Alma Selent

October 26, 1920 ~ July 13, 2022 (age 101)


Alma Emma Selent, formerly of Niles, Michigan, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, farm homemaker, gardener, and traveler died peacefully at 1:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 13, 2022 at Royalton Manor in Saint Joseph, Michigan having reached the remarkable age of one hundred and one years.

She was born on October 26, 1920 in Eau Claire, Michigan to John and Martha (Feige) Wolf, and was graduated from high school in Eau Claire.  Her life’s vocation was caring for her family as a farmer’s wife, mother of their children, and homemaker.

As a farm homemaker, she enjoyed maintaining a large garden, growing vegetables for her kitchen and flowers to decorate the house.  She also enjoyed mowing the lawn at the farmstead, and was well known for her precisely straight lines.  She traveled with her family through the United States, and with her husband to winters in Arizona.  Just as she was the ultimate busy housewife – “never sitting down” – she wasn’t ready to sit when the work was done, but enjoyed the fellowship, activity, and competition of bingo.

On August 27, 1943 in Dowagiac, Michigan she married John Selent with whom she celebrated the remarkable Sixty-second Anniversary of their wedding prior to his death on April 7, 2006.  She was also preceded in death by her parents and by her sisters, Esther Wolf in 1985, Mabel Schere in 1983, and Evelyn Jannert in 1995.

Surviving family includes her children, Richard Lee (& Darlene) Selent of Hobe Sound, Florida and Mary Jane Selent of Stevensville, Michigan; grandchildren Richard Lee (& Michelle) Selent II, Hope (& Robert) Gillespie, Jenni (& Brian) Thayer, and Candy (& Evan Pullins) Selent; and great-grandchildren Rachel Selent, Tyler Gillespie, Madison Selent, Hanna Gillespie, Brandon Thayer, and Jordan Thayer.

The funeral service for Alma Selent will be at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, July 18, 2022 at the Halbritter-Wickens Funeral Home, 615 East Main Street in Niles with the Rev. Carl Bassett of Niles officiating.  Committal Rites will follow at the graveside in Mission Hills.  The services will be available livestreamed at:

The family will receive relatives and friends beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Monday at the funeral home.  Contributions in memory of Mrs. Selent may be made to Caring Circle Hospice at Home, 4025 Health Park Lane, Saint Joseph, Michigan, 49085;  Online condolences may be left at:

One hundred one is beyond years and decades, to a century-long life, a century used well by Alma.  She experienced remarkable changes in technology from horses to cars, from a hand pump to indoor kitchen plumbing, and new appliances including laundry and air conditioning; and the changes in farm technology including the largest and most powerful tractors and her riding lawn mower.  None of these labor-saving devices allowed Alma to relax, but did allow her to accomplish more.  And the constant through all of the changes was her faithful love for her family.

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July 18, 2022

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Halbritter Wickens Funeral Home

Funeral Service
July 18, 2022

11:00 AM
Halbritter Wickens Funeral Home

Livestreamed Funeral Service
July 18, 2022

11:00 AM
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July 18, 2022

12:10 PM
Mission Hills Memorial Gardens
61453 M-51
Niles, MI 49120


Caring Circle Hospice at Home
4025 Health Park Lane, Saint Joseph MI 49085
Tel: 1-269-429-7100

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