Edna M. Johnson
90, of Potterville, Michigan, died peacefully in her home Tuesday, January 28, 2003. Mrs. Johnson was born January 20, 1913 the daughter of Earl and Elma (Roberts) Lovejoy. Edna was a loving, caring and hard working beautician. She was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Robert Johnson, on May 8, 2002. They had participated in local square dancing and loved hosting many square dance gatherings at their home. She was the proud owner of many beauty shops in the Lansing and East Lansing area including Polly Prim, Bruce's Beauty Shop and Marionettes in the former Olds Plaza Hotel. She is survived by step-daughter Ann (Harry) Wiersma of Grand Ledge, grandchildren Marie Edna (Jeff) Nelsen, Rebecca (Randy) Boone, Deborah (Paul) Piotrowski, 4 great grandchildren, sister Vera Adams of Okemos, brother Ron (Veralee) Lovejoy of Florida, sister-n-law Edrian "Pat" Hanley, and numerous loving nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Robert, brothers; Clifford, Cortes, Clyde, Robert, Wayne, and Carl Lovejoy, sisters; Nina Grim and Laura Hamilton. Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m. Saturday, February 1, 2003, at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, Michigan with Rev. Timothy Olson officiating. Interment will follow in Dimondale Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday, 2 - 4 and 7 - 9 p.m. at Pray Funeral Home. If desired, memorial donations may be made to Heartland Hospice or American Cancer Society.
Lewis Orville Link
69, of Howell, Michigan, died Tuesday, February 4, 2003. Mr. Link was born May 8, 1933 in Maple Grove Township, Michigan, the son of Andrew Frank and Vonda Grace (Elleston) Link. He was a supervisor at General Motors and a member of VFW Post 8260. He is survived by son Robert (Barb) Link of Manistee, Michigan, grandchildren Susan Vettese, Mark Vettese, Angie Hagadorn, step-grandson Tom Darling, step-granddaughter Kim Frisbie, and sister Louise Starkweather of Bellevue. He was preceded in death by his wife Eloise Ion "Weebe" Link. Family and friends are invited to share in the Family Affirmation Service 1:00 p.m. Saturday, February 8, 2003 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with R. Raymond Rossell officiating. Visitation will be 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Robert E. Dishman
76, of Lansing, formerly of Charlotte, Michigan, our loving husband, father and grandfather went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, February 5, 2003. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Mr. Dishman was born July 17, 1926, in Marco, Indiana, the son of Eric and Effie Mae (Bough) Dishman. Robert was saved in 1959 at Needmore Bible Church, Charlotte, Michigan. He had been an active member at Millett Bible Baptist Church in Lansing since 1964. He was a forklift driver for Lindell Drop Forge in Lansing and worked for Lansing Schools until his disability retirement in 1975. He was preceded in death by his parents, step-father, son Dana Dee Dishman in 1979, brothers Hestin, Jim, Wilbert and Gilbert Dishman. He lived in Dugger, Indiana, Florida and Michigan with his surviving wife of 51 years Virginia Boltz Hout Dishman. Also surviving is daughter Sue Ann Hout Depue Browers and spouse Dale Browers of Hastings, son Larry Kent Hout and spouse Succoro Madina Hout of El Paso, Texas, daughter Ronda L. Hout Beebe and spouse Frank Beebe of Marion, Donna Kay Hout Leonard Hannahs and spouse Gene Hannahs of Lansing, Catherine Y. Dishman Combs and spouse Rick Combs of Lansing, 24 grandchildren, 66 great grandchildren, sister June Keagy of Bloomfield, Indiana, and friends like family Joe and Eloise Volz Bancroft and Renee Wabeke. Funeral services will be 11:00 am Monday, February 10, 2003 at Needmore Bible Church, Charlotte with Pastor Dale Billingsley officiating. Interment will be in Needmore Cemetery in Charlotte. Visitation will be Sunday 3 - 5 p.m. and 6 - 8 p.m. at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Millett Bible Baptist Church. Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.
Vilita Ripley Wilson
Passed away February 6, 2003, in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, after a short illness. She was born June 14, 1911, in Eaton County and was a life-long area resident. She was co-valedictorian of Charlotte High School's class of 1929 and worked for several area businesses until 1945. She was preceded in death by daughter Joan Wilson Clinton in 1979 and husband H. J. (Jack) Wilson in 1983. Survivors include daughter and husband Suzanne Wilson Bush and Thomas Bush of Elizabethtown, Kentucky, granddaughter and husband Marilyn Clinton Boland and Kevin Boland of Plymouth, Michigan, and granddaughter and family Cynthia Clinton, Douglas Wise, and Lisa Wise of Rochester Hills, Michigan. Immediate family members also include son-in-law and wife Wayne and Judy Clinton of Gladwin, Michigan, sister-in-law Marietta Ripley of Charlotte, Michigan and several nieces and nephews and their families. Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte is handling arrangements with visitation from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, February 8, 2003 and funeral services at 2 p.m. on Sunday, February 9, 2003 with R. Raymond Rossell officiating.
Steve L. Brown
48, of Charlotte, Michigan, died Monday, February 10, 2003. Mr. Brown was born October 2, 1954, in Charlotte, Michigan, the son of Robert and Pat A. (David) Brown. He was a Bar Tacker at Peckham Manufacturing. He is survived by his son Peter Brown and Charity, son Joseph Brown and Tracy, grandson Kyle Brown, brother Donald Brown, Father Robert and step-mother Susan Myers-Brown and mother Pat A. Brown, step-brother Kevin (Lisa) Myers, step-sister August (Bob) Mellios and 4 nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by twin brother Stan Brown, December 8, 2002. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, February 14, 2003 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte with R. Raymond Rossell officiating. Interment will be in Perry Cemetery in Brookfield Township. Visitation will be 2 - 4 and 7 - 9 p.m. Thursday at Pray Funeral Home. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Helping Hands of Charlotte. Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.
Harley H. Hood, Sr.
of Lansing, Michigan, died March 2, 2003. Mr. Hood was born February 24, 1919 in Cadillac, Michigan the son of William and Hulda (Housel) Hood. Harley served in the US Army during World War II, and is a member of the VFW Post 701 of Lansing. He is also a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles. He retired from General Motors in Lansing in 1984. Mr. Hood is survived by sons Robert Hood of Illinois, Gilbert, Charles, and Richard Hood of Charlotte, Michigan, Tom Hood of Battle Creek, Michigan, Steve Hood of Oregon and daughters Anna Hood and Carol Knox of Texas. He was preceded in death by his First wife Eilene (Gilbert), son Harley H. Hood, Jr. in 2002 and his second wife Geraldine in 2000 and his sister Ellenora Hill in 1999 and two grandchildren. Funeral services will be 11 AM Wednesday at Pray Funeral Home with Rev. George Rhye officiating. Interment will be in Perry Cemetery. Visitation will be 7-9 PM Monday and 2-4 and 7-9 PM Tuesday at Pray Funeral Home. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to The American Diabetes Association or the VFW National Home in Eaton Rapids. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.
Doris Maye Wolff
68, of Charlotte, Michigan, died Tuesday, March 4, 2003. Mrs. Wolff was born May 23, 1934, in Sunfield Township, Michigan the daughter of Orla H. and Agnes (Blackmer) Culver. Doris was an upholsterer for the Charlotte Chair Company. She was a member of the United Brethren Church in Charlotte and Sisters of the Grand Army of the Republic in Sunfield. She is survived by brother, Robert Culver of Lake Odessa, sisters Lois Johanson of Rogers, Arkansas, and Polly Black of Charlotte, step daughter June E. Brown, aunt, Maxine Blackmer of Eaton Rapids, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Frank Wolff in 1986. Funeral services will be 1:30 p.m. Friday, March 7, 2003 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte with Pastor Mike Arnold officiating. Interment will be in Wilcox Cemetery in Maple Grove Township, Michigan. Visitation will be 2 - 4 and 7 - 9 pm Thursday at Pray Funeral Home.
Terrence 'Tate' David Mix
50, of Woodland, Michigan, died Wednesday, March 5, 2003 after a courageous battle with cancer. Mr. Mix was born February 17, 1953, Chicago, Illinois, the son of Louis and Eva (Shereyk) Mix. Tate was Principal of Alternative Education for Maple Valley Schools and Director of the Second Chance Program thru Eaton County Probate Court. He was a member of the Michigan National Guard, Nashville Masonic Lodge #255 F&AM, and the American Legion. He is survived by his wife Pamela (Townsend), sons Jeff (Selena) Duits of Sunfield, Greg (Tricia) Duits of Woodland, Chris Duits of Sunfield, 5 grandchildren Sarah, Emily, Hannah, Austin and Sophie Duits, sister Vicki (David) Thompson of Vermontville, brother Jeffrey Mix of Ohio, brother Kevin (Linda) Mix of Wacousta, his parents Louis and Eva Mix of Vermontville, sisters-in-law Peggy (Ron) France of Lake Odessa, Barbara (Darrel) Bosworth of Mulliken, Shelley Steward of Woodland, mother-in-law Wilma Townsend of Lake Odessa and many nieces and nephews. Terry was predeceased by his father-in-law Frank Townsend, brother-in-law Jeff Steward and nephew Lucas Steward. Terry was a loving and compassionate man. The love he gave was returned by all those whose lives he touched. Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m. Saturday, March 8, 2003 at Grace Community Church, Nashville, Michigan with Clark Volz - Superintendent of Maple Valley Schools, Pastor Douglas Reichenbach and Pastor Darrel Bosworth officiating. Interment will be at Woodland Cemetery in Woodland, Michigan. A Rosary Service will be held Friday at 6:30 p.m. at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. The family will receive visitors Thursday 6 - 8 p.m., Friday 3 - 5 and 7 - 9 p.m. at Pray Funeral Home. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Habitat for Humanity.
Archie L. Weller
71, of Charlotte, Michigan, died Thursday, March 6, 2003 at his residence. Mr. Weller was born December 29, 1931, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, the son of Floyd and Florence (Allen) Weller. He married Linda Everett, October 29, 1971. Archie served his country in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict and was a member of American Legion Post #225 of Lansing. He had been an electrician for General Motors for 13 years, retiring in 1993. Surviving are his wife, Linda, two sons, Benny (Chris) of West Olive, Brian of Charlotte, Todd (Nicole) of St. Louis, Michigan, three daughters, Belinda (Brian) Fitz of Holland, Amy (Dale) Hicks of Lake Odessa, and Yvonne and fianc?e, Harold Robbins of Parma, six grandchildren, sister: Kathleen Perdue of Oklahoma. Funeral services will be 2:30 PM Monday, March 10, at Pray Funeral Home, with Pastor Robin Crouch officiating, with burial at Gresham Cemetery, Chester Township. Visitation will be 7-9 Saturday and 2-4 and 7-9 Sunday at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. If desired memorial contributions may be made to Capital Area Humane Society or the Lansing Rescue Mission.
Rebecca A. Cherry
73, of Ellsworth, Michigan, formerly of Charlotte, died Saturday, March 8, 2003. Mrs. Cherry was born April 14, 1929, in Lansing, Michigan, the daughter of Albert and Esther (Kraft) Hurlbut. She married Maurice Cherry, who preceded her in death. She is survived by sons Eric (Gail) of Ellsworth and Calvin (Wilma Jo) of Charlotte; by daughters Linda (Tony) Reiff of Bluffton, IN, Bonnie Cherry of Lansing, and Maurine (Tom) Bethke of Harbor Springs; seven grandchildren, three sisters Marian Baker, Judith Cain, and Rosemary Rowley; and brother James Hurlbut. Mrs. Cherry had been a long time member of Crossroads Church of the United Brethren. Funeral services will be 11 AM Tuesday, March 11th at Crossroads Church of the United Brethren Church, 809 E. Shepherd, Charlotte with Harold, Herbert, and Howard Cherry officiating. Interment will be in Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte. Visitation will be 7-9 pm Monday. If desired memorial contributions may be made to Crossroads United Brethren Church, Charlotte.
Florence Marian Kline
formerly of Charlotte, died Saturday, March 8, 2003 at Kelsey Memorial Health Center, Lakeview, Michigan. Mrs. Kline was born August 12, 1908 in Chester Township, the daughter of David and Grace (Rogers) Baker. Marian married James Ferguson August 29, 1928. He preceded her in death August 5, 1972. She then married George Dean who preceded her in death, and then George Kline who also preceded her in death. Marian had been a member of Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church, Business Women's Guild, Eaton County Extension, life member of OES #218 Maple City Chapter, and Ruth Circle at church. She had worked in Children Services of Probate court for many years. Surviving are three sons, Carlton L. (Mary) of Greenville, Wendell J. (Joan) of Waterloo, Iowa, and John D. (Jo) of Mesa, AZ, eleven grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren and a brother, Vance (Neva) Baker of Charlotte. Funeral services will be 11am Wednesday, March 12th, at the Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Karen Wheat officiating. Interment will be in Gresham Cemetery. Visitation will be 2-4 and 7-9 Tuesday at the funeral home. If desired memorial contributions may be made to Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church.
Chrystal Ann Eaton
15 of Charlotte, died March 10, 2003. Miss Eaton was born May 1, 1987 in Lansing, Michigan. Chrystal was a Charlotte High School sophomore who participated in several sports, including senior high school softball, junior high school volleyball, and set records in track and field events in elementary through high school. She was on the Honor Roll, a member of the Naval Sea Cadets and a volunteer for the Courthouse Square Association. Chrystal loved music, played the guitar, sang and danced and was a student of Karate, earning a purple belt. She is survived by mother Christine, grandparents Arlo and Fran Eaton of Charlotte, uncles Jim (Sharyn) Eaton of Duck Lake, Jack Eaton of Traverse City, Tom Eaton of Florida, great grandparents Helen & Roy Grill of Lansing, many aunts, uncles and cousins in the Grill, Leek, Nickerson, Hetchler, Eaton, Hubbel and Gunn families. Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Thursday, March 13 at the First Congregational Church in Charlotte, with Rev. Patricia Stirling officiating. Interment will be at Perry Cemetery in Brookfield Township. Visitation will be 2-4 p.m. 7-9 p.m. Wednesday at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Courthouse Square Association.
Fred Koning Jr.
of Hudson, Florida, formerly of Grand Rapids, Michigan passed away Tuesday March 18, 2003 in Pownal, Vermont at the age of 48. Mr. Koning was born May 28, 1954 in Grand Rapids to his parents Fred and Evelyn (Reil) Koning. He is survived by his 3 children, Fred Koning III of Nashville, Heather Koning of Freeport, and Brooke Koning of Grand Rapids, one granddaughter Jaelynn Purdum of Freeport, his mother Evelyn Koning Charlotte and Sister Kim Schneider of Charlotte, former wife Jane Jones of Freeport. He was preceded in death by his father Fred Koning Sr. in 1989. Friends and family are invited to a Family Affirmation Service for Mr. Koning at 7:00 p.m. Thursday at the Pray Funeral Home, 401 W. Seminary in Charlotte.