Frizzell, Jesse Elmer

Jesse Elmer Frizzell
Oct. 12, 1898-March 20, 1959

Niles Daily Star, Saturday, March 21, 1959, page 2, col. 4, microfilm Niles District Library

Jesse Elmer Frizzell, 60, died at 12:15 p.m. Friday in his hme[sic] on 913 Regent Street here following an illness of four years.

Mr. Frizzell, a crating room employe at Tyler Refrigeration Corp., was born Oct. 12, 1898, in Bedford County, Tenn., and came to Niles in 1941 from Tennessee.

Surviving are: his widow, Mary; three sons, Everett and Floyd Frizzell, both of Aroma Park, Ill., and Leonard Frizzell, of Niles; three daughters, Mrs. Ione Churchill, Mrs. Josephine Smith and Mrs. Wanda Darling, all of Niles; 14 grandchildren; a brother, Henry Frizzell, of Fairfield, Tenn., and a half-brother, Charles Gibson, of Jackson, Mich.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday in the Pifer Funeral Home here with Stanley Davis of the Church of Christ, officiating. Burial will be in Silverbrook Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home beginning this evening.


Schrumpf, Lillian A. (Pfister)

Lillian A. Schrumpf
Jan. 20, 1908-Dec. 1, 1980

Niles Daily Star, Tuesday, December 1, 1987, page 2, col. 3, microfilm Niles District Library

Lillian A. Schrumpf, 79, 1345 Broadway, Niles, died at 1:10 a.m. today at Pawating Hospital following a sudden illness.

She was born Jan. 20, 1908, in Michigan City, Ind., and lived in Niles since 1919. She was a homemaker and member of First Presbyterian Church, Niles.

On Aug. 15, 1926, in Manistee, she married Oscar Schrumpf, who died Aug. 21, 1977.

Survivors include a son, Richard of Niles; a daughter, Patricia Dreibelbis of Niles; two brothers, Elmer Pfister of Mullett Lake and Roger Pfister of Niles; a sister, Florence McLain of Niles; a step-sister, Edith Seeger of Munising; five grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Services are 2 pm. Thursday at Pifer-Smith Funeral Home, Niles, with Rev. Clayton Fairo of First Presbyterian Church officiating.  Burial will be in Silverbrook.



Studt, Maude Rose

Maude Rose Studt
July 11, 1901-Jan. 16, 1959

Niles Daily Star, Saturday, January 17, 1959, page 2, col. 5, microfilm Niles District Library

Mrs. Maude Rose Studt, 58, a resident of this community since 1934, died at 11:50 p.m. Friday in the Steinbarger Nursing Home following a lingering illness.

Mrs. Studt was born July 11, 1901, in Chicago and came here from Quincy, Ill. Surviving are: her husband, Elmer, who has been making his home in Chicago; two sons, Clarence and Louis Studt, both of South Bend; seven grandchildren; three brothers, Clarence Barkman, of Dowagiac, Paul Barkman, of Niles, and Albert Barkman, in Florida, and four sisters, Miss Irene Barkman and Mrs. Harold Koenigshof, both of Niles, Mrs. Marguerite Meyers, of Dowagiac, and Mrs. Ethel Anderson, in Ohio.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday in the Church of Jesus Christ here with Evangelist Alta Johnson officiating. Burial will be in Silverbrook Cemetery. Friends may call at the Pifer Funeral Home.


Ross, Ruth Elaine

Ruth Elaine Ross, 95
July 2, 1917 Dec. 23, 2012

Niles Daily Star, Published 10:02pm Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Ruth Elaine Ross, 95, of South 15th Street in Niles, died on Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, at the residence of her daughter in Portage, Ind., following an extended illness. Her family is grateful for the kind and compassionate assistance of the Porter County Visiting Nurse Association during Ruth’s final weeks.

She was born on July 2, 1917, in Dugger, Ind., to James Ernest and Hilda Nellie (Richardson) Ferguson, and was graduated from Dugger High School. She has lived in Niles since 1941, coming from Musselshell, Mont. She was a licensed practical nurse, serving for many years at the Saint Joseph Hospital in South Bend (now Saint Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Mishawaka).

Ruth was a member of First Baptist Church in Niles and a member of the Niles Chapter No. 332, Order of the Eastern Star. She and her husband had traveled extensively throughout the United States. She enjoyed working in her yard, and antiques.

On May 13, 1936, in Dugger she married Joseph N. Ross, who preceded her in death on March 13, 2001. She was also preceded in death by their son, Joseph Leon Ross, who died in 1954; a granddaughter, Sarah Nekvasil, who died Oct. 15, 1993; a great-grandson, Matthew Nekvasil; and Ruth’s brother, Winfred Ferguson.

Surviving family includes her daughters, Ruth Elizabeth Ross of Chicago, Ill., and Norma (and William) Poznanski, of Portage; grandchildren, Rebecca Needham,

Jennifer (and Dennis) Morgan, Nathan (and Angie) Stickney, Eric (and Kristin) Poznanski, Todd (and Roberta) Poznanski and Daniel (and Christine) Poznanski. Also surviving are great-grandchildren, Anna Sophia Poznanski, Derek Poznanski, David Nekvasil, Joel Poznanski, Abigail Stickney, Jonathan Stickney, Tia Poznanski, Madison Poznanski, Derek Poznanski, Allison Poznanski and Mandy Poznanski; and several nieces and nephews.

The funeral service for Ruth Elaine Ross will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012, at First Baptist Church in Niles with Rev. Jim Wing of the church officiating. Interment will follow at Silverbrook Cemetery.

The family will receive relatives and friends from 5 until 7 p.m. on Wednesday at the Halbritter Funeral Home in Niles with Eastern Star Rites at 6:30 p.m. by Niles Chapter 332. Contributions in memory of Ruth may be made to the First Baptist Church, Niles.

McCormick, Kathleen

Kathleen McCormick, 88
Nov. 3, 1924-Dec. 24, 2012

Niles Daily Star, Published 2:15pm Monday, December 24, 2012

Kathleen McCormick, 88, of Missions East in Niles, Mich., died at 4:18 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 24, 2012 at Rose Arbor Hospice in Kalamazoo, Mich., following a brief illness.


She was born on Nov. 3, 1924 in Muskegon, Mich., to John and Trena (Rose) Boonstra.  She was graduated from Niles High School, and has lived in Niles most of her life, including many years on Wayne Street.  She was employed in the offices of the former Davis Products.

Kathleen was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Niles and was a member and past president of the Fort Saint Joseph Historical Society.  She was a member of the Seepewa Reading Club, and the Class of ’42 reunion committee.  She and her husband enjoyed traveling throughout the United States and internationally, always remembering their 50th anniversary in Hawaii as the favorite trip.

On July 17, 1943 in Massachusetts she married Andrew D. McCormick, Jr. who preceded her in death on March 5, 1997.  She was also preceded in death by a grandson, Chad Hildebrand, and by her sisters, Evelyn Mould and Anarose Davis.

Surviving family includes her children, Patricia (& Gerry) Deakin of Shreveport, La., Michael (& Gaye) McCormick of Mattawan, Mich., and Steven (& Kathy) McCormick of Vicksburg, Mich.; grandchildren, Richard (& Jen) Horvat, Paul (& Tracie Uhse) Deakin, Cy (& Marnie) Hildebrand, Seth (& Krysti) Hildebrand, Justin (& Emily) Hildebrand, and Connor McCormick; ten great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

The funeral service for Kathleen McCormick will be at 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 28, 2012 at the First Presbyterian Church with Pastor Ray Fulbright of the church officiating.  Committal will follow at Silverbrook Cemetery in Niles.

The family will receive relatives and friends at the church beginning at 10 a.m. on Friday.  Contributions in memory of Kathleen may be made to The Foundation of the First Presbyterian Church; or to the Hope Rescue Mission c/o Hope Ministries, Post Office Box 4488, South Bend, IN 46634.

Arrangements were made at the Halbritter Funeral Home in Niles.