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Battle Creek, Michigan
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4 A Thursday, Aug. 31, 2006 LOCALSTATENATION Battle Creek Enquirer OBITUARIES Jessie Martha Thornton Colon - Chicago Mrs. Jessie Martha Thornton, age 94, of Colon and Chicago passed away Thursday August 24, 2006 at the Washington and Jane Smith Home in Chicago. Jessie was born on April 27, 1912 in Cincinnati, OH to Edward Francis and Jessie M. (Walker) White. She received an Associate's Degree from Western College for Women in Oxford, OH. She then received her Bachelor's Degree from the University Of Michigan and her Master's Degree from the University of Chicago. Jessie married her husband Joseph on November 16, 1937 in Auburn, Indiana. She was employed by the Chicago Child Care Society for many years. She ended her career by working for the Salvation Army of Chicago. She was a member of the National Organization Of Social Workers and the First Presbyterian Church of Roseland in Chicago-She was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years in 1991. She is survived by one son Jesse F. Thornton of Dayton, OH; one grandson Joseph A. (Rachel) Thornton of Hu-ber Heights, OH; 3 great grandchildren, Ruth Ann Marie Thornton, Ryan Zerran Thornton, Sarah Ann Thornton all of Huber Heights, OH. Visitation will be from 11:00 to 1:00 p.m. Saturday, September 2, 2006 at Spencer Family Funeral Home in Athens. Funeral service to follow at 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Ensign Leininger from the First Presbyterian Church of Roseland, Chicago officiating. Memorials may be directed to the Washington and Jane Smith Home, 2340 West 113th Place, Chicago, IL 60643. Arrangements by Spencer Family Funeral Home, Athens, ML To share memories please visit Gilbert L. "Gib" Rausch Albion Gilbert L "Gib" Rausch, 87, of Albion, passed away on Tuesday (August 29, 2006) at his home. He was born June 22, 1919 in Napoleon, Ohio to Edward and Madge (Armstrong) Rausch. On April 25, 1942 Gib married Clara L Kinney; she preceded him in death on December 9, 2005. He served his country in the U.S. Army during WWII and after the war in the National Guard, employed by the Armory. Gib owned and operated Ken's Restaurant in Albion for 16 years, also working for several years as Parts Manager at the Ford dealership. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Albion, where he was an elder and deacon. He was a member of American Legion, V.F.W., Shriners, Eastern Star and Masons where he was at one time named Mason of the Year. Gib was in Progressive Farmers, Howell School Community Club and Eckford Neighborhood Watch. He enjoyed gardening, bird watching and woodworking. Survivors Include: Daughters Shirley (Philip) Paskett, Birmingham; Barbara (Sidney) Middleton, Lansing; Son James (Jeri Gabriel) Rausch, Marshall; Brother-in-Law Fred (Marguerite) Kinney, Concor; Special Niece Mary (David) Habicht, Marshall; Special Nephew John Kinney, Concord; Grandchildren Mathew and James Paskett, Michael and Stephen Bialkowski, Lindsay Middleton, Great-Grandson Anthony Paskett. He was preceded in death by his wife, Clara, 2 sisters and 4 brothers. Funeral Service will be 11:00 AM Friday (September 1, 2006) at J. Kevin Tidd Funeral Home, 811 Finley Drive, Albion, with Reverends John Sterner and Fred Cunningham officiating. Interment will follow at Riverside Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday (August 31) from 2-4 and 6-8 PM at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to Hubbard Memorial Museum Foundation, Concord, or First Presbyterian Church, Albion. Dorothy F. Britten East Leroy 7 Mrs. Dorothy F. Britten, age 82 of East Leroy, passed away Monday, August 28th at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Dorothy was born September 30, 1923 in Battle Creek, Michigan to Jeremiah and Pearl (Simpson) Ei-senhood. Dorothy is a life long resident of the Climax and East Leroy area. She graduated in 1941 from Lakeview High School. She married Richard W. Britten on October 15, 1945 in South Bend, IN. She was preceded in death by her husband in i963.Dorothy worked for over 20 years as a caseworker with the Department of Social Services in Battle Creek. She is survived by 5 children; Judy (Vern) Carpenter of East Leroy, Melanie (Larry) Sackrider of Bluffton, IN, Richard (Karen) Britten of Battle Creek, Linda (Ted) Metzger of Huntington, IN, Kathleen Britten of Huntington, IN; 18 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren; and one great great grandson. Friends may call at the Spencer Family Funeral Home in Athens where the family will be present from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, August 31st. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, September 1st at the funeral home with pastor Gary Spoor officiating. Burial Morgan Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the American Diabetes Association or the American Cancer Society. Arrangements by Spencer Family Funeral Home, Athens. To share memories please visit Robert Wilcutt Battle Creek 1:30 p.m., today at the Fort Custer National Cemetery. Ernestine J. Horton Battle Creek Sister Ernestine J. Horton, 63 died at her daughter's home in Detroit on Thursday August 24, 2006. Visitation will be Friday after 10 am at the Bachman Hebble Funeral Service where services will be held in the funeral home chapel at 1 pm Friday with Pastor Timothy Troxler officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery. Arrangements by the Bachman Hebble Funeral Service, 223 North Bedford Road, Battle Creek. Nathaniel Perkins Battle Creek Mr. Nathaniel Perkins, 58, of Battle Creek, MI, died Monday, August 28, 2006 at the Lifespan Good Samaritan Hospice Residence in Battle Creek, ML He was born January 04, 1948 in Grand Junction, TN. Memorial services will be held Tuesday, September 5, 2006 at 2:00 P.M. in the Unity Missionary Baptist Church. Memorial tributes may be made to Charity of one's choice. Arrangements by the Bachman Hebble Funeral Service. Martha J. McDill Asheville,NC Martha Jane McDill, 90, of Asheville, NC died Thursday, August 24, 2006, at Rickman Nursing Center. A native of Christopher, IL, she was a daughter of the late Charles F. and Lettie Cockrum Sisk. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Thomas A. McDill, who died in 1995 and by a sister, Lula Mae Yeske. Survivors include a daughter, Patricia A. Taylor of Asheville; a son, David M. McDill of Battle Creek, MI; five grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren. A private graveside service was held on August 26, 2006, at New Prospect Baptist Church Cemetery in Anderson, SC. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Baptist Missions, 5 Oak Street, Asheville, NC 28801. Groce Funeral Home on Patton Avenue is assisting the family. The memorial register is available at "Obituaries" at ml Wesley "Shrek" Brvan St. Clair Battle Creek Wesley "Shrek" Bryan St. Clair, age 35 of Battle Creek, passed away at his home in Battle Creek on Saturday, August 26, 2006. He was born on October 26, 1970 in Rhineland-er, Wisconsin. He was presently employed at Nip-pondenso in Battle Creek. He is survived by his father and mother, Duane and Eileen St. Clair; son Joseph Prince and daughter Allison St. Clair; sister Shelley Strunk; nieces Rachel, Rebekah and Reba; nephew Matthew; and special friend Kimberly Seagers. He was preceded in death by his brother Bradley St. Clair. Visitation from 2:00 to 4:00 at St. Mark Lutheran Church, 114 East Minges Road, Battle Creek on Friday, September 1st. Services immediately following. Arrangements by Spencer Family Funeral Home, Athens, ML To share memories please visit Yvonne D. LaParl Battle Creek Yvonne Dorine LaParl, 86, of Battle Creek, died August 30, 2006 at Battle Creek Health System. Visitation, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday at Shaw Funeral Home. . Time for the service on Saturday to be announced. The family is being served by Shaw Funeral Home. James W. "Jimmy" Kuykendall II. Battle Creek Friends will be received 4:00 - 8:00 p.m., Friday at the Farley-Estes & Dowdle Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held 3:00 p.m., Saturday at the funeral home. Beulah M. Bland North Fort Myers, FL Mrs. Beulah M. (Mapes) Bland, age 75, of North Fort Myers, Florida (Formerly of Nashville) passed away peacefully on Friday, August 25, 2066 in Florida. Beulah was born at the Mapes family farm in Assyria Township, Barry County on October 19, 1930, the daughter of the late Lee W. and Josephine (Hamilton) Mapes. She was raised in the Nashville area, and graduated from Bellevue High School in 1949. After graduating, she was employed at Grand Leader Department Store in Battle Creek. She then relocated to the Lansing area where she provided office assistance for various local businesses.. Beulah moved to Florida in 1973, and established her permanent residence. Beulah loved to play bingo, read, and paint ceramic figurines. Beulah was a very generous person. She was the widow of Mr. Glen Bland who passed away in 1987. Beulah was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post 336 and the VFW Auxiliary 10127 in N. Fort Myers, Florida. She is survived by her sisters: Doris Beam of Charlotte, and Leah (Robert) Berkimer of Nashville, his brother: David (June) Mapes of Bellevue. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews and a special friend, Mr. Ronald N. Phillips. She was preceded in death by her parents, Mr. Lee W. and Josephine Mapes, her husband Glen Bland, her brothers, Dene & Dale Mapes, and her sister Beryl Murphy. The family will receive visitors on Saturday, September 2, 2006 beginning at 10:00 a.m. to funeral time. Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 2nd, at the Daniels Funeral Home in Nashville with Nephew Lee A. Beam officiating. Internment will follow the funeral service at Wilcox Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society in Nashville. Funeral Arrangements have been entrusted to the Daniels Funeral Home in Nashville. 1 -"3-5 Kenneth D. Pitt Burlington Mr. Kenneth D. Pitt, age 81 of Burlington, MI, passed away August 29, 2006 at Ten-dercare in MarshalL Visitation 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 5, 2006 at Spencer Family Funeral Home in Athens. Funeral service 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, September 6, 2006 at the funeral home. Military Honors at Fort Custer National Cemetery at 1:00 p.m.. Arrangements by Spencer Family Funeral Home, Athens, ML FUNERALS THURSDAY, AUG. 31 Deloris M. Collyer: 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31, at Dutcher Funeral Home, Coldwater. Kathleen R. Crandall: 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31, in Reese Cemetery, Springfield. James P. Dokicen: 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31, in Lewinsville Presbyterian Church, McLean, Va. Mickey M. Halsey:2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31, in Floral Lawn Memorial Gardens. ' Ruth E.Hart: 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31, at Craig K. Kempf Funeral Home, Marshall. Donald F. Leonard: 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 31, in Church of the Nazarene, Nashville. Robert Wilcutt: 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31, in Fort Custer National Cemetery. FRIDAY, SEPT. 1 Dorothy F. Britten: 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 1, at Spencer Family Funeral Home, Athens. Donald A. Drake: 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 1, at Shaw Funeral Home. Ernestine J. Horton: 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1, at Bachman Hebble Funeral Service. Gilbert L. Rausch: 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 1, at J. Kevin Tidd Funeral Home, Albion. Evelyn M. Willis: 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 1, at Farley-Estes & Dowdle Augusta Chapel. SATURDAY, SEPT. 2 Beulah M.Bland: 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 2, at Daniels Funeral Home, Nashville. Letha M. Haack: 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 2, in Chapel in the Woods, Starr Commonwealth, Albion. Bernita M. Jourdan:lla.m. Saturday, Sept. 2, in Lakeside Cemetery, Colon. Lucille E. Kiessling: 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 2, in Zion Lutheran Church, Marshall. James W. Kuykendall 11:3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 2, at Farley-Estes & Dowdle Funeral Home. Jessie M. Thornton: 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 2, at Spencer Family Funeral Home, Athens. SUNDAY, SEPT. 3 Aletha I. Leonard: 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 3, in Church of the Nazarene, Coldwater. 'Psycho' scriptwriter Joseph Stefano dies at 84 Associated Press THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. Joseph Stefano, who wrote the screenplay for Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho" and was co-creator of television's science fiction anthology series "The Outer Limits," has died. He was 84. Stefano died Aug. 25 at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center, funeral director Elaine Munoz said. The cause of death wasn't disclosed. Stefano graduated in 1940 from South Philadelphia High School and he went to New York as an aspiring entertainer. He played piano, sang, danced and wrote music and lyrics. He toured with a modern dance troupe and worked temporary jobs as a typist. He met his future bride, Marilyn Epstein, in a bar in Manhattan in 1953. Obituary policy The Enquirer publishes up to a 2-inch death notice and funeral service information free. Additional information,' including photographs, may be published for a fee. Contact your funeral director or call 965-0683 for more information. The list of funeral services on this page also is published for free. Obituary deadlines are 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and holidays. Lawmakers reach deal to fix consequence of minimum wage raise David Eggekt Associated Press LANSING Salespeople, truckers and other workers will remain ineligible for overtime pay when the state's minimum wage rises in October after lawmakers brokered a deal Wednesday that includes a tax credit for low-income workers and a lower minimum wage for teenagers. The Republican-controlled Legislature unanimously approved parts of the legislation after finishing negotiations with Democrats and Gov. Jennifer Granholm. The Senate also voted 36-2 to increase the Merit Award college scholarship in hopes of boosting momentum for a compromise on that front by year's end. Wednesday's action was needed because Michigan law says certain workers auto salespeople and others who may earn well above the minimum wage and are ineligible for overtime can qualify for time-and-a-half pay when the state's minimum wage is higher than the federal rate of $5.15 an hour. Michigan's minimum wage jumps from $5.15 to $6.95 an hour in October, with more raises scheduled in 2007 and 2008. That led to backlash from businesses warning they would lay off or cut back the hours of workers newly eligible for overtime: salespeople and mechanics at auto and boat dealerships, truck and motorcoach drivers, live-in babysitters, domestic caregivers, movie theater workers and employees at smaller newspapers, radio and TV stations. Democrats had previously refused to give immediate effect to a bill fixing the unintended consequence of raising the minimum wage. They saw a rare opportunity to barter and get some of their initiatives passed in the Legislature. The deal mostly maintains the status quo by keeping various workers exempt from Michigan House approves bill to give options to closed prison Associated Press LANSING A former youth prison in Baldwin would be allowed to house a wide range of prisoners including those from out-of-state under legislation passed Wednesday by the state House and headed to Gov. Jennifer Granholm. The prison also could be used for a Michigan prison population, county prisoners or federal detainees. The bill already has passed the Senate. Granholm has been supportive of the bill and is expected to sign it, spokeswoman Liz Boyd said. The measure is designed to help the local economy by possibly rejuvenating one of the area's largest employers. The former Michigan Youth Correctional Facility, located about 65 miles north of Grand Rapids, was closed in 2005. The legislation is designed to provide flexibility so the privately owned prison can house adult offenders, including out-of-state offenders, and others. The 480-bed prison, run for six years by GEO Group Inc., closed in October after state officials decided they could save $18 million by sending the young inmates housed at the Lake County facility to other prisons and ending the contract with the company based in Boca Raton, Fla. The House agreed with changes the Senate made to the bill by a 72-31 vote. Before the vote, Democrat Kathy Angerer of Dundee tried to amend the bill to restrict the type of out-of-state inmates that could be housed in the prison. Her amendment, which narrowly failed, would have banned certain violent felony offend- Minimum wage raise PROBLEM: Michigan law says salespeople and some other workers who are ineligible for overtime can qualify for time-and-a-half pay when the state's minimum wage . becomes higher than the federal rate of $5.15 an hour ' in October. FIX: Lawmakers and Gov. Jennifer Granholm brokered a deal Wednesday that changes the law and mostly maintains the status quo, meaning those workers will continue to be ineligible for overtime. That's welcome news for businesses that warned of layoff s if forced to pay more overtime. DEAL: The compromise also gives tax relief to low-income workers and creates a lower minimum wage of $5.91 for teenagers. overtime, though home health care and day care workers would now become eligible a request by Democrats. Both Democrats and Republicans praised the bill allowing low-income workers to qualify for a state earned-income tax credit on top of the existing federal earned-income tax credit. The credit would start at 10 percent in 2008 and rise to 20 percent in 2009. Granholm and House Democratic Leader Dianne Byrum of Onondaga said the tax credit is a victory for working families, and Senate Minority Leader Bob Emerson called it a tool to fight poverty. "Michigan is not a high tax state for everyone, but we do tax poor people too much," said Emerson, D-Flint. "This bill is a major step in making our tax structure less regressive." In 2004, about 663,000 families with incomes below $35458 received federal refund checks for earned-income tax credits, averaging $1,764- The bill The youth prison bill is House Bill 5800. ers including murderers and rapists. The bill passed the House with some division within political parties. Twenty-eight Democrats joined 44 Republicans supporting the bill. Democrats voting against the bill were Frank Accavitti of Eastpointe, Glenn Anderson of Westland, Angerer, Doug Bennett of, Muskegon, Pam Byrnes of Dexter, Dianne Byrum of Onondaga, Marie Donigan of Royal Oak, John Espinoza of Croswell, Matt Gillard of Alpena, Lee Gonzales of Flint, Chris Kolb of Ann Arbor, Kathleen Law of Gibraltar, Gary McDowell of Rudyard, Fred Miller of Mount Clemens, Joel Shel-trown of West Branch, Alma Wheeler Smith of Ypsilanti, Dudley Spade of Tipton, Lisa Wojno of Warren and Paula Zelenko of Burton. Republicans voting against the bill were Rick Baxter of Concord, Bruce Caswell of Hillsdale, David Farhat of Fruitport, Ed Gaffney of .Grosse Pointe Farms, Joe Hune of Fowlerville, Tim Moore of Far well, Leslie Mortimer of Horton, Mike Nofs of Battle Creek, Tory Rocca of Sterling Heights, John Stahl of North Branch, John Stakoe of Highland and Chris Ward of Brighton. Republicans not voting were Fulton Sheen of Plain-well and Lorence Wenke of Richland. Democrats not voting were Bill McConico of Detroit and Jim Plakas of Garden City. 1

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