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Fred Baker, 92

July 9, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Fred BakerFrederick Flynn Baker, age 92, of Constantine,  made his final flight to Heaven on Tuesday, July 8, 2014, at his home. He was born in Orlando, FL on May 15, 1922, a son of Harold and Marjorie (Flynn) Baker, Sr. He attended school in Constantine. From 1941-1946, Fred served in the U.S. Navy as a Boatswains Mate 1st Class during WW II serving in the Pacific Theater. On December 15, 1945, he married Christina L. Myer in Constantine. She preceded him in death in October 1976. He later married Laura (Suarez) Carlson on Nov. 5, 1977, in Three Rivers. Fred had worked as a diesel truck mechanic at various companies. He then retired from the Constantine Creamery in 1984, after 20 years of service. He was a member of the Three Rivers Church of the Nazarene. Fred was an aviation enthusiast; building and flying his own model airplanes as well as full size airplanes. He also enjoyed fishing, hunting and traveling.

Surviving Fred are his wife Laura Baker, Constantine; daughters, Margaret Ann Baker, Sturgis; Nancy (Bill) Hill, Constantine; sons Ralph (Susan) Baker, Lexington, OH; Steven (Deborah) Baker, Sturgis; step daughter, Linda (Ken) Tabbert, Three Rivers; step sons Paul (Lou) Carlson, Allen, TX; and Christopher (Dawn) Carlson, Watervliet. Also surviving are his grandchildren Ashley Baker, Washington DC; Lt. Noah Baker, Kailua, Hawaii; Erin (Tom) Los, Algonquin, IL; Alison Baker, Indianapolis, IN; Emily Baker, Indianapolis, IN; Christopher Hill, Sturgis; Nicole (Lucus) LaGesse, Colorado Springs, CO; step grandchildren David (Rebecca) Tabbert, Lt. Kyle (Hillary) Carlson, Noel Carlson, Marisa Carlson, Christina Carlson, great grandchildren Sebastian Los, Jillian LaGesse, Flynn LaGesse, Christian Hill, Nathen Hill, step great grandchildren Graham Tabbert, Layla Tabbert, Eden Carlson, Isabella Carlson, Gabriel Carlson.

Fred was preceded in death by his parents, first wife Christina L (Myer) Baker, brothers Harold Baker, Jr., C.J. Baker, and Robert Baker.

Relatives and friends will be received Friday from 5-8 PM at Eley Funeral Home in Constantine. Religious services will be Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at Church of the Nazarene, Three Rivers, with Reverend Robert Anderson officiating. Interment will be at Constantine Township Cemetery at 2:00 p.m. with military honors. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Wounded Warriors Project or the charity of one’s choice. Online messages may be left at www.eleyfuneralhomes.com.

Julia Seiler, 96

July 8, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Julia Seiler Obit PhotoJulia S. Seiler, age 96, of Mendon, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday July 8, 2014 while residing at The Birches in Leonidas. She was born in Chicago on Oct. 13, 1917 the daughter of Peter and Martha (Debovey) Shewchuk. The family moved to Covert, MI when she was two years old, and she later graduated from Covert High School. She then attended Western Teachers College in Kalamazoo and first taught school in the Three Rivers School system. Julia was married to Richard H. Seiler in Mendon on May 22, 1943 while Dick was serving in the Army Air Corps. After WWII, they returned to Mendon and Julia taught briefly at Three Rivers and retired from Mendon Elementary where she taught for over 20 years.

Julia was a retired member of the Michigan Education Association and served as a Den Mother for the Mendon Cub Scouts. She was a Member of the Mendon United Methodist Church where she also taught Sunday School. Julia was an avid reader and Friend of the Mendon Library. She sewed many clothes for family and friends and enjoyed flower gardening.

Julia is survived by a son, Jerry (Beth) Seiler of Sturgis; two granddaughters, Jennifer Bruder of Fellows Falls, VT and Gwendolyn Mills of Hillsboro, NJ; four great grandchildren, Joshua and Connor Bruder and Gavin and Benjamin Mills; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Dick Seiler; two sons, Donald and Kenneth Seiler; brother, John Shewchuk; and sister, Olga Shewchuk.

In keeping with her wishes, cremation has been conducted. A memorial service will be announced in the late Summer or early Fall. It is suggested that memorial donations be directed to the Friends of the Mendon Library, 314 W. Main St., Mendon, MI 49072. Online condolences and remembrances may be expressed at www.eickhofffuneralhome.com

Bill King, 85

July 7, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

BillKingWilliam Artley (Bill) King, 85, of White Pigeon, passed away Sunday, July 6, 2014 at Elkhart General Hospital, Elkhart, IN. William was born along with his twin Robert C. King, in Bristol, IN on December 21, 1928, a son of Carl and Bernice (Artley) King. Bill graduated from Bristol High School in 1949. On August 1, 1952 he married Ann M. Young in Constantine. They spent their life together living and working on the family farm. Bill was a friend to everyone. He enjoyed going to Shipshewana livestock auctions and visiting at the restaurant. Bill also loved listening to hunting stories his friends told over a cup of coffee and a donut.

Surviving Bill are his wife Ann King, White Pigeon, daughter Debbie (John) Dolbee, White Pigeon; sons Scott (Roxie) King, Constantine; Ron (Rhonda) King, White Pigeon, brother, Bob (Peggy) King, White Pigeon, grandchildren Michelle Anderson, William (Shannon) King, Jenny (Steve) Nystrand, Curtis (Cris) King, Andy (Ashley) King, Ann Dolbee, Ben Dolbee, 10 great grandchildren,1 great great grandson, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, grandson Scottie King, 2 sisters Lois Kugler and Eleanor Hemminger.

Relatives and friends will be received Wednesday 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at Eley Funeral Home in Constantine. Religious Services will be at Porter Baptist Church, Constantine, Thursday at 11:00 AM with Pastor Randy Peterson officiating. Interment will be at Oakridge Cemetery in Bristol, IN. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Church. Messages may be left at www.eleyfuneralhomes.com.

Marieann Johnson, 53

July 7, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Marieann “Tobie” Johnson, 53, of White Pigeon, died March 13, 2014. A memorial service will be celebrated Sunday, July 13 at 1 p.m. in Meyer Broadway Park on Broadway Road west of U.S.-131. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.efhchapel.com.

Maxine McClain, 72

July 5, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Maxine Mae McClain, age 72, of Three Rivers, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at her home. She was born on March 29, 1942 in Three Rivers the daughter of the late Carl Henery and Helen (Reist) Brown.

Maxine has been a lifetime resident of Three Rivers. She was employed for many years at Continental Can Co. before retiring. Maxine was also a district manager for the South Bend Tribune within our local area. Maxine enjoyed crocheting, reading, bird watching, and traveling with her late husband and family to Sault Ste. Marie. Her true passion in life were animals. She was very active with the Humane Society and her best friend was her dog “Benji”.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her late husband, Ernest “Ernie” McClain who passed in 2011.

She leaves to cherish her loving memory, one son, Jeff (Angie) Shupert, of Bradenton, FL.; two daughters, Kimberley (Timothy) Pelfrey and Cambi (Matt Brown) Shupert, both of Three Rivers. Step-son, Larry McClain, of Okeechobee, FL. Ten grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 12:00 noon until the time of services at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 8th, 2014 at the Hohner Funeral Home, with Pastor Bob Anderson officiating.

Interment will be held in Constantine Cemetery.

Memorials may be donated to the Humane Society. Envelopes available at Hohner Funeral Home in care of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at www.hohnerfh.com

Norman Christophersen, 93

July 5, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Norman Wesley Christophersen, age 93, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, July 4th, 2014 at Elkhart General Hospital. He was born Wesley Norman Jensen on March 23, 1921, a son of James and Henrietta (Ingeborg Knudtsen) Jensen in Irene, South Dakota . When Wesley was was two years old Henrietta passed away following the birth of her 8th child. Subsequently he and three of his younger siblings were adopted. Rev. Andrew and Christianna Christophersen adopted him and changed his name to Norman Wesley Christophersen. Norman attended schools in Nebraska, Wisconsin, and Michigan graduating from Three Rivers High School in 1939. Norman attended Bob Jones University and Western Michigan University and served in the U.S. Navy as a Quartermaster second class during WWII on the LST 826. On March 23, 1941 he married Nancy Vivian Rifenberg. Norman spent most of his working years in the Mobile home construction and management business. Norman enjoyed playing tennis, card games, bowling, softball, crossword puzzles, golf, carpentry work, writing and Danish cooking. He especially loved spending time with his family. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Newberg in Jones, MI. He was called by the Lord to serve as a deacon in many churches including FBCN and First Baptist Church of Bainbridge, GA. Norman served in many phases of Christian ministries and was a true Christian witness to everyone he came in contact with.

Norman is survived by his wife Vivian Christophersen, Elkhart, daughters, Loma Bolt, of Sugar Hill, GA; Carol Ratliff, of Bainbridge, GA; Nancy (LaVern) Pridgeon, of New Braunfels, TX; son Chris Christophersen, of Beulah, MI; daughter Jerilyn (Daniel) Koop, of Greene, IA; two sisters, Clara Webb of Newport News, VA; Donna Thomas, of Cook, WA, 14 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren, 7 great great grandchildren, and numarous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, adopted sister Betty Zonker with whom he grew up, a grandson Philip Bailey, a son- in- law Thomas Ratliff, 11 brothers and sisters, and a sister- in- law Violet Rifenberg.

Relatives and friends will be received Monday, July 7th, 2014 from 4 – 6 PM at First Baptist Church of Newberg where Religious Services will be held at 6:00 PM. Pastor Mike Owen will be officiating. Interment will be in Poe Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be directed to Alzheimer’s Association, American Cancer Society or First Baptist Church of Newberg. Arrangements were entrusted to Eley Funeral Home, Constantine. Online messages may be left for the family at www.eleyfuneralhomes.com.

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