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Nicholas L. Kane

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Nicholas “Nick” Lee Kane, born March 19, 1985 at 7:11 a.m. in Lansing at Sparrow Hospital and was taken from us too soon on August 14, 2021. Survived by his wife Shiria Nichole (Velasquez) Kane, son Ethan Lee Kane, girlfriend Rachael DePue, mother Kimberly K. Day (Scott), father Gary L. Kane, mother in-law Susan Houghton (Jeff), favorite father-in law Arthur Velasquez (Sandii Peterson), brother Brian Kane (Cindy), sister Jennifer Anderson (Phil), aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. He was proceeded in death by his grandparents, Charles and Beverly Kane, Harvey and Shirley Gearhart and Arturo and Maria Velasquez. Early in his life he enjoyed playing high school football at Charlotte High School, weightlifting, Boy Scouts and yearly trips to Cedar Point. In his free time, you could find Nick enjoying a Michigan football game, working on and remodeling their home, finding items online that he could fix up using the skills he learned from his dad or helping those around him. He was the type of person that would give the shirt off his back if there was someone in need, if you didn’t know him, he may look intimidating, but those who knew and loved him knew he was just a big caring “Teddy Bear” with a contagious laugh and smile. His hard work ethic and competitive nature could be seen in everything from his job to playing games with his family, who he loved very much and were his pride and joy. In his final months he found extreme joy in his relationship with his growing family. Public visitation for Nick was held on Friday, August 20, at the Palmer, Bush & Jensen Family Funeral Home, Lansing Chapel, between 2 and 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., located at 520 E. Mt Hope Ave in Lansing. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, August 21, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Tiger Den Pavilion within Potter Park Zoo on Pennsylvania Ave. The family requests that you wear either U of M attire or something blue in his honor.

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Betty L. Bergeon

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Betty Lou (Snider) Bergeon was born in Flint, Mich., on November 2, 1931, to Rolland & Lillian Snider. She was third of six children, Audrey, Ray, Betty, Clayton, Lyle, and Louise. The kids were raised to be hard workers, all helping on the family farm. They worked alongside their parents milking cows, feeding pigs, and doing field work in Clare, Michigan, then they moved to the farm on Columbia Road in Mason, Michigan in 1942. They worked hard together and played hard together. The Snider house was full of loud noise, laughter, card playing, and year-round fishing.
At the age of 14, Betty had her first job away from the farm, in town at the local bakery. She mixed, cooked, frosted, and ate lots of doughnuts. Betty graduated from Mason High School in 1951 and started work at Dart National Bank as a teller until 1954. From 1955-1966 she was a full-time home maker, then returned to Dart Bank to work from 1967-1972. Then Betty worked 15 years for Michigan National Bank as a customer service representative. In 1998, Betty Bergeon was federally certified as the airport manager of Bergeon Airfield in Mason Michigan, with her son-in-law, David Groh, helping her study for the test.
Betty Lou Snider and John Donald Bergeon were married January 30, 1954. Together they raised their five children, grew acres of pumpkins, five acres of strawberries, two acres of vegetables, re-built a 130-year-old farm house, flew hot air balloons, built and certified Bergeon Air Field, collected World War II equipment, and hosted many parties, family reunions, and get togethers in the airplane hangars. At Christmas they would hang thousands of lights outside and give away hundreds of all kinds of cookies. They enjoyed family, friends, and life to its fullest.
Fishing was Betty’s passion, and the reason why her family gave her the nickname Betty Bass. If she could get a line in the water, she was happy. Her family would go to the lake house near Rodney and at Grandpa Snider’s gravel pit and catch pan fish including croppy, bluegill, sunfish, bass, and perch. Some of Betty’s fondest memories were flying to Canada on an inland lake to fish when she was on crutches, and an ocean fishing excursion where she landed a blue fin tuna. Betty fought the tuna for several hours, her arms were on fire, but she never gave up until the huge fish was in the boat.
Betty worked with the St. James Catholic Church altar society. Having four daughters, Betty was a Girl Scout Leader for 17 years, planning and leading numerous camping trips, as well as many other activities. Helping each of her girls earn all their badges, she had sore fingers from sewing on badges. Also, an avid sewer and quilter, she was a long-time member of the capitol quilters guild and member of quilt clubs.
The Lord called Betty home the morning of August 14, 2021. A graveside service was held for the family. Betty was buried alongside her beloved husband, John, at Greenwood Cemetery in Mason, Michigan. John preceded her in death March 7, 1997, after 43 years of marriage.
Betty is survived by her five children, Debbie (Dave) Groh, Denise (Jim) Droscha, Rolland Bergeon, Dawn (Paul) Edenfield, and Diane (Harold Bailey) Bergeon; grandkids, Helise (Chris) Long, Jeremy (Jessica) Droscha, Katie (Andrew Rodgers) Droscha, Sarah (Dustin) Osborne, and Rolland Jay (Heather) Bergeon; seven great-grandkids, Ben and Natalie Long, Mason, Hannah, and Aubrey Droscha, and Charlotte and Luka Osborne; in-laws, Tom and Mickey Bergeon, and Nancy and Clair Bouts. Betty was preceded in death by her husband of 43-years, John; her parents; sister, Audrey Starr; brothers, Clayton, Lyle, and Ray Snider; her mother-in-law and father-in-law Mary and John C. Burgeon; and in-laws, Sue and Bill Parsons, and Dr. Milton and Marge Bergeon.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made in Betty’s name to First Baptist Church, 1110 S. Cochran Ave, Charlotte, MI 48813. The family is in the care of Pray Funeral Home.

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Rosalinda Cardenas

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Rosalinda Cardenas, age 72, passed away July 29, 2021. She was born on September 21, 1948 to the late Maria and Alfonso Cardenas. She attended Charlotte High School until relocating to Summit, Ill. for 54 years of residency. Rosalinda was employed at Borg Warner as an inspector in Bellwood, Ill. for 45 years, retiring in 2014.
She is survived by her beloved siblings, Thomas Cardenas, Frank (Joyce) Cardenas, Raymond Cardenas, Amado (Jill) Cardenas, Dora (Sid) Silvas, Lydia (Miguel) Gallaga, and Mary Cybulski. She was a loving aunt to many nieces and nephews. She will be dearly missed but never forgotten, forever in our hearts.
Rosalinda was preceded in death by Marlene Cardenas, Dora Cardenas, Olivia (Jose) Amador, and Walter Cybulski.
A private memorial will be held at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte, Mich. at a later date.

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Evelyn Mae Sisco

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Evelyn Mae Sisco, of Jackson, Mich., and formerly of Eaton Rapids, Mich. passed away on August 17, 2021 at the age of 83. Evelyn was born on August 13, 1938, in Eaton Rapids, the daughter of Lloyd and Esta (Edwards) Snow. She worked in retail most of her life, spending several years at Walmart in Lansing where she helped to open the store, she also worked at the Jackson Walmart. Evelyn enjoyed taking walks and working on word puzzles. Most of all, Evelyn enjoyed spending time with her family especially her grandchildren and most recently her great grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, Scott Bibler; grandson, Mark “Bibs” Bibler; brothers, Harold Snow, Dale Snow, Bill Snow; sister, Jeanine Smith and sister-in-law, Polly Snow.
Evelyn is survived by her children, Sheryl Spurbeck, Scott Bibler, Mark (Connie) Bibler, Steven Siegrist; grandchildren; McKenzie Eldred, DeAnna Spurbeck, Jennifer (Kyle) Cudworth, Ryan (Nikki) Spurbeck, Robby (Heidi) Spurbeck, April (Wayne) Schultz, Angel Bibler, Jessica Hatch, Zeb Siegrist; great grandchildren, Shaun, Jessalynn, Kolt, Marcy, Miley, Maverlee, Maeslyn, Ryder, Rhyland, Jhemma, Shane, Shaylee, McKaylah, RiCarielle, Jayla, Brooklyn, Wayne, Aleya, Noah; sisters, Joyce Favero, Flora (Dick) Alwood; brother, Sam (Jane) Snow; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Evelyn’s remains will be laid to rest at Brickyard Cemetery on Saturday, August 28, 2021 at 11 a.m., with a dinner immediately following at Onondaga Park. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project in memory of Evelyn. To share memories or leave condolences please visit SkinnerFuneralHomes.com.

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Sharon O. Southwell

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Sharon Olive Southwell, of The Villages in Fla., formerly of Eaton Rapids, passed away peacefully on April 7, 2021, at the age of 82. Sharon was born in Eaton Rapids, September 25, 1938, the daughter of Oliver and Olive (Baker) Goodrich. She lived most of her life in Eaton Rapids and was a 1956 graduate of Eaton Rapids High School. Sharon married David in 1959 and they were inseparable until his passing in 2015. She moved to The Villages in 2019, where she enjoyed warm memories of the time spent with David and their Florida friends. Sharon retired from General Motors in 1999 as a purchasing specialist. She was a lifelong member of the First United Methodist Church in Eaton Rapids, BPW, and the Red Hat Society. The family wishes to thank her loving caregivers, and especially the staff of Cornerstone Hospice & Palliative Care at The Villages.
Sharon was preceded in death by her parents; husband, David; sister, Shirley Nicholas. She is survived by sons, Gregory (Sandy) and Geoffrey (Josephine). Sharon also leaves behind her six grandchildren, Ryan (Jenelle), Kirsten, Samantha (Chris) Bassil, Robert and Andrew; one great-grandchild, Henry, and several nieces and nephews.
Memorial services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, August 22, 2021, at the Mills Funeral Home, Shelly-Odell Chapel in Eaton Rapids, with visitation taking place one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association https://www.alz.org/join_the_cause_donate.asp in loving memory of Sharon. To leave online condolences, please visit millsfuneral.com.

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Steve Jones

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Steve Jones, born October 15, 1976, was laid to rest August 3, 2021.
Steve is survived by his amazing son, Stephen and beloved, Grace.
“Though his smile is gone forever, and his hand I cannot touch, I still have many memories of the one I loved so much. Your memory is my keepsake, with which I will never part. God has you in His keeping, I have you in my heart. Sadly missed, but not forgotten.”

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Bill Kelly

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Bill Milton Kelly passed away peacefully at his home in Eaton Township on Thursday, August 5, 2021 after a long and valiant battle with ALS. He was born September 23, 1941 in South Bend, Indiana to Clifford Emerson Kelly and Cleo Fern (Walters) Kelly. He was 79 years old.
After graduating from Washington Clay High School in South Bend, he joined the U.S. Navy. His lifetime adventure of seeing the world began upon the newly commissioned USS Long Beach, the world’s first nuclear powered surface combatant. Upon completion of his full-time Naval commitment, he continued serving his country as a member of the U.S. Naval Reserves.
The motto “To Serve and Protect” became his duty as he began his law enforcement career. He started with the Portage, Mich. Police Department, then moved on to Kalamazoo Township Police, and in 1968 became Chief of Police for the City of Galesburg, Mich. In 1969 he began serving with the Eaton County Sheriff Department in Charlotte, Mich. where he finished out his law enforcement career.
As a local business owner of K & K Accounting, The Computer Shop, the Movie Market, and others he contributed to the longevity and productivity of his community making many friends along the way. He was an advocate for privately helping others in their journey to success and giving encouragement along the way.
Bill was a life-long learner who loved to read. His reading took him on many great adventures over the years. He himself has authored several books in which he shares his life stories, experiences, and insights. He believed we could all learn something from everyone we meet, and he learned much from the people he met as he traveled the world.
Joy was found in every curve of the road as he cruised along in his classic Corvette convertible or on his vintage BMW motorcycles. Boating along the emerald waters of the Gulf Coast provided opportunities for him to reflect upon life and his earlier days spent at sea. Scuba diving wasn’t just for work, it brought quiet solitude in new and ever-changing environment. Flying brought him freedom as he took to the sky on many unforgettable journeys with family and friends.
In 1973 Bill married Rocksan Lee (Wolcott) McGill in Charlotte, Mich. and together they had four children; Lanette, Duane, Belinda, and Kimberly.
He is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Rocksan Kelly; daughters, Lanette Kay McGill-Cater (Jon), and Kimberly Ann Kelly-Baxley (James); grandchildren, Autumn Lynn Jones-Allen (Jeremy), Duane Lee McGill Jr., Kellie Leigh Jones-Bartlett (Shane), Eric Thomas McGill (Morene), Evan Gregory Jones (Traci), Megan Kaylee Baxley-Sweeten (Taylor), Dane Kelly McGill, Chase Michael McGill, Whitney Taylor McGill; great-grandchildren, Hunter Gregory Jones, Wilson Shane Bartlett, Zoey Claire Baxley, Julia Morene McGill, Sabastain Alexander Bartlett, Katherine Elizabeth Allen, Zalina Rose Baxley, Miles Gregory Jones, Sadie Elizabeth Sweeten, Oscar Thomas McGill, Delaney Rae Jones, Floyd Preston Sweeten; siblings, Patrick Michael Kelly (Denise) and Barbara Kathleen Kelly-Penney (John); and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Clifford and Cleo Kelly; his brothers, Larry Dean Kelly and Charles Leroy Kelly; daughter, Belinda Kay Kelly; son, Duane Lee McGill; and great-granddaughters, Brooklyn Kay Bartlett and Olivia Lillian Bartlett.
We would be remiss if we did not acknowledge his dear friend, Glenn Leonard, who added so much more to his life as they shared many wonderful adventures together. We also express our heartfelt gratitude to Kathy Stover who has sacrificed so much as she has faithfully cared for Bill through his long battle. He lived a full life made richer by the many friends and family members that he loved.
A committal service of burial at sea will take place at a later date by the United States Navy.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the ALS Association at www.als.org.
Friends are encouraged to support Bill’s family by sharing memories on his tribute page at www.prayfuneral.com. The family is in the care of Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

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Teresa Nighbert

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Teresa Renee Nighbert, born December 27, 1967, passed away on Sunday, August
8, 2021, after years of battling illnesses.
Ever since Teresa was young she had a love for animals. She was always scouting horse auctions, rescuing and keeping a houseful. Over the years she had a woodchuck, pigs, skunk, snakes, prairie dog, horses, goats, donkey, birds, cats, the list goes on… She was their safe place, and they were her comfort.
If you knew Teresa, you knew she wasn’t one to be messed with. She would surely put you right in your place if you did. Her humor and contagious smile, however, would have you coming back for more. Her devout feistiness and stubbornness served her well throughout her life. She was a model of strong will and sheer determination right up until the end of her journey here on earth.
She took extreme pride in her children, Aleena (James) Kendrick, Marley (Josiah) Saxe, and eight grandchildren. She leaves behind her father, Jack Parish, and several brothers and sisters. She is preceded in death by her mother, Vicki Carey.
A service is planned for Saturday, August 21, 2021, at noon at the Eaton County Fairgrounds Mini-Park.
A service is planned for Saturday, August 21, 2021, at Noon at the Eaton County Fairgrounds Mini-Park.
Everyone who remembers her is asked to celebrate Teresa’s life in their own way. Raising a glass of their favorite drink in her memory would be quite appropriate. Instead of flowers, consider doing an unexpected and unsolicited act of kindness for an animal or person in need in her name.
To view Teresa’s obituary online or to leave a condolence for the family please visit www.burkhead-green-kilgo.com
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Burkhead-Green-Kilgo Funeral Home of Charlotte.
Instead of flowers, consider doing an unexpected and unsolicited act of kindness for an animal or person in need in her name.
To view Teresa’s obituary online or to leave a condolence for the family please visit www.burkhead-green-kilgo.com.

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Raymond L. Foote

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Raymond L. Foote, 90, of Sierra Vista, Arizona passed away on July 6, 2021 at his home surrounded by his loved ones.
Raymond was born in Delton, Michigan to Dale K. and Irene Foote. He attended school in Vermontville, Mich. while working on the family farm where he was raised. At age 18 he began working at the Oldsmobile Automobile Factory in Lansing, Mich. (1948-1950). Not long after he served the United States Army during the Korean War, where he was stationed in Japan for two years (1950-1952). Upon his return, Raymond reinstated himself within the automobile industry working for Oldsmobile and Howard Sobers of Lansing, Mich. hauling new cars (1952-1964). Shortly after, Raymond found his niche working as an owner operator long haul truck driver hauling trucks and refrigerated freight until the age of 69, then on to hauling locally for another 10 years before retiring.
Raymond enjoyed his retirement largely at home enjoying his wife, children, grandchildren, and many friends. He enjoyed family time tinkering in the garage with his sons and grandchildren, working on trucks, talking about vehicles, his experiences, history, oftentimes being quite humorous with his unique way with words. We will be missing a fun loving man who enjoyed watching cowboy shows (he was a cowboy at heart). He loved the old movies on TCM. Ray was a member of the American Legion and V.F.W. He helped and supported his family regardless of the task, even at the age of 90. Good luck stopping the 90-year-old man on a mission! He was always the life of the party, the energy in the room, an unmatched presence, a true patriarch. His love and support will be missed dearly.
Raymond was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Barbara Hess, Pat Sayles and her husband Kendall; brothers, Dale Foote Jr. and his wife Lorraine, and Edwin Foote.
Raymond is survived by his wife of 64 years, Mary Marlowe Foote; three sons: Jeffrey Foote and his wife Dolores of Hereford, Ariz.; Bradley Foote of San Pedro, Calif.; Darryl Foote and his wife Jane of Sierra Vista, Ariz.; four grandchildren: Darrick Foote, Shauna Foote, Dustin Foote of Sierra Vista; Marisa Tessenshon and her husband Shaun and two great grandchildren, Zeke and Samara Tessenshon of Phoenix, Ariz.; sister, Phyllis Trumble and her husband Leo (Tink) of Vermontville, Mich.; sisters-in-law: Alice Foote of Nashville, Mich.; Doris Benton and her husband Pete of Vermontville, Mich.; and Judy Pentecost of Lansing, Mich.; plus many beloved nieces and nephews.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Jenson Mortuary. At Raymond’s request there will not be funeral services provided. Celebrate his life as you choose.

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Candace Jo Bahr

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Candace “Candy” Jo Bahr, 48, of Charlotte, died unexpectedly on August 4, 2021 in Lansing. Candy was born December 21, 1972 in Charlotte, the daughter of Charlie Allen and Jolene Frances (Griffin) Bahr. She graduated from Charlotte High School in 1990 before attending Lansing Community College. She worked at Latchaw Financial Services for several years, and most recently was a member of the grounds crew at Maple Brook Golf Club.
Candy is survived by her daughters; Charlee Jo Bahr and Stevi Stephenson; father, Charlie Bahr; nephew, Brandon Bahr; nieces, Addison Bahr and Avery Bahr.
She was predeceased by her mother, Jolene Bahr; sister, Debbie Bahr; and brother, Todd Bahr.
Friends are encouraged to support Candy’s family by sharing memories on her Tribute Page at www.prayfuneral.com. A private graveside service will be held at Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte. The family is in the care of Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

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