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Woodard, Guy  
Guy M. Woodard Battle Creek Guy M. Woodard, age 81, of Battle Creek, died Tuesday, March 3, 2015. He was born May 29, 1933 in Battle Creek, Michigan the son of Guy R. and Zelma Woodard. For many years he worked at Warren Radio and following his retirement worked as a security guard for Securitas at WKKI and Eaton Corporation. He bowled in several leagues, enjoyed gardening and spending time with his family. Surviving are his children: Ron (Laurie) Woodard, Teresa Dexter and Denise (Ray) Bonnin; ten grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two sisters: Valerie Hartson and Marilyn (Richard) McCluskey; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife Loretta M. (Orsborn) on August 29, 1989; son Ed Brown; sister Patricia Ashley and his parents. Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday at the Richard A. Henry Funeral Home with interment to follow at Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. www.henryfuneralhome.org
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Published in Battle Creek Enquirer on Mar. 5, 2015

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Bishop, JoAnne  
JoAnne M. Bishop Athens JoAnne M. Bishop, 81, of Athens, died Sunday, March 1, 2015 at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo. She was born July 24, 1933 to Lester and Beulah J. (Bell) Swartz in Athens and attended Athens High School. She worked at Jacobson's in Battle Creek and at Altrusa Nursery for many years.  She enjoyed shopping, bingo, and being with her grandchildren. JoAnne married Fredrick Bishop on December 28, 1948, he survives.  Also surviving are daughters, Debbie (Ron) Atkinson of Angola, Indiana, Pam (Lowell) Howington of Athens and Jody (Tim) Leslie of Athens; son, Doug (Jimi) Bishop of Athens 11 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren; sister, Beverly O'Keefe and nephews, Dennis (Pam) Reed, Tim (Tamera) Tobias and Mahlon (Debbie) Tobias.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Lester and Beulah Swartz. Visitation, 5 until 7:00 p.m., Thursday, March 5, 2015 at Shaw Funeral Home.  Services, 11:00 a.m., Friday, March 6, 2015 at the funeral home, Rev. David Mackaluso, officiating.  Interment, Burr Oak Cemetery at a later date.  Memorials to Athens Area Community Foundation, Lester Swartz Memorial Fund. The family is being served by Shaw Funeral Home. www.shawfuneralhome.com
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Published in Battle Creek Enquirer from Mar. 3 to Mar. 4, 2015
Carmichael, Erma  
Erma L. Carmichael Battle Creek It is with great sadness that the family of Erma L. Carmichael, 92, of Battle Creek, announces the passing of our dear mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. Erma had been in failing health for two years and passed peacefully Tuesday morning March 3, 2015 at Laurels of Bedford. She was born September 20, 1922 the daughter of Floyd and Marie (Vince) Kienast. She attended and graduated from the Battle Creek Academy. She married Robert E. Carmichael in 1942. The marriage ended in divorce in 1949. The marriage resulted in two children. Erma dedicated her life to her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. She was a member of the Battle Creek Seventh Day Adventist Tabernacle. She is survived by her son, Floyd Eugene Carmichael of Battle Creek, MI; daughter, Dawn Cheryl Braack of Battle Creek, MI; seven grandchildren; and twelve great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister. Cremation will take place and a private interment alongside her parents at Bedford Cemetery will take place at a later date. Memorial tributes may be made to the Battle Creek Seventh Day Adventist Tabernacle or the Humane Society of South Central Michigan. Arrangements by the Bachman Hebble Funeral Service, a member by invitation Selected Independent Funeral Homes. (269)965-5145  www.bachmanhebble.com  
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Published in Battle Creek Enquirer on Mar. 4, 2015
Holden-Whitman, Dortha  
Dortha Louise (Outman) Holden-Whitman After having celebrated her 29th birthday 60 times, Dortha Louise (Outman) Holden-Whitman passed away March 1, 2015 at Brookdale-Clare Bridge where she lived for the past 10 years. She was born August 31, 1926 in Emmett Township and was the middle child of seven born to Carl Ray and Lena Kate (Griffin) Outman, Sr. After attending Pennfield schools; Dortha married a Navy man, Kenneth Charles Holden on May 25, 1942. Kenneth preceded her in death on February 22, 1981. Dortha married Robert Eugene Whitman on August 31, 1985 and he preceded her in death on April 9, 2012. Dortha became a beautician in 1962, an occupation she lovingly did for 24 years, working at Alma's Beauty Salon and retiring from Creative Hair Fashions. Dortha was also preceded in death by her parents; son, Kenneth Claude Holden in 2005; brothers, Donald Outman in 1992 and Carl Outman in 1998; sister, Julia Stevens in 2012; grandson, David M. Lester in 2009; and son-in-law, Michael Flemming in 2010. She is survived by her daughters, Martha J. Lester (Webb), Patricia L. Flemming, and Janice D. (Jerry) Dunn; grandchildren, Scott, Mark, Brian, and Amy Holden, Rhonda Wiersma, Carla Colwell, Sean Flemming, and Rodney and Randy Dunn; 21 great grandchildren; 1 great great grandchild; siblings, Ethel Camp, Bob (Ginny) Outman, and Gladys (Eddie) Van Wormer-Hollis; and by Bob Whitman's children, Debbie (Michael) Murrey, Chuck (Sue) Whitman, and Terri (Jim) Herbert; Bob's grandchildren, Matthew Murrey, Leslie, Ashley, Colleen, and Colin Whitman, Jason and Jeff Herbert, and Julie Wardlaw; and 4 great grandchildren. Visitation will be held Thursday, March 5, 2015 from 6:00-8:00 PM at Bachman Hebble Funeral Service. A celebration of Dortha's life will be held at Maple United Methodist Church, 342 Capital Ave NE, on Friday, March 6, 2015 at 11:00 AM with Rev. Linda Stoddard officiating. Burial will be at the Bedford Cemetery in Bedford Township, MI. Memorial tributes may be made to Alzheimer's Association and/or please take time to visit family and friends who are residing in assisted living facilities or in their homes. Bachman Hebble Funeral Service (269)965-5145  www.bachmanhebble.com  
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Published in Battle Creek Enquirer from Mar. 3 to Mar. 4, 2015
King, Esther  
Esther Eulah Cousins Weeks King Zeeland Esther Eulah Cousins Weeks King, age 78, of Zeeland, MI and formerly of Battle Creek, died Monday, March 2, 2015. She was born September 25, 1936 in Barry County, Michigan the daughter of Jay Eugene and Evah Blanche (Silsby) Cousins. Esther was a graduate of Hastings High School. She was married to Robert I. King in 1987 and he preceded her in death on September 27, 2002. She was also preceded in death by her parents; step-mother Helen King; brothers: Clarence and Eugene Cousins; half sister Clara Garringar Newton; sister in law Judy Dodge; father in law R. Russell King; brother in law Richard "Rick" King and son Mark Allen Weeks. Esther is survived by her son Ernest Jay Weeks of Zeeland; daughter Tracy Lee Weeks of Toccoa, GA; two step-sons: Steven and Chris King; two step-daughters: Karen Thomas and Debra (Jeff) Goehring; seven grandchildren; nine step-grandchildren and many great-grandchildren; two sisters in law: Geraldine Bonogofsky and Romona King; many nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m. Thursday, March 5, 2015 at the Richard A. Henry Funeral Home. A private interment will be held at Fort Custer National Cemetery. The family will receive the friends at the funeral home from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. today www.henryfuneralhome.org
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Published in Battle Creek Enquirer on Mar. 4, 2015
Linard, Norma  
Norma Jean Linard Battle Creek It is with tremendous sadness that the family of Norma Jean (McNiel) Linard, age 84, announces the passing of our dear mother, sister, aunt, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend on Monday, March 2, 2015 at Bronson Battle Creek in Battle Creek, MI. She was born May 12, 1930 in Watervliet, MI the daughter of Micky McNiel and Rhea (Ridgeway) McNiel. She was a civil servant for the government working for over 20 years at the Battle Creek Federal Center and left work when her husband retired. She married John Robert Linard on September 5, 1983 in Angola, IN; however he preceded her in death on February 3, 2007. She had lived for about 20 years in Englewood, Florida; returning to Battle Creek in 2007. Norma had attended Battle Creek Central High School and gone onto college at KCC.   When she was younger she had attended the United Methodist Churches. She loved to cook and have family gather together. She enjoyed bowling and reading her Bible; and she was always passionate about her animals.  She is survived by two sons: Jeffery L. Sansom of Battle Creek, MI, Stephen and Rose Sansom of Englewood, FL; one brother: Jerry McNiel of Rotunda West, FL; seven grandchildren: Dawn and Chad Smith of Battle Creek, MI; Bradley and Megan Sansom of Battle Creek, MI; Nicholas and Christie Sansom of Port Huron, MI; Jordan Manuilow of Port Huron, MI; Miranda Sansom of Bay City, MI; Mason and Nicole Sansom of Grand Rapids, MI; Mark Sansom of Battle Creek, MI; and thirteen great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband John, and her brother Micky McNiel, Jr. in 1955. Visitation will be held at the Bachman Hebble Funeral Service on Friday, March 6, 2015 from 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM where the family will be present. Funeral services conducted by Rev. Dr. Robert L. Zuhl of the First Wesleyan Church on Friday, March 6, 2015 at 10:30 AM in the Bachman Funeral Chapel. Burial will follow at the Memorial Park Cemetery in Battle Creek, MI. Memorial tributes may be made to: Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675. Arrangements by the Bachman Hebble Funeral Service, a member by invitation Selected Independent Funeral Homes. (269)965-5145. Please leave a remembrance of Norma Linard on her web page at  www.bachmanhebble.com  
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Published in Battle Creek Enquirer on Mar. 4, 2015
Stoops, Lois  
Lois E. Stoops Age 87, passed away at Sierra Health Care Center on February 18, 2015.  Lois was born in Battle Creek, Michigan on September 2, 1927 to Olaf A. Andersen and Ethel Margaret Stephan.  She was a homemaker was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Donald E. Stoops; a sister, Marge Jesse and brothers, Dr. Harold Andersen and Tom Andersen.  Lois is survived by her son, Jeff Stoops of T or C, NM; a grandson, Brannon Stoops of T or C, NM; 2/great-grandchildren  Linda  (Al)  Bauer of T or C, NM; three sisters, Phyllis Nay of Michigan; Jean (Robert) Barrowdale of Michigan and Alice Pratt of  Houston, Texas and numerous nieces and nephews.   Cremation has taken place and a Memorial Celebration Service will be held at the Seventh Day Adventist Church with Pastor David Cox on March  14, 2015 at 2:00 P.M.  For online condolences, please visit www.kirikosfamilyfuneralhome.com    Arrangements are by Kirikos Family Funeral Home, Inc. & Sierra Crematory, LLC, 303 N. Cedar St. - T or C, NM 575/894-2574
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Cunic, Frances  
Frances Emma Cunic Athens Frances Cunic, 91,  passed away March 1, 2015 at Yarnell Adult Foster Care Home in Battle Creek. She was born March 13, 1923, the daughter of Jay and Maude (Avery) Hayes in Leroy Township, Michigan. She married M. Richard "Dick" Cunic on January 31, 1942. She was employed at Kelloggs and also Athens Rexall Drug Store as a retail clerk for 12 years.  Frances was a member of the Athens Methodist Church, UMW, past president for the VFW Auxiliary and a den mother for the Boy Scouts.  She attended Athens High School. Frances is survived by sons, Stephen (Marilyn) Brunner of Athens; Randy Cunic of Ludington; Bradley (Laura) Cunic of Greenville, South Carolina; daughter, Patricia Hoag of East Leroy; sister Louise Mench of Colorado; seven grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, son, Michiel, three sisters, two brothers, two granddaughters, one grandson, and son-in-law Thomas Hoag in 2010. Visitation from 6:00 to 7:30 P.M. Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at Shaw Funeral Home. Services 11:00 A.M. Thursday, March 5, 2015 with Rev. Andy Baek officiating.  Interment, Burr Oak Cemetery, Athens. Memorials can be made to the Bronson at Home Hospice Residence. The family is being served by Shaw Funeral Home, Battle Creek. www.shawfuneralhome.com
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Published in Battle Creek Enquirer on Mar. 3, 2015
Dillman, Roxanna R.  
72, of Marshall, died Sunday, March 1, 2015. Visitation will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Craig Kempf Family Funeral Homes, Marshall. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Fort Custer National Cemetery, Augusta. www.kempffuneralhome.com .
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Published in Battle Creek Enquirer on Mar. 3, 2015
Hanson, Genevieve  
Genevieve W. "Genny" Hanson Battle Creek Genevieve W. "Genny" Hanson, age 90, died Saturday, February 28, 2015, at the Oaks at North Pointe Woods. Genevieve was born on September 4, 1924, in Pearl, MI, the daughter of Andrew and Mary (Dianko) Sisson. She had been an area resident for 58 years coming from Allegan. She was a 1943 graduate of Allegan High School. On September 28, 1957, she was united in marriage to Walter E. Hanson who survives. Genny was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and volunteered for the Battle Creek Health System Auxiliary and Mercy Pavilion for over 30 plus years receiving a 7000 hours plus award. She enjoyed boating, swimming and playing the organ. Surviving is a brother, Julius (Mary) Cizczion of Byron Center, MI. She was preceded in death by sisters, Helen Ciborski, Josephine Worthington and Estelle Sisson. Visitation will be held Friday from 5 to 8:00 p.m., at the Richard A. Henry Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, March 7, 2015, at the funeral home. Interment will be at Fort Custer National Cemetery. Memorials may be given to St. Joseph Catholic Church or a charity of one's choice. www.henryfuneralhome.org
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Published in Battle Creek Enquirer on Mar. 3, 2015
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