James Robert Ensign
If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me. Psalm 139: 9-10
February 3, 2018, at the age of 89, James Robert Ensign rose on the wings of the morning to dwell at the right hand of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. As an ordained Lutheran minister, Bob’s Christian faith was the bedrock of his life, and he centered all he did on his belief in God’s promises of grace and forgiveness, redemption and everlasting life.
He is survived by Mary, his loving wife of 68 years; daughters, Elizabeth (Barry) Latoszewski of Vermontville, Mary Copping of Whitehall, Sarah (Tom) Gruber of Rockford, Laura (Brad) Beyer of Onsted; and his son, Paul (Terry) Ensign of Blanco, Texas; along with many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his older brother, Earl (Katherine) Ensign of Toledo; and brother-in-law, Carl (Joyce) Satre of Syracuse, Ind.
Bob was born March 22, 1928 in Toledo, Ohio, the son of Earl Scott Ensign and Grace Borgelt Ensign. He graduated from DeVilbiss High School in 1946, attended the University of Toledo, and enlisted in the United States Air Force. He and his dear “Marybelle” were married by her father, the Rev. W. Carl Satre on April 14, 1950 at Augsburg Lutheran Church in Toledo. He worked as a journeyman pattern maker for his father at the Ensign Foundry in Toledo for several years. They moved to Springfield, Ohio where he enrolled at Wittenberg University, and the Hamma School of Divinity. In May 1961 he was ordained as a Lutheran minister (ULCA/LCA). He served as pastor of Bethel Lutheran Church in Springfield, Ohio; All Saints Lutheran Church in Worthington, Ohio; and Christ Lutheran Church in Monroe, Mich. A talented photographer, he later joined the La-Z-Boy Chair Company in Monroe as head of commercial photography and cinematography.
In 1988 Bob and Mary moved to Cedarville, Mich. and became faithful members of Bethel Lutheran Church. A man of boundless curiosity, Bob used retirement to pursue his many interests as a licensed pilot with an instructor rating, a HAM radio enthusiast, photographer, sailor, and serious amateur astronomer. A skilled woodworker, he crafted numerous wooden boats including a 24-foot twin masted “Sharpie” sailboat, which he christened “Wings of Morning.” In 2002, at 74, he sailed this boat solo on Lake Huron in a roundtrip east from Cedarville to circumnavigate Drummond Island.
The Ensigns moved to Charlotte in 2004 to be closer to their children and found a welcoming family at First Lutheran Church in Charlotte. Bob continued his studies in astronomy and enjoyed many nights of stargazing from his backyard. Bob and Mary became residents of Cambrian Assisted Living in Tecumseh, Mich. in 2015 with a church home at Grace Lutheran. They returned to Charlotte in 2017 as residents of the Eaton County Health and Rehabilitation Services. The family wishes to thank the staff at ECHRS and Sparrow Hospital for their compassionate care. We rejoice in Bob’s triumph over death, and say with the Apostle Paul: “Thanks Be to God through our Lord Jesus Christ who gives us the victory!”
Funeral services were held Thursday, February 8, 2018 at First Lutheran Church of Charlotte, with Rev. Timothy Olson officiating. Interment took place in Kalamo Hillside Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to First Lutheran Church of Charlotte.
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Richard Eugene Halstead
Richard Eugene Halstead, 70, prankster and lover of all things related to fast cars, died February 6, 2018 at his home in Bellevue. Richard was born December 3, 1947 in Three Rivers, Mich. to Herbert and Doris (Crawford) Halstead. He was a very funny person who loved to joke around. His passion was going fast, he was known for his love of cars (especially hot rods), racing, and as a gear head. Richard was very proud of his service to his country, serving in the Army during Vietnam. He was honorably discharged and later enlisted in the Air Force for 3 ½ years, and after his honorable discharge again enlisted, this time in the National Guard. Richard married Marie A. Roth on October 4, 1969. They loved spending time with family, and traveling, especially out west.
Richard is survived by his wife of 48 years, Marie; son, Rick (Amber) Halstead Jr.; daughter, Laura (Robert) Wiborn; 10 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; sister, Geraldine Jaquez; and brothers, James (Linda) Halstead, John (Paula) Halstead, and Roger Halstead.
He was predeceased by his parents, and brother, Herbert Jr.
Funeral services are Sunday, February 11, 2018 at 2 p.m. at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Pastor Chuck Jenson officiating. Visitation will be just prior to the service, from 1 to 2 p.m. on Sunday, February 11.
If desired, the family suggests memorial contributions to Wounded Warrior Project.
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Jacquelyn Darlene Ames (Carter)
Jacquelyn Darlene Ames of Charlotte, a highly respected woman of Christian values and rock for many people, died February 5, 2018 with her family by her side. Jackie, 79, was born October 2, 1938 in Eaton Rapids to Harold and Irene (Tyler) Carter. Jackie graduated from Charlotte High School in 1956, and on October 26, 1957 she married David Ames. Together they raised their children in the church, serving many different ministries. Jackie was a prayer warrior and lived a life celebrating her Lord and Savior. She was very proud of her family and loved spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren hosting many get-togethers and making everyone feel special and loved.
Jackie spent 12 years living in a motorhome, traveling to mountains and beaches with her husband, and serving as evangelists to churches in several states. She loved spending time with friends and family, trying new restaurants and experiencing new adventures. In her younger years, she worked for Michigan Bell prior to the implementation of 9-1-1, and helped save a life. Other places Jackie worked include Care Free Industries, World Magnetics, Coast to Coast Hardware, and as a church secretary.
Jackie is survived by her husband of 60 years, David Ames; children, Tami (Richard) Nederhoed and Randy (Rainel) Ames; daughter in-law, Kim Ames; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; brothers, Steve Whitaker and Dan Whitaker; sister, Connie Whitaker-Ames.
She was predeceased by her parents; son, Dennis in 2006; brothers, Jerry Carter and Virgil Carter; sister, Jean Carter; and brother, Rod Whitaker.
Funeral services were held Friday, February 9, 2018, at 11 a.m. at the Charlotte Assembly of God, with Pastor Shane Bryant officiating. If desired, the family suggests memorial contributions to The Charlotte Assembly of God Jackie Ames Memorial Fund.
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Mary Lou Schneckenberger (Terwilliger)
Mary Lou Schneckenberger, the perfect mother and grandmother, died peacefully at home on Thursday, February 1, 2018 surrounded by family. Mary Lou, 87, of Charlotte, was born November 6, 1930 in Charlotte, the daughter of Ivan and Doris (Veeder) Terwilliger. She graduated from Charlotte High School in 1948, where she was a proud majorette. She continued her baton twirling at Western Michigan University before marrying her life-long love, Richard Schneckenberger on July 31, 1949. Mary Lou remained a lifelong sports fan, supporting her brother, Wayne “Twig” Terwilliger throughout his long baseball career, even on the field during the Minnesota Twins World Series victories. She was a fierce Tiger Baseball fan, never missing a game, and enjoyed cheering on the MSU Spartans.
Mary Lou enjoyed time spent showing quarter horses with her daughter and granddaughter, and served as secretary for the Michigan Quarter Horse Association (MQHA). She was also MQHA member of the year and a member of the American Quarter Horse Association. Throughout her life, she played bridge with a very tight group of longtime friends. Above all, Mary Lou treasured time spent with her family.
Mary Lou is survived by her husband of 68 years, Richard L. Schneckenberger; children, Patti Wright, Mike (Carol) Schneckenberger and Nancy (Kevin) Fullerton; grandchildren, Summer (Vinni) Ingalls, Kalyn Schneckenberger, Sonny (Jeff) Grendel, Ryan Schneckenberger, and Tyger Fullerton; great-grandchildren, Katie Spotts (Hunter Siefert), Shelby Ingalls, Wyatt Ingalls, Brogan Lynn Fullerton and Charley Kay Grendel; great great-grandchildren, Raven and Hazel Siefert; brother, Wayne (Lin) Terwilliger; and niece and nephew, Marcie and Steve Terwilliger.
She was preceded in death by her parents; infant son, Richard Michael Schneckenberger; and grandson, Nicholas Michael Spotts.
A memorial service was held Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at Pray Funeral Home, with Rev. Phil Hobson officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton County Humane Society.
Friends and family are encouraged to share memories of Mary Lou on her tribute page at PrayFuneral.com.Read More
Edward E. Bentley
Edward E. Bentley, 83, of Charlotte, went home to be with his Lord on February 6, 2018. He was born January 8, 1935 in Fenton, Mich., a son of William and Florence (Blumberg) Bentley. He served with the Air Force and retired from General Motors.
Edward was preceded in death by his first wife, Linda, and an infant daughter, Amanda.
Surviving are his wife, Doris; children, Edward (Rhonda) Bentley, Tim (Tammy) Bentley, Judy (Robert) Gilpin, Jan Kollins and Gary Bentley; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; brother, Kenneth (Marilyn) Bentley; sister, Marian (Wes) Henney; and several nieces and nephews.
Services were held at 1 p.m. on Friday, February 9, 2018 at Oneida Gospel Church, with Pastor Larry Schrauger officiating. Interment was in Oakwood Cemetery in Grand Ledge.
Arrangements were entrusted to Barker-Leik Funeral Home in Mulliken.Read More
Joan M. Feldpausch (Hanes)
Joan Marie Feldpausch, a vibrant and loving mother and friend, died peacefully on Saturday, February 3, 2018, in Lansing. Joan, 83, of Charlotte, was born March 12, 1934 in Lansing, the daughter of Raymond Clifford and Bertha Loretta (White) Hanes. As a 3-year-old, Joan sang with Lou Dougherty’s Dance Band throughout the Lansing area, performing into her teen years. She found love at first sight when she met Theodore Donald Feldpausch at a shuffleboard. He asked if she would teach him the jitterbug, which led to a dancing date and, eventually, marriage. The two remained happily married until his death in 2013. Joan was skilled with numbers, managing the family finances and working as an accountant with Danielson-Schultz for more than 10 years. She also devoted much of her time to volunteering for her community, serving as Secretary on the West Windsor School Board, donating to countless charities, and serving in many capacities as a member of the Auxiliary of Charlotte Eagles Aerie #3552. Above all, Joan was a devoted friend, wife, and mother.
Joan is survived by her daughter, Denise (Robert) Senko; step-grandchildren, Randy (Chasity) Senko, Trevor Senko and Mindy Senko; and step-great-grandchildren, Lucas, Ashley and Bryce.
She was predeceased by her husband, Theodore Donald Feldpausch.
Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at Pray Funeral Home, with Pastor Charles Jenson officiating. Visitation was held from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home on Friday, February 9, 2018. Interment will take place in Deepdale Memorial Gardens in Lansing.
Memorial contributions may be made to Eaton County Humane Society.
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Barbra J. Quillan (Brzycki)
Barbra J. Quillan, 69, of Morris Township, N.J. passed away on Thursday, August 31, 2017. Barbra was born on February 1, 1948 in Charlotte. She was the daughter of the late Edward and Mary (née Rich) Brzycki. She attended the Ells School, and was a 1966 graduate of Charlotte High School, where she particularly enjoyed being on the debate team.
In 1969, Barbra was hired by The Prudential Insurance Company in Newark, N.J. During her long career there, she worked in many different departments, including human resources, comptroller’s, group insurance, and Prudential retirement. Barbra retired from Prudential in 1999 as a Vice President.
Barbra enjoyed cooking and entertaining. She and her husband, George also loved traveling all around the world. Barbra was especially proud of the trip to China she was able to take a few months after her kidney transplant.
Barbra is survived by her beloved husband of 38 years, George S. Quillan. She is also survived by her siblings, James Brzycki (Sandra), Jane Cobb (Jay), Elaine Cook (LeRoy) and Rosie Conroy; sisters-in-law, Marjorie Wendell, Joanne Foster (Charles) and Dorothy Williams (Ray).
She was predeceased by her sister, Marilyn L. Baum, and her brother-in-law, John Conroy.
Cremation will be private.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be directed in Barbra’s name to either the Joslin Diabetes Center, joslin.org, or the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, JDRF.org.
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Diane Elizabeth Eggleston
Funeral Services: January 1, 1970
Diane Elizabeth Eggleston, 85, of East Lansing, formerly of Charlotte, died Thursday, August 31, 2017 in Lansing. Diane was born April 30, 1932 in Niles, the daughter of Daniel Marinus Zwigtman and Ione Ina (Guyberson) van Noppen. She graduated from Charlotte High School in 1950 before working as a waitress at several Charlotte area restaurants, including Dicks, Clock Restaurant and the Coffee Cup. She and her husband, Bob, enjoyed travelling in their RV, spending summers at Tri-Lakes Trails Campgrounds in Marshall, and winters in Texas.
She is survived and will be missed by her children, John Eggleston (Claire), Karrie McCullough, and Daniel Eggleston (Ginny); grandchildren, Careena Eggleston, Joshua Aubrey, L’lainah Smith (Chris), Christopher Eggleston (Emilie), Amanda Green, Mike McCullough, Mark McCullough; and 11 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Emery Eggleston; brothers, Dan van Noppen and Vern van Noppen; sister, Sandy Sebastian; and grandchildren Jacob Crebessa and Jeremiah Crebessa.
A memorial service was held Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at Pray Funeral Home, with Pastor Chuck Snyder officiating. Private interment took place in Kalamo Hillside Cemetery.
If desired, the family suggests memorial contributions to any charity of choice.
Friends and family are encouraged to share memories of Diane on her tribute page at PrayFuneral.com.Read More
Margaret Armstrong (Gaffney)
Funeral Services: October 9, 2017
Margaret Armstrong, 91, passed away August 28, 2017 at the home of her son in Tucson, Ariz. Margaret was born October 8, 1925 to William J. and Norma (Pritchard) Gaffney in White Cloud, Mich. Margaret married the love of her life, Sterling Armstrong on June 14, 1946. They moved to Charlotte in 1950, where they raised their family. Margaret worked at Hayes Green Beach Hospital as a nurse’s aid from 1953 until they moved to Tucson in 1977.
Margaret is survived by her children, Patricia Barnes of Midland, James (Pam) Armstrong of Tucson, Charlene (Bruce) Wakeman of Bellevue, Linda (Mike) Milner of Tucson, Marilyn (Glen) Parker of Stillman Valley, Ill.; 12 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; four great great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews, including beloved nephew, Loren Goll; and sister-in-law, Delores Kettinger.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Sterling in 2013; beloved brother, Harold Williams; beloved sister, Bertha Goll, and son-in-law, Kenneth Barnes.
There will be a memorial in Tucson on October 9, 2017. Interment for Sterling and Margaret will be in Jackson, Mich. at a later date.
Margaret will be greatly missed by her family and many friends.Read More
Lester William Kennicott
Funeral Services: January 1, 1970
Lester William Kennicott of Eaton Rapids passed away August 31, 2017 at the age of 99. Lester was born in Gunplains Township in Allegan County on September 2, 1917, the son of Guy and Margaret (Shook) Kennicott. He was very passionate about riding his Harley motorcycle and his quad, was a member of the North American Hunt Club, St. Peter Catholic Church and a life member of the NRA. He farmed his whole life, enjoyed hunting, snowmobiling, fish fries and had a great love for his dogs.
He is survived by his daughters, Judy (Larry) Keefer of Mulliken, Jane (Patrick) Dotson of Charlotte, Patricia (Robert) Fuller of Marshall; sons, James Kennicott of Eaton Rapids, William (Marcella) Kennicott of Westland, Mich., Bruce (Lola) Kennicott of Burlington, Mich.; 18 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; five great great-grandchildren; and brother, Robert (Fran) Kennicott of Plainwell.
Lester was preceded in death by his wife, Katherine, and sister, Betty Grindol of Plainwell.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at St. Peter Catholic Church in Eaton Rapids, with Fr. Dwight Ezop officiating. Interment took place in Rosehill Cemetery.
Donations may be made to Great Lakes Hospice or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
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