Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Michigan Obituaries 11/12/08




Alice G. Olson

Tuesday, November 11, 2008 1:15 PM 

RAMSAY, Mich. -- Alice G. Olson, 85, of Belmont Avenue, Ramsay, died Thursday, Nov. 6, 2008, at home. 



Alvin Potterack

POTTERACK - The Mass of Christian Burial for Alvin E. Potterack, aged 87, husband of Betty Potterack, will be celebrated on Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at the Basilica of St. Adalbert. Relatives and friends may meet his family at the church on Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until the Mass begins. For complete obituary and to sign Al's guestbook, visit his web page at Heritage Funeral Home



Andrea L. Byarski 1988-2008 Andrea Lennae Byarski, 20, Suttons Bay, formerly of Bad Axe, passed away on Sunday, November 2, 2008 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. She was born on June 24, 1988 in Bad Axe, daughter of Leonard and Lauri (Schmitt) Byarski. She was a 2006 graduate of Suttons Bay High School. Andrea loved the outdoors, playing the drums and her dog, Buda. She is survived by her parents, Leonard and Lauri Byarski, Suttons Bay; sisters, Amanda Byarski, Traverse City and Alissa (Jackson) Thomson, Alexandria, Va.; paternal grandmother, June Byarski, Bad Axe; maternal grandparents, Lawrence and Ruthann Schmitt, Bad Axe and several aunts, uncles and cousins. She was preceded in death by paternal grandfather, Leonard Byarski Sr. Services were held on Friday, November 7, 2008 at St. Columbkille Catholic Church of Sheridan Corner. Fr. Rob Howe, pastor of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Bad Axe, officiated. Burial took place in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Arrangements were handled by the Kaufman Funeral Home, Bad Axe.

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Anthony L. Einheuser Lapeer Anthony L. Einheuser, age 79, of Lapeer, passed away Thursday, (November 6, 2008). He was born November 28, 1928 in Detroit to Anthony and Mary (O'Donnell) Einheuser. He married Mary C. Forrester in Detroit. Mr. Einheuser was proud to have served his country in the United States Marine Corp, just out of high school. He retired as a Lieutenant from the Detroit Fire Department after many years of service. Above all else, Anthony loved his family very much. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Mary Einheuser of Lapeer; children, Ronald (Jeannie Russ) Einheuser of WA, Michael (Diane Willard) Einheuser of Detroit, David (Denise) Einheuser of Metamora, Carol Jacob of Metamora, Kenneth (Joy) Einheuser of Metamora, Eric (Peggy) Einheuser of Metamora; grandchildren, Jeff (Mandy) Jacob, Kevin Jacob, Daniel Einheuser, Tyler Einheuser, Steve Jacob, Jessica (Scott) Oliver, Cassie, Matthew, Nicole and Amanda Einheuser; great-grandchildren, Alyson and

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Arnold G. Lewandowsky Sr. May 13, 1919-Nov. 5, 2008

Arnold G. Lewandowsky, Sr., age 89, of Florida, formerly of New Boston, MI died on November 5, 2008. Friends may call in the Arthur Bobcean Funeral Home Flat Rock Chapel on Tuesday November 11, 2008 from 1 to 8 PM.



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.




Wednesday 4-9 p.m., Thursday 3-9 p.m. Memorials may be made to the American Brain Tumor Association. 




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Thursday 1-9 p.m. with 7 p.m Scriptures at the John N. Santeiu & Son Funeral Home, 1139 Inkster (between Ford and Cherry Hill). In state Friday 9:30 a.m. until 10 a.m. Mass at St. Linus Catholic Church, 25500 Hass (between Ford & Warren, west of Gulley). 




Age 71, of Sterling Heights, November 6, 2008. Survived by son Michael John Bendlin, (Palm Harbor, Florida), grandson Kurt Michael Bendlin and granddaughter Karin Marie Bendlin, and son Gregory John Bendlin (Windermere, Florida) and his wife Susan and daughter Sally, sister Mary Seppeler and family, sister Beverly Ribar and family, mother Hazel Bendlin and father Arnold Bendlin. Attended Nathan Hale Grade School; Graduated DeVilbiss High School, and attended University of Toledo. Worked for General Motors from 1955 to 1995 with various assignments in Toledo, Cleveland and Detroit. Lifelong basketball and football fan, enjoying the Detroit Pistons as his adopted team. A long time Kiwanis International member of Sterling Heights High Noon Club. He enjoyed raising money for Detroit area charities. A Memorial Service will be held Friday November 14, 2008 1 p.m. at E.J. Mandziuk & Son Funeral Home, 3801 18 Mile Rd, Sterling Hts, MI 48314. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to Grace Centers of Hope, Pontiac, Michigan, or the American Parkinson Disease Association.



BEVERLY P. JOLLEY JEDDO Beverly P. Jolley, age 69, of Jeddo, died Wednesday, November 5, 2008 at home with her family. She was born March 30, 1939 in Buel Township, daughter of the late Edgar and Belle (Murray) Straffon. She and Leonard D. Jolley were married November 1, 1958 in Buel Township. He died January 4, 2006. Beverly was an active member of the Bethel Missionary Church, Roseburg, and was very charitable with her time and efforts helping the less fortunate. She and her late husband were Fremont Twp. farmers. Surviving are her sons Jeffery of Detroit and Steven (Debbie) of Jeddo. Daughters Kimberly Lynn (Russell) Rush of Troy and Karen (Jay) Lussier of Berthoud, Colorado. Sisters Carol (Ed) Gill and Linda Hall all of Sandusky. Eight grandchildren and four great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her sister Janet Straffon. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday in the Pomeroy Funeral Home, Croswell with Rev. Brent Kriesch, pastor of the Bethel Missionary Church officiating. Burial will be in the Croswell Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Bethel Missionary Church. Arrangements by Pomeroy Funeral Homes, Croswell.

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at Wujek-Calcaterra & Sons, Inc., (Shelby Twp.), 54880 Van Dyke at 25 Mile Rd. Friday 3-9 p.m. Memorial Service Saturday 2 p.m. at Woodside Bible Church, 6600 Rochester Rd. (between South Blvd. and Square Lake Rd.). Tributes to the American Cancer Society are welcome. Mr. Blanchard owned and operated ACR Industries of Macomb Twp. from 1977-2000. Share memories with the family at their "On Line Guest Book" at



BRANDI LEA SHAW DECKER Brandi Lea Shaw, age 19, of Decker, died Wednesday, November 5, 2008 at her home in Decker, Michigan. She was born August 28, 1989 in Sandusky, MI. She is the daughter of Daniel and Cindy (Little) Shaw. Brandi was a very happy girl who enjoyed life. Brandi had a great sense of humor and loved to smile and laugh. She enjoyed outdoor activities and camping with her family. Brandi attended school at the Sanilac ISD and participated in the 4-H handicap horseback riding program for 14 years. She loved to be around people and brought much joy to all who knew her. She is survived by her parents, Daniel & Cindy Shaw of Decker, Sister Crystal & Mickey Strickler of Decker. Grandparents Eleanor Shaw of Decker, Tom & Norajean Little of Cass City, Great Grandmother Jean Boyl of Cass City, Aunts and Uncles Carol & Douglas Nelson of Sandusky, Caren & Gary Gerstenberger of Decker, Sherri Little of Caro, Sandy & Bernie Wolny of Cass City, Mike Little of Indiana, and Lori & Jim Jensen of Brown City. She was preceded in death by her sister, Lynsey, Grandfather, Russell Shaw, Uncle Duane Shaw, and Cousin Gerald (Buckwheat) Shaw. Funeral services were held at the Marsh Funeral Chapel, Sandusky with Rev. Fred Becknell officiating. Burial was in the Moore Township Cemetery in Snover. Casket bearers - Kimberly Koslakiewicz, Kayla DeLong, Misty Jensen, Casie Jensen, Jessie Jensen, Andrea Little, Amy Gerstenberger and Lisa Gerstenberger. Memorial suggestion to United Hospice Service. Arrangements by Marsh Funeral Chapel, Sandusky,

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Age 58 of Grosse Pointe Farms, suddenly November 8, 2008. Survived by parents Rita and Charles Collins, sister Joan F. Balok (Joseph) of Grosse Pointe Farms, and brother Thomas C. Collins of Colorado. Dear aunt of Amy Wozniak and Melissa Balok and great-aunt of Timothy and Matthew Wozniak. Funeral Services and interment arrangements are private. Memorial contributions may be made to the Capuchin Monastery, 1820 Mt. Elliot, Detroit, 48207. Arrangements by Chas. Verheyden Funeral Home.



Barbara Manick

Wednesday, October 29, 2008 7:09 PM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

Barbara Manick, 67, of Riverview, Mich. passed away Oct. 26, 2008 at Henry Ford Hospital in Wyandotte, Mich. She was born Nov. 8, 1940. Funeral arrangements for Barbara Manick are pending at the VanHorn-Eagle Funeral Home in Hillsdale. 



Benjamin C. Stinnet January 20, 1983-Nov. 8, 2008

Benjamin C. Stinnett, 25, of Monroe died at 5:31p.m. Saturday at Mercy Memorial Hospital. 



Bernice Taylor-Alley

Thursday, November 6, 2008 2:09 PM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

Bernice Taylor-Alley, 79, of Oregon, Ohio, went home to be with Jesus on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2008. She was born Dec. 18, 1928 in Bexar County, Texas, to E.D. and Rose (Nehr) Raines. Bernice was a faithful servant to God throughout her entire life, serving Him as a longtime member of the Allen United Methodist Church and as the pastor of the Moscow Plains UMC for five years. Outside of her faithful service to the Lord, she enjoyed gardening, RVing and visiting local shut-ins.  Bernice is survived by her loving children, Randy (Kunhui) Robinstine, Roxanne (Randy) Cole, Mark (Debbie) Robinstine, and Rosanne (Teofil) Kalinowski; four brothers, two sisters, four grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, son, Leland Lee Robinstine Jr. and husbands, Leland Lee Robinstine Sr., Eldred Taylor, and Harold Alley. Visitation for Bernice will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 5, from 2 - 8 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Home located at the corner of Wynn and Navarre. The family will receive friends on Thursday from 9 - 10 a.m. at Unity United Methodist Church, 1910 E. Broadway, Northwood, where funeral services will take place at 10 a.m. with graveside services to follow at 3 p.m. in Maplewood Cemetery in Reading. The family suggests memorials be made in Bernice's name to either the Little Sisters of the Poor Sacred Heart Home, or Unity United Methodist Church. Bernice was a light to her children, an inspiration of Christian service, and will be missed by all who knew her.



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"TOM" passed away on October 18, 2008 in Grand Haven, Michigan at the age of 63. Services will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 15, 2008 at Covenant Life Church in Grand Haven. Friends may meet his family following the service at Covenant Life Church. Interment will be in Grawn Cemetery. Please visit Tom's on-line guest book at




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Age 86, formerly of Roseville. Beloved wife of the late Thomas. Dearest mother of Michael (Patricia), Sharon (David) Salg and Janice Palmer. Loving grandmother of Nicole, Dana, Michael, Jaclyn and Sara. Dear sister of Thomas (Marian) Nantais and James (Patricia) Nantais. The family will receive friends on Friday from 4-9 p.m. at Kaul Funeral Home, 28433 Jefferson Ave., St. Clair Shores. In state Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until time of Memorial Mass 10 a.m. at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 22412 Overlake (at Greater Mack) St. Clair Shores. Share a memory at



Carol Noblit

Thursday, November 6, 2008 2:15 PM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

Carol Diane Noblit, 62, of Jonesville, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2008, at Hillsdale Community Health Center. She was born in Pittsford on Dec. 8, 1945, to Roy and Naomi (Julian) Double. She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers, Max, Keith, Don and Ron; and stepson, Randy Noblit of Florida. She graduated from Pittsford High School in 1964, Valedictorian of her class. She spent her entire life in Hillsdale County. Carol worked for Alsons (Masco) for many years in various executive positions. She was president of Cherokee Station Inc. in Jonesville for 12 years. Carol retired in March of 2007. Her passions in life were growing flowers, music, dancing, horses, touring large cities, spending time with family and her husband and life partner of 23 years, Gary. She was a wonderful caring person that loved life and laughter and will be so dearly missed by many close friends and family. She is survived by her husband, Gary Noblit; two sons, Scott (Sheri) Carpenter of Jonesville and Matthew (Stephanie) Carpenter of Camden; stepdaughters, Rhonda Mosby of Jonesville, Shawn Noblit of Columbus, Ga. and Michelle Kesselring of Rives Junction; several grandchildren, nephews and nieces also survive. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Eagle Funeral Home in Jonesville with Pastor Terry Bobzien officiating. Interment will follow at Leonardson Cemetery in Pittsford.  The family will receive friends for visitation 5-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Hillsdale Community Theater.  To view this obituary and send condolences, visit



Caroline M. Wooster

Tuesday, November 11, 2008 9:02 PM - GateHouse Media, Inc.

Caroline M. Wooster, age 74, of Sturgis, Mich., passed away Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2008, at the Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo. She was born April 20, 1934, in Sturgis, a daughter of the late Albert and Cleo (Dunafin) Holtz. Caroline was a resident of the Sturgis area all of her life. She had been employed by the Brighton Mushroom Farm before her marriage to Nelson L. Wooster on Aug. 27, 1965, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sturgis. She enjoyed art, painting, photography, and was an avid reader. Surviving are: her husband, Nelson; three daughters, Jackie (Bill) Brown of Gaylord, Debra Bradley of Tallahasee, Fla., and Vicky (Michael) Howell of Goshen, Ind.; two sons, Alvin Wooster of Sturgis and Scott Wooster of Carlsbad, Calif.; 16 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Walter Wooster; three brothers, Dale Holtz, Charles Holtz, and Albert “AJ” Holtz Jr.; and a sister, Sharon Holtz. The family will receive friends and relatives from 12:30–2:30 p.m. Thursday at the Hackman Chapel, 114 S. Nottawa St., Sturgis. Funeral services celebrating the life of Caroline M. Wooster will be held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home with Pastor Barry Sommerfield, Celebration Community Church, Sturgis officiating. Interment will follow in Oak Lawn Cemetery. Memorial donations may be directed to the charity of one’s choice. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. Her obituary is also at



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.



Cecilia J. 'Ceil' Maccani

Monday, November 10, 2008 1:01 PM 

IRONWOOD, Mich. -- Cecilia J. "Ceil" Maccani, 96, died peacefully Thursday evening, Nov. 6, 2008, in Ironwood. 



Charles E. Lambrix Feb. 7, 1938-Nov. 9, 2008

Charles E. Lambrix, 70, of Monroe, died at 11:55 p.m. Sunday in his home. He had been in poor health since July. 



Charles H. Lambrix Nov. 9, 2008

Charles E. Lambrix, 70, of Monroe died at 11:55 p.m. Sunday in his home. 



Charles R. Priest / 1922-2008

Charles R. Priest, 86, of Shillelagh Lane, Niles, died at 4:20 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 9, 2008, at Lakeland Specialty Hospital, Berrien Center, following an extended illness. 



Clarence Geiger 1914-2008 Clarence Geiger, 94, a retired Sand Beach Township farmer, passed away Thursday, November 6, 2008 at his daughter's home, (Susann and Bernard Smaglinski) near Harbor Beach. He was born September 7, 1914 near Harbor Beach to the late Charles and Lena (Hessling) Geiger. On September 12, 1936 in St. Anthony's Church, Helena, Clarence and Emma Booms were united in marriage. She preceded him in death on April 10, 1996. Clarence was a member of Our Lady of Lake Huron Catholic Church, the Men's Club, was an usher, was a member of the Jolly Neighbors Farm Bureau and a long time member of the Tip of the Thumb Square Dancers. He was also a former Cooper Rural School board member. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends, deer hunting, playing cards and dancing. He is survived by his children, Susann (Bernard) Smaglinski, Harbor Beach, MaryAnn (Fred) Jahn, Port Hope, Charles (Judith) Geiger, Harbor Beach; 16 grandchildren; 48 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Rita Booms, Harbor Beach, Carolyn LeGault, Harbor Beach and Evelyn Kraft, Clinton Township; sister-in-law, Florence Booms, Bad Axe and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Jennifer Geiger on April 28, 1973; three brothers, George (Selma) Geiger, Norman (Margaret) Geiger and Leo (Lucille) Geiger; a sister, Emma (Geiger) and Leland Gentner; and brother-in-laws, Leonard Booms, Raymond LeGault and Robert Kraft. Funeral mass was held on Monday, November 10, 2008 at Our Lady of Lake Huron Catholic Church. Fr. William Spencer officiated, with burial taking place in the church cemetery. Arrangements were handled by the Ramsey Funeral Home, Harbor Beach.

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DENNIS (DENNY) BARBER PECK Dennis (Denny) Barber, Age 63, of Peck, died Saturday, November 1, 2008 at home. He was born October 2, 1945 in Detroit, Michigan. He is the son of Loretta (Kamulski) Barber of Peck and the late Harold Barber. He was a life long farmer and a member of the Michigan Farm Bureau. He is survived by his three Children; Fred (Marcy) Barber of Georgia, Theresa (Tim) Himmer of Massachusetts and Roxanne (Steven) Maedel of Applegate. His mother, Loretta Barber of Peck, one brother; John (Jennifer) Barber of Peck, two sisters; Yvonne Barber of Dexter and Juanita (Joseph) Spallina of Saline. Two nieces; Christina Spallina and Jessica Barber. Three nephews; David and Jared Spallina and Daniel Trenbath Barber and Jessica Barber. Several other relatives. He was preceded in death by one brother, David Barber and one sister, Carol Ann Barber. Funeral Mass was held at the Hacker Funeral Parlors in Sandusky with Fr. Charles Hammond of Sandusky and Rev. Clarence VanConant of Harbor Beach officiating. Burial was in the Mt. Hope Cemetery in Peck. Memorials may be made to Disabled American Veterans. Arrangements by Hacker Funeral Parlors, Sandusky.

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Age 78 of Wolverine Lake died November 9, 2008. Beloved husband of 52 years to Pearl. Loving father of Vicki (William) Lawton, Karen Donahue and Pamela (James) Schneider. Also eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Brother of Thomas (Evelyn) Donahue and the late Robert (the late Theresa) Donahue. Mr. Donahue was owner of Mansfield Company and was a volunteer for the Wolverine Lake Village Water Board. Funeral from Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 340 Pontiac Trail Walled Lake (3 Blks. S. of Maple Rd.) Friday 2 p.m. Interment Commerce Memorial Cemetery. Friends may visit Wednesday and Thursday 5-9 p.m. Memorials to the University of Michigan Cancer Center.




Thursday 3-9 p.m. Memorials appreciated to ASPCA, Michigan Humane Society or Beaumont Hospice. Obituary and condolences at



Dale R. Schrader Jr.

Sunday, November 9, 2008 10:05 PM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

Dale R. Schrader Jr., age 62, of Centreville, passed away Saturday, Nov. 8th, 2008 at his home. Dale Jr. was born in Three Rivers on Sept. 26, 1946, a son of Dale R. and Gwynn (Walsh) Schrader Sr. He graduated from Centreville High School in 1966 and served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War with the Seabees. On July 1, 2000, he married Donna S. Hann in Three Rivers. Dale worked at Coachman Industries in Middlebury, Ind., for 22 years, retiring in 2008. He also worked for the family business, Schrader’s Friendly Service in Centreville. He was a member of the American Legion , Three Rivers, past member of Elks Lodge #1248, Three Rivers, and was an avid Dale Earnhardt and Dale Earnhardt Jr. fan. Dale also enjoyed working on small engines and wood working. Surviving are his parents, Dale and Gwynn Schrader Sr., Centreville; wife, Donna Schrader, Centreville; daughter, Johanna (Bob) Colburn, Portage; son, Adam (Wendy) Schrader, White Pigeon;  step sons, Donny (Tammy) White of Three Rivers; Raymond (Audra) White of Schoolcraft, Mickey (Jenny) White of Three Rivers; sisters, Keli (Steve) Quake of Centreville, Sheli (Joe) Hittler of Sturgis; brothers, Marc (Sherry) Schrader of Three Rivers, Chad (Kim) Schrader of Three Rivers; grandchildren, Lanina Coburn, Claysee and Kenlee Schrader, Brittany and Taylor White and Lainie White. Cremation has taken place. Relatives and friends will be received Tuesday from 5-8 p.m. at the Eley Funeral Home in Centreville where services will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday with the Rev. John Deily, First Presbyterian Church, Three Rivers, officiating. Interment will be in the Prairie River Cemetery in Centreville. A luncheon will follow at the American Legion in Three Rivers. Memorial contributions may be made to West Michigan Cancer Center. On line condolences may be left for the family at



David Castetter

CASTETTER, David L Age 83 Of Richland Died at Borgess Medical Center Thursday, November 6, 2008. Services to celebrate David's life will be held at The FARLEY-ESTES & DOWDLE RICHLAND CHAPEL (269-629-6022) Monday, November 10. A full obituary will appear in Sunday's paper.



David H. Hunten Oct. 15, 1950-Nov. 5, 2008

David H. Hunten, 58, of Monroe died at 11:58 p.m. Wednesday at Harborside of Sylvania. 



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Deanna Brinks, 61

Monday, November 10, 2008 5:58 PM - GateHouse Media, Inc.

Deanna M. Brinks, age 61, of Belleville, Michigan, (formerly of Cadillac and Holland) passed away Sunday, November 9, 2008, peacefully at her home with her family at her side. She was born February 20, 1947 in Cadillac, MI, the daughter of Gordon and Alice (Schmidt) Frook. She was a 1965 graduate of Kenowa Hills High School. On March 21, 1969, she married Kenneth L. Brinks and he survives. She was a member of New Life Bible Baptist Church in Ypsilanti. Because of her faith and love in Jesus Christ, we know she is resting in His arms today. In addition to her husband, survivors include: her parents of Wayland, MI; one son, Douglas (Rebecca) Brinks of Ada, OK; one daughter, Michelle (Ken) Adams of Belleville; six grandchildren; one sister, Kathy (Dan) McRae of Plainwell, MI; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Donald and Timothy Frook. The funeral service will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, November 12, 2008 at New Life Bible Baptist Church, 1175 S. Grove Road, Ypsilanti. Burial will be in Fairplanes Cemetery, Sparta Township, MI. Contributions in her memory may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Envelopes are available at Stark Funeral Service Moore Memorial Chapel where the family will receive friends 4-9 p.m. Tuesday and at the church from 10:00 a.m. until time of service Wednesday. Please sign her guest book at



Delbert Francis Smith April 6, 1933-Nov. 6, 2008

Delbert Francis Smith died Thursday, November 6, 2008 as a result of an accidental fall at his summer home in Monroe, MI. He was born April 6, 1933 in Toledo, OH to Elizabeth (George) and John WalterSmith (Zoltan Szikszay).



Dena Vlieg Imlay City Dena Vlieg, age 94, of Imlay City, passed away Sunday (November 9, 2008) at her sisters home in Imlay City. She was born Dena Adrianna Yonker, November 12, 1913 in Kalamazoo to Otto and Jenny Yonker. She married Peter Vlieg on May 31, 1935 in Kalamazoo. Dena spent most of her life in the Imlay City community and was a member of Imlay City Christian Reformed Church. She is survived by her sisters, Eleanor Wright of Kalamazoo and Barbara (Warner) Hoeksema of Imlay City; and by several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Peter in 1986; her parents, Otto and Jenny Yonker; sisters, Fannie Corstange, Henretta Gernate and Wilma Watson. Memorial contributions may be made to Imlay City Christian Reformed Church Benevolent Fund. Funeral services will be held 1:00 p.m., Wednesday (November 12, 2008) at Imlay City Christian Reformed Church. Pastor Kenneth VanderHorst will officate. Burial will follow at Imlay Township Cemetery.

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Diana Seeback, 51

Tuesday, November 11, 2008 12:18 PM - GateHouse Media, Inc.

Diana G. Love Seeback, age 51, of Holland, went to be with her Lord Monday, November 10, 2008, at her home, surrounded by her family, following a short illness. Diana was born in Traverse City and graduated from Hamilton High School. She had been employed at Genesis Trailers, attended Faith Christian Center, and served in the U.S. Army. Diana was preceded in death by her father, Arthur J. Love Sr., in 2004. Surviving are her children, Jason Love of Corona, CA, Jeff Seeback Jr. of Holland, and Marcy Seeback of Holland; mother, Betty Love of Holland; sisters and brothers, Joyce and Dennis Benedict of Holland, Barbara and John Ridlington of Fennville, Tony and Sharon Love of Florence, SC, and Jack and Julie Love of Fennville; and many nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Friday at Faith Christian Center, 1941 Washington Ave., with  Pastor Fred Gulker officiating. Burial will be in the East Saugatuck Cemetery. Visiting will be 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Dykstra Life Story Funeral Homes-Mulder Chapel, 188 West 32nd Street. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Holland. For more information and an online registry, visit  



Donald A. Ruth

Thursday, November 6, 2008 2:13 PM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

Donald A. Ruth, 57, of Lakeland, Fla., passed away Friday, Oct. 31, 2008 near Pensacola, Fla. as a result of injuries sustained in a traffic accident. He was born April 22, 1951 in Hillsdale to Vernon and Serena (Fish) Ruth. He was married April 1, 1972 to Susan Laser and she survives. Donald was a 1969 graduate of Pittsford High School and was a veteran of the U.S. Army having served from 1970 to 1972. He enjoyed woodworking, sports and music. Surviving besides his wife Susan, are his parents Vernon and Serena Ruth of Osseo; two sons Brent (Angel) Ruth and Aaron (Heidi) Ruth, both of Lakeland, Fla; a sister, Cathy (Howard) May of Richmond, Texas; two brothers Steven Ruth of Hillsdale, Vernon Paul (Dawn) Ruth of Osseo; and two grandchildren Brandon and Kelly. Memorial services for Donald A. Ruth will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, at the First Baptist Church in Hillsdale with Pastor James Olinger officiating. Interment will follow at Leonardson Cemetery in Pittsford. The family will receive friends for visitation Saturday from 12:30 p.m. until services at 2 p.m at the church. Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Heart Association or the charity of the donor’s choice.  



Donald C. Smith Jr.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008 4:33 AM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

Donald C. Smith Jr., age 61, of Milan died Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2008, at his home with his loving family by his side after a long battle from Progressive Supranuclear Palsy. He was born Dec. 15, 1946, in Adrian, to Donald Curtis and Alice (Babcock) Smith Sr. Don attended Petersburg-Summerfield High and Adrian College. He worked for GM in both the Tecumseh and Adrian plants for 24 years, retiring from Adrian in 1993. He also enjoyed working at the Top Shoppe, as a police officer, security officer, car salesman and cottage cheese maker. He was active in his community by school tutoring, a parade organizer and a Girl Scout and Boy Scout supporter. Don will be fondly remembered, however, for bringing joy to hundreds of Milan children as “Santa” in the Christmas holiday parade for the past 22 years. In addition to Santa his other passion was a love for antique cars, especially his 1925 Ford Model T. He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Mary Jo (O’Hare); three daughters, Stacie Lynn (Jim), Danielle Lynn and Nicole Lynn; aunt and uncle, Kathie and Basil Babcock; aunt Helen Babcock, aunt Helen Woerner, and a very loving extended family and friends. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Sharon (Grof), and their daughter, Tracie Lynn, his parents and a brother, William. Visitation will be Thursday, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Ochalek-Stark Funeral Home, Milan. where services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in Oakwood Cemetery in Adrian. Memorial contributions may be made to the David O’Hare Foundation, 2701 Blackberry Lane NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525 in memory of his nephew whom he loved dearly, or to Arbor Hospice for the loving care they provided in his final days. Condolences may be offered at  



Donald E. Ray

Sunday, November 9, 2008 10:03 PM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

Donald Eugene Ray, age 83, of Sturgis, died Nov. 8, 2008, at his home following an extended illness. He was born west of Mendon to Leo and Beulah Mae (Hallam) Ray on Dec. 24, 1924.  He attended the Canada Corners Country School and graduated from Mendon High School in 1942.  Upon graduation, he joined the Navy where he spent the next four years.  After his military service, Don enrolled at the College of Pharmacy at Ferris State College, graduating in 1952 with a bachelor of science degree in pharmacy.  On Oct. 19, 1957, he was married  to Wanda Mae Skibbe of Paw Paw. He worked at several clinic pharmacies, eventually accepting a pharmacy position at Borgess Hospital.  He attained the position of chief pharmacist for 13 years before moving to Sturgis and starting his own business, Don Ray’s Pharmacy.  He continued to operate the business for the next 19 years along with his wife, Wanda. Don was a lifetime member of the American Legion; the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) of Oshkosh, Wis.; the Kalamazoo Aviation History Museum of Kalamazoo;  the Classic Antique Restorers (CAR) of Three Rivers; Michigan Pharmacist Association (MPA);  American Pharmacist Association (APHA); the Mendon Heritage Schoolhouse fundraising committee, and was inducted into the Mendon High School Hall of Fame in 2004. Don maintained his pharmacy license for 56 years and was current up to the time of his death.  In Don’s younger years, he was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing, trapping, scuba diving, and golf.  Don was passionate about watching his four grandchildren’s sporting events which included soccer, baseball, wrestling, volleyball, football, swimming, diving, and track.  He was also a huge Mendon football fan and attended most games.  Don had a brilliant mind and a photographic memory.  There were few subjects Don couldn’t expound on.     Don is survived by his loving and dedicated wife of 51 years, Wanda Ray;  two daughters, Kelli Ray-Fry and son-in-law, Douglas Fry, and Kimberly Baker and her husband, Bradley;  four grandchildren, Amanda and Hayley Baker and Samuel and William Fry, all of Sturgis;  one brother, Keith (Hazel) Ray of Mendon; and several nieces and nephews. In accordance with his wishes, cremation has taken place.  A memorial service will be held 10 a.m. on Saturday at the Eickhoff Funeral Home in Mendon with Rev. Cannon Meredith Hunt, rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church of Sturgis officiating.  A luncheon will follow services at St. John’s Episcopal Church in the Great Hall, and his family encourages everyone to attend and continue the fellowship and share memories of Don.  The family suggests memorials be directed to either the Mendon Heritage Schoolhouse Project, 148 Kirby Rd., Mendon, MI 49072; or the Sturgis Hospice, 1613 E. Chicago Rd., Sturgis, MI 49091.  Online register and condolences may be sent to



Donald J. Ceglarek

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Dorothy Brondyke-Boehmer, 88

Monday, November 10, 2008 12:12 PM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

Dorothy M. Brondyke-Boehmer, age 88, of Zeeland, died Sunday, November 9, 2008, at a local care facility.  Dorothy was born in Holland, June 22, 1920, to Benjamin and Eunice (Bush) Dalman and was a lifelong resident of the area.  She was a member of Maplewood Reformed Church.  Preceding her in death was her first husband, Louis Brondyke in 1980; her second husband, Walter Boehmer, in 2000; and her sister, Lenore Garvelink.  Surviving are her two sons, Richard Lee and Mary Brondyke of Clarkston, and James Roger and Cheryl Brondyke of Finksburg, MD; five grandchildren, Kelly and Eddie Feeman, Karin and Dean Fenton, Kate and Dan Ochoa, Aaron Brondyke and Christine Zachai, and Rebecca and Adam Gerow; nine great- grandchildren; sisters, Marie  Van Eerden, and Evon and Robert Pluister; nieces, nephews, and cousins.  Funeral services are scheduled for Thursday, 11:00 a.m. at Maplewood Reformed Church. Officiating will be Rev. Jason Siemens.  Burial will be in Pilgrim Home Cemetery. Visitation is scheduled for Wednesday, from 7-9 p.m. at the Downtown Chapel, Dykstra Life Story Funeral Homes, 29 E. Ninth St. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Holland.  Please visit www.lifestorynet .com  for further information.    



Dr. Terry Hickman

Saturday, November 8, 2008 1:08 PM 

PRESQUE ISLE, Wis. -- Dr. Terry Hickman of Presque Isle, died Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2008, at his beloved home.




Age 95. Beloved wife of the late Joseph. Dear mother of Mark (Margaret) Eichner and the late Phillip Eichner. Loving sister of Charlie Granat, Bella Shulman, Sarah Magedman, Morton Granat and Willie Granat. Dear grandmother of Adam (Rachel Portnoy) Eichner, Michele (Eli) Saulson, Sam (Michelle) Eichner, Denise Dudley, Brian (Robyn) Eichner and Allen Eichner. Loving great-grandmother of Kobi and Jonah Eichner, Laela, Isaac and Sophia Saulson, Brianna, Alayna, Amber and Sarah Eichner, Nolan Dudley, Rachel and Emily Eichner. Also survived by loving nieces and nephews. Graveside services Wednesday 12:00 p.m. at Beth Yehudah Cemetery. Arrangements by HEBREW MEMORIAL CHAPEL, (248) 543-1622.



Edward Budek Nov. 10, 2008

Edward Budek, age 78, of New Boston, died Monday. Arrangements are pending with the Arthur Bobcean Funeral Home, Inc.



Elsa I. Watson

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Elva Steward Lynch Traverse City Elva Steward Lynch, age 94, of Traverse City, passed away Friday (November 7, 2008) at her home. She was born September 23, 1914. Elva was a Longtime educator & principal. Her family honored her wish to be cremated. Instead of funeral services, Mrs. Lynch asked that a poem she wrote, "Memory of Me," be shared with family & friends. Memory of Me, I'd like the memory of me to be a happy one. I'd like to leave an afterglow of smiles when life is done. I'd like to leave an echo, whispering softly down the ways of happy times and laughing times and bright and sunny days. I'd like the tears of those who grieve to dry before the sun of happy memories what I leave when life for me is done. Her family will be smiling with tears. She is survived by her daughters, Ann (Gary) Barfknecht; son, Al (Nan) Lynch; grandchildren, Amy (Dan) Juengst, Heidi (Anthony) Drake, Erin (Michael) Miller, Caitlin Lynch, Albert Lynch; great-grandchildren, Anders & Ell

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Esther H. McLellan

Tuesday, November 11, 2008 5:14 PM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

Esther H. McLellan, 89, of Coldwater, died Monday, Nov. 10, 2008 at Maple Lawn Medical Care Facility. Esther was born Sept. 2, 1919 in Washtenaw Co. to Roy and Pearl (Hartsell) Hadley. She was married for 65 years to Walter B. McLellan. They were married on June 26, 1941 in Ann Arbor. He preceded her in death on March 12, 2007. She and her husband owned and operated Acme Printing and Reproduction for over 30 years. She was a loving mother of two daughters, three grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Survivors include two daughters Susan K. Milligan of Coldwater, and Bonnie J. Stakor of Pinckney; grandchildren Deanne (Bill) Hawley, Janice Milligan, and Chris Stakor and five grandchildren. Funeral services will be held 3 p.m. Thursday Nov. 13, 2008 at Gillespie Funeral Home, Coldwater with Rev. Dave Pierce officiating. Visitation will be held from 1:30 p.m. until time of service Thursday at the funeral home. Visit to leave a message or condolences to the family.




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Frances Sobieski

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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.



Frank V. Reid

Tuesday, November 11, 2008 4:36 AM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

Frank V. Reid, age 74, of Adrian passed away Sunday, Nov. 9, 2008, at his home. He was born Jan. 24, 1934, in Ann Arbor, to Phillip and Mildred (Harris) Reid. Frank served in the U.S. Navy from 1951-1970. On July 10, 1955, he married Pat Baker, in Long Beach, Ca., and she survives. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and motorcycle riding.  He was a member of the 40 & 8, the V.F.W. Annis-Fint Post #1584 and the American Legion Post #364 of Morenci. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his mother, Mildred Martin of Ann Arbor; three sons, Edward Reid and his wife, Barb, of Moscow, Mich., Phillip Reid and his wife, Morrie, of Adrian and Robert Reid of Phoenix, Ariz.; two daughters, Debra Reid of Seattle Wash., and Sandra Johnson and her husband, Gary, of Tecumseh; one brother, John Martin and his wife, Jan of Corpus Christi, Texas; one sister, Shirley Holley and her husband, Don of Pentwater, Mich.; 11 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father and stepfather, Thomas Martin. Funeral services for Frank will be held on Thursday, Nov. 13, 2008, at 10 a.m. at the Anderson Funeral Home, Adrian, with the Rev. Dave Morton officiating. Burial will be in Ft. Custer National Cemetery in Augusta, Mich. Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Anderson Funeral Home, Adrian, where a military walk through will be held at 7 p.m. by the 40 & 8, the VFW Annis-Fint Post #1584 and the American Legion Post #364 of Morenci. You may send condolences to the family at Memorial contributions may be made to the 40 & 8. Envelopes are available at the Anderson Funeral Home, Adrian.



Fred Bosma, 83

Monday, November 10, 2008 5:57 PM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

Fred Bosma, 83, of Zeeland, died Sunday, November 9, 2008, at Hospice House of Holland. Fred was born to Fred Sr. and Mary Bosma on January 29, 1925 in Zeeland.  He attended Zeeland High School and then enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War II and served on the USS Anderson.  Fred was a lifelong member of Second Reformed Church.  Fred was life member of the Scottville Clown Band, a founding member of the PF Flyers Racing Pigeon Club, and a member of the Gilbert F. Karsten American Legion Post in Zeeland.  Fred retired from Consumers Power after 35 years and then worked for FMB Bank.  He loved to camp, fish and make stained glass windows and artwork.  Fred was preceded in death by his sister, MaryAnne, in 2002.   He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Jeanette “Nette”; children,  Mardee and Jack Sytsma, David and Jan Bosma, Sandra and Dennis Gates; grandchildren,  Jennifer Armijo, Jessica and Tape Nachampassak, Joshua and Kanitha Sytsma, Tyler and Amy Joy Sytsma, Travis and Diedre Sytsma, Nathan Sytsma, Kelli and Nathan Weaver, Mitchel Bosma, Heidi and Drew Payne; 16 great-grandchildren; brother-inlaw, Ken and Carol De Jonge. Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, November 12, 2008 at Second Reformed Church, 225 E. Central Ave., Zeeland.   Dr. John Schmidt  will officiate.  Visiting hours will be 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at the Yntema Funeral Home, 251 S. State Street, Zeeland.  Burial will be in Zeeland Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice House of Holland.



Fulkerson, Irene J.

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"JIMMY" Age 73. November 9, 2008. Beloved husband of Frances (nee O'Brien) for 45 years. Loving father of John (Victoria), James (Amy) and Peter (Anita). Dear grandfather of Meghan, Brendan, Ty, Brody, Kiley, Sophia, Jessica and Evan. Dear brother of Mary, Ellen (Joe), Rose, Bridget (Eugene) and Frank (Rose). Son-in-law of Maisie O' Brien and brother-in-law of Ray (Eileen) O'Brien. Mr. Gallagher retired in 1999 from the GM Headquarters after 18 years. In lieu of flowers, the family is accepting donations for a memorial to be made in Mr. Gallagher's honor. There will be a Memorial Gathering Saturday, November 15th from 9 a.m. until time of Memorial Service at 12 noon at Wujek-Calcaterra & Sons, Inc. 36900 Schoenherr Rd. at Metro Parkway (16 Mile Rd.) Share memories with the family at their "On-Line Guest Book" at




Wednesday 3-9 pm. with 7 p.m Pomen. Funeral Thursday 11 a.m. at Wujek-Calcaterra & Sons, Inc., 36900 Schoenherr at Metro Parkway (16 Mile). Interment, Resurrection Cemetery. Please share memories with the family at their "On Line Guestbook" at




"BILL" Of Rochester Hills. Survived by Belinda Glover, beloved wife of 23 years. Funeral Friday 11 a.m. at Trinity Missionary Baptist Church, 119-123 Wesson, Pontiac. In state at Cobb's Funeral Home Thursday 12-8 p.m. Family will receive friends Friday 10-11 a.m. at the church.




Beloved wife of the late Zelic Green. Dear mother of Dr. Alex (Barbara) Green and L. (Tamara) Green. Loving grandmother of Nicole, Austin, Taylor, Jake and Zane Green. Devoted aunt of David (Natalie) Eisenberg. Dearest daughter of the late Jacob and Bessie Levitt. Sister of the late Sam (the late Esther) Levitt, the late Mary (the late Leo) Dressler and the late Louis Levitt. Also survived by many other loving family members and friends. PRIVATE GRAVESIDE SERVICES TODAY. ARRANGEMENTS BY THE DORFMAN CHAPEL (248) 406-6000 or visit




On Saturday morning November 8th, Karen passed away peacefully in her sleep, at home surrounded by family. Karen was born in Lansing on April 21st 1950. She grew up in Battle Creek where she graduated from Lakeview High School in 1968. At the age of 16, she met the love of her life Thomas Groves Jr. and they were married on March 6th 1970. Together, they have two loving children Jamie and Angela. Tom and Karen moved to Dearborn Heights in 1971, then to Northville in 1976. She dedicated the next many years to raising her two children. Karen had a beautiful voice and a passion for theater that led to her involvement with the Plymouth Theater Guild for over 10 years, serving as President for over 7 years. She also served as a member of the Player's Guild of Dearborn as both a performer and board member. She worked at Bill Knapp's Restaurant for many years sharing her warm smile with her customers. She also loved working at Foursight Creative Group in Plymouth from where she retired in 2004. Karen is survived by her husband Tom; son Jamie, his wife Erika and their son Joel Thomas; daughter Angie and fiancé John; brothers Mike (Debbie), Roger (Gail) and David Kevern; sister-in-heart Sharon Hepfinger and many nieces and nephews. A viewing will be held on Thursday from 2-8 p.m. at Casterline Funeral Home, 122 W. Dunlap, Northville. The funeral service will be on Friday at 11:30 a.m. at Community of Christ Church, 12401 Ridge Rd., Plymouth. Flowers appreciated or donations can be sent to Gilda's Club (, 3517 Rochester Rd., Royal Oak, MI 48073.



Gary E. Prey

Friday, November 7, 2008 12:27 PM 

ELY TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- Gary E. Prey, 61, of Ely Township, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2008, at Marquette General Hospital, Marquette. 



George J. Langkil Sr.

George J. Langkil Sr., 77, of Gladwin passed away Nov. 7, 2008 at MidMichigan Medical Center–Gladwin.



Gerald L. Bailey Sr. April 20, 1951-Nov. 7, 2008

Gerald L. Bailey Sr., age 57 of Monroe, passed away unexpectedly in his home November 7, 2008. He was born on April 20, 1951 in Monroe, MI. to the late rd and Ethel (Pillette) Bailey. He formerly was married to Connie Maedel. 



Geraldine Goss

Sunday, November 9, 2008 10:00 PM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

Geraldine Goss, 80, of Orlando, Fla.,  passed away Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2008. She was born May 26, 1928, in Cleveland, Ohio, a daughter to the late Raymond and Amy (Rice) Glasgow. Geraldine was a pastoral wife and secretary. Surviving are one son, Larry (Pam) Goss of Dillon, Montana; daughter, Sheryl (Timothy) Watson of St. Cloud, Fla.; four granddaughters, Amy (Josh) Pierce, Ann (Grant) Rank, Gwen (Jason) Miller, and Whitney Goss; three great-grandchildren, Payton Pierce, Gavin Pierce and Zane Rank. A graveside service celebrating the life of Geraldine Goss will be held at noon Wednesday at the Matteson Lake Cemetery in Bronson with The Rev. James Bender, First Baptist Church, officiating. A light luncheon and gathering of family and friends will follow at the First Baptist Church in Sturgis. Arrangements are being handled by the Hackman Family Funeral Homes, Rosenberg Chapel.  



Groves, Karen Sue

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HARRIET JOYCE EAGLE SANDUSKY Harriet Joyce Eagle, age 78, of Sandusky, died Saturday, November 08, 2008 at her home in Sandusky, Michigan. She was born November 22, 1929 in Sandusky, Michigan the daughter of the late Cecil and Gertrude (Moore) McAulay. She was a lifelong area resident, a 1947 graduate of Sandusky High School, a member of St. Johns Episcopal Church, Sandusky. Harriet married Robert E. Eagle on January 3, 1948 in Sandusky, he died on December 15, 1985. She was head Librarian at Sandusky Public Library until her retirement. Harriet was passionate about Genealogy and she loved to travel to Ireland. She is survived by Robert Jr. & Darlene Eagle (son) of Sandusky, David & Mary Eagle (son) of Jeddo, 4 Grandchildren, Karen, Jason, Daniel, Alyssa, Annette & Donald Swayze (sister) of Arizona. Funeral services will be held Thursday, November 13, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. at Marsh Funeral Chapel, Sandusky with Rev. Charles Stuart officiating. Burial will be in the Greenwood Cemetery in Sandusky. Visitation will be held at Marsh Funeral Chapel, Sandusky on Wednesday from 2 - 9 p.m. Memorial suggestion to St. Johns Episcopal Church or Sandusky District Library. Arrangements by Marsh Funeral Chapel, Sandusky,

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begins at church 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers family suggests memorial tributes to Lutheran Church of the Redeemer. A.J. Desmond & Sons 248-549-0500. View obituary and share memories at 



Harold L. Hocker Jr.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008 9:07 PM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

Harold Louis “Hal” Hocker, Jr., age 78, of Centreville, Mich., passed away Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2008, at his home. He was born in Detroit on April 17, 1930, a son of the late Harold Louis and Alvina Elizabeth (Rathje) Hocker Sr. Hal graduated from Lakeshore High School, St. Claire Shores in 1948.  On  Dec. 9, 1950, Hal married Ruth Husk in Angola, Ind. He worked in sales and was a partner at Pentek Corp., Indianapolis, Ind., for 20 years, retiring in 1987. Hal also worked at Weyheauser from 1963-1968. Hal was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Centreville and enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with his family. Surviving are: his wife, Ruth Hocker, Centreville; daughters, Sheryl (John) Furey of Constantine, Cynthia (Michael) Daskivich of San Antonio, Texas, Mary (Michael) Mingus of Sturgis and Carol (Kemp) Kotschevar of Centreville; son, Gary (Marsha) Hocker of Constantine; 13 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; granddaughter, Crystal Smous; sisters, Carmen Hardee and Marilyn Yates; and brother, Charles Hocker. According to his wishes, Hal's body has been donated to the U of M Anatomical Donations Program. Private family services will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Centreville, or Sturgis Hospice. Envelopes are available at the Eley Funeral Home in Centreville. Online condolences may be sent to



Harvey P. Dafoe

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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., Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Mark (Sherry) Sontag, and one daughter, Terri Mihacsi, all of Sebewaing; four grandchildren, Darcie (Chris) Hohne of North Branch, Stacey (Scotty) Buehrly of Owendale, Charlie Mihacsi and Jennifer Mihacsi, both of Sebewaing; two great-grandchildren, Brayden Buehrly and Madeline Hohne; a half brother, Edwin (Chris) Weber of Kawkawlin; and several nieces and nephews., The funeral service will take place at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2008 at the Dinkel-Juengel Funeral Home in Sebewaing. The Rev. Charles Kuhl will officiate with burial in St. Agatha Catholic Cemetery in Gagetown., Visitation will be from 1 to 9 p.m. today, and from 9 a.m. until the time of service Wednesday., Memorials may be made to American Heart Association or the Family Discretionary Fund., Arrangements are being handled by the Dinkel-Juengel Funeral Home in Sebewaing.



Helen I. Dennis

Tuesday, November 11, 2008 4:32 AM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

Helen Dennis, 89, formerly of Morenci, passed away Sunday, Nov. 9, 2008, at Harborside Healthcare in Defiance. She was born on Aug. 19, 1919, in Delta, Ohio, the daughter of Bernard and Melissa (Welch) Fisher. She married Henry Wilson in 1939, in Wauseon, Ohio. He preceded her in death on Jan. 2, 1964.  Helen remarried on Aug. 1, 1969, to Robert Dennis. He also preceded her in death on Feb. 16, 1984. Helen was a homemaker living in the Morenci area since 1950. She was a member of the Morenci American Legion Auxiliary Post #368 and attended the Adrian Senior Center. Survivors include four sons, Marvin (Diane) Wilson of Baldwin, Alan (Nancy) Wilson of Defiance, Ohio, Richard (Carol) Wilson of Warner Robins, Ga., and the Rev. Rod (Debra) Wilson of Adrian; nine grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandson. Besides her first husband, Henry Wilson, and second husband, Robert Dennis, Helen was preceded in death by her parents, a daughter, Shirley in 1944; two sisters, Letha Fisher and Velma Brink; a brother, Leslie Fisher; and stepfather, Austin Lawrence. Funeral service will be on Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2008, at 11 a.m. at Eagle Funeral Home-Charles Fink Chapel in Morenci, with the Rev. Rod Wilson and the Rev. William VanValkenburg officiating. Burial will follow at the Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci.  There will be a visitation on Tuesday from 6 until 8 p.m. Memorial contributions are suggested to a charity of donor’s choice.



Helen W. Baehr

Helen W. Baehr, age 93, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2008 at her home in Gladwin. 



I want to thank you most sincerely all those people that helped me on Nov. 4, when I fell in front of Dr. Buehlers office, it truly takes a town to take care of children and old ladies, thanks again. Connie Lundgren.

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Ingrid Herink, 87

Monday, November 10, 2008 5:55 PM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

Ingrid Herink, 87, of Holland, died Sunday, Nov. 9, 2008, at the Inn at Freedom Village. Arrangements will be announced by the Downtown Chapel, Dykstra Life Story Funeral Homes. 



Irene J. Fulkerson

Tuesday, November 11, 2008 5:17 PM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

Irene J. Fulkerson, 55, of Bronson, died Saturday afternoon, Nov. 8, 2008, at Bronson Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo. Irene was born on Nov. 29, 1952 in Battle Creek and was preceded in death by her husband, Daniel Lee Fulkerson on Dec. 28, 1987. She is survived by two daughters, a son, ten grandchildren and two brothers. The service to celebrate Irene’s life will be held on Friday, Nov. 14 at 1:30 p.m. at the Farley-Estes and Dowdle Augusta Chapel, 307 N. Webster Street, 49012, (269) 731-4212, where friends may call on Friday from noon until service time. Interment will follow at Fort Custer National Cemetery, Augusta. Personal messages for the family may be placed at



Irwin DeVries, 86

Tuesday, November 11, 2008 12:13 PM - GateHouse Media, Inc.

Irwin Lester DeVries, 86, of Westlake, Ohio died Sunday afternoon, November 9, 2008 at St. John West Shore Hospital in Westlake, Ohio. Irwin was born May 6, 1922 in Hudsonville, Michigan, son of the late Gerrit and Cornelia (Rotman) DeVries. He served in World War II with the U.S. Army 16th Transportation Corp as a sergeant in North Africa and Italy. He married Margaret Alice Van Straten, daughter of Henry and Alice (Leighton) VanStraten in 1947 and together they had two sons. He worked at C&D Company of Grand Rapids, Beeline Fashions, Grand Rapids Packaging and Furniture City. He moved from Kentwood to Midland Michigan in 1999 and had recently relocated to Westlake, Ohio. He is survived by his wife Margaret; sons, Richard (Jill) DeVries of Farmington Hills, Michigan and Robert (Lisa) DeVries of Westlake, Ohio; six grandchildren, Lynne (Brian) Christiansen, Robert S. DeVries, David DeVries, Melissa DeVries, Delayne Rasmussen, Kyle Rasmussen; and one great-granddaughter, Adela Christensen.  In addition to his parents he was predeceased by his granddaughter, Catherine, in 1992. Funeral services with military honors will take place at 3:00 p.m. Friday, November 14, 2008, from the Ware Smith Woolever Funeral Home, 1200 West Wheeler Street, Midland, MI.  Pastor Michael De Ruyter of the Midland Reformed Church will officiate with burial to take place later in the Georgetown Cemetery near Hudsonville, Michigan. Mr. DeVries's family will receive friends at the funeral Home on Friday at 2 pm until time of service.  Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider the Alzheimer’s Association. If you are unable to visit with the family in person you may send your condolences through www.waresmithwoolever  



It's been 8 yrs. on 11-17-00 that you've been gone. Cody David Austin, we miss you. Rest In Peace. We love you. Love, Daddy, Mommy, Brittany, & Caleb 

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Wednesday 5-9 p.m. and Thursday 2-9 p.m., Scripture Service Thursday 8:30 p.m. at THAYER-ROCK FUNERAL HOME, 33603 Grand River Ave. (1 blk West of Farmington Rd.), downtown Farmington. Memorial contributions suggested to St Jude Childrens Research Hospital or The Capuchins., 1 guest book message



James "Wally" Price Nov. 10, 2008

James "Wally" Price, age 86, of Flat Rock, died Monday. Arrangements are pending with the Arthur Bobcean Funeral Home, Inc. 



James Albert Ruth

Thursday, November 6, 2008 2:14 PM - GateHouse Media, Inc.

James Ruth passed away peacefully on the evening of Saturday, Nov. 1, 2008, at home in Sonoma, Calif. at the age of 76.  Born June 14, 1932, in Hillsdale, he was an avid fisherman and enjoyed camping, hiking, golfing and travel.  Jim was an artist at heart and enjoyed drawing and crafts. He took great satisfaction in the simple pleasures of life and was always willing to help a friend.  A veteran of the U.S. Air Force, Jim served proudly for 23 years in England, Vietnam and several duty stations in the United States before retiring at Hamilton A.F.B. in Marin County, Calif.  Jim and his wife Pat lived in Novato, Calif. for 21 years before making their home in Sonoma where they have been residents since 1994. He was an active member of the St. Leo’s Men’s Club, SIRS Chapter #41 and the Marin Rod & Gun Club.  Jim is survived by his wife of 35 years, Pat; his four children, David Ruth, Julia Freeman, Christine Miller, Tina Phelps; five stepchildren, Kathleen Heath, Eileen Williams, Maureen Wall, Mary Alderete and Francis Wall and all of their spouses; 19 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.  Jim is also survived by his brother, Vernon Ruth and sister, Leona Helsel and many nieces and nephews. Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Mass at 2 p.m. Friday at St. Leo’s Catholic Church, 601 West Agua Caliente Road, Sonoma, Calif. 95476 followed by a reception in the Church Hall. Interment will be 11:30 a.m. Monday at Sacramento Valley V.A. National Cemetery at 5810 Midway Road, Dixon Calif. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in his name to St. Leo’s Development Fund. Arrangements are under the direction of Duggan’s Mission Chapel, Mission Cremation Service, 525 West Napa St., Sonoma, Calif.  



James E. McLaughlin Sr.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008 5:15 PM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

James E. McLaughlin Sr., 82, of Coldwater, died Monday, Nov.10, 2008 at the Community Health Center of Branch County. Jim was born Sept. 29, 1926 in Terre Haute, Ind. to Edward and Pauline (Cade) McLaughlin. He married Beverly “Lois” Myers on Sept. 5, 1948 in Lapeer. She preceded him in death, then he married Margaret (Annette) Branch on Sept. 25, 1982 in Coldwater. He was a life member of the Masonic Order. He served with the US Army during WWII as a paratrooper. He was owner/operator of  McLaughlin Pastry’s for 52 years. He enjoyed golf and spending time with his family. Survivors include his wife Annette; daughters Sharon (David) Aschinger of Schererville, Ind., Carol (Ron) Simmons of Marshall, Molly (Bill) Kamps of Grand Rapids and Edna (Randall) Biddix of Jackson; son Jimbo McLaughlin of Coldwater; stepdaughters Sarah Abbott and Claire Fasick both of Coldwater; stepson Thomas Rafferty of Burlington; seven grandchildren and six step grandchildren, seven great grandchildren and two step great grandchildren and sister Margaret Murphy of Coldwater. He was preceded in death by a brother Tom McLaughlin. Cremation has taken place. No services are scheduled . Memorials may be made to the charity of ones choice. Arrangements by Gillespie Funeral Home, Coldwater. Visit to leave a message or condolences to the family.



James H. Boedicker May 6, 1930-Nov. 7, 2008

James H. Boedicker, age 78, a lifelong resident of Monroe, MI passed away Friday, November 7, 2008 at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center in Toledo, OH. Jim had been in the hospital and in poor health for 3 weeks. 



Janice Joy Summers

Tuesday, November 11, 2008 4:34 AM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

Janice Joy Summers, age 78, formerly of Adrian, went home to be with her Lord, Saturday, Nov. 8, 2008, in the comfort of her home surrounded by her loving family. Janice was born May 21, 1930, in Lenawee County, the only daughter of the late Everett and Chloe (Brubaker) Beckey. On Feb. 21, 1959, she married Gerald Summers.  Jan worked as a beautician. She also worked at Swenk-Tuttle press for many years. In retirement, Jan was very active in the community. She volunteered at the First United Methodist Church, where she was a member, for the American Red Cross at blood drives, for Meals on Wheels and also at Bixby Medical Center. Family was very important to Jan and she will be missed by those surviving, including her son, James and his wife, Cathy, of Georgia; daughter, Judy McMordie and her husband, Bill, of Adrian; grandchildren, Sheila, Daryn, Jessica, Brent, Racine, Kevin, Lizbeth, Tucker, Cody, Denver and April; great-grandchildren, Katie, Morgan, Emily, Olivia, Jasper, Jazzmyn, Catie; and a great-great-grandson, Zander. In addition to her husband of more than 47 years, Gerald, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Russell and Bill Beckey. The service to celebrate the life of Jan will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 13, 2008, at the First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Gary Dawes officiating. Burial will follow at Lenawee Hills Memorial Gardens in Tecumseh. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Wagley Funeral Home. Contributions in memory of Jan may be made to the First United Methodist Church. Envelopes are available at Wagley Funeral Home.



Jill L. Sheffer

Thursday, November 6, 2008 2:11 PM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

Jill L. Sheffer, 51 of Stockton, Ill. passed away at FHN Memorial Hospital in Freeport, Ill. following a short illness. Jill was born on March 9, 1957 in Detroit, to H. Dean (Ilene) McCann and Janet (Bohn) Swope. She was a graduate of Jonesville High School in the class of 1975. Jill grew up showing horses and training them.  She started out wanting to go to nursing school but because of several riding accidents she was unable to pursue those wishes. She then turned her love for horses into a full-time career. For eight years she lived in Germany where she learned the art of riding dressage and became an instructor. She returned to the United States and taught advanced dressage riding in New York, Pennsylvania and Northern Illinois. Other interests in her life included art and music. Survivors include her mother, Janet Swope of Saline; father, H. Dean and (Ilene) McCann of Saline; two sisters, Joy (Ron) Ely of Saline and Judy (Patrick) Warner of Jonesville. Arrangements for cremation rites were accorded by Leamon Funeral Home, Lena, Ill. Friends may send condolences to the family at



Joan Roberts Lapeer Joan Roberts, age 87, a lifetime resident of Lapeer, passed away Sunday (November 9, 2008). She was born August 21, 1921 in Lapeer to Harry and Nina (Smith) Weston. She married Bryan J. Roberts, Jr. on August 14, 1950 in Lapeer. Joan was a 1939 graduate of Lapeer High School. She earned her RN Certificate after attending 3 years at the Hurley Hospital School of Nursing. Joan served her country proudly in the US Army during WWII. After the war, Joan worked over 35 years at Lapeer County General Hospital where she held various positions, including the Director of Staff Development. She was a longtime member of Trinity United Methodist Church, worked as a hospital volunteer following retirement and enjoyed doing needlework. She took great pleasure visiting and caring for her grandchildren and shared a strong comradery with her five sisters. Mom always put the needs of her family first and was a cherished friend to each of her children She is survived by her d

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Joann Rose Drinkhorn Armada Joann Rose Drinkhorn, age 72 of Armada, passed away Saturday (November 8, 2008). Joann loved working on beautiful oil paintings and enjoyed her flower garden. She is survived by her husband of 48 years, Joseph F. Drinkhorn; sons, Jack Arnold (Rose) Fenningsdorf of North Branch, Richard J. Fenningsdorf of Romeo, Joseph Allen Drinkhorn of Capac, David Leon (Fran) Drinkhorn of Berville; daughters, Nancy Ann (Eduardo) DeJesus of Capac and BobbiJo Ann (Harold) DeMoines of Greenbush; grandchildren, Crystal Holman, Scott (Heather) Curtis, Sharol (Jeff) Miller, Joseph B. Drinkhorn, Tabitha Drinkhorn, Justin DeJesus and Hope DeMoines; great-grandchildren, Grace and Ashton Holman and MacKenzie and Hunter Curtis; brother, William George (Vickie) Knop of Attica; sister, Olive Marie Glasco; and nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her first husband, John W. Fenningsdorf; parents, George and Phyllis Knop; granddaughter, Elizabeth DeMoines; and brot

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John Ernest Riecker, 77

John Ernest Riecker, 77, of Midland, died Saturday morning, Nov. 8, 2008, at the MidMichigan Medical Center. 



Juanita Edith Russell

Monday, November 10, 2008 4:54 AM - GateHouse Media, Inc.

Juanita Edith Russell (Wotring), 73, of Adrian, Mich., and Mesa, Ariz., born to Artennis and Gladys (Clements) Wotring on Aug. 16, 1935, in Morenci, Mich., passed away peacefully on Friday, Nov. 7, 2008, after a short battle with cancer. Juanita married the love of her life, the late Roy G. Russell Sr., on Aug. 21, 1954, and they are now together again. She was the proud mother of four children, grandmother of seven, great-grandmother of four.  Juanita grew up in Adrian with her three sisters and one brother. She was a lifetime member of the American Legion Auxiliary in Onsted and an avid traveler. She and Roy were members of the Plum Nuts Camping Club. They had a second home in Mesa, Ariz., where they spent their winters with extended family and friends. Juanita was preceded in death by her husband, Roy G. Russell Sr.; parents, Artennis and Gladys Wotring; and her sisters, Claretta Seabolt, Patricia Wotring and Louise Balnites. She is survived by her brother, Leonard Wotring of Tecumseh; children Brenda (Russell) and Steve Wallace of Gig Harbor, Wash., Roy G. and Roxanne Russell Jr. of Jackson, Terrie (Russell) and Larry Hall of Britton and Gregory Russell of Onsted. She is also survived by her grandchildren Patricia (Nichols) and Robert Bosnyak of Akron, Ohio, Edwin Nichols Jr. of Fife, Wash., Sarah (Hall) and George Petsis of Tecumseh, Emily Hall of Columbus, Ohio, Samuel Russell of Bowling Green, Ky., Christina Howard of Converse, Texas, Sean and Karie Wallace of Converse, Texas, and a special niece, Marilyn Wotring of Tecumseh. She was loved by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins, and will be missed greatly. There will be a memorial service on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2008, at 11:30 a.m. at the American Legion Post #550 in Onsted. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the family in care of Terrie Hall, 245 S. Main St, Britton, MI, 49229.



Judith L. Hanchett Columbiaville Judith L. Hanchett, age 59, of Columbiaville passed away Tuesday, (November 4, 2008) at home with her family. Judith was born June 12, 1949 in Bay City, the daughter of the late Alex and Luella (Deeg) Knoll. She married Wayne E. Hanchett on October 19, 1968 in Lapeer. Judith enjoyed going on Caribbean cruises and was an avid collector of dolls. She was known for her generosity, buying families who needed help, the supplies to make a holiday dinner and she was always making cookies for many. She is survived by her loving husband of 40 years, Wayne; her children, Michelle (Steve) Russette, Kevin (Karen) Hanchett; Siblings, Sharon (Jim) Slater, Richard (Kathey) Knoll, and Leo Knoll; grandchildren, Stephanie, RJ, Kim and Vanessa; and by her close friend Catherine Heathcock and a host of other family and friends. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hanchett Family in memory of Judith. Funeral service were held Friday (November 7, 2008

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Karen L. Spence

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Karen Louise Spence, age 59, of Monee, Ill., passed away Saturday, Nov. 8, 2008 at her home. She was born Nov. 20, 1948, in Colon, Mich., a daughter to Clifford L. and Helen I. (Maystead) Teadt. On Sept. 9, 1967, in Sturgis, Mich., she married Richard Spence and they lived in the Sturgis and Burr Oak area until moving to Portage, Ind. 18 years ago. They have lived in Monee, Ill., for the past 2 years. Karen had worked at the Ames Store, 3-D, and babysat while they resided in this area. She enjoyed reading, needlepoint, quilting, and embroidery. Surviving are her husband, Richard; daughter, Lisa (Paul) Bobby of Algonquin, Ill.; two grandchildren, Luke and Brooklynn Bobby; brother, Doug Teadt of Burr Oak, Mich.; and her mother, Helen Teadt of Burr Oak, Mich. She was preceded in death by her father. The family will receive friends and relatives from 2–4 & 6–8 p.m. Tuesday, at the Hackman Family Funeral Homes, Hackman Chapel, 114 S. Nottawa St., Sturgis, MI 49091. Funeral services celebrating the life of Karen Spence will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, at the funeral home with The Rev. David Grim, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Centreville, Mich., officiating. Interment will follow in Burr Oak Cemetery. Memorial donations may be directed to the family, envelopes are available at the funeral home. Her obituary is also at  



Kathy D. Sanders

Thursday, November 6, 2008 2:10 PM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

Kathy D. Sanders, 51, of Litchfield, passed away Friday morning, Oct. 31, 2008, at her residence. She was born March 8, 1957, in Angola, Indiana, to Robert F. and Gloria Arlene (Wilbur) Birchfield. In May of 1975 she married Larry Ray Sanders who survives. Kathy worked at Hylex in Litchfield and Mark One in Jonesville.  She had previously worked at McDonalds in Albion. She enjoyed karaoke, crocheting and hunting for mushrooms. Kathy truly enjoyed spending time with her family. Survivors include her husband, Larry Ray Sanders of Litchfield; three daughters, Deanna Locke, Tina and Dallas Bumpus and Lynette Sanders; one son, Jason Sanders and her mother, Gloria A. Birchfield, all of Litchfield; two brothers, Charlie Birchfield of Kansas City, Mo. and Aaron Birchfield of Texas and seven grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her father, Robert F. Birchfield. Funeral service will be held 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4 at J. Kevin Tidd Funeral Home, 811 Finley Drive, Albion, with the Reverend Tom Fox officiating. Visitation was held at the funeral home from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 3. Memorials are suggested to Hospice of Hillsdale County or Cancer Treatment Centers of Illinois.



Keith C. Salisbury

Keith C. Salisbury, age 76, of Gladwin, passed away on Monday, Nov. 10, 2008 at Crittenton Hospital in Rochester Hills. 




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Age 83, was called to be with God on November 11, 2008. Loving husband of Bertha for 58 years. Beloved father of Diane (Frank) Tarquinio, Frank (Pam) Lusczakoski, Donna (Robert) Nesbitt, and John (Nancy) Lusczakoski. Beloved grandfather of Joe (Erin) Peck, Nikki (Mike) Keller, Kris Lusczakoski, Sarah (Brian) Seifert, Abbie Nesbitt, Mary Nesbitt, Kyle Lusczakoski, Emily Nesbitt, Jonathan Lusczakoski, and Andrea Lusczakoski. Proud great grandfather of Nicholas Peck, Maddie Keller, and Melanie Seifert. Survived by his dear sister Pauline Nazimek and other dear relatives and friends. Funeral Mass Friday, November 14, 2008, 10:30 AM with a 10 AM instate at St. Andrew Catholic Church, 1400 Inglewood, Rochester. The family will receive friends Thursday 3-9 PM at the Potere-Modetz Funeral Home, 339 Walnut Blvd., Rochester. In lieu of flowers please consider donations to the American Heart Association Hospice of Michigan, or the Michigan Humane Society. Online guestbook



Larry Lee Siegel

Tuesday, November 11, 2008 5:16 PM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

Larry Lee Siegel, 64, of Tekonsha, passed away Friday, Nov. 7, 2008 at the Evergreen Senior Care Center in Springfield. He was born May 1, 1944 in Coldwater to Clifford H. and Helen E. (Burritt) Siegel. Larry was a 1962 graduate of Tekonsha High School and had lived in the Tekonsha area for most of his life. He worked for the State of Michigan for the Highway Department. He is survived by  niece Christina White and nephews Mike Siegel, Scott Siegel, Floyd Siegel, Eugene Blue and Philip Blue. Larry was a member of the Moose Lodge #676 of Marshall and a life member of the PGA. He loved golf, horseshoes, bowling, drawing and collecting many things. A gathering of family and friends will be held on Sunday, Nov. 16, 2008 from 2-4 p.m. at Putnam’s of Tekonsha. You may leave an online tribute by visiting Arrangements are by the Putnam’s of Tekonsha, (517) 767-4114.



Leonard "Len" Irelan Metamora Leonard "Len" Irelan of Metamora for over 40 years (formerly of Oxford) passed away, Friday (November 7, 2008). He was born Jan 29, 1929 in Pontiac to Darrell J. and Helen (Darling) Irelan. He married Flora South on January 30, 1954 in Franklin, IN. Len proudly served the US Army during the Korean War. After the war, Len farmed for several years until 1965 when he took a job as a painter with Schreiber Manufacturing in Troy. Schreiber produced presses for the automobile manufacturing industry. Len loved his family dearly. He is survived by his wife, Flora Irelan of Metamora; children, Lenda Irelan of Lapeer, Jeffrey (Christine) Irelan of Imlay City, Thomas (Michaelle Hector) Irelan of Alma, Roxann (Mark) Feighner of Oxford, and Renee Irelan of Lapeer; 20 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; siblings, Darrell (Norma) Irelan of Oxford, Norman (Sarah) Irelan of Metamora, Albert (Barb) Irelan of Attica, Rosetta (Roger) Ewers of Lum, Bonnie

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Lewis H. Worman

Tuesday, November 11, 2008 9:08 PM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

Lewis H. Worman, 81, of Albion, Ind., died Nov. 9, 2008, at North Ridge Village in Albion. Visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Albion, where a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday.  Burial will be in Cedar Creek Cemetery in Dekalb County at a later date. Frurip-May Funeral Home in LaGrange is in charge of arrangements.  



Lillian Krapohl

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Lloyd E. Lehto

Tuesday, November 11, 2008 1:16 PM

IRONWOOD, Mich. -- Lloyd E. Lehto, 77, of North Hemlock Street in Ironwood, died Friday Nov. 7, 2008, in Ironwood. 



Lois Risner Matthews

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Lois Irene Matthews, 67, of Kimball Township, formerly of Richmond, died Nov. 9, 2008. Lois was a 1959 graduate of Addison High School. She with her former husband owned the Thomas Matthews Insurance Agency in Richmond. Lois also was a teacher’s aide for the Head Start program. Surviving are children, Jennifer (David) Brass, David (Robin) Matthews and Beth Louise (Jimmy C.) Owens; seven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren; special friend, Jim Hopp; sisters, Ardena (Dwight) Palmer, Darlene Hardwick, Leona Risner and Leota Jacobs; and brother, Marvin Louis (Diana Barnes) Risner. Lois was predeceased by her parents, Otto and Vera (Corbin) Risner, and sisters, Lona and Sharon. A funeral service will take place at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, 2008, at Tiffany-Young and Hauss Funeral Home, 73919 North Ave., Armada. Burial will be in Willow Grove Cemetery, Richmond Twp. Visitation is Wednesday from 2 to 8 p.m. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.



Lorraine DeVore

Thursday, November 6, 2008 1:31 PM 

UNION GROVE, Wis. -- Lorraine DeVore, 82, of Union Grove, died Saturday, Oct. 25, 2008, at Oak Ridge Care Center in Union Grove.



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, needle work, and visiting with family and friends., Lou Wanda is survived by two daughters, Jane Ann (David) Sadro of Ubly, and Theresa (Dan) Hill of Bad Axe; two sons, Eugene Guza of Bad Axe, and Leon Guza Jr. and Karan of Bad Axe; and nine grandchildren, Justin and Daniel Sadro, Sarah and Kelsey Hill, Sloan, Kelsie and Darian Gross, and Rayne and Sommer Guza. Lou Wanda also is survived by her parents, William and Wanda Kipp of Snover; one brother, Joseph (Sandy) Kipp of Marlette; and one sister, Betty (Dennis) Mausolf-Scharrer of Ruth., Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday Sept. 3, 2008 in the Zinger-Smigielski Funeral Home in Ubly, with the Rev. Kenneth Lueke, pastor of Our Savior Lutheran Church of Bad Axe officiating., Visitation will be from 1 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, and from 10 until the 11 a.m. service Wednesday. Burial will be in Moore Township Cemetery, Snover. Memorials to the Family Discretionary Fund would be appreciated.



Lu Anne Miller Dryden Lu Anne Miller, age 73, of Dryden passed away Thursday (November 6, 2008) at Lapeer Regional Medical Center. She was born March 5, 1935 to Albert and Bernice Ward. She married John G. Miller September 22, 1977 in Wake Village, TX. She was an Imlay City High School graduate. Lu Anne retired from Imlay City High School where she worked as a special needs aid. She had a certificate in Mental Health Care and worked in a Group Home. She also worked for Vlasic Food's in Imlay City. She is survived by her son, James Friedenstab of Glendale, AZ; daughters, Diane Harvey of Battle Creek and Cheryl Friedenstab of St. Petersburg, FL; grandchild, Anthony Rivett of St. Petersburg, FL; brothers, George (Betty) Ward of Millington, Jim (Cathy) Ward of Galesburg, MI; step-sisters, Patricia (Duane) LaBair of Mayville, and Susan (Matt) Peraino of Clarkston. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Miller; parents, Albert Ward & Bernice Ward Fuller; step-father

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M. Harold Hall, 93

Tuesday, November 11, 2008 12:16 PM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

M. Harold Hall of Grand Rapids and formerly of Holland, died Monday, November 10, 2008, at the Kent Community Hospital.  Harold was born October 21, 1915 in Fremont to George and Alvena (Holmes) Hall. Harold served in the U.S. Army during World War II.  He had been employed as a salesman, retiring in 1980 from Van Kuiken Food Brokerage in Grand Rapids. Harold had been a member of the Masonic Lodge in Holland. He was a lifetime member of the Unity Lodge 191, American Legion Post #0006 of Holland, Saladin Shrine Temple, Ancient Scottish Rite in Grand Rapids.  He was a member of Grace Episcopal Church of Grand Rapids.   He is survived by a daughter, Nancy (Richard) Runyan of Grand Rapids; grandchildren, Sarah (Kevin) Weber, Richard Nawrocki,  both of Grand Rapids, 1st Lt. Brian (Stephanie) Nawrocki of Camp Lejeune;  great-grandchildren, Viola Weber and Skylar Nawrocki; a brother, Theodore (Kay)  Hall of Newaygo.  Harold was preceded in death by his wife, Esther M. (Johnson) Hall; a daughter, Sally Lynn Hall; brothers, Robert, Lyle and George Hall; sisters, Carrie Belle Rhoades and Barbara M. Fluger. The family will receive friends at 10:00 a.m. Friday at the Downtown Chapel of Dykstra Life Story Funeral Homes, 29 E. 9th St.,  Holland.  Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.  Memorials may be given to the Shriners Crippled Children’s Fund.  Please visit to read Harold’s life Story, leave memory for the family or sign a guest register.    




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Age 80, November 11, 2008 of Southgate. Beloved husband of Catherine. Loving dad of Vicki (Dennis) Kerr, George Jr. (Debbie), the late Richard, Dennis (Jeanne) and Jim (Lucille). Dearest grandfather of 15, great-grandfather of 30. Also survived by one brother, Joe, and two sisters, Dorothy Merrifield and Louise Clayton. Preceded in death by his parents, Homer and Lucy, and one brother, Homer. George was the founder of Melton Motors, Inc. in Southgate. Friends may call today from 2 p.m. until 9 p.m. at the Trenton Chapel - Martenson Family of Funeral Homes, 3200 West Rd. Funeral services will be Thursday. He will lie in state from 9 a.m. until services at 10 a.m. from Calvary Assembly of God, 29788 Fort St., Rockwood. Interment in Michigan Memorial Park Cemetery. Online condolences at




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Thursday 3-9 p.m. at Swanson Funeral Home, 14751 W. McNichols Rd., Detroit. Family Hour Friday at 10:30 a.m. and Funeral at 12:00 noon at Bethel A.M.E. Church, 5050 Richard Allen Drive, Detroit. Tax deductible donations may be made to the Avenue D. Boys Choir, PO Box 2046, Fort Pierce, FL 34954.




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Marie F. "Terry" Davidson

Marie F. "Terry" Davidson, age 64, of West Branch, passed away Thursday, Nov. 6, 2008 at her home.



Marshall Phillip Lynk

Marshall Phillip Lynk, 85, of Lakeland passed away Nov. 5, 2008 from cancer. 



Mary O. Willnow

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Mary O. Willnow, age 86, of Adrian died Sunday, Nov. 9, 2008, at Tendercare of Adrian. She was born May 7, 1922, in Applegate, Mich., to Joseph and Filomena (Benkovsky) Martinus. She was married to Milbert A. “Poke” Willnow on Aug. 30, 1942, in Temple, Texas. She retired from Ace Drill in 1983. Mary was a member of St. Stephen Evangelical Lutheran Church. In addition to her husband, Poke, she is survived by a son, Grant Willnow of Lancaster, N.Y.; a daughter, Janice Hamlin of Traverse City, Mich.; one brother, John Martinus of Adrian; four grandchildren, Jessica, Amy, Martin and Heidi; four great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, a daughter, five brothers and three sisters. Funeral services for Mary will be held Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2008, at 11 a.m. at St. Stephen Evangelical Lutheran Church with Pastor Brian Keller officiating. Cremation will follow the service. Interment of cremains will be in Palmyra Cemetery at a later date. Visitation will be held Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Anderson Funeral Home in Adrian. Visitation will also be held on Tuesday from 10 a.m. until time of funeral service at St. Stephen Evangelical Lutheran Church. You may send condolences to the family at Memorial contributions may be made to St. Stephen Evangelical Lutheran Church. Envelopes will be available at the Anderson Funeral Home Adrian.



Mary Regina Smolich

Monday, November 10, 2008 1:00 PM 

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. -- Mary Regina Smolich died Monday, Nov. 3, 2008, at the War Memorial Hospital long-term care unit in Sault Ste. Marie after a long illness.



Mary S. Trammell Goodrich Mary S. Trammell, age 56, of Goodrich, passed away Sunday, (November 09, 2008) at Lapeer Regional Medical Center. Mary was born in Flint, Michigan on February 10, 1952, to the late Marshall and Ann Jackson. She married Alfred Trammell on October 22, 1997. She is Survived by her husband, Alfred Jay Trammel; sons, Eric Jackson, Adam (Suzanne Owen);step-sons, Tony Trammell and Marty Trammell;brothers and sisters, Robert (Peggy) Jackson, Janet Jackson, Barbara Jackson,Steven Jackson, Terry (Lynn) Milam and Gregory Jackson; nieces, and nephews; great-nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to American Diabetes Association. Visitation will be 1-8 p.m., Wednesday (November 12, 2008) at the funeral home. Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, (November 13, 2008) at the Swartz Funeral Home, 1225 West Hill Road, Flint, Father Roy Horning officiating. Cremation will take place following the service. Your condolen, . . . Detailed View 



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 was an active member of the Christian Mothers and organized the annual fall craft show. She was an active member of the Bad Axe Seniors. Her hobbies included ceramics, knitting, crocheting, reading, doing crossword puzzles and baking the best pies in town. In Maryland, she was known as the "pie lady" where she took her baked goods to the farmer's market., Mary is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Marilyn White of Shelby Township, Mrs. Tom (Maryanne) White of Fort Mill, S.C., and Mrs. Grant (Rosemarie) Bryant of Westover, Md.; six grandchildren, Kristina (David) Kloc, Thomas (Amy) White II, Kerry White and special friend, Ashford Harrigan, Kelly (Mark) Kessen, Jerry (Susan) White, and Theresa (Jeff) Waldron; and eight great-grandchildren, Alexa, Kurt and Brooke Kessen, Matthew, Emily and Jack Kloc, Emma and Julia White, and soon-to-be-born Bryce Waldron., Mary was preceded in death by one son, Jerome; and one son-in-law, Richard White., Cremation has taken place in Maryland. The funeral Mass was held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2008 at the St. Columbkille Catholic Church in Sheridan Corners. The Rev. Stephen Fillion, pastor of the St. Pancratius Catholic Church in Cass City, officiated. Burial was made in the church cemetery., Arrangements were handled by the Zinger-Smigielski Funeral Home in Ubly.




Wednesday 3-9 p.m. and Thursday 2-9 p.m. with a 7p.m. Scripture service and a 7:30p.m. VFW service at Wujek-Calcaterra & Sons, Inc., 36900 Schoenherr at Metro Parkway (16 Mile). Mass of Christian Burial Friday 10 a.m. at St. Paul of Tarsus Catholic Church, 41300 Romeo Plank at Canal. Committal services with military honor, Resurrection Cemetery. Memorial contributions to the Capuchin Monastery or the American Cancer Society preferred. Please share memories with the family at their "On-Line Guestbook" at



Merton Henry

HENRY, Merton F. "Mert" - Age 90, of Parshallville, went to join our Lord, Sunday, November 9, 2008 at his residence. Funeral services will be held 1 PM Wednesday, November 12, 2008 at Sharp Funeral Homes, Fenton Chapel, 1000 Silver Lake Road, Fenton. Mr. Joe Florida and Mr. David Florida officiating. Burial in Oakwood Cemetery, Fenton. Visitation will be held at the funeral home Tuesday from 6-8 PM and Wednesday from 12 PM until time of service. In lieu of flowers, those desiring may make contributions to the Salvation Army Bed and Breakfast or Tranfiguration Evangelical Lutheran Church. Mert was born September 20, 1918 in Grand Rapids, the son of Zeno Dale and Charlotte Bertha (Hubrecht) Henry. He was a veteran of WWII serving in the U.S. Army. He married Carol Jean "Penny" Sheely July 22, 1942 in Camp Lee, VA. Mert owned and operated M.F. Henry and Associates, Inc; a manufacturer's Representative Business, representing six manufactures of plumbing and heating products for 50 years. He sold the business and retired December 31, 2000. He was a member of Transfiguration Evangelical Lutheran Church, American Legion, life member of D.A.V. in Flint and the Military Officers Association. Surviving are: wife, Penny; 5 children, Sharon L. (LeRoy) Johnson of Burton, Ben T. (Linda) of Linden, Sandra C. (Kenneth) Siderman of Traverse City, Robert M. (Susan) of Brighton, Michael D. (Linda) of Kokomo, IN; 21 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren; He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Donald. Online tributes may be posted at the obituaries page of



Miranda Dohrmann

Dohrmann, Mrs. Miranda Rose Frankenmuth, Michigan Formerly of Reese Died early Friday morning, November 7, 2008 at St. Mary's of Michigan Hospital. Age 78 years. Funeral services will take place at 11:00 a.m., Monday, November 10, 2008 from Trinity Lutheran Church, Reese. Rev. Karl Koch and Rev. Lenord Astowski will officiate with burial in the church cemetery. Miranda's family will receive friends at the Ware-Smith-Woolever Funeral Home, 9940 Saginaw Street, Reese on Saturday from 6-8 p.m., on Sunday from 1-6 p.m. and at the church on Monday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Trinity Lutheran Church Organ Fund or the Lutheran Home Frankenmuth Music Therapy Fund. A full obituary will be in Sunday's edition of The Saginaw News. If you are unable to visit with the family in person you may send your condolences through




3-7 p.m. Wednesday. Funeral Service 11 a.m. Thursday at Weise Funeral Home, 7210 Park, Allen Park (313-382-1150). Interment Our Lady of Hope Cemetery. See online obituary/ guestbook at



Nancy E. Rea

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Nancy J. Strine

Wednesday, October 29, 2008 7:10 PM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

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 (Amanda) Strine of Hillsdale; a daughter, Darlene Strine of Waldron; step-daughter, Danielle Strine of Hillsdale; a step-grandchild, Brandy Fay Baker. Graveside memorial services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Lester Cemetery in Algansee Twp. with Pastor Don Harkey officiating.  There will be no visitation or calling hours. Arrangements are entrusted to the VanHorn-Eagle Funeral Home in Hillsdale. Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Diabetes Association. To view this obituary and send condolences, visit  



Nora Lee Brunello

Monday, November 10, 2008 1:02 PM

SAVAGE, Minn. -- Nora Lee (Suzik) Brunello died Friday, Nov. 7, 2008, in Savage. 




Wednesday 4-9 p.m.. Thursday 10:15-11 a.m. Funeral Thursday November 13, 11 a.m. at PHILLIPS FUNERAL HOME, South Lyon. Longtime employee of Rocwall Company and Operating Engineers Local 324.




Thursday 3-9 p.m., scripture 7 p.m., Kaul Funeral Home, 27830 Gratiot, Roseville. In state Friday 10 a.m. until time of Mass 11 a.m. Nativity Church. Share a memory with the family at



O.D. Stiles

Tuesday, November 11, 2008 9:09 PM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

O.D. Stiles, 83, of LaGrange, Ind., died Nov. 6, 2008, at his residence. According to his wishes, cremation has taken place.  No services will take place at this time. Memorials may be given to the LaGrange County Food & Clothes Basket. Frurip-May Funeral Home in LaGrange is in charge of arrangements.




Wednesday 1-9 p.m. at Czopek Funeral Directors, 2157 Oak St., Wyandotte (734) 285-9000. Funeral service Thursday 10:30 a.m. Prayers from Czopek to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church for 11 a.m. Mass. Interment Our Lady of Hope Cemetery. Donations to The American Cancer Society are appreciated by the family.



Opal E. Sakala

Tuesday, November 11, 2008 4:35 AM - GateHouse Media, Inc.

Opal E. Sakala, age 91, a lifetime resident of Dundee Township, who had helped run their family farm with her late husband Mike, died on Sunday, Nov. 9, 2008, at 11:23 a.m. at Mercy Memorial Hospital in Monroe following a short illness. She was born in Dundee Township on Dec. 31, 1916, to Lewis and Eda (Wittkopp) Hiser and married Michael Sakala June 24, 1939, at St. John Lutheran Church. He died Jan. 30, 1991. She was baptized, confirmed and married at St. John and was a member of the Ladies Aid Society. She graduated from the Stowell School and also Dundee High School in 1935 and was a school secretary at Dundee Community Schools after graduation. She loved playing the organ, playing euchre and traveling and taking mystery trips with her close group of friends. She and her husband, Mike, were also members of the Monroe County Farm Bureau. She is survived by a son, Larry (Patriece) Sakala of Rockford;  two daughters, Saundra Brown of Dundee and Judy (Gordon) Greiman of Tecumseh; eight grandchildren, Sheree Brown-Lammers, Vicky (Mark) Winkler, Robert J. (Kim) Brown Jr., Michael E. Brown, Tara (Andrew) Green, Christopher (Christin) Greiman, Kathryn Sakala and Andrew Sakala; nine great-grandchildren, Bobby Brown, Tyler Brown, Cory Brown, Nathan Lammers, Lindsey Winkler, Fallon Winkler and Travis Winkler, Caitlin Greiman and Carter Greiman; two great-great-grandchildren, Caiden Brown and Emily Green. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, two twin grandchildren, Kerre and Kelle, and a brother, Lloyd Hiser. Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday at Cover Funeral Home, 297 Tecumseh St., Dundee. She will lie in state Saturday, Nov. 15, 2008, from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. services at St. John Lutheran Church in Dundee. Officiating will be the Rev. Annette Griffin, interim pastor of the church. Burial will be at Pleasant View Cemetery in Petersburg. A memorial funeral luncheon will be served in St. John Parish Hall after the cemetery committal service. Memorial donations may be made to St. John Lutheran Church or to Mercy Memorial Hospice.



Opal E. Sakala Dec. 31, 1916-Nov. 9, 2008

Opal E. Sakala, age 91, a lifetime resident of Dundee Township, who had helped run their family farm with her late husband Mike, died on Sunday, Nov. 9, 2008 at 11:23 AM at Mercy Memorial Hospital in Monroe following a short illness. 



Opal Sakala Nov. 9, 2008

Opal Sakala, 91, of Dundee died at 11:23 a.m. Sunday at Mercy Memorial Hospital, Monroe, 




Thursday 4-8 p.m. and Friday 3-8 p.m. at the Harry J. Will Funeral Home, 37000 Six Mile, Livonia. Funeral 12 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Private entombment at St. Hedwig. In lieu of flowers: Angela Hospice, Alzheimer's Association or the American Cancer Society.




Friday November 14, 2-9 p.m. at the Sterling Heights Chapel of the E. J. Mandziuk & Son Funeral Directors, Inc., 3801 18 Mile Rd. (N. W. corner of 18 and Ryan). Funeral Service Friday 7 p.m. at the funeral home. 




Wednesday 4- 9 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials to American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association or Disabled Veterans would be appreciated. Share online condolences, visit



Palmer D. Peek

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Patricia Ann Ridner Dec. 3, 1968-Nov. 8, 2008

Patricia Ann Eastridge was born December 3, 1968 in Montgomery, Maryland. She was the daughter of the late Norris Theodore and Janet Marie Eastridge. She was a 1987 graduate of Monroe High School. 



Patricia Emery

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Patricia Haut

Haut, Patricia Ann "Pat" Auburn, Michigan Pat passed away peacefully Thursday evening at U of M Hospital in Ann Arbor, age 67 years. A complete obituary will appear in Sunday's paper. Arrangements entrusted to the care of …



Peggie N. Bevins Nov. 9, 2008

Peggie N. Bevins, 69, of Newport died at 1:52 p.m. Sunday at Mercy Memorial Hospital.



Peggie Nell Bevins June 29, 1939-Nov. 9, 2008

Peggie Tanner was born June 29, 1939 in Houston County, Tennessee. She was the second of twelve children born to George Tanner and Estelle (Baggett) Tanner. Peggie married James P.



Percy Dunn

DUNN, Percy J. - Age 87, of Fenton, died Saturday, November 08, 2008 at his residence. A memorial service will be held 4:00 PM Wednesday, November 12, 2008 at Sharp Funeral Home, Fenton Chapel, 1000 Silver Lake Road, Fenton. Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 1:00 PM until time of service Wednesday. Percy was born February 8, 1921 in St. Charles, the son of Percy Sr. and Minnie (Hodges) Dunn. He married Winona McCash in 1942 and she preceded him in death in 1997, he then married Pearl Crosby Smith in 2007. He retired from the Detroit Public Schools after 10 years of service and had been self employed for many years prior to that. He was a veteran of WWII serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps and was a recipient of the Soldiers Medal of Valor. Surviving are: wife, Pearl; 3 children, Carol (Charles) Banks, Michael (Judy) Dunn, Penny (John) Finley; 5 step children, Terry Crosby, Linnet (Roger) Conn, Susan (Mike) Bronson, Barbara (Bob) VanGordon, Julie (Dan) Brannon; several grandchildren and great grandchildren; brother, Robert (Marty) Bastien; many nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by his parents; brother, William; sister, Frances LaBair. Online tributes may be posted at the obituaries page of



Peter Ross McHenry, 73

Peter Ross McHenry, 73, of Winston-Salem, N.C., and Bay View, passed away at his home on Friday, Nov. 7, 2008. 



Priscilla Jean Roman

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RICHARD A. GARDNER LEXINGTON Richard A. Gardner, Age 73, of Lexington, died Tuesday, October 28, 1008. He was born July 26, 1935 in Port Huron, son of the late Arthur and Blanche (Hunter) Gardner. He and Myrna J. Barnett were married on August 20, 1960. Mr. Gardner was a veteran of the U.S. Navy serving from 1954 to 1958. He retired after 28 years from General Motors. He is survived by his wife Myrna. Two sons Martin of Lexington and David (Melissa) of Phoenix, AZ. One daughter Laura Gardner of Phoenix. One brother Leonard of Port Huron and a sister Lillian Rutkowski of Fort Gratiot. Four grandchildren: Aaron, Zachary, Olivia and Emily. Friends Dale Ross and Marvin and Judy Kern. He was preceded in death by brothers William and James. Funeral services were held at the Pomeroy Funeral Home, Lexington with Rev. Leo Thomas, pastor of the St. John Lutheran Church officiated. Burial was in the Lexington Cemetery. Arrangements by Pomeroy Funeral Homes, Inc., Croswell.

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Thursday 3-6 p.m. and Friday 4-8 p.m., Rosary service 7 p.m. Gilllies Funeral Home, 302 E. Main Harrisville, (989)724-5432 Funeral Mass Saturday 11:00 am, St. Anne Catholic Church, Harrisville, MI



Ray Deivendorf, 89

Monday, November 10, 2008 5:54 PM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

Ray Deivendorf, 89, of Venice, Fla., died Oct. 30, 2008. Arrangements were by the Farley Funeral Home, Venice Chapel.



Rene Madison Fournier

Tuesday, November 11, 2008 4:38 AM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

Rene Madison Fournier, age 3, of Manitou Beach passed away Sunday, Nov. 9, 2008, at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born Aug. 31, 2005, in Adrian, Mich., to Leon Joseph and Dawn Rene (Griewahn) Fournier, Jr. Rene was a member of the Adrian Church of Christ. Rene was always smiling and laughing as she enjoyed playing outside, swinging on her swing set and riding her bike. She also liked arts and crafts, painting and coloring. These were all very special to her, but most of all she dearly loved playing with her brother, Carter, and her four playmate cousins, Avery, Zayden, Libbey and Jay. In addition to her parents and her brother she is survived by her grandparents, Kris and Cindy Griewahn of Addison, June and Leon Fournier of Clayton and Judy Ringman of Clayton; great-grandparents, Clarence Griewahn of Jasper and Terry and Donna Roberts of Ft. Worth, Texas, and several aunts, uncles and cousins. She was preceded in death by her three great-grandmothers, Rosealie Griewahn, Loraine Fournier and Hester Briggs, and two great-grandfathers, Leon Fournier and Daniel Lincoln. Funeral services for Rene will be held on Thursday, Nov. 13, 2008, at 11 a.m. at the Adrian Church of Christ with Minister Tim Dunn officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery. You may send condolences to the family at Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. and on Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Anderson Funeral Home, Adrian.



Revel Montgomery

Thursday, November 6, 2008 2:12 PM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

Revel Montgomery, 86, of Quincy, passed away Monday,  Nov. 3, 2008 at the Hillsdale Community Health Center. She was born Sept. 17, 1922 in Breathit County, Ky., to Harlan and Bessie (Roark) Back. Revel was a homemaker and loved to cook for her large family. She also enjoyed gardening, playing bingo and caring for her dog “Lucy.” On Feb. 16, 1940 she married Wardie Montgomery and he preceded her in death in 1999. Survivors include nine daughters, Stella (Jack) Wagner of Pikeville, Tenn., Mazie Foltz of Congress, Ariz., Ella (Charles) Boston of Kinderhook, Wanda (William) Fry of Sturgis, Linda (Grant) Salway of Jonesville, Phyllis (Mike) McVicker of Quincy, Charlene (Glen) Crandall of Reading, Susie Jones of Quincy, Kim (Jim) Titus of Allen; six sons, Jay (Fran) Montgomery of Dublin, Ga., Jim (Chloe) Montgomery of Quincy, Harry (Linda) Montgomery of Sturgis, Gary (Alicia) Montgomery of Lagrange, Ind., Larry (Lori) Montgomery of Reading, Terry Montgomery of Quincy; one sister, Evalina Puckett of Jackson; two brothers,  Gene (Anna Mae) Back of Salyersville, Ky., Ronald (Dorothy) Back of Atlanta, Ga.; 44 grandchildren; and 80 great-grandchildren. Also preceding her in death were two daughters, Vonda and Brenda; son-in-law, Thomas Foltz; and eight brothers and sisters. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the George White Funeral Home, Reading, with Pastor Gene Cobb officiating.  Interment will follow in Maplewood Cemetery. Visitation is scheduled from 6-8 p.m. Thursday. Memorials may be made to her family.



Richard D. Russell

Wednesday, October 29, 2008 7:08 PM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

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 family, sketching, woodworking, playing horseshoes and collecting Matchbox and Hot Wheel cars and owls.  He is survived by his wife, Julie Russell, Howe, Ind.; mother, Doris Lambright, Jonesville; son, Brandon Russell; daughter, Ashley Russell; brothers, Rick (Becky) Russell, Centerville, Royce (Diana) Russell, Colon, Robert (Sonya) Russell, Coldwater and David (Linda) Lambright, Hillsdale; sisters, Sandy (Gary) Lambright, Jonesville, Valerie (Chris) Strathmann, Vicksburg, Sharon (Bill) Barton, White Pigeon and Denise Matthews, San Antonio, Texas; brother-in-law, Randy Cutler, Adrian. He was preceded in death by his father; stepfather, Fred Lambright and sister, Rhonda Cutler. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Carney-Frost Funeral Home, LaGrange, Ind., with the Rev. Carldean Merrifield officiating. Visitation will be 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Ontario Cemetery, Ontario, Ind. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the family.  Envelopes are available at the Funeral Home. Online condolences may be sent to



Robert "Burr" Mitchell Lapeer Robert "Burr" Mitchell, age 92, a lifelong resident of Lapeer, passed away Monday (November 10, 2008). He was born April 23, 1916 in North Branch to Robert and Sarah (Burr) Mitchell. He married Lila Mae Stacy on April 25, 1959 in Hadley. Mr. Mitchell retired in 1981 from General Motors, as a Machine Repairman. He farmed most all of his life and truly enjoyed fishing and hunting. He is survived by his wife, Lila Mitchell of Lapeer; children, Cheryl (Kenneth) Mason of Lapeer, Patricia (Charles) Phelps of Columbiaville, Burr (Sherry) Mitchell of Rudyard, MI., Mary Mitchell of Succasunna, N.J., Stacy (Ann) Mitchell of Columbiaville and Jack (Helen) Humble of Peck; 17 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren; siblings, Nathan (Bernice) Mitchell of Davison, Esther Hillier of Lapeer, Joan Groves of Flushing and Sarah (John) Hill of Metamora; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his son, Gerald Humble; parents, Robert and Sarah Mi

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Robert D. 'Hopper' Hemming

Monday, November 10, 2008 1:01 PM 

NEW ALBANY, Ind. -- Robert D. "Hopper" Hemming, 52, of New Albany, died Friday, Oct. 31, 2008, at his home, after a long battle with liver disease. He was surrounded by family at the time of his passing.



Robert L. Nugent

Tuesday, November 11, 2008 9:01 PM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

Robert L. Nugent, 71, of Colon, Mich., died unexpectedly yesterday, Nov. 11, 2008, of injuries received in an automobile accident in Coldwater. Arrangements will be handled by Schipper Funeral Home Ltd. of Colon.  



Robin Armstrong

Wednesday, November 12, 2008 4:30 AM - GateHouse Media, Inc.

Robin Armstrong, age 53, of Clinton died Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2008. Arrangements are pending with Handler Funeral Homes.   



Russell A. Weyer Romeo Russell A. Weyer, 58, of Romeo passed away Thursday, (October 30, 2008) at his home. He was born April 25, 1950 in Almont to Ralph and Maxine (Muma) Weyer. He married Connie Ecklund Wise in 1992. He graduated from Almont High School in 1968. Russ worked at the Schriber Farm in Thornville then came back to Romeo to run his own farm where he continued to work until now. He was very active in Lapeer County 4H beginning as a child showing his own dairy cattle. He was a leader since 1994, member of the council for several years and swine superintendent for three years. Also active in the FFA, Russ held a state farmer degree, was a member of the alumni and was awarded the Star State Farmer award in 1968. Russ was known as a loving, caring man, always eager to help anyone and anytime. He is survived by his wife, Connie; his children, Robb of Imlay City, Rachel of Romeo, Rebekah (Brandon) Bertram of Marlette, Sarah Wise of Romeo, Ralph of Marlette, Russ

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Ruth D. Moran Sept. 9, 1928-Nov. 10, 2008

Ruth D. Moran, 80, of Monroe died at 7:36 a.m. Monday at Mercy Memorial Hospital. She had been in poor health for 2 years. 



Ruth E. Doughty Nov. 10, 2008

Ruth E. Doughty age 89, of Petersburg died Monday evening in Mercy Memorial Hospital ICU. Funeral service are pending at the Capaul Funeral Home, Ida, Michigan. 




Tuesday 5-9 p.m. and Wednesday 12-9 p.m. at the Sajewski Funeral Home, 19111 W. Warren, 313-271-2500. In state Thursday 9:00 a.m. at S. S. Peter and Paul. Mass of Resurrection 10:00 a.m. Rosary Wednesday 6:30 p.m. Interment St. Hedwig. Family requests donations to In-House Hospice or Marywood Nursing Care Center.




Thursday 3-9 p.m. at Wujek-Calcaterra & Sons, Inc., 36900 Schoenherrr Rd. at Metro Parkway (16 Mile). Rosary Thursday evening. Please call funeral home, with place and time of funeral (586) 826-8550. Entombment Resurrection Cemetery. Memorials to San Francesco Church appreciated. Share memories with the family at their "On Line Guest Book" at




Wednesday 2-9 p.m. from the Dearborn Chapel of the Howe-Peterson Funeral Home, 22546 Michigan Ave. Memorials to Hospice of Michigan, 400 Mack Ave., Detroit, MI 48201 and Christ Episcopal Church, 120 N. Military, Dearborn. Gertrude's family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all the staff at Oakwood Commons, Oakwood Hospital, her personal aides Amber, Sandy and Kim and Hospice of Michigan for the wonderful care that she received. Share your memories with the Sell family at




Wednesday 6-9 p.m. with Dan Gark Prayers at 7:30 p.m. at Santeiu & Son Funeral Home, 1139 Inkster, Garden City. Funeral Thursday 11 a.m. at St. Sarkis Armenian Church, 19300 Ford Rd., Dearborn. Memorial donations to the church. Interment Woodlawn Cemetery. Arrangements by SIMON JAVIZIAN FUNERAL HOME, 248-626-7815. Internet condolences may be sent to




November 10, 2008 Age 83. Wife of the late John D. for 62 years. Loving mother of Pamela Rossiter (Bob), Richard (Mona), Jeffrey (Marguerite) and the late Robert (Kathy). Also survived by 11 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Sister of the late Jack Dickinson. Services will be held privately. Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Memorials to Oakland County Family Services, Christmas for the Needy, 114 Orchard Lake Rd., Pontiac, MI 48341 A.J. Desmond & Sons (248) 549-0500. View obituary and share memories at




at church begins at 10 a.m. Interment Woodlawn Cemetery. Memorial Tributes to the church building fund. View obituary and share memories at



Schukman, Grace Adeline Messenger

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Shirley A. Shirey, 73

Shirley A. Shirey, 73, of East Jordan, died Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2008, at the Heavenly Helper Home Health Care in Charlevoix. 



Shook, Mabel P.

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"IKE" Age 78. April 18, 1930— November 11, 2008. Beloved husband of Maxine (Hager) Townsend. Loving father of four daughters: Tami (Ken) Chaushoff, Tawnya (Tom) Bender, Teri Hollister, and Courtney (Jon) Hewett. Dear grandfather of Charlie, Morgan, Mackenzi, Nathan, Emily, Jackson, Jaymes, and great-grandson Lukas. Cherished brother of Della (Ed) Helton and Melvin (Virginia) Townsend. Ike was employed at McDonald Dairy in Flint for 15 years and retired from Ford Motor Company in 1999. Veteran of Korean War serving in U.S. Air Force. Ike will be dearly missed by all who loved him and his humor. Friends may visit Thursday 2-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. at O'Brien/Sullivan Funeral Home, 41555 Grand River, Novi. (248) 348-1800. Memorial Service Friday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Interment Oakland Hill Memorial Gardens, Novi. Memorial donations to Angela Hospice, 14100 Newburgh Rd. Livonia, MI 48154. Please share memories at




Friday 2-8 p.m. with Scripture Service 7 p.m. at A. H. Peters Funeral Home, 20705 Mack Ave. at Vernier Rd. Grosse Pointe Woods. In state at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church, 157 Lakeshore Rd. Grosse Pointe Farms, Saturday 11:30 a.m. until time of Funeral Mass 12 noon. Memorial contributions may be made to the Capuchins.




Wednesday 2 - 9 p.m. at Vermeulen Funeral Home, 46401 W Ann Arbor Road (btwn Sheldon and Beck) Plymouth. In state Thursday from 10 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. funeral service at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 10101 Ann Arbor Road (at Gotfredson) Plymouth. Memorial contributions may be made to Slovakian Children's Fund c/o International Needs Network, 10432 Chicago Drive, Ste. 2, Zeeland MI 49464. To share memories or leave a message of condolence, please visit



Theresa A. Corona

Tuesday, November 11, 2008 1:17 PM 

BESSEMER, Mich. -- Theresa A. Corona, 92, of Bessemer, died Sunday, Nov. 9, 2008, in Wakefield.



Thomas A. Eads Jr.

Thomas A. Eads Jr., 30, of Monroe died Saturday morning at his home. Arrangements by Merkle Funeral Service. 



Thomas Anthony Eads Jr. Aug. 31, 1978-Nov. 9, 2008

Thomas Anthony Eads Jr. was born on August 31, 1978 in Monroe, Michigan he was the son of Thomas A. Eads Sr. and Karen (Mills) Eads. He attended Ida High School. For several years Thomas worked stocking shelves at Food Town. 



Tiegan Mae Romans Taryn Rae Romans Nov. 8, 2008

Tiegan Mae Romans and Taryn Rae Romans twin daughters of Franklin S. and Lisa C. (Hickey) Romans were stillborn on Saturday at Toledo Hospital.



Tucker, Joan

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Velma Butts

BUTTS, Velma Johane - Age 78, of Fenton, died Saturday, November 8, 2008 at Genesys Regional Medical Center. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, November 11, 2008 at Sharp Funeral Homes, Fenton Chapel, 1000 Silver Lake Rd., Fenton. Burial at Evergreen Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from 7-9 p.m., and Monday from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. Velma was born April 15, 1930 in Fenton, where she had resided her entire life. She married G. Wayne Butts in Fenton October 1, 1949. She was a graduate of Fenton High School, past member of the Flint Banjo Club, a member of T.O.P.S., member of the Pioneer Association Fenton/ Mundy Twp., and a member of the Loose Senior Citizens. Surviving are: husband, G. Wayne; 3 children, Kathryn and Jack Unger of Fenton, Steven and Cheryl Butts of Swartz Creek, Nancy and Cecil Burton of Clarksville, PA; 6 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Amos and Daisy Wolverton; grandson, Jason Butts; 4 brothers, Ralph, Art, Lloyd and Wilber Wolverton; 2 sisters, Lena Davis and Hazel Diamond. Online tributes may be posted at the obituaries page of



Vernice Burnett

BURNETT, Vernice Virgil - Age 91, of Caseville formerly of Dearborn, died Thursday, November 6, 2008 at Young at Heart Assisted Living. Funeral services will be held 11:00 AM Monday, November 10, 2008 at Sharp Funeral Home, Linden Chapel, 209 E. Broad Street, Linden with Rev. E. Tavierne officiating. Burial immediately following at Fairview Cemetery, Linden. Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 10:00 AM until time of service Monday. Tributes may be posted at the obituaries page of



Viola Ann Johnson

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Saturday 9 a.m. at Sts. Peter and Paul Church (Westside) until time of Mass 9:30 a.m. Interment St. Hedwig Cemetery.



Wanda J. (Schroeder) Horrocks, 59

Wanda J. (Schroeder) Horrocks, 59, of Marquette, passed away Oct. 27, 2008, at home surrounded by her family, following a courageous fight with cancer. 



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Winfred L. Kennedy

Sunday, November 9, 2008 9:59 PM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

Winfred Lee Kennedy, 59, formerly of Sturgis, Mich., passed away Nov. 1, 2008 in Houston, Texas after a 10-month battle with cancer. Lee was a loving husband and father and enjoyed spending time with his family. He also enjoyed the outdoors, a variety of sports, reading and spending time with friends. Lee was the proud founder of Dynamic Engineering, which has been in business for over 23 years. Surviving are: his wife, Patricia; three children, Matthew and wife Coran, Rebecca and husband Christian, and Karen; five grandchildren, Taylor and Blake Fittro, Alexandra, Sophia and Katelyn Kennedy; two brothers, Dale Kennedy and wife, Frances, and Leon Saunders and wife, Ann; a sister, Bonnie Kennedy; and mother, Alice Kennedy. Also surviving are his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Gene Staley of Burlington, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and other family members. A memorial service celebrating his life was held on Nov. 4 at Forest Park The Woodlands Funeral Home. Lee’s family will continue celebrating his life with his extended family and friends at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Burlington Assembly of God in Burlington, N.C. Michael Brown, brother-in-law, and Randy Wojciechowski, a close friend will officiate. The final memorial service for Lee will be held at 3 p.m. on Dec. 6, 2008, at Cafe Crossing in Middlebury, Ind. Norman Barnes, a close friend from England, will officiate. For those wishing to express condolences, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Links International USA in Lee’s memory. Please mail to Links USA, PO Box 136458, Fort Worth, Texas  76136.




Of Bloomfield Hills, passed away on November 9, 2008 at age 57, after fighting melanoma which was first discovered in his right eye. He was loved dearly by his wife of 30 years, Colleen (Steenberge) and his children Craig, Caitlin and Brian as well as Ryohei Iwai. His sister, Cindy Jaskunas (Larry) and their family, brother George Zematis (Carin) as well as in-laws Carl and Janet Steenberge and their entire family will remember him for his love, support, wisdom and laughter. Frank had the love and respect of many around the world, having traveled extensively while working for Ford and Chrysler/DaimlerChrysler where he had the opportunity to live with his family in Mexico, Brasil and Austria. Frank retired from Chrysler in September 2007. Friends are invited to visit with the family as they celebrate Frank's life at their home, 1869 W. Bend Dr, Bloomfield, MI 48302 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, November 13 and 14. A Mass of Remembrance will be held at Prince of Peace Catholic Parish at 4300 Walnut Lake Rd, W. Bloomfield, MI 48325 on Saturday November 15, 2008 at 12:30 p.m. Mr. Zematis donated his body to medical research. The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to The Beaumont Foundation, Frank Zematis fund, PO Box 5802, Troy, MI 48007-9620 or the Caring Bridge Website;1995 Rahn Cliff Court, Suite 200, Eagan, MN, 55122 or through the website,

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