Mrs. Daisy Henry
age 87, of Lansing, Michigan, died Wednesday, March 19, 2003 at Ingham Regional Medical Center in Lansing, Michigan. Mrs. Henry was the daughter of Forrest and Anna (Lindsey) Sharp. She is survived by daughters Donna Solomon of Lansing, Nancy (Bill) Rhode of Fairfax, Virginia. brother Bruce Bumford of Lawrence, Kansas, grandchildren Dion and Deann Morgan, Todd Tyler, Sarah and Ann Rode, and five great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by husbands Keith Henry in 1990 and Carl Twitchell in 1965. Arrangements are being handled by Pray Funeral Home, 401 W. Seminary Street, Charlotte, Michigan. Graveside services will be 1:00 p.m. at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens Monday, March 24, 2003, with Rev. Darryl Hartwell officiating.
Marvin Kendell Jackson
79 of Charlotte, died Friday, March 28, 2003. Mr. Jackson was born August 29, 1923 in Fillmore, Indiana, the son of Henry and Ethel (Ogle) Jackson. He was an accountant with IBM and served his country in the U.S. Army during WWII. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Palmetto, Florida. He is survived by his wife Phyllis (Smith) Jackson, 2 sons, Morris "Moe" (Cheryl) Jackson of Charlotte, and Brice (Jane) Jackson of Greencastle, Indiana, daughter Patty (Melvin) Grimes of Russellville, Indiana, 4 grandchildren, Christina, Stacey, John, and Jeffrey, and brother Harold (Lillian) Jackson of Bloomington, Indiana. An infant daughter, Brenda, preceded him in death. Funeral services will be 10:30 AM Monday, March 31, 2003 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte with Pastor Robin Crouch officiating. Interment will be at Fillmore Cemetery in Fillmore, Indiana. Visitation will be 5-8 PM. Sunday at the funeral home. Following funeral services, Mr. Jackson will be taken to the Bittles and Hurt Funeral Home in Greencastle, Indiana where there will be visitation Monday evening from 6-9 PM with a graveside committal service 10:30AM Tuesday at Fillmore Cemetery. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church or Eaton Community Hospice.
81 of Potterville, died March 28, 2003. Mr. Poskey was born January 1, 1922 in Lansing, Michigan, the son of John and Anna (Schaulas) Poskey. He was a farmer, retired from Oldsmobile after 33 years, and was a WW II U.S. Army Veteran with the 97th Division. He is survived by his wife Alta May (Faulkner) Poskey, sister Minnie Grihorash of Dearborn Heights, step-sister Mary Taylor of Redford, step-brother Henry Lucas of Lake Leelanau and many nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 1 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte with Rev. Becky Morrison officiating. Interment will be at West Windsor Cemetery in Windsor Township. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Sunday and 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Monday. If desired, contributions may be made to the Potterville United Methodist Church or the Hospice House of Mid Michigan.
Darwin J. E. Barnard
72 of Lansing, formerly of Charlotte, died Monday, March 31, 2003 in Lansing. Mr. Barnard was born in Fowlerville, Michigan, February 19, 1931, the son of Harry L. and Irene (Blair) Barnard. Darwin served his country in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean Conflict, and was a member of the Marine Corps League. He had been employed by Wohlert Corporation, retiring in 1993. He is survived by daughter Darlene Austin of Lansing, Michigan, sons Darwin Jay Barnard and Edward Darwin Barnard of Lansing, Michigan, 5 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren, three brothers, Alden and Marshall of Charlotte, Michigan and Dean of California, two sisters, Marie Wilson-Saunders of Charlotte, Michigan, Norlene Esterline of Cambia, Michigan and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife Viola, March 5, 2002, his brother Harry Jr., sisters, Barbara Mann and Dorene Barnard. Funeral services will 1PM Friday, at Five Corners Church, Charlotte, with Pastor Marten Saunders and Rev. Curtis Napier officiating. Interment will be at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte. Visitation will be 7-9 Wednesday and 2-4 and 7-9 Thursday at Pray Funeral Home Charlotte. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the family.
Gloria J. Siefert
77, of Olivet, died March 31, 2003 at her residence. Mrs. Siefert was born March 17, 1926 in Eaton County, Michigan, the daughter of Ray and Jennovee (Williams) Powers. She especially enjoyed her grandkids, playing cards and bingo. She is survived by sons Tom (Vicki) Siefert of Jackson, Terry (Susan) Siefert of Springport, daughters Barbara (David) Reynolds of Olivet, Darlene (Randy) Moore of Albion, Roxanne (Denny) Hayes of Olivet, 15 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren, brothers Wayne Powers of Olivet, Lansing Powers of Marshall, sisters Bethel Kaiser of Arizona, Martha Proteau of Charlotte and Christina Richardson of Charlotte. She was preceded in death by her husband Howard A. Siefert in 1976, son Patrick in 1992 and siblings Betty Lou, Goldie, Melvin and Jacob. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, April 3 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte with Rev. Duane Royston officiating. Interment will be at Clarence Center Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday 2-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. at the funeral home. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice, Huron Valley Ambulance in Albion or Jackson.
Donald A. Merren
60 of Bellevue, went to be with the Lord, April 1, 2003. Mr. Merren was born December 23, 1942 in Kent County, Michigan, the son of John Henry and Leora Jane (Brownyard) Merren. Donald enjoyed hunting, fishing, and the outdoors. He worked for Tucker Inc. and Contract Supply Inc. He was a member of Carpenter's Union Local 1004. He is survived by his wife Janet (Campbell) Merren, son, Scott of Charlotte, three daughters, Loretta (Mark Lee) Betts of Hulbert, Michigan, Kimberly Ann Rounds (Pat) of St Johns, Michigan and Deanna Barneem (Louis VanElsacker) of Northland, Michigan, 12 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren, his mother and step father, Leora and Albert P. Smith of Marshall, brother, John Edward (Patricia) Merren of Toledo, sister, Mary (Charles) Crosby of Marshall and sister-in-law, Dorene Bearndt, mother-in-law Francis Campbell, Barb and Leroy Cole, Pauline and Grover Bibler, Marlene Stravos and Paul Ulrich, Paul and Linda Campbell, Gale & Cathy Campbell, Veronica Crawford, Judy Campbell, and Kay & Andrew Pray. He was preceded in death by his son, Phillip in 2000, brother, William in 1977, his father, John, in 1962, father-in-law Milo D. Campbell in 1988 and brother-in-law Gerald M. Campbell in 1967. Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Friday, April 4, 2003 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Pastor Roy Atherton officiating. Visitation will be 7-9 p.m. Wednesday and 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Arlo Clare Williams, Sr.
age 76 of Barryton, formerly of Charlotte, died Thursday. Arlo was born May 15, 1926, in Bellevue, the son of Wayne and Martha (Wight) Williams. He served in the Navy for 15 years; 12 of those years as a Seabee. Upon honorable discharge he earned and was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, and Fleet Marine Force Combat Operations Insignia. In 1987 he retired from the Eaton County Road Commission after 27 years of fulfilling his love in operating heavy machinery, and one experience involving a cow and a bulldozer. Arlo was preceded in death by sons Steven and Wesley and is survived by his brother Allen (Ann) Williams of Arizona, children Arlo Williams, Jr. of Coldwater, Linda (Ron) Mudwilder of Kent, Washington, Glenn (Donna) Williams of Charlotte, 11 grandchildren including special granddaughter Michaelia (Andy) Papranec of Eaton Rapids and 3 great grandchildren. Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m. Monday, April 7, 2003 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte. Interment with military honors will be at 2:30 p.m. at Ft. Custer National Cemetery in Augusta, Michigan. Visitation will be 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Big Rapids Hospice.
Charlotte Louise Levernier
89, of Dimondale, Michigan, died Wednesday, April 9, 2003 in the home of her daughter, Mrs. Bruce Stratton. Mrs. Levernier was born June 4, 1913, in Valley City, North Dakota, the daughter of Henning Rogatius Norman and Clara Charlotte (Sanders) Norman. Charlotte graduated from Eitel Hospital School of Nursing, Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1934. She married Lynn David Levernier who preceded her in death in October 1989. She is survived by daughter Charlyn E. Stratton and husband Bruce of Dimondale, 10 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren, one great great grand child, and three sisters, Harriet Olson, Ruth Hale and Jean Parker. She was also preceded in death by three brothers and one son Robert Sanders Levernier whose wife Winifred E. of Burt Lake, Michigan survives him Memorial service will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday, April 12, 2003 at Burt Lake Christian Church, Burt Lake, Michigan with Rev. Morris Cole officiating. Interment will be at Ohioville Cemetery in Burt Lake. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to The Burt Lake Christian Church, Burt Lake, Michigan 49717, or The First Presbyterian Church, 201 N. Randolph Avenue, Eufaula, Alabama 36027.
Esther Mary Shaver
69 of Huntsville, Arkansas, formerly of Kalamo died April 12, 2003 at her daughters residence. Mrs Shaver was born in Orangeville, Michigan (Barry Co.), the daughter of Elmer Drewyor and Esther Roberts Drewyor. She helped out on the family dairy farm, and belonged to the Ladybug Sewing Club in Huntsville. Mary formerly helped in the family business in Kalamo, and also worked at General Aluminum in Charlotte. She was an avid fisherman. She is survived by husband Duane Carrol Shaver, daughters Katheryn Heisler of Vermontville, Jackie (Jerry) Goddard of Nashville, Jody (Rich) Little of Vermontville; 5 grandchildren, Kim (John) May of Georgia, Jerry Goddard Jr. of Nashville, Maria (Nate) Johnson of Westland, Angela Little of Vermontville, Nick Little of Vermontville and 6 great grandchildren with one on the way; Three brothers, Bob Drewyor of Eaton Rapids, Michigan, Alford (Donna) Drewyor Charlotte, Michigan, George (Marian) Drewyor of Martin; Sister Josephine (Richard) Champaign of Nashville and many nieces & nephews. She was preceded in death by her mother Mimmi and father Pippi Drewyer, brother Elmer Drewyor and sister Esma Kie Smith. Funeral service will be Wednesday 2:00 P.M. at Pray Funeral Home Charlotte, with the Rev Robin Crouch officiating. Interment will be in Hillside Cemetery. Vistitation will be Mon 2-5 & 7-9 P.M and Tuesday 2-5 & 7-9 P.M. Memorials may be made to Eaton-Barry County Hospice.
Cynthia 'Cyndi' Lou Kita
43, of Bellevue, Michigan, died Sunday, April 13, 2003. Mrs. Kita was born July 27, 1959, in Hastings, Michigan the daughter of Herbert Jake and Viola Mae (Allen) Miller. She is survived by her husband John Kita, son Eston Lee Kirby of Olivet, daughter Casey Lynn Lampman of Charlotte and son Derek Desoto Lampman of Charlotte, sister Kathy Johola of Charlotte, and brother Jim Miller of Charlotte. Funeral Mass will be 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 16, 2003 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Charlotte, with Rev. Fr. Denis R. Spitzley Celebrant. Interment will be in West Carmel Cemetery in Charlotte, Michigan. Visitation will be 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with a Scripture Service recited at 7 p.m.
Sarah Michelle Jones
Our loving daughter and sister, Sarah Michelle Jones, was taken into the hands of God on Tuesday, April 15, 2003. Sarah was born on November 1, 1984 and was a lifelong resident of Potterville. She was valedictorian of her 2003 senior class at Potterville High School. She enjoyed participating and supporting School Athletics. Sarah was also on the National Honor Society and the Potterville H.S. Youth Advisory Council. She enjoyed participating in athletics, loved crafts of all kinds and adored young children. Sarah had been accepted at Grand Valley State University to study special education. She is survived by parents Ashley and Arlene (Wieber) Jones, brother Mark, sister Jannette, Grandfather Arnold Wieber of Fowler, and numerous Aunts, Uncles, and Cousins. She was preceded in death by grandparents Ashley and Helen Jones, Grandmother Dorothy Wieber, and nephew Jacob Villarreal. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated by Rev. Father Denis R. Spitzley, at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 19, 2003 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Charlotte, Michigan. Rite of Committal will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, 2520 West Willow Street, Lansing, MI. The family will receive friends at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, at 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Thursday, and 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. on Friday with a Scripture Service at 7:00 p.m. The family would like to acknowledge all Sarah's special friends in the Potterville Community and Schools, George Danford, and her beloved pet Lacey. Sarah was loved and cherished by her family and friends and will be greatly missed. If desired memorial contributions may be made to the Potterville Athletic Boosters.
Marie Louise Peterson
81 of Charlotte, died Saturday, April 19, 2003. Mrs. Peterson was born March 7, 1922 in Algrange, Moselle, France, the daughter of Jacque Martin and Marie Barbe (Drui) Zenner. She is survived by daughters Marie Ann (Brian) Callahan of Medfield, Massachusetts, Michelle Kay Peterson of Charlotte, grandchildren Shane, Kendra and Brian Jarrett, sister Jacquelene of Basse Yutz, France, a niece and 4 nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Donald H. Peterson June 3, 2001. A Family Affirmation Service for family and friends, will be held at 5:00 p.m. Monday, April 21 at Pray Funeral Home with R. Raymond Rossell facilitating. Visitation will be Monday at 3:30 p.m. prior to the service. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice.