Marcia Bechtloff, 69

Marcia C. Bechtloff, age 69, of Colon, passed away Thursday, Feb. 26, 2009, at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.

 Marcia was born June 3, 1939, in Schoolcraft, a daughter of the late Harry & Helen (Smith) Stuart.

Marcia had lived most all of her life in the Colon and Leonidas area. She graduated from Colon High School with the class of 1957.

She married Dawayne Holtz, which ended in divorce. She later married Richard K. Bechtloff in Battle Creek.

 Marcia had worked for the Family Independent Agency in Centreville, retiring in 1999.

She was a homemaker and a member of the North Avenue Church of God in Battle Creek. Prior to that she had attended the Church of God in Colon.

She is survived by her husband, Richard K. (Dick) Bechtloff of Colon; four children, Tod (Claudene) Holtz of White Pigeon, Andy (Nati) Holtz of Los Angeles, Heidi (Scott) Wasserman of Alpine, Texas, and Shawn (Melissa) Holtz of Battle Creek; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild; three step-children, Kevin Bechtloff of Louisville, Ky., Tracy (Dave) Lovell of Melfa, Va., and Mark (Renee) Bechtloff of Portsmouth, Va.; five step-grandchildren; a brother, Marvin (Lorraine) Stuart of Leonidas; two sisters, Doris (Wallace) Nichols of Sturgis and Mary (Roger) Hall of Colon; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by an infant son, Timothy Holtz; a sister, Norma Jean (Thornton) Shoop; and a brother, Robert Stuart.

The family will receive relatives and friends from 6-8 p.m. Monday and 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Schipper Funeral Home in Colon.

Funeral services celebrating the life of Marcia Bechtloff will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Jim Sparks of the North Avenue Church of God officiating. Burial will follow at Lakeside Cemetery in Colon.

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