10-18-18 Tri-City Area Obituaries



Carole Jane Scharnweber, age 72, passed away October 15, 2018.

Carole loved gardening and had the best flower garden in the neighborhood. She was very active with her church groups at First Presbyterian Church of Mt. Clemens and was a committed Girl Scouts volunteer for over 25 years. Carole was a teacher, administrator, and had a lifelong passion for educating children.

Beloved wife of David for 47 years. Loving mother of Lisa (Scott) Sorbie and Diane (John) Koch. Proud grandmother of Katherine, Lauren, Hudson and Ashlyn. Dearest sister of Robert (Judy) Baiers.

Carole is predeceased by her brother, John Baiers and her parents, Arnold and Virginia Baiers.

Visitation was Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at Kaul Funeral Home, 35201 Garfield Rd., Clinton Township. A memorial service is being held Thursday, October 18, 2018 at First Presbyterian Church, 168 Cass Ave., Mt. Clemens with visitation one hour prior. Please share a memory with the family at www.kaulfuneralhome.com.


Richard C. “Dick” Melvin, 88, of Hartford, went to meet his Lord and Savior on October 14, 2018 at home surrounded by loving family. He was born August 27, 1930 to Clare J. and Anna (Nielsen) Melvin in Bloomingdale, Michigan.

Dick is survived by his wife, Maxine (Gourdie); two sons: Richard G. (Janet) Melvin of Lawrence and Timothy W. (Lynne) Melvin of Vicksburg; a daughter, Lisa R. Buddemeier of Hartford; a daughter-in-law, Brenda Melvin of Grand Rapids; a brother, Raymond Melvin of Bloomingdale and two “adopted” daughters: Nancy Spoula and Marsha Kelly. He also leaves behind seven grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren.

Dick is preceded in death by his parents; two sons: Douglas and William; a brother, Robert; a grandson, Steffen; two granddaughters: Karrie and Lorri; two nieces: Susan and Kathryn and a sister-in-law, Margaret.

Dick worked for 20 years at Watervliet Paper Company and Newton Falls Paper Company in upstate New York as a coated paper consultant. He traveled the entire United States and parts of Canada. He has been an active member in the Methodist Church for 73 years.

A memorial service to honor Dick’s memory will be held on Saturday, October 20 at 1:00 p.m. at the Hartford United Methodist Church with Pastor Ryan Wenburg serving as officiant. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Diamond Blackfan Anemia Foundation, P.O. Box 1092, West Seneca, New York 14224 or to the church.

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.


Glenn Melbourne Thurman, 81, of Hartford, passed away on Saturday, October 13, 2018 at his home.

Glenn was born on February 17, 1937 in Gas City, Indiana, the son of Glenn and Helen (Crosby) Thurman. He was united in marriage with Marla Sheick on December 24, 1968. Glenn grew up in Upland, IN and attended Mississinewa High School in Gas City, IN until 1954. His family moved his senior year to Newaygo, Michigan, where he graduated from Newaygo High School in 1955.