09-14-2017 Tri-City Area Obituaries


Gloria May (nee Heater) Peters, 89, of Hartford, Michigan, and more recently Charlevoix, Michigan; gracefully and peacefully went to be with her beloved husband, Wilson and her heavenly Father on Monday, September 4, 2017, surrounded by her loving family.

Gloria was born on January 7, 1928 in Benton Township, Berrien County, Michigan, to Elsie (Schauss) and Joseph Heater. She graduated from Benton Harbor High School in 1947.

Gloria married Wilson Peters on July 22, 1950. Together they joyfully raised three children: Bruce and Gary born 1951; and Shari born 1952.

After her children were in school full-time, Gloria did the unusual and went to work for Whirlpool Corporation. She retired from Whirlpool in 1990 after 32 years of dedicated employment.

Gloria was preceded in death by her husband, Wilson, of 65 years, her parents, her sister Donna, and her brothers David and John.

She is survived by her sons Bruce (Terre) of Paw Paw, MI; Gary (Irene) of Yuma, AZ; her daughter Shari (William) Kitchen of Boyne City, MI; six grandchildren: Joey, Jason, Adam, Elizabeth, Alycia, and Derek; and seven great-grandchildren: Nathan, Henry, Lauren, Anna May, Edwin, Zachary and Addison; and many loving nieces and nephews.

Gloria will be remembered for her love of family and friends, and her quick wit and great sense of humor; which did not overshadow her fearless courage and independent spirit. She was a classy lady both in style and fashion sense, and Gloria’s wardrobe always included beautiful pieces of jewelry. She loved dinner parties, spirited card games, and the camaraderie she shared in Variety Club.

To honor Gloria, please wear your favorite piece of jewelry.

The family wishes to thank American House of Charlevoix, Advisacare, Comfort Keepers and Hospice of Michigan for their compassionate caring and kindness.

Friends and family met at Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, Michigan for visitation on Saturday, September 9, 2017. Following visitation there was a procession to North Shore Memory Gardens for a graveside service.

Memorials can be made to the Hartford United Methodist Church or Hospice of Michigan.


Ardie was born in 1932 to Arthur L. and Aileen (Boyer) Miller in Watervliet. She died Aug. 31, 2017. She was a proud member of the Watervliet Class of 1950, and enjoyed the reunions of the 40 Year Club since 1990.

She had many fond stories of her early years in Watervliet. She left town to attend Northwestern University, met her first husband Bill, and had three boys. She lived in the Chicago area and many towns in southern Michigan in her adult years. In the mid 1970s she migrated to Florida, where she lived out most of the rest of her life. She loved spending time with her friends from the Five O’Clock Club and the Bradenton Elks Lodge.

Ardie was Mom to three sons Gregory F. Reece, James A. (Liz) Reece, and Donald W. (Kathy) Reece; Momere to three grandchildren Amanda K. (Krishan) Bralley, Quinn W. Reece and Victoria A. Reece; and four great-grandchildren Lucia, Zoe, Rayme and Ever. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Arthur (Stub) Miller.

There will be a graveside service Sunday, Sep. 17, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at the Watervliet Cemetery.


Maurice “Mose” Kietzer passed away Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017, peacefully at home.