Obituaries Archives for 2016-04

Patricia Lou Murphy

Patricia Lou Murphy, age 79 of Hastings, Michigan, passed away April 28, 2016 at her home.


Pat was born July 16, 1936 in Lansing, Michigan, the daughter of Leo and Dorothia (Mosher) Murphy. She graduated from Portland High School in 1954 and attended Central Michigan University, graduating in 1958.


Pat was employed by Hastings Area Schools from 1958 until her retirement in 1994. She worked as a PE teacher, business teacher, and coach for track, basketball, volleyball and cheerleading. Pat was a member of MHSAA, NEA, MEA, 4-H, was president of Jr. Farm Bureau from 1958 to 1962. Pat volunteered at many Hastings Area School Athletic Events.


Pat also referred to as "Miss Murph" always had a smile on her face, listening ears for her students and athletes, and a willingness to help Hastings School System, wherever needed. In 1977, Pat was head girls track coach, when her Hastings team was runner up at the State Finals. She was a true Hastings Saxon and will be dearly missed by all who knew her.


Pat was preceded in death by her parents, Leo and Dorothia Murphy.


She is survived by her brothers: Leo Clare (Jan) Murphy of Portland, MI, Lyle Murphy of Hastings, MI, nephews, Will, Joe, Donald, Leo Peter, nieces: Tamsin and Dawn.


A Visitation will be held on Sunday, May 1, 2016 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm at the Girrbach Funeral Home in Hastings. Funeral Services for Pat will be held on Monday, May 2, 2016 at 11:00 am also at the Girrbach Funeral Home. Dr. James Spindler will officiate the service. Interment will take place North Eagle Cemetery, Eagle Township, Clinton County at 2:30 pm.


Memorial contributions may be made to Hastings Area Schools.


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


Carl L. Hathaway

Carl L. Hathaway, age 88 of Hastings, passed away Saturday, April 16, 2016 at the Christian Rest Home in Grand Rapids.


Carl was born on August 19, 1927 in Hastings, Michigan, the son of Richard and Grace (Olner) Hathaway. He graduated from Hastings High School in 1945. He married Beulah (Boonie) Myers on September 19, 1945. Carl moved into Hastings from the family farm in Hope Township and worked for Vern DeMott and Norm Barry’s Repair Center. He later was employed as the Regional Equipment Foreman for the Michigan Department of Transportation in Grand Rapids for 22 years, retiring in 1988.


Carl was an avid bowler, golfer, fisherman and hunter. He and Boonie enjoyed mushroom hunting and were also snowmobile and motorcycle enthusiasts. They were founding members of the Pirates and the Motor Aires Motorcycle Clubs of Hastings. They motored all over the country on their Harley. Carl participated in numerous local car shows with his ‘34 Chevy coupe. Carl was the ultimate mechanic and tinkerer. He could repair, improve, or build anything and he shared his talents freely with family and friends. He served as a member of the Hastings Volunteer Fire Department for 15 years. Carl and Boonie enjoyed spending time up north at their cabin near Custer as well as travelling.


Carl was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Grace; spouse of 67 years, Boonie; and siblings: Ruth Murray, Lyle Hathaway, and Harold Hathaway.


He is survived by three sons: Larry (Marge) Hathaway of Flushing, Dave (Cathy) Hathaway of Grand Rapids, Jim (Lindy) Hathaway of Hudsonville; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; sister: Pearl Pattison of Kalamazoo, sister-in-law Rosemary Hathaway of Okemos; many nieces, nephews and friends.


Carl enjoyed life to the fullest. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.


Visitation will be held from 6pm - 8pm on Friday, April 22, 2016 at Girrbach Funeral Home in Hastings. There will be a second visitation on Saturday, April 23, from 2pm-3pm, with funeral services at Girrbach’s immediately following. Rob Miller, nephew, will officiate the service. Private interment will take place at Rutland Township Cemetery.


Memorial contributions may be directed to the Barry County Commission on Aging.


Georgia Ann Ellis-Leonard

Georgia Ann Ellis-Leonard, age 65 of Middleville , passed away on Wednesday April 13 , 2016 at her residence with her family at her side.

She was born February 14 , 1951 in Battle Creek , Michigan the daughter of Robert James and Eva Marie ( Belkowski ) Ellis .

Georgia attended Hastings area schools . Her employment included Hastings Pizza Hut , Big Boy in Hastings and Grand Rapids, she retired in 1989 from Adac Plastics in Grand Rapids.

She married Dick Leonard November 23, 1986.

Georgia enjoyed shopping , playing bingo , going to the Galesburg Speedway , she loved doing things with her family , going to the beach, camping , and most of all organizing family gatherings and reunions .  She loved to cook  for family and friends.

She was a member of the Women of the Moose, Eagles , VFW in Caledonia , where she volunterred for various activities.  

Georgia will be remembered as a kind person who would do anything for anyone.

She was preceded in death by her parents Robert and Eva Ellis, brothers, George , Jim , Gerald , and Richard Ellis , sister Patricia Love and brother Marvin Dunkle.

Georgia is survived by her husband Dick Leonard , her children , Brian Hayes , Patti Hayes , Brenda (Charlie) Sollinger, Dick Leonard II , Carol (David) Ellsworth , Carl Leonard , Samantha Leonard , 18 grandchildren , 13 great-grandchildren , brothers , Leonard (Marcia) Metheny , Robert Jr. (Kathy) Ellis , sister , Mary Ann (Daniel) Pomeroy and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial can be made to the family to help with final expenses.


A visitaion will be held on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 from 2 - 4 pm and 6 - 8 pm at the Girrbach Funeral Home in Hastings.   A Memorial service will be held on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at 11:00 am at the Middleville United Methodist Church, 111 Church St., Middleville, MI.  A luncheon will follow the Memorial Service.


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

David Leon Jasperse

David Leon Jasperse, age 73 of Hastings, passed away Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at home with wife, Emily.


Dave was born on March 13, 1943 in Grand Rapids, Michigan the son of Leon and Crystene (Lenz) Jasperse. He graduated from Ottawa Hills High School in 1961. He attended Grand Rapids Community College and graduated from Ferris State University Pharmacy School in 1967.


Dave married Emily Lovett on March 17, 1981. He was a member of the Elks, Moose and Rotary Club. Dave was also a member of the Hastings City Council and Planning Commission. He was a visionary and was dedicated to the well being of the City of Hastings. Dave supported many community groups, such as the United Way and Barry County Fair. He was conscientious in ensuring that all his employees contributed to the United Way campaign every year.

He worked for Reagan Pharmacy in Grand Rapids from 1967 to 1970. Dave worked as manager and Pharmacist of Bosley Pharmacy from 1970 to 1980. He became the owner/operator of Bosley Pharmacy in 1980 until the sale of the business in 2014. In 2014 he opened the General Store in Hastings. Dave was dedicated to his employees and treated them as if they were family. He would purchase 4-H animals at the fair and share them with his employees.


Dave was preceded in death by his parents, Leon and Crystene Jasperse.


He is survived by his wife, Emily Jasperse of Hastings, son, Jeff (Amy) Jasperse of West Virginia, granddaughters, Isabel and Ava Jasperse, siblings, Michael (Diane) Jasperse of Alabama, Susan (Jim) Major of North Carolina, Steven (Kelly) Jasperse of Grand Rapids, and Mary (Mike) Pennington of Hastings, former wife, Elaine Jasperse and many friends.


A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, April 23, 2016 at the Barry Community Foundation, Leason Sharpe Hall, 231 S. Broadway, Hastings, at 11:00 am.

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

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