Brenda Renee Miller, 46, of Three Rivers, passed away on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at Fairview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center following a lengthy illness. Brenda was born in Three Rivers on Nov. 9, 1967 the daughter of George Bradford and Juanita (Davis) Ely.
Brenda was a graduate of Three Rivers High School class of 1986. She then completed her college education by earning two Associate Degrees from Glen Oaks Community College. Brenda was employed at Andrews Elementary School, Building Blocks, and Little People’s Place. She was also a former director at On Track Day Care Learning Center.
She was preceded in death by her father, George Bradford.
Brenda leaves to cherish her loving memory, mother, Juanita J. (Don) Ely of Three Rivers; daughter, Megan Renee Breaux of Franklin, La.; brothers, David George Bradford of Battle Creek and Gary Allen Bradford of Three Rivers; sister, Rebecca Ann Nash of Oregon City, Ore.; granddaughter, Kylee Ann Breaux and nine nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until time of funeral services beginning at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 22 at the Hohner Funeral Home with Pastor Bob Anderson officiating.
Interment will be held at Poe Cemetery.
Memorials in memory of Brenda may be directed to Three Rivers Church of the Nazarene. Envelopes available at Hohner Funeral Home in care of arrangements.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.hohnerfh.com.
Gordon Junior Sindt, age 83 of Three Rivers departed this life April 19, 2014. He was a gentle soul with an infectious smile. Junior was born April 5, 1931 in Dowagiac, MI to Gordon J. and Iris (Weidman) Sindt. He graduated from Three Rivers High School in 1949. After working at area businesses Junior joined and served in the U.S. Army from 1951 to 1954. A medaled veteran of the Korean War, he returned from the military and worked for Three Rivers Builders until beginning his service with the U.S. Postal Service in 1960. Junior was best known in Three Rivers as the friendly mail carrier in Three Rivers’ third ward. Later in life Junior assisted at the Halverson Chapel for many years.
After retiring in 1993 Junior enjoyed daily pontoon rides on Pleasant Lake with his friends and family. He was an avid reader looking for any Western novel he could find. He never wavered in his passion for the Chicago Cubs despite many seasons of wanting more. Over his lifetime Junior enjoyed great times with “The Gang” and you know who you are! But most of all Junior enjoyed the time spent with his extended family.
Since May of 1975 Junior has been loved by Mary Ann (Doane) Sindt and there was no doubt he shared the same love for her. Between the two of them, they shared many nieces and nephews which is where Junior’s love and pride has shown the most. Our Uncle Junior was adored by all of us. The bottom line with Junior was, if you met him, you loved him. We were all blessed to have him in our lives.
Junior will be dearly missed by niece, Jackie (Gary) Schneider of Marquette; nephew, Steve (Terry) Krull of Constantine; great-nephews & great-niece Jeremy (Sara) Schneider, Rachel (Jody Alger) Krull, Tim Krull and great-great-nephews & nieces Gaven, Troy, Morgan, and Mira along with his sister Betty Krull of Portage; and many cousins. Junior was preceded in death by his brother, Larry Sindt.
Junior will also be missed by sister in law, Helen Jeanne (Ted-deceased) Doane of Chelsea, MI; brother in law, Dick (Mary) Doane of Pine Top, AZ; brother in law, Robert (Shirley) Doane of Fishers, IN; nephews and nieces Mark (Linda) Doane, Anine (Jon) Bessolo, Kathy (Paul) Milske, Michael (Laurie) Doane, David (Tanya) Doane, Christine Deems, Carrie (Mike) Kriech, Elizabeth (Ted) Byrer; great nephews and nieces Jennifer, Karen, Ted, Alexis, Mary Jeanne, Julia, Maria, Matthew, Taryn, Garrett, Scott, Shawn, Braden, Owen, Noelle, Zachary, Ben, Max, and their families.
Cremation has taken place. Visitation will 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday April 22, 2014 at the Eickhoff Farrand Halverson Chapel, 305 Rock River Avenue in Three Rivers. Memorial services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday April 23, 2014 at the First Presbyterian Church, 320 N. Main Street in Three Rivers with Pastor Brenda Deily officiating. Military rites will be presented by Hice-Shutes American Legion Post #170. Interment of ashes will take place at Mission Hills Memorial Garden near Pokagon.
Memorial contributions can be made to either the Three Rivers Elks Lodge #1248 Education Fund, or to Three Rivers Health Hospice. An online register is available and condolences may be left for the family at www.efhchapel.com
Carl Maynard Green, 88, formerly of Athens and Mendon, died Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at Kairos Dwelling Hospice Home in Kalamazoo. He was born in Fremont, Ind. on June 10, 1925 the son of the late Homer Avery and Mary Elizabeth (Gallaway) Green. He graduated from Fremont High School in 1943 and enlisted in the U.S. Navy that same year. After his military discharge he came to Athens where he worked at Nottawa Gardens and for Crowell Brothers Fuel. He then moved to Mendon where he owned and operated a Citgo gas station for 24 years.
Carl was a former member of the First Congregational Church in Athens before moving to Mendon. While in Mendon he was a member of the Mendon United Methodist Church and served as a trustee and on the Pastor-Parish committee. He enjoyed music and sang in the church choirs and in the annual Mendon Kiwanis Showboat. He learned to fly while in the military and later enjoyed piloting planes for business and recreation. Carl’s family hosted two foreign exchange students in the early ‘70s and were instrumental in the building of the John Green Memorial Track at Mendon High School. He was a sponsor and bowled in the Mendon Sunday Night League and was a volunteer for Mendon Ambulance Service. He retired to Zephyrhills, Fla. where he enjoyed playing golf and square dancing.
Carl was married to Margaret Louise Bornor on June 21, 1950 in Athens. Margaret died March 22, 2009. He was also preceded in death by a son, John; daughter, Barbara; son-in-law, Ken Austin; brothers, James and Daryl Green; sister, Elsie Ackerman-Mahoney.
He is survived by son, Daniel (Gayle) Green; daughters, Deborah Austin and Laura (Bill) Green; seven grandchildren, Lisa (Chris) Loker, Ryan (Melissa) Austin, Brent (Deanne) Austin, Monica (Mark) Graham, Jeremiah (Jill) Green, Samantha (Mark) DeVries, and Elizabeth (Jason) Walker; 12 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Jerry (Ruth Ann) Green.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday April 18 at the Eickhoff Funeral Home in Mendon. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. on Saturday at the funeral home with Rev. Patricia Catellier, Pastor of the Chapel Hill United Methodist Church of Portage, officiating. Burial and military honors will be in Ft. Custer National Cemetery on Monday, April 21 at 2 p.m.
Memorials may be directed to either the Mendon United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 308, Mendon, MI 49072, to Kairos Dwelling, 2945 Gull Road, Kalamazoo, MI 49048, or to the John Green Invitational Relays in care of the Mendon Kiwanis Club, P.O. Box 296, Mendon, MI 49072. Condolences may be left for the family at www.eickhofffuneralhome.com.
He was born Feb. 21, 1937 in Colon, son of the late Oscar and Stella (Nicholas) Wagaman.
Paul resided in Sturgis since 1967 coming from Mendon. His early life was lived in Colon where he attended Colon Community Schools.
Paul was a lifelong farmer who truly loved his job and was considered by many as being a workaholic.
He enjoyed many hours spent at the Liars Table at the Westside restaurant in Sturgis. He also enjoyed playing golf and loved time spent with family, especially his grandchildren.
He is survived by five sons, Jeffrey Paul Wagaman of White Pigeon, Brad (Laurie) Wagaman of Manahawkin, N.J., Terry (Betsy) Wagaman of Dearborn Heights, Randy (Tracy) Wagaman of Commerce Township and Kevin Wagaman of White Pigeon; 12 grandchildren: Justis, Jeff, Jr., Jennele, Dwight, Mallory, Aubrie, Tyler, Colin, Daniel, Andrew, Abigail and Gabrielle; three brothers, Leonard Wagaman of Kalamazoo, Luther (Louise) Wagaman of Battle Creek and Chuck (Marlene) Wagaman of Athens; several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one daughter, Suzanne (Wagaman) Stimmer.
The family will receive friends from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday at the Rosenberg Chapel of Hackman Family Funeral Homes, 807 E. Chicago Rd., Sturgis, MI 49091, 269-651-3284. Funeral services celebrating the life of Paul Wagaman will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. The Rev. Steve Bean of the Sturgis Wesleyan Church will officiate. A graveside committal will follow the service at the Sherwood Cemetery in Sherwood.
The family suggests those wishing to make a memorial donation in Mr. Wagaman’s memory consider the Lake Area Christian School, 63590 Borgert Rd., Sturgis, MI 49091.
The obituary is also at www.hackmanfamilyfuneralhome.com where personal messages of support may be left for the family.
Jennifer J. Surach, age 30, of Marcellus, MI, passed away Sunday April 13, 2014 in Bronson Hospital.
She was born August 11, 1983 in Three Rivers, MI.
Surviving are her parents Darron and Hazel (Sexton) Weaver of Marcellus and many aunts, uncles and cousins. She was preceded in death by Grandfathers, Kenneth Jacobs, Arthur Weaver and her Aunt Debbie Weaver.
The family will receive friends from 4 to 5 P.M. Monday, April 21, 2014 in the Mater-Ralston Funeral Home, Marcellus.
Memorial services will be held at 5 P.M. April 21, 2014 in the Mater-Ralston Funeral Home.
Memorial donations may be directed to the charity of donor’s choice.
Online condolences may be left at http://www.materralstonfuneralhome.com/
Mr. Elden Dale Neely, age 74, of Three Rivers, passed away on Monday, April 14th, 2014 at Three Rivers Health following a brief illness. He was born Oct. 2nd, 1939 in Three Rivers, MI., the son of Charles W. and Louella “Ella” (Estes) Neely.
Mr. Neely graduated from Three Rivers High School with the class of 1958 and worked for Neff’s Greenhouse. He later took courses as an electrician at Glen Oaks Community College and began work at Continental Can, Ward Aero, and eventually Three Rivers Commercial News as a Pressman retiring in 2003.
Mr. Neely was preceded in death by his father and one sister, Frances Neely.
Elden loved all things sports and followed baseball, especially the Detroit Tigers and football avidly, knowing all the players and their statistics. As a youngster, Elden played baseball and football and later in life enjoyed playing softball on the City League Team.
He leaves to cherish his loving memory his mother, Ella Neely, of Three Rivers; one brother, Richard (Delores) Neely, of Three Rivers and several extended family members.
The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, April 17th at the Hohner Funeral Home.
Funeral Services will be held 11:00 a.m. on Friday, April 18th, 2014 at the Hohner Funeral Home with Pastor Timothy Moore of Bethany Chapel officiating.
Interment will be held in Riverside Cemetery at a later date.
Memorials may be donated to the Bethany Chapel. Envelopes available at Hohner Funeral Home in care of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at www.hohnerfh.com.