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Frances Virginia Oliver Sines-DerHammer
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Birth: Jan. 13, 1917
Allegan County
Michigan, USA
Death: Jun. 30, 2015
Kalamazoo County
Michigan, USA

She told me that she was born in Gunplains Twp.


DERHAMMER-SINES OLIVER Frances Obituary 2015

Published in Kalamazoo Gazette; Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo, Michigan; 02 Jul 2015


1/13/1917 - 6/30/2015
A lifelong resident of Plainwell, Michigan, passed away peacefully in her sleep, in Kalamazoo, Michigan, with her family by her side on June 30, 2015. She was 98 years old. Frances was born on January 13, 1917 in Allegan, Michigan, the daughter of the late George and Greta (Pinney) Oliver. After graduating from Plainwell High School, she worked as a licensed cosmetologist for several years. Frances married Donald Sines in 1938, and they were blessed with their son, James, in 1942. Frances and Donald were happily married for over 56 years. Their son James preceded her in death in 2006. Several years after Donald's death, Frances became reacquainted with Ernest Derhammer, a friend who grew up one block from her. He had also lost his spouse of almost 60 years, and after a few years of courtship, they were happily married in 2004, until his death in 2011. Frances is survived by her daughter-in-law, Judy (Lutz) Sines, grandsons Jeffrey (Jennifer) Sines, Jason Sines, and six great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her stepdaughter and devoted caregiver Barbara (Mark) Pearson, her stepdaughters and stepsons David (Joanne) Derhammer, Donald (Carol) Derhammer, Carol (Bruce) McDonald, Betty (Jim) Bieghler, Shirley (Richard) Hay, Sue Kovach, Jim (Roxanne) Derhammer, and several step-great-grandchildren. A stepson Richard Derhammer passed away in 2004. Frances was such a strong, determined and exceptional woman. Her deep faith and love for life was without question, the foundation upon which her 98 years on this earth was built. She was a wonderful artist and her home, as well as those of relatives and friends, reflected her talents in the beautiful paintings she had done. She was an accomplished seamstress and had organized a sewing club many years ago. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Plainwell for years, and her painting of the church hangs in their social room to this day. Perhaps one of Frances' most well-known qualities was that of her social skills. She loved meeting and visiting with people from all walks of life. She had been a loyal and frequent customer of the Pine Lake Diner for over 20 years. She knew almost everyone there, and if she didn't, she would take the time to find out who you were. Upon leaving the diner, you could expect your exit to take 15 minutes or more as she addressed each and every person, asking how they were, touching them, making them laugh, making them feel important. A celebration of Frances' life will begin with a viewing at Life Story Funeral Home, 120 South Woodhams St., Plainwell (685-5881) on Sunday, July 5 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm, and her funeral at First Presbyterian Church of Plainwell, 303 E. Bridge St., Plainwell (685-5990) on Monday, July 6 at 11:00 am. Burial will take place at Hillside Cemetery in Plainwell after her funeral, followed by a luncheon in the church. Please visit where you can archive a favorite memory or photo of her and sign her online guestbook. In lieu of flowers, Frances requested memorial contributions to The ALS Association, American Cancer Society , or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Funeral Home
Life Story Funeral Homes
120 S Woodhams St Plainwell, MI 49080
(269) 685-5881

Family links: 
  George Oliver (1889 - 1976)
  Greta M Pinney Oliver (1890 - 1982)
  Donald A Sines (1915 - 1996)
  Ernest Derhammer (1916 - 2011)
  James Oliver Sines (1942 - 2006)*
*Calculated relationship
Hillside Cemetery
Allegan County
Michigan, USA
Created by: Marcia Shears
Record added: Jul 14, 2012
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