In Memoriam

Marlene Hansen (1936-2016)

Marlene Mildred (Pierson) Hansen, age 80, of Mattawan, passed away May 11, 2016. She was born March 29, 1936 in Grand Rapids to the late Elwin and Maxine (Bricker) Pierson.

 

She is survived by her three children, Winona M. Brewster of Vicksburg, David M. Brewster of Lawton and Robert S. (Phyllis) Brewster of Almena, six step children, Jerry Hansen of Paw Paw, James Hansen of Jacksonville, FL, Jay Hansen of Palm City, FL, Jon Hansen of Issaquah, WA, Tammy Price of Naples, FL and Lorry Hansen, eight grandchildren, Jon, Sean, Elaina, Tyler, Brittany, John, Jimmy and Andy, 15 great grandchildren along with two brothers, Ray Beekman of Reed City, MI and Jim Beekman of Howell, MI. Marlene was preceded in death by her husband, John Hansen and one brother, Roger Beekman.

 

Marlene served her country in the Air Force during the Korean War, she opened her first beauty salon in Texas Corners and followed with several other salons around Kalamazoo. She was a certified Trichologist and Master Gardner she received from Michigan State University. Marlene was a member of the Kalamazoo Valley Indian Association and the Daughters of Union Army Veterans of the Civil War. She was an active member and volunteer with the Southwest Michigan Boy-scouts Council. Marlene took great pride in her country and was very supportive of helping others and equality for all. Burial at Almena Cemetery.

 

 

Member of the Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, 1861 – 1865

since October 10, 2006   

Marie Velting (1930-2015)

Marie L. Velting went to be with her Lord and Savior on April 7, 2015.

Marie was born in 1930 in Grand Rapids to Roy and Nellie Haskins who both preceded her in death. Also preceding her in death is her husband of over 50 years, John Harold Velting, her sister Joan Velting and brother James Haskins.

 

She leaves behind her children; Karen (George) Beardslee, Cynthia Gunnell, David (Dianne) Velting, Larry Velting, 7 grandchildren, many great-grandchildren, and sisters; Betty (Bob) Parks, Beverly (Freel) Reyner, Jackie (Gene) Heibel, and Grace Jones.

 

Marie was active member with Northview Church of Christ, Daughters of the Union Veterans of Civil War, and the Grand Rapids Camera Club.

 

 

Member of the Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, 1861 – 1865

since July 10, 2001

Dawn Robinson (1939-2013)

Mrs. Dawn Y. Robinson, age 73, went to be with her Lord on Sunday morning, March 24, 2013. She was born on August 14, 1939 in Grand Rapids, MI. to Fred and Dorothy (Phillips) Adrianse. She belonged to the N.S.C.D. XVIIC Captain Thomas Taber Chapter, Muskegon Chapter D.A.R., D.U.V. Eva Grey Tent Grand Rapids, MI., National Society Magna Charta Dames, and the Towne Family Association. Dawn had a great love of family and family history. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry E. Robinson; by 2 sisters, Eva May "Molly" Reed and Diana Royce; and by her brother-in-law, Ted Kent. She leaves behind her daughter, Cherie (Don) Adrianse; grandchildren, Shane (Jay) Adrianse, Miranda Nagle; 1 great grandson, Kaden Edwin; step-children, Jean (Mike) McCarthy, Joel (Melissa) Robinson; step-grandchildren, Eric and Ethan McCarthy, Shelby and Kelsey Robinson; brothers, Ronald (Lois) Adrianse, Donald (Sally) Adrianse, Fred (Debbie) Adrianse; sisters, Donna (Bruce) Doezema, Dottie Kent, Marlene (Carl) Thompson, Helen (Stan) Carey; brother-in-law, Robert Royce; sisters-in-law, Mary (Rodney) Belows, Marie (Alvin) Hall, Martha (Richard) Osborn, Sue (Randy) Derks; and many nieces and nephews. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date, and interment will be in Ashland Township Cemetery. Suggested Memorial: The Grand Rapids Home for Veterans. You can sign the online guest book at: www.kroeze-wolffis.com. Kroeze-Wolffis Funeral Home 637 E. Main Street - Fremont (231) 924-2130 or (888) 544-5388
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Mrs. Dawn Y. Robinson, age 73, went to be with her Lord on Sunday morning, March 24, 2013. She was born on August 14, 1939 in Grand Rapids, MI. to Fred and Dorothy (Phillips) Adrianse.

 

She belonged to the following organizations:

  • National Society Colonial Dames XVII Century - Captain Thomas Taber Chapter, Muskegon Chapter
  • Daughters of the American Revolution
  • Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, 1861-1865 - Eva Gray Tent No. 2 Grand Rapids, MI.
  • National Society Magna Charta Dames
  • Towne Family Association.

Dawn had a great love of family and family history.

 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry E. Robinson; by 2 sisters, Eva May "Molly" Reed and Diana Royce; and by her brother-in-law, Ted Kent. She leaves behind her daughter, Cherie (Don) Adrianse; grandchildren, Shane (Jay) Adrianse, Miranda Nagle; 1 great grandson, Kaden Edwin; step-children, Jean (Mike) McCarthy, Joel (Melissa) Robinson; step-grandchildren, Eric and Ethan McCarthy, Shelby and Kelsey Robinson; brothers, Ronald (Lois) Adrianse, Donald (Sally) Adrianse, Fred (Debbie) Adrianse; sisters, Donna (Bruce) Doezema, Dottie Kent, Marlene (Carl) Thompson, Helen (Stan) Carey; brother-in-law, Robert Royce; sisters-in-law, Mary (Rodney) Belows, Marie (Alvin) Hall, Martha (Richard) Osborn, Sue (Randy) Derks; and many nieces and nephews. 

 

 

Member of the Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, 1861 – 1865

since January 14, 2003

Sandra Longpre (1950-2012)

LONGPRE, RONALD and SANDRA; of Mancelona, formerly of Clarkston; June 29, 2012.

 

Loving parents of Ronald Dean Longpre, Keri (Tom) Collins, and John (Sheila) Longpre; cherished grandparents of Katie, Amanda (Mike), Kristy, Sara, Jessica, Brandon, and the late Erin and John Jr. Ronald is survived by his brother, Greg (Linda) Longpre.

 

Sandra is survived by her siblings, Cheryl Weber, Nancy (Larry) Bissonette; and sister-in-law, Shannon Wheatcroft. Ronald is predeceased by his sister, Verna. Sandra is predeceased by her mothers, Eulah Wheatcroft and Joyce Wheatcroft; father, George Wheatcroft; and brother, George Wheatcroft. Ron and Sandy were always with their grandbabies snuggling them up, going to Walmart, Petosky hunting, and are better known as "Grammy and Poppy". Ron retired from GM as a skilled tradesman. He was a Northern man at heart and loved to be anywhere "Up North".

 

Sandy retired from Lakeside Window and was currently working for Shanty Creek in the sales department and loved to stay busy. In her spare time, she had her elbows deep in family genealogy research and was honored with the position of President of the Daughters of the Union Veterans of the Civil War. A couple with their love, have touched so many.

 

 

Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, 1861 – 1865

  • Michigan Department President ~ 2011-12
  • Charter member of Annie Etheridge Tent No. 59 ~ 2009
  • Member of Juliet E. Stevens Tent No. 14

Jean Sowa (1920-2009)

Jean Marcella Sowa, aged 89, of Grand Rapids, passed away Tuesday, September 1, 2009. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of almost 70 years, Walter.

 

Jean will be lovingly remembered by her daughter, Claudia Sowa Wojciakowski; son-in-law, Joseph Wojciakowski; grandson, Matthew Wojciakowski; sister-in-law, Maryann Sowa; and the Sowa and Wojciakowski families.

 

A special thanks to Barb Looney, Andrea Sanchez for the kind and loving care and Brother Andy from St Alphonsus for his continuous support.

 

Jean was recently honored on her 89th birthday by the Daughters of the Union Veterans for over 60 years of membership. She worked as a civil employee for the FBI as a researcher, at an Army supply depot as a supply control specialist, the Grand Rapids Supreme Court, and the Michigan Court of Appeals as a legal secretary. Jean was a charter member and past president of the Richard Root Smith Library for Doctors at Blodgett Hospital, member of the Grand Rapids Legal Secretary Association and member and past president of the Lincoln School Guild Board.

 

Most of all, Jean's passion for life will be missed by all her family, friends and neighbors. 

 

 

Member of the Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, 1861 – 1865

since June 8, 1975 

M. Maxine McKinnon (1920-2004)

M. Maxine McKinnon, aged 83, of Grand Rapids, passed away Thursday, April 1, 2004.

 

She is survived by her children, Michael Squire, Beverlee (Gary) Van Dyke, Linda McKinnon; grandchildren, Kristi (John) Porter, Richard (Jen) Collins, Travis Collins, Tavia Collins; several great-grandchildren; sister, Beverly Meyering; several nieces, nephews and cousins and a very good family friend, Jerry Nutt.

 

Maxine loved reading, gardening, animals and doing ceramics with her friends. She was also a history buff and belonged to the Daughters of the Union Veterans of the Civil War and the Daughters of the American Revolution.

     

 

Member of the Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, 1861 – 1865

since May 4, 1999

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