12-08-2016 Tri-City Area Obituaries

 Dorothy “Dottie” Kaiser age 68, of Portage passed away on December 1, 2016 in the comfort of her home. Dottie was born on June 4, 1948 to George and Gladys (Van Scyoc) Wise. Visitation and a viewing of her life story film were on Tuesday, December 6 at the Life Story Funeral Home, Portage, Michigan.

Left to cherish her memory is her children, David Jr. (Nicole), Benjamin, Joanna (Kyle Smith), Doug (Maureen) Thompson, Nikki, Shelesha, and Jamie Thompson; 13 grandchildren; 2 brothers, Richard (Ethel) Wise, Ron Wise, and a sister, Mary Wein; as well as several nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband David Sr., partner Ray Thompson, her parents, and sister, Peggy (Jim) Reagan.

Please visit Dottie’s memory page at www.lifestorynet.com where you can read her life story, archive a memory or photo and sign her memory book online. Memorial donations can be made to the American Diabetes Association.


 Nancy Gober, 77, of Coloma, died Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 29, 2016 at Lakeland Community Hospital in Watervliet.

Services celebrating her life where held on Saturday, December 3, 2016 at Midway Baptist Church, Watervliet; private burial at Coloma Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Midway Baptist Church. Arrangements have been handled by the Davidson Chapel of Florin Funeral Service, Coloma. Please share messages, memories or photos at www.florin.net.


 Bryan A. Nail, 29, of Riverside died Friday, November 25, 2016, in Grand Rapids.

Services celebrating his life where held on Monday, Dec. 5, 2016 at the First Apostolic Church (The Lighthouse) on Mountain Road, Coloma with Pastor Wade Blankenship officiating.  Memorial donations may be made to his family. Cremation has taken place, arranged by the Davidson Chapel of Florin Funeral Service in Coloma. Please share messages, memories or photos at www.florin.net.

Bryan was born on June 8, 1987 in St. Joseph.  He loved to dance and sing.  Bryan always had a smile on his face and was a jokester with everyone.  He was always funny and loved people.

His family includes his parents, Bobby (Analyn) Nail of South Bend and Keri Moore of Coloma; his grandparents, Gary and Deborah Hall of Hartford and Donna and Jim Hyepock of Niles; his great-grandmothers, Carolyn Oliver of South Haven and Linda Thumm of Watervliet; his sisters, Billi Moore of Kalamazoo and Nikki Bryant of Coloma; and his brother, Anthony Moore of Coloma.

Charlene Elaine (Thomas) Brinker, 91, of Battle Creek, died December 5, 2016 at the Caretel Inns of St. Joseph.  Charlene was born November 15, 1925 in Hastings, MI to Sylvester and Margaret (Flynn) Thomas.  She married Edward Brinker on November 15, 1947 at St. Rose Catholic Church in Hastings.  She was a former member St. Philip and St. Rose Catholic churches.

Charlene graduated from Hastings High School in 1943.  She was a homemaker and spent her life raising their five children, David (Vicki) Brinker of Watervliet, Steven Brinker of Roswell, NM, Kevin (Tracy) Brinker of Wilmington, DE, Bruce Brinker of Wilmington, DE, and Connie (Ron) Branson of Elkton, MD; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.  She is also survived by her brother, Marvin Thomas of Scotts, MI and a sister-in-law, Ann Brinker Humphrey of Freeport, MI.

Charlene was preceded in death by her husband, Edward; her parents; and two sisters-in-law, Dixie Thomas and Elizabeth Wheat.

A graveside service to celebrate Charlene’s life will be held 1:00 p.m., Monday, December 12, 2016 at Fort Custer National Cemetery. Arrangements by the Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, Battle Creek 49017   Personal messages for the family may be placed at farleyestesdowdle.com.

Death Notices

Robert A. Fuller Jr., 67, of Coloma died Nov. 30, 2016 at home. Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Coloma.

Nina Ruth Dennison, 82, of St. Joseph died Dec. 1, 2016 at home. Starks & Menchinger Chapel and Cremation Services, St. Joseph.

Eric D. Ballard Jr., 25, formerly of Benton Harbor died Nov. 29, 2016 at his home in Indianapolis. Starks & Menchinger Chapel and Cremation Services, St. Joseph.

Bonita J. “Bonnie” Emhoff McGraw, 80, of Louisiana died Sep. 13, 2016 at Natchitoches Community Care Center.

Robert G. Hendrickson, 50, of Coloma died Dec. 3, 2016 at home. Duffield & Pastrick Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Coloma.


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