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HEATHER ANNE BOSWELL
Heather Anne Boswell, 18, of Ber-rien Springs, died at 6 p.m. on Sun-day, September 1, 2002, at Lake-land Hospital, Niles, as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident in Berrien Township on Sunday.
A funeral service celebrating Heatherís life was held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, at First Assembly of God, St. Joseph. Burial followed in Rose Hill Cemetery, Berrien Springs. Friends visited with the family from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the church. Messages of remem-brance and encouragement may be sent to the family at www.legacy funeral.com. Memorials may be made to First Assembly of God Church or Berrien Springs Athletic Department.
She was born January 19, 1984, in Berrien Center, to Rocky A. and Kimberly (Parritt) Boswell. She was a 2002 graduate of Berrien Springs High School and was currently enrolled at Southwestern Michigan College in Dowagiac. She actively participated in the pom squad, cheerleading, and Student Senate during her high school years; was Second Runner-up to Miss Berrien Springs in the 2002 pageant; attended First Assembly of God Church in St. Joseph; and loved the time she spent with her family and many friends.
In addition to her parents, survi-vors include: her brother, Rocky Jr., at home in Berrien Springs; her maternal grandparents--Kenneth Parritt of Niles and Selena Hadlow of Sodus; paternal grandparents-- George Boswell of Berrien Center and Marcella Boswell of Berrien Center; her maternal great-grand-mother, Mary Parritt of Sodus; paternal great-grandmother, Mar-garet Donahoe of Watervliet; un-cles--Dan (Diana) Boswell of St. Joseph, Mark (April) Boswell of Berrien Springs, Mike (Tonya) Bos-well of Berrien Springs, and Kevin Parritt of Watervliet; cousins--Zachary and Jessica Boswell, Kay-lin, Grace and Hannah Boswell, and Kevin and Alan Parritt; and her close friend, Charlie Young of Pomeroy, Ohio.

SHIRLEY E. BUNDY
Shirley E. Bundy, 72, of Water-vliet and Winter Haven, Florida, formerly of St. Joseph, died on Thursday, September 5, 2002, at home, with her family by her side.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 9, at First United Methodist Church, St. Joseph. Burial was in Crystal Springs Cemetery, Benton Harbor. Visitation was held from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday at Dey-Florin Chapel, Florin Funeral Service, St. Joseph. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorials be made to First United Methodist Church, St. Joseph; American Cancer Society; or Visiting Nurses Association and Hospice of Kalamazoo. Anyone wishing to send a note of sympathy to the family may do so online at www.florin.net.
She was born February 21, 1930, in Benton Harbor, the daughter of Jesse and Mildred (Kemp) Moon. The Moons owned and operated Moonís Grocery, where, as a young girl, she worked behind the candy counter. She was a 1947 graduate of Benton Harbor High School and earned her teaching degree in Eng-lish from Western Michigan Col-lege (now University) and a mas-terís degree in guidance and coun-seling from Andrews University.
She married her loving husband, Hal, in 1952; taught in the public schools in Roseville, Coldwater, at Fair Plain Junior High in Benton Harbor, and Lincoln School in St. Joseph; and later on worked with mentally and physically challenged adults, first at Maple Grove and then as a work evaluator at Gate-way. She retired in 1979, as an Evaluator and Job Counselor from the state of Michiganís Department of Rehabilitation.
Mrs. Bundy loved the water, was an avid swimmer and boater, was earning her private pilotís license, and enjoyed playing the organ and making glass beads. She was a member of First United Methodist Church, St. Joseph; Roe Chapter of Alpha Beta Epsilon Sorority; United States Power Squadron, the 99ís International Womenís Pilot Asso-ciation, and Berrien County Retired Teachers Association.
Survivors include: her husband, Hal, with whom she celebrated her 50th wedding anniversary on June 14 of this year; one son, Keith of Watervliet; and one daughter, Kathy (Jerry) Catania of Glenn, Michigan. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, William F. Jones.

HELEN JANE FREDMAN
Helen Jane Fredman, 78, died Wednesday, September 4, 2002, at Jordans Nursing Home, Bridgman.
A Celebration of Life Memorial Service was held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at Starks & Men-chinger Family Funeral Home, St. Joseph. Visitation was held from noon to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Safe Shelter.
Mrs. Fredman was born on March 30, 1924, to Joseph and Verna (Grzelak) Cechowicz, in Watervliet. She worked as a secretary for several area businesses, including VM and Bendix, and retired from Berrien County Courthouse. After her retirement, she was a nanny for several area families. She was an avid photographer who won awards for her nature photographs, member of the Twin City Camera Club, and loved ballroom dancing.
Survivors include: three daughters --Antoinette Dwan of Fairplain, An-nette (Ronald) Postelli of Coloma, and Janet (Stu) Tesser of South Daytona, Florida; eight grandchild-dren--Kim (Bill) McKibbin of Seat-tle, Washington, J.R. (Julie) Dwan of Fairplain, Gina Postelli of Bart-lett, Ilinois, Katherine Postelli of Honolulu, Hawaii, Mark Postelli of Chicago, Illinois, Elisa (Milton) Zigler of Lompoc, California, Mich-ael Spink of Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter, North Carolina, and Amanda Spink of Coloma; two great grandchildren--Erin McKibbin of Seattle and Eddie Dwan of Fairplain; and a brother, Robert (Lois) Cechowicz of Ottawa, Illi-nois. She is preceded in death by: her parents; her stepfather, Homer Warren; her first husband, Nate Coniglio; her second husband, Gus Fredman; and her special friend, Jacob Caple, to which she was a nanny.

ROBERT ďBOBĒ GRANT
Robert ďBobĒ Grant, 49, of Benton Harbor, died Tuesday, September 3, 2002, as a result of a tragic auto-mobile accident in Bainbridge Township.
Funeral services were held at noon on Saturday, Sept. 7, at Davidson Chapel, Florin Funeral Service, Coloma, with the Rev. Wayne Bell officiating. Burial was in the Mill-burg Cemetery, Millburg. Visitation was held from 11 a.m. on Saturday until the time of the service. If you would like to send a note of sym-pathy to the family, you may do so online at www.florin.net.
Mr. Grant was born May 18, 1953, in Aschaffenburg, Germany, to Harold and Lore (Rentschler) Grant. He married Esther French on Sept. 11, 1999, in Coloma; and was pre-viously employed at Modern Plas-tics before his current employer, Pemco Die Casting Corporation. He especially enjoyed the time he spent with his family and friends.
Survivors include: his wife, Es-ther; his father, Harold Grant of Coloma; two daughters--LaDonna (Joe) Losoya of Corpus Christi, Texas, and LaWinda (John) Mil-nickel of Coloma; one son, Eric Evett of Riverside; an aunt, Wilma Blocker of Elkhart, Indiana; and seven grandchildren. He was prece-ded in death by his mother, Lore.

GRACE MARTHA LAYMAN
Grace Martha Layman, 93, of Ste-vensville, died Sunday, September 1, 2002, at Lakeland Specialty Hos-pital, Berrien Center.
A Celebration of Life Service was held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, at St. Paulís Evangelical Luther-an Church, Stevensville, with the Rev. Ronald Freier officiating. Burial was in Lincoln Township Cemetery, Stevensville. Visitation was held from 7 to 9 p.m. Wed-nesday at Louis W. Kerlikowske Chapel, Kerley & Starks Funeral Home, St. Joseph. Memorials may be made to St. Paulís Evangelical Lutheran Church.
Mrs. Layman was born January 6, 1909, in Lakeside, Michigan, the daughter of Albert and Adeline (Hauch) Krumrie. On February 23, 1928, she married Forrest Layman in South Bend, Indiana. She was employed at Benton Glass in Ben-ton Harbor and retired from Wollin Products, Stevensville, after 25 years. She enjoyed growing fruits and vegetables on her two acres, loved all kinds of plants and flowers, and especially enjoyed the time she spent with her family.
Survivors include: three daughters --Carmen Hora of Stevensville, Carol (Kenneth) Parrigin of Colo-ma, and Natalie (Wayne) Johnson of Benton Harbor; sons--Keith Lay-man of St. Joseph and Dean (Cheryl) Layman of Berrien Springs; nine grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. She was prece-ded in death by: her husband, For-rest, in 1988; her parents; five brothers; and five sisters.

ISLA MARIE MADDUX
Isla Marie Maddux, 86, formerly of Berrien Springs, died Friday, September 6, 2002, at Woodland Terrace Retirement Community in Bridgman, following an illness.
A funeral service celebrating her life was held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, at Legacy Family Funeral Services-Matthew R. Purchase Cha-pel, Berrien Springs, with the Rev. Terrill Schneider and the Rev. Dominic Tommy officiating. Burial followed at Rose Hill Cemetery, Berrien Springs. Friends visited with the family from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home, where an Eastern Star Memorial Service was held at 7 p.m. Friends wishing to share a memory with the family or offer encouragement are invited to do so at www.legacyfuneral.com. Memorials in her memory may be made to the charity of the donorís choice.
She was born December 21, 1915, in Berrien Springs, the daughter of Ora ďDutchĒ and Ethel M. (Stemm) Nightlinger. She was a lifetime area resident and worked as an elemen-tary schoolteacher. She married Ralph C. Maddux on Oct. 10, 1936, in Carlisle, Illinois; was a 1962 graduate of Western Michigan Uni-versity and taught at several area schools, including Mars Elementary School in Berrien Springs, Electric Light Schools in Niles, Evans School in St. Joseph, New Troy Elementary School, and Landon School. She retired from teaching in 1976.
Mrs. Maddus was an active mem-ber of the Odd Fellows-Rebekkah, Eastern Star, Michigan and National Education associations, and Berrien County Retired Teachers Associ-ation. She was a devoted member of Berrien Springs United Methodist Church and also attended Faith United Methodist Church in Bridg-man following her move to Wood-land Terrace in 2000.
Survivors include: two daughters--Barbara J. Baldwin of Hartford and Sharon L. (William) Schlutt of Baroda; and two grandchildren--Lisa M. Layman of Grand Rapids and Matthew W. Schlutt of Kala-mazoo. She was preceded in death by: her husband, Ralph, on June 24, 1997; a daughter, Janice K. Lay-man, on June 18, 1997; her parents; and two brothers--Robert L. and Fay ďBarneyĒ E. Nightlinger.

ARDELLA MUNDT
Ardella Mundt, 59, of Chesapeake, Virginia, formerly of Coloma, died Monday, September 2, 2002, in Chesapeake.
A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 4, at Saint Stephen Martyr Catholic Church in Chesapeake, with the Rev. James E. Gordon officiating. Burial was in Michigan. Memorial donations may be made to Berrien County Cancer Service, 7301 Red Arrow Highway, Stevensville, MI 49127. H.D. Oliver Funeral Apart-ments Chesapeake Chapel was in charge of the arrangements.
Mrs. Mundt, the former Ardella Bellinger, was born in Watervliet on January 21, 1943, and graduated from St. Johnís Catholic High School in Benton Harbor. She was employed with Chesapeake General Hospital in the credit department.
Survivors include: her mother, Helen M. Bellinger of Coloma; two sisters--Mary Ann (Richard) Keyser of Pine City, New York, and Veron-ica (Robert) Waryas of Long Island, Virginia; and a niece, Amy (Jack) Coleman of Moneta, Virginia. She was preceded in death by her father, Olin Bellinger.

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JAMES R. NORMAN
James R. Norman, 79, of Water-vliet, died peacefully on Saturday, September 7, 2002, at his home.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, at Davidson Chapel, Florin Funeral Service, Coloma, with the Rev. David Hill officiating. Burial was in North Shore Memory Gardens, Hagar Shores, with military rites conducted by American Legion Post 362 Auxiliary and SAL, VFW Post 6803 of Watervliet, and VFW Post 1137 of Benton Harbor. Visitation was held from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be given to South Haven Area Hos-pice. If you would like to send a note of sympathy to the family, you may do so online at www.florin.net.
Mr. Norman was born March 12, 1923, in West DeMoines, Iowa, to Robert and Delores (Lusklett) Nor-man. He had resided in this area since 1931. He served his country in the United States Army during World War II in the European Theater; retired from Peoples Coal and Oil Company of Benton Harbor, for which he drove an oil truck; was a member of American Legion Post 362, life member of VFW Post 6803 of Watervliet, and Benton Harbor Moose Lodge 1570; and was inducted in 1993 to the Blossomland Bowling Association Hall of Fame. He loved to bowl, fish, hunt, golf, garden, play prac-tical jokes, and especially enjoyed the time he spent with his family.
Survivors include: his loving com-panion, Pat Gearhart; one son, Thom (Judy) Norman of Lockport, Illinois; three daughters--Pamela Balsis of Marion, Indiana, Valerie Norman of Benton Harbor, and Carol (David) Stasiak of Watervliet; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by: his parents; his wife, Juanita Mae Couch Norman; one sister, Wanda Baushke; and one son-in-law, Joe Balsis.

HELEN M. OLEXA
Helen M. Olexa, 75, of Coloma, died Sunday, September 1, 2002, at Battle Creek Health Systems in Bat-tle Creek.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 6, at Davidson Chapel, Florin Funeral Service, Coloma, where visitation was held from 10 a.m. until the time of service. Burial was in North Shore Memory Gardens, Hagar Shores. Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Childrenís Hospital.
Mrs. Olexa was born June 23, 1927, in Washington, Pennsylvania, to Lee and Ida Wells.
Survivors include: her two sons--Robert (Lynda) Olexa of West Olive, Michigan, and John (Mary) Olexa of St. Joseph; three grand-children--Steven and Thomas Olexa and Timothy Garton; four great-grandchildren--Megan and Steph-anie Olexa and Amber and Ryan Garton; one brother, Harry (Melo-dy) Wells of Mingo Junction, Ohio; and three sisters--Mary Hardy and Irene Potencini, both of Mingo Junction, and Wilma Canterbury of Wintersville, Ohio. She was prece-ded in death by: her husband, Tho-mas Olexa; and one sister, Eva Meyer.

VIOLA PEARL SCHAEFFER
Viola Pearl Schaeffer, 68, of Las Vegas, Nevada, formerly of Benton Harbor, died Tuesday, August 27, 2002, in Las Vegas.
A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 9, at Living Word Church of God, Coloma.
Mrs. Schaeffer was born October 11, 1933, in Benton Harbor. She was employed at V-M Corporation for 11 years.
Survivors include: her children--Janie Huff of Benton Harbor, Billie Wagner of Las Vegas, Joe Staneart of Little Rock, Arkansas, Anna Simpson of Coloma, Steven Styblo of Phoenix, Arizona, Eric Dalton of Las Vegas, and Sherry Boettinger of Glen Ellyn, Illinois; 10 grandchil-dren; 10 great-grandchildren; four sisters; and one brother. She was preceded in death by: her parents, William and Rosa Anna Adams; three sisters; and two brothers.

MARILYN THURSTON
Marilyn (Clymer) Thurston, 82, of Coloma, died Monday, September 2, 2002, at Borgess Medical Center, Kalamazoo.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, at Davidson Chapel, Florin Funeral Service, Coloma, where visitation was held from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Burial was in Coloma Cemetery. The family has requested, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to the Coloma Library Build-ing Fund.
Mrs. Thurston was born Sept. 23, 1919, in Bainbridge Township, to Morris and Lennie (Harrington) Clymer. She taught 4-H classes for many years; farmed with her first husband, Otto; and was a member of Farm Bureau. She belonged to two garden clubs; loved gardening; did upholstering; and was an ac-complished seamstress, sewing many bridal party and prom gowns.
Survivors include: her five chil-dren--Ronald (Vicki) Head of Fulton, Texas, Susan (Dave) Mun-joy of Pullman, Linda (Carman) Tull of Columbia, Tennessee, Sher-ry Kuzma of Schoolcraft, and Marie (Donald) Freeman of Coloma; five stepchildren--Shirley Thurston, Lin-da (Pat) Culitan of Texas, and Bill and Kim Thurston, LaDonna Thurs-ton and Bob (Michelle) Thurston, all of Coloma; 21 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and one sister, Alice (Harvey) Hoover of South Bend, Indiana. She was preceded in death by: her first husband, Otto Yirchott; her second husband, Louis Thurston; two children--William Head and Joanne Wright; a brother, DeForest Clymer; and two sisters-- Mildred Van Dusen and Alva Ham-ilton.

GWEN TRAGNA
Gwen Tragna, 79, of South Haven, died Wednesday, September 4, 2002, at her home.
Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 2 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 6, at St. Basilís Catholic Church, South Haven, with the Rev. Father John Young officiating. Burial was in Lakeview Cemetery, South Haven. Visitation was held from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Filbrandt Family Funeral Home, South Haven. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Basilís Educational Endowment Fund or the American Heart Association.
Mrs. Tragna was born April 9, 1923, in Logan, Ohio, to Scott and Vada Westbrook. She graduated from South Haven High School in 1942 and married Dominick Tragna on May 30, 1942, at St. Basilís Catholic Church, where she was a member. She worked as a secretary for the U.S. Navy in Norfolk, Virginia, from 1942-1944; and managed Tragna Brothers Grocery Store with her husband and brothers-in-law, retiring in 1970. She was active in the ladies golf league at South Haven Golf Club; enjoyed traveling and spent the past several winters in Fort Myers, Florida; and especially enjoyed the time she spent with her family.
Survivors include: her husband of 60 years, Dominick Tragna of South Haven; one son, Joe (Darlene) Trag-na; two daughters--Vada (Monte) Anderson and Gwennie (Terry) Hinz, all of South Haven; six grand-children; six great-grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Jean Westbrook of Mount Pleasant, Michigan.