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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.”