Thomas, Michael Kenneth

Michael Kenneth Thomas, of Niles
Nov. 25, 1960 – July 30, 2017

Niles Daily Star, Published 8:43 am Monday, August 7, 2017

Michael Kenneth Thomas, 56, of Niles, died peacefully on Sunday, July 30, 2017, at West Woods of Niles,  following an extended illness.

He was born on Nov. 25, 1960, in Fort Myers, Florida, to Henry J. and Lucille (Thomas) Thomas. He was graduated from Niles High School, and served a tour of duty in the U.S. Army.

Michael Thomas

He was self-employed as a handyman to many of the homes in Niles. He was able to repair anything from machines to houses, and recycled most of the community’s outdated and unrepairable appliances.

Big Mike was a man of God, and often worshipped at the Victory Church in Buchanan. He was also the life of every party, with a seemingly endless collection of jokes and good humor. More than all of that, he was a family man, caring for his family as his greatest priority.

That family includes his companion of 26 years, Susan Kaye Carroll; and his children, Torie Smith of Niles, Kesonia (Jermaine) Thomas-Walker of South Bend, Indiana, Michael Jerome Thomas of Indianapolis, Indiana, Kenneth Thomas, Rochele Thomas, Michael Carroll, and Tamisha Carroll, all of Niles, and Johnnell King of Texas; 21 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren;  Mike’s siblings, Barbara (Conyers) Ingram of Jackson, Tennessee, Brenda (Robert) Williams of Tampa, Florida, Beverly (James) Hosea of South Bend, Mary (Lennie) Gills of South Bend, Willie Sirmons of Naples, Florida, Jimmy (Darlene) Thomas of Fort Myers, Johnny Thomas of Niles, Harrison (Regina) Thomas of Fort Myers, and Manuel (Alicia) Thomas of Chesapeake, Virginia; two aunts; two uncles; 42 nieces and nephews; 25 great-nieces and nephews; and a host of relatives and friends.

The funeral service for Michael Thomas will be at noon on Friday, Aug. 11, at Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Niles, with the Rev. Bryant L. Bacon Sr. officiating. Committal rites will follow at the Silverbrook Cemetery in Niles. The family will receive relatives and friends from 11 a.m. to noon at the church.

Arrangements were made at the Halbritter-Wickens Funeral Home in Niles,

Geik, Robert R.

Robert R. Geik
September 27, 1934 – August 9 2017

Niles – Robert R. Geik, 82, passed away at 11:59am on Wednesday, August 9, 2017.

Bob was born on September 27, 1934 in Three Oaks, MI to the late Gustave and Bertha (Schmidt) Geik. Bob was also preceded in death by his brothers and sisters, Henry Geik, Lena Strefling, Edward Geik, Arthur Geik, Mildred Strefling, Ruth Ott, and William Geik.

On October 17, 1959 in New Troy, MI, Bob married Carolyn A. (Freeze). She survives along with daughters, Pamela (Thomas) Scheibelhut, and Traci (John) Griesinger; grandchildren, Cory Scheibelhut, and Matthew and Ryan Griesinger; sister, Evelyn (Emmit) Kempton; and several nieces and nephews.

Bob honorably served his country in the United States Navy. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and listening to music. He spent many days at the family farm in Three Oaks caring for his garden and enjoying all of nature.

Visitation is 4-6pm Sunday, August 13, 2017 in HALBRITTER WICKENS FUNERAL HOME 615 E. Main St., Niles. Family and Friends may gather at 10am on Monday, August 14, 2017 for a Funeral Service in St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 1340 Sycamore St., Niles with visitation one-hour prior in the Family Center. Burial will follow at Silverbrook Cemetery with Military Honors provided by the Wee-Chik American Legion Post 518 and the United States Navy Honor Guard.

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Jackson, Menthia L. (Buish)

Menthia L. Jackson 
December 7, 1934 - July 27, 2017

Menthia L. Jackson, 82, of Niles, passed away on Thursday, July 27, 2017 at Lakeland Hospital in Niles. She was born on December 7, 1934 to William and Nola Buish in Holland, MO. In 1990, she married Willie Jackson in Cass County. Menthia is survived by her sons, Larry (Patricia) Evans of Niles, MI, Timothy Evans of Atlanta, GA, Robert (Queenie) Evans of Niles, MI, Troy (Sharon) Evans of Columbus, OH; brothers, Columbus Evans of South Bend, IN, Elvee Evans of Clinton, MS; sisters, Charlene Evans of Niles, MI, and Helene (Richard) Baker of South Bend, IN; 9 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She is preceded in death by her husband, Willie; parents, William and Nola; son, Terry Evans; brothers, Willie Evans, Sammy Lee Evans, Ulysses Evans and Jack Evans. Funeral services for Menthia will be at 1 pm on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at Hoven Funeral Home, Buchanan, with Pastor Bryant L. Bacon Sr. officiating. Burial will follow at Silverbrook Cemetery. Visitation with be at 12 pm on Wednesday. Online condolences may be made at


PeGan, Margaret J. (Pfefferle)

Margaret J. PeGan, of Niles
July 31, 1926 – Aug. 3, 2017

Niles Daily Star, Published 8:52 am Friday, August 4, 2017

Margaret J. PeGan, age 91 years of Niles, Michigan died peacefully at 4:25 a.m. on Thursday, August 3, 2017 at West Woods of Niles following an extended illness.

She was born on July 31, 1926 in Bremen, Indiana to Raymond and Thelma (Emmons) Pfefferle. She came to Niles from Ohio in 1949, and was employed for many years at the former Niles plant of Simplicity Pattern Company.

Marge was a member of the First Church of God in Niles. She was an accomplished baker, including many wedding cakes. She enjoyed providing a clean and tidy home for her family.

She was first married to Lonnie Scarbary. Later, on July 14, 1972 in South Bend, Indiana she married Raymond L. PeGan with whom she celebrated the twenty-fourth anniversary of their wedding prior to his death on April 8, 1977. She was also preceded in death by Ray’s son, John PeGan.

Surviving family includes her daughters, Diane Keihn and Linda Palmer, both of Niles; Ray’s children, Terry Hamilton, Jim PeGan, Fred PeGan, and Tom PeGan, all of Niles and Linda Ambrozewski of Nevada, Missouri; grandchildren Angela Hinderliter, Brian Jackson, Michael Jurek, Christopher Jurek, and Vanessa Clarke; seven great-grandchildren; and several step-grand and step-great-grandchildren.

The funeral service for Margaret PeGan will be at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, August 7, 2017 at the Halbritter-Wickens Funeral Home in Niles with the Rev. Robert Jackson of the First Church of God officiating. Committal will follow at Silverbrook Cemetery in Niles.

The family will receive relatives and friends from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home. Contributions in memory of Marge may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association Michigan Great Lakes, 564 South Main Street, Suite 200, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104.

Boettcher, Mary Elizabeth (Harrold)

Mary Boettcher
Dec. 2, 1921 — June 21, 2017

Niles Daily Star, Published 8:56 am Monday, June 26, 2017

Mary Elizabeth (Harrold) Boettcher, 95, passed away Wednesday, June 21, 2017, at Lakeside Nursing Home in Naples, Florida, with her sons present.

Mary was born Dec. 2, 1921, in Niles, to the late Russel and Edith Harrold.

Mary Boettcher

On Jan. 11, 1941, Mary married Richard W. Boettcher Sr. He passed away May 26, 2004.

Mary was also preceded in death by a sister, Kathleen Wenger, who passed away in 2016, and a niece, Peggy.

Mary is survived by her sons, Richard W. Boettcher Jr. and William R. Boettcher; grandson Gary Boettcher; great-grandchildren Allison and twins Cara and Dana; brother Don Harrold; nephews (Kathleen’s sons) John, Richard and Danny; niece (Kathleen’s daughter) Kathy; and numerous other nieces and nephews.

Mary retired from working at Simplicity Pattern Company in Niles after more than 20 years. She loved to bowl, and she played golf well into her 90s at Plym Park Golf Course. She was driving her car back in Niles up to the age of 94. Mary danced in a variety show put on by the Imperial Bonita Estates park. She did that for more than 20 years, up until she turned 90.

She was loved by all who came into contact with her at NCH hospital, and all of the staff at Lakeside Nursing Home in Naples. They all made mention as to how sweet a lady she was. And that she was.

The family requests no flowers or donation.

A living memory service will be scheduled at a later date. Cremation took place in Florida, and Mary will be laid to rest in Silverbrook Cemetery in Niles. Halbritter-Wickens Funeral Home, 615 E. Main St., Niles is assisting the family with arrangements.

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