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Sat., 30 Aug 1997


Monday, 12 Feb. 1962 ----Grace MCELHENIESuccumbs Sunday At Nursing Home
Mrs. Grace Rachel MCELHENIE, 79, died Sunday morning in the Sherwood Hall Nursing Home. She had formerly made her home with her son, Ross, at 413 Walker St. She had been in failing health for the last few years.
Mrs. MCELHENIE was born in Reading, Oct. 6, 1882, a daughter of George R. and Clara Bell (STONE) FITZSIMMONS. On Dec. 28, 1905, her marriage to Oscar MCELHENIE was solemnized at Camden. In her early years, she taught school in the Camden-Reading School District. In 1916, after her husband's death, she moved to Sturgis.
She was a member of the First Methodist Church.
Preceding her in death, besides her husband, were one son, three sisters and one brother.
Surviving are the son, Ross; two grandchildren, Rick and Judy MCELHENIE; two sisters, Mrs. Eva BUSSARD, of Huntington, Ind., and Mable VALENTINE, of Wayne; and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at the BODAMER Funeral Home until noon Wednesday. Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday in Kimball Chapel of the First Methodist Church with the pastors, the Rev. Richard C. MILES, D.D., and the Rev. Thomas PETERS, officiating.
Committal rites will take place at Oak Lawn Cemetery.

Transcribed from an original newspaper clipping from the 'Sturgis Daily Journal', which serves the St. Joseph Co., Michigan area.
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Thu., 4 Dec 1997


  Plainwell ~ Leonard F Meert, 90, of Plainwell, and formerly of the White Pigeon area, died 3 November 1997 at his home.
  He was born 27 November 1906 in Jansteen, the Netherlands. In 1952 he moved from White Pigeon to Plainwell.
  His first wife, Blanche Meert, died in 1968. On 5 December 1969, he married Mildred Geyer.
  He was a farmer and served on the Gun Plain township board of review.
  A 50-year Lifetime member of the Elks, he also was an avid bowler and enjoyed deer hunting and playing cards.
  Surviving are his children and their spouses, Betty and Lamar Bloss of North Webster, Indiana, Mary Schaeffer of Kalamazoo, Eugene and Kathryn Meert of Leesburg, Florida, Shirley and Donald Griffin of Hastings, Nancy and Larry Mulder of Otsego, Larry and Kathy Meert of Otsego, Judy and Jon Nieuwenhuis of Plainwell, Sally and Lynn Lukins of Portage; one daughter-in-law, Marilyn Meert of Plainwell; 31 grandchildren, 43 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife; his sons, Jack and William; one granddaughter, Linda Meert; one great-grandson, Cody Meert; his parents, and six brothers and sisters.
   Services were at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Rupert, Durham, Marshall and Gren Funeral Home, Plainwell Chapel, with the Rev Donald DeYoung officiating. Burial was in the Hillside Cemetery, Plainwell.
   Memorials may be directed to the Wings of Hope Hospice or charity of one's choice. Friends may share a memory with the family at the chapel or online at www.rdmg.com.

Sturgis Journal
Sturgis, Michigan
Copy provided by Carole L Carr

Mon., 3 Nov 1997
Colleen Andrea MINOR

  Burr Oak ~ Colleen Andrea MINOR, 13, 33115 Deer Park Road, died 16 August 1989, at Borgess Medical Center, Kalamazoo, as a result of injuries received in an automobile accident.
  She was born 11 August 1976, in Sturgis, a daughter of John and (GETZLOFF) MINOR.
  She was a lifelong resident of Burr Oak and would have been entering the eighth grade at Burr Oak Community Schools this fall. She was a member of the Burr Oak United Methodist Church and the Methodist Youth Fellowship. She was a cheerleader and active in softball, basketball, band, volleyball and swimming. She enjoyed scary movies and helping othrs.
  Surviving are her parents, John and Christine MINOR, Burr Oak; one sister, Nicole MINOR,
Burr Oak; paternal grandmother, Barbara GETZLOFF, Burr Oak; paternal grandpaters, John Sr. and Peg MINOR, Irondale, Ohio; maternal great-grandmother, Ketha HOWK, Burr Oak; paternal great-grandmother, Lulu MASON, Irondale; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. She was preceded in death by one brother, John Devon MINOR; her grandfather, Vern HOWK; and one great-aunt.
  Relatives and friends may call after 2 p.m. today at the Burr Oak Funeral Home where the family will receive friends from 2 ~ 4 p.m. and 6 ~ 8 p.m. today. Services are at 11 a.m. Friday at the Burr Oak United Methodist Church with the Rev William  BILLS officiating. Cremation will follow the service with burial to be at a later date in Burr Oak Cemetery.
  Memorials may be directed to the Burr Oak Community Schools or Burr Oak United Methodist M.Y.F. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.

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Transcribed from an original newspaper clipping, 'The Sturgis Journal', serving the Burr Oak,
Michigan area.

Obituary provided by Belle Decker and transcribed by Josephine Reed Foster Garzelloni.

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