Children of Vernon and Mary (Pullen) Bigelow:
15337.9921t Vernon Perry, b 12 Sept 1914 Grand Rapids, Kent co, MI; d 29 June 1994 ; m 14 Jan 1941 Phyllis Mary Verlin (b __ 1921; d 11 Nov 1979); 5 children including David James Bigelow.
15337.9922t Homer Wesley, b 23 June 1916 Grand Rapids, Kent co, MI; d ___ 2002 ; m 24 (22?) Oct 1942 Madonna Bird (see anniv) (b __ 1924; d __ ) 7 children. (see below)
15337.9923t Donald Royal, b 19 May 1918 Grand Rapids; d ____ ; m 28 Dec 1942 Mary Ann Watson (b __ 1924 Barberton, OH; d ____ ;) 4 children.
15337.9924 Mary Vivian, b 01 Nov 1921 Grand Rapids, Kent co, MI; d ____ ; m 18 Jan 1957 Morris Doad.
15337.9925 Sarah Jane, b 01 Aug 1925 Grand Rapids, Kent co, MI; d ____ ; m 23 Aug 1949 Bryce Grieves.
15337.9926t Daniel Denton, b __ 1930 Allegan co, MI; d ____ ; m 08 Jan 1951 Barbara Jean Holst (b __ 1931 Grand Rapids; d ____ ); res Byrkon Ctr, MI; 9 children - includes 2 sets twins;(including Douglas Mark Bigelow)
Henry, b ___ 1934 Allegan co, MI; d ____ ; m Mary
Ellen Bellinger (dau of Orrin "Jack" and Rene
(Byers) Bellinger (see below));
res Reed City 2006, MI; 4 children. in October 1976, Patrick had
recently won several trophies at the Grand National trapshoot at
(FORGE Vol.5, No.4, October 1976 p.75.
Bigelow Society,The Bigelow Family Genealogy, Vol II, pg 384;
1971 correspondence with family members and information supplied from them;
census and vital records MI;
Rena M. Bellinger
KALKASKA - Rena M. Bellinger, 96, of Reed City and formerly of Kalkaska, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on July 19, 2006 at home. Born on December 12, 1909 in Kalkaska County, she was the daughter of the late Isaac and Katie (Green) Byers.
Rena married Orrin “Jack” Bellinger on March 18, 1932. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack; her parents; brothers, Bruce, Bill and Glen Byers; and sisters, Rhoda and Leona Byers.
Surviving Rena are her children, David (Mary) Bellinger, Donald (Peggy) Bellinger, both of Kalkaska and Mary (Patrick) Bigelow of Reed City; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; sister, Pauline Way of Medford, Oregon, many nieces and nephews; special companions, Ozzie and Major; caregiver, Sylvia Kornoelje and many friends from Hospice.
Rena graduated from Kalkaska Public Schools in 1927, which was the largest class at that time of 27. She attended Ferris College and graduated from Central Michigan University where she was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma. Rena was president of The Department of Classroom Teachers over 5 counties, was voted “Teacher of the Year” for Kalkaska and Antrim County (MEA) in 1967 and was honored by the faculty and administration. She was instrumental in teachers getting tenure in Kalkaska County. Rena retired from Kalkaska Public Schools in 1972 after teaching for 34 years and 3 generations of students.
Rena worked in organizing the Kalkaska Historical Society and served as president. She also helped in establishing the Kalkaska County Museum.
Rena was an avid reader and loved her newspapers and working crossword puzzles. She also enjoyed bird watching.
Visitation will be held on Friday, July 21st from 2:00 until 4:00 and 6:00 until 9:00 p.m. at Wolfe-O'Neill Funeral Home. The funeral service will be on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home with Reverend Ted Turanski officiating. Burial will be at Evergreen Cemetery.
Name: Cynthia L. Bigelow Boyce
Location: Lowell, Michigan
Comments: I am so excited to find you. I found a 1980 copy of the FORGE in my father's belongings. He passed away in 2002. The FORGE was actually addressed to my Aunt, Mrs. Bryce Grieves of Saranac. She, also, in now gone. I was thrilled to find it. I come from a very large family of Bigelow's. My father's name was Homer Wesley Bigelow. His father's name was Vernon Bigelow. There are many descendents. I would love to be part of all of this information. I have six sisters. My father had six siblings. I have accessed the address from your home page and intend on subscribing and purchasing your information. Thank you. Thank you for the obvious pride that you demonstrate for your name sake. There are others out there just like you. Sincerely,
Cindy Bigelow Boyce.
BIGELOW - Mrs. Mary Adele Bigelow "Mate" (nee Pullen), aged 95, formerly of Ada, passed away Monday, April 20, 1987 at the Kent Community Hospital, She is survived by her children, Vern and Joan Bigelow of Gowen, Wes and Madonna Bigelow of Ada, Don and Ann Bigelow of N. Fort Myers, FL, Molly and Morris Dadd of Muskegon, Sally, and Bryce Grieves of Saranac, Dan and Barb Bigelow of Byron Center, Pat and Mary Bigelow of Ada; 35 grandchildren; 47 great grandchildren; one great-great grandson; three sisters, Adelene Bastian of Dorr, Cora Mae Baker and Metta Haight both of Grand Rapids; several nieces and nephews. Funeral Services will be held 1 pm Friday at the Reyers North Valley Chapel, 2815 FUller NE, with Rev. Robert J. Lignell of Faith Lutheran Church officiating, Interment Fairplains Cemetery. Relatives and friends may meet her family at the funeral chapel from 7 to 9pm Wednesday and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9pm Thursday. REYERS NORTH VALLEY CHAPEL