Linda S. Archer
Linda Sue Archer, age 68, of Bellevue, died July 23, 2020. She passed to the next world peacefully home to her loved ones in heaven. Linda was born July 6, 1952, the daughter of Harry and Velma (Decant) Miller. Linda grew up in Olivet and then met her husband Joe, married 47 years. They moved to Charlotte where they started their family. They then had the opportunity to move the family to a farm in Bellevue and also be close to their dear friends Phil and Dee Vahs. Linda loved taking the kids to the rodeos, camping with friends, sporting events and of course the Eaton County Fair. She would often be seen at the grandchildren’s events and watch them run and show at the Eaton County Fair. Linda loved spending time outdoors. She enjoyed collecting ceramic frogs and decorated her house with them. Linda was known to make great meals and her holiday spreads were always something that everyone looked forward to. Linda’s love, and indominable spirit will always be loved and remembered.
Passing on leaves a heartache that no one can heal, but love leaves memories that no one can steal.
Linda is survived by her children, Lori Briggs (Tim), Tom Archer (Meghann) and Chad Archer (Anne); 7 loving grandchildren, Mikayla, Gabe (Gabrielle), Noah, Nick, Gracie, Teaghann and Cameron. She is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Carl Joseph (Joe) Archer; parents, Harry (Bill) and Velma Miller; and Virgil and Katherine Archer.
Friends are encouraged to support Linda’s family. Funeral services are Tuesday, July 28, 2020, at 11 a.m. at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte with Rev. Rick Martin officiating. Visitation is Monday, July 27, 2020, from 5-8:00 p.m. at Pray Funeral Home. The funeral service will be webcast so you may watch it from any computer, smartphone, or mobile device that has internet access. Go to www.prayfuneral.com, click on Linda’s tribute, and then click on Photos & Videos from your computer (or Media from your smart phone). Just prior to the beginning of the service, a link will appear on this page to watch the webcast. If desired, the family suggests memorial contributions to Heartland Home Health Care & Hospice of Mason. Friends and family are encouraged to share memories of Linda on her tribute page at www.PrayFuneral.com. The family is in the care of Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.
Lizabeth F. Brott
Lizabeth F. Brott, age 62, of Holt passed away on July 20, 2020. She was raised in Vermontville, Michigan, where she was an honors graduate of Maple Valley High School. After obtaining her bachelor’s degree at MSU, she went on to complete her graduate degree at Cooley Law School. Liz would always remain a die-hard Spartan fan. Liz and Tom Brott wed in 1979. Since that time, they’ve enjoyed full professional lives, golfing, traveling, hosting and participating in numerous family gatherings, and loving their house-pet poodles. Liz was an avid flower gardener and animal lover.
Liz had an extensive career. She spent seven years as an Ingham County Sheriff’s Deputy, then went on to become an investigator for the State of Michigan’s Medical and Pharmacy licensing division. Recognized for her expertise and work ethic, she was promoted to the position of Regional Vice President of Risk Management for Proassurance. While serving in this position, Liz was a sought-after speaker at numerous national medical risk management conferences and forums.
Liz was preceded in death by her parents, William and Jarene; her brother, David Fox; brother-in-law, Don Tharp. She is survived by her husband, Thomas Brott; brothers, Chris Fox, and Ted (Pam) Fox; sisters, Katy Fox, Laurine Fox, Mary (Ed) Zbik, Anne Crow, Susan (Andy) Joostberns, and Sharon (Jerry) Harris; sister-in-law, Patricia Tharp; many nieces and nephews, and grand-nieces and nephews. Liz will always be remembered by her family for her graciousness, sense of humor and love-of-life — including her phrase to describe anything extraordinary as “trip the lights fantastic!”
Liz’s family will receive friends for a memorial visitation at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that people make contributions to The Capital Area Humane Society, in her honor. Arrangements are by the Estes-Leadley Holt/Delhi Chapel, estesleadley.com.
Margaret J. Spitzer
Margaret Joan Spitzer, age 87, of Vermontville, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, July 21, 2020, surrounded by those she loved. Joan was born February 26, 1933, in Nashville, MI the daughter of Marcus and Ellen (Day) Shapley. She attended Nashville High School. On January 21, 1950, Joan married Richard Spitzer in Angola, Indiana. Joan was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She adored her family and always saw to it that she did her utmost to provide a loving home for them. Joan enjoyed spending time working in her flower and vegetable gardens and traveling throughout the US. She and Dick also enjoyed spending time at their family cabin in Gulliver and at their winter home in Dunedin, Florida.
She is survived by her daughter, Cindy (Allan) Harvath of Charlotte; son, Richard (Teresa) Spitzer of Charlotte, 9 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; and sisters-in-law: Betty Shapley and Kathy Shapley.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband and soulmate of 70 years, Dick; brothers: Bob Shapley, Don Shapley, and Jim Shapley.
A graveside service will be held on Friday, July 24, 2020, at 1 P.M. at the Kalamo Hillside Cemetery with Pastor Charles Jenson officiating.
Those desiring, may make contributions in Margaret’s memory to the West Carmel Congregational Church.
To view Margaret’s obituary online or to leave a condolence for the family please visit www.burkhead-green-kilgo.com.
Judy M. Dahlgren
Juadean “Judy” M. Dahlgren, age 80 — a women full of compassion for others and endless love for her family — died peacefully on Monday, July 20, 2020, with family by her side at home on the farm in Potterville. Judy was born August 31, 1939, in Lansing, the daughter of Edward and Evelyn (O’Dell) West. She graduated from Charlotte High School in 1957 and on November 9 of the same year married Richard Dahlgren and they settled into family life on the Dahlgren farm in Potterville. She worked 21 years as a well-known server at the Pour House Restaurant in Windsor Twp., as well as laboring alongside her husband on the farm.
Judy loved sitting on the porch at the house with her family and friends, enjoying the flowers. Throughout the years, her family usually included several kids from the community keen on spending time outdoors around the farm with the Dahlgren children. Additionally, she cared for her “little people,” the many elderly she regularly checked in on and supported. Her love for people was rivaled only by her love of animals. She lived a life full of attention to the needs of others, and devotion to her children and grandchildren. Her hard work only allowed for three days of vacation each year, which she and Richard always spent enjoying Mackinac Island. Many will remember Judy’s wisdom and love, and her role as protector and nurturer to her large family and friends.
Judy is survived by her children, Richard (Pam Jones) Dahlgren II, Kim (Rebecca) Dahlgren, Cynthia (Scott) Lucas, and John (Joellen Wright) Dahlgren; 10 grandchildren, Danielle Dahlgren, Audrey Dahlgren, Avery Dahlgren, Dalton Wertz, Kyle Lucas, Rachel (Daryle) McMaster, Corey Lucas, Preston (Missy) Dahlgren, Terra (Larry) Coffman, and Jerrid (Sabrina) Dahlgren; 12 great-grandchildren; sister, Jane West; sister-in-law, Cathy West; and her nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Richard D. Dahlgren in 2017; her parents; brothers, Jim West and Jerry West; sister-in-law, Donna West; and infant granddaughter, Phoebie Dahlgren.
A private family gathering will take place on the farm. The family also wishes to especially thank Chelsea from Elara Caring Hospice for her compassionate care of Judy. Friends and family are encouraged to share memories of Judy on her Tribute Page at prayfuneral.com. The family is in the care of Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.
Jane L. Merrifield-Gidner
Jane Leigh Merrifield-Gidner, age 73, of Charlotte, died peacefully on Saturday, July 18, 2020 at her home surrounded by family. She was born as Janet Roberta Williams on May 29, 1947 in Charlotte, the child of Jacob and Maxine Williams. At the age of four, she and her brother, Richard, were adopted by John Rex and Fanny Minnetta (Dennis) Gidner, and her name changed to Jane Leigh Gidner. The Gidner’s operated a working farm, and Jane grew up working hard with her family, and developed a deep respect for the 4H program. She attended Potterville High Schools until rezoning moved her to Charlotte Schools, where she graduated in 1966. In her younger years, before children, she worked as a certified nurse’s aide, and in fact cared for her parents for many years. Once her children arrived, she took an active role with their studies and interests, including volunteering with the 4H program and Campfire. In her spare time, she loved traveling and a good hot tub. Many will remember her for her 18 years at McDonald’s in Potterville, where she served as the lobby lady and enjoyed greeting and visiting with her many friends in the community. She was a member of two chapters of the Red Hat Society, and also enjoyed following the Senior Center dancing circuit.
Since a child, Jane lived a deeply Faith-filled life and was a member of New Hope Community Church in Charlotte. Above all, she loved her family and her children and grandchildren. In fact, after her debilitating stroke, she spent the last 18 months of her life under the care of her daughter, Martha, at the family home lovingly referred to as the commune. She also received constant support from her countless dear friends and family.
Jane is survived by her children, Martha (Terry) Bryant, John Merrifield, Jack (Benita) Merrifield; grandchildren, Steven Bryant, Michael Bryant, Hunter Merrifield, Angel Merrifield, Arianna Beedy, and their mother, Tara Ankney; her foster children, Tara Siler, Sean Brady, and Troy Brady; siblings, William, Susan, Mary, Marsha, Marvin, Cheryl, and Jake; many nieces and nephews; and several very dear friends. She was predeceased by her first love and spouse of 22 years, Phillip Merrifield; her grandson, Joshua Bryant; her birth and adopted parents; and her siblings, Richard, Michael, John, Geri, Judy, and James.
A funeral service took place on Wednesday, July 22, 2020 with Pastors Victor Williams and Chuck Jenson officiating. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery. If desired, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Ronald McDonald House. Friends and family are encouraged to share memories of Jane on her Tribute Page at prayfuneral.com. The family is in the care of Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.
Matthew Whitehouse, age 52, of Vermontville, passed away Saturday, July 18, 2020. The family is being served by the Burkhead-Green-Kilgo Funeral Home.Read More
Sandra J. Smith
Sandra Jean Smith, age 75 of Charlotte — a lady who enjoyed the simple things in life — died July 21, 2020. Sandra was born May 4, 1945 in Yankton, South Dakota to Milton and Pearl (Rich) Johnson. She became a Registered Nurse, working at St. Lawrence Hospital in Lansing as an RN in the Intensive Care Unit and The Emergency Department. She was proud of her work and her ability to start even the most difficult of IV’s. The kind of person that was always there when you need her, Sandra was very proud of her family. In her spare time she enjoyed crocheting, knitting, reading and going to Las Vegas on vacation.
Sandra is survived by her daughters, Traci (Scott) Osman, Michelle Smith, and Nicole Smith; grandchildren, Megan and Mackenzie; brother, Richard Johnson; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents.
If desired the family requests donations to Eaton Community Palliative Care or the Alzheimer’s Association. Friends and family are encouraged to share memories of Sandra on her Tribute Page at prayfuneral.com. The family is in the care of Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.
George D. Guilford
George David Guilford of Eaton Rapids passed away after a short battle with cancer, July 21, 2020 at the age of 76. George was born in Marshall, MI, November 2, 1943, the son of James and Viola (Stuck) Guilford. He was a 1964 graduate of Marshall High School. George worked for Fisher Body for 30 years before retiring in 1995. He was a member of UAW #602, Robbins United Methodist Church, and the Charlotte and Eaton Rapids Senior Centers. For many years, George and his wife, Elizabeth, enjoyed wintering in Weslaco, TX, and enjoyed working in his manicured yard, his vegetable garden, hosting euchre parties and playing cards.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Elizabeth Guilford; daughters, Vicki (Mark) Sheffield of Eaton Rapids, Judy (Steven) Sharpe of Eaton Rapids; grandchildren, Logan (Cassidy) Sheffield of WA, Parker Sheffield of WA, Morgan and Marissa Sharpe of Eaton Rapids; brother, Lorence “Dick” Guilford of FL; and his beloved cat, Griffin. George was preceded in death by his parents and 13 siblings.
Funeral services were scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday, July 24, 2020 at Robbins United Methodist Church, 6419 Bunker Rd. Eaton Rapids, MI 48827 with Pastor Peggy Katzmark officiating. Visitation will take place at the Mills Funeral Home, Shelly-Odell Chapel Thursday from 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm . Those desiring may make memorial contributions to the Jean Bradford Kline Senior Center. Please visit our website to place online condolences, www.millsfuneral.com.
Amanda M. Esser
Amanda Marie Esser, age 24 of Potterville — a fun-loving young lady with a heart of gold — passed away unexpectedly July 9, 2020. Amanda was born March 22, 1996 in Baltimore to Paul and Alisia (Marzola) Esser. She had a big smile and a laugh that would light up the room. Amanda worked as a nursing aide and loved taking care of the elderly. She loved music, dancing and time fishing with her boys. She had a very genuine heart and would do anything to help others, but especially doted on her boys with everything she did.
Amanda leaves behind her beloved boys, Lucca and Levi Mendez; parents, Alisia, Paul and Tonyau; sisters, Stephanie Nieberlein, Casey (Justin) Partington, and Allison (Bobby Hubbel) Esser; brother, Jon Esser; several nieces and nephews; grandmother, Sharon Marzola; and Lucca and Levi’s father Luis Mendez. Amanda was welcomed home by her grandmother, Carolyn F. Cross; grandfather, Anthony Marzola; and her great-grandmother, Selma Kallenberger.
The family received visitors at the Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte on Sunday, July 12, 2020.
Friends and family are encouraged to support Amanda’s family by sharing memories on her tribute page at prayfuneral.com. The family is in the care of Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.
Gary L. Strank
Gary Lee Strank, age 73, died on Saturday, March 7, 2020 in Coralville, Iowa. He was preceded in death by his wife Carol M. Strank, age 62, who died Sunday, Jan. 18, 2009 in Iowa City, Iowa. Gary and Carol were both raised in Eaton Rapids. Both will be laid to rest at Plains Cemetery in Eaton Rapids with a short service on Saturday, July 18 at 2 p.m.Read More