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Nola Jean Boyce

Nola Jean Boyce

Mrs. Nola Jean Boyce, age 77, passed away Wednesday, May 2, 2018. She was born in Reed City, Michigan on August 25, 1940 to Harold & Violet (Nix) Marsh and married Darrell Boyce on November 26, 1965. Mrs. Boyce had been employed as a Journalist for Osceola Herald in Reed City and the Big Rapids Pioneer. Nola retired from Grand Haven Community Education. Nola was a member of United Methodist Church of the Dunes where she sang in the church choir and played in the bell choir. Nola was a loving soul who loved her friends and family and enjoyed reading, refinishing furniture and being a musician.

SURVIVORS

Husband, Darrell; sons, Todd (Emily) Boyce of KY, Mark Boyce of Grand Haven, Paul Boyce of Grand Haven; sister, Joan (Donald) Totten of Big Rapids, Jon Marsh of Cadillac, Steve (Brenda) Marsh of Reed City; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents.

SERVICE

Friday, June 8, 2018, 2:00 pm with visitation one hour prior to the service at United Methodist Church of the Dunes with Rev. Eldon Eldred officiating. MEMORIAL: Harbor Humane Society.

Clock Funeral Home - Grand Haven

Helen Louise Beckhorn

Helen Louise Beckhorn, age 77, passed away Tuesday, May 15, 2018. She was born in Muskegon, Michigan on January 9, 1941 to Jesse & Henrietta (Nyhoff) Beckhorn. Helen attended First Congregational Church of Fruitport and participated at Life Circles. She would frequently ride her bike into Fruitport with her sister Shirley and shop in all the stores. Helen loved Elvis Presley and enjoyed reading the Chronicle and Woman's World Magazine, as well as coloring and drawing.

SURVIVORS

Daughter, Patti "Tricia" Tezak; grandchildren, Holli & Kyle Tezak; great grandson, Malakyi; brother, Richard Beckhorn; sister, Shirley Cuddeback; nephew, Robert Cuddeback. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Ivan.

SERVICE

Wednesday, May 23, 2018, 4:00 pm at First Congregational Church of Fruitport with Rev. Michael Scott officiating.

VISITATION

Wednesday, One hour prior to the service at the church. MEMORIAL: Life Circle or the Church.

Clock Funeral Home- Fruitport

Lynn Robert FitzGerald

Lynn Robert FitzGerald

Lynn Robert FitzGerald, age 93, of Grand Haven, formerly of Kalamazoo, passed away on May 9, 2018 in Spring Lake, MI. He was born on January 16, 1925 as Robert Fitzgerald to the late Lynn Allen and Dorothea (Fessenden) Fitzgerald in Kalamazoo, MI. In 1941, he legally changed his name to Lynn Robert, because there were too many Roberts in his class, although he was always “Bob” to family and friends. He also added the capital G in FitzGerald to reflect the original Norman-Irish spelling. Lynn married his high school sweetheart Janice Avonne Walker in Kalamazoo on March 2, 1946. She preceded him in death on November 12, 2004 in Kalamazoo after 58 years of marriage. On April 8, 2006, he married Carol Boven of Hudsonville, MI, who preceded him in death in 2010. Lynn graduated from Kalamazoo Central High School in 1943 and served as a radar technician in the 6613 Surface Warning Platoon Coast Artillery in Casablanca and Italy during World War II. As a mechanical engineer, he worked in the airplane division of North American Aviation in Downey, CA for 15 years before graduating from Northrup Aeronautical Institute in 1962 to begin work with North American on the Apollo project. Lynn helped build a 3D mockup for the command module and designed the capsule’s instrument panel. He also worked on remedying the problems of fireproofing the module. In 1971, he worked on Skylab briefly before being laid off and relocating to Pittsburgh, PA to be a field service manager for Westinghouse on subway equipment. From there, his career took him in 1977 to Streator, IL to work on railway track preservation for Teleweld, Inc. and on to retirement in 1990 as a packaging engineer for Kellogg’s in Battle Creek. In retirement, Lynn enjoyed volunteering as a docent at the Kalamazoo Air Zoo and building classic model cars. He is survived by his two daughters, Leslie (Rodger) Cunningham of Atascosa, TX, and Kerry Aileen FitzGerald of Nunica, MI; two sons, Scott (Veronica Chiang) FitzGerald of Placentia, CA, and Mark (Pascale Matte) FitzGerald of Phoenix, AZ; granddaughter, Jessica Sofia FitzGerald; brother, Donald (Diane) Fitzgerald (formerly of Mattawan, MI); sister-in-law, Ruth Fitzgerald; and several nieces and nephews, including Jeff Harms of Grand Haven. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Richard Fitzgerald; and sister, Barbara Fitzgerald (James) Sandell. A Celebration of Lynn’s life will be held at a later date. Interment will be in the Columbarium at the First United Methodist Church of Kalamazoo. Memorial contributions may be made to the Library for the Visually and Physically Disabled c/o Muskegon Area District Library Muskegon Area District Library, Administration Building 4845 Airline Rd. Unit 5, Muskegon, MI 49444-4503, or the Air Zoo, 6151 Portage Road, Portage, MI 49002.

Cynthia Jo Watkins

Cynthia Jo Watkins

Cynthia Jo Watkins, age 61 of Nunica, passed away Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at home. She was born on December 6, 1956 to Joseph and Carol (Wisner) Crickett in Sioux City, Iowa. Cindy married Rick Watkins on June 5, 1976 in Sioux City, and they were married for 41 years before her passing. Family was very important to Cindy, and she loved spending time with them, her three grandchildren, and her friends. She loved doing arts and crafts, going camping, and cooking for her family. She had a passion for animals, and loved taking care of her farm animals. Cindy is survived by her husband, Rick Watkins; sons, Joseph (Angi) Watkins, Jamie Watkins, and Jessie (Kaitlin) Watkins, all of Nunica; grandchildren, Tyler, Codi, and Alyssa; father, Joseph; sisters, Cathy (Rex) Hahn of Omaha, Nebraska, Lori Crickett of Las Vegas, Nevada, and Kelly (Les) Wegter of Muscatine, Iowa; brother-in-law, Dennis (Evie) Watkins of Phoenix, Arizona; and sister-in-law, Tracy Watkins of Sioux City, Iowa. She was preceded in death by her Mother, Carol in 2012. A Memorial Service for Cindy will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be given to a charity of donor’s choice.