Brunk, Frank

Frank Brunk
March 7, 1879-Aug. 23, 1938

Niles Daily Star, Tuesday, August 23, 1938 page 1, col. 1, microfilm Niles District Library


Frank Brunk, 61, Drops Dead This Morning in Cigar Store


Stricken with a heart attack while at work int he DeLuxe cigar store, 122 North Front street, Frank Brunk, 61, died suddenly at 10:30 o'clock this morning.

Born in Niles Mr. Brunk lived in Detroit and Toledo for a number of years.  He returned to Niles five years ago and at the time of his death was rooming at the Edward Smith home, 316 West Main street.

He is survived by two half-brothers, Carl Brunk, Niles, and Alfred Brunk Marquette, Kan.; also two half-sisters, Mrs. John H. Hawks, Miami, Fla., and Mrs. T.W. Long, Booneville, Mo.

The body was taken to the Rutherford funeral home where friends may call. Funeral services will be announced later.

Niles Daily Star, Wednesday, August 24, 1938 page 2, col. 3, microfilm Niles District Library


Funeral services for Frank Brunk, 61, who dropped dead from a heart atack while at work in the DeLuxe Cigar store Tuesday, will be held at 10 o'clock Thursday morning. The Rev. A.R. Kuehn will conduct the services in the Rutherford funeral home. Burial will be in Silverbrook cemetery.

Niles Daily Star, Friday, August 26, 1939, page 2, col. 2, microfilm Niles District Library


Lute Ranft, William Edwards, Dennis Cook and Walter Martin served as pallbearers Thursday for the funeral services of Frank Brunk.  The rites were conducted in the Rutherford funeral home by the Rev. A.R. Kuehn.  Burial was in Silverbrook cemetery. Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Kirk, Michigan City, were in Niles for the services.

Brunk, Mary

Mary Brunk
Oct. 31, 1845-April 30, 1930

Niles Daily Star, Wednesday, April 30, 1930, page 4, col. 2, microfilm Niles District Library



Carl Brunk received a message at noon today announcing the death of his mother, Mrs. Mary Brunk, widow of Charles Brunk, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. C.W. Long in Boone City, Oowa. The body will be brought to Niles tomorrow and taken to the home of Mr. Brunk in West Main street. While the funeral plans are not completed the services will probably be held Friday afternoon in St. John's Evangelical church. Mrs. Brunk was 84 years of age. She had made her home with Mr. and Mrs. Long for 13 years and for 10 years of that time they have lived in Boone City. Mr. Brunk received a message yesterday that his mother had been stricken with paralysis. Mrs. Brunk is survived by four children who are Mrs. Long of Boone City, Carl Brunk of Niles, Miss Marie Brunk of Detroit and Alfred Brunk of Marquette, Kansas. Miss Brunk is expected in Niles tonight.


Brahaney, Anna (Bannister)

Anna Bannister Brahaney
Feb. 3, 1851-Nov. 26, 1932

Niles Daily Star, Saturday, November 26, 1932, page 1, col. 3, microfilm Niles District Library


Widow of Former Niles Merchant Passes Away at 13th St. Home


Mrs. Anna Bannister Brahaney, 81, widow of James Brahaney, died athis morning at 5 o'clock in her home, 27 N. Thirteenth street. She had been in ill health for several years. On Friday, Nov. 18 she lapsed into unconsciousness and was conscious again only for a brief time. Mrs. Brahaney had lived in Niles for more than 30 years.

Mrs. Brahaney was born in Collingwood, Ontario province, Canada, on Feb. 3, 1851. She was married to Mr. Brahaney on Jan. 1, 1865. The early years of their married life were spent in northern Michigan where Mr. Brahaney was in charge of large timber interests.  They came to Niles from Marquette in 1899. They celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in Niles and each succeeding anniversary until their last. Mr. Brahaney had engaged in busines in Niles but retired several years before his death in 1926.  Mrs. Brahaney was the last of a family of 12 children.

Surviving Mrs. Brahaney are two daughters, Mrs. C.D. Hildebrand, wife of a St. Joseph county commissioner and a resident of South Bend and Mrs. John Perkins of Niles. Mrs. Brahaney had five grandchildren who are Mrs. Marjorie Cavanaugh Sparks, wife of Charles A. Sparks of Goodling, Kans., Furmage Cavanaugh of Coleman, Texas, Stuart B. Brahaney of Miami, Fla., and John and Christine Perkins of Niles.

Mrs. Brahaney was a member of the Presbyterian church. The pastor of that church, the Rev. G.W. Simon, will conduct the funeral services in the home on Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Burial will be made in the family lot in Silverbrook cemetery. Mrs. Brahaney had spent the years since she came to Niles as a resident of the neighborhood in which she died and was highly respected and esteemed.


Cavanaugh, Anna Maud (Brahaney)

Mrs. Charles (Anna Maud Brahaney) Cavanaugh
June 17, 1872-May 8, 1902

Niles Daily Star, Friday, May 9, 1902, page 3, col. 3, microfilm Niles District Library


Died at St. Paul, Minn., Yesterday


The sad news was flashed over the wire last evening of the death of Mrs. Charles Cavanaugh, who died of pneumonia at St. Paul, Minn., yesterday forenoon at 11 o'clock. It was only three weeks ago that Mrs. Cavanaugh left here, together with her two small children, to join her husband at St. Paul. Three years ago Mr. Cavanaugh left here to accept a position with the Three I as train despatcher, and recently he accepted a position with the Great Western Ry. Co., at St. Paul.  Mrs. Cavanaugh had been sojourning here with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Brahaney, both of whom were at their daughter's bedside when the end came.

The deceased was 26 years of age and was the mother of two children, a boy of four years and a ten-months-old daughter. Mrs. Cavanaugh was a charming young woman and a devoted member of the Presbyterian church.

The remains will arrive over the Michigan Central on train No. 14, which arrives here at 5:30 o'clock this afternoon, and will be conveyed to the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Brahaney from which place the funeral will occur tomorrow afternoon, Rev. J.G. Lowrie officiating. At this writing the hour of the funeral has not been fixed. Interment will take place at Silverbrook cemetery.

Mr. Cavanaugh, as well as the parents and other relatives of the deceased, have the entire sympathy of the community.  Mr. and Mrs. James Cavanaugh will arrive here from Detroit tomorrow.


*NOTE: Charles Cavanaugh is not buried at Silverbrook but his death was noted in the Niles Daily Star, Monday, January 5, 1931, page 4, col. 2, as follows:

Death of Chas. Cavanaugh

Word was received in Niles on Saturday of the death in Washington, D.C. of Chicago. Cavanaugh who was found dead in his bed in the home of his daughter who is a granddaughter of Mrs. James Brahemy[sic] of Niles. Mr. Cavanaogh died as he slept. He formerly lived in Niles having been employed as a telegraph operator and later as a train dispatcher by the Michigan Central railroad company. He is survived by two children, a daughter and a son.


Walter, Charles

Charles Walter
April 30, 1878-July 25, 1950

Niles Daily Star, Tuesday, July 25, 1950, page 2, col. 5, microfilm Niles District Library

Charles Walter, 72, of 1602 North Eleventh street, died at 3:50 a.m. today after being ill for seven weeks.

He was born here on April 30, 1878, and lived here all his life. He retired after working for The Kawneer Company for 33 years. Walter was a member of the Kawneer 25 Year club and of St.  John's Evangelical church.

He is survived by his wife, Augusta; a son, Donald, at home; and two sisters, Mrs. Arthur Lillie, of Niles, and Mrs. Elmer Decker, of Berrien Springs.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Pifer funeral home, with the Rev. Harold Hohman officiating. Burial will be in Silverbrook cemetery.