Family Login:


Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care was established in 1882. We continue to serve Battle Creek, Augusta, Richland and surrounding communities today.

Our website gives you access to information on Traditional Funerals, Types of Tributes, Cremation Options, Memorials, Monuments and Markers, Obituary Notices, Grief Support, our Schedule of Services, Merchandise (including Video Tributes and Service Folders) and a Directory of Other Services.

We provide our website to help you understand your options, whether you are making funeral arrangements at the time of need “At-Need” or in advance “Preneed ”. It also includes a directory of florists, cemeteries and hotels, and describes our History, where we’ve been and what we offer now. Another important feature of our website, “Submit a Memory”, is located at the end of each individual obituary notice. By clicking on this link, you can relay to the family a fond memory of their loved one or just a simple note of condolence. You can be assured that the family will receive your message and it will be printed and forwarded to them.

Our Obituaries

Harley J. Disbrow, Jr.

February 3, 1929 - June 19, 2019

Harley J. Disbrow, Jr., 90, of Augusta, died Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at his residence. Harley was born February 3, 1929 in Battle Creek to Harley and Dorothy (Wing) Disbrow. He graduated from Kellogg High School and went on to work at Clark Equipment as a draftsman engineer for many years until his retirement in 1985. Harley married the former Dorrene Hill in 1948. The couple enjoyed 45...
View Tribute »

Esther E. (Walter) Crail

February 16, 1932 - June 18, 2019

Esther E. (Walter) Crail of Battle Creek, MI Esther, age 87, died Tuesday morning, June 18, 2019 at Glenn Cross Hospice Residence, Battle Creek after a 4 month stay and with her loving family at her side. A celebration of Esther's life will be held in the near future and will be posted here. The Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Battle...
View Tribute »

Adeline T. Steffel

June 24, 1921 - June 17, 2019

Adeline (Addie) Therese Steffel, nee Safranski, age 97, Spring Lake resident passed away June 17, 2019. She was born June 24, 1921 to the late John (a.k.a. Jeff) and Josephine Safranski, nee Mankowski, in Chicago, Illinois. Beloved wife of 49 years to the late Vern J. Steffel, Sr. She is survived by her four children; Jeff Steffel (Pam) of Springport, Michigan, Vern, Jr. Steffel (Cindy) of...
View Tribute »

Sandra Eileen (Ashbaugh) "Sandy" Davis

March 17, 1947 - June 13, 2019

Sandra Eileen "Sandy" Davis of Battle Creek, MI Sandy, age 72, died unexpectedly Thursday morning, June 13, 2019 at her residence. Sandy, the daughter of Donald and Dorothy (Sweitzer) Ashbaugh, was born in Kalamazoo, MI on March 17, 1947; was a 1965 graduate of Portage High School and was a Battle Creek area resident. She retired in 2007 as a Calibration...
View Tribute »

Steven G. Vaughan

December 12, 1952 - June 12, 2019

Steven G. Vaughan, 66, a lifetime Battle Creek, Michigan resident and co-owner of Safeway Transit, died unexpectedly at his home on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. Steve was born December 12, 1952 in Battle Creek, the son of Richard Earl and Jean Elizabeth (Shell) Vaughan. He was a 1971 graduate of Lakeview High School and received his Associate Degree from Northwood Institute in Automotive...
View Tribute »

James Elmer "Jim" Moorehead, Jr.

January 8, 1962 - June 11, 2019

James Elmer "Jim" Moorehead, Jr. of Springfield, MI Jim, age 57, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday morning, June 11, 2019 from pancreatic cancer. He was born January 8, 1962 to James, Sr. and Nancy (Hornback) Moorehead in Battle Creek, MI. James attended Springfield High School until late in his senior year and graduated from Lakeview Adult Night School. He...
View Tribute »

David Lawrence "Dave" Mahoney

September 29, 1941 - June 8, 2019

David Lawrence Mahoney, 77, of Battle Creek died peacefully on Saturday, June 8, 2019, at Evergreen Manor, after an 18 year battle with Alzheimer's disease. Dave was born September 29, 1941 in Jackson, Michigan the son of John Herman and Lorna Evelyn (Friday) Mahoney. He grew up in Jackson where Dave was a 1959 graduate of Jackson High School. Dave graduated from Michigan State University...
View Tribute »

Betty Rae (West) Horsfall

December 2, 1922 - June 6, 2019

Betty Rae (West) Horsfall of Kalamazoo, MI Betty was born in Pixley Township, Clay County, IL on December 2, 1922 to Luther and Ruth (Seesengood) Worrell. After her mother's death, she was raised on a farm by her maternal grandparents. In 1940, she married Thurl Eugene West and moved to Michigan to be a farmer's wife. She also worked in the orchards of Wayne Smith and later, worked...
View Tribute »

Joan Elizabeth Towery

September 30, 1930 - June 6, 2019

Joan Elizabeth Towery, age 88, of Homer, Michigan passed away peacefully on Thursday morning, June 6, 2019. She was born in Battle Creek on September 30, 1930, the daughter of Robert E. and Genevieve (Rochelle) Gault. Joan received her Bachelor's in Social Service from Western Michigan University and retired from the State of Michigan in 1988, after more than 25 years as a social worker. ...
View Tribute »

Amanda S. Longanecker

July 27, 1979 - June 4, 2019

Amanda S. Longanecker, 39, of Battle Creek, died Tuesday, June 4, 2019. Amanda was born July 27, 1979 in Battle Creek to Bruce and Carol (Micklatcher) Longanecker. Amanda is survived by her two children, Breanna Coger and Loren (Hailey Pountain) Coger II; a grandson, Grant Coger; her father, Bruce (Iris) Longanecker; her mother, Carol Micklatcher; her sister, Toni Jo Micklatcher; step...
View Tribute »

Robert Blair "Rob" Lyman, III

December 8, 1966 - June 4, 2019

Robert Blair "Rob" Lyman, III of Battle Creek, MI Rob, age 52, died unexpectedly Tuesday evening, June 4, 2019 at Bronson Battle Creek Hospital. Rob is survived by his parents, Robert "Blair" and Bertha R. "Bertie" (Ferrari) Lyman, Jr. of Battle Creek; his sister, Lisa Ann (Chris) Mayer of Grand Rapids, MI; his brother, Craig Arthur (Shannon) Lyman of Wheaton, IL and a niece and...
View Tribute »

Harold Lee Collier

February 17, 1937 - June 2, 2019

Harold Lee Collier, age 82, of Battle Creek passed away June 2, 2019 at the Calhoun County Medical Care Facility. He was born in Lincoln, Illinois on February 17, 1937 and was the son of Harold Collier and his wife Lois and Velma Mead and her husband Ken. He spent most of his life in the Battle Creek area with frequent trips to "farm country" throughout his life. Harold had a long career as...
View Tribute »

Tommy E. "Tom" Artis

November 3, 1941 - May 31, 2019

Tom Artis We are heartbroken to say that Tom Artis, 77, of Battle Creek left us on May 31, 2019 with his wife, LaVaune Artis by his side. His first priority was his wife of 56 years and his family and he loved spending time with them. He also enjoyed traveling in the RV with his wife and dogs, perfecting his BBQ techniques and working around the house. Tom was born in Scotts Hill, TN...
View Tribute »

Donna Jean Foster

June 13, 1936 - May 30, 2019

Donna Jean (Tooke) Foster, age 82, of Battle Creek passed away Thursday evening May 30, 2019 with her family at her side. She was born in Battle Creek on June 13, 1936, the daughter of Donald and Margaret (Craw) Tooke. Donna graduated from Battle Creek Central High School in 1954 where she was a cheerleader and on the homecoming court. As of most recent, Donna enjoyed volunteering at Bronson...
View Tribute »

Eileen Mary Hudon

October 20, 1943 - May 29, 2019

Eileen Mary (McCaherty) Hudon, age 75, of Battle Creek went peacefully to be with her Creator on Wednesday evening, May 29, 2019 at The Oaks at NorthPointe Woods. She was born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts on October 20, 1943, the loving daughter of Patrick and Louise (Fournier) McCaherty. Eileen worked for many years as a manager at the Countryside Inn and Waterfront Restaurants. ...
View Tribute »

Norman C. Hood , Jr.

December 13, 2007 - May 28, 2019

Norman C. "Norm" Hood, Jr., age 11, passed away tragically Tuesday, May 28, 2019. Norm was born December 13, 2007 in Kalamazoo to Norman Hood, Sr. and Christina Valadez. He attended the 5th grade at Verona Elementary School. Norm is survived by his parents and three siblings, Regina Hale, Nevaeh Hale and Jaylone Porter. Norm loved being outside. He enjoyed fishing, climbing trees and...
View Tribute »

Robert M. "Bob" Colburn

February 23, 1946 - May 28, 2019

Robert M. "Bob" Colburn, age 73, of Battle Creek passed away Tuesday afternoon, May 28, 2019. He was born in Middlesex, England on February 23, 1946, the son of the late Richard F. and the late Joan D. "Penny" (Heidler) Colburn. Bob graduated from Lakeview High School and retired from the City of Kalamazoo after more than 25 years of service. Bob was united in marriage to Carol Lee Pugh in...
View Tribute »

Brent William King

May 23, 1977 - May 27, 2019

Brent William King, age 42, of Battle Creek tragically passed away on Monday morning, May 27, 2019. He was born in Battle Creek on May 23, 1977, the son of Rolena King. Brent enjoyed playing pool, going to the races, and hanging with friends. Brent had a lot of friends and they enjoyed being around him. Brent is survived by his daughter, Jasmine; his mother, Rolena; his sister, Nikki;...
View Tribute »

Bradley "Brad" Dean Older

April 14, 1982 - May 26, 2019

Bradley Dean Older, 37, of East Leroy died unexpectedly on Sunday, May 26, 2019. Brad was born April 14, 1982 in Battle Creek, Michigan the son of Robert Eugene and Cindy Lee (Vogt) Older. Brad earned the rank of Eagle Scout at the age of 13. He was a 2000 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School, where he was a member of the Bearcat Swim Team. Brad proudly served our country as a member...
View Tribute »

Sara Elizabeth "Bette" Hinton

March 6, 1942 - May 25, 2019

Sara Elizabeth "Bette" Hinton, age 77, of Battle Creek passed away Saturday morning, May 25, 2019 at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo. She was born in Battle Creek on March 6,1942 the daughter of Francis and Mildred (Yetter) Davis. Bette retired on April 30, 2004 after more than 33 years of faithful service as an RN at the Battle Creek and Marion, Indiana VA Medical Centers. Bette is...
View Tribute »

Bertice William "Bert" Miller

July 3, 1922 - May 25, 2019

Bertice William "Bert" Miller of Battle Creek, MI Bert, 96 years, ten months, passed away peacefully Saturday, May 25 after a brief illness, surrounded by his family. He is survived by his wife of nearly 75 years, Marian E. (Paeske) Miller, daughter Lynn Miller, and daughter Jean (m. George) Wells, both of Battle Creek, and son Kurt Miller, (m. Judith) of Bay City, Michigan. He...
View Tribute »

Louetta N. (Simpson) Kier

December 20, 1926 - May 24, 2019

Louetta N. (Simpson) Kier of Battle Creek, MI Louetta, age 92, died Friday morning, May 24, 2019 at her residence. She was born December 20,1926, the daughter of Tom and Irene Simpson in Rae, Missouri. She was united in marriage to Clifford E. Kier on August 11, 1945. Clifford was in the U.S. Navy, and they lived at several duty stations before finally settling in Battle...
View Tribute »

Gloria Joan (Skidmore) Olin

October 4, 1930 - May 23, 2019

Gloria J. Olin (October 4, 1930 - May 23, 2019) Gloria Olin's life was truly glorious!! With limitless enthusiasm, positivity, and gratitude, she was a red-headed ray of sunshine in the lives of everyone she met. Gloria Joan Skidmore was born on October 4, 1930, in Battle Creek, Michigan. Gloria was the daughter of Stanley and Vivian Skidmore. Her father and grandfather were...
View Tribute »

Dorothy Karen Ray

January 21, 1952 - May 23, 2019

Dorothy Karen Ray, age 67, of Battle Creek passed away Wednesday, May 22, 2019. She was born in Battle Creek on January 21, 1952, the daughter of Wylie Marion and Phyllis May (Wright) Tilley. Dorothy graduated from Pennfield High School with the Class of 1970. Her career with Pennfield Schools began in 1984 where she was a noon Supervisor for Purdy Elementary. In 1987, she then became a teacher's...
View Tribute »

Richard W. "Speed" Eddinger

July 26, 1928 - May 22, 2019

Richard W. "Speed" Eddinger, 90, of Battle Creek, died May 22, 2019. Speed was born July 26, 1928 in Battle Creek to LaVerne and Myrtle (Fields) Eddinger. After graduating from Lakeview High School, Speed joined the United States Army and was honorably discharged in 1956. A long-time business owner, Speed owned the Speed's Coffee Shop in Battle Creek, Lakeview, Verona Rd., Kalamazoo, Urbandale...
View Tribute »

Albert William "Deacon Al" & "Deacon Patrick" Patrick

May 30, 1934 - May 21, 2019

Albert W. Patrick, peacefully passed away May 21, 2019 while surrounded by family. Albert was born in New York, NY to Albert William and Truth Eleanor (Henderson) Patrick on May 30, 1934. He graduated from St. Emma Industrial and Agricultural Institute in 1953. He earned his Law Degree from LaSalle University in 1969. Albert attended Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit MI for three...
View Tribute »

Grant & Jean (Healey) Babcock

September 16, 1924 - May 2019

Grant & Jean (Healey) Babcock, formerly of Richland, MI Grant was born on June 2, 1922 and died on May 2012. Jean was born on September 16,1924 and died on February 4, 2019. The Graveside Service to celebrate their lives together will be held on Friday, May 31st at 2:00 p.m. in Prairie Home Cemetery, Richland with the Rev. Todd J. TerAvest, Pastor of the Living Hope...
View Tribute »

Richard Clifford "Dick" Brookins

May 10, 1926 - May 19, 2019

Richard Clifford "Dick" Brookins of Gull Lake (Richland), MI Dick, age 93, died Sunday afternoon, May 19, 2019 at Heritage Assisted Living of Battle Creek, MI and with his loving wife, Nancy at his side. Dick, the son of George and Glendora (Clifford) Brookins, was born in Detroit, MI on May 10, 1926 and was a 1944 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School. He...
View Tribute »

Bonnie Kay (Walker) McKeever Peck

May 16, 1954 - May 19, 2019

Bonnie (Walker) McKeever Peck, age 65, passed away at home, May 19, 2019, with family by her side. In her final days, she was taken care of by Olivia and Eric McKeever, Oaklawn Hospice and various other relatives. She was born in Battle Creek, Michigan, May 16 1954 and was a 1972 graduate of Pennfield High School. Bonnie worked at Meijer Thrifty Acres for over 30 years. She was...
View Tribute »

Christy L. Ames-Bauer

December 25, 1953 - May 18, 2019

Christy L. Ames-Bauer, age 65, of Springfield passed away suddenly at Bronson Battle Creek on Saturday morning, May 18, 2019. She was born in Coldwater, Michigan on December 25, 1953, the daughter of Harry O. and Elsie L. (Smith) Ames, and graduated from Coldwater High School. Christy enjoyed sharing her strong Faith in the Lord with others. She also enjoyed shopping, reading, and spending...
View Tribute »

Richard H. "Dick" Steele, Sr.

July 12, 1934 - May 17, 2019

Richard Hubert "Dick" Steele, Sr., age 84, of Battle Creek passed away peacefully with his family at his side on Friday, May 17, 2019. He was born in Battle Creek on July 12, 1934, the son of Richard McKee and Vivian Meryl (Hamp) Steele. Dick was a lifelong Battle Creek "Verona" resident, attending Verona Elementary, W.K. Kellogg Junior High and was a 1952 graduate of Battle Creek Central High...
View Tribute »

Frederick John "Fred" Brenner

November 23, 1929 - May 15, 2019

Frederick John "Fred" Brenner, 90, of Battle Creek died on May 15, 2019. Fred was born November 23, 1929 in Battle Creek, Michigan the son of George Paul and Helen A. (Gustke) Brenner. He was a 1948 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School. Fred honorably served in the U.S. Army overseas in Germany. He retired in 1985, as an electrician in the Experimental Machinery Department from...
View Tribute »

Raymond Arthur "Ray" Anderson

May 3, 1933 - May 13, 2019

Raymond A. "Ray" Anderson, 86 of Battle Creek died at Glenn Arbor Hospice Residence with his family at his side on Monday, May 13, 2019, after being ill for a number of years. Ray was born May 3, 1933 in Chicago, Illinois the son of Elmer C. and Margaret (Elliott) Anderson. He grew up in Chicago, Illinois. Ray served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was the co-owner and operator...
View Tribute »

Ronald J. Denardo

December 22, 1950 - May 11, 2019

Ron Denardo's life recently came to an end on May 11, 2019. Ron was 68 years old and a husband, father, and grandfather. Ron will be remembered for his service to Special Olympics. For the last 15 years he served as head coach for Kalamazoo's Powerlifting team. While volunteering, he had the opportunity to take two of his athletes to Puerto Rico for a competition and to see his son, Mark,...
View Tribute »

Evelyn E. Williams

September 19, 1933 - May 10, 2019

Evelyn E. Williams, 85, of Richland, died May 10, 2019 at her home. Evelyn was born September 19, 1933 in Kalamazoo to Roy and Elizabeth (Williams) Taylor. In her younger years, she loved to knit and crochet. She enjoyed fishing and working in her flower garden. She was an attendee of the Northeastern Baptist Church. Evelyn is survived by son, Donald (Shelly) Conrad; two granddaughters;...
View Tribute »

David Payne Owen

May 14, 1940 - May 9, 2019

David Payne Owen, 78, passed Thursday, May 9, 2019 at his residence in Ft. Myers, FL. He was born May 14, 1940, in Battle Creek, the son of Dale A. and Donna (Payne) Owen, was a graduate of Battle Creek Central High School and received his Bachelor's Degree in engineering from Western Michigan University. David was employed for over 40 years at the Kellogg Co. and retired from the scheduling...
View Tribute »

Carl Dean "Deano" Carpenter

July 22, 1960 - May 8, 2019

Carl Dean "Deano" Carpenter, age 58, of Athens died Wednesday, May 8, 2019. He was born in Coldwater, MI on July 22, 1960, the son of to Arthur and Elma (Wisnieski) Carpenter. Dean graduated from Battle Creek Central High School with the Class of 1978. He attended MSU and studied in their electrical program and then completed his apprenticeship locally to earn his journeyman status. Dean...
View Tribute »

Lucas Lee "Luke" Stafford

August 4, 1987 - May 8, 2019

Lucas Lee "Luke" Stafford, age 31, of Battle Creek, tragically passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday morning, May 8, 2019. He was born in Battle Creek on August 4, 1987, the son of Robert L. and Denise A. (McDonald) Stafford and graduated from Battle Creek Central high School with the Class of 2005. Luke is survived by his children, Hunter, Aleah, and Averlee Stafford; his fiancee', Becca...
View Tribute »

Anna Mae Damren

August 9, 1940 - May 8, 2019

Anna Mae Damren, 78, of Battle Creek, died Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at her residence. Anna was born August 9, 1940 in Jackson, MI to Warren and Goldie (Boulenbough) Sellers. She married William Damren on June 14, 1958. The couple enjoyed 60 years of marriage. Anna enjoyed flower arranging and spending time with her children and grandchildren. Anna is survived by her loving husband, William...
View Tribute »

Marcia Jane (Hays) Kuepfer

July 12, 1931 - May 7, 2019

Marcia Jane (Hays) Kuepfer of Battle Creek, MI Marcia, age 87, died Tuesday morning, May 7, 2019 at Pennfield Premier Living of Battle Creek. Marcia, the daughter of James and Pearl (Stoner) Hays, was born in Canton, OH on July 12, 1931 and was a 1949 graduate of Lehman High School of Canton. She had been employed with Ohio Bell Telephone Company before...
View Tribute »

Maxine Marie (Troub) Rudd Ayres

August 23, 1924 - May 5, 2019

Maxine Marie Ayres, 94, of Battle Creek, Michigan passed away peacefully at Cornerstone Living Center in Hastings, Michigan on Sunday, May 5, 2019. She was born August 23, 1924 in Middleton, Michigan the daughter of Harry and Eva (Wiles) Troub. She was a 1942 graduate of Carson City High School. Maxine lived in Middleton until 1947 when she moved to Battle Creek. Maxine was employed at the...
View Tribute »

Veroneze LaVelle (Kellogg) "Kel" Strader

June 15, 1940 - May 5, 2019

Veroneze LaVelle (Kellogg) Strader (age 78) of Battle Creek, Michigan, passed onward on May 5, 2019. Veroneze was born June 15, 1940 in Petoskey, Michigan, the daughter of Sculptor/Potter Stanley P. Kellogg and Barbara Kellogg Blackmore. She married her college sweetheart, Richard (Dick) Strader in 1965 and they celebrated 53 amazing years together. She is the mother of Eric (Laura) Strader of...
View Tribute »

Beverlee Ann Howell

September 21, 1929 - May 4, 2019

Beverlee Ann (Silcock) Howell, age 89, of Richland, passed away Saturday morning, May 4, 2019 at the Story Point Senior Living in Portage. Beverlee was born September 21, 1929 in Cloverdale, MI to Ted and Vesta Silcock. She was raised by her mother, Vesta and her beloved step-father, Harold Hazel. Beverlee graduated from Richland High School and furthered her education at Western Michigan...
View Tribute »

Melinda Jane Karker

August 8, 1952 - May 3, 2019

Melinda Jane Karker, age 66, of Battle Creek passed away unexpectedly on Friday afternoon, May 3, 2019. She was born in Oscoda, Michigan on August 8, 1952 and worked as a dietary aide at many area nursing homes over the years, but her true passion was being a stay at home mom and grandma. Melinda married Robert Lee Karker in Battle Creek on October 8, 1969; he sadly preceded her in death on...
View Tribute »

Milford Joseph Anguilm

July 25, 1924 - May 2, 2019

Milford Joseph Anguilm of Battle Creek, MI Milford, age 94, died Thursday morning, May 2, 2019 at Glenn Arbor Hospice Residence of Battle Creek, following a brief illness. Born on July 25, 1924 in Rexton, MI, the son of William and Cora (Arnold) Anguilm. He was a 1942 graduate of Rudyard (MI) High School and moved to the Battle Creek area...
View Tribute »

Barbara L. "Barb" Walker

March 2, 1937 - May 2, 2019

Barbara L. Walker was born March 2, 1937 to Arthur & Catherine (Finley) Dowell in Troy, Missouri. As a young child, the family moved to Battle Creek, Michigan. Barbara attended Battle Creek Schools graduating in 1955. She graduated from Central Michigan University in 1959 with a degree in Education and taught in both the Grand Rapids and Battle Creek area schools. Barbara married Richard C....
View Tribute »

Michael Lee Lind

July 22, 1952 - May 1, 2019

Michael Lee Lind, 66, passed away peacefully sleeping in his chair watching his favorite westerns on May 1, 2019. He was born July 22, 1952 in Battle Creek to Grant Collins Gregoire and Leona Joyce Gregoire. He and his brother, Grant, were later adopted by Howard Lind. He attended Lakeview and Battle Creek Public Schools. He graduated from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor Degree in...
View Tribute »

Michael A. "Moonie" Moon

September 27, 1950 - April 29, 2019

Michael A. Moon "Moonie", age 68, of Bellevue passed away suddenly on April 29, 2019. He fought Prostate Cancer for over 10 years but is now at Peace with the Lord. Mike was born in Battle Creek on September 27, 1950 to Kenneth and Antoinette Moon and graduated Valedictorian in 1968 from Bellevue High School. Upon graduation, he attended the University of Michigan and joined the ...
View Tribute »

Wesley Clair Smith

August 31, 1988 - April 24, 2019

Wesley Clair Smith, age 30 of Parchment, Michigan went to be with his Lord & Savior on April 24, 2019. Wesley was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan on August 31, 1988, the son of Stephen Vern Smith and Susan Irene (Parker) McIlvain. Wes was a 2007 graduate of Gull Lake High School and attended Kalamazoo Valley Community College. He was currently employed as a machine operator at Hytech Spring &...
View Tribute »

Richard Van "Dick" Packard

September 14, 1939 - April 23, 2019

Richard Van "Dick" Packard of Battle Creek, MI Dick, age 79, died suddenly Tuesday morning, April 23, 2019 at his residence from natural causes. Dick, the son of Starr Van and Laura Ann (Ward) Packard, was born in Battle Creek on September 14, 1939 ; was a lifetime area resident and 1958 graduate of Kellogg High School, Richland, MI. He served his Country honorably...
View Tribute »

Martha E. (Kindy) Craig

February 23, 1920 - April 22, 2019

Martha E. (Kindy) Craig, 99, formerly of Battle Creek, Michigan died at Elkhart General Hospital in Elkhart, Indiana on Monday, April 22, 2019. Martha was born February 23, 1920 in Wakeshma Township, Michigan the daughter of Elmer and Edna (Inwood) Kindy. She graduated from Athens High School. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. Martha was united in marriage to William...
View Tribute »

Joan F. (Nicholson) Split

April 11, 1928 - April 20, 2019

Joan F. (Nicholson) Split of Richland, Ml An amazing woman. A woman of grace, elegance, determination, and our mother, passed away peacefully on April 20, 2019. She was 91. Joan was born on April 11, 1928 in Blackpool England. The only child of Thomas Nicholson and Madge Pilling. She immigrated to the United States with her mother in 1947. She...
View Tribute »

Deloris E. "Cookie" Catherman

December 6, 1920 - April 20, 2019

Deloris E. "Cookie" Catherman, age 98, of Battle Creek passed away peacefully on Saturday morning, April 20, 2019. She was born in Joplin, Missouri on December 6, 1920, the daughter of Frank and Myrtle (Daily) Cook. Deloris graduated from the School of Nursing at St. John's Hospital in Joplin and then faithfully served her country as a Lieutenant in the United States Navy Nurse Corps. During...
View Tribute »

Gladys M. Van Wormer-Hollis

February 11, 1940 - April 16, 2019

Gladys M. Van Wormer-Hollis, 79, of Athens, died April 16, 2019. Gladys was born February 11, 1940 in Battle Creek to Carl and Lena (Griffin) Outman. Gladys was a long-time member at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and enjoyed jewelry making, crocheting and collecting "knick knacks." Gladys is survived by her children, Debra (James) Rohrer, Patricia (Bill) Stemaly, Melvin ...
View Tribute »

Kawinn E. "Kay" Hopkins

February 28, 1943 - April 16, 2019

Kawinn E. "Kay" Hopkins, age 76, of Battle Creek passed away unexpectedly Tuesday afternoon, April 16, 2019 at the Evergreen Senior Care & Rehab Center. She was born in Battle Creek on February 28, 1943, the daughter of Harlow O. and Irene Anna (Spaulding) Maurer. Kay received her Associates Degree from Kellogg Community College and furthered her education at Sienna Heights University. She...
View Tribute »

James Howard "Jim" Morris

September 18, 1936 - April 11, 2019

James Howard "Jim" Morris, 82, of Bellevue, Michigan went peacefully to be with his Lord and Savior on April 11, 2019. Jim was born September 18, 1936 in Battle Creek, Michigan to George W. and Mabel C. (Nelson) Morris of Pennfield. He attended Pennfield and Battle Creek Public Schools and then joined the U.S. Air Force. Jim honorably served his country in the U.S. Air Force 1954 – 1958. ...
View Tribute »

Robert M. "Bob" Bokhart

April 10, 2019

Robert M. "Bob" Bokhart, age 93, of Battle Creek went to be with his Lord & Savior on Wednesday evening, April 10, 2019. He was born in Mishawaka, Indiana, the loving son of Morris and Margaret (Kerckhove) Bokhart. Bob faithfully served his country as a member of the United States Navy from 1943 to 1946, serving in the Pacific Theatre and the invasions of Guam and Okinawa. Bob...
View Tribute »

Patrick Joseph "Pat" Howitt

August 9, 1922 - April 9, 2019

Patrick Joseph "Pat" Howitt, age 96, of Battle Creek passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at the Laurels of Bedford. He was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada on August 9, 1922, the son of Albert E. and Mary (Naish) Howitt. Pat served in the Canadian Navy and worked at the Gas Company, for Battle Creek Tile and Carpet, and as the Deputy Treasurer for Calhoun County. Pat married...
View Tribute »

Mary M. Willerick

June 4, 1949 - April 8, 2019

Mary M. Willerick, age 69, of Battle Creek passed away peacefully on Monday afternoon, April 8, 2019. She was born in Battle Creek on June 4, 1949, the daughter of Henry and Shirley (Taylor) Wilhelm and attended Battle Creek Public Schools. She worked for many years as a nurse's aide at Calhoun County Medical Care and also was employed at the Koyo Corporation. Family was everything to Mary,...
View Tribute »

Howard "Bud" Whitmore

April 29, 1947 - April 8, 2019

Howard "Bud" Whitmore, Jr., 71, of Battle Creek died peacefully at home with his family at his side on Monday, April 8, 2019. Bud was born April 29, 1947 in Battle Creek, Michigan the son of Howard and Edrie Rose (Sweeney) Whitmore, Sr. Bud attended Harper Creek Schools and served his country honorably with the U.S Army in Vietnam. He was employed as a big rig diesel mechanic and was one of...
View Tribute »

Donna Gene Hodges

July 5, 1924 - April 8, 2019

Donna Gene Hodges of Battle Creek, MI Donna, age 94, passed away Monday morning, April 8, 2019 surrounded in love at the Heritage Assisted Living Facility of Battle Creek. Donna is survived by two special friends, Denise Jones and Kim Harrington, cousins, Mary Jane Wagner of Battle Creek; Jarl VonArlyon, Nova Scotia, Canada and Lona Dahlstrom, Vienna,...
View Tribute »

Otto Momenee

September 29, 1964 - April 7, 2019

Otto T. Momenee, 54, of Nashville, died April 7, 2019. Otto was born September 29, 1964 in Toledo, OH to Thomas and Margaret (Lucke) Momenee. He was a beloved son, brother, father, uncle, grandfather and husband who will be truly missed. He graduated from State Tech and worked as a communications Technician for 31 years, retiring in Oct 2018, with many of those years working as an independent...
View Tribute »

James Randall "Randy" Myers

October 22, 1947 - April 7, 2019

James Randall "Randy" Myers, 71, of Battle Creek died peacefully at the Oaks on Sunday, April 7, 2019. Randy was born October 22, 1947 in Battle Creek the son of Dewey D. and Helen June (Little) Myers. He was a lifelong Battle Creek resident and a 1966 graduate of Harper Creek High School. He honorably served his country in the U.S. Navy. Randy retired from the Power House at the Kellogg...
View Tribute »

Ruth Elaine (Griffore) "Dolly" Brogger

February 2, 1924 - April 5, 2019

Ruth Elaine (Griffore) "Dolly" Brogger of Gull Lake (Hickory Corners), MI Dolly, age 95, went home to our Lord and Savior Friday evening, April 5, 2019. Dolly, the daughter of Thomas and Tillie (DeCaire) Griffore, was born in Saginaw, MI on February 2, 1924 and moved to this area in 1957. She earned her BA degree in Speech and Drama from Mercy College in...
View Tribute »

Justin "Buddy" Brown

February 9, 1943 - April 3, 2019

Justin C. "Buddy" Brown, 76, of Battle Creek, died April 3, 2019. Buddy was born February 9, 1943 in Battle Creek to Justin and Bea (Wells) Brown. He graduated from Battle Creek Central and worked as an equipment operator for the city of Battle Creek for 38 years, retiring in 2012. Buddy loved tinkering with things in the yard and in the house. He enjoyed watching NASCAR and collecting toy...
View Tribute »

Jeffrey "Jeff" Ringle

October 22, 1970 - March 30, 2019

Jeffrey J. "Jeff" Ringle, age 48, of Wimauma, Florida and formerly of Battle Creek, tragically passed away on Saturday, March 30, 2019 from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. He was born in Battle Creek on October 22, 1970, the loving son of David B. and Sally M. (Lovely) Ringle, Jr.. Jeff graduated from Lakeview High School with the Class of 1989 and furthered his education at...
View Tribute »

Walter James "Walt" Hardenburg, Sr.

October 23, 1923 - March 29, 2019

Walter James "Walt" Hardenburg, Sr. of Battle Creek, MI Walt passed away on March 29, 2019. He was born in Battle Creek on October 30,1923, the son of Russell Ernest and Fern Myrmeta (Waterson) Hardenburg. Walter is survived by his wife of nearly 72 years, Martha; and their three children, Jane (Donald) Porter, Walt Jr. (Leatha) Hardenburg and Nancy (Mark) Sackrider. ...
View Tribute »

William "Dean" Latta

August 26, 1935 - March 28, 2019

William Dean Latta, 83, of East Leroy passed into the arms of His Savior on Wednesday, March 28th, 2019 at home. Dean was born, a twin, on August 26th, 1935, in Battle Creek, MI the son of Floyd R. and Gladys (Moore) Latta. He graduated from Spring Arbor High School in 1954. On October 6th, 1956, Dean married Rosemarie 'Tootie' Grant. They were married for 62 years. Dean worked for Michigan Bell...
View Tribute »

Darlene Dager

January 11, 1929 - March 20, 2019

Darlene Dager was born an only child on January 11, 1929 in Los Angeles, CA to Arthur and Ella Pettit. Her father died on Valentine's Day in 1934, when Darlene was only 5 years old, leaving her to be raised by her now widowed and single mother. In 1937, at 8 years old, the two of them left and moved to Cadillac Michigan where her mother met Leslie Bridgeman, the son of the owner of the then...
View Tribute »

Anthony Gene "Tony" Rice

February 10, 1961 - March 20, 2019

Anthony Gene "Tony" Rice of Richland, MI Tony, age 58, died unexpectedly Wednesday morning, March 20, 2019 at Ascension Borgess Hospital, Kalamazoo, MI, with his loving family at his side. Tony, the son of James Rice and Ann (Dennany) Brown was born in Kalamazoo on February 10, 1961 and was a lifetime area resident. He was the Owner and...
View Tribute »

Patricia A. Bulko

December 5, 1936 - March 19, 2019

Patricia A. Bulko died on March 19, 2019 at Northpointe Woods Assisted Living in Battle Creek, MI. She was born on December 5, 1936 to Robert and Beulah Berkey. She met her future husband Joe at a friend's house when she was 13 and he was 16, starting a life-long love affair and 56 years of marriage. She led an extraordinary ordinary life, first as a military spouse and mother of two sons...
View Tribute »

Norman Jospeh LeBreton, Jr.

October 23, 1947 - March 19, 2019

Norman Joseph LeBreton Jr. age 71, of Battle Creek passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 surrounded by his family. His beautiful life will forever be cherished in the lives of his children: Tammy M. Figueroa and Norman J. LeBreton III of West Covina, CA, Jeffrey J. (Kristina Moellering) LeBreton of West Bloomfield, MI, Michael C. (Sarah) LeBreton and Jolene M. LeBreton of...
View Tribute »

John Timothy Reen

January 7, 1942 - March 18, 2019

John Timothy Reen, age 77, of Battle Creek passed away Monday afternoon, March 18, 2019. He was born in Boston, Massachusetts on January 7, 1942, the loving son of Timothy J. and Kathleen B. (Brown) Reen, and faithfully served his country as a member of the United States Marine Corps from 1960 to 1966. A talented carpenter, John owned & operated A.J. Reen Construction with his sons for many...
View Tribute »

James Henry "Jim" McFadden

May 30, 1954 - March 17, 2019

James Henry "Jim" McFadden of Battle Creek, MI Jim, age 64, died Sunday afternoon, March 17, 2019 at Bronson Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo, MI following a lengthy illness. Jim, the son of Henry E. McFadden and Laurene (Kehlenbach) Evans, was born in Gothenburg, NE on May 30, 1954 and moved to Battle Creek, MI in 2008 to pursue raising championship Golden...
View Tribute »

Charles Laverne "Chuckie" Crandell

July 11, 1954 - March 17, 2019

Charles Lavern "Chuckie" Crandell of Augusta, MI Chuckie, age 64, died Sunday morning, March 17, 2019 at Bronson Methodist Church, Kalamazoo, MI. Chuckie, the son of Walter James and Eleanor June (Utter) Crandell, was born in Stanwood, MI on July 11, 1954 and moved to this area in 1966. He enjoyed vacationing in Florida and watching TV., Chuckie is survived by...
View Tribute »

Roseanne Marie (Sayre) Hagerty Heatherly

October 31, 1927 - March 16, 2019

Roseanne M (Sayre) Hagerty Heatherly, 91, of Kalamazoo and formerly of Battle Creek, Michigan and South Padre Island, Texas died peacefully with her family at her side on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at Rose Arbor Hospice Residence in Kalamazoo. She was born October 31, 1927 in Battle Creek the daughter of Oscar D. and Grace (Sevine) Sayre. Roseanne grew up in Battle Creek, was a 1945 graduate of...
View Tribute »

Norma J. Easler

September 22, 1931 - March 15, 2019

Norma Jean (Dauber) Easler, 87, of Ceresco went home to be with her Lord and Savior with her family by her side on March 15, 2019 at Glenn Arbor Hospice Residence in Battle Creek. Norma was born September 22, 1931 to Jesse and Pearl (McClish) Dauber in California Corners, MI. She was the youngest of 7 children. On September 4, 1948, Norma married Burton J. Easler who preceded her in death...
View Tribute »

David James MacBeth

November 27, 1967 - March 14, 2019

David James MacBeth, age 51, of Plainwell went to be with his Lord & Savior Jesus Christ on Thursday evening, March 14, 2019. He was born in Battle Creek on November 27, 1967, the loving son of Richard E. and Victoria L. (MacBeth) Grant and graduated from Plainwell High School with the Class of 1986. David worked for more than 18 years at Marshall Plastic Film in Martin and in 2016, retired...
View Tribute »

Tony Ray Wilson

December 1, 1974 - March 14, 2019

Tony Ray Wilson, 44, died, Thursday, March 14, 2019, unexpectedly at his home. He was born December 1, 1974 in Battle Creek, the son of Willard D. and Arlene H. (Johnson) Wilson. He was a 1992 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School. Tony was a veteran of the US Navy serving aboard the USS George Washington. He was a cook in various restaurants in the Battle Creek area. Tony loved...
View Tribute »

Marian Lou (Coolbaugh) Jusick

April 20, 1928 - March 14, 2019

Marian L. Jusick, 90, of Battle Creek, MI passed away peacefully with family by her side on Thursday, March 14, 2019. Marian was born in Jackson, MI on April 20, 1928, to Roy and Hazel Coolbaugh. She married Clement V. Jusick on November 8, 1947 at St. Mary Roman Catholic Church in Jackson, MI. They enjoyed 52 years of marriage with a shared love of travel, the arts, square...
View Tribute »

Drew R. West

July 31, 1964 - March 11, 2019

Drew Reagan West, 53, of Battle Creek passed away Monday, March 11, 2019. He was born July 31,1964 in Battle Creek, the son of Randy and Alvina West. Drew worked hard and played harder. He loved going to car shows and hanging out with his son Tyler. He enjoyed working on hot rods, making custom blasted mirrors and grilling out. Drew loved his dog's Tank, Dutches and Cash. But he was most happy...
View Tribute »

Evelyn Louise (Rigsby) (Keith) Bean

January 2, 1929 - March 11, 2019

Evelyn Louise (Rigsby) (Keith) Bean of Kalamazoo, MI Evelyn, age 90, who loved the Lord Jesus with all her heart is now dancing before him in Heaven as of Monday, March 11, 2019. While those she left are grieving her loss, they celebrate her lifetime love of singing before her Lord. Her journey included marriage, raising 5 children and the pursuit of diverse...
View Tribute »

Julia A. Taylor

February 12, 1936 - March 10, 2019

Our most beloved Mother, Julia Ann Taylor, passed away to be with the Lord on March 10, 2019. Julia was born on February 12, 1936 to Leon and Lucille Greer of Augusta where she was raised on the family farm, and in the same home raised her own family where she lived until her passing. She cherished the land she called home where her mornings were spent on the back swing sipping coffee, listening...
View Tribute »

Ruth Marie (Fox) Burns

October 9, 1924 - March 10, 2019

Ruth Marie (Fox) Burns of Battle Creek, MI Ruth, age 94, died Sunday morning, March 10, 2019 at Heritage Assisted Living in Battle Creek, MI. Ruth, the daughter of Frederick B. and Josephine M. (Frankowski) Fox, was born in Toledo, OH on October 9, 1924 and moved to this area in 2014. Ruth graduated in 1942 from Central Catholic...
View Tribute »

Joel D. Kellay

December 10, 1972 - March 9, 2019

Joel D. Kellay, 46, of Battle Creek, died March 9, 2019 at his residence. Joel was born December 10, 1972 in Battle Creek to James and Sandra (Chalfant) Kellay. He attended Pennfield High School and worked at Rosler Metal Finishing. He loved music and playing his guitar. He also enjoyed 4-wheelers and driving his four-wheel drive van. Joel married Melissa Landers in 2003, who survives. ...
View Tribute »

Donna Belle (Wright) Blue Fry

September 28, 1931 - March 9, 2019

Donna Belle (Wright) Blue Fry, 87, a lifelong Battle Creek, Michigan resident died Saturday, March 9, 2019 at Bronson Battle Creek. Donna was born September 28, 1931, in the old Nichols Hospital, in Battle Creek, Michigan the daughter of James Byron and Edna Aletha (Stookey) Wright. She was a 1949 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School. Donna was employed for 20 years in the payroll...
View Tribute »

Wilmeta M. "Meta" Uldriks

December 3, 1929 - March 7, 2019

Wilmeta M. "Meta" Uldriks, age 89, of Battle Creek unexpectedly passed away on Thursday evening, March 7, 2019. She was born in Battle Creek on December 3, 1929, the loving daughter of Casper and Alice Elizabeth (Reynolds) Uldriks. She grew up in the Bedford Area and retired from Post-General Foods after more than 37 years of service. Meta is survived by her daughter, Pam Uldriks; her...
View Tribute »

Blanche Marie Forman Smith

December 14, 1930 - March 7, 2019

Blanche Marie Smith, age 88, of Battle Creek died peacefully at Bronson Battle Creek Hospital on Thursday, March 7, 2019. She was born in Battle Creek on December 14, 1930, the daughter of Earl Hubert and Myrtice Lee (Mills) Smith. Blanche was a 1949 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School and a lifelong Battle Creek resident. Blanche was preceded in death by two husbands, Allen Forman...
View Tribute »

Karen Sue (McPeters) McDonald

April 16, 1954 - March 6, 2019

Karen Sue (McPeters) McDonald of Battle Creek, MI Karen, age 64, died unexpectedly following hip surgery on Wednesday evening, March 6, 2019 at Bronson Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo, MI. Karen, the daughter of David R. and Marie L. (Dubbert) McPeters, was born in LaPorte, IN on April 16, 1954. She retired in 2011 after 24 years of faithful service in the Packaging...
View Tribute »

Elizabeth J. "Betty" (Grafton) Burch

December 27, 1937 - March 5, 2019

Elizabeth J. "Betty" (Grafton) Burch, age 81, of Battle Creek passed away into a New Life with her Father in Heaven on Monday morning March 5, 2019. She was born in Harrison County, Ohio on December 27, 1937, the loving daughter of Wayne and Thelma I. (Bair) McConnell. She graduated high school in Freeport, Ohio in 1955 and furthered her education at Asbury College in Wilmore, Kentucky. ...
View Tribute »

Elizabeth A. "Liz" Elder

September 23, 1948 - March 3, 2019

Elizabeth A. "Liz" Elder, 70, of Battle Creek passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, March 3, 2019. She was born in Tennessee to Jess and Mary Howard, and lived most of her adult life in Battle Creek. She was preceded in death by her mother, Mary Howard and father, Jess Howard, as well as her brothers, Jimmy Howard and Frank Howard; sister, Dot Gardner and 7 other siblings. Liz is survived by her...
View Tribute »

Katherine L. "Kathy" Worthington

November 17, 1975 - March 2, 2019

Katherine L. "Kathy" Worthington, age 43, of Battle Creek passed away Saturday morning, March 2, 2019 at Bronson Battle Creek. She was born in Battle Creek on November 17, 1975 the daughter of Deborah M. "Debbie" (Worthington) and Richard C. Frantz. Kathy is survived by her parents; her special friend, Carrie Mock: her grandmother, Patricia "Granny" Worthington; two sisters, Becky (Richard)...
View Tribute »

Leslie H. Capron Juhnke

August 28, 1945 - March 1, 2019

Leslie H. Capron Juhnke of Hickory Corners, MI Leslie, age 73, died Friday afternoon, March 1, 2019 in Sparrow Health Systems, Lansing, MI. Leslie, daughter of Dr. Manley J. and Louise M. (Hale) Capron, was born in Battle Creek, MI on August 28, 1945. She was a 1963 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School and received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education...
View Tribute »

Faith H. Sellers

October 13, 1928 - March 1, 2019

Faith Sellers, loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, was called to her Heavenly home on Friday, March 1, 2019. Born in 1928 to parents Crawford and Hilfried (Gunderson) Sarasin, Faith grew up in the Detroit area and graduated from Berkley High School. Faith attended Western Michigan University where she received a Bachelor and Master degree in education. Before her...
View Tribute »

Marian Leone Hoffman

February 3, 1922 - February 27, 2019

Marian Leone Hoffman, age 97, of Battle Creek passed away Wednesday afternoon, February 27, 2019. She was born in Detroit, Michigan on February 3, 1922, the daughter of Earl Martin and Justine Marie (Gould) Armour and graduated with the Lakeview High School Class of 1940. Marian was employed for several years at the Kellogg Company and at Dr.'s Campbell, Power & Stephenson, where she retired...
View Tribute »

Marion Caroline Meisterheim

April 29, 1928 - February 27, 2019

Marion Caroline Meisterheim, 90, of Battle Creek died peacefully at Calhoun County Medical Facility on February 27, 2019. Marion was born April 29, 1928 in Michigan City, Indiana. She grew up in Michigan City and Battle Creek and was a 1946 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School. Marion was employed as a beautician at White's Beauty Shop in the 1940s and 1950s. Marion was also...
View Tribute »

Mary Jane (Spencer) Smith

December 25, 1936 - February 25, 2019

Mary Jane Smith of Holt, MI and formerly Battle Creek, MI Mary Jane, age 82, passed away Monday February 25th 2019. She was born on December 25, 1936 in Battle Creek to Grant and Gladys (Thode) Spencer. She worked in Title Insurance for over 40 years and retired from First American Title Insurance in 2005. She enjoyed spending her time doing jigsaw puzzles, quilting and knitting...
View Tribute »

Gerald Michael "Mike" Slagle

August 3, 1944 - February 25, 2019

Gerald Michael "Mike" Slagle, age 74, of Battle Creek and formerly of Saginaw passed away Monday evening, February 25, 2019. He was born in Grayling, Michigan on August 3, 1944, the son of Gerald H. and Evelyn M. (Gary) Slagle. Gerald faithfully served as a member of the United States Navy from 1961 to 1964. He loved to travel, mostly by motorcycle, and claims to have visited all but three...
View Tribute »

Paul Wen-Shan Wang, M.D.

October 14, 1929 - February 25, 2019

Paul Wen-Shan Wang MD, of Richland, Michigan, died peacefully surrounded by his loving family at Blodgett Hospital in East Grand Rapids, on February 25, 2019. Born on October 14, 1929 to Shang-Yi and Harriet Shin-Yin (Yuen) Wang in Canton, China, Paul recounted tales of his boyhood village home with earthen floor and lychee trees in the front garden. During the Second Sino-Japanese war, he and...
View Tribute »

Jill Ann (Gay) Woodworth

March 31, 1967 - February 25, 2019

Jill Ann (Gay) Woodworth, age 51, of Battle Creek very unexpectedly passed into eternal rest on Monday, February 25, 2019. She was born March 31, 1967 the daughter of Robert W. and Lucille A. (Gray) Gay in Kalamazoo and grew up in Richland. Jill was a 1985 graduate of Gull Lake High School and went on to earn a degree in Elementary and Special Education from Nazareth College in 1989. That...
View Tribute »

1 of 100 Recent Obituaries View More »

105 Capital Ave NE
Battle Creek, MI 49017 map it

View Website

flowers logo

Local Florists.