Thursday, October 7, 2010

Michigan Obituaries 10/07/10


Anderson, Michael Anthony

Anderson Michael Anthony Michael is survived by Sally Anderson, mother, Tanya M. Anderson, wife, Michael and Daniel Anderson, sons, Michelle R. Jackson, daughter (James) and James III, Isaac T., grandchildren. Home Going Service on Tuesday, October 5, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. Ward African Methodist Episcopal Church 1177 West 25th Street, Los Angeles, California 90007, (213 747-1367).



Baker, Robert

Baker Robert Age 69, of Linden, died October 2, 2010. Funeral Service: 6 p.m. Tuesday, October 5 at Sharp Funeral Homes, Linden Chapel, 209 E. Broad St., Linden. Visitation 12 p.m. Tuesday until service. Contributions: American Cancer Society.



Barbara I. Jasman *

73, of Lansing, former home health nurse, died Wednesday. Visitation 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Estes-Leadley Funeral Homes, Greater Lansing Chapel.



Barczi, Yolanda I.

Barczi Yolanda I. October 2, 2010, age 90, of Allen Park. Preceded in death by husband, Steve. Loving aunt of Ronald (Arlene) Zecsei. Visitation Monday 12:30 p.m. until time of service 5:00 p.m at John Molnar Funeral Home, 14032 Northline, Southgate.



Bernita M. Edgerton

Bernita M. Edgerton Homer Bernita M. Edgerton, age 94, of Homer passed away Monday, October 4, 2010 at Oaklawn Hospital in Marshall, Michigan. She was born October 27, 1915 in Grand Ledge, Michigan to Roy and Mabel (DePue) Taylor. On June 10, 1938 she married Robert E. Edgerton who preceded her in death on January 15, 1983. Bernita came to Homer in 1954 where she taught at the Homer Community Schools for many years. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Homer and its Woman's Circle, an avid supporter of the Homer Public Library and enjoyed reading. She is survived by her daughters, Virginia Zadigian of Mebane, NC, Carolyn (Thomas) Reid of Anderson, SC; son, Lee (Mary Ellen) Edgerton of St. Cloud, FL; 6 grandchildren; and 10 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, a brother, Howard, and a sister, Barbara Visitation for family and friends will be Friday, October 8, 2010 from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the J. Kevin Tidd Funeral Home, 811 Finley Drive, Albion, Michigan. Funeral Service will be Saturday, October 9, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Lynne McQuown officiating. Burial will be at Elkland Cemetery, Cass City, Michigan. Memorial contributions to the Homer Library or Presbyterian Church of Homer can be made at the funeral home.



Betty C. Jackson *

86, of Sunfield, died Wednesday. Arrangements by Barker-Leik Funeral Home, Mulliken. 



Brady J. Sikorski Jan. 11, 1974-Oct. 4, 2010

Wednesday, October 6, 2010 12:08 PM 

Brady J. Sikorski, age 36, of Monroe, passed peacefully Oct. 4, 2010 in Hospice of Northwest Ohio at Toledo, surrounded by his loving family and friends.



Bushnell, Samuel

Bushnell Samuel October 1, 2010. Beloved husband of Colleen for 66 years. Loving father of Linda Wall, Alan Bushnell, Ronnie (Andrea) Bushnell and Roger (Robert Moore) Bushnell. Dear brother of Albert Bushnell. Loving grandfather of 4 and great-grandfather of 5. Visitation Monday 4-9 p.m. and Tuesday 1-9 p.m. at the Allen Park Chapel of Voran Funeral Home (5900 Allen Rd). Funeral Wednesday October 6, 2010, 10 a.m. at the Funeral Home. Interment Parkview Cemetery. Please visit our online guestbook and share memories at



Charles John Jensen Sr.

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Clarey, Rita Mae

Clarey Rita Mae July 22, 1926 - October 1, 2010. Rita's spirit has risen to heaven to meet her God, her husband and eldest son who preceded her in death. Soon she will be a part of a very special and long awaited McCrady Reunion with her parents and 10 brothers and sisters. Her death will bring to close a generation whose memories we will all cherish. Her last days were spent in the peace and comfort of her home in Sparks, Nevada with her daughter Peggy Clarey and son-in-law, Fred Conner. Rita was born at the farm on Pumping Station Road. Fairfield County, Ohio. She grew up in Sugar Grove, Ohio, attended and graduated from Berne Union School in Sugar Grove, Ohio. Rita was the youngest child born to Charles and Rosemary (Shonebarger) McCrady. Rita was married to Wilbert A. Clarey for 56 years before his death in 2006. At that time she moved to Nevada to live with her only daughter. She had four children: Daniel (Linda), Peggy (Fred), Bruce (Alise), and Andrew (Laura). She had six male grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She was a Nurses Aid at Garden City Osteopathic Hospital for over 20 Years. G.C.O.H. is located less that one block from the family Home on Cardwell Street, Garden City, Michigan. Her interests included playing cards, bingo, casino gambling and creating Jewelry Pictures. With "Web", she became an active and enthusiastic member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, starting in the mid 50's at Johnsons Post #78, on Joy Road in Detroit, Michigan, and ending her service at Battle Born Post #9211 on VFW Historic Lane in Reno, Nevada. She was anointed by Father Norman King from the Immaculate Conception Church. Her remains will be at the Glen Eden Memorial Park, Livonia, Michigan. Instead of flowers or gifts, remembrances can be PAID FORWARD.




Thursday, October 7, 2010 2:02 AM 

WHITEHEAD, DONNA KAY (nee Holmes); born November 20, 1937; passed away July 4, 2010 in Gilbert, AZ after a two year battle with lung cancer.



Daniel "Panama Red" Ryan *

58, of Lansing, former state Liquor Control Commission sorter, died Sunday. Memorial services 2 p.m. Saturday at St. Casimir Catholic Church. Arrangements by Tiffany Funeral Home.



Daniel R. Adams *

48, of Lansing, died Wednesday. Arrangements by Riley Funeral Home. 



Death Notice: Patricia Nelson, 60, of Grand Ledge

Patricia Nelson, 60, of Grand Ledge passed away Sept. 20, 2010 in Ionia.



Debra A. Bailey *

Debra A. Bailey Battle Creek Debra A. Bailey, 49, passed away Tuesday October 5, 2010. Family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Richard A. Henry Funeral Home where funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Monday October 11, 2010. A full obituary will be in Friday's paper.



Dee (Brondyke) Radike *

85, of Delta Township, retired Lansing School District secretary, died Saturday. Memorial services 11 a.m. Friday at Immanuel Community Reformed Church, Lansing. Arrangements by Palmer, Bush and Jensen Family Funeral Homes, Delta Chapel. 



Derry Dean Breault

Derry Dean Breault, age 62, of Gladwin, passed away on Oct. 4, 2010 after a short illness. He was born March 21, 1948 in Gladwin, to William and Maxine (Nickless) Breault.



Dollene A. Frost *

Dollene A. Frost Battle Creek Dollene A. Frost, 56, died Tuesday, October 5, 2010. Arrangements are pending at the Richard A. Henry Funeral Home. 



Donna J. Smith *

Donna J. Smith Battle Creek Donna J. Smith, 72, died Wednesday, September 22, 2010. Memorial services to celebrate Donna's life will be held 2:00 p.m. Saturday, October 9, 2010, at North Avenue Church of God. Arrangements are by Farley-Estes & Dowdle Funeral Home.



Donna L. Mellen

Donna L. Mellen Delton Age sixty-nine, passed away October 6, 2010, at her residence. Donna was born March 2, 1941, in Grand Rapids, the daughter of Vernon and Juanita (Woodward) Sherrod. Donna attended Hickory Corners Bible Church. She loved to fish, as she was the Captain of their fishing boat, the "Donna Lee". Donna enjoyed hunting, being in the woods with her husband, Richard, when he was hunting. Donna also enjoyed traveling, going to auctions and garage sales. She worked as an inspector at Flex-Fab, for over twenty three years. She and Richard built a cabin in Colorado, piece by piece. On July 25, 1959, she married the love of her life, Richard Mellen, who survives. Members of her family include a son, Richard Mellen of Delton; daughter, Karmen (Mike) Nickerson, of Battle Creek; a brother, Vernon Sherrod of Kalamazoo; grandchildren, Karla, Kandes, Kelie Mellen, and Joshua Whittemore; great-grandchildren, Donna, Carter, and Jaycee; and several nieces and nephews. Donna was preceded in death by her parents and a sister Luann Butcher. Her family will receive friends, Friday, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., at the Williams-Gores Funeral Home in Delton, where funeral services will be conducted, Saturday, October 9, 2010, 12:00 p.m., Pastor Jeff Worden, officiating. Burial will take place in East Hickory Corners Cemetery. Memorial contributions to Hickory Corners Bible Church, Word of Life Youth Group will be appreciated. Please visit, to view and sign Donna's online guest book.



Dr. Alexander Gottschalk *

78, of Okemos, radiologist, died Tuesday. Services will be held at a later date. Arrangements by Chapel In The Pines Funeral Home, Lansing.




Thursday, October 7, 2010 2:02 AM 

POZNANSKI, EDWARD C., of Waterford; died October 5, 2010; at 56 years of age. 




Thursday, October 7, 2010 2:02 AM 

JOHNSON, ERMA CLAY; age 90; passed away Friday, October 1, 2010; at Golden Oaks Nursing and Rehabilitation.



Edith Dorothy Pratt *

91, of DeWitt, retired Capitol Area Community Services receptionist, died Monday. Graveside services 10 a.m. Saturday at Horton Cemetery. Memorial services 2 p.m. Saturday at Community of Christ Church, Lansing. Arrangements by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, DeWitt Chapel.



Elliott, SR. Gretchen, R.S.M.

Elliott SR. Gretchen, R.S.M. Age 69. October 3, 2010. Survived by five sisters, two brothers, and many nieces and nephews. Welcome Service Tuesday 1 p.m. with visitation until 8:30 p.m. at McAuley Center, 28750 W. 11 Mile Rd., Farmington Hills. Prayer Service Tuesday at 7 p.m. In state Wednesday 9 a.m. until time of Mass 11 a.m. at Mercy Center Chapel, 28650 W. 11 Mile Rd., Farmington Hills. Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Arrangements by McCabe Funeral Home.



Emilee (Masar) Neale

Thursday, October 7, 2010 6:59 AM 

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Evelyn Marie Hospodar *

91, of Lansing, died Sunday. Services noon today at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, Lansing Chapel. 



F. Virginia Smith

Thursday, October 7, 2010 6:59 AM 

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Flagg, Barbara Jean

Flagg Barbara Jean October 1, 2010. Age 88. Beloved wife of the late Warren, Sr. Dear mother of Warren (the late Katie), Catherine, David (Jill), Paul, Michael (Greg), and Steve (Monica). Cherished grandmother of 12 and great-grandmother of seven. Sister of the late Sylvia Pitonyak. The family wishes to thank her many caregivers at Boulevard Hills. Family will receive friends at A.J. Desmond & Sons (Vasu, Rodgers & Connell Chapel), 32515 Woodward, (between 13-14 Mile), Wednesday 9 a.m. until Funeral service at 1 p.m. Family suggests memorial tributes to Alzheimer's Association. View obituary and share memories at



Frances J. Brown *

83, of Charlotte, died Tuesday. Services 11 a.m. Saturday at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte. 



Frank G. Lutz *

Frank G. Lutz Ceresco Frank G. Lutz, 91, died on Wednesday, October 6, 2010. Visitation will take place at the Craig K. Kempf Funeral Home on Friday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Funeral services will take place at 11 a.m. at the funeral on Saturday.



Franklin G. Splan

Thursday, October 7, 2010 6:59 AM 

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Frederick John Schrader

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Thursday, October 7, 2010 2:02 AM 

BOEWE, GARY LEE; age 67; of Spring Hill FL; passed away on Friday, October 1, 2010. 



Gary Arthur Taylor *

54, of DeWitt, former Motor Wheel employee and Lansing Area Federal Credit Union maintenance man, died Sept. 29. Memorial services 1 p.m. Saturday at Catholic Community of St. Jude, DeWitt. Arrangements by Swanson Funeral Home, Flint.



Gary Kai Lemke

Gary Kai Lemke Richland Gary Kai Lemke, age 64, of Richland, MI, died unexpectedly Monday morning, October 4, 2010. Gary was born on August 13, 1946 in Indianapolis, IN and was the son of Adolph B. and Gerda J. (Sorenson) Lemke. He moved to the Detroit area as an infant and to the Kalamazoo area in 1964. Gary was a 1964 graduate of Mackenzie High School, Detroit, and received his BA in Marketing and Business Administration and his MA in Counseling and Student Personnel from Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo. Gary was a business teacher and football coach for Paw Paw High School from 1969 thru 1972. He then became employed at Kellogg Community College, Battle Creek, MI, retiring in 2003 after 31 years of faithful service as the Dean of Continuing Education. Gary was awarded the National Person of the Year for the National Council on Community Services and Continuing Education; Outstanding Service Award recipient for the Michigan Community College Community Services Association; President of the National Council of Community Service and Continuing Education at KCC; President of the Michigan Community College Community Service Association at KCC, and published 5 articles in the Community Service Catalyst and the Community Education Journal. His passion was football, both college and the professional level, especially the Detroit Lions. Gary was a spectator at all of his children's sporting events and he thoroughly enjoyed taking them tubing, skiing and fishing on Sherman Lake, where he lived for 32 years. He loved hummingbirds, his flowers, gardening, and his tomato plants. Surviving are his two daughters, Jennifer "Jenny" M. (Bill) Bates of Richland and Michelle N. Lemke of Chicago, IL; his son, Christopher K. "Chris" Lemke of Richland; two granddaughters, Ashley N. and Alicia M. Bates; and his sister, Gail Silcock of Troy, MI; and three nieces. Gary was preceded in death by his parents. Visitation with the family will be from noon until 1:00 pm on Friday, October 8th at the Farley-Estes & Dowdle Funeral Home, Richland Chapel, 9170 East D. Avenue. The memorial service to celebrate Gary's life will be held immediately afterwards, at 1:00. A continuation of Gary's life celebration will follow at the Blackhawk Bar & Grill, 8940 East 32nd Street, Richland at 2:30 PM on Friday. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Gary's honor may be made to the , 3940 Broadmoor Avenue, SE, Suite 100, Grand Rapids, MI, 49512. Personal messages for the family may be placed at



Gary Kai Lemke *

Gary Kai Lemke Richland Gary Kai Lemke, 64, died October 4, 2010. The memorial service will be held on Friday, October 8th at 1:00 p.m. at the Farley-Estes & Dowdle Funeral Home, Richland Chapel, 9170 East D Avenue, where friends will be received from Noon until service time at the funeral home.



Gerald A. Trierweiler *

79, of Westphalia, died Monday. Services 10:30 a.m. today at St. Mary Catholic Church, Westphalia. Arrangements by Schrauben-Lehman Funeral Home, Portland.



Grace L. Redmer, 91

Wednesday, October 6, 2010 3:19 PM 

Grace L. Redmer, 91, of East Jordan, died Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010, at Grandvue Medical Care Facility in East Jordan. 



Grace Lillian Redmer, 91

Thursday, October 7, 2010 9:12 AM 

Grace Lillian Redmer, 91, of East Jordan, went to her Heavenly home Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010, at Grandvue Medical Care Facility in East Jordan. 



Helen Fredricks Ganzhorn *

64, of Okemos, Jackson National Life Insurance Co. employee, died Sept. 27. Memorial services 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Atrium Center, Okemos. Arrangements by Palmer, Bush and Jensen Family Funeral Homes, Delta Chapel.



Hollyer, Lawrence C.

Hollyer Lawrence C. 79, of Farmington, September 26, 2010. Beloved husband of Shirley for 59 years. Dear father of Michael, Linda, Larry, Laura and Gordon. Proud "Papa" of Jason, Jeffrey, Jessica, Jacob and Joseph. Dear brother of Phyllis, Barbara and Edward. A simple cremation has taken place. No public services are planned. Arrangements by Heeney-Sundquist Funeral Home, downtown Farmington (248) 474-5200.



Homer R. Sessions *

85, of DeWitt, formerly of Ionia, business executive, died Wednesday. Services 11 a.m. Saturday at First Presbyterian Church, Lansing. Arrangements by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, DeWitt Chapel. 



Howrani, Ameen

Howrani Ameen Age 69, passed away on October 2, 2010. Beloved husband of Arlene for 30 years. Loving father to Ara Howrani and Ana (Joel) Howrani Heeres. Survivors include brothers Faris (Carlene) Howrani, John (Terri) Howrani, and sister Mary Catherine (Duane) Ashley, as well as brother-in-law Kenneth Yagoobian. He was predeceased by his parents Catherine and Adeeb Howrani. Also survived by many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. Ameen will be remembered for changing the look of photography by capturing the powerful faces of everyday people in a compelling way. He will also be remembered for his charisma and the way he touched people on a personal level. At the time of his death, Ameen was working on a book, a 40-year retrospective of his photography in Detroit. A memorial for Ameen will be held on Friday, October 8, 5-9 p.m. at his studio. Remembrance at 7 p.m., with Reception to follow. Information to come at Ameen's Memorial regarding in lieu of flowers. To submit memories of Ameen, visit his Facebook page.



Isolde Warhurst

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Jaber, Jacob J.

Jaber Jacob J. Age 98 of Southfield. October 2, 2010. Beloved husband of the late Elizabeth (d. 2003). Loving father of Pauline (Jerry Sr.) Wakefield, Frances Kennady, Margaret Jaber, Barbara (Dan) Kuzniar, Judy Williams and the late Garrie Jaber. Cherished grandfather of nine, great-grandfather of ten and great-great-grandfather of one. Dear brother of Josephine Shaw. Funeral Wednesday, October, 6th (time pending) at St. Alexander Catholic Church 27835 Shiawassee (btw. Inkster and Middlebelt) Farmington Hills. Visitation Monday 4:00-8:00 p.m. and Tuesday 2:00-8:00 p.m., with an evening Rosary, at the Heeney-Sundquist Funeral Home, 23720 Farmington Road, (just north of Grand River) downtown Farmington 248-474-5200. Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Memorials suggested to Angela Hospice.



Jean E. Schouman

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Jeanne S. Drumm

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John Alvin Vandegriff Sr. *

John Alvin Vandegriff, Sr. Battle Creek John Alvin Vandegriff, Sr., 90, passed away Sunday, October 3, 201. Visitation will be held at Bachman Hebble Funeral Service on Sunday from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held Monday, 9:00 a.m. at the Bachman Funeral Chapel. Arrangements by the Bachman Hebble Funeral Service,



John J. Snow Oct. 5, 2010

Wednesday, October 6, 2010 12:09 PM 

John J. Snow, 78, of Monroe died Tuesday night at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Ann Arbor. Arrangements by Rupp Funeral Home.



John Maniwczak

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John Sobaski

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Jones, Constance Rosemary

Jones Constance Rosemary Was born on August 9, 1974 in Detroit, MI. The daughter of Sheila Jones and Joseph Jones. She was later raised by Johnnie Wilson and Robert Payne. Constance had a love for music and her discount shopping. She is also survived by many loving family members and friends. Connie you will be missed and loved always!! Funeral 11 a.m. at Caver Memorial Funeral Home, 19301 Van Dyke, 313-892-8300.




Thursday, October 7, 2010 2:02 AM

POULIN, KATHLEEN A. (Cumberworth); of Naples Florida, formerly of Lake Orion Michigan; died October 4, 2010; at the young age of 57. 



Kathleen S. Loca

Kathleen S. Loca, age 62, of Gladwin, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 3, 2010 at St. Mary's Hospital in Saginaw. She was born April 22, 1948 in Garden City to Carl and Noreen Pulford.



Kayser, Joan M.

Kayser Joan M. Beloved wife of Robert. Dearest mother of Paul (Joyce) and Andrea McCaffrey. Loving grandmother of four. Memorial Mass Tuesday 10:00 a.m. Our Lady of Hope Church, (St. Germaine Campus) 28301 Little Mack, St. Clair Shores.



Leslie Sischo

Leslie Sischo, 59, of Gladwin, passed away suddenly, on Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010. He was born on April 6, 1951, in Flint to Leslie and Carol (Randolph) Sischo. He married Valory Weatherwax on June 10, 1971 in Flint. 



Lewis Heisler *

Lewis Heisler Lewis Heisler, 90, formerly of Albion, died September 30, 2010. Memorial Service will be held on October 9, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. at Salem United Church of Christ at 113 West Pine St., Albion, MI.



Linda Sue Berglund, 68

Wednesday, October 6, 2010 2:22 PM 

Linda Sue Berglund, age 68, of Levering, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010, after a courageous 10-year battle with cancer.



Lisa Marie (Cady) Marshall Reynolds Nov. 20, 1960-Sept. 14, 2010

Wednesday, October 6, 2010 12:07 PM 

Lisa Marie (Cady) Marshall Reynolds, 49, of Franklin, Pa., formerly of Monroe, died Sept. 14. 



Loretta L. (Golden) Ward

Thursday, October 7, 2010 6:59 AM 

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Marjorie Brown, 88

Wednesday, October 6, 2010 9:20 PM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

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Martens, Lorraine

Martens Lorraine Passed Friday, October 1 at the age of 94. Widow of Lawrence H. Martens. Daughters Judy (David) Newsom and Linda (Gary) Cline. Grandmother of 11. Great-grandmother of 6. Member of Huron Hunting & Fishing Club, Plum Hollow Golf & Country Club, Richardson Senior Center, Nardineers Seniors, EGA-Indian River and Farmington Hills. Services at Glen Eden Cemetery, 35667 W. Eight Mile, Livonia, MI 48152 on Wednesday, October 6 at 11 a.m. viewing 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donate to Old Newsboys Fund, Salvation Army, or Burt Lake Preservation Assoc.



Marvin Darrell Unruh

Marvin Darrell Unruh Battle Creek Marvin Darrell Unruh, age 88, of Battle Creek, died at Lifespan Good Samaritan Hospice Residence on Wednesday, October 6, 2010. Marvin was born near Pawnee Rock, Kansas on July 19, 1922, to Carl and Goldie (Koehn) Unruh, where he and his family resided until the age of 14. Having lost the family farm during the Depression he then came to Bedford in 1936 with his family, as his father was able to work at Post Cereals. He graduated from Battle Creek Central in 1940 and shortly thereafter enlisted in the, Air Force serving five years thru, . Marvin served for two years with the 8th Air Force in England, servicing the B-17. He began his Air Force duty as an aircraft armorer and later converted to the maintenance field. Following his Air Force duty, he worked as an installer for Michigan Bell Telephone Company for three years, and then returned to military service with the Michigan Air National Guard as an aircraft mechanic, retiring medically from the, in May 1971, as a Chief Master Sergeant. He gained the distinction of being one of the first members of the Battle Creek ANG group. He is survived by his wife, the former Mavis Symonds, whom he married in England on March 7, 1945. Also surviving are his daughter, Lynette (Greg) Owen of Rochester, WA; two sons, James (Judy) Unruh of Marshall and Steven (Linda) Unruh of Bloomfield Hills, MI. Marvin enjoyed spending time with his 8 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and all 4 siblings. Marvin used to build fires to heat the old Bedford Bible Church on Sunday mornings back in 1937 38. He was baptized in that church in 1937. Marvin was very involved with the Boy Scouts and was a Scoutmaster at Riverside School, a member of the, , Sportsman Club & Centerline of Calhoun Co. Marvin was a Life member of the, . & member of the American Legion. His favorite hobbies were hunting, fishing, skeet shooting, stained glass work, building and repairing wooden canoes and researching the Unruh family history. Until recently, Marvin and Mavis enjoyed 25 winters in South Texas, where they developed several long lasting friendships. At the request of the family, they will receive friends 5:00-7:00 p.m. Friday at the Farley-Estes & Dowdle Funeral Home. Funeral services to celebrate Marvin's life will be held at the Bedford Bible Church at 12:00 noon on Saturday, October 9, 2010. Interment with full military honors will follow at Bedford Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Lifespan Good Samaritan Hospice Residence. Personal messages for the family may be placed at



Mary A. Harma

Thursday, October 7, 2010 2:51 AM 

SPRING PARK, Minn. -- Mary A. Harma, 88, of Hopkins, and a former longtime Ironwood, Mich., resident, died peacefully Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010, surrounded by her loving family at the Presbyterian Home in Spring Park. 



Massey, Evelyn

Massey Evelyn October 1, 2010. Age 91. Of Dearborn Heights. Beloved wife of the late Joseph. Loving mother of Richard (Marilyn) Massey, Marilyn (Neal) Tieppo, Victoria (Armando) Ozuna and the late Rose Marie. Dearest sister of Susan, Floyd, Hazel, and Viola. Also survived by three grandchildren. Visitation at Voran Funeral Home, 23701 Ford Rd. (Dearborn Chapel), Monday 2-9 p.m. with a Rosary at 6:30 p.m. Funeral Tuesday, October 5, 2010, in state 9:30 a.m. with Mass at 10 a.m. at St. Anselm Catholic Church. Interment St. Hedwig Cemetery. Online guestbook at



Mcphee, Charles J.

Mcphee Charles J. Age 70 of Livonia. Beloved husband of Mary and the late Suzanne. Loving father of Craig (Darlene) and Caren (David) Traylor. Very proud grandpa of Lauren, Scott, Steven, and Michael. Dearest son of Anna Simon. Preceded in death by his dear son Shawn. Also survived by many other loving family and friends. Visitation will be held at the Fred Wood Funeral Home-Rice Chapel, 36100 5 Mile Rd., Livonia (E. of Levan), Monday 5-9 p.m. and Tuesday 1-9 p.m. Funeral Wednesday at the funeral home 10 a.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Michigan Humane Society. Please visit the online guestbook at



Memorial Service for Bradley W. Brooks

There will be a Memorial for Bradley W. Brooks, who went to be with his Lord on Sept. 29, 2010. 



National Obituary: Defiance, resilience marked career of Tony Curtis

From dressing in drag to posing nude for his 80th birthday, Tony Curtis truly was a defiant one. 



Neil Ernest Henry *

Neil Ernest Henry Albion Neil Ernest Henry, 76, passed away Thursday, September 2, 2010. A Celebration of his life will be held Saturday, October 9, 2010 from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at the Duck Lake Country Club. 



OBITUARY: Norma J. Lowell, 77, of Saranac

Norma J. Lowell, 77, of Saranac passed away Oct. 4, 2010 in Lansing. 



Obituary: Cletis M. Coble, 82, of Carson City

Cletis M. Coble, 82, of Carson City, passed away Oct. 1, 2010 in Ionia. Cletis was born April 10, 1928 in Gratiot County, the son of Ellery and Ethel (Ferguson) Coble.



Obituary: Doris Millwood, 76, Belding

Doris Millwood 76, of Belding passed away Friday morning Sept, 24,2010 at Spectrum Health's United Campus in Greenville.



Obituary: Doris Millwood, 76, of Belding

Doris Millwood, 76, of Belding passed away Friday morning Sept. 24, 2010 at Spectrum Health's United Campus in Greenville.



Obituary: Dorotha Rose Galey, 87, of Portland

Dorotha Rose Galey, 87, of Portland passed away on Thursday, Sept. 30, 2010. 



Obituary: Homer R. Sessions of DeWitt, formerly of Ionia

Homer R. Sessions of DeWitt, formerly of Ionia, passed away suddenly Sept. 29, 2010. 



Obituary: James Hiram Peabody, 75, of Muir

James Hiram Peabody, 75, of Muir, passed away on early Thursday morning, Sept. 23, 2010 at home under the loving care of his family and Ionia Area Hospice. 



Obituary: Jerry Lawrence Heft, 63, of Sand Lake

Jerry Lawrence Heft, 63, of Sand Lake, passed away on Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010 surrounded by his loving family. 



Obituary: Joyce June "Maudsie" Houserman, 86, of Ionia

Joyce June "Maudsie" Houserman, 86, of Ionia, passed away Monday, Sept. 20, 2010.



Obituary: Kathleen Raye Lake, 63, of Saranac

Kathleen Raye Lake, 63, of Saranac passed away Sept. 23, 2010 at her home with her family. 



Obituary: Lloyd L. Dickinson, 91, of Ionia

Lloyd L. Dickinson, 91, of Ionia, went home to be with the Lord and Savior on Sept. 23, 2010. 



Obituary: Marcella I. Gierman, 90, of Portland

Marcella I. Gierman, 90, of Portland, passed away Sept. 27, 2010 in Grand Rapids. 



Obituary: Mark Michael Barna, 65, of Ionia

Mark Michael Barna, 65, of Ionia passed away Oct. 5, 2010 in Ionia. 



Obituary: Michael Richard Reed, 52, of Ionia

Michael Richard Reed, 52, of Ionia, passed away on Sept. 25, 2010. He was born on Sept. 11, 1958 in Ionia, the son of Richard and Virginia (Wray) Reed.



Obituary: Richard G. Sible, 81, of Ionia/Lake Odessa

Richard G. Sible, 81, of Ionia/Lake Odessa, went to be in the arms of his Lord on Sunday evening, Sept. 19, 2010. 



Obituary: Roy E. Wilkinson, 64, of Keller and Ionia

Roy E. Wilkinson, 64, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010, at his summer home in Ionia. 



Obituary: Thomas H. Root, 47, of Orleans

Thomas H. Root, 47, of Orleans passed away unexpectedly Sunday morning, Oct. 3, 2010 at Sparrow-Ionia Hospital in Ionia. 



Orel, Delores

Orel Delores Age 96, October 1, 2010, formerly of Trenton. Beloved wife of the late Harry Orel, the late Charles Bonham, and the late Raymond Westcott. Loving mother of Janice (the late Dr. Robert) Songe, William Westcott, Sherilyn (Richard) Hernandez, Barbara (Michael) Gillespie and Terry (Janet) Orel. Dear sister of Ernie (Julie) Tharpe. Also survived by 10 grandchildren, many great grandchildren, several great-great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews. In state Tuesday 3 p.m. until 9 p.m. at the Trenton Chapel-Martenson Family of Funeral Homes, 3200 West Rd., and Wednesday 11:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Trenton, 2610 West Jefferson until time of service 12 noon. Interment Michigan Memorial Park. Visit online guestbook at



Paul Russell Babcock Sr.

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Pearl Cooper *

96, of St. Louis, died Tuesday. Private services will be held. Arrangements by Smith Family Funeral Homes, St. Louis Chapel. 



Pilat, Frank A.

Pilat Frank A. Age 85, October 2, 2010. Beloved husband of the late Helen. Loving father of Joseph, Dianne (Robert, Sr.) Staroscik, and Dennis. Dearest grandpa of Robert, Jr., Raymond (Bonnie), Sandra and Craig. Proud great-grandpa of Emma Madelyn. Brother of Helen Mitchell and is predeceased by many brothers and sisters. He will be missed by his four-legged friend, Winston. Visitation Tuesday 1-9 p.m. with a K of C Rosary 6:30 p.m. at the Leonard A. Turowski and Son Funeral Home, 9300 Middlebelt Rd. (just south of West Chicago Rd.), Livonia. Funeral Mass Wednesday 9:30 a.m. with viewing 9:00 a.m. at the Church of the Divine Child, 25001 Herbert Weier Drive, Dearborn. Interment St. Hedwig Cemetery.



Radtke, Robert Paul

Radtke Robert Paul 59, of Bloomfield Hills. A proud family life with Lynn, his wife, and daughters, Sarah and Alyssa. Grew up in Northwest side of Detroit and attended Henry Ford High School. The oldest of five children, Rob loved to spend summers up north with family and friends. Summers were spent fishing and roaming the woods and fields of our beautiful state. Rob graduated from Oakland University and then the National College of Chiropractic in Illinois. He worked first as an associate of George Goodheart, founder of Applied Kinesiology and later practiced privately in Birmingham for 25 years. His ability to reach bodies, hearts and minds was legendary. Rob was gifted at articulating the pilgrimage towards consciousness. Rob was the enthusiastic president of Kirkwood Lake Association for 20 years. Rob loved to fish with his brothers and friends on the beautiful Michigan waterways. All those who knew Rob knew he was the facilitator of fun and joy and true engagement in life. Survived by beloved wife Lynn and daughters Sarah and Alyssa. Loving parents, Patricia and Robert Gustav Radtk. Devoted brother of Thomas (Rose) Radtke, Diane Williams, Glen (Jean) Radtke, and Jean Radtke. Son-in-law of Albert and Margaret Goldstein. Brother-in-law of David Goldstein (Kathryn Brown) and adored uncle of Nicole, Jessica, Lauren, Melanie, Alex, Glenda, Jessica, and Laura. SERVICES TODAY 11:30 A.M. AT THE DORFMAN CHAPEL, FARMINGTON HILLS, (248) 406-6000. INTERMENT TO FOLLOW AT OAKVIEW CEMETERY or visit



Raymond S. Kilbourn *

Raymond S. Kilbourn Battle Creek Raymond S. Kilbourn, 70, died Monday, October 4, 2010. Friends may call 5:00-7:00 p.m. today (Thursday) at the Farley-Estes & Dowdle Funeral Home. Memorial services to celebrate Ray's life will be held at First Wesleyan Church, 14425 S. Helmer Rd. in Battle Creek 2:00 p.m. Friday, October 8, 2010.



Raymond W. Hinz *

89, of East Lansing, retired state rehabilitation counselor, died Monday. Services 9 a.m. Saturday at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, East Lansing. Arrangements by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, East Chapel, East Lansing.



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Roger O. Davidson *

45, of Newberry, formerly of Charlotte, Louisiana Pacific Corp. (Newberry) millwright, died Tuesday of natural causes. Visitation 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. today at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.



Ronald E. Mell *

Ronald E. Mell Battle Creek Ronald E. Mell, 76, died Friday, October 1, 2010. Funeral services to celebrate Ron's life will be held at Redemption Lutheran Church, 2450 W. Michigan Avenue in Battle Creek, 10:30 a.m. Thursday, October 7, 2010.



Ronald L. Hicks

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Ronald W. Walker *

Ronald W. Walker Battle Creek Ronald W. Walker, 83, passed away October 4, 2010. Visitation will be Thursday, October 7, 2010 from 3-7 p.m. at the Farley-Estes & Dowdle Funeral Home where funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m., Friday, October 8. Interment will follow at Hicks Cemetery.



Ruth Irene Thompson June 5, 1913-Oct. 5, 2010

Wednesday, October 6, 2010 12:08 PM 

Ruth Irene Thompson, 97 yrs, of Ida, died Tuesday at Mercy Memorial Hospital, Monroe.




Thursday, October 7, 2010 2:02 AM 

DIGIULIO, SUZANNE (NEE) STONER; age 74; of Lathrup Village; passed away October 5, 2010. 



Schwartz, Gabriel

Schwartz Gabriel Beloved fiancé and soul mate of Meranda Ryan, cherished son of Marcie Schwartz, Steven L. Schwartz, loving brother of Jonas Schwartz (fiancée Dominique Colunga) and loving sister Erin Schwartz. Survived by aunts and uncles, Steven and Devra Goldberg, Sandee and Mark Giovanniello, and Bennett and Debbie Schwartz, their children, Leah and Victoria Giovanniello, Jacob Goldberg, and Katie and Michael Schwartz. Grandson of Sylvia Schwartz, the late Leo Schwartz, the late Leah and the late Clarence Goldberg. Also survived by many loving friends. GRAVESIDE SERVICES 3:00 P.M. MONDAY AFTERNOON AT MACHPELAH CEMETERY. ARRANGEMENTS BY THE IRA KAUFMAN CHAPEL, 248-569-0020.



Sharon Duncan *

51, of Portland, died Tuesday. Private services will be held. Arrangements by Chapel In The Pines Funeral Home, Lansing.



Sliva, James M.

Sliva James M. Age 63, October 1, 2010. Beloved husband of Charlene for 29 years. Dear father of Andrea (Louie) Krause, Jacob, and Natalie. Brother of Michael, Carole (Bob) Solano, Robert (Sandra), and Debra (Phillip) Smith. Also several nieces, nephews and granddog Chuck. He will be loved and missed by all. Visitation Monday 5-9 p.m. and Tuesday 2-8 p.m. at the John N. Santeiu & Son Funeral Home 1139 Inkster Rd. (between Ford and Cherry Hill). In state Wednesday 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. Funeral Service at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 10101 W. Ann Arbor Rd., Plymouth (E. of Gotfredson, between Warren and Joy). Memorials to Trinity Presbyterian Food Pantry or Am-Vets.



Stella Bush Mikrut *

90, of Lansing, died Saturday. Memorial gathering 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. with service starting at 5 p.m. today at Palmer, Bush and Jensen Family Funeral Homes, Delta Chapel. 



Steven Wayne Mapes Arredondo

Steven Wayne Mapes Arredondo Battle Creek Steven Wayne Mapes Arredondo, 29, of Battle Creek died unexpectedly at Battle Creek Health System and was ushered into Heaven on October 3, 2010 surrounded by his family, both earthly and heavenly. Steven was born in Battle Creek on June 9, 1981 to Steven W. Mapes and Kathy L. (Arredondo) McIlvain. He was affectionately know to cousins and friends as LOC and was a lifelong resident of Battle Creek and attended both private Christian Schools and Battle Creek Public Schools, graduating and earning his certificate in welding. He is survived by his parents, Steven W. (Cheryl) Mapes, Kathy L. (Corey) McIlvain and his step-father, David S. Owens, with whom he shared a close and loving relationship; sisters, Alisa (Issac) Iliff, Emily Mapes and Amanda Mapes all of Battle Creek; brothers, Danny Mapes of Battle Creek and T.J. (Chelsie) Owens of Tooele, UT; Fiancé Jennifer Andrews; grandparents, Esmer and Emma Lee French; his treasured children, Torren, Taiyah and Kendall whom he loved with all his heart; nephews Dyllan and Dammon and niece Aleigha; and many close aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Steven was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Dale and Sylvia Mapes; maternal grandparents, Guadalupe and Lilly Arredondo; aunt, Mary Geeting; and uncle, Mark Moon. He worked for various temp agencies in the area and enjoyed working for relatives at their businesses, always helping out where he could. Steven was always very talented in whatever he chose to do and had a gift of selflessness and charm making many friends during his journey on earth. He played ice hockey on numerous teams during his youth and enjoyed being a part of the Battle Creek Bullets during his teenage years. He enjoyed Facebook, darts and playing poker all of which he was very good at. His greatest accomplishment is being an organ donor for the Gift of Life. His heroism will save many lives and he will continue to live on through his gift to those in need. Per his wishes, cremation has taken place and a celebration of his life is scheduled for Friday, October 8 at 6:00 pm at the Andrus Street Church of God in Battle Creek, with the Reverend William Bingham officiating. Memorial donations may be made to the family to cover expenses and create a fund for his children, whom he so deeply loved. Personal messages for the family may be placed at



Suzanne Bronson Nov. 25, 1946-Oct. 1, 2010

Wednesday, October 6, 2010 12:08 PM 

Suzanne Bronson of Judith Gap, Mont., formerly of Monroe, passed away at the age of 63 on Fri., Oct. 1, 2010 following a courageous battle against ovarian cancer. 



Thomas F. Sloan, Jr.

Thomas F. Sloan, Jr., age 83, of Gladwin, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2010, at his home surrounded by his loved ones. He was born Feb. 26, 1927 in Detroit, the son of the late Thomas F. Sr. and Theresa (Sharette) Sloan.



Timothy Freddie Smith

Timothy Freddie Smith, age 60, of Alger, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010 at Bay Regional Medical Center in Bay City. 



Uchwat, John S.

Uchwat John S. Age 92, October 2, 2010. Beloved uncle and godfather of Connie (Norman) Hansen, Ken (Jackie) Smerecki, Patrick (Deborah) Smerecki. Dear brother of Edward (Ann) Uchwat. Dear uncle of Terry, Nadine, Jim, Gerry, Delphine, Suzanne, Fred, Sharon, Kathy, Keith, Arleen, and Jason. Great-uncle of Ken, Matthew, John, Adam, and Andrew. Visitation Tuesday 2-8 p.m. with an evening Rosary at the John N. Santeiu & Son Funeral Home 1139 Inkster Rd. (between Ford and Cherry Hill). Call 734-427-3800 for Wednesday times of Service at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, 7685 Grandville (between Evergreen and Southfield, north of Warren Rd.).




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Ussher, Kenneth L.

Ussher Kenneth L. Loving husband of Darlene (McMillian) Ussher. Beloved father of Karen and Jon Dante, Laura and William Deirlein. Loving step-father of Mark and Matthew Mullikin, and Jennifer Alvey. Step-grandfather of Megan Dante, Abigail Deirlein, Kelley, Molly, Adam, and Zachary Mullikin, and Travis Alvey. Brother of Edith Koch. Mr. Ussher was preceded in death by wife Norma Ussher. Mr. Ussher was a Army veteran and retired salesman with Marposs Corp. and a member of St. Timothy Church. He was also a member of the Florence Lions Club and VFW. Passed away on Friday October 1, 2010 at age 82, and was a resident of Florence, Kentucky. Visitation will be on Tuesday, October 5, 2010 from 5-8 p.m. with a Rosary Service staring at 3:30 p.m. at Stith Funeral Homes, 7500 Highway 42, Florence, KY. Mass of Christian burial will be Wednesday, October 6, 2010 at 10 a.m. at St. Timothy Church, 10272 US Highway 42, Union, KY. Graveside services will be on Thursday, October 7, 2010 at 2 p.m. at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Southfield, MI. Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer's Association, 644 Linn St., Suite 1026 Cincinnati, Ohio 45203. Online condolences can be made at, . Stith Funeral Homes Florence, KY is handling arrangements.



Valin (Mcconnell), Lorraine Ann

Valin Lorraine Ann (Mcconnell) Age 79 of Oxford. October 2, 2010. Loving wife of the late Ralph. Dear mother of Tim, Kevin (Michelle), Colin (Judy), Shawn (Kathy) Valin, Maribeth (Chris) Medaugh, Laurie (Steve) Polasek, Robert Valin, Bridget (Mike) Kowalik, and Margaret Valin. Sister of Lawrence McConnell, Loretta Winter, and the late Mary Alice Busby. Daughter-in-law of Harlow and the late Alice Valin. Also survived by 18 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Funeral Mass Wednesday, October 6, 2010, 11 a.m. with an in state of 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 715 N. Lapeer Rd., Lake Orion. The family will receive friends Monday 1-8 p.m. and Tuesday 5-9 p.m. with a 7 p.m. Rosary at the Modetz Funeral Home, 100 E. Silverbell Rd., Orion. Suggested memorials to A-1 Hospice, Lapeer. Online guestbook



Velma G. Brown March 28, 1937-Oct. 4, 2010

Wednesday, October 6, 2010 12:08 PM 

Velma G. Brown, 73, went home to be with the Lord Monday. 



Verhelst, James "Jim"

Verhelst James "jim" Passed away on Saturday, October 2, 2010 from a short bout with cancer. He leaves a wife of 52 years, Jane and two children, Vicki and Jim, four grandchildren, Tracey, Kayleigh, Eric and Dominic. In his memory, donations to Good Shepherd Hospice, 115 S. Missouri Avenue, Suite 500, Lakeland, FL. 33805 would be appreciated.



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Virginia Jean Powell *

92, of Williamston, died Tuesday. Services 1 p.m. Friday at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, Williamston Chapel. 



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Virginia Jean Powell Williamston Jean was born in Grand Ledge, Michigan September 20, 1918 to Vivan and Lucille Wollpert and passed away October 5, 2010 at the age of 92. Jean was a homemaker in every sense of the word, raising a family of seven children with her husband Harold on the family farm in Williamston. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. Her family was her life. Jean was an O.E.S. lifetime member and attended the Williamston United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 54 years, Harold; and her sister, Bettie Bowen. She is survived by her daughters, Judy Wess, Kathryn (Bruce) Nederveld, Patricia (Robert) Walzcak and Marty (Chuck) Payne; sons, Michael (Sharon) Wess, Douglas (Sally) Wess and John (Lynn) Powell; 17 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, Paul Bowen and special daughters, Mary Davidson, Pam Fraker, and Susan Jenkins. The family wishes to express a special thank you to the staff of Hospice House of Mid Michigan for their compassionate care and support. Funeral Services will be held Friday, October 8, 1:00 p.m. at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, 205 E. Middle St., Williamston. Visitation will be Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. prior to the service. Interment will follow at Summit Cemetery. In lieu of flowers those desiring may make contributions to Hospice House of Mid-Michigan, P.O. Box 30480, Lansing, MI 48909 or Capital Area Humane Society, 7095 W. Grand River Ave., Lansing, MI 48906. On line condolences may be made at



Walter Curtis Parson

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Waneda Mae Mitchell *

Waneda Mae Mitchell Battle Creek Waneda Mae Mitchell, 85, passed away Monday October 4, 2010. Visitation: 68 p.m. Thursday October 7, 2010 at the Spencer Family Funeral Home, Athens. Funeral Service: 1:30 p.m. Friday October 8, 2010 at Floral Lawn Memorial Gardens Chapel, Battle Creek. Arrangements by Spencer Family Funeral Home, Athens.




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Whitby, Cora S.

Whitby Cora S. Age 62 of Plymouth, October 2, 2010. Beloved mother of Stephanie Whitby, and Jessica and Phillip Haynes. Dear sister of Marjorie Whitby Dickson. Visitation Tuesday 4-7 p.m. at Vermeulen Funeral Home, 46401 W Ann Arbor Rd (btwn Sheldon and Beck) Plymouth. Family hour Wednesday 10:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. Funeral Service at Highland Park Baptist Church, 28600 Lahser Road, Southfield, MI 48034. Memorial contributions may be made to the church. To share memories please visit



Williams (Nee Kramer, Josephone Mabel

Williams Josephine Mabel (Nee Kramer) Age 80 of Utica, died peacefully Saturday, October 2, 2010 after a 7 year battle with Alzheimer's. She is survived by her only daughter Donna (Michael) Kemper, her niece Marie (David) Vanker, and her nephews John Kramer and Raymond (Yvonne) Kramer plus several grandnieces and grandnephews. Jo graduated from Capac High School in 1948 and worked for Sears for 32 years. She loved gardening and animals. Funeral Service 11:00 a.m. Wednesday at Wm. Sullivan & Son Funeral Home, 8459 Hall Rd., (3 blks. E. of Van Dyke) Utica . Friends may visit on Tuesday from 2-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Resthaven Home at 1424 Union NE, Grand Rapids, MI. 49505.




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