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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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White, Elizabeth M. (Geltmacher)

Elizabeth M. White (Geltmacher)
April 10, 1845-March 30, 1927

Niles Daily Star, Thursday, March 31, 1927, page 2, col. 5-6, microfilm Niles District Library



[Word was received here] Thursday of the death on Wednesday of Mrs. Elizabeth M. White in Pasadena, Calif. Mrs. White was born in Niles on April 10, 1845, a daughter of Jacob and Nancy Geltmacher, prominent pioneer residents of Niles. Mr. Geltmacher was at one time mayor of the city of Niles. Mrs. White was a sister of Hettie Horn, wife of the late Dr. O.P. Horn, of Niles, and also of Pamelia Griffith, wife of Charles H. Griffith, names which are well remembered by many of Niles older residents. She was married in 1870 to Ralph J. White, of Niles. She leaves one son, Dr. Paul G. White, of Pasadena, and one grandchild, Nancy White.

The funeral services will be held at her son's home where she made her home, and the body will be brought to Niles for burial in the family lot in Silver Brook cemetery. It is expected that the later message may be received from Dr. White  giving more definite plans as the time he will reach Niles with the body.

Mrs. White and her son came to Niles two years ago and spent the entire summer here and her visit was a happy occasion for her and the friends who still resided here whom she had known years ago.

Antisdel, Alice (Fredenburg)

Alice Antisdel
Feb. 4, 1890-March 26, 1927

Niles Daily Star, Saturday, March 26, 1927, page 4, col 5, microfilm Niles District Library

Mrs. Antisdel Dies In Short Illness With Erysipelas


Mrs. Alice Antisdel, 37, wife of David Antisdel, 209 N. Third street, died Saturday morning at 4:45 after two weeks illness with erysipelas.  Mrs. Antisdel was born in LaPorte County, Indiana, on February 4, 1890. She was twice married. Besides her husband she is surived[sic] by four children born of her former marriage, also by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Sanford Fredenburg, who resided with her and by one sister, Mrs. M.A. Stevens, of South Bend.  The children are Mrs. Bertha Dabis, Niles; Mary Peterson and Ann Peterson, South Bend and Robert Peterson of Lakeville, Ind. Mr. and Mrs. Antisdel were married in Buchanan in 1919. The funeral services will be held at the Rutherford Funeral home on Tuesday morning at 10 o'clock.

Niles Daily Star, Tuesday, March 29, 1927, page 4, col 2, microfilm Niles District Library

Funeral Services Today

Funeral services for Mrs. David Antisdel were held this morning at the Rutherford Funeral home. Rev. John Schurman, pastor of the Evangelical church in west Niles, officiated. Burial took place in Silver Brook cemetery. Mrs. Antisdel died Saturday morning at her home, 209 North Third street, after two weeks of illness with erysipelas.

Tyler, Carrie Ann

Carrie Ann Tyler
July 26, 1978-Sept. 10, 1998

Niles Daily Star, Thursday, September 10, 1998, page 2, col. 7, microfilm Niles District Library

Funeral services for Miss Carrie Ann Tyler, 20, Topinabee Road, Niles, will be Saturday, Sept. 12, at 10 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church, Niles, by the Rev. Dr. Ronald H. Wakeman, pastor.

Burial will follow at Silverbrook Cemetery, Niles.

Miss Tyler died Wednesday at 1:55 a.m. at Indiana University Medical Center, Indianapolis, Ind., following a brief illness.

She was born July 26, 1978, in Decatur, Ga. She had lived in Niles since 1982, coming here from Dallas.

Miss Tyler was a member of First Presbyterian Church and a former church deacon.

She graduated from Niles High School in 1996.

Miss Tyler was an active member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Clemson University, S.C. She was to have begun her junior year at Clemson this year.

Survivors include her parents, Ginny and Todd Tyler of Niles; two brothers, Patrick Tyler of Columbus, Ohio, and Dan Tyler of Niles; and her grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Peabody of Niles.

There will be no visitation. Arrangements were made by Halbritter Funeral Home, Niles.

Memorials may be made to The Foundation of First Presbyterian Church, Niles, or the Niles Community Library.


Tyler, Dorotha M.

Dorotha M. Tyler
Jan. 27, 1907-Feb. 26, 1966

Niles Daily Star, Monday, February 28, 1966, page 1, col 8, microfilm Niles District Library

Mrs. Tyler Dies After Long Illness


Mrs. Dorotha M. Tyler, wife of Robert L. Tyler Sr., vice-president of Clark Equipment Company and general manager of the Tyler Refrigeration Division, died at 11:45 a.m. Saturday in Pawating Hospital where she had been a patient since Jan. 12, following an extended illness. She was 59.

Mrs. Tyler was born Jan. 27, 1907, in Grand Rapids. She was married to Mr. Tyler on May 26, 1928 in Angola, Ind., and came to Niles from Glenn Ellyn, Ill., 21 years ago. She and her husband resided at 802 Topinabee Road.

Surviving, in addition to her husband, are three sons, Robert L. Jr., Thomas L. and Taylor, all of Niles; a brother Laverne Taylor, Kalamazoo, and eight grandchildren.

She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and a past president of the Ladies' Historical Society.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday in her church. The Rev. John MacLachlan, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in Silverbrook Cemetery.

Friends will be received at the Pifer Funeral Home after 7 p.m. today.


Tyler, Jean M.

Jean M. Tyler
March 18, 1932-June 12, 1988

Niles Daily Star, Monday, June 13, 1988, page 2, col. 5, microfilm Niles District Library

Jean M. Tyler, 56, 1109 Plym Road, Niles, died Sunday, June 12, at 3:15 a.m. at Memorial Hospital in South Bend, Ind.

She was born March 18, 1932 in Chicago and moved to this area in 1953 from Glen Ellyn, Ill.  She was a homemaker and married Robert Tyler Jr. April 7, 1951 in Glen Ellyn. He died March 18, 1975.

She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and Pawating Hospital Auxiliary.

Survivors include her mother, Marion Fork of Geneva, Ill.; three sons, Todd of Niles, Michael of Encinitas, Calif., and Timothy of Birmingham; a daughter, Tracey Wood of Mesquite, Texas; a brother, Martin Fork of Raleigh, N.C.; and six grandchildren.

Services are Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, where the Rev. Clayton Fairo will officiate. Burial will be in Silverbrook Cemetery. Visitation will not be offered. Memorials may be made to the YMCA Endowment Fund.

Arrangements were made by Pifer-Smtih Funeral Home.