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Linn Worden Funeral and Celebration of Life
"Whoop, whoop!"

Dear Members and Friends, 

The service for Linn Worden will be at 4pm Monday July 22, 2013
at Divine Wings Fellowship Spiritualist Church.
There will be a pot luck meal after the service,
ham and turkey will be provided for sandwiches,
anything you choose to bring will be appreciated. 

Please send your cards to the family at: 
Wesley Worden 
1148 Carson Ave. 
Jackson, MI 49203 

Donations in Linn's memory
may be sent to the family for funeral expenses,
they will be greatly appreciated. 

Any questions, please call me at:
(517) 782-7930 or (517) 764-3734 or by email. 

Love and Blessings, 



Nora Linn Worden, Born: October 8, 1950
Died: July 15, 2013 at Jackson, Michigan



Rev. Jean MacNish passed away peacefully in her sleep January 17th, 2012

Please pray for her transition, and peace for her family.  The funeral arrangement for Rev. MacNish is
1:00pm Sunday afternoon at Good Samaritan Church, with a luncheon to follow. 

Any questions, please contact ISA Secretary, Catherine Dorr,

Audrey J. MacNish, Born: September 11, 1927
Died: January 17, 2012 at Lake Orion, Michigan

Audrey was born on September 11, 1927 and passed away on Tuesday, January 17, 2012. 
Audrey was a resident of Lake Orion, Michigan at the time of her passing. 
She was preceded in death by her husband John. 
Memorial services Sunday 1:00 pm. Good Samaritan Church 5401 Oak Park, Clarkston, MI. 

Memorials may be made to:
 K9 Stray Rescue League, 2120 Metamora Rd., Oxford, 48371


Glozella Bowman Meyer
, 99 of Arizona City, AZ, formerly of Niles, Michigan died peacefully at 7:00 PM Tuesday December 20, 2011 at her home in Arizona of natural causes.
  [Obituary]  [Guestbook]

Glozella and husband Ralph Bowman kept the First Spiritual Church of Prayer going in South Bend, IN for many years.  Rev.'s Nellie and Thomas as well as all members there will remember Glozella fondly and appreciate the part she and Ralph played with keeping their church functioning.  Our condolences and best wishes go to her daughter Gloria and all the family. 

 "She won't say when, but Rev.'s Hilborn and Badrinek convinced her to become a member of the ISA. After earning her Missionary papers she served as ISA Secretary for 25 years. Sometime in 1954 she and her husband Ralph Boman were instrumental with the purchase of the building still used by the First Spiritual Church of Prayer in South Bend, Indiana."

FROM REV. NELLIE VARDAMAN: "I met her about 40 years ago when she was the ISA Secretary. According to our records the church purchased the neighborhood grocery store for $1.00 from the owner. The title transfer is signed by the Secretary of the FSCP church board which makes us think the church must have met somewhere else prior to meeting in our current building. Where those early members met before this we do not know. The Bowman's were certainly instrumental in turning a grocery store into a cozy but comfortable church. They gave of their time and money to remodel and even installed the stain glass windows we still enjoy.

Glozella loved being a school teacher. Some of her students kept in touch with her, and some were still sending her cards and letters. She and Ralph had one daughter, Gloria. Gloria and her husband Dick cared for Glozella during her illness and had traveled with her to her winter home in Arizona these last few years when she could no longer do it alone. Glozella's Grandson Stephen was the light of her life. When she talked of him her face would simply light up.

Until just a few years ago she was a regular speaker at the First Spiritualist Church of Prayer. She loved to sing solos in church and to go out dancing. Even into her 90's you could see those feet keep a moving. It was always innocent fun, but Glozella loved to flirt with men. She always seemed to have less problem walking with her walker when there was a young man around, this always tickled Gloria and me. She loved to get cards and phone calls and was well known for always writing back, she loved to keep in touch.

Glozella, past 90 but still on her own in Arizona, had me worried since I could not reach her by phone after three days. Something prompted me to call the police to check on her. It turned out that she was fine but her phone was out. She didn't understand what all the fuss was about. I knew she was healthy but knowing that she had fallen a few weeks earlier had me concerned. Do you know that at that age the only medication she was on was an aspirin a day.

After she turned 86 she started asking me whenever she came to church, “why am I still here?” I just assured her God still had work for her to do. I always thought she would live to see 100 but 99 is pretty darn close. I think of all that has happened in this world during her lifetime which has spanned an incredible time in our history. I feel sure that she is now reunited with husbands Ralph and Warren, having a good time and know she is keeping her eye on us."


Ronald Peshek;

Husband and assistant to pastor Rev. Bonnie Peshek
First Psychic Spiritualist Church
in South Rockwood, Michigan 

Funeral and burial were on December, 17th 2011.
He passed over after a long bout with cancer. 
Keep him and Rev. Bonnie in your prayers.

Ronald M. Peshek, born August 13, 1944
Died December 13, 2011 in S. Rockwood, Michigan

Ronald M. Peshek, beloved husband of Bonnie (Hess),
loving father of John (Jennifer) VanBuskirk and Betty (Sandon) Lettieri,
dear brother of Bruce (Margie) Peshek, Craig (Margot) Peshek
and Priscilla (Jack) Charlesworth,
loving son of Priscilla ( Thompson) Peshek and the late Ronald J. Peshek.
Retired Financial business Manager Local #32 Detroit Tile Marble and Terrazzo,
private pilot, member Masonic Lodge #475 F & AM Detroit,
and proud Veteran United States Army

FROM SUZANNE CHASE:  "He was a Vietnam veteran, Married Bonnie in 1997,
was a master tile worker for over 40 years, member of the Masonic Lodge # 475,
held a private pilots license and enjoyed flying single engine planes -
was an avid target shooter, and he was a member of the ISA for 40 years,
and co-pastor of the First Physic Church of Brightmoor for 16 years.


Rev. Robert Kessel made his transition Tuesday, October 11, 2011.

The funeral service is being held on October 22, visitation is from 2 - 4pm with the service after the visitation.
Rev. Kessel founded his church, Spiritualist Church of New Hope in August of 1976 and was ordained in 1977.  He attended the Quarterlies and Conventions as his health permitted, enjoying the fellowship.  His Spirit will soar with us now that he has joined our other pioneers.  God Bless You Rev. Kessel.

FROM THE ISA BOOKLET:  "After returning from the Army in 1945 he found that his church no longer satisfied his soul. Later a little three line advertisement in the classifieds for a Spiritualist Church got his attention and he decided to give it a try. That was his first message from Spirit. He told his wife, Lora and she became as excited as he was.

The pastor of this Spiritualist church was an elderly lady and soon they were running the church for her. Lora gave messages and played the organ. Bob performed the healings and ran the platform. One Sunday he noticed a stranger sitting in the back taking notes. That week the pastor got notice to turn over all church property to the national headquarters of NASC.

In the meantime they were studying under Rev. Iris Waugaman of the ISA who then decided to open a church. She ran the Sunday service and the Kessell's ran the Friday evening service. One Friday they found the church doors locked. He sent Rev. Lora home with the first person to arrive so that she could set up church in their home while he remained to send the others along to their home.

After this they applied for and received charter number 622 on August 21, 1976 for the Spiritualist Church of New Hope. Robert Kessell was ordained to become Rev. Robert Kessell on December 8th, 1977. Lora Kessell was also ordained to become Rev. Lora Kessell about this same time."

FROM REV. NELLIE VARDAMAN:  "I met Rev.'s Bob and Lora over 30 years ago. Rev. Bob was a very quiet man until he had something to say. I also found him interesting to listen to. The one that stands out most is the service he gave on “All of our Bodies.” He demonstrated it with pill bottles, one inside the other. Rev. Bob enjoyed talking with like minds at our Quarterly and Annual Conventions. He enjoyed dancing and simply having a good time."
Please send cards to the family:
Suzanne Berge, 914 W. 151st St., East Chicago, IN  46312

Rev. Robert Lee Kessel, 94, of East Chicago and Whiting, passed away Tuesday, October 11, 2011. He was the beloved husband of the late Lora E. (Whitmore) Kessel who passed away June 30, 1990; loving father of Norma Alam of Indianapolis and Sue Berge of East Chicago; cherished grandfather of Anver (Debbie) Alam, Marian Alam, Debbie (Bill) Kennedy and the late Christine Berge; adoring great grandpa of Christina (Thomas) Ely, Sarah Alam, Faith, Caroline and Caleb Kennedy and the late Shane Kennedy; proud great, great grandpa of Isaac Ely; dearest brother of Margaret Bjerke, Mabel Cox, Kenneth Kessel and the late Helen Kessel; dear uncle of Don Bjerke, Chuck Bjerke and Mary Ferguson. A memorial service will be held Saturday, October 22, 2011 at 4:00 p.m. at the Baran Funeral Home, 1235-119th St., Whiting with the Rev. Peggy Rogge officiating. Friends are invited to meet with the family from 2:00 p.m. to time of services. Rev. Kessel was born on November 26, 1916 in Waukan, Iowa to Andrew and Bessie (Thornton) Kessel and was a longtime resident of the Calumet Region. He became an ordained minister and was the pastor of the Spiritualist Church of New Hope in East Chicago. He was a WWII Army Veteran attaining the rank of Sergeant in the OSS Branch and had participated in the European Theatre. He was also a retiree of LTV Steel, East Chicago with a service of 20 years and was a member of the Whiting-Robertsdale Senior Citizens Club at the Whiting Community Center, participating in their Pinochle Club. Devoted to his family, he will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family would be appreciated. (219) 659-4400.



Hazel Burns

Hazel was a long time member of First Spiritualist Church of Prayer in South Bend, IN.  She received her Missionary certification from the I.S.A. in 1986.

She had a love for birds, especially geese.  Her funeral procession from the funeral home in South Bend was unimpeded by traffic signals as it traveled to the cemetery in Mishawaka except for once.  A flock of geese stopped the procession for several minutes as they drank from a puddle in the street.  Perhaps they too wanted to say "goodbye."

Hazel Mary Burns, 91, of Michigan City, IN, formerly of South Bend, IN, passed away at 8:00 a.m. Thursday, August 7, 2014 at St. Anthony's Hospital, Michigan City, IN.   She was born on December 20, 1922 in Salem, AR to Henry Sherman and Addie (Craft) Banning. 

Mrs. Burns is survived by her daughter, Sylvia Jean Adams of Jacksonville, FL; three sons, James R. (Gloria Jeanne) Barker of Ocala, FL, William H. Barker, Jr. of Michigan City, IN and Robert (Eleanor) Barker of Goodrich, MI; many grandchildren and great grandchildren; two sisters, Ursala Donahue of Melbourne, AR and Connie Dove of Walkerton, IN; brother, Leon Banning of MO and several nieces and nephews.  

She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry Sherman and Addie Banning; husbands, William Barker, Paul Sherron and Jack Burns; two daughters, Kaye Smith and Jody Fogarty and two brothers.  The family has grown so much, please don't be offended if let out, know that you are still loved.
Mrs. Burns lived most of her life in South Bend and Plymouth, moving to Michigan City a year ago.  She has worked for Ball Band, Raco and Magnum Security. Funeral services will be held at  11:00 a.m. Monday, August 11, 2014  at the Palmer Funeral Home-Guisinger Chapel, 3718 S. Michigan St., South Bend, IN.  Burial will follow at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Osceola, IN.  Friends may visit with the family one hour prior to the services.  Contributions in memory of Hazel Mary Burns may be offered to Hospice at Francisan St. Anthony Health, Michigan City, 301 West Homer St., Michigan City, IN 46360.   Online condolences may be sent to the family


Rev. Pat Langdon

Patricia Langdon(1940 - 2017)

Langdon, Patricia L. of Holt, Michigan; age 76; was called home to be with her husband, Jerry on Friday, February 10, 2017; born September 16, 1940 in Springfield, IL, the daughter of Raymond and Edna (Gossage) Clemons.

Patricia was a former minister at Golden Light Spiritualist Church and a Girl Scout Leader for many years. Most of all, Patricia loved being a wife and mother.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Gerald “Jerry” in 1991, parents, and many sisters and brothers-in-law.

Patricia is survived by her children, Richard (Jeanine), Cynthia (Joseph) Hyaduck, Jodie (Robert) Michalak, and Lisa Langdon; brothers, Robert (Mary Jo) Tate and Timothy Tate; sister, Roberta Schmidt; 11 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Patricia’s life will be held Saturday, February 18, 2017, 2 p.m., at Palmer, Bush & Jensen Family Funeral Homes, Holt-Delhi Chapel with Pastor Suzanne Chase of Golden Light Spiritualist Church officiating. The family will receive friends from 12-2 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Golden Light Spiritualist Church, 2110 Milford Rd., Highland, MI 48357. Friends may sign the online guestbook at 



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