Connie Walters, 63

July 26, 2011 by WLKM · Comments Off 

Connie L. Walters, 63, of Constantine, died Sunday, July 24, 2011, at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo after an extended illness.

 She was born March 9, 1948, in Three Rivers, a daughter of Frank E. and Pearl (Long) Merritt. She had been a resident of the White Pigeon and Constantine area all her life.

 She was a homemaker and was a graduate of White Pigeon High School. She enjoyed collecting wind chimes. 

Surviving are a son, Matthew R. Walters of Constantine; a brother, Ronald E. (Xuong T.) Merritt of Constantine; nieces and nephews Amy, Frankie, Jamie and Mahn; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.

 She was preceded in death by her parents; and an infant daughter, Heidi. 

Visitation is 5-8 p.m. Wednesday at Farrand Funeral Home in White Pigeon. Funeral services are at 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Scot Manning, pastor of Constantine United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will follow in Constantine Township Cemetery.

 Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.

Edwin Bolinger, 91

July 22, 2011 by WLKM · Comments Off 

Edwin Leroy Bolinger, 91, of rural Three Rivers, died Wednesday July 20, 2011 at his home. He was born in Mishawaka, Ind. on Jan. 10, 1920 the son of Loren and Edith (Hostetter) Bolinger. The family resided in several communities in northern Indiana before Edwin joined the Army in 1941. He served in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and was awarded the Bronze Star prior to his discharge in 1945. Edwin was married to Pauline Scott-Bailey on Dec. 16, 1945 in New Haven, Ind. They continued to reside in northern Indiana where Edwin worked as a carpenter along with his grandfather, building and remodeling homes.

He was a member of the former Parkville Community Church and the Hamburg Assembly of God. He and his wife were active missionaries for their church, traveling to the Yukon, Philippines, and Korea. He enjoyed vacations “Up-North” with his family, woodworking, and refinishing furniture.

Edwin is survived by his wife of 65 years, Pauline. Also by three children, James (Connie) Bolinger of Three Rivers, Judy (Shelby) Slone of Mendon and Eddy (Ruby) Bolinger of Three Rivers; seven grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; two sisters, Carol Lemmons of Ft. Wayne, Ind. and Margaret Fry of North Carolina; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Peter Bolinger; and three sisters, Gertrude Grover, Doris Bolinger and June Bolinger.

The family will receive friends from 1-3 and 5-7 p.m. on Sunday at the Eickhoff, Farrand, Halverson Chapel in Three Rivers. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Monday July 25 at the funeral home with Rev. Andrew Henderson and Rev. Chris Johnson officiating. Military interment will follow in Moorepark Cemetery. Memorials by be directed to the Missionary Fund at any local church. Condolences may also be left for the family at

Tina Jasper, 55

July 22, 2011 by WLKM · Comments Off 

Tina Marie Jasper, formerly Barney, 55, of Three Rivers, passed away on Wednesday, July 20, 2011 at her home surrounded by family. She was born in Centralia, Ill. on Sept. 3, 1955 to Kenneth Sr. and Esther (Jones) Jasper.

Tina loved riding four-wheelers, snowmobiles, and was never afraid to try anything, including skydiving, and traveling the world with her beloved Scott. She loved being outdoors and walking in the woods.

She leaves to cherish her loving memory her parents, Kenneth (Karen) Jasper, Esther Furey; one daughter, Christine Barney; two sons, Shawn King (Jennifer Peters) and Scott Barney; one brother, Kenneth Jasper Jr.; the love of her life, Scott Furey; nephews, Andrew, Jeffrey and Justin Jasper; great-niece Kaity; step-brothers, John, Dave, and Scott; step-sister, Carolyn; special friends, Jack and Alice Mann; and many friends who loved her.

Preceded in death by one stepfather, Clarence Furey.

Funeral Services will be held at noon on Saturday, July 23 at the Hohner Funeral Home, with Rev. Gary Carr officiating.

Interment will be held in the Constantine Cemetery.

Memorials may be donated to the Three Rivers Area Hospice. Envelopes available at the funeral home.

Clink Stephanoff, 75

July 21, 2011 by WLKM · Comments Off 

Clarence D. “Clink” Stephanoff, age 75, of Three Rivers, passed away Wednesday, July 20th, 2011 at his home. He was born on October 2, 1935 at his family home in Roseville, MI, a son of  Stuart and Myrtle (Hopper) Stephanoff.  Clink served in the US Marine Corp from 1952 – 1955 during the Korean War. On September 28, 1957 he married Ruth A. Hartnett in Mt. Clemens.
Clink worked as a mechanic for General Motors Fisher Body and also owned and operated Clinks Recycling.  He was a great tinkerer and could fix anything. Clink was a  member of Trinity Missionary Church for 30 years,  where he was known as “the candyman”. No one ever left church without receiving a piece of candy and a goodbye greeting from Clink.
Surviving Clink are his wife Ruth Stephanoff, Three Rivers, daughter Jody L. (Jeffrey) Muzzarelli, Sterling Hts., son James S. (Ruth) Stephanoff, Constantine, 5 grandchildren, Benjamin Muzzarelli, Michael Muzzarelli, both of Sterling Hts., Jarod Stephanoff, Christopher Stephanoff, and Amy Stephanoff, all of Constantine, sister June (Marvin) Cann, Ellijay, GA, and brothers Jack  (Norma) Stephanoff, Roseville, and Robert (Michelle) Stephanoff, Elk Rapids.  He was preceded in death  by is parents, sisters Ruth barber, Gladys Barnhardt, Betty Stephanoff and brother William Stephanoff.
Relatives and friends will be received Friday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the Eley Funeral Home in Constantine. Religious Services will be held Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at the the Trinity Missionary Church, Constantine, with Reverend Terry Neumayer officiating. Cremation will follow services. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Trinity MIssionary Church Children’s Ministries.  Online messages may be left for the family at

Susan Ball, 51

July 21, 2011 by WLKM · Comments Off 

Susan Jane Ball, 51, of Three Rivers, passed away late Wednesday, July 13, 2011 at the Rose Arbor Hospice Facility in Kalamazoo. She was born on Sept. 29, 1959 in Panama City Beach, Fla., the daughter of Robert and Martha (Kirklin) Carter who preceded her in death.

She loved gardening and preparing good food. She was also into antiques and vintage décor.

She leaves to cherish her loving memory one daughter, Jennifer (Timothy) Haydon of Three Rivers and their children, Sara, Samantha, and Matthew Haydon; one sister, Janis Craaybeek of Three Rivers; two nephews, Robert and Andrew Wirick; one brother, David Carter of Grand Rapids; many close friends.

Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at a later date. Please contact Susan’s family for details. Any wishing to make a donation may give to the Rose Arbor Hospice Facility.

Arrangements by Hohner Funeral Home.

Sandra Dentler, 60

July 19, 2011 by WLKM · Comments Off 

Sandra Kay Dentler, age 60, of Mendon, died Sunday July 17, 2011 at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo following a long illness. She was born in Vicksburg, MI on Jan 4, 1951 the daughter of Fred and Elizabeth (Dokey) Woods. Sandy attended Mendon Schools and later worked at Nagle’s Glad Farm, Buster’s Pizza, and in the cafeteria at Mendon High School. She enjoyed the outdoors, especially fishing, camping, gardening, and bird watching.

Sandra was married to David Dentler on May 4, 1990 in Kalamazoo. He survives along with 3 children, Hope (Dee) Haywood of Vicksburg ; John Dentler of White Pigeon, and Michael Dentler of Three Rivers, 5 grandchildren; her father, Fred Woods, Sr. of Three Rivers; 4 brothers, Fred Woods, Jr., Rick Woods, and Joe Woods all of Three Rivers and Bill (Shirley) Woods of Centreville; 2 sisters, Linda (Jay) Crabtree of Three Rivers and Deborah (Skeeter) Cerney of Leonidas; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her mother, Betty; and a sister, Pam Robinson.

Cremation has been conducted. A memorial service will be held on Thursday July 21, 2011 at 10 a.m. at the Eickhoff Funeral Home in Mendon with Rev. Ward Pierce, Pastor of the Mendon and West Mendon United Methodist Churches officiating. Memorials are suggested to either the American Lung Association, or the American Heart Association. An online register is available at

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