03-17-2017 Tri-City Obituaries


 Susan Caprez Bressler, 53, formerly of Coloma passed away Friday, March 10, 2017 at Mayo Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota.

Susan was born March 3, 1964 to Rodney and Eleanor Caprez. She graduated from Coloma High School in 1982. She went on to receive her Master’s degree from Michigan State University.

On March 17, 2001 she married the love of her life, Donald Bressler. When they moved to Renton, Washington, Susan became a very active member of the community. She was the president of the Board of Directors for the Renton Kiwanis Clothes Bank, a member of the rotary, and worked with Cast For Kids. Susan enjoyed cooking, reading and loved her dogs Maggie and Fred. She impacted many lives with her kindness, compassion and generosity. Susan will be dearly missed by her family, friends and community members.

Susan is survived by her husband Don Bressler; brother Michael Caprez; sister Cathy Hays; brothers and sisters-in-law, Jerry (Carol) Bressler, Jean (Phil) Close, Nancy Caprez; nieces Tracy Caprez, Julie Owens, Kim Pailing and nephew Scott Caprez; several great nieces and nephews; and two God children, Alex and Carrington Prince.

A memorial service will be held at a later date in Menomonie, Wisconsin. Anyone wishing to make a memorial in Susan’s honor can do so to the Renton Clothes Bank at P.O. Box 55 Renton, WA 98057.


 Russell Robert Gray, 73, died peacefully at his home in Benton Harbor on Sunday, March 12, 2017. He was born April 19, 1943 in St. Joseph, Michigan.

He married his wife of 50 years, Linda Glasgow on November 19, 1966 in Hartford. He is survived by his wife, Linda; two sons, Jeremy A. (April) Gray of Lawrence and Joshua R. (Becky) Gray of Battle Creek; brother Raymond Gray of Covert; two grandchildren, Devin and Daniel Gray of Lawrence; his little dog, Snickers; brothers and sisters-in-law; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Gray was preceded in death by his mother, Marion L. Zuhl Cassidy; his father Russell Gray, and brother Richard Allen Gray.

The family would like to thank Dr. Michael Kelly and his staff for their loving care during his illness, thank you Colonel, and the staff of DLS Dialysis of Watervliet.

Visitation will be Friday, March 17 at 11:00 a.m., until the services at 1:00 p.m. at the Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford, Michigan. Service officiated by sister-in-law, Rev. Patricia Purcell; burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery in Watervliet Township.

Memorials can be made to the Work of Life Fellowship, S. Pleasant Street, Watervliet, where he was a member.

Death Notices

Hugh R. delaForet, 70, of Coloma died March 9, 2017 at home. Starks & Menchinger Chapel and Cremation Services, St. Joseph

Alred “Al” Edwin Freudenberg, 76, of Hartford, formerly of Coloma, died March 6, 2017 at home

Flossie Mitchell, 97, of Watervliet died March 9, 2017 at Lakeland Medical Center, St. Joseph. Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Coloma