Top News of 2016

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Eleanor Rose Samson obituary

Services for Eleanor Rose Samson will be held at noon on Monday, May 2, in Portage and at noon on Tuesday, May 3, in Muskegon.

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Robert 'Rob' E. Fedorchak obituary

Robert "Rob" E. Fedorchak, a former maintenance services staff member, died April 14 at age 69. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 28.

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Robert 'Bob' L. Smith obituary

Dr. Robert L. Smith, professor emeritus of communication, died April 11 at age 82. He retired in 1996 after 31 years of service to the University.

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Alfred Balkin obituary

Dr. Alfred Balkin, professor emeritus of education and professional development, died March 23 at the age of 84.

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Malcolm H. Robertson obituary

Dr. Malcolm H. Robertson, professor emeritus of psychology, died Feb 28 at the age of 90. He retired in 1998 after 37 years of service.

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Evaline Sue Marks obituary

Evaline Sue Marks, a former Dining Services staff member, died March 26 at age 68. She retired in 2002 after 33 years of service.

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Timothy Earl Kahler obituary

Timothy E. Kahler, a retired landscape services staff member, died April 7 at age 69. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. April 18, with visitation starting at noon.

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David F. Sadler obituary

Dr. David F. Sadler, an emeritus English professor, died March 5 at age 93. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 16.

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Janet E. Stillwell obituary

Dr. Janet E. Stillwell, a former associate dean of fine arts, died March 29 at age 79. A tribute will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 23, in the Dalton Center lobby.

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Dan G. Malley obituary

Dan G. Malley, a retired WMU custodian, died March 2 at age 68. He retired in 2012 after 12 years of service to the University.

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Flor De Lys Houston obituary

Flor De Lys Houston, a retired library assistant at Waldo Library, died Feb. 16 at age 95. She retired in 1985 after 16 years of service to the University

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Anthony A. Gioia obituary

Anthony A. Gioia, a retired professor of mathematics, died Jan. 4 at age 81. He retired in 1996 after 30 years of service to the University.

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Idella L. Anderson obituary

Idella L. Anderson, a retired Dining Services staff member, died Nov. 8, 2015, at age 92. She retired in 1985 after 21 years of service to the University

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Daniel Tinkler obituary

Daniel Tinkler, a retired power plan operating engineer,  died Aug. 31, 2015, at age 67. Memorial gifts may be made to the Almena United Methodist Church Helping Hands Fund.

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Carl F. Shuster obituary

Carl F. Shuster, retired director of the pilot plants in the Department of Paper and Printing Science and Engineering, died Feb. 8 at age 87.

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Emilie A. Garrity obituary

Emilie A. Garrity, retired utility food person in Walwood Union, died Wednesday, Feb. 10, at age 104.

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Eugene L. Keller obituary

Eugene L. Keller, a retired Dining Services staff member, died Monday, Feb. 15, at age 91. A visitation is planned for Feb. 21 with a funeral mass Feb. 22.

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Fotoula 'Tulla Kaz' Kazanowski obituary

Fotoula "Tulla Kaz" Kazanowski, a retired senior administrative assistant for the College of Arts and Sciences, died Jan. 7 at age 89.

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Jane Walter obituary

Jane Walter, a retired scanning machine operator, died Nov. 25, 2015, at age 92. She retired in 1987 after 14 years of service to the University.

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Shirley R. Miars obituary

Shirley R. Miars, a retired statistician in the Registrar's Office, died Nov. 17, 2015, at age 92. She retired in 1987 after 12 years of continuous service to the University.

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Former chair of anthropology dies

Robert Jack Smith, professor emeritus and chair of anthropology died Jan. 31. A gathering to celebrate his life will be held Saturday, Feb. 6.

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Jim Tripp obituary

Jim Tripp, a painter/glazier, died Dec. 25, 2015, at age 62. An open house to celebrate his life will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13.

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John J. Pruis obituary

John J. Pruis, a former WMU vice president, professor and secretary to the Board of Trustees, died Friday, Jan. 15, at age 92.

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Lambert R. VanderKooi obituary

Dr. Lambert R. VanderKooi, professor emeritus of electrical and computer engineering, died Nov. 17, 2015, at age 80. Services have been held.

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Michael Woodhams obituary

Michael "Woody" Woodhams, former electrician in maintenance services, died Jan. 19. A memorial service will be held Monday, Jan. 25.

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Janice S. Weaver obituary

Janice S. Weaver, a retired Dining Services staff member, died Dec. 30, 2015, at age 68. Services have been held. A message book is available online

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Marvin 'Geno' Milkovich obituary

Marvin "Geno" Milkovich, a former carpet cleaner, died Dec. 24 at age 83. A private graveside service is to be held.

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Elton Mayo obituary

Elton Mayo, a former member of the Facilities Management staff, died Jan. 26, 2015, at age 83. Arrangements were handled by Life Story Funeral Homes-Betzler.

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Joseph T. MacLean obituary

Joseph T. MacLean, former manager of the WMU Bookstore, died Sept. 11, 2015, at age 77. Services have been held.

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Edward W. Randt Jr. obituary

Edward W. Randt Jr., a retired journeyman plumber, died Dec. 24 at age 77. Visitation and the funeral service will be held Friday, Jan. 15, at 10 and 11 a.m., respectively.

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John 'Bokey' D. Satterfield Jr. obituary

John "Bokey" D. Satterfield Jr., a retired maintenance services manager, died Dec. 29 at age 73. A visitation is set for Jan. 8 with a service on Jan. 9.