10-26-2017 Tri-City Obituaries


Carolyn M. Norton, 77, of Coloma died Thursday, October 12, 2017 at Lakeland Medical Center in St. Joseph with family at her side.

Carolyn was born on May 4, 1940 in Coloma to Samuel and Clara Norton. After graduating from Coloma High School she worked as a clerk at Faulkner’s Store in Coloma and then at Barentsen’s Candy Company. Carolyn was a devoted caregiver to her mom, dad, Aunt Evedine, and Uncle Albert. She was a gardener and enjoyed maintaining the farm.  Her passion in life was caring for the animals and birds around the farm.

Carolyn is survived by her 1st cousins, Barbara Lane, John Schott, Harold Schlipp, Henry Schlipp, and Rosalee Becht, her many other cousins and her good friends and neighbors, Bill and Sheila LeBeau.

Family graveside services celebrating her life were held on Wednesday, October 25 at the Coloma Cemetery officiated by Reverend Fred Davey. Memorials may be made to the Humane Society of SW Michigan.  Arrangements are made by the Davidson Chapel of Florin Funeral Service in Coloma.  Please send memories, messages or photos to www.florin.net.


Roger W. Molter, of Bainbridge Township, began life May 15, 1948 in St. Joseph, Michigan. He grew up on the family farm in Sister Lakes and graduated from Eau Claire High School.

After high school Roger went to work at Clark Equipment as time keeper and later a boring mill operator while farming part time. When Clark Equipment closed in the early 80s, Roger decided to pursue his real passion in life, full time farming. Aside from fruit he grew an acre of corn annually to see if he could do it like the “big boys.”

The main place he could be found in the winter months was his shop fabricating, repairing equipment or just spending good times with family, friends and neighbors. Roger always made it a point to try to make you laugh or put a smile on your face.  He was a man who enjoyed the little things, for instance he took the time to marvel in the sunset every morning and the sunset at night.

You could find Roger in the woods during hunting season but he would return home in the evening with his gun full of shells and his camera full of pictures of deer and other wild life. The only thing Roger loved more than his farm was his family. He didn’t miss an opportunity to support his girls in their activities from sports to life in general or sharing his love for 4-H. Roger loved 4-H and enjoyed attending as many 4-H fairs he could every year with his best friend, business partner and very loving wife, Patty.

Roger leaves behind a very loving family to cherish his memory which includes: his wife of 34 years, Patty (Hiler) Molter; three children, Greg (Nina) Molter, Angie Molter (Ryan Ruhno), and Alison (Kevin) Norton; four grandchildren, Quinn Molter, Isabel Molter, Hailey Smith, and Lexi Norton; a brother. Bob (Cheryl) Molter; mother-in-law, Jane Hiler; brother-in-law, Bruce (Elaine) Hiler; brother-in-law, Jon (Cheryl) Hiler; sister-in-law, Terese (Frank) Simanton, and several nieces and nephews.

Roger died Saturday, October 21, 2017 from a farm accident.

His parents Arnold and Doris (Hewitt) Molter and two sisters, Donna Friske and Diane Stoker precede Roger in death.

Funeral service will be celebrated Thursday, October 26, at 1:00 p.m. at Hutchins Funeral Home, Watervliet.

A private family burial will take place in Dewey Lake Cemetery in Sister Lakes at a later date.  Memorials may be made in Roger’s memory to Cass County or Berrien County 4-H Foundation. You are invited to share a message of comfort for Roger’s family at hutchinsfuneral.com

Death Notices

Mary Louise (Antisdel) Maddox, 80, of Dowagiac died Oct. 16, 2017 at Hanson Hospice Center, Stevensville. Brown Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Niles

Margie Karn, 77, of Eau Claire died Oct. 18, 2017. Bowerman Funeral Home, Eau Claire

Alvin L. McCarver III died Oct. 19, 2017 at Spectrum Health Center, Grand Rapids. Hutchins Funeral Home, Watervliet

Odell Salach, 87, of St. Joseph died Oct. 18, 2017 at the Willow’s Assisted Living, St. Joseph. Starks & Menchinger Chapel and Cremation Services, St. Joseph

  1. Michael “Sonny” Kelly, 72, of Decatur died Oct. 18, 2017 in Kalamazoo. Newell Chapel, Decatur

Audrey M. Kelley Bevins, 83, of Watervliet died Oct. 21, 2017 in Allegan. Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Coloma

Michael Allan Guess, 46, of Coloma died Oct. 22, 2017 at Lakeland Medical Center, St. Joseph. Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Coloma

Janice Jacobsen, 77, of Watervliet died Oct. 22, 2017 at home. Brown Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Niles

Raymond Gary Jaskot, 60, of Sister Lakes died Oct. 20, 2017 at home. Purely Cremations – Starks Family Funeral Homes, Benton Harbor

Irene (Harter) Cerecky, 87, of Bainbridge Township died Oct. 21, 2017. Fairplain Chapel, Florin Funeral Service, Benton Harbor

Ivan Ivory Childs, 57, of Watervliet died Oct. 20, 2017 at Lakeland Medical Center, St. Joseph. Halbritter-Wickens Funeral Home, Niles

Velda J. Lenz, 59, of Coloma died Oct. 24, 2017 at home. Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Coloma


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