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Earnest S. May, Jr.


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Earnest “Ernie” S. May Jr., 67, passed away on March 28, 2018. He was born April 25, 1950 in Dayton, Tenn., son to Ernest and Alberta May.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Linda; children, Jessica (Jay) Wells, Rebecca May and Zachary May; grandchildren, Justin, Jordan, Jenna, Andrew, Savannah, Natalie, Easten, Carter and Madison; siblings, John (Terri), Richard (Leeanne), Julie (Neil), Roger, Ed (Laura), Tina and Paul; many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his infant son, Andrew James; parents; and sister, Bonnie.

Ernie was a gifted mechanic that enjoyed working on cars, tractors … anything with a motor. He was always tinkering with something or telling you about what he was currently working on. He loved spending time with his family and telling goofy jokes. He will be greatly missed.

Private family graveside services were held at Oakwood Cemetery in Grand Ledge.

For those wishing, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 2469 Woodlake Circle Suite 100, Okemos, Michigan 48864, (517) 319-1054.

The family is being served by the Peters & Murray Funeral Home in Grand Ledge. Online condolences may be made at

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Katherine M. Nagengast


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Katherine Mable Nagengast, 63, of Charlotte, died peacefully on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 in Lansing. Kathy was born April 1, 1955 in Charlotte, the daughter of Richard Charles and Dorothy Mable (Sanderson) Stegenga.  She graduated from Olivet High School in 1973 before settling into family life. Kathy went to work on the line for General Motors in 1981, retiring after 28 years. Kathy’s passion was horse racing. She and her husband, Marty, bred and raced several horses throughout the years and travelled the country racing. Kathy is a former member of the Michigan Harness Horseman’s Association and the United States Trotting Association. Kathy and Marty also enjoyed fishing trips and travelling together. Above all, Kathy loved her family.

Kathy is survived by her daughter, Marie (fiancé Mike Morrison) Ostrander; grandchildren, Tyler Vandlen, Brady Brisson, Samantha Hamm and Victoria Hamm; brother, Charles (Margaret) Stegenga; sisters, Mary Stegenga and Sally (Joe) Latta; and several nieces and nephews.

She is predeceased by her husband, Martin Nagengast; son, Gerald Hamm; brother, James Stegenga; and her parents.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Charlotte, with Rev. Fr. Dwight Ezop officiating. Visitation will be from 1 to 3 and 5 to 7 p.m. with a Rosary at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 9, 2018 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte. Interment will take place in Bosworth Cemetery.

If desired, the family suggests memorial contributions to Hospice House of Mid-Michigan or the American Cancer Society.

Friends and family are encouraged to share memories of Katherine on her tribute page at

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Frances I. Bovee


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Frances Iva Bovee, 95, of Charlotte, formerly of Ingles, Fla., and Traverse City, died peacefully on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 in Charlotte. Frances was born January 2, 1923, in St. Johns, the daughter of Fred and Delma Robinson. She graduated from St. John’s High School before marrying Olan F. Bovee and starting their family.  Frances worked in the tax preparation office for the State of Michigan for 24 years. After retirement, she worked as a caseworker for the Department of Human Services in Lansing, and in Traverse City, where she lived for nearly 10 years. She then lived 20 years in Florida before returning to Charlottte. Frances loved bowling, enjoying time at the lanes well into her 80s. She even went to the state finals. Above all, Frances loved her family.

Frances is survived by two sons, Michael and Douglas Bovee; two daughters, Susan Whitman and Sharon Bovee; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She is predeceased by her husband, Olan; two sons, Richard and James Bovee; and her sisters, Merle Matice and Blanch.

Private services are being held. Interment will take place in North Star Cemetery near Ithaca.

If desired, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Eaton County Medical Care Facility.

Friends and family are encouraged to share memories of Frances on her tribute page at

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Mildred M. Sampson


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Mildred M. Sampson, 97, of Olivet, passed away Tuesday, April 3, 2018. She was born December 19, 1920, in Wheeler, Mich., the daughter of George and Etta Woodcock. Mildred went on to graduate from Lansing Eastern High School with the class of 1937. In June of 1939 she married Fred Sampson, and to this union were born three sons. Mildred was a life-long member of Ainger Bible Church, where she was president of the Ladies Missionary Fellowship and active in AWANA. She enjoyed growing flowers, reading, and painting.

Mildred is survived by her son, Don (Sherry) Sampson of Olivet; four grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and four great great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Fred in 2004; sons, Richard Sampson in 1972, and Robin Sampson in 2003.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, April 10, 2018, at 11 a.m. at Burkhead-Green-Kilgo Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Pastor Scott Brood and Pastor Brett Myers officiating. The family will receive friends on Monday, April 9, 2018, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment will take place in Bosworth Cemetery in Olivet.

Those desiring may make contributions in Mildred’s honor to Ainger Bible Church, 5484 Ainger Road, Olivet, MI 49076 or Oak Lawn HomeCare and Hospice, 13444 Preston Dr., Marshall, MI 49068.

To view Mildred’s obituary or to leave a condolence for the family, please visit

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Robert L. Siple


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Robert Lee Siple, 77, a caring husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, farmer, and jokester of Vermontville, passed away on March 25, 2018 at his residence with his family by his side. He was born on November 5, 1940 to Gerald and Madeline (Shaw) Siple in Charlotte. He attended Vermontville High School. Followed by attending CMU and Greer Mechanical School in Chicago. Robert was very dedicated to 4-H. During his sophomore year of high school Robert met Lois Messenger at a 4-H retreat. They married on September 9, 1961 and together spent the next 56 years creating their legacy together. Bob worked several jobs, including John Bean Machinist Shop, Williams Farm Machinery, before retiring from Post Cereal, he served as a Vermontville Trustee for 10 years. He was one that could make anything. If he could vision it, then he could build it. He built a front-end loader out of different pieces and parts from automobiles. Bob designed and built the family pop-up camper, using Lois’s sewing machine himself in the barn. The camper would be used for numerous family adventures for 50-plus years. He was never happier then when he was covered from head to toe in grease. Robert enjoyed spending time in the woods hunting and on the water fishing. His biggest passion was farming and tending to his livestock. Robert was most proud of his loving wife and his family, which he loved dearly. He was also proud of his pond that he dug after his retirement, to spend time with the family; for fishing, camping, skinny dipping and having campfires.

Robert is survived by his wife, Lois; children, Janice (Christopher) Crane, Michael (Michele) Siple, and Daniel (Lisa) Siple; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren with the third on the way.

He was preceded in death by his son, Mark Siple; parents and brother, Raymond Siple.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at Pray Funeral Home, with Pastor Kathy Smith officiating.

If desired, the family suggests memorial donations to The Eaton Community Palliative Care.

Family and friends are encouraged to share remembrances and condolences online in Robert’s tribute page at

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James H. Devereaux


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James H. “Jim” Devereaux, beloved husband, father, brother and uncle, of Cadillac, formerly of Charlotte, passed away Friday afternoon, March 9, 2018 at his home surrounded by family. He was 73. Jim was born June 5, 1944 in Port Huron, Mich., to Dr. John Ryan and Adele Irene (Simpson) Devereaux and they preceded him in death. On March 5, 1971, in Port Huron, he married the former Judith L. Thoms and she preceded him in death on December, 28, 2012. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Sir Monseigneur Thomas Devereaux.

Jim graduated from St. Stephen High School in 1962. His first job was working as a dishwasher for Unique Restaurant in Port Huron at age 15. After high school Jim worked as a nighttime stock clerk at the A&P Store. Later, from 1962 to 1964, he worked at Mueller Brass Company. From 1970 to 1973 he worked at Detroit Edison Power Plant as operator/overhead line crewman and plumbing and pipefitter apprenticeship, during broken service.

Jim began his military career joining the Navy on July 31, 1964, attending boot camp in Great Lakes, Ill. He continued to Machinist Mate A School in Great Lakes, graduating in July 1965. During his service he was assigned or served aboard the following: the USS Ashtabula AO51, USS Constellation CVA 64, Jacksonville, FL NAS Cecil, Charleston, SC USS Semmes DD18, USS Garcia FF1040, USS Canopus AS34, USS Joseph Hewes FF1078, USS Frank Cable AS40, 1985-88 Cadillac, MI Navy Reserve Center, USS Theodore Roosevelt and lastly was transferred to the fleet reserve. Jim retired after serving in the United States Navy for 25 years, retiring as Master Chief Petty Officer.

He was a member of the Knights of Columbus at St. Stephen Catholic Church in Lake City, a life member of VFW Post 2406 in Charlotte, I as well as a life member of Catholic War Veterans.

On May 17, 2014 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Charlotte, he married the former Nina M. (Cobb) Robinson and she survives him along with his children, Amy (Jeff) Wagner of Cadillac and Ryan Devereaux of Lowell; two grandchildren, Caleb and Audrey Devereaux; step-children, Samantha Durrett (Chris) and Hope Berg (Paul); step-grandchildren: Peyton and Dylon Durrett and Dominique and Brianna Berg.

The Mass of Christian Burial was held Thursday, March 15, 2018 at St. Stephens Catholic Church in Lake City, with Rev. Fr. Matthew Cowan as celebrant. Burial was in Maple Hill Cemetery in Cadillac.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Stephens Catholic Church or Munson Hospice Cadillac Chapter. An online guestbook is available at

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Jacqueline L. Adams


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Jacqueline Lorraine Adams, one of Charlotte’s beloved Elementary School teachers for 33 years, passed away on March 26, 2018 in Lansing. She was born on June 26, 1934 to Bernard and Fern (Carpenter) Rhines in Eaton Rapids. She and her husband, the late Ed Adams, shared a life of love, laughter, children and grandchildren, leaving behind many memories for her beloved family. Jackie was a role model for many; known as Mom, Grannyette, or whatever Ed called her, and was so very proud of her children and grandchildren.

Jackie was a collector of teddy bears, there are hundreds, and “junk” catalogs. She loved to arrange flowers that grew in her garden around the house. She was a member of the Eaton County Historical Society, and kept track of obituaries of those who passed for the Society’s files. Her own personal genealogy research was traced back to 800 A.D. Jackie was able to recall names and stories from each of her many volumes of family names of family genealogy. Her family was amazed at her speed with deciphering, as well as her thoughtful gift buying from the various “junk catalogs.” The family’s dinner table was served with new recipes, some much better than others, but they recall being the “guinea pigs” for many meal ideas. Jackie loved to serve her food “lava hot,” and often followed meals with sugar cookies with raisins.

Jackie and Ed loved to travel around the country in their fifth wheel. They especially enjoyed spending winters at their home in Bullhead City, Ariz.

Jacqueline is survived by her daughter, Dawn Adams Miller; sons, Kevin (Diane) Adams, Kyle (Belinda) Adams; granddaughters, Annie Marie (Bill) Naylor, Erica (Nathan) Thoune, Kelsey (Jared Arras) Adams, Sidney Adams, Whitney Adams; grandson, William Donald Adams; great-grandson, Nathanael;  great-granddaughters, Sophia, Obadiah, PriscillaGrace, Catalina; siblings, Thomas (Stephanie Williams) Rhines, Patricia “Tric” Commons, Roxanne Rhines, Ranae Hilliard, Roger (Maryann) Rhines, Bernard D. Rhines.

She was preceded in death by husband, Edwin Keith Adams; and son, Evan Drew Adams.

Funeral services are Saturday, March 31, 2018 at 1 p.m. at the First Congregational Church of Charlotte, , with Pastor Phil Hobson, officiating. Interment will follow at the Maple Hill Cemetery.

If desired, the family suggests memorial contributions to The First Congregational Church of Charlotte, Eaton County Historical Society, or Charlotte Youth Bowling.

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

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William D. Womack


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William David Womack, 51, of Charlotte, passed away Saturday, March 3, 2018. He was born December 20, 1966 in Pontiac, the son of David William and Deanna Kay (Federspiel) Womack. William graduated Suma Cum Laude from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 1995 with a Bachelors of Science degree in Aeronautical Electrical Engineering. William was amazingly gifted and brilliant. From a young age he would often say or do things that amazed his parents. He could read a book and then later recite what he had read verbatim, often quoting chapter and verse. Bill was writing code for computers in the early 1980s and actually recreated a video game Asteroids on a business computer. Recently he was formatting and writing code, creating applications for smart phones, just for fun.  Bill was persistent in all things as his love of learning was fierce. He taught himself to master many different musical instruments, but especially enjoyed the guitar. Bill had obtained his single-engine VFR pilot rate and flew small aircraft around Florida, Wisconsin, Indiana and Michigan. He even began building his own single-engine aircraft. He was an avid golfer, enjoyed camping, fishing, and bringing people together for laughter and good times. He was a doting husband and father. His family was very precious to him and his children were his greatest accomplishments.

He is survived by his wife, Denise; children: Rhandel (Cheryl Mendez) Womack of Eaton Rapids, Rheed Womack of Charlotte, Rhenton Womack of Charlotte; parents, David and Deanna Womack; sister, Lisa Bruce; mother-in-law, Carol Wheelock; brother-in-law, Donovan (Debbie) Wheelock.

Bill was preceded in death by his son, David William Womack; grandparents, Leslie and Fay Federspiel, Melvin and Shirley Womack; brothers-in-law, Daniel Wheelock, Jeffrey Bruce; nephew, Grant Bruce; and father-in-law, Donuhue Wheelock.

A memorial service was held Saturday, March 24, 2018 at Burkhead-Green-Kilgo Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Rev. Fr. Dwight Ezop celebrating.

Those desiring may make contributions in Bill’s memory to Denise Womack for the furtherance of Rhenton’s education.

To view Bill’s obituary online or to leave a condolence for the family please visit

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Amanda Pearsall


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Charlotte resident Amanda Pearsall, 86, passed away peacefully March 19 in Charlotte. An Upsala College graduate, she moved to Livingston, N.J. in 1963 and founded Strawberry Hill Nursery School in 1974. Amanda was a longtime member and senior warden of St. Peter’s Church in Livingston.  She moved to Charlotte in 1988, where she was assistant director of the Charlotte Community Library and served on the board for Camp Frances.

She is survived by her sister, Dawn Vander Ploeg (Randy); brother, Wilson Cheney (Joni); children, Randy Pearsall (Josanne), Stuart Pearsall, Heather McGrath (Bill), Becky Scott (Brad), Kari Wright (Todd); and seven grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Charlotte (MI) Community Library or Children’s Specialized Hospital Foundation (NJ) for Long Term Care in memory of her granddaughter, Taylor Pearsall.

To view Amanda’s obituary online or to leave a condolence for the family, please visit

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Claras S. Collins


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Claras Selene Collins, 92, a loving mother, and grandmother, died March 28, 2018 at her home surrounded by her family. Claras was born September 23, 1925 in Union City, Tenn. to Ruby and Rosetta (Davis) Hastings. She graduated high school in Tennessee, she would later move to Michigan. On March 11, 1982 Claras married Richard Elmer Collins. Together the couple created lasting memories together rather it was going for adventures on his Harley-Davidson, enjoying flea markets, but most importantly their time spent in Florida together. Claras also enjoyed to read country western books, and also challenge her brain with Sudoku puzzles.

Claras is survived be her children, Gwen (Rick) Quinn, Sharon (Richard Jr.) Collins, Sue (Don) Goldsberry, Faye (Richie) Smith, Peggy Atkins, Wanda (Ron) Releford and Linda (Rick) Smith; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is predeceased by her husband Richard Elmer Collins Sr.; and her parents.

Friends and family are encouraged to share memories of Claras on her tribute page at

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