Sunday, December 26, 2010

Michigan Obituaries 12/26/2010


Anderson, Michael Anthony

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



Baker, Robert

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



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.



Berdean Richard

Sunday, December 26, 2010 6:03 AM - GateHouse Media, Inc.

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Bernice Eltschlager Feb. 21, 1947-Dec. 22, 2010

Saturday, December 25, 2010 10:55 PM 

Bernice “Bernie” Eltschlager, age 63, of Sylvania Twp., passed away Wednesday, December 22, 2010, at Hospice of Northwest Ohio, Toledo.



Bruce A. Brandt

Bruce A. Brandt Lakeland Bruce A. Brandt, 67, of Lakeland, FL, formerly of Battle Creek passed away September 21, 2010 after an unexpected illness. He was born on September 24, 1942 in Battle Creek to Ross and Wilma (Lux) Brandt. Bruce graduated from Union City High School in 1960. He was an active member of Emmett Rescue Squad where he served as president for many years. He also served the public for many years as a police officer with Emmett Township Police Department. Bruce worked at the Kellogg Company in many areas of the plant. He was a member of the Kellogg 25 Year Club and the Grain Millers Union. He married Linda Terburg in 1984, she survives. Bruce enjoyed Detroit Tiger baseball games, (attending all home spring training games in Lakeland, FL), playing golf, riding Gold Wing motorcycles, and spending time with his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Bruce was preceded in death by his parents and great grandsons, Bo and Luke Stafford. In addition to his wife, Bruce is also survived by his daughters, Brenda (Jeffrey) Holt, Julie (Chuck) Staky, of East Lansing, Shelly (Zach) Wagner, of St. Louis MO; Ammie Terburg, of Kalamazoo, and Tammy(Kenneth) Meade, of Vermontville, 12 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, a brother, Wesley (Jane) Brandt, a sister, Anne Brandt, of Burlington, nephews and a niece. Family will receive friends from 12 noon to 1p.m. Wednesday December 29, 2010 at the Richard A. Henry Funeral Home where a memorial service will be held at 1pm with Rev. Travis Davis officiating. Memorial contributions may be given to University Community Hospital, LTAC Foundation, 9441 Health Center, Land O'Lakes, FL, 34637.



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



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.



Dalwyn Lohman, 73

Saturday, December 25, 2010 9:03 PM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

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David Alton Cole II

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Death Notice: Frank W. Miller, 56, of Ionia

Frank W. Miller aged 56 of Ionia passed away December 22, 2010. 



Death Notice: Melvin Floyd Holcomb, 72, of Muir

Melvin Floyd Holcomb age 72 of Muir passed away December 16, 2010 in Muir. 



Dianne M. Eastridge March 4, 1943-Dec. 24, 2010

Saturday, December 25, 2010 10:55 PM 

Dianne M. Eastridge, age 67, of Brownstown Township, Michigan died on Friday, December 24, 2010 in Ann Arbor, Michigan surrounded by her loving family. 



Elizabeth Ann Hazzard

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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.



Elmer “John” Cronk Jan. 19, 1926-Dec. 22, 2010

Saturday, December 25, 2010 10:55 PM 

Elmer “John” Cronk, 84, passed away December 22, 2010, in Harrogate, Tennessee.



Ethel Tanis, 89

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Eugene Patterson

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Elizabeth Barbara Fetzer, 94, of Kaleva, died Sunday, Dec.19. The Johnson Funeral Home in Manistee is in charge of arrangements.... 



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



Floyd Black *

84, of Lansing, retired, employee died Wednesday. Services noon Thursday at Lansing Church of God in Christ. Arrangements by Riley Funeral Home. 



Georgette J. Shulters

Sunday, December 26, 2010 6:08 AM - GateHouse Media, Inc.

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Gerald Ponko Jr.

• Gerald Ponko Jr., 71, of Ludington, died Dec. 22. Oak Grove Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements....



Gertrude Bedard

Saturday, December 25, 2010 10:55 PM 

Gertrude “Trudy-B” Bedard, age 74, of Gibraltar, MI., died in her home December 23, 2010.



Harden M. Hoffman

Harden M. Hoffman Battle Creek Harden M. Hoffman, 97, of Battle Creek died peacefully at his residence with his daughter at his side on Thursday, December 23, 2010. He was born March 14, 1913, in Martin, Michigan to Dirk and Henrietta (Nykamp) Hoffman. Most of his life he owned his own farm on Gorsline Road and did contract farming in the area. He was employed by Pennfield School System as Superintendent of Transportation and Grounds for 26 years, until retiring in 1980. After retirement, Harden and Dorothy resided in Haines City, Florida for 19 years during the winter months. Harden was united in marriage to Dorothy M. Preston on October 6, 1934. He was preceded in death by Dorothy, his beloved wife of 68 years on June 23, 2002; five brothers, Ernest, Edwin, Richard, Hollis and Gordon; five sisters, Esther, Frances, Joyce, Margaret and Ruth; half-sisters, Anna and Nellie; half-brother, Pete; and infant great-granddaughter Josie. Harden is survived by a daughter, Jeanette (Steve) Higgs of Battle Creek; two sons, Duane Hoffman of Battle Creek and Gayland (Christy Jo) Hoffman of Montgomery, TX; nine grandchildren Crystal Higgs, Kent (Marissa) Higgs, Brent (Charlotte) Higgs, Matthew (Julie) Higgs, Benjamin (Rachel) Hoffman, Brandon (Emily) Hoffman, Chelsea Hoffman, Cori Hoffman, and Cameron Hoffman; twelve great-grandchildren, Taylor, Emylee, Brock, Ashleigh, Ellise, Andrew, Evan, Brady, Lauren, Adeline, Addison, and Ella; and by many nieces and nephews. Harden attended Pennfield Presbyterian Church and North Avenue Church of God. He enjoyed playing golf and had a hole-in-one at Willowbrook Golf Course in Winter Haven, FL on April 11, 1989. He loved his family and enjoyed spending time with family and friends. At the request of the family, friends may call after 1:00 p.m. Tuesday at the Farley-Estes & Dowdle Funeral Home, where they will be received 1:00-3:00 p.m. and 5:00-7:00 p.m. December 28, 2010. Funeral services for Harden will be officiated by Rev. James L. Sparks at the funeral home 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, December 29, 2010. Interment will follow at Hicks Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Pennfield Athletic Boosters Club or NorthPointe Woods Resident Activity Fund. Personal messages for the family may be placed at



Hollyer, Lawrence C.

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



Howrani, Ameen

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



Jaber, Jacob J.

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



James Harold Etheridge

James Harold Etheridge James Harold Etheridge, 78, passed away on Monday, Dec. 20, 2010. He was born Nov. 14, 1932 in Paducah, KY, the son of Audis Ray and Lena (Henley) Etheridge. Jim was a 1950 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School and then served in the US Naval Reserve for 4 years. He was employed by Coca-Cola, City Food & Beverage and was the owner of Jim's Henkes Market in Springfield, MI. Jim is survived by his wife of 60 years, Peggy J. Etheridge (DeSpain), seven children: Gayla (Brian) Murphy, Sandra (Billy/Steve) Taylor, Michael Etheridge, Richard (Elizabeth) Etheridge, Duane Etheridge, Martin (Pamela) Etheridge, James Kelly (Kristina) Etheridge; 25 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and brother Bob (Barb) Etheridge; Sister-in-law: Kitty. He was preceded in death by his Parents; brothers: Ray Etheridge and Douglas Etheridge; and sister: Mary Louise Etheridge. A private family service will be held. Memorial contributions may be directed to the or, Arrangements by Baxter Funeral & Cremation Service. 269-788-9800.



Jay Bilthuis

Saturday, December 25, 2010 9:07 PM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

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Jerold J. Hop, 85

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John Duane White Jan. 24, 1932-Dec. 22, 2010

Saturday, December 25, 2010 10:55 PM 

John D. White was born in Erie, Pennsylvania on January 24, 1932. He was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Waldo B. White. 



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 G. Morris

• Joseph G. Morris DDS, 92, of Ludington, died Dec. 21. Alexander-Rye Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements....



Josephine V. Burns *

96, of Carson City, died Friday. Services 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Mary Catholic Church, Carson City. Arrangements by Lux & Schnepp Funeral Home, Carson City. 



Kayser, Joan M.

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



Kenneth R. Neblo

Sunday, December 26, 2010 6:12 AM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

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Lawrence F. Schmidt March 14, 1928-Dec. 23, 2010

Saturday, December 25, 2010 10:55 PM 

Lawrence F. “Bud” Schmidt, 82 years, of Petersburg, died on Thursday morning.



Leola Lee

Leola Lee Battle Creek Mrs. Leola Lee, 80, of Battle Creek, died Thursday, December 23, 2010. Mrs. Lee the daughter of the late Earnest and Hattie Prince, was born June 6, 1930, in Toomsuba, Mississippi. She attended the public school and received her high school diploma. She came to Battle Creek, in 1951. She met and later married William T. Lee, March 15, 1957, in Battle Creek, he preceded her in death July 27, 1998. Mrs. Lee owned and operated Less's Day Care with her husband, she was a Presser at One Hour Martinizing and was an Avon Representative for more than twenty years. She enjoyed cooking and was known in the community for cake decorating. She enjoyed planning family gatherings with lots of food, and spoiling the men with her favorite dishes. She was a Jehovah Witness and member of the Morgan Road Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witnesses. She was active in ministry work for more than 48 years. Mrs. Lee is survived by daughter, Yvonne Robinson, Battle Creek; brothers, Robert (Lula) Prince, Marvell (Ella Ruth) Prince, both of Battle Creek; and sisters, Corine Johnson, Battle Creek, Clarice Chappell, Ella Rose Neal both of Los Angeles, California. Also preceding her in death, brothers, James Prince, Tevester Prince, Bobby Lee Prince, and sisters, Bessie Lofton, Minnie Walker and Kathleen Miller. Services, 11:00 a.m. Thursday, December 30, 2010, Morgan Road Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witnesses, with Elder Felton Lewis, Officiating. In lieu of flowers the family request, Donations to Morgan Road Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witnesses. Arrangements, T M Hughes-Perry Mortuary, LLC



Louis Frank "Bobby" Adamski *

87, of Corunna, died Friday. Services noon Monday at Smith Family Funeral Homes, Jennings-Lyons Chapel, Owosso. 



Luella E. Hershey *

90, of Lansing, retired Pattengill Junior High School teacher, died Dec. 16. Memorial services 10:30 a.m. Monday at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. Arrangements by Estes-Leadley Funeral Home, Greater Lansing Chapel.



Margo Beyer *

42, of Lansing, died Wednesday. Services 1 p.m. Tuesday at Emanuel Community Church, Lansing. Arrangements by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, Lansing Chapel. 



Marian (VanHuysen) Richards *

Marian (VanHuysen) Richards Battle Creek Marian (VanHuysen) Richards, age 90, died Monday December 20, 2010. Visitation at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday at the Calvary Baptist Church, 1625 Capital Ave. NE. Services will be held 11:00 a.m. Tuesday at the church. Arrangement are by Bachman Hebble Funeral Service. Please visit Marian's web page at



Marion R. Hunnell *

89, of Holt, died Friday. Memorial services 2 p.m. Wednesday at Estes-Leadley Funeral Homes, Greater Lansing Chapel. 



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.



Martha "Ann" Dyas *

Martha "Ann" Dyas Battle Creek Martha "Ann" Dyas, 63, died Friday, December 24, 2010. Arrangements are pending at the Farley-Estes & Dowdle Funeral Home.



Massey, Evelyn

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



McPhee, Charles J.

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



Myrtie L. Reed

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Norma Claeys *

78, of Middleton, former owner of Perrinton Hardware, died Friday. Services 11 a.m. Tuesday at Wildwood Mennonite Church, Perrinton. Arrangements by Lux & Dodge Funeral Home, Middleton. 



OBITUARY: David Karl Fletcher, 54, of Crystal

David Karl Fletcher, 54, of Crystal, passed away at home on Dec. 14, following a long illness. He was being cared for by his loving wife and family along with Mid-Michigan Hospice.



Obituary: Barbara Collinsworth Johnson (BC), 64, of Dimondale

Barbara Collinsworth Johnson (BC), 64, of Dimondale, passed away on Friday, Dec. 10, 2010 after a courageous battle of 14 years with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig's Disease).



Obituary: Daniel Kevin Sapp, 58, of Ionia

Daniel Kevin Sapp, 58, of Ionia passed away Dec. 11, 2010 in Lansing. He was born March 22, 1952 in Grand Rapids the son of Dennis and Mary (Kilgore) Sapp. 



Obituary: Esther G. (Scott) Wilson, 88, of Lansing, formerly of Lowell

Esther G. (Scott) Wilson, 88, of Lansing, formerly of Lowell, passed away Dec. 13, 2010. She was born March 27, 1922, in Keene Township, the daughter of Ivan and Iva (Goff) Hewitt.



Obituary: Gary G. Rowley, 58, of Belding

Gary G. Rowley, 58 of Belding died Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010 in Grand Rapids from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. 



Obituary: Iris L. Blocher, 86, of Woodland

Iris L. Blocher, 86, of Woodland, passed away Saturday, Dec. 18, 2010, at Pennock Hospital in Hastings. She was born Oct. 29, 1924, in Woodland Township, the daughter of James and Daisy (Hynes) Guy. Iris worked as a secretary with the State of Michigan Transportation Department for many years before her retirement.



Obituary: Kathleen I. Smith, 81, Portland

Kathleen I. Smith, 81, Portland, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 12, 2010. She was born on April 12, 1929 the daughter of Edward and Zelma (Taylor) Felzke.



Obituary: Kevin C. O'Brien, 54, of Fenwick

Kevin C. O'Brien, 54, of Fenwick, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 22 at Butterworth Hospital, Grand Rapids. He was born on Jan. 19, 1956, in Ligonier, Ind., the son of James and Isabell (French) O'Brien. Both parents have preceded him in death.



Obituary: L. Dean (Josh) Joslyn of Ionia

L. Dean (Josh) Joslyn of Ionia was born April 1, 1925 and passed away on Dec. 10, 2010.



Obituary: Lois J. Stedman, 76, of Ionia

Lois J. Stedman, 76, of Ionia passed away on Dec. 11, 2010. She was born on Nov. 17, 1934 the daughter Basil and Dorothy Price.



Obituary: Margaret (Maggie) A. Harper (Snell), 86, of Ionia

Margaret (Maggie) A. Harper (Snell), 86, of Ionia passed away on Dec. 17, 2010 at Spectrum Hospital in Grand Rapids after a brief illness. 



Obituary: Margaret Grace (Balduf) Brodbeck of Lake Odessa

Margaret Grace (Balduf) Brodbeck of Lake Odessa, departed this world peacefully in the presence of her loving children on Dec. 22, 2010, to be with her Honey in heaven and the Lord Jesus Christ.



Obituary: Mary I. "Lightning" Schafer, 82, of Ionia

Mary I. "Lightning" Schafer, 82, of Ionia passed away on Thursday, Dec. 23, 2010. She was born on June 26, 1928 in Lansing the daughter of August and Catherine (Pung) Stratz.



Obituary: Robert J. (Buster) Irish, 88, of Carson City

Robert J. (Buster) Irish, 88, of Carson City passed away on Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010 at Carson City Hospital. 



Obituary: Rollo Kilborn, 92, of Belding

Rollo Kilborn, 92, of Belding, passed away at Fountain View Assisted Living Center of Lowell on Dec. 16. 



Obituary: Virginia Irene Lamphere, 82, of Muir

Virginia Irene Lamphere, 82, of Muir passed away Dec. 12, 2010 at her home. 



Obituary: Wesley Paul Meyers Sr., 89, of Sunfield

Wesley Paul Meyers Sr., 89, of Sunfield went to be with his Lord on Dec. 22, 2010 while at MagnumCare of Hastings. His wife, Lucille, was at his side when he quietly passed away.



Obituary: William A. "Bill" Franch of Ionia

William A. "Bill" Franch of Ionia died on Dec. 11, 2010.



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



Pauline H. Reynolds *

Pauline H. Reynolds Bronson Pauline H. Reynolds, 90, passed away on Friday December 24, 2010. A funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, December 29, 2010 at Dutcher-Kolcz Funeral Home in Bronson. Visitation will be held Tuesday, December 28, 2010 from 3-6 p.m. at the funeral home.



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.



Preston C. Gilbert *

Preston C. Gilbert Preston C. Gilbert, 92 formerly of Marshall and Battle Creek died on Monday, December 13, 2010. Graveside services will be held at Memorial Park Cemetery 11:00 a.m. Thursday, December 30, 2010. Memorial Park Cemetery is located at 2435 W. Territorial Road, Battle Creek, MI 49015. Local arrangements are by the Farley-Estes & Dowdle Funeral Home.



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 O. Derr

Saturday, December 25, 2010 10:55 PM 

Robert O. Derr, 90, of Clinton Township, formerly of Monroe, died at 4:15 p.m. Saturday at Lakepointe Senior Care and Rehab Center, Clinton Township.



Rodney Joe Sams

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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.



Shirley Allen May 24, 1924 - Dec. 21, 2010

Saturday, December 25, 2010 10:55 PM 

Shirley Allen, age 86, of Huron Township, formerly of Carleton, died Tues., Dec. 21, 2010 in the comfort of her home. 



Shirley J. Gerweck Aug. 2, 1932-Dec. 24, 2010

Saturday, December 25, 2010 10:55 PM 

Shirley J. Gerweck, 78 years, a lifelong resident of Monroe, MI passed away on Friday, December 24, 2010 at Mercy Memorial Hospital.



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.




Rita C. Siuda, 87, of Manistee, died Friday, Dec.17. The Johnson Funeral Home in Manistee is in charge of arrangements....




Michael Lynn Smith, 57, of Manistee, died Saturday, Dec. 18. The Johnson Funeral Home in Manistee is in charge of arrangements....



Stanley Sluiter, 79

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Thelma L. Hicks *

73, of Lansing, retired Lansing School District teacher, died Thursday. Arrangements by Estes-Leadley Funeral Homes, Greater Lansing Chapel. 



Thur Iang *

Thur Iang Battle Creek Thur Iang, 77, died Wednesday, December 22, 2010 at Battle Creek Health System. Arrangements are pending at the Farley-Estes & Dowdle Funeral Home.



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 L. Parlette

Saturday, December 25, 2010 10:55 PM 

Vernon L. Parlette, 77, of Monroe died Saturday in his home. 



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Virginia L. (Ginny) Ganson

Virginia L. (Ginny) Ganson Battle Creek Virginia L. (Ginny) Ganson, 80, died December 11, 2010. She was born September 23, 1930 to Clarence and Irene (Brown) Russell. She graduated from Lakeview High School in 1948. Virginia is survived by five children, 11 grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. Her husband, David Ganson, preceded her in death. One brother, Denny Russell, also survives her. After her retirement in 1992 from Bill Knapp?s, she worked as a volunteer for her church and other Christian based organizations. A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held 12:00 p.m., Monday, January 3, 2011 at Calvary Baptist Church. Memorial contributions should be made to Gideon?s International in lieu of flowers. Arrangements were entrusted to the Farley-Estes & Dowdle Funeral Home. Personal messages for the family may be placed at



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David John Horvath St. Johns David John Horvath, 56, died December 20, 2010, after a short and courageous battle with cancer. He was born in Lansing, on November 26, 1954, the son of Francis and Ardena (Seyka) Horvath. David is survived by his wife, Pam, whom he married May 20, 1989. Also surviving are their children, Billy Hayes of Lansing, Bradley Hayes of East Lansing, Bethany Horvath of St. Johns, granddaughter- to -be, Malina, brother, Timothy (Mary) Horvath, sister, Patricia (John) Buker, nieces and nephews and his best buddy Homer. He was preceded in death by his parents. Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 p.m., on Thursday, December 23, 2010, at The Osgood Funeral Home in St. Johns. The family will receive friends at the funeral home, 6-8 p.m., on Wednesday, and one hour prior to the service on Thursday. Contributions may be made in the memory of David to The, . To learn more about David and view his Life Story film, visit his personal webpage at



Wesley Ellis Glasscoe *

15, of Lansing, died Thursday. Arrangements by Riley 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



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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