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Kay F. Ramsey

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Kay Francis Ramsey, 80, of Vermontville, loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, took her final trip in life to join her Lord in Heaven on September 13, 2018.  Kay was born March 16, 1938 in Decatur, Ala. to William and Elizabeth Long. Knitting and sewing quilts for her family was a great talent she had. Kay was also a wonderful baker making beautiful wedding cakes. Kay received a letter from Governor Wallace’s wife when they lived in Alabama, congratulating her on making such beautiful creations with her cakes.  Socializing was important to Kay, and she loved to take her canned goods on social visits to share with her friends. Her family also recalls that she was an avid Spartan basketball fan. Kay and her husband traveled extensively, and were very proud of the fact that they had visited all 50 states. Kay retired from the State of Michigan Management and Budget, Vehicle and Travel Services, where she received special recognition from the Governor for her work above and beyond her regular duties. She loved to go antiquing, collect dolls, and shower her family with love and treats (especially at Christmas).

Kay is survived by her husband, Ronald; children, Teresa Hall, Gary Smith, and Cindy Dietz; step-children David Ramsey, and Carla Ramsey; siblings, Frank Long, Mike Long, and Sandra McCarthy; as well as nine grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her step-son, Steven Ramsey; brother, Jimmy Long; and sisters, Carolyn Cagle, and Linda Gosline.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Pastor Joe Benedict officiating.

If desired, the family suggests memorial contributions to The American Cancer Society.

Friends and family are encouraged to share memories of Kay on her Tribute Page at PrayFuneral.com.

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Liam M. O’Connor

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Liam Michael O’Connor, 27, of Charlotte, a loving father and son, passed unexpectedly on September 15, 2018.  Liam was born on May 8, 1991 to Michele and Gerard O’Connor. Liam had an unwavering love for his family, especially his children. He spent time walking with his children, going to the beach and watching his favorite movies. Liam especially enjoyed creating ‘haunts’ for fun on Halloween. Liam was an avid fan of the New England Patriots and the Boston Red Sox teams. Most recently, Liam worked for Kamps Palletts to help support his family.

Liam is survived by his parents, Michele and Mark Montgomery; his fiancé and high school sweetheart, Emily Hosek; his sons, Mason, Keegan, and his daughter, Ensley; brothers, Travis Craun and Austin Montgomery; step-sister, Lauren Pierce; grandparents, James (Susan) Craun of Olivet, Gene (Phillis) Montgomery of Charlotte, and John (Pauline) O’Connor of Easton, Mass.

Liam is predeceased by his father, Gerard O’Connor; cousin, Katie McDonough; and grandmother, Joy Hicks.

The family held visitation Friday, September 21, 2018, from 10 a.m. to noon at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, followed by the funeral service at noon, with Pastor Mark Booth officiating.

Memorial donations can be made to the American Red Cross in Liam’s name or a Scholarship fund for Liam’s children, c/o Michele Montgomery.

The family would like to encourage others to learn more about addiction resources at the Eaton County Chapter of the Families Against Narcotics.

Family and friends are encouraged to share remembrances and condolences online in Liam’s Tribute Page at prayfuneral.com.

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William Hathcox

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William “Bill” Hathcox, 91, of Peoria, Ariz., passed away on September 17, 2018. He was born in Pocahontas, Tenn. on March 8, 1927. Bill married Wanona Dillon on September 11, 1949 and together they had a beautiful life and family. Bill had a career in truck driving for Howard Sobers Transport and was a member of V.F.W., and Teamsters Union. He had a passion for golf, travel, fishing and auto sales.

He is survived by his wife, Wanona; son, Daniel Steven Hathcox; son, Michael James Hathcox; grandchildren, Katie Coster, Kyle Hathcox and Daniele Hathcox. He also leaves behind his great-granddaughter, Thunder Coster and many dear friends.

Bill is preceded in death by his parents, George and Tennie Hathcox, and his two brothers, James and George Hathcox.

He will be greatly missed but forever in our hearts.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, September 25, 2018 from 10 to 11 a.m. followed by a funeral at 11 a.m. at Chapel of the Chimes Mortuary. Graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. at National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona.

For more information or to leave a tribute please visit chapelofthechimesmortuary.com.

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Robert A. Rasmussen

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Robert Allair Rasmussen, an avid fisherman and hunter began his new journey of fishing and hunting in heaven on Sunday, September 9, 2018. Robert, 83, was born on March 13, 1935 in Alpena, to Iner and Eleanor (Moore) Rasmussen. He worked 50-plus years as a heating and cooling installer. Robert married his sweetheart, Emily Kautz, on November 25, 1955 and spent the next 55 years creating their legacy before her passing in 2011. Robert was an active member of the Charlotte Eagles # 3552 and Moose Lodge #2565. He also enjoyed traveling around the country with his wife.

Robert is survived by his children, Deborah (Bill) Bryan, Robert (Shelly) Rasmussen, and Patti Cahoo; 14 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren; siblings, Judy (Bob) Slater, Bill (Carol) Rasmussen, and Mike (Anne) Rasmussen.

Robert was predeceased by his wife, Emily; sons, Bruce Rasmussen and Bradley Rasmussen; grandsons, Mark Rasmussen, Shaun Rasmussen and Ethan Hoover.

A memorial service was held Thursday, September 20, 2018 at Pray Funeral Home, with Pastor Charles Jenson officiating.

If desired, the family suggests memorial contributions to The Fraternal Orders of Eagles #3552.

Friends and family are encouraged to share memories of Robert on his tribute page at PrayFuneral.com.

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Lonny G. Mascho

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Lonny Gardner Mascho, 65, of Olivet, passed away Thursday, September 13, 2018, at his home. He was born November 28, 1952, in Edmore, the son of LeRoy and Shirley (Gilbert) Mascho. He grew up in McBride and graduated from Edmore High School in 1970. Following his graduation, he moved to Detroit to attend the Detroit Barber College. Lonny was a talented barber and enjoyed the many friends he made cutting hair throughout the years. He also worked as a Quartermaster for the Eaton County Sheriff’s Department for 25 years, retiring in 2014. He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. Lonny enjoyed fishing, dirt track racing, bowling, golfing, and cooking. Lonny was a passionate Detroit Sports fan and UofM fan. He stuck with them through thick and thin. He proudly served his country in the US Navy and was a life member of the Charlotte VFW Post 2406.

Lonny is survived by his wife, Ellen; daughters, Lindsay Mascho of Charlotte, Chelsey (Benjamin) Cook of Lake Odessa; step-sons, Tim (Mary) Cortright of Olivet, Jordan (Angie Stinson) Cortright of Olivet; grandchildren, Kaley, Madelyn, Tessa, Drew, Chloe, and Christopher Cortright; mother, Shirley Mascho of Edmore; siblings, Larry (Char) Mascho of Saranac, Sherry (Mitch) Snyder of Stanton, Shelly (Mike) Bailey of Stanton; mother-in-law, Jannette Hayes of Eaton Rapids; brother-in-law, Steve (Mary Ann) Hayes of Charlotte; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at Burkhead-Green-Kilgo Funeral Home, with Pastor Charles Jenson officiating.

Those desiring may make contributions in Lonny’s memory to the American Diabetes Association or Gift of Life.

To view Lonny’s obituary online or to leave a condolence for the family please visit burkhead-greenfuneralhome.com.

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Vernie L. Miller

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Vernie Lee “Pops” Miller of Eaton Rapids passed away September 15, 2018 at the age of 72. Vern was born in Parma, on June 25, 1946, the son of Wardie and Mallie (Bailey) Miller. He worked at Michigan Packaging for 41 years before retiring in 2010. Vern coached the Wild Bunch softball team for 31 years, enjoyed drag racing in Onondaga, playing golf, being outdoors, hunting, grilling and burning the food and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Laura Miller; sons, Denny and David Miller, both of Eaton Rapids; grandchildren, Tracie (Zach) Miller, Marcus (Ashleigh) Miller, Keisha (Jamie) Bryant, Chris (Kaitlyn) Miller, Hailie Miller, Allyza Miller, Isaac Miller; great-grandchildren, Nevah, Gaige, Kaydence and Kameron Miller, Alexis and Jamie Jr. Bryant, Aspen, Logan and Prestyn Miller; brothers, Stanley (Lonie) Miller of Kentucky, Alma (Tommy) Kee of South Carolina, Ken Miller of DeWitt, Larry (Kathy) Miller of Springport; and daughter-in-law, Missy Miller of Eaton Rapids.

Vern was preceded in death by his son, Michael Miller; and sisters, Elsie Johnson, and Zelma Norment.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Friday September 21, 2018 at Mills Funeral Home, Shelly-Odell Chapel in Eaton Rapids.

Those desiring may make memorial contributions to the family to help with funeral expenses.

Please visit millsfuneral.com to place online condolences or to sign the guest book.

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Ruben G. Chavez

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Ruben Gracia Chavez, 89, a devoted Christian and family man, went to meet his Lord and Savior. Ruben’s sunrise was August 22, 1929 in Corpus Christi, Texas to Jesus and Guadalupe (Gracia) Chavez, and his sunset was September 17, 2018 in Potterville. A man of knowledge, peaceful calm, and quiet faith, family was everything to Ruben. He greatly enjoyed trips when he and his wife, Lucinda, would pack all of the kids in the station wagon and head to Texas to visit family. For a time, he ran his parents’ store, Chavez Grocery, and he later worked for Oldsmobile, retiring in 1987. Ruben enjoyed Spanish music, flea markets, word searches, and puzzles, but spoiling his grandkids with gum, spare change, ice cream, and cookies filled his heart with the greatest happiness.  Ruben loved his wife deeply, and it showed through the love he had for his family.

Ruben is survived by his wife of 68 years, Lucinda Martinez (Lozano) Chavez; eight children, Ruben L. Chavez Sr., Guadalupe Hoag, Sylvia (Ray) Jolly, David (Yvonne) Chavez, Armando Chavez, MaryHelen (Terry) Wheeler, Catalina Jones, and Manuel (Meg) Chavez; 24 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; siblings, Joe Chavez, Ramiro Chavez, Lucy Jalifi, Rosalinda Peña, special sister-in-law, Lucy Rendon; and many nieces and nephews.

Ruben was predeceased by his parents; son, Carlos “Danny” and son-in-law, Don Hoag; and siblings, Adolfo Chavez, Gloria Gutierrez, Jesus Chavez Jr., and Alonzo Chavez.

Graveside services were held Friday, September 21, at 2 p.m. at Benton Township Cemetery.

If desired, the family suggests memorial contributions to St. Mary Catholic Church in Charlotte.

Friends and family are encouraged to share memories of Ruben on his tribute page at PrayFuneral.com.

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Carol J. Schneider 

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Carol Joanne Schneider of Charlotte passed away on Friday, September 7, 2018 at the age of 79. Carol was born on June 26, 1939 in East Jordan, Mich., the daughter of George and Helen (Springstead) Klooster.  She was raised on the family farm in East Jordan where she worked and sold eggs to the local grocery stores. Carol had a beautiful voice and enjoyed singing in the church choir as a child.  She graduated from East Jordan High School Class of 1957 and went on to receive a secretarial certificate from Grand Traverse Community College. Carol went to work for the State of Michigan in the Department of Natural Resources retiring after 30 years of service in 1991. She enjoyed playing cards, cribbage, crossword puzzles, camping, fishing and spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.  Carol was and avid Detroit Redwings, Tigers and MSU Football fan.  She was a member of the Family Shooters Corral and her local neighborhood-knitting group.

Carol is preceded in death by her parents; brother, Ron Klooster; grandchildren, Dustin Howe and Robin Frazier.

Surviving are her husband of 46 years, Raymond Schneider; children, Cindy (Dean) Harmon, Theresa (Joe) Smith, Sandy (Alec) Champlin, Mary (Doug) Howe, Pamela (Paul) Wygant, Patricia (Donald) Kidd, Brain (Taylor) Donaldson, Becki (Tom) Goodman; 29 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; sisters, Marilyn Pierce, Kay Richards and numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at Skinner Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids Chapel.

For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Foundation in memory of Carol.

To share memories or leave condolences, please visit SkinnerFuneralHomes.

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Sandra K. Place

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Sandra Kay “Sandi” Place, 73, of Olivet, died on Saturday, September 8, 2018 at Eaton County Health and Rehabilitation Services. Sandi was born November 27, 1944 in Marshall to Howard and Betty (Miller) Faulkner. When Sandi was 6 years old she lost her parents when they were killed in an auto accident. From that time on, she was lovingly raised by her grandparents, Harry and Esther (Rapp) Miller, and her aunts Mary Lou, Shirley, Darlene, Dorothy, Marian, Margaret, Mildred, and uncles Harry, Robert and Laverne Miller.

She graduated from high school and went on to the Hurley School of Nursing, graduating as a Registered Nurse. Sandi then attended MSU and graduated with her BSN degree.

She was married to Merlyn D. Place on September 18, 1966. The couple has made their home in Olivet since then. She worked at the Battle Creek Veterans’ Administration Hospital for many years, retiring from there as a nursing supervisor in 1999. Sandi then taught nursing at Kalamazoo Valley Community College for 15 years, retiring in March of 2014.

Sandi was a member of the Oaklawn Hospital Auxiliary and volunteered at Oaklawn. She was a member of the Ella M. Brown Charitable Circle. For a number of years she enjoyed volunteering at the Marshall Historical Home Tour for the Marshall Historical Society.

She crocheted hundreds of baby afghans to give to mothers for their first baby. Her family have all benefited from her talent, with many afghans and blankets placed in family homes. She was beloved by her family and was a loving influence on their many lives.

Surviving are her husband, Merlyn; daughter, Amy (Michael) Gancasz of Royersford, Penn., and son Brian (Stacey) Place of Charlotte; four grandchildren, Tom Moran, McKenna Kay Place, Nolan Gancasz and Riley Gancasz; her aunts, Shirley (Jack) Lawler of Marshall, and Darlene Coats and Dorothy Stults both of Olivet; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her grandparents; her uncles, Harry, Robert and Laverne Miller; and her aunts, Mary Lou Duckham, Marian Heisler, Margaret Miller and Mildred Foote.

Funeral services to celebrate her life were held on Wednesday, Sept. 12, at the Marshall Chapel of Kempf Family Funeral and Cremation Services, with Rev. Jack Brown officiating. Cremation followed services with committal later in Bosworth Cemetery in Olivet.

The family suggests donations to The Battle Buddy Foundation, 8859 Cincinnati-Dayton Road, West Chester, Ohio,  tbbf.org.

Visit kempffuneralhome.com to leave a message for the family.

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Wilma J. Hogle

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Wilma J. Hogle finally got her wish and passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family on August 31, 2018. She was born on September 23, 1929, in Charlotte to Lowell and Louise Boyer. She graduated from Charlotte High School in 1946 and married Albert Hogle in 1947. Wilma worked at Michigan Bell and AE Hoover. After she retired she volunteered at Hayes Green Beach Hospital for many years. Wilma knitted and donated hundreds of baby booties for the newborns. Over the years she knitted mittens and slippers that she gave to anyone who needed them. Wilma was also known for her wonderful homemade bread.

Wilma is survived by daughter; Linda Lamb of Columbia, Tenn.; sons, Neil (Patricia) of Lansing, Lowell of Charlotte; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; sisters, Mary Hall of Charlotte, Donna (Paul) Thayer of Plainwell; and sister-in-law, Jean Boyer of Sunfield.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband; two sisters; and two brothers.

A memorial visitation will be held on Saturday, September 15, 2018, from 2 to 6 p.m. at Burkhead-Green-Kilgo Funeral Home in Charlotte.

Those desiring, may make contributions in Wilma’s honor to Sparrow Hospice or the charity of their choice.

To view Wilma’s obituary online or to leave a condolence for the family, please visit burkhead-greenfuneralhome.com.

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