Archive for November, 2010

Oct. 31, 2010, printed obituaries
November 1, 2010

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.

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.

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

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

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