Obituaries

Grauer, Rev. Charles D.

Rev. Charles D. Grauer, 68, died Wednesday, April 3, 2013 while in hospice care. He is survived by his spouse, Patricia Grauer and their children and spouses, Kristen Grauer & Tim Warren; Kimberly Grauer; Jordan & Melissa Grauer.   Rev. Grauer served in the following appointments in the West Michigan Conference: Frontier/Cambria 1968; Frontier/Osseo Sept 15, 1969; Lansing Central (Assoc.) 1970; In School 1972; Grass Lake Jan 15, 1973; Three Rivers First/Ninth Street 1976; Alma...

Johannides, Mildred Mae

Mildred Mae Johannides, 93, of Penney Farms, FL, died Friday, March 8, 2013. She was predeceased by her husband, Rev. Francis C. Johannides in 2003. She served alongside her husband at Robbins/Grovenburg UMC, Jackson Brookside UMC, Battle Creek Maple UMC, Sparta UMC, Lansing First UMC, St. John’s UMC, and Vicksburg UMC.   A memorial service will be held Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 3:30 p.m. at the Penney Memorial Church 4465 Poling Blvd, Penney Farms, FL 32079, Pastor Rex...

Marshall, Ray

Raymond Lee (Ray) Marshall, 73, died Monday, February 18, 2013. Ray was a leader of both Lay Speaking Ministries and Boy Scout Ministries in his local congregation and in the Albion District, and was West Michigan Associate Conference Lay Leader from 2006 to 2012. He is survived by his wife, Rosanne Marshall.  Visitation will be Friday, February 22, 2013 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Eickhoff Funeral Home, 311 West Main Street, Mendon, MI.   A...

Closson, Nathalie (Chenevert)

Nathalie Closson (nee Chenevert), age 92, died Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, in South Elgin, IL. She was predeceased by her husband, Pastor Frank Closson, who died in 1988.   Nathalie served with her husband, a former EUB pastor, in Michigan. She also assisted him in serving at Garrett Evangelical Seminary and as a missionary in Sierre Leone.   Services were held Thursday, February 7, 2013 at Reed City United Methodist Church.  Arrangements were handled by Countryside Funeral Home...

Grimes, Lynn E.

Rev. Lynn E. Grimes, 69, died Sunday, January 20, 2013. She is survived by her spouse, Mr. Kip Grimes.   Rev. Grimes served in the following appointments in the West Michigan Conference: In School G-ETS 1982; Okemos (Assoc) 1983; Grand Ledge 1989; Central District Superintendent 1993; Holt 1999; Retired 2006.   A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, January 25, 2013 at Grand Ledge First United Methodist Church, 411 Harrison St., Grand Ledge, MI 48837-1575 with...

Smith, Garth D.

Rev. Garth D. Smith, 95, died Sunday, January 20, 2013. He is survived by his wife, Beverly Smith.  Rev. Smith served in the following appointments in the West Michigan Conference: [Northstar 1938; Fulton 1941; Leaton 1944]; White Cloud 1945; Fennville 1950; Coloma 1955; Colon 1957; Ovid/Shepardsville 1963; Climax/Scotts/Fulton 1965; Benton Harbor: Grace 1971; Bellaire 1977; Retired Dec. 31, 1980; Jones 1982-Dec. 31, 1984   A memorial Service will held Thursday, January 24 at...

Barrett, Florence

Florence Barrett, 88. Florence died Saturday, January 19, 2013. Florence was a lay speaker within the West Michigan Conference, participated in UMW, She was at home with hospice and passed peacefully surrounded by her family. She was predeceased by her husband, Robert Barrett, in 2005.  Florence was a lay speaker within the West Michigan Conference, participated in UMW, recently preached at Niles Wesley UMC, Silver Creek UMC and Keeler UMC.   Visitation will be Tuesday,...

Frevert, Beverly Lou

Beverly Lou Frevert, age 85, of Mt. Pleasant died Thursday, December 20, 2012 at the Woodland Hospice House. She was predeceased by her husband Rev. Albert Frevert, December 1, 2012. A Celebration of Beverly and Albert's lives will take place next spring. Beverly will be buried next to her husband in Riverside Cemetery in Alma. Arrangements were handled by the Clark Family Funeral Chapel (989) 775-9943. Memorial contributions may be made to the Make-A-Wish Foundation in her honor....

Moore, Eugene B.

Reverend Eugene B. Moore died Friday, December 14, 2012. Pastor Moore served at the Bloomingdale UMC, Kalamazoo District. He is survived by his wife Tammy Moore and their children and grandchildren. Pastor Moore served at the following appointments in the West Michigan Conference: [Dimondale 1960; Bear Lake Circuit 1963]; Blanchard/Winn/Pine River/Commer 1966; Three Rivers Ninth Street/Jones 1968; Honorable Location 1972 (Charge Conf: Paw Paw); Bloomingdale (Ad Interim Appointment) Jan...

Pierce, Ward D.

Rev. Ward D. Pierce, 82, died Sunday, December 2, 2012. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Joan (Holcomb) Pierce and by his second wife, Muriel (Casteel) Pierce.   Rev. Pierce served in the following appointments in the West Michigan Conference: Mesick/Brethren/Harrietta 1967; Mesick/Harrietta 1971; Lake City 1972; Grand Rapids Griggs Aug 15, 1976; (Griggs merged with Wesley Park) Wyoming Wesley Park Jan 1, 1979; Buchanan First March 15, 1979; Lake Odessa Lakewood...

Frevert, Albert, Rev. Dr.

Rev. Dr. Albert (Al) Willis Frevert, 86, died Saturday, December 1, 2012.  He is survived by his wife Beverly Frevert.   Rev. Frevert served in the following appointments within the West Michigan Conference: [Coral/Amble 1950]; Muskegon: Central (Assoc.) 1954; Vicksburg 1958; Lansing: Faith 1961; Grand Haven 1965; Lansing District Supt. 1972; Mt. Pleasant: First 1978; Retired 1989.   A private family graveside service will take place this week at Riverside Cemetery...

Higa, Ione

Ione Higa (Gurney), 71, died Thursday, November 22, 2012. She is survived by her spouse, Bob Higa. Ione was predeceased by her parents, Mary Gurney in 2004 and Pastor John Herbert Gurney, 1996. A Memorial Service for Ione Higa was held December 1, 2012 at the Kalamazoo Stockbridge United Methodist Church....

Chaffee, George W.

Rev. George W. Chaffee, 93, died October 14, 2012. He was predeceased in death by his wife, Doris Chaffee, in 2008.   Rev. Chaffee served in the following appointments in the West Michigan Conference: Transferred from Nebraska Conf., New Buffalo 1949; Pentwater 1951; Martin 1956; Otsego 1960; Galesburg 1965; Coloma/Riverside 1968; Ionia: Zion/Easton 1971; Jackson: First (Assoc.) 1974; Retired 1984   A memorial service for Rev. Chaffee will be held Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012 at...

Rupert, Hoover

Rev. Dr. Hoover Rupert, 94, died October 4, 2012 in Gaithersburg, Maryland.  He was predeceased by his wife Hazel Rupert (Senti) in 2007. Rev. Dr. Rupert served in the following appointments in the West Michigan Conference: Thayer Circuit/Olathe 1943; Youth Dept. Director General Bd. of Education 1945; Jackson: First 1950; Ann Arbor: First 1959; transferred from Detroit Conf., Kalamazoo: First 1972; Retired 1983 A memorial service in celebration of his life was held in the Guild...

Forkner, Naomi

Naomi Forkner, 95, died Monday, September 17, 2012. She was predeceased by her husband, Rev. Dr. Stanley H. Forkner, who died in 1993. A small, family service will be held in Lakeland, Florida at a later date. Naomi will be buried in Grand Rapids next to her husband Stanley.   Condolences may be sent to her son, Robert Forkner, 899 Sun Deck Way, Boynton Beach, FL 33436.   The family asks that any memorials be made to a charity of your choice.   A complete...

Mohr, Edward L.

Pastor Edward L. Mohr, 64, died Tuesday, September 11, 2012. He is survived by his wife Phyllis Mohr. He was predeceased by his first wife, Shirley Mohr, in 2005. Pastor Mohr served in the following appointments in the West Michigan Conference: Camden/Montgomery/Stokes Chapel 2004; Gobles/Kendall 2010   A memorial service will be held Friday, September 14, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. at Gobles UMC, 210 E. Exchange St., Gobles, Michigan (269) 628-2263. Visitation will take place...

Hamilton - Mary

Mary Alice Hamilton Holt, age 78, died September 4, 2012. in Hastings. Mary served as an officer of the Conference United Methodist Women.  She is survived by her husband Vance Hamilton.   A memorial service was held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 8, 2012, at Holt United Methodist Church, 2321 N. Aurelius Rd., with The Rev. Dr. Glenn M. Wagner officiated.   In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Holt United Methodist Church in memory of Mary...

Jaquish - Philip

  Rev. Philip Jaquish, 89, died August 29, 2012. He was preceded in death by his wife, Wanda Ilene Eley.   Rev. Jaquish served in the following appointments in the West Michigan Conference: Epsilon/Levering 1981; Leave of Absence 1987; White Cloud 1988; Manistee 2002; Retired 2012.   Funeral services were held Saturday, September 1, 2012, at the Bennett-Barz Funeral Home, in Beulah, Michigan; the Reverend Jerry Jaquish officiated. Interment took place at the Inland...

Merrill - Ardis

  Ardis Merrill, wife of Rev. Donald Merrill, retired pastor, passed away on Friday, August 24, 2012.  Services will be held on Saturday, September 1, 2012, at 2:30 pm, in the Clark Retirement Community Chapel, 1551 Franklin SE, Grand Rapids.  A reception will be held in the Baker-Hendrick Room following the service.   A second memorial service for Ardis Merrill will be held on Sunday, September 2, 2012, 2:30 pm, at Mt. Hope United Methodist Church, 501 East Mt. Hope...

Page, Carlos

Rev. Dr. Carlos Page, 88, died August 9, 2012. He is survived by his spouse, Mildred Page.  Rev. Dr. Page served in the following appointments in the West Michigan Conference: Hope/Edenville 1954; served Andover, NJ church 1956; Reed City 1959; Big Rapids: First 1961; Grand Rapids District Supt. 1965; Benton Harbor: Peace Temple 1971; Retired 1989   A Celebration of Rev. Dr. Carlos C. Page’s life will be held Saturday, October 13, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. at the Methodist...
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