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George Dennis Mercer, 68

George Dennis Mercer, 68, died unexpectedly on July 19, 2017. He was born Jan. 23, 1949.

He was the loving husband of Connie Klix Mercer and inspiring father of Ian and Grant Mercer.

Founded on his strong Catholic faith, George’s exemplary way of life will continue to be a guiding light for his eight nieces and nephews and 10 great-nieces and -nephews.

He was preceded in death by brother Jeff and sister Karen Randazzo.

George Mercer was the chairman of the real estate department at the law firm of Giarmarco, Mullins & Horton, P.C. where he specialized in commercial and multi-family acquisitions, sales and financing. He was known for his deep knowledge of real estate law, tough negotiating and especially his pleasant demeanor, even in difficult deals.

Clients relied heavily on his expert advice and new lawyers grew under his tutelage. George was a gentleman amongst gentlemen, known for his positive attitude, caring and thoughtfulness.

Connie, Ian and Grant were his first priorities. George developed a large circle of true friends spanning grade school to business. Always yearning for knowledge, George graduated from Bishop Gallagher High School, the University of Michigan and Wayne State Law School. He was a respected member of the alumni board of Sigma Phi fraternity, Ann Arbor.

As an avid sports fan, golfer and stellar left-winger with a world class slap shot, George generated tremendous friendships. His love of trains, both model and full scale is well known from Detroit to Omaha.

The Lake Michigan bluffs were a second home to George and those in his Saugatuck circle remember his warmth and kindness.

George’s sense of humor, quick wit, as well as loving and considerate personality endeared him to his family and friends. A man of such qualities will be sorely missed by all those with whom he came in contact.

Services have already taken place. George was laid to rest in Riverside Cemetery, Saugatuck Township.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Cerebral Palsy Foundation, 3 Columbus Circle, 15th Floor, New York, NY 10019, www.yourcpf.org, or Moody Bible Institute, 820 N. LaSalle Blvd., Chicago, IL 60610, www.moody.edu.

Arrangements were by the Pixley Funeral Home in Rochester, www.pixleyfuneral.com.

 

Alice Haak Haight, 83

Alice Haak Haight, 83, died on Aug. 10, 2017, in Ganges. She was born Dec. 31, 1933, in Cambridge, Mass.

Alice was kind, intelligent, generous, creative, loving and just the right amount competitive. She loved games and her friends but mostly loved spending time with family.

She is fondly remembered and profoundly missed by husband Dick; daughters, Tammy and Betsy and their husbands, Ross Sweetman and Steve Bloom; grandchildren, Amanda, Jill (Nate Lada), Alison (Jim Caroll) and Casey; great-grandson Graham; brother Avery Haak; nieces, Anna and Andrea and their families; along with many close friends and a pack of family dogs.

To honor her memory—the family tried to think of some things she would like everyone to do. So … please be kind, pick up trash, always carry a sweater, support the public library, learn something new every day, don’t use scented products, but mostly …be kind.

The family is going to gather to “Remember Alice” at The Old Schoolhouse, 131 Center St., Douglas, on Aug. 18, from 3 to 5 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to The Friends of the Saugatuck-Douglas District Library or The Saugatuck-Douglas History Center.

Arrangements are by the Dykstra Funeral Homes—Saugatuck Chapel.

Please visit www.dykstrafuneralhome.com to sign an online registry or to leave a memory.

 

 

William “Bill” C. Vandenberg III, 83

William “Bill” C. Vandenberg III, 83, of Holland died peacefully in his sleep at the Vista Springs in Wyoming, Mich., on Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017.

Bill graduated from Culver Military Academy. After a year at Southern Methodist University he enlisted in the Marine Corp. He graduated from Hope College and was later employed as a student recruiter.

After retirement he turned his love of the outdoors into a modest landscaping operation. He worked with Port Sheldon Township to maintain Kiowa Park, as well as many private properties.

Bill was fond of ballroom dancing and took an interest in many sports, especially the Hope College Men’s basketball team, and he counted its coach as one of his closest friends. He could be seen at all of the Hope College football games, and once the women’s basketball program was established, he supported the women as loyally and ardently as the men. Bill was also an avid golfer and spent several years coaching Hope College’s men’s golf team.

Bill is survived by his brothers, Terry, Thomas, and Charles (Jory) Vandenberg; sister Kristy; nephews, Luke (Shelle) Vandenberg and Todd (Jennifer) Vandenberg; niece Tammy Vandenberg; and numerous other nieces and nephews.

A memorial service at All Saints Episcopal Church in Saugatuck is being planned by his family for a later date.

The family is being served by the Langeland-Sterenberg Funeral Home, www.langelandsterenberg.com.

 

Joanne E. Stearns, 91

Joanne E. Stearns, 91, of Glen Ellyn, Ill., passed away peacefully July 27, 2017.

She was the loving wife of the late George Stearns; loving mother of Scott and Cindy Stearns and the late Susan (Dave) Shilling; cherished grandmother of Dave (Angela) Shilling, Steve (Jen) Shilling and Kristy (Joshua) Busch; and great-grandmother of five.

Family and friends will gather on Saturday, Aug. 12, at 1 p.m. for a memorial service at the First Presbyterian Church, 715 N. Carlton St., Wheaton IL.

Please sign the family guestbook at www.forevermissed. com/joanne-stearns.

 

David Corkill, 89

David Charles Corkill, 89, of Sandy Springs, Ga., rose to heaven on July 29, 2017.

David, the son of Dr. Clifford and Mrs. Lois Corkill; loving husband of Diane Corkill of 66 years; brother of Catherine Dolnick and devoted father of three children, Brad, Lesley and Shelley; as well as eight grandchildren, Emily, Nathan, Payton, Pierce, David, Taryn, Savanna, Diana and four great-grandchildren, Violet, Frankie, Etta and Sawyer, will be deeply missed by all.

Corkill was born in Fennville on April 24, 1928. He was an alumni of Michigan State University, a United States veteran and retired professionally from Georgia Pacific Corporation in 1990.

He was an avid hunter, sports enthusiast and prolific World War II historian. He was a kind, gentle man who thought of others before himself.

Corkill lived a full, blessed life until the very end. He rose to be with the Lord in peace while surrounded by loved ones.

Donations in his honor can be made to The Salvation Army of Atlanta.

Memorial services will be in Douglas and will be announced at a later date.

 

Ralph See, 95 and Dorothea See, 94

Ralph Glen See, 95 passed away June 16, 2017, in Huntsville, Texas. Born Jan. 16, 1922, in Oak Park, Ill., he was the son of Frend and Elizabeth (Burrell) See, who formerly lived on 135th Avenue in East Saugatuck.

Ralph grew up in Elmhurst, Ill., where he graduated from high school. He was a World War II Navy veteran, having served two years in the 83rd Construction Battalion in Trinidad, from which he drew many colorful stories.

His wife Dorothea See passed away Dec. 12, 2016, in Conroe, Texas. She was born Dorothea Kathleen Batting in Weir Cove, W. Va., on Nov. 9, 1922, daughter of Charles G. Batting and Ada F. Carson. She was raised in Steuben-ville, Ohio.

Ralph and Dorothea met in Douglas soon after the war. They married in Holland in 1948 and lived continuously in Saugatuck from about 1953-1979. They were members of the United Methodist Church and their four children graduated from SHS.

Ralph serviced televisions, first for Sears in Holland, and later on his own. He also collected books, coins and antiques.

Dorothea was an administrative assistant at Lloyd J. Harris Pie Company for 11 years. She enjoyed crafts and painting.

In 1979 they retired, first to the Upper Peninsula in a remote tract between Newberry and Pine Stump Junction, then in the mid-1980s settled in Graham County, N.C. where they chilled out at their “cozy nook by a babbling brook” in the Smoky Mountains for nearly 30 years.

Their marriage lasted 68 years, 38 of which were spent in retirement, and all but the last several in decent health. For the last few years they had been in assisted living close to their surviving daughter Kathleen (Mark) Calkin of Huntsville, Texas. Their son David (Lynn) See lives in New York, N.Y.

Ralph and Dorothea were preceded in death by daughters Evelyn See (2001) and Carol Thorpe (2012).

They are survived by grandsons Joshua, Sam and Thomas Calkin; step-granddaughter Vanessa (Dean) Adia of Benbrook, Texas; granddaughter Katie (Shannon) Girdham of Novi; and twin great-grandsons.

Dorothea is interred at Houston National Cemetery. Ralph’s memorial service took place there on July 5.

 

Carole L. Shreckengust, 77

Carole L. Shreckengust, 77, of Douglas died Sunday, June 25, 2017, at her home.
Carole was the Douglas Village Treasurer for eight years and Saugatuck Township clerk for 20 years. She was a member of the Community Church of Douglas.
Carole was involved with the Sno-Gooders, band and athletic boosters for Saugatuck schools, a Campfire leader, Women Who Care of Saugatuck, and cancer fund drives.
She could always be found in the bleachers at SHS and Dundee, Ill., sporting events supporting her children, grandchildren and a posse of “adopted grandchildren.”
She enjoyed walking with her group of friends, having lunch with her sisters twice a week, road trips, reading, sewing, knitting, bird watching, boating, going to the beach and was an avid Michigan State fan.
She was preceded in death by her husband Noland “Bud” Schreckengust in 2003; a brother Drew Christensen; and sisters, Dana Christensen and Fae Wightman.
She is survived by her children, Dawn Schreckengust and fiancé Scott Fox of Saugatuck, Darcy Schreckengust and John Azar of Sleepy Hollow, Ill., and Dane and Lisa Schreckengust of Saugatuck; grandchildren. Alaina, Christian, Reece and Cayden; sisters, Jan and Rick Van Kley of Zeeland and Cindi and Glen Nykamp of Zeeland; sisters-in-law, Diane Christensen of Holland and Kay Spencer of Tucson, Ariz.; brother-in-law Phil Wightman of Douglas; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
There will be a celebration of life service in the gathering space from 2:30 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 9, at the Community Church of Douglas, 6874 Wiley Road in Douglas. Reverend Joy Mullenbeck and Pastor Tom Stone will be officiating. A gathering will follow the celebration from 3 to 5 p.m. A private burial will be in Douglas Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be given to the Community Church of Douglas, Love, Inc., 943 56th Street, Pullman, MI or Christian Neighbors, 100 Peter Drive, Douglas, MI. Arrangements are being provided by Dykstra Funeral Home–Saugatuck Chapel.
To sign an on-line registry or leave a memory, please visit www.dykstrafuneralhome.com.

 

Anthony “Tony” Novak, 84

Anthony F. “Tony” Novak, 84, of Fennville, passed away Tuesday, June 13, 2017, at Grace of Douglas. Born Jan. 10, 1933, in Cook County, Ill., he was the son of Anthony and Frances (Pushanea) Novak.
Tony was a United States Navy veteran, and retired from Bohn Aluminum and Brass, of South Haven, as a design engineer. After his retirement he enjoyed being a driver for the Interurban bus serving the Saugatuck Township area.
Tony lived in the Fennville/Douglas area for more than 50 years, and enjoyed boating, bowling, and spending time with friends and family.
Surviving is his wife of 60 years, Mary Lou (Brell) Novak; sons, Michael (and Teresa) Novak and Robert (and Leslie) Novak of Fennville; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be Friday, June 16, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Chappell Funeral Home, 637 W. Main St., Fennville. Funeral services are Saturday, June 17, at 1 p.m. at All Saint’s Episcopal Church, 252 Grand St., Saugatuck, with Father G. Corwin Stoppel officiating. Burial will be at Fennville Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Peter’s Catholic Church of Douglas.
An online registry book is available at www.chappellfuneralhome.com.

 

Ann Bullock, 80

Ann D. Bullock, 80, beloved wife, mother and grandma, passed away peacefully at her beloved home on Goshorn Lake in Saugatuck on Saturday, June 10, 2017.

Ann was born in Portland, Mich., graduated from Portland High School and attended Davenport University. Though it was Charlotte where Ann raised her family, for the past 25 years, she enjoyed life on the west side of the state in Saugatuck.

Ann enjoyed cooking, yearly treks north to hunt morel mushrooms, taking care of her family, and ANYTHING to do with her grandchildren who were the loves of her life; she couldn’t be more proud of each and every one of them!

Boating on the Great Lakes with Richard was a large part of her life for many years and provided her with a plethora of wonderful friendships. She enjoyed having a few spins at the casino, a chilled glass of chardonnay and a good laugh.

She was preceded in death by her mother Ione (Barry) Vogt and father Fredrick Vogt.

Surviving are her husband Richard of 60 years; children, Susan Bullock of Gila, N.M., Nancy Henry and Tim Rice of Traverse City, Judi and Bill Bohr of Richland and Charles Bullock of Zeeland; and six grandchildren, Eric and Macy Henry, Jordan, Morgan and Matthew Bullock and Cari Rice.

Ann is survived by two brothers, Fred (Brenda) Vogt of Chattanooga, Tenn., and Juan Romagosa of Cape Coral, Fla.

There will be a celebration of Ann’s life at later date.   Great appreciation goes out to the wonderful team of individuals at Hospice of Holland.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be to Hospice of Holland, hollandhospice.org.

For an online registry, visit dykstrafuneralhome.com.

 

Kristin Slimmer, 72

Kristin Slimmer (Chicky Wilson), 72, was welcomed to her eternal home on Tuesday, May 30, 2017.

Chicky was born at the Douglas Hospital, was raised and resided in Saugatuck for most of her days. She was a graduate of Saugatuck High School and continued to be a fixture on the bleachers of SHS sporting events–supporting her children, grandchildren and her many “adopted” grandchildren.

Chicky attended Ferris State University and retired from Hart & Cooley after more than 30 years. In addition to her love of basketball, she loved having coffee, dinners out, and walking with her lifelong friends.

The best way to express the essence of Chicky is to say she LOVED life and was CHERISHED by many–she lived every day to the fullest. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband Norman Slimmer (2004); her son Garth (2008); and sister Peggy (2011).

Chicky is survived by daughter, Michelle (Missy) Hines and her husband Kirk Hines; brothers David (Linda) Wilson, Tim (Sue) Wilson and Joel Wilson; grandchildren, Ryan Zomermaand, Meaghan O’Brien, Brooke Hines and Hayley-Kate Zomermaand; many nieces, nephews and cousins; and extended family and friends.

Visitation was Saturday, June 3, at Dykstra Funeral Home-Saugatuck Chapel, 520 Lake St. No services are scheduled. Burial will be in Arlington National Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army.

For an online registry, visit www.dykstrafuneralhome.com.

 

William Chadwick, 85

William Doyle Chadwick, 85, passed away Sunday, May 28, 2017, at his home in Holland.

Bill was born in Nettletown, Ark., on Aug. 28, 1931, to Albert and Katie Chadwick. He served in the United States Army during the Korean conflict.

Bill married Rita Ann Ruesewald on Nov. 20, 1955, in Hernando, Miss., after which they moved to Michigan. He was employed by Baker Furniture, Lear Siegler, and retired from Nelsen Steel.

Bill is survived by his wife of 61 years, Rita; six children, Katie (Steven) Van Slooten, William “Bill” Jr. (Lori) Chadwick, Tina Yancy, Sheila (Jeff) Hoshor, Steve (Deborah) Chadwick and Brittany James; 17 grandchildren, Jessica Van Slooten (Gregg Novachek), Luke (Kyra) Van Slooten; Kayleigh, Eric, Samantha, and Savannah Chadwick; Rachelle (Curt) Scholten, Jeffry Hoshor and his fiancée Emily Simonson, Jonathan (Katie) Hoshor, Nicholas Hoshor; Meagan Yancy, Claire (Chase) Wing; Robert Chadwick; Nathan James and his fiancée Meredith Jongekryg, Franchesca, Adrianna, and Solomon James; and 11 great-grandchildren, Kendall and Lauren Van Slooten; Christian and Breana Blauwkamp; Easton and Carter Scholten; Jordan and Dominick Hoshor; Aryssa and Colten Knikelbine and Jackson Hoshor.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and two sisters.

Bill donated his body to the Willed Body Program at Michigan State University.

A private family service has been planned at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or the Red Cross.

Arrangements are being provided by Dykstra Funeral Home–Mulder Chapel. To sign an on-line registry or leave a memory, please visit www.dykstrafuneralhome.com.

 

Grace Capeletti, 78

Saugatuck lost a grand lady on May 23, 2017, when Grace Evelyn Cappelletti, 78, died peacefully from the effects of cancer.

Born in Chicago to Rosie Ryan and Al Potter on March 5, 1939, young Grace was soon visiting the Saugatuck cottages of great aunts and uncles who’d been vacationing and putting down roots there for decades. Through the years Grace would regale us with a personal history of the homes, restaurants and bars she’d occupied and made memories in.

In July 1953, at age 18, Grace married the love of her life, John Cappelletti. On their first holiday to Saugatuck, a child was conceived at the original Arrowhead Cottages.

Jenny was followed by four other children, Julie (deceased), John, Nick and Melody; 10 grandchildren complete Grace’s descendants to date.

From 1972 until 2015, Grace owned several permanent Saugatuck residences where she enjoyed hosting friends and family.

A private remembrance will be at Davenport Funeral Home in Barrington, Ill., on Friday, May 26, at 10 a.m. A memorial reception will in Saugatuck at a yet to be determined date and place.

The woman known to so many of us as mother, dear friend, loyal customer, generous philanthropist or life of the party, who taught us so much, will be “greatly missed” yet will live on in our memory and spirit.

That’s how Grace would want it.

 

Jim  (Vander) Kodde, 69

Jim (Vander) Kodde, 69, of Douglas departed this life on May 4, 2017, after a short battle with cancer.

He was preceded in death by his parents Harold (Dutch) and Esther (DeVries) VanderKodde and is survived by his husband Gary Alpers, his step-daughter Rachel (Annika) Alpers and his adoptive sister Georgia (Doug) Everse, their children Nick, Philip, Dasha and their extended family and friends.

Jim was born in Grand Rapids on Aug. 11, 1947. Raised in Jenison, he graduated from Hudsonville High School in the Class of 1965 where he was named “Best Dressed,” a distinction that would follow him throughout his life.

After high school Jim was called to serve his country in Vietnam and he did so honorably from 1966 through 1968. Jim was a veteran of the United States Army 6th Convalescent Center in Cam Ranh Bay and felt a deep and lifelong appreciation for the sacrifices of the men and women who serve.

In 1969, Jim began working at Steelcase Inc. He enjoyed a 25-year career at Steelcase in sales administration, pricing and contracts and government sales. A few short years into his first retirement, he was recruited by Herman Miller where he spent 15 years leading government contract negotiations.

In 2012, Jim started Kodde Consulting, applying his unique expertise in general services administration to help other companies in the furniture industry build internal capacity and knowledge for successful contract development.

In 2015, he decided to take another run at retirement to spend more time enjoying life, the love of his life Gary, and his many interests.

Jim loved all forms of art, flowers, gardening, Lake Michigan, European travel, fine food, good wine and spirited conversation by the fire with friends that he cherished.

He had a knack for design, and for making even ordinary things beautiful. He advised everyone who would listen on the importance of proper lighting and ambiance.

Jim was an avid reader and news junky. He was fiercely liberal and cared deeply about the human experience of people outside of the mainstream.

In 2014, Jim was able to legally marry his partner of 23 years in Palm Springs at the beautiful home of their close friend Peggy Eskenasi, a blessing he never thought would happen in his lifetime and one that he prayed will continue to be available to future generations of God’s LGBT flock.

“For You alone formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well.” Psalm 139: 13-14.

Jim was loved unconditionally and is survived by his adoptive mother Tina Afen-doulis; special cousins Marcia (Doug) Halloran and children, Brandon, Shannon, Shawn and Dana; Pat (Dave) Allen and Sharon (Paul) Spielmaker; special niece Dawn (Steve) Anderson.

He treasured his friendship with and will be deeply missed by Hugh Dodge, Scott Tagliapietra and Jim Ramthun, Ben Kubicki, Erik Lee and Joe (Precious) Firmiss, Laura and Bill Benson, Karen Kramer, Dave Bowes, Cynthia Ashton and Marguerite Riker.

During his years at Steelcase and Herman Miller Jim had many friends and colleagues with whom he shared a host of wonderful memories. You know who you are and although time and distance got in the way of frequent contact, he held those memories close to his heart and they always brought a smile to his face.

Jim enjoyed many years of living in Douglas and visiting Milwaukee, Wis., and Gulfport, Fla., where he established many special relation- ships and where he will be remembered with love.

We have been changed for the good because we knew you Jim VanderKodde. You will always be in our hearts and we will think of you every time we laugh until we snort, and most certainly every time we dim the lights. Rest well, until we see you again, in a place of light, in a place of green pastures, in a place of refreshment, where there is no pain, sorrow or suffering, but life everlasting.

Private gatherings to celebrate Jim’s life are being planned by the family. To sign a remembrance book go to SimplyCremationService.com.

For those who are so inclined, Jim and Gary would appreciate donations to Wings of Hope Hospice, 530 Linn St. Allegan, MI 49010. Wingsofhopehospice.com and Lainie’s Angels, 1138 Michigan St. NE Grand Rapids, MI 49503, Lainiesangels.org.

 

Christina Albers, 85

Christina June (Barber) Albers, 85, passed peacefully into the Lord’s welcoming arms on April 29, 2017. Chris was born July 15, 1931, to Niles and Rose (Moon) Barber in Toquin, Mich.

Chris loved music, art, writing, was a longtime Detroit Tigers fan and Michigan Football’s biggest fan. She had a great sense of humor that accompanied her happy-go-lucky nature, which carried her through as her health failed. She leaves many family and friends with loving, funny memories.

In addition to her parents and husband, Chris was preceded in death by her six siblings Lorraine, Verne, Franklin, Gordon, Charles, and Elizabeth.

Christina is survived by daughter Sharon (Tom) Saarela of Saugatuck; grandchildren Crystal (Jonathan) Funckes of Zeeland, Nicholas Saarela of East Lansing, and Jenna Saarela of Saginaw. Additional survivors include brothers-in-law, David (Lois) Albers and John (Lynda) Albers; sisters-in-law, Irene Albers, Alice (Vern) Avery, MaryEllen (Marvin) Hall, Doris (Jack) Sutherland and Judy Beckwith; many nieces and nephews; and goddaughter, Dawn Lawson.

Cremation has taken place. A celebration of Christina’s life will be Friday, May 26, at 11 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, 77 W. 32nd St., Holland, with Pastor Ryan Winningham officiating.

Arrangements are being provided by Dykstra Funeral Home-Mulder Chapel. For an online registry, visit www.dykstrafuneralhome.com.

 

Donna Beery Heavilin, 91

Donna Beery Heavilin, 91, of Douglas passed away April 23, 2017. Donna was born in Fennville on June 16, 1925, to Harry and Delia Sargent.

Donna graduated from Fennville High School in 1942. She was active in her community as an Eastern Star Member, a Sunday School teacher and the church treasurer. She worked at what was known as Taft’s Super Market for nearly 30 years.

Before working at Taft’s she was a stay-at-home mom doing side jobs such as picking cherries, taking in ironing and cleaning cottages on the lakeshore. She delighted in spending quality time with her family and loved her Detroit Tigers.

Donna loved traveling to the Upper Peninsula and spending time on the beach, even up until her last day on this earth when she and her daughter Donita made a trip to Lake Michigan. After her retirement you could not find her at home, but traveling extensively including places like Australia, New Zeeland, Hawaii, Alaska, Panama Canal, and numerous cities throughout the United States.

A life well traveled, her positive outlook was shared with all.

Donna was preceded in death by her husband of 38 years Harold Beery; second husband of 22 years Charles Heavilin; parents, Harry and Delia Sargent; sisters, Dorothy Skinner and Ellen Hall; and great-grandson Chad Ethan Germain.

She is survived by her biological children, daughter Donita Beery and sons, Bill (Nancy) Beery and Don (Patti) Beery; step-children, Celeste (Bob) Gerde, Patti Rummler, Bixby Heavilin, Dan (Char) Heavilin, Anna (Brian) Males and John (Lana) Heavilin; 21 beloved grandchildren; numerous great- and great-great-grandchildren and a large extended family.

A funeral mass was Friday, April 28, at St. Peter Catho-lic Church, Douglas. Visitation was at Dykstra Funeral Home–Saugatuck Chapel, on Thursday, April 27.

Memorial contributions can be made to The Saugatuck Scholarship Foundation (S.S.F.), 524 Marshall Street, Allegan, MI 49010 or Christian Neighbors Inc. 100 St. Peter’s Drive, Douglas, MI 49406.

Arrangements were provided by Dykstra Funeral Home, www.dykstrafuneralhome.com.

 

4-6 OBIT Boyce - CRJames ‘Jimmer’ Boyce, 63

James “Jimmer” Webster Boyce, 63, passed away from a brief battle with cancer on April 2, 2017.
Jimmer was born in Douglas, on April 7, 1953. He graduated from Saugatuck High School in 1971. Jimmer attended GVSU briefly before transferring to Muskegon Community College to join the police academy. He was a Saugatuck police officer and went on to join the Allegan County Sheriffs Office as a deputy for nine years.
Jimmer recently retired from Kalamazoo Lake Sewer and Water Authority after 24 years of being a field supervisor. He was a voracious reader, a Civil War re-enactor, a loving father, brother and son.
He is survived by his son James “Mac” M. Boyce; wife Jennifer; daughter Maria E. Boyce; his mother Margaret “Peggy” Boyce; sisters, Catherine Brockington, Victoria Boyce, Linda Kinnaman (Mark) and Virginia Berghuis (Gordon); brothers, Robert Boyce (Kristyn), Michael Boyce and Christopher Boyce; his dog Harriet; his cat Elly; cousins in Michigan and California; and extended nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father James Boyce III.
Visitation will be on Friday, April 7, from 1-2 p.m. at First Congregational Church of Saugatuck. A memorial service will follow the visitation.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Wishbone Pet Rescue in Douglas. Visit www.wishbonepetrescue.org for online donations or mail them to P.O. Box 124, Douglas, MI 49406.

 

4-6 OBIT Wightman-CRFae Wightman, 73

Fae Ann Wightman, 73, of Fennville passed away, March 27, 2017, at Holland Hospital. She was born Sept. 11, 1943, in Zeeland, the daughter of Andrew and Janet (Wiersma) Christensen.
Fae married her husband of 54 years, Phil Wightman, on Jan 18, 1963. She was a homemaker and school supporter while raising her children and later worked at the Surrey and aboard the Star of Saugatuck.
She was a member of Women Who Care, Camp Fire leader and a charter member of the Douglas Community Church. Fae was also active in many groups and charities in Fennville, Saugatuck, and Douglas.
Cherishing memories of her are her husband Phil Wightman; daughters, Rondi Wightman and Greg Stinson of Porter, Ind., Jodi and Loren Curtis of Bay City and Wendi Wightman and Brian Newton of Buffalo, N.Y.; granddaughter Sierra Newton of Pepin, Wis.; sisters; Carole Schreckengust, Jan and Rick VanKley and Cindi and Glenn Nykamp; sisters-in law, Diane Christensen, Carolyn Gilman and Doris and George Peltier; and several nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Fae’s life will be Saturday, April 8, from 1 to 5 p.m. at Laketown Golf & Conference Center, Saugatuck.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Live Burn Facility Fund (a collaborative safety resource for local fire departments), STFD, 3342 Blue Star Hwy., Saugatuck, MI 49453.
In honor of Fae’s love of MSU athletics, please consider wearing Spartan gear when the family gathers to celebrate. Go Green!
An online registry book is available at www.chappellfuneralhome.com.

 

4-6 OBIT Rosenbaum - CRJames Rosenbaum, 87

James “Rosie” Val Rosenbaum 87, of Douglas and Holmes Beach, Fla., passed away peacefully in a place he loved, Anna Maria Island, Fla., on March 31, 2017.
Rosie was born June 26, 1929, the only son of Walter and Hannah (Friedman) Rosenbaum in Kalamazoo. He graduated from Morgan Park Military Academy (high school) in 1947.
Rosie served in the United States Army and the United States Air Force from 1948-1951 during the Korean War. On Sept. 27, 1952, he married Alice Mae Christiansen (Chris-tie) of Menominee. She preceded him in death on July 23, 1996.
Rosie is survived by his three daughters, Jill (Rusty) Segal, Joanie (Tim) Opie and Julie (Sprig) Shauman; seven grandchildren, Stuart (Antú), Jeffrey (Kayleigh) and Andrew Segal, Sara (Alex) Whittlesey, and Tim Opie, Jr. and Corey and Casey Shauman; and one great-grandchild Anders James Whittlesey. He is also survived by his sister Judith Hirsh; a sister-in-law Joanne Craig; and his companion of 16 years, Susan Horne.
Rosie was employed by the family business, The Kalamazoo Pant Company (Redwood and Ross) from 1952-1978. He continued his career in the men’s clothing industry with Pincus Brothers (Bill Blass) until his retirement in 1989. He was always highly regarded as being a sharp dresser with model good looks.
Among his many accomplishments were serving on the boards of Kalamazoo YMCA, Upjohn Nursing Home, Allegan County Cancer Society and Glenn Community Center. He was a proud member of The Beacon Club, Saugatuck Yacht Club and Cowhill Yacht Club.
Rosie had a knack for making lifelong friends everywhere he went. He will be remembered for his contagious smile, his charm, his love of the beach, cars, a good drink, card games and above all, the love he had of his family.
A private burial will be in Mt. Home Cemetery in Kalamazoo, immediately followed by a memorial service. A service to celebrate Rosie’s life will be at 12 noon on Saturday, April 8, at Langeland Family Funeral Homes, Westside Chapel, 3926 South 9th St., Kalamazoo, with Pastor James Dyke officiating. A time of food and fellowship will immediately follow the service in the Langeland Reception Center.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Rosie’s memory may be directed to a charity of one’s choice. Please visit Rosie’s personalized guest book at www.langelands.com.

 

3-23 OBIT Kratzer - AC, CRDr. Kenneth E. Kratzer DO, 77

Dr. Kenneth E. Kratzer DO, 77, of Fennville passed away Saturday, March 18, 2017, at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids. Born March 10, 1940, in McClure, Pa., he was the son of Millard and Mary (Lepley) Kratzer.
Ken married his wife of 59 years, Judy A. Anselmo, on April 26, 1958. After graduating from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, he opened his family medicine practice in Fennville on July 5, 1972, and continued to practice medicine until February 2017. Ken considered practicing medicine in Fennville an honor and loved his patients like his family.
He was a fiercely devoted husband, father and friend. Ken was a member of the Fennville United Methodist Church and an active member of the Fennville community.
Surviving is his wife Judy; daughters, Annette and Jim Lacy of Fennville, Donna Kratzer of Fennville and Erica and Dr. Craig Boss of Charlevoix; grandchildren, Brendon, Adam, Sarah, Rachel, Nick, John, Caroline and Ben; and great-grandchildren, Macy, Zoe and Bennett.
Visitation will be Friday, March 24, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Chappell Funeral Home in Fennville. Funeral services will be Saturday, March 25, at 11 a.m. at Fennville United Methodist Church. Officiating will be Pastor Daniel Barkholz and burial will be in the Fennville Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Fennville United Methodist Church or the Fennville District Library.
An online registry book is available at www.chappellfuneralhome.com.

 

Dale Verplank, 71

Dale Raymond Verplank, 71, died suddenly Feb. 20, 2017. He was the son of the late Raymond and Evelyn Verplank of Spring Lake.Dale resided in Douglas and Leesburg, Fla. He leaves a sister, Karen J. Verplank and cousins in Spring Lake and Muskegon.
Dale has been in business owning gift and boutique stores in East Grand Rapids, Chicago and Saugatuck. He spent time in Denver, Colo., as an interior decorator.
Dale leaves dear friends in Douglas, Saugatuck, Grand Rapids, Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Florida and beyond.
Services will be private.

 

David Bossert, 86

David B. Bossert, 86, of Burr Ridge, formerly of Hinsdale, died Feb. 28, 2017.

David was the beloved husband of Julie (nee Kenyon) for 57 years; loving dad of David Bossert Jr., Laura W. Bossert and Mark Bossert.; and dear Papa to Grace and Jack.

David was preceded in death by his parents Alice (nee Carey) and Harold Bossert; his sister Patricia Blanck and brother Jack. David grew up in Oak Park, Ill., and was a graduate of Michigan State University. He was a loyal fan of the Spartans and the Chicago Bears. He was a former board member and supporter of Little Friends. He and his family were long-time summer residents of Saugatuck.

Services were at Church of the Holy Nativity, 275 S. Richmond, Clarendon Hills, Ill., on Saturday, March 4, at 4 p.m. Interment was private.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Little Friends, 140 N. Wright St., Naperville, IL 60540.

 

Samuel Greydanus, 92

Samuel E. Greydanus Jr., 92, of Saugatuck passed away on Feb. 14, 2017.

Born June 2, 1924, in Paterson, N.J., he attended Eastern Christian Academy while working for his father’s surveying company.

He served in the United States Army from 1942 to 1945. He landed on Utah Beach on D-Day as a member of the Ninth Signal Company. He was engaged in battles in Normandy, the Hurtgen Forest, the Ardennes, the Battle of the Bulge and the Remagen Bridge. His unit was one of the first to enter the concentration camp at Nordhausen, Germany.

He attended Calvin College, graduate school at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, the University of Rochester, the University of Washington (Seattle), and Queens College, Kingston Ontario.

He taught at Cannonsburg, Oakdale Christian, Holland Christian High School, Calvin College and at the Saugatuck Dunes Correctional Facility.

He was a long-time member of Gibson Christian Reformed Church, where he served as elder, deacon and Sunday school teacher. He was the pitcher for the Gibson softball team well into his 70s.

He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Elsie; eight children, Bonnie of Klaidepea, Lithuania, Sam and Susan of Holland, John and Marty of Oregon, Mark of Beverly Hills, Calif., Tim and Sarah of Colorado Springs, Colo., James and Judy of Oregon, Dave and Melissa of Saugatuck and Dale and Kelly of Fennville; 18 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Sam and Nellie; and his siblings, Fran, Neil, John, Pearl and Claire, all of New Jersey.

Sam loved his Lord, his family, his church, nature in all of its glory, history, politics, and baseball, especially the New York Yankees.

Visitation will be Friday, Feb. 24, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Langeland-Sterenberg Funeral Home, 315 E. 16th St., Holland. Funeral services with military honors will be Saturday, Feb. 25, at 11 a.m. at Gibson Christian Reformed Church, 6486 140th Ave, Holland, MI 49423. Burial will be in Gibson Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Resthaven Care Center, Holland Christian Schools, or Calvin College.

Arrangements are being provided by Langeland-Sterenberg and Yntema Funeral Homes, www.langelandsterenberg.com.

 

 

Elizabeth Bylaska, 85

Elizabeth “Liz” Bylaska, 85, of Sturgeon Bay, Wis,, died Jan. 24, 2017, at Birch Creek Community Based Residential Facility in De Pere, Wis.
She was born Elizabeth Jean Barr on Aug. 31, 1931, in Milwaukee, Wis. to Jeanette (Walker) Barr and Arnold Henry Barr, MD.
Elizabeth graduated from Port Washington High School in Wisconsin in 1949 and later from St. Olaf College in Minnesota in 1953 with a bachelor’s degree in biology. She received a master’s from Michigan State University in guidance and counseling in 1959. In 1974, Elizabeth completed her M.S.S.W. in Social Welfare at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.
She married Bradford Oliver Bylaska on Aug. 3, 1953, in Saugatuck. They adopted two children, a daughter, Corene Robin and a son, Eric Jon. Elizabeth and Brad were divorced in 1970, and he preceded her in death.
Elizabeth worked as a school social worker for Door County School Districts in Wisconsin. Eventually she changed career paths and became a real estate agent, a field in which she worked throughout Door County until her retirement several years ago. Elizabeth was also a professional legal guardian for adults.
She had a life-long love of music. Elizabeth played the clarinet and oboe and enjoyed going to musical theatre performances and orchestral concerts. She loved singing and performing and had a regular Saturday night date with her friends and the karaoke microphone for many years and was a longtime member of a barbershop quartet in Sturgeon Bay, Wis. and Sweet Adelines.
Elizabeth also loved to travel and visited all 50 of the United States (many in a motorhome), Canada, Mexico, Europe, Australia, a solo trip to China and Hong Kong and several cruises in the Caribbean.
She is survived by her brother, Robert Barr of Sheboygan, Wis.; her daughter Corene (Robert) Drumheller of Appleton, Wis.; her son Eric (Barbara) Bylaska of Richland, Wash.; her three grandsons, Devin, Garrett, and Bryce Drumheller; and four great-grandchildren.
Elizabeth was preceded in death by her parents and an infant grandson.
Family and friends visited at Huehns Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay, Wis. to remember Liz on Monday, Jan. 30.
Condolences, memories, and photos of Liz may be shared with her family at www.huehnsfuneralhome.com.

 

Catherine D. Wilt-Burklow, 73

Catherine D. Wilt-Burklow, 73, was born to Nolar and Charlie Burklow in Harrisburg, Ark., on Feb.18, 1943.
Years later in 1977, she relocated to Douglas and established the restaurant that many grew to know and love, the Kalico Kitchen. Catherine resided in Douglas for the following 40 years, raising her family, building a business, and becoming a concrete part of her community.
Throughout life, she strived to be a positive stepping stone for those around her and to provide as much as possible for those that found themselves in need. Her love of travel brought her through nearly all 50 states and later landed her in Arizona, where she lived out her final days.
Catherine was proceeded in death by mother and father, Nolar and Charlie Burklow; late husband Clark Robert Wilt; along with twin brothers, Coy and Troy Burklow; and brother Lehmon Burklow.
She is survived by only son Donald Shriel; brother Jerry Wilson; nieces, Cindy Anderson and Linda Wilson; nephews, Scott Burklow, Rick Burklow, Dale Burklow, Donny Burklow, Preston Burklow and Charles Burklow; grandchildren, Alexandria Shriel, Diane DeJonge, Cody Shriel and Benjamin Shriel; along with cousins and friends that are scattered throughout the country.
Catherine was truly unique … completely one-of-a-kind. All who knew her could certainly agree that she was a fiery, strong-willed, stubborn-headed, silver-tongued, God-fearing and God-loving woman, who never failed to be driven by anything less than wholehearted compassion and love.
Catherine will be laid to rest in Ganges at Taylor Cemetery. A celebration of her life is still to be determined at a later date.

 

Jane E. (Bird) Van Dis, 95

Jane E. (Bird) Van Dis, 95, was reunited with her Lord on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017. Jane was a long-time Saugatuck resident. She was born June 15, 1921, in Ann Arbor.
She met her husband Bert Van Dis and raised their five children in Saugatuck. She was preceded in passing by her husband and her son Michael Van Dis.
Jane is survived by her children David (Sharon) Van Dis, Marianne (Kenneth) Little, Gary Van Dis and Terry Van Dis. She is also survived by her nine grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.
Her many hobbies included sewing, writing, painting, crafts and reading. Jane was involved in the woman’s club, art club, doll club, historical society, writers club, DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution), Red Barn Theater, 28 years playing in “The Dickens Christmas,” Congregational Church, played Lady Liberty in the Independence Day Parade, organized a sleep-out and slept out in a box for the Allegan County homeless, organized art/craft fairs in Saugatuck, 2006 Citizen of the Year, and owned and managed the Bird Center Resort from the l940’s through the 1970’s.
In lieu of flowers, if you would like, please donate to a club from the above list.
A celebration of life will take place in Saugatuck in June 2017. The date will be announced later.

 

Lucile Van Koevering, 88

Lucile Van Koevering, 88, of Borculo was called home to her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017, after spending a lifetime impacting the many people that she met during her life here on earth.

Born in Fennville, the eldest of five children of Chet and Hilda Wightman, she went on to teach 37 years at Saugatuck High School, impacting the lives of many of her students through her acts of kindness, words of encouragement and her enthusiasm.

Later in life she was involved in Good Samaritan Ministries, the Ottawa County Republican and Fourth District Republican organizations.

Her love for her Lord and Savior was evident in her involvement at her church, Harlem Church, and the numerous committees and groups that she was involved in. When not involved with her church or family, Lucile could be found at Evergreen Commons participating in their exercise programs or playing cards and Mahjong.

While known for extensive involvement in the community, the love of her life was her family; her late husband Keith Van Koevering; sons, Rex and Dawn Van Koevering, Rob and Angel Sheridan, Les and Judy Tharp, and Lane and Ruth Tharp; 11 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; siblings, Doris and George Peltier, Carolyn and Jim(deceased) Gilman, Francis (deceased) and Milton Strand, Phil and Fae Wightman, Dale(deceased) and Judy Wightman; in-laws, Paul and Hazel Van Koevering and Rosie and Roger(deceased) Beekman; and her many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Friday, Jan. 27, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Langeland-Sterenberg Funeral Home, 315 E. 16th St., Holland, MI 49423. A Celebration of her home-going will be Saturday, Jan. 28, at 10 a.m., at Harlem Reformed Church, 6854 144th Ave. Holland, MI 49424.

Memorial contributions can be made to Harlem Church Benevolence Fund.

Arrangements are being provided by Yntema/Langeland-Sterenberg Funeral Home, www.langelandsterenberg.com.

 

Tony Thias, 86

George Anthony “Tony” Thias, 86, of Lansing passed away peacefully with his family at his side on Jan. 12, 2017.

Tony was born on June 12, 1930, to Hungarian immigrants, Henry and Barbara (Toth) Thias, in a simple farmhouse off the shore of Lake Michigan. He was able to keep the turn-of-the-century home where he enjoyed having his family and friends around him. Tony was a modest man yet dedicated to providing the very best for his family.

He was an active member of St. Mary Cathedral and graduated from Michigan State University, where he met his wife of 62 years. He was co-president with his wife, Bobbie, of the MSU Take-Down Club, was an avid MSU sports fan and enjoyed traveling.

Tony had a lifelong career in insurance beginning in 1958, with the Mourer-Foster Insurance Agency in Lansing. In 1977, he formed Thias Insurance Agency. In 1981, he was a founding member of America One in Lansing and America One, Inc. He was a member of the Lansing Insurance Agency Association, Michigan Insurance Agency Association, Optimist Club of Lansing and the Knights of Columbus.

Tony was a self-taught trumpet and piano player and attended the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp for many years. He was in the Senior Class Band where he routinely played for retirement homes. He was also a member of the Kiwanis Band.

He had a lifelong passion for nature, especially his birds, and world history. Tony was one of the most self-educated and self-read individuals around. He could converse with anyone he met about any topic from anywhere in the world.

Tony loved meeting new people. His well-known opening question to someone he was meeting for the first time was always, “So, where are you from?”

Surviving are his six children, Thomas J. Thias, Margaret A. “Peggy” Thias-Kron- ner, John A. (Julie) Thias, Peter G. Thias, Maureen A. (Greg) Walton and James P. (Nadia) Thias; seven grandchildren, Brian Benet, Elizabeth, Anna and Maria Kron- ner, Marisa and Eric Thias, and Sarah Walton; nieces, nephews, and several great-nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Barbara; an infant daughter Barbara Catherine Thias; and daughter Patricia Ann Benet.

The funeral mass will be Friday, Jan. 20, at 10 a.m., at St. Mary Cathedral, Lansing, with the Rev. Msgr. George Micha-lek as Celebrant. The family will receive friends at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, where the Rosary will be prayed at 7:15 p.m. The Rite of Interment will be at the Gibson Cemetery, Laketown Township.

Memorial contributions may be made to Sparrow Hospice, c/o Sparrow Foundation.

Online condolences may be left for his family at www.EstesLeadley.com.

 

Ronald Van Wieren, 79

Ronald (Ron) Van Wieren, 79, of Saugatuck passed away Dec. 24, 2016, after a brave battle with cancer. Ron was born to Fred and Agnes Van Wieren on Nov. 10, 1937, and grew up in several small communities around the country.

Ron married Betty (Butler) Van Wieren on June 10, 1967, and was the father of twins born in 1972. Ron and Betty enjoyed a long and happy marriage surrounded by family and friends.

Ron loved the Upper Peninsula and after he retired from Haworth, the couple traveled there often to enjoy the peace and beauty of Upper Michigan. Ron found joy in the crossing of the Mackinac Bridge, and mentioned the fresh air in every crossing.

Ron is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Betty Van Wieren; daughter Lorene (Erik) Van Wieren of Manton; son Ronald Van Wieren Jr. of McKinney, Texas; grandchildren, Ingrid, Sigrid and Agnes Johnson of Manton and Branden Van Wieren of McKinney, Texas; brothers, Fritz (Carolyn) Van Wieren of Oklahoma and Vance (April) Van Wieren of Fennville; mother-in-law Phyllis Rastall of Saugatuck; and sisters-in-law, Beverly (Roger) Stedman of Howard City, Rita Rastall of Douglas and Renie (Richard) Lechler of Fennville.

Many surviving nieces, nephews and cousins will remember Ron as a loving, caring man who had a wonderful sense of humor. He will be missed.

Donations may be made to Wings of Hope Hospice, who made the last days comfortable and calm for the Van Wieren family.

A celebration of Ron’s life will be announced at a later date.

To sign an online registry or to leave a memory, visit www.dykstrafuneralhome.com.

 

William Johnson, 86

William “Bill” H. Johnson Jr., 86, of Ganges Township, passed away Friday, Dec. 16, 2016, at Spectrum Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids. Born June 26, 1930, in Hot Springs, Ark., he was the son of William and Marilynn (Collins) Johnson.
Bill was a United States Army veteran, and worked for Chrysler Corporation in human resources until his retirement in 1988. He and Ralph Siddell moved to the Ganges area in 1992. They are members of All Saints Episcopal Church in Saugatuck and were active in many community organizations.
Bill is survived by his spouse Ralph A. Siddell; sister, Linda and Wayne Smith of Clarkston; and his nephews, Brent Sawicki and Bradley Sawicki.
At his request, cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be at a later date.
Memorial donations may be made to 4 Paws for A Cause, P.O. Box 940, Douglas, MI 49406.
An online registry book is available at www.chappellfuneralhome.com.

 

Betty Baker, 89

Betty Jane Baker, 89, of Holland, passed away Friday, Dec. 9, 2016, at home surrounded by her loving family. She was born to George and Ruth (Lumb) Merwin of Chicago, Ill., on March 9, 1927.

Betty is survived by her husband of more than 64 years, Ralph; daughters, Ruth and Bill Kaye of Saugatuck, Carole and Wesley Mitts of Fennville, Jami Baker and Dean Berens of Holland, Maree Baker of Dorr and Amy and Bill Embil of Hamilton; son James Baker of Holland; 14 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandson; sister Phyllis Rastall of Douglas; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her sons, Ralph Jr., Mike and Scott; a daughter Donna; her parents; parents-in-law, Ruth Baker and George and Mary Baker; brothers-in-law, Harry Baker, Junior Baker, and Bert Rastall; and sister-in-law Shirley Kouw.

A family service was at Douglas Community Church on Sunday, Dec. 11.

There will be a celebration of life in her honor on Saturday, Jan. 7, at 4 p.m. at The Red Barn Event Center in Saugatuck.

Memorials may be made to one’s choice.

Arrangements are by Dykstra Funeral Home–Mulder Chapel.

For an online registry, visit www.dykstrafuneralhome.com.

 

Ann L. Olendorf, 72

Ann Lou Olendorf (nee Christensen), 72, of Sauga-tuck Township, died Nov. 20, 2016, in Grand Rapids, following a hemorrhagic stroke.
Mrs. Olendorf was born on Sept. 25, 1944 in South Haven, to her parents, Leonard and Neva Christensen. She graduated from Hope College in 1969 and acquired a master’s degree from Grand Valley University in 2005. She married Donald Olendorf in 1973.
Ann was a loving wife who adored her children and grandchildren. Her soft kisses and hugs will be treasured memories.
Ann was a patient and supportive educational leader with a passion for children in poverty with promise. She was an avid sailor who spent 30 years visiting the remote spots of the Great Lakes on her beloved “Isle of Skye.”
Mrs. Olendorf is survived by her husband Donald; her brother Chuck (Carmie); mother-in-law Mary Olendorf; daughters, Krista Willertz (Chris) and Sonja Skerbeck (Jamie); son Eric Olendorf (Megan); and 10 grandchildren, Raegan Willertz, Alec Willertz, Maria Willertz, Joseph Skerbeck, Sophia Skerbeck, Nicholas Skerbeck, Emma Olendorf, Andrew Olendorf, Matthew Olendorf and Charlie Olendorf.
Kindness and optimism were her greatest strengths.
Mrs. Olendorf will be buried in a private ceremony on Dec. 12. A memorial service will be on Sunday, Dec. 11, at 2 p.m. at All Saints Episcopal Church, 252 Grand St. in Saugatuck. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Ann’s life. Visitation will be at the church at 1 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to The Fennville Educational Foundation, P.O. Box 231, Fennville, MI.
Arrangements are being provided by Dykstra Funeral Home.

 

Ernest Nicks, 80

Ernest Nicks, 80, of Sau-gatuck, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo. He was born Aug. 9, 1936, in High Splint, Ky., and has spent more than 50 years in the Saugatuck area.
Ernest worked for Harris Pie in Saugatuck for more than 25 years, and also worked for TLC in Holland. He truly enjoyed woodworking and selling his projects.
Ernest is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Irma (Gleason) Nicks of Saugatuck; children, David and Chris Nicks of Pullman, Terri Nicks of Kingsley, John Nicks of Fife Lake, Sheila McKeehan of Corbin, Ky., Lisa Lawson of Corbin, Ky.; siblings, Janice, Emma, Brenda, Kathy, Henrietta, Tami and Jack of Wil-liamsburg, Ky.; 16 grandchild- ren and 25 great-grandchildren.
At Ernest’s request, cremation has taken place and a service will be Wednesday, Nov. 16, at 11 a.m. at Riverside Cemetery in Saugatuck.
An online registry book is available at www.chappellfuneralhome.com

 

Roland Frank, 69

Roland Frank, 69, of Holland passed away Friday, Nov. 4, 2016, after a brief battle with cancer.
Roland was born Nov. 20, 1946, in Bavaria, Germany, the son of Johann Frank and Regina Frank (Braun). Roland immigrated to the United States in 1953 and grew up in Saugatuck. He graduated from Saugatuck High School in 1965.
Roland was preceded in death by his parents; his sister Elvira; and his daughter Melissa.
Surviving are his wife Jocelyn Diamante Frank; his children, Adam (Sabrina) of Grand Haven, Joshua (Danielle) of Holland, and Angelica at home; sisters, Annelise Braun of Douglas, Elaine (Randy) Slikkers of Holland, Joan (Mitchell) Lacy of Fennville and Mildred Braun of Holland; parents-in-law, Ernesto and Rufina Diamante; and brother-in-law Aldrin of the Philippines. He is also survived by four grandchildren, four nieces, several cousins, aunts and uncles.
Roland enjoyed fishing, hunting and music.
Cremation has taken place. No funeral services are planned.
A celebration of life is planned for Saturday, Nov. 19, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the America Legion Hall in Saugatuck.
Memorial contributions will go to a trust fund established for Angelica Frank at Chase Bank.

 

Clarence “Clare” Leroy Disselkoen, 89

Clarence “Clare” Leroy Disselkoen, 89, finished his earthly race and joined His Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Monday, Nov. 14, 2016.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Lorene; his five children, Randy (Terri), Jack, Dan (Diane) Disselkoen, Merry (Mike) Vermeer, and Laurie (Randy) Elders; his grandchildren, Robyn (Daniel) Russell, Kaitlyn (Justin) Swan, Steve (Christa) Disselkoen, Grant Vermeer and fiancée Kaitlin Huissen, Drew Vermeer, Nick (Sarah) Disselkoen, Tony Disselkoen, DJ Disselkoen, Trent (Kelly) Elders, Tara (Graham) Schultze and Troy Elders; and great-grandchild Abby Disselkoen. He also leaves behind his sister Ruth Terpstra, Don Disselkoen, and sister-in-law, Margaret Disselkoen.

Clare was a minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ. After he graduated from Reformed Bible Institute, he planted and pastored churches at Beacon Light Church, Woodville CRC, Fellowship CRC, Saugatuck CRC, Fennville Reformed, Bravo CRC and Reformed Baptist in Holland.

Clare was also a United States World War II veteran. He was a man of prayer; he beseeched God daily for His presence to guide his family and friends.

Clare’s loved ones miss him dearly, but grieve with hope; for, they know that Jesus will raise Clare up at the last day. To God be the glory forever and ever, Amen!

Funeral services are Friday, Nov. 18, at 11 a.m. at Zaagman Memorial Chapel with his grandson, Pastor Stephen Disselkoen officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to Park CRC in Holland for their outreach program or Billy Graham ministries.

Arrangements are being provided by Zaagman Memorial Chapel, 2800 Burton St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546.

2 OBIT Coleman CRRichard (Rick) Alan Coleman, 69

Richard (Rick) Alan Coleman, 69, of Saugatuck, passed away peacefully at his home in the early morning hours of Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016, surrounded by his family.

Rick was born June 22, 1947, in Indianapolis, Ind., the son of T. Fredwick and Mary Jane Coleman and younger brother to Thomas.

In his early childhood, the family relocated to Holland where Rick grew up in the Graafschaap neighborhood and attended Holland Public Schools.

Rick was a graduate of Holland High School and was an active member in both band and the football team. He went on to graduate from Western Michigan University with a degree in business and soon after started a successful small business in the West Michigan area. At 62, he retired from his business and pursued his passion for golf, Harleys, and spending time with his family.

Rick was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Mary Jane, as well as his brother Tom.

He is survived by his wife Tammy; his children Matt (Lori) Coleman, Alicia Coleman, Sara (Matt) Kennedy, Andrea (Dan) Kuipers and Amanda Garich; eight grandchildren, Isabella, Ian, Iris, Nolan, Cole, Mason, Charlie and Tommy; and his niece Erin (Dallas) Swendeman and their son Atticus.

At Rick’s request, there will not be a formal visitation or funeral arrangements. Instead, he has elected to contribute his body to the University of Michigan for ongoing research in the continuing fight against cancer, and has requested a “celebration of life” event to be held at a date later to be determined.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society online at www.cancer.org.

To leave a message or memory for the Coleman family, please visit www.lakeshorememorial.com.

 

8-11 OBIT Elliot - CRPeter M. Elliot, 59

Peter M. Elliot, 59, passed away at his home in Pacific Grove, Calif., in April 2016, lovingly surrounded by family and close friends.
Peter was born in Oak Park, Ill., growing up in Saugatuck and Holland, Mich.

Peter studied at the University of Chicago and at California State University, Monterey Bay. In the early 1980s Peter moved to San Francisco and for many years lived between California and Saugatuck where he operated The Poster Store. After working at Dreamworks Los Angeles Peter secured a position at Paramount Studios as a team member in worldwide business affairs group.

Peter lived between Los Angeles and Pacific Grove for more than 20 years. He always took an active interest in politics, starting in high school where he was elected Mayor of the student body.  He worked at holding public and private officials accountable as few can-with facts and firm diplomacy.

Peter wrote a political activist blog, www.cleardeception.com. His final article, written a few days before his death, explored the differences between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders:www.cleardeception.com/sanders-land-clinton-castle.html.

In 2015-2016, Peter became a docent at the Point Pinos Lighthouse in Pacific Grove. His passion for history and efficacy as a skilled researcher made him a natural and respected public speaker.

Preceded in death by his parents, Elmore and Helen Elliot, Peter is survived by brother Tom Elliot of Zeeland; sister Sue and her husband Bill Brockington of Whitehall; sister Jane and her husband John Granberry of Lake Tahoe, Calif.; sister Ginger Elliot and her life partner Cathy Jones of San Francisco; niece Melissa Brockington of Ann Arbor; nephew Matthew and his wife Liz Brockington of Rochester Hills; and Peter’s best friend Patrick V. Brown of Pacific Grove.

Peter’s compassionate and loving nature, his authenticity and focused presence will be missed beyond what words can convey. Peter Meredith Elliot was deeply loved by many and his life was a life well lived.

An open house is scheduled for Aug. 20, in the Douglas Schoolhouse Gardens from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for Peter’s friends to meet and remember him. The schoolhouse is at 130 Center St., Douglas.

Patricia Ann McVea, 78

Patricia Ann McVea, 78, of Holland, passed away Friday, July 8, 2016, at Appledorn Living Center.

Patricia was employed at Holland Furnace and Holland Hitch. In between working she stayed at home and helped raise her three children.

Patricia enjoyed reading, jigsaw puzzles, paint by numbers and decorating for Christmas. She was a huge fan of Elvis, visiting Graceland in 2007.

After 43 years of marriage she was preceded in death by her husband William C. McVea II in 2005.

She is survived by her children, William and Barbara McVea of Holland, Mark McVea of Douglas and Kathy and Kipp Hofmeyer of Holland; grandchildren, Wendy (Kathy Osterman) Forrester, William C. (Melissa) McVea III, Linda McVea, Kelseigh and Kerensa Hofmeyer; two great-grandchildren; brother and sister, Ken Koning of Holland and Marcia Greving of Holland; and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be Thursday, July 14, at 3 p.m., at Christ Memorial Chapel, 595 Graafschap Road in Holland. Visitation will be from 2 to 3 p.m. prior to the service. Please use entrance D. Reverend Bill Boersma will be officiating. Burial will be in Douglas Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be given to Hospice of Holland.
Arrangements are being provided by Dykstra Funeral Home-Mulder Chapel. To sign an on-line registry or leave a memory, please visit www.dykstrafuneralhome.com.

8-4 OBIT McCarvill - CRWallace David McCarvill, 84

Wallace David McCarvill, 84, of Fennville passed away Saturday, July 30, 2016, at Holland Hospital. Affectionately known as “Big Wally” because of his 6’6″ stature, he was lovingly surrounded by both his daughters when he met his Lord and Savior.

Born in the Bronx, New York, Wally attended Iona College on a full basketball scholarship. He was fifth in the nation in rebounding during his senior year. He thereafter played ball for the United States Marine Corps and achieved the rank of 1st Lt. Following an Honorable Discharge he was drafted by the New York Knicks; however, injured a knee in training camp.

He worked in sales for Tidewater Oil Company, Tuck Tape, and eventually became Vice President and co-owner of Farnol Paper Company.

Wally was an avid golfer and water enthusiast, winning the Detroit Athletic Club’s coveted President’s Trophy as high scorer for the DAC Beavers. He loved to deer hunt in northern Michigan, enjoyed single malt scotch, and attending services at his beloved Crossing in Chesterfield, Missouri.

He is survived by his children, Mary Margaret McCarvill of Saugatuck and Elizabeth Ann Burns, also of Saugatuck; grandchildren, David Alden Kizer of Salt Lake City, Utah, Kathryn Alden Kizer of Washington, D.C, and Monica Elizabeth Burns of Tucson, Arizona.

A memorial celebration will be planned for a future date. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in his name to Living Water International at www.water.cc/donate/adventconspiracy.

8-11 obit miserCraig A. Miser, 58

Craig A. Miser, 58, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., passed away on April 6, 2016, after his battle with lung cancer.

Craig was born on Nov. 24, 1957, in Lansing to Arden and Gwendolynn Miser.

Craig resided in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., where he found his career in the marine industry.

Surviving are his parents, Arden and Gwendolynn Miser of Douglas; brothers, Scott (Joyce) Miser of Penrose, N.C., and Jeff (Gra) Miser of Ashville, N.C.; sisters, Julie (Nick) Saputo of Fennville, Lisa (Bob) Engle of Douglas and Lori (Marc) Schrotenboer of Saugatuck; 11 nieces and nephews; and 10 great nieces and nephews.

Please join the family in honoring Craig’s life on Saturday, Sept. 10, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Spectator’s Restaurant, 6432 Blue Star Highway, Saugatuck, MI 49453.

6-23 OBIT DrapakEmily Marie Drapak, 90

Emily Marie Drapak, 90, of Douglas passed away on Saturday, June 11, 2016, at Holland Hospital. Born on Dec. 27, 1925, in Chicago, Ill., she was the daughter of Joseph and Kathryn (Smollen) Stepnik.

Emily was preceded in death by her husband John Drapak and two sisters, Helen and Irene.

Surviving are her children, Joanne Gilliam of Douglas, Nancy Harvey of Fennville and John and Vicky Drapak of Douglas; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; brother Stanley Stepnik of Streamwood, Ill.; brother-in-law Joe Drapak of Chicago; and many nieces and nephews.

At her request, cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be on Saturday, Aug. 27, at 12:30 p.m. at the Saugatuck Yacht Club, 15 Park St., Saugatuck, MI 49453. A luncheon will follow.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association.

An online registry book is available by visiting www.chappellfuneralhome.com.

6-23 OBIT clarkGeorge Clark, 93

George Mason Clark, resident of the Douglas lakeshore since 1936 and also of Vernon Hills, Ill., died Wednesday June 15, 2016, after a short illness. He was 93.

He was born in Brookline, Mass., grew up in Urbana, Ill., and spent the greater part of his adult life in Columbus, Ohio, where he worked both as a practicing architect and as a well-loved full professor of architecture at Ohio State University.

He attended DePauw University and was a graduate of the University of Illinois with a Master’s Degree in Architectural Engineering. He was a professional member of AIA.

He served with the United States Navy in World War II with the Third Fleet aboard the USS Nashville and the USS Phoenix in the South Pacific.

He loved spending time with his extended family and many lakeshore friends, walking the beach, sailing, tossing horseshoes or just engaging in good conversation.

He was active with the Douglas Lakeshore Association. He loved refurbishing and restoring lakeshore homes. George also volunteered with Saugatuck-Douglas Historical Society to record and preserve the history of the Michigan Cottage.

He also generously donated his time and skills to Trinity Episcopal Church, Columbus and to St. Lawrence Episcopal Church, Libertyville, Ill. as they restored and remodeled their facilities.

He was a diehard Cubs fan, always hopefully waiting for “next year.”

His wife of 69 years, Jean Flanigan Clark, predeceased him in 2013.

He is survived by his sister, Carolyn Clark Richards, of Novi; two daughters, Elizabeth (Betsy) Clark Swank (Ralph) of Vernon Hills, Ill., and Mary (Molly) Clark Siebert (David) of Grayslake, Ill.; four grandchildren, Elizabeth (Lisa) Swank Bako (Tom) and Sarah Swank Mullen (Brian) both of Grayslake, Ill., David Siebert, MD of Seattle and Mark Siebert of Fairfax, Va. He is also survived by five great-grandchildren, Matthew and Elizabeth Bako and Abigail, Sean and Kate Mullen.

Services will be Saturday, July 2, at St. Lawrence Episcopal Church in Libertyville, Ill.  Visitation is at 10 a.m. and services at 11 a.m., with interment following in the church columbarium.

In lieu of flowers, donations are welcomed in his name at either St. Lawrence Episcopal Church, Libertyville Ill. or at the Saugatuck-Douglas Historical Society.

Dorothy Kohl, 82

Dorothy Floto Kohl, known to friends and family as Dottie or Dot, passed away on June 2, 2016, at her home in Pompano Beach, Fla.

Dottie was a four-time ovarian cancer survivor for 29 years, originally diagnosed in 1988. She “fought the good fight” and enjoyed many years of good health while the cancer would be in remission. The cancer returned for the fifth time in February 2016, and she faced it again with courage, strength, dignity and tremendous class.

Dorothy married her love, Ralph Anson Kohl, on June 7, 1952. Ralph passed on June 11, 1997. They were married 45 years. During their life together, Dorothy was the wife of a high school and college football coach and then the wife of a football scout with BLESTO VIII and the Minnesota Vikings.

While Dad was scouting for pro football players, Dottie was winning golf club championships at Clearbrook Country Club in Saugatuck, where they resided in the summer months.

Dottie was an avid golfer (had a hole-in-one on #17!), loved Clearbrook, and was an excellent swimmer and all around athlete. In the winter months in Florida, she volunteered for 30-plus years at the Coral Door with monies raised to benefit North Bro-ward Hospital District.

In the summers in Sauga-tuck she worked diligently to raise money benefiting the American Cancer Society and the Lynn Schreiber Cancer Foundation.

Dorothy was born on July 2, 1933, in Chicago, Ill., to Dorothy Ross and John Walter Floto. Raised in Chicago, Ill., Dorothy attended Girls Latin School of Chicago and graduated in Saugatuck at Saugatuck High School. In her early years of marriage, she modeled in Milwaukee and Chicago.

Dorothy is survived by her loving daughter, Jacqueline Floto Kohl of Pompano Beach, Fla.; her beloved sister Susan Sission Gardner of Holland; her special friend Tom Rakers of Pompano Beach; and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be at a future date at All Saint’s Episcopal Church in Saugatuck.

Dorothy is now reunited with her husband Ralph; her precious son Christopher who passed away prematurely; her beloved parents; and sisters, Patsy Heller and Caroline Stephenson.

In Dorothy’s memory, donations can be made to Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance, P.O. Box 32141, New York, NY  10087-2141. Phone (212) 268-1002 or info@ocrf.org.

A special thank you to the men who assisted with preserving my mother’s life as she fought the cancer, Dr. James Dawsey, Dr. Manuel Penalver, Dr. Albert Begas, Dr. Mark Licht and Dr. Fernando Recio. God bless you all. A special thank you to Trustbridge Hospice and her loving aides, Yva and Patricia.

Until we are together again, my dearest mother, I will love you and daddy throughout eternity. Rest in peace, enjoy some great golf, and please save a spot close to you and daddy for me and the schnauzers.  As you always said, “Live, Love, Laugh” and “Love heals.”

Marguerite Kingstad, 66

Marguerite “Maggie” R. Kingstad, died May 17, 2016. She was born Feb. 2, 1950.

How do you sum up someone so incredibly magnificent in 350 words? To count the people that Maggie Kingstad has touched would be impossible. It pretty much includes every human within a five-foot radius of her, for 66 years.

Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pa., she is survived by her immediate relatives, Re Re, Mary K., Eddie, Michael, Timmy, Elaine, Ashleigh, Nicki, Paul III, Punky, Jill, Jimboy, and one daughter, Kate. Also by all of their children, and their children’s children. Plus, all of her friends (“chosen family”) and their families that she met in Pittsburgh.

As a young adult she moved to Chicago, Ill., where she worked as a surgical technician in the OR at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s Hospital. She is survived by all of her friends (“chosen family”) and their families that she met in Chicago.

She came here to Allegan County in the 70s and never left. She is survived by all her friends (“chosen family”) and their families that she met here in Michigan.

She was a bartender at the Sand Bar for two decades, so she is survived by all the patrons and saints that knew and loved her from there.

Maggie earned a bachelor’s degree at GVSU. She specialized in social work for 23 years, with an emphasis on domestic violence and women’s rights. She is survived by all those clients that got lucky enough to be “assigned to her.” I’m going to tell you that she saw the good in each of you and truly believed she was helping you find the tools and strength to reach for your own personal stars.

Maggie was one of the most magical, giving, loving, hilarious, and gregarious, one in a million person that we ever met. She made us see things in a different light and will be missed. We are on our own, together, to continue her legacy of wonderfulness.

Join us for a day of Maggienificence on Saturday, June 11, at Schultz Park in Saugatuck, from 1 to 5 p.m. with the eulogy at 2 p.m. and the parade line up at 3 p.m.

Jane Alice “Janie” Latham, 55

Jane Alice “Janie” Latham, 55, of Eaton Rapids passed away Saturday, April 30, 2016, at Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Center in Detroit.

A memorial service will be at Smith Family Funeral Homes, St. Louis, Mich., on Thursday, May 12, at 12 p.m. with Mr. Henry Kubin Sr. officiating. Visitation will be at 11 a.m. until the time of service. A private family burial will be at Oak Grove Cemetery in St. Louis, Mich.

Jane was born in Alma on June 16, 1960, the daughter of Thomas and Mary (Foley) Billig. She resided most of her life in Eaton Rapids.

Jane married Ray Latham on Dec. 7, 1985, in Holland. Caring for her family was the most important part of Jane’s life. She loved to garden and care for her pets.

Jane was an accomplished florist and musician. She was described as a kind and gentle soul and often said “you should never judge an individual by a single act.”

She is survived by her husband Ray Latham of Eaton Rapids, sons, Daniel and Kristina Latham of Holt and Joe Latham of Eaton Rapids; sisters, Peggy Billig and Gary Tuma of Lansing, Winnie and George Kubin of St. Louis, Mich., and Linda and Jeff Allen of Midland brothers Patrick Billig of White Cloud; Joe and Donna Billig of Mason, and Jim and Julie Billig of Windermere, Fla.; father and mother-in-law, Ron and Ella Wellington of Grand Junction; brothers-in-law, Robert Latham of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Larry and Sue Latham of Lowell; sisters-in-law, Deb  Wellington of Houston, Texas and Lynda and Danny Stejskal of South Haven.

Jane is also survived by many nieces and nephews with her son, Dan and Kristina expecting her first grandchild in the fall.

Arrangements are being provided by Smith Family Funeral Homes, St. Louis, Mich.

Condolences can be made by visiting www.smithfamilyfuneralhomes.com.

 

Evelyn H. Verplank, 98

Evelyn H. Verplank, 98, of Douglas passed away Feb. 24, 2016. She was born July 15, 1917, the daughter of Minnie and John Schrieber of West Olive.

Evelyn was preceded in death by her husband Raymond H. Verplank in 1981, in Grand Haven.

Surviving are a daughter Karen J. Verplank of Grand Haven and a son Del R. Verplank of Douglas.

She passed away peacefully at home where she lived with her son for 27 years.

For those desiring to make a memorial, contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

“To one who had the sweetest name, she added luster to the same.

“She shared my joys, she cheered when sad. She was the greatest friend I ever had.

“Long life she had and there’s no other, can take the place of my dear mother.”