Obituaries Archives for 2017-11

Helen Ressor

Helen Ressor, age 98, passed away on November 25, 2017. 


Helen was born July 13, 1919, the daughter of Albert and Orpha Ressor.  She was a graduate of Woodland High School in 1937 and then was graduated from Michigan State College of Agricultural and Applied Science, now called Michigan State University in 1941.  Following college, Helen started her teaching career in home economics, teaching in the Mecosta, Woodland, Centerville and Colon school districts.  After retiring in 1971, she returned to live on the family farm in Woodland, taking care of her father in his final years.  In recent years, Helen lived at Cornerstone Assisted Living Center, in Hastings, and she enjoyed following and watching the Detroit Tigers and Michigan State Basketball.


Helen was preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Orpha Ressor, brother, Hillis Ressor, and niece Jane Rabler.  She is survived by her sister, Marjorie Mulder, nephews and nieces; Stephen Mulder, David Mulder, Marcia Borton, Marvin Ressor and Joan Ressor.


Visitation will be held at Koops Funeral Chapel in Lake Odessa, MI on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 from 1pm until time of service at 2pm.  Burial will take place in Woodland Memorial Park. 


Memorial contributions may be made to the Woodland United Methodist Church, 203 N Main St. Woodland, MI 48897.  Online condolences can be left at

Karen Sue VanBuren

On Friday, November 10, Karen Sue VanBuren, passed away at her home near Woodland, Michigan. She was surrounded by her beloved husband, family and dear friends. Although the cancer she had so bravely fought for over 20 years ravaged her body, it was never able to shake her faith in her savior the Lord Jesus Christ, rob her of being a loving wife, mother, sister and friend, or steal her ability to be compassionate, caring and giving, or of loving the life she was given. In the end, she was victorious.


Karen was born in Battle Creek, Michigan, in 1956 to Max and Noralee Bracy. She graduated from Maple Valley High School, in Vermontville, Michigan in 1974 and went on to get an Associates Degree and serve in the Barry County District court for more than two decades. Due to her illness, she retired in 2012. She attended the Hastings Free Methodist Church for many years. If one were to ask her about her biggest accomplishment, she would undoubtedly reply, “Becoming a student, follower and lover of the Lord.”


On May 18, 2007, she married Kent VanBuren. Together, they built a home and a life full of the God-given blessings of family, and friends. Known for her compassionate and generous nature, Karen’s smile and her ability to say or write kind words of encouragement are legend. Even during the challenging times of chemo-therapy treatments, she never lost her optimism, incredible wit or sense of humor. She enjoyed a good meal, particularly one that included fish caught and prepared by Kent, boat rides, seeing the sun at the beginning and end of the day, a good bonfire, stars in the sky, and sharing a good glass of wine, with the love of her life, Kent.


She was preceded in death by her father and mother, Max and Noralee (Gillons) Bracy, Hastings, Michigan, her Husband Joseph K. Daniel, Hastings, Michigan and nephew Joseph Barton Bracy, Naples, Florida.


She is survived by her husband Kent VanBuren, Woodland, Michigan; stepson Alex VanBuren his wife Heather and children Ty and Kaile, Hastings, Michigan; stepson Christopher, his wife Mallory, Munising, Michigan; brother Bart, wife Sue (Satterelee) and their sons Luke and Wade, Orlando, Florida; sister Christine (Fowler) Stone, Essexville, Michigan; her son Austin Curtis, Tampa, Florida, and daughter Jordan (Curtis) Gonzales and husband Edward Gonzales and their children, Audrey and Edward Jr., Vina del Mar, Chile.


A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on November the 18, 2017, at the Hastings Free Methodist Church, with visitation one hour prior. Due to likelihood of inclement weather, internment at the Woodland Cemetery will be postponed until April 21, 2018.


In lieu of flowers the family encourages donations to the VanAndel Institute, 333 Bostwick Avenue, NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 or Great Lakes Hospice. Services provided by Girrbach Funeral Home, Hastings, Michigan. 

Agnes Perkins

Agnes Perkins, daughter of Leo and Agnes (Dooley) Taffee died on November 12, 2017.


She was born in Hastings on December 17, 1923. Agnes attended St. Rose School through the 10th grade, then spent the last two years at Hastings High School, graduating in 1941.


She attended Mercy College of Nursing in Detroit and became a registered nurse in 1945. Agnes worked at Pennock Hospital for many years, also at Share Road Hospital in Brooklyn, New York and St. Joseph Hospital in Flint, Michigan.


In 1949 she married Norman Perkins. They lived in Flint for 15 years and then moved back to Hastings for their retirement in 1979. Agnes retired from Pennock Hospital in 1987.


She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Norman, three brothers, Tom, Fr. Robert and Bill Taffee, two sisters, Mary Taffee and Sister M. Laurentina Taffee.


Agnes is survived by her three sons: Mark (Eileen)Perkins of Flint, Michael (Judeth) Perkins of Flint and John (Jeanne)Perkins of Frankfort, IL, also three grandchildren, Kathy (Kevin), Robert, and Joseph and great granddaughters, Kaitlyn, Claire and Luci Leverence.


Visitation will be held on Friday, November 17, 2017 from 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm. A Rosary will be held at 5:30 pm at the Girrbach Funeral Home in Hastings. A Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 11:00 am at the St. Rose of Lima Church, 805 S. Jefferson, Hastings, MI 49058. Interment will take place at Mt Calvary Cemetery.


Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Rose of Lima Church.


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

Otis Hill

Mr. Otis Hill, age 93, of Nashville passed away Wednesday, November 1st, 2017 at his home. Otis was born in Nashville, Michigan on May 28, 1924, the son of the late Otis and Hazel (Norris) Hill. He was raised in the Hastings area and attended local schools graduating from Hastings High School. After graduating, Otis worked with his father farming with horses on their M79 farm. In 1955 he began working at Kelloggs as a machine operator. He was the husband of Katherine (Stutz) Hill. The couple was married January 23, 1943 and would be celebrating 75 years of marriage in January. Otis & Katherine began their lives together on the family farm, and in 1955 built their current home which they have lived in their entire lives. During this time, Otis continued farming, and working at Kelloggs until retiring in 1981. While they were raising their family the couple enjoyed spending their free time at the roller skating rink on Thornapple Lake Road. Otis loved to be outside working on the farm, hunting, and fishing. In 1952, he purchased 2 pieces of hunting property one Mancelona, and other in Newberry, in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. These properties where so remote the only way access was by boat, traveling up river. Soon after their purchase Otis and a couple friends began construction of the cabin, which was painstaking, labor intensive effort requiring each piece of timber to be hand cut, carried to the boat, then transported down river to the campsite. Throughout its construction, Otis insisted nobody would go hunting until all the work had been completed. Those early efforts yielded several terrific hunting seasons, and throughout the years Otis has bagged over 52 bucks, including several trophy class deer. Otis is survived by his beloved wife Katherine, two daughters, Marsha (Mike) Kerjes, Lisa (Jim) DeVries, two sons Larry (Carol) Hill, Mike (Claudene) Hill, He is also survived by 11 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren, 6 great great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his sisters Hilda Tobias, Grace Nichols, Ruth Rice, and grandson Don Beck in 1987. The family will receive visitors on Saturday November 4, 2017 from 1:00-3:00 PM at The Daniels Funeral Home in Nashville. Funeral services and interment will take place privately. Memorial contributions can be made to Peace Church or Great Lakes Caring Hospice. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Daniels Funeral Home in Nashville. For further details please visit our website at

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