09-08-2016 Tri-City Area Obituaries; Police Reports

Gary Philip Moore


Gary Philip Moore, 64, of Hartford, passed away Monday, August 29, 2016 at his home under hospice care. He was born September 23, 1951 to Vern Dave and Roena (Shafer) Moore in Coloma. Gary graduated from Hartford High School in 1970. He married Cathleen Daisy on July 26, 1975 at the Bangor Congregational Church and shared 41 years of marriage. Gary worked hard and spent his working life at Van-O-Farms, Eliason Refrigeration, Watervliet Paper Mill, ICG, and Whirlpool. He enjoyed the outdoors and enjoyed hunting deer, rabbit, and woodchuck. Gary would regularly coach summer baseball and loved watching his grandchildren play soccer. He was very proud of his family and proud of being present for all of his grandchildren’s births. He is preceded in death by his parents along with three brothers – Van, Mike, and Ross Moore. Gary is survived by his wife of 41 years – Cathy Moore; two sons – Jason (Dana) Moore of Hartford and Chad (Jessica) Moore of Frankenmuth; three grandchildren – Joshua, Tyler, and Everly Moore. Private family services will be held. Contributions may be made in Gary’s memory to South Haven’s Hospice at Home, 05055 Blue Star Highway, South Haven, Michigan 49090 or the Hartford General Baptist Church, 323 E. Main Street, Hartford. The family is being helped by the Filbrandt Family Funeral Home of South Haven. Kindly share your thoughts and memories on the family’s online guestbook at www.FilbrandtFFH.com

Jeanna Ree Lull-Malzahn

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Our precious daughter, sister, mother, friend, loved one has gone to be in God’s loving arms. She leaves behind so many memories for so many people. She has always had a place in our hearts and forever will. Jeanna might have lived a short life but it was a full life. Jeanna was born on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 1987 in Tampa, Florida. She called many places home but her heart was always in Florida.  She lost her dad when she was young but she had two big brothers that tried to fill that spot in her life, to help her grow to the person she became. She had many friends come and go but the important ones stuck with her, not only through the good times, but also the bad.  Jeanna had a wide range of likes when it came to sports, from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to the Florida Gators and U of M. She loved the New York Yankees also. She loved to give her mother a hard time when U of M would play Michigan State and her brother when the Gators would play Tennessee. She also loved to read but her biggest joy was when she became a mother.  She leaves behind a loving mother, Jackie Lull; two  brothers, Charles Lull and Shawn (Vicki) Lull; two sisters, Tammy Lull and Beth (Joe) DiSalvo; four nephews, Joshua (Jensy) Lull, Cory (Morgan) Gimple, Jeremy Gimple and Regan DiSalvo; a niece, Megan Hodge; aunts and uncles; many cousins and many, many friends from all parts of the country. The most important person in her life who survives is her beautiful mini-me, her love, her reason for fighting as long as she did, her daughter Calleigh. You will be missed by so many. We all know you will be looking down upon us and guiding us. We love you now and forever.  The service will be officiated by Priest Tim Sexton at New Apostolic Church, Watervliet (corner of Paw Paw Ave. and Forest Beach Rd.) on Friday, Sep. 9, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

Betty May Sias

Betty May Sias, 91, of Hartford passed away Sunday, September 4, 2016 at home.  Betty was born January 21, 1925 in Des Moines, Ia., the daughter of John and Viola (Conway) Chappel, both of whom precede her in passing. Also preceding her in passing were her husbands, Jack Rhinehart and Robert Sias; two daughters, Jacqueline Caldwell and Lori Ghent; and two siblings, John Chappel and Imogene Straw.  Betty baby sat for numerous kids and did ironing for many different families in her working years. She was an avid bowler, bowling for a number of years in a woman’s league. She was a member of the American League Post 93 Auxiliary of Hartford for more than 25 years. In her spare time, she loved to take care of the flowers in her yard that she planted and she was an avid Bingo player, who enjoyed going to the boat.  Betty is survived by three children, Thomas Rhinehart, Robin (John) Berli and Randy Sias; daughter-in-law and “best buddy”, Chris Lawson; eleven grandchildren; twelve great grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; a brother, Russell Chappel; and a sister-in-law, Ann Bedes.  As per Betty’s wishes, cremation has taken place. The family will welcome friends from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday, September 10 at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, where the service to honor her memory will commence at noon.  Burial will take place at a later date at Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Betty’s name may be made to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at www.calvin-leonardfh.com.

Death Notices

Karen L. Sobczyk, 63, of Stevensville died Sep. 3, 2016 at Hanson Hospice Center, Stevensville. Starks & Menchinger Chapel and Cremation Services, St. Joseph.  Dorothy J. Hart, 74, of Hartford died Sep. 5, 2016 at Pine Ridge Nursing Home, Stevensville. Hutchins Funeral Home, Watervliet.

Police Reports

By Annette Christie

Car Chase results indrug and weapons charges

  On September 2, at approximately 6:30 p.m., Michigan State Police Troopers attempted to stop a minivan for speeding on west bound I-94 near Hartford.  The vehicle failed to stop, fleeing from Troopers.   The vehicle was pursued until it struck a tire deflation device and came to a stop near Coloma.  A 19 year-old Illinois man was arrested and is currently being lodged in the Van Buren County Jail facing five felony charges.   During a search of the vehicle, a large amount of money, a large amount of marijuana and an assault rifle were all located.  It was also determined that the minivan had been stolen out of the Detroit area earlier in the day.  The identity of the subject involved is not being released pending arraignment.

Keeler Township Police activity

 Van Buren County Sheriff Deputy Ray Hochsprung, for the month of August, took 23 total complaints including seven criminal complaints.  He performed 13 traffic stops while issuing three civil infractions and 11 verbal warnings. Hochsprung made two misdemeanor arrests and one felony arrest.  In all, he performed 118 property checks.   Hochsprung reports that Captain Jacks and Ramona Mini Golf in Sister Lakes had items stolen last week.  The items taken however were returned sometime during the early morning hours of Saturday, September 3.  The stolen items included a totem pole and a handicapped sign.

Coloma Township Police activity

  On September 2, the Coloma Township Police Department was dispatched to the area of Coloma Rd. and Bundy Rd. for a vehicle parking in the roadway with a subject lying down inside.  Officers made contact with a 31 year-old Coloma man who was sleeping inside his running vehicle.  During the course of the investigation, the officer determined that the man was intoxicated and placed him under arrest. The subject was lodged at the Berrien County Jail for operating while intoxicated.  At approximately 6:39 p.m. on September 1, a Coloma Township Police Officer stopped a vehicle on Johnson Rd. in Coloma Township for speeding.  While speaking to the driver the officer detected the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle.  The officer searched the vehicle and located suspected marijuana and drug paraphernalia.  The driver, a 28 year-old South Haven man was issued a misdemeanor citation for possession of marijuana and was released.


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  Zachary Randall Kincaid of Watervliet is wanted by the Berrien County Sheriff’s Department.  Kincaid is facing charges of assault by strangulation.    The incident regarding Kincaid was on August 19 in the 5200 block of North Watervliet Road in Watervliet Township.  The victim is a 23 year-old acquaintance of Zachary Kincaid. The victim received minor injuries.    If anyone has information on the whereabouts of Kincaid, they should contact the Berrien County Sheriff’s Office at (269) 983-7141.