She was born Dec. 3, 1919 in Sturgis, a daughter to the late Edward and Mary (Johns) Mamroe.
Elizabeth graduated from Sturgis High School with the class of 1937.
On April 25, 1941 she married Louis E. Johnsonbaugh in Sturgis. He preceded her in death April 19, 1996.
She had been employed at Sturgis Newport and Montgomery Wards in Sturgis and also enjoyed Census taking.
She was a lifelong member of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church and enjoyed flower gardening, cooking, reading, doing crosswords, listening to classical music, knitting, was an avid Kobe Bryant and Los Angeles Lakers fan, and especially enjoyed her time spent with grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Surviving are two sons, Edward (Julie) Johnsonbaugh of Laingsburg and John (Vicki) Johnsonbaugh of Sturgis; five grandchildren, Mike Grabe, Linda Kelley, Kris Zimmerman, Brenda Schmucker and Dale Grabe; 11 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; one daughter, Mary “Cookie” Podemski; and a brother, Harold Mamroe.
Friends and relatives may call from 10-11 a.m., Friday, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 1108 E. Lafayette St., Sturgis, MI 49091. A Memorial service celebrating the life of Elizabeth M. Johnsonbaugh will be held at 11 a.m., Friday at St. John’s Lutheran Church, with The Rev. Paul Stern, officiating.
The family suggest memorial donations be directed to St. John’s Lutheran Church or Thurston Woods Village, envelopes are available at the church or the Hackman Chapel of Hackman Family Funeral Homes, 114 S. Nottawa St., Sturgis, MI 49091 which has been entrusted with the arrangements.
Her obituary is also at www.hackmanfamilyfuneralhome.com where personal messages of support may be left for the family.
Bobby W. King, 74, of Coldwater, passed away Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, as the result of an auto accident.
A funeral service for Bobby will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, at Dutcher Funeral Home in Coldwater. Pastor Matt Beaty from Gathering Church of God in Scottsboro, Ala., will officiate. Visitation will be held prior to the service beginning at 1 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Bobby was born Aug. 1, 1939, in Bradley Township, Ill., to Hubert and Virginia King. On Nov. 17, 1962, he married Joyce Bauder. They later divorced. He then married Joyce P. Small on May 9, 1987 in Coldwater. She preceded him in death Nov. 18, 2012.
Bobby worked in general labor and enjoyed helping others do a variety of jobs throughout his life. He worked at Coldwater American Legion, where he helped with maintenance and also served as secretary. Bobby was a very kind, gentle and giving man who was always there to help a friend in need.
Bobby is survived by his children, Gary (Elaine) Smith of Bronson, Carolyn Spencer of Coldwater, Margaret Mitchell of Underwood, Iowa, Gordon Miller of Pennsylvania, Terry (Lou) King of Alpena, Tammy (Will) Fuller and Becky Kruszka, all of Centreville, Brian (Lisa) King of Georgia, Bobbi (Mike) Garrison of Lansing, Karen (Tom) Pyrle of Georgia and Kathy (Matt) Beaty of Alabama; his brothers, Charles, Jerry and Roger King, all of Indiana; a sister, Caroline Brown of California; his former wife, Joyce Bauder, of Three Rivers; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be directed to Coldwater American Legion post #52.
Sharon Lee Fryling, age 75, of Vicksburg, died Monday Feb. 24, 2014 at her home following a very short illness. She was born in Mendon, MI on Jan. 21, 1939 the daughter of Leo G. “Bud” Batten and Grace Elizabeth (Cook) Batten, and was a lifetime resident of the area. She graduated from Mendon High School with the class of 1957, and married her high school sweetheart, Jack Fryling on June 28, 1958 in the West Mendon United Methodist Church.
Sharon was involved in numerous community activities. She and her husband, Jack were regular performers at the Mendon Kiwanis Showboat and the Vicksburg Main Street Revue. She especially enjoyed music and singing with her family and participated in many church choirs and cantatas. She has been recognized by the Red Cross for being a 72 unit blood-donor, for being a 10 year volunteer for Goodwill Industries, and as a fundraiser for the March of Dimes. Sharon was a member of the Red Hat Society and taught Sunday School at the West Mendon United Methodist Church.
She is survived by her husband, Jack Fryling of Vicksburg; four children, Jacki (Kirby) Stevens of Mendon, Cary (Ginger) Fryling of Vicksburg, Cindy (Mark) Books of Three Rivers, and Cory Fryling of Ontario, CA; eight very special grandchildren , Chelsea (Jason) Booth, Kelly (Matt) Erickson, Colton Carr, Patricia Stevens, Cody Fryling, Cheyenne Fryling, Shelby (Michael) Kintz, and Bryann Books; a sister, Nancy (Luther) Ash of Mendon; sister in law, Virginia Reading of Winter Haven, FL; and aunt, Marion Frutig of Florida. She was preceded in death by her parents; and a brother, David Reading.
The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Eickhoff Funeral Home in Mendon. There will be no visitation on Friday. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday March 1, 2014 at the Mendon Elementary Gymnatorium with Rev. Marty Culver and Rev. Thoreau May officiating. Cremation will follow services and a private interment will take place later. It is suggested that memorials be directed to either the West Mendon United Methodist Church, 22994 Portage Lake Road, Mendon, MI 49072, or to the United Methodist Committee on Relief at www.umcor.org Condolences may be left for the family at www.eickhofffuneralhome.com
Michael Gabriel Juan Willis was born on Jan. 11, 2001 in South Bend, IN., the son of Michael Eugene Willis and Ida Renee (Garcia) Beasley. Michael was a bright vibrant kid. He love playing his video games, playing with his niece & nephew and hanging out with his friends. He often attended Riverside Church for different functions.
Mike leaves to cherish his loving memory, his parents, Ida Renee Beasley, of Three Rivers, Michael Eugene Willis of Chicago Illinois.; sisters Victoria Beasley, of Three Rivers; Effie Willis, Julia Willis, Tasha Gilbert and Clee Willis, all of Chicago Illinois. Grandparents Jose Garcia of Cassopolis, Michigan; Shirley Garcia of Kalamazoo, Michigan; Aunts Anna Garcia of Kalamazoo Michigan, Anita Murray of Macomb Michigan; Christina(Christian)Phillips of Denver Colorado, Denise Childs of Chicago Illinois, Bonnie Lewis, Helen Willis and Renee Willis all of Chicago Illinois; Uncles Hugh Willis and Billy Willis both of Chicago Illinois. Special friends and several cousins, nieces and nephews.
Michael’s family will receive friends from 12:00 noon until the time of his service at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at the Hohner Funeral Home with Elder Tony F. Thomas officiating. A family luncheon will be held immediately following the service at Riverside Church, 207 East Michigan Avenue, Three Rivers, Michigan 49093.
Memorials in memory of Michael can be donated to his family c/o Ida Beasley.
Envelopes available at Hohner Funeral Home in care of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at www.hohnerfh.com.
Naomi Grace Jackson, age 61, of Three Rivers, passed away suddenly on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at Borgess Medical Center. She was born on January 4, 1953 in Three Rivers, MI., the daughter of the late Willard Edson and Gladys (Cochran) Slack.
Ms. Jackson has been a lifetime resident of this area. She owned and operated several foster care homes over many years. Naomi was an exceptional caregiver for many adults, elderly, and children. Naomi found her calling caring for those around her and the less fortunate which often included friends and neighbors. Naomi loved animals growing up on a farm and raising many different livestock. She also loved to shop and go antiquing. Most of all she loved her children and grandchildren.
Ms. Jackson was preceded in death by her parents and one sister Dorothy Ware.
She leaves to cherish her loving memory, two children, Lisa (Scott) Karle, of Three Rivers and Craig (Lindy) Jackson, of Jones, MI.; six grandchildren, Breanne, Trenton, and Isabella Karle, Kristopher, Zachery, and Parker Jackson.; nieces, Tammy Tatro and Ammie Bottger; nephew, Warren Ware.
The family will receive friends from 2:00 p.m. until the time of services at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 2, 2014 at the Hohner Funeral Home with Pastor Mike Elkins officiating.
Memorials may be donated to the St. Joseph County Animal Rescue Fund (A.R.F.). Envelopes available at the funeral home. Online condolences may be left at www.hohnerfh.com.
Gerald Disney Vogt, age 88, of Klinger Lake, Sturgis, passed away early Thursday morning, Feb. 20, 2014, at his home.
He was born May 19, 1925, in Sturgis, a son of the late John W. and Olive Caroline (Disney) Vogt.
Jerry was a lifelong Sturgis resident and a graduate of Sturgis High School with the class of 1944. He continued his education at Michigan State University, where he graduated in 1950.
On Aug. 12, 1952, he married Mary Wright in Sturgis.
Jerry owned and operated Vogt’s Floral in Sturgis, which was a partnership he enjoyed with his father his entire working life. The business was founded in 1911.
He was an active member of First Presbyterian Church in Sturgis, where he served as an elder. He was a past member of Sturgis Rotary Club and served on the Oak Lawn Cemetery Board, Economic Development Board and White Pigeon Sanitation Board.
Jerry was proud to have served his country in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II.
He was an avid tennis player and loved landscape design and his 22 years of retired living at Klinger Lake.
He is survived by his wife, Mary; three daughters, Ann Christine Vogt of New York, N.Y., Mary Elizabeth Vogt of Chicago and Mrs. Richard (Amy) Clausing of Ridgewood, N.J.; two grandchildren, Beth Clausing and John Clausing and two nieces and a nephew.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, John W. Vogt Jr.
In accordance with his wishes, cremation has taken place. A memorial service celebrating the life of Gerald D. Vogt will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at First Presbyterian Church in Sturgis. The Rev. Michael Wicks will officiate. Full military honors will be conferred by Captain John J. Kelley Post #1355 VFW and the U.S. Army Honor Guard. Private placement of the ashes will be in the First Presbyterian Columbarium.
The Hackman Chapel of Hackman Family Funeral Homes, 114 S. Nottawa St., Sturgis, is entrusted with the arrangements.
The family suggests those wishing to make a memorial donation in Mr. Vogt’s memory consider the First Presbyterian garden fund, 1320 S. Lakeview Ave., Sturgis, MI 49091.
His obituary is also at www.hackmanfamilyfuneralhome.com, where personal messages of support may be left for the family.