88 of Potterville, died Saturday, May 07, 2005 at the Eaton Community Hospice House in Charlotte. Mrs. Kebler was born November 7, 1916 in Lansing, Michigan, the daughter of Steve and Sophia (Gorko) Bohucki. She married Dale Kebler October 8, 1947 and he preceded her in death in 1999. She loved playing bingo. She is survived by daughters Barbara (Alan) Almy of Grand Ledge and Judith (David) Kerr of Portage, son William (Cindy) Kebler of Parrish, Florida, grandchildren Andy (Kirstie) Almy and Erick (Jennifer) Almy, Paul Kerr, Mark Kerr, William Lee Kebler, great grandsons Avery and Matthew Almy, and sisters-in-law Velma Kebler and Ruth Bohucki. She was preceded in death by brothers Mirs Bohucki, John Bohucki, and Steve Bohucki. Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m. Monday, May 9, 2005 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rev. Ray Raycroft officiating. Interment will be in Deepdale Memorial Gardens in Lansing. Visitation will be Sunday from 6-9 PM. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice.
Eldred P. Toutant
"Tout", 85 of Charlotte, died Saturday, May 07, 2005 at his residence. Mr. Toutant was born December 11, 1919 in Onaway, Michigan, the son of Phillip Joseph and Lillian (James) Toutant. He was a beloved teacher and administrator in the Charlotte School system for over 43 years. He was an active supporter of adult education as The Charlotte Community Education Director. As a tireless supporter of the youth in our community he founded the Charlotte Summer Recreation Program and Summer Baseball Leagues, and the Charlotte 7th Grade Camp Program. He was a member of the First Congregational Church, the Charlotte Lodge #120 F.& A.M., the Eaton County Shrine Club, and the VFW Post 2406. Tout was also Past Commander of the American Legion #42, and Past President of the Charlotte Rotary Club with a total of 44 years of perfect attendance. He is survived by his wife Dorothy (Wilker) Toutant, daughters Linda King and her husband Ed Hall of Denton, Texas, Amy (Andrew) Smith of Charlotte, son David (Sally) Toutant of Battle Creek, and grandchildren Ellie Toutant, Phil Toutant, and Austin Smith. Funeral services will be held at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 10, 2005 at the First Congregational Church in Charlotte with Pastor Phil Hobson officiating. Interment will be in Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte. Visitation will be Sunday 7-9 and Monday 3-5 and 7-9. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to The Charlotte First Congregational Church UCC, or The 7th Grade Camp Scholarship Fund of the Charlotte Public Schools.
loving wife, mother, and grandmother, died May 8, 2005 in Charlotte, Michigan at the age of 78. Mrs. Wood was born November 9, 1926, the daughter of Harry and Mildred (Parnham) Collin. She was a homemaker and Foster Parent to 85 Children. She is survived by Husband "Pete" Oscar Wood, Sons David (Michelle) Pepera of Grand Haven, Kevin Pepera of Holland, Jeff (Melinda) Wood, of Charlotte, Daughter Julie (Jeff) Balch of Charlotte, Grandchildren Chelsea and Lexie Balch, Chase, Tyler and Shannon Pepera, Jason Baker, Chris Day, Samantha and Uriah MacDonald, Devon, Bailey and Marissa Wood, sister Elaine Collin of Albion and her beloved dog Chancy. She was preceded in death by Twin brother Robert Collin Aug, 2004 and her brother John Collin in October of 1993. Funeral service will be Wednesday 2:00 P.M. May 11, 2005 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Visitation will be Monday 6-8, and Tuesday 2-4 & 6-8. Interment will be in Munger Cemetery. Memorial Contributions to Eaton Community Hospice.
Russell Wayne Bradley
83, of Charlotte, Michigan, died Tuesday, May 10, 2005. Mr. Bradley was born April 14, 1922, in Chester Township, the son of the late Frank Bradley and the late Carrie (Whelan) Bradley. As a senior at Charlotte High School, Russell earned the State Champion Title in both Cross Country and the Mile Run. He was a local farmer and also worked for Wilcox-Gay in Charlotte. He continued farming until his passing. He had been a school board member for the old Quantrell School. His hobbies included bird watching, photography, and woodworking. He particularly enjoyed the many family gatherings. He is survived by his wife of 57 years Dorothy (Schunemann) Bradley; daughters, Linda (Ray) Peterson, Sharon (John) Franks, sons Dale (Jane) Bradley, Ivan (Beverly) Bradley, daughter Connie (John) Bobcik, sons Glen (Judy) Bradley, Roger (Lynda) Bradley, 14 grandchildren, 2 step-grandchildren, 2 great grandsons, three sisters, Ruth Wright, Doris Kent, and Esther Friel. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Arthur, Paul, and Elmer Bradley, and sister Frances Canfield. Funeral service will be 1:00 p.m. Saturday, May 14, 2005 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Rev. Karen Wheat officiating. Interment will be at Gresham Cemetery in Charlotte. Visitation will be 2 - 4 and 7 - 9 p.m. Friday at Pray Funeral Home. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association or the Alzheimer's Association.
Marie L. M.(Gesse) Shafe
age 94, of Olivet, Michigan, died Wednesday, May 11, 2005 at the Country Livin Adult Foster Care Home. Mrs. Shafe was born February 2, 1911, in Anchor, Illinois the daughter of Johannes F. and Antke M. (Eilers) Suntken. She was a very sweet lady who enjoyed whistling and was an accomplished musician. She is survived by several nieces and nephews and two step-daughters. Graveside services will be 1:00 p.m. Friday, May 13, 2005 at Evergreen Cemetery in Lansing, with Rev. Courtney Suntken officiating.
Arthur D. Plaunt
70, of Charlotte, Michigan, formerly of Nashville, died Thursday, May 12, 2005. Mr. Plaunt was born December 16, 1934, in Mackinaw City, MI, the son of James and Edith (McKinnon) Plaunt. He served in the U. S. Army during the Korean War and was a member of the Nashville VFW. He was a Fork Truck Operator for G. M. before retiring in 1992. He loved fishing, cards and pool. He is survived by his loving daughters Dawn (John) McLean and Sally Mix (Ryan Jones) of Charlotte, 2 grandchildren Samantha and Stephanie, brothers Lawrence Plaunt of Hastings, Ralph Plaunt of Bellevue, 3 sisters Meribel Warner of Alabama, Debbie Mullinix of Lake City, MI, and Helen Kay of Florida. He was preceded in death by siblings Cecilia, Elmer, Estella, Ava, James, Robert, Louis and Harriet. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 16, 2005 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte with R. Raymond Rossell officiating. Interment will be at Ft. Custer National Cemetery in Augusta, Michigan. Visitation will be Saturday 7 - 9 p.m. and Sunday 2 - 4 and 7 - 9 p.m. at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice.
64 of Bellevue, went to be with her Lord on June 1, 2005. She was dearly loved by her husband and three sons, who were her pride and joy. Sandra loved life to it's fullest and loved everyone, especially her extended families. She respected and loved the personnel at Marshall Oaklawn Hospital, you treated her like the lady she truly was. Sandra and I have a special place in our hearts for Dr. Shin and his staff at Oaklawn Hospital. There will be no services. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice House, 2675 S. Cochran Avenue, Charlotte, MI 48813.
40 of Charlotte, died June 1, 2005 as a result of an automobile accident. Mrs. Dangler was born January 9, 1965 in Detroit, Michigan, the daughter of Thomas and Mary Lou (DePuy) Pepera. She was a member of the Charlotte Assembly of God Church and their choir, had been a volunteer at Galewood Elementary School and especially enjoyed outings with her kids. She is survived by her husband Darol; children, Nathan Delapaz of Holt, Melissa, Elijah and Alana Dangler, all of Charlotte; mother, Mary Lou Pepera of Highland Township; brothers, Tommy and John (Belinda) Pepera of Jacksonville, Florida, and sister Lynn (Billy) Hedler of Highland Township. She was preceded in death by her father, and daughter Kimberly Delapaz in 1993. A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 4, 2005 at the Charlotte Assembly of God Church, with Pastor Mark Woodbury officiating. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the family.
Dorothy Ellen Carpenter
age 72, of Charlotte, Michigan, formerly of Vermontville, died Sunday, June 5, 2005. Mrs. Carpenter was born August 29, 1932, in Eaton Rapids, MI, the daughter of the late Carl Wood and the late Gladys (Norris) Wood. Dorothy retired from the housekeeping department of Eaton County Medical Care Facility in 1994. She enjoyed her grandchildren and family gatherings and cooking. She is survived by her daughters, Susan Carpenter of Greenville, MI; Frances (David) Spencer of Vermontville, MI; sons, Dale (Penny) Carpenter of Vermontville; Gary Carpenter and Debbie Thomason of Nashville, MI; 5 grandchildren, Joseph Carpenter, Nathan (Christy) Carpenter, Matthew Spencer, Kyle Spencer, Katelynn Spencer, and great granddaughter Alainna Carpenter; special niece, Charlene (Al) Perkins; sisters, Betty (Bob) Dilday of Dewitt, MI; Sharon (Russ) McManus of Eaton Rapids, MI; and brothers, Oscar "Pete" Wood of Charlotte and Jerry (Shirley) Wood of Eaton Rapids; sister-in-law, Donna Wood of Stanton; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Oren Carpenter in 1995; and brother Lawrence Wood. Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 8, 2005 at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte with Pastor Richard L. Thorp officiating. Interment will be at Woodlawn Cemetery in Vermontville, MI. Visitation will be 2 - 4 and 7 - 9 p.m. Tuesday at Pray Funeral Home. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice House.
93 of DeWitt, Michigan, died Wednesday, June 8, 2005 in Lansing. Miss Mutton was born September 7, 1912 in Lansing, Michigan, the daughter of Shirley and Ferol Vivian (Cook) Mutton. She is survived by nieces, Patricia (David) Arnold and Debbie Brezina; nephews, Robert Towner and Alan Towner; and great nephew Matt Towner. She was preceded in death by brother, Jack Mutton and sister Eleanor Towner. A memorial service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 15, 2005 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rev. Becky Hiebert officiating. Interment will be in Deepdale Cemetery in Lansing.
61, of Beaverton, Michigan, died Friday, June 10, 2005. Mrs. Torbet was born May 15, 1944, in Lansing, Michigan, the daughter of Carl Max and Katherine Lucille (Eicher) Guernsey. She is survived by her husband, Craig; son, Kevin Dotson; sisters Karlene Noverr of Santa Clara, California and Sue (Jerry) Bengry of Dewitt; and 7 neices and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother Carl Guernsey, Jr. Funeral Services will be 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 14, 2005, at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, with Charles Jensen officiating. Visitation will be Monday, 2 - 4 and 7 - 9 p.m. at Pray Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Laura (Drake) Dunkle
age 63, of Eaton Rapids, MI., died Tuesday, June 14, 2005, at her residence, following a long battle with cancer. Mrs. Dunkle was born July 19, 1941 in Pompei Michigan, the daughter of Harley and Reva (Wood) Drake. Mrs. Dunkle was a member of the West Windsor United Brethren Church and Women's Missionary Society at West Windsor. She held a lay minister license and local conference license's since 1986 and oversaw the local jail ministry programs for Ingham and Eaton Counties from 1986 until 1993. She was a former Camp Fire Girls and Blue Birds Leader. She is survived by her husband Robert Dunkle; and two daughters, Lisa (Stanley) Munn of New Sharon, IA; Cynthia (Mark) Dawson of Lansing, MI; and her mother Reva Drake of Lansing; 5 grandchildren, Samantha (James) Farnum, Stanley Robert Munn, Jason, Joshua and Justin Dawson. Arrangements are being handled by Pray Funeral Home, 401 W. Seminary Street, Charlotte, Mich., where the family will receive friends from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Thursday, June 16, 2005. Funeral service will be at Crossroads United Brethren Church at 11:00 a.m. Friday, June 17, 2005 with Pastor Mike Arnold officiating. Interment will be at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens in Dimondale, MI. The family suggests memorial contributions to the Hospice Memorial Fund 333 N. Summit St. P.O. Box 10086 Toledo, Ohio 43699-0086 in memory of Laura Dunkle.
Darlene Alice Finnie
56, of Charlotte, MI, died Wednesday, June 15, 2005. Mrs. Finnie was born April 8, 1949, in Woodstock, IL, the daughter of Paul Murdock and Alice (Pierson) Murdock. Darlene was a nurse and was an active member of Peace Lutheran Church. She was also a 4-H leader for 30 years. She is survived by her daughter, Shannon (Gerald) Chapman of Charlotte; sons, Alan (Lisa) Finnie of Hudsonville; Peter Finnie of Ann Arbor, MI; one grandchild; companion Bruce Milke; brothers, Dave (Judy) Murdock of Atlanta, GA; and Kevin (Savitri) Murdock. She was preceded in death by her husband Roger Finnie and brother Paul 'Buddy' Murdock. Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Monday, June 20, 2005 at Peace Lutheran Church, Charlotte with Rev. J. Todd Bruning officiating. Interment will be at Hillside Cemetery in Kalamo, MI. Visitation will be Sunday 2 - 4 and 7 - 9 p.m. at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Peace Lutheran Church or the Alzheimer's Association.
Edward Warren Morey
85 of Charlotte, Michigan died Wednesday, June 15, 2005 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Mr. Morey was born June 5, 1920 in Lansing, Michigan the son of Glenn and Anna (Denniston) Morey. He married Grace A. Mohre on Dec. 28, 1946 and they had three sons, Gary, Lance and Kirk. Following graduation from Michigan State University, Ed served 24 years of active and reserve duty with the U. S. Army in both World War II and Korea, advancing to the rank of lieutenant colonel. On completion of active duty, Ed pursued a lengthy and successful career with New York Life. His contributions to the community of Charlotte were many and varied, as were his interests in life. He was an active Rotarian, chair of the city's year long centennial celebration, a general chairman of Frontier Days, and a member of the Community Chest and United Way. Ed was interested in preserving the 1855 Eaton County Courthouse long before the county moved from it and lobbied long and hard to maintain it's historic integrity. He was the driving force in organizing Courthouse Square Association, Eaton County's local history museum. Ed is survived by his best friend and soulmate, Grace; sister, Claire Beechler; his three sons, Gary, Lance and Kirk Morey; and four granddaughters, Sasha, Heather, Alyxandria and McKenzie. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Julia. A memorial service celebrating Ed's life will be held in Circuit Courtroom, Courthouse Square, 100 W. Lawrence, Charlotte, on June 25th at 2:30 P.M. If desired memorial contributions may be made to Courthouse Square Association.