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Dorothy Mae Shaffer

November 7, 1922 - March 28, 2017

Funeral Services: January 1, 1970

Dorothy Mae Shaffer, 94, of Vermontville, passed away on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at her home. Dorothy was born on November 7, 1922, in Willis, Mich., the daughter of William and Emily Raymond. Dorothy graduated from Belleville High School. Her family moved to Nashville in 1941, where she met and married Raymond Shaffer on September 13, 1941. Dorothy and Raymond farmed for several years outside of Nashville.  In 1965 they moved to Vermontville, where she worked for Michigan National Bank. Dorothy enjoyed China painting, her flowers, and playing cards with her special friends.

Dorothy is survived by her daughter, Sue Ann (Dan) Smith of Bellevue; granddaughter, Carleen (Paul) French of Wausen, Ohio; grandsons, Lentz (Jenny) Becraft of Mattawan, Greg (Missy) Smith of Stockbridge, and Rob Smith (Lisa) of Battle Creek; great-granddaughters, Jacey Wood, Lauren Foltz, and Alexis Smith; great-grandsons, Christopher and Dylan Becraft; step-great-granddaughters, Randi, Brooklyn, and Brianna Baldridge and Jessie French; and step-great-grandson, Cody French.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Raymond; her parents; twin sisters, Eva Marie and Neva Irene Raymond; and brother, Harold Raymond.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Pastor John Bailey officiating. Visitation was held from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, March 31, 2017 at the funeral home.  Interment will take place at Woodlawn Cemetery in Vermontville.

If desired, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Capital Area Humane Society or St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

Friends and family are encouraged to share memories of Dorothy on her tribute page at PrayFuneral.com.

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Desrea Ann Nevins

March 28, 1989 - March 24, 2017

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Desrea Ann Nevins, 27, of Charlotte, passed away Friday, March 24, 2017. She was born on March 28, 1989 in Charlotte to Cynthia Admire. Desrea graduated from Charlotte High School in 2008. She enjoyed cookouts, camping, and participating in walks for cancer awareness. She was a lover of animals and particularly enjoyed horseback riding.

She is survived by her mother, Cynthia; her sister, April Blakney; her son, T.J. Thayer; two grandparents, Robert Dilday and Pam Admire; her great-aunt, Carla Dilday; three aunts, Candy (Paul) Thayer, Angie (Mark) Bailey, and Kellie Lawrence; her uncle, Mike (Tacia Daily) Patrick; nine cousins, Meagan (Rodger) Gleason, Kendra (Scott) Schneider, Jennifer Wiser, Rachelle Lewis, Dalton Lewis, Casey Polglase, Tori Daily, Seth (Britney) Bailey, and Jake (Britney) Bailey.

She is preceeded in death by her grandparents, Charlene and Al Perkins, Joe Admire, and great-grandparents Betty Dilday and John Bodell.

A celebration of life for Desrea will be held at another time.

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Eleanora R. Jarrett (Gidner)

November 15, 1919 - March 28, 2017

Funeral Services: March 31, 2017

Visitation: Visitation was held on Friday, March 31, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home and on Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. prior to the services at the Church.

Eleanora R. (Gidner) Jarrett, 97, of Charlotte, formerly of Battle Creek, passed away on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at Sparrow Hospital. Eleanora was born November 15, 1919 in Eaton Township, the daughter of Leon A. and Lulu G. (Strickland) Gidner. She was a 1937 graduate of Charlotte High School. While in Battle Creek she had been employed at Woolworths and Maggie’s Hallmark, and with her husband, had owned the Koffee Klatch. She had been employed at Joanne’s Fabrics in Charlotte and had volunteered in the Tri-County Office on Aging.

Surviving are her brother, Keith (Ellen) Gidner of Charlotte; nieces and nephews, Joyce Gidner, Alice Gidner, Bruce Gidner, David Gidner, Cindy (Gary) Sabo and Brian Gidner and numerous great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George Jarrett; brother, Robert Gidner and nephew, Roy Gidner.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at First Lutheran Church, located at 550 E. Shepherd Street in Charlotte, with Pastor Timothy Olson officiating. Visitation was held on Friday, March 31, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home and on Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. prior to the services at the Church.

Memorial contributions may go to the First Lutheran Church or to Eaton Community Palliative Care. Arrangements were made by Burkhead-Green Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made at burkhead-greenfuneralhome.com.

Funeral Arrangements by: Burkhead-Green Funeral Home

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David Arthur Crowner

October 8, 1931 - January 1, 1970

Funeral Services: January 1, 1970

David Arthur Crowner, 85, of Charlotte, died peacefully surrounded by his family on Friday, April 7, 2017 in Lansing. David was born October 8, 1931, in Lansing, the son of Charles and Marjorie (Shaffer) Crowner. He graduated from Dimondale High School before studying drafting at Michigan State University, a skill he took with him to General Motors. Early in his career, he was called to enlist in the Marine Corps and proudly served his country during the Korean Conflict. Upon his return, he married Elizabeth Ann “Betty” Frechen on October 15, 1955 in Lansing. He went back to work as a crane operator for Oldsmobile for 30 years, retiring in 1981.  Many will remember David’s mechanical gifts and his love for automobiles. He was a proud member of the Mid-Michigan Street Rod Association, founding member of the Headers Car Club, and served several years as safety inspector for the National Street Rod Association. He could fix anything and served as a local encyclopedia for anything auto-related. David was a man of great integrity and humor, and would do anything for his family and his friends. Above all, he was a devoted husband to Betty, father to their three children, and loving grandfather.

David is survived by his wife of 61 years, Betty; their three children; Larry (Amy) Crowner of Olivet, Catherine Crowner of Charlotte, and Mike (Mallory) Crowner of Charlotte; five grandchildren, Greg (Amber) Rinehart, Andy (Marcie) Rinehart, Holly (Dave) Evert, Charley (Ashley) Crowner, and Nicki (Garrett) Bensinger; several great-grandchildren; one great great-grandchild; brother, Philip Crowner of Olivet; sister, Jane Crowner of Okemos; and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by two grandchildren, David Crowner in 1979 and Skye in 1980; and one great-grandchild, David Evert.

A Funeral Mass was celebrated Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Charlotte, with Rev. Fr. Dwight Ezop officiating. Interment took place in Windsor Township Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to any charity of choice.

Friends and family are encouraged to share memories of David on his Tribute Page at PrayFuneral.com.

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Harold R. “Woody” Woodman

May 26, 1946 - January 1, 1970

Funeral Services: January 1, 1970

Harold R. “Woody” Woodman, of Charlotte, died April 11, 2017. He was born May 26, 1946 to Wallace and Doris Woodman.  He was a Vietnam Veteran who proudly served in the Marine Corps.  Harold was a member of the VFW Post 2406 and American Legion Post 42 in Charlotte. He loved fishing, especially with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Theressa; son, Wallace (Karen) Woodman; daughters, Sherry (Scott) Eldridge, Mary (Denny) Bassett; and 12 grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life luncheon for family and friends is planned at the American Legion Post 42, 1000 Lawrence Highway in Charlotte on Saturday, April 15 at 1 p.m.

If desired, the family suggests memorial contributions to the American Legion Riders.

Family and friends are encouraged to share memories of Woody on his tribute page at PrayFuneral.com.

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Norman Crabtree

January 1, 1970 - March 26, 2017

Funeral Services: March 30, 2017

Norman Crabtree, 59, of Nashville, died unexpectedly on Sunday, March 26, 2017 in Ann Arbor. Norman was born August 11, 1957, in Charlotte, the son of Charles Darrah and Betty Lou (Powers) Crabtree.  He worked for more than 15 years for the Charlotte Shopping Guide, first with his own paper route and later as a delivery driver.  He enjoyed the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing, and was a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association. Norman also loved old western films, an interest he inherited from his father.

Norman is survived by his step-daughters, Kaitlyn and Tobi Kerley; sisters, Sharon (Troy) Foster and Lou Ann (James) Primm; brother, Charles (Deb) Crabtree; and several nieces and nephews.

He is predeceased by his parents; and his brother, Dale Crabtree.

Funeral services were held Thursday, March 30, 2017 at Pray Funeral Home, with Pastor Charles Jenson officiating. Interment took place in Kalamo Hillside Cemetery.

If desired, the family suggests memorial contributions to Eaton Area Humane Society. Friends and family are encouraged to share memories of Norman on his tribute page at PrayFuneral.com.

Funeral Arrangements by: Pray Funeral Home

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Cleone Alice Keefus (Sayles)

June 19, 1929 - January 1, 1970

Funeral Services: April 14, 2017

Cleone Alice Keefus, 87, of Charlotte, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 12, 2017. She was born June 19, 1929, in Eaton Rapids, to Herbert and Ellen (Leanard) Sayles. Cleone lived her life the way she wanted, and had no worries. She enjoyed playing Bingo, Keno, and scratching-off lottery tickets, as well as drinking Bud Light in long-neck glass bottles. Cleone’s caregiver over the years was her granddaughter, Jenn.  Most of all, Cleone loved her family and enjoyed spending time with them and was fondly known as “Crazy Grandma.”

Cleone is survived by her children, David (Natalie) Keefus, Sharon (Keith) St. John, Terry (Steven McCloud) Fancher, Cheryl Keefus, and Patricia Driksna; six grandchildren, Marlena (Chris), Roger (Danielle), Debbie (Eric), Stacey (John) Jenn (Craig), and Brian (Erica); and numerous great- and great great-grandchildren; siblings Phyllis McDaniel, Barbara Folsom, and Herbert Sayles Jr.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Keefus in 1995.

Funeral services were held Friday, April 14, 2017 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Pastor Charles Jenson officiating.

If desired, the family suggests memorial contributions to SIREN/Eaton Shelter or Children’s Miracle Network.

Friends and family are encouraged to share memories of Cleone on her tribute page at PrayFuneral.com.

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Abel Michael Clouse

- March 21, 2017

Funeral Services: March 31, 2017

Abel Michael Clouse, infant son of Corey and Kristy Clouse of Charlotte Date, died Tuesday, March 21, 2017. A brief memorial service was held Friday, March 31, 2017 at 6 p.m. at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, followed by visitation until 7 p.m.

Funeral Arrangements by: Pray Funeral Home

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Alfreda G Kline

October 18, 1926 - November 9, 2016

Funeral Services: November 21, 2016

Visitation: from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, November 20, 2016 at Pray Funeral Home.

Alfreda “Freda” George Kline, 90, of Charlotte, died peacefully on Wednesday, November 9, 2016 in Okemos. Freda was born October 18, 1926, in Spartanburg, S.C., the daughter of Thomas Dallas and Annie Laurie (Lindsey) George. At the age of 17, Freda took the train to Washington, D.C., where she developed an interest in forensics and dreamed of working for the FBI. Upon her return home to South Carolina, she pursued that interest by attending Spartanburg Junior College, Erskine College, and Lander College (University), earning a degree in Microbiology. She married Robert “Bob” Kline on January 11, 1963 and the two settled in Charlotte. Freda retired from Sparrow Hospital microbiology lab after 27 years of service.
Freda was a skilled cook and owned an extensive recipe collection, oftentimes cooking by taste. She adored the many cats she owned over the years and considered them “fur babies,” also feeding neighborhood kitties. She enjoyed gardening, birds, and nature. She loved pansies and yellow roses, which always reminded her of her father. She was fond of the arts, literature, classical music and beautiful hymns. Her lifelong passion for music developed when she learned the piano in her youth. A minister’s daughter, Freda lived her faith, showing much kindness, love and compassion, ever generous and giving. She treasured time with her family, whether shopping with her daughter or working out with her son. She had a sense of style and fashion, and appearances and etiquette were important to her. She kept her sharp mind to the last, and wherever she went she won the hearts of those who met and knew her.
Freda is survived by her daughter, Karen (Dave) Brandreth; son, Kevin Kline; grandchildren, Sarah Wardell, Angela (Andrew) Goff, Jason (Rachel) Linn, Kevin Kline, Curtis Kline, Brooke Ibarra, and Tyler Kline; five great-grandchildren; sister, Carolyn (Carlos) Frick of South Carolina; and seven nieces and nephews.
She is predeceased by her husband, Robert N. Kline II; son, Robert “Bobby” Kline III; sister, Charlotte Kelly; and brother, Thomas Dallas George, Jr.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, November 21, 2016 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Pastor Andy Shaver officiating, followed by interment at Deepdale Memorial Gardens in Lansing. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, November 20, 2016 at Pray Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton County Humane Society, specifically for the care of cats. Friends and family are encouraged to share memories of Freda on her tribute page at PrayFuneral.com.

Funeral Arrangements by: Pray Funeral Home

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