Farmer, Robert

Robert Farmer, 86
Died July 2, 2012

Niles Daily Star, Published online 9:32pm Monday, July 2, 2012

Robert Arthur Farmer, 86, of Niles, passed away July 2, 2012, at his residence with his family by his side.

Services will be held on Thursday, July 5, at 3 p.m. in Brown Funeral Home. A time of visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Brown Funeral Home & Cremation Services.

Hirst, Kathleen

Kathleen Hirst, 68

Nov. 5, 1943 — March 10, 2012


Niles Dailly Star, Published online  10:59pm Tuesday, March 13, 2012

“To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord, The dust returns to earth, The Spirit returns to God who gave it.” — 2 Cor. 5:8; Ecl. 12:7

In the early morning hours on March 10, Kathleen Anne Hirst, 68, passed away at Memorial Hospital in South Bend with loving family members by her side.

In the same hospital on Nov. 5, 1943, she was born to Raymond and Stella (Anderson) Suabedissen. Her parents preceded her in death.

Kathy grew up in Niles and graduated from Niles High School in 1962. She attended Western Michigan University and, after graduation, moved to Denver. She worked for the Denver accounting firm of Ernst and Young, and then for 21 years as secretary for the athletic department of Cherry Creek High School in Englewood, Colo. While at Cherry Creek, Kathy met her future husband, Fredrick Hirst. They retired in 2002 and moved to Buchanan, where Kathy was able to spend time with her family close by. She and Fred designed and built a wonderful new home, which afforded her the opportunity to apply her considerable decorating skills throughout. The surrounding woods allowed her to enjoy the blissful presence of her many furry and feathered friends, especially the deer, beautiful bluebirds and robins.

Reading novels, walking the beaches of Lake Michigan, enjoying the company of many friends and relaxing boat rides on the St. Joseph River were among her retirement pleasures. She also enjoyed the especially rewarding experience of mentoring children at Stark Elementary School in Buchanan, and she worked as a volunteer for Meals on Wheels.

She is survived by her soul mate and husband, Fred; son, Aaron Larsen of Columbia, Tenn.; daughter, Anne Larsen of Spring Hill, Tenn.; sisters, Carole Cappella of Niles and Joan Frisk of South Bend; brother-in-law, Scott Frisk of South Bend; stepsons, Mitchell (Karen) Hirst of Lakewood, Colo. and Adam (Connie) Hirst of Centennial, Colo.; step-grandchildren, Marissa Hirst, Isabelle Hirst and Caleb Hirst, all of Colorado; loving nephew and nieces, Claire (Cliff) Potter of Northbrook, Ill., Megan Frisk of Bethesda, Md., Lauren Frisk of Fishers, Ill. and Michael Frisk of South Bend; cousins, Guy (Lillie) Suabedissen and Gary (Ann) Suabedissen of New Jersey; and her much-beloved cat, Bailey.

A gathering for friends and family will be held Saturday, March 17, from 3 to 5 p.m. at Halbritter Funeral Home in Niles. Family members suggest memorial donations may be made to the Humane Society of St. Joseph County, 2506 Grape Rd., Mishawaka, IN 46545; Pet Refuge of Mishawaka, 2300 W. Sixth St., Mishawaka, IN 46541; or The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Michigan Chapter, 1421 E. 12 Mile Rd., Madison Heights, MI 48071.

Studley, Lodema (Dir)

Lodema Studley
Oct. 17, 1849-April 7, 1928

Niles Daily Star, Monday, April 9, 1928, page 1, col. 7, microfilm Niles District Library


Resident of Niles for 43 Years Passes Away After Three Months Illness


Mrs. Lodema Studley, 78, widow of William H. Studley, died on Saturday afternoon about 4 o'clock at the home of her daughter, Mrs. William Knott, 115 S. St. Joseph avenue. She had been ill for three months. Mrs. Studley had been a resident of Niles for 43 years and was well known to many in this city.

Mrs. Studley's maiden name was Lodema Dir. She was born in Mendon, Mich., on Oct. 17, 1849. She was married to Mr. Studley at Sherwood,Mich., on Sept. 30, 1866. The family moved to Niles from Mishawaka 43 years ago. Mr. Studley died on July 16, 1919.

Surviving Mrs. Studley are two daughters, Mrs. William Hamlin and Mrs. William Knott, and one son, Charles Studley, all of Niles, also two sisters, Mrs. Henry Colser, of Bear lake, who was expected here today, and Mrs. Joseph Roberts, of Detroit, who arrived Saturday.

The funeral services will be held at 2 o'clock tomorrow afternoon at the Troost and Augustine chapel. Rev. O.R. Grattan, pastor of the Methodist church, of which Mrs. Studley was a member and faithful attendant for many years, will officiate. Burial will take place in the family lot in Silver Brook.


Reed, Frederick Henry

Frederick  Henry Reed
Feb. 1928-April 8, 1928

Niles Daily Star, Monday, April 9, 1928, page 4, col. 1, microfilm Niles District Library


With his illness diagnosed at 7:45 as pneumonia, Frederick Henry, six weeks old son of Mr. and Mrs. William Reed, 304 Fort street, died at 8:30 or 45 minutes later, last evening. The funeral services will be held tomorrow afternoon at 3:30 at the home of Mrs. Reed's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Leggett, 1529 North Fifth street. Rev. W.G. Webbink will officiate. Burial will take place in Silver Brook cemetery. Besides his parents, the child is survived by a brother, Billy. Mrs. Reed was formerly Miss Josephine Leggett.

Reichanadter, Larry Lamar

Larry Reichanadter, 74
Dec. 14, 1937-July 18, 2012



Niles Daily Star, Published online 11:58pm Thursday, July 19, 2012

Larry Lamar Reichanadter Sr., 74, of Ontario Road in Niles, died at 3:35 p.m. Wednesday, July 18, 2012, at Memorial Hospital in South Bend, surrounded by his family, following a brief illness.

He was born Dec. 14, 1937, in Niles to Otto and Geraldine (Annis) Reichanadter. Larry was a lifetime area resident. He was the former owner of Brandywine Gulf Service Station in Niles; was employed for 10 years at Bendix; and formerly owned and operated the family business of B & L Machine in Niles. Larry also sold trees from the family Christmas tree farm on Ontario Road.

Mr. Reichanadter was a long-time member of Saint John’s United Church of Christ in Niles, where he served on the building and grounds committee and as an usher. He loved horses and had a passion for helping his grandchildren with 4-H horses. He enjoyed being outdoors, camping and the mountains. His greatest joy was spending time with his grandchildren, guiding them through life.

In 1957, in St. Joseph, he married the former Betty Beckman, with whom he celebrated the 55th anniversary of their marriage. Surviving family includes his wife, Betty; their sons, Tim (Sandy) Reichanadter and Larry (Lydia) Reichanadter, both of Niles; their daughters, Terri Ballard, of South Bend, and Maribeth (Brian) Burge, of Niles; 13 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; his father-in-law, George Beckman, of Niles; his sisters, Kathy Williams and Barbara (Bob) Williams, both of Niles.

Mr. Reichanadter was preceded in death by his twin sons, Matthew and Mark Reichanadter, son-in-law, Jeff Ballard.

Funeral services for Larry Lamar Reichanadter, Sr. will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, July 23, at Saint John’s United Church of Christ in Niles with the Rev. Harry L. Clark of the church officiating.

Interment will be at Silverbrook Cemetery in Niles.

The family will receive relatives and friends from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Halbritter Funeral Home in Niles. Contributions for Larry may be made to the Saint John’s United Church of Christ or the American Diabetes Association.