Ionia County


Posted By: Sandy Heintzelman
Date: Sunday, 15 April 2001, at 6:03 p.m.

Abby P. Abbott, born February 5, 1841 at Henniker, N. H., died at Clarksville, Mich., July 23, 1921., age 80 years, 5 months, 18 days. Mrs. Abbott has been a resident of this place for 38 years, coming here with her husband, William, and three sons, William, Frank and Charley. Husband died 8 years ago, Frank died 24 years ago. William, Charley and great-grandson survive.


Posted By: Sandy Heintzelman
Date: Sunday, 15 April 2001, at 5:05 p.m.

Community shocked by death Mrs. Wm. Abbott Expires Friday After Fatal Illness of Two Minutes

The entire community was shocked on last Friday when it was learned that Mrs. Wm. Abbott had died very suddenly at her home southwest of Clarksville. Members of the family state that the death came in approximately in two minutes after the fatal illness, but had been slightly ill with headache during the greater portion of the day. The untimely death, coming so unexpectedly, has proved a great shock to the devoted husband and others of the family and all who knew her best.

The deceased was formerly Miss Rose Bloomingdale and was born in Traverse City. Her age was 46 years, 11 months and 26 days. Since her marriage to Mr. Abbott thirty years ago the couple have resided at their present farm home. She is survived, besides the husband, by her son, Harry G., and a brother, George Bloomingdale, of Sascatchewan, Can.

The funeral services were held from the home Sunday, in charge of the Rev. Bretz of Freeport, interment being made in the Clarksville cemetery.

ABBOTT, William

Posted By: Sandy Heintzelman
Date: Sunday, 15 April 2001, at 5:01 p.m.

William Abbott was born in Henniker, New Hampshire, July 14th, 1827, died at Campbell, Ionia County, Michigan, Feb. 4th, 1913, aged 85 years, 6 months and 20 days. He married Abby P. Rice of Henniker, Nov. 29th, 1860

Mr. Abbott resided in New Hampshire until 1873, coming to Michigan at that time and located in Campbell about 80 years ago. He was a member of the I.O.O.F. Freeport Lodge, and leaves to mourn his loss a wife, two sons, a grandson and a sister.


Posted By: Sandy Heintzelman
Date: Wednesday, 1 August 2001, at 3:51 p.m.

Ionia Sentinel-Standard, Monday, September 8, 1997, page 2A

Ionia - Brenda L. Albert, 37, of South Ionia died late Saturday evening, Sept. 6, 1997 at her home after a courageous battle with cancer.

She was born Feb. 26, 1960 in Pontiac, the daughter of Charles and Marcella Hayward. She was educated and graduated from Waterford Township High School in 1978.

She came to Grand Rapids 11 years ago and was a department manager for Amway Corp. in Catalogue Inventory until her illness.

She was married to Leo. F. Albert on May 23, 1996 in Ionia.

She attended SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Ionia and loved to write poetry and dancing.

She is survived by her husband, Leo; her children, Christopher Thompson (13), Laura Thompson (7) and her miracle baby, Kevin Albert (1); her husband's children, Chad Albert (12), Brad Albert (11) and Travis Albert (10), all of Saranac; her mother, Marcella Hayward of Waterford; three sisters, Linda (Jerry) Hayward-Austin of Clarkston, Lorna (Michael) Wilton of Ortonville and Ann (Dana) Green of White Lake; two brothers, Charles (Linda) Hayward of Clarkston and Russ Hayward of Waterford; her mother-in-law, Virginia Albert of Belding; and numerous other friends and relatives including nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles and brothers and sisters-in-law.

A special thank you goes to Helping Hands Home Nursing and Amway Corp. for all of their assistance and to all others for their prayers and givings during her illness.

Funeral Mass will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. at SS. Peter & Paul's Catholic Church with Father Melvin Fox presiding. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery in Belding. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Rich St. Chapel of Cook Funeral Home. There will be a Eulogy and Prayer Service on Tuesday at 8:15 p.m. at the Cook Funeral Home, with Dave Jewell officiating.

Memorial contributions may be given to Helping Hands Home Nursing - Hospice or the childrens education trust fund, envelopes available at the Cook Funeral Home or at the Church.

ALBERTS, Joseph S.

Posted By: Sandy Heintzelman
Date: Wednesday, 18 July 2001, at 5:33 p.m.

Grand Rapids - Joseph S. Alberts, 87, Belding, formerly of Grand Rapids, went to be with his Lord on Tuesday, March 25, 1997.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, the former Lois Stinson; three children, Fred and Maureen Alberts of Belding, Joan and John Gervase of Roswell, Ga., Tom and Julie Alberts of Lowell; 15 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren; one sister and brother-in-law, Esther and Sylvester Downer; one sister-in-law, Helen Alberts of Florida; nieces and nephews.

He was the only honorary life member of St. Adalbert's Ushers Club, manager of St. Adalbert's Religious Goods Store, member of St. Vincent de Paul Society and the former St. Hyacinth Society.

The Mass of Christian burial will be Monday at 10 a.m. at Basilica of St. Adalbert with a procession following to St. Mary's Cemetery, Miriam.

The family will receive visitors Saturday and Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Arsulowicz Brothers Mortuary West, 585 Stocking Ave. NW, Grand Rapids, where a vigil service will be held Sunday at 8 p.m.

Memorial contributions to Hospice of Ionia County will be appreciated.

ALDRICH, Rufus Wells

Posted By: Sandy Heintzelman
Date: Wednesday, 1 August 2001, at 5:15 p.m.

Ionia Sentinel 8 Jan 1941

Rufus Wells Aldrich, 77-year-old former Ionian, died at his farm near Sunfield Saturday, December 28, after a long illness. He was born in Berlin township and spent most of his life in Ionia and Eaton counties. He was married April 3, 1889, to Margaret Laird.

Surviving are the wife, Margaret, one son, Lee Burr Aldrich, one grandson, Billy Lee, one sister, Mrs. Nettie Lindley of Ionia, and two brothers, Steven Aldrich of Hickory Corners and Wallie Aldrich of Vermontville.

Funeral services were held from the home Tuesday, December 31. Among those who attended were Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Lindley of Ionia, and their son and daughter, Dower Lindley and Mrs. John Buck of Grand Rapids.

ALDRICH, William H.

Posted By: Sandy Heintzelman
Date: Wednesday, 1 August 2001, at 5:16 p.m.

Lake Odessa Wave - April 1913

William H. Aldrich was born in Calhoun County, May 18, 1841 and died at his home in Bismark March 29, 1913 at the age of 71 years 10 months and 11 days.

He moved with his parents when a small boy to Ionia County Berlin Township where he spent the most of his life. At the age of twenty-one he was united in marriage to Miss Cordelia Bennett also of Berlin. To this union were born four children. Rufus Aldrich of Sunfield, Frank who died at the age of 9 years, Mrs. Nettie Lindley of Ionia and Stephen Aldrich of Vermontville. In 1882 sadness came to his home in the death of his companion, the mother of his four children. October 20, 1885 he was again united in marriage to Miss Gratia Daniels of Odessa. To this union two sons were born, Waldorf and Owen who reside at Bismark and cared for their father. At the age of 40 years, Mr. Aldrich united with the church and his whole life has been one of consistency winning the respect of the community where ever he has resided. As a sufferer he was a marvel of patience for during the last few months of his sickness no one heard him murmur or complain. He was a kind and loving husband and father and he leaves to mourn his wife, four sons, one daughter, one brother and one sister besides a host of friends.

The funeral was held at the Bismark church April 1, 1913. Those from away who attended the funeral were Mrs. Jane Miller and daughter Anna of Grand Rapids, Mrs. A. T. Warner of Barryton, Mr. and Mrs. A.J. Lindley of Ionia, Mr. O.W. Daniels and two sons Sylvester and {unreadable name - starts with a T} and wives, J. W. Drake, wife and mother, P. Raush, K. Caufman of Sebewa and Miss Myrtie Steward of Lake Odessa.


Posted By: Sandy Heintzelman
Date: Wednesday, 1 August 2001, at 5:17 p.m.

Stanton Clipper-Herald, Friday, June 16, 1923

Mary Morse was born at Portland, January 25, 1857 and passed out of this life at her home in McBride June 9, 1923 aged 66 years, 4 months and 14 days. She attended school at Lyons and on December 25, 1876, was united in marriage to Burdette Adelbert Allchin at Palo. Two daughters were born to this union who still survive, Mrs. Myrtie Baker of Grand Rapids and Mrs. Maude Neff of McBride. She also leaves a granddaughter, Mrs. Gladys Cummings of Grand Rapids, and a grandson, Clayton Neff, of McBride; a sister, Mrs. Agnes Hatinger, of Edmore; four brothers, Joe, Henry and Charley Morse of Portland and Leonard Morse of Lyons. Her genial disposition won her many friends who will sadly miss her. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. E. Mayhew Tuesday afternoon and was largely attended.

ALLEN, Ronald E.

Posted By: Sandy Heintzelman
Date: Wednesday, 1 August 2001, at 3:43 p.m.

Saranac - Ronald E. Allen, 66, of Saranac died at his residence May 29, 1997.

He was born Feb. 15, 1931, the son of Arthur and LaVerne (Hansen) Allen in Lansing.

He graduated from Holt High School in 1949 and enjoyed sailing and automobiles.

He is survived by two sons, Brian (Maripat) Allen of Bear Lake and Jeff (Nancy) Allen of South Carolina; two daughters, Colleen (Joe) Whorley of Saranac and Becky (Roger) Vargo of Spring Lake; two brothers, Richard (Laurie) Allen of Grand Haven and Ken (Bea) Allen of Mississippi; eight grandchildren; and four nephews.

Funeral services will be held Friday, June 6, 1997 at the Lake Funeral Home in Saranac with Rev. Ronald Tuinstra officiating. Interment will be at the Trufant Cemetery. Visitation will be held one hour prior to service.

Anyone wishing may make contributions to the Saranac Fire Dept. Iris.

ALMY, Vene L.

Posted By: Sandy Heintzelman
Date: Wednesday, 1 August 2001, at 5:17 p.m.

Ionia Sentinel-Standard, Tuesday, December 30, 1986

Lyons - Vene L. Almy, 82, of 3100 Lyons Road, Lyons, died Dec. 28 at his residence.

He was born May 19, 1904 in Ionia County, the son of Lyman and Blanche Penfield Almy.

He was a retired farmer.

Surviving are his wife, Mildred of Lyons; two sons, Thomas of Lyons and Richard of Portland; three daughters, Doris Bills of Lyons, Ruth Bennett of Lyons, and Barbara Parker of Byron; 21 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Neller Funeral Home in Portland.

Burial will be in Keefer Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be his grandsons.

The family will be at the funeral home on Tuesday form 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.

ANDERSON, Mrs. Archie

Posted By: Sandy Heintzelman
Date: Wednesday, 1 August 2001, at 5:18 p.m.

Ionia Sentinel, August 19, 1904

Burial of Mrs. Archie Anderson.

The large attendance at the funeral of Mrs. Archie Anderson, from the home on North Jefferson street, this morning, was a deserved and splendid testimonial to a truly good woman - a woman who was devoted to her home and loved ones, and a gracious neighbor. The sermon was by the Rev. W. B. Taylor.

The illness of Mrs. Anderson dates back to an accident several years ago, when a wagon loaded with about 50 bushels of corn, passed entirely over her left shoulder and breast.

Up to six months ago she seemed to be gaining strength, but the complication of erysipelas carried her off at the untimely age of 47 years.

Mr. Anderson is a member of the Oddfellows and Maccabees, and Mrs. Anderson was a beloved member of the ladies' auxiliaries of those two orders, and members of the fraternities were present at the funeral in large numbers, and the Daughters of Rebekah conducted the burial service at the grave.

The husband and two sons, Leo and Vern, survive the true wife and mother.

The bearers were relatives: William Dickerson, Edward Knolty, and Archie and Bert Faulkner, and interment was in Highland Park.

There were present at the funeral from away: Mrs. Mildred Dickerson of Lake Odessa, the mother of deceased; Mr. and Mrs. Armstrong and wife of Lake Odessa, she a sister; Mrs. Gurtha Goodsell of Denver; and Miss Zita Dickerson of Grand Rapids, also sisters; Mr. and Mrs. Will Dickerson of Grand Rapids; Alden Carpenter of Brighton, an uncle; Mrs. Elizabeth Talcott and Edward Knolty of Crystal; James Anderson and family of Muir, and Bert Talcott of Saranac.

{NOTE: There is a handwritten notation on the obituary that her maiden name was Julie E. Dickerson.}


Ionia Sentinel Standard

Betty Maxine Anderson, a former resident of Ionia, went home to be with the Lord Jesus on Wednesday, March 13, 2002.

She was born Jan 1, 1936 to Robert and Maxine Van Horn. Betty graduated from Greenville High School and spent the next 25 years in Ionia.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Carolyn.

Betty is survived by her two daughters, Pam (Andersen) Montanbault of Virginia and June (Andersen) Swiger with husband Michael of Saranac. Betty was the proud grandmother of six grandsons, one granddaughter and two great-grandchildren. She is also survived by one sister, two brothers and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m., Sunday at Galilee Baptist Church with Pastor James Frank officiating. Your presence will be most welcomed by the family. Visitation will be held immediately following the service at the church.

Contributed by: Sandy Heintzelman


The Belding Banner, Thursday, 2 July 1992

Funeral services were held today for George D. Anderson, 69, of 6354 E. Belding Road, Belding, who died Sunday, June 28, 1992, at United Memorial Hospital.

He was born June 18, 1923 in Davison, the son of Joseph and Edith Skellinger Anderson. He was a truck driver for 22 years with Associated Truck Lines and for 15 years with Warner Trucking, retiring in 1983. A U.S. Army veteran of World War II, he was a member of Olson-Kiste VFW Post 4406 and Hugo Fales American Legion Post 203 in Belding.

On February 1, 1975 in Belding he married the former Millise Strouse, who survives.

Also surviving are two daughters and their husbands, Barbara and Harvey Evans, Marilyn and Bob Hardin, Greenville; two sons and their wives, William and Donna Anderson, Belding, Ronald and Corine Anderson, Greenville; two stepdaughters and their husbands, Patsy and Ron Kline, Belding, Pixie and Joe Harris, Fremont, Ind.; a stepson and his wife, Rick and Sue Campbell, Belding; 16 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Also surviving are a sister and her husband, Berdyne and Tom Elder, Springville, Tenn.; a brother and his wife, Willard and Eleanor Anderson, Sun City, Ariz.

He was preceded in death by a stepson, Wesley Campbell in 1990.

Services were conducted at Johnson Funeral Home, Belding by Pastor Kenneth Harger. Burial took place in Rest Haven Memory Gardens with military rites by VFW Post 4406 and American Legion Post 203.

Contributed by: Marilyn Ransom

ANDERSON, James DeLong

Posted By: Sandy Heintzelman
Date: Wednesday, 1 August 2001, at 5:19 p.m.

Lyons Herald, Sunday, November 3, 1940

James D. Anderson, 90 years of age, died at his home in Muir Tuesday morning, after being in declining health the past year.

Mr. Anderson was born in Ionia township, and had spent his entire life in this county. For forty years he was justice of the peace, and had served on the school board and as village clerk for several years.

He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Beatrice Anderson Smith, who lived with and cared for him; two sisters, Mrs. C.O. Miller and Mrs. Ione Faulkner of Muir and a half-brother, Edward Nolty of Lyons.

Funeral services were held at the Muir Presbyterian church Thursday afternoon at 3:00 o'clock conducted by Dr. Paul Stewart of Ionia and eulogies by F. O. Kidred and Montgomery Webster of Ionia. Interment was in the Muir cemetery.

ANDERSON, Mary (Wagner)

The Belding Banner, Thursday, 4 June 1903

Mrs. Mary Anderson died last Monday morning in the home of her daughter, Mrs. L.E. Currie, aged nearly 79 years.

Mary Wagner was born at Straasberg, Prussia on July 16, 1824. She came to the United States with her parents when four years old, locating in New York City. From there they moved to Canada, but after a few years they returned to the states, settling in Ohio. From there they moved to Indiana, locating at Elkhart, where she became acquainted with and married Reuben Anderson on December 25, 1853. The same year she, with her husband, moved to Michigan, locating on a farm in the township of Otisco, Ionia County, about four miles south of Belding. Seven children were born to this union, all of whom are dead, except the eldest, Mrs. L. E. Currie of this city, with whom she has lived the past four years, and Elias Anderson, the youngest, of Cripple Creek, Colorado. She leaves one brother, John Wagner, of Palo, and three sisters, Catherine Seeley of Otisco, Sarah Smith of Lakeview, and Elizabeth Davis of Grattan, all of whom are younger than the deceased.

Funeral services were held at the home of her daughter, Mrs. L. E. Currie, on Wednseday at 1 o’clock p.m., conducted by Rev. De Foe, pastor of the Free Methodist church. Burial in the Smyrna cemetery.

Contributed by: Marilyn Ransom


The Belding Banner, Thursday, 18 February 1904

Word was received here yesterday that Reuben Anderson, one of the oldest residents of this section and a pioneer of Otisco township had died at the county farm. He had a stroke of paralysis some time ago and it was a second stroke of the same disease that caused his demise. He was the father of Mrs. L. E. Currie of this city, and his remains will be brought here today. The funeral will be held from the residence tomorrow at one o’clock. Deceased was 80 years of age. For a number of years Mr. Anderson carried the mail between this city and Smyrna and was well known to all old residents of this section.

Contributed by: Marilyn Ransom


Ionia Sentinel Standard, 23 March 2002

Margaret E. Andres, 86, of Ionia, passed away Thursday, March 21, 2002 at Ionia County Memorial Hospital.

She was born the daughter of Charles and Iva (Merritt) Houghton on January 6, 1916 in Orange Township.

She owned and operated Margaret’s Beauty Shop in Ionia and then later worked with her husband Leo at Andres Barber Shop for 31 years.

She was a member of SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Ionia.

Surviving are daughter, Janet (Elmer) Culp-Bookie of Saranac; step-daughter, Marsha Edgeley of Grand Rapids; daughter-in-law, Mary Lou Andres of Ypsilanti; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Leo in 1986; step-son, Rod Andres; and step-daughter Jundy Andres.

At Margaret’s request, cremation has taken place and there will be a graveside service at Balcom Cemetery on Saturday, April 6, 2002, at 2 p.m. with Father Melvin Fox of SS. Peter & Paul Church presiding.

Contributions in memory of Margaret may be made to SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church Memorial Fund, or the Ionia County Commission on Aging.

Envelopes are available at Cook Funeral Home, Rich St. Chapel.

Contributed by: Sandy Heintzelman


Posted By: Sandy Heintzelman
Date: Wednesday, 18 July 2001, at 5:36 p.m.

Arthur E. Antcliff, 55 of Belding passed away March 23, 1997. Surviving are his mother Myra K. Ferman; children: Sheryl (Bruce) Howe, J. Lee Antcliff and her friend, Chris Simmons, Brian (Renee) Antcliff all of Belding; his girlfriend Peggy Shepherd; 6 grandchildren; brothers and sisters: Janet Ferman, Phyllis (Bob) Amirault, Barb (Ken) Haverstick, Mary Lou (Lloyd) Mangus, Diana (Dave) Joslyn, Richard (Hazel) Antcliff, Randy Antcliff, Dale (Darlene) Antcliff, all of Belding, Connie Schwab of Ionia. Funeral services were held March 26 with burial in Greene Cemetery. Arrangements by Johnson Funeral Home.

Arndt, Mrs. Dr. H. R.

Posted By: LaVonne I. Bennett
Date: Thursday, 12 August 2004, at 5:16 p.m.

THE IONIA SENTINEL, MICH.; December 16, 1886: "Mrs. Dr. H. R. Arndt, formerly of this city, died at her home in Ann Arbor on Tuesday. Dr. Arndt removed from Grand Rapids to Ann Arbor last year to accept a professorship in the homeopathic department of the university. Mrs. Arndt had been a great suffereer from an incurable disease for a long time and had been confined to her bed for over a year."

Arnold, George Wesley ("Wet")

Posted By: LaVonne I. Bennett
Date: Friday, 10 September 2004, at 11:09 a.m.

THE IONIA SENTINEL, MICH.; March 15, 1888, front page: "CITY AND COUNTRY. - G. Wesley Arnold, better known as "Wet" Arnold, died at his home south of Grand river on Sunday morning after a brief illness, of typhoid fever. He was born in Fairfield, Herkimer Co, N.Y., March 11, 1832, and was therefore a little more than 56 years of age. He was one of a family of seven children, and his father was Oliver Arnold, who left New York state with the Dexter colony in April 1833, arriving here in June of that year. Oliver Arnold was a blacksmith and settled south of Grand river, where he lived until the time of his death, and Wesley succeeded to the old homestead, in Ionia Township where he has lived his entire life it may be truly said, as he was but a little more than one year old when his parents came here. In fact Oliver Arnold was the first man who settled in the township of Berlin, though it is claimed that John E. Morrison made the first location of land at the United States land office. For half a century, from his early boyhood, "Wet" Arnold has been a familar figure in Ionia. Everybody knew him. There are not many men in or about Ionia whose death would be more generally regretted. Plain, unpretentious, modest, he was contented to pursue the even tenor of his way, and allowed no foolish ambition for place or for riches to interfere with the tranquil current of his life. Industrious, frugal, honest, contentment was a marked characteristic. He was endowed by nature with a fine mind, and it was a treat to talk with him and hear his quiet, sensible views on those subjects which he saw fit to discuss. There was a vein of originality about him that gave to his conversation an unique charm. He was a man of strong personality; mentally his individuality was marked; and he was a man of superb physique; indeed, though he was probably not aware of it himself, he might have posed as a model for a statue of Hercules. All in all, he was one of the men, it is worth while living merely to have known; and who, now that he is gone, will be sadly missed."

"George Wesley Arnold. - "One by one, yes, one by one, we are passing o'er; Soon the old settlers will all be on the other shore."

George Wesley Arnold was born in Herkimer county, N. Y., March 21,1832, and joined the majority at 8 a.m. Sunday morning March 11, 1888, age 56 years.

Wesley Arnold as he was familiarly known, was brought to Ionia when an infant by his parents, Oliver Arnold and wife, as early as 1832, and his father "Uncle Oliver" Arnold, as he was familiarly known to all the old settlers, settled just across the river from the present city of Ionia, at what is now known as South Ionia; here George Wesley, James H. Chauncey, and Melvin, four sons of noble parentage grew to noble manhood. George Wesley lived and died on the old homestead; he grew up with the country and faithfully assisted in the development of its grand resources. We remember him as a lad when ferrying the weary traveler across Grand river, and in more mature years as a temperate, industrious, and generous, young man pushing the boats up Grand river bringing us supplies and carrying off our produce, long before the days of railroads in Grand river valley. We knew him in late years as a prominent machinist and manufacturer located on the old homestead where for a number of years he has carried on a large and enterprising business. In December, 1855, he was married to Miss Ester Coe, daughter of Samuel Coe, well and most favorably known to most if not all the old settlers. Wesley Arnold was not what the world would call a wealthy man, but he was rich in good qualities and possessed to a large degree all the elements that pertain to good citizenship. He was a kind and affectionate husband and father, a good neighbor, a generous, public spirited citizen, a concienscious, consistent, honest, man. We have yet to find the person who ever spoke a disrespectful word of Wesley Arnold. He leaves a large circle of relatives and friends to mourn his loss among whom are his two children Fred E. and Franky. May they ever imitate their father's virtues: industry, sobriety, and honesty, and maintain unsullied the good name he has left to their keeping' P.H.C."

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