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Ruth M. Schulz


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Ruth M. Schulz, 97, of Charlotte, previously of Berrien Springs, passed away Thursday, July 26, 2018, at Eaton County Healing and Recovery Center, where she was so caringly assisted following a short illness.

Ruth was born Dec. 26, 1920 to William H. and Elizabeth Doroh. She attended Arden School and St. Joseph High School. She married Lothar Schulz and, together with brothers- and sisters-in-law, worked their farm most of their married life.

She is survived by her daughter, Connie (Al) Wolf of Charlotte; two grandchildren, Grant (Lyn) Wolf of South Bend, Ind., and Dani (Brett) Linsley of Charlotte; great-grandson, Drew Linsley of Charlotte; and nieces and nephews.

Ruth was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; her sister, Elizabeth Waggoner; her brother, Paul Doroh; and special friend, Jake Emhoff.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018 at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Baroda, with Rev. Nan Dehnke officiating. Burial will be in Spring Run Cemetery in St. Joseph.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the church.

Allred Funeral Home, Berrien Springs, is entrusted with arrangements, and messages for the family may be left online at

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John and Nancy Gutierrez


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John (Pepe) Gutierrez and Nancy Ruth (Zeitz) Gutierrez, of Charlotte, a very loving and devoted couple, tragically left this earthly world behind to be in Heaven together forever on July 29, 2018.  John was born April 29, 1949 to Jose and Antonia (Cantu) Gutierrez in McAllen, Texas. Nancy was born October 29, 1948 to Jim and Edith (Klink) Zeitz in Eaton Rapids. John and Nancy were inseparable since they were married 50 years ago, an example to the community of a wonderful marriage. They spent their free time traveling to watch their children and grandchildren participate in all the activities they loved doing.

John joined the Army out of high school, and later became a State Trooper with the Michigan State Police.  After his retirement, he worked as a Public Safety Officer at Capital Region International Airport and later Baker College. He was an adjunct professor for 30 years at Lansing Community College Criminal Justice Program for law enforcement. John enjoyed cooking for family, as well as hunting with his son and grandson.  John was a fun loving, animated storyteller who loved people.

Nancy, known for her quiet strength and subtle sass, loved gardening and spending time with family.  She was a nurse at Hayes Green Beach Hospital in Charlotte, and later left to work as a rural postal carrier for the U.S. Post Office until her retirement.  Nancy was always ready to listen with an open heart.  Nancy was very proud to be a mother and grandmother, and loved sharing stories with her children and grandchildren.

John and Nancy are survived by their children, Lisa (Sean) Carroll, Brock (Holly) Gutierrez, and Erin (Tony) Harbor; grandchildren, Rourke, Cormac, and Catriana Carroll, Izabelle and Bode Gutierrez, and Jelani, Thaine, and Tamaeus Harbor; brothers and sisters Julie Steele, Steve (Brenda) Gutierrez, Lupe Shakespeare, Jesse Gutierrez, Audrey Martini, Hank (Carol) Zeitz, and Peggy (Gregg) McCann; and Nancy’s parents, Jim and Edith Zeitz.

They were predeceased by John’s parents, Jose and Antonia Gutierrez.

Friends are encouraged to support the Gutierrez family at visitation and funeral services.  Funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday, August 4, 10 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church in Charlotte, with Rev. Fr. Dwight Ezop officiating. Visitation was held Friday, Aug. 3, from 3 to 6 p.m.

If desired, the family suggests memorial contributions to Fallen Trooper Memorial c/o Michigan State Police Troopers.

Friends and family are encouraged to share memories of John and Nancy on their Tribute Page at or their Facebook Page at JohnNancy Gutierrez.

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Lawrence L. Treadwell


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Lawrence Lee Treadwell II, a loyal and dedicated husband, father, and deputy, died Monday, July 23, 2018 in Detroit, with his wife by his side. Larry, 52, of Charlotte, was born August 24, 1965 in Lansing, the son of Larry and Geneel Treadwell. Growing up, he spent time with his grandparents on the family farm in Olivet, a place that remained near to his heart throughout his life. He graduated from Charlotte High School in 1984 before enlisting in the U.S. Navy and serving aboard the U.S.S. Midway in the Persian Gulf. Upon his return home, he worked in corrections at the Federal Correctional Institute in Milan before entering law enforcement academy. He joined the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office in 2000 as a deputy. On October 3, 2001, he married Teresa Ann Freer before immediately answering the call to service in 2001 after 9/11, deploying overseas to defend his country. Upon his return, he completed his bachelor’s degree and worked his way up to Lieutenant, overseeing much of the operations of Eaton County corrections, including the work release program.

Throughout his lifetime, Larry loved time spent in the outdoors. He enjoyed fall deer hunting on the Treadwell farm with his cousins in his early days, and his sons in later years. Larry and Teresa enjoyed family camping trips with their kids and traveling to many cheerleading events, where Larry served as the honorary cameraman.  Above all, Larry loved his family, devoting his life to their wellbeing.

Larry is survived by his wife of 17 years, Teresa; sons, Larry Treadwell III and Lance Treadwell; daughter, Meagan Treadwell; brother, Chad Treadwell; mother, Geneel; grandfather, Sterling Treadwell; and his nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles, and cousins.

He was predeceased by his father, Lawrence Lee Treadwell, Sr.; and his grandmother, Arlouene Treadwell.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 27, 2018 at Charlotte Assembly of God Church. Interment took place in Lee Center Cemetery in Olivet.

Memorial contributions may be made to Michigan Law Enforcement Monument Fund at in Honor of Lt. Larry Treadwell.

Friends and family are encouraged to share memories of Larry on his tribute page at

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Mario Gutierrez


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Mario Gutierrez, 62, of Charlotte, passed away on Thursday, July 19, 2018. Mario was born March 27, 1956 in Pontiac. He lived in Charlotte with his wife Pamela. Mario graduated from Arthur Hill High School in 1974. He was a General Motors employee for 25 years, retiring in 2006. Mario was so full of life. He enjoyed fishing, working on cars, yard work, dancing, and most of all spending time with his family and friends.

He is preceded in death by paternal father, Godfrey Gutierrez; and parents, Avelina (Chavez) and Fernando Aranjo.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Pamela (Wildberger) Gutierrez; children, Mario Gutierrez, Gina (Braxton) Harris, and Justina Gutierrez; stepchildren, Jeremiah Lerma, Yvonne (Raul Jr.) Martinez, and Israel Lerma; grandchildren, Mikalya, Carter, Maribella, Conlin, Mackenzie, Jayda, Jaylen, Terry Jr., Samantha, Kaylee, Santos, Sophia, Anthony, Isabella, and Asher; siblings, Joyce Rodriguez, Rosalinda Castaneda, Yolanda (Joe) Garcia, Nina (Adam) Chavez, and Jesse Aranjo; also many nieces and nephews.

Mario loved his dogs, especially Pancho, and Chiquita who will miss him dearly.

A funeral service was held at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes in Lansing on Tuesday, July 24, 2018.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123 and the Eaton County Humane Society, 129 N. Main St., Olivet, MI 49076.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Gutierrez family.

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Claudia L. Bryner


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Claudia Lou (Redfield) Bryner, a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister and caregiver, died Thursday, July 19, 2018 surrounded by her family. Claudia, 64, was born September 9, 1953 in Lansing to Claude and Gertrude (McGilvra) Redfield. She graduated in 1971 from Potterville High School. On February 17, 1973 Claudia married her sweetheart Randy Bryner and together spent the next 45 years by each other’s side. Claudia devoted her life to caring for others. She often put her needs second to the needs of others. She worked as a caregiver at Hope Landing in Charlotte retiring in 2016, prior to Hope Landing she worked as a caregiver at Moore’s Country Living. Claudia showed true care and compassion with each and every patient that crossed her path. Her hobbies included reading, spending summers camping at The Sherwood Forest Camp Ground in Olivet, also camping at other locations around the state. Claudia’s biggest passion was spending time with her family.

Claudia is survived by her loving husband, Randy; daughter, Jessica Ripley; grandchildren, Ethan and Broden Ripley; siblings, Lucy Shaw, Wiley Redfield, Georgia Schlee, Cora Haun, and Annabelle Persons.

Claudia was preceded in death by her parents, and brothers, Delbert Redfield, Claude “Butch” Redfield, and Dennis Little.

Memorial services were held Thursday, July 26, 2018 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Pastor Charles Jenson officiating.

If desired, the family suggests memorial contributions to Hospice of Lansing.

Friends and family are encouraged to share memories of Claudia on her tribute page at

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Eva Ruperd


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Eva Ruperd, 96, of Alma, formerly of Charlotte, died peacefully on Saturday, July 21, 2018 in Alma. Eva was born July 26, 1921 in St. Louise, Mo., the daughter of Frank and Julia (Sweet) Hunsaker. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Charlotte and a member of Maple City Chapter #218, Order of the Eastern Star of Charlotte. For many years before retirement, she was employed in the Eaton County Department of Social Welfare and Eaton County Clerk’s Office.

Eva is survived by her daughters, Joyce Lennon and Janice (Richard) Ripley; nine grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren and great great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bert J. Ruperd on September 23, 1980; and her six siblings, Frank Hunsaker, Jr., Dorothy Cranmer, Elmer Hunsaker, Bob Hunsaker, Geraldine Brown, and Everett Hunsaker.

Memorial services were held on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at Pray Funeral Home, with Pastor Charles Jenson officiating. Interment took place in Maple Hill Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Estarl Education Fund of the Grand Chapter Order of the Eastern Star of Michigan or the Masonic Home at Alma.

Friends and family are encouraged to share memories of her on her tribute page at

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Katherine A. Bosworth


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Katherine Ann Bosworth, a kind, caring and compassionate wife, mother, and grandmother, died peacefully at home on Sunday, July 22, 2018, surrounded by family. Katherine, 82, of Charlotte, was born June 13, 1936, in Lansing, the daughter of George and Ruby (Ferguson) Stephenson. Following high school graduation, she married Ned Bosworth on August 20, 1955 in Charlotte. Katherine worked at Michigan Bell from 1954-1959 before going to Montgomery Wards in the 1960s. Later, she sold Avon and worked at McDonalds in Charlotte. Katherine was a kind-hearted people-person and devoted her life to helping others. She volunteered countless hours at the Eaton County Health and Rehabilitation Services as a greeter and activities volunteer. She was a member of the Red Hatters Extension Club, as well as a member of the Eaton Area Senior Center, with Ned.  Katherine enjoyed celebrating birthdays with her family, she loved riding around their family property, but most importantly, she loved the bible and attending church. Her grandchildren were her pride and joy. Katherine loved spending time with them. She loved her pets and treating them as part of the family. Ned and Katherine celebrated their 50th anniversary with a trip to Branson, Mo. to see Danny O’Donnell, they also made trips to Mt. Rushmore, Savannah, Ga., Washington D.C. and Niagara Falls.  Above all, Katherine loved her family.

Katherine is survived by her husband, Ned; sons, Kremen (Sue) Bosworth of Charlotte and Doug (Karen) Bosworth of Eaton Rapids; daughter, Beth (Larry) West of Charlotte; grandchildren, Ben (Karen) Bosworth, Sam Bosworth, Brienna Bosworth, Craig Bosworth, Josh West, and Kyle West.

Katherine is predeceased by her sisters, Barb Cook and Norma Willbur.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, July 26, 2018 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Ray Miller and John Willbur officiating. Interment took place in Kalamo Hillside Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Eaton County Health and Rehabilitation Services Activity Department.

Friends and family are encouraged to share memories of Katherine on her tribute page at

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Richard L. Otto


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Richard “Dick” Lee Otto, 83, of Delton, passed away Saturday, July 14, 2018 surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Bellevue on March 5, 1935, the son of Charles “Sid” and Doris (Augustine) Otto. Dick graduated from Bellevue High School in 1953. After graduation, he proudly served in the United States Army’s 82nd Airborne Division from 1954 to 1956. Upon returning from the service, he met Jean Rizor. They were married June 1, 1958 and together had four children. They recently celebrated their 60th Anniversary. Dick was employed with Michigan Bell Telephone Company, retiring after 25 years. He owned and operated a 60-room hotel for six years while he was employed with Michigan Bell. He also owned and operated a storage building business for 21 years.

Dick was a very active member of the Bellevue Community, where he lived for 68 years. He and a friend founded the Bellevue Rescue Squad and remained a member of the Squad and served on the Board for 10 years. He served as a board member for 19 years of his 27-year membership in the Communications Workers of America. He was recognized by the Red Cross as one of only five instructors in Michigan certified to provide training for Basic First Aid through CPR and childbirth. He served as the City Police Commissioner for seven-and-a-half years. Dick was a member of the American Legion for 34 years, ELKS B.P.O.E. for five years, the Lions Club for 35 years (Board Member for six years), the Eagles for 19 years, and the Bellevue Conservation Club for 55 years.

When Dick wasn’t serving his community he enjoyed hunting and camping in Bellevue and northern Michigan, being on the great lakes with their boat in South Haven and at their cottage on Wall Lake where he now resides in the summers.  Dick spent his winters in Florida at the Polynesian Village where he had many special friends. More than anything he loved spending time with his family.

Left to cherish his memory is his loving wife, Jean; children, Karen (Mike) Lennon, Connie (Bob) Wagner, Brenda (Ron) Koziol, Rick Otto (Robin Ingram); 10 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren with two more on the way; siblings, Bernard Otto, Marylou Vogt; sister-in-law, Marge Otto; sisters-in-law, Sue (Bruce) McClelland, Roni Rizor; brother-in-law, Gary (Carla) Rizor.

He was preceded in death by his parents Sid and Doris Otto and brother, Charles Otto; sister-in-law, Joyce Otto; and brother-in-law, Gordon Vogt.

A memorial service was held at Bellevue United Methodist Church on Friday, July 20, 2018, with Pastor Peggy Baker officiating. Interment followed at Riverside Cemetery in Bellevue.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Bellevue Fire Department or Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan.   Friends may share a memory or send condolences at

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Virgie P. Fancher


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Virgie Paulette Fancher, 67, of Charlotte, a selfless and generous wife and mother, passed away on July 13, 2018 in Charlotte. She was born on December 6, 1950 to Orville and June (Thompson) Hollister in Battle Creek. She graduated in 1969 from Olivet High School. On October 3, 1970 she married Delbert Fancher and together they raised three daughters.

Paulette worked as an injection molder for 21st Century Plastics after her children were grown. She retired in 2014. In her spare time, Paulette loved to go shopping, sew and knit. Many times she was able to make cute gifts such as her version of Care Bears and Pound Puppies for her children at Christmas time. Her family will always cherish Paulette’s great sense of humor, which was demonstrated during time spent with her family and friends.  Paulette was always ready to pull together a gathering of family whether it was for birthdays, holidays, or any other excuse to get together. Her grandchildren will fondly remember the times they spent at Paulette’s house and the special treats they would share. She never missed her grandchildren’s sporting events, plays, etc.

Paulette is survived by her husband, Delbert; her three daughters, Angela (Elwin) Fulkerson, Annette (Scott Hubartt) Fancher, and Amber (John) Gibson; brother, Orville (Eileen) Hollister; sister, Judith (Gary) Jenkins; brother, Charles (Shannon) Hollister; two grandsons, Sterling Fancher and Zakary Fulkerson; two granddaughters, Breanna Fulkerson and Sophia Gibson.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Robert Hollister; her father, Orville Marvin Hollister; and her mother, June Ellene Thompson.

Memorial services were held Thursday, July 19 at Pray Funeral Home, with Rev. Rich Mitterling officiating. Interment followed in Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta.

If desired, the family suggests memorial contributions to Eaton County Health Rehabilitation Services.

Family and friends are encouraged to share remembrances and condolences online in Paulette‘s tribute page at

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Sidney F. Murphy


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Sidney Fredrick Murphy, 84, of Olivet, passed away on July 15, 2018. He was born September 14, 1933, in Calhoun County, the son of Joseph C. and Freda E. (Heisler) Murphy. Sid graduated from Olivet High School with the Class of 1952. Soon after graduation, on September 21, 1952, he married Patricia Mae Henry. Sid was a proud farmer and owner of Irish Hill Farms in Olivet. He bought his first 80-acre farm in 1957 and expanded his operation to more than 1,100 acres. He was passionate about cattle and enjoyed all aspects of feeding them through to finish. Sid was a member of the Michigan Cattlemen’s Association and active in Eaton County 4-H. Both Sid and Pat were recently inducted into the Michigan Farmers Hall of Fame.

Sid is survived by his children, Brian Murphy, Brenda (Peter) Blauwiekel and Denise Murphy; grandchildren, Jessica (Joshua) Darrow, Beth (Chad) Gruden and Joseph (Elizabeth) Blauwiekel; great-grandchildren, Emma Darrow, Avery Darrow, Adalee Gruden and Chandler Gruden; brother, Leon Murphy; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Francis Weeks; brother, Lawerence (Charlene) Murphy; grandson, Jeremy Murphy; and sister-in-law, Sharon Murphy.

A memorial visitation will be held on Saturday, July 21, 2018, from 2 to 5 p.m. at Burkhead-Green-Kilgo Funeral Home in Charlotte.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the American Cancer Society or the Alzheimer’s Association.

To view Sid’s obituary online or to leave a condolence for the family, please visit

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