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Obituaries

Charles P. McCabe III

Charles P. McCabe III, 69, (formerly of Hastings) died early Wednesday morning, November 2, at home in Naperville IL.  Chuck was born October 16, 1953 in Charleston WV to Charles P. McCabe Jr. and Lois Stanard McCabe. 

 

He is a graduate of Stonewall Jackson High School in Charleston, Marshall University in Huntington, WV and earned his Masters in Theology at Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, VA. 

 

He was ordained a priest in 1987 at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Parkersburg, WV where he served as assistant rector.  He then served as rector at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Hastings, MI in the Diocese of Western Michigan from 1990-2007. 

 

While in Hastings, Chuck was very involved in, and committed to, the community.  He served on the Barry County Mental Health Board, the Hastings Ministerial Association and was Chair of the Eastern  Deanery of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Michigan. 

 

Chuck met his wife of 49 years, Frankie Winfree, at Peterkin Conference Center in Romney WV when they served as camp counselors at the Episcopal church camp in the summer of 1973.

 

Chuck and Frankie have one son Jason (Nicole) and two grandsons, Oliver (Ollie) and Owen.  Chuck is the oldest of 5 brothers including Bert (Cyndy), Stan, Jim (Mary) and Marshall (Lane).  He is also survived by Frankie’s siblings Mickey (Domenic) Pellillo, Woody (Cynthia) Winfree and Marti (Carl) Grainger and many nieces and nephews on both sides of his family.  His brother Stan and both his parents preceded him in death. 

 

It was Chuck’s wish to be cremated. A memorial service will be held in Hastings sometime next spring. 

Elsie Nora (Edwards) Sage

Elsie Nora (Edwards) Sage passed from this earth on October 24, 2022.  She was born in Coldwater Mi on July 8, 1924, to Melvin and Anna (Waldren) Edwards and moved to the Barry County area later that year.

 

Elsie graduated with the Hastings High school class of 1942 and loved to follow the comings and goings of her classmates. She was one of the last members of her class to pass away. When asked, "What do you do if you are the last one?", she would say, "I guess you shut off the lights."

 

She married her high school sweetheart Russell Keith Sage on New Year’s Day of 1944, and they were married for 69 years until his death in 2013. Her real passion was music, and she shared her gift of music for 45-years as a Thornapple Manor volunteer, entertaining residents with the piano, organ, and sometimes the accordion.  A regular contingent of Barry County area musicians was always on hand as she played the piano or organ for the Friday afternoon cavalcade of song and merriment.  It's hard to say who had more fun– the residents or the musicians! In addition to entertaining at Thornapple Manor, she played at Tender Care, Barry County Commission on Aging, Hastings HI Nooners, and provided music for the Kiwanis travel series.  She provided music for weddings, even playing the old pump organ at Charleton Park.

  

In August of this year, she donated a Steinway grand piano plus furnishings for the lounge in the new Harvest Pointe Assisted Living facility located on the campus at Thornapple Manor. She dedicated the piano and furnishings to those musicians who for dozens of years filled Thornapple Manor’s halls with the sound of music, and to future musicians who will continue to bring the magic of music to the Thornapple Manor community. 

 

She served on the Hastings High School Alumni Board for over 70 years sending out invitations to her class. She was a member of the Barry County Historical Society and a member and an organist for the Hastings Chapter of the Eastern Star.

 

She told many a story to anyone that would listen about growing up in the depression and living through WWII.  She was not one to complain so when asked how she was doing would usually respond with an energetic, "I'm fine."! And she was too. At the age of 98 she was still playing her piano. Her love of music and her volunteering spirit was passed on to her family. 

 

Elsie was preceded in death by her husband Russell Keith Sage, January 27, 2013, and two brothers and two sisters.  Surviving are her daughters, Cindy Winters (Rand), Lola Tyler, Joyce Sage, Jackie Barwin, and Janice Mascho (Doug). Grand children Todd Sattler, Renae Sattler, Grace Marvin, Laura Potter, Rebecca Barwin and great grandsons, Kolby Sattler and Wyatt Sattler.

 

A private witness burial was held Friday, October 28, 2022, at the Hastings Township Cemetery.

 

Many people knew her and were touched by her music and stories. Please feel free to leave condolences, memories, or stories of Elsie on the Girrbach Funeral Home page at www.girrbachfuneralhome.net

Larry Eugene Allen, Sr.

Larry Eugene Allen, Sr.

( November 09, 1943 - October 03, 2022 )

Larry Eugene Allen, Sr, “Bear”, age 78, of Wayland, Michigan, passed on October 3, 2022.  Larry was born on November 9, 1943, in Hastings, Michigan, the son of Clinton and Rosina (Martz) Allen.

 

He Attended grade school in Freeport and graduated from Lake Odessa in 1962. Larry briefly drove ambulance in Hastings and worked at Girrbach Funeral Home before starting at Hastings Piston Ring. After many years as a Foreman, he was asked to open a plant out of state. In 1984 he moved to Yankton SD where he worked and opened Hastings Filters. After over 40 years with Hastings, he retired in 1999.

 

In 1965 Larry married Valery Varney, and they shared 3 children together. He later married Mary Vibbert in 2003.

 

Larry was an avid sports lover, with his favorite football teams being the Raiders and MSU Spartans. He also had a love of baseball with his team being the New York Yankees. Throughout his growing up years he played baseball, and in 1961 & 1962 Larry was invited to play in the Detroit Tigers annual all-star game in Detroit. In the two innings that Larry pitched he gave up zero hits. When it was Larrys turn to hit, he recorded a homerun, being the youngest player to hit a home run at Butzel Field. He played football all through high school. He was a golden glove boxer. As an adult, he played lots and lots and lots of golf and was also on a bowling league. He loved to rebuild vintage cars and went to many car shows. His pride and joy was a 1956 chevy that he found on a farm that had a tree growing out of the trunk and he rebuilt everything on it. He played the drums in a band and loved to sing. He was always up for a party with his many friends and family. He was a lover of all music from CCR, ZZ Top, Beach Boys and Elvis to Gene Watson, Travis Tritt and George Jones. He enjoyed his TV as well, watching all the latest thrillers, true crime stories and just about any comedy with John Candy or Chevy Chase. As he aged and it was harder for him to get around, he found solace in his PS and loved playing video games. He was always up for a cookout, family gathering or any sporting event.

 

Larry is preceded in death by his parents Clinton and Rosie Allen, brother Gerry Allen, nephews John and Randy Allen, and wife Mary Joyce Allen.

 

He is survived by his daughter Stacy Uff (Sioux Falls, SD), sons Larry Allen Jr (Yankton, SD), David Allen Sr (Yankton, SD), grandchildren- Alicia and (Reggie) Gadsden (Yankton, SD), David Allen Jr. (Yankton, SD), Zoie Uff (Sioux Falls, SD), and Emerson Allen (Yankton, SD), great-grandchildren Tayven, Kamren and Jayla Gadsden (Yankton, SD), brother Robert (Helen) Allen (Wayland, MI), sisters Donna (Gene) Lambert (Abbeville, AL.), Darlene (Phil) Honeysett (Middleville, MI), nieces/nephews Deb (Sonny) Hartman (Hastings, MI), DeAnna Kulikowski (Hastings, MI), Amy (Jack) Rosenburg (Middleville, MI), Kim Lambert (Brooksville, FL), Chad (Selena) Lambert (Hudson, FL), Catherine (Matt) Kuipers (Middleville, MI), Tracy (Rob) Dutcher (Wayland, MI), and many great nieces/nephews.

 

In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to Village of Freeport, Department of Public Works, ATTN: BOB RICHARDSON. PO BOX 10, FREEPORT, MI to help maintain the ball fields. Please make checks payable to Village of Freeport, please note in memo: Larry Allen memorial.

 

A celebration of life will be held Sunday October 9, 2022, at 2PM with a meal at the VFW, 735 S. Main St, Wayland MI 49348. Arrangements by Girrbach Funeral Home. To leave an online condolence visit www.girrbachfuneralhome.net.

Donald Lee Brail

Donald Lee Brail

( July 07, 1929 - September 13, 2022 )

 

Donald Lee Brail, age 93, of Hastings, Michigan, went to Heaven on Tuesday, September 13, 2022.

 

Don was born July 7, 1929 at Parma, Michigan, the youngest of Howard and Hazel Brail’s three sons. He spent his childhood on the family farm in Horton and then Leslie, where he graduated from high school in 1947. After graduation, Don worked in the business office of the Jackson Citizen Patriot newspaper. From 1950-1952, Don served in the United States Army during the Korean conflict. Upon his discharge from the Army, he and Haroldine Louise Hartley were married on May 9, 1953 in Parma, Michigan.

 

 

In 1964, Don and Haroldine responded to God’s call and moved to Iowa to begin a lifetime of Christian ministry. Don became an ordained elder in the Free Methodist Church, faithfully serving pastorates in Iowa City, Hamburg, Sioux City and Toddville, Iowa; and Hastings and Zeeland, Michigan. His ministry was notable for the successful building projects and church growth at many of his pastorates. Don led missionary trips to Haiti, and he and Haroldine were blessed to visit the Holy Land. After retiring from full time ministry, Don was active in Senior Adult ministries throughout north Michigan.

 

The hallmark of Don’s life was his love for others. He was a devoted husband and father. Don was a talented artist and floral designer; his family’s homes are all decorated with his artwork. He was a generous mentor, an encourager to all, a good and faithful man.

 

Don is survived by son Bob and Deb Brail of St Charles, Missouri; son Brad and Pam Brail of Warsaw, Indiana; daughter Liz Brail of Hastings; daughter Dawn and Duane Secord of Hastings; seven grandchildren, and eight great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Haroldine, in 2021 after 68 years of marriage.

 

Visitation is planned for 4 to 7 pm Friday, September 23, 2022 at Girrbach Funeral Home in Hastings. Funeral services will be at 11 am Saturday, September 24, 2022 at the Hastings Free Methodist Church, Military Honors provided by American Legion Post 45. A private interment will be held at Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta, Michigan at a later date. Memorials may be directed to the Hastings Free Methodist Church.

 

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

Patricia (Pat) Haines-Whipple

Patricia (Pat) Haines-Whipple, age 83 of Hastings, Michigan, transitioned through her final earthly journey at her home on Friday, June 10, 2022, surrounded by her children, after recently being diagnosed with stage four kidney cancer. Pat was preceded in death by her husband, Ted Whipple; son, Craig Whipple; parents: Lester and June Haines; brother, Tom Haines; sister, Sandy (Haines) Lopez.

The legacy of family she leaves behind are her children: Theresa (Richard) Hammel of Portage, Michelle (Calvin) Caswell of Portage, Vincent (Linda) Bradley of Grand Haven, Brenda Johncock of Hastings, Cathy (Steve) Merten of Plainwell, Linda (Steve) Williams of Nashville, Mona Reid of Nashville; 19 grandchildren; 27 great grandchildren; two siblings; many nieces and nephews; cherished friends: Dawn Hill, Vivian Case, Sheryl Hagelshaw, Tammy Jacobs.

Pat spent most of her childhood close to the Delton area and was a 1957 graduate of Delton-Kellogg High School. Pat held various occupations throughout her life at many local businesses, but her favorite and most cherished occupation was always being a mom.

Growing up on a farm Pat developed a love and respect for animals at an early age. In her passion for animals she requested that in lieu of flowers donations be made to The Barry County Humane Society or The Barry County Commission on Aging as they also greatly enriched her life.

Relatives and friends may meet with Pat’s family on Friday, June 17 from 10:00 to 11:00 AM at Faith United Methodist Church in Delton where her funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM. Pastor Sam Gordy officiating. Burial will take place at Cedar Creek Cemetery at 2:00 PM. Please visit www.williamsgoresfuneral.com to share a memory or leave a condolence message for Pat’s family.

Vivian Makley

Vivian Makley, age 84, of Woodland, Michigan passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 2, 2022.

 

Vivian was born June 28, 1937 in Williamston to Kenneth and Evelyn Jean (McClelland) Ackley.  She married Vernon Makley on June 6, 1954, and they lived in the Woodland area their entire 67 years of marriage. Vivian worked all her life at several different places.  She loved her job at Michigan department of Social Service. She was a clerical supervisor for several years.  After retiring, she enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, Cooking and baking and hosting party's.

 

Vivian will be dearly missed by her; husband Vernon, children Danny (Rochelle) Makley, Rick (Patty) Makley and Tammy (Steve) Allerding, 15 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren, siblings Phyllis (Ron) Fowler, Marv (Sharon) Ackley, Gary (Sharon) Ackley and Butch (Diana) Ackley, special sister in law Melva Shook,along with many nieces and nephews.  

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, grandson Michael Makley, mother in law Genevieve Makley and father in law Guy Makley.

 

The family would like to express their thanks to the staff at both Woodlawn Meadows and Elara Caring Hospice for the excellent care they gave Vivian.

 

A Celebration of Vivian's Life will be held at Zion Lutheran Church on June 4, 2022 at 1pm.

 

Memorial contributions can be given in Vivian's name to Elara Caring Hospice.

Emma (JEAN) Englerth

Jean Englerth passed peacefully to her heavenly home May 9, 2022, at 98 years old.

Born on August 9, 1923, Emma Jean Kinzler was the firstborn to Otto Edward and Beatrice (Garrett) Kinzler in Norma, North Dakota. She was born to teach. At a young age she began reading to her younger brothers and sister. As she grew older, her father had her leading Sunday School in his church. In her later years, she spent her summers traveling to churches and teaching Bible School.

Earning a degree in Early Education, she taught K-8 in North Dakota, in various one-room school houses that featured $100/month, a wood stove, but no electricity, bathroom, cafeteria, phone or janitor. Her classes received top honors in the district for many years. Jean earned her B.A. in Religious Education at Asbury College in Kentucky, the State where her mother was born. She also was ordained in the Methodist Church.

Jean married Phillip (Gorden) Englerth June 2, 1950 in Cogswell, ND, and they moved to Hastings shortly after for employment opportunities. While her teaching career spanned 35 years, Jean was a dedicated 2nd grade teacher for 23 years, most of them at Northeastern Elementary School. In addition, Jean spent decades serving Hope United Methodist Church as Sunday School teacher, and leading Vacation Bible School.

After retirement in 1983, Jean volunteered for Pennock Hospital, Love, Inc., and the Social Service Department of Hastings in the “Children’s Corner.” Jean and Gorden enjoyed camping and travel, including vacations to Hawaii and a tour of Europe. She and Gorden were Florida snowbirds, and while in Florida, she went to clowning school, and performed for many events.

Jean was predeceased by her husband of 46 years, Gorden Englerth, her parents, and four siblings: Edward (Bea) Kinzler, Francis (Velma) Kinzler, Mable (Neil) Mulock, and Wallace (Betty) Kinzler.

She is remembered with love by her sons Edward (Pamela) Englerth, and Mark (Janet), Ed’s children Phillip, and Addie (Kyle) Lanterman and her great-grandchildren Skylar and Kylie Lanterman, and Mark’s children Erin, Kaitlyn, and Jessica Morgann.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in her name to Barry County Cares, Pennock Hospital, or the charity of one’s choice.

The family will receive visitors on Monday May 16, at Daniels Funeral Home in Hastings Michigan from 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Funeral service will be held on Monday, May 16, 2022 at 3:00 PM at Daniels Funeral Home?Hastings, 1401 N Broadway, Hastings, MI.

Funeral Arrangements Entrusted to Daniels Funeral Home-Hastings, Hastings, MI. Please visit our website at www.danielsfuneralhome.net for more information.

Emma Jean Freeland

Emma Jean Freeland, age 89, of Alma, MI (formerly of Hastings, MI) passed away on April 21, 2022 at Arbor Grove Assisted Living in Alma, MI.

 

Emma (known to friends and family as Jean) was born in Hastings on September 9, 1932, the daughter of Tean (Faulkner) and Robert B. Moore. She was born and raised in Hastings, MI and graduated from Hastings High School in 1950. After completing high school, Jean married Edward Joseph Freeland on May 26, 1951. The couple made their home together in Hastings where they raised their three sons during their 48 years of marriage. Throughout their lives together Jean and Ed gave generously of their time not only to their beloved church, but also to the Barry County Historical Society and the Barry Community Foundation. After Ed passed away in 1999 she married Rev. David Nelson on February 28, 2006 in Hastings, MI.

Once her children had grown, Jean continued her education completing her business degree at Davenport College in Grand Rapids, MI. She was employed at the National Bank of Hastings for over 18 years retiring as Assistant Vice President and was highly regarded as a valuable employee and community member.

Jean was known for her sense of humor and love of family, hosting many immediate and extended family gatherings. Jean loved nature, gardening and thoroughly enjoyed watching the birds and other wild animals that she would nurture in the backyard of her home. As a lifelong resident of Hastings, Jean was a mainstay of her graduating class and helped keep her classmates united in friendship, organizing reunions and staying abreast of the needs of her fellow classmates.

Jean was a lifetime member of the United Methodist Church of Hastings. She loved her church family and served in many different ministerial capacities including President of the United Methodist Women, Chairperson of the Finance and Worship Committees, Bible Study teacher, member of the Endowment Committee and Church Council as well as Lay Member to the Annual Conference. It was well known throughout the church that if help was needed, she would be there.

She is survived by her children, Edward M. (Gloria) Freeland and Douglas (Amy) Freeland; grandchildren, Lauren (Jeff) Magnatta, Courtney (Erin) Freeland, Kristen Freeland (Chris Hutchison), Jonathan Freeland and Jacob Freeland; 5 great grandchildren; sister-in-law Shirley Davenport and 13 nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Edward J. Freeland in 1999, Rev. David Nelson in 2022, son David in 1996, brother Robert G. Moore and his wife Rose; sister Joan Moore; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Beverly and John (Jack) MacLeod; and brother-in-law Donald L. Davenport.

The family will receive visitors on Saturday, April 30, 2022 from 9:30 - 11:00 am prior to the funeral service.

Funeral service will be held on Saturday, April 30, 2022 at 11:00 am at Green Street United Methodist Church, 209 West Green Street, Hastings, MI with Pastor Bryce Feighner officiating.

There will be a time of fellowship and luncheon immediately following the funeral service at Green Street United Methodist Church. Interment will follow the luncheon at Riverside Cemetery in Hastings, MI.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to Green Street First United Methodist Church, or Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors, in Grand Rapids, MI www.phoenix-society.org

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Daniels Funeral Home in Hastings, MI. For further details please visit our website at www.danielsfuneralhome.net

Dr. Paul Andrew Sweetland

Dr. Paul Andrew Sweetland, age 82 of Hastings, MI 49058, passed away on March 04, 2022 at Spectrum Health Butterworth in Grand Rapids, MI

Paul was born in Detroit, MI on December 23, 1939, the son of the late Rev. Albert and Carrie (Ball) Sweetland. His family moved to Stanton MI where he attended elementary and middle school. When Paul was 15 years old the family relocated to Greenville where he graduated from Greenville High School in 1958. Following high school Paul continued his education attending Moody Bible Institute, and later Western Michigan University.

In 1962 Paul joined the United States Army, serving in the 82nd Airborne Division, stationed primarily at Fort Bragg, NC and receiving several military honors. When he had fulfilled his enlistment, he returned to Michigan where he attended Western Michigan University receiving his bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education (History Major with emphasis on Soviet Union, minors in biology and physical education). Paul spent the next seven years as an educator in the Kalamazoo area, then attended dental school at the University of Detroit School of Dentistry, graduating in 1976. He re-entered the United States Army as a Captain where he served in the Army Dental Corps. He was honorably discharged in 1978. He had a career total of 39 jumps in the 82nd Airborne.

As a young boy Paul became active in his church and his faith. Shortly after completing high school, Paul was leading the song service at a Youth For Christ event in Stanton, MI when from across the room he saw the love of his life Anne Comden who was attending with her sister. The couple dated on and off for several years before being married on October 9, 1964 at Calvary Baptist Church in Greenville, MI with Paul’s father Rev. Albert Sweetland officiating. After completing his education and military service, Paul & Anne settled in Hastings, MI where he opened his dental practice in 1978. Paul had a passion for dentistry, and often took time to donate his services to those less fortunate. He served the Hastings community faithfully for over 38 years before retiring in 2017 at the age of 77.

Paul was also an avid cyclist. He enjoyed riding on the local roads in Barry County and was easily identified by the multiple flashing red and white lights which could be seen for miles. He also loved to share his passion for riding with other cycling enthusiasts, and youth groups organizing 10 rides over the years in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and his favorite destination, the Blue Ridge Parkway, including a recent family trip in 2021. Paul biked over 88,000 miles in the past 27 years.

Paul is survived by his beloved wife Anne, his son Stephen (Bernie) Sweetland, daughters Sara (Bobby) Hile, & Mary (Jim) Powers, his sister Lois (Joe) Williams, seven grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Warren and John Sweetland, and sisters Thelma Iler and Gracie MacLean.

Visitation will take place on Thursday, March 10th from 5-7PM at the Daniels Funeral Home in Hastings. Funeral services will be held at 11AM of Friday March 11th at the Hastings Baptist Church in Hastings, MI, with Rev. Bobby Hile officiating.

A graveside service will be held immediately after the funeral at Riverside Cemetery in Hastings MI, with full military honors provided by the United States Army and The American Legion Post 45 of Hastings.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Georgetown Harmony Homes (P.O. Box 845, Jenison, MI 49429) or Gitchee Gumee Bible Camp (5189 Garden City Rd., Eagle River, MI 49950.)

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Daniels Funeral Home in Hastings, MI. For further details please visit our website at www.danielsfuneralhome.net.

Beverly Jean Overbeck

Beverly Jean Overbeck, age 85, of Woodland, Michigan passed away on Friday, February 4, 2022.

 

Beverly was born December 5, 1936 to Harold and Pearl (Thorn) Alderink in Hastings, MI.  Bev was a very kind and generous woman, who loved to dance and play cards with friends and family.  She loved her garden, especially her flowers.  

 

Beverly is survived by; children Sherry (Brad) McPhall, James (Laurie) Overbeck Jr., Daniel Overbeck, Arnold (Dawn) Overbeck, Mickey (Stephanie Kay) Overbeck, 18 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great- grandchild.  

 

Bev was preceded in death by her parents, husband James Overbeck Sr., brother Bruce Alderink, and special friend Bob Humphrey.

 

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, February 9, 2022 from 5pm until 8pm at Koops Funeral Chapel 935 4th Ave, Lake Odessa, MI 48849.  Funeral services will be held on Thursday, February 10, 2022, at 1pm at the Lakewood United Methodist Church, 10265 Brown, Lake Odessa, MI 48849.

 

Donations in Bev's name should be given to the Lakewood United Methodist Church.

 

Fond memories and expressions of  sympathy may be shared at www.koopsfc.com for the Overbeck family.

Peter Frederick Snore

Peter Frederick Snore, age 82 of Hastings, Michigan, passed away on January 19, 2022.  Peter was born on July 24, 1939, in Nashville, Michigan, the son of Frank and Ethel (Freeman) Snore.

 

Peter attended Nashville Public Schools.  He worked for Fisher Body, and the City of Hastings Department of Public Works, retiring in 1994.  On January 5, 1963, Peter married JoAnne K. Eichenauer.  He proudly served his country in the Army and was honorably discharged in November 1964.

 

Peter enjoyed softball, hill climbing, hunting, fishing, camping, going out to eat with friends and watching sports.

 

Peter was preceded in death by his parents Frank and Ethel Snore, infant son Robert Duane Snore, sister and brother-in-law Betty and Richard Goodenough, and sister-in-law Connie Snore.

 

He is survived by his sons Randy (Angie) Snore, Rod (Renee’) Snore, grandchildren Ashton and Wayne; Chelsea (Andy) Robins, Shane (Kinsey) Madden, Chase (Maddy) Snore, Amber and Tom, Kadie and Nick, brothers Raymond (Annette) Snore and Johnny Snore, several nephews, nieces and great-grandchildren, and special friend Linda Vanheuvelen.

 

Visitation will be on Tuesday, January 25, 2022, at 10:00 AM at Girrbach Funeral Home, 328 S Broadway; Hastings, MI  49058, with the funeral service to follow at 11:00 AM.  Interment will be at Irving Township Cemetery with Military Honors presented by the Hastings American Legion Post 45 and a luncheon to follow at Thornapple Valley Church, 2750 S. M-43, Hastings, MI 49058.

 

Memorial Contributions in memory of Peter can be made to the Barry County Commission on Aging, https://www.barrycf.org/funds/barry-county-commission-on-aging-fund/, c/o Barry Community Foundation, 231 S Broadway, Hastings, MI 49058, or the Spectrum Health Cancer Center, https://give.spectrumhealth.org/cancercare, c/o Spectrum Health Foundation, 100 Michigan St. NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. 

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

Janet E. Arens

Janet Elinor Arens, age 85 of Hastings, passed away peacefully on December 16, 2021 at Thornapple Manor.

Janet was born on May 2, 1936 at her grandfather’s home in Middleville to Joseph and Florence (Baughman) Fiala. Janet graduated from Thornapple Kellogg schools and was very active in 4-H, band, and was a cheerleader. Janet met Henry J. Arens at Middleville Engineering and Manufacturing company where she worked in the office. They were scheduled to be married on November 15th but soon realized that the opening day of deer season would be interrupted, so instead wed on November 22, 1958. Together they started Arens’ Brothers excavating in 1960.

 

In her free time, Janet enjoyed vegetable (especially her sweet corn) and flower gardening, anything birds, traveling, going out to eat, and hosting many family dinners for the holidays. Education was important to Janet; she continued her education throughout her life by attending classes at the local community college and reading to young people at the library.

 

She was an active member at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, where she served in the women’s guild, Bingo, and many other church functions. Most important to Janet was her family, and she will be remembered as a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother to so many.

 

She will be dearly missed by her children: Diane (Daniel) Arens-Miller, Henry Arens, Todd (Susan Coykendall) Arens, Sue Arens, Mark (Carrie) Arens; grandchildren: Joseph (Leslie) Arens, Alexis (Trenton) Courtney, Brianna Arens, Chelsea (Shawn) Hart, Whitney Craven, Jacob Arens, Taylor Arens, Ava Arens, Ellie Cousins, Annie Arens; great grandchildren: Trenton Jr., Haven, Paisley, Josephine, three on the way; bothers: Frank (Jerrie) Fiala, George (Judi) Fiala; many nieces, nephews, cousins, and loving friends. Janet is also preceded in death by her parents.

 

Janet’s family will receive friends on Tuesday, December 21, 4:00 to 7:00 PM at the Beeler-Gores Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, December 22, 2021, 11:00 AM at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church. Burial will take place at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. A celebration of life will also be held in the spring of 2022.

 

Memorial contributions to Hastings Public Library or Green Gables Haven in Hastings will be appreciated. A special thanks to all those at Thornapple Manor for their loving care and support throughout the last four years.

 

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

Laurence Edwin Hull

Laurence Edwin Hull, of Hastings Township, Michigan, passed away on December 1, 2021, at the age of 92.

Laurence was born on July 30, 1929, the son of Elmer and Lucy (Fry) Hull. He attended school in Lowell and Hastings. On March 18, 1949, Laurence married Geraldine Britten.

Laurence worked at EW Bliss in Hastings from 1948-1971. He also worked at Grand Rapids Foundry, Johnson Iron, Hastings Area Schools, and K & E Tackle.

Laurence loved gardening, mowing, and loved his family. His grandchildren were very dear to his heart. He loved being a Journeyman Molder. He had a huge passion to be outside!

 

Laurence was preceded in death by his parents Elmer and Lucy (Fry) Hull, his wife Geraldine Hull, granddaughters Tara Curry, Mandy Laubaugh, and Olivia Hull, and siblings Elmer Hull, Jr., Clarence Hull, Wayne Hull, Doris Gates, and Wanda Hull.

 

He is survived by daughter Linda Laubaugh of Oolagah, OK, daughter Sandra (Doug) Higgins of Middleville, MI, son James (Deborah) Hull of Stillwater, OK, daughter Barb (Derek) Lydy of Hastings, MI, son Michael (Char) Hull of Hastings, MI, and daughter Melissa (Steve) Morgan of Saranac, MI, grandchildren Angel Couch, Rachel (Michael) Chacon, Jodi (Todd) Gorrell, Meritt (Ron) Apsey, Greta (Chris) Sellitti, Ben (Michelle) Hull, Joe (Sarah) Hull, Alison (Kyle) VanMalak, Eric (Casey) Meek, Elizabeth (Jim) Main, Anthony (Haley) Hull, Emily Hull, Chelsea Chase, and Sydney Chase, special sons-in-law Jerry Laubaugh and Mark Meek, 21 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren.

 

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, December 7, 2021, at 11:00 AM with Funeral Service to follow at Noon, Rev. Leonard Davis officiating, at Girrbach Funeral Home, 328 S Broadway; Hastings, MI 49058. Arrangements by Girrbach Funeral Home. To leave an online condolence visit www.girrbachfuneralhome.net.

David C. Wren

David C. Wren, age 80, of Caledonia, formally of Hastings, passed away on Sunday, October 3, 2021 at Metro Health: University of Michigan Hospital. 

David was born on July 28, 1941 in Barboursville, Kentucky to William and Carrie Wren.  He graduated from South Lyon High School in 1960 before attending Wayne State University, graduating with a degree of Mortuary Science in 1966 with Honors and as class president. He married the love of his life, Kathryn Louise (Latta), on May 18, 1963. Together they moved to Hastings in 1966 and became associated with the former Leonard-Osgood Funeral Home. David founded and owned the former Central Ambulance Company (1969-1974).  They purchased the funeral home in 1978, subsequently changing the name to Wren Funeral Home. David is the former owner and director of Wren Funeral Home in Hastings and Vogt Chapel-Wren Funeral Home in Nashville.

 

David was a former member of the Board of Directors National Bank of Hastings (1981), Hastings Rotary Club (1978), Hastings F & AM #52(1975), Hastings Elks Lodge #1965(1966) and Hastings Moose Lodge #628(1973), Hastings Chamber of Commerce, Hastings Economic Development Commission, and Michigan and National Funeral Directors Associations. Also, a former member and past president of the Hastings Lions Club and State Eye Bank Committee, and a part of the Pennock Hospital Board of Trustees (1993-2007). He was a founding board member of Barry County Hospice and Hastings Exchange Club. David was also a “Paul Harris Fellow” of Rotary International (1994). He was an instructor with Hastings Adult Education Department and was often asked to be a guest speaker/lecturer at churches, service clubs, educational institutions, and Health Care Facilities. After retirement in 2007, he developed the “End of Life Coordinator” for the Pennock Health Services Department in 2008 – 2017.  He continued to teach and serve the community with the loss of a loved one.

 

David was preceded in death by his wife, Kathryn Wren in 2006; father, William Wren; mother, Carrie Goodman; Sister-in-law, Sandra Elaine Schamanek in 1998; loving canine companions Barney in 1980 and Sassy Kay in 2006. He will be lovingly remembered by his daughter, Patty Wren of Caledonia; son Dave Wren and Julie Howerton of Winter Haven, Florida; brother, Jack and Carol Wren of The Villages, Florida; brother-in-law, Daniel and Linda Latta of Sunrise, Florida; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews. Private Family Graveside Services will be held. Burial will be at Rutland Cemetery.  Those who wish may make memorial contributions to a charity of ones’ choice. Condolences may be sent online at www.mkdfuneralhome.com

Carol R. McIntyre

Carol R. McIntyre, 86, of Hastings, Michigan, passed away at home on October 1, 2021 with family members beside her.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 pm, Sunday, October 3 at Inter-Lakes Baptist Church, 10247 S. M-43 Hwy., Delton, MI with Pastor Tim Moody officiating. Arrangements are by Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care.

 

Carol was born in Middleville, MI to Harold & Margaret Griffeth on July 16, 1935.  She graduated from Thornapple-Kellogg High School and attended Bob Jones College in Greenville, South Carolina.  She married Norman McIntyre on April 16, 1955.  She worked as a bookkeeper and tax preparer for Cappon Oil Co, Walters-Dimmick, and Bob’s Gun & Tackle. She also owned and operated a tax preparation business. The business merged with Kendrew A Mueller Accounting.  She loved to travel and was an avid photographer. 

 

Carol is preceded in death by her husband Norman McIntyre; grandson Lucas Poll; brother Frederic Griffeth; and sister Jean Vandevenne. 

 

She is survived by: daughters Lyndy (Jerry) Bolthouse and Sandy (Lee) Poll of Hastings; sons Graden (Paulette) McIntyre of Zionsville, IN and Patrick (Bettina) McIntyre of Marietta, GA. Also surviving are 7 grandchildren: Jay Bolthouse, Levi Bolthouse, Carrie Cook, Casey Bolthouse, Doug Poll, Shannon Poll, and Ella McIntyre. She loved seeing the smiles and receiving hugs from her 11 great-grandchildren. Her sister, Joyce Martin of Hastings also survives.

 

Memorials may be given to Inter-Lakes Baptist Church Memorial Fund or the charity of choice. The family of Carol wishes to extend our sincere thanks to Dr. Assadorian, Elara Hospice, Leah Shelton, and Inter-Lakes Baptist Church congregation.

Haroldine Louise Brail

Haroldine Louise Brail

( February 16, 1933 - September 10, 2021 )

 

Haroldine Louise (Hartley) Brail, age 88, of Hastings, Michigan, went to Heaven on Friday, September 10, 2021.

 

Haroldine was born February 16, 1933 in Coldwater, Michigan, the oldest child of Harold and Wilhelmenia Hartley. She graduated from Parma High School and then worked in Jackson, where she met her future husband. She and Donald Lee Brail were married May 9, 1953 in Parma, Michigan.

 

In 1964, Haroldine and Don responded to God’s call and moved to Iowa to begin a lifetime of Christian ministry. They faithfully served Free Methodist pastorates in Iowa City, Hamburg, Sioux City and Toddville, Iowa; then Hastings and Zeeland, Michigan. Haroldine loved to sing and was a frequent church soloist. In retirement, they were active in Senior Adult ministries throughout northern Michigan.

 

Haroldine was devoted to Jesus and her family. She loved family gatherings and cherished her seven grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. She was a fierce competitor at table games and a jigsaw puzzle enthusiast. Haroldine was a diehard fan of University of Iowa football and basketball and the Detroit Tigers, but her favorite sports were those played by her children and grandchildren.

 

She is survived by her husband of 68 years, Don Brail of Hastings; son Bob and Deb Brail of St. Charles, Missouri, son Brad and Pam Brail of Winona Lake, Indiana; daughter Liz Brail of Hastings; daughter Dawn and Duane Secord of Hastings; seven grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, her sister Nancy Denison of Ithaca, Michigan. She was preceded in death by her parents and sister Billie Gavett.

 

Visitation is planned for 4 to 7 pm Friday, September 17 at Girrbach Funeral Home in Hastings. Funeral services will be at 10 am Saturday, September 18 at the Hastings Free Methodist Church, 2635 M-43, Hastings, MI 49058. A private interment will be held at Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta, Michigan. Memorials may be directed to Samaritan’s Purse, PO Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607.  Arrangements by Girrbach Funeral Home.  To leave an online condolence, visit www.girrbachfuneralhome.net.

Michael Edward Stifler

Michael Stifler

May 8, 1949 - August 6, 2021

 

The characteristics that we, his family, will most remember Michael for are his integrity, humor, forbearance, environmental stewardship, and commitment to God and his family.

 

 

Michael Edward Stifler was born on May 8th, 1949, in Dearborn, Michigan to his mother, Winola Marie Stifler (Auiler), his father, Edward Reese Stifler, and two older brothers, twins Gerald and Donald. His father and brothers inspired his love for the Detroit Tigers and golf, and he inherited his wit and self-possession from his mother Winnie. He graduated from Dearborn High School in 1967, and attended the University of Michigan, graduating with undergraduate and master’s degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering in 1972.

 

He started his career in environmental protection in 1973, and soon after, met and fell in love with Linnea Peterson. They got married in October 1974, and lived first in Mason and then in Cadillac, Michigan. To their three children, Luke, Daniel, and Britta, Michael was an active, present, and loving father who coached soccer, played catch, attended orchestra concerts, read books, listened and taught, encouraged his children’s interests, and modeled a life of faith and tolerance.

 

Michael’s work for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Department of Environmental Quality focused on watershed protection, compliance efforts, and spill response. He retired in 2010 after a 35-year career with the DNR/DEQ. Michael loved to spend free time in nature too—gardening, biking, playing golf, camping, and hiking along Michigan’s rivers and lakes. He also enjoyed visiting his kids and grandkids, woodworking, listening to music, and brewing and drinking beer.

 

After retirement, he and Linnea left Cadillac for Linnea to pursue her calling as an Episcopal priest at St. Martin of Tours (Kalamazoo) and then Emmanuel Episcopal Church (Hastings). Michael was a beloved and involved part of his church communities. He volunteered with several organizations to feed and house his neighbors, and he served on the board of the Barry County Conservation District. In 2020, Michael was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and died after a year of treatment and illness that he endured with characteristic grace and courage.

 

He was preceded in death by his father, Reese Stifler, mother, Winola Stifler, and brother, Don Stifler, and is survived by his wife Linnea Stifler, of Hastings, MI, son Luke Stifler (Kate, grandsons Sam and Louie) of Utica, IN, son Dan Stifler (Tomo, grandchildren Kota and Ann) of Tsukuba, Japan, daughter Britta Ossim (David), of Seattle, WA, and brother Jerry Stifler (Janice) of Portage, MI.

 

Memorial contributions can be made to the Solar Array project at Emmanuel Episcopal Church (checks may be sent to 315 W. Center St, Hastings, MI 49058) or to the Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay. https://www.gtbay.org/giving-opportunities/memorials-and-tributes/.

 

Michael’s memorial service will be held at Emmanuel Episcopal Church on August 14th at 11:00 a.m. Services provided by Girrbach Funeral Home. To leave online condolences visit www.girrbachfuneralhome.net.

Valorie Anne Hurless

( May 08, 1955 - July 07, 2021 )

Valorie Anne Hurless, age 66, passed away on July 7, 2021. 

 

Valorie was born on May 8, 1955, the daughter of Douglas and Betty (Rogers) Miner.  She was a 1973 graduate of Hastings High School.  Valorie worked as a Machinist and Office Manager at Hurless Machine Shop until her retirement in January of 2021.  On June 10, 1995, Valorie married Mark Hurless, and they enjoyed 26 years together. 

 

Val attended Grace Wesleyan Church as a member, teacher and organist until the early 1990’s.  She then became a member of Middleville Wesleyan Church, where she helped in various children’s ministries as well as being the church organist.  She has attended the Pleasant Valley United Brethren Church since 2017.  Through her church, Val felt called to help support 3 orphans in Haiti.  She loved to serve and help wherever she could. 

 

Val was an accomplished organist since her youth.  She played for church most of her adult life.  She began playing baritone in her mid 40’s.  She joined several adult groups including the KCC band, Thornapple Wind Band, and the Hastings City Band.  She was part of the Thornapple Players for a few years as cast or crew. 

 

Val was also an incredible artist.  She loved drawing and painting any chance she could.  She spent many hours working with her children and grandchildren to develop their own talent.  Val worked side by side with her husband, Mark, until she was no longer able due to Parkinson’s Disease. 

 

Valorie is preceded in death by her parents Douglas and Betty Miner.

 

She is survived by her husband Mark Hurless of Hastings, Michigan, her children Matthew Birman of Flat Rock, Michigan, James (Megan) Birman of Clarkston, Michigan, Alicia (Jason) Devroy of Delton, Michigan, grandchildren Isabella, Adrian, Tyler, Ethan and William, and her sister Sonjia (Jerome) Turner of Summertown, Georgia.

 

Visitation will be on Sunday, July 11, 2021 from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM at Girrbach Funeral Home, 328 S. Broadway; Hastings, Michigan 49058.  Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday, July 12, 2021 at the Pleasant Valley United Brethren Church, 13120 Bell Road; Lake Odessa, Michigan 48849 with a visitation one hour prior to the service.  Arrangements by Girrbach Funeral Home.  To leave an online condolence visit www.girrbachfuneralhome.net.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

 

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.

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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