Pugh, Nancy J. (Harrell)

Nancy J. Pugh, 53
June 20, 1957 — Oct. 1, 2010

Nancy J. Pugh, 53, of Herbert Street in Niles, died 10:02 a.m. Friday, Oct. 1, 2010 at her home following an extended illness.

She was born June 20, 1957 in Niles to Luther Harrell and Sara (Porsoski) Harrell. She graduated from Brandywine High School and lived in Niles all of her life. She was currently employed at Aacoa Extrusions in Niles.

Nancy enjoyed gardening both flowers and vegetables and camping through Michigan in state parks.

On June 30, 1986 in South Bend, Ind., she married Billy Don Pugh, who survives. She is also survived by son Tim (Tina) Pugh, Seattle, Wash.; daughter Trish (Daryl) Dissinger of Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.; sons Jeff (Joanna) Pugh and Joshua Pugh, both of Niles; seven grandchildren; parents Luther and Sara Harrell of Niles; brothers Edgar and Jim Harrell of Niles and Steve Harrell of Edwardsburg; sisters LuAnn Sarter of Texas and Becky Nagy of Niles and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010 at Halbritter Funeral Home in Niles with Mr. Jason Dillenbeck of Niles officiating. Interment will be at Silverbrook Cemetery.

Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions to Hospice At Home are preferred.

Niles Daily Star, Published 12:48am Saturday, October 2, 2010

Schram, Tillie (Checcia)

Tillie Schram, 50
May 15, 1960 — Oct. 5, 2010

Mrs. Schram was born May 15, 1960 in South Bend, Ind. to John T. Hernicz and Lucille Checchia. Tillie graduated from Penn High School in the Class of 1979 and moved to Niles 14 years ago from Mishawaka. She had been employed at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend for 15 years.

She was an avid NASCAR fan and University of Notre Dame football fan. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.

Tillie was first married to Gregory McDonald and later, on Feb. 9, 2001 in Niles, she married Gerald D. Schram, Jr., who preceded her in death April 20, 2006.

Mrs. Schram is survived by a son, Travis McDonald of Niles; a daughter, Stephanie Manuel of South Bend; three grandchildren; mother, Lucille Knox of Mishawaka; father, John. T. (Marion) Hernicz of South Bend; brother, Brian Knox of Indianapolis, Ind.; sisters, Christine (Al) Sanders of Goshen, Ind., Marla (Nap) Napowocki of Edwardsburg and Lana (Dan) Ford of LaPorte, Ind.; several nephews, nieces and cousins; and her companion of three years, Richard Morrison of Niles.

She was also preceded in death by her stepfather, Richard E. Knox, who died Oct. 8, 2009.

Funeral services for Tillie Schram will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Halbritter Funeral Home in Niles with Pastor Thad Stout of Community Baptist Church in Edwardsburg officiating.

Interment will be at Silverbrook Cemetery in Niles.

The family will receive relatives and friends from noon to 2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Contributions in memory of Tillie may be made to the donor’s choice.

Niles Daily Star, Published 11:32pm Wednesday, October 6, 2010 

Horner, Richard

Richard Horner
Nov. 15, 1901-July 19, 1926

Niles Daily Star, Wednesday, July 21, 1926, page 4, col. 6, microfilm Niles District Library


    Richard Horner, 24, died Monday afternoon at the home of his aunt, Mrs. John Hanley, after five weeks of illness from a complication of diseases developing from influenza. The young man's condition had not been regarded as critical, but yesterday afternoon as he was sitting upon the porch he had a sinking spell and died before a doctor arrived. The body was taken to the Troost and Augustinge undertaking rooms, and the funeral services will be held there tomorrow afternoon at 2:30 o'clock.  Rev. O.R. Grattan will officiate.  Burial will take place in Silver Brook cemetery.
    Richard Horner was born in Benton Harbor on November 15, 1901, and was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Horner.  Upon the death of their mother, he and his sister, Hazel, who has since died, came to Niles to make their home with Mrs. Hanley who is their father's aunt.  He attended the Niles schools, and had for several years been employed at the Koehler bakery as a baker. He was one of the victims of the accident last fall when a boiler exploded and was unable to work for a number of weeks because of injuries received. He was married in December, 1923, to Miss Leota Eldridge, of Buchanan.  Besides his aunt, he is survived by his father, by one son, Richard, and by his grandfather, Ezra Horner, of Barron lake.
    A pathetic incident in connection with the death is that the father reached the  Hanley home just after the body of his son had been taken to the undertaking rooms. He had been apprisd[sic] that his son was ill and  as his condition was not considered serious he waited until he secured a leave of absence from his work for several days.
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Niles Daily Star, Thursday, July 22, 1926, page 4, col. 2, microfilm Niles District Library


    Funeral services for Richard Horner were conducted this afternoon at the Troost and Augustine  chapel, Rev. O.R. Grattan, pastor of the Methodist church, officiated.  Burial took place in Silver Brook cemetery.  Among those from out of the city who attended the service were: Mrs. and Mrs. James Wolley and Miss Hanley, of Berrien Springs, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Hanley, of South Bend, and Oscar Horner, of Chicago.

Gitchell, Frank

Frank Gitchell
April 30, 1855-July 15, 1926

Niles Daily Star, Friday, July 16, 1926, page 1, col. 6, microfilm Niles District Library

Member of Pioneer Family Hurt in Hay Field
Funeral to Be At Home Sunday Afternoon

    Injuries received Wednesday morning by Frank Gitchell, 71, a well known farmer of this section, proved fatal, his death having occurred last evening about 6:30 at his home about four miles west of Niles where he had lived for 50 yeas.
    Mr. Gitchell was riding on a mower to which was hitched a young colt and an old horse.  One of the team fell down and Mr. Gitchell was thrown from the mower to the ground.  When the team ran up the field toward the barn separately, a farm hand saw them, and realizing that an accident had occurred, he ran to warn the field and met Mr. Gitchell walking toward the house and assisted him to his house and to bed.  Three physicians attended the injured man, and it was their diagnosis that the gall duct had been ruptured.  There was no mark of any kind on the body, and Mr. Gitchell probably was thrown clear of the mower and horses and his injury resulted from falling heavily to the ground.  He retained consciousness until a few minutes before his death.
    Frank Gitchell, a son of Mr. and Mrs. David Gitchell, deceased, was born on April 30, 1855, on a farm opposite the home of the family of the late David Gitchell, Jr. and which has since been removed.  Gitchell corner is one of the landmarks west of Niles.
    Fifty-two years ago Mr. Gitchell was married to Dora Walters, of Niles,  sister of George Walters, of Hickory street.  Of the four children born to them, three survive their father. They are Mrs. William Hall, of Howell, Mich.; William Gitchell, of Detroit, and Mrs. Arthur Dillenback, of Niles.  Hiram, the other son, died several years ago.
    Mr. Gitchell was one of a family of eight children of whom Ms. Emma Janery of Chicago, is now the sole survivor. Thirty years ago he was married to Mrs. Sylvia Price Miller, who survives him.  Besides the widow, the children and sister, he is survived by four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
    Throughout his lifetime, the deceased had engaged in farming. He was a member of one of the prominent pioneer families of this community, and was widely known and his death is a shock to his many friends.
    The funeral services will be held at the home Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock.  Rev. Staver, pastor of the Presbyterian church at Buchanan, will officiate in the absence of Rev. H.T. Scherer.  Burial will take place in Silver Brook cemetery.

Niles Daily Star, Friday, July 16, 1926, page 5, col. 3, microfilm Niles District Library

    Mrs. Emma Janery, of Chicago, Mr. and Mrs. William Hall, and son, of Howell, and William Gitchell, of Detroit, arrived in Niles today on account of the death of Frank Gitchell.

Niles Daily Star, Monday, July 19, 1926, page 4, col. 3, microfilm Niles District Library


    Funeral services for Frank Gitchell were conducted Sunday afternoon by Rev. Staver, pastor of the Presbyterian church at Buchanan at the home west of Niles.  Mr. and Mrs. Rex Leach sang.  Burial took place in Silver Brook cemetery.  The pallbearers were Arthur Dillenback, William Gitchell, William Hall, Frank Hall, Louis Miller and Water[sic] Jeffery.  Among those from out of the city who attended the services were certain members of the South[sic]: Emma Jenery and son, and  Mrs. Walter Jenery and daughter, Elizabeth of Chicago; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Voigh, Grand Rapids; Mr. and Mrs. William Hall and son, of Howell; William Gitchell, Detroit; Mrs. Alice Gitchell, Mr. and Mrs. Orville Gitchell, Mr. and Mrs. George Walters and son, Boyden, South Bend; Mr. and Mrs. John Gaskill and daughter, and Mrs. Arille Walters, of South Bend.

Hilderbrand, Ella (Lambert)

Ella (Lambert) Hilderbrand
Dec. 15, 1854-Feb. 19, 1914

Niles Daily Sun, Thursday, February 19, 1914, page 1, col 6, microfilm Niles District Library

Friends of Mrs. Ella Hilderbrand did not realize that the end was so near

    The death of Mrs. Ella Hilderbrand this morning at her home, 205 south Fifth street, was most shocking to that lady's many Niles friends, not one of whom had realized that her illness was so serious.
    Mrs. Hilderbrand had contracted a severe cold about three weeks ago but was able to be about as usual until a week ago today.  Yesterday a decided change was noted in her condition and a trained nurse was placed in charge.  Last evening she became alarmingly ill, pneumonia having developed, and she passed away at 6 o'clock this morning.
    Mrs. Hilderbrand was a life long resident of Niles.  She was the daughter of George Lambert, a pioneer of this section.  She was born on a farm just north of the city.
    Since the death of her husband, John Hilderbrand, who was a well known furniture dealer of Niles, Mrs. Hilderbrand has conducted a boarding house with a remarkable degree of success, her excellent executive ability and the social and homelike atmosphere, which she had always endeavored to maintain contributing largely to her success.
    Mrs. Hilderbrand is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Frank Bracelin of Fargo, N.D. and one son, Frank Hilderbrand of Niles.  She has also has[sic] three sisters, Mrs. Susan Rowley of Byron, N.Y., Mrs. M. Skinner of Battle Creek and Mrs. Lavicia Young of Three Rives.
    Mrs. Bracelin was notified of the mother's condition yesterday and she will arrive in Niles tonight about midnight.
    The funeral arrangements have not been made pending the arrival of Mrs. Bracelin.
    Mrs. Hilderband was a faithful member of the Methodist church of this city, having united with the chruch twenty-four years ago under the pastorate of Rev. Angus Ranton who recently conducted a series of revival meetings in this city.
    Perhaps no lady in Niles would be missed outside the family circle more than this lady whose gracious personality and unassuming manner had won for herself many friends by whom she was most beloved.
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Niles Daily Star, Thursday, February 19, 1914, page 4, col. 1, microfilm Niles District Library

Death of Mrs. Ella Hilderbrand Occurred This Morning at 6 O'clock.

    Mrs. Ella Hilderbrand, widow of John Hilderbrand, died at 6 o'clock this morning at the home, 201 south Fifth street.  Although she had suffered three years with diabetes, pneumonia, with which she was stricken one week ago today, was the direct cause of her death.
    Her parents were Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Lambert, for many years residents of three miles north of Niles, in the cooperage business, and where she was born 59 years ago.  The husband, in the furniture business here several years, died nine years ago. Soon after, Mrs. Hilderbrand started a boarding house, which has ever been popular, and was a splendid success.
    Mrs. Hilderbrand was an every day Christian, a member of the Methodist church.  The beautifying influences of a pure religion were spread over a life and character as spotless and charming as was ever possessed by any of the noble women who have lived and died during the ages that are gone.  Her life was embellished by the most charming and lovable attributes of her sex.  A perfect lady at all times under all circumstances, she seemed born to inspire the love and respect of all who were so fortunate as to be acquainted with her. She was a kind neighbor, indulgent, and a good mother.
    She leaves one daughter, Mrs. Frank Bracelin of Fargo, North Dakota, who will reach here tonight, also one son, Frank, at home. Besides, there are three sisters, Mrs. Milo Skinner of Battle Creek, Mrs. A.D. Young of Three Rivers, Mich., and Mrs. L.B. Rowley of Byron, N.Y.  The latter two are enroute to Niles.  Funeral announcement later.