Alta Marie Layman Sunday, April 5, 1931 - Sunday, September 10, 2017

Alta Marie Layman, 86, of Berrien Springs, formerly of Eau Claire, died Sunday, September 10, 2017, at Lakeland Medical Center in St. Joseph.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, September 13, at Bowerman Funeral Home, Eau Claire, with visitation at 1 p.m., followed by the service at 2 p.m.  Burial will be in Caldwell Cemetery, Eau Claire.  Memorial donations may be made to Berrien Center Bible Church or to Hospice at Home.  Online messages may be left at

Alta was born April 5, 1931, in Crawfordsville, Indiana, the daughter of George and Mary Gunkel.  In addition to caring for her family, she had been the Produce Manager for the Eau Claire store of Harding’s Friendly Markets.  Her favorite pastimes included knitting, crocheting, and sewing.

Survivors include her daughter, April (Tom) Disterheft, and two sons, Mark Layman and Kevin (Debra) Layman, all of Eau Claire; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Vicky Lynn Gaunder in 1993; two sisters, Julia Odiorne and Mary Tio; and three brothers, George Gunkel Jr., Marlin Gunkel, and Robert Gunkel.


Join us on September 13, 2017, 1 - 2 p.m. Wednesday

Bowerman Funeral Home, 6635 East Main Street, Eau Claire, MI 49111

Join us on September 13, 2017, 2 p.m. Wednesday

Bowerman Funeral Home, 6635 East Main Street, Eau Claire, MI 49111

So sorry to hear of the passing of Alta. She was always very kind to me. Vicky must be dancing in heaven of her arrival which makes me smile. May God give your family peace during this difficult time.

We are very sorry for your loss and have been blessed with fond memories of Alta and other members of the family over the years.   We pray that God will comfort you with His comfort and allow you find peace from His word and encouragement from the fond memories that will be shared by others over the coming days.

II Corinthians 1:3 & 4      Our prayers are with you.  Yvette Hines on behalf of the Berrien Center Bible Church Care Ministry

My condolances for the whole family. I really liked Alta. I met her at a knitting circle. She could really do great things with needles and yarn.


Your friendship and pleasant conversation are missed, 

All the best to your loving family.