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James P. Hettich


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James “Jim” Peter Hettich, 64, of Olivet, died October 28, 2018. Jim was born September 24, 1954 in Pontiac, to Clentis “Tex” and Inga (Wiltfang) Hettich. Jim graduated from Clarkston High school in 1972. Jim worked for Grand Trunk Railroad followed by CN Railroad for 30 years prior to his retirement in 2003. He was a very successful poker player, winning numerous tournaments at different casinos. Jim also had a passion for the outdoors, he loved fishing, hunting, and traveling around the country in his 2008 Corvette. Jim’s biggest passion in life was his son, Zachary.

James is survived by nephews, Gregory Hettich and Jeff Hettich; niece, Michelle Riteman; and life partner, Cindy Lawrence.

James was preceded in death by his parents; son, Zachary Hettich; and brother, Ralph Hettich; plus his dog, Re.

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Robert L. King


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Robert “Bob” Lyle King, 62, of Charlotte, passed away on Friday, October 19, 2018 after a brave yearlong battle with cancer. He was born on February 23, 1956 in Eaton Rapids to Lyle and Dorothy (Cleeves) King.  His family moved from Eaton Rapids to Dimondale, where he spent most of his younger years and graduated from Eaton Rapids High School class of 1975. After graduation Bob enlisted in the United States Air Force, serving from 1975 to 1979. While in the service he married Jackie Lynn Savage on August 23, 1975. To this union they were blessed with two sons, Timothy and Justin. Bob worked for the Cloves Police department in New Mexico from 1979 to 1988, first as an officer and later obtaining the rank of detective. Missing his family and especially time with his dad, he quit the force and they moved back to Michigan, settling in Charlotte. He continued serving the people of his community working as an officer and detective for the Charlotte Police Department from 1990 to 2011. Bob was known for being an excellent officer and very dedicated to his job. After retirement he went on to teach hundreds of enthusiasts gun safety, and equipped them to receive their CPL certification.

Bob was a proud “papa.” He especially loved his time with his grandchildren and family at the lake and found much joy when he had a fishing pole in hand. He enjoyed hunting, especially when he managed to get the “big one.”

Bob was preceded in death by his father, Lyle; sister, Julie Ann McLain; brother, Timothy; and brother-in-law, Michael Mayotte.

Left to grieve his passing are his wife, Jackie King; sons, Timothy John King, Justin Robert (Sylvia) King; two grandchildren, Olivia and Ryan King; mother, Dorothy King; sister, Lynnette Mayotte and numerous nieces and nephews. 

Funeral services were held Thursday, October 25, 2018 at Skinner Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids Chapel. Burial took place at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens in the veteran’s section near his childhood home. 

For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to the Sparrow Foundation Hospice Services.  

Our prayer, our Heavenly Father; as Bob passed from our earthly sight we thank you for the years of his presence among us. While we feel the pain of his parting we rejoice that he has gone to be with you and are confident in your promise of eternal life with God. 

The family wishes to express our heartfelt gratitude for your prayers, words of encouragement and sympathy, we thank you.   

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Audrey Ommen


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It is with great sadness that the family of Audrey Ommen announces her passing on Sunday, October 21, 2018 at the age of 84. Mrs. Ommen was born June 16, 1934 in Walton Township, Mich., the daughter of Janet (MacDonald) Lightner-Haff and Harry Lightner.

Audrey was awarded the Arion Music Foundation Medal and Pin for Outstanding Musicians, celebrating her musical ability, her outstanding scholastic record, and her extra-curricular activities during her time at Vermontville Rural Agricultural School. She was an active member of the Congregational Church in Vermontville and held the position of Choir Director for many years, as well as being a member of the Ladies Christian Association (L.C.A.). During her tenure at Michigan Magnetics (1965 to 1999) she was named the Corporate Treasurer, the first woman to hold the distinction in the history of the firm. Audrey was an emeritus member of the Lakewood Area Choral Society, a local performing choir with whom she toured the country. With the Choral Society she had the opportunity to perform in Chicago, New York, and Washington D.C., among other locations.

Audrey will be lovingly remembered by her husband, Bernard Ommen (m. 1954); her children, Karen (Steve) Newman and Scott (Cathy) Ommen; her grandchildren, Alaina (Trent) Graham, Brielle Ommen, Kaitlin (Dylan) Haan, and Kelsie Newman; and her great-granddaughters, Eva and Rylie Graham. 

She is preceded in death by her parents, Harry Lightner and Janet Lightner-Haff; her sisters, Margaret French and Linda White; and brothers, James Lightner and Gary Lightner.

Services were held Thursday, October 25, 2018 at the First Congregational Church of Vermontville, with Pastor David Poole officiating. Internment was at Woodlawn Cemetery in Vermontville. 

If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Great Lakes Home Health Services or to the First Congregational Church of Vermontville. 

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Harriet A. Miller


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Harriet A. Miller passed away peacefully on October 17, 2018, at age 95, having lived independently until age 94. She was born in Lansing on August 19, 1923 to Glenn and Mary Bell (Balmer) Miller. Harriet worked at Recordio, Wilcox-Gay and Owens-Illinois.

In the last year of her life, Harriet made her home at Eaton County Health & Rehabilitation Services, where she received such excellent, kind and attentive care. The tireless nurses and caregivers are truly heroes. Harriet felt safe, cared for, and comfortable, for which the family is forever grateful.

She was preceded in death by her parents; siblings, Alfred W. Miller Sr., Leroy D. Miller, and Betty Miller; nephews, Darrell Miller and Robin Miller; nieces, Candy Riley and Anna Heinze.

Harriet is survived by nephews, Alfred Miller Jr. (Sandra), Larry Miller (Pam), Terry Miller (Jorene); and nieces, Lynn Jensen (Chuck), Pam Wendorf, and Diana Bosworth.  Harriet adored her many great- and great great-nieces and nephews, all of whom she prayed for daily.

A family memorial service will be held at a later date.

Those desiring, may make contributions in Harriet’s honor to the South Cochran Church of God, 2470 S. Cochran Road, Charlotte, MI 48813.

The family is being served by Burkhead-Green-Kilgo Funeral Home. 

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Rhea R. Ferrier


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Rhea Rae Ferrier, 81, of Taylor, Mich. went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on October 15, 2018. She passed away at home surrounded by her loving family.

She was born to Alfred and Naomi Raven on October 24, 1936 in Webster City, Iowa. She was a graduate of Creston High School in Grand Rapids, Central Michigan University with a B.A. in education, and from Moody Bible Institute with a M.S.

She was married to James Ferrier on January 4, 1958. They resided in Charlotte, and Nashville before moving to Taylor. Rhea was actively involved in her church and community. Throughout her lifetime she was a high school English teacher, Sunday School teacher, women’s chaplain at Eaton County jail, taught home Bible studies, involved in Child Evangelism Fellowship, participated in several missions trips, facilitator for Life Skills International, and supported many children through Compassion International. She and her husband also welcomed five of the “Lost Boys” from South Sudan into their home.

Rhea loved reading, painting, speaking, writing and traveling. Her family was her “pride and joy.”

She is survived by her husband, James; and five children, Andy (Lea) Ferrier, Rane (Larry) Popa, Shan (Sarah) Ferrier, Jordan (Vicki) Ferrier, Tim (Susie) Ferrier. She is also survived by 27 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren, and predeceased by one granddaughter.

A memorial service will be held to honor her life at 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 27, 2018 at West Windsor United Brethren Church, located at 7275 Windsor Highway in Dimondale. 

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Janette M. Howard


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Janette Mae Howard of Charlotte, a woman devoted to her family and friend to many, died October 18, 2018 at the age of 84.  Janette was born in Jonesville, Mich. on February 25, 1934 to Homer and Valerie (Wagner) Crandell. Family was always the center of Janette’s life. She was one of eight siblings growing up, which provided a wealth of adventures. Later she fell in love and married Wayne Gilbert Howard and together they raised four children. Janette thoroughly enjoyed being a wife, mother, and grandmother, traveling, working at the family business, Howard Construction, and just being together as a family. Zoey, her daily four-legged walking partner, meant the world to Janette. Friends could always be found in her weekly routine throughout her lifetime. Janette believed in unconditional love of others and was deeply treasured by many in return.

Janette is survived by her daughters, Maria (Gary) Seybert, Nancy (Rodney) Mott, Sherrie (Steve) Hewitt; son, Terry Howard; grandchildren, Brandy Mott, Shannon Marshall, Mykl Howard, Tara Howard, Ryon Mott, Kellie Mott, Jason Mott, Josh Hewitt, and Tonja Hewitt; and siblings, Frank Crandell, Raymond Crandell, Violet McCrimon, and Doris Wight.  

She was predeceased by her husband, Wayne Gilbert Howard in 2006; son in-law, Rodney Mott; brothers, Darrell Crandell, Billy Crandell, Jerry Crandell; her parents and her beloved dog, Zoey.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, October 24, 2018, at Pray Funeral Home, with Pastor Charles Jenson officiating.  

If desired, the family suggests memorial contributions to Charlotte VFW Post 2406.  

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Kathy N. Hain


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Kathy Noah Hain, 74, of Rochester, Mich. died August 31, 2018. She was born in Jackson, Mich. on September 12, 1943. She was the daughter of Elliott “E.J.” Noah and Helen Parks Noah. She graduated from Charlotte High School in 1961 and from Central Michigan University in 1965, where she was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority.

Kathy married Tony Hain December 17, 1967 and they raised their children, Kristen and Scott, in Flushing, and then Rochester. Kathy was a realtor for 17 years with Weir, Manuel, Snyder and Reinke. She was a member of the Meadowbrook Women’s Club and the Meadowbrook Theatre Guild. She was a founder of the Women’s Fund, which is part of the Rochester Community Fund. She enjoyed reading and discussing novels, cooking and entertaining in style, home decorating, European travel, fashion and gardening.

Kathy is survived by her husband, Tony; her daughter, Kristen and her husband, Ken McPherson; her son, Scot and his wife, Amy; and her adored grandchildren, Jacob, Maggie, Henry, and Helen McPherson, and Kate and Sam Hain. She is also survived by her sister, Leila Noah Klaiss and her husband, Neil; and many nieces and nephews, including Melissa Klaiss Martino and Libby Klaiss.

She was predeceased by her parents and granddaughter, Hannah Hain.

Funeral services were held September 6, 2018 at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Rochester.

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Maxine M. Fhaner


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Maxine M. (Brooks) Fhaner passed away October 20, 2018 at the age of 91.  

She was preceded in death by her husband of 72 years, Robert C. Fhaner. 

Maxine was born and raised in Grandville, Mich., the daughter of Roy and Eva Brooks.  

She is survived by her son, Jerry (Eileen) Fhaner; daughter, Jill Krusell; granddaughter, Sally (Alex) Krusell; and great-granddaughters, Kidist, Aynalem and Tarikwa. Maxine worked at the Accident Fund in Lansing, moved with Bob to the Houghton Lake area for 35 years, where she worked for Kronner Pharmacy for many years. She loved to paint, do needlepoint, read and she did crossword puzzles daily. Her mind was sharp even to the end. Maxine and Bob returned to Eaton County in 2008, spending their last years near family and childhood friends.  

There are no funeral services being planned.  

Cards and condolences can be sent to Jerry Fhaner, 5134 Nellies Lane, Charlotte, MI 48813.

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Phillip H. Merrifield


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Phillip “Phil” Herbert Merrifield, a man who enjoyed his morning coffee and, in the evening, an Old Milwaukee, died unexpectedly on Thursday, October 18, 2018. Phil, 73, was born February 17, 1945 in Grand Rapids to Herbert and Evelyn (Windquest) Merrifield. Phil enjoyed being outdoors; he took a strong pride in his yard and his garden. He loved having cookers in his backyard and having the entire family over. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing. Phil loved cruising the backroads in his black streaker van. He always told his children “if you’re kicking up dust you’re going too fast.” Phil had a strong passion for singing; every Thursday he could be found singing to the patients at the Eaton County Health & Rehabilitation Services. His love for singing was passed down to his children. Above all, Phillip adored his family. He never forgot a family member’s birthday and always treated you to a cake on your special day. 

Phil is survived by his loving family; first wife, Jane Merrifield-Gidner; children, Martha (Terry) Bryant, John Merrifield, Jack (Benita) Merrifield; grandchildren, Steven Bryant, Michael Bryant, Hunter Merrifield, Angel Merrifield, Arianna, and their mother, Tara Ankney; siblings, Roger (Marilyn) Merrifield, Rick (Linda) Merrifield; foster children, Tara Siler, Sean Brady, and Troy Brady. 

Phil was predeceased by his parents, and grandson, Joshua Bryant.   

Funeral services were held Tuesday, October 23, 2018 Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Pastor Charles Jenson officiating.  

If desired, the family suggests memorial contributions to The Eaton County Health & Rehabilitation Services Activity Fund. 

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Daniel J. Nordenbrock


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Daniel Joseph Nordenbrock, 87, of Charlotte, passed away Wednesday, October 24, 2018. He was born November 3, 1930, in Dayton, Ohio, the son of Joseph and Helen (Brunsman) Nordenbrock. Dan graduated from Connersville High School in 1949. After graduation Dan met the love of his life Mary M. Carey while serving in the United States Air Force. They were married on June 23, 1956. He then went on to earn his bachelor’s degree from Ball State University in 1961. Dan worked as a computer systems analyst for Care-Free Windows in Charlotte and retired after many years of service. Dan was an extremely handy person and could fix just about anything. He enjoyed reading and taking his dog, Timmy for his daily walks through Bennett Park. Dan was also a tireless volunteer for Eaton Community Palliative Care, Eaton County Health and Rehabilitation Services, and Meals on Wheels. Dan was also a great storyteller. He would often change them up from time to time, just to keep things interesting. 

Dan is survived by his wife of 62 years, Mary; children, David Nordenbrock of Grand Rapids, Martha Cooper of Grand Rapids, Ruth (Bob) Blameuser of Antioch, Ill., Joseph Nordenbrock of Grand Rapids, Sara (Ralph) Rounds of Hart, Danny Nordenbrock of Alpena, Kevin Nordenbrock of Antioch; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sister, Anne Carter of Florida; brother, Kenneth (Sally) Nordenbrock of Ohio.

He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Joan Smith, Willis Nordenbrock, Fred Nordenbrock, and Joe Nordenbrock.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, October 31, 2018, at 11 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church in Charlotte, with Rev. Fr. Dwight Ezop celebrating. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Burkhead-Green-Kilgo Funeral Home. 

Those desiring, may make contributions in Dan’s honor to St. Mary Catholic Church, 807 St. Mary Blvd., Charlotte, MI 48813.

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