Obituaries Archives for 2016-09

L. Delores Hall

L. Dolores Hall passed away on Friday, September 23, 2016 at Thornapple Manor, surrounded by her family.


She was born on May 13, 1916 in Harrison, Michigan to Walter and Nettie (Doty) Sunday. She spent her early childhood in Harrison and then in Lansing. Dolores then moved to Hastings and finished her schooling, graduating in 1934. She married Dale Hall on September 4, 1934.


Dolores worked for the ASC office until retirement and then took a part time job in retail. She enjoyed knitting and crocheting but gardening was her first love. She had a large garden and spent summers canning and freezing for the winter. She was an active member of Hope United Methodist Church and attended regularly. Winters were spent in Lakeland, Florida.


Dolores was preceded in death by her husband Dale, daughter, Judy Lenz, son-in-law's Jack Lenz and Mark Anderson, sisters, Josephine Vanderwater, Ruth Hale and brother, Edward Sunday.


Dolores is survived by her children, Ronald (Juanita) Hall, Christopher (Cindy) Hall, Carole (Milt) Poulos, and Christine Anderson, all of Hastings.


Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at Hope United Methodist Church, 2920 S. M-37 Hwy., Hastings at 12:00 pm. A one hour visitation period will precede the funeral service from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm. Burial will take place at Riverside Cemetery in Hastings. 


Memorial contributions may be made to Hope United Methodist Church or a charity of ones choice.


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

Marian K. Wurm

Marian K. Wurm, age 81 of Hastings, passed away unexpectedly September 21, 2016. 

Marian was born on April 26, 1935, the daughter of Harold E. and Frances I. (McIntyre) Jones.  She attended and graduated from Hastings High School, class of 1953.  Marian and Fred Wurm were married on October 16, 1971.

Marian worked at the National Bank of Hastings for 35 years, serving as Vice-president the last 5 years that she worked there. She was a member of the Business and Professional Women's Club (BPW) and the Women's Club. 

Marian enjoyed traveling with husband Fred to various locations, such as Missouri, Florida and Arizona.   She also enjoyed reading, playing cards and sewing.  

Marian was preceded in death by her parents, Harold and Frances Jones.

She is survived by her husband, Fed Wurm of Hastings, son, Phil Wurm of Hastings, grandchildren, Brittany and Megan Wurm of Hastings, sister, Carolyn Bible (VanWolvlear) of Hastings, nephew Rusty (Sarah) Bible of Hastings and many other nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to Barry County United Way, or Habitat for Humanity. 

Visitation will be held on Monday, September 26, 2016 from 10 -11 am at the Girrbach Funeral Home.  Funeral services will follow the visitation at 11:00 am also at the funeral home.  Pastor Mark Payne will officiate the service.  Interment will take place at Riverside Cemetery in Hastings.  


Arrangements by Girrbach Funeral Home in Hastings.  To leave an online condolence for the family, visit our website at

Bob “Herbie” Herbstreith

Bob “Herbie” Herbstreith, 76, of Lake Odessa, passed away suddenly on September 18, 2016 at the Blodgett Campus of Spectrum Health.  
He was born on June 23, 1940 to Hale and Anna (Hiher) Herbstreith in Hastings, MI. Bob worked as a general Labor for GM. On November 11, 1961 he married Shirley Collins at the Central United Methodist Church in Lake Odessa, MI.  Bob loved to fish and the Woodland Eagle fish fry’s at the Woodland Eagles.   He was known as Gramps to many kids from the Lakewood Band Camp’s.  Bob was a fan of the Detroit Tigers, Blue Chip Casino and Bass Tournaments with Shirley.  The family will always remember his simple old school ways.  
Bob is survived by; son, Rob(Cindy) Herbstreith of Niles, MI, daughter Lisa(Mike) Dulak of Hastings, MI; Seven Grandchildren, Erin Jammer, Jason(Nikki) Herbstreith, Ben (Stephanie Leuenberger) Herbstreith, Brenna Herbstreith, Kris(Melanie) Blocher, Blake (Andrea Gault) Blocher, Eli Beck; significant other, Ruth Beck; 6 great grandchildren; siblings, Dorothy(John) Service, Harry Herbstreith, Leon (Phyllis) Herbstreith, Richard (Nancy) Herbstreith, Jack (Jean) Herbstreith, Betty (Bill) Storm, Gail Wallace, along with many nieces and nephews. 
He was preceded in death by wife, Shirley Herbstreith, father, Hale Herbstreith, mother, Anna Herbstreith, and sister Marie Henge
Visitation will be held Wednesday, September 21, 2016, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm & 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm at Koops Funeral Chapel, Inc., Lake Odessa, MI.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, September 22, 2016, 11:00 am at the Koops Funeral Chapel, Lake Odessa, MI, with Bill Storm, officiating.
Burial will take place in the Lakeside Cemetery-Lake Odessa.
Memorials are suggested to the American Heart Association. Online condolences can be given at

Kenneth Radant

Kenneth Raymond Radant died Tuesday, September 20th, 2016 at age 80.


Ken was born January 1, 1936 in Owosso, Michigan, son of Raymond and Josephine Radant. He married Marjorie Radant on June 15, 1957.


Ken was President of Barry Broadcasting Co. and General Manager of radio stations WBCH AM & FM in Hastings. His radio career started in 1953 when he began, while a senior in high school, as a weekend disc jockey at WOAP in Owosso, a job he continued during college at Alma and transferring to Michigan State University where he graduated in 1958.  Radant moved to Hastings in 1958 and accepted an air and news position at WBCH. He was elevated to the position of Manager of WBCH in 1960. He and his wife later bought the station. He served on the Michigan Association of Broadcasters board of directors and was a long time member of the International Broadcaster’s Idea Bank.  Ken, with WBCH, started the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade in Hastings.


In 1968 Ken was elected to the Barry County Board of Commissioners and was re-elected for seven consecutive two-year terms, serving as Chairman for three terms before retiring from the Board. He was promptly appointed by Gov. Milliken and reappointed by Gov. Blanchard as the state appointee to the Barry County Social Services Board. He also served on that body for 14 years. A community activist, Radant served on many local committees and organizations, including President of the Barry County Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Board of Directors of that organization for nearly 45 years. While a county commissioner, Ken was instrumental in establishing Barry County Transit and has served on the transit board since its inception.  


Ken was a faithful and active member of Emmanuel Episcopal Church since moving to Hastings in 1958 and served many years as a lay reader, treasurer. vestry member, and on Diocesan committees.


Ken is survived by his wife Marjorie, son Steven (Sue) Radant, daughter Joellyn (Kevin) Schipper, granddaughters Stephany (Kevin) Houseman, Jillian Altoft, Jenna (Scott) Corcoran, and Sara Radant, grandson Philip Schipper, and great-grandaughter Hannah Houseman.

He was preceeded in death by daughter Karen (Tim) Altoft and grandson Colin Altoft.


Funeral service for Kenneth Radant will be held at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Hastings at 11am Saturday, September 24th.   Visitation with the family will preceed the service at 10am.


In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Emmanuel memorial fund.

Kenneth Kensington

Kenneth "Ken" Lauren Kensington age 76, of Hastings, peacefully passed away on September 17, 2016 at home with his loving family by his side.

He was preceded in death by his father, Theodore Kensington, mother, Sonja Williams, step-father, Walter Piwko and brother Larry Kensington.

He is survived by his wife, Carol Kensington, sons Kenneth (Amy) Kensington, David Kensington, Laurie Sunior, Jennifer (Dave) Joppie, Jonathan (Trisha) Kensington, 13 grandchildren, sister Camille (Ron) Earle, many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. He will be lovingly missed by all.

Ken was born on February 12, 1940 in Mount Clemens, MI and was the first son of Theodore and Sonja Kensington. He attended Anchor Bay High School in New Baltimore, MI, graduating in 1958. Ken then attended Lawrence Institute of Technology and worked as an Engineer Associate at Chris Craft Corporation in Algonac, MI. On January 14, 1961 Ken married Carol Ann Ames of Algonac, MI and raised three sons and two daughters in their 55 years of marriage.

In 1964 Ken and family moved to Hastings, MI where he was founder and CEO of VIATEC, Inc. from 1964 to 2004. Ken also attended and graduated Harvard Business School, OPM Program. During this period he served on profit and non-profit advisory boards for Gill Industries, S.C.O.R.E., Catholic Family Services, K-Industries Inc., and D.R. Bulkley Co. Ken owned and operated K-ADVISOR LLC.


Ken was a member of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, he was passionate about his faith, work and family. He enjoyed fly-fishing, traveling around the world and spending many hours planting and pruning his trees with his kids and grandkids; in addition to many spring Canadian fishing trips with his best friend, Mike Huver and his sons.

There will be a Memorial Mass at St. Rose of Lima Church on Saturday, September 24, 2016 at 11:00 am with lunch following in the church hall. Ken will be laid to rest at the Mt. Calvary Cemetery Columbarium in Hastings, MI.

In lieu of flowers, Memorial Contributions can be made to the St. Rose Catholic School.

Arrangements by Girrbach Funeral Home.                                                   Visit to sign the online guestbook or to leave a message for the family. 

Doris Kay Salas

Doris Kay Salas passed away on September 11, 2016 in Ionia MI.  She is survived by her husband, George Salas and daughter, Cindy (Rodney) Partridge and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held at Koops Funeral Chapel in Lake Odessa, MI on Wednesday, September 14, 2016 from 5:00 – 8:00 pm.  Funeral Mass will be at St. Edwards Catholic Church on Thursday, September, 15, 2016 at 11:00 am.

Carole Ann (Norton) Norris

Carole Ann (Norton) Norris passed away Monday, September 12, 2016 at Wings of Hope Hospice in Allegan, Michigan.   Carrie was born on July 27, 1947 in Hastings, MI to Donald and Bonnie (Welch) Norton.  Carrie graduated from Lakewood High School in 1965.  After graduation she attended cosmetology school and then ran an in-home daycare.  She began working at the Barry County Jail in 1984 and was promoted to Corrections Officer.  She retired from the Barry County Sheriff’s Department after 18 years of service.  Carrie’s greatest joy was taking care of all of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She delighted in being around kids.


Carole married Michael Norris on May 7, 1993 in Springfield, TN.  They resided in Hastings, MI.  Carrie is survived by her husband, Michael, her sons, Tad (Julie) Lubitz, Timothy (Rachel) Lubitz.  Mother-in law Mary Jane Norris, Brother-in-law Tony Norris.  Step-Children Kristen (Andrew) Cove and Curtis (Erica) Norris, sister Jan Lubitz, brother Robert (Dee) Norton.  10 Grandchildren, 3 Great-Grandchildren, and lots of nieces and nephews.   Carrie was preceded in death by her parents, brother-in-law Gene Lubitz, and nephew Josh Norton. 


Visitation will take place at Koops Funeral Chapel, Lake Odessa, MI on Friday September 16, 2016 from 4:00p.m.-8:00p.m. Memorial Service to take place on Saturday September 17,  2016 at 11:00a.m. at the Kilpatrick United Brethren Church in Woodland, MI.  Private Family Burial to take place afterwards.  In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan, 1169 Oak Valley Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48108 or Wings of Hope Hospice 530 Linn Street, Allegan, MI 49010.

Marion Humphrey

Marion L. Humphrey of Middleville, passed away Friday Sept. 2nd, 2016 at Spectrum Butterworth in Grand Rapids. Marion was born December 26, 1935 in Leighton Township, the daughter of the late George H, and Vera (Peel) Miller. Marion was a 1954 graduate of Thornapple Kellogg High School. A member of the First Baptist Church of Middleville for many years. Marion enjoyed flowers, watching the birds, and sending greeting and christmas cards to family and friends. Riding in cars, boats and trains were a great enjoyment for her. On August 2, 1958 she married the love of her life, Hosea A. Humphrey, who survives. Marion is also survived by sons: Gary Humphrey and David Humphrey, a brother, Roy (Myrt) Miller, a sister, Ethel Washburn and several nieces and nephews. Her family will receive friends, Tuesday 6:00 to 8:00 PM, at the Beeler-Gores Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be conducted Wednesday Sept. 7, 2016 at 11:00AM, Pastor Wesley Smith, Officiating. Burial will take place at Irving Township Cemetary. Please visit to sign the online guest book, share a memory or to leave a condolence message for Marion's Family.

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