Ionia County

TEED, Mrs. Carrie S.

Ionia Sentinel, Sunday, 7 January 1962

Funeral service for Mrs. Carrie S. Teed, 84, of Sheridan, will be held at 2 o’clock Tuesday afternoon at Stebbins funeral home in Sheridan. She died Sunday at the hospital there.

Mrs. Teed was born at Shiloh, November 3, 1878 and had spent most of her life in the Sheridan vicinity.

She was a member of Order of Eastern Star and the Methodist church.

In 1896 she was married to George Lampman, and in 1909 was married to Albert Teed. Mr. Teed died in 1941.

Mrs. Teed is survived by five daughters, Mrs. Oneita Landis of Auburn, Calif., Mrs. Georgia Baker of Lake City, Mrs. Leah Forist of Grand Rapids, Mrs. Edith Belle Edwards of Stanton, and Mrs. Lennie Pearson of Ionia; three sons, Lester Lampman of Lake Odessa, Harvey Teed of Sheridan, and Lawrence Teed of Wyoming; 30 grandchildren, 47 great-grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Sarah Parks of Belding, and a brother, Frank Emory of Kalkaska.

Interment will be at Clear Lake cemetery. The Rev. Lee Long of Sheridan will officiate.

Bearers will be Wayne Hudson, George Burns, Joel Jones, Alden Maynard, Robert Piper and Donald Lacy.

Contributed by: Marilyn Ransom

TERRY, Mrs. Arthur dies of heart trouble

Posted By: Mary Dennison
Date: Thursday, 5 April 2001, at 6:57 a.m.

Funeral at residence last Saturday. Burial in Carlton.

As briefly mentioned in last week's Wave - Times, Mrs. Arthur Terry was stricken last Thursday shortly after dinner while helping with the dinner dishes. For the last two years she has had more or less trouble with her heart and consulted several physicians and was treated for the trouble. Only a few days previous to her death she had got a new supply of medicines.

Neither she, her husband nor the physician seemed to realize how serious a trouble it was, and death came a shock to all.

Emma Karrar was born in Bowen township July 5th 1870. She attended school in Campbell, her parents moving to that township in her early years.

She was married to Arthur Terry May 9th 1900 and has lived in Lake Odessa since. She leaves besides her husband two sisters Mrs. Clara Scott and Mrs. Walter Shepard, two brothers, Arthur and M.J. Karrar and her mother Mrs. John Karrar of Clarksville.

The funeral was held Saturday at 11 a.m. at the residence, Rev. I. Mourer preached the sermon and Miss Minnie Rynolds and Mrs. A.J. Dann sang accompanied by Mrs. Mildred Durkee. The burial took place in Clarksville Cemetery.

Mrs. Terry well known in, and around Lake Odessa having lived in town or vicinity her whole life. She was tailoress by trade and made many friends. Was kind, obliging, and splendid in sickness and trouble. She made few intimate acquaintances but was highly esteemed by such friends, and her family of husband, mother, brothers, and sisters. The very many flowers upon the casket and around it testified to such affection and regard.

Two Emma Karrars

Posted By: Mary Dennison
Date: Thursday, 5 April 2001, at 11:44 a.m.

In Response To: Mrs. Arthur Terry dies of heart trouble (Mary Dennison)

Just a note....

Emma Brooks Karrar and Mrs. Arthur Terry are two different Emma Karrar's .

I hope this did not cause un-due confusion (as it did for me, LOL.)

THAYER, Beverly E. (CHASE)

Ionia Sentinel Standard, 6 August 2002

Beverly E. Thayer, 69, of Lyons passed away Saturday, Aug. 3, 2002, in Grand Rapids.

She was born April 27, 1933 in Ithaca, the daughter of Edward and Edna (Wilson) Chase. She went on to marry Henry Thayer March 27, 1967. She loved people.

Beverly is survived by her husband, Joseph Henry Thayer of Lyons; children, Joseph Henry Thayer of Lyons, Jack (Judy) Lilly of Lyons, Gary Lilly of Saranac, Dennis (Sherrie) Lilly of Edmore, Randy (Tina) Thayer of Ionia, Nancy Thayer of Muskegon, Joseph (Samantha) Thayer of Ionia, Lori (Fred) Smith of Elsie and Lynn (Andy) Hall of Brant; brother, Edward Chase of Traverse City; sisters, Thelma Cheny of Wald Lake, Fern Lover of Owosso, Deloris Smith of Ithaca. Norma Benner of Ithaca, Carol Miller of Alma, Ruth (Duane) Beck of Ashley and Dawn Sisco of Carson City; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Funeral services for Beverly will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday at Lake Funeral Home, Hull Memorial Chapel in Muir with Rev. Kenneth Harger officiating. Interment Lyons Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Tuesday at the funeral home.

Contributed by: Sandy Heintzelman

Thomas, Mrs. Elizabeth

Posted By: LaVonne I. Bennett
Date: Saturday, 23 October 2004, at 8:04 p.m.

THE IONIA SENTINEL-STANDARD, Mich. January 12, 1928, front page: "Mrs. Elizabeth Thomas, Palo Resident, Dead - Mrs. Elizabeth Thomas died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. George Davis, near Palo, Wednesday evening.

A native of England, Mrs. Thomas came to this country at the age of 40, and settled in Ionia, and aside from the recent years, which she has spent among her family, she has resided in Ionia. Her age was nearing the century mark having observed her ninety-seventh birthday anniversary last October, and in spite of her advanced age had enjoyed the best of health, even up to the day of her death, when she was suddenly stricken, falling to the floor, and died immediately.

She held membership to the Episcopal church.

Surviving her are three sons, Harry Thomas, Ionia; Arthur Thomas, Detroit; and William Thomas, Los Angeles, Cal., and three daughters, Mrs. George Davis, Palo; Mrs. James Broad, St. Paul, Minn., and Mrs. Judson Smith, of Owosso. Also 13 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.


Ionia Sentinel Standard, 9 Apr 2002

Joseph A. Thompson passed away Monday, March 25, 2002 at his residence.

He was born Sept. 16, 1932 in Grand Rapids, the son of Aaron and Opal (Campbell) Thompson. He worked for Cam America for 32 years.

He is survived by one daughter, Janet Koster of Lowell; one sister, Loretha Smith of Alto; three grandchildren, Angela, Adrion and Austin; two nephews; and one niece. There will be a memorial service held at 11 a.m., Wed. April 17, at the Senior Citizens Housing on 300 Summit St. in Saranac. Arrangements by Lake Funeral Home in Saranac.

Contributed by: Sandy Heintzelman

Thompson, Mrs. Mary F.

Posted By: LaVonne I. Bennett
Date: Friday, 10 September 2004, at 10:08 a.m.

THE IONIA SENTINEL, MICH.; Feb. 16, 1888: "In Memoriam. Mrs. Mary F. Thompson died Feb. 9th, 1888. At last her life's long, lonely, weary day, Has plumed its wounded wings and flown away; At last, upon her gentle mother's breast, The way-worn, grief-taught dove has found her rest.

To her time's later milestones have been tears, Her every step thro' desert wastes of fears; To her no after-sunshine blessed the rain, No after-healing spread its balm o'er pain.

Weep for the living, ye who've tears to shed, Waste them not now above her peaceful bed, Sing low, sweet songs, that it hath pleased God's will To breathe upon the storm torn waves, "Be still." - L. M. B. B.

Re: Thompson, Mrs. Mary F. (Rolfe)

Posted By: LaVonne I. Bennett
Date: Friday, 10 September 2004, at 10:25 a.m.

In Response To: Thompson, Mrs. Mary F. (LaVonne I. Bennett)

Additional: THE IONIA SENTINEL, MICH.; February 16, 1888: "Mary E. Rolfe was born in Orange county, Vermont, in April, 1826; was the daughter of Hazen Rolfe, and came with her father's family to Ingham county, Michigan, in 1839.

While attending Michigan central college at Spring Arbor, Jackson county, she became acquainted with Wm. Perry Thompson, who was also a student there, and in January, 1851, they were married. Mr. and Mrs. Thompson then settled in Ionia, until 1863, when they removed to Washington city, D. C., where they remained until 187(4?), during which time Mr. Thompson was employed in the department of agriculture. Hoping to benefit his health, Mr. and Mrs. Thompson went to Europe in 1874, but soon returned and went to the mountains in Colorado. Mr. Thompson's health continued to fail and in October, 1875, he died in Denver. Since that time Mrs. Thompson has spent most of her time in Europe, principally in Paris. Returned to Ionia in 1886, where she has since made her home until her death, which occurred at the residence of her brother-in-law, William A. Inman, Thursday, February 9th. She was a member of the First Presbyterian church of Washington, D. C.

The funeral services were conducted by Rev. W. S. Potter of the Presbyterian church, assisted by Rev. W. H. Scott of the church of Christ.

"Tossed no more on life's rough billow," Know'st no more of wind or tide; Nothing knows of adverse current Landed on the other side.

Safely past the shoals, the shallows, Fear'st no more the rocky shore, Dread'st no more the ocean's fury. Tempest, storms and trials o'er.

"Tossed no more on life's rough billow," Thou hast found thy longed for rest; Farewell loved one, may we meet thee in the mansions of the blest." - P. H. Taylor"


Ionia Sentinel Standard, 13 Apr 2002

Greta M. (Dalzell) Thorton, 91, of Ionia passed away April 11, 2002 at Burcham Hills Retirement Center in East Lansing.

She was born on May 17, 1910 in Orleans, the daughter of Wallace and Grace (VanGiesen) Haight. She graduated from Ionia High School and went on to marry Wilson Dalzell on June 21, 1933 in Ionia. He preceded her in death in 1980. She married Collins Thorton in 1982 and he preceded her in death in 1983.

Greta was active in the Ionia First United Methodist Church, the Cub Scouts and served on the library board. She enjoyed needlework, cooking, gardening (especially her house plants) and family gatherings.

Mrs. Thorton is survived by three sons, John (Barbara) Dalzell of East Lansing, Daniel (Glendyl) Dalzell of Norman, Okla., and Thomas (Mary) Dalzell of Rochester Hills; stepchildren, Nancy Rose of Augusta, Jan Salmon of Houghton Lake and Richard Thornton of England; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; several step-grandchildren and step great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mrs. Thorton will be at 11:30 a.m., Monday at the First United Methodist Church in Ionia with Rev. Martin Culver officiating. Visitation will be at 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and again from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Sunday at the Cook Funeral Home, Rich Street Chapel.

For those wishing, contributions in memory of Greta may be made to the First United Methodist Church in Ionia. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.

{NOTE: The name is spelled both “Thornton” and “Thorton” in the obituary.}

Contributed by: Sandy Heintzelman

TOWNER, Mrs. Harriet

Posted By: Pam Swiler
Date: Saturday, 21 April 2001, at 11:20 a.m.

Harriet, wife of Alfred Towner, died at her home in Danby township early last Sunday morning, aged 82 years and three months. Death was caused by a complication of diseases, the most direct being kidney trouble, with which she had suffered for a long time, coupled with old age.

Deceased was born in Tiverton, Devonshire, England, and was married in September, 1849, to the husband who survives her. [Alfred] They came to American in 1850 and settled at Massillon, Ohio; soon after they went to Iowa, remaining there but a short tiem and then returning to Ohio, from which state they came to Danby in 1854, settling upon what is now known as the Addison Rice farm. They lived here but a short time when they took up from the government the farm where they have since resided and where Mrs. Towner passed away. In the meantime she had visited her native country and had crossed the Atlantic five times. She was such a wife, mother, friend and neighbor as make all who are brought in contact with her better for having known her, and her death will be sincerely mourned.

Besides the husband she is survived by the following named children: W.C. Towner, Portland; Mrs. T.J. Boughner, Richard Towner, T.A. and A.F. Towner and Mrs. Sylvester Pyer, Danby; Mrs. Oscar Rozelle, Portland; and Mrs. Carey Crowley, Middleton, Mich.

Funeral services were conducted from the house Monday afternoon and burial made in Danby cemetery, Rev. Millard officiating.

George Andrew Townsend

Posted By: Kathleen Rust
Date: Saturday, 21 April 2001, at 5:35 p.m.

The Grand Rapids Press, Monday, July 16 1962 TOWNSEND – George Andrew Townsend, aged 76, of 5723 Orleans Rd, Orleans, Mich, passed away suddenly early Sunday morning, July 15. He is survived by the widow Ada; one daughter Mrs. Florence Lucille Collon of Pontiac, Mich; two sons, Mr. Norman Wright of Coldwater, Mich and Mr. Ernest J. Townsend of Clarksville, Mich; four brothers, Chauncy, Ray T. and J.W. Townsend all of Grand Rapids, William Townsend of Clarksville; three grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Tuesday 2:30 p.m. from the Fitzjohn-Courser Funeral Home, Belding Mich, with interment in Orleans Cemetery, Rev. M.L. Brokaw of Lake Odessa Methodist Church officiating.

TOWNSEND, Kenneth R. (Bob)

Posted By: Pam Swiler
Date: Saturday, 21 April 2001, at 1:21 p.m.

Lansing State Journal

Age 69 passed away December 15, 2000, in Grand Rapids. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Marilynn of Muir; sons, James and Ronda Townsend of Muir, Kenneth and Debra Townsend of Carson City; daughters, Diann and Ron Rogers of Twin Lake, MI, Nona Stobert of Hubbardston, LeeAnn and Jeff Ehlert of Crystal; brother Herb and Linda Brown of Muir; 17 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and 1 sister, Donna Jean Lehman. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the Lake Funeral Home in Ionia. Visitation will will Sunday, 7-8:30 p.m. and Monday, 2-4 p.m. and 7-8:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Anyone wishing may make memorial contributions to Ronald MacDonald House or Family Choice.

William K. Townsend

Posted By: Kathleen Rust
Date: Saturday, 21 April 2001, at 4:36 p.m.

The Grand Rapids Press, Monday, Feb 26 1985 TOWNSEND – William K. Townsend, aged 95, of Lake Odessa, passed away Saturday February 23, 1985, surviving are three sons, Stanley of Midland TX, Warren of Lake Odessa, Larry of Clarksville; five grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 1 p.m. at the Funeral Chapel, Rev. James Hulett officiating. Interment Clarksville Cemetery. Friends may meet the family Tuesday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 at the Koops Funeral Chapel, Lake Odessa.

TRASK, Mrs. L. L. (Keister)

The Ionia County News, Thursday, 17 May 1923

Headlines: Mrs. L. Trask, Aged Pioneer, Dies Monday

Lived Most of Early Married Life in the Village of Pewamo

Is Stricken With Apoplexy Sunday Funeral and Interment Will be Held at Sparta Thursday Afternoon

Mrs. L. L. Trask, for many years a resident of Pewamo, died Monday evening at her home in St. Johns, following a stroke of apoplexy, which came just as she was about to retire for the night.

For two months or more preceding her death Mrs. Trask had undergone a nervous breakdown, but was apparently on the road to recovery, being in excellent spirits and strength all day Sunday when she was entertaining members of the family at dinner, enjoyed a short automobile ride during the afternoon and attended church services in the evening. Shortly after her return home she was stricken and never regained consciousness, passing away just 23 hours later.

Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon from the M. E. church at Sparta and interment made in the cemetery at that place.

The deceased, whose maiden name was Elizabeth Stretsbury, was born at Coldwater, Ohio, June 2, 1847, being nearly 76 years of age at the time of her demise.

On September 18, 1865 she was united in marriage to David P. Keister at Coldwater, immediately following his return to Ohio from four years of active service in the Army of the Cumberland, both families of the contracting parties contributing generously to the Union defense, three brothers accompanying the young husband on his journey to southern battlefields and the father and four sons going from the Stretsbury home, all joining regiments recruited in Mercer and Dark counties, Ohio.

To their union were given eight children, John Wesley, who died in 1894, Mary Alice Rich, deceased September 14, 1901. Surviving are Bruce N. Keister, Bellevue; Mrs. H. H. Trask, Niles, Mrs. George Miller, St. Johns; Fred D. Keister, Ionia; Mrs. E. Phil Bradstrum, Sparta; and David P. Keister, Jr., Grand Rapids. There are fifteen grandchildren living.

Shortly after their marriage they came to Michigan and located for a while at Paris, Mecosta county, afterwards going to Pewamo, which remained the family home, with the exception of two years spent at Sparta, until the death of the husband and father on April 16, 1905.

On June 19, 1920, the deceased was united in marriage at Sparta to L. L. Trask, of Aberdeen, Wash., who in the early years following the Civil War was a banker and merchant at Pewamo. In the early eighties he went to Carson City and was in the banking business there for several years previous to going west. After their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Trask went to St. Johns to live and that city has continued their home until the present time. Mr. Trask, who also survives, was himself a veteran of the Civil war, being in his 82nd year and unusually active for one of his advanced years. He will undoubtedly continue to make St. Johns his home.

Mrs. Trask was a lifelong member of the Methodist Episcopal church and a faithful and loyal worker in the vineyard for over 60 years. She knew the trials of the pioneer life, having migrated with her family from Virginia into Ohio before the Civil war, the family having suffered reverses, and pushed on west in hopes to recoup their fallen fortunes. Hers was a lifetime of hard labor, devoted to the cares incident to the rearing of a large family through the vicissitudes that attended the pioneer families in Ohio and Michigan.

The funeral cortege will leave St. Johns early Thursday morning and will make the journey overland to Sparta, the hours of the service being set at 2:30 that afternoon.

Contributed by: Marilyn Ransom


Posted By: Pam Swiler
Date: Saturday, 21 April 2001, at 1:27 p.m.

Source unknown - copied from a scrapbook by Elaine Garlock

Miss Lulu Triphagen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Triphagen, died last Friday evening, after a four weeks' illness. Deceased was a bright young miss, just blossoming into womanhood. She was a member of the tenth grade, Portland High School, last year and graduated with her class at the the close of the spring term into the eleventh. Death resulted from a complication of diseases, the prime cause being congestion of the brain. This is the fourth child Mr. and Mrs. Triphagen have lost, death in each case having resulted from brain trouble. She was 16 years of age. The funeral services were held at her late home at 3:30 yesterday, Rev.W.P.French officiating.

Tripp, Walter B.

Posted By: LaVonne I. Bennett
Date: Saturday, 23 October 2004, at 9:05 p.m.

THE IONIA SENTINEL-STANDARD, Mich. January 18, 1928, front page: "Dies After Year's Residence Here - Walter B. Tripp, aged 82 years, died at the home of his son, A. L. Tripp, 514 Lafayette street, Tuesday morning.

A native Ohioan, but left that state while young and went to Clinton county, where he lived the most of his life, coming to Ionia in August, 1926, to make his home with his son.

Besides his son he leaves one granddaughter, Helen M. Tripp, also of Ionia.

The funeral service will be held from the home of the son, 514 lafayette street, Thursday at 12 o'clock and from the funeral chapel in the Eureka cemetery at 2 o'clock. Burial will be at Eureka."


Posted By: Sandy Heintzelman
Date: Wednesday, 1 August 2001, at 3:58 p.m.

WAS AN OLD RESIDENT Mrs. Selena Trowbridge Died Yesterday Morning. Came to Spokane Fifteen Years Ago From Michigan - Leaves a Large Family Residing Here - Had Been an Invalid for Many Years and Traveled in a Wheel Chair.

Mrs. Selena Trowbridge, one of the old settlers of Spokane, died at her home, 02204 Atlanta avenue, yesterday morning at 7:35 o'clock at the advanced age of 73 years. She leaves seven children, 10 grandchildren, and one great grandchild, all of whom were with her at the last.

Miss Selena Olives was born in Wiltshire, England, town of Cosford, December 29, 1827. She crossed the ocean with her parents in 1835 and settled in upper Canada, near Ridgetown. In 1851 she married Elijah Trowbridge and one year later moved to Michigan, traveling with oxen and wagons. While living there eight children were born. They came to Spokane in 1886. Afterwards they went to Walla Walla, but returned in 1889. Mrs. Trowbridge has lived here ever since. Her husband died in this city November 5, 1890. She had been an invalid for 14 years and went about by means of a wheel chair. She suffered sadly for days before her death but was conscious to the very last. She selected her favorite text and songs for her funeral, which will be held at the United Brethren church on Nora avenue on Tuesday at 2 p.m. Rev. G. W. Sickafoose will officiate.

The children who survive her are Charles O., Reuben E., John L., George F., Melvin G.. Trowbridge, Mrs. Martha Finch and Mrs. Mary A. Kellar, all of Spokane.

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