Gene Studley

Studley, Elmer “Gene”

5/31/1930 – 12/20/2014Gene Studley

Elmer Eugene “Gene” Studley, 84 of rural Hubbardston passed away on Saturday, December 20, 2014 at the Carson City Hospital. He was born on May 31, 1930 in Greenville, the son of James R. & Faye L. (Wright) Studley.

Gene was married to Patricia Crampton on April 17, 1987 and she has preceded him in death on September 10, 2013. Also preceding him were his parents, two brothers, James & Roland Studley and a sister, Myra DeWeese.

Surviving Gene are three children, Kathy & Marlon Strickler of Connellsville, PA, Roland & Teresa Studley of Hobart, IN, Kevin Studley of Hubbardston, three step children, Rona Bartholomew of Crystal, Amy Barnes-Endres of Mason, Patrick Barnes of Lansing, 10 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, a brother, Duane Studley of Holt and several nieces and nephews.

Gene was a longtime resident of the Vickeryville/Hubbardston areas and one who enjoyed being outdoors. He was a US Navy veteran of the Korean era and a member of the American Legion in Carson City.

A memorial service beginning at 11:00 AM will be held on Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at the Simpson Family Funeral Home in Sheridan with Pastor Kenneth Harger officiating. Final interment will be at the Evergreen Cemetery in Sheridan.

In keeping with Gene’s wishes, there will not be any visitation held as cremation has already taken place.

The family has suggested for those desiring to do so that memorial considerations can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project. There will be envelopes available at the funeral home or you can go online to www.joinwwp.com for more information.

Janice O'Berry

O’Berry, Janice

10/15/1947 – 12/15/2014Janice O'Berry

Janice E. O’Berry, age 67 of Fenwick passed away unexpectedly at her home on Monday, December 15, 2014.  She was born on October 15, 1947, in Greenville, the daughter of Carl & Dorothy (Frisbie) Greenhoe.  Both parents have preceded her in death along with a brother, a nephew, two sisters in law and three brothers in law.

On September 18, 1965, Janice was married to Merlin O’Berry and he survives in addition to their children, Shelley & Mike Wheeler of Sheridan, Angela & Scott Davis of Ionia, Marcy & Mac McDaniel of Crystal, four grandchildren, one sister, Carlene Tank of Battle Creek, two sisters in law, Eleanor Lane of Sheridan, Colleen Greenhoe of Bellevue, a brother in law, Wayne Young of Dansville, MI and several nieces & nephews.

Janice has been a lifelong resident of the Fenwick area and was a member of the Evergreen Free Methodist Church.  She enjoyed gardening and was an avid listener of audio books.

Funeral services beginning at 11:00 AM will be held on Saturday, December 20, 2014 at the Evergreen Free Methodist Church with Pastor Jim Vandewarker officiating.  Interment will be at the Evergreen Cemetery in Sheridan.

Visitation with the family will be held on Friday evening from 6:00 until 8:00 PM at the Simpson Family Funeral Home in Sheridan where the family will meet with friends and relatives.

In lieu of flowers, the family has suggested memorial considerations be made to either the Mel Trotter ministries or to the Evergreen Free Methodist Church.

Darryl Brooks

Brooks, Darryl

4/20/1948 – 12/15/2014Darryl Brooks

Darryl W. Brooks, age 66, formerly of Sheridan and Fenwick, passed away on Monday, December 15, 2014 at the Winter Haven Hospital in Winter Haven, Florida. He was born on April 20, 1948 in Ionia, the son of Asa & Vergelene (Webb) Brooks.

On November 23, 1972, Darryl was married to Sue Ann Smith and she survives in addition to one daughter, Angela & Rick Edmister of Fenwick, two granddaughters, Ashley and Breanna Merritt of Fenwick, the granddaughters father, Chad Merritt of Sidney, four sisters, Dar & Vic Simon of Sumner, June & Joe Patton of Hessel, Ellen & Garry Lepley of Sumner, Jill & Dan Schneider of Ashley, one brother, David & Brenda Smith of St. Johns.

Darryl was preceded in death by his parents, his grandparents, Tom & Beulah Webb, his in-laws, Dale & Marilyn Smith and a sister-in-law, Donna Smith.

A lifelong resident of the Sheridan and Fenwick areas, Darryl worked at Frigidaire for 40 years and also on the family farm before retiring in 2006. He enjoyed camping, playing cards, country music, traveling and going to the races with his daughter. Recently, he purchased a winter home in Florida to enjoy the warmer weather. Darryl enjoyed spending time with his twin granddaughters and the rest of the family.

Funeral services beginning at 11:00 AM on Friday, December 19th will be held at the Simpson Family Funeral Home in Sheridan with Mr. Larry Austin officiating. Interment will be at the Evergreen Cemetery in Sheridan.

Visitation with the family will also be at the funeral home on Thursday, December 18th from 6:00 until 8:00 PM where the family will meet with friends and relatives. For those desiring to do so, the family has suggested memorial donations can be made in Darryl’s memory to the Vickeryville Methodist Church and envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

Gail Ravell

Ravell, Gail

11/28/1955 – 12/15/2014Gail Ravell

Gail A. Ravell, age 59 of Fenwick passed away on Monday, December 15, 2014 at Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids. She was born on November 28, 1955 in Carson City, the daughter of Louis “Bud” & Alice (Demenov) Spaniolo. Her father, Louis (Bud) Spaniolo has preceded her in death.

On January 15, 1977, Gail was married to Mark A. Ravell and he survives in addition to their children, Renae & David Simpson of Grand Rapids, Amanda & Jason Bricker of Rockford, Hilary & Bryce Butler of Ionia, Spencer Ravell of Fenwick, 3 grandchildren, Cole & Aubrey Simpson, Nolan Bricker, her mother, Alice Spaniolo of Carson City, her siblings, Jean Cullimore of Grand Ledge, Jill Spaniolo of Ypsilanti, Anne Havens of Carson City, John Spaniolo of Kentwood, Tom & Jean Spaniolo of Cedar Springs, Chris Spaniolo of Charleston, SC, her in-laws, Ken & Becky Ravell of Belding and several nieces and nephews.

Formerly of Carson City, Gail has been a resident of the Fenwick area where she and her husband, Mark own and operate the Ravell Orchards. Gail graduated from Ferris State University in Big Rapids with an associate degree and formerly worked for the Sheridan Clinics.

A Mass of Christian Burial beginning at 11:00 AM will be celebrated on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Carson City. Interment will be at the Palo Cemetery in Palo.

Visitation with the family will be at the Simpson Family Funeral Home in Sheridan on Tuesday, December 16th from 2:00 until 4:00 and 6:00 until 8:00 PM where the family will meet with friends and relatives.

In lieu of flowers, the family has suggested memorial considerations can be made to the Greenville Cancer Center Services, 615 S. Bower Street, Greenville, MI 48838. There will be envelopes available at the funeral home.

Evelyn Pritchard

Pritchard, Evelyn

2/4/1918 – 11/30/2014Evelyn Pritchard

Evelyn V. Pritchard, age 96 of Stanton passed away on Sunday, November 30, 2014 at the Spectrum Health Rehab & Nursing Center in Greenville. She was born on February 4, 1918 in Stanton, the daughter of Olaf & Christina (Johnson) Anderson.

On December 30, 1939, Evelyn was married to Roy C. Pritchard and he preceded her in death on December 6, 2000. Also preceding her were four brothers, Arthur, Clarence (Pete), Martin and William (Bill) Anderson and two sisters, Esther Martin and Hildur Gredin.

Surviving Evelyn is one daughter and her husband, Christa & Richard Baldwin of Stanton, one son, David Pritchard of Centennial, Colorado, one granddaughter, Brandy & Ken Bunting and two great granddaughters, Braelyn and Brylee.

Evelyn has been a lifelong resident of the Stanton area where she and her late husband, Roy were dairy farmers. She was also a member of the Faith Lutheran Church and the Faith Women’s Fellowship.

Funeral services beginning at 1:00 PM will be held on Thursday, December 4, 2014 at the Faith Lutheran Church, Sidney with Pastor Jamey Nichols officiating. Interment will be at the North Sidney Cemetery.

Visitation with the family will be held at the church on Thursday beginning at 12 Noon; one hour prior to the funeral service.

In lieu of flowers, for those desiring to do so, the family has suggested memorial considerations can be made to the Faith Lutheran Church. There will be envelopes available at the funeral home and also at the church.

Ruby Caterino

Caterino, Ruby

5/16/1942 – 11/21/2014Ruby Caterino

Ruby J. Caterino, age 72 of Stanton passed away on Friday, November 21, 2014 at Mercy Health St. Mary’s in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She was born on May 16, 1942 in Pikeville, Tennessee, the daughter of Arthur & Agnes (King) McConnell.

On August 11, 1962, Ruby was married to Richard W. Caterino and he survives in addition to their children, Anthony & Rebecca Caterino of Stanton, Tom & Julie Bashore of Stanton, Dan &Amy Bashore of Crystal, several grand and great grandchildren, one sister, Viola & Jr. Durbin of Potterville, Michigan and special friends, Jerry & Sue Derenski, Jim & Florita Diamond and Nials Morales.

Ruby was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, one sister, two sons and one daughter-in-law.

As a longtime resident of the Stanton area, Ruby loved flowers, friends and animals, but most of all, she loved spending time with her family.

A Mass of Christian burial beginning at 11:00 AM will be held on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at St. Bernadette of Lourdes Church in Stanton with Rev. Fr. Mike Cilibraise officiating. Interment will be at Rose Hill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids, Michigan.
Visitation with the family will be at the Simpson Family Funeral Home in Sheridan on Tuesday, November 25 from 4:00 until 6:00 PM where the family will meet with friends and relatives.

Robert Stoneham

Stoneham, Sr., Robert

2/1/1952 – 11/15/2014Robert Stoneham

Robert D. Stoneham, age 62 of Sheridan passed away on Saturday, November 15, 2014 at his home. He was born on February 1, 1952 in Lansing, Michigan, the son of Robert M. & Beverley (Alexander) Stoneham. His father preceded him in death in June of 2004.

Surviving is his mother, Beverley Stoneham of Carson City, 2 daughters, Jennifer Fohlbrook of Rockford, Deanna & Rick Robinson of Sheridan, 4 sons, Robert Stoneham Jr. of Sheridan, Manson Stoneham of DeQuincy, Louisana, James & Janikki Stoneham of Sheridan, Leroy Woodard of Edmore, 13 grandchildren, 3 sisters, Kathy & Greg Perkins of Edmore, Karen Stoneham of Edmore, Kim Morgan of Greenville, 2 brothers, Danny & Cindy Stoneham of Grand Ledge, Kim & Gary Stoneham of Holt and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Robert has been a longtime resident of Sheridan. He was retired from the US Army and the National Guard after 23 years of service. During his service time, he participated in the Gulf War and also Desert Storm. He was a member of the VFW Post 5065 of Sheridan as well as the American Legion. Bob loved buying lottery tickets, fishing, hunting, and karaoke, but most of all, spending time with his family and friends.

Funeral services beginning at 10:00 AM will be on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at the Simpson Family Funeral Home in Sheridan with his brother, Pastor Danny Stoneham officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the funeral service beginning at 9:00 AM.
Interment and military rites will take place at Ft. Custer National Cemetery in Battle Creek, Michigan at 2:30 PM on Tuesday.

Moore, Doris

Doris A. Moore of Nevins Lake, Stanton, passed away at home on Wednesday, November 12, 2014. She was born on a farm at Neff and Deja Roads near Edmore on April 8, 1917 to William and Astrid (Jensen) Andersen. She is survived by her children: Michael F. Moore of Las Vegas, Nevada and Patricia O. MacAllister of Tucson, Az., and one grandson, Patrick A. Ostrander of Richmond, Ky. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, William E. Andersen and her husband of 47 years, Fred Moore.

In her early years, she was greatly influenced by her maternal grandmother, an early feminist, who emigrated from Denmark in the seventies. Doris’s mother followed in her step and demanded girls be allowed to participate in school athletics. Doris graduated as Valedictorian from Edmore High School in 1933, attended Central State Teachers College (CMU) in Mt. Pleasant and received her Bachelor’s degree in 1938. She began teaching 2nd, 3rd and 4th grades in Bay Port in September of 1936 but moved to Midland’s Carpenter Street School in March, 1937. She would tell that all the good things that shaped her life after her early years, should be attributed, in a large manner, to Central.

At the start of WWII, she was recruited to become an auditor at Packard Motor Car Company in Detroit at Wayne University, but soon realized her interests were in collaborating with people, not numbers. This resulted in her joining the Women’s Army Corps on 19 Oct, 1943 with the first All-Michigan WAC Company. After Basic Training in Daytona, she was assigned to Military Intelligence in the Pentagon where she received a commendation for her work.

During her years of marriage, she and Fred lived in Oregon, California, Germany, England, Okinawa (now Japan), Saudi Arabia and Nevada. She kept track of her Michigan roots. After Fred’s death in 2002 and her subsequent loss of eyesight, she returned to Michigan in 2004. She and Fred had maintained Nevada residency for 50 years. She enjoyed her years in the Clark County School District in Nevada and retired from her years as an educator, serving as teacher, boys’ and girls’ coach, counselor, dean and superintendent. She enjoyed membership in American Association of University Women (AAUW), receiving the 1992 AAUW Nevada Humanities Award, League of Women Voters and UNLV Women’s Foundation. Following retirement, Doris worked as a Travel Agent.

Per her desires and instruction, cremation has taken place and there will be no services. If one wishes to make a contribution, she would ask you consider the CMU Scholarship Fund or a charity of your choice.

Deb Zander

Zander, Debra

5/22/1952 – 11/11/2014Deb Zander

Debra K. Zander, age 62 of Sheridan passed away on Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at her home. She was born on May 22, 1952 in Belding, Michigan, the daughter of Leo & Minnie (Powell) Phenix. Both parents have preceded her in death along with her step mother and a son, James Zander II.

Surviving Deb is her first husband, James Zander of Palo, her life partner of many years, Tim Fancett of Sheridan, 2 daughters, Renee & Gary Wright of Palo, Rhonda Stawasz of Sheridan, 9 grandchildren, Tiffany, Corey, Irvin, Sara, James, Jaden, Samantha, Cody and Vicky, 9 great grandchildren, 6 brothers, John & Norma Phenix, Dan & Nancy Phenix, Walt Orwig, Richard & Donna Orwig, Leo Phenix, Bruce & Susan Phenix, 2 sisters, Tina Phenix and Tammy Turner plus several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Deb has been a longtime resident of Sheridan where she managed the Sheridan Lanes and Dairy Delight. She enjoyed bowling and playing cards..she could keep up with the best of ‘em on the card table. In addition, she liked bon fires and music.

A celebration of life memorial will take place on Friday evening, November 14th from 6:00 until 8:00 PM at the Sheridan Lanes where friends and relatives are invited to meet with the family and share remembrances.

Merelene Hull

Hull, Merelene

6/7/1933 – 10/31/2014Merelene Hull

Merelene Ann Hull, age 81 of Fenwick passed away on Friday, October 31, 2014 at her home under the care of Great Lakes Hospice. She was born in Ionia on June 7, 1933 the daughter of Orsen & Lillian (Wingate) Nielsen.

On January 23, 1953, Merelene was married to Donald H. Hull and together they have enjoyed 61 years together. Surviving is her husband, Donald along with their three children, David & Monique Hull, Bryan & Janet Hull, Susan Mathewson & Brian Goutziers, 9 grandchildren, Kevin Wadkins, Nathan Hull, Xander and Zachary Hull, Amy McMillan, Sara Barton, Christopher, Jennifer and Keisha Mathewson, 14 great grandchildren, Kynsee Wadkins, Ethan, Nolan, Reid and Brendan Hull, Alyssa and Ryan McMillan, Drew and Grace Barton, Hunter, Adrianna and Skyler Mathewson along with Alexis Mathewson-Heiss and Trey Horning.

Preceding Merelene in death were her parents, a granddaughter, Angela Hull, a sister, Ada Jean Lorentz and two sisters-in-law, Lorraine Hull and Dorothy Grigsby.
Merelene graduated from Ionia Schools and attended Western Michigan University. She worked for the Ionia Fair Board for many years and also as a secretary to the superintendent of Ionia Schools, but most of all, she enjoyed being a farmers wife. She enjoyed cooking for her family and was very good at it, as well as knitting. In addition, she enjoyed camping with their motorhome and always loved spending time with her children and grandchildren, who will all miss her very much.

A special thank you goes out to her caregivers, Pam, Linda and Nancy; we could not have done it without all of you.

Funeral services beginning at 11:00 AM will be held at the Shiloh Community Church on Tuesday, November 4, 2014 with Pastor Kenneth Harger officiating. Interment will be at the Orleans Cemetery.

Visitation with the family will be at the Simpson Family Funeral Home in Sheridan on Monday, November 3rd from 6:00 until 8:00 PM where the family will meet with friends and relatives.

For those desiring to do so, the family suggests memorial considerations can be made to the Great Lakes Hospice. There will be envelopes available at the funeral home.