Collmer, Bruce H.

Bruce H. Collmer
July 6, 1919-Nov. 10, 1984


Niles Daily Star, Monday, November 12, 1984, page 2, col. 5, microfilm Niles District Library

Bruce H. Collmer, 65, of 2630 Huntly Rd., Niles, died at 9 a.m., in his home Saturday after an extended illness.

Collmer, a veteran of WW II in the US Army and a retired employee of the Bendix Corp., was a lifetime resident of the area. He was born July 6, 1919 in South Bend, Ind., and married Evelyn R. Banach, March 22, 1941 in Bryan, Ohio.  She survives.

Also surviving are his mother, Mrs. Rhea Henderson of Niles; two sons, John Anthony and Michael H. Collmer, both of Niles; and two brothers, Aurel Collmer of South Bend, Ind., and Hugh Collmer of Niles.

Services will be held Tuesday, 2 p.m., at the Halbritter Funeral Home with the Reverend Arnold O. Schaap of Edwardsburg, officiating.  Burial will be held at the Silverbrook Cemetery. Friends may call from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m., today at the funeral home.  Memorials may be made to the local TB and Emphysema Association of Berrien County.

 

Smallwood, Carl G.

Carl G. Smallwood
July 10, 1905-Nov. 13, 1984


Niles Daily Star, Tuesday, November 13, 1984, page 2, col. 5-6, microfilm Niles District Library

Carl G. Smallwood, 79, of 3602 S. Ironwood Drive, South Bend, Ind., died at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday , at Memorial Hospital in South Bend.

Smallwood, a retired employee of National Standard Company, was a lifetime resident of Niles until moving to South Bend in 1980.  He was born July 10, 1905 in Logansport, Ind. and married Mae Gebby in Niles, April 16, 1955. She survives. Also surviving is a brother, James R. Smallwood of Niles.

Smallwood was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, where he was an Elder and former usher. He was past chairman of the Niles-Buchanan Meals on Wheels, a veteran of WWII in the US Army, belonged to the St. Joseph Valley Lodge number four, F. & A.M., and a 32-degree member of the Mason Lodge Council Chapter Consistory of Grand Rapids.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, at the First Presbyterian Church with the Reverend William J. Fuerstenau officiating.  Friends may call from 2-4 and from 7-9 p.m. , Wednesday, at the Halbritter Funeral Home. Burial will be held at the Silverbrook Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the First Presbyterian Church.

 

Lightner, Gerald A.

Gerald A. Lightner
Dec. 31, 1894-Nov. 24, 1984


Niles Daily Star, Monday, November 26, 1984, page 2, col. 2, microfilm Niles District Library

Gerald A. Lightner, 89, 409 Courtland St., Dowagiac, died Saturday at 11:20 p.m. Saturday at Lee Memorial Hospital in Dowagiac after a brief illness.

He was retired meat cutter for Kroger Food Stores. He was born Dec. 31, 1894 in Hartford and had livedhis lifetime in the area.

He married Ruth Roebeck on July 29, 19, 1044 in Niles.  She died on Oct. 3, 1979.

Surviving are two daughters, Clara Rosenbaum of Benton Harbor and Kay Gray of Dowagiac; a brother, Seward Lightner of North Carolina; three sisters, Jennie Balfour and Claribell Jackson of Watervliet and Hilda Rudell of St. Joseph; six grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Halbritter Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Silverbrook Cemetery. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m.  Tuesday at the funeral home.

 

Shoemaker, Russell F.

Russell F. Shoemaker
Aug. 29, 1907-Nov. 24, 1984


Niles Daily Star, Monday, November 26, 1984, page 2, col. 2-3, microfilm Niles District Library

Russell F. Shoemaker, 77, of 507 Michigan St., died at 5:05 p.m. Friday at his home after an extended illness.

He was a member of the World Wide Church of God and a retiree of the U.S. Postal Service where he worked for 43 years. He was born Aug. 29, 1907 in Niles and lived his lifetime in the area.

He married Fern C. May on Dec. 31, 1927 in Niles. She survives.

Also surviving are: two sons, Russell Jr. of Murphys, Calif. and Robert L. of Niles; two daughters, Barbara York and Mary Lowe of Niles; two brothers, Robert L. of South Bend and Fred of Albuquerque, New Mexico; four sisters, Thelma Starkweather and Marion Walter of Mishwaka[sic], Ind., Alene Austin of Roswell, New Mexico and Maxine Crowley of Gaston , Ind.; 11 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Services were held at 2 p.m. today at the First Assembly of God Church 1922 E. Main, Niles.  Pastor Robert Dick of the World Wide Church of God officiated.  Burial followed at Silverbrook Cemetery.  Arrangements were made by the Halbritter Funeral Home.

 

Wedel, George J.

George J. Wedel
March 13, 1915-Nov. 16, 1984


Niles Daily Star, Saturday, November 17, 1984, page 2, col. 2-3, microfilm Niles District Library

George J. Wedel, 69, 1515 N. 11th St., died at 12:10 p.m. Friday at Pawating Hospital after an extended illness.

He was retired from N.Y. Central Railroad and from Niles Steel Tank, the latter in 1979.  Wedel also was a member of St. John's United Church of Christ and a World War II U.S. Army veteran.

Born March 13, 1915 in Niles, he was a lifetime area resident.

Surviving are three brothers, Norman P., Donald and Richard Wedel. all of Niles; and four sisters, Mrs. Bernice Wolford, Mrs. Ellenora Stephenson, Mrs. Dorothy Smith and Miss Marian Wedel, all of Niles.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Halbritter Funeral Home. Rev. Frederick West of St. John's United Church of Christ will officiate.  Burial will be at Silverbrook Cemetery.

Friends may call from 2 to 4 and from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Memorials made be made to the Michigan Heart Association.