Iris G. Berro
Iris G. Berro, age 55 of Jerome, passed away on Tuesday, November 1, 2005 at her home.
She was born on September 2, 1950 in La Fayette, Georgia, to Charles D. and Doris (Potter) McCloud. She married John D. Berro, Sr. on October 11, 1969 in Taylor, Michigan, and he survives.
Iris was raised in Taylor, Michigan and then moved to the Jerome area where she lived for many years. She graduated from Taylor High School in 1968. She attended Jackson Community College and Central Michigan University. She was employed at Adrian Insurance Company, and then employed at Remerica Jackson Lenawee Properties. She was a former member of Taylor Center Baptist Church in Taylor, she then attended Countryside Bible Church in Litchfield, Michigan.
Surviving besides her husband, John, are one daughter, Stacey (Josh) Weber of Jerome; two sons, John D. (Moneach) Berro, Jr. and Charles W. Berro, both of Jerome; two grandsons, Charles J. Berro and Braiden M. Berro; her parents, Charles D. and Doris McCloud of Jonesville; several nephews, nieces and cousins.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, November 5, 2005 at the Brown-Van Hemert Funeral Home in Addison, with Rev. John Lillie officiating. Burial was made in Aldrich Cemetery in Somerset Township, Hillsdale County, Michigan. A funeral luncheon was held at Countryside Bible Church on Litchfield Road in Litchfield.
Pamela Claudette Palmer
Pamela Claudette Palmer, age 62, of Brooklyn, passed away Sunday, October 30, 2005, at her home surrounded by her family. She was born April 6, 1943 in Jackson. Pam graduated from Cement City High School and Jackson Beauty Academy. She retired from X-ACT Products of Brooklyn.
Pam was preceded in death by her parents, Bill and Maureen (Emmons) Green; son, Steve Bliss and step-sister, Kathleen Holmes. She is survived by her husband, Gene Palmer; children, Charles and Tanya Bliss, Rhonda Whiting, Debbie, John, Hilda and Mike Palmer; brothers, Bill Green and David Knapp; step-brothers, Jim and Bill Sweezey; and grandchildren, Tyler, Faith, Jessie, Haley, Mikey and Nick.
Visitation will be held on Thursday 4 to 8 P.M. at the Borek Jennings Funeral Home, Braun Chapel in Brooklyn. A Celebration of Pam’s life will be held on Friday, Nov. 4, 2005, at the funeral home beginning at 2 p.m. The Rev. Dave Knapp, Pam’s brother, will officiate the service. Burial will be at Highland Cemetery. A reception will follow at the Eagles in Brooklyn. Memorial contributions may be directed to Gene Palmer to help defray medical expenses or to the American Cancer Society.
Jeffrey C. Hirsch
Jeffrey C. Hirsch, age 63 years, of Onsted, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 30, 2005, at the V.A. Medical Center in Ann Arbor. He was born on Sept. 19, 1942 in Jackson, Mich., the son of William and Marie (Boyle) Hirsch. He married Imogene E. Rodgers on Jan. 12, 1992 in Las Vegas and she survives. Jeffrey served in the United States Air Force from 1962 to 1966. He worked at Zantop International Airlines Incorporated at Willow Run Airport for 30 years as an aircraft electrician. Jeffrey enjoyed working outside in his garden, on his cars and airplanes.
Surviving besides his wife is one daughter, Lisa Hirsch and Gordie Bryant of Pinckney; one son, Jeffrey and Patricia Hirsch of Onsted; three stepsons, Gregory and Nancy Shaner of Onsted, Donald and Lisa Shaner and Jack and Cindy Shaner, all of Pinckney; two step-daughters, Bonnie and Robert Daniels of Adrian and Patricia and Tim Adams of Litchfield; four step-grandchildren and 15 step-great-grandchildren; two brothers, Fred and Polly Hirsch of Jackson and Billy and Betsy Hirsch of Brooklyn. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral services for Jeffrey will be at 1 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 4, 2005, at the Dunn Chapel, Brown-VanHemert Funeral Home in Onsted with Pastor Tom McMichael officiating. Interment will follow at Tipton Cemetery in Franklin Township with full military honors performed by Durkee-Seager Post #550 American Legion of Onsted. Visitation will be on Thursday, Nov. 3, 2005, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Dun Chapel, Brown-VanHemert Funeral Home in Onsted. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Onsted Fire Department and envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
Ruth Bernadine Cobb
Ruth Bernadine Cobb, age 78, a life-long resident of Clarklake passed away at home Oct. 26, 2005. Mrs. Cobb was born on May 14, 1927 in Rollin, Mich., the daughter of Robert LeRoy Stemen and Louise (Ball) Knight. She married Reed “Nick” Cobb on July 24, 1944 in Angola, Ind., and he preceded her in death. Ruth was a member of Grace Baptist Church in Bradenton, Fla., the VFW, Loyal Order of the Moose, American Legion and Eagles Post #3689.
Mrs. Cobb is survived by her children, Vicki (Jerry) Mummery, Nicki (Henry) Lindeman, Joanne “Cookie” (Garry) Applegate, Patti (Zach) Kanaan; brothers, Leroy (Suzanne) Stemen and Jay Stemen; sisters, Maxine (Bill) Brighton and Valorie Stemen; grandchildren, David (Chris) Lindeman Jr., Michelle (Tod) McBean, Rich (Michelle) Applegate, Dana (Terrell) Daniels, Abby Schabel, Angie Kerr, Kate Decker, Zachary Kanaan Jr.; eight great grandchildren, Jeffrey and Grace Lindeman, Victoria and Mason McBean, Cameron and Carson Daniels and Brayden and Brewer Applegate; nieces and nephews, Hayden Stemen, Barbara Thomas, Sharon Smith and Cathy Hays.
Memorial contributions may be given to Ruth Cobb Memorial Fund. Envelopes are available at the Borek Jennings Funeral Home, Braun Chapel. A Celebration of Mrs. Cobb’s life was held on Saturday, October 29 at the First Baptist Church with Reverend Rob Schneider officiating.
Lorenz (Larry) B. Oechsle, Sr.
Lorenz (Larry) B. Oechsle, Sr., age 89, of Onsted, passed away Saturday, October 29, 2005 at his home. He was born July 5, 1916 in Van Wert County, Ohio, the son of Emanuel and Emma (Lillich) Oechsle. He lived in Ohio until 1928, then in Battle Creek and Jackson before coming to Onsted in 1941. He married Josephine A. Marr on September 30, 1939 in Onsted. She preceded him in death on December 13, 1994.
Larry was a retired salesman in the food industry and was a member of the Gateway Community Church in Onsted where he was involved in all church activities and served in many church offices over the years.
Surviving are two sons, Larry (Thanna) Oechsle of Onsted and Craig (Cathy Riley) Oechsle of Horton; six grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, two brothers and two sisters.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, November 3, 2005 in the Gateway Community Church in Onsted with Pastor Tom McMichael officiating. Interment will be made in the Maple Shade Cemetery in Onsted. The visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the Dunn Chapel, Brown-Van Hemert Funeral Home in Onsted and one hour prior to the service at the church. Memorials are suggested to the Mission Fund of his church.
Virginia Marie “Ginger” Buchte
Virginia Marie “Ginger” Buchte, age 56, passed away October 27, 2005 at home. She was born in Dearborn, the daughter of Harry and Jewel (Mardis) Halliday.
Mrs. Buchte is survived by her father, Harry Halliday of Ga., son, Charles Buchte, Jr. of Colo.; his father, Charles Buchte, Sr. of Brooklyn; siblings, Gary Halliday of Ga., Jackie (Kenneth) Hamlin of Ga., Howard (Beverly) Halliday of Ga. and three grandchildren. Ginger was preceded in death by her mother and brothers, Butch and John Halliday.
A celebration of life was held on Monday, October 31, 2005 at the Borek Jennings Funeral Home, Braun Chapel.
Richard Dale Walker
Richard Dale Walker, age 75, formerly of Brooklyn, passed away October 13, 2005. He was born July 25, 1930 in Woodstock Township, the son of Roswell and Thelma (Doty) Walker.
He was preceded in death by his wife Pearl Jane (Allen) Walker and his parents. Richard is survived by his children, Claudia Miller of Tecumseh and Dale (Sue) Walker of Brooklyn; six grandchildren and five great grandchildren and siblings; Ronald (Joyce) Walker of Brooklyn and Judith (Smitty) Sargent of Brooklyn; and companion Betty Camp of Jackson. Richard was a member of the Pipefitters Union Local 190 until his retirement in 1988.
A celebration of his life will take place on Saturday, October 29, at 1 p.m. at the Borek Jennings Funeral Home, Braun Chapel in Brooklyn with Pastor Rodney Walker officiating. Memorial contributions may be given to Great Lakes Hospice.
Garnette Jean Hull
Garnette Jean Hull, age 68, of Clark Lake passed away Oct. 12, 2005, at St. Joseph Hospital. Garnette especially enjoyed her family and flowers. Tom, her loving husband of 50 years passed away a few hours earlier.
She is survived by her daughters, Kris Hull, Lori Wahl, Susan (Jerry) Waren; grandchildren, Dustin and Stephanie Waren and Ciara and Spencer Wahl; one sister, Glady (John) Wilcox; and her cat, Ebony. She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Tom; one daughter, Robin Hull; and one grandson, Tommy Waren.
Joint services were held along with her husband, Tom, at the Chas. J. Burden and Son Funeral Home in Jackson on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2005 at 11 a.m. with the Reverend Toby Teague officiating. Entombment followed at Hillcrest Memorial Park.
Tom Hull, age 69, of Clark Lake passed away on Oct. 12, 2005 in Heartland Health Care.
Tom was a route salesman for Frito-Lay for over 32 years. He was an avid golfer and a member of the Brooklyn Big Boy Coffee Club. His loving wife of 50 years passed away a few hours later.
He is survived by three daughters Kris Hull, Lori Wahl and Susan (Jerry) Waren; grandchildren, Dustin and Stephanie Waren and Ciara and Spencer Wahl; two sisters and one brother. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Robin Hull; grandson, Tommy Waren; two sisters and seven brothers. He will be sadly missed by his Loving Cat Ebony.
Joint services, with his wife Garnette, were held at the Chas. J. Burden & Son Funeral Home in Jackson on Saturday, October 15, with Pastor Toby Teague officiating. Entombment followed at Hillcrest Memorial Park.
Kenneth A. Van Hemert, DDS
Kenneth A. Van Hemert, DDS, age 76, of Muskegon, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2005.
Ken graduated from Muskegon High School and continued his education at Muskegon Junior College, the University of Michigan, and received his B.A. degree from Hope College. In 1956 he graduated from the University of Detroit School of Dentistry. Shortly after receiving his DDS, Captain Kenneth Van Hemert served his country in the U.S. Air Force, a life-long member of Bethany Christian Reformed Church in Muskegon, continued his commitment to the Lord, serving as a Deacon, Elder, and singing in the church choir. He was very instrumental in starting the Christian Reformed World Relief Committee. Singing as a male tenor with the Cosmopolitan Male Singers was a special blessing for Ken. He served as past president of the Muskegon District Dental Society, past president of the Cosmopolitan Male Singers, and was former member of the Board of Directors of the March of Dimes.
He is survived by his wife, the former June Vanderlann, whom he married on June 23, 1956, children, Kenneth J. Van Hemert, Cynthia K. Van Hemert, and Kathleen J. (Rodney) Bordeaux, all of Muskegon, grandson, Anthony who Ken faithfully followed through all his school achievements and sports, brothers and sister, John (Ruth) Van Hemert of Spring Lake, Mich., David (Barbara) Van Hemert of Manitou Beach, and Muriel (Richard) Thompson of Norton Shores, Mich. and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Alice (nee Kooi) Van Hemert, and an infant sister.
The Service of Praise and Thanksgiving for the gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, October 13, 2005, at Bethany Christian Reformed Church in Muskegon, with Pastor David Sieplinga officiating. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Systema Funeral Home, 737 Apple Avenue in Muskegon.