Saturday, March 20, 2010

Michigan Obituaries 03/20/2010



Saturday, March 20, 2010 1:05 AM 

SCOTT, ANDREW G.; of Davisburg; age 74; died Thursday; March 18, 2010; at University Hospitals. Funeral Service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Monday, March 22, 2010 at the Swartz Funeral Home, 1225 West Hill Road, Pastor Dan Steinhart of Grace Church-Waterford officiating. Burial in Great Lakes National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Gift of Life. Visitation 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Andrew was born in Saxe, Virginia on June 7, 1935. He proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps for two years. He enjoyed golf and restoring old cars. Andy retired from General Motors SPO as General Supervisor after 37 years of service, following a heart transplant. He divided his retirement years between Canadian Lakes in the summer and Florida in the winter.



Anita Mae Benik

Saturday, March 20, 2010 1:56 AM 

ONTONAGON, Mich. -- Anita Mae Benik, 87, of Ontonagon, passed away Wednesday, March 10, 2010, at the Aspirus Long Term Care Unit in Ontonagon, where she had been a resident the past several months.




Anthony "Tony" W. Grinzinger

Saturday, March 20, 2010 7:03 AM 

May 9, 1964-March 18, 2010 Anthony "Tony" W. Grinzinger, 45, of Mt. Pleasant passed away on Thursday, March 18, 2010, at Woodland Hospice in Mt. Pleasant.




Saturday, March 20, 2010 1:05 AM 

CHAVEZ, BETTY J.; age 68; born on August 18, 1941, in Pontiac, MI; and passed away March 17, 2010, in Waterford, MI. Beloved wife of Ernest for 42 years; loving mother of Dawn (Terry) Preston, Brian (Carol) Ritchie and the late Gerry Ritchie; cherished grandmother of Heather Preston, Keith, Kevin and Savannah Ritchie; dear sister of Kevin and Robert George.



Beverly Eileen Partridge

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Beverly Partridge

Mrs. Beverly Partridge, 72, of Scottville, died Tuesday, March 16. Stephens Funeral Home in Scottville is in charge of arrangements.... 




• Dorothy M. Burnett, 79, of Ludington, died Wednesday, March 17 in Grand Rapids. Alexander-Rye Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements....



Carl Romano

Saturday, March 20, 2010 6:26 AM 

Carl Romano Carl Romano, age 79, a resident of Clinton Township, Michigan and Fountain Hills, Arizona, died March 19, 2010. Mr. Romano was a long-standing member of the Utica-Shelby Kiwanis Club as well as the Fountain Hills, AZ Kiwanis Club. He is the founder of Audio Sentry Corporation, which began in 1959. Mr. Romano was also a founding member of the Burglar Fire Alarm Association of Michigan or (BFAAM). He was a graduate of Grosse Pointe High School. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Dorothy. Children, Jim (Diane) Anderson, John (Debbie) Romano, Tony Romano, Richard (Martha) Romano, Anita (David) Cadez, Susan DiSano, Michael (Linda) Romano and Maria (Larry) Lappin. Grandfather of 21 and great-grandfather of 12. Also survived by many loving brothers and sister-in-laws and nieces and nephews. Visitation Sunday, March 21, 2010 from 1-9 p.m. and Monday, March 22, 2010 from 12-9 p.m. at Lee-Ellena Funeral Home, 46530 Romeo Plank (south of 21 Mile), Macomb. Rosary at 7 p.m. on Monday at the funeral home. A funeral Mass will be held Tuesday, March 23, 2010 at 12:30 p.m. at St. Ronald Catholic Church, 17701 15 Mile Road, Clinton Township. Burial will take place at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Detroit. In lieu of flowers, donations being accepted at the



Donald Ennis

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Dorothy M. Burnett

Dorothy M. Burnett, 79, of Scottville, passed away Wednesday, March 17 at 5:14 p.m. in St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Rapids after a brief illness. Dorothy M. Boroff was born on Sept. 16, 1930 in Mount ... 




Edna Shirley Fahnestock Nov. 24, 1935-March 19, 2010

Saturday, March 20, 2010 1:43 AM 

Edna Shirley Fahnestock, age 74 of Carleton, died on Friday in Brownstown. 



Emily D. Taylor

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Esmonde J. Ellwart

Saturday, March 20, 2010 6:26 AM 

Esmonde J. Ellwart Esmonde J. Ellwart, age 87, of Chesterfield Township died March 2, 2010, at Mount Clemens Regional Medical Center. He was born February 10, 1923, in Detroit to Joseph and Margaret Ellwart. He served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II as a gunner in a B-24 bomber. He is survived by his sisters, Maxine Patterson and family of Greencastle, Ind., and Betty Rockwell of Chesterfield and families of Mark (Kathy) Hash and Patricia (Bill) Wright. Private funeral arrangements by Gendernalik Funeral Home, 35259 23 Mile Road, New Baltimore.



Ferne Thomas

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Garlen 'Gars' Sperry

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Gerald R. Wilson

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Harold Eugene Schaffner Sr. Sept. 23, 1925-March 17, 2010

Saturday, March 20, 2010 1:43 AM 

Harold Eugene Schaffner was born in Sidney, Ohio on Sept. 23, 1925. Harold was the son of the late Delmar Schaffner and the late Bonny (Brown) Schaffner. He enlisted in the United States Army and served honorably from Nov.



Harold J. 'Joe' George

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Harry Koopmans

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Henry 'Bill' Witgen

Saturday, March 20, 2010 6:26 AM 

Henry 'Bill' Witgen Henry "Bill" Witgen, age 69, died March 18, 2010. Retired from GM in 2004. Life Member of North Macomb Sportsman Club in Washington Township, avid hunter and golfer. Beloved husband of Beverly (nee Dzikowski) for 48 years. Dearest father of William (Terri), David (Beth), Mary Anne (Jason) Ireland and Daniel (Kellee). Proud grandfather of Jennifer (Mike), Catherine, Kyle, Kara, Sara, Courtney, Brianna, Isibeal and Grant; great-grandfather of Victoria and Olivia. Dear brother of Michael (Lois), Shelley (Bruce) Gibbs, Teresa Fortunato, Barbara (Charles) Blanks and Ken Dzikowski. Visitation Sunday, 2-9 p.m. Funeral Monday, 10 a.m. from Wujek-Calcaterra & Sons, Inc. (Shelby Twp.) to SS. John & Paul Church for 11 a.m. Mass. Share memories with the family at their online guestbook at





Saturday, March 20, 2010 1:05 AM 

LOWERY, JAMES ANTHONY (LaROCCO); of Ortonville, formerly of Waterford; 




Saturday, March 20, 2010 1:05 AM 

PONTON, JOSEPH G.; age 84; of Holly; died Friday, March 19, 2010. Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, March 22, 2010, at the Holly Presbyterian Church with Rev. Bill Robertson and Rev. Ann Robertson officiating. Burial will be in Christian Memorial Cemetery, Rochester Hills, MI. Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Dryer Funeral Home, Holly. Mr. Ponton was born in Detroit on June 14, 1925, the son of William and Mildred (Smith) Ponton. He was retired from the Warren Consolidated Schools. He was a member of the Holly Presbyterian Church and was an active volunteer with Christmas In Action. His special interests were his grandchildren, the Detroit Tigers, fishing and gardening.



Jack H. Katt

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James Lawrence Murdock

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Joy Katherine Meier

Saturday, March 20, 2010 1:55 AM 

Joy Katherine Meier, 89, of Midland, died early Friday morning, March 19, 2010, at the Toni and Trish House. 



Judy A. Jondro July 27, 1919-March 19, 2010

Saturday, March 20, 2010 1:43 AM 

Judy A. Jondro, 90 of Monroe passed away at 7:35 a.m. Friday at the Lutheran Home where she had resided for three years. She had been in poor health since entering the nursing home and seriously ill for the last two months. 



Karl Dee Myers

• Karl Dee Myers, 63, of Fountain, died Thursday evening March 18. Oak Grove Cremation Center is in charge of arrangements....




Kenneth J. Dorie

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Saturday, March 20, 2010 1:05 AM 

SHELDON, LORETTA; age 87; of Walled Lake; died March 19, 2010. Beloved mother of Kenneth (Dorthy) Rathje, Mark (Myra) Rathje, Mabel (Raymond) LeClair, Ardith (James) Elliott, William (Carol) Rathje, Carol (the late George) Naylor, Brian (Margaret) Rathje, Gail (James) O'Berski, Lisa Sheldon and the late Elinor Miller; loving grandmother of 23; dear great grandmother of 52; and great great grandmother of 24; also survived by 1 niece; and many loving friends.




Lawrence Charles Babbitt

Saturday, March 20, 2010 6:26 AM 

Lawrence Charles Babbitt Lawrence Charles Babbitt, of East Tawas, Michigan, passed away on Tuesday, March 16, 2010. Larry loved his life in the East Tawas area where he was a respected citizen and trusted friend to many. He was a fine guitarist and humanitarian who cared deeply for all people, especially his four beloved children. In his own words: "I was born in Mt. Clemens, Michigan on March 9, 1960 to Harvey and Anna Babbitt. I had five siblings growing up: Harvey, Valerie, Cheryl, Constance, and Dana. I am the proud dad of four wonderful children: Wade H. Babbitt and Marisa L. Babbitt, born to me from Debra J. Schulz-Babbitt; and Collin M. Babbitt and Lilliana M. Babbitt, born to me from Dorry A. Thames-Babbitt. I was blessed with one grandchild, Gianni Charles Babbitt, and one expected grandchild. I would like to thank all of those who have endured my love. I would like to apologize to those I have offended. Remember to love, laugh, and smile. Those who wish to donate something in memory of me, might I suggest that you plant a tree, feed a squirrel, or pick up a piece of trash. Much love and good thoughts to all, be safe, be happy, be blessed."



Leroy A. Parcher

Saturday, March 20, 2010 6:19 AM 

May 26, 1941-March 18, 2010 Leroy A. Parcher, age 68, of St. Louis, passed away Thursday, March 18, 2010 at Hurley Medical Center in Flint. 




Saturday, March 20, 2010 1:05 AM 

POPP, MARILYN V.; age 78; of TX, formerly of Auburn Hills; March 14, 2010. Wife of the late John Popp Sr.; mother of John (Kellie) Popp Jr. of Bay City, Lynn (Charles) Thompson of Fenton, Elaine (James) Mayo of Fort Worth, TX; grandmother of Katie (Jonathan), Ann (Jorge), Rachel, Ashley and Heather; sister of Geraldine Bradley.



MARTHA (nee Miller) WHITE

Saturday, March 20, 2010 1:05 AM 

WHITE, MARTHA (nee Miller); lifelong resident of Clarkston; March 18, 2010; age 92. 



Margaret 'Midge' Beamer

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Michele Lynn Myrick

Saturday, March 20, 2010 6:26 AM

Michele Lynn Myrick Michele Lynn Myrick, age 40, of Chesterfield Township, died March 17, 2010, at Mount Clemens Regional Medical Center, Mount Clemens. Born January 24, 1970, in Fort Knox, Kentucky. She was an executive vice president at E & A Credit Union for 11 years. Member of Immaculate Conception Church and enjoyed camping, golfing, music, dancing and her dog JD. Survived by her husband Scott, whom she married April 17, 1999, in Shelby Township. Children: Jack, Jordan and Joey. Parents: Roger and Patricia Quitter. In-laws: Warren and Cindy Myrick. Siblings: Greg (Christine) Quitter, Amy (Mike) Abdella, Lisa (Mark) Shapiro, Sarah Schlonsky, Derek (Lisa) Schlonsky and Steve Myrick. Grandparent: Ann Schlonsky. Visitation 6-9 p.m. Saturday, March 20, 2010 and 2-9 p.m. Sunday, March 21, 2010 with Scripture service at 7 p.m. at Gendernalik Funeral Home, 35259 23 Mile Road, New Baltimore. Instate 10:30 a.m. with Liturgy at 11 a.m. Monday, March 22, 2010, at Immaculate Conception Church, 7051 Church Road, Ira Township. Father Tomasz Maka officiating. Memorials to Michigan Humane Society.



Other deaths

Saturday, March 20, 2010 6:26 AM 

Other deaths Helen R. Brown, 95, of St. Clair Shores, Harold W. Vick Funeral Home, Mount Clemens



Ray Field Wilson

Saturday, March 20, 2010 6:19 AM 

May 17, 1938-March 18, 2010 Ray Field Wilson, age 71, of Harrison MI, formerly of St. Louis, Michigan passed away Thursday, March 18, 2010 at Covenant Health Care, Saginaw, Michigan. 



Rena C. Shady

Saturday, March 20, 2010 1:55 AM 

Rena C. Shady, 88, of Coleman, died Friday, March 19, 2010, at the MidMichigan Medical Center-Midland. 



Richard L. 'Dick' Large

Saturday, March 20, 2010 5:46 AM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

Richard Lee “Dick” Large, 85, of Sturgis, Mich., passed away Thursday evening, March 18, 2010, at Thurston Woods Village in Sturgis. He was born June 29, 1924, in Kalamazoo, Mich., a son to the late Clair and Elsie (Noel) Large. Dick was a graduate of Sturgis High School with the class of 1942 and had resided his entire life in Sturgis with the exception of the three years he was serving his country in the U.S. Navy. On Jan. 6, 1946, he married Beverly Joan Fennell at the parsonage of the First United Methodist Church in Sturgis. Following 33 years of dedicated employment as a mail carrier with the United States Postal Service he retired on June 29, 1979. During his working years with the Postal Service and following his retirement he nearly always was working part-time jobs. Dick was proud to have served his country during World War II as a radioman in the U.S. Navy from March 26, 1943-Feb. 1, 1946 and for some of that time he had been stationed in a Communications Center in Los Negros in the Admiralty Islands. Dick was an active member of the First United Methodist Church in Sturgis where he was a member of the Adult Fellowship class for many years. He was also a member of Neuman-Wenzel Post #73 American Legion, the Crutch Players Golf Group and the Burr Oak Golf League. He enjoyed traveling and two of his favorite trips were to Alaska and the Panama Canal. Dick loved playing golf and for over 40 years he made the annual trip to the Baldwin, Mich., areas for deer hunting’s opening day. He is survived by his loving and dedicated wife of 64 years, Beverly; two daughters, Lynn Ann (Craig) Hess and Gail Ellen Bonebrake, both of Paw Paw; one son, Douglas (Linda) Large of Sturgis. They were blessed with eight grandchildren, Pamela (Ron) St. Clair, Todd (Tonya) Hess, Matthew (Tiffany) Hess, Melissa (Christopher) Schierey, Andrew (Lois) Large, Case (Gina) Bonebrake, Nicholas (his fiancée Erinn Katt) Hess and Kyle Hess; 14 great-grandchildren; one Brother, Clair N. “Bud” (Norma) Large of Sturgis; and several nieces, nephews and cousins including Don “Duffy” (Marianne) Noel of Lake Havasu City, Ariz. He was preceded in death by his parents; and one sister, Edythe Lockwood. In accordance with his wishes cremation has taken place. The family will receive friends from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Hackman Family Funeral Homes – Hackman Chapel, 114 S. Nottawa St., Sturgis, MI 49091, (269) 651-2331. A memorial service celebrating the life of Richard Lee Large will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the First United Methodist Church in Sturgis. The Rev. Deb Johnson and the Rev. Robert Keim will officiate. A graveside committal will follow the service at Oak Lawn Cemetery in Sturgis where full military rites will be conferred by Captain John J. Kelley Post #1355 VFW and the U.S. Navy Honor Guard. The family suggests those wishing to make a memorial donation in Mr. Large’s memory consider the First United Methodist Church, 200 Pleasant Ave., Sturgis, MI 49091 or Thurston Woods Village, 307 N. Franks Ave., Sturgis, MI 49091. The obituary is also at where personal messages of support may be left for the family.  




Rosejean Fuchs

Rosejean Fuchs, 90, of Manistee, died Monday, March 15. The Johnson Funeral Home of Manistee is in charge of arrangements.... 



Sandra K. Longo

Saturday, March 20, 2010 6:26 AM 

Sandra K. Longo Sandra K. Longo, age 69, of Roseville, died March 18, 2010. Born July 15, 1940. Beloved wife of Ronald A. Loving mother of Lisa Asaro, Ronald Mark and Robert Michael. Dear daughter of Kathleen J. and the late Samuel. Sister of David (the late Nancy) Evola, Bonita (Alfred) Bileti, Daniel (Diane) Evola and Debra Evola. Proud grandmother of Anthony, Amanda, Arica and Jessica. Sister-in-law of Maryann (Douglas) Ponci. Graduate of Dominican High School Class of 1958 and proud member of the "Red Hats." Visitation at the Sterling Heights Chapel of Bagnasco & Calcaterra Funeral Home, 13650 E. 15 Mile Road (at Schoenherr), Sunday 2-9 p.m. Funeral Monday, instate 9:30 a.m., St. Margaret of Scotland Catholic Church, 21201 13 Mile Road, St. Clair Shores until time of Mass 10 a.m. Interment private. Memories to be shared at




Stephen Maynard

Saturday, March 20, 2010 6:26 AM 

Stephen Maynard Stephen Maynard, age 60. Beloved husband of Sheila; loving father of Ryan (Casi) and Jeremy; caring son of Rheda Rice Maynard and Kenneth (deceased); brother of Jerry; stepfather of David. Steve was an avid sailor and member of the North Star Sail Club. Visitation will be held Sunday, March 21 from 3-8 at Kaul Funeral Home, 28433 Jefferson Ave., St Clair Shores. Funeral services will be Monday at 10 a.m. at the funeral home.






Saturday, March 20, 2010 1:05 AM 

TUSON, GEORGE ARTHUR; of N. Fort Myers, FL, formerly of Clarkston, Davisburg and Waterford; March 18, 2010. 



Terri Louise Thompson

Terri Louise Thompson, 56, of New Braunfels, Texas, passed away on February 6 in an automobile accident outside New Braunfels. Terri's husband, Vincent Solito, and her son, Tommy Solito, 11, were als... 



Thomas Mantych

Tom was born in Ludington in 1931 to John and Estelle Mantych. He attended St. Stanislaus grade school and graduated from Ludington High School in 1949. He was stationed in Korea during the Korean War...



Thomas Richard Mantych

Saturday, March 20, 2010 6:26 AM 

Thomas Richard Mantych Thomas Richard Mantych, age 78, died March 16, 2010. Beloved husband of Ann. Dearest father of Pamela, Mark (Yvonne), and Jason (Lilly). Dear grandfather of Thomas Lowell, Brandtly, Alyssa, Christian, and Alyssa. Dear brother of John (Julie) Mantyck and Betty Powers. Thomas is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Visitation Sunday 3-9 p.m. at the Kaul Funeral Home, 35201 Garfield, Clinton Township. Instate Monday 9 a.m. until the time of Mass 9:30 a.m. at Saint Ronald Catholic Church, 17701 15 Mile Road, Clinton Township. Burial and military honors to be at Cadillac Memorial Gardens East, Clinton Township. Please share a memory of Tom at








Friday, March 19, 2010 1:28 AM 

KNEISEL, VERNICE LORRAINE; age 98; passed away peacefully on March 17, 2010, with the assistance of Seasons Hospice at Independence Village, White Lake, MI. Vernice was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond (Jake) Kneisel; sister, Virginia Theeringer; parents, Harry Leroy and Grace Gertrude Allen; granddaughter, Kimberley Terrell; and great grandson, Christopher Holsinger. She is survived by her son, Charles (Karen) Kneisel and daughter, Christine McGillis of Urbandale, IA; three grandchildren Aimee (Jeremy) Plesco, Carl Kneisel and Michael McGillis; one great granddaughter, Kelsey Terrell and a niece and nephew with families in California. Mrs. Kneisel was born June 8, 1911 in Urbandale, a small Community near Battle Creek, MI. She held a life-time teachers certificate and taught many years in the Pontiac and Waterford School systems, retiring in 1972. She was a member of the Areme Chapter of Eastern Star in Pontiac and a member of Bethel United Church of Christ.




Saturday, March 20, 2010 1:05 AM 

SPISZ, VICKI C.; a long-time resident of Brighton, and a retiree of Ford Motor Co. in Wixom;



Valdis Irene Lane

Wednesday, March 17, 2010 6:53 AM 

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Valerie Polewka

Wednesday, March 17, 2010 12:25 PM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

Valerie S. Polewka, 65, of Hillsdale, passed away Thursday, March 11, 2010, in Cambria Township. She was born March 6, 1945 in Jackson. Memorial services for Valerie Polewka are being planned for a later date. Arrangements are entrusted to the VanHorn-Eagle Funeral Home.



Virginia "Ginny" Kernohan

Saturday, March 20, 2010 6:41 AM 

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Virginia Marie Kravetz

Monday, March 15, 2010 1:45 AM 

GAYLORD, Mich. -- Virginia Marie Kravetz, 84, of Gaylord, died Friday, March 12, 2010. 



Virginia R. Swarts

Monday, March 15, 2010 10:52 PM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

Virginia Rae Swarts, age 84, of Sturgis, passed away early Sunday morning, March 14, 2010, at Riverview Manor in Three Rivers. She was born March 31, 1925, in Mount Morris,  a daughter of the late Ray Cameron and Nora (Shannon) Todd. Virginia had resided in Sturgis since 1950, coming from Michigan State University in East Lansing,  where she received her bachelor’s degree in journalism. She and her husband were students living in married Quonset housing. On July 12, 1947, she married Dr. Robert J. Swarts, D.V.M., in Mount Morris. He died July 30, 2001. From 1965-2001 she along with her husband owned and operated Country Garden Veterinary Clinic in Sturgis. She had also for several years worked with the Sherman Township election board. Virginia was an active member of First Presbyterian Church, where he had served as a deacon and elder, helped with funeral luncheons and was a member of the Presbyterian Women. For many years she volunteered her time with the American Red Cross blood bank and the Sturgis Band and Orchestra Parents Association. She enjoyed reading and acting and performed many times with the Sturgis Civic Players. Her many friends from the church and the Sturgis District Library will miss being able to hear her coming as she often times wore bells on her shoes. She is survived by two daughters, Ellen Swarts of Sturgis and Claudia (Robert) Davis of Greenville; two sons, R.C. Todd (Cynthia) Swarts of Atlanta and R. James Swarts of Grand Rapids; seven grandchildren, Sorina J. Swarts-Kinsey, Jamey Swarts-Kinsey, Patrick Robert Swarts, Kaitlyn Margaret Swarts, Sidney Endre Swarts, Brianna Marie Davis and Nora Shannon Davis; a nephew, Timm Finfrock; and a cousin, Gwen Blair. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and two sisters, Vivian Timme and Lucille Finfrock. In accordance with her wishes, cremation has taken place. A memorial service celebrating the life of Virginia R. Swarts will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the First Presbyterian Church in Sturgis. The Rev. Michael Wicks will officiate. Entombment of the ashes will take place at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. The Hackman Family Funeral Homes Hackman Chapel, 114 S. Nottawa St., Sturgis, is handling the arrangements. The family suggests those wishing to make a memorial donation in Mrs. Swarts memory consider the First Presbyterian Church 1320 S. Lakeview Ave., Sturgis, MI 49091 or the American Cancer Society 1400 West Milham, Kalamazoo, MI 49024. Her obituary is also at, where personal messages of support may be left for the family. John S. Gales 89, ThreeRivers John Sherman Gales, 89, of Three Rivers, passed away March 5, 2010, at his home.  Arrangements will be  at a later date at Hohner Funeral Home in Three Rivers.




Saturday, March 20, 2010 1:05 AM

GEIST, WOOD MONROE; age 83; of Washington, MI, and Walloon Lake, MI; died March 17, 2010, of complications of Alzheimer's disease. Born in Detroit on December 12, 1926, the son of the late Edgar and Josephine Geist, a prominent Detroit family that included a former mayor. He was a graduate of the University of Michigan, an Army veteran of World War II and was the president of E & E Engineering. Committed to social justice, he served on many committees and belonged to organizations that supported the City of Detroit and its residents. An active supporter of the University of Michigan, he was a jazz enthusiast and sang baritone with the Grunyons, a Detroit-area men's a cappella group, for over 40 years. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Rosemary Frehse Geist; loving father of Alison (Gary Gregg) Geist of Kalamazoo,



Walter G. 'Buzz' Nashland

Saturday, March 20, 2010 1:54 AM 

MARQUETTE, Mich. -- Walter G. "Buzz" Nashland, 80, of Ewen, died on Thursday, March 18, 2010, at Marquette General Hospital in Marquette, Mich. 



Wanda Henschel

Thursday, March 18, 2010 6:53 AM 

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Warren L. Parson

Wednesday, March 17, 2010 12:20 PM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

Warren L. Parson, 85, of Battle Creek (former Hillsdale County resident), passed away Tuesday, March 16, 2010, at Heartland Rehabilitation Center in Battle Creek. He was born Sept. 10, 1924 in Camden Township to Jean Valjean and Julia (Coon) Parson. Warren retired from Aro Corporation in Bryan, Ohio, where he had worked in Quality Control for nearly 37 years. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, stationed aboard the USS Ringness APD-100 and USS Kenton APA-122 in the liberation of the Philippines and at the invasion of Okinawa. He belonged to the American Legion 662, Edon Ohio, and was a 50-plus year member and Past Master of the Edon Masonic Lodge 474, F & AM. Survivors include his wife, Crystle (Rigelman) Parson, whom he married Dec. 27, 1974; two sons, Mark (Prapet) Parson of Phoenix, Ariz. and Michael Parson of Montpelier, Ohio; one stepson, David (Janice) Casella of Battle Creek; one stepdaughter, Mary (Jody) English of Battle Creek; one brother, Donald (Esther) Parson of Adrian; two grandchildren, Mark and Gary Parson; two step-grandsons, Jarrod and Brandon Casella. He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers: Victor,  Rollin and Robert Parson. Graveside services will be held at noon Friday at West Reading Cemetery, with the Rev. Rob Hughes officiating. Visitation is scheduled from 10 a.m. until time of service Friday at the George White Funeral Home, Reading.



Wilda E. Metzger

Friday, March 19, 2010 5:36 AM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

Wilda E. Metzger, 88, of Columbia City, Ind., and formerly of North Manchester, Ind., died March 17, 2010, at her home. She was born Dec. 9, 1921, in Huntington, Ind., a daughter to  August F. and Elizabeth (Kocher) Poehler. On Sept. 29, 1946, she married Carl E. Metzger. He survives. Also surviving are a son, Lee W. Metzger of LaGrange, Ind., and one sister, Wilma M. Pinckley of Claremount, Calif. She was preceded in death by a brother, Donald C. Poehler and five sisters,  Pauline L.C. Auer, Evelyn A. Ernst, Dorothy E. Brown, Nina and Melinda Poehler. She was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church of Columbia City, Ind. Relatives and friends may call one hour prior to the service which begins at 11 a.m. Tuesday at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114, North Manchester, Ind. Pastor Jerrold Nichols will officiate. Memorials may be directed to Riley Children’s Hospital, 702 Barnhill Dr. Room 1715, Indianapolis, Ind., 46202 or Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana, 6316 Mutual Dr., Ft. Wayne, Ind., 46825  



Wilfred Roisen

Tuesday, March 16, 2010 9:11 AM 

On Sunday, March 14, 2010, Wilfred Roisen sings baritone in an angel choir with a soprano named Shirley Anne who, 764 days earlier, had taken to Heaven the larger half of his heart. Praise Jesus for that three-fold strand! 



Willard L. Ransom

Saturday, March 20, 2010 6:19 AM 

Willard L. Ransom, age 84, of Remus, MI passed away Tuesday, March 16, 2010 at the Meijer Heart Center of, Grand Rapids, Mi. 



William F. "Murf" Murphy

Saturday, March 20, 2010 6:19 AM 

March 23, 1931-March 18, 2010 William Murphy, 78, of Mt. Pleasant passed away Thursday, March 18, 2010, at Gratiot Medical Center in Alma.



William M. Deurwearder

Friday, March 5, 2010 8:21 PM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

William Morris Deurwearder, 68, of Detroit, passed away Feb. 17, 2010. Read more HERE in Saturday’s Tribune. 



William McCarrell Jr., 93

Monday, March 15, 2010 7:15 PM - Staff reports 

William Robert McCarrell, Jr., age 93, of Holland, went to be with his Lord and Savior, Saturday, March 13, 2010. He was preceded in death by his parents, Rev. William and Minnie McCarrell; his brothers, Gordon and Paul McCarrell; and his sister, Grace Rexilius.  Bill will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 68 years, Marjorie McCarrell (Evenhouse); his children, William III (Hope) McCarrell of Cropwell, AL, Patricia (Dennis) Cassell of Asheboro, NC, Beverly (Terry) Dillard of Dayton, TN, Barbara (Frank) Sheddan of Evensville, TN, Rev. Richard (Sue) McCarrell of Hudsonville; his 11 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; his brothers, James (Helen), David (Judy), Daniel (JoAnne); his sisters, Myrtle Stukes, Ruth Gray; and many relatives and friends. The funeral ceremony will be 1:00 today at the Cook Memorial Chapel-Grandville.  Rev. Rich McCarrell and Rev. Dean Stewart will be officiating. Interment will be at Clarendon Hills Cemetery in Darien, IL. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Pacific Garden Mission, Chicago, IL. The family welcomes memories and messages in their guestbook online at  



William R. Watson

Friday, March 12, 2010 7:10 AM

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Xavier Lawrence King

Thursday, March 18, 2010 9:49 AM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

Xavier Lawrence King, precious infant son of Matthew Summers and Amber King, passed away Tuesday, March16, 2010,at Toledo Hospital. Xavier was born in Toledo, Feb. 25, 2010. In addition to his parents, he is survived by two sisters, Mikaila and Lailei; maternal grandparents, Richard and Carol King of Tipton; maternal great-grandmother, Audrey King of Tipton; paternal grandparents Hector and Marlene “Cricket” Sarabia of Adrian; paternal great-grandparents, Raymond and Carolyn Summers, also of Adrian; and Rebecca Sarabia of Houston; aunt, Tara King of Tipton; uncles, Isiah Summers, Ezekial Sarabia and Xavier Sarabia, all of Adrian; and godmother, Erica Trout of Britton. He was preceded in death by maternal great-grandparents, Lawrence King and Boyden and Naomi Musser. The funeral service for baby Xavier will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 19, 2010, at Wagley Funeral Home with the Rev. Greg Burdine officiating. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Friends may visit the family from 12:30 p.m. until the service at 2 p.m. You may also send condolences at



Zenna E. Rosencrants (Erfourth)

Tuesday, March 16, 2010 9:07 AM 

Zenna E. Rosencrants (Erfourth) passed away March 13, 2010, with her children and family at her side.

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