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Obituaries

John Charles Haines

John Charles Haines

 

( November 29, 1958 - March 27, 2021 )

 

John C. Haines, age 62 of Hastings, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, March 27. 

 

The fourth son of Merle and Phyllis Haines, John grew up in Hastings, graduating from Hastings High School in 1976.  He went on to graduate with a bachelor's degree from Western Michigan University in 1980.  

 

While working at City Food and Beverage in 1978, John met the girl of his dreams, Diane (Barlow). One year later he finally worked up the courage to ask her out, and in August of 1981, he sealed the deal and married her.

 

John had only just begun to enjoy his retirement after celebrating a more than 35-year career split between time at both the Battle Creek Federal Center and Flexfab in Hastings.  John spent many weekends over twenty plus assisting his father-in-law Gordon Barlow with his auction business.

 

Even before his retirement, John could frequently be found on the golf course for “meetings" with his son Brandon and friends Marty Haywood and Bob Snow. He was a member at the former Riverbend Golf Course, as well as The Legacy at Hastings. John served on the Board of Directors for the Hastings Bowling Association and was a member of the Michigan State USBC.

 

A former member of the Hastings High School Marching Band John shared his love of music and the trumpet with his daughter Michelle. Much to his granddaughter's dismay, John and Michelle also shared a love of “Dad jokes”.

 

A proud father and grandfather he had recently started learning German in anticipation of travel to visit his eldest daughter Sarah and grandson Sebastian in Germany. 

 

An avid sports fan, John loved the Michigan State Spartans; Detroit Tigers, Redwings, Pistons, and the perennially disappointing Lions. He enjoyed and simultaneously dreaded, the Michigan - Michigan State rivalry he had with his brother-in-law Tim and co-workers at Flexfab.

 

John is preceded in death by his father, Merle Haines; father-in-law, Gordon Barlow; sister-in-law Katherine Haines; and mother, Phyllis Haines. 

 

John is survived by his wife of thirty-nine years, Diane Haines; children Sarah (Michael) Hofmann, Michelle Krebs, Brandon (Kim Tebo) Haines; grandchildren, Molly Krebs, and Sebastian Hofmann; brothers William, Brad, Mark, and Peter Haines, mother-in-law Jane Barlow, five sisters-in-law, two brothers-in-law and his 15 nieces and nephews.

 

The family asks those who knew him to share a fond memory with them through the online condolences page at www.girrbachfuneralhome.net.  

 

A visitation for John will be held at Girrbach Funeral Home on Saturday, April 3, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., facemasks are required.  A graveside service will follow at 1:30 p.m. at Rutland Township Cemetery on M-37. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the graveside service's open environment may be a better option for those who wish to say their goodbyes.  Guests attending the visitation or graveside service are encouraged to wear their favorite college team colors... green and white are preferred. Arrangements by Girrbach Funeral Home.

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Cynthia Ann Robbe

Cynthia Ann Robbe, age 94, of Hastings passed away on February 20, 2021.  She was born on November 9, 1926, the daughter of William and Florence (Mahler) Everett. 

 

Cynthia was a graduate of Flushing High School and Eastern Michigan University.  On September 7, 1947, Cynthia married Kenneth James Robbe, and they were married for 71 years until his death in 2019.  She worked for the Hastings Area School System as a Physical Education Teacher and Coach. 

 

Cynthia was a member of Hastings Emmanuel Episcopal Church and enjoyed singing in the choir there.  She belonged to bridge clubs and the hospital guild.  She was a golf legend and enjoyed women’s volleyball, round dancing, ballroom, and swing dance. 

 

Cynthia is preceded in death by her husband of 71 years, Kenneth James Robbe, parents Florence and William Everett, daughter Rebecca (Robbe) Matthews, sister Elizabeth Dial, sister-in-law Doris Sare, brothers-in-law Merlin Dyball, William Dial, David Climer and Paul Sare. 

 

She is survived by her twin sister, Margaret Climer of Mishawaka, IN, son Gary (Deborah) Robbe of Hastings, MI, daughter Kendra (Robert) Bethell of Tucson, AZ, son-in-law John Matthews of Phoenix, AZ, grandchildren Nathan Robbe, Ben Robbe, Jim (Heidi) Robbe, Amy (Kyle) Pohja, Ivory Bethell, Troy Bethell, Nadia (Michael) O’Shea, Janelle (Sheree) Matthews, Luke (Charisse) Matthews, 12 great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 315 W Center Street; Hastings, MI  49058. 

 

A memorial service will be announced and held at a later date.  Arrangements by Girrbach Funeral Home.  To leave an online condolence, visit www.girrbachfuneralhome.net.

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Donald Jay Falconer

Donald Jay Falconer

( January 01, 1939 - February 22, 2021 )

Donald Jay Falconer, Sr. was born in Hastings, Michigan on January 1, 1939, to Bernard and Lois (Neil) Falconer, he had just turned 82 years old.   Don attended Hastings Schools, where he was active in FFA and played football. He graduated in 1956.   Don was a lifetime farmer; even after his health wouldn’t allow him to work on the farm, he enjoyed watching his sons work the fields.   He worked at South Kent Gravel as a large equipment operator, retiring from the Hastings Landfill.

 

He married the love of his life, Connie (Overholt) on October 8, 1960 and in 2020 they celebrated 60 years of building a wonderful life and family together.  

 

Don loved going out west hunting, and enjoyed fishing, traveling with best friends Dave & Barb Dykstra, eating with his breakfast club at the Shamrock, and working on his yard.   But his greatest joy came from his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren, and helping build houses for family members.

 

Don was preceded in death by his parents, Bernard and Lois Falconer, parents-in-law George and Marian Overholt, sister Doreen Falconer, brother Ben Falconer, daughter in-law Linda Falconer, brothers- in-law Bill Pickard and Wayne Kauffman, and sister-in-law Michelle Overholt.

 

Don is survived by his loving wife Connie, children Butch (Becky) Falconer, Brenda (Milton) Buehler, Dave (Kim) Falconer, eight grandchildren Ben (Justeen) Buehler, BJ (Holly) Buehler, Megan (Jon) Wright, Jessica (Greg) Matthews, DJ (Kaylie) Falconer, Kristen Falconer (Ben), Audrey (Travis) Trudgeon, Chelsea Falconer (Robert), four step-grandchildren Zach (Dezirae) Gingrich, Alec (Lindsay) Gingrich, Courtney (Kaleb) Stonehouse, and Alyssa Larsen (Aaron),  23 great grandchildren and 4 great-great grandchildren, sister Darlene Pickard, sisters-in-law Jeanie Kauffman and Wanda (Tom) Burnell, and brothers-in-law Arlan Overholt and John Overholt.

 

The family will receive visitors on Friday, February 26th from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM at Hope Church of the Brethren, 14275 – 92nd Street , S.E.; Freeport, Michigan 49325.   In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Barry County 4-H in the name of Donald Falconer.  Arrangements by Girrbach Funeral Home.  To leave an online condolence visit www.girrbachfuneralhome.net.

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Carolyn Louise Chaffee

Carolyn Louise Chaffee, age 70, of Hastings, Michigan, passed away on December 17, 2020.

 

Carolyn was born on August 30, 1950 in Kalamazoo, Michigan, the daughter of Jerome and Clarice Miles. She was a 1968 graduate of Hastings High School and Davenport College in 1969. Carolyn was married from July 11, 1971 to October 2003 to David Kaiser, and married Thomas Chaffee on August 12, 2006.

 

Carolyn worked at Bliss Corporation as a secretary. She was also an assessor for Carlton Township, and also a homemaker. She was a Welcome Corners Church Member, a leader for the Welcome Corners 4-H, and also belonged to the Ringo Swingo Square Dance Club, Yankee Springs Trail Riders, and Shore to Shore Trail Riders as well. She enjoyed knitting baby hats and donating them to Pennock Hospital, she also knitted dishcloths and potholders for Barry County Cares. She was interested in family history and photography.

 

Carolyn was preceded in death by her brother Thomas Miles in 1958. AT this time the Miles family became active in attending Christian Church. Her first born son, Lee Jacob Kaiser, also precedes her in death on August 30, 1990.

 

She is survived by her parents, Jerome and Clarence Miles, her husband of 14 years, Thomas Chaffee, son Mark (Tracy) Kaiser, all of Hastings, Michigan, daughter Amy (Brian) Heath of Nashville, Michigan, daughter Tammy (Matt) Vaughn of Traverse City, Michigan, brothers Terry (June) Miles and Jon Miles, sisters Nancy (Andy) Pelli, Susan (Dan) Carlson, all of Hastings, Michigan, many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

 

A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 2:00 PM at Fuller Cemetery, 4400 N. Charlton Park Rd; Hastings, MI 49058 with Pastor Kim Metzer officiating. Arrangements by Girrbach Funeral Home. To leave an online condolence, visit www.girrbachfuneralhome.net.

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James Leon Jaynes

James Leon Jaynes, age 86 of Hastings, Michigan, passed away on October 28, 2020.  James was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan on January 7, 1934, the son of James M. and Faye M. (Fleury) Jaynes.  

 

Jim attended Hastings Area Schools, graduating in 1952.  He attended Western Michigan College of Education, graduating in 1954 with a business degree.  Jim served in the United States Army from 1955 - 1957.  On August 4, 1962, Jim married Frieda Arens, and they enjoyed 58 years together.

 

Jim enjoyed 36 years at deer camp in Lake City with his hunting crew: Ken, Norm, John, Jim and Brad.  He also liked fishing, bowling, golf, snowmobiling, mushroom hunting, and cutting wood. He was a member of the Elks and Moose Lodge since 1965. Jim also loved spending time with his family.

 

Jim was preceded in death by his parents Jim and Faye (Fleury) Jaynes, his sister Nancy L. Robinson, and brother-in-law John Robinson.

 

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Frieda (Arens) Jaynes, children Deborah Jaynes-Dyke, Jacquelyn (Brad) Jaynes-Tolles, Laura Jaynes and step-daughter Julie (Ron) Corrigan Cizek, eight grandchildren Thomas and Andrew Dyke, Morgan, Elliza, Braden and Kearan Tolles, Alexander and Anna Cizek, and one great-granddaughter Sophia Dyke.

 

The family would like to thank the caring staff at Pennock Hospital for their compassion and excellent care as well as all the caring people who have supported Jim and Frieda over the years with their time, cards, and prayers.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to St. Rose of Lima Mass Intentions.

 

Visitation will be on Sunday, November 1, 2020 from 2:00-4:00 PM with a Funeral Service at 4:00 PM at Girrbach Funeral Home, 328 S Broadway, Hastings, MI 49058.  Arrangements by Girrbach Funeral Home.  To leave an online condolence, visit www.girrbachfuneralhome.net.

 

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Nottingham, Donald L.

Nottingham, Donald L.

Prairieville

 

Donald Lloyd Nottingham, age 77, of Prairieville, passed away on August 17, 2020 at Wings Home. 

 

Don was born November 25, 1942 in Plainwell, the son of Lloyd and Doris (Boulter) Nottingham.  In his younger years, Don worked on the family farm.  He graduated from Delton-Kellogg High School in 1961.  Don was a member of Doster Community Reformed Church since 1979, where he served as an elder many times and was a music leader.  Don served as a Volunteer Fire Fighter on the Prairieville Twp. Pine Lake Fire Department for many years.  He was also a member of the Delton Moose Lodge.  Don worked as a Machinist for E. W. Bliss in Hastings for 30 years and then worked for the Barry County Commission On Aging delivering Meals on Wheels with his wife.  Don enjoyed gardening, hunting, woodworking, fishing, mushroom hunting, playing euchre, music and singing. 

 

Don is survived by his wife, Elayne (Eichenauer) Nottingham; sons: Stephen (Tammy) Nottingham and Kevin (Vickey) Nottingham; grandchildren: Christopher, Emily (Bryan), Tyler, Kirsten, and Mackenzi; and several nieces and nephews.  Don was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Ronald Nottingham. 

 

Private family services will be conducted on Friday, August 21, 2020.  The family welcomes you to join them virtually on the funeral home’s website at 1:00 PM.  Memorial contributions to Doster Community Reformed Church, Wings Home, or Barry County Commission on Aging will be appreciated. 

 

Please visit www.williamsgoresfuneral.com to share a memory or to leave a condolence message for Don’s family.

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Dorothy J. Cappon

Dorothy J. Cappon

( March 13, 1929 - June 14, 2020 )

 

Dorothy J. (Bump) Cappon was born in Hastings, Michigan on March 13, 1929 to Clarence and Myrtle L. (Cheeseman) Bump.  She attended schools in Hastings and graduated from High School in 1947.  She worked after school and on Saturdays at the Ben Franklin Store.  After graduation, she worked as a clerk in the IBM Department of the Hastings Manufacturing Company.  She joined the Grand Street E.U.B. Church as a child and was married in the same church to Robert L. Cappon of Woodland on September 16, 1950.  She then worked with her husband on the farm for 25 years and later went to work at the Provincial (Nursing) Home, now known as Hastings Rehab for 10 years before retirement.  Dorothy was a member of the Michigan Steam Engine and Threshers Club.

 

Dorothy is preceded in death by her husband Robert, two brothers Clarence Bump, Jr., and Duane Bump.  She is survived by her children Barbara (Cappon) Steele and Gordon (Terri) Cappon, two grandchildren Craig (Shana) Cappon and Trent (Stacie) Cappon, five great-grandchildren and several nieces, nephews, and in-laws.

 

Memorial Contributions in honor of Dorothy can be made to Woodland United Methodist Church, 203 N Main St, Woodland, MI 48897, or Thornapple Manor, 2700 Nashville Rd, Hastings, MI 49058.

 

A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at 11 AM at Woodland Memorial Park Cemetery, 3551 Velte Road; Woodland, MI  48897.  Arrangements by Girrbach Funeral Home.  To leave an online condolence, visit www.girrbachfuneralhome.net.

 

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Lester Altoft

Mr. Lester "Santa Grandpa" Altoft, age 86, of Nashville passed away Saturday, May 30th, 2020 at his home surrounded by his loving family.

Lester was born in Hastings, MI on February 27, 1934, the son of the late Alfred (Evelyn) Altoft and Minnie Hinckley.

He remained in the Hastings area after graduating from Hastings High School in 1952. Shortly after completing high school, Lester enlisted in the United States Army where he served faithfully before being honorably discharged in 1958.

Lester spent his working career employed at E.W. Bliss and General Motors, where he worked for over 25 years before retiring.

On August 27, 1971, Lester married the love of his life and best friend Lorraine (Goforth) Altoft. The couple made their home together in the Hastings area where they raised their family. Lester and Lorraine had celebrated 48 years of marriage when Lorraine passed away in January 2020.

Along with spending time with his family, Lester enjoyed camping during the summer months and riding snowmobiles during the winter. His signature snow-white beard helped earn him the annual role of playing Santa Claus during Christmas and the nickname "Santa Grandpa". He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, mushrooming, and cheering on Lakewood sports whether his grandchildren were participants or not.

Lester is survived by his two daughters Chris (Mike) Horstman, Deb (Joe) Sprague, son, Adam (Lisa) Altoft, son-in-law Joe Welch, 12 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren with 3 on the way, 3 great-great-grandchildren, his sisters, Harriet (Kendall) Jefferies, Mary Bustance, Alice (Rex) Pennington, Viola Bennett, Arlene Ripley, sister-in-law Helen Altoft and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Lorraine, daughter Denise Welch, son Jon Altoft, his brothers Albert, Charlie, and Ray, and his sister Esther.

Friends and family may pay respects Wednesday June 3, 2020 during the entire afternoon and early evening hours from 1pm - 7pm on an individual or small group basis observing guidelines of the current executive orders.

Graveside Servies will be held at 12 noon on Thursday, June 4th. Lester will be laid to rest next to his beloved wife Lorraine at the Wilcox Cemetery in Nashville, MI. with military honors provided by the United States Army.
 

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Patricia Lou Leckrone

Patricia “Pat” L. Leckrone, age 88, died on December 14, 2019 at home in Middleville, Michigan.  Pat was born May 17, 1931 to Edward Leo Harrington and Donna (Welton) Harrington.  She graduated from Hastings High School in 1949 and worked for Viking and Tyden Corporation from 1947 to 1991 taking 5 years off for the birth of their sons.  She retired at age 60 to complete her “bucket list” which she did except for learning to swim and play golf.

 

Pat married Harry Leckrone on May 12, 1951.  They have 2 sons:  Kirk, Grand Rapids and Kevin (Tina), East Lansing.  Harry died August 22, 2004.

 

Pat and Harry built all three of their own houses in Hastings and had a cottage on Lake Eleanor in Brethren, Michigan where they spent lots of time fishing, mushrooming, and going to the Casino in Manistee.  They built their first home on South Market Street in Hastings before they were married.  She lived in their last house for 56 years on Little Long Lake in Baltimore Township, Hastings.  After their sons left home, they enjoyed two exchange students for a summer, one from Finland and one from Germany.

 

Pat loved to bluegill fish, especially fly fishing, going to Las Vegas, Cedar Point roller coasters, playing euchre, cribbage, hours on her computer and celebrating their wedding anniversaries big time, like their 10th, 25th, 40th and last one was 50th.  After Harry’s death, Pat spent most of her winters in Clearwater, Florida until she sold her house and moved to Carveth Village in Middleville, Michigan in 2016.

 

Preceding her besides her husband and parents was a wonderful step-father, Lloyd Wilkins, sisters: Jane Sanborn, Jean Kimmel, Priscilla Phelan, Sue Babcock, and friend, Donald Wellfare.

 

She is survived by son Kirk (friend Jason) of Grand Rapids, son Kevin (Tina) of East Lansing, step-granddaughters:  Jacquelyn Smith and Christina (Paul) Coonrod, sisters Joyce Cruttenden Phelan of Middleville, sister-in-law Betty (Clem) Bielecki of Westland, Michigan and numerous nieces and nephews.

 

In lieu of flowers, contributions to American Legion Post 45, 2160 S M37 Highway, Hastings, MI 49058 would be appreciated.  She was not a member, but her dad, mother and Harry were.

 

Visitation will be Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at 1:00 PM with a service following at 2:00 PM at Girrbach Funeral Home, 328 S Broadway, Hastings, MI  49058.  Her cremated remains will be placed with Harry’s at Striker Cemetery, Baltimore, Township.  Services provided by Girrbach Funeral Home, to leave an online condolence, visit www.girrbachfuneralhome.net.

( May 17, 1931 - December 14, 2019 )

 

Patricia “Pat” L. Leckrone, age 88, died on December 14, 2019 at home in Middleville, Michigan.  Pat was born May 17, 1931 to Edward Leo Harrington and Donna (Welton) Harrington.  She graduated from Hastings High School in 1949 and worked for Viking and Tyden Corporation from 1947 to 1991 taking 5 years off for the birth of their sons.  She retired at age 60 to complete her “bucket list” which she did except for learning to swim and play golf.

 

Pat married Harry Leckrone on May 12, 1951.  They have 2 sons:  Kirk, Grand Rapids and Kevin (Tina), East Lansing.  Harry died August 22, 2004.

 

Pat and Harry built all three of their own houses in Hastings and had a cottage on Lake Eleanor in Brethren, Michigan where they spent lots of time fishing, mushrooming, and going to the Casino in Manistee.  They built their first home on South Market Street in Hastings before they were married.  She lived in their last house for 56 years on Little Long Lake in Baltimore Township, Hastings.  After their sons left home, they enjoyed two exchange students for a summer, one from Finland and one from Germany.

 

Pat loved to bluegill fish, especially fly fishing, going to Las Vegas, Cedar Point roller coasters, playing euchre, cribbage, hours on her computer and celebrating their wedding anniversaries big time, like their 10th, 25th, 40th and last one was 50th.  After Harry’s death, Pat spent most of her winters in Clearwater, Florida until she sold her house and moved to Carveth Village in Middleville, Michigan in 2016.

 

Preceding her besides her husband and parents was a wonderful step-father, Lloyd Wilkins, sisters: Jane Sanborn, Jean Kimmel, Priscilla Phelan, Sue Babcock, and friend, Donald Wellfare.

 

She is survived by son Kirk (friend Jason) of Grand Rapids, son Kevin (Tina) of East Lansing, step-granddaughters:  Jacquelyn Smith and Christina (Paul) Coonrod, sisters Joyce Cruttenden Phelan of Middleville, sister-in-law Betty (Clem) Bielecki of Westland, Michigan and numerous nieces and nephews.

 

In lieu of flowers, contributions to American Legion Post 45, 2160 S M37 Highway, Hastings, MI 49058 would be appreciated.  She was not a member, but her dad, mother and Harry were.

 

Visitation will be Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at 1:00 PM with a service following at 2:00 PM at Girrbach Funeral Home, 328 S Broadway, Hastings, MI  49058.  Her cremated remains will be placed with Harry’s at Striker Cemetery, Baltimore, Township.  Services provided by Girrbach Funeral Home, to leave an online condolence, visit www.girrbachfuneralhome.net.

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Cecil Marie Van Sickle

Cecil Marie Van Sickle, 77, of Woodland, passed away on November 21, 2019 at the Hospice House in Lansing.  She was born on August 12, 1942 to Louis and Iris (Surine) Kellogg in Woodland, MI.  Cecil was very dedicated to her family and was especially proud of her grandchildren.  She was renowned for her vegetable and flower gardens.  Over the years Cecil would take in anyone who was in need of care.  

She will be dearly missed by Son Roger (Elizabeth) Van Sickle, grandchildren Ayden, Tiernen and Kian, siblings; Melvin (Marie) Kellogg, Kim (Anna) Kellogg along with several nieces and nephews.  
Preceding him in death by her parents and husband Earl Van Sickle.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, November 26, 2019 from 11am until 1pm at Koops Funeral Chapel.  Services will begin at 1pm with burial following at Woodland Memorial Park in Woodland, MI.  Memorials in Cecil’s name can be given to the Hydrocephalus Association.  Online condolences can be left at www.koopsfc.com

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Maxine Leone (Bennett) Springer

Maxine Leone (Bennett) Springer of Hastings, died on November 9, 2019 at age 101.

 

She was born March 21, 1918 in Hastings, Michigan the daughter of Forrest and Ethel (Warner) Bennett. She graduated from Hastings High School in 1936. On August 21, 1947 she married Donald C. Springer. She worked as a telephone operator, dental assistant, secretary and hearing and speech technician. She was a member of the Hastings Sports Women’s Club, Hastings Vivian’s Elks Club, Hastings Garden Club, Hastings Hospital Guild, Hastings Woman’s Club. In Marion Ohio she was a member of the Creator’s Guild, Christian Woman’s Club and she was the Chairman of the Red Cross Bloodmobile. In Venice, Florida she was a member of the Presbyterian Women’s Club, Venice Garden’s Association, and the Coin Club. Maxine and Donald were the second managers of the Hastings Airport from 1949 through 1954. They loved traveling all over the United States and overseas.

 

Maxine was preceded in death by her parents, husband of 71 years Donald, son Val Bennett Springer, great granddaughter Kyomi Linai Culpepper, brother Richard Bennett, sister-in-law’s Nancy Bennett and Gloria Russell, brother-in-law’s James and Francis (Fritz) Springer. She is survived by daughters Janice Lyn Miller and Sue (Michael) Murphy, grandchildren, Michael Dean (Brooke) Miller, Amanda Dubay, Micah (Jesi) Murphy, Chad (Maggie) Murphy, James (Amy) Murphy, Shana (Cliff) Bush, Catherine Hawthorne, Meghann (Tony) Russell, great grandchildren Jordan (Bria) Miller, Ashley (Matt) Champion, Lacey Baker, Daniel and Garrett Barton, Patrick, George, Mary Kate, Gracie, Mary (Nick Seguin) , Reagan, Brenagan and Evan Murphy, Casey (Jairo) Calvo, Emily and Adam Bush, Leah and Collin Hawthorne, and Willow Ray, Zoe and Anthony Russell and one great-great-granddaughter, Claire Marie Miller, sister-in-law’s Elizabeth Springer and Mary Springer. She will also be missed by nieces, nephews, cousins and the coffee ladies.

 

Funeral Service at 12:00 p.m. on Monday, November 18, 2019 at Girrbach Funeral Home 328 South Broadway Street, Hastings, Michigan 49058 with Visitation one-hour prior. Interment at Riverside Cemetery following luncheon. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Kyomi’s Gift (www.kyomisgift.org) through the Barry Community Foundation.

 

Arrangements by Girrbach Funeral Home. To leave an online condolence, visit www.girrbachfuneralhome.net.

 

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Agnes Marie Krammin

Agnes Marie Krammin, age 90, of Hastings, Michigan passed away on November 3, 2019.  Agnes was born on February 1, 1929, the daughter of Mahlen and Ione (Griffin) Fuller.

 

Agnes was a 1946 graduate of Hastings High School.  On October 21, 1951, she married Conrad Krammin, and they enjoyed 54 years together.  She worked as an accountant at Penney’s in Hastings and Allegan, and then was a housewife living on their family farm of 175 years.

 

Agnes enjoyed baking rolls, bread, and especially cherry pies, gardening, quilting, sewing, crocheting and cross stich, serving as a 4-H Sewing Teacher, and making syrup.  Agnes loved the Lord and attended the Woodgrove Brethren Christian Parish where she was very active and taught Sunday School.  She enjoyed raising her children, and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  Agnes was loving and caring for people and was a prankster as much.  

 

Agnes was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, son Glen Krammin, sister Helen Fuller and great-grandchild Donnie Pennock.

 

She is survived by her son, Lawrence Krammin of Hastings, daughters Loraine (John) Price of Sioux Falls, SD, and Jean (Krammin) Conway of Hastings, grandchildren Hannah (Terry) Parker of Waconia, MN, John (Toni) Price of West St. Paul, MN, Megan (Josh) Edwards of Wells, MN, Liz (Mike Parsons) Price of Sioux Falls, SD, Kurt Krammin of Hastings, Jeanette Conway of Hastings, Trisha (Ben Fust) Krammin of Hastings, and Stephen Krammin of Grand Rapids, Rose (Donald) Conway-Pennock of Grand Rapids, and Great-grandchildren Maggie Parker, Charlie Parker, Ezra Edwards, Aiden Edwards, Josie Edwards, Destiny Pennock and Lily Pennock.

 

Evening visitation will be Tuesday, November 5, 2019 from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM, Funeral Service will be on Wednesday, November 6 at 11:00 AM, Pastor Randall Bertrand officiating, with visitation one-hour prior all at Woodgrove Brethren Christian Parish, 4887 Coats Grove Rd; Hastings, MI 49058, interment at Fuller Cemetery and luncheon to follow.  Arrangements by Girrbach Funeral Home, to leave an online condolence, visit www.girrbachfuneralhome.net.

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Patricia Jeanne Thompson

Middleville-Patricia (Count) Johncock/Thompson, age 80, passed away October 24, 2019.  Patricia is now free from Alzheimer’s and is hopefully reuniting with her family and friends in heaven.

 

Patricia was born March 9, 1939 to Barbara (Powers) and Lyle Count and attended Middleville Schools.  After high school, she married Ron Johncock and had three children.  She enjoyed taking care of her family.  Later she married Art Thompson.

 

Patricia was a very kind person.  She taught her children to be kind and thoughtful.  She encouraged people to help others and to appreciate life’s blessings.

 

Patricia’s living children are Ronda (Johncock) Birman/Ryan Eaton and Tracy (Johncock) Teunessen/Allan Taylor.  She’s survived by her brother Tom/Paige Count, her sister Nancy/Clifton Browne, brother Dan Count and sister Joyce/Bruce Gibbs.  She’ll be missed by her grandchildren:  Maxx/Jessica Birman, Amanda/Steve Compo, Ashley Anderson, and Zach/Shannon Taylor.

 

She was proceeded in death by her parents, her brothers Bobby and Charlie Count and treasured friends Pat Proctor and Pat Coykendall.

 

Special thanks to mom’s Carveth Village family and Interim Hospice.  All of your acts of kindness, care, and prayers were very much appreciated.

 

Please consider donating to the Alzheimer’s Association or an animal shelter near you in Patricia’s honor.

 

Visitation for Patricia will be 11:00 AM-Noon at Girrbach Funeral Home, Wednesday, October 30, 2019.  Her service will be Noon-1:00 PM. A luncheon will be held afterwards. Arrangements by Girrbach Funeral Home.  To leave an online condolence, visit www.girrbachfuneralhome.net.

 

 

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Sue (Harrington - James) Babcock

Druscilla Sue Babcock, age 86, of Hastings, Michigan passed away at the Legacies Assisted Living in Caledonia, MI on October 12, 2019.

 

Sue was born in Hastings, Michigan on January 18, 1933, the daughter of the late Donna Wilkins (Welton) and Edward Harrington.  She graduated in 1950 from Hastings Schools.

 

On July 12, 1969, Sue married her true soulmate, Donald Gordon Babcock at the Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Hastings, Michigan.  They enjoyed an adventurous 46 years together.  Sue was a soft-hearted, kind-spoken, devoted mother, an amazing partner in marriage, wonderful sister and had a never wavering faith for our Lord.  Throughout her life, she worked at Tyden Seal Company, E.W. Bliss, Steelcase, Hastings Manufacturing, and Northern Lights Realty.  When all the children were grown, Sue and Don made their permanent retirement home up north at Camp “Sue-Don” in Brethren, Michigan.  They had traveled numerous trips all over the U.S. and for a short time had a home in Mobile, Alabama, finally settling back in Hastings their last few years. 

 

Sue is survived by sons Ray (Rose) James, George James, Charlie (Julie) James, Rick James, Randy James, daughters Joni (Mike) Mezeske, Tammy (John) Benjamin, Mary (J.R.) Klinge, Patricia (David) McCarson, sisters Pat Leckrone and Joyce Cruttenden Phelan, twenty-four grandchildren and thirty-four great-grandchildren. 

 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Babcock, sisters Jane Sanborn, Jean Kimmel, Priscilla Phelan and son Gordon Babcock. 

 

The family would like to especially thank Legacies Assisted Living of Caledonia for their amazing love and care. 

 

A visitation will be held on Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 10:30 AM, service at 11:30 AM, with a luncheon to follow at Emmanuel Episcopal Church; 315 W Center Street; Hastings, MI  49058.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Emmanuel Episcopal Church.   

 

Arrangements by Girrbach Funeral Home.  To leave an online condolence, visit www.girrbachfuneralhome.net

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Wanda (Townsend) Mennega

Wanda (Townsend) Mennega passed away at Thornapple Manor on October 4, 2019.  Wanda was born on July 30, 1930 to Roy and Rose Ockerman.  She grew up in Gladwin until marrying Gilbert Townsend and having five children.  Marriage ended in divorce.  She later married Ed Mennega of Allegan until his death.

 

Wanda worked for several years at the Copper Lantern Restaurant in Hastings, and finally retired from Penney’s in Allegan.  She loved playing cribbage and Yahtzee with whomever would sit that long.

 

Wanda was preceded in death by her parents, and two brothers, Glenn and Derwood Ockerman.  She is survived by three daughters from Hastings, Sheryl (Chris) Hagelshaw, Carla (Pete) Pierce and Kim R. Townsend.  A daughter from Ohio, Linda Hess, and a son from Massachusetts, Ty Townsend, and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren, Mennega family brother and sisters-in-law, and lso several nieces and nephews and a very dear lady who was her caregiver for the last ten years, Deb Cornett.

 

A private family service will be held at Hudson Corners Cemetery in Allegan at a later date, and she will be put to rest next to her husband Ed.  Arrangements by Girrbach Funeral Home in Hastings. To leave an online condolence, visit www.girrbachfuneralhome.net.

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Celebration of Life for Nashville Police Chief Chris Koster

Arrangements have been announced for a Celebration of Life for Nashville Police Chief Chris Koster

who died from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

 

  Visitation:           Winkel Funeral Home

                             207 E. Allegan St. Otsego, MI

 

                            October 1, 2019

                            2:00 PM- 4:00 PM

                            6:00 PM- 8:00 PM

 

 

  Celebration of Life:   First United Methodist Church

                                   200 Park St. Plainwell, MI

                                   October 2, 2019

                                   11:00 AM

 

 

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Robert Henry Fekkes

Robert Henry Fekkes passed away on September 4, 2019 at the age of 85. 

 

Robert was born in Penfield, NY on June 7, 1934, the son of Jan and Thea Fekkes, Dutch immigrants.  As a young child, the family returned to Rotterdam, Netherlands, where he was raised.  Robert later returned to the US, and started his family in Indianapolis, IN.  He married Renate Berta Weber on April 25, 1959 and enjoyed 45 years of marriage until her death on October 28, 2004. 

 

Robert was a licensed landscape architect and President and Owner of the Fekkes Landscape Company in Indianapolis, Indiana until he retired in December of 1999.  His lifelong interests included nature, animals, travel, and above all, his family.  Robert was a member of several Catholic churches in Indianapolis, IN and Naples, FL before moving to Hastings, Michigan. 

 

Robert is preceded in death by his wife, parents, and siblings, Rita, Hans, Maryke, and Peter.

He is survived by his daughters Andrea Fekkes Dynes of Alexandria, VA, Stephanie Fekkes (Cordova) of Hastings, MI, son-in-law Tomy Cordova of Hastings, MI, grandchildren Christopher Robert Dynes of Alexandria, VA, Madeline Fekkes Dynes of Chicago, IL, and step-grandson Gabriel Cordova of Naples, FL. 

 

A special thank you to the caregivers in his final years, Melissa Winick, Kathy Covey, and other caring staff at Woodlawn Meadows in Hastings, Michigan.

 

Services will be held at Noon on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at St. Rose of Lima Church, 805 S Jefferson St, Hastings, MI 49058 with a visitation held from 5:00-7:00 PM on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at Girrbach Funeral Home, 328 S. Broadway, Hastings, MI 49058.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Serenity Village of Barry County, PO Box 414, Hastings, MI 49058 or a nature conservancy of your choice.   

 

Arrangements by Girrbach Funeral Home.  To leave an online condolence, visit www.girrbachfuneralhome.net

 

 

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Michael Alan Kelly

Michael Alan Kelly of Hastings, died on August 15, 2019 at age 74.

 

He was born on April 2, 1945 in Kalamazoo, Michigan the son of William Henry and Myrtle Irene (Palmatier) Kelly. On March 20, 1981 he married Phyllis Lenz.

 

He lived, he loved, and he laughed.

 

Michael was preceded in death by his parents and many siblings. He is survived by his wife, of 38 years, Phyllis Kelly, sons Michael (Ronda) Kelly of Martin, Michigan, and Robert (Dawn) Kelly of Delton, Michigan, daughter Tracy Kelly of Shelbyville, Michigan, grandsons Dustin Kelly, Curtis (Tricia) Kelly, Lucas (Bethany) Kelly all of Plainwell, Michigan, granddaughter Tara Kelly and Michael of Bradley, great-grandsons Theodore Kelly, and Stryker (Sniper) Heers and Noonie, 5 sisters, 1 brother and many friends.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to Spectrum Health Hospice. Honoring Michael’s wishes there will be no service. Services provided by Girrbach Funeral Home. To leave online condolences visit www.girrbachfuneralhome.com.

 

 

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Laurence Eldon Conklin

Laurence Eldon Conklin, a man known for his love of family, sparking a good laugh, and traveling the world with friends and family, took a peaceful journey to heaven on Tuesday, August 6. 

 

Friends and family are invited to a celebration of Larry’s life to be held at 11:00 AM Saturday, August 17, at Cedar Creek Bible Church, 9213 Cedar Creek Road in Delton. 

 

What follows is a short synopsis of his fun-filled life as reported by Larry, who admitted to a history of “stretching the truth.”

 

Born March 11, 1931, in a Dowling snow bank, Larry survived a bout of polio at a young age to become an accomplished runner in high school. 

 

After marrying Dorothy Adams on September 7, 1952 and later having two daughters, Larry supported his family as a barber and working factory jobs, including “running” Kellogg’s in Battle Creek. He also helped Dorothy and her daughters run River Bend Travel Agency, Heart’s Desire Gift Boutique and the Back Door Deli in Hastings. 

 

Known for his harmonica and singing voice, but not always in a good way, Larry turned to the Bible as a defense. “The Lord said make a joyful noise. He didn’t say it had to sound good to others.”

Raised eyebrows were always a giveaway that Larry was beginning a tall tale or joke. He also loved getting laughs in other ways, including one time while enjoying coffee at a diner. He suddenly looked at his watch, said he had to go and proceeded to pour his cup of coffee into his shirt pocket, which he had lined with plastic.

 

By far Larry’s favorite pastime was spending time with family and friends at baseball games, auto racing events, playing pool, and simple family get togethers. He traveled the world with Dorothy, escorting travel agency trips and was often pictured holding her purse as she took the group photos. He said his family “was about the only thing I am proud of.”

 

Larry passed away after a brief illness that family blamed on the poor effort of his beloved Detroit Tigers. He was 88. At Larry’s request, his body has been cremated.

 

Larry is survived by Dorothy, his wife of 66 years; daughters Lou Ann (Colin) Cruttenden and Connie (Marty) Haywood, all of Hastings; brothers Charles Conklin, of Dowling, and Robert Conklin of Hastings; four grandchildren, Tim Cruttenden and Kelli Cruttenden, Jeff Haywood and Sabrina Christy; and seven great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents Leslie and Agnes Conklin and sister Hazel Skidmore. 

 

Family asks that donations be made in Larry’s honor to Spectrum Health Hospice and Cedar Creek Bible Church.  Arrangements by Girrbach Funeral Home.  To leave an online condolence, visit www.girrbachfuneralhome.net.

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Phyllis Augusta Olmsted

Phyllis Olmsted (nee Schmidt, formerly Kaufmann), 93, transitioned peacefully from this life to her next adventure on August 1, 2019. 

 

She was born in Belle Fourche, South Dakota to August and Josephine (Kapsa) Schmidt and lived in the Black Hills area through her college years. Phyllis graduated from Black Hills Teacher’s College (now Black Hills State University) with a teaching certificate and then taught in Casper, Wyoming for three years until marrying Richard Kaufmann of Mt. Clemens, Michigan.  They made their home in Mt. Clemens, had three children - Kathy, Nancy, and Tom - then moved to Hastings in 1958.  The marriage ended in 1969. In 1964, Phyllis achieved her BS Degree from Western Michigan University in order to begin teaching again.  That fall, she began teaching Second Grade at Northeastern School and continued in that capacity until her retirement in 1984. On June 10, 1978, Phyllis and Clare Sylvan (Hank) Olmsted were married and enjoyed 27 years of love and partnership until Hank’s death in 2005. After her retirement from teaching, Phyllis became an active volunteer and participant for many years in many organizations including the Barry County Retired School Personnel, Thornapple Garden Club, Friends of the Hastings Public Library, Pennock Hospital Volunteers, and Red Cross Blood Drives. 

 

Preceded in death by her parents and husband, brother-in-law Daniel Popielski, son-in-law Bob O’Casey, stepsons John Olmsted and Terry Raesley, and step-son-in-law Jim Kinney.  Survived by sister (Betty) Jo Ann Popielski (nieces Andrea Popielski and Gail West, nephews David and Kurt Popielski), daughters Katherine O’Casey (step-granddaughters Robin and Heather Casey) and Nancy Kaufmann, son Thomas (Judy Childs, grandchildren Miles and Elise Kaufmann), stepson Mark (Tammy) Olmsted (step-grandchildren Sherri (Dan) Wolfe, Johnathan (Rochelle) Olmsted, Christopher (Michelle) Olmsted, Tanner Olmsted), stepdaughters Sal Kinney and Linda (Michael) Bingman, step-grandchildren Jessie Wood and Ben Olmsted, many other step-grandchildren, step-great-grandchildren, grandnieces and grandnephews, and special “gardening” daughter, Anita (Jerry) Lyons. 

 

A Celebration of Love will be held Wednesday, August 21st, with 4 pm graveside services at Fuller Cemetery, N. Charlton Park Rd. followed by a light supper at Welcome Corners United Methodist Church, N. M-43.  In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial contribution to the Hastings Public Library or Thornapple Garden Club or the charity of your choice.  Arrangements by Girrbach Funeral Home.  To leave an online condolence, visit www.girrbachfuneralhome.net.

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Richard Allen Smith

Richard (Rick) A. Smith, age 74, of Hesperia, MI; formerly of Bellevue, MI, passed away unexpectedly Friday, June 7, 2019 at his home.  He was born September 16, 1944 in Battle Creek, MI, the son of Lyle and Fern (Kinsey) Smith.  Rick graduated from Bellevue High School, class of 1964.  He married the love of his life, Rebecca McCandless on July 8, 1966.  He was employed with Union Pump in Battle Creek, MI for 43 years, known as Dick Smith by his coworkers.  He was the Union President of the IATC, (International Assoc. of Tool Craftsman) for many years before retiring at age 63 in 2008.

 

Rick loved the outdoors, animals, spending time with family and friends, and traveling. He enjoyed family trips to Alaska.  The most recent trip to Alaska included a family wedding on Mount McKinley.  He enjoyed camping at Sleeping Bear Dunes and spending time at their cottage in Hesperia, MI; just 6 years ago it became their permanent residence where neighbors became friends, and friends became family.  In his younger years he enjoyed golfing, hunting, and fishing. 

 

Richard is survived by his loving wife, Becky of 53 years; children, Ginny (Mike) Durow, Jeff (Teresa) Smith; grandchildren, Ryan and Reese Durow; numerous great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews and his Saint Huberts family.  He was preceded in death by his parents; and siblings, Bruce, Robert, Myrna Avery, Carroll, and Alvetta Lea.

 

Family will receive friends at Kempf Funeral & Cremation Service, Bellevue on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 from 5:00pm - 8:00pm. Visitation will also be held at the funeral home at 11:00am on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. Funeral services will immediately follow at 12:00 noon with Reverend James Gysel officiating. Interment will take place at Riverside Cemetery. 

 

Rick says he really doesn’t need flowers and would prefer to help support local animals. Memorial donations in his name can be made to All Species Kinship, a nonprofit that cares about animals as much as Rick did. Checks can be mailed to PO Box 4055, Battle Creek, MI 49016 or donations can be made at www.allspecieskinship.org/donate. Memorial contributions may also be made to the organization of your choice. Online condolences and memories can be left at www.kempffuneralhome.com.

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Donald Clair Springer

Donald Clair Springer, age 95 of Hastings, went to be with the Lord on May 31, 2019.

 

Donald was born on April 30, 1924 in Bowens Mills, Michigan, the son of James Harold and Gertrude (Anders) Springer. He graduated from Delton High School in 1942.

 

Donald was a US Navy Pilot, serving in World War II and retired from the Navy Reserves in 1963. He worked for EW Bliss in the 1950’s 1960’s and 1970’s. In 1976 he went to Marion Power Shovel and retired to Florida in 1984.

 

On August 21, 1947, Donald married Maxine Bennett, and they enjoyed 71 years of marriage.

 

Donald attended the First Presbyterian Church in Hastings, Michigan; Marion, Ohio; and Venice, Florida. He was a member of the American Legion Post #45, and the Coin Club in Venice, Florida. Donald and Maxine loved traveling all over the United States and overseas. Both being pilots, Maxine and Donald served as the second managers of the Hastings Airpark from 1949 through 1954.

 

In retirement, Maxine and Don have traveled extensively, visiting all 50 states and Alaska twice. Outside the United States, they have cruised throughout the Panama Canal, visited their exchange student daughter in Finland and made multiple trips to Canada to vacation and visit friends.

 

Donald was preceded in death by his parents, brothers James and Francis, sister Gloria (Springer) Russell, son Val Bennett Springer, nephew Phillip Springer and great-granddaughter Kyomi Linai Culpepper.

 

Donald is survived by his wife Maxine (Bennett) Springer; daughters Janice Springer Miller and Sue (Michael) Murphy; grandchildren, Michael Dean (Brooke) Miller, Amanda Dubay, Micah (Jesi) Murphy, Chad (Maggie) Murphy, Jamie (Amy) Murphy, Shana (Cliff) Bush, Catherine Hawthorne, Meghann (Tony) Russell, 21 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-granddaughter, Claire Marie Miller.

 

A funeral service will be held at 1:00 PM, Thursday, June 6, 2019 at Girrbach Funeral Home, 328 S Broadway; Hastings, Michigan with a visitation one-hour prior. Interment with Military Honors presented by the Hastings American Legion Post 45 and active Navy at Riverside Cemetery in Hastings following the service. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Val "Bub" Bennett Springer Scholarship at the Hastings Education Enrichment Foundation (HEEF) or Kyomi’s Gift.  www.kyomisgift.org) through the Barry Community Foundation. Arrangements by Girrbach Funeral Home. To leave an online condolence, visit www.girrbachfuneralhome.net

 

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Elvetta Geiger

Elvetta Geiger of Woodland, surrounded by the love and kindness she showed others, passed away peacefully on May 21, 2019 at the age of 91.

 

She was born January 12, 1928 to Charlie and Winnie (Jones) Vandlen of Hastings. A bright young student, Elvetta graduated from Hastings High School in 1946 alongside many friends she would keep her entire life. She married Fred Geiger on November 28, 1947; and began their life together on the Geiger farm in Woodland. There, alongside Fred, Elvetta would raise their five children, tend to the family farm, and show the love of Christ to all who found themselves at her door.

 

Through her music at the organ, crafts, letters and compassion, Elvetta will be remembered as a mother, grandmother, neighbor and friend who made our world more beautiful.

In death, Elvetta joins her parents, husband Fred, son Gary, grandson Douglas Geiger and granddaughter Betsy Geiger and sister Janet Rowley.

 

Elvetta is survived by son Randy (Sharon) Geiger and granddaughter Jill; daughter Diane (William) Ramey and grandsons James (Sarah) and David (Rebecca); daughter Marilyn (Thomas) Simmons and grandchildren Thomas (Natasha), Brian (Bri) and Rebecca (Doug Sarver); son Roger (Mary) Geiger and grandchildren Benjamin, Gregory (Heather), Alexander (Katherine) and Kerissa; 18 great grandchildren; honorary daughters Kathy Chase, LeeAnna Geiger and Lori Geiger; and in hearts of the congregation of Nashville Nazarene Church.

 

Visitation will be held Saturday, May 25, 2019 at the Church of The Nazarene in Nashville starting at 10am until 11am when funeral services will begin.  Burial will take place at Woodland Memorial Park in Woodland Township.  Memorials are suggested to the Gideons International or the Nashville Church of the Nazarene for missionaries.

 

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Pastor Calvin E. Kidder

Pastor Calvon “Cal” E. Kidder, 91, of Woodland went into the loving arms of his Savior on May 9, 2019 at his home with his loving family.  Cal was born on January 6, 1928 to Glen and Alice (Pritchard) Kidder in Boone, MI.  Cal married Alice Soderquist on February 21, 1948.  They were blessed with 71 years of marriage and four daughters.   He was an avid wood worker most of his life.  In 1950 he was called by the Lord to serve as a minister in the Church of God, pastoring seven churches spanning many states in his 62 years of service.

 

He will be dearly missed by:  wife Alice, children; Joy (Jerry) Swiger, Janet (Mike) Long, Mary Kidder and Vee (Phil) Grimwood; grandchildren; Kelly (John) Donlin, Michelle (Steve) Crouch, Christy (Jeff) Molenaar, Tiffany Watson, Caleb (Dacia) Watson, David (Melissa) Grimwood, Heather Parrish; great-grandchildren; Shane Willette, Andy Donlin, John Munro, Alley Munro, Brittany Molenaar, Evan Molenaar, Tanner Yanz, Brody Cheesbro, Charlotte Watson, Myles Watson, Devin Grimwood and Dalton Grimwood; siblings; Treva Dewey, Lewis Kidder, Lila (Bob) Rosenburger; along with many nieces and nephews. 

 

Preceding Cal in death are:  his parents, siblings; Cylia Bowen, Mark Kidder, Lee Kidder and Larry Kidder.

 

Visitation will be held on May 14, 2019 at the Kilpatrick U.B. Church from 11am until 12noon with service starting at 12noon.  Burial will take place in Woodland Memorial Park at 3:30pm on May 14, 2019.  Memorials can be made to the family to help with expenses.  Online condolences can be left at www.koopsfc.com

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Stephen Leroy Pennington

Stephen Leroy Pennington

( March 13, 1957 - April 13, 2019 )

 

Stephen Leroy Pennington, age 62 of Hastings, Michigan, passed away unexpectedly April 13, 2019. 

 

Steve was born on March 13, 1957 in Hastings, Michigan, the son of Lloyd and Susan Pennington.  He graduated from Hastings High School in 1975. Steve was co-owner and operator of Pennington Construction, for the past 40 years, with brother, and best friend, Mike Pennington. 

 

Steve married Judy Johnson on December 18, 1987 and they enjoyed 20 years of marriage until her passing on August 13, 2007.  Steve married Beverly Wood on February 21, 2014 and they have enjoyed the last five years together.

 

Steve loved the great outdoors.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, golf, and lately riding his bike and fishing in Florida. Steve also enjoyed bowling, which he did for many years with friends and family, and going to the casino.   After Steve retired, he enjoyed spending winter months in Florida with his wife, Beverly.  He enjoyed spending time with his two children who live in Florida as well and spending time with family and friends. 

 

Steve was preceded in death by his parents, Lloyd and Susan Pennington, first wife, Judy Pennington, brother, Michael Pennington, and daughter, Jessica Merrill Pennington.

 

Steve is survived by his wife, Beverly Pennington of Hastings, MI, daughter, Natalie Pennington and fiance' Joe Lynch of Winter Park, FL, son, Ryan Pennington of Palm Beach Gardens, FL, step-daughter, Erika Wood of Middleville, MI, step-daughter, Alexis (Blake) Newbold of Middleville, MI, sisters, Sandy (Dave) Nichols of Hastings, MI, and Teresa (Jay) Beckwith of Newberry, MI, brother, Joe Pennington of Punta Gorda, FL, five step-grandchildren, many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

 

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 from 6-8 pm at the Girrbach Funeral Home in Hastings.  Funeral services will be held on Thursday, April 18, 2019 at 11:00 am also at Girrbach Funeral Home.  Interment will take place at Irving Township Cemetery.  A luncheon will follow burial at the Hastings Elks Lodge.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association or a Charity of One's Choice.   Arrangements by Girrbach Funeral Home in Hastings. To leave an online condolence, visit www.girrbachfuneralhome.net.

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