Maxine Straley, 77

July 12, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Maxine StraleyIt is with deep sorrow we announce the passing of our mother Maxine Straley, but with great joy knowing she has went home to be with our Lord Jesus Christ. Maxine F. Straley, age 77, of Centreville, passed away Friday, July 11th, 2014 at Fairview Nursing & Rehabilitation Centre, Centreville.

Maxine was born in Muskegon, MI on July 25, 1936, a daughter of Murlen and Mary (Bowen) Winchel. On August 1, 1953, Maxine married Jerome Straley. He preceded her in death on April 22, 1994.

She attended Phillips Schools of Muskegon, MI. She was employed as a Certified Nurse’s Assistant at Fairview Nursing Home in Centreville for over 30 years. Maxine lived on a farm and loved animals, but she especially loved small dogs. She enjoyed crocheting and watching wrestling. Maxine was a den mother for the local cub scouts and boy scouts in Marcellus and also was a Sunday school teacher for many years.

Maxine is survived by daughters Jane (Rob) Hambright of Hart, Jill Shearer of Sturgis, and Ju-Lee (Charlie) Bennett of Middlebury; sons James (Linda) Straley of Three Rivers and Jeff (Becky) Straley of Three Rivers; sisters Margaret Holden of Grand Haven and Marylee (Charlie) Valley of Muskegon; brothers Max Winchel of Marcellus and Marshall (June) Winchel of Muskegon; daughter-in-law Annie Straley of Checotah, OK; 25 grandchildren; and 33 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, son Jerome Straley, and two children at birth.

Friends and family will be received Monday, July 14 from 6-8 pm with religious services held on Tuesday, July 15 at 1 pm both at Eley Funeral Home, Centreville. Pastor Rob Hambright (Hart Christian Fellowship, Hart, MI) will be officiating. Arrangements were entrusted to Eley Funeral Homes. Online messages may be left for the family at

Verneita Lamb, 91

July 12, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Verneita Rose Lamb, 91, of Mishawaka, Ind., died peacefully in her home surrounded by three generations on Wednesday, July 9, 2014. She was born in Cavalier, N.D. on Feb. 26, 1923 the daughter of Henry and Anna (Andrews) Shafer. While working at Lockheed Aircraft in California during WWII she met Orion Lamb, the love of her life. They were married on May 1, 1943 and made their home in Constantine for over 50 years. Verneita worked for the Kirsch Company in Sturgis for 30 years where she served as union steward.

Verneita has a servant’s heart and was always thinking of others. She was a 50-year member of the Mendon Grange and worked the Grange booth at the St. Joseph County Fair. She was also a volunteer for the Cass County Council on Aging. She was an Ambassador at her current home at Waterford at Edison Lakes and helped develop the Chapel Room.

Verneita is survived by four children, Roger (Eden) Lamb of Conroe, Texas, Reva Cheri (Thomas) Underwood of South Bend, Ind., Warren (Jean) Lamb of Las Vegas, Nev. and Stephanie Ann (Patrick) Holland of El Cajon, Calif.; 12 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Cherie Bill of Elkhart, Ind. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Orion, two brothers, Marquise Shafer and James Shafer; and a great-grandson, Samuel Lamb.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 15 at the Eickhoff Funeral Home in Mendon. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 16 at the funeral home followed by burial in Mendon Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Cass County Council on Aging or to a charity of one’s choice. Condolences may be expressed to the family at

Dwight Donmyer, 82

July 11, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

D Donmyer_NEWDwight Milton Donmyer, age 82, of Three Rivers, passed away late Tuesday, July 8th, 2014 at the Borgess Medical Center following a lengthy illness. He was born on May 20, 1932 in Three Rivers the son of the late Roy F. and Donna (Everhart) Donmyer.

Mr. Donmyer attended Three Rivers Schools and later graduated from Glen Oaks Community College. He served his country in the National Guard for over 31 years having served active duty several times. He was employed for over thirty years for General Telephone as a P.B.X. Installation Technician from where he eventually retired .

Dwight was a former member of the American Legion Hice-Shutes Post #170. He was an avid water skier, enjoyed camping and spending time in Ludington, square dancing, and in his later years enjoyed surfing the web.

Mr. Donmyer leaves to cherish his loving memory, his wife, MaryJean Donmyer, of Three Rivers; one daughter, Deb (Leonard) Shippy, of Three Rivers; one son, Brad (Gwen) Donmyer, of Sturgis, MI.; grandchildren, Stacy, Ryan (Jodi), Zack (Kim), Sara (Shaun), Eric (Jen), Sarah (Jason), Chelsea(Travis), Hannah, Meredith, Mariah, and Adam. Several great grandchildren and one brother, Dwayne “Charles” Donmyer.

The family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. until the time of services at 12:00 noon on Monday, July 14, 2014 at the Hohner Funeral Home, with Armstrong International Chaplain Dan Lane officiating. Military Honors under the auspices of the American Legion Hice-Shutes Post #170 to follow services.

Memorials may be donated to the Wounded Warriors Project. Envelopes available at Hohner Funeral Home in care of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at

Harry Gray, 81

July 11, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Harry GrayHarry L. Gray, age 81, of Marcellus, MI passed away Thursday afternoon, July 10, 2014.

He was born February 28, 1933 in Decatur, MI the son of Arthur Lyle and Alice June (Tinkey) Gray. On March 1, 1996 he married Kathlene M. Bennett who survives.

He was a Retired Army Veteran who served during the Korean War and Vietnam War. Harry was a life member of the Marcellus V.F.W. Post 4054, the Masonic Lodge and the American Legion. He enjoyed fishing, watching birds and loved the warm weather and especially enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren.

Surviving besides his wife Kathlene are two daughters, Barbara J. Larsh and Cynthia (Gerry) Knutson; four sons, Michael (Penny) Wilbanks, Mark S. Wilbanks, Douglas M. Johnston and Kenneth B. Johnston; one sister, Joyce E. Klein and two brothers, Warren J. Gray and Lowell D. Gray; 18 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

A celebration of Harry’s life will be held at a later date. Memorials may be directed to the Marcellus V.F.W. Post 4054. Online condolences may be left at

Arrangements were handled by the Mater-Ralston Funeral Home, Marcellus

Charles Armstrong, 70

July 11, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Charles L. “Sonny” Armstrong, 70, of White Pigeon, died Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at the Fairview Nursing and Rehabilitation Community in Centreville following an extended illness.

He was born on May 16, 1944 in Wisconsin the son of Whitford and Anna (Stark) Armstrong. He was a resident of Three Rivers, Marcellus and White Pigeon areas and a graduate of Three Rivers High School. He retired from American Axle in Three Rivers. A member of the Three Rivers Eagles, he enjoyed fishing, hunting, dachshund dogs, all Detroit sports teams, mostly spending time with his grandchildren.

He was married to Doris Rae Wright who preceded him in death. He is survived by his son, Scott (Bethany) Armstrong of Three Rivers; four grandchildren, Scotty, Zoe, Toby and Sophie Armstrong; two brothers, Jack (Pam) Armstrong of Three Rivers and Bob (Vickie) Armstrong of Bowling Green, Ky.; several nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his father; wife; sister, Linda Knauss.

His mother, Anna Armstrong, survives.

Visitation will be held 11 a.m. — 1 p.m. Monday, July 14 at the Farrand Funeral Home in White Pigeon where services will be held at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Scott Manning of the United Methodist Church officiating.

Interment will be in Riverside Cemetery in Three Rivers. Donations may be directed to Juvenile Diabetes Research.

Mylenda Kaylor, 90

July 9, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

hoh206Mylenda Kaylor, age 90, of Three Rivers, passed away on Tuesday, July 8th, 2014 at the Bowman House where she resided following a lengthy illness. She was born in Van Wert County, Ohio on April 4, 1924 the daughter of the late Charles Rose and Mary Hannah (Williams) Price.

Mrs. Kaylor has been a long time resident of Three Rivers moving from Van Wert with her husband LeRoy, whom she married on Sept. 28, 1946. She was employed by Continental Can for twenty-five years before retiring. She and her family enjoyed spending summers at Houghton Lake. She enjoyed being a wonderful homemaker and caring for her family after her retirement.

Mylenda was preceded in death by her husband, LeRoy Kaylor, two sisters, Louise Boroff and Eleanor Johnson, one brother, Warren C. Price, and an infant daughter Barbara Jo.

She leaves to cherish her loving memory, one daughter, Phyllis (Randall) Hall, two sons, David (Carolyn) and Joseph L. Kaylor, all of Three Rivers; two grandchildren, Kelli (Christopher) Dechnik and Adam Kaylor; one great-granddaughter, Karli Dechnik; two sisters, Mary Kathryn Hayman and Doloris Moore. Several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. until time of services at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, July 11, 2014 at the Hohner Funeral Home, with Pastor Bob Anderson officiating.

Interment will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 12, 2014 at ElmGrove Cemetery, in St. Mary’s, OH.

Memorial donations may be given to Southern Care Hospice of Portage. Envelopes available at Hohner Funeral Home in care of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at

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