Shelley Buchanan, 47

June 3, 2013 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Shelley Jean (Rinz)Buchanan, age 47, of Three Rivers, passed away late Sunday, June 2, 2013 at her home surrounded by her loving family after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born on Jan. 17, 1966 in Three Rivers the daughter of Verner and Carole (Mechling) Rinz, of Three Rivers.

Shelley graduated from Three Rivers High School with the class of 1984. Shelley was very active in Girl Scouts, Volleyball and Soccer, and loved playing pool. She was a swimming instructor for St. Joseph County and Three Rivers Schools. On July 1, 1989 she was united in marriage to Mr. David Buchanan. Shelley was employed at Kirsch/Newell in Sturgis until their departure and also bartended for the Three Rivers Eagles 2303 and Moose Lodge 2388 where she was a charter member and the American Legion Post #170. Shelley was an excellent cook and loved feeding both family and friends.

Shelley was preceded in death by her grandparents, Roger (Jeanette) Mechling, and Verner (Virginia) Rinz.

She leaves to cherish her loving memory, husband, David Buchanan, and their son, Ryon, both of Three Rivers; parents, Verner “Vern” (Carole) Rinz, of Three Rivers; sisters, Cindy (Jeff) Diethrich, of Constantine and Jennifer (Jeff) Kline, of Mendon, Nephews, Kurtis and Tyler Diethrich, Cody Kline, Dan and Tom Hamminga; Nieces, Ciera and Carissa Kline, and Sarah Daugherty; brother-in-law, Andrew Buchanan and sister –in-law, Mary (Mike) Hamminga. As well as many beloved extended family and friends.

The family will receive friends from 2:00 p.m. until the time of Shelley’s Memorial Celebration at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 6, 2013 at the Hohner Funeral Home, with Pastor Jim Stilwell officiating.

Memorials may be donated to the Hospice of Southwest Michigan or the Ryon Buchanan Education Trust c/o David Buchanan. Envelopes available at Hohner Funeral Homein care of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at

Margaret Faist, 89

June 2, 2013 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Margaret Jane Faist, age 89, of Three Rivers, passed away peacefully early June 1, 2013 at her home, surrounded by her loving family. Margaret was born on February 12, 1924 in Hammond, IN., the daughter of Gomer and Eva Margaret (Ralston) Evans.

Mrs. Faist graduated from Hammond High School in 1942. On January 17, 1945 she was united in marriage to Mr. Robert “Bob” James Faist at Hyde Park Methodist Church in Hammond, IN. They made Hammond their home, where Margaret worked as a secretary at Woodmar United Methodist Church until she and Bob moved to Three Rivers in 1965 where they became members of the First United Methodist Church where Margaret was also secretary until retiring in 1987. She was a member of the United Methodist Women, Past President of the Three Rivers Lady Lions and Three Rivers Health Auxiliary. Margaret enjoyed working with crafts and reading, but her true love and joy was spending time with her family.

Margaret was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, and her husband of 66 years.

She leaves to cherish her loving memory, daughter, Nancy (Richard) Boyd; one son, James R. (Mary) Faist, both of Three Rivers; four grandchildren, Katherine A. Lutz, Daniel (Rachelle) Roberts, Kevin (Ruth Roberts, and Keith (Brandi) Roberts; ten great grandchildren, Ryan and Michaela Lutz, Matthew, Emily, Nicholas, Caitlyn, Chelsea, Hannah, Kylie and Taylor Roberts; one Great Great Grandson Camden Evan Roberts; cousin William (Maryann) Bradburn, of Kellys Island, OH.; and Sister of the Heart, Nancy Ann Ensley of Youngstown, OH.

The family will receive friends from 3 – 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 4, 2013 at the Hohner Funeral Home.

Funeral Services will be held 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at the First United Methodist Church, with Pastor Robert Nystrom officiating.

Interment will be held in Riverside Cemetery.

Memorials may be donated to Three Rivers Health Hospice or the Charity of One’s choice. Envelopes available at Hohner Funeral Home in care of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at

Paul Janing, 91

June 2, 2013 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Paul Janing, 91, of Marcellus, passed away Thursday, May 30, 2013.

He was born Feb. 10, 1922 in Marcellus, the son of Paul and Mildred (Bowers) Janing. He was a 1939 graduate of Marcellus High School.

Paul joined the United States Marine Corps in October 1942. He along with Bud Fuller and John Mater left Marcellus on Armistice Day of 1942. They left from Kalamazoo and from there they went by bus to Detroit and then by train to San Diego, Calif. for their “boot camp.” He was stationed in New Caledonia, Guadalcanal, Hiroshima and Iwo Jima. He always said he was proud to be a Marine and told many stories of World War II to his grandchildren.

After his years of service, Paul attended Western Michigan University.

He married Jacque Skidmore in December of 1949 and to this union was born four children, Kevin, Kim, Karla and Kerry.

He worked for Van Buren County Department of Human Services for 30 years.

On Dec. 28, 1988, Paul married Sandy Wiseman in Marcellus. After retirement, he grew fruits and vegetables in his large garden and sold them from his stand on Centre Street. He also had a vegetable concession wagon selling deep fried vegetables in Michigan, Indiana and Illinois. He was instrumental in building, promoting and working in the “Wild Patch” restaurant, ice cream and gift shop that he and Sandy operated.

Paul processed 100 quarts of black walnuts annually. He was a world champion horseshoe player and loved all sports, especially Michigan sports.

Paul often talked about his father, Paul Sr., who purchased a large amount of property on Cranberry Lake in the early 1930’s. Paul spoke proudly of his father’s ability to keep the property, despite the onset of the Depression. Today, the Cranberry Lake Campground is a very successful business under the direction of Paul’s son Kerry.

Surviving Paul is his wife, Sandy Wiseman of Marcellus; daughters, Kim (Larry) Larsh of Three Rivers and Karla Janing of Lansing; son, Kerry (Lauri) Janing of Vicksburg; grandchildren, Lindsey, Lisa, Jared, Leanne, Alayna, Abby, Kelsey and Mallory.

Also surviving are step-children, Sue Wiseman of Kalamazoo, Jamie Stafne of Jones and Malisa (Kirby) Steil of Marcellus; step-grandchildren, Britney, Aquari, Alaila, Esden, Kaeler, Kayla, Mason, Tyson and Keegan; one great-grandchild, Aubri and a sister, Doris Wortinger.

He leaves a life time friend, fishing and card playing buddy, Paul Hartman.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a son Kevin.

The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 5 in the Mater-Ralston Funeral Home, Marcellus. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. in the funeral home with Military Honors by the Marcellus V.F.W. Post 4054.

Memorials may be directed to the Marcellus V.F.W. Post 4054 Outdoor Improvement Fund or the Marcellus Ambulance Service.

Cecil Everett, 58

June 2, 2013 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Cecil Bryant Everett, 58, died Friday, Jan. 4, 2013 at Fairview Nursing and Rehab in Centreville. He was born in Battle Creek on Oct. 1, 1954 the son of Otto William Everett and Sylvia (Kline) Everett. He attended Mendon Elementary School and graduated from Vicksburg High School.

Cecil had worked for Peters Construction in Kalamazoo, Starks Excavating in Three Rivers, Fritz Farms in Fulton, and Kauffman Farms in Mendon. He enjoyed coon and coyote hunting, fishing, and shooting pool in his spare time.

Cecil is survived by his mother, Sylvia Everett; two brothers, O’Dell “Mack” Everett and Phillip “Smoke” Everett; his former wife, Paula (Shug) Goodson; step-children, Angela Campbell, Paulette Davis, Lorie Hessler, and Rocky Goodson; 12 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; several aunts, uncles and cousins.

A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, June 8 at the Water Tower Park on North Nottawa Street in Mendon with David Farrell officiating. A private scattering of his ashes will take place later. Condolences may be left for the family at

Jack Jones, 58

May 31, 2013 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Jack D. Jones, 58, died Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at the Sturgis Hospital emergency room. Cremation has been conducted. Memorial service will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, June 1 at the Bethany Chapel in Three Rivers. Donations may be directed to the family. Arrangements by the Eickhoff, Farrand, Halverson Chapel in Three Rivers.

Ken Seiler, 67

May 31, 2013 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Kenneth Douglas Seiler, age 67, of Kalamazoo died unexpectedly at his home on May 29, 2013. Ken was born in Sturgis on Jan. 11, 1946 the son of Richard and Julia (Shewchuk) Seiler and was a lifetime resident of Southwest Michigan. He was a 1964 graduate of Mendon High School and earned his Bachelors and Masters degrees in education at Western Michigan University. Ken was a schoolteacher at Colon Elementary School for 28 years and served as Past President of the Colon Education Association. He enjoyed watching sports and was a San Francisco Forty-niners fan.

Ken is survived by his mother, Julia Seiler of Sturgis; 2 daughters, Jennifer Bruder of Bennington, VT and Gwendolyn Mills of Hillsboro, NJ; four grandsons, Joshua and Connor Bruder and Gavin and Benjamin Mills; a brother Jerry (Beth) Seiler of Sturgis; and an aunt, Olga Shewchuk of Leonidas. He was preceded in death by his father, Dick Seiler in 1994; a brother, Donald Seiler in 1999; and his former wife, Jan (Baker) Seiler in 2009.

Cremation has been conducted. No services are planned at this time. It is suggested that memorials be directed to either the Mendon Public Library, or to a charity or church of one’s choice. Assistance was provided by the Eickhoff Funeral Home in Mendon. Condolences may be left for the family at

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