ALEXANDER GALLIGAN DECKERVILLE Alexander Galligan, Age 80 of Deckerville, passed away at his home on Wednesday, November 12, 2008. He was born on December 15, 1927 in Manhattan, New York. He is the son of the late Alexander and Mae (Drnek) Galligan. Alexander married Carol Lynn Poynor on September 13, 1953 in Traverse City, MI. He served in the U.S. Air Force during WWII. He was a member of the Community of Christ Church in Sandusky where he served as an Elder. He started his teaching career at the Old Mission School in 1956 and continued his career as principal and then superintendent. In 1974 he came to Deckerville and he retired in 1989 from Fennville School where he was superintendent. He is survived by his wife, Carol Galligan, three children, Christine Galligan, of South Carolina, Alex (Cathy) Galligan, of Deckerville and Julie Davis, of Deckerville. Two grandchildren, Renae Blaine and Ryan Davis and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a Son-in-law, Steve Davis. Memorial Services were held at the Community Of Christ Church, Sandusky with Elder Ken Diem of Carsonville officiating. Memorials may be made to the Community Of Christ Church, Sandusky or to the Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, in New York. Arrangements were made by the Hacker Funeral Parlors, Sandusky.
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Albert Vree August 8, 1916 - November 20, 2008 "My name is Albert Vree and this is my obituary. My life has been a journey of joy and faith in God. My wife, Willemina Petronella and I were married for 67 years. We were blessed with four beautiful children, Anke, Arie, Jay and Keith. I will love her, my family and my friends always. God bless all of you." Albert Vree, born August 8, 1916 in Weesp, the Netherlands, died peacefully with his wife and children at his side in Grand Rapids, MI on November 20, 2008. He started working at the age of 14 as a full-time office assistant at an Amsterdam import export company. While working full-time he completed his education. In 1939 Albert was drafted into the Dutch Army and served in the cavalry. He fought against the invading German Army and in May 1940 became a prisoner of war. After his release from captivity he became a member of the Dutch Resistance and also worked for the Dutch government in the department of food rationing. After the war he was awarded the War Resistance Commemoration Cross and the War Remembrance Cross for his heroic service in the Dutch Resistance. At the conclusion of the war he continued his government service and worked as a supervisor at the department of social security. In 1961 at the age of 45, Albert and his wife Willemina and their four children immigrated to the United States settling in Grand Rapids, MI. He was employed by Michigan Bell Telephone Company and retired from there at the age of 65. Albert was a member of Central Reformed Church and sang in the church choir for many years. Albert loved classical organ music. One of his other great joys was long distance swimming in any available body of water regardless of the temperature. As a young couple in the Netherlands, Albert and Willemina took extensive bike trips with their young family. After immigrating to the US they expanded their explorations with trips to almost every state in the union including a cruise to Alaska. Albert was a voracious reader who treasured both his Dutch and English books. He was also a passionate supporter of many charitable causes. He is survived by his wife, Willemina; his children, Anke and Phillip Pearson, Arie and Mary Vree, Jay and Sheri Vree, Keith and Marcie Vree; his 16 grandchildren, Saskia and Paul Koepke, Quincy and Lisa Pearson, Adam and Theresa Vree, Steve and Stacey Vree, Ryan and Megan Vree, Nicholas Vree, Melissa and Jim Farris, Jared and Bryce Vree, Amber Aspinwall; his seven great-grandchildren, Reece, Leighton, Emersyn and Drake Koepke, Quincy Pearson Jr., Lily Vree and Adelle Farris; his sisters, Riek Sparnaay, Agnes Wansink; several nieces and nephews and many friends. The family would like to thank the dedicated staff at the Holland Home Van Andel Pavilion for the love and care given to Albert the last few months. The Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, November 25 at 11:00 a.m. in Central Reformed Church, 10 College Ave., N.E. Burial in Courtland Cemetery. Visitation will be on Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Metcalf &amp; Jonkhoff Funeral Home. Memorial Contributions to the Central Reformed Church Music Ministry would be appreciated. The family is being served by Metcalf &amp; Jonkhoff Funeral Service
Ann E. Lober, 63, of Traverse City, died Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2008, at Munson Hospice House.
HILL, Annette Mae - Age 72, of Durand, passed away Tuesday, November 18, 2008 in Zephryhills, Florida. Funeral Services will be 1:00PM Saturday, November 22, 2008 at Sharp Funeral Homes, Miller Road Chapel, 8138 Miller Rd., Swartz Creek, Fr. J. Thomas Munley officiating. Visitation will be 11AM Saturday until time of service. Memorial donations may be made to the Kidney Foundation or the American Diabetes Association. Online condolences and tributes may be posted on the obituaries page of www.sharpfuneralhomes.com
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Arthur L. Steinman, 80, of Sebewaing and Englewood, Fla., died July 5, 2008., Cremation has taken place. There will be no funeral services.
Avabelle W. Carpenter, 93 of Central Lake, passed away Nov. 19, 2008, at Charlevoix Area Hospital.
Beatrice M. Siemen 1923-2008 Beatrice M. Siemen, 84, Harbor Beach, passed away Friday, November 14, 2008 at Courtney Manor of Bad Axe. She was born on December 18, 1923 in Harbor Beach to the late Anthony and Mary (O'Neil) Pohl. Beatrice and Bernard Siemen were united in marriage on August 9, 1941 in Harbor Beach. He preceded her in death on December 12, 1991. Beatrice was a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church, where she was a past president of the Altar Society. She enjoyed playing cards, flowers, playing bingo, baking cookies, going to the casino and being with her family and especially her grandchildren. She is survived by her daughters, Janet Volmering, Ruth, Marjorie (Carl) Booms, Bad Axe, Nancy (Tom) Goniwiecha, Harbor Beach, Joyce (Rich) McDonald, Bad Axe and Betty (Thomas) Tenbusch, Harbor Beach; 15 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband; grandson, Travis Booms; brother, Lawrence Pohl and sisters, Alma Schroeder and Hazel Tenbusch. Funeral mass was held on Monday, November 17, 2008 in the St. Anthony's Catholic Church of Helena. Fr. Peter Nwokoye officiated, with burial taking place in the church cemetery. Arrangements were handled by the Ramsey Funeral Home, Harbor Beach.
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Bernard C. Maschke 1919-2008 Bernard C. "Ben" Maschke, 89, Port Hope, passed away Saturday, November 15, 2008 at Harbor Beach Community Hospital. He was born May 2, 1919 in Port Hope to the late William and Mabel (Hoffman) Maschke. He and Lucille Bender were united in marriage on August 17, 1940 in Port Hope. He was a lifelong member of St. John Lutheran Church of Port Hope, and worked for the Huron Milling Company and Hercules for 40 years. He is survived by his wife Lucille of Port Hope; two daughters, Linda (Doug) Howard, Harbor Beach and Myrna Lamb, Davison; three grandchildren, Becky (Tom) Block, Rhonda (Rick) Beard and Sue (Ed) Discher; four great-grandchildren, Travis, Heidi, Lindsay and Noel; three step great-granddaughters, Ashley, Shauna, and Jamie (Matt) and their children. He was preceded in death by a son Bernard "Butch" Maschke in 2001, three grandsons, Mike Howard, Kevin Lamb and Corey Block; three brothers, John (Jack), William, and Darcey Maschke; and four sisters, Margarete Emerick, Bertha Young, Gertrude Fuerst, and Viola Sewray. Funeral services were held Tuesday, November 18 at St. John Lutheran Church, Port Hope with Rev. Greg Eilers officiating. Burial followed in Lakeview Cemetery. Arrangements were made by Ramsey Funeral Home, Harbor Beach.
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Bernice quot;Bea quot; E. Adkins, age 75, of Lambertville, Michigan, passed away Tuesday, November 18, 2008 at St. Anne-Mercy Hospital. She was born May 14, 1933 in Toledo. Bea was employed with the former Boron Oil Company for 15 years.
Bertha Wohlfrom Lapeer Bertha Wohlfrom, age 101, of Lapeer (over 40 years in Imlay City prior to that of Detroit) passed away Wednesday (November 19, 2008). She was born January 31, 1907 in Riquewihr, France to Charles and Salomone (Fehmann) Niedermeyer She married Eugene Wohlfrom on June 6, 1931 in Detroit. Bertha and her husband Eugene owned and operated Uptown Bakery in Detroit from 1931 until 1963. Bertha was a loving mother and grandmother. She is survived by her daughter, Jeannine Paul of Davison; grandchildren, Dennis (Pat) Paul of Flint, Sandy (Jerry R.) Bell of Saginaw, Peggy (Jim) LaBudie of Clinton Twp., and Cathy (Gary) Turrentine of Humble, TX; great-grandchildren, Shannone, Dennis, Dean, Kelley, Jessica, Brandon and Brittany; great-great-grandchildren, Taylor, Kirk, Jarad and Reilly K.; also survived by her sister, Jeanne Henze of France and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene Wohlfrom; parents, Charles and Salomone
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CAROL ANN FLYNN PECK Carol Ann Flynn, age 62, passed away November 14, 2008 due to a long illness. She is survived by sisters; Karen Angus, Indiana, Roberta (Byrdie) Wismer, Peck, MI, two sons; Dominic (Nicole) Lefler, Ypsilanti, Martin Potter, California, two grandchildren, Sela and Aiden, several aunts and uncles and lots of cousins. Memorial was held at the Presbyterian Church in Marlette.
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CHRISTOPHER WILLIAM DEANDA BROWN CITY Christopher William Deanda, age 46 of Brown City passed away on Thursday, November 13, 2008 in Sandusky, Michigan. He was born on May 21, 1962 in Yale, Michigan. He is the son of the late Paul and Mary (Tijerina) Deanda. He is survived by three brothers, Robert (Corrine) Deanda of Niles; David (Malinda) Deanda of Troy; Thomas Deanda of Ft. Gratiot. One sister, Linda (James) Black, of Sandusky and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Mary (Tijernia) Deanda. "Our beloved brother, Chris will be dearly missed and fondly remembered for his joyful personality". Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to: Christopher's family. Arrangements made by the Hacker Funeral Parlors, Sandusky.
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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.
Cassie Kopek 1916-2008 Cassie Kopek, 92, Caseville, died Friday, November 14, 2008 at Scheurer Hospital Long Term Care in Pigeon while under hospice care. Cassie was born April 13, 1916 in Detroit to the late Casimer and Bernice (Stankiewicz) Zaloga. She married Walter J. Kopek at Transfiguration Catholic Church in Detroit on July 4, 1936. Walter preceded her in death on July 4, 1982. She lived in Detroit until moving to Caseville in 1973. She was an active member of St. Roch Catholic Church, where she was on the Women's Society and was sacristan for many years. She was a member of the Caseville Eagles Auxiliary and Caseville Retirement Club. She enjoyed sewing, reading, cooking and gardening. She is survived by her daughter, Cynthia (Al) Gagnier, Warren; son Raymond (Terry), Warren; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; brother, Ed Zaloga and sister Bunny Zaloga. She was preceded in death by her husband Walter and son, Rev. Robert Kopek S.J. in 2003. Funeral mass was held on Monday, November 17, 2008 at St. Roch Catholic Church with Fr. Kenneth Yaroch presiding. Burial took place in St. Roch Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Robert W. Kopek Scholarship Fund, U of D High School and Academy, 8400 S Cambridge, Detroit, Michigan 48221. Arrangements were handled by the Champagne Funeral Chapel of Caseville.
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Mr. Charles J. O'Dowd, aged 89, of Grand Rapids. Funeral Monday 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Sorrows Church. Visitation 10 to 11 a.m. Monday at Church only. Complete obituary in Sunday Press or visit his web page at www.lifestorynet.com Heritage Funeral Home
TEMPERANCE - Charlie Pemberton, 61, of Temperance, died at 7:50 a.m. Friday at the Granby Group Home in Bedford Township.
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Claire D. Dupras, 80, of LaGrange, Ind., died Nov. 17, 2008, at Miller’s Merry Manor in LaGrange. Visitation will be from 2 p.m. until the service time, 6 p.m. Friday at the Frurip-May Funeral Home with Rev. Brian VanOsdol officiating.  Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, LaGrange at a later date.
DANIEL A. WALSH FARMINGTON HILLS Daniel A. Walsh, age 70 of Farmington Hills, Holiday, Florida and formerly of Ubly, passed away Sunday, November 9, 2008 in Holiday, Florida. Daniel was born on May 21, 1938 in Austin Township to the late Walter and Susan (McMillan) Walsh. He attended Ubly High School. Daniel then moved to Detroit to drive heavy equipment for the road construction industry. He retired in 1996 and became a driver for Spartan Food Stores for ten years. He attended St. Alexander Catholic Church in Farmington Hills and St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Florida. He was a member of the Teamster Local. Daniel enjoyed gardening and sports, especially the Detroit Tigers. Daniel is survived by his three daughters, Roxann (James) Gracyalny of Springdale, AK, Crystal (Joseph) Borso of Mason, TN, Julie (Doug) Parks of Canal Winchester, OH; seven grandchildren, Joseph, Charity, Kimberly, Chad, Brent, Jacob and Zachary; one sister, Gertrude Susan Brown of San Diego, CA; two brothers, Louis (Rosalie) Walsh and Walter "Joseph" (Patricia) Walsh, both of Ubly. He was preceded in death by seven brothers and sisters, Leo Walsh, Beatrice Bauman, Lila Lamphere, Michael, Maurice, Raymond and Mark "Pete" Walsh. The funeral Mass will be 11 a.m. Thursday, November 20, 2008 at St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Freiburg with Rev. Joseph Griffin, pastor officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be at the Zinger-Smigielski Funeral Home in Ubly on Wednesday from 3-9 p.m and Thursday from 9-10 a.m. There will be a parish vigil service on Wednesday evening at 7: 30 p.m. at the funeral home. Arrangements by Zinger-Smigielski Funeral Home, Ubly.
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DAVID C. KROETSCH SANDUSKY David C. Kroetsch, age 29, of Sandusky, passed away Sunday evening, November 9, 2008 at McKenzie Memorial Hospital in Sandusky. David was born on October 26, 1979 at Hills and Dales General Hospital in Cass City. He is the beloved son of Charles Willard Kroetsch and Donna Gertrude Leese. David was a 1998 graduate of Sandusky High School. He worked as a backhoe operator and welder for Cook Tiling and Scott Campbell Tiling Co. He enjoyed motorcycles, dirt bikes, fishing, classic muscle cars and Texas Hold Em. David is survived by his father, Charles Kroetsch of Argyle; his mother, Donna Leese of Venice, California; grandparents, Willard and Shirley Kroetsch of Snover, Albert and Susan Leese of Dearborn; his great grandmother Helen Gills of Sterling Heights; aunts and uncles, DeAnn Blank of Snover, MI, Marie and Mike Stock of Rives Junction, MI, William and Janet Kroetsch of Decker, Harold and Loretta Leese of Livonia, Nancy Ellison of Lincoln Park, Steve Leese and Anita Wolschleger of Dewitt, Joanne and Toney Wade, of Belleville; cousins, Jennifer Anderson of Charlotte, NC, Jeremy and Amy Helton, Adam and Ronli Helton, both of Port Huron, Gary and Janelle Grates of Cass City, Gabrielle Leese of Livonia, Robin Trevino and Amy Trevino, both of Dearborn, Jesse Trevino and Ernesto Trevino, both of Sacramento, California, James Ellison and William Ellison of Lincoln Park, Tony Leese of Grand Rapids and Stefanie Leese of Allendale. The funeral mass was held at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Argyle with Rev. Joseph Griffin, pastor, officiating. Burial was in the St. Ignatius Cemetery in Freiburg. Memorials are requested to the Family Discretionary Fund. Arrangements by Zinger-Smigielski Funeral Home, Ubly.
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Don B. Mayhew, 59, died on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008, at his home near East Jordan.
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Donald R. Horton, 67, of Adrian, passed away November 21, 2008. The Funeral Service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, at J. Gilbert Purse Funeral Home, Adrian.  Visitation will be on Monday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at J. Gilbert Purse funeral Home, Adrian.
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SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- Donald S. Varner, 79, of Santa Barbara, died Nov. 14, 2008, of natural causes in Santa Barbara.
Dorothy J. Bagger, age 89, of Allen Park, died November 20, 2008.
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Dwight V. Knauss, age 87, went to heaven to meet his wife, parents, brothers and sisters Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008. He was born to Orange A. and Adelia M. Knauss on Jan. 17, 1921, with his twin sister, Marion, who passed away at birth. He was raised on a farm along with his brothers and sisters. Dwight graduated from Clayton High School, Class of 1939. He enjoyed all kinds of hunting, especially moose hunting with his buddies in Canada. He worked at Simplex and hauled milk for his brother-in-law, Arlo Foster, until he went to serve his country in World War II, as a Sergeant of the Army from 1942-1946 when he was discharged. Upon returning from service, Dwight met and married Betty June Mottor on Dec. 17, 1949. He went to work for Michigan Milk Produces Association, where he retired after 27 years. He is survived by three daughters, Linda (Arden) Robinson of Adrian, Beckie Knauss (Steve Nichelson) and Pam (Dale) Robinson, both of Clayton; 11 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Luellia Potts and Media VanNorman. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife of 48 years, Betty; three brothers; five sisters; and one great-grandchild. The funeral service for Dwight will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23, 2008, at Wagley Funeral Home with Dr. Ben Fulayter officiating. Burial will follow at Dover Center Cemetery. Friends may visit the family at the funeral home on Saturday from 3 to 8 p.m. Contributions in memory of Dwight may be made to his family. Envelopes are available at Wagley Funeral Home.
Earl Henning, 85, of Alanson, passed away Nov. 21, 2008.
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Edris E. Murray, 87, of Hillsdale, passed away Friday, Nov. 14, 2008, at the Hillsdale County Medical Care Facility. She was born July 21, 1921 in Montpelier, Ohio to Rex and Florence (Samm) Delcamp. She was married April 19, 1947 in Angola, Ind. to Dow Murray and he survives. Edris was the former owner of Parisian Beauty Salon in Hillsdale. She was a graduate of Pittsford High School in 1939, valedictorian of her class.  She attended Riggs Beauty School.  She was past president and member of the Lady Elks, member of Hillsdale Business and Professional Women, the Hillsdale Community Theater and member of the National Hair Dressers Association. Surviving besides her husband Dow of 61 years are three sons, Jeff (Shirley) Haskins of Emory, Texas, Jon (Diane) Murray of Bradenton, Fla. and Jerre Murray of Sarasota, Fla; daughter, Jill Langs of Hillsdale; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; two brothers, Edwin Delcamp of Maumee, Ohio and Stuart (Judy) Delcamp of Punta Gorda, Fla. She was preceded in death by her parents, first husband Walter “Pat” Haskins and two grandchildren, Jaime and Jared Langs. Funeral services for Edris Murray will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at the VanHorn-Eagle Funeral Home in Hillsdale with the Rev. Alan Fenstermaker officiating. Interment will follow at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Litchfield. The family will receive friends for visitation 6-8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Medical Care Facility. To view this obituary and send condolences, visit www.eaglefuneralhomes.com.
SAMPSON, Edward Jr. "Sam" - Age 62, of Flint, died Monday, November 17, 2008 at Brian's House, Davison. Funeral Services will be 2PM Friday at Sharp Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 6063 Fenton Rd., Grand Blanc Twp. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery. Visitation will be 12-8PM Thursday at the funeral home. Contributions may be made to Brian's House or American Cancer Society. Online condolences may be posted on the obituaries page of www.sharpfuneralhomes.com
Ellen D. (Clark) Ramsey, 89, of Beaverton passed away Monday, Nov. 10, 2008 at MidMichigan Stratford Village.
Elwin P. Kettinger, 79 of Monroe, passed away at 6:30 a.m. Saturday in his home due to an illness he battled for nearly a year.
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Elwin Van Ommen, 81, of Zeeland, died Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008 at Tender Care of Holland. Services are 11 a.m. Monday  at Ebenezer Reformed Church, 5166 Ottogan St. Burial with military honors will be in Zeeland Cemetery.  Visitation is 2 to 5 p.m., Sunday, at Lakeshore Memorial Services, 11939 James St. www.lakeshorememorial.com
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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Evelyn "Elvi" Ekdahl, 84, of Columbus, passed away Monday, Nov. 17, 2008, at Mt. Carmel West Hospital.
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Evelyn F. Huff, age 90 years, of Hudson, passed away, Saturday, Nov. 8, 2008 at Allegiance Health in Jackson. Evelyn was born on Aug. 15, 1918 in Grand Rapids, the daughter of George F. and Pearl C. (Williams) Waidelich. She married Leo A. Huff on November 2, 1940 in Grand Rapids. He survives. Leo and Evelyn moved to the Hillsdale County area in 1946 after Leo returned from the war. Evelyn was a former member of the Locust Corners Baptist Church where she was a Sunday School teacher, an active member of the First Baptist Church in Hudson, an auxiliary member of Gideon’s International and the Friendship Club of Locust Corners. Evelyn enjoyed quilting, sewing and gardening. Surviving Evelyn are her husband of 68 years, Leo; two daughters, Judy (John) Garris of Quebec City, Quebec and Diane Cudney of Hudson; son, Wayne (Elaine) Huff of Brooklyn; 12 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and great-great-grandchildren; sister, Ruth Purdy of Wyoming; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Evelyn was preceded in death by her daughter, Donna Mae Cutchall; parents; one sister; and two brothers. Funeral services for Evelyn will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the First Baptist Church in Hudson with Pastor Tom Ball officiating. Private interment will follow at Locust Corners Cemetery in Pittsford Township.  Visitation will be 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Brown-Van Hemert Funeral Home in Hudson and Wednesday at the church one hour prior to the service. Memorials are suggested to Gideon’s International, First Baptist Church, Gospel Barn or a charity of the donor’s choice. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. View this obituary and send condolences to the family at: www.brownvanhemert.com.
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ROGERS CITY, Mich. -- Evelyn L. Senff, 71, of Rogers City, passed away Nov. 13, 2008, at home.
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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.
Gail L. Smith, 67, of Charlevoix, died Sunday, Nov. 23, 2008, at her home.
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Gale Lynn Ashbrook, 61, of Sturgis, Mich., went to be with her Lord on Nov. 20, 2008, after battling an 18-year illness. Friends and relatives may call from 2–5 p.m. Wednesday, at the Hackman Chapel, 114 S. Nottawa St., Sturgis. Services celebrating the life of Gale Lynn Ashbrook will be held at 5 p.m. Wednesday, at the funeral home. A complete obituary will be in Monday’s edition
Garnet Wells Martin, 81, of Gladwin, formerly of Flint, died Monday, Nov. 10, 2008 in Midland.
Gerald A. Himmel 1936-2008 Gerald A. Himmel, 72, Caseville, died Tuesday, November 4, 2008 at his home while under hospice care. Jerry was born October 10, 1936 in Chandler Township to the late John and Theresa (Gintner) Himmel. He grew up in the area and graduated from Pigeon High School. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1955 to 1957. After being discharged from the Navy, Jerry moved to Detroit and lived there from 1958 to 1988. He retired from the Detroit Police Department in 1988, after 25 years of service, many of them as a helicopter pilot. He moved to Caseville in 1988. Even after retiring, he worked part-time for the Caseville Police Department. He enjoyed boating, ham radio, and his home near Wildfowl Bay. He is survived by his son, Michael (Lona), Shelby Township; daughter, Stacy (Jerrold) Himmel Jacobson, Arcadia, Fla.; granddaughters, Lauren, Erika, Hannah Lee and sisters, Frances Richmond, Pigeon and Barbara (Patrick) Dell, Caseville. He was preceded in death by his two-year-old daughter, Michelle Lee in 1961 and brothers John, Duane and Robert. Funeral services were held Sunday, November 9, 2008 at the Champagne Funeral Chapel of Caseville with Fr. Kenneth Yaroch officiating. Urn burial with military honors took place at St. Roch Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice of Michigan, 3995 Fashion Square Blvd #1, Saginaw, Michigan 48603. Arrangements were handled by the Champagne Funeral Home, Caseville.
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Giacomo "Jack" Furnari, age 76, of Monroe, MI passed away Thursday, November 20, 2008 at Toledo Hospital in Toledo, OH.
Giacomo (Jack) Furnari, 76, of Monroe died at 12:11 p.m. Thursday in Toledo Hospital, Toledo.
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Gloria J. Blaker, 65, of Jonesville, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2008 at her home.  She was born Feb. 21, 1943 in Hillsdale to Ora and Merle (Fenstermaker) Carlisle.  She was married Dec. 30, 1961 to Ronald Blaker and he survives. Gloria was a 1961 graduate of Reading High School and was a member of the Honors Choir.  She attended Jackson Community College, was on the Dean's List for two years and was active in the JCC Tutoring program. Gloria attended Bankers Baptist Church. Besides her husband, Ronald, she is survived by her father, Ora Carlisle of Hillsdale; three daughters, Oralie (Gary) Amrhein and Toni (Robert) Ashton both of Jonesville and Donna Thompson of Hillsdale; an adopted son, Gary Estel of Jonesville; a brother, Clyde (Mary) Carlisle of Quincy; 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Gloria was preceded in death by her mother, Merle and one sister. Cremation has taken place.  There will be a memorial service at a later date. Arrangements are entrusted to the VanHorn-Eagle Funeral Home in Hillsdale. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider a memorial donation to the Blaker family. To view this obituary and send condolences, visit www.eaglefuneralhomes.com.
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Harold J. Crafts, age 91, of Sturgis, Mich., passed away early Saturday morning, Nov. 15, 2008, at his home. He was born Jan. 10, 1917, in Watervliet, Mich., a son of the late John B. and Nora M. (Polmanteer) Crafts. He had resided in Sturgis since 2001, coming from Kalamazoo where he lived from 1923-2001. On July 8, 1941, he married Beverly J. Wheeler in Kalamazoo. Nearly all of Harold’s working life was involved in the produce business. For many years he served as director of Produce Operations for the National Tea Company in Kalamazoo and Meijer’s of Grand Rapids. Following his retirement Harold served as the manager of the Elks Country Club in Kalamazoo, a position he held for eight years. For over 40 years Harold was an active member of the B.P.O.Elks #50 in Kalamazoo, serving for 10 years on the Board of Elks Major Projects for special needs children. He also served as the Elks State Chairman of Major Projects for 10 years. Harold was always willing to give of his time to others and for 27 years he was a volunteer at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Battle Creek. He was a longtime member of the First United Methodist Church in Kalamazoo. He is survived by his loving and dedicated wife of 67 years, Beverly; one son, Daniel J. (Linda) Crafts of Sturgis; a grandson, Matthew (Jennifer) Freeland of Portage; two great-grandchildren, Kaitrin Elise Funches and Joshua Daniel Freeland, both of Portage; a niece, Ellen (Tim) McKeever and a nephew, Steven Eakley. Preceding him in death  were his parents; a daughter, Susan J. Bouwman; and a sister, Ruth Eakley. In accordance with his wishes, cremation has taken place. There will be no visitation, and private burial of the ashes will take place at Mount Everest Cemetery in Kalamazoo at a later date. A memorial service and Benevolent Protective Order of Elks service celebrating the life of Harold Crafts will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday at the Thurston Woods Village Villa Dining Room. Chaplain Glen Russell of Thurston Woods and the B.P.O.Elks #1381 Ritual Team will officiate. The Hackman Family Funeral Home, Hackman Chapel, 114 S. Nottawa St., Sturgis, is handling the arrangements. The family suggests memorial donations be directed to Thurston Woods Village, 307 N. Franks Ave., Sturgis, MI 49091; or the Kalamazoo Humane Society, 4239 S. Westnedge, Kalamazoo, MI 49008. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. His obituary is also at www.legacy.com.
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Harold L. Frye, 91, died Monday, Nov. 17, 2008, at James H. Quillen Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Mountain Home, Tenn.   Mr. Frye was a native of Sturgis, Mich., and had lived in Johnson City, Tenn., for the past several years.   He was a son of the late Bernice and Katherine Linseisen and was also preceded in death by three brothers, Cleon, Leon and Howard Frye and one sister, Leone Miller.   He was a graduate of Sturgis High School, Sturgis, Mich., and a member of the Religious Science Church. Mr. Frye was an actor and singer and was known by his stage name “Hal Frye.” He enjoyed singing and traveling and volunteered to sing at many functions.   He was a life member of the Ex-Prisoners of War, a member of the Blinded Veterans Association, the Disabled American Veterans and the Military Order of the Purple Heart. He was a Charter member of the ICL Institute of Learning at East Tennessee State University. He was a World War II U.S. Army veteran.   Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Jessie Dugger Frye; and nieces and nephews, Dixie Pittenger, Doug Frye, Debbie Stevens, Mary Ann Byler, Kathy Miller, Karen Sobeski, Garnetta Weigt and Juanita Miller.   A military graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday,  at Mountain Home National Cemetery, Mountain Home, Tenn.  Minister Bruce Shawver will officiate. Mr. Frye appreciated the care and courtesy shown him at Mountain Home Veteran’s Home and the James H. Quillen Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Family and friends are asked to assemble at the cemetery. Online condolences may be made through www.morrisbaker.com. Arrangements are by Morris-Baker Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 2001 Oakland Ave., Johnson City, TN 37601 (423-282-1521).
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Harold L. Wirebaugh, 76, of Hillsdale, passed away Monday, Nov. 17, 2008, at the Hillsdale Community Health Center. He was born Sept. 11, 1932 in Calhoun County to Lawrence and Pearl (Sherman) Wirebaugh. He was married Sept. 30, 1966 to Mary Harwood and she preceded him in death in 1997. Harold retired from Hillsdale Tool after 22 years of service. He was a resident of Hillsdale and Calhoun Counties the majority of his life. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. Survivors include two daughters, Linda Westfall and Cheryl Hyatt, both of Hillsdale; son, Harold Wirebaugh Jr. of Hillsdale; step-daughter, Kim (Dan) Moyer of Osseo; grandchildren; and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife and a brother Lawrence Jr. Funeral services for Harold Wirebaugh will be 2 p.m. Thursday at the Eagle Funeral Home in Jonesville with Pastor Clyde Wonders officiating. Interment will follow at Sunset View Cemetery in Jonesville. The family will receive friends for visitation 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Eagle Funeral Home in Jonesville. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Hillsdale County Conservation Club. To view this obituary and send condolences, visit www.eaglefuneralhomes.com.
Hazel E. Stine, age 86, of Monroe, formerly of Dearborn, Michigan passed away peacefully Saturday November 15, 2008; she had been in declining health. Hazel was a resident of Norman Towers for 5 years, moving from Dearborn.
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Hazel V. Hires, 85, of 607 E. Chicago Road, White Pigeon, Mich., died Monday, Nov. 17, 2008, at the Fairview Living Centre, after an extended illness. She was born Jan. 13, 2008, in White Pigeon, a daughter of Wallace and Florence (Rudloff) Long. She had resided in White Pigeon, Sturgis and Centreville, Mich., and Intersession, Fla. She married Ira L. Hires who preceded her in death on Oct. 6, 1990. Hazel was employed at Kirsch Company in Sturgis for 17 years, retiring on Dec. 31, 1984. Surviving are several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters, Pearl Merritt, Rose Long and Vera Studabaker; and two brothers, Earl and Elmer Long. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. today at the Farrand Funeral Home in White Pigeon where services are at noon Thursday. Chaplain Johnny Groda of In House Hospice of Kalamazoo will officiate. Burial will be in Vistula Cemetery, Vistula, Ind. Memorials may be made to Hospice. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.
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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.
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Irene M. Whitaker, age 84, of Jenison, Michigan, formerly of Monroe, passed away Friday November 21, 2008 at Oakcrest Manor in Jenison. She had been in declining health.
Irene M. Whitaker, age 84, formerly of Monroe, died Friday at Oakcrest Manor in Jenison, Mich.
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Irvin Dale Mokma, age 79, of Holland, passed away Friday, November 21, 2008, at the Harbors Health Care Facility in Douglas after a difficult struggle with Alzheimer’s Disease. Irv was born in Holland May 1, 1929 to Donald and Mabel (Andringa) Mokma. He was a graduate of Holland High School and also a graduate of Kendall School of Design. A veteran of the U.S. Army, he served during the Korean War. Irv was employed in the art and advertising field and was a partner for 10 years with Wayne Dennis in the advertising agency of Dennis/ Mokma Associates. He was a member of First Reformed Church in Holland where he served in the greater consistory. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Alvin and Paul Mokma and his sister, Arla Schaap. Surviving are his wife or 53 years, Marlene; children, Mary Mokma, of Holland, Karen and Mike Slenk, of Hamilton, Amy and Joe Dorsey, of Heber City, Utah; 8 grandchildren, Mark Lundeen, Courtney Lundeen, Joseph and Carmen Slenk, Keith Slenk, Doug Slenk, Emily Dorsey, Joseph Dorsey, and Anna Dorsey; In-laws, Lester Schaap, Bill and Carol VanderVelden, and Elaine Van Wieren; nieces, nephews, and cousins. Funeral services are scheduled for Wednesday, 11:00a.m., at First Reformed Church, Holland. Officiating will be the Rev. Paul Reynen and Rev. Dr. Daniel Gillett. Burial will be in  Restlawn Memorial Gardens. Visitation is scheduled for Tuesday, 5-8p.m. at the Mulder Chapel, Dykstra Life Story Funeral Homes, 188 W. 32nd St. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice. Please visit www.lifestory net.com for further information.
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Irvin Dale Mokma, age 79, of Holland, died Friday, Nov. 21, 2008 at a local care center. Arrangements will be announced later by the Mulder Chapel, Dysktra Life Story Funeral Homes, Holland. www.lifestorynet.com
JOHANN DRESCHER SANDUSKY Johann Drescher, passed away on November 6, 2008. He resided in Sandusky, MI. He was born in Germany. He is survived by his daughters Rebecca Lee Drescher and Arron Rene Drescher, life long friend Deborah Ann Drescher, Mother of his two daughters. His Son John Charles Saunders, his Brothers Anton Drescher, Albert Drescher, and Frank Raab. Along with many other friends and relatives. Johann devoted his life to Spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ. "I want to leave a message of love in whatever I do. It is my quest. I want to give a message of Love wherever I go. From the bottom of my feet to the top of my head. I want to be full and complete with LOVE - Flowing out of me - over flowing wherever I go. This is the only way I can fulfill the impossible dream." Johann Drescher, God is Love. Memorial Services were held in Carsonville, MI at the Assembly of God Church. Arrangements by Assembly of God Church, Carsonville, MI.
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Jack Delbert Garman, 78, of Manistee, Mich., and formerly of White Pigeon, died Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2008, at West Shore Medical Center, Manistee after a short illness. He was born Feb. 9, 1930, in Elkhart, Ind., a son of John Earl Garman and Myrtle Goldie Martin, and graduated in 1949 from Elkhart High School. Jack resided for 43 years in Elkhart, 10 years in Shipshewana, Ind., five years in Oregon, 12 years in White Pigeon, and had lived in Manistee since 2000. On Oct. 12, 1973, he married Toni (Grant) Livingston in Elkhart, and they renewed their vows on Aug. 13, 1999, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in White Pigeon. A Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force, he was employed in the mobile home industry, retiring in 1992. Then, he served as a Wal-Mart greeter from 1992-2000 in Sturgis and from 2000-2008 in Ludington. He was a member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church of White Pigeon, Moose Lodge #1128 of Manistee and Vandalia Masonic Lodge #290, a former member of Scottish Rites of South Bend, Ind., a former Saladin Shriner, a life member of Cass County Shriners and life member of the DAV #88. Surviving are: his wife, Toni Garman of Manistee; son, Gary Lambdin of Manistee; three daughters, Vickie Jackson and Jacque Yoder of Elkhart, Ind., and Kelley (Ronald) Livingston-Masters of Frankfort, Ind.; 13 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; brothers, Dave (Hazel) Garman of  Tennessee and Vern (Jean) Garman of Elkhart; sister, Kate Thalheimer of Elkhart; and several nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death were a son, Scott Livingston, a brother, George Garman and his parents. Visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today at the Farrand Funeral Home, White Pigeon. Services are at 2 p.m. Saturday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, White Pigeon, with Rev. Richard Altine officiating. Burial will be in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, White Pigeon. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.
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Jack Eversole, 75, of Howe, Ind., died Sunday, Nov. 16, 2008, at Goshen General Hospital, Goshen, Ind. Visitation will be from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the Frurip-May Funeral Home in LaGrange where funeral services are at 11 a.m. on Friday.  Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, LaGrange.
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James Boyce III, 78, of Saugatuck, died Friday, Nov. 21, 2008, at his home. A memorial service will be 1 p.m. Monday  at First Congregational Church of Saugatuck. Visitation is 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the  Saugatuck Chapel, Dykstra Life Story Funeral Homes, 520 Lake St. Burial will take place in May in Riverside Cemetery. www.lifestorynet.com
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Janice L. Engle, age 81, of Adrian, passed away Friday, Nov. 21, 2008, at Grand Court. She was born Jan. 5, 1927, in Richmond, Ind., the daughter of Walter and Mynta (Reger) Engle. Jan graduated from Richmond High School in 1945. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Olivet College and her master’s degree from Eastern Michigan University. Jan began her teaching career in Onsted. She also worked at Blissfield Elementary School, where she served as principal for many years. She later went back to teaching, retiring after 38 years of service. Jan also worked for the Lenawee Intermediate School District. Spending time with family and friends was very important to Jan.  She also loved to attend auctions and rummage sales. Jan’s cancer support group was very special to her. Surviving Jan is her sister, LaVaughn Douglas of New Castle, Ind.; two nieces, DeeAnn Douglas, also of New Castle, and Woodice Fuller of Lisle, Ill.; and a nephew, Austin Douglas, Jr., of Trafalgar, Ind.  Also surviving are her best friend and partner, Gertie Mitchell of Adrian; the entire Mitchell family who adopted Jan many years ago; and her caregivers who are part of that family, Virginia and Marvin Rye, Pamela Bayles, Karen Lewis, and Carol Becker, all of Adrian. Jan was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, June Conway. The funeral service for Jan will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 24, 2008, at Wagley Funeral Home with the Rev. Darrell Hyder officiating.  Burial will follow at East Rome Cemetery. Friends may visit the family at the funeral home on Monday from 11 a.m. until the service. Contributions in memory of Jan may be made to the American Cancer Society. Envelopes are available at Wagley Funeral Home.
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Jean Ann Kohler, 54, of Quincy, passed away Friday, Nov. 14, 2008 at the University of Michigan Hospital, Ann Arbor. Born May 4, 1954, in Hillsdale, she was the daughter of Thomas and Dorothy (Bartell) McCalla. Jean graduated from Jonesville High School in 1972 and had been employed at ConAgra Foods in Quincy. In her leisure time, Jean enjoyed flower gardening, camping, bicycling and walking on the beach. She especially loved time spent with her grandchildren, baking and decorating for the holidays. On Aug. 31, 2001, she married Jerry Kohler and he survives, along with two daughters, Shannon (Jimmie) VanDusen of Hillsdale, and Erica (Jeff Hite) Barker of Waldron; one son, Shaun (Missy) Barker of Osseo; one brother, Terry McCalla of Angola, Ind.; nine grandchildren, Zachary, Taylor, Devin and Jadyn VanDusen, Damien, Seth and Zoey Barker and Kierstyn Barker and Uriah Hite; one nephew, Tim McCalla. Her parents and one brother, Steven McCalla, preceded her in death. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday at the George White Funeral Home, Quincy, with Pastor Mark Case officiating. Interment will follow in Lakeview Cemetery, Quincy. Visitation is scheduled 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Memorials to the American Cancer Society or CHC Hospice would be appreciated.
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BRUCE CROSSING, Mich. -- Jean C. Johnson, 76, of Bruce Crossing, died on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2008, in Ironwood.
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Jean E. Drake-Lockwood, 57, of Quincy, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2008, at the Hillsdale Community Health Center. She was born June 6, 1951, in Hillsdale. A memorial gathering for friends and family will be held 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23 at the Reading American Legion. There will be a service at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Richard Braman officiating.
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Pastor Jeff Voorhees, age 37, of Zeeland went home to be with his Lord on Friday, November 21, 2008 following an automobile accident. Pastor Jeff was currently serving as pastor of the Drenthe Christian Reformed Church and was former pastor of Pine Creek Christian Reformed Church. He was preceded in death by his grandparents Reginald and Sarah Voorhees, Wiley G. and Willie Mae Shoemaker.  He is survived by his wife Katie and four children: Calvin, Hannah, Felicity and Gabriel; Parents: Donald and Barbara Voorhees of Omaha, Nebraska, Denise Hodge of Holland; Grandparents: Jean Brown of Fullerton, CA; Brothers and sisters in law: Melissa and Chris Garza of Joshua Tree CA, Zachary Hodge of San Francisco CA, David Hodge of Muskegon, Grace Hodge of Holland, Isaac Hodge of Holland and Eli Hodge of Holland; many nephews, nieces, aunts, uncles and cousins. Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Tuesday, November 25, 2008 at the Drenthe Christian Reformed Church 6344 Adams Street in Zeeland.  Reverend Todd Bowen will be officiating. Burial  will be in Lakewood Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday 2-4 & 7-9  PM at Drenthe Christian Reformed Church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Jeff Voorhees Family Memorial Fund at any Macatawa Bank branch.  Arrangements are by Lakeshore Memorial Services. An online registry book is available at www.lakeshorememorial.com.
Jerry H. Stoner, 77, of Pierson, died Wednesday, November 19, 2008 at his home. The family will receive friends Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Bliss-Witters &amp; Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs, www. blisswitterspike.com and on Saturday from 1:00 p.m. until time of funeral service at 2:00 p.m. A complete obituary will be in Friday's paper. Bliss Witters Pike Funeral Home
John R. Drummonds, 60, of Monroe died at 12:40 a.m. Thursday at the Arbor Hospice Residence of Ann Arbor. Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Rupp Funeral Home. He will lie instate Monday at 10 a.m.
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Justin Clark Smith, age 19, of Adrian passed away Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2008, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. He was born August 6, 1989, in Southfield, Mich., to Dennis and Michelle (Major) Smith. He was a Graduate of Sand Creek High School, Class of 2007. Justin was an auto detailer with the West End Car Wash. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, having bonfires at home, riding his dirt bike, hunting and biking. His favorite thing to do was to spend time with his brother, Jacob, his girlfriend, Tabby, and his dog Shoney. Justin always walked into every room with a smile. In addition to his parents and his brother, Jacob, he is survived by his grandparents, Bernadette and Joseph Major of Adrian and Barbara Smith of Wayne, Mich.; and a great-grandmother, Rena Smith of Kentucky. Funeral services for Justin will be held on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2008, at 1:30 p.m. at the Anderson Funeral Home, Adrian, with the Rev. Bruce Jewett officiating. Burial will be in Fairfield Cemetery. You may send condolences to the family at www.andersonfuneralhomeadriantecumseh.com. Visitation will be held today from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Anderson Funeral Home, Adrian.
Tuesday 3-8pm at Wujek-Calcaterra & Sons Inc. 36900 Schoenherr Rd. at Metro Parkway (16 Mile). Rosary Tuesday evening. In state Wednesday 9:00am until 9:30am time of mass at St. Michael Church, 40501 Hayes (bet. 17 & 18 Mile Rd.). Interment Resurrection Cemetery. Memorials to St. Michael Church. Share memories with the family at their "On-Line Guest Book" at WujekCalcaterra.com
Karyn Ann Hall was born in Trenton, Michigan, on January 10, 1945 to Henry Hall and Emma (Forsang) Hall. However, at a young age, Karyn's mother married Joseph Kadi. Joseph assumed the responsibility and raised Karyn as his own.
Karyn Zajaczkowski, 63, of Frenchtown Township died Thursday afternoon in her home.
Kathleen A. Gessner, 59, of Monroe died Wednesday at Oakwood Southshore Medical Center, Trenton. Arrangements by Bacarella Funeral Home.
Kathleen Anne Gessner, age 59, a lifelong resident of Monroe, MI passed away, Wednesday, November 19, 2008 at Oakwood Southshore Medical Center in Trenton, MI. Kathy had been ill since November 4 of this year.
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Kathryn E. Slingerland, age 87, of Sturgis, Mich., passed away Monday, Nov. 17, 2008, at the Fairview Living Centre in Centreville. She was born Dec. 19, 1920, in Sturgis, a daughter of the late Clyde and Elizabeth (Miller) Jones. Kathryn was a resident of the Sturgis area most of her life. On May 20, 1950, in Sturgis, she married Allison “Al” Slingerland.  He preceded her in death on Aug. 11, 2000. She was a private executive secretary for Jack and Chuck Kirsch at the Kirsch Company for 31 years, retiring in 1981.  She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star and the First Presbyterian Church in Sturgis, and she enjoyed traveling all over the world. Surviving are: one son, Paul (Joanne) Roe III of Sturgis; granddaughter, Kathy (Thomas) Fean of South Bend, Ind.; three great-grandchildren, Gregory, Tim, and Mary Fean of South Bend, Ind.; and a brother, Joseph Jones of Houston, Texas. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband. The family will receive friends and relatives from 9-11 a.m. Wednesday at the Rosenberg Chapel, 807 E. Chicago Road, Sturgis.  Religious services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with The Rev. Sally Wicks, First Presbyterian Church, officiating.  Interment will follow in Oak Lawn Cemetery.  Memorial donations may be directed to the First Presbyterian Church. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. Her obituary is also at www.legacy.com.
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Kathryn Swieringa, 89, of Zeeland, died Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2008, at Zeeland Hospital. Services are 11 a.m. Monday at the Mulder Chapel, Dykstra Life Story Funeral Homes, 188 W. 32nd St. Burial will be in Pilgrim Home Cemetery. Visitation is 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. www.lifestorynet.com
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LOUISE F. KREGER SANDUSKY Louise F. Kreger, age 90, life long resident of Sandusky, Elmer Twp., died peacefully Sunday, November 16, 2008 at the Sanilac Medical Care Facility in Sandusky. She was born September 5, 1918 in Snover, daughter to the late Frank and Katherine Muhr. She married Roy A. Kreger October 14, 1940 in Snover, he preceded her in death May 19, 2001. Louise enjoyed sewing, cooking and most of all, her family. She is survived by one son Sanford ( Linda) Kreger of Sandusky; 2 daughters Margaret (Francis) Krumenaker Jr. of Ubly and Mary Kreger of Sandusky; 6 grandchildren Steven (Tammy) Gertsenberger of Snover, Joe Gertsenberger of Marlette, Scott (Tracy) Gertsenberger of Croswell, Jennifer (Daniel) Wrubel of Marquette, Kathy (Kevin) Haupt of Sandusky and Lori Kreger of Florida; 15 great grandchildren Ashley, Kayla, Cory, Chelsy, Jeremy, Shelby, Daniela, Kaliegh, Brady, Little Joe, Zachary, Nicole, Katlynn, Jacob, Austin and also great grandson preceded great grandmother and great grandfather in death was Gregory. Funeral services were held Wednesday, November 19, 2008 at the Marsh Funeral Chapel in Sandusky, with Rev. David Pratt officiating. Burial was in the Moore Township Cemetery in Snover. Memorials may be donated to the Sanilac Medical Care Facility or Heritage United Methodist Church. Arrangements by Marsh Funeral Chapel, Inc. Sandusky, MI (810) 648-2244. www.marshfuneral.com
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Mrs. LaVon O. Mott, formerly of Kalamazoo, passed away Friday, November 21, 2008 in Grand Rapids, MI. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, November 26 from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Langeland Family Funeral Homes, Memorial Chapel, 622 S. Burdick St., Kalamazoo, where Services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials in LaVon's memory may be directed to Hospice of Michigan, 1260 Elkhart NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. Please see www.langelands.com for online obituary, registry and condolences.
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Lauretta M. Johnson, 92, a 64-year resident of 146 S. 3rd St. in  Burr Oak, passed away Friday, Nov. 21, 2008 at her home. She was born June 14, 1916 in Sturgis, a daughter to the late Oliver and Myrtie (Dunker) Fetch. Lauretta graduated from Scott High School in Scott, Ind. and on March 9, 1935, in South Bend, Ind. she married Thurman N. Johnson. He passed away on April 25, 2001. She had worked as a teacher’s aide for three years and was then employed by General Electric in Elkhart, Ind., Rubber Products in Burr Oak, the Kirsch Company in Sturgis and retired from Lear-Sigler in Mendon in 1980. Lauretta was a member of the Burr Oak United Methodist Church, was very active in the Girl Scouts, and enjoyed spending time with her family. Surviving are five children: Norman (Mardelle) Johnson of Denver, Colo., Ken (Donna) Johnson of Sturgis, Gail “Buck” (Pat) Johnson of Colon, Larry (Sharon) Johnson of Burr Oak and Janice (Earl) Modert of Bronson, 15 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; 15 great-great-grandchildren and her sister Ada Strauss of Jackson. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, sister Lorema Starr and two brothers: Lewis and John Fetch. The family will receive friends and relatives from 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. Tuesday at the Rosenberg Chapel, 807 E. Chicago Rd., Sturgis. Funeral services celebrating the life of Lauretta M. Johnson will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Burr Oak United Methodist Church with Rev. Donald Graham, officiating. Interment will follow in Burr Oak Cemetery. Memorial donations may be directed to the Burr Oak United Methodist Church. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. Her obituary is also at www.legacy.com.
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Lawrence M. Haglund, 73, of Reading, passed away Saturday, Nov. 8, 2008 at the Laurels of Coldwater. He was born Nov. 16, 1934 in Pennington County, Minn. He had been employed in the auto industry and had also worked in the curb and gutter business. Survivors include his wife, Mary (Hueston) Haglund, whom he married April 4, 1975, one daughter Loretta (Brad) Lane of Utah, one stepdaughter Arlene Ledbetter of Caledonia, four sons Michael (Estralita) Haglund of Minnesota, Darrell (Nadine) Haglund of Arizona, Jon Haglund and David Haglund both of Utah, three sisters Esther McFarland, Mable (Dean) Dagen, Dorothy Osse, one brother John (Shirley) Haglund all of Minnesota and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. His parents and one son (Randy) preceded him in death. There will be no visitation or service.
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Leonard W. Petrie, 69, of Hillsdale, passed away Monday, Nov. 17, 2008 at his home. He was born April 13, 1939 in Hillsdale to Harold and Erma (McNutt) Petrie. He was married Jan. 3, 1961 to Susan Bortel and she preceded him in death Dec.12, 2000. Leonard is survived by three daughters, Amiletta (Jerry) Sturtevant, Tonya (Terry) Hill and Susanna (John) Petrie all of Hillsdale; a son, Tim Petrie of Hillsdale; four sisters, Mary Burlew of Quincy, Florence Burlew of Manitou Beach, Ina (Raymond) Burlew of Reading and Bonnie Palmeri of Inverness, Fla.; one brother, Harold Petrie of Camden; and four grandchildren. Besides his wife Susan, he was preceded in death by his parents. Graveside funeral services for Leonard W. Petrie will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Lakeview Cemetery in Hillsdale with Pastor Terry Baldwin officiating. There will be no visiting hours. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorial donations to the charity of the donor’s choice. To view this obituary and send condolences, visit www.eaglefuneralhomes.com. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the VanHorn-Eagle Funeral Home.
Leroy Junior (Butch) Tyler, age 66 of Milan Township, died at 1:30 AM, Wednesday, November 19, 2008 at his home following a long illness. He was born in Watseka, Illinois February 4, 1942 to Oshro Leroy and Juanita G. (Marvin) Tyler.
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Linda L. Sumner, 68, of rural Pioneer, Ohio, died Friday, Nov. 14, 2008, in her home following an illness. Born Feb. 19, 1940, near Montpelier, Ohio, to Audrey Fern (Starr) and Donald B. Esterline, she was a lifelong Montpelier and Pioneer area resident. On June 26, 1959, she married L. Duane Sumner and he survives. A 1958 graduate of Montpelier High School, she was a homemaker and had retired in Nov. 2006 from Hillside Country Living where she had been employed for over 17 years. She was a member and former pianist of Central United Brethren Church, Montpelier and the past few years attended Lake View Church at Merry Lake. Also surviving are two sons, Shane E. (Tammy) Sumner, Edon, Ohio and Lonnie D. (Dawn) Sumner, Montpelier; one daughter, Brenda L. Sinclair, Gillette, Wyo.; eight grandchildren, Alyssa (T.J.) Smith, Hillsdale, Abbey Sumner, Edon, Casey Sumner, Edon, Kyleigh Sumner, Montpelier, Alicia Sumner, Montpelier, Katie (Justin) Harvey, Whitman, Neb. and Lucas Reddy and Jacob Reddy, both of Gillette, Wyo.; one great-granddaughter, Addie Harvey, Whitman; four brothers, Jack Esterline, Spring Arbor, Leland (Linda) Esterline and Robert (Jeannie) Esterline, both of Bryan, Ohio and James (Lisa) Esterline, Montpelier and three sisters, Jeanette Manley, Mesa, Ariz., Lorna (Norman) Geesey, Montpelier and Beverly (Vic) DeGryse, Bryan. Preceding her in death were her parents and one infant grandson, Marcus Dale Reddy. Visitation was held at Wilson-Geesey Funeral Home, Montpelier Sunday. Service were Monday in Lake View Church, Merry Lake, with Pastor Steve Smith officiating. Burial was in Floral Grove Cemetery, Pioneer. Preferred memorials are to Hospice of Community Hospitals and Wellness Centers or the Activity Fund at Hillside Country Living.
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BESSEMER, Mich. -- Lois Ann Tauer, 56, of Bessemer, went to be with her Savior on Monday, Nov. 17, 2008, at St. Mary's Medical Center in Duluth, Minn., surrounded by her loving family.
LaMOTHE, Lois Ann -- Died Wednesday, November 19, 2008 at Caretel Inn of Linden. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated 11 AM Saturday at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 600 N. Adelaide St., Fenton, Rev. Fr. David Harvey, celebrant. The family will receive friends 6-9 PM Friday at Sharp Funeral Homes, Fenton Chapel, 1000 Silver Lake Rd., Fenton, where a vigil service will be held at 7 PM. The family will also receive friends from 10 AM until the time of the mass at the church on Saturday. Those desiring may make contributions to the Children's Leukemia Foundation. Tributes and condolences may be shared at the obituaries page at www.sharpfuneralhomes.com.
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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.
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Monday 2:00p.m. until 9:00p.m. at the Taylor Chapel of the Howe- Peterson Funeral Home, 9800 S. Telegraph. Rosary Monday 7:00p.m. Interment at Our Lady of Hope Cemetery.
MARJORIE V. DANHAUSER SANDUSKY Marjorie V. Danhauser, age 86 of Sandusky, passed away November 13, 2008 in the Sanilac Medical Care Facility following a lengthy illness. She was born August 17, 1922 in Sandusky,MI, daughter to the late Allen and Sarah (Hendershot) Hall. Marjorie married Grant L. Burgett on April 2, 1944 in Oregon. They divorced in 1964. She then married Olin (Al) Danhauser January 17, 1967 in Grand Rapids, MI. He preceded her in death on July 31, 1980. Marjorie held several jobs through out her life and was a foster-grandparent at Maple Valley Elementary School in Sandusky, MI for several years. She loved gardening, her flowering and spending time with her family. She is survived by her son Richard G. (Barbara) Burgett of College Station,TX, daughter Dorene K. (Garth) Enders of Sandusky, MI, 6 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, 1 great great grandchild, sister Audrey VanNorman of Wyoming,MI, sister Patricia Boegner of Edwardsburg, MI, and several niecesand nephews. Marjorie was preceded in death by her parents, husband Olin Danhauser, brother Albert Hall, brother Robert Hall and sister Dorothy Wilson. Cremation has taken place at the Sunset Valley Crematory in Bay City, MI. A memorial service will be held Thursday, November 20,2008 at 11:00 a.m. in the Marsh Funeral Chapel in Sandusky, with Rev. Colon Stover officiating. Memorials may be given to the donation of your choice. Visitation with the family will be held on Thursday from 10 am to 11am at the Marsh Funeral Chapel in Sandusky. Burial of cremains will follow the memorial service at the Zion Cemetery. Arrangements by Marsh Funeral Chapel, Inc. Sandusky, MI. (810) 648-2244, www.marshfuneral.com
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Age 81 of Linwood, Michigan. Passed away Friday, November 21, 2008. Beloved mother of Marie (Tom) Miskell of Rochester, Ann (Bill) Seitz of Pinconning, Elaine (James) Minichino of Florida and Kimberly (Allen) Sutton of Florida. Five grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. Memorial Services will be held Wednesday, November 26, at 12 noon at St. Anne Church, Edenville, Michigan. Lee-Ramsay Funeral Home, Pinconning, Michigan.
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Margaret “Maggie” Delaney, age 71, of Adrian passed away Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2008, at Herrick Medical Center. On March 18, 1937, Margaret was one of four daughters born to William and Helen Delaney. Maggie was one of God’s special children. For the past 17 years she has lived in an adult residence where she will be greatly missed. Maggie enjoyed movies, music and shopping. She loved to get dressed up and look pretty. Visitation for Maggie will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 24, 2008, at Wagley Funeral Home.
Marie I. Podhola, age 86, of Carleton, passed away at 3:15 AM Saturday, November 22, 2008 in Rivergate Health Care Center, Riverview, MI.
Marie Nawrocki, of Petoskey, passed away Nov. 20, 2008, at Hiland Cottage at the age of 102.
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Martha F. Donihue, 89, of Port Charlotte, Fla. died Nov. 13, 2008. She was born May 22, 1919 in Hillsdale and graduated from Hillsdale High School, the Class of 1936. She was a homemaker and along with caring for her family, she enjoyed an active church life. She taught Sunday School and was her church’s pianist. She was very active with the Women of the Church of God, Western Washington, and was their treasurer for many years. She moved to this area in 1980 from Seattle, Wash. She is survived by her husband of 71 years, Kenneth Donihue Sr. of Port Charlotte, Fla. sons, Kenneth (Gaye) Donihue Jr. of Port Charlotte, Fla.; Rev. Robert (Anita) Donihue of Auburn, Wash.; Richard (Janet) Donihue of Hillsboro, Ore. and Paul (Pat) Donihue of Wooster, Ohio; 11 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. The Visitation will be 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Tuesday Nov. 18, 2008 at the Kays-Ponger and Uselton Funeral Home, 635 E. Marion Ave., Punta Gorda, Fla. The Funeral Service will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home with burial to follow at Royal Palm Memorial Gardens. Please visit kays-ponger.com to leave the family condolences and to sign the online guestbook. Kays-Ponger Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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BESSEMER, Mich. -- Mary (Sakalos) Stempihar, 93, a lifelong resident of Bessemer, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2008.
Ms. Mary Beth Boltinghouse, aged 63, of Grand Rapids, formerly of Rockford, passed away Thursday, November 20, 2008. A complete obituary is available at: www.stegengafuneralchapel.com
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Mary Charon (Roberts) Pergolizzi, 66, of Ronkonkoma, N.Y., formerly of Tecumseh, passed away Thursday, Nov. 13, 2008, surrounded by her family. She was born Feb. 6, 1942, in Adrian, the daughter of Gerald and Gertrude (Badgley) Roberts. She married Joseph Pergolizzi of New York, with whom she shared 40 years of marriage.     Mary was in a league of her own; she fought for our country as a member of the Air Force from June 1961 to January 1963, making the rank of E-2 in August 1961. Mary was a member of the 1960 Tecumseh Graduating Class. She was employed by Audiovox for 30 years, retiring in 2007. Mary was a devoted and loving mother,  grandmother and sister, who enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. Mary is survived by her beloved husband, Joseph; two daughters,  Theresa (James) Weston and Mary Pergolizzi of New York; twin sons, Michael (Michelle) Pergolizzi of New York and Joseph Pergolizzi at home; one brother, Gary (Joan) Roberts of Tecumseh; sand seven grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents.     Funeral services took place Monday, Nov. 17, with burial in Calverton National Cemetery, Long Island, N.Y. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.handlerfuneralhomes.com.
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Mary Ellen (Fitzpatrick) Alverson, age 89, passed away Friday, Nov. 21, 2008, at Tendercare of Adrian. Mary was born in Hudson Township, June 5, 1919, to Raymond and Margaret (Marvin) Fitzpatrick. She was married to Willard Alverson on Aug. 20, 1938, at Sacred Heart in Hudson by Fr. Hayden. Willard preceded her in death on Sept. 17, 1982.  Mary is survived by daughters Kay Johnson, Carole (Dennis) McCafferty and Sue (Dave) Lenz and son Edward (Rebecca) Alverson. She is also survived by grandchildren Debbie and Greg, Cindy, Nancy and Du Wayne, Mary, Michelle and Mark, Marsha and Dan, Mike and Karen, Amy and Cal, Andy and Lisa, Katey, Melissa, David and Emma. She leaves 22 great-grandchildren and 12 great-great-grandchildren. Mary is survived by a sister Madeline (Fred) Duwve and brother William Fitzpatrick. She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; a sister, Catherine Mann, and brothers James and Tom Fitzpatrick; granddaughter, Cathy Sue Johnson; and a son-in-law, Everett Johnson. The Funeral Liturgy will be offered on Monday, Nov. 24, 2008, at 10 a.m., at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Hudson with Father Richard Eberle as celebrant. Burial will take place in Calvary Cemetery in Hudson. Visitation will be held on Sunday from 2 to 8 p.m. at the Anderson Funeral Home, Adrian, where a Vigil Prayer Service will be held at 3 p.m. Visitation will also be held on Monday from 9 a.m. until time of funeral liturgy at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. You may send condolences to the family at www.andersonfuneralhomeadriantecumseh.com. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Lenawee (Mill Road) or Sacred Heart School. Envelopes are available at the Anderson Funeral Home, Adrian.
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Mary F. Kelly, age 85, of Douglas-Holland, died Saturday, November 22, 2008, at Oak Crest Nursing Manor the Lighthouse Build. She was born and raised in Chicago Illinois. She moved to the Douglas area in the early 1940s. She worked at Bell Telephone of Holland over 25 years. She was a long time member of St. Peters Catholic Church in Douglas, MI. where she was very active and volunteered in many ways.  She volunteered at the Dunes Correctional Facility in Saugatuck.     She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years Leo Kelly in 2004. Her family includes: Children: Kathleen and James Dettling of Howell, Mary Jo and Dennis Duffey of Douglas, Larry and Olga Kelly of Zeeland, Christine Kelly of Saugatuck, Diane and Kim Slayer of Glenn, Theresa and Dan Hoerig of Ganges; 17 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; sister Ruth Plocharczyk of Canton, brother Donald and Helen Anderson of Holland, sister Jo Price of Wisconsin, sister Donna Anderson of Brighton, sister in law Virginia Moore; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Services will be 11am Tuesday November 25, 2008 at St. Peters Catholic Church in Douglas MI with Father Ron Turcich officiating.  Burial will be in Douglas Cemetery. Visitation will be at the Church Tuesday from 10:00 am until the time of service, and also after the funeral mass for a time of food and fellowship. Memorials may be made to Women in Transition. Please visit www.lifestory net.com to sign Mary’s online registry, share a photo, or read her life story.
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.
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Mateja Alise Payne, age 10 months, of Three Rivers, Mich., passed away on Monday, Nov. 17, 2008, at Three Rivers Health. Mateja was born Dec. 26, 2007, in Kalamazoo, a daughter of Robert and Lynn (Kern) Payne. She leaves to cherish her precious memory: her parents, Robert and Lyn Payne and two siblings, Austyn and Henrik Payne; maternal grandparents, Monte and Verylynne (Olson) Kern, Three Rivers; maternal great-grandmother, Ellen (Gittings) Kern, LaHarpe, Ill.; paternal grandparents, Frank and Clara (Nicolls) Payne, Sturgis; four aunts, Luellen (Daniel) Carr of Auburn, Kansas, Starr Payne of Quincy, Wendy Shenefield of Sturgis and Dawn Payne of Sturgis; an uncle, Monte Jr. (Chris) Kern, Three Rivers; and many, many cousins, great-aunts and uncles. The family will receive friends from 9:30 until the time of services at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Hohner Funeral Home with Pastor Paul Books officiating. Interment will be held in Riverside Cemetery, Three Rivers. Memorial donations may be made to the family of Mateja Payne. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.
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Matthew John Rozman III, 61, of Adrian passed Nov. 17, 2008. Much beloved husband of 41 years to Connie (Shepherd). Proud and loving father of Matthew IV (Andrea), Jessica Hallenbeck (Jason), and Amanda and her fiancé, Shawn Barnes. Proud and happy grandfather of Lily Youngdahl, Matthew V, and Samuel Hallenbeck. Survived by his sisters, Lucille, Marie and Elizabeth, and brothers- and sisters-in-law who love him, and by his loving mother-in-law, Claudia Shepherd. Preceded in death by his mother and father, Mathew, Jr., and Anna (Trepczynski). Matt was a lifetime hockey goalie and active in many other sports, including football, baseball, golf, and horseback riding. He had a vast knowledge of sports and was an enthusiastic fan of the Detroit Red Wings and the University of Michigan football team. He loved being with his family and playing with his grandchildren. He was a registered professional engineer with many friends in the engineering world who also miss him. Matt’s poor heart was too weak to continue on. A celebration of Matt’s life will be held on Saturday, Nov. 29, 2008. Please call the family at 263-7096 for details. “My father’s life is like a dream, too early woken from.” — MJR IV
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Melinda G. Worl, 61, of Clear Lake, Fremont, Ind. died Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008 at home. Visitation will take place from 5-8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 24, 2008 at Beams Funeral Home in Fremont, Ind.  A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday Nov. 25, 2008 at the funeral home. Rev. Norm Fuller will officiate. Burial will take place at Covenanter Cemetery in Fremont, Ind. Memorials may be made to the family or Steuben County Community Foundation Diabetes Fund. Send condolences at www.beamsfuneralhome.com.
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Melinda Worl, 60, of Clear Lake, Fremont, Ind., died on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008 at her home. Arrangements are pending and will be announced by Beams Funeral Home.
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Mildred Jeanette Hancock, 80, of Fremont, Ind. died Friday, Nov. 21, 2008 at Cameron Memorial Community Hospital in Angola, Ind. Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2008 at the Beams Funeral Home in Fremont, Ind. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2008 at Holy Family Episcopal Church in Angola, Ind. Father Michael Fulk will officiate. Burial will take place at the East Gilead Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Faith Community Health Clinic Building Fund care of Holy Family Episcopal Church.
Tuesday 1-9 p.m at the Jarzembowski Funeral Home, 18957 W. Warren Ave. at Artesian. In state Wednesday 9:30 a.m. at Most Holy Redeemer Church until time of Mass at 10 a.m. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery. Parish Rosary Tuesday evening.
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Nancy E. Ten Have, age 59, of Holland, died Friday, November 21, 2008 at Hospice House of Holland. Nancy worked as a hair dresser for many years and also at Enviro Clean of Holland. She was preceded in death by her father Dale DenUyl. She is survived by her children: Marty Allen & Maria Mulder of Holland; Vernon Dale Mulder Jr. of Hamilton; 5 Grandchildren: Brook Mulder, Samantha Mulder, Nathan Mulder, Toni Mulder, Marcus Mulder; Mother: Letty Stille of Holland; Brother and sisters: Denny DenUyl of Texas, Roxanne Mulder of Holland, Patti & Don Stevens of Holland; and many nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be 3:00 PM Tuesday, November 25, 2008 at Ridge Point Community Church 340 104th Avenue. Reverend Tim Vreeman will be officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Holland. An on-line registry book is available at www.lakeshorememorial. com for those who cannot attend the services.
Nellie D. Grey, 85, of Gladwin, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2008 at MidMichigan Medical Center–Midland. She was born on Jan. 8, 1923 in Gladwin Township, the daughter of Stanley and Gertrude (Hetherington) Breault.
Nora M. Olver, 81, of Gladwin passed away Nov. 13, 2008 at Gladwin Nursing and Rehabilitation Centre following a long illness.
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9 a.m. Wednesday until time of Funeral Mass at 9:30 a.m. at Divine Child Catholic Church, 25001 Herbert Weier Drive, Dearborn. Rosary Tuesday 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Share your special thoughts and memories at schrader-howell.com
PATRICK W. DOYLE CROSWELL Patrick W. Doyle, age 69, of Croswell, died Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2008, in MediLodge of Yale. He was born January 1, 1939 to the late Robert & Agnes (Responded) Doyle, Sr. He and Deloris Hoffman were married May 19, 1973 in Croswell. Patrick was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He worked at RPI and Donovan's for 50 years. He was a member of the Croswell Lions Club for more than 30 years. Surviving are his wife, Deloris. Son, Kevin of Marlette and a daughter Kelly (Randy) Lame of Holt. A step son Allen Lazarus of Port Huron, Brothers Ray (Jean) of CO, Dennis (Betty) of East Tawas, Maitland (Margaret) of Lennon, and Norm (Cathy) of Croswell. Sisters Eleanor Richardson of New Baltimore, Loretta Donaldson of Ft. Gratiot, Evelyn (Jack) Jeske or CA, and Olive (Bob) Stein of Wadhams and seven Grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his brothers Cliff, Robert, Jack, and Charles, and sisters Margaret Hoff, Veronica Doyle, and Donelda Miller. Funeral services were held at the Pomeroy Funeral Home, Croswell with Elder Robert Hendry officiating. Inurnment will be in Croswell Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Croswell Lions Club. Arrangements by Pomeroy Funeral Homes, Inc.
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66 of Gaylord. Died November 22. Dear husband of Thomasine. Father of John and Tom. Grandfather of four. Memorial Service will be Tuesday, November 25 at 11 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church, Gaylord, MI. Memorial contributions to First Presbyterian Church or American Cancer Society, through the Nelson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1548, Gaylord, MI 49734. Friends may share condolences online at www.nelsonsufuneralhome.com.
RAYMOND DUNSFORD MARLETTE Raymond Dunsford, age 98 passed away peacefully Friday, November 14, 2008 at Marlette Hospice Residence. He was born February 20, 1910 in Marlette, son of the late John and Minnie (Smith) Dunsford. Mr. Dunsford returned to Marlette in 2007 after residing in Nashville, Tennessee for 30 years. He graduated from Marlette High School in 1928 where he excelled in football, basketball, baseball and track. He married Eva Lambert on March 30, 1935 in Marlette. She preceded him in death April 13, 1976. Ray owned and operated Ray's Men's Wear in Marlette from 1950 until his retirement in 1976. After retiring he moved to Nashville, Tennessee where he married Ruth Smith on January 9, 1977. Ray was a member of the First Church of Nazarene, Nashville, Tennessee, Marlette First United Methodist Church and also a member of the Gideon's International. He is survived by his wife Ruth of Marlette; two sons Paul (Florence) Dunsford of Marlette and Gary (Jean) Dunsford of Mt. Juliet, TN; granddaughters Darlene (David) Stone of Mattawan and Laura (Mark) Smith of Manchester, TN; grandsons Jeffrey (Tammy) Dunsford of Marlette, Lon Dunsford of Marlette and David (Heather) Dunsford of Smyrna, TN; and ten great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Eva and brother Maurice Dunsford. Funeral services were held at the Marlette First United Methodist Church with Rev. Daniel Bowman and Rev. John Allan officiating. Burial was held at the Marlette Cemetery in Marlette. Memorials may be donated to the Gideon's International or United Hospice Service. Arrangements made by Marsh Funeral Chapel, Inc., Marlette www.marshfuneral.com
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Monday 5-9 pm and Tuesday 2-9 pm with a 7 pm Rosary Service at the D.S. Temrowski & Sons Funeral Home, 30009 Hoover Road at Common (12 1/2 Mile Road). Funeral Service Wednesday 10 am at the Funeral Home. Please share memories at www.Temrowski.com.
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Tuesday 3-9 p.m. Funeral Wednesday 10 a.m. at Wujek-Calcaterra & Son, Inc. (Shelby Township), 54880 Van Dyke at 25 Mile Rd. Interment Resurrection. Share memories with the family at their "On-Line Guest Book" at WujekCalcaterra.com.
Raymond Clyde (Ray) Ellison was born December 22, 1938 in Monroe. He was the fourth of 12 children born to the union of Forrester and Gladys (Davis) Ellison. Raymond attended Monroe High School and later received his GED.
Richard E. Gratowski II, 52, of Gibraltar, an unsung hero to hundreds of Frenchtown Township youths and senior citizens, died unexpectedly Friday, November 21, 2008, in Sault St. Marie, Michigan.
Robert Douglas Van Campen, 89, of Langdon Place, Keene, N.H., formerly of Harbor Springs and Flint, died peacefully on Nov. 7, 2008.
Ronnie Lee Grove, 56, of Beaverton, died Saturday, Nov. 15, 2008 of an apparent heart attack at his Mid Forest Lodge cabin in Roscommon County.
Rose B. Volz 1920-2008 Rose B. Volz, 88, Sebewaing, died Thursday, November 13, 2008 at Northwood Meadows Assisted Living Facility in Cass City under hospice care following a two year illness. She was born June 1, 1920 near Ubly, daughter of the late John and Bertha (Rothe) Schneider. She was united in marriage to Harlon H. Volz on March 30, 1940 in Pigeon. He preceded her in death on January 17, 2000. Rose was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Sebewaing. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends and especially liked to pass the time playing bingo. She was a homemaker and farmed with her husband for many years. She is survived by one son, Wesley (Shirley) Volz, Unionville; one daughter, Diane (James) Jamieson, Cass City; five grandchildren, Stephanie and Lindsay Jamieson, Rita Papp, Roxanne Logan and James Volz; two great-granddaughters, Angela Papp and Abigail Logan; two great-grandsons, Justin Papp and Dylan Logan; three sisters, Matilda Gintner, Elkton,Lena McCallum, Sebewaing and Irene Partika, Ubly and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by one son, Bruce Volz; one sister, Regina Smith; stepsister, Mary (Reimann) Finkbeiner and stepbrother, Joe Reimann. Funeral services were held on Monday, November 17, 2008 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Sebewaing. Rev. Michael Boyer officiated, with burial taking place in the Silverlawn Cemetery. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Northwood Meadows or Immanuel Lutheran Church. Arrangements were handled by the Dinkel-Juengel Funeral Home in Sebewaing.
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Ruth Geiman passed away on Tuesday, November 18, 2008 in San Antonio, Texas. Ruth was blessed with 83 years of excellent health and was only ill for three months before her death.
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Beloved father of Ellen (Jeoffrey) Stross. Devoted grandfather of Wendy (Van) Katzman and Jonathan Stross. Proud great-grandfather of Jack Dylan Katzman and Carly Elizabeth Katzman. Loving husband of the late Beatrice Abrams Schwartz and the late Lillian Kaplan Schwartz. Cherished companion of Jule Berman for 14 years. Dear brother of the late Harry (the late Bertha) Schwartz, the late Rose (the late David) Sugar, the late Cyrille (the late Albert) Friedman and the late Meyer Schwartz. SERVICES 2:30 PM MONDAY AFTERNOON AT THE IRA KAUFMAN CHAPEL, (248) 569-0020. INTERMENT AT BETH EL MEMORIAL PARK. www.irakaufman.com
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Age 80 of Oakland Township; died at his home November 20. Beloved husband of Lois, loving father of Linda (Randy) Shepard, the late Laurel (Tony) Luttrell, Luanne Grosjean, William G. Shankin, Lisa (Rick) Rivera, Robert (Joan) Shankin and Leslie (John) Cunningham. Survived by 17 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, siblings Donald Shankin, Cathleen (Chuck) Bonstrom, Jerry (Joan) Shankin and Sue (Norris) Hyatt. Mr. Shankin retired from Ford Tractor in 1986. The family will receive friends from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. November 26, at Christ the King Church located at 1500 Drahner Road in Oxford with a Service at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Christ the King Church and the Oxford Problem Pregnancy Center. Arrangements Lake Orion Chapel of the Sparks-Griffin Funeral Home, www.sparksgriffin.com
Wednesday 9 a.m. at Sts. Peter and Paul until time of Mass 9:30 a.m. Interment St. Hedwig Cemetery.
Susan E. Vasquez, 53, of Charlevoix, died Friday Nov. 21, 2008, at her home.
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Tuesday 5-8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Gynecologic Cancer Foundation; envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
Monday 3-9 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Patriots Club in Honor of Paul Terek, Franklin High School, 31000 Joy Rd., Livonia, MI 48150. Please sign the online guestbook at www.rggrharris.com
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Tuesday 3:00 p.m. until funeral service 7:00 p.m. at Price Funeral Home, 3725 Rochester Rd. (Betwn. Big Beaver & Wattles Roads), Troy 248-689-0700. Memorials to the American Cancer Society. Share memories at: www.pricefuneralhome.net
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OMA, Wis. -- Terry "Smister" Smith, of Oma, passed away on Nov. 15, 2008, in Oma.
Trevor Zaine "Worm" Wormell, 14, of Williamsburg, Kan., died on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2008.
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Virginia Konowalski, 68, of Flat Rock, Mich. died Wednesday morning.
WILCOX BRUCE ARNOLD
age 84 of Novi died November 22, 2008. Beloved husband of 61 years to Mary "Mellissa" Wilcox. Loving father of Craig Wilcox, Cheryl (Michael) Long, Patricia Journey, Janette (Alexander) Bageris and the late Mark Wilcox. Grandfather of Analiese Long, Nathaniel and Sidney Journey, and Mellissa, Tyler and Trevor Bageris. Mr. Wilcox was a WWII Marine Corps. Veteran and a retired Detroit Police Officer. Funeral from Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 340 Pontiac Trail, Walled Lake (3 Blks. S. of Maple Rd.) Wednesday 10 a.m. Interment Wednesday 1:00 p.m. at Great Lakes National Cemetery, Holly. Friends may visit Tuesday 2-9 p.m. Memorials to the Alzheimer's Association appreciated. Condolences at: www.LynchFuneralDirectors.com
WILKINS RUTH MARGARET COLBATH
Monday 6:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. at PIXLEY FUNERAL HOME-DAVIS CHAPEL, 3530 Auburn Road in Auburn Hills. A Rosary will be said at 7 p.m. Memorials may be made to the church, the Michigan Humane Society or the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
WINEK IRENE M
Tuesday 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Vermeulen Funeral Home, 46401 W. Ann Arbor Rd., Plymouth (between Sheldon and Beck). In state Wednesday 10 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. Funeral Mass at St. John Neumann Church, 44800 Warren Rd., Canton. Interment Great Lakes National Cemetery, Holly Michigan. Memorial contributions may be made to the Autism Society of America. To view obituary or share a memory with the family please log on to vermeulenfuneralhome.com
Wayne Vollmers Fairgrove Wayne Vollmers age, 61, of Fairgrove, passed away Sunday (November, 16, 2008) at McLaren Regional Medical Center. He was born October 21, 1947 in Detroit to Robert John and Marion Frances Vollmers. Wayne was a 1966 graduate of Utica High School He served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He retired from Ameritech (formerly Michigan Bell) after 30 years. He was a Past Commander at the Disco Old Settlers VFW Post #4659 in Utica, and he was a member of the Utica American Legion. He is survived by his daughters, Kimberly (Mark) McGee of Unionville, Kristin (John) Boadway of Caro and Kassandra Vollmers of Imlay City; grandchildren, Karlene Vollmers, Katelyn McGee, Montana Vollmers, Paula Boadway, James Boadway and Collin Vollmers; sister, Kathleen (Alan) Sellstone of Utica; brothers, Mark (Judy) Vollmers of Romulus, Eugene (Michelle) Vollmers of Bristol, TN, James (Lisa) Vollmers of Dexter, Russell Vollmers of Utica and Robert (J
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WRIGHT, Wendall M. "Windy" - Age 78, of Linden, died Monday, November 17, 2008 at his residence. Funeral services will be held 2 PM Saturday, November 22, 2008 at Sharp Funeral Homes, Linden Chapel, 209 E. Broad St., Linden with Rev. Donald Neuville officiating. Interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery. Visitation will be held 10 AM - 8 PM Friday at the funeral home. The family extends a special thanks to Linda, Kevin, Mary and Tina of Hospice Advantage. Those desiring may make memorial contributions in lieu of flowers to the Wendall M. Wright Memorial Fund. Friends may share an online tribute on the obituaries page of sharpfuneralhomes.com.
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William “Bill” Boyd Jr., 84, of 611 S. Townline, LaGrange, Ind., died Nov. 16, 2008, at Parkview LaGrange Hospital, LaGrange. Visitation will be from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday at the Carney-Frost Funeral Home, LaGrange, where services are at 1 p.m. Thursday.  Burial will be in the Ontario Cemetery, Ontario, Ind.
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