Ballard, James E.

James E. Ballard
Feb. 6, 1876-May 31, 1946

Niles Daily Star, Saturday, June 1, 1946, page 2, col. 4, microfilm Niles District Library

James Ballard Dies Suddenly


James E. Ballard, 70, died suddenly Friday at 10 p.m. in his home, 1537 Clarendon avenue.

His was born Feb. 6, 1876, in Standish, Mich., and came to Niles 23 years ago from Tawas City, where he had been owner and editor of the Tawas Herald. He was married to Miss Mamie Carolyn Peterson in 1909 in LeRoy, Mich.

In Niles he had been for several years the proprietor of the Ballard Print shop.

He was a member of the Free and Accepted Masons, and the Royal Arch Masons of Tawas City. He was a Spanish-American war veteran.

Survivors are his widow; one son, James E. Ballard, Jr., St. Joseph; three daughters, Mrs. Howard Anthony, Benton Harbor; Mrs. Edith Ostrander, New York City; and Miss Ruth Ballard, Long Beach, Cal.

Serices[sic] will be held Monday at 3 p.m. from the Pifer funeral home, with the Rev. T.M. Greenhoe officiating. Burial will be in Silverbrook cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home.


Anderson, Lucinda

Lucinda Anderson
1800-Jan. 1867

Niles Republican, Saturday, April. 6, 1867, page 3, col. 1, microfilm Niles District Library

Chester Rollo, the City Sexton, submitted his quarterly report of interments in the Cemetery for the quarter ending March 31st, of which the following is a summary:
. . .

Jan. 28, Lucinda Anderson, age 66, native of Sherburne, N.Y., died at Niles of Diarrhea.

Haynes, Glenn Todd

Glenn Haynes, 61
July 25,1951-Oct. 10, 2012

Niles Daily Star, Published 4:05pm Sunday, October 14, 2012


Glenn Todd Haynes, 61, of Clay Street, Niles, died at 4:20 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, at Lakeland Regional Health Center-Saint Joseph of a brief illness.

Todd was born July 25, 1951, in Niles to Roy M. and June L. (Gordon) Haynes. He was a 1969 graduate of Niles High School and attended college before working at Garden City Fan. Additionally he worked for Amtrak and was self-employed in his own business. Enjoying cooking, fishing, golf, and camping, Todd was above all an avid Notre Dame fan and sports enthusiast.

On April 28, 1979, in Niles, he married Kristine E. Holmes, who survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Allison Rae Haynes of St. Joseph and Megan Ashley Haynes of Niles. Two sisters, Ellen Haynes of Elkhart and Sheila Haynes of Michigan, also survive.

Funeral services for Glenn Todd Haynes will be Monday, Oct. 15, at 11 a.m. at Halbritter Funeral Home with the

Rev. William Melody, C.S.C. of Notre Dame, Ind., officiating. Burial will be at Silverbrook Cemetery.

Todd’s family received friends from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14 at the funeral home.

Memorials may be given to the donor’s choice.

Reynolds, Virginia Joanne (Romanski)

Virginia Reynolds, 76
Nov. 7, 1935-Oct. 4, 2012

Niles Daily Star, Published online 10:03pm Monday, October 8, 2012

Virginia Joanne Reynolds, 76, of Buchanan, passed away Oct. 4, 2012, at her home of natural causes.

She was born Nov. 7, 1935, in Muskegon to John and Josephine Romanski.  She had lived here since 1947, was a pattern maker with Simplicity Pattern Co. and a member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Buchanan. She was a loving wife, mother, sister, grandma and great-grandma.

On July 20, 1956, in Niles, she married Robert G. Reynolds, who survives.

Also surviving are her sons, Robert P. Reynolds and Michael (Elizabeth) Reynolds, both of Buchanan; daughters, Vicky Russell of Ft. Wayne, Joanne Bennett and Becky (Kurt) Florey, both of Buchanan, and Lisa (John) White of Niles; brother, Sam (Darlene) Romanski of Zeffner, Fla.; and sister, Delores Lang of Muskegon.

She was very close to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren: grandchildren, Heather (Randy) Pruett, Tony Russell, Bob E., Jamie and Alexis Reynolds, Rocky (Brook) and Jenny Bennett, Marcus, Izaac and Alyssa Florey and Autumn Johnston; great-grandchildren, Jacob, Talin, Noah, Chelsey, Sage, Corbin, Dallis, Blaze, Alisia, Dayton and Tiffany.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Joseph, Richard and John; and sisters, Eleanor and Bernice.

A funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Buchanan, with visitation from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, at Hoven Funeral Home Inc. in Buchanan.

The family wishes to thank Hospice at Home Inc. and a special thanks to Markeyta Dawson, Debbie Dew and Connie Burrus.

Memorials can be made to Hospice at Home Inc. or the Buchanan Senior Center.

Dickey, John

John Dickey, 81
June 7, 1931-Oct. 4, 2012

Niles Daily Star, Published online 10:04pm Monday, October 8, 2012



John F. Dickey, 81, of Niles, died at 12:40 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012, at his home following a long battle with cancer.

He was born June 7, 1931, in Niles to Tracey and Ruth (Franz) Dickey, and served in the U.S. Navy. He was employed by Cass County Road Commission, retiring in 1993.

John was a member of the Niles American Legion, and had been active in the Niles Moose Lodge. He enjoyed repairing tractors, farm machines and anything with a motor. He was a member or the SWM Shuffleboard League, and former member of the Fruit Belt Pony Pullers Association.

On April 30, 1988, John married Betty Helfrich, who survives. John is also survived by his daughter, Connie Purucker of Niles; son, David (Sandy) Dickey of Niles; stepson, Randall (Julie) Helfrich of Tempe, Ariz.; five grandchildren, two step-grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; his sisters, Elaine Shipe of Lavonia and  Eleanor Thayer and Mary Knoll, both of Niles.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Barbara M. Saratore, on July 29, 1986.

The funeral services for John Dickey were held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 8, at Halbritter Funeral Home in Niles by Mr. Randall Helfrich. Committal rites followed at Silverbrook Cemetery in Niles and will conclude with full military honors.

The family received relatives and friends from 2 until 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Contributions in memory of John may be made to Hospice at Home or Relay for Life.