Gray, William H.

William H. Gray
May 26, 1887-Jan. 26, 1944

Niles Daily Star, Thursday, January 27, 1944, page 2, col. 8, microfilm Niles District Library


William H. Gray, 56, who made his home with his niece, Mrs. C.A. Wainscott, 521 Cedar street, died Wednesday night at 9:20 in the Berrien county hospital at Berrien Center, where he was taken Friday. He had been ill of diabetes since 1925.

He was born May 26, 1887, in Cripple Creek, Colo., and came to Niles two years ago from Colorado. He had been a moving picture machine operator and was a member of the Amerian Legion.

Surviving are two nieces, Mrs. Wainscott, and Mrs. Edith Bell, Benton Harbor; a nephew, Wilbur Meldrim, Niles; three brothers, Robert, Benton Harbor; Hugh and John, Pueblo, Colo. A sister, Mrs. Morgan Strawn, Niles, died several weeks ago.

Friends may call at the Rutherford funeral home where services will be conducted Friday afternoon at 2:30 by the Rev. Rev. J. Kenneth Hoffmaster, pastor of the Methodist church. LaRue Messinger post, American Legion, will be in charge of the service.


Copp, John H.

John H. Copp
Aug. 31, 1866-Feb. 5, 1944

Niles Daily Star, Saturday, February 5, 1944, page 2, col. 8, microfilm Niles District Library


John H. Copp, 77, of 310 Water street, died at 4 this morning in the Berrien county hospital after an illness of a year.  He was prominent in Niles and vicinity as a locksmith.

Born in Bertrand Aug. 31, 1866, the son of William and Sarah Copp, he was married to Mrs. Louie Price at St. Joseph in April, 1938.

Surviving are five step-children--Mrs. Mattie Long, Edwardsburg; Mrs. Howard Johnson, Mrs. Elva Cronk, Mrs. Alma Eggleston and Fred Price, all of Niles--and a niece, Mrs. Edna Ludlow, also of Niles.

Friends may call at the Price and Kiger chapel where services will be conducted by Dr. Guy W. Simon Monday afternoon at 2:30. Burial will be in Silverbrook cemetery.


Griswold, John Wesley

John Wesley Griswold
June 27, 1841-December 15, 1899

Niles Daily Star, Friday, December 15, 1899, page 4, col. 3, microfilm Niles District Library


A Well-Known Resident of Pokagon, Michigan

John Griswold, well-known in these parts, died at the home of his brother-in-law, Wm. Lewis, at Pokagon today.

Mr. Griswold wa a civl lengineer[sic], by profession; had resided in Pokagon for about 10 years and was well known in this vicinity. Death was caused by dropsy. Deceased was 60 years of age.

Funeral announcement hereafter.


Bliss, Homer H.

Homer H. Bliss
Oct. 12, 1887-Oct. 13, 1899

Niles Daily Star, Friday, October 13, 1899, page 3, col. 2, same appeared in Niles Weekly Mirror, Wednesday, October 18, 1899, page 5, col. 1, microfilm Niles District Library

Homer H., age 12 years, son of Mr. and Mrs. W.C. Bliss, residing in the country, died today. Notice of funeral will be given tomorrow.


Niles Daily Star, Saturday, October 14, 1899, page 3, col. 5, microfilm Niles District Library

Funeral Notice

The funeral of the late Homer H. Bliss, will occur from the residence on Yankee street at 1:30 o'clock Sunday afternoon.

Rev. Frederick Hall will officiate. Interment will be in Silver Brook Cemetary.


Dorstewitz, Dane Angel

Dane Dorstewitz, 21
Nov. 25, 1989 — Sept. 15, 2011

Dane Angel Dorstewitz, 21, of Broadway, Niles, died at 6:31 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, 2011 at Lakeland Community Hospital in Niles following a brief illness.

He was born Nov. 25, 1989 in Niles to Dane Michael Dorstewitz and Iris Estella Rodriguez. He graduated from Niles High School and lived in Niles all his life.

Dane enjoyed reading, especially history and science fiction, and was a fan of the martial arts. He also enjoyed nature, especially plants, and had hoped to study botany. He loved the Lord, studied the Bible and had a deep faith.

He was preceded in death by his father, Dane Michael Dorstewitz, on Feb. 14, 2011; his aunt, Mary Monroe; and his uncle, Lorimer Rodriguez.

Surviving family includes his mother, Iris (Brian) Reith of Niles; grandparents, Michael Dorstewitz of Palm Beach, Fla., Cindy (Jack) Kauffman of Niles and Eladia and Lorimer Rodriguez of Niles; Dane’s sisters, Emily and Alyssa Rehmel of Niles; an aunt, Doriz (Damien) Curry of Traverse City, Mich.; and Dane’s finance, Tonya Garrett of Niles.

The funeral service for Dane Angel Dorstewitz will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23 at Halbritter Funeral Home in Niles with Pastor Skip MacCarty of Berrien Springs officiating.

Committal services will follow at Silverbrook Cemetery, Niles.

The family will receive friends and relatives beginning at 12:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Contributions in memory of Dane may be made to the donor’s choices.


Niles Daily Star, Published online 11:32pm Wednesday, September 21, 2011