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:
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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.

Gallagher, Patricia M.

Patricia M. Gallagher
Jan. 23, 1929-Oct. 22, 2012

Niles Daily Star, Published online 9:49pm Thursday, October 25, 2012

Patricia M. Gallagher, 83, of Niles, passed away peacefully on Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, at Brentwood Assisted Living, surrounded by her family.

She was born on Jan. 23, 1929, in Lansing and was raised by the late Clarence E. and Mildred Georgia (Purchis) Mater.

Patricia Gallagher

At a ceremony in South Bend, Ind., on Jan. 25, 1949, she wed the man who had captured her heart, William R. Gallagher, who she met while attending Western Michigan University. Pat studied music while attending Western Michigan University and was an accomplished musician. During this time, she also taught ballroom dancing at a local Arthur Murray Dance Studio.

Pat was a reporter for many years for the Niles Daily Star, winning many awards for her reporting. Pat also was an active board member for the Niles City Council and loved serving the city and residents for more than 24 years. Pat not only served the voters, but she had a special place in her heart for animals and is accredited for much of the city ordinances for the protection of animals. She will be remembered for being a gracious and wonderful lady, who always brought a smile to everyone she met.

She was also a member of the Niles Garden Club, Ladies’ Reading Club, Support the Fort St. Joseph Society, Landscape Critics and First Presbyterian Church. She enjoyed gardening, playing cards with friends and enjoyed dancing. Her and Bill also loved spending their Friday evenings with friends (Rowdy Bunch). She had a great sense of wit and humor and an eye for decorating. Pat will be dearly missed by all the lives she has touched.

She is survived by a sister Priscilla “Peg” McColgan of Leesburg, Florida, two daughters, Deborah (David Miller) Gallagher of Cedar Hill, Mo and Tara Gallagher of Niles.  She is also survived by her two grandsons Brandon Gritton and Liam Gritton.

In keeping with Pat’s wishes the family is planning to “celebrate her life” at Orchard Hills Country Club in Buchanan, Mich., on Dec. 16 at 1 p.m.

Condolences, photos, and memories may be left for William’s family at or

Those wishing to make a memorial donation in honor of Pat may do so to Fernwood Botanical Gardens and Nature Preserve 13988 Range Line Road Niles, MI 49120.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Brown Funeral Home, Niles.