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Joseph A. Moulder
March 4, 1946 – April 28, 2022

Joseph A. Moulder, 76, passed away, Thursday, April 28, 2022, as a result of a long battle with Hashimoto’s disease.

He was born to George and Margaret Moulder at Dr. Gibson’s clinic, 700 Newberry Avenue on March 4, 1946. He graduated from Newberry High School in June of 1964. He attended Northern Michigan University for one year and transferred to Western Michigan University in September of 1965.

He foolishly flunked out of WMU twice and was drafted into the U.S. Army in June of 1967. He served with the First Cavalry Division in Vietnam (’68-’69) attained the rank of Sgt. and earned a bronze star. Upon discharge, he returned to WMU and mercifully received a Bachelors of Science and a Masters of Arts Degrees.

His education was generously financed by the American Public through the GI Bill. Not one time, ever, was he disparaged for his Vietnam War participation. He received VA health care until his death. The care at the Battle Creek VA was always superior. So when people said, “Thank you for your service,” he would reply, “You already have thanked me many times over.”

He taught high school science (of all ilks) at Wyoming Lee High School (Godfrey Lee Public Schools). He was very active in the Science Olympiad locally, statewide and nationally. He was on the State Science Olympiad board for many years. After retirement, he taught physics at Cornerstone University and calc-physics labs at Grand Valley State University and worked briefly as a hazardous waste chemist.

Joe is survived by wife, Harriet, daughter, Gretchen, son, Thadius (Susie); 5 grandchildren; and loving sister, Dorothy.

According to his wishes cremation has taken place. Friends may visit with Joe’s family from 1-4 PM Sunday, June 19, 2022 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego. A celebration of Joe’s life for his family and close friends will be held from 12-4 PM Sunday, August 21, 2022 at his home in Otsego.

Contributions in memory of Joe many be made to Michigan Science Olympiad or Godfrey Lee Public Schools scholarship for science. In lieu of flowers please plant a tree in memory of Joe. Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com.

 

Eleanor Marie Walsh
January 22, 1934 – May 1, 2022

Eleanor Marie Walsh, age 88, went peacefully and happily into the arms of Jesus on Sunday, May 1, 2022. She was welcomed by her husband of 66 years, David “Jay” Walsh, her parents Marshall and Vesta Reed, three brothers Rex, Jimmy, & Chuck Reed, and two grandchildren Krista and Jonathon Zylstra. She is survived by her 7 children: Doug (Deb) Walsh, Linda (Brian) Zylstra, Debbie (George) Collins, Phil Walsh, Sheryl (Dave) Marshall, Shelley Barker and Diane (Dave) Ford, 41 grandchildren, 83 great-grandchildren, and siblings Howard (Shirley) Reed, Irene Kalanbach, Maxine (Fred) Carlson & Harold Reed.

“El“, as many people called her, was born January 22, 1934 in Jasper, Michigan. Her family later moved to Michigan’s upper peninsula where she attended and graduated from Newberry High School. She went on to get her RN at West Suburban Hospital School of Nursing in Oak Park, Illinois. After giving her life to the Lord at a young age, she never wavered in her commitment to Him. She lived a humble and faithful life of service on the mission field of Bangladesh where she and her husband served for 35 years. She was a huge source of support to him along with tirelessly raising their 7 children. Her gift of hospitality was used to house and provide meals for many, her nursing skills to care for others, and her talents as a pianist to teach lessons to many of the missionary kids. As an accomplished pianist (and accordion player), she loved to worship the Lord playing hymns, accompany her husband as he played the harmonica, and offer her musical skills where needed. She also loved to read, do puzzles, and collect dolls. Her worldwide travels gained her many friends who were very special to her! One of her greatest accomplishments was being a prayer warrior for her family who she loved dearly! She prayed daily for each of her seven children and their families after assigning each a day of the week. Her husband considered her one of the wisest women he knew. She was never afraid to speak truth (whether you wanted to hear it or not)! Her life was committed to loving her Lord and serving Him in a practical hands-on manner.

Visitation will be held on Monday, May 9 at Oak Hill Church, 1930 Leonard St., Grand Rapids MI from 6 to 8 PM and again on Tuesday, May 10 from 10 AM until time of service at 11 AM with Pastor Jeff Carlson officiating. Interment will be in the East Lakefield Township Cemetery, McMillan, Michigan at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to LIVE global, PO Box 8585, Harrisburg, PA 17105. Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs.

 

Carol J. Janssen
February 11, 1943 – April 16, 2022

Longtime Newberry resident, Carol J. Janssen, 79, died Saturday evening April 16, 2022, at her home.

Carol was born February 11, 1943 and adopted by Flora and Malcolm Cameron of Detroit.  Carol grew up in the Detroit and Flint area and, after high school, attended the University of Michigan.  She had an adventurous spirit, which lead her to take a year off to travel in France and then work as a nanny while there.  When she returned to Michigan, she finished her studies and taught at U of M’s International Institute where she became involved with the American Youth Hostel program, guiding groups of young people on bicycle tours both here and abroad.  Carol was an effective leader, inspiring young people to see the world, learn about other cultures and broaden their horizons.

In the early 1970’s, Carol and her then husband bought property in Luce County north of County Road 500 where they built a cabin near the Little Two-Hearted River and lived until Carol was hired to teach third grade in Curtis, Michigan.  This began a twenty year teaching career at Tahquamenon Area Schools where she was a respected and beloved teacher.  When she taught third grade in Newberry, every year she would take her students on a field trip to the Gribbell Dairy Farm in Engadine, an experience they would never forget because it included sights, sounds and smells not on paper or in a book.

Her interests in others, outlook on life and wry sense of humor attracted many lifelong friends.  She always got together with one particular group of teacher friends who every year spent a weekend cross country skiing.  They gathered at the Bays’ cabin on Stutts Creek for great food, skiing, practical jokes and lots of laugher she so enjoyed.  She once conspired to put a fox fur in the bottom of Pat Johnson’s sleeping bag.  There was a lot of uproar, laughter and commotion when Pat slid her feet into that bag and touched the unfamiliar fuzziness.  Carol’s wonderful sense of humor helped tie that fun group together.

Another treasured time for Carol was that every Wednesday during the school year and then after she retired in 1993 was shared tea time with several friends at Gladys Matelski’s home in Newberry.  Gladys baked a different kind of cookie every week, going through several recipes books over the years.

Carol loved being outdoors cross country skiing, hiking, sailing, canoeing and swimming reveling in those activities with her dear friends Prudence Taylor, Carol Taylor and Ruthette Mills.  She and those friends spent many happy times together on excursions to Prudence’s Hulbert Lake cabin.  Prudence and Carol escaped many a U.P. winters to enjoy Florida’s warm weather.

Lucky, Lady, Scamp and Skye were just a few of her dog companions.  She also rescued, welcomed and cared for many cats.  She loved animals of all kinds.  Carol appreciated good times and simple joys.

Carol is preceded in death by her parents, Malcolm and Flora, and her step-brother John Lothian.  She is survived by her partner of many years, Prudence Taylor, step-sister Charlotte Lothian and several nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be directed to The Nature Conservancy, 101 East Cesar E. Chavez Avenue, Lansing, Michigan 48906 in her loving memory.

Condolences may be expressed at www.beaulieufuneralhome.com

Beaulieu Funeral Home in Newberry is assisting the family.

 

Christina E. Bertapelle
October 27, 1969 – May 2, 2022

Christina “Chris” Eileen Bertapelle, of Engadine, MI, age 52, passed away on May 2, 2022.  She was born on October 27,1969, in Muskegon, MI, the daughter of William Nevin and Shirley Ann (Westerlund) Marks.  Chris attended schools in Muskegon, MI and graduated from Mona Shores High School. She then earned an Associates Degree in Accounting at Baker College.

A dedicated homemaker and mom, Chris also did office work and secretarial jobs.  When she had a bit of free time, Chris loved to come to the UP to enjoy her property.  She and her life partner Bud moved to the UP five years ago.  Chris loved motorcycle riding, especially anywhere in the UP.  She was a great hostess, who cooked large meals for family and friends and loved every minute of it.  Her favorite fishing spot was Indian Lake and she could honestly boast catching the biggest fish many times.  If she could camp and be in the woods, Chris was happy.  She was a big fan of the casino and enjoyed playing the slot machines.  She loved animals of all kinds and often rescued strays and took them in.  Everyone knew that Chris and her dog were inseparable.   She was passionate about all these things, but most of all, Chris cherished her time with friends and family, especially her grandchildren.

Chris is survived by her mother Shirley Marks; her life-partner Bud Langlois of Engadine, MI; her daughters Hollie (Floyd) Beardsley of Muskegon, MI, Heather (Ryan) Kuznar of Muskegon, MI, Brittany Bertapelle of Muskegon, MI, Haley (Mark) Langlois of Muskegon, MI, Nicole (Zack) Bertapelle of Grand Rapids, MI, and Emiley Bertapelle of Muskegon, MI; siblings Karen (Tim) Horner of Muskegon, MI, and Michelle (Dan) Levandowski of Muskegon, MI; and 14 grandchildren.  She is preceded in death by her father William Marks.

A Celebration of Life in Muskegon will be held at a later time.  Memorial contributions to in Chris’ name can be sent to the Eva Burrell Animal Shelter Hwy 6091 US Hwy. 2, Manistique, MI 49854.  Fausett Family Funeral Homes of Manistique, MI is assisting the family with arrangements.  Online condolences may be posted on their website at www.fausettfh.com.