Obituaries Archives for 2018-07

Betty Jean Smith Kaub

Betty Jean Smith Kaub, age 87 of Hastings, passed away July 28, 2018 at Thornapple Manor in Hastings.

Betty was born in Holland, Michigan on February 24, 1931, the daughter of Gerrit and Helena (Scholten) Hoogstraten.  She graduated from Kalamazoo Central High School, class of 1949. Betty received her RN nursing degree from Bronson School of Nursing in 1953.   She worked for Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo from 1952 to 1954.  Betty stayed home to raise her family from 1953 to 1989.  She worked at the VA Hospital in Battle Creek, Michigan from 1973 to 1988. 

Betty was a Girl Scout Leader from 1964 to 1972.  She was a member of the Kalamazoo Historical Society, Bronson Hospital Alumni, Simpson-Westwood United Methodist Church in Kalamazoo, Faith United Methodist Church in Delton and the Hastings Hope United Methodist Church.  Betty enjoyed sewing, knitting, needlepoint and quilting.  She also enjoyed camping and traveling with her family. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, Gerrit and Helena Hoogstraten, brothers, Bert, Bill, and Bob, sisters, Wilma, Nellie and Tillie. 
Betty was also preceded in death by her first husband, Clair Smith in 1985 after 32 years of marriage and second husband, Richard Kaub in 2001, after 12 years of marriage. 

Betty is survived by her daughter, Ann (Bob) Roobol of Hastings, MI sons, Daniel J. (Diane) Smith of Nashville, MI, David J. (Rosa) Smith of Spain,  Jeffery S. (Missy) Smith of Augusta, MI, sister, Helen (Paul) Force of Bradington, FL, brother, Gerrit (Gail) Hoogstraten of Portage, MI, sisters-in-law, Jo and Joyce Hoogstraten of Kalamazoo, MI, 11 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the following:  Youth With A Mission, 20136 FM 16 West, Lindale, TX 75771, (Re: For the North Africa Center), Muscular Dystrophy Assoc, P.O. Box 97075, Washington DC 20090,  Hope United Methodist Church, 2920 S. M-37 Hwy., Hastings, MI  49058. 

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, August 1, at the Girrbach Funeral Home in Hastings from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.  Funeral services will be held on Thursday, August 2, 2018 at 11:00 am at the Hope United Methodist Church.  Pastor Kim Metzer will officiate the service. A luncheon will follow the service.  Interment will take place at Fort Custer National Cemetery, Augusta, MI.   


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


Ingrid Kate Bunde Wilson-Morgan

Ingrid Kate Bunde Wilson-Morgan not only joined her Lord in Heaven on July 28th 2018, but she is surely dancing with her beloved husband Charley. Ingrid was born in Berlin, Germany, on March 9th, 1928 to Karl and Kate Bunde.
She lived through a time in history that was filled with sorrows and with laughter. In later years, she was blessed to recall principally the best of her memories which included her father taking her to the World Olympics in Berlin in 1936 – for which he had welded Olympic rings for the Stadium - where Jessie Owens ran and won gold,; and the generosity of the many pilots in 1948 that dropped packages of food during the Berlin Airlift.
In 1949 post-war Berlin, Ingrid met the love of her life Charley Leroy Wilson. They married on June 14th, 1952 and later that year travelled to the United States where Ingrid then became a proud citizen residing first in Woodland and then in Hastings. In 1953, Charley and Ingrid brought her remaining family to this country – her mother and father, grandmother Anna Marie, and beloved dog Teddy.
Ingrid was known for her wonderful sense of humor, love of dancing, compassion for creatures great and small including her cat Shadow , Plecostomus Oscar, and Grand-Dogs Bella and Teddy Finn, and occasional excitement for an hour at Gun Lake Casino on the penny slots. She was a fierce protector of her family and happiest and at peace in her “Pink Palace” sharing a cup of tea overlooking her garden.
Her cares and prayers were many: for her Wilson family and remaining family and friends in Germany; for her Grace Lutheran Family where she was a member some 65 years, as well as an Assisting and Stephen Minister; for Spectrum Health Pennock Hospital and her fellow Volunteers – particularly her faithful “chauffeur” Rose Wood; and for the many military veterans. Even in her last hours, Ingrid was grateful and gracious, offering her caregivers a glass of “sparkle water.”
Ingrid was preceded in death by her parents Karl and Kate, grandmother Anna, brother Rudi, her first-born Steven Lane, her husband Charley, son-in-law George C.Winick, as well as her second husband James Morgan.
She is survived by her three daughters, “Charley’s Angels” - Carla Wilson-Neil, Kristi Wilson-Winick and Traci Wales; Son-in-Laws Ron Neil and Steve Wales; grand children Misha Neil, Shayna (James) Gibbons, Justin Selleck, Kali Wales, Connor Wales,
Becki Neil Knop, Erin Neil Ginn; great grand children Raylan Gibbons, Alex Knop, Emily Knop, Aaron Knop, Nicholas Ginn, Carson Ginn; great-great grand son Jackson Knop; and anticipated family member Colton Ranguette. Ingrid is also survived by and remains in contact with her cousins in Germany Margrit Weber and Yvonne Klinzman, as well as special friends Hannah GutenMorgan, Peter and Barbel Kebschull, Anita Mika, and Bernd Strauss. She also was a faithful pen pal to Regina Stevenson of Augusta, Georgia.
The funeral is being held Thursday, August 2, at 11 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church with visitation that morning from 10 – 11 a.m., and a visitation will also be held Tuesday, July 31, from 6 – 8 p.m. at Girrbach Funeral Home. Those wishing may honor Ingrid with a remembrance to The Spectrum Health Pennock Foundation designating as desired (Hospice, Cancer, Surgery Suite, etc.) or a hospice of their choice.

James L. Withiem

James L. Withiem age 92 of Hastings. This amazing man sang his way into heaven on Sunday July 22, 2018 at his home after an extended illness.


He was born on March 16, 1926 in Oblong, Illinois to Bradley and Hallie Withiem.


James was a minister since 1960, having the distinct pleasure of officiating at many family members marriages. He served his country during WWII in the Navy.


James was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Orphie Mable Withiem; brothers and sisters; daughter, Vicki Lynn Garrett; grandson, Timothy Lawrence Nevers and a great grandchild, Bryanna Nichol.


He was survived by wife, Patricia; children, Betty (Gene) Nevers, Mitzi Hyatte and Rhonda (Larry) Vincent; step-daughter, Chelle Kenyon, grandchildren, Genia, Jamie, Michael, Nichole, Bradley, Melissa, Jeremy, Tonya and Chelsea; 17 great grandchildren; brother, Robert Withiem.


The family will receive friends on Tuesday, July 24, 2018 from 5-8 PM at Lauer Family Funeral Home – Wren Chapel in Hastings.  Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at 11:00 AM at the Hastings Free Methodist Church with Rev. Brian Teed officiating. Interment will follow in Riverside Cemetery.


For those who wish, memorial contributions may be directed to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or


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