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gA LOCALSTATE WEDNESDAY; APRIL 18, 1990 BATTLE CREEK ENQUIRER yrdler mcfcrn died ff caunshog woymid SboftLoaciies More obit information. 5C Search continues Coldwater High School; and Scott, 1 1, a fifth-grader at Lakeland Elementary School. "The kids are well-behaved, very intelligent, good students. Both the girls are in the National Honor Society," Dunkel said. "Scott is in the gifted program in elementary school." Mrs.

DePue had a lot of ambition and was working on a doctoral degree, Dunkel said. She would have received certification this sUmmer to become a school administrator. "I had hoped she was still alive until I heard they found her body. I was surprised to find out that anything that violent happened. She was very brave because of the way she handled her job and her life," Dunkel said.

The approximately 300 students Mrs. DePue counseled "have been going through their own stages of disbelief and grief," said Jan Stors, a crisis intervention counselor at the school. "A lot have been visibly upset, and many teachers are very shaken." Counselors from the local mental health department have been on call. The killing left Stors "completely shocked and amazed, devastated. It's nothing any of us ever dreamed possible." Regional Editor Bill Miller, Staff Write Trace Christenson, The Associated Press and correspondents contributed to this report fought with DePue when he came to her house to get their 11 -year-old son Sunday.

The couple's divorce described by some friends as bitterly contested was made final late last year. Police found Mrs. DePue's body Monday in a wooded area about 1 5 feet off a gravel road near Branson, police said. Coldwater High School Principal Stan Bushouse said that Mrs. DePue had expressed some concerns about her safety while she was going through divorce last year.

"The thing she talked about was her safety if her husband ever came into the building here. She felt he may be unstable enough that he could do harm to her or others around her. There was never any indication any time of any physical abuse that we saw. She just had this fear he was capable of doing something that could be violent. She talked about a restraining order, but I don't know mat she ever obtained one." According to a friend, Ann Dun-kel, she was a very private individual who handled her duties well.

"She was usually calm and quiet and used a lot of her counseling skills when anyone was upset. She was a good listener. She was able to keep your confidence." Dunkel, a school media special Combined News Sources COLDWATER While police hunt for a man suspected of killing his ex-wife, friends remember Marilyn DePue as someone who didn't let her marital problems keep her from being a good worker and mother. An autopsy Tuesday at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing revealed that Mrs. DePue, 48, died of a single gunshot wound to the head, according to Branch Coun- Marilyn DePue ty sheriffs deputies.

She was a guidance counselor at Coldwater High School. Sgt Barry Gatke said authorities believe the ex-husband, Dennis DePue, 46, is no longer in the state. Gatke said the department had no leads to DePue's whereabouts. Branch County Prosecutor John Livesay has added a charge of using a firearm in the commission of a felony to the original warrant charging open murder. Officials also are seeking from the FBI a warrant of interstate flight to avoid prosecution against Dennis DePue.

Marilynn DePue, 48, allegedly Marshall to By FRANCES FRANKLIN Marshall Editor MARSHALL The Historic District Study Committee is shifting direction. The city council approved a committee request Monday to concentrate on two national historic district designations for Marshall rather than a local district. The council's charge to the committee was for it to pursue a Local Historic District first. Committee chairman Mike Darling said recently that applying for the local district would be time-consuming and "we could miss the window of opportunity on the other two," which are more prestigious. A state-required ordinance restricting changes to structures in the local district is necessary for its approval.

The ordinance can be for ex-husband ist, was not aware of any physical abuse, but said that Mrs. DePue had changed the locks on her house after the divorce. DePue is employed with the state Treasury Department as a property specialist for the State Tax Commission, according to Calhoun County Equalization Director Jan Markowski. His job entails helping appraisers with property assessments. "Dennis worked out of our office on occasion," said Markowski, who has known DePue since 1 973.

"He was a conscientious, good worker, a fairly quiet individual. But since the divorce proceedings, he got a lot more quiet than normal It was a bitter situation. "When you consider the stress he was under, and that he took it so bitterly, who knows how that affects a person. He had changed quite a bit and lost a lot of weight. He was an avid Michigan State fan, and during the basketball season this year didn't make comments like he had in past.

"He never mentioned anything about guns. He never displayed any tendency towards violence, and I never saw him show a temper." The couple have three children: Jennifer, 18, a senior at Quincy High School; Julie, 17, a junior at Volunteers have been photographing the exteriors of about 1,300 structures and documenting historical information required for the national designations. In other business, the council: Amended ordinances concerning lost and found money or property other than vehicles, making the ordinance comply with a new state law, expanding protection of store owners against retail fraud and shoplifting; and defining traffic ordinances on noise and smoke, primarily car radio noise. Approved the transfer of a liquor license from Doug Ditto's Tropic Inc. to Formayer owned by Mildred L.

Graves-Wiseman and Alan G. Wiseman, 347 N. Madison St. Ditto is selling Yesteryear's restaurant, 116 W. Michigan to the Wisemans seek 2 national historic districts Albert A.

Stiede Albert A. Stiede, 76, of Tempe, and formerly of Battle Creek, died Wednesday, April 1 1, 1990, in Maricopa Medical Center, Phoenix. He was born in Wisconsin and moved to Battle Creek with his narpnt in worKcu ior Grand Trunk Western Railroad, moving to Tempe in the early 1950s. He was a member of the Church of Albert A. Stiede God, Seventh- day, since 1927 and often filled in for ministers in Tucson and Phoenix.

He wrote articles for church periodicals and helped people by taking them to stores and doctor's appointments. He knew braille and taught it to the blind. are his wife, the former Margaret Hardy; a daughter, Virlee Evans of Midland, Texas; a son, Delton Stiede of Ramona Valley, Calif; seven grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; sisters, Caroline Urich of Punta Gorda, Alice Nickells of Fairdale, Adeline Hilyard of Bellevue and May Bradshaw of East Leroy, and a brother, John Stiede of San Luis Obispo, Calif. Services were held in Arizona. Arrangements were by Altman Funeral Home, Tempe, Ariz.

Dorothy May Durbin-Breitenbach Dorothy May (Schmitzer) Durbin-Breitenbach, 75, of Lafayette, and formerly of Battle Creek, died Sunday, April 15, 1990 in Boulder Community Hospital. She was born in Minneapolis, came to Battle Creek as a child and graduated from St. Philip Catholic High School in 1932. She worked as a writer and had written articles and short stories that were published in many periodicals. She moved to Lafayette, in 1986.

She was a 50-year member of St. Philip Catholic Church and was very active in the parish. In Lafayette, she was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Her first husband, Donald R. Durbin, died in 1983.

Surviving are her husband, Maurice J. Breitenbach; sons, Donald R. Durbin Jr. of Perris, William F. Durbin of Mil-ford, and James R.

Durbin of Piano, Texas; 31 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; brothers. Norman W. Schmitzer of Battle Creek, Alvin Schmitzer of Phoenix, Robert W. Schmitzer of Charlotte, N.C., and Raymond E. Schmitzer of Battle Creek; and a sister, Harriet J.

Contardo of Lebanon, Ohio. Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Immaculate Conception Church, Lafayette, Colo. Memorial donations may go to Sister Carmen Community Center, 307 E. Simpson, Lafayette, 80026.

Arrangements are by Crist Mortuary, Boulder, Colo. Feme Wolfe HASTINGS Feme L. Wolfe. 79, of 1019 N. Glenwwod Drive, died Tuesday, April 17, 1990, in Thornapple Manor.

Services will be 1 p.m. Thursday at Wren Funeral Home. IT Witness says Kalvin sought gun, silencer Russell L. Hawken Sr. UNION CITY Russell L.

Hawken 86, of North Fort Myers, and formerly of Union City, died Saturday, April 14, 1990, at Lee Memorial Hospital, Fort Myers. He was bom in Freeport, and attended Wheaton (111.) Academy. In his early years he lived in rural Colon, and later for 40 years in Union City, and had resided in North Fort Myers the past 12 years. He owned and operated Hawken Furniture Store in Union City for 35 years. He was a member of Union City Congregational Church.

He was active in civic affairs and had served on the board of education. Surviving are a daughter, Virginia Asbdown of Marshall; sons, John W. Hawken of Boca Raton, Robert E. Hawken of North Fort Myers and Gordon G. Hawken of Valencia, Calif; 17 grandchildren; and many greatgrandchildren.

His wife, the former Geraldine G. Bond, died in 1987. Private services were held Tuesday at Lakeside Cemetery, Colon. Arrangements are by Schipper Funeral Home. Donna G.

Gelina MARSHALL Donna G. (Todd) Gelina, 64, of 1 1 1 Squaw Creek Road, died Monday, April 16, 1990, at Leila Hospital after a short illness. She was bom in Vermontville and graduated from Vermontville High School. She lived in Lansing from 1954 until moving to Marshall in 1978. She participated in womens' bowling leagues in Lansing.

Surviving are sons, Tod Gelina of Florida, Marc Gelina of Grosse Pointe and Geof Gelina of Howell; nine grandchildren; her stepmother, Lucille Todd of Hastings; and brothers, Wendell Todd of Hastings and Larry Todd of Ocala, Fla. Services will be at 1 1 a.m. Friday at Craig K. Kempf Funeral Home. Memorial donations may go to American Diabetes Association.

Anna Petty Anna Petty, 82, of Battle Creek, died this morning, April 18, 1990, at Mercy Pavillion after a lengthy illness. Arrangements are pending at Farley-Estes Funeral Home. Maxine Moon Maxine Moon, 67, of Battle Creek, died Tuesday, April 17, 1990 at Leila Hospital. Arrangements are pending at Farley-Estes Funeral Home. Ralph B.

Frisby Ralph B. Frisby, 83, of Battle Creek, died Tuesday, April 17, at Leila Hospital. Arrangements are pending at Richard A. Henry Funeral Home. Frances M.

Clark Frances M. Clark, 95, of Battle Creek, died Tuesday, April 17, 1990 at Provencial House. Arrangements are pending at the Richard A. Henry Funeral Home. Maxine A.

Dipp HASTINGS Maxine A. Dipp, 64, of 6765 Fighter Road, died early this morning in St. Mary's Hospital, Grand Rapids. Arrangements are pending at Wren Funeral Home. Compiled by Mark Glubke, Lillian Glenn and Trace Christenson The padded envelope, addressed "To The Tax Thieves," contained a Roman candle and a tea bag, Van de Putte said.

The tea bag apparently referred to another tax protest the Boston Tea Party of 1773 which helped spark the American Revolution. Berlucchi, 29, had tried to toss the parcel into a nearby puddle when it exploded. Van de Putte said the envelope was being sent to the postal service crime lab in Washington, D.C., Tuesday for analysis. He said he hopes to have the results within a month. Someone set fire to a postal service mailbox in Oakland County last year on tax-deadline day, but Van de Putte said the two incidents are believed unrelated.

have lolled player zoo and Quincy before moving to South Bend. "There was no clue that anything was wrong" with him, said the Rev. Rick Wood, who had been coaching and keeping score from the sidelines during Saturday's game at the Grace Baptist Church gymnasium where the tournament took place. By ANNE MclLREE Staff Writer Sandra Kalvin was looking for a gun with a silencer hours before her roommate and two Saginaw men were shot to death, a friend of Kalvin's testified Tuesday. Kalvin, 2 1 is charged with three counts of open murder, one count of conspiracy to commit murder and one count of conspiracy to commit armed robbery.

The charges stem from the March 5, 1 989, shooting deaths of her room WML) professors won't face criminal charges for incident When he contacted her about an hour later, Kalvin told him she had found a gun, Stafford said. Stafford, being held on drug-charges in Kalamazoo and Van Buren counties, said he was testifying of his own free will, although in return he received a letter from Prosecutor Conrad Sindt explain (Police Break-ins: (Values in parentheses) Northeast Capital Avenue, 300 block: Small freezer ($100) from an apartment. Boardman Street, first block: TV ($300) from a house. Seedorff Street, first block: Nothing taken from a house, damage to door (amount undetermined). "Inn Road, 100 block: Attempted, damage to two apartment windows, door Thefts: Meijer Thrifty Acres, 2177 W.

Columbia Climbing belt, climbing hooks, chain hoist, hand tools, lasher, damage to truck window "North 27th Street, first block: Lilac bush ($25) from a yard. Calhoun Street, 200 block: Dog ($600) from a yard. A APPTT. 1Q.9Q contingent on approval of the license transfer by the state Liquor Control Commission. Set a May 7 public hearing for a rezoning request for property at 519 Clinton St.

from one- to two-family residential. Approved an increase of $59,692.70 in construction cost of the city's sanitary sewer reconstruction because of changes in the project to eliminate digging up Michigan Avenue. The change bumps the cost from 1 .36 million to $1.42 million. Ordered Ellen Melley, owner of a house at 441 Monroe to have a contractor and financing for repairs to the property within 30 days. Melley has 120 days after that deadline to bring the house up to code or sell it to someone who will, or the city will tear it down.

ing his cooperation in the case. Kalvin is the second person to be tried in connection with the case. Her fiance, Paul Blanton, was convicted of first-degree premeditated murder in the deaths of Harris and Allen, and second-degree murder in the death of Matthews-Diver. and Fire Vaughan Trucking, 13775 Ren-ton Road: AMFM cassette stereo 1 75) from a truck. Ashland Avenue, first block: '86 Yamaha motorcycle ($4,000) from a yard, later recovered.

"Winter Street, 200 block: Hood ornament ($60) from a truck. Taylor Avenue, 100 block: Snow blower ($450) from a garage. "West Michigan Avenue, 1800 block: Checks, cash ($10) from a car. Vandalism: Spring Street, 200 block: 50 feet of front lawn Holland Avenue, first block: Damage to front door (amount undetermined) at a house. Compiled by Staff Writer Mark Schwerin.

Save with Great Sale Prices on Selected Items throughout our store. Save on selected Cribs, Play Pens, Swings, Car Seats and more! Register to win an RCA Camcorder $50 Gift Certificates just for stopping by during our National Baby Week promotion. (1313 liberal or stringent, Darling said, but there are no such restrictions on the national districts. Public input on the local district ordinance would delay Marshall's receiving National Historic Landmark and National Historic Register districts, according to a committee report to the council. Darling said the committee "fears the residents won't want even a soft ordinance, so we want to put that 6ff and grab the two important (designations)." National designation benefits, the report says, are national recognition of Marshall's 19th century American architecture, increased visitors and community prestige, tax credits to business and rental property owners to restore historic buildings, increased property values and business opportunities.

mate, Sharon Matthews-Diver, and Johnifer Harris and Marty Allen, both of Saginaw. Larry Stafford, testifying Tuesday during the first day of a preliminary examination in Calhoun County Circuit Court, said Kalvin called him in early March. "She stated that she was in some type of trouble," Stafford said. "Someone was after her. She needed a gun with a silencer." After Stafford told her he could probably get a gun, Kalvin said she needed it within the hour, he said.

this unfortunate incident is being remembered," said Robert Pangle, Kalamazoo County chief assistant prosecutor. About 200 students witnessed the April 3 scufile between New-some and biology Professor Edgar Inselberg and his wife, education Professor Rachel Inselberg, who was helping supervise a biology test. Both Inselbergs were suspended without pay last week after the university's own investigation concluded the two professors had engaged in "unprofessional conduct." Pangle's decision will not affect the disciplinary action, university officials said. The incident also sparked a 24-hour student sit-in last week at the administration building. The professors have said they will appeal their suspensions at an April 25 hearing.

Inselberg is suspended for two semesters; his wife is suspended for one semester. "This is the beginning of our vindication," Mrs. Inselberg said of the prosecutor's decision. Setting it Straight Light travels at 186,281.7 miles a second in a vacuum. The information provided to the Enquirer for the "Check Your Knowledge" on April 7 was incorrect.

It is the intention of the Battle Creek Enquirer that its news reports be fair and accurate in every aspect If you have a question or comment about news coverage, write to Ellen Leifeld, executive editor, 155 W. Van Buren St, Battle Creek, MI 49016, or call 964-7161 between 8 aun. and 4 pjn. $1 0,000 reward offered in letter-bomb explosion NATIONAL BABY WEEK The Associated Press KALAMAZOO Criminal charges will not be filed against two Western Michigan University professors who allegedly assaulted a student they believed was cheating, officials said Tuesday. A two-week investigation of the assault and battery complaint filed by freshman Toyoda Newsome revealed "a wide discrepancy in how Births BATTLE CREEK COMMUNITY Pedro and Lori Perez, 328 W.

Wesley, Jackson, a daughter Thursday, April 12, 1990. Victor and Cynthia Ballard, 10735 Drive Marshall, a son Tuesday, April 17, 1990. OAKLAWN, MARSHALL Laurie Purucker, 205 E. Hamilton, Homer, a son Tuesday, April 17, 1990. Ernesto and Esmeraldo Martinez, 20390 23-Mile Road, a daughter Tuesday, April 17, 1990.

Daniel and Tammy Brooks, 430 S. Byron, Homer, a son Tuesday, April 17, 1990. PENNOCK, HASTINGS Steven and Susan Radant, Hastings, a daughter Tuesday, April 17, 1990. HAYES-GREEN-BEACH CHARLOTTE Richard and Dorothy Dickerson, 205 King Eaton Rapids, a daughter Tuesday, April 17, 1990. BRONSON, KALAMAZOO William and Karen (Garside) Brabant, Kalamazoo, a son Saturday, April 14, 1990.

Births Elsewhere Jimmy and Julie (Yeager) Anders, Houston, a daughter Monday, April 9, 1 990. Julie is a former Battle Creek, resident. US I I The Associated Press DETROIT The U.S. Postal Qffice offered a $10,000 reward Tuesday for help finding the culprit who left a letter bomb that exploded at a suburban post office. "What's sad is that this was a postal worker doing his duty and helping those late filers, and he was hurt," U.S.

Postal Inspector Fred Van de Putte said Tuesday. I Tom Berlucchi, one of several postal workers who were taking last-minute tax returns at the Royal Oak Post Office before the midnight deadline, was treated for rtand and face bums. "From the writing on the envelope, there was an indication it was some kind of tax protest," Van de Putte said. Heart attack may The Associated Press SOUTH BEND, Ind. A former Quincy, teen-ager who died during a church basketball tournament may have suffered a heart attack, his coach said.

Quincy Alphonzo Mingo, 16, collapsed while playing in the game. The youth lived in Kalama.

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