Saturday, May 9, 2009

Michigan Obituaries 5/09/09










Andew S. 'Andy' Edington

Friday, May 8, 2009 9:42 AM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

Andrew S. “Andy” Edington, age 47, of  Wauwatosa, Wis., passed away Saturday, April 25, 2009. Andy is survived by his wife, Susan, children, Sam, Abby and Bethany Edington, all at home; his parents, Doug and Elaine Edington of Adrian, Sue Sands of Escanaba, Mich.; sisters, Alice (Tom) Frenz of Columbus, Ohio, Sally Edington of Pentwater; a brother, John (Susan) Edington of Oceanside, Calif.; stepbrothers, Mike (Margo) Jacob of Cincinnati, Ohio, David (Angie) Jacob in Asia; and a stepsister, Susan Jacob (Loren) Layer of Rochester, N.Y. Andy was preceded in death by his grandparents and stepsister, Tiffany Jacob.



Angela Kay Rummer

Angela Kay Rummer, age 43, of Beaverton, went home to be with her Lord on Sunday, May 3, 2009 at her home.



Ann T. Johnson Gatlinburg, Tenn. Ann T. Johnson, 67, of Gatlinburg, Tenn., (formerly of Lapeer and Englewood, Fla.) passed away Friday (May 1, 2009). She was born June 20, 1941, in Flint, to Stewart and Julia (DeView) Hale. Ann loved to travel. She could strike up a conversation with anyone and "talk your ear off". She is survived by her children, Jeff Ball of Florida, Kimberly Perez of Texas, Julie Switzenburg of Florida, Mary (Jim Forster) Ball-Forster of Lapeer, David (Christine) Johnson of Goodrich and Christopher (Lola) Johnson of Rhode Island; grandchildren, Eric, Michael, J.R., Jessica, Robbie, Jon, Jill, Joey (Amanda), Kodie, Stephen, Evelyn and Brianna; 9 great-grandchildren; siblings, Jane Richards of Lapeer, Kathy (Bill) Loik of Otisville, Robert (Eileen) Hale of Marlette, John (Helen) Hale of Lapeer and Jim (Nancy) Hale of Lapeer; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Chan Hartwell; parents, Stewart and Julia Hale. Memorial con

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Arnold Sonneveldt Jr., 92

Tuesday, May 5, 2009 6:23 PM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

Arnold Sonneveldt, 92 Arnold Nicholas Sonneveldt, Jr, longtime owner and president of Buttercup Bakeries and Arnie’s Bakery and Restaurants, died at his home in Grand Rapids on Monday, May 3, 2009, at the age of 92.  He was born in Grand Rapids on April 8, 1917, and completed his schooling in the Grand Rapids Public Schools, graduating from Union High School in 1935. Buttercup Bakery was founded by his father, Arnold Sonneveldt, Sr., who had apprenticed as a baker in The Netherlands before emigrating to the United States in 1903.  Arnie, Jr. began working in the bakery as a pre-teen and continued through retirement, rarely missing a week or even a day of work.  Buttercup was a true family business, not only in its ownership but in the many children, grandchildren, cousins, siblings, and spouses who worked as store clerks, baking assistances, or maintenance persons when they were teen-agers to earn spending money or to save for college.  It was the Sonneveldt clan’s “rite of passage.” Arnie was always receptive to change and alert to opportunities for business growth.  At the time of his retirement, he had become the owner of four restaurants and a local bakery chain of more than 20 stores in the Grand Rapids area.  The work ethic deeply engrained in Arnie by his family many years earlier was still evident in the six day work weeks and 10-12 hour days he worked until retirement. After Arnold Sr.’s death, Arnold Jr. and his brother Bob were co-owners of Buttercup Bakeries.  When the restaurants were added to the family enterprise in 1968, a decision was made to change the name of the bakery from Buttercup to Arnie’s.  The name “Arnie’s” still stands in Western Michigan for quality baked goods and tasty meals at reasonable prices. Arnie will long be remembered for his strong faith which was the bedrock of his life and for his service to the Reformed Church in America and particularly to Trinity Reformed Church, which he began attending as a child and where he met his wife, Esther Osterhaven.  He served at Trinity as a deacon, elder, consistory vice-president, and Sunday School superintendent.  He was a founding member of what later became Remembrance Reformed Church (a daughter church of Trinity) and served as the impetus for many of Trinity’s other outreach efforts. Those who knew Arnie also remember him for his love of family, his humility, his selflessness, and his generosity–all of which resulted in deep, caring, and meaningful relationships with people too numerous to mention.  The extent to which Arnie, along with Esther, gave of himself to others can come only from a fundamental conviction that as Christians we live not for ourselves but for others. Arnie is survived by his wife, Esther, to whom he was married for 71 years; and by four children and their spouses, Nancy and Philip Miller of Holland, Robert Sonneveldt, Susan and Bruce Neckers, and Cindy and Bob Fedewa, all of Grand Rapids.  He is lovingly remembered by nine grandchildren and spouses, Shane and Brenda Sonneveldt of Washington, D.C., Matthew and Erin Neckers of Eden, Vermont, Christopher and Amanda Miller of Oak Park, Illinois, Shalom and Bill Jaconette of DeWitt, Derek Miller and Sunmee Jo of Washington, DC, Melissa and Scott VanderLeek of Grand Rapids,  Mindy Miller and Chris Cochran of Holland, Allison Neckers of Denver, Amanda Powers of New York City; and by 10 great-grandchildren, Ariana, Claire and Charlie Jaconette, Owen Neckers, Philip Miller, Elizabeth and Benjamin VanderLeek, Gwyneth and EmmaSonneveldt, and Anna Miller.  He will also be missed by his two surviving sisters, Ruth Lindhout and Jean Carlen; and a great many nieces and nephews.  Siblings who preceded Arnie in death were:  Janet VanWingen, Christine Brouwer, Josephine Moll, Robert Sonneveldt, and June Barents. The family wishes to give special thanks to Mary Skripka, Hospice of Michigan, and the staff of Porter Hills Assisted Living facility for the gentle, skilled, and compassionate care they provided Arnie over the past two years. Visitation is from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. on Friday at the Heritage Life Story Funeral Home, 2120 Lake Michigan Drive, Grand Rapids.  A memorial service is on Saturday, May 9 at 2 p.m. at Trinity Reformed Church, 1224 Davis, NW, Grand Rapids.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Trinity Reformed Church.   Visit to read Arnie’s lifestory, archive a memory, photo, or sign the guestbook if you are unable to attend.



Arthur L. Steinman 

Arthur L. Steinman, 80, of Sebewaing and Englewood, Fla., died July 5, 2008., Cremation has taken place. There will be no funeral services.



BARBARA L. PRICE SNOVER Barbara Lou Price, age 71, of Snover passed away on Sunday, April 26, 2009 at her home. She was born on May 12, 1937 in Reese to the late George and Berle (Harrison) Vincent. On May 10, 1974 the former Barbara Vincent was united in marriage with Gainer Price. He preceded her in death in 2002. Barbara was a Cass City High School graduate. She was a homemaker and enjoyed interacting with her children and grandchildren, with whom she played cards and watched home movies. She was more concerned and worried about others than herself. She was a member of Deckerville Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses. She is survived by her children; Edward (April) Newsome, Jr. of Vassar, Randy (Bobbie Jean) Newsome of Bartow, Georgia, Vicky (Tom) Taylor of Flint, Angela Graham of Bad Axe, Rose (Jerry) Taylor of Caro, Sharon (Larry) Smith of Bad Axe, Angel Romain of Snover and Matt (Lori) Price of Caro, her extended family; Dave (Sue) Price of Wilmot, Diane Price of Bad Axe, Mark (Carolyn) Price of Canton, Darlene (Brad) Dorsch of Bad Axe, Lori Ahern of Bad Axe, one son-in-law; Larry Trayler of Sandusky, thirty-two grandchildren and several great-grandchildren, her siblings; Donna (Allen) Spencer of Deford, Ron (Clara) Vincent of Marlette, one sister-in-law; Betty Vincent of Grand Rapids, a special aunt; Fanny Stockard of Lutz, Florida, several nieces and nephews and many treasured friends. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a daughter; Brenda Trayler, two brothers; Eugene and Donald Vincent and one sister; Genevieve Walker. Funeral services were held at the Collon Funeral Home in Caro with Minister Kevelin Patton officiating. Burial was at Moore Township Cemetery, Sanilac County, Michigan. Memorials may be made to the Barbara Price family discretionary fund, c/o Angel Romain, 302 S. State St., Caro, MI 48723. Please feel free to share your thoughts, memories and prayers with the family at, . . . Detailed View 



Betty Durby

Wednesday, May 6, 2009 9:30 AM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

Betty Durby, 82, passed away May 4, 2009, at The Villages of East Harbor. Cremation arrangements entrusted to J. Gilbert Purse Funeral Home, Tecumseh.



Betty Jo Atcheson (Gresko) Nov. 13, 1936-May 6, 2009

Thursday, May 7, 2009 12:12 PM 

Betty Jo Atcheson (Gresko), 72, of Riverview, passed into heaven Wednesday, May 6, 2009.



Betty Smead

Wednesday, May 6, 2009 9:33 AM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

Betty Smead, age 74, of Addison died Monday, May 4, 2009, at her home. She was born Sept. 24, 1934, in Dover Township, the daughter of Ronald and Zina (Parks) Holloway. Betty was employed by Tecumseh Products for 10 years and also worked at Immanuel Nursing Home for three years. She was a member of the United Independent Partiers. Betty enjoyed doing word puzzle books, bowling, swimming and doing things with her family outside. She also enjoyed playing with her dog, Sissy. Surviving Betty are three sons, Ronald Halliwill of Camden, Alan Smead of Onsted and Audie Smead of Weston; three daughters, Linda Fretwell of Hillsdale, Bonnie Halliwill and Connie Montalvo, both of Addison; two brothers, Kenneth Holloway of Farmington and George Holloway of Adrian; one stepbrother, LeRoy Gezelman of Adrian; three sisters; Florence Mowery of Lake, Mich., Kathy Carpenter of Onsted and Beverly Baker of Addison; three stepsisters, Beulah Dilyard of Addison, Mary Winters of Brooklyn and Dorothy Clucas of Florida; 17 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Richard Gezelman; one half sister, Verlo Garcia; and a son, William Smead, who died at birth. Funeral services for Betty will be held on Friday, May 8, 2009, at 1 p.m. at the Anderson Funeral Home, Adrian, with Pastor Janet Strickland officiating. Interment will be in Lenawee Hills Memorial Park, Adrian. 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 Memorial contributions may be made to the family of Betty Smead. Envelopes are available at the Anderson Funeral Home, Adrian.



Brian Dickson

Brian Dickson of Petoskey, died Wednesday, May 6, 2009, at Spectrum Health, Blodgett Campus in Grand Rapids. 



Bruce R Freeman North Branch Bruce R Freeman, 55, of North Branch for the past 28 years (formerly of Bad Axe) passed away Saturday (May 2, 2009). He was born February 4, 1954, in Saginaw, to Jack and Alice (Rohn) Freeman. He married Patricia Lee Merritt on November 23, 1981 in Lapeer. Bruce was a devoted husband, father and brother. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War. He is survived by his wife, Patricia Freeman; children, Dr. Sam (Chad) Willick of Muskegon and Jaclyn Freeman of North Branch; brothers, Forrest (Peg) Freeman of Pennsylvania and Kirk Freeman of Caseville. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jack and Alice Freeman. Memorial contributions may be made to United Hospice of Marlette. Cremation has taken place. Arrangements made by Muir Brothers Funeral Home, Lapeer, (810)664-8111.

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Carl Martin Hakes II

Saturday, April 25, 2009 11:36 AM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

Carl Martin Hakes II, 78, of Onondaga, passed away Tuesday, April 14, 2009, at the Eaton Rapids Medical Center. Carl was born March 1, 1931, in Albion, Mich., and was the first-born child of Carl and Eva (Raser) Hakes. He is survived by his loving wife of 44 years, Judith (Hodge) Hakes, whom he married Nov. 21, 1964. Also surviving are one son, Carl Martin Hakes III of Leslie; one daughter, Joy (Hakes) Collier of Parma and six grandchildren. Carl is also survived by one brother, Danny Hakes of Manchester, Mich. and four sisters, Dr. Judith Hakes of San Angelo, Texas, Edith (Hakes) Chapman of Mosherville, Trinka (Hakes) Noble of Bernardsville, New  Jersey and Eva (Hakes) Martin of Concord and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Carl was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Howard Miles Hakes of Kalamazoo. Carl was a 1951 graduate of Jonesville High School, and received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Michigan State University. While a student at  Jonesville High School, he was especially fond of his band director, Mr. Richard Kloko and his English teacher, Mrs. Carpenter. Carl was the drum major who could really strut and many times he would twirl his batons while they were lit with fire. He also was a member of the 4 Stars, playing his bass fiddle. Carl was an avid gardener, at one time growing over 10,000 gladiolus. Carl served his country in the United States Navy where he was a jet pilot and also a lieutenant. Carl was a member of Pope United Methodist Church where he taught Sunday school for many years. Carl loved his family with all his heart and will be sadly missed by all who knew him. Funeral services for Carl were held April 18 at the Watson Funeral Home in Parma. Interment was at the Pope Church Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Pope United Methodist Church, 10025 N. Parma Road, Springport, MI 49284.



Carl William Wick

Tuesday, May 5, 2009 3:42 AM 

IRONWOOD, Mich. -- Carl William Wick, 86, passed away Sunday, April 26, 2009, at Westgate Nursing, Rehabilitation and Living Center in Ironwood.



Caroline "Carrie" E. Gaiera

Caroline "Carrie" E. Gaiera, 90, of Pigeon, passed away Thursday, Aug. 21, 2008 at Scheurer Hospital Long Term Care, Pigeon., Funeral Memorial Mass will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2008 from St. Roch Catholic Church, Caseville, with the Rev. Fr. Kenneth Yaroch officiating.



Carrie E. Patterson

Wednesday, May 6, 2009 3:45 AM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

Carrie Elanore Patterson, age 83, of Constantine, Mich., passed away on Monday, May 4, 2009, at Three Rivers Health following a short illness. She was born on Jan. 31, 1921, in Three Rivers, a daughter of Brace and Lidia (King) Kent. On March 3, 1939, she married Fred Carl Patterson, who passed on May 6, 1990. She was employed for over 20 years at Continental Can and also worked for River Forest Nursing Home and Home Health Aid. She was a longtime member of the First Church of God and was very active there. She loved to quilt, crochet, craft and garden. Mrs. Patterson was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a son and daughter in-law, Larry and Sharon Patterson; a daughter and son-in-law, Doralee and Bill Baker; five brothers, Donald “Bill” Kent, Dale Kent, Hubert Kent, Russell and Charles Kent; a sister, Neva Moyer; a grandson, Larry Patterson; and a sister-in-law, Eleanore Kent. She leaves to cherish her memory her loving grandchildren, Chris (Shanda) Patterson of Constantine, David (Leah) Patterson, of Clarksville, Tenn., Rick Baker  of Oklahoma, Randy Baker, of Mesa, Ariz., Timothy Baker, of Foyil, Okla., and Brenda Baker, of Cheyenne, Wyo.; six great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Lucille Kent; and numerous nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.  Thursday at the Hohner Funeral Home in ThreeRivers. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home, with Pastor John T. McClimans officiating. Interment will be held in Peek Cemetery. Memorials may be donated to Three Rivers Health Hospice. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.  



Cecil R. Sessions Oct. 27, 1918-May 3, 2009

Friday, May 8, 2009 11:45 AM 

Cecil R. Sessions of Deerfield, Ill. passed away on May 3, 2009.



Charlene Jane Avenall Lapeer Charlene Jane Avenall, 73, of Lapeer, passed away Friday (May 1, 2009) surrounded by her loving family. She is preceded in death by her beloved husband of 39 years, Marvin Avenall. Together they enjoyed camping, traveling and the site seeing that had to offer. She retired from Lapeer Regional Hospital after 25 years of dedicated service as a Nurses Aide. She is survived by her daughters, Cheryl (Mike) Coulter, Brenda Martinez, Lori (Miguel) Lopez, Glenda (Dan) Dennis; son, Brian (Karen) Avenall; grandchildren, Michelle, Angel, Stephanie, Jason, Lindsy, Jamie, Jessica, Whitney, Danielle, Tony, Morgan, Matthew and Jacob; great-granddaughter, Ella Grace; sister, Onalee Young, Nancy (Dennis) Konwinski, Kathy (Richard) Knoll. Also preceded in death by her parents, Alva and Irene Henderson; brother-in-law, Glenn Young. Funeral services were held Wednesday (May 6, 2009) at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, Capstick Chapel, 542 Liberty Park, downtown L

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Clorinda "Chloe" (Bonfiglio) Sullivan

Wednesday, May 6, 2009 11:12 PM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

Clorinda “Chloe” (Bonfiglio) Sullivan, 96, of Coldwater and Lake Wales, Fla. died Wednesday, May 6, 2009 at Drew’s Place in Coldwater. A mass of Christian burial will be held on Monday, May 11, 2009 at the Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Florida and a Memorial Mass will be held at a later date at St. Charles Borromeo Church in Coldwater. Entombment will be at Lake Wales Cemetery in Florida. Chloe was born Jan. 7, 1913 in Coldwater to Anthony and Julia Bonfiglio. She married Carl Miller. He preceded her in death. She then married James Sullivan who also preceded her in death. Clorinda graduated from St. Charles High School in Coldwater in 1931. She earned her teaching degree from Sienna Heights College and her Masters in Education from U of Michigan. Chloe really enjoyed children, teaching mainly fourth grade in the Coldwater and Adrian Public Schools for a total of 32 years, retiring in 1975. After her retirement, she moved to Lake Wales, Fla. where she was an active member of the Holy Spirit Catholic Church. She volunteered at the Lake Wales Hospital and enjoyed arts and crafts. Chloe returned to the Coldwater area after spending 30 years in Florida. She is survived by her half brother Arthur Bonfiglio of Battle Creek, 13 nieces and nephews and numerous great nieces and nephews. In addition to her husbands, she was preceded in death by many brothers and sisters. Memorials may be directed to St. Charles Borromeo Church. Arrangements are being cared for by Dutcher Funeral Home.



Clyde R. White

Clyde R. White, 83, of Ludington, passed away at Alterra Sterling House in Clarksville, Tenn., on May 4. He was born on Sept. 12, 1925, son of the late Henry and Ada (St. Louis) White. Clyde attended... 



Cory James Losey

Tuesday, April 28, 2009 8:29 AM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

Cory James Losey, 27, formerly of Brooklyn, Mich., died Friday, April 24, 2009 surrounded by his loving family.  We want to take a moment to remember a very special person. He was loved by so many.  Cory is survived by his wife, Linzy Nicole and parents, Bill and Judy. Cory was a graduate of Columbia Central High School and Baker College with a Bachelor's in Business Administration and a minor in Marketing. Cory worked in Brooklyn at Wesco and MIS where he made many friends. Cory will be missed by all his friends and family.  We welcome you to join us in celebrating Cory’s 27 years of life from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 28 at the Borek Jennings Funeral Home, Braun Chapel, Brooklyn and 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday. A Healing Farewell Service will be from noon until time of service at 1 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home with the Rev. Tommy Burdette officiating. Interment will be in Leonardson Cemetery, Pittsford. Please sign Cory’s guest book at or leave a message of comfort for his family by calling 877-231-7900.



DONA C. WOHLGEMUTH SANDUSKY Dona C. Wohlgemuth, age 81, died on January 27, 2009. Memorial service and luncheon to be held May 9, 11:00AM at Sandusky Presbyterian, 104 Lexington, Sandusky. She is the beloved wife of the late Otto, dear mother of Daniel (Carolyn), Elizabeth (Ray) Barr and the late Michael, loving sister of Leonard Coker, loving grandmother of Lisa (Johnathan) Lancaster and loving great-grandmother of Joshua and Chelsea. Also survived by many loving relatives and friends.

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David Bruce Auburn

Wednesday, May 6, 2009 2:04 PM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

David Bruce Auburn, 61, of Jonesville, died April 7, 2009, after a brief illness. He was preceded in death by his mother, Kathleen; his nephew, Benjamin; his father, Norman; and his brother, Dr. Richard. He is survived by his sister, Ames M. Latta of Rockville, Md.; his brother, Mark (Sandy) of Akron, Ohio; his sister-in-law, Mary of Naples, Fla.; his cousin, Jane Swinehart of Reston, Va.; his cousin and guardian, Robert M. Clark (Jane) of Onsted, Mich., and Vieques, PR; his nephew, David (Frances Rosenfeld) of New York City; his nieces, Lucretia Tyckoski (James) of Bethesda, Md., Kathleen Hofherr (Dan) of Vienna, Va., Elizabeth Renalds of Fairfax, Va., Jennifer Van Metre (Evan) of Atlanta, and Cynthia of Chicago; and his friend, Dolores White of Akron. Born May 25, 1947, in Cincinnati, Davey moved to Akron with his family in 1951. In 1952 Davey matriculated at The Manor in Jonesville, a residential care facility for special-needs children operated by his mother's sisters, Josephine Montgomery and Elizabeth Clark (William). In 1977, Robert Clark (then President of The Manor) created Montgomery House, the group home in which Davey resided with several of his Manor classmates until his death. Davey's sunny nature, generous spirit, and unfailing sense of humor enriched all who knew him. A celebration of life will be held at the First Presbyterian Church of Jonesville, 300 E. Chicago, at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 11. Memorials to The Manor, P.O. Box 98, Jonesville, MI 49250. The family thanks Brenda Templeton, Davey's housemother, and Fred Prasser, President and CEO of The Manor, for their loving care of their brother, cousin, uncle, and friend.



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Dennis E. Hardy May 5, 2009

Wednesday, May 6, 2009 11:45 AM 

Dennis E. Hardy, 54, of Monroe died Tuesday in his home. Friends may call after 1 p.m. Thursday at Merkle Funeral Service, where services are pending. 



Dennis Edward Hardy Jan. 29, 1955-May 5, 2009

Thursday, May 7, 2009 11:38 AM 

Dennis E. Hardy, age 54, of Monroe passed away at 9:35 am, Tuesday, May 5, 2009. 



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Donald Gray Sutherland

Wednesday, May 6, 2009 3:47 AM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

Don Sutherland, 80, of Indianapolis and Klinger Lake, died May 2, 2009.  Don’s survivors include his wife of 54 years, Mary Moodey Sutherland; his two children, Stuart Gray Sutherland, his wife Nancy Mershon Sutherland, and Elizabeth Sutherland Firanek and her husband, Ronald Albert Firanek, along with his three grandchildren, Alexander Gray Firanek, Eleanor Suzanne Firanek and Liana Rose Sutherland. After graduating from his beloved Purdue University, he attended Indiana University School of Law and began his career at the law firm of Ice Miller, where he retired in 1998 as a senior partner.  During his life in Indianapolis he served on numerous boards and assisted many wonderful organizations such as the Girl Scouts of America, Conner Prairie, the Indianapolis Opera and the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Don spent his summers with his family at the family cottage on Klinger Lake in White Pigeon. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Trinity Episcopal Church, Indianapolis.  There will be socializing immediately following the service in the Fortune room at Trinity. Contributions may be made to the Indiana State Museum or the Indianapolis Opera.  



Donald Riley Gerber

Friday, May 8, 2009 9:47 AM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

Donald Riley Gerber, age 76, of Adrian, Mich., and Port Charlotte, Fla., was called to his heavenly home on Thursday, May 7, 2009, at Bixby Medical Center in Adrian. He was born Sept. 23, 1932, in Deerfield, Mich., to Riley and Alice (Fall) Gerber. Don graduated from Summerfield High School in Petersburg, Mich., with the Class of 1951. He was known for his quick wit and pleasant disposition. He was a hard-working farmer for many years and worked at GM Powertrain (Hydra-matic) in Toledo, Ohio, from which he retired after 30 years. Don loved to travel; he was in all 50 states, all Canadian Provinces and 13 countries in Europe. He also liked to fish, especially in the Florida Keys, where he spent many vacations. After retiring he became a “Snowbird,” spending his winters in Port Charlotte, Fla.  When he was able he was an avid hunter. In 1953, he was married to Ellen Klock. After Ellen passed away he married Beverly Ramsdell of Clayton, Mich., in 1973. Don attended and was a member of the Whiteford Wesleyan Church at Ottawa Lake, Mich., for more than 40 years. He sang in the choir and was active in many activities in the church. Don is survived by his wife, Beverly; a son, Terry (Karla) Gerber of Sylvania, Ohio; two grandchildren, Jennifer (Jerry) Falsey of Waterford, Mich., and Brian (Rachel) Gerber of Claremont, N.H.; and a great-granddaughter, Allison Falsey; a sister, Eula Eisenmann of Riga, Mich.; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife; a daughter, Barbara Gerber; and a sister, Eva Musgrave. Funeral services for Donald will be held on Tuesday, May 12, 2009, at 10 a.m. at the Anderson Funeral Home, Adrian, with Dr. David Fulks officiating. Burial will be in Deerfield Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Monday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Anderson Funeral Home, Adrian. You may send condolences to the family at Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.  Envelopes are available at the Anderson Funeral Home, Adrian.



Edna M. Grant

Friday, May 8, 2009 9:46 AM - GateHouse Media, Inc.

Edna M. Grant, daughter of the late Herbert and Nora (Heicht) Fetty, was born in St. Mary’s, W.Va., on July 7, 1927, and departed this life on Tuesday, May 5, 2009, at the Hillcrest Nursing Home in Corbin, Ky., having attained the age of 81 years. Survivors include three sons, Mike (Darlene) Grant of Eubank, Ky., Doug (Aleshia) Grant of Somerset, Ky., Randy (Stephanie) Grant of Adrian, Mich.; two brothers, Bill Fetty of Tecumseh, Mich., Cliff Fetty of Stubenville, Ohio; and one daughter-in-law, Sandy Grant.  Mrs. Grant is also survived by 23 grandchildren. Edna also leaves behind several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews who mourn her passing. Besides her parents, Edna was preceded in death one daughter, Joyce Ann Messer; one son, James Grant; five brothers, Wendy, Sye, Clark, Claude and Burl Fetty; one sister, Lucy Hatfield’ and one grandson, Richard Powell. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 9, 2009, in the Chapel of Pulaski Funeral Home, Somerset, Ky., with Pastor Yaney officiating. The family will receive friends on Friday, May 8, 2009, from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Pulaski Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Renfro Cemetery.



Edward Kelly Minnick 1918-2009 Edward Kelly Minnick, 90, Bad Axe, passed away April 27, 2009 at his home. He was born October 25, 1918 in Bad Axe to the late Frank and Jennie (O'Henley) Minnick. Kelly was united in marriage to Frances Roskopp on October 10, 1941. He resided in Bad Axe before moving to the Detroit area where he owned several auto dealerships and then returned to Bad Axe in 2004. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard as a Chief Petty Officer. Kelly attended the Bad Axe Sacred Heart Catholic Church. He was a member of the Verona Hills Golf Club. He enjoyed playing golf at Pointe Aux Barques where he was a resident for 30 years. He always looked forward to visiting with his family and friends. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Frances; a daughter, Ann Minnick-Massey, Bloomington, Minn.; a brother, Frank (Jeanette) Minnick, Bay City; two sisters, Mary Segner, Grosse Pointe and Eleanor Allen, Huntington Woods; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two sons, Edward "Kelly" Minnick, Jr. and Patrick Minnick and two daughters, Mary Soule and Jane Minnick. A memorial service was held on Monday, May 4 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Bad Axe. Fr. Robert Shine officiated. Funeral arrangements were handled by the MacAlpine Funeral Home, Bad Axe. Memorials may be offered to the American Heart Association.

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Edwin V. Fredlund, Alice M. Fredlund

Saturday, April 25, 2009 11:41 AM - GateHouse Media, Inc.

Alice Marjorie (Sprague) Fredlund was born Feb. 6, 1927, in Coldwater, Mich., and passed away March 28, 2008, in Muskegon, Mich. Edwin Verne Fredlund was born Sept. 10, 1925, in Escanaba, Mich., and passed away Nov. 25, 2008, in Muskegon. Verne and Alice resided in Hillsdale for nearly 60 years. A joint memorial service for Verne and Alice Fredlund will be held 3 p.m. Saturday, May 2 at the First United Methodist Church, 45 N. Manning St., Hillsdale, with the Reverend Curtis Jensen presiding.  



Ella Belle "EB" Goodwin

Tuesday, May 5, 2009 10:28 PM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

Ella Belle “EB” Goodwin, 86, of Gladstone, passed away on Sunday, May 3, 2009 at St. Francis Hospital in Escanaba.  She was born on April 7, 1923 in Coldwater to the late Chester and Alta (Bickford) Hall. EB was married to Marion C. Goodwin and together they raised four children.  She was a retired Deputy Sheriff for Crawford County. EB was a member of the Deputy Sheriff Association, The Bay Mills-Brimley Historical Society, and the War Memorial Hospital Volunteers. She enjoyed volunteering for the Boys and Girls Club of Traverse City, playing cards, and being with family. EB is survived by her children, Marlene Wilcox of Traverse City and Wayne and Vicki Goodwin of Gladstone; her daughter-in-law Christine; eight grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband Marion; and two sons, Donald Goodwin and Dennis Goodwin. Visitation for EB will be held on Thursday, May 7, 2009 from 12:30-2 p.m. at the Wolfe-O’Neill Funeral Home in Kalkaska. The funeral service will immediately follow with Pastor Greg Wolfe of the Kalkaska United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery. Condolences may be left online at Arrangements were made by Wolfe-O’Neill Funeral Home, our family serving yours.



Ellen K. Muehleise July 29, 1923-May 4, 2009

Wednesday, May 6, 2009 11:48 AM 

Ellen Mary Kilcorse Muehleise, 85, passed onto heaven Monday, May 4, 2009, surrounded by family and friends in her Temperance home.



Ellen Lucille Rudolph

Ellen Lucille Rudolph, of Ionia, age 92, passed away May 7, 2009.,



Elma Wende

Elma Wende, age 76, of Clare, passed away at her home on Saturday, May 2, 2009. 



Eugene Westerhof, 50

Wednesday, May 6, 2009 6:06 PM - ALAN BABBITT 

Eugene Westerhof, 50, of Allegan, died at his home Wednesday, May 6, 2009. Arrangements will be announced by Dykstra Life Story Funeral Homes Inc. 



Eunice I. Yeomans

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Eunice Irene Yeomans, 72, of Mendon, died May 6, 2009, at Heartland Health Care Center in Three Rivers.  She was born in Alba, Mich., on Sep. 1, 1936, the daughter of Herbert and Hazel (Tobias) Burrows, and was a 1954 graduate of Wolverine High School.  Eunice was married to Raymond L. Yeomans on Nov. 28, 1958, in Wolverine, Mich., and she has resided in Mendon since their marriage.  Eunice worked briefly at Peterson Spring in Three Rivers, and was a former member of the First Assembly of God in Vicksburg.  She enjoyed word-puzzles and playing Bingo at Heartland where she had resided the past seven years.  Eunice is survived by one daughter, Joyce Heath and her husband, Terry; two sons, David Yeomans and Larry Yeomans all of Mendon;  seven grandchildren, Shannon and Rodney Teadt of Bronson, Cpl. Heather Heath of Camp Lejeune, NC, Ryan Heath, Josh Yeomans, and Kyle Yeomans, all of Mendon, Kelly Yeomans of Sturgis, and Christy Alverez of Louisiana;  three great-grandchildren, Michael Yeomans, Melena Yeomans, Anna Alvarez and one great-grandchild on the way;  one brother, Harvey Burrows of Wolverine; three sisters, Lucille Balinger of Wolverine, Nina Jennette of Missouri, and Lola Burgess of Clio; a sister-in-law, Martha Kirkman of Rochester, Minn.; nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Raymond in 1997; two brothers, David and Richard Burrows; a sister, Alice Macek; and a sister in law, Phyllis Kuder. The family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. Friday at the Eickhoff Funeral Home in Mendon.  Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home with Rev. Dave Woodman, pastor of Grace Reformed Baptist Church in Schoolcraft, officiating.  Burial will be in Mendon Cemetery.  Memorials will be directed to the family.  Online register is available and condolences may be expressed at  



Evelyn Monroe Dec. 10, 1912-May 5, 2009

Wednesday, May 6, 2009 11:49 AM 

Evelyn Monroe, 96, of Erie died at 2:10 a.m. Tuesday in the home of her son. 



Florence M. Rumsey

Thursday, May 7, 2009 3:08 AM - GateHouse Media, Inc.

Florence  M. Rumsey, age 95, of Centreville, passed away  Tuesday, May 5, 2009, at the Birch Adult Foster Care in  Leonidas. She was born in Porter Township, Mich., on Nov. 16, 1913, a daughter of  Ruban and Lena (Mallo) Van Selous. Florence graduated from Constantine High School in 1931 and attended the South Bend College of Commerce. On Feb. 20, 1935, she married Harold Rumsey  in Goshen, Ind. He preceded her in death Dec. 31, 2000.  Florence and Harold began operating their farm in January 1951. She enjoyed gardening, quilting and sewing, as well as collecting  pictures and creating scrapbooks. Surviving Florence are her sons, Arthur (Judy) Rumsey, Roger (Sharon) Rumsey, Frank Rumsey, all of Centreville,  and Thomas (Susan) Rumsey of Delton, Mich.; 11 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and sister-in-law Loretta  Furey Johnson of Constantine. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; a granddaughter;  daughter-in-law Carol Rumsey; sisters Evelyn and Olive; and brothers Clarence and Eugene. Relatives and friends will be received from 6-8 p.m. Friday at the Eley Funeral Home in Centreville where religious services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday with Rev. Dr. Karin Orr officiating. Interment will be in the Prairie River Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to Three Rivers Health Hospice or the Birch Adult Foster Home. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. On line messages may be left for the family at



Floyd Ivester March 5, 1934-May 5, 2009

Wednesday, May 6, 2009 11:49 AM 

Floyd B. Ivester, age 75, of Maybee passed away at 11:26 AM Tuesday, May 5, 2009, at his home. 



Frances (Kikolski) Fox July 29, 1920-May 2, 2009

Friday, May 8, 2009 11:46 AM

Frances (Kikolski) Fox, 88 years, of Toledo, OH died Saturday May 2, 2009 in her home. 



Frank J. Pieper, Jr. 

Frank John Pieper, Jr., 85, of Harbor Beach, passed away Monday, Sept. 1, 2008 at his home., Funeral Mass will be at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 5, 2008 in Our Lady of Lake Huron Catholic Church, Harbor Beach, with burial in the church cemetery., Visitation will be from 1 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in Ramsey Funeral Home, Harbor Beach., A complete obituary will be in Wednesday's Huron Daily Tribune or by viewing www.RamseyFH.Com.



Frank and Frances Harkness

Burial service for Frank and Frances Harkness on Saturday, May 16, 2009 at Balcom Cemetery at 11 am with a private luncheon for friends and family following at Olivera's Restaurant. 



George J. Lang

George J. Lang, 93, of Beaverton passed away May 4, 2009. 



Guadalupe Arispe, 92

Thursday, May 7, 2009 10:45 PM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

Guadalupe M. Arispe, 92, passed away to be with the Lord on Wednesday, April 29, 2009, in Holland. She was born January 20, 1917 in Mercedes, TX, to Eutemio and Josefa Marroquin. She is preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband of 59 years, Juan Arispe; and six children. She is survived by six sons, Arnulfo Arispe, Alejandro Arispe, both of Holland, Armando Arispe (Rafaela) of Porterville, CA, Carlos Arispe (Dolia) of La Villa, TX, Alfredo Arispe (Teresa) of Corupus Christi, TX, Benito Arispe of La Balanca TX; four daughters, Josefa Silva, Irene De la Luz (Robert), Anita Mireles (Fidel) and Isidra Arispe, all of Holland; also surviving are 28 grandchildren; 45 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews in Texas and Michigan. Visitation was at 12:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Saturday, May 2, 2009 and 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Sunday, May 3 , 2009 with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service at Guerra Funeral Home of Weslaco-Chapel of The Heavens. Graveside service was at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, May  4, 2009, at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Cemetery in Mercedes. Officiating was Carlos Lugo. Pallbearers were Eddie Silva, Giblert Arispe, Michael Mireles, Alex Arispe, Jr., Alberto Arispe and Freddy Arispe, Jr. Arrangements are under the direction of Guerra Funeral Home of Weslaco, Inc., 2602 N. Texas Ave., Weslaco, TX. (9956) 969-1461. A memorial service will be held at a later date.



Harold J. McMenemy

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Harvey L. Moue Jr.

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Hazel Marie Russell

Tuesday, April 28, 2009 8:36 AM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

Hazel M. Russell, 80, of Coldwater, passed away Friday, April 24, 2009, at the Branch County Community Health Center.  She was born August 28, 1928 in Clawson. Funeral services for Hazel Marie Russell will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the VanHorn-Eagle Funeral Home in Hillsdale with Pastor Keith Porter officiating. Interment will follow at the North Lawn Cemetery in North Adams. The family will receive friends for visitation from 3-5 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.



Helen F. Sontag 

Helen Sontag, 72, of Sebewaing, died Sunday, Aug. 31, 2008 at St. Mary's of Michigan in Saginaw following a six-month illness., She was born Aug. 27, 1936 in Kilmanagh, daughter of the late Edwin and Martha (Fuerst) Weber., She was united in marriage to James A. Sontag on June 8, 1957 in Gagetown. He preceded her in death in January 1997., Helen had been employed as a secretary at the Owendale-Gagetown School system for 19 years before retiring in 1998., She was an avid reader and enjoyed bowling., Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Mark (Sherry) Sontag, and one daughter, Terri Mihacsi, all of Sebewaing; four grandchildren, Darcie (Chris) Hohne of North Branch, Stacey (Scotty) Buehrly of Owendale, Charlie Mihacsi and Jennifer Mihacsi, both of Sebewaing; two great-grandchildren, Brayden Buehrly and Madeline Hohne; a half brother, Edwin (Chris) Weber of Kawkawlin; and several nieces and nephews., The funeral service will take place at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2008 at the Dinkel-Juengel Funeral Home in Sebewaing. The Rev. Charles Kuhl will officiate with burial in St. Agatha Catholic Cemetery in Gagetown., Visitation will be from 1 to 9 p.m. today, and from 9 a.m. until the time of service Wednesday., Memorials may be made to American Heart Association or the Family Discretionary Fund., Arrangements are being handled by the Dinkel-Juengel Funeral Home in Sebewaing.



Herman H. Hastings

Wednesday, May 6, 2009 9:31 AM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

Herman H. Hastings, age 91, of Adrian passed away May 5, 2009, at home. He was born June 16, 1917, in Tecumseh, the son of William and Nanny (Himes) Hastings.  Herman is survived by his wife, Doris; his two daughters, Myra (Issac) Orner and Starr (Charles) Buffinger; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and his sister, Mary. He was preceded in death by his parents, his son, William; two brothers, William and Ernest; and two sisters, Virginia and Marian. Funeral Services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, May 8, 2009, at J. Gilbert Purse Funeral Home, Adrian, with the Rev. Lloyd Jewett officiating. Military Honors will be performed by Adrian Annis-Fint VFW Post 1584. Visitation will be on Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. at J. Gilbert Purse Funeral Home, Adrian. Condolences may be offered online at



Hoxworth, Beecher Glen

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Ida 'Marguerite' Stoker, 93

Ida "Marguerite" Stoker, 93, of Petoskey, died May 7, 2009, at the Independence Village of East Lansing.



Irene Frances Samolej

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JOHN J. KIRCH CARSONVILLE John J. Kirch, age 84, of Carsonville, died Monday, April 27, 2009 in his home. He was born May 31, 1924 in Detroit, son of the late John J. and Margaret (Franzen) Kirch. He retired from Buick after 30 years. Surviving is his brother; Max (Veronica) Rebenstock of Berkley. Funeral services were held at the Pomeroy Funeral Home, Carsonville. Burial was in the Washington Twp. Cemetery. Arrangements made by Pomeroy Funeral Homes, Inc., Six South Howard Ave., Croswell, MI 48422 (810)679-9800

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Jacqueline S. Ziemba 1943-2009 Jacqueline S. Ziemba, 65, Bad Axe, passed away Thursday, April 30, 2009 at Huron Medical Center in Bad Axe. She was born August 9, 1943 in Dearborn. Jacqueline was an active volunteer for the "Bucket Program" in the Westland area, which assists children with disabilities. Jacqueline is survived by her mother, Norma Thelen, Bad Axe; one daughter, Sharon Sopczynski, Bad Axe; one son, Carl (Nancy) Ziemba, Bad Axe; one brother, David Pruitt, Dearborn; four grandchildren, Donaldean McCoy, Pigeon, Zachary Sopczynski and Ashley Sopczynski, both of Bad Axe and Daniel Ziemba, Bad Axe; two great-grandchildren, Ryan and Ian McCoy, Pigeon. Funeral service was held Monday, May 4, 2009 at the Kaufman Funeral Home in Bad Axe. Rev. Jay Barsaleau, of the Bad Axe First Baptist Church, officiated with burial in the Verona Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were handled by the Kaufman Funeral Hom, Bad Axe.

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James B. 'Jeff' Heath

Tuesday, May 5, 2009 3:50 PM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

James Bradley ‘Jeff’ Heath of Horton, passed away Sunday, May 3, 2009, at the Coldwater Hospital in Coldwater. He was born Dec. 12, 1925, in Pulaski Township, the son of Lyle and Elizabeth (Foster) Heath. He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Kay Mandrelle and six siblings, Dorothy Quigg, Robert Heath, Dr. Lois Harrison, David Heath, Marion Heath and Janet Nicholson. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, DeLane F. Heath; two children, Sandra S. (Gordon) McCluer of Jackson and James Michael (Cynthia K.) Heath of Jonesville; seven grandchildren, Dean M. (Debra) Heath, Michelle K. Baier, Kelly D. (Terry) Smith, Shannon M. Baier, Stefan B. (Jennifer) Baier, James M. Heath and Karl L. (Dr. Denise) Heath; 10 great-grandchildren; one brother, Charles (JoAnne) Heath of Jonesville; one sister, Mary Stephens of Hanover and several nieces and nephews. Mr. Heath served his country in the Navy during W.W.II in the Battle of Midway. He worked for 46 years as a Teamsters Car Hauler and retired in 1991. He loved his family and enjoyed watching his children and grandchildren play sports. He also enjoyed playing sports and had played for the minor league baseball team in Lakeland, Florida which was owned by the Tigers. He was also an avid fisherman and enjoyed fishing with his wife, DeLane. A funeral service to honor the life of Mr. James Bradley “Jeff” Heath will be held at the Pulaski Free Methodist Church, 9971 Miller Road, Concord, at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 6 with Pastor Mike Ortell officiating. Interment will take place in the Horton Cemetery in Horton. The family will receive friends for visitation from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday at the Pulaski Free Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, friends who wish may make memorial contributions to the Hanover Little League or to the Moscow Fire Department.



James Shipp May 6, 2009

Thursday, May 7, 2009 11:38 AM

James Shipp, 83, died Wednesday in Trenton. Arrangements by Arthur Bobcean Funeral Home, Flat Rock. 



Jasmine Rubio

Thursday, May 7, 2009 3:09 AM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

Jasmine Rubio, age 10, of Sturgis, Mich., passed away Wednesday morning, May 6, 2009, at her home. She was born May 11, 1998, in Kalamazoo, a daughter of Maricela Rubio. She is survived by her mother; a sister, Aaliyah Rubio, at home; grandmother, Imelda Rubio of Sturgis; aunt, Judith Rubio of Sturgis; and uncles Filiberto Rubio and Eleazar Rubio, both of Sturgis, and Juan Rubio of South Carolina. The family will receive friends and relatives from 5-8 p.m. Friday at the Holy Angels Catholic Church, 402 S. Nottawa St., Sturgis, where the Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. The funeral Mass celebrating the life of Jasmine Rubio will begin at noon Saturday. The Rev. Father Richard Altine will officiate. A graveside committal will follow at Sturgis Memorial Gardens. The Hackman Family Funeral Homes Hackman Chapel, 114 S. Nottawa St., Sturgis, is handling the arrangements. Memorial donations would be appreciated to the family to help with expenses c/o: Maricela Rubio, 309 Elizabeth St., Sturgis, MI 49091. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. Her obituary is also at, where personal messages of support may be left for the family.  



Jayne Slavin-Quayle

Saturday, May 9, 2009 2:09 AM 

MARQUETTE, Mich. ­ Jayne Anne Slavin-Quayle, 59, of 2662 Montgomery St., Marquette, entered eternal life Wednesday morning, May 6, 2009, at Marquette General Hospital, in the loving and comforting care of her family, Jan, Jeanine, Dawn and Donna.



Jerry Peisert

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Jessie Rowan, 95

Thursday, May 7, 2009 10:26 PM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

essie Rowan, 95, of Holland, died Wednesday, March 6, 2009, at Hospice House of Holland.  Arrangements will be announced by the Northwood Chapel, Dykstra Life Story Funeral Homes.



Jimmie Pierce, 75

Tuesday, May 5, 2009 6:20 PM - GateHouse Media, Inc.

Jimmie Dale Pierce, 75, of Wyoming, Mich. died Sunday, May 2, 2009. Private graveside services will be held at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Grand Rapids.   



Johanna Rapotec May 3, 2009

Wednesday, May 6, 2009 11:45 AM 

Rapotec, Johanna, May 3, 2009, Age 87. 



John Douglas Parrish Dec. 11, 1942-May 2, 2009

Thursday, May 7, 2009 11:41 AM 

John Douglas Parrish 66 years of Toledo died Saturday May 2, 2009 in his home. 



John L. Sierakowski Hadley John L. Sierakowski, 78, of Hadley, passed away Saturday (May 2, 2009). He was born November 13, 1930, in Pontiac, to Max and Jenny (Dukes) Sierakowski. He married Marie Burnette on November 17, 1951. Mr. Sierakowski served his country in the U. S. Marine Corps during the Korean War. He was the proud recipient of the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. He attended General Motors Institute. He worked "Down in the Hole" at General Motors, Flint, as Motor Line Superintendent. He was past president of the Chevrolet Men's Club. John was part of Big Brothers of the Greater Flint Program. A special thank you to the Wednesday Nite Hadley Poker Gang. John was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church, where he served as an usher. He is survived by his wife, Marie Sierakowski of Hadley; children, Linda (Robert) Hall of Belleville, John Sierakowski, Jr. of Lapeer, Frank Sierakowski of Lapeer, Joseph (Suzanne) Sierakowski of Alabama, Cynthia (Larry) Simps

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John Pete Bullard Sr. Aug. 4, 1928-May 6, 2009

Thursday, May 7, 2009 11:42 AM 

John Pete Bullard, Sr. 80 of LaSalle died at 6:00 a.m. Wednesday at his home. 



John W. Paynter

Wednesday, May 6, 2009 3:14 AM 

MARSHFIELD, Wis. -- John W. Paynter, 61, of Marshfield, and formerly of Hurley, died peacefully of Lou Gehrig's disease at the House of The Dove in Marshfield. He was under the care of Ministry Home Care Hospice.



Julia A. Kelley

Thursday, May 7, 2009 3:07 AM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

Julia A. Kelley, 89, of LaGrange, Ind., died May 5, 2009, at Parkview LaGrange Hospital. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of service Saturday at  the Frurip-May Funeral Home, LaGrange, Ind.   



Justin E. Liedel Oct. 27, 1983-May 1, 2009

Wednesday, May 6, 2009 11:50 AM 

Justin Edward Liedel, 25, of Austin, Texas, formerly of Monroe, died Friday May 1 in Austin. 



Kajcienski, Chester Frank

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Kenneth D. McClain

Wednesday, May 6, 2009 3:48 AM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

Kenneth D. McClain, 77, of 12493 U.S 12., White Pigeon, Mich., died at 1:10 p.m. Tuesday, May 5, 2009, at his residence. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at the Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, Middlebury Ind. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Pleasant Valley Church of the Brethren, Middlebury. Burial will be in Mottville Cemetery, Mottville. Memorials may be given to Commission On Aging of St. Joseph County or Sturgis Home Health Care.



Laverne Dalman, 103

Friday, May 8, 2009 10:15 PM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

Laverne C. Dalman, 103, died Friday, May 8, 2009, at an area care center. Arrangements will be announced by Notier-Ver Lee-Langeland Funeral Chapel, 315 E. 16th St.



Lee Jane Fultz

Wednesday, May 6, 2009 12:00 PM 

Lee Jane Fultz, 75, of Monroe, who died Friday, was the daughter of Myron and Genevieve (Barron) Phelan. 



Leon Wiersema, 80

Thursday, May 7, 2009 10:14 PM - GateHouse Media, Inc.

Leon Wiersema, 80, of Holland, died Thursday May 7, 2009, at The Inn of Freedom Village. Arrangements will be announced by Dykstra Life Story Funeral Homes Inc.   



Lilah Coman

Tuesday, May 5, 2009 3:48 PM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

Lilah Coman, 90, formerly of Waldron passed away Thursday, April 30, 2009 at Lady Lake Specialty Care Center. She was born Nov. 28, 1918, in Pioneer, Ohio the daughter of Henry and Elizabeth (Miller) Schrag. She married Arnold Coman on March 20, 1940, and he survives. Lilah was a graduate of Pioneer High School Class of 1936. She retired from Fayette Tubular with 14 years of service and was a member of Waldron Wesleyan Church and Chapel of All Faith Church in Florida. Surviving Lilah besides her husband, Arnold of Lady Lake, Fla., are four daughters, Carolyn (James) Hubbard of Williamson, N.Y., Betty (Walter) Wagner of Warfordsburg, Penn., Shirley Cooner of Greenwood, S.C. and Bonnie (Dave) Brinckerhoff of Avoca, N.Y.; one son, Robert (Barbara) Coman of Waxhaw, N.C.; one sister, Wilma Schrag of Findlay, Ohio; one brother, Lewis Schrag of Cheyenne, Wyo.; 14 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and five sisters. Funeral services for Lilah will be 11 a.m. Friday at Waldron Wesleyan Church with Pastor Andrew Wagner officiating. Interment will follow in Waldron Cemetery. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the Eagle Funeral Home in Waldron. Those planning an expression of sympathy may make memorial contributions to Waldron Wesleyan Church. Family and friends can view this obituary and send condolences at



Linda Petersen

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Lou Wanda (Guza) Armstead 

Lou Wanda (Guza) Armstead, 56, of Sheridan Township, died Friday Aug. 29, 2008 in Huron Medical Center of Bad Axe., She was born Feb. 21, 1952 in Cass City, daughter of William and Wanda (Billot) Kipp., She married Leon F. Guza in 1970 at Saint Mary Catholic Church, Parisville. He preceded her in death Jan. 15, 1999., She is a graduate of Sandusky High School. Lou Wanda was employed at the Ubly Community School since 1981 in the cafeteria and custodian of maintenance. She enjoyed cats, crafts, gardening, needle work, and visiting with family and friends., Lou Wanda is survived by two daughters, Jane Ann (David) Sadro of Ubly, and Theresa (Dan) Hill of Bad Axe; two sons, Eugene Guza of Bad Axe, and Leon Guza Jr. and Karan of Bad Axe; and nine grandchildren, Justin and Daniel Sadro, Sarah and Kelsey Hill, Sloan, Kelsie and Darian Gross, and Rayne and Sommer Guza. Lou Wanda also is survived by her parents, William and Wanda Kipp of Snover; one brother, Joseph (Sandy) Kipp of Marlette; and one sister, Betty (Dennis) Mausolf-Scharrer of Ruth., Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday Sept. 3, 2008 in the Zinger-Smigielski Funeral Home in Ubly, with the Rev. Kenneth Lueke, pastor of Our Savior Lutheran Church of Bad Axe officiating., Visitation will be from 1 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, and from 10 until the 11 a.m. service Wednesday. Burial will be in Moore Township Cemetery, Snover. Memorials to the Family Discretionary Fund would be appreciated.



Lydiann D. Beechy

Friday, May 8, 2009 2:34 AM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

Lydiann D. Beechy, 82, of Topeka, Ind., died May 7, 2009, at her residence. Visitation will be all day today at the family residence, 4145 W – 300 S, where services are at 9:30 a.m. Saturday. Burial will take place in Miller Cemetery, LaGrange, Ind. 



MADELINE M. O'CONNOR SANDUSKY Madeline M. O'Connor, age 91, formerly of Argyle, Michigan, passed away Tuesday, April 28, 2009 at Medilodge of Yale, after a brief illness. Madeline was born October 12, 1917 in Snover, Michigan, the daughter of Jacob and Anna (Trudeau) Freiburger. She attended the Laing Country School and graduated from Sandusky High School in 1934. She was a homemaker, a talented seamstress, a 4-H leader and for many years owned and operated the Argyle Upholstery business. She enjoyed reading, crafts and most of all, her family. She was known for her sense of humor and enjoyed telling stories of growing up on the Freiburger family farm. She has spent her last four years making new friends at Medilodge of Yale, Michigan. Survived by two sons; Don (Kathy) O'Connor of Horton, Michigan, Doug (Lynne) O'Connor of Pilot Point, Texas, one daughter; Diane (Rudy) Thompson of Sandusky, one daughter-in-law; Diane O'Connor of Sandusky, ten grandchildren; Patrick (Jill) O'Connor, Brian (Wendy) O'Connor, Molly O'Connor, Michael (Koleen) O'Connor, Robert O'Connor, Kim (Patrick) Dowd, Janel Siers, Melanie Thompson, Joel (Jacqueline) Thompson and Shere O'Connor (Fiancee, Mike Hanlon), six great-grandchildren; Eva, Grace, Emma, Mia, Gabriel and Jozlen. She was preceded in death by her brother; Arlee Freiburger, sister-in-law; Olive, her sister; Wilhelmina DesJardins, brother-in-law; Don and the father of her children; Durwent O'Connor. Madeline's family takes comfort in the fact that her quality of life for the last four years was greatly improved by the love and excellent care provided by the Yale Medilodge staff. Cremation has taken place. A family memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements made by the Jowett Funeral Directors of Port Huron, Michigan.

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Mable (Russell) Mabe May 2, 2009

Thursday, May 7, 2009 11:42 AM 

Mable (Russell) Mabe, age 73, of New Tazewell, Tenn., passed away on May 2, at 1:45 p.m. in the Claiborne County Hospital. She had been ill for 15 months and seriously ill for four months.



Marian G. Beatty

Friends of Marian G. Beatty are invited to attend a memorial service at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 16, at the First Congregational Church in Charlevoix. The Rev. Neil Wilson will officiate. 



Marion Tenbusch 1927-2009 Marion Tenbusch, 81, Harbor Beach, passed away Monday, April 27, 2009 at Tendercare, Cass City. She was born on June 11, 1927 to the late Frank and Grace (Schorsch) Tenbusch in Harbor Beach. Marion loved gardening, sewing, doing crafts and being a caregiver to others. Marion is survived by three sisters, Beatrice (Bob) Rambo, Montgomery, Ala., Frances (Dan) Rubery, O'Falloan, MO and Lois (Victor) Weiss, Harbor Beach; one sister-in-law Pat Tenbusch; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by two brothers and one sister-in-law, Arthur and Barb Tenbusch, Melvin Tenbusch and twin sisters Delores and Doris Tenbusch. Funeral Mass was held Friday, May 1, 2009 at Our Lady of Lake Huron Catholic Church, Harbor Beach. Fr. William Spencer officiated with burial in St. Anthony's Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were handled by the Ramsey Funeral Home, Harbor Beach.

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Martha L. Schoonover

Tuesday, April 28, 2009 8:37 AM 

Martha L. Schoonover, 72, of Camden Township, passed away Monday, April 27, 2009, at home.  She was born Feb. 26, 1937, in Moscow, to Clyde and Esther (Welker) Keil and was a 1956 graduate of Addison High School.     On June 29, 1957, she married Arthur L. Schoonover and he survives. Also surviving are three daughters, Sandra (Steve) Johnson, Coldwater, Sharon (Rocky) Maurer, Three Rivers and Susan Schoonover, Camden; one sister, Mabel Farmer, Brooklyn; three brothers, Russell (Theresa) Keil, Hillsdale, Leo Keil, Somerset and Delmer (Shirley) Keil, Addison and five grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents, three sisters, and one brother.  Memorial services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at the Camden Missionary Church with Pastor Brian Colby officiating. Arrangements are by George White Funeral Home, Reading. Memorials are suggested to Camden Missionary Church or Branch County Hospice. 



Mary Helen Curtis

Tuesday, May 5, 2009 2:59 AM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

Mary Helen Curtis, age 93, of Sturgis, Mich., passed away Saturday, May 2, 2009, at Thurston Woods Village. She was born Jan. 21, 1916, in Hudson, Mich., a daughter to the late Bernard and Alice (Bradley) Timmerman. She lived in Coldwater for a short time before moving to Sturgis, where she has resided for more than 75 years. Helen worked at Sweet Lake Grocery, in Sturgis most of her adult life with her friend and business associate, Laura Amy Conrod, who passed away in 1984.  She was a devout Christian and member of Moorepark Community Center in Three Rivers. She enjoyed gardening, building her worm ranch, and was especially fond of watching sports on TV, cheering on her favorite team, the University of Michigan. Surviving are five grandchildren, Terry Holderman of Three Rivers, Steven (Nickolette) Holderman of White Pigeon, Susan Baughman of Three Rivers, Douglas (Diana) Holderman of Burr Oak, and Sara Holderman of White Pigeon; 14 great-grandchildren; 20 great-great-grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Betty Timmerman. She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Barbara Ann Holderman; three grandchildren, Richard Mark Holderman, Curtis David Holderman, and William Joseph Holderman; one great-great-grandson, Austin Alan Holderman; one brother, Lawrence Timmerman; and one sister, Margaret Kaminski. The family will receive friends and relatives from 5-7 p.m. Thursday at the Hackman Family Funeral Homes Rosenberg Chapel, 807 E. Chicago Road, Sturgis. Funeral services celebrating the life of Mary Helen Curtis will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at the funeral home, with Pastor Homer Yoder officiating. Interment will follow in Riverside Cemetery in Three Rivers. Memorial donations may be directed to the Hackman Family Funeral Homes, P.O. Box 9, Sturgis, MI 49091 to help with expenses. Her obituary is also at, where personal messages of support may be left for the family.  



Mary Sarna 

Mrs. Mary Sarna, 87, of Westover, Md. and formerly of Bad Axe, passed away Friday, Aug. 29, 2008 under hospice care with her daughters at her side., Mary was born March 22, 1921 in Detroit, daughter of the late John and Rose Pleciak., She married Frank Sarna Aug. 2, 1941 at. St. Cunegunda's in Detroit. He preceded her in death May 7, 1992., Mary lived in Bad Axe from 1986 to 2000 when she moved to Westover, Md. She was a former parishioner of St. Columbkille Catholic Church in Sheridan Corners where she was an active member of the Christian Mothers and organized the annual fall craft show. She was an active member of the Bad Axe Seniors. Her hobbies included ceramics, knitting, crocheting, reading, doing crossword puzzles and baking the best pies in town. In Maryland, she was known as the "pie lady" where she took her baked goods to the farmer's market., Mary is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Marilyn White of Shelby Township, Mrs. Tom (Maryanne) White of Fort Mill, S.C., and Mrs. Grant (Rosemarie) Bryant of Westover, Md.; six grandchildren, Kristina (David) Kloc, Thomas (Amy) White II, Kerry White and special friend, Ashford Harrigan, Kelly (Mark) Kessen, Jerry (Susan) White, and Theresa (Jeff) Waldron; and eight great-grandchildren, Alexa, Kurt and Brooke Kessen, Matthew, Emily and Jack Kloc, Emma and Julia White, and soon-to-be-born Bryce Waldron., Mary was preceded in death by one son, Jerome; and one son-in-law, Richard White., Cremation has taken place in Maryland. The funeral Mass was held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2008 at the St. Columbkille Catholic Church in Sheridan Corners. The Rev. Stephen Fillion, pastor of the St. Pancratius Catholic Church in Cass City, officiated. Burial was made in the church cemetery., Arrangements were handled by the Zinger-Smigielski Funeral Home in Ubly.



Michael J. Iannucci Nov. 3, 1916-April 21, 2009

Friday, May 8, 2009 11:47 AM 

Michael J. Iannucci, 92, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 21, 2009 at Omni Manor Health Care Center in Youngstown, Ohio. He had been seriously ill almost six months. 



Michele Lynn Meixner

Michele Lynn Meixner, age 37, of Farwell, passed away suddenly on Friday, May 1, 2009, in Gratiot County. 



Mildred E. (Pangburn) Hawkins

Wednesday, May 6, 2009 9:29 AM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

Mildred E. (Pangburn) Hawkins, age 91, formerly of Clayton, died Jan. 29, 2009, in Inverness, Fla. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd Hawkins. Both were retired dairy farmers and members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. A graveside service will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 10, 2009, at Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci.



Milton John LaBaza, DPM Lapeer Milton John LaBaza, DPM, 86, of Lapeer (formerly of Flint) passed away Saturday (May 2, 2009). He was born August 10, 1922, in Harrisville, Mich., to Stanley and Stella (Janusz) LaBaza. He married Dolores Adams in Flint in 1959. Milt graduated from Harrisville High School, Central Michigan University and the Ohio College of Podiatry. He had a private practice in podiatry, also working at Oakdale for 35 years and Suncrest part time. Milton was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church, the Rotary Club, Eagles, Elks and Moose Lodge. He was a life member of the Podistry Association of Michigan. Milt enjoyed fishing, planting everything, especially plants, trees and a garden. Milt was a farmer at heart and always on his tractor. He is survived by his wife, Dolores LaBaza of Lapeer; sons, James (Iris) LaBaza of Montgomery, Ala., Mark (Cindy) LaBaza of Grand Rapids and Brian (Casey) LaBaza of Lapeer; grandchildren, Renee', Logan and Loren;

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Monsignor Walter Francis Jude

The Reverend Monsignor Walter Francis Jude, 89, died peacefully early Tuesday morning, May 5, at the Sanctuary at St. Mary's after a brief illness. He was born August 28, 1919, in Irons, the son of D...



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Norma Morrow-Wade, 84

Thursday, May 7, 2009 10:22 PM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

Norma Morrow-Wade, 84, of Saugatuck,  died Thursday May 7, 2009, in Holland Hospital. Arrangements will announced by Dykstra Life Story Funeral Homes.





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Paul "Rich" Allison, Sr. Lapeer Paul "Rich" Allison, Sr., 85, a lifetime Lapeer area resident, passed away Wednesday (May 6, 2009). He was born November 5, 1923, in Lapeer, to George and Mae (Slack) Allison. He was married to Maxine McCoy on March 22, 1947 in Lapeer by Rev. Hemingway. Mr. Allison served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II. He retired from the Lapeer State Home. Rich was a member of Grace Episcopal Church. He is survived by his children, Darlene and Dick West of Lapeer, Paul (special friend, Kathy) Allison, Jr. of Lapeer; grandchildren, Steven West of Flint, Julie and Anthony Tocco of Lapeer, David Allison of Dallas, Texas; great-grandchildren, Blake and Baylee Thomson. He was preceded in death by his wife, Maxine Allison in December 2008; granddaughter, Denise; parents, George and Mae Allison; daughter-in-law, Debbie Allison in 2003; siblings, Alice, Douglas and Shirley. Memorial contributions may be made to Grace Episcopal Church. Fune

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Peter Joseph Weber III Attica Peter Joseph Weber III, 68, of Attica for the past 40 years (formerly of Utica) passed away Thursday (April 30, 2009). He was born June 10, 1940, in Rochester, to Peter Joseph and Charlotte (Dudek) Weber, Jr. Peter was a drywaller in the building construction business. He was a member of the Lum International Golf Course and helped with 4-H for many years. Peter loved spending time with family. He was very active/talented in sports, hunting and enjoyed teaching kids and grandkids on all aspects of life. He was a great mentor, coaching and playing in the Attica baseball program. He is survived by his children, Natalie Weber of Attica, Donald (Joyti) Weber of Emmett, the late Pamela Weber, Connie Weber of Lapeer, Daniel (Angela) Weber of Otter Lake, Douglas (Cheryl) Weber of Hale; grandchildren, Amber, Ashley, Ryan, Derrik, Robert, Danny, Kayla, Nathan, Richie, Douglas, Joey and Alyssa; great-grandson, Jayden; 2 great-granddaughters; sibl

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Philip F. 'Bud' Graves

Friday, May 8, 2009 2:47 AM 

HUTCHINSON, Minn. -- Philip F. "Bud" Graves, 94, of Hutchinson, formerly of Marenisco, Mich., passed away Sunday, May 3, 2009, at the Hutchinson Community Hospital in Hutchinson. 



Phyllis Mary Coyle

Friday, May 8, 2009 2:49 AM 

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Phyllis Mary Coyle, 81, passed away April 25, 2009, in Grand Rapids. 



RANDY D. MCLACHLAN LEXINGTON Randy D. McLachlan, age 57, of Lexington, died Monday, April 27, 2009 at Port Huron Hospital. He was born January 26, 1952 in Petrolia, Ontario, Canada, son of the late Howard D. and Annetta (Gregory) McLachlan. He married Janet F. Buscemi on September 5, 1987 in Forest, Ontario. Randy owned and operated Jan-Ran Enterprises. Surviving are his wife; Janet, one stepson; Paul Marsack of Lexington, one stepdaughter; Julie Bach of Grosse Pointe Park, one grandson; Ethan Marsack of Algonac, two sisters; Sheila Lawrence of Arkona, Ontario, Carol Zabitz of Strathroy, Ontario and one niece; Lyndsay Lawrence. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 9 at St. Denis Catholic Church, Lexington with Rev. Donald Eppenbrock officiating. A luncheon will follow. Friends may call at the Church. Memorials may be made to St. Denis Church. Arrangements made by Pomeroy Funeral Homes, Inc., Six South Howard Ave., Croswell, MI 48422 810-679-9800

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RAY H. LAPP CARO Ray H. Lapp, age 89, of Caro, passed away at the Sanilac Medical Care Facility on Monday, April 27, 2009 following a lingering illness. Ray was born November 1, 1919 in Detroit, the son of the late Raymond T. and Irene (Herbert) Lapp. He was united in marriage with Sandra S. Emmons in September of 1973 in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Ray was a Purple Heart veteran of World War II, wounded in the Battle of the Bulge while serving as a Scout with the U.S. Army. He was awarded the Combat Infantryman Badge and the European African Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon with two Bronze Campaign Stars. For many years, Ray served as the Assistant Post Master in Cass City, retiring from the postal system after thirty-three years of service in 1977. Ray enjoyed fishing and hunting as well as visiting garage sales and flea markets with his wife. Ray is survived by his loving wife of over thirty-five years; Sandy Lapp of Caro, three children from a previous marriage; Carol Schulhauser, living in California, Bonnie Meier of Macomb and Arden Lapp of Bay City, two grandchildren and several great-grandchildren, a dear friend; Hazel Davault of Carsonville, several nieces and nephews that include three special nephews; Jack, Jim and Jeff Richards, one sister-in-law; Carolyn Mumby of Oscoda and one brother-in-law; Clark Emmons of Kalamazoo. In addition to his parents, Ray was preceded in death by one brother; George Lapp and one sister; Luella Huntwork. He was also preceded in death by his parents-in-law; Leo and Joan Emmons and sister-in-law; Dawn Emmons in 1977. In honoring Ray's wishes, cremation has taken place. A Memorial Service was held at the Caro United Methodist Church with Rev. Jerome K. Smith officiating. Military Honors by the Caro American Legion Post #7 and the U.S. Army followed the service at the church. The family has requested no flowers, but for those planning an expression of sympathy, they ask that you consider memorial contributions to the Caro Good Samaritan Fund, the Saginaw Rescue Mission or the Family Discretionary Fund. Friends may share memories, thoughts and prayers online at, . . . Detailed View 



Rhonda Cummings May 6, 2009

Friday, May 8, 2009 11:45 AM 

Rhonda Cummings, 60, Monroe died Wednesday at her home. Arrangements by Cover Funeral Home, Dundee. 



Ricarda Salcido Diaz

Tuesday, May 5, 2009 9:10 AM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

Ricarda Salcido Diaz, age 89, of Adrian passed away May 3, 2009, at Tendercare of Adrian. She was born Oct. 25, 1919, in Pierda Negras, Mexico, the daughter of Juan Saracho and Evangelina Salcido.  Ricarda is survived by her two sons, Mario Sanchez and Jesse Sanchez, both of Adrian; her grandchildren, Tina Marie (Pete) Torres and Jesse Lee Sanchez; her great-grandchildren, Jazmine, Petee Torres and Ashton Blake; and stepsister, Mary Alice Ramsburger. She was preceded in death by her parents. Funeral Services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 7, 2009, at J. Gilbert Purse Funeral Home, Adrian, with Pastor Pete Valdez officiating. Burial will follow in Lenawee Hills Memorial Gardens, Tecumseh. Visitation will be on Wednesday, May 6, 2009, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at J. Gilbert Purse Funeral Home, Adrian. Condolences may be offered online at:



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Richard A. Ekmark

Wednesday, May 6, 2009 3:17 AM 

HURLEY -- Former Iron County Sheriff Richard A. Ekmark, 67, of Hurley, went home to be with Jesus on May 4, 2009, in Hurley. 



Rita Helen Guiser Bleyaert Nov. 4, 1916-May 6, 2009

Thursday, May 7, 2009 11:38 AM 

Rita Helen Guiser Bleyaert, of Columbus, Ohio, formerly of Monroe, Michigan went to be with the Lord on May 6, 2009. 



Robert 'Bob' Michael Howard, 60

Robert "Bob" Michael Howard, 60, of Denver, Colo., passed away on Wednesday, April 29, 2009, after a lengthy battle with brain cancer.



Robert Louis Geer

Tuesday, May 5, 2009 10:28 PM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

Robert Louis Geer, 38, of 9 Creekwood Drive, Warren, Pa., died unexpectedly on Monday, May 4, 2009 at his residence. Visitors may call on the family at Beams Funeral Home, 200 W. Toledo St., Fremont, Ind. on Friday, May 8, from 5-8 pm. A service will be held at Beams Funeral Home in Fremont on Saturday, May 9, at 11 am. To celebrate and remember Rob’s life, please join the family immediately following the service at the Moose Lodge in Fremont.  Weather permitting, Rob would love to know you all saddled up to ride in his honor.



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Ronnie Everett Avra

Monday, April 27, 2009 1:02 PM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

Ronnie Everett Avra, 59, of Quincy passed away April 24, 2009 at his home. He was born April 18, 1950 in Union City, Ind. to Everett and Martha (Thornburg) Avra. He married Linda Foschi on Aug. 21, 1976 in Coldwater. Ronnie graduated from Quincy High School in 1968. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War where he served in the U.S. Army 101st Airborne as a telecommunications operator. He was also a member of the National Guard for 6 years. After serving in the military Ronnie went to work for Acorn Building Components in Quincy. Ronnie then worked various jobs in the Coldwater Quincy area including driving truck. He became self-employed as owner operator of Avra Trucking until he retired due to his health. He enjoyed hunting, entertaining family and friends, and especially spending time with his grandson. His father, Everett Valindingham Avra; and two brothers, Lonnie Eugene Avra and Randy Paul Avra, preceded Ronnie in death. He is survived by his wife Linda; two daughters, Tami Avra of Battle Creek and Amber Avra (Lloyd Troxtle) of Alexandria, Ind.; grandson, Caden Troxtle; mother Martha Avra of Quincy; sister, Judy Avra (Bruce) of Coldwater; sister-in-law, Karen Avra of Coldwater; three brothers, Keith Avra (Holly) of Quincy, Freddie Avra (Josephine) of Quincy and Billie Avra (Shelley) of Quincy; seven nephews, Shawn Avra (Mary), Corey Avra (Michelle), Michael Avra (Stephanie), Chris Fulk (Teresa), Matt Avra (Kelli), Ted Avra, Ryan Ward (Holly); three nieces, Muffin Avra (Travis), Bobbie Avra, Natalie Avra; and 14 great-nephews and nieces. Visitation will be held 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Monday at the Dutcher Funeral Home in Coldwater. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Dutcher Funeral Home with Pastor Steve Pickell officiating. Burial will take place at the Fisher Hill Cemetery in Quincy. Memorials may be directed to Hospice of Branch County or to the scholarship fund of his grandson, Caden Troxtle. Please visit to share a thought in the online guestbook.



Rose Alfonsi

Monday, May 4, 2009 2:42 AM 

PENCE, Wis. -- Rose Alfonsi, 88, a lifelong resident of Pence, died Monday, April 27, 2009, at Ashland Health and Rehabilitation Center in Ashland.



Russell 'Rusty' Wilson

Saturday, May 9, 2009 2:07 AM 

BESSEMER, Mich. -- Russell "Rusty" Wilson, 88, of 2nd Avenue West, Bessemer, died Thursday, May 7, 2009, in Ironwood.



Rylan Tate Kull May 4, 2009-May 6, 2009

Friday, May 8, 2009 11:46 AM 

Rylan Tate Kull, 2 days old, of Carleton, MI passed away Wednesday, May 6, 2009 at 10:30 p.m. at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital in Ann Arbor, MI.



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Sebert 'Bud' Kope Jr.

Monday, May 4, 2009 12:52 PM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

Sebert “Bud” Kope Jr.,  68, of Hudson passed away Saturday, May 2, 2009, at his home. He was born Sept. 13, 1940, in Ann Arbor the son of Sebert and Maxine (Wollett) Kope Sr. He married Connie O’Brien on April 9, 1959, in Hudson and she survives. Bud retired from General Motors as a millwright in 1988 with more than 22 years of service. He was a graduate of Hudson High School Class of 1958, member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Hudson and the A. A. Program for over 32 years. He dearly loved his wife, children and grandchildren and will be greatly missed. Surviving Bud besides his wife Connie of 50 years, are two daughters, Sherrie (Kevin) Monahan of Blissfield, and Kristina (Alan) Saunders of Pittsford; two sons, Gregory (Marie) of Lemoore, Calif., and Michael (Kim) Kope of Marion Wis.; nine grandchildren, Mary Kope, Lucas, Holly and Sarah Monahan, Ashley, Amanda and Michael Kope, Katie and Adam Saunders; two great-grandchildren Chance and Faith; three sisters, Beverly “Jean” Stoyk of Hudson, Mary (Gordon) Forrest of Adrian and Dee (Rodney) Bellman of Pittsford; three brothers, Frank (Marge) Kope of Adrian, Charles (Patty) Kope of Adrian and Steve Kope of Hudson. He was preceded in death by his parents and one daughter, Cathryn Louise Kope in 1968. Mass of Christian burial for Bud will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Hudson with Father Richard Eberle as celebrant. Interment will follow in North Dover Cemetery in Dover Township north of Clayton. Visitation will be from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday with a vigil prayer service at 7:30 p.m. at Eagle Funeral Home in Hudson. Those planning an expression of sympathy may make memorial contributions to Sacred Heart Catholic Church or Sacred Heart School. Family and friends can view this obituary and send condolences to



Shirlee A. LeBlanc

Thursday, May 7, 2009 9:16 AM - GateHouse Media, Inc.

Shirlee A. LeBlanc, age 72, of Onsted died Tuesday, May 5, 2009, at the Herrick Medical Center in Tecumseh. A Mass of the Resurrection will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 9, 2009, at St. Joseph Shrine Catholic Church, 8743 US-12, Brooklyn, with the Rev. Fr. Carl Simon as Celebrant. Friends may call at the Robison-Bahnmiller Funeral Home in Saline on Friday, May 8, 2009, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m., and at the Church on Saturday, May 9, 2009, from 10 a.m. until time of Mass at 11 a.m. A Wake Service will also be held at 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. 



Shirley L. Scott

Wednesday, May 6, 2009 9:27 AM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

Shirley L. Scott, 60, passed away May 4, 2009, at home.  Cremation arrangements entrusted to J. Gilbert Purse Funeral Home, Adrian.



Thelma Howard May 4, 2009

Thursday, May 7, 2009 11:38 AM 

Thelma Howard, wife of Rev. Yadon Howard, age 85, of Virginia Beach, Va., formerly of New Tazewell, Tn. passed away on May 4, 2009. 



Todd Allen Mauk

Saturday, May 9, 2009 1:09 AM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

Todd Allen Mauk, 33, formerly of Coldwater, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, May 6, 2009. He leaves behind three children: Katlynn, Britney and Amanda; parents Calvin (Sue) Mauk and Anna Frances Chumney; sisters Yvonne, Crystal and Amanda; brothers Calvin, III, and Corey; fiancée, Tonya Roberts; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.







Victoria Rose Furlich

Wednesday, May 6, 2009 3:15 AM 

BESSEMER TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- Victoria Rose Furlich, 76, of Puritan Road in Bessemer Township, died Friday, May 1, 2009, at home.



Vivian M. Caldwell

Tuesday, May 5, 2009 2:53 AM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

Vivian M. Caldwell, 77, of Elkhart, Ind., died Sunday, May 3, 2009, at Riverside Village in Elkhart. Visitation will be from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, with the funeral service at 1 p.m., at Frurip-May Funeral Home in LaGrange. Burial will be in Orange Township Cemetery in Rome City, Ind. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.  



Walter 'Walt' Johnson

Tuesday, May 5, 2009 3:44 AM 

MERRIWEATHER, Mich. -- Walter "Walt" Johnson, 68, of Merriweather, died Sunday, April 26, 2009, in Ironwood. 



Walter Coney

Walter Coney, 92, of Gladwin passed away on Saturday, May 2, 2009.

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