Kathryn Roxina Stryker, 97, of Three Rivers, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born on April 1, 1916 in Quincy the daughter of the late Ferd and Bessie (Winchell) Smith.
On April 18, 1936 Kathryn married the love of her life Mr. Harley F. Stryker who preceded her in death on June 12, 1989. Mrs. Stryker was employed for over 30 years at the Coldwater Hospital as a practical nurse. She has been a member of the Three Rivers Bible Church since 1991 when she moved to this area.
She was preceded in death by her husband; one son, Raymond Stryker; two sisters and three brothers; son-in-law, Warren Harder.
She leaves to cherish her loving memory four daughters, Dorothy May (Lee) Swartout of Union City, Vonda Jean (Richard) Bowerman of Bronson, Shirley Ann Harder of Three Rivers and Jeanette Marie Mercer of White Pigeon; 19 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until the time of funeral services at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 19 at the Three Rivers Bible Church with Pastor Jay Bailey officiating.
Interment will be held in Batavia Cemetery, Coldwater.
Memorials may be donated to the Three Rivers Bible Church. Envelopes available at the funeral home. Online condolences may be left at www.hohnerfh.com.
Beverly Joyce Miller, age 87, of Sturgis, passed away Friday, Nov. 15, 2013, at Rivercrest Specialty Hospital in Mishawaka, Ind.
She was born Oct. 19, 1926, in Sturgis, a daughter of the late Orval D. and Marguerite (Large) Wheeler.
Beverly was a lifelong Sturgis resident and a graduate of Sturgis High School with the class of 1944.
She was married to Harold Cecil Milligan and Richard Wayne Myers. These marriages ended in divorce. In February 1972, she married David L. Miller in Howe, Indiana. He preceded her in death Sept. 17, 2010.
All of Beverly’s working life was involved in the restaurant business. She owned and operated Dutch Inn, managed Sturgis Bowl Snack Bar for many years and cooked at the Eagles Lodge and Patterson’s Supper Club, just to name a few.
She attended Whole Life Christian Fellowship and First Baptist Church both in Sturgis.
Beverly was an avid bowler and a member of the Sturgis Bowling Association. She also was a member of Eagles Auxiliary Lodge #1314 and Women of the Moose Sturgis Chapter #613. She enjoyed bowling, playing bingo, mushroom hunting and camping. Beverly loved time spent with her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
She is survived by six sons, Ron (Anita) Myers of Columbus, Ga., Terry Lee Myers of Phoenix City, Ala., Rick (Evelyn) Myers of Sturgis, Chris (Sue) Milligan of Sturgis, Scott Myers of Denver and Randy (Cedrena) Myers of Anaheim, Calif.; 19 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and a brother, James Wheeler.
The family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday at Hackman Family Funeral Homes — Hackman Chapel, 114 S. Nottawa St., Sturgis.
Funeral services celebrating the life of Beverly Joyce Miller will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. The Rev. James Bender, First United Methodist Church in Sturgis, will officiate. In accordance with her wishes, cremation will follow services. Private burial of the ashes will take place at a later date at Oak Lawn Cemetery in Sturgis.
The family suggests those wishing to make a memorial donation in Mrs. Miller’s memory consider the charity of one’s choice.
Her obituary is also at www.hackmanfamilyfuneralhome.com, where personal messages of support may be left for the family.
Roy Albert Rider, age 68, of Romulus and a former resident of Sturgis, passed away Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 13, 2013, at Oakwood Annapolis Hospital in Wayne.
He was born Jan. 15, 1945, in Sturgis, a son of Bobby F. and Joan (Preston) Rider.
Roy had resided in the Ann Arbor area for the past 30 years. His early life was lived in Sturgis and he was a graduate of Sturgis High School with the class of 1963. Roy continued his education at Albion College and Northern Michigan University, where he received his bachelor’s degree and later received his master’s degree from Eastern Michigan University.
From 1966-1993, he was married to Diana Valentine.
Roy retired from Jackson State Prison in 2012 and was with the Michigan Department of Correction for 33 years. At the time of retirement, he held the position of assistant deputy warden.
Roy was an avid reader and loved crossword puzzles. He also enjoyed fishing, the outdoors especially warm sunshine on his face, and his dog Bubba.
He is survived by a daughter, Angela (Lee) Rider-Bentley of Ann Arbor; his mother, Joan Rider of Sturgis; two sisters, Karen (Albert) St. Germain of Sturgis and Shirley (Richard) Kay of Dallas; two nephews, Philip St. Germain and Joshua (Jennifer) St. Germain; a great-niece, Paeslii St. Germain; special friend of 15 years Angela “AJ” Johnson and her granddaughter that he dearly loved, Destiny Johnson.
He was preceded in death by his father, Bobby F. Rider, July 17, 1978.
In accordance with his wishes, cremation has taken place. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Monday at Hackman Family Funeral Homes — Hackman Chapel, 114 S. Nottawa St., Sturgis. A memorial service celebrating the life of Roy A. Rider will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. The Rev. Deb Johnson, First United Methodist Church of Sturgis, will officiate. A memorial service also will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at New Beginnings Christian Church, 623 Oak St., Ypsilanti. The Rev. Clinton Howard, Jr., friend of Roy’s, will officiate.
The family suggests those wishing to make a memorial donation in Mr. Rider’s memory consider Sturgis District Library, 255 North St., Sturgis, MI 49091.
Hid obituary is also at www.hackmanfamilyfuneralhome.com, where personal messages of support may be left for the family.
Susan Wall Cook, age 72, of Sturgis, Mich., passed away Friday morning, Nov. 15, 2013, at Thurston Woods Village in Sturgis.
She was born Sept. 23, 1941, in Owensboro, Ky., daughter of the late Herbert and Elizabeth (Heltsley) Wall.
Susan resided in Sturgis since 1970 coming from Schoolcraft. She also lived in Niles and her early life was lived in Owensboro, Ky., where she was a graduate of Owensboro High School with the class of 1959. She continued her education at Murray State University receiving a bachelor’d degree in home economics and elementary education. In 1976, she earned a master’s degree in education from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo.
On Sept. 18, 1965, she married John Cook in Niles.
In 1993, she retired from Sturgis Public Schools where she taught the fifth and third grades at Wall School which she considered her second home. Before joining Sturgis Public Schools, she taught kindergarten in Niles Public Schools and fourth grade at Schoolcraft Public Schools.
Susan was an active member of the St. John’s Episcopal Church in Sturgis where she was a member of the Daughters of the Kings, she taught Sunday school and was awarded the Rectors Cross in 2013. She also held memberships in the Sturgis Junior Woman’s League, National Education Association, Michigan Education Association, Sturgis Education Association and Alpha Sigma Alpha Sorority. In 2000, she was named Sturgis Citizen of the Year. For many years she was an active volunteer for the CROP Walk and the Salvation Army and organized a national letter writing campaign to United States military men and women serving our country. She was proud to have appeared on the cover of American Profile magazine honoring her for her volunteer efforts.
She is survived by her loving and dedicated husband of 48 years, John; one daughter, Tracy (David) Clark of Sturgis; one son, Scott Cook of Sturgis; five grandchildren, Taylor Clark, Madison Clark, Elizabeth Cook, Kaitlin Cook and Mallory Cook; one great-grandson, Landon Ankney; one sister, Elizabeth Patterson, M.D. of Middletown, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.
In accordance with her wishes, cremation has taken place. The family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Hackman Family Funeral Homes – Hackman Chapel, 114 S. Nottawa St., Sturgis, MI 49091, 269-651-2331. A memorial Requiem Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Sturgis. The Rev. Father Aaron Evans will officiate. Placement of the ashes will follow the Mass in St. John’s Garden.
The family suggests those wishing to make a memorial donation in Mrs. Cook’s memory consider the St. John’s Episcopal Church, 110 S. Clay St., Sturgis, MI 49091.
The obituary is also at www.hackmanfamilyfuneralhome.com where personal messages of support may be left for the family.
Louise Alliece Lawson, age 80, of Constantine, passed away Thursday, November 14th, 2013 at her home. She was born in Three Rivers on October 19, 1933, the daughter of Harold and Edith (Clark) Preston. On October 21, 1950 she married Robert Lawson Sr. in Three Rivers, he preceded her in death June 27, 2001. Louise was a cook at Constantine Public Schools for 16 years, retiring in 1994. She previously worked as a cook at the Harvey House and Village Inn. She also helped her husband as sexton of the Constantine Township Cemetery from 1974 to 1989.
Louise attended Three Rivers Schools. She was a member of the First Congregational United Church of Christ, and enjoyed gardening and bird watching. Louise also was a member of the Widows Group, Constantine American Legion Auxiliary and the River Country Quilters Group.
Surviving Louise are her daughter Zandra (Allen “Khris”) Welburn of Constantine, grandchildren Jason Mallo, Elizabeth “Niki” (Larry “Rufus”) Britton, Sylena (Mark) Britton, Charlotte “Allie” Welburn, Great Grandchildren Lita Mallo, Jessica Mallo, Gage Mallo, Dylan , Drew, Lindsay, Donovan, Kadin, Devan and Morgan Britton, Great Great Grandchildren Trey and Luxx Owen, sister Caralene Skelton, Constantine, brother LeRoy (Peg) Preston, Constantine, 1/2 brother Gordon (Ruth) Preston, Three Rivers, 1/2 sisters Diane (Matt) Bergakker, Three Rivers, Kathy (Jerry) Bergakker, Portage and Susan (Tate) Echola, Crystal Falls, MI. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son Robert Lawson Jr. and 1/2 brother Harold Preston Jr.
Relatives and friends will be received Monday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at Eley Funeral Home in Constantine. Religious services will be held Tuesday at 11:00 am at the funeral home, with Pastor Kathy Schuen, First Congregational United Church of Christ officiating. Interment will be at Constantine Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to First Congregational Church or Constantine American Legion. Online messages may be left for the family at www.eleyfuneralhomes.com.
Delbert Junior Cole, 83, of Constantine, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013 at Heartland Healthcare Center. Delbert was born in Fabius Township on Sept. 20, 1930 the son of Delbert L. and Ethel O. (Stephenson) Cole.
Delbert served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict for two years before his honorable discharge. He was also a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church of Three Rivers, where he served as Sacristan for many years.
Delbert’s first love was his Ham Radio, Operator Number N8JTE, which he was very active on and would talk with his “Breakfast Club” every morning at 4 a.m. He also loved to frequent his favorite restaurants, which included Dad’s Place, The Dairy Bar, Matt and Mikes, and Rachel’s formerly Wilson’s, in White Pigeon. Delbert made many lasting friendships during his time here.
Mr. Cole was preceded in death by his parents; five sisters, Ellen Cole, Kyra (Walter) Tokarski, Dorothy M. Cole, A. Juanita (Harold) Anderson, Ruth (Kenneth) Brooks.
Delbert leaves to cherish his loving memory one brother, George L. Cole of Constantine; many nieces and nephews, and one very special friend, Sarah Mercer of Three Rivers; as well as many other friends too numerous to mention.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 18 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Fr. Mathew Manalel as celebrant assisted by Deacon Bart Connelly.
Interment will be held at Ft. Custer National Cemetery at 1:30 p.m. following services.
Memorials may be donated to the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Envelopes available at Hohner Funeral Home in care of Mr. Cole’s arrangements. Online condolences may be left at www.hohnerfh.com.