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Robert John Sherwin

Age 65, died Tuesday, July 26, 2022 in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He was born January 5, 1957 in Toledo, Ohio, the son of Robert K. and Violet (Broder) Sherwin. He married Kathy (Hilton) Sherwin, who preceded him in death on July 13, 2019.  Survivors include his son, Ryan Jacob Sherwin of Perrysburg, OH; grandchildren, Evelyn Mae Sherwin & Vivienne Marie Sherwin; step-daughter, Amy Hilton; step-grandchildren, Sydney Hilton and Alicia Hilton; siblings, Mary (Sherwin) Bartlett of North Port, FL; Shelly (Sherwin) Davis of Saline, MI; and nieces Nicole Sweeny, Ashley Vermeylen, Morgan Compton, and Lauren Gawura.  

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Coyne Holiday

Age 93, passed away Wednesday, August 3, 2022. He was born March 20, 1929 in Magoffin County, Kentucky, the son of Clay & Lena Holiday.

Coyne moved to Chelsea, MI in 1941 where he graduated from the Chelsea School District. After graduating, he met the love of his life, Betty Tanner, and was married on March 6, 1951. Immediately after he was married, he served two years in the Army in combat in the Korean War. Coyne worked for Chrysler for a total of 32 years; during which he took a brief time off to study Christian ministry with aid from the G.I. Bill. He then resumed work for Chrysler while founding and ministering his own church, Deerfield Union Church in Deerfield Center of Northern Livingston County for 9 years. After this, Coyne became assistant pastor to the Dexter Gospel Church in Dexter, MI for several years. Coyne aided in the building of the new church located on Baker Road in Dexter, performed many weddings and funeral services, and continued to find great enjoyment and fulfillment in his involvement with Dexter Gospel for the past 70 years. Coyne's favorite bible verse was John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

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Anita Joan Parks

Anita Parks, age 82, was born April 22, 1940, in Halstead, Kansas, the third of six children of Anthon and Gladys (Walters) Sundbye. She died on Monday, August 1, 2022, at St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea, from complications of Parkinson’s Disease. Anita graduated from Halstead High School in 1958, then attended Southwestern College (KS) for two years. She completed her BA in education at Wichita State University in 1963, and her MA in educational leadership from Eastern Michigan University in 1977.

She was married to John W. “Bill” Todd from 1959, until they divorced in 1977. They had one son, Corbin. In 1980, she married Harry Parks. With her son, Corbin Todd, and Harry’s two sons, Matthew and Benjamin Parks, they became a blended family of five.

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Douglas C. Hartley

Douglas Charles Hartley was born on October 12, 1949, to Harold W. Hartley and his wife, Florine (‘nee Kinne), in Monroe, Michigan. He was received into God’s Kingdom of grace through Holy Baptism on November 13, 1949, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Monroe by Pastor Adalbert Schultz. He was also confirmed in the Christian faith at St. Paul’s by Pastor Lawence Nolte.

Following high school graduation from Michigan Lutheran Seminary, our Wels Preparatory High School in Saginaw, he attended and graduated from Northwestern College in Watertown, Wisconsin, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree. He attended Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon, serving one year as a vicar at St. Paul’s in Ottawa, Canada, graduating with a Masters of Divinity degree. Upon graduation in 1975, he was ordained and installed as pastor of New Hope Lutheran Church in Omaha, Nebraska. He also served Redeemer of Merritt Island, Florida, Amazing Grace of Taylor, Michigan, and spent the final 20 years of his full-time ministerial service at Salem Lutheran of Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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Theodore Fairbank Beals, MS, MD

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Theodore Fairbank Beals, MS, MD of Waterloo Township, Michigan, Age 87, died Thursday, August 19, 2021 at his home with family at his side. He was born May 29, 1934, in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Albert Tyler and Dorothy Alice (Van Zwaluwenburg) Beals. Ted graduated from Rosemead High School in Rosemead, CA, in 1952 and received his BS (1956), MS (1957), and MD (1966) from the University of Michigan. He specialized in pathology, virology, and electron microscopy. On June 13, 1955, Ted married Margaret (Peggy) Catherine Dillinger in the Douglas Memorial Chapel in Ann Arbor, and she survives. He is also survived by his children, Sandra Beals of Webster Township, MI, James Beals (Kelli Sullivan) of Ann Arbor, MI, Lynn Beals-Becker of Webster Township, MI, and John Beals of Ann Arbor, MI; his grandchildren, Andrea (Moreno-Beals) (Yoni) Paz, Brian Moreno, Michael Moreno, William Becker, Josh (Miranda) McVety; and his siblings, Katherine (Beals) Brenner and Eric (Kathleen) Beals, as well as many nieces and nephews.

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