12-27-2018 Happy 100th Birthday Eleanor Klug; Pastor finds “peace that passes understanding”

Happy 100th Birthday Eleanor Klug

Eleanor Klug of Woodland Terrace, Coloma, will be celebrating her 100th birthday on January 4, 2019. She was born to Robert and Pauline Wendzel in Watervliet, Michigan where she grew up and graduated from Watervliet High School.

2018 WAY GRADUATES… On Wednesday, Dec. 19, WAY Watervliet had its twelfth graduation exercise. Fourteen students took part in the celebration in the high school auditorium. Congratulations to the graduates and their families. Graduates include the following students (from the left): Back row – Shane Captain, Jamison Davis, Thomas Cockrun, Hailey Metelko, Kaileigh McNew, Taylor Lynch; Front row – Sidney Barchett, Harlee Thornton, Hunter Sapp, Kaylie Deming, Olivia Dowmer, and Jaclyn Gillenwater. Not pictured are Maria Palacios and Kendall Christopher.


Pastor finds “peace that passes understanding” By David Helms Pastor Larry Easton of Plymouth Congregational Church in Watervliet continues in his battle with Merkel Cell Carcinoma, an aggressive form of skin cancer that has spread to his gastro-intestinal area. Pastor Easton was first diagnosed as having Merkel Cell Cancer shortly after taking his pastoral position in March of 2017. Treatments have included surgeries, radiation, immunotherapy, and most recently chemotherapy. He now awaits the results of the last infusions of chemotherapy. The path forward will then be evaluated. Pastor Easton recently had an interview with WNDU News which appeared on that channel’s 6 p.m. program. In that interview he explained that he was not afraid of dying and that he had peace about the situation as he and his wife, Sandra, continue to trust God on a daily basis. He is known to say, “God has this.” The Eastons have good family support and church family support as they make their way through this situation. They would appreciate prayers as they go forward with whatever God has for them and for the Plymouth congregation in 2019 and beyond.

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR… Former longtime resident Gordon Banasik, 89, St. Johns, MI, Barbara Stock, daughter of Gordon and the late Joan Banasik, of Granger, IN, and Santa would like to wish Tri-City Record readers a Merry Christmas and blessings for 2019. Gordon celebrated his 89th birthday on Oct. 13 and Thanksgiving with his five children, Barry and Karen, Wexford, PA, Ben and Betsy, Menomonee Falls, WI, Barbara and Rick, Granger, IN, Bob and Sheila, Coloma, Brad and MaryJo, Okemos, MI, and their families. Longtime newspaper man Gordon enjoys reading local news in the Tri-City Record every week, and reading daily news in the Lansing State Journal. Gordon and his wife, Joan, owned and published The Watervliet Record in