Saturday, November 1, 2008

Michigan Obituaries 11/01/08


    Sunday 2-9 p.m. with a Rosary Service at 7 p.m. at the Wasik Funeral Home, Inc., 49150 Schoenherr Rd. (N. of 22 Mile) and Shelby Township. In state Monday 9:30 a.m. until 10 a.m. Funeral Mass at St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Church, 48115 Schoenherr Rd. (between 21 and 22 Mile), Shelby Township. Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family at

    • Agnes N. Makela

      HOUGHTON, Mich. -- Agnes N. Makela, 80, a resident of the Douglas House Apartments and former White Pine resident passed away Wednesday morning, Oct. 29, 2008, at the Houghton County Medical Care Facility in Hancock, where she had been a patient for the past four weeks.

      • Alex A. Niedziakowski, 71

        Alex A. Niedziakowski, 71, of Ellsworth, died Oct. 29, 2008, at Grandvue Medical Care Facility in East Jordan.

        • Alex A. Niedzialkowski, 71

          Alex A. Niedzialkowski, 71, of Ellsworth, died Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2008, at Grandvue Medical Care Facility in East Jordan.

          • Alice V. Maki

            IRONWOOD, Mich. -- Alice V. Maki, 90, of 725 E. Margaret St., Ironwood, died unexpectedly Wednesday morning, Oct. 29, 2008, in Ironwood.

            • Arthur L. Steinman

              Arthur L. Steinman, 80, of Sebewaing and Englewood, Fla., died July 5, 2008., Cremation has taken place. There will be no funeral services.

              • Audelia Villamar, 74

                Audelia Villamar, 74, of Holland, died October 30, 2008.  She is survived by her children,  Maria and Florentino Alcala, Adolfo Palomares, Gloria Palomares, Gabriel Palomares, Olga and Blas Santillan, Guadalupe and Maria Palomares, Juan Palomares, Daniel and Maria Palomares; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  Funeral services will be 1:45 p.m. Friday, October 31, 2008 at the Notier-Ver Lee-Langeland Funeral Chapel, 315 E. 16th Street, Holland.  Burial will be in Pilgrim Home Cemetery. …

                • BEVERLY J. McCOMB CROSWELL Beverly J. McComb, age 74, entered peacefully into God's arms, Saturday, October 18, 2008, with her son and daughter at her bedside in Dade City. FL. She was born on May 2, 1934 in Croswell, daughter of the late Irvin and Audrey (McNames) Stone. She and Oscar J. McComb were married on May 5, 1951 in Croswell. He died on March 13, 1997. Mrs. McComb was the retired owner and operator of McComb's Superette, Croswell. She was a member of the V.F.W. Auxiliary, the Moose Lodge and the American Legion Auxiliary. She had been a winter resident of Zephyrhills, Florida for many years. Surviving are her son William (Patti) of Croswell and her daughter Brenda Hill, of Plant City, FL. Five grandchildren: Benjamin J. McComb, C. Rob and Jamie E. Hill, Kristi M. Burdick and Jennifer L. McComb. 7 great grandchildren: Cody J. McComb, Ian C. and Alex H. Burdick, Taylor and Ayden L. McComb, and Danja M. Hill and Emily A. Burdick. One brother Ronald Stone of Huntsville, AL and one sister Geraldine Sutton of Port Huron. Her former daughter in law Audrey McComb and former son in law Jerry R. Hill. Special friends Larry and Mike A. Fisher, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a brother Arnold Stone and great grandson Zachery E. Burdick. Funeral services have been held 11:00 AM Friday at the Pomeroy Funeral Home, Croswell. The Rev. Jerry P. Densmore, pastor of Croswell U. Methodist Church, will officiate. Burial will be in the Croswell Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to United Hospice of Marlette. Arrangements by Pomeroy Funeral Homes, Inc., Croswell.

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                  • BRENNER IRENE

                    Beloved wife of the late Saul Brenner. Dear mother of Janet (Gary) Alpert, Karen (Larry) Bissinger and Gary Brenner. Loving grandmother of Josh Alpert, Lindsey (David) Levich, Julie and Jeffrey Bissinger. Dearest sister of Miriam (Harry) Ehrlich, Aaron (Edith) Maniker and the late Esther (the late Sam) Wolfson and Ethel Silberg. Sister-in-law of David Silberg. Also survived by devoted caregiver, Carmen Nesbitt and many loving nieces, nephews, other family members and friends. GRAVESIDE SERVICES SUNDAY 2…

                    • BROWN ROSEMARY

                      Sunday 2-9 p.m. with a 7 p.m. Rosary at the Wasik Funeral Home, Inc., 49150 Schoneherr Rd. (N. of 22 Mile), Shelby Township. In state Monday 10:30 a.m. for an 11 a.m. Funeral Mass at Sacred Heart Church, 3400 S. Adams Rd. (S. of Auburn Rd.), Auburn Hills. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family at

                      • Barbara Manick

                        Barbara J. Manick, 67, of Wyandotte, passed away Sunday, Oct. 26, 2008, at Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital.  She was born Nov. 8, 1940, in Detroit, to Alexander and Kathleen (Horvath) Vargo. She was married Sept. 13, 1958 to Rudolph C.J. Manick and he survives. Also surviving are three sons, Rudolph Jr. (Julie) Manick of Benzonia, Roger (Kim) Manick of Hillsdale and Rick Manick of Woodhaven; daughter, Renay (Manuel) Mantecon of Hillsdale; five grandchildren, Manuel, Alexis, Zachary, Michael and Rudy…

                        • Barbara Symons

                          Barbara Symons, 87, of Dimondale and formerly of Coldwater, died Friday, Oct. 31, 2008 at Dimondale Nursing Care Center. Funeral arrangements are pending at Dutcher Funeral Home and will be announced as soon as they become available.

                          • Bertha L. Ravey

                            BURNSVILLE, Minn. -- Bertha L. Ravey, 90, of Burnsville, Minn., passed away Oct. 20, 2008, at Ebenezer Ridges Care Center in Burnsville, with her loving and caring family by her side.

                            • Betty L. Lantz

                              Betty L. (Chrisman) Lantz, 79, of White Pigeon, Mich., died Sunday, Oct. 26, 2008, at Riverview Manor in Three Rivers, after an eight-month illness. She was born Jan. 8, 1929, in White Pigeon, a daughter of Howard and Luella (Papke) Chrisman. She lived in the White Pigeon and Sturgis area all her life. She graduated from White Pigeon High School in 1947. She married Norman E. Lantz on July 3, 1954, in Sturgis. She was employed by White Pigeon Lumber Company, Harvey paper Products and G&A…

                              • Betty Test, 99

                                Betty Test, age 99, of Holland, died on Tuesday, October 28, 2008, in The Inn at Freedom Village. Born in Michigan City, IN, Betty lived in Chicago, IL, Hinsdale, IL, and then at Freedom Village in Holland since 1991. She was the owner of the photography studio Test & McQuarrie in Hinsdale, IL.  She was a member of Grace Episcopal Church in Holland and of Pi Beta Phi for over seventy five years. She is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Julia and John Parker of Holland; her nieces, Barbara Ann…

                                • Bobbi Jo Stone

                                  CENTRALIA, Ill. -- Bobbi Jo Stone, 33, of Centralia, died Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2008, at her home in Centralia.

                                  • Byron "Bud" T. Neidhamer, 82

                                    Byron "Bud" T. Neidhamer, 82, of Boyne City, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by family members on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2008.

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                                        • Carol LaVerne Arnold

                                          Carol LaVerne Arnold, 75, of Constantine, passed away Oct. 27, 2008, at the Birch Adult Foster Care in Leonidas. She was born in Chicago on March 25, 1933, the daughter of Roland and LaVerne (Robinson) Lepke. Carol attended school in Constantine. She married James Richard Arnold on June 10, 1950 in Chicago.  Carol was employed at Dayco Manufacturing in Three Rivers, retiring in 1980. She enjoyed quilting, crocheting, cooking and spending time with her family. Surviving are her husband, James Arnold,…

                                          • Carole Bartusch

                                            BARTUSCH - The funeral to celebrate the life of Carole L. Bartusch, aged 72, who died on Saturday, wife of Walter Bartusch, will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday at St. James Lutheran Church. Relatives and friends may meet her family at Heritage Life Story Funeral Home - Alt & Shawmut Hills Chapel on Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m., and again at the church on Wednesday from 10 to 11 a.m. For complete obituary information visit her web page at Heritage Funeral Home

                                            • Caroline “Carrie” E. Gaiera

                                              Caroline “Carrie” E. Gaiera, 90, of Pigeon, passed away Thursday, Aug. 21, 2008 at Scheurer Hospital Long Term Care, Pigeon., Funeral Memorial Mass will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2008 from St. Roch Catholic Church, Caseville, with the Rev. Fr. Kenneth Yaroch officiating.

                                              • Charles Dalton

                                                Charles Dalton, 74, of Grand Rapids, died on Monday, Oct. 27. He is survived by his four daughters, Diane (Bill) Shaw, Susanne (Kurt) Dalton-Nummerdor, Mary Dalton, Jane (Kevin) Loftis; four grandchil...

                                                Charlotte Jellison, 85

                                                Mrs. Charlotte S. Jellison (Scott), age 85, of Holland, passed away October 25, 2008, at LakeSide Vista & Villas of Holland.  Charlotte was born in Mexico, MO, and lived throughout the midwest when she was growing up.  She met her husband, Jim, when they were both working for General Electric in Fort Wayne, IN.  Jim and Charlotte moved to Holland in 1960.  Charlotte was an avid gardener, a great cook, loved to dance and play games, especially bridge.  She was the Executive Director of the Holland…

                                              • Cher Bernard

                                                BERNARD, Cher - Age 57, of Flint, passed away Wednesday, October 22, 2008 at her residence. A memorial service will be held 2:00 PM Saturday, November 1, 2008 at Sharp Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 6063 Fenton Road, Flint, Mr. Chad Bernard officiating. Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 1:00 PM Saturday until time of service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Heartland Hospice or the American Lung Association. Cher was born August 2, 1951 in Elkton, Maryland,…

                                                • Clayton Woolner

                                                  Services for Clayton Woolner, age 92, of Milan are pending with visitation at Ochalek-Stark Funeral Home, Milan, on Tuesday 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m.

                                                  • Constance A. 'Connie' Borca

                                                    IRON BELT, Wis. -- Constance A. "Connie" Borca, 103, a longtime Iron Belt resident, died early Thursday morning, Oct. 23, 2008, in Hurley.

                                                    • DONNA L. VANCAMP CROSWELL Donna L. VanCamp, age 82, of Croswell, died Monday, October 20, 2008 in Port Huron Hospital. She was born October 5, 1926 in Port Huron, daughter of the late Judson and Jane (Rutherford) Cronk. She married Orle B. VanCamp on June 12, 1948 in Croswell. He died March 19, 2008. Donna retired from R.P.I. and Donovan Enterprises. She was a member of the Buel U. Methodist Church. She was her family's quiet strength and she will be dearly missed by her children Douglas Russell VanCamp of Croswell, Carol (Marc) Chrzanowski of Croswell and Connie (Dan) Ennest of Port Huron. Her five grandchildren and three great grandchildren. One sister Marjorie Wahl of Port Huron. Two nephews. Funeral services have been held at the Pomeroy Funeral Home, Croswell. The Rev. Catherine W. Hiner, pastor of the Buel U. Methodist Church officiated. Memorials are suggested to the Buel U. Methodist Church. Arrangements by Pomeroy Funeral Homes, Inc., Croswell.

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                                                      • Dennis DeBlock Jan. 28, 1949-Oct. 30, 2008

                                                        Dennis DeBlock, age 59, of Carleton, Mich., died on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2008 at his home.

                                                        • Dolores Mary Carson, 91

                                                          Dolores M. Carson, 91, of Petoskey and formerly of Lincoln Park, passed away Thursday morning, Oct. 30, 2008, at Bay Bluffs of Harbor Springs.

                                                          • Doris Ettema Imlay City Doris Ettema, 82, of Imlay City passed away suddenly Wednesday (October 22, 2008) at her home. She was born on March 23, 1926 in Clawson to Sidney and Anna Engle. She married Henry Ettema on January 25, 1947 in Imlay City. She grew up in Clawson and moved to Imlay City before high school. Doris graduated from Imlay City High School Class of 1943. She spent most of her life in the Imlay City community. She was a member of the Imlay City Christian Reformed Church and a member of "The Doris Group". She had worked at Art Place Cleaners and worked at Ettema Brothers Farms of Imlay City, she was head of the celery line packing. She helped the Willing Workers for the Imlay City Christian School. She is survived by her husband, Henry "Hank" Ettema of Imlay City; daughters, Patricia (Glenn) Wilcox of Wetumpka, AL, Carol (Gerald) Quimby of Imlay City, Sandy (Mark) Johnson of Lapeer, Kathleen (Garrett) Billmire of Earlsville, Maryland; grandchildren, Mich

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                                                            • ELIZABETH "BETTY" BAERWOLF YALE Elizabeth "Betty" Baerwolf, age 83, of School Place Apartments, Yale, died Tuesday morning October 21, 2008 at MediLodge of Yale. She was born April 12, 1925 in Buehl Township, the daughter of the late Tony and Elizabeth Haas Quitter. Her marriage to Fred Baerwolf was June 20, 1953 in Yale. They lived in Speaker Township for many years, and Elizabeth moved to Yale a year later following Fred's death April 22 of 1992. Surviving are a sister, Mary Guigar of Clifford and two brothers, John (Evelyn) of Croswell and Robert Quitter of Warren. She is preceded in death by her siblings, Anthony Quitter, Pete Quitter and Helen Watson. Funeral services for Betty have been held at Kaatz Funeral Directors, Yale with Rev. Lisa Clark officiating. Burial will be in Speaker Township Cemetery, Speaker Township. Memorials are suggested to MediLodge of Yale. Arrangements by Kaatz Funeral Directors, Yale.

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                                                              • ENGLER FERNE I

                                                                Sunday 3-9 p.m. at Wujek-Calcaterra & Son, Inc., 36900 Schoenherr at Metro Parkway (16 Mile Rd.). Funeral Monday, in state 10:30 a.m. at St. Michael Catholic Church, 40501 Hayes (between 17 and 18 Mile Rds.), until time of Mass 11 a.m. Interment Resurrection Cemetery. Memorial contributions in Ferne's honor would be appreciated to the American Lung Association or to Henry Ford Macomb Hospice. Share memories with the family at their "On-Line Guest Book" at

                                                                • Edward A. Betzner Oct. 30, 2008

                                                                  Edward A. Betzner, 88, of Monroe, died at 12:51 a.m. Thursday at Mercy Memorial Hospital.

                                                                  • Eldon "Obby" Liedel Oct. 28, 2008

                                                                    Eldon "Obby" Liedel, 73, formerly of Maybee died at 3:16 p.m. Tuesday at Mercy Memorial Nursing Care Center. Arrangements by Liedel Funeral Home, Maybee.

                                                                    • Eldon L. "Obby" Liedel Sept. 22, 1935-Oct. 28, 2008

                                                                      Eldon L. quot;OBBY quot; Liedel, age 73, formerly of Maybee, MI., passed away October 28, 2008 at Mercy Memorial Nursing Care Center. He had been in declining health. Obby was born September 22, 1935 in Maybee to Luke and Hattie (Baum) Liedel.

                                                                      • Ellen J. Buniack 1920-2008 Ellen Jane Buniack, 88, Sebewaing, died Saturday, October 25, 2008 in Scheurer Hospital, Pigeon. She was born July 17, 1920 at home in Huron County to John and Nellie (Crouch) Quick. She married John S. Buniack May 10, 1959 in Sebewaing. He precede her in death on January 13, 1979. Ellen worked for Gillingham Fish Company in Bay Port. She helped out at area farms with pickling pickles, sugar beets and other crops. Ellen enjoyed word search puzzles, playing solitaire on the computer, gardening and putting puzzles together. She loved her dog Sam. She is survived by her daughter, Marie (Rodney) Thompson, Sebewaing; step-children, Ann (Edward) Lewicki, Kingston, Frances Klotklowski, Detroit and Carl (Evelyn) Buniack, Snover; grandson, Jack (Tracy) Thompson; great-grandchildren, Megan and Morgan and numerous step-grandchildren and step-great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her son, John H. Buniack, Jr.; stepsons, George Buniack and John Buniack Jr.; brother, Edward Quick and three infant siblings. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, October 29, 2008 in Dinkel Juengel Funeral Home. Interment will be in Bay Port Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Charity of the Donor s Choice. Arrangements were handled by the Dinkel Juengel Funeral Home, Sebewaing.

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                                                                        • Elmer "Gene" Smith July 15, 1929- Oct. 28, 2008

                                                                          Elmer quot;Gene quot; Smith was born on July 15, 1929 in Blakey, Kentucky from the marriage of Stewart Smith and Detta (Taulbee) Smith. He attended school in the hills of Kentucky but began work at an early age.

                                                                          • Elmer (Gene) Smith Oct. 28, 2008

                                                                            Elmer (Gene) Smith, 79, of Newport died at 9:26 p.m. Tuesday at his home. Arrangements by Merkle Funeral Service.

                                                                            • Esther E. Hudson

                                                                              Esther E. Hudson, age 96, of Manchester passed away October 27, 2008, at the Lenawee Medical Care Facility, Adrian. Esther was born June 25, 1912, the daughter of George and Emma Boomer. She married Charles E. Hudson of Manchester. He preceded her in death.  Esther is survived by her daughter, Mary (Robert) Durham of Manchester; granddaughter, Tammy; grandson, Duane, and great-grandchildren, Kristy, Alec, Darren and Cody. Besides her husband, Charles, she was preceded in death by her parents and three…

                                                                              • Ethel E. Riley

                                                                                Ethel E. Riley, age 94 years, of Hudson, passed away Thursday evening, Oct. 30, 2008, in the Hudson Place Adult Care Home in Hudson. She was born Feb. 22, 1914, in Lyons, Ohio, the daughter of Frank and Rebecca (Johnson) Barnes. She married Cleo K. Riley on Nov. 9, 1951, at Angola, Indiana. He preceded her in death on Oct. 4, 2001.  Ethel had lived in Hudson since 1952, coming from Onsted. Ethel and her husband spent 19 winters in Ruskin, Florida. She enjoyed craft work and was a former member of the…

                                                                                • Evelyn R. Pritchett

                                                                                  Evelyn R. Pritchett, 70, of Coldwater, passed away Thursday, Oct. 30, 2008. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2008 at 10 a.m. at the Putnam Funeral Home in Coldwater. Arrangements are by the Putnam Funeral Home, Coldwater., (517) 278-2311.

                                                                                  • FAITH M. KELLEY CARSONVILLE Faith M. Kelley, age 87, died Thursday, October 23, 2008 in the Port Huron Hospital. She was born April 1, 1921 in Moore Township, daughter of the late Harry L. and Minnie A. (Wendorf) Raduchel. She married Vernon E. Kelley on August 25, 1945 in Snover. Mrs. Kelley retired as office manager at the Sanilac County Health Department after 42 years. She served as Carsonville Village treasurer for 20 years. Faith enjoyed golfing and bowling. Surviving are her husband Vernon, her niece Gloria Palmer of Florida, nephews and nieces Michael (Patti) Wallace, Linda (Dave) Paling and Richard (Georgia) Wallace, all of Carsonville and Jay (Sandy) Wallace of Evart. Her sister-in-law Reva Wallace of Carsonville, several great and great-great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a sister and brother-in-law Verna and Melvin Jacobs a brother-in-law Colin Wallace and a great nephew Michael Wallace. Funeral services have been held at the Pomeroy Funeral Home, Carsonville with Rev. Jerry Griggs, pastor of the Carsonville United Methodist Church officiating. Burial was in the Washington Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Carsonville United Methodist Church or the Charity of the Donor's Choice. Arrangements by Pomeroy Funeral Homes, Inc., Croswell.

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                                                                                    • FERGUSON SARA

                                                                                      Beloved wife of David Ferguson. Dear daughter of Eileen Kolodin and Elliot and Suzi Kolodin. Loving mother of Jordan, Lilli and Alli Ferguson. Devoted sister of Robert Kolodin and Lorne (Beth) Kolodin. Dearest daughter-in-law of Lynn Ferguson and the late Al Ferguson. Sister-in-law of Amy (Brian) Conley. Also survived by many other loving family members and a world of devoted friends. SERVICES MONDAY 2:00 P.M. AT THE DORFMAN CHAPEL, FARMINGTON HILLS (248) 406-6000. INTERMENT AT THE CLOVER HILL PARK CEMETERY…

                                                                                      • FINAZZO PAUL J

                                                                                        will be held at Stanfill Funeral Homes, 10545 S. Dixie Highway, Miami, Florida 33156, on Sunday, November 2, 2008 from 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be held at the Saint Richard Catholic Church, 7500 S.W. 152 Avenue, Miami, Florida 33157, on Monday, November 3, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation in Paul's memory to the Fund for Medical Discovery or UM Innovations (through the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine), PO Box 016960 (R-100),…

                                                                                        • Ferne L. Cook Harper

                                                                                          Ferne L. Cook Harper, age 88, of Adrian passed away Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2008, at her home. Ferne was born March 19, 1920, in Adrian, the only child of Ezra and Thelma (Johnson) Jacobs. In 1940 Ferne married Robert M. Cook. Ferne and Robert celebrated 40 years of marriage until he passed away in 1980. On Feb. 22, 1992, Ferne married Chester Harper. Chester preceded her in death in 1993. Ferne worked as a secretary for DeVilbis for many years. She was also a real estate agent. Until just recently, Ferne…

                                                                                          • Florence M (Greer) Rebone

                                                                                            Florence M (Greer) Rebone, 85, passed away Sept. 20, 2008 in Gering, Nebraska.

                                                                                            • Frances Hardy

                                                                                              HARDY, Frances Mary - Age 96, of Lapeer, passed away Monday, October 27, 2008 at Lapeer County Medical Care Facility. Funeral Mass will be celebrated 11AM Thursday, October 30, 2008 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, 1227 E. Bristol Rd., Burton, Fr. Tim MacDonald, celebrant. The family will receive friends 10AM Thursday until time of mass at church. Interment will follow in New Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Flint. Visitation will be 5-8PM Tuesday and 1-8PM Wednesday at Sharp Funeral Homes and Cremation Center,…

                                                                                              • Frank J. Pieper, Jr.

                                                                                                Frank John Pieper, Jr., 85, of Harbor Beach, passed away Monday, Sept. 1, 2008 at his home., Funeral Mass will be at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 5, 2008 in Our Lady of Lake Huron Catholic Church, Harbor Beach, with burial in the church cemetery., Visitation will be from 1 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in Ramsey Funeral Home, Harbor Beach., A complete obituary will be in Wednesday’s Huron Daily Tribune or by viewing www.RamseyFH.Com.

                                                                                                • Frieda J. Masserant May 10, 1940-Oct. 27, 2008

                                                                                                  Frieda Jean Penny was born May 10, 1940 in Wyandotte, Michigan the only daughter of Charles Eugene Penny and Frieda T. (Rogalski) Penny.

                                                                                                  • Frieda Masserant Oct. 27, 2008

                                                                                                    Frieda Masserant, 69, of South Rockwood died Monday at her home. Arrangements by Merkle Funeral Services.

                                                                                                    • From the family of APRIL JEAN THORNING I would like to express my great appreciation to the community for the support, words of kindness, lending a helping hand, bringing food to our family in this time of grief and sorrow. I would like to thank each and every one of you personally but there were so many to count. It warms my heart to see the entire community, people we don't know, pulling together to help a stranger. So to everyone, thank you and God bless you. The entire Thorning Family

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                                                                                                      • GOODLASKI JAMES R

                                                                                                        October 29, 2008. Dear son of Richard and Mary Ann. Dear brother of Michael D. (Shelley), Richard C. Jr. (Debbie), David J. (Michelle) and Carol Doletzky. Uncle of Meghan, Rick, Andrea, Tim, Christie and John. Resting at the L.J. Griffin Funeral Home, 7707 Middlebelt Road (at Ann Arbor Trail) Sunday, 1-9 p.m. Prayer Service, 7 p.m. Instate Monday, 10:30 a.m., at St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church, 27101 W. Chicago (at Inkster) until time of Mass 11 a.m.

                                                                                                        • GUSUMANO IGNATIA

                                                                                                          Saturday 5-9 p.m. and Sunday 1-9 p.m. at Wujek-Calcaterra & Son, Inc., 36900 Schoenherr at Metro Parkway (16 Mile). Funeral Monday morning; for time and location, please call 586-826-8550. Interment Resurrection Cemetery. Share memories with the family at their "On-Line Guest Book" at

                                                                                                          • Gerald Lee Morris

                                                                                                            • Gerald “Jerry” Milks

                                                                                                              Gerald “Jerry” Milks, 84, of Beaverton passed away Oct. 22, 2008 at Aleda E. Lutz VA Medical Center in Saginaw.

                                                                                                              • Gertrude J. Bauchan

                                                                                                                • Gloria I. Houghton

                                                                                                                  Gloria I. Houghton, 85, of Cadillac, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2008 at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City.

                                                                                                                  • Gloria M. Brackett

                                                                                                                    PENCE, Wis. -- Gloria M. Brackett of Pence, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 25, 2008, at Memorial Medical Center in Ashland, surrounded by her family.

                                                                                                                    • Gordon Martiny, 86

                                                                                                                      Gordon J. Martiny, age 86, of Holland, died Monday, October 27, 2008, at Hospice House of Holland.  Gordon was born in Big Rapids to Robert and Geneva (Bumb) Martiny.  He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving as a squad leader in the Pacific Theatre during World War II.  Gordon earned degrees from Central Michigan University and the University of Michigan on the G.I. Bill.  He began his career teaching woodshop in Lapeer, and spent over 20 years educating students at Muskegon Community College before…

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                                                                                                                        Alice E. Meinhart, 94, of Monroe died at 11 p.m. Monday at Medilodge of Monroe. She had been in poor health for 3 years.

                                                                                                                        • HEGGEBO INA MARIE (NEE WILLIS)

                                                                                                                          Sunday 1-8 p.m. at Querfeld Funeral Home, 1200 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn. Memorials to St. Paul Lutheran Church Endowment Fund.

                                                                                                                          • HOLTZ VIRGINIA LOIS

                                                                                                                            Age 89 and a former resident of Grosse Pointe Park, St. Clair Shores, Canterbury-on-the-Lake in Pontiac, and Heather Hills in Grand Rapids passed away on October 31, 2008. She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Frederick J. Holtz, Jr. in 2002. She is survived by her son, Don (Louise) Holtz of Highland; daughters, Suzanne (David) Mundhenk of New Jersey, Joann Boruta Mapes of Grand Rapids; seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren. A Funeral Service will be held at All Saints Lutheran…

                                                                                                                            • HUDALLA WALTER

                                                                                                                              will continue on Monday 10 a.m. until the time of Service 11 a.m. at Central Baptist Church, Clinton Township. Share a memory with the family

                                                                                                                              • Harlen J. Van Deilen ("Van") Jan. 14, 1923-Oct. 25, 2008

                                                                                                                                Harlen J. Van Deilen ( quot;Van quot;), 85, of Lambertville died Oct. 25, 2008. Born in Toledo January 14, 1923, he attended Duquene University, Westpoint, and served as a WWII B-17 pilot.

                                                                                                                                • Harold R. Foulks

                                                                                                                                  COLDWATER — Harold R. Foulkes, 87, of Coldwater, died Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2008 at the Laurels of Coldwater. The family will receive friends on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2008 from 1-4 p.m. at the Dutcher Funeral Home in Coldwater. Cremation has taken place. Harold was born Aug. 31, 1921 in Yoder, Ind. to Norman and Olive (Coverdale) Foulks. He married Barbara Mansfield in 1962. Mr. Foulks served as a captain in the U.S. Army during WWII. He spent many years in Woodburn, Ind. where he drove truck for the E.W. Bohren…

                                                                                                                                  • Helen F. Koslosky Aug. 11, 1914-Oct. 29, 2008

                                                                                                                                    Helen F. Koslosky, age 94 of Carleton, died October 29, 2008 at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor.

                                                                                                                                    • Helen F. Koslosky Oct. 29, 2008

                                                                                                                                      Helen F. Koslosky, 94, of Carleton died Wednesday at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Ann Arbor.

                                                                                                                                      • Helen F. Sontag

                                                                                                                                        Helen Sontag, 72, of Sebewaing, died Sunday, Aug. 31, 2008 at St. Mary’s of Michigan in Saginaw following a six-month illness., She was born Aug. 27, 1936 in Kilmanagh, daughter of the late Edwin and Martha (Fuerst) Weber., She was united in marriage to James A. Sontag on June 8, 1957 in Gagetown. He preceded her in death in January 1997., Helen had been employed as a secretary at the Owendale-Gagetown School system for 19 years before retiring in 1998., She was an avid reader and enjoyed bowling.,…

                                                                                                                                        • Howard D. Aldrich

                                                                                                                                          Howard D. Aldrich, age 89, of Beaverton, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2008 peacefully at his home in Beaverton.

                                                                                                                                          • Howard Eugene Nichols

                                                                                                                                            Howard Eugene Nichols, 87, formerly of Osseo, passed away Sunday, Oct. 12, 2008 at the Hillsdale County Medical Care Facility.  He was born June 12, 1921 in Branch County to Ivan and Faye (Carpenter) Nichols. Howard served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was awarded the Purple Heart. He was a mechanic and farmer and retired from White Welding Co.  He attended the Wheatland Congregational Church, enjoyed working the land and his “H” and “BN” Farmall tractors. In 1953 he married Rose…

                                                                                                                                            • Ida Mae Martinez

                                                                                                                                              Ida Mae Martinez, 49, of Branch, died of complications relating to the treatment of leukemia on Oct. 27 at University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor. She was the daughter of the late Roy Lewis and ...

                                                                                                                                              • Ilah M. Bell 1922-2008 Ilah Mae Bell, 86, Unionville, passed away Sunday, October 26, 2008. She was born in Unionville on July 31, 1922, the daughter of Wallace and Emma (Wieland) Louis. She was united in marriage to Kenneth Bell on November 27, 1943. He preceded her in death on February 7, 1989. She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church and had been a Sunday school teacher. She enjoyed playing cards, golfing and bowling with her friends. She had worked as a bookkeeper for the Wallace & Morley Elevator Company for several years and was a founding member of the Huron County Retarded Children's Association. She and husband Kenneth had enjoyed wintering in Florida for many years. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the light of her life. She is survived by her son, Thomas (Jenny Orton) Bell, Ludington; a daughter, Bonnie (Thomas) Haag, Sebewaing; grandchildren, Melissa Gross, Nicole Foltz, Jason Haag, Carrie Haag, Darcy Schlund, Kendra Haag and Robert (Amy) Haag; great-grandchildren, Kevin, Kyle and Kendall Gross, MacKenzie and Hanna Foltz, Kameron Schlund and Lincoln Haag and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a son, Robert Bell and brothers, Clifford Louis and Marvin (Linda) Louis. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, October 28, 2008 at St. Paul Lutheran Church. Rev. Michael Allen officiated, with burial taking place in Memorial Park Cemetery, Sebewaing. The family has suggested memorials to St. Paul Church or Vadavilla adult foster care. Arrangements were handled by the Unionville Funeral Chapel.

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                                                                                                                                                • In Memory of ROBERT W. PEPPER June 23, 1925 - Oct. 25, 2007 We thought of you with love today. But that is nothing new. We thought about you yesterday and days before that too. We think of you in silence. We often speak your name. Now all we have are memories and your picture in a frame. Your memory is our keepsake. With which we'll never part. God has you in his keeping. We have you in our hearts. Love from your family

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                                                                                                                                                • Jacob K. Vandenberg, 97

                                                                                                                                                  Jacob K. Vandenberg, 97, of Ellsworth, died Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2008, at Charlevoix Area Hospital.

                                                                                                                                                  • Jacob Vandenberg, 97

                                                                                                                                                    Jacob Vandenberg, 97, of Ellsworth, died Oct. 29, 2008, at Charlevoix Area Hospital.

                                                                                                                                                    • James Matthew Tierney

                                                                                                                                                      James Matthew Tierney, 84, of Pentwater, died Monday, Oct. 27. He was born in Birmingham May 30, 1924, to Francis and Sarah Jamison Tierney originally of Belfast, Northern Ireland. He grew up in the ...

                                                                                                                                                      • James R. Hurley

                                                                                                                                                        James R. Hurley, 66, of Allen, passed away Sunday, Oct. 19, 2008, at his home. He was born Dec. 3, 1941 in Litchfield James A. Betty (Barnett) Hurley. He was married March 28, 1964 to Gloria Wight and she preceded him in death Feb. 5, 2006. Jim was a graduate of Litchfield High School. He retired from Crotty Corporation and had also been an employee of Addison Products from 1969 through 1990. Surviving are two daughters, Dawn Hurley and Kim (Jeffrey) Wilson, both of Allen; a son, Scott Hurley of Allen;…

                                                                                                                                                        • James Reagan Stockwell

                                                                                                                                                          • James “Jim” John Lowman

                                                                                                                                                            On the morning of Monday, Oct. 6, 2008, the good Lord called his son, James “Jim” John Lowman, of Gladwin, home.

                                                                                                                                                            • Jane Marie (Hanley) Merkel

                                                                                                                                                              Jane Marie (Hanley) Merkel, age 70, resided in Adrian, Mich., and passed away on Oct. 26, 2008. Beloved mother of Anita (Dennis) Dyer, Kevin Merkel, Monique (Victor) Rioux, Anthony Merkel, Patrick (Kelley) Merkel, Thomas (Michele) Merkel, Michael (Mary) Merkel, Rachael (Charles) Peak, Joseph (Renee) Merkel, and Danielle (Thad) Holden, cherished grandmother of 37 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Daughter of the late Joseph and Jane (Roberts) Hanley. No services will be held at her request.…

                                                                                                                                                              • Jean A. Noel Nov. 30, 1945-Oct. 29, 2008

                                                                                                                                                                Jean A. Noel, age 62, of Ann Arbor, passed away on Wednesday, October 29, 2008 at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital.

                                                                                                                                                                • Jeanne M. McCoy

                                                                                                                                                                  IRONWOOD, Mich. -- Jeanne M. McCoy, 69, of 650 Garvey St., Ironwood, died early Wednesday morning, Oct. 22, 2008, at St. Mary's Medical Center in Duluth, Minn.

                                                                                                                                                                  • Joan Marilyn Royer Oct. 22, 2008

                                                                                                                                                                    Joan Marilyn Royer, 72, of Monroe died Oct. 22. Arrangements by Merkle Funeral Service.

                                                                                                                                                                    • John D. "Jack" Smith

                                                                                                                                                                      John D. “Jack” Smith, 75, of Jonesville, passed away Friday, Oct. 17, 2008, at his home. He was born March 19, 1933, in Detroit, to Norman and Helen (Barry) Smith. He was married June 30, 1951, to Dorothy Wendrychowicz; she survives in Jonesville. Jack was a meat cutter at Kroger’s, a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. He was an avid hunter, sportsman and loved the outdoors. He was a loving husband and father to his family. Surviving, besides his wife Dorothy, are…

                                                                                                                                                                      • Judy Liles, 60

                                                                                                                                                                        Judy Liles, age 60, passed away Tuesday, October 28, 2008, at home, surrounded by her loving family. Judy was born on December 28, 1947 in Lansing, the daughter of Lawrence and Helen (McHugh) Lyman. She was the "Rock of the Family" Judy was preceded in death by her mom, Helen; and brother, Bob. Surviving are her husband of 41 years, Don; children, Rick (Jen) and Brenda (Tom) Staples; grandchildren, Cassandra, Jordan, Alex, Aaron and Keegan; father, Lawrence; brother, John Lyman; sister, Lynn…

                                                                                                                                                                        • KARL VIENO D

                                                                                                                                                                          Sunday from 1 until 9 pm. Memorial Contributions may be directed to Seasons Hospice or American Heart Association. Please sign the online guestbook at:

                                                                                                                                                                          • Kash Combs

                                                                                                                                                                            Kash Combs, 83, of Jonesville and formerly of Moscow, died Monday, Oct. 13, 2008. The funeral will be Friday, Oct. 17, 2008 at 11 a.m. at St. John Lutheran Church in Bridgewater, Mich. The family will receive friends at the Janowiak Funeral Home in Ypsilanti from 1-8 p.m. Thursday. Please read his complete obituary and sign his guest book at "Where Families Come First." 

                                                                                                                                                                            • Kathryn "Katie" Hitt Lapeer Kathryn "Katie" Hitt, age 77, a lifetime Lapeer area resident, passed away, Tuesday (October 21, 2008). She was born December 12, 1930 in Mayville to Ward and Clara (Walker) Harmon. She married Leo Hitt on April 29, 1978. Katie worked at Lapeer State Home, retiring after 35 years as an LPN. She was an active member of Grace Episcopal Church for over 40 years. Mrs. Hitt enjoyed being involved with the community, baking as well as many other activities. She was quite involved with her chapter of the State Retirees association. Above all else, Katie loved every member of her family. She is survived by her husband, Leo Hitt of Lapeer; daughters, Janice (Herman) Klein of Flint and Lori (William) Schmidt of Attica; step-children, Gloria Foley of Flint, Tim Hitt of Flint, Mike Hitt of North Carolina and David (Patti) Hitt of Arizona; grandchildren, Lisa (Kelimo) Davis and Theresa Schmidt; 4 step-grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; siblings, Patr

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                                                                                                                                                                              • LAKTZIAN VASKEN GEORGE

                                                                                                                                                                                Sunday 6-9 p.m. Prayers 7:30 p.m. at St. Johns Armenian Church, Southfield (248-569-3405). Funeral Service Monday 10:00 a.m. at the church. Military honors to follow the church service. Interment will be at Woodmere Cemetery. Memorial gifts in his memory may be made to St. Johns Armenian Church or Focus Armenia. Arrangements entrusted to the Edward Korkoian Funeral Home, 248-541-8325.

                                                                                                                                                                                • LEGINSKI HELEN N

                                                                                                                                                                                  Sunday, November 2, 2008 3-9 p.m. with a Rosary at 6:30 p.m. Funeral Monday, November 3, 2008 11 a.m. at the Harry J. Will Funeral Home, 37000 Six Mile, Livonia, MI 48152.

                                                                                                                                                                                  • LEMPKE RAYMOND F

                                                                                                                                                                                    Sunday 2-9 p.m. at Wujek-Calcaterra & Sons, Inc, 36900 Schoenherr Rd., at Metro Parkway (16 Mile Rd.). Scripture Service Sunday 7:30 p.m. In state Monday 10:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. time of mass at St. Jane Frances de Chantal, 38750 Ryan Rd. (between 16 and 17 Mile Rd.). Interment White Chapel Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Macomb Community College Foundation-Denise Miarka Scholarship Fund, 14500 E. 12 Mile Rd., Warren, MI 48088. Share memories with the family at their "on-line…

                                                                                                                                                                                    • LILLIAN M. HOFFMAN TEXAS Lillian M. Hoffman, age 92, formerly of Applegate, died Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2008 in Dallas, TX. She was born December 28, 1915, in Millwood, KY, daughter of the late Jesse & Oma (Crabtree) Crawford. She married Joseph B. Hoffman and he passed away in 1978. Mrs. Hoffman moved from Applegate in 1953. She was a former member of the Applegate United Methodist Church, and member of the United Methodist Church of Cedar Hill, TX. Surviving are her two daughters, Oma (William) Randall of Cedar Hill, TX, and Cora (Gerald) Urquhart of Lansing. Sister, Lissa (Tex) Figueroa of Redford Township, Sister-in-law Helen Shoemaker of Waterford, 7 Grandchildren and 9 Great Grandchildren. Funeral services will be 11:00 am, Saturday, Nov. 1, 2008, in the Pomeroy Funeral Home, Croswell. The Rev. Jack French will officiate. Burial will be in the Washington Cemetery. Visitation will be 10 - 11 am Sat., Nov. 1, 2008, at the funeral home. Arrangements by Pomeroy Funeral Homes, Inc., Croswell.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      • Leliah (Stockford) O’Dell

                                                                                                                                                                                        Leliah M. (Stockford) O’Dell, 73, of Hillsdale, passed away Oct. 22, 2008.  Survivors include one sister Grace Wisner, one brother Marion Stockford, several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Jesse Stockford and Gladys Armstrong and two brothers Jesse and Gerald Stockford.  Graveside services will be held 3 p.m. Saturday in Leonardson Cemetery, Reading Road, Pittsford, with the Rev. Dr. Thomas J. Burke Jr. officiating. A special thanks to the Renaissance Community Homes.…

                                                                                                                                                                                        • Lorena Jean Rauh

                                                                                                                                                                                          Lorena Jean Rauh, age 66, of Leonidas, Mich., died Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2008, at the Borgess Medical Center Emergency Room in Kalamazoo.   Lorena was born Nov. 27, 1941, in Battle Creek, a daughter of the late Harold and Gladys (Shaw) Dunn.  On Feb. 7, 1959, she married Richard D. Rauh in Colon.  Lorena had lived most all of her life in the Leonidas area where she was a homemaker, and she had also worked at the Colon Dime Store for several years.  She enjoyed snowmobiling, throwing darts and especially…

                                                                                                                                                                                          • Lorraine A. GeBott

                                                                                                                                                                                            • Lorraine Reimann 1925-2008 Lorraine Reimann, 83, Filion, passed away on Sunday at her home. She was born on August 18, 1925 in Detroit, daughter of the late Patrick and Loretta (Halter) McGee. She married Wilfred Reimann on October 27, 1945. He preceded her in death on May 14, 1976. She retired as a longtime employee of Huron Memorial Hospital. She is survived by a son, Vern (Donna) Reimann, Bad Axe; two sisters, Lorita "Mary" Hendrie, Mears and Norene Backus, Holt; three grandchildren, Stacie (Robert) Hobkirk, Bad Axe, Erin Reimann, Ypsilanti and Allison Reimann, Ypsilanti and two great-grandchildren, Wil and Regan Hobkirk, Bad Axe. She was preceded in death by a son, Wayne Reimann; a brother, Patrick McGee and a sister, Juanita Rasmussen. Services were held on Wednesday, October 22, 2008 at the Kaufman Funeral Home in Bad Axe. Fr. Rob Howe, pastor of Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Bad Axe officiated, with burial taking place in the Sacred Heart Cemetery. Arrangements werehandled by the Kaufman Funeral Home, Bad Axe.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              • Lou Wanda (Guza) Armstead

                                                                                                                                                                                                Lou Wanda (Guza) Armstead, 56, of Sheridan Township, died Friday Aug. 29, 2008 in Huron Medical Center of Bad Axe., She was born Feb. 21, 1952 in Cass City, daughter of William and Wanda (Billot) Kipp., She married Leon F. Guza in 1970 at Saint Mary Catholic Church, Parisville. He preceded her in death Jan. 15, 1999., She is a graduate of Sandusky High School. Lou Wanda was employed at the Ubly Community School since 1981 in the cafeteria and custodian of maintenance. She enjoyed cats, crafts, gardening,…

                                                                                                                                                                                                • Louis “Lou” P. Smith

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Louis “Lou” P. Smith died unexpectedly on Saturday, Oct. 25, 2008 at his home in Beaverton.

                                                                                                                                                                                                • Lynn Albring April 12, 1933- Oct. 30, 2008

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Lynn Albring, 75 years, of Temperance, MI passed away October 30, 2008 in Lake Park Comfort Care, Sylvania. A lifelong farmer and resident of Temperance he owned and operated the Albring Farms and Greenhouses for 58 years.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Lynn Markham

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Lynn Marie Markham (Tifft), December 17, 1958 - October 28, 2008. Lynn Marie Markham, 49, passed away at her home in Mt. Pleasant on October 27, 2008. Diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme (brain cancer) twenty six months earlier, she fought with all her inner spiritual strength to remain with us. Born in Grand Rapids to Marv and Hilda Markham, Lyn. graduated from Caledonia High School in 1977 and Central Michigan University in 1984. In 1985 she studied criminal justice at Sam Houston State University and…

                                                                                                                                                                                                    • MAILLHO DONALD J JR

                                                                                                                                                                                                      at church begins at 10:00 a.m. Memorial Tributes to Manresa Retreat House, P. O. Box 89, Convent, Louisiana 70723 View obituary and share memories at

                                                                                                                                                                                                      • MARRICH FRED

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Beloved husband of Lillian Rosenberg Marrich and the late Virginia Ruth (Ginnie) Marrich. Dear father of Susan (Sidney) Hantler, Dr. Larry (Debbie) Marrich, and Robyn Marrich. Loving grandfather of Jonathan (Cristin) Hantler, Matthew Hantler, Sarah (Ian Caplan) Marrich, Laura Marrich, and Martin Marrich. Brother of the late Ann (the late Phillip) Kollin and the late Irving Marrich. Uncle of Dr. Arnold (Sheryanne) Kollin and Audrey (the late Danny) Klein. Also survived by Lillian Rosenberg Marrich's…

                                                                                                                                                                                                        • MARTHA JANE (WEBB) BLACKMER BROWN CITY Martha Jane (Webb) Blackmer, age 42, of Brown City died October. 21, 2008. She was born June 23, 1966 in Marlette to Rex and Nancy Webb. Martha graduated from the Brown City High School, Class of 1984. She married Jay Blackmer on November 13, 1993. Martha was a certified nurse assistant and had worked at Medi-Lodge in Yale for over 13 years. She had also worked for United Hospice in Marlette and recently had been working in home health care. She loved animals, hunting and riding her motorcycle. She had also touched many people by the use of her computer. Martha was a member of the Christian Motorcycle Association and the Melvin Hogtown Inc. dedicated to United Hospice and Abate Club. She attended North Goodland Baptist Church. Martha is survived by her husband Jay Blackmer, her parents Rex and (Nancy) Webb. Step-children, Cindy (Allen) Schultz and Tony Blackmer, her brother, Rex (Pat) Webb and 2 sisters, Amy (Kevin) Krohn and Patti Perryman along with several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by twin baby brother and sister Danny and Darla. A gathering for family and friends will be Thursday from 2:00 - 9:00 at the Carman Funeral Home in Brown City. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Friday at the North Goodland Baptist Church on Van Dyke Road. Memorial contributions may be made to United Hospice of Marlette or for local Breast Cancer Awareness thru the "Be a star Fund", at the Marlette Regional Hospital Foundation. Arrangements by Carman Funeral Home, Brown City.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Margaret L. Lynch March 28, 1934-Oct. 29, 2008

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Margaret L. Lynch, age 74, of Maybee, MI, formerly of Claiborne County, was born on March 28, 1934 and passed away on October 29, 2008.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Martin Platt

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Platt, Martin Lee Jr. Bay City, Michigan Martin Lee Platt Jr. passed away October 27, 2008 and he is at peace now. He was born February 2, 1963 in Bay City, MI. Friends may call at the Gephart Funeral Home, Inc. on Thursday from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Funeral Services are being planned for Friday. A complete obituary will appear in Wednesday's edition of the paper.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Marvin Goodwin, 71

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Marvin E. Goodwin, 71, formerly of Holland, died Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2008, at his home in East Jordan. A memorial service will be 1 p.m., Friday, Oct. 31, at the Antrim Church of Christ, 10228 US Highway 131 South Northeast, Mancelona. Arrangements are by the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc., East Jordan.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Mary Ann Rose Sielski

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Mary Ann Rose Sielski, 77, of Manistee died Oct. 29 at Munson Medical Center. Arrangements by the Herbert Funeral Home....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Mary Ellen Weirich

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Mary Ellen Weirich, age 82, of Constantine, passed away Oct. 28, 2008, at her home. She was born in Valentine, Ind., on Dec. 30, 1925, the daughter of Herman and Lucy Ellen (Gillingham) Draper. She attended school in LaGrange, Ind. On Sept. 8, 1947, she married John W. Weirich in LaGrange, he preceded her in death on March 21, 1991. Mary worked as a homemaker and enjoyed knitting and crocheting. Surviving are her sons, James E. (Helen) Foote of Osceola, Ind.,  John Weirich of Three Rivers, Wayne…

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Mary Frances Dick

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Mary Frances Dick, 81, of Fort Wayne, Ind., died Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2008, at St. Joseph Hospital. She was born June 5, 1927, in LaGrange and grew up in Sturgis, Mich.  She was a teacher for Fort Wayne Community Schools and taught at Nebraska Elementary School, retiring in 1986. Mary was also a member of United Faith Presbyterian Church. She is survived by a son, Gary (Jeanne) Dick of Fort Wayne; daughters, Shari Bahleda of Munster, Ind., and Bethany (Pat Hynes) Dick of Fort Wayne; a brother, George…

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Mary Frances Nicksich Nov. 20, 1918-Oct. 29, 2008

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Mary Frances Nicksich, age 89, formerly of Wyandotte, died Wednesday October 29, 2008 in Applewood Nursing Center, Woodhaven, Michigan.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Mary J. Taylor

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Mary Jane Taylor, age 75, of Sturgis, Mich., passed away Monday evening, Oct. 27, 2008, at Thurston Woods Village in Sturgis. She was born Jan. 3, 1933, in Sturgis, Michigan a daughter to the late Harold & Lilah Maybelle (Lowing) Kelley. Mary Jane was a lifelong Sturgis resident and graduated from Sturgis High School with the class of 1951. On May 16, 1953, she married Marlin C. Taylor in Sturgis. He died May 12, 1992. With her husband she had been involved in farming and owned and operated Green…

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Mary Sarna

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Mrs. Mary Sarna, 87, of Westover, Md. and formerly of Bad Axe, passed away Friday, Aug. 29, 2008 under hospice care with her daughters at her side., Mary was born March 22, 1921 in Detroit, daughter of the late John and Rose Pleciak., She married Frank Sarna Aug. 2, 1941 at. St. Cunegunda’s in Detroit. He preceded her in death May 7, 1992., Mary lived in Bad Axe from 1986 to 2000 when she moved to Westover, Md. She was a former parishioner of St. Columbkille Catholic Church in Sheridan Corners where she…

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Melissa Lawson

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Melissa Lawson, 29, of Monroe died at 9:05 a.m. Friday at Mercy Memorial Hospital. Services are pending at Rupp Funeral Home.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Michael T. McCarthy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Michael Terence McCarthy, age 74, former Sturgis city commissioner and mayor, passed away early Friday evening, Oct. 31, 2008, at Sturgis Hospital. Arrangements will be announced by the Hackman Family Funeral Homes, Rosenberg Chapel, 807 E. Chicago Road, Sturgis. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Myrtle Eileen Burk

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Myrtle Eileen Burk, 85, of Coldwater, passed away Sunday in Jackson.  She was born Nov. 21, 1922 in Algansee Township to Charles and Ruby (Bush) Heuer.  Mrs. Burk graduated from Quincy High School in 1940 and had worked at Production Credit Association.  She retired from the Coldwater Regional Center after 15 years of service.  She belonged to the VFW, Quincy American Legion Auxiliary, was an avid bowler, and a life member of the Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge. On Aug. 16, 1942 she married Elmer…

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Nancy J. Strine

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Nancy J. Strine, 62, of Reading, passed away Oct. 27, 2008, at the Hillsdale Community Health Center.  She was born Nov. 24, 1945 in Napoleon, Ohio to Harvey and Lorene (Zirn) Johnson.  She was married Sept. 28,1982 to Danny Strine and he survives in Reading. Nancy was a secretary and receptionist for Region 2 Community Action Agency in Hillsdale.  She was also a resident of the Hillsdale area the majority of her life. Also surviving are two sons, Danny (Nicole) Strine of Atlanta, Ind. and Dale…

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Neva Maas, 88

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Neva Maas, 88, of Petoskey passed away Friday, Oct. 24, 2008.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Orlo Hinken, 71

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Orlo Hinken, age 71, of Holland passed away Thursday, October 30, 2008.  Orlo was a veteran of the National Guard for nine years. He was a trucker for Brooks Beverage for many years. Orlo enjoyed camping and fishing and his John Deere tractors.  He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers.  He is survived by his wife of 25 happy years, Judy; and children, Christine and Robert Vanden Bosch of Holland, Sheryl Adams of Grandville, Rex and Rachael Hinken of Zeeland, Kimberly and Nate Trapp of…

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • PARKS WAYNE

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Age 84. October 30, 2008. Beloved husband of the late Mary Juanita. Dear father of Patricia (Ronald) Kolar, Mary Ann Krafchak (Jerry) and William (Shirley). Dearest grandfather of Elaine (Don), Alicia (Andrew), Charles (Sarah), and Jason; great grandfather of George, Harrison, Aranel, Noah, and Lila. Also from a family of 11, survived by four siblings, Penny, Harold, Norma Jean and Carl, and many nieces, nephews and friends. Family will receive friends Saturday 3-8 p.m. and Sunday 11-2 p.m. at the Harry J.…

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • PAT A. DONLEY MARLETTE Pat A. Donley, age 84, a long time resident of Marlette, died Thursday, October 23, 2008 at Covenant Medical Center-Cooper in Saginaw, MI. Mrs. Donley lived in Marlette since 1926. She was born February 26, 1924 in Kinde, MI, daughter to the late Arthur and Freda (Wallace) Dennis. She graduated from Marlette High School in 1942. She married Wendell Donley September 14, 1946 in Marlette. She was an active member of the Marlette First Presbyterian Church. She is survived by her husband Wendell, son Ross & Kim Donley of Ludington, daughter Marcia and Steve Mater of Caro, daughter Randa and Mike Boyd of Utica, son Keith and Linda Donley of Marlette, 11 grandchildren and 20 great- grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother McDonald Dennis and sister Jean Rising. Cremation has taken place at the Sunset Valley Crematory in Bay City. A memorial service have been held at the First Presbyterian Church with Pastor Chris Wolf officiating. Memorials may be donated to Marlette First Presbyterian Church. Arrangements by Marsh Funeral Chapel, Inc., Marlette,

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Parnell Paul

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Parnell Paul, aged 75, of Ionia, passed away Oct. 31, 2008.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Ramona Beer

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ramona Beer, 78, of Fremont, Ind., died Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2008 at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne, Ind. She was born April 23, 1930 in Elliott, N.D. Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, 2008  at Beams Funeral Home in Fremont, Ind. The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday Nov. 1, 2008 at the funeral home with Rev. Keith Olson officiating. Burial will be at Lakeside Cemetery in Fremont, Ind. Memorials may be made to the Fremont United Methodist Church. Condolences may be sent online to…

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Ray Eugene Williams

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Ray Eugene Williams, 89, of Onsted, passed away, Oct. 29, 2008, at Mercy Hospital in Monroe. Funeral Services will be held at noon Monday, Nov. 3, 2008, at the J. Gilbert Purse Funeral Home, Adrian, with Rev. Lloyd Jewett officiating. Burial will follow in Lenawee Hills Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be on Sunday from 2 to 8 p.m., at J. Gilbert Purse Funeral Home, Adrian. Condolences may be offered to the family online at .

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Rev. Charles Culbertson

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The Rev. Charles C. “Cubby” Culbertson, 63, of Hixson, Tenn., went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2008. Cubby was born in Detroit, Mich., and served in the Army during Vietnam. He started his career with a newspaper route at the age of 9, worked on the Ford Mustang assembly line, owned and operated his own ice cream truck, became a dentist for 28 years, moved to Chattanooga in 1982 and became a local pastor in 1995. He served as pastor for four local churches, East Lake United Methodist,…

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Rhonda VanderMeulen, 47

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Rhonda J. VanderMeulen, age 47, died Saturday, October 25, 2008. She was born in Grand Rapids, MI, on October 25, 1961 to John and Julie (Chapel) VanderMeulen. Rhonda graduated from Middleville High School and had been a horse trainer & a massage therapist. She will be greatly missed. SURVIVORS The love of her life, Bruce Risher of West Olive; mother, Julie VanderMeulen of Middleville; father, John VanderMeulen of Wayland; sisters, Brenda (Brian) Cuddahee of Hastings, Jeana VanderMeulen of Caledonia;…

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Richard D. Russell

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Richard D. Russell, 39, of Howe, Ind., died suddenly at his residence due to a brain aneurism Oct. 24. He was born in North Chicago, Ill., at the Great Lakes Navy Base Jan. 17, 1969, to Ronald and Doris (Burger) Russell. He married Julie Strayer Jan. 7, 1993, in LaGrange, Ind. Mr. Russell was employed in the shipping/receiving department at Forest River Marine Division in Middlebury, Ind. He had previously worked as a driver for the Amish Community. He enjoyed picnics at Bonneville Mills Park with his…

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Richard M. Skibbie

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Richard M. Skibbie age 83 of Colon, Mich., passed away Thursday, Oct. 30, 2008, at the Laurels of Coldwater. He was born Sept. 28, 1925, in Chesterton, Ind., a son of the late Martin and Mary (Tiasecki) Skibbie.  Early in life Richard had lived in Chesterton, Ind., where he  graduated from Chesterton High School with the class of 1940.  He moved to Colon in 1975, coming from the Chicago area.  On July 19, 1947, he married Winifred Anna Karlsten in Chesterton, and she preceded him in death on Oct. 13,…

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Robert J. Peacock

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Robert J. Peacock, aged 37, of Grand Rapids, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, Oct. 30, 2008 from an automobile accident.,

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Robert ‘Bob’ Sluder

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Robert “Bob” Sluder, age 82, of Adrian passed away Oct. 28, 2008, at Bixby Medical Center. He was born Jan. 15, 1926, in Avery County, N.C., the son of Sherman and Millie (Osburn) Sluder. On March 20, 1948, he married Betty Griewahn. She survives. He was retired from Simplex Industries in Adrian. Bob served his country in South Pacific in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He and Betty enjoyed a 60-year marriage and Bob especially loved working in his garden and mowing his yard. In addition to his wife…

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Ruth Elaine Miller

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Ruth Elaine Miller, age 79, of Lyons, Ohio, passed away in her sleep at home, Tuesday morning, Oct. 28, 2008. She was born Aug. 25, 1929, in Adrian, Mich., to Roy and Theresa (Kirchner) VanZandt. Her mother died when she was only 18 months old. Her father, Roy and grandmother, Altha Esther Kirchner, continued to raise her. Ruth graduated from Adrian High School in 1947. Ruth married Archie Miller in Adrian, Mich., on March 16, 1952. They made their home in Lyons, Ohio. Although she grew up in the city, she…

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Melanie Lynn Schafer-Bidelman, 8, of Manistee, died Tuesday, Oct. 28. The Herbert Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Shirley Ann (Sweanor) Boetto

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  WAKEFIELD, Mich. -- Shirley Ann (Sweanor) Boetto, 76, of Wakefield, went to be with her Heavenly Father, Monday, Oct. 27, 2008, at Delray Medical Center in Delray Beach, Fla.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Shirley Bradley

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    BRADLEY, Shirley E. - Age 83, of Flint, died Wednesday, October 29, 2008 at her home. Graveside services were held 11:00 AM today at Bendle Cemetery, Clayton Township. A memorial service will be held 1:00 PM Saturday, November 1, 2008 at Mott Park Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 1805 Lapeer Road, Flint, Brother Pittman officiating. In lieu of flowers, those desiring may make contributions to the Shirley E. Bradley Memorial Fund. The complete obituary can be viewed at

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Liebrock, Sibylle Charlotte Merrill, Michigan Passed away Thursday, October 30, 2008 at Schnepp's Nursing Care Center at the age of 72 years. A complete obituary will be published in Sunday's edition of The Saginaw News. The funeral service will take place 11:00 a.m. Monday, November 3, 2008 at W.L. Case & Company, Merrill, Michigan. Friends may call at the funeral home Sunday from 2:00 to 9:00 p.m. and on Monday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the services.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Graham, Stephen B., age 54, Oct. 27, 2008, of Flat Rock.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Terry Alan Westfield, age 65, of White Cloud, passed away on Thursday, October 30, 2008, at Spectrum Health Services-Blodgett Campus in Grand Rapids.  Terry was born on September 6, 1943, in Detroit, to Gerald and Lillian Westfield and married Janet Ollebeck on June 17, 1987, in Grand Rapids.  Terry was service manager at Gezon Mitsubishi in Grand Rapids prior to his retirement and was an avid outdoorsman.  Terry is survived by his wife, Janet of White Cloud; son, Mark (Jenny) Westfield of Rockford;…

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            MAPLE CITY — Michael Dean Wurm, 68, of Maple City, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2008, at Munson Medical Center.Michael was born May 25, 1940, in Miami, Fla., the only child of Harold John and Irene Julia Agnes (Hohnke) Wurm. On July 23, 1960, in Vassar, Mich., he married his loving wife of 48 years, Charlotte Ann Barnard, who survives.Mike attended Vassar High School and later pursued a career in the sheet metal industry. He learned his trade as an apprentice and later in life became an owner/operator…

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              October 30, 2008 Beloved wife of the late Lewis J. Loving mother of Sue Ann (Richard) Vanderbeck Lenz. Professor of Music at Marygrove College. Funeral Monday 1 p.m. from the chapel of the L.J. Griffin Funeral Home, 7707 Middlebelt Road (at Ann Arbor Trail). Family will receive visitors Sunday 2-7 p.m. Memorial contributions to Marygrove College Music Department or Warrenwoods Westland Church would be appreciated. Share a Memorial Tribute with the family at

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • VOREL JOYCE EDNA

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                88, died October 30, 2008 after a long, colorful, and independent life filled with much joy and laughter. Joyce has left this place to be with the love of her life, Emerson, and a host of friends and family who preceded her in death. From now on, she will be busy planning and tiding up while waiting for those she left behind, daughter, Elise Stalmack and family of Brighton, MI and son, Emerson Vorel Jr. and family of Grapevine, Texas. Please join her family for a celebration of Joyce's life Saturday 1…

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Vicente Limlingan

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  LIMLINGAN, Vicente Jiao - Age 77, of Grand Blanc, died Tuesday, October 28, 2008 at Genesys Health Park. Funeral mass will be celebrated 11 AM Friday, October 31, 2008 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church with Rev. Fr. Tim MacDonald, celebrant. Interment will follow at Crestwood Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be held 2-8 PM Thursday at Sharp Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 6063 Fenton Rd., Flint where a vigil service will be held 7 PM Thursday evening. Vicente was born July 19, 1931 in Pampanga,

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Virginia B. Moore, 75, of LaGrange, Ind., died Friday, Oct. 24, 2008, at Parkview LaGrange Hospital. Visitation will be 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the LaGrange Church of Christ and also one hour prior to funeral service which will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at the church.  Burial will be in Ash Carleton Cemetery in Carleton, Mich., 3 p.m. on Thursday. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Vivian I. Paynter

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      BESSEMER, Mich. -- Vivian I. Paynter, 93, a lifelong resident of Bessemer, entered eternal life on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2008, in Ironwood.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Beloved wife of the late Irving "Babe" Wasserman. Loving mother of Mark Wasserman, Dale Wasserman and Janice Whitener. Dear grandmother of Adam and Cole Wasserman. GRAVESIDE SERVICE SUNDAY 11 AM AT HEBREW MEMORIAL PARK. Arrangments by Hebrew Memorial Chapel, 248-543-1622.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • William "Bill" Thorman Dryden William "Bill" Thorman, age 88, a lifelong Dryden resident, passed away peacefully Monday (October 27, 2008), at his farm home after an extended illness. He was born March 16, 1920 to William Fredric and Mae Thorman. He was married to Adelaide E. LePard on August 28, 1944 in Almont. They have enjoyed over 64 years of marriage. He graduated from Dryden High School. Bill's Dairy farm is a Michigan Centennial Farm; having been in the Thorman family since 1875. His Registered Holstein Cattle herd was well known around the area. He served 16 years as the President of the Dryden School Board. He served over 30 years as the Secretary of Lapeer Co-Op. He was a member of Dryden United Methodist Church; he held the longest / oldest membership at the church. He joined the church at the age of 14 and served on many church committees. He is survived by his wife, Adelaide of Dryden; children, Nancy (Gary) Pittman of Colorado Springs, Co, Linda Homeyer

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Sunday 2-9 p.m with a 7 p.m. Rosary service at the St. Clair Shores Chapel of Bagnasco & Calcaterra Funeral Home, 25800 Harper (3 blocks N. of 10 Mile). Funeral Monday at St. Basil the Great Catholic Church, 22660 Schroeder, Eastpointe, In state 9:30 a.m. until Mass 10 a.m. Burial at Resurrection.

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