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Kirby Grettenberger

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Kirby, a six and a half-year-old American Lineback-Holstein cross steer trained to be part of an oxen team, was terminally injured on Friday, October 8, 2021. The injury occurred when a driver failed to stop at the stop sign, entered the intersection, was struck by a second vehicle, careened into the pasture and struck Kirby, fracturing his rear legs. Kirby was humanely euthanized and returned to the family farm in Eaton Rapids for burial. Kirby leaves behind his teammate Reid, his herd mate Zeiter, and his “Mom” Dr. Brenda Grettenberger and her family. Memorials in Kirby’s name can be made to Tiller’s International at tillersinternational.org or to Heifer International at heifer.org.

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Lita J. Gillett

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Lita J. Gillett
Lita Jannette (Clarke) Gillett left her earthly home for her heavenly home October 11, 2021. There she was reunited with the love of her life, Samuel Gillett.
Lita was born February 11, 1925, to Minnie and William Clarke. Lita was the third child of five. She is predeceased by her sisters, Aletha Clarke and Mary (Raymond) Stanke and her brothers, James (Dorothy) Clarke and Herbert Clarke. Surviving is her dear sister-in-law, Shirley Clarke, along with many nieces and nephews.
After graduating from Eaton Rapids High School in 1943, Lita continued her education at County Normal School in preparation for teaching in a one room schoolhouse. After completing this training, she went on to teach for a number of years. Through the years she kept in close contact with her classmates from County Normal. They circulated a round robin letter to keep each other updated about their lives and had reunions once a year.
It was one of her County Normal classmates, Martha Moore Betz, who was responsible for introducing Lita to Sam. Less than a year after meeting, they were married. On June 14, 1947, Lita Clarke became Lita Gillett. It was a marriage that lasted until the death of Sam 67 years later. And while the marriage may have ended with the passing of Sam on March 10, 2015, Lita’s love for Sam never ended.
Sam and Lita made their home outside of Eaton Rapids. It was here that they raised their five children. Lita is survived by Doris (Rodney) Robertson, Lee (Michele) Gillett, Ralph (Lee Ann Lindahl) Gillett, Nancy (Bruce) Korthase and Lois (Doug) Bush. It was at this home that grandchildren came to celebrate holidays, make bird feeders, take walks to the barn, play with cousins, and enjoy the many books and toys kept from when their parents were young. These grandchildren include Lesley (Brian) Kozminski, Christa (Jeff) Hudson, Sara (Al) Finkelstein, Brian (Carrie) Robertson, Matthew (Courtney) Gillett, Rachel (Kellen Lister) Gillett, Barbara Bush, Michael Bush, Taylor Korthase, Katharine Korthase, and Molly Korthase. Great grandchildren include Simone and Camille Kozminski, Lauren and Lynsey Hudson, Julia and Ruby Finkelstein, Annabelle and Samantha Robertson, Matthew, Evelynn and Presley Gillett, Hudson Lister and Leevi and LitaMarie Bush.
Lita served her community by being an active member of the United Methodist Church. She held offices in the Griffith United Methodist Women for years and could be found in the back row of the Griffith United Methodist church every Sunday. The church was part of her family and an important and lasting part of her life.
She also held the position of Hamlin Township treasurer from 1971 to 1992. She saw the formation of Hamlin Township Fire Department and was proud of her part in the development of that organization.
Lita moved to Boyne City to be closer to more of her children in March of 2016. She first resided in Boyne City in an Assisted Living Facility. She lived in her own apartment there until her needs increased. In the Fall of 2018, Lita moved to Grandvue Medical Care Facility in East Jordan. While there she enjoyed working on jigsaw puzzles, doing word search puzzles, and amazing staff with her quick wit. When the pandemic closed the facility, the staff put in place window visits. And even though Lita’s family could not be inside next to her, there was great comfort in knowing the staff cared for her and loved her.
Funeral services will be held Monday, October 18 at 11:00 a.m. at Skinner Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids Chapel. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday from 2:00 to 6:00. In memory of Lita, the family encourages you to sit with a friend or family member and play a game of scrabble or put together a jigsaw puzzle! Be still in the moment and enjoy sharing a table and a quiet activity with someone you love.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Lita’s name to Grandvue Medical Care Facility, 1728 S. Peninsula Rd., East Jordan, MI 49727 or Hamlin Township Fire Dept., 6463 South Clinton Trail, Eaton Rapids, MI 48827.

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Jacob L. Lincoln

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Jacob Lee Lincoln, age 36 years old, died on September 25, 2021. He was a resident of San Antonio and worked as a HVAC technician at Will Fix It HVAC. Service will take place on Thursday, October 14, 2021 at 1 p.m., with visitation prior to service from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Pray Funeral Home Gardens.

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Marian G. Leiter

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Marian Geneva Leiter, age 94 went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on October 2, 2021, at ECARS in Charlotte, Mich. She was born February 27, 1927, in Broomfield Township, Isabella County, Mich. to Hugh and Lucille (Esch) Fountain. She married Ward Leiter on August 2, 1945. Together they raised five children. They moved to Charlotte area around 1956 where they made their home for most of their lives. Marian was always very active in her church. The gift of hospitality was very predominated in every area of her life. She and her husband, Ward, ministered the gospel for many years as pastors with the Assembly of God church and then made the transition to Fellowship of Churches and Ministers International until Ward passed away in 1984. She enjoyed spending time with her family as much as her family enjoyed spending time with her. If there was one word to describe her it would be “gentleness.” She had a gentle and quiet spirit about her. She is survived by one daughter, Diane (George) Goodnoe of Eaton Rapids; one son, Randy (Sue) Leiter of West Branch, Mich.; two sisters, Irene Mercer of Elsie, Mich. and Judy (Bill) Kennedy of Mt. Pleasant; 16 grandchildren, and numerous great, great-great, and great-great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Hugh and Lucille Fountain; her husband, Ward Leiter; two sons, Jim and Tom Leiter; daughter, Vicki Hill; brother, Jack Fountain; sister, Connie Clyde; and several grandchildren. Arrangements are being handled by Skinner Funeral Home. A memorial service will be scheduled later.

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Victor V. Hribar, Jr.

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Victor Vincent Hribar, Jr., died October 4, 2021 at his home in Charlotte, Mich. at the age of 83.  Victor was born in Brownsville, Pa. on September 15, 1938, to Victor and Helen (Abdis) Hribar.  After graduating high school, he enlisted in the Navy where he was an Airdale, assigned to the Navy air wing and performed maintenance on aircraft electrical systems.  In 1963, he married Patricia Lee Walter and they remained by each other’s side for 58 years.  He worked for the United States Postal Service for his entire career, the last 14 years of which he was the Postmaster at the Charlotte Post Office.  After retirement, he enjoyed traveling with his wife, going to the casino, and spending time with his children and grandchildren.
Family and friends meant everything to Victor, and he showed his love by always making sure those around him had a full and happy belly.  Fixing things and doing for others was also a way Victor showed how much he cared. He was the first one to lend a hand to anyone who needed it.  He was a talented woodworker, making rocking horses, rocking chairs, cabinets, bookcases and many other things over the years.  As parents do, Victor wanted his kids to have more than he did, so there was no question that they would get a good education because it was either, “Use your brain or use your back” as he always said.  He also enjoyed spoiling his grandkids and never came to visit without having a treat for them.
Victor is survived by his wife, Patricia; children, Vicki (Philip) Briggs-Rasor, Teri (Denis Pulver) Martin, and Vincent (Julie) Hribar; grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Kyle, Garrett, Addison, Victoria, Owen, Sydney, and Emerson; sister, Edna (John) Scotton; brother, Anthony Hribar; and several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents; and sisters, Helen Mager and Sandra Mitchell.
Friends and family are encouraged to support Victor’s family by attending services or sharing memories on his tribute page at prayfuneral.com.  Memorial Services are October 14, 2021 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church, 807 St Mary’s Blvd, Charlotte, MI 48813 with Rev. Fr. Dwight Ezop and Rev. Fr. Mark Scotton officiating.  The family will receive visitors prior to the service beginning at 10 a.m.  If desired, the family suggests memorial contributions to the American Heart Association.  The family is in the care of Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

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Norma J. King

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Norma Jean King, age 88, of Charlotte, passed away peacefully at her home on Thursday, September 30, 2021. She was born April 10, 1933, in Jonesboro, Ill., the daughter of Perry and Mae (Eudy) McLane. Jean had a happy childhood growing up on a farm in Southern Ill.. Upon the confession of her faith in Christ, she was baptized in the river near the Reynoldsville Baptist Church. On June 29, 1949, she married Fred King in Jonesboro, Ill. Jean was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She was a magnificent cook and enjoyed preparing beautiful meals for her family. Jean was a gifted homemaker. She sewed the clothing for her family, canned and preserved all their home-grown goodies, and made certain that her household functioned like a well-oiled machine. Jean was a devoted Christian and lifelong member of Calvary Baptist Church in Charlotte.
Jean is survived by her husband of 72 years, Fred; children: Brenda King of Flint, Darlene (Tim) Leever of Fayetteville, N.C., Fred King of Charlotte; grandchildren, Jason (Arlene) King, Steven (Stephanie) King, Destiny (James) Forward, Joshua King, Elizabeth Leever; five great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; siblings, Pat Parent, Clara Dobbs, and Henry (Vicki) McLane.
She was preceded in death by her parents; grandson, Caleb King; daughter-in-law, Shirley King; and brother, Raymond McLane.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, October 5, 2021, at the Burkhead-Green-Kilgo Funeral Home with Pastor Tim Potter officiating. Burial took place at West Carmel Cemetery.
Those desiring, may make contributions in Jean’s honor to Calvary Baptist Church 825 N. Cochran Ave., Charlotte, MI 48813.
To view Norma’s obituary online or to leave a condolence for the family please visit burkhead-green-kilgo.com.

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Rebecca A. Hunt

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Our “Crazy Grandma” Rebecca Ann (Housler) Hunt began her life on April 08, 1953 in Charlotte, Michigan. She was the youngest of three girls born to Leon and Maxine Housler, after Sharon and Connie. Becky attended a one room schoolhouse where her mother was the teacher. She enjoyed helping on the family farm and tending to her horse, Lady. Later, Becky attended Western Michigan University. Becky began her world explorations while student teaching in Majorca, Spain. She graduated in 1975 with a degree in Education and later returned for her masters degree.
The same year Becky earned her bachelor’s degree, she married David Hunt. Through seven years of marriage and trying to conceive, they finally were blessed with a special baby girl, Chelsea. Becky and Chelsea traveled the globe together and Becky was a regular guest in Chelsea’s own classroom. Becky was a seasoned educator, principal, consultant, and writer. She led schools in Kalamazoo, Michigan; Atlanta, Georgia; Abu Dhabi, UAE; and Malaysia. She had a passion for promoting literacy and mentoring young educators. The Crazy Grandma chapter of her life, inspired her children’s stories that were reflections of her joys as a grandmother. She also began a ‘Schools Around the World’ series showing others how children attended schools in different countries. Retirement allowed her to publish two educational books guided by her expertise in teacher training, staff development, and international studies. She continued to travel, and planned to spend the winters in Cozumel, living “the Bohemian life, enjoying culture, practicing my Spanish, and of course writing!” She was an inspiration to educators and grandmothers from Atlanta to Dubai.
On September 22, 2021, Our Heavenly Father decided it was time to bring Becky home. Rebecca was preceeded in death by her parents, Leon and Maxine Housler; her sister, Connie Francis; and her nephew, Jim Adams. She is survived by her daughter, Chelsea (Leslie) Adebayo, and their three sons, Mason, Carter and Sebastian. Also surviving are her sister, Sharon (Larry) Adams; her nieces, Jennifer Rottier, Stacy Poll, Kate Buchanan, and Sarah Adams-Powell, and their families; a host of cousins, loved ones, and friends around the world. She is deeply loved and already so terribly missed. Services were held on Thursday, October 7, 2021, at 1 p.m. at Woodstock City Church. A service will be held in the summer of 2022 as well, in her home town of Charlotte, Michigan.

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Larry “Doc” Weeks

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Larry Joe “Doc” Weeks, 75, of Shelby, formerly of Olivet, died Thursday, September 30, 2021, at Mercy Health Lakeshore Campus in Shelby. He was born January 29, 1946, in Charlotte, the son of Leo and Frances (Murphy) Weeks.
Doc grew up in Olivet where he attended Olivet Schools and later served as a reserve police officer for the Olivet Police Department. He worked for many years as a heavy equipment operator, retiring in 2008 from Hallack Contracting in Hart. In his spare time, Doc loved fishing, camping, watching Hallmark movies, woodworking and finding and polishing rocks. He also enjoyed spending his retirement years at the lake and spending winters in California with his daughter. Most of all, Doc loved his adventures with his grandchildren.
Doc is survived by his wife, Jean Ann Weeks; his children, Sherri (Robert Bone) Weeks, Larry (Sarah) Weeks II, Michele (Jeff) Smith, and Becky (Roger) Flewelling; 12 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; his brothers, Leo (Marilyn) Weeks, and Milton (Alice) Weeks; and several nieces and nephews.
Doc was preceded in death by his parents, and his dear friend, Dick Mott.
Memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., Sunday, October 10, 2021, at Lee Center United Methodist Church with Pastor Gysel officiating. A luncheon will be held after the service.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association in Doc’s honor.
Harris Funeral Home, in Shelby, is handling arrangements, harrisfhome.com.

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Evelyn L. Isaacs

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Evelyn Louise Isaacs, age 90, of Clarion, passed away peacefully on October 4, 2021, at McKinley Health Center in Brookville.
She was born in Fayetteville, Tenn. on August 19, 1931, to the late Francis and Reva Mae (Burton) Howell.
On September 18, 1965, she married Harold D. Isaacs, Sr. who preceded her in death on November 1, 2005.
Louise was a member of the Eastern Star and the First Baptist Church in Clarion.
Louise was a breast and thyroid cancer survivor. She enjoyed making communion bread and playing farkle with the rest of the girls at Laurelbrooke.
Louise is survived by her sons, James M. (Amy) Isaacs of Paxtonville, Pa., Jack (Donna) Simms of Elora, Tenn., and Jerry (Susan) Simms of Fayetteville, Tenn.; brother, Wayne (Irene) Howell of Tenn.; daughter-in-law, Leigh Isaacs of New Wilmington, Pa.; ten grandchildren, Tristan Isaacs, Newman Isaacs, Mia Isaacs, Aubrey Isaacs, Chloe Isaacs, Elyse Isaacs, Mark (Brandi) Simms, Mindy (Joe) Jennings, Jennifer (Brian) Mitchell, and Jason Simms; and seven great-grandchildren, Brady Jennings, Sam Jennings, Beau Simms, Farrah Simms, Brice Simms, Braylon Simms, and Oliver Isaacs.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and son, Harold D. Isaacs, Jr.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 9, 2021, at Bosworth Cemetery in Olivet.
Arrangements are under the care of the Goble Funeral Home and Crematory in Clarion.
Friends and family may send online condolences, memorials, and obtain additional information by visiting goblefh.net.

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Loy L. Nash

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Loy L. Nash, age 78, of Charlotte, passed away peacefully at his home on Wednesday, October 6, 2021. He was born April 18, 1943, in Eaton Rapids, the son of Alfred and Doris (Hudson) Nash. Soon after high school, Loy enlisted in the United States Navy where he honorably served his country. On June 3, 1966, he married the love of his life, Veronica Anne Shumaker, at the Oneida Gospel Church. Family meant everything to Loy. He cherished his children and grandchildren. Loy enjoyed riding motorcycles, woodworking, fishing, and reading. He was a devoted member of South Church in Lansing, where he ran the sound board for many years.
Loy is survived by his wife of 55 years, Veronica; children, Wyatt (Rebecca) Nash of Reston, Virginia, Nadine (John) Isabell of Pottstown, Pennsylvania; son-in-law, Chris Boyd; grandchildren, Ashton Nash, Adrianna (Nick) Chipchase, Louis, Matthew, Noah, and Isaac Isabell, Sean Weaver; great-grandchildren, Jack and Olive Chipchase; brother, Lowel (Patricia) Nash; special family members, Angelica Barfield, Rosanna Freeman, and the Kevin Smith family.
He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Sally Anne Boyd; and Michelle Smith.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, October 9, 2021, at 3 p.m. at the Burkhead-Green-Kilgo Funeral Home. The family received friends on Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will take place at West Carmel Cemetery.
Those desiring may make contributions in Loy’s memory to the American Diabetes Association online at diabetes.org.
To view Loy’s obituary online or to leave a condolence for the family please visit burkhead-green-kilgo.com.

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