09-28-2018 Tri-City Area Obituaries



Mrs. Margaret Woodward (née Krieger) of Palmetto, FL, passed away on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 at the age of 92.

Margaret was born to parents Julius and Renata Krieger on March 5, 1926 in Coloma, MI. She grew up as the youngest of six children. On April 10, 1948, Margaret married Kenneth Woodward at Salem Lutheran Church. The couple recently celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary. Together they had two sons and were active members of Salem Lutheran Church. They lived in Coloma for much of their lives before relocating to Palmetto, FL in their later years.

Those close to Margaret have fond memories of spending time in her kitchen as she made fresh-baked bread or helping with her vegetable and flower gardens. She will be greatly missed, but those memories will live on for those who knew and loved her.

Margaret is survived by her loving husband, Kenneth; her sons, Gregg Woodward of Coloma, MI and Dan Woodward of Palmetto, FL; four grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents, Julius and Renata; her sisters, Alitta Schwartzlander and Leonida Doroh; and her brothers, Martin, Oscar and Ernest Krieger.

A cremation has already taken place. The family will have a gathering to celebrate Margaret’s life at a later date. Memorials may be made to Salem Lutheran Church in Coloma, MI.


Ethel’s life began on September 2, 1940, in Millington, Michigan.

After high school, she attended Spring Arbor College and graduated from Andrews University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Education in 1969. After teaching in elementary and country schools around Flint and Port Huron, she spent 25 years selling World Book Encyclopedia in Southwest Michigan and was known in the area school systems as “The World Book Lady”. In 1993, she earned a master’s degree in Business Communication, also from Andrews.

In her free time, Ethel enjoyed scrapbooking, reading mysteries, doing genealogy, and decorating.  She also served on the boards for the North Berrien Historical Society and the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and was very active in the Hartford SDA church.

Ethel’s greatest joy was spending time with her loving family. She leaves her husband of 52 years Richard Wise, two daughters Deborah Wise of Watervliet and Suzy Wise of Valparaiso, IN, two sisters Ruth Sherwood and Phyllis Shelton, several nieces and nephews, countless friends, and a few kitties to cherish her memory.

Ethel died Thursday morning, September 20 after a battle with Parkinson’s Disease and Lewy Body Dementia.

Her son Daniel, parents Louis and Ruth

(Bentley) McClellan, and two brothers Leo and Jay McClellen precede Ethel in death.

A memorial service was celebrated Sunday, September 23, at the Hartford Seventh-Day Adventist Church.

Hutchins Funeral Home in Watervliet is assisting Ethel’s family with arrangements.  You may leave a message of comfort for Ethel’s family at hutchinsfuneral.com.

Death Notices

Steven Grigsby, 72, of Coloma died Sept. 18, 2018 at home. Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Coloma

Laurie Draper, 63, of Coloma died Sept. 20, 2018 at home. Starks & Menchinger Chapel and Cremation Services, St. Joseph

Sherrilyn Sue Beven died Sept. 9, 2018 at Hanson Hospice Center, Stevensville. Purely Cremations, Benton Township