Roger A. Hipskind, 75, of Three Rivers, passed away on Sunday Aug. 5, 2012 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. He was born Jan. 21, 1937 in Elkhart to Howard and Katherine (Ives) Hipskind.
He married Carrol Sue Graves in Elkhart on Dec. 23, 1955. He is survived by his wife, Carrol Hipskind; sons, Allen D. (Amy) Hipskind, Steven T. (Becky) Hipskind and Patrick R. Hipskind; sister, Kathy (James) Getz; brother, Larry (Carolyn) Hipskind; grandchildren, Dustin (Sara) Hipskind, Courtney (Matt) Gillett, Jessica Hipskind, Ashleigh Hipskind, Scott Wells, Jennifer Wells; great-grandchildren Koveigh Wells and Eleanor Wells. He was preceded in death by his parents Howard and Katherine Hipskind and a nephew Matthew Getz.
He worked in the tool and die trade all his life at various manufacturing facilities. There will be no visitation or services and cremation will take place at Elkhart Cremation Services. Memorial contributions may be given to the Alzheimer’s Association. Elkhart Cremation Services is entrusted with arrangements.
Fern (Newman) Belt, age 88, of Huntsville, Ala., and a former resident of Sturgis, passed away peacefully July 13, 2012, at Crestwood Medical Center in Huntsville, Ala.
A memorial service celebrating the life of Fern Belt will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church in Sturgis. The Rev. Deb Johnson will officiate. Entombment of the ashes will follow the service at the Oak Lawn Cemetery Columbarium in Sturgis.
Hackman Family Funeral Homes — Hackman Chapel of Sturgis is entrusted with local arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations in Mrs. Belt’s memory would be appreciated to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
James R. Camburn, age 87, of Sturgis, Mich., passed away Friday evening, Aug. 3, 2012, at his home.
He was born July 12, 1925, in Lansing, Mich., a son of the late Darrel and Emma (Short) Camburn.
Jim resided in Sturgis since 1953 coming from Lawrence and his early life was lived in Kalamazoo.
On June 8, 1946, he married Luella Carr in Kalamazoo.
He owned and operated James Camburn Repair Service in Sturgis from 1953 until his semi-retirement in 1990. He had also been employed by the Kirsch Company in Sturgis.
Jim was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during World War II with the 96th Infantry Division in the Pacific and was awarded two Bronze Battle Stars.
He was a Life Member of Neuman-Wenzel Post #73 American Legion and Captain John J. Kelley Post #1355 VFW and the Southwest Michigan Fly Wheelers Antique Tractor Club.
Jim enjoyed fishing, riding motorcycles and snowmobiles, his antique tractor and spending time at the family cabin in Wellston. He also loved traveling and traveled to all 50 states.
He is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Luella; one daughter, Catherine Witmer of Goshen, Ind.; three sons, Laurence (Ann) Camburn of Richland, Douglas (Theresa) Camburn and Melvin (Deborah) Camburn both of Sturgis; 10 grandchildren, Kyle O’Brien, Kevin O’Brien, Heather Polasky, Kristin Hammond, Holly Sweatman, Hope Larhrib, Jonathan Camburn, Patrick Camburn, Kevin Camburn and Amanda Camburn; 11 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Patrick Camburn; one brother, Dale Camburn; one step-brother, Jack Short and one step-sister, Jean Schwartz.
The family will receive friends from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Hackman Family Funeral Homes – Hackman Chapel, 114 S. Nottawa St., Sturgis, MI 49091, 269-651-2331. Funeral services celebrating the life of James Camburn will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the First United Methodist Church in Sturgis. The Rev. Deb Johnson and retired local United Methodist Church pastor Robert Keim will officiate. A graveside committal will follow the service at Oak Lawn Cemetery in Sturgis where full military honors will be conferred by Captain John J. Kelley Post #1355 VFW and the U.S. Army Honor Guard.
The family suggests those wishing to make a memorial donation in Mr. Camburn’s memory consider Hospice of Sturgis, P.O. Box 126, Sturgis, MI 49091, VFW Post #1355, 264 W. Fawn River Rd., Sturgis, MI 49091 or American Legion Post #73, 500 W. Chicago Rd., Sturgis, MI 49091.
The obituary is also at www.hackmanfamilfuneralhome.com where personal messages of support may be left for the family.
Rosemary Ann Schottenloher, age 89, of Centreville, passed away, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012, at the Fairview Nursing and Rehabilitation Community in Centreville.
According to her wishes, cremation has taken place. Graveside services will be held at a later date to be announced. Arrangements have been entrusted to Hackman Family Funeral Home – Rosenberg Chapel, 807 E. Chicago Rd., Sturgis, MI 49091
Christina Marie Bart, 67, of Sturgis, was welcomed into the kingdom of God to join her family that have gone before her Monday morning, Aug. 6, 2012, at I.U. Health Hospital in Goshen, Ind.
She was born Jan. 9, 1945, in Grand Haven, a daughter of the late Irving and Monica (Stevens) Carter.
Mrs. Bart resided in Sturgis since 1964, coming from Grand Rapids. On Sept. 12, 1964, she married Gordon Bart in Grand Rapids.
Chris was a professional hairdresser for 40 years and owned and operated Chris’s Hairport in Sturgis for 30 years.
She was a member of Holy Angels Catholic Church in Sturgis, the Red Hat Society and an active member of the Sturgis Eagles Auxiliary #1314, where she was instrumental in the annual Putting on the Hits Show. She enjoyed playing golf, stoning and loved time spent with her family and friends at the family home on Omena Lake.
She is survived by her loving husband of 48 years, Gordon, two sons, Bruce (his fiancée Cora Davis) Bart of Sturgis, Damon Bart of Grand Rapids; a daughter, Stacy (Matthew) Lanihan of Sturgis; five grandchildren, Brandon Bart, Brooke Bart, Cassandra Bart, Jozi Bart and Jenna Bart; two brothers, Irving (Geneva) Carter of Webberville and Larry (Shirley) Carter of Portland; her adopted family; mother, Sally (Bernie) Grassmid of Fremont; step-mother, Jane Greenman of Kentwood; five sisters, Chris Robinson of Grant, Diane (Keith) Theis of Pentwater, Cheryl (Ty) Benson of White Cloud, Yvonne (Kevin) Homrich of Newaygo and Virginia (Chuck) Bernia of White Cloud; a brother, Scott Greenman of North Pole, Alaska and many nieces and nephews; and by so many friends there would not be enough ink to list them by name.
She was preceded in death by her parents; adopted father, Robert Greenman; four sisters, Janet Butler, Maizie Javour, Sharon Taylor and Carol Duimstra; and three brothers, Chuck Carter; and twin brothers, Bruce Carter and Bryan Carter.
The family will receive friends from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Hackman Family Funeral Homes — Rosenberg Chapel, 807 E. Chicago Road, Sturgis. The funeral Mass celebrating the life of Christina Marie Bart will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Holy Angels Catholic Church in Sturgis. The Rev. Father German Perez-Diaz will officiate. In accordance with her wishes cremation will follow the Mass. Private burial of the ashes will take place at Oak Lawn Cemetery in Sturgis at a later date.
The family suggests those wishing to make a memorial donation in Mrs. Bart’s memory consider Hospice of Sturgis, P.O. Box 126, Sturgis, MI 49091.
Her obituary is also at www.hackmanfamilyfuneralhome.com, where personal messages of support may be left for the family.
Patricia A. “Pat” Mitchell, age 77, died Saturday Aug. 4, 2012 at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Three Rivers on Sep. 9, 1934 the daughter of Harry B. and Lois B. (Wetherbee) Mitts, and was a 1952 graduate of Three Rivers High School. She was married to John A. Mitchell on March 17, 1956 in Flint, IN. They resided in Mendon before moving to Fishers Lake in 1977 and to Lake Templene in 1986. Pat worked as an accountant in Three Rivers, and for G.W. Pizza in Mendon before becoming a full time homemaker. She returned to accounting in 1972 working at L.S.I. in Mendon until 1998.
Pat was a Brownie Scout Leader, a member of the Mendon P.T.A., and served as treasurer of the Mendon Band boosters for many years. She was an avid sports fan and booster of Mendon sports. She was a member of bowling leagues in both Vicksburg and Three Rivers. She enjoyed reading, gardening, antiquing, travel, and social gatherings with family and friends.
Pat is survived by four children, Cathy (Michael) Meagher of Manistee, Steve Mitchell of Mendon, Scott (Betsy) Mitchell of Findley, Ohio, and Kelly (Charles) Emmerich of Chagrin Falls, OH; six grandchildren, Maggie (Neal Roland) Mitchell, Kelly (Tricia Smith) Mitchell, Adelyn (Sam Belsterling) Emmerich, Andrea Emmerich, Mitchell Emmerich, and Patrick Meagher; 2 sisters, Diann (Larry) Davenport of Centreville and Marilyn “Jeannie” Niedzielski of Oshtemo; a brother in law, Doug Kaiser of Three Rivers; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and a sister, Dixie M. Kaiser.
The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Eickhoff Funeral Home in Mendon. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday Aug. 8, 2012 at the funeral home. Cremation will follow services and a private interment of ashes will take place later in Poe Cemetery. It is suggested that memorials be directed to Three Rivers Health Hospice, the Animal Rescue Fund, or the American Cancer Society. Condolences may be left for the family online at www.eickhofffuneralhome.com