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Aroline Esther (Cozadd) Brown

Esther Brown, age 91, of East Leroy, joyfully entered heaven’s gates on December 15th, 2021. Esther was born on October 11th, 1930, to William and Edna Cozadd. Tragedy struck the family soon after her birth, with the passing of her father. Much like Queen Esther in the Bible, Esther was sent to live with family… Continue Reading Aroline Esther (Cozadd) Brown

Rev. Dr. Joseph A. Perez

On October 5, 2021, Joseph A. Perez, 91, (aka José Antonio Pérez) passed away in San Francisco, Calif., under the loving care of his daughter just 10 days after learning he had stage four lung cancer. Predeceased by his wife of 65 years, Joanne R. Pérez; parents, Mario and Carmen Belén Pérez; and his grandson,… Continue Reading Rev. Dr. Joseph A. Perez

Rev. Dr. James D. Cochran

Isaiah 26: 3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. (KJV) James Daniel Cochran, age 91, of Ypsilanti Michigan, died on November 18, 2021. He died peacefully in Denver, CO surrounded by family after suffering a stroke. James was born in Muskegon, Michigan on October… Continue Reading Rev. Dr. James D. Cochran

Doris E. Youngs

Doris Elaine Holden Norman Youngs passed away on Tuesday, November 9, 2021 at her home in Otsego, Michigan. Doris grew up on the Holden farm in Trowbridge Township, the daughter of Curtis William and Mildred Mae Holden. She attended Hicks School and graduated from Otsego High School in 1954. Around age 11, Doris accepted Jesus… Continue Reading Doris E. Youngs

Rev. Paul E. Patterson

Paul Ezra Patterson was born in Altoona, PA, on January 13, 1928. He was the son of Rev. Ezra and Anna Patterson. Paul was a retired United Methodist minister of the gospel and died on November 13, 2021.   Paul graduated from Juniata College in Huntingdon, PA, in 1950, and from Garrett Biblical Institute at… Continue Reading Rev. Paul E. Patterson

Viola H. Hilliard 

Viola H. Hilliard, age 95, of Chelsea, MI, passed away on October 25, 2021. Vi was born to John J. and Hilma (Sahinoja) Polkky in Hancock, Michigan on April 12, 1926. She was one of four children. The family moved to Bruce Crossing, where Mr. Polkky managed the Settler’s Cooperative store for many years. Vi… Continue Reading Viola H. Hilliard 

Rev. Janet A. Lee 

Janet Arlene Lee, age 89, of Hillsdale, passed away Thursday, October 21, 2021, at Country Living in Hillsdale. She was born on December 8, 1931, in Detroit to Homer and Mary (Saettel) Leisenring. She married William Lee, of Hillsdale, on July 4, 1953, and he preceded her on March 23, 2017. Janet graduated from Hudson… Continue Reading Rev. Janet A. Lee 

Doris K. Kraushaar

Doris Kays Kraushaar passed away peacefully on September 24, 2021, at Heritage Community of Kalamazoo, surrounded by her loving family.  Doris was a 53-year resident of Saline, Michigan and member of First United Methodist Church in Ann Arbor where she sang in the Chancel Choir for 45 years.  She was preceded in death by her… Continue Reading Doris K. Kraushaar

Lonnie C. Pratt

Lonnie Collins Pratt, age 66 of Branch, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, at her home. Lonnie was the spouse of retired local pastor Rev. David O. Pratt. Funeral arrangements are pending at Wyman Funeral & Cremation Services in Scottville.  Online condolences can be shared at

Rev. Gerald E. Mumford, Sr.

Gerald E. Mumford, Sr., retired Michigan Conference clergy, passed away Monday afternoon, September 27, 2021, in Venice, Florida surrounded by family.  Rev. Mumford served the following local churches: Otter Lake & West Forest UMCs, West Deerfield UMC, Holly: Mt. Bethel UMC and retired in 1993. He was also a WWII veteran, serving in Korea. Gerald… Continue Reading Rev. Gerald E. Mumford, Sr.