Andy Schick, 75

July 5, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Andrew A. Schick, 75, of Vandalia Mi, passed away at 5:30am Friday, July 4th 2014 at the Center for Hospice Care in Elkhart, In. Andy was born in Three Rivers, MI on March 10, 1939, the son of the late Arlo Schick and Willo (Clendenin ) Schick. On June 15, 1958 he married Judith Atkinson, who survives. He is also survived by his three sons, John (Melissa) Schick and grandsons Andy, Mark and Cadell of Chesterton IN., Thomas Schick and grandson Zachary (Lorrin) Schick and great-Granddaughter Rozlyn, of Jones, MI. Matthew (Jody) Schick and Granddaughters Katelyn and Susan of Marcellus. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Martha (Robert) Marsh of Union City, MI.

Andy was a man of wide acquaintances and varied business interests, and was always a farmer in Penn Township, Cass County.

The family wishes to express their gratitude to the Oncology Center at Elkhart Clinic for their kind and compassionate care of Andy for the last four years.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 P.M. Monday, July 7, 2014 in the Mater-Ralston Funeral Home, Marcellus.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday July 8, 2014, in the Mater-Ralston Funeral Home with Pastor John Messner officiating. Burial will follow at Poe Cemetery, Jones.

Memorial Donations may be directed to Waklee United Methodist Church. Online Condolences for the family may be left at

Joyce Saylor, 76

July 2, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Joyce Saylor, age 76, of Leonidas, died Wednesday July 2, 2014 at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo. She was born in Chicago on May 14, 1938 the daughter of Losier R. and Bertha G. (Latimer) Sears. She was married to Albert Saylor on Feb. 7, 1970 in Three Rivers and has resided in Leonidas since their marriage. Joyce worked for many years at Colon Elementary School where she was an aide in the classroom, playground, and lunch room. When she wasn’t working she enjoyed being a Grandma, and spending time with her family.

Joyce is survived by four children, Brandon Saylor of Mendon, Dwayne (Amy) Saylor of Stomping Ground, KY, Russell (Veda) Smith of Mendon, and Linda (Matthew) Tinman of Sturgis; ten grandchildren, Whitney Smith, Jennifer (Savoia) Russell, Jeremy Savoia, Justin Savoia, Brian Saylor, James Saylor, Trevor Saylor, Corey Saylor, Emily Saylor, and Jhenna Puckett; eight great-grandchildren; two brothers, Robert Sears of Mendon and Michael (Kim) Sears of Vicksburg; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Albert in 2012; three brothers, Russell, Donald, and James Sears; and by a sister, Margie Lee Sears.

The family will receive friends from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 5, 2014 at the Eickhoff Funeral Home in Mendon. Funeral services will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home with David Farrell officiating. Burial will follow in Leonidas Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to either the American Heart Association, or to the Leonidas 4-H. Condolences may be expressed to the family at

Irene Tokarski, 87

June 30, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Mrs. Emma Irene (Chrisman) Tokarski, age 87, of Three Rivers, passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 28th, 2014 at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born on April 25, 1927 in Florence Twp., MI. the daughter of the late Elmer E. and Ruth L. (Eash) Chrisman.

Mrs. Tokarski attended schools in Three Rivers graduating in 1945. On June 15, 1948 she was united in marriage to Mr. Stanley C. Tokarski at St. John’s Lutheran Church parsonage by Rev. John Recher. She was employed at the Murphy’s dime store downtown Three Rivers and later at several family owned gas and service stations. Irene was a faithful and active member of St. John’s Lutheran Church and taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible School programs. After the death of her husband she opened her home to childcare for family and friends.

Irene enjoyed reading, gardening, traveling, camping, and visiting with her family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Stanley, great-grandson Benjamin, and several aunts, uncles, brothers and sisters in law, cousins and friends.

She leaves to cherish her loving memory, two daughters, Mrs. James (Sharon) Hawes, and Mrs. John (Gail) Schrader; one son, Stanley (Sandy) Tokarski; grandchildren, Jonathon (Erin) Schrader, Amanda Schrader, Shane (Melissa) Hawes, Steven (Jennifer) Hawes, Brian Hawes, Austin and Meaghan Tokarski. Great-grandchildren, Nathan Schioperay, Justin and Tenley Hawes. Sisters, Opal Brown and Doris Evans. Brothers, James (Julia) Chrisman, and Charles Chrisman. Several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. on Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at St. John’s Lutheran Church; 56050 Buckhorn Rd; Three Rivers, MI 49093.

Funeral Services will be held 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, with Rev. Karleen Kinker officiating.

Interment will be held in Riverside Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church or Great Lakes Caring Hospice. Envelopes available at the church or Hohner Funeral Home in care of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at

Evelyn Harman, 91

June 29, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Evelyn M. Harman, age 91, of Union, passed away Saturday, June 28, 2014 at her home, surrounded by her family. She was born in South Bend, Indiana on November 8, 1922, a daughter of Ira and Mary (Mendenhall) O’Shea. On March 16, 1968 she married Bill Harman in Nappanee, IN. Together Evelyn and Bill owned and operated Evies Tasty Freeze in Union, MI., from 1969 to 1979. She also worked at the Sally Swiss Restaurant in Elkhart. Evelyn loved to sing and shared her talent at the churches she attended.

Surviving Evelyn are her husband Bill Harman, Union, daughters Penny (Raymond) McDonald, Three Rivers, Mary (James) Rowley, North Carolina; sons Mark (Mary) Harman, Bristol, IN, Tommy (Gina) Harman, Tim (Pam) Harman, both of Union, Steve (Peggy) Harman, Edwardsburg, 22 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, daughter Judy Clark, son Tom Clark and daughter in law Rosalee Clark, 2 grandchildren Faye Ort and Rebeckah Harman, sister Marjorie Patterson and brother Frank O’Shea.

Relatives and friends will be received Tuesday from 5 – 8 pm at the Eley Funeral Home in Constantine. Religious Services will be 11 am Wednesday at Chapel Hill Missionary Church with Pastor Ken Bontrager officiating. Interment will be in Plum Grove Cemetery, Porter Twp., MI. Memorial contributions may be directed to South East Public Safety Authority (Porter Fire Dept.) Online messages may be left for the family at

Jo Ann Stevens, 65

June 28, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Jo Ann Stevens, age 65, of Three Rivers, passed away on Thursday, June 26th, 2014 at Borgess Pipp Medical Center in Plainwell, MI. She was born on August 6, 1948 in Leonidas, MI. the daughter of the late William and Evelyn (Comadoll) Hagen.

Jo Ann graduated from Three Rivers High School and in 1966 she married Mr. Edwin R. Stevens. She attended Glen Oaks Community College. Mrs. Stevens was employed at Three Rivers Community Schools in the bus garage for many years and later started Jo Ann’s Cakes. Jo Ann was very proud to start a relief group for the Dessert Storm Troop’s which her son Daniel belonged to, sending care packages and sundries to our troops overseas.

She leaves to cherish her loving memory, husband, Edwin R. Stevens, of Three Rivers; two sons, Edwin (Kim) II., of Three Rivers, and Daniel (Lorie) Stevens, of Muldrow, OK.; one sister, Donna Motter, of Three Rivers; nine grandchildren, Dan, Josh, Tim, Aleia, D.J., Betty, Dawn, Raechel, and Mihn. Ten great-grandchildren, Sophia, Amelia, Michael, Allie, Cody, Odie, Jacob, Kylee, Morgan, and Nathan.

The family will receive friends from 4:00 p.m. until time of memorial services at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 1st, 2014 at the Hohner Funeral Home, with Mr. Jacob Sheber as celebrant.

Memorials may be donated to the charity of one’s choice. Envelopes available at the funeral home. Online condolences may be left at

Becky Holtom, 78

June 28, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Holtom obitBecky Holtom went to her Heavenly Home on June 23, 2014. She was born Aug. 26, 1935 in St. Louis, Mo. to Clark Gardner Porter, MD and Jayne Elizabeth (Newton) Porter.

She was raised in Three Rivers then the Porter family relocated to Apalachicola, Fla. where she graduated from Chapman High School in 1953. After graduating she attended Kalamazoo College majoring in music which included playing Piano, Pipe Organ, Flute and Viola plus Choral Conducting and Voice.

Upon her return home to Three Rivers from college, she became reacquainted with Frank Holtom, who was home from two and a half years of service in the Army, stationed in Germany. They were married April 26, 1957 after a short courtship and remained together for 57 years. The Holtoms moved south in 1979 to live on St. George Island until 2006, when they built their current home in Apalachicola. Becky was the organist and pianist at the First Baptist Church of St. George Island for many years and helped to organize the Bay Area Choral Society, which became part of the Ilse Newell Concert Series.

Becky is survived by her husband, Frank Erwin Holtom; their three children, Kathryn (Tommy Robinson), Charles (Sherry) and Jonathan; grandchildren, Clark, Frank, Casey, Alexandria, Elliot and Eliza Holtom and Hannah Wintker; great-grandchildren, Hayden, Lilly, Elaine, Chance and Isaiah Holtom. She was the oldest of her siblings Clark Porter, Judyth Porter (Amy Jo and Loren), Debra Porter Byers (Julie, Pete, Chris and Bobby), Sharon Nolan and Glory Hanson. She was preceded in death by her parents and her “Mom” Betty O. (Klapp) Porter and brothers Mickey Maher and Michael Porter. She also wanted to acknowledge greatly loved family friend Tom Woods and close to her heart care-giver Jennifer Harris Finch.

Becky was a loving and generous wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, sister and friend. She will be missed greatly by all who knew her, but most especially by her children who are proud to have been raised by the unique person we were fortunate enough to call “mom.”

A celebration of her life for family and friends will be held later this summer. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in her name to The Ilse Newell Fund for Performing Arts; c/o Fran Edwards, PO Box 405, Eastpoint, FL 32328.

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