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Carroll W. Smith


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Carroll Wyllis Smith, 84, of Nashville, passed away on April 27, 2018. Carroll was a proud veteran of the United States Army. After his time in the military, he met and married the love of his life, Alexandra Dexter and they were married for 58 years. Together they raised four children.

Carroll enjoyed working with wood and making all different kinds of crafts that he would take to flea markets and sell. He owned and operated C & A Auctions from the years of 1993 until 2005. He especially loved his family and meeting new people at the auctions or flea markets. He had a special place in his heart for babies and little kids. He enjoyed being around the kids as often as he could.

Carroll is survived by his wife; daughters, Alicia (James) Rice of Marquette, Mandy (Joel) Tye of Fort Wayne, Ind.; son, Mark (Teresa) Smith of Nashville; daughter-in-law, Amy Smith; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; sister, Alverta (Ron) Lea, and brother Richard (Becky) Smith.

He is preceded in death by his son, Carroll Bart Smith; brothers, Robert and Bruce Smith; and sister, Myrna Avery.

Funeral services were held May 3, 2018 at Kempf Family Funeral & Cremation Service in Bellevue, with Pastor Jerry Bukoski officiating. Interment was at Maple Grove Township Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Kalamo United Methodist Church. Friends may send condolences or share a memory at

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Karen M. Coplin


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Karen Marie Coplin, 59, of Nashville, went home to heaven April 28, 2018. Karen was born May 15, 1958 in Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., the daughter of Homer and Joan (Squires) Parish. A hairdresser since high school, Karen loved working from home raising her three boys. She was always doing crafts like scrap booking, cross stitch, and sewing. Keeping her house clean made her proud and she loved a fresh coat of paint every three-to-five years. In 2010 Karen began working in the food services department for Maple Valley Schools, continuing her care for the students until she became ill.

Karen was an active member of Nashville Baptist Church, where she was 2018 choir member of the year and played Mrs. Fizzywig in a Christmas play “The Gospel According to Scrooge.”

Karen is survived by her loving husband Steve; sons, Kendrick (Dannielle) Coplin, Micah Coplin, Austin (Sheridan) Coplin; her grandchildren were her pride and joy, Logan, Wyatt, and Aria.

A memorial service at Nashville Baptist Church was held Thursday, May 3, with Lester DeGroot officiating.

Memorial contributions can be made to Nashville Baptist Church.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Daniels Funeral Home in Nashville.  For further details, please visit

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John P. Maurer


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John P. “Pete” Maurer, 89, passed away Saturday, April 28, 2018. He was the fourth of 14 children, of John and Germaine Maurer and graduated from Nashville High School in 1946. He received his BS in Physics from Michigan State University and was a long time resident of Ann Arbor. Working in quality control for many years, his life long passion was physics. He attended a course at Eastern Michigan University when he was 80 years old trying to expand his understanding of modern physics. His additional hobbies included bridge and number theory. As a life long bachelor, he was a colorful character with a unique approach to life who told memorable stories at family gatherings. He will be remembered by many for his beautiful voice and Christmas celebrations singing O Holy Night.

John is survived by four brothers; Julius (Kay) Maurer, Thomas (Sharon) Maurer, Richard (Ina) Maurer and Edgar Maurer; four sisters, Sr. Gertrude Maurer, Martha Maurer, Gerry (Art) Orszula, and Susan (John) Bahs, many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Germaine Maurer; grandmother, Alice Hebert; brothers; Roger Maurer, Donald Maurer, Joseph Maurer, and Victor Maurer; sister, Alice Keeler; beloved aunt, Corinne Drake; brother-in-law, Dean Keeler; sister-in-law, Louise Maurer; sister-in-law, Nancy Maurer and Marcia Bila.

A memorial service will be held at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Hastings on May 12, 2018 at 11 a.m.  Funeral arrangements were made by Daniels Funeral Home in Nashville.

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Alfred Jardot, Jr.


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Alfred Jardot, Jr. of Eaton Rapids, known affectionately as “Goat,” died May 1, 2018 at the age of 84. He was born April 9, 1934 in Lansing to Alfred Morris and Thelma L. (Dornan) Jardot.  He served in the Air Force from 1957-1962, and then worked at Fisher Body for 45 years. He was a hard worker, working a full-time job and tending to the family farm and animals. He loved to tinker, play cards (games like Hand and Foot and Rummy), and enjoyed working on small engines. He also loved fishing, farming, and bird watching. Alfred was proud of his children and grandchildren’s accomplishments and enjoyed spending time with family.

Alfred is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Catherine Rose (Hillis) Jardot; children, Patty (Doug) Lifford, Mitch (Debbie) Jardot, Monty Parish, and Lori Parish; son-in-law, Rick Price; grandchildren, Sarah Price, Danielle Parish, Kim Price, Rebecca Lifford, Emily Lifford, Jessica Smith, Marvin Steward, Mia Jardot, and Tyler Jardot; seven great-grandchildren; and brother, Donald Jardot.

Alfred was predeceased by his parents, Alfred and Thelma Jardot; step-daughter, Jane (Parish) Price; grandchildren, Brian LaValley and Rae-Lynn; sisters, Maxine Kline and Barbara Higdon; brothers, Alfred Morris Jardot Jr., Bernard Jardot, and Paul Jardot.

Friends are encouraged to support Alfred’s family at visitation and service. Memorial services are Saturday, May 5, 3 p.m. at Charlotte Assembly of God, with Pastor Shane Bryant officiating. Visitation is one hour prior to service at the church.

If desired, the family suggests memorial contributions to Eaton County Small Animal Association for Rabbit Cages.

Friends and family are encouraged to share memories of Alfred on his tribute page at The family is in the care of Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte.

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Herbert L. Stacey


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Herbert Levi Stacey of Marshall, formerly of Charlotte, passed away on January 26, 2018 at Oaklawn Hospital in Marshall. Herbert was born August 17, 1923 in Charlotte, the son of Elmer and Luella (Shaffer) Stacey and lived most of his life in the Charlotte area.

He was a 1942 graduate of Charlotte High School and had served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He was a member of the Charlotte American Legion Post #42 for more than 70 years. He sang for many years with their traveling group that performed throughout Michigan at veterans’ functions. He attended the First Congregational Church of Charlotte and the Marshall First Baptist Church after moving to Marshall.

He had been employed in the maintenance department at the Eaton County Medical Care Facility in Charlotte from where he retired in 1986. He previously had been employed at the Wilcox-Gay Corp., Aluminum Extrusions, the Charlotte Recreation (Bowling) and the Char-Lanes of Charlotte. Herb traveled to Rome, Georgia in 1950 to help the Dixie Corporation build a new plant and then returned to Charlotte.

He enjoyed bowling, golfing, deer and goose hunting. Herb spent a lot of time as a teenager in the Upper Peninsula hunting and fishing with his uncles.

Herb was very talented and had a great imagination. He carved and constructed Christmas ornaments, lawn decorations as well as costumes and puppets which he used when he performed at holiday functions.

Gladys and Herb enjoyed 25 years at their cottage at Duck Lake (Stacey-Ives Goof Off Haven) before they retired and then 30 years of friendships at their home in Sarasota, Fla. (Venetian Park Estates) in the winters. He will be missed by all his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Gladys G. (Field) Stacey; brother-in-law, Carl (Patty) Field; nieces, Jan Miller, Joyce (Charlie) Porter and Schara (Ike) Swan; nephew, Timothy Field and several grand nieces and nephews, Ginger (Larry) Holland, Gina (Graydon) Bell, Chris (Ann) Porter, Lesa (Bob) Smith, Steven Botimer, HaileyYoung and Landon Young; cousins, Richard (Joan) Spitzer and Gordon (Martha) Woodman; and special friends, Steven (Diane) Sowle and family.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, LaDonna Ives, her husband Bill Ives; father-in-law, Geroge W. Field; mother-in-law, Jeannette Field; and sister-in-law, Carolyn Field.

A memorial service with military honors will be held at noon on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at Burkhead-Green-Kilgo Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Pastors Philip Hobson and David Good officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the memorial service. A funeral luncheon at the First Congregational Church of Charlotte will immediately follow the memorial service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

The family is being served by the Burkhead-Green-Kilgo Funeral Home of Charlotte. To view Herb’s obituary online or to leave a condolence for the family, please visit

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Dewain J. Sivyer


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Dewain J. Sivyer, 76, of Vermontville, a man who loved outdoor activities and was known for his stubbornness, died May 2, 2018. Dewain was born August 1, 1941 in Lansing to James and Jeanette (VanPolen) Sivyer.  He graduated from Grand Ledge High School and enlisted in the Army. While serving in Germany, he met his future wife, Monika Secker, and they were married October 6, 1962 in Frei-Laubersheim, Germany. They have been happily married for 55 years, and have enjoyed many adventures together traveling and fishing, as well as raising their four children. Dewain loved to fish in Canada, hunt on his property for deer and turkey, he had several vegetable gardens and canned the fruit of their labor, and he also loved fabricating in his barn (a skill he learned from his grandfather).

Dewain was very proud of his children and grandchildren, and they will miss him dearly. Dewain is survived by his wife, Monika Sivyer; children Susan (Edward) Daaod, James (Linda) Sivyer, Richard (Martha) Sivyer, and Cynthia (Brad) Huff; grandchildren, Alex, Cody, Anna, Hannah, Brianna, Amber, Jacob; great-grandchildren, Joyeln, Ava, and Braden; siblings, Jeanette (Don), Helen, Donna (Gary), and Arlene.  Dewain was predeceased by his parents.

Friends are encouraged to support Dewain’s family by visiting his tribute page and sharing memories of him at

If desired, the family suggests memorial contributions to Stoneleigh Residence in Lansing, where Dewain spent his final days being cared for by a wonderful staff. The family is in the care of Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte.

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Douglas C. Kelsey


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Douglas Clare Kelsey, a happy, honest friend of many, died peacefully on Sunday, April 22, 2018 in Kalamazoo.  Doug, 68, of Vermontville, was born November 21, 1949 in Lansing, the son of Dr. Lewis Donald and Hildred Louise (Figg) Kelsey. He graduated from Maple Valley High School in 1967 before earning a bachelor’s degree in political science and history from Olivet College, and a master’s degree in public administration from Western Michigan University. He also graduated from the Institute of Organizational Management through Notre Dame University.

Doug held many esteemed positions throughout his career. He started with the Michigan Auto Parts Association in membership benefits before moving to the Michigan Floral Association. He worked three years as the Director of Education and Certification for the Professional Insurance Agents of Michigan, followed by serving as Director of Member Programs for the National Hearing Society and administered the National Board of Certification for hearing instruments and specialists. He served as CEO and President of the Michigan Home Health Association for two years before eight years as Executive Director of the Association of Builders and Contractors of Central Michigan. He formed his own firm, Kelsey Consulting and Management Group until 2008, when he went to part time project consultant for the Dispute Resolution for Education Resources. He held distinctions as Past President of Michigan Chapter of Meeting Professionals International and as a certified Association Executive.

Doug loved Vermontville. He served as Master of Ceremonies for the Syrup Festival for 35 years and was named the festival’s Grand Marshal for 2018. Throughout his many years of public service, he always remained fiercely dedicated to his hometown. He spent much of his time with friends. He enjoyed time on the golf course – as long as no score was kept – and enjoyed the occasional good scotch or bourbon. Doug will be remembered for his quick wit and approachable nature. He made a difference in many lives and maintained his friendships throughout his life.

Friends are encouraged to support Doug’s family at visitation and funeral services. Funeral services were held Friday, April 27, 2018 at 2 p.m. at the First Congregational Church in Vermontville, with Rev. Pool officiating.

If desired, the family suggests memorial contributions to The Maple Valley Scholarship Fund.

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

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Catherine E. Pion


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Catherine E. Pion, 92, of Dimondale, died April 21, 2018. She was born January 7, 1926 in Big Rapids, a daughter of George and Alice (Amedon) Stratz. She worked with her sister, Mary Stratz, at Mary’s Truck Stop and also at JMK’s Flea Market. Kaye enjoyed Bingo and traveling road trips to the casino.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Maynard, and daughter, Anne.

Surviving are her children, James (Kathy) Pion of Olivet, Linda Mason of Potterville, Debra (Jeff) Saylor of Mesick, Diane (Brad) Hart of Onondaga, Tom (Wendy) Pion of Eaton Rapids, Carol Pion of Charlotte and Daniel (Tamara) Pion of Dimondale; 15 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Francis Stratz of Livonia and Bernard Stratz of Walled Lake; one sister, Rose Kogler of Byron Center; several nieces and nephews.

Services were held Wednesday at St. Mary Catholic Church, Charlotte, with Fr. Dwight Ezop, celebrant. Interment was in Dimondale Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Sparrow Foundation/Hospice House of Mid-Michigan, P. O. Box 30480, Lansing, MI 48909-9986.

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Kenneth A. Patrick


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Kenneth Allen Patrick, 59, of Nashville, passed away Wednesday, April 18, 2018, at home with his family by his side. He was born March 30, 1959, in Charlotte, the son of Kenneth Ray and Carol Ann (Eaton) Patrick. Ken was one of the most giving people one could ever have the privilege of knowing. He always saw to it that others were taken care of before himself. Ken had a deep love for music. He loved playing his guitar and wrote many original songs throughout the years. He was extremely easy going and had a tremendous sense of humor.

Ken is survived by his sons, Jesse James-Ray (Heather) Patrick of Nashville, Sean Matthew (Dusty) Patrick of Lansing; grandsons, Drako and Draven Patrick; brother, Curtis Lloyd (Missy) Patrick; and sister, Earlean Jo King.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Per Ken’s wishes, there will be no services and cremation has taken place.

Those desiring may make contributions in Ken’s memory to his family.

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

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