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.

Ernie Petersen

Petersen, Ernest “Ernie”

1/6/1930 – 10/28/2014Ernie Petersen

Ernest W. “Ernie” Petersen, age 84 of Stanton passed away on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at Twin Oaks Retirement Home in Gowen, Michigan. He was born on January 6, 1930 in McBride, Michigan, the son of Arlington & Mildred (Wager) Petersen. Both parents and a sister, Jean McCully have preceded him in death.

Surviving Ernie is one son and his wife, Bryan & Denise Petersen of South Bend, Indiana, grandson, Chad and a step grandson, Kyler, two sisters, Avis & Ned Williams of Stanton, Arlene & Tom Greenhoe of Sheridan, a brother, Harold & Cyd Petersen of Ionia, several nieces and nephews and a very special friend, Betty Clevenger and her family.

Ernie has been a lifelong resident of the Stanton area, retired from Tower Automotive, was a US Army veteran of the Korean Conflict, a 52 year member of the Stanton American Legion Post 452, the 40 & 8 and served as chaplain in both organizations for many years. He enjoyed golfing, jigsaw puzzles and Chet Atkins music, but most of all, he loved spending time with his family.

A celebration of Ernie’s life will be held on Sunday, November 9th at 1:00 PM at the Stanton American Legion Post 452, with Military Rites will be given by the Legion’s Honor Guard.

For those desiring to do so, the family has suggested memorial considerations can be made to the Stanton American Legion Post 452 at Post Office Box 442, Stanton, Michigan 48888.

Ramon Pena

Pena, Ramon

1/4/1940 – 10/16/2014Ramon Pena

Ramon A. Pena, age 74, formerly of Sidney, passed away on Thursday, October 16, 2014 in Lansing.  He was born on January 4, 1940 in Brownsville, Texas, the son of Rafael & Nicolasa (Arizmendez) Pena.

On June 21, 1974, Ramon was married to Patricia Lanning and she preceded him in death on May 21, 2009.  Also preceding him in death were his parents, a son, Thomas Pena, a sister, Emma Centeno and a brother, Rafael Pena.

Surviving are his children, Guadalupe (John) Raap of Grand Rapids, Beatrice Pena of Grand Rapids, Raymond Pena of Wyoming, Michael (Janet) Pena of Wyoming, Ramon Pena (Rosemary Kennedy) of Lansing, Cathy Lanning of Stanton, Christina (Monty) King of Riverdale, Lucio (Raquel) Pena of Lansing, beloved grandson, Tomas Pena, 30 grandchildren, 47 great grandchildren one brother, Frank (Linda) Pena of Bay City, two sisters, Beatrice Vidal of Lansing, Irene Sanchez of St. Louis, one sister in law, Susie Pena of Stanton and several nieces and nephews.

Ramon was a longtime resident of the Sidney area and retired from Electrolux in 2005 after 21 years of service.  He enjoyed hunting, but especially loved to spend time with his family.

Funeral services beginning at 11:00 AM will be held on Monday, October 20, 2014 at the Simpson Family Funeral Home in Sheridan.  Interment will be at the Sidney Cemetery.

Visitation will be at the funeral home on Monday beginning at 10 AM, one hour prior to the funeral service.

Gordon DeVries

DeVries, Gordon DO

2/2/1931 – 10/13/2014Gordon DeVries

Dr. Gordon DeVries, age 83, formerly of Stanton, passed away on Monday, October 13, 2014 in Grand Rapids. He was born on February 2, 1931 in Grand Rapids, the son of Francis & Leona (Vanderschur) DeVries. Both parents have preceded him in death as well as a brother, Donald DeVries.

On August 24, 1952, Dr. DeVries was married to Catherine “Kay” O’Rourke in Chicago. She preceded him in death on March 2, 2002 after 49 years of marriage.
Surviving are two sons, Jay & Faith DeVries of Belmont, Michigan, Jim DeVries & Todd John of Stanton and four grandchildren, Jake, Tiffany, Autumn and Jenna.

Dr. DeVries attended school at Cedar Lake Schools, now known as Great Lakes Adventist Academy, Andrews University and graduated from the Kansas City School of Osteopathic Medicine. Following an internship, Dr. DeVries opened his medical practice in Stanton and spent over 40 years caring for his patients. In addition to working, “Doc” loved to golf, sail his sailboat and swim in his pool. After his wife’s passing, he moved to the Clark Retirement Community where he made many friends in the past twelve years and will be missed by all those who knew him.

Funeral services beginning at 1:00 P.M. will be held on Friday, October 17, 2014 at the Clark Retirement Community, 1551 Franklin Street, Grand Rapids, Michigan with Chaplain Geraldine Pringle officiating. Final interment will be at the Forest Hill Cemetery in Stanton, Michigan.

There will not be any visitation held prior to the funeral service.

For those desiring to do so, the family has suggested memorial consideration can be made to either the Montcalm County Animal Shelter or the Clark Retirement Community.

Pat Cook

Cook, Patricia

2/18/1927 – 10/10/2014 Pat Cook

Patricia M. Cook, age 87 of Stanton, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, October 10, 2014 at her home.  She was born on February 18, 1927 in Stanton, the daughter of Michael & Edna (Stewart) Herald.  Both parents have preceded her in death as well as her first husband, Samuel A. Cannon in 1992, her second husband, Jesse E. Cook on October 27, 1998, four siblings, infant sister, Missy, her sister Fern Brooks and two brothers, James & Clare Herald.

Surviving Pat is one daughter, Marian Hansen of Palm Beach Shores, Florida, one son and daughter in law, Larry & Linda Cannon of Stanton, one sister, Helen Hansen of Stanton, four grandchildren, Christian Hansen, Kally Hansen, Casey & Chris Johnson, Roxanne & Gary Teegardin, several step grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren and several step great grandchildren.

Pat has been a lifelong resident of the Sheridan and Stanton areas.  She formerly worked at Ionia Manufacturing in Ionia and eventually retired from Gibsons in Greenville.  She was a member of the Stanton American Legion Post 452 and the Montcalm County Democrats.

Funeral services beginning at 11:00 AM will be held on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at the Simpson Family Funeral Home in Sheridan with Pastor Jamey Nichols officiating.  Interment will be at the Forest Hill Cemetery in Stanton.

Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday evening 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 considerations can be made to the Stanton American Legion Post 452 Auxiliary.  There will be envelopes available at the funeral home .

Dorothy Todd

Todd, Dorothy

6/23/1919 – 10/8/2014Dorothy Todd

Dorothy M. Todd, age 95 of Sheridan passed away on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at Laurels of Carson City. She was born on June 23, 1919 in Flint, Michigan, the daughter of Bert & Ethel Ricks.

Dorothy was married to Virgil Todd, who has preceded her in death as well as her parents.

Surviving Dorothy are three cousins, Beverly Ricks of Gowen, Maxine Ricks of Belding and William “Bill” Ricks of Ionia.

Dorothy has been a lifelong resident of the Sheridan and Crystal areas and was a very faithful member of the Evergreen Free Methodist Church of Sheridan.

Funeral services beginning at 11:00 AM will be held on Monday, October 13, 2014 at the Evergreen Free Methodist Church, Sheridan, with Pastor Jim Vandewarker officiating. Interment will be at the Crystal Cemetery in Crystal, Michigan.

Visitation will also be held at the church on Monday at 10:00 AM; one hour prior to the funeral service.

For those desiring to do so, memorial considerations are can be made to the Evergreen Free Methodist Church in Dorothy’s memory. There will be envelopes available at the church.

Harold Schultz

Schultz, Harold

9/20/1950 – 9/23/2014Harold Schultz

Harold L. Schultz, age 64 of Stanton passed away unexpectedly at his home on Tuesday, September 23, 2014. He was born on September 20, 1950 in Lakeview, the son of Harold & Pluma (Ridgeway) Schultz. Both parents have preceded him in death.

On March 22, 1969, Harold was married to Connie Peterman and she survives in addition to their children, Gerry & Amy Schultz of Stanton, Angie & Eric Sorenson of Webberville, Andy (Boog) Schultz of Stanton, 8 grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Taylor, Jakob, Breanna, Matthew, Megan, Madison and Jared, 2 sisters, Linda Jacobs of Brethren, Lorry & Terry Rugg of Vermontville, 3 sisters in law, Fay & Daryl Williams of Stanton, Sherri & David Jeffrey of Sheridan, Sandra & Veldra Raines of Stanton, 2 brothers in law, Wayne Peterman of Riverdale, Alan & Twayla Peterman of Grawn plus several nieces and nephews.

Also preceding him in death were his mother and father in law, Roger & Wanda Peterman and a brother in law, Gary Jacobs.

Harold was a longtime resident of Sheridan before moving to Stanton. He was employed as a support coordinator for the Ionia County Mental Health Department. Harold loved Central Montcalm football and assisted the team on the sidelines for many years. His first love however was his family, especially the grandkids and will be missed by all of them.

Funeral services beginning at 11:00 AM will be held on Monday, September 29th at the First Congregational Church in Stanton with Pastor Jamey Nichols officiating. Interment will be at the Sidney Cemetery.

Visitation will be held at the Simpson Family Funeral Home in Sheridan on Sunday, September 28th from 4 until 6 PM where the family will meet with friends and relatives.
For those desiring to do so, there will be envelopes available at the funeral home for memorial considerations to the family.