Matthew James Fuller, age 24, died on Wednesday, July 4, 2012, near Sturgis.
Matthew was born on Oct. 19, 1987, in Kendallville, Ind. He lived in Albion for eight years, attending Central Noble High School. Prior to Albion, he had lived in Kendallville.
Matthew worked in construction and served his country in the U.S. Army, serving in Afghanastan. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, working on cars and being with his friends.
Surviving are his mother and stepfather, Carol (Rusmisel) and Dwight Bushce Jr. of Albion; his father, and stepmother, Will and Tammy Fuller of Centreville; his son, Gavin Fuller, of Colorado Springs, Colo.; his daughter, Aleah Fuller of Three Rivers; two sisters, Melissa (Kevin) McQueen of Columbia City, Marie (Ryan) Masters of Auburn, Ind.; a brother, Michael Rusmisel of Lexington, Ky.; maternal grandparents, Dean and Arlene Rusmisel of Kendallville; paternal grandparents, Raymond and Opal Fuller of Wolcottville, Ind.; two stepsisters, Jackie and Kristina Jennett of Centreville; four step brothers, Benjamin Jennett, Tom Jennett, Michael Boley, all of Centreville, and Devin Busche of Albion; several nieces and nephews; aunts and uncles, Dan and Patty Rusmisel, Jim and Dea Rusmisel, and Jim and Cindy Clevenger all of Kendallville, Bobby Fuller of Wolcottville, Rex and Sue Freeman of LaGrange, Ind., Randy and Willadean Freeman of Angola, Ind., and Joe Fuller of LaGrange. Also surviving is Matthew’s girlfriend, Valerie Hershbarger of Sturgis.
He was preceeded in death by his stepbrother, Darrell Jennett Jr.
Visitation will be 3-7 p.m. Sunday, July 8, 2012, at Brazzell Funeral Home, Albion Chapel.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, July 9, 2012, at the funeral home. Pastor Chris Mosley of Grace Christian Church will officiate.
Burial will be at Rose Hill Cemetery in Albion.
Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice.
Visit www.brazzellfuneralhome.com to send an online condolence.
Sybert “Sy” L. Crose, age 81, of Three Rivers, passed away on Sunday, July 1, 2012 at the Borgess Medical Center following a brief illness. He was born on Jan. 5, 1931 in Three Rivers, MI. the son of Berto and Mildred (Heslett) Crose.
Mr. Crose has been a lifelong resident of Three Rivers. He was employed in construction for over twenty-five years with Continental Design in Kalamazoo, before retiring in 1994. Sy truly loved to work with wood, building many pieces of furniture, and knick knacks for family and friends. He also enjoyed golfing, bowling, and playing cards. Sybert was a member of the Three Rivers Elks Lodge #1248.
Mr. Crose was preceded in death by his parents, his late wife Charlett, and four siblings, Patricia, Darrell, Delores “Pete”, and Corwin “Corky” Crose.
He leaves to cherish his memory, four children, Lore (Matthew) Hynan, of McCordsville, IN., Julie (Dennis) Bertch, of Kalamazoo, MI., Scott (Lyn) Crose, of Three Rivers, Todd (Angella) Crose, of Morris, IL.; twelve grandchildren, Brandon and Chase Crose, Jason Bertch, and Elizabeth Eley, Ryan, Breanna, Brittanie, Brianna, and Nathan, Anthony, Katie, and Austin Hynan; thirteen great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.
The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, July 5, 2012 at the Hohner Funeral Home.
Funeral Services will be held 11:00 with visitation one hour prior on Friday, July 6, 2012 at the Hohner Funeral Home with Pastor Dan Lane officiating.
Interment will be held in Riverside Cemetery, Three Rivers.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Lung Association. Envelopes available at the funeral home. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.hohnerfh.com.
Devon “Don” L. Albin, 87, of Marcellus, passed away on June 28, 2012.
He was born on July 6, 1924 in Nappanee, Ind. to Jesse and Elsie (Bleile) Albin. On Nov. 23, 1968 he married Louise (Butchbaker) Rentfrow.
A farmer and salesman all his life, Don also served in the U.S. Army, sold Electrolux vacuums and worked for Honeycrust Bakery. A true entrepreneur, he worked alongside his wife Louise at their businesses, Don’s Furniture City in Three Rivers and Albin Farms Meats at the Mendon and Three Rivers farm markets. He was a faithful member of the Wakelee United Methodist Church, Cass County Farm Bureau, and Post 170 American Legion.
He will surely be missed by his wife, Louise; sisters, Doris Kirchner and Dolly (Larry) Pletcher; children, Leota (Frank) Mast, David (Jenny) Rentfrow, Dennis Rentfrow, Daryl (Charlene) Rentfrow; all of his loving grandchildren and great-grandchildren; brother and sister-in-law Allen and Pat Butchbaker; his many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Verle.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. on Monday, July 2 and from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday July 3 in the Mater-Ralston Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday in the funeral home with Pastor John D. Messner of the Wakelee United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will follow in the Marcellus Cemetery with the American Legion Post 170, Three Rivers conducting Military Rites.
Memorials may be directed to the Wakelee United Methodist Church or the Marcellus Ambulance Service.
Peter Dennis Miller, 70, of Three Rivers, died Saturday, June 23, 2012 at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo.
He was born Feb. 22, 1942, in Kalamazoo, to Leo and Jeanne (DeVries) Miller, who preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Carol (Jerry) Kott of Vicksburg. He is survived by one son, Jason Leo (Lisa) Miller of Valparaiso, Ind.; one grandson, Noah Austin Miller of Three Rivers; one brother, John (Ethylene) Miller of Vicksburg; sisters, Mary Lynn (Don) Knapp of Kalamazoo, Suzanne (Bill) Hunt of Vicksburg and Kris (James) Swope of Vicksburg. He also is survived by cousin Mary (Doug) Miles of Gull Lake; nephews, Nathan (Denise) Welch of Vicksburg, Eric (Bonnie) Hayward of Grand Haven, Brian (Jennifer) Hayward of Mendon, Chris (Krissy) Hayward of Schoolcraft; and nieces, Diana (Hal) Blanchard of Vicksburg, Ann (Rick) Hughey of Vicksburg, Linda (Tim) Clysedale of Kalamazoo, Lori (Austin) Terry of Paw Paw, Kimberly (Richard) Furney of Vicksburg and Brenda (Steve) Schimp of Vicksburg, as well as long-time friend Jeanette Mercer and good friends and lifelong golfing buddies Stewart Nickell, Ron Campbell and John Zalga.
Pete and his siblings were raised on Indian Lake, in Vicksburg. He was a 1960 graduate of Vicksburg High School where he was a member of the basketball and golf teams. He served two years in the United States Army. Pete retired from E.L. Nickell Co. in Constantine as a quality control inspector. He was a lifelong Detroit Tigers, Lions, Pistons and Red Wings fan, an avid golfer and enjoyed swimming with friends at HealthTRAC Three Rivers Health. Pete spent the majority of his retirement years enjoying the company of his grandson, Noah.
Cremation has taken place. A memorial will be held 11 a.m., July 21, at Chapman Memorial Nazarene Church, in Vicksburg. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Pete’s name to the Three Rivers Little League, P.O. Box 323, Three Rivers, MI 49093, the Three Rivers Elks Lodge #1248, 603 W. Michigan Ave., Three Rivers, MI 49093, or Chapman Memorial Nazarene Church, 7520 E. U Ave., Vicksburg, MI 49097.
Aletha J. Baldwin, age 78, of Constantine, passed away Friday, June 29th, 2012 at Three Rivers Health. She was born in St. Joseph County, MI on June 3, 1934, a daughter of Alfred and Hazel (Oldenburg) Walls Sr. Aletha retired as a Quality Control Inspector at Kirsch Company in Sturgis. She also worked as a teachers aid at Constantine Public Schools. Aletha was a former Girl Scout Leader and was always available to help the neighborhood families and children.
Surviving are her daughters Debbie (Philip) Moore of Edon, OH, Cindy Baldwin of Constantine, sons David (Rhonda) Baldwin of Edwardsburg, Todd Baldwin of the Phillipines, 9 grandchildren, and 8 great grandchildren, brother Almon (Nancy) Walls of Elkhart. She was preceded in death by her parents, 3 brothers Alfred Jr., Roger and Warner and sister Pauline Caulkins.
Relatives and friends will be received Tuesday from 9 – 11 A.M. at the Eley Funeral Home in Constantine where Religious Services will follow at 11:00 A.M. on Tuesday. Interment will be in the Constantine Township Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Constantine Food Bank. On line messages may be left for the family at www.eleyfuneralhomes.com.
Lidia Theresa Granzotto, age 79, of Three Rivers, went to be with the Lord, Thursday, June 28, 2012 at Bronson Methodist Hospital. She was born on July 15, 1932 in Three Rivers, MI. the daughter of Francesco and Marcella (Lupato) DalPonte.
Mrs. Granzotto has been a lifetime resident of Three Rivers. On May 9, 1953 she was united in marriage to the love of her life, Frank Granzotto who survives. Lidia and Frank have been devout Catholics where she was very active as the Music Director at Immaculate Conception for many years. She and Frank raised eleven children and Lidia’s family and faith were the focal point of her life.
Mrs. Granzotto was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Elda Hayes.
She leaves to cherish her loving memory, husband, Frank Granzotto, of Three Rivers; daughters, Anne Marie Granzotto, Victoria Granzotto, both of Three Rivers, Theresa (Dale) Meade, of Schoolcraft, Lori (Cary) Miller, of Crown Point, IN., Jennifer (Steve) Goffeney, of Kalamazoo, Jeannie (Greg) Rinckey, of Zeeland, Emily (John) Dinegan, of Ripon, WI.; sons, Francis (Renee), Timothy Granzotto, both of Three Rivers, Daniel (Susan), of Elkhart, and Joseph Granzotto, of Three Rivers; thirty-one grandchildren, and eighteen great-grandchildren as well as many extended family and friends.
The family will receive friends from 1-3 and 5-7 p.m. on Sunday, July 1, 2012 at the Hohner Funeral Home.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m. on Monday, July 2, 2012 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, with Fr. Peter Granzotto as celebrant, and Fr. Mark Vyverman and Fr. Robert Johansen as concelebrants.
Interment will be held in Moorepark Cemetery.
Memorial Donations may be made to the Immaculate Conception Parish Educational Trust Fund. Envelopes available at the funeral home.