Hope Church of the Brethren

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Archive for December, 2010

Nothing Can Separate Us From God

Hope has felt some great loss over the last few months.


Cal Seese died November 15.  He’d been suffering from a hardening of the lungs.  The announcement of his disease hit the church hard, and his death came much too soon.  He  will be remembered for his quite and gentle spirit, his sense of humor, and his love for his family.  We’ll miss him in the kitchen after potlucks!

Cal’s Obituary:

SEESE – Calvin Keith Seese, age 79, of Alto, passed away Monday, November 15, 2010. He was preceded in death by his parents, Francis (Roxie) Seese; sister, Treva (Carl) Fox; brother, Harold Seese. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Fern (nee Rowley); daughters, Amy Seese, Cathy (Greg) Corliss; son, Paul Seese; grandchildren, Cassandra Tuttle, Dylan, Dalton, Drake and Dominic Seese; sister-in-law, Judy Seese. He served in the Army from 1954-1956 and was honored by the Clarksville Steam and Gas Association as farmer of the year in 1999. Cal will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, farmer, friend, and neighbor. Funeral Service will be held Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at Hope Church of the Brethren, 14275 – 92nd SE, Freeport. Pastor Douglas Reichenbach officiating. Visitations will be Friday 2 to 4:00 and 6 to 8:00 p.m. at Roth-Gerst Chapel, 305 N. Hudson, Lowell. Memorial contributions may be made to Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 811 W. Evergreen Ave., Ste 303, Chicago, IL 60642. Roth-Gerst



December 17 we unexpectedly lost Mel Bradley.  She had been in an auto accident approximately 6 weeks ago.  While her foot was still healing and she was expected to be in the wheel chair for another 2 months, she was doing well and her spirits were good.  Doctors think her death was caused by a blood clot.  While Melanie was relatively new to Hope, she will be missed for her zeal, her laughter, her music and her leadership.

Mel’s Obituary:

BRADLEY – Melanie Bradley, age 24, of Grand Rapids, MI, and formerly of Wolcott, IN, passed away suddenly on Friday, December 17, 2010 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Rapids, MI. Melanie was born on August 17, 1986 in Kokomo, IN to Jeff and Linda (Hendrix) Ticen of Wolcott, IN. After high school graduation she attended Grace College where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2009. Melanie was married at the Burr Oak Mennonite Church in Rensselaer on August 11, 2007 to Eric Bradley who survives. They moved to Grand Rapids 1 .5 years ago where Melanie was the pianist for the Grand Rapids Ballet Company. She also gave private piano lessons. Melanie was a member of the Hope Church of the Brethren, Freeport Michigan; the Women of the Word bible study and formerly the Grace College Chamber Singers. She is survived by her loving husband, Eric and their 11 month old son, Neil of Grand Rapids; her parents, Jeff and Linda Ticen, Wolcott, IN; his parents, Ernie and Janice Bradley, Liberty Mills, IN, her siblings, Benjamin, Rebekah, Aaron, Ginny, Joshua, Lydia and Angela Ticen all of Wolcott; her maternal grandparents, William J. and Helen Ticen, Culver, IN; her paternal grandparents, Richard and Gloria Hendrix, Sedalia, IN; and extended family members Brian and Debbie Voss. Friends may call Wednesday, December 22, 2010 from 3 to 8 p.m. CST at the Burr Oak Mennonite Church in Rensselaer, Indiana. Funeral services will be held at the Burr Oak Mennonite Church on Thursday, December 23, 2010 at 10 a.m. CST with Pastor Phillip Leichty officiating. Burial will follow at the Burr Oak Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Women at Risk International, Wyoming, Michigan. See www.jacksonfuneral.com to leave condolences and sign the online guests’ registry.