Monday, May 3, 2010

Michigan Obituaries 05/03/2010



Albert B. Abbott

Monday, May 3, 2010 6:09 AM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

Albert B. Abbott, 95, formerly of White Pigeon, died April 21, 2010, in Stuart, Fla.,  where he had resided since 1977. He was born in Towanda Ill., the son of Bert and Bessie Hurst Abbott. He was a 1933 graduate of White Pigeon High School. Two siblings, Lelna Miller and Lowell Abbott preceded him in death. He married Verna Hamilton in 1938 in White Pigeon. She died in 1975. Together they had two children, Cheryl Huff of Detroit, and Daryl (Sue) Abbott of Middlebury, Ind., who survive.   In 1976, he married Merla Ward and she died in 1985. In 1985 he married Eleanor Funk and she died in 1993. He is survived by his present wife, Bettie Neumeyer Abbott.  Also surviving Albert are three grandchildren, Bruce Abbott, West Virginia and Ashley Berkey of Goshen, Ind., and Heather Abbott-Harmon of Indianapolis. He has six great-grandchildren and one great-great grandson. He was employed at Weyerhaeuser Paper Company in White Pigeon for 39 years. He was a trustee on the White Pigeon Community School Board of Education. He was a member of the White Pigeon Lions Club for many years. He was very involved singing in churches in the southern Michigan area, and was a member of the White Pigeon United Methodist Church.  He was instrumental in organizing vacation tours to Hawaii, Israel, Europe and several cruises. He spent his summers at Eaton Rapids Campground where he had a cottage. Cremation has taken place. A private family burial will take place at a later date.  Memorials may be made to Eaton Rapids Camp Meeting Association, Box 74, Eaton Rapids, Mich., 48827.  



Alfred Allen

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Alfred Whittle

• Alfred Whittle, 83, of Ludington died today, April 30, in Muskegon. Oak Grove Funeral Home and Cremation Center is in charge of arrangements....



Alma Jean Wyrick *

84, of Haslett, died Friday. Services 11 a.m. today at Cedarway Free Methodist Church, Lansing. Arrangements by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, East Chapel, East Lansing.



Anthony H. Pohl *

83, of Grand Ledge, died Friday. Services 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Mary Catholic Church, Westphalia. Arrangements by Schrauben-Lehman Funeral Home, Portland. 




Arlene M. Courter

Arlene M. Courter Grand Ledge Mrs. Arlene M. Courter, age 89, passed away April 30, 2010 at home. Arlene was a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses Grand Ledge; faithful with ministries and enjoyed going to the lake. She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Jack W. and their son, Craig W. (Debbra) of Mulliken; 5 granchildren: Caleb, Jacob, Sandra, Levi and Ethan, 3 great grandchildren: Cayden, Ryleigh and Whyatt, sisters-in-law, Joan Kimpton and Bette Husby. A Memorial service will be held Saturday, May 15, 2010 - 3:00 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witnesses, 13130 Benton Road, Grand Ledge, MI 48837. Interment at Pioneer Cemetery, Oneida Twp., Eaton Co., MI. For those desiring, contributions made to the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses will be greatly appreciated. Online condolences may be made at




Catherine Sue Tylawsky

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Conover Eugene Wilkinson

Conover Eugene Wilkinson, beloved son, brother, uncle, husband, and friend, died peacefully, following a stroke, with his family by his side on March 24, 2010. Conover was born in Detroit, Michigan, on May 23, 1927, to Eugene B. Wilkinson and Leona Moore Wilkinson.




David W. Peabody Jr.

Rev. David W. Peabody, Jr. DeWitt Age 68 passed away on Saturday, May 1, 2010. He was born on January 22, 1942 in Lansing to David W. and Mary Jane (Atherton) Peabody, Sr. David was a 1959 Sexton Graduate and went on to receive his Masters Degree from MSU. He was a former member of the Lions and Rotary Clubs of Sandusky, MI, Chancery at Pontiac Hospital, minister for the East Michigan Conference of The Free Methodist Church and taught school in both Lansing and Owosso. He was a Minister in the Free Methodist Church for 19 years and an Administrator at Clawson Manor in Clawson, Michigan for 13 years. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Patricia; daughter, Lisa (Daniel) VanValin of Grand Ledge; 2 sons, David M. (Kerry) Peabody of Royal Oak and Marc A. (Robin) Peabody of Worthington, OH; 6 grandchildren, Karis, Kadin, Koren, Tony, Megan, and Heather; brother, Michael (Karen) Odenwald of Hubbardston and 2 sisters, Donora (Richard) Stauffer of Lansing and Alice (Roger) Miller of Eaton Rapids. David was preceded in death by: his parents and 2 step-fathers, Henry Odenwald and Earl Draper. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 4, 2010, at Central Free Methodist Church, 828 N. Washington, Lansing with the Rev. Melvin Stephenson officiating. Interment will follow in Deepdale Memorial Gardens. The family will receive visitors from 2:00-4:00 and 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Monday at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, 900 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, and 1 hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday. For those who wish, the family request memorial donations to: Central Free Methodist Church, in memory of Rev. David W. Peabody, Jr. Online condolences may be made at



Donald E. Cade

Monday, May 3, 2010 1:12 AM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

Donald E. Cade, 78, of Kinderhook Township, died Saturday, May 1, 2010 at the Community Health Center of Branch County. The funeral service will be held on Tuesday, May 4, 2010 at 11 a.m. at Dutcher Funeral Home in Coldwater with Pastor David Anderson officiating. Interment will follow at Knauss Cemetery in Kinderhook Township. Visitation will be held on Monday, May 3, 2010 from 2-8 p.m. at Dutcher Funeral Home. Donald was born Aug. 24, 1931 in Trenton to Leland and Mary (LaPointe) Cade. He married Ilene Brickey on May 19, 1951 in Wyandotte. She preceded him in death on Feb. 11, 2003. Donald attended Lincoln Park High School in Lincoln Park. Mr. Cade relocated to the Branch County area from Southgate in 1974. He owned and operated Cade’s Excavating & Sanitation for 20 years and also developed and operated Cades Cove Campground in Kinderhook. After retiring in 1986, Mr. Cade enjoyed spending his winters in Arizona. He also enjoyed traveling and hunting throughout Alaska. Donald is survived by his sons Rocky Cade of Coldwater, Mark Cade of Indiana and James (Tracey) Cade of Canton, his daughters Terry (Ken) Litten of Dearborn Heights and Linda (Ron) Ferguson of Atlanta, his brothers Ray (Beverly) Cade of Dearborn Heights and Tom (Natalie) Cade of Trenton, his sisters Janet (Greeley) Duncan of Trenton, Claudia (Raymond) Garrison of Woodhaven and Juanita Hubbard of San Jacinto, Calif., nine grandchildren and 15 great grand children. In addition to his wife Ilene, he was preceded in death by his son Donald E. Cade in 1981, his brothers Calvin, Richard, Albert, and Alfred Cade and his sisters Alva Jean Cade and Wanda Cade. Memorials may be directed to Pines Senior Respite Services. Please visit to share a thought in the family online guestbook.




Donald Frederick Hakanson

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Dr. Ralph J. Spagnuolo *

79, of Delta Township, retired doctor of optometry, died Sunday. Services 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Gerard Catholic Church. Arrangements by Tiffany Funeral Home. 



Dwain J. Boeling

Monday, May 3, 2010 12:14 AM

Dwain J. Boeling Dwain J. Boeling, age 50, passed away at Mount Clemens Regional Medical Center on Friday, April 30, 2010. He was born November 30, 1959, in Kalamazoo, a son of Kenneth and Ella (nee Weier) Boeling. Dwain was a former member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Clinton Township. He loved spending time with his family and friends and also loved sports and fishing. He is survived by his sister, Jane Boeling of Clinton Township; brother, Brian Boeling of Stuart, FL; one niece; three nephews; and best friends, Joseph Mercurio and Sherri Gertin. Dwain was predeceased by his parents. Funeral service is 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 5, 2010, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 38900 Harper, Clinton Township. Visitation is Tuesday 3-8 p.m. at Hauss Funeral Home, 47477 Romeo Plank (north of 21 Mile), Macomb and at church Wednesday 10-11 a.m. Memorials to Trinity Lutheran Church Stephen Ministries.




Ella A. Hartman *

108, of Lansing, retired Maple Grove Resort (Gaylord) owner/operator, died Friday. Services 11 a.m. Thursday at Trinity United Methodist Church, Delta Township. Arrangements by Tiffany Funeral Home.



George A. Schultz *

94, of DeWitt, died Saturday. Services noon Tuesday at Schrauben-Lehman Funeral Home, Portland. 



George Arthur Schultz

George Arthur Schultz DeWitt Age 94, passed away on May 1, 2010. He was born on September 22, 1915 to Arthur and Bertha Schultz in Riley Township. He lost both parents when he was child and then made his home at Byron and Minnie Palmer's. He graduated from Rodney B. Wilson High School in St. Johns and a member of the DeWitt Masonic Lodge. George was employed at General Motors and was a lifelong independent farmer. He and his wife Ruth were married in August of 1936 and together they shared 64 years of marriage. She preceded him in death in 2000. George was also preceded in death by his second wife, Betty Schultz. He is survived by a daughter, Beverly (Gerald) Selden and four grandchildren Scott (Teri) Selden, Tracy Selden, Kim (Michael) Chaffee and Kerrie (Jim) Kraft; 10 great-grandchildren. Funeral Services will be conducted by Pastor Daniel Stemen at 12:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 4, 2010 at the Schrauben-Lehman Funeral Home, 210 E. Bridge St., Portland. Interment will be in DeWitt Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the funeral on Tuesday. Online condolences may be made at



George P. Coutilish

Monday, May 3, 2010 12:15 AM 

George P. Coutilish George Peter Coutilish, age 84, passed away with his family by his side at his home overlooking Lake Shannon on April 30, 2010. Beloved husband for 50 years of Sue (Velas). Dear father of Cynthia (John) Gray-Howey, Pamela Scott, Peter (Christine), John (Theresa), Theodore (Mary Beth Langan) and Anastasia (James) Faremouth. Cherished grandfather (papou) of 10. George will be missed by many extended family members and friends. Korean War veteran of U.S. Army. Visitation at A.H. Peters Funeral Home, 20705 Mack, Grosse Pointe Woods, on Monday, May 3, 2-9 p.m. with Trisagion prayer service at 6:30 p.m. Instate at Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, 21800 Marter, Saint Clair Shores, on Tuesday from 9 a.m. until time of funeral liturgy at 9:30 a.m. Interment at Christian Memorial Cemetery, Rochester. Donations appreciated to Assumption Greek Orthodox Church. Family and friends may share memorials at




Gladys E. (Harvey) Young *

84, of Lansing, died Friday. Memorial services 3 p.m. today at Tiffany Funeral Home. 



Gwen E. Lehre

Monday, May 3, 2010 12:18 AM 

Gwen E. Lehre Gwen E. Lehre (Lisch), age 55, passed away on May 1, 2010. She is survived by her sister Jane Bailey, brother Robert (Connie) Lisch; two nieces Jodi (Glen) Jantz and Janet (Roy) Balik; nephew David (Traci) Lerche; seven great-nieces and nephews and one great- great-nephew. Visitation May 4, 3-8 p.m. with additional visitation Wednesday at 10 a.m. until time of 11 a.m. service at Buehler Funeral Home, 26429 Gratiot (north of Frazho), Roseville, Mich.



Helen E. Benedict-Burns *

63, of Lansing, New Wave Technology salesperson, died Friday. Memorial services 11 a.m. Tuesday at Field & Leik Funeral Home, Dimondale. 



Henry J. Adamczyk

Monday, May 3, 2010 12:11 AM 

Henry J. Adamczyk Henry J. Adamczyk, age 82, May 1, 2010, beloved husband of Dolores (nee: Kowatch) for 53 years. Loving father of Kenneth (Traci) and David (Suzanne). Dearest papa of Kristin, Alicia, D.J., Stephanie, and Lukas. Brother of Wanda Cavalier. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Visitation Tuesday 3-9 p.m. with a 6 p.m. rosary service at the D.S. Temrowski & Sons Funeral Home, 30009 Hoover Road at Common (121/2 Mile Rd). Mr. Adamczyk will lie instate on Wednesday at 10 a.m. until the time of his funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. at St. Sylvester Catholic Church. Please share memories at



Jack E. Coppens Sr. *

85, of Mesa, Ariz., formerly of Lansing, retired Model Coverall branch manager, died Wednesday. Memorial services 11 a.m. today at Palmer, Bush and Jensen Family Funeral Homes, Lansing Chapel. 



Janetta J. Hopkins

Monday, May 3, 2010 1:11 AM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

Janetta J. Hopkins, 57, of Burr Oak, died Saturday, May 1, 2010 at the Community Health Center of Branch County. The funeral service will be held on Wednesday, May 5, 2010 at 11 a.m. at Dutcher-Kolcz Funeral Home in Bronson with Pastor Angel Rojas from the Church of The Holy Spirit officiating. Interment will follow at Adams Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, May 4, 2010 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at Dutcher-Kolcz Funeral Home. Janetta was born June 11, 1952 in Coldwater to Leroy and Patty (Porter) Deter. She married Jerry A. Hopkins in June 1992 .  Janetta was a lifelong resident of the Burr Oak area. After graduating from high school, she attended beauty school in Battle Creek. Mrs. Hopkins worked for 28 years at Bundy Tubing then another eight years for Bronson Precision Products. She attended the Church of the Holy Spirit in Coldwater and enjoyed quilting and gardening. Her greatest love of all was spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren, who lovingly referred to her as “Beautiful Grandma.” Janetta is survived by her husband Jerry, her sons Jim Shedd of Bronson and Terry (Katrina) Shedd of Tekonsha, her stepchildren David Hopkins of Coldwater, Adam Hopkins of Bronson, Kelly (Vicky) Hopkins of Coldwater and Rachael (Mike) Wilson of East Leroy, her brother David Deter of Lake City, her sisters Pam (Bob) Leis of Sturgis and Alice (Neil) Crosby of S.C. and her grandchildren William, Justen, Blaine, Glen, Elyse, Alisha and Carissa.  She was preceded in death by both parents and her brothers Dale and Dennis Deter. Memorials may be directed to the Church of the Holy Spirit in Coldwater. Please visit to share a thought in the online guestbook.



Jeffery A. Bird

Monday, May 3, 2010 12:13 AM 

Jeffery A. Bird Jeffery A. Bird, age 54, of Clinton Township, died April 30, 2010, after a courageous nine-year battle with melanoma. He was born March 24, 1956. Mr. Bird was a coach of basketball and softball. Beloved husband of Nelle. Loving father of Jeffery, Kyle and Megan. Dear son of Edward and the late Mary. Brother of Charles (Linda), Donna (Wayne) Miller and Ed. Visitation at the Sterling Heights Chapel of Bagnasco & Calcaterra Funeral Home, 13650 E. 15 Mile Road (at Schoenherr), Monday 2-9 p.m. with Scripture service at 7 p.m. Funeral Tuesday, instate 11 a.m. at St. Paul of Tarsus Catholic Church, 41300 Romeo Plank Road, Clinton Township until time of Mass 11:30 a.m. Interment, Resurrection Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations to Jeffery, Kyle and Megan Scholarship Fund would be appreciated. Memories to be shared at



Karen Stewart

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Kathleen Rose O'Brien Moore

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Kenneth Henry Schroeder *

82, of Owosso, farmer, died Sunday. Services 11 a.m. Wednesday at Smith Family Funeral Homes, Jennings-Lyons Chapel, Owosso. 



Leslie Job

Monday, May 3, 2010 12:17 AM 

Leslie Job Leslie Job, age 85, of Lenox Township, died May 2, 2010. He was born in Ray Center, a son of Leslie and Vivian (nee Blakely) Job. During World War II, Les served in the U.S. Army. On June 24, 1950, he married Lucille Grace Haack at Omo Zion United Methodist Church. He was a former employee of Dodge Truck, Custom Drywall and Richmond Steel where he was head of maintenance and retired as a manager from Richmond Coop. Les was a former player for the North Inn baseball team. After his retirement, he farmed, played cards as a volunteer at Fair Acres Nursing Home, enjoyed golfing, gardening and renovating his 1966 Ford Fairlane. He was a member of Omo Zion United Methodist Church in Lenox. Surviving are his sons, Leslie D. (Rachel) Job and Dale (Robin) Job; daughters, Linda Sells, Terry Nieminen and Tammy (Christopher) Austin; 15 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; brothers, Kenneth (Penny) Job and Reynold (Joan) Job; and sisters, Gladys Klein and Carol (George) Lienerth. Les was predeceased by his wife, Lucille; infant son, Roland Leslie Job; brother, Leonard Job; and sister, Ethel DeSmith. Funeral service is 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 5, 2010, at Armada United Methodist Church, 23200 E. Main, Armada. Burial with military honors in Richards Cemetery. Visitation is Tuesday 3-9 p.m. at Tiffany-Young and Hauss Funeral Home, 73919 North Ave. (north of 33 Mile), Armada and at church Wednesday 9:30 - 10 a.m. Memorials to Omo Zion United Methodist Church Building Fund, Hospice of Henry Ford or Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer.



Lillian Keller

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Lynn A. Roberts

Lynn A. Roberts Grand Ledge Lynn Allen Roberts, age 62, passed away May 1, 2010 at home. He was born August 6, 1947 in Ingham County, MI, son to the late Lyle and Delores (Kulikamp) Roberts. Lynn was a retiree of General Motors; a Veteran of Vietnam, serving in the U.S. Navy and a member of the American Legion Cole-Briggs Post 48. He was a member of the Harley Owners Group; enjoyed watching his children and grandchildren's sporting events. Survivors include his daughters, Chantelle M. (Blain) Lange of Kalkaska and Amber L. Roberts of Grand Ledge, son Nathan A. Roberts of Fairbanks, AK, 4 grandchildren: Taylor and Trevor Lange, Skyler and Jasmine Roberts, brother Gary (Barb) Roberts of North Carolina and was also predeceased by his brother, Ron Roberts. Memorial services will be held Tuesday, May 4, 2010 - 11:00 a.m. at the Charlotte Assembly of God, 1100 E. Clinton Trail, Charlotte, MI 48813, with Rev. Brenda Maurer officiating. The family will begin to receive friends one hour prior to service time. For those desiring, contributions may be made to the Charlotte Assembly of God. Online condolences may be made at



Marilyn J. Fedewa *

76, of Fowler, nurse, died Friday. Services 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Fowler. Arrangements by Osgood Funeral Homes, Goerge Chapel, Fowler. 



Mary A. Cardy

Mary A. Cardy St. Johns Passed away May 2, 2010. She was born December 15, 1925 in Petoskey, Michigan she was the daughter of John amd Julia (Pociask) Kruzel and lived in Petoskey before moving to Lansing then St. Johns. Mary attended St. Francis Xavier School and graduated from Petoskey High School in 1945. She was a member of St. Francis Xavier Church and St. Joseph Catholic Church, St. Rita Guild of the Ladies Altar Society and the D.A.V. Auxiliary #106. On November 22, 1947, she married Arthur H. Cardy and he preceded her in death July 11, 1992. Mary is survived by her two daughters, Aleta M. (Mike) Fullmer of Barryton and Lori A. (Dale) Kraus of St. Johns, seven grandchildren, and fifteen great-grandchildren. Mary also has two sisters, Josephine Buckhardt and Catherine Kruzel, two brothers, Ignatius Kruzel and Anthony (Juanita) Kruzel, and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, Mary was preceded in death by her two sons, Douglas Cardy and Arthur "Chip" Cardy Jr. and two sisters, Stasia Winters and Suzanne Czerkia and brother, Michael Kruzel. Mary will be laid to rest by the love of her life, her husband Art in the Greenwood Cemetery in Petoskey following the Mass. Funeral Mass to be celebrated 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 5, 2010 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, St. Johns with Rev. Fr. Eoin Murphy officiating. A graveside service at 4:30 pm at the cemetery. The family will receive friends 5-8 pm Monday and 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Osgood Funeral Home with a Rosary being prayed at 7 pm Monday evening. To learn more about Mary and view her Life Story film. Visit her personal webpage at




Mary Cardy *

84, of St. Johns, died Sunday. Services 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, St. Johns. Arrangements by Osgood Funeral Homes, St. Johns. 




Mary L. Johnson

Monday, May 3, 2010 1:10 AM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

Mary L. Johnson, 71, of 9040 West 755 North Shipshewana, Ind. died at 8:14 p.m. on Friday, April 30, 2010 at Parkview LaGrange Hospital, LaGrange, Ind., after being brought into the emergency room. She was born Sept. 27, 1938 in Ray, Ind., to James and Edyth (Snyder) Howard. On Aug. 28, 1982, in Plato, Ind. she married Emmit H. Johnson. She was a homemaker and enjoyed playing bingo, gardening and working in her flowers beds. Surviving in addition to her husband, Emmit H. Johnson is a son, Tommy Schaeffer of Burr Oak; three daughters, Judy Archer of Coldwater, Sara Lahnum of Coldwater and Tina Russo of Sterling Heights; six grandchildren, nine great grandchildren; a sister, Marie Brooks of Guthurie, Okla.; and five brothers, Leon Howard of White Pigeon, Richard Howard of Bronson, Paul Howard of Sturgis, Michael Howard of Oklahoma City, Okla. and Gerald Graser of Mishawaka, Ind. She was preceded in death by her father, James Howard; mother, Edyth VanDusen; and three brothers, Melvin, Gaylord and Robert Howard. Online condolences may be sent at




Mildred C. Moore

Monday, May 3, 2010 1:11 AM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

Mildred C. Moore 90 of Coldwater passed away April 30, 2010 at the Laurels of Coldwater. She was born July 20, 1919 in Moscow Twp. to Glen Z. and Elsie (Norfolk) Stone. She graduated from Jonesville High School in 1937. On Dec. 8, 1947, she married Paul A. Moore in Garrett, Ind. She worked at the Coldwater State Home and Training School as a supervisor. Mildred enjoyed gardening, cooking, quilting, patchwork, crocheting, doing crossword puzzles and arranging family get togethers. She was a member of the Lockwood Community Church and was proud to be the number two account at the Coldwater Credit Union, now Allegis. She is survived by son James Peiffer of Coldwater and daughter Patricia K. Weaver of Ft. Wayne, Ind. She was preceded in death by her husband Paul in 2002, three brothers and one sister. Visitation will be Tuesday, May 4, 2010 from 5-8 p.m. at the Putnam Funeral Home in Coldwater. Services will be held Wednesday, May 5, 2010 at 1 p.m. with one hour of visitation prior to the service at the Putnam Funeral Home in Coldwater with Pastor Shayne Looper officiating. Interment will be in the Ft Custer National Cemetery. You may leave an online tribute by visiting Arrangements by Putnam Funeral Home, Coldwater, (517) 278-2311.



Mildred Elizabeth Martin

Mildred Elizabeth Martin, 96, of Hart died Friday, April 30. Oak Grove Funeral Home & Cremation Center is in charge of arrangements.... 




Olivia M. Smith

Olivia M. Smith, 94, of Gladwin, passed away Monday, April 19, 2010 at the Mid-Michigan Gladwin Pines Nursing Center. She was born on Nov. 28, 1915 in Redbud, Illinois, the daughter of the late Wendell and Christina (Freigler) Mennerich.




Paul A. Sheets

Monday, May 3, 2010 6:09 AM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

Paul A. Sheets, 60, of Sturgis, Mich., passed away Friday morning, April 30, 2010, at his home. He was born Dec. 12, 1949, in Fort Wayne, Ind., a son to the late Donald and Florence (Canfield) Sheets. Paul lived most of his life in the Sturgis area and graduated from Sturgis High School with the class of 1968. On Dec. 26, 2006, he married Cheryl Goff in Centreville, Mich. He had owned and operated PKG, Inc. in Sturgis for over 15 years. Paul was a member of the B.P.O.E. #1381 and the Eagles Lodge #1314 and loved to play golf. He is survived by his wife, Cheryl; two sons, Woody Mayer of Bellingham, Wash. and James Mayer of Sturgis; two grandchildren, Haivyn and Austin Mayer; one sister, Nancy Lautzenheiser of Fort Wayne, Ind.; one brother, Charles Smith of Fort Wayne, Ind., and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters. In accordance with his wishes, cremation has taken place. A memorial service celebrating the life of Paul Sheets will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the First United Methodist Church in Sturgis. The Rev. Robert Keim will officiate. The Hackman Family Funeral Homes Hackman Chapel, 114 S. Nottawa St., Sturgis, MI 49091 is handling the arrangements. The family suggests those wishing to make a memorial donation in Paul’s memory consider the American Cancer Society, 1400 West Milham, Kalamazoo, MI 49024. The obituary is also at where personal messages of support may be left for the family.  



Ralph Shepard *

73, of Grand Ledge, former UAW Local 652 president and retired General Motors employee, died Sunday. Arrangements by Peters & Murray Funeral Home, Grand Ledge.




Rev. Lloyd A. Phillips

Monday, May 3, 2010 6:07 AM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

Rev. Lloyd Austin Phillips, 82, of Niles, died unexpectedly Saturday, May 1, 2010, at his daughter’s home in Buchanan of natural causes. Rev. Phillips was born March 19, 1928, in Utica, NY, to Harold H. and Margaret P. (Jenkins)Phillips. He graduated from high school in Ilion, NY in 1946, received his BA from Houghton College in Houghton, NY in 1951 and graduated from Calvary Seminary in Grand Rapids, Mich. in 1958. He continued his education with a major in philosophical theology in 1978, as well as numerous summer schools and workshops throughout his ministry. Rev. Phillips pastored United Methodist Churches in East Otto, NY from 1950-1953; Grand Rapids from 1953-1961; Bronson, Mich., from 1961-1969; Stevensville from 1969-1979; Lansing from 1979-1984; and retired from Wesley United Methodist Church in Niles after serving from 1984-1991. During his ministry, Rev. Phillips served on countless committees, boards and held numerous offices and positions, most recently with the Optimist Club where he was chief founder of the Decatur Optimist Club and was the Distinguished President of the Noon Optimist Club of Niles from 1991-92. After his retirement, he published four books and received numerous distinguished honors including a special  resolution from the Ingham County board of commissioners for help in making Ingham County a better place to live and work among ethnic people. On June 19, 1948, in Washington, Pa., he married he beloved mate, Jean Scott, who preceded him in death on Feb. 21, 2010. He was also preceeded in death by his son, David L. Phillips, who died July 15, 1997. Rev. Phillips is survived by his children, Dr. John Lloyd (Linda )Phillips of Fayetteville, NC and Linda M. (Jim)Baker of Buchanan; four grandchildren, Jeffrey, Andrew, Matt, and Chelsea; five step-grandchildren, Jimmy, Jody, Donna, Frank and Paul; and six step great-grandchildren. Services for Rev. Lloyd A. Phillips will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Wesley United Methodist Church in Niles with Rev. Edward H. Slate, of the church, officiating. Committal rites will follow at Silverbrook Cemetery in Niles. The family will receive relatives and friends from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday at Halbritter Funeral Home in Niles. Contributions in memory of Rev. Phillips will be made to Wesley United Methodist Church missions, the Noon Optimist Club of Niles or the donor’s choice.  



Richard P. Reiter

Monday, May 3, 2010 6:08 AM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

Richard “Rick” Paul Reiter, age 54, unexpectedly passed away Friday, April 23, 2010, at the M-40 Speedway in Jones, Mich., doing the thing he loved — driving around a racetrack. He will be greatly missed by his longtime companion, Karen Rustin; and granddaughter, Baylyn Marie, both of White Pigeon; his mother, Martha Reiter; sister, Debbie (Mark) Reiter; brothers, Ronald Reiter, Kenneth Reiter and Rodney Smithley, all of Bradenton, Fla.; daughter, Amy Walker and grandson, Austin Walker of Arcadia, Fla.; and daughter Angie (Tony) Montgomery and grandson, Garrett of Constantine, Mich. He will join in heaven his father, Paul Leo Reiter; brother, Rex Reiter; and his hero, Dale Earnhardt Sr. He was born Dec. 30, 1955, in Fostoria, Ohio. He attended school in Bradenton, Fla. He started stock car racing at age 13 – winning many championships.  He helped his dad at his Bradenton junkyard.  He moved to Michigan in 1983 and started his own auto repair and custom race car business.  He raced at many tracks in the area, and loved walking, talking and wrenching in the pits.  He was a fan of all motor sports, and anything Earnhardt.  He was a gentle, soft spoken man and everyone who met him liked him.  He was a man of many projects.  Richard built a full-size replica of Dale Earnhardt Sr.’s first asphalt stock car (a ’66 Chevell, which will be inducted into the Gilmore Car Museum in Kalamazoo this May.)  There will be a celebration of life memorial on May 14 at the M-40 Speedway, 58671 Michigan 40 Jones, Mich., 49061, starting at 6:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Southern Michigan Bank and Trust, PO Box 217, Constantine, Mich., 49042, for Baylyn Marie’s future.   To send condolences, please visit



Richard Pieratt

Monday, May 3, 2010 5:51 AM 

Richard Pieratt, 86, of Mt. Pleasant, passed away Sunday, May 2, 2010 at Woodland Hospice House. Funeral arrangements are pending with the Clark Funeral Chapel.



Richard S.Radomski Sr.

Monday, May 3, 2010 12:20 AM 

Richard S.Radomski Sr. Richard S. Radomski Sr. May 1, 2010. Age 79 of Clinton Twp. Beloved husband of the late Frances Radomski. Dear father of Richard (Kimberly) Radomski Jr., Karen Lienemann, Cheryl (Steven) Casali and Bro. Michael Radomski, OFM. Loving grandfather of eight. Instate Thursday 9:30 a.m. at St. Matthias Catholic Church, 12509 19 Mile Road, Sterling Heights until time of Mass at 10:00 a.m. Visitation Tuesday and Wednesday 2-8 p.m. at the Wm. Sullivan & Son Funeral Home, 8459 Hall Road, Utica, Michigan. Interment at Great Lakes National Cemetery, Holly, Michigan. Memorials suggested to Hospice of Henry Ford- Macomb. Condolences for the family may be addressed to:



Robert C. Engel, Sr. Apr. 15, 1948-Apr. 27, 2010

Thursday, April 29, 2010 11:50 AM 

Robert C. Engel, Sr., age 62 of Monroe, died 9:55 p.m. Tuesday, April 27, 2010 in his home. He had been seriously ill since November 2009.



Robert Carlyle Burchill

Sunday, April 25, 2010 10:00 AM 

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Robert E. Zak

Monday, May 3, 2010 12:25 AM 

Robert E. Zak Robert E. Zak, resident of Macomb Township, born July 8, 1936, died May 2, 2010 at his home. Beloved husband of Irene. Loving father of Vicky (Kenny) Weber, Bobby (Maryann), Ricky (Cathy), Donna (Mark) Piwonski, Jeff (Kim), Lori (Joe) Wierbicki, Paula Zak and Brian Kibzey, Denise (Kevin) Moberg, Mike Zak. Dear Brother of Dennis (Linda) Johnson; grandfather of 25 and great-grandfather of two. Dear cousin of Lenny, Pat and Billy. Also survived by many other cousins. Robert enjoyed watching NASCAR, playing cards with his family and watching the Tigers. But most of all spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Visitation Tuesday 5 to 9 p.m. and Wednesday 1 to 9 p.m. with a 7:00 p.m. Rosary. Funeral Service Thursday 11:00 a.m. at the Sterling Heights Chapel of the E.J. Mandziuk & Son Funeral Directors Inc., 3801 18 Mile Road (N.W. Corner of 18 & Ryan). Please share memories at



Robert F. McHugh

Monday, May 3, 2010 12:19 AM 

Robert F. McHugh Robert F. McHugh, age 78, a lifelong resident of Center Line, died April 30, 2010 at St. John Oakland-Macomb in Warren. He was born February 19, 1932 in New Jersey. Mr. McHugh was owner of Regal Tire Co., now celebrating 50 years. He enjoyed bowling, golfing and softball. He was a medic who served in the Korean War. Robert was a 1949 graduate of Lincoln High School. He is survived by his children, Susan (Tony) Cilia, David, Cynthia, Christy (Kevin) Givens; grandchildren, Stephanie, Nolan, Megan, Devon, Wyatt, Logan, Nina; brother, Richard (Mary) McHugh; sister, Gloria (Bill) Miller. He was predeceased by his wife, Carolyn; and daughter, Sandra. A Funeral Service will be held 11 a.m. on Tuesday, at the Ford Funeral Home, 26560 Van Dyke, Center Line. Burial, Resurrection Cemetery, Clinton Township. Visitation is Monday 2-9 p.m. and Tuesday 10-11 a.m., time of service. Memorial contributions to Down syndrome research, Special Olympics or charity of choice, appreciated.



Robert Harvey

Robert Harvey, age 56, of Beaverton, passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at his home in Beaverton, surrounded by his family. He was born Sept. 30, 1953 in Flint to the late Alvin and Mary (Moore) Harvey.



Ronald Braden *

67, of Charlotte, died Sunday. Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.



Ronald J. 'Baldy' Tornberg

Tuesday, April 27, 2010 2:54 AM 

IRON MOUNTAIN, Mich. -- Ronald J. "Baldy" Tornberg, 59, of Ironwood and formerly of Hurley, Wis., died Saturday, April 24, 2010, in Iron Mountain. 



Ronald Kole, 78

Saturday, May 1, 2010 7:48 PM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

Ronald Jay Kole, age 78, of St. Joseph, died Saturday, May 1, 2010. Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Dykstra Life Story Funeral Homes-Mulder Chapel, 188 West 32nd St, with the Rev. Daryl Vetter officiating. Burial will be in Pilgrim Home Cemetery. No visitation is scheduled. Obituaries notice: Holland Sentinel print and E-Edition subscribers receive access to the full, detailed obituary announcements. To read the full obituaries, subscribe to The Holland Sentinel in print, or the online E-Edition. E-Edition obituary publish dates may differ from the date on which you are reading this. E-Edition archives go back 30 days.



Ronald Wayne Turnbull

Sunday, April 25, 2010 10:00 AM 

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Rose Ann Kazmaier May 31, 1920-April 14, 2010

Thursday, April 29, 2010 11:45 AM 

Rose Ann Kazmaier, 89, of Lambertville, was born May 31, 1920, in Glasgow, Scotland, and died April 14, 2010 in Toledo. 



Rose L. Hernandez

Sunday, April 25, 2010 10:00 AM 

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Roseanne E. Rauch July 14, 1925-April 27, 2010

Friday, April 30, 2010 12:15 PM 

Roseanne E. Rauch, 84, a lifelong resident of Monroe, passed away at the Lutheran Home in Monroe where she had resided for the past year at 9:30 pm, Tuesday, April 27, 2010.



Ross Melvin Randall

Ross Melvin Randall Lansing Formerly of Coleman, MI, age 71, was born on a farm in Coleman, MI on August 26, 1938 and he died in Lansing, April 29, 2010, after an extended illness of multiple myeloma. Ross was preceded in death by his parents, Lester and Beatrice Randall. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, May 4, 11:30 a.m. at Faith United Methodist Church, 4301 S. Waverly Rd, with Rev. Russell McReynolds officiating. The family will receive friends 30 minutes prior to the funeral. Interment will take place at Warren Township Cemetery in Coleman, MI. Arrangements entrusted to Riley Funeral Home.



Ross Melvin Randall *

71, of Lansing, formerly of Coleman, former Dow Chemical chemical layman, died Thursday. Memorial services 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Faith United Methodist Church. Arrangements by Riley Funeral Home.



Roy E. Wallace

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Ruthie Mae Dismuke *

67, of Lansing, Michigan State University food service employee, died Friday. Services 1 p.m. Thursday at New Mount Hope Calvary Baptist Church. Arrangements by Riley Funeral Home. 



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Sharon M. Lonsby

Friday, April 30, 2010 7:22 AM 

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Sheila A. Jansen

Sunday, April 25, 2010 10:00 AM 

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Sherie (Sidock) Colyer

Sherie (Sidock) Colyer, 56, of Gladwin, formerly of Waterford, went home to be with the Lord suddenly on April 24, 2010. 



Sid Hovey

Monday, May 3, 2010 1:55 AM 

IRONWOOD, Mich. -- Sid Hovey, 85, of 1206 N. Hemlock St., Ironwood, died Friday, April 30, 2010, in Ironwood. 



Stasia M. "Stella" Syc

Friday, April 23, 2010 12:30 PM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

Stasia M. “Stella” Syc, 98, of Cheboygan, passed away Tuesday, April 20, 2010 at her home. Visitation will be held Friday, April 23, 2010, from 4-8 p.m., with a Rosary beginning at 7:30 p.m., at the Christian Funeral Home. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, April 24, at 11 a.m., with visitation beginning at 10:00 am, at St. Mary/St. Charles Catholic Church, with Rev. Paul Megge officiating. Burial will be at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Read more HERE in Friday's Tribune.



Stephen W. McCarthy *

85, of Lansing, retired Motor Wheel employee, died Wednesday. Memorial services noon Tuesday at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church. Arrangements by Palmer, Bush and Jensen Family Funeral Homes, Lansing Chapel. 



Steven M. Gorham

Friday, April 30, 2010 7:22 AM 

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Sue Ann Soulliere, 61

Wednesday, April 28, 2010 9:30 AM 

Sue Ann Soulliere, 61, of Charlevoix, died April 27, 2010, at Northern Michigan Regional Hospital. 




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Vaughan C. Henry

Vaughan C. Henry, age 84, of Gladwin, passed away on Tuesday, April 13, 2010 at his home in Gladwin, after a long battle with cancer. He was born March 4, 1926 in Ferndale, the son of the late Issac and Maryann (Gilbo) Henry. 



Violet Elaine Rich

Wednesday, April 28, 2010 4:04 PM 

Violet Elaine Rich, 90, of Gaylord, died Feb. 1, 2010. 



Virginia (Dansard) Phinney

Sunday, May 2, 2010 12:27 AM 

A memorial service for Virginia (Dansard) Phinney, 100, of the Grand Rapids area, formerly of Monroe, who died Feb. 9, will take place at noon Saturday at Trinity Episcopal Church, 11 W. 3rd St., Monroe. A luncheon will follow.



Vivian L. Beattie, 93

Friday, April 30, 2010 10:53 AM

Vivian L. Beattie, 93, of Charlevoix, died Wednesday, April 28, 2010, in Cottonwood, Ariz. 



Walter Kreiter

Sunday, May 2, 2010 8:21 AM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

Walter Kreiter, 79, passed away April 29, 2010, at home.  Cremation arrangements entrusted to J. Gilbert Purse Funeral Home, Adrian. 



Walter V. Wilczynski

Sunday, April 25, 2010 10:00 AM

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Wayne Franklin Trouten Aug. 5, 1940-April 23, 2010

Thursday, April 29, 2010 11:51 AM 

Wayne Franklin Trouten, 69, of Winter Garden, Fla., formerly of Monroe, died April 23, 2010 in Winter Garden. He had been seriously ill for the past six months. 




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Wendell Westcott *

99, of Lansing, retired Michigan State University music professor, died Friday. Services 2 p.m. Tuesday at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, East Chapel, East Lansing. 



William Bryan Kress

Saturday, April 24, 2010 7:07 AM 

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William Junior Stierley *

80, of Lansing, U.S. Air Force (retired) and retired General Motors employee, died Thursday. Services 11 a.m. Tuesday at Marantha Baptist Church, Lansing. Arrangements by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, Lansing Chapel.



Wilma L. Veldkamp, 80

Thursday, April 29, 2010 8:03 AM 

Wilma L. Veldkamp, 80, of Central Lake, died Wednesday, April 28, 2010, at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City. 




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