Monday, November 8, 2010

Michigan Obituaries 11/08/10


Adah Marie Vander Vlucht *

93, of St. Louis, died Friday. Services 1 p.m. today at Smith Family Funeral Homes, St. Louis Chapel. 



Alan G. Potts *

Alan G. Potts Marshall Alan G. Potts, 92, died on Saturday, November 6, 2010. Visitation will take place at the Craig K. Kempf Funeral Home on Tuesday November 16, 2010 from 4-6p.m. with a service at 6pm. 



Alfredo Montalvo *

52, of Lansing,, employee, died Thursday. Services 2 p.m. Tuesday at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, Lansing Chapel. 



Alma Rae Bell *

88, of Lansing Township, died Friday. Services 2 p.m. today at Bethel Baptist Church, Lansing. Arrangements by Tiffany Funeral Home. 



Amy V. Brown *

91, of East Lansing, died Saturday. Visitation 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Chapel in the Pines Funeral Home, Lansing. 



Anderson, Michael Anthony

Anderson Michael Anthony Mich 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 Esther Ramey

Monday, November 8, 2010 9:23 AM 

Arlene Esther Ramey went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010. 



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.



Barczi, Yolanda I.

Barczi Yolanda I. Octo 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.



Bryan William Jones

Bryan William Jones Marshall Bryan William Jones, age 47 formerly of Bellevue, MI, died Saturday, Nov. 6, 2010 at the U. of M. Hospital in Ann Arbor. Bryan was born May 1, 1963 in Battle Creek, MI and was employed as a Budget Analyst for the Dept. of Defense in Battle Creek. Surviving are: his wife of 19 years, Mary (Ritter) Jones; his daughter, Bailey Jones at home; Father, Garry Jones of Olivet; Mother, Judy Kay Curtis of Florida; 2 sisters, Stacey (Eric) Rockford of Marshall and Anissa (Rob) Didia of Chester Township, MI and his brother, Gavin Jones of Bellevue, MI. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, Nov. 12, 2010 at the Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte. Interment will be in the Riverside Cemetery, Bellevue. Visitation will be held from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may go to the American Heart Ass'n. or the American Diabetes Ass'n. Envelopes available at the Funeral Home.



Bryan William Jones *

47, of Marshall, formerly of Bellevue, Department of Defense (Battle Creek) budget analyst, died Saturday due to natural causes. Visitation 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte.



Bushnell, Samuel

Bushnell Samuel Octo 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



Buster Jim Tardio *

81, of Lansing, died Friday. Arrangements by Estes-Leadley Funeral Homes, Greater Lansing Chapel. 



Carl David Benander

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



Carol J. McQueen *

72, of Pewamo, died Friday. Services 2 p.m. today at St. Mary Funeral Chapel, Westphalia. Arrangements by Schrauben-Lehman Funeral Home, Portland. 



Cecil Robert Brink *

91, of Alma, farmer, died Friday. Services 11 a.m. Thursday at Smith Family Funeral Homes, St. Louis Chapel. 



Charles D. Nixon *

43, of Leslie, elevator constructor, died Wednesday. Visitation 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. today at. Arrangements by J.C. Adams Funeral Home, Leslie. 



Charles T. "Chuck" Gallagher *

77, of Perrinton, retired realtor, died Saturday. Services noon Wednesday at Congregational Christian Church, Maple Rapids. Arrangements by Osgood Funeral Homes, Abbott Chapel, Maple Rapids.



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.



Derek Charles Oakes

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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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Eleanor Ann Patterson

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Ellen Marie Davidson

Monday, November 8, 2010 1:12 AM 

WINTHROP HARBOR, Ill.   -- Ellen Marie Davidson, 98, of Winthrop Harbor, formerly a longtime resident of Wakefield, Mich., passed away peacefully at home Saturday, Nov. 6, 2010, surrounded by family.



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.



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 Octo 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 Joyce Ohm *

81, of Holt, formerly of Mason, died Tuesday. Memorial services 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Holt Presbyterian Church. Arrangements by Daniels Funeral Home, Nashville. 



Frances Roettger, 83

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Gary Ray Hillier

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Germaine A. Long

Germaine A. Long Battle Creek Germaine (Gerry) A. Long passed away Friday November 5, 2010 at Lifespan Good Samaritan Hospice Residence with her family by her side. She was born on January 10 , 1929 in Sheboygan, WI the daughter of George and Josephine (Hoffman) Ristenpadt. Gerry was a 1947 graduate of North High School in Sheboygan, WI. On September 3, 1955, Gerry was united in marriage to James (Jimm) F. Long (of Flint, MI) at St. Dominick's Catholic Church in Sheboygan, WI. Jimm and Gerry then moved to Battle Creek where they raised their family. They were members of St. Joseph Catholic Church and later moved their membership to St. Jerome Catholic Church. Gerry was employed at Security National Bank. Following that she was a secretary for Channing Corporation. She then became a legal secretary for Sullivan, Hamilton, Ryan, and Shultz Law Firm. She also worked for Fredrick Woodruff, Attorney at Law. Gerry later retired from The Title Company of Battle Creek. Gerry's hobbies included bowling, crocheting, knitting, playing cards with friends. She also liked bingo, visiting casinos, crossword puzzles, and dancing. Gerry was an avid Detroit Tiger fan and rarely missed a game. However, her greatest joy was spending time with her family and wonderful grandchildren. Surviving family members are her five children, Kristine (Matt) Williams, Brett Long, Kathleen (Michael) McCauley, of Illinois, Valerie (Michael) Miller, and Theresa (Terry) Kerr. There are also seven grandchildren, Danielle Wolf (fiancé Brandon), Cole Williams, Cody, Cassidy, Logan and Lexus Kerr, and Lauren Long. Gerry was preceded in death by her husband Jimm in 1998. Family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m.Tuesday at the Richard A. Henry Funeral Home where a Rosary will be recited at 7p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10am Wednesday Nov. 10, 2010 at St. Jerome Catholic Church with The Rev. Mathew Manalel officiating. Interment will follow at Ft. Custer National Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be given to Saint Jude Children's Research Hospital or Lifespan Good Samaritan Hospice Residence.



Harvard Smart, 98

Monday, November 8, 2010 9:44 AM 

Harvard Smart passed away on Friday, Nov. 5, 2010, after a brief illness. He was 98 years old. 



Herbert W. Breitbach *

Herbert W. Breitbach Battle Creek Herbert W. Breitbach, 79, died at home on Sunday, November 7, 2010. Arrangements will be announced by the Farley-Estes & Dowdle Funeral Home.



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.



Howard Russell Bock

Monday, November 8, 2010 9:44 AM 

Howard Russell Bock passed away peacefully on Nov. 4, 2010.



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.



Ivan Martin (John) Jurisic *

Ivan (John) Martin Jurisic Ivan (John) Martin Jurisic, 59, died Friday, November 5, 2010. Funeral arrangements are pending at Chapel in the Pines in Lansing.



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.



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 Michael Alvarado *

19, of Holt, student, died Friday. Services 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. James Catholic Church, Mason. Arrangements by Palmer, Bush and Jensen Family Funeral Homes, Holt Chapel.



Joyce Elaine Schonfelder *

74, of Lansing, died Saturday. Arrangements by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, Lansing Chapel. 



Kathlyn "Kathy" Maples *

Kathlyn "Kathy" Maples Marshall Kathlyn "Kathy" Maples, 52, died on Saturday, November 6, 2010. Services will take Wednesday, November 10, 2010, from 12noon-1p.m. at the Craig K. Kempf Funeral Home and Cremation Services with a service taking place at 1p.m.



Kayser, Joan M.

Kayser Joan M. Belo 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 L. Beach *

83, of Lansing, retired Olofsson Tool & Die employee, died Saturday. Services 2 p.m. today at Estes-Leadley Funeral Homes, Greater Lansing Chapel. 



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.



Marjorie L. Gingras *

95, of East Lansing, retired school, , died Thursday. Services 2 p.m. Wednesday at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, East Chapel, East Lansing.



Martens, Lorraine

Martens Lorraine Pass Frid Octo 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 Octo 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 Blake Potter

Monday, November 8, 2010 7:26 AM 

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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.



Michael L. Graham *

63, of Potterville, Vietnam, veteran, retired Michigan Bell Telephone Co. employee, died Thursday. Services 2 p.m. today at Field & Leik Funeral Home, Dimondale. 



Nancy L. Clark

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Naomi Burt *

93, of Lansing, retired nurse, died Sunday. Arrangements by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, Lansing Chapel.



Nedra L. Wolfe

Nedra L. Wolfe Leonidas Nedra L. Wolfe age 89, passed away, Sunday, November 7, 2010 at the Birch Adult Foster Care Home in Leonidas. Nedra was born April 9, 1921 in LaGrange, IN a daughter to the late Earl and Elta (Mehl) Norris. Nedra grew up in the Shipshewana, IN area, graduating from Shipshewana High School. She later continued her education at Elkhart Business College where she met her future husband Ray. On March 2, 1941 she married Ray E. Wolfe in Howe, IN. He preceded her in death on August 11, 2001. Nedra took care of the bookkeeping for there Grain and Feed Business and Lumber Business. She later worked for many years for Ferrari's Enterprises in Battle Creek as their Bookkeeper. Nedra was an active member of the Leonidas Bible Church, a member of the Colon Eastern Star Chapter #9l, along with her husband Ray had organized the Leonidas Do-Best-4H Club, working with 4-H as a leader for over 50 years. She had traveled to Sweden as a youth counselor for Youth for Understanding and had 8 different exchange students stay with them over the years. She is survived by one daughter; Phyllis (Stanley) Copenhafer of Fulton, two grandsons; Alan (Linda) Copenhafer of Vicksburg and Dean (Connie) Copenhafer of Clinton Township, two great grandsons; Jeffery (Jackie) Copenhafer of Galesburg and Mikel Copenhafer and fiancé Janessa Waddell of Saulte Saint Marie, a brother Milburn (Lois) Norris of LaGrange and special friend; Tomoko Hosoe of Hawaii. Besides her husband Ray she was preceded in death by one son, Royce A. Wolfe, grandson; Monte R. Wolfe and great grandson; Derek R. Hull, one sister and two brothers. The family will receive relatives and friends on Tuesday, November 9, 20l0 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Schipper Funeral Home LTD. in Colon. Funeral services celebrating the life of Nedra L. Wolfe will be Wednesday, November 10, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. at the Leonidas Bible Church with Pastor Curtis L. Bennett and Mr. David J. Farrell officiating. A committal service and burial will follow at Leonidas Twp. Cemetery. If desired, memorials may be made in memory of Nedra to either the Leonidas Bible Church or the Gideons. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.



Nettie H. McGill

Monday, November 8, 2010 6:53 AM - GateHouse Media, Inc.

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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 Hemenway 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 R. Tavierne, 84

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Obituary: David "Smitty" Smith, 56, Ionia

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



Obituary: Donald E. Fether, 74

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Obituary: Donald J. Narragon, 80, of Vestaburg

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



Obituary: Donna A. Wentz, 63

Monday, November 8, 2010 10:01 AM - 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: Linda L. Agostini, 70, of Ionia

Linda L. Agostini, 70, of Ionia, passed away on Nov. 5, 2010. 



Obituary: Maurice L. Conn, 67

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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: Nettie Lea Bussell, 72, of Crystal

Nettie Lea Bussell, 72, of Crystal, passed away Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010 at Gratiot Medical Center in Alma. 



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: Patricia Ann "Patsy" Parks, 50, of Belding

Patricia Ann "Patsy" Parks, 50, of Belding, went Home to her Lord peacefully on Monday, Nov. 1, 2010 surrounded by her family.



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: Walter J. Coan, 74

Monday, November 8, 2010 10:00 AM - GateHouse Media, Inc.

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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, Octo 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



Patricia Sue Bacon

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Paul James Potier *

50, of Perry, Meijer (Okemos) certified butcher, died Thursday. Services 11 a.m. Tuesday at Watkins Brothers Funeral Home, Perry. 



Pauline Wiles

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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



Robert F. Newberg

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Robert W. "Bob" Laird *

Robert W. "Bob" Laird Battle Creek Robert W. "Bob" Laird, 82, died Friday, November 5, 2010. Services will be held at a later date. A full obituary will appear in the Tuesday edition of the Battle Creek Enquirer. Arrangements were handled by the Farley-Estes & Dowdle Funeral Home.



Roger D. Nestle *

57, of Mulliken,, veteran, registered nurse, died Thursday. Services 1 p.m. today at Oneida Gospel Church, Grand Ledge. Arrangements by Barker-Leik Funeral Home, Mulliken. 



Ruth Anne Isaacson Foster

Ruth Anne Isaacson Foster Ruth Anne Isaacson Foster, 56, went home to be with her family unexpectedly on November 5, 2010. Ruth was born March 3, 1954 in Detroit to John and Alice (Boisvert) Isaacson. After living there a few years, she moved to Vermontville, MI. Ruth married Kenneth McBrayer in the 1970's and divorced in the early 1980's. Together they had three children, David, Shannon, and Chris. Ruth picked herself up and ended up in Bellevue, MI, getting her high school diploma in the late 1980's. One thing Ruth believed in was getting an education and taking care of her family. Ruth had formerly worked at Airway Manufacturing and the Village Bar. Ruth would later marry Bill Foster on September 2, 1995, the happiest day of her life. Ruth enjoyed gardening, taking care of chickens and her two dogs, Ace and Princess, and her two cats, Mr. Tibbs and Smokie. She got the most enjoyment out of taking care of her husband Bill. Ruth was a very caring and good-hearted person. Ruth is survived by her husband, Bill Foster; a son, David McBrayer; two daughters, Shannon McBrayer and Chris (Jim) Foster; a step-daughter, Soyna (Keith) Ray; and six grandchildren, Ashley Ray, Elezabeth Bartholomew, Kimberly Goodman, Austin McBrayer, Joseph Nickerson, and Mitchell Foster. Ruth was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Michael Isaacson, and a daughter, Michelle. As per Ruth's wishes, cremation has taken place and a celebration of her life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the . Arrangements by the Farley-Estes & Dowdle Funeral Home. Personal messages for the family may be made at



Schwartz, Gabriel

Schwartz Gabriel Belo 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.



Sean M. Wright *

Sean M. Wright Battle Creek Sean M. Wright, 38, of Battle Creek died Sunday, November 7, 2010. Arrangements will be announced by the Farley-Estes & Dowdle Funeral Home.



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.



Susan Rae Raycraft *

65, of DeWitt, formerly of Lansing, died Saturday. Graveside services 1:30 p.m. today at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Lansing. Arrangements by Palmer, Bush and Jensen Family Funeral Homes, Holt Chapel.



Terry G. Johnson, 72

Monday, November 8, 2010 9:24 AM 

Terry G. Johnson, 72, of Gaylord, passed away Saturday, Nov. 6, 2010, at Northern Michigan Regional Hospital in Petoskey. 



Thomas J. Rau

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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.).



Ussher, Kenneth L.

Ussher Kenneth L. Lovi 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 E. Brown

Velma E. Brown East Leroy Velma E. Brown, 101, passed away Saturday November 6, 2010 at home. She was born on November 10, 1908 in Kent County, MI to Hugh D. and Matie (Fisher) Stout. Velma graduated Valedictorian from Cedar Springs High School in 1926. She received her Life Certificate in Rural Education from Western State Teachers College in 1932. Velma taught for 8 years in one room schools in Kent and Calhoun Counties. She married Leslie H. Brown on July 3, 1934, he preceded her in death on October 3, 1990. Velma was also the secretary and business manager for Brown Sign Service from 1934 to 1970, her husband, Leslie's business. She is survived by a daughter, Arleta R. (Merle) Witzki, of East Leroy, grandchildren, Cynthia (Rick) Teachey, and Cheryl Knapp, both of Lexington, KY; Marcia (John) Adkins, of Versailles, KY; Shawn Witzki, of San Jose, CA; Michelle (Garrett) Tooman, of Battle Creek, great grandchildren, Amanda Knapp, Chelsea (Jon) Hollingsworth and Gavin Tooman, a brother, Raymond H. Stout, of Cedar Springs, MI. Velma was also preceded in death by a son, Patrick S. Brown, brothers, Gerald J., Carl D., and Durward M. (Mike) Stout, sisters, Treva M. Hoven, Beatrice L. Uebele Slusher, Eva A. (Ariel) Thomas and an infant sister Juanita Stout. Velma enjoyed reading, traveling, playing cards, and spending time with family. Family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8p.m. Thursday at the Richard A. Henry Funeral Home where funeral services will be held 1p.m. Friday November 12, 2010. Interment will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be given to Michigan Commission for the Blind or Southwest Regional Rehabilitation Center.



Verhelst, James "Jim"

Verhelst James "Jim" Pass 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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Carolyn "Connie" Skinner Eaton Rapids Age 86 of Eaton Rapids died Saturday, November 6, 2010 at the Eaton Community Hospice following a severe heart attack 13 days earlier. Born November 2 1924 in Onondaga Township, the daughter of Glen and Gladys (Neff) Stimer. Connie worked along side her husband Max in the family business for 45 years. She enjoyed shopping, sewing and keeping connected with friends. For the last two years she resided at the Eaton County Medical Care Facility and made many new friends with residents and staff. Preceding her in death were her parents, Husband, Max; and brother, Keith Stimer. Surviving are her loving daughter, Sharon (Chris) Bigelow and son, Larry (Jill) Skinner all of Eaton Rapids; 7 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren and one great great granddaughter; several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be Tuesday, November 9, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. from the Skinner Funeral Home in Eaton Rapids. Family will receive friends at the funeral home on Monday, November 8th from 2-4 and 6-8p.m. Family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Eaton Community Hospice 2675 S. Cochran Rd. Charlotte, MI. 48813 in memory of Connie Skinner.



Walter G. Holmes

Monday, November 8, 2010 7:26 AM 

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Walter Hicks *

80, of Leslie, died Friday. Services 1 p.m. Thursday at Faith Assembly of God, Leslie. Arrangements by J.C. Adams Funeral Home, Leslie. 



Warren W. McNally *

Warren W. McNally Marshall Warren W. McNally, 89, died on Sunday, November 7, 2010. Arrangements are pending at the Craig K. Kempf Funeral Home.



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' John Vrondran Jr., 88

Monday, November 8, 2010 9:50 AM 

William "Bill" John Vrondran Jr., 88, of East Jordan, died Friday, Nov. 5, 2010, in East Jordan. 



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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