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Mon., 3 Nov 1997

Clifford B. Thomas
  Burr Oak ~ Clifford B. THOMAS, 73, 128 W. Main Street., died Feb. 27, 1996, at the Branch County Community Health Center, Coldwater.
  He was born Feb. 4, 1923, in Burr Oak, a son of Clifford B and alma (PLANT) THOMAS.
  He was a lifelong Burr Oak resident and guaduated from Burr Oak High School and Western Michigan University. He was employed by the State of Michigan in the parks division before his retirement in 1988. He was a member of the Windmill Museum and the La Grange Historical Society and he enjoyed history, genealogy, reading and people.
  Surviving is a special friend, Lorene FARRAND, Burr Oak. He was preceded in death by his parents.
  There will be no visitation. Graveside services and burial are at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Burr Oak Cemetery with the Rev. Emilie FORWARD, Burr Oak United Methodist Church, officiating. Arrangements were handled by the Rosenberg ~ Schipper Funeral Home, Sturgis.
  Memorials may be directed to the American Heart Association. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.

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.

Thur., 24 April 1997


26 May 1923---- Mrs. Chas. THRAMS, who has been failing in health for a number of years, it being twelve years since she has been able to get about without assistance, passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Don KING, Saturday afternoon, May 26, at about six thirty. Mrs. THRAMS was 82 years, 1 month and 9 days of age. Funeral services were held at the home at ten o'clock Tuesday forenoon, May 22nd, Rev. F. W. DEANE officiating. The remains were laid to rest in Lakeside cemetery.
Nancy SCHELLHOUSE was born April 13, 1841, in Colon township on the old SCHELLHOUSE homestead west of Colon. She was the daughter of George and Nancy SCHELLHOUSE, who came to Michigan from Ohio in 1830. The first things and the pioneer happenings pertaining to the history of Colon township are largely connected with the SCHELLHOUSE families. The SCHELLHOUSE brothers purchased land in the township and at the same time purchasing mill privileges on Swan creek and on the present site of the village, and assisted in building the Swan creek water power and dam.
Nancy SCHELLHOUSE was united in marriage with Charles THRAMS in the year 1874 and they cleared up and settled the farm now known as the THRAMS farm west of Colon, spending their entire married life happily together there until death separated them, Mr. THRAMS being summoned in 1908. Mr. and Mrs. THRAMS were blessed with a fine family of six children, two of whom passed away in early life. Norman, Benjamin and Ernest, three sons, and one daughter, Mrs. Don KING, and their families follow their beloved mother to her final resting place.
Mrs. THRAMS has been one of those staunch pioneers who has seen the wonderful progress of the world at large in the past eighty odd years, and has lent a willing hand in this progress. She was one of those sturdy pioneer mothers who always had the home at heart, and rejoiced in the progress of her children. She was a lover of music and before the family was broken up, she was rewarded by having all of the children well advanced in music, and in her last years, although very feeble in body, he (her) mind was alert and rejoiced because of music in the home.
For the past seven years Mrs. THRAMS has been tenderly cared for by her daughter and husband, Mr. and Mrs. Don KING, and during her long illness she has been a patient sufferer, never complaining in the least. As her long and useful life drew to a close Saturday at sunset, her relatives and friends more forcibly came to realize that she had left a prominent page in the history of this community and that one of our most beloved pioneers had passed on to her reward.


We desire to extend our sincere thanks to everyone who in any way assisted during the illness and burial of our beloved mother; also appreciated the beautiful floral tribute. The Children.

Transcribed from an original newspaper clipping, probably from 'The Express', Colon, Michigan.
Please email THRAMS obituary comments to Cheryl S. Thrams

Mon., 15 Sep 1997


27 Sep 1966----John R. TOBEY, who has
John R. (Ted) TOBEY, 79, of Auburn, Ind., a native of Sturgis, died Sunday in the Veterans Hospital in Fort Wayne, Ind.
Mr. TOBEY was born in Sturgis Feb. 25, 1887, the son of Nelson and Clara TOBEY, and attended public school here. He was graduated from Tri-State College in Angola, Ind., with a degree in electrical engineering, and for many years had been with a large rubber company in Akron, Ohio.
Surviving are his wife, Ethel; two daughters, Mrs. Paul (Willa) KING, of Kendallville, Ind., and Mrs. Leora CAUFFIELD, of Toledo, Ohio; four grandchildren; and two sisters,. Mrs. S. (Alta) MERCER, of Sturgis, and Mrs. Faythe JOHNSON, of South Bend, Ind.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Berhalter-Hutchinson Funeral Home in Kendalleville. Interment will take place in Oak Lawn Cemetery in Sturgis.

Transcribed from an original newspaper clipping from the 'Sturgis Daily Journal', which serves the St. Joseph Co., Michigan area.
Please email TOBEY obituary comments to John Lyon

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