George W. Riddle
George Willis Riddle, 96, of Charlotte, died peacefully on Sunday, November 7, 2021, surrounded by his family. George was born August 7, 1925, in Charlotte, the son of Grover Cleveland and Mabel Louise (Summers) Riddle. George was drafted into the U.S. Army during his junior year of high school and shipped out in 1943 to serve in the 82nd Airborne in the European theater of WWII. Upon his return from the war in 1946, he went back to Charlotte High School and graduated in 1946. After school, he went to work part-time at the Post Office and Aluminum Extrusion. He later went to Carefree, rising to Plant Manager before his retirement in 1985. He and his wife, Wilma “Billy” Riddle, enjoyed travelling all over the world, marking each destination with a peg on the world map at home. Years later, he and his companion, Wanda, spent winters in Englewood, FL, where George loved sunbathing, a craving he enjoyed all the way into his last days. In his last years, he enjoyed ice cream on Fridays with his granddaughter, and time spent close to family.
George is survived by his daughter, Denise Riddle; son, Geoffrey (Diana) Riddle; daughter-in-law, Darlene Riddle; 4 grandchildren, Kara Riddle, Kaci Riddle, Nicole (Chad) Guilford, and Amanda (Bobby) Decker; 9 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews; and his long-time companion, Wanda Wells. He was predeceased by his wife, Wilma “Billy” (Amick) Riddle; son, George Willis Riddle, Jr.; and sisters, Eunice Wells and Jean Oberlin.
Friends and family are encouraged to support George’s family by attending services or sharing memories on his tribute page at www.prayfuneral.com. A Memorial Service was held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, November 12, 2021, at Pray Funeral Home with Laura Cooper officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Interment will take place in Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte. 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 George’s tribute, then click on Photos and Videos from your computer (or Media from your smart phone). Memorial contributions are suggested to Mid-Michigan Hospice. The family is in the care of Pray Funeral Home.
Rita M. Godin
Rita Marie Godin, 69, of Charlotte, a woman of devout Faith and enduring love for her family, died on Wednesday, November 10, 2021. Rita was born February 8, 1952, in Granite City, IL, the daughter of William Edward and Norma Gail (Reis) Breidenbach. She earned a bachelor’s degree in speech pathology and started her master’s degree at the University of Northern Colorado, where she met the love of her life, Donald Edward Godin. The two married on June 16, 1973, in Colorado, and started their family. Throughout the early years of their family life, they moved to several different states, before settling in Charlotte, MI in 1987. Shortly after, in 1993, Rita started substitute teaching throughout the area. Education and learning remained a life-time passion for Rita. Her interest in the connection between music and brain health led her to attend many conferences on brain-based learning. She was always interested in understanding how the human mind learned, and in seeking how sound and natural healing works to expand brain power, especially in children. She was a devoted and busy mother of 7 and served at both the local and state levels of the Parent Advisory Committee, an organization dedicated to children with special needs. Rita loved to dance. She was a member of the County Cloggers and enjoyed square dancing in her youth, and always pestering Don to get on the dance floor. She was also an avid sewer, creating many special treasures for her family and friends. Rita loved the local Charlotte Library and could often be found there. She contributed much to her St. Mary Parish family, including co-founding the Youth Group, and singing in the choir. Many will remember her calming presence as a Lector at St. Mary Catholic Church in Charlotte, and all her service to others in the church and beyond.
Rita is survived by her husband of 48 years, Donald Godin; their 7 children, Michelle (Karl) Hart, Paul (Stacie) Godin, David (Alison) Godin, Stephen Godin, Elisabeth (Andrew) Struve, Phillip Godin, and Jeannette (Robert) Holloway; 13 grandchildren; 3 step-grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; sisters, Mary Teresa (Don) Hanes and Catherine (Charles) Bachwirtz; brothers, Edward (Sylvia) Breidenbach and James (Carmen) Breidenbach; and her nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents and her infant daughter, Monica.
Friends and family are encouraged to support Rita’s family by attending services or sharing memories on her tribute page at www.prayfuneral.com. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, November 29, 2021, at St. Mary Catholic Church with Rev. Fr. Dwight Ezop officiating. Visitation will be from 2:00 – 4:00 and 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. with a Rosary at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 28, 2021, at Pray Funeral Home. Interment will take place in Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte. 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 Rita’s tribute, then click on Photos and Videos from your computer (or Media from your smart phone). Memorial contributions are suggested to the Charlotte Library or Area 8 Special Olympics. The family is in the care of Pray Funeral Home.
Doris C. Rogers
Doris Catherine Rogers of Eaton Rapids, MI passed away on Sunday, November 14, 2021, at the age of 101. Doris was born on September 26, 1920, in Warsaw, Indiana the daughter of Thad and Mary (Spurlock) Kipker. She was raised in Alger, Ohio before moving to Michigan at the age of 12. Doris married Cleo Rogers in 1936 and together they raised 4 children on their farm outside of Eaton Rapids. Along with farming full time Doris also enjoyed volunteering her time in the kitchen at the Eaton Rapids Senior Center, the Eagles in Charlotte, and the Springport VFW Post. She loved spending time with her family, some of her happiest times were family trips to the Upper Peninsula and the years when her family was together on the farm. Doris was an avid Detroit Tigers fan, and enjoyed gardening, fishing, and canning.
She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, Cleo; daughter, Carol Woodard; grandchildren, Charles “Chuck” Rogers, Jr., Richard Wyatt, Jr. and sister, Marge VanPatton.
Surviving is her daughter, Cheryl Smith; sons, Charles Rogers, Warren (Jan) Rogers; grandchildren, Mary (Pete Sieben) Wyatt, Annette Clark, David Rogers, Nina Eitniear, Sally Lundell, Kathline McIntyre, Jordan (Stephanie) Rogers, Katie (Steve) Davis, Isaac (Yen Tran) Wyatt, T.C. Eitniear; 22 great grandchildren, 7 great, great grandchildren and 2 great, great, great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 20, 2021, at Skinner Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids chapel with visitation starting at 12:00 p.m. For those desiring memorial contributions may be made to the Jean Bradford Kline Senior Center in Eaton Rapids. To share memories or leave condolences please visit www.SkinnerFuneralHomes.com
Inez A. Walworth
Inez A. Walworth, May 20, 1919 – November 10,2021, Jackson. Born Inez A. Towns to Claude and Stella (Walker) Towns of Springport, she passed away in Jackson, November 10, 2021, age 102 years.
Inez was a 1938 graduate of Springport High School. She married Lyle Walworth of Eaton Rapids on August 25, 1945.
Inez was a retired sewing teacher from Jackson Junior College, a member of the Wally Byam Airstream Club, the Belles & Beaux Square Dancing Club, and the First United Methodist Church. Known for her outstanding cooking, baking, and sewing, her Jackson County Fair entries earned her many awards through the years. Mr. & Mrs. Walworth spent 31 winters in Florida during their retirement years.
Surviving is her one daughter Judy (Thomas) Naylor of Ann Arbor, one granddaughter Jennifer (Andrew) Ballema of Winnetka, IL two great-grandchildren Charlie and Ellerie Ballema of Winnetka, IL, and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Inez was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Lyle, and nine siblings – Durward, Cecil, Charles, Harold, and Milo Towns, Nina Stockfish, Mabel Down, Alice Culver, and Doris Ballard.
According to her wishes Mrs. Walworth has been cremated. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Jackson Friendly Home, 435 W. North Street, Jackson, MI, 49202. Please express your condolences to the family at www.watson-funeral-chapels.com.
David C. Owen
David Charles Owen of Lansing, formerly of Eaton Rapids, passed away November 15, 2021, at the age of 73. David was born in Eaton Rapids, MI., January 21, 1948, the son of Harold and Marion (Hine) Owen. He proudly served and was honorably discharged from the US Navy. David was very talented when it came to making quilts, sewing, and making bears. He was also famous for his apple pies, loved to camp and spend time with family and friends.
David is survived by his wife of 45 years, Billie Owen; children, Kandace (Larry) Cuddington of Cadillac, Valerie (Tim) Pancost of Charlotte, Todd Steele of Lansing; grandchildren, Jonathan Wright, Cameron Oberlin, Morgan (Michael) Oberlin, Mackenzie (Dominique) Pancost, Tabitha (Dereck) Pancost, Olivia Pancost, Colton, Cortney, Gabe, Savanna and Brittany; great grandchildren, Brynndal, Braxton, Nevaeh and baby Madeline who is due in December and his fur baby, Max; sister, Sharon Williams of AZ; brother, Tom Owen of Eaton Rapids; sister-in-law’s Carol Owen of OH, Edith Hamilton of TX; brother-in-law, Bob Clough of Eaton Rapids. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Bill Owen; sister, Shari Clough.
Funeral services will be 12 p.m. Friday November 19, 2021, at Mt. Hope Church, 202 S. Creyts Rd. Lansing, MI 48917. Visitation will take place on Thursday at the Mills Funeral Home, Shelly-Odell Chapel in Eaton Rapids from 6-8 p.m. and at the church Friday one hour prior to the service. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to Mt. Hope Mission Support for Pastor Scott and Ruth Thompson or Best Friends Animal Society, 5001 Angel Canyon Rd. Kanab, Utah 87441. To leave online condolences for the family, please visit our website, www.millsfuneral.com.
Kurtis S. McCarrick
Kurtis Scott McCarrick of Eaton Rapids, passed away on November 13, 2021, at the age of 60. Kurtis was born in Charlotte, MI., July 30, 1961, the son of Herbert and Joyce (Parsons) McCarrick. He was a 1979 graduate of Eaton Rapids High School and worked at Meijer for the past 42 years. Kurtis was passionate about raising his honeybees, was a member of the Conservation Club and the NRA and enjoyed hunting.
Kurtis is survived by his daughter, Autum McCarrick of Eaton Rapids; son, Spenser McCarrick of Eaton Rapids; mother; grandchildren, Tristan, Ryley, Logan, Jazmine, and Jorden; brothers, Herbert McCarrick and Rodney McCarrick; fiancé, Stephanie DeShong; several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father.
Memorial services will be held at a later date. Arrangements were entrusted to the Mills Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to the family to help with expenses. To leave online condolences for the family, please visit our website, www.millsfuneral.com.
Lois Edith Solomon Cowles was born June 17, 1929, in Kalamazoo, Michigan at Borgess Hospital. On November 12, 2021, she died peacefully, and the angels carried her home to be with her husband Winfield.
Lois’ first home in Kalamazoo was at Gilbert and Hotop, where the family lived upstairs. Aunt Edna and “Grandma” Phelps also lived there. The family had a victrola and old-fashioned crank phone. She remembers making childhood prank phone calls, saying it was Mr. Pepper asking for Mrs. Salt.
In 1933 the family moved to Jefferson Avenue/Prairie where they rented. In 1937 the Solomon family moved to 615 N. Prairie. At the time, the home still had an outhouse.
Lois attended elementary school on West Main Street. It was there she met Dorothy Tucker, her lifelong friend. She attended Woodwards Junior High and then State High in Kalamazoo, where tuition was required.
She started playing the piano at the age of eight and then learned the old-fashioned pipe organ – operated with foot pedals — as a young adult. Throughout her youth she had two piano teachers, one was a church organist, and she recalls the name of the other as Francis Iney. Lois enjoyed attending recitals and musicals.
Lois went to college from 1947-1951 at Western Michigan University, following in the footsteps where her parents met. She majored in Education with French/History minors. She joined the French Club and an off-campus sorority.
From 1951 – 1952 she student taught at W.K. Kellogg Consolidated, which was a one room (12 grades) school. She lived in a club house for student teachers during those years.
Her father was Pastor of the West Side Gospel Church from 1935 – 1945 then the family attended Gospel Hall in Kalamazoo. He was also a Pastor at the Methodist Church in Alamo.
Lois later attended Calvary Church in Kalamazoo where she played piano and sang in the choir. As an adult, Lois and husband Winfield attended the First Baptist Church in Eaton Rapids where Lois played the piano and pipe organ. Later they joined South Baptist Church in Lansing where Lois played the piano for Sunday School. They joined the Griffith Methodist Church in the 1980s and both taught Sunday School and enjoyed social events including ice cream socials.
In the summer of 1952 Lois noticed an opening of a teaching position in Eaton Rapids and decided to move away from home. Back then schools were one room schoolhouses with all 12 grades and no indoor plumbing. Her first position was at the Bentley school Her room was featured on the back cover of the book “Rural School of Eaton County Michigan” featuring a class photo from March 12, 1954.
When Lois graduated from college, she still desired to be a missionary, but when she moved to Eaton Rapids, she met a handsome young man named Winfield Cowles. Winfield and Lois married May 30, 1954 and married 64 years before Winfield passed away in 2018. They had two daughters, Cheri Lu (Harding) and Sue Ann (Kelch).
Lois was a member of the Eaton Rapids Education Association and Michigan Association of Retired Persons. During her teaching career, she served as a Union Representative for Northwestern Elementary School in the early 1980s where she taught 3rd grade until she retired in June of 1991. She also joined the Home Extension in Eaton Rapids and the Lois Club.
Lois and Winfield enjoyed a long retirement together, and enjoyed square dancing, bluegrass festivals and teaching Sunday School together. Lois also enjoyed retired teachers’ teas, Lois Club luncheons and was known to host neighborhood parties at their Springport Road home. Lois and Winfield enjoyed travelling to many places across the country, including their favorite trip to the Grand Canyon with their daughters and their husbands.
The last four and a half years of her life she lived at Brookdale in Ann Arbor near her daughter Sue. She enjoyed doing jigsaw puzzles, playing BINGO and was especially fond of dominoes with Winfield and family. She also joined in all of the fun group activities like going to the Yankee Air Museum, lunch bunch, and trivial pursuit. She never lost her gift to play the piano beautifully – all by memory and no sheet music — even to the last day. She was loved by all of the residents and staff and will be dearly missed by all.
She was preceded in death by her father CL Solomon, her mother Edith (McGowan) Solomon, brother Vincent, sister Ann (Willsea) Solomon and husband Winfield. She is survived by her daughters Cheri (Roger) Harding, Sue (Ray) Kelch; grandchildren Lindsay (Jess) Harding and Hilary (Ruben) Montano; great grandchildren Jacoby William and foster siblings Jabari and Heather; Ruben Joseph and Ryland Griffith Montano; along with numerous nieces and nephews.
Mary Lou Velasquez-Solis
Mary Lou Velasquez-Solis, age 74, of Dowling, formerly of Charlotte, passed away Sunday, November 7, 2021. She was born June 22, 1947, in Stockbridge, MI the daughter of Guillermo and Maria (Vasquez) Velasquez. Mary Lou received her primary education in Laredo, Texas as she traveled with her family early on in life as a migrant worker. After wanting a better life for their children, Mary Lou’s parents moved them to Michigan, where she worked her later teenage years as a waitress and in housekeeping. Mary Lou’s job she loved the most though, was being a homemaker and mother to her children. They were all her pride and joy! She carried a strong work ethic throughout her life and was known a being a woman very strong in her faith. Mary Lou had a heart of gold and was a mother, friend, or grandmother to all that she knew. It made her happy to cook for and feed her family. She was known to cook every meal with just a touch of her soul. She was a nurturer, a giver, and an avid Goodwill shopper- always shopping for bargains and deals she could gift to others. Mary Lou will never be forgotten and will be truly missed by her family and her friends.
Mary Lou is survived by her children: Joey Reyna of Haslett, Marcos (Elsa Grable) Reyna of Fort Wayne, Jessica (Andrew) Gibbs of Dowling; grandchildren: Mercedes (Mark) Tompkins, Jasmine Reyna, Maria Reyna, Anthony Reyna, Andrew Reyna, Colby Lewis, Talia (Bret) Goedert, Janessa Wood; great grandchildren: Vera Tompkins, Amelia Tompkins, Paisley Goedert; siblings: Willie (Jesus) Velasquez, Chris (Maria) Velasquez, Santiago (Sarah Slocum) Velasquez, Margie (Rudy) Soto; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Mary Ellen; and niece, Ann Williamson.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, November 15, 2021, at 6 p.m. at the Burkhead-Green-Kilgo Funeral Home. A time of visitation when the family will receive friends will take place two hours prior to the service at the funeral home from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Those desiring, may make contributions in Mary Lou’s honor to the charity of their choice.
To view Mary Lou’s obituary online or to leave a condolence for the family please visit www.burkhead-green-kilgo.com
Loraine S. Trudell
Loraine Sue (Barnhart) Trudell, age 80, of Quincy, Illinois, died Saturday, October 30, 2021, in Eastside Home in Pittsfield IL. She had been ill with lung cancer, yet peacefully passed while under hospice care. Sue (Loraine) was born June 11, 1941 in Olivet, MI. the daughter of Bert and Thelma (Goodrich) Barnhart. As a graduate of Olivet High School, Sue continued her affinity for reading, whether for education or entertainment. While quiet on the surface, Sue quickly opened up to engage in meaningful discussion. She was also known as a fountain of information when it came to history and politics. In addition to raising their three sons with spouse Thomas, she was skilled at writing and copy-editing for various publications, working for magazines and newspapers. Sue also worked for the American Heart Association.
Sue is survived by sons, Craig Trudell of Wisconsin, Sean Trudell of Wisconsin, and Kyle (Sandy) Trudell of Quincy Illinois; former spouse Thomas Trudell of Georgia; grandchildren, Alyssa (Jake) Eisch, Marcus Trudell, Cody (Lauren) McLaughlin, Kyle (Katie) Trudell, Carter Trudell, Taylor Trudell, Gage Garner; and 3 great-grandchildren. Sue was preceded in death by parents Bert Barnhart in 2002 and Thelma Barnhart 2014, sister Sally A. (Barnhart) Jeffery in 2014, aunts Doris Goodrich, Naoma Moore, Yvonne Williamson, and great-grandson Logan McLaughlin.
Memorial services will be held on Friday, Nov. 12, 2021, at 2 p.m. at the Burkhead-Green Kilgo Funeral Home with Rev. Fr. Dwight Ezop officiating. Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. just prior to the service. Interment will be in the Lee Center Cemetery near Olivet, Michigan immediately following the memorial service.
To view Sue’s obituary online or to leave a condolence for the family please visit www.burkhead-green-kilgo.com
Jaynne E. Simpson
Jaynne Elouise Simpson, 74, of Charlotte, a woman always known to wear a loving smile and a tidy hairstyle, died peacefully on Friday, November 5, 2021, surrounded by family at home. Jaynne was born April 2, 1947, in Lansing, the daughter of Dutch immigrants, Peter and Wilma (Boersma) Jansen. She graduated from Charlotte High School in 1965, and in 1968, married the love of her life, Albert Wayne Simpson. The two settled near the family farm to raise their daughters. Jaynne was known to neighborhood children as “Mama Jaynne” for her ever-open invitation into their home. Jaynne worked many years as Church Secretary at 1st Baptist Church of Charlotte, where she will long be remembered for her kindness and compassion. She was a longtime member of the Women’s Home Fellowship, sang in the choir, and played the piano every Sunday for many years. Her family and friends will always remember her jokes and good humor, her perfect hair and makeup, and her devotion to her family and her Faith.
Jaynne is survived by her husband of 53 years, Albert Simpson; daughters, Susan (Scott) Burton and Sarah (Derek) Fountaine; 3 granddaughters, Hannah Fountaine, Holly Fountaine, and Sophie Burton; sisters, Ruth O’Bryant and Anna Mae (Wayne) Karn; twin-sister, Jeanne (William) Bartlett; brother-in-law, Phil Conklin; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents; brother, John Jansen and his wife, Lucille Jansen; sister, Charlotte Conklin; brother-in-law, John O’Bryant; and nephews, David O’Bryant and Don Karn.
Friends and family are encouraged to support Jaynne’s family by attending services or sharing memories on her tribute page at www.prayfuneral.com. Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 11, 2021, at 1st Baptist Church of Charlotte with Pastor Bryce Feighner officiating. 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 Jaynne’s tribute, then click on Photos and Videos from your computer (or Media from your smart phone). Visitation was from 2:00 – 4:00 and 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 10, 2021, at Pray Funeral Home. Memorial contributions are suggested to 1st Baptist Church of Charlotte, Hospice of Lansing, or The Michigan Alzheimer’s Association. The family is in the care of Pray Funeral Home.