Oct. 31, 2010, printed obituaries

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Johnnie R. Doss

Johnnie R. Doss, 51, of Bangor, passed away Thursday, October 21, 2010 at Borgess Medical Center, Kalamazoo.  

Johnnie was born May 16, 1959, in Dowagiac, the son of Marshall and Minnie (Horn) Doss, and has lived the majority of his life in Bangor.  He enjoyed farming, fishing, fixing cars, and most of all playing with his grandchildren. Johnnie made friends with everyone he met and had many life-long friends.  He loved life and was a very forgiving person; he never met a friend or stranger he wasn’t willing to help or forgive.  He was loved by all and will be forever missed.  

Surviving are his wife, Rose Mary; four children — Tim (Jeannie) Doss, Chris Doss, Tina (Mike) Cornejo, and Shauna (Melvin Legon) Doss; seven grandchildren — Michael, Harley, Vikki, Lina, Shaun, Marissa, and Faye Faye; his parents — Marshal and Minnie Doss; six brothers and sisters — Brenda (Johnny) Flanagan, Rosie Dorris, Debra (Ray) Pritchett, Diane Doss, Patricia (Rick) Weis, and Tony (Stella) Doss; many nieces and nephews; and two dogs — Ruth Ann and Sara May.  

He was preceded in death by two aunts — Marcella Fay Horn, and Beatrice Doss; and a brother-in-law, James Leon Dorris.  

Funeral Services were Monday, October 25, 2010 at the Bangor Chapel, D. L. Miller Funeral Home.  Following the services cremation will take place.  www.dlmillerfuneralhome.com

Norman W. Funk

Norman W. Funk, 45, of Bangor, passed away Sunday, October 17, 2010 at his home.  

Norman was born September 15, 1965 in South Haven, the son of Kenneth and Jean (Hodgman) Funk and has lived in the Bangor area all of his life. He served as a Township Trustee and Sexton since 1988 and also worked as manager of the family business, Funk’s Service, until 1999.  Norman loved and collected antiques and was a Diamond member of the Van Buren Flywheelers.  

Surviving are his brother, Jeffrey (Deeona) Funk of Lockport, Ill.; a half sister, Pam Youngblood of Emett, Ind.; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.  

He was preceded in death by his parents.  

The family will meet friends on Saturday, November 6 from 12:00–2:00 p.m. at the Bangor Chapel, D.L. Miller Funeral Home with a Memorial Service at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Duane Jones officiating. Interment of cremains will follow at Monks Cemetery.  www.dlmillerfuneralhome.com

Tommie Lee Jackson

Tommie Lee Jackson, 64, of Covert, went to be with his Lord on Wednesday, October 27 from his home.

He was born October 28, 1945 in Tiptonville, Tenn., the son of Roy and Minnie Lee (Cole) Jackson. Tommie worked for National Motors in South Haven for many years. Tommie loved spending time with his family and friends.

He is preceded in death along with his parents by his sister, Rosie Lee Hayes; brother, Raymond Jackson; niece, Linda Lee Hayes; and nephew, Michael Wayne Jackson.

He is survived by his children – Tommie Jackson of Lansing, Tommie Jackson of Covert, Selena Jackson Sward of Covert, Sam Jackson of Bangor, and Tonjia Jackson Humboldt of Tenn.; his siblings – Glenda (Allen) Hawkins of Kalamazoo, Elder James Jackson of Kalamazoo, Shirline (Richard) Turman of Kalamazoo, Hubert Lee Jackson of Kalamazoo, Gladys (Perry) Brody of Covert, Willie C (Ernestine) Hayes of Covert, Jimmie Lee Jackson of Covert, Eddie Earl Jackson of Covert, Terry D. Jackson and Roy Jr. (Pam) Jackson of South Haven, and Michael Jackson of South Haven; a host of grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.

Wake will be from 12–1 on Tuesday, November 2 at the Filbrandt Family Funeral Home.  Funeral services will begin at 1:00 p.m. at the funeral home with Minister Allen Hawkins officiating.  Burial will take place at Covert Cemetery.  Kindly share your thoughts and memories on the family’s online guest book at www.FilbrandtFFH.com.

The family is being helped by the Filbrandt Family Funeral Home of South Haven, 637-0333.

Virginia Pitts

Virginia Pitts, 90, of Three Rivers, Mich., and Winter Haven, Fla., died Saturday, October 23 at Countryside Nursing and Rehabilitation Community.

She was born December 4, 1919 in Princeton, Mich. to Robert and Erma (Cota) Sangalli. Virginia married Donald Pitts Sr.  She served her country in the Womens Army Corps during World War II.  She worked as a sales clerk at various retail stores in Michigan and Florida. Virginia was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Three Rivers and St. Basil Catholic Church in South Haven. She was a member of the American Legion and enjoyed her rose garden.

She is preceded in death along with her parents by her husband Donald Pitts Sr., who died in 1999; two sisters – Mary DalPonte, and Louise Clipfell; and brother, Bill Sangalli.

She is survived by her son, Don “Skip” (Teresa) Pitts of South Haven, Mich.; two grandchildren – Charisse O”Connor of Portage, Mich., and Donald “Casey” Pitts III of San Diego, Calif.; two brothers – Peter (Pat) Sangalli of Richland, Mich., and Jerry (Dorothy) Sangalli of Three Rivers, Mich.; and one sister, Florence (Chet) Dall Pote of Three Rivers, Mich. 

A Memorial Mass was held on Thursday, October 28, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Three Rivers, Mich. with Rev. Father Mark Vyderman officiating.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society.  Her final resting place will be in the National Veterans Cemetery in Bushnell Gardens, Fla. Kindly share your thoughts and memories on the family’s online guest book at www.FilbrandtFFH.com.

The family is being helped by the Filbrandt Family Funeral Home of South Haven, 637-0333.

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Lois Cauwels Breitkreuz

Lois Cauwels Breitkreuz, 69, of South Haven, Mich., died October 8, 2010 at the South Haven Healthcare and Rehabilitation Home, where she resided since 1986.
Born January 18, 1942 in Paterson, NJ, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Irene Cauwels of Santa Cruz, Calif.
Lois graduated from North Carroll High School in Hampstead, Md., and John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Ark. She had an early career in education and Sunday school teaching.  Later, while disabled by Multiple Sclerosis, she engaged in a caring prayer ministry for others.  Lois enjoyed gospel music and watching all sports on her television. While a patient for 24 years she served as president of the Resident Counsel and encouraged others by sharing her faith, bringing them joy and hope. As her health worsened she showed courage and was an inspiration to the staff, who considered themselves fortunate to know and care for her. She appreciated the visits of family and friends and loved seeing her grandchildren and hearing of their school experiences and activities.
Surviving are daughter, Rebecca Sanford; son, Stephen (Diane) Breitkreuz; grandchildren — Ryan, Aaron and Eleanor Sanford, and Emma, Luke, Jack and Josh Breitkreuz, all of St. Joseph, Mich.; sister, Jan (John) Veteto of Colorado Springs, Colo.; brother, Paul (Jacque) Cauwels of Merced, Calif.; brother, David (Charlotte) Cauwels of Albuquerque, NM; brother, Jack (Phyllis) Cauwels of Mt. Hermon, Calif.; sister, Dolores Snyder of Westminster, Md.; aunt, Mattie Coombs of Tom’s River, NJ; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
The family received friends from 9-11 a.m. until the time of the service at 11 a.m., Tuesday, October 12, 2010, at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph, Mich. 49085 with the Rev. Dr. John Hosler, of Napier Parkview Baptist Church, officiating. Internment was at Riverview Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Angle Tree Prison Fellowship, P.O. Box 1550, Merrifield, VA 22116-1550 or Napier Parkview Baptist Church, 245 W. Napier Avenue, Benton Harbor, MI 49022.
Arrangements are entrusted to Starks & Menchinger Chapel. You may sign the guest book and offer on-line condolences at http://www.starks-menchinger.com.

Karna Jean Globensky

Karna Jean Globensky, 69, of South Haven, died Thursday, October 14 at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo.
She was born January 17, 1941 in Grand Rapids, Mich. to Stewart L. and Helen (Anderson) Johnson.  Karna married Jerry Globensky October 7, 1961.  She worked for the City of South Haven as Harbor Master for 16 years.
She is preceded in death by her parents.
She is survived by her husband, Jerry Globensky of South Haven, Mich.; two sons – John M (Kate) Globensky of Rockford, Mich. and Joseph W. (Jennifer) Globensky of Frisco, Texas; five grandchildren – Andrew, Audry, Alaina, Jared and Reese; one brother, Jim (Dawn) Johnson of Grand Rapids, Mich.; and three sisters – Sharon Potter of Palm Harbor, Fla., Mary Kay (Fred) O’Neil of Muskego, Wis., and Theresa (George) Tafelski of Grand Rapids, Mich. also survive.
Karna’s burial will take place at Woodlawn Cemetery in Grand Rapids, Mich. A Celebration of Life service will be scheduled in the spring. Memorial contributions can be made to South Haven Hospice at Home. Kindly share your thoughts and memories on the family’s online guest book at http://www.FilbrandtFFH.com.
The family is being helped by the Filbrandt Family Funeral Home of South Haven, 637-0333.

Jaylin “Kyree” Hatter

Jaylin “Kyree” Hatter,16, of South Haven, passed away on Friday, October 8, 2010 at South Haven Community Hospital, South Haven, Mich.
Kyree was a junior at South Haven’s L.C. Mohr High School. He will be greatly missed by the administration, faculty and entire school body.
Kyree was known for his outgoing personality and his love for the game of basketball.  One of his most memorable accomplishments is when he was moved up from the JV Basketball Team to play on the Varsity Team during the District Tournament. Kyree was a successful student athlete who loved to spend time with family, friends and younger kids who looked up to him. He will be greatly missed for his infectious sense of humor, his intense competitive drive, and his love of basketball and his family.
Kyree was preceded in death by his grandparents, Scott Hatter and Beulah Henry; great-grandparents, Ida Sheggog and James O. Wilkins, Sr.; and aunt, Lajuana Jones.
Kyree is survived by his paternal father, Clifton Hatter; stepfather and mother, James and Andrea Hooker; two brothers, Marquise and Clifton Hatter Jr.; two sisters, Jade and Journee’ Hooker; grandparents, Nathaniel and Merle Goodwin, and Darlene Wilkins; great-grandparents, Simon and Betty Harrington, and Shirley Wilkins; uncles, aunts, cousins, and a host of family and friends, namely Clareese Jheri Paul.
Kyree touched the hearts and souls of many and will be lovingly remembered and deeply missed. “Gone to Soon!”
A memorial service took place on Thursday, October 14, at 6:00 p.m. at the Listiak Auditorium at the South Haven High School.
Visitation was held Friday, October 15 from 11–12 at the Greater Pentecostal Temple Church of God in Christ. Funeral services began at 12:00 p.m. on Friday at the church with Pastor Joe O. Wilkins officiating.  Feel free to share your thoughts and memories of Kyree on the family’s online guest book at http://www.FilbrandtFFH.com.
The family is being helped by the Filbrandt Family Funeral Home of South Haven, 637-0333.

Ellen Tucker Mealer

Ellen Tucker Mealer, 82, of South Haven, Mich., formerly of Michigan City, passed away on Wednesday, October 6, 2010 in South Haven, Mich.
Ellen was born February 5, 1928 in Truman, Ark. to the late Charles and Frances Julia (Tucker) Qualls.
In 1948 she married James Mealer, who passed away in 1994.
Ellen was a retired executive housekeeper for Memorial Hospital and she also worked for Filter Specialists.
She was a member of the Free Methodist Church and her family was her life. She loved spending time with her family and cooking for them, taking trips, singing in the church choir, crocheting, sewing and spending time with her grandchildren.
Surviving are two sons — James C. (Kathryn) Mealer of La Porte, Ind., and Lee Alan (Beverly) Mealer of South Haven, Mich.; six grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren; three sisters — Frankie Troop of Fla., Mable Gregory of Ark., and Julia Johnson of Michigan City; and one brother, Charles (Candy) Qualls of La Porte, Ind.
Preceding her in death is one sister, Margaret Qualls; and two brothers — Prentist and Paul Qualls.
Services were held on Tuesday, October 12, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. at the Root Funeral Home with the Rev. Jack Andrews officiating. Burial followed in Greenwood Cemetery. Viewing was held on Monday from 4-8 p.m. and on Tuesday from 10-11 a.m. at the Root Funeral Home.

Charles Strickland

Charles Strickland, 72, of South Haven, died Monday, Oct. 4, 2010 with his family at his side.
He was born April 7, 1938 in Edwards, Miss., the son of Harold V. Strickland and Loise A. Kimbles.  He united with Sharon Bailiff, where they soon wed and celebrated years of marriage in South Haven, Mich.  He was a proud member of the Farmer’s Association.  He loved selling fruits and vegetables at the farmer’s market located in Benton Harbor, Mich., and spending time with his family.  The memories of him will be held in their hearts forever.
He was preceded in death by his father, mother, and brother.
He is survived by his wife, Sharon Strickland; stepchildren; grandchildren; step-grandchildren; three sisters; and a brother.
Services were held on Oct. 9, 2010 at Filbrandt Family Funeral Home in South Haven.

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Selivena Prudhomme Ben

Selivena Prudhomme Ben, 88, of South Haven, was called to her eternal rest on Sept. 30, 2010.
She was born on May 28, 1922 to the late Amos, Sr. & Lovice (Guillory) Prudhomme in Ville Platte, La.  She had seven Sisters and five Brothers.  She was united in matrimony with Horace Ben in Louisiana and moved to South Haven, Mich. around 1947.  She remained in South Haven and was a member of Saint Basil Catholic Church and a Provider for her family.  Upon becoming ill, she was admitted to Orchard Grove Extended Care on Sept. 29, 2009.
She was preceded in death by her parents; she was twice widowed — Horace Ben and Bobby Batton, Sr.; a son, Louis Joseph “L.J.” Ben; and a daughter, Anna Maria Gober; also by three sisters and four brothers.
She leaves to cherish her memory five daughters — Audrey (Lee) Wire, Columbia, SC; Mary (Donald) Smith, Benton Harbor; Sheriann and Priscilla Ben, Las Vegas, Nev.; Jacqueline Ben, Grand Rapids; two sons — Alary Ben of Kalamazoo, and Bobby Michael Batton, Lake Charles, La.; thirty-two grandkids; forty great-grandkids; a host of nieces and nephews, uncle, aunts; and a host of other relatives and friends survive.
A Memorial Service was held on Friday, October 8, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. in the Saint Bernard Catholic Church, 555 Delaware Ave., Benton Harbor, Mich. with Father William J. Jacobs presiding.  Burial will be held privately at a later date.
The Elkhart Cremation Services, Elkhart, Indiana, has been entrusted with the arrangements for Selivena, 574-389-8828.

Harry Joseph Campbell

Harry Joseph Campbell, 79, of Grand Junction, died October 1, 2010 at South Haven Community Hospital.
He was born October 13, 1930 in Gary, Ind. to Harold Hucker and Velma (Ponder) Campbell.  Harry graduated from High School in Rhinelander, Wisc. in 1949. He attended the University of Wisconsin. Harry served his country in the U. S. Army during the Korean War as a radar systems repairman. He also was on the Army basketball team. Harry married Dolores Ann Mysliwiec on June 14, 1958 at St. Mary’s Church in Hammond, Ind. Harry worked for the IBM Company as a business machine customer engineer from 1956-1964. He then worked at Meade Electric where he became a member of the IBEW local 697. Harry worked for several electrical contractors in various capacities, as electrician, project estimator and project manager until his retirement in 1992.
Harry and Dolores lived in several locations in Ind. and Ill., but will always have a special place in their hearts for Saddle Lake in Grand Junction, Mich. where they would spend their summers. In the mid-1970’s, Harry and Dolores bought a blueberry farm in Gobles, Mich. and became successful part-time farmers. The entire family spent their summers working on the farm in every capacity. At the end of the day on the farm, Harry and his family would go back to their cottage on the lake, fire up the grill, and enjoy another Michigan summer evening together. Harry enjoyed card games, swimming, fishing, campfires with his family.
He is preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Dolores Campbell of Grand Junction, Mich.; daughter, Carol (Dan) Taylor of Breedsville, Mich.; son, Dave (Lynn) Campbell of Crete, Ill.; and two grandsons – Matt Campbell and Nicole Campbell.
Visitation was from 9:30–11:30 a.m. on Thursday, October 7 at the Filbrandt Family Funeral Home. Funeral services began Thursday at 11:30 at the funeral home with Rev. Father Robert Flickinger officiating. Memorial contributions can be made to Multiple Sclerosis Society. Kindly share your thoughts and memories on the family’s online guest book at http://www.FilbrandtFFH.com.
The family is being helped by the Filbrandt Family Funeral Home of South Haven, 637-0333.

George Page Chapman

George Page Chapman, 82, of South Haven, died Tuesday, October 5 at Meadow Woods Nursing Home in Bloomingdale.
He was born July 30, 1928 in Chicago, Ill. to George and Esther (Waller) Chapman.  George served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. George married Donna Cunningham. After her death he married Betty (Fennell) on January 11, 1992 at the First Congregational Church. George worked as an accountant at Hammond Organ, Controller for Everett Piano Company, and retired as Finance Director for the City of South Haven.  George was an avid golfer and enjoyed trivia.  He was on the founding board for the Lake Michigan Maritime Museum.  George also enjoyed model ship building and stamp collecting.
He is preceded in death along with his parents by his wife Donna Chapman, who died in 1986; and his sister, Victoria Ernst.
He is survived by his wife, Betty Chapman of South Haven, Mich.; four sons – Richard (Judy) Chapman of South Haven, Mich., Jeffrey (Linda) Chapman of Kearney, Mo., John (Carol) Chapman of Richland, Mich., and Stephen A. (Anna) Chapman of Belmont, Michigan. One daughter – Kathleen (Ed) Knapp of St. Joseph, Mich.; four step-children – Rick (Connie) Fennell and Ty Fennell, both of South Haven, Mich., Doug Fennell of Sand Lake, Mich., and Vance (Shannon) Fennell of Clarksville, Mich.; nine grandchildren – Jill and Todd Chapman, Mike and Michelle Knapp, Tom and Kristen Chapman, Carly Chapman, and Ryan and Andrea Chapman; five step-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; and one sister, Joyce Sutor of Hickory Hills, Ill.
Visitation was Friday, October 8 from 6–8 at the Filbrandt Family Funeral Home, South Haven, Mich.  Funeral services will be Saturday at St. Basil Catholic Church at 11:00 a.m. with Rev, Father Robert Flickinger officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to St. Basil Educational Endowment Fund or the Michigan Maritime Museum. Kindly share your thoughts and memories on the family’s online guest book at http://www.FilbrandtFFH.com.
The family is being helped by the Filbrandt Family Funeral Home of South Haven, 637-0333.

Ken A. Pioch

Ken A. Pioch, 84, of Kalamazoo, died on Friday, October 1, 2010, at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo, Mich.
He was born October 3, 1925, in South Haven, Mich., a son of Herman and Serena Pioch.  He graduated from South Haven High School in 1943 and Michigan State College in 1951, majoring in lumber merchandising.  He served in the US Army for two and a half years in 1944, 1945 and 1946 in the European Theater, where he earned several medals and awards.  Ken was employed in the retail lumber business for 35 years, retiring in 1986 after 25 years as manager of Wickes Lumber in Portage.
On September 6, 1958 he and Ila Newton were married in Northville.  He was a member of several genealogical societies and had traced his ancestors back to 1480.  Ken planted thousands of trees and had 35 varieties on his property.  He liked using his chain saw and splitting firewood, gardening, making wine, downhill skiing for many years and cross country skiing in his later years.  As a blood donor, Ken was a member of the American Red Cross Ten Gallon Club.  He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, serving as an usher and helping with yard maintenance there for many years.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Richard of Indianapolis, in 2001, and by his parents.
Surviving are his wife, Ila; daughters — Kristine Pioch of Kalamazoo and Janet (Robert) Zdzinicki of Holland; grandchildren — Sarah Mosher, Jared and Evan Zdzinicki; sisters-in-law — Ruth Pioch, Alice Newton and Cece Grabowski; brothers-in-law — Cleon Newton, Walter Newton and Elvin Newton; and fifteen nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at Zion Lutheran Church, 2122 Bronson Blvd., on Tuesday, October 5, with Pastor Timothy Seeber officiating.  Burial with military honors followed at Hill Cemetery in Oshtemo Township.  In lieu of flowers, Ken’s family requests that memorials be directed to Zion Lutheran Church’s Building Fund.  Please visit http://www.langelands.com to sign Ken’s online guest book or leave a condolence to his family. 269-343-1508

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Diane (Strickland) Buchanan

Diane (Strickland) Buchanan, 56, of Covert, departed this life on September 24, 2010. 

She was born in Chattanooga, Tenn. on May 26, 1954 to Delores Venice Strickland and was helped raised by Annais GreenBey.  She attended elementary and middle school in Chicago, Ill.  She graduated from South Haven High School.

Diane was a member of Gospel Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church of Covert, Mich. where she served as an usher.  She really enjoyed spending time with family, friends, shopping, fishing, and bingo. Diane worked at Sleepy Hollow for many years until she changed her job career over to Machine Operator at several factories until the Lord called here home.

Diane leaves to mourn her loving husband, James T. Clifton Buchanan of 13 years; mother-in-law, Rennie Buchanan; sisters-in-law — Shirley, Diane, and Cotera; three stepdaughters — Barbara of Calif., Michelle and Yvette Buchanan; stepson, James Buchanan Jr. of Chicago, Ill.; six grandchildren; brothers – James (Lula) of Crete, Ill., Daryle (Karen) of Big Rapids, Mich., Anthony (Anita) of Farmington Hills, Mich., Michael (Teresa) of Allegan, Mich., Harvey GreenBey of Holland, Mich.; sisters – Janice (Larry), Dorothy (Ezell), both of Covert, Mich., and Shirley GreenBey of South Haven, Mich.; one Aunt Charlene and Uncle Sebron Floyd of Pittsburgh, Penn.; uncle, Robert Norris of Covert, Mich.; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Diane is preceded in death by her mother, Delores Venice Strickland; stepfather, Annais GreenBey; grandmother, Hattie May; grandfather, Cecil Reynolds; aunt, Joyce Norris; and nephew, Carl Lee Strickland.

Funeral services were Saturday, October 2 at 11:00 a.m. at the Gospel Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church with Pastor Henry Allen Officiating. Family received friends from 10–11 on Saturday at the church before the service. Kindly share your thoughts and memories on the family’s online guest book at www.FilbrandtFFH.com.

The family is being helped by the Filbrandt Family Funeral Home of South Haven, 637-0333.

Clarence E. Darling

Clarence E. Darling, 53, of Bloomingdale, passed away Wednesday, September 29, 2010 at Countryside Nursing and Rehabilitation Community, South Haven.

Clarence was born November 21, 1956 in St. Joseph, Mich., the son of Wilbur and Maxine (Curry) Darling and has lived all of his life in the Bangor area.  He was a mechanic and loved his work.  Clarence enjoyed fishing and spending time with his dog.

Surviving are one sister, Shirley Chapman of Grand Junction; two brothers — Micheal Darling of South Haven, and William Darling of Dawson Springs, Ky.; two nephews — Billy and George; an uncle, George; one grandniece; and one grandnephew.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, James.

The family will meet friends from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, October 3, 2010, at the Bangor Chapel, D.L. Miller Funeral Home with cremation following.  http://www.dlmillerfuneralhome.com

Otto Curtis Rhoades

Otto Curtis Rhoades, 57, of South Haven, died Tuesday, September 28 at home.

He was born March 3, 1953 in Kalamazoo, Mich.

He is survived by his mother, Florence Boatwright of South Haven, Mich.; three brothers – Mike Rhoades, Norman (Melba) Landeck, both of South Haven, Mich., and Kenny (Ruth Ann) Teal of Ovendale, Fla.; and three sisters – Sharon (Larry) Grigsby of Watervliet, Mich., Cathy (Silver) Rodquez of Zeeland, Mich., and Wanda Teal of Ind.

A gathering took place at the family home at 421 Abell St., South Haven, Mich. on Saturday, October 2 at 3:00 p.m.  Kindly share your thoughts and memories on the family’s online guest book at www.FilbrandtFFH.com.

The family is being helped by the Filbrandt Family Funeral Home of South Haven, 637-0333.

Marianna Titus

Marianna Titus, 79, of South Haven, formerly of South Bend, Ind., passed away on September 24, 2010, following a period of declining health.  

Marianna graduated from James Whitcomb Riley High School, South Bend, and received a BA degree in Education and a MA degree in Sacred Theology from Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Ind.  She was an English teacher for over 30 years in the South Bend Community School Corporation, and she taught religion and Bible studies at St. Jude’s Catholic Church in South Bend and St. Basil’s Catholic Church in South Haven.

Marianna was active in drama, choruses, and the P.E.O. Sisterhood.  She was a member of AAUW, Saint Mary’s College Alumni Association, and D.A.R.  She was instrumental in forming the Osterhout Lake Association and served as the first president.  She enjoyed traveling around the world and entertaining. She will be missed by her family, many friends, and former students.

She was predeceased by her parents, Loren O. (Dick) Titus, and R. Beatrice Titus; and a brother, Robert N. Titus (Shirlee) of New Hope, Penn.  

She is survived by her siblings — Carol Hollahan Tegel (Paul) of South Bend, Dr. Jack L. Titus (Beverly) of St. Paul, Minn., Peggy L. Munson (John) of New London, NH, and Rev. Nancy J. Johnson (Richard) of Newmarket, NH.  She was a loving aunt to fourteen nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Filbrandt Family Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Basil’s Catholic Church in South Haven at 11:00 a.m. on Thurs., Sept. 30.  Visitation for family and friends will be from 9:30 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. at the church. Interment will be in Southlawn Cemetery in South Bend. Memorial donations may be made in Marianna’s name to St. Basil’s School in South Haven or Hope Rescue Mission through Hope Ministries, 432 S. Lafayette Blvd., South Bend, IN 46601.  Kindly share your thoughts and memories on the family’s online guest book at http://www.FilbrandtFFH.com.

The family is being helped by the Filbrandt Family Funeral Home of South Haven, 637-0333.

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Robert Henry Crosby Sr.

Robert Henry Crosby Sr., 82, of South Haven, died Tuesday, August 24 at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo.

He was born October 11, 1927 in Gas City, Ind. to Emmett and Pearl Crosby.  He served his country in the U.S. Air Force during World War II. Robert worked for the Michigan Fruit Canners, retiring in 1995 after 20 years of service.  He enjoyed traveling, driving his car and bowling.

He is preceded in death along with his parents by his wife, Clara O. Crosby, who died in 2007; and his brother, Emmett Crosby.

He is survived by three sons – Robert “Bobbie” Crosby Jr. of South Haven, Mich., Billy Crosby of Three Oaks, Mich., and Dale Crosby of South Haven, Mich.; one daughter, Brenda (Robert) Crosby of Zeeland, Mich.; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren also survive.

Visitation was from 6-8 on Friday, August 27 at the Filbrandt Family Funeral Home. Funeral services were Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Eric Jarvis officiating. Burial took place at Lakeview Cemetery. Kindly share your thoughts and memories on the family’s online guest book at www.FilbrandtFFH.com.

The family is being helped by the Filbrandt Family Funeral Home of South Haven, 637-0333.

Thomas Henry Newton Jr.

Thomas Henry Newton, Jr., 86, of South Haven, Mich., passed away Sunday morning, August 22, 2010 at South Haven Community Hospital.

He was born October 25, 1923 in rural South Haven to Thomas and Elizabeth Newton.  He married Roberta (Decker) on May 4, 1963, and they created a wonderful life in Bangor and South Haven. Tom attended country schools near South Haven and Bangor, and graduated from South Haven High School in 1941.  He enlisted in the Navy shortly after Pearl Harbor and was a radioman/gunner in Dauntless bombers in the South Pacific.  Tom flew in over 40 combat missions, was aboard the Intrepid and Bunker Hill, and organized squadron reunions into this year.  

Upon returning to South Haven, he tuned pianos at Everett Piano for 7 years and spent the next 34 years at Bohn Aluminum, primarily as a tool and die maker.  While at Bohn, Tom served as UAW President, Bargaining Chairman, and Steward.  

While raising his 6 children, he was active as a baseball coach and 4H leader.  Tom was an involved member of the First Baptist Church of South Haven.  He played in the Bohn golf league for several years; it is still going strong and is now called the Tom Newton Golf League.  He retired in 1986 and began 18 years of assisting with the Bangor Varsity Softball team, and his girls lovingly called him “Fuzzy”.  He was a We Care, United Way, and Kataki Council volunteer.  Tom loved golf and other sports, mathematics, reading, camping and traveling.  

He received his greatest enjoyment spending time with family and friends.  Tom and Roberta also had a winter home in Palmdale, Fla., where they had a great group of friends and cousins.  

Tom is survived by his wife Roberta, his loving friend for 47 years; his children — Tom (Carol), Scott (Mony), Jill, and Sally (Tom Resseguie), all of South Haven, Tim of Grand Rapids, and Bernie (Shelly) of St. Joseph; four grandchildren — Nate of St. Joseph, Tyler of Orlando, Fla., and Jake and Kendra of South Haven; and a sister, Marge Jerue of Stanwood.   

He was preceded in death by two brothers — Bill and Art; and a granddaughter, Afton.  

Tom will be best remembered for his quick wit, along with the time and effort he gave to help others and his community.  His family celebrated his life on Saturday, August 28, at the First Baptist Church, 10781-76th Street, South Haven.  Visitation was held at 11 a.m., memorial service was at noon, and a luncheon followed.  Memorials in Tom’s name can be made to We Care or First Baptist Church.  Kindly share your thoughts and memories on the family’s online guest book at www.FilbrandtFFH.com.

The family is being helped by the Filbrandt Family Funeral Home of South Haven 637-0333.

Nancy Rhoades

Nancy Rhoades, 61, of South Haven, Mich., died on August 19, 2010.  

She was born on November 21, 1948 in Kalamazoo, Mich. to Onontiyoh and Leona Dunn.   

Nancy was a school crossing guard for the South Haven Police Department for 30 years.  She enjoyed reading, collecting key chains and trolls.  Nancy also enjoyed working on jigsaw puzzles. 

She is preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Leona; and one brother, Martin.

She is survived by her daughters — Casey Rhoades and Kryssi Rhoades of South Haven, Mich., and Nikki Kendra of Aroma Park, Ill.; two sons — Mike G. (Caireen) Rhoades of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Bart Rhoades of South Haven; her grandchildren — Jonathan Kendra, Brittany Kendra, Nico Rhoades, Skyler Rhoades, Austin Rhoades, and Aaron Rhoades; one sister, Mary Hard of South Haven, Mich.; two brothers — Melvin Dunn of Jeffersonville, Ky., and Alvin (Judy) Dunn of Gobles, Mich.

Visitation was from 6-8 p.m. Monday, August 23 at the Filbrandt Family Funeral Home.  Funeral was on Tuesday, August 24 at 1:00 p.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. Robert Linstrom officiating.  Memorial contributions may be made to the family.

Kindly share your thoughts and memories on the family’s online guest book at http://www.FilbrandtFFH.com. 

The family is being helped by the Filbrandt Family Funeral Home of South Haven 637-0333.

Maureen Joyce Warren

Maureen Joyce Warren, 75, of South Haven, Mich., died Tuesday, August 24 at her home.

She was born April 8, 1935 in Allegan, Mich. to Bernard and Bernadette (Junglas) Flynn.  Maureen graduated from Nazareth Academy High School with highest Honors, she then graduated from Nazareth College with a Bachelors in Education in Kalamazoo, Mich.  She married George “Buddy” Warren on July 14, 1965 at St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Lawrenceville, NJ. Maureen worked as an elementary school teacher and taught at various Catholic Schools throughout Michigan. She also taught for many years in Princeton, New Jersey and Jacksonville, Fla. She was a member of St. Basil Catholic Church. Maureen enjoyed playing and singing music, researching family genealogy.  She also loved to travel and loved living on Lake Michigan. Maureen cherished her strong Irish heritage.

She is preceded in death along with her parents by her husband, George “Buddy” Warren, who died in 2008; and her brother-in-law, Fred Hartfield.

She is survived by her nine siblings – Mary Hartfield of Bloomingdale, Mich., Joseph (Janice) Flynn of Gobles, Mich., James Flynn, Veronica Flynn and Jerry Flynn, all of Allegan, Mich., Colleen (Robert) Taylor of Holland, Mich., Michael (Sheryl) Flynn of Allegan, Mich., Gabe (Joan) Flynn of South Haven, Mich., and Edward (Mary) Flynn of Allegan, Mich.  Many nieces and nephews also survive.

Visitation was from 6-8 on Thursday, August 26 at the Filbrandt Family Funeral Home with a scripture service beginning at 7:30. Mass of Christian Burial was Friday at 10:00 a.m. at St. Basil Catholic Church with Rev. Father Robert Flickinger Officiating. Burial took place at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Cemetery in Allegan, Mich. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids at 1806 Bridge St. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504. Kindly share your thoughts and memories on the family’s online guest book at www.FilbrandtFFH.com.

The family is being helped by the Filbrandt  Family Funeral Home of South Haven, 637-0333.

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