Johnston, Joseph E.

Capt. Joseph E. Johnston
April 27, 1892-Aug. 23, 1961

Niles Daily Star, Thursday, August 24, 1961, page 2, col. 3, microfilm Niles District Library



Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Friday in Trinity Episcopal Church here for Capt. Joseph E. Johnston, 69, 991 S. 3rd St., who died early Wednesday in Pawating Hospital.

Capt. Johnston, curator emeritus of the Dossin Great Lakes Museum on Belle Isle in the Detroit River, was a veteran salt and fresh water sailor and ship's officer. He retired in  959 after serving as curator of the marine museum housed in the schooner J.T. Wing, owned by the Detroit Historical Commission.

The captain went to sea in  1910 after experience on Mississippi River boats and later skippered a training schooner for a Wisconsin boy's camp.

He was widely known for his work in recruiting seamen for the War Shipping Administration during World War II, for the founding of the Great lake Maritime Institute, and as a consultant to various historical commissions.

His services as a consultant were extended to include the Fort St. Joseph Museum in Niles, after he moved here two years ago.

Friends are being received at the Pifer Funeral Home.

Fort St. Joseph Museum will be closed from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Friday, it was announced by museum officials.



Wickler, Helen G.

Helen G. Wickler
Oct. 16, 1914-Aug. 3, 1997

Niles Daily Star, Tuesday, August 5, 1997, page 2, col. 2, microfilm Niles District Library

Helen G. Wickler, 82, of 251 Cass St., Niles, died Sunday at 9 p.m. at the home of her daughter in Mishawaka, Ind.

There will be no visitation or services.

Mrs. Wickler was born Oct. 16, 1914, in Jones. She lived most of her life in Niles.

On Nov. 19, 1932, in South Bend, Ind., she married Henry J. Wickler, who preceded her in death on Jan. 9, 1973. She was also preceded in death by a brother, George Sears.

She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Robert (Margaret) Thornton of Stevensville and Mrs. William (Betty) Krieg of Mishawaka; two sons, Larry and Lee Wickler of Niles; a brother, Leo Sears of Niles; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of St. Joseph County, 111 Sunnybrook Court, South Bend, Ind., 46637, or to the National Kidney Foundation of Indiana Ind., 850 Meridian, Suite 201, Indianapolis, Ind., 46204-1108.


Antisdel, Jennifer Jean (Bays)

Jennifer Jean Antisdel
Dec. 7, 1974-Aug. 7, 1997

Niles Daily Star, Saturday, August 9, 1997, page 2, col. 2, microfilm Niles District Library

Funeral services for Jennifer Jean Antisdel, 22, 2101 E. Main St., Niles, are Monday at 10 a.m. at st. Paul's Lutheran Church, Niles.

Burial will follow in Silverbrook Cemetery, Niles.

Mrs. Antisdel died Thursday at 12:20 p.m. at Borgess Medical Center, Kalamazoo, following an extended illness.

She was born Dec. 7, 1974, in South Bend, Ind. to Donald Bays and Vickie Dunnuck. She was a lifetime resident of Niles.

On July 17, 1995, in Niles, she was married to Rick R. Antisdel, who survives.

Mrs. Antisdel is a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church and a 1993 graduate of Niles High School. She played basketball from fourth grade through her freshman year.

Mrs. Antisdel was a former employee of Meijer on Grape Road, Mishawaka, Ind., and was a former waitress at the Bill Knapp Restaurant in Roseland, Ind.

Survivors, in addition to her husband, include her father, Donald Bays of Niles; her parents, Vickie and John Barker of Niles; three brothers, Shane Bays, John Barker Jr. and Lee Barker, all of Niles; grandparents Richard and Betty Dunnuck, Barbara and Jake Bays and Bill and Georgia Barker, all of Niles; her great-grandmother, Blanche Baske of Niles; and two nieces, Corissa Antisdel and Chelsea Barker, both of Niles.

Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday at Halbritter Funeral Home, Niles.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Niles.


Arnett, Mildred Hickerson

Mildred "Millie" Hickerson Arnett
April 27, 1931-Aug. 2, 1997

Niles Daily Star, Wednesday, August 6, 1997, page 2, col. 5, microfilm Niles District Library

Mrs. Millie Arnett
Registered Nurse

Committal service for Mrs. Millie Arnett, 66, Banning, Calif., will occur at a later date.  Her place of burial will be at Silverbrook Cemetery, Niles,

Mrs. Arnett died at 7:30 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 2, following an extended illness.

She was born April 27, 1931, in Niles.

Mrs. Arnett was a registered nurse who lived in California 38 years, coming from Niles.

Survivors include two sons, Steven Arnett of Banning, and Scott Arnett of Lakin, Kan.; her mother, Montana "Monte" Reed of Niles and two brothers, Max Hickerson of Edwardsburg and Michael Freedman of Highland, Calif.

There will be no visitation. Obituary information by Halbritter Funeral Home.

Niles Daily Star, Wednesday, September 24, 1997, page 2, col. 2, microfilm Niles District Library

Graveside services for Mrs. Mildred "Millie" Hickerson Arnett, who died Aug. 2, at Banning, Calif. will be Friday at 2:30 p.m., at Silverbrook Cemetery.

Halbritter Funeral Home, Niles, is in charge of arrangements.


Asmus, DeVerne

DeVerne Asmus
Feb. 15, 1905-Oct. 7, 1986

Niles Daily Star, Wednesday, October 8, 1986, page 2, col. 2, microfilm Niles District Library

DeVerne Asmus, 81, 11415 Sioux Trail, Niles, a member of the Kawneer 25 Year Club, died Tuesday at Wilds Quiet Acre in Buchanan.

He was born Feb. 15, 1905 in Niles and was a lifetime Niles resident. On June 20, 1925, he married Ella Villwock who died in 1977.

Surviving are one son, Duane of Niles; one brother, Clarence of Niles; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Services are 1:30 p.m. Friday at Halbritter Funeral Home, Rev. Louie J. Schweppe will officiate.  Burial will be at Silverbook Cemetery.  Friends may call from 2-4 pm. and 7-9 p.m. Thursday.  Memorials may  be made to St. John's United Church of Christ.