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Gary L. Shaw

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Gary Lee Shaw, 72, from Charlotte, Mich. passed away July 29, 2021. Gary was born October 12, 1948, in Lake Worth Fla., to Edward and Betty (Beebee) Shaw. Gary was the quintessential family man. He was lucky enough to have found love early in life. While Gary was in high school, he met Lucy Redfield who would later become his wife. The two of them shared 54 blessed years together. During that time, they had two children and created a life focused on family connections. Gary’s devotion to his family was well known to all, and it was that devotion and love for Lucy, their children, and grandchildren that created a strong foundation for a happy life. Gary cherished his time spent with his beloved grandsons, often watching them participate in sports and driving them to school in “Papa’s school bus.” Gary’s heart was full of love for his family, but it didn’t end there; he always had room for others. It was said that Gary “never met a stranger in his life” and any new encounter was viewed as an opportunity to make a new friend. He loved his friends and valued the time he spent with them. During the 37 years that Gary worked as a car hauler, traveling the country, he befriended many of his coworkers and formed the most valued friendships with them. Gary took great joy in camping as well as watching racing of all kinds. He didn’t just watch racing but participated as well. He particularly enjoyed racing karts and slot cars. In retirement, Gary would often advocate locally and in Washington DC for preservation and restoration of pensions for more than one million retirees and workers; a cause that was of utmost importance to Gary.
Gary is preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Betty; and his brother, Charlie Shaw. Left to cherish Gary’s memory is his wife, Lucy; children, Skip Shaw, and Kellie (Brian) Banko; grandchildren, Cameron Shaw, Eli Banko, Evan Banko, Ryan Lord, and Jenna Smith; siblings, Pam Smith, Jerry Shaw, Pat (Sherry) Shaw, and Sharon (Bill) Dodge; many nieces and nephews; and Gary and Lucy’s dearest dog Tatar.
There will be a celebration of Gary’s life on Saturday, September 25, 2021 beginning at 1 p.m. at the Fraternal Order of Eagles, 116 Lansing St, Charlotte, Mich.

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Cynthia A. Bishop

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Cynthia Ann Bishop, age 67, of Charlotte, passed away peacefully with her family at her side on Tuesday, August 31, 2021. She was born November 26, 1953, in New Castle, Ind. the daughter of Eugene and Sharon (Butler) Wojcik. Cindy graduated from North Side High School in Muncie, Ind. in 1972. After graduating high school, she went on to earn her undergraduate from Ball State University and her master’s degree in Nursing from Walden University in Minnesota. Cindy had a passion for nursing and was dedicated to helping others. She worked as a critical care nurse, taught nursing to countless students, and retired as a donation coordinator with Gift of Life. Cindy also was instrumental in establishing a stroke patient support group where she would encourage those who had experienced the devastating effects of a stroke. Cindy loved animals and cared for many pets throughout her life. She loved her home and enjoyed feeding the orioles, hummingbirds, and numerous other of God’s marvelous creatures. Cindy also loved traveling with Rick in their Mustang and motorhome throughout the country. She was a member of the Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church, Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church Choir, West Michigan Mustang Club, Charlotte Cruisers, and the National Honor Society.
Cindy is survived by her husband, Rick; stepchildren, Brandan (Miriam) Bishop of Kentwood, Tami (Jack) King of Kentwood; granddaughter, Kylee King; and cousin, Cheryl Reed and her family.
She was preceded in death by her parents and uncle, Leo Wojcik.
In keeping with Cindy’s wishes, cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 11, 2021, at 2 p.m. at the Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church with Pastors Gary Wales and Jack Conklin officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church. The family requests that masks be worn at the visitation and the memorial service.
Those desiring, may make contributions in Cindy’s memory in lieu of flowers to the Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church or the Capital Area Humane Society.
To view Cindy’s obituary online or to leave a condolence for the family please visit burkhead-green-kilgo.com
The family is being served by the Burkhead-Green-Kilgo Funeral Home.

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Claudia J. Perry-St. Andre

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Claudia Joy Perry-St. Andre, champion of adversity and lifelong fighter, passed away peacefully in the presence of those who loved her on Saturday, August 28, 2021. She was 72 years old and a resident of Charlotte. Claudia was born March 21, 1949, in Grand Rapids, Mich. the daughter of Bernard and Alberta (Bonini) St. Andre. She graduated from Creston High School in 1967. Claudia was a tremendously creative lady. She enjoyed making stained glass, sewing costumes for her children, and painting. Claudia had a heart for animals, especially her rescue pets. Claudia was active at the First Congregational Church of Charlotte and enjoyed being involved in multiple community theater productions. She found joy in camping with her family and was especially fond of the Upper Peninsula. Claudia operated a daycare in Charlotte for many years. She had a heart for children and cherished each and every one of “her kids.” Nothing brought her more happiness than her children and grandchildren.
Claudia is survived by her children, Christi (Manny) Lopez of Lansing, Matt (Michelle) Perry of Stanton, Chandra (Joe) Polasek of Portland, Alexis (Dan) Weibel of Wyoming, Autumn Perry of Charlotte; 11 grandchildren; siblings; Bernard (Doris) St. Andre of Cedar Springs, and Fran St. Andre of Hudsonville.
She was preceded in death by her parents; siblings, Joyce Blaszczyk, Karen Carter-St. Andre, and Bev Fountain.
The family received friends at a memorial gathering on Wednesday, September 1, 2021, at the Burkhead-Green-Kilgo Funeral Home.
Those desiring, may make contributions in Claudia’s memory to the Children’s Miracle Network, 205 W. 700 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84101.
To view Claudia’s obituary online or to leave a condolence for the family please visit burkhead-green-kilgo.com.

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Ruth Finner

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Ruth Elizabeth Finner of Eaton Rapids, the best mom ever, passed away on August 31, 2021, at the age of 84, with her family by her side. Ruth Elizabeth Finner (Willis) was born in Carleton Place Ontario on January 5, 1937, to Harry and Gladys Willis (Clemens). Ruth moved from Canada to Eaton Rapids in 1962 with her husband and children. She retired from the State of Michigan and enjoyed traveling, camping, and reading.
Ruth is survived by her son, Larry Finner (Carol); daughter, Susan Ball (Lynn); sisters, Sandra Totten of Owen Sound Ontario and Barb McKay (Norm) of Meaford Ontario. She was a grandmother to Andrea Ball, Jennifer Gibbs (Eric), Joshua Finner (Felicia), and great-grandmother to Parker, Carter, Caiden, Morgan, Kira and Rayn. She was preceded in death by her husband, John; brothers, Jerry, David, Barry; daughter-in-law, Carol.
Private services will be held with her family in Canada at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the Capital Area Humane Society. Arrangements were entrusted to the Mills Funeral Home, Shelly-Odell Chapel in Eaton Rapids. Please visit our website to place online condolences, millsfuneral.com.

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Kathy S. Wilson

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Kathy Sue Wilson, of Eaton Rapids, passed away August 27, 2021, at the age of 67. Kathy was born in Lansing, Mich., May 17, 1954, the daughter of Cecil and Geraldine (Stepp) Sutberry. She worked for American Sunroof for over 30 years before retiring. Kathy enjoyed taking care of her flower and vegetable gardens, reading, baking having spirited political debates and spoiling her grandson.
Kathy is survived by her husband, Jeff Wilson; daughter, Angie Ehl of Eaton Rapids; grandson, Tre Ehl of Eaton Rapids; brother, Larry (Mary) Sutberry of Haslett; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Barry Sutberry.
Memorial services were held on Thursday September 2, 2021, at the Mills Funeral Home, Shelly-Odell Chapel. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. To leave online condolences for the family, please visit our website, millsfuneral.com.

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Stuart Leslie DeLand

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Stuart Leslie DeLand passed away on Monday, August 24, 2021, in Grand Rapids, Mich. He was born in Battle Creek, Mich. on May 9, 1940, to John and Gladys DeLand. On October 12, 1963 he married Elizabeth “Liz” Oberlin and together they raised four children.
He retired from General Motors in 1994, enjoying retirement by wintering in Sebring, Florida. He trained quarter horses and thoroughbreds for over 50 years, being named the top racehorse trainer in Michigan for the year 1985, an honor he was most proud of. He enjoyed spending his free time fishing and cooking his famous fish dinners for his family.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Gladys, who was 101 when she passed on January 31, 2021; daughter, Kathy (Jacobs) Moon in 2010; and brother, John DeLand in 2007.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Liz; daughter, Karen (DeLand) Bancroft of Olivet; sons: Kevin Jacobs of Battle Creek, Korrey (Michelle) DeLand of Pasadena, MD; siblings: Charlotte Byam, Sharon DeLand, from Bellevue, and Stan DeLand from Jackson; grandchildren: Tracy (Moon) Harmeyer of Wilmington, NC, Sonny (Ashlee) DeLand of Olivet, Korrielinn DeLand of Olivet, Taylor (Evan) DeLand Carlson of Charlotte, Elizabeth, Thomas, Rachel and Rebekah Greilick of Olivet, Micheal (Mika) Lycos of Springport, and 14 great-grandchildren.
A celebration of life will be held on September 18, 2021 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. at Powers Farm, 1240 Powers Hwy., Charlotte, Michigan 48813. Family and friends are welcome to come.

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Carol Atkins

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Carol Atkins, a fun-loving and supportive daughter, sister, friend, and teacher died on Wednesday, August 18, 2021, after a five-year battle with cancer. Carol, 63, of Pattersonville, N.Y., was born on September 5, 1957, in Charlotte, Mich. She was the daughter of Warren and Julie (Schafer) Atkins. After graduating from Charlotte High School Carol earned her undergraduate degree from Central Michigan and then a master’s degree from the State University of New York at Cortland.
Carol devoted her life to teaching and coaching. She began her career in Schenectady Catholic Schools. She continued in Scotia Glenville Central Schools teaching at both the middle school and at the elementary level. Coaching was a passion for Carol, and while at Scotia Glenville Carol coached softball and volleyball for many years. Carol retired in 2016. Carol was active in the Scotia Glenville Teachers’ Association and the New York Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, where Carol was a past president of the Capital Zone. In recent years Carol was also active in her support of Camp Bravehearts, an oncology camp for women. Carol was an avid tennis player. She also enjoyed traveling with family and friends, participating in book and movie clubs, working in her flower garden, listening to music, and most importantly, spending time with family and friends.
Carol is survived by her father, Warren (Ronni) Atkins; siblings, Beverly (Will) Spencer, Gary Atkins, Steve (Carol) Atkins, Jamie ((Angie) Atkins, Tina Atkins; nieces and nephews Gary Atkins,Jr., Annjanette (David) Warren, Jordan Shook, Zackery (Kendra) Shook, Taylor Shook, Conor (Emma) Atkins, Kendyll Atkins;  great-nieces and -nephew, Anslee Atkins, Lillianna Shook,  and Harper Shook; and her four-legged companion, Nellie. Carol was predeceased by her mother, Julie Atkins, in 2018.
Memories of Carol may be shared on her tribute page at prayfuneral.com. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 28, 2021, at 2 p.m. in the Pray Funeral Home Gardens in Charlotte with Pastor Charles Jenson officiating. Visitation will be held prior to the service and beginning at 12 noon. The funeral will be webcast and can be viewed from any device with internet access by going to prayfuneral.com. Click on Carol’s tribute, and then click on photos and videos. A memorial service is also being planned for Carol at a later date in New York. The family has suggested that memorial contributions be made to Camp Bravehearts, 9 Cambridge Road, Albany, New York 12203 or Braveheartscamp.org. The family is in the care of Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

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Jerry L. Cords

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Jerry Lee Cords, a caring, genuine, hardworking and loyal, father, grandfather, brother and friend, died August 25, 2021. Jerry, 79, was born August 24, 1942, in Charlotte, Mich. to Loyd and Florence (Boyd) Cords. He was a graduate of Olivet High School. On September 23, 1961, Jerry married the love of his life Marilyn Serrels and together started their legacy. Working hard was no fear for Jerry, he worked very hard to provide for his family. He worked alongside his father, brother, and in later years his sons for LJT Well Drilling, and as a cash crop farmer and the owner of FML Inc. Jerry was very proud to be able to pass his work ethic down to his children who followed in his footsteps with working on the family farm and well drilling business. When Jerry was not farming or working, he enjoyed hunting, especially hunting trips out west, fishing, horse pulling, going to local tractor pulls, and taking trips around the country in his motorhome. Jerry had the honor of receiving the Honorary Member FFA chapter award for his volunteer work with the FFA over the years. Above all his proudest accomplishments was his family, and his successful farming operations that he created.
Jerry is survived by his sons, Loyd (Angie) Cords, John (Sherry) Cords, Seth (Jill) Cords; grandchildren, Jennifer, Cody (Samantha), Blaine and Allison Cords; great-grandchildren, Jake and Delilah Crowner; siblings, Terry (Emma) Cords, Connie (Jim) Hiatt. Jerry was predeceased by his wife of 30 years, Marilyn; granddaughter, Paige Cords; grandson, JC Cords; brother, Lonnie Cords; and his parents.
Friends are encouraged to support Jerry’s family at visitation and funeral services. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, August 31, 2021, at 11 a.m. at the family farm in Charlotte with Pastor Scott Brood officiating. Visitation is Monday, August 30, 2021, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. in the Pray Funeral Home Gardens. If desired, the family suggests memorial contributions to The Paige Cords Memorial Fund to benefit local 4-H and FFA projects. Friends and family are encouraged to share memories of Jerry on his tribute page at PrayFuneral.com. The family is in the care of Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

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Oscar Wood

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Oscar “Pete” Wood, 87, passed comfortably in his home in Charlotte, Mich. on August 23, 2021, with family. He was born July 24, 1934, in Eaton Rapids, Mich. to Carl and Gladys (Norris) Wood. He joined the Marine Corps after graduating high school. After his time as a marine, he met his sweetheart, Ruth Collin. They married in 1960. He retired from GM/UAW 652 after 31 years. With Ruth, they fostered 85 children. He was an avid bowler and he and Ruth enjoyed traveling and spending quality time with family and friends.
Pete was predeceased by his parents; wife, Ruth Wood; and siblings, Carl Wood Jr., Betty Dilday, Dorothy Carpenter, Lawrence Wood, Sharon McManus, and Jerry Wood. He is survived by his children, David (Tina) Pepera, Kevin (Nancy) Pepera, Julie (Ernie) Kunkel, and Jeffrey (Melinda) Wood; grandchildren, Chase Pepera, Tyler Pepera, Shannon Pena, Chris Day, Chelsea Post, Lexie Shumaker, Devon Wood, Bailey Wood, Marissa Wood, Jason Baker, Amanda Munson, Krystal Day, Amber Banaszak, Brooke Russell, Katie Levering; and several great-grandchildren. Pete is also survived by sister-in-law, Shirley Wood.
Friends and family are encouraged to share memories of Pete on his tribute page at PrayFuneral.com. Visitation will be Sunday, August 29, 2021, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. The funeral will be Monday, August 30, 2021, at 11 a.m. with Pastor Charles Jenson officiating. The funeral will be webcast so you may watch it from any computer, smartphone, or mobile device that has internet access. Go to PrayFuneral.com, click on Pete’s tribute, then click on photos and videos from your computer (or media from your smart phone). If desired, the family suggests memorial contributions to Hospice of Lansing or Eaton Community Palliative Care. The family is in the care of Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

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Thomas E. Orr

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Thomas Eugene Orr, of Eaton Rapids, passed away at home surrounded by his loving family, August 17, 2021, at the age of 55. Tom was born in Jackson, Mich., July 18, 1966, the son of Edmund and Irene (Fitzgerald) Orr. He graduated from Everett High School in 1984 and served with the US Marine Corps. Tom worked for the Board of Water and Light for the past 35 years where he finished his career as a supervisor in the Steam Department. He was an avid Harley rider, owning three of his own, loved working on them, enjoyed listening to rock and roll music and hunting.
Thomas is survived by his wife, Roxy Orr; son, Cody Orr of Eaton Rapids; grandson, Blake Orr of Eaton Rapids; sister, Becky Olson of Traverse City. He was preceded in death by his parents.
No services are planned at this time. Memorial contributions may be made to the VFW National Home for Children, 3573 S. Waverly Rd. Eaton Rapids, MI 48827. Arrangements were entrusted to the Mills Funeral Home, Shelly-Odell Chapel. To leave online condolences please visit their website at millsfuneral.com.

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