Goodbye – Gene Harris [2020-01-04]

Goodbye - Gene Harris [2020-01-04]

Longtime Wheatland Board member and Jive at Five bassist Tom T. Ball wrote, “The Wheatland family lost a good friend and fabulous musician in Gene Harris when he passed away on January 4th, 2020. Gene and his supportive wife Eathyl lived in the Big Rapids area for over 50 years, which provided a base for […] Read more »

Goodbye – Lori Rae Smalley [2019-01]

Goodbye - Lori Rae Smalley [2019-01]

Carol Atkinson reported that her daughter Lori Rae Smalley, of St. Johns, died of esophageal cancer in January 2019. A vintage Wheatland Quilt was donated by Lori’s family in her memory. The quilt was constructed from several 1970’s Wheatland t-shirts. It was originally won by Lori’s mother, Carol Atkinson, at a Wheatland raffle; and was […] Read more »

Goodbye – Janese (Finkler) Gorecki [2019-12-01]

Goodbye - Janese (Finkler) Gorecki [2019-12-01

Janese (Finkler) Gorecki, was called to her heavenly home on December 1, 2019. She began attending Wheatland Music Festival in 1990 with her brother Dennis Finkler, who since passed in 1997. Janese really enjoyed the “Wheatland Way” – like how everyone is friends, but complete strangers and takes care of one another. She embraced the […] Read more »

Goodbye – Frank Frayer [2019-12-01]

Frank Frayer died on December 1, 2019. His son Matthew wrote that Frank began attending the Wheatland Festival in the early 1980s and bringing his kids. Frank volunteered as a red shirt. Among his tasks as a volunteer was helping to assemble Centennial Stage. Matt said that, after he began bringing his own family to […] Read more »