August 29, 2010, printed obituaries

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

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

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 

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

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


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