Walker, Catharine ( Nugent) - Berrien Township, 20 April 1904
CATHARINE (NUGEN) WALKER—April 20, 1904 Catharine Nugen was born June 1, 1808, near Belturbet, Ireland, in the county of Fermanagh. Died at the home of her son, Solomon Walker, in Berrien Township, April 20, 1904, being nearly 96 years of age. She was left without a mother when a mere child, and lived with an aunt, who immigrated to the province of Canada 84 years ago. She often recounted a ship wreck during the voyage. She was married to Joseph Walker 76 years ago and they located on a farm near Port Hope Canada. From there they moved near Sandusky, Ohio, in 1833, and on account of ill heath moved back to Canada. In the spring of 1842 they came to Michigan and settled on section 2 in Niles Township, where she has since remained until about 15 months ago she came to live with her son Solomon. Her husband preceded her in death, February 15, 1868. She was the mother of twelve children, five girls and seven boys. The five daughters are; Mrs. W. B. Smith, Mrs. Joseph Stafford, of Berrien Township, Mrs. Catherine Deniaton of Niles, Mrs. Sarah Archer of Iowa, and Mrs. Elizabeth Lewis of Washington. The remaining sons are Joseph, Solomon, and David Walker of Berrien Township, and an elder brother, Charles Walker of Iowa, who was at his mother’s bedside when she died. She was converted 69 years ago and was a model of purity and Christian purity. She was one of the charter members of the M. E. Church at Morris Chapel and as an example of the Christian religion she had but few equals. Her tenacious belief in God and the efficacy of prayer was wonderful. Her example as an exponent of experimental religion will stand out as a beacon light to her children and neighbors who have all learned from her life and example that “Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord.” Interment at Morris Chapel Cemetery Saturday 10 a.m. Services conducted by Rev. Bowerman.
Contributed By John Walker


Wards, Jeanette (Klann)
NILES -- Jeanette (Klann) Warda, 65, of Niles died Friday, June 25, 2004, at home.
Funeral services will take place at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 29, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 1340 Sycamore St., Niles, with Pastor Carl Bassett officiating. Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, June 28, at Swem Funeral Home, Buchanan. Burial will be in Mission Hills Memorial Gardens, Niles. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul's Lutheran Church or Hospice at Home.

Jeanette was born Sept. 9, 1938, in Baroda to Henry and Elsie (Rosentreter) Klann. She married Henry Warda on Oct. 22, 1955, in Niles. She was a homemaker.
Mrs. Warda is survived by her husband, Henry; daughters -- Christine (Craig) DeHart of Niles, Karen (Jimmie) Kelley of Berrien Center and Tamala (Dennis) Rahn of Manistee, Mich.; a son, Stanley (Debby) Warda of Berrien Springs; a sister, Elaine Gibson of Niles; a brother, Kurt Klann of Niles; nine grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Contributed By Genweb Coordinator 2005

Warren - Della Warren   b 1861 d/o Horace W and Maria Long Warren, cousin of E K Warren Teacher in country schools for 10 years and worked in the office at the Warren Featherbone Co.
and at a bank. Died April 19, 1915; Eulogy given by EK Warren. Obit in Three Oaks Acorn april 29, 1915 at Three Oaks Library - contributed Sue Langley suewylan@gmail.com

Warren - May Warren   b 1865 d/o Horace W and Maria Long Warren, cousin of E K Warren Worked in the office at the Warren Featherbone Co. Source Horace W Warren
Obit in Three Oaks Acorn, Sept 13, 1907 at the three Oaks Library - - contributed Sue Langley suewylan@gmail.com

Wenzlaff, Albert
The Herald Press carried an obituary for Albert Wenzlaff on 28 May 1918 and it reads:  "GRIEF OVER LOSS OF WIFE HASTENS DEATH Gradually failing since the death of his wife five weeks ago, Albert Wenzlaff, aged 78, died Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the home of his sons, Albert Wenzlaff, Jr., Harrison avenue, with whom he had made his home since Mrs. Wenzlaff's death.  It is thought grief hastened his death.  Mr. Wenzlaff was born in Germany January 6, 1840, and cane to this country in 1894.  surviving him are three sons, albert, Richard and Herman, two daughters, Mrs. Chas. Schramm and Mrs. Emil Haase adn twenty-two grandchildren, all of this city.  The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon at 1:00 from the residence and at 1:45 from Trinity Evangelical Lutheran church, with interment in the city cemetery.  The Rev. Louis Nuechterlein will officiate."  Albert, his wife Caroline and their children, Albert, Maria, Emma and Richard arrived in Baltimore 0n 12 April 1894 aboard the ship "Weimar" from Bremen, Germany and were on their way to St. Joseph, Michigan.--contibuted by William Brackett: brackettwilliam@yahoo.com

Wenzlaff, Caroline nee Mattick
The Herald Press carried an obituary for Caroline Wenslaff on 25 Apr 1918 and it reads:  "SERVICES ARE HELD FROM CHURCH TODAY Funeral services for the late Mrs. Caroline Wenzlaff, who died Tuesday at her home on Lake street, having suffered for a number of years with chronic bronchitis, were held this afternoon from the Trinity Lutheran church.  Rev. Louis Nuechterlein officiating.  The church was well filled with the many friends and relatives of the deceased, who during her esidence here had always been one of the most faithful church members and willing workers.  Pallbearers were chosen from members of the church and burail was made in the city cemetery."  death certificated gives father as Ernst Mattick of Germany- - Contributed by: William Brackett at brackettwilliam@yahoo.com

Westphal, Hulda nee Zordel
The Hearld Press carried another article concerning this incident on 17 Feb 1922: “Mrs. Westphal, 72, Struck By Auto, Is Dead Aged Woman Spent Almost Entire Life in St. Joseph Seriously injured a week ago when she was struck by a Ford automobile at the corner of State and Market streets, Mrs. Hulda Westphal passed away this morning at 10 o’clock at the home of her son-in-law, A.G. Marshall, 609 Wayne street.
   Mrs. Wesphal was born in Germany on April 26, 1849 and came to this country when she was 19 years of age. She has remained in St. Joseph continuously since that time. Her Husband passed away many years ago. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. John Lange, Sodus and Mrs. A.G. Marshall, St. Joseph; three grandchildren, Helen Marchall, St. Joseph, and Herbert Lange of this city and Arthur Lange, Sodus; one sister, Mrs. Elvina Dombrowsky, Harrison avenue, St. Joseph, and three brothers, Albert Zordel, St. Joseph, August Zordel, Ransom, Kansas, and Carl Zordel, Germany.
   Funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon at 1:45 at the Marshall residence and at 2 o’clock at the Trinity Lutheran church. Rev. Louis Nuechterlein officiating. Interment will be made in the City cemetery. The Ladies Aid society of the church will attend in a body. Mrs. Westphal met with the accident that contributed to her death while attempting to cross State street late last Friday afternoon. John Walsh, a trusty at the county jail, who has been sent down town with a Ford sedan to procure gasoline, was executing a complete turn on State street and was driving slowly when he struck the aged woman. Eye witnesses of the affair are unwilling to fix the blame.” A family story is that her long skirt got caught in the spokes of the wheels of the vehicle and she was dragged to her death? - Contributed by: William Brackett at brackettwilliam@yahoo.com

Wheeler, John R.
John R. Wheeler, 87, 350 South McCord street, died at 2:50 a.m. today at his home.
Mr. Wheeler was born Dec. 6, 1873 in Kenton, Ill. He was a member of the Salvation Army and the Golden Agers.
Survivors include his widow, May (Mary): two sons, Frank of Watervliet and James L. of Benton Harbor: four daughters, Mrs James Chronisler of Portland, Ore., Mrs Anna Adams, Mrs. Laura Countryman and Mrs. Everett Smith of Benton Harbor: 41 grandchildren: 85 greatgrandchildren and 8 great great grandchldren.
Other survivors include 12 stepchildren: two brothers. Fred Wheeler of Rochester, Mich. and Harve Wheeler of Kansas and a sister, Mrs. Frank Evans of Lawrence.
The body is at the Reiser mortuary where funeral arrangements were incomplete this forenoon.
Friends may call at the funeral home beginning Wednesday evening.
Taken from The News - Palladium Tuesday, September 19, 1961

Wheeler Rites Set
Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2:00 p.m. in the Reiser Chapel for John R. Wheeler, 87, 350 South McCord street, who died Tuesday at his home.
Brigadier Edward Johnson of the Salvation Army will officiate.
Burial will be in the Crystal Springs cemetery.
Taken from The News - Palladium Wednesday, September 20, 1961
Contributed By Donna Lewis


Wheeler, Mrs. Mary I.
Mrs. Mary Isabelle Wheeler of Route 2, Benton Harbor, died at 12:12 p.m. yesterday at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Laura Countryman, 139 Belview street where she had been living since she became ill almost two months ago.
Born May 18, 1875, in Terre Haute, Ind., Mrs. Wheeler was 72 years old. She was married to John R. Wheeler, who survives, on July 1, 1896, in LaMarr, Mo. Of the couples 10 children, the following seven remain: Mrs Bessie Chronister, Portland, Ore., Jess Wheeler, Mrs Laura Countryman, Mrs Florence Smith, Frank Wheeler, Lawrence Wheeler, Benton Harbor: and Mrs Rose Anna Adams, St. Joseph. Mrs. Wheeler also leaves a number of nieces and nephews, 40 grandchildren, and 18 great grandchildren. A brother, Oliver Cooper, Neodeswa, Kas., and a sister, Mrs. Loan Wyant, Smithland, Mo. Mrs. Wheeler was a member of the Salvation Army.
The body is at the Reiser mortuary where friends may call and arrangements for the funeral are being made.
Taken from The News - Palladium Friday, August 29, 1947

Wheeler, Mrs. Mary I. - - The funeral of Mrs. Mary Isabelle Wheeler, Route 2, Benton Harbor, who died last Tuesday, was held at 2:30 p.m. at the Reiser chapel.
Major Fred Summers of Traverse City, formerly of the Salvation Army in Benton Harbor, officiated and Mrs. Summers sang. Mrs. M.J. White presided at the organ.
Burial was in Crystal Springs cemetery.
Taken from The News - Palladium Tuesday, September 2, 1947
Contributed By Donna Lewis


Williams, Deacon Fred Sr. - -
BENTON HARBOR -- Deacon Fred Williams Sr. was born on May 25, 1916, to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Williams in Earle, Ark.
Deacon Williams gave his life to Christ at an early age, under the leadership of Elder Days, in Wildner, Ark. After relocating to Benton Harbor, in 1966, he became a member of Holy Temple COGIC under the leadership of Pastor R. Thomas. He served on the Deacons Board.

Deacon Williams moved to Detroit in 1968. He became a member of East Vernon COGIC under the leadership of Pastor Brown. After a few years God called Pastor Brown home to rest from his labor. Then God sent another shepherd to come and lead the flock, by the name of Pastor Dennis Mallory. Deacon Williams served on the Deacons Board and he also was the church treasurer.
He retired from Crown Packing/Thorn Apple Valley in Detroit. He relocated back to Benton Harbor in 1998. He continued his membership at Holy Temple COGIC under the leadership of Pastor R. Thomas.
Deacon Williams was faithful even though he had no strength to walk, but he kept pressing his way out in his wheelchair until the Lord called him home.
Deacon Fred Williams departed this life on Monday, May 24, 2004, at 2:25 a.m.
    He leaves to cherish his memories: four sons -- Fred Jr. (Alvern) Williams and Isaiah (Rosa) Williams, both of Benton Harbor, and Charlie (Clara) Williams and Rubin (Marilyn) Williams, both of Detroit; three daughters -- Gennie (Calvin) Rogers, Laura Mae Holmes and Virginia (Larry) Wooden, all of Benton Harbor; 35 grandchildren; 43 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Vera Snodgrass and Wilma Graves, both of Indianapolis; adopted daughter, Willie Zelma Mendenhall; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Preceding him in death was his wife, Mamie Williams, Jan. 6, 2003; his mother, Lula Brown Williams; his father, Paul Williams; sisters -- Rosie Burton and Pearlie Mae Simpson; brothers-in-law, Willie Simpson and Walter Curtis; and son-in-law, Herbert Holmes.
Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Friday followed by funeral services at 11 a.m. at Holy Temple COGIC, Benton Harbor. Burial will be in Crystal Springs Cemetery, Benton Harbor.
Arrangements by Robbins Brothers Funeral Home, Benton Harbor

Taken from The Herald - Palladium May 26, 2004 edition
Contributed By Genweb Coordinator 2005

Williams, Sara Jean - Sara Jean Williams - Private funeral services were held at 10 a.m. today in the Kerlikowski funeral home for Miss Sara Jean Williams, 17-years-old Benton Harbor girl. The Rev. W. Maylan Jones. St. Joseph Methodist minister, officiated. Mrs. Mildred Johns presided at the organ. Fifteen members of the auxiliary to V.F.W. post 1137 attended in a body. The body will be sent to Doncola, Ind. Friday night for burial in the Christian Chapel cemetery Saturday afternoon. Harvey Williams will accompany the body of his daughter to Doncola.

Woodruff, - Sophronia D. - died Feb 26, 1885- Sophronia D. Woodruff was born in the Township of Stafford, Genesee Co., N. Y., April 18, 1817. In 1835 she was married to Albert Allen. They being actuated with the desire to carve out for themselves a home in the “far west” moved to Jackson, Michigan, in 1837, accompanied by their little babe, a boy at one year now grown to be the man in the person of W. W. Allen, of this place. Mr. Allen not being sufficiently rugged to endure the trials and hardships of pioneer life became “sick of Michigan” and returned to New York, in 1838. The wife protested against this, as she thought it better to endure such hardships and privations to surmount the difficulties and to make themselves a home, even in the wilds of Michigan, surrounded by Indians and wolves. In 1840 they moved to Ohio, where she buried her husband and two children in the years 1842-44. She then returned to the parental roof in New York, accompanied by her two boys, Wallace ( W. W. Allen of this place) and Adelbert (A.D. Allen, who died at Coloma, Mich., in 1874) In 1846 she, in company with her parents, move to Paw Paw, Mich., and in 1847 was married to Newton R. Woodruff of Bainbridge township. In 1850 there was born to this union A. N. Woodruff. About the year 1854 Mr. And Mrs. Woodruff became convinced it was not only their privilege but their duty to help care for the orphan and adopted Marion, __ from New York City, (now Mrs. Marion Scott of Benton Harbor, Mich.. Afterwards they adopted Henry Wise, (noe of Doniphan, Neb.) Both of these adopted children were tenderly loved and cared for by Mr. And Mrs. W. as though they were born unto them. In 1880 Mrs. Woodruff was called to mourn the loss of her second husband, but not as one without hope of a blessed reunion in “the sweet by and by”. She was a member of a Christian church for forty years. She was a true and faithful mother; nothing was too hard or difficult that she was at any time called perform in behalf of her children. On February 26, 85, at the close of a long life of sunshine and shadows, of industry, suffering and trial, as well as comfort and joy, she earnestly prayed God to bless her children, then sweetly and peacefully rested from her earthly labor to be forever with the Lord. The funeral services were held at Grange Hall. From Job 17-11, (My days are past, my purposes are borken off, even the thoughts of my heart,”) the Rev. L. C. Wilkinson preached a sermon that was very impressive and is highly commended. Mr. And Mrs. B. F. Hill, Mr. And Mrs. H. Thompson, of Bainbridge, sweetly sang with much feeling and in the spirit, “Nearer my God to Thee”
“Gathering home One by One”
“There is Light after Darkness:
Watervliet, Mich., Mar. 3, 1885

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