Friday, November 5, 2010

Michigan Obituaries 11/05/10


Alvin R. Burgess, 91

Friday, November 5, 2010 8:43 AM 

Alvin R. Burgess, 91, of Pellston/Cheboygan, passed away Nov. 2, 2010, at his home in Pellston.



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).



Arlene E. Ramey, 87

Friday, November 5, 2010 8:46 AM 

Arlene E. Ramey, 87, of Harbor Springs, passed away Nov. 3, 2010, at Bay Bluffs medical care facility. 



Ava Lee Sellen *

68, of Nashville, retired Owens Illinois line worker, died Wednesday. Services 1 p.m. Monday at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. 



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 Eloise Hrab *

Barbara Eloise Hrab Marengo Barbara Eloise Hrab, age 86, died Wednesday, November 3, 2010. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Craig K. Kempf Funeral Home and Cremation Services. A service will be held 3 p.m. Tuesday, November 9, 2010 at the funeral home. www.kempffuneralhome.



Barbara Kay Davis

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Barbara L. Hansen *

Barbara L. Hansen Visitation from 4:00 until 8:00 p.m. today, Friday, November 5, 2010 at Shaw Funeral Home. Services, 1:00 p.m. Saturday, November 6, 2010 at St. Thomas Episcopal Church. The family is being served by Shaw Funeral Home. 



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.



Bernadine Grace Biebesheimer *

100, of Cadillac, formerly of Ovid and Elsie, retired school, and counselor, died Tuesday. Services 11 a.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church, Cadillac. Arrangements by Peterson Funeral Home, Cadillac.



Billy Dean Barnes *

76, of DeWitt, died Tuesday. Services 10 a.m. today at Estes-Leadley Funeral Homes, Greater Lansing Chapel. 



Blaine Dunlap

Friday, November 5, 2010 10:13 AM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

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Bryan Christopher White

Bryan Christopher White, 31, of Manistee, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 27. Bryan was born on Sept. 23, 1979 in Ludington to Joseph and Judith (Miller) White Jr., and graduated from Casman Academy in... 



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



Carl David Benander

Carl David Benander of Gladwin died unexpectedly of natural causes on Friday, Oct. 29, 2010 in North Carolina. He was 69.



Carl R. Tavierne

Friday, November 5, 2010 10:18 AM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

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Charles Dickerson

Friday, November 5, 2010 10:19 AM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

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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.



Death notice: Richard H. Hemenway Sr., 86, of Grand Rapids formerly of Sheridan

Richard H. Hemenway Sr., 86, of Grand Rapids formerly of Sheridan passed away Oct. 17, 2010 in Grand Rapids. 



Delbert D. Schneider

Friday, November 5, 2010 12:15 AM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

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Delbert D. Schneider *

Delbert D. Schneider Coldwater Delbert D. Schneider, 88, died on Wednesday, November 3, 2010. A service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, November 8, 2010 at Dutcher Funeral Home in Coldwater. Visitation will also be held on Monday from 12 Noon until 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home.



Derek Charles Oakes

Derek Charles Oakes, 18, of Ludington, died Wednesday, Nov. 3. Alexander-Rye Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.... 



Donald D. Wilson

Donald D. Wilson, 79, of Gladwin, passed away after a long illness, on Sunday, Oct. 31, 2010. He was born on May 27, 1931, in Harrison, to Samuel and Cora (Sammons) Wilson. He married Jeanette Hicks on May 16, 1953, in Angola, Indiana.



Doris Cabana Rieck

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Edward Rupert Whitehead

Edward Rupert Whitehead of Winnipeg, Manitoba, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Oct. 30 at the age of 100. Born in Winnipeg in 1910, Rupert was best known as the 1932 Canadian Junior Men's figure s...



Eleanor A. Irons *

Eleanor A. Irons Albion Eleanor A. Irons, 85, formerly of Springport, died Wednesday, November 3, 2010. Service will be Tuesday, November 9, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. at the J. Kevin Tidd Funeral Home, 811 Finley Drive, Albion. Visitation will be Monday, November 8, 2010 from 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. at the funeral home.



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.



Elnora M. Nowicki

Friday, November 5, 2010 7:04 AM 

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Evelyn M. Spencer

Evelyn M. Spencer, 94, passed away after a long illness, on Thursday, Oct. 28, 2010, at West Branch Medical Center, West Branch. She was born on Sept. 7, 1916, in Flint, to Claude and Edna (Wood) Wheeler. She married Sam Spencer on Sept. 4, 1936, in Angola, Indiana. He preceded her in death in 1985.



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



Flora Drake *

81, of Vermontville, died Tuesday. Services 2 p.m. Monday at Nashville Baptist Church. Arrangements by Daniels Funeral Home, Nashville.



Florence I. DuBreuil *

83, of Williamston, died Wednesday. Visitation 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, Williamston Chapel. 



Frances Louise Zygutis

Frances Louise Zygutis, 87, of Scottville, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 31 at Memorial Medical Center in Ludington. Frances was born on Jan. 28, 1923 in Muskegon to Miles and Gertrude (Hoffman) VanOrma... 



Gary Ray Hillier

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George C. Mitoska *

92, of Holt, died Wednesday. Arrangements by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, Lansing Chapel. 



Guy H. Picketts

Guy H. Picketts Marshall Guy H. Picketts, age 61, died peacefully at his home with his wife Annette on Wednesday, November 3, 2010. Guy was born on April 4, 1949 in Longview, Texas to Leonard S. and Elaine J. (Howard) Picketts II. Guy moved with his family to Marshall, attended Marshall Schools and was a 1967 graduate of Marshall High School. Upon graduation Guy enlisted in the, on Oct. 10, 1967. He served as a Radio Operator serving on the USS John F. Kennedy and was based in Rota, Spain for a time. He was honorably discharged on August 3, 1971 and returned to Marshall. Guy was married to Annette M. Gordier on September 28, 1968 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Marshall. The couple enjoyed a loving and fruitful partnership of 42 years together, creating a family that was the center of their lives. Guy started his career in law enforcement in January of 1978 when he became an officer with the Marshall Police Department. There he served as a dispatcher and also meter enforcement officer. He earned his, Certification at Kalamazoo Community College and in April 1983 became a Deputy Sheriff with the Calhoun County Sheriff Department. Guy served as an Animal Control Officer and also within the Law Enforcement Division, the Traffic Safety Unit and Road Patrol until November 1993. Guy then worked as an Undercover Officer with the Southwest Enforcement Team until July 1997. Upon returning to duty at the Calhoun County Sheriff Department he was promoted to Detective. Guy served as the department's only detective from then until his retirement on August 28, 2008 after 25 years of service. After his retirement he accepted the position of Code Enforcement Officer for the City of Marshall. He served there until his ill health forced his retirement. During his professional career he earned numerous awards. He was recognized with the Citation for Professional Excellence from the Michigan State Police in April 1998, in 1999 he was Law Enforcement Officer of the Year, and was a nominee in 1999 for the Michigan Sheriff's Association's Presidential Citation Award in 1999. He also received the Professional Excellence Award, Distinguished Service Award, Department Unit Commendation in 2004 from the Sheriff. Guy always strove to serve the public as best as he could and in the course of that continued his professional education during his career. He earned certificates in Tactical Driving and Pursuit Skills, Criminal Profiling, Radar Operator Training, United States Department of Justice FBI Sniper School, Michigan State Police Motor Carrier Enforcement, Michigan Justice Training for Jail Supervision, Tri County Regional Training Consortium, Officer Survival Training, Reid Method of Criminal Interviews and interrogation plus various courses in firearm training. Upon his retirement he was honored by the Calhoun County Board Of Commissioners with a Resolution that noted his instrumental involvement in solving numerous difficult cases in Calhoun County. Guy was a member of Moose Lodge #676 and the National Rifle Association. He was a true outdoorsman who hunted and fished during his life with a respect for nature's gifts. This was a love he passed on to his sons who hunt and fish with the same respect. On the morning of his death he met son Guy after Guy tracked the buck he shot and helped his son load it into his truck. Everyone will remember Guy's great sense of humor. In the early 1980's Guy also served his community as a Part-Paid Marshall, and member of the Marshall Firefighter's Ambulance. Guy's life was a full and useful one professionally and personally. He and Annette placed their children's and grandchildren's needs always above their own. A dedicated parenting team, they have produced a family that will live lives as full, useful and fulfilling as Guy's was. Guy is survived by his wife Annette, their daughter Michele K. Smith of Marshall, their sons Guy H. (Jennifer) Picketts Jr. of Battle Creek and Matthew B. Picketts of Marshall; their grandchildren Trevor Smith, Nathan Smith, Rachel Picketts, Aubrey Picketts, Logan Picketts and Elias Picketts; his parents Leonard and Elaine Picketts II of Marshall; and his sisters Lisa (John Whitney) Picketts and Julia Jenkins both of Marshall. He was preceded in death by his brother Leonard "Sonny" Picketts III. Friends may call at the Craig K. Kempf Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 723 US27 North, Marshall on Friday 2p.m. to 8p.m. where the family will be present to greet friends and share memories 2p.m.-4p.m. and 6p.m.-8p.m.. Funeral services celebrating his life will be held on Saturday, Nov. 6, at 11a.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Kelly Hadlich officiating. The family requests that all attending please dress comfortably as Guy would want you to. Cremation will follow services with family committal services to be held at Oakridge Cemetery. Friends who wish may make memorial contributions to The Blue Line of Michigan. Assistance with memorials available at Kempf Funeral Home. To leave a message for the family visit



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.



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.



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.



Janet Marion Wilkins *

Janet Marion Wilkins Battle Creek Janet Marion (Theaker) Wilkins, 65, died Wednesday, November 03, 2010. Visitation will be held at the Baxter Funeral & Cremation Service, 375 W. Dickman Road, on Saturday, November 6, 2010 10 a.m. where the family will be present 4-6 p.m. Private family service to be held. Arrangements by the Baxter Funeral & Cremation Service.



Jean Kineke McLaughlin, 87

Friday, November 5, 2010 8:45 AM 

Jean Kineke McLaughlin, 87, formerly of Petoskey, Worthington, Ohio, and Haines City, Fla., passed away peacefully in Chicago on Oct. 28, 2010.



Joan D. Holzschu, 82

Friday, November 5, 2010 8:45 AM 

Joan D. Holzschu, 82, of Petoskey, died Nov. 3, 2010, at home.



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.



Joseph A. Gay *

46, of Lansing, formerly of Perry, restaurant line cook, died Tuesday. Private services will be held. Arrangements by Estes-Leadley Funeral Homes, Greater Lansing Chapel. 



Joseph Dimmick *

56, of Lansing, died Wednesday. Arrangements by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, Lansing Chapel. 



Juan DeLosSantos

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Karen L. Van Zandt *

Karen L. Van Zandt Kalamazoo Karen Louise (Ratzow) Van Zandt, 66, formerly of Union City and Battle Creek died on Thursday, November 4, 2010. Visitation will be after 9 a.m. Monday at Bachman Hebble Funeral Service where the family will be present from 2 -4 p.m. and 6 - 8 p.m. Services will be Tuesday, November 9, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. in the Bachman Funeral Chapel, 223 North Bedford Road, Battle Creek, MI.



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.



Kenneth A. Pyle

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Kenneth A. Pyle *

73, of St. Johns, retired Federal Mogul (St. Johns) employee, died Wednesday. Services 2 p.m. Saturday at Osgood Funeral Home, St. Johns.



Leonard Dallas Keen

Leonard Dallas Keen was born on March 17, 1921, in Perkins, Missouri, to Earl and Nellie Keen. The family moved to Flint for the auto boom in the early 30's and Leonard then relocated to Gladwin in 1938, in part for his love of the outdoors.



M. Patricia Hansen

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Margaret Seavey *

91, of St. Johns, died Wednesday. Services 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, St. Johns. Arrangements by Osgood Funeral Homes, St. Johns. 



Marjorie Belcher-Hoffman

Marjorie Belcher-Hoffman Battle Creek Marjorie Belcher-Hoffman, 89, died Wednesday, November 3, 2010 at the Lifespan Good Samaritan Hospice Residence. She was born March 4, 1921 in Climax, Michigan the daughter of Almon and Mabel (Burkhart) Wolf and was a resident of Battle Creek for 50 years. Marjorie attended a one room schoolhouse in Climax thru the eighth grade and then graduated from Lakeview High School in 1938. She had worked at Two Johns Restaurant, Bill Knapp's, Allmon Pastry Shop, Community Hospital, and Battle Creek Sanitarium and then at Felpausch providing demo food samples. Marjorie began her church attendance at the local Methodist Church in West Leroy, then moved her membership to the Evangelical Church in Lakeview and was ultimately baptized at First Baptist Church of Battle Creek where she was an active member of the Bell Choir and the American Baptist Women's Group. In her later years Marjorie attended various Bible studies at Battle Creek Bible Church. On April 5, 1941 she was married to Carl J. Belcher in Bryan, Ohio who preceded her in death in 1981. During her early years of marriage, Marjorie moved 17 times with the longest residence being on Cleveland Street and Sylvan Drive where life was shared with many wonderful neighbors. Marjorie's home was always full of kids, dogs (cocker pups from time to time) and an ongoing litter of kittens. Her favorite activities included bowling, working at election polls, gardening, and sewing clothing for the children, crocheting, gardening, sketching, playing the piano, playing table games with the family, cooking, making candies and cashew brittle for the holidays. For many years Marjorie's mother lived with the family and is best remembered for her home made grape jelly. Family's favorite memory is when Carl would announce "we're leaving for Tennessee in four hours." With a large family to pack for, laundry, food preparation, arrangements for the animals and everyone scrambling to locate their own stuff they would leave on time with a back seat full of kids and trunk full of travel preparations. Marjorie would be in a panic but they would leave on time and nothing was forgotten. The big annual event was spring house cleaning. With five girls to help, windows got washed, base boards wiped, mirrors polished and this event knitted the family together and prepared the girls to be their own homemakers. Marjorie will be best remembered by her family as a loving mother with a servant's heart. Marjorie married George Hoffman in 1994 who survives. Also surviving are seven children: Barbara (Dennis) Crofoot, Brenda (Steve) Crane, Betty (Robert) Locke, Carol (Larry) Martin, Patricia (Jim) O'Neill, Mary Perry and Jim (Gwen) Belcher; nineteen grandchildren; twenty eight great-grandchildren; brother, Lyle Wolf; in-laws: Mary Rich, Vivian VanDerBurgh, Edward and Donald Belcher. Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. this evening at the Richard A. Henry Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m. Saturday at the Funeral Home with Pastor Kelly Hadlich officiating. Private interment will be held at Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be directed to Lifespan Good Samaritan Hospice Residence or .



Mark T. Woods, 50

Friday, November 5, 2010 8:47 AM 

Mark T. Woods, 50, of Brutus, passed away Nov. 2, 2010, at Northern Michigan Regional Hospital. 



Marshall B. Pollok *

90, of Mason, retired Mason State Bank employee, died Tuesday. Services noon today at Eden United Brethren Church, Mason. Arrangements by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, Ball Dunn Chapel, Mason. 



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.



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



Melvin Lavern Lueders

Melvin Lavern Lueders of Hope passed away on Monday, Nov. 1, 2010, at the age of 86, at his home surrounded by his wife of 65 years and his family. He was born September 9, 1924 in Midland, the son of the late Herman and Hazel (Lavier) Lueders.



Nancy A. Pete Sept. 23, 1931-Nov. 3, 2010

Thursday, November 4, 2010 3:01 PM 

Nancy A. Pete, 79, of Temperance, Mi., formerly of Luna Pier, MI, was taken by the angels and placed into the arms of the LORD on Wednesday, November 03, 2010. 



Nellie Pickard

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Netanis Penfield *

52, of Grand Ledge, Tanny Tots Daycare owner, died Wednesday. Services 11 a.m. Saturday at Trinity United Methodist Church, Delta Township. Arrangements by Peters & Murray Funeral Home, Grand Ledge.



Norman G. Koenigsknecht *

52, of Delta Township,, engineer, died Monday. Services 10:30 a.m. today at St. Gerard Catholic Church, Lansing. Arrangements by Palmer, Bush and Jensen Family Funeral Homes, Delta Township.



OBITUARY: William Howard Fears, 85, of Ionia

William Howard Fears, 85, of Ionia passed away Oct. 30, 2010 in Ionia. 



Obituary James Raymond "Bish" McGinn, age 81, Hubbardston

James Raymond "Bish" McGinn age 81, of Hubbardston, passed away, Thursday, Oct, 21, 2010 at his home with his family by his side. 



Obituary Rhonda Sue Myers, 57, Belding

Rhonda Sue Myers, 57, of Belding passed away Thursday evening Oct. 21,2010 at Spectrum Health's Butterworth Campus in Grand Rapids.



Obituary Richard Howard Hmenway Sr., 86, formerly of Stanton

Richard Howard Hemenway, Sr, 86, died Sunday, Oct. 17, 2010 at Spectrum Health, Grand Rapids. He formerly lived in Stanton for 35 years.



Obituary Victor Elwood "Vic" Hawn, 90, Sheridan

Victor Elwood "Vic" Hawn, Age 90 of Sheridan went to be with the Lord on Friday, Oct. 22, 2010.



Obituary: Arlene L. Miller, 94, of Lyons

Arlene L. Miller, 94, of Lyons, passed away Oct. 29, 2010. She was born Jan. 21, 1916 in Orleans, the daughter of Earl and Louisa (Christiasen) Gladding. Arlene married Glenn S. Miller. He preceded her in death in 1985.



Obituary: Carl A. Schrauben, 60, of Pewamo

Carl A. Schrauben, 60, of Pewamo, passed away Oct. 17, 2010. 



Obituary: David "Smitty" Smith, 56, Ionia

David "Smitty" Smith, 56, Ionia, passed away on Oct. 21, 2010. 



Obituary: Donald J. Narragon, 80, of Vestaburg

Donald J. Narragon, 80, of Vestaburg, passed away at his home on Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2010. 



Obituary: Doris M. Warren

Thursday, November 4, 2010 2:31 PM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

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Obituary: Dorothy A. Perrien, 74, of Lyons

Dorothy A. Perrien, 74, of Lyons was suddenly taken away from her family Oct. 20, 2010 in Lansing. She was born June 19, 1936 in Bedford, Pa., the daughter of Irene Wertz. 



Obituary: Judge Ivan " Jud" Gay, 74, of Belding

Judge Ivan " Jud" Gay, 74, of Belding, died Saturday afternoon, Oct. 30, 2010 at Spectrum Health-Greenville Campus. Jud was born on Aug. 29, 1936 in Reed City the son of Claude A. and Elizabeth Hill Gay.



Obituary: Judith E. Canfield, 65, of Saranac

Judith E. Canfield, 65, of Saranac passed away Oct. 26, 2010 at her home. 



Obituary: Kathleen L. "Kitty" Rogers, 89, of Lyons

Kathleen L. "Kitty" Rogers, 89, of Lyons, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2010. 



Obituary: Merl B. Besson, 74, of Orleans

Merl B. Besson, 74, of Orleans passed away at home surrounded by his loving family Oct. 25, 2010. 



Obituary: Nedra M. Naylor, 93

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Obituary: Norman Benson Kimble, 95, of Ionia

Norman Benson Kimble, 95, of Ionia, loving husband, father and grandfather passed away on Sunday, Oct. 24, 2010. 



Obituary: Ovol E. Leonard, 94

Ovol E. Leonard, 94, was born July 10, 1916 in Coe Township, to Cecil and Ruth Culver Leonard. He was a farmer and worked at AOSmith Ionia. 



Obituary: Stuart Houghton, 84, of Ionia

Stuart Houghton, 84, of Ionia passed away at his home with his family by his side Oct. 31, 2010 in Ionia. He was born Nov. 14, 1925 in Ionia the son of Lyle and Wilma (Laux) Houghton. 



Obituary: William Howard Fears of Ionia

William Howard Fears of Ionia passed away Oct. 30, 2010. 



Obituary; Ray Basil Devers, 55, of Blanchard

Ray Basil Devers, 55, of Blanchard, passed away Oct. 28, 2010. He was born Feb. 19, 1955 in Carson City, the son of Wilford and Addie Marie (Thayer) Devers.



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



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



Richard Houston *

87, of Lansing, died Nov. 2. Services noon Tuesday at Friendship Baptist Church. Arrangements by Riley Funeral Home.



Rueanne Hyska

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Rueanne Hyska *

Rueanne Hyska Bronson Rueanne Hyska, 69, died Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010. Service will be Saturday, Nov. 6 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary of Assumption Church in Bronson. Visitation will be Friday, Nov. 5, from 3 8:00 p.m. at Dutcher-Kolcz Funeral Home in Bronson.



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Russell N. Packer Jr. *

Russell N. Packer Jr. Battle Creek Russell N. Packer Jr., 80, died on Wednesday, November 3, 2010. A service will be held at 1:00p.m., Monday, November 8, 2010 at Ft. Custer National Cemetery. Arrangements are by Royal Funeral Home. 



Schwartz, Gabriel

Schwartz Gabriel Beloved fianc 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.



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.



Stanley Oski *

73, of Bath, Lindberb Heat Treating Co. (Lansing) employee, died Thursday. Private services will be held. Arrangements by Watkins Brothers Funeral Home, Laingsburg. 



Stephanie Zotter Hoffman

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Stephen Allen Boedeker *

56, of Grand Ledge and Las Vegas, electrician, died Oct. 6. Memorial services noon Saturday at IBEW Hall, Lansing. Arrangements by Palm Mortuary, Henderson, Nev.



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Thelma L. Hayes *

92, of East Lansing, died Wednesday. There will be no services. Arrangements by Palmer, Bush and Jensen Family Funeral Homes, Lansing Chapel. 



Thomas J. Rau

Thomas J. Rau, 68, of Manistee died Wednesday morning, Nov. 3 at the Manistee County Medical Care Facility, following a short illness. The Johnson Funeral Home of Manistee is in charge of arrangements... 



Tony Joseph Fabus Jr. *

57, of Elsie, Tony's Oil Co. (Elsie) owner/operator, died Tuesday. Memorial services 1 p.m. Saturday at Smith Family Funeral Homes, Elsie Chapel. 



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



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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Kenneth A. Pyle St. Johns Kenneth A. Pyle, died November 3, 2010, at the age of 73. He was born in Clinton County, MI, on April 5, 1937, the son of Grayling and Martha (Swanson) Pyle. He was a member of the First Congregational Church and Past Master of Masonic #105 F & AM. Kenneth retired in 1996 from Federal Mogul. He married, Janice Lockwood, January 4, 1958 and she preceded him in death on October 30, 1995. Kenneth is survived by nephews, Gerald (Catherine) Scarborough, Mark (Dawn) Gove, Mat (Pamela) Gove, Michael (Margie) Gove, five nieces, Laura (Mark) Gilson, Tam (Brian) Buehler, Elizabeth (Starsky) El-Assadi, Mindy (Rob) Harmon, Jamie Hartman, great niece, Leanne Scarborough, great nephew, Gregory (Tami) Scarborough, sister- in -law, Priscilla (Ralph) Gove, and brother- in- law, Dave (Sandy) Lockwood. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, sister, Lorraine Scarborough and sister- in- law, Nancy Sensiba. Funeral Services will be at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, November 6, 2010, at the Osgood Funeral Home, with Rev. Mark Gilson officiating, burial at Mt. Rest Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the Funeral Home on Friday, 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Contributions may be made in Ken's memory to the First Congregational Church.




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Wesley J. "Wes" Selby *

76, of St. Johns, retired Wohlert Corporation (Lansing) employee, died Oct. 30. Memorial services noon Saturday at Eureka Christian Church. Arrangements by Chapel In The Pines Funeral Home, Lansing. 



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



Wilbur R. Bentz

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William 'Bill' T. Gregory, 83

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William "Bill" T. Gregory, 83, of Petoskey, died Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010, at Bay Bluffs medical care facility in Harbor Springs.



William J. "Bill" Lehtonen *

85, of Lansing, World War II Army Air Corps pilot,, plant protection employee, died Tuesday. Services 11 a.m. today at Tiffany Funeral Home.



William S. Payne *

103, of Lansing, former Arbaugh's building superintendent, died Tuesday. There will be no services. Arrangements by Estes-Leadley Funeral Homes, Greater Lansing Chapel. 



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.



Willie W. Skinner *

Willie W. Skinner Lansing Willie W. Skinner, 90, formerly of Battle Creek, Michigan died Tuesday, November 2, 2010. Visitation 11:30 12:30 p.m. Friday at the Farley-Estes & Dowdle Funeral Home. Service will be at St. Philip Catholic Church 1:00 p.m., Friday, November 5, 2010.



Wilmer Phillip "Bill" Arnold

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Wilmina Harmsen, 89

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