Aletha M. Beals
Aletha Marguerite Beals of Charlotte, a soft soul who loved her family dearly, passed away on May 21, 2021 in Lansing, Mich. She was born on March 7, 1938 to Herman and Dorothy (Dickerson) Durbin in Lansing, Mich. She grew up and graduated from High School in Potterville. On July 8, 1957, she married Stanley Beals and together they raised four children.
Aletha was a soft soul who was one of the most non-judgmental people you may ever meet. Even though she was one who preferred quiet settings as opposed to big crowds, she loved having her large family gather at her home for holidays and other occasions. Her family enjoyed her talents as a cook. Some of their favorites were her blueberry pies, rhubarb crunch, homemade donuts, and her many wonderful Christmas treats. She also loved to crochet numerous items for her children and grandchildren including blankets and doll clothes. Over the years she even surprised family and friends with her ability to play the organ and the banjo! She loved spending time with her husband, Stanley. The two of them were often fishing partners in both local and distant fishing spots.
Aletha is survived by her two sons, Anthony (Serenia) Beals, Larry (Laurie) Beals; daughter, Lisa Phillips; and her sisters, Harriett (Roy) Eitner, Kate (Charles) Tegethoff, and Dorothy (Jerry) Tegethoff. She was preceded in death by her husband, Stanley Otis Beals; and her son, Ron Beals.
A Celebration of Aletha’s life will take place at the Masonic Temple in Charlotte on Sunday, June 13, at 12 noon. Friends and family are also encouraged to share memories of Aletha on her tribute page at PrayFuneral.com. The family is in the care of Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.
Ronnie D. Binning Sr.
Ronnie Dean Binning Sr., age 77, of Lansing, formerly of Potterville, passed away Friday, November 13, 2020, at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing. He was born June 13, 1943, in Alton, Ill. the son of Everett and Verna (Snider) Binning. On April 4, 1963, Ronnie married the love of his life, Shirley Jean Holtorf in Woodriver, Ill.
Ronnie retried after 30 years of service from Owens Illinois in Charlotte, where he worked as a gage-shop mechanic. Ronnie had a witty sense of humor, loved to talk and everyone called him Grandpa. He would often say “If you lost your sense of humor, you lost it all!” Ronnie enjoyed collecting coins, playing cards, completing crossword puzzles, and raising chickens. He had a big heart and was always willing to lend a helping hand. Family meant everything to Ronnie. He cherished his wife and children but he had a special place in his heart for his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Ronnie is survived by his wife of 57 years, Shirley; children, Kristine (Mark Boeckmann) Kelso of Lansing, Ronnie Dean Binning Jr. of LaVergne, Tenn., Dawn Binning of Lansing; grandchildren: Ryan (Kelly), Bethany, Benjamin (Heather), Tyler (Iceley), Allison (Austin), Keyanna (Dominque), Morgan; great-grandchildren, Aiden, Braeden, Vincent, Sophia; sister, Connie (John) Clark of Cottage Hills, Ill.; three sisters-in-law; two brothers-in-law; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Richard, Gerald, and Clem (Barb) Binning.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 5, 2021, at 11 a.m. at the Burkhead-Green-Kilgo Funeral Home. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
Those desiring, may make contributions in Ronnie’s honor to the charity of their choosing.
To view Ronnie’s obituary online or to leave a condolence for the family please visit burkhead-green-kilgo.com.
Jo Jean Parks
Jo Jean Parks, age 67, of Olivet, passed away on Wednesday, May 19, 2021 at Rachel’s AFC in Holt, Mich.Jo Jean was born in Battle Creek to Lester and Grace (Morehouse) Parks on March 23, 1954.
Jo Jean was loved unconditionally by her family and reciprocated that same love back to them. She was a funny person and loved to clown around. Wherever you would find Jo Jean, you could be sure that you would find her having fun!
She will be lovingly missed by her sisters, Jennifer Miller of Olivet, Judy (Gary) Owens of Leesburg, Fla.; niece, Teri (Jim) Trudeau and their daughter Lyndsey of Olivet; nephews, Gary Brown and Brett Reinke. She will also be missed by Rachel Abede, of Holt, who lovingly cared for Jo Jean for the last several years. Those desiring, may make contributions online in Jo Jean’s memory to Feeding America at feedingamerica.org.
Cremation has taken place and no services will be held.
To view Jo Jean’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, Charlotte, MI.
Connie S. Shaw
Connie Sue (Mominee) Shaw, age 67, of Manistique, passed away at her home on May 24, 2021 with her family at her side. She was born in Lansing, Mich., on March 30, 1954, the daughter of Michael James Mominee and Dreama Lee (McQueen) Mominee. She attended school in Eaton Rapids, Mich. graduating with the class of 1972.
Connie spent the greater part of her life in Eaton Rapids and worked as a customer service representative in the insurance business. She moved to Manistique in 2013. She attended the First Baptist Church in Manistique. She loved coaching softball and baseball, and was a big fan of the Dallas Cowboys, Chicago Cubs and MSU Spartans. What she treasured most was spending time with family, especially her kids and grandkids.
She is survived by her mother Dreama Mominee of Manistique; her sons, Tim (Mary) Noble of Manistique, and Troy (Katy) Noble of Phoenix, Ariz.; daughters, Tricia Noble of Manistique, and Megan Shaw of Eaton Rapids, Mich.; her sister Kerri (Derek Smith) Mominee of Warren, Mich.; and 11 grandchildren, Connor, Alex, Joe, Cecilia, Will, Dreama, Amelia, Trevor, Gracelyn, Georgia, and Ava. She is also survived by many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
She was preceded in death by her father, Michael “Jim” Mominee, and grandchildren Ryan, Lucia, and Maria.
Visitation will be held at Fausett Family Funeral Homes in Manistique on Tuesday, June 1, 2021, from 2 to 5:00 p.m. with memorial services held at 5 p.m. with the Reverend Dr. Jay Martin officiating. Burial will take place at Lakeview Cemetery on Wednesday, June 2, 2021, at 10:00 a.m.
Memorial contributions in Connie’s name can be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, the Manistique Area Little League at P.O. Box 263, Manistique, MI 49854 or the Manistique Hockey Association at P.O. Box 75, Manistique, MI 49854.
Fausett Family Funeral Homes of Manistique is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be posted on their website at fausettfh.com.
Joseph M. McNamara
Joseph Martin McNamara, age 69, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 19, 2021 in Petoskey Mich. He was born on June 30, 1951 in Eaton Rapids, Mich., the sixth of 17 children of Martin and Evelyn (Lancour) McNamara. As a child with many siblings, Joe kept busy with family chores, backyard games of baseball, hikes to Haskell’s Hill, ice skating on the nearby rivers, swamps and rinks, ending many summer days in long games of neighborhood hide and seek. Joe was an active member of the Boy Scouts of America. He graduated from Eaton Rapids High School in 1969, during the Vietnam War era. Joe immediately entered the US Air Force reaching the rank of Sgt E-4, Station Clerk. He served in Europe and was awarded the National Defense Service Medal and the Air Force Good Conduct Medal. Return to civilian life was not easy for Joe and he spent much of his adult life in adult foster homes where he made many lasting friendships. He enjoyed being out of doors hiking, kayaking with family and riding his bicycle. Joe loved spending time with his family, especially playing cards at the dining room table with his mother. He enjoyed family trips to Beaver Island and many outings with his sister Peg and frequent visits with brothers Gary and Pat.
Joseph was preceded in death by his parents Martin and Evelyn; sister and husband Rhea and Mike Seeley; brothers Lawrence and Vincent; brother and wife Patrick and Carol. He is survived by brothers Gary (Julie), Mitch (Helen), Robert (Tom), Christopher (Nancy), Theodore (Nancy), Steven (Brigid); sisters Lynn (Herb) Blue, Nanette (Gerry) Holden, Kathleen (Mike Green), Peg Wilcox (Julie Nathe), Mary and Susan (Floyd) Baker; sisters-in-law Sue (Lawrence) and JoAnn (Vincent); numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation was held at Mills Funeral Home, Shelly-Odell Chapel in Eaton Rapids on Monday, May 24, followed by a memorial service, then burial at Rose Hill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the St Vincent DePaul, Eaton Rapids Chapter. To leave online condolences, please visit MillsFuneral.com.
Matthew Vernon Ellsworth
Matthew Vernon Ellsworth
28 December 1948 – 26 April 2021
Matt, the youngest of three children born to Doris (Wilson) and John V. Ellsworth, passed away on April 26th in San Antonio, Texas.
Matt grew up on a farm in Delhi Township, attending Dunn School, just across from his house. He graduated from Mason High School in 1967 and earned degrees from Michigan State University in 1971, and Syracuse University. He attended Grovenburg Methodist Church in his youth.
Matt and his wife, Dr. Jill Harrison Ellsworth, co-authored many books in the early 1990s on Internet use in education, marketing, and leisure. (Online search “Matthew V. Ellsworth” to see some.) Matt was also interested in electronics, shortwave radio, both very early and later models of computers, stained glass, and many forms of photography, including stereoscopic.
In addition to Michigan, Matt has called New York, Vermont, and Texas home. He has lived in Texas for the last three decades, including San Marcos where he built his own house, Austin, and San Antonio.
Matt spent over five years in the care of Wanda and Lerome Dixon, of the Austin area. Later, he was appointed a personal guardian, Susanne Deiter, and was cared for by Honest Care and by Holy Savior Hospice of San Antonio. The family is grateful to all who cared for Matt.
Preceding Matthew in death were his parents. He is survived by his brother Daniel J. Ellsworth (Judy) of Eaton Rapids, Mich. and his sister Rose Anne Pool of Stoughton, Wis. (formerly of Mason, Mich.), as well as five nephews, eight grand-nephews and nieces, and many cousins.
Matt’s final resting place is the Fowler Cemetery, Aurelius Township, Ingham County, Michigan. Many of Matt’s relatives rest in this cemetery.
A simple graveside service will be held at the cemetery on Tuesday, June 1st at 11 a.m. (Eastern).
A live memorial service will be streamed online Saturday, June 12th at 10 a.m. (Eastern). Please contact Matt’s nephew John Pool via email at email@example.com for information on connecting to this memorial service.
Memorial contributions in memory of Matthew V. Ellsworth can be sent to Robbins United Methodist Church, 6419 Bunker Rd., Eaton Rapids, MI 48827; or Family Eldercare of Austin, 1700 Rutherford Lane, Austin, TX 78754.
Larry L. Hynes
Larry Lee Hynes, 85, of Vermontville, died Wednesday, May 12, 2021 in Lansing. Larry was born May 6, 1936 in Clio, Mich., the son of Ward and Charlotte Hynes. He graduated high school before marrying his life-long love, Patsy Jean Lea in 1958. The two started their family and moved to Fairbanks, Alaska, where Larry worked three years on the oil pipeline. Larry and Patsy then returned to Michigan and Larry drove truck for the Eaton County Road Commission from 1977 until his retirement in 2000. In his later years, Larry developed a passion for raising longhorn cattle, which he did on his farm in Vermontville, the Lazy H Ranch.
Larry is survived by his wife, Patsy Hynes; children, Kelly (Gilbert) Williams, Jesse Hynes, and Karen Primm; nine grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his son-in-law, Jeffrey Primm in 2014.
Visitation took place on May 19, 2021 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte. A private family funeral service was held, with interment in Lakeview Cemetery, Nashville.
Friends and family are encouraged to share memories of Larry on his tribute page at PrayFuneral.com. The family is in the care of Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.
Jeffery L. Garrison
The world will be a little brighter as Jeff smiles down on us from his new home in Heaven. At age 71, Jeff lost his battle with respiratory illness on Monday, May 10, 2021.
Born to Charles L. Sr. and Joyce E. Garrison on July 6, 1949 in Lansing, Mich. Jeff, the youngest of four sons, was the true definition of a “Free Spirit”. He traveled to Hawaii to visit friends in the late 1970s, fell in love with the islands and really never looked back. Jeff made his home in Honaunau on the big island where he developed lifelong friendships with so many, many people.
Jeff will be so greatly missed by his loving family: brothers, Charles L. Jr. (Sandy) of Charlotte, Thomas R. of Eaton Rapids, James G. (Connie) of Charlotte; nieces and nephews, Shannon David, Todd (Christine) Garrison, Tonya Keith, Christopher (Lynn) Garrison, Rachel (Scott) McLane, Andrea Brown, Cana Garrison; and numerous great-nieces and nephews.
Those desiring to make a memorial contribution in honor of Jeffery may send a check or money order to Hospice of Kona, P.O. Box 4130, Kailua Kona, HI 96745; HospiceofKona.org; or phone (808)324-7700.
Kevin P. Carpenter
Mr. Kevin Paul Carpenter, age 67, husband of Cindy Lou Carpenter, and a resident of Columbia, passed away Friday, May 14, 2021 at Maury Regional Medical Center.
A funeral service was held on Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at 12 p.m. at Heritage Funeral Home; James Norton officiated. Burial followed in Polk Memorial Gardens. A visitation was held on Monday, May 17, 2021 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Heritage Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.
Born on June 22, 1953 in Lansing, Michigan, Kevin was the son of the late Edward Wall Carpenter and the late Shirley Jean Feier Carpenter. He married Cindy Lou Kikendall on February 9, 1974 and together they had three children. He worked thirty years for General Motors before retiring in 2007. After retirement, he worked for Lowes in Columbia and Walmart in Columbia and Spring Hill. A genuinely good person, Kevin would help anyone who needed it. He was a handyman and craftsman who often enjoyed wood working and fishing. Recently, he loved looking for deer. He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather who loved spending time with his grandchildren. Kevin was an avid Detroit Lions and Detroit Tigers fan and a member of Riverside United Methodist Church.
In addition to his wife, Cindy Lou of forty-seven years, he is survived by his daughters, Jamie Carpenter (William Thomas “Tom”) King of Columbia, Tenn., Katrina Kay Carpenter (Michael) Kutzleb of N. C.; daughter in law, Crissie Carpenter of Dickson, Tenn.; sister, Lois Carpenter (Rudi) Seman of Lansing, Mich.; grandchildren, Caleb King, Marissa Kutzleb, Landon Carpenter, Maya Kutzleb, Stella Nelson; cousin, Donna (Ronnie) Williams; sister-in-law, Sue Carpenter; nephews, Mark Manojlovic, Shawn Seman; and nieces, Katie Kikendall and Missy Suntken.
Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Marine Lance Cpl. Andrew Carpenter on February 19, 2011 and brother, Lee Carpenter.
Pallbearers were Caleb King, Dan Nelson, Courtney Suntken, Joe Davis, Nick Harmon, and Zachary Kiphart. Honorary pallbearers included: Landon Carpenter, Tom King, Ronnie Williams, Jeff Kiphart, and Josh Davis.
You may share condolences with the family at the Heritage Funeral Home website at TnFunerals.com.
Dale G. Hose
Dale George Hose, age 70, of Charlotte, passed away peacefully with his wife by his side Sunday, May 16, 2021. He was born October 3, 1950, in Hastings, the son of Earl and Mildred (Leedy) Hose. Dale graduated from Maple Valley High School in 1969. He went on to proudly serve his country in the United States Navy. On January 19, 1973, he married the love of his life, Judy Ann Simmons, in Nashville. Dale worked for many years as a custodian at the State Forensics Lab. Dale adored his family and was especially fond of spending time together with his grandchildren. In his free time, he enjoyed fishing and creating model cars.
Dale is survived by his wife of 48 years, Judy; sons: Dale A. Hose of Ypsilanti, Josh (Shawn) Hose of Charlotte, Andrew Hose of Decatur, Ind.; grandchildren, Sydney, Joshua, Brayden, Savannah, Aleksander, Sebstain, Korbin, Maddie; and his brother, Dwaine Hose of Grand Rapids.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 5, 2021 at 2 p.m. at the Burkhead-Green-Kilgo Funeral Home with John Bailey officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
Those desiring, may make contributions in Dale’s memory to the family.
To view Dale’s obituary online or to leave a condolence for the family please visit burkhead-green-kilgo.com.