of which were spent in retirement, and all but the last several in decent health. For the last few years they had been in assisted living close to their surviving daughter Kathleen (Mark) Calkin of Huntsville, Texas. Their son David (Lynn) See lives in New York, N.Y.

Ralph and Dorothea were preceded in death by daughters Evelyn See (2001) and Carol Thorpe (2012).

They are survived by grandsons Joshua, Sam and Thomas Calkin; step-granddaughter Vanessa (Dean) Adia of Benbrook, Texas; granddaughter Katie (Shannon) Girdham of Novi; and twin great-grandsons.

Dorothea is interred at Houston National Cemetery. Ralph’s memorial service took place there on July 5.

 

Carole L. Shreckengust, 77

Carole L. Shreckengust, 77, of Douglas died Sunday, June 25, 2017, at her home.
Carole was the Douglas Village Treasurer for eight years and Saugatuck Township clerk for 20 years. She was a member of the Community Church of Douglas.
Carole was involved with the Sno-Gooders, band and athletic boosters for Saugatuck schools, a Campfire leader, Women Who Care of Saugatuck, and cancer fund drives.
She could always be found in the bleachers at SHS and Dundee, Ill., sporting events supporting her children, grandchildren and a posse of “adopted grandchildren.”
She enjoyed walking with her group of friends, having lunch with her sisters twice a week, road trips, reading, sewing, knitting, bird watching, boating, going to the beach and was an avid Michigan State fan.
She was preceded in death by her husband Noland “Bud” Schreckengust in 2003; a brother Drew Christensen; and sisters, Dana Christensen and Fae Wightman.
She is survived by her children, Dawn Schreckengust and fiancé Scott Fox of Saugatuck, Darcy Schreckengust and John Azar of Sleepy Hollow, Ill., and Dane and Lisa Schreckengust of Saugatuck; grandchildren. Alaina, Christian, Reece and Cayden; sisters, Jan and Rick Van Kley of Zeeland and Cindi and Glen Nykamp of Zeeland; sisters-in-law, Diane Christensen of Holland and Kay Spencer of Tucson, Ariz.; brother-in-law Phil Wightman of Douglas; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
There will be a celebration of life service in the gathering space from 2:30 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 9, at the Community Church of Douglas, 6874 Wiley Road in Douglas. Reverend Joy Mullenbeck and Pastor Tom Stone will be officiating. A gathering will follow the celebration from 3 to 5 p.m. A private burial will be in Douglas Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be given to the Community Church of Douglas, Love, Inc., 943 56th Street, Pullman, MI or Christian Neighbors, 100 Peter Drive, Douglas, MI. Arrangements are being provided by Dykstra Funeral Home–Saugatuck Chapel.
To sign an on-line registry or leave a memory, please visit www.dykstrafuneralhome.com.

 

Anthony “Tony” Novak, 84

Anthony F. “Tony” Novak, 84, of Fennville, passed away Tuesday, June 13, 2017, at Grace of Douglas. Born Jan. 10, 1933, in Cook County, Ill., he was the son of Anthony and Frances (Pushanea) Novak.
Tony was a United States Navy veteran, and retired from Bohn Aluminum and Brass, of South Haven, as a design engineer. After his retirement he enjoyed being a driver for the Interurban bus serving the Saugatuck Township area.
Tony lived in the Fennville/Douglas area for more than 50 years, and enjoyed boating, bowling, and spending time with friends and family.
Surviving is his wife of 60 years, Mary Lou (Brell) Novak; sons, Michael (and Teresa) Novak and Robert (and Leslie) Novak of Fennville; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be Friday, June 16, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Chappell Funeral Home, 637 W. Main St., Fennville. Funeral services are Saturday, June 17, at 1 p.m. at All Saint’s Episcopal Church, 252 Grand St., Saugatuck, with Father G. Corwin Stoppel officiating. Burial will be at Fennville Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Peter’s Catholic Church of Douglas.
An online registry book is available at .

 

Ann Bullock, 80

Ann D. Bullock, 80, beloved wife, mother and grandma, passed away peacefully at her beloved home on Goshorn Lake in Saugatuck on Saturday, June 10, 2017.

Ann was born in Portland, Mich., graduated from Portland High School and attended Davenport University. Though it was Charlotte where Ann raised her family, for the past 25 years, she enjoyed life on the west side of the state in Saugatuck.

Ann enjoyed cooking, yearly treks north to hunt morel mushrooms, taking care of her family, and ANYTHING to do with her grandchildren who were the loves of her life; she couldn’t be more proud of each and every one of them!

Boating on the Great Lakes with Richard was a large part of her life for many years and provided her with a plethora of wonderful friendships. She enjoyed having a few spins at the casino, a chilled glass of chardonnay and a good laugh.

She was preceded in death by her mother Ione (Barry) Vogt and father Fredrick Vogt.

Surviving are her husband Richard of 60 years; children, Susan Bullock of Gila, N.M., Nancy Henry and Tim Rice of Traverse City, Judi and Bill Bohr of Richland and Charles Bullock of Zeeland; and six grandchildren, Eric and Macy Henry, Jordan, Morgan and Matthew Bullock and Cari Rice.

Ann is survived by two brothers, Fred (Brenda) Vogt of Chattanooga, Tenn., and Juan Romagosa of Cape Coral, Fla.

There will be a celebration of Ann’s life at later date.   Great appreciation goes out to the wonderful team of individuals at Hospice of Holland.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be to Hospice of Holland, hollandhospice.org.

For an online registry, visit dykstrafuneralhome.com.

 

Kristin Slimmer, 72

Kristin Slimmer (Chicky Wilson), 72, was welcomed to her eternal home on Tuesday, May 30, 2017.

Chicky was born at the Douglas Hospital, was raised and resided in Saugatuck for most of her days. She was a graduate of Saugatuck High School and continued to be a fixture on the bleachers of SHS sporting events–supporting her children, grandchildren and her many “adopted” grandchildren.

Chicky attended Ferris State University and retired from Hart & Cooley after more than 30 years. In addition to her love of basketball, she loved having coffee, dinners out, and walking with her lifelong friends.

The best way to express the essence of Chicky is to say she LOVED life and was CHERISHED by many–she lived every day to the fullest. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband Norman Slimmer (2004); her son Garth (2008); and sister Peggy (2011).

Chicky is survived by daughter, Michelle (Missy) Hines and her husband Kirk Hines; brothers David (Linda) Wilson, Tim (Sue) Wilson and Joel Wilson; grandchildren, Ryan Zomermaand, Meaghan O’Brien, Brooke Hines and Hayley-Kate Zomermaand; many nieces, nephews and cousins; and extended family and friends.

Visitation was Saturday, June 3, at Dykstra Funeral Home-Saugatuck Chapel, 520 Lake St. No services are scheduled. Burial will be in Arlington National Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army.

For an online registry, visit www.dykstrafuneralhome.com.

 

William Chadwick, 85

William Doyle Chadwick, 85, passed away Sunday, May 28, 2017, at his home in Holland.

Bill was born in Nettletown, Ark., on Aug. 28, 1931, to Albert and Katie Chadwick. He served in the United States Army during the Korean conflict.

Bill married Rita Ann Ruesewald on Nov. 20, 1955, in Hernando, Miss., after which they moved to Michigan. He was employed by Baker Furniture, Lear Siegler, and retired from Nelsen Steel.

Bill is survived by his wife of 61 years, Rita; six children, Katie (Steven) Van Slooten, William “Bill” Jr. (Lori) Chadwick, Tina Yancy, Sheila (Jeff) Hoshor, Steve (Deborah) Chadwick and Brittany James; 17 grandchildren, Jessica Van Slooten (Gregg Novachek), Luke (Kyra) Van Slooten; Kayleigh, Eric, Samantha, and Savannah Chadwick; Rachelle (Curt) Scholten, Jeffry Hoshor and his fiancée Emily Simonson, Jonathan (Katie) Hoshor, Nicholas Hoshor; Meagan Yancy, Claire (Chase) Wing; Robert Chadwick; Nathan James and his fiancée Meredith Jongekryg, Franchesca, Adrianna, and Solomon James; and 11 great-grandchildren, Kendall and Lauren Van Slooten; Christian and Breana Blauwkamp; Easton and Carter Scholten; Jordan and Dominick Hoshor; Aryssa and Colten Knikelbine and Jackson Hoshor.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and two sisters.

Bill donated his body to the Willed Body Program at Michigan State University.

A private family service has been planned at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or the Red Cross.

Arrangements are being provided by Dykstra Funeral Home–Mulder Chapel. To sign an on-line registry or leave a memory, please visit .

 

Grace Capeletti, 78

Saugatuck lost a grand lady on May 23, 2017, when Grace Evelyn Cappelletti, 78, died peacefully from the effects of cancer.

Born in Chicago to Rosie Ryan and Al Potter on March 5, 1939, young Grace was soon visiting the Saugatuck cottages of great aunts and uncles who’d been vacationing and putting down roots there for decades. Through the years Grace would regale us with a personal history of the homes, restaurants and bars she’d occupied and made memories in.

In July 1953, at age 18, Grace married the love of her life, John Cappelletti. On their first holiday to Saugatuck, a child was conceived at the original Arrowhead Cottages.

Jenny was followed by four other children, Julie (deceased), John, Nick and Melody; 10 grandchildren complete Grace’s descendants to date.

From 1972 until 2015, Grace owned several permanent Saugatuck residences where she enjoyed hosting friends and family.

A private remembrance will be at Davenport Funeral Home in Barrington, Ill., on Friday, May 26, at 10 a.m. A memorial reception will in Saugatuck at a yet to be determined date and place.

The woman known to so many of us as mother, dear friend, loyal customer, generous philanthropist or life of the party, who taught us so much, will be “greatly missed” yet will live on in our memory and spirit.

That’s how Grace would want it.

 

Jim  (Vander) Kodde, 69

Jim (Vander) Kodde, 69, of Douglas departed this life on May 4, 2017, after a short battle with cancer.

He was preceded in death by his parents Harold (Dutch) and Esther (DeVries) VanderKodde and is survived by his husband Gary Alpers, his step-daughter Rachel (Annika) Alpers and his adoptive sister Georgia (Doug) Everse, their children Nick, Philip, Dasha and their extended family and friends.

Jim was born in Grand Rapids on Aug. 11, 1947. Raised in Jenison, he graduated from Hudsonville High School in the Class of 1965 where he was named “Best Dressed,” a distinction that would follow him throughout his life.

After high school Jim was called to serve his country in Vietnam and he did so honorably from 1966 through 1968. Jim was a veteran of the United States Army 6th Convalescent Center in Cam Ranh Bay and felt a deep and lifelong appreciation for the sacrifices of the men and women who serve.

In 1969, Jim began working at Steelcase Inc. He enjoyed a 25-year career at Steelcase in sales administration, pricing and contracts and government sales. A few short years into his first retirement, he was recruited by Herman Miller where he spent 15 years leading government contract negotiations.

In 2012, Jim started Kodde Consulting, applying his unique expertise in general services administration to help other companies in the furniture industry build internal capacity and knowledge for successful contract development.

In 2015, he decided to take another run at retirement to spend more time enjoying life, the love of his life Gary, and his many interests.

Jim loved all forms of art, flowers, gardening, Lake Michigan, European travel, fine food, good wine and spirited conversation by the fire with friends that he cherished.

He had a knack for design, and for making even ordinary things beautiful. He advised everyone who would listen on the importance of proper lighting and ambiance.

Jim was an avid reader and news junky. He was fiercely liberal and cared deeply about the human experience of people outside of the mainstream.

In 2014, Jim was able to legally marry his partner of 23 years in Palm Springs at the beautiful home of their close friend Peggy Eskenasi, a blessing he never thought would happen in his lifetime and one that he prayed will continue to be available to future generations of God’s LGBT flock.

“For You alone formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well.” Psalm 139: 13-14.

Jim was loved unconditionally and is survived by his adoptive mother Tina Afen-doulis; special cousins Marcia (Doug) Halloran and children, Brandon, Shannon, Shawn and Dana; Pat (Dave) Allen and Sharon (Paul) Spielmaker; special niece Dawn (Steve) Anderson.

He treasured his friendship with and will be deeply missed by Hugh Dodge, Scott Tagliapietra and Jim Ramthun, Ben Kubicki, Erik Lee and Joe (Precious) Firmiss, Laura and Bill Benson, Karen Kramer, Dave Bowes, Cynthia Ashton and Marguerite Riker.

During his years at Steelcase and Herman Miller Jim had many friends and colleagues with whom he shared a host of wonderful memories. You know who you are and although time and distance got in the way of frequent contact, he held those memories close to his heart and they always brought a smile to his face.

Jim enjoyed many years of living in Douglas and visiting Milwaukee, Wis., and Gulfport, Fla., where he established many special relation- ships and where he will be remembered with love.

We have been changed for the good because we knew you Jim VanderKodde. You will always be in our hearts and we will think of you every time we laugh until we snort, and most certainly every time we dim the lights. Rest well, until we see you again, in a place of light, in a place of green pastures, in a place of refreshment, where there is no pain, sorrow or suffering, but life everlasting.

Private gatherings to celebrate Jim’s life are being planned by the family. To sign a remembrance book go to SimplyCremationService.com.

For those who are so inclined, Jim and Gary would appreciate donations to Wings of Hope Hospice, 530 Linn St. Allegan, MI 49010. Wingsofhopehospice.com and Lainie’s Angels, 1138 Michigan St. NE Grand Rapids, MI 49503, Lainiesangels.org.

 

Christina Albers, 85

Christina June (Barber) Albers, 85, passed peacefully into the Lord’s welcoming arms on April 29, 2017. Chris was born July 15, 1931, to Niles and Rose (Moon) Barber in Toquin, Mich.

Chris loved music, art, writing, was a longtime Detroit Tigers fan and Michigan Football’s biggest fan. She had a great sense of humor that accompanied her happy-go-lucky nature, which carried her through as her health failed. She leaves many family and friends with loving, funny memories.

In addition to her parents and husband, Chris was preceded in death by her six siblings Lorraine, Verne, Franklin, Gordon, Charles, and Elizabeth.

Christina is survived by daughter Sharon (Tom) Saarela of Saugatuck; grandchildren Crystal (Jonathan) Funckes of Zeeland, Nicholas Saarela of East Lansing, and Jenna Saarela of Saginaw. Additional survivors include brothers-in-law, David (Lois) Albers and John (Lynda) Albers; sisters-in-law, Irene Albers, Alice (Vern) Avery, MaryEllen (Marvin) Hall, Doris (Jack) Sutherland and Judy Beckwith; many nieces and nephews; and goddaughter, Dawn Lawson.

Cremation has taken place. A celebration of Christina’s life will be Friday, May 26, at 11 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, 77 W. 32nd St., Holland, with Pastor Ryan Winningham officiating.

Arrangements are being provided by Dykstra Funeral Home-Mulder Chapel. For an online registry, visit www.dykstrafuneralhome.com.

 

Donna Beery Heavilin, 91

Donna Beery Heavilin, 91, of Douglas passed away April 23, 2017. Donna was born in Fennville on June 16, 1925, to Harry and Delia Sargent.

Donna graduated from Fennville High School in 1942. She was active in her community as an Eastern Star Member, a Sunday School teacher and the church treasurer. She worked at what was known as Taft’s Super Market for nearly 30 years.

Before working at Taft’s she was a stay-at-home mom doing side jobs such as picking cherries, taking in ironing and cleaning cottages on the lakeshore. She delighted in spending quality time with her family and loved her Detroit Tigers.

Donna loved traveling to the Upper Peninsula and spending time on the beach, even up until her last day on this earth when she and her daughter Donita made a trip to Lake Michigan. After her retirement you could not find her at home, but traveling extensively including places like Australia, New Zeeland, Hawaii, Alaska, Panama Canal, and numerous cities throughout the United States.

A life well traveled, her positive outlook was shared with all.

Donna was preceded in death by her husband of 38 years Harold Beery; second husband of 22 years Charles Heavilin; parents, Harry and Delia Sargent; sisters, Dorothy Skinner and Ellen Hall; and great-grandson Chad Ethan Germain.

She is survived by her biological children, daughter Donita Beery and sons, Bill (Nancy) Beery and Don (Patti) Beery; step-children, Celeste (Bob) Gerde, Patti Rummler, Bixby Heavilin, Dan (Char) Heavilin, Anna (Brian) Males and John (Lana) Heavilin; 21 beloved grandchildren; numerous great- and great-great-grandchildren and a large extended family.

A funeral mass was Friday, April 28, at St. Peter Catho-lic Church, Douglas. Visitation was at Dykstra Funeral Home–Saugatuck Chapel, on Thursday, April 27.

Memorial contributions can be made to The Saugatuck Scholarship Foundation (S.S.F.), 524 Marshall Street, Allegan, MI 49010 or Christian Neighbors Inc. 100 St. Peter’s Drive, Douglas, MI 49406.

Arrangements were provided by Dykstra Funeral Home, www.dykstrafuneralhome.com.

 

4-6 OBIT Boyce - CRJames ‘Jimmer’ Boyce, 63

James “Jimmer” Webster Boyce, 63, passed away from a brief battle with cancer on April 2, 2017.
Jimmer was born in Douglas, on April 7, 1953. He graduated from Saugatuck High School in 1971. Jimmer attended GVSU briefly before transferring to Muskegon Community College to join the police academy. He was a Saugatuck police officer and went on to join the Allegan County Sheriffs Office as a deputy for nine years.
Jimmer recently retired from Kalamazoo Lake Sewer and Water Authority after 24 years of being a field supervisor. He was a voracious reader, a Civil War re-enactor, a loving father, brother and son.
He is survived by his son James “Mac” M. Boyce; wife Jennifer; daughter Maria E. Boyce; his mother Margaret “Peggy” Boyce; sisters, Catherine Brockington, Victoria Boyce, Linda Kinnaman (Mark) and Virginia Berghuis (Gordon); brothers, Robert Boyce (Kristyn), Michael Boyce and Christopher Boyce; his dog Harriet; his cat Elly; cousins in Michigan and California; and extended nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father James Boyce III.
Visitation will be on Friday, April 7, from 1-2 p.m. at First Congregational Church of Saugatuck. A memorial service will follow the visitation.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Wishbone Pet Rescue in Douglas. Visit www.wishbonepetrescue.org for online donations or mail them to P.O. Box 124, Douglas, MI 49406.

 

4-6 OBIT Wightman-CRFae Wightman, 73

Fae Ann Wightman, 73, of Fennville passed away, March 27, 2017, at Holland Hospital. She was born Sept. 11, 1943, in Zeeland, the daughter of Andrew and Janet (Wiersma) Christensen.
Fae married her husband of 54 years, Phil Wightman, on Jan 18, 1963. She was a homemaker and school supporter while raising her children and later worked at the Surrey and aboard the Star of Saugatuck.
She was a member of Women Who Care, Camp Fire leader and a charter member of the Douglas Community Church. Fae was also active in many groups and charities in Fennville, Saugatuck, and Douglas.
Cherishing memories of her are her husband Phil Wightman; daughters, Rondi Wightman and Greg Stinson of Porter, Ind., Jodi and Loren Curtis of Bay City and Wendi Wightman and Brian Newton of Buffalo, N.Y.; granddaughter Sierra Newton of Pepin, Wis.; sisters; Carole Schreckengust, Jan and Rick VanKley and Cindi and Glenn Nykamp; sisters-in law, Diane Christensen, Carolyn Gilman and Doris and George Peltier; and several nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Fae’s life will be Saturday, April 8, from 1 to 5 p.m. at Laketown Golf & Conference Center, Saugatuck.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Live Burn Facility Fund (a collaborative safety resource for local fire departments), STFD, 3342 Blue Star Hwy., Saugatuck, MI 49453.
In honor of Fae’s love of MSU athletics, please consider wearing Spartan gear when the family gathers to celebrate. Go Green!
An online registry book is available at www.chappellfuneralhome.com.

 

4-6 OBIT Rosenbaum - CRJames Rosenbaum, 87

James “Rosie” Val Rosenbaum 87, of Douglas and Holmes Beach, Fla., passed away peacefully in a place he loved, Anna Maria Island, Fla., on March 31, 2017.
Rosie was born June 26, 1929, the only son of Walter and Hannah (Friedman) Rosenbaum in Kalamazoo. He graduated from Morgan Park Military Academy (high school) in 1947.
Rosie served in the United States Army and the United States Air Force from 1948-1951 during the Korean War. On Sept. 27, 1952, he married Alice Mae Christiansen (Chris-tie) of Menominee. She preceded him in death on July 23, 1996.
Rosie is survived by his three daughters, Jill (Rusty) Segal, Joanie (Tim) Opie and Julie (Sprig) Shauman; seven grandchildren, Stuart (Antú), Jeffrey (Kayleigh) and Andrew Segal, Sara (Alex) Whittlesey, and Tim Opie, Jr. and Corey and Casey Shauman; and one great-grandchild Anders James Whittlesey. He is also survived by his sister Judith Hirsh; a sister-in-law Joanne Craig; and his companion of 16 years, Susan Horne.
Rosie was employed by the family business, The Kalamazoo Pant Company (Redwood and Ross) from 1952-1978. He continued his career in the men’s clothing industry with Pincus Brothers (Bill Blass) until his retirement in 1989. He was always highly regarded as being a sharp dresser with model good looks.
Among his many accomplishments were serving on the boards of Kalamazoo YMCA, Upjohn Nursing Home, Allegan County Cancer Society and Glenn Community Center. He was a proud member of The Beacon Club, Saugatuck Yacht Club and Cowhill Yacht Club.
Rosie had a knack for making lifelong friends everywhere he went. He will be remembered for his contagious smile, his charm, his love of the beach, cars, a good drink, card games and above all, the love he had of his family.
A private burial will be in Mt. Home Cemetery in Kalamazoo, immediately followed by a memorial service. A service to celebrate Rosie’s life will be at 12 noon on Saturday, April 8, at Langeland Family Funeral Homes, Westside Chapel, 3926 South 9th St., Kalamazoo, with Pastor James Dyke officiating. A time of food and fellowship will immediately follow the service in the Langeland Reception Center.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Rosie’s memory may be directed to a charity of one’s choice. Please visit Rosie’s personalized guest book at www.langelands.com.

 

3-23 OBIT Kratzer - AC, CRDr. Kenneth E. Kratzer DO, 77

Dr. Kenneth E. Kratzer DO, 77, of Fennville passed away Saturday, March 18, 2017, at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids. Born March 10, 1940, in McClure, Pa., he was the son of Millard and Mary (Lepley) Kratzer.
Ken married his wife of 59 years, Judy A. Anselmo, on April 26, 1958. After graduating from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, he opened his family medicine practice in Fennville on July 5, 1972, and continued to practice medicine until February 2017. Ken considered practicing medicine in Fennville an honor and loved his patients like his family.
He was a fiercely devoted husband, father and friend. Ken was a member of the Fennville United Methodist Church and an active member of the Fennville community.
Surviving is his wife Judy; daughters, Annette and Jim Lacy of Fennville, Donna Kratzer of Fennville and Erica and Dr. Craig Boss of Charlevoix; grandchildren, Brendon, Adam, Sarah, Rachel, Nick, John, Caroline and Ben; and great-grandchildren, Macy, Zoe and Bennett.
Visitation will be Friday, March 24, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Chappell Funeral Home in Fennville. Funeral services will be Saturday, March 25, at 11 a.m. at Fennville United Methodist Church. Officiating will be Pastor Daniel Barkholz and burial will be in the Fennville Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Fennville United Methodist Church or the Fennville District Library.
An online registry book is available at .

 

Dale Verplank, 71

Dale Raymond Verplank, 71, died suddenly Feb. 20, 2017. He was the son of the late Raymond and Evelyn Verplank of Spring Lake.Dale resided in Douglas and Leesburg, Fla. He leaves a sister, Karen J. Verplank and cousins in Spring Lake and Muskegon.
Dale has been in business owning gift and boutique stores in East Grand Rapids, Chicago and Saugatuck. He spent time in Denver, Colo., as an interior decorator.
Dale leaves dear friends in Douglas, Saugatuck, Grand Rapids, Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Florida and beyond.
Services will be private.

 

David Bossert, 86

David B. Bossert, 86, of Burr Ridge, formerly of Hinsdale, died Feb. 28, 2017.

David was the beloved husband of Julie (nee Kenyon) for 57 years; loving dad of David Bossert Jr., Laura W. Bossert and Mark Bossert.; and dear Papa to Grace and Jack.

David was preceded in death by his parents Alice (nee Carey) and Harold Bossert; his sister Patricia Blanck and brother Jack. David grew up in Oak Park, Ill., and was a graduate of Michigan State University. He was a loyal fan of the Spartans and the Chicago Bears. He was a former board member and supporter of Little Friends. He and his family were long-time summer residents of Saugatuck.

Services were at Church of the Holy Nativity, 275 S. Richmond, Clarendon Hills, Ill., on Saturday, March 4, at 4 p.m. Interment was private.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Little Friends, 140 N. Wright St., Naperville, IL 60540.

 

Samuel Greydanus, 92

Samuel E. Greydanus Jr., 92, of Saugatuck passed away on Feb. 14, 2017.

Born June 2, 1924, in Paterson, N.J., he attended Eastern Christian Academy while working for his father’s surveying company.

He served in the United States Army from 1942 to 1945. He landed on Utah Beach on D-Day as a member of the Ninth Signal Company. He was engaged in battles in Normandy, the Hurtgen Forest, the Ardennes, the Battle of the Bulge and the Remagen Bridge. His unit was one of the first to enter the concentration camp at Nordhausen, Germany.

He attended Calvin College, graduate school at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, the University of Rochester, the University of Washington (Seattle), and Queens College, Kingston Ontario.

He taught at Cannonsburg, Oakdale Christian, Holland Christian High School, Calvin College and at the Saugatuck Dunes Correctional Facility.

He was a long-time member of Gibson Christian Reformed Church, where he served as elder, deacon and Sunday school teacher. He was the pitcher for the Gibson softball team well into his 70s.

He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Elsie; eight children, Bonnie of Klaidepea, Lithuania, Sam and Susan of Holland, John and Marty of Oregon, Mark of Beverly Hills, Calif., Tim and Sarah of Colorado Springs, Colo., James and Judy of Oregon, Dave and Melissa of Saugatuck and Dale and Kelly of Fennville; 18 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Sam and Nellie; and his siblings, Fran, Neil, John, Pearl and Claire, all of New Jersey.

Sam loved his Lord, his family, his church, nature in all of its glory, history, politics, and baseball, especially the New York Yankees.

Visitation will be Friday, Feb. 24, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Langeland-Sterenberg Funeral Home, 315 E. 16th St., Holland. Funeral services with military honors will be Saturday, Feb. 25, at 11 a.m. at Gibson Christian Reformed Church, 6486 140th Ave, Holland, MI 49423. Burial will be in Gibson Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Resthaven Care Center, Holland Christian Schools, or Calvin College.

Arrangements are being provided by Langeland-Sterenberg and Yntema Funeral Homes, www.langelandsterenberg.com.

 

 

Elizabeth Bylaska, 85

Elizabeth “Liz” Bylaska, 85, of Sturgeon Bay, Wis,, died Jan. 24, 2017, at Birch Creek Community Based Residential Facility in De Pere, Wis.
She was born Elizabeth Jean Barr on Aug. 31, 1931, in Milwaukee, Wis. to Jeanette (Walker) Barr and Arnold Henry Barr, MD.
Elizabeth graduated from Port Washington High School in Wisconsin in 1949 and later from St. Olaf College in Minnesota in 1953 with a bachelor’s degree in biology. She received a master’s from Michigan State University in guidance and counseling in 1959. In 1974, Elizabeth completed her M.S.S.W. in Social Welfare at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.
She married Bradford Oliver Bylaska on Aug. 3, 1953, in Saugatuck. They adopted two children, a daughter, Corene Robin and a son, Eric Jon. Elizabeth and Brad were divorced in 1970, and he preceded her in death.
Elizabeth worked as a school social worker for Door County School Districts in Wisconsin. Eventually she changed career paths and became a real estate agent, a field in which she worked throughout Door County until her retirement several years ago. Elizabeth was also a professional legal guardian for adults.
She had a life-long love of music. Elizabeth played the clarinet and oboe and enjoyed going to musical theatre performances and orchestral concerts. She loved singing and performing and had a regular Saturday night date with her friends and the karaoke microphone for many years and was a longtime member of a barbershop quartet in Sturgeon Bay, Wis. and Sweet Adelines.
Elizabeth also loved to travel and visited all 50 of the United States (many in a motorhome), Canada, Mexico, Europe, Australia, a solo trip to China and Hong Kong and several cruises in the Caribbean.
She is survived by her brother, Robert Barr of Sheboygan, Wis.; her daughter Corene (Robert) Drumheller of Appleton, Wis.; her son Eric (Barbara) Bylaska of Richland, Wash.; her three grandsons, Devin, Garrett, and Bryce Drumheller; and four great-grandchildren.
Elizabeth was preceded in death by her parents and an infant grandson.
Family and friends visited at Huehns Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay, Wis. to remember Liz on Monday, Jan. 30.
Condolences, memories, and photos of Liz may be shared with her family at www.huehnsfuneralhome.com.

 

Catherine D. Wilt-Burklow, 73

Catherine D. Wilt-Burklow, 73, was born to Nolar and Charlie Burklow in Harrisburg, Ark., on Feb.18, 1943.
Years later in 1977, she relocated to Douglas and established the restaurant that many grew to know and love, the Kalico Kitchen. Catherine resided in Douglas for the following 40 years, raising her family, building a business, and becoming a concrete part of her community.
Throughout life, she strived to be a positive stepping stone for those around her and to provide as much as possible for those that found themselves in need. Her love of travel brought her through nearly all 50 states and later landed her in Arizona, where she lived out her final days.
Catherine was proceeded in death by mother and father, Nolar and Charlie Burklow; late husband Clark Robert Wilt; along with twin brothers, Coy and Troy Burklow; and brother Lehmon Burklow.
She is survived by only son Donald Shriel; brother Jerry Wilson; nieces, Cindy Anderson and Linda Wilson; nephews, Scott Burklow, Rick Burklow, Dale Burklow, Donny Burklow, Preston Burklow and Charles Burklow; grandchildren, Alexandria Shriel, Diane DeJonge, Cody Shriel and Benjamin Shriel; along with cousins and friends that are scattered throughout the country.
Catherine was truly unique … completely one-of-a-kind. All who knew her could certainly agree that she was a fiery, strong-willed, stubborn-headed, silver-tongued, God-fearing and God-loving woman, who never failed to be driven by anything less than wholehearted compassion and love.
Catherine will be laid to rest in Ganges at Taylor Cemetery. A celebration of her life is still to be determined at a later date.

 

Jane E. (Bird) Van Dis, 95

Jane E. (Bird) Van Dis, 95, was reunited with her Lord on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017. Jane was a long-time Saugatuck resident. She was born June 15, 1921, in Ann Arbor.
She met her husband Bert Van Dis and raised their five children in Saugatuck. She was preceded in passing by her husband and her son Michael Van Dis.
Jane is survived by her children David (Sharon) Van Dis, Marianne (Kenneth) Little, Gary Van Dis and Terry Van Dis. She is also survived by her nine grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.
Her many hobbies included sewing, writing, painting, crafts and reading. Jane was involved in the woman’s club, art club, doll club, historical society, writers club, DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution), Red Barn Theater, 28 years playing in “The Dickens Christmas,” Congregational Church, played Lady Liberty in the Independence Day Parade, organized a sleep-out and slept out in a box for the Allegan County homeless, organized art/craft fairs in Saugatuck, 2006 Citizen of the Year, and owned and managed the Bird Center Resort from the l940’s through the 1970’s.
In lieu of flowers, if you would like, please donate to a club from the above list.
A celebration of life will take place in Saugatuck in June 2017. The date will be announced later.

 

Lucile Van Koevering, 88

Lucile Van Koevering, 88, of Borculo was called home to her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017, after spending a lifetime impacting the many people that she met during her life here on earth.

Born in Fennville, the eldest of five children of Chet and Hilda Wightman, she went on to teach 37 years at Saugatuck High School, impacting the lives of many of her students through her acts of kindness, words of encouragement and her enthusiasm.

Later in life she was involved in Good Samaritan Ministries, the Ottawa County Republican and Fourth District Republican organizations.

Her love for her Lord and Savior was evident in her involvement at her church, Harlem Church, and the numerous committees and groups that she was involved in. When not involved with her church or family, Lucile could be found at Evergreen Commons participating in their exercise programs or playing cards and Mahjong.

While known for extensive involvement in the community, the love of her life was her family; her late husband Keith Van Koevering; sons, Rex and Dawn Van Koevering, Rob and Angel Sheridan, Les and Judy Tharp, and Lane and Ruth Tharp; 11 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; siblings, Doris and George Peltier, Carolyn and Jim(deceased) Gilman, Francis (deceased) and Milton Strand, Phil and Fae Wightman, Dale(deceased) and Judy Wightman; in-laws, Paul and Hazel Van Koevering and Rosie and Roger(deceased) Beekman; and her many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Friday, Jan. 27, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Langeland-Sterenberg Funeral Home, 315 E. 16th St., Holland, MI 49423. A Celebration of her home-going will be Saturday, Jan. 28, at 10 a.m., at Harlem Reformed Church, 6854 144th Ave. Holland, MI 49424.

Memorial contributions can be made to Harlem Church Benevolence Fund.

Arrangements are being provided by Yntema/Langeland-Sterenberg Funeral Home, www.langelandsterenberg.com.

 

Tony Thias, 86

George Anthony “Tony” Thias, 86, of Lansing passed away peacefully with his family at his side on Jan. 12, 2017.

Tony was born on June 12, 1930, to Hungarian immigrants, Henry and Barbara (Toth) Thias, in a simple farmhouse off the shore of Lake Michigan. He was able to keep the turn-of-the-century home where he enjoyed having his family and friends around him. Tony was a modest man yet dedicated to providing the very best for his family.

He was an active member of St. Mary Cathedral and graduated from Michigan State University, where he met his wife of 62 years. He was co-president with his wife, Bobbie, of the MSU Take-Down Club, was an avid MSU sports fan and enjoyed traveling.

Tony had a lifelong career in insurance beginning in 1958, with the Mourer-Foster Insurance Agency in Lansing. In 1977, he formed Thias Insurance Agency. In 1981, he was a founding member of America One in Lansing and America One, Inc. He was a member of the Lansing Insurance Agency Association, Michigan Insurance Agency Association, Optimist Club of Lansing and the Knights of Columbus.

Tony was a self-taught trumpet and piano player and attended the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp for many years. He was in the Senior Class Band where he routinely played for retirement homes. He was also a member of the Kiwanis Band.

He had a lifelong passion for nature, especially his birds, and world history. Tony was one of the most self-educated and self-read individuals around. He could converse with anyone he met about any topic from anywhere in the world.

Tony loved meeting new people. His well-known opening question to someone he was meeting for the first time was always, “So, where are you from?”

Surviving are his six children, Thomas J. Thias, Margaret A. “Peggy” Thias-Kron- ner, John A. (Julie) Thias, Peter G. Thias, Maureen A. (Greg) Walton and James P. (Nadia) Thias; seven grandchildren, Brian Benet, Elizabeth, Anna and Maria Kron- ner, Marisa and Eric Thias, and Sarah Walton; nieces, nephews, and several great-nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Barbara; an infant daughter Barbara Catherine Thias; and daughter Patricia Ann Benet.

The funeral mass will be Friday, Jan. 20, at 10 a.m., at St. Mary Cathedral, Lansing, with the Rev. Msgr. George Micha-lek as Celebrant. The family will receive friends at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, where the Rosary will be prayed at 7:15 p.m. The Rite of Interment will be at the Gibson Cemetery, Laketown Township.

Memorial contributions may be made to Sparrow Hospice, c/o Sparrow Foundation.

Online condolences may be left for his family at www.EstesLeadley.com.

 

Ronald Van Wieren, 79

Ronald (Ron) Van Wieren, 79, of Saugatuck passed away Dec. 24, 2016, after a brave battle with cancer. Ron was born to Fred and Agnes Van Wieren on Nov. 10, 1937, and grew up in several small communities around the country.

Ron married Betty (Butler) Van Wieren on June 10, 1967, and was the father of twins born in 1972. Ron and Betty enjoyed a long and happy marriage surrounded by family and friends.

Ron loved the Upper Peninsula and after he retired from Haworth, the couple traveled there often to enjoy the peace and beauty of Upper Michigan. Ron found joy in the crossing of the Mackinac Bridge, and mentioned the fresh air in every crossing.

Ron is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Betty Van Wieren; daughter Lorene (Erik) Van Wieren of Manton; son Ronald Van Wieren Jr. of McKinney, Texas; grandchildren, Ingrid, Sigrid and Agnes Johnson of Manton and Branden Van Wieren of McKinney, Texas; brothers, Fritz (Carolyn) Van Wieren of Oklahoma and Vance (April) Van Wieren of Fennville; mother-in-law Phyllis Rastall of Saugatuck; and sisters-in-law, Beverly (Roger) Stedman of Howard City, Rita Rastall of Douglas and Renie (Richard) Lechler of Fennville.

Many surviving nieces, nephews and cousins will remember Ron as a loving, caring man who had a wonderful sense of humor. He will be missed.

Donations may be made to Wings of Hope Hospice, who made the last days comfortable and calm for the Van Wieren family.

A celebration of Ron’s life will be announced at a later date.

To sign an online registry or to leave a memory, visit www.dykstrafuneralhome.com.

 

William Johnson, 86

William “Bill” H. Johnson Jr., 86, of Ganges Township, passed away Friday, Dec. 16, 2016, at Spectrum Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids. Born June 26, 1930, in Hot Springs, Ark., he was the son of William and Marilynn (Collins) Johnson.
Bill was a United States Army veteran, and worked for Chrysler Corporation in human resources until his retirement in 1988. He and Ralph Siddell moved to the Ganges area in 1992. They are members of All Saints Episcopal Church in Saugatuck and were active in many community organizations.
Bill is survived by his spouse Ralph A. Siddell; sister, Linda and Wayne Smith of Clarkston; and his nephews, Brent Sawicki and Bradley Sawicki.
At his request, cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be at a later date.
Memorial donations may be made to 4 Paws for A Cause, P.O. Box 940, Douglas, MI 49406.
An online registry book is available at www.chappellfuneralhome.com.

 

Betty Baker, 89

Betty Jane Baker, 89, of Holland, passed away Friday, Dec. 9, 2016, at home surrounded by her loving family. She was born to George and Ruth (Lumb) Merwin of Chicago, Ill., on March 9, 1927.

Betty is survived by her husband of more than 64 years, Ralph; daughters, Ruth and Bill Kaye of Saugatuck, Carole and Wesley Mitts of Fennville, Jami Baker and Dean Berens of Holland, Maree Baker of Dorr and Amy and Bill Embil of Hamilton; son James Baker of Holland; 14 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandson; sister Phyllis Rastall of Douglas; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her sons, Ralph Jr., Mike and Scott; a daughter Donna; her parents; parents-in-law, Ruth Baker and George and Mary Baker; brothers-in-law, Harry Baker, Junior Baker, and Bert Rastall; and sister-in-law Shirley Kouw.

A family service was at Douglas Community Church on Sunday, Dec. 11.

There will be a celebration of life in her honor on Saturday, Jan. 7, at 4 p.m. at The Red Barn Event Center in Saugatuck.

Memorials may be made to one’s choice.

Arrangements are by Dykstra Funeral Home–Mulder Chapel.

For an online registry, visit www.dykstrafuneralhome.com.

 

Ann L. Olendorf, 72

Ann Lou Olendorf (nee Christensen), 72, of Sauga-tuck Township, died Nov. 20, 2016, in Grand Rapids, following a hemorrhagic stroke.
Mrs. Olendorf was born on Sept. 25, 1944 in South Haven, to her parents, Leonard and Neva Christensen. She graduated from Hope College in 1969 and acquired a master’s degree from Grand Valley University in 2005. She married Donald Olendorf in 1973.
Ann was a loving wife who adored her children and grandchildren. Her soft kisses and hugs will be treasured memories.
Ann was a patient and supportive educational leader with a passion for children in poverty with promise. She was an avid sailor who spent 30 years visiting the remote spots of the Great Lakes on her beloved “Isle of Skye.”
Mrs. Olendorf is survived by her husband Donald; her brother Chuck (Carmie); mother-in-law Mary Olendorf; daughters, Krista Willertz (Chris) and Sonja Skerbeck (Jamie); son Eric Olendorf (Megan); and 10 grandchildren, Raegan Willertz, Alec Willertz, Maria Willertz, Joseph Skerbeck, Sophia Skerbeck, Nicholas Skerbeck, Emma Olendorf, Andrew Olendorf, Matthew Olendorf and Charlie Olendorf.
Kindness and optimism were her greatest strengths.
Mrs. Olendorf will be buried in a private ceremony on Dec. 12. A memorial service will be on Sunday, Dec. 11, at 2 p.m. at All Saints Episcopal Church, 252 Grand St. in Saugatuck. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Ann’s life. Visitation will be at the church at 1 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to The Fennville Educational Foundation, P.O. Box 231, Fennville, MI.
Arrangements are being provided by Dykstra Funeral Home.

 

Ernest Nicks, 80

Ernest Nicks, 80, of Sau-gatuck, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo. He was born Aug. 9, 1936, in High Splint, Ky., and has spent more than 50 years in the Saugatuck area.
Ernest worked for Harris Pie in Saugatuck for more than 25 years, and also worked for TLC in Holland. He truly enjoyed woodworking and selling his projects.
Ernest is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Irma (Gleason) Nicks of Saugatuck; children, David and Chris Nicks of Pullman, Terri Nicks of Kingsley, John Nicks of Fife Lake, Sheila McKeehan of Corbin, Ky., Lisa Lawson of Corbin, Ky.; siblings, Janice, Emma, Brenda, Kathy, Henrietta, Tami and Jack of Wil-liamsburg, Ky.; 16 grandchild- ren and 25 great-grandchildren.
At Ernest’s request, cremation has taken place and a service will be Wednesday, Nov. 16, at 11 a.m. at Riverside Cemetery in Saugatuck.
An online registry book is available at www.chappellfuneralhome.com

 

Roland Frank, 69

Roland Frank, 69, of Holland passed away Friday, Nov. 4, 2016, after a brief battle with cancer.
Roland was born Nov. 20, 1946, in Bavaria, Germany, the son of Johann Frank and Regina Frank (Braun). Roland immigrated to the United States in 1953 and grew up in Saugatuck. He graduated from Saugatuck High School in 1965.
Roland was preceded in death by his parents; his sister Elvira; and his daughter Melissa.
Surviving are his wife Jocelyn Diamante Frank; his children, Adam (Sabrina) of Grand Haven, Joshua (Danielle) of Holland, and Angelica at home; sisters, Annelise Braun of Douglas, Elaine (Randy) Slikkers of Holland, Joan (Mitchell) Lacy of Fennville and Mildred Braun of Holland; parents-in-law, Ernesto and Rufina Diamante; and brother-in-law Aldrin of the Philippines. He is also survived by four grandchildren, four nieces, several cousins, aunts and uncles.
Roland enjoyed fishing, hunting and music.
Cremation has taken place. No funeral services are planned.
A celebration of life is planned for Saturday, Nov. 19, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the America Legion Hall in Saugatuck.
Memorial contributions will go to a trust fund established for Angelica Frank at Chase Bank.

 

Clarence “Clare” Leroy Disselkoen, 89

Clarence “Clare” Leroy Disselkoen, 89, finished his earthly race and joined His Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Monday, Nov. 14, 2016.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Lorene; his five children, Randy (Terri), Jack, Dan (Diane) Disselkoen, Merry (Mike) Vermeer, and Laurie (Randy) Elders; his grandchildren, Robyn (Daniel) Russell, Kaitlyn (Justin) Swan, Steve (Christa) Disselkoen, Grant Vermeer and fiancée Kaitlin Huissen, Drew Vermeer, Nick (Sarah) Disselkoen, Tony Disselkoen, DJ Disselkoen, Trent (Kelly) Elders, Tara (Graham) Schultze and Troy Elders; and great-grandchild Abby Disselkoen. He also leaves behind his sister Ruth Terpstra, Don Disselkoen, and sister-in-law, Margaret Disselkoen.

Clare was a minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ. After he graduated from Reformed Bible Institute, he planted and pastored churches at Beacon Light Church, Woodville CRC, Fellowship CRC, Saugatuck CRC, Fennville Reformed, Bravo CRC and Reformed Baptist in Holland.

Clare was also a United States World War II veteran. He was a man of prayer; he beseeched God daily for His presence to guide his family and friends.

Clare’s loved ones miss him dearly, but grieve with hope; for, they know that Jesus will raise Clare up at the last day. To God be the glory forever and ever, Amen!

Funeral services are Friday, Nov. 18, at 11 a.m. at Zaagman Memorial Chapel with his grandson, Pastor Stephen Disselkoen officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to Park CRC in Holland for their outreach program or Billy Graham ministries.

Arrangements are being provided by Zaagman Memorial Chapel, 2800 Burton St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546.

2 OBIT Coleman CRRichard (Rick) Alan Coleman, 69

Richard (Rick) Alan Coleman, 69, of Saugatuck, passed away peacefully at his home in the early morning hours of Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016, surrounded by his family.

Rick was born June 22, 1947, in Indianapolis, Ind., the son of T. Fredwick and Mary Jane Coleman and younger brother to Thomas.

In his early childhood, the family relocated to Holland where Rick grew up in the Graafschaap neighborhood and attended Holland Public Schools.

Rick was a graduate of Holland High School and was an active member in both band and the football team. He went on to graduate from Western Michigan University with a degree in business and soon after started a successful small business in the West Michigan area. At 62, he retired from his business and pursued his passion for golf, Harleys, and spending time with his family.

Rick was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Mary Jane, as well as his brother Tom.

He is survived by his wife Tammy; his children Matt (Lori) Coleman, Alicia Coleman, Sara (Matt) Kennedy, Andrea (Dan) Kuipers and Amanda Garich; eight grandchildren, Isabella, Ian, Iris, Nolan, Cole, Mason, Charlie and Tommy; and his niece Erin (Dallas) Swendeman and their son Atticus.

At Rick’s request, there will not be a formal visitation or funeral arrangements. Instead, he has elected to contribute his body to the University of Michigan for ongoing research in the continuing fight against cancer, and has requested a “celebration of life” event to be held at a date later to be determined.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society online at .

To leave a message or memory for the Coleman family, please visit .

 

8-11 OBIT Elliot - CRPeter M. Elliot, 59

Peter M. Elliot, 59, passed away at his home in Pacific Grove, Calif., in April 2016, lovingly surrounded by family and close friends.
Peter was born in Oak Park, Ill., growing up in Saugatuck and Holland, Mich.

Peter studied at the University of Chicago and at California State University, Monterey Bay. In the early 1980s Peter moved to San Francisco and for many years lived between California and Saugatuck where he operated The Poster Store. After working at Dreamworks Los Angeles Peter secured a position at Paramount Studios as a team member in worldwide business affairs group.

Peter lived between Los Angeles and Pacific Grove for more than 20 years. He always took an active interest in politics, starting in high school where he was elected Mayor of the student body.  He worked at holding public and private officials accountable as few can-with facts and firm diplomacy.

Peter wrote a political activist blog, . His final article, written a few days before his death, explored the differences between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders:.

In 2015-2016, Peter became a docent at the Point Pinos Lighthouse in Pacific Grove. His passion for history and efficacy as a skilled researcher made him a natural and respected public speaker.

Preceded in death by his parents, Elmore and Helen Elliot, Peter is survived by brother Tom Elliot of Zeeland; sister Sue and her husband Bill Brockington of Whitehall; sister Jane and her husband John Granberry of Lake Tahoe, Calif.; sister Ginger Elliot and her life partner Cathy Jones of San Francisco; niece Melissa Brockington of Ann Arbor; nephew Matthew and his wife Liz Brockington of Rochester Hills; and Peter’s best friend Patrick V. Brown of Pacific Grove.

Peter’s compassionate and loving nature, his authenticity and focused presence will be missed beyond what words can convey. Peter Meredith Elliot was deeply loved by many and his life was a life well lived.

An open house is scheduled for Aug. 20, in the Douglas Schoolhouse Gardens from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for Peter’s friends to meet and remember him. The schoolhouse is at 130 Center St., Douglas.

Patricia Ann McVea, 78

Patricia Ann McVea, 78, of Holland, passed away Friday, July 8, 2016, at Appledorn Living Center.

Patricia was employed at Holland Furnace and Holland Hitch. In between working she stayed at home and helped raise her three children.

Patricia enjoyed reading, jigsaw puzzles, paint by numbers and decorating for Christmas. She was a huge fan of Elvis, visiting Graceland in 2007.

After 43 years of marriage she was preceded in death by her husband William C. McVea II in 2005.

She is survived by her children, William and Barbara McVea of Holland, Mark McVea of Douglas and Kathy and Kipp Hofmeyer of Holland; grandchildren, Wendy (Kathy Osterman) Forrester, William C. (Melissa) McVea III, Linda McVea, Kelseigh and Kerensa Hofmeyer; two great-grandchildren; brother and sister, Ken Koning of Holland and Marcia Greving of Holland; and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be Thursday, July 14, at 3 p.m., at Christ Memorial Chapel, 595 Graafschap Road in Holland. Visitation will be from 2 to 3 p.m. prior to the service. Please use entrance D. Reverend Bill Boersma will be officiating. Burial will be in Douglas Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be given to Hospice of Holland.
Arrangements are being provided by Dykstra Funeral Home-Mulder Chapel. To sign an on-line registry or leave a memory, please visit .

8-4 OBIT McCarvill - CRWallace David McCarvill, 84

Wallace David McCarvill, 84, of Fennville passed away Saturday, July 30, 2016, at Holland Hospital. Affectionately known as “Big Wally” because of his 6’6″ stature, he was lovingly surrounded by both his daughters when he met his Lord and Savior.

Born in the Bronx, New York, Wally attended Iona College on a full basketball scholarship. He was fifth in the nation in rebounding during his senior year. He thereafter played ball for the United States Marine Corps and achieved the rank of 1st Lt. Following an Honorable Discharge he was drafted by the New York Knicks; however, injured a knee in training camp.

He worked in sales for Tidewater Oil Company, Tuck Tape, and eventually became Vice President and co-owner of Farnol Paper Company.

Wally was an avid golfer and water enthusiast, winning the Detroit Athletic Club’s coveted President’s Trophy as high scorer for the DAC Beavers. He loved to deer hunt in northern Michigan, enjoyed single malt scotch, and attending services at his beloved Crossing in Chesterfield, Missouri.

He is survived by his children, Mary Margaret McCarvill of Saugatuck and Elizabeth Ann Burns, also of Saugatuck; grandchildren, David Alden Kizer of Salt Lake City, Utah, Kathryn Alden Kizer of Washington, D.C, and Monica Elizabeth Burns of Tucson, Arizona.

A memorial celebration will be planned for a future date. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in his name to Living Water International at .

8-11 obit miserCraig A. Miser, 58

Craig A. Miser, 58, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., passed away on April 6, 2016, after his battle with lung cancer.

Craig was born on Nov. 24, 1957, in Lansing to Arden and Gwendolynn Miser.

Craig resided in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., where he found his career in the marine industry.

Surviving are his parents, Arden and Gwendolynn Miser of Douglas; brothers, Scott (Joyce) Miser of Penrose, N.C., and Jeff (Gra) Miser of Ashville, N.C.; sisters, Julie (Nick) Saputo of Fennville, Lisa (Bob) Engle of Douglas and Lori (Marc) Schrotenboer of Saugatuck; 11 nieces and nephews; and 10 great nieces and nephews.

Please join the family in honoring Craig’s life on Saturday, Sept. 10, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Spectator’s Restaurant, 6432 Blue Star Highway, Saugatuck, MI 49453.

6-23 OBIT DrapakEmily Marie Drapak, 90

Emily Marie Drapak, 90, of Douglas passed away on Saturday, June 11, 2016, at Holland Hospital. Born on Dec. 27, 1925, in Chicago, Ill., she was the daughter of Joseph and Kathryn (Smollen) Stepnik.

Emily was preceded in death by her husband John Drapak and two sisters, Helen and Irene.

Surviving are her children, Joanne Gilliam of Douglas, Nancy Harvey of Fennville and John and Vicky Drapak of Douglas; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; brother Stanley Stepnik of Streamwood, Ill.; brother-in-law Joe Drapak of Chicago; and many nieces and nephews.

At her request, cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be on Saturday, Aug. 27, at 12:30 p.m. at the Saugatuck Yacht Club, 15 Park St., Saugatuck, MI 49453. A luncheon will follow.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association.

An online registry book is available by visiting www.chappellfuneralhome.com.

6-23 OBIT clarkGeorge Clark, 93

George Mason Clark, resident of the Douglas lakeshore since 1936 and also of Vernon Hills, Ill., died Wednesday June 15, 2016, after a short illness. He was 93.

He was born in Brookline, Mass., grew up in Urbana, Ill., and spent the greater part of his adult life in Columbus, Ohio, where he worked both as a practicing architect and as a well-loved full professor of architecture at Ohio State University.

He attended DePauw University and was a graduate of the University of Illinois with a Master’s Degree in Architectural Engineering. He was a professional member of AIA.

He served with the United States Navy in World War II with the Third Fleet aboard the USS Nashville and the USS Phoenix in the South Pacific.

He loved spending time with his extended family and many lakeshore friends, walking the beach, sailing, tossing horseshoes or just engaging in good conversation.

He was active with the Douglas Lakeshore Association. He loved refurbishing and restoring lakeshore homes. George also volunteered with Saugatuck-Douglas Historical Society to record and preserve the history of the Michigan Cottage.

He also generously donated his time and skills to Trinity Episcopal Church, Columbus and to St. Lawrence Episcopal Church, Libertyville, Ill. as they restored and remodeled their facilities.

He was a diehard Cubs fan, always hopefully waiting for “next year.”

His wife of 69 years, Jean Flanigan Clark, predeceased him in 2013.

He is survived by his sister, Carolyn Clark Richards, of Novi; two daughters, Elizabeth (Betsy) Clark Swank (Ralph) of Vernon Hills, Ill., and Mary (Molly) Clark Siebert (David) of Grayslake, Ill.; four grandchildren, Elizabeth (Lisa) Swank Bako (Tom) and Sarah Swank Mullen (Brian) both of Grayslake, Ill., David Siebert, MD of Seattle and Mark Siebert of Fairfax, Va. He is also survived by five great-grandchildren, Matthew and Elizabeth Bako and Abigail, Sean and Kate Mullen.

Services will be Saturday, July 2, at St. Lawrence Episcopal Church in Libertyville, Ill.  Visitation is at 10 a.m. and services at 11 a.m., with interment following in the church columbarium.

In lieu of flowers, donations are welcomed in his name at either St. Lawrence Episcopal Church, Libertyville Ill. or at the Saugatuck-Douglas Historical Society.

Dorothy Kohl, 82

Dorothy Floto Kohl, known to friends and family as Dottie or Dot, passed away on June 2, 2016, at her home in Pompano Beach, Fla.

Dottie was a four-time ovarian cancer survivor for 29 years, originally diagnosed in 1988. She “fought the good fight” and enjoyed many years of good health while the cancer would be in remission. The cancer returned for the fifth time in February 2016, and she faced it again with courage, strength, dignity and tremendous class.

Dorothy married her love, Ralph Anson Kohl, on June 7, 1952. Ralph passed on June 11, 1997. They were married 45 years. During their life together, Dorothy was the wife of a high school and college football coach and then the wife of a football scout with BLESTO VIII and the Minnesota Vikings.

While Dad was scouting for pro football players, Dottie was winning golf club championships at Clearbrook Country Club in Saugatuck, where they resided in the summer months.

Dottie was an avid golfer (had a hole-in-one on #17!), loved Clearbrook, and was an excellent swimmer and all around athlete. In the winter months in Florida, she volunteered for 30-plus years at the Coral Door with monies raised to benefit North Bro-ward Hospital District.

In the summers in Sauga-tuck she worked diligently to raise money benefiting the American Cancer Society and the Lynn Schreiber Cancer Foundation.

Dorothy was born on July 2, 1933, in Chicago, Ill., to Dorothy Ross and John Walter Floto. Raised in Chicago, Ill., Dorothy attended Girls Latin School of Chicago and graduated in Saugatuck at Saugatuck High School. In her early years of marriage, she modeled in Milwaukee and Chicago.

Dorothy is survived by her loving daughter, Jacqueline Floto Kohl of Pompano Beach, Fla.; her beloved sister Susan Sission Gardner of Holland; her special friend Tom Rakers of Pompano Beach; and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be at a future date at All Saint’s Episcopal Church in Saugatuck.

Dorothy is now reunited with her husband Ralph; her precious son Christopher who passed away prematurely; her beloved parents; and sisters, Patsy Heller and Caroline Stephenson.

In Dorothy’s memory, donations can be made to Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance, P.O. Box 32141, New York, NY  10087-2141. Phone (212) 268-1002 or .

A special thank you to the men who assisted with preserving my mother’s life as she fought the cancer, Dr. James Dawsey, Dr. Manuel Penalver, Dr. Albert Begas, Dr. Mark Licht and Dr. Fernando Recio. God bless you all. A special thank you to Trustbridge Hospice and her loving aides, Yva and Patricia.

Until we are together again, my dearest mother, I will love you and daddy throughout eternity. Rest in peace, enjoy some great golf, and please save a spot close to you and daddy for me and the schnauzers.  As you always said, “Live, Love, Laugh” and “Love heals.”

Marguerite Kingstad, 66

Marguerite “Maggie” R. Kingstad, died May 17, 2016. She was born Feb. 2, 1950.

How do you sum up someone so incredibly magnificent in 350 words? To count the people that Maggie Kingstad has touched would be impossible. It pretty much includes every human within a five-foot radius of her, for 66 years.

Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pa., she is survived by her immediate relatives, Re Re, Mary K., Eddie, Michael, Timmy, Elaine, Ashleigh, Nicki, Paul III, Punky, Jill, Jimboy, and one daughter, Kate. Also by all of their children, and their children’s children. Plus, all of her friends (“chosen family”) and their families that she met in Pittsburgh.

As a young adult she moved to Chicago, Ill., where she worked as a surgical technician in the OR at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s Hospital. She is survived by all of her friends (“chosen family”) and their families that she met in Chicago.

She came here to Allegan County in the 70s and never left. She is survived by all her friends (“chosen family”) and their families that she met here in Michigan.

She was a bartender at the Sand Bar for two decades, so she is survived by all the patrons and saints that knew and loved her from there.

Maggie earned a bachelor’s degree at GVSU. She specialized in social work for 23 years, with an emphasis on domestic violence and women’s rights. She is survived by all those clients that got lucky enough to be “assigned to her.” I’m going to tell you that she saw the good in each of you and truly believed she was helping you find the tools and strength to reach for your own personal stars.

Maggie was one of the most magical, giving, loving, hilarious, and gregarious, one in a million person that we ever met. She made us see things in a different light and will be missed. We are on our own, together, to continue her legacy of wonderfulness.

Join us for a day of Maggienificence on Saturday, June 11, at Schultz Park in Saugatuck, from 1 to 5 p.m. with the eulogy at 2 p.m. and the parade line up at 3 p.m.

Jane Alice “Janie” Latham, 55

Jane Alice “Janie” Latham, 55, of Eaton Rapids passed away Saturday, April 30, 2016, at Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Center in Detroit.

A memorial service will be at Smith Family Funeral Homes, St. Louis, Mich., on Thursday, May 12, at 12 p.m. with Mr. Henry Kubin Sr. officiating. Visitation will be at 11 a.m. until the time of service. A private family burial will be at Oak Grove Cemetery in St. Louis, Mich.

Jane was born in Alma on June 16, 1960, the daughter of Thomas and Mary (Foley) Billig. She resided most of her life in Eaton Rapids.

Jane married Ray Latham on Dec. 7, 1985, in Holland. Caring for her family was the most important part of Jane’s life. She loved to garden and care for her pets.

Jane was an accomplished florist and musician. She was described as a kind and gentle soul and often said “you should never judge an individual by a single act.”

She is survived by her husband Ray Latham of Eaton Rapids, sons, Daniel and Kristina Latham of Holt and Joe Latham of Eaton Rapids; sisters, Peggy Billig and Gary Tuma of Lansing, Winnie and George Kubin of St. Louis, Mich., and Linda and Jeff Allen of Midland brothers Patrick Billig of White Cloud; Joe and Donna Billig of Mason, and Jim and Julie Billig of Windermere, Fla.; father and mother-in-law, Ron and Ella Wellington of Grand Junction; brothers-in-law, Robert Latham of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Larry and Sue Latham of Lowell; sisters-in-law, Deb  Wellington of Houston, Texas and Lynda and Danny Stejskal of South Haven.

Jane is also survived by many nieces and nephews with her son, Dan and Kristina expecting her first grandchild in the fall.

Arrangements are being provided by Smith Family Funeral Homes, St. Louis, Mich.

Condolences can be made by visiting www.smithfamilyfuneralhomes.com.

 

Evelyn H. Verplank, 98

Evelyn H. Verplank, 98, of Douglas passed away Feb. 24, 2016. She was born July 15, 1917, the daughter of Minnie and John Schrieber of West Olive.

Evelyn was preceded in death by her husband Raymond H. Verplank in 1981, in Grand Haven.

Surviving are a daughter Karen J. Verplank of Grand Haven and a son Del R. Verplank of Douglas.

She passed away peacefully at home where she lived with her son for 27 years.

For those desiring to make a memorial, contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

“To one who had the sweetest name, she added luster to the same.

“She shared my joys, she cheered when sad. She was the greatest friend I ever had.

“Long life she had and there’s no other, can take the place of my dear mother.”





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