Marshall, Marilyn (Cook)

Marilyn Marshall, 88
Oct. 4, 1923-April 28, 2012

Niles Daily Star, Published 10:26pm Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Marilyn Cook Marshall, 88, of Niles, died peacefully at her longtime home Saturday, April 28, 2012.

She was born Oct. 4, 1923 in Flint, Mich., to Donaven R. and Joyce M. (Slocum) Cook.  She graduated from the Flint community schools, and attended the former Michigan State College (now University) in East Lansing.

Marilyn’s parents raised her to have a deep interest in her community, leading to a long career with the Niles-Buchanan Meals on Wheels Inc., first as the office manager for 25 years, retiring in 1999, and then as a volunteer. She was also a long-time volunteer with the Pawating Hospital Auxiliary, often assisting families in the surgical waiting room.  She was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church, Niles, and its Altar Guild.

On Nov. 25, 1943, in Flint she married James Marshall, with whom she celebrated the 68th anniversary of their wedding last year. Jim preceded Marilyn in death by 107 days, on Jan. 12, 2012. They were also preceded in death by a son, James Donaven Marshall, on Nov. 8, 2006, and by Marilyn’s sister, Nancy Phillips.

Surviving family includes a daughter, Leslie (Ivan) Marshall Lawton of Annapolis, Md.; and a son, Robert (Phyllis) Marshall, also of Annapolis; grandchildren, Colin (Fan) Pitts, Ian (Christina) Pitts, Daniel Marshall, Stuart Marshall and Matthew Marshall; and great-grandchildren, Cameron and Kyden Pitts.

The family of Marilyn Marshall will be gathering privately. Interment will be at Silverbrook Cemetery, Niles. Contributions in memory of Marilyn may be made to Niles-Buchanan Meals on Wheels or to the Pawating Hospital Auxiliary. Arrangements were made at Halbritter Funeral Home, Niles.

Townsend, Duwayne E.

Duwayne Townsend, 84
Nov. 19, 192-April 30, 2012

Niles Daily Star, Published online 10:28pm Wednesday, May 2, 2012



Duwayne “Bud” E. Townsend, 84, of Terre Coupe Road, Buchanan, died Monday, April 30, 2012, at Brentwood of Niles following an illness.

He was born Nov. 19, 1927, in Berrien Springs to Carthur and Louise (Sherwood) Townsend.

On June 12, 1948, he married the former Jo Anne “Sue” Kenton; she preceded him in death on June 17, 1989.

Bud was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps. He earned a victory metal and sharpshooter award. He was a member of the BPO of Niles Elks Lodge 1322, the Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge 449 in Buchanan and the American Legion Post 51 in Buchanan. He enjoyed golf, bowling, watching drag racing and was an avid Chicago Cubs fan.

Bud is survived by his daughter, Carla (William) Hydorn of South Bend; sons, Larry (Shirley) Townsend and Dale (Janie) Townsend, both of Niles; grandchildren, Melissa (Chris) Kronewitter of Walkerton, Ind., Trisha (Jake) Wood of Palmdale, Calif., Heather (Joe) Racht, Joey Townsend, Brett Townsend and Kyle Townsend, all of Niles; great-grandchildren, Alyssa, Hailey and Colton all of California, Josey of Walkerton, Peyton, Jaxen and Reese all of Niles; and a sister, Margie Steinbauer of Niles; and little white dog, Dawg.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Carol Townsend.

Services for Duwayne “Bud” E. Townsend will begin at 1 p.m. Friday, May 4, at Halbritter Funeral Home, Niles, with the Rev. Randy Pearman of Bethel Baptist Church officiating. Burial will follow at Silverbrook Cemetery, concluding with full military honors by the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard and American Legion Post 51.

The family will receive relatives and friends from 11 a.m. until the time of service Friday at the funeral home. Contributions in memory of Bud may be made to the local humane society of the donor’s choice.

The family would like to thank the staff of Brentwood Assisting Living Community for becoming a second family to Bud, facilitating his long walks with Dawg, hitting golf balls out back, delicious meals and warm smiles. The family is forever grateful.
Halbritter Funeral Home, Niles, is assisting with arrangements.

Worvey, Clara L. (Williams)

Clara L. Worvey, 88
Sept. 5, 1923 — Dec. 11, 2011

Niles Daily Star, Published online  9:00pm Monday, December 12, 2011

Clara L. Worvey, 88, of Cassopolis, died Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011, at her residence. She was born Sept. 5, 1923, in Niles to Floyd and Mary (Jones) Williams. She married Billy Worvey on May 30, 1940, in Niles. He preceded her in death on Feb. 20, 2006. She was also preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Vivian Kinyon and Patricia Matthews; and one brother, Robert L. Williams.
She was a member of Bitley-Brohman Sportsman’s Club, Bitley and VFW Auxiliary William E. Lozier Post #10704, Cassopolis.
Clara is survived by two daughters, Mary (Vern) PeGan of Cassopolis and Cathy (Irving) VanLew of Mesa, Ariz.; one son, William Worvey of Cassopolis; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and one great, great-grandson.
The family will observe a private service. Inurnment will be in Silverbrook Cemetery, Niles.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Connelly Chapel, Wagner Family Funerals, Cassopolis. Online condolences may be sent c/o:

Bjorkley, Marguerite (Rayburn)

Marguerite Bjorkley, 93
Jan. 31, 1919-March 13, 2012

Niles Daily Star, Published online 11:09pm Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Marquerite Rayburn (Marg) Bjorkley, 93, passed away in Niles following an illness.

She was born in Niles to James Ernest Rayburn and Clyda Mary Blackburn, who had migrated to Niles from McMinnville, Tenn. Marg was predeceased by her parents and her two brothers, James (Jim) Edmond and John Nathan (Nate) Rayburn.

At age 24, Marge met and married the love of her life, Herman C. (Hermie) Schweitzer.

They enjoyed a life of marital bliss until his sudden death in 1964. More than 20 years later, Marg retired from Sears when she married Ingvald (Skip) Bjorkley, who passed away in 2003. Marg loved Niles and its people, and she embraced the small-town atmosphere that Niles provided during her entire lifetime.

Marg will be remembered for her sweetness, culinary skills and ironic humor in the face of the many adversities that she bravely endured.

Although she never had children, Marg nurtured many young people, providing them with encouragement and her personal tidbits of wisdom for a happy life.

Survivors include a nephew, James Patrick Rayburn (Eileen); two nieces, Mary Rayburn Kennedy (Rick) and Laura Rayburn Mashburn (Bobby); three great-nephews and three great-nieces, all of Georgia.

Per Marg’s wishes, interment was a private graveside service March 14 at Silverbrook Cemetery, where she resides next to her beloved, Hermie.

The eulogy was courtesy of a loved paternal cousin, the Rev. John Kenton Rayburn of Granger.

Family and friends of Marguerite are invited to reunite and celebrate her life Friday, April 6, at 7 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express on South 11th Street in Niles.

Rodriguez, Eladia

Eladia Rodriguez, 74
Feb. 28, 1937 — Jan. 31, 2012

Niles Daily Star, Published online 9:32pm Thursday, February 2, 2012

Eladia Rodriguez, 74, of Hickory Street, Niles, died Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012, at her home.

She was born Feb. 28, 1937, in Puerto Rico to Confesor and Maria (Garay) Segarra. Moving from Puerto Rico to the United States, Eladia spent her youth living in New York and New Jersey. She returned to Puerto Rico, where she met and married her husband, Lorimer Rodriguez.

Eladia returned to the area with her husband and they were married for more than 50 years.

Surviving with her husband is their son, Luis Rodriguez of Buchanan; daughters, Iris (Brian) Reith of Niles and Doriz (Damian) Curry of Traverse City, Mich.; grandchildren, Anna and Ciara Curry, Emily and Alyssa Rehmel, Collette and Lindsea Rodriguez, Chelsea York, Kelsey and Kaitlyn Moore, Michael Starrett; and great-grandchild, Cameron Starrett.

She was preceded in death by her son, Lorimer Rodriguez Jr.; daughter, Mary Rodriguez; and grandson, Dane Angel Dorstewitz. Eladia loved caring for her children and grandchildren and enjoyed cooking for her family.

Funeral services will be private. Halbritter Funeral Home, Niles, is assisting with arrangements.