Sunday, December 12, 2010

Michigan Obituaries 12/12/2010


Agatha Viola Farnum

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Agnes L. Newman

• Agnes L. Newman, 76, of Manistee, died Wednesday, Dec. 8. The Herbert Funeral Home of Manistee is in charge of arrangements....



Alex Markovich *

Alex Markovich Alex Markovich, age 89, formerly of Albion, died on Tuesday, December 8. Services will be held 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 29, 2010 at Ft. Custer National Cemetery, August, Michigan.



Alma Scarlett, 92

Saturday, December 11, 2010 7:32 PM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

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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).



Andy J. Highstreet

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Arnold G. Nelson

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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 Collingsworth (BC) Johnson

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Barbara Hillman, 97

Saturday, December 11, 2010 7:20 PM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

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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.



Betty M. Ferguson

Betty M. Ferguson Battle Creek Betty M. Ferguson, 77, passed away on December 9, 2010 at Battle Creek Health System. She was born September 25, 1933, in Battle Creek, the daughter of Leonard L. and Beatrice M. (Mack) Campbell. Betty was employed in housekeeping at the Holiday Inn and also for Mrs. Edna Diggs. She was a homemaker after she retired. Her hobbies included embroidery and puzzles. Betty married Mr. Thomas M. Ferguson on November 13, 1964. He preceded her on June 5, 1993. Betty is survived by her step-daughter Ruby Cope of Danville, IL. She also leaves her brother Leland "Sonny" (Ellen) Campbell and sister Mabel Yother both of Battle Creek. She was preceded by her brother Johnathon Campbell I 2007. Visitation will be from 10:00a.m. to 12:00p.m. on Tuesday, December 14, 2010 at Royal Funeral Home with the funeral service beginning at 12:00pm. Interment will be at Ft. Custer National Cemetery.



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 T. Cummins Jr.

Carl T. Cummins, Jr. Battle Creek It is with great sadness that the family of Carl Thurman Cummins, Jr. announces the passing of our dear Dad, Grandpa, and Great grandpa on Tuesday evening, December 7, 2010. Carl T. Cummins Jr., 85, of Battle Creek, MI, passed away unexpectedly at the Battle Creek Health System in Battle Creek, MI. He was born March 3, 1925 in Cookeville, TN the son of Carl Thurman Cummins Sr. and Maggie Belle (Bybee) Cummins. Carl was a truck driver for Trans America Freight and American Transit for 42 years, retiring in 1984. He also drove a dump truck for "Over Easy." After his retirement, he had delivered flowers for 25 years for his daughters flower shop, The Country Bouquet. Carl really had just the right knack for brightening people's lives and just listening to them when he delivered bouquets to area residents and hospitals. Carl also used this as an opportunity to make his social stops along the way. His visits brought pleasure to many that will miss his Southern charm. He married the girl of his dreams, Mary Alice Harley on May 10, 1946 in Knoxville, TN; however she passed away on January 8, 2009. He is survived by two sons: Gary and Shirley Cummins of Battle Creek; Joe and Emilie Cummins of Battle Creek; three daughters: Molly ( J. Morris) and Stuart Mendenhall of Battle Creek; Cindy and Roy Smith of Battle Creek and Kathy and Ed Williams of Battle Creek, MI; fourteen grandchildren: Jason and Nicole Brown, Shannon Brown, Charly Cummins, Chelsea Cummins, Christy and Sam Hamilton, Jennifer and Dave Stanton, Gary "CJ" Cummins, Jr., Dustin Morris, Hayley Morris, Joshua Morris, Curtis Smith, Andrea and Brian Barry, Justin Tindol, Terra and Derek King; ten great grandchildren: Bailie, Tyler and Brooklyn Brown, Zack Lawrence; Harley Brown; Stella Barry; Macklin King; Karter Stanton; Kamden Malone and Jackson Hamilton; and a sister: Sue Kelly of Atwater, California. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife: Mary Alice, his son in law Jim Morris, brother; William "Bill" Cummins in October 2010, and his granddaughter Kayla Shirk (1987). Carl was a 1943 graduate of Jackson County High School in Tennessee; he hurried up graduation so he could graduate in March and then enlisted in the Air Force. Carl was one fine gentleman from the "Greatest Generation" who enlisted in the U S Air Force and saw ground combat on Iwo Jima. He received citations for: World War II Victory Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, American Theater Ribbon, Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon and he received one Bronze Service Star. He attended 1 year of college at the University of Tennessee. Carl came to Battle Creek in 1959 from Cookeville, Tennessee. He was a member of the George A. Custer American Legion Post 54 and the 20th Street Church of Christ. Visitation will be held after 12 noon Sunday, December 12, 2010 where the family will be present from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Funeral services to commemorate the life of Carl Cummins will be held Monday, Dec. 13, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. in the Bachman Funeral Chapel with Minister Josh Hydrick officiating. Burial with military honors will follow at the Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta, MI. Memorial tributes may be made to or Remember a Vet. Arrangements by the Bachman Hebble Funeral Service, a member by invitation Selected Independent Funeral Homes. (269)965-5145 Friends are encouraged to leave condolences and remembrances on our web site



Carlos Cavazos Aug. 3, 1936-Dec. 7, 2010

Saturday, December 11, 2010 11:45 PM 

Carlos Cavazos, 74, died Tuesday, December 7th after a long illness. He died in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he had been residing at Grand Rapids Home for Veterans.



Clarence Ferguson

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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.



Dale A. Cools

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Dale Price, 92

Saturday, December 11, 2010 7:26 PM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

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Darwin Buck

Darwin Buck, 87, formerly of Branch and Ludington, died Friday, Dec.10 in Long Grove, Illinois. Funeral arrangements are pending at the Stephens Funeral Home in Scottville....



David V. Mustaikis

• David V. Mustaikis, 52, of Walhalla, died Sunday, Dec. 5. A memorial will be held at a later date....



Denice E. Detmer

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Dorothy G. Day

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Elinor M. Smazel

Elinor M. Smazel, 96, of Manistee, died Friday morning, Dec. 10 at the Manistee County Medical Care Facility. Johnson Funeral Home of Manistee is in charge of arrangements.... 



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.



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



Gertrude May Munyan

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Gertrude Munyan

• Gertrude Munyan, 85, of Ludington, died today, Dec. 8. Oak Grove Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements....



Glenn Joseph Ranger Dec. 10, 2010

Saturday, December 11, 2010 11:19 PM 

Glenn Joseph Ranger, 52, of Monroe died Friday at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center, Toledo. Arrangements by Bedford Funeral Chapel, Temperance.



H. "Glen" Dennis

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H. Ron Gillum June 2, 1937-Dec. 11, 2010

Saturday, December 11, 2010 11:46 PM 

H. Ron Gillum, age 73, of Dundee, Michigan, passed away at 4:00 A.M., Saturday, December 11, 2010 at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Superior Township after a long illness.



Harold Roy Zelenka

Harold Roy Zelenka Harold Roy Zelenka, 89, passed away peacefully on December 8th at his home in Lake Odessa, MI. Harold, a U.S. Veteran, served in World War II and is survived by his wife, Carletta Zelenka and his son Robert Gaston, and his family. Harold's life will be honored Monday, December 13 at Rosier Funeral Home in Sunfield, MI from 6-8p.m., with a military memorial service following on Tuesday, December 14 at 11a.m. For full obituary, please visit



Harold Roy Zelenka *

Harold Roy Zelenka Lake Odessa Harold Roy Zelenka, 89, died Wednesday December 8, 2010. Services will be held 11:00 a.m. Tuesday at the Rosier Funeral Home, Mapes-Fisher Chapel, Sunfield, Michigan



Helen B. Holihan

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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.



Idell R. Trapp Jan. 25, 1917-Dec. 10, 2010

Saturday, December 11, 2010 11:19 PM 

Idell R. Trapp, age 93, of Temperance, MI, a resident of Moongate Luxury Living since 2001, died Friday, December 10, 2010 in Hospice of Northwest Ohio, Perrysburg Twp., OH.



Inez Clark *

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



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.



James Smith *

James Smith Fulton James Smith, age 54, passed away Friday, December 10, 2010. Arrangements pending at Spencer Family Funeral Home, Athens. 



Jazzlynn Marie Bridges Swinegan

Jazzlynn Marie Bridges Swinegan Jazzlynn Marie Bridges Swinegan, born and passed November 30, 2010 at Battle Creek Health System, the daughter of Kellie J. Bridges and Marcus Swinegan. She was taken so soon to become an Angel. Jazzlynn had one step-brother, Emanuel Swinegan, grandparents Carl, Mary Jane (Lubking) Bridges, Donna Yore; great-grandparents, Dorothy Lubkin, Lerry-Lowann Bridges. Jazzlynn will be loved and missed by all of her aunts, uncles, cousins, family and friends. Jazzlynn was sent to Heaven to Rest by her family Bridges VanDee Lubking Swinegan. Friends may call 12:00 noon Tuesday, December 14, 2010 at Farley-Estes & Dowdle Funeral Home, where the family will receive friends. Funeral service will be held 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 14, 2010 at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the family. Personal messages for the family may be placed at



Jerald Lubbers, 87

Saturday, December 11, 2010 7:28 PM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

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Jerome J. Verhille Dec. 11, 2010

Saturday, December 11, 2010 11:19 PM 

Jerome J. Verhille, 90, of Monroe died Saturday. Arrangements by Liedel Chapel-Martenson Family of Funeral Homes, Maybee. 



Joan Louise Hawkins *

59, of Mason, died Thursday. Services 2 p.m. Monday at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, Ball Dunn Chapel, Mason.



John W. Wyer V, 32

Saturday, December 11, 2010 7:30 PM - GateHouse Media, Inc.

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Jones, Constance Rosemary

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



Joseph J. Elias

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Joyce L. Ingram *

81, of Galesburg, Old Village Antiques (Williamston) owner/operator, died Wednesday. Services noon Tuesday at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, East Chapel, East Lansing.



Juanita C. Shaw *

Juanita C. Shaw Juanita C. Shaw, 97, of Scottsdale, Arizona, died December 9, 2010. Arrangements are pending at Shaw Funeral Home. 



June L. Wertman

June L. Wertman Delton June Lorretta Wertman, age 82, died at her daughter's home on December 11, 2010, in Middleville, MI. She was born on August 8, 1928, in Council Bluffs, Iowa, to Fenton and Matilda (Petersen) Belt. June grew up in Iowa and married Sherman Wertman on July 1, 1954. In 1969 the family moved to Cedar Creek, Michigan. June and Sherman were members of the Hastings Moose Lodge. Her family includes her children: Roland and Paula Wertman of Carrollton, TX, Karen (Wertman) and Kevin Wilson of Middleville, and Carol (Wertman) and Dennis Snowden of Middleville; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Sherman in 1988 and her two sons Donald Bailey and Wayne Podgurski both in 2008. Friends may visit with the family on Monday from 6-8 p.m. at the Williams-Gores Funeral Home, Delton, where her service will be held on Tuesday at 1 p.m..Burial will follow in Cedar Creek Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Pennock Hospice. Please visit, where you can sign June's online register book.



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.



Leonard C. Hall

Leonard C. Hall Lawton Age 94, Leonard's life began on March 16, 1916 in Marcellus, MI, the son of Eben and Hazel (Griffith) Hall. He was a 1934 graduate of Dowagiac Central High School. He turned down several basketball scholarships to marry his first wife. Leonard served his country during World War II in the, . He was united in marriage to Elsie Abrams in 1935 and then later married to Anna Turk Adams in 1990 in Paw Paw. Leonard was an entrepreneur, having run several successful businesses. He began his career at James Heddon and Sons in Dowagiac, he owned and operated the Coffee Pot Restaurant in Marshall, later he moved to Texas where he owned a door opener company and then relocated to Phoenix to pursue the same business. He worked at Ronan and Kuzel and Pittsburg Paint and Glass. He was a life member of, Post # 1855, the Dowagiac Moose and Eagles. He was an avid hunter and loved fishing. He is survived by his wife Anna Hall of Lawton, children Joan ( Ralph) Shedd of Hemet, CA, Sherry Hall of Battle Creek, stepsons Al (Charlotte) Adams of Mattawan, and Phil Adams of Kalamazoo, six grandchildren and five step grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and seven step great grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren and seven step great great grandchildren. Leonard passed away on Thursday December 9, 2010 at White Oaks Assisted Living in Lawton. He is preceded in death by his parents, one grandson, two sisters and one brother. His family will gather with friends on Tuesday from 1 2 p.m. at Yazel & Clark Chapel where his funeral service will be held on Tuesday at 2 p.m. led by Reverend Mark Whittaker of Trinity Lutheran Church. He will be laid to rest in Crane Cemetery. Memorial contributions in his name may be directed to Heartland Hospice. Please sign his guestbook and leave a memory of Leonard at



Lucille F. Boedeker *

84, of Grand Ledge, retired Sparrow Health Systems receptionist, died Saturday. There will be no services. Arrangements by Peters & Murray Funeral Home, Grand Ledge.



M. Helen Germani Dec. 7, 2010

Saturday, December 11, 2010 11:19 PM 

M. Helen Germani, 69, of Nicholls, Ga., died at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday. Graveside services will be at held at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Joseph Cemetery, Monroe. Arrangements by Rupp Funeral Home. 



Margaret A. Randall

Margaret A. Randall Battle Creek Margaret A. Randall, age 71, died Saturday, December 4, 2010, at Holland Hospital. Margaret was born in Battle Creek, March 28, 1939, to Fahm and Dorothy Mahmet. She participated in the Battle Creek Civic Theatre in the late 50's. Margaret was a devoted mother and grandmother. She volunteered as both girl scout and boy scout leader in the 70's and enjoyed travelling to visit family and friends. She retired as a secretary for Battle Creek Public Schools in 2005. Surviving are her children, Heidi Randall, of Holland, Tony (Mandy) Randall, of Fulton, and Nathan (Nicole) Randall, of Baroda; Grandchildren, Madison, Lauren, and Taylor Auby, and Shane and Shelby Randall; siblings, Larry Mahmat, Ruby Edwards, Dee Dee Wise, and Buzzy (Fahm Jr.) Mahmet; nieces, nephews, and cousins. A Celebration of Life service will be held Friday, December 17, 2010 at 1:00 p.m., at First Congregational Church in The Courtyard, 145 Capital Avenue NE, Battle Creek. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Margaret A. Randall Fund at the Battle Creek Community Foundation, One Riverwalk Centre, 34 West Jackson Street, Battle Creek, MI 49017-3505.



Margaret Ann (Zitny) Heirman

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Margaret Crismore Bishop Curry

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Margaret Randall, 71

Saturday, December 11, 2010 7:24 PM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

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Marguerite A. McMillan

Marguerite A. McMillan Battle Creek Marguerite A. McMillan, 99, of Battle Creek passed away Friday December 10, 2010 at Calhoun County Medical care Facility. She was born in Mecosta County, MI on January 31, 1911 to Henry and Wilhelmina (Fisher) Conners. Marguerite married Sterling McMillan on September 16, 1933 in Angola, IN; he preceded her in death on April 30, 1995. She was employed by the Kellogg Company until she retired in 1957. Marguerite is survived by sons, William J. (Margaret A.) McMillan and Robert D. (Jewell) McMillan, both of Battle Creek, also eleven grandchildren, ten great grandchildren, and seven great great grand children. She was also preceded in death by her four brothers, and four sisters. Marguerite was a member of Bethel Baptist Church. She enjoyed cooking, making candy and cookies, and spending time with her grandchildren. Family will receive friends from 6p.m. to 8p.m. Monday December 13, 2010 at the Richard A. Henry Funeral Home where funeral services will be held 1p.m. Tuesday December 14, 2010 with Pastor Randy Stewart of Bethel Baptist Church officiating. Interment will follow at Floral Lawn Memorial Gardens. Memorial contributions may be given to Calhoun County Medical Care Facility.



Marguerite Rose DePuy *

Marguerite Rose DePuy Marshall Marguerite Rose DePuy, age 95, formerly of Charlotte, died Dec. 10. Visitation will be from 2-4p.m. and 6-8p.m. on Monday at the Craig K. Kempf Funeral Home & Cremation Services 723 US27 N., Marshall. . Services Tuesday, Dec. 14 11a.m. at the funeral home.



Mark Dwyer Ferency *

59, of Haslett, carpenter, died Wednesday. Services 2 p.m. Tuesday at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, East Chapel, East Lansing. 



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.



Mary Hurley

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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



Max J. Bessert *

80, of Fowlerville, retired Fowlerville Schools transportation supervisor, died Thursday. Services 11 a.m. Monday at St. John's Lutheran Church, Fowlerville. Arrangements by Niblack Funeral Home, Dillingham Liverance Chapel, Fowlerville.



Maynard E. Marlow Dec. 5, 1918-Dec. 11, 2010

Saturday, December 11, 2010 11:46 PM 

Maynard E. Marlow, 92 years, of LaSalle, MI passed away in his home and went home to be with our Lord on Saturday, December 11, 2010 at 6:56 am under the tender care of his family and Mercy Memorial Hospice.



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



Melba J. Kittle *

71, of Ithaca, died Saturday. Memorial services 1 p.m. Monday at Smith Family Funeral Homes, Ithaca Chapel. 



Michael R. Hart Oct. 13, 1929-Dec. 8, 2010

Saturday, December 11, 2010 11:47 PM 

Michael R. Hart, 81, of Jackson, MI passed away December 8, 2010. 



Mona R. Cawood Aug. 28, 1929-Dec. 10, 2010

Saturday, December 11, 2010 11:47 PM 

Mona R. Cawood, age 81 passed away on Friday December 10 in Lapeer Hospital after an extended illness. 



Obituary: Alice V. Johnson died on Dec. 4, 2010 in Sarasota, Fla.

Alice V. Johnson died on Dec. 4, 2010 in Sarasota, Fla. She was born in Ionia, the daughter of Robert and Virginia Weisgerber.



Obituary: Barbara Hanaford Sykes, 77, of Ionia

Barbara Hanaford Sykes, 77, of Ionia, died on Nov. 23, 2010. She was born Jan. 26, 1933, in Canton, China, the daughter of Glenn Earnest and Lucille Barnard Hanaford.



Obituary: Barbara I. Stebbins, 79, of Ionia

Barbara I. Stebbins, 79, of Ionia passed away Nov. 27, 2010 in Ionia. 



Obituary: Betty J. Miller, 86, of Grand Ledge, formerly of Belding

Betty J. Miller (nee Mason), 86, of Grand Ledge, formerly of Belding, passed away peacefully under the tender loving care of her family and Hospice on Dec. 2, 2010. She was born on July 27, 1924 in Ionia to Carl O. and Viola (Loveland) Mason.



Obituary: Bruce Eugene Hall, 17, of Portland

Bruce Eugene Hall, 17, of Portland, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010. Bruce was born on March 6, 1993, the son of Joshua Hall and Christina (Cooper) Cottrell.



Obituary: Christine Lee Abshire, 59, of Jackson

Christine Lee Abshire, 59, of Jackson passed away suddenly on Wednesday, Nov. 24. 



Obituary: Corinne A. Wells, 98, of Belding

Corinne A. Wells, 98, of Belding, passed away Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 7, 2010 at Metron of Belding. Corinne was born in South Haven on Oct. 4, 1912, the daughter of Frank and Beulah Westgate Poorman. 



Obituary: Donald K. Stahl, age 76, of Clarksville

Donald K. Stahl, age 76, of Clarksville, passed away Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010 in Grand Rapids following a brief illness.



Obituary: E. Iolene Montgomery, Age 85 of Ionia

E. Iolene Montgomery, Age 85 of Ionia, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010 at Spectrum Health Center in Grand Rapids with her family by her side. 



Obituary: Gary Ralph Updyke of Sunfield, 63

Gary Ralph Updyke, of Sunfield, departed this world on Dec. 9, 2010 at the age of 63. He was born in Mt. Pleasant, Feb. 1, 1947 to Grover Jr. and Donna Joy (Dexter) Updyke. On Oct. 14, 1967 Gary married Diane (Shilling) in Farwell, to which two sons were born, Drew and Blake.



Obituary: Geraldine Fern Hoenicke, 90, of Portland

Geraldine Fern Hoenicke, 90, of Portland, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010. She was born on April 29, 1920 in Portland the daughter of Louis and Emma (Whitmore) Hoenicke.



Obituary: Glenna Tuttle Markell (Shattuck), 68, of Byron Center

Glenna Tuttle Markell (Shattuck), 68, of Byron Center, stepped through the door of eternity and into the perfect, healing hands of Jesus on Friday, Nov. 26, 2010.



Obituary: James A. Kuehn, 82, of Ionia

James A. Kuehn, 82, of Ionia passed away Nov. 23, 2010 in Ionia. He was born March 31, 1928 in Pontiac, Mich., the son of August and Margaret (Billings) Kuehn. He graduated from Ionia High School in 1946 and served in the Army Medical Corp. in Germany from 1947-1951 He was a member of Shiloh Community Church.



Obituary: John Carthal Wakefield of Ionia

John Carthal Wakefield of Ionia died at home of natural causes on Friday, Nov. 26, 2010.



Obituary: Karen Ann (Callahan) Warden

Karen Ann (Callahan) Warden passed away quietly after a long illness on Dec. 8, 2010. 



Obituary: Marilyn (Youngs) McMahon, 79, of Ionia

Marilyn (Youngs) McMahon, 79, of Ionia, passed away on Nov. 22, 2010. Marilyn was born on April 12, 1931 the daughter of Wilton and Melissa (Thorpe) Youngs.



Obituary: Marjorie "Marge" Rogusky, 80, of Ionia

Marjorie "Marge" Rogusky, 80, of Ionia passed away Nov. 26, 2010 in Carson City.



Obituary: Martha Schwarz, 79, of Portland

Martha Schwarz, 79, of Portland passed away Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010. 



Obituary: Marvin S. Gensterblum, 86, of Portland

Marvin S. Gensterblum, 86, of Portland, passed away on Nov. 23, 2010. He was born on April 10, 1924 the son of Peter and Helen (Fernholz) Gensterblum.



Obituary: Melvin "Jack" Lindner, 89, of Lake Odessa

Melvin "Jack" Lindner, 89, of Lake Odessa, passed away Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010, at Carveth Village in Middleville.



Obituary: William E. Keil, 89

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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



Ralph Lavern Higdon

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Rev. Joseph F. Eger Jr.

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Richard "Butch" Fuller

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Richard Arnold Breitner Sept. 9, 1924-Dec. 10, 2010

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Richard Arnold Breitner was born in Detroit, Michigan on September 9, 1924. He was the son of the late James B. Breitner and the late Dorothy A. Day. 



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.



Scott Richard LaJune Aug. 9, 1970-Dec. 11, 2010

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Scott Richard LaJune, 40 years, a lifelong resident of Monroe, MI passed away on Saturday, December 11, 2010 at 10:20 am in Mercy Memorial Hospital after a brief illness.



Selma Schrader, 94

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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.



Thomas O. DePree, 75

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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. 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.



Vernon C. Fountain *

78, of Lansing, retired city of Lansing planning/zoning administrator, died Thursday. Services noon Monday at Estes-Leadley Funeral Homes, Greater Lansing Chapel.



Viola Marie Arend

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Barbara Collingsworth Johnson (BC) Dimondale Barbara Collingsworth Johnson (BC), 64, passed away on Friday, December 10, 2010 after a courageous battle of 14 years with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig's Disease). Ms. Johnson was born September 19, 1946 in Kansas City, Missouri, the daughter of Howard and Alice (Sessions) Hile. BC grew up on a farm south of Ionia, MI. She was the Speech and Drama teacher for Charlotte Public Schools, directing the annual student play and other small plays throughout the year. She also created close relationships with her students and was dedicated to helping them develop their full potential. She retired in 2000. BC helped with blood drives at school, herself being a 60 pint donor with the Red Cross, and encouraging others to donate. She was on the design team of Charlotte Performing Arts Center, a former board member of Eaton County United Way, worked with the Peer Resistance Leader Program and Students Against Drunk Driving (SADD) doing mock accident scenes. She is survived by her son, William, "Willie" Collingsworth of Dimondale; mother, Alice Hile of Ionia; brother, Jim (Kay) Hile of Lansing and her special caregiver, Deborah Loveland of Charlotte. The family will receive visitors Monday, December 20, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Pray Funeral Home. Funeral and Affirmation Celebration will be 11:00 am, Tuesday, December 21, 2010 at Charlotte Performing Arts Center with Reverend Steve Ezop officiating. A private interment will be at a later date in Letts Cemetery on Peck Lake Road, Ionia. If desired memorial contributions may be made to A.L.S. of Michigan or The C.P.S Education Foundation for Arts. Online condolences may be made at, Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, MI.



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



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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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