Briggs, Raymond C. Jr.

Raymond C. Briggs Jr.
Sept. 17, 1930-Nov. 3, 1987

Niles Daily Star, Wednesday, November 4, 1987, page 2, col. 6, microfilm Niles District Library

Raymond C. Briggs Jr., 57, Ullery Road, Niles, died at 8:15 a.m. Tuesday at Pawating Hospital following an extended illness.

He was a retired car dealer/salesman with Lee Dennis Briggs Oldsmobile Cadillac. He also belonged to the Niles Elks Lodge and the Dowagiac Conservation Club.

Born Sept. 17, 1930, in Niles, he was a lifelong area resident.

On July 24, 1964, in Chicago, he married Mary Vivian Polega Meyers, who survives.

Surviving are two sons, Roger J. and Raymond J. Meyers, both of Niles; two daughters, Terry P. Day of Hershey, Pa., and Jo Anne Quinn of Edwardsburg; a brother, Lee Dennis Briggs of Niles; two sisters, Arley Duncan of Niles and Eileen DeLong of DeLand, Fla.; and nine grandchildren.

Services are 11 a.m. Thursday at Halbritter Funeral Home with Rev. Clayton D. Fairo of First Presbyterian Church officiating.

Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the Niles Community Library.


Cook, Howard

Howard Cook
Sept. 28, 1901-Dec. 17, 1952

Niles Daily Star, Thursday, December 18, 1952, page 2, col. 3, microfilm Niles District Library

Howard Cook, 9 South St. Joseph . . [illegible] . . Wednesday in Pawating Hospital. He had been ill since Monday.

Surviving are a brother, Lawrence Cook, Galien, and a sister, Mrs. Viola Baugh, South Bend.

Cook was born on Sept. 28, 1901, in Laporte, Ind., and came to Niles from there 45 years ago. He was a World War II Veteran and a member of the American Legion.

Friends may call at the Pifer Funeral Home, where services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday by the Rev. G.A. Steeby, pastor of the First Evangelical United Brethren Church. Burial will be in Silverbrook cemetery, and a military committal service will be conducted by the Legion post.


Emmons, Bertha

Bertha Emmons
June 9, 1878-Jan. 10, 1953

Niles Daily Star, Monday, January 12, 1953, page 2, col. 5, microfilm Niles District Library

Mrs. Bertha Emmons, 31 South Third street, died suddenly at approximately 8 a.m. Saturday in her home.  Her husband, Fred, died on [illegible].

Surviving is one son, [Illegible] Emmons, Philadelphia, Pa., two grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.  Mrs. Emmons was born in Bangor on July 9, 1878. . .[illegible] . .

Friends may call at the Pifer Funeral Home, where services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday by [illegible], Methodist pastor,  Burial will be in Silverbrook Cemetery.

All members of the Berean Class, First Methodist Church, will meet at 1:45 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home to attend the rites.  Mrs. Emmons was a class member.

Note: Parts were not legible due to poor condition of microfilm.


Fritts, Sadie Ames

Sadie Ames Fritts
Sept. 22, 1865-Feb. 8, 1954

Niles Daily Star, Tuesday, February 9, 1954, page 2, col. 2, microfilm Niles District Library

Mrs. Sadie Ames Fritts, 88, of rural route two, Niles, died at 10:30 p.m. Monday at her home following an illness of one and a half years.

Mrs. Fritts was born Sept. 22, 1865, in Detroit and came here from Detroit and Chicago as a young girl. She was a member of the First Baptist Church and the Shakespeare Club here. Her husband, Charles B. Fritts, died Feb. 14, 1931.

Her only survivor is a daughter, Miss Lucille Fritts, teacher in the Niles public school system.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday in the Kiger Funeral Home with the Rev. Ray L. McCoy, pastor of the First Baptist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Silverbrook Cemetery.  Friends may call at the residence this evening and until 11 a.m. Thursday.


Mace, Jerry L.

Jerry L. Mace
Nov. 18, 1930-Nov. 26, 1997

Niles Daily Star, Friday, November 28, 1997, page 2, col. 1, microfilm Niles District Library

Jerry Mace, Niles civic leader, dies


Funeral services for Jerry L. Mace, 67, 1539 Sheffield Ave., Niles, are Saturday at 3 p.m. , at Wesley United Methodist Church, Niles, by the Rev. Nolan R. Williams of Wesley United Methodist Church. The family will gather privately Tuesday, Dec. 2 at graveside for  committal at Silverbrook Cemetery, Niles.

Mr. Mace died Wednesday , at 5:52 p.m., at Lakeland Medical Center, St. Joseph, following an extended illness. He was born Nov. 18, 1930, in Michigan City, Ind.

On Dec. 29, 1950, at Wesley United Methodist Church, Niles, he married the former Mary Elizabeth Stephenson, who survives.

Mr. Mace retired in 1993 as manager of information services after 15 years at Pawating Hospital, Niles.

He graduated in 1949 from Niles High School and had many years of continuing education in computer science through IBM and other companies.

Mr. Mace was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church, Niles; and a member of the Niles Elks No. 1322; and a 50-year member of an area barber shop quartet association. He was also a member of the Berrien County Republican Committee; served on the City of Niles Parks and Recreation Board; and was an active member of the Plym Park Golf and Course and the former Niles Tennis Club.

Survivors include a daughter, Melinda Susan Inman of Jeffersonville, Ind.; three sons, Michael Lee Mace of Niles, Timothy Scott Mace of Hollywood, Fla., and Randall Jay Mace of Phoenix, Ariz.; and five grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by a sister and three brothers.

Friends may call today from 6 until 8 Halbritter Funeral Home, and at the church Saturday, one hour prior to the services. Memorial contributions may be made to Wesley United Methodist Church Air Conditioner Fund.