Updated February 2013

Ferry, Adelia nee Brackett-The Niles Daily Star carried the obituary of Adelia Ferry on 29 April 1965 and it reads: Mrs. Adelia Ferry Buchanan-Mrs. Adelia Ferry, 73, of route two, died at 9 p.m. Wednesday in her home, following an illness of several months. Mrs. Ferry was born Jan. 19, 1892 in Lake Township, Berrien County. She was married to Peter Ferry Nov. 17, 1915, in St. Joseph. He died Feb 20, 1939. Surviving are a son, Edgar E. at home; and a brother, Walter Brackett, Buchanan. She was a member of the New Troy Brethren Church, and was also a member of the Gleaners’ Society. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday in her church. The Rev. Gerald L. Kelley, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in the New Troy Cemetery. Friends will be received at the Swem Funeral Home here from noon Friday until 11 a.m. Saturday.” Contributed by: William Brackett at brackettwilliam@yahoo.com

Ferry, Peter -The Niles Daily star carried an obituary for Peter Ferry on 21 Feb 1939 and it reads: “Peter Ferry Dead at 48; Stricken in Rural Home Monday Buchanan, Feb 21-Peter Ferry, lifelong resident of Berrien county, died in his farm home five miles west of here at 3 o’clock Monday afternoon following a two month illness. He was 48 years old. Funeral services will be held at 2:30 o’clock Thursday afternoon in the New Troy Brethren church with the Rev. R. L. Williams officiating. Burial will be in New Troy cemetery. Surviving are the widow, the former Delia Brackett whom Mr. Ferry married in New Troy Nov. 17, 1915; one son Edgar Eugene, Buchanan; three brothers, Clyde and George, New Troy, and A.E. Ferry, Litchfield; also a sister, Mrs. Etta Carteville, Battle Creek. Friends may call at the Swem funeral home.” Contributed by: William Brackett at brackettwilliam@yahoo.com

Fetke, Orville - An obituary for Orville Fetke was carried in the News Palladium on 14 Mar 1949 and it reads: “Orville Fetke Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. today at the Kerlikowske funeral chapel, St. Joseph, for Orville Fetke. 47, former St. Joseph resident, who died about noon Saturday at the Garfield Park community hospital in Chicago, following an illness of only a few days. The Rev. E. A. Iron, pastor of the Zion Evangelical church, officiated. Mrs. Louise Kelly sang two songs, ‘Prayer Perfect’ and ‘Good night and Good morning.’ Mildred Johnson presided at the organ. Burial was in the Spring Run cemetery at Scottsdale. Casket bearers were Fred Grimm, Arthur, Otto and Walter Eisenhart, Stanley Krause and Charles Christ. Mr. Fetke was born Feb. 19, 1902, the son of Albert and Augusta Fetke, who formerly lived on a farm at Scottsdale. During his residence in St. Joseph he was associated with the Modern Dry Cleaners. He had made his home in Chicago for the past 12 years. Surviving with his widow, Mabel and a son, Donald of Chicago are: his mother, now of South Bend, Ind.; and three sisters, Mrs. Emma Grimm, Chicago, Mrs. Louis Miller and Mrs. Olga McDaniel, both of South Bend.” - Contributed by: William Brackett at brackettwilliam@yahoo.com

Fikes, Eliza K. -Mrs. Eliza K. Fikes died Sunday at the Kalamazoo asylum where she had been taken but a few days before.Mrs. Fikes was an old resident of Berrien Springs and leaves many friends and relatives here.She was a sister of Mrs. Mary Hadlock.Funeral services was held at Morris chapel on Tuesday.
Born June 28,1840 in Ohio,daughter of Peter and Sarah Concannon Schnorf,married James M. Taylor abt 1860 in Niles.Children:Arvil David Taylor,Rosa Taylor Mathews.Married Jacob Fikes on Feb.3,1878 .She died April 18,1920 in Kalamazoo
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Fish, John H. The Herald Press carried an obituary for John Fish on 10 Mar 1937 and it reads: John H. Fish Of Royalton Dies Well Known Fruit Grower To Be Buried Friday Afternoon John H. Fish, well known Royalton township fruit farmer, died at 6:10 a.m. today at his home following an illness of several months. He had been engaged in fruit farming in Royalton for nearly 20 years moving to that township from Galien in 1918. Mr. Fish, who was born in Argos, Ind. November 20, 1860, is survived by his wife, Ora Geisler Fish; one son, Esthel R. Fish of Grand Rapids; three daughters, Mrs. Hazel Doyle of Buchanan, Mrs. Mabel Winegar of Elkhart, Ind., and Mrs. Zella Price of South Bend, Ind.; 26 grandchildren; two great grandchildren; four step-children, Russell Geisler of St. Joseph, Mrs. Mildred Bullard of Benton Harbor, and Mrs. Alice Jasper of St. Joseph; one sister, Mrs. Levina Chapman of Argos, Ind; a half-brother, Edward Bevins of Argos, and a half-sister, Mrs. Lucy Siders of South Bend. Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. The place of the rites and burial will be announced later. Funeral services will be conducted Friday afternoon at 2:30 in the Dormer & Kerlikowske chapel with Rev. George Horst, pastor of the First Congregational church, officiating. Burial will be in Spring Run cemetery. On 12 Mar 1937 the same newspaper carried a follow-up, which reads: "John H. Fish Buried Today Funeral services were conducted this afternoon in the Dormer & Kerlikowske chapel for John H. Fish, well known Royalton township fruit grower who died Wednesday. Rev. George Horst, pastor of the First Congregational church, officiated in services. Mrs. Robert Gast sang 'The Old Rugged Cross' and 'Abide With Me.' Pall bearers were Charles, Edward and Frank Geisler, Reinhold Damaske, Ray Brunke and Julius Tilly. Burial was in Spring Run cemetery."

Fisher, Grace - May 1, 1950 - Mrs. Grace Fisher , May 1 - Mrs. Grace Fisher, of Chicago, died Saturday afternoon enroute to Chicago. She and her husband were planning to maker their home in Edwarsburg.
Surviving are her husband R. B. and a daughter, Miss Mabel Fisher at home.
  Funeral services will be held at the Teus Funeral home in Chicago. Burial will be in Edwardsburg Cemetery.

Fisher , Sylvester - HEART ATTACK IS FATAL TO YOUNG WORKER - May 12, 1952 - News Palladium, Benton Harbor, Mich: Sylvester Fisher, 34, of 600 Highland Avenue, was stricken with a fatal heart attack at 7:30 a.m. today in the canal parking lot, where he was working on public works. He was rushed to the Benton Harbor fire station, but firemen were unsuccessful in their attempt to revive him by administering oxygen. Mr. Fisher was born October 28, 1917 in Niles. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Fisher, moved to Benton Harbor while he was an infant and he had lived here since then. He had been employed as a bulldozer operator for the D. D. Cross company and for the past year had been with the public works department in Benton Harbor. He is survived by his wife, the former Dorothy Bryant, daughter of Mrs. Dale Bryant and the late Mr. Bryant, when he married December 8, 1941, and two children, Donna Jean and Sandra Carol, at home. Also surviving are two brothers Charles of Chicago, and Paul, of Benton Harbor, and two sisters, Mrs. Jack Jacobs, of Niles, and Mrs. John Martinowich, of Benton Harbor. The body was taken to the Florin Funeral Home, where friends may call. Funeral arrangements will be announced later.- added notation - His burial was in Crystal Springs Cemetery Contributed by: William Brackett: brackettwilliam@yahoo.com

Fitzgerald, Margaret nee Kerran-Niles Daily Star-29 Jun 1892:  "Mrs. Patrick Fitzgerald, residing on State street, West Niles, was taken suddenly ill about 7:45 o'clock last evening and died twenty minutes after.  She had convulsions and suffered from stomach trouble.  A husband and two sons are left.  The funeral will occur tomorrow morning at 9 o'clock from St. Mary's church, and the remains will be interred in Calvary cemetery on the West Side."  Niles Daily Sun-29 Jun 1892:  "Sudden Death Mrs. Patrick, living on State street, died last evening very suddenly from disease of the heart.  After eating supper with the family, she arose from the table shortly after being taken with what proved her final illness.  In a few minutes after becoming faint she died.  A notice of the funeral will be given later."contibuted by William Brackett: brackettwilliam@yahoo.com

Fitzgerald, Patrick, Jr.-Niles Daily Star-18 May 1903:  "Patrick Fitzgerald, Jr., died this morning at 5 o'clock at the home of his father, in west Niles, after a lingering illness with tuberculosis.  The deceased was born here August 11, 1871.  Funeral announcement hereafter.  Niles Daily Star-19 May 1903 "The funeral of the late Patrick Fitzgerald, Jr., will take place from St. Mary's church at 9 o'clock tomorrow morning.  Interment at Calvary cemetery." contibuted by William Brackett: brackettwilliam@yahoo.com

Fitzgerald, Patrick, Sr.-Niles Republican-09 Jul 1903:  "Patrick Fitzgerald Old Resident of Niles Died Saturday Evening.  Patrick Fitzgerald, an old resident of Niles, died Saturday evening at his home on north State street.  His death was due to senile gangrene and organic heart disease.  Mr. Fitzgerald has been a sufferer from gangrene for a number of years.  Recently his leg was amputated in hopes of stopping the advance of the disease.  The deceased was about ninety years old and has lived in Niles about fifty years.  He is survived by his son, William, another son, Patrick, having died a few weeks ago.  The funeral was held this morning at St. Mary's chruch and the remains were interred in Calvary cemetery, Rev. Fr. Cullinane officiating."  Niles Daily Star-06Jul 1903:  "To His Reward.  Patrick Fitzgerald, a Long-Time Sufferer Passes Away.  Patrick Fitzgerald, a well known and respected pioneer resident of niles, who has been a great sufferer for the past several weeks, died Saturday afternoon about 5 o;clock from blood poisoning, which resulted from amputating his left foot, which was rendered necessary by gangrene. The deceased was born in Ireland 72 years ago, and bade farewell to his native hills about forty years ago, coming almost directly to Niles upon landing in this country.  The deceased was the parent of four children, only one of whom, William Fitzgerald, who is a section foreman on the Michigan Central, survives him.  The wife of the deceased, who was a most estimable lady, passed away in 1891.  Fraternally Mr. Fitgerald was identified with the Catholic Knights, under whose auspices the funeral was held from St. Mary's church this morning at 9 o'clock.  In terment took place at Calvary cemetery."contibuted by William Brackett: brackettwilliam@yahoo.com

Flynn, Maude nee Brant -Maude Flynn’s obituary was carried in the South Bend Tribune on 13 Jul 1968 and reads: “Mrs. Maude Flynn Mrs. Maude Flynn, 82, of 1242 McCartney Dr., died at 12:55pm yesterday in Memorial Hospital. She was born Aug. 3, 1885 in Berrien County, Mich., and lived in South Bend 15 years, coming from Racine, Wis. Survivors include her son, Shirley Hutchison, of South Bend; six grandchildren, and four great grandchildren. Friends may call after 7 p.m. today at Orvis Funeral Home. Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday in the funeral home with retired Methodist minister, Rev. Clyde E. Rusk, officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Bridgman, Mich., with graveside services at 2:30 p.m. Monday.”  Contributed by: William Brackett at brackettwilliam@yahoo.com

 Frazier, Bernard, 69 – (Niles Daily Star – September 5, 1950) Bernard Frazier, of 22 South Lincoln avenue died at 1:25 a.m. Monday in Pawating hospital after an illness of 11 hours. Services were held at 2 p.m. today at the Pifer funeral home, with the Rev. T. M. Greenhoe officiating. The body was shipped to Callaway, Neb., this afternoon, and services will be held there at 2 p.m. on Thursday. Burial will be in Rose Hill cemetery at Callaway. Surviving are his widow, Blanch; one son, Larry C. Frazier, of Niles, and one sister, Mrs. Louis King, of Callaway; seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren; three brothers, Silas, of Jasper, Mo., Fount, of Oroville, Wash., and Norman of Everett, Wash., and one sister, Mrs. Barbara Pond, of Leonard, Kan. Frazier was born at Frazier’s Bottoms, W. Va., on Feb. 28, 1881, and came here from Lakewood, O., three and one-half years ago. He was retired.
Contributed by: Brett Hardesty at - bdhdsty@att.net

Frucci, Annita Vannozzi -Mrs Annita Vannozzi Frucci  88 years - passed away Christmas Eve- Dec. 24th, 1971 in Niles, MI.  She was born 13 Oct 1883 in Florence, Italy.  In 1899 she emigrated  with her family and settled in Iron Mt. MI. There she met and married Rosario Frucci in 1901. They became the parents of eleven children.  Her parents and siblings would return to Italy. Rosario and Annita would later move to Crystal Falls, MI  In 1917 they would relocate to Niles, MI in an area known to the locals as  Dickereel where many other Italian and German families  had settled. She was a marvelous cook and designed many beautiful crocheted items till her passing. She is survived by six sons - Dominick, Bruno, Frank, Anthony, Victor and John. Also two daughters, Theresa (Tillie) Olinger and Veronica (Ronnie) Marrandino. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1941,  daughter - Frances Mary Knezevich and an  infant son - Veto. Left to cherish her memory  are 31 grandchildren, 54 great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren.  Services will be held at St.Mary's Church - burial in Calvary Cemetery, Niles, MI.
Submitted by Granddaughter Anita Frucci Rodgers

Frucci, Rossi-Rossi Frucci, 68, EX-Railman Dies.  Rossi (Rosario) Frucci retired railroad man died 07 July 1941 in Niles, MI.  He was born 17 Oct 1873 in Filadelfia, Calabria, Italy,  He arrived in the US at Ellis Island 07 May 1896 . He would work for a time in the cotton fields in the South - not liking the heat - he joined other Italians in Upper Michigan - working in the Iron Mines in Iron Mt. and Crystal Falls.  He met and married Annita Vannozzi . They would become  the parents of eleven children.  In 1917 they located to Niles, MI. Joining many family members who had also emigrated to Niles from Italy. Rosario would work at the Towar Cotton Mill and the Steam Railroad.  He enjoyed vegetable gardening, flower gardening and making wine.  He is survived by his wife of forty years and seven sons - Dominick, Lawrence, Frank, Tony, Bruno, Victor and John. Also three daughters - Theresa (Tillie) Olinger, Veronica (Ronnie) Marrandino, and Frances Mary Knezevich.  Two brothers in Italy - Frank and Dominick.  The body will be taken to the home at 1007 Dulin Lane where friends may call. Requiem High Mass will be observed at St.Mary's Church - the Father Joseph Rochford officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Niles, MI.
Submitted by Granddaughter Anita Frucci Rodgers

Furhman, Julius-The News Palladium carried the obituary for Julius Fuhrman on 28 Feb 1947 and it reads: “Julius Fuhrman, 80, Of Benton Township Dies A resident of Benton Harbor for the past 47 years, Julius Fuhrman, 80, died last night in his home, Maiden Lane, Benton township, where he has been confined for the past two weeks. Mr. Fuhrman was born Sept. 5, 1866 in Germany and came to Benton Harbor in 1900. He had been employed at Benton Harbor Malleable and as a carpenter for the W. A. Vawters. He is survived by his widow, Rose, to whom he was married 55 years ago on Feb. 12. Also surviving are six children, Mrs. Augusta Glade and Mrs. Ruben Chandler, Charles, William, John and Herman, all of Benton Harbor; five grandchildren and one great grandson. Mr. Fuhrman was a member of St. Matthew’s Lutheran church where services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, the Rev. H. C. Haase officiating. The body will be at the Kerlikowske funeral home in St. Joseph, until 11 a.m. Monday when it will be taken to the church to lie in state. Burial will be in Crystal Springs cemetery.”  Contributed by: William Brackett at brackettwilliam@yahoo.com

Fuhrman, Rose nee Hauch-The News Palladium carried the obituary for Rose Fuhrman on 14 Nov 1952 and it reads: “Mrs. Rose Fuhrman Mrs. Rose Fuhrman, 81, of 589 Campbell avenue, died at 9:45 o’clock this morning after six months’ illness. Born Nov 19, 1871 in Poland, Mrs. Fuhrman came to this community from Canada in 1900 and had lived here since. Her husband, Julius, died Feb. 27, 1947. She is survived by five children, William and Herman Fuhrman, Mrs. Ruben Chandler and Mrs. Harry Glade, all of Benton Harbor, and John Furhman, of Tucson, Ariz. Also surviving are five granddaughters and one great-grandson. The body was taken to the Kerlikoske funeral home in St. Joseph, where friends may call. Funeral arrangements are incomplete, pending word from Mrs. Fuhrmans’ son in Arizona. Mrs. Fuhrman was a member of St. Matthew’s Lutheran church here.” The same paper carried this follow-up on 15 Nov 1952 and it reads: “Mrs. Rose Fuhrman Funeral services will be held Monday at 1:30 p.m. in St. Matthews Lutheran church here for Mrs. Rose Fuhrman, 81, of 589 Campbell avenue, Benton Harbor, who died Friday. The Rev. E. H. Wendland, pastor, will officiate. A son, Charles W., preceded her in death, Nov. 28, 1946. Burial will be in Crystal Springs cemetery. Friends may call at Kerlikowske’s chapel in St. Joseph until Monday at 11 a.m., when the body will be taken to the church.” Her maiden name was Hauch. She was the daughter of Karl and Marie (Tiefenbach) Hauch of Solomka, Volhynia, Russia. Contributed by: William Brackett at brackettwilliam@yahoo.com





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