Donna M. (Grisdale) Milliman died Friday, July 5, 2013, after a long and courageous battle with Parkinson’s disease.
She was born Jan. 26, 1929 to Arthur and Gertrude (Davis) Grisdale in Mt. Pleasant, the seventh of 11 children. After graduating from Sacred Heart Academy, Donna earned her teaching degree from Central Michigan University in 1948. She taught elementary grades and coached the girls’ high school basketball team in Beaverton for several years before a brief move to Minnesota. Upon her return to Michigan she began work in the business office at the Lansing State Journal. There she met Richard Milliman, then a Journal reporter. They were married at St. Mary’s Cathedral on April 7, 1956. While raising their three children, Donna continued her career as an active participant in the family’s newspaper business, Milliman Newspaper Group. In addition to being a trusted confidant and advisor, she served as corporate secretary, as office manager and as landlord at various newspaper locations throughout the state for many years.
Donna’s strong Catholic faith was present every day in her life. She was a charter member of St. Gerard parish and was a founding member of the original Queen of Peace Circle. Donna was an avid sports fan. She enjoyed attending the state high school basketball finals. She was devoted to the Detroit Tigers and also held Michigan State football and basketball season tickets for more than 25 years. She never missed a child’s or grandchild’s athletic event, concert, performance or award ceremony. She enjoyed entertaining her family, whether at the family pool, the Florida condo or for two weeks in the summer at one of the many Michigan cottages she rented to spend more quality time with her kids and grandkids. Many special memories were also made at the annual “New Year’s Eve Party at Grandma’s.”
Donna was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, James, Joseph, Thomas and Gerald Grisdale; sisters, Kathleen Cochran, Margaret Wood, Jane Williams, Patricia Grisdale and Mary Grisdale. Her sister, Betty (Nyle) Haggart of Clare, survives. She is also survived by Dick, her devoted husband of 57 years, and children, Teresa (David) Brandell of Lansing, Dirk (Penny) Milliman of Haslett and Ann Marie (Mike) Epstein of Lansing. Also surviving are the nine grandchildren she adored, Stephanie (Mark) Arduini of Seattle, Wash.; Joshua Fitzwater of Minneapolis, Minn.; Leslie (Matt) LeBlanc of Grayling; Joseph Fitzwater of Peoria, Ill.; Callie and Logan Milliman of Haslett; Danielle, Allison and Adam Epstein of Lansing and great-grandson Jameson Milliman.
The family would like to thank Ingham Regional Assisted Living staff and McLaren Hospice services for their care.
Visitation will be at Tiffany Funeral Home on Monday, July 8 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. with Rosary at 7 p.m. Funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 9 at St. Gerard church with additional visitation starting at 9:30 a.m. Interment will be at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.
In memory of Donna contributions can be made to the Michigan Press Association Foundation’s Richard and Donna Milliman Scholarship Fund or to the Fr. Weber Endowment Fund at St. Gerard.
Robert R. Wright, 78, of Florida, formerly of Shipshewana, Ind., passed away at his daughter’s home surrounded by family on July 3, 2013 following a lengthy illness. He was born in Three Rivers on Oct. 29, 1934 the son of Robert V. and Glada (Bean) Wright.
Mr. Wright grew up in Nottawa and attended Three Rivers High School. On Dec. 9, 1958 he was united in marriage to Fern Smith in Galion, Ohio. Bob retired from the Indiana State Highway Department. He later owned and operated “The Wrights Construction and Tree Business” in Shipshewana, Ind. for many years until retiring and moving to Florida in 1986.
Bob loved living in the sunshine state and spending time with his family, watching NASCAR and listening to country music.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents, sisters, Rosie Breece and Ruth Stokes; brother, Charles Wright.
He leaves to cherish his loving memory wife, Fern (Smith) Wright of Florida; son, Bobby Wright of Debary, Fla.; daughter, Robin Carpenter of Three Rivers; brother, Carl Wright of Bristol, Ind.; several nieces and nephews.
Per Mr. Wright’s request cremation has taken place and private family services will be held on July 8.
Arrangements handled by Hohner Funeral Home with online condolences left at www.hohnerfh.com.
L.B. Weber, 78, of Three Rivers, passed away on Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at his home following a courageous battle with cancer. L.B. was born on May 20, 1935 in White Pigeon the son of Wolferton Sherman and Alice Marie (Hull) Weber.
L.B. has been a life long resident of this area. He retired after 45 years of service from W.F. Wells Inc. L.B. was a Golden Member of the Three Rivers Eagles #2303.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two children, Marty Overton and Kelli Jo Weber, and also three brothers.
He leaves to cherish his loving memory, wife, Gloria (Pineau) Weber of Three Rivers; four children, Steve Weber of Kalamazoo, Debbie (Delmer) Troyer of Centreville, Faron (Tammy) Weber of Constantine and Michael (Kristen) Weber of Three Rivers; two sisters, Mary Lou McCay of Alabama and Sharon Libby of Florida; one brother, LaVern Hackman of Elkhart, Ind.; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; mother-in-law, Dorothy Pineau, and her children, Shelley, Gary and Michael Pineau.
The family will receive friends from noon until the time of service at 2 p.m. on Monday, July 8 at the Hohner Funeral Home, with Pastor Denny Kirouac officiating.
Memorials may be donated to the charity of one’s choice. Envelopes available at the funeral home. Online condolences may be left at www.hohnerfh.com.
Karry Ellen Bickel, age 69, of Mendon, died Thursday, July 4, 2013 at her home. She was born in Cadillac on Oct. 26, 1943 one of twelve children of Hallett Herr and Hazel Marie (Sheldon) Bickel. She graduated from Cadillac High School in 1963 and soon after moved to the Mendon area. Karry had worked for the U.S. Postal Service in Kalamazoo for over thirty years, retiring due to poor health. She enjoyed travel, gardening, knitting and craft work, and was a light-house enthusiast.
Karry is survived by 1 sister, Imogene Bickel of Vicksburg; 3 brothers, Calvin (Phyllis) Bickel of Cadillac, Ivan (Jacque) Bickel of Huntsville, TX, and Stanley (Judy) Bickel of Mendon; several nieces and nephews including Jean Bickel of Kalamazoo. She was preceded in death by her parents; 4 brothers, Donald (Ethel) Bickel, Melvin (Betty) Bickel, John (Doris) Bickel, and Rollin Bickel; 3 sisters, Maxine (Wally) Chaykowski, Kathryn (Kenny) Martinson, and Paula Faye Bickel.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday July 8th at the Eickhoff Funeral Home in Mendon. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday July 9th at the Three Rivers Bible Church with Pastor Jay Bailey officiating. The family will receive friends for 1 hour prior to serves at the church. Burial will be in Mendon Cemetery. It is suggested that memorials be directed to the National Kidney Foundation, or to the American Diabetes Association. Condolences may be left for the family at www.eickhofffuneralhome.com
Edna Lillian Currier, age 85, of Sturgis, passed away Tuesday morning, July 2, 2013, at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo.
She was born June 18, 1928, in Elkhart, Ind., a daughter of the late John and Lillian (Hall) Miller. From a very young age, she was raised by Emanuel and Fannie Miller.
Edna’s early life was spent in Brighton, Ind., where she attended Brighton High School. Most of her life was lived in the Sturgis, Fawn River and Burr Oak area.
On Aug. 31, 1947, she married John Currier at Locust Grove Mennonite Church in Burr Oak.
She retired from G.F. Business Equipment in Sturgis following several years of dedicated employment. She also had been employed by Transogram Company and Freeman Manufacturing, both in Sturgis.
She enjoyed watching birds, traveling and mushroom hunting. Edna truly loved times when she was surrounded by her family, especially her grandchildren.
She is survived by her loving husband, John, who so dearly loved her for over 65 years; two daughters, Karen (Joe) Gleason and Kathy Currier, both of Sturgis; two sons, Stephen (Laura) Currier of Greenwood, Ind., and Jim (Beverly) Currier of Sturgis; eight grandchildren, Jeff Schroeder, Tonya (Chad) Darr, Jon (Katie) Currier, Gabe (Angie) Currier, Rachel (Scott) Kear, Caleb (Cecelia) Currier, Jessica St Johns and Benjamin (Cleo) Currier; 20 great-grandchildren and expecting two great-grandchildren; a sister, Margaret Givens of Anderson, Ind.; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a grandson, Jacob Currier; five sisters, Ethel Grady, Rosetta Abshire, Louella Maxwell, Lucinda Riggs and Clara Justice; and two brothers, John Miller and Jake Miller.
The family will receive friends from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Friday at Hackman Family Funeral Homes — Rosenberg Chapel, 807 E. Chicago Road, Sturgis and from 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Saturday at Sturgis Wesleyan Church.
Funeral services celebrating the life of Edna Currier will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday at the church.
In accordance with her wishes cremation will follow the service. 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. Currier’s memory consider the Sturgis Wesleyan Missions, 907 N. Nottawa St., Sturgis, MI 49091.
Her obituary is also at www.hackmanfamilyfuneralhome.com, where personal messages of support may be left for the family.
Gretchen Webb, age 66 of Colon, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, July 2, 2013, at her home.
Gretchen was born Nov. 13, 1947, a, daughter of the late Edward and Jane (Decrocker) Ullom. She spent most for her life in Kalamazoo and graduated from Kalamazoo Central High School Colon in 1966. Gretchen continued her education at Kalamazoo Practical Nursing School, graduating with an LPN degree in 1967. She later attended Glenn Oaks Community College, where she earned an RN degree in 2000.
On June 23, 1973, she married Norman Webb in Kalamazoo. He preceded her in death Nov. 19, 2012.
She loved going out with her girlfriends to the movies, playing bingo and going to the casino, but most of all spending time with her family and grandchildren.
Gretchen had worked in nursing for 46 years in Kalamazoo, Ann Arbor and Coldwater, retiring from Community Health Center of Branch County earlier this year.
She is survived by three sons, Rob (Dory) Webb of East Leroy, David (Mary) Webb of Colon and Jeff Webb; a daughter, Belinda McDougal of Kalamazoo; and five grandchildren, Tyler, Krystal, Madison, Georgie and Austin.
Gretchen was preceded in death by a brother, William Ullom.
The family will receive relatives and friends from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Friday, July 5, 2013, at Schipper Funeral Home in Colon.
Funeral services celebrating the life of Gretchen Webb will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 6, 2013, at the funeral home with Mr. David J. Farrell officiating. Cremation will be held at a later date, with private burial of ashes in Lakeside Cemetery. If desired, the family suggests memorials be made in memory of Gretchen either to the Colon Fire and Rescue Department, Community Health Center of Branch County in Coldwater or Branch County Community Health Center Hospice. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.