Age 86. January 10, 2009. Beloved husband of the late Mary. loving father of Patricia Tuttle. Dear grandfather of Shawn, Valerie, and Stacey. Dearest great-grandfather of Liam and Cameron. Devoted brother of Frank (Carmen), Pete (Janice), Annie, Irene, Delores (John), and proceeded in death by siblings Angeline, Fred, and Alicia. Family will receive friends Tuesday 4-8 p.m. at the Harry J. Will Funeral Home, 37000 Six Mile Road, Livonia. Funeral Services Wednesday 12 p.m. at the funeral home. Please share a memory with the family at
ARTHUR FRANK WHEELER MARLETTE Arthur Frank Wheeler, age 85, of Marlette, died Wednesday, December 31, 2008 at Sanilac County Medical Care Facility in Sandusky, Michigan. He was born January 24, 1923 in Marlette, Michigan the son of the late Frank and Elizabeth (Schneider) Wheeler. He was a lifelong area resident and farmer. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corp. during WWII. Arthur married Loanne E. Scholz on November 22, 1951 in Marlette, she died on June 18, 2005. He is survived by one daughter; Deborah & (Harley) Rich of Marlette, three sons;David & (Cindy) Wheeler of Caro, Daniel & (Tanya) Wheeler of Grand Blanc and Douglas Wheeler of Marlette, one brother;Robert Wheeler of Marlette, sister-in-law; Mary Wheeler of Marlette, 9 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Richard Wheeler. Cremation has taken place at the Sunset Valley Crematory in Bay City. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorial suggestion to United Hospice. Arrangements by Marsh Funeral Chapel, Marlette, www.marshfuneral.com.
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McKNIGHT, AGNES "AGGIE" - Of Jackson, passed away Thursday, January 8, 2009 at Arbor Manor Care Center, age 76 years. Mrs. McKnight is at the Desnoyer Funeral Home where a Prayer Service will be held Monday 9:30 a.m. followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church 10:00 a.m. Interment St. John's Cemetery. The Reverend James Shaver officiating. The family would like to thank the staff at Arbor Manor Care Center for all of their loving care. In lieu of flowers, contributions to St. Jude's Children's Hospital would be appreciated. The family will receive friends Sunday 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 PM. Scripture Service Sunday 6:00 p.m. A complete obituary will appear in Sunday's Paper. www.Mlive.com/obits Desnoyer Funeral Home Family owned for 119 years
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WATERSMEET, Mich. -- Albert E. Schenk, 80, of Watersmeet and Duluth, Minn., died Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2009, in Duluth.
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BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- Angeline M. Stremski, loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, passed away in Bloomington on Jan. 7, 2009, at age 90.
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NEGAUNEE -- Anja M. Kippola, 88, of Ishpeming, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009, at Eastwood Nursing Center in Negaunee.
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Ann (Polentz) Zuzich, age 90, of Holland, died Sunday, January 11, 2009. She lived at Oak Crest Manor in Holland, MI. Ann was an Associate Professor at Wayne State School of Nursing; served as a former President of the Michigan Nurses Association, Citizens for Better Care and ARC/Michigan. She was an active member and volunteer at the National Shrine of the Little Flower in Royal Oak, MI. She had a passion for individuals with developmental disabilities that led to advocacy at the state and national levels. She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank, in 1983 and a son, Francis, in 1965. She is survived by her children; Paul and Mary Zuzich of Tempe, AZ, Marge and Carey Bakker of Holland and Michael Zuzich of Romeo, MI; grandchildren, Michael Zuzich and Maria (Zuzich) Ries; a great grandson, Chase Ries; and a sister-in-law, Vera and John Kerastas of Farmington Hills, MI. A funeral mass will be held at 11:00am on Wednesday, January 14, at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, 171 W 13th St., Holland, with Fr. Fred Hoesli officiating. Burial will be in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Southfield, MI. Visiting hours are scheduled for 5-7pm on Tuesday with Rosary Prayers at 6:00pm at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to Wings of Hope Hospice and St. Francis de Sales Church. Arrangements are by Notier-Ver Lee-Langeland Funeral Chapel, Holland and an online registry is available at www.notierverleelangeland.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.
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BESSEMER, Mich. -- Arthur M. Stancher, 87, of Bessemer, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2009, at the Houghton County Medical Care Facility, where he had been a resident since December 2004.
BERNARD GERALD "JERRY" MUXLOW BROWN CITY Bernard Gerald "Jerry" Muxlow, age 68, of Brown City died Saturday, December 27, 2008. He was born August 3, 1940 in Marlette to the late Bernard J. and Hazel Alta (Clink) Muxlow. Jerry graduated from Brown City High School Class of 1958 and on June 23, 1962 married Joanne Batchelor at the Brown City Missionary Church. Jerry was a farmer for many years but had most recently retired as a custodian from the St. Clair County Sheriff Dept. He was a life long member of the Brown City Missionary Church. He is survived by his wife, Joanne of 46 years, daughter; Colleen (Kevin) Burke, two grandchildren; Jacob and Jordyn Burke, sister; Roxanne (Gary) Dean, brother; Craig (Donna Mann) Muxlow and many nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held at the Brown City Missionary Church with Rev. Richard Fleddarjohann officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Brown City Missionary Church Building Fund. Arrangements made by Carman Funeral Home, Brown City, MI.
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Barbara F. Gallagher, 91, said her final goodbye to her family and friends on Jan. 7, 2009. She will be missed by many.
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Bernice Lievense, 86, of Holland, died Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009, at Hospice House of Holland. Arrangements are pending at Lakeshore Memorial Services
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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.
Catherine L. Plichta, age 76, of Monroe, formerly of Detroit, passed away Thursday January 8, 2009, at Mercy Memorial Nursing Care Center of Monroe. She had been in declining health.
Charles James Bailey, 71, died at 10:01 a.m. Saturday in his home. Arrangements by Merkle Funeral Service of Monroe.
Charles James Baker Dryden Charles James Baker, 90, of Dryden, passed away Wednesday (January 7, 2009) at Lapeer County Extended Care Facility. He was born May 16, 1918, in Leonard, the son of Frank and Zaidee (Haynes) Baker. He married Virginia Wood on June 4, 1946 in Kawkawlin, Mich. Mr. Baker graduated from Dryden High School prior to enlisting in the U.S. Army. He served in Japan during World War II. He was a lifetime farmer and worked for National Twist Drill for 21 years before retiring. He was a member of Dryden Wesleyan Church. He is survived by his wife; children, James (Betty) Baker of Broken Arrow, Okla., Paul Baker of Dryden, George (Yvonne) Baker of Metamora, Mary (Alan) Curtis of Oxford, Jean (Wayne) Martin of Imlay City, Joan (Neil) Wagner of Metamora, Lisa (Rick) Smith of Dryden, Sandy (Darren) Szlachta of Attica; 14 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Gilbert Baker. Memorial contributions may be mad
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Charles William “Chuck” Gumpp of Burton, formerly of Hillsdale passed away Monday, Jan. 5, 2009 at his home. He was born Oct. 31, 1978 in Jackson the son of his father, Thomas Gochanour; his mother, Brenda (Bowditch) Gumpp and his second father, Gerold “Gary” Gumpp. He is survived by his mother, Brenda Gumpp and her companion, Earl Barker of Grand Blanc; his father, Thomas Gochanour of Hillsdale; grandparents, Frank and Roberta Day of Osseo; two half-sisters, Jennifer Wood and Heidi Gochanour; several aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his second father, Gary Gumpp and his grandmother, Florence Gumpp. Chuck attended Hillsdale High School and received his G.E.D. He continued his education at Western Michigan University and graduated on Dec. 11, 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Management and a minor in Economics. He worked as a manager at Rite Aid in Almont and he was a member of the Eagles Lodge. A funeral service to honor the life of Mr. Charles William “Chuck” Gumpp will be held at the Hampton-Kurtz Funeral Home in Hillsdale at 2 p.m. Saturday. Interment will take place in the Waldron Cemetery. The family will receive friends for visitation from 5-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Friends who wish may make memorial contributions to the family. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
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Charlotte Alexander, 88, of Holland, died Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2008, in Heartland Health Care of Whitehall. A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 17 at First United Methodist Church, 57 W. 10th St., Holland. Arrangements by Dykstra Life Story Funeral Homes, Inc., Downtown Chapel. www.lifestorynet.com
Clara Edith Sanford, 89, died January 10, 2009, in Monroe.Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday and Monday at Ochalek-Stark Funeral Home, Milan. Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Milan Free Methodist Church.
Clarence L. Osentoski 1934-2008 Clarence L. Osentoski, 74, Caseville, died Friday, January 2, 2009 at Crittenton Hospital in Rochester Hills after a long battle with cancer. He was born June 1, 1934 in Ubly to the late Louis and Anna (Pawlowski) Osentoski. On October 24, 1953, Clarence married Donna J. Popour of Harbor Beach at Our Lady of Lake Huron Catholic Church. After marrying her, he attended a railroad engineering school in Minnesota and worked as the station manager at the Wixom Depot. He graduated from Ubly High School in 1952 In 1954 he returned to Huron County to open Osentoski Farm Equipment in Harbor Beach with his father. As the business grew to include dealerships in Bad Axe and Pigeon, Clarence moved his family to Caseville in 1968. This family owned business is now run by the third generation of the Osentoski family. He was active throughout Huron County. Clarence had been the Chairman of the Huron County Road Commission, a member at Scenic Golf and CountryClub and St. Roch Catholic Church. He enjoyed playing cards, sports and traveling. He is survived by his wife, Donna; children, Donald (Lana), Pigeon, Timothy (Sharon), Bad Axe, Karen, Caseville, Thomas (Kari), Bay City, Diane Bass, Clarkston, Richard, Caseville and Daniel (Rose), Caseville; 17 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren and sisters, Betty Hill, Ariz. and Doris (Charles) Crowl, Warren. He was preceded in death by his infant son, Steven and grandson, Erik. A funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, January 7, 2009 at St. Roch Catholic Church with Fr. Kenneth Yaroch officiating. Burial will take place in St. Roch Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. Wednesday until the time of mass at church. Memorials may be made to the St. Roch Building Fund or Helping Hands, both in Caseville. Condolences may be shared at
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IRON BELT, Wis. -- Claudia B. Ruikka, 74, of Iron Belt, quietly passed away Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009.
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Craig Roisland, 64, of Coldwater, died Friday, Jan. 9, 2009 at the Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo. Funeral arrangements are pending at Dutcher Funeral Home and will be announced as soon as they become available.
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Creta Faye Bigelow, age 75 of Pulaski Township passed away Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2009 at home under the loving care of her family. She was born March 11, 1933 in Sayersville, Ky. the daughter of Arthur and Betty (Barnett) Hurley. She married Leonard Bigelow, Sr. on April 7, 1950 and he survives. Besides her loving husband of 58 years, Creta is also survived by her children, Beverly (Quincy) Osborne of Pulaski Township, Leonard W., Jr. (Lynn) Bigelow of Highland, Ervin (Karen) Bigelow of Temple, Texas, Nancy (Dana) Poynter of Michigan Center, Raymond (Rose) Bigelow of Breckinridge, Gloria Miller of Concord; 21 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and sister, Joann Hurley. Creta enjoyed hunting with her husband, sewing, crossword puzzles and her family. She was preceded in death by her son Bruce Bigelow in 1991, one brother and two sisters. Creta’s family will celebrate her life at 2 p.m. Friday at Lauer Family Funeral Homes, Concord with Reverend Melany Chalker officiating. Memorial contributions may be given to the family for future designation. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home from 5-7 p.m. Thursday where the family will receive friends  and at 1 p.m. Friday until the time of service. Please share a memory with Creta’s family at www.Lauerfh.com
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DIANE J. CASS CARSONVILLE Diane J. Cass, age 61, of Carsonville, died Friday, December 26, 2008 in St. Marys Hospital, Saginaw, as the result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident with her twin sister Donna Welsh. She was born June 15, 1947 in Detroit, daughter of the late Henry W. and Martha M. (Detgen) Lindley. She and Grant S. Cass, Sr. were married on June 8, 1968 at St. John Lutheran Church, Port Sanilac. He died July 18, 2002. Mrs. Cass was a member of St. John Lutheran Church. Surviving are two sons; Grant, Jr. (Jodi) of Marlette and Scott (Tracy)of Sandusky, two daughters; Lisa Molloy of Sandusky and Tina (Don) Boze of Port Sanilac, one brother; Henry Lindley of Carsonville, three sisters; Geraldine Crawford and Dolores Marsh, both of Las Vegas and Lois Swann of AL. and six grandchildren. Funeral services were held at St. John Lutheran Church, Port Sanilac with Rev. Leo Thoms will officiating. Burial was in the Church Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Church. Arrangements made by Pomeroy Funeral Homes, Inc., Six South Howard Ave., Croswell, MI 48422.
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DONNA M. WELSH CARSONVILLE Donna M. Welsh, age 61 of Carsonville, died Saturday, December 27, 2007 in Covenant Hospital, Saginaw, as the result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident with her twin sister Diane Cass. She was born June 15, 1947 in Detroit, daughter of the late Henry Wm. and Martha M. (Detgen) Lindley. Donna was a member of St. John Lutheran Church. Surviving are her daughters; Brenda (Charles) Havens of Croswell, Sherri (Tim Hewitt) Welsh of Rose City, Roxanne (Bill Kolakovich) Welsh of Port Sanilac, and Denise (Bill) Nugent of Carsonville, her son; Michael (Nicole) Styles of Carsonville, one brother; Henry Lindley of Carsonville and three sisters; Geraldine Crawford and Dolores Marsh, both of Las Vegas and Lois Swann of AL and twelve grandchildren. Funeral services were held at St. John Lutheran Church, Port Sanilac with Rev. Leo Thoms officiating. Burial was in the Downing Cemetery, Deckerville. Arrangements made by Pomeroy Funeral Homes, Inc., SixSouth Howard Ave., Croswell, MI 48422.
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Dale  Brown, age 62, of Constantine, Mich., passed away Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2009, at the Bronson Methodist Hospital in  Kalamazoo. He was born in Coldwater, Mich., on June 25, 1946,  a son of  William and Charlotte (Sours) Brown.   On February 27, 1970, he married Marjorie Shirk in Coldwater. Dale worked as a roll setter at Simplex paper company in  Constantine from 1972 to 2001. He enjoyed reading the Bible, fishing and working on cars and with wood. Surviving are: his wife, Marjorie Brown, Constantine; daughters, Julie Long of Litchfield, Teresa (Robert) Johnson of  Mendon and Brenda Brown of  Constantine; sister, Alice Crossgrove, White Pigeon; brothers, Richard Brown of Coldwater and  Lee Brown, Sturgis; grandchildren, Anthony Long, Mickey Long, Robert Dale Long, Zyler Duane Johnson, William Brown and Ashley Fox; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Harlo Bates; and sisters, Gladys McVicker and Wilma Briggs. Relatives and friends will be received from noon-2 p.m. Friday at the Eley Funeral Home in Constantine where religious services will follow at 2 p.m. on Friday. Pastor Rudy Grantham will officiate. Interment will be in the Constantine Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the family.
Danica Marie Cox, age 5, of Monroe, MI., died Jan. 6, 2009 due to injuries sustained from an automobile accident.Family visitation will be from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM and open visitation from 3:00 PM to 9:00 PM Sunday, Jan.
Daniel Chester Walsh, 19, of Monroe died Thursday in his home.
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Darryl D. Gottschalk, age 69, of Sturgis, Mich., passed away Tuesday evening, Jan. 6, 2009, at his home. He was born July 23, 1939, in Jonesville, Mich., a son to the late Marlin and Flossie (Smith) Gottschalk. Darryl’s early life was spent in Coldwater where he graduated from Coldwater High School with the class of 1957. Following his graduation from high school Darryl moved to Sturgis where he resided the remainder of his life. On Sept. 30, 1989, he married Verna Mae Kilen at the First Church of God in Sturgis. She died June 19, 2005. He retired from Rood Industries in Sturgis in 2001 after 20 years of employment when the business closed. Prior to joining Rood Industries he was employed by Means Service in Sturgis for over 20 years and had also worked at Ross Laboratories in Sturgis for several years. Darryl was a veteran of the National Guard, earning the rank of Sergeant. He was a past member of B.P.O.Elks #1381. He enjoyed rifle target shooting, bowling, playing and participating in tournaments and fishing, especially fishing for bass. For many years Darryl fished in local bass tournaments and circuits including the B&W Bass Circuit and RJ’s Bass Circuit. He will be dearly missed by his family and many friends. He is survived by his children, Darren (Lisa) Gottschalk of Sturgis, Kelly Gottschalk of Howe, Ind., Hollie Butler of Odell, Ill., and Douglas Rosson, Jr. of Cary, Ill.; five grandchildren, Skyler, Laci, Ashlee, Kyle and Trent; three sisters, Marilyn (Joe) Otis of Coldwater, Darlene (Fred) Loetz of Sturgis and Shila (John) Potts of Angola, Ind.; a brother, Jerry (Linda) Gottschalk of South Whitley, Ind.; and many nieces and nephews.  Preceding him in death were his parents, wife; a son, Darryl Dean Gottschalk Jr.; and a nephew, Michael Otis. In accordance with his wishes cremation has taken place. A memorial graveside service and burial of the ashes will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday at Oak Lawn Cemetery in Sturgis. The Rev. Sam Maddox of the Light & Life Wesleyan Church in Three Rivers will officiate. Full military rites will be conferred by Captain John J. Kelley Posy #1355 VFW and the U.S. Army Honor Guard. The Hackman Family Funeral Homes – Hackman Chapel, 114 S. Nottawa St., Sturgis is handling the arrangements. The family suggests, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be directed to Hospice of Sturgis, P.O. Box 126, Sturgis, MI 49091; or the American Cancer Society, 1400 West Milham, Kalamazoo, MI 49024. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. His obituary is also at www.legacy.com.
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IRONWOOD, Mich. -- Darryl J. Hill, 39, of Ironwood, died peacefully early Sunday morning, Jan. 11, 2009, at his father's home on Vanderhagen Road in Ironwood Township, following a courageous battle with cancer.
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David Wood, 92, passed away, Jan. 6, 2009, at Arbor Hospice Residence. Cremation has taken place. Arrangements by J. Gilbert Purse Funeral Home, Adrian.
Dennis C. Scott, 65, passed away with his family by his side at the Lifepath Hospice Center in Sun City, Fla., at 4:45 p.m. on Dec. 23, 2008. He and his wife lived at the Little Manatee Manufactured Home Park in Wimauma, Fla., for the past 5 years.
Diana R. Paul 1951 - 2008 Diana R. Paul, 57, Prescott, Ariz., passed away Tuesday, December 23, 2008 at the Las Fuentes Care Center in Prescott. She was born in Pigeon on July 23, 1951, the daughter of Jack H. Sr. and Marilyn (Jurgess) Paul. Diana had a kind and gentle heart. She loved life and laughed a lot. She enjoyed being a Girl Scout, going outdoors to the woods and swimming. She liked school, drawing, coloring, puzzles and her dolls. She especially enjoyed Christmas and her birthdays, traveling with her parents, visiting at Grandma Doyle's, eating brown sugar and butter sandwiches and being called "Lucy." She loved her Lord Jesus. She is survived by her father, Jack H. Paul, Sr., Cottonwood, Ariz.; two sisters, Pattie (Jim) Hammett, John Day, Ore. and Mary (Rick) Hinson, Charlotte, N.C.; two brothers, Clare (Amy) Paul, Dayton, Ohio and Jack (Wendy) Paul, Lake Orion and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her mother. Funeral services were held on Saturday, January 3, 2009 at the Meyersieck-Bussema Funeral Home in Pigeon, with Rev. Michael T. Sawicki officiating. Burial took place in Caseville Township Cemetery. Memorials for Diana Paul may be made to the American Diabetes Association. Arrangements were handled by the Meyersieck-Bussema Funeral Home, Pigeon.
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Donald L. Brewer, 78, of Jonesville, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2008, at the Hillsdale County Medical Care Facility. He was born Aug. 13, 1930. There will be a memorial mass for Don Brewer 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Hillsdale with Fr. Ioane Sigarara as celebrant.  Private interment will take place at a later date at Lakeview Cemetery in Quincy. The family will receive friends for visitation on Saturday morning from 10 a.m. until services at 11 a.m., at St. Anthony Catholic Church. Arrangements are entrusted to the Eagle Funeral Home in Jonesville.
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Donald R. Skeels, age 89, of Adrian, passed away peacefully Friday, Jan. 9, 2009, at Bixby Medical Center. Don was born May 5, 1919, the son of Wayland and Fern (Pratt) Skeels. He graduated from Adrian High School. Don attended Adrian College before transferring to Detroit Business College, where he received his bachelor’s degree.  On Oct. 18, 1947, Donald married Marion Roberts in Detroit. Marion, his wife of over 61 years, survives. For 35 years, Don sold Prudential Insurance in Adrian, retiring in 1979. In his retirement he worked for the Sheriff’s Department as a bailiff. Don was a member of the First United Methodist Church. He was also a member of the Elks, the Moose and the American Legion. Trips to Wisconsin and Traverse City to see his grandchildren, when he was able, were very important to Don. He was a familiar spectator at the Siena Heights soccer field watching his local grandchildren play. In addition to his wife, Don is survived by three sons, Donald (Lorie) Skeels of Stoughton, Wis., Mark (Mary) Skeels of Clayton, and Matthew (Kim) Skeels of Traverse City; seven grandchildren, Sam, Ben, Emily, Ethan, Zach, Alison and Leah; and five great-grandchildren, Sophy, Silas, Ayda, Henry and Lyra.  Also surviving are his siblings, Wilma Welch, Dorman Skeels, Kenneth Skeels of Adrian, Gerald Skeels and Victor Skeels. Don was preceded in death by a sister, Natalie, and two brothers, Wayland and Charles. The funeral service for Don will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 16, 2009, at Wagley Funeral Home with the Rev. Chris Brundage officiating. Burial will follow at Lenawee Hills Memorial Park in Adrian, where military honors will be conducted by the Annis Fint Post #1584 of the VFW. Friends may visit the family at the funeral home on Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. Contributions in memory of Don may be made to Hospice of Lenawee. Envelopes are available at Wagley Funeral Home.
Doris Compton, 87, a former resident of Eckerman and Petoskey, died at her home in Sebring, Fla., on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2009.
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Doris Miller Kosier, 89, of Pioneer, Ohio, passed away Sunday, Jan. 4, 2009, at Community Hospitals and Wellness Centers, Bryan, Ohio. She was born July 16, 1919, in Pulaski, Ohio. Funeral services will be 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Pioneer Church of the Nazarene with Pastors Michael Dunson and Wayne Sweeley officiating. Burial will be in Floral Grove Cemetery, Pioneer. Visitation will be 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Thompson Funeral Home, Pioneer.
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Doris “Dody” Nykerk, age 85, of Holland, died Friday January 9, 2009, at Holland Community Hospital.  Dody was born July 11, 1923 in Holland and was a lifelong resident.  She had been employed for 25 years as the secretary to the principal at West Ottawa High School, retiring in 1985. Dody was a member of the First Reformed church of Holland and the American Legion Auxiliary. She enjoyed watching her family play league softball, knitting and crocheting and traveling with her family. She is survived by daughters, Cheryl “Cherie” and Cornie Versendaal of Holland and Pat and Bill Henson of Holland, grand children, Steve Garvelink, Jodi and Steve Oudendyk, Kirk and Lanelle Garvelink, Jeff Henson, and Jamie and Blaine Rockhold, twelve great grand children, Mike (Angela) DeWitt, Courtney, Ryan, Chelsea, Amanda and Connor Garvelink, Taylor and Delaney Overman, Jessilyn and Makynlie Rockhold, Whitney, and Kara Saylor and one great great grandchild, Christian DeWitt, sisters, Irene and Lyle Prichard of Holland and Myra and Doug Arnold of Holland, several nieces and nephews.  Dody was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Chester L. Nykerk in 1996, a son in law, Don Garvelink in 2002 and a sister, Omel Hopkins.  Memorials may be given to the Martin E. Ball Scholarship Fund at West Ottawa High School.  Private family services will be held.  Please visit www.lifestorynet.com to sign a guest register.   Arrangements are by the Northwood Chapel of Dykstra Life Story Funeral Home, 295 Douglas Ave. Holland.
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Doris Roy, age 87, of Adrian, died Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009, at Bixby Medical Center. She was born March 27, 1921, in Toledo, Ohio, to Roy G. Sturdevant and Edith (Hayes) Vandenberg. Doris was a graduate of DeVilbiss High School in Toledo, Ohio.  On June 9, 1951, she married Paul Albert Roy, a resident of Grand Court. She retired from American Chain and Cable in 1971, after many years of service as a secretary. She also worked at Libby Glass in Toledo, Ohio, Sperty Faraday, and C&D Rental.  Doris was a member of the First Baptist Church of Adrian, a leader of the Madison Kitty Hawks 4-H Club, a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, the Eastern Star, and the Pythian Sisters. She was named Volunteer of the Year at Madison School. Doris was very dedicated to Christian education and faithfully taught Sunday school for over 70 years. In addition to her husband, she is survived by one son, Kenneth A. Roy of N.C.; one daughter, Nancy C. Roy-Griggs of Dumfries, Va.; two grandchildren, Heather Nicole Hoskins and her husband, Sam, and Adrienne Elizabeth Griggs; one great-grandson; a sister, Ruth Bush, and her husband, George, of Kissimee, Fla.; and a cousin, Barbara Bukowski of Toledo, Ohio. She was preceded in death by her grandson, Weston Michael Griggs. Funeral services for Doris will be held on Monday, Jan. 12, 2009, at 1 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home, Adrian, with the Rev. Geoffrey Koglin officiating. Burial will be in Lenawee Hills Memorial Gardens in Tecumseh. Visitation will be held on Sunday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m., at the Anderson Funeral Home, Adrian. You may send condolences to the family at www.andersonfuneralhomeadriantecumseh.com. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Madison Elementary School or the Christian Education Program at the First Baptist Church. Envelopes are available at the Anderson Funeral Home, Adrian.
Dr. Harold Knirk of Lansing, MI, died January 8, 2009 at age 89. He was born to Mr. and Mrs. Fred Knirk of Quincy, MI, on October 18, 1919. He was a 1937 graduate of Quincy High School.
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Duane G. Waggoner, 61, of Palmyra, passed away Friday, Jan. 9, at his home. Duane was born on March 16, 1947, in Toledo, the son of Earl and Mary Lee Waggoner. He was a graduate of Blissfield High School, and received an associate’s degree from Monroe Community College. Duane worked as a painter and carpenter with his father and on his own. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, working outdoors, and spending time with his extended family. He was a member of the Elem3nt Church in Blissfield. Surviving are two sons, Guy Waggoner of Blissfield and Ryan Waggoner of Oakland, Calif.; his mother, Mary Lee Waggoner of Blissfield; a brother, Earl Waggoner Jr. of Hartsville, S.C.; a sister, Angela French of Adrian; and six grandchildren. His father, Earl Waggoner Sr., preceded Duane in death in 1999. Following Duane’s wishes, cremation will take place. A private memorial service for the family is planned for a later date. Arrangements were made with the Tagsold Funeral Home in Blissfield.
ERNEST MARK "PETE" BULLOCK DECKER Ernest M. Bullock, age 89, of Decker, died Friday, December 26, 2008 in Sanilac County Medical Care Facility, Sandusky following a brief illness. He was born March 12, 1919 at home in Evergreen Township to William and Mary (McComb) Bullock. He married Emma Edith Kitchin June 30, 1942 in Emma's parents home in Evergreen Township. Ernest was a crop and dairy farmer. He worked for a few years for Active Industries in Elkton and for Gerden Industries in Marlette. Ernest retired as a carpenter working commercial construction after about ten years. He was a member of Mizpah Missionary Church for many years. Ernest enjoyed rabbit hunting in his younger years and he enjoyed woodworking. Ernest is survived by his wife; Emma, children; Donald (Virginia) Bullock of Decker, David (Penny) Bullock of Saginaw, Dale (Fay) Bullock of Sandusky, Diane K. Bullock of Sandusky, grandchildren; Laurie Ganzberg, Kristin (Jeff) Fuller, Lynette (Matt) Waligora, Nanette Horst, Bradley (Lori) Bullock, Nicholas (Deb) Bullock, Cori (Christopher) Schuster, brother; Stanley (Margaret) Bullock of Caro, sister-in-law; Merle Kitchin and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by brothers and sisters-in-law; Omar (Lila) Bullock, Clarence (Helen) Bullock, Frank (Miriam) Bullock, John (Alberta) Bullock, sister; Thelma Sterling. Funeral service was held at Kranz Funeral Home, Cass City, MI with Pastor JT Mabe of Mizpah Missionary Church officiating. Internment will be in Evergreen Township Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Family Discretionary Fund. Family and friends may share memories, prayers and stories with the family at
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Edna  J.  Miller, age 99, of Britton, died  Jan. 9, 2009, at Evangelical Home in Saline. She was the wife of the late Ervin, dear mother of Dale (Joahan) Kolb of Whittemore and Marilyn Hawkins (Keith Fisher), grandmother of two, and great-grandmother of five. Calling hours are Saturday from 1 to 8 p.m. at Cover Funeral Home in Dundee, 734-529-3156. The funeral will be Sunday at 2 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment  will be in Maple Grove Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to Arbor Hospice or the Evangelical Saline Activities Department.
Edna Juanita Miller, age 99 of Britton, Michigan, formerly of Dundee, died Jan. 9, 2009 at Evangelical Home in Saline. She was born in Dundee Township April 29, 1909 to Albert and Lucy (Monk) Koster. She married Ervin J.
Eleanor R. Peterson, 87, of Monroe, formerly of S. Rockwood, died at 10:57 p.m. Friday at Mercy Memorial Nursing Center.Friends may call from 1 to 8 p.m. Monday at Rupp Funeral Home, where a Rosary will be recited at 6 p.m.
Eleanora V. Rees 1922-2008 Eleanora V. Rees, 86, Bad Axe, passed away on Saturday, January 3, 2009 at St. Mary's Medical Center in Saginaw. She was born on June 29, 1922 in Sigel Township, daughter of the late Frederick and Mary (Wurm) Zuendel. She was united in marriage to George Rees on September 7, 1940 in the manse of the Harbor Beach Presbyterian Church. He preceded her in death on May 19, 2003. She was a member of the Bad Axe First Presbyterian Church and the Bad Axe High School Class of 1940. She is survived by two daughters, Sharon (Steve) Wilkins, Kirkland, Wash. and Linda (Dennis) Veale, Fremont; a sister, Evelyn Irwin, Bad Axe; six grandchildren, Steve (Kelly) Wilkins, Mary Konarek, Kevin (Teri) Lowery, Amy Veale, Rebecca (Rick) Content and Jennifer Veale and eight great-grandchildren, Zoe Wilkins, Meadow Wilkins, Carlie Wilkins, Ashalynn Wilkins, Cody Konarek, Alyssa Konarek, Jake Lowery and Samuel Content. She was preceded in death by one brother, Clarence Zuendel and one sister, Genevieve Zuendel. Services will be held today at 11 a.m. at the Bad Axe First Presbyterian Church. Rev. Jan Dykshoorn, pastor, officiated. Memorials may be offered to the Bad Axe First Presbyterian Church. Arrangements were handled by the Kaufman Funeral Home, Bad Axe.
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Elisabeth C. Smoljo, age 77 of Centreville, died Saturday, Jan. 10, 2009, at Three Rivers Health.  She was born in Munich, Germany on May 5, 1931, the daughter of Joseph and Elsa (Hofbauer) Lederer.  She came to the United States in 1951, settling in Chicago.  It was there that she met and married Joseph Smoljo on Aug. 11, 1956.  Elisabeth was a bookkeeper and had worked for U.S. Steel, Sears-Roebuck, and Darling Enterprises.  She and her husband retired to Centreville in 1979.  Here she worked briefly for Denton Mills and Village Market, and attended St. Clare Catholic Church.  She was an avid football fan.  She also enjoyed gardening, sewing, and bird-watching. Elisabeth is survived by her husband, Joseph Smoljo of Centreville;  one son, Joseph Smoljo, Jr. and his wife, Brenda of Seymour, Ind.;  two grandchildren, Ashley Smoljo of Seymour, Ind., and Chad Jordan and his wife, Monica of Sturgis;  one nephew, Bryan Smoljo and wife, Claudia of Joliet, Ill. She was preceded in death by her parents and by three brothers.  Cremation has been conducted.  A memorial funeral mass will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2009, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Three Rivers with Rev. Father Mark Vyverman officiating.  Donations will be used for memorial masses. Arrangements were by the Eickhoff Funeral Home of Mendon.  Online register and condolences may be left at www. eickhofffuneralhome.com
Memorial services have been set for Emerald M. quot;Peggy quot; Baker, age 92, of Monroe, MI who passed away Friday, December 26, 2008 in Mercy Memorial Hospital after a brief illness.
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Erwin W. Buss, age 87, of Adrian, formerly of Tecumseh, died Jan. 8, 2009, at Bixby Medical Center. He was born April 12, 1921, in Manchester, Mich., the son of William and Emma (Schlicht) Buss. On June 28, 1953, he married Arlene Sherman in Tecumseh, Mich. She preceded him in death Oct. 15, 1998. Erwin was retired from Tecumseh Products Company. He was a member of the Tecumseh United Methodist Church. He enjoyed farming, gardening and lawn work. Erwin is survived by his sister-in-law and caregiver, June Wood of Adrian, and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents, five sisters, three brothers, and a brother-in-law, Robert Wood. Funeral services will take place 11 a.m. Tuesday Jan. 13, 2009, at J. Gilbert Purse Funeral Home, Tecumseh, MI, with the Rev. David McKinstry officiating. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 12, 2009, at J. Gilbert Purse Funeral Home, Tecumseh. Interment will follow at Brookside Cemetery, Tecumseh. Memorial contributions may be made to the Tecumseh United Methodist Church Choir Fund or a charity of the donor's choice. Condolences to the family may be made on line at www.pursefuneralhome.com.
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Eva Conde, age 76, of Holland, died Friday January 9, 2009 at Heartland of Holland.  She was born November 24, 1932 in San Benito, Texas to Ignacio and Carolina (Rangel) Conde and came to Holland in 2004 from Chicago Heights, IL.  Eva is survived by a daughter SanJuana Garcia of Holland, a son, Thomas (Rosa) Torres of Immokalee, Florida, brothers, Jose (Juanita) Conde of San Benito, TX and Abelin Conde of Bowling Green, TX, a sister, Eloisa Conde of Harlingen, TX, eight grand children, twenty three great grand children and 1 great great grandchild.  Eva was preceded in death by a grandson Thomas Torres Jr. and a sister, Angelita Conde.  The family will receive friends from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM Tuesday at St Francis De Sales Catholic Church, 195 W. 13th St. Holland. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 1:00 PM at the church. Interment to follow at Pilgrim Home Cemetery.  Arrangements are by the Mulder Chapel of Dykstra Life Story Funeral Home.  Please visit www.lifestorynet.com to sign a guest register.
• Evelyn J. Perry, 82, of Pentwater, died Thursday, Jan. 8. Oak Grove Funeral Home and Cremation Center is in charge of arrangements....
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Peplinski, Evelyn V. Bay City, Michigan Evelyn V. Peplinski passed away Friday evening, January 9, 2009 at Bay Regional Medical Center, age 89 years. The Funeral Mass will be held Tuesday, January 13, 2009 from St. Hyacinth Church at 1:00 p.m. Friends may call at the Church from 12:00 noon until the time of the Mass. In lieu of flowers, Evelyn's family has requested any memorials be extended to Brian's House. There will be no visitation at the Ambrose Funeral Home. A full obituary will be in the Monday edition of the Times.
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Frances Thorington Otisville Frances Thorington, 81, of Otisville, passed away Monday (January 5, 2009) after a long struggle with Alzheimer s. Frances was born December 21, 1927, in Flint, the daughter of Frances (Niedzwecki) and Nicholas Manych. She was united in marriage to Lewis Thorington on July 1, 1949. Frances was active in the Senior Olympics, Thetford Senior Center and Forest Township Seniors. She also loved playing cards, bingo, gardening, mowing the lawn and going to the casino. Frances was a loving and caring person who always put others first. Her first love was her family. She is survived by her children, Wendy Ball, Judy (Max) Farner, John (Crystal) Thorington; grandchildren: Max Farner III, Kim (Scott) Brabant, Carly (Shaun) Speranza, Amanda (Jeff) Bramlett, Taylor and Tyler Thorington; great-grandchildren, Logan and Aiden Farner, Jacob Brabant, Mia Speranza; sister, Agnes Dunn; brother: Paul Manych; sister-in-law Peggy Manych, Geneva Willford, Carol
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Francis W. Yockey, age 88, of Bronson, Mich., died Jan. 7, 2009, at the Sturgis Hospital. Funeral arrangements will be announced by the Kolcz Funeral Home, Bronson.
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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.
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HOWING, Frederick Of Kalamazoo Passed away January 9, 2009 at his home. He was born February 19, 1935 in Kalamazoo, to the late Nicholas and Tillie (VanderVeen) Howing. Fred was united in marriage on May 27, 1955, for a loving 53 years, to the former Ellen Siemsen, who survives. He graduated from Kalamazoo Central in 1953. Fred was selflessly devoted to his family, his grandchildren and great grandchildren, which were the pride and joy of his life. He had a love of God and compassion for the Kalamazoo community. From his parent's teachings and direction, he loved the outdoors and all of nature in general. As a young child, he enjoyed camping with his parents on Beaver Island, and eventually achieved his dream of owning his 2nd home for 33 years there. This was a favorite place for him to spend time with his family. He was President and owner of Howing Insurance Agency, Inc. He was a life member of Third Christian Reformed Church. He was also a member of the Kalamazoo Rotary Club, AMBUCS, Chamber of Commerce and Commercial Line Underwriter organization. Also surviving Fred are his children, Deborah (Steven) Terpstra of Kalamazoo and Tom (Mary) Howing of Ada, MI; grandchildren, Jeffrey (Kelly) Terpstra, Stephanie (Craig) Gernaat, Nicholas, Andrew and Matthew Howing; great grandchild, Reese; twin brother, Theodore Howing; sister, Genevieve Brussee; sister-in-law, Paula (Ken) Stahl; several nieces and nephews; many great nieces and nephews. A memorial service will take place Wednesday, 1:00PM at the Langeland Family Funeral Homes, Westside Chapel, 3926 South 9th Street, where family will greet friends on Tuesday from 2-4 and 6-8:00PM. Rev.Dr. Kenneth Baker will officiate services. Memorials may be directed to Beaver Island Christian Church or Kalamazoo Christian School Association. Please see www.langelands.com for online obituary, directions, register book and condolences. 343-1508
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at the O'Brien/Sullivan Funeral Home, 41555 Grand River, Novi, 248-348-1800 Monday 1-4 and 6-9 p.m. Rosary Monday 7:00 p.m. In state at Holy Family Church, 24505 Meadowbrook, Novi, Tuesday 10:00 a.m. until the funeral liturgy at 10:30 a.m. Donations may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association in honor of his grandchild Kellie Lorrain. On line sympathy message at
Monday 4-9 p.m., Tuesday 1-9 p.m. with 7:00 p.m. Liturgy Service at Wujek-Calcaterra & Sons, Inc., 36900 Schoenherr at Metro Parkway (16 Mile). Funeral Wednesday, in state 10:00 a.m. at St. Hubert Church, 38775 Prentiss (S. of Metro Parkway, btwn. Jefferson and Crocker) until time of Mass at 10:30 a.m. Donations are welcome to the American Heart Association. Interment Resurrection Cemetery. Share memories with the family at their "On-Line Guest Book" at
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George Hunt, of Fort Myers, Fla., formerly of Hillsdale, passed away Friday, Nov. 28, 2008, at Hope Hospice. George retired from Essex Wire and was a member of the Hillsdale Elks Lodge. He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia and son, Ron. Private funeral services have been held.
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will be Tuesday 3-8 p.m. with a Wake service at 7 p.m. at McCabe Funeral Home, 31950 W. 12 Mile Rd., Farmington Hills. In state Wednesday 10 a.m. until time of service, 10:30 a.m., St. James the Greater, 46325 W. 10 Mile Rd., Novi. Memorial contributions may be made to Camp Hayo-Went-Ha or University of Michigan Gilbert & Sullivan Society.
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Harold Brower, 91, of Holland, died Sunday, Jan. 11, 2009. Arrangements will be announced by Notier-Ver Lee-langeland Funeral Chapel, 315 E. 16th Street, Holland. www.notierverleelange land.com
Harry K. Benson, 75 of Monroe died at 2:15 a.m. Saturday at Hospice of Northwest Ohio at Toledo where he had been for 5 days. He had been in poor health since November.Friends may call from 1 to 9 p.m.
Hayden E. Neely, 81, of Harrison, formerly of Gladwin, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, Dec. 21, 2008 at his home with his family by his side.
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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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Hugh D. Blair, 91, of Jonesville, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2009, at Drews Village Green in Hillsdale. He was born Sept. 20, 1917, in Reading Township, to Thomas and Goldie (Masters) Blair. He was married May 31,1941, to Ann Buckness and she preceded him in death Dec. 12, 2000. Hugh lived his entire life in Hillsdale County and retired from Allied Products Corporation after 57 years of service. Hugh had a wonderful sense of humor and was liked and admired by all who had the opportunity to know him. Surviving are a son, Gerald (Nancy) Blair of Ivins, Utah; two grandsons, Steven (Jane) of Portland, Oregon and Thomas (Erika) of Salt Lake City, Utah and five great-grandchildren, Alexander, Katherine, Mackenzie, Audrey and Brandon. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife and a brother. Memorial services for Hugh Blair will be 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13 at the Eagle Funeral Home in Jonesville with Pastor Gary Oliver officiating. Interment will take place at Sunset View Cemetery in Jonesville. There will be no visitation or viewing. Arrangements are entrusted to the Eagle Funeral Home in Jonesville. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Michigan Society for the Blind or the American Cancer Society. To view this obituary and send condolences, visit www.eaglefuneralhomes.com.
IN LOVING MEMORY OF Ray Crafts 11/5/1929 - 1/14/2008 Your laughter, your smiles & your witty jokes, Your love for music & bicycle spokes. The warmth of your hugs & kindness of your kiss, For these are all the things we truly do miss. This year without you has been quite too long, But the memories of you shall always carry on. You've warmed the hearts of your friends & family & we miss you. Love, Dorothy, children & grandchildren
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Straub, Irene Aurelia. 85, of Taylor, died January 9, 2009.She was the loving mother of Len of New Boston, Dale (Debbie), Daniel (Bobbie) andTimothy. Proud grandmother of 15. Great-grandmother of 23.
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Irene Godlove, born on Sept. 23, 1920 to Benjamin and Jennie Perkowski, passed away on Dec. 27, 2008. She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Tyrus; children, Linda (James) Brayton of Mason, David (DaeSun) Godlove of Cottonwood, Ariz., and Janis (Mark) Munro of Camden; grandchildren, Amy Schuster, John Dunham, Victoria Munro and Victoria Godlove; four great-grandchildren; one sister, Evelyn Phillips (Harriet); and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her sisters and brothers-in-law, Jessie and Ted Magnuson, Helen and Frank Stirton, Kenneth Dunham. Irene was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, and enjoyed gardening, reading, crosswords, playing cards and bird watching. She worked at the Regent Restaurant with her three sisters and also at Sparks Corp. and then stayed at home to raise her family. Per her request, cremation has taken place, and no services will be held. To recognize her, contributions may be made to the Hillsdale County Medical Care Facility, 140 Mechanic, Hillsdale, MI 49242 “Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many thing; enter into the joy of the Lord” Matthew 25:23.
Irene Hazel Bosman, age 95, of Rockwood, MI., passed away at 1:16 p.m. January 8, 2009 at the Oakwood Southshore Medical Center in Trenton, MI.
Additional information has been received for Irma M. Poupard, 75, of Monroe, who died Wednesday.
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James C. Lincoln, age 82, of Tecumseh died Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009, at Tecumseh Place with his family at his side. Visitation will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 11, at the Tecumseh Chapel of Handler Funeral Homes. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 12, at St. Peter‘s Episcopal Church, Tecumseh, with the Rev. Robin Smith officiating. Burial will follow in Brookside Cemetery. Visitation also at the church on Monday from 1 p.m. until the time of services. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, the Alzheimer’s Association or to the charity of the donor’s choice.
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James F. Reason, age 69, of Montpelier, Ohio, and longtime resident of Tennessee, passed away, early Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2009 at the Community Health Professional’s Inpatient Hospice Center in Defiance. Mr. Reason was a self-employed farmer, truck driver and handyman. Born April 22, 1939 in Oxford, Mich., he was the son of C.B. and Bea (Thompson) Reason. James is survived by his daughter, Terri and husband Jay Zigler of Bryan, Ohio; sons, Patrick and wife Cindy Reason of Knoxville, Tenn., Michael Reason of Rogersville, Mo., Mark and wife Stephanie Reason of Columbus, Ohio, and Marty Reason of Springfield, Mo., eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. His parents, brother, Forrest “Bud” Reason and sister, Lorraine Hastings preceded him in death. Private services will be held at Roseland Cemetery in Jackson. Memorial contributions to honor James’ life may be directed to the Community Health Partners Inpatient Hospice Center of Defiance. Condolences may be sent and the online guest register may be signed at www.burrfh.com.
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James Robert (Bob) MacGeorge, age 78, of Tecumseh passed away Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009, at Herrick Medical Center. He was born Oct. 2, 1930, in Adrian to Wallace and Mary (Righter) MacGeorge. He married Virginia Johnson on Nov. 1, 1947, in Adrian and she survives. Bob was employed by Tecumseh Products for 44 years. He was a member of the Moose Lodge in Adrian. Bob enjoyed hunting, fishing, bowling, playing cards, taking bus tours with Ollie’s Group, spending time with family at their cabin in Baldwin, watching football, Tiger baseball, and racing. In addition to his wife, Virginia, Bob is survived by three sons, Jerry MacGeorge and his wife, Jackie, of Grand Haven, Robert MacGeorge and his wife, Sandee, of Albion, and Randall MacGeorge and his wife, Marcia, of Grand Rapids; one daughter, Linda Reeck and her husband, Jack, of Tecumseh; eight grandchildren, Jay, Joseph, Brian, Erin, Christopher, and Nicolas MacGeorge, Martin Blatchford, and Jennifer MacGeorge Osburn; and seven great-grandchildren, Alexandria, Mikala, Keegan, Rory and Joshua MacGeorge, and Jenna and Cora Blatchford. Bob is also survived by Rhonda (Keith) Pond, Jessica and Skylar. Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Bert and Mary MacGeorge, and three brothers, W.B. Jr., John, and, Charles. Funeral services for Bob will be held Monday, Jan. 12, 2009, at 11 a.m. at Anderson Funeral Home, 1448 Short St., Tecumseh. Burial will follow at Brookside Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home, Tecumseh. You may send condolences to the family at www.andersonfuneralhomeadriantecumseh.com. Memorial contributions may be made to the Herrick Medical Center Critical Care Unit or to the charity of the donor’s choice. Envelopes are available at Anderson Funeral Home, Tecumseh.
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Jeanette Halstead, age 96, of Adrian died peacefully, with her family at her side, on Dec. 26, 2008, in Okemos, where she had been residing for the last two years. Born Oct. 1, 1912, in Wapakoneta, Ohio, she was the second of six children born to Mercy (Corns) and Wallace Trowbridge. Her early years were spent in Springfield, Ohio, and later in Sturgis, where she pursued a career in cosmetology. She graduated from the Riggs Beauty School in Hilisdale and continued there as an instructor. She earned the first cosmetology license issued by the State of Michigan. In 1933, she married Lynn Halstead of Adrian. She established a beauty shop on West Maumee Street which she operated for nine years. Jeanette and Lynn then opened the Tip Top restaurant and later the Waffle Shop on South Main Street next to the YMCA. In the 1950s, she and her husband began developing properties in Adrian, northern Michigan and Canada. She earned both her real estate license and broker license to aid their venture. The family enjoyed their summers on Torch Lake, where Jeanette continued spending each summer with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Jeanette was a devoted mother and excellent homemaker. A skilled cook, seamstress and gardener, she created a lovely home and shared her appreciation of nature with her four children. A resolute conservationist, her “three Rs” were Repair, Reuse and Recycle. She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Lynn; brothers, Arnold, Bill and Carl Trowbridge; sisters, Evelyn Byrns and Alice Smith. She is survived by her children, Karen Kingon (Bob), Brenda Trosko (Fred), David Haistead and Philip “Flip” Halstead (Mary); four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. There will be a memorial service at a later date. In honor of her dedication to nature and conservation, contributions in her name may be made to the Torch Lake Protection Alliance, Box 706, Bellaire, MI 49615. Friends may send condolences to the family at email@example.com.
Jeffary Hood was born in Chicago on January 8, 1958. He was the son of the late Cedell and the late Florine (Staggers) Hood. Jeff accepted Christ at an early age, and attended school in the Chicago area before moving to Monroe in 1977.
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John Pappas, age 68, of Sturgis, Mich., passed away early Sunday morning, Jan. 11, 2009, at the Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo, Mich. The family will receive friends from 1-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Hackman Family Funeral Homes Hackman Chapel, 114 S. Nottawa St., Sturgis. Funeral services celebrating the life of John Pappas will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. The Rev. James Carpenter will officiate. In accordance with John’s wishes cremation will follow the service. A full obituary will appear in Tuesday’s Sturgis Journal.
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John H. Witteveen, age 89, of Zeeland, went home to be with his Lord on Tuesday, January 6, 2009.  John was a member of the Messiah's Independent Reformed Church.  He was a veteran of World War II serving in the Army and retired from Meade Johnson after 39 years.  He was preceded in death by his first wife, Eleanor.  He is survived by his wife, Phyllis; son and daughter-in-law, Ken and Diane Witteveen of Portage; two grandchildren, Jennifer Bennink and fiancé, Cory Klemens of Kalamazoo, Jeremy and Amie Witteveen of Mattawan; one great-granddaughter, Kadence Lynne Witteveen; stepchildren, David and Karyn Dykstra of McLeansboro IL, Kristin and George Klisurich of Schererville, IN, Michael and Mary Dykstra of Zeeland, Deanne and Philip Laxton of New Lennox, IL; eight step-grandchildren; brother and sisters, Harold Witteveen of Allendale, Doris and Paul Boerigter of Zeeland, Carrie Lyzenga of Grandville; brothers and sisters-in-law, Gwen and Jerry Ellens of Jenison, Don and Carol Houseman of Greenville,  James and Flossie Lampen of Lake Lady, FL; several nephews, nieces and an aunt.  Funeral services with military honors will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, January 12, 2009 at Messiah's Independent Reformed Church, 4528 48th Street in Holland.  Pastor Ken Anema will be officiating.  Burial in Zeeland Cemetery.  Visitation will be Sunday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at Lakeshore Memorial Services, 11939 James Street in Holland.  Memorial contributions may be made to Crossroad Bible Institute or the Gideon's.  An on-line registry book is available at www.lakeshorememorial.com.
Joseph Calvin Schroeder, Sr. Webberville Joseph Calvin Schroeder, Sr., 82, of Webberville, Mich. (formerly of Egg Harbor, N.J.) passed away January 2, 2009. He was born August 15, 1926, in Egg Harbor City, N.J., to Calvin and Matilde (Grams) Schroeder. He married Claire Britton. Mr. Schroeder graduated from Egg Harbor High School and Michigan State University. He served his country proudly in the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Army. Joseph was a horticulturist, growing flowers for wholesale. He was a lifetime member of the Howell Masonic Lodge #38, where he was Past Worshipful Master. Joseph owned and operated Schroeder's Greenhouse in Howell for many years. He is survived by his children, Debra (Clay) Fox of Sugar Island, Mich., Joseph (Roberta) Schroeder, Jr. of Crystal Lake, Ill., Earl (Dian) Schroeder of Metamora; 8 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; 2 sisters and 3 brothers. He was preceded in death by his wife, Claire Schroeder; parents, Calvin and Matilde Schroede
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"CINDY" JEAN KRUG Age 47 of Ada Township. Passed away Friday, January 9, 2009. Surviving are her husband of 25 years, Bill; children Aaron, Lauren, Jonathan, and Wesley; and father, Wilbur Paul. For Funeral information, contact O'Brien-Eggebeen-Gerst Funeral Home, 616-949-7350. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to her Children's Education Fund. Please make checks payable to Krug Children's Education Fund. O'Brien-Eggebeen-Gerst
• Karen A. Knickerbocker, 64, of Manistee, died Wednesday, Jan. 7. The Johnson Funeral Home of Manistee is in charge of arrangements....
Keith D. Spencer, 70, of Midland, passed away Dec. 27, 2008, in Midland. He was born July 26, 1938, to Ora and Nola (Woodruff) Spencer in Gladwin.
Kenneth L. Wilson, 86, of Charlevoix, died Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009, at the Charlevoix Area Hospital.
Public education lost a great advocate on Jan. 9, 2009. Ken MacGregor died peacefully after an 18-month battle with cancer.
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ROCHESTER, Minn. -- Laura (Zambon) Davidson, Rochester, and a former resident of Ramsay, Mich., died on Jan. 5, 2009, at the Charter House in Rochester.
Leah M. Smith 1928-2008 Leah Mae Smith, 80, Harbor Beach, passed away Sunday January 4, 2009 at the Lakeview Extended Care and Rehab Center of the Harbor Beach Community Hospital. She was born on February 3, 1928 in Marine City, the daughter of the late Andrew and Addie (Densmore) Anderson. She was united in marriage to Harold Alton Smith on May 27, 1950 in Marine City, with Harold's father, Rev. Everett Alton Smith officiating. Together Harold and Leah operated the Ben Franklin Store in Imlay City and the Harbor Beach Variety Store for over 25 years. Harold preceded her in death on August 30, 1996. Leah was a member of the United Methodist Church in Harbor Beach, United Methodist Women, the Harbor Beach Chamber of Commerce and sang in the Harbor Beach Community Choir. She enjoyed her Wednesday night card games, and others in between, cooking and camping at Sand Lake. She is survived by her children, Pam (Mike) Semp, Harbor Beach, Susan Buike, Imlay City, Janet (Greg Gerkin) Smith, Fox River Grove, Ill., Sharon (Mike) Schmalz, Harbor Beach, Mark (Kelli) Smith, Harbor Beach and Matthew (Diane) Smith, Lowell; ten grandchildren, Brad Semp, Greg Semp, Derek Semp, Shawn Tietz, Kyle Tietz, Zachary Martinez, Gabriel Martinez, Kelsey Smith, Madison Smith and Nolan Smith; eight great-grandchildren, Morgan, Owen, Nathan, Austin, Heather, Matthew, Elizabeth and Caleb. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Harold and siblings, Olga DeValk, Raymond Anderson, Robert Anderson, Andrew Anderson, Charles Anderson, William Anderson and John Anderson. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, January 8, 2009 at 11 a.m. in the Harbor Beach United Methodist Church. Rev. Paula Timm will officiate, with burial taking place in Rock Falls Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday, January 7, 2009 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Ramsey Funeral Home of Harbor Beach. Visitation on Thursday will be in the church starting at 10 a.m. until the time of services at 11 a.m. Memorials may be given to the Harbor Beach United Methodist Church. Arrangements were handled by the Ramsey Funeral Home, Harbor Beach.
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Leo M. Berbee, age 89, of Milan, died January 9, 2009 at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital with his loving family by his side. He was born December 1, 1919 in Pillager, MN, to Peter and Anna (Puitz) Berbee.
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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, January 12 from 2-9 p.m. with a 7 p.m. Rosary at the D.S. Temrowski & Sons Funeral Home, 30009 Hoover Rd. at Common (12½ Mile). Virginia will lie in state Tuesday from 10 a.m. until time of Mass at 10:30 a.m. at St. Edmund's Catholic Church in Warren. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Virginia's name to the Multiple Sclerosis Society-Michigan Chapter or the American Diabetes Association. Please share memories at
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January 10, 2009. Age 94. Beloved wife of Norman for 67 years. Loving mother of Mary Ellen Thomas (Robert) and the late Thomas Paul (Sue). Dear grandmother of six and great-grandmother of two. Family will receive friends at A.J. Desmond & Sons (Vasu, Rodgers & Connell Chapel), 32515 Woodward Ave. (between 13 and 14 Mile) Tuesday 2-8 p.m. Funeral Mass Wednesday 10 a.m. at St. Thomas More Church, 4580 N. Adams, Troy. Prayers at the funeral home at 9:15 a.m. followed by procession to church. Memorial donations for masses are appreciated. View obituary and share memories at
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Wednesday 3-9 p.m. with 7 p.m. Sharing of Memories at Wujek-Calcaterra & Sons Inc. 36900 Schoenherr at Metro Parkway (16 Mile). Funeral Thursday, in state 10:30 a.m. at St. Michael Church, 40501 Hayes (between 17 and 18 Mile Rds.) until time of Mass at 11 a.m. Donations are welcome to the Capuchin Soup Kitchen. Share memories with the family at their "On-Line Guest Book" at
MYRTLE CATHERINE MERRIMAN DECKERVILLE Myrtle Catherine Merriman, age 88, of Deckerville, died Sunday, January 4, 2009 in Autumnwood of Deckerville. She was born December 5, 1919 in Harbor Beach, the daughter of the late Maxwell and Grace (See) Powers. Her family moved to McGregor, MI., and ran the Powers Hardware Store for many years. She graduated from Deckerville High School in 1938. She then attended the Business College of Port Huron. On February 1, 1941 she married Frank Merriman in Deckerville. Together they operated a Holstein dairy farm in Deckerville on land where Frank was born. Their farm was designated a centennial farm in 1992. Myrtle and Frank were married 66 years. He preceded her in death on October 20, 2007. Myrtle was a lifelong member of the First Presbyterian Church in Deckerville, and a lifetime member of the Order of the Eastern Star. She enjoyed gardening, cooking, computers, and especially being the family historian and corresponding with many friendsand extended family members throughout the years. She mastered the computer at age 82 and was an avid e-mailer. Her kindness, cards, and generosity touched everyone she met. Myrtle's cooking was legendary, especially her pies. She and her husband took in family, friends, and exchange students over the years. She was much loved by all and will be very much missed. Myrtle is survived by her only child; Phillip, his wife; Diane (Burns Cameron) and her step-grandson; Scott T. Cameron. Also, surviving are her sisters-in-law; Ida Merriman Wagner and Margaret Sweet Merriman, her brother-in-law; Willis "Bill" (Ilene) Merriman and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by two brothers; Max Powers Jr., and Ronald Powers. Funeral services to celebrate the life of Myrtle C. Merriman will be 11:00 am., Thursday, in the Apsey Funeral Home, your "Legacy of Life" funeral home with Pastor Chris Wolf officiating. Burial will be in Downing Cemetery. Visitation will be 3:00-8:00 pm on Wednesday. Memorials may be given to Deckerville 1st Presbyterian Church, Deckerville Community Hospital, or Autumnwood of Deckerville. Arrangements made by Apsey Funeral Home, Deckerville.
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Mary J. (Yoder) Yoder, age 65, of rural Centreville, died Friday, Jan. 9, 2009, at her home. The family will receive relatives and friends all day Monday at the Double M Building, at 5932l Nottawa Road, Centreville. Funeral services will be Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2009, at 9:30 a.m. at the Double M. Building. Funeral arrangements by the Schipper Funeral Home LTD. in Colon, MI.
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.
Mazie Lazar Brown City/ North Branch Mazie Lazar, 83, of Brown City/North Branch passed away Thursday (January 8, 2009) at her home, surrounded by her loving family. Mazie was born May 5, 1925, in North Branch, the daughter of Clyde and Edna (Cliff) Fishell. She grew up in North Branch. She married George Lazar on November 15, 1943. Mazie was a farmer before becoming a school bus driver for the North Branch School District from 1968-1986. She really enjoyed driving bus. Mazie had many hobbies, including sewing, quilting needlepoint, cooking, flower gardening and mowing her lawn. She will be sadly missed by her daughters, Barbara (Terry) Sawgle of Lapeer, Debra (Mike) Jackson of Brown City, Delores (Jim) Dombrowski; son, George (Marlene) Lazar of Attica; sister, Marjorie (Carroll) Benoit of Texas; brothers, Sidney (Sally) Fishell and Edward (Helen) Fishell, both of Marlette; 12 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was prece
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Michael Alan Lung, age 16, of Burr Oak, Mich., died Tuesday evening, Jan. 6, 2009, in Bronson Township, Branch County, Mich., due to injuries sustained in an automobile accident. He was born Feb. 6, 1992, in Sturgis, Mich., a son of Jamie and Shawna (Crapo) Lung. Michael had resided in the Burr Oak and Bronson area his whole life. He was currently a member of the Junior Class at Burr Oak High School where he was very active in athletics, participating in basketball, football, baseball, wrestling, and soccer. He loved reading and playing and working with computers. At the age of five years old Michael built his first computer. He enjoyed playing video games, especially adventure and sporting games. Michael had many interests, involvements and hobbies but what meant the most to him and what he truly loved was hanging out with his many, many friends. He is survived by his father, Jamie Lung of Burr Oak; mother and stepfather, Shawna and Tim Ransbottom of Bronson; one brother, Shane Lung of Burr Oak; two stepbrothers, T.C. and Brandon Ransbottom, both of Bronson; grandparents, Joan Lung of Burr Oak and Douglas and Bonnie Schlautmann of Bronson; great-grandparents, Pat and Laura Krontz of Burr Oak and Fred and Janet Schlautmann of Bronson. He is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. His grandfather; Jack Lung, preceded him in death. The family will receive friends from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday at the Hackman Family Funeral Homes–Rosenberg Chapel, 807 E. Chicago Rd., Sturgis. Funeral services celebrating the life of Michael Lung will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Sturgis Wesleyan Church, 907 N. Nottawa St. in Sturgis. Pastor Terry Siler of the Bronson Church of Christ will officiate. Cremation will follow the service. The family suggests those wishing to make a memorial donation in Michael’s memory consider the Burr Oak Community Schools Athletic Fund, 326 E. Eagle Road, Burr Oak, MI 49030. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. His obituary is also at www.legacy.com.
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Mildred Tenckinck age 91 of Holland died Friday, January 9, 2009. Mildred was born in Holland, graduated from Holland High School, and was a lifelong resident of the area. She was a member of the North Holland Reformed Church where she taught Sunday School and did Wednesday night Pioneer Club. Mildred was preceded in death by her husband Henry in 1987 and a daughter-in-law Brenda Tenckinck in 2007. She is survived by her children — Rev. Kenneth and Arlene Tenckinck of Warwick, NY, Delbert Tenckinck of Holland, and Pat and Charlie Walker of Holland; 9 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren; sisters-in-law- Evelyn Brower of Holland and Marian DeHaan of Holland; nephews, nieces, and cousins. Funeral services will be 11 am Friday at the North Holland Reformed Church, 12050 New Holland St., with the Rev. Joshua Van Leeuwen officiating. Burial will be in the Pilgrim Home Cemetery. Visiting will be 2-4 and 7-9 pm Thursday at the Dykstra Life Story Funeral Homes-Northwood Chapel, 295 Douglas Ave. and one hour prior to the service Friday at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to the North Holland Reformed Church. For more information and an online registry, visit www.lifestorynet.com.
NANCY J. MAYNARD SANDUSKY Nancy J. Maynard, age 56, died Saturday, December 27, 2008 at Marlette Hospice Residence. She lived in Sandusky and was previously from the Kingston area. She was born March 21, 1952 in Detroit, daughter to the late William and Martha (Edmondson) Hanzinger. Nancy graduated from Redford High School in 1969. She has worked at Wal-Mart s in Sandusky the past 3 years. She is survived by her daughters; Amanda (Jeremy) Aldridge of Marlette and Donna (Michael) Broughten of Kimball, sons; Brian Maynard of Grand Blanc and Charles (Jill) Maynard of Kingston, brother; Karl (Lisa) Hanzinger of Croswell, grandchildren; Kaden Maynard, Kaylee Aldridge, Kemper Aldridge and Hanna Broughten; step grandchildren; Zakari Chappel, Abby Chappel and Taylor Aldridge, former husband Roger Maynard of Deford and special cat, midnight. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, William Michael Hanzinger. Cremation has taken place at the Sunset Valley Crematory in Bay City. Funeral services were held at Marsh Funeral Chapel in Marlette with Pastor Steven Kovac officiating. Memorials may be donated to the family. Arrangements by Marsh Funeral Chapel, Inc., Marlette, MI. (989) 635-3658 www.marshfuneral.com
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Beloved wife of the late David Wenner. Dear mother of Karen (Rick) Scherba and Naomi (Paul) Choinard. Loving grandmother of David (Rebecca) Scherba, Adam Scherba, Sarah Choinard and Lisa Choinard. Cherished sister of Leah (Merv) Ezray and sister-in-law of Illene Wenner. Also survived by loving nieces and nephews. SERVICES 10:30 A.M. TUESDAY MORNING AT THE MACHPELAH CEMETERY CHAPEL. ARRANGEMENTS BY THE IRA KAUFMAN CHAPEL, (248) 569-0020.
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Age 65 of Warren, MI. Passed away peacefully on January 7, 2009 surrounded by family members after a courageous battle with kidney cancer. She is survived by her loving husband of 47 years, Douglas Nims. Beloved daughter of Billie Irene Elliott (the late Harry Elliott), Sons, Wayne (Genessa) Nims, David (Maria) Nims and Daughters Tammie (Steve) Clark, Sherrie Doucette, Jill (Scott) Wigglesworth. Grandchildren Kathleen, Douglas, Christopher, Angellayna, Bryan, Alecia, Sara, Chandler, Glenn & Austin. Great Grandchildren Destiny, Javon and Aurora. Sisters Jill (Charles) Smith, Amy (David) Merciez) and brother Clyde (Evelyn) Elliott. Sharon was the proud, supportive wife and mother to her family members who have served their country including her husband, three of her children and several other family members. Sharon enjoyed traveling, quilting, camping and anything centered around her family & friends. Sharon was greatly loved and will be missed by all who knew her. Those wishing may contribute in lieu of flowers in memory of Sharon Nims to the American Cancer Society or Michigan Hospice. A memorial service is planned for 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 13, 2009 at Good Shepherd Evangelical Lutheran Church, 31100 Twenty-Three Mile, Chesterfield Twp., MI.
NOONAN-BURR DOROTHY LUCILLE
Tuesday 3:30-9:00 p.m. at the Kaul Funeral Home, 35201 Garfield, Clinton Twp. Funeral Wednesday 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial Resurrection Cemetery. Please share a memory of Dorothy at
Norman A. Goodwin, 90, went home to be with the Lord on Jan. 10, 2009.
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Wednesday 3-9 p.m. Funeral Thursday 10:00 a.m. at Wujek-Calcaterra & Sons, Inc. (Shelby Twp.), 54880 Van Dyke at 25 Mile. Share memories with the family at their "On-Line Guest Book" at
Orval U. "Cork" Heath, age 91, of Gladwin, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 25, 2008, at the Gladwin Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. He was born on May 16, 1917 in Vanwert, Ohio, the son of Uriah and Julia (Purk) Heath.
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Paul Bildzok, Jr. Almont Paul Bildzok, 48, of Almont (formerly of Red Hook, N.Y.) passed away Tuesday (January 6, 2009) at home. Paul Thomas Bildzok, Jr., was born August 4, 1960, in Concord, Mass., the son of Paul Thomas and Patricia Bildzok, Sr. Paul was a graduate of Almont High School, class of 1978. He earned a Bachelors Degree in Computer Science from Michigan State University in 1982. While at Michigan State University, Paul became a member of the National Honor Society, Phi Beta Kappa and Tau Beta Pi. He had worked for IBM from 1982 to 2004 in Kingston, N.Y., and Poughkeepsie, N.Y., as a computer programmer. While in college, he worked for Texas Instruments and Sperry Rand during the summers. He is survived by his son, Matthew Bildzok of Red Hook, N.Y.; daughter, Allison Bildzok of Red Hook, N.Y.; mother, Patricia Bildzok of Almont; brother, Steven (Chris) Bildzok of Imlay City; sister, Donna (Terry) Veres of Lapeer; wife of 21 years, Amy Gifford of Red Hook,
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Paul E. Ice, Sr., 62, of Sherwood, died Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2008 in Battle Creek. He was born Dec. 8, 1946 in Albion, to Lawrence E. and Mary Jean (Koch) Ice. He was married June 7, 1982 to Sheila Slocum. He attended Homer High School and served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War and was awarded many medals including the Bronze Star and multiple Purple Hearts. He was a retired truck driver. He is survived by his wife and mother; daughters Christina (Dennis) Randall of Reading and Teila (Loren) Adams of Sherwood; sons Paul E. Ice, Jr. of Coldwater and Kenneth (Christine) Ice of Burlington; and 11 grandchildren. Also surviving are brothers Duane (Jean) Ice of Farmington Hills, Rodney (Pam) Koch of Georgia and Larry Ice of Colorado. He was preceded in death by his father. At his request, cremation has taken place at Farley, Estes & Dowdle Funeral Home in Battle Creek. Private burial will be held at Fort Custer National Cemetery. A memorial service to honor the life of Paul E. Ice, Sr. will be held at Crossroads Church, 753 Dunks Rd., Sherwood on Saturday, Jan. 17, 2009 at 1:30 p.m. Any contributions can be sent to the American Cancer Society or Veterans Administration Hospital. His warm and friendly heart will be dearly missed by family and friends.
Osterhout, Peggy Ann Sr. Anne of Jesus Bay City, Michigan Passed away Saturday, January 10, 2009, at Brian's House at the age of 55. Services are tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, and a complete obituary will appear in the Monday edition.
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January 9, 2009. Age 77. Resident of Plymouth, formerly of Northville. Beloved husband of the late Marilyn. Dear father of Jeffrey P. (Bettina) Riopelle and Jennifer A. (Joseph) Rutherford. Dear grandfather of Robert and Julia Riopelle. Dear brother of Donna London. Dear uncle of Elizabeth (Terry) McGowan and great-uncle of Sean (Jennifer) Samkowiak, Kristen (Joshua) Carlson, Julian Samkowiak, Erin Samkowiak and Isaac McGowan. Funeral Services will be Wednesday 11 a.m. at Schrader-Howell Funeral Home, 280 S. Main St., Plymouth. Friends may visit Tuesday 2-8 p.m. Memorials may be made to Salvation Army. To leave a condolence www.schrader-howell.com
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Veteran. January 11, 2009. Beloved husband of the late Bernadine. Brother of Jerome M. (Lorraine) and the late Mary and John. Funeral Wednesday at 11 a.m. from the Chapel of the L.J. Griffin Funeral Home, 7707 Middlebelt Rd. (at Ann Arbor Trail). Family will receive visitors Tuesday 1-9 p.m. Share a "memorial tribute" with the family at
DELBRIDGE, Randy J. - Age 43, of Lawton Oklahoma, died on Friday, January 2, 2009, in Lawton, Oklahoma. A Memorial Service will be held on January 17, 2009 at 11:00 AM at Shawn Baptist Church, 2493 North Genesee Road, Burton, Pastor Raymond Cocke officiating. A luncheon will follow in the church fellowship hall. Randy was born June 4, 1965 in Fairfield, California, to Robert A. and Sieglinde Volker Delbridge. He worked for PSO in Oklahoma for several years and also worked in the tree trimming business. Randy is survived by his parents of Swartz Creek; two daughters, Autumn Delbridge of Flint, and Mikala Gatliff of Duncan, Oklahoma; four sisters and their spouses, Cindy (Barry) Saltus of Norman, Oklahoma, JoAnn (Mike) Sanderfer of Swartz Creek, Pam (Wayne) Gross of Flint, Terri (Michael) Clark of Brighton; and several nieces and nephews. Tributes may be posted at the obituaries page of www.sharpfuneralhomes.com
ALLEN, Ren&eacute; Elizabeth Of Kalamazoo Funeral services will be at 11:00 AM on Monday at New Apostolic Church, 2601 Kalarama Ave. Friends may visit with the family from 2-6 PM on Sunday at Langeland Family Funeral Homes, Westside Chapel, 3926 S. 9th Street. A complete obituary will be in Saturday's Gazette or visit www.langelands.com to view the complete obituary, sign Ren&eacute;'s guest book or leave a condolence to the family.
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Richard Paul Bice, 67, of Jonesville, passed away Monday, Dec. 29, 2008, at Hillsdale Community Health Center, Hillsdale. He was born Dec. 27, 1941, in Detroit, the son of Paul and Marie (Hazard) Bice. Dick married Sandra D. Warner  July 25, 1981, in Grass Lake. She survives. Dick loved to play pool and tinker with cars. He was a member of the F.O.E. Lodge #4290 in Jonesville and the A.P.A. Pool League. Dick was an avid pool player and won many trophies and made many good friends. Dick is survived by his wife, Sandra; their children, Margaret, Sharrie, Randy, Timothy (Cindy) and Brenda; grandchildren, Jessica, Charles, Derek and Quintin, special cousin, Alice Pauline Diekman of Somerset Center and his three kitties, Soccer, Sneaky and Sadie. Cremation has taken place. Celebration of Life Service will be 3 p.m. Sunday at Jonesville Eagles Lodge #4290, 439 Beck Road, Jonesville with Myron Rhodes officiating. Arrangements were entrusted to Brown-Van Hemert Funeral Home, Hudson. View this obituary and send condolences to the family at: www.brownvanhemert.com.
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BESSEMER, Mich. -- Rita M. (Alden) Carlson, 56, of Bessemer, Mich., died peacefully, surrounded by her family, Monday, Jan. 5, 2009, at her daughter's home in Plainfield, Ill.
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Robert AcMoody, age 78, of Coldwater, died late Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009 at the Rio Grande Medical Center in McAllen, Texas following a short illness. Arrangements will be announced by the Kolcz Funeral Home of Bronson as soon as information is available.
DART, Robert D. - Age 84, of Swartz Creek, passed away Saturday, January 10, 2009 at Heritage Manor. Funeral Services will be 1PM Tuesday, January 13, 2009 at Sharp Funeral Homes, Miller Road Chapel, 8138 Miller Rd., Swartz Creek. Interment will follow at Crestwood Memorial Cemetery with Military Honors performed under the auspices of Swartz Creek VFW Post # 3720. Visitation will be 2-8PM Monday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to a charity of one's choice in Robert's memory. Robert was born April 22, 1924 in Flint the son of the late George and Orilla (Muchler) Dart. He married Alice Shaw in 1947 and she preceded him in death April 11, 1998. Robert was employed by General Motors as a pipe fitter for 40 years until his retirement in 1986. He also served honorably in the U.S. Army. Surviving are his 3 children, Bernetta Alexander of Swartz Creek, Linda Samuelson of Swartz Creek, Melvin (Barb) Dart of Flint; 6 grandchildren, Larry, Mark, Vicki, Pamela, Melissa, Angie; 9 great-grandchildren; 9 siblings, Donald (Maxine) Dart of Flint, Betty Johnson of Swartz Creek, Harold (Wanda) Dart of Swartz Creek, Duane Dart of Flint, Russell (Carole) Dart of Pennsylvania, Ralph (Pam) Dart of Swartz Creek, Gladys (Gerald) Merkle of Three Rivers, Kenny (Nora Jane) Dart of Swartz Creek, Joanne (James) Wakeman of Fenton; sister-in-law, Eloise Starkey of Fenton; several nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by 2 sisters, Shirley Dart and Dorothy Wolfe. Online condolences and tributes may be posted on the obituaries page of www.sharpfuneralhomes.com
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Robert Lawrence AcMoody Sr., age 78, of Coldwater, Mich., died Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009, at the Rio Grande Regional Hospital in McAllen, Texas where he was spending the winter following a short illness. Funeral Services celebrating the life of Robert Lawrence AcMoody, Sr. will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2009, at the First United Methodist Church of Bronson with Rev. Matt Bistayi officiating. Interment will follow in Batavia Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the Kolcz Funeral Home in Bronson from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday where memorial donations are suggested to the First Methodist Church of Bronson.  Obituary is also at www.kolcz.com where private messages may be left for the family.
O'Brien, Robert J. Clinton, MI Age 70, died Tuesday, January 7, 2009. Survivors include his wife, Eleanor (Misiewicz) O'Brien, two sons and two daughters. A full obituary including service times may be viewed at www.handler funeralhomes.com.
Robert Vance, of East Jordan, died Jan. 11, 2009, in Huntingdon, Pa.
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Roland J. Cross, 74, of Allen, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2009, at his home. He was born Sept. 16, 1934 in Hanover to Clemary and Odessa Irene (Strait) Cross. He was first married to Donna Buelow and she preceded him in death. He married Alma Powell Sept. 22, 1979 and she survives. Roland was a former employee at Walker Manufacturing in Jackson. He drove milk truck for several years. He started a lime business in 1962 and also did excavation work. Roland retired from farming in 1997. Surviving besides his wife Alma are four children, twins, Roxanna Munsell of Portsmouth, Va. and Roland D. (Martha) Cross of California, Tamara n(George) Martin of Portsmouth, Va. and Abby Cross and fiance Landon Mills of Camden; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two sisters, Martha (Clyde) Stiles of Spring Arbor and Genieve Creamens of Jackson; a brother, Gerald Cross of Pullman, Mich.; mother-in-law, Irene Powell of Jonesville; four sisters-in-law; and three brothers-in-law. He was preceded in death by his parents; a son Andrew; granddaughter Brittany Kay Munsell; two brothers and two sisters. Funeral services for Roland Cross will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the VanHorn-Eagle Funeral Home in Hillsdale with Pastor Clyde Wonders officiating.  Interment will follow at Allen Cemetery. The family will receive friends for visitation from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Multiple Myloma Association. To view this obituary and send condolences, visit www.eaglefuneralhomes.com.
Ronald James Cheladyn North Branch Ronald James Cheladyn, 60, of North Branch (formerly of Dearborn Heights) passed away January 1, 2009. He was born September 29, 1948, in Dearborn, to Earnest and Ann (Paraluck) Cheladyn. He married Meri-Jo Roon on November 10, 1984. Ronald worked for L&L Products in Romeo. He was a member of Country Christian Church. He is survived by his wife, Meri-Jo Cheladyn of North Branch; children, Jason Cheladyn of Florida, Edward (fiancee, Amanda Halliday) Cheladyn of Sault Ste. Marie, Mike Cheladyn of North Branch, Keri (Brad) Krakrw of Taylor, Laurie Ann Cheladyn of Flint, Connie Cheladyn of East Lansing; grandchildren, Tyler, Christina, Ally and Aiden; siblings, Paul (Gayle) Cheladyn of Brighton, Debbie (Roy) Pace of Dearborn Heights; niece, Robin; nephews, Derek, Danny, Chris and Kelly. He was preceded in death by his parents, Earnest and Ann Cheladyn. In lieu of flowers please give gifts to the family. Funeral services were held Tuesday
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Ryan Lee Krontz, 25, of 66043 Emma Lane, Vandalia, Mich., died Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2009, at his residence. His death was very unexpected. He was born March 29, 1983, in Sturgis, Mich., to Mack and Lorrie (Longacre) Krontz. He had worked at Var Industries for three years. Ryan attended the Middlebury school systems and graduated from Northridge High School in 2001. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps for four years and enjoyed working out at the gym and kayaking. He loved spending time with his family. Survivors include his mother, Lorrie Krontz of Middlebury, Ind.; fiancée, Betsy Collins of Vandalia, Mich.; stepchildren, Zoey, Aden, Nolan and Hunter;  three sisters, Mandy Straight of Elkhart, Ind., Chelsea, and Dani, both of Middlebury, Ind.; two brothers, Eric Krontz of New Orleans, La., and Jesse; a brother-in-law, Brian Straight and a sister-in-law, Christie Krontz; two nephews, Mason and Dawson; a niece, Haley; and two grandmothers, Sharon Longacre of Middlebury, Ind., and Marge Close of Bronson, Mich.   He was preceded in death by a son, Coban Krontz; his father, Mack Krontz; and his grandfather, Jack Longacre. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at River Of Life Fellowship Church, Middlebury, Ind.  Services will be conducted by Rev. Gordon Henke. Memorials may be given to Ryan’s fiancée, Betsy Collins. These funds will be divided between the raising of his stepchildren and making a donation to a child abuse prevention fund. Online condolences may be sent at millerstewartfuneralhome.com.
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SILVERTHORN SHANNON GABER
of White Lake, unexpectedly January 9, 2009. Age 31. Dear Wife of Matt and best friend for 11 years. Beloved daughter of Rich & Penny Gaber of White Lake. Daughter in law of Gary & Joan Silverthorn of Pinckney. Sister of Sommer, Sean (Mary), Brandon and Dustin, all of White Lake. Loving Aunt of Liam, Annika, Ashley, Jenna & Ariana. Granddaughter of Richard (Sharon) Gaber Sr. and Corrine Gaber. Sister-in-law of Doug (Pam) Silverthorn and Gordie Silverthorn. Proud pet owner of Hershey, Athena, Daisy & Brutus. She will be missed by her many friends. Shannon was employed at White Lake Township Police Department as a dispatcher and was an Alumni of Lakeland High School. She lived life with a passion. Friends may visit at the Lewis E. Wint & Son Funeral Home, Clarkston Monday 1-9 p.m. Funeral service Tuesday 11 a.m. at Clarkston United Methodist Church, where friends may visit directly at the church Tuesday 10 a.m. until time of service. Police escort/procession to Ottawa Park Cemetery.Memorials may be made to MI Humane Society. Online guest book:
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of Clarkston formerly of St. Clair Shores, January 10, 2009. Age 71. Husband of Vera. Father of Julie (Buck) Drummond, Jeff (Lisa) Stano, Kristine (Thomas) Lilly, Kelly (Terry) Tipton and Karyn Stano. Step-father of Philip Keys, the late Michael Keys and Jacquelyn (Nick) Rizzo. Also survived by 11 grandchildren. Brother of Gene (Andrew Cahill) Madison, Shirley Curran, Carl (Patricia) Stano and Rita Stano. Former husband of Diane Stano. Son-in-law of Willard and Rose Kohler. Friends may visit at the Lewis E. Wint & Son Funeral Home, Clarkston, Tuesday 3-8 p.m. Funeral Mass Wednesday 10 a.m. at St. Daniel Catholic Church, Clarkston where friends may visit directly at the church 9 a.m. until time of Mass. Memorials may be made to Beaumont Hospice. Online guest book
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Visitation for Sandra Parks of Milan, who died Thursday morning, will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Ochalek-Stark Funeral Home, Milan.
Saturday, January 10, 2009 10:39 PM - GateHouse Media, Inc.
Serena Arlene Hughes, 72, of Zeeland, went on to Heaven Saturday, January 10, 2009. Serena was born in Hamilton, Michigan March 28, 1936 to Joseph and Henrietta Dubbink.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her siblings: Angeline and Harry Staal, Justin and June Dubbink, Henry Dubbink, Victor Dubbink and Roger Dubbink. Serena is survived by her children:  Pat Franks of Zeeland, Jeff Hughes of Zeeland, Mary and Doug Zwagerman of Zeeland, Joyce Hughes of Zeeland, Judy Garcia of Zeeland, Pam Hughes of Holland, grandchildren:  Savannah and Joel Helder, Summer Hughes, Michael Garcia, Hannah Zwagerman, Samantha Hughes, Daniel Zwagerman, Tyler Garcia, Connor Baker, Ashley Westerhof, Blaine Franks, great-grandchildren:  Chase Hamlett and Isaiah Franklin, her siblings:  Sylvia Dubbink, Gert Dubbink, Leon and Herena Dubbink, Ted and Myrtle Dubbink, Howard and Phyllis Dubbink, Ron Dubbink, Russ and Vivian Dubbink, sister-in-law, Ruth Dubbink, and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be 11:00 am Tuesday, January 13, 2009 at First Christian Reformed Church, 15 S. Church Street, Zeeland.  The Rev. Paul Bakker will officiate.  Visitation will be 4-7 pm, Monday at the Yntema Funeral Home, 251 S. State Street, Zeeland.  Memorial contributions may be made to defray funeral expenses. www.yntemafh.com
Saturday, January 10, 2009 9:20 AM - GateHouse Media, Inc.
Sharon Nims, 65, passed away, Jan. 7, 2009, at Henry Ford Hospital. Cremation has taken place. Arrangements by J. Gilbert Purse Funeral Home, Adrian.
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MOUNTAIN HOME, Idaho -- Signe M. Blonshine, 87, of Mountain Home, Idaho, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009, at a local hospital.
Monroe, Mich. - Sister Christa DePrimo, IHM, 88, died Wednesday, Jan. 7, in the IHM Health Care Center, Monroe, Mich.
Saturday, January 10, 2009 12:34 AM - GateHouse Media, Inc.
Suzanne K. Foschi, 68, of Coldwater, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009 at the Community Health Center of Branch County. She was born Oct. 7, 1940 in Chicago, Ill. She worked at Maple Lawn as an aide, had served in the U. S. Army, attended the Church of The Holy Spirit and loved to fish and camp. She is survived by son John (Dallas) Kinsey, Jr. of Coldwater, daughter Angie Foschi of Quincy, granddaughter Lisa (David) Wood of Coldwater, grandson Troy (Amanda) Cook also of Coldwater, her beloved dog Chi Chi and friends;Ann Miller, Linda and Norm. Visitation will be Saturday, Jan. 10, 2009 from 6-8 p.m. at the Putnam Funeral Home in Coldwater. You may leave an online tribute by visiting www.putnamfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are by the Putnam Funeral Home, Coldwater, (517) 278-2311.
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TRUDY M. SHAHBAZ DECKERVILLE Trudy M. Shahbaz, age 87, of Deckerville, died Friday December 19, 2008 in her home. She was born October 6, 1921 in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of the late John and Mary (Teevin) Diederich. She married Joseph B. Shahbaz on February 27, 1945 in Chicago. He preceded in death on July 1, 2003. Survived by three sons; Kenneth of Greensboro, NC., Daniel of Stevensville and Robert of Deckerville. Funeral Mass was in St. Mary Catholic Church, Port Sanilac. Arrangements by the Apsey Funeral Home, your "Legacy of Life" funeral home.
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ANGELL, Teresa Ann (Palmer) -Age 55, of Swartz Creek, passed away Tuesday, January 6, 2009 at home. Funeral services will be 2PM Saturday, January 10, 2009 at Sharp Funeral Homes, Miller Road Chapel, 8138 Miller Rd., Swartz Creek. Visitation will be 2-8PM Friday at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society. Online condolences and tributes may be posted on the obituaries page of www.sharpfuneralhomes.com
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Thomas James Osborne died December 30, 2008, in Bradendon, Florida, in the company of family and loved ones.
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AURORA, Minn. -- Thomas Stanley Brozzo, 63, of Aurora, died Thursday, Jan. 1, 2009, in the Virginia Regional Medical Center.
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Tuesday, January 13, 3-8 p.m. at Wm. R. Hamilton, 226 Crocker, Mt. Clemens. Memorials to American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 1834, Merrifield, VA 22116-8034 appreciated.
Verdith "Evelyn" Risdon Lapeer Verdith "Evelyn" Risdon, 82, of Lapeer since 1968, passed away Wednesday (January 7, 2009). She was born December 8, 1926, in Thomas, Mich., to John and Birdith (Churchill) Fenner. She married Gernard "Charlie" Risdon on April 7, 1946 in Ortonville. Mrs. Risdon was a member of Deerfield Church of Christ for 37 years and a longtime member of T.O.P.S. #888. Evelyn was active with the Muscular Dystrophy Association for many years, because two of her daughters were diagnosed with Muscular Dystrophy. She won Jack Bailey's Queen for a Day in 1963, asking for wheelchairs and other items to help her daughters. She is survived by her daughters, Elaine (Stan) Kaleto of Gladwin and Karen (Ron) Mass of Flint; sister, Lila Ellis of Mio; many, many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other family members and good friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gernard "Charles" Risdon; daughters, Linda Risdon, Kathleen Nuss an
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Vernon J. Salow, 82 of Monroe died at 8:50 p.m. Friday in Mercy Memorial Hospital's Emergency Room.Friends may call from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Rupp Funeral Home, Monroe. He will lie in state at 10 a.m.
Pieschke, Virginia E. "Ginnie" Saginaw, Michigan Our devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother went home to be with the Lord on Friday, January 9, 2009, at the age of 79 years. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, January 12, 2009 at Hopevale Church, 5360 Shattuck. Rev. Dan Davis will officiate. Friends may call at the church from 10:00 a.m. until the service. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Hopevale Church Building Fund. A full obituary will be in Sunday's edition of the news. Arrangements by W.L. Case & Company. www.casefuneralhome.com
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Age 78 of Plymouth, Michigan and Hudson, Florida, died Saturday, January 10, 2009. Jesse was born in Mass City, MI and worked for Howard & Sirocco as a mechanical engineer. He loved fishing and hunting and was a Protestant by faith. Jesse and his wife Lenore split their time between houses in Mass, Plymouth and Hudson. Predeceased by son, Steven and brother Harry. Survived by wife, Lenore of Plymouth, MI, two sisters, Marie Manierski of Troy, MI, Joanne Jones of Wyoming, MI. Memorial Service to be held in the Spring.
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