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The entrance to Silverbrook Cemetery is located at the corner of Main and Cherry Streets in the city of Niles, Michigan.

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Roskay, Leland C.

Leland C. Roskay
April. 4, 1907-Oct. 21, 1980

Niles Daily Star, Thursday, October 23, 1980, page 2, co. 7, microfilm Niles District Library

Leland C. Roskay, 73, of Port St. Lucie, Fla. formerly of Niles, died at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Lawnwood Medical Center, Ft. Pierce, Fla.

He was the retired owned[sic] of Niles Airways and was airport manager from 1941 until 1975.

He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, the Moose Lodge, the Niles Elks Lodge, the OX-5 Aviation Pioneers, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and the Veteran Pilots Assocation[sic].

Mrs. Roskay was born on April 4, 1907 in Niles. He married Mabel Y. Ballard on April 28, 1941 in Elkhart.

His wife survives, as does a daughter, Susan Lee Roskay of Lansing.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Halbritter Funeral Home in Niles. The Rev. Arnold O. Schapp of Edwardsburg will officiate.

Burial will be in Silverbrook Cemetery.

The family requests that memorials may be given to the Niles Community Library.

There will be no visitation. Local arrangements are being handled by the Halbritter Funeral Home.


Roskay, Jennie M. (Weiser)

Jennie M. Roskay
1880-Dec. 22, 1937

Niles Daily Star, Thursday, December 23, 1937, page 2, col. 4, microfilm Niles District Library


Wife of Niles Dairyman Was Lifelong Resident of Niles


Mrs. Jennie M. Roskay, 57, wife of Charles a. Roskay, Niles dairyman, died at her home, 519 Union street, at 5:15 o'clock Wednesday night. She had been seriously ill for the past four months.

Her body will lie in state at the Roskay home until Friday noon when it will be removed to the Turner and Pifer funeral home. Services will be conducted in the funeral home at 2:30 o'clock Friday afternoon with the Rev. Guy W. Simon of the First Presbyterian church officiating. Burial will be in Silverbrook cemetery.

Known as "Aunt Jennie," Mrs. Roskay was popular among the children of her neighborhood. She was a member of the Maccabees and prior to her illness was active in work of the lodge.

The daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Henry Weiser, she was born in Bertrand township and spent her entire life in and near Niles. She was married to Mr. Roskay in 1901.

Beside her husband, she leaves one son, Leland, Niles aviator; also one sister, Mrs. Mary Haskell, Chicago Heights, and three brothers, Willliam, Jacob and Edward Weiser, all of Niles.

Niles Daily Star, Friday, December 24, 1937, page 2, col. 2, microfilm Niles District Library


The Rev. Guy W. Simon conducted funeral services at 2:30 o'clock this afternoon in the Turner and Pifer funeral home for Mrs. Jennie Roskay, 57. Burial was in Silverbrook cemetery. Lawrence Abbott, Tracy Dickey, Frank Martin, and Leo, Claude and Homer Weiser served as pallbearers. Mrs. Roskay died Wednesday night at her home following an extended illness.


Duffy, Joseph L.

Joseph L. Duffy
Died June 4, 1910

Niles Daily Star, Monday, June 6, 1910, page 3, col. 3, microfilm Niles District Library

Joseph L. Duffy died this morning at Kankakee, Ill. The remains will arrive here tomorrow and will lie in state at the undertaking parlors of H.E. Price until Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock,when interment will take place at Silver Brook cemetery. The deceased was a nephew of Frank Langston.

Walling, Jane (Lacey)

Jane Lacey Walling
March 17, 1803-Jan. 20, 1875

Niles Republican, Thursday, January 21, 1875, page 3 col. 2, microfilm Niles District Library

Mrs. Jane Lacey Walling, widow of the late Samuel B. Walling, died at the residence of her brother, David Lacey, Esq., yesterday morning, aged 72 years. Mrs. Walling was born in Loudon county, Virginia, March 17, 1803. Her parents moved to Ohio when she was an infant, and in 1820 removed to Richmond, Indiana.  On the 24th of August, 1826, she was married to Samuel B. Walling, and in October of 1828, they came to Niles, then little if anything short of a wilderness. Mr. Walling died in the winter of 1830-31. At the time of her death, Mrs. Walling was the oldest resident of Niles. She lived here over forty-six years, and has been an eyewitness to each successive development of the progress of this City and its surrounding country.

Pratt, Sylvester M.

Sylvester M. Pratt
abt. 1828-Jan. 20, 1875

Niles Republican, Thursday, January 28, 1875, page 3 col. 6, microfilm Niles District Library


PRATT--In Kalamazoo, on the 20th instant, Sylvester M. Pratt, of this City, aged 46 years.