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Marilyn E. Bernhardt of Whitehall

Marilyn Elaine Bernhardt, age 79, went home to her Lord on Tuesday December 9th. She was born on July 25, 1935 to Art and Esther Bernhardt in Whitehall, where she lived her whole life, graduating from Whitehall High School in 1954.
Marilyn loved taking long walks, babysitting for her nieces, nephews and the neighborhood children. She was employed by several local restaurants over the years. She was also was a confirmed member of St. James Lutheran Church in Montague.

SURVIVORS: Marilyn is survived by three brothers; Ralph Bernhardt, Kenneth [Mary} Bernhardt and Merle Bernhardt, several loved nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews, and Cousin Howard Simonson. She was preceded in death by her parents, Brother James Bernhardt, Sister Carol Bernhardt, and two great nephews.

SERVICE: Monday December 15th, at 1;00 AT St James Lutheran Church, 8945 Stebbins, Montague, MI.

VISITATION: Visitation with the family will precede the service from 12:00 to 1:00. Pastor John Brooks will be officiating with interment at Oakhurst cemetery in Whitehall, MI.

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Mr. Francis M. "Frank" Cook Of North Muskegon

Francis "Frank" M. Cook of North Muskegon, left this life unexpectedly on December 4, 2014. He was born to Mary Lou Cook and Sherwood Cook on June 7, 1985, in Muskegon, Michigan.

Frank loved the outdoors and spent as much time there as he could since he was a child. He attended Montague Schools where he participated in football, wrestling, track and golf. He earned Student of the Year at the Newaygo County Vocational Center in 2004, the same year he graduated from Montague High School.

On a full ride scholarship, Frank studied at the Hobart Institute of Welding Technology. After earning multiple certifications, with honors, he worked as a stainless steel welder in several states across the country.

Frank had a wonderful sense of humor and a laugh that those who loved him will always remember. He also had a heart of gold and truly cherished his Mom.

Frank loved his fiancé, Amanda, his dog, Darla, his many friends, adventures on his Harley and vacations in the U.S., Mexico and the Caribbean.

Left to cherish his memory are his parents, his fiancé, his aunt, Judy Hacker, wife of the late Francis Hacker, a "crap" load of friends, including Brad Hysell and his wannabe stepfather, Russell Anderson.

A CELEBRATION of Frank Cook's LIFE will take place on Sunday, December 14, 2014, at the American Legion, 9150 Holton Road, Holton, MI 49425, from 2-6 PM. Please feel free to bring a dish to pass.

In lieu of flowers, donations for the Cook family Fund are appreciated, in care of Clock Funeral Home of White Lake (231-894-5676), Box 128, Whitehall 49461.

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Wilma R. Brusky (nee Vanderwest) Widow of Robert "Bob"

Wilma passed away on Wednesday, December 3, 2014, at the age of 84. She was born in Muskegon on September 19, 1930, the third of seven children born to Gerrit and Cornelia Vanderwest.

Growing up in the post-depression era, as a young girl she worked on the Fisher Celery Farm on Oak Avenue. Than, prior to her marriage, she sas a nanny for Dr. & Mrs. Bernard Wildgen and their six children.

Wilma married Robert W. Brusky on June 26, 1954, at St. Michael's rectory in Muskegon. Shortly after their marriage, they moved to Laketon Township, where she resided for the last 60 years. Wilma was primarily a housewife, but she also was the bookkeeper for her husband's businesses, Seaway Standard and Seaway Shell Gas Stations.

Bob preceded Wilma in death on January 2, 2005. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her two older brothers, Richard and Melvin Vanderwest. She is survived by brothers, D. Sam Vanderwest and Robert Vanderwest, and sisters Irma J. Vanderwest and Mary L. Sandberg.

Although Wilma and Bob never had children of their own, they were very loving and generous to all the nephews and nieces in their family. She will be missed by all.

Wilma and Bob loved car racing; NASCAR on TV, but especially those at Berlin Raceway. They attended those races every Saturday for over 50 years. They had also traveled to Indy, Pocono and Michigan Int'l Speedway. Wilma also liked to read and especially loved caring for her home.

Per her wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no visitation or service. Memorial may be to Wings of Mercy, Suite #393, 100 S. Pine St., Zeeland, MI 49464 or Alzheimer's Association, Michigan Great Lakes Chapter, PO Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011.

Wilma's family would like to thank all the staff who cared for her recently at Mercy Hospital and Brookhaven Nursing Facility. We would especially like to thank Brooke Grant for the loving home care she gave to Wilma over the last one and a half years.

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Mrs. Mary Alice Ramthun of Montague

Mary Alice Ramthun, age 92, died December 4, 2014. She was born October 4, 1922, in Burwyn, Illinois, to Martin and Marion (MacAuley) Holden. In 1941, she married Merlin Dukes, who preceded her in death in 1945, at the Battle of the Bulge in World War II. On September 12, 1947, she married Raymond L. Ramthun, who preceded her in death in 2003. Mrs. Ramthun worked at Howmet Corp. until retiring in 1984. Mary Alice was the oldest living Charter member of Faith Lutheran Church in Whitehall and had been active in LWML for many years. She loved vacationing in Florida for over 25 years. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Marcella Sorenson, and a brother, Jack Holden.

FAMILY: Her children, Roger Ramthun of Florida, Sharon (Dan) Brandt of Whitehall, Scottie (Mike) Ransom of Montague, Wayne Ramthun and John Ramthun both of Montague; 12 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild; 1 sister, Barb Westbrook; 3 brothers, Tom Holden, Paul Holden and Ray Holden.

SERVICE: Monday, December 8, 2014, at 1 PM, at Faith Lutheran Church, 707 E. Alice St., Whitehall, with Rev. Jim Eggert officiating. Interment will be in Hubbard Cemetery, White River Township.

VISITING TIME: Sunday, 4-6 PM, at Clock Funeral Home, 413 S. Mears Ave., Whitehall.

DONATIONS: Memorial Fund of Faith Lutheran Church, 707 E. Alice St., Whitehall 49461.

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Dolly O'Connell Morton of Whitehall

Dolly O’Connell Morton passed away peacefully on the afternoon of Thursday, December 4th with her daughter, Anne and son-in-law, Allan Dake by her side. Dolly was born at home, at The Michillinda Pines Resort, on January 13, 1918. The daughter of Joseph O’Connell and Elvira Austin O’Connell, she had 4 brothers: James, Charles, John and Donald O’Connell and 4 sisters: Leone Greve, Betty Geffert, Elvira Baker and Doris Hunt. She attended the one-room School #1 on South Shore Dr., graduated from Muskegon High School in 1936 and Muskegon Junior College in 1938. October 2, 1941, she married Robert E. Morton at Michillinda Pines and they made their home on the south shore of White Lake. In later years Bob and Dolly split their time between White Lake and Naples, Florida. After Bob’s passing in February 1996, she continued to spend the winter in Naples until just recently.

Dolly worked for the Muskegon Red Cross in the 1940s and 1950s. She taught swimming to several generations of kids at White Lake. She was an active volunteer in the community but most importantly was a wife and mother. Her interests included golf, swimming, diving, walks on the Lake Michigan Beach and socializing with friends. She was a member of the White Lake Yacht Club, White Lake Golf Club, The Glades Golf & Country Club (Naples), Muskegon Museum of Art - Friends of Art, the White Lake Community Club and the Arts Council of White Lake.

In addition to her daughter and son-in-law, others left to celebrate her memory are sisters-in-law, Jane Morton Catey and Nan Whitney O’Connell, bother-in-law, Don Morton and many nieces, nephews and others for whom she was “Aunt Dolly”.

According to her wishes there will be a “Celebration on the Shores of White Lake” in June 2015. Please consider gifts in her memory to the White Lake Community Fund or the Muskegon Heritage Museum Fund, both funds of the Community Foundation for Muskegon County, 425 W. Western Ave., Muskegon, MI 49440. Note on the fund on the check.

Dolly lived her 96 years to the fullest, with grace and dignity. Always caring for others, she had that ever-present twinkle in her eye, little giggle and warm smile. Friendly to everyone, loved by so many, she will be missed by all who knew her.

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Mr. Leland T. "Jake" Genson of Muskegon

Mr. Leland T. "Jake" Genson, age 79, died November 29, 2014. He was born August 23, 1935, in Boyne City, to Lee C. and Violet (Russell) Genson. He was married to the former Phyliss Branch, who preceded him in death. He had worked at Campbell, Wyant & Cannon for 39 years before retiring. He was preceded in death by his father, wife, son, Harry Genson, grandson Barry Genson and great-grandson Damian Alvarado.

FAMILY: His children, Rick (Cheryl) Genson of Norton Shores, Gordon (Linda) Genson, Greg (Karen) Genson and Lee Genson, all of Muskegon; his mother, Violet Genson of Whitehall; 15 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren, 3 great-great-grandchildren; siblings, Floyd (Cherry) Genson and Royce (Kathy) Genson, both of Whitehall and Angie (Bob) Sliwinski and Bob (Mary) Genson, both of Florida.

SERVICE: Friday, December 5, 2014, at 11 AM, at Clock Funeral Home, 413 S. Mears Ave., Whitehall.

VISITING TIME: Thursday, 5-8 PM at Clock Funeral Home in Whitehall.

DONATIONS: Harbor Hospice, for Poppen House, 1050 W. Western Ave., Suite 400, Muskegon 49441.

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Mr. Donn R. Belknap of Montague

Donn R. Belknap, age 87, died November 29, 2014. He was born June 24, 1927, in Detroit, to Leon and Lucille (Bacon) Belknap. He married the former Elaine Johnson on August 27, 1949, in Detroit. He proudly served in the US Navy in the South Pacific serving on the USS Boxer during World War II. Mr. Belknap worked for Darin & Armstrong General Contractors for 33 years, retiring in 1984, and moved to the Montague area.

FAMILY: His wife, Elaine; daughters, Janet Belknap of LA and Nancy Belknap Morris of PA; grandchildren, Mark Belknap Toohey of HI, Justin Belknap Toohey of LA and Sara Morris Gulick of PA.

SERVICE: Private services will be held in the Spring of 2015.

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Mrs. Oralia De La Paz of Muskegon

Oralia De La Paz, age 67, died November 21, 2014. She was born on January 24, 1947, in Harlington, Texas, to Albino and Antonia Sanchez. She was married to Telesforo De La Paz, on February 24, 1963, in Corpus Christi. She had been a homemaker and had lived in Walkerville for a number of years. She was preceded in death by a son, Daniel, a granddaughter, a sister and a brother.

FAMILY: Her husband, Telesforo; her children, David De La Paz of TX, Daniel De La Paz of IL, Diana Solis of TX, Daryl De La Paz of CA and Donald De La Paz of CA; 10 grandchildren; 3 sisters; 3 brothers.

SERVICE: Wednesday, December 3, 2014, from 11 AM - 2 PM, at CLOCK Funeral Home of White Lake, 413 S. Mears Ave., Whitehall. Interment will be in Fairlawn Cemetery, Walkerville.

VISITING TIME: Monday and Tuesday, 4 -7 PM, at Clock Funeral Home of White Lake.

DONATIONS: De La Paz Family, c/o Clock Funeral Home of White Lake, Box 128, Whitehall 49461.

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Mr. Brian S. Hutchinson of Montague

Brian S. Hutchinson, age 51, died November 19, 2014. He was born March 9, 1963, in Muskegon, to Lafayette "Pete" Tice and Shirley (DeVries) Hutchinson. He had lived in Indiana, where he worked, and was living locally now. He was preceded in death by his father and a son, Bobby Scott Hutchinson.

FAMILY: His children, Nicholas Hutchinson of Montague, Denise Hutchinson of Whitehall, Kristina Hutchinson of MO, Brian Scott Hutchinson Jr. of Jones and Elizabeth Hutchinson of Jones; 5 grandchildren, Clayton Hutchinson and Sydney McCabe of Montague, Kendal Carlisle, Brinkley Hutchinson & Kambryn Milner, all of Whitehall; his mother, Shirley Hutchinson of Whitehall; siblings, Marsha (Dan) Black of Muskegon, Debra (Gary) Faught of Muskegon, Laurie Hutchinson of Hart, David (Kelly) Hutchinson of Norton Shores, Dennis Tice of Shelby, Peter Tice of CA, Carol Tice of Muskegon and Greg (Dawn) Tice of Muskegon.

MEMORIAL SERVICE: Sunday, December 14, 2014, at 2 PM, at Korthase Conference Center, 9228 S. 88th Ave., Montague.

DONATIONS: Hutchinson Family, c/o Clock Funeral Home of White Lake, Box 128, Whitehall 49461.

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Mr. Rodney P. Meeker of Mass, MI (formerly of Ludington)

Rodney P. Meeker, age 73, formerly of Ludington, died November 23, 2014, in Marquette. He was born April 3, 1941, in Creston, Ohio, to Roy and Sylvia (Giles) Meeker. A graduate of Freesoil High School, he married the former Alexandra Boguszewski. Mr. Meeker worked as a pipefitter for Dow Chemical Co. for 31 years, retiring in 2003. He was a longtime parishioner of St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, then St. Simon Catholic Church, as well as Holy Family Catholic Church in Ontonagon. He also was a longtime member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles, and enjoyed sports, traveling and Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

FAMILY: Mr. Meeker is survived by his wife of 53 years, Alexandra; his children, Steve (Cindy) Meeker of Perry, Therese (Dan) Wagner of Cedar Springs, Andrea (Greg) Steffes of Allendale, Charles (Alethea) Meeker and Paul (Julie) Meeker, both of Ludington; 12 grandchildren, Allison and Kady Meeker, Nicholas, Daniel and Michael Wagner, Noah Steffes, Boyd, Logan and Garrett Meeker and Rebecah, Nolan and Trent Meeker; his siblings, sister, Georgia Cobb of FL, brother, Ronald (Virginia) Meeker of LA, brother Gaylord (Darlene) Meeker of TN, sister Janet (Mike Evans) of Ludington, sister Kayleen Meeker of CO and brother, Alan Ross of AZ; sisters-in-law, Connie Anderson of Ludington, Janet Abramowski and Alice (Gordon) Petzak, both of Manistee; brother-in-law, David Bogus of Ludington; many nieces and nephews. Mr. Meeker was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Robert Meeker.

MEMORIAL MASS: Friday, November 28, 2014, at 11 AM, at St. Simon Catholic Church, 702 E. Bryant Rd., Ludington, with the Rev. Fr. Wayne B. Wheeler Jr. as Celebrant.

VISITING TIME: The family will receive visitors on Friday, from 9:30 AM until service time at the church in Ludington.

DONATIONS: American Cancer Society, NW MI Office, 129 Jefferson SE, Grand Rapids 49503 or Beacon House, 1301 N. Third St., Marquette, MI 49855.

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Mrs. Elsie M. Beebe of Montague

Elsie Margaret Beebe, of Montague, went to meet her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on November 18, 2014, in Whitehall, after complications from a stroke. She was born to William James and Hester Woods in Clearfield, Pennsylvania, on August 13, 1916. She was preceded in death by her parents, 13 siblings, 3 husbands, George Shubert, Raymond Marsh and Oliver Beebe, and her son, Wilson D. "Ted" Shubert.

Elsie was a member of the White Lake Wesleyan Church and because of her unending love for Christ, there are many people celebrating in Heaven with her today. Through the years Elsie worked at Bell Aircraft in Niagara Falls, NY, Hooker Chemical in NY and MI and retired from Howmet/Alcoa in 1978.

FAMILY: She will be deeply missed by her grandchildren, Cheryl & Chris Smith, Teri & David VanHall and Stephen Shubert; her children, Elizabeth & James Beebe, Penny & Paul Carlson, Wayne & Sue Beebe and Audrey & Randy Carew; a host of great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren and nieces & nephews.

SERVICE: Was held Friday, November 21, 2014, at 1 PM, at White Lake Wesleyan Church, 503 S. Division St., Whitehall.
DONATIONS: Building Fund of White Lake Wesleyan Church.

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Mrs. Anne L. Doran of Montague

Anne L. Doran, age 74, died November 14, 2014. She was born July 5, 1940, in Mason City, Iowa, to Alfred and Marie (Wise) Becker. A Registered Nurse, she married Kenneth Doran October 21, 1961, in Iowa. She received her Nursing degree from St. Francis School of Nursing in LaCrosse, WI, and worked at Whitehall Manor for 15 years, retiring in 1982. She was a Communicant member of St. James Catholic Church. Mrs. Doran was preceded in death by grandchildren, Kara Hissong, and Sgt. Michael Nafe.

FAMILY: Her husband, Ken; children, Margaret (Mike) Everling and Theresa (Christopher) Hissong, both of Montague and Steven Doran of Montague; grandchildren, TSgt. David (Chrissy) Nafe, Ryan Felan, Amanda (Steven) Lawrence, PFC. Patrick Hissong and Nicholas Hissong; great-grandchildren, Chloe Nafe, Paris Lawrence and Callie Lawrence; her sisters, Margaret Tague of CO, Carol Hayes of NM and Veronica Groesbeck of IA.

FUNERAL LITURGY: Thursday, November 20, 2014, at 11 AM, at St. James Catholic Church, 5149 Dowling St., Montague, with the Rev. Fr. Peter Omogo presiding. Interment will be in Hart Township Cemetery, Hart.

VISITING TIME: Wednesday, 2-4 and 6-8 PM, at Clock Funeral Home, 413 S. Mears Ave., in Whitehall.

DONATIONS: Doran Family, c/o Clock Funeral Home of White Lake, Box 128, Whitehall 49461.

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