Obituaries Archives for 2016-07

Nancy Hall Button

Nancy Hall Button, age 81 of Hastings peacefully passed away Monday, July 11, 2016, at home with her loving family by her side.


Nancy was born on August 5, 1934, in Mt. Clemens, Michigan, and was the loving daughter of William and Leah (Common) Hall. In 1952, she graduated from Grosse Pointe High School where she met the love of her life Donald Button. On January 14, 1955, they began their 61 years of marriage and cherished memories while raising three daughters. She proudly received an Elementary Education teaching certificate from Western Michigan University in 1956.


For the next 20 years, Don and Nan lived in Kalamazoo where she began her lifelong accomplishments of giving to her family and others. She was a member of the Kalamazoo Service Club, a mentor and leader with the Glowing Embers Girl Scout Council , involved as a Sigma Sigma Sigma alumni, and gave of her time as a Pretty Lake Volunteer.

In 1976 Don and Nan moved to East Grand Rapids where she continued giving of her heart and time. She was a member of the Grand Rapids Women’s Club, took the time to read to children in the Head Start Program and was a volunteer for the Blodgett Hospital Guild.

In 1983, Don and Nan became members of Holiday Park Campground near Traverse City, MI. Both of them treasured their fun-filled summers camping in beautiful Northern Michigan.

After moving to Hastings in 1985, Don and Nan became the proud owners of Hodges Jewelry and Gifts. While living in Hastings Nan became a member of the First Presbyterian Church and the GFWC for 36 years, served as GFWC President (1995-1997) and as a Pennock Hospital Volunteer, and was named GFWC Ms. Federation Honoree 2002. Giving her heart and time to others and the community was always a passion of Nan’s, however; devoting her support, time, and love to Don, her three daughters, and her four beautiful grandchildren was what gave her the greatest pride and joy.


She was preceded in death by her parents, William B. and Leah (Common) Hall.


Nancy will be dearly missed by her devoted husband Donald L. Button of Hastings, daughters, Deb Button of Hastings, Kathy (Rick) Beauregard of Kalamazoo, Karen (Pete) Walenta of Hudsonville, grandchildren: Bryan Walenta, Brad Beauregard, Kyle Walenta and Megan Walenta, and her sister, Barb Terepin of Rochester, MI.


In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Barry Community Foundations Kick Start fund (In honor of Nancy’s love for children) or Spectrum Health Hospice.


A memorial visitation will be held on Friday, July 22, 2016, from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm at the Girrbach Funeral Home in Hastings.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, July 23, 2016, at 11:00 am at the First Presbyterian Church, 405 N. M-37 Hwy., Hastings, MI 49058. Dr. James Spindler will officiate the service.


Arrangements by Girrbach Funeral Home, please visit our website at to sign the online guestbook or to leave a memory or message for the family. 


Michael Robert Schantz

Michael Robert Schantz, age 64 of Hastings, passed away Monday, July 11, 2016 at home with his family.


Mike was born on September 15, 1951 in Hastings, Michigan the son of Karl and Colleen (Jones) Schantz. He graduated from Hastings High School in 1970. Mike married Sally Winebrenner on September 29, 1973. He worked on a farm for one year and worked for Bradford White in Middleville for 43 years until his retirement.

Mike was a member of the Freeport Baptist Church and enjoyed golfing, hunting, camping and sports.


He was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Walter Winebrenner and sister-in-law, Kathleen (Girrbach) Schantz.


Mike is survived by his wife Sarah (Sally) Schantz of Hastings, daughter, Shellie (Kevin) Hubert of Chassell, MI, sons, Aaron (Alison Fouts) Schantz of Zeeland, MI, Todd (Tiffany Cappon) Schantz of Hastings, grandchildren: Orin and Kyle Hubert, Phoebe, Jonathan and Sophia Schantz, parents, Karl and Colleen Schantz, sister, Cheryl (Ron) Larabee and brother, Stanley (Jackie) Schantz, all of Hastings as well as many nieces and nephews.


Memorial contributions may be made to Freeport Baptist Church 380 County Line Rd (108th St), Freeport, MI 49325 or Faith Hospice, 2100 Raybrook SE, Suite 300, Grand Rapids, MI 49546-5783.


A Memorial Visitation will be held on Wednesday, July 13, 2016 from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm at the Girrbach Funeral Home in Hastings. A Memorial Service will be held at 12 noon on Thursday, July 14, 2016 at the Girrbach Funeral Home. Pastor Ron Perrine will officiate the service. A luncheon will follow the service at the Freeport Community Center, 200 State St., Freeport, MI.


A private family interment will take place at Dowling Cemetery.


Arrangements by Girrbach Funeral Home, please visit our website at to sign the online guestbook or to leave a memory or message for the family. 


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