Joan C. Minick
Joan Christine Minick, 81 of Charlotte, a wonderful homemaker with a great sense of humor, died March 31, 2019. She was born July 21, 1937 in Detroit to John V. and Genevieve (Dobies) Sulga, Joan grew up on a dairy farm, and learned to love animals, especially horses, during her younger years. In 1956 she married Michael Minick and they raised four children together. While Joan was primarily a homemaker, she also worked as a bookkeeper at Farm Bureau, and worked at a radio station in northern Michigan. Very talented in the kitchen, Joan made everything from scratch, including: noodles, potato dumplings, many polish recipes, and the best Christmas cookies. Additionally, she always had a beautiful garden and canned her own vegetables. In her spare time, Joan enjoyed playing Bingo, going to the casino, solving crossword puzzles, playing computer games, and spoiling her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Joan is survived by her daughters, Michele (Robert) Bashore, Cathy Cole, Marie (Michael) McPhee; son, Tom Minick; nine grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren; aunt, Jane Dobies; and extended family member, Randy Cook.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Michael; as well as her parents.
A Memorial Gathering was held on Friday, April 5, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte.
If desired, memorial contributions are suggested to the Capital Area Humane Society. Friends and family are asked to share memories of Joan on her tribute page at PrayFuneral.com.Read More
Margaret A. Mead
Margaret Ann Mead, 90, of Bellevue, passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 31, 2019 at The Flower House Care Home in Nashville, following a short illness. Ann was born on August 29, 1928 in Battle Creek to William and Ruth (Arnett) McCutcheon. She graduated from Bellevue High School in 1946. On June 11, 1949 she married Verness L. Mead in Bellevue at the Bellevue United Methodist Church. He preceded her in death on August 6, 2006.
Ann started working for Michigan Bell Company as a switchboard operator for 16 years and then in Charlotte for the Sears and Roebuck Catalog for almost 25 years. She later retired in 1986 from the Sears Store in Battle Creek after working for a total of 30 years for Sears and Roebuck Company. Ann was a member of the Bellevue United Methodist Church, the Bellevue United Methodist Women, Bellevue Historical Society, the Etcetera Club, the Kalamo Order of the Eastern Star, and the Leila Hospital Auxiliary. She also sold Avon products for 35 years. Ann enjoyed traveling, reading and gardening. She enjoyed being busy and out and about with her friends. She especially enjoyed time spent with her granddaughters. Ann was an avid fan of the Detroit Tigers, Michigan State University Spartans, The Ohio State University Buckeyes and Kent State University Women’s Lacrosse.
She is survived by her children, Sherri (Randy) Gardner of Bellevue and Dean (Jamie) Mead of Upper Arlington, Ohio; grandchildren, Brittany (Steve) Gardner-Schofield of Royal Oak, Caroline Mead and Madeline Mead both of Upper Arlington, Ohio; half siblings, Janice McCutcheon and Tim (Linda) McCutcheon both of California; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.
Family greeted friends on Wednesday, April 3, 2019 from 1-2pm at the Bellevue Chapel of the Kempf Family Funeral and Cremation Services 205 North Elizabeth Street Bellevue. Funeral services followed, with Pastor Brad Gardner officiating. Family gathered with friends following the services at the Bellevue United Methodist Church.
Memorial contributions are requested to The Flower House Care Home in Nashville.
Assistance with memorials is available at the Kempf Family Funeral and Cremation Services. Leave a personal message for the family and sign the online guestbook at kempffuneralhome.com.Read More
Esther V. Homan
Esther Viola Homan, 80, of Bushnell, Fla., formerly of Charlotte, passed away Monday, April 1, 2019. She was born May 7, 1938, in Charlotte, the daughter of Jay and Mary (Salter) Homan. Esther was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She adored her family and loved spending time together. She was a passionate gardener who had a special affinity for lilacs. Esther also enjoyed genealogy, crocheting, and puzzles.
Esther is survived by her children, Cheryl (Alan) Sebastian of Marshall, Richard (Christine) Clark of Floral City, Fla., Connie (Martin) Kill of Olivet, Daniel Clark of Charlotte, Penny (Nina) Clark of Bushnell, Fla.; 21 grandchildren, 50 great-grandchildren; one great great-grandchild; and five siblings.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles H. Clark in 2017; daughter, Julie Ann Clark in 2006; one grandson; one great-granddaughter; and five siblings.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 6, 2019, at 11 a.m. at Burkhead-Green-Kilgo Funeral Home, with Pastor Charles Jenson officiating. The family received friends on Friday, April 5, 2019, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment will take place at Millerburg Cemetery.
Those desiring, may make contributions in Esther’s honor to the American Heart Association.
To view Esther’s obituary online or to leave a condolence for the family please visit burkhead-greenfuneralhome.com.Read More
Joyce A. Sparks
Joyce Ann Sparks, an inspiration to live life to the fullest (many referred to her as the original energizer bunny), 86, of Charlotte died peacefully on Monday, April 1, 2019 in Charlotte. Joyce was born April 11, 1932, in Battle Creek, the oldest of the three children of Arthur and Hazel (Berry) Schenck. She graduated from Olivet High School and then received her music degree at Michigan State College (now MSU). She met her sweetheart, Kenneth Sparks, and he proposed to her at the MSC stack. They were married July 11, 1953 and together they raised five children. Joyce worked at Schuler’s restaurant for 11 years, taught music at Olivet College and taught private piano lessons to half the town of Charlotte for many years. Joyce was an active, dedicated and enthusiastic leader and participant in many local groups. She was the original pianist and sang in the Charlotte Women’s Club Choir; member of the General Federation of Women’s Club Charlotte Chapter for over 40 years and was elected President and nominated GFWC Charlotte Club Woman of the Year in 2000. She served as Secretary of the Reading Is Fun Committee Program, participated in the City Beautification Program, where she planted thousands of flowers downtown; attended Health by Design for 20 years and volunteered time delivering Mobile Meals. Ken and Joyce were members of the Charlotte County Club, and the First Congregational Church. Joyce chaired the “Driving Crew” for take-out meals for the church’s annual bazaar.
Joyce enjoyed going to the Michigan State football games with friends and loved snow skiing, snowmobiling, dancing, golfing, walking, exercising and working outdoors. She and Ken visited every state and traveled the world together and with their many friends. She very much enjoyed time spent with family especially when all of them including grandchildren went on a seven-day cruise. She loved playing cards and was a member of a bridge club in Charlotte for 50 years.
Joyce is survived by her children, Jennie (Tom) Richardson, Jodie Leeser, Kent (Susan) Sparks, Kurk Sparks and Judie (John) Bridleman; 11 grandchildren, Jeffrey (Amber) Richardson, Kirsten (Curtis) Wondra, Kyle (Sarah) Leeser, Jay Sparks, Sophia Sparks, Kevin Sparks, Kali Sparks, Kaci Sparks, Kyan Sparks, Jacob Bridleman, Jordan Bridleman; great-grandchildren, Brock, Ella, Colton and Aubrie Wondra, Jace Richardson; brother, Lyle (Darlene) Schenck.
She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Kenneth N. Sparks; and her sister, Sally Dowding.
Friends are encouraged to support Joyce’s family at visitation and funeral services. Funeral services are April 6, 2019, at 11 a.m. at First Congregational Church in Charlotte, with Pastor Curtis Demars-Johnson officiating. Visitation was Friday, April 5, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m., at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte.
If desired, the family suggests memorial contributions to Sensations Memory Care or First Congregational Church of Charlotte.
Friends and family are encouraged to share memories of Joyce on her tribute page at PrayFuneral.com.Read More
Debra S. Wolf
Debra Sue Wolf of Springport passed away March 29, 2019 at the age of 64. Debra was born in Albion, December 23, 1954, the daughter of Albert and Virginia (Parker) Taylor. She graduated as Valedictorian from Springport High School Class of 1973, played the clarinet in the band and worked for Triangle Plumbing for 46 years. Debra was a member of the VFW auxiliary in Springport, was an avid reader, enjoyed gardening, knitting, crocheting and being at the lake.
She is survived by her husband, Sanford Wolf; brother, Chris (Kristin) Taylor of Charlotte; several nieces and nephews.
Debra was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Mitch and Stan Taylor.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at Mills Funeral Home, Shelly-Odell Chapel in Eaton Rapids. Those desiring, may make memorial contributions to the VFW in Springport or the Hospice of choice.
Please visit millsfuneral.com to leave online condolences.Read More
Corrina E. Bates
Loving wife, mother, daughter, sister, grandmother, an aunt, Corrina Ellen (Rogers) Bates was born September 25, 1956 to the late Edward and Marjorie Rogers. She graduated from Lansing Eastern High School, there she met her high school sweetheart, Larry Bates. They were married in 1976, and shared 42 amazing years together. She worked at Whitehills Healthcare Center as a CNA for 15 years, and finished her career as the Activity Director.
She was a devoted member of Crossroads United Brethren Church of Charlotte, for many years. She accepted Jesus when she was very young. She enjoyed camping, spending time with her family, arts and crafts, and had a love for collecting and painting rocks.
Leaving to cherish her memory, is her mother-in-law, Dorothy Bates; siblings, Eddie Rogers, Bill (Gayle) Rogers, Doug (Deb) Rogers, Wanda (Jeff) Bancroft; and sister-in-law, Robin (Ken) Hill; children, Timothy (Nikki) Bates, Christina Gentilozzi, Victoria (Anthony) Singleterry, Ricky(Skylar) Bates, Heavenly Bates; grandchildren, Trenton, Sedric, Emmalee, Paige, Jeremiah, Logan, Gabriella, Oliver, Alyssa, Esmeralda, and several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her father, Edward Rogers Sr. and mother Marjorie Ellen Rogers; father-in-law, Jerry Bates; and her husband Larry Bates.
In lieu of flowers, the family is asking donations to be made to McLaren Hospice
The family would like to say “thank you” to Missy and Kim, and the staff from McLaren Hospice, for their heartfelt care. A special ‘Thank you’ to her special care giver, Nikki.
The family will be holding a memorial service, officiated by Pastor Michael Arnold, followed by a luncheon in honor of Corrina on Sunday, April 14, 2019, at 2 p.m. at the Eaton Area Senior Center, located at 804 S. Cochran Avenue in Charlotte.Read More
Evelyn E. Cutter
Evelyn Eleanor King Cutter, 83, loved the Lord and treasured her husband, Gilbert, who she is now walking in heaven with. She spent most of her life in Charlotte and died March 29, 2019. Evelyn was born in Buhl, Idaho on March 24, 1936 to Clarence and Ireta King. Evelyn graduated from Eastern High School in Lansing. She met her sweetheart, Gilbert Cutter, at Miller Road Bible Church where they married on August 28, 1954. They built their home in Charlotte, and raised four children. Evelyn was active at the Charlotte First Baptist Church where she taught Sunday School, served on the deaconess board and worked with the bereavement committee. After working the swing shift at Owens/Illinois for 20 years, Evelyn retired and enjoyed antiquing, shopping and traveling with her husband.
Evelyn wanted everyone to know three things. She loved her God, she loved her husband and she loved her children.
Greeting her in heaven are her parents, Clarence and Ireta; her beloved husband, Gilbert; her half-brother, Charles King; and her granddaughter, Ruth Cutter.
Left to celebrate her life are her sisters, Pearl Johnson and Alberta Wilmore; her children, Brenda (James) Caplan, Steven (Sue) Cutter, Lynda (Darrell) Moster, Ken (Debra) Cutter; nine grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren; along with several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services are Saturday, April 6, 2019, at 11 a.m. at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Pastor Ray Black officiating. Visitation is Saturday, April 6, 2019 from 9 to 11 a.m. just prior to the service.
If desired, the family suggests memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society or Alzheimer’s Association.
Friends and family are encouraged to share memories of Evelyn on her tribute page at PrayFuneral.com.Read More
Donald L. Stiver, Jr.
Donald L. Stiver, Jr., 75, of Merritt Island, Fla., passed away March 31, 2019. He was born June 9, 1943, in Alexandria, La., to the late Donald, Sr. and Ann Stiver. Donald graduated from Charlotte High School, and then attended Michigan State University. He then enlisted in the United States Army, served a tour in Vietnam, and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel after 20 years of honorable service. While in the Army, he attended the Navy Test Pilot School. After retirement he was an avid airplane builder and pilot as a member of the Experimental Aviation Association. He received his bachelor’s degree in economics from St. Martin’s University and his master’s in systems management from USC. After his career in the Army, Donald worked for several government contractors (FMC, Lockheed Martin and DRS).
He is survived by his wife, Phyllis; children, Carri F. (James) Grady of Viera, Fla., and Sarah C. Stiver of Alpharetta, Ga.; grandchildren, Katherine E. Banks-Smith (Travis) and Matthew D. Banks. Donald has one brother and three sisters.
The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at noon on Saturday, April 6, 2019, at St. Mary Cathedral in Lansing. The Rite of Committal will follow in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Lansing. His family will receive friends beginning at 11:30 a.m. at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Arrangements are by the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel. Online condolences may be left for his family at EstesLeadley.com.Read More
Ellen C. Kays
Ellen Christie Kays passed away on April 2, 2019 at Pardee Hospital in Hendersonville, N.C., following a short illness. Ellen was born June 22, 1934 in Dowagiac, to Arthur and Hazel Moore Kays, who predeceased her, as did her brother, Morey Kays.
Ellen spent the majority of her life in Lansing before moving to Hendersonville in 2014. She dearly loved the State of Michigan and her two cats, Taco and Lollipop.
Ellen was a legal secretary for some years but spent most of her career in the office of the Governor of Michigan.
She is survived by her sister, Beth (John) Saurer, of Englewood, Fla.; brother, Paul Kays of Hendersonville; and sister-in-law, Neva Kays of Harbour Heights, Fla.; plus several nieces and nephews.
Ellen’s life will be honored with a graveside service at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9, 2018.
In lieu of fowers, the family requests donations to Best Friends Animal Society at bestfriends.org.Read More
Aleta B. VanAuken
Aleta B. VanAuken, 98, of Vermontville, died Sunday, March 10, 2019 at her home. Aleta was born in Battle Creek on September 10, 1920, the daughter of the late Alston and Beatrice (Harrington) Penfold. She was raised in the Battle Creek, and attended local schools there. Her family relocated to the Nashville area while she was in high school, and she graduated from W.K. Kellogg High School in 1939.
Aleta spent her working career at Kellogg’s, where she served the company in many capacities throughout the years. The majority of her career, however, Aleta worked in the shipping and packing departments, retiring in 1981 after 26 Years with the company. Along with her husband Donald, the couple enjoyed fishing, gardening, and traveling together. Aleta was also an extremely talented seamstress, who enjoyed making clothing for her family.
Aleta is survived by her daughter, Tina Miracle; son, Tom (Teresha) VanAuken; sister, Thelma Linsley; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Donald; sons, Donnie and Terry VanAuken; son in-law, Dennis; and brother-in-law, Lloyd Linsley
Funeral Services were held at The Daniels Funeral Home in Nashville on Saturday, March 16, 2019, with Pastor Joe Benedict officiating. Interment took place immediately following the funeral service in Wilcox Cemetery in Nashville.
Memorial contributions can be made to the family of Aleta VanAuken.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Daniels Funeral Home in Nashville. For further details, please visit danielsfuneralhome.net,