Nellie M. (Weisenberg) Schmidt
Nellie Margaret (Weisenberg) Schmidt, 87, of Charlotte, a woman of unconditional love and generosity, was welcomed into the arms of Jesus on Sunday, December 9, 2018 in Grand Ledge, lovingly surrounded by her family. Nellie was born January 16, 1931 in Lansing, the daughter of Voigt and Hazel (Mapes) Mathews. She graduated from Lansing Eastern High School in 1948 before marrying Elmer Joseph Weisenberg on February 11, 1949, and settling into family life. Nellie and Elmer enjoyed 31 years of marriage until his death in 1980. Nellie was an active mother, engaging in the PTA and Girl Scouts. She worked hard to always support her children and grandchildren, as well as managing her career as a fiscal analyst for the National Guard, State of Michigan Department of Military Affairs, retiring in 1991. Nellie married Harry Norman Schmidt on June 3, 2005 and the two were married 12 years until his death in 2017. Nellie served her community in many ways, including reigning as Queen of the Red Hat Society and actively volunteering at the Eaton Area Senior Center, where she was often seen in the kitchen. Nellie’s fried chicken was legendary, as was all of her cooking and her abilities as a seamstress, crafter and gardener. Above all, Nellie’s legacy as a loving mother and grandmother will be cherished by many.
Nellie is survived by her children, Carol (Robert) Horness, Conni (Douglas) Artin, Cindy (J.J.) Jackson, and David (Paulette) Weisenberg; step-son, Harry E. Schmidt; 22 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; nine great great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her first husband, Elmer; second husband, Harry; and all five of her siblings.
Friends are encouraged to support Nellie’s family at visitation and funeral services. Funeral services are at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 15, 2018 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Pastor Brad Dyrness officiating. Visitation was from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, December 14, 2018 at the funeral home.
If desired, the family suggests memorial contributions to Heartland Hospice or Fairview Grand AFC.
Friends and family are encouraged to share memories of Nellie on her tribute page at PrayFuneral.com.Read More
William R. Sutherland
William “Bill” R. Sutherland, 83, of Charlotte, passed away Sunday, December 2, 2018. He was born May 7, 1935, in Lansing, the son of Frank and Doris (Rose) Sutherland. Bill graduated from Charlotte High School in 1953. He then went on to earn his bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and his master’s degree in music education from VanderCook College of Music in Chicago. On June 8, 1963, Bill married the love of his life Charlene L. Dahn at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Bay City. Bill went on to teach music at Linden High School for 18 years and later retired from Charlotte High School after 14 years of serving as the band director. He served as the president of MSBOA for many years. Bill was honored to be chosen as Teacher of the Year by MSBOA. He also served as the organist for the Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church for many years and played in numerous musical groups. Bill loved his job and never considered it a burden. He thought of it as more of a hobby. Bill cherished his students and took great interest in each and every one he was able to mentor.
Bill is survived by his wife of 55 years, Charlene; children, Brian Sutherland of Bay City, Leslie A. Gifford of Lansing, grandchildren, Alexander Sutherland, Amelia Sutherland; mother, Doris Sutherland of Charlotte; siblings, Dick (Jan) Sutherland of Coldwater, Dorene (Jim) Woolworth of Edmore; and numerous cherished friends and students.
He was preceded in death by his father, Frank Sutherland; and brother, Bradford Sutherland.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 11 a.m. at the Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church, with Rev. Gary Wales officiating. The family received friends on Friday, December 7, 2018, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Burkhead-Green-Kilgo Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the church.
Those desiring, may make contributions in Bill’s memory to the Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church, 210 E. Lawrence Ave., Charlotte, MI 48813 or Eaton Community Palliative Care, 2675 S. Cochran Rd., Charlotte, MI 48813.
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Cheryl D. Tabor
Heaven gained another angel, Cheryl Darlene Tabor, 69, of Charlotte, on November 30, 2018. She was born on June 24, 1949, to William C. Bowers and Lorene Locklear (Detherage) in Detroit. Cheryl will be remembered most for her selfless personality, and as a faithful witness and prayer warrior for her family and friends. She has been a devoted member of the Real Life Church in Charlotte, and shared her Godly spirit generously. She loved all people and was loved by all. She enjoyed being artistic and crafting time; gardening, reading, and attending church. She loved her family and the home that was created with them.
She was employed as a press operator at John Henry Multi-Packaging Solutions and retired in 2015.
Cheryl is survived by her husband, Mike; son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Shelly Ballard; grandchildren, Tyler and Jesse Ballard; brother and sister-in-law, William and Patti Bowers; and much loved pets, Daisy and Louie. She was preceded in death by her father, William Bowers and mother, Lorene Locklear.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at Real Life Church in Charlotte, with Pastor Andy Shaver officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, or Real Life Church.
Friends and family are encouraged to share memories and condolences on Cheryl’s tribute page at PrayFuneral.com.Read More
Diane K. Brammer
Diane Kay Brammer, 70, formerly of Charlotte, died peacefully on Sunday, December 2, 2018 in Marshall. Diane was born September 15, 1948, the daughter of George and Barbara (Lewellyn) Radee. In her early years, Diane loved being outdoors in the sunlight and dancing. She married Phillip Brammer, and the two lived in countless places throughout the country as they followed Phil’s career with Owens-Illinois. Diane also worked 10 years with the company in Charlotte, before settling in to raise their daughters. Phil’s coworkers always looked forward to Diane’s delicious baked goods. She was a talented cook and enjoyed crafting and fishing. In their retirement, Diane and Phil spent years in Texas, Florida, and their final years in Charlotte. They enjoyed family time vacationing all across the country and visiting the many friends from their past hometowns. Above all, Diane loved her family.
Diane is survived by her loving daughters, Tonya Clough of Climax and Cindy Trumble of Fort Collins, Colo.; two grandsons, Davey Clough and Eric Trumble; sister, Vicki Wright; brothers, Toby (Rhonda) Radee and George (Kathy) Radee; and several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband, Phillip Brammer in 2017, and her parents.
A memorial service was held Thursday, December 6, 2018 at First Baptist Church of Charlotte, with Ray Black officiating.
If desired, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Michigan Parkinson’s Foundation or the Dementia Society of America.
Friends and family are encouraged to share memories of Diane on her tribute page at PrayFuneral.com.Read More
Gary G. Carrick
Gary G. Carrick, 77, of Charlotte, passed away Thursday, November 29, 2018, at his home. He was born February 24, 1941, in Houghton Lake, the son of Guy and Alice Carrick. Gary graduated from Houghton Lake High School in 1959. He then went on to move to Lansing. During his life Gary worked at many different jobs. He worked as a code enforcement officer for the City of Lansing, as a firefighter for the City of Lansing, and as a union bricklayer. Gary was an avid outdoorsman. He loved hunting, fishing, and canoeing.
Gary is survived by his daughter, Jamie Carrick of Charlotte; son, Timothy (Rebecca) Carrick of Lansing; four grandchildren; and sisters, Sharon Kravat and Gwen Wise.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Delores Fuller Carrick; and three sisters.
In keeping with Gary’s wishes, cremation has taken place and no services will be held.
Those desiring may make contributions in Gary’s honor to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
To view Gary’s obituary online or to leave a condolence for the family please visit burkhead-greenfuneralhome.com.Read More
Gary J. Frace
Gary Joseph Frace died peacefully on December 1, 2018 surrounded by family at his home in Grand Ledge. He was born October 8, 1936 to Joseph N. and Alta Ree (Lawhead) Frace at Hayes Green Beech hospital in Charlotte. Following his graduation from Charlotte High School in 1954, he continued his education at Ferris Institute (Ferris State University), earning a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy in 1960. While at Ferris he was a member of the pharmacy fraternity Kappa Psi. He served his country for two years in the United States Army Medical Division stationed in Missouri, Ill. and Germany. After leaving the Armed Forces with a commendable record, employment awaited his return to Charlotte at Brown’s Pharmacy. He later relocated his young family to Grand Ledge where he was co-owner of Grand Pharmacy. Gary was active in the community in addition to being a member and past president of the Grand Ledge Chamber of Commerce and the Grand Ledge Parking Authority. He was also a member of the Michigan Pharmacists Association, Arizona Pharmacy Association and past president of the Capital Area Pharmacists Association.
He enjoyed reading, fishing, music, cars, cherry pie, recycling and in 2003, fulfilled a dream of running with the bulls at the fiesta of San Fermín in Pamplona, Spain.
Gary is survived by his wife of 54 years, Janiece (Snyder) Frace; children, Marcella (Thomas Alexander), Mercedes and Weston (Beth); and two grandchildren, Liza Josephine and Julius Frace.
A visitation to celebrate Gary’s life will be held Friday, December 14, 2018, from 3 to 8 p.m. at Peters & Murray Funeral Home in Grand Ledge.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Sparrow Hospice Services, online at sparrowfoundation.org/sslpage.aspx?pid=298, select “Hospice” as the Designation or contact the Sparrow Foundation at (517) 364-3620, or a public library of your choice. Envelopes will be provided at the funeral home.
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Ellen J. Bishop
Ellen Joan Bishop, 77, of Olivet, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Saturday, December 1, 2018, at her home with her family by her side. She was born August 27, 1941 in Jackson, the daughter of Ivan and Eleanor (Coats) Strohm. While growing up, Joan attended school in both Olivet and Charlotte. She went on to graduate from Charlotte High School in 1959. On December 30, 1977, Joan married Alan Bishop in Olivet. They were blessed with 40 years of marriage. Family was very important to Joan. She adored all her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Joan loved spending time together with them. She also enjoyed playing cards, fishing, dancing, and singing. Joan was a devoted member of the West Carmel Congregational Church.
Joan is survived by her children, Sharon and Jack Irons of Mendon, Ann and Bill Lundy of Byron Center, Harry and Tracy Reynolds Jr. of Olivet, Michael and Linda Reynolds of Olivet, Lane Bishop of Olivet, Todd Bishop of Olivet, Sheila McLean of Olivet; 15 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; brother, Kenneth Strohm of Vassar; sister-in-law, Cheryl Church of Lewiston; brothers-in-law, Ron and Dianna Bishop, Ted and Judy Bishop, John and Donna Bishop; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Alan; daughter, Mary Reynolds; and siblings, Allen Strohm and Carole Scott.
A memorial service was held on Thursday, December 6, 2018, at Burkhead-Green-Kilgo Funeral Home, with Pastors Darwin Kuhl and Charles Jenson officiating. Inurnment followed at Bosworth Cemetery.
Those desiring, may make contributions in Joan’s honor to the West Carmel Congregational Church or Great Lakes Caring Hospice.
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Jacob P. Hanley
Jacob Parker Hanley, 31, of Marshall, passed away Monday, November 26, 2018. He was born November 18, 1987, in Lansing, the son of Patrick and Jane (Briggs) Hanley. Jake graduated from Olivet High School in 2006, where he played in the band and on the football team. He worked for Ralston Foods in Battle Creek as a Mill Operator. Jake enjoyed all things outdoors. Whether it was hunting, fishing, disc golf, kayaking, or tubing down the river, Jake enjoyed it all. He also had a passion for music, with a special love for Metallica.
Jake is survived by his parents, Jane (Dennis) Trestain of Millersburg, Mich., Patrick (Anissa) Hanley of Charlotte; sisters, Ally Hanley of Marshall, Samantha (Chad) Crabtree of Potterville; nieces, Lillian and April Mix; nephews, Reece and Wyatt Wilson; step-siblings, Damon Trestain, Leia (Mike) Wilson; grandparents, Glenn and Patricia Briggs.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Hubert and Caryl Hanley; and niece, Lana Wilson.
Funeral services were held on Friday, November 30, 2018, at 11 a.m. at Burkhead-Green-Kilgo Funeral Home, with Pastor Steve Byrens officiating.
Those desiring may make contributions in Jake’s honor to the Olivet High School Band or Wounded Warrior Project.Read More
Ravis M. Hampton
Ravis “Ray” Matthew Hampton, 85, of Charlotte, died Friday, November 23, 2018 in Lansing. Ray was born September 30, 1933 in Paragould, Ark., the son of Amsey and Ethel (Morgan) Hampton. He moved to Michigan, where he worked on the line for General Motors for 32 years, retiring in 1988. On April 15, 1971, Ray married Carol Noble, and the two enjoyed travelling together. They lived in Arkansas and Kentucky after retirement, and eventually settled back in Michigan. Ray loved the outdoors. He meticulously cared for the lawn, and enjoyed trips to Montana deer hunting. His greatest passion was fishing. He made many of his own rods and lures throughout the years.
Ray is survived by his wife of 47 years, Carol Hampton of Charlotte; daughter, Michelle Hampton-Beard of Tyler, Texas; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He is predeceased by his brothers and sisters.
A private interment will take place in Kentucky at a later date. If desired, the family suggests memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society. Friends and family are encouraged to share memories of Ray on his tribute page at PrayFuneral.com.Read More
Mary A. Williams
Mary A. Williams, 72, of Charlotte, passed away Sunday, November 25, 2018, at the Dimondale Center. She was born September 5, 1946, in Charlotte the daughter of Elmer and Alice (Ward) Conard. Mary graduated from Charlotte High School in 1964 and then went on to graduate from Jackson Business University in 1966. Mary married Allen H. Williams on September 27, 1984. She retired after 19 years of service as a bookkeeper for Quality Dairy in Lansing. Mary spent the last several years of her life living at the Dimondale Center. She was a kind and compassionate lady who always put others first in her life. Mary was an advocate for her fellow residence and took great pride in her position. Mary was a life member of the VFW Maple City Post #2406 Ladies Auxiliary.
Mary is survived by her cousins, Sue Hardy of Kalamazoo, Pat Conard of Eaton Rapids; numerous second cousins; step-children, Suzanne and Mary; step-grandchildren, Veronica and Marty.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Allen; and stepdaughter, Patricia.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, December 1, 2018, at 1 p.m. at Burkhead-Green-Kilgo Funeral Home, with Rev. Gary Wales officiating. The family will receive friends from noon to 1 p.m. on Saturday, just prior to the service. Interment will take place at Maple Hill Cemetery.
Those desiring may make contributions in Mary’s honor to the VFW Maple City Post #2406, 695 Lansing Road, Charlotte, MI 48813 or the American Cancer Society.
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