92 of Charlotte, went home to be with the Lord Monday, October 4, 2004. Mr. Buxton was born May 22, 1912 in Haslett, Michigan, the son of Walter F. and Mabel (Benedict) Buxton. Lyle served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Many local folks will remember him as a loan processor for Farmers Home Association for many years until his retirement. Mr. Buxton was a former Boy Scout Leader for many years, and was an active supporter of the Republican Party and a number of community organizations including First Baptist Church and Chester Gospel Church. He is survived by his wife Jane (Oswald) Buxton, daughter Sharon Bos of Virginia and grandson Deron Bos of New York, Step Children, Sarah Lynn Purdy of Spring Arbor, Robert Daniel Robison of Allendale, and Crystal Wierenga of Spring Arbor, and step grandchildren Catharine, Ashley and Mickayla. Memorial services will be held 11:00 AM Friday, October 8, 2004 at First Baptist Church in Charlotte. Memorial Contributions may be made to the Chester Gospel Church for various charitable organizations.
Donald Roy VanAlstine
age 86, of Charlotte, Mich., died Tuesday, October 5, 2004, at Eaton Community Hospice House in Charlotte, Mich. Mr. VanAlstine was born December 1. 1917 in Grand Ledge, MI., the son of Carl E. and Bernice (Thompson) VanAlstine. He employed by Motor Wheel as a Millwright until his retirement. He was a member of Moose Lodge, Eagles and Loners on Wheels. He is survived by his Four Daughters, Jeanette Bruce, Elizabeth Gullett, Olive Kennedy, Mary (Rocky) Marsh, Seven Sons, Keith (Julie) VanAlstine, Leonard (Vicky) VanAlstine, Ernest (Vicky) VanAlstine, Stewart (Karen) VanAlstine, John (Jodi) VanAlstine, Phillip VanAlstine, brothers Albert VanAlstine, Bill VanAlstine, Ken VanAlstine, sister Wanda (Louis) Marcellus, 26 grandchildren, and 39 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Phyllis Van Alstine in 1977 and son Jerrold VanAlstine in 1958. Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Friday, October 8, 2004 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte with Pastor Fred Geobert officiating. Interment will be at Benton Township Cemetery in Potterville, MI. Visitation will be 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. Thursday at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, MI.
Andrew Dean Hansen
77, of Vermontville, Michigan, died Thursday, October 07, 2004. Mr. Hansen was born September 11, 1927, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the son of George and Carrie (Coleman) Hansen. Andrew served in the U. S. Navy. He retired in 1981 from the Lansing School District as a carpenter and locksmith. He was a member of the First Congregational Church of Vermontville, Nashville Lodge #255 F & A.M., and American Legion Post #222 PM Life Member. He was also a member of an Antique Study Group of Charlotte and a Vermontville Historical study group. He enjoyed woodworking, fishing and hunting. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Joan Lameta (Bennett) Hansen, daughter Melissa (Elliot) Holden of Baldwin, MI, son Kim (Denise) Hansen of Nashville, MI, daughter Jeanne Hansen of Nashville, MI, son Michael (Linda) Hansen of Grayling, MI, 7 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, sisters Betty Trappen of Grand Rapids, Caroline Johnson of Middleville, and Corrine Chambers of Tallahassee, FL. He was preceded in death by brothers Jerome Hansen, Frederick Hansen, Harold Hansen and Stanley Hansen, and sisters Blanche Hummell and Florence Word. Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, October 9, 2004 at First Congregational Church of Vermontville, MI, with Pastor Mark Jarvie and Rev. Sally Nolen officiating. Interment will be at Woodlawn Cemetery in Vermontville. Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Friday at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, MI. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice or the Maple Valley Scholarship Fund.
Edwin William VanSickle
94, of Charlotte, Michigan, died Friday, October 08, 2004. Mr. VanSickle was born November 24, 1909, in Lansing, Michigan the son of Edwin and Maude (Bell) VanSickle. Ed was involved in various enterprises over the years including a grocery in Potterville, and theatres in Ovid and Manchester. Ed was known to most people as a real estate agent with a generous heart. The city of Charlotte was the benefactor of Mr. VanSickle's generosity. Among his many gifts to the community were the Charlotte Fire Department Thermal Imager Unit, Blacktop for Maple Hill Cemetery, and the Senior Center Building has been a great addition to the city, thanks to Ed's vision and assistance. He also enjoyed woodcarving and painting. He is survived by brother Walter (Gloria) VanSickle of Kalamazoo, companion Bettie Morrissey of Charlotte, nieces Peggy VanSickle of White Bear Lake, MN, Vicki (William) Bilyk of Kalamazoo, Margaret (David) Wade of Detroit, Nancy (Rich) Pawlicki of Florida, nephews Richard (Lynda) Geahan of Phoenix, AZ, and Ronald (Judy) VanSickle of Maryland, Edgar (June) Fremody of Charlotte and Herbert (Ellen) Allen of Traverse City. He was preceded in death by his wife Veda M. VanSickle in 1994, niece Teri Lynn VanSickle, nephew Fred VanSickle, brothers Fred VanSickle, Rulison 'Doc' VanSickle, Oliver Jerome VanSickle, Robert Preston VanSickle, sister Ethel. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, October 12, 2004 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte with Rev. Fr. David Hustwick officiating. Interment will be at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte. Visitation will be Sunday 3-6 PM and Monday 6-8 PM at Pray Funeral Home. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton Area Senior Center in Charlotte. Luncheon will be served the Eaton Area Senior Center following the Interment service.
Alta M. Poskey
81, of Potterville, Michigan, died Sunday, October 10, 2004. Mrs. Poskey was born August 22, 1923, in Brookfield Township, Eaton County, Michigan, the daughter of Ira M. Faulkner and Ruby (Love) Faulkner. She served her country as a nurse in the U. S. Navy and continued her nursing career at Hayes-Green-Beach and Fisher Body in Lansing until her retirement in 1979. She enjoyed the farm and her gardening. She is survived by brothers Hugh (Adalyn) Faulkner of Livonia, Lynn Faulkner of Lansing, and Carrol (Dorothy) Faulkner of Battle Creek; sister Ivadean Dickinson of Charlotte; sister-in-law Minnie Grihorash of Dearborn Heights; nephews Robert Schang of Williamson and Doug Dickinson of Charlotte, and many other nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Leo Poskey and sister Ilah Faulkner. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, October 13, 2004, at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, Michigan, with Pastor Rebecca Morrison officiating. Interment will be in West Windsor Cemetery in Windsor Township. Visitation will be Monday and Tuesday, 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at Pray Funeral Home. The family has suggested memorial contributions to the Potterville United Methodist Church or to the Eaton Community Hospice.
Elizabeth 'Betsy' Mary Lowe
24 of DeWitt, formerly of Potterville, died Sunday, October 10, 2004. Betsy was born September 22, 1980 in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She was currently attending Lansing Community College and had been a sales clerk for Burlington Coat Factory. She collected purses, enjoyed reading, loved spending time with her family and recently enjoyed a family trip to Las Vegas. She was always trying to help others. She is survived by her parents, Candy (John) Vertalka and Richard (Olivia) Lowe, brothers Alex (Staci) Lowe, Matt Lowe, Joe Vertalka, sister Calli Lowe, grandparents A.G. and Linda Twitchell and Virginia Lowe, aunts Carrie (Kent) McConnell, Connie (Scott) Dueweke and Terry Lowe, uncles Chris (Sharon) Twitchell and David (Joan) Lowe, and many cousins and friends. The family would like to acknowledge the special friendship that Betsy enjoyed with her friend and cousin, Brandy Lowe. She was preceded in death by her grandfather William Lowe. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, October 14 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rev. Tom Peters and Rev. Becky Morrison officiating. Interment will be in Benton Township Cemetery in Potterville. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Tuesday and 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Potterville Public Schools or the Capital Area Humane Society.
Brandy Autumn Lowe
21 of Potterville, Michigan, died October 11, 2004 in Lansing. Brandy was born September 25, 1983 in Lansing, Michigan. In her younger years she loved her dance classes and Brownies. She attended Potterville High School where she enjoyed her involvement in sports; volleyball, softball, basketball, cheerleading and PAL's. She had been a summer employee at 21st Century Plastics in Potterville. Brandy was currently enrolled at Grand Rapids Community College and had hoped to work in pediatric nursing. She was a member of the Potterville United Methodist Church. Brandy is survived by her father David W. (Joan) Lowe, mother Terry Lowe, brother Lance William Lowe, grandparents Virginia Lowe and Gloria Hickox, uncle Richard (Olivia) Lowe, aunt Candy (John) Vertalka, and many cousins. She was preceded in death by grandfathers, William C. Lowe and Robert L. Hickox, Uncles Kevin R. Hickox and Charles A. Lowe, aunt Mary Margaret Lowe and cousin Elizabeth 'Betsy' Lowe. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, October 15, 2004 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rev. Rebecca Morrison and Rev. Tom Peters officiating. Interment will be in Benton Township Cemetery in Potterville. Visitation will be 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday and 6-8 p.m. Thursday. The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital.
Alfred E. Drewyor
73, of Charlotte, Michigan, died Tuesday, October 11, 2004. Mr. Drewyor was born December 10, 1930, in Tecumseh, Michigan, the son of Elmer and Esther (Roberts) Drewyor. Alfred was a Brick Tenderer then an Iron Worker for Local #340. He loved making walking canes, fishing and especially ice fishing. He enjoyed camping with his wife and hunting mushrooms. He liked working in his yard and loved to tinker. He was an avid Nascar fan of Ryan Newman #12. He is survived by his wife Donna Drewyor, son Richard (Debbie) Drewyor of Suffolk, VA, daughters; Linda Card of Richmond, VA, Peggy (Steven) Palser of Nebraska, Patricia (Lawrence) Conarton of Holt, son Stephen (Cheryl) Drewyor of Lansing, 13 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, sister Josephine Champaign of Nashville, brothers Robert Drewyor of Eaton Rapids, and George (Marian) Drewyor of Martin. He was preceded in death by sisters Esma June Smith, Mary Shafer, and brother Elmer Drewyor. Funeral services will be 1:30 p.m. Thursday, October 14, 2004 at Charlotte Assembly of God with Rev, Mark Woodbury officiating. Interment will be at West Carmel Cemetery in Charlotte. Visitation will be 2 - 4 and 7 - 9 p.m. Wednesday at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice and American Cancer Society.
Phillip Wayne Pickett
55, of Charlotte, Michigan, died October 13, 2004. Mr. Pickett was born August 25, 1949, in West Branch, Michigan, the son of L. L. and Georgia (Kackley) Pickett. Phil was a member of the Ainger Bible Church where his life was Christ centered and he was a teacher, Board member, song leader, and giving of his time maintaining the facilities and serving the Lord. He was also a member of the V. F. W., DAV, and Teamsters. He enjoyed hunting, camping, fishing, football and sports. He was a truck driver and worked 16 years for Gra-Bell Trucking and for Behnke Trucking in Battle Creek for the past 8 years. He is survived by his wife of 34 years whom he loved, Joann (Davis) Pickett, his dog Hannah, his parents; Buck and Georgia of Whittemore, sisters Juanita (Barry) Tippett of Livonia, Marion Bigelow of Hillman, Althea (Ron) Heldt of Barron, Wisconsin, brothers Larry (Janette) Pickett and Stephen (Bonnie) Pickett of Whittemore, 5 sisters-in-law, 6 brothers in law many nieces and nephews, and many friends. Funeral service will be 1:00 p.m. Saturday, October 16, 2004 at Ainger Bible Church, Olivet, with Pastor. Scott Brood officiating. Interment will be 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Cedar Valley Cemetery in Twining. Visitation will be 2 - 4 and 7 - 9 p.m. Friday at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, Michigan. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the family in memory of Phil.
Stanislaw Wladyslaw Kutek
age 60, of Potterville, MI, died Wednesday, November 3, 2004. Stan was born January 1, 1944 in Wygnanow, Poland, to Aleksander and the late Wladyslawa (Golab) Kutek. He lived in Michigan for 23 years, most recently employed at Alro Steel in Potterville. Stan was happiest spending time with his family and also enjoyed photography and outdoor activities. He is survived by his wife Mrs. Elzbieta Alabuszew-Kutek; father Aleksander, sister-Elzbieta Orczyk, son Rafal and grandson Michal Kutek, all of Sosnowiec, Poland, son Michal Kutek of Potterville, and step-daughter Anna M. Drozd of Potterville. The Family will receive visitors 12:30 p.m. Saturday, November 6, 2004 at St. Casimir Church 815 Sparrow Ave., Lansing, Michigan with a Memorial Mass at 1:30 p.m. A reception will follow the service.
Arlouene Marie (Furu) Treadwell
age 84, of Olivet, MI, died Monday, November 8, 2004. Mrs. Treadwell was born November 14, 1919 in Detroit, MI the daughter of a Norwegian immigrant, the late Haakon Furu and the late Bessie (Gleason) Furu. She was a faithful member of the Lee Center United Methodist Church serving in many capacities over the years. She was also a member of Olivet College Women's Board, Hayes Green Beach Hospital Red Cross Volunteer and an avid bridge player. Arlouene was married to Sterling Treadwell in 1938 and together they cared for Sterling's parents in their tidy farmhouse along with raising the two children Rosalie and Lawrence. She truly enjoyed her role as Grandmother and Great-grandmother to her grandchildren and many others. Arlouene was always a trusted neighbor that could be counted on to lend a hand to those in need. She is survived by her husband Mr. Sterling Treadwell; daughter-Mrs. Rosalie (Leonard) Eishen, of Sturgis, son-Mr. Lawrence Treadwell and fiance' Karen Strickland of East Lansing, two sisters, Julia (Don) Rush and Dorothy (Richard) Nichols all of Ft, Myers, FL, brother, Eric (Joyce) Furu of Marshall, MI, 5 grandchildren, 4 step-grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and 3 step great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her sister Shirley and brothers Wardhal and Donald. Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m. Thursday, November 11, 2004, at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, MI with Rev. Diane Stone officiating. Interment will be at Lee Center Cemetery in Lee Township, MI. Visitation will be 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Tuesday, and 2:00 - 4:00 and 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Wednesday at Pray Funeral Home. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Lee Center United Methodist Church or Eaton Community Hospice.
Janice J. Neal
64, of Charlotte, Michigan died November 13, 2004. Mrs. Neal was born April 10, 1940, the daughter of Alice and Valmore (Fhaner) Becktel of Charlotte. She is survived by her mother Alice Becktel, son Kevin Neal and sister Judy Peters, niece Diana (Pat) Ruthruff all of Charlotte, nephew Jeff (Debra) Peters of Albion and good friends Melba (Gay) French of Charlotte. She was preceded in death by her father Valmore Becktel. Mrs. Neal worked in anodizing at Hoover Universal until they closed, then enjoyed taking care of the children in her daycare for 16 years. Funeral services will be at 11:00 AM on Thursday, November 18, 2004 at Maple Hill Cemetery with Reverend Philip Hobson officiating. If desired memorial contributions may be made to Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital, American Cancer Society and Eaton Community Hospice.