Billy Ray Maker

Billy Maker, age 84, of Nashville, MI passed away peacefully on August 24, 2023 at his home. He was born in Battle Creek, MI on September 16, 1938, to Thomas and Carma (Brown) Maker.  Bill and his sister Carma Jean, were raised in the Nashville community.


Bill graduated from the W.K. Kellogg High School in Nashville in 1956. He married his high school sweetheart, Bonnie Sherman, in 1957.



Bill worked at Paul Automotive Auto Parts in Hastings, later he worked at Reahm’s Motor Sales in the body shop department. In 1964 he was hired at General Motors, retiring after 28 years.


Bill was always interested in old cars. He restored a 1929 Essex in high school shop class. He loved going to sprint car races. After marriage, Bill and Bonnie both enjoyed racing micro-midgets.


In later years they purchased a 1935 Ford pickup, entering it in several car shows for many years. This was Bill’s favorite toy.


The couple had 2 children, Billy Ray Jr. (Bernice) and Becky (Bill) Wilson; 4 grandchildren, Ben (Melissa) Maker, Kelly (Matt) Dunham, Max (Lisa) Wilson and Katelyn (Dale) Laverty; and 10 great-grandchildren, Hartley and Maddie Maker, Allyson, Waylon, Eleanor, and Wilson Dunham, Avery and Addy Wilson, Maxton and Mayleigh Laverty. 


Bill was predeceased by his son Billy Ray Jr., sister-in-law Arloa Wallace and nephew Lee Bennett.


The Family is extremely grateful for the support they received from Interim Healthcare services, especially the love from his nurse Kailey VanEngen.


Paying tribute to a life well lived and Bill’s passion for classic cars, there will be a Celebration of Life/“Cruise In” on September 16, 2023 from 3pm-7pm at the Nashville Church of the Nazarene.  Please feel free to drive your classic car and enjoy a summer afternoon socializing and remembering our beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend.


Those attending, will be treated to some of Bill’s favorite “delicacies”, including hot dogs, Myers’ Bakery donuts, and of course…………a cup of coffee!


Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Daniels Funeral Home - Nashville, conveniently located at 9200 E M79 Highway Nashville, MI. For further details please visit our website at

Bayne Christopher Signeski

Bayne Christopher Signeski, age 18, of Hastings MI passed away unexpectedly on July 08, 2023.

Bayne was born in Kalamazoo MI on November 2, 2004. The son of Shannon Rybiski and Kevin Signeski.

He was raised in the Hastings area and attended Hastings Schools, graduating with the Class of 2023.

As a young athlete, Bayne participated in football and basketball, but eventually followed in his brother Xander’s footsteps and found a home on the soccer field. During the first game of his freshman season, he scored the first goal during a rainy game. He continued to play soccer until his junior year when he suffered a knee injury, mid-season, requiring surgery. Which caused him to lose out on his junior year of track also. He worked hard in physical therapy and returned to soccer his senior season.

Bayne participated and excelled at Track & Field as a sprinter specializing in the 100- & 200-Meter events, receiving the “Guts” award and MVP of sprints during his sophomore year. Due to his knee injury, which prevented him from sprinting his senior year, he still wanted to contribute to the team and refocused his energy on the Shotput and Discus events. This “new path” also gave him the opportunity to mentor and watch his younger sister as she began her high school track & field career.

During his high school years Bayne worked at Mexican Connexion and Culvers in Hastings where he made many friends with co-workers and customers alike.

After graduating, Bayne took a job with his father Kevin at Challenge Manufacturing in Holland MI, saving money to begin the next chapter of his life, attending Ferris State University. Following the inspiration of his Uncle Kurt, Bayne aspired to complete a degree in social work as a school counselor.

During his “spare” time, Bayne enjoyed playing online video games with his brother and various friends which often resulted in competitive interactions not only on their headsets, but from as close as their bedrooms! He enjoyed making and editing YouTube videos, drawing and spending time with friends.

Bayne is survived by his mother Shannon (Jay) Rybiski, father Kevin Signeski, brother Xander Signeski, sister Avayla Rybiski, grandparents, many aunts, uncles & cousins. He was preceded in death by his uncle Kurt Signeski, his grandmother Diane Davis, and grandfather Marv Signeski.

The family invites friends and family to celebrate Bayne’s life on Friday, July 14, 2023, from 2:30 PM till 5:30 PM at The Legacy at Hastings located at 1550 North Broadway, Hastings, MI 49058.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Hastings High School Boys Soccer Program through the Athletic Boosters.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Daniels Funeral Home – Hastings, conveniently located at 1401 North Broadway, Hastings, MI. For further details please visit our website at

Ruth Inga Landon

Ruth Inga Landon

( October 31, 1932 - May 05, 2023 )


Ruth Inga Landon (Moe), 90, of Freeport peacefully passed Friday, May 5, 2023. Born October 31, 1932, in Hastings Michigan, to Sjur and Margot Moe.


In 1950 Ruth took her future husband Wayne to his 1st car race, beginning a passionate racing tradition that would be passed down for generations. 


She married Wayne in 1952, having 5 children Rita, Jerry, Terry, Linda, and Lorie. She worked as a waitress in Hastings also at The Piston ring.


In 1958 she was the winner of a powderpuff race at Lansing speedway using her husband’s race car. 


In 1956 tragedy struck, and daughter Rita, age 3, was lost due to an accident at Hastings speedway. Devastation struck again in 1979, when son Terry age 19 was in a fatal auto accident. Then again in 1989 a racing accident took son Jerry.


Despite the hardship she faced, Ruth held steadfast. Devoted to her husband, and their surviving children, grandchildren, and family business.


In 2000, she won her battle against breast cancer. Despite the harsh chemo treatment, she never missed a race that season. She was awarded “Woman of The Year” by the Michigan Motor Sports Hall of Fame in 2000.


Ruth was preceded in death by her husband of 67 years Wayne Landon, 2 brothers and 7 sisters, her sons Jerry and Terry and daughter Rita.


She is survived by her sister Janice, daughters Linda (Teddy) and Lorie, 6 grandchildren Nick (Katie), Chris (Emily), Tracy (Sky), Stacy, Lydia, Emily (John), Great-granddaughter Inga who helped in caring for her, and Wayne in their final years. She also leaves behind 10 other great-grandchildren.


Ruth was very loved and will be missed terribly. Her family will continue to live her legacy by enjoying car races, rock collecting, frog watching, and cooking big meals together. 


Visitation will be on Saturday, July 15, 2023 at 11:00 AM with a Celebration of Life to follow at Noon at Girrbach Funeral Home, 328 S Broadway; Hastings, Michigan 49058. A luncheon will follow at the Woodgrove Church in Coats Grove, Michigan.  Memorial contributions for a monument marker will be greatly appreciated. Arrangements by Girrbach Funeral Home. To leave an online condolence visit 

Roger Caris

Hastings/BIRCH Fire Chief Roger Caris passed away Wednesday morning, April 19th after suffering a cardiac arrest. Roger served on the Hastings Fire Department for 49 years becoming the Chief in 1981. He loved his family, serving the community and training firefighters across the State.


Mayor Dave Tossava states, “It is a very sad day in the City of Hastings. Roger Caris was an exceptional person, a dedicated firefighter, the type of person that always put his community and its citizens first. I have had the pleasure of working with Roger throughout his career with the City. I would stop at the Fire station and talk to Roger hours at a time. I will miss our conversations, I considered Roger an advisor and a great friend.”


Roger not only served our local community. He was responsible for the many firefighters to take the state written and practical test for over 15 years as the Region Training Coordinator for the Bureau of Fire Service.


Roger Caris also served for 26 years on the Board of Directors at Thornapple Credit Union. Amy Byers, President of TCU says, “We appreciate all the knowledge, guidance, and friendship shared with us.”  In his honor, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches will be served at their next meeting.


His family generously shared Roger with the entire community. Son in Law Jim followed him into the Fire Service. Known to the grandkids as Grandpa Chief, they loved spending time at the Fire Station sharing a “Fire Department Sprite.” Grandson Adam Sheldon shares,” I'm just so thankful for the dedicated time he would turn off his phone, wrap his hands over mine on my club, teach me an awesome swing and say, 'see that - now go do it, you won't need me for that much longer - you've got it.' He did that for a lot of us.”


Roger and his family moved to Hastings in 1974 as the new owner of Western Auto. He continued in this business until becoming full time on the Fire Department.


Roger is survived by his children, Kenny Caris, McKenna Caris , Roger (Missie) Jr, Paul (Katie) Skinner, Teresa (Jim) Sheldon, Sue (Ed) McKeough and Bill Skinner, 11 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchildren and special nephew James Avery.

Earl Furlong

93 year old Earl Furlong of Nashville, Michigan passed away Monday, April 17, 2023 at Spectrum Health Pennock Hospital.  Funeral Arrangements are by the Daniels Funeral Home of Nashville.  At Earl's request, no services are being held at this time.

Marjorie Lorraine Hallifax

Marjorie Lorraine Hallifax

( March 01, 1925 - March 29, 2023 )

Marjorie L. Hallifax passed away March 29, 2023, peacefully at home in the hands of her daughter Leigh Ann and granddaughter Michelle.


Marjorie was born on March 1, 1925, in Hastings, Michigan, the daughter of Burr and Beatrice (Vanderbook) Laubaugh.  She was a 1943 graduate of Hastings High School.  She worked at Hastings Manufacturing Piston Rings over 30 years, retiring in 1984.


Marjorie was a member of the First United Methodist Church, the Rebekahs Lodge for over 50 years, and the UAW Local 138.  Marjorie enjoyed working out in her flower beds and yard, which was always so beautiful.  She loved digging in the dirt, but always cleaning and washing everything in her house.  You would never find anything dirty or out of place in her home.  Marjorie, along with her sister Lorraine, would challenge anyone to a good game of Euchre.  But most of all, Marjorie loved putting together family events every year, especially at Easter, cooking all of her homemade goodies and getting an egg hunt together and buying kites for the grandchildren to fly out on the family farm, where she still lived.


Marjorie was preceded in death by her parents, sons Michael and Scott Hallifax, brother Dale Laubaugh, sister Lorraine (Lavern) Guthrie, brother Kenneth (Janet) Laubaugh, great-great granddaughter Kaydence Hallifax.


She is survived by her children Robert Hallifax, Jr. of Galesburg, Thomas C. and Susan Hallifax of Grand Rapids, Leigh Ann and Ed Harris of Hastings, several grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and six great-great grandchildren, and special family friend, Angie.


A graveside service will be held Saturday, April 1, 2023 at 1:00 PM at Rutland Township Cemetery. Instead of flowers, the family is requesting memorial contributions to a charity of one’s choice. Arrangements by Girrbach Funeral Home. To leave an online condolence visit

Marilyn A. Stafford

Marilyn A. Stafford, age 89 of Wayland, formerly of Middleville, passed away on January 25, 2023. 


Marilyn was born on October 27, 1933 in Caledonia, the daughter of William and Florence (Brearley) Lind.  An active member of Parmelee United Methodist Church for many years, Marilyn was employed by The State Bank of Caledonia for forty and a half years, retiring in 1994. Marilyn enjoyed baking, cooking, going to craft shows, traveling, and bus trips, especially to Branson, Missouri to see shows.  She was an avid Detroit Tigers fan and loved to watch them play. While working as a waitress at Gehl’s Restaurant in Caledonia, she met a regular named Harry Stafford who became the love of her life, they married on July 28, 1953. Harry preceded her in death in 2016.


Marilyn is survived by sister, Mary Lou Cisler; several nieces, nephews, brothers in law and sisters in law.  Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sister, Darlene Sisson; brothers in law: Paul Sisson and Robert Cisler Sr. 


Marilyn’s family will receive friends on Thursday, February 2, 4:00 to 7:00 PM at the Beeler-Gores Funeral Home where her funeral service will be conducted on Friday, February 3, 2023 at 1:00 PM, Pastor Tony Shumaker officiating.  Private burial will take place in Mt. Hope Cemetery. Memorial contributions to Parmelee United Methodist Church or Green Acres of Wayland will be appreciated.


Please visit to share a memory or to leave a condolence message for Marilyn’s family.

Duane Robert Glasgow

Duane Robert Glasgow, age 85, passed away on January 14, 2023, in Grand Rapids, MI. He had been battling Alzheimer’s for the past several years.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, January 21, 2023, at 11:00 am at the Hope United Methodist Church in Hastings, with the funeral immediately following at 12:00 pm. A luncheon at the church will be held following the funeral. A private family burial will be at Riverside Cemetery in Hastings.

Duane was born on December 20, 1937, in Hastings, Michigan to Robert M. and Vivian A. (Kellogg) Glasgow. He was the youngest of two boys. He was a 1956 graduate of Hastings High School.

Born on a farm in Michigan, Duane learned about machinery and electronics at an early age. He built his first car before he was in high school. At age 15 he was repairing televisions and any other electronics he could get his hands on. While in high school, he also trained at the Sylvania Electronics School. After high school he primarily built drag racing engines. He eventually was asked to team up with driver Gordon Johncock to be the chief mechanic on a super modified car owned by Mace Thomas of Hastings in 1957. They had their first race at Galesburg Speedway in Michigan. The team won more than 150 class features in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, New York, Indiana and Pennsylvania. Eventually, Gordon and Duane branched out on their own. In 1962, the Johncock-Glasgow racing tandem joined the USAC (United States Auto Club).

Duane was the Rookie Mechanic of the Year in the 1965 Indianapolis 500. Two years later he won the overall Mechanic of the Year title. His racing career took him to races all over the country. In October of 1966, the crew and car flew to Japan to race at Fuji Motor Speedway. He went on to be chief mechanic for other drivers before his retirement in 1975. Besides Gordon Johncock, he worked with drivers Bobby Unser, Lee Kunzman, Wally Dallenbach, and Jerry Karl. In 1996 he was inducted into the Michigan Motorsports Hall of Fame. After retiring from racing, he began transitioning to a second career as the maintenance supervisor for the Hastings Area School System. He retired after 20 years with the schools. In retirement, he enjoyed traveling across the country in his motorhome. He spent most of his summers at the family cabin in Bitely, MI, and winters in Zephyrhills, FL. He enjoyed the family get-togethers at the cabin.

Duane married Frances Peacock on June 28, 1958, at St. Edwards Church in Lake Odessa, MI. They settled in Hastings and raised six kids, 5 boys and one girl. In 1993, after 35 years of marriage, cancer took the life of Frances, who he had met on a blind date. In 1996, he married Carol Sebastian of Lowell, MI. She passed away from cancer in 2007. In 2009, he married Janet M. Harbar. They enjoyed 13 years together.

Duane is survived by his wife, Janet; children: Don (Carrie) Glasgow, Joe Glasgow, and daughter-in-law Tammy Glasgow, all of Hastings, MI, Jim Glasgow of Sun City, Arizona, Mariann Glasgow of Olivet, MI, and stepdaughter Karla (Mike) Dennis of Gobles, MI; grandchildren: Nicholas (Kayla) Glasgow, Matthew (Emilie) Glasgow, Natasha (Jason) Glasgow, Tabitha (fiancé AJ), Amy (Nick) Glasgow, Angela Glasgow, Ryan Glasgow, Michael Glasgow, step-grandchildren Magen and Mitch, several great-grandchildren, sister-in-laws Jo Glasgow Collins and Betty Carey, and brother-in-laws Harry (Helen) Peacock and Richard (Gayle) Peacock.

He was preceded in death by his first wife Frances, brother Maurice, sons John and Robert, parents Robert and Vivian (Kellogg) Glasgow, and second wife. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice of Michigan or the Alzheimer's Association Michigan Chapter 25200 Telegraph Rd., Suite 100, Southfield, MI 48033.

Services provided by Girrbach Funeral Home, Hastings, Michigan. To leave online condolences visit

Audrey Ruth Renner

Audrey Ruth Renner passed away on January 8th, 2023, at the age of 94.  She was born December 12, 1928, in Detroit, Michigan, the daughter of George and Esther (Fierk) Hendrian.

She graduated from Wittenberg College in 1950 and received a Master’s degree from Michigan State University in 1964. She was the first of three generations of Michigan State Spartans.

On June 17, 1950, she married the love of her life William D. Renner. They were married for 51 years until his death in 2001. She taught for more than 30 years. She taught in the Hastings Area Schools for 27 years at both Southeastern and Central Elementary. Audrey was an avid reader, Mahjong player, and volunteer. She was very active in book clubs in Michigan and Florida. If you wanted to know about the latest book, she had read it!

Audrey believed in community service. She spent many hours volunteering with Hastings Public Library, Pennock Hospital, GFWC Hastings Women’s Club and in the Hastings schools.


She was predeceased by her parents, brother Howard Hendrian, sister-in-law Betty Hendrian, and sister Doris Hendrian. 


Audrey is survived by her children William (Raeanne) Renner, Ellyn (Bob) Main and Andrea (David) Butler. She is also survived by her grandchildren, William (Marji) Renner, Stephanie (Aaron) Renner, Scott (Hilary) Renner, Thomas (Amy) Renner, Cody (Katie) White, Kyle (Franki) White, Caitlin Main, Sarah (Aaron) Powers, Dillon Butler, and Taylor (Casey) Debien. She was a GG to Liam, Joe and Matt Renner, Evelyn, Owen and Amelia Renner, Ella, Elijah and Isabelle Renner, and Kelby, Tova and Imrie White.


A Celebration of Life Gathering will be held in the Narthex of the First Presbyterian Church 405 M-37, Hastings, MI 49058 on Saturday, January 14, 2023 from 1-3pm.


Memorial contributions may be made in Audrey’s memory to the Hastings Public Library. Services provided by Girrbach Funeral Home. To leave online condolences visit

Helen Marie Vaught

Helen Marie Vaught

( December 13, 1930 - December 29, 2022 )

Helen Marie Vaught, age 92 of Hastings, went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Thursday, December 29, 2022.


She was born on December 13, 1930, in Seymour, Indiana, the daughter of Clyde and Mildred (Helt) Montgomery.


Helen was a 1948 graduate of Corydon High School in Corydon, Indiana, followed by two years of business college. She worked for 40 years at Pennock Hospital in the business office and reception desk.


Helen married Kenneth Vaught in Terre Haute, Indiana on August 26, 1955. They were blessed with 62 years of marriage until his passing in 2017.


She was well known for being a terrific cook and homemaker. In her earlier years, Helen directed church choirs. She loved chocolates, peanut butter and ice cream – almost daily!


Helen was preceded in death by her husband Rev. Kenneth R. Vaught, her parents, mother and father-in-law, and brother Luther (Luke) Montgomery.


Helen is survived by her son, Timothy Vaught of Hastings, daughter, Melinda (Mindy) (Thomas) Deckard of Centerville, IN, grandsons, Joel (Alicia) Deckard of Leesburg, VA, Adam (Emily) Deckard of St. Louis, MO, great-grandson Silas Deckard, brother Robert (Joyce) Montgomery of Battle Ground, IN, sister Delores Montgomery of Watseka, IL, sister, Brenda Spencer of Frankfort, KY, several nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews, and numerous friends of all ages.


Memorial contributions can be made to a charity of one’s choice.


Visitation will be on Friday, January 6, 2023, from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM and again from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM at Girrbach Funeral Home, 328 S Broadway, Hastings, MI 49058. A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, January 7, 2023, at Noon with a visitation one hour prior at Hope United Methodist Church, 2920 S. M-37, Hastings, MI 49058. Arrangements by the Girrbach Funeral Home. To leave an online condolence visit



Dic I Craven

Dic I Craven, age 96 of Hastings, MI went to be with his Lord on December 9, 2022.

Dic was born May 14 th , 1926, the first child of Russel and Irene Kaiser Craven. Dic
attended school in Hastings. On September 4, 1948, Dic was united in marriage to
Alice Hanford at the Free Methodist parsonage in Big Rapids, MI. They celebrated
68 years of marriage before her passing in January 2017.

Dic grew up on the homestead where he lived his entire life, moving only once,
across the driveway to the home Dic and Alice built using timber from the
homestead. He was a very passionate woodsman. He was most at peace in the
woods. He could tell you the kind of tree most every leaf came from, helping many
students with their fall school projects. He cut down trees, making them into boards
with his small sawmill and cutting thousands of cords of wood in his lifetime. His
cords were perfectly stacked, and each piece of wood was perfectly measured and
cut. He was somewhat of a perfectionist like that. Dic was also a longtime crane
operator beginning with the Baldwin brothers in the late 1940’s and then later with
the Barry County Road Commission serving 26 years until his retirement in 1988.

Dic and Alice were longtime members of the Hastings Free Methodist Church. They
served in many capacities, wanting to do their part for the kingdom of God. They
also cared for many foster children and took in many family members over the
years. They were passionate in helping others with food from the garden or
firewood from the woods, serving others however they could. They were also
passionate supporters of the Free Methodist missionaries their entire married lives.
After retirement, Dic and Alice did some traveling, traveled to nearly all of the 50
states including Alaska and Hawaii as well as overseas to Central and South

Dic will be deeply missed by his children, John (Marlene) Craven and Patricia (Rev.
Garry) Cruce of Hastings, Debra Mills of Austin, TX, Robert (Leslie) Craven of Fair
Haven, MI; 13 grandchildren, Martha (Scott) Chipman, Melissa (Chris) MacCreery,
Mary Craven, Sarah Cruce, Rebecca Gorbena, Ivan (Molly) Mills, Joshua (Danita)
Orsborn, Kevin, Brandon, Jacob (Miranda), Trevor, Liliana and Nicholas Craven; 11
great-grandchildren, sibling Lawson (Linda) Craven; and many nieces and nephews.

Dic was preceded in death by his wife, parents; siblings Doris Lumbert, and Rose
(Bud) Hale; and son-in-law Gaylord Mills.

The family would like to give a special thank you to Flower House of Nashville, MI,
for four years of their wonderful care and comfort to Dad and to us. Also, a special
thank you to Hospice of Lansing for their care and comfort this last year.

A celebration of Dic’s life will be celebrated on Friday, December 16th at 11 a.m. at
the Hastings Free Methodist church, 2635 N. M-43 Hwy. Services will be preceded
by a visitation at 10 a.m. Attendees are invited to honor Dic’s life by wearing relaxed
attire of plaid flannel shirts with jeans.

Memorial contributions in memory of Dic Craven may be made to Southwest
Michigan Land Conservancy or a tree planted in his honor.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Daniels Funeral Home-Hastings, conveniently located at 1401 North Broadway, Hastings, MI. For further details please visit our website at

Alma Joann Ranger Christensen

Mrs. Alma Joann Ranger Christensen, Age 87 of, Hastings, MI passed away on December 09, 2022, at 1872 East Mill Street in Hastings.


Joann was born in Newaygo MI, on August 07, 1935, a daughter of Claude and Emily Ranger. 


She attended local schools graduating from Newaygo High School in 1953.  After completing her education Joann began working at the Rural Electric Association in Newaygo were spent two years before being married to Mr. James Christensen on July 22, 1955. 


Shortly after being married, Jim accepted a position with the State of Michigan developing the interstate highway systems, which led the family to the Hastings area. Jim and Joann established their home in Hastings, where they raised their family together.


Joann was employed with the Hastings Area Schools for over 25 years, serving primarily in the cafeteria.  Her career offered the opportunity to be close to her kids during the day, which meant she was always “in the know”, with her children’s friends and activities. She & Jim loved attending their kids’ sporting events, and later the grandchildren’s events.  It was not uncommon for them to pack up the 5th wheel camper and travel the country following the grandchildren’s sporting events.


Joann was an avid Detroit Tigers fan, and over the years has collected many players autographs, attended several training camps in Florida, and was recognized in the Detroit Free Press wearing her unique Tigers hat.  


She is survived by her beloved husband James, her sons Joel (Amy) Christensen, Jon (Jean) Christensen, James (Valerie) Christensen, her sisters Gail Grandon, & Charlene Corrigan, brother Allen Ranger, 11 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, and 2 great great grandchildren.   


She was preceded in death by her daughter Jami, son in law Ron.


The family will receive on Friday, December 16, 2022, from 2-4 PM and again from 6-8PM at Daniels Funeral Home Hastings.


Funeral service will be held on Saturday, December 17, 2022 at 11:00 AM at Daniels Funeral Home Hastings with Pastor Tod Clark officiating. Immediately following the funeral service friends and guests are invited to remain at the funeral home for a time of fellowship and luncheon.  


Interment will take place following the funeral luncheon at Riverside Cemetery in Hastings, MI


In lieu of flowers the family has requested memorial contributions be made to the Boy Scouts of America, The Hastings Band & Athletic Boosters, or a children's charity of donor's choice.


Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Daniels Funeral Home-Hastings, conveniently located at 1401 North Broadway, Hastings, MI.  For further details please visit our website at

Patrick A. Cusack

Patrick A. Cusack, born October 4th, 1951 lost his battle with cancer on December 3, 2022 surrounded by his family. He fought a great fight just as he lived his life being a wonderful husband, caring and devoted father and Grandpa Mustache to his grandchildren whom he adored.

He graduated from Lakewood High School in 1969 and went on and attended LCC and worked at the State Capitol building in Lansing with the State Police. In 1975, he started working at the Michigan Reformatory in Ionia. That same year he went to a bingo game at St. Rose of Lima Church and met the love of his life, Sherry (Tobias) Cusack. They were married October 10th 1975 at St. Rose of Lima Church. At the Michigan Reformatory he held many positions as officer, small engine instructor, and maintenance instructor. He always enjoyed helping the inmates better their lives and finding their purpose. He was a man of his word with a great sense of humor and always had a story to tell. He retired from the Michigan Reformatory after 30 years in 2004, but sitting around was not his thing. He went to work as the maintenance director at Woodlawn Meadows in Hastings for 9 years. He ended his working years at the Barry County YMCA as the No. 1 maintenance man until health forced him to retire in 2019. He enjoyed camping with Sherry, garage sales, fixing lawn mowers and could fix anything he set his mind to. The most important was spending time with family and his grandchildren, which he truly enjoyed.

After finding out he had cancer, he found a love of buying toy tractors and doing minor clean-up or fixing them. He soon realized he had way too many and Grandpa C’s Toys was born. He would attend a few toy shows and enjoyed seeing the smiles on the faces of the kids getting their new toy.

He is survived by Sherry (wife) of 47 years; Children Jenny (Matt) Williams, Randy (Amber) Cusack, Katie (Kyle) Batts. Grandchildren Ava, Liam, Henry, Ella, Adi, Emersyn. Bonus Grandchildren Chloe, Alyssa, Jayme, and foster granddaughter. He is also survived by his siblings: Bill (Ann) Cusack, Ken (Mary Jo) Cusack, Beckie Cusack, Jan Williams, Mary Endres, Colleen Cusack, Jim Cusack, Peg Cusack and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Ernest and Estelle Cusack, Basil and Fern Tobias, brothers Herb Cusack and Dan Cusack along with sister-in-law Mary Carol Cusack and brother-in-law Lawrence Endres. Funeral Arrangements by Daniels Funeral Home of Hastings, MI.

Donations can be given to St. Ambrose Church (Delton) or Renucci Hospitality House Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids, MI.

The Cusack family has lost a great man but heaven has gained an angel.

The family will receive visitors on Thursday December 8, 2022 from 4-8pm with Rosary service at 7:30pm at the Daniels Funeral Home - Hastings conveniently located at 1401 North Broadway, Hastings, MI.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11am on Friday December 9, 2022 at St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Delton MI. There will be a time of fellowship and luncheon immediately following the funeral mass at St. Ambrose Catholic Church.

Interment will take place privately at Cedar Creek Cemetery.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Daniels Funeral Home - Hastings conveniently located at 1401 North Broadway, Hastings, MI. For further details please visit our website at

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

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

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

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 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 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

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

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

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 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,, c/o Barry Community Foundation, 231 S Broadway, Hastings, MI 49058, or the Spectrum Health Cancer Center,, c/o Spectrum Health Foundation, 100 Michigan St. NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. 

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

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 to share a memory or leave a condolence message for Janet’s family.

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