Friday, November 28, 2008

Michigan Obituaries 11/28/08




Aletha Frantom

Friday, November 28, 2008 3:30 AM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

Aletha Frantom, 86, of Jonesville, passed away Sunday, Nov. 23, 2008, at her home. She was born March 30, 1922 in Hillsdale to James and Lottie (Eachues) Sindecuse. She was married Nov. 10, 1940 to Rex Frantom and he survives. Aletha had worked for the Hillsdale municipal court system and later helped her husband Rex run the family egg business. She was a graduate of Hillsdale High School and a longtime resident of the Hillsdale area, wintering in Lake Placid, Florida. She was a member of the Hillsdale First United Methodist Church and former member of the United Methodist Women. Surviving besides her husband Rex, of 68 years are a daughter, Sandy (Dennis) Foust of Hillsdale; seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and two daughters-in-law, Sharon Frantom of Holiday, Fla. and Jessanna Frantom of Jonesville. She was preceded in death by her parents and two sons, Jim and Tom. Funeral services for Aletha Frantom will be 2 p.m. Saturday at the VanHorn-Eagle Funeral Home in Hillsdale with Pastor Curtis Jensen officiating. Interment will follow at Lakeview Cemetery in Hillsdale. The family will receive friends for visitation 6-8 p.m. Friday at the VanHorn-Eagle Funeral Home in Hillsdale. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorial contributions to the Hillsdale First United Methodist Church or the charity of the donor's choice. To view this obituary and send condolences, visit



Anderson, Gerald T. *

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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. 



Babcock, Marion H.

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Bernice Durham

• Bernice Elizabeth Durham, 84, of Bear Lake, died Tuesday, Nov. 25. Oak Grove Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Bear Lake is in charge of arrangements....



Betty E. O'Hara

Thursday, November 27, 2008 8:57 PM - Candice Phelps

Betty E. O’Hara, 85, of LaGrange, Ind.,  died Nov. 25, 2008, at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne, Ind. Visitation will be held from 2-6 p.m. today at Frurip-May Funeral Home in LaGrange, where services are at 10 a.m. Saturday. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in LaGrange.  



Betty J. Hodgkinson, 76

Betty J. Hodgkinson, 76, of Charlevoix, died Nov. 26 at Charlevoix Area Hospital. 



Betty Lundquist

• Mrs. Betty Lundquist, 69, of Custer, died Thursday Nov. 27. Stephens Funeral Home in Scottville is in charge of arrangements....



Betty McHargue, 70

Wednesday, November 26, 2008 11:15 AM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

Betty J. McHargue, age 70, of Holland passed after a short but courageous battle with pancreatic cancer on Tuesday, November 25, 2008 at Hospice House of Holland.  She was preceded in death by her longtime companion Frank Gerome.  She is survived by her children: Pat and Dan Auwerda of Holland, Charles and Kathy McHargue of Benton, KY, James McHargue and Jeff Springvloed of Phoenix, AZ; grandchildren: Brad, Nick, Missy and Sarah; brothers and sisters: Glenna and Owen Irwin of LaFollette, TN, Wanda and Lonnie Lawson of LaFollette, TN, Marie and Don Welch of Indianapolis, IN, James and Florence Goddard of Noblesville, IN, Lewis and Haley Goddard of London, KY, Brenda Goddard of LaFollette, TN, Mona and Eddie Bruce of LaFollette, TN, Sue and Walter Ellison of Speedwell, TN; several nephews, nieces and cousins.  A funeral service will be 11 a.m., Saturday, November 29, 2008 at Lakeshore Memorial Services, 11939 James St., Holland. Reverend Mary Hoots will be officiating. Burial will be in Restlawn Memorial Gardens.  Visitation will be from 10:00-11:00 a.m., one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be given to Hospice House of Holland. An on-line registry book is available at for those who cannot attend the services.



Betty TerAvest, 91

Friday, November 28, 2008 11:49 AM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

Betty F. TerAvest, of Allegan, died Friday, November 28, 2008, at the Laurels of Sandy Creek in Wayland. Mrs. TerAvest was born June 22, 1917 in Chicago, IL, the daughter of Harry and Besse (Long) Blessing. Betty graduated from Chesaning High School, and attended Intercession City Bible College in Florida. She was working at Vennard College in Iowa, as the Dean of Women, when she meet Louis TerAvest, whom she has been married to for the past 33 years. She also spent many years as a volunteer at the Allegan General Hospital. She was a member of the Allegan Wesleyan Church. Surviving are her husband, Louis; five children, Cindy Harris of Chicago, Rick and Tammy Bailey of IN, Larry and Carol TerAvest of Allegan, Linda and Gary Wierenga of Caledonia and Bill and Sandy TerAvest of Allegan; seven grandchildren, Nick Bailey and Ashley Bailey, Kris TerAvest and Todd TerAvest, Chad TerAvest, Charles TerAvest and Sara Walker; 14 great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd G. Bailey; her son, John; two brothers, Harry and Richard; and her sister, Helen Barton. Friends may meet with the family on Sunday from 3-5 p.m. at  Gorden Funeral Residence, Allegan Chapel,  Funeral services will be on Monday at 11 a.m. at the Allegan Wesleyan Church. Pastors Marc Kelley and Todd TerAvest will officiate. Interment in Restlawn Memorial Gardens in Holland. Memorials may be made to the Allegan Wesleyan Church Missions in Haiti.  



Bobbie Ella Young July 6, 1926-Oct. 29, 2008

Bobbie Ella Young, 82, of Inverness, Fla., formerly of Monroe, died peacefully Wednesday, October 29, 2008, at Hernando-Pasco Hospice Care Center.



Brownell, Mary L. *

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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.



Charlene Kaye Larson

Friday, November 28, 2008 4:49 AM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

Charlene Kaye Larson, age 57, passed away Thursday, Nov. 27, 2008, at her home surrounded by her loving family. She fought a courageous four-year battle with cancer. Charlene was born June 29, 1951, to Charlotte (Cessna) and Richard Hillard in Adrian. She graduated from Sand Creek High School in 1969. Charlene also attended JCC where she received her associate’s degree in early childhood development. On Jan. 24, 1970, she married Patrick Larson in Adrian.  For 17 years she was employed at Gary Gray Physical Therapy Clinic, where she assisted in healing through physical therapy and lots of laughter. Later, following a longtime dream to share her love of children, she opened Small Wonders Day Care and Preschool Learning Center. In Sept. 2005 she moved into the Christian Family Centre.  She was a member of Crossroads Community Church. Besides her husband Pat, Charlene is survived by daughters, Lisa (Steve) Martinez of Adrian and Lori (Brooks) Millar of Traverse City; grandchildren, Aarika, Elena and Gabriel Martinez and Kilee and Larson Millar; mother, Charlotte Hillard of Adrian, brothers, Gary (Shirley) Hillard of Morenci; Steve (Jay) Hillard of Northville; Mike (Paula) Hillard of Maumee, OH; sister, Kathy Hillard of Adrian; and many nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her father, Richard Hillard. According to Charlene’s wishes cremation has taken place. A memorial celebration of Charlene’s life will take place at 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 29, 2008, at the Christian Family Centre with Pastor Scott Winstead officiating. Friends are invited to gather at the Christian Family Centre after the service as well. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Charlene may be made to the Hickman Cancer Center for Hillard Massage Therapy. These funds will be used to fulfill Charlene’s dream that all cancer patients be able to receive the touch of healing hands at no charge. Arrangements made by Wagley Funeral Home.



Charles Corum May 8, 1927-Nov. 25, 2008

Charles Corum, age 81, of Monroe, MI passed away, Wednesday, November 25, 2008 in St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center in Toledo, OH. Charles had been in poor health for the past 2 years. 



Charles Corum Nov. 25, 2008

Charles Corum, 81, of Monroe died this morning at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center, Toledo. 



Charlotte S. Jellison, 85

Thursday, November 27, 2008 4:27 PM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

Charlotte S. Jellison, 85, of Holland, died Saturday, Oct. 25, 2008, at LakeSide Vista & Villas of Holland. Cremation has taken place. An open house celebrating her life will be 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday  with a wake service at 3 p.m. at the AlpenRose Restaurant followed by a family burial service. Arrangements by The Dykstra Life Story Funeral Home Inc.



Dale L. McKale

Monday, November 24, 2008 11:24 AM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

Dale L. McKale, age 62, of Sturgis, Mich.,  passed away unexpectedly Saturday, Nov. 22, 2008 at home. The family will receive friends and relatives from 10- 11 a.m. Friday, at the Rosenberg Chapel, 807 E. Chicago Rd., Sturgis, MI 49091. A memorial services celebrating the life of Dale L. McKale will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home with Pastor Michael Bristol, a close family friend, officiating. Memorial donations may be directed to the Sturgis Toy Run, envelopes are available at the funeral home. A complete obituary will be in Tuesday’s paper.  



Daniel Allen Sr.

• Daniel Douglas Allen, Sr., 45, of Bear Lake, died Tuesday, Nov. 25. Oak Grove Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Bear Lake is in charge of arrangements....



Daniel Wagenmaker

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David M. Wampler Jr. Nov. 25, 2008

David. M. Wampler Jr., 58, of Monroe died unexpectedly Tuesday at his home. Arrangements entrusted to Covenant Cremation and Funeral Society, Monroe.



David Sweigart

• David Victor Sweigart, 68, of Manistee, died Nov. 18,. The Johnson Funeral Home in Manistee is in charge of arrangements....



Donald G. Clark

In loving memory of Donald G. Clark, born Oct. 3, 1938 and passed away Sept. 7 in St. Petersburg, Fla. He was formerly from Ludington and is leaving behind family members and friends in the Ludington ... 



Doris E. Sampson

Tuesday, November 25, 2008 11:17 PM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

Doris E. (Decker) Sampson age 81, of Colon, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2008, at the Community Health Center of Branch County in Coldwater. Doris was born Dec. 9, 1926, in Sturgis, a daughter of the late Harry and Emma (Krontz) Mac Pherson. Doris grew up in Sturgis, graduating from Sturgis High School with the class of 1944. She later moved to Colon where she lived most all of her adult life. On Sept. l, 1946, she married Alvin W. Decker in Burr Oak and he preceded her in death on June 11, 1998.  She later married William K. Sampson on Jan. 17, 2000, in Colon. Doris was a homemaker and had worked for the former Denton Mills Company of Colon.  She loved and enjoyed her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Doris was a very active member of the Colon Church of Christ and loved her church family. She is survived by her husband, William Sampson of Colon; two daughters, Linda (Jerry) Albright of Colon and Shirley (Christopher) Smith of Colon; son-in-law, Monty Skinner of Leonidas; two step children, Teresa (Mark) Schantz of Tampa, Fla., and Jeff (Teresa) Sampson of Sturgis; 12 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren; eight step grandchildren, 10 step great-grandchildren and two step great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Suzanne K. Skinner in 2002; a son-in-law, David West in 1998; three great-grandchildren, Lyndsay and Leah West and Isaac Ray Reed; three brothers, John, Fred and William Mac Pherson; and two sisters, Faye Kline and Marguerite Thaden. The family will receive relatives and friends from 5-8 p.m. on Friday at the Schipper Funeral Home Ltd. in Colon.  Funeral services celebrating the life of Doris will be at 11 a.m. Saturday  from the funeral home with David Porter and John West officiating.  Burial will follow at South Colon Cemetery. If desired, memorials may be made in memory of Doris to the Colon Church of Christ.  Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.  



Edna Ann Krompetz

Mrs. Krompetz, 89, of Deland, passed away at University Center East following a lingering illness. She was born in Cleveland, Ohio on Jan. 23, 1919 to the late William and Anna (Hess) Lange. She came to the Gladwin area in 1940 and married William Krompetz on May 13, 1940. He preceded her in death on July 5, 1968. They operated a family farm on Nickless Rd. Edna was former member of Our Savior Lutheran Church.



Edris E. Murray

Tuesday, November 18, 2008 7:21 AM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

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



Edward 'Ed' Wasson

Tuesday, November 25, 2008 3:01 PM 

WATERSMEET, Mich. -- Edward "Ed" Wasson, 82, of Watersmeet, passes away peacefully on Sunday, Nov. 23, 2008, at Aspirus Lillian Kerr Health Care Center, in Phelps



Edward H. Krause

Edward H. Krause, 87, of Port Austin died Sunday, Nov. 23, 2008 at St. Mary's Medical Center in Saginaw.



Eileen Mae Snowden

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Elwin P. Kettinger July 2, 1929-Nov. 22, 2008

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.



Erica Olguin

Olguin, Erica Lynn Saginaw, Michigan Our loving mother, daughter, granddaughter and sister went to be with the Lord in Heaven Monday, November 24, 2008 at the age of 32 years. A full obituary will be published in Sunday's edition of the Saginaw News. The funeral service will take place 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, December 2, 2008 at Harvest Assembly of God Church, 624 S. 17th Street. Rev. Jerry Flores will officiate with burial in Eastlawn Memorial Gardens. Friends may call at W. L. Case & Company, 4480 Mackinaw Monday from 2:00 to 9:00 p.m., where they may join the family for a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. Friends may also call at church on Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service.



Foster, Clarice I.

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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.



Gordon VanBeek

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Grace Gregwer

• Grace Gregwer, 90, of Pentwater died Tuesday, Nov. 25. Dorrell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements....



Grace L. Gregwer

Grace L. Gregwer, 91, of Pentwater, went to be with the Lord in Heaven on Tuesday, Nov. 25. Grace Louise Gebhardt was born April 22, 1917 in Ludington, the daughter of John and Anna (Jasmer) Gebhardt....



Harold L. Wirebaugh

Thursday, November 20, 2008 4:39 PM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

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



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 Josephine Olszak

Monday, November 24, 2008 1:10 PM 

CRANDON, Wis. -- Helen Josephine Olszak, 82, of Crandon, formerly of Ironwood, Mich., passed away at the AGI Health Care Center on Friday, Nov. 21, 2008. 



Helen L. Lippens

Friday, November 28, 2008 4:47 AM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

Helen L. Lippens, 92, of Blissfield, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2008, at Lake Park Nursing Home in Sylvania, Ohio. Helen was born on July 5, 1916, in Blissfield, the daughter of Roy Alfred and Zelma (Hazzard) Brown, and was married on Aug. 26, 1933, to Julian Lippens. Surviving are her children, Julian Lippens Jr of Toledo, Jerald Lippens of Blissfield, Gary Lippens of Laurel, Md., Randall Lippens of Blissfield, and Gloria Lippens of Belleville, Mich.  Also surviving are 14 grandchildren, and 12 great grandchildren. Helen was preceded in death by her parents, husband Julian, and brother Elwood Brown. Following her wishes, cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be planned at a later date. Arrangements were made with the Tagsold Funeral Home in Blissfield.



Irene L. Evers

Friday, November 28, 2008 4:43 AM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

Irene Evers, 80, of Morenci passed away Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2008, at Herrick Medical Center in Tecumseh. She was born on March 27, 1928, in Tedrow, Ohio, the daughter of Friend & Margery (Fausey) Shaffer.  On July 11, 1992, in San Leon, Texas, she married Galen Evers. He preceded her in death on Nov. 25, 1993. Irene worked for Essex Wire in Wauseon, Ohio, for 25 years before they closed. Then she went to work for Fulton Industry also in Wauseon for nine years retiring in April of 1992. She was a member of the Seneca Community Church, a member of the Morenci American Legion Auxiliary for 42 years and a life member of the VFW Auxiliary in Wauseon. Survivors include a daughter, Barbette (Larry) Reynolds of Lorain, Ohio; a son, Robert (Judy) Stewart of Napoleon, Ohio; eight grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; one great great granddaughter; six step grandchildren; 10 step great grandchildren; five sisters, Adonna Stewart of Morenci, Helen Huffman of Montana, Margery Parke of Lake Seneca, Ohio, Carol Shaffer of Morenci and Diane Dangler of West Unity, Ohio; and a brother, Richard Shaffer of Morenci. Besides her husband, Galen, Irene was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Stanley Steven Stewart in infancy; two sisters, Barbara Merillat and Alice Bailey; and a brother, Friend Shaffer Jr. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Nov. 29, 2008, at 1 p.m., at the Eagle Funeral Home-Charles Fink Chapel in Morenci with Rev. William VanValkenburg officiating.  Burial will follow at the Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci. There will be a visitation from noon until time of service. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Morenci Rescue Squad.



Irene M. Whitaker Jan. 17, 1924-Nov. 21, 2008

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. 



Jack Dennis Nelmark

Wednesday, November 26, 2008 1:25 PM 

NEW BERLIN, Wis. -- Jack Dennis Nelmark, 70, New Berlin, passed away peacefully Nov. 10, 2008. 



James E. Olinger, Sr. July 30, 1944-Nov. 22, 2008

James E. Olinger, Sr. , age 64, of Dundee, passed away at his home suddenly on Saturday, November 22, 2008 at 8:12 P.M. 



James L. Harsh

Wednesday, November 26, 2008 7:19 AM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

James L. Harsh, 77, of Kokomo, Ind., joined his wife and parents in heaven at 5:40 p.m. Monday, Nov. 24, 2008, at Windsor Estates Health Care Center after an extended battle with cancer. Mr. Harsh was born Oct. 16, 1931, in Tipton, Mich. He was the son of Leona A. (Powell) and Forrest D. Harsh. On Sept. 3, 1955, in Carlsbad, N.M., James married L. Charline (Knott) Harsh. She preceded him in death Nov. 14, 2008. He was a Air Force Korean War Veteran, who served his country from 1952 until 1956. Mr. Harsh worked as a tool and die maker at the Chrysler Casting Plant in Kokomo. He retired in 1990 after 32 years of service. He had attended Bible Baptist Church Prime Timers Club in Kokomo. His memberships include the United States Air Force Memorial Foundation, the Taylor Township Lions Club and the UAW Local 1166. Survivors include one daughter, Freda A. Felton and her husband, Aaron of Junction City, Kan.; one son, Gary L. Harsh of Kokomo; one sister, Ruby Crowell and her husband, Harold, of Polk City, Fla.; two brothers, Stan and Mary Harsh and Dan and Carolyn Harsh, all of Kokomo; brothers and sisters-in-law include Janeice Johann of Carlsbad, N.M., Rita and Bill Williams of New Braunfels, Texas, and Floyd Knott of Albuquerque, N.M. He is also survived by a best friend that he considered his son, Les Felton and his wife, Bridgette, of Kokomo. Mr. Harsh was preceded in death by his wife and parents. Funeral services will begin at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, 2008, at Ellers Mortuary, 3400 S. Webster St., Kokomo, with Pastor Keith Treadway and Associate Pastor William Carmichael officiating. Interment and military rites will follow the service at Sunset Memory Gardens Mausoleum. The military rites will be conducted by the United States Air Force and the Kokomo Military Rites Teams. Visitation for the Harsh family will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday at the mortuary. Memorial contributions may be made to the U.S Air Force Memorial Foundation or the Kokomo Christian School. Online condolences may be sent to the Harsh family at



James M. Chapman Sr.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008 11:23 PM - GateHouse Media, Inc.

James Melvin Chapman Sr., 66, of E. Lake Drive, Fish Lake, White Pigeon, Mich., died Monday, Nov. 24, 2008, at his home following an extended illness. He was born Dec. 26, 1941, in Coldwater, a son of Melvin John Chapman and Vera L. Gerth. He had resided in the Fish Lake area and White Pigeon since 1963, coming from Three Rivers. On Nov. 9, 1959, he married Brenda J. Chiddister in Kalamazoo. He was a truck driver for 35 years and was employed at White Pigeon Paper Mill for six years. James was a member of the V.F.W. Post #1355, Sons of the American Legion, Loyal Order of the Moose #574 and Fraternal Order of Eagles #1314, all of Sturgis, and the Amvets of Mount Dora, Fla. He also enjoyed motorcycle riding. Surviving are:his wife, Brenda J. Chapman of White Pigeon; three sons, Jeff Monty (Toni) Chapman of Punta Gorda, Fla., Jerry Michael (Donna) Chapman of Three Rivers and John Mark (Lisa) Chapman of Goshen, Ind.; his mother, Vera L. Lord of Leesburg, Fla.; five granddaughters, one grandson and one great-granddaughter; and a sister, Linda L. Chapman of Dubuque, Iowa. Preceding him in death were his father and a son, James Melvin Chapman Jr. By his request, there will be no funeral services. Donations may be directed to the American Diabetes Association. Envelopes are available at the Farrand Funeral Home in White Pigeon, which is handling the final arrangements.



James Olinger Nov. 22, 2008

James Olinger, 64, of Dundee died Saturday night in his home.Arrangements by Cover Funeral Home, Dundee. 



Jasper Bishop

Bishop, Jasper L. "Jack" Sumpter Twp., MI Age 67. Died November 28, 2008. Funeral service will be Monday, December 1, 2008 at 11 a.m. at Victorious Life Church of God. The family will receive friends at the Janowiak Funeral Home on Sunday from 3-8 p.m. and the church on Monday from 10 a.m. till time of service. Please sign his Guest Book and read his complete obituary at "Where Families Come First"



Jaymie Marie Cornish

Tuesday, November 25, 2008 11:22 PM - GateHouse Media, Inc.

Jaymie Marie Cornish, age 37, of Three Rivers, Mich., died Nov. 15, 2008, at the Heartland Health Care Center in Three Rivers, following a hard-fought battle with brain cancer. In accordance with her wishes, cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 1111 Galyn Street, Sturgis. The Hackman Family Funeral Homes, Hackman Chapel, of Sturgis is handling arrangements. Her obituary is also at  



Jean Ann Kohler

Tuesday, November 18, 2008 7:20 AM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

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.  



Jean C. Johnson

Tuesday, November 25, 2008 3:03 PM 

BRUCE CROSSING, Mich. -- Jean C. Johnson, 76, of Bruce Crossing, died on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2008, in Ironwood. 



Jean Drake-Lockwood

Thursday, November 20, 2008 4:35 PM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

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.



Joann Wavra

Joann Wavra, 63, of Standish passed away suddenly on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2008 at St. Mary's of Michigan Saginaw Hospital.



John Cude

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John P. (Jack) Polich

Friday, November 28, 2008 1:00 PM 

IRONWOOD, Mich. -- John P. (Jack) Polich, 55, of Ironwood, died at his home Tuesday, November 25, 2008, his first wedding anniversary, after a 13-month battle with pancreatic cancer. He was surrounded by family and friends.



Joseph E. Tongiani

Monday, November 24, 2008 6:17 PM - GateHouse Media, Inc.

Joseph Ernest Tongiani passed away peacefully at his home in Tavares, Fla., on Nov. 21, 2008.  Joe was born in Universal, Ind., on Sept. 1, 1922.  Prior to his retirement he was co-owner of the Central Meat Market in Sturgis, Mich.  Joe was a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus.  He was known for his sense of humor and devotion to the Chicago Cubs.  He served Holy Angels Church in Sturgis as an usher and St. Patrick’s Church in Mt. Dora, Fla., as a minister to the sick and an usher.  Mr. Tongiani was a veteran of World War II.  He was a collector of big band music and along with his wife, Anna, provided dance music for many parties in his retirement community.  His hobbies included his extensive music collection, hunting, fishing and golfing.  Mr. Tongiani was preceded in death by his two sisters, Elvera Carbaugh and Angeline Malandt.  He leaves behind his wife of 65 years, Anna Emsing Tongiani; daughters, Joanne (Paul) Roe of Sturgis, Mich., and Julia (Robert) Rachor of Tavares, Fla.; grandchildren, Kathy (Tom) Roe Fean, Tony Rachor, Cathy Rachor, Charles Rachor, Robert (Candy) Rachor, and Joseph (Kris) Rachor; and nine great-grandchildren.  Masses will be celebrated at St. Patrick’s Church in Mt. Dora and at Holy Angels Church in Sturgis.  Burial of ashes will take place at the Florida Military National Cemetery in Bushnell, Fla.  The dates have not been confirmed. Friends of the family are welcome to visit at the home. Memorials may be made in Joe Tongiani’s name to the charity of one’s choice.  Random acts of kindness are also requested.   



Judith Erway

Erway, Judith E. Saginaw, Michigan Passed away on Tuesday, November 25, 2008 surrounded by her family. Age 69 years. Judy's full obituary will appear in Thursday's Edition of The Saginaw News. Arrangements entrusted to the Deisler Funeral Home, 2233 Hemmeter Rd. (off State).



Karyn Ann Zajaczkowski Jan. 10, 1945-Nov. 20, 2008

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.



Katherine S. Puisto

Friday, November 28, 2008 12:59 PM 

IRONWOOD, Mich. -- Katherine S. Puisto, 93, of Ironwood, died Monday, Nov. 24, 2008, in Ironwood. 




• Harold B. Keegstra, 82, of Walhalla, died Tuesday, Nov. 25. Oak Grove Funeral Home and Cremation Center is in charge of arrangements....



Kevin Knoll, 1

Wednesday, November 26, 2008 11:14 AM - GateHouse Media, Inc.

Kevin Alan Knoll of Muskegon, one-year-old son of Daryl Knoll and Samantha Weiss, died Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2008, at his home. Services will be private. Burial will be in Lakeside Cemetery. Arrangements are by the Walburn Sytsema Funeral Home.



Laura Sprague

Laura Mae Sprague, age 76, of Grand Rapids, Michigan, passed away on Tuesday, November 25, 2008 at Spectrum Health, Butterworth Campus, in Grand Rapids. Laura was born on Friday, July 22, 1932 in Rosebush, Isabella County, Michigan, the daughter of George and Mable (Westbrook) McDonald, Sr. She is a member of the Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Nation. Funeral services for Laura will be held on Saturday, November 29, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. at the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Pastor Peter Trzybinski officiating. Interment will follow at the Delwin Cemetery in Denver Township. Friends may greet the family on Friday, November 28, 2008 at Helms Funeral Home from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Visitation will continue on Saturday at the church. Memorial contributions in Laura's memory may be made to the charity of one's choice. Laura lived most of her life in Grand Rapids and was a line worker for Kelvinator for over 20 years. She also worked as a nurse for awhile. She enjoyed playing bingo, being with her grandchildren, and helping others. Laura also enjoyed sitting on her front porch and was known as "Grandma" to the entire neighborhood. She was a wonderful cook and baker. Laura is survived by her companion, Carl Harig; her children, Patricia Sprague of Grand Rapids, James and Carol Sprague of Wyoming, MI, Kimberly and Jon Crandall of Wyoming, MI, Anthony Sprague, Cindy Sprague, and Kari Sprague, all of Grand Rapids; her step mother, Lois McDonald of Coopersville, MI; many grandchildren and several great grandchildren; a brother, Jerry McDonald of Mt. Pleasant; two sisters, Kathy McDonald and Linda McDonald; a cousin, Cynthia Floyd of Mt. Pleasant; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; two daughters, Debra Collins and Kathy Sprague; a sister, Esther Bennett; and brothers, George McDonald, Jr., Robert McDonald, Sr. Please see for an on-line obituary and to leave a message for the family. "Serving the Family for Generations".



Lavern "Bud" Brand, 86

Thursday, November 27, 2008 4:29 PM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

Lavern “Bud” Brand, age 86, of Holland, died Wednesday, November 26, 2008, at a local care facility with his wife at his side. Mr. Brand was born in Holland July 29, 1922 to John and Bessie (Moes) Brand.   He was a lifelong resident of the Holland area.  He proudly served in the U.S. Navy from January 1942 to December 1945.  He was a member of Beechwood Reformed Church.  He served as a volunteer fireman for Holland Township for many years, and also with the Ottawa County Civil Defense during the 1960’s.  Mr. Brand retired from Holland Motor Express in 1987 after 42 years of service. Preceding him in death was a son, Lavern Dan Brand in 1989. Surviving are his wife of 63 years, Zdena Brand, of Holland; children, Sandra Ann and Lynn Rice, of Marion, Carol Jeanne and Gary Lee, of Galveston, IN, and Rick Stephen and Cathy Brand, of Holland, and daughter-in-law, Aggie Faulkner, of Holland; 7 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren; Brothers-in-law, Rudy and Phyllis Bilek, of Delton, MI, and Floyd Tolar, of Tucson, AZ; Nieces, nephews, and cousins. Funeral services are scheduled for Sunday, 2:00p.m, at the Northwood Chapel, Dykstra Life Story Funeral Homes, 295 Douglas Ave., Holland. Officiating will be the Revs. Jim Lankheet and Dawn Vagel.  Burial will be in Pilgrim Home Cemetery. Visitation is scheduled for Saturday, from 2-4, and 7-9p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Heartland of Holland or to the Alzheimer’s Association. Please visit for further information.



Leonard W. Petrie

Thursday, November 20, 2008 4:38 PM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

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 Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the VanHorn-Eagle Funeral Home.



Lila M. Davis

Friday, November 28, 2008 4:45 AM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

 Lila M. Davis, age 85, of Tecumseh, passed away Nov. 27, 2008, at Grand Court surrounded by her loving family. Lila was born Aug. 10, 1923, in Mt. Morris, MI the daughter of William and Emma (Reinsteadler) McCulloch. She married William E. Davis, Sr. and he preceded her in death. Lila retired from Saline Hospital after many years of service. She was a member of the Tecumseh United Methodist Church and active in their women’s circles.  Surviving Lila are her children, William E. (Sheila) Davis, Jr. of Adrian, Craig Davis of Tecumseh and Pennie (David) Morton of Oxford, MI; sister, Geri Brown of Richmond, VA; six grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Besides her husband, William, Lila was preceded in death by an infant son, Michael; parents and brother, Robert McCulloch. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 29, 2008, at the Tecumseh United Methodist Church with the Rev. David McKinstry officiating. Burial will follow in Brookside Cemetery, Tecumseh. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 28, 2008, at the J. Gilbert Purse Funeral Home, Tecumseh. Memorial contributions may be made to the Tecumseh United Methodist Church or the American Diabetes Association.   Condolences to the family may be made online at



Linda J. Shealey Nov. 23, 2008

Linda J. Shealey, age 68, of Holland went to be with her Lord and Savior Sunday November 23, 2008 at her home in Holland. 



Linda L. Sumner

Thursday, November 20, 2008 4:36 PM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

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.



Linda Shealey, 68

Tuesday, November 25, 2008 12:20 PM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

Linda J. Shealey, age 68, of Holland, went to be with her Lord and Savior Sunday, November 23, 2008, at her home in Holland. She was born in Ottawa Lake, MI.  She was a graduate of Eastern Michigan University, and also earned her master's degree from Wayne State University in Education.  She loved to teach and she taught at Zion Lutheran Pre-School, Holland, Roseville,  Detroit, and also taught at the Michigan State School for the Blind. Linda loved animals and formerly volunteered at the Ottawa Shores Humane Society.  She was a former member of Zion Lutheran Church in Holland, and currently a member of Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church of Holland.  She was preceded in death by her mother, Ann; and brother, Richard. Her family includes husband of 42 years, Patrick Shealey of Holland; half-brother, Allen Studnicka of Cleveland, Ohio; sister-in-law, Karen Miller of Petersburg, MI; nephews, Jeffery, Jason, Joshua Miller; and  niece, Lynette Reichle;  also many other nephews, nieces, and cousins. A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, December 6, 2008 at Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church, 351 North 120th Ave., Holland, MI 49424.  Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Holland or Diabetes Association.  Arrangements by The Downtown Chapel-Dykstra Life Story Funeral Home. Please visit www.lifestorynet .com to sign Linda's online registry, share a photo, or read her life story.  



Loretta L. Conine, 93

Loretta L. Conine, 93, of Charlevoix, died Nov. 28, 2008, at her home.



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.



Marie Avelina Krueger July 20, 1914-Nov. 20, 2008

Marie Avelina Krueger passed away peacefully, at age 94, on Thursday, November 20, 2008. 



Marie I. Podhola Jan. 5, 1922-Nov. 22, 2008

Marie I. Podhola, age 86, of Carleton, passed away at 3:15 AM Saturday, November 22, 2008 in Rivergate Health Care Center, Riverview, MI. 



Marilyn A. Haynes June 23, 1933-Nov. 23, 2008

Marilyn A. Haynes, 75, of Monroe died at 2:51 p.m. Sunday at Mercy Memorial Hospital. She had been in poor health for six weeks.



Marilyn Haynes Nov. 23, 2008

Marilyn Haynes, 75, of Monroe died at 2:51 p.m. Sunday at Mercy Memorial Hospital. 



Martha F. Donihue

Thursday, November 20, 2008 4:34 PM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

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 to leave the family condolences and to sign the online guestbook. Kays-Ponger Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.



Mary Cernuto

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Mary E. Fieberkorn

Monday, November 24, 2008 11:23 AM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

Mary Elizabeth Fieberkorn, 84, of Sturgis, Mich., passed away Friday afternoon Nov. 21, 2008, at her home. She was born Jan. 9, 1924, in Chicago, a daughter to the late Horace & Hazel (Nash) Case. Mary had resided in the Sturgis and Three Rivers area nearly her whole life. On Feb. 1, 1947, she married Raymond L. Fieberkorn in Kalamazoo, Mich. He died June 15, 1996. She was a registered nurse and graduated from Bronson Hospital School of Nursing in Kalamazoo. Mary was a dedicated volunteer to the Salvation Army. She and her husband loved to travel and she was very proud of the fact that they had traveled to every country in the World with the exception of Australia. She is survived by her two cousins, Hazel (Erwin) Wessels of Iva, SC and Helen Case of Chicago; and her two cats, Blackie and Leo. In accordance with her wishes, cremation has taken place. There will be no visitation or services. The Hackman Family Funeral Homes, Hackman Chapel, 114 S. Nottawa St., Sturgis is handling the arrangements. Memorial donations would be appreciated to the Kalamazoo Human Society, 4239 S. Westnedge Ave., Kalamazoo, MI 49008. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. The obituary is also at  



Mary Kaiser, 78

Thursday, November 27, 2008 4:29 PM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

Mary Kaiser, age 78, of Holland went home to be with her Lord and Savior who she dearly loved and served, on Wednesday, November 26, 2008. Mary was born in Ludington, Michigan and was in the Ludington High School Band.  She had a music scholarship to Taylor University where she met her husband to be.  They were married in August of 1951.  She earned her PHT (Putting Hubby Thru) by working in the college bookstore.  They came to Holland in February of 1953. They joined the First Baptist Church in Holland where she taught Sunday school for about 25 years, sang in the choir, was the church organist and treasurer and several other responsible positions.  They loved to travel in the United States and together visited all 50 state capitals.  She retired from Wiley's Cleaning Service after 30 years.  She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother.  Mary had a gentle and patient character that was a Godly example and a blessing to her family and friends and all who were around her.  She leaves a heritage of faithfulness and devotion that many will want to follow. She was devoted to her husband, of 57 years, John; children: David Kaiser of Holland, Tom and Carol Kaiser of Portsmouth RI,  Shirley and Marty England of Holland, Paul and Shari Kaiser of Charlotte NC; 10 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; brothers and sisters: James and Carol Fitch of Scottville MI, Ruth Orr of Coopersville MI, Grace and Dick Christensen of Fenton MI, Kathy Faylor of Kalamazoo MI; brothers and sisters in law: Nancy and Bob Drahos of Vicksburg MI, Barbara and Rodger Hughey Vicksburg MI; many nephews nieces and cousins. Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Saturday, November 29, 2008 at the First Baptist Church of Holland 1066 East 8th Street in Holland.  Pastor Tim Quinn will be officiating.  Burial will be in Lakewood Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday 2-4 and 7-9PM at Lakeshore Memorial Services 11939 James Street in Holland.  Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church of Holland.  An online registry book is available at www.lakeshorememorial. com for those who cannot attend the services.



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.



Matthew James Cole Aug. 31, 1981-Nov. 24, 2008

Matthew James Cole, 27, of Temperance, MI passed away Monday, November 24, 2008.



McDaniel, Henry J.

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Melvin Hemker

Hemker, Melvin Albee Twp., Michigan Passed away late Wednesday evening November 26 at St. Mary's of Michigan, Saginaw, age 89. Funeral Mass will take place on Monday, Dec. 1 at 11:00 am at St. Mary's, Albee. A complete obituary including visiting hours will be announced later by the Misiuk Funeral Home of Chesaning.



Michael Thomas Staff

Wednesday, November 26, 2008 1:24 PM 

EWEN, Mich. -- Michael Thomas Staff, 54, of Ewen, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, Nov. 13, 2008. 



Mildred Kelly, 84

Thursday, November 27, 2008 4:28 PM - GateHouse Media, Inc.

Mildred Kelly, 84, of Saugatuck, died Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2008, at her home. Arrangements will be announced later by the Saugatuck Chapel, Dykstra Life Story Funeral Homes. 



Mildred May Peterson

Thursday, November 27, 2008 8:57 PM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

Mildred May Peterson, age 93, of Bronson, died Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2008, at her home.  She had been in failing health. According to her wishes, cremation has taken place.  A memorial service will be scheduled in the Spring.  Kolcz Funeral Home of Bronson is assisting the family with arrangements.  



Mildred Watkins

WATKINS, Mildred L. - Age 94, of Grand Blanc, formerly of Wichita, Kansas, passed away Tuesday, November 25, 2008 at Prestige Point Care Center. Funeral Service will be 4PM Friday, November 28, 2008 at Sharp Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 6063 Fenton Rd., Grand Blanc Twp., Fr. Steve Anderson officiating. Visitation will be 2PM until time of service. Burial will be at Maple Park Cemetery, Springfield, Missouri. Contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association. Online condolences and tributes may be posted on the obituaries page of




• Albert Joseph Murphy, 64, of Pentwater, died Monday, Nov. 24. Oak Grove Funeral Home and Cremation Center is in charge of arrangements....



Olive Marie Golombiski

Wednesday, November 26, 2008 1:26 PM 

IRONWOOD, Mich. -- Olive Marie Golombiski, 82, passed away peacefully on Nov. 23, 2008, in Ironwood, after a long illness. 



Patricia Siler

Siler, Patricia A. (Patsy) Merrill, Michigan Passed away Wednesday, November 26, 2008, at Covenant Medical Center. Age 64 years. Complete obituary will be published in a later edition of the Saginaw News. Arrangements by W. L. Case and Co. Funeral Directors in Merrill.



Patricia Wetz

Wetz, Patricia A. (Pinter, Hausbeck) Bay City, Michigan Pat passed away at home on November 24, 2008. Cremation has taken place at her request. A complete obituary will appear in the Thursday edition. Arrangements by the Cremation Society of Mid-Michigan, www.cremation



Patsy Jean Gates

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Perry W. 'Bill' Stevens, 77

Perry W. "Bill" Stevens, 77, of Petoskey, passed away Nov. 25, 2008, at Bortz Health Care of Petoskey.




Friday 2-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m., funeral Saturday 11 a.m. at McCabe Funeral Home Canton Chapel, 851 N. Canton Center Road., Canton. 




Age 97 of Warren, formerly Kentucky. Loving wife of the late Donald. Beloved mother of the late Glen (Kay) and Mable Adamson. Dear grandmother of Lynn Council and Adam Roberts. Great grandmother of 7 & great-great grandmother of 2. Funeral Services will be held in Kentucky under the auspices of Melton Funeral Home. For further information please call (270)667-2026.




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Rheta Mary Coop Nov. 22, 2008

Rheta Marey Coop, age 86, of Huron Township, died November 22, 2008. 



Richard 'Dick' Joseph Marx

Friday, November 28, 2008 1:01 PM 

MARQUETTE -- Richard Joseph Marx "Dick," 72, of 10 Jack St., Marquette, entered eternal life Tuesday evening, Nov. 18, 2008, at Marquette General Hospital.



Richard Cnossen

Richard L. "Ric" Cnossen, age 53, of Wyoming, passed away unexpectedly Thanksgiving Day, November 27, 2008. Full obituary and service information in Saturday's edition. Heritage Funeral Home



Robert 'Tiny' Drenth

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Robert E. Blomberg

Tuesday, November 25, 2008 3:03 PM 

BESSEMER, Mich. -- Robert E. Blomberg, 73, of E. Colby Street in Bessemer, died Sunday, Nov. 23, 2008, in Wakefield.



Robert Henry Benner

Friday, November 28, 2008 4:46 AM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

God called another Angel home, Robert Henry Benner, age 77, of Clayton, went to be with the Lord with his family by his side, Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2008, at his home. He was born April 27, 1931, in Detroit, to Carl and Veronica (Peters) Benner. On March 25, 1958, he married Helen Bridenstine in Tulsa, Oklahoma and she survives. He served in the Air Force and the Army from 1950-1959. Robert had been employed by North American Aviation working on Apollo for NASA and then as a Meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Detroit. Robert was a longtime resident of the Clayton area and is survived by his wife of 50 years, Helen M. Benner; along with seven children, Pam (Richard) Swanson of Coldwater, Avis Hernandez of Fairfield, Janet (Danny) Goshop of Hudson, Mark (Lisa) Benner of Norman, OK, Rae Ann Benner of Clayton, Sharon (Kevin) Paratchek of Tecumseh and Mary Elizabeth (Tom) Carver of Adrian; he was a grandfather of 20 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.  He is also survived by two brothers, Harold Benner of Attica and Tom (Marilyn) Benner of Oxford; three sisters, Helen Hunt of Tipton, Florence Jean (Gil) Mroz of Lapeer and Patricia (Don) Fick of Port Austin; along with several nieces, nephews and many friends around the area. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Carl Benner; a sister, Norma Hoey; and a grandson, Mark Anthony Goshop. Funeral services for Robert will be Saturday, Nov. 29, 2008, at 1 p.m., at the Anderson Funeral Home, Adrian, with his niece, Diane Dover, officiating. Burial will be in Dover Center Cemetery with Full military rites conducted by the Hudson American Legion Hannan Colvin Post #180.  Visitation will be held Friday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m., at the Anderson Funeral Home, Adrian. You may send condolences to the family at Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.  Envelopes are available at the Anderson Funeral Home, Adrian.  



Robert Joe Robinson

Wednesday, November 26, 2008 7:17 AM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

Robert Joe Robinson, 54, of Adrian passed away, Nov. 24, 2008, at Bixby Medical Center. He was born April 6, 1954, in Adrian, the son of Thomas and Della (Wood) Robinson. He married Kimberly Allison. She survives. Joe’s hobbies were mowing lawn, listening to classic country music, and taking walks with his wife. In addition to his wife, Kimberly, he is also survived by his biological daughter, Crystal Fletcher; his parents, Thomas and Della Robinson; two brothers, Jack (Ann) Robinson and Thomas (Donna) Robinson; three biological grandchildren, several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, four brothers-in-law and several sisters- in-laws. He was preceded in death by his son, Joe Jr.; his grandparents, his mother- and father-in-law, along with aunts and uncles. Funeral Services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 28, 2008, at J. Gilbert Purse Funeral Home, Adrian. Burial will follow in Lenawee Hills Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at J. Gilbert Purse Funeral Home, Adrian. Condolences may be offered to the family online at



Robert Keller

KELLER, Robert Paul - Age 83, of Linden, died Monday, November 24, 2008 at Genesys Hospital. Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, November 29, at Hope Lutheran Church, 7355 W. Silver Lake Road, Linden with Rev. Lawrence Eckart officiating. Visitation will be Friday, 1-4 and 6-8 p.m. at Sharp Funeral Homes, Linden Chapel, 209 E Broad St., Linden. Those desiring may make memorial contributions in lieu of flowers to Hope Lutheran Church Building Fund. Friends may share an online tribute on the obituaries page of



Ronald D. Hyden Nov. 24, 2008

Ronald D. Hyden, 60, of Lincoln Park, formerly of Monroe, died Monday at his home. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Rupp Funeral Home, 2345 S. Custer Rd. 



Royal H. Watkins, 82

Royal H. Watkins, 82, of Boyne City, died Sunday, Nov. 23, 2008, at the Hiland Cottage in Petoskey. 



Ruby Louise Bennett

Ruby Louise Bennett, age 84, of Bay City, formerly of Gladwin, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2008 at Caretel Inns of Tri-Cities. She was born April 6, 1924 in Brown County, Indiana to the late Henry and Jane (Settles) Scroughams. Ruby married Daniel E. Bennett in Indianapolis, Indiana on November 24, 1945 and he predeceased her on March 20, 1993.




Friday 3-9 pm at the R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Home, 15451 Farmington Rd., Livonia. Rosary Friday 7 pm. Saturday in state at St. Mary's Antiochian Orthodox Church, 18100 Merriman Rd., Livonia, from 9 am until Funeral Service at 10 am. Interment at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Arrangements by Val S. Bauza Funeral Home




Sunday 4-8 p.m., Gramer Funeral Home, 705 N. Main Street (Livernois, N of 14), Clawson. Funeral Mass Monday 10:30 a.m. In state 10 a.m. from Guardian Angels Catholic Church, 581 E. 14 Mile Road, Clawson. Burial at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Memorials to Adrian Dominican Sisters, 1257 E. Siena Heights Dr., Adrian, MI 49221.




Friday 1-8 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. until time of service 12 p.m. at the John K. Solosy Funeral Home, 3206 Fort Street, Lincoln Park.




Sunday 2 to 6 p.m. at the Northrop-Sassaman Funeral Home, 19091 Northville Road (at Seven Mile) Northville. Services Tuesday 2 p.m. at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 201 Elm Street, Northville. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions to the church appreciated.




Age 89, November 29, 2008 of Sterling Heights. Beloved wife of James. Dear mother of Kenneth (Angie) Sloan, John (Mary) Sloan, Robert (Annie) Sloan. Loving grandmother of seven grandchildren and ten great grandchildren. Friends may call at Wm. Sullivan & Son Funeral Home, 8459 Hall Rd., (3 blks. E. of Van Dyke) Utica from 2:30PM - 9:00 PM Friday. Mrs. Sloan will lie in state on Saturday at St. Matthias Catholic Church, 12509 19 Mile Rd., Sterling Heights from 9:00 AM until 9:30 AM time of Mass. Entombment Cadillac Memorial Gardens East.




Age 86, November 24, 2008. Beloved husband of the late Jean. Loving father of Daneen (James) Mabley and the late Edward Michael. Dear grandfather of Mara (Rob) Renes and Sarah. Brother of Myrella Nagel. Uncle to Rocky (Marcia) Nagel and Suzi Fiorentino. Service 1 p.m. Saturday at A. H. Peters Funeral Home, 20705 Mack Ave. at Vernier Rd., Grosse Pointe Woods. Donations to Edith McNaughton Ford Center, 159 Kercheval Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236 or Hospices of Henry Ford, 313-874-6000.




noon Sunday until the time of service. Memorial contributions may be made to Antioch Lutheran Church. (33360 W. 13 Mile Rd., Farmington Hills, MI 48334)




at the Sterling Heights Chapel of Bagnasco & Calcaterra Funeral Home, 13650 E. Fifteen Mile Road (at Schoenherr) Saturday 2-8 p.m. and Sunday 1-8 p.m. with 3 p.m. Rosary. Funeral Monday in state 10 a.m. St. Sylvester Catholic Church, 11200 Twelve Mile Road, Warren until time of Mass 10:30 a.m. Interment Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Memories to be share at




Saturday 1pm until a 4pm Service at the John N. Santeiu and Son Funeral Home, 1139 Inkster (between Ford and Cherry Hill). 



Sabrina Ortega, 10

Thursday, November 27, 2008 4:28 PM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

Sabrina Ortega, 10, of Holland, died Thursday, Nov. 27, 2008, at Spectrum Health DeVos Childrens Hospital. Arrangements are pending at Lakeshore Memorial Services. 



Shirley J. Sargent

Monday, November 24, 2008 6:13 PM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

Shirley June Sargent, age 81, of Sturgis, Mich., passed away Monday morning Nov. 24, 2008, at her home. She was born Dec. 10, 1926, in Blue Island, Ill., a daughter to the late Theodore and Mable (Wertendyke) Pyle. Shirley had resided in the Sturgis and White Pigeon area since 1984, coming from Cleveland, Ohio. Following several years of employment, she retired from Coachman Industries in Middlebury, Ind. Shirley enjoyed painting and art classes and was happiest when she was surrounded by her family. Surviving are: two daughters, Debra (Michael) Gorski of Cleveland, Ohio and Diane (Darrel) Hochstetler of Goshen, Ind.; two sons, Derk (Lelia) Sargent of Burr Oak and Darrell (Barbara) Sargent of Sturgis; 14 grandchildren, Dane Doremus, Robert Doremus, Derk Sargent Jr., Michael Bower, David Bower, Nathan Gorski, Jennifer Gorski, Brandon Gorski, William Sanders, Robert Sanders, JaNee Smith, Brandi Smith, Thomas Sargent and Kendra Sargent; 13 great-grandchildren; a brother, James (Anita) Pyle of Hastings; and several nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Hackman Family Funeral Homes-Rosenberg Chapel, 807 E. Chicago Rd., Sturgis. A funeral service celebrating the life of Shirley Sargent will be held at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with Larry Wallman officiating. In accordance with her wishes, cremation will follow the services. The family suggests those wishing to make a memorial donation in Mrs. Sargent’s memory consider Young at Art c/o: Renee Welch, Commission on Aging, 103 S. Douglas St., Three Rivers, MI 49093. Her obituary is also at  



Shirley M. Smedley

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Sister Riley, O.P.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008 7:16 AM - GateHouse Media, Inc.

Sister Patricia Riley, formerly known as Sister Anne Charlotte Riley, died on Nov. 25, 2008, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Mich. She was 88 years of age and in the 62nd year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation. Sister Patricia was born in Detroit, Mich., to Thomas and Helen (Brennan) Riley. She graduated from St. Paul High School in Owosso, Mich., and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Secretarial Science from Siena Heights (College) University in Adrian, Mich., and a Master of Arts Degree in Education from the University of Detroit in Detroit, Mich. Sister spent 26 years ministering in education in New Baltimore, Deerfield and Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.; Toledo, Ohio; Chicago, Wilmette and St. Charles, Ill., and Louisville, Ky. She was a Retreat Coordinator and Receptionist at Weber Center in Adrian, Mich., for two years, and Pastoral Minister for 11 years in Pontiac and Walled Lake, Mich., and Burkesville, Ky. She was Coordinator of Social Concerns at St. Mary Parish in Adrian for eight years. Sister became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian in 1997. Sister Patricia is survived by loving nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a cousin, Sister Loretta Ann Walsh, also an Adrian Dominican Sister. Visitation is from 6:15 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 30, 2008, in the Rose Room of the Dominican Life Center, followed by Vigil Prayer at 7 p.m in St. Catherine Chapel. The Funeral Liturgy will be offered in St. Catherine Chapel at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 1, 2008. Burial will be in the Congregation cemetery. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Anderson Funeral Home, Adrian. Memorial gifts may be made to Adrian Dominican Sisters, 1257 E. Siena Heights Drive, Adrian, MI 49221.



Stella Marie Knieper

Wednesday, November 26, 2008 7:15 AM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

Stella Marie Knieper, 87, of Clinton died Monday, Nov. 24, 2008, in Ann Arbor. She was born Dec. 10, 1920, in Deerfield, Mich., the daughter of Dale and Susie (Iott) Diver. Stella married Aloysius Paul Knieper on Oct. 12, 1940; he preceded her in death on Jan. 30, 1996. Stella was a member of St. Dominic’s Church of Clinton for many years. She was a member of the Clinton Red Hatters and an avid Euchre player. Stella is survived by a daughter, Markietta Hensel of Pocatello, Idaho; four sons, Aloysius Dean Knieper of Pocatello, Idaho, Kenneth Knieper of Denver, Colo., Rodney (Janis) Knieper of Ashland, Ohio, and Larry Knieper of Aurora, Colo.; one son-in-law, Jim (Linda) Devine of Dexter, Mich.; 13 grandchildern and 11 greatgrandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Aloysius; four sisters, three brothers, one son, Wayne, and one daughter, Winona Devine. Cremation has taken place and no service has been scheduled at this time. Condolences may be offered to the family at



Sub Deacon Lawrence Most

Sub Deacon Lawrence L. Most, 64, of Copper City, formerly of 




Thursday 4-9 p.m. and Friday 1-9 p.m. at the A.H. Peters Funeral Home, 20705 Mack Ave. at Vernier Rd, Grosse Pointe Woods. Prayer Service Friday 7 p.m. Funeral Service Saturday 10 a.m. at St. Sharbel Maronite Catholic Church, 31601 Schoenherr, Warren.



Terry Reisch

Friday, November 28, 2008 3:31 AM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

Terry Reisch, Ph.D., age 49, Professor of German at Hillsdale College, died on Friday, Nov. 21, 2008 after a brief, intense struggle with cancer. He was at home under Hospice care at the time of his passing with family and friends at his side. Dr. Reisch was born Oct. 1, 1959 in Reading, Pa. to Marlene (Showalter) Reisch and Martin L. Reisch, who both survive their son.  After graduation from Wilson High School in West Lawn, Pa. he went on to receive his B.S. in Education, German and French from Millersville State University in 1981, his M.A. in German from Penn State University in 1984, and his Ph.D. in German from State University of New York-Albany in 1992.  His educational experience before coming to Hillsdale College also included a Fulbright Teaching Assistantship in Braunshweig, Germany in 1983 and a Lectureship in Germany at the University of Wurzburg in 1986. From 1988 until his death Dr. Reisch taught in the German department at Hillsdale College and will be remembered by his students as a fine teacher and engaging personality. Highlights of his teaching career, which receive special praise from students, were summer sessions in the German department's overseas program and seminars on Holocaust literature. Exile and Holocaust studies were Dr. Reisch’s areas of academic specialization and along with his scholarly articles and presentations is his recently published book, Hitler’s Hostages, co-authored with Charles E. Harrar, which concentrates on the degradation of Germans under the Nazi regime. In recognition of his many contributions to the College, Dr. Reisch was promoted to full professor during his illness. Colleagues will sorely miss Professor Reisch and especially telling will be the absence of his quick and acerbic wit. Terry Reisch married Maria (Moreno-Perez) in 1983 and their son Sebastian was born in 1991. The clever, rather reserved German boy from western Pennsylvania and the sharp, feisty Cubana from New York City, a pair straight out of central casting for the opposites attract marriage, as most young academic couples, had their share of moving in their early days until Terry received his post at Hillsdale. They set up their final home in Hillsdale on Broad Street in 1994. Terry's hobbies included house renovation, woodworking, NASCAR and the odd round of golf. The family's energies had the last few years been focused on the fortunes of the Hillsdale High School cross-country team of which Sebastian was a member.  Terry, a cross-country runner himself, was an avid supporter of the team and was cheered in his illness by its great success this year. He was particularly proud of the team’s character and the friendships he made through his association with coaches, runners and other team supporters were of the utmost importance to him. Other than his parents, wife and son, Terry is survived by his sister, Bonnie (Reisch) Bunce and her husband David Bunce of Naples, Fla.; along with their children, William E. Bunce II and Jonathan T. Bunce; nephews, Richard Reisch of Bernville, Pa., Edward J. McGlone III of Long Island, N.Y., Louis A. Marinaro of Westchester, N.Y.; and great-niece, Averi Reisch of Bernville, Pa.  Terry was preceded in death by his older brother, Martin T. Reisch in 2000. A memorial service for Terry Reisch is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Saturday at Markel Auditorium located in the Sage Center on the Hillsdale College campus. Arrangements are entrusted to the VanHorn-Eagle Funeral Home in Hillsdale. Memorial donations in Terry Reisch’s name may be directed to Hillsdale Hospice, to whose members the Reisch family wishes to express its profound gratitude, or to a charity of one's choice. To view this obituary and send condolences, visit



The Rev. James Willeby Cranick, 74

The Rev. James Willeby Cranick, 74, went home to be with his savior on Nov. 26. 



Theodore L. Stautz

Wednesday, November 26, 2008 7:18 AM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

Theodore Leighten Stautz, age 86, of Manchester passed away at home on Nov. 24, 2008. Mr. Stautz was born on Sept. 6, 1922, in Manchester, the son of Leon and Cora (Hoelzer) Stautz. He married Norma Wurster on July 22, 1950, and she survives. Ted was a partner of Manchester Tool & Die and Manchester Stamping and currently owner of the Manchester Car Wash. He was a member of the Emanuel United Church of Christ. Ted was dedicated to Manchester and generously contributed his time in the community. He belonged to the Optimist Club, Athletic Boosters, Village Council, Fire Department and American Legion Post #117.  Besides his wife of 58 years, Ted is survived by his children, Gary (Janice) Stautz of Manchester, Karen (Tom) Marshall of Canadian Lakes, Mich., Larry (Lori) Stautz of Manchester; sister, Juanita O’Leary of St. Johns, Mich.; five grandchildren, Matthew Stautz, Natalie Suggs, Holly Stautz, Jennifer Stautz, Ryan Stautz; one greatgrandchild, Bailey Suggs. He was preceded in death by his brother, Robert Stautz. Memorial donations may be given to the Emanuel United Church of Christ, Manchester Fire Department or American Legion Post #117.  Envelopes will be available at the Borek Jennings Funeral Home, Jenter Chapel, Manchester, where family will receive friends on Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m., and Friday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. A Healing Farewell Service will be on Saturday, Nov. 29, 2008, beginning with visitation at 10 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m. at the Emanuel United Church of Christ with the Rev. Gary Kwiatek officiating. Interment Oak Grove Cemetery. Please sign Ted’s guestbook at or leave a message of comfort for his family by calling 877-231-7900.



Thomas W. Andrews, 61

Thomas W. Andrews, 61, of Harbor Springs, died Nov. 27, 2008, at Hiland Cottage in Petoskey. 




DAVID VICTOR SWEIGART, 68, of Manistee, died Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2008.Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Dec. 2, at 10 a.m., at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Manistee.Arrangements are by Johnson Funeral Home, Manistee.




Beloved husband of Helen. Dear father of Dr. Larry (Barbara) Weiss, Bruce M. Weiss, Dena (Richard) Sanders and Eva (Ron) Padgett. Loving grandfather of Andrea (Harold) Stewart, Scott Sanders, Jessica Padgett, Samantha Padgett, Nicole (Greg) Newman, Jaime (Bryan) Cherkasky, Todd Weiss, Blair Weiss and Elana Weiss. Loving great grandfather of Hailey and Jordan. Service Friday 10 a.m. at the Hebrew Memorial Chapel. Interment Hebrew Memorial Park.




of Waterford, November 25, 2008, age 88. Beloved wife of the late Gerald J. Wiza. Dear mother of Gregory (Diane) Wiza, Michael (Cyndi) Wiza and Patricia (Woody) Simmons. Dear sister of Joan Eisele and preceded in death by seven brothers and sisters. Also survived by six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. No services will be held. Memorials may be made to the Hospice of Michigan. Online guest book: Arrangements by the Riverside Chapel, Simpson-Modetz Funeral Home, Waterford.



Willard Frank "Curley" Bennett Jr. April 15, 1921-Nov. 22, 2008

Curley Bennett, age 87, of Luna Pier, MI, formerly of Erie, MI passed away Saturday November 22, 2008 in Mercy Memorial Nursing Center Monroe, MI after a brief illness.



William A. Ward Sr. Nov. 27, 2008

William A. Ward Sr., 83, of Flat Rock, died Thursday in Trenton. 



William J. Rodger

Friday, November 28, 2008 3:29 AM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

William J. Rodger, 62, of Hillsdale, passed away Monday, Nov. 24, 2008 at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Ann Arbor. Will was born July 14, 1946, in Valparaiso, Ind., the son of James and Vivian (Sproul) Rodger. He attended Kellogg Community College, Battle Creek, where he met his wife, Deborah Kay Blanchard. They were married June 29, 1968. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Debbie, and their three sons, James “J.D.” (Trisha), Steven and Michael. Also surviving are five grandchildren, Austin, Dakota, Brittany, Maverick and Eleecea. Will worked at Kroger’s in Hillsdale for 18 years. In his spare time, Will loved watching NASCAR, working around the house and tinkering with wood. His love for his wife, family and friends will be sadly missed by all. A memorial gathering will be held from 2-6 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 29 at the American Legion Post #53, Hillsdale. Donations can be made to the National Kidney Foundation.



Wilma H. Kanyo Nov. 23, 2008

Wilma H. (nee Ouellette) Kanyo, age 73, of Toledo died Nov. 23, 2008. 

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