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Oceana County Death Records
Oceana County Death Records
1999

Compiled by Sharon Compton Baatz





**Sharon notes that when she first began compiling these records, she was only doing her family, but, has since begun to work on all of them, so this is incomplete at this point. As time permits she will be going to Hart to work on more and as she sends them in, I'll get them online.**

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1999 February 7, 1999 Oceanas Herald Journal
King, Ralph V., 76, of Fremont, passed away Sunday, Feb. 7, 1999 at his home. He was born Jan. 22, 1923 in Marion, Ind., the son of Ralph and Mary (Hixom) King. He married Marie Schramm Aug. 29, 1942. He moved to Hart from Marion as a small child and later moved to Fremont in 1948. He owned and operated the Fremont Bakery from 1948 to 1966, and also Chuck and Ralph’s Tavern from 1964 to 1978. He was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose #1555 and the Fremont VFW Post #6898. He was an outstanding bowler and golfer in his younger years and also loved to camp, fish and hunt with his family and friends. He was a veteran of World War II where he served in the United States Navy as a baker 2nd class. Survivors are his wife, Marie of Fremont; two sons, Randy (Sally) King of Gustavus, Alaska, Terry King of Greenville; step-mother Gladys King of Shelby; five grandchildren, Mackenzie, Dylan and Skylar King, of Gustavus, Jackson and Casey King of Greenville; brother, Ted King of Hart; two sisters, Geraldine McCullough of Battle Creek and Ruth Hopkins of Fremont; two step-grandchildren; three great step-children; step-brother, Nick (Dottie) Elliott of Shelby; two sisters, Barb Schuyler of Shelby, Beverly (D) Raymond of Hart; many aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins and special friends. Funeral memorial services are scheduled for Friday, Feb. 19, 1 p.m. from the Crandell Funeral Home Chapel in Fremont with the Fremont Moose Lodge #1555 and William Walsworth presiding. Interment in Hart Cemetery. Military rites to be given by the Fremont VFW Post #6898 and the Newaygo VFW Post #4249. It is suggested that memorials may be given to the Fremont Area Foundation for Hospice of Newaygo County, Continu-Care or charity of donor’s choice. Envelopes are available at Crandell Funeral Home, P.O. Box 148, Fremont, Mich. 49412.

February 11, 1999 Oceanas Herald Journal
Blohm, John Fredrick Sr., 89, of Claybanks Township, Montague, youngest son of Ellen (Morse) Blohm and Carl Blohm, joined the Lord Thursday, Feb. 11, 1999. He was born April 19, 1909 in Benona Township, Oceana County. He married Alta Dyer June 20, 1929 in Hart. She preceded him in death in 1987. Earl grew up in Benona. He moved to Muskegon as a young man and worked at the Sanitary Dairy. Earl and his family moved to his farm in Claybanks in April of 1938. He farmed until his death. He was also employed at Shaw-Walker until he retired in 1974. He was a lifelong Lutheran and a member of St. James Lutheran in Montague for over 50 years. Survivors are his sons, Earl Blohm Jr., of Shelby, Roger Blohm of Muskegon, and Homer (Joyce) Blohm of New Era; brother-in-law, Fred Hodge of Hart; nine granddaughters; one grandson; 10 great-grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Frank, Edmond, George, Oscar and Warren; sister, Velda Hodge; daughter-in-law, Dorothy Blohm; grandson, Brandon Brown. Funeral services were Monday, Feb. 15, 11 a.m. at St. James Lutheran Church with Rev. John Brooks officiating. Entombment in Oak Grove Cemetery Mausoleum in Montague. It is suggested that memorials may be given to St. James Lutheran School. Arrangements by Cooper-Harris Funeral Home, Shelby.

February 12, 1999 Oceanas Herald Journal
Aten, Major John A. , U.S. Army retired, 78, of Pentwater, passed away Friday, Feb. 12, 1999 at his residence after a lengthy illness. At Ft. Ord, California and Ft. Leonardwood, Mo. and Ft. Knox he was with the Inspector General Dept. At one time he also maintained an Army Field Office in Louisville, Ky. He traveled Kentucky inspecting security systems of industries that held Army contracts and was a charter member of the American Society of Industrial Security. After retirement from the military he worked for General Motors in the plant protection division. He retired from General Motors and he and his wife moved to Pentwater in 1985. He was a life member and past commander of Elden Chadwick VFW Post of Pentwater. Survivors in addition to his wife, Barbara are two children, daughter, Barbara and Vernon Armstrong of Henderson, Ky.; son, John and Debra Aten of Saginaw; three grandchildren, Kimberly, and Kenneth Stamper, Gregory and Lisa Armstrong, Michael Armstrong; two great-grandchildren, Hannah, and Micah Stamper; a sister, Dolores and Victor Modena of Pentwater; several nieces and nephews. Services are scheduled for (today) Thursday, Feb. 18, 11 a.m. at the Pentwater First Baptist Church with Pastor Doug Smith officiating. Visitation was at the church Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. It is suggested that in lieu of flowers memorials may be given to the Mason County Hospice or the Pentwater Baptist Church. Arrangements by Tate Funeral Home, Pentwater.

February 13, 1999 Oceanas Herald Journal
Hammerle, Ernest J., 71, of Hart, passed away Saturday, Feb. 13, 1999, at his residence. He was born Feb. 17, 1927 in Weare Township, the son of Joseph A. and Lucille C. (Kokx) Hammerle. He lived all of his life in this area. He was a farmer. He was affiliated with St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Weare, and Knights of Columbus. Survivors are brothers, Adrian and Elizabeth Hammerle of Hart, Francis and Carol Hammerle of Pentwater, Joseph and Cheryl Hammerle of Muskegon, and Edward and Carol Hammerle of Jackson; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents. Funeral services are scheduled for Friday, Feb. 19, 11 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Weare with Rev. Fr. Charles Brown officiating. Visitation Friday, 10 a.m. until service time. Burial in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. It is suggested that memorials may be given to St. Joseph’s Building Fund. Arrangements by Tate Funeral Home, Hart.

February 14, 1999 Oceanas Herald Journal
Kemstra , Alice M., 89, of Shelby, passed away Sunday, Feb. 14, 1999 at Heartland Health Care Center of Whitehall. She was born March 26, 1909 in Newfield Township, the daughter of William and Mildred (Knapp) Camber. She married Henry Kemstra Feb. 10, 1936. He passed away Sept. 26, 1974. She lived in Lake Gogebic as a child. She graduated from Ravenna High School. She lived in Shelby most of her life. She was a registered nurse and was employed by Shelby Hospital for many years. She was a member of Shelby United Methodist Church. Survivors are her sons, Jerry Kemstra of Shelby and Ben Kemstra of Basalt, Colo.; daughters, Judy (Otto) Ernst of Montague, Sue (Michael) Babinec of Jakarta, Indonesia, and Nan Dodson of Shelby; 14 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her brother, Ben Camber. Funeral services are scheduled for Friday, Feb. 19, 2 p.m. at Cooper-Harris Funeral Home, Shelby with Rev. Bill Martin officiating. Visitation is (today) Thursday, Feb. 18, 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment in Mt. Hope Cemetery. It is suggested that memorials may be given to Lakeshore Community Hospital C.T. Fund.

February 26, 1999 Obit: Oceanas Herald Journal
Boomer , Janet Linda, 52, of Hart, passed away Friday morning, Feb. 26, 1999 at Mercy Hospital, Muskegon. She was born March 13, 1946 in Hart, the daughter of Alfred and Mary (Wetmore) Boomer. She lived all of her live in this area. She was affiliated with the Hart United Methodist Church. Survivors are her sister, Ann and Wayne Pippen of Hart; nieces, Laurie and Dan Kolosci of Silver Lake, and Mindy Pippen of Hart; many step-nephews and one step-niece; one great nephew, Christopher Contreras of Silver Lake; one great-niece, Jamie Contreras of Silver Lake; one uncle, Floyd and Marcy Wetmore of Midland; two aunts, Bea Kucynski of Grand Rapids, and Helen and Hilton Shultz of Ohio; special friend, Cecil Allison of Hart. Memorial service is scheduled Sunday, March 7, 2 p.m. at the Medical Care Chapel. Graveside service to be announced at a later date. It is suggested that memorials may be given to the Kidney Dialysis or Hart United Methodist Church. Arrangements by Tate Funeral Home, Hart.

February 28, 1999 Oceanas Herald Journal
Main, Juanita W., 73, of Shelby, passed away Sunday, Feb. 28, 1999, at the Oceana County Medical Care Facility. She was born May 6, 1925 in Kansas City, Mo., the daughter of Charles Edward Stowell and Frances (Buckingham) Stowell. She was raised in California and lived in Muskegon many years until 1980 when she moved to North Carolina. She had lived at Rosewood Apartments in Shelby since 1990. While living in Muskegon she had been employed at Continental Motors during World War II, as a manager at Flair Dry Cleaners for many years and as a nurse at the Convalescent Home on Apple Avenue. Survivors are her children, Charles (Dianne) Main of Washington, Marilynn (Bill) Brown of Jackson, Patricia (Ron) Amstutz of Hart, Janet (Robert) Gonder of Tennesse and Janise (Dale) Burmeister of Shelby; her brother, Marion “Bill” (Lois) Stowell of California; 14 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and special friend, Clara Cameron. She was preceded in death by her sister, Letta Elizabeth Stowell Carr; brothers, LeRoy Edgar Stowell, Frank Stowell, Kenneth Stowell, Clarence Milton Stowell, and Edward Guy Stowell; and great-grandson, Nathan Brown. Funeral services were Wednesday, March 3, 1 p.m. at Cooper-Harris Funeral Home with Rev. Donald LeMaire officiating. Interment in Mt. Hope Cemetery.

March 2, 1999 Oceanas Herald Journal
Nelson, Eva Laurene, 80, of Elmhurst, Ill., and formerly of Montague, passed away Tuesday morning, March 2, 1999 in Elmhurst. She was born June 2, 1918 in Hart, the daughter of Elmer and Jennie (Benson) Pettigrove. She married Albert Nelson, and he passed away Aug. 13, 1995. She was affiliated with the White Lake Wesleyan Church. She was a omemaker. Survivors are one sister, Alice Griffin of Hart. She was preceded in death by her brother, Robert Pettigrove, and a sister, Lola Coleson. Funeral service was Saturday, March 6, 2 p.m. at the White Lake Wesleyan Church with Rev. Glenn Pettigrove officiating. Burial in Hart Cemetery. Arrangements by Tate Funeral Home, Hart.

March 3, 1999 Oceanas Herald Journal
Vermurlen , Mildred A. Richmond, 87, of Grand Haven, passed away Wednesday, March 3, 1999 at a local hospital. She was born Nov. 16, 1911, in Pentwater, the daughter of Jerome D. and Frances M. (Eagen) Richmond. She married Jacob Vermurlen Feb. 13, 1934 in Weare. They had been married nearly 61 years at the time of his death in January, 1995. She moved to the area in 1934 and was an operator for Michigan Bell in Grand Haven and Holland until retiring in 1972. She spent many winters in Venice, Florida and attended St. Raphael’s Catholic Church in Englewood, Fla. She was a former member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Grand Haven and past president of the Altar Society. Survivors are her daughter, Mary (Richard) Marod of Grand Haven; three sons, Charles (MaryLou) Vermurlen of Salinas Calif., Jacob (Judith) Vermurlen of Grand Haven, and Edward (Ruth) Vermurlen of Grand Rapids; 12 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Eleanor Richmond of Kalamazoo, and Nonie Richmond of Pentwater. She was preceded in death by three sisters, Olive Dubendorf, Lydia Harris, and Marguerite Schimke; four brothers, Edgar, Gardner, Jerome and Francis Richmond. Funeral services were Saturday, 2 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Grand Haven with Rev. Fr. William Langlois officiating. Interment in Lake Forest Cemetery. It is suggested that memorials may be given to St. Patrick’s Catholic Church or St. Mary’s Catholic School. Arrangements by VanZantwick Bartels Kammeraad, Grand Haven.

March 3, 1999 Oceanas Herald Journal
Anderson , Mary E. (Dyar), 80, of Battle Creek, passed away Wednesday night, March 3, 1999 at Marshall Manor. he was born March 13, 1918 in Shoals, Ind., the daughter of John and Rachel (Green) Dyar. She attended and graduated from Shoals High School. She married Arden Clarence Anderson Oct. 1, 1944 in Washington, Ind. He preceded her in death April 18, 1975. She was a homemaker. She resided in Mears for many years until December of 1994 when she moved to the Battle Creek area. She was a member of the West Golden Wesleyan Church in Mears, Oceana County Farm Bureau and also the VFW Ladies Auxiliary in Hart. While in the Battle Creek area she attended the East Eckford Church. Survivors are a daughter, Becky Lea Bowen of Battle Creek; three grandchildren, Matthew Bowen of Battle Creek, Jeffrey (Becky) Toliver of Wayland, Mich, and Paul (Carolyn) Toliver of Eau Claire; four great-grandchildren, Gregory Toliver, Cameron Toliver, Holly Toliver and Kayla Toliver; a sister, Ruth Billings of Shoals, Ind.; special friend, Richard Goodwin of Battle Creek. She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Peggy Ann Toliver and a brother, John Dyar. Funeral services were Saturday, March 6, 11 a.m. at the Craig K. Kempf Funeral Home, Marshall, with Rev. Mal Hoyt officiating. Interment in Mears Cemetery. It is suggested that memorials may be given to the American Cancer Society. Assistance with memorials is available at Kempf Funeral Home.

March 4, 1999 Oceanas Herald Journal
Galoit , Sabina, 86, of Shelby, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, March 4, 1999 at her home. She was born Dec. 1, 1912 in Colorado Springs, Colo., the daughter of Albert and Sophia (Kulinski) Hudziak, Sr. She married Frank Galoit Sept. 16, 1933 in Muskegon. He passed away March 4, 1980. She lived in the Upper Peninsula and Hart before living in Muskegon Heights for many years. She came to Shelby in 1944. She operated a dry goods and sewing center for many years and was later employed at Shelby Department Store. She was a charter member of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church. Survivors are her daughters, Elaine Galoit and Donna Galoit both of New Era and Paula Poynter of Montague; nephews, Bob Pochyla of Shelby and Gerald Pochyla of Portage who made their home with the Galoits; many other nieces and nephews; grandson, Gregory Poynter of Rochester, Minn.; brother, Al (Ann) Hudziak, Jr., of Bloomingdale; sisters-in-law, Mary Ciezak of Muskegon Heights, Pauline Koscinski of Muskegon and Betty (Donald) Siegel of Norton Shores. The funeral mass was Monday, March 8, 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Shelby with Fr. John Vallier as celebrant. A vigil service was Sunday evening at the funeral home. Interment in Mt. Hope Cemetery. It is suggested that memorials may be given to Our Lady of Fatima Church. Arrangements by Cooper-Harris Funeral Home, Shelby.

March 7, 1999 Oceanas Herald Journal
Rasmussen , Jack C., 52, of Hart, passed away Sunday afternoon, March 7, 1999 at Memorial Medical Center of West Michigan. He was born Sept. 18, 1946 in Hart, the son of Vance J. and Frances J. (Aiken) Rasmussen. He lived all of his life in this area. He was a welder. He was in the military. Survivors are his mother, Frances Rasmussen of Hart; sisters, Lorena and Ron Robbins, Marjorie Buckhalter, Debra and Tim McClelland, Sharon Sibley and Brenda Rasmussen all of Hart, Karen Brimmer, and Denise Rittenhouse both of Pentwater, Cathy and Jim Holcomb of Virginia, Terrie Bumstead of Grand Rapids; brothers, Vance Rasmussen of Branch, Larry and Diane Rasmussen, Dick and Kathy Rasmussen, both of Hart, and Mark Rasmussen of Mears; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Vance Rasmussen; and brother, Ricky Rasmussen. Funeral services were Wednesday, March 10, 1 p.m. at Elbridge Community Church with Rev. David Gray officiating. Burial in Elbridge Cemetery. Arrangements by Tate Funeral Home, Hart.

March 7, 1999 Oceanas Herald Journal
Cummings , Lois L., 63, of Shelby, passed away Sunday, March 7, 1999 in Grand Rapids. She suffered a heart attack while skiing at Indianhead in Michigans’ Upper Peninsula Wednesday, Feb. 17. The severity of the attack necessitated hospitalization in Ironwood, Marquette, and transferal to Spectrum in Grand Rapids where she died. She was born Jan. 26, 1936 in Auburn Heights, the daughter of Mary (Poet) and Earl Crittenden. She was raised in Auburn Heights and lived there until her marriage to Earnest R. Cummings Sept. 2, 1955. They both attended Spring Arbor College and later lived in Schoolcraft for four years, where Earnest was pastor, serving the United Methodist Church. They moved to Comstock, near Kalamazoo, and served there for four years. In 1965, the Cummings moved to Shelby where they accepted a new pastorate with Shelby Congregational United Church of Christ. Survivors are her husband; her children, Kevin (Carol) Cummings, of Sparta, Kim (Jill) Cummings of Allendale and Kay (Scott) Tanner of Zeeland; her mother, Mary Crittenden of Clawson; brother, Robert “Dale” (Claudia) Crittenden of Chandler, Ariz.; sister, LaVonne (Stanley) Long of Pontiac; and 10 grandchildren, besides a host of friends, young and old. She was preceded in death by her father, Earl Crittenden. Visitation was Wednesday, March 10, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the funeral home. A memorial service of thanksgiving is scheduled for Thursday, (today) March 11, 11 a.m. at New Era Christian Reformed Church with Rev. James Gilliom, Rev. A.J. Juterbock and Rev. David Reece officiating. Interment in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Shelby. It is suggested that memorials may be given to the Shelby Congregational Church Endowment. Arrangements by Cooper-Harris Funeral Home, Shelby.

March 7, 1999 Oceanas Herald Journal
Pranger, Louise L., 75, of New Era, passed away Sunday, March 7, 1999 at Lakeshore Community Hospital. She was born April 15, 1923, the daughter of Bert and Katherine (Pranger) Draft. She married Gerrit Pranger June 27, 1941 in New Era. He passed away July 20, 1995. She was a life resident of New Era. She was a lifelong member of New Era Reformed Church where she was organist for over 50 years. She was employed at Kysor of Cadillac as a secretary for 26 years before her retirement. Survivors are her children, Lee (Judy) Pranger and Sharon (Dave) DeVries, both of New Era; grandchildren, Tim (Beth) Pranger of North Muskegon, Larry (Tammy) DeVries of New Era, and Todd (Kara) DeVries of Montague; great-grandchildren, Cameron DeVries, Sarah Pranger, Spencer DeVries, Seth Pranger and Devon DeVries; a sister, Lucille McLouth of Whitehall. She was also preceded in death by her brother, Louis Draft. Services were Wednesday, March 10, 1:30 p.m. at New Era Reformed Church with Rev. Scott VanArendonk officiating. It is suggested that memorials may be given to Lakeshore Community Hospital. Arrangements by Cooper-Harris Funeral Home, Shelby.

March 10, 1999 Oceanas Herald Journal
Wayman, Edna O., 84, of Branch, passed away Wednesday afternoon, March 10, 1999 at Ludington Memorial Hospital. She was born May 2, 1914 in Hart, the daughter of Sylvester and Sady (Newell) Menroe. She married Guy Wayman March 25, 1934 in Hart. She and her husband Guy owned and operated the Ruby Creek Store for many years. Survivors are her husband, Guy Wayman of Branch; sons, Edward Wayman and Marvin and Donna Wayman; daughters, Velma and John Baker, Barbara and Jasper Cunningham, and Patricia Wayman; several grandchildren; and great-grandchildren; two great-great- grandchildren; sister, Lula Gilbert; sisters-in-law, Lillian Wiedman, Clarabelle Huston, Dorothy Alvesteffer, Susie Wayman and Thelma Menroe. Funeral services scheduled for Saturday, March 13, 11 a.m. at Tate Funeral Home, Hart, with Rev. Dennis Cook officiating. Visitation 10 a.m. to service time on Saturday. Burial in Sunrise Gardens, Muskegon.

March 10, 1999 Oceanas Herald Journal
Trommater, Dorothy “Dottie”, 56, of Rockford, passed away Wednesday, March 10, 1999. She was vice president of Media Services at J. W. Messner, Inc. Dottie had a great love for her family, friends, and work, and took “special care” of them. Helping others was always a generous “trait” of Dottie’s. Survivors are her husband, Gene, whom she married Feb. 25, 1978; her children, Tracy Lynne Payne and Richard Trommater both of Rockford; her sister, Elaine E. Kline; brothers, Stanley and Jane Kline and Art and Linda Kline all of Allentown, Pa.; nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her sister, Mary Newhard. Services scheduled for Monday afternoon, March 15, 1 p.m. at the Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford. Friends may celebrate Dottie’s life with her family from 2-5 on Sunday at the funeral home. Interment will take place later in the spring in Elbridge Cemetery. It is suggested that memorials may be given to Spectrum Research Center in care of Spectrum-Downtown Campus, 100 Michigan, Grand Rapids, Mich. 49503.

March 21, 1999 Sunday Obit: Oceanas Herald Journal
Bates, Richard E. 61, of Muskegon, passed away Sunday, March 21, 1999. e was born Aug. 28, 1937 in Hart, the son of Leland and Helen (Templar) Bates. He had lived in the area all of his life. He earned a bachelor degree from Ferris State University and was audit manager at Howmet Corp., and owned and operated Richard E. Bates Tax and Accounting Service. He was a member of White Lake Eagles Aerie #3214. He served in the U.S. Air Force. Survivors are three sons, Greg (Kathy) Bates and Mitch Bates, both of Montague, and Dean (Renee) Bates of Muskegon; two daughters, Tammy (Tim) Davison of Muskegon and Paula (Curt) Murdock of Montague; his mother, Helen Bates of Hart; two sisters, Margaret (Richard) Faller of Woodland, Calif. and Judy (Dale) Conner of Grand Rapids; two brothers, Karl Bates of Pentwater and Merle (Linda) Bates of N. H.; long time companion, Laura Martin; special friend, Pat Bates. Services were Saturday, March 27, at 11 a.m. from Clock Chapel, Whitehall. Interment in Hart Cemetery. It is suggested that memorials may be given to Salvation Army, 1221 Shonat Street, Muskegon, Mich. 49442 or Muskegon City Rescue Mission, 1691 Peck Street, Muskegon, Mich. 49441.

March 27, 1999 Oceanas Herald Journal
Houghton, Louis E., 73, of Mears, passed away Saturday, March 27, 1999 at Memorial Medical Center in Ludington. He was born Jan. 13, 1926 in Shelby, the son of Francis “Frank” and Lottie (Swinton) Houghton. Louis was a life resident of Oceana County. Louis E. Houghton, 73, of Mears, passed away Saturday, March 27, 1999 at Memorial Medical Center in Ludington. He was a factory worker before his retirement. He currently did maintenance for the Golden Inn Restaurant in Mears. Survivors are his daughters, Marsha (Jim) Jansen of Fountain and Brenda Johnson (Darrell Crothers) of Hart; special companion of many years, Carol Alderson of Mears; grandchildren, Richard Johnson, Jr. and (fiance Michelle Dennison), Catherine (Joe) Abbatoy, Heather Johnson and Arthur Masco (and fiance Kelly Wood); several great-grandchildren; brothers, Leroy (Annabelle) Houghton of Hesperia, Dale Houghton of Shelby, and Delbert Houghton of Hart; sister, Mary (Dale) Clark of Hesperia; and his ex-wife Dorothy Houghton of Shelby. He was preceded in death by his sister, June Deeds and grandson, Jarrod Johnson. Memorial services Wednesday, March 31, 11 a.m. at Cooper-Harris Funeral Home with Rev. Earnest Cummings officiating. Interment Ferry Township Cemetery. It is suggested that memorials may be given to Lakeshore Community Hospital CT Scan Fund.

April 5, 1999 Monday Obit: Oceanas Herald Journal
Bulkley, Carol Leola 90, of Champaign, passed away Monday morning, April 5, 1999, in her daughter’s home in Decatur, Ill. She was born May 30, 1908 in New Era, the daughter of Fred and Dessie Kerr. She graduated from Shelby High School and received a life teacher’s certificate from Eastern Michigan University at Ypsilanti, Mich. She taught in two different one-room country schools. One was the Fish school near Ferry. She married William Freeman Bulkley June 16, 1934. She was active in the Wesley Methodist Church in Urbana, Ill., where she taught Sunday school and played the piano. Survivors are her daughter, Ruth Carol Warfield and her husband Thomas C. Warfield of Decatur; sisters, Marguerite Till of Hudson, Fla., and Ruth Esther Shull of Hart; a brother, Cecil Kerr and wife Myrtle of Kalamazoo; three grandchildren, Julia Wittig of Decatur, Betty Bemis and husband Tim of Indianapolis, and Tom and Anne Warfield of Springfield, Ill.; five great-grandchildren, Jason and Jennifer Wittig of Decatur and Sara, Emily and Benjamin Bemis of Indianapolis, Ind. She was preceded in death by her parents, and husband, William Freeman Bulkley. Funeral services Thursday, April 8, 7 p.m. at Brintlinger’s Funeral Home with visitation one hour prior to the service. Graveside services Friday, April 9, 9:30 a.m. at Grandview Memorial Gardens, Rural Northwest Champaign. It is suggested that memorials may be given to Wesley United Methodist Church, Urbana.

April 13, 1999 Tuesday obit: Oceanas Herald Journal
Taszreak, Bertha N. 78, of 1480 N. Custer Road, Custer, passed away Tuesday, April 13, 1999 at her residence. She was born July 2, 1920, in Oceana County, the daughter of Clifford and Johanna (Kemstra) Kenfield. She grew up and attended school in the Rothbury area and graduated from New Era Junior High. She then attended beauty school in Detroit. She married Martin Taszreak Aug. 22, 1969 in St. Clair Shores. He preceded her death in 1994. She was the beauty operator of her own beauty shop in Warren until she retired and moved to Custer in 1982. She was a member of Weare Catholic Church. Survivors are three sons, Owen O’Brien of Scottville, Harry O’Brien of Redfield Township and Leon Kenfield of Custer; three daughters, Sandra (and Kenneth) Channell of Redfield Township, Sally Lauber of Custer, and Naydene (and Kenneth) Lipps of Hart; two sisters, Lucille (and Walter) Hoffman of Sarasota, Fla., and Juanita (and LaVern) Wade of Rothbury; 26 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death in addition to her husband Martin and her parents by, one brother, William; and two sisters, Emiline Johnson, and Esther Overton. There will be no services. Arrangements by Stephens Funeral Home, Scottville.

April 14, 1999 Weds. Obit: Oceanas Herald Journal
Snellenberger, Freda Elaine Strong 80, passed away Wednesday, April 14, 1999 at Mercy Hospital. She was born Oct. 25, 1918, the daughter of Coley Lewis Strong and Margaret Dudley Strong. She marred Walter William Snellenberger Oct. 24, 1937. She was a lifelong resident of the Hart area. She had been active as an Avon Representative for 20 years and continued with this until her death. Freda and Walter were members of the Hart United Methodist Church for 42 years. Most importantly, she will be remembered as a precious daughter, loving sister, devoted wife, beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and faithful friend. Survivors are a son, Lewis (Louise) Snellenberger of Muskegon; a daughter, Sue Ann Snellenberger of Dallas, Texas; grandchildren, Rick Snellenberger, Rhonda (Jay) Pickard, Lewis (Kim) Snellenberger II, Meredith Hulka; six great-grandchildren; sisters, Elsie Winningham, Lucille Pider, Lulu Leibermann; brothers, Fred Strong and Coley “Buck” Strong; aunt, Ellen Larson; as well as several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband of 59 years, Walter Snellenberger and sister, Gertrude Reeds. Funeral services Monday, April 19, 1 p.m. at Hart United Methodist Church with Rev. Harvey Prochnau officiating. Interment in Hart Cemetery. Friends may meet with family from 6-9 p.m. Sunday at Tate Funeral Home in Hart. It is suggested that memorials may be given to Veteran’s Memorial Park in Hart.

April 18, 1999 Sunday obit: Oceanas Herald Journal
Estepp, Alberta Maxine 74, of Mears, passed away Sunday morning, April 18, 1999 at Lakeshore Community Hospital. She was born June 30, 1924 in Corunna, Mich., the daughter of Fred and Esther (Sleeseman) Hein. She married Max Estepp Nov. 25, 1945 in Corunna. She had lived in this area since 1945. Survivors are sons, Jerome and Rose Mary Estepp of Shelby, and Douglas and Patricia Estepp of Mears; a daughter, Carol and Michael Revell of Twin Lake; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; brothers, Dale and Bonnie Hein of Big Springs of Texas, Donald and June Hein of Holland, Raymond and Eleanor Hein of Owosso and David and Carol Hein of Lennon; sister, Doris Ann and Ernest Penndell of Tacoma, Wash.; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Max Estepp. Funeral services Wednesday, April 21, 11 a.m. at Hart Wesleyan Church with Rev. Dennis Cook officiating. Visitation Tuesday, April 20, from 2-4 and 7-9 at Tate Funeral Home, Hart. Burial Mears Cemetery. It is suggested that memorials may be given to the family.

April 22, 1999 Oceanas Herald Journal
Studer, Carl J., 83, of Hart, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, April 22, 1999 at his home. He was born April 20, 1916 in Shelby, the son of Albert and Jennie (Putney) Studer. He married Edith M. Johnson Jan. 24, 1942. She passed away April 15, 1995. He married Laverle McFarland March 14, 1998. He was a dairy farmer for many years and was a member of the MMPA. He attended the dairy banquet since itÕs origin 49 years ago, served on the committee and had also been president. He was a member of Faith Christian Fellowship, the Farm Bureau, the Oceana Center Grange and had been Grange Master. He served on the Oceana County Fair board and was superintendent of the dairy barns. He was also a member of the Holstein Association. Survivors are his wife, LaVerle; children, Al (Pat) Studer, Evelyn Vanderbeek both of Shelby, and Roger (Lu) Studer of Hart; brothers, Victor Studer of Yakima, Wash., Archie Studer of Chelsea and John (Rose) Studer of Hart; sisters, Gladys Usiak of Shelby, Laura (Clarence) Arnold of Everett, Wash., and Dorothy (Leonard) Andrews of Shelby; nine grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Lyman, Ira and Clare and sister, Mamie Johnson. Funeral service Saturday, April 24, 2 p.m. at Cooper-Harris Funeral Home, Shelby with Rev. Frank Camper and Rev. Earnest Cummings officiating. Interment in Mt. Hope Cemetery. It is suggested that memorials may be given to Faith Christian Fellowship, Shelby Congregational Church or the charity of your choice.

May 6, 1999 Oceanas Herald Journal
Makin, Vivian F., 79, of Whitehall, passed away Thursday, May 6, 1999. She was born June 11, 1919 in Elbridge Township, the daughter of John and Hortense (Payne) Miller. She had lived in the White Lake area the past 34 years. In 1940 she was married to O. Merton Wright, who preceded her in death in 1958. August 7, 1964 she married James C. Makin in Whitehall. A graduate of Central Michigan University she had been an elementary school teacher in Oceana County Schools and in the Whitehall Public Schools for 30 years, retiring in 1978. She was a member of Hart Order of Eastern Star. Survivors are her husband, James; one daughter, Kristen MacWilliams; one step-son, Joseph Makin; five grandchildren, Kathy Jo Williams, and Kara Jane Crawford, both of Grand Rapids, Zachary R. MacWilliams of New Era, and Jamie A. Wright and Lynette Miracle, both of Rochester; four great-grandchildren; many step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren; a sister, Fern McCarty of New Era. She was preceded in death by a son, Ronald Wright in 1993. Memorial service Sunday, May 16, 2 p.m. from Clock Chapel-Whitehall. It is suggested that memorials may be given to Hospice of Muskegon/Oceana, 1095 Third Street, Muskegon, Mich. 49441. Arrangements by Clock, White Lake.

May 8, 1999 Oceanas Herald Journal
Menold, Frances Bielinski, 80, passed away peacefully at home May 8, 1999, after three months of compassionate Hospice/home care. Fran is survived by a loving family of whom she was very proud, including her husband, Russ; three daughters, Linda (Jim) Reynolds of North Muskegon, Marcia (Gary) Woods of Hesperia, and Judy (Joe) Kennedy of Hart; six grandchildren, Julie (Lee) Baker Lupo of North Muskegon, Michael (Karen) Reynolds of Muskegon, Sara (Scott) Sherman of DeWitt, Brian Woods of Hesperia, Melissa (Dwight) Fuehring of Mears, and Lisa Kennedy of Hart; four great-grandchildren, Devon Elizabeth Baker, Tessa Rae Reynolds, Madison Marie Reynolds, and Caleb Aaron Fuehring; one brother, Victor (Audrey) Bielinski of North Muskegon; two sisters-in-law, Claudia Bielinski of North Muskegon and Verda (Sam) Hews of White Cloud; one brother-in-law, Howard (Phyllis) Menold of Lyons; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her sister, Genevieve and her brother, Albert. Memorial service celebrating the life of Frances Menold will be Friday, May 14, 11 a.m. at the Hesperia Presbyterian Church, followed by visitation with the family. It is suggested that memorials may be given to Hospice of Newaygo County or the Hesperia Presbyterian Church.

May 9, 1999 Oceanas Herald Journal
Cotton, Clara Loraine, 83, of Hart and formerly of Wyoming, passed away Sunday, May 9, 1999 at Oceana County Medical Care Facility in Hart. Clara Powers was born June 15, 1915 in North Weare Township, Oceana County, the daughter of John ad Mina (Wilson) Powers. She married John N. Cotton Oct. 15, 1934 in Goshen, Ind. He preceded her in death in 1958. Following their marriage, the couple lived in Wyoming. She was a member of Wesleyan Park Methodist Church in Wyoming. Survivors are one sister, Rachel (and James) Flood of Hart. She was preceded in death in addition to her husband John; her parents; six brothers, Ernie, Harry, Frank, Ford, Lloyd and Floyd Powers; five sisters, Rose Volpp, Bertha Dewey, Nora Adams, Cora Hoffman, and Emma Cotton. Funeral services Wednesday, May 12, 2 p.m. at Tate Funeral Home, Hart, with Rev. Earnest Cummings officiating. Visitation Tuesday, 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at Tate Funeral Home. Interment in Hart Cemetery.

May 11, 1999 Oceanas Herald Journal
Brickey Jr., Herbert F.., 73, of Hesperia, passed away Tuesday morning, May 11, 1999 at home following a long illness. He was born Herbert Frink Brickey, Jr., the son of Herbert W. and Ferne J. (Frink) Brickey, Sr., on Jan. 23, 1926, in Newfield Township. He was a 1943 graduate of Hesperia High School who served in the U.S. Navy during WW II and the Korean Conflict. On July 20, 1951, he joined Evelyn A. Riker in marriage at Hesperia. He served as a deputy sheriff and undersheriff with the Newaygo County Sheriff Department and later became the Newaygo, Oceana and Mecosta County Friend of the Court, a post he held from 1963-1985. He served as a school board trustee with a Hesperia Community Schools and was both a council member and president of the Village of Hesperia. For 25 years he was a member of the Hesperia Volunteer Fire Department and was a cub scoutmaster and received the Silver Beaver Award through the BSA. He was a life member of the Hesperia VFW. Survivors include his wife, Evelyn; two sons, Michael (Sandy) Brickey and Herbert Gary (Mary) Brickey, both of Hesperia; five grandchildren; one great-grandchild; three step-grandchildren; nine step-great-grandchildren; a brother, Raymond (Linda) Brickey of Fremont; four sisters, Mercile (Basil) Myers, Doris Smith, Louann Summer all of Hesperia, and Joyce (Bob) Wilkerson of Lowell; a sister-in-law, Ora Lyn (George) Bitson of Fremont; many nieces and nephews and a special friend, Pat Wills. His grandson, Michael Howard Brickey preceded him in death. Funeral service was Thursday, May 13, 1 p.m. at the Hesperia United Methodist Church with Reverends Ray Field and Marsha Woolley officiating. Interment in West Hesperia Cemetery with Veterans Rites by the Hesperia American Legion and VFW Posts. Arrangements by Raymond Funeral Home, Inc., Hesperia.

May 14, 1999 Oceanas Herald Journal
Braybrook , Ruth, 88, of Hart, passed away Friday, May 14, 1999 at the Oceana County Medical Care Facility. She was born Aug. 15, 1910 near White Cloud, the daughter of Joseph and Ruth (Strait) Jones. She married Dewey Wilson Taylor in 1925. He passed away in 1959. She lived in Newaygo County until 1957 when she came to Hart. Later, she married Maurice Braybrook and lived in Bailey for 17 years before returning to Hart. He passed away in 1982. She was a member of Hart United Methodist Church. Survivors are her children, Mary Giddings of Hart, Raymond (Marian) Taylor of Fremont, Rosie (Reuben) Smith of Branch, Joseph (Carol) Taylor of Fremont, Edward (Alfreda) Taylor of Twin Lake, Richard (Dolly) Taylor of Mears, Lovedia (Laurence) Miller of Hart, Helen Harford of Hart and Margaret Bromley of Walkerville; 38 grandchildren; 83 great-grandchildren; and also great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Frank and Jim Jones and sister, Lovedia Schroeder. Funeral services Monday, 2 p.m. at Cooper-Harris Funeral Home, Shelby with Rev. Ron Rickard officiating. Interment in Maple Grove Cemetery in Fremont.

May 14, 1999 Oceanas Herald Journal
Wager, Hazel W., 92, of Hart, passed away Friday afternoon, May 14, 1999 at the Oceana County Medical Care Facility. She was born April 23, 1907 in Lewiston, N.Y., the daughter of John J. and Mary (Wager) Gobin. She had lived in this area since 1946. She married Norman R. Wager in Buffalo, N.Y. He passed away in 1969. She was a sales clerk at BrayÕs Variety Stores for 26 years. She was a member of the Congregational United Church of Christ in Hart. She sang in the choir for over 50 years. Survivors are a niece, Mary Elizabeth Scott of Muskegon; 10 great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Norman Wager; sister, Mildred George. Funeral service Tuesday, May 18, 11 a.m. at the Congregational United Church of Christ with Rev. Lorraine Boucon officiating. Visitation Monday, 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Burial in Hart Cemetery. It is suggested that memorials may be given to the church. Arrangements by Tate Funeral Home, Hart.

May 16, 1999 Oceanas Herald Journal
Beerbohm, Regina Cynthia, 87, of Pentwater, passed away Sunday, May 16, 1999 at Memorial Medical Center. She was born Jan. 22, 1912 in St. Joseph, the daughter of William and Daisy (Brown) Barfknecht. She married Marvin Beerbohm Oct. 19, 1933 in Detroit. She worked in the graphics department of Ford Motor Company. She was a member of the Pentwater Garden Club. Survivors are a daughter, Cynthia Beerbohm of Pentwater; brother, Sam and Mildred Mintz of Florida; 15 nieces and nephews; sister-in-law, Jean Beerbohm of Illinois; one cousin, Elmer Peters of Indiana. She was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin Beerbohm and brother, Robert Barfknecht. No funeral services scheduled as of press time. It is suggested that memorials may be given to Friends of Mason County or Pentwater Library. Arrangements by Tate Funeral Home, Pentwater.

May 16, 1999 Oceanas Herald Journal
Turple, Helen P., 84, passed away Sunday morning, May 16, 1999 at home. She was born Helen Priscilla Husband, the daughter of Guy and Pearl (Brown) Husband, July 23, 1914 at Hesperia. She was a graduate of Hesperia High School and on May 25, 1935, she joined Donald R. Turple in marriage at Hesperia. She was a life-long area resident and a Homemaker. She was a member of the Hesperia Presbyterian Church and the Presbyterian Women’s Association. She was active in the Women’s Literary Club and the Newaygo County Historical Society. Survivors include, her husband, Don; three sons, Donald Turple, Jr. of Torrance, Calif., David (Sheila) Turple of Westchester, Calif., and Frederick (Judy) Turple of Hesperia; a daughter, R. Christine Turple of Tampa, Fla.; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; two brothers-in-law, Everett Ingalls and Dan Turple; Don’s sister and her husband, Ruth (Harry) Kolbe of Hesperia. A brother, Hale “Bud” Husband and a sister, Mary Lou Ingalls, and a son, Jimmy Dan Turple preceded her in death. Funeral services were Tuesday, May 18, 1 p.m. at the Hesperia Presbyterian Church with Rev. Kirby Smith officiating. Interment in West Hesperia Cemetery. Arrangements by Raymond Funeral Home, Hesperia.

May 16, 1999 Oceanas Herald Journal
Lederle, Phyllis M., 79, of Montague, passed away Sunday, May 16, 1999. She was born Oct. 23, 1919 in Ludington, the daughter of Jem and Edna (Westbrook) Birdsall. She had lived in the White Lake area since 1988. She married Rudolph S. Lederle Oct. 22, 1960 in Grand Haven. He passed away in 1980. She had been a secretary with the Michigan Department of Social Services for 22 years before retiring. She was a member of Montague United Methodist Church and a member of SECRA, AARP, Michigan Dunes Chapter of DAR and the Oceana Historical Society. Survivors are nieces and nephews. Services Thursday, May 20, 1 p.m. from Montague United Methodist Church with Rev. Timothy P. Boal officiating. Visitation Thursday noon until service time at the church. Entombment in Chapel Hill Mausoleum, Grand Rapids. It is suggested that memorials may be given to White Lake Senior Center, 8741 Ferry Street, Montague, 49437 or Memorial Fund of Montague Methodist Church, 8555 Cook Street, Montague 49437. Arrangements by Clock Funeral Home, Whitehall.

May 17, 1999 Oceanas Herald Journal
Walters, Gertrude F., 87, of Shelby, passed away Monday, May 17, 1999 in Muskegon. She was born March 26, 1912 in Newark, N.J., the daughter of Albert and Goldie (Murphy) Bosma. She came to Michigan as an infant, lived in Cadillac and later resided in Muskegon Heights for 65 years. She married Russell Walters May 25, 1949 in North Muskegon. He preceded her in death. She was employed in the office at CWC in Muskegon for 15 years and was a homemaker. She came to Shelby in 1992. She was a member of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church. Survivors are her daughter-in-law, Lorraine VanDyke of Shelby; grandsons, Arthur (Sally) VanDyke of Hesperia, Alan (Chong) VanDyke of Bossier City, La., Gregory (Diane) VanDyke of New Era, Kevin (Lorrie) VanDyke and Robert (Mary) VanDyke both of Shelby and Jeffrey (Jessie) VanDyke of Columbus, Ohio; her close friend, Clara Cameron of Shelby; nine great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her son, Robert VanDyke; great-great-granddaughter, Jennifer VanDyke and great-great-grandson, Alex Buentello. Funeral mass Thursday, May 20, 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, Shelby with Fr. John Vallier as celebrant. Visitation Wednesday, 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment in Mona View Cemetery, Muskegon Heights. It is suggested that memorials may be given to Our Lady of Fatima WomenÕs Group. Arrangements by Cooper-Harris Funeral Home, Shelby.

May 18, 1999 Oceanas Herald Journal
Woller, Ellen M., 89, of Montague, passed away Tuesday, May 18, 1999 at Heartland Health Care Center in Whitehall. She was born Sept. 2, 1909 in Claybanks Township, the daughter of Herman and Jennie (Wilman) Smith. She lived in White River Township most of her life. She married Francis Woller in 1933. She graduated from Western Michigan University. She taught at Green School from 1932 to 1934, substituted in other rural schools and taught for many years at Laketon Central Elementary in the Reeths Puffer District until her retirement in 1972. She was a member of White Lake Baptist Church. She was a longtime member of the Child Evangelism Fellowship, serving on the first board. She sang in the Sweet Adelines. Survivors are her sons, David (Blanche) Woller of Montague and Donald (Gloria) Woller of Lamar, Colo.; grandchildren, Kimberly (Bill) Mischler, Matthew (Sarah) Woller, Audrey (Mike) Herremans, Jack (Sara) Woller, Jeffrey (Becky) Woller and Andy Woller; great-grandson, Micah Woller; brother, Wilfred (Bertha) Smith of Montague; sister, Gertrude (Jess) Curtis of Holt. She was preceded in death by her son, Phillip Jack Woller, and sisters, Laura Smith and Wilma Miller. Services Friday, 11 a.m. at White Lake Baptist Church with Rev. Mark Trump officiating. Visitation Thursday, 6-9 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment in Oak Grove Cemetery, Montague. It is suggested that memorials may be given to White Lake Baptist Church or Child Evangelism Fellowship. Arrangements by Cooper-Harris Funeral Home, Shelby.

May 22, 1999 Oceanas Herald Journal
McDonald, Arthur Eugene, 69, of Hart, formerly of Muskegon, passed away Saturday evening, May 22, 1999 at his residence. He was born March 7, 1930 at Muskegon, the son of Claude and Linda (Lutes) McDonald. He married Doris Irene Fielding, Feb. 16, 1951, in Muskegon. He was a truck driver. He retired from Holland Motor Freight, 2nd generation driver. He was in the U.S. Air Force. He was active in N.R.A., Hart and Muskegon Eagles, Holton Gun and Bow Club. He was born again by faith in Jesus Christ. He is survived by son, Jeffrey (Mary) McDonald of Muskegon; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild; sister, Shirley (Carl) Thompson of Muskegon. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Doris and son, Richard McDonald. Funeral service Friday, May 28 at 1 p.m. at Tate Funeral Home, Hart with Pastor Phil Rice officiating. Visitation Thursday, May 27, 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial in Sunrise Gardens, Muskegon. It is suggested that memorials may be given to Mission 2000 of Calvary Church in Muskegon.

May 28, 1999 Oceanas Herald Journal
Warmuskerken, Evelyn E., 61, of Walkerville, passed away Friday, May 28, 1999 at her home. She was born Jan. 12, 1938 in Hart Township, the daughter of Phillip and Lucille (Skinner) Eitniear. Evelyn was a life resident of Oceana County, living in Hesperia and Walkerville. She married Albert (Bud) Warmuskerken on May 7, 1955. Survivors are her husband, Bud; children, Phyllis (Charles) Tanner of Garrett, Indiana, Michael Warmuskerken of Ann Arbor, Darlene (Wayne) Kirwin of Vermontville, Mich., Karen (James) Flanery of Walkerville, Sandy (Michael) Failing of Walkerville, Dana (Daniel) McCulley of Hart, Joy (Mark) Greiner of Pentwater, Brad (Diane) Warmuskerken of Grand Rapids and Julie (Daniel Kellogg) Warmuskerken of Nashville, Mich.; her mother, Lucille Eitniear of Hesperia; two sisters, Gloria (Wayne) Russell of Hart and Ione (Robert) Fessenden of Hesperia; 20 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her father, Phillip Eitniear; brothers, Orvel and Forrest Eitniear and granddaughter, Lindsey Failing. Funeral service Tuesday, June 1 at 1 p.m. at Ferry Wesleyan Church with Rev. Glenn Hinterman officiating. Interment in Ferry Township Cemetery. Arrangements by Cooper-Harris Funeral Home.

May 29, 1999 Oceanas Herald Journal
Netzow, Helene Louisa, 90, of Hart, passed away Saturday morning, May 29, 1999 at Shorehaven Mercy Living Center in Grand Haven. She was born May 23, 1909 in Oceana County, the daughter of John F. and Louisa (Wolfe) Bormann. She married Oliver J. Netzow, Sept. 12, 1929 in Milwaukee, Wis. He passed away Jan. 1, 1989. She was a homemaker and had lived in this area since 1946. She was an active member of Hart Congregational United Church of Christ and had served as WomenÕs Fellowship President. While her husband, Oliver, served as Hart Township Treasurer for many years she acted as his assistant. She was a beloved mom, grandma and friend. She was always ready to help with understanding, a smile and maybe some of her famous oatmeal cookies. She is survived by daughter, Eunice Kopka of Nunica; grandsons, John Reid of Twin Lake, Michael and Terry Reid of Crystal Lake, James Reid of Nunica; granddaughters, Kathy and David Floyd of Crystal Lake and Joi Anne Kopka of Spring Lake; 11 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; brother, Helmuth ÒMoodyÓ and Pandora Bormann of Sauk City, Wis.; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by husband, Oliver J. Netzow; brother, Edward Bormann; half-brother, Hienrich Bormann and Arthur Bormann; great-great-grandson, Nicholas Reid. Funeral service Tuesday, June 1 at 11 a.m. at Hart Congregational Church with Rev. Lorraine Boucon officiating. Interment in South Hart Cemetery. It is suggested that memorials may be given to AlzheimerÕs Association. Arrangements by Tate Funeral Home, Hart.

May 29, 1999 Oceanas Herald Journal
Hansen, Gertrude M., 88, of Shelby, passed away Saturday, May 29, 1999 at Heartland Health Care Center in Whitehall. She was born Oct. 1, 1910 in Chicago, the daughter of Theodore and Antoinette (Larsen) Hansen. Gertrude came to the Cranston area west of New Era as a young child. She lived in Grand Haven for a short time and upon graduating from the Hackley School of Nursing, moved to Ann Arbor where she was a registered nurse at University of Michigan Hospital for 41 years. Gertrude lived in Ann Arbor for several years after retirement before returning to this area. She was affiliated with Whitehall United Methodist Church. Survivors are her brothers, William (Fran) Hansen of New Era, and Ernest (Lavon) Hansen of Muskegon; sister, Eleanor Neal of Twin Lake; sister-in-law, Kelly Hansen Morse of Rothbury; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by brothers, Einar, Frank, Harry, Lester and Russell Hansen; and sister, May Fleming; and friend, Evaray Wren. Services Wednesday, June 2, 2 p.m. at the funeral home. It is suggested that memorials be given to Hospice of Muskegon-Oceana. Interment in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Shelby. Arrangements by Cooper-Harris Funeral Home, Shelby.

May 30, 1999 Oceanas Herald Journal
Fethke, Diane M., 52, of Grand Rapids and formerly of Shelby, passed away unexpectedly at Spectrum Health, Downtown Campus on Sunday, May 30, 1999. Diane graduated from Shelby High School in 1964 and for many years was associated in business at the Shelby Department Store. She was an active member of the Shelby Chamber of Commerce and instrumental in organizing the childrenÕs parade at the annual Christmas observance and National Asparagus Festival, which she supervised for many years. At the time of her death she was an administrative assistant in the trust department of Old Kent Bank. She is survived by her husband of 27 years, Richard Fethke; her daughter and son-in-law, Ami and Brian Moy of Allendale; her step-children, Deborah J. Fethke, Rick Fethke both of Texas, Scott (Cindy) Fethke of Shelby; her cousin Rev. Harold and Chris Weemhoff and daughter Julie of East Pointe, Mich.; and her great aunt, Elizabeth Weemhoff of Grand Rapids. She was preceded in death by her parents, Marge Hazebrook Sanford and Howard Hazebrook. Funeral and committal service at Alt & Shawmut Hills Chapel, 2120 Lake Michigan Drive NW Grand Rapids, MI 49504 Thursday, June 3 at 11 a.m. with her cousin Rev. Harold Weemhoff officiating. Interment in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Shelby. Relatives and friends were invited to meet her family at the funeral home Wednesday evening, from 6 to 9 p.m. It is suggested that memorial contributions in her memory be made to Gerontology Network- Friendship Place. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to her family via Alt & Shawmut Hills Chapel, 2120 Lake Michigan Drive NW, Heritage Funeral Service.

16, 1999 Oceanas Herald Journal
Spychal, William A., 45, of Clinton Township, passed away Saturday, Jan. 16, 1999 at his home. William was born May 30, 1953 in Flint. He was the owner of X-Caliber Gun Shop in Clinton Township, and was a member of the Huron PTE Sportsman Club and Fluid Power Society. Survivors are his wife, Jacqueline; daughter, Brooke; step-son, Christopher; his mother, Donna Spychal; sisters, Mary (Dugan) Hartsuiker, Kathe (Michael) Stewart, and Sue (Richard) Johnson. A memorial service Saturday, May 29, 11 a.m. at Centenary Methodist Church, Hancock Street, Pentwater.

June 30, 1999 Oceanas Herald Journal
Dodge, Josephine J. 76, of Shelby, passed away Wednesday, June 30, 1999 at her home following a long illness. She was born Oct. 28, 1922 in Muskegon, the daughter of Joseph and Cynthia (Bush) Converse. Josephine was raised in Ferry Township and lived there all her life with the exception of two years in Montague where she completed high school. She was married to J. Owen Dodge Oct. 11, 1941 in Ferry. He passed away Oct. 25, 1988. She was a charter member of Newman Chapel and its Joy Circle. She was also a member of the Ferry Township Fire Department Auxiliary. From family to church family to old school mates, Josephine has left many, many dear and loving friends. Survivors are her children, Judy (Stanley) Fessenden of Hesperia, James (Cecelia) Dodge of New Era, Russell (Joann) Dodge of Branch, Alfred (Sherry) Dodge of New Era, Carl (Elizabeth) Dodge of Shelby, and Lyle (Linda) Dodge of Hesperia; brothers, John (Mary) Converse of Hesperia, and Arthur (Harriet) Converse of Spring Lake; sister, Viola Mahoney of Whitehall; brothers-in-law, Robert (Nellie) Dodge of Hesperia, and Art (Carmen) Dodge of Manistee; sisters-in-law, Ruby (Howard) Alexander of Hesperia, and Bernadine Ashbough of Gobles; 22 grandchildren; 17 great-granddaughter; and one great-great-grandson. She was also preceded in death by her granddaughter, Jennifer Dodge and grandson, Michael Aumiller. Services Saturday, July 3, 3 p.m. at Newman Chapel with Rev. Charles Uken officiating. Interment in Ferry Township Cemetery. It is suggested that memorials may be given to Newman Chapel Building Fund. Arrangements by Cooper-Harris Funeral Home, Shelby.

July 12, 1999 Oceanas Herald Journal
Souter, Elizabeth “Bee” age 105 of Shelby, passed away Monday, July 12, 1999 at the Oceana County Medical Care Facility. She was born on a farm in St. Clair County in 1893, the daughter of John and Agnes (Johnston) Muhlitner. Before her marriage to Dr. Vern Souter in 1918, she attended Detroit Business College. She the worked for Ford Motor Company where she was head of the secretarial pool for Ford executives. Her husband practiced dentistry in Detroit until 1940 when he moved his family and practice to his hometown of Shelby. Bee was an active member of Shelby United Methodist Church where her shorthand and typing skills were invaluable as she served for many years as secretary of its official board. After Dr. SouterÕs death in 1954, she worked for the Oceana County Cooperative Extension Service. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and a Past Worthy Matron. She was a member of the Shelby Literary Club and past president. Bee played the piano for the Shelby Rotary Club for 38 years. When women were allowed membership in rotary, the Shelby club honored Bee by making her their first woman member. She is survived by her son, Don (Dona-Jean) Souter of Grand Rapids, preceded in death by her son, Hal in 1986; also survived by her daughter-in-law, Emily Souter of Blaine, Minn.; grandchildren, Sarah (Charles) Gincbaugh of Rockford, Tom Souter of East Grand Rapids, Randy (Patti) Souter of Hugo, Minn., Doris (John) Lyons of Flemington, N.J. and Shirley (Charles) Forare of Blaine, Minn., and nine great-grandchildren. Funeral services Thursday, July 15 at 2 p.m. at Cooper-Harris Funeral Home with Rev. James Hodge officiating. Visitation Wednesday from 2 to 4 p.m and 7 to 9 p.m. Interment in Mt. Hope Cemetery. Memorials to either the Shelby United Methodist Building Fund or Shelby Rotary Scholarship Fund are appreciated.

July 20, 1999 obit on December 31, 2000 Oceanas Herald Journal
Burmeister, Hubert O. 82, of Hart, passed away Tuesday morning, July 20, 1999 at Baywood Nursing Home, Ludington. He was born Aug. 10, 1916 in Benona Township, Oceana County, the son of Otto and Elsie (Klotz) Burmeister. He lived in this area all of his life. He married Barbara J. Johnson Aug. 26, 1950 at St. Stephens Lutheran Church in Benona Township. He was in the U.S. Army. He was a retired machinist from Bennett Pump, formerly of Hart and later in Muskegon. Survivors are his wife, Barbara Burmeister of Hart; a son, Kurt and Amy Burmeister of Rockford; granddaughters, Hanna and Kendra Burmeister; sister, Betty Kotzian of Shelby; several nieces and nephews and many friends. Funeral service Friday, July 23, 11 a.m. at Hart United Methodist Church with Rev. Curtis Jensen officiating. Visitation Thursday, July 22, 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at Tate Funeral Home, Hart. Burial in Hart Cemetery. It is suggested that memorials may be given to Oceana County Community Foundation.

August 12, 1999 obit on December 31, 2000 Oceanas Herald Journal
Morgan, Nancy Carol 58, of Hart died Thursday evening, Aug. 12 at the Oceana County Medical Care Facility in Hart. Mrs. Morgan was a homemaker. The child of Carl and Hilda (Green) Frees, she was born Dec. 26, 1940 in Oceana County and lived in the area all of her life. She married Milton Morgan in St. Louis, Michigan June 15, 1957. Mrs. Morgan is survived by her husband; sons LaMont (Jean) Morgan of Traverse City, Peter Morgan and Ronald Morgan of Mt. Pleasant, Donald Morgan of Grand Rapids, Bill (Tresea) Morgan of Mears, Richard (Winnie) Morgan of Arkansas, Timothy (Tina) Morgan of Pullman, Michigan, Robert Morgan of Kansas, Carl (Dennis) Morgan of Hart; daughters Kimberly (Jackson) Hinman of Kansas, Carrie Verschueren of Yale, Michigan, Pamela (Steven) Balzeski of Hart, Nancy Morgan of Hart; 27 grandchildren and one great-grandchild; brothers Carl (Ellen) Frees of Hesperia, Richard (Vergie) Frees of Mears, Lloyd Frees of Hart, Jerry (Mary) Frees of Indiana; sisters Norma West of Ludington, Sharon (Ralph) Prowant of North Carolina, and Kathy (Jim) Wilson of Ludington. She was preceded in death by her mother and one grandchild, Samatha Jo Wilson-Morgan. Services for Mrs. Morgan were Tuesday, Aug. 17, 11 a.m. at the Tate Funeral Home in Hart with Rev. Dennis Cook presiding. Interment, Hart Cemetery. Arrangements by Tate Funeral Home, Hart.

Aug. 17, 1999 obit on December 31, 2000 Oceanas Herald Journal
Flood, James LeRoy Sr., 86, of Hart, passed away Tuesday evening, Aug. 17, 1999 at his residence. He was born Feb. 8, 1913 in Hart, the son of Charles and Francis (Harding) Flood. He lived in this area all of his life. He graduated from Hart High School in 1930. He married Jeanette Theeuwes, in Ludington in 1932. She passed away in 1982. He married Rachel Powers Woodhouse March 15, 1983 in Texas. He was a retired heavy equipment operator for the County Road Commission. He was a member of St. Gregory’s Catholic Church. He was affiliated with the Hart Fire Department for 46 years, and Hart Eagles over 30 years. Survivors are his wife, Rachel Flood of Hart; sons, Col. James L. and Lilly Flood Jr. of Rockford, Ala., and Robert L. and Marilyn Flood of Altus, Okla.; grandchildren, Robert Flood of Oklahoma, Mark and Tammy Flood of California, Daniel and Brandi Flood of Oklahoma, Jean and Bob Campos of Texas, Kathy Hunter of Tennessee, Ruth and Kevin Ruzicka, Charles and Yukari Flood and Joey and Debbie Flood both of Alabama, Tom Flood of Kansas, Brian Woodhouse of Scottville, Patrick Woodhouse of Holland, Laura and David Ciolk of Grand Rapids; 13 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Edith Haupt of East Jordan, and Mary Louise Olsen of Montague. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Jeanette Theeuwes Flood; brother, Harry Norton; granddaughter, Debra Flood; grandson, James Flood. Funeral service Monday, Aug. 23, 11 a.m. at St. Gregory’s Catholic Church with Rev. Fr. Ron Schneider officiating. Prayer service Sunday, 7:30 p.m. at St. Gregory’s. Burial Hart Cemetery. It is suggested that memorials may be given to the Hart Fire Department, Hospice of Mason County, or St. Gregory’s Church in lieu of flowers. Arrangements by Tate Funeral Home, Hart.

Sept. 8, 1999 obit on December 31, 2000 Oceanas Herald Journal
Near, Ruby L. 86, of Muskegon and formerly of Shelby, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 8, 1999 in North Muskegon. She was born Jan. 12, 1913 in Shelby, the daughter of Emanual and Christina (Weiler) Near. She lived in Shelby until she was 36 when she moved to Muskegon in 1949. Ruby was employed at Shaw-Walker for 26 years, retiring in 1975. She attended First Church of the Nazarene in Muskegon. She was preceded in death by three brothers, Otis Near and Abraham Near of Shelby and Ross Near of Muskegon. Survivors are her nieces, Paulina (Urshel) Robbins and Carla (Thomas) Redenius both of Muskegon; nephews, Leonard Near and Kenneth (Jean) Near both of Shelby and Bernard (Sharon) Near of Muskegon; her sister-in-law, Lillian Near of Muskegon; also many great nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews. Funeral services Saturday, Sept. 11, 10:30 a.m. at Cooper-Harris Funeral Home, Shelby with Pastor Robert McNeil officiating. Interment in Mennonite Cemetery, Shelby. It is suggested that memorials may be given to the Nat. Kidney Foundation of Michigan.

Sept. 22, 1999 obit on December 31, 2000 Oceanas Herald Journal
Putney, Phyllis M. 72, went to be with her Lord Wednesday, Sept. 22, 1999. She was born Jan. 8, 1927 in Ferry Township, the daughter of Fred and Mary Jane (Routley) Fessenden. She married Robert Putney March 21,1945. She lived in Ferry Township until moving to Shelby in 1970. She was a member of New Era Bible Church. Survivors are her husband, Robert; her children, Mark (Rose) Putney of Rockford, Paul (Sharon) Putney of Allegan and Catherine Putney of Shelby; granddaughter, Elena Gonzalez Putney of Allegan; her brothers, Ivan (Betty) Fessenden of Shelby and Claire (Barbara) Fessenden of New Era; sister, Frieda (LeRoy) Tanner of Shelby; sister-in-law, Dorothy Fessenden of Shelby; step-grandsons, John F. (Carri) Koryto, Richard (Christine) Koryto and Joseph (Chanda) Koryto; step-great-grandson, Connor Koryto. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Roberta Kaye Putney; her parents; and brothers, Kenneth, George and Russell Fessenden. Funeral services Friday, Sept. 24, 2 p.m. at New Era Bible Church with Rev. Gerald Beach officiating. Interment in Ferry Township Cemetery. It is suggested that memorials may be given to New Era Bible Church. Arrangements by Cooper-Harris Funeral Home, Shelby.

September 28, 1999 Oceanas Herald Journal
Melin, John W., 69, of Shelby and Savoy, Ill., passed away Tuesday, Sept. 28, 1999, at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, Ill. He was born June 7, 1930 in Aberdeen, S.D., the son of John Nels and Dorothea Ham Melin. He married Helen Widdis Allison Dec. 29, 1984. He received his undergraduate degree from Rose Polytechnic Institute in Terre Haute, Ind., and master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. He was a professor of civil engineering at the U. of I. since 1958 and had the title of professor emeritus. He was a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers. He served in the Army during the Korean War. He was a member of Emmanuel Memorial Episcopal Church in Champaign, Ill., and St. Peter’s-by-the-Lake Episcopal Church, Montague. He was active in the Cursillo movement, delivered Meals on Wheels and was a volunteer in Hospice and Habitat for Humanity. Survivors are his wife, Helen; step-son, Matthew Allison of Evanston; three daughters, Ann VanConia of Webster Groves, Mo., Nancy Melin of Champaign, Ill., and Carrie Melin of Chicago; a step-daughter, Elizabeth Swanson of Santa Clara, Calif.; four grandchildren; a brother, Robert Melin of Stillwater, Minn. Funeral service Friday, 11 a.m. at St. Peter’s-by-the-Lake Episcopal Church in Montague with Rev. Dr. Theodore Sirotko officiating. It is suggested that memorials may be given to the Provena Covenant Hospice Care Program in Urbana, or Habitat for Humanity or Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.

Sept. 29, 1999 obit: Oceanas Herald Journal
Nickle, Olga R. (Bird) 94, of East Lansing and formerly of Stony Lake, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 29, 1999 in Lansing. She was born May 20, 1905, the daughter of Lewis Franklin Bird and Carolyn Bell Husted Bird. She was raised in Millington, Mich. She graduated from Michigan Agricultural College in 1927 with a Bachelor of Science degree in home economics. She later received her master’s degree from Columbia University. She married Cecil Nickle June 20, 1942. He passed away in 1966. She worked as a demonstration agent for M.S.U. Extension in the 1930Õs and 1940Õs. She traveled extensively in Michigan in that capacity. The Nickles retired to Stony Lake in the early 1960’s. She attended the Shelby Congregational Church. Survivors are her nephews, Thomas Franklin Bird of New Jersey, Lewis William (Ada) Bird of Grayling and Andrew Lewis (Janet) Bird of Haslett; sister-in-law, E. Ernestine Bird of Royal Oak; great-nieces and nephews, Jonathan Mitchell Bird, Geoffrey Burton Bird, Patricia J. Bird, Lewis Matthew (Paula) Bird, Michael William Bird, Catherine Ann Bird and Burton Andrew Bird. She was also preceded in death by her brothers, Burton B. Bird and Lewis E. Bird; sister-in-law, Eva Bird; and niece-in-law, Barbara Bird. Services Saturday, Oct. 2, 5 p.m. at Evergreen Cemetery at Stony Lake with Rev. Earnest Cummings officiating. Arrangements by Cooper-Harris Funeral Home, Shelby. This obit was listed in December 31, 2000.

October 1, 1999 obit: Oceanas Herald Journal
Hoffman, Madison Lynn, was taken to be with God, Friday, Oct. 1, 1999. The daughter of Leticia Lynn and Alan Keith Hoffman; granddaughter of Judith and Bill Thompson, Garry and Marilyn Pickle, Marilyn and Greg Hoffman-Bailor, and Keith and Judy Hoffman; granddaughter of Judith and Bill Thompson, Garry and Marilyn Pickle, Marilyn and Greg Hoffman-Bailor, and Keith and Judy Hoffman; great-granddaughter of Ralph and Maxine Rapes. Private family services have already been held. It is suggested that memorials may be given to Spectrum Health Neonatal Unit. Arrangements by Reyers North Valley Chapel.

Oct. 7, 1999 Thursday Spectrum Health Center, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Powers, Clifford W., 90, of Grand Rapids and formerly of Hart, passed away Thursday, Oct. 7, 1999, at Spectrum Health Center, Grand Rapids. He was born July 29, 1909 in Mears, the son of William C. Powers and DeEtta N. (Payne) Powers. He was raised in Mear He was born July 29, 1909 in Mears, the son of William C. Powers and DeEtta N. (Payne) Powers. He was raised in Mears. Survivors are daughters, Dixie and Edwin Terpstra of Grand Rapids, and Mary and Harold Irey of Muskegon; a son, Larry and Linda Powers of Grand Rapids; sisters, Beverly and Manley Robinson of Mears and Joyce and Kenneth Field of California; 13 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, Bill Lathers of Mears; several nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends. Funeral services Saturday, Oct. 9, 11 a.m. at Tate Funeral Home, Hart with Norm Byers officiating. Burial in Mears Cemetery. Oceanas Herald Journal

Oct. 7, 1999 Thursday obit: Oceanas Herald Journal
Pletcher, Carl R. “Butch” 74, of Hesperia, passed away Thursday evening, Oct. 7, 1999 at his home.
He was born Feb. 20, 1925, in Muskegon, the son of Clarence and Anna (Brimmer) Pletcher. He married the former Beverly Mendham July 3, 1947 in Hesperia. He was a U. S. Navy Veteran of WW II, and he was a member of the Hesperia VFW Post #3245. He had been employed by Lift Tech for 41 years until his retirement. Survivors are his wife Beverly Pletcher; his children, Gary (Candi) Pletcher of Corunna, Mich., Starr (Terry) Gleason of Hesperia, Anna (Steve) Deming of Hickory Corners, Judy (Dick) Wallis of Rockford, Robin (David) Luke of Ludington, and Randi (Jim) Walker of Scottville; 20 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; his sisters and brother, Florence Anderson of Hesperia, George (Jean) Pletcher of Biggers, Ark., Barbara Tanner of Bakersfield, Calif., Honey Lou Hoenig of Hesperia, Hope (Melvin) Cross of Brooksville, Fla.; two dear friends, William Taylor and Mattie Fife. He will also be sadly missed by many friends and relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents; his step-mother, Mabel; his sister, Crystal Arendsen; and his brothers, Vern and Francis. Services Monday, Oct. 11, at the Hesperia Baptist Church with Rev. John Moser officiating. Interment in West Hesperia Cemetery with military rites provided by the Hesperia VFW Post #3245. It is suggested that memorials may be given to The Fremont Area Foundation for either Hospice of Newaygo County or for the Newaygo County Cancer Society. Arrangements by Kroeze Funeral Home, Inc., Fremont.

Oct. 9, 1999 Saturday obit:
Place, Robert A. 76, of Hesperia, passed away Saturday morning, Oct. 9, 1999 at Metron Nursing Home in Big Rapids. He was born July 29, 1923, in Hesperia, the son of Clarence E. and Erma C. (Nickerson) Place. He married the former Joan Peckinpaugh Dec. 30, 1976 in Grandville. He was a member of the Hesperia Baptist Church. He was a retired self employed mason contractor. Survivors are his wife, Joan Place; his sister, Esther Itrick of South Dakota; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by four brothers and two sisters. Services Wednesday, Oct. 13, 11 a.m. at Hesperia Baptist Church with Rev. James Keck officiating. Interment in West Hesperia Cemetery. It is suggested that memorials may be given to the Missionary Fund of Hesperia Baptist Church. Arrangements by Kroeze Funeral Home, Inc. of Fremont. Oceanas Herald Journal

Oct. 9, 1999 Saturday obit:
Crandall, Marion L. 81, of Walkerville, passed away Saturday, Oct. 9, 1999, at Lakeshore Community Hospital, Shelby. She was born Feb. 25, 1918, in Hesperia, the daughter of Bert and Frances (Gleason) Lareva. She lived in this area all of her life. She married Earl Crandall Dec. 12, 1936. She graduated from Hesperia High School. She retired from Gerber after 28 years of service. She was a very active member of the Walkerville Methodist Church. Survivors are daughters, Elizabeth and Tom Langley of Big Rapids, and Frances and Leo Walker of Allegan; sons, Edward and Lyndal Crandall of South Carolina, and John and Pat Crandall of Walkerville; 12 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, and many friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl Crandall; three brothers, John Lareva, Earl Lareva, and Harold Lareva. Funeral service Tuesday, Oct. 12, 11 a.m. at Walkerville United Methodist Church with Rev. Steve Hale officiating. Visitation 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 11. Burial in Volney Cemetery. It is suggested that memorials may be given to the Walkerville United Methodist Church. Arrangements by Tate Funeral Home, Hart.

Oct. 14, 1999 Thursday
Fuller, Richard S. 69, of Shelby, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, Oct. 14, 1999 in Shelby. He was born June 18, 1930 in Hart, the son of Benjamin and Olive (Smedley) Fuller. He was raised in Mears and lived there until moving to Shelby 12 years ago. He served with the U.S. Air Force from 1951 to 1955. Rich was a fruit farmer. He also worked at Shaw-Walker and retired from Whitehall Industries in 1993. He married Frances McClellan Dec. 31, 1991. Survivors are his wife, Frances; his children, Wayne A. Fuller of Whitehall, Lance R. (Kellie) Fuller of Georgetown, Texas, Tracy (Jim) Bennett of Las Vegas, and Rick Fuller of Muskegon; a step-daughter, Shannon McClellan of New Era; his sister, Dorothy Fuller Haines of Tucson, Ariz.; and nine grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his brother, Sidney B. Fuller. At Mr. Fullers request no services held. Arrangements by Cooper-Harris Funeral Home, Shelby. Oceanas Herald Journal

Oct. 16, 1999 Saturday obit: Oceana Herald Journal
Bankert, R. Wayne 55, of Shelby, passed away Saturday, Oct. 16, 1999 at Hackley Hospital. He was born Oct. 6, 1944, in Shelby. He lived in the Shelby area most of his life. Wayne served with the U.S. Air Force in Hawaii. He was employed previously at Howmet Corporation, Harold Osborne, Inc. Asphalt and Trucking, and currently at Buildings Plus in Hart. He had served as Benona Township supervisor and was currently Shelby Township supervisor and assessor. Wayne was a member of the Wigton-Benona Masonic Lodge. Survivors are his fiancée, Becky Cook; children, Colleen (Shawn) Rainey of Atlanta, Ga. and Heather Bankert of Muskegon; step-children, Jennifer (Jonathan) Degen of Montague, and Geoffrey Cook of Shelby; brothers, Allan (Donna) Kraley of Shelby, Rick (Ilene) Alderink of Fremont, David Kraley of Hesperia and Randy (Judy) Alderink of Fremont; sisters, Kathy (Carl) Lentz of Pentwater, Theresa Alderink of Fremont, Nancy (and friend Al) Heath of Howard City, and Sally (Mike) Nielsen of Fremont; adoptive sisters, Laurel (David) Megli of Deer Grove, Ill. and Lawain (William) Young of Willand, Ontario; sisters-in-law, Lin Schihl of Montague, and Patricia Bankert. He was preceded in death by his parents, Warren and Mary Bankert; brother, Michael Schihl; and adoptive brother, Joel Bankert. Services Tuesday, Oct. 19, 3 p.m. at Shelby Congregational Church with Rev. Earnest Cummings officiating. Interment in Hart Cemetery. It is suggested that memorials may be given to Shelby Congregational Church. Arrangements by Cooper-Harris Funeral Home, Shelby.

October 17, 1999 Oceana Herald Journal
Starrett, Carolyn Wright, 57, of Dover, Del., passed away in her home surrounded by her immediate family Sunday, Oct. 17, 1999, after a two-year fight against cancer. She was born in Hart, the daughter of Eleanor and Charles Wright, she was one of five children. Carolyn was a 1960 graduate of Shelby High School. She attended college at Indiana Wesleyan in Marion, Ind., where she met her husband, Rev. Robert W. Starrett. Together they served churches in Indiana, Maryland, New Jersey, and four churches in Delaware, retiring July 1, 1999. Carolyn loved life. She loved the God she served, her family, young children and music. She was instrumental in starting the Wesley Preschool and Day Care at Wesley United Methodist Church, where she taught for 17 years. As an avid singer and pianist, she led children’s choirs and sang faithfully in the adult choirs at Wesley, Wyoming and Ebenezer United Methodist churches. She also founded the children’s choirs at Wyoming UMC. She finished her teaching career by serving nine years at St. Mark’s UMC Pre-kindergarten. Survivors in addition to her husband, are two daughters, Laurie Lyn Starrett of Dover and Christie Carol Starrett of New York City; a son, Robert Charles Starrett of New Cumberland, Pa.; a granddaughter, Sabrina Lyn Gonzalez of Dover; a sister, Shirley Hayes of Flushing, Mich.; and two brothers, Robert Wright of Shelby, and Richard Wright of Los Angeles, Calif. Funeral service Thursday, Oct. 21, 2 p.m. at Wesley United Methodist Church, 209 S. State. Street, Dover, Del.

October 19, 1999 Oceana Herald Journal
Parsons, Douglas A., 40, of Walkerville, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 19, 1999 in Walkerville. He was born June 26, 1959 in Fremont, the son of Frederick and Shirley (Inman) Parsons. Doug was a 1978 graduate of Hart High School. He served in the U.S. Air Force for six years after high school. Following his military service, he lived in the Los Angeles area for seven years. Doug returned to Walkerville to live this past April. He had worked as a carpenter and had attended Faith Christian Fellowship Church. Survivors are a son, Michael Alan Parsons of Detroit; his parents, Shirley and Fred Parsons of Walkerville; brother, Gary (Rebecca) Parsons of Hart; sisters, Kelly Houston of Hesperia and Rebecca Hillenburg of Los Angeles; grandparents, Clara Belle (Bernard) Huston of Muskegon, and Beulah Inman of Montague; nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, William Inman and Cecil and Laurita Parsons. Funeral service Saturday, Oct. 23, 11 a.m. at Cooper-Harris Funeral Home with Pastor Frank Camper officiating. Interment in Elbridge Township Cemetery. It is suggested that memorials may be given to Faith Christian Fellowship Building Fund.

October 19, 1999 Oceana Herald Journal
Jacobs, Ruth, 81, of Hart, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 19, 1999. She was born April 9, 1918 in Garfield, N.J., the daughter of George and Julia (Csordas) Toth. She had lived in Hart since 1951, coming from Bay City. She married Fred Jacobs Sept. 14, 1940 in Bay City. He preceded her in death in 1989. She had been a homemaker all her life. She was a member of Hart VFW Post #1329 Auxiliary. Survivors are one son, Don Jacobs of Holland; two daughters, Janet (James) Wilson of Twin Lake, and Pat (Martin) Bennett of New Era; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one sister, Julie Toth of Detroit. She was preceded in death by a son, Frederick Jacobs in 1977; two brothers, Louis Csordas and George Toth. Memorial service Friday, Oct. 22, 11 a.m. at West Golden Wesleyan Church of Hart with Rev. Ronald D. Rickard officiating. It is suggested that memorials may be given to American Cancer Society, 1706 Clinton Street, Muskegon, Mich. 49442. Arrangements by Clock Funeral Home, Whitehall.

October 21, 1999 Oceana Herald Journal
Blamer, Vergie W., 88, of Pentwater, passed away Thursday morning, Oct. 21, 1999 at her residence. She was born Nov. 12, 1910, in Pentwater, the daughter of Henry and Mary (Wood) Freeland. She lived all of her life in this area. She married Walter Blamer Sr. Oct. 28, 1927 in Pentwater. She was a homemaker and was affiliated with Pentwater Baptist Church, Pentwater Senior CitizenÕs Club, and Pentwater Kitchen Band. Survivors are daughters, Willowdean Tiller of Muskegon, Ellen Brown of Fort Smith, Ark., Linda Eisenlohr of Jenison, and Shelley and Larry Lentz of Pentwater; son, Walter and Barb Blamer Jr. of Pentwater; 41 grandchildren; 66 great-grandchildren; 11 great-great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Romaine Freeland of Pentwater and Maxine Cory of Shelby. She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Blamer Sr.; sons, Ronald Blamer, Jack Blamer, Richard Blamer, and James Blamer; three brothers; and two sisters. Funeral services were Monday, Oct. 25, 11 a.m. at the Pentwater Baptist Church with Pastor Doug Smith officiating. Visitation was Sunday, 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Burial in Elbridge Cemetery. It is suggested that in lieu of flowers memorials may be given to the Pentwater Senior CitizenÕs Fund or Pentwater Baptist Church Building Fund. Arrangements by Tate Funeral Home, Pentwater.

October 23, 1999 Oceana Herald Journal
Beckman, Michelle, 19, passed away Saturday, Oct. 23, 1999. She was born June 26, 1980 in Shelby, the daughter of Jesse and Dana Beckman. Michelle was a 1998 graduate of Hart High School and attended West Shore Community College while working at Daves Party Store. She enjoyed her horses Amy, Ashley, and Tigger and they won many awards including two for Fitting and Showmanship during state competitions in 1993 and 1994. She was a member of the Stony Lake Riders 4H Club and the Shelby and Hart Equestrian Teams respectively. Her love of family, friends, and animals (Ginger-Ann and Scruffy) will be missed by all. Survivors are her parents, Jesse M. and Dana Sue Beckman of Hart; brother, Michael Lee Beckman of Hart; sister, Dawn Marie Beckman of Boston; grandparents, Jesse C. and Ann M. Beckman of Shelby and Frank Clinton and Patsy Deneke of Montague; great-grandmother, Lottie Deneke of Whitehall; aunts and uncles, Kathy and Larry Helmer of Houston, Texas, Dan Deneke of Hart, Clinton and Karen Deneke of Rothbury, Karen and Kelly Dean of Hart and Carol and Jeff Conroy of Montague; along with many cousins and friends. Services Wednesday, Oct. 27, 11 a.m. at Cooper-Harris Funeral Home, Shelby with Rev. Earnest Cummings and Fr. John Vallier officiating. Interment in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Shelby. It is suggested that memorials may be given to Shelby or Hart Equestrian Tea

Oct. 23, 1999 Saturday obit: Oceana Herald Journal
Grubb, M. Arleen 82, of Grand Rapids, passed away Saturday, Oct. 23, 1999 at Heather Hills Care Center. She was born April 29, 1917 in Hart, the daughter of Guy and Winnie (Robinson) Billings. She was a member of the Women’s City Club, Park Congregational Church, former president of the Press Club of Grand Rapids and a former employee of WOTV. Survivors are her son, John P. (Carol) Grubb of Ann Arbor; grandsons, Andrew B. and Robert P. Grubb both of Ann Arbor; a cousin, Betty Perryman (Mrs. Howell) of West Los Angles, Calif.; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, John B. and daughter, Laurel W. Cremation has taken place. Memorial service Friday, Oct. 29, 11 a.m. at the Metcalf and Jonkhoff Funeral Home, Grand Rapids with Dr. Philip Johnson of Park Congregational Church officiating. It is suggested in lieu of flowers memorials be given to Park Congregational Church, 10 East Park Place N.E., Grand Rapids, Mich. 49503 or charity of your choice. Louis E. Houghton, 73, of Mears, passed away Saturday, March 27, 1999 at Memorial Medical Center in Ludington. He was born Jan. 13, 1926 in Shelby, the son of Francis “Frank” and Lottie (Swinton) Houghton. Louis was a life resident of Oceana County. He was a factory worker before his retirement. He currently did maintenance for the Golden Inn Restaurant in Mears. Survivors are his daughters, Marsha (Jim) Jansen of Fountain and Brenda Johnson (Darrell Crothers) of Hart; special companion of many years, Carol Alderson of Mears; grandchildren, Richard Johnson, Jr. and (fiance Michelle Dennison), Catherine (Joe) Abbatoy, Heather Johnson and Arthur Masco (and fiance Kelly Wood); several great-grandchildren; brothers, Leroy (Annabelle) Houghton of Hesperia, Dale Houghton of Shelby, and Delbert Houghton of Hart; sister, Mary (Dale) Clark of Hesperia; and his ex-wife Dorothy Houghton of Shelby. He was preceded in death by his sister, June Deeds and grandson, Jarrod Johnson. Memorial services Wednesday, March 31, 11 a.m. at Cooper-Harris Funeral Home with Rev. Earnest Cummings officiating. Interment Ferry Township Cemetery. It is suggested that memorials may be given to Lakeshore Community Hospital CT Scan Fund.

October 25, 1999 Oceana Herald Journal
McCambridge, Emma A., 87, of Grand Rapids and formerly of Whitehall, passed away Monday, Oct. 25, 1999 at Villa Elizabeth Care Center in Grand Rapids. She was born Aug. 25, 1912 in Nunica, the daughter of Steve and Mary (Sclerencse) Karafa. She married Harold McCambridge July 27, 1935 in Marne. She was a homemaker. Survivors are a sister, Mary E. Lakatos of Grand Rapids; several nieces, nephews, and many friends. No services. Arrangements by Tate Funeral Home, Hart.

October 25, 1999 Oceana Herald Journal
Knowles, Willard, 80,of Scottville, passed away Monday, Oct. 25, 1999 at his residence. He was born June 21, 1919, in Custer Township, the son of L.T. and Evaline M. (Gray) Knowles. He grew up and attended school in Scottville. Willard served with the Army Air Force during WWII. He married Mary Butterfield Nov. 14, 1946. She passed away May 31, 1992. He farmed and delivered milk for many years around Scottville. He also owned and operated the Shelby Soft Serve Ice Cream for 25 years. He was a lifelong member of Sugar Ridge Church of the Brethren, where he was an active member and former church board member. He was also a member of the Travel Trailor/Camping Club, and was an avid outdoorsman. Survivors are one daughter, Kathleen Grinnell of Shelby; one son, Roger Knowles of Scottville; four grandchildren, G. Allan (and Laura) Dollaway, Lauri (and Jay) Zarowitz, Dale (and Dawn) Knowles, and Joseph Knowles; two great-grandchildren, Alicia Zarowitz,and Rebekah Dollaway; one brother, Ira (and Eileen) Knowles of Walhalla; and numerous nieces, nephews, and many friends. He was preceded in death in addition to his wife, Mary, by one sister, Sylvia Fortier; and one brother, Tellies Knowles. Funeral service Thursday, Oct. 28, 1 p.m., at Stephens Funeral Chapel, Scottville with Rev. Merritt Bongard officiating. Interment to follow in Brookside Cemetery, Scottville. Visitation Wednesday, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. It is suggested that memorials may be given to Hospice of Mason County or the American Cancer Society.

October 26, 1999 Oceana Herald Journal
Alfrejd, James J. 60, of Montague, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, Oct. 26, 1999 in Shelby. He was born May 4, 1939, in Chicago, the son of Howard and Lucille (Mischke) Alfrejd. He came to the New Era area at the age of 2, and lived in Oceana County most of his life. He lived near Rothbury the past 20 years. He had been employed by the Knoll Group (Shaw-Walker) since February of 1965. He also raised Christmas trees. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He enjoyed restoring automobiles and currently had an antique truck that he entered in shows. Survivors are sons, Ronald Alfrejd of Muskegon, Terry (Elizabeth) Alfrejd of Irons and Kenneth (Kelly) Alfrejd of Shelby; his grandchildren, Zachary, Jamie, Tyler, Joshua, and Alicia Alfrejd; sisters, Arlene (Arthur) Jasick of Whitehall, Marilynn Engemann of Hart, and Lucy Carlson of Whitehall. He was preceded in death by his parents; and his sister, Audrey Woller. Funeral service Friday, Oct. 29, 11 a.m. at Cooper-Harris Funeral Home, Shelby, with Fr. Chris Rouech officiating.

October 27, 1999 Obit for December 31, 2000 Oceana Herald Journal
Marsh, Howard L., 91, of Hesperia and formerly of Shelby, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 27, 1999, in Hart. He was born June 3, 1908, the son of Chester and Elva (Raymond) Marsh. He married Doris Conroy Dec. 23, 1933 in Wayland. She passed away Sept. 10, 1989. He was a farmer and lived most of his life in rural Shelby. He lived in Hesperia the past 15 years. Survivors are a sister, Lucille Fox of Bradenton, Fla.; nieces and nephews, Eloda Howard of Fremont, Betty (Jerry) Spaulding of Florida, Bonnie (Ken) Giddis of Montague, Lee (Mary Ann) Marsh of North Muskegon, Charles (Debbie) Cochran of Florida, Marsha Burmeister of Florida, Pat (Dale) McDonald of Hart, Allan Marsh of Linwood, Mich., and Rick Freeland of Florida. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Harold and Kenneth; and sisters, Dorothy Freeland, and Hazel Perusek. Funeral service Saturday, Oct. 30, 2 p.m. at Cooper-Harris Funeral Home, Shelby, with Rev. Earnest Cummings and Rev. Dennis Cook officiating. Interment in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Shelby.

October 28, 1999 Oceana Herald Journal
Bosse, Mark Adolph Jr., 53, of Hart, passed away Thursday morning, Oct. 28,1999 at his residence. He was born Jan. 28, 1946, in Shelby, the son of Mark and Nellie (Czarny) Bosse Sr. He lived all of his life in this area. He married Andrea Dilla Aug. 21, 1971 in Grand Haven. Mark served 29 years as a teacher and wrestling coach at Hart High School and many years as the junior high track coach. He was a member of St. GregoryÕs Catholic Church in Hart and he was very active in the church. He was affiliated with Michigan Wrestling Coaches Association and Michigan High School Coaches Association. Survivors are his wife, Andrea Bosse of Hart; two sons, Christopher Bosse and Greg Bosse both of Hart; daughter, Monica Bosse of Grand Rapids; his mother, Nellie Bosse of Hart; brothers, Mike and Sharon Bosse of Coopersville, Andrew Bosse, Tom Bosse, and Tim Bosse all of Hart; sisters, Barb and Lynn Clark of Ohio, Emily and Bill Smith of Walker, and Cathy and Rich West of Muskegon; and many nieces and nephews. Funeral services Saturday, Oct. 30, 11 a.m. at St. GregoryÕs Catholic Church with Rev. Fr. Ron Schneider officiating. Scripture service 7:30 p.m. Friday at the church. Visitation Friday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at St. GregoryÕs Church. Burial in Hart Cemetery. It is suggested that in lieu of flowers the family asks that memorials may be given to Habitat for Humanity or the Order of The Augustinian Priests. Arrangements by Tate Funeral Home, Hart.

October 28, 1999 obit on December 31, 2000 Oceana Herald Journal
Walsworth, Floyd Raymond “Tuffy”, 90, of Hart, passed away Thursday afternoon, Oct. 28, 1999 at his residence. He was born Nov. 19, 1908, in Hart, the son of William and Jessie (Clark) Walsworth. He lived in this area all of his life. He married Alma Marie Schramm April 24, 1937 in Hart. He was a retired farmer. He worked at the ASC office for many years. He was affiliated with the Hart Congregational Church. He was a past member of the Oddfellows and Pomsters. Floyd was an active sportsman and motorcycle enthusiast. He enjoyed gardening. He wintered in Florida for over 30 years. Survivors are his wife, Alma Walsworth of Hart; daughters, Louise and Carl Adams of Hart, Jean and Mitchel Harmon of Ludington, and Nancy and Ken Conkey of Vermontville; a son, William and Marjorie Walsworth of Hart; 15 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; brother, Walter Walsworth of Mears; several nieces, nephews, and many friends. He was preceded in death by a brother, Ronald Walsworth; and a sister, Gladys Bengsten. Funeral service Saturday, Oct. 30, 2 p.m. at the Hart Congregational Church with Rev. Lorraine Boucon officiating. Visitation Friday, 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at Tate Funeral Home, Hart. Burial in South Hart Cemetery. It is suggested that memorials may be given to Muskegon Oceana Hospice.

October 28, 1999 Oceana Herald Journal
Newsted, Delma H. 84, of Zephyrhills, Fla., and formerly of Hart, passed away Thursday, Oct. 28, 1999, in Dade City, Fla. She was born March 28, 1915, in Walkerville, the daughter of Walter and Nettie (Murray) Feasel. She attended the Mears School. She married Lloyd Newsted Dec. 24, 1932 in Hart. He passed away July 31, 1995. The Newsteds owned and operated a fruit farm in Hart Township for many years. Survivors are her sons, Ron (Shirley) Newsted of Muskegon, and Bob Newsted of Kalamazoo and Zephyrhills; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her brother, Ray Feasel; sisters, Beulah Feasel Dodds, and Bonnie Feasel McQueen; and one grandson. Funeral service Saturday, Nov. 6, 2 p.m. at Cooper-Harris Funeral Home,Shelby with Rev. Earnest Cummings officiating. Visitation Friday, Nov. 5, 1-3 and 7-9 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment in Hart Cemetery. It is suggested that memorials may be given to Hospice of Pasco, Inc., 3539 Universal Plaza, New Port Richey, Fla. 34652 or a hospice of your choice.

October 29, 1999 Oceana Herald Journal
Howard, Fern (Hatfield), 78, of Muskegon and formerly of Pentwater, passed away Friday, Oct. 29, 1999, at Mercy Hospital. She was born Oct. 15, 1921 in Pentwater and graduated from Pentwater High School in 1939 with a class of eight. Survivors are her four children, Richard (Kelly) Hatfield of Muskegon, Carol LaPorte of Rockford, Bill Hatfield of Muskegon, and Kathy (David) Coon of Hesperia; 11 grandchildren, Amy (Greg) Purple of Whitehall, Kimberly (Jack) Schoop of Ludington, Capt. Michael (Joy) Harmon of Camp LeJune, N.C., Brian Hatfield of Mexico, Jody (Jamie) Westover of Delaware, Stuart Hatfield of Muskegon, Eric Coon of Grand Haven, Robert Coon of Hesperia, Michelle Drszula of Greenville, Lewie Kokx of Shelby, and Shane LaPorte of Rockford; 15 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews; special friend, George Rohn. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Howard in 1969. Funeral service Monday, 3 p.m. at Ever Rest Funeral Home and Chapel, 1789 E. Keating with William C. Lahrman officiating. Visitation 1-3 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Interment in Fruitport Township Cemetery.

October 30, 1999 Oceana Herald Journal
Astor, Benni B., 73, of Pentwater, passed away Saturday evening, Oct. 30, 1999 at Ludington Memorial Hospital. He was born Nov. 19, 1925, in Hart, the son of Anton and Ursula (Adamovich) Astrauskis. He lived in this area all of his life. He married Lois Marie Stolker Oct. 25, 1952 in Grand Rapids. He was a painter/loader. He had worked at Continental Motors and retired from Harhason Walker in 1990. He served on the USS Collingsworth during WWII. He collected and rebuilt VWÕs. He was a member of the Centenary United Methodist Church in Pentwater, a former member of Hart Eagles, and long time member of the Pentwater Fire Department. Survivors are his wife, Lois Astor of Pentwater; daughters, Diane and Robert Larson of Pentwater, and Robin and Roger Chlebana of Wyoming; a son, Robbi and Stella Astor of Traverse City; four grandchildren, Shannon Larson, Carrie Larson, Lynsey Chlebana, and Isabell Astor; brother, Albert Astor of Ludington; aunt, Frances; cousin, Lillian Greene. He was preceded in death by a brother, Edward Astrauskis; and grandson, Christopher Larson. Funeral service Tuesday, Nov. 2, 11 a.m. at Tate Funeral Home, Pentwater with Rev. Curtis Jensen officiating. Visitation Monday, 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Burial in N. Weare Cemetery. It is suggested that memorials may be given to the VFW or Centenary Methodist Church.

October 30, 1999 Oceana Herald Journal
Pavlik, Emma, 76, of Shelby, passed away Saturday, Oct. 30, 1999 at her home. She was born April 11, 1923, in Shelby, the daughter of John and Anna (Kubik) Babinec. She moved to Chicago after high school. She married Rudyard “Rudy” Pavlik May 9, 1953 in Shelby. He passed away Aug. 6, 1997. The Pavliks lived in the Chicago area until 1980 when they moved to Shelby. Survivors are a son, Robert R. Pavlik of Gilbert, Ariz.; a daughter, Diane (Tom) Carr of Marion, Ill.; brothers, Sam (Margaret) Babinec of Muskegon, Dan (Peg) Babinec of Shelby, and Carl (Alice) Babinec of Muskegon; sisters, Millie Babinec and Betty Babinec both of Shelby, and Dorothy Bacheller of Muskegon; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her twin sister, Ann Bacheller and sister, Anna Babinec; and brothers, John Babinec and Joe Babinec. Funeral service Wednesday, Nov. 3, 11 a.m. at Cooper-Harris Funeral Home, Shelby with Rev. Earnest Cummings officiating. Interment in Mt. Hope Cemetery.

November 1, 1999 posted December 31, 2000 Oceana Herald Journal
Walsh, Helen Jeanette Birke, 63, of North Muskegon, passed away Monday, Nov. 1, 1999, at Mercy Hospital, Muskegon. She was born Jan. 4, 1936 in Hart, the daughter of Frank and Helen (VanAmburg) Birke. She was born and raised in the Hart area. She married Frank E. Walsh Aug. 4, 1984 in Golden Township. She was a homemaker. Survivors are a son, Michael VanByrne of California; a daughter, Jennifer (Christopher) Boyd of California; sister, Isabel (Vincent) Otteson of Mears; brothers, Robert Jon (Bonnie) Birke of Mears and Florida, and Richard C. (Patricia) Birke of Sun City, Ariz.; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank E. Walsh. Funeral service Friday, Nov. 5, 11 a.m. at Tate Funeral Home, Hart with Rev. Lorraine Boucon officiating. Visitation Thursday, Nov. 4, 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial in Hart Cemetery.

November 1, 1999 Oceana Herald Journal
VanderVen, Agnes I., 76, of Mears, passed away Monday, Nov. 1, 1999 at the Oceana County Medical Care Facility. She was born Aug. 14, 1923 in Todd County, Iowa, the daughter of Richard and Jenny (Middlebush) Rozeboom. She was raised in Minnesota and came to Michigan to attend Calvin College and Butterworth School of Nursing. She married Donald VanderVen Aug. 29, 1945 in Grand Rapids. She was a member of New Era Reformed Church where she had served as a Sunday School teacher and was a member of the Helping Hands. She had helped her husband operate VanderVens Supermarket in New Era. Survivors are her husband, Donald; daughters, Sharla VanderVen of Indianapolis, Helene (Warren) Dirkse of New Era, and Sharon (Clark) Kelley of Hart; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her sister, Tryphena Faber; and brother, Alvin Rozeboom. Funeral service Thursday, Nov. 4, 2 p.m. at New Era Reformed Church with Rev. Scott VanArendonk officiating. Visitation Wednesday, 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at Cooper-Harris Funeral Home ,Shelby. Entombment in New Era Cemetery Mausoleum. It is suggested that memorials may be given to the New Era Reformed Church Choir.

November 2, 1999 Oceana Herald Journal
TenBrink, Kathryn “Kate”, 81, of New Era, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 2, 1999 at Hackley Hospital. She was born May 25, 1918 in Shelby, the daughter of Samuel an Beatrix (Pider) Roth. She married Carl TenBrink May 18, 1946 in Grand Rapids. He passed away May 3, 1997. She received a bachelors degree from Western Michigan University. She was a teacher for many years at Carpenter and other country schools. She taught later at Benona and in Rothbury. She lived in the Shelby and New Era area her entire life. She was a member of New Era Reformed Church. She also belonged to the Oceana County Historical Society and the Oceana Retired Teachers Association. Survivors are her sons, Jim (Judy) TenBrink of New Era, Chuck TenBrink of Chicago; sister, Elizabeth Porter of Shelby; and a niece, Dawn Thompson of Hesperia; brothers-in-law, Walter (Adriana) TenBrink, and Jay (Betty) TenBrink; sisters-in-law, Nina (Lyle) Lewis, Marian (Don) Fleming and Helen Hicks all of New Era. Funeral service Friday, Nov. 5, 2 p.m. at New Era Reformed Church with Rev. Scott VanArendonk officiating. Interment in Mennonite Cemetery. It is suggested that memorials may be given to the Oceana Historical Society. Arrangements by Cooper-Harris Funeral Home, Shelby.

November 3, 1999 Oceana Herald Journal
Mutrick, Kathleen “Kate”, 75, of New Era, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 3, 1999 at Lakeshore Community Hospital. She was born Oct. 17, 1924 in New Era, the daughter of Kohn and Florence (Wagner) Mutrick. Kate was employed at New Era Canning Company in accounting and payroll for many years until 1982. She later worked as a security guard for Pinkerton and CVC. She was an avid horseperson and formed the first all womens parade group in the late 1970’s called K’s Riders. Kate is survived by a large group of friends and acquaintances. Funeral service Saturday, Nov. 6, 10:30 a.m. at Cooper-Harris Funeral Home with Rev. Earnest Cummings officiating. Interment in Oakgrove Cemetery, Rothbury.

November 4, 1999 Oceana Herald Journal
Kokx, Lawrence Francis “Larry”, 59, of Hart, passed away Thursday morning, Nov. 4, 1999 at Lakeshore Community Hospital. He was born Feb. 23, 1940 in Oceana County, the son of Lewis and Mary (Greiner) Kokx. He married Carol Sue Gallimore, Nov. 20, 1986 at St. Joseph’s. He was a farmer and had lived in this area all of his life. He was affiliated with St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Weare and enjoyed hunting and the outdoors. He is survived by his wife, Carol Kokx of Hart; sons, Lewis John and Shirley Kokx of Mecosta, Lawrence F. and Heather Kokx II of Detroit, and Daniel L. Kokx of Hart; daughter, Colleen Gallimore of Lansing; four grandchildren; brothers, LaVerne Kokx and Willard L. Kokx both of Hart; sisters, Ethel Ewing and Lorraine Bray both of Hart; and many nieces and nephews. Funeral service Tuesday, Nov. 9 at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Weare with Rev. Fr. Charles Brown officiating. Rosary at 10:15 Tuesday at the church.Visitation Tuesday 9 a.m. to service time at the church. Buriel in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements by Tate Funeral Home, Hart.

November 7, 1999 Obituary Muskegon Chronicle, Muskegon Michigan, Monday, November 7, 1999
Talmadge, Marie Mrs., Lansing (Formerly of Muskegon) Mrs. Marie Talmadge, age 85, died early Saturday morning in Lansing following a short illness.Mrs. Talmadge was born in Muskegon on January 20, 1914 and lived in Muskegon prior to moving to Lansing in 1994. She was a member of the Covenant Reform Church of Muskegon Hts., the Eastern Star, Mespah Chapter and a life member of the Muskegon Eagles, Aerie 668. Prior to her retirement, she worked as a Licensed Practical Nurse for many years at various medical practices throughout the Muskegon area.In 1962, Mrs. Talmadge was named Muskegon County medical assistant of the year. She married Vernon B. Talmadge in Muskegon on Aug.15, 1932. Survivors: she is survived by her loving daughter, Lois M. Nealey of Grand Ledge; a sister, Audrey Alexander of Grand Ledge;a daughter-in-law Sylvia Vanderleest of Shelby; 11 grandchildren and 17 great- grandchildren. She also leaves many friends at the Ivan Woods Senior World in Lansing and a special friend, Donna Hislop of Muskegon. She was preceded in death by her husaband, Vernon in 1949 and a son, Donald in 1989. Services: the Funeral Sevice will be held at the Lee Funeral Home,Tuesday,11:30 A.M. November 9,1999.Rev. Jeffery Boersma, officiating. Visitation: Friends may meet with the family, 1 hour prior to the service. Interment: Mona View Cemetery.Memorial: for a more lasting memorial, friends and family are asked to consider the Hospice House of Mid- Michigan, 1210 W. Saginaw Rd., Lansing, MI 48915 Lee

Nov. 8, 1999 Oceana Herald Journal
White, Benjamin, 3, of Shelby, went to be with his Lord Monday, Nov. 8, 1999. He touched the hearts of all who knew him, especially with his infectious smile. He was a Shelby Tiger fan through and through! Survivors are his parents, Vaughn and Anne White; brothers, Jacob and Lucas; sister, Emily; grandparents, Frank and Elsie Uganski of Whitehall, Yvonne and Larry Everts of Traverse City, and Edward White and Gayle Gillis of Clare; great-grandparents, Lloyd and Velma Murray of Six Lakes; many aunts, uncles, and cousins. Services Friday, Nov. 12, 3:30 p.m. at Shelby High School Auditorium with Rev. Kenton Anderson officiating. Visitation Wednesday and Thursday 7-9 p.m. at Cooper-Harris Funeral Home. Interment in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Shelby. It is suggested that memorials may be given to Ronald McDonald House, 1323 Cedar, N.E., Grand Rapids, Mich. 49503

November 11, 1999 Oceana Herald Journal
Johnson, Rolla N., 101, passed away Thursday, Nov. 11, 1999 at Cherry Blossom Manor in Hart. He was born Dec. 24, 1897 in Coe Township, Isabella County. He moved to California in 1924 and married Cora M. McGonigal in Fortuna. She passed away in Sacramento April 15, 1967. In 1973 he married Alice Cullen and they moved to New Era. She passed away April 8, 1983. He was a machinist and a cabinetmaker before his retirement. He was a 32nd Degree Mason. Survivors are a step-grandson, Kendall Moore of Corvallis, Mont.; a foster son, George Moffett of Grants Pass, Ore., a foster daughter, Ruth Morris of Sacramento; and a niece, Roline Dance of Matlacha, Fla. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Beulah VanDyke; step-daughters, Dorothy Moore; and Ethel Snyder. Private family services at Sierra Hills Memorial Park in Sacramento, Calif. Local arrangements by Cooper-Harris Funeral Home, Shelby.

Nov. 21, 1999
McLouth, Douglas A., 56, of Shelby, passed away Sunday, Nov. 21, 1999 at Lakeshore Community Hospital. He was born Jan. 20, 1943 in Shelby, the son of Edward and Dorothy (Cole) McLouth. He married Sue Ann Barber March 21, 1970. He was a Vietnam Army Vetera Douglas A. McLouth, 56, of Shelby, passed away Sunday, Nov. 21, 1999 at Lakeshore Community Hospital. He was born Jan. 20, 1943 in Shelby, the son of Edward and Dorothy (Cole) McLouth. He married Sue Ann Barber March 21, 1970. He was a Vietnam Army Veteran. He was a member of the Robert Wiswell Post #9456 Shelby V.F.W. and Gordon Bates Post #30 American Legion. He had been employed at Muskegon Piston Ring for 25 years before becoming a rural mail carrier. He worked out of the Hart Post Office. Survivors are his wife, Sue; daughters, Tonya and Erin McLouth of Shelby, grandson Collen Pineda of Shelby; brothers, Lyman (Luella) McLouth of Grand Rapids, Laurence (Mary) McLouth of Muskegon; Russell (Charlene) McLouth and Gary (Michelle) McLouth both of Shelby; and his sister, Mary (Gerald) Hamann of Alabama. He was preceded in death by his parents; his sisters, Dorothy McCauley and Marjorie Clayton; brothers, Ronald and Gordon McLouth. Services Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2 p.m. at Cooper-Harris Funeral Home, Shelby with Rev. Earnest Cummings officiating. Interment in Mt. Hope Cemetery with military rites conducted by the American Legion and VFW. It is suggested that memorials may be given to the Oceana Cowboys Youth Football Program. Oceanas Herald Journal

Dec. 3, 1999 Oceanas Herald Journal
Wenk, Joyce 79, of Shelby, passed away Friday, Dec. 3, 1999 at Lakeshore Community Hospital. She was born Aug. 9, 1920 in Ferry Township, the daughter of Adelbert and Rose (Rowe) Lamphier. She married Willis ÒBudÓ Willard March 31, 1945. He passed away Jan. 22, 1987. She married Howard Wenk Aug. 7, 1988. He passed away March 29, 1996. She lived most of her life in Ferry Township. She was employed at Shelby State Bank where she worked as a loan officer before her retirement. She was a member of Ferry United Methodist Church. She had also been active in the Extension Club and 4-H. Survivors are her son, James (Carol) Willard of Shelby; daughter, Nancy (Frank) Pratt of Grant; grandchildren, Susan (Ron) Schmock of Muskegon, Arlene Trevino of Shelby, Mary Conkel of Montague, Shelly (Jake) Willard-Scudder of Rothbury, Matt Lawson of Shelby, Scott (Jacquie) Morden of Shallotte, N.C., and Mark Morden of Hesperia; step-children, Fred (Vicki) Wenk of Shelby, Carl (Sally) Wenk of Hart, Larry (Mary) Wenk of Shelby and Donna Berry of Fennville; step-grandchildren, Stephen Pratt , Amy Wilson, Eva (Bob) Trudell and Paul (Kristine) Pratt all of Grand Rapids. She was also preceded in death by her son, Jack Willard in 1998. Funeral services Monday, Dec. 6, 10:30 a.m. at Cooper-Harris Funeral Home, Shelby with Pastor Brad Brillhart officiating. Interment in Ferry Township Cemetery. It is suggested that memorials may be given to the Ferry United Methodist Church.

Dec. 5, 1999 obit on December 31, 2000 Oceanas Herald Journal
Houghton, Delbert D. 65, of Hart, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, Dec. 5, 1999 at home. He was born Feb. 3, 1934 in Ferry Township, the son of Frank and Lottie (Swinton) Houghton. Delbert lived in Ferry Township many years and came to Hart about 20 years ago. He was an Air Force veteran, serving from 1955 to 1958. He was employed at Continental Motors for 10 years following military service. He was employed at Achterhoff Funeral Home for several years and various other jobs. Currently he worked at Michigan Freeze Pack in Hart. Delbert was a member of Our Saviour Lutheran Church in Hart. Survivors are his brothers, LeRoy (Annabelle) Houghton of Hesperia and Dale Houghton of Shelby; sister, Mary (Dale) Clark of Hesperia; his aunt, Ferne Strickfaden of Shelby; friend, Letha Wlodkowski of Hart; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sister, June Deeds and brother, Louis Houghton. Funeral services Friday, Dec. 10, 1 p.m. at Cooper-Harris Funeral Home, Shelby with Rev. Dean Fleming officiating. Interment in Ferry Township Cemetery.

December 23, 1999 Oceanas Herald Journal
Davies, Richard E.
A memorial mass for Richard E. Davies, 73, of Montague is scheduled for Saturday, April 29, 11 a.m. at Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church in Rothbury with Father John Vallier as celebrant. A luncheon will follow at the V.F.W. Hall Post #884, 1061 Witham Road in North Muskegon. He was born July 8, 1926 in Chicago, the son of Raymond and Ursala (Davis) Davies. He passed away Dec. 23, 1999. He was a US Army World War II and Korean War veteran. He lived in the Chicago area most of his life and was employed by Johnson and Johnson as a machinery mechanic. He came to this area, to Claybanks Township, upon his retirement in 1986. Survivors include his wife, Maxine; step-children, Terry Lill of Chicago and Gerald Ballard of Burbank, Ill.; brothers, Ronald Davies of Orland Park, Ill. and James Davies of Chicago; and his sister, Joan Grady of Tucson, Ariz. Arrangements by Cooper-Harris Funeral Home, Shelby.

December 27, 1999 Oceanas Herald Journal
Rinker, Lowell
A memorial service for Lowell Rinker will be held Saturday, May 20 at 11 a.m. at John Gurney Park Pavilion in Hart. Rinker was the owner/editor of the Hart Journal and later OceanaÕs Herald-Journal. He lived in the Hart area since 1950, semi-retired in 1996 and spent the winters in Harlingen, Texas. He and his wife traveled around the country in their fifth-wheel trailer. Rinker died in Harlingen Dec. 27, 1999. Surviving are his wife Ann, and daughter Kathleen, of Wheaton, Ill.; brother Gary and Judy Rinker, of Ohio; sister and brother-in-law Rebecca and Bruce Gleason of Bitely; and many cousins and friends. Rev. Earnest Cummings will officiate the service

December 28, 1999 posted Jan. 6, 2000 O.H.J.
Payne, Lester “Bill” 81 of Shelby, husband of Elizabeth “Betty” Ludwig, died December 28, 1999 at Heartland Health Care Center in Whitehall, Michigan. Lester was born June 12, 1918 in New Era to Orin & Mabel (Kamhout) Payne and married to Elizabeth January 9, 1948. Buried in Mount Hope Cemetery in Shelby

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