Jacqueline Elsie Smith
Jacqueline Elsie Smith, 64 of
Coldwater passed away on Sunday April 20th 2014 in Fort Wayne IN.
Jackie was born on July 12th
1949 in Detroit, MI to Jack and Vi (Godo) Smith.
After graduating from
Coldwater High School in 1967 Jackie started a lifetime of service to other
people. She worked 20 years at the Coldwater Regional Center. After retiring,
she worked 19 years at the Branch County Coalition against Domestic Violence as
a domestic violence counselor. While working, she also owned and operated
Smiths Hardware with her husband Clinton Smith. She also was an avid
outdoorsperson and fisherman. She had no greater love than for family and
Jackie is survived by her
husband Clinton Smith, mother Vi Smith and her step-father Gerald Smith of
Zephyrhills, FL, son Coby Smith of Coldwater, a special niece Jodi (Scott)
Feller of Fremont, IN, 4 grandchildren Kelsie, Sierra and Cole Smith of
Coldwater, and Nick Feller of Fort Hood TX, twin sister Kathy of Fort Myers,
FL, sister Cindy Loose of Alabama, brother Michael Smith of Arizona, and several
nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be
held 7:00 p.m. Friday April 25th 2014 at Gillespie Funeral Home,
Coldwater with Reverend Howard Burleigh officiating. Visitation will be held
from 5:00 p.m. until time of service Friday at the funeral home. A private
graveside service will be held at a later date.
I. Sowers, 83 of Coldwater died Thurs. April 17, 2014 at the Community Health
Center of Branch Co. Marjorie was born January 12, 1931 in Englewood OH to
Wilbur and Blanche (Wombold) Jay. She married Howard Sowers Jr. he preceded her
in death February 2000.
include 3 Children: Linda Sowers, Craig Sowers, and Kenneth Sowers; 2
Grandchildren: Kylei and Victoria.
has taken place, no services are scheduled. Arrangements by Gillespie Funeral
Home, Coldwater, MI
Genevieve A. Matuszak
Genevieve A. Matuszak, 88 of
Coldwater died Tuesday April 15, 2014 at Maple lawn Medical Care Facility.
Genevieve was born August 31, 1925 in Danbury, WI to Arthur E. and Laura J.
(Pascoe) Eddy. She married Ronald J. Matuszak February 14, 1953 in Coldwater,
MI, he preceded in death June 9, 2004.
She graduated from Bronson
High School. She was a member of St. Charles Catholic Church.
Genevieve enjoyed her
spending time with her family especially her granddaughter and great
grandchildren. She enjoyed reading, hand stitching, traveling, shopping and
going out to eat.
Genevieve worked at LA
Darling, Federal Mogul, and then for Community Health Center of Branch Co. for
10 years retiring in 1986.
Survivors include 2
daughters: Patricia Matuszak of Mt. Pleasant, MI and Mary (Mark) Fidler of
Coldwater; granddaughter: Katie Lee (JD Titus) Fidler; great grandchildren:
Alex and Riley. Sister: Delores J. Eddy of Coldwater; Special granddaughter
Skie Rose and Special great grandson: Aiden; several nieces and nephews.
Services will be held 10:00
a.m. Saturday April 19, 2014 at Gillespie Funeral Home with Pastor David Brown
officiating.. Burial will be at Sorter Cemetery in Coldwater, MI. Visitation
will be held from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday April 18, 2014 at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to St.
Jude’s Children’s Hospital
Orville L. Hoath Sr.
Orville L. Hoath Sr. 93 of Union City, MI died Friday March 14, 2014 at the Laurels of Coldwater. Orville was born November 25, 1920 in Wayne MI to Henry Amos and Edith Emily (Stenning) Hoath.
He married Mary Ann Wickham April 5, 1945 she preceded him in death June 28, 1995. He married Gail Morrell Jan. 1996 and she survives.
Orville was a member of the Michigan Milk Producers Association, Battle Creek Gospel Hall, International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental, and Reinforcing Iron Workers.
Veteran of WW II serving in US Army Air Force he flew 56 missions in a B-24 as a gunner.
Survivors include Son: Gordon W. Hoath, Daughters: Susan D. Haveman, and Linda J. Hoath. Grandchildren: Jason Hoath, Jared Hoath, Cassiopeia Easterday, Alice M. Hoath, Gordon W. Hoath, David L. Hoath, Richard D. LeBoeuf, Ami M. LeBoeuf. Several Great Grandchildren. Sister: Naomi Phillips, Brother: Ivan Hoath. Preceded in death by Son Orville H. Hoath Jr., Daughter Thea L. LeBoeuf, Brothers: Gordon Hoath, Bernard Hoath, and Dennis Hoath.
A gathering will be held later this year. Arrangements by Gillespie Funeral Home Coldwater
Charles W. Richards
Charles W. Richards 78 of Bronson MI died Wednesday February 26, 2014 at his residence. Charles was born August 29, 1935 in St Johns MI to Waldo E. and Marguerite (Welling) Richards. He married Ruth Ann White January 1, 1956 in Jamestown, New York.
Charles was a member of camping in United Methodist Church, and on the board of Holy Spirit Conference and Branch Co. Ministerial Association.
He was very musical inclined playing guitar and trumpet. Charles had many hobbies Astronomy with his 11 inch telescope, Sailing he enjoyed racing his sailboat though he never won, woodworking making his spiral staircase for his home, restoring cars, photography, and audio file.
Charles graduated from Sexton High School in Lansing MI in 1953 while in high school he had one of the largest newspaper routes for the Lansing State Journal. He served in the US Air Force from 1957 to 1961 as a jet engine specialist. While in the Air Force he was the only enlisted man on the tennis team in his camp. He graduated from Michigan State University in 1962 at Michigan State he sang in the glee club and was on the ping pong team. Charles graduated from the Methodist Theological School in Ohio in 1972.
After graduating from Michigan State he worked at Post Products in Battle Creek as a quality controller for 6 years. In seminary he was associate pastor at Riverside United Methodist Church in Columbus OH. After seminary moved to Bronson United Methodist Church and Snow Prairie UMC from 1972 -1977 then to Stockbridge Avenue UMC in Kalamazoo from 1977 – 1986 while there the church burned down and he had to oversee the rebuilding of the church, then to Lake Odessa Central UMC from 1986 – 1989 then to Coldwater UMC from 1989 -1998 when he retired.
Survivors include his wife: Ruth; Children: Joan E. (Terry) Siler Bronson, MI; Lynda R. (John) Laatsch of Huntington IN; Matthew J. (Michele) Richards Scottsdale AZ; Grandchildren: Shannon K (Terrence) Addy, Beau M. (Gabrielle) Siler, Jacob A. Siler, Logan J. Laatsch, Benjamin C. Laatsch, Isaiah J. Laatsch, Carson A. Richards, Landon C. Richards, Elise R Richards, Monique I Richards; 2 Great Grandsons: Holden M. Siler, Collin S. Addy; Preceded in death by sister Beverlee Hogan and brother James W. Richards.
A Memorial service will be held 3:00 p.m. Saturday March 1, 2014 at Coldwater United Methodist Church with Rev. Marti Lundy, Pastor Terry Siler, and Rev. Steve Young officiating.
Memorial may be made to Coldwater United Methodist Church or CHC Home Health and Hospice.
Arrangements by Gillespie Funeral Home
Rolene E. Hagelshaw
Rolene E. Hagelshaw, 93 of Union City, MI died Tuesday February 18, 2014 at the Laurels of Coldwater. Rolene was born October 5, 1920 in Michigan to Loa and Maude (Kugler) Eckert. She married Maurice Hagelshaw in 1939 in Union City, MI he preceded her in death.
She graduated from Union City High School in 1938. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, traveling, and camping.
She worked at Union City Parachute Factory, Willard Adolph Insurance, Don Knief Insurance and the Village Boutique.
Survivors include Son: Lynn (Sharon) Hagelshaw of Union City, MI; Three Grandchildren: Chris (Sheryl) Hagelshaw, Karen Grace, Corey (Melissa) Hagelshaw; Six Great Grandchildren; Eight Great Great Grandchildren. Preceded in death by her parents, and Sister Vera (Anderson) Whitcomb.
Funeral services will be held on Noon Saturday February 22, 2014 at the Our Savior Lutheran Church in Union City, MI, with Reverend David Dodge officiating. Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery in Union City MI. Visitation will be Saturday February 22, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. until time of service at the church.
Memorials may be made to Laurels of Coldwater or Our Savior Lutheran Church in Union City.
Arrangements by Gillespie Funeral Home, Coldwater, MI
Ruth Joan Stout
Ruth Joan Stout, 84 of Coldwater died Sunday February 2, 2014 at Drew’s Place of Coldwater. Joan was born January 18, 1930 in Coldwater, MI to Millard Melvin and Ruth Elizabeth (Bussing) Barnes. She married James Earl Stout Sr. November 12, 1949 in Angola, IN he preceded her in death February 6, 1994.
Joan was a life member and Past Worthy Matron of Coldwater OES #1 where she was a member for 52 years. She was a volunteer for the Red Cross Blood Drives. She bowled on the senior bowling league.
She worked at Kroger’s retiring after 25 years, then she was secretary for Stout Excavation for many years.
Survivors include 3 Sons: James “Jim” E. (Laurie) Stout Jr., Brian (Kathy) Stout, and Jody Stout; Grandchildren: Corbin Stout, Nick Stout, Betsy Tappenden, Brock Stout, Gretchen, and Graham; Eight Great Grandchildren; Sister: Evelyn Joy (Bill) Ward; 3 Brothers: John O (Gail) Barnes, Roger D. Barnes, and Max D. (Norine) Barnes; Preceded in death by 3 brother Richard, Donald, and Charles Barnes, and a sister Jeanette Newberry.
Eastern Star Services will be held 11:00 a.m. Friday February 7 at the Gillespie Funeral Home with Coldwater OES # 1 officiating. Followed by funeral services conducted by Pastor David Brown. Burial will be held at Sorter Cemetery in Branch Co. Visitation will be held Thursday February 6, 2014 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorial may be made to the Southern Care Hospice or Coldwater OES #1
Russell Dean Marvin
Russell Dean Marvin, 69 of Sherwood, MI died Sunday January 12, 2014 at his residence. Russell was born January 15, 1944 in Hodunk Branch Co. MI to Othel Jacob and Minnie Margaret (Burrows) Marvin. Russell and Catherine J. (Bloom) Marvin have been together since 1975.
Russell was a veteran of US Navy serving during the Vietnam War. He was an avid outdoorsmen enjoying hunting and fishing. He was very active in 4-H. Former member of the Branch Co. sportsman Club and American Legion.
After returning home from the service he worked for the trailer factory in Union City, then L & S Products, and later retiring from G & W Display in 2006.
Survivors include Wife: Catherine; Son: Patrick Russell Marvin of Sherwood; Grandson: Colden Patrick Marvin of Coldwater; Brother: Lewis (Diana) Marvin Deming, NM; Several Nieces, Nephews, Aunts, Uncles and extended family.
A memorial Dinner Celebrating Russell Dean Marvin’s Life will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday January 25, 2014 at the Wesleyan Church in Union City, MI.
Memorial may be made to Branch Co. 4-H Foundation for the 4-H scholarship fund
Arrangements by Gillespie Funeral Home.
Ammon D. “Dale” Bontrager
Ammon D. “Dale” Bontrager, 84 of Coldwater died Monday January 6th 2014 at his residence. Dale was born July 3, 1929 in Kansas to Dan and Mary (Miller) Bontrager. He married Donna R. Shotzman June 20, 1962 in Sturgis, MI.
Dale was a member of the First Baptist Church of Coldwater and UCT. He was active at the Burnside Senior Center for many years and he also was an avid bowler for over 40 plus years. Dale was a veteran of the US Army serving in the Korean War. He moved to Coldwater in 1958.
Dale owned and operated Bontrager Laundry in Coldwater until the 1970’s then he started Bontrager Steam Away Carpet Cleaning, retiring after 30 years.
Survivors include: Wife: Donna; 2: Daughters Cathy and Beth both of Hutchinson, KS; 1 Grandson; Sister: Ruth Miller of Sarasota, FL; Brother: Mel Bontrager of South Carolina; Several Nieces and Nephews.
Funeral services will be held 1:00 p.m. Friday January 10th 2014 at the First Baptist Church in Coldwater with Rev. David Pierce officiating. Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. until time of service Friday January 10th 2014 at the church. Burial will be Monday January 13th 2014 at Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta, MI. Arrangements by Gillespie Funeral Home, Coldwater.
Memorial may be made to First Baptist Church American Baptist Women
George VanKampen, age 90, of Girard passed into eternal peace Saturday, January 4, 2014. The son of Burt and Kate (DeCam) VanKampen, George was born August 24, 1923 in Remus, MI. He was one of 10 children. He was preceded in death by both his parents, 7 siblings and his wife of 63 years, June, on Dec. 21, 2006. They were married April 19, 1944 in Girard.
He is survived by sister, Irma of Dimondale and brother, Gordon of Litchfield. He is also survived by four children, Janet (John) Watson of Coldwater; Mary (Bill) Gale of Burlington, Susan (Bobby) Smith of Thomasville, North Carolina and Jim (MaryAnne) VanKampen of Ray, IN. Also surviving are six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Cremation has taken place at Gillespie Funeral Home and a memorial service is planned for a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in George’s name to the charity of your choice.
Evelyn Pierce, 93 of Coldwater died Monday December 23, 2013 at Masonville House in Coldwater.
Evelyn was born October 7, 1920 in Coldwater, MI to Alfred L. and Genieve (Walker) Teachout. She married Russell G. Pierce July 27 1941 in Coldwater, MI he preceded her in death December 21, 1973.
Evelyn was a member of Lockwood Community Church, the Order of Eastern Stars, and Michigan Association of Retired School Personnel. She graduated from Western Michigan University.
She taught school at Maple Grove School for a number of years, then she taught at Lincoln Elementary School retiring in 1980.
Survivors include Son: Stephen R. Pierce of Okaite SC; Grandsons: Jeffrey R. (Michelle) Pierce of Coldwater, Brian Pierce of Hilton Head Island SC and Richard (Kelly) Pierce of Bethesda, Maryland; Great Grandchildren: Rachael Kilpatrick, Jacob Fillmore, Collin Fillmore, Kaytlyn Pierce, Anthony Pierce, Annabelle Pierce. Great Great Grandchildren: Kayden Wendorf, Kelsie Wendorf; Sister: Vivian Kennedy of Sidnaw, MI; Brother: Ronald (Pauletta) Teachout of Coldwater. Preceded in death by a Sister Merian Long.
Funeral services will be held Noon Tuesday December 31, 2013 at Lockwood Community Church with Rev. Shayne Looper officiating. Burial will take place at Lockwood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday December 30, 2013 at the Gillespie Funeral Home, Coldwater and from 11:00 a.m. until time of service Tuesday at the church.
Memorials may be made to Lockwood Community Church or MARSP Scholarship Fund.
Janet K. Fuller
Janet K. Fuller 67, died Saturday December 21, 2013 at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo, MI. Janet was born Tuesday, February 19, 1946, at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Janet was the only child of Frank DeWitt and Helen Elizabeth (Gillespie) Pease. She lived in Highland Park and Detroit until the age of ten, completing fifth grade at Horace Mann Elementary School. In the summer of 1956, she moved with her parents to Coldwater where she spent the rest of her life.
Janet was a 1963 graduate of Coldwater High School and a 1967 graduate of the University of Michigan. She received her Masters Degree in Elementary Education Summa Cum Laude from Western Michigan University in 1980. Janet began her teaching career at Edison Elementary School in the fall of 1967, teaching second grade. Over the next 30 years she taught third, fourth, and fifth grade at Edison, retiring in 1999 as the person who taught the longest in that building.
During this period, she also served as the Title I Mathematics Consultant for the Coldwater Community Schools for five years. Prior to and following her retirement she was an adjunct instructor of mathematics at the Grahl Center Campus of Kellogg Community College until 2008. She was also an instructor at Baker College.
Janet was a member of the Coldwater United Methodist Church for over 50 years. During that time she served as the church treasurer and financial secretary for a number of years. She was also a member of the Branch County Chapter of the Michigan Association of Retired School Personnel, and a former member of the National, Michigan, and Coldwater Education Associations, the latter of which she shared the Presidency for a period of time. She was also a past member of the National and Michigan Councils of Teachers of Mathematics, the Coldwater Lady Elks, and the Women’s Monday night and Teachers’ Bowling leagues.
Survivors include her husband, Gerald Wayne Fuller, whom she married June 3, 1967; two daughters: Marcia Fuller (Christopher Allen) of North Liberty, Iowa, and Karen Fuller of Coldwater; two grandsons, Zachary and alexander Gregurich of Coldwater; and a step-grandson, Sean Allen of Omaha, Nebraska. She is also survived by in-laws Shirley and Gene Easterday of Union City, Sharon and James Parker of Howe, Indiana; and Roger and Naomi Fuller of Coldwater. Also surviving are cousins James and Sally Roach of Kalamazoo and Carolyn (Rusty) and Jack Fay of Gilbert AZ and Littleton, CO., four nieces, a nephew and many great nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Friday December 27, 2013 at the Coldwater United Methodist Church with Rev. Steve Young officiating. Burial will be at Oak Grove Cemetery, Coldwater. Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday December 26, 2013 at the Gillespie Funeral Home, Coldwater.
Memorials may be made to American Heart Association or Coldwater United Methodist Church
Charles Edward Sturgeon
Charles Edward Sturgeon, 63 of Coldwater died Saturday December 14, 2013 at his residence. Charles was born June 12th 1950 in Coldwater, MI to Lester and Thelma (Craun) Sturgeon.
Charles loved animals especially his dog Buddy. He also loved his truck.
He worked for Bundy Tubing where he retired after 25 years, he then worked for Meijer’s for 7 years retiring due to his health.
Survivors include his Sister: Gloria Morris of Coldwater; 2 Nieces: Stacy (Chad) David of Bronson, MI and Shanna (Mike) Phillips of Tekonsha, MI; Grand Nieces: Haley, Harlee, and Hilary Davis; 2 Aunts: Lucile Wilber and Donna Cowden both of Coldwater; Several Cousins; Preceded in death by his Mother and Father.
No Services are scheduled cremation has taken place. Arrangements by Gillespie Funeral Home, Coldwater, MI.
Memorials may be made to the Humane Society of Branch Co.
Loyd M. Green, Jr.
Loyd M. Green Jr., age 70, passed away Thursday Nov. 21st 2013 at the Laurels Nursing Home.
Loyd lived his entire life in Coldwater, Michigan. Loyd was born to Loyd M. Sr. and Maxine H. Green on July 18th 1943. He graduated from Coldwater High School with the class of 1962. Loyd lived and worked his entire life at Waffle Farm, located on Craig and Morrison Lakes which are included and known as the North Chain of Lakes. Loyd’s grandmother, Myra Waffle, welcomed the first campers to Waffle Farm in 1935. The Waffle Farm has been in the family since 1861. Since the death of Grandma Myra Waffle, and Loyd and Maxine Green, Loyd has ran the camp single handed.
After graduating from Michigan State University with a major in agriculture and recreation, Loyd began to expand the Waffle Farm Campground by building a store, and two pavilions. (Loyd built the second pavilion to celebrate his 50th birthday in it.), a double boat ramp, building with a mini putt, driving range and also added many more camping sites including the now large seasonal camp that is surrounded by water. Thousands of campers come every summer from all over the United States, Canada and other places to enjoy camping at Waffle Farm.
When the camp was closed in the winter, Loyd worked at several other jobs: such working for the construction company that built the new Court House after the old one burned and several other buildings in Coldwater. Loyd also worked on the Grand Trunk Railroad between Battle Creek and Chicago. He was even appointed cook which shocked his mother!
Loyd married Marcia Corson (Gruner) in 1961. They had two daughters: Michelle A. Green (Michael) Boyd, and Mary K Green-Rosenberry. Eight grandchildren, Nicholas (Brenda) Thomas, Tyler (Heather) Thomas, Joseph Rosenberry, Caleb Rosenberry, Morgan Thomas, Max Rosenberry, Lyndsey Boyd, and Kaitlyn Denney. Two great-grandchildren, Zoe Thomas and Maddison Thomas.
On June 14, 1975 Loyd married Clara Belle French Spencer from Hillsdale who was a teacher and counselor at Waldron area Schools in Waldron, Michigan. They have two sons: William (Bill) David Green, who is now the new manager at Waffle Farm and Timothy Loyd Green who lives in San Diego, California. Tim has his own web production company where he hosts the wafflefarm.com website, and most of the camp printing.
Loyd Green was one of the charter members who formed the original State Camping Association in 1968, MAPCO “Michigan Association of Private Campgrounds.” The Michigan Campgrounds were then eligible to join NACO. The National Association has since changed its name to ARVC.
Loyd and Clara Belle received their Certified Park Operators from the National Association. Loyd was on the State Board for several years.
Loyd and Clara Belle did a lot of traveling each year after the camps closed for the winter. Some of their favorite places were Florida, Texas, Arizona, Alaska and San Diego, Loyd and Clara Belle also attended all of the National ARVC Conventions in several different states each year since 1976.
Other associations Loyd Green has membership: Coldwater Sons of the American Legion, Coldwater Elks, United Commercial Travelers (UCT), Michigan Centennial Farm Association.
Additional hobbies Loyd enjoyed, were keeping abreast of everything going on in the camping industry. He loved trains and had a large collection of miniature trains and read all of his many train magazines. Loyd traveled on trains several times when going to conventions. He also enjoyed reading his many books and magazines about World War II and his business magazines.
Beside his immediate family, Loyd is survived by his brother Richard L Green of Coldwater who has four children: Richard Green of St Pete Beach FL., Dan Green of Avon Park OH, Deborah (Craig) Lawson of Holland, MI and Jennifer (Brian) Birk of Avon Lake, OH. His sister Patsy A Green (Tom) Rickelman’s family, Thomas E Rickelman of Wheaton IL and their three children. Pamela (Rick) Gunst, Susan (Kenneth) Clingen, Thomas E Rickelman. Loyd also has a cousin, Mike (Barbara) Kooken in Vail, Arizona.
Loyd enjoyed eating breakfast every morning with his son Bill, and all of his friends at the Coldwater Gardens Restaurant.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in Loyd Green Jr.’s name can be made to the following: Coldwater Elks, Coldwater Alcoholics Anonymous, Monroe St Group, Coldwater American Legion and Hospice
A funeral service to honor the life of Loyd M Green, Jr. will be held at the Gillespie Funeral Home. 27 Marshall Street, Coldwater, on November 26 2013 at 1:00 pm. Pastor Carl Schell will be officiating. Internment will follow at the Evergreen Cemetery in Girard, enroute; Loyd will tour his home and life’s work one last time. Visitation will take place Monday the 25th 2-4 and 6-8 pm.
Edward John Bodine Jr.
Edward John Bodine Jr. 70 of Coldwater passed away Thursday November 14, 2013 at the Laurels of Coldwater. Edward was born April 9, 1943 in Joliet IL to Edward and Adeline (Blaskie) Bodine. They moved to Bronson in 1952. He attended St Mary’s School and graduated from Bronson High School in 1962. He married Shirley Smith in 1964. He served in the US Army from 1966 to 1968.
He started work at Bronson Plating right after high school and retired after 48 years in January 2010.
He loved gardening, old tractors, and his annual fishing trips to Arkansas and Wisconsin with his son Jeff and cousin Joe. He was a member of the Colon American Legion.
He is survived by his Wife: Shirley; Son: Jeffrey of Coldwater; Grandson: Avery John Bodine Daughter: Carrissa of Coldwater; Mother: Adeline Bodine of Coldwater; Sisters: Marie (Richard) Wrobel of Bronson, Bernadette Rieger of Bronson, Therese (Paul) Miller, Mason MI, Diane (Wally) Briones, Joliet IL, and Gayle (Miguel) Valdez of Chicago IL; Brother: Charles Bodine of Bronson; and several nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his father Edward J. Bodine.
Memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m. Sat. November 23rd 2013 at the First Presbyterian Church in Coldwater with rev. Rene’ Whitaker officiating.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to CHC Hospice or you may plant a tree in his honor.
Neal Russell Pierce
Neal Russell Pierce, 75 of Coldwater died Thursday November 14, 2013 at his home. Neal was born May 8 1938 in Hamilton, Ohio to Russell and Lorina (Richardson) Pierce. He married Nancy Baker January 5, 1991 in Coldwater, MI.
As a young man Neal worked for his father as a brick mason and was a union brick layer at the age of 14. At age 17 he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and spent 10 years in the Service. After his discharge from service he was employed in the Heating and Air Conditioning Business and after a short time owned his own business. Then he was employed by General Electric as a maintenance manager for 15 years, retiring in 1991. He then worked for ASAMA Manufacturing in Coldwater for 5 years. Then he and his wife started Double N Design building decks, fences, and docks and other outdoor designs.
He enjoyed Hunting and fishing all of his life.
Survivors include his Wife: Nancy, Daughter: Heidi (James) Ponder of Hamilton, OH, Grandchildren: Nathan Sunnenberg, Mariah Ponder, Sister: Patricia Pierce
(William) Pyles Hamilton, OH, Brother: Michael (Robin) Pierce Fairfield OH, Sister-in-law: Sylvia Pierce Montgomery, AL, Several Nieces and Nephews and Grand Nieces and Nephews and many close friends. He was preceded in death by parents and brother William.
Memorials may be made to CHC Home Health and Hospice or Humane Society of Branch Co.
William “Bill” L. Hoff Sr.
William "Bill" Lloyd Hoff Sr. 78, owner of Hoff's Vegetable Farm and Hoff Oil Company, passed away peacefully amongst family at Maple Lawn Medical Care Facility on Monday evening, November 11, 2013.
Bill was born December 17, 1934 to Irwin and Eldee (Townsend) Hoff in their home on Behnke Road, in Coldwater. In 1943, they moved to what is now known as Hoff’s Vegetable Farm. In 1955, Bill joined his father in establishing the now 150 acre produce farm and market. During the winter months, Bill originally worked for Art VanElst at V&K Oil Company out of Marshall delivering fuel oil. In 1962, he took the business solo under the name of Hoff Oil Company which he operated until 2005. He would mention how he delivered fuel to the trucks that were working on the construction of I-69 in the mid-1960’s. In 1979, he along with Rick Gleeson, purchased Elliott’s Market that became Rick’s Party Store and Hoff’s too; he enjoyed faithfully playing the lottery every Monday and Wednesday for several years.
On June 19, 1954 he married Connie Cantrell at St Charles Catholic Church in Coldwater. Together, they had 6 children; William (Charlie) Hoff Jr, Brenda (Cameron) Gary, Kimberly (Rob) Lane, Michael Hoff and Lori Hoff-Todd.
Bill was in the first class to graduate on the Coldwater High School football field, in 1952. After high school, he joined the Air Force Reserves from 1952-1955. Bill was known for his patience, generosity, hard work and long hours; it was not uncommon for him to start his day at 4 am with the frost alarm going off and still be putting up orders for the next day at midnight. Over the years, he established a relationship with Marvin and June Ludwig of Hollywood, Florida. For over 40 years, he shipped tomatoes, pumpkins and squash as well as other produce to the South Florida area. In 1977, he recalled shipping over 20 semi loads that season. He never complained and always had a smile. He was a ‘whiz’ at math and enjoyed a good game of Pinochle or Poker. You would find him watching football or basketball on any given Sunday afternoon.
In addition to his children, he is survived by his loving wife, Connie, 6 grandchildren; Jaden (Jessica) Harman, Joel (Tarrah) Harman, Stacey Butler, Spenser Gary and Deacon and Cameron Todd; One great grand-daughter Jori (Jaden) Harman and step-grandchildren Joshua and Jennifer Lane, Cody Gary and Dustin (Michelle) Gary.
He was preceded in death by an infant son, his parents Irwin and Eldee, his step-father Wilbur Barnes, Sisters; Mildred (John) Thornquist and Alice (Glenn) King.
A funeral service has been set for Friday November 15th at 11:00 am at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Coldwater with Father Dan Doctor officiating. Burial will be at Evergreen Cemetery in Girard. Visitation is set for Thursday from 12:00-2:00 pm and 4:00-7:00 pm. at the Gillespie Funeral Home, Coldwater.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Humane Society of Branch County or Branch Area Food Pantry
Keith B. Balcom
Keith B. Balcom, 72 of Union City, MI died Wednesday October 30, 2013 at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo, MI. Keith was born February 18, 1941 in Coldwater to Walton K and Helen J. (Armstrong) Balcom. He married Sharon Robertson June 25, 1983 in Ann Arbor, MI.
Keith enjoyed fishing, golfing and riding his lawnmower. He loved watching sports especially U of M, Tigers, and Patriots.
Keith retired from Centerville and Mendon Public Schools as business manager in 2010.
Survivors include his Wife: Sharon; Children: Debby A. (Edd) Holcombe of Frankfort IN, and James W. (Cheryl) Balcom of Schoolcraft MI.; 7 Grandchildren; Sisters: Barbara (Robert) Mullally, and Christie Bunner; Brother: Daniel Balcom; Several nieces and nephews.
A Memorial services will be held 11:00 a.m. Wednesday November 6, 2013 at the Gillespie Funeral Home, Coldwater with Mr. James W. Balcom officiating.
Memorials may be made to American Heart Association.
MaryLyn (Vosburgh) Anderson
MaryLyn (Vosburgh) Anderson 69 of Coldwater died Wednesday October 30, 2013 at the Laurels of Coldwater. MaryLyn was born October 6, 1944 in Lansing, MI to George and Arbutus (Saddler) Cobine. She married George lee Anderson October 28, 1995 in Coldwater, MI.
MaryLyn enjoyed bowling, word searches, moving furniture, and cooking, spending time with family and friend, flowers and country music.
She worked for Fayette Tubular in Reading, MI, she also worked for Pinkerton Security, and Meijer’s.
Survivors include her Husband: George of Coldwater; Children: Tamara (Annett) Vosburgh of Lebanon, IN; Kim (Gene) Little of Coldwater; Grandchildren: Richard (Lindsay) Vosburgh, Joshua Ehle, Kay (Justin) Rasmussen, Abbigail and Tyler Little; Great Grandchild: Keygan Rasmussen; Sisters: Patty, Margie and Mary. Preceded in death by parents, brother Jerry Cobine daughter Victoria Ehle, grandson Kyle Little.
Funeral Service will be held 2:00 p.m. Sunday November 3 2013 at the Gillespie Funeral Home, Coldwater with Rev. Kathy Guise, officiating. Visitation will be from Noon until time of service Sunday at the funeral home.
Robert Harold Peck
Robert Harold Peck, age 87 of Haleyville, AL passed away Thursday October 3, 2013.
He lived in the Coldwater area most of his life. He was a retired grounds keeper at the Coldwater Regional Center.
Visitation will be Wednesday October 9, 2013 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Gillespie Funeral Home, Coldwater, with a graveside service to follow at Evergreen Cemetery in Girard MI.
Mr. Peck is survived by, life partner, Jenell Albright, children Cheryl Peck, Lynn Marie Peck-Collins, Robert Scott Peck, Janean Kay Dancaand, Daniel Lee Peck; sister Martha Shipe and nine grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by parents, J. Harold and Lena Gwinn Peck; wife Eloise Peck; sister Margaret Gates.
David R. Teachout
David R. Teachout, 58 of Coldwater died Saturday September 28, 2013 at Lifespan Good Samaritan Hospice Residence in Battle Creek, MI. David was born May 1, 1955 in El Paso TX to Ronald L. and Norma E. (Smith) Teachout. He married Janean S. Brown September 11, 1982 in Bronson, MI.
David enjoyed fishing, hunting, watching TV and NASCAR. He retired from Voltex in Coldwater MI.
Survivors include his wife: Janean; Daughter: Jodi (Pat) Dean of MI; Grandchildren Sydney and Dylan Dean; Parents: Ronald and Pauletta Teachout of Coldwater, MI; Brother: Brian (Sue) Barnes of MI; Sister Janet (Martin) Landis of MI. Preceded in death by his mother Norma Teachout; Brother Michael Barnes; Grandson Zackery Dean.
Funeral services will be held 1:00 p.m. Wednesday October 2, 2013 at Lockwood Community Church with Rev. Shayne Looper officiating. Burial will be at Lockwood Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. until time of service at the church on Wednesday. Memorials may be made to the family, Arrangements are being handled by the Gillespie Funeral Home, Coldwater, MI
Robert Duane Lensky
Robert Duane Lensky, 64 of Coldwater died Saturday September 14, 2013 at Tendercare of Marshall. Robert was born May 12, 1949 in Kendallville, IN to Carlton Alexander and Hilda Ellen (King) Lensky. Robert enjoyed history and working on genealogy. He owned and operated Bobs Servic Mart in Coldwater.
Survivors include: Mother: Hilda; Brother: Richard (Barbara) Lensky of Hillsdale; Daughter: Gretchen (David) Williams of Quincy, MI; 2 Grandchildren: Jadyn Murphy and Tres Snellenbuger; Nephew: Chris Lensky of Fremont, IN; Friend: Karen Downs of Coldwater; Preceded in death by his father.
No Services are scheduled cremation has taken place. Arrangements by Gillespie Funeral Home
Phyllis J. Easterday
Phyllis J. Easterday, 68 of Quincy, MI died Saturday August 17, 2013 at the Community Health Center of Branch Co. Phyllis was born October 21, 1944 in Bryan, Ohio to Raymond and Wauneta (Wolfe) Edinger. Phyllis married Franklin D. Easterday June 15, 1963 in LaGrange IN.
Phyllis’s biggest joy are her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She loved ceramics and always could be found out in her shop. She also enjoyed going to casinos.
Survivors include: Husband: Franklin D.; Children: Candie (Tony) Patterson, Frank (Shawn) Easterday, Jr., Laura (Mike) Raymond and David Easterday; Grandchildren: Samantha (Josh) Fenton, Morgan (Sean) Bender, Andrew (Amanda) Fenton, Cyrus Raymond and Logan Easterday; Great Grandchildren: Dante Bender, Gabriella Bender, Brayton Bull and Maylin Fenton; Mother-in-law: Mable Easterday. Preceded in death by a son Scott Allen Easterday.
A Memorial service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday August 20, 2013 at the Gillespie Funeral Home, Coldwater with Pastor Michael K. Roberts officiating. Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. until time of service at the funeral home on Tuesday. Burial at Lakeview Cemetery in Quincy will be held at a later date.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Ethel H. Reed
Ethel H. Reed 90 of Coldwater died Friday August 16, 2013 at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo, MI. Ethel was born March 6, 1923 in Coldwater Michigan to Walter E. and Myrna (Baker) Reed. Ethel married Edward R. Reed October 31, 1942 in Ellicott City Maryland.
She was a member of the Coldwater United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women Society and Martha Circle. She was a longtime member of the church choir. Ethel loved singing, playing piano, organ, and accordion. She was also in an accordion band at one time. She enjoyed sewing, gardening, fishing, reading until losing her eyesight. Ethel enjoyed wintering for 23 years in Hawaii. She loved being with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She had a big influence in helping raise her grandchildren as they were growing up.
Ethel worked as an airplane inspector during WW II on B26. She also helped her husband in his surveying business for many years.
Survivors include Husband: Edward R. Reed; Son: Edward W. (Effie) Reed of Quincy, MI; Daughter: Elaine Gerona of East Lansing, MI; 5 Grandchildren: Nathan (Susan) Gerona, Justin (Jodi) Gerona, Nichole (Mike Bonine) Bailey, Adrian (Martin) Copeland, Heath (Theresa) Gillette; 7 Great Grandchildren: Mia and Skye Gerona, Jairus and Josiah Gerona, Rory Bailey, Steel and Sebastian Gillette.
Funeral services will be held at Noon Tuesday August 20, 2013 at the Coldwater United Methodist Church, with Rev. Steve Young officiating. Burial will be held at Mason Cemetery in Coldwater. Visitation will be from 10:00 am until time of service at the church on Tuesday August 20, 2013.
Arrangements by Gillespie Funeral Home, Coldwater.
Memorial may be made to Coldwater United Methodist Church.
Crystal Joyce Fralick
Crystal Joyce Fralick, born June 10, 1931 to Henry and Elsie (Erskine) Fralick in Marquette, Michigan, died August 1, 2013 at the Laurels of Coldwater, a place she had called home for the past several years.
Crystal had been a resident of Coldwater since 1941, and had attended Coldwater schools, graduating in 1950. After graduation she worked at Federal Mogul and then at the Branch County savings Bank. For many years she baby-sat for various families and often recalled those fun times, and wondered where those “Little Scalawag” were now and what they were doing. She also was active in working in the Sunday school and VBS programs at both the Wesleyan and Church of the Nazarene.
Dialysis became a necessary part of Crystal’s life and so for the past 5 years she spent countless hours in the local Fresenius dialysis center where she developed quite a group of friends, and those were added to the many she already had at the Laurels. Her room at the nursing home was a happy gathering place for so many.
She leaves behind her brother Joseph Fralick and sister-in-law Nova Jean (Curtiss) Fralick, plus 5 nieces and nephews and their spouses, 19 Grand nieces and nephews, 11 great-grand nieces and nephews. These were an everyday concern and delight to her as she never failed to enquire about their active lives. Crystal was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Elsie Fralick.
There are so many that she would want to thank for their care and concern for her; the nurses and aides, the bus drivers from Laurels and BATA, and the kind hearted and patient techs and nurses at dialysis who went out of their way to make her as comfortable as possible. And thanks to those who brought their little dogs to the nursing home where their visits always delighted Crystal and others.
Crystal is to be envied for the peace she now has gained after such a long battle with a body that brought so much pain and discomfort. A verse of scripture Crystal loved is Psalm 100:5
There will be a viewing at the Gillespie Funeral Home from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday August 5, 2013
A private family funeral is planned. Burial will be in the Oak Grove Cemetery.
Theodore LaDean Blatter
Theodore L. Blatter, 86 of Coldwater died Monday July 29, 2013 at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo, MI. Theodore was born October 2, 1926 in California Corners to Theodore and Effie G. (Heroy) Blatter. He married Iris J. Kirby January 9, 1949 in California Corners, she preceded him in death January 11, 2013.
He served in the US Navy during WW II. Past president of the union at the former Coldwater State Home, member and past president of the Coldwater Lions Club, member of the Blind Veterans Association. Past member of the State Bar Owners Association. Retired senior member of Adapt Board of Trustees. Former member of the Branch Co. Planning Commission.
He was a local businessman, realtor, and bar owner. He also was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting and fishing.
Survivors include his children: Allen (Cookie) Blatter of Homer, MI; Lynne Blatter of Coldwater, MI; 10 Grandchildren; 13 Great Grandchildren; Several nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by 9 brothers and sisters. He was also preceded in death by a daughter Leigh Blatter, and granddaughter Nikki Blatter.
A memorial gathering will be held Thursday August 1, 20123 from 6 – 8 p.m. at Gillespie Funeral Home, Coldwater. A memorial service is scheduled for Friday August 2, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at Gillespie Funeral Home with military honors by American Legion Post 52 Drill Team. Memorial may be made to Adapt.
Michelle “Mickey” Lynne Ledbetter
Mickey Ledbetter, 49 of Coldwater died Wed. July 24, 2013 at her residence. Mickey was born April 4, 1964 in Angola, IN to Russell and Sue (Foglesong) Nichols. She married Donald Ledbetter Jr. July 15 1982 in Quincy MI.
She was employed by Coldwater Community Schools in the Cafeteria. For several years she was also employed by Dr. Williams’s office. She worked a brief time at Grahl’s in Coldwater. She also produced web-sites. Michelle started her own business Woven Fabrics of the Past using her own weaving loon to make rugs, placemats, and window sill covers.
She graduated from the U.S. Career Institute with a certificate in medical claims and billing and was on the Dean list twice.
She enjoyed singing in church, ceramics, and photography especially nature pictures and won 2nd place award in Country Magazine for family pets photograph and scenic photography.
Survivors include Husband Donald; Father: Russell Nichols of Bronson, MI; Sister Sharlene Nichols – Cleaver of KY, Jacqueline (Danny Morrison) Nichols of Coldwater; God children Johnny (Cassie) Cleaver, Hannah M. Cleaver; 2 nephews and a niece; Aunt Anna Nichols. Preceded in death by her mother Sue Jean Nichols Dec. 22, 1994.
Funeral services will be held 1:00 p.m. Monday July 29, 2013 at Gillespie Funeral Home with Pastor Bill Wilson officiating. Burial will be at Knauss Cemetery in Branch Co. Visitation will be held Monday from 11:00 a.m. until time of service at the funeral home.
Memorial may be made to the Humane Society of Branch Co.
Larry Dubois a lifelong resident of Coldwater has passed on July 14, 2013 from a short term illness. Larry was married to Beverly (James) Dubois from December 15, 1962 until her passing in 2005.
Larry worked at Bronson Precision Products for 37 years as a CNC operator retiring in 2010.
Larry loved spending time with family and friends he had many hobbies such as RC racing, a dune buggy. Larry loved riding motorcycles and especially loved his trike. He loved going to car shows, swap meets, and antique tractor shows. He was an avid collector of everything. In his younger days he loved racing cars at Butler Motor Speedway.
Larry left behind a family of 4 children Mary (Steve) Booher, Sherry Goodwin both of Coldwater, Larry (Chris) Dubois of Batavia, and Maria James of Ohio, 11 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Preceded in death was Larry’s mother, father, brother, a brother and sister-in-law and 2 great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m. Thurs. July 18, 2013 at the Gillespie Funeral Home, Coldwater with Pastor Harold Jewell officiating. Burial will be at Batavia Cemetery. Visitation will be held Wed. July 17, 2013 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Doris Jean Ivaska
Doris Jean Ivaska, 83 of Coldwater went to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, July 12, 2013.
Doris was born on March 2, 1930 in Huntington, Indiana to Kendrick and Ada Funderburg. She graduated from Coldwater High School as Valedictorian in 1947 and in that same year, married her sweetheart, Joseph Ivaska Jr. Doris loved to read and shared that love for books with the community as owner of the Christian Bookstore. Doris loved to play the piano, was a life-long learner and a strong supporter of the local Clubhouse program in Coldwater.
Doris was preceded in death by her son, Daniel and is survived by her husband, Joe her son Steve of Peoria, Illinois, her daughter Karen of Wheaton, Illinois, eight grandchildren and nine great grandchildren .
Services will be held at Gillespie Funeral Home in Coldwater at 1:00 p.m. Monday, July 15, 2013. Visitation will precede the service beginning at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home.
Memorial may be given to Snow Prairie Bible Church of Coldwater.