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Burnice M. Teachout, age 100 of Big Rapids passed away peacefully at Metron of Big Rapids on Friday May 28, 2010. 

She was born November 6, 1909 in Tacoma, Washington, the daughter of Frank and Edna Healey. Her family moved to the Boyne City area when Burnice was a child then later to Lansing. She married Carl Teachout on August 6, 1927. They moved to Big Rapids to retire in the early 1960’s.

Survivors include two daughters, Elaine (Keith) White of Big Rapids, Joyce Teachout of Woodland, MI, four grandsons, Douglas White of Big Rapids, James White of Reed City, Dale (Susan) White-Rivers of Ft. Meyers,FL, Paul (Nancy) White of Ventura, CA, four great grandchildren, three great great grandchildren, plus several nieces and nephews. Also surviving is a sister-in-law, Majel Healey of Florida. Mrs. Teachout was preceeded in death by her parents, her husband, three sisters, one brother and one grandson, Steven White.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday June 2, 2010 at the Mohnke Funeral Home with Pastor John Bookshaw officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday 2-4p.m. and 6-8p.m.. Burial will be at Highland View Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Michigan, St. Peter’s School or the American Cancer Society.


Neal M. Mercer, 72, of Reed City, passed away Sunday, May 23, 2010, at Spectrum Health Skilled Nursing Facility in Reed City. 

He was born October 20, 1937, in Whiteville, NC, the son of Onzie and Doshia (Sellers) Mercer. At a young age, Neal began working with mules in the fields near his hometown, and became a lifelong farmer.

In 1979, he moved to the Reed City area, where he continued farming and raising pigs. Buyers and butchers of Neal’s pigs often commented that the meat was the best grade they had ever had. Neal also loved his roses, and collected old-style die-cast cars and trucks. On November 29, 1985, he married Doris (Lincoln), who survives. Also surviving are 2 daughters, Ann and Theresa of North Carolina; 2 sons, Justin and Jordan Hubbard of Evart; 3 step-children, Kathy (Ray) Rose of Moulton, AL, Janice (Leonard) Knapp of LeRoy, Don (Lori) Brown of Williamston; 21 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; 8 great-great-grandchildren; and 2 sisters, Bonnie Benton and Margie McPherson of North Carolina. 

Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m., Friday, May 28, 2010, at the Harvest Assembly of God, 602 W. Upton in Reed City, with Pastor Ed Carpenter and Devlyn Kuehl officiating. Burial will be in the Ashton Cemetery. Memorial contributions in his name may be left in care of the church, where his family will greet friends prior to services on Friday.


Donald W. Bouwman, born April 18, 1927 passed away peacefully on May 24, 2010 at his home in Canadian Lakes. 

Don and his first wife Joanne were long time residents of the Jenison/Grand Rapids area where Don worked at Coca-Cola for 31 years. He was a veteran of WWII serving in the Navy. Don was preceded in death by his first wife Joanne (Clark) Bouwman, his parents John and Martha (Knooihuizen) Bouwman, brothers Jack Bouwman and John Bouwman, sisters Betty Oosterhouse, Marian Dykstra and Doris Minasola. Don is survived by his second wife Pauline (Klumpp) Bouwman and three stepchildren, Donellda Gaskill of Californa, Connie MacKenzie of Remus, and Mark Klumpp of Mecosta, MI. 

Visitation will be held at the Crittenden-Hansen Funeral Home of Remus, Mi. on May 26, 2010 from 2 to 4 PM with a memorial service immediately following. Burial will be in the Resurrection Cemetery in Grand Rapids. In lieu of flowers please make all donations to Woodland Hospice of Mt. Pleasant.

Big Rapids, Mary E. Simon, age 75, of Big Rapids went to be with her Lord onSaturday, May 22, 2010. 

She was born December 1, 1934 in Big Rapids, the daughter of Paul E. and Margaret H. (Gavin) Fitzgerald. She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Jerry, one sister Margaret Ann (Richard) Modrow of Vestaburg and one brother Frank (Shirley) Fitzgerald of Big Rapids, five sisters-in-law, Dorothy Simon, Doris Simon, Maggy Simon, Mary Simon and Darlene Warner, one brother-in-law, Pat Simon (Cheryl) and plus many nieces and nephews. Mary was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters-in-law, Marion Simon and Rosemary Haven and two brothers-in-law, Jim, John and Junior Simon. 

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church with Father T. Le celebrant. Visitation will be Monday 5-8 p.m. at the Mohnke Funeral Home, with Rosary being recited at 7:30 p.m. Burial will be at Mt. Carmel Cemetery. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the needs of the family as well as Hospice of Michigan.

Margaret “Peg” Holbeck age 78, of Mecosta, passed away Tuesday May 18, 2010 at Mecosta County Medical Center, Big Rapids. 

Born July 10, 1931 in Detroit, MI., to Harold & Helen (Carlind) Currier. She was preceded by her husband Merv in 2001. Surviving: Son: Thomas ( Cheryl) Holbeck of Blanchard. Daughter: Debra Holbeck of Berkley, MI. Brothers: John ( Norma) Currier of Livonia, Mi. and Gene (Margaret) Currier of Dearborn, Mi. A Step-grandson Michael.

Funeral Mass : 11:00 am Friday May 21, 2010 at the St. Michaels Catholic Church of Remus, MI. Officiating is Fr. Michael Burt. Visitation 2-4 & 6-8pm on Thursday May 20, 2010 at the funeral home. Rosary 7:30 Thursday. Burial in St. Michaels Cemetery of Remus. Memorials to Hospice may be left at the funeral home. For online obit and register book see www.legacy.com. Care and arrangements entrusted to the Crittenden-Hansen Funeral Home of Remus.

Donald L. Ward, 91, of Big Rapids, passed away Monday, May 17, 2010, at Metron Nursing Center in Big Rapids.

He was born October 31, 1918, in Morley, the son of Glenn and Daisey (Lundy) Ward, and lived in the area most of his life. Don was a long-time farmer in Colfax Township. He also worked for several years at Ferris State University in maintenance, and as a greeter at Wal-Mart until retiring. Don was a lifelong member of the First Baptist Church in Big Rapids. On December 13, 1941, he married Donna Lintemuth, who preceded him in death in 1997. On June 5, 1999, he married Pat Voss-Smith, who survives. Also surviving are 2 sons, Gary (Margy) of Eagle, CO, Glen (Cheryl) of Big Rapids; 4 grandchildren, Melinda Ward, Molly (Scott) Maus, Melodie (Rich) Hallett, Steve (Eunice) Ward; 5 great-grandchildren, Cori, Amanda, and Kyle Ward, and Brett and Jennifer Maus; step-children Loren Smith and Laurie Agar; and several nieces and nephews. Don was also preceded in death by his brothers Gale and Jim, and sister Arlene Cole.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Thursday, May 20, 2010, at the Mohnke Funeral Home in Big Rapids, with Pastor Bruce Peterson officiating. Burial will be in the Pine Plains Cemetery. Memorial contributions for the First Baptist Church may be left at the funeral home, where Don’s family will greet friends on Wednesday from 6-8 p.m., and prior to services on Thursday.

Patricia Ann Russell, age 73, passed away Saturday, May 15, 2010.

She was born January 5, 1937 in Harrison County, West Virginia to the late Sherman and Dessie Mayle

Survivors include her husband Byron Russell, 3 brothers, Donald E. Rhoden of Pennsylvania, Sherman L. Mayle Jr. of Delaware, Delmas Wayne Mayle of West Virginia, 5 sisters, Shelba J. McGarry of Massachusetts, April L. Davis of Tennessee, Carolyn S. King of Tennessee, Donna K. Mink of Tennessee and Martha L. Sanford of West Virginia plus 3 grandchildren, Stacy McFarlen, Angela Russell, Jeffery JB Russell and 3 great grandchildren. Mrs. Russell was preceded in death by her mother-in-law and father-in-law James and Iva Russell and step-son Jeffrey A. Russell.

She was a retired secretary of Unisys Corporation, a member of Stanwood Free Methodist Church, a 1955 graduate of Victory High School and received an Associates Degree in Business from Davenport University.
Funeral services will be at 1:00 p.m. Friday, May 21, 2010 at Davis-Weaver Funeral Home in Clarksburg, West Virginia with Rev. Robert Lawther officiating. Burial will follow at Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Quiet Dell, W.V. Mrs. Russell’s family will receive friends Friday from 10 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. at Davis-Weaver Funeral Home. Local arrangements are by Mohnke Funeral Home, Big Rapids.

Proud father of three. Loving husband. Devoted grandpa. Honest brother. Kevin John Maguire, 48, passed away unexpectedly from us on Saturday, May 15, 2010 at 10:10 p.m.

Kevin, leaves behind his beloved family; loving wife Angie; daughters, Valerie (James Persinger) and Kaylynn; son Edwin; sisters Debbie (Jeff) Mobley and Victoria Jensen; brother, Micky (Tammie) Mooney and only grandson, Jesse; many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Kevin will always be remembered as an exceptional son-in-law to Jack and Val Becker; loyal friend to many and to all who ran across his path.

Kevin was preceded in death by his parents, Edwin John and Rose Marie Maguire, a sister, Patricia Hockmoch and a brother, David C. Maguire.

Kevin’s final act was to be an organ and tissue donor.

Funeral services will take place 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 19th at the Daggett-Gilbert Funeral Home in Big Rapids with burial at the new Grant Center Cemetery. Pastor Art Kilpatrick will officiate.

The family will gather today (Tuesday the 18th) at the funeral home to meet with friends and family from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be given to Kevin’s family.

Amanda Johan Sutton, 39, of Big Rapids, was received by her Lord Jesus Christ on Saturday, May 15, 2010.

She is survived by her parents, Reese and Patricia Sutton of Canadian Lakes; 1 sister Amy Sutton of Ann Arbor; and her grandmother Florine Jeannin of Dearborn Heights.

Amanda was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 1325 Woodward Avenue in Big Rapids, where a memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 19, with President Reinhold Hill officiating. Friends will be invited to join her family for a light lunch following the service. Memorial contributions may be made to FARA (Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance, www.curefa.org/donate.html, 102 Pickering Way, Ste. 200, Exton, PA 19341.

Gloria Boyland Reed, formerly of the Chicago area and Portage, MI, passed away peacefully at her beloved home in Canadian Lakes, MI on Tuesday, May 11, 2010.

Gloria was born on April 26, 1939 in Chicago to Alise and James Boyland. She was a proud graduate of the University of Illinois and a member of the Alpha Phi Sorority.

On February 18, 1961, Gloria married Ted Reed in Mount Prospect, IL and cherished nearly fifty years of marriage. Gloria was active in the community and an avid gardener and golfer. She loved singing with the Melody Makers chorus in Canadian Lakes. She practiced her unwavering faith with her membership at New Hope United Methodist Church. Planning menus and cooking for many family gatherings at her treasured lakeside home was another favorite pastime.

Gloria cherished any opportunity to attend her grandchildren’s activities, just as she and Ted had done with their four daughters. Their grandchildren were the love of Gloria’s life and a great source of pride and joy. She made each grandchild feel special and made a point to spend time with each individually.

Gloria was preceded in death by her parents and her dear mother-in-law, Margaret Reed.

Gloria is survived by her husband, Ted, who could always make her laugh and who lovingly cared for her during her long illness. Also surviving are her four daughters: Barb Reed of Plainwell, MI; Sue Riemland (Jim) of Saint Joseph, MI; Chris Greissinger (Kurt) of Saint Joseph, MI; and Cindy Bertke (Matt) of Rockford, MI and her six grandchildren: Matthew and Michael Riemland, Trevor and Tacy Greissinger, and Jake and Holly Bertke. She is also survived by a sister, Alise Ralston, of South Pasadena, CA and many close relatives and dear friends.

According to Gloria’s wishes, cremation has taken place and a private memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the Lemmen-Holton Cancer Pavilion, 100 Michigan St MC4, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, or The Michigan Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 1421 East 12 Mile Road, Madison Heights, MI 48071 or the charity of your choice. The family invites you to share your memories of Gloria at www.daggettgilbertfuneralhome.com.

Evelyn Rose Cushman, age 93, of Big Rapids formerly of Crestline, California passed away on Thursday, May 13, 2010.

She will be cremated and interment will be held at Riverside National Cemtery in California. Arrangements are by Mohnke Funeral Home in Big Rapids.

Brigadier Joseph Vondracek, 92, of Big Rapids, was promoted to Glory on Friday, May 7, 2010 in Big Rapids.

Born on May 18, 1917 in Wagner, South Dakota, he came to Big Rapids in 1978 from Detroit where he retired as a Salvation Army Officer from the Central Territory, Chicago, Illinois. Brigadier Joseph Vondracek began his career as a Salvation Army officer after graduating from The Salvation Army Officers Training College located in Chicago in 1938. After graduation he married his wife Catherine in 1939 and together they accepted a variety of appointments as ministers of the Gospel, serving those in need in South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota, Illinois and Michigan. His last appointment was in Detroit as Superintendent of The Salvation Army Edwin Denby Children’s Home. Upon his retirement in 1973, he continued his service as a volunteer for the Salvation Army in Big Rapids doing social work. He served in this capacity from 1980-1991. Joe, as he was known, had a talent for art and was a master of landscape oil painting. This was a lifetime love and his numerous paintings are being enjoyed by many today. He also loved restoring old cars and among the many he restored, was a 1929 Pontiac with the finished car being a work of beauty. In 1998 his wife Cathering died and in 2000 he married a high school friend, Margaret Bosteder. Together they enjoyed playing music–Margaret on the piano and Joseph on organ or accordian. He has been active as church organist in Big Rapids Salvation Army until his accident in April 2010.

Brigadier Joseph Vondracek is survived by his wife of 9 years, Margaret A. Vondracek; one daughter, Judy K. Payton (David) of Big Rapids; one daughter-in-law Bonnie Vondracek of Livonia; two brothers Vernon Vondracek, Steve Vondracek (Sharon); two sisters Mae Amstutz (Waldo), Frances Vondracek; five grandchildren, Dionne (Vondracek) Mydock, Joseph Vondracek (Anne), Kim (Payton) Ferrante (Tony), David S. Payton (Kris) and Nicole (Vondracek) Torrez (Jason). He is also survived by 8 great grandchildren; Noah and Jadon Ferrante, Hailey Mydock, Joey, Bella, Lucas and Elijah Payton and AJ Vondracek and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Steve and Frances Vondracek, his first wife Catherine Vondracek, son, Joseph C. Vondracek, 2 sisters Josie (Vondracek) Newton and Vinice (Vondracek) Erwin and 2 great grandchildren Kyle and Catherine Payton.

Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m., Saturday, May 15, at Salvation Army, 325 Linden Street, Big Rapids with Major Mike McKee officiating. Joseph’s family will greet friends from 11:00 to time of service. Burial with committal services will be in the Oakview Cemetery in Royal Oak at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 16th. Arrangements bare entrusted to the Mohnke Funeral Home in Big Rapids.

Juana J. Yeager, age 80 of Big Rapids, passed away Friday, May 7, 2010.

She was born July 8, 1929 in Big Rapids.

Survivors include her 2 sons; Thomas (Carol) McHugh of Big Rapids and Robert (Sandra) Yeager of Grant; 7 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren with 2 on the way. A graveside service will take place 2:00 p.m. Sunday, May 9th at the Aetna Township Cemetery in Morley.

Vickie D. Bauer, 68 of Weidman passed away Friday, May 7, 2010 at Gratiot Community Hospital in Alma.

She was born in Weidman on January 23, 1942 to Howard and Neva (Fender) Metcalf. Vickie graduated from Mt. Pleasant High School. On November 23, 1963 she married Charles “Fred” Bauer in Midland where they made their home until the late 1970’s when they moved to Weidman. Vickie worked at Mid Michigan Real Estate before becoming a direct care worker for Listening Ear in Mt. Pleasant. Vickie enjoyed her work and the chance to help others for over 10 years. In 1997 she had a heart attack which led to future health problems and retirement. Vickie always looked forward to going fishing, making crafts, sewing, crocheting, wood working, baking and camping. Camping could start as early as Easter weekend snow or no snow, sick or not sick. Vickie was a pillar in her family and always had some input on everything. Popcorn and ice cream were her favorite along with nit picking and complaining at Fred. She was the best backscratcher and a unique way of saying such words as frog and purse. Most of all Vickie had a big heart and a lot of love. Together with Fred they raised a close knit family. A family that supports, provides for and loves each other unconditionally.

Vickie is survived by her husband of 46 years, Fred, children; Laura (Mark Abbott), Charles “Chuck” H. Bauer, Dennis (Jeanette Conroy), Vernon (Julie Leiferman) all of Weidman, Ten beloved grandchildren who she never tired of spoiling, a dear sister Austa King of Traverse City and many nieces and nephews Vickie was preceded in death by her parents, a sister Wilma Teeter in 2009 and a daughter Angela R. Bauer.

Funeral services for Vickie will be held 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at the Daggett Funeral Home in Barryton with the family greeting friends two hours prior from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Interment will be at Coral Cemetery.

Lewis Nagy, age 93 of Canadian Lakes formerly of the Detroit area, passed away Saturday, May 8, 2010.

He was born December 20, 1916 in Kato Pennsylvania, the son of Lewis and Elizabeth Nagy. Lewis was honorably discharged from the United States Army, serving during World War II. He married the former Irene Harsanyi in 1935 and together they made their home in Detroit where Lewis worked for Dana Corporation and retired after 35 years.

Lewis and Irene also enjoyed a home in Zephyrhills, Florida for over 30 years. Irene preceded Lewis in death in 1999 and he soon after he moved to Canadian Lakes to be near his daughter and family.

Lewis enjoyed music, singing and dancing his entire life. He had a fondness for anything related to the railroad and trains. Lewis stayed close to his family because he enjoyed their company and loved them so much.

He is survived by 2 daughters; Patricia I. (John) Krueger of Garden City, Gloria J. (Robert) Huff of Canadian Lakes, 3 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandsons; 2 sisters, Elizabeth “Betty” Polczer and Irene Doerfler both of Florida and many nieces and nephews.

Besides his wife Irene, Lewis was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Lewis Joseph Nagy.

Funeral services will take place 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 12th at the Daggett-Gilbert Funeral Home in Big Rapids with the family greeting friends from 11:00 a.m. until service time at 2:00 p.m. Pastor Dominic Tommy, from the Northland United Methodist Church in Stanwood will be officiating.

Memorial contributions in Lewis’s name may be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation of the American Heart Association.

Karen Lynn Bailey, age 58, of Big Rapids, passed away Wednesday, May 5, 2010, at home in the loving arms of her family after a long battle with cancer.

She was born May 30, 1951, in Detroit, the daughter of Thad and Verna (Putikka) Pearl, and graduated from Edsel Ford High School in Dearborn in 1969. Karen then earned her Bachelor’s of Arts Degree from Central Michigan University in 1973.

On June 22, 1974, Karen married Bruce W. Bailey, and the couple moved to Big Rapids later that year, and have lived here since. From 1974 to 1980, Karen taught 5th grade in Reed City. She has been the 5th-6th grade teacher at St. Peter’s Lutheran School in Big Rapids since 1995.

Karen was a member of Mars Hill Bible Church in Grandville. She was also active with the Muskegon River Watershed Assembly. Karen was a devoted wife, mother, friend, and teacher who loved life fully with passion, faith, wonder, and love.

Karen is survived by her husband Bruce; son Matthew (Valerie) Bailey, and daughters Sarah Bailey and Anna (Jon) Ferrell, all of Grand Rapids; sisters Debra (Don) Taulbee of Bad Axe, and Donna (Tom) Olinzock of Taylor; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m., Sunday, May 9, at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Big Rapids, with Rev. John Bookshaw of St. Peter’s and Greg Mutch of Mars Hill officiating. Burial will be in the Yuma Cemetery in Wexford County. Karen’s family will greet friends today (Friday) from 6-8 p.m., and Saturday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Mohnke Funeral Home in Big Rapids, and at the church prior to services on Sunday. Memorial contributions in her name may be made for St. Peter’s Lutheran School, or Mars Hill Bible Church for Water Projects, with envelopes available at the funeral home. Share a memory or express condolences at www.mohnkefuneralhome.com

Marilyn J. Sherman, age 79 of Barryton, went to be with Her Lord on Wednesday, May 5, 2010 unexpectedly at Altercare of Big Rapids.

She was born June 25, 1930 in Evart, Michigan to Loren and Gertrude (Clarady) Bartholomew. In 1948 she graduated from Evart High School and shortly thereafter she began working as a nurse for Dr. Palmer in Barryton. On February 13, 1954 she married Robert Gerald “Jerry” Sherman at the Faith Bible Church near Evart. They made their home in Barryton where Marilyn was very active in the community. She was the former Clerk for the Barryton Fire Department and Treasurer for the Barryton Village Council. Marilyn was active in all areas with the Barryton Boy Scouts as a den mother, Cub Scout leader and as a counsel member. She was a 60-year member of the Faith Bible Church, where she served as the board clerk, Sunday School secretary and treasurer and helped in the nursery. Marilyn enjoyed doing plastic canvas, crocheting and was an avid reader.

Marilyn is survived by one Son: Kevin (Linda) Sherman of Sears, three Daughters: Lou Ann (Pat) Norris of Lakeview, Arkansas, Roberta (Donald) Lindsey of Tekonsha, Tina (Randy) McKay of Evart, Thirteen (13) Grandchildren: Travis and Casey Sherman, Faith (Marc) Paine, Trudy and Mark Norris, Jessica (Fiancé Sean Steingass), Amy, Robert and Ned Lindsey, Andrew (Fiancée Kassi Weston and her children), Ashley and Alec McKay, great granddaughters Charista and Alexandra Paine, mother Gertrude Bartholomew of Marion, sisters-in-law; Elnora Benjamin and Annie Sherman and several nieces and nephews.

Marilyn was preceded in death by her beloved husband Jerry on December 28, 2003, her father Loren and sister Coralie Clark in 1992.

Cremation has taken place and there will be a memorial service 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at the Faith Bible Church, 10737 30th Ave. (M66), Evart with Pastor Tim Ford officiating. The family will greet friends 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday evening May 10th at the church. Interment will be at Sylvan Township Cemetery. Those wishing to make a memorial donation in Marilyn’s name may do so to the Faith Bible Church.

Gilbert Jr. “Pete” Ensing, age 72, passed away Wednesday, May 5, 2010.

He was born in Big Rapids on May 10, 1937, the son of Gilbert and Carol Ensing. Surviving are his wife Evelyn (Doyle), children, Karen (Kevin) Van Syckle, Dean L. Ensing, Terry (Kathy) Ensing, Donald (Penny) Ensing, grandchildren Rob (Tracy), Natasha (Dorian), Stacey, Terry Jr., Bethany, Anna, Brandon, Tyler, great grandchildren, Dakota, Reagan, Alexis, Jordis, Ta Nisha and Chelsea, plus several nieces and nephews and MANY GOOD FRIENDS. Pete was preceded in death by his parents, one sister Joann Maquire and grandchildren, Matt and Becky.

He worked on the oil rigs, road construction, logging and pipe line and nail road, plus 30 years for Ray Meyers. Pete was an avid fisherman and hunter. He walked many miles to find that big mushroom or patch of berries and loved camping with family and friends.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m., Monday, May 10, 2010 at the Mohnke Funeral Home with Pastor Peter Kadar officiating. Visitation will be Sunday 4-8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Arrangements by Mohnke Funeral Home.Share a memory or express condolences at www.mohnkefuneralhome.com.

Jeanette Lois Nichols, age 71 formerly of Lansing, went home to be with her Lord on Wednesday, April 28, 2010 at her sons home in Evart.

She was born February 10, 1939 in Lansing to Robert "Charles" and Rachel (Arnold) Nichols. Due to the passing of her parents at an early age Jeanette quit school after the 9th grade. She had a rough life which made her a strong women. She enjoyed her family and the time she did get to spend with them.

Jeanette is survived by her loving sons: Fred Bridenbaker whom she lived with, Chuck and Mary Bridenbaker, Richard Bridenbaker and Tim Bridenbaker, one daughter Beverly and Ron Lipe of Mississippi, one beloved twin brother Gerald (Janet) Nichols and several grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Jeanette was preceded in death by her parents, 9 brothers and 4 sisters.

A service will take place for Jeanette in the Chapel at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, May 3, 2010 at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Lansing.

Jeaunnetta Evelyn Simons, aged 89, passed into the arms of her Lord and Savior on May 1,2010.

Jeaunnetta passed at Altercare after a long battle with Alzheimers. She was born in Parkerton, Wyoming on June 2, 1920 to Almon D. and Goldie E. (Munroe) DeGrew. She married Melvin Day in 1937 and later married Frank Simons of Barryton, Mi. in 1943.

Jeanunnetta is survived by a son Milton (Judy) Day of Big Rapids, Mi., a daughter Mary C. Podvebsek of Green Cove Springs, Fl. She is also survived by 8 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, and 6 great-great grandchildren.

Jeaunnetta was pre-deceased by husbands Frank Simons and Robert Gilbert and one son Melvin Day Jr.

Cremation has taken place and interment will be at Flake Cemetery in Barryton, MI.

Eleanor Weller, 94, of Big Rapids, formerly of Grand Rapids, passed away on Wednesday, April 28, 2010. She was born on August 30, 1915, in Cassian, Wisc.

Survivors include two sons, Thomas (Mary Jo) Weller of Lexington Park, Md., and Mark (Laura) Weller of Chippewa Lake; four grandchildren, Wendy (Ralph) Collier of Linden, Va., Thomas (Jamie) Weller Jr. of Long Beach, Calif., Aaron (Jennifer) Weller of McMillan, and Lauren (Clifton) Schneider of Chippewa Lake; two great-grandchildren, Renanah Weller and Dove Schneider; and her sisters, Dessie Spoelman of Muskegon and Frances Jimmerson of Petoskey. Eleanor was preceded in death in 2006 by her husband of 69 years, Alfred Weller, and one brother, Edgar Munroe.

A memorial service will be held at Evergreen Terrace Assisted Living at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, April 30th with Pastor Scott Kreh officiating. A private burial will take place in Woodlawn Cemetery, Grand Rapids.

The Weller family wishes to extend their thanks to the loving staff of caregivers at Evergreen Terrace for more than four years of tenderly caring for Eleanor.

Memorial contributions to the Eagle Village Chapel Program may be left at Daggett-Gilbert Funeral Home in Big Rapids.

Edward Joseph Janiga, age 89, passed away peacefully in his sleep onThursday, April 29, 2010.

He was born in Detroit on June 8, 1920, the son of Victor and Pauline Janiga. Surviving are two sons, Edward J. (Fredericka) Janiga, Jr. of Traverse City, Thomas (Marilyn) Janiga of Plymouth, 6 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, one great great granddaughter and one brother Raymond Janiga of Hawaii. Edward was preceded in death by his wife Rita Janiga in 1958, 10 brothers and 2 sisters. He lived in Dearborn, Michigan and worked for Ford Motor Company as an Engineer, retiring after 32 years. Moving to Rogers Heights to his home on the river in 1974, An important part of Edwards’ life was his 33 years of being an active member of AA both locally and on the regional level.

Edwards family will bury his cremated remains with his wife.

Arrangements by Mohnke Funeral Home.

Share a memory or express condolences at www.mohnkefuneralhome.com.

Corinna May Belden age 85 of Barryton passed away Sunday, April 25, 2010 at the Skilled Nursing Facility in Reed City.

She was born on March 3, 1925 in Chippewa Twp., Mecosta Co., MI to Royal and Laura (Denniston) Hooker. On April 14, 1941 she married George B. Belden in Barryton where they made their home and raised their family. Corinna worked for Evart Products for 25 years as an assembler and inspector. Corinna attended the Remus Church of God and enjoyed socializing with the Barryton Red Hatters, sewing quilts, knitting, beadwork and making crafts when she was able. Corinna was known for being feisty and loved a good argument. Corinna is survived by her daughter, Patricia Jean Dumas of Barryton, son, Steven (Susan) Belden of Lauderdale, Miss., daughter-in-law, Beverly Belden of Reed City, brother, Charles Hooker of Sanford, two sisters; Florence Eaton of Evart, Josephine Kitelinger of Reed City, she is the proud grandmother of 10 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents Corinna was preceded in death by her husband George on Jan. 31, 2001, son George on Dec. 3, 2004, brother, Floyd Hooker and her sister, Inez Bushee.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 29, 2010 at the Daggett Funeral Home in Barryton with visitation one hour prior at the funeral home.

Memorial donations in Corinna’s name can be made to the American Cancer Society.

Irene Beatty age 88, of Mecosta, passed away Friday April 23, 2010 at her home.
Born March 27, 1922 in Princess, KY, to Luther & Bertha (Stevens) Troxel. She married Joseph Beatty March 8, 1944.

Surviving: Husband: Joseph Son: John Dennis ( Dianna) Beatty of Jacksonville, Fl Daughters: Linda Kay (Dennis) Schimmelpfenneg of Canton, Mi; Judith Ann ( Michael) Stewart of Troy, Mi.; Jane Ellen (Michael) Ellis of Grosse Pointe Farms, Mi. 13 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a son Joseph Daniel Beatty and dauther Karen Beatty.

Friends and relatives may meet the family from 1 to 3PM Saturday May 1, 2010 at the Clark Reflections Center, 114 S. Bradley, Mt. Pleasant.

Memorials may be made to the Mecosta Senior Center.

Care and arrangements entrusted to the Crittenden-Hansen Funeral Home of Remus.

Mary Marjorie McCarty Denison, 85, of Big Rapids died on April 23, 2010, at home.
Marjorie was born July 19, 1924 in Saginaw, the fourth of eight children born to Justin and Frances McCarty. She graduated from Saginaw High School in 1942 and Alma College in 1947. She married D. Spencer Denison of Marysville. They settled in Big Rapids in late 1952. A career educator, Marjorie’s last position before retirement was Principal at Eastwood School.

Marjorie is survived by her five children and their spouses: Carol Ann Dyer, of Washington, D.C.; Tim (Pamela) Denison of Chicago; Chris (Linda) Denison of Parker, Colo.; Mary Jo (Ed) Farrell of Hawthorne, Calif.; and Jon (Kimberly Williams) Denison of Seneca Falls, N.Y. Memories of wonderful times spent together will be shared by her grandchildren Christopher Dyer, Simone (Peter) Randazzo, Amanda and Katie Denison, Eric and Erin Farrell, Whitney and Dalton Denison, and by her great-grandchild, Elisa Randazzo. Her youngest brother, Patrick James (Carol) McCarty, of Saginaw, survives, as do numerous beloved nieces and nephews, one brother-in-law, several cousins and her sisters-in-law. Marjorie was precededed in death by her parents; brothers David, Justin, John and Bill; her sisters, Janet and Carolyn; and her ex-husband.

Memorial contributions may be made to In-House Hospice, 4403 Cascade Rd. SE, Ste. 5, Grand Rapids, 49546; or to the digital mammography project at Mecosta County Medical Center, 605 Oak St., Big Rapids; or to Alma College, 614 W. Superior St., Alma, Mich., 48801.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 1009 Marion Avenue, Saturday, May 1st, at 1:00 p.m. Arrangements are entrusted to Mohnke Funeral Home in Big Rapids.

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Helen N. Nerbonne, age 97, of Hersey, formerly of Lansing and Traverse Citywent to be with her Lord on Friday, April 23, 2010.

She is survived by one son Terry (Andrea) Nerbonne of Hersey, one daughter-in-law Betty Nerbonne of Shepard, Michigan, 7 grandchildren, Matt, Cathy, Mark, Noel and Christine Nerbonne, Kelly Groeneveld and Kerry Boerst, 6 great grandchildren Brendon, Alex Allen, Jessica, Samantha and Brianna Nerbonne, plus one great great grandchild, Kay Lee Nerbonne. Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Vernon in 1993 to whom she was married for 58 years, two sons Kent Nerbonne and Walter Berg, plus 4 sisters and 1 brother.

She had worked at Smith Floral in Lansing and had been a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Big Rapids.

Memorial contributions may be made in Helen’s memory to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Big Rapids.

Ronald Beemer age 86, of Canadian Lakes, passed away Friday April 23, 2010 after a short illness.

He was born January 21, 1924 in Dunns Valley, Ontario Canada to Russell and Mary Elizabeth (Pace) Beemer. 

He served in the Canadian Army and Air Force. Ronald married the former Dorothy Mae Maxwell on October 7, 1944 in Toronto. They spent most of their married life living in both North Carolina and Michigan. Ronald had lived the past nine years at Canadian Lakes. He was a member of the United Church of Big Rapids. Ronald was very proud of his children and grandchildren.

He is survived by; 2 daughters, Kathryn (Jerry) Newhouse of Alpena, Karen (Pat) Geiger of Grand Rapids; five grandchildren, Kristyn (Paul) Wills, Kevin Newhouse, P.J. (Amy) Geiger, Lindsay (Kipp) Donlon and Kara Beemer; four great-grandchildren, Nikolas, Ellyana and Jayson Wills and Layla Geiger; two brothers, Arthur (Janet) Beemer of Kingston, Ontario, Harvey (Maureen) Beemer of Winnipeg, Manitoba and many nieces and nephews; especially Norma Jean and Cos Sgambelluri.

Besides his parents, Ronald was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Dorothy Mae Beemer on July 21, 2008 and a son, Keith Russell Beemer on June 25, 2008.

A memorial service will take place 2:00 p.m. Monday, April 26th at the Daggett-Gilbert Funeral Home in Big Rapids with Pastor Jon Fleming officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.

John C. Fredrick, age 67 of Muskegon, formerly of Rodney, passed away Tuesday, April 20, 2010 at his home. 

He was born April 9, 1943 the son of Clifton and Elizabeth (Bowerman) Fredrick. 

John lived most of his life in Rodney where he had a varied working career. He loved to work in the soil and operated a dairy farm in Rodney for many years. John established “Fredrick’s General Store” in Rodney and he reopened and rebuilt the “Chippewa Hills Estates” mobile home park between Remus and Barryton. John also was employed at Wolverine World Wide, worked in excavating and on the oil rigs. He owned the “J & J Auto Body” in Howard City with his son John Fredrick II and also worked at “Custom Design Components” in Howard City. In his spare time John liked to dear hunt and he enjoyed fishing, especially in Canada.

The love of John’s life was his family whose members include; his 3 children, Sandy (Ken) Charron of Alaska, Ronda (Brian Summers) Stevens of Paris, John II (Colly) Fredrick of Muskegon; 8 grandchildren, Antoinette, Andrew, David, Bryant, Ryan, Dalton, Lauren, and Kyle; 2 great-grandchildren, Bradley and Brendan and one on the way; 3 sisters, Louise Howe of Bay City, Laura (Spencer) Burr of Reed City, Ardis (Jim) Lowden of Rodney and many nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, John was preceded in death by a nephew, James Lowden.

Funeral services will take place 11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 24, 2010 at the Daggett ~ Gilbert Funeral Home in Big Rapids with Pastor Mike Riegler officiating. Burial will be at Pine Plains Cemetery in Big Rapids. The family will greet friends at the funeral home on Friday evening from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Memorial Contributions in John’s name may be made to “No More Sidelines” a volunteer group for activities of special needs children.

Corey R. Medler, 38 of Morley, passed away after a short battle with cancer on Saturday, April 17, 2010, at home surrounded by family.

He was born November 9, 1971 to the late Bob and Bonnie Medler. He was the youngest of 4 siblings. He graduated from Morley-Stanwood High School in 1990. His former classmates and friends gave him great joy and strength during his final days.

Corey was self-employed as an owner/operator of his own trucking company. He took great pride in his award winning semi-tractors and trailers. He also had a talent for landscaping for himself and others.

Corey enjoyed many outdoor activities such as using his UTV, riding snowmobiles, working on his yard, spending time with his dog “Gator”, driving his Mustang convertible, deer hunting and riding his motorcycle. Road trips and vacations on his Harley Davidson motorcycle, with his many friends, were some of Corey’s greatest joys.

He is survived by his brothers; Craig (Bonnie) Medler of Morley, Curt (Susan) Medler of Morley and a sister, Cammille Hemmerich of Oklahoma, as well as several nieces and nephews; Ashley, Tiffany, Matthew, Megan, Amber, Gregg and Christian.

Memorial services will take place 11:00 a.m. Thursday, April 22nd at the Daggett-Gilbert Funeral Home in Big Rapids with Pastor Zane Abberger officiating. Burial will be at the Aetna Township Cemetery in Morley. 

Family and friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday evening from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. 

Following the memorial and graveside service a luncheon will be provided for family and friends at the Stanwood Eagles.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are being accepted by Corey’s family for several worthy charities of his choice.

Betty Lou Lindsey, 65 of Reed City, went home to be with her Lord on Wednesday, April 14, 2010.

She was born on May 23, 1944 in Big Rapids, the daughter of Sherman Burdick and Geraldine Smock. Betty Lou is survived by one daughter, Jennifer (Virgil Lofquist) Lindsey of Reed City, 3 grandchildren, Jordon, Veronica and Katie, brother-in-law Dick (Belle Ann) Lindsey of Big Rapids, sisters-in-law, Marie (Darwin) Mishler of Paris, Treva Owen of Big Rapids, Sandy (Rob) Warner of Canadian Lakes and Terry (Edwin) Gilmore of Chippewa Lake plus many cousins, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Ronald Lindsey and one brother, Richard Burdick. Betty was formerly a member of the United Methodist Church in Reed City. She worked for many years as a teacher’s aid in Reed City schools and had worked as a secretary at Ferris State University. Betty loved to read and loved Elvis Presley.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, April 19, 2010 at the Mohnke Funeral Home with William Routley officiating. Betty’s family will greet visitors on Sunday at the funeral home from 5-8 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made in honor of Betty Lou at the Huntington Bank Reed City. 

Dorothy J. May of Big Rapids, 84 of Reed City passed away Sunday, April 18, 2010.

She was born April 1, 1926 in Big Rapids. Her parents were Herbert and Mabel Westfall. Dorothy is survived by two daughters, Patricia (Dan) Arend, Peggy (David) Barron, five grandchildren; Michael(Penny) Switzer, Charles (Chris) Switzer, Nichole (Kevin) Stoner, Rhonda Rogers, Joshua Barron: eleven great grandchildren and three great great grand children.
Also surviving are stepsister and brothers; Karen (Bruce) Putnam, Donald (Joan) Totten and Chris Totten. She was preceded in death by her parents, one daughter, Janet Nehmer, one brother, Jimmy A. Westfall, and one stepbrother David Totten.

There will be no funeral services. Her cremated remains will interred at Pine Plains Cemetery, Big Rapids. 

Memorials in Dorothy’s honor may be made toward a gift to Meadow View Senior Apartments of Nichole Stoner, 8751 220th Ave Reed City, MI. 49677.

Arrangements are by the Mohnke Funeral Home, Big Rapids.

On April 11, 2010 Terri Thurston went to be with Jesus after a hard fought battle with brain cancer. 

She was a wife, mother, teacher, and friend to many. Her gentle spirit and easy laugh were a blessing to all. 

Terri graduated from Morley Stanwood High School in 1969. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Jordan College. She married her husband, Mark, on November 3, 1973. They were married for 36 great years. She had two daughters, Rev. Hillary Thurston-Cox and Chelsey Jo Thurston, who she loved with all her heart.

Terri worked as a para-professional in the Chippewa Hills School District until retirement. Her love for each student was evident and she saw the good in everyone.

She was also committed to making a difference in the world. Terri traveled the world with Free Methodist World Missions to serve God’s people. She helped build a church in Costa Rica and worked with the poor in India.

She was a woman of prayer and encouragement. Her patience and kindness will be remembered. Despite the diagnosis of inoperable brain cancer, she chose to enjoy life to the fullest. The last year of her life was spent going to yard sales, camping, and being with those she loved. She died peacefully at home surrounded by loving family.

She is survived by her husband, Mark Thurston. Daughters, Rev. Hillary Thurston-Cox (husband, Vaughn) and Chelsey Jo Thurston. Her father, Harvey Mumah and sister, Georgia Jo Mumah.

Terri was preceded in death by her mother Donna Joan “Bobbie” Mumah in 2004.

A memorial service will take place 11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 17th at the Stanwood Free Methodist Church with Pastor Ron White officiating.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be given to the “Terri Thurston Mission Fund” at the Stanwood Free Methodist Church.

Harold J.Curtice, Jr., 81, passed away on April 6, 2010. 

He was born on April 27, 1928 in Home Township the son of Harold J. and Inez A. Curtice. Harold is survived by his seven children, Kenneth (Betty) of Baldwin, Darrell (Debra) of Fremont, Donald (Lorraine) of Bitely, Kent of Bitely, Stephan of Dudley, North Carolina, Jean (Bruce) Brown of Salina, Oklahoma, Meshelle (Bill) Kohler of Bitley, 25 grandchildren plus many great grandchildren, sister, Merlyn Ghent of Paris. He was preceded by sister, Gerladine Blakely and infant sister, Miriam Josphine. Harold was born, lived, worked on, hunted, fished and died on the family farm that he loved, where coffee and cookies were always ready for family and friends. 

A graveside memorial service will be Thursday, April 15 at 1:00 p.m. at the Curtice Cemetery, Bitely with Pastor Ross “Lucky” Fulton officiating. Memorials may be made in Harold’s name at Lake Osceola State Bank in Baldwin.

Betty L. Near, age 71 of Morley, passed away Saturday, April 10, 2010 at Spectrum Health, Butterworth Campus in Grand Rapids.

She was born at home on November 3, 1938 near Grand Rapids the daughter of William and Ada (DeZeeuw) Reickard.

Betty is survived by her loving husband, Ken Near of Morley; 2 sons; Bill (Cheryl) Harris of Big Rapids, Brian (Amy) Near of Morley; 4 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; a sister Erma (John) Norman of Newaygo and many nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents, Betty was preceded in death by 2 brothers, William Reickard and Albert J. Reickard.
Funeral services will take place 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 14th at the Daggett-Gilbert Funeral Home in Big Rapids with Pastor Philip Bongard officiating. The family will greet friends on Tuesday from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be at Boyd Cemetery in Deerfield Township, Mecosta County.

Memorial contributions in Betty’s name may be made to Hospice at Spectrum Health the Butterworth Campus in Grand Rapids.

Marie Loretta Berry Cross age 94, of Mecosta passed away Thursday April 8, 2010 at her home. 

Born August 28, 1915 in Mecosta, MI, to John Henry & Mabel Jane (Porter) Berry. Marie was known for her manuy presentations on her herbs. She was taught herb gathering by her grandmother, Lucy Millard Berry. Marie was known as the “Herb Lady of Mecosta”
Surviving: Son: James David (Susan) Cross of Mecosta Daughters: Joan Marie (Leon) Hardiman of West Bloomfield, MI Jerilyn Dianne Cross Lynn (Waylon) of Allegan, Mi. 7 grandchildren, 7 step grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, many great great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband John on July 24, 1983, Parents, brother John Henry Berry Jr.; 4 sisters: Marquerite Jackson, Madeline White, Josephine Cook and Esther Berry.

Funeral Services: 11:00 am Wednesday April 14, 2010 at the Crittenden-Hansen Funeral Home of Remus, MI. Visitation 4 to 8PM on Tuesday at funeral home. Burial in Mt. Hope Cemetery of Mecosta. Officating will be Elder Thomas Cross.


Emil Joseph Simon age 78, of Blanchard, Mi. passed away Saturday April 3, 2010 at The Laurels Of Mt. Pleasant with family by his side. 

Born March 19, 1932 in Isabella Co., MI., to Henry & Frances (Troy) Simon. He married Mary Donnelly of Cass City on October 19, 1958 who survives him. Together they had four children, Patricia, Peg(Margaret), Michael and Kelly. He was the proud grandfather of four grandsons, Robert, Gabriel, Matthew and Bradley. Brothers Gerald (Mary) Simon, Patrick (Sheral) Simon and a sister Darleen Warner also survive. He was preceded in death by his parents, seven brothers, two sisters and daughter in law Pamela Simon.

Funeral Mass: 11:00 am Tuesday April 6, 2010 at the St. Michaels Catholic Church of Remus, MI. Visitation 4 to 8 pm at the church on Monday April 5, 2010. Officiating is Fr. Michael Burt. Burial in St. Michaels Cemetery of Remus. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to God’s Helping Hands of Mecosta County. Care and arrangements entrusted to the Crittenden-Hansen Funeral Home of Remus.

Dorothy G. Dennis age 89 was born July 9, 1920 and went to be with the Lord March 31, 2010. 

Dorothy was the daughter of Clarence and Helene Stewart of Big Rapids. 

She attended Big Rapids High School and her best subject was Don Dennis the basketball player. She became his wife after graduating and they took on the world together until Don’s death separated them in 1999. It was a marriage lasting 50+ years and gave them Jim, Sue and Bob as children, 6 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Dorothy was a thrifty hard working home maker, gardener, lawn care specialist, deer hunter, fisherwoman, and enforcer of the moral rules that required church attendance by all the children under their roof.

As Don’s employment in the asphalt business moved the family to Fruitport, they picked up a great set of neighbors to add to the Big Rapids family of friends. As a member of the Fruitport Congregational Church, Dorothy appropriately became a leading member of the “Martha Circle.” That was her best position as a worker bee getting things done for the church to include working hard in the kitchen for every event.

After Don’s retirement from the Asphalt business they returned to Big Rapids with Susan and purchased a home 100 yards from their previous home on the Muskegon River. They enjoyed fishing and gardening for a number of years until the passing of Donald and Susan.

The past 4 years Dorothy has not been able to live independently and has stayed at Yorkshire Manor with assistance.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Donald W. Dennis and daughter Susan M. Dennis.

Funeral service will be conducted by her son, Reverend Robert A. Dennis on Monday, April 5th at 2:00 p.m. at the Daggett-Gilbert Funeral Home in Big Rapids. The family will greet friends one hour prior to services.

Memorial contributions in Dorothy’s name may be made to the Charity Baptist Church in Big Rapids.

Jerry F. Garner born Nov. 12 1940 and peacefully left us on March 31, 2010.

He will be remembered for his contagious smile and enthusiasm for life. He greatly enjoyed spending time with family and friends, hunting, fishing and the great outdoors.

Jerry graduated from Michigan State University with a degree of Bachelor of Arts and later received a masters of Arts degree from Eastern Michigan University. He spent 30 plus years as a realtor in the greater Mecosta County area, loving the real estate business.

Jerry is survived by his son Tom (Terri) Garner of Stanwood, Mi. and daughter Susan (Paul) Rasmusson of Maumee, Ohio, his much loved grandchildren, Garrett & Brendon Garner, Eric, Jay and Anna Rasmusson. He is also survived by his sisters, Patsy (Jim) Cocking of Lakeview, MI. and Barbara (Bill) Richardson of White Lake, Mi. along with many nieces and nephews. Jerry also is survived by many life-long friends and buddies.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Debbie Garner, his parents, Pearl and William and his beloved companion, Jake.

A service celebrating his life will take place April 2, 2010, 10:30 am Friday at the Crittenden-Hansen Funeral Home of Remus, MI. Visitation 1 hr. before services on Friday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, please consider contributions to Central Michigan Hunters for establishment of a youth education program or to WISE of Big Rapids.

For online obit and register book see www.legacy.com.

Elizabeth J. Baker age 96 of Stanwood went to be with Her Lord on Saturday, March 27, 2010 at her daughter’s home on Rose Lake.

She was born May 12, 1913 in Marion Co., West Virginia to William C. and Sarah C. (Fraley) Lawlis. Elizabeth graduated from Mannington High School in 1932. On November 7, 1936 she married Harry L. Baker in Morgan Town, WV and they made their home in Mannington before moving to Kansas. Elizabeth and Harry moved to Michigan and lived in many cities including Howell, Evart, Saugatuck and Reed City before retiring to Stanwood. She was a homemaker and retired from food service at Ferris State University in May of 1977.
Elizabeth had a passion for gardening and yard work. She enjoyed crossword puzzles, soaking up the sun and attended the Northland United Methodist Church.

Beginning with the passing of her parents Elizabeth was influential in the upbringing of several generations with unconditional love and spirit.

Elizabeth is survived by her adoring children and their families: Robert D. Baker of South Haven and Cynthia (Quint) Watkins of Rose Lake, grandchildren Becky Jo (Stojanovich) Wood, Judith (Stojanovich) Stevens and Jacquline Stojanovich, Doreen J. (Baker) Turburgen, Laura C. Baker-Hem, M. Elizabeth Baker, LeighAnn (Baker) Potts, Brett Baker, Benjamin R. Watkins and Nathan R. Watkins, Great-Grandchildren: Shannah M. Rekney, Sean M. Rekney, Chelsea R. Petroelje, Kelsey Richmond, Ashley Stevens, Nathan Turburgen, Braylon Baker, Brody Baker, Eli Potts and Raine Potts, one great-great-granddaughter: Morgan Rekney, one sister Willnita "Billie" June of Fla. and several nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Harry Baker in 1977, daughter Alice “Babs” Stojanovich in 1968, a great-granddaughter Sushannah Elaine Curtis in 1999, four brothers and five sisters.

Memorial donations in Elizabeth’s name can be made to the Northland United Methodist Church.

A service for Elizabeth will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 31, 2010 at the Northland United Methodist Church with the family greeting friends one hour prior. A committal service will follow at Stanwood Cemetery.

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

Michael J. Trzuskot age 64 of Canadian Lakes formerly Dearborn passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, March 25, 2010.

He was born on December 18, 1945 in Dearborn, MI to Joseph and Angeline (Swiantek) Trzuskot. In January of 1964 he graduated from Fordson High School. Mike married Judy M. Lowery of Dearborn on October 14, 1967 at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in Dearborn where they made their home. Mike was employed as a mechanic for the City of Dearborn for over 30 years. Upon retirement in April of 2004 they moved to their current home in Canadian Lakes. Mike was passionate about automobiles both new and old and looked forward to the yearly car shows at St. Ignace and Frankenmuth. He was the proud owner of the 78’ Corvette and bought an 88’ Corvette new. Together with family and friends they enjoyed traveling and had 7 great trips to Hawaii. Mike was laid back, quiet and fun loving. He was a cancer survivor and had a strong character. Mike is survived by his beloved wife of 42 years Judy of Canadian Lakes, his sister-in-law HelenAnn Hypnar of Caledonia, nephew Jeffery (Christina) Hypnar, niece Christine (Mike) Stoliecki, childhood friends Nancy (the late Richard) Maciejewski, he was a God parent to Kerri, Kim, Kevin, Randy, Scotty and nephew Jeffrey Hypnar. Mike was preceded in death by his parents Joseph and Angeline.

Memorial donations in Mike’s name can be made to the Michigan Cancer Foundation.

Service for Mike will take place on Sunday, March 28, 2009 at 4PM with the family greeting friends two hours prior from 2PM to 4PM at the Daggett-Gilbert Funeral Home in Big Rapids.

James Leo Mitchell, age 76, passed away Saturday,March 27, 2010.

He was born September 5, 1933 in Paris, Michigan. Jim graduated from Big Rapids High School in 1951. He joined the United States Navy for two years. Following discharge he worked as a Mechant Marine sailing the Great Lakes. Jim worked for the Michigan Department of Transportation for 33 years as Aggregate Inspector, retiring in 1990. Jim was a member of the AMVETS #1941, one of the original members and helped build the Paris Trailblazers Snowmobile Trail. He is survived by three sons, Richard (Laine) of Big Rapids, Rodney (Crystal) of Paris, and Robert (Kelly Jo) of Paris. Jim is also survived by nine grandchildren, six greatgrandchildren, two nieces and special friend, Patty Maguire and he was preceded in death by sister, Norma Schuberg.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of choice. Arrangements are entrusted to Mohnke Funeral Home.

Teresa F. “Olguin” Dare, age 63, beloved fiancee, mother, sister and friend, went home to be with her Lord on Thursday, March 25, 2010.

She was born on May 30, 1946 in Oakland, California, the daughter of Thomas F. and Alicemay (Taylor) Olguin. Teresa is survived by her fiancee Joshua Beatty of Big Rapids, her mother, two sons, Mickey A. and Bryan W. Dare, one daughter Tammy L. Dare, one brother Thomas F. Olguin, Jr., one sister, Peggy Conley, one grandchild, Ashley Dare and special friend Sheryldeen Feyerabend. She was preceded in death by her father and her husband, Tommy Dare.

A memorial service will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 31, 2010 at the Mohnke Funeral Home with Father Lam T. Le officiating. Teresa’s family request that memorials in her name be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

Bastian Cornelius “BC” Bouman, age 90, and lifelong resident of the Big Rapids area, died Friday morning, March 26th, at Altercare of Big Rapids.

Bastian, the son of Nicholas and Marie Bouman was born September 16, 1919 in Big Rapids. He was drafted into the United States Army in January 1942, and served his country during World War II stationed in Iceland and various countries in Europe. During his service he received a Good Conduct medal along with a Middle Eastern Service medal with two Bronze Stars. After an Honorable Discharge, Bastian married his wife, Jeannette Marie Huber in May of 1946. Bastian worked for the Big Rapids Creamery and most notably farmed in the Paris area until his retirement in 1990. Whether it was fishing, hunting, tinkering with tractors, trucks or automobiles, Bastian enjoyed life and being outdoors, especially at his cottage in Pickford, Michigan in the Upper Peninsula. Most of all he enjoyed spending time with family and was always there to help anyone at anytime.

Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Jeannette Marie of Paris; four sons and four daughters, Michael (Helen) Bouman of Marquette, Sharon (Virgil) Snider of Mackinaw City, Jim (Kelly) Bouman of Paris, William Bouman of Millington, Marcia (Brad) Thomson of Atlanta, Georgia, Joe (Christine) Bouman of Big Rapids, Connie (Mike) Sheldon of Reed City and Sandy Morningstar of Big Rapids, two sisters, Marcia Weiner and Elizabeth Allen both of Holland, one brother, Chuck Bouman, 29 grandchildren and six great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Charlie, Clarence and Joe Bouman.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, March 29th at the Mohnke Funeral Home followed by Military Honors performed by the VFW and burial at West Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday, 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Mohnke Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association.


Gordon Thomas Dolley, age 15 of Morley went to be with His Lord on Tuesday, March 23, 2010.

He was born January 26, 1995 in Lakeview, Michigan to Joseph Dolley and Michelle Korpal. Gordon was in the 9th grade at Morley Stanwood High School and played freshman football this last season. He was thrilled to ride his motorcycle and enjoyed riding his adopted mustang Cheyenne, avidly watched SyFy TV and played video games. Gordon was actively involved with the youth group at the First Baptist Church in Morley. Gordon is survived by his loving parents Joe and Missy Dolley of Stanton and Jim and Michelle Lewis of Morley. He will be deeply missed by his brothers and sisters; Paige and Tristan Dolley of Stanton, Austin and Sam Korpal, Kristoffer Wood II, Wade, Troy and Christopher Lewis of Morley, many grandparents, great-grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Gordon was preceded in death by many loved ones.

The family will greet friends at the Daggett-Gilbert Funeral Home in Big Rapids on Friday, March 26, 2010 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held at the funeral home on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. with Pastor Steve Finn officiating. He will be laid to rest at Deerfield Twp. Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial donations in Gordon’s name can be left at the funeral home.

Katherine Marie Parris, age 60, of Big Rapids, passed away March 14, 2010.

She was born June 17, 1949 in Detroit, Michigan, the daughter of John W. and Mildred (Kolarchick) Bodner. Kathy is survived by one daughter, Lisa (Paul) Geisse of East Liverpool, Ohio, one sister, Cindy (George Nurminen) Bodner of Tawas City and her former husband, Jerry Parris of Morley plus two grandchildren, Alissa and Ryan Geisse. Also surviving is a sister-in-law, Carole Bodner of Dearborn, Michigan. Preceeding Kathy in death were her parents and one brother, John R. Bodner.

Arrangements are entrusted to Mohnke Funeral Home,




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