Obituaries Archives for 2017-01

Jane E. Power

Jane E. Power passed away peacefully on January 21, 2017, at Thornapple Manor.


Jane was born August 7, 1943, in Chicago; the daughter of George and Margretta (Kollig) Power. A graduate of Catholic University of America where she made many lifelong friends, Jane went to New York and began her career as a Social Worker. After a few years, Jane decided to continue her studies at Michigan State University where she earned a Master’s Degree in psychiatric social work. As a licensed clinical social worker in California, Jane worked tirelessly for ill and disabled people. Jane, also, suffered from the debilitating effects of Multiple Sclerosis for many years but never lost her sense of humor or desire to help others and continued her work as long as possible.


Jane is survived by a brother, George (Vang) Power, a sister, Albie (James) Brunner and several nieces and nephews. Jane was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Mary Smith.


Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated Monday, February 20, 2017, 11:00 AM, at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, Hastings. Private inurnment will take place at the Edgewater-New Smyrna Cemetery, Edgewater, Florida. For a more lasting memorial, please consider memorial contributions to: Multiple Sclerosis Society or Joseph’s Genetic Journey.


Please visit to share a memory or to leave a condolence message for Jane’s family. Jane’s family is being served by the Williams-Gores Funeral Home

Jack Kennedy

Jack Kennedy 93 of Hastings, passed away on Sunday January 22, 2017 at Woodlawn Meadows.


He was born September 28, 1923 in Wheeling, West Virginia to James and Mary Elizabeth Kennedy.


Jack served his country in the Army during WWII in Europe with the 283rd Engineer Combat Battalion. He received 2 battle stars and built pontoon bridges across the Rhine River at Cologne.

He graduated from Ohio State University in 1949 with a degree in Engineering.

Jack worked for E.W. Bliss from 1948-1981 and served many years as Manager of Sales Engineering.


He married Gretchen Beverwyk on January 12, 1963. He and Gretchen traveled extensively, visiting all 50 states, most of Europe, Scandinavia, New Zealand and Australia, plus they took many cruises together. He was an Elder at the First Presbyterian Church in Hastings and served on many committees there. He belonged to the Hastings Country Club, was a life member of the Masonic Lodge, a member of the American Legion and enjoyed Golf and Bridge. Jack is survived by 10 nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Gretchen; and brother, Dr. James Kennedy.


The family would like to thank Woodlawn Meadows Assisted Living for their kind and compassionate care. Jack’s family will receive friends and family on Thursday, January 26, 2017 at the Lauer Family Funeral Homes-Wren Chapel, 1401 N. Broadway in Hastings from 5-7 PM and 1 hour prior to the Funeral Service on Friday January 27, 2017 at 11 AM.  Dr. James Spindler will officiate. Interment will follow in Rutland Township Cemetery with Military Honors.  


Please consider memorial contributions to First Presbyterian Church of Hastings.


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Timothy Ronald Boucher Sr.

Timothy Ronald Boucher Sr, age 83 of Nashville, Michigan passed away January 15, 2017 surrounded by his family.


Tim was born in Battle Creek, Michigan on May 30, 1933. He is the son of Samson Dewey Boucher and Ada Beatrice Brownell.


In 1952 Tim graduated from Marshall public schools. He then went on to attend Michigan State University. From 1955-57 he proudly served in the US Navy aboard U.S.S. Yorktown. He began his work history with the Kellogg company then on to Equitable Insurance. Eventually he ventured out to found PBS Realty with Slayton and Porg in Battle Creek. Tim’s business interests were diverse. In addition to the real estate company he owned with his wife Alice, he also owned Maple Valley Arms, Mulberry Fore Golf course, and Pennock Stone and Gravel. In 2005 he and Alice created the nonprofit organization Good Stewards; providing guardian and payee services offices in Chemical Bank in Hastings, MI.


Tim worshipped at the Nashville Baptist Church and enjoyed his daily Bible study at his desk, sharing what he learned with friends and family. He cared deeply for all animals and was a fierce advocate for the just treatment of all creatures. Special joy was found in time spent with his grandchildren. He was always creating memorable experiences for the gang.


Sadly, Tim was preceded in death by his son Thomas (Tad) Davis, his mother and father, and five siblings. Tim is survived by his wife Alice (Pennock) Boucher, son Timothy (Peg) Boucher Jr, son Asa Davis, daughter Ronna Lewis, daughter Linda (Vincent) Bradley, daughter-in-law Sue (Tad) Davis and his grandchildren, Kevin (Amanda) Davis, Jeanette (Ryan) Wojton, Dylan (Jessica) Bradley, Becky Davis, Zach Boucher, Nealon Bradley, Corbin Boucher, Adam Lewis and three great grandchildren, Judah, Micaiah and Asa.


If someone would like to give a donation in lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Good Stewards, PO Box 283 Hastings, MI or the Nashville Baptist Church, 312 Phillips St Nashville, MI 49073.


Visitation will be held at the Girrbach funeral home, 328 S. Broadway Hastings, MI on Friday January 20, 2017 from 6-8 pm. Funeral Services will be Saturday, January 21, 2017 at the Nashville Baptist Church, 312 Phillips St, Nashville, MI at 11 am.


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

Linda Louise (Larsen) Smith

A bright light entered heaven as Linda Louise (Larsen) Smith passed away January 6, 2017. Linda was born to Harry and E. Alma (Schantz) Larsen on January 26, 1938.


Linda attended Muskegon and Hastings schools graduating from Hastings High School in 1956. One week later, on June 17th, she married her high school sweetheart, Marvin Smith. Together, they would raise their 3 children on the family's Goodwill Dairy farm home of the Lakegrove Holsteins. While Linda was a Stay-at-Home Mom, she also kept the farm’s financial records, registration records and helped with chores. In later years, Linda also worked part time at The Leigh Ann Store, Hodges Jewelry and Bull Creek Veterinary clinic.

Because of the strong agriculture influence on the once city girl, Linda delved into all activities that her family became involved in. Linda became a 4-H cooking leader, served on the 4-H Council and served as Assistant Dairy Superintendent at the Barry County Fair. Family involvement in the Registered Holstein Association led Linda to serve as both County and District Secretary. She served as clerk at numerous cattle shows County, District and State wide.


Along with her husband, Linda was a long- time Farm Bureau member and served as President of the County Farm Bureau Women for several years.

Linda followed the activities of her beloved grandchildren which led full circle to the Barry County fair.  She supported their efforts in showing sheep, and took delight in cheering the boys on during antique tractor club pulls.  Her grandchildren are very grateful for the memories made on many camping trips with Grandma and Grandpa.  Her grandchildren's sporting and band events were also a big highlight in her life.

Linda was an avid reader, but also loved sports, especially MSU and Lions football along with anything to do with NASCAR. She loved traveling and, together with her husband, traveled all over the south falling in love with the Natchez Trace. They also loved touring through upper Michigan, especially in the Traverse City wine region.

Linda was a member of the Hastings First United Methodist church and had participated in its’ Women’s circles.

Linda is survived by her 3 children Lisa (Buff) Coe, Michael Smith and Kristine (Morgan) Olson, her 3 grandchildren Kyle (Carolyn Moon) Stevens, Kelsey Stevens and Nathan (Jessica) Stevens, 4 step – grandchildren Amy Coe Clark, Adam Robinson, Jeremy McDonald and Erik Robinson and favorite brother-in-law Ben (Sharon) Smith. Linda was preceded in death by her husband Marvin, parents Harry and Alma and in-laws Melvin and Marie.

Visitation will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at the Lauer Family Funeral Homes- Wren Chapel located at 1401 N. Broadway in Hastings with a Celebration of Linda’ life at 11:00 with her son-in-law, the Rev. Dr. Buff Coe presiding. Interment will take place at the Rutland township cemetery with a luncheon to follow at Hastings First United Methodist church.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The American Cancer Society , Great Lakes Hospice Care or the Barry County Steam, Gas and Antique Machinery Association. Please share a memory or condolences at

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