Obituaries Archives for 2019-10

Patricia Jeanne Thompson

Middleville-Patricia (Count) Johncock/Thompson, age 80, passed away October 24, 2019.  Patricia is now free from Alzheimer’s and is hopefully reuniting with her family and friends in heaven.


Patricia was born March 9, 1939 to Barbara (Powers) and Lyle Count and attended Middleville Schools.  After high school, she married Ron Johncock and had three children.  She enjoyed taking care of her family.  Later she married Art Thompson.


Patricia was a very kind person.  She taught her children to be kind and thoughtful.  She encouraged people to help others and to appreciate life’s blessings.


Patricia’s living children are Ronda (Johncock) Birman/Ryan Eaton and Tracy (Johncock) Teunessen/Allan Taylor.  She’s survived by her brother Tom/Paige Count, her sister Nancy/Clifton Browne, brother Dan Count and sister Joyce/Bruce Gibbs.  She’ll be missed by her grandchildren:  Maxx/Jessica Birman, Amanda/Steve Compo, Ashley Anderson, and Zach/Shannon Taylor.


She was proceeded in death by her parents, her brothers Bobby and Charlie Count and treasured friends Pat Proctor and Pat Coykendall.


Special thanks to mom’s Carveth Village family and Interim Hospice.  All of your acts of kindness, care, and prayers were very much appreciated.


Please consider donating to the Alzheimer’s Association or an animal shelter near you in Patricia’s honor.


Visitation for Patricia will be 11:00 AM-Noon at Girrbach Funeral Home, Wednesday, October 30, 2019.  Her service will be Noon-1:00 PM. A luncheon will be held afterwards. Arrangements by Girrbach Funeral Home.  To leave an online condolence, visit



Sue (Harrington - James) Babcock

Druscilla Sue Babcock, age 86, of Hastings, Michigan passed away at the Legacies Assisted Living in Caledonia, MI on October 12, 2019.


Sue was born in Hastings, Michigan on January 18, 1933, the daughter of the late Donna Wilkins (Welton) and Edward Harrington.  She graduated in 1950 from Hastings Schools.


On July 12, 1969, Sue married her true soulmate, Donald Gordon Babcock at the Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Hastings, Michigan.  They enjoyed an adventurous 46 years together.  Sue was a soft-hearted, kind-spoken, devoted mother, an amazing partner in marriage, wonderful sister and had a never wavering faith for our Lord.  Throughout her life, she worked at Tyden Seal Company, E.W. Bliss, Steelcase, Hastings Manufacturing, and Northern Lights Realty.  When all the children were grown, Sue and Don made their permanent retirement home up north at Camp “Sue-Don” in Brethren, Michigan.  They had traveled numerous trips all over the U.S. and for a short time had a home in Mobile, Alabama, finally settling back in Hastings their last few years. 


Sue is survived by sons Ray (Rose) James, George James, Charlie (Julie) James, Rick James, Randy James, daughters Joni (Mike) Mezeske, Tammy (John) Benjamin, Mary (J.R.) Klinge, Patricia (David) McCarson, sisters Pat Leckrone and Joyce Cruttenden Phelan, twenty-four grandchildren and thirty-four great-grandchildren. 


She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Babcock, sisters Jane Sanborn, Jean Kimmel, Priscilla Phelan and son Gordon Babcock. 


The family would like to especially thank Legacies Assisted Living of Caledonia for their amazing love and care. 


A visitation will be held on Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 10:30 AM, service at 11:30 AM, with a luncheon to follow at Emmanuel Episcopal Church; 315 W Center Street; Hastings, MI  49058.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Emmanuel Episcopal Church.   


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

Wanda (Townsend) Mennega

Wanda (Townsend) Mennega passed away at Thornapple Manor on October 4, 2019.  Wanda was born on July 30, 1930 to Roy and Rose Ockerman.  She grew up in Gladwin until marrying Gilbert Townsend and having five children.  Marriage ended in divorce.  She later married Ed Mennega of Allegan until his death.


Wanda worked for several years at the Copper Lantern Restaurant in Hastings, and finally retired from Penney’s in Allegan.  She loved playing cribbage and Yahtzee with whomever would sit that long.


Wanda was preceded in death by her parents, and two brothers, Glenn and Derwood Ockerman.  She is survived by three daughters from Hastings, Sheryl (Chris) Hagelshaw, Carla (Pete) Pierce and Kim R. Townsend.  A daughter from Ohio, Linda Hess, and a son from Massachusetts, Ty Townsend, and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren, Mennega family brother and sisters-in-law, and lso several nieces and nephews and a very dear lady who was her caregiver for the last ten years, Deb Cornett.


A private family service will be held at Hudson Corners Cemetery in Allegan at a later date, and she will be put to rest next to her husband Ed.  Arrangements by Girrbach Funeral Home in Hastings. To leave an online condolence, visit

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