12-21-2017 Tri-City Area Obitauries


 Paul Taulbee, age 71, passed peacefully at home in Keeler on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017. Paul was born on January 12, 1946 in Vancleve, KY, the son of Menifee and Virgie Taulbee.

Paul grew up with his sisters and brothers in Vancleve, KY and Middletown, OH, then moved to Michigan in 1990 at the age of 45. Paul could be found working on the blueberry farms in Van Buren County or turning a wrench on a car to help out a friend. He loved to fish and often spoke about all the fishing he had done in the lakes around the area. Paul had a good heart, soft blue eyes and an opinion on just about anything. He listened to country music and followed wrestling from a young age and always enjoyed a good conversation with a friend.

Paul is survived by his loving girlfriend of 23 years and end of life caretaker, Ruby Ashley of Keeler; three daughters: Marty Taulbee, Paula Lewis and Bonnie Woolery, all of Frankfort, KY; mother, Virgie Taulbee of Middletown, OH; sisters: Patsy Holcomb of Navarre, FL, Dora Cornele and Nell Hatfield, both of Franklin, OH, Doris Sheppard of Hamilton, OH and Peggy Rice of Blanchester, OH and two brothers: Robert Taulbee of Gratis, OH and Lloyd Taulbee of Lynchburg, OH.

Paul is preceded in passing by his father, Menifee Taulbee in 1983 and two brothers: Everett Taulbee in 1996 and Eugene Taulbee in 1959.

A viewing for his friends and family was held on December 19 at Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford. The funeral began at 2 p.m. with a procession to his final resting place in Keeler Cemetery immediately following the service. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at www.calvin-leonardfh.com.


 Today our bright and shining star went out. Heather Mari (Yetzke) Metz passed away December 17, 2017 at Hanson Hospice Center with her loving husband by her side.

She fought ovarian cancer like a courageous, brave, storm trooper for the last 3.5 years.  She didn’t let the endless doctor visits and treatments get her down. Her life revolved around her beautiful twins whom she shared with her devoted husband John.

Heather was born July 6, 1974 in St. Joseph to John and Marge (Hess) Yetzke.

She was the most wonderful, caring mother, wife, sister, daughter, teacher, and friend. Her energy was contagious. She was an active participant in life.  She has friends from coast to coast who love her dearly.

Heather graduated from Watervliet High School class of 1992 and still stayed in touch with many classmates even taught some of their children. She earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Central Michigan University and her master’s degree from Western Michigan University. However, she was always a Chip at heart – never a Bronco. She taught 5th grade at Watervliet North Elementary since 1998. She loved her students so much; staying friends with many of them and their parents. She loved her coworkers at North and throughout the school system. She worked almost full-time up until this September. She cried knowing she’d never teach again.

She loved the theater and already saw Hamilton three times! She even took her mom to see Phantom while in high school. She was a member of Twin City Players and loved being a part of their productions. Especially since that is where she met John.

She loved Chicago and just five months ago was riding a segway around the town. She loved to travel and she adored Jimmy Buffett. She was a parrot-head at heart and saw numerous concerts with her friends and cousin. She even got her dad to love Jimmy.

Her lifelong friend and co-conspirator was her little brother, Chad. They shared many life adventures together and he will miss her with all his heart but will cherish his time with her boys forever. She was a member of the Delta Phi Epsilon sorority and stayed in close touch with her college “sisters.” She loved cooking, entertaining, crafting, stained glass, fishing with her dad; she thrived on local and American history, loved to garden and share flowers, while always being wild and crazy.

Her bright shining smile will be missed by everyone; including her supportive husband and caregiver, John; her precious boys, Alexander and Jack; her favorite brother Chad; her heartbroken parents John and Marge (Hess) Yetzke; her loving mother-in-law, Donna (Nelli) Metz; her brother-in-law, Brian (Desiree) Metz, and niece Penelope Metz; and Grandparents Ed & Ruth Yetzke. She is also survived by a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and friends far and wide.

Her grandparents, Lucille (Miney) Yetzke, Ralph and Ruth (Muesbeck) Hess, honorary grandparents, Uncle Jack and Aunt Virginia (Hess) Harroff, father-in-law, Robert Metz; and special cousin, Richard Harroff, have all welcomed her to heaven with open arms. Miss you always until we meet again.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at Starks & Menchinger Chapel & Cremation Services, 2650 Niles Rd. St. Joseph with Rev. Marvin Herman officiating. Friends may visit Tuesday, December 26, 2017 from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Metz Boys Education Fund in care of John Metz or Lory’s Place. Those wishing to sign Heather’s guestbook and leave a condolence for the family may do so online at www.starks-menchinger.com.


 Lois Ann (Brinsfield) Anders was born January 14, 1946 in Hartford to Roy and Marion Brinsfield. Both have preceded her in passing. Lois left this world on December 17, 2017 at her home in Hartford.

On March 7, 1964, she married Melvin L. Anders. November 4, 1965 brought their first child, James L. Anders and then on March 19, 1967, their daughter, Pamela K. Anders joined their family.

Being a mother is something she cherished. She was an amazing stay at home mom. Lois was old fashioned and modest. A hot breakfast before her children went to school and dinner on the table when Mel arrived home was something she felt strongly about.

As much as she loved being a mom, she loved even more being Nana to Marco Hernandez, Matthew Hernandez and Kayleigh (Anders) Hernandez. She carried on the traditions of breakfast before school and a solid bed time. She adored her grandchildren; she had such a special bond with each one.

Things got even sweeter for her when she became a great-grandmother to Melody, Logan and Jazmin.

Lois was the constant care giver. She was a nurturer and that was what made her so special to everyone. If you needed a place to stay and she had room, you were always welcome. Rather than live on her own with her family, she and Melvin, with their children, lived with and took care of her mother until her passing in 1995.

Lois was wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend and Aunt Loie to the dozens of nieces and nephews that have been so blessed to have her in their lives. She loved being surrounded by all of her kids. She was not only their aunt, but for most, she was like another parent.

Lois was sentimental. It wasn’t things that cost a lot of money that meant the most to her; it was the little things. A note, a card or even a little flower picked by one of the kids, those are things that were invaluable to her.

Lois is survived by her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her sisters: Sue (Mike) Downey of Hartford and Delores (Tom) Sullivan of Arizona. Lois was very close to her brother-in-law, Mike, and referred to him as “My Mikey.” She is also survived by brothers: Pat (Paula) Roush and Bill Hunt, both of Hartford; by her in-laws that she loved dearly: Bill (Sharon) Anders, Charlie Anders, James (Michelle) Anders, Faye (Tony) Summerhill, Patty (Junior) Whittker and Nick (Karen) Anders.

Lois was preceded in passing by the love of her life, Mel. Also preceding her are her parents; her grandson, John; sisters: O’Neita Brinsfield, Glenda Widner and Mary Alice Brinsfield; her brothers: Dale Brinsfield, Kenny Brinsfield, Bobby Brinsfield, James “Butch” Hauweghen and Gary Hauweghen; brother-in-law, Eddie Anders and her mother and father-in-law, Nora and William Anders.

Times have changed and the world moves fast, but those whose lives have been touched by Lois still feel that old fashioned love and nostalgia for a simpler time. Love the small things and cherish who and what you have because ultimately, that is what matters.

The family will welcome friends from noon to 1 p.m.; Thursday, December 21 at the Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, where the service will follow at 1 p.m. Burial will follow in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Lois’ name may be made to the American Cancer Society or American Heart Association. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at www.calvin-leonardfh.com.


 Carl George Oehling Jr. of Coloma passed away Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017 in Evart, MI. He was 85.

Mr. Oehling was born August 28, 1932 in New York, NY to Karl G. and Catherine (Otten) Oehling. He was a 1950 high school graduate of Michigan Lutheran Seminary and a 1968 graduate of Michigan State University.

Carl married Lavina Marie Lindquist June 23, 1962 in Detroit and she preceded him in death Dec. 16, 2001. He grew up in Detroit and had owned the laundromat in Coloma since 1979 and worked until his health forced him into retirement.

Carl was a lifelong Lutheran and attended the Faith Lutheran Church in Coloma regularly. He was a true crusader for “Personhood at Conception.”

Carl is survived by his daughter, June-Marie Ella (Fred) Essner of Evart; his son, Karl George Oehling of Bainbridge; eleven grandchildren; and two sisters, Marilyn Mueller of Tarpon Springs, FL and Helen Wendell of Madison Heights, MI.

There will be a graveside memorial service honoring Carl George Oehling at a later date at Cadillac Memorial Gardens East in Detroit. Memorial contributions may be directed to Flint Right to Life or Hospice of Michigan.


 Thomas Coy Smith, age 81, made his final trip home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017 at his home in Watervliet Township. He was born January 2, 1936 in Benton Harbor, the son of Clinton and Mary Jane (Wyman) Smith.

Tom, as he was known by just about everyone, was a graduate of Benton Harbor High School. He served his country honorably in the United States Army and the United States Army Reserves. He founded Tom Smith Tractor Parts in Hartford in 1965. He was a longtime member of the Hartford Federated Church.

He loved tractors, enjoyed the camaraderie of the public and his loyal customers and most recently, movies and Netflix. But his greatest, everlasting love was for his family and close friends.

The family will welcome friends from 5 to 8 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 17 at the Hartford Federated Church. A celebration of life service to honor his memory will be held at 1 p.m., Monday, Dec. 18 at the church with Pastor Ben Williamson officiating. As to Tom’s wishes, cremation will follow the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in his name may be made to Caring Circle or to the church.

The Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford, is assisting the family in their time of need. Those wishing to leave condolences for the family may do so at http://www.calvin-leonardfh.com.

Tom was united in marriage to the former Verna Wolfe on October 16, 1986. She survives, along with four children: Thomas (Lori) Smith, Beth (Butch) Rhode, Kim (Don) Hicks and Kathy (Gil) Jasmin. Also surviving are six grandchildren: Marie (Brian) Schnicke, Lindsay Smith (Eric Clark), Megan McGlennon, Kimberly (Francis) Aboagye, Sarah Hicks and Jennifer Fields; nine great-grandchildren; a sister, Barbara (John) Weaver and many nieces and nephews.

Tom was preceded in passing by his parents.

Death Notices

Connie Ann Zenor, 57, died Dec. 10, 2017 at Bronson Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo. Calvin Funeral Home, Hartford

Marie Anne Long, 79, of Coloma died Dec. 12, 2017 at Gilead Elder Care, St. Joseph. Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Coloma

Teresa Watson, 68, of Coloma died Dec. 14, 2017 at home. Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Coloma


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