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Obituaries

Ready, Joyce A.

Date of Death: October 18, 2016

Age: 82
Date of Death: October 18, 2016
Kalamazoo, Michigan

Service Details

A memorial service will be held at Joldersma & Klein Funeral Home on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at 11:00 AM. The family will receive visitors at the funeral home on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM and one hour prior to the service on Wednesday.

Kirk, Mr. William "Bill" F.

Date of Death: October 16, 2016

Age: 83
Date of Death: October 16, 2016
Portage, Michigan

Service Details

A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, October 22, 2016, beginning at 11:00 AM at Centre Avenue Church of God, 1917 East Centre Ave., Portage, MI 49002, with Rev. Richard Hertsel officiating. A visitation will take place at the church one hour prior to the service.

Sherman, Mr. Benjamin W.

Date of Death: October 16, 2016

Age: 88
Date of Death: October 16, 2016
Kalamazoo, Michigan

Service Details
In accordance with Ben’s wishes cremation will take place. A private memorial service will be held at a later date. He will be laid to rest at South Portage Cemetery with family.



Zimmie, Sandra

Date of Death: October 12, 2016

Age: 80
Date of Death: October 12, 2016
Martin, Michigan
formerly of Kalamazoo

Service Details

A time of visitation will take place on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at Life Changing Ministries, 3932 E. Kilgore Rd., Portage, MI 49002, from 2:00-4:00 PM. A memorial service will follow at 4:00 PM with Pastor Thomas Gregg officiating.


Reeves, Mr. Melvin D., Sr.

Date of Death: October 10, 2016

Age: 69
Date of Death: October 10, 2016
Kalamazoo, Michigan

Service Details

A committal service with full military honors will be held on Friday, October 14, 2016 at 11:00 AM at Ft. Custer National Cemetery, Augusta, Michigan (those planning to attend should meet in the funeral assembly area at the cemetery by 10:45 AM). A celebration of Mel’s life will then follow at 1:00 PM at Angel’s Crossings Golf Course, 3600 E W Ave., Vicksburg, MI 49097.


DeKoekkoek, Eric

Date of Death: October 10, 2016

Age: 36
Date of Death: October 10, 2016
Kalamazoo, Michigan

Service Details

A memorial service to celebrate Eric’s life will be held on Monday, October 17, 2016, beginning at 7:00 PM, with a visitation one hour prior, at Westwood Christian Reformed Church, 620 Northampton Rd., Kalamazoo, MI 49006.


Hampstead, Shirley Ann

Date of Death: October 9, 2016

Age: 65
Date of Death: October 9, 2016
Mattawan, Michigan

In accordance with her wishes cremation will take place and she will be laid to rest at Ft. Custer National Cemetery on Friday, October 14, 2016, at 10:30AM (Friends may gather in the assembly area 15 minutes prior to the service.)



Stephens, Mrs. Maggie E.

Date of Death: October 7, 2016

Age: 92
Date of Death: October 7, 2016
Kalamazoo, Michigan

Service Details

A funeral service will be held at Joldersma & Klein Funeral Home on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at 11:00 AM with Pastor Doug Yoder officiating. Interment will be at Riverside Cemetery. A time of visitation will be held the same day at the funeral home beginning at 10:00 AM until the service time.


Schau, Mary Jane

Date of Death: October 1, 2016

Age: 64
Date of Death: October 1, 2016
Ferndale, Michigan
formerly of Kalamazoo

Service Details

A memorial gathering will be held on Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 9:30 am until the time of a Memorial Mass at 12:00 PM at Our Mother of Perpetual Help - St. James Campus, 241 Pearson, Ferndale, MI 48237.


Copping, Ronald R.

Date of Death: October 3, 2016

Age: 76
Date of Death: October 3, 2016
Kalamazoo, Michigan

Service Details

In accordance with his wishes, cremation will take place and a memorial visitation will be held at the funeral home on Thursday, October 6, 2016, from 5:00 to 7:00 PM.


Olsen, Mrs. Mary A.

Date of Death: October 2, 2016

Age: 92
Date of Death: October 2, 2016
Kalamazoo, MI
formerly of Melbourne, FL

Service Details

In accordance with her wishes Mary’s body has been cremated and a memorial service will be held on October 29, 2016 with time and location to be announced.

Crawford, Mr. Kenneth O.

Date of Death: September 12, 2016

Age: 77
Date of Death: September 12, 2016
Kalamazoo, Michigan

Service Details

A celebration of his life will take place on Saturday, September 17, 2016 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM at Jackie’s house, 10375 N. 24th St., Plainwell, MI 49080. Private interment will be held at Riverside Cemetery.


Hoag, Mrs. Ruth I.

Date of Death: September 7, 2016

Age: 90
Date of Death: September 7, 2016
Kalamazoo, Michigan

Service Details

A funeral service will be held at Joldersma & Klein Funeral Home on Monday, September 12, 2016 at 1:00 PM. Interment will follow at Mt. Ever-Rest Memorial Park - South.


Gildea, Mr. Robert "Bob" J.

Date of Death: August 30, 2016

Age: 55
Date of Death: August 30, 2016
Springfield, Michigan
formerly of Kalamazoo

Service Details

In accordance with his wishes cremation will take place and a celebration of his life will be held on Monday, September 5, 2016 at 11:00 am at the Gildea Home.


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