Friday, November 12, 2010

Michigan Obituaries 11/12/10


Albert George Havner

Friday, November 12, 2010 7:14 AM 

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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).



Ann L. Bennett *

58, of Portland, died Tuesday. Graveside services 3 p.m. Nov. 19 at Portland Cemetery. Arrangements by Schrauben-Lehman Funeral Home, Portland.



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 A. Frederiksen

Barbara A. Frederiksen, 73, of Manistee, died Monday, Nov. 8. The Herbert Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.... 



Barbara Jo "Barbie" Watson

Barbara Jo "Barbie" Watson" Union City Barbara Jo "Barbie" Watson, 45, of Union City, passed away November 9, 2010, at home surrounded by her family. She was a beautiful person inside and out who loved her life and all of the people in it. Barbie was truly an amazing daughter, wife, mother, sister and friend. She was born August 22, 1965 in Coldwater to John and Linda (Robinson) Brubaker and later married Ronnie Watson on September 27, 1986 in Battle Creek. Barbie enjoyed living in the Union City area all of her life. She was naturally giving and had many close friends. She loved her various critters and enjoyed flowers and landscaping. She was a hairdresser, receptionist at Weight Watchers and a sales person at JCPenney but above all a dedicated wife and mother. Barbie was a beautiful, eye-catching and fashionable woman who always seemed to be the life of the party. In fact, she loved any excuse to bring people together. She planned many family reunions, volleyball cook-outs, cookie parties and always had the best party favors in town. She is survived by her husband, Ron; daughter, Jacee (Brandon) Beck; son, Jory Watson; daughter, Jamison Watson; parents, John and Linda Brubaker; sisters, Robin (Randy) Jones, Debbie (Gene) Morisset, JoLynn Brubaker; brother, Johnny (Amy) Brubaker; brother-in-law, Curt (Sheryl) Watson; sisters-in-law, Lisa (Tim) Dey, Nicki (Ed) Phelps, Pam (Dan) Rathbun; mother-in-law, Carol Watson; stepmother-in-law, Fran Stringer; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. The family would like to invite you to celebrate her life with them on Sunday, November 14, 2010 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. and Monday, November 15, 2010 from 10:00 - 12:00 noon at the Putnam Funeral Home in Union City. A memorial service will be Monday at 12:00 noon at the Putnam Funeral Home in Union City with Associate Pastor Bill Hochstetler of The Worldwide Church of God. There will be a luncheon to follow at Our Lady-Fatima Catholic Church also in Union City. You are encouraged to wear something green in her honor. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in honor of Barbie's memory to her loving family. They may be sent to the family in care of the Putnam Funeral Home, 501 N. Broadway Street, Union City, MI 49094. You may also leave an online tribute by visiting, . Barbie loved her family the most and will be greatly missed. Her mom always said she was the light bulb of the family. The smiles and memories she has brought to so many will never be forgotten. Thank you for being you Barbie, we will all dearly miss you. Arrangements are by Putnam Funeral Home 517/741-9333 Union City, MI.



Barbara Jo 'Barbie' Watson

Thursday, November 11, 2010 11:00 PM - GateHouse Media, Inc.

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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.



Basil E. Keefer *

89, of Lansing, retired Oldsmobile plant security employee, died Sunday. Services 11:30 a.m. Saturday at South Lansing Christian Church. Arrangements by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, Lansing Chapel.



Bennie L. Rose *

68, of Charlotte, died Nov. 8. Graveside services 10 a.m. Monday at Fort Custer National Cemetery, Augusta. Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.



Bernice L. Wohlfert *

96, of Kalamazoo, formerly of St. Johns, Lansing, DeWitt and Dimondale, died Tuesday. Services 2 p.m. Saturday at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, DeWitt Chapel. 



Brenda Staples, 40

Thursday, November 11, 2010 8:50 PM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

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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



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.



Courtney Mykelle Howard

Friday, November 12, 2010 9:44 AM - GateHouse Media, Inc.

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David Clifford Stevenson, 66

Friday, November 12, 2010 8:50 AM 

David Clifford Stevenson, age 66, of Cedarville, died Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010, at his home. 



Doreen Hardy *

51, of Leslie, died Wednesday. Services 11 a.m. Monday at Caskey-Mitchell Funeral Home, Stockbridge.



Dorothy E. Good

Dorothy E. Good, age 89, of Gladwin, passed away on Monday, Nov. 1, 2010 at Bortz Nursing Home in West Branch. She was born Feb. 17, 1921 in Gladwin, the daughter of the late Charles and Dora (Tucker) Blake.



Dorothy McCumber

Dorothy McCumber, 87, of Branch, died this morning Nov. 10. Stephens Funeral Home in Scottville is in charge of arrangements.... 



Douglas N. Meringa

Friday, November 12, 2010 9:47 AM - GateHouse Media, Inc.

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Duncan Thomas, 37

Friday, November 12, 2010 8:50 AM 

Duncan Thomas, 37, of Petoskey, died Nov. 9, 2010, at Northern Michigan Regional Hospital. 



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.



Eugene L. "Gene" Wilcox *

71, of Portland, died Tuesday. Services 1:30 p.m. Saturday at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Portland. Arrangements by Schrauben-Lehman Funeral Home, Portland. 



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



Fred S. Sutton, 84

Friday, November 12, 2010 8:43 AM 

Fred S. Sutton, 84, of rural Lake George, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010, at Mid Michigan Medical Center-Clare. 



Fred William Walters

Friday, November 12, 2010 9:46 AM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

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Gail M. Weede, 59

Friday, November 12, 2010 9:40 AM 

Gail M. Weede, 59, of Beaver Island, died Nov. 11, 2010, at her home. 



Gary Lee "Hawks" Hocking

Friday, November 12, 2010 2:24 AM

WAKEFIELD, Mich. -- Gary Lee "Hawks" Hocking, 54, of Wakefield, died Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010, at the Hocking family home in Wakefield.   



Gilford Lamar Dampier *

21, of Lansing, student, died Tuesday as the result of a gunshot wound. Arrangements by Swanson Funeral Home, Flint. 



Helen M. Feole

Helen M. Feole, 87, of Gladwin, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 7, 2010 at her home in Gladwin with her family by her side. She was born Jan. 16, 1923 in Grand Rapids, the daughter of the late Nelson and Nettie Tassell. 



Henry J. Birecki, 81

Friday, November 12, 2010 8:48 AM 

Henry J. Birecki, 81, of Carp Lake, died Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010, at the Hospice House of Cheboygan. 



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 E. Cook Jr.

Howard E. Cook Jr., 80, of Scottville, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 9 at his home surrounded by his loving children. Howard was born on March 2, 1930 in Bay City to Howard L. and Caroline (Groulx) Coo...



Howard Mattson

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Howard R. Mattson

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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.




Mary Elizabeth Hurley, 66, of Ludington died today, Nov. 11. Oak Grove Funeral Home and Cremation Center is in charge of arrangements.... 



Ilene L. Ricky

Ilene L. Ricky, 85, of Gladwin, passed away on Friday, Nov. 5, 2010. She was born on Dec. 30, 1924 in Burlington, Colorado, to Howard and Leta J. (Vincent) Burns. She married Lowell L. Ricky in August of 1940 in Marysville, Kansas.



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.



John Howard Donahoo II *

63, of Lansing,, veteran, died Oct. 23. Arrangements by Palmer, Bush and Jensen Family Funeral Homes, Lansing Chapel. 



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.



Joshua Allen Dufort *

23, of Dansville, died Monday. Visitation 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, Ball Dunn Chapel, Mason.



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 Safford Hall *

87, of Lansing, died Monday. Memorial services 1p.m. today at Estes-Leadley Funeral Homes, Greater Lansing Chapel. 



Kurt R. Frohriep

Friday, November 12, 2010 3:25 AM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

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Laurine Annette Fredenburg *

of Parchment, died Monday. Services 11 a.m. Saturday at Joldersma & Klein Funeral Home, Kalamazoo. 



LeRoy Jay Simpson *

82, of St. Johns, lineman, died Wednesday. Services 1 p.m. Saturday at Duplain Church of Christ, St. Johns. Arrangements by Smith Family Funeral Home, St. Johns Chapel.



Leanora L. Pesonen

Leanora L. Pesonen Albion Leanora L. Pesonen, 90, of Albion passed away Wednesday November 10, 2010 at Oaklawn Hospital in Marshall. She was born March 7, 1920 in Albion, Michigan to Joseph and Josephine (Maniaci) Bommarito. On January 25, 1947 she was married to Reuben G. Pesonen in Albion and he preceded her in death January 27, 1995. She has been a resident of the area all of her life. She was a member of St. John Catholic Church in Albion. She was a Homemaker. Lena was a self-described shy person that somehow was always the center of attention. She lived for her family, friends, and chances to spend time with them. Her passions included family, cooking, gardening, children, and, above all, always having fun. Anyone that met her even for the briefest time learned something about life, love, and how to enjoy each day. Always energetic, she could be zany, nutty, funny, but will always be loved. Her family is saddened by her passing, but was blessed by having her in their lives. She is survived by 2 daughters, Ann (Keith) VanSchoick and Josephine Miller both of Albion; 3 grandchildren, Chris (Angie) VanSchoick of Saline, Susan (Scott) Godair of Jackson, and Laura (Mike) Bonney of Fairview Hgts., IL; 1 sister, Josephine Cusumano of Canton, MI; and numerous nieces and nephews. Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; 4 brothers, James, Clement, Stephen, and Jesse Bommarito; and 2 sisters, Rose Weeks and Rosalie Serra. According to her wishes, Cremation has taken place and a Memorial Service will be held Saturday November 13, 2010 at 11:30 a.m. at the Erie Street Chapel of the J. Kevin Tidd Funeral Home, 208 West Erie Street, Albion, MI 49224 with Rev. Fr. Carl Peltz officiating. Visitation for Family and Friends will be Friday November 12, 2010 from 5:00 -8:00 p.m. and Saturday November 13, 2010 from 10:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. at the Funeral Home. Assistance with Memorial Contributions to: Oaklawn Hospice or American Cancer is available at the funeral home.



Lillian Marie Ehrke *

85, of Lansing, former Michigan State University custodian, died Nov. 5. Memorial services 11 a.m. Saturday at Church of the Resurrection. 



Lloyd E. Tyre

Lloyd E. Tyre, 73, of Beaverton, passed away Friday, Oct. 29, 2010 at his home, surrounded by his loving wife and family. He was born in Detroit, Michigan on Dec. 31, 1936 to Charles and Edith (Cox) Tyre.



Malcolm "Pete" Wood

Malcolm Wood (Pete), 78, of Silver Lake, went home to be with his lord Sunday, Nov. 7. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Beverly, of more than 50 years; daughters, Janet (Keith) Zahn, Shelby... 



Margaret (Massa) Berridge

Margaret (Massa) Berridge Battle Creek Margaret (Massa) Berridge age 63, of Battle Creek, died Wednesday, November 10, surrounded by her family. She fought a courageous battle with lung cancer over the past three years. Margaret was a lifelong resident of Battle Creek, Michigan. She attended Lakeview Schools graduating from Lakeview High in 1965. Her class was the first to attend all four years at the then "new high school". After high school graduation she attended Wright Beauty Academy and then worked at various Ferrari Beauty Salons from 1966 to 1975. In 1985 she began working at Willard Public Library and continued there for 23 years until her retirement. Throughout the years Margaret was involved in the Beta Sigma Phi sorority, various bowling leagues, Girl Scout leader and Boy Scout Den mother. She volunteered as a room mother at Valley View Elementary School in Springfield and was a Harper Creek Swim booster parent. Margaret's "pride and joy" were her twins, Ryan and Laura. She enjoyed doing things with and for her family. She dedicated her life to being the "best mom" possible. As Laura and Ryan grew up and now have families of their own she enjoyed her role of grandma. To her, family always came first. Margaret's loving family include her son and daughter-in-law, Ryan and Heidi Berridge, granddaughter, Lena, of Grass Lake, Michigan; her daughter and son in-law, Laura (Berridge) and Mark DeLong, grandchildren, Kara and Drew of Scituate, MA; her sister, Lois (Massa) Shepard of Phoenix, AZ; and MANY aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Tony and Betty Massa. The family will receive friends at the Richard A. Henry Funeral Home from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. this evening. Funeral services will be held 1:00 p.m. Saturday at the Funeral Home with interment to follow at Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made in Margaret's name to:, Cancer Center Office of Development, 2800 Plymouth Road, Building 100, Ann Arbor, MI, 48109.



Margaret Rose Shields *

Margaret Rose Shields Margaret Rose Shields, was called to her Lord and Savior November 6, 2010. A memorial Mass will be celebrated at St. Philip Catholic Church 12:30 p.m. Saturday, November 13, 2010. Arrangements are by Farley-Estes & Dowdle Funeral Home.



Margaret V. "Ginny" Moore *

89, of Holt, died Wednesday. Services 11 a.m. Saturday at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Lansing. Arrangements by Estes-Leadley Funeral Homes, Holt-Delhi Chapel.



Marie A. Schindel

Marie A. Schindel, 88, of Gladwin, passed away after a long illness, on Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010. She was born on March 15, 1922, in Detroit, to Leopold and Marie (Capell) Lybeer. She married Albert Schindel on Sept. 20, 1941 in Detroit. He preceded her in death in 2005.



Marie Weighmink, 95

Thursday, November 11, 2010 8:52 PM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

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Marion L. Bradley *

84, of Fowler, retired Gambles store (Perry) owner/operator, died Tuesday. Services 10 a.m. today at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Fowler. Arrangements by Keck-Coleman Funeral Home, St. Johns. 



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.



Martin A. 'Mike' Reeves

Thursday, November 11, 2010 10:00 PM - GateHouse Media, Inc.

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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



Michael F. Artrip, 58

Friday, November 12, 2010 8:47 AM 

Michael F. Artrip, 58, of Gaylord, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010. 



Mildred (Jensen) Thiel

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Nathan Edward Eagle

Nathan Edward Eagle, 20, of Buckley and formerly of Onekama, died Friday, Nov. 5. Oak Grove Cremation Center is in charge of arrangements.... 



Norman E. Lantz

Friday, November 12, 2010 3:24 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: 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: Beth L. Gibson, 42

Thursday, November 11, 2010 2:00 PM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

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Obituary: Carol Jean McQueen, 72, Pewamo

Carol Jean McQueen, 72, Pewamo, passed away peacefully at her home on Friday, Nov. 5, 2010. 



Obituary: Cheryl E. Cowling, 63, of Fenwick

Cheryl E. Cowling, 63, of Fenwick, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 6, 2010. 



Obituary: Helen G. (Goodemoot) Livermore Robinson, of Lake Odessa

Helen G. (Goodemoot) Livermore Robinson, of Lake Odessa, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010 at the Laurel of Kent Nursing Home in Lowell.



Obituary: Joyce (Kamradt) Murray, 80, of Ionia

Joyce (Kamradt) Murray, 80, of Ionia passed away peacefully at home on Nov. 10, 2010.



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: Kevin E. Ryan, 24

Thursday, November 11, 2010 3:50 PM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

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Obituary: Laureen D. Shattuck, 69, of Fenwick

Laureen D. Shattuck, 69, of Fenwick passed away Monday morning Nov. 8, 2010 at home. 



Obituary: Linda L. Agostini, 70, of Ionia

Linda L. Agostini, 70, of Ionia, passed away on Nov. 5, 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: Pauline Wiles, 95, of Port Huron, formerly of Ionia

Pauline Wiles, 95, of Port Huron, formerly of Ionia, died Saturday, Nov. 6, 2010. 



Obituary: Richard Witwer Christian

Richard Witwer Christian passed away Tuesday, Nov. 9 at 10:40 p.m. in his sleep, at Clark Retirement Community in Grand Rapids, where he had resided since 2008. 



Obituary: Ruth Violet Johnson Graham

Mrs. Graham died Nov. 8, 2010 in Ionia, after a long illness. She was a resident of Heartland Health Care. 



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: Wanda Lea Powers, 47, of Ionia

Wanda Lea Powers, 47, of Ionia, passed away unexpectedly Nov. 9, 2010. 



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



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 A. Abernathy *

64, of Charlotte, died Tuesday. Services 1 p.m. today at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. 



Richard S. "Rick" Staples *

51, of Lansing, Archer Daniels Midland Alliance Nutrition general manager, died Monday. Memorial services 11 a.m. Saturday at Riverview Church, Holt. 



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Robert F. Newberg

Robert F. Newberg, 81, passed away Nov. 5 with his family at his side. He was married to Dona Jean Altrock and son of Dorothy Morgan and Fred Newberg of Ludington, all whom have preceded him in death....



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Roberta M. Olk, 91

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Roberta M. Olk, 91, of North Port, Fla., passed away Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010, at Fawcett Memorial Hospital in Port Charlotte, Fla. 



Ruth H. Near *

92, of Bellevue, died Nov. 5. Graveside services 10 a.m. today at Prairieville Cemetery. Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.



Ruth Miriam Beegle *

85, of East Lansing, retired registered nurse, died Tuesday. Services 1:30 p.m. Saturday at University Lutheran Church, East Lansing. Arrangements by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, East Chapel, East Lansing. 



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.



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.



Sue E. Murton *

68, of Titusville Fla., formerly of Harrison and Dimondale, died Monday. Memorial services 2 p.m. Saturday at Traverse Bay United Methodist Church, Traverse City. Arrangements by Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home, Traverse City.



Suzanne 'Sue' Lee Houttekier

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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.).




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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



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.



Vern A. 'Al' Kuhlman

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Tamara Lynn Livingston Springdale, AR Tamara Lynn Livingston, 25, of Springdale, Arkansas, died November 8, 2010 at the Northwest Medical Center-Springdale. She was born August 16, 1985 at Fayetteville, Arkansas, the daughter of Eric and Elizabeth Faye Jackson Livingston. She was a 2008 graduate of The University of Arkansas and an employee of the Social Security Administration in Fayetteville. She was a member of the Aurora Church of Christ. Survivors include: her father of Springdale, Arkansas; her mother of Huntsville, Arkansas; one sister, Amanda Livingston of Huntsville, Arkansas; her paternal grandmother, Carlyn Drewyor of Huntsville, Arkansas; her maternal grandmother, Betty Jackson of Huntsville, Arkansas; and her paternal great-grandfather, Carl E. Ebie of Mount Vernon, Ohio. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, November 13, in the chapel of Brashears Funeral Home with Pat Mannon and Phil Underwood, Ministers officiating. Interment will be in the Aurora Cemetery under the direction of Brashears Funeral Home, of Huntsville, Arkansas. Pallbearers will be: Charles Haley, Jeremey Watkins, Wade Baker, Sam Fowler, Dwain Swain and Pine Drewyor. Honorary pallbearers will be: Tildon Masterson, Dalton Heckford, Cole Colville and Aaron Jasson. The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home.




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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



Willard F. "Bill" Zwick *

91, of Ovid, store owner, died Thursday. Services 11 a.m. Saturday at Smith Family Funeral Homes, Elsie Chapel.



William C. Marks

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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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