Moss, Alonzo

Alonzo Moss
April 10, 1919-Nov. 22, 1976

Niles Daily Star, Wednesday, November 24, 1976, page 2, col. 1-2, microfilm Niles District Library

NILES--Alonzo Moss, 57, of 2273 Mulder Dr., died at 11:10 p.m. Monday at Pawating Hospital, after a short illness.

He was a self-employed brick mason.

Mr. Moss was born April 10, 1919 in Texarcana, Ark., and had lived here for 20 years, coming from Arkansas. On April 24, 1974, in Niles, he married Rosie West, who survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Dwayne at home, and Dwight E., Camp Pendelton, San Diego, Calif.; nine daughters, Regina, Carla, Deborah, Lisa, Estelle, Melissa, Yolanda, all at home; Mrs. Darlene Macon, South Bend, Ind. and Mrs. Augustine Kyles of Niles; one brother, Lonnie Moss, Oakland, Calif.; one sister, Izella Moss, Texarcana, Ark.; and three grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Fletcher McAffee officiating. Burial will be in Silverbrook Cemetery.

Friends may call after 3 p.m. Thursday at Pifer Chapel of the Swem-Smith Funeral Home.



Nieb, Retta M.

Retta M. Nieb
Jan. 14, 1888-Oct. 6, 1968

Niles Daily Star, Tuesday, October 8, 1968, page 14, col. 5, microfilm Niles District Library

Funeral services for Mrs. Retta M. Nieb, 80 of 1781 Hoyt Drive, who died at 11 p.m. Sunday in her home, will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the Pifer Funeral Home.

Rev. John R. Wyngarden, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, will officiate.  Burial will be in the Silverbrook Cemetery.

Mrs. Nieb was born Jan. 14, 1888 in Vandalia and has lived here most of her life. Mrs. Neib's husband Charles, died July 10, 1957.

She is survived by two sons, Jess and Charles both of Niles; a daughter, Mrs. Larry Sherrick of Phoenix, Aria.[sic]; 14 grandchildren and 12 grea-grandchildren[sic].

Friends may call at the funeral home.


Richter, Lydia

Lydia Richter
Feb. 7, 1905-Oct. 7, 1968

Niles Daily Star, Tuesday, October 8, 1968, page 14, col. 4, microfilm Niles District Library

Mrs. Lydia Richter, 63, of 544 Broadway, died at 8 p.m. Monday in Pawating Hospital. Mrs. Richter had been in  poor health for several months.

She was born Feb 7. 1905, in Niles and had lived here all her life.  On June 5, 1931, she married the late Frederic W. Richter in Niles. Mr. Richter died Feb. 2, 1967.

Mrs. Richter was a member of the Trinity Episcopal Church, a former member of the St. Catherine Guild of the Trinity Church and an Honorary member of the Seepewa Reading Club.

She is survived by two sons, Frederic W. Jr., of Howell, Mich. and Robert of Niles; three brothers, Allen Belknap of of Oak Park, Ill., Donald of Fort Worth, Tex. and Simeon of Niles; and eight grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday in the Trinity Episcopal Church, with Rev. Vincent J. Anderson officiating. Burial will be in the Silverbrook Cemetery.

Friends may call at the Halbritter-Swem Funeral Home from 3 to 9 p.m. Wednesday only.

At the request of the family, memorials may be made to the Trinity Episcopal Church Memorial Fund.



Penna, Jessie W.

Jessie W. Penna
Oct. 17, 1885-Apr. 17, 1964

Niles Daily Star, Friday, April 17, 1964, page 2, col. 1, microfilm Niles District Library

Jessie W. Penna, 78, died at 4:25 a.m. today in Pawating Hospital, where she had been a patient since March 4. She had been ill three months.

Mrs. Penna was born Oct. 17, 1885, in Streator, Ill. She came to Niles 12 years ago from North Liberty, Ind.  Her husband, Phil A. Penna, died March 25, 1959.

Surviving are a son, Philip L.,  Niles; and two grandsons.

She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and the Order of Eastern Star.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday in the Kiger Funeral Home.  The Rev. John P. MacLachlan, pastor of her church, will officiate. Burial will be in Silverbrook Cemetery.

Friends are being received at the funeral home starting Saturday.

Niles Daily Star, Saturday, April 18, 1964, page 2, col. 7, microfilm Niles District Library


An Eastern Star memorial service for Mrs. Jessie W. Penna, 78, of 1344 Broadway, who died Thursday, will be conducted at 7 p.m. Sunday in the Kiger Funeral Home.

Pierce, Josephine E.

Josephine E. Pierce
April 9, 1933-March 23, 2004

Niles Daily Star,  Thursday, March 25, 2004, page 2, col. 2, microfilm Niles District Library

Funeral service for Josephine E. Pierce, 70, of Woodruff Street in Niles, are Monday, March 29 at 2 p.m. at Halbritter Funeral Home with Pastor Barbara Wirt of Westminster Presbyterian Church officiating.

Burial will be in Silverbrook Cemetery.

Pierce died on Tuesday at 11:20 a.m. at Lakeland Hospital.

She was born on April 9, 1933, in Valdese, N.C. She had lived in the Niles area since 1962, coming from Salisbury, Md.  She was retired from nursing in 1977 following 14 years at Healthwin Specialized Care in South Bend.  She was a member of Westminster Church and served in the U.S. Air Force as a nurse while stationed in Japan. She volunteered at Fernwood Botanical Gardens and enjoyed arts and crafts, sewing and gardening.

Survivors include a brother, James V. Sciscenti of Roswell, N.M., and close friends Marcia and Larry Moore of Niles. She was preceded in death by a brother, Frank Sciscenti in 1988.

Visitation will be an hour prior to services.

Memorial contributions may be made to Fernwood Botanical Gardens.

Funeral arrangements were handled by Halbritter Funeral Home.