Gerald Douglas Tomey, Centreville, MI, passed away peacefully at his home Monday evening, November 25, 2013. He was born in Romulus, MI, on July 31, 1941 to Eula (Webb) and Earl Tomey. Jerry graduated from Romulus High School in 1960. He entered the US Air Force where he served as a jet mechanic in Plattsburgh, NY. In 1961 he married his high school sweetheart, Sharon Elizabeth Sylvester. Jerry and Sharon spent the early part of their marriage in Westland, MI. Jerry attended Washtenaw Community College. He relocated to Centreville, MI in 1980 where he built his dream home and later retired from General Motors where he worked as a stationary engineer. He enjoyed spending time with his family, traveling across the United States in his RV, fishing and golfing with his buddies. He is preceded in death by his parents, a special great uncle, Alphus Webb, brother in law, James Offerman and his golfing buddies, Danny and Ron.
Jerry is survived by his bride Sharon, his daughters and their spouses, Julie and Tim Fry, Jeri and Roger Tetzloff. His grandchildren; Eric Fry and his wife Julie O’Brien (Chicago), Emily Fry, Thomas, Anna and Daniel Tetzloff, two great-grandchildren, Mackenzie and Owen Meek and his loyal dog, Daisy. Jerry was one of 6 children. His brothers and sisters also survive him; Joyce (Donald) Gregory, Frances Offerman, William (Judy) Tomey, Dennis (Carol) Tomey, Barbara Tomey along with brothers and sisters-in-law; Harry (Barb) Sylvester and JoAnn Bower and several nieces, nephews, and friends. Jerry enjoyed his life and loved his family.
Family and friends will be received on Friday, November 29, 2013 from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. at the Eley Funeral Home in Centreville. Religious services will be held on Friday at 2:00 p.m. Cremation will take place following the service. Memorial contributions may be directed to United Way of St. Joseph County, MI. Online messages may be left for the family at www.eleyfuneralhomes.com
James Willie Deale, age 86, of Mendon, went to be with his Lord on Thursday, November 21, 2013 at his home following a brief illness.
James was one of eight children born to Mr. Willie Deale and Mrs. Hattie Deale on August 18, 1927 in Vicksburg, Mississippi.
James later moved with his family to Chicago, Illinois where he graduated from Du Sable High School. Immediately after high school he joined the U.S Army. He was a paratrooper and a truck driver during World War II. After leaving the Army, he worked for the United States Postal Service, where he retired after 31years of service.
James accepted Christ as his savior at an early age.
James loved to travel and work with his hands. He loved to listen to jazz music and one of his favorites was Grover Washington, Jr. He was a very kind hearted man who touched the lives of many people and only saw the saw the best in people.
He now joins his seven other siblings and parents and wife Frances.
He leaves to cherish his loving memory, his children Larry Deale (Willie), of Georgia; Sharon Deale of Georgia; Karen Deale of Mississippi; Larry Bobbitt of Chicago; Starisha (Jack) of Three Rivers; Abraham of Three Rivers; Norma Rae of Three Rivers and Lenore Borden of Constantine. He also leaves a host of nieces and nephews; grand children; great grand children and other family and friends.
The family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 26th, 2013 at the Hohner Funeral Home with Pastor Dennis Kirouac officiating.
Interment will be held at Ft. Custer National Cemetery.
Memorials may be donated to the family of Mr. James W. Deale c/o Starisha Deale. Envelopes available at Hohner Funeral Home in care of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at www.hohnerfh.com
Jeanette Rose Avila, age 87, of Three Rivers passed away peacefully at Riverview Manor on Thursday Nov. 21, 2013. She was born in Milwaukee, WI on Oct. 10, 1926 the daughter of Frederick and Rose (Holland) Schade. Jeanette later moved to San Mateo, CA where she met John Steven Avila. They were married on May 8, 1948, on Mother’s Day of that year. They were blessed with two children, Constance Rose and John Anthony. The family moved to Michigan in 1972. Jeanette was a retiree of the Big Wheel Department Store in Three Rivers. She loved people, crafts, and above all, spending time with her family and friends.
Jeanette is survived by her husband of 65 wonderful years, John S. Avila; daughter, Connie Bates of Marcellus; three grandchildren, John Bates of Lansing, MI, Anthony (Jenn) Bates of Los Angeles, CA, and Rebecca Rose (Aaron) Sanders of Black Hawk, SD; two great-grandchildren, Zion and Grace Bates; one sister, Elsie Werdin of Hudson, FL. She was preceded in death by a son, John Anthony “Bud” Avila; a sister, Josephine (Mac) Rohrer of Three Rivers; and a brother, Wilbur “Scotty” Schade of Sheboygan, WI.
Jeanette will be truly missed by her family and friends.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Eickhoff Farrand Halverson Chapel in Three Rivers. Funeral services will be 12:00 Noon Wednesday Nov. 27, 2013 at the funeral home with Pastor Gary Carr officiating. Burial will be in Poe Cemetery near Jones, MI. Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society. Online condolences may be expressed at www.efhchapel.com
Wayne Edward Outman, age 90, of Leonidas, died Saturday Nov. 23, 2013 at his home. He was born on March 20, 1928 the son of Lloyd Edward and Elda Marie Krum (Hagelgans) Outman and has been a lifetime resident of Leonidas. Wayne graduated from Colon High School in 1941. He joined the U.S Marine Corps in 1941 and served in the Pacific as part of the occupation of Japan and China before his discharge in 1946. He was a member of the Leonidas Bible Church where he served as Sunday School Superintendant. Wayne was a livestock dealer and farmer and was co-owner of Outman Brothers, Inc. in Leonidas.
Wayne was married to Carol Jean (Kauffman-Schrock)) Outman on April 26, 1969 in Middlebury. She survives along with a son, Mark (Carolyn) Schrock of White Pigeon; two daughters, Robin D. (Daniel) Shoup of Middlebury, IN and Anita J. (Steven) Buscher of Centreville; five grandchildren, Amanda(Kyle) English, John Shoup, Emily Schrock, Sydney Herman, and Brittney Buscher; a great-grandson, Theodore English; two brothers, Lyle Outman and Stanley Outman; two sisters, Ardis Barnebee and Arlene Collins; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Harold, Leroy, and Leon Outman; and a sister, Doris Meyer.
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 1 p.m. Wednesday Nov. 27, 2013 at the funeral home with Revs. David Farrell, Curtis Bennett, and Paul Briggs officiating. Military interment will be in Leonidas Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to either the Leonidas Bible Church, or to Reverence Hospice. Condolences may be expressed online at www.eickhofffuneralhome.com
Raymond “Sonny” Hugh Wright, 104, of Three Rivers, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013 at Park Village Pines, Kalamazoo. He was born on July 19, 1909 in St. Joseph County, the son of the late Hugh John and Irma (Ayers) Wright.
Mr. Wright was united in marriage to Mrs. Twilla A (Oxley) Wright on Aug. 15, 1938 in Warsaw, Ind. They resided in Marcellus for 40 years before moving to Three Rivers for the last 30 years. Mr. Wright started his career with Four County Co-op in Marcellus and later Gold Medal Dairy in Lawton. He retired from Weyerhaeuser as a printer in 1974 after 31 years. Raymond was a long time member of the First Presbyterian Church of Three Rivers-Centreville.
Mr. Wright was preceded in death by his wife, Twilla; one brother, Clyde; and one sister.
He leaves to cherish his loving memory two daughters, Gleola Sies of Parchment and Beverly (Lee) Sherburn of Madison Heights; sons, Wayne (Darlene) Wright of Oklahoma City, Okla. and Albert Wright of Hopkins; three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until time of services at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 26 at the First Presbyterian Church of Three Rivers-Centreville.
Interment will be held at Rose Hill-Nicholsville Cemetery, Volinia Township.
Memorials may be donated to First Presbyterian Church or the charity of one’s choice. Online condolences may be left at www.hohnerfh.com.
Dolores Joan (Skinner) Skrzyniarz, 84, of Three Rivers, died at her home on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013. She was born in Evergreen Park, Ill. on June 28, 1929, the daughter of John and Anna (Ebert) Riopel. In the mid-1940s, she and her family moved to Three Rivers. She met her future husband, Roman Skrzyniarz, while he was home on leave from the Navy. His family lived in the neighborhood. They were married on Nov. 8, 1947 and made their home on land that had been owned by his parents.
Dolores was a homemaker all her life. She loved to sew, making many of her children’s clothes and also reupholstered some furniture. She was delighted to live in the country, and said she never missed living in Chicago. When she first visited country cousins of hers, she knew the country is where she should live. She worked with Roman in his excavating business, and was also involved in the Riverside Grange and in the 4-H program, when her children were at home. She learned cake decorating from Tillie VanOosterhout and made many fancy cakes and desserts, mostly for family. She created wedding cakes for several of her children’s weddings along with sewing a wedding dress and making decorations.
She loved to travel. She and Roman drove their motor home all over the United States, including Alaska. They also flew to Hawaii for their 40th wedding anniversary. Her favorite place was Yellowstone National Park, which they visited many times, the last trip there was in 2006. She also loved animals and the outdoors and enjoyed reading. One of her favorite books was “Gone With the Wind.”
She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, and a grandson.
She is survived by five children, Linda (Terry) Baker, Ann (Randy) Scott, Pat (Gary) Schwertner, Joan Skinner, Joe (Darci) Skrzyniarz; her brother, Ron (Anne) Riopel; 12 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; her loyal dog “Lucky” whose companionship she cherished.
A Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated by Fr. Mathew Manalel at Immaculate Conception Church, 637 S. Douglas on Saturday, Nov. 23 at 10 a.m. Memorials may be donated to St. Joseph County Animal Control, P.O. Box 252, Centreville, MI 49032 or Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan, 222 N. Kalamazoo Mall, #100, Kalamazoo, MI 49007.
Arrangements were handled by Avink Funeral Home Crematio Society, www.avinkcremation.com.