05-07-2020 Tri-City Area Obituaries

BONNA VANDERLYN

Bonna Jean Vanderlyn was born on July 21, 1931 in Hartford, the daughter of Fred and Vera (Vernon) Modro. Bonna passed away May 5, 2020.

Bonna graduated from Hartford High School as part of the Class of 1949. She married Arthur Vanderlyn and together they built, owned and operated the Hartford Harding’s Market. Art passed away on September 15, 1970. She was a member of the Hartford United Methodist Church and a stenographer for the State of Michigan. Loving her community, Bonna was a generous donor to many organizations including the Hartford Fire Department, Hartford Public Schools, Hartford School Foundation, Hartford United Methodist Church, the American Cancer Society and local humane societies to name a few. Bonna purchased a fire truck for the Hartford Fire Department, endowed a scholarship fund for Hartford graduates, and donated 1.3 million dollars to the Hartford Public Library for building the Arthur and Bonna Vanderlyn Community Center.

Bonna is survived by her nephew Scott (Denise) Smith; two great nieces: Amanda (Steve) Veldman and Bethany (Justin) Diesbourg; sister-in-law Donna Anderson; special friend Erin (Ernie) Goodson whom she often introduced as her granddaughter; cousin Jeanne (Richard) VanDeventer and all the citizens of Hartford.

Bonna loved serving the Hartford community through her ownership of Hartford Harding’s and became a founding member of a group, that made it possible for Harding’s to survive as a family owned business of several area Harding’s stores, including Garland Smith, Marty Hill, Rich Glidden, Dave Gearhart, the late Tom Harding, and her special friend and advisor Bryan Hettinghouse.

Bonna appreciated the help of Hartford Store Manager Tim Hildebrand, Harding’s management Curtis Devries and Tony Medlin, and legal advisor Jim Beck that helped her in her later years when she couldn’t participate in the day-to-day operations of the store.

The family would like to thank the staff at Caretel Inns, Private Duty Home Healthcare, and Caring Circle Hospice for her care.

Due to shelter in place guidelines, private graveside services will be held where Bonna will be laid to rest next to Art in Maple Hill Cemetery. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Hartford Public Library for the Arthur and Bonna Vanderlyn Community Center.

The family has entrusted the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, with arrangements. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at http://www.calvin-leonardfh.com.

BETTY JEAN DAVIS

Betty Jean Davis, 90, of Coloma, went to be with her Lord Jesus on Thursday, April 30, 2020 at Pine Ridge Nursing Home in Stevensville.

Due to current circumstances private family services will be held at Duffield and Pastrick Funeral Home in Coloma followed by burial in Coloma Cemetery. Memorials may be made to First Church of God in St. Joseph. Those wishing to leave a message for the family online may do so at www.duffieldpastrick.com.

Betty was born in Lansing, Michigan on April 13, 1930, the daughter of William and Margaret Drew. She had just recently celebrated her 90th birthday. On the first day following her high school graduation, she joined the Black Ace Motorcycle Group of Benton Harbor. Several years later in 1951 she married Robert Davis. Together they raised their three sons and enjoyed 41 years of marriage before Robert’s passing in 1992. Her love for motorcycle riding continued with her husband.

Betty loved the outdoors and enjoyed riding her bike, swimming, and fishing. She found happiness spending time with children and loved to play Wiffle ball with her grandchildren. She also enjoyed baking and canning and her favorite flowers were lilacs. She enjoyed people and could strike up a conversation with anyone. For a number of years Betty was a caregiver for the elderly.

Betty is survived by three sons: Roy (Diana) Davis of Coloma, William (Jody) Davis of Watervliet, and Randy Davis of Osceola, Ind.; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Robert and her sister Louise Lesch.

KEVIN L. STREU

Kevin L. Streu, 58 of Cadillac, passed away on April 29, 2020 at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo.

Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Those wishing to leave a message or share a memory with the family online may do so at www.duffieldpastrick.com.

Kevin was born April 5, 1962 in Blue Island, IL to Charles and Charlene (Vanderwall) Streu. Prior to his retirement, he was employed as a financial advisor for John Hancock Mutual Life, VALIC and The Legend Group. He enjoyed snowmobiling, boating and watching the news religiously.

Kevin is survived by his very special best friend Betty Mitchell; his brother Ross (Lisa) Streu of Coloma; nieces Michelle and Tori and nephew Tyler. Also surviving are his two sisters-in-law Kathy and Janet Streu.

He was preceded in death by his parents Charles and Charlene and his two brothers Scott and Charlie.

WOODROW “WOODY” COUNTS

Woodrow “Woody” Counts, 100, formerly of Stevensville died Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at Woodland Terrace of Paw Paw Lake in Coloma.


Woody was born on March 29, 1920 in Manila, AR to Lonnie and Asalee Counts. He served our country in the U.S. Army during WWII in the European Theater where he received four Bronze Stars. Woody married his wife, Ola, on Feb. 28, 1942, in Little Rock, AR and she preceded him in death on Dec. 9, 1992. Together they celebrated 50 years of marriage. Woody married his 2nd wife, Aubrey in 1999 and she preceded him in death in 2013. He was a carpenter for Pearson Construction for many years and then was a machine repairman at Bendix for 25 years before retiring in 1978. Woody was a member of the DAV and VFW Post 1137. He was an active member over the years of the Twelve Corners Community Church. His hobbies include tinkering with small engines and he repaired many lawn mowers to give away to people who needed them. Woody loved to garden and while at Woodland Terrace continued to grow seeds and plants. Many of the plants and cotton plants around Woodland are a result of Woody’s love of gardening. Woody lived a full life and felt that his life was a success because he made people’s lives better. He loved and enjoyed his family.

His family includes his children, Jim (Sylvia) Counts of Benton Harbor, Sandra (Doug) Lombard of Mattawan and Janette (Robert) Brink of Millburg; his seven grandchildren; his 11 great-grandchildren and his several nieces and nephews.

PATRICIA I. REYNOLDS

Patricia I. Reynolds, 89, of Coloma passed away at home with family beside her on Saturday, April 25, 2020. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at a later date.

Pat was born on March 17, 1931 to Lyle and Margaret Stanley. She grew up in Watervliet and worked at VM Corporation for several years. She met the love of her life in 1948, and knew immediately that she would marry him. She married Richard Reynolds on August 26, 1950, and they moved to their permanent home in Coloma in 1959. She spent her time being a devoted wife, mother to her children, and caregiver for many elder relatives. Pat was always making pies, cakes, cookies and candies to give to family and friends. She crafted many things over the years to give to people in need such as scarves, hats and slippers, baby blankets, photo albums, and created numerous other items as gifts for people just to make them smile. She was constantly doing for others—always trying to make their lives better. She was a member of the Watervliet Free Methodist Church.

Pat leaves precious memories in the hearts of her children, Brigg (Carolyn) Reynolds, Judy Reynolds and Janet Reynolds; grandchildren Alan (Sarah) Hembree, and Nicole (Shorty) Van Wy; great-grandsons Jared Pecoraro and Cody (Olivia) Hembree; and step-great-grandsons Isaiah and David. She is also survived by siblings, Raymond (Jean) Stanley, and Marcia Boyd; many nieces and nephews; and numerous friends.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Richard, in 2009; daughter, Kathy, in 1954; granddaughter, Krista Hembree, in 1985; parents; and siblings, Clifford Stanley, Wanda Foster, Bernard Stanley, Dale Stanley, and Gary Stanley.

Many thanks to Caring Circle for giving Pat the option to pass in the comfort of her own home. Memorial contributions may be made in Pat’s name to the charity of the donor’s choice. Arrangements are being handled by Purely Cremations in Benton Harbor. To share a story or offer online condolences, go to www.purelycremations.org.

Death Notices

Charles “Art” Arthur Bennett, 98, of Geneva Township died May 4, 2020 at home. Filbrandt Family Funeral Home, South Haven

Maria Christina Acevedo Vasquez, 43, of Hartford Township died May 4, 2020 at home. Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford

Mary S. Gardner, 63, of Watervliet died May 2, 2020 at home. Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Coloma

Lisa Marie Foster, 57, of Keeler Township died April 28, 2020 at home. Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford

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