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Delores Louise Cassidy

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Delores Louise Cassidy (Dee) of Eaton Rapids, passed away October 19, 2023, at the age of 78. Dee was born on January 13, 1945, to Elida (Letts) Cassidy of Eaton Rapids and Edgar B. Cassidy of Cleveland, Ohio. She is preceded in death by her mother, Elida in 1998 and her father, Edgar, who lost his life in World War II in 1945. Dee is also preceded in death by special cousins, Mary Lou Letts Foess and Marietta Harris Schafer. She is survived by her foster son, Scott Newsome of Eaton Rapids, and many very special cousins. Although Dee was an only child she did not lack for family.

Dee completed her bachelor’s at Michigan State University, graduating Suma Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kapa. She completed both of her master’s degrees at MSU as well. Dee taught English, Writing and Journalism for many years in Eaton Rapids, where she was known affectionately as “teacher lady.” She had been a member of the First United Methodist Church of Eaton Rapids for many years and was a member of the Capital Area Brain Injury Association, where she had many wonderful friends.

Visitation was held at Mills Funeral Home, Shelly-Odell Chapel in Eaton Rapids on Monday, October 23. The funeral service was held at First United Methodist Church of Eaton Rapids, on Tuesday, October 24. Interment followed at Rosehill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids. In Lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to the Capital Area Brain Injury Association, 901 Mt. Hope, Lansing, MI 48910 in Dee’s memory. To leave condolences for the family visit our website www.millsfuneral.com.

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Anita Jane Warner

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Anita Jane Warner of Eaton Rapids, passed away October 28, 2023, at the age of 75. Anita was born in Springport, Michigan on December 15, 1947, the daughter of Max and Viola (Wolf) LeFevre. She enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with her husband.

Anita is survived by her loving husband of 23 years, Robert “Bob” Warner of Eaton Rapids; children, Keith Rockafellow II of Eaton Rapids, Darren (Michelle) Warner of Eaton Rapids; four sisters; and numerous grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her daughter, Cheryl Rockafellow; parents, Max and Viola, as well as, several aunts and uncles.

Cremation has taken place and there will be no services. Arrangements were entrusted to the Mills Funeral Home, Shelly-Odell Chapel of Eaton Rapids. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to Elara Caring Hospice Foundation, PO Box 58, Jackson, MI 49204 in loving memory of Anita Jane Warner. To leave condolences for the family, visit our website www.millsfuneral.com.

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Arlene Marie Sargent

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Arlene Marie Sargent, 81, of Vermontville passed away on October 30, 2023. A service was held on Friday, November 3, 2023, 2:30 p.m. at Pray Funeral Home. Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Inc.

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John A. Halsey

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John A. Halsey, 89, of Yorkville, Illinois, passed away peacefully on October 27, 2023. He was born in Olivet, Michigan in 1934 to Victor and Dorothy (Southworth) Halsey.

John attended Olivet High School before studying Agriculture at Michigan University, Judson University for Divinity and Wayne State for master’s in social work.

John was preceded in death by Victor and Dorothy Halsey (parents) and Thain Scheid (grandson).

John is survived by his beloved wife of 40 years, Barbara Schroeder-Halsey; his brother, Ron Halsey; his sister, Nancy Crane; his children, Nicki Maillet (Gary), Mark Halsey (Nancy Jones), Phil Elam (Joe Ruffle) and Cynthia Geoghegan (Paul); and his stepson, David Schroeder (Jennifer). He is also survived by his nine grandchildren: Lars Scheid (Amity), Brittany Scheid, Kirsten Elam (Zack Newton), Kaela Bartlett (Josiah), Kara Prachar, Riley Geoghegan, James Schroeder (Alyssa Caliendo), Clara Schroeder, Mike Smith (Laura); 13 great-grandchildren: Nicholas Mower, Eli Mower, Josiah Mower (Bailey), Tahlia Dishmon (Mike), Jayson Scheid, Kasandra Scheid, Dracen Scheid, Audrey Sowa, McKenna Newton, Ada Bartlett, Isla Bartlett, Amos Bartlett and Alan Smith, as well as two great great-grandchildren, Avalynn Mower and Elliot Mower.

He loved God, his family, and his birds. He lived a long and full life. Enjoyed tinkering with everything and couldn’t find anything he couldn’t fix.

For further information please call The Healy Chapel, Aurora, IL at 630-897-9291 or visit healychapel.com to leave an online condolence.

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James Willis Drown

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James Willis Drown, 88, of Potterville, MI passed away peacefully at home on October 29, 2023. He was born on June 27, 1936, son of Herba and Nellie (Smith) Drown. Jim graduated from Engadine High School and then went on to proudly serve his country for the United States Army Airborne Division. He retired from L.E. Myers Co. as a Heavy Equipment Operator after 25 years. Jim also volunteered at Hayes Green Beach for 29 years. He loved sports, especially baseball, following and watching high school sporting events.

James is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Carolyn Drown; son, Jeffrey Drown; granddaughter, Natalie Drown; sisters-in-law, Sharon (Richard) Catey, Kristine Hernden, Constance Teddy, and Barbara (Roger) Wickerham, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Robert (Eleanor) Drown; and sister, Doris (Robert) Laban.

A Funeral Service with Military Honors was held Thursday, November 2, 2023, at Immanuel Lutheran Church of Grand Ledge, 517 S Clinton St, Grand Ledge, MI 48837. Visitation took place Wednesday, November 1, 2023 at the Mills Funeral Home, Peters & Murray Chapel, Grand Ledge. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in loving memory of James Drown to the Immanuel Lutheran Church. The family has entrusted their care to Mills Funeral Home, Peters & Murray Chapel, Grand Ledge. For online condolences please visit www.millsfuneral.com.

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Bruce James Maltby

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Bruce James Maltby, a man whose biggest enjoyment in his life was his family, died peacefully on October 28, 2023, at his home after a short illness. Bruce, 80, of Charlotte, MI., was born March 15, 1943, in Lansing, the son of Grover James and Beverly June (Woodman) Maltby. At a young age, Bruce enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War, serving four years. He remained a proud Marine throughout his lifetime. Upon his honorable discharge, he worked briefly in California before returning home to the promise of a career at General Motors in Lansing. During his childhood, he competed as an amateur boxer, a passion he passed on to his son. The two enjoyed watching fights together. Sporting events were an interest he also shared with his grandchildren, attending their many games and meets throughout the years. Bruce was also a big fan of University of Michigan football as well as NASCAR. He loved following local races, especially cheering on his family members who competed. Above all, Bruce loved his family.

Bruce is survived by his daughter, Candace Rosebrugh; son, James (Kelly) Maltby; grandchildren, Kylie (fiancé Jonny Fullerton) Rosebrugh, Chase (Liv Hodgins) Rosebrugh, and Paige Maltby; great-grandchildren, Bryson, Haven, and Oaklyn; seven siblings; and several nieces, nephews and extended family. He was predeceased by his parents, a half-sister, and his former in-laws.

Friends are encouraged to support Bruce’s family by attending services or sharing memories on his Tribute Page at www.prayfuneral.com. Visitation was on Thursday, November 2, 2023, at Pray Funeral Home. Funeral Services was held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, November 3, 2023, at Pray Funeral Home with Pastor Chuck Jenson officiating. Interment will take place in Bosworth Cemetery, Olivet. Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project. The family is in the care of Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

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Myrna Jean DeDolph

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Myrna Jean DeDolph, a woman that will be remembered for her beautiful smile and her recognizable laugh, died on Friday, October 27, 2023, surrounded by her loving family. Myrna, 78, of Charlotte was born on December 26, 1944, in Dansville, MI the daughter of Donald and Edith (Nelson) Maynard. She was one of 15 children. At the age of 28 she married Richter “Rick” DeDolph and together they started their legacy. After having children Myrna worked as a Homemaker for the family. Once the children got older, she began working for Sparrow Hospital as a Shuttle Driver. Most recently she and Rick were owners of the Eaton Theatre in Charlotte, working alongside each other for 27 years. Myrna was a proud and devoted member of the Charlotte Moose #2565. She enjoyed her sports; Myrna participated in several different leagues from golf, bowling, and softball. She was an avid fan of MSU, Tigers, Lions, and the Red Wings. Many would say that Myrna was a fierce competitor, who also enjoyed a game of cards. Above all her biggest passion in life was spending time with her family and friends.

Myrna is survived by her husband, Rick; children, Mike (Mary) Long, Sue (John) McNeel, and Dale (Brenna) DeDolph; grandchildren, Zack and Ben Long, Max and Fred McNeel, Hannah and Delilah DeDolph; nine siblings; and numerous extended family members. She was predeceased by her parents; and five siblings.

Friends are encouraged to support Myrna’s family sharing memories on her Tribute Page at www.prayfuneral.com. Visitation was Monday, October 30, 2023, at Pray Funeral Home. A Funeral was held on Tuesday, October 31, 2023, at Pray Funeral Home with Pastor Dutch Docktor officiating. If desired, the family suggests memorial contributions to Moose Heart. The family is in the care of Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

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Kevin Wayne Heisler

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Kevin Wayne Heisler, 52, of Bellevue, Michigan passed away on Thursday, October 12, 2023, at home surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on June 22, 1971, to Larry and Sherry (Whitney) Smith in Battle Creek, Michigan.

Kevin was a graduate of Bellevue High School. He was a longtime meat cutter and deer processor in the Bellevue area. Kevin’s favorite place to be, was outdoors, especially hunting and he also enjoyed watching television.

Kevin is survived by his parents, Larry (Eleanor) Heisler of Nashville, Michigan and Sherry Smith of Bellevue, Michigan; his daughter, Mackenzie Heisler of Grand Ledge, Michigan; his brothers, Daniel Smith of Bellevue, Michigan and Jordan Smith of Battle Creek, Michigan; his sister, Lori (Jake) Herr of Nashville, Michigan and his stepsister, Barb (Dave) Hyatt of E. Leroy, Michigan, He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his stepsister, Terri Conroy and grandparents Kenneth and Marian Heisler.
Cremation has taken place, and a graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, November 9, 2023 at Hillside Cemetery in Kalamo, Michigan.

Memorials are suggested to the family.

Arrangements were entrusted to Kempf Family Funeral and Cremation Services, 205 N. Elizabeth St. Bellevue, Michigan 49021. Please visit https://www.kempffuneralhome.com to view the online obituary, to sign the online guest book or to leave the family condolences.

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Russell Lyle Whitney

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Russell Lyle Whitney, 93, of Potterville, formerly of Traverse City, died peacefully on Saturday, October 21, 2023. Russell was born June 8, 1930, at home in Windsor Township, the son of Sylvester Clark and Vera Mae (Getter) Whitney. He attended Potterville Schools before proudly serving in the U.S. Army from 1951-1952. He married his life-long love, Mary Lou Page in Angola, IN, and the two started their family. Russell worked for Fisher Body and Aluminum Extrusion before the family moved to Traverse City, MI in 1970. Russell worked as a custodian for Traverse City Public Schools for 17 years, retiring in 1992. He was a member of the American Legion and the Fraternal Order of the Eagles, both in Traverse City. He enjoyed singing and dancing, especially to his own rendition of Jerry Reed’s “The Preacher and the Bear.” Russell loved rat pack music, as well as country music, particularly Conway Twitty. He danced the jitterbug three times a week and played horseshoes and enjoyed biking and walking until he no longer could do so. Above all, Russell loved his family.

Russell is survived by his three sons, Daniel (Mary) Whitney, David Whitney, and Rusty (Marcia Casey-Cole) Whitney; five grandchildren, Danielle, Brandon, Ian, Brent, and Debbie Whitney; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Mary Lou in 2007; grandson, Danny Whitney; brothers, Donald, Wayne, and Robert Whitney; and sisters, Gloria Hickox, Orpha Hayden, Verda Nightengale, and Maxine Cady.

Friends are encouraged to support Russell’s family by attending services or sharing memories on his Tribute Page at www.prayfuneral.com. A Graveside Service will take place on Saturday, October 28, 2023, at 11:30 a.m. in Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte, with Kathy Dobie officiating. If desired, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Wounded Warrior Project. The family is in the care of Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

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Marilyn Jean Stiles

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Marilyn Jean Stiles, 75 of Mason, a feisty and very good-hearted lady, died October 13, 2023. She was born to Otto and Mary Lou (Waite) Heikkila on May 31, 1948 in Midland, MI. With a very kind heart, it was no surprise that Marilyn was an animal lover, she loved every kind of furry friend, but dogs held a special place in her heart. Never one to sit still for long, Marilyn was always busy taking care of her family and working for 30 years as the Manager at QD in Mason, loving and adopting as her own all of her “QD Children.” She was a proud mom, grandma, great-grandma, daughter, and sister, always doing little things for her family to show them how much she cared. It’s no surprise that she was an Elvis fan, because everyone that knew her couldn’t help falling in love with her.

Marilyn is survived by her children, Larry (Janet) Davids, Connie (John) Hong, Ricky Davids, Chad (Heather) Stiles, and Chantell (Frank) Bonila; 23 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; siblings, Marjorie McKenzie, Joseph (Karen) Heikkila, Huey (Savonya) Heikkila, and Marie (Wayne) Myer; and her beloved dog, Ivy. She was predeceased by her son, Jerry Davids; parents; and siblings, Barbara Heikkila, Rebecca Perrne, and Richard Heikkila.

Friends are encouraged to support Marilyn’s family by sharing memories on her Tribute Page at www.prayfuneral.com. Visitation was Thursday, October 19 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte. Funeral services were Friday, October 20 at Mason Community Church with Pastor Charles Jenson officiating. The funeral was webcast so you may watch it from any computer, smartphone, or mobile device that has internet access. Go to www.prayfuneral.com, click on Marilyn’s tribute, then click on Photos and Videos from your computer (or Media from your smart phone). If desired, the family suggests memorial contributions to Capitol Area Humane Society. The family is in the care of Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

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