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Karen S. Sullivan


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Karen S. Sullivan, 76, of Gaylord, formerly of Lansing, passed away Friday, May 4, 2018, at Munson Hospice House in Traverse City. She was born February 23, 1942, in Charlotte, the daughter of Harold and Esther (Zanger) Sloan. She graduated from Charlotte High School with the class of 1960. Karen was a devoted mother and grandmother. She always looked forward to Sunday family dinners. Karen enjoyed spending time outdoors. She loved wildlife and could often be found enjoying the seasons with family, along with camping, fishing and hunting. Karen enjoyed all things Northern Michigan. Whether it was just taking a drive down country roads or sitting beside one of its many lakes or streams, she loved it all.

Karen is survived by her two sons: Brian (Lori) Sullivan of Olivet, Steve (Winde) Sullivan of Gaylord; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; brother, Mark Sloan of Wisconsin; sister-in-law, Sharon Sloan of Olivet.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, David Sloan.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, May 10, 2018, at Burkhead-Green-Kilgo Funeral Home in Charlotte. Interment took place at Lee Center Cemetery in Olivet.

Those desiring may make contributions in Karen’s honor to Steve Sullivan to be used to purchase wildlife feed for Munson Hospice House. Steve will personally deliver feed.

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Garland G. Root


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Garland Glen Root, 78, of Charlotte, passed away Friday, May 4, 2018, at home with his wife by his side. He was born May 15, 1939, in Charlotte to Glen H. and Virginia M. (Eldred) Root. Garland graduated from Charlotte High School with the class of 1958. He went on to serve his country in the US Army, where he was stationed in Germany. On April 28, 1962, Garland married the love of his life, Tommie Ann Carter at First Lutheran Church in Charlotte. Once returning from the service Garland found employment at Oldsmobile in Lansing, where he worked in skilled trades as a journeyman millwright. He was a devoted lifelong member of First Lutheran Church in Charlotte, where he served as an elder for many years. Garland enjoyed golfing, bowling, and playing Euchre. He was the best husband, father, and grandfather one could ever ask for. He saw to it that his family always came first. Garland also loved helping others. He was always willing step up and volunteer to assist anyone in need.

Garland is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Tommie Ann; daughters, Tammy Ann Mullins of Eaton Rapids, Tanya Annette Cook of Potterville; four grandchildren, Rose Cook, Robert Cook, Garland Cook, Dacey Cook; great-grandson, Elias Cook; and sister, Connie (Stan) Guzy of Bellevue.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Gerald Root.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, May 8, 2018, at Burkhead-Green-Kilgo Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Pastor Tim Olson officiating. Interment followed at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

Those desiring may make contributions in Garland’s memory to the First Lutheran Church, 550 E. Shepherd St., Charlotte, MI 48813.

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Leonard E. Johnson


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Leonard “Len” E. Johnson, of Charlotte, a man of freedom and respect for both his fellow humans and the great green Earth passed away. Leonard was born on the family farm on June 4, 1928. At the age of 89 Len died Saturday, May 5, 2018. This is who our husband, father and grandfather was. He understood the beauty and passion of those he loved. He was intelligent, charming, funny, kind and handsome, but most of all he conducted himself with a quiet grace. He had piercing blue eyes and with his smile you felt blessed all the way through. Our parents shared a deep love, the kind of love where you are lovers and friends. They so loved to dance together. They were two halves that make a whole and they understood how rare and lovely that is. The saying, “still waters run deep” comes to mind. Yet he never missed a trick and should you need a talking to he would deliver it without you ever doubting he had your back. He will be missed.

Len is survived by his wife of 67 plus years, Donna Mae; children, Cathy (John) Roberts, Dan (Katherine) Johnson, Linda (David) Prevo and Tom Johnson; nine grandchildren, Lisa, Adam, Keith, Kara, Amelia, Caelen, Alex, Jackson and Cydne; five great-grandchildren, Samantha Donna, Caroline Grace, Lyla Mae, Henry Leonard, and Beckett Francis; siblings, Pat Langmaack, Richard Johnson; plus so many dear friends and extended family members. Leonard is predeceased by his parents, Leonard Johnson Sr. and Isabel Johnson; sister, Peggy Moon; and brother, Casey Johnson.

Len loved to read, it was common for him to read four books a week. He loved to dance, ski, and travel. He loved Meadowland Farm, having lived in both houses on the property twice. Best of all was his family. Leonard served on many boards including, The First Congregational Church Board, Olivet School Board- 17 years, 4-H Leader – Livestock, Farm Bureau, Land Bank – First of America Bank of Charlotte and also First of America Bank of Lansing, to name a few. He was named a State Farmer and also American Farmer. Len and Donna wintered in Arizona for twenty-three years and so enjoyed the many friends and fun times. They traveled far and wide, living a wonderful life together. “It may seem that I am here and you are there. But my heart knows better. You are always with me.”

Friends are encouraged to support Leonard’s family at visitation and memorial services.  Memorial services were Thursday, May 10, 2018 at The First Congregational Church in Charlotte, with Pastor Phil Hobson officiating.

If desired, the family suggests memorial contributions to First Congregational Church. Friends and family are encouraged to share memories of Len on his tribute page at

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Richard E. Van Fossen


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Richard Eugene Van Fossen Sr., 91, of Potterville, passed away Monday, May 7, 2018 at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing. He was born March 12, 1927, in Flint, the son of Donald and Verl Van Fossen. As a boy Richard attended Flushing Schools. He then went on to honorably serve his country in the US Navy in World War II in the Pacific Theater. Upon his return from the war he married the love of his life, Jennie E. Petherbridge on November 25, 1944. Richard was a pillar in the Potterville community. He served as the town constable in the 1950s. Richard was also the Mayor of Potterville, longtime member and president of the Potterville School Board, and City Council. He was an honorary Kentucky Colonel. Richard was a licensed commercial pilot, who loved to fly every opportunity he had. He owned many planes throughout the years and even built one himself. Richard was a proud member of the Operating Engineers Union for over 50 years. In his early years Richard enjoyed racing stock cars and riding motorcycles. He owned and operated Van Fossen Excavating and Van Fossen Trucking for many years. He loved to read and was an ardent supporter of the Benton Township Library. Richard was a proud Shriner. He saw to it that every child that needed medical care had a ride to their appointments.

Richard is survived by his sons, Richard (Theresa) Van Fossen II, Michael Van Fossen; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn in 2014; daughter, Diane Jean in 1989; and granddaughter, Kelly Jean Van Fossen.

Funeral services were held on Friday, May 11, 2018, at 10 a.m. at Burkhead-Green-Kilgo Funeral Home in Charlotte. Interment took place at the Benton Township Cemetery.

Those desiring may make contributions in Richard’s memory to the Shriners Hospitals for Children 2900 N. Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607.

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Janice V. Bumgardner


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Janice V. (Nelson) Bumgardner, 83, a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, of Vermontville, went to be with her Lord and Savior on May 3, 2018 surround by her loving family. Janice was born May 31, 1934 in Sullivan County, Tenn. Her southern roots would forever stay with her, through her cooking, hospitality and love. She and Charles met while walking to church. The couple quickly fell in love and would later marry and spend the next 68 years truly devoted to one another. Her marriage to Charles was the joy of her life along with her children. Their humble beginnings started in 1953, when Charles came to Michigan to find a place to bring his family to. He found that in a small home that was owned by the late Harold and Edith Benedict.

Janice loved cooking; a few of her specialties were fried apple pies and cookies. She was known for making a fresh batch of cookies and taking them to different people in the community.

Janice also enjoyed creating beautiful quilts, made most the time from material originating from early feed mill fabric. Janice worked very hard all of her life. She was a butcher at Hanna’s Meat Locker in Sunfield for eight years, and later worked as a manager at the Lansing Butcher Shop for 28 years. Janice was a beautiful backup harmony singer for her daughter’s band called “Cathy Ann and the Sounds of the South.” She then went on to help Cathy Ann with her ministry of Christian Counseling.

Janice loved the Lord and made it her mission in life to tell everyone she could about the way to salvation. Through the last two weeks here on earth she continued to tell everyone at Sparrow Hospital and visiting her at home what heaven looked like and her walk with the Lord. Even during her struggles she would wink and throw her thumb up and giggle.

Above all, Janice was one of the most caring and loving women you could meet.

She is survived by her loving husband, Charles Bumgardner; children, Bob (Kathy) Bumgardner, Nancy (Larry) Trask and Ginny (David) Chase; grandchildren, Cheryl (Tim) Versalle, Denise (Ted) Kurdziel, Marc Trask, and Anne (Chad) Archer; great-grandchildren, Christopher Knoll, Cameron Trask, and Nate Lovaas(Chosen in love to be a part of the family); brothers, Floyd (Carolyn) Nelson, David Nelson, and Clay( Shirley) Nelson; and god son, Mark Truman Woodman III.

She was preceded in death by her beloved daughter Cathy Ann; four sisters and two brothers; and her parents.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at Sunfield United Brethren Church, with Pastor Joe Benedict of Vermontville Bible Church officiating.

In lieu of flowers, Janice had a passion for children to come to know the Lord, and her family asks that memorial contributions be made to either Camp Living Water: or Vermontville Bible Church directed to Youth Mission Camp.

Please visit a special webpage at made especially for Janice to light a candle in her memory or leave a condolence for the family.

The family has entrusted the arrangements to the independent family owned funeral home in Sunfield: Rosier Funeral Home.

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Rosanne Telfer


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Rosanne Telfer, 95, of Brookfield, Wisc., formerly of Charlotte, passed away peacefully and surrounded by family on May 9, 2018 in Brookfield. She was born on February 4, 1923, to George and Lillian (Woods) Porter in Highland Park. Rosanne married Alex Telfer on April 14, 1945. She was a 4-H leader teaching clothing and cooking for several years, and she loved gardening and taking care of her family.

This beautiful, warm, compassionate woman leaves a legacy of love, humor, understanding, patience, kindness, elegance and a deep love of children. Everyone who met her loved her.  We are so sorry to have lost you but know that many others are rejoicing, including all the precious children in heaven that now have a wonderful guardian angel of their own. We loved you yesterday, today and will every tomorrow.

Rosanne is survived by her daughter, Kathy (James Mathew “Matt” Bourne) Bourne; two sons, Ross (Tammy) Telfer, Bruce (Julie) Telfer.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Alex, in 1994; and her son, Scott, in 1991.

Visitation will be held from noon to 2 p.m., Monday, May 14, at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with funeral services following at 2 p.m. Rosanne will be interred during a private graveside service at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

The family expresses its deepest appreciation to Silverado Oak Village where Mom has been loved and cared for over the last seven years, Community Memorial Hospital and Horizon Hospice. They all surrounded her with love and wonderful care.

If desired, the family suggests memorial tributes to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern Wisconsin, Inc., 8948 Watertown Plank Rd., Milwaukee, WI 53226, where they house and support families whose children are having medical treatment at Children’s Hospital.  She loved the gardens and the house there and has always loved children.

The family is in the care of Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte. Family and friends are encouraged to share remembrances and condolences online in Rosanne’s tribute page at

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Sylvia  Williams


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Sylvia  Williams, 86, of Vermontville passed away peacefully Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at her home.

Funeral Services will be held at The Daniels Funeral Home in Nashville at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 5, with Pastor Karen Kinney officiating.

The family will receive visitors on Friday, May 4, 2018, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Daniels Funeral Home. Interment will take place immediately following the funeral service at Freemire Cemetery in Sunfield Township.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Maple Valley Scholarship Foundation or the Lake Odessa Historical Society.

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Phyllis O. Hollister


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Phyllis Ordeilia Hollister, 85, of Bellevue, died peacefully at home Thursday, April 19, 2018. She was born July 27, 1932, the daughter of Orien G. Smith and Eunice (Reed) Smith in Hoopeston, Ill.. She graduated from Bellevue High School in 1950. In that summer she married George Hollister. She was a Chicago city girl that friends teased would probably marry a farmer when she left for the wilds of Michigan in 1948. Indeed, for 62 years she enjoyed life on the farm with him. After their three children were born, Phyllis’ mother passed away and she and George raised her teenage sister and brother. In later years they also helped raise their grandsons at the death of their daughter, Janese. Family was important to them and they embraced life’s tragedies with optimism and hope for the future.

She was a member of the Bellevue United Methodist Church for more than 65 years, served 15 years as Sunday school leader, and enjoyed many years of friendship with the United Methodist Women. She was also church secretary for several years. For over 30 years she was a member of the Women’s 20th Century Club of Bellevue. She was active in the Bellevue Historical Society. She also worked many years as the Bellevue Elementary librarian, as well as librarian for the Township. She and George greatly enjoyed travelling on bus trips with friends and camping. She was a gifted painter, basket maker, and gardener. She made many presents of her crochet; embroidery, and homemade sourdough french bread (known as the Bread Lady). She was also a very avid reader and especially loved American history (thank you book club friends for sharing many of those words on page). Phyllis was a woman of great faith, strength, and determination. Generous with her time and love. Humble and of great character. She will be missed by many, many people whose lives she touched. She will best be remembered as wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, and friend. Thank you Lord for taking her Home.

Phyllis is survived by daughter, Kathryn Hollister of Carbondale, Ill.; son, David (Jennie) Hollister of Bellevue; grandchildren, Cade W. Rugg, Craig O. Rugg, Janeice (Rick) Little, Eric (Jessica) Hollister; great-grandchildren, Kyle Little, Marissa Little, Caroline Wagner, Cade Rugg, Carson Hollister, and Adam Hollister; special sister, Janet Moon; and brother, Larry Smith.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband; daughter, Janese; son in-law, Stuart O. Rugg; and grandson, Christopher J. Rugg.

The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m., Saturday, May 12, 2018 at Bellevue United Methodist Church. A memorial service will follow at 11 a.m., with Pastor Gini Heller officiating. Interment will be held at Riverside Cemetery.

Family requests memorial contributions be directed to the Bellevue Historic Society, Bellevue Public Library, or Oaklawn Hospice.

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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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