Obituaries — September 30, 2010


Kody E. Klase, 16, of Belmont passed away very unexpectedly on Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010. He was a sophomore at Rockford High School and enjoyed attending the youth group at Resurrection Life Church
in Rockford.

Kody is survived by his loving parents, Dean and Cheryl; brother, Wayne Miller; sister, Amanda Mendez; niece, Cherish Mendez; aunts, Pam (Charlie) Neihardt and Dana Moore; and uncle, Jeff (Rhonda) Moore.

The service of praise and thanksgiving for the gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ for Kody will be Thursday at 11:00 a.m. at Resurrection Life Church in Rockford with Pastor Tim Simon officiating. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at Pederson Funeral Home on Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the needs of the family.

Grief counselors available for students after high school student found dead 

Kody Klase, 16, had complained of a cold 

The parents of Kody Klase, 16, found their son dead in his room the evening of Sunday, Sept. 26 after being out of town. Klase was described by Rockford High School Principal Dan Zang as a very pleasant young man well-liked by his peer group.

“It was just devastating news to hear this morning,” Zang said. “Grief counselors are available to our students.”

Klase was active in his youth group at Resurrection Life Church in Rockford.

“It is a very difficult day. We have had our share of devastating events of late,” Zang said. “What amazes me is how well our kids take care of each other. In addition to the counseling staff, we have seen lots of students helping each other through this grief.”


Mrs. Mary Ann Carpenter, 106, the senior member of the Rockford community, passed away late Sunday evening, Sept. 19, 2010, at her home. She was born March 25, 1904, and lived all her life within five miles of Rockford.

Mary was born to Jennie and George Dunn on a farm on Courtland Drive, where she grew up. She attended Shank Elementary School on 12 Mile Road and graduated from Rockford High School in 1922. Mary worked for Citizen Telephone Company, Michigan Bell from 1922 to 1927 and Wolverine World Wide for five years. She married Walter L. Carpenter on July 24, 1926. They lived on Lewis Street and then moved to a farm on Shaner Avenue. The next house was in Rockford on Summit Street for a short time until purchasing the farm on Tefft Avenue, where they lived in for 20 years. After retirement they purchased a home on South Main Street in Rockford.

Mary enjoyed gardening, crocheting, playing cards with friends, crossword puzzles, the Golden R, and keeping track of her grandchildren. She was an avid fan of the Detroit Tigers baseball team. For many years Mary was an active worker at each Rockford United Methodist Church “pastie bake.” She drove until the age of 99 and was able to live in her home until the age of 101, when she moved to Bishop Hills Retirement Home.

Her family thanks the great care given to Mary at Bishop Hills and most recently Spectrum Hospice and Dr. Longley. A special thanks is given to the Rockford United Methodist Church, Pastor Riley, the staff and entire congregation for the continuous love given to Mary. They also would like to thank her sons, Gerald and his wife Jeri, and Jim and his wife Cathie, and granddaughter Deena and her husband Art, who took the emergency calls and opened their homes to special events for Mary.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter (1982); two brothers, Chester Dunn (1952) and Earl Dunn (1963); as well as two sisters, Elva (1959) and Orpha (1936). Mary is survived by her sons, Gerald (Jeri) of Livonia, Mich., Jack (Darlene) of Evergreen, Colo., and Jim (Cathie) of Grand Rapids; and daughter, Joan (Carl) Doyle of Modesto, Calif. She leaves 12 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews and their children, who were also very dear to her throughout her life.

The service for Mary was Sunday, Sept. 26, at Rockford United Methodist Church, Rockford, with the Rev. Richard Riley officiating. Interment was in Rockford Cemetery. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the charity of one’s choice.

Arrangements were made by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford.

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