Joyce D. Smith, 62, of Sturgis, died Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, at St. Joseph Hospital in Fort Wayne, Ind., following an extended illness.
She was born Aug. 12, 1951, in Goshen, Ind., to Melvin and Velma (Marchant) Beardsley. She was a resident of the Sturgis area for the past 26 years, coming from White Pigeon. She had been employed at Kirsch Company in Middlebury, Ind. She enjoyed crafts.
On Sept. 1, 1990, she married Ron D. Smith in Three Rivers. He survives, along with a son, Brad (Tiffany) Carpenter of White Pigeon; two grandchildren, Megan and Jonathan Carpenter; a great-grandchild, Kamdyn; her mother, Velma Beardlsey of White Pigeon; two sisters, Helen (Mitchell) Whitman of Constantine and Tammy (Leon) Tessman of Evart; two brothers, Carl (Doris) Beardsley of Sturgis and James (Jane) Beardsley of Hillsdale; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father; and a nephew.
There will be no visitation. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 6, 2014, at the American Legion post in Sturgis. Interment of cremains will take place at a later date in White Pigeon Township Cemetery. Arrangements are by Farrand Funeral Home in White Pigeon.
Ivan A. Stuckey, age 92, of Burr Oak, went to be with the Lord on Saturday morning March 1, 2014, at Parkview Regional Hospital in Fort Wayne, Ind.
He was born May 15, 1921 in Archbold, Ohio, a son of the late Aaron and Sarah (Eicher) Stuckey.
Ivan resided in Burr Oak for the past 49 years after moving from from West Unity, Ohio. On Nov. 30, 1944, he married Lulu Ruth Miller in Archbold and they were together 63 years. She preceded him in death May 4, 2008.
He was a lifelong farmer and an active member of Sonlight Community Church in Angola, Ind., for many years.
He enjoyed reading his Bible and spending time with his family. He also enjoyed gardening, woodworking and cooking.
He is survived by two daughters, Carol Stuckey of Colon and Kaylene (Russell) Rinehart of Burr Oak; two sons, Roland (Cindy) Stuckey of Fort Wayne, Ind., and Philip (Lora) Stuckey of Colon; 10 grandchildren, Laurie (Robbie) Counts, Karl (Heather) Osmun, Dan (Jolane) Conklin, Jack (Janel) Conklin, Kendra Conklin, Jay (Jessica) Rinehart, Justin Stuckey, Caleb Stuckey, Erika (Jason) Tetzloff and Kendall Stuckey; 13 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Clara (Warren) Frey of Wauseon, Ohio.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; a son-in-law, Kenneth Conklin; a sister, Anna (Hyrthal) Aeschliman; and six brothers, Walter (Virgie), Chester (Ilva), Joseph (Berneda), Earl (Ada), Arthur (Mary Ellen) and Donald (Clemma) Stuckey. Ada, Mary Ellen and Clemma survive.
Friends and family will be received from 5-8 p.m. Thursday at the Rosenberg Chapel of Hackman Family Funeral Homes, 807 E. Chicago Road, Sturgis, and from 10-11 a.m. Friday at Lockport Mennonite Church, 9269 Co. Road 21 N, Stryker, Ohio, where funeral services will begin at 11 a.m. Friday. A graveside committal will follow the service at Lockport Cemetery in Stryker.
The family suggests those wishing to make a memorial donation in Ivan’s memory consider Gideon International, P.O. Box 401800, Nashville, TN 37214 or the charity of one’s choice.
His obituary is also at www.hackmanfamilyfuneralhome.com, where personal messages of support may be left for the family.
Pearl Marion Bailey, age 102, passed away Friday afternoon, Feb. 28, 2014, at Thurston Woods Village in Sturgis.
She was born April 23, 1911, in Milwaukee, a daughter of the late Charles and Petronelle Lupenski.
Mrs. Bailey resided in Sturgis since 1974, coming from Chicago.
In January 1971, she married Alvin Bailey in Chicago. He died October 18, 1979.
She retired from the Standard Brands Company in Chicago, where she was employed from 1941-1973.
Mrs. Bailey attended Holy Angels Catholic Church in Sturgis and was an active member of the Commission on Aging in Sturgis. She enjoyed reading, watching television and crocheting.
She had 13 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; 27 great-great-grandchildren; and two great-great-great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a daughter, Dolores (Preusser) Scanlon; two sons, Raymond Preusser Sr. and Donald Preusser; three sisters; and two brothers.
In accordance with her wishes, cremation has taken place. A special memorial service celebrating the life of Pearl Bailey will be held at a later date to be announced.
The Hackman Chapel of Hackman Family Funeral Homes, 114 S. Nottawa St., Sturgis, is entrusted with the arrangements.
Memorial donations to the family would be appreciated to help with burial expenses, c/o Rita Lowe, 623 S. Erie St., Apt. A, Three Rivers, MI 49093.
Her obituary is also at www.hackmanfamilyfuneralhome.com, where personal messages of support may be left for the family.
Catherine Anne Wolfe, age 70, of Three Rivers, passed away on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at Borgess Medical Center following a lengthy illness. She was born on Nov. 24, 1943 in Garden City, MI., the daughter of Jack and Catherine (O’Byrne) Pelon.
Mrs. Wolfe has been a long time resident of Three Rivers. She was employed for many years as a bar manager for the Three Rivers Eagles, Moose Lodge, Three Rivers Elks, and Papa Joe’s (P.J.’s). Catherine loved to travel to Hawaii and loved spending time with her family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother James Pelon.
Catherine leaves to cherish her loving memory, husband, Corey Wolfe, of Three Rivers; one daughter, Laura Marsh; one son, Ty Marsh, both of Three Rivers; one brother, Jack (Pam) Pelon, of Livonia, MI.; two sisters, Barbara (Rodney) Roberts, of Greenville, NC., and Janice Pelon-Dennis, of Three Rivers; four grandchildren, Marissa, Brooke, Michael, and Ella; many nieces and nephews and friends.
The family will receive friends from 2-4 p.m. until the time of services at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 6th, 2014 at the Hohner Funeral Home.
Memorials may be donated to the American Lung Association. Envelopes available at the Hohner Funeral Home. Online condolences may be left at www.hohnerfh.com
He was born July 24, 1927 in Three Rivers, son of the late Claude and Mildred (Ernest) Ames.
Russel resided in Sturgis since 1948 coming from Three Rivers. On Dec. 31, 1948 he married Joyce Ann Holtz at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Sturgis. This marriage was the first performed by the Rev. Herbert M. Heidenreich in Sturgis.
He retired in 1989 from Fry Copy Systems in Sturgis following 15 years of employment. Prior to joining Fry Copy Systems he worked at Sturgis Newport Business Forms in Sturgis for 23 years.
He was a past member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Sturgis. Russel enjoyed fishing, woodworking and crafts and dearly loved his Cocker Spaniel, Sophie.
He is survived by his loving and dedicated wife of 65 years, Joyce; one daughter, April Ann Ames of Sturgis; two sons, Norman Duane Ames of Cheyenne, Wyo. and Marc Allan Ames of Sturgis; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one son, Craig Robert Ames in 1996.
The family will receive friends from 12:30-1:45 p.m. Thursday at the Hackman Chapel of Hackman Family Funeral Homes, 114 S. Nottawa St., Sturgis, MI 49091, 269-651-2331. Funeral services celebrating the life of Russel D. Ames will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. The Rev. Barry Sommerfield of the Celebration Church in Sturgis will officiate. A graveside committal will follow the service at Oak Lawn Cemetery in Sturgis.
The family suggests those wishing to make a memorial donation in Mr. Ames’ memory consider Operation Smile, 3641 Faculty Blvd., Virginia Beach, VA 23453.
The obituary is also at www.hackmanfamilyfuneralhome.com where personal messages of support may be left for the family.
Alice Marie Rockelein, age 88, of Leonidas, died Saturday March 1, 2014 at the Heritage-Upjohn Community Care Center in Kalamazoo. She was born in Mattawan on June 24, 1925 the daughter of John and Loretta (McCarthy) Kelly. Alice was married to Joseph L. Rockelein in Paw Paw on October 11, 1952 and has resided on a farm north of Leonidas since their marriage. Alice was a homemaker who sewed for her family and enjoyed playing the organ. She was a member of St. Edward Catholic Church in Mendon, sang in the church choir, and was an Altar Society volunteer. She was also a Recipient Rights Advocated for A.D.A.P.T. Following their retirement she and her husband enjoyed travelling .
Alice is survived by eight children, James (Sally) Rockelein of Leonidas, Ronald (Amielia) Rockelein of Portsmouth, NH, Robert Rockelein of Centreville, Kenneth (Constanza) Rockelein of Duluth, GA, Jeanne Ann (Mark) Bankhead of Battle Creek, Mary Ellen Tompkins of Vicksburg, Karen Miller of LaGrange, IN, and Karol (Perry) Kirkham of Centreville; nineteen grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Joe; a brother, John Kelly; and two sisters, Loretta Downs and Catherine Frary.
The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Eickhoff Funeral Home in Mendon where the Rosary will be recited at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday. The funeral mass will be 11 a.m. Friday March 7, 2014 at St. Edward Catholic Church in Mendon With Rev. Jim Vinh Le officiating. Burial will be in St. Edward Cemetery. Memorials will be directed to the Heritage-Upjohn Community Center. Condolences may be left for the family at www.eickhofffuneralhome.com