ALVIN "JOE" LEROY SLATER DECKER Alvin L. Slater, age 84, of Decker, died Sunday, January 11, 2009 in Covenant Health Care System Cooper Campus, Saginaw. He was born July 8, 1924 in Sandusky to John Henry and Rose (Laming) Slater. He married Mabel Simmons June 17, 1950 in Sandusky. Joe worked as a mechanic for Doc's Super Service Garage in Sandusky for over 23 years. He was a member of the Cass City First Baptist Church. He enjoyed playing cards, especially Euchre and he loved his dogs. Joe is survived by his wife; Mabel, children; Thomas (Shirlee) Slater of Shabbona, Deborah (Don) Spencer of Cass City, Rick (Dawn) Slater of Deford, Joseph (Char) Slater of Pontiac, Paul (Marie) Slater of Deford, 9 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers; Raymond Slater, Eugene Slater, sister; Gladys Davis and 2 infant siblings. Funeral service was held at the Kranz Funeral Home, Cass City with Pastor David Hill of Cass City First Baptist Church officiating. Internment will be in Evergreen Township Cemetery. Pallbearers for Joe were; Roger Simmons, Richard Simmons, Delbert Simmons, Max Simmons, John Wutzke and Shawn Sherman. Memorials may be made to Family Discretionary Fund. Family and friends may share memories, prayers and storied with the family at
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GOEBEL, Agnes I. - Age 81, of Grand Blanc, passed away Saturday, January 24, 2009 at Genesys Hospice Care Center, Goodrich. Funeral Services will be 2PM Tuesday, January 27, 2009 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 2020 S. Belsay Rd., Burton. Rev. Gregory Ewald officiating. Visitation will be 12PM until time of service at the church. Interment in Evergreen Cemetery, Grand Blanc. Memorial donations may be made to the family. Agnes was born December 18, 1927 in Melcher, Iowa the daughter of the late Oscar Hagensen and Marie Clark. She is survived by 6 children, Ronald Roe (Lesa) of Grand Blanc, Kathryn Vrbensky (David) of Lakeland, FL, Rance Roe (Suyapa) of AZ, Gregory Roe (Nancy) of Appleton, WI, Frances Montrosse (Rinaldo) of Myrtle Beach, SC, Nadine Rice of Beckley, WV; 14 grandchildren; 16 great-grand-children; 2 brothers, Ernest Hagensen (Carol), Leonard Hagensen; sister, Dorothy Shoemaker. She was also preceded in death her grandson, Rance Roe Jr.; and infant brother, Huskie. Online condolences and tributes may be posted on the obituaries page www.sharpfuneralhomes.com
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Alex Keith Gary, 15, of Reading, died Sunday, Jan. 11, 2009, in Fort Wayne, Ind. from injuries sustained in a snowmobile accident in Branch County. He was born July 18, 1993 in Coldwater and was a ninth grade student at Reading High School. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, football, basketball, mechanics and belonged to a muzzle loading group. Alex was kind-hearted, a hard worker, and enjoyed making people laugh. Survivors include his mother Mamie Sue (Webster) Robison, Reading; father, Robert Gary of Reading; grandparents, Karen (Scott) Dietrich of Reading, John Esterline of Hillsdale, Mike (Kunty) Webster of Jackson, Barb (Eugene) Gary of Reading, Richard Robison of Osseo, Kenneth (Donna) Boyd of Reading; and two sisters, Nina Kast of Reading, Cherish Kast of Montgomery. He was preceded in death by two grandmothers, Ellen Boyd, Becky Esterline; and uncle, Bruce Gary. Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Friday at the George White Funeral Home, Reading, with the Rev. Jim Mason officiating. Interment will follow in Berg Cemetery, Montgomery. Visitation is scheduled 12-2 and 4-6 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the family in care of George White Funeral Home.
Ansen Kalorian, 94, of Monroe died Monday morning at home. Arrangements by Rupp Funeral Home.
Arnold Bruce Whitney Lapeer Arnold Bruce Whitney, 84, beloved father and grandfather, passed away Tuesday (January 13, 2009) at Lapeer Regional Hospital. He was born February 2, 1924, in Lansing, the son of the late Bruce T. and Orah M. (Whitmore) Whitney. He graduated from Portland (Mich.) High School in 1941 and married his high school sweetheart, Katherine A. (Morse), on October 28, 1943. She passed away in September 1975. He married Marian S. (Berg-DeArmond) on April 9, 1977. She passed away in December 2007. Arnold served in the U.S. Army Air Forces (1943-1946), receiving a commendation for creating an American Red Cross blood bank at Hamilton Field, Calif. He was also part of a team that developed our current radar tracking system. He attended Amherst College in Massachusetts and Michigan State University. He dedicated his professional life to city government, starting as assistant city manager of Portland, Mich. (1947-57), Marshall, Mich., city manager (1957-
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Arthur Lee Clutter, age 78 of Zephyrhills, Fla., and formerly of White Pigeon, Mich., died Thursday, Jan. 22, 2009, in Dade City, Fla.  Cremation will be conducted and a memorial service will be held in the spring here in Michigan.  Services will be announced later by the Farrand Funeral Home of White Pigeon.
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Kalinowski, Aurelia R. (Wachowiak) Bay City, MI Aurelia R. Kalinowski, age 82 years, died Saturday, January 24, 2009 in Bay Shores Nursing Care Center. The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated Wednesday, January 28, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. in St. Stanislaus Kostka Church. Visiting hours are Tuesday from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. Complete obituary will be provided in the Monday edition by the W. A. Trahan Funeral Chapel.
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of Richmond, Michigan. January 25, 2009, age 93. Dear brother of Marion Hoffman and Elizabeth Dodd. Dearest uncle of Gloria Mark and John Dodd and many loving great-nieces and nephews. Services were held privately at Neely-Turowski Funeral Home, 30200 Five Mile in Livonia, MI 48154.
BERNARD LEO DEMARAY MELVIN Bernard Leo Demaray, age 78, of Melvin, died January 16, 2009 in Port Huron. He was born in Melvin on March 10, 1930 to W. Merrill and Irene Demaray. He married Ida Farr on June 10, 1950. He was a cattle and crop farmer and also was a cattle dealer and trucker. He enjoyed hunting deer and fishing. Bernard is survived by his wife, Ida of 58 years, a son; Richard Demaray and friend Lafon Kortman, a daughter; Connie and husband Charles Birkett, 7 grandchildren; Jason, Tracy, Donna, Todd, Christopher, Corry and Carrie, 9 great grand- children, four sisters; Wilma Jacobson, Barbara Bartle, Margorie Parker and Karen Stetaniak, three brothers; Lloyd, Bill and John. Bernard was preceded in death by a sister Bethel and a brother Harold. Funeral services were held at Carman Funeral Home, Brown City with burial in Christian Memorial Cultural Center in Peck. Arrangements by Carman Funeral Home, Brown City.
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BONILLA NETTIE M (NEE RODGERS)
In loving memory of a mother who dedicated her life, and all her love to her children. Born July 31, 1926 died January 24, 2009. Pre-deceased by husband, Frank, sons, Hugh and Lonnie Murphy. Dearest mother of Dan Murphy, Frank, Andy, Shirley and George (Yun) Bonilla, Linda (Larry) Lafontaine, and Anita (Bob) Gillespie. Loving grandmother of two generations of 23 grandchildren. Place of interment: Michigan Memorial. A private memorial service is to be planned.
Thursday 9:30 a.m. until time of Funeral Mass 10 a.m. at St. Basil the Great Catholic Church in Eastpointe. Interment Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Share your special thoughts and memories at
Betty Ann Gilliland, age 78, of Ionia, passed away Jan. 25, 2009 in Ionia. She was born May 30, 1930 in Indonesia. She married Carl Corbeau in 1950; he preceded her in death in 1958. She then married Wayne Gilliland he preceded her in death in 1989.
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Betty J. Mills, 83, of Jonesville, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2009 at home. She was born on Sept. 25, 1925 in Saginaw to Frances Morris Melon. She was married on Oct. 13, 1945 to Charles Cosier and he preceded her in death in 1984. She was married on Sept. 26, 1987 to Richard C. Mills and he preceded her in death in 2007. Betty  retired from Bob Evans Farms in 1986 after 25 years of service. She was a member of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, the Episcopal Church Women and the American Legion Auxiliary. Betty is survived by four daughters, Diane Cosier of Ann Arbor, Linda Cosier, Tracey Parney and Cindy McDowell all of Jonesville; four grandchildren, Kristen Curtis, Justin Shonk, Nathaniel VerHeek and Sarah Parney; two great-grandchildren, Caitlynn Shonk and Kailey Rangel; one step-daughter, Marcia Hansen; and a step-son, Norman Mills of California. Betty was preceded in death by her husbands, her mother and a great-granddaughter Angel Shonk. Memorial services for Betty J. Mills will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Hillsdale, with the Rev. Sandra Benes officiating. Arrangements are entrusted to the VanHorn-Eagle Funeral Home in Hillsdale. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to the St. Peter’s Free Health Clinic or Hospice of Hillsdale County.
Betty Mae McNally, age 84, of Ionia, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2009.
Beverly Young, 80, of East Jordan, died Jan. 26, 2009.
CECIL (SMITTY) SMITH MARLETTE Cecil (Smitty) Smith, age 81, of Marlette died Saturday, January 17, 2009 at Covenant Health care Cooper Hospital in Saginaw. He has lived in Marlette the past 15 years and was previously from Hazel Park. He was born March 4, 1927 in Greeneville, TN, son to the late P.C. and Bertha Smith. He married Alice Willis April 26, 1947 in Greeneville, TN, she preceded him in death August 21, 1999. Cecil was a Foreman at a Machine Shop for many years until his retirement. He enjoyed gardening, lawn work, his friend, pets and most of all, his family. He is survived by daughters; Andra Hamlin of Tennessee and Sharon Capozzo of Mechanicville, NY, sisters; Mary Ruth Linebarger of Westland and Myrtle Campbell of Greeneville, TN, brother; J.T. Smith of Michigan, 4 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, sisters; Leona Runyon, Nora Cobble and Gladys Sauceman. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, January 21, 2009 at 1:00 pm at Marsh Funeral Chapel in Marlette, with Pastor Michael Hollenbeck of the Grace Bible Church officiating. Burial will be in the Marlette Cemetery. Memorials may be donated to the family. Visitation will be held on Wednesday 11am until the time of service. Arrangements by Marsh Funeral Chapel, Marlette, Mi. (989)635-3658 www.marshfuneral.com
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at the O'Brien/Sullivan Funeral Home, 41555 Grand River, Novi, (248-348-1800), Tuesday 2-9 p.m. Scripture service at 7 p.m. Instate at St. Joseph Church, 810 S. Lafayette, South Lyon, Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. until the Funeral Liturgy at 1:00 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to Karmanos Cancer Institute, 4100 John R., Detroit, MI 48201. On line sympathy message at:
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Carl Peppiatt, age 96, of rural Quincy, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2009.  Mr. Peppiatt was born June 2, 1912 in Cherry Hill, Mich., to Albert and Dora (Scott) Peppiatt. He resided in Michigan for the majority of his life and became a minister of the Assemblies of God denomination in 1946. He was a member of the Hillsdale Assembly of God where he served as chaplain. He also belonged to the Historical Society, Sheriff’s Association, National and local American Association of Retired Persons, and he was Chaplain of the Golden Agers at the Hillsdale Senior Center. On Nov. 6, 1934 he married the former Opal McIntyre, and she preceded him in death in 2007.  Survivors include one daughter, Dorothy (James) Hixson of Phoenix, Ariz.; two sons, Paul (Shirley) Peppiatt of Quincy,  Daniel Peppiatt of Coldwater; nine grandchildren; many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; one brother, Kenneth Peppiatt of White Lake; three sisters, Mary Hamilton of Kalamazoo, Yvonne (Charles) Ward of Punta Gorda, Fla., Betty (Thomas) Withrow of Fort Myers, Fla. He was also preceded in death by two sisters, Joann Huntley and Helen Howard. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Hillsdale Assembly of God with Pastor Dennis Haarer officiating. Interment will follow in Fisher Hill Cemetery, Branch County. Visitation is scheduled from 6-8 p.m. Friday at the George White Funeral Home, Quincy. Memorials are suggested to the Hillsdale Assembly of God or CHC Hospice.
Charles Everhart Jr., age 51 of Ottawa Lake passed away Friday, January 23, 2009. Arrangements have been entrusted to Merkle Funeral Service, Monroe.
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Charles Timothy Marsh, 72, of Kalamazoo, Mich., died Jan. 22, 2009, at Borgess Hospital. Chuck was born May 3, 1936, in Kankakee, Ill., a son of Harry and Anna (Sanborn) Marsh. Chuck graduated with honors as a Sergeant First Class from Howe Military School, Howe, Ind., in 1954. Chuck was a radio and television announcer for over 50 years, having started in Sturgis, Mich., in 1953. He earned several broadcast awards, including the Detroit Press Club Foundation’s Best Radio Documentary of the year in 1978 and The American Legion Auxiliary Best Local Radio Program in the interest of  Youth in 1988. He was also Director of Education at the Institute of Broadcast Arts in Cincinnati, Ohio. Chuck appeared several times in such television series as “Death Valley Days” and “High Chaparral”; one forgettable motion picture, “Mini Skirt Mob”; and numerous stage plays, including “The Gin Game” at The Robson Theater in Grand Rapids, Mich. Chuck was a Rock ‘N Roll Hall of Fame member and Del Shannon’s close friend and first Personal Manager. He was also a published writer of many short stories. After his retirement from active broadcasting he remained in radio by gathering and writing news stories for WAKV in Plainwell, Mich. He is survived by his wife, Jeanne, and ex-wives, Sonja and Jackie; his son, David; five daughters, Misty, Kim, Tina, Catrina and Chrissy; and 14 grandchildren. Services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2009, at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Sturgis.
Clarence "Bunk" Hoffman, 76, of Maumee, Ohio died Sunday morning in his home. Private services will be held.
Clarence H. Augustine, 95, of Rhodes, died at his daughter's residence on Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2009. The son of the late George and Cecelia (Tenwalde) Augustine, he was born Oct. 6, 1913, in Gladwin, where he was raised and educated.
SEARS, Clarence L. - Age 65, of Flint, died Friday, January 23, 2009 at Genesys Hospice Care Center. Services will be held 1 PM Monday, January 26, 2009 at Sharp Funeral Home &amp; Cremation Center, 6063 Fenton Rd., Flint with Bishop Larry Green officiating. Interment will follow at Flint Memorial Park, Mt. Morris. Visitation will be held 5-9 PM Sunday and 10 AM until the time of service Monday at the funeral home. Clarence was born February 10, 1943 in Flint, the son of Beldon and Ethel (Berry) Sears. He married Alice Perge on February 1, 1964. Clarence retired from Buick Motor Division, was a veteran of the U.S. National Guard and loved fishing. Surviving are: wife, Alice; three daughter, Cindy Bee of Burton, Rhonda (Kevin) Manning of Goodrich, Ginger (Ken) Doyka of Genesee; 6 grandchildren; 2 brother, Don (Georgie) of Merit, Dale (Margaret) of Homer. He was preceded in death by daughter, Terry and son, Danny. Friends may share an online tribute on the obituary page of www.sharpfuneralhomes.com.
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Curtis Leroy Peterson, 37, of Union City, died on Friday, Jan. 23, 2009 due to a tragic work accident. He was born on Oct. 24, 1971 to Donald L. and Emily P. “Judy” (Weller) Peterson in Coldwater. He attended school in Union City and has lived there most of his life. Curtis had worked for various manufacturers in the area including; Griswald in Union City, Quality Veneer and Knapp Manufacturing in Coldwater, and most recently at Union City Forest Products. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and would do anything for anybody. He loved his family, especially his children. He is survived by his son, Christopher Marsh of Ligoneer, Ind.; daughters Krista Morley of Burlington and Courtney Aamon of Mendon; parents Donald (Judy) Peterson of Union City; brother Donald Peterson, Jr. of Union City; sister Judy Ann (Rex) Haselhuhn of Mableton, Wyo.; girlfriend Almonia Williamson of Union City and her children Brian, Christopher, and Samantha Parsons, all of Battle Creek; nephews Kenneth Carlton and Jeffery Prater; nieces Carrie Ann Carlton, Amanda Peterson, Emma Palmear and Allison Peterson and two great nieces, Natalie Carlton and Brianna Deerman. He was preceded in death by his grandparents; Clair (Philena) Weller and Ray (Jesse) Peterson, and his uncle Clarence Peterson. Visitation will be held on Thursday, Jan. 29, 2009 from 10-11 a.m. at the Putnam Funeral Home in Union City. The funeral will be held at 11a.m. following the visitation. Pastor Daryl Dexter of the Sherwood Free Methodist Church will officiate. Interment will follow at the Sherwood Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice. You may leave an online tribute by visiting www.putnamfuneralhome.com. The Putnam Funeral Home, located at 501 North Broadway Street, Union City, Michigan, 49094 is handling the arrangements.
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Wednesday 6-9 p.m., Scripture Service at 7:30 p.m., Thursday 1-9 p.m. Rosary at 7:30 p.m. McCabe Funeral Home, 31950 W. 12 Mile Rd., Farmington Hills. In state 10:30 a.m. Friday until Mass of the Resurrection 11 a.m. at St. Gerald Catholic Church, 21300 Farmington Rd., Farmington. Interment St. Anne's Church Cemetery, Harrisville, MI. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Capuchins or the American Heart Association.
DUANE T. HARVEY BROWN CITY Duane T. Harvey, age 77, long time resident of Brown City, Maple Valley Twp. died Tuesday, January 13, 2009 at St. Mary's Medical Center in Saginaw. He was born September 29, 1931 in Detroit, son to the late Theodore and Velma (Setter) Harvey. He served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was a member of the American Legion Post 489 in Peck. He married Mae Bell September 21, 1961 in Capac. Duane worked for Gerlock Construction Company as a machine operator for many years until his retirement. He is survived by his wife; Mae of Brown City, son; Robert Harvey of Melvin, daughters; Connie (Kurt) Gunther of Melvin and Anita (Tim) Eagle of Brown City, brothers; William (Marie) Harvey of Brown City and Ed (Barbara) Harvey of Tennessee, 7 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren and nieces & nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, son, Duane Russell Harvey and brother Bob Harvey. Cremation has taken place at Sunset Valley Crematory in Bay City. Memorial service was held at Community of Christ Church in Valley Center with Pastor Jim McLeod officiating. Memorials may be given to the donation of your choice. Arrangements by Marsh Funeral Chapel, Inc., Marlette, Michigan, (989) 635-3658 www.marshfuneral.com
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Born February 13, 1936, died January 23, 2009. Blessed with four children, David, Dean, Dawn (dec.), Darrel (dec.), seven grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. Memorial at Orchard Grove Community Church, 850 Ladd Rd. Bldg. C, Walled Lake, MI 48390. 248-926-6584.
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Dale Kenneth Case, age 50, of Ceresco died Friday, Jan. 23, 2009 at his home. He was born on Jan. 9, 1959 in Coldwater to Kenneth Ross Case and Leona Bishop Case.  He had lived his entire life in this area and lived at the same address since 1997 Dale married Kelli Jo Heuer Case on May 18,1991 at the Church of God in Burlington. He graduated in 1978 from Union City High School. After graduation, he went to work at Vincent Paint Shop in Tekonsha, then to Western Rubber Co. in Coldwater. He moved with the company to Fremont, Ind., retiring after 21 years to take over the family farming. In the spring and fall, he also enjoyed working for AcMoody Farms in Union City. In his younger years, he loved canoe racing down the St. Joe River and hanging out with his friends, trapping, hunting and fishing. He played baseball and softball. He loved playing co-ed softball with his wife. He was known for how fast he could run. He also enjoyed golfing. The last couple of years, he and his wife really enjoyed bowling on a league in Bronson. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, going hunting in Wyoming, mule deer hunting and bear hunting in Maine. He loved teaching his boys the tricks of the trade. As his boys grew older, he got more excited, making sure his boys waited for the big buck then for himself. He loved teaching his boys to turkey hunt and goose hunt. He coached both his boys little league ball teams for several years. He made sure he attended all of their sporting events. He spent every week for years at the Calhoun County Fair helping his boys with their livestock. He always made sure his neighbors driveways were cleaned during the snowy season. He was known for his generosity, and willing to give anyone a helping hand without hesitation. His wife Kelli, sons Taylor and Kyler were the love of his life, and he, the love of theirs. He loved his family and friends, and was well liked by anyone he met. He attended First Wesleyan Church of Battle Creek. He is survived by his loving wife Kelli and sons Taylor and Kyler at home; parents Kenneth and Leona Case of Burlington; sisters Darlene (Doug) Mack and Deloris (Dave) Wasikowski of Burlington; many nieces and nephews, mother-in-law Connie Harrington of Burlington and father in-law Stephen (Sara) Heuer of Dowagiac; and a very special friend Jeff Mack of Burlington. The family will receive friends at the Craig K. Kempf Funeral Home in Marshall on Tuesday from 3-8. A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. A gathering of family and friends will be held this summer to celebrate the gift of his life. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Union City Baseball Team. Assistance with memorials is available at the funeral home. You may leave an online message for the family and sign the on line guest book at www.kempffuneralhome.com.
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Dale O. Wheaton, 84, of Waldron passed away Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009 at Evergreen Manor in Montpelier, Ohio.  He was born January 19, 1925 in Adams Township to Clarence and Edith (Myers) Wheaton.  He was married Dec. 31,1958 in Pittsford to VaRue Southard and she preceded him in death on Oct. 20, 2008. Dale was retired from M & S Manufacturing.  He was a veteran of the U. S. Army, a member of the American Legion in Hillsdale and the Waldron First Church of Christ. Dale is survived by three daughters, Jociel (Albert) Prendergast of Hillsdale, Macel (Dave) Gibbs of Hudson and Bonnez (Lynn) Beck of Archbold, Ohio; one son, Terry Wheaton of Washington; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Besides his wife VaRue, he was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Wava Lipps and Ethel Whaley. Memorial services for Dale O. Wheaton will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Waldron First Church of Christ.  Visitation will be from 2 - 4 p.m. and 6 - 8 p.m. Thursday at the church.  Private burial will take place at Waldron Cemetery.  Arrangements are entrusted to the VanHorn-Eagle Funeral Home in Hillsdale. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider a memorial donation to the Waldron First Church of Christ.  To view this obituary and send condolences, visit www.eaglefuneralhomes.com.
David A. Farison, 64, passed away Jan. 13, 2009, in Midland.
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David F. Criffield, age 69, of Pullman, passed away on January 4, 2009, at Tendercare of Westwood.  David was born  October 11, 1940 in Eau Claire, MI, the son of Arthur and Madeline (Moore) Criffield.  David is survived by a daughter, Janie Criffield; a brother, Thomas (Barbara) Criffield; and several nieces and nephews. A graveside service will be at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 29, 2009 at Lee Cemetery in Pullman with Pastor Keith Coffey officiating. Arrangements by Redmond Funeral Home, 4100 S. Westnedge Ave., Kalamazoo, (269) 343-6156.
David Earl Mackey, age 81, of Saranac, passed away Jan. 26, 2009 in Grand Rapids.
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Delores C. Gest, age 80, of Burr Oak, Mich.,  passed away Saturday, Jan. 24, 2009, at Sturgis Hospital.  Arrangements will be announced by the Hackman Family Funeral Homes, Rosenberg Chapel.
Dennis "Cowboy" Brunett North Branch Dennis "Cowboy" Brunett, 54, of North Branch, passed away January 15, 2009, at his residence, with his family at his side. He was born October 22, 1954, in Lapeer, the son of Betty (Green) and Roy Brunett. Dennis grew up in the Davison area and was a graduate of Davison High School, Class of 1973. He married Sherrill Anderson on June 18, 1977. Dennis retired from Delphi after several years of service. He was a member of the Long Riders Association. He enjoyed horses and trail riding with his friends. He also enjoyed going deer and bear hunting and fishing. Dennis will be missed by his family and friends. Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Sherrill; daughter, Nicole, and son, Shawn, both of North Branch; father, Roy of Fostoria; sisters, Carolyn (Robert) Nelson of Flushing, Michele (David) Williams of Naperville, Ill.; brother, Ken (Beth) Brunett of Silverwood. He was preceded in death by his mother, Betty in 2007. Funeral s
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The sun set on the life of Donna Mae Curtis, age 82, at Cherrywood Manor in Jenison on Jan. 14, 2009. Her sun rose on Sept. 4, 1926, in Lansing. Her loving husband of 56 years, Ned S. Curtis, Jr., preceded her in death.
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BESSEMER, Mich. -- Donna R. "Ma" Tauer, 60, of Bessemer, passed on to a new journey Thursday, Jan. 22, 2009, at her home, surrounded by her loving family, after a brief illness.
Doris Jean Cody Lapeer Doris Jean Cody, 80, of Lapeer, passed away January 17, 2009. She was born April 17, 1928, in Holly, to David Richard and Gladys (Knowlton) Hayward, Sr. Doris was a telephone operator for Michigan Bell/ Southern Bell/Ameritech. She made afghans for nursing homes and volunteered at Suncrest. Doris enjoyed senior citizen bowling and her membership at the Lapeer Fraternal Order of Eagles. She is survived by her daughter, Rosalie (Richard) Rittersdorf of St. Petersburg, Fla.; grandchildren, Abbie, Joe and Dan; several great-grandchildren; several siblings and step-siblings. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Rebecca Ellen Merrill; parents, David and Gladys Hayward, Sr. Memorial contributions made by made to the charity of one's choice. Cremation has taken place. Arrangements made by Muir Brothers Funeral Home, Lapeer, (810)664-8111.
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Doris M. Gest, age 76, of Burr Oak, Mich., passed away Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2009, at the Sturgis Hospital. She was born July 28, 1932, in Burr Oak, a daughter of the late John and Garnet (Kaehr) Mayer. Doris has been a resident of Burr Oak all of her life and graduated as class valedictorian from Burr Oak High School with the class of 1950. On Nov. 2, 1951, in Burr Oak she married her high school sweetheart, Howard A. Gest. Doris was employed as a reporter for the Burr Oak Acorn, secretary at the Burr Oak High School, and retired from Kirsch Company, where she had worked for many years. She was a member of the Burr Oak United Methodist Church, the Burr Oak Mother’s Club, had been a Boy Scout leader, and bowled with the Kirsch Bowling team.  She enjoyed needlepoint, flowers, playing the guitar, and just loved her children and grandchildren and especially enjoyed watching the grandchildren play ball. Doris was loved by so many and was truly a special person with lots of love and laughter to share with  friends and family, and she felt everyone in Burr Oak was dear to her heart. Surviving are: her husband of 57 years, Howard A. Gest; children, Robert (Pat Raifsnider) Gest, Patricia (Shawn) Seeba, and Debora (Michael) Poley, all of Burr Oak,; grandchildren, Jenifer Taylor, Sara (Bryon Freeman) Downing, Melissa Poley, and John Poley; great-granddaughter, Alayna; two step-grandchildren, David Downing and JoAnn Downing; sister, Susan Mueller of Miami, Fla.; and nephew, David (Jun-Ko) Hawkins of New York, N.Y. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother-in-law, Jack Mueller. The family will received friends and relatives from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, at the Hackman Family Funeral Homes, Rosenberg Chapel, 807 E. Chicago Rd., Sturgis.  Funeral services celebrating the life of Doris M. Gest will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home with The Rev. Donald Graham, Burr Oak United Methodist Church, officiating.  Interment will follow in Burr Oak Cemetery.  Memorial donations may be directed to the Burr Oak United Methodist Church, 105 S. 4th St., Burr Oak, MI 49030.  Envelopes are available at the funeral home. Her obituary is also at www.legacy.com
Dorothea Elizabeth Straub Lapeer Dorothea Elizabeth Straub, 78, of Lapeer (formerly of Roseville) passed away January 14, 2009. She was born November 10, 1930, in Lynn, Mass., to Mr. and Mrs. Richard. Dorothea worked on the kitchen staff of Saratoga Hospital in Detroit. She graduated from St. Elizabeth's High School in Detroit. She is survived by her children, Deborah C. Burdell of Lapeer, Janice M. Mozdzen of Lapeer, Gary Mozdzen of Sterling Heights; 2 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; 2 sisters and 1 brother. She was preceded in death by her mother, Dorothy; stepfather, Merril; son, Robert Dennis Mozdzen. Memorial contributions may be made to the family. Cremation has taken place. Arrangements made by Muir Brothers Funeral Home, Lapeer, (810)664-8111.
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Dorothy Eva Sinclair, 76, of Blissfield left this earth on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2009, to join our heavenly Father awaiting her on the brightest star in the heavens. After fighting a long painful battle, she was released from her suffering at long last. As the stars shone above giving a sign that she would now be free, her eternally loving husband of 61 years held her close as she slipped gracefully, painlessly and quietly away. Dorothy was born to Oscar K. Miller and Mary (Conrad) Miller on Nov. 6, 1932, and married “Jack” on Oct. 20, 1947. She is survived by her loving husband, her mother, Mary Miller; five children, Larry Sinclair, Connie (Carl) Bahls, Dottie (Joe) Nix, Dwight (Rosemary) Sinclair and Brock (Erin) Sinclair; more than 70 grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; her brother, Melvin (Melanie) Miller; sisters, Karen Salsbury and Patsy (Larry) Drukenmiller. She was preceded in death by her father, Oscar Miller; brother, Robert Miller; sister, Alva Brenke; grandchildren, Robert Sinclair, Diane (Sinclair) Vauw, Ianna Sinclair; daughter-in-law, Ruth Sinclair; and great-grandchildren, Ashley Vauw and Larry James Vauw. Dorothy will always be remembered for her deep love and devotion for her husband and family, kind heart, her strong faith, her baked goods for any function, and her love for helping others. She was a very active member of the First United Methodist Church in Blissfield, the Boy Scouts of America, the church choir, 4-H Bingo, and Meals on Wheels. She took great pride in her collection of porcelain dolls and her involvement of the Friendly Home Toy parties. Funeral Services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2009, at the First United Methodist Church in Blissfield with the Rev. Michael Mayo-Moyle officiating. Burial will follow in Pleasant View Cemetery. Arrangements are with J. Gilbert Purse Funeral Home, Adrian. Condolences may be offered online at www.pursefuneralhome.com.
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Dorothy Mae Koning, age 84, of Holland went to be with her Lord on Monday, January 26, 2009 at Holland Hospital. She was a member of Fourteenth Street Christian Reformed Church.  Dorothy was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother and enjoyed the time she spent with her family. She touched many lives thru serving and giving to others.   She is survived by her husband, LaVerne, of 62 years; and children, Maryellen and Gerald Kolk of Holland, Vernon and Linda Koning of Zeeland, Paul and Jodi Koning of Holland, Ruth and Alan Breuker of Hamilton; 13 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; brothers and sister, Donald and Shirley Schrotenboer of Holland, Glenn and Nan Schrotenboer of Holland, Marilyn and Tom Bratt of Holland; brother and sisters-in-law, Mrs. Lloyd (Juella) Schrotenboer, Willard Koning of Holland, Mrs. Chester (Donna) Koning of Holland; many nephews and nieces.  The funeral service will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, January 29, 2009             at Fourteenth Street Christian Reformed Church, 14 West 14th Street in Holland.  Reverend Marvin Hofman will be officiating.  Burial will be in Pilgrim Home Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, January 28, 2009            at Lakeshore Memorial Services, 11939 James Street in Holland.  Memorial contributions may be given to Alzheimer's Association or Fourteenth Street Christian Reformed Church Outreach Program.         An on-line registry book is available at www.lakeshorememorial .com.
Duanne Ora Tingley, age 61, of Wyoming, passed away on Jan. 23, 2009.,
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Hillsdale County’s Road Commission is between a rock and a hard place. Repeated assaults of winter weather are using up funds for snow clearing. The commission is using less salt in the salt-sand mix and concentrating what it has on intersections, curves and hills. Communities with their own plowing and salting are in similar straits. Hillsdale County’s school districts are between a rock and a hard place. Repeated assaults of winter weather and decreased snow clearing are responsible for more cancelled school days than usual. For more of the story, copy and paste the following url into your browser:  http://hillsdaledailynews.mi.newsmemory.com/
Eleanor (Ellen) Norwood, age 83, of Monroe, MI passed away Sunday, January 25, 2009, at 5:33 PM at Mercy Memorial Hospital. Eleanor was born November 23, 1925, in Keyser, West Virginia, the daughter of the late Paul H.
Eleanor Norwood, 83, of Monroe died at 5:33 p.m. Sunday at Mercy Memorial Hospital. Arrangements by Bacarella Funeral Home.
Elna H. Wagner Lapeer Elna H. Wagner, 96, of Lapeer, passed away January 13, 2009. She was born October 10, 1912, in Caro, to Fred and Mary (Rohr) Peters. Mrs. Wagner graduated from Metamora High School and went on for two years at County Normal. She was a clerk at the Ross General Store, then Sweeneys Bakery. She is survived by her children, Gary (Nora) Wagner of Metamora, Nancy Kitchenmaster of Lapeer, Kerry Wagner of Lapeer, Ronny (Delores) Wagner of Lapeer; 13 grandchildren and many, many great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her mother, Mary Caskey; father, Fred Peters; son, Roy Wagner; granddaughter, Michelle Wagner; brothers, Howard, Elmer and Roy Peters. In lieu of flowers, please give gifts to the family. Funeral services were held January 15, 2009, at Muir Brothers Funeral Home, Lapeer. Pastor Peter DeKlerk officiated. Burial was in Metamora Cemetery. Arrangements made by Muir Brothers Funeral Home, Lapeer, (810)664-8111.
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HURLEY, Wis. -- Eugene George "Gene" Calvetti, 85, a lifetime resident of Hurley, passed away Sunday, Jan. 25, 2009, in Hurley, following a courageous battle with cancer.
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Evelyn Vivian Shreve, age 87, of Three Rivers, died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2009, at her home following a long illness.  She was born in Three Rivers on Feb. 21, 1921, the daughter of William H. and Lena (Stannard) Barks.  Evelyn was married to Isaac “Ike” Shreve on June 25, 1937.  She worked for 35 years at the Mendon Company, and The Haas Corporation, later known as Lear Plastics in Mendon. Evelyn is survived by a daughter, Shirley Ann “Tody” Stitt and her husband, Terry, of Three Rivers;  two grandchildren, Missy Kennedy (Dan) of Vicksburg, and Tyler Ruggles of Alden, NY;  three step-grandchildren, Todd Stitt (Jonna) and Terry Stitt  Jr. (Debbie), both of Elkhart, and Tammy Wisk (Rob) of Constantine;  nine great-grandchildren, Ashlee Gorham (Matt), Spencer Kennedy, Elliott, Sarah, Tyra, Alyia, Lena, Ezra, and Elgin Ruggles;  twin great-great grandchildren born on Evelyn’s birthday, Owen and Ryder Gorham; one sister, Skeet Zakaia of Mansfield, Ohio.  She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ike in 1999; a sister, Marguerite “Maggie” Alexander; two brothers, Wilbur “Cy” Barks and William “Bill” Barks. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Eickhoff Funeral Home in Mendon.  Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home with Pastor Chuck Lambdin, Pastor of the Crossroads Missionary Church officiating.  Burial will be in South Park Cemetery.  Memorials are suggested to the Three Rivers Health Hospice, or the Alzheimer’s Research Foundation.  Online register and condolences may be left at www.eickhofffuneralhome.com.
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at O'Brien/Sullivan Funeral Home, 41555 Grand River, Novi (248-348-1800), Wednesday 2-9 p.m.. Funeral Thursday 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Cloverdale P.E.P. (Organization for children with special needs.) Online condolences:
January 11, 2009. Age 80. Beloved wife of James. Dear mother of Glen (Paula), Suzanne, James (Caroline). Grandmother of six. Sister of Constance (Peter) Odell. Memorial Services Saturday, January 31, 11 a.m. at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, 5631 N. Adams Road, Bloomfield Hills. Memorials suggested to the church. Share a memory at:
Floyd Eugene Francis, 91, of Petoskey, died early this morning, Jan. 27, 2009, at Bay Bluffs of Harbor Springs.
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Frank Joseph Uguccioni, age 98, of Onsted died Tuesday, January 20, 2009, at Provincial House in Adrian. He was born on June 22, 1910, in Sandusky, Ohio, the son of Lazzaro and Filomena (Filippini) Uguccioni. He graduated from Southwestern High School in Detroit, Mich. He studied music at the Detroit Conservatory and was a violinist with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Later, he was employed at the Ford Motor Company and received his Journeymanship as a Tool and Die Maker.  In 1943, he and his family moved to Onsted, and he was employed at the Tecumseh Products for more than 30 years. He was a member of the Tecumseh Products Band and played the saxophone. Frank is survived by his wife, Helen M. (Wilkins) Uguccioni of Onsted; son, David (Alyce) Uguccioni of Brooklyn; daughters, Lenna (Tom) Klug of Reynoldsburg, Ohio, and Florence (Jim) Ouzts of Cleveland, Miss.; 10 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and a twin sister, Florence Selke of Detroit. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Rose. Private funeral services were held on Monday, Jan. 26, 2009, at the Dunn Chapel, Brown-VanHemert Funeral Home in Onsted, with the Rev. Patrick Lowery, S.S.C. officiating. Burial followed at Maple Shade Cemetery in Onsted. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Lenawee, the Adrian Symphony Orchestra or to a charity of the donor’s choice. View this obituary and send condolences to the family at www.brownvanhemert.com.
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January 25, 2009. Age 75. Beloved husband of Laura. Dear father of Mark (Carolyn), Linda (Keith) Deskins, Bruce (Stacy) and Kevin (Jenifer). 12 grandchildren. Brother of Beverly (Ralf) Garschagen and Paul (Julie). Memorial visitation Fred Wood Funeral Home, 36100 Five Mile Rd. (one mile W. of Farmington Rd.) Thursday 3-9 p.m. Memorial Service Friday beginning with visitation 10 a.m. until Service time 11 a.m. at Covenant Community Church, Beech Daly Rd. (N. of Five Mile Rd.) Redford. In lieu of flowers, memorials to American Cancer Society or Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
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Gerald ‘Cork” Burlew, 74, of Quincy, passed away Jan. 23, 2009, at home. He was born Feb. 25, 1934, in Algansee Township, the son of Forest and Goldie (Nesbitt) Burlew. Cork attended the Reading Schools and had been employed at Clark Equipment Co. for 31 years. He also enjoyed farming and gardening, coin collecting, well drilling and mechanical work. He belonged to the Southern Yankee Organization. On June 19, 1953, he married Janice (Adams) and she survives, along with three daughters, Victoria Burlew, Santa Clara, Calif., Patricia (Jack Clutter) Burlew, Sturgis, and Ruth Ann (Rick) Cross, Port St. Lucie, Fla.; two sons, Charles P. Avery, Grand Rapids and John F. (Mary) Burlew, Quincy; two sisters, Velma Vince, Tecumseh and Susie (Fred) Rushford, Victoria, Texas; one brother, Marwin (Loretta) Burlew, Reading; 22 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Theta; brothers, George, Ed  and Richard and infant daughter, Diane. Relatives and friends may call from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the George White Funeral Home, Quincy where services are at 2 p.m. Wednesday with the Rev. Alan Fenstermaker officiating. Interment will follow in Lakeview Cemetery, Quincy. Memorials may be directed to the Salvation Army, Hillsdale.
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Sheldon, H. Jeanne Saginaw, Michigan Passed away on Friday, January 23, 2009, at the Cartwright Care Center. Age 85 years. Complete obituary will be in the Sunday edition. Funeral service will take place 11:00 a.m. Monday, January 26, 2009, at the W.L. Case & Company Funeral Chapel, 201 N. Miller Road. Pastor Mike Kelley will officiate with burial in Roselawn Memorial Gardens. Friends may call at the chapel, 201 N. Miller Road, from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Sunday. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Lymphoma and Leukemia Society or the West Michigan Avenue United Methodist Church. Jeanne's family extends a special thank you to the nurses and staff at the Cartwright Care Center, especially nurse Denise, and to Dr. Avanti Mehrotra, for their loving care of our mother. www.casefuneralhome.com
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"SY" Beloved husband of the late Fern Miller Henig. Dear father of David (Bonnie) Henig and Les (Carol) Henig. Loving grandfather of Sara (Bradford) McLouth and four other devoted grandchildren. Also survived by four great-grandchildren and many other loving family members and friends. Services were held in Maryland. Local arrangements by The Dorfman Chapel (248) 406-6000 or visit
December 14, 1928-January 25, 2009. Passed away peacefully at 80 years. Husband of Serafina, father of Omar (Lena), Cecilia (Dino), Susi (Ignacio), grandfather of Jessica, Michael, Gabriel & Lucas. McCabe Funeral Home, Farmington Hills, 248-553-0120. Viewing Tuesday 2-8 p.m.
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Harbert Taylor Elliott, age 84, of Hudson, formerly of Jackson, passed away Sunday, Jan. 25, 2009 at Heartland Health Care Center in Jackson. He was born on Aug. 18, 1924, in Battle Creek, the son of Elliott and Pearl (Darring) Taylor. Harbert married Arlene Mae Garwood on June 22, 1946, in Jackson. She survives. He worked for Walker Mufflers in Jackson for more than 32 years. He was a veteran of the United States Army serving during World War II. Harbert was a big fan of auto racing, both as a participant and a spectator. His favorite driver was Bill Elliott. His other hobbies include golfing, fishing, being outdoors and watching John Wayne movies. He especially enjoyed watching his grandchildren play sports and riding around in his Cadillac with his family. Harbert is survived by his wife, Arlene; six children, Taylor “Lee” (Tammy) Elliott of Jackson, James (Mary) Elliott, Kathleen (Ted Kopp) Bunting, all of Hudson, Mikel (Kim) Elliott of Hillsdale, Christine (Carl) Stoyk of Hudson, Joseph (Karin) Elliott of Osseo; 17 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, sons, David Dean Elliott and William Elliott; granddaughter, January Elliott, and grandson, Scott Elliott. Funeral Services will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, 2009, at the Brown-Van Hemert Funeral Home in Hudson with the Rev. Clyde L. Wonders officiating. Full Military Honors will be conducted by Hannan-Colvin Post #180 American Legion of Hudson. Cremation will follow. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. prior to the service.  View this obituary and send condolences to the family www.brownvanhemert.com.
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Harold F. Parsons, 89, of Hillsdale, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009, at Drews Place of Hillsdale.  He was born Oct. 17, 1919 in Cambridge, Ontario to Howard and Kate (Bryant) Parsons.  He was married July 14, 1945 to Mable Thompson and she survives. Harold was a retired advertising representative.  He was a veteran of the Canadian Air Force, a member of the Acacia Masonic Lodge, a member of the Jonesville First Presbyterian Church and a former member of the Jonesville Lions Club. He loved sailing and spending time with his family. Besides his wife Mable, he is survived by a daughter Lynne (Dave) Williams of Hillsdale; a grandson, Jeffrey (Carrie) Williams; and a grandaughter, Heather Williams. Harold was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters and one brother. Funeral services for Harold F. Parsons will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the Jonesville First Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Gary Oliver officiating.  The family will receive friends for visitation from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday at the Eagle Funeral Home in Jonesville. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider a memorial contribution to the Jonesville First Presbyterian Church.  To view this obituary and send condolences, visit www.eaglefuneralhomes.com.
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Harriett L. Perrine, 98, died Jan. 17, 2008. She was the beloved wife of the late Merlin K., loving mother of the Rev. Stephen K. (Connie), grandmother of Jolee (Jim) Kempf, Alicia, Stephen Keskitalo and Karen Bethune, great-grandmother of Jack and Harry Kempf. Visitation will be 3-8 p.m. Thursday at Wm. Sullivan & Son Funeral Home, 705 W. 11 Mile Road (4 blocks E. of Woodward) Royal Oak, Mich. She will lie in state Friday 11 a.m. until time of service at noon at Beverly Hills United Methodist Church, 20000 W. 13 Mile Road, Beverly Hills, Mich. A graveside service will be 1 p.m. Saturday at the Prattville Cemetery. Memorials to Wesleyan Medical Fellowship appreciated. Harriett was the last surviving of nine siblings born to Alfred P. and Carrie Bell Emens of Prattville. Several of her brothers and sisters were distinguished educators with her brother John Emens serving as president of Ball State University. She graduated from Michigan State Normal College, Ypsilanti (now Eastern Michigan University) with a BS degree in elementary education. She did postgraduate work at University of Michigan and Columbia University. Harriett married Merlin K. Perrine on June 23, 1945 at the Hillsdale Arboretum, and he preceded her in death. Although she taught in various locations throughout Michigan, the majority of her career was spent teaching second grade at Jefferson Elementary School in Coldwater. She retired in 1970 and remained active with the American Association of University Women and other civic groups. She and her late husband, Merlin, were dedicated members of Coldwater Wesleyan Church. She loved God, life, her family and friends and will be greatly missed.
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Helen L. (Hoffman) Thieme, 84, of Fort Wayne, Ind., died Jan. 23, 2009 at Lutheran Hospital. Visitation is from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. today at the Klaehn, Fahl and Melton Winchester Road Chapel, 6424 Winchester Road. Services are at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 3705 S. Anthony Blvd., with calling one hour prior. Burial will be in the IOOF Cemetery, New Haven.
Helen M. Pratt-Rines 1925-2009 Helen Marie Pratt-Rines, 83, formerly of Filion, went home to be with her Lord on Tuesday, January 13, 2009 at Harbor View Adult Foster Care in Port Huron, with her family by her side. She was born on June 19, 1925 in Armada to the late George and Viola Deacons. She went to Filion School and graduated from Kinde High School. She was married to her lifelong sweetheart, Clarence Pratt in Filion at her parent's home on August 7, 1943 by Rev. Marion Lowe of the Presbyterian Church in Bad Axe. They raised five children and were married 54 years until Clarence passed away in 1997 She married Stanley Rines on November 1, 1998 at the First Presbyterian Church in Bad Axe by Rev. Jan Dykshoorn. She spent the past 10 years in Freedom, N.H. and Zephyrhills, Fla. with Stanley until she became ill. She then returned to Michigan to be with her family. Helen worked for Hamill Manufacturing and was a nurse's aid at Huron Memorial Hospital. She also did home health care for the ill and elderly. She was loved by her patients for her tender loving care. She enjoyed visiting her children and her grandchildren. Her sense of humor and good nature will be missed by all. She is survived by her husband, Stanley Rines, Freedom, N.H.; children, Diana (Bob) Repp, Port Huron, Sharon (Bob) Haldane, Bad Axe, Dale Pratt, Ubly, Wayne Pratt, Port Austin and Vicky (Chuck) Knowlton, Port Huron; step-children, Jeri (Mark) McKinley, Kris Rines and James (Brooke) Rines; eight grandchildren, Jill (Steve) Emery, Jennifer (Chris) Lee, Michelle (Don) Dixon, Jessica (Derek) Bach, Amy (Eric) Maust, Cortney Henderson, Carrie Pratt and Dustin Henderson; several great-grandchildren, step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren; two brothers, Howard (Nancy) Deacons, Filion and Eugene (Mary) Deacons, Zephyrhills, Fla.; two sisters, Joyce Guza, Buckley and Eileen (Franklin) Miller, Filion and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Pratt; her parents and a sister, Donna (Chuck) Eddie. Services were held on Saturday, January 17, 2009 at the Bad Axe First Presbyterian Church. Rev. Jan Dykshoorn, pastor, officiated, with burial taking place in the Colfax Cemetery. Memorials may be offered to Heartland Hospice or the Bad Axe First Presbyterian Church. Arrangements were handled by the Kaufman Funeral Home, Bad Axe.
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Irene M. Powell, 91, of Jonesville, passed away Saturday, January 24, 2009, at the Laurels of Coldwater.
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Died Friday, January 23 2009, age 85, at his residence in Novi, Michigan. He was born April 3, 1923 in Port Huron to the late John and Emma (McEachin) Jansen. Joe graduated from St. Stephen High School, the University of Detroit and served in the U.S. Army during WWII. On October 6, 1951 he married Mary Jo Meyer. He worked as the accountant/ controller for Precision Hardware from 1951 to 1991. Joe is survived by his wife Mary Jo; five children, Terry Jansen, Joan (Richard) Dunn, Joseph (Beverly Schwagle) Jansen, Peter (Deborah Day) Jansen, Mary Ann (Metin) Dogu; a sister Barbara Fenner; eight grandchildren; Kyeshna (Chris Morehouse) Jansen, John (Rebecca) Jansen, Jennie Jansen, Alex Dogu, Mark (Su-Young) Schwagle, Matt (Heidi) Schwagle, James and Joseph Dunn; two great-grandchildren, Kailey Swiss and Travis Morehouse; and many nieces, nephews and dear friends. He was preceded in death by three brothers, John, Donald and Charles; and one sister, Mary Maurer. Family will receive friends Saturday January 31st 2009 at 10:00 a.m. with a prayer service at 12:30 p.m. in the Belmont Clubhouse at Fox Run, 41100 13 Mile Road, Novi. Memorial contributions may be directed to ALS Association "Lou Gehrig's Disease" in honor to his dear sister Mary. ALS of Michigan, 675 E Big Beaver Rd Ste 207, Troy, MI 48083-1428, (248) 680-6540. To send condolences, visit www.obriensullivanfuneralhome.com
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will be held Tuesday, Jan. 27 from 3-9 p.m. at Harry J. Will Funeral Home-Livonia Chapel, 37000 6 Mile Rd. A Funeral Mass will be held 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, January 28 at St. Edith Church, 15089 Newburgh Rd., Livonia. Donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association of Michigan Great Lakes Chapter, 310 North Main St, Suite 100 Chelsea, MI 48118. Please leave the family a message at:
James F. Spaulding Sr., 67, of Milan died Monday night at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Ann Arbor. Arrangements by Cover Funeral Home, Dundee.
Jason Michael Wilson, 32, of Newport died Sunday morning.Friends may call from 1 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Rupp Funeral Home, where services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday.
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Jason Schrotenboer, 87, of Zeeland, died Friday, Jan. 23, 2009. Funeral arrangements will be announced by the Yntema Funeral Home, 251 S. State St., Zeeland.
John F. Jubar 1937-2009 John F. Jubar, 71, Sebewaing, died Tuesday, January 13, 2009 at Northwood Meadows in Cass City following a lengthy illness. He was born November 1, 1937 in Akron Twp., Tuscola Co., son of Sybil G. (Gotham) Jubar and the late Orin A. Jubar. He was united in marriage to Tamara K. Gruehn on April 6, 1982 in Lucas Co., Ohio. John had been employed at Defoe Shipbuilding in Bay City for many years and later for Kuhl Building Products in Sebewaing for over 20 years before retiring in 2001. He was united in marriage to Tamara K. Gruehn on April 6, 1982 in Lucas Co., Ohio. He was a member of New Salem Lutheran Church in Sebewaing, served on the board of finance and had been in the choir. He also was a member of Sebewaing American Legion Post #293, life member of the Sebewaing Sportsmen's Club; was in charge of the bingo games at the Sebewaing V.F.W. and Legion for 12 years. He served in the U.S. Army in Germany from 1961 to 1964. He is survived by his wife, Tamara (Tammy) Jubar, Sebewaing; two sons, Keith (Shanna) Jubar, Madisonville, Tenn. and Bruce (Jo) Jubar, Sebewaing; his mother, Sybil Jubar, Unionville; two grandsons, Jacob and Blake Jubar, two granddaughters, Olivia and Erin Jubar; two step-grandchildren, Shane (Brooke) Ward and Christopher Ward; four step-great-grandchildren; one brother, Ken (Barbara) Jubar, Holly; one sister, Illa (Jeannie) (Herb) Severn, Unionville; aunt, Coral Gotham, Unionville; brother-in-law, Terry Gruehn, South Branch; several nieces and nephews and special friends, Curt and Pat Baur and John and Brenda Sigmund; all of Sebewaing. He was preceded in death by one niece, Rae Lynn Huyghe. Cremation has taken place at Sunset Valley Crematory in Bay City. A memorial service was held on Friday, January 16, 2009 at New Salem Lutheran Church in Sebewaing. Rev. William Mayhew officiated. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider New Salem Lutheran Church, Home and Hospice Advantage or the Alzheimer's Foundation. Arrangements were handled by the Dinkel-Juengel Funeral Home, Sebewaing.
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EWEN, Mich. -- John R. Hasenberg Jr., 61, of Ewen, died unexpectedly Friday, Jan. 23, 2009, in Iron River.
Joseph D. Dufour Sr., age 71, of LaSalle, MI, passed away at 8:39 a.m. January 23, 2009 at Mercy Memorial Hospital. He had been ill for about three years.
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Joyce Pearl Petty, of Osseo, passed away Saturday, Jan. 17, 2009, at her home. She was born Jan. 18, 1957. A funeral service to honor the life of Mrs. Joyce Pearl Petty will be held at the El Bethel Pentecostal Church of God in Hillsdale at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 22 with Pastor David Spriggs officiating. Interment will take place in Maple Grove Cemetery, Jefferson Township. The family will receive friends for visitation on Thursday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at the church. Arrangements are by Hampton-Kurtz Funeral Home, Hillsdale. Friends who wish may make memorial contributions to the family.
Juanita Monhollen, 83, of Monroe died at 3 this morning at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center, Toledo. Arrangements by the Allore chapel of the Martenson Family of Funeral Homes.
KATHRYN LOUISE FAGAN SANDUSKY Kathryn Louise (Purdy) Fagan, age 91, of Sandusky, died on Wednesday, January 14, 2009 at Sanilac Medical Care Facility. Kathryn was born on August 23, 1917 in Wisconsin, the daughter of Pearl and Mae Purdy. She married Richard Charles Fagan in Detroit on June 28, 1941 and they had three children; Patrick, Joanne and Kenneth. Her husband died in 1960 at the age of 44 and Kathryn never remarried. Kathryn enjoyed taking care of others and spent many years working as a personal assistant and care giver for an elderly man and his two sisters. She had a great sense of humor, enjoyed many life-long friendships and treasured time spent with her children and grandchildren. She was heart-broken when her son, Pat, died at the age of 42, but was extremely proud of the fine husband, father, brother, son and police officer he was. Kathryn moved from Detroit to Sandusky in 1985 after Pat's death to be closer to her son, Ken and his family. Kathryn is survivedby her son; Ken and his wife Mary Simon, daughter-in-law; Karen Fagan and her partner Chester Brown, daughter; Joanne Walters, grandchildren; Andrew (Heather) Fagan, Carrie (Bill) Hill, Christine Tricarico, Debbie and Kim Walters, and great grandchildren; Elliott and Lucy Hill, Fallon Tricarico, Stephanie, Christopher, Jennifer, and Corey, and her special niece; Anne (Tom) Nesbit and nephew; Edward (Mary) Purdy Jr. Kathryn was preceded in death by her husband Richard, adored son Patrick, loving brother Edward and his wife, Tillie and granddaughter Sandy. Cremation has taken place at Sunset Valley Crematory, Bay City. Memorial services were held at Marsh Funeral Chapel, Sandusky with Rev. Roger Adams officiating. Memorial suggestions to the Sanilac Medical Care Facility. Arrangements by Marsh Funeral Chapel, Sandusky, www.marshfuneral.com
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Karoline Benedict, aged 80, of Saranac, passed away Jan. 19, 2009.
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Kathryn Wolters, age 86, of Holland passed away on Saturday, January 24, 2009 at the Holland Hospital. Kathryn was a member of Christ Memorial Church the Bible Circle and also Evergreen Commons.  She was preceded in death by her parents William and Reka VanderHeide, step father John Miller, brother Gerrit VanderHeide and her husband Benjamin. She is survived by her children: Roland and Sandra Wolters of Holland,  Bonnie and Ivan VerHoeven of Holland; four grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren; Brothers and sisters: Willis and Margaret VanderHeide of Albuquerque, NM, Robert and Shirley VanderHeide of Holland; Sister in law: Betty VanderHeide of West Olive; Many nephews, nieces and cousins. A memorial services will be 1:00 PM Wednesday, January 28, 2009, in the Chapel at Christ Memorial Church, 595 Graafschap Road in Holland. Reverend Steven J. Vander Molen will be officiating. Burial will be in Graafschap Cemetery. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 12-1PM one hour prior to the service at Christ Memorial. Memorial contributions may be made to Christ Memorial Church. Arrangements are by Lakeshore Memorial Services. An online registry book is available at www.lakeshorememorial.com.
Kelvin P. quot;Kelly quot; Eberhart, 77, of Monroe died at 6:40 a.m. Monday in his home. He had been in poor health for two years.Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Rupp Funeral Home. He will lie i state at 10 a.m.
Kenneth D. Shaw Sr., 59, of Monroe, passed away Saturday morning at 4:51 a.m. in his home. Arrangements are being made by Bennett-Prochnow Funeral Home.
Kenneth D. Shaw Sr., 59, of Monroe, passed away, after a long battle with cancer, on Saturday morning at 4:51 a.m. in his home with his family by his side. Born November 22, 1949 he was the son of George and Lois (Sutton) Shaw.
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Wednesday 3-9 p.m. at the D.S. Temrowski & Sons Funeral Home, 30009 Hoover Rd at Common (12½ Mile). In lieu of flowers donations appreciated to the American Heart Association or The World Wildlife Federation. Please share memories at
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Widow of William Henderson Lee, died Saturday, January 17, 2009. A memorial service will be held at James H. Cole Home for Funerals, 2624 W. Grand Blvd., on Saturday, April 25, 2009 at 12:30 p.m.
LEOTA BLANCHE MILLETICS CROSWELL Leota Blanche Milletics, age 88, of Croswell, passed away on Wednesday, January 14, 2009. Blanche was born November 28, 1920 in Lexington Twp., daughter of the late Thomas and Jesse (Merrick) Hunt. She married Carl Millectics on March 18, 1939 in Croswell. He preceded her in death on January 16, 1975. Blanche was a homemaker and secretary for Carl's Welding & Machine Shop for 27 years. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Croswell, and the local Rebekah Lodge holding offices for many years. She also enjoyed and was an avid gardener. She is survived by one daughter; Carlene (Steve) Sysak of Farwell, four sons; Charles, William (Ann) and Paul (Ann), all of Croswell, and John of Wooden Shoe, 10 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one granddaughter, Annette, a sister, Iva (Annie) Stone, and three brothers Jack, Wallace and Dean Hunt. Funeral Services were held at the First Presbyterian Church, Croswell with Rev. Kenneth Hetzel officiating. Burial was in Croswell Cemetery. Her grandsons were pall bearers. Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church. Arrangements by Pomeroy Funeral Homes, Inc., Six South Howard Ave., Croswell, MI 48422.
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Tuesday 3-9 p.m. and Wednesday 3-9 p.m. at Kaul Funeral Home, 27830 Gratiot, Roseville. In state Thursday 9:30 a.m. until 10 a.m. time of Funeral Mass at Holy Innocents Catholic Church. Rosary Wednesday 7 p.m. Share a memory with the family at
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Laura M. Cattell, age 89, of Bronson, Mich., died Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2009, at home following a short illness. Laura was born Nov. 16, 1919 in Noble Township, a daughter of Lloyd and Erma ((Fair) Beery and attended Bronson Schools. On May 1, 1937, she married Arden Cattell  in Kendallville, Ind. Arden died Dec. 9, 1997. Laura and Arden were 4-H leaders of the Square Deal 4-H Club for many years.  She was also a Bronson school bus driver for over 20 years, retiring in 1978. Laura and Arden wintered in Sebring, Fla., for over 18 years after their retirement. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Bronson and enjoyed cake decorating, cooking and playing cards. Surviving are: her daughters and sons-in-law, Nancy Lee and James Kibiloski of Coldwater and Betsy and Warren Canon of Bronson; son and daughter-in-law, James and Carol Cattell of London, Ky.; five grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; her brother, Harold Rice of Three Rivers; sisters, Marie Tripp of Coldwater, Bernetta Fox of Memphis, Tenn., and Donna Atkinson of  Three Rivers; and several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Sherrie Taylor; a brother, Leo Beery; and a sister, Vera Gilding.  The family will receive friend from 4–7 p.m. today at the Kolcz Funeral Home  in Bronson where services are at 11 a.m. Saturday with Rev. Matt Bistayi officiating.  Interment will follow in Matteson Township Cemetery.  Memorial donations may be made to the Bronson Food Pantry or to CHC Hospice.  Her obituary is also at www.kolcz.com where private messages may be left for the family.
Thiel, Lenore C. (Birchmeier) St Charles, Michigan Formerly of New Lothrop Passed away on Sunday morning, January 25, 2009 at home. Age 82 years. Funeral liturgy will be held on Thursday at 11:00 a.m. at St Michael Catholic Church, Maple Grove. Friends may call at the Walker-Martin Funeral Home, Chesaning on Tuesday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Wednesday from 12:00 noon to 8:00 p.m. Please look for the complete obituary in Tuesday's paper. Wmartinfuneralhome.com
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Lester C. Bond, Sr., 77, of LaGrange, Ind., died Jan. 22, 2009, at the VA Hospital in Indianapolis. Living his lifetime in LaGrange County, he retired in 1995 from Coachmen Industries in Middlebury, Ind., where he had worked since 1967.  He was a United States Army veteran serving during the Korean War.  He was a member of the Gateway River of Life Church in Sturgis, Mich., and LaGrange American Legion Post #215. Mr. Bond was born on March 10, 1931, in LaGrange County, Ind., to Peter Ovid and Mary (Harp) Bond.  On Oct. 5, 1955, he married Ruby J. High in Coldwater, Mich. Mrs. Bond survives in LaGrange. Also surviving are a daughter and son-in-law, Connie and Kenneth Stringfellow of Wawaka, Ind.; four sons and three daughters-in-law, Lester and Lorrie Bond, Jr. of Howe, Ind., James and Deanna Bond of Sturgis, Mich., and Robert Bond and Frank and Patricia Sciluffo, all of Wonder Lake, Ill.; 16 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; a brother and sister-in-law, Ovid and Virginia Bond of LaGrange; and several nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death were his parents; two sons, Rickie and Richard Bond; a sister, Sharon Lewis; and a brother, Robert Bond. Visitation will be from 2-4 p.m. and  6-8 p.m. Monday at Frurip-May Funeral Home in LaGrange, Ind. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home with Pastor Douglas Carr officiating.  Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in LaGrange, Ind., with a military graveside service. Memorials may be given to the American Kidney Fund. Condolences may be left for the family at  www.fruripmayfuneralhome.com.
DePlonty, Lydia J. Saginaw, Michigan Passed away Sunday, January 25, 2009. A complete obituary will be published in Tuesday's edition of the Saginaw News by W. L. Case & Company. www.casefuneralhome.com
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Tuesday 5:00-9:00 p.m. and Wednesday 1:00-9:00 p.m. with prayers at 7:00 p.m. at Chas. Verheyden Funeral Home, 16300 Mack, Grosse Pointe Park. In state Thursday 10:30 a.m. until Mass 11:00 a.m. at St. Ambrose Catholic Church, 15020 Hampton, Grosse Pointe Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to University of Detroit Jesuit High School Scholarship Fund or the Barbara Karmanos Cancer Institute. Light a Candle and Share a Memory at
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at the Sterling Heights Chapel of Bagnasco and Calcaterra Funeral Home, 13650 E. Fifteen Mile Rd. (at Schoenherr) Wednesday 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. with evening scripture. Funeral Thursday at St. Blase Catholic Church, 12151 Fifteen Mile. In state 9:00 a.m. until time of Mass 9:30 a.m. Interment Resurrection Cemetery. Memories to be shared at
MARJORIE S. CARLSON APPLEGATE Marjorie S. Carlson, age 73, of Applegate, passed away quietly on Thursday, January 15, 2009. Marjorie is survived by her husband of forty eight years, John William Carlson. Her children; Kimberly (Kevin) Cunningham, John (Rita) Carlson, Karen Wood and Kathy (Jeremy) McNayr, nine grandchildren; Stacy (Sean) Murray, Stephanie (Ryan) Helmold, Joshua, Eugene, John and Cody Carlson, Eric Wood, Nick and Samantha Marr and one great grandson Zachary Murray. Cremation has taken place, with a private family memorial to be held at a later date. Memorials are suggested to Woodland's Developmental Center Special Olympics or St. Jude's Children's Hospital. Arrangements by Pomeroy Funeral Home, Croswell.
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MARTHA A. DEIKE DECKERVILLE Martha A. Deike, age 95, of Deckerville, died Friday January 16, 2009 in her home. She was born January 21, 1913 in Delaware Township, the daughter of the late Edward and Adeline (Brandt) Warczinsky. She married Charles L. Deike Sr. on March 23, 1935 in Covington, Kentucky. He preceded in death on December 7, 2000. She was a life member of St. John Lutheran Church, Palms, a member of the Ladies Aid and Alter Guild. Mrs. Deike is survived by one son; Charles (Cheryl) Deike of Vassar, two daughters; Miss Marjorie Deike and Miss Doris Deike both of Cass City, one daughter-in-law; Mrs. Aileen Deike of Deckerville, six grandchildren, fourteen great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by one son, Eugene on December 16, 1994, one brother Carl Warczinsky and one sister Mrs. Dorothy Schults. Funeral services to celebrate the life of Martha A. Deike were held at the St. John Lutheran Church, Palms, with Pastor Henry Hales officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Memorials may be given to St. John Lutheran Church or Hartland Hospice. Arrangements by the Apsey Funeral Home, your "Legacy of Life" funeral home.
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Mable Viola Dillon Lapeer Mable Viola Dillon, 92, of Lapeer (formerly of New Stanton, Pa.) passed away Wednesday (January 21, 2009). She was born April 13, 1916, in New Stanton, Pa., to Wesley and Irene (Thompson) Miller. She married Roy Albert Dillon on June 22, 1935, in Pleasant Unity, Pa. Mrs. Dillon was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She is survived by her children, Albert "Bud" Dillon of Lapeer, Clarence "Carney" (Marilyn) Dillon of Lapeer; 7 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; siblings, Edith Hay of Pennsylvania, Clara Morris of Pennsylvania, Eva McClentick of Pennsylvania, Merle Miller of Maryland. She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Dillon; parents, Wesley and Irene Miller; infant son, Gerald; sister, Helen Hall; daughter-in-law, Mary Ann Dillon. Memorial contributions may be made to the Suncrest Auxiliary. Funeral services were held Friday (January 23, 2009) at Muir Brothers Funeral Home, Lapeer. Rev. Ralph Pi
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Mario Lee Brooks, 72, of Monroe died at 2 p.m. Friday at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Ypsilanti. Services are pending at the Rupp Funeral Home, Monroe.
Mario Lee Brooks, 72, of Monroe died at 2 p.m. Friday, January 23 at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Ann Arbor. He had been hospitalized since January 1, 2009. Friends may call Saturday January 31, from 11 a.m. till time of service at 3 p.m.
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Marvin Ely, 84, of Manitou Beach and Winter Haven, Fla., formerly of Morenci, passed away Saturday, Jan. 24, 2009, in Winter Haven, Fla. He was born on Jan. 21, 1925, in Zone, Ohio, the son of Glen and Clema (Winzler) Ely.  On Sept. 14, 1947, he married Marjorie Keller and she survives. He graduated from Fayette High School and attended Michigan State College to study agriculture. He was a farmer in the Waldron area. He bought and sold poultry, delivering them to a Detroit market for seven years. They moved to Morenci in 1952, and helped establish the Keller Supply Corporation and a John Deere farm implement dealership where he headed the parts and bookkeeping departments. They closed the business in 1993, at which time they moved to Manitou Beach. Mr. Ely had a special love for their home on Devils Lake, which they built as a cottage after the 1965 tornado and remodeled into a permanent home in 1994. They bought their first mobile home near Winter Haven, Fla., in 1977, when they started going there two months each year, until they eventually went six months every year. Besides his wife, Marty, Marvin is survived by his children, Karen (Douglas) Londo of McCormick, S.C., Janet (Greg) Sprague of Adrian and Terry (Mary) Ely of Wauseon, Ohio; five grandchildren, two stepgrandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Marvin was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, John Ely. He was a member of the Morenci United Methodist Church where he was once Sunday School Superintendent, Chairman of the Trustees and the Pastor-Parish Relations Committee, and an associate member of the Haines City, Fla., United Methodist Church. He was Worshipful Master of the Morenci Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons, now merged with the Fairfield Lodge #125. He was a 32nd Degree Mason.  Funeral service will be on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2009, at 11 a.m. at the Morenci United Methodist Church with the Rev. Ron Keller and the Rev.  Richard Burstall officiating. Burial will follow at the Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci. There will be a visitation on Friday from 6 until 8 p.m. at the Eagle Funeral Home-Charles Fink Chapel in Morenci. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions are suggested to the Morenci United Methodist Church.
Mary Agnes Kushak, 101 of Harbor Springs passed away Sunday, Jan. 25, 2009, at Bay Bluffs Medical Care Facility.
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GRAFTON, Wis. -- Mary Terese Butler, 39, of Grafton, Wis., and a former Ironwood, Mich., resident, died Sunday, Dec. 21, 2009, the victim of a homicide in her home.
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IRONWOOD, Mich. -- Matthew A. "Matt" Siklich, 94, of 421 Kennedy St., Ironwood, died Saturday afternoon, Jan. 24, 2009, at Memorial Medical Center in Ashland, Wis.
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WAKEFIELD, Mich. -- Maurie S. Syrjala, 90, died Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2009, in Wakefield.
Maxine Blohm died Jan. 16, 2009, after a prolonged illness. Born May 7, 1918, Maxine lived most of her life in Defiance, Ohio. She spent her early childhood in Chicago, Illinois. She later lived with Bertha and Harry Yager in Beaverton. She met her late husband, Ray Blohm, in Saginaw. They married in 1944.
Mikita Lois Dennis Holland, Mich. Mikita Lois Dennis, 20, passed away January 17, 2009, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. She was born November 10, 1988, in Holland, Mich., the daughter of Michael Dennis and Tammy Jones. Mikita graduated from Ottawa High School. She currently attended Muskegon Community College, where she was a highly regarded art student. She is survived by her father, Michael (Dawn) Dennis of Jenison; mother, Tammy Jones; sister, Sasha Dennis; brothers, Damian and Trystan Groening; grandparents, Jake and Dorothy Dennis of Lapeer and Troy Jones, Sr. of Holland. A memorial service was held Saturday (January 24, 2009) at the Chappell Funeral Home, 637 W. Main St., Fennville, Mich.
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Mildred Bertha Rabideau Lapeer Mildred Bertha Rabideau, 79, of Lapeer for over 38 years (formerly of Troy) passed away January 16, 2009. She was born February 3, 1929, in Detroit, to Walter and Beatrice (Grilbozer) Ott. She married Lawrence Paul Rabideau on June 14, 1947 in Roseville. Mildred was a loving wife and mother. Everyone she met cared for her very much. She loved to play pinochle. She is survived by her husband, Lawrence "Larry" Rabideau of Lapeer; children, Larry (JoAnn) Rabideau of Coleman, Allan J. Rabideau of Coleman, Darlene (Steven) Bovee of North Branch; grandchildren, James (Bridgett) Davidson and Crystal Davidson, both of North Branch; sister, Bea (Darrell) Galyon of Roseville. She was preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Beatrice Ott. Memorial contributions may be made to the family. A memorial service was held by the family on Saturday (January 24, 2009) at Larry and Mildred's home. Arrangements made by Muir Brothers Funeral Home, Lapeer
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January 25, 2009. Age 69. Loving husband of Cynthia. Caring father of Marjorie (Mark) Wilson, Ron (Penny) Neagos, Kathi Neagos, Christina (Joseph) Olsavsky, and Jennifer (Brian) Koontz. Wonderful grandfather of ten and four great-grandchildren. Celebration of Life Memorial Service will take place on Wednesday, 4 p.m. at the Sterling Heights Chapel of the Obarzanek Funeral Home, 33250 Ryan Rd. (N. of 14 Mile Rd.). Family will receive friends on Wednesday at the funeral home from 2-4 p.m. Inurnment Great Lakes National Cemetery, Holly. Please sign the family guest book at
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January 12, 2009. Dr. Northcross was born to the union of Drs. David and Daisy Northcross, in Montgomery, AL January 29, 1917. David became a dedicated physician and operated Mercy General Hospital, the first black owned hospital established in Detroit, established by his parents in 1917. It was first located at 668 Winder, then it moved because of the freeway, I-75, relocating to 2929 W Boston on the west side of Detroit, where it became the first black hospital built from the ground up. The funeral will be January 31, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. at Plymouth United Church of Christ, 600 E. Warren, two blocks west of I-75.
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Nadine B. McPherson, 87, passed away on Friday, Jan. 23, 2009 at her daughter’s home in Milwaukee, Wisc. of complications due to congestive heart failure. She has been in home hospice. Nadine was born Nov. 6, 1921 in Rising City, Neb. A resident of Coldwater for 56 years, she worked as a secretary for the city clerk for 28 years. After retirement, she worked for the election board for another ten years. A follower of the Lord Jesus Christ for over 50 years, she was an active member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and very involved in the local LWML chapter. Nadine was known by family, friends and neighbors as a serious vegetable gardener and preserver of many fruits and vegetables, which she shared with many. She was also a gracious volunteer caregiver to many. She was married to George L. McPherson for 40 years until his death in 1982. She was the much loved mother of four children: Gloria of Reading, Sandra of Milwaukee, Wisc., Norman (Carla) of St. Joseph and Donna (Phil) Stankewicz of Brighton. She leaves four grandchildren: David (Sharon) Stankewicz, Justin (Jill) Stankewicz, Leah McPherson, and Sarah McPherson; and two great-grandchildren: Zachary Engen and Jacob Stankewicz. Funeral services will be held 11:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30, 2009 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Coldwater. Visitation will be held 3-7 p.m. Thursday Jan. 29, 2009 at the Gillespie Funeral Home, Coldwater and from 10:30 a.m. until time of service at the church. In lieu of flowers, Nadine would appreciate memorials given to St. Paul Lutheran’s LWML chapter for their support of orphans at 95 W. State St. Coldwater, MI 49036 or to a charity of donor’s choice. Visit www.gillespiefh.com to leave a message or condolences to the family.
BOSGRAAF - Mrs. Nancy (Kort) Bosgraaf, age 64, passed away January 26, 2009. The Service will be 4:00 p.m. Thursday, January 29th at the Methodist Church of the Dunes in Grand Haven. Visitation with the family one hour prior to service. A complete obituary will be published in Wednesday's Press. Please visit www.klaassenfuneralhome.com to view Nancy's complete obituary. Klaassen Family Funeral Home 1500 Robbins Rd. Grand Haven
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Nancy Coburn-Stevens, age 71, of Adrian died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2009, at home with her loving family by her side. She was born July 20, 1937, in Ypsilanti to William J. and Bertha C. (Helzer­man) Wilde. On Sept. 27, 1968, she married H. Mack Coburn in Ypsilanti, and he preceded her in death on Dec. 21, 1993. On Oct. 6, 2006, she married William Stevens in Ottawa Lake and he survives. Nancy was employed with Kemner-Iott Insurance Agency in Adrian and a member of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Tecumseh. She volunteered for many community services including Relay for Life, Salvation Army, Meals on Wheels and American Red Cross.  She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Steven and Shelly Coburn of Milan; two grandchildren, Beth and Nicholas; her husband, William, and his sons, Craig (Dianna), Hugh (Robin), Mike (Ute); eight stepgrandchildren; a brother, William (Pat) Wilde and his children, Joyce (Steve) Wilde-Renwick, Mark (Mary) Wilde, Eric (Kathy) Lund-Wilde, David (Yvonne) Wilde and Bill Wilde; a special sister-in-law, Helen (Wesley) Puckett, and her children, Pattie Bailey, Michael (Lori) Puckett and Tina (Paul Bartlett) Puckett, and several nieces and nephews. Besides her husband, Mack, she was preceded in death by her parents, a special uncle, Carl Helzerman, and a dear nephew, Steven W. Puckett. Visitation will be held at Ochalek-Stark Funeral Home, Milan, on Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. where a rosary will recited at 7:30 p.m. Funeral prayers will begin at the funeral home on Thursday at 10:15 a.m. with procession to Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Milan, for Mass at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at Lenawee Hills Memorial Gardens in Adrian. Contributions may be made to Relay for Life, Milan. Condolences may be offered at www.ochalekstark.com.
Hernandez, Natividad Formerly of Saginaw Age 84, died January 22, 2009 in McAllen, Texas. Friends may call at Cederberg & Brietzke Funeral Home, 403 N. Michigan Ave. on Tuesday from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. Funeral service tentatively scheduled for Wednesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church with burial at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. A complete obituary will be published in Tuesday's edition of The Saginaw News.
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Nelson Dykgraaf, age 74 of Zeeland passed away peacefully and entered his Heavenly home Friday, January 23, 2009. “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”  II Timothy 4:7. He was preceded in death by his son-in-law, Charles Fisher. He was a member of Haven Christian Reformed Church and retired from the trucking industry after suffering a stroke 22 years ago. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Ruth. Children: Linda Fisher and friend Phil Busscher of Holland, Dan and Shelli Dykgraaf of Holland, Judi and Larry Jongekrijg of Jenison, Jeff and Sara Dykgraaf of Zeeland, Kevin and Lisa Dykgraaf of Holland; 14 Grandchildren: Caleb and Megan Fisher, Kelsey, Ashley and Austin Fisher, Nikki and Logan Dykgraaf, Megan, Madison and Maci Jongekrijg, Justin, Brandon and Collin Dykgraaf and Nicholas and Jenna Dykgraaf; Brothers and sisters: Nathan and Martha Dykgraaf of Florida, June and Bob Aardema of Kentucky, Harv and Patty Dykgraaf of Gladwin, MI, Myrna De Jonge of Grand Rapids, Laura and Richard Hochreiter of Florida, Carla and Darryl Lokers of Holland; In-laws: Ed and Barb Vanden Akker of Grand Rapids, Marjorie and Al Veurink of Jenison. Funeral services will be 11:00 am Monday, January 26, 2009, at Haven Christian Reformed Church, 541 Alice Street, Zeeland, with the Reverend Arthur Schoonveld officiating. Visitation will be 5-8 pm Sunday at the Yntema Funeral Home, 251 South State St., Zeeland and Monday at the church from 10-10:45 am. Burial will be in Zeeland Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be given to Haven Christian Reformed Church Outreach Ministries. An online registry is available at www.yntemafh.com.
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Nettie M. Bonilla, 82, passed away Jan. 25, 2009, at home. Cremation arrangements entrusted to J. Gilbert Purse Funeral Home, Adrian.
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Norma Jean Neeley, 72, of Shipshewana, Ind., died Jan. 25, 2009, at Parkview LaGrange Hospital in LaGrange. A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday  at Eden Worship Center in Topeka. Private family burial will take place in Grace Lawn Cemetery in Middlebury. Frurip-May Funeral Home in LaGrange is handling arrangements.
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Norman W. Stewart, age 77, of Fennville, died suddenly Friday, Jan. 23, 2009, at his home. Born July 5, 1931 in Detroit, he was the son of William and Lillian (Woods) Stewart. Norman was a retired machinist from Textron Micromatic in Holland. Most of his life he loved to raise, show and hunt, coon dogs. Surviving is his wife Monica, sons; Mike and Jennifer Stewart of Fennville, Brian and Linda Stewart of Ionia, Norman and Kim Stewart of Mason, Gary Stewart of Lansing, Richard and Judy Stewart of Mason, and Bob and Michelle Waalkes of Boston, Massachusetts, daughter Carmen and Gary Modrzynski of Holland, 20 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren, sisters; Jaqueline and Vernon Knight of Fennville, and Vanseeia Olger of Lansing. Visitation will be Monday, Jan. 26, 2009 from 2-4 and 6-8, with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. at the Chappell Funeral Home in Fennville. Memorial donations may be made to any Humane Society. An online registry book is available at www.chappell funeralhome.com.
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Wednesday 2-9 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimers Association.
Patricia Bails, age 69, of LaSalle, MI passed away Saturday, January 24, 2009 in her home. Arrangements are pending at the Bacarella Funeral Home.
Patricia Jean Bails, age 69, of Monroe, MI, passed away, Saturday, January 24, 2009 in LaSalle, MI at the home of her daughter and son-in-law Dawn and Ervin Mettie. Pat had been in declining health since June of 2008.
Penny Paula Smith, 45, passed away suddenly on Jan. 14, 2009, in Gladwin.
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Richard J. Arno Lapeer Richard J. Arno, 80, of Lapeer (formerly of Royal Oak) passed away January 18, 2009. He was born November 18, 1928, in Detroit, to Joseph and Elizabeth (Challener) Arno. In 1952, Mr. Arno founded Arno Paint & Wallpaper, Royal Oak, owning and operating it for 40 years. He was very involved with the Royal Oak community. He was past president of the Royal Oak Optimist Club, serving in the Royal Oak Zoning Board of Appeals for 24 years - 15 years as Chairman. Richard was a 25 year member of the Stage Crafters Community Theatre, as well as being very active in the Baldwin Theatre restoration. He is survived by his beloved wife of 55 years, Phyllis; children, Barbara (Matt) Modrack of Brighton, Richard H. (Hiroko) Arno of Tokyo; grandchildren, Cobleigh and Josie Modrack, Alisa Arno; sister, Eleanor Arno of Shelby Twp. He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Patricia Payson Hunt, Douglas and Robert D. Arno. Memorial contributions may be mad
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Richard S. Skirlo 1922-2009 Richard S. Skirlo, 86, Unionville, passed away Monday, January 12, 2009. He was born in Unionville on November 19, 1922, son of Edwin and Martha (Stoll) Skirlo and remained a lifelong resident. He married Rosemary Bean on January 15, 1949. She preceded him in death on April 12, 2005. Dick was employed with Michigan Bell Telephone Company, where he retired as a Toll Testman. He was a member of the Morovian Church, where he served on its Board of Elders and Trustees and was a member of the Unionville Village Council for 17 years. He had also been finance officer for the American Legion Post 421 and had been with the Unionville-Akron-Columbia Fire Department for 38 years. During World War II, he proudly served with the U.S. Army. He is survived by daughter, Barbara (Andrew) Nutt, Unionville; grandchildren, Patrick (Machelle) Nutt, Richard (Heather) Nutt, Rae Ann, John and Bambi Nutt; great-grandchildren, Shiann, Aaron, Calie, Hannah, Triston, Amber,Elijah and Jaida Nutt and sister, Helen Glasser, Grandville. He was preceded in death by a son, Richard and a brother, James Skirlo. Funeral services were held on Thursday, January 15, 2009 at the Unionville Moravian Church. Rev. Andreas Teich officiated, with interment taking place in the church cemetery. The family has suggested memorials to the church, the A-C-W ambulance service or the burn unit at St. Mary's Medical Center, Saginaw. Arrangements were handled by the Unionville Funeral Chapel, Unionville.
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Ronald Allen Richards, age 52, of Manitou Beach passed away Sunday, Jan. 25, 2009. He was born July 24, 1956, in Tecumseh, to Phillip Donald and Marguerite Pearl (Sipes) Richards. Ron served in the U.S. Army. On Nov. 20, 1979, he married Lynne McCloskey and she survives. Ron was employed by Pilkington Corporation. Ron enjoyed hunting, biking, fishing, hanging out with his grandsons, and horseback riding. In addition to his wife, Lynne, he is survived by two sons, Jason Richards and Myleigh of Manitou Beach and Dustin Richards and his wife, Jamie, of Jerome; one brother, Charley Richards of Fort Wayne, Ind.; four sisters, Donna Friess and her husband, LeRoy, of Onsted, Bonnie Hunt and her husband, David, of Adrian, Clara Ruttkofsky and her husband, Robert, of Tipton and Susan Hunt and her husband, Sheldon, of Apache Junction, Ariz.; two grandsons, Tyler James and Cameron Alan; 11 nieces and nephews and several grandnieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Donald and Phillip; and a brother-in-law, Warren Shepherd. Funeral services for Ronald will be held on Monday, Feb. 2, 2009, at 11 a.m. at the Anderson Funeral Home, Adrian, with Amy and Earl Gilhouse officiating. Military honors will be held following the funeral service at the Veterans Memorial Flag Garden at the Anderson Funeral Home, Adrian, conducted by the Onsted American Legion Post #550. Cremation will follow the military service. 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. Memorial contributions may be made to the family of Ronald Richards. Envelopes are available at the Anderson Funeral Home, Adrian.
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Ronald Curtis, age 71, of Somerset, formerly of Reading, died at his winter home in Florida Jan. 6, 2009. Surviving are his wife of 34 years, Carolyn, and five children, eight grandchildren, and two nieces. He was preceded in death by his son, Ron Jr.  Cremation has taken place. Memorial services will be 1 p.m. April 25 at the New Jerusalem Christian Fellowship Church, 14977 Harper Road, Somerset, MI 49233. Donations may be sent to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 800-805-5856, www.stjude.org.
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BESSEMER, Mich. -- Ronald W. Bennetts, 73, formerly of Bessemer, died unexpectedly Tuesday Jan. 20, 2009, in Minocqua, Wis.
Our Sweet Rose left us and joined her Father in Heaven on January 24, 2009. She was surrounded by family and is now in peace.
Our Sweet Rose left us and joined her Father in Heaven on January 24, 2009. She was surrounded by family and is now in peace. Rose Marie Hunt, 54 yrs, of Petersburg, died Saturday, after a long siege with cancer.
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Friday, January 23, 2009 3:33 AM
ONTONAGON, Mich. -- Sandra E. (Davison) Mattson, 72, of Ontonagon, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009, at Maple Manor Nursing Center.
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Sylvia “Sib”Dirkse, age 78, of Holland, died Monday, January 26, 2009, at Resthaven Care Center.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin “Bud”on April 30, 2008.  She was a member of Maplewood Reformed Church and a past member of the Holland Garden Club.  Sylvia was a hairdresser and a seamstress.  She enjoyed craftwork and sewing and was involved with Horizon Girls and Scouting.  She is survived by her children, Karen and Rod Klingenberg of Holland, Mark and Deborah Dirkse of Cornelius, N.C., Dan and Cynthia Dirkse of Jenison, Gary Dirkse of Holland; grandchildren, Adam Klingenberg, Dean Klingenberg, Jason Kelley, Chris Kelley, Lindsey Dirkse, Laura Dirkse, Anna Dirkse, Philip Dirkse; sisters and brother,  Viola Dokter of Holland, Gladys and Don Japinga of Holland, Vern and Delores Machiele of Holland; in-laws, Deanna Machiele of Newaygo, Kaye and Jud Dyke of Clearwater, FL, Anna Mae Riemersma of Holland, Harold and Hazel Dirkse of Holland, Louise Dirkse of Holland, Genevieve Dirkse of Interlochen, MI; many nieces and nephews.  Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, January 28, 2009 at Notier-Ver Lee-Langeland Funeral Chapel, 315 E. 16th St., Holland.  Grave side services will be 11:00 Thursday in Pilgrim Home Cemetery.  A memorial service will be  at a later date.  Memorial contributions may be given to Resthaven Care Community.  An online registry is available at www.notierverleelangeland.com.
Monday, January 26, 2009 2:51 AM
HURLEY, Wis. -- Sylvia S. Jaster, 91, of 611 10th Ave. N., Hurley, died Saturday, Jan. 24, 2009, in Ironwood.
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Thelma Louise Knierim 76, of Blissfield passed away unexpectedly at her home Saturday, Jan. 24, 2009. She was born July 16, 1932, in Riga Township to parents Warren Edward and Adelaide (Holtz) Sherman. On Sept. 16, 1950, she married Edward Knierim Jr.  He preceded her in death January 1987.  Thelma was employed with the Blissfield Schools for 23 years. She enjoyed family and friends, going to grandchildren’s sporting events, crossword puzzles, trips to casinos and playing cards. Thelma is survived by her two sons, Wayne and Vince (Kris) Knierim of Blissfield; daughter, Nancy (Rick) Lantz of Delta, Ohio; grandchildren, Jason Witt, Brian Baker and Megan Knierim; great-grandchildren, Mariah Witt, and Cole and Kyle Witt, and a host of relatives and friends.  Friends may call at the Reeb Funeral Home, 5712 N. Main St., Sylvania, Ohio, Tuesday, Jan. 27, from 1 until 8 p.m., where Funeral Services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at Riga Cemetery. Those wishing to give memorials, in lieu of flowers, are asked to consider the Riga Township Fire and Rescue. Those wishing to share a thought of Thelma, or offer a condolence to her family are encouraged to do so at www.reebfuneralhome.com.
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Thelma Strauss, 79, of Saline, formerly of Hillsdale, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009 at Saline Evangelical Home. She was born April 28, 1929 in Mosherville to Ward and Edith (Pearl) Wright. She was married on March 28, 1947 to Charles Strauss and he preceded her in death in 1991. Thelma is survived by her son, Charles "Dick" Strauss of Clinton; a sister, Feldra Gregory of Hillsdale; and two grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, five sisters and three brothers. Funeral services for Thelma Strauss will be 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the VanHorn-Eagle Funeral Home in Hillsdale. Interment will follow at  Lakeview Cemetery in Hillsdale. The family will receive friends for visitation at 11 a.m. Saturday until the time of the funeral service at the funeral home. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider a memorial contribution to Saline Evangelical Home. To view this obituary and send condolences, visit www.eaglefuneralhomes.com.
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Vern Knapp, Jr., 80, of Coldwater passed away on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2009. Vern was born May 7, 1928 to Vern and Estella (Sharp) Knapp in Quincy. He graduated from Quincy High School, then married Joyce (Weiler) in 1951, she survives. Mr. Knapp was an independent businessman in the Quincy area. During his career, he started, owned and operated several businesses. He served in the National Guard in Coldwater and was a member of the Elk Lodge #1023 and the Fraternal Order of Eagles. Vern belonged to the Masons, Mt. Vernon 166, and the Moslem Shrine out of Detroit, Southfield. After retiring from the business world, he dedicated his time to childcare. He was the head of childcare for the Shriners Hospital, serving Branch and surrounding counties until the last few years of his life. Vern is survived by his children Susan (Brian) Mittelstadt of Coldwater, Kathy Neville of Livonia, Chris Knapp of Coldwater and Tonia Wiser of Quincy, seven grandchildren; Mike, Dan, Jenna, Kara, Jake, Zack and Max. One sister survives, Lila Miller of Coldwater and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by sisters Iola Wilcox, Donna Strane, Lena Quick and Nora Duffer. According to his wishes, cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held on Friday, Jan. 30, 2009 at 3 p.m. at Dutcher Funeral Home in Coldwater. The family will receive friends prior to the service on Friday beginning at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations to be directed to the Shriner Children’s Hospital.
Beloved wife, mother and grandmother Virginia Mary Ann Calkins, 88 of Carleton went to be with the Lord at 10:25 a.m. Sunday at Mercy Memorial Hospital where she had been since Friday morning. Family and friends may call from 3 to 9 p.m.
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Walter M. Bonawitz, 69, passed away Jan. 21, 2009, at home. Cremation arrangements entrusted to J. Gilbert Purse Funeral Home, Adrian
Saturday, January 24, 2009 3:29 AM
BRUCE CROSSING, Mich. -- Wesley Sikkila, 85, of Bruce Crossing, died Thursday, Jan. 22, 2009, at Aspirus Ontonagon Hospital Long-Term Unit.
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William “Bill” E. Macicak, age 76, of Holland, died Wednesday,  January 21, 2009, at  Hospice House of Holland.   Bill was born June 27, 1932 in Chicago to Joseph and Ludmilla (Vojynski) Macicak and came to Fennville at age 16. Bill married the former Anne M. Caperton on January 27, 1957.  He had been employed by the Mervenne Beverage Co. for the past 39 years and had been in beer sales for 50 years. Bill was an associate member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Fraternal Order of Police, the Elks Lodge and many other local organizations.   Bill is survived by his wife, Anne; daughters, Betsy (Ed) Owczarzak of Laketown Twp., Susan Macicak of Austin, TX; sons, Joe Macicak of Chicago, IL, and Mike Macicak and Carmen Retzlaff  of Austin, TX; grandchildren, Jesse Macicak and Elan Retzlaff; sisters, Lillian Laketek of Grapevine, TX, Lorraine Dluhy of Chicago, Theresa and Murph Palenik of New Port Richey, FL, Helen Supak of Springfield, MO, Frances and John Kopele of Chelsea, MI; a brother, Joseph Macicak of Chicago.  Bill was preceded in death by a sister, Ann Olson.   The family will receive friends Thursday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Mulder Chapel of Dykstra Life Story Funeral Home, 188 W. 32nd St., Holland.  Memorial services will be  2:00 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Memorials may be given to the Hospice of Holland.  Please visit www.life storynet.com to sign a guest register or leave a memory for the family.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009 10:03 AM - GateHouse Media, Inc.
William Scott, 81, passed away Jan. 25, 2009, at home. Cremation arrangements entrusted to J. Gilbert Purse Funeral Home, Adrian.
Tuesday 3-9 p.m. and Wednesday 2-9 p.m. Rosary Wednesday 7 p.m. Funeral service Thursday 10 a.m. at the David J. Wysocki Funeral Home, 29440 Ryan Rd. (one block N. of 12 Mile), Warren. Interment Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Kidney Foundation.