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Norman E. Reist

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Norman Eugene Reist, age 69, of Charlotte, died on January 20, 2020. He worked as a baker at Reist’s Bakery. No funeral services are planned at this time. Arrangements were entrusted to Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte.

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Michael G. Tappen

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Michael Glenn Tappen Jr., age 51, passed away on January 19, 2020. He was a hardworking man and a talented artist. Halloween was one of his favorite holidays. He expressed his artistry when he had the time to put together a great costume and was creative with Halloween makeup. He was born on May 7, 1968, in Cherry Point, N. C., to Michael and Mary (Schronce) Tappen.  Mike graduated from Charlotte High School in 1986 and then earned his associates degree from Baker College. He was in the Marine Corps. A very dedicated, hard-worker, Mike loved his job on the road trucking, working for a few different companies, including Michigan Packaging and Georgia Pacific. He had currently been employed by Pam Transport. Kind and thoughtful, Mike was always reaching out and finding ways to help others and was generous with his time. He had a great sense of humor but also a stubborn streak that would drive his family crazy. The pride of his life was his three daughters and his granddaughter, and he would brag about them to everyone that would listen.
Michael is survived by his daughters, Hayley, Taylor and Sydney Tappen; granddaughter, Asyria Hill; mother, Mary Tappen; and siblings, Tammy Sherman, Karen Tappen, and Cathy Troutner; his aunt, Carol Tappen, grandma, Kathryn Tappen; and former-wife and best friend Kenda Tappen.  He was predeceased by his father, Michael Glenn Tappen Sr.; grandfather, Milan Tappen; and uncle, John Tappen.
Funeral services were held January 23, 2020, at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte with Pastor Charles Jenson officiating. If desired, the family suggests memorial contributions to Eaton County Humane Society. Friends and family are encouraged to share memories of Mike on his tribute page at www.PrayFuneral.com. The family is in the care of Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

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Bruce M. Bryan

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Bruce Mac Bryan — a loving and devoted, husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather — died January 16, 2020. Bruce, age 90, was born June 23, 1929, in Charlotte, to Rex and Cecil (Hawley) Bryan. Following graduation from Charlotte High School in 1948, Bruce met Shirley Ann Parr and on July 9, 1950, they married and started their family together. Bruce lost his sweetheart of 64 years in 2015. He worked throughout his life as a grocery stock boy at the Charlotte Kroger store, and as an electrician, working for the IBEW Local 65, including a time with his own company, Maple City Electric. Bruce was the ultimate handyman, as he built three of the family homes and also a fishing cabin. There was no project that he couldn’t handle. Bruce joined the Charlotte Masonic Lodge #120 Free & Accepted Masons in 1962, serving as past master in 1969. He went into the Saladin Shrine Temple Grand Rapids in 1973, and he could be seen in many local parades riding on his mini 50 Shriner bike. He also served on the Charlotte Board of Education from 1960 to 1971. When Bruce was not serving his community, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, golf and bowling.
Bruce is survived by his daughters, Diane (Larry) Bass, Patricia (James) Bueter; grandchildren, Michael (Connie) Betts, Lisa (Jeff) Callaghan-Keefer, Nicholas (Megan) Bueter, and Joseph (Heather) Bueter; great-grandchildren, Hannah, Thomas, Emma, Elliett, Jackson, Benjamin, Jane; and sister-in-law, Shirley Bryan. Bruce was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Shirley; siblings, Ruth Grier, Dan Bryan, Beryl Wilkerson, Ned Bryan, Doris Byrnes and Joan Bryan.
A family affirmation service was held on Monday, January 20, 2020, at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte. If desired, the family suggests memorial contributions to Shriners Hospitals for Children – Chicago. Friends and family are encouraged to share memories of Bruce on his tribute page at www.PrayFuneral.com. The family is in the care of Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

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Charles Thomas Mead

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Charles Thomas Mead — a kind-hearted and giving husband, father and grandfather — of Olivet, died on Saturday, January 18, 2020, after a long battle with cancer. Charles, age 66, was born April 18, 1953, in Charlotte, to Raymond and Viola (Rowell) Mead. On November 8, 1986, Charles married his sweetheart Sharon. He worked at Carefree Factory in Charlotte in quality control for 30 years prior to their closing. Following his time at Carefree, Charles started his own handyman business called CTM Enterprise, where he worked the last 15 years. He was a devoted member of the Olivet First Assembly of God. His hobbies included bowling, watching NASCAR, cheering on the Detroit Lions, gardening and tending to his property, which included lots of mowing.
Charles is survived by his wife of 33 years, Sharon; daughter, Ariane (John) Van Iwaarden; 4 grandchildren, Mikayla, Collin, Clayton, Keghan; foster-daughters, Andrea Williams, Mia Williams; step-daughters, Dawn Howlett, Amy Reynolds, Deanna Hebenstreit; step-sons, Dan Griffin, David Griffin, Shane Wells; brother, Clifford Mead; sister, Margaret King; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents; step-daughter, Darlene Griffin; brothers, Stanley Mead, Newton Schriner, John Schriner; and sister, Rebecca Conklin.
Friends are encouraged to support Charles’ family. Funeral services are Saturday, January 25, 2020, at noon at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte with Pastor Mike Knauff officiating. Visitation will be held just prior to the service, from 11 a.m. until noon. If desired, the family suggests memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society. Friends and family are encouraged to share memories of Charles on his tribute page at www.PrayFuneral.com. The family is in the care of Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

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Dale “Sonny” Kenneth Foote, Jr.

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Dale “Sonny” Kenneth Foote, Jr., of Vermontville, died on January 17, 2020.  Dale was born on February 4, 1929, to Dale K. and Irene (Frank) Foote. Dale lived a simple life and was proud of the farm work that he did and the improvements that he made to his land throughout his life. He loved working with his tractor: planting seed and watching his crops grow. He also loved driving his semi across the country, which he did for 30 years before retiring in 1992 from Fleet Carrier of Pontiac, Mich. At home, he loved fishing in his pond with his granddaughter, Shamarr.
Westerns were a favorite of his, especially anything with Clint Eastwood. He could watch them over and over and never tire of them. He truly was a “cowboy at heart.” Dale enlisted in the Navy in 1946, serving two years on the east coast. In 1948, he married Patricia Dickey, divorcing in 1953. In 1968, he married Lorraine Grzadzinski.  Dale was a proud member of the American Legion, Fraternal Order of the Eagles and the N.R.A.
Dale is survived by his son, Ken (Anne) Foote; daughter, Charlotte Garlinger and Deborah ( Jack) Vineyard; step-daughters, Jodie (Steve) Kilpatrick and Tammi Gearhart; brothers, Raymond (Mary) Foote and Edwin (Alice) Foote; sister,  Phyllis (Leo) Trumble; 4 grandchildren, 2 step-grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, 1 step-great-grandchild and numerous nieces and nephews. Dale was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Lorraine; sisters, Barbara Hess and Pat Sayles; brother-in-law, Kendal Sayles; son-in-law, Jerry Garlinger, and step-daughter, Lauren Coddington.
Funeral services were held on Thursday, January 23, 2020, at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte with Pastor Kevin Barker officiating. Interment followed at Woodlawn Cemetery, Vermontville.  Friends and family are encouraged to share memories of Dale on his tribute page at www.PrayFuneral.com.

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Catherene Elizabeth (McCamly) McNeilly

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Catherene Elizabeth (McCamly) McNeilly, age 98, of St. Johns passed peacefully on January 11, 2020, in Charlotte.
She is survived by her four children: Gail Lyn Miller of St. Johns, David (Sharon) McNeilly of Bear Lake, Dr. Paul (Julie) McNeilly of Clare, and Cathy (Andy) Rudnitsky of Charlotte. Grandchildren include: Teri (Wey) Miller Looney, Mandy (Kyle) Miller Koop, Kelly (Dave) Miller Myers, Stacy (Mark) McNeilly Peery, Jennifer (Mark) McNeilly Novak, Meghan (Keith) McNeilly Swayman, Andrew (Kathy) McNeilly, Thomas Rudnitsky and Anna Rudnitsky.
She also has 20 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Catherene was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Gordon McNeilly; her only brother, Derrol McCamly; and son-in-law, Paul Floyd Miller.
Catherene was born on December 28, 1921, in Homer, Mich., to Myron and Ethel (Hyman) McCamly. She married Gordon Louis McNeilly on June 28, 1941. She started Michigan State University (MSU) at the age of 16, and after three years, she took time off to get married and have her family. Catherene completed her bachelor’s degree in home economics at MSU in 1969.
Her children remember her as a person who loved life, was always very kind and positive, and she always encouraged them to further their education to reach their goals. Catherene loved to travel with family and friends, and she was an avid sports fan.
To honor Catherene’s wishes, there will be no funeral. The immediate family will have a private celebration of her wonderful life. In lieu of flowers, send donations to MSU College of Education, MSU Veterinary College or the charity of your choice. Friends and family are encouraged to share memories of Catherene on her Tribute Page at www.prayfuneral.com. The family is in the care of Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

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Rhoma S. Powers

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Rhoma S. Powers, age 91 of Bellevue, entered our Lord’s Kingdom on December 17, 2019.  She was born January 11, 1928, in Crystal City, Missouri, to loving and devoted parents, Mitchell C. Smith and Mary B. (Phillips) Smith. She was a graduate of Crystal City High School and attended Central Methodist College in Missouri.
The story of Rhoma cannot be told without her beloved husband, David. Rhoma and David were part of the “Greatest Generation.” Prior to David enlisting in the United States Navy and serving in the Armed Guard during World War II, David and Rhoma had their “first date” on December 23, 1943. They celebrated that date for the next 70 years. Shortly after their first date, David told a buddy that he “was going to marry that girl someday.” David and Rhoma were married August 5, 1947.
Rhoma provided a loving home for her husband of nearly 67 years. She was a wonderful mother to their two daughters, Janice Lynn and Joan Elyce. When Rhoma retired from the health care field, she and David moved from Battle Creek to Bellevue in 1990 and built their dream retirement home, “Penny Run.” They enjoyed being closer to their grandsons, Mitch and Scott, and attended many of their sporting events. Rhoma was a member of the Bellevue Book Club, 20th Century Club, Bellevue Historical Society, Friends of Bellevue Township Library, Methodist Primetimers, and Bellevue Task Force. She and David were long-time members of Bellevue First Baptist Church (Pastor Donald Francis).
Rhoma is survived by her daughter, Joan (Parr) Powers of Bellevue. Her grandsons, Mitchell (Jennifer) Parr of Dallas, Texas and Scott David Parr of Beijing, China. She is also survived by her son-in-law, Dennis (Nancy) Rewa; grandsons, Ben Rewa and Joey Rewa and granddaughter, Kelli (Brady) Hustad; seven great grandchildren and sisters-in-law, Judith (Joe) Powers and Beverly (Dick) Bueker and four nephews and one niece.
She was preceded in death by her infant sister, Norma Jean; her loving daughter, Janice (Denny) Rewa and her beloved husband, David Lynn Powers.
Cremation has taken place and a private memorial service is being arranged. In her final days, Rhoma said “don’t be sad when I die, I have had a wonderful journey.”
Arrangements were entrusted to Kempf Family Funeral and Cremation Services in Marshall. Visit kempffuneral.com to see the online obituary, sign the online guest book or leave condolences to the family.

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Judith “Judi” Chloe Barkley

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Judith “Judi” Chloe Barkley, age 80, of Olivet, went to be with her Lord on Friday, January 10, 2020, at home surrounded by her loving family. Judi was born on December 15, 1939, to Earl Hainline and Blanche (Martin) Hainline-Sayat, in Battle Creek. She graduated from Lansing Everett High School.
Judi married Jack L. Barkley on April 11, 1988, in Potterville. She was a dental office manager in the Lansing area for over 20 years, retiring in 1995. Judi was a faithful, active member of City on a Hill Community Church in Olivet and volunteered for Meals on Wheels and with Hospice in the Charlotte area.
She was an outdoor-loving person — including gardening, tending to her flowers, hunting (particularly turkey hunting), fishing and traveling. She believed that she was catering for Christ through the church and would help anyone in need.
Judi had a special love for her family and especially her grandchildren. The best way to sum up Judi’s life is that, “She didn’t let grass grow under her feet.” Judi is survived by her husband Jack; her daughters, Brenda (Robert Kubiak) Jones of Kalamazoo and Shannon (John) Freeman of Leslie; her grandchildren, Ashley (Cecil) Singh, Paige Jones and Chad Jones; and her sister, Joan Sweet of New Port Richey, Fla. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother Gordon Hainline.
Funeral services were held on Monday, January 13, 2020, at City on a Hill Community Church in Olivet with Pastor Steve Byrens officiating. Interment was at Bosworth Cemetery in Olivet. Arrangements were entrusted to Kempf Family Funeral and Cremation Services, 723 US Hwy. 27 N. in Marshall. Visit www.kempffuneralhome.com to view the online guest book or leave condolences to the family. Memorial contributions may be directed to City on a Hill Community Church, 206 N. Main St., Olivet MI 49076.

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Maxine Robertson

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Maxine Roberston, age 95, of Eaton Rapids, passed away on Sunday, January 12, 2020. Maxine was born on May 8, 1924, in Eaton Rapids, the daughter of Wayne and Millie (Kikendall) Jeffery.
She attended Eaton Rapids schools, graduating class of 1942, and went on to attend Sparrow Nursing School, where she graduated in 1945. Maxine worked for the Stimson Hospital and the VFW National Home as a nurse in the 1950s before the current Eaton Rapids Medical Center was built, where she worked from 1957 to 1999. She worked in many departments of the hospital, including as the head of surgery.
Maxine was very involved in 4-H as a child, where she won the award for a Victory Garden and took her buttermilk biscuits to the state fair in Detroit. She enjoyed participating in the Ingham County Fair, regularly entering over 100 items a year. She loved to bake and to work in her garden and would often share her talents with the neighborhood in the form of flowers and her famous apple pie. Maxine enjoyed sewing, embroidery, jigsaw puzzles and playing Dr. Mario. She was a lifetime member of the Robbins United Methodist Church.
Maxine is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Charles Robertson; grandson, Jacob Robertson; sister, Thelma Rich; and brother, Lyle Jeffery.
Surviving are her children; Judy Morrill, Rodney (Doris) Robertson, Roger (Rosemarie) Robertson, Janet (Steve) Peters, Joyce Robertson; six grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; sister, Audrey Olson; and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 18, 2020, at Robbins United Methodist Church. The family was scheduled to receive friends at Skinner Funeral Home, in Eaton Rapids, on Friday, January 17, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., as well as on Saturday, one hour prior to the service at the church. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Rapids Medical Center in memory of Maxine. To share memories or condolences, visit www.SkinnerFuneralHomes.com.

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Helen Louise Wood

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Helen Louise Wood, the lady whose blue eyes lit up a room, died January 9, 2020, at the age of 86. Helen always had a smile and was very outgoing and friendly with everyone she met. A General Motors worker, she retired after 29 years there and then worked in home healthcare at the Delta Retirement home. Helen loved to travel, with her favorite destination for many years being St. Ignace in Michigan’s UP. Her most recent trip was to Tennessee, which was a great place to visit with her love of country music. In her spare time, she enjoyed going to the casino to play slots, playing bingo, word searches and crocheting. Especially proud of her family, Helen loved going to all of her granddaughter’s sporting events to watch and cheer her on.
Helen was born April 8, 1933, in Carson City, Mich., to Andrew and Mable (Navin) Cunningham.  She was predeceased by her parents; ex-husband, Morris Wood; and by her siblings, Marjorie Seibold, Leonard Cunningham, Russell Dailey, and Bill Dailey; family friends, Gordon and Sandy Fyan.  Helen will be dearly missed by her children, Jackie Meyers and Israel “Pat” Wood, granddaughter, Onika Meyers; and siblings Dorothy Stoddard, Jack (Janet) Dailey, and Bernard (Vicki) Dailey; and many nieces and nephews.
Friends are encouraged to support Helen Wood’s family at a memorial visitation. Visitation is Wednesday, January 15, 2020, 2-4 p.m. at Pray Funeral Home. If desired, the family suggests memorial contributions to Eaton County Health and Rehabilitation Services recreation fund. Friends and family are encouraged to share memories of Helen on her Tribute Page at www.PrayFuneral.com.  The family is in the care of Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.

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