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FAHRLANDER, Daniel Raymond,Sr. & Kelly Sue,


Birth notice - a girl, at Lakeshore Community, Muskegon Chronicle, Sept.19, 2001, Page 3B

Information donated by Joanne Wood  



FAIR , Mandy, Muskegon Birth notice - a boy, at Mercy General, Muskegon Chronicle, Sept 22,2001,Page 5B

Information donated by Joanne Wood


Farkas, Frank, Sr.

Muskegon Chronicle, 8 January 1940, page 12

Frank Farkas, Sr., Father of Heights Merchant, Dies Frank Farkas, Sr., 91 years old, 1044 Sanford Street, Muskegon Heights, father of Frank Farkas, Jr., local merchant, died at Mercy hospital Sunday, after a brief illness. Mr. Farkas was born in Hungary, Feb. 5, 1848 and had lived there most of his life.  He came to the United States March 27, 1907 and located at Bellevue to live for six years, moving to Muskegon Heights, Sept 29, 1913.  He worked with his son in the grocery business for a number of years.  Mrs. Farkas died in September, 1904. Mr. Farkas was a member of Sacred Heart church in Muskegon Heights.  Surviving are two sons, Steve Farkas and Frank Farkas, Jr. in Muskegon Heights; seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Information donated by Bill Moore  



FECHNER-Chris & Linda

Birth notice - Norton Shores, a boy, at North Ottawa, Muskegon Chronicle,Sept.20,2001, Page 4B

Information donated by Joanne Wood  



FETTERS, Charles A.

Muskegon Chronicle Muskegon, Michigan 14 June 1969 Page 23

C. A. Fetters Ex-Resident, Dies at Age 79 Charles A. Fetters, 79, a former resident of Muskegon and Muskegon Heights, died Friday after an illness of several months in his home city of Melbourne, Fla.  Mr. Fetters was born Jan. 29, 1890, in Salem, N.J.  He went from Salem to Terre Haute, Ind., and came to Muskegon in 1917.  He moved from Muskegon to Chicago in 1926 and then came to the Heights in 1946.  He has lived in Florida the past 10 years.  Mr. Fetters worked here at Continental Motors Corp. and Clarke Sanding Machine Co. before retiring in 1951.  He was married to the former Laura Wainwright in Terre Haute on Dec. 24, 1910.  Mrs. Fetters died Aug. 25, 1963. He is survived by a son, Maurice Fetters of Chicago; two daughters, Mrs. Robert Reed of Norton Shores and Mrs. Auttis Cox of Melbourne; one brother, Merrell M. Fetters of Newaygo, six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Information donated by Matt Burns



FETTERS, Mrs. Richard H.

Muskegon Chronicle   Muskegon, Michigan   1 March 1923   Page 13

Mrs. Richard H. Fetters.  Mrs. Richard H. Fetters, 2 Ray Avenue, died Thursday morning, at her home, after a week’s illness, aged 52 years.  Mrs. Fetters was born in New Jersey, coming to Muskegon five years ago from Terre Haute, Indiana.  She leaves, besides her husband, two sons, Charles Fetters and Merrell Fetters, both of Muskegon; two grand-children; her mother, Mrs. Sarah Collins of Salem, New Jersey, one sister and four brothers, Mrs. John Gardiner, William Collins, Belford Collins, and Maurice Collins, all of Salem, New Jersey, and Charles Collins of Camden, New Jersey.  Funeral service will be held at the home of her son, Charles Fetters, 337 Terrace street, Muskegon Heights, at 2 o’clock Monday afternoon, Rev. W. Ernest Collins, pastor of the First Congregational church, officiating.  Burial will be in Oakwood cemetery.

Information donated by Matt Burns



FIDLER, Alphonse J.


Alphonse J. Fidler, 90 years old, was the son of Antone Fidler and Teodora Radyko. He was born in Muskegon, Michigan on July 5, 1918, died on Sept. 28, 2008. He was eldest of 6 children who all predeceased him. He served in the U.S. Army as a technician, he was in the fourth graced 1967th ordnance depot company (aviation) 48th Air Depot Group. His duties included automotive wheeled vehicle mechanics, carbine ss, and rilfe marksman. Her serviced in Central Burma, India, and Burma and was awarded the Good Conduct Medal and the Asiatic-Pacific Theater Service Medal. After being discharged on 15 March 1946 he then joined the Marine Corps Reserve for 3.5 years. Surviving Alphonse are his wife, Dorothy M. Borchman (married 1948) and 4 children: Alice (Bob) Kluth, Sandra (Don) Ehrman, Evvie (Paul) Dailey, and Allen (Linda) Fidler, along with 11 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held on Friday, April 17th, 2009 at 8:15 am at La Purisima Catholic Church in Orange, California.




Fielder, Paula P., 82, passed away peacefully on September 7, 2003. Born in Muskegon, Michigan on September 27, 1921, Paula moved to Pasadena, California with her family at the age of four, where she lived and worked for most of her life. Paula attended Pasadena's Webster Elementary; Marshall Junior High and Pasadena Junior College. In 1940 she entered University of California (Berkeley) but left before graduation for a position with Lockheed Aircraft Corporation in Burbank to assist in the war effort. At Lockheed, Paula served in the design engineering section and as a procurement coordinator for the fighter- and bomber parts and assembly. In the late 1940's Paula joined Crown Fence Co., the family business established in Pasadena by her father, Arthur in 1926. She worked alongside her father and brothers, Kern and Richard, serving in a variety of capacities at the company. In her later years she was named Chairman of Crown Fence, the position she held until retiring in 2000. Paula most recently made her home in Laguna Beach where she had kept a home since 1962. Paula is survived by her brother,
Richard and his wife, Joeann, now residing in San Gabriel; sister-in-law, Jane Gustafson of Pasadena; four nieces, Jenny Nicolaisen of Valencia, Julie Armstrong of Pacific Grove, Lisa Fryman of Lexington, KY and Leslie Fiedler-Murphy of Stanford; and a nephew, Eric Fiedler of Azusa. Her family and friends will truly miss her independent nature and her unfailing generous spirit. Cabot & Sons, Pasadena, directors.



FILER, David

Obituary of David Filer, Muskegon Chronicle, 18 April 1905, page 5

David Filer, Octogenarian Resident of Muskegon, Dead David Filer, aged 80 years, died at his home, 17 Prince Street, at 12:45 this afternoon. He had been ill only two days. He had lived in Muskegon nine years, coming here from Spring Lake, where he had resided twenty-four years. He leaves besides his widow the following children: Thomas Filer, Mrs. James Somerset, Mrs. Benjamin Tibbits, Mrs. Cora Wood, Charles Filer, Muskegon; Mrs. Galen Plant, browns valley, S.D.: Mrs. John Kannar, Muskegon Heights.

Information donated by Bob Nordstrand



FILER, Mrs. Mary Jane  / ELSWORTH Muskegon Chronicle, 19 September 1910, page 7

PARALYZED TWO YEARS: DIES AT AGE OF 75 Mrs. Mary Jane Filer, Old Time Resident of Spring Lake and Muskegon Passes Away. After an illness of two years with paralysis, Mrs. Mary Jane Filer died Saturday night at the home of her son, Charles Filer, 81 S. Second Street. She was 75 years of age. Born in New York, Mrs. Filer came to Michigan 40 years ago and located at Spring Lake, where she remained until 1896, when she came to Muskegon to reside with her son. She leaves two sons and five daughters, Thomas and Clarence Filer, both of Muskegon, and Mrs. Andrew Plant, South Dakota: Mrs. Mary Kannar, Mrs. Edna Tibbits, Mrs. Alvinna Somerset and Mrs. Cora Woods, all of Muskegon.  The funeral will be held tomorrow Afternoon at 4 o’clock at the residence, the Rev. R. N. McNemer, pastor of the First Baptist church, being in charge of the services.

Information donated by Bob Nordstrand



FLEMING, Scott Andrew & Marianne Renee,

Laketon Township Birth notice - a boy, at Hackley, Muskegon Chronicle, Sept.19, 2001, Page 3B.

Information donated by Joanne Wood





Foley, Jack, May 28,1919- January 23, 2012 Long-time resident of the El Royale, predeceased by his loving wife Virginia. A native of Muskegon, Michigan, Jack graduated from the University of Indiana. He served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army during WWII and led his unit on the front lines at the Battle of the Bulge. He was the' consummate professional as a sales representative for National Distillers in the 1950's and was· one of the top producers for Shenango China for most of his career. He will be missed .by his various nieces and nephews. May he rest in peace. Thanks to his loyal caregivers- Flory, Tina and Mel. Pierce Brothers Westwood Village, (310) 414-1519



FORD, Joseph C.

Muskegon News Chronicle, 7 March 1912 The funeral of Joseph C. Ford was held this afternoon at the family residence at Fruitport at 3 o’clock.  Rev. Archibald Hadden, pastor of First Congregational church, conducted the services.  Burial was made at Fruitport.  A number of Mr. Ford’s friends and business associates from Muskegon attended the funeral being taken to Fruitport in a special interurban car at 2:15 o’clock.

Information donated by Bill Moore



FORTIN, Evelyn Marie

The Muskegon Chronicle – Thursday April 22, 1920 page 13 – Evelyn Marie, the infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Louis J. Fortin, died last night at the family home, 1324 Eighth Street, Muskegon Heights, after a short illness aged 17 days.  The funeral service will be held at 10:00 o’clock Saturday morning at St. Jean’s church.  Rev. Fr. Joseph Poulin, officiating.  Burial will be in St. Mary’s cemetery.

Information donated by William & Barbara Hill



Franke, Mrs. William - Wright

Muskegon Chronicle, Muskegon, Michigan 16 January 1904  MRS. WILLIAM FRANKE DIES AT MERCY HOSPITAL EARLY THIS MORNING Mr. William Franke died at Mercy hospital at 3:30 a.m. today of heart failure caused by a complication of disease.  She had been ill at her home for about six weeks previous to her removal to the hospital last Wednesday.  Mrs. Franke was born in Lavonia Township, near Plymouth, October 28, 1871, being the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Wright of that place.  She came to Muskegon about sixteen years ago and completed a course at the Muskegon Business College, taking a position as bookkeeper and stenographer with L.P. Haight.  She later entered the employ of Franke Bros. in the same capacity.  She was married to William Franke, July 10, 1890.  With her at her death were her husband, a brother-in-law, Herman Franke; Mrs. George Tibbetts of Big Rapids, a sister; and Mrs. Henry Bigelow.  Besides these Mrs. Franke leaves four brothers, Charles and Harry Wright of Harvey, La. and Cecil and William Wright of Montrose, Mich.  Mrs. Franke was well known and much respected.  She was a member of the Royal Neighbors.  No arrangements for the funeral have yet been made.

Information donated by Bill Moore



FREDERICKS, Violet (Mrs.) Gunn

Muskegon Chronicle, Monday June 18, 1990  Mrs. Fredericks, the former Violet Evans, died Sunday, June 17, 1990, at the age of 87. She was born in Muskegon on October 31, 1902. Mrs. Fredericks was preceded in death by her husbands, Harold Gunn in 1962 (correct information-1964) and Warren Fredericks in 1973, a daughter, Darlene Staelens in 1982 and a brother, Raymond.  SURVIVORS 3 sons, Donald Gunn of Norton Shores, Gordon and Larry Gunn both of Twin Lake; 1 daughter, Mrs. Roy (Delores) Nordstrand of Twin Lake; 17 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild; 2 brothers, Kenneth & Robert Evans both of Muskegon SERVICE  Wednesday 1 p.m. at the Clock Chapel with Rev. Ron Robotham officiating.   Interment: Sunrise Memorial Gardens. VISITATION: This evening 7-9 & Tuesday 2-4 & 7-9 at the Clock Funeral Home.  ---Clock Muskegon

Information donated by Bob Nordstrand  


FREEMAN, Harry Kenneth passed away on December 26, 2011 at age 90. He is now joyfully reunited with his beloved wife, Jean, who previously passed away June 9, 2008. Known as “Bud” to his family and Ken to his friends, he was born in Muskegon Heights, MI on 3/3/192. He went to Royal Oak High School and left the University of Michigan to join the Marines during WWU, serving in the Pacific; Upon returning from the war, he married Jean Russell Currie and worked in the Ford Automobile factory as an electrician. Following his father (Harry Nathanial Freeman) out to California, he settled in Anaheim, became a member of IBEW Local 441 and set about raising his family. While working over 35 years as an electrician, he helped with the building of San Onofre Power plant, the Edison Steam Power plant in Huntington Beach, and the original construction of Disneyland. it was a real thrill for us to attend Disneyland as a family on the day before it opened to the public. Upon retirement, he became an avid golfer golfing twice a week up to a few months ago. He and Jean loved to take their trailer and go camping in the local mountains and travelled across the country together. He was devoted to his family-his wife, children, grandchildren, parents and siblings-loved his country, had very strong principals, and was willing to make sacrifices for the “greater good ". He is survived by his brother Ted (Millie), sisters Marj and Julie, sons Jeff (Diana) and Dick (Kathie), grandchildren Michael (Julie) Eric
(Moniza), Christi, and Brian and great-grandchildren Christopher, Ryan, Zoya, and Lily. He will be missed by all, but we celebrate his life and will always cherish the love and joy he brought to us all. Viewing will be 9:30 A.M. Tuesday, Jan. 3 with a memorial service at 10:30 A.M. both at McAulay and Wallace Mortuary, 902 N Harbor, Fullerton, CA following a burial at Riverside National Cemetery at 1
PM. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to VFW, Anaheim. McAulay & Wallace Mortuary



The Muskegon Chronicle, Monday, December 20, 1943 page 2 Mrs. Bontje Friesema, oldest member of Berean Reformed church, died last midnight at the home of her son, Herman Friesema, 1244 Terrace Street, after an illness of four days.  She was 94 years old.  Mrs. Friesema was born in The Netherlands on Feb. 28, 1849.  The former Bontje Andree, she came to the United States 53 years ago.  Mr. Friesema died on June 3, 1911.  Surviving is the son who is vice president of Muskegon Pattern Works.

Information donated by Barbara Hill  



FYTH, Derk

Article March 22, 1930 - Derk Fyth, Resident Here 57 Years, to Be 90 Tomorrow – Mr. Derk Fyth, 184 Delaware avenue, will ave the distinction tomorrow of being 90 years old, and of having been a resident of Muskegon for 57 years.  Mr. Fyth, who prefers the Holland spelling of his name, Fyth, rather that Flet, used by the other member of his family, was born in Uszuerd, Netherlands in 1840.  In 1873 he came directly to Muskegon with his mother and brother, and seven years later his wife, Alice Fledder Fyth, joined him.  The couple made their home on Catherine Avenue, where Mr. Fyth lived until the death of his wife a few years ago, when he took residence with Mrs. Grace Toppen, his niece.  There were no children.  Mr. Fyth has been a factory worker, having been employed as a lumber tallier at the old Monroe planting mill for 29 years.  He saw the lumber industry at its peak in Muskegon, and remained with the mill until the day of its closure.  His last position was with the Curtis Tire Company, where he was employed until the plant was destroyed by fire eight years ago.  Mr. Fyth recounted his narrow escape as he and several other employees were forced to climb through a basement window as the flames cut off other exits.  Mr. Fyth is a member of the Berean church and is well known in his community.  He has never learned to speak English and is remarkably well and active for his years.  Longevity is hereditary in his family, and his mother lived to the age of 94.  A family gathering was held last night in honor of Mr. Fyth’s coming anniversary with relatives and the member of the immediate family.  Mrs. George Vanderlaan, Mrs. Grace Toppen and Miss Anna Flet present. Information was found in the “People’s Scrapbook” located in the Genealogy Room at Hackley Public Library.

Information donated by Barbara Hill  


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