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01/05/20 11:33 AM #4091    


Wendy Rehm (Comar)

Does anyone know if we lost Betsy Van Drake recently?  I can't find any mention of an obituary and the last state of residence she listed was Illinois?  I saw references on FB about her passing.  Any information would be helpful in keeping the site up to date--- albeit with such sad news if this is true.  Wendy 

01/06/20 10:28 AM #4092    


Sharon Simons (Hettinger)



I saw this on Facebook last week. Kathie Keefe may be able to help?

I'll see whether I can locate the information.


~Sharon Simons Hettinger

01/06/20 10:28 AM #4093    


Sharon Simons (Hettinger)

She was in Chicago.

01/06/20 12:10 PM #4094    


Katherine Holloway

I spoke with Betsy’s boyfriend last Thursday. She passed away on Sunday December 29th. 


07/14/20 09:36 PM #4095    

Rex Dillman

 tried to write shriver  didnt go in??? so here is remember ya mike everytime i see a car cartoon-drawing ya were  one of the best i saw do it really thanks.... 

07/15/20 05:31 AM #4096    

Michael Sriver

Hi Rex! Wonder why it didn't. Meanwhile, I'll just keep getting used to what works here.

Fantastic! Thank you for that!

07/15/20 05:41 PM #4097    


Rex Carpenter

I'll try to re[post my message again in awhile as minn didn't go through about Alan I put in last night.  I wish I had the time right now but have to go to meet someone else , I'll post again tonight .


07/23/20 10:16 PM #4098    


Tracy Reed

Rest in Peace, Tom Houseman.  A good soul.


01/02/21 09:32 AM #4099    

Rex Dillman


07/19/21 08:56 PM #4100    


Tracy Reed

Hello, friends --

Has anyone heard from Sue Jasper since mid-June?  She has gone missing since selling her home in St. Petersburg, Florida, last month under unfortunate circumstances.  A lot of people are worried about her well-being.  Please contact me if you know anything.  Thank you!

07/20/21 06:55 PM #4101    


Jerrie Knapp (Balogh)

Hello all.

I have been friends with Susie for years. We lost each other with life changes. I spoke to her in early spring. We were born on the same day in 1956 and our mothers met one another in the maternity ward at Pawating and they remained friends until my mothers death in 1974.

She was going by Mary Lou Carbon on facebook. I went to Floriday in May but was unable to make contact.

I have been worried about her as well. She sent me an instagram message in May but I was still unable t connect. 





09/26/21 10:00 PM #4102    


Diane Blank (Creekmur)



Check out my new book.....Holly's Big Imagination- published 2021.  I finally figured out what I want to do when I grow up!


09/27/21 05:34 AM #4103    

John Hesser

Diane: Congratulations! I hope your book is a success!

09/27/21 10:16 AM #4104    


Tracy Bishop

Congratulations on your new book Diane!

09/27/21 08:46 PM #4105    


Diane Blank (Creekmur)

Thank you everyone! I am actually posting to Amazon this week and it should be available on Friday. I also have an interview with the Niles Daily Star tomorrow. Looking forward to that. My book is currently available now on my website at:

10/03/21 11:29 PM #4106    

Jim Jarman

Jeffery Alan Butterworth, Sr | 1955 - 2021 | Obituary

Jeffery Alan Butterworth, Sr
Jeffery Alan Butterworth, Sr

August 24, 1955 - September 25, 2021

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Jeffery Alan Butterworth, Sr passed from this life September 25, 2021 at NEA Baptist Hospital.  He was born August 24, 1955 to Harold and Doris Allison Butterworth in Niles, Michigan.  Jeffery was a factory worker who loved his family and grandchildren.  He enjoyed going to the casinos, watching football especially the Bears and Michigan.  His favorite team in baseball was the Chicago White Sox.  Jeffery also enjoyed bowling and going to the zoo.  He is preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include his wife Robin of 46 years of the home; son, Jeffery Butterworth, Jr. (Samantha) of Brookland; daughter, Jamie Mark (Mike) of Oliver Springs, TN; 2 brothers, Greg Butterworth and Mike Butterworth both of Niles, Michigan; 3 sisters, Donna Mueller of Buchan, Michigan, Diane Williams of Niles, Michigan and Deena Allen of Niles, Michigan.  Grandchildren, Rachel, Brittney (Joshua) Breanna, Jordan and Collin; great grandchildren, Isabella, Kayden and Kaylee. Jeffery is also survived by 3 sisters-in-law, 2 brothers- in-law and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Tuesday, September, 28, 2021 from 1-2:30  PM at Emerson Funeral Home.  Service will start at 2:30 PM. 

Burial will be private.

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11/09/21 09:21 AM #4107    


Wendy Rehm (Comar)

I am sadly hearing that it is possible Mike Whitehead has passed away.  His last known address in this site was Silsbee, TX.  I can't find any obituary on line.  Does anyone know anything more?  

02/18/22 06:18 PM #4108    


Wendy Rehm (Comar)

Re;  Roxanne Woods murder in 1987

I just saw this on our local Grand Rapids news tonight and was quite surprised after 35 years that this murderer was finally caught.  Roxanne Woods was a friend of mine and I am thankful this may have been solved.  It's been so long.  I hope she can rest in peace now.

02/18/22 07:53 PM #4109    


Michael Sirovica

Link about Roxanne's murder. Also in the Daily Star & maybe WNDU.

02/19/22 08:42 AM #4110    

Sylvester Tebo

Rex. The name of the person that murdered Roxanne is Patrick Wayne Gilham of South Bend

02/19/22 11:19 AM #4111    


Steve Bender

Sooooo many of us were wrong with our assumption that Terry had some part in this horrific incident.  We can't apologize to Terry enough and send him our thanks and prayers for his patience with so many of us.

The criminal justice system should be congratulated for continuing their search after 35 years

02/19/22 10:08 PM #4112    


Rex Carpenter

I di like more then a few think that he had done the deed & am so sorry I was wrong as I feel bad now for thinking this all this time,but am very glad he didn't have anything to do with it & hope he will forgive me for some of my awlaful thought I had at times. Terry I want to be one of the first few to say I am very happy for you & very sorry for thinking in my head you had something to do with it as I liked her very much even though we were not close after grade school. GOD BLESS you & the rest of your family.  Sinserly Rex Lee Carpenter.

03/24/22 08:51 PM #4113    


Diane Blank (Creekmur)

If anyone from class of 1974  in Niles has a chance- stop by The ShelfLife Community Bookstore this Sat., March 26- from noon to 2 pm -- I have been invited to a book signing there and would love to see my fellow classmates!   Melody Conrad will be there and Sue Etzcorn is attending also. Hope to see you there! 

04/03/22 04:41 PM #4114    

Rex Dillman

 as i dont x this enough... at least got password to work!!!!! Roxanne and rest of family... was nextdoor neighbor  untill we both moved from Mead rd.... i cant write all i know about the incident... a friend i worked withs parent was a dective on the case... what i can tell is they had a idea what to look for  and it was never closed.... the FBI had been involved since it happened. another friend told me how many times for years they ask everybody who knew her questions...  

04/26/22 09:36 AM #4115    


Michael Sirovica

Kudos to WMU.......

Today on the "Today Show", a story of how WMU has started a class for research students, organizing notes for the State Police. This program saves the detectives the time of doing this themselves.

Their FIRST SOLVED CASE: Our Roxanne!!!!

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