Ionia County

WAY, Nathan C.

Posted By: Pam Swiler
Date: Saturday, 21 April 2001, at 12:26 p.m.

Nathan C. Way, one of the pioneers of Ionia county, died last week at the home of his daughter in this village. The funeral was held Thursday, the Rev. G.S. Robinson conducting the services.

Mr. Way was born in Canada in 1821. He came to Ionia county in 1853 and except for the years he spent in the army has lived here ever since.

At the battle of Spottsylvania he was wounded in the head and was confined in the hospital for four weeks. Later at the battle of Weldon RR, he was again wounded in the hip and back by a piece of shell. He was taken to Columbia college hospital in Washington, where he remained for five months.

Mr. Way was married before coming to Michigan and was the father of nine children, six of whom are now living. They are Isma, Mary, Albert, John, Edward and Myron.

(Source: Scrapbook with handwritten date on obit that says March 5? 1908 - copied by Elaine Garlock. Source unknown)

WILLEY, Catherine

Posted By: Sandy Heintzelman
Date: Wednesday, 1 August 2001, at 3:40 p.m.

Died. At her residence in Lyons township, June 19th, after a brief illness Mrs. Catherine Willey, wife of Lewis Willey, in the 49th year of her age.

Mr. Willey is one of the oldest and most respected residents of this township and has for many years been prominently connected with its interest. He has the sympathy of a large circle of friends in his sad affliction.

{NOTE: There is a handwritten date of 1875 on the obituary.}


Ionia Sentinel Standard, 22 March 2002

Katherine B. Williams, 75, of Pewamo passed away Wednesday, March 20, 2002 in Fulton.

She was born April 20, 1926 in Ionia, the daughter of John and Nina (Parks) Hattis. She married Roman C. Williams Jan. 3, 1944 in Lyons.

She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Roman of Pewamo; sons, Richard (Sharon) Williams of Lyons and John (Esther) Williams of Pewamo; daughters, Sharon (Jim) Adair of St. Johns, Treva (Neal) Chambers of Texas, Annette (George) Kroeze of Lakeview and Kathy (Pat) Osier of Texas; sisters, Berdaline Armstead of Pontiac and BertaLou Lumbert of Muir; 17 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday at the Lake Funeral Home Hull Memorial Chapel in Muir. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until the time of the funeral services on Saturday.

Contributed by: Sandy Heintzelman

Williams, Mrs. Maude A. (Hosberg)

Posted By: LaVonne I. Bennett
Date: Saturday, 23 October 2004, at 5:33 p.m.

Maude Williams death record in Ionia County, MI, during years of 1915-1933: Maude A. Williams died 1-14-1928. She was 43 years, 10 mo, 13 days of age, and married. She died in Ionia Twp., of carcinoma of artery. She was born in MI. Her occupation: housewife. Her parents were Joseph and Mary (Bond) Hosburg, both of MI. Liber D, page 138, Ionia County Death Record in Liber D, page 138.

Obituary of above Maude A. Williams found in THE IONIA SENTINEL-STANDARD, MI; 1-14-1928, front page: "Funeral for Ionia Woman on Monday - Mrs. Maude A. Williams, aged 43 years, wife of Earl Williams, died at the home of her sister, Mrs. Fred L. Wright, Ionia township, Saturday morning at 5:30 following an illness of many months.

Surviving her besides her husband are her mother, Mrs. Joseph Hosberg, of Easton; a son, Harold Mier of Dildine; two sisters, Mrs. Wright and Mrs. John McDonald, of Grand Rapids; a brother, John Hosberg, of Easton, and two grandchildren.

The funeral services will be held from the home of Mrs. Wright on Monday afternoon at 3 o'clock. Rev. Herbert G. Hurrell will be in charge and the burial will take place in Highland Park cemetery."


Lake Odessa - Ella Wilson, 95, of York Road, Portland, died in a Lansing hospital.

Born Sept. 23, 1892, in Sebewa Township, she was the daughter of Benjamin and Catherine Downing Peacock. She attended rural schools in Sebewa Township and was graduated from Ionia High School and Ionia County Normal. She taught in rural schools for several years.

She was married to Victor Wilson Oct. 23, 1913, in Sebewa. He died in December 1963.

She was a member of the West Sebewa Church of Christ and a past member of the Order of the Eastern Star.

Surviving are three daughters, Rose Ainsworth of Lake Odessa, Joyce Luscher of Portland and Carol Cassel of Marshall; two sons, Keith of Lake Odessa and Royal of Birmingham; 21 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren.

Two children, three sisters and three brothers, preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be 3:30 p.m. Tuesday from the Koops Funeral Chapel, Lake Odessa, with the Rev. Eugene Thorpe officiating.

Burial will be in Lakeside Cemetery.

The family will be at the funeral home Monday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 8 p.m.

Memorials have been established for the West Sebewa Church of Christ and the River Inn Foster Care Home in Sunfield.

Contributed by: Sandy Heintzelman


Ionia Sentinel Standard, 13 Apr 2002

May Wingeier, 103, of Fenwick died Fri., April 12, 2002 at United Memorial Health Center Long Term Care in Greenville.

The former Eva May Velzy was born Jan. 4, 1899, the daughter of Archibald and Emily Velzy in Grandville. She spent her childhood in Grandville, Richmond Va. (1907-1911) and Lowell, where she graduated from high school in 1917. She taught in Vergennes and Lowell Townships, Kent County, after attending summer sessions at Michigan State Normal School, now Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti.

She also operated a dressmaking shop in Grand Rapids prior to her marriage April 6, 1921 to Carl L. Wingeier of Lowell. He preceded her in death on Jan. 13, 1974.

The couple are survived by her four daughters, Ardith Westie of Mt. Pleasant, Carmen (Kenneth) Kistner of Largo, Fla., Janice (James) Bussard of Spring Lake and Carol (Christian) Harder of Fenwick; 18 grandchildren; 43 great-grandchildren; and four great, great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Wingeier was a member of the Palo United Methodist Church since 1928 where she taught church school, acted as organist for 10 years and was a member of the United Methodist Women. She was a district secretary of Christian social relations for the UMW, 1948-50. In earlier years, she was active in Ronald Center PTA and the Palo Modern Method Club.

She was a regular exhibitor in the Ionia Free Fair culinary department for many years, winning many prizes for her cakes. She entered ten varieties at the Michigan State Fair in Detroit, baking the grand championship cake in 1930, for which she was awarded the Gov. Fred W. Green trophy, a silver plate. Gov. Green, a longtime Ionia resident, was in office then.

She enjoyed gardening, an influence of her English mother, Emily (Webb) Velzy, a native of London. Her grandfather, Milton Velzy, was a Civil War Veteran of the Battle Antietam. Injury in that battle resulted in his appointment as postmaster of Grandville, where he was an early settler.

As was often the case with farmers remote from fire protection, the Wingeiers suffered loss by fire, first of the large farmhouse in Ronald Township in March 1929 and later of two barns in November 1941.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m., Monday from Greenville First United Methodist Church with Rev. Dr. Harry R. Johnson and Rev. Connie Shatz officiating. Burial will be in Palo Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday at Hurst Funeral Home in Greenville.

Memorial gifts may be directed to the Palo United Methodist Church or the Greenville First United Methodist Church. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.

Contributed by: Sandy Heintzelman


Ionia Sentinel Standard, 12 March 2002

Walter L. Winright, 57, of Greenville passed away Monday, March 11, 2002 at his home.

He was born July 20, 1944 in Lyons, the son of LaVern and Louise (Ockert) Winright. Walter was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He was employed by Lacks industries of Grand Rapids. Walter was a member of the Goldwing Touring Association and the Honda Riders Club.

He was a loving husband, father and grandfather and will be greatly missed by his family and friends. On Nov. 28, 1964 in Belding, he married Anna Winright and she survives along with their children, Melvin Winright and David (fiancée Christine Cardosa) Winright, all of Greenville; grandchildren, David Winright II, Ashleigh Cardosa and Andrew Winright; his brothers and sisters, Harvey (fiancée Barbara Stone) Feathers of Ionia, Check (Rose) Winright of Greenville, Vivian Jefferies of Belding, Ginger (Floyd) Emmons of Belding, Wilma Thourp of Grand Rapids, Rosa Haigh of Grand Rapids, Jean (Deryl) Carroll of Belding, Doris Riley of Ohio and Crystal Gravelin of Saranac.

Walter was preceded in death by his parents; and his grandmother, Amy Castle.

Funeral and committal services will be at 11 a.m., Wednesday at Johnson-Feuerstein Funeral Home, Belding with Pastor Ken Harger of Shiloh Community Church officiating. A luncheon will follow the service at Shiloh Community Church. Visitation is 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Tuesday at the funeral home. Interment will be in Rest Haven Memory Gardens. Walter wished for a casual celebration of his life, family and friends are encouraged to dress casually and comfortably for his services.

Memorial contributions may be made to Shiloh Community Church.

Contributed by: Sandy Heintzelman

WOOD, Vicki L.

Posted By: Sandy Heintzelman
Date: Wednesday, 18 July 2001, at 5:29 p.m.

Vicki L. Wood, 47 of Holt passed away March 10, 1997. Surviving are husband Steve; daughter, Theresa (Joe) Wohlfert of Lyons; one son Steven Lee Wood of Ionia; 4 grandchildren; father Leon Fulcher of Tenn.; two sisters: Diane Bates of Tennessee, Sherrie Clelland of Hubbardston; one brother Michael Fulcher of Harbor Springs. Funeral services were held March 13 with burial in Oakwood Cemetery in Muir. Arrangements by Estes-Leadley Holt/Delhi Chapel.

WOOD, William P.

William P. Wood, aged 81, longtime resident of South Haven, died Wednesday, July 17 at his home in Kentwood after a prolonged illness. He was born November 12, 1920 to William and Nellie Wood in Belding, MI. William served as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Army Air Force pilot during WWII. He married Rosemary O’Keefe on September 19, 1946 in Belding. He retired after 45 years (3rd generation) in the menswear business. He is preceded in death along with his parents by his daughter, Mary Ann Wood, who died in 1957. He is survived by his wife, Rosemary Wood of Kentwood, MI; three sons, Stephen (Susan) Wood of Lansing, MI, William Wood Jr. of Grand Rapids, MI and Edward (Julia) Wood of Dayton, OH; one daughter, Susan (Walter) Marston of Grand Rapids, MI; five grandchildren, Katherine Marston of Lansing, Laura Marston and John Marston of Grand Rapids, David Wood and Claire Wood of Lansing, MI; a brother, Robert F. Wood, of Belding, MI also survives. Visitation will be Friday, July 19, from 7 to 9 with a scripture service beginning at 8:30 p.m. at the Filbrandt Family Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday at 10:00 a.m. at St. Basil’s Catholic Church in South Haven with Rev. Father Dennis O’Keefee and Rev. Father John Young officiating. Burial will take place at Lakeview Cemetery. Military honors will be performed by the American Legion and VFW Honor Guard. Memorial contributions can be made to American Cancer Society. The family is being helped by the Filbrandt Family Funeral Home of South Haven.

Contributed by Sandy Heintzelman

Wright, William J.

Posted By: LaVonne I. Bennett
Date: Thursday, 12 August 2004, at 5:32 p.m.

THE IONIA SENTINEL, MICH.; Thursday, Dec. 23, 1886: "William J. Wright died of consumption at his home northeast of the city on Saturday afternoon. Mr. Wright had been up and dressed every day until the morning of his death. The funeral was held at the M. E. church Monday afternoon, Rev. L. Master conducting the services. William H. Borden post G.A.R., of which organization Mr. Wright was a member, acted as escort, and J. C. Taylor, T. G. Stevenson, J. W. Dye, Lewis Tanner, J. H. Canfield and M. L. Pike, all members of the 21st Michigan Infantry, a regiment in which Mr. Wright served three years, were the pall bearers. As commander of his company the writer bears witness to the soldiery bearing of the deceased, his courage, devotion to duty, and the uncomplaining, cheerful spirit with which he ever endured the fatigue of the march or kept faithful watch over his slumbering comrades. A brave soldier has gone to his reward."

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