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Barbara R. Crumm

Barbara Ruth Crumm, matriarch of an extended family spread across Michigan and other parts of the U.S., died at age 95 on December 1 after a long struggle with several illnesses. Barbara received such good care that she avoided the trauma of COVID and passed away peacefully in her bed that morning. Barbara was the… Continue Reading Barbara R. Crumm

Rev. Mark R. Babb

Mark R. Babb, age 60, of Sturgis, Michigan died peacefully on December 1, 2020 at the Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He was born in Wilmington, Ohio on January 29, 1960 to the late Robert and Betty (Rose) Babb. His early life was spent in Wilmington where he graduated from Wilmington High School with… Continue Reading Rev. Mark R. Babb

Rev. Robert Duggan

Rev. Robert Duggan of Louisville passed away after a brief illness on Monday, November 23, 2020. Bob was born on July 17, 1939 in Scranton, PA. He was preceded in death by his mother Helen Testa Duggan and father Edward Duggan. Bob is survived by his wife of 57 years June Bran Duggan, his children,… Continue Reading Rev. Robert Duggan

Rev. Dr. Donald B. Strobe

‘If you would comfort me, sing me a lullaby; If you would win my heart, sing me a love song; If you would mourn me and bring me to God; Sing me a requiem, Sing me to heaven.” -Daniel Gawthorp “In My Father’s House….”  The Rev. Dr. Donald B. Strobe, Michigan Conference Retired Elder, entered… Continue Reading Rev. Dr. Donald B. Strobe

Frederick C. Douglas

Frederick Clark Douglas (1940-2020) of Kalamazoo, MI, left this world to join the heavenly choir on Thursday, November 12, just before 11 p.m. at the age of 80 years, 1 month, and 8 days. For those of you who knew him well, you know there must have been quite a welcome offered to pull him… Continue Reading Frederick C. Douglas

Florence M. Vuurens

Florence “Flo” M. Vuurens, age 87, passed away on Wednesday, November 11, 2020. She was born on January 21, 1933 to Frederick and Minnie (Maatman) VanDyke in Holland, MI. Florence worked for several years as a secretary at Hope College and went on to work at Twin Lake United Methodist Church helping with office duties… Continue Reading Florence M. Vuurens

Judith Louise DeGraw

Judith Louise DeGraw, age 80 of Howell, Michigan died Wednesday, November 11, 2020 at her home. Born November 24, 1939 in Detroit, the daughter of Elwood C. and Ruth M. (Titcomb) Wagner, Judith is survived by her beloved husband, Rev. Alan W. DeGraw (Retired Elder), whom she married June 9, 2001 in Novi. She is… Continue Reading Judith Louise DeGraw

Genevieve “Jenny” E. Kroeze

Mrs. Genevieve “Jenny” Elaine Kroeze, age 72 of Fremont, went to be with her Lord & Savior on Tuesday evening, November 10, 2020.  Jenny was born on March 10, 1948 in Mason, Michigan to Ralph & Bettie (Rice) Hart.  She was a member of Fremont United Methodist Church.  Jenny was very active within the United… Continue Reading Genevieve “Jenny” E. Kroeze

James L. Rhinesmith

James L. Rhinesmith passed away November 5th, 2020 in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.  Jim was born February 25, 1923 in Ringwood, New Jersey to William H. and Irene (née Brown) on a horse powered farm. He was nurtured in his home church of Midvale where he was one of four Methodist ministers. Jim served the New York area and… Continue Reading James L. Rhinesmith

Margaret A. Ball

Margaret Ball passed away peacefully on Thursday October 15, 2020 surrounded by the love of her family. Born in Snover, Michigan on May 7, 1937 to Norma and Fred Hirsch, Margaret spent her youth in the Thumb. Active in 4H and the marching band, Margaret was most known for her skills as a majorette and… Continue Reading Margaret A. Ball