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Obituaries Archives for 2021-02

Cynthia Ann Robbe

Cynthia Ann Robbe, age 94, of Hastings passed away on February 20, 2021.  She was born on November 9, 1926, the daughter of William and Florence (Mahler) Everett. 

 

Cynthia was a graduate of Flushing High School and Eastern Michigan University.  On September 7, 1947, Cynthia married Kenneth James Robbe, and they were married for 71 years until his death in 2019.  She worked for the Hastings Area School System as a Physical Education Teacher and Coach. 

 

Cynthia was a member of Hastings Emmanuel Episcopal Church and enjoyed singing in the choir there.  She belonged to bridge clubs and the hospital guild.  She was a golf legend and enjoyed women’s volleyball, round dancing, ballroom, and swing dance. 

 

Cynthia is preceded in death by her husband of 71 years, Kenneth James Robbe, parents Florence and William Everett, daughter Rebecca (Robbe) Matthews, sister Elizabeth Dial, sister-in-law Doris Sare, brothers-in-law Merlin Dyball, William Dial, David Climer and Paul Sare. 

 

She is survived by her twin sister, Margaret Climer of Mishawaka, IN, son Gary (Deborah) Robbe of Hastings, MI, daughter Kendra (Robert) Bethell of Tucson, AZ, son-in-law John Matthews of Phoenix, AZ, grandchildren Nathan Robbe, Ben Robbe, Jim (Heidi) Robbe, Amy (Kyle) Pohja, Ivory Bethell, Troy Bethell, Nadia (Michael) O’Shea, Janelle (Sheree) Matthews, Luke (Charisse) Matthews, 12 great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 315 W Center Street; Hastings, MI  49058. 

 

A memorial service will be announced and held at a later date.  Arrangements by Girrbach Funeral Home.  To leave an online condolence, visit www.girrbachfuneralhome.net.

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Donald Jay Falconer

Donald Jay Falconer

( January 01, 1939 - February 22, 2021 )

Donald Jay Falconer, Sr. was born in Hastings, Michigan on January 1, 1939, to Bernard and Lois (Neil) Falconer, he had just turned 82 years old.   Don attended Hastings Schools, where he was active in FFA and played football. He graduated in 1956.   Don was a lifetime farmer; even after his health wouldn’t allow him to work on the farm, he enjoyed watching his sons work the fields.   He worked at South Kent Gravel as a large equipment operator, retiring from the Hastings Landfill.

 

He married the love of his life, Connie (Overholt) on October 8, 1960 and in 2020 they celebrated 60 years of building a wonderful life and family together.  

 

Don loved going out west hunting, and enjoyed fishing, traveling with best friends Dave & Barb Dykstra, eating with his breakfast club at the Shamrock, and working on his yard.   But his greatest joy came from his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren, and helping build houses for family members.

 

Don was preceded in death by his parents, Bernard and Lois Falconer, parents-in-law George and Marian Overholt, sister Doreen Falconer, brother Ben Falconer, daughter in-law Linda Falconer, brothers- in-law Bill Pickard and Wayne Kauffman, and sister-in-law Michelle Overholt.

 

Don is survived by his loving wife Connie, children Butch (Becky) Falconer, Brenda (Milton) Buehler, Dave (Kim) Falconer, eight grandchildren Ben (Justeen) Buehler, BJ (Holly) Buehler, Megan (Jon) Wright, Jessica (Greg) Matthews, DJ (Kaylie) Falconer, Kristen Falconer (Ben), Audrey (Travis) Trudgeon, Chelsea Falconer (Robert), four step-grandchildren Zach (Dezirae) Gingrich, Alec (Lindsay) Gingrich, Courtney (Kaleb) Stonehouse, and Alyssa Larsen (Aaron),  23 great grandchildren and 4 great-great grandchildren, sister Darlene Pickard, sisters-in-law Jeanie Kauffman and Wanda (Tom) Burnell, and brothers-in-law Arlan Overholt and John Overholt.

 

The family will receive visitors on Friday, February 26th from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM at Hope Church of the Brethren, 14275 – 92nd Street , S.E.; Freeport, Michigan 49325.   In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Barry County 4-H in the name of Donald Falconer.  Arrangements by Girrbach Funeral Home.  To leave an online condolence visit www.girrbachfuneralhome.net.

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