Oct. 10, 2010, printed obituaries

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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