Malomboza, Hilda

Hilda Malomboza
May 27, 1962-May 8, 1993

Niles Daily Star, Monday, May 10, 1993, page 2, col. 3, microfilm Niles District Library

Hilda Malomboza


Lake Michigan College Student


Funeral services for Hilda Malomboza, 30, of 703 N. Red Bud Trail, Apt. 1, Buchanan, are scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at Pioneer Memorial Seventh-day Adventist Church with the Rev. Jaspine Bilima, of Pioneer Memorial, officiating.

Burial will follow at Bertrand* Cemetery.

Malomboza died at 8:20 a.m. Saturday at Bronson Methodist Hospital following an extended illness.

Born May 27, 1962, in Blantyre, Malawi, she had been a resident of this area since1987, coming from Malawi, South Africa.

She was a college student at Lake Michigan College.

Survivors include her parents, Rodney and Sarapia Malomboza of Malawi; seven sisters, Doreen Malomboza of Buchanan, Flora Chitckwe of Niles, Mable Malomboza of South Africa, Mercy Nseula of Malawi, Gladys Whayo of Malawi, Gloria Kamanga of Botwana[sic], South Africa and two brothers, George Malomboza of Zambia, South Africa, and Mphatso Malomboza of Malawi, South Africa.

Friends may call at the church one hour prior to Tuesday's services.

Funeral arrangements were handled by Halbritter Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Hilda Malomboza Memorial Fund.

*Although the obituary says that burial was in Bertrand cemetery, the burial record is at Silverbrook.

Minnear, Calista Elizabeth

Calista Elizabeth Minnear
April 22, 1908-May 10, 1993

Niles Daily Star, Wednesday, May 12, 1993, page 2, col. 2, microfilm Niles District Library

Calista E. Minnear


Accomplished vocalist and

member of Niles Music Club


Funeral services for Calista Elizabeth Minnear, 85, of 1018 Cedar St., Niles, are scheduled for 2 pm. Friday at First Presbyterian Church with Dr. Donald G. Lester, of First Presbyterian Church, officiating.

Burial will follow at Silverbrook Cemetery.

Minnear died Monday morning at Pinebrook Place Nursing Home in Venice, Fla.

She was born April 22, 1908, in Niles.

On Oct. 21, 1939, in Niles, she married the late Earl F. Minnear, who preceded her in death on Feb. 25, 1967.

She was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Niles. She attended Milwaukee State Teacher's College. She was a member of the Niles Music Club and was an accomplished vocalist.

Survivors include a son, William Paul Minnear of Venice; four grandchildren: Jeni Flynn of Niles, Steve Janiszewski of South Bend, Louis Minnear of Venice and Anna Senen of Avon Park, Fla.; four great-grandchildren and two sisters, Georgianna Starr of Akron, Ohio, Phena Wienke of Niles. A sister Danna Crawford, preceded  her in death on Oct. 13, 1951.

Friends may call from 2 pm. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at Halbritter Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Pinebrook Place Nursing Home or the American Cancer Society.



Sosebee, Thomas R.

Thomas R. Sosebee
April 14, 1890-Nov. 26, 1969

Niles Daily Star, Wednesday, November 26, 1969, page 2, col. 1, microfilm Niles District Library

NILES--Thomas R. Sosebee, 79, of 115 S. State St., died at 9:20 a.m. today in Pawating Hospital, after a short illness.

A retied foreman at Ball Band, Mishawaka, Mr. Sosebee was born April 14, 1890, in Georgia, and had lived here for 45 years, coming from his place of birth.  He married the former Kate Dalenberg, who preceded him in death on Oct. 30, 1967.  He was a member of the St. Joseph Valley Lodge, No. 4, F and AM and the Modern Woodmen.

Mr. Sosebee is survived by a son, Thomas R. Jr., Bath, Mich.; a daughter, Mrs. LeRoy Felhauer, Niles; two brothers, Nixon, Atlanta, Ga. and Howard, Bremen, Ga.; a sister, Mrs. Roy Wells, Temple, Ga. and five grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday in the Pifer Funeral Home, with the Rev. Kenneth Carey of the Westminster Presbyterian Church officiating. Burial will be in Silverbrook Cemetery.

Friends may call after 7 tonight at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the Westminster Presbyterian Church.


Walker, George W.

George W. Walker
April 13, 1913-June 20, 1991

Niles Daily Star, Thursday, June 20, 1991, page 2, col. 3, microfilm Niles District Library

Funeral services for George W. "Stub" Walker, 78, of 1360 Oak St., Niles, will be 11 a.m. Saturday at First Presbyterian Church by the Rev. Clayton D. Fairo, pastor.

Burial will be at Silverbrook Cemetery, Niles.

Mr. Walker died at 4:15 a.m. Thursday at his home, following an extended illness.

He was born April 13, 1913, in Grand Rapids, and lived in the Niles area all his life.

Mr. Walker retired as a firefighter at City of Niles Fire Department.

On June 26, 1935, in Niles, he married Alberta L. Ballard, who survives.

Other survivors include two sons, Joseph A. Walker of Niles and George W. Walker Jr. of Buchanan; four grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and a brother, Joseph C. Walker of Stockton, Calif.

There will be no visitation.

Memorial contributions may be made to Foundation of First Presbyterian Church, Berrien County Cancer Service or Hospice at Home.

Arrangements handled by Halbritter Funeral Home.






Brock, Phyllis Darlene

Phyllis Darlene Brock
Sept. 20, 1947-Feb. 19 1953

Niles Daily Star, Friday, February 20, 1953, page 1, col. 1, Continued page 2, col. 3-4, microfilm Niles District Library

Traffic Fatality Is First in the City in 573 Days

Phullis Brock Dies at Pawating Hospital After Being Struck by a Truck


Five-year old Phyllis Darlene Brock, daughter of Mr.and Mrs. Vernon Brock, 1631 Taft street, died at Pawating Hospital at 11:40 p.m. Thursday from injuries suffered when she was struck by a truck earlier in the day.

The little girl, a kindergarten student at the Southside School, was the city's first traffic fatality in 573 days and is the county's fourth so far this year.

Pawating Hospital officials said the tot suffered fatal brain injuries and fractures when she was struck by the truck at 11:18 a.m. Thursday in the 1500 block on East Main street. The truck was driven by George Smith, 27, of Saint Charles, Mich.

Police said Phyllis was struck by Smith's truck near the intersection of Superior street while returning from morning kindergarten class. She was about two blocks from her home at the time.

A witness, Miss Mary Morrow, 1645 Silverbrook avenue, told police the child had cut across a vacant lot to cross East Main street at Superior 155 feet away from the Fifteenth and Main intersection where a school guard is on duty during the noon hour.

Police quoted Miss Morrow as saying the little girl started to cross once but turned back when a westbound truck approached.  When the truck passed, Miss Morrow said, the little girl started across again and was struck by Smith's eastbound truck. She was thrown about 10 feet by the impact.

Smith drove on to the next intersection and turned his truck around and returned to the scene, police said.

Smith and his wife, who was an occupant of the truck, said they did not see the child before they felt the impact against the front of the truck Smith estimated that he was driving between 30 and 35 miles per hour. The speed limit is 35 miles in the zone in which the accident occurred.

At Pawating hospital the child's injuries were diagnosed as a critical brain injury, a fractured left shoulder and left arm and serious contusions of the body.

She was pronounced in a critical condition upon arrival at the hospital and remained critical until she died approximately 12 hours later.

Smith was questioned by city police, given a driver's test which he passed and released without charge pending a coroner's inquest at 2 p.m. today at the Pifer funeral home.

The truck was held by police pending a report after the inquest.  Smith told officers he would remain at the home of his son in Berrien Springs until after the inquest.

Miss Morrow, the witness, told officers that she doubted that the child looked to the west before she started to cross the second time. She said she did not believe either the child or the driver of the truck could have seen each other.

At the time of the accident, police said, the full time guard at the intersection of Fifteenth and East Main streets, was just arriving to assume his duties at 11:30 a.m. Police said they had been told that the kindergarten class at Southside school where the child attended had been dismissed early Thursday noon.

According to police records, the little girl's death was the city's first traffic fatality since July 29, 1951, when William Reed Jr., was killed in a motorcycle mishap on South Third street. Reed's death ended a death-free period which lasted three and a half years.

Funeral services for the Brock child will be held Monday at 2 p.m. at the Pifer Funeral Home with the Rev. Vern F. Barr, pastor of the First Church of Christ, officiating. Burial will be at Silverbrook cemetery.

Phyllis Brock was born Sept. 20, 1947, at Jonesboro, Ark., and was brought to Niles with her parents three years ago. Survivors besides her parents include two brothers, Duayne and Ronald Doyle, of the home; the grandparents, Mr.and Mrs. Louis Brock, of Niles, and Mr.and Mrs. William Eaves, of Truman, Ark., and Mrs. Eaves, of Missouri.