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Thursday 3-8 p.m. with Prayers 7 p.m. at Wujek-Calcaterra & Sons, Inc., 36900 Schoenherr at Metro Parkway (16 Mile). In state Friday 10:30 a.m. at St. Thecla Catholic Church, (20740 S. Nunneley, Clinton Township-enter off Groesbeck on Kerry St., left on Egan) until Mass at 11 a.m. Entombment Resurrection Cemetery. Donations preferred to the Alzheimers Association. Share memories with the family at their "On Line Guest Book" at
Agnes L. (Vining) Ginger Lapeer Agnes L. (Vining) Ginger, of Devonshire Village - Lapeer (formerly of Oscoda and Bonita Springs, Fla.), passed away Monday (March 23, 2009). Agnes was born September 6, 1916, in Flint, to Simeon and M. Lena Vining. She married William Allen Ginger on April 3, 1937. During her life, Agnes enjoyed square dancing, playing cards, making crafts and taught round dancing. She was a member of the Flint Fire Dept Auxiliary, The First Presbyterian Church, Lapeer and Hurley Hospital Auxiliary. Agnes was the first resident of Devonshire Apartments in Lapeer and the family would like to extend their sincere thanks to the entire staff there, especially Sandy. Mrs. Ginger is survived by her sister, Joyce Prosch of Davison; godchild, Jan Louise Gornik of Ann Arbor; special nieces, Debbie Smith of Lapeer, Virginia Dail of Burton and Phyllis Cupal of Newberry; cousin: Jane Cook of Cadillac; brothers-in-law, Earl M. Ginger of Roswell, Ga., and Jim (Vera
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CALLIGHAN, Andrew "Andy" Of Hickory Corners Passed away March 21, 2009 as a result of a tragic accident. He was born August 2, 1996 in Kalamazoo, to Ken and Teresa (Stroud) Callighan. Andy loved to fish and hunt, especially with his sisters. He loved to help injured animals. He loved spending time with his father, always wanting to learn more and more. He also loved spending time doing projects with his mother. He loved playing with his friends and his dog, "Buddy". Andrew always loved to make people laugh and smile with his funny faces and witty comments. He loved everyone around him. Surviving Andrew are his parents; sisters, Ronni Stroud, Terri Pierce and Kelli Callighan. Family will greet friends on Thursday from 6-8:00 PM at the Langeland Family Funeral Homes, Comstock Chapel, 6121 King Highway, where services will also take place on Friday, 11:00 AM, Pastor David Tenold, officiating. Interment will follow at Riverside Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be directed to the family through First Community Federal Credit Union. Please see www.langelands.com for online obituary, directions, register book and condolences. 343-1508
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Ardath E. Oberlin, age 84, of Tecumseh died Tuesday, March 24, 2009, at Windhaven Terrace in Temper­ance, Mich. She was born on Jan. 28, 1925, in Waldron, Mich., the daughter of Butler and Coral (Baker) Terrill. On May 7, 1943, she was married to Frederick Oberlin. Ardath was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Tecumseh, where she was the organist for 40 years and was a member of P.E.O. She was a homemaker and taught organ and piano lessons for many years. Ardath was a member of the Tecumseh Music Club and Orchestra and enjoyed quilting, sewing and traveling. In addition to her husband, Ardath is survived by two sons, John Oberlin of Elsie, Mich., and Jim (Nancy) Oberlin of Britton, Mich.;  one daughter, Linda (Gene) Stock of Temperance, Mich.; two grandchildren, Chad (Jessica) Stock and Kevin Stock; and two great-grandchildren, Makenzie Stock and Cade Stock. She was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers. Ardath was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and will be greatly missed by her family and friends. A Memorial Service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church, Tecumseh, later in the spring, with the Rev. Richard Mortimer officiating. Following cremation, inurnment will take place in the First Presbyterian Church Columbarium. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church, Tecumseh, Choir. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.handlerfuneralhomes.com.
Arthur Klawender, 87, of Gladwin, formerly of East Detroit, passed away March 16, 2009.
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Arthur L. Steinman, 80, of Sebewaing and Englewood, Fla., died July 5, 2008., Cremation has taken place. There will be no funeral services.
Averil L. Taylor Lapeer Averil L. Taylor, 92, of Lapeer, went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Friday (March 20, 2009). She was a lifelong resident of Lapeer and member of the First Baptist Church of Lapeer. Averil attended Lapeer High School, from which she graduated as the valedictorian of her class of 1935. She graduated with a Bachelors Degree from County Normal, then went on to achieve a Masters Degree in Education from Michigan Teachers College. She taught in the Lapeer rural school district for 33 years and advanced her teaching skills as a special education teacher in the Bentley school district. Averil thoroughly enjoyed reading and partaking in daily devotion. She also had a love for shopping and antiques. She is survived by her son, Rodger (Janet) Hutchinson of Florida; daughter, Ruth (Jerry) Wilson of Davison; son, Howard Hutchinson of Lapeer; 9 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; also many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by
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Wednesday 5-9 p.m. with Prayers at 7 p.m. at the Sterling Heights Chapel of Bagnasco & Calcaterra Funeral Home, 13650 E. Fifteen Mile Rd. (at Schoenherr). In state Thursday 9 a.m. until time of Mass 9:30 a.m. at St. Blase Catholic Church, 12151 Fifteen Mile Rd. (E of Van Dyke). Entombment Resurrection Cemetery, Clinton Twp., MI. Memorials may be made to the Capuchins. Share a memory at
on Friday will be at St. Jane Frances de Chantal Catholic Church, 38750 Ryan Road from 9:30 a.m. until time of Funeral Mass 10 a.m. Share your thoughts and memories at www.SchultzFuneralHome.com, 1 guest book message
BURNHAM JUNE E (NEE BURKHARDT)
Of Saline, previously of Riverview. Age 85. March 20, 2009 Loving mother of Bonnie (Bruce) Bennyhoff of Saline, MI and Betsy Sue (Martin) Shannon of New Canaan, CT. Cherished grandmother of Brian, Maureen, James and John Patrick. Beloved wife of the late Bruce Burnham (d. 2001.) Dear sister of Dona Mae Cobbledick of Bay Village, OH. She also leaves many loving nieces and nephews and dear friends. The family will receive friends on Saturday, March 28, 2009 from 10 am to 12 noon at R.J. Nixon Funeral Home, 2544 Biddle Avenue, Wyandotte. A memorial service will be held at R.J. Nixon Funeral Home at noon followed by a celebration of her life at Portofino's Restaurant at 3455 Biddle Avenue, Wyandotte at 12:30 pm. Cremation has already taken place. Memorial donations may be made to Arbor Hospice, 2366 Oak Valley Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48103 or to the charity of one's choice.
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Bernice M. Tobey, 83, of Jonesville, passed away Wednesday, March 18, 2009, at Allegiance Health in Jackson. She was born Aug. 13, 1925, in Warren, Mich., to Charles and Bertha (Sorenson) Robidue. She was married Aug. 29, 1953, to Thomas Tobey and he preceded her in death in 1992 . Bernice was a member of the Jonesville Presbyterian Church and a longtime resident of Jonesville. Surviving are three children, Laurie (Bruce) Raeburn of Shorewood, Illinois, Christine (Larry Lapeer) Tobey of Caneyville, Kentucky and Brian (Beth) Tobey of Florence, Kentucky; five grandchildren also survive. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and a sister, Rosemary Darden. Memorial services will take place at a later date. There will be no visitation or calling hours at this time. Arrangements are entrusted to the Eagle Funeral Home in Jonesville. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Allegiance Diabetes Care, 817 W. High St., Jackson, Mi. 49203. To view this obituary and send condolences, visit www.eaglefuneralhomes.com.
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Bessie (Heuvelman) Arendsen, age 95, of Zeeland, went to be with her Lord Friday, March 20, 2009 at Hospice House.  She was preceded in death by her husband Allyn in 1989, her daughter Ruth Van Dyke in 2004 and a great-great-grandson, Isaac Hoeksema in 2000.  She was a member of First Christian Reformed Church.  She is survived by her children, Garrietta and Gordon Klunder of Zeeland, John and Helen Arendsen of Zeeland, Marilyn and Roger Miedema of Zeeland, Harvard and Margaret Arendsen of Zeeland, Carol and Dean Collins of Rock Hill, SC, Linda and Ambassador William Garvelink of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, Sally and Ross Wabeke of Loveland, CO; 36 grandchildren; 49 great-gandchildren; 17 great-great-grandchildren; son-in-law, Ron Van Dyke of Battle Creek; sisters-in-law, Mrs. Lillian Arendsen, Mrs. Kena Heuvelman; and many nieces and nephews.  Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday at First Christian Reformed Church, 15 South Church St., Zeeland.  The Reverend Bernard Mulder will officiate.  Visitation will be Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at Yntema Funeral Home, 251 South State St, Zeeland.  Burial will be in Restlawn Memorial Gardens.  Memorial contributions may be given to Zeeland Christian School or Hospice of Holland.  An online registry is available at www.yntemafh.com.
Brigitte Hrachovina, 60, of Bear Lake, died Saturday, March 21. Oak Grove Funeral Home and Cremation Center is in charge of arrangements....
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CAROL ANN MEZO COLORADO Carol Ann Mezo, age 59, of Florissant, Colorado, died on Friday, March 4, 2009 in Florrisant, Colorado. She was born May 13, 1949 in Sandusky, Michigan, to Frank & Margaret (Szabo) Mezo. Carol was a 1967 graduate of Sandusky High School and earned her Bachelors Degree from Wayne State University and her Masters Degree from University of Michigan. She moved to Colorado in 1983 and worked as an Investment and Insurance Broker. Carol had many interests including Reading, Gardening, Mountain Hiking and playing the piano. She is survived by her mother; Marge Mezo of Sandusky, her soulmate; John Zizzo of Colorado, three brothers; Frank (Cathy) Mezo of Pontiac,Paul (Karole) Mezo of Sandusky, David (Ann) Mezo of Sandusky, several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her father, Frank and an infant brother, Donald. Cremation has taken place in Colorado. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, March 27, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. at the Sandusky Presbyterian Church with Rev. Colin Stover officiating. Visitation will be held on Friday from 10 - 11 a.m. at the church. Memorial suggestions to United Hospice or the American Cancer Society. Local arrangements made by Marsh Funeral Chapel, Sandusky, 810-648-2244. www.marshfuneral.com
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CATO THEODORA (MEYER-COLEMAN)
Wednesday 3-9 p.m. with a 7 p.m. Wake Service. Funeral Thursday 11 a.m. at Wujek-Calcaterra & Sons, Inc., 36900 Schoenherr at Metro Pkwy. (16 Mile). Interment Resurrection Cemetery. Share memories with the family at their "On-Line Guest Book" at
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Age 91, passed away March 23, 2009 at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak. Husband of the late Dorothy Peterson Csernits. Dear father of Sharon E. (Bruce) Moon, Jack J. (Julie) Csernits and William L. Csernits. Loving grandfather of Laura Barber, Brett and Michelle Csernits, Maxwell Barry and great-grandfather of Hannah Marie Christensen, Cameron Mitchell Csernits and Travis Wallage-Barber. Elmer was a WWII B17 pilot and a proud member of America's premier fraternal organization of military pilots, the Order of the Daedalians at Luke AFB. He was a design engineer at Ford Motor Company, retiring in 1980, and lived in Sun City West, AZ. Elmer greatly enjoyed ballroom dancing. He was an active member of Shepherd of the Hills United Methodist Church for 28 years. A memorial service will be held Thursday 11:00 a.m. in the small chapel of Kensington Community Church, 1825 E. Square Lake Rd., Troy. Final resting place will be in South Bend, Indiana. Memorials may be directed to Shepherd of the Hills UMC, 13658 W. Meeker Blvd., Sun City West, AZ 85373 or Hospice of Michigan, 400 Mack Ave., Detroit, MI 48201, or online at, . Generations Funeral Services, Farmington Hills.
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Carl Gordon Huff, 58, of Mongo, Ind. , died March 12, 2009 at his residence of Cardio Myopathy.                       A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Sunday at the Mongo United Methodist Church.  An additional memorial service will be held at the Kern Road Mennonite Church, 18211 Kern Rd., South Bend, Ind., at 4 p.m. Sunday.
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Caroline "Carrie" E. Gaiera, 90, of Pigeon, passed away Thursday, Aug. 21, 2008 at Scheurer Hospital Long Term Care, Pigeon., Funeral Memorial Mass will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2008 from St. Roch Catholic Church, Caseville, with the Rev. Fr. Kenneth Yaroch officiating.
Charles E. Jarrett, of Ionia, age 90, went to be with his Lord on Tuesday, March 24, 2009.
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Clair Edward “Pete” Piatt died Sunday morning, March 22, 2009 at Borgess Hospital in Kalamazoo following a sudden illness.  Mr. Piatt was born May 17, 1930, in Bronson, the son of Henry C. and Bessie (Thompson) Piatt. He graduated from Bronson High School in the class of 1948. He then enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and was a veteran of the Korean War. Following his discharge in 1952 he was employed at the Studebaker auto plant in South Bend, Ind.  On Feb. 28, 1953, he married Mary Ann Newman at the First Congregational Church in Bronson. She preceded him in death on Feb.9, 1988. He then met Marilyn Shaw, who was his companion for the past 21 years. In 1953 he went to work at Bronson Tool and Die (later Bronson Specialties) until his retirement in 1993. He possessed a keen mechanical knowledge and was the lead engineer on several projects including a more efficient electrical transformer for which he earned a U.S. Patent. He was also very knowledgeable about hydraulics and built his own leaf vacuum and log splitter before either item was commonplace.  Following his retirement he remained active as a skilled carpenter and woodworker and constructed or assisted on countless buildings in the area. He enjoyed feeding wild birds and built customized birdhouses, which he gave to friends and family. He also enjoyed being the caretaker of his next-door neighbors. He also purchased and reconditioned a 1950 Chevrolet businessman’s coupe — the same model as his first automobile. He and Marilyn participated in numerous car shows and swap meets. He and Marilyn are members of the L A Breakfast Club.  He was a pitcher for many years in the Bronson Fast Pitch Softball League. In the 1970s he earned a private pilot’s license and was a shareholder in the Sturgis Flying Club based at the Kirsch Municipal Airport. He was a member and past commander of American Legion Post 52 in Bronson and spent 15 years as an active volunteer on the Bronson Fire Department and is now an honorary member.   He is survived by a son, Richard Piatt, of Meredith, N.H.; a daughter, Sharon Curtis and her companion, Kirk Yearling, of Coldwater; two grandsons, Nathaniel (Laura) Piatt of Coldwater and Garrett Curtis of Toledo, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a brother, Donald Piatt, and two sisters, Thelma Rissman and Mary Ellen Wotta. Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. today at the Kolcz Funeral Home in Bronson. Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home, with Pastor Dave Brown officiating. Burial will follow in Bronson Cemetery with full military honors by the Bronson Post of the American Legion. The Michigan Patriot Guard will also stand in his honor. Memorials may be made to the charity of one’s choice.
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MARTINTON, Ill. -- Loving husband, father and friend, Clyde Ralph Mayo Jr., 74, of Alabama and Martinton, died Friday, March 13, 2009, in Ohio.
DARRELL NORMAN WYKE MARLETTE Darrell Norman Wyke, age 46, of Marlette, died Friday, March 20, 2009 at Marlette Regional Hospital in Marlette, Michigan. He was born August 23, 1962 in Pontiac, Michigan the son of Harold and Marilyn (Bodson) Wyke. He was a 1980 graduate of Clarkston High School and moved to Marlette in 2003 from Dearborn, Michigan. Darrell married Judyth Diegel on December 28, 1995 in Sandusky, Michigan. He was a Project Manager for I.S.C.G. of Royal Oak and was certified in Haworth Furniture. Darrell was a volunteer at the Marlette VFW Post #4837. His special interests included wood working and mechanics. He is survived by his wife, Judy, his parents; Harold and Marilyn Wyke of Clarkston, one son; Brandon Wyke of Clarkston, two sisters; Rochelle & Terry Beiser of Jackson, Lisa & Mark Keel of Clarkston, hisbeloved Uncle of Dustin, Dillon, Abigail Keel and Christie Allen. Cremation has taken place in the Sunset Valley Crematory in Bay City. Memorial services were held at the Marsh Funeral Chapel, Marlette with Pastor Tom Hampton officiating. Memorials may be given to any organization of the donors personal choice. Arrangements made by Marsh Funeral Chapel, Marlette, (989) 635-3658 www.marshfuneral.com
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Manns-Ferguson Funeral Home, 17000 Middlebelt (S. of 6 Mile) Wednesday 2-9 p.m., with Rosary at 7 p.m. In state Thursday 9:30 a.m. until time of Mass 10 a.m. at St. Priscilla Catholic Church, 19120 Purlingbrook.
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Darrel Carlisle, 87, of Hillsdale, passed away Thursday, March 19, 2009 at his home. He was born June 3, 1921. Funeral arrangements for Darrel Carlisle are pending at the VanHorn-Eagle Funeral Home in Hillsdale.
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Dianna L. Johnson, 61, of Lyons, Ohio, passed away, March 24, 2009. She was born May 27, 1947, in Adrian, the daughter of Wesley and Vina (Cady) Rinehart. On Dec. 24, 1975, she married Raymond Johnson. He survives. In addition to her husband, Raymond, she is survived by her sisters, Maureen Strong of Manchester, Kathryn Demlow of Adrian, Sharon McDonald of Adrian and Ruth Wright of Tipton. She was preceded in death by her parents, and her brother, Dale. According to Dianna's wishes, cremation will take place and no services will be held. Memorial contributions may be directed to Lucas County Hospice. Arrangements entrusted to J. Gilbert Purse Funeral Home, Adrian.
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Donald Morgan, age 73, of Adrian passed away, Tuesday, March 24, 2009, at his home. Funeral services for Donald will be held on Friday, March 27, 2009, at 2 p.m. at the Anderson Funeral Home, Adrian. Burial will be in Lenawee Hills Memorial Gardens, Tecumseh. Visitation will be held on Thursday 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.
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IRONWOOD, Mich. -- Donelle L. Laabs, 57, of 406 Greenbush St., Ironwood, died Sunday evening, March 15, 2009, in his home.
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Dorlene C. Talaski 1932-2009 Dorlene Clara Talaski, 76, Rapson, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away on Tuesday, March 17, 2009 at her home, while under hospice care, with her family by her side. She was born on September 10, 1932 in Harbor Beach, daughter of the late Peter and Anastasia (Peyerk) Goniwicha. She was united in marriage to Elmer Talaski in August of 1953 in St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rapson. She enjoyed her yearly trips with the girls, playing cards, listening to the "polka party," baking, dancing and spending time with her friends and family. She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Elmer Talaski, Rapson; three sons, Roger (Deb) Talaski, Bad Axe, Rick (Linda) Talaski, Bad Axe and Ron (Brenda) Talaski, Bad Axe; four daughters, Lori (Tony) Dubs, Kinde, Lynn (Dennis) Engelhardt, Lake Orion, Lana (Jim) Lopiccola, Sterling Heights and Lois Talaski, Bad Axe and her special friend, Bill Basner, Rapson; 17 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Ilene Thrushman, Shirley Young and Sandy Goniwicha and three brothers, Leonard, Jerry and Peter Goniwicha. She was preceded in death by a son, Roy Talaski; grandson, Bradley Dubs; her twin sister, Doris Gwisdalla and a brother, Leo Goniwicha. Services were held on Saturday, March 21, 2009 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rapson. Fr. Rob Howe, pastor, officiated, with burial taking place in the church cemetery. Arrangements were handled by the Kaufman Funeral Home, Bad Axe.
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Dr. Lothar E. Geipel, age 82, of Adrian passed away Monday, March 23, 2009, at Bixby Medical Center. The funeral service for Lothar will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 27, 2009, at Wagley Funeral Home with Pastor Thomas Oxtoby officiating. Military honors will be conducted by VFW Annis-Fint Post #1584. Friends may visit Lothar’s family at the funeral home on Friday from 10 a.m. until the service. You may also send condolences and sign the register book at www.wagleyfuneralhome.com. Contributions in memory of Lothar may be made to Doctors Without Borders. Envelopes are available at Wagley Funeral Home.
EARL "BUTCH" RINGL JR. FLORIDA Earl "Butch" H. Ringl Jr., age 57, of Pensacola, Florida, formerly of Carsonville, Michigan, passed away at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, February 27, 2009, after a year-long battle with cancer. He was born in Detroit, Michigan on June 18, 1951 to Gloria and Earl Ringl. He served our nation for four years in the US Navy. He was very loved by his family and friends and will always be remembered for his unforgettable sense of humor. Butch loved children and touched the lives of all that he came in contact with. His light-hearted outlook on life could be seen up to the very end of his life. He is survived by his daughter; Galisha Laber, his mother; Gloria (Richard) Lysy, his brother; Mark (Bobbie) Ringl and two sisters; Candy and Karen. No services or memorials will be held in his memory.
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Earl Van Lente, age 81, of Holland, passed away on Sunday, March 22, 2009, at Hospice House of Holland following a long struggle with cancer.  Earl was a member of Third Reformed Church and was a veteran of World War II serving in the U.S. Army.  He was co-owner of Jack and Earl Texaco for 18 years and also worked for DeNooyer Chevrolet, TVCO and Marvin Albers.  He was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Dr. Steven Zonnebelt.  He is survived by his wife, of 61 years, Alma; and children, Michael Van Lente and Sandy Beek of Hudsonville, Kristi and Harold Scott of Grand Haven, Kathy Zonnebelt of Vero Beach, FL, Tom and Teri Van Lente of Hamilton, Karen and Randy Dykema of Holland; 11 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sisters, Barbara and Harry Doornbos of Holland, Pat Vander Yacht of West Olive; sisters-in-law, Betty Buter of Elkridge, MD, Shirley Buter of Zeeland, Hattie Buter of Allegan; several nephews and nieces.  A memorial service with military honors will be 1:30 p.m. March 25, 2009 at Third Reformed Church, 111 West 13th Street in Holland.  Visitation will be on Wednesday from 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m. prior to the service at the church.  Reverends Bill Unzicker and Kent Fry will be officiating.  Burial will be in Graafschap Cemetery.   In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Holland or the American Heart Association.  Arrangements are by Lakeshore Memorial Services.  An on-line registry book is available at www.lakeshorememorial.com.
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Edward Roy Guajardo,  72 of Litchfield, passed away Friday, March 20, 2009,  at the Community Health Center of Branch County, Coldwater.  He was born Feb. 12, 1937, in Ranger, Texas, to Phillip G. and Sophia (Ramirez) Guajardo. Ed had been employed at Simpson Stamping and the Litchfield Grain Company and enjoyed fishing and crafts.  On May 5, 1959, he married Mary Ann Biglow and she survives. Also surviving are his children: Edward (Betty) Guajardo, Jr.,  Litchfield, William Guajardo, Hillsdale, Rita Guajardo, Litchfield; a sister,  Mary Soto, Chicago, Ill.;  four grandchildren, four step-grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and seven step great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother and two sisters. There will be no visitation or services.  Memorials are suggested to the American Diabetes Association.  Arrangements by the George White Funeral Home, Litchfield.
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Elsie L. Elliott, 94, of Coldwater died Sunday, March 22, 2009 at The Laurels of Coldwater. Visitation will be held on Thursday, March 26, 2009 from 4-8 p.m. at Dutcher Funeral Home in Coldwater. The service will be held on Friday, March 27, 2009 at 11 a.m. at Dutcher Funeral Home with Pastor Dave Pierce from the Coldwater First Baptist Church officiating. Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery in Girard. Elsie was born Oct. 18, 1914 in Detroit, to Edward and Emma (Bartel) Werner. She married Kenneth B. Elliott on Oct. 24, 1933, in Angola, Ind. Together, they owned and operated the former Elliott’s Market for 40 plus years, now known as Rick’s Party Store, retiring in 1979. They started with a Sinclair gas station, eventually adding groceries and a fresh produce market. Besides working at the market, Elsie volunteered for several organizations including the CHC Auxiliary, PTA, Camp Fire Girls, Cub Scouts and the Grange to name a few. When Elsie retired in 1979, she and Ken wintered at Georgetown Park in Lakeland, Fla. She entered heartily into many activities, playing shuffleboard, riding three wheel bikes around the park, playing cards, knitting, sewing, reading, attending potlucks and the vesper services there. Elsie was part of the kitchen band, the welcome committee and the crafts group where she was in charge of the items sold. There, she earned one of her most prized possessions, a trophy for Best Salesperson. She’ll always be remembered for her blue eyes and sparkling smile. Elsie was preceded in death by her husband Ken, her parents and her brother Harold Werner. She is survived by her son Kenneth and Judy Elliott of Coldwater, her daughters Jean Brown of Kennewick, Wash., Nancy and Jim Larin of New Town, Conn., her half sisters W. Elaine Vancamp of West Branch, Laris Johnson of Jackson, Doris Conway of Concord, Janet Wing of Jackson, her grandchildren Ken Elliott of Marriottsville, Md., Alan Elliott of Marshall, Kathy Larin of Silver Springs, Md., Amy Brown of Seattle, Wash., Kane Larin of Cambridge, Mass. and nine great grandchildren. Memorials may be directed to the Jamii International Outreach Ministries — www.jiom.org. Please visit www.dutcherfh.com to share a thought in the online guestbook.
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Elsie Vander Wilk, age 84, of Borculo, died Sunday, March 22, 2009, at her home. Elsie was preceded in death by her husband, John in 2006; granddaughter, Julie Vansteinvoorn in 1966; daughter-in-law, Sharon Vander Wilk in 2001; and a son-in-law, Doug Peterson in  2008. Surviving are her children, Nancy and Clarence Vansteinvoorn of Allendale, Mary Peterson of Borculo, Michael Vander Wilk of Grandville, Dave Vander Wilk and Kristi Cogbil of Allendale, Barbara Davis of Borculo, and Glenn Vander Wilk of Borculo; nine grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren; sisters and brother, Hattie and James Bultman of Borculo, Geraldine Gumser of Seattle, WA, and Benjamin Blauwkamp of Borculo; sisters-in-law, Flo Vander Wilk of Holland, Judy Blauwkamp of Holland, and Hazel Blauwkamp of Zeeland; several nephews, nieces, and cousins. Services are 11 a.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church in Zeeland, 246 West Main St., with Rev. Tom VandenBerg officiating. Burial will be in the Borculo Cemetery. Visitation will be 7-9 p.m. Wednesday at the Dykstra Life Story Funeral Homes-Northwood Chapel, 295 Douglas Ave. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Holland or one’s choice. For more information and an online registry, visit www.lifestorynet.com.
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Eric N. Pheils, 54, was surrounded by the arms of the Lord and carried home on Saturday, March 21, 2009.   Surviving to cherish his memory is his beloved wife, Betty;  son, Brice Pheils;  daughters, Breana Cerrone and Courtney Pheils;  granddaughter, Ariana Shaw; brothers, Gary (Marie Peek) Pheils and Lyle (Holly) Pheils; brothers-in–law, Al Colbeck and Charlie Tennant; sisters-in-law, Juanita Roberts and Marie Pheils and many nieces and nephews. Eric was a graduate of Perrysburg High School. He worked as a district manager for the Dana Company for 22 years. After 40 years in the automotive industry he became a boating enthusiast. Visitation for Eric will be on Thursday from noon until 4 - 6 p.m. and until 8 p.m. at Gasiorowski-Hanneman Funeral Home & Crematory, 1757 Tremainsville Rd. (at Sylvania Ave.) 419-474-8761. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home with internment services to follow at Toledo Memorial Park. A memorial gathering in Reading, Michigan will be held at a later date.  Condolences may be sent to www.hannemanfh.com. The family would like to thank the many doctors, nurses, and staff of the Toledo Hospital CICU for all their dedication and support.
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Esther Mae Dodson, 94, of Sturgis, Mich., passed away Friday morning, March 20, 2009, at Thurston Woods Village in Sturgis. She was born March 4, 1915, in Spring City, Tenn., a daughter to the late Joseph and Almedia (Loden) Collins and raised by Annie and Schyler Gilkison in Findley, Mich. Esther attended school in Colon, Mich., and Spring City, Tenn. On May 19, 1931, she married her childhood sweetheart Claude R. Dodson in Spring City, Tenn. He died Dec.  21, 1978. She and Claude had a family of 10 children — six sons and four daughters. Esther was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother. She loved dolls and angels and time spent with her family. Her fine southern cooking will be forever missed by her family and friends. She is survived by three daughters, Eula Mae (Harold) Cornish of Three Rivers, Janet Maxine Hagelgans of Sturgis and Linda Sue (Mike) Hogan of Bronson; two sons, Allen Thomas (Mary Lou) Dodson of Union City and Robert Lee (Vickie) Dodson of White Pigeon; 34 grandchildren; 83 great-grandchildren; 16 great-great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Phyllis Dodson of White Pigeon; and sister-in-law, Margaret Dodson of Defiance, Ohio. She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Almedia Collins; special parents, Annie and Schyler Gilkison; husband; four sons, Carl Franklin Dodson, William “Bill” Claude Dodson, Harold Dean Dodson and Burton Dodson; one daughter, Margie Ann Tullos; granddaughters, Billie Ann McKinley, Jaymie Marie Cornish and Carla Jean Robison; grandson, Allen Lynn Dodson; great-grandson Justin Barnell; daughter-in-law, Sally Dodson and infant brother, Verdon Robert Collins. The family will receive friends from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. today at the Hackman Family Funeral Homes – Hackman Chapel, 114 S. Nottawa St., Sturgis, MI 49091. Funeral services celebrating the life of Esther Mae Dodson will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. A graveside committal will follow the service at Oak Lawn Cemetery in Sturgis. Memorial donations would be appreciated to the family to help with expenses c/o: Eula Cornish, 18330 M-60, Three Rivers, MI 49093. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. The obituary is also at www.hackmanfamilyfuneralhome.com where personal messages of support may be left for the family.
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Esther Ann Molenaar (Sopjes), a longtime resident of Holland, died on March 25, 2009.    Esther was born in Kalamazoo to the late Peter Sopjes and Cornelia (Booden) Sopjes in 1934.  She graduated from Kalamazoo Christian High School in 1951.   Esther studied organ under Dr. Glenn Henderson, Dr. Arnolds Kalnajs, and Dr. Roger Davis (Hope College).    She served as the organist at Fourth Reformed Church in Kalamazoo and Christ Memorial Reformed Church in Holland for 38 years.  Esther served as a Congregational Care Elder at Christ Memorial.    She worked in the Development Department at Hope College for several years.   She married Harold Edwin Molenaar, also from Kalamazoo.    Esther and Harold have two children, Daniel S. (Susan) Molenaar, Portage, and William M. (Astrida) Molenaar, East Grand Rapids.     Esther was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Edith DeBoer; brother, Frederick  Sopjes; sister-in-law, Leona Sopjes; grandson, Oliver K. Molenaar; and brother-in-law, Bert Blodgett.   She is survived by her husband; sons; daughters-in-law; grandchildren, Derek S., Ellen M., Aleksandrs D., Erik C., brother, Robert (Phyllis) Sopjes; brother, Richard (Wilma) Sopjes; sister, Betty (Vern) Lewis; and brother-in-law, Paul DeBoer.  Esther is also survived by her mother-in-law, Esther I. Molenaar; brother-in-law, Roger (Judy) Molenaar; and sister-in-law, Barb Blodgett (friend Steve); as well as numerous nieces and nephews.  Esther fought courageously against cancer and was a role model in her grace and dignity.   Her personal motto was “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13).    She wanted to live for her husband, children, and grandchildren.  A memorial service will be on Saturday, March 28, at Christ Memorial Reformed Church, 595 Graafschap Road, Holland at 11:00 am.   Visitation will be at Notier-VerLee- Langeland Funeral Chapel, 315 East 16th Street, Holland, on Friday, March 27 from 5:00-8:00 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Oliver Molenaar Scholarship (Central College, IA) or the Molenaar Scholarship (Hope College).  An online registry is available at www.notierverleelangeland.com.
Felix Jefferson Motsinger, age 89, of Gladwin, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, March 17, 2009 in Gladwin.
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DULUTH, Minn. -- Frances C. Minette, of Duluth, passed away peacefully Monday, March 23, 2009, in the Solvay Hospice House.
Frances Marie Psalto Davison Frances Marie Psalto, 69, of Davison, passed away Saturday (March 21, 2009) at Brian's House Hospice. Frances was born October 27, 1939, in Portsmouth, N.H. the daughter of the late Robert and Helen (Churchill) Psalto. Frances resided in Davison and worked as a nurses aid throughout Michigan. She was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist church. Frances is survived by her children, Ricky Lee (Cindy) Riley of Aberdeen, N.C., Scott (Michelle) Riley of Lapeer, Shawn (Karen) Riley of Whispering Pines, N.C., Jefferson (Kerry) Riley of Clio; grandchildren, Nicole, Matthew, Brittney, Paige, Jefferson, Megan, Natalie; very close friend, Sue Austin. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Brian's House Hospice. Funeral services were held Tuesday (March 24, 2009) at Allen Funeral Home, 9136 E. Davison Rd., Davison. Pastor Earl Zager officiated. Burial followed in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Lapeer. Arrangements entrusted to Allen Funeral
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Frank John Pieper, Jr., 85, of Harbor Beach, passed away Monday, Sept. 1, 2008 at his home., Funeral Mass will be at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 5, 2008 in Our Lady of Lake Huron Catholic Church, Harbor Beach, with burial in the church cemetery., Visitation will be from 1 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in Ramsey Funeral Home, Harbor Beach., A complete obituary will be in Wednesday's Huron Daily Tribune or by viewing www.RamseyFH.Com.
Frederick William Swords Columbiaville Frederick William Swords, 69, of Columbiaville (formerly of Oxford and Rochester) passed away Sunday (March 22, 2009). Frederick was retired from GM Truck & Bus after 35 years. He was a Master Gardener and a member of the Michigan Thumbponders, Eastern Michigan Hosta Society and the Lapeer County Horticultural Society. He is survived by Beatrice Bisett; daughters, Melanie Swords and Janet Swords; grandchildren, Dwight and Olivia Beverly and Mitchell Formiller; siblings, James and Martha Swords of Pontiac. He was preceded in death by his parents, Oliver C. Swords and Helen Cobb Swords; brothers, Dwight H. Swords and Oliver K. Swords; sister, Sally (Swords) Moore. Memorials to the Lapeer County Horticultural Society and Gardens of Suncrest are appreciated. Visitation will take place 2-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m., Friday (March 27, 2009) at Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors Bossardet Chapel, 39 W. Burdick, Oxford. Funeral services will be he
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Geneva Joyce Bender, 66, of 12439 CR 26 Middlebury, Ind., died Monday, March 23, 2009, at IU Medical Center Indianapolis. Geneva had been in declining health the past year and a half while waiting for a liver transplant. She was grateful for the 15 years that she was able to spend with her family and friends following her first liver transplant. She was born Feb. 21, 1943 in Rolette, N.D., to Ezra and Gladys (Bontrager) Gingerich. She lived most of her life around this area. On April 21, 1962 in Elkhart County, Ind.,  she married Eugene “Gene” Bender, he survives. She was a homemaker and worked as a custodian for the Middlebury Community School Systems. She was a member of First Mennonite Church, Middlebury where she had taught both Sunday School and Bible School. She also loved to watch her grandchildren’s sporting events and to spend time with her sisters singing. Surviving in addition to her husband, are three daughters, Debra Sue (George) Smith of White Pigeon, Mich., Sheila Renae (Vince) Hostetler of Middlebury, Ind., Crystal  Dawn (Jay) Christner of Middlebury, Ind.; a son, Darin Eugene (Wanita) Bender of Goshen, Ind.; 10 grandchildren;  three sisters, Marie (Elroy) Miller of Millersburg, Ind., Viola (Ned) Miller of Goshen, Ind., and Carol (Gerald) Beachy of Millersburg, Ind. She was preceded in death by her parents;  a brother, Marvin Gingerich; and a grandson, Ryan Bender. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Thursday and 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Friday at the Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, Middlebury. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 28, 2009 at First Mennonite Church, Middlebury. Services will be conducted by Rev. Linford Martin and Rev. Pamela Yoder. Burial will be in Grace Lawn Cemetery, Middlebury.  Memorials may be given to American Liver Foundation or First Mennonite Church.  Online condolences may be sent at millerstewartfuneralhome.com.
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George E. Terrill Jr., age 59, of Vandercook Lake, formerly of Hudson, Mich., passed away on Tuesday March 24, 2009, at his home with his family by his side after a long and courageous battle with Esophageal Cancer. He was born Oct. 14, 1949, in Washington, D.C., to George E. and Evelyn (Taylor) Terrill. He married Claudette Double (Sam) on March 24, 1969, and she survives. George lived his early life in many countries around the world, as his father was in the military. He attended Hudson High School. He was a Machine Operator for 31 years at Michigan Extruded Aluminum in Jackson before retiring in 2006. He lived in Vandercook Lake for the past 16 years. George was an avid motorcyclist and many of his memories were riding his Harley with the wind against his face. His greatest joys were spent with his best friend and wife of 40 years, Claudette, his children and especially his grandbabies. Surviving besides his wife, Claudette, are one son, George E. Terrill III and his companion, Holly Williamson, and her children, Gabriel and C.J. (Scout) of Addison; one daughter, Cristy (Patrick) Frohm and their sons, Andrew and Brady Frohm; one granddaughter, Haiden Terrill of Rhode Island. He is also survived by one sister, Sharon (Randy) Young of Muskegon; brothers-in-law, David (Dawn) Double of Adrian, Bill (Sue) Double of Quincy, Ed Double of Fayette Ohio, Mike Double of Adrian; nieces, Kimberly (Mark) Yonish of Stockbridge and Chantelle (David) Jenkins of Fairfield and their families. He was preceded in death by his parents, his little brother, Mike Terrill, and mother-in-law, Edna Double. George was a strong man who had fought so hard and took his last breath on his 40th Wedding Anniversary with his wife and children by his side. The family would like to express gratitude to Allegiance Hospice and especially his nurse Vicki Urbaniak for all the comfort and support that was given. Cremation has taken place and there will be a memorial service held at the Brown Van-Hemert Funeral Home in Addison on Saturday March 28, 2009, from 2 to 4 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations made to Allegiance Hospice in George’s honor would be appreciated.
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HURLEY, Wis. -- Geraldine A. "Geri" Levra, 74, of 602 6th Ave. N., Hurley, died Saturday evening, March 21, 2009, in Ironwood, surrounded by her loving family, following a courageous battle with cancer.
Geraldine Gilbert Lapeer Geraldine Gilbert, 64, of Lapeer, passed away Friday (March 20, 2009) at Lapeer County Medical Care Facility after an extended illness. She was born October 2, 1944 the daughter of Gerald Russell and Dorothea Elizabeth Gilbert. Geraldine was a long time resident of Lapeer County Assisted Living program. She is survived by her mother, Dorothea Gilbert of Lapeer; brother, John (Donna) Gilbert of Mt. Morris; sister, Joyce (Melvin) Sherman of Pittsville, WI. She was preceded in death by her father, Gerald R. Gilbert. Funeral services were held Monday (March 23, 2009) at Muir Brothers Funeral Home, Imlay City. Pastor Gary Freel of Imlay City First Baptist Church officiated. Burial was in Attica Township Cemetery. Arrangements made by Muir Brothers Funeral Home, Imlay City, (810)724-8285.
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WAKEFIELD, Mich. -- Gerda M. Crowner, 80, of Wakefield, died on March 18, 2009, at St. Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield, Wis.
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Gloria Wyvonne Lincoln, 78, of Quincy, passed away Sunday, March 22, 2009 at the Southwest Regional Rehabilitation Center, Battle Creek. She was born Nov. 27, 1930, in Litchfield Township to Boyd and Mae (Rupe) Caldwell and graduated from Litchfield High School in 1948. Gloria was employed at Mashon-Dorsey Memorials in Coldwater and she enjoyed reading, flower gardening and her cats. On Dec. 25, 1961, she married Aaron “Butch” Lincoln, who preceded her in death in 1986. Survivors include son Dennis Wolfe of Quincy, sister Wanda (George) Hart of Indianapolis, Ind. and brother Robert (Beth) Caldwell of Delaware, Ohio. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents. According to her wishes, there will be no visitation or service. Memorials are suggested to the Humane Society of Branch County, 969 Wildwood Road, Quincy, MI. Arrangements by George White Funeral Home, Quincy.
Gordon Lehman, age 89, passed away on Monday, March 23, 2009.,
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Grace E. Lennard, 80, of Hillsdale, passed away Friday, March 20, 2009, at her home. She was born June 3, 1928 in Temperance, Mich. to Ross and Evelyn (Eversole) LaPointe. She was married June 26, 1948 to Gene Lennard and he survives. Grace was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church in Hillsdale. She was better known as the "strawberry lady".  She was a farmer's wife for 60 years and a volunteer for the American Cancer Society for 30 years. Surviving besides her husband Gene are two daughters Judy (Ray) Domire of Delaware, Ohio and Cathy (Joe) Reinke of Midland; son, Robert (June) Lennard of Reading; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; two sisters, Dorothy (Alvin) Schmidt of Osseo and Lois (John) Ross of Long Island, N.Y.; and brother, Ernest (Lillian) LaPointe of Ottawa Lake, Mich. She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers. A mass of Christian Burial for Grace Lennard will be at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Hillsdale with Fr. Ioane Sigarara as celebrant. Interment will follow at Maplewood Cemetery in Reading. The family will receive friends for visitation from 2-4 p.m. Sunday  with a prayer vigil service at 6 p.m. Sunday with visitation to follow until 8 p.m. at VanHorn-Eagle Funeral Home in Hillsdale. Memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice of Hillsdale, the American Cancer Society or St. Anthony Church.  To view this obituary and send condolences, visit www.eaglefuneralhomes.com.
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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Harold Mark, 88, of Ann Arbor, died March 17, 2009.
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MERCER, Wis. -- Harold W. "Harry" Helmers, 76, of Mercer died Monday March 23, 2009, in Oshkosh.
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Hazel J. De Frell, 74, of Holland, died Monday, March 23, 2009, in Holland Hospital. Arrangements are pending at Lakeshore Memorial Services.
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Helen Sontag, 72, of Sebewaing, died Sunday, Aug. 31, 2008 at St. Mary's of Michigan in Saginaw following a six-month illness., She was born Aug. 27, 1936 in Kilmanagh, daughter of the late Edwin and Martha (Fuerst) Weber., She was united in marriage to James A. Sontag on June 8, 1957 in Gagetown. He preceded her in death in January 1997., Helen had been employed as a secretary at the Owendale-Gagetown School system for 19 years before retiring in 1998., She was an avid reader and enjoyed bowling., Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Mark (Sherry) Sontag, and one daughter, Terri Mihacsi, all of Sebewaing; four grandchildren, Darcie (Chris) Hohne of North Branch, Stacey (Scotty) Buehrly of Owendale, Charlie Mihacsi and Jennifer Mihacsi, both of Sebewaing; two great-grandchildren, Brayden Buehrly and Madeline Hohne; a half brother, Edwin (Chris) Weber of Kawkawlin; and several nieces and nephews., The funeral service will take place at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2008 at the Dinkel-Juengel Funeral Home in Sebewaing. The Rev. Charles Kuhl will officiate with burial in St. Agatha Catholic Cemetery in Gagetown., Visitation will be from 1 to 9 p.m. today, and from 9 a.m. until the time of service Wednesday., Memorials may be made to American Heart Association or the Family Discretionary Fund., Arrangements are being handled by the Dinkel-Juengel Funeral Home in Sebewaing.
Helen M. Novak Lapeer Helen M. Novak, 79, of Lapeer, passed away peacefully and surrounded by family and friends on Saturday (March 21. 2009). She was born April 8, 1929, in Detroit, to (the late) Thomas and Christina Gibson. Helen was a fun-loving soul with an incredible sense of humor. She very much enjoyed playing cards with her many friends at Silver Maples. Her presence here will be deeply missed by all who knew her. She was a loving mother to Joseph Novak and Christina Spielman; beloved grandmother to Jennifer, Joseph Jr. and Julie; loving great-grandmother to Madison, Angelea and Ayden. Helen will also be missed by many of her loving nieces, nephews and friends. Memorials to Suncrest Medical Care Facility or Brian's House Hospice are greatly appreciated. Private services have already taken place. A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors, Capstick Chapel, downtown Lapeer. To place online cond
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BROCATO - Mrs. Isabell Brocato, aged 89, of Grand Rapids, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, March 23, 2009. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered 10:00 a.m. Saturday, March 28, 2009 at Our Lady of Sorrows Church, 101 Hall St. SE. Prayers will be said at 9:15 a.m. Saturday at the funeral chapel with a procession to Church. Her family will greet relatives and friends Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. and Friday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Ronan-Vanderpool-Stegenga Funeral Chapel, 3131 S. Division Ave. Prayers of the Rosary will be recited Friday at 7 p.m. A complete obituary will be in Thursdays press. www.stegengafuneralchapel.com
J. Scott Lang Pompano Beach, Fla. J. Scott Lang, 51, of Pompano Beach, Fla. (formerly of Metamora) passed away Thursday (March 19, 2009) after a long illness. Scott was born on April 13, 1958 to Charles and Carol Lang. He enjoyed having a good time with his friends, fishing, gambling, boating and motorcycling. He is survived by his daughters, Brittany 25, and Chelsea, 20. He was preceded in death by his parents, Carol and Charles. Private services were held in Florida.
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James R. Gleason Hadley James R. Gleason, 57, of Hadley, passed away Monday (March 16, 2009). Mr. Gleason was a 1970 graduate of Lapeer High School and worked for the State of Michigan as an Assistance Payment Worker. He was a volunteer member of the Hadley Fire Department. Jim enjoyed rock-n-roll music, cooking, fast cars, downhill skiing, camping, gardening and making homemade candles for everyone. He is survived by his children, Jennifer Gleason of Tawas, Thomas (special friend, Traci Beach) Gleason of Davison, Chelsea Gleason of Lansing; grandchildren, Jonathon, Jared, Bradley, Amyea, Nicholas, Preston and Aidan; mother, Josephine Gleason of Hadley; good friend, Eduardo (Barb) Ortiz of North Branch; brothers, Howard Gleason of Lapeer and George (Maryann) Gleason of Hadley. He was preceded in death by his father, Ronald Gleason. Funeral services were Friday (March 20, 2009) at Muir Brothers Funeral Home, Lapeer. Arrangements made by Muir Brothers Funeral Home, Lap
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Mr. James Skoog, 79, of Ludington, died Sunday. Arrangements by the Dorrell Funeral Home....
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Johann (Joan) M. Fink, 87, of Reading, passed away Monday, March 23, 2009, at the McGuire Skilled Nursing Facility, Hillsdale. She was born Aug. 1, 1921 in Quincy to Paul and Willa (Cruson) Anderson and graduated from Reading High School in 1939.  On Oct. 18, 1941 she married Kenneth Fink and he preceded her in death in 1995. Together, they owned and operated the Paul Anderson Insurance Agency in Reading, retiring in 1985.  Johann was a member of the Reading United Methodist Church and later attended the Mt. Union Christian Union Church.  She had also been active in the Reading Ladies Shakespeare Club, the Mothers’ Club, and volunteered at the Hillsdale County Medical Care Facility. Survivors include one daughter, Jane (Doug) Snyder of Montpelier, Ohio; one son, John (Ruth) Fink of Vicksburg; one sister, Nancy (Gene) McMurtry of Bainbridge, Ind., one brother, Richard Dean Anderson of Battle Creek; eight grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was also preceded in death by one sister, Barbara Dospoy. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at the George White Funeral Home in Reading, with the Rev. Glen Prine and the Rev. Alan Fenstermaker officiating.  Interment will follow in Maplewood Cemetery, Reading.  Visitation is scheduled 5 - 8 p.m. Wednesday. Memorials are suggested to the Reading Methodist Church, Mount Union Christian Union Church or the Salvation Army.
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Johnny M. Carroll, age 63, of Adrian passed away Monday, March 23, 2009, at his home surrounded by his family. Johnny was born May 20, 1945, in Wise County, Va., the son of Claude and Goldie (Bishop) Carroll. Johnny served his country in the Army during the Vietnam War. On Sept. 3, 1981, Johnny married Betty Jones-Creger in Adrian.  Betty, his wife of 27 years, survives. Johnny worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Ann Arbor for 25 years before retirement. He was a member of the Lenawee Chapter #20 of the DAV, the Annis-Fint Post #1584 of the VFW, and the NRA. A foster parent for many years, he was also an active member of the Lenawee County Foster and Adoptive Parent Association. Johnny was well-known at area restaurants where he enjoyed having coffee with friends. His top priority was spending time with his family. In addition to his wife, Johnny is survived by his children, Jerry (Laura) Creger of Jasper, Nick (Nancy) Creger of Adrian, Brian (LaLonnie) Creger, also of Adrian, Brad (Laurie Howell) Creger of Jacksonville, Fla., Cynthia Ruiz of Ingalls, Ind., Amanda Carroll of Detroit, Heather Carroll of Ft. Myers, Fla., Danielle Carroll of Ft. Wayne, Ind., Janessa Carroll of Adrian, Jeff Arnold of Vero Beach, Fla., Melissa (John) Crawford of Union Grove, N.C.; his 18 grandchildren, Christa (fiance, Adam Burch) Creger, Cassandra and Cody Creger, Michael Clough, Nicholas Creger, Thomas Stetten, Sabrina and Jessica Creger, Kurtis and Kaleb Creger, Trinity Santana, Damien Rosas, Destany Barcenas, Olivia, Ava, Jeffrey and Daniel Arnold, and Jenna Crawford; and three great-grandchildren, Hemmie Burch, Alexis Terrell and Jaysen Stetten. Also surviving are two sisters, Kay Schadewald of Texas and Pat (Al) Nosler of Illinois, and a special niece, Penny Collins of Washington, D.C. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother in infancy. The funeral service for Johnny will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, March 27, 2009, at Wagley Funeral Home with Hospice Chaplain Geoff Koglin officiating and military honors conducted by various local veteran organizations. Friends may visit the family at the funeral home on Thursday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. You may also sign the register book and send condolences at www.wagleyfuneralhome.com. Contributions in memory of Johnny may be made to Hospice of Lenawee. Envelopes are available at Wagley Funeral Home.
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Josephine C. Aldrich, age 78, of Adrian died Monday, March 23, 2009, at Bixby Medical Center. She was born Nov. 30, 1930, in Adrian to Royal and Goldie (Youtzy) Stahl. Josephine married Robert Aldrich on Oct. 5, 1947, in Jasper, Mich. He preceded her in death on March 10, 1995. Josephine was the owner of Berndt’s Jewelry. She was a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose Auxiliary #1034, the Fraternal Order of the Eagles Auxiliary #2371 and the Czech Polka Club of Metamora, Ohio.  Josephine loved spending time with her grandchildren, traveling in Michigan and spending time at the cabin in Grayling. Josephine is survived by two sons, Robert (Candace) Aldrich of Almo, Ky., and Jon Aldrich of Hudson; one daughter, Debra Powell of Adrian; two sisters, Sharon (Richard) Bice of Sand Creek and Beverly Abbott of Wauseon, Ohio; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; a special friend, Robert Lance and his children, Pastor Ronald, Christopher, Terry, Sharon and Melissa Lance and his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Richard in infancy; two grandsons, David and Christopher Harris; and a sister, Shirley. Funeral services for Josephine will be held on Friday, March 27, 2009, at 11 a.m. at the Anderson Funeral Home, Adrian, with Pastor Ronald Lance officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Thursday 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 charity of the donor’s choice. Envelopes are available at the Anderson Funeral Home, Adrian.
LANDESMAN, Judith Kay (McCormick) - Died Sunday, March 22, 2009 at Genesys Hospice Care Center. Services will be held 1 PM Thursday, March 26, 2009 at Central Church of the Nazarene, 1261 Bristol Rd., Flint with Pastor W. Glen Gardner officiating. The family will receive friends from 11 AM until the time of service on Thursday at the church. In lieu of flowers, those desiring may make memorial contributions to Salvation Army, Genesys Hospice, or Carriage Town Ministries. Arrangements by: Sharp Funeral Home &amp; Cremation Center, 6063 Fenton Rd., Flint. Friends may share an online tribute on the obituaries page of www.sharpfuneralhomes.com
KSIAZKIEWICZ, JULIAN - Aged 91, of Michigan Center, passed away March 22, 2009 at the Ann Arbor Veterans Facility. Services will be held Friday, 10:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church. Visitation at the funeral home Thursday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. with a Rosary at 6:00 p.m. Contributions in his memory are directed to the Fatima Building Fund. A complete obituary will be published in Wednesday's paper. www.Mlive.com/obits Nichols-Arthur Michigan Center
Friday, 2-8 p.m. at McCabe Funeral Home, 31950 W. 12 Mile Rd., Farmington Hills. Funeral Mass, Saturday, in state 10:30 a.m. with Mass 11 a.m. at St. Colman Catholic Church, 32500 Middlebelt Rd. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The American Heart Association, The American Cancer Society, or to the family.
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KAREN MARIE SCOTT MESA, ARIZONA Karen Marie Scott, age 67, passed away unexpectedly in her home in Mesa, AZ on February 23, 2009. Born September 11, 1941 to Rollo and Dorothy (Hall) Hickson in Sandusky. Winford Paul Scott and Karen Hickson were married, April 2, 1959 in Marlette. They were two weeks short of their 50th anniversary this year. Karen worked for the Sanilac Intermediate School District as business manager for 30 years. After retirement in 1999, she moved to live with Paul in Arizona. Karen is survived by her husband Paul, two daughters; Paula Scott Arndt, Weidman and Danette (Marvin) Stafford of Apache Junction, AZ, five grandchildren; Jessica (Phil) Parr of Kalamazoo, Scott (Melinda) Parr of Brown City, Ryan Parr of Las Vegas, NV, Chad and Amber Arndt, Weidman and three great grandchildren. She is also survived by a sister, Janice (Duane) Moore of Sandusky, two brothers; Allan Hickson of Florida and Donald (Suzanne) Hickson of Sandusky. Cremation has taken place. Memorial services were held on February 27, 2009 at East University Church of God for her family and Arizona friends. Memorial services will be held at Countryside Free Methodist Church in Sandusky on April 18, 2009 at 11 am. Memorials can be made to the donors choice.
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Karl V. Schwartz, age 94, of Allegan died Monday, March 23, 2009, at the Allegan General Hospital. Mr. Schwartz was born May 21, 1914, in Wayland, Mich., the son of Elmer and Iva (Chamberlain) Schwartz. He was a 1933 graduate of Wayland High School. He was a member of the St. John’s Lutheran Church and had been employed at DuWel in Bangor, retiring in 1979. Surviving are his wife, Leah (Brenner); one daughter and her husband, Thea and Dave Chambers of Adrian; one granddaughter and her husband, Kathrin and Dr. Lance Richards of Grand Rapids. He was preceded in death by his grandson, Joel Chambers. Friends may meet with the family from 11 a.m. Thursday until time of funeral service at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Gorden Funeral Residence, Allegan Chapel, 528 Trowbridge St., Allegan. Pastor Ronald Kruse will officiate. Interment Poplar Hill Cemetery, Monterey Twp. Memorial contributions may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church. www.gordenfuneral.com.
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Kyle R. Desmond, 24, of Coldwater, died Monday, March 23, 2009 at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, March 26, 2009 at 11 a.m. at Dutcher Funeral Home in Coldwater. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, March 25, 2009 from 6-8 p.m. at Dutcher Funeral Home and also on Thursday, March 26 from 9-11 a.m., prior to the service. Kyle was born Feb. 2, 1985 in Coldwater to James and Sara (Carlisle) Desmond. Kyle graduated from Quincy High School in 2004 and then studied at Kellogg Community College. Kyle was active in sports and had been the captain and manager of both the Quincy High School football and baseball teams. He had a tremendous amount of spirit and gave deep commitment to anything he did; in his honor, the school created the “Kyle Desmond Award” for high school baseball, an award that is based on inspiration, character and leadership. Kyle volunteered at the Community Health Center and was an avid Detroit sports fan. He enjoyed playing Xbox and racing his radio controlled cars. Most of all, Kyle enjoyed spending time with his family at the lake and venturing out on their pontoon boat. Kyle was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Lucille and Vincent Desmond. He is survived by his parents Jim and Sara Desmond of Coldwater, his sister Brittni Desmond of Coldwater, maternal grandparents George and Sue Carlisle of Hillsdale, aunts and uncles Bob and Diane Feidler of Clearwater, Fla., Chris and Suzanne Carlisle of Canton and Dave and Betsy Carlisle of Austin, Texas. Memorials may be directed to Muscular Dystrophy Association or the Make-a-Wish Foundation. Please visit www.dutcherfh.com to share a thought in the family guestbook.
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Lenwood “Red” Whitney, age 71, died Sunday, March 22, 2009 at 9:36 a.m. in Home Hospital in Lafayette, Ind. after a long illness.  He was formerly of Lyon County, Kent. He is survived by two sons William Barkley of Lafayette, Ind. and Terry Lynn Whitney of Coldwater and two grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Nora Bell Towery Whitney, his parents Mavum and Bessie Thompson Whitney and two brothers. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Morgan’s Funeral Home in Princeton, Kent. with graveside services  to follow at 2:30 p.m. at Hickory Grove Cemetery with Rev. Ronnie Fox officiating.
Lloyd Stillwagon, 57, of Beaverton passed away on March 19, 2009.
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Lou Wanda (Guza) Armstead, 56, of Sheridan Township, died Friday Aug. 29, 2008 in Huron Medical Center of Bad Axe., She was born Feb. 21, 1952 in Cass City, daughter of William and Wanda (Billot) Kipp., She married Leon F. Guza in 1970 at Saint Mary Catholic Church, Parisville. He preceded her in death Jan. 15, 1999., She is a graduate of Sandusky High School. Lou Wanda was employed at the Ubly Community School since 1981 in the cafeteria and custodian of maintenance. She enjoyed cats, crafts, gardening, needle work, and visiting with family and friends., Lou Wanda is survived by two daughters, Jane Ann (David) Sadro of Ubly, and Theresa (Dan) Hill of Bad Axe; two sons, Eugene Guza of Bad Axe, and Leon Guza Jr. and Karan of Bad Axe; and nine grandchildren, Justin and Daniel Sadro, Sarah and Kelsey Hill, Sloan, Kelsie and Darian Gross, and Rayne and Sommer Guza. Lou Wanda also is survived by her parents, William and Wanda Kipp of Snover; one brother, Joseph (Sandy) Kipp of Marlette; and one sister, Betty (Dennis) Mausolf-Scharrer of Ruth., Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday Sept. 3, 2008 in the Zinger-Smigielski Funeral Home in Ubly, with the Rev. Kenneth Lueke, pastor of Our Savior Lutheran Church of Bad Axe officiating., Visitation will be from 1 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, and from 10 until the 11 a.m. service Wednesday. Burial will be in Moore Township Cemetery, Snover. Memorials to the Family Discretionary Fund would be appreciated.
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at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 1368 N. Crooks Road (between 14-15 Mile Rds.) Friday 3-8 p.m. Prayers Friday 7 p.m. Memorials appreciated to Marilyn Schneid Malin Foundation, 40 Hague, Detroit, MI 48202. Obituary and condolences at lynchfuneraldirectors.com, 1 guest book message
MARY LOU LIEBLER PECK Mary Lou Liebler, age 63, of Peck, died Friday, March 20, 2009 at McKenzie Memorial Hospital in Sandusky, Michigan. She was born November 19, 1945 in Sandusky, Michigan the daughter of the late James and Verna (McGlennon) Jones. She was a lifelong area resident and a 1963 graduate of Sandusky High School. She was a member of the Sandusky Eastern Star #273 and the McKenzie Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. Mary Lou married Wayne E. Liebler on August 20, 1966 at the St. Johns Episcopal Church in Sandusky. She is survived by her husband; Wayne, one daughter; Amy (Brian) Griffin of Pennsylvania, one son; Gene (Kaori) Liebler of Illinois, two grandchildren; Breyanna and Kento. Besides her parents she was preceded in death by a brother, Charles. Funeral services were held at the Marsh Funeral Chapel, Sandusky with Rev. Elsa Pressentin officiating. Cremation followed services at the Sunset Valley Crematory in Bay City. Memorial suggestions may go to any organization of the donors choice. Arrangements made by Marsh Funeral Chapel, Sandusky, 810-648-2244 www.marshfuneral.com
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Thursday 5-9 p.m., Friday 1-9 p.m. Rosary prayed at 7 p.m. at PHILLIPS FUNERAL HOME, 122 West Lake Street, South Lyon. Funeral Mass Saturday, March 28, 10 a.m. with a final visitation at 9:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 830 Lafayette, South Lyon. Memorial contributions may be made to the family of Frank Mercieca. Online guestbook
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Age 51, of Wolverine Lake, Michigan, March 22, 2009. Devoted wife of Craig. Cherished daughter of Paul and Anna Mae Ciaverilla Mother of Sean (Laura) and Patrick Thornton; sister of Michael (Linda) Ciaverilla, Steve (Lesley) Ciaverilla, Philip Ciaverilla and Annmarie Ciaverilla. Survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. A devoted friend of Bill W. for the past 4+ years. The family will receive friends on Tuesday 5-9 p.m., Wednesday from 1-8 p.m. with a Rosary from 8-9 p.m. at McCabe Funeral Home, 31950 W. 12 Mile Rd. Farmington Hills, MI 48334, Phone: 248-553-0120. A Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday March 26, in state Thursday 10:30 a.m. until time of Mass at 11 a.m. at Prince of Peace Catholic Church in West Bloomfield, followed by interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Southfield. Memorial contributions can be made to the Joyce Meyer Ministries.
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at Murdoch Funeral Home, Cedar Rapids, Friday 4-8 p.m. Memorial Service at Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, 1800 W. Maple, Birmingham, Friday, April 3rd at 11 a.m. Obituary and condolences at
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Wednesday 3-9 p.m. with Funeral Service 8:00 p.m. at Wujek-Calcaterra & Sons, Inc., 36900 Schoenherr at Metro Parkway (16 Mile). Share memories with the family at their "On-Line Guest Book" at
• Mae Anna Berry, 95, of Hart, died Sunday, March 22. Oak Grove Funeral Home and Cremation Center is in charge of arrangements....
EVARD, Mae A. Of Richland Passed away March 21, 2009 at Plainwell Pines Nursing Home. She was born June 14, 1930 in Oakland County, MI, to the late Ray A. and Cecilia (Detour) Easton. Mae was united in marriage on August 17, 1953, to Donald J. Evard, who predeceased her in May of 2008. Mae moved to Kalamazoo in the mid-1950's. She was employed for a time at VanDenBos Greenhouse and for several years at the Nagel Bulb Farm. She enjoyed the simple things; a long scenic walk, a Sunday afternoon ride in the country, and spending time with her granddaughters. Surviving Mae are her daughter, Linda (Ken) Hodges of Kalamazoo; sisters, Carmen (Glenn) Stout and Lorraine (Pyrl) Evard; two grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; several step-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her sister, Betty (Lawrence) Stout. Services will take place Thursday, 2:00 PM with family greeting friends from 1-2:00 PM, from the Langeland Family Funeral Homes, Comstock Chapel, 6121 King Highway. A private interment will be at Mt. Ever-Rest Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to Alzheimer's Association, 2300 Portage Street, Suite 341, Kalamazoo, MI 49001. Please see www.langelands.com for online obituary, directions, register book and condolences. 343-1508
GREEN, Margaret Louise Age 80 Of Athens and Formerly of Mendon Died Sunday March 22, 2009 in Zephyrhills, Florida following a long illness. The family will receive friends from 5:30 to 8:30 PM Thursday at the Eickhoff Funeral Home in Mendon where funeral services will be 11 AM Friday with Rev. Ward Pierce officiating. Interment will be in Fort Custer National Cemetery at 2:30 PM on Friday. Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association, or the Kidney Foundation. A complete obituary and online register is available at www.eickhofffuneralhome.com
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Margaret Louise Green, age 80, of Athens, died Sunday, March 22, 2009, at Florida Hospital of Zephyrhills following a long illness.   She was born in Albion, Mich., on Nov. 11, 1928, the daughter of Nelson F. and Eleanor Ludlow (Dean) Bornor.  Margaret graduated from Athens High School in 1946 where she was valedictorian of her class.  She later graduated from Grace Hospital School of Nursing in 1949 as a registered nurse.   Margaret was married to Carl Green on June 21, 1950.  They resided in Mendon for over 30 years where Margaret was a Girl Scout leader and Sunday school teacher.  She was  employed at Leila, Grace, and Three Rivers hospitals before going to work for Doctors Smith and Bradley at the Colon Clinic.  She worked there for 25 years, retiring in 1988. In her spare time, Margaret enjoyed sewing, quilting, reading, and golf.  She and her family were hosts to two foreign exchange students in the early ‘70s, and were instrumental in the construction of the John Green Memorial Track at Mendon High School. Following her retirement she and her husband wintered in Zephyrhills where Margaret ran the park Blood Pressure Program for 12 years.   Margaret is survived by her husband of 59 years, Carl;  a son, Daniel Green (Gayle) of Portage; two daughters, Deborah Austin of Athens, and Laura Green of Battle Creek; seven grandchildren, Lisa Loker (Chris), Ryan Austin (Melissa), Brent Austin (Deanne), Monica Green, Jeremiah Green (Jill), Samantha Green, and Elizabeth Green; six great-grandchildren; two sisters, Kathleen Danville and C. Lenore Fuller; one brother, William Bornor; nieces and nephews; and former foreign exchange students, Juhani Jarvi and Marlene Luyten. She was preceded in death by a son, John Green in 1970; a daughter, Barbara Ann Green in 1978; a son-in-law, Kenneth Austin in 2004; a brother, Maurice Bornor; and a sister, Betty Warren. The family will receive friends from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday at the Eickhoff Funeral Home in Mendon.  Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home with Rev. Ward D. Pierce officiating.  Burial will be in Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta, Mich., at 2:30 p.m. Friday.   Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association, or the Kidney Foundation.  Online condolences and register are available at www.eickhofffuneralhome.com.
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Mari Y. Pipoly, 58, of Angola, Ind., went home to the Lord on March 22, 2009 at her home in Angola. She was born June 2, 1950, in Hillsdale to Donald and Norma (Hogan) Leader, deceased. She married Robert Pipoly in Angola on Sept. 19, 1970. She was a cashier at McDonald’s in Angola and was a cashier at Wells Fargo Bank 23 years. Surviving are her husband, Robert Pipoly of Angola; daughter, Jennifer and Jason Klug of Fort Wayne, Ind.; one brother, David Leader of Reading; one sister: Beverlee Leader of Reading and one grandson, Brandon Klug. Preceding in death are her parents and one grandson, Drew. She was a member of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Angola. She graduated from Jackson Community College. She loved spending time with her grandson. She also enjoyed traveling, photography and bowling. Funeral Mass will be 11 a.m. Thursday, March 26 at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church of Angola with Father Fred Pasche officiating. Burial will be in Circle Hill Cemetery, Angola. Visitation is 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Weicht Funeral Home, 207 N. West Street, Angola. Memorials are suggested to Steuben Co. Cancer Society or Cameron Hospice and Home Health, Angola.
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Marion Theodore (Lisowski) Lange, age 85, of Adrian passed away unexpectedly at his home on Monday, March 23, 2009. Marion was born on Dec. 6, 1923, to Gregory and Josephine (Broniszewski) Lisowski in Piwniczna, Poland. On Oct. 31, 1951, he married Betty Jeanne Baughey in Adrian. Betty, his wife of more than 40 years, preceded him in death in 1992. As a teenager in Poland, Marion was captured by Nazi German soldiers and put into the forced labor camp, Dachau. He escaped from captivity and joined the U.S. Army in England. In 1948, he immigrated to the United States and became a naturalized citizen in 1954. Marion worked for Michigan Milk Producers for many years, making butter and the best cottage cheese. He was very active in the Adrian Senior Center, the American Legion, the Moose and various dance clubs. He loved polka, square, line and ballroom dancing. He just received his 40-year membership certificate for the Adrian Amateur Radio Club where he participated regularly. He loved to travel and cherished his heritage, making several trips back to Poland over the years. Marion is survived by his children, Karol “KZ” Bolton and her husband, Dennis, of Adrian, and David Wayne Chase and his wife, Norma, of New Jersey; his four grandchildren, Michael Lee (Deloris) Osborne, Jr., Michelle (Robert) Sweeney, Christopher (Megan) Chase and Laura (Christopher) Foy. He is also survived by his nine great-grandchildren.  In addition to his wife, Marion is preceded in death by his siblings, Alexander, Michelle and Czeslawa; and a grandson, Baby Boy Osborne. The funeral service for Marion will take place on Thursday, March 26, 2009, at 11 a.m. at the Wagley Funeral Home with Fr. Louis Komorowski presiding. Friends may visit the family at the funeral home on Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Burial will be private. You may also sign the register book or send condolences at www.WagleyFuneralHome.com. Contributions in Marion’s memory may be directed to the Adrian Senior Center or the American Legion. Envelopes are available at Wagley Funeral Home.
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Marjorie Jane De Pree, age 89, of Holland, died Tuesday, March 25, 2009, at Hospice House in Holland.  Marjorie was born in Holland November 22, 1919.  She was a lifelong resident of the area and a member Trinity Reformed Church and a former member of Bethel Reformed Church.  She retired from Mechanical Transplanter after close to 50 years of service.  She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers, and sisters. Surviving are her nieces and nephew, Beverly and Jerry Lubbers of Holland, Marjorie Howard Gras of Zeeland, Susan and Paul Heinlein of Hudsonville, Ambassador William and Linda Garvelink of the Congo; several other nieces and nephews.  Funeral services are scheduled for Friday, 11:00 a.m., at the Mulder Chapel, Dykstra Life Story Funeral Homes, 188 W. 32nd St., Holland. Officiating will be Rev. Lynn Post.  Burial will be in Graafschap Cemetery.  Visitation is scheduled for Thursday, 1-3 p.m. and Friday, from 10:00 a.m. until the time of  service at the funeral home.  Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Holland. Please visit www.lifestorynet .com  for further information.
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Beloved wife and mother  Marlene Gayle Cole passed away  Saturday, March 21, 2009, at 6:30 a.m. at Mountain View Hospital in Las Cruces, NM. Mrs. Cole was born on May 23, 1935 to Carol and Marvin DeJonge of Zeeland,  graduated from Zeeland High School in 1953 and married Dale Cole on December 5, 1953. She is preceded in death by her sons, Michael Lee and Larry Robert Cole; mother and father, Carol and Marvin DeJonge; and grandparents, Lou and Anna Hendricks of Zeeland. She is survived by her husband, Dale Cole, of 55 years; son, David Cole and wife, Lori Cole; and grandchildren, Matthew and Julianna Cole of Stevensville, MI; and daughter, Linda Cole of Alamogordo, NM. Mrs. Cole had a long and varied life as an outstanding homemaker, Cub Scout leader, secretary to Willard Wichers at the Netherlands consulate, and co-owner of Cole's Auto Parts and Company of Deming, NM. Although her last years were in the desert southwest of the United States in Deming, NM, which she loved dearly, her Dutch upbringing and heritage was always a part of her and not far from her heart. Mrs. Cole will be dearly missed and her lifestyle will set an example for many to follow. She loved and was loved back. Graveside services will be  11:30 on Friday, March 27th for family and friends at the Zeeland Cemetery with a reception to follow at 1st Reformed Church of Zeeland. Arrangements by Yntema Funeral Home, Zeeland.  www.yntemafh.com
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Mary Jean Herman, 80, of Sturgis, Mich., passed away unexpectedly early Monday morning, March 23, 2009, at her home. She was born April 1, 1928, in Burr Oak, Mich., a daughter to the late Victor and Mary (Hanson) Boyer. Jean had resided in the Burr Oak and Sturgis area most of her life. On July 23, 1948, she married Fred Herman in Burr Oak. He died May 2, 2002. Jean was a homemaker and member of the First Presbyterian Church in Sturgis. She enjoyed playing bridge and was a graduate of Lindenwood University with the class of 1950 where she received her associates degree in business. Jean is survived by one son; Joe (Tina) Herman of Mishawaka, Ind.; three grandsons, Danny Herman and Jeff Herman, both of Sturgis, Mich., and Cody Herman of Mishawaka, Ind., and several nieces and nephews. Her parents; husband; one son, Jeff Herman; and two sisters, Louise Cobb and Margaret Ann Goble preceded her in death. In accordance with her wishes, cremation has taken place. There will be no visitation or services. Private placement of the ashes will take place at the First Presbyterian Church Columbarium. The family suggests those wishing to make a memorial donation in Mrs. Herman’s memory consider the First Presbyterian Church, 1320 S. Lakeview Ave., Sturgis, Mich.,  49091. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. The Hackman Family Funeral Homes, Hackman Chapel, 114 S. Nottawa St., Sturgis, MI 49091 is entrusted with the arrangements. The obituary is also at www.hackmanfamilyfuneralhome.com where personal messages of support may be left for the family.
Mrs. Mary Sarna, 87, of Westover, Md. and formerly of Bad Axe, passed away Friday, Aug. 29, 2008 under hospice care with her daughters at her side., Mary was born March 22, 1921 in Detroit, daughter of the late John and Rose Pleciak., She married Frank Sarna Aug. 2, 1941 at. St. Cunegunda's in Detroit. He preceded her in death May 7, 1992., Mary lived in Bad Axe from 1986 to 2000 when she moved to Westover, Md. She was a former parishioner of St. Columbkille Catholic Church in Sheridan Corners where she was an active member of the Christian Mothers and organized the annual fall craft show. She was an active member of the Bad Axe Seniors. Her hobbies included ceramics, knitting, crocheting, reading, doing crossword puzzles and baking the best pies in town. In Maryland, she was known as the "pie lady" where she took her baked goods to the farmer's market., Mary is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Marilyn White of Shelby Township, Mrs. Tom (Maryanne) White of Fort Mill, S.C., and Mrs. Grant (Rosemarie) Bryant of Westover, Md.; six grandchildren, Kristina (David) Kloc, Thomas (Amy) White II, Kerry White and special friend, Ashford Harrigan, Kelly (Mark) Kessen, Jerry (Susan) White, and Theresa (Jeff) Waldron; and eight great-grandchildren, Alexa, Kurt and Brooke Kessen, Matthew, Emily and Jack Kloc, Emma and Julia White, and soon-to-be-born Bryce Waldron., Mary was preceded in death by one son, Jerome; and one son-in-law, Richard White., Cremation has taken place in Maryland. The funeral Mass was held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2008 at the St. Columbkille Catholic Church in Sheridan Corners. The Rev. Stephen Fillion, pastor of the St. Pancratius Catholic Church in Cass City, officiated. Burial was made in the church cemetery., Arrangements were handled by the Zinger-Smigielski Funeral Home in Ubly.
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BRIGGS, Miriam E. - Age 93, of Fenton, died Sunday, March 22, 2009 at Fenton Health Care. Services will be held 2:30 PM Thursday, March 26, 2009 at Abbey Park, 3221 E. Baldwin Rd., Grand Blanc with Max Hayden officiating. The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the staff of Fenton Health Care for their wonderful care. Friends may share an online tribute on the obituary page of www.sharpfuneralhomes.com. Arrangements handled by Sharp Funeral Homes, Fenton Chapel, 1000 W. Silver Lake Rd., Fenton.
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Wednesday, 3-9 p.m. at Czopek Funeral Home, 2157 Oak St. Wyandotte. Rosary at 6 p.m. Funeral Mass Thursday, 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, 976 Pope John Paul II, Wyandotte.
Thursday 2:00-9:00 p.m. Rosary 7:00 p.m. In state Friday 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. Funeral Mass at St Peter the Apostle Catholic Church, 19851 Anita, Harper Woods. Memorial contributions may be made to Henry Ford Hospice.
Nancy-Lee Mary Bearss, age 63, of Gladwin, passed away Sunday, March 22, 2009 at her home.
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Noemi Guajardo, age 83, of Holland, passed away Monday, March 23, 2009.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank C. Guajardo, in 1986. Noemi is survived by her daughters, Dora Neola of Cleveland, OH, and Esther and Ken Hollar of Holland; grandchildren, Scott A. and Lisa Neola, Erika A. Neola, Loreen J. and David D. Miller and Matthew B. Hollar; great-grandchildren, Marissa, Kira, Lily, Ian and Jake Neola and Brendan and Makenzie Miller. She is also survived by her sisters, Rosa Corrales and Elvira Gutierrez, both of Texas. Funeral services for Noemi will be at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, March 27, 2009 at  Notier-Ver Lee-Langeland Funeral Chapel, 315 E. 16th St., Holland. The Rev. J. Lynn Pier-Fitzgerald will officiate. Burial will take place in North Holland Cemetery. Visiting hours will be Thursday from 7-9 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be given to the American Diabetes Association. An online registry is available at www.notierverleelangeland.com.
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will be Thursday 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Harry J. Will Funeral Home, 34567 Michigan Ave., Wayne. Funeral services will be Thursday at 1 p.m. Please leave a message at
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at the Sawyer-Fuller Funeral Home 2125 West Twelve Mile Road (two blocks west of Woodward Avenue) Berkley, 5-9 p.m. Wednesday. Services will be private.
Ypsilanti Township, MI. Passed away March 4, 2009 after a courageous battle with Pancreatic Cancer. The Memorial Service will be held March 28, at noon at Brown Chapel A.M.E. Church 1043 W. Michigan Avenue, Ypsilanti, Michigan 48197. Followed by a Memorial Celebration at EMU Convocation Center. In lieu of cut flowers, please send living plants, or a donation can be made in his name at:
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IRONWOOD TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- Patricia M. "Pat" Pospeck, 62, of E5065 Slade Road, Ironwood Township, died Saturday morning, March 14, 2009, with her family by her side, at Marquette General Hospital in Marquette.
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Paul A. Traxler, 81, Quincy, passed away at his home, March 22, 2009. He was born in Edon, Ohio on Feb. 3, 1928 to Alva and Corda (Mocherman) Traxler. Paul married Laura R. (Anderson) in Kinderhook Township on Nov. 5, 1949 with this year being their 60th anniversary. Paul worked for Tri-State Co-Op in Montgomery, Douglas Manufacturing in Bronson, Quincy Products, Corning Glass of Albion and retired in 1993 from Phillips Steel of Coldwater. He attended Montgomery School Systems and was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He loved the great outdoors, hunting, fishing, gardening, puzzle books, playing cards and reading, and spending time with his family. He will be sadly missed. Paul is survived by his wife, Laura; seven daughters, Raynae Hammond of Plymouth, Ind., Tonja and Nelson Curtis of Quincy, Mitzi and Terry Bennett of Portland, Ore., Roxie Traxler of Quincy, Robin Carr of Warsaw, Ind., Cindy and Terry Nabakowski of Medical Lake, Wash., Elley Kunert of Coldwater; six grandchildren, six great-grandchildren; two sisters, Bessie Sharp of Hillsdale and Mary Horney of Grand Rapids; two brothers, Richard “Dick” and Helen Traxler of Camden, Donald “Gene” and Pat Traxler of Montgomery. Paul was preceded in death by his parents; son, Paul L. Traxler; brothers, Ronald (Tom) Traxler, Lawrence Traxler; sisters, Judy, Edith, Leona, Wanda Lee and Laurabelle. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Friday at Beams Funeral Home in Fremont, Ind. Funeral services will be at  3 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. The Rev. Harold Jewel will be officiating. Burial will be at Oak Grove Cemetery in Coldwater. Private family graveside committal services with military colorguard honors will be conducted by members of the Fremont American Legion. Memorials in lieu of flowers are requested by the family to be made to the CHC of Branch County Hospice Services. Condolences may be sent online to www.beamsfuneralhome.com.
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Pauline  N.  Placatka, age 93, of Bronson, died Friday, March 20, 2009, at the Lifespan Hospice House in Battle Creek. She had been in failing health. Pauline was born Jan. 12, 1916, in Oakville, Iowa, daughter of Kramer Mathias and Kathryn (Johnson) Spitznogel and was raised in the Muscatine, Iowa area. She married James Frank Placatka in 1937 and the couple moved to Bronson in 1944. James died in September, 1997. In her early years, Pauline had worked at the Heinz Tomato Factory and at Bonwit Teller, both in the Davenport, Iowa area. After her marriage, she became a home maker and was known for her artistic skills, especially for her paintings for which she won many awards. Her crowning achievement was a first place at the University of Michigan Art Museum. She also enjoyed knitting, flower gardens and golfing. Pauline was a former member of the O.E.S., the Bronson Women’s Club where she was involved in the Bronson Civic Theatre, the Bronson Community Choir, the Sit and Knit Group and was a member of the Bronson Ladies Golf League. She was also a Girl scout leader for many years and had kept the same group of girls for her entire tenure. Surviving are her daughter and son-in-law, Debra and Robert Cline of Sherwood; her sons, James Placatka of Bronson and David Placatka of Sherwood; grandchildren, Christopher Cline and Ryan Cline and three great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents; a grandson David Placatka; and her sister Ruth. According to her wishes, cremation will take place.  A memorial service will be planned later this spring.  Arrangements are by the Kolcz Funeral Home of Bronson. Memorial donations are suggested to the Lifespan Good Samaritan Hospice House in Battle Creek, Mich.
Beloved husband of Sheila Rissman and the late Geraldine Rissman. Dear father of Kathy Lowenthal, Vicki Fingeroot, Pam and Randy Smith, Cyndi and Michael Stone. Loving grandfather of Joshua, Julie, Erika and Gabby Lowenthal, Nicole Churchill and Brad Fingeroot, Lexi, Amanda, and Garrett Smith, Jessica and Marissa Stone. Also survived and loved by Sheila's children, Sheryl and Jim Rosin, Shari and Eric Dobrusin, their children, Sloane and Kole Rosin, Franklin and Jackson Dobrusin and Howard Fingeroot. Brother of Robert and Pearl Rissman, the late Donald and the late Florence Rissman. Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. SERVICES 1 O'CLOCK WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON AT THE IRA KAUFMAN CHAPEL, 248-569-0020. INTERMENT CLOVER HILL PARK CEMETERY.
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Richard L. Noble Lapeer Richard L. Noble, 76, of Lapeer (formerly of Shelby Township), passed away on Saturday (March 21, 2009) surrounded by his loving family. Following a courageous fight, his heart weakened, but his spirit remains strong and will live on in the hearts of all who knew him. He was born November 10, 1932, in Detroit, to Hubert and Alice (Hurst) Noble. He married Grace Campbell on June 30, 1956 in Waterford. Mr. Noble served his country in the United States Navy during the Korean War. He retired after 30 years, from GMC Truck & Coach as a materials scheduler. He earned a Masters Degree from U of D. Richard was proud to be a successful kidney transplant recipient of 12 years. He was a member of both the Macomb County Retirees as well as the Sundowners - RV Clubs. He will always be remembered for his love of classical music, books, the outdoors, camping and travel. Rich loved to laugh and was never short of a smile. He loved his family and God deeply. He
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Turner, Richard J. Merrill, Michigan Passed away Saturday, March 21, 2009 at the age of 58 years. Arrangements are incomplete at this time. A full obituary will be published in Tuesday's edition of the news. Arrangements by W.L. Case & Company. www.casefuneralhome.com
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Robert H. Sturdevant, a beloved husband and father, died Monday, March 23, 2009, after a long battle with progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP). The oldest of two children, Bob was born on Feb. 27, 1932, in Toledo, Ohio, to Harold V. Sturdevant and Louise Schulte. He graduated from Central Catholic High School in 1949 and continued his education at Bowling Green University majoring in business administration. He was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity as was his father. Bob particularly enjoyed being on the swim team there and still holds a record for the backstroke. He then joined his father at Sturdevant, Inc., Toledo, Ohio, taking over the business when his father died and running it until he retired in 1997. Bob was particularly involved with his church, Christ the King, for many years. He was proud of his activities as a Boy Scout leader and often saw or read about some of his former scouts. Always an active man, he was a member of The Toledo Club, the Toledo Businessmen’s Club, The Toledo Ski Club, and Kiwanis, both in Toledo and Brooklyn, Mich. He met his second wife, Sue Carol Church, M.D., while playing tennis with the Toledo Ski Club tennis league. They were married July 1, 1990, and spent the years together traveling, skiing, scuba diving, playing tennis and playing gin rummy. In 2000, they moved from their home in Lambertville, Mich., to the home Bob designed and built on South Lake near Brooklyn, Mich., making many friends there. He will be missed! Bob is survived by his wife, Sue; his sons, Daniel and Mark (Corinne), both of Toledo, Ohio; his daughters, Nedra Grussing (Dean) of Ocean Beach, Fla., Molly Vierra (Terry) of Boulder Creek, Calif., Jill of Largo, Fla., and Beth of Toledo, Ohio; two stepsons, Curt Church of Steamboat Springs, Colo., and Scott Church (Lori) of Darien, Conn.; seven grandchildren, two stepgrandchildren and one great-granddaughter. Viewing of Mr. Sturdevant will be Thursday evening at 4 p.m. at Borek-Jennings Funeral Home, 137 S. Main St., Brooklyn. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be sent to Cure PSP, Executive Plaza III, 11350 McCormick Road, Suite 906, Hunt Valley, MD 21031.
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Robert L. Oakley Jr., 82, of Howe, Ind., died Monday, March 23, 2009, at Parkview LaGrange Hospital in LaGrange. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at Frurip-May Funeral Home in LaGrange. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home.  Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in Howe. Memorials may be left to the LaGrange County Food and Clothes Basket.
Robert M. Shagena, 82, passed away Saturday, March 21, 2009. Arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home and Crematory, Greenville, North Carolina.
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Robert Rene Morris Jr., age 53, passed away at Heartwood Lodge Hospice of North Ottawa Community in Spring Lake on March 21, 2009, following a long, hard fought battle with cancer/ALS. Bob worked as a shipping manager for LaBarge Mirrors for 22 years. His most joyous moments were spent with his friends and family at get togethers in Holland and Battle Creek. He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Rene Morris Sr. Surviving are his mother and father, Rev. Richard and Eleanor (Ellie) Collins; son and daughter, Branden Morris, Sadie Morris; two grandchildren, Keion Morris, Remie Morris; sisters, Sandy and Gary Dietzel of Lowell, Bonnie and Jerry Diekema of Holland, Vicki and Terry Ver Hey of Holland; brother, Michael Richard Collins of Kalamazoo; and several nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be on Saturday, March 28, 4:00 p.m. at the Olive Township Hall, 6480 136th Avenue in West Olive.
WEBER, Robert Allen - Age 77, of Flint, went to be with his Lord and Savior, Tuesday, March 24, 2009 at Fostrian Manor. Funeral services will be held 1 PM Saturday, March 28, 2009 at Sharp Funeral Homes, Miller Road Chapel, 8138 Miller Road, Swartz Creek, Pastor Ray T. McGee officiating. Visitation will be held at the funeral home Friday from 1-4 and 6-8 PM and Saturday from 12 Noon until time of service. Complete obituary will be published in Thursday's paper.
Rodger L. Yeck died at St. Francis Hospital on March 17 after a lengthy illness. Born in Ludington, he graduated from St. Simon High School in 1955, subsequently earning a degree in drafting and desig...
Craun, Ruth Elizabeth (Hernberger) Saginaw, Michigan Passed away on Saturday, March 21, 2009 at the Saginaw Senior Care Center. Age 97 years. Ruth's full obituary will be published in Wednesday's edition of The Saginaw News. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the Deisler Funeral Home, 2233 Hemmeter Rd. (off State).
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at the Dearborn chapel of the Voran Funeral Home on Wednesday 1-9 p.m. Funeral Thursday March 26, 2009 at the Dearborn Congregational Church. In state 10:00 a.m. until time of service at 11:00 a.m. Interment Cadillac Memorial Gardens West. Donations may be made to the family. Obituary/Guestbook at
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Thursday 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., Rosary Thursday 7 p.m. at A.H. Peters Funeral Home, 32000 Schoenherr at Masonic (13½ Mile Rd.) Warren. In state 9:30 a.m., 10 a.m. Mass Friday at St. Margaret of Scotland Catholic Church, 21201 Thirteen Mile Rd., St. Clair Shores. Times pending. Interment Guardian Angels Cemetery. Memorial Contributions to St. Margarets Church appreciated.
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March 18, 2009, age 90. Beloved wife of the late Billy D. Dear mother of Alice (Larry) McKenzie and Curtis (Roxanne). Also survived by eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Sister of Barbara (Eugene) Long. Virginia was a life-long member of the Dearborn Eastern Star Lodge 172. Memorial Service Friday, March 27th at 1 p.m. at Acacia Park Cemetery, 31300 Southfield Rd., Beverly Hills, MI 48025. Arrangements by the Dearborn Chapel of the Howe-Peterson Funeral Home, (313) 561-1500. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Crippled Children's Program of The Moslem Temple Shriners Hospitals for Children, 24350 Southfield Rd., Southfield, MI 48075. Share your memories with the family at howepeterson.com.
SHIRLEY RUTH HOLLOWAY SANDUSKY Shirley Ruth Holloway, age 72, of Sandusky, passed away Tuesday, March 17, 2009 at McKenzie Memorial Hospital, Sandusky. She was born on July 16, 1936 in Snover, Michigan. She is the daughter of the late Arthur and Rosie (Allen) Chambers. She is survived by three children; Onalee (Ken) Pallas of Snover, Tammy (Randy) Studaker of Croswell, Ronald Holloway of Port Sanilac, nine grandchildren, nineteen great grandchildren and many very special friends. She was preceded in death by one brother, Rex Chambers. Visitation hours selected by the family will be on Sunday, March 29th from 12:30 until service time at the Heritage First United Methodist Church in Snover. Memorial services will be held Sunday, March 29th, 2009 at 1:00 P.M. at the Heritage First United Methodist Church, in Snover, Michigan with Pastor David Pratt of Snover officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Sandusky, Michigan. Memorials may be made to the family. Arrangements made by the Hacker Funeral Parlors, Sandusky.
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TROUT CREEK, Mich. -- Siri Lundberg, 94, of Trout Creek, died Monday, March 16, 2009, at Aspirus Ontonagon Hospital-Long-Term Care Unit.
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THE family of Eugene Rice would like to thank Huron Central Dispatch and the Huron EMS crew for their assistance and prompt care, Huron Medical Center staff for their emergency care and compassion shown to our family. Thank you to MacAlpine Funeral Home-Gage Chapel staff for their great service and help, the Huron County Sheriff's Department (Sheriff Kelly Hanson, St. Dave Drossos and Sgt. Gary Polega) for your assistance and police escort for the funeral procession and McDonald's Food & Family Center catering for preparing the food for the funeral luncheon. Thank you to Father Mietek for your prayers and conducting the funeral mass and Sister Judy for your support and comforting words. To Connie Baranski for the beautiful music, also Joe Wisneski for serving at the mass. Thank you to everyone who sent cards, flowers, masses, donations and food. Thank you to all our family members, friends, neighbors and other people who showed much love, prayers, support and encouragement during this very difficult time. Your kindness and thoughtfulness is so greatly appreciated! It means more to us than you will ever know! God Bless! Deanna Rice and family
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Beloved wife of the late John. Loving mother of Linda (Michael) Blanck and John Michael (Vicki). Dear sister of Peter Jr. (Herta) Furbacher, Edward (Mary) Furbacher, Donald (Shirley) Furbacher, and Wilma (Henry) Rochette. Grandmother of David, Thomas, Trent, Todd, and Rachelle. Great-grandmother of Megan, Amanda, Lillian, Lucia, Kayleigh, and Cadence. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. A Memorial Mass will be held Monday, 10:30 a.m. at St. Thomas a'Becket Catholic Church, 555 S. Lilley Road (S of Cherry Hill). Memorial contributions to Angela Hospice would be appreciated. Care and Services were entrusted to the L.J. Griffin Funeral Home, (734) 981-1700. Share a "Memorial Tribute" with the family at
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at church begins at 9:30 a.m. Memorial tributes to Paint A Miracle (www.paintamiracle.org), 210 W. University Dr., Ste. 2, Rochester, MI 48307. View obituary and share memories at www.DesmondFuneralHome.com
Thomas E. Cloutier, Sr. North Branch Thomas E. Cloutier, Sr., 67, of North Branch died Thursday (March 19, 2009) at Lapeer Regional Medical Center. He was born March 15, 1942 to Lloyd and Loma (Putnam) Cloutier in Marlette. He married Betty Tallieu on February 14, 1991 in Lapeer. Thomas loved to fish and build bird houses. He also enjoyed puttering around on his golf cart and tractor while tending to his vegetable and flower gardens and taking care of the pond. In addition Thomas raised many animals such as, cows, chickens and pigs. His greatest joy was his family and friends. He loved to gather his family together at Easter and have Easter egg hunts. Thomas will be lovingly missed by everyone. He is survived by his wife, Betty Cloutier of North Branch; daughters, Teresa McCardle of North Branch and Sheila (Scott Ballanger) Cloutier of Lapeer; sons, Thomas, Jr., (Dawn) Cloutier of Croswell, Jeffrey (Sheri) Cloutier of Fostoria and Robert Bennett of North Branch; sist
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Born in Detroit, Michigan May 7, 1942. Beloved mother passed away, March 20, 2009 at the age of 66. She was surrounded by Family and Friends at home in White Lake, Michigan. Vera leaves to cherish her three daughters, three sons, two sisters and 10 grandchildren. Memorial Donations can be made to: Home & Hospice Advantage, 21415 Civic Center Dr, Suite 122, Southfield, MI 48076.
Virginia D. Bucholz 1920-2009 Virginia D. Bucholz, 88, Bad Axe, passed away on Tuesday, March 17, 2009 at Courtney Manor in Bad Axe. She was born on April 5, 1920 in Bad Axe, daughter of the late Albert and Jennie Grace (Schad) Rifenbark. Virginia enjoyed gardening, country and gospel music, and going on fall color tours. She is survived by son, Dale (Linda) Bucholz, Bad Axe; sister, Joyce Hacker, Bad Axe; grandsons, David (Pam Dean) Bucholz, Bad Axe, Daniel (Cindy Dufty) Bucholz, Bad Axe and Gene Bucholz, Ubly; granddaughter, Debbie Rolston; two great-granddaughters, Gabriella Bucholz, Bay Port and Emma Bucholz, Bad Axe; and sister-in-law, Dorothy Rifenbark, Bad Axe. She was preceded in death by two sons, Jerry and Gene Bucholz; daughter, Sharon Sahaydak; three brothers, Virgil, Dewayne and Orville Rifenbark; four sisters, Helen Cove, Grace Cove, Eva McMullen and Alice Younglove and five brothers-in-law, J.D. Hacker, Wes Cove, Irwin Cove, Harvey McMullen and William Younglove. In keeping with her wishes, there will be no visitation or service. Cremation has taken place at Sunset Valley Crematory in Bay City. Interment will be in Colfax Cemetery. Arrangements were handled by the Kaufman Funeral Home, Bad Axe.
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80; Husband, Father, Lawyer, Labor Arbitrator. Alan Walt, of West Bloomfield, born June 13, 1928 in Detroit, passed away in Sarasota, FL on March 22, 2009. He is survived by wife Arlene, daughter Adrienne, son Robert, and is predeceased by beautiful daughter, Julie. Mr. Walt was a successful labor arbitrator, deciding thousands of disputes involving a wide range of union, public, and private sector organizations. Previously, he practiced law in the firm bearing his own name, was City Attorney of Livonia, and was an Assistant Prosecutor for Wayne County. Mr. Walt earned B.A. and J.D. degrees from Wayne State University and was member of the Michigan Bar. He was commissioned as a 1st Lieutenant in the U.S. Army and served in the Judge Advocate General Corps. Alan Walt was a generous and devoted husband, father, father-in-law, and friend, a patron of the arts, and an individual who was committed to and maintained the highest standards of personal and professional integrity. He was deeply loved and will be terribly missed. Donations may be made in Mr. Walt's memory to Gilda's Club Metro Detroit (http://www.gildasclubdetroit.org).
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Wayne Hollis DeGrow Columbiaville Wayne Hollis DeGrow, 62, of Columbiaville, died Friday (March 20, 2009) after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born September 26, 1946 in Brown City the son of Hollis and Edith (Seelye) DeGrow. He married Connie Hebberd on August 17, 1979. Wayne lived and grew up in North Branch and graduated from North Branch High School in 1965. Wayne served his country as a Navy Seabee in the Vietnam War. Wayne was a member of the North Branch American Legion Post. He enjoyed woodworking, hunting, fishing and spending time with friends, family and grandchildren. Wayne was the owner of DeGrow Construction from 1968 to 2009, he also worked for Lapeer Farm Bureau Insurance Co. for three years during that time. Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Connie of Columbiaville; daughters, Leslie (Brian) Kozminski of Petosky; Holly (Jeremy) Miner of North Branch, Christa (Jeff) Hudson of Boyne City, and Shelly (Michael) Morey of Traverse City; sist
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Thursday 3-8 p.m. at the Edward Korkoian Funeral Home, Spiller-Spitler Chapel, 836 N. Main Street, Royal Oak, (248) 541-8325. In state Friday 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. Funeral at the Armenian Congregational Church, 26210 W. 12 Mile Rd (just E of Northwestern Hwy) Southfield (248) 352-0680. Interment Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials donations to Brown Center of JVS, 29699 Southfield Rd., Southfield MI 48076 or Girl Scouts of Metro Detroit, 3011 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit MI 48202.
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“Julie” Eleanor Spillar, 77, originally of Sturgis, passed on March 22, 2009, surrounded by her family. She was a avid bridge player and was active in the Salvation Army and the Garden Club. Julie will be missed by husband, Robert; son, Robert (Cindy) A. Spillar of Irvine, Calif.; daughters, Nancy Spillar of Tulsa, Okla., and Susan (Mike) House of Urbandale, Iowa; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Andrew and Julia Bodnar. Private services will be held at a later date.