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Karen Jo Fox

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Karen Jo Fox, a wonderful, very kind and loving grandmother, passed away peacefully Friday, April 22, 2022 with her beloved husband by her side. Karen, 78 of Charlotte, was born May 19, 1943 in Lansing to James and Carol (Johnston) Miller. A wonderful grandmother, neighbor and friend would best describe Karen. She was a fabulous host who took great care of her family, friends and neighbors. Sewing was one of her many talents, making clothes for her children and maneuvering the small tedious things such as Barbie clothes. Traveling the state of Michigan and visiting almost every single lighthouse with her husband, Moe, was an adventure that brought home a collection of lighthouses from all over the state. She loved garage saling with her sister-in-law and reading romance novels.
Karen leaves behind her devoted and faithful husband of 59 years, Gerald “Moe” Fox; three daughters, Robin (Spence) Cole, Renee (Brian) Dewey and Michele (Leo) Fox; ten grandchildren; and one great-grandchild; and brother, Mike (Laurie) Raines. She was predeceased by her brother, Brad Lett.
Friends and family are encouraged to support her family by sharing memories on Karen’s tribute page at www.prayfuneral.com. Visitation is Tuesday, May 3, 2022, 1-3:00 p.m. Funeral service will be Tuesday, May 3, 2022, 3:00 p.m. at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, MI. 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 Karen’s tribute, 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. The family is in the care of Pray Funeral Home.

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Keith Harrison Stewart Sr.

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Keith Harrison Stewart Sr, age 96 of Bellevue, passed into glory on April 11, 2022, at home surrounded by loved ones. Keith was born to Harold Eugene and Gladys Geneva (Hoover) Stewart in Williamston, Michigan on the “8th day, 7th month, of 1925.”
Keith had an exceptional life and all who knew him loved and respected him. Having been a dairy and crop farmer all his life, he possessed an extraordinary work ethic that he passed onto his children and grandchildren. He had the ability to see the goodness in others and was the first to help anyone who needed assistance. He once said he prayed while driving his tractor and that his church was in the fields.
Keith was preceeded in death by his wife of 74 years, Ada Jane (Maxwell); his grandson, Keith H. Stewart III; daughter-in-law- Marjorie (Evers) Stewart; and great granddaughter, Alicia Degroot.
Keith is survived by his four children: Keith H. Stewart Jr. (Marjorie), Harold D. Stewart (Sharon), Irene L. Vasilion (Charles), and Kenneth J. Stewart (Beth Stephens); 13 grandchildren; 35 great grandchildren; and 15 great-great grandchildren with one on the way. Through their married years, Keith and Ada fostered as many as 65 children.
The family would like to especially thank Keith’s granddaughter, Kay Graichen for being a wonderful care-giver to both Ada and Keith.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 30, 2022, at 11 a.m. at Grace Community Church with Pastor Don Roscoe officiating.
Those desiring, may make contributions in Keith’s honor to Hospice of Lansing, 3186 Pine Tree Road Ste 1, Lansing, MI 48911.
To view Keith’s obituary online or to leave a condolence for the family please visit www.burkhead-green-kilgo.com
The family is being served by the Burkhead-Green-Kilgo Funeral Home.

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Vickie Lee Van Liew

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Vickie Lee Van Liew, 75, of Dimondale, died peacefully on Monday, April 25, 2022, in her home with her daughter by her side. Vickie was born March 4, 1947, in Lansing, the daughter of Elmer Archie and Althea Ruth (Strieter) Steele. She graduated from Everett High School in 1965. Vickie married the love of her life, Jerry Van Liew, on May 18, 1968. Vickie was an active member of the local Moose Lodge and Easter Seals and enjoyed time spent out to dinner with family and friends. She and Jerry went on numerous cruises all throughout the world. She was a huge MSU fan, holding season tickets for both football and basketball. In her spare time, she enjoyed reading and going to the movies, and doting on her dog and her granddaughter.
Vickie is survived by her daughter, Michelle Van Liew of Grand Rapids and her granddaughter, Holly Hewartson, as well as her dog, Toby. She was predeceased by her husband, Jerry in 2008, her mother in 1999, and her father in 1997.
Friends are encouraged to support Vickie’s family by attending services or sharing memories on her tribute page at www.prayfuneral.com. Visitation is from 2:00 – 4:00 and 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 1, 2022, at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte. Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, May 2, 2022, at First Presbyterian Church of Dimondale with Pastor Scott Crane officiating. Interment will take place in Dimondale Cemetery. The funeral 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 Vickie’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 First Presbyterian Church of Dimondale or Mooseheart. The family is in the care of Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

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Marilyn Dee MacKenzie

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Marilyn Dee MacKenzie, 83, an easy-going woman loved and respected by many, died peacefully with her family by her side on February 3, 2022, at her home in Vermontville, MI. Born in Central Lake, MI on October 24, 1938, to Zemira and Esther (Harter) Zimmerman, Marilyn graduated from Hastings High School in 1956, and later that year married her sweetheart, Donald MacKenzie on Halloween. They lived in Hastings, and later moved to Vermontville where they raised their three children with lots of love and lessons on the importance of family and hard work.
Marilyn was very sharp and enjoyed working at Michigan National Bank as a teller and became Branch Manager at Independent Bank. She was also treasurer at their church in Hastings and later the South Cochran Church of God in Charlotte. Some of the things she was very good at and enjoyed over the years, include crocheting, bowling, gardening and canning the fruits of her labor, making amazing homemade pickles, hunting deer and bear, fishing, and family camping trips. Family meant the world to Marilyn, and she especially enjoyed time spent with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren playing games and just spending time together.
Marilyn is survived by her husband of 65 years, Donald; son, Steven MacKenzie; daughter, Valerie (Thomas) Palmer; grandchildren, Nicole (Richard) Rivera, Curtis Palmer, Darcy (Jason) Nesky, Erin (Joe) Elliston, Derek MacKenzie, and Dena (Christoph) Holzmann; 8 great-grandchildren, Audrey, Ethan, Morgan, Cameron, Avery, Cayden, Dylan, and Joanna; and several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her son, Brian; sister, Margaret; and her parents.
Friends and family are encouraged to support Marilyn’s family by attending services or sharing memories on her tribute page at www.prayfuneral.com. A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, May 7, 2022, 11:00 a.m. at the South Cochran Church of God in Charlotte. Memorial contributions are suggested to the South Cochran Church of God. The family is in the care of Pray Funeral Home.

 

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Bruce Arnold Maurer

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Bruce Arnold Maurer of Charlotte, MI passed away on April 23, 2022, at the age of 78. Bruce was born on March 18, 1944, in Albion, MI the first of four children born to Arnold and Juanita (Swan) Maurer. He graduated from Albion High School in 1962. Bruce worked in the Heating and Air Conditioning industry, starting at Hager Fox and eventually retiring from A1 Mechanical as a Supervisor specializing in system design in June 2009. He was baptized as a Jehovah’s Witness in 1958 and had been a faithful servant and long-time member of the Charlotte Kingdom Hall ever since. Bruce loved music, camping, and spending time outdoors. He enjoyed playing football, basketball, and tennis well into his 40’s. Bruce was a loyal friend and dependable father; his family meant the world to him, and he always put their needs before his own.
Bruce is preceded in death by his parents, brother, Alvin Maurer and sister, Judy Hoyt.
Surviving is his wife, Brenda Maurer; son, Brian Maurer; daughter, Krista Maurer; son, Bruce Douglas (Doug) Maurer; grandson, Maverick Timothy Maurer; sister, Rita (Art) Maurer; and numerous extended family and friends.
A memorial service will be held for Bruce at a later date. To share memories or leave condolences, please visit www.SkinnerFuneralHomes.com.

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Mary V. Mullins

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Mary V. Mullins, age 84, of Charlotte, passed away peacefully into the arms of her Savior on Monday, April 25, 2022. She was born September 4, 1937, in Lansing, the daughter of Loyce and Ruby (Gibson) Seegraves. On September 5, 1958, she married H. Edwin Mullins. Mary worked the majority of her career as a registered nurse. She cherished her family and enjoyed spending time together. Mary had a magnetic personality and enjoyed spending time with others. She was a devoted Christian and faithfully served at Oneida Gospel Church for many years and later South Church in Lansing. Mary was also a talented musician who enjoyed singing and playing the piano and organ.
Mary is survived by her sons: David Mullins of Nashville, Michael (Lori) Mullins of Charlotte, Daniel (Barbara) Mullins of Lansing; 4 grandchildren; and 10 great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ed; and brothers: Loyce Seegraves, and Maurice Seegraves.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 18, 2022, 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. A private burial has already taken place at Deepdale Memorial Gardens in Lansing.
Those desiring, may make contributions in Mary’s memory to South Church, 5250 Cornerstone Dr., Lansing, MI 48917.
To view Mary’s obituary online or to leave a condolence for the family please visit www.burkhead-green-kilgo.com

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Virginia Eaglesfield Strayer

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Virginia Eaglesfield Strayer, 106, died on April 12, 2022, in Eaton Rapids, Michigan. On January 31, 1916, Virginia was born to Frederick R. Eaglesfield and Kathryn Winter in Mishawaka, Indiana.
A 1934 graduate of Niles High School, Virginia continued her education at the University of Michigan where she received a BA degree in 1938. While there, she joined Delta Gamma sorority where she met many lifelong friends. She waited an additional three years, until September 13, 1941, to wed John W. Strayer, M.D. who was completing medical school and an internship at U of M. Three months later came Pearl Harbor and a war that separated them for a time while John served as a flight surgeon and as a Captain in the (then) Army Air Corps. They were able to be together for part of the war and counted eleven different locations in the states where they were stationed.
Virginia was active in the community as a lifelong and active member of Trinity Episcopal Church; co-founder of Meals on Wheels of Niles-Buchanan; a Girl Scout leader; member of Niles Garden Club, Seepewa Reading Club, Niles Service League, Orchard Hills Country Club and Signal Point Club where she was club champion. “Ginny,” as she was known to her friends, enjoyed a good game of bridge, gin rummy or cribbage with John, and needlepointing, music and gardening.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John; son, John W. Strayer III; son-in-law Jerry Rossow, as well as an infant brother and her sister, Elizabeth Eaglesfield Thompson.
Virginia is survived by daughters, Kathryn Rossow of Niles and Anne (Michael) Comer of Eaton Rapids; grandchildren include Peter (Jamie) Rossow, Baroda; Amy (Michael) Williams, Midland; Sarah (Joseph) Young, Rockford; and Jonathan Comer, Howell, granddaughter by marriage, Elizabeth Rossow; as well as great-grandchildren, John, Will and Anna Rossow; Morgan and Caroline Williams; Eliott, Frances and Grace Young; and Caden, Brooklyn and Addilyn Comer.
A funeral service was held at Trinity Episcopal Church in Niles, on Wednesday, April 20, 2022. Interment will be at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Buchanan.
Memorials may be made to Trinity Episcopal Church at 9 S Fourth Street, Niles, Michigan 49120.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Brown Funeral Home, Niles.

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Steve“Twig” Terwilliger

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On April 18, 2022, we his biological family, his EMS family, his many friends lost one of our best.
Marcie’s little brother, Terra’s dad, Soraya, Skyler, Abrielle and Addison’s grandpa, Sheila’s special guy, and Jimmy’s buddy. There are many individuals fortunate to “still be here” thanks to Steve’s consummate skills as a Critical Care Paramedic through the decades he served the community.
Having defied the odds time and again, burning through 12 of his nine lives, health issues took a toll over the past months. His superhuman survival run came to a close. If I’d known that hug would be our last, I’d have held on a lot longer.
Mom “Mary Jane” and Dad “Wayne” brought you into this world June 15, 1958. We who remain agree you left us way too soon.
We anticipate a joyful reunion on the other side, Steve “Twig” Terwilliger, because…love doesn’t cease at earth’s finite parameters.
Special thanks to Edmond Apartments friends. A gathering will take place at a later date.
The family is in the care of Burkhead-Green-Kilgo Funeral Home, Charlotte.

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Richard Van Fossen

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Richard “Rick” Eugene Van Fossen, II, a man who strived to make something he was proud of, died April 14, 2022. Rick, 74, of Eaton Rapids, formerly of Potterville was born April 11, 1948 in Flint to Richard and Evelyn (Petherbridge) Van Fossen, Sr. Rick was a proud father who supported his children in whatever goals they set for themselves and whenever they did something wrong, he would smile to himself as he thought, “I did that once.” He was a natural leader and teacher. Rick coached baseball, softball, basketball, and wrestling, and all of the kids he coached were “his kids.” After he stopped coaching, he could be found in the stands cheering them on. Building a successful construction company of over 40 years was one of Rick’s many talents. He couldn’t have done it without Bill Bill and LeRoy, among others. People trusted him to do it right and he did! Rick was an outdoorsman. He loved being outdoors, hunting, fishing, and golfing were some of his favorite hobbies. You could catch him taking pot-shots at squirrels off the deck as his orange pellets were left standing everywhere. As a story teller people were drawn to him. He would fill their lives with jokes and an infectious laugh that you couldn’t get enough of. Rick served his country as a Airborne Ranger in the Army, he was loving, always happy (well, most of the time) and will be missed by many.
Rick is survived by his wife, Theresa; daughter, Jen (Chuck) Sesniak; son, Josh (Ashley) Van Fossen; grandchildren; Izzy Sesniak; Evan, Mason and Roman Van Fossen; brother, Mike Van Fossen. He was predeceased by his parents, Richard (Dick) and Evelyn (Petherbridge) Van Fossen, Sr.; sister, Diane Van Fossen Paine and niece, Kelly Van Fossen.
Friends and family are encouraged to support his family by sharing memories on his tribute page at www.prayfuneral.com. Funeral services were on Wednesday, April 20, 2022 at Pray Funeral Home of Charlotte. If desired, the family suggests memorial contributions to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or American Cancer Society. The family is in the care of Pray Funeral Home of Charlotte.

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Carole Hiar

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Carole Ann Hiar, 82, of Potterville, born November 13, 1939, died April 11, 2022.

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