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Rev. Dr. Charles F. Garrod

Rev. Dr. Charles F. Garrod Rev. Dr. Charles “Chuck” Garrod passed away on Thursday, July 25 at Clark Retirement Community in Grand Rapids, MI at the age of 89.  He was born October 7, 1929 to Fred and Edith Garrod in Lawrence, MI.  His family was very involved in the Lawrence United Methodist Church, and… Continue Reading Rev. Dr. Charles F. Garrod

Pastor Clarence W. VanConant

Pastor Clarence W. VanConant We extend our condolences to the family and friends of Pastor Clarence William VanConant, Retired Local Pastor of the Michigan Conference, who died on July 29, 2019 at the age of 75.  Clarence served at churches in the Upper Peninsula, the Thumb area and Monroe including Harbor Beach, Port Hope, Port Sanilac, and… Continue Reading Pastor Clarence W. VanConant

Rev. George R. Grettenberger

Rev. George R. Grettenberger George Richard Grettenberger died Sunday, July 28, 2019 at the age of 89. George was born on April 16, 1930 in Grand Rapids, Michigan to Louis and Edith Grettenberger.  He graduated from high school in Grand Rapids in 1948 and from the University of Michigan in 1952 with a BA in… Continue Reading Rev. George R. Grettenberger

Charlene Frances Paige Garrett

Charlene Frances Paige Garrett Charlene Frances Paige Garrett, 89, arrived at her Heavenly home on July 17, 2019, with her family by her side. Charlene was born April 13, 1930, in Jackson, Michigan, to Howard and Jennie (Barnes) Paige. She grew up in Flint and Saginaw and graduated from Arthur Hill High School. While attending… Continue Reading Charlene Frances Paige Garrett

Carol A. Wingeier

Carol A. Wingeier We extend our condolences to the family and friends of Rev. Douglas E. Wingeier, Retired Elder of the Michigan Conference (transferred from the Wisconsin Conference) on the passing of his wife, Carol Ann (Wise) Wingeier, of Asheville, NC who died on July 4, 2019 of the effects of diabetes and Alzheimer’s Disease.… Continue Reading Carol A. Wingeier

Deborah K. Ferris

Deborah K. Ferris Our prayers go out to the Ferris family on the passing of Deborah Kay (Kennedy) Ferris who died on May 31, 2019.  Deb is survived by her husband, Rev. Dr. Jon C. Ferris, a Retired Elder of the former Detroit Annual Conference.  Deb was born and raised in Western Pennsylvania.  She came to Michigan… Continue Reading Deborah K. Ferris

Margaret A. Kivisto

Margaret Amelia Kivisto, born February 6, 1941 in Detroit, Michigan, the daughter of Roy and Neva Dodd, passed suddenly while walking through her beloved Mount Brighton subdivision. Margaret was a retired local pastor who served at Linden UMC and Argentine UMC. She met Jeffrey Kivisto in high school and after six years of dating, they… Continue Reading Margaret A. Kivisto

Eileen L. Pohly

Eileen Lois (Hamilton) Pohly, age 88 of Grand Rapids died on July 2, 2019 at Clark on Keller Lake, in Grand Rapids. Born April 4, 1931 in Canonsburg, PA, she was the daughter of Cristy and Geraldine (Wetzel) Hamilton. She is survived by her loving husband, Rev. Dr. Gerald A. Pohly (retired District Superintendent and… Continue Reading Eileen L. Pohly

Rev. Dr. Ross Neil Nicholson

Rev. Dr. Ross Neil Nicholson The Reverend Doctor, Ross Neil Nicholson, age 86, of Marquette, entered eternal life on Saturday, June 29, 2019, at Trillium Hospice House, in the loving, comforting care of his family and Trillium staff.   Born January 5, 1933, in Highland Park, Michigan, Ross was the son of Frederick S. and… Continue Reading Rev. Dr. Ross Neil Nicholson

Matti R. Koivula

Matti R. Koivula Matti Richard Koivula, 62, of Mesick, passed away on Wednesday, May 15thsurrounded by family and friends.  Matt is survived by his wife, Rev. Laurie M. Koivula, who has served most recently at Brethren: Epworth and Mesick United Methodist Churches.  Matt was born March 4, 1957, in Ypsilanti, to Arvi and Juanita (Cook) Koivula. … Continue Reading Matti R. Koivula

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