August 22, 2010, printed obituaries

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Darrell Eugene Butts

Darrell Eugene Butts, 75, of South Haven, died Sunday, August 15 at South Haven Nursing and Rehabilitation Community.

He was born August 13, 1935 in Salem, Ill. to Ben and Grace (Copple) Butts. He married Leona McWhorter on July 16, 1959 in Effingham, Ill. Darrell worked for John Bowes Factory in Effingham, Ill. as a machine operator. He also worked for Sleigh Furniture in Holland, Mich. Darrell enjoyed riding his bicycle, walking, and mowing lawns for others. He was also a St. Louis Cardinals Baseball fan.

He is preceded in death along with his parents by his brother Harold Butts, and two sisters – Roshell West and Adell Roades.

He is survived by his wife, Leona Butts of South Haven, Mich.; one daughter, Shirley (Jeff) Neigh of Grand Junction, Mich.; one son, Gene (Pattie) Burkhart of Fla.; one brother, Glenn Butts of St. Peter, Ill.; two sisters – Edna Hiecker of SC, and Wanda Osterholtz of Clarksville, Tenn.; four grandchildren – Rick Butterworth, David Butterworth, April Mokma and Tiffany Mokma; seven great grandchildren — Devin, Marissa, Ricky Jr., Sha, Teylur, Zamarra, and  Nariah.

Visitation will be from 6–7 on Tuesday, August 24 at the Filbrandt Family Funeral Home with a memorial services beginning at 7:00 p.m. Pastor Steve Starks will be officiating. Memorial contributions can be made to the family. Burial will take place at Loy Praire Cemetery in Watson, Ill. 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.

Sue Karsen

Sue Karsen, 78, of South Haven, Mich., passed away on August 11, 2010 surrounded by family.  

Sue was born June 10, 1932 in Battle Creek, Mich.   

Sue is survived by her sister, Mamie (Howard) Wilcox of Bellevue, Mich.; sons – Michael (Rebecca) Frisbie of Holland, Mich., David (Belinda) Frisbie of Kalamazoo, Mich., and Jon (Donita) Karsen of South Haven, Mich.; daughter, Nikol (Gary) Chumley of South Haven, Mich.; ten grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends, including her very special friends Betty Wolf and Rick and Theresa Copeland.  

Sue is preceded in death by her husband, John J. Karsen; her parents Charles and Letha Ankney; her brothers – John and Lloyd Ankney and a granddaughter, Kelly Dawn Frisbie.  

Her  greatest love in life was her children and grandchildren.  She was known as “Ma” to everyone and had such a positive effect on everyone that she came into contact with.  She enjoyed playing poker, solitare and she loved animals. She will be greatly missed.  Cremation has taken place, and a funeral luncheon will be held at the Moose Family Center at a later date.

The family was helped by Life Story Funeral Home, 269-344-5600.

 Derek Michael Markovich-Hosier

Derek Michael Markovich-Hosier was stillborn on August 18, 2010 at South Haven Community Hospital.   

Surviving are his parents, Sierra Markovich and Juston Hosier; grandparents, Kathy Sparks, Micheal and Carmen Hosier, Shannon Mitchell; great-grandparents, Iva Markovich, Jim Hosier, Sharon Strand, and Ron Strand.  

He was preceded in death by his great-grandfather, Steve Markovich, Sr. and great-grandmother, Theresa Hosier.   

Funeral services were held 2:00 p.m. Friday, August 20, 2010 at the Bangor Chapel, D. L. Miller Funeral Home with Fr. Gordon Greene officiating.  Interment followed in Breedsville Cemetery, Columbia Township.

Fred E. Reinhardt

Fred E. Reinhardt, Jr, 68, of Bangor, passed away suddenly on August 16, 2010.  

Fred was born October 29, 1941 in South Haven, the son of Fred and Helen (Zwar) Reinhardt.  He married Toni Biron in October of 1972; attended construction school at Texas A&M and worked in construction and farming most of his life.  For a time he was a member of the Carpenters Union.  He helped his father restore many antique tractors and display them at tractor shows.  Fred belonged to the Hartford Antique Tractor Club and the Bangor Church of Christ.   

Surviving are three children — Cindi (John) Berry, Jim (Evelyn) Reinhardt, and Marty (Tina) Reinhardt; eight grandchildren; his parents, Fred and Helen Reinhardt; two brothers — Lee (Luanne) Reinhardt, and Tom Reinhardt; three sisters — Candis (Bill) Yankovich, Chris (Rick) Jarvis, and Billie (Randy) Pitcher; and a multitude of extended family and friends.   

Funeral services were held 11:00 a.m. on Friday, August 20, 2010 at the Bangor Church of Christ with Pastors Jeremiah Johnson and Nathan Prong officiating.  Interment followed in Arlington Hill Cemetery, Bangor.  The family suggest memorials to the Bangor Church of Christ or the Hartford Antique Tractor Club.  Arrangements by Bangor Chapel, D. L. Miller Funeral Home.


August 15, 2010, printed obituaries

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Kevin Cleary

Kevin Cleary, 58, a resident of Grand Junction, Mich., died the morning of Wednesday, July 28, 2010, in an intensive-care unit of Borgess Hospital, Kalamazoo, after a brief illness.  

Kevin was born in Chicago May 18, 1952, to Joseph and Maryell Cleary. He lived first in the Hyde Park University of Chicago neighborhood of Chicago’s South Side and then in the northern suburb of Deerfield.  

Kevin had a serious motorcycle accident during high school that required many painful surgeries and months of recovery. The accident slowed Kevin down but he never complained and always kept moving forward.  

His first full-time job was with TRW, but after some years there he became attracted to the field of metrology—the science of precise measurement. As a result, he moved to Rochester, New York, and joined the staff of Optical Gaging Products (OGP), a producer of computer-driven automated measuring machines used by high-technology companies to insure that their products met the demanding requirements of their industry.  Kevin was a product manager, software quality-control assurance technician, and an expert in both the hardware and software components of a number of OGP’s machines.  He enjoyed working with OGP customers to ensure that their machines performed correctly, and he frequently traveled to visit customers both throughout the United States and overseas to troubleshoot and address their concerns in person.  

As a boy, Kevin had vacationed in a two-family cottage on Silver Lake in Grand Junction. He loved the place, the lake, and the peaceful lifestyle.  As a man, when the owners of the cottage wished to retire, Kevin and his mother Maryell bought the cottage, and from that point on, Kevin began thinking of living on Silver Lake year round.  In 2007, Kevin began working for OGP as a part-time consultant rather than as a more-than-full-time staffer. He sold his house in Rochester and moved to Grand Junction and the shore of Silver Lake.  He had spent two winters in Grand Junction and deemed his year-round living there a success, although an ongoing challenge.  Just a few months before becoming ill, OGP had delivered one of its machines to the cottage so Kevin could continue his consulting work from his new home.  

Kevin is survived by his brother Bruce of New York City (  

According to his wishes cremation has taken place and no services are planned at this time.  Arrangements by the Bangor Chapel, D. L. Miller Funeral Home.

Thomas Cyril Desmet

Thomas Cyril Desmet, 62, of South Haven, died Monday, Aug. 9 at his home.

He was born May 18, 1948 in Detroit, Mich. to Cyril and Harriet (Josefiak) Desmet.  He graduated from St. Paul’s High School in Grosse Pt. in 1966 and received his Bachelors Degree from Eastern Michigan University.  Tom worked for Kalamazoo Lakes Sewer and Water Authority in Saugatuck for the  past 16 years.  Tom enjoyed reading history and philosophy books.  Thomas also loved basketball.

He is preceded in death by his father, Cyril Desmet.

He is survived by his two sons – Sam Desmet of Marquette, Mich. and Joe Desmet of South Haven, Mich.; his mother – Harriet Desmet of Tecumseh, Mich.; three brothers – Chris Desmet of Tecumseh, Mich., John (Cathy) Desmet of Grass Lake, Mich., and Dan (Laura) Desmet of Tipton, Mich.; two sisters – Terese (Joe) Chapin  of Milan, Mich., and Julie Desmet of Lexington, Ky.  Several nieces and nephews also survive.

No services are scheduled at this time.  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.

Carl I. Hover

Carl I. Hover, 91, of Bangor, went to meet the Lord on May 4, 2010 in Florida.  

He was born August 13, 1918 in Kalamazoo.  

Surviving are his wife of fifty years, Dorothy “Bunny” Hover; son, Bill (Judy) Hover of Bangor; daughter-in-law, Demi Serrine of Lawton; daughter, Joyce Barton of Mattawan; grandchildren — David Jay (Tina) Barton, Delyn (John) Kenel, Stacey (Dave) Garvison, Shelly (Steve) Buckman, and Michelle Stratton; great-grandchildren — Kalie and Rae Garvison, James Buckman, Rebecca and Samantha Stratton, and Sammy Barton.  

He was preceded in death by two sons — Jim and Richard Hover.   

Memorial Services for Carl will be held 11:000 a.m., Saturday, August 21, 2010 at Simpson United Methodist Church, Bangor with Rev. Thomas A. Davenport officiating.  The family suggest memorials to Simpson United Methodist Church.   

Local arrangements by Bangor Chapel, D. L. Miller Funeral Home.  

Rolf “Swede” Lofblad

Rolf “Swede” Lofblad, 84, of South Haven, died at his daughter’s home on Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2010.  

Swede was born on January 1, 1926 in Escanaba, Mich. to George and Lydia (Olsson) Lofblad.  Upon graduation from high school in 1943, Swede enlisted in the Marine Corps and spent his boot camp in San Diego, Calif.  He was selected for sea duty, was sent to Bremerton, Wash. for advanced training and was assigned to a 40MM gun crew on a battleship.  His training continued from Pearl Harbor to the Solomon Islands.  While in the Solomon Islands he became a 20MM gunner.  Swede saw his first combat at Peleliu on September 12, 1944, covering the 1st Marine Division D Day landing.  His combat group then proceeded to the invasion of the Philippines at Leyte and Luzon where they met the Japanese forces head-on in the Suruga Strait.  After Suruga Strait his combat group was sent to Okinawa where the Japanese sent over 4000 kamikaze air craft at the U.S. invasion force.  The results were terrifying.  Swede was then sent to Tokyo on Aug. 25, 1945 and witnessed the final surrender of the Japanese on Sept. 2, 1945 about the USS Missouri.  Once the war ended he was sent home.

Swede has been a long time member of the American Legion and has served the organization in many different capacities, including Commander. In addition, he was a member of the American Legion Post 49, the American Legion Post 362, the VFW Watervliet Post 803, the Marine Corps League of Stevensville Post 722, and a Life Member of the DAV.  

Swede loved his Lord and enjoyed playing the piano and accordion.  He was a “jokester” and everyone loved him.  Swede loved animals, particularly his cat, Elvis.

He is survived by his children — Linda (Richard) Winslow and Ingrid (Scruffy) Lofblad, both of South Haven, and Kurt Lofblad of Las Vegas, Nev.; his grandchildren — Tristan (Jennifer Hopson) Lofblad of Coloma and Chris Thomas of Washington State; his great-grandsons — Caige and Cole Lofblad; and nieces — Sonia (Tom) Sroboda of Ill., and Marian (Pete) DeVito of Fla.

Swede was preceded by his parents, his wife Ema Lofblad, his son Mark Lofblad, and his sister Mari O’Keefe.  

Services for Swede were held at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 14 at the Dey-Florin Chapel of Florin Funeral Service, Pastor Paul Koehneke officiating.  Burial was at Riverview Cemetery in St. Joseph with military honors.  Visitation for Swede was on Friday, Aug. 13 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Dey-Florin Chapel. Memorials may be made to his family.

Thomas Charles Madison

Mr. Thomas Charles Madison, 77, of Fredericksburg, Texas passed away on Tuesday, July 27, 2010.

Thomas Madison was born February 10, 1933 in Benton Harbor, Mich., the son of Charles Madison and Mary Ryan Madison.  Served in United States Army as a Corporal from April 1953 to March 1955, was awarded Good Conduct Medal, Army of occupation Medal, Married Helen Green on November 5, 1955 in Bangor, Mich., was a manager of Yerington road construction co. for 35 years, owner of Fredericksburg KOA 1982 to 1989, lifelong member of American Quarter Horse Assoc., National Cutting Horse Assoc.

Preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Father Hilary Madison.

Tom is survived by his wife of almost 55 years, Helen; daughter, Kim (Mike) McCarty of Fredericksburg; granddaughter, Ryan Michelle (Justin) Major of San Marcos; great-granddaughter, Bethany Major; sister, Marilyn McNee (Manuel Guana) of Kalamazoo, Mich.; nephew, Scott (Amy) McNee of Chicago, Ill.; stepfather, Earle Overton of Bangor, Mich.; half-sister Jean Ann (Jerry) Trzeciak of Houston; and many, many friends.

The family had a Celebration of Tom’s Life at 4:00 p.m. on Aug. 7 at the McCarty Ranch.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent at

Arrangemets and direction by the Schaetter Funeral Home of Fredericksburg, Texas.

Elizabeth S. Verdonk

Elizabeth S. Verdonk of Grand Junction, Mich. passed away on Monday, August 9, 2010, the last survivor of 10 children.  

She was born on April 17, 1918 in Saskatchewan, Canada.  She was the daughter of John Kieffer and Margaret Gries Kieffer.  Her father and mother homesteaded a farm in Canada.  When she was a young girl, they sold it and moved to northern Wisconsin.  She lived with her family on a dairy farm in Wisconsin until she graduated from high school.  After graduation, she enrolled at Saint Mary’s College in South Bend, Ind.  She worked her way through college and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in dietetics.  She married her college sweetheart, John H. Verdonk, on February 2, 1942. 

She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Bangor, Mich. for 54 years.  She was a religious education teacher at Sacred Heart Church as well as a grade school teacher at Sacred Heart Catholic School.  She was a member of the Daughters of Mary and participated in numerous church activities over the years.  She was a member of the South Haven Country Club and the South Haven Yacht Club for many years. Her hobbies included cooking and canning, golf and bridge.  She was a devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and will be missed by her whole family.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, John H. Verdonk, in 2007. 

She is survived by four children from that union:  John W. Verdonk (Lois) of Bangor, Mich.; Mary E. Thompson of Bloomington, Ind.; Margaret Ann Moran (Bruce) of Bennington, NH;  and William P. Verdonk of Grand Junction, Mich. 

She is also survived by nine grandchildren: Tara Elizabeth Verdonk Rougle of Brasilia, Brazil; John L. Verdonk of Simpsonville, SC; David A. Verdonk of Riverdale, Mich.; Marisa Moyna of Bloomington, Ind.;  Stephanie Gilbert of Fischers, Ind.; Heather M. Bird of Goffstown, NH; William D. Verdonk of Naples, Fla.; Eric M. Verdonk of Bonita Springs, Fla.; Nichlaus J. Verdonk of Lake Forest, Ill.; and by six great-grandchildren:  Tyler Verdonk, Xavier Gilbert, Ashley Verdonk, Allanah Gilbert, Eliana Rougle, and Emma Bird. 

Memorials may be made to the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, the Shriners Hospitals for Children or St. Jude Children’s  Research Hospital.  Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated 11:00 a.m., Saturday, Aug.14, 2010 at Sacred Heart Church with Fr. Gordon Greene celebrant.  Interment followed in Grand Junction Cemetery, Columbia Township.  Arrangements by Bangor Chapel, D. L. Miller Funeral Home.

Viola Lorraine (Wellington) Visser

Viola Lorraine (Wellington) Visser, 85, of South Haven, Mich., died early Saturday, August 7, 2010 at Borgess Hospital in Kalamazoo, Mich.  

She was born January 21, 1925 in Battle Creek, Mich. to Oscar and Mary Mae (Birch) Wellington, the youngest of eleven.  At the tender age of thirteen, she had to drop out of school and begin working in order to help her parents support her siblings.  Her first job was in customer service for the Murphy Company of South Haven. This is also where she met the young South Haven businessman Steve Visser, whom she would marry seven years later.  

She became the mother of four daughters, and dedicated her life to their well-being and the well-being of her husband. She worked at the side of her husband in their family business, “Visser & Son Supply Company” and volunteered her time as a room mother, Blue Bird Leader, Brownie Leader, and 4-H Leader.  Determined to continue her abruptly discontinued education she graduated from South Haven High School a year before her oldest daughter and then went on to Lake Michigan College at the age of forty-five.  Viola was also known as a skilled seamstress, a tailor, and a master pie-maker. 

Once her children were grown and making their own way, Viola experimented with other career options, selling life insurance, working as an accountant and finally becoming the business manager for her daughter at Olson Interiors in South Haven.  She continued to work there until her late retirement at the age of 75.  At that time, she and Steve traveled to visit their daughters all over the United States and even took a trip to the Netherlands to explore the Visser family roots. They established a lasting relationship with Theo and Cora Berends of Emmen (The Netherlands) whom they would consider family members for the rest of their lives. 

After Steve’s death in 2008, Viola moved to River Ridge Retirement Community where she continued her dedication to her children and grandchildren while exploring other interests.  At the age of 84 she took her first motorcycle ride behind her son-in-law Jim Campbell, and travelled to Maui, Hawaii, with her daughters for an unforgettable week including witnessing a sunrise atop of a volcano, 15,000 ft. above the ground.  During her time at River Ridge she learned to play penny poker and participated in the “Tuesday at Two” group with her two friends Joan and Jean thus becoming the third member of the “three musketeers.”  She made friends wherever she went and continued making pies to share with her neighbors.  She also adopted Pixie, a toy poodle, who would become her trusted companion for the last year of her life.

Viola is survived by her daughters — Susan (Jim) Campbell of Eufaula, Ala., Stephanie Visser of Los Angeles, Calif., Sandra (Al) Wildschut of South Haven, and Sheryll ( Peter) Panagiotopoulos of St. Charles, Mo.; and two grandchildren — Avery Panagiotopoulos of St. Charles, Mo. and John Roche of South Haven.  In 1971, Viola became the host mother of Anne Levonius of Finland whom she regarded as her fifth daughter. Anne, her husband Tom Maihofer of South Haven, and their two daughters Sara and Laura held a special place in Viola’s heart. In addition, Viola especially loved her friends David Kellogg, Jeff Ducy of the General Store, and Dick Foster and his late spouse Val, all of South Haven. Their generosity and kindness made her life, and especially the latter part of it, a more enjoyable experience.

No services are scheduled since it was Viola’s desire to end her life quietly and without fanfare, very much in the manner in which she lived.  Kindly share your thoughts and memories on the family’s online guest book a  In lieu of flowers, kindly make a donation in her name to the South Haven Hospice.

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

Aug. 8, 2010, printed obituaries

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Kathleen Mary Delia

Kathleen Mary Delia, 45, of South Haven, died Saturday, July 31 at home.

She was born November 14, 1964 in Chicago, Ill. to Kenny J. and Donna (Sugg) Janusz. Kathleen married Anthony Delia on September 9, 1989 in Kentucky. Kathleen was a devoted wife and good mother.

She is survived by her husband, Tony Delia of South Haven; two sons — Daniel and Tony Delia Jr., both of South Haven, Mich.; parents — Kenny and Donna Janusz; her brother, Jimmy (Leigh) Bolger of Scottsdale, Ariz.; and sister, Valerie Janusz of Chicago, Ill.

A memorial service will take place in Chicago, Ill. at a later date. 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.

Irma R. Hallock

Irma R. Hallock, 93, of Three Rivers, passed away on July 31, 2010 at the Bowman House in Three Rivers.  

Irma was born on January 22, 1917 in Casco Township, Mich., the daughter of the late Frank and Alvina (Mielke) Radseck.  

Irma was preceded in death by her daughter, Lora Boyer.  

She is survived by her husband, Charles Hallock, whom she married August 30, 1947; two daughters — Tama (Phillip) Kline of Three Rivers and Mary (Daniel) Seppa of Madison, Wisc.; three grandchildren; a sister, Hertha “Peggy” Marr of Oshtemo, Mich.; and several nieces and nephews.  

According to Irma’s wishes, she was gifted to the University of Michigan Medical School Anatomical Donation Program.  Arrangements by Redmond Funeral Home 4100 S. Westnedge Ave. Kalamazoo, MI  49008 (269) 343-6156.

Ruth Franklin Roe

Ruth Franklin Roe, 85, of South Haven, died Saturday, July 31 at home.

She was born February 26, 1925 in Trenton, Mich. to Frank J. and Mattie (King) Franklin. Ruth graduated from South Haven High School in 1942. She married Richard M. Roe on February 1, 1944 in South Haven. Ruth worked for the S.E. Overton Company, Bohn Aluminum and the First Baptist Church as a secretary. Ruth played the piano, organ and accordion. She also enjoyed playing Bingo.

She is preceded in death along with her parents by her husband Richard, who died in October of 1994; three sisters – Annie Costas, Verna Srb and Dixie Mescher; two brothers – Frank Franklin Jr. and Phillip Franklin also precede her.

She is survived by two children – Sheila (Thomas) Heiser of Grand Junction, Mich. and Mitchell Roe of South Haven; two grandchildren – Kyle and Aaron Roe; special son, Douglas & Beverly Scherer and family of Grand Rapids, Mich.; many nieces and nephews also survive.

Graveside services will take place Wednesday, August 11, at 1:00 p.m. at Lakeview Cemetery with Rev. Harold F. Filbrandt Officiating. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Judes Children’s Hospital. 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.

August 1, 2010, printed obituaries

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(Donald) Dean Boot

(Donald) Dean Boot, 77, of South Haven, died July 29, 2010 in the assurance of Christ’s grace, at his home surrounded by his family.   
Dean was born June 19, 1933, in Kalamazoo to Henry and Ada Boot.  He served in the United States Army, and graduated from Western Michigan. He married his loving wife Marcia in 1955.  They lived in Kalamazoo for over 40 years before retiring to South Haven.

He was an educator at Plainwell, Kalamazoo Christian, and then Portage Northern where he taught accounting and served as the first athletic director and varsity basketball coach.  He was inducted into the Portage Northern Athletic Hall of Fame.  He served on the Council of Third CRC in Kalamazoo and Hope Reformed Church in South Haven.  He was the President of Classis for the Reformed Church.  Dean was involved in many organizations including Casco Zoning Board and the School Board of Kalamazoo Christian Schools.  Dean loved his family and he enjoyed sharing his faith, the news, and sports with everyone he met.  
He is survived by his devoted wife Marcia; son Mike (Laura) Boot of Elmhurst, Ill.; and two daughters — Lyn (Brett) VanTol of Spring Lake, Liz (John) Tanja of Grandville; and six grandchildren — Anna and Nathan Boot, Adelyn and Kylee VanTol, Mitch and Katie Tanja; two brothers — Robert (Marjorie) Boot and John Boot; and many nieces and nephews.  

Visitation was from 5–8 p.m. on Saturday July 31 at the Filbrandt Family Funeral Home in South Haven.  Funeral services are at 5 p.m. on August 1 at Hope Reformed Church.  Memorials can be made to Hope Reformed Church Memorial Fund. 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.

Lewis Brown

Lewis Brown, 60, of South Haven, died Tuesday, July 27, 2010. 

He was born November 7, 1949 to Estel and Aline (Pollack) Brown in Ridgley, Tenn.  Lewis married Judy Zwiers on Nov. 23,1974 at the Coloma First Church of God.  Herbert worked as a truck driver for Michigan Fruit Canners for the past  31 years.  He enjoyed playing pool, horseshoes, going out to eat with his family and fishing.  Herbert loved his grandchildren and enjoyed getting together with family.

He is survived by his wife, Judy Brown of South Haven; two daughters — Ginger (Todd) Erickson of South Haven, Mich., and Rhonda Chamberlain of Martin, Tenn.; three sons – Lewis Brown Jr., of Tenn., Terry (Tracy) Umbenhour of Grand Junction, Mich., andSteven (Jamie) Pentinga of South Haven, Mich.; four grandchildren locally – Travis and Ronnie Umbenhour, Lindsey Pentinga and Jacob Erickson; several other grandchildren from Tennesse also survive; three brothers; seven sisters; and several nieces and nephews also survive.

Visitation was from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, July 29, at the Filbrandt Family Funeral Home.  Funeral service was Friday, July 30, at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Doug Clayton officiating.  Burial took place at McDowell Cemetery in Casco Township.  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.

Edwin Kuban

Edwin Kuban, 93, of Glenn, Mich., passed away peacefully Wednesday, July 14, 2010 at the Grand Rapids Home For Veterans.  

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Millyann Rehkopf.  

Surviving are his wife, Marian; his son-in-law, Myles Rehkopf; grandson, Mathew (Megan) Rehkopf; great-grandchildren — Mason and Grant Rehkopf; and one niece, Carol Shatkowski.  

In keeping with the family’s wishes, cremation has taken place and a Service Of Remembrance will be held 11:00 a.m. Friday August 6, 2010 at the Glenn United Methodist Church.  Interment in Taylor Cemetery, Ganges Twp., Mich.  Relatives and friends may meet his family at the church one hour prior to the service.  For those who wish, memorials may be made to Glenn United Methodist Church.  

The family was helped by the Reyers North Valley Chapel, 2815 Fuller Ave. N.E., Grand Rapids, MI 49505, (616) 363-7755.

 John “JD” Morse

John “JD” Morse, 42, of Fennville, died on July 24, 2010 at U of M Medical Center in Ann Arbor, Mich.  

John was born on October 2, 1967 in Battle Creek, Mich. to David and LeAnn (Mull) Morse.  John was raised in the South Haven area, served in the Navy for 16 years, and then returned to the South Haven area.  While in the Navy he served in Saudi Arabia during Desert Storm and in the conflict in Bosnia and Kosovo.  John dearly loved his family and especially his step-daughter Kylie.  He also had a good buddy – Floyd Thompson.  John spent his leisure hours working on his “Mustangs” and his “Harley”.  He also loved the outdoors.  He was an avid hunter who thoroughly enjoyed his hunting dogs.

He is survived by his wife, Kim Morse; stepdaughters, Kayla and Kylie Clark of Fennville, Mich.; children – Heather and Travis Morse of Olney, Md. and J.D. Kozlik of South Haven, Mich.; his parents, David and LeAnn Morse of Coloma, Mich.; and one brother, Ed (Beth) Morse of South Haven, Mich.; his niece and nephew, Megan and Charlie Morse of South Haven, Mich.; and his Grandmother, Ina Morse of Battle Creek, Mich.

Visitation was on Wednesday, July 28 from 12-2 p.m. at Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church with a funeral service beginning at 2:00 p.m. with Rev Robert Linstrom officiating.  Burial took place at McDowell Cemetery.  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.

July 25, 2010, printed obituaries

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Walter W. Domm Jr.

Walter W. Domm. Jr., 75, passed away on July 13, 2010 following a short illness. 

Beloved husband of Patricia, nee Madden; loving Dad of Debra (Joseph) Mihelich, Sheryl (Jeffrey) Gajda, Timothy Domm, Patricia (Thomas) Shirley; dearest Grandpa of Nicole (Jason) Blanco, Michael Mihelich, Kristine (Lance) Kasper, Melissa Gajda, Stephanie and Samantha Domm, Kyle and Alexis Shirley: cherished Great-Grandfather of Connor Kasper and Gianna Blanco.

Memorial service and Mass will be celebrated at Sacred Heart Church, Bangor, MI on July 30, 2010, at 11:00 a.m.

The family was helped by Purse Funeral Home, (517) 265-2300.

Alan P. Janoskie

Alan P. Janoskie, 58, of Niles, formerly of Bangor, passed away Thursday, July 15, 2010 at Lakeland Community Hospital, Niles, Mich.  

Alan was born May 11, 1952 in South Haven, the son of Paul and Enid Janoskie.  He served in the US military in Vietnam, owned Al’s Bait and Tackle for 12 years and loved riding his Harley.   

Surviving are his son, Andrew Janoskie of Bangor; significant other for 5 years, Linda Darling of Niles; a brother, Alex Janoskie of Bangor; a sister, Audrey Hill of Bangor; a niece; and two nephews.  

He was preceded in death by his parents.  

Funeral services were held 2:00 p.m. Monday, July 19, 2010 at the Bangor Chapel,

D. L. Miller Funeral Home, with Pastor Shannon Truelove officiating.  According to his wishes cremation will follow the services.

William Gerald Kohl

William Gerald Kohl, 89, died at Holland Hospital on July 16, 2010. 

He was born on November 26, 1920 in Chicago, Ill., to Clarence & Florence (Walkley) Kohl.  He graduated from Tilden Tech High School and 2 years at Wright Community College.  William served his country in the U.S. Army.  On May 4, 1945, following his discharge, he married Isabelle T. Boland.  William retired as a supervisor from the civil service in the U.S. Navy Department working in electronics at Great Lakes. He then worked for many years in the area as a fruit farmer. 

His family includes his wife, Isabelle; his daughter, Billie Jean Kohl; his son, Gerald Kohl; his sister, Nora Jean Corbin; and numerous other family members. 

Following his wishes cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at a future date. William and his family are being cared for by the Chappell Funeral Home, 627 West Main St. Fennville. An online registry book is available at

James Arthur Middleton

James Arthur Middleton, 70, of Coloma, passed away Saturday, July 10, 2010 at his home after a lengthy illness.

“Curly”, as he was known by most who knew him, was born March 8, 1940 in Paw Paw, the son of Roy and Inez (Lanning) Middleton, both of whom precede him in passing.  He was also preceded in passing by two sisters — Irene Quick and Glady Ulum; and two brothers — Joe and Harold Middleton.

Curly retired from the Minute Maid Company in Paw Paw and worked in construction for a number of years. Curly was a fan and loved the Detroit Lions and was an avid lover of the outdoors, were he enjoyed deer hunting and fishing, gardening and swinging with his wife in their yards. But most important to Curly was the time he spent with his family.

Curly married the former Diana Carlisle on August 18, 2001. She survives, along with their eight children — Mike (Sherie) Middleton, Cindy (Tee) Burrows and James “Brubs” (Missy) Middleton, all of South Haven, Michael (Missy) Middleton of Soddy Daisy, Tenn., Britt “Toby” (Amanda) Middleton of Hickson, Tenn., Jason Middleton of Pioneer, Ohio, Rodney (Jennifer) Cockerel of Covert and Christopher (Jamie) Cockerel of Otsego. He is also survived by twenty-two grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren and a brother, Vern Middleton of Kalamazoo.

The family welcomed friends on July 14 at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford. The service to honor Curly’s memory commence at 1 p.m. on Thursday, July 15 at the funeral home with Pastor Lonnie Truelove officiating. Burial followed in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford. The family requests memorial donations bearing Curly’s name be made to the Berrien County Cancer Society.

The family was helped by Calvin Funeral Home, 269-621-4101.

V. Jean Thomas

V. Jean Thomas, of Bangor, passed away June 25, 2010 at Bronson Methodist Hospital.  

Family and friends are invited to a memorial service 1:00 p.m. Saturday, July 31, 2010 at the Bangor Church of Christ.

The family was helped by DL Miller Funeral Home, (269) 521-3121.

Irene Julia Wyszynski

Irene Julia Wyszynski, 81, of South Haven, died Thursday, July 15 at her home.

She was born October 22, 1928 in Necedah, Wis. to Vincent and Mary (Swierkosz) Dudziak.  Irene married Phil W. Wyszynski on November 10, 1951. Irene worked for Scott Aviation.  She was a member of St. Basil Catholic Church where she helped with funeral luncheons and set up the rummage sales, and was part of the the Alter Rosary Society. I rene was active at the Warren Center, she called Bingo every Tuesday.  Irene was also a active member of the VFW Women’s Auxiliary and famous for her Swiss Steak Dinner.  She enjoyed walking in town, helping her daughter with her business by running errands and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  None of her family could get enough of her homemade bread, paczki, and pierogies.

She is preceded in death along with her parents by her husband, Phil W. Wyszynski, who died in 1986; three sisters; and four brothers.

She is survived by her children – Wayne Wyszynski and Sandy (Mike) Seroke, both of South Haven, Mich.; grandchildren – Christopher  (fiancée Hollie Lamers) Heiser, Tayler Seroke, Sarah Wyszynski and Kayla Wyszynski; two great-grandchilren – Tyler Sholes and Peyton Heiser.

Visitation will be from  2-5 on Sunday, July 25 at the Filbrandt Family Funeral Home with a Scripture Service at 4:30 p.m.  Funeral services will be Monday at 11:00 a.m. at St. Basil Catholic Church with Rev. Father Robert Flickinger officiating. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Basil Building Fund. 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.