Monday, June 7, 2010

Michigan Obituaries 06/07/2010


Ann C. Huston

Monday, June 7, 2010 6:26 AM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

Ann C. Huston, age 70 of Mendon, died Saturday June 5, 2010, at her home following a long illness.   She was born in Sturgis, Mich., on April 28, 1940, the daughter of Carlton and Ruth (Terry) Boyd.  She was a 1958 graduate of LaGrange High School and attended Indiana University.   Ann was married to David Huston on Dec. 5, 1959.  They moved to Mendon in 1968 and were later divorced.   Ann was a rural carrier for the U.S. Postal Service for over 25 years, delivering from the Leonidas and Fulton offices.  She loved music and played the piano, clarinet, and saxophone. She also was a member of the Sturgis Chapter of Sweet Adelines for several years.  She enjoyed reading, and was a student of the Civil War.  She loved animals and will be missed by her beloved dog, Sassy. Ann is survived by six children, Patty Huston of Fredericksburg, Va., John Huston (Angis Keith) of Three Rivers, Robin Huston (Richard Pacic) of Gun Lake, Christopher Huston of Laurel, MS, Michael Huston of Kalamazoo, and Leslie Spraggins (Michael) of Linden;  11 grandchildren;  two great-grandchildren;  one aunt, Mary Jane Griffith of LaGrange, Ind.; several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Terry and Arden Boyd; and a sister, Ardith Paulus. The family will receive friends from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Eickhoff Funeral Home in Mendon.  Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday June 9, 2010, at the funeral home.  Following a social gathering, interment will take place in LaGrange, Ind.   Memorials may be directed to the Borgess VNA & Hospice, or to your favorite organization to benefit pets and animals.  An online register is available at       




Barbara Jo Tansey *

80, of Grand Ledge, died Thursday. Services 1 p.m. today at Trinity Episcopal Church, Grand Ledge. Arrangements by Holihan-Atkin Funeral Home, Grand Ledge.



Curtis Wayne Parker

Curtis Wayne Parker, 84, of Paso Robles, California, passed away May 19, 2010 at the Mission View Health Center in San Luis, Obispo, California. 



Dale M. Griffin *

85, of Riverdale, retired General Motors (Lansing) employee, died Saturday. Services 1 p.m. Tuesday at Lux & Schnepp Funeral Home, Riverdale. 



Deward William Arnold

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Donna Maye Biddinger

Donna Maye Biddinger St. Louis Donna Maye Biddinger, age 79, of St. Louis, MI died Sunday, June 6th, 2010 at her residence. Funeral Services will be held at Smith Family Funeral Homes Ithaca Chapel Ithaca, on Wednesday, June 9, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. Mr. Keith Wise will officiate and burial will take place at North Star Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Monday 6-8 p.m. and Tuesday, June 8, 2010 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at Smith Family Funeral Homes Ithaca Chapel. Donna was born in Ithaca, Michigan on August 18, 1930, the daughter of Oliver George "Chub" and Julia (Davis) Biddinger, she graduated from Ithaca High School with the class of 1948 and CMU in 1952 and received her masters degree in education from the University of Colorado. Donna was a Physical Education teacher in the Lansing School District for 35 years. She loved cross stitching, basket weaving, needle point, gardening, and going to her cottage at Lake George. Donna enjoyed traveling and one of her first trips was in 1955 she traveled to California, and she had also spent some time in Holland. She moved back to Gratiot County after she retired and was a member of St. Louis Church of Christ. She is survived by her sister, Bernice Munson of Ithaca, MI; 1 brother, Richard and Faye Biddinger of Ithaca, MI; 1 niece, Brenda and Roger Miller of St. Johns, MI; 4 nephews, Bruce and Vicki Biddinger of Traverse City, MI, Brian and Terie Biddinger of Blanchard, MI, Michael and Brenda Munson of Howell, MI, Eric and Amy Munson of Browntown, MI; and several great-nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents; sister-in-law, Marie Biddinger; and brother-in-law, Marvin Munson. Memorials may be made to St. Louis Church of Christ St. Louis. Online condolences can be sent to, The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes Ithaca Chapel Ithaca, Michigan.




Edwin E. "Gene" Gronau Sr.

Edwin E. "Gene" Gronau Sr., age 81, of Gladwin, passed away on Thursday, May 27, 2010 at his home.




Elvin Thys Talsma

Elvin Thys Talsma, 92, of Wichita, Kansas, died June 3 in Ludington. Alexander-Rye Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.... 



Emil W. Wendling

Emil W. Wendling Okemos On June 5, 2010, Emil, age 102, went to be with his Lord. Born September 10, 1907, in Remus, MI. Mr. Wendling was a charter member of the Church of the Resurrection. He was the oldest member of the Knights of Columbus and the oldest retiree of the Michigan State Police. He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret A. Wendling of 69 years in 2009. Surviving are his daughter, Terri Wilson of Maitland, FL; son, Dr. James (Mary Ann) Wendling of Fair Oaks, CA; granddaughter, Tina (Chris) Bangma; great-grandchildren, Austin and Heather Bangma. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, June 9, 10:00 a.m. at Church of the Resurrection, 1531 E. Michigan Avenue, Lansing 48912 with Rev. William J. Koenigsknecht officiating. Interment will follow in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. The family will receive friends Tuesday 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. with a Rosary service at 8:00 p.m. at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, 900 E. Michigan Avenue, Lansing, MI 48912. In lieu of flowers, the family request contributions be made to Church of the Resurrection, 1531 E. Michigan Avenue, Lansing, MI 48912 or Ingham County Medical Care Facility, 3860 Dobie Road, Okemos, MI 48864 in memory of Emil. Online condolences may be left at



Emilie Patrishkoff

Monday, June 7, 2010 12:07 AM 

Emilie Patrishkoff Emilie "Emily" Patrishkoff, age 90, of Warren, died June 5, 2010. Beloved wife of Steve. Loving mother of Nancy (James) Thibault, John (Denise) Patrishkoff, Mary (David) Klonowski, and Carol (Chris) Snopek. Dearest grandmother of Michael (Susan) Thibault, Jeffrey (Karen) Thibault, and great-grandmother of Raquel, Brandon, Sydney, Lindsey, and Emily. 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 (12-1/2 Mile Rd) in Warren. Instate Wednesday from 10 a.m. until the time of Mass at 10:30 a.m. at St. Sylvester Catholic Church in Warren. Please share memories at



Evelyn Neva Passmore *

84, of Bannister, died Saturday. Graveside services 10 a.m. today at Ford Cemetery. Arrangements by Smith Family Funeral Homes, Elsie Chapel.




Frank McClung *

79, of Portland, died Friday. There will be no services. Arrangements by Schrauben-Lehman Funeral Home, Portland.



Greg Markel

Monday, June 7, 2010 12:09 AM 

Greg Markel Greg Markel, age 60, passed away January 9, 2010. A United States Army Vietnam veteran. Survived by his loving wife, Donna (Krajenke). Loved by his family and friends. A private memorial service is going to be held with military honors. For details contact his wife Donna at




Vicki A. Heinzer, 51, of Manistee, died May 31. The Herbert Funeral Home of Manistee is in charge of arrangements.... 





Henry Ira Seeley

Monday, June 7, 2010 7:16 AM 

Dec. 18, 1919-June 6, 2010 Henry Ira Seeley, age 90, of Shepherd, Michigan, passed away on Sunday, June 6, 2010 at Central Michigan Community Hospital in Mt. Pleasant.




Monday, June 7, 2010 2:02 AM 

ARMSTRONG, JOSEPH R.; of Clarkston; June 6, 2010; age 65.



Janice N. Stanke

Monday, June 7, 2010 12:08 AM

Janice N. Stanke Janice N. Stanke, age 80, died June 5, 2010. Beloved wife of the late Arthur. Loving Mother of Cheryl (Gary) Schultz, Denise (John) Rahim, Ellen (Tony) Franco and Faith (William) Fitzpatrick. Grandmother of 9, great-grandmother of 3. Visitation Tuesday 3-9 p.m. at the Kaul Funeral Home, 35201 Garfield Road (N. of 15 Mile Road). Instate Wednesday from 10 a.m. until time of Service 11 a.m. at St. Luke Lutheran Church, 21400 S. Nunneley Rd., Clinton Township, MI. Burial Cadillac Memorial Gardens East. Memorials made to St. Luke Lutheran Church would be appreciated. Please share a memory with the family at



Jessica Darlene Groce

Monday, June 7, 2010 6:45 AM 

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John A. Walford

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John Albert Parry

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Joseph Francis Freeman Sr. *

57, of Lennon, General Motors electrician, died Saturday. There will be no services. Arrangements by Smith Family Funeral Homes, Jennings-Lyons Chapel, Owosso. 



Joseph J. Coppola

Monday, June 7, 2010 12:05 AM 

Joseph J. Coppola Joseph J. Coppola, age 80, died June 5, 2010. Beloved husband of Dolly (Beatrice Vettraino). Loving father of Frank (Robyn), Kathy (Frank) Thieda, Michele Coppola-Ermak, and Sandra (Mitch) Fincher. Proud Papa of seven and one great-grandchild. Visitation at the Sterling Heights Chapel of Bagnasco & Calcaterra Funeral Home, 13650 E. 15 Mile Road (at Schoenherr), Tuesday 4-9 p.m. and Wednesday 1-9 p.m. Funeral Thursday at St. Paul of Tarsus Catholic Church, 41300 Romeo Plank Road (at Canal). Instate 9:30 a.m. until time of Mass, 10 a.m. Resurrection Cemetery. Memories to be shared at



Joseph P. Sheppard

Monday, June 7, 2010 6:57 AM 

Joseph P. Sheppard, 89, of Mt. Pleasant went to be with his Lord on Saturday, June 5, 2010 at his home with his family by his side. 



Kathryn M. Lovell

Kathryn M. Lovell, 81, of Pentwater died June 3. Oak Grove Funeral Home and Cremation Center is in charge of arrangements.... 




Kathryn Miriam (Cutler) Lovell

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Kenneth E. Dutton

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Linda Elaine Markey

Monday, June 7, 2010 6:45 AM 

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Lorraine Bogusz

Monday, June 7, 2010 12:03 AM 

Lorraine Bogusz Lorraine (nee Chmura) Bogusz, age 85, passed away on June 5, 2010. Daughter of 



Lorraine M. Pope *

72, of Perry, died Saturday. Services 1 p.m. Tuesday at Watkins Brothers Funeral Home, Perry. 



Lorraine S. (Witte/Preger) Doolittle

Lorraine S. (Witte/Preger) Doolittle, 70, of Clare, formerly of Rhodes passed away Sunday, May 30, 2010 at Mid-Michigan Medical Center-Clare following a courageous battle with cancer. 



Margaret Mae Leavitt *

92, of St. Johns, retired Alma Middle School teacher, died Thursday. Services 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Osgood Funeral Home, St. Johns. 



Mary Ellen Elliott Pence

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Mary Jean Russman *

53, of Portland, died Thursday. Memorial services 11 a.m. Wednesday at Schrauben-Lehman Funeral Home, Portland. 



Mary Reihl

Monday, June 7, 2010 6:57 AM 

Mary Reihl of Mt. Pleasant passed away on Sunday, June 6, 2010 at her home with her family by her side. 



Maudie May Wolff

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Milton P. 'Milt' Holz

Monday, June 7, 2010 2:33 AM 

IRONWOOD, Mich. ­ Milton P. "Milt" Holz, 76, of Ironwood, formerly of Wakefield and Marenisco, passed away Saturday, June 5, 2010, in Ironwood.




Monday, June 7, 2010 2:02 AM 

BENNETT, NANCY J.; age 71; of West Bloomfield; passed away Saturday, June 5, 2010. 




Nanette VanDervoort Martin

Nanette VanDervoort Martin Age 83, died in the presence of her family in Lansing, Michigan at the Hospice of Lansing - Stoneleigh Residence on Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010. Born in Lansing to Birdice (Spedding) and Edward R. VanDervoort, she graduated from East Lansing High School ('44) and Michigan State ('48). On August 15, 1948 she married William G. Martin. Nan will be remembered by many for her business and civic contributions in the Greater Lansing area and at Glen Lake. Nan was a successful and respected Realtor, working as president of the William G. Martin Company. She served on numerous boards including American Bank & Trust, First of America Bank Holding Corp., Greater Lansing Chamber of Commerce (president), Greater Lansing Board of Realtors (president), East Lansing Board of Education (president), Kappa Alpha Theta (district president), Sparrow Hospital Service Auxiliary (charter member), Junior League of Lansing (president), United Way (president), YWCA Financial Advisory Board (chairman), Salvation Army Advisory Board, MSU Alumni Association (president) and Glen Lake Association (president, honorary achievement award). Nan was a capable individual who had an uncanny ability of getting jobs done, both individually or by committee. She was a pioneer of women in the Lansing community as demonstrated by being the first woman to serve on and lead many of these boards. In retirement years, she enjoyed boating with Bill in Florida and her family gatherings at Glen Lake. Nan was predeceased by her parents; her loving husband William, who died on September 2, 2008; a granddaughter, Carla Renee Smith; and 2 nephews, Kurt Snider and Bradley Snider. She is survived by 4 children, Cynthia M. Colton (Jeffrey) of Ann Arbor, John Edward Martin (Wendy) of Glen Arbor, Natalie M. Smith (Gregory) of Wheaton, IL, and Van William Martin (Sharon) of East Lansing; 10 grandchildren, Sarah N. Colton, Jeffrey J. Colton II, Lizabeth D. (Martin) Millikan (Dan), Jacob W. Martin, Erin E. Smith, Caroline M. Smith, Chelsea A. Smith, Andrew G. Smith, Landon Caroline C. Martin and VanDervoort Cutler Martin; 1 great grandchild, Ava L. Millikan; her sister, Joan (Honey) V. Snider; and a niece, Nanette Snider. Memorials may be directed to Sparrow Foundation, P.O. Box 30480, Lansing, MI 48909 or the Glen Lake Association Endowment Fund, P.O. Box 551, Glen Arbor, MI 49636. A Memorial Service will be held at Glen Lake this summer. Communications may be directed to P.O. Box 7, Glen Arbor, MI 49636 or 1111 Michigan Ave., Suite #201, East Lansing, MI 48823. Online condolences may be made at





Norma Miesel Tehansky

Monday, June 7, 2010 12:11 AM 

Norma Miesel Tehansky Norma Miesel Tehansky, age 69, a resident of Sterling Heights, died June 5, 2010, at Medilodge of Sterling Heights. She was born October 31, 1940, in Detroit. Norma was a retired telephone operator for General Motors. She is survived by her dear friend Irene (Phil) Housey. She is also survived by cousins. Visitation Tuesday, June 8, 2010, at 10 a.m. until time of service at 1 p.m., at Ford Funeral Home, 26560 Van Dyke, Center Line. Burial Sacred Heart Cemetery, Roseville, MI. Memorial contributions to Capuchin Soup Kitchen.




Patrick N. Detzler *

95, of Lansing, retired state police officer, died Thursday. Services 11:30 a.m. today at St. Gerard Catholic Church, Lansing. Arrangements by Estes-Leadley Funeral Homes, Greater Lansing Chapel. 



Richard "SCRATCH" E. Schiemann

Richard "SCRATCH" E. Schiemann, age 66, of Gladwin, passed away on Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at the Covenant Medical Center-Cooper Campus in Saginaw.



Robert C. "Bob" Ferguson

A memorial service for Robert C. "Bob" Ferguson, who died March 6 in Grand Rapids, is secheduled for 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 12 at Epworth Heights Auditorium, 1161 N. Lakeshore Drive....



Robert Leo Chamberlain

Monday, June 7, 2010 6:57 AM 

May 30, 1941 - June 6, 2010 Robert Leo Chamberlain, Beloved father, grandfather, great grandfather, and brother, passed away Sunday, June 6, 2010 at his home after a long battle with illness, surrounded by his family. 



Robert "Bob or Harley" Evroul Green

Robert "Bob or Harley" Evroul Green, 49 years old, residing in Clare, passed on Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at 4:04 p.m. at Saginaw's Covenant Hospital after suffering injuries due to a motorcycle accident the previous Wednesday.




Rufus V. Halcomb

Rufus V. Halcomb, 92, of Gainesville, Florida, died Tuesday June 1. Oak Grove Funeral Home and Cremation Center is in charge of arrangements.... 



Rufus Varon Halcomb

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Sarah Ellen Uhazie

Monday, June 7, 2010 12:12 AM 

Sarah Ellen Uhazie Sarah Ellen Uhazie, age 80, of Bruce, Warren & Clinton Township, passed away on Sunday, June 6, 2010. Sarah loved her family, enjoyed cooking, baking, and doing yard work. Sarah is survived by her sons: Scott (Mary) of Clinton Township, and Mark (Jacqueline) of Washington Township. Also survived by siblings: David Crawford, Lydia "Susie" (George) Riggen, Nancy Marks, and George Swaney. Preceded in death by her husband James on May 23, 2010 & sister Margaret (Margie) Swaney. Services Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the Henry M. Malburg Funeral Home of Romeo (11280 32 Mile Rd., Romeo) Visitation Tuesday from 1-9 p.m.



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Shirley Joan Syrja

Monday, June 7, 2010 12:11 AM 

Shirley Joan Syrja Shirley Joan Syrja, age 79, of Harrison Township, passed away Saturday evening at her home. She was born September 2, 1930, to Howard and Ruth (Books) Phillips in Mount Clemens, Michigan. On January 2, 1951, Shirley married Gerald F. Syrja in Mount Clemens. Mrs. Syrja has resided at her present address the past 55 years. Shirley earned her B.A. from Michigan State University and her master's degree from Eastern Michigan University. She was a primary school teacher since 1952 for the Mount Clemens Community Schools District, retiring in 2005. Mrs. Syrja enjoyed being with her family and teaching. She valued family loyalty and instilling ethics, integrity and manners in children. Shirley was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, and was an active member in the Mount Clemens Education Association. Surviving are her children, Jerry "J.J." Syrja of Olympia, Washington, Joel Syrja of Harrison Township and Margo (James) Farber of Grosse Pointe Park: grandchildren, Mirelle and Emily Syrja and Jaclyn and Ellen Farber, and a brother, William Phillips. Shirley was predeceased by her husband, Gerald F. on June 17, 2003, and siblings, Terry "Sonny" Phillips and Leone Sandlin. Visiting hours at the Will and Schwarzkoff Funeral Home, 233 Northbound Gratiot, Mount Clemens will be from 3-9 p.m., Wednesday and 12-9 p.m., Thursday. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, June 11, 2010, at the funeral home with Ms. Beatrice Fadgen officiating. Burial will follow at Cadillac Memorial Gardens East, Clinton Township. Memorial contributions may be made to the Karmanos Cancer Institute, 4100 John R., Detroit, MI 48201-9945. Share memories at



Stanley J. Kozak

Monday, June 7, 2010 12:06 AM 

Stanley J. Kozak Stanley J. Kozak, age 46, passed away June 5, 2010. Proud father of Brittney and Shelia. Loving son of Joan and Gerald. Dearest brother of Denise (Tom) Peltier, Gerry (Nadine), James (Kathy), Debbie (Dale) King and Mary Marler. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Visitation Monday 3-9 p.m. at Wujek-Calcaterra & Sons Inc., 36900 Schoenherr at Metro Parkway (16 Mile Rd). Prayers Monday 7 p.m. Instate Tuesday 10 a.m. at St. Sylvester Church, 11200 12 Mile Rd. (west of Hoover) until Mass, 10:30 a.m. Interment Mount Olivet. Share memories with the family at their online guestbook at



Sylvia B. Wasung

Monday, June 7, 2010 12:13 AM 

Sylvia B. Wasung Sylvia B. (nee Falk) Wasung, age 87, passed away June 5, 2010. Beloved wife of the late Casmere J. Loving mother of Cheryl (Richard) Croci, Betty Anne (David) Killoran, John (Kristy Killian) and Marcia (Thomas) Arnold. Loving and proud grandmother of 8 and great-grandmother of 3. Sylvia was a retired Wayne County court clerk, volunteer at Holy Cross Hospital, and an active member of many Polish cultural organizations. Visitation Monday 3-9 p.m. and Tuesday 3-9 p.m. at Wujek-Calcaterra & Sons Inc., 36900 Schoenherr at Metro Parkway (16 Mile Rd). Scripture service Tuesday 7 p.m. Instate Wednesday 11:30 a.m. until noon, time of Mass at St. Therese of Lisieux Church, 48115 Schoenherr Rd (between 21 Mile and 22 Mile roads) Interment Resurrection Cemetery. Memorials to the American Cancer Society or Alzheimer's Assoc. appreciated. Share memories with the family at their online guestbook at



Theodore H. Hill

Monday, June 7, 2010 6:57 AM 

Aug. 12, 1929-June 5, 2010 Theodore H. Hill, 80, of Farwell, Michigan, loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend, died at his home on Saturday, June 5, 2010. Ted was born in Wakefield, Michigan, on August 12, 1929, son of Theodore and Vienna (Nurmikko) Hill.



Thomas V. Wess

Monday, June 7, 2010 6:45 AM 

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Verland K. Miller

Monday, June 7, 2010 6:26 AM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

Verland K. Miller, 90, of Constantine, died Friday, June 4, 2010, at his home following an extended illness. He was born Dec. 26, 1919, in Jones, Mich., a son to Virgil D. and Frances L. (Welburn)Miller. He was a Constantine resident since 1983, coming from Rockford, Mich. On Aug. 8, 1942, he married Betty Jean Hyde in Clark Lake, Mich. She died Aug. 6, 1994. Verland was employed in the printing business at Sturgis Business Forms, later National Carbon Coated Paper Company, for 18 years. He owned Verland K. Miller Amoco Company in Rockford, Mich., and retired in 1983. He was a member of Wheaton Post #76 American Legion of Carol Stream, Ill., where he was a 21-year member. He enjoyed camping and playing his banjo in the the blue grass band, Down Yonders. Surviving are his loving companion, Jan Johnson of Constantine; daughter, Verla Jean (Kip)Yoder of Kalamazoo; son, Deldon D. (Carol)Miller of Carol Stream, Ill.; six grandchildren, Shawn (Vicki)Machan, Bonnie (Chad)Meske, Jerry (Heather) Miller, Travis (Rhonda)Machan, Michael (Nicolle)Miller and Quinn Machan; 13 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Oma (Wallace)Bowen of LaGrange, Ind., Zayda Wolf of Constantine and Ideana (Clarence)Yoder of Millersburg, Ind.; brother, Sharron (Frances)Miller of White Pigeon; several neices and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Vivian Shirley Miller. Relatives and friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Farrand Funeral Home of White Pigeon, where service are at 11 a.m. Thursday with Pastor Marilyn Schlimgen of the First Congregational Church of Constantine officiating.  Burial will be in White Pigeon Township Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association or the Disabled American Veterans. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.


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