Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Michigan Obituaries 12/29/2010


Alvin E. Butler *

62, of Nashville, dairy farmer, died Friday. Services 11 a.m. today at Grace Community Church, Nashville. Arrangements by Daniels Funeral Home, Nashville.



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).



Angel Craven, infant

Tuesday, December 28, 2010 9:51 PM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

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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 J. Parker

Tuesday, December 28, 2010 10:40 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.



Bernice Ver Duin

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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



Charles "Bob" Amidon *

61, of Owosso, retired barber (Lansing) died Monday. Arrangements by Nelson-House Funeral Home, Owosso.



Charles Bender *

74 of Lansing died Thursday. Memorial services 6 p.m. today at Light of Calvary Church, Okemos. Arrangements by Chapel In The Pines Funeral Home.



Charles V. Ensign *

86, of Mason, World War II Navy veteran, retired Prudential Insurance Co. employee, died Sunday. Services 11 a.m. Thursday at Eden United Brethren Church, Mason. Arrangements by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, Ball Dunn Chapel, Mason. 



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.



David C. Borsum

David C. Borsum Battle Creek David Charles Borsum, 69, of Battle Creek, died December 26, 2010 at Good Samaritan Hospice Residence from complications due to a train/car accident. He was born June 11, 1941, the second child of Leslie and Thelma (Johnson) Borsum in Omaha, Nebraska. Dave moved with his family to Battle Creek in 1946 and was a graduate of Lakeview High School, attended Michigan Technological University and received an Associates degree from Kellogg Community College. Following college he continued to work for the Kellogg Company in a variety of positions and after 38 years of service, Dave retired as Manager, Logistics Support Systems and Inventory Control, Kellogg's, North America. During his work years for Kellogg's he was highly involved with the United Way and was a great advocate for sharing the wealth of the community for the benefit of all. In 1996 Dave became a founding partner of Quality Learning Systems International (QLSI), a company focused on evaluation and assessment of education, health care and business organizations; teaching cognitive thinking skills and materials distribution. During his retirement years he was able to lend leadership and management support to leaders in a number of countries serviced by QLSI. He is remembered by people in many communities for his great generosity and giving nature. Dave is survived by his wife of 42 years, Linda (Jarchow) Borsum of Battle Creek; daughter, Leslie (Dean) Morton of Boulder, Colorado; brother, Jack (Marjorie) Borsum of Plantation, Florida; nephews, Tom Borsum and his wife, Jackie and their children, Scott and Janelle Borsum and Mike Borsum and his wife, Lynn and their children, Amanda and Stephanie Borsum. Many of David's family members live in the Reed City area where he spent summers working on the Joe Patterson farm. He always felt this time on the farm helped him to appreciate the values of rural community life. Dave was a member of and served on the Board of Directors of the National Management Association for eight years; a member of, and a Paul Harris Fellow, he also worked on Polio eradication (Polio Plus) in India; a member of the Battle Creek Country Club; a passionate advocate of the Second Amendment rights and a life member of the NRA; and enjoyed hunting, reading, and extensive world travel. Throughout his life he made family first and extended his friendship and help to many in need. His support for others never waivered as he faced a variety of health issues in the past few years. No visitation or services are scheduled. Memorial donations may be made and mailed to the Women's Co-op, 2055 E. Columbia Ave., Battle Creek, MI 49014 or the NRA- Civil Rights Defense Fund, 11250 Waples Mill Rd., Fairfax, VA 22030. Please add "In Memory of David Borsum" in the memo section. The family is being served by Shaw Funeral Home.



David P. Heemsoth *

David P. Heemsoth Battle Creek David P. Heemsoth, 70, died on Monday, December 27, 2010. Services are pending at the Craig K. Kempf Funeral Home.



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

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



Death Notice: Linda M. Newsom, 67, of Pewamo

Linda M. Newsom, 67, of Pewamo passed away Dec. 24, 2010 in Pewamo. 



Death Notice: Melvin Floyd Holcomb, 72, of Muir

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



Donald E. Atzman Sr.

Donald E. Atzman, Sr. Battle Creek Donald E. Atzman, Sr., 79, of Battle Creek died Thursday, December 23, 2010. He was born in Tekonsha, Michigan on July 23, 1931 and was the son of Peter and Mildred (Case) Atzman. Donald retired in 1983 from Clark Equipment Co. as an electrician after more than 22 years of faithful service. After his retirement, Donald worked for many years at Quality Farm & Fleet and Lifespan Hospice. Donald married Violet Louise Verga in 1950; she preceded him in death on May 28, 1999. He is survived by his children, Marilou (Jerry) Chappell of Georgia, Donald E. Atzman, Jr., of Battle Creek and Tina (Douglas) Strong of Georgia; 6 grandchildren, 7½great-grandchildren; and a brother, Peter (Carol) Atzman of Colorado. Donald was also preceded in death by his parents. Donald was a member of the Burnham Brook Center, the Clark Equipment Retirees and was a longtime member of the BL 700's bowling team. He enjoyed bowling, computers, painting, shopping and ballroom dancing. A lover of the outdoors, Donald also enjoyed riding his Harley-Davidson, boating, fishing, golfing, travelling and spending time with his family. At the request of the family, they will receive friends 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 29, 2010 at the Farley-Estes & Dowdle Funeral Home. Funeral services to celebrate Donald's life will be held 11:00 a.m., Thursday, December 30, 2010 at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Floral Lawn Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, please consider making donations to the Crossroads Hospice Foundation-Gwinett County Medical Center, 1957 Lakeside Parkway Suite 500, Tucker, GA 30084. Personal messages for the family may be placed at



Doris Marie Graham *

85, of Lansing, retired Ernst & Young executive secretary, died Monday. Services 11 a.m. Thursday at Mayflower Congregational Church. Arrangements by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, East Chapel, East Lansing. 



Duane Peltier *

93, of Dimondale, automotive setup man, died Saturday. Services 11 a.m. today at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, Lansing Chapel. 



Elizabeth Corona East *

89, of Owosso, retired cook, died Monday. Services 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Paul Catholic Church, Owosso. Arrangements by Watkins Funeral Home, Perry. 



Elizabeth J. Blake *

85, of Lansing, died Friday. Services 11 a.m. Thursday at Pennway Church of God. Arrangements by Chapel In The Pines Funeral Home. 



Elliott, SR. Gretchen, R.S.M.

Elliott SR. Gretchen, R.S.M. Age 69. October 3, 2010. Survived by five sisters, two brothers, and many nieces and nephews. Welcome Service Tuesday 1 p.m. with visitation until 8:30 p.m. at McAuley Center, 28750 W. 11 Mile Rd., Farmington Hills. Prayer Service Tuesday at 7 p.m. In state Wednesday 9 a.m. until time of Mass 11 a.m. at Mercy Center Chapel, 28650 W. 11 Mile Rd., Farmington Hills. Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Arrangements by McCabe Funeral Home.



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 Dec. 22. Services noon Thursday at Lansing Church of God in Christ. Arrangement by Riley Funeral Home. 



Frances Rose Scott

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George Louis Armstrong

George Louis Armstrong George Louis Armstrong passed away December 27, 2010 at his home. He was born August 18, 1936 in Detroit Michigan to Irene Jenkins Armstrong and George Lewis Armstrong. He was the youngest male of seven children. He served in the US Air Force as an Airman First Class. He began his civilian career in 1958 at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Battle Creek from where he retired after 36 years of service. He then worked for the State of Michigan as a School Bus Driver for 17 years. His hobbies were painting and gambling. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Margaret Armstrong; three children, Josita Todd, Wyman Armstrong and Waymon Armstrong; seven grandchildren; and 5 great grandchildren. All of George Armstrong's siblings and parents are deceased. Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 1, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. at Bachman Hebble Funeral Service. Burial will be in Fort Custer National Cemetery. Memorial tributes may be made to Lifespan Good Samaritan Hospice. Arrangements by the Bachman Hebble Funeral Service, a member by invitation Selected Independent Funeral Homes. (269)965-5145



Gerald Lee Aaberg *

Gerald Lee Aaberg Battle Creek Mr. Gerald Lee Aaberg, age 58 of Battle Creek, passed away Friday, December 24, 2010 at his residence. Arrangements pending at Spencer Family Funeral Home, Athens. 



Gerald Ponko Jr.

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Geraldine I. "Geri" German *

Geraldine "Geri" I. German Battle Creek The family will receive friends from 3 until 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 29, 2010 at Shaw Funeral Home where services will take place at 4:00 p.m. The family is being served by Shaw Funeral Home. 



Geraldine M. Brinkert

Geraldine M. Brinkert Springfield It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of our dear mother, grandmother, great grandmother and sister on Sunday morning, December 26, 2010. Geraldine May "Gerry" Brinkert, 69, of Springfield, MI, passed away peacefully at the Battle Creek Health System in Battle Creek on December 26, 2010. She was born April 25, 1941 in Homer, MI the daughter of Albert C. Boden and Laverna H. (Craven) Boden. She had been employed as a secretary for State Farm Insurance (Fire Company) in Marshall, MI; then Century Housewares; then for three years for Top-Kut Meats; Buckenberger Insurance Company for twelve and half years; then a clerk at Budget Self Storage and a cashier/stocker Whitt's Party Store. She married James L. Brinkert in Battle Creek, MI on July 8, 1978; however he passed away in May of 2008. She is survived by her daughter: Karen M. (Rob) Howes of Battle Creek, MI; two sons: Brian E. (Kathy) Eib of Ft. Wayne, IN, and Larry L. (Missy) Eib of Springfield, MI; two step-daughters: Mary L. (Todd) Boshers of Battle Creek, and Karen L. (Mike) Kragt of Portage, MI; step-son: Mark W. Brinkert of Fort Wayne, IN; her brother: George Boden of Bellevue, MI; one sister: Donna M. (Ernie) Morgan of Battle Creek; one brother-in-law: Lyle Varney of Nashville, MI; her mother-in-law: Emily Brinkert of Battle Creek; eight grandchildren: Susan, Michael and Michelle Eib of Battle Creek, Brandon Eib of Ft. Wayne, IN, Justin and Jennifer McKeown, and Tara and Stephanie Howes all of Battle Creek; four step-grandchildren: Bethany (Tommy) Sumners of Clarksville, TN, Phillip and Danielle Brinkert of Ft. Wayne, IN, and Angelica Boshers of Battle Creek; and one great grandson: Darrel Sumners of Clarksville, TN. She was preceded in death by her father: Albert Boden (October 1966), her mother: Laverna H. VanScyoc in February 2009; one sister: Norma Jean Varney (2009); her husband: Richard Eib in 1976; her husband: James Brinkert May 28, 2008; her son: Garry L. Eib (February 2001); her father-in-law: Carlyle Phillip Brinkert (April 2002); her step-father: L. R. VanScyoc (1982); and her sister-in-law: Marilyn Boden (2008). Gerry graduated from Marshall High School in 1959.Gerry had been a resident of Springfield since 1963. Gerry served as treasurer of the newly formed Springfield Community Foundation. She was a member of the 100 Million Dollar Club with the Battle Creek Shriners; she was a member of the Bunco Club for many years and an auxiliary member of the Battle Creek Commandery #33 where she was elected President in 2005. In her free time she enjoyed her indoor plants and gardening during the summer, spending time with her grandchildren, collecting paper napkins, small state commemorative spoons and plates, currency coins and a souvenir from each of the hot air balloon festivals through the years. She loved taking family photos and pictures of different events. She loved garage saleing and "Zoey", her miniature-pincher. Visitation will be held Wednesday after 9 a.m., December 29, 2010 at the Bachman Hebble Funeral Service where the family will be present from 1-4:00 p.m. and 6-8:00 p.m. Funeral services commemorating the life of Geraldine Brinkert will be held Thursday, December 30, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. in the Bachman Funeral Chapel with Pastor Mona Joslyn of Gull Lake United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will follow in the family plot at Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial tributes may be made to American Leukemia Society or the Humane Society of South Central Michigan. Arrangements by the Bachman Hebble Funeral Service, a member by invitation Selected Independent Funeral Homes. (269)965-5145 Share a memory or condolences on our web site at



Harden M. Hoffman *

Harden M. Hoffman Battle Creek Harden M. Hoffman, 97, died on Thursday, December 23, 2010. Services will be held 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, December 29, 2010 at the Farley-Estes & Dowdle Funeral Home.



Harriet Chamberlin Beech *

81, of Lansing, retired state secretary, died Monday. Arrangements by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, Lansing Chapel. 



Herman Otto Nankee

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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.



Irwin C. Dickhart

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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.



Jean Arlee Loper *

85, of Lansing and East Lansing, formerly of Mount Pleasant, died Monday. Services noon Thursday at Rowley Funeral Home, Mount Pleasant. 



Jeanette Boersen, 90

Tuesday, December 28, 2010 9:43 PM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

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Jeffrey Brown, 44

Tuesday, December 28, 2010 9:53 PM - GateHouse Media, Inc.

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Jeffrey Page *

55, of Lansing, died Tuesday. Visitation 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday at Gorsline Runciman 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.



Joyce Parks

Wednesday, December 29, 2010 1:43 AM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

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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.



LeRoy James McGraw *

43, of Durand, former Dean Transportation driver, died Friday of natural causes. Memorial services 2 p.m. Monday at Mowen Funeral Home, Wm. A. Scarlett Memorial Chapel, Owosso. 



Lillian Morse

Lillian Morse, 93, of Yorkshire Manor of Walker, formerly of Scottville, Big Rapids and Rockford, passed away Dec. 25. Surviving are daughters Sharon (Allan) Parker of Paris, Michigan and Jody (Tony) ...



Lily Edith Elvira (Karppinen) Ritola

Wednesday, December 29, 2010 3:54 AM 

WAKEFIELD, Mich. -- Lily Edith Elvira (Karppinen) Ritola passed away on Thursday, Dec. 23, 2010, at the Gogebic Medical Care Facility in Wakefield, where she had resided for the past two years.



Margaret M. Platte *

93, of Westphalia, died Saturday. Services 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Mary Catholic Church, Westphalia. Arrangements by Schrauben-Lehman Funeral Home, Portland. 



Marjorie 'Marge' Borst

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Martens, Lorraine

Martens Lorraine Passed Friday, October 1 at the age of 94. Widow of Lawrence H. Martens. Daughters Judy (David) Newsom and Linda (Gary) Cline. Grandmother of 11. Great-grandmother of 6. Member of Huron Hunting & Fishing Club, Plum Hollow Golf & Country Club, Richardson Senior Center, Nardineers Seniors, EGA-Indian River and Farmington Hills. Services at Glen Eden Cemetery, 35667 W. Eight Mile, Livonia, MI 48152 on Wednesday, October 6 at 11 a.m. viewing 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donate to Old Newsboys Fund, Salvation Army, or Burt Lake Preservation Assoc.



Massey, Evelyn

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



McPhee, Charles J.

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



Michael P. Downer *

59, of Lansing, retired state Department of Human Services personnel director, died Dec. 24. Services 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Gerard Catholic Church. Arrangements by Palmer, Bush and Jensen Family Funeral Homes, Delta Chapel.



Myron Gilbert Brown *

84, of East Lansing, state Department of Highways and Transportation professional engineer, died Sunday. Memorial services 11 a.m. today at Eastminster Presbyterian Church, East Lansing. Arrangements by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, East Chapel, East Lansing.



Myron Joseph Adamski

Myron Joseph Adamski, 80, of East Lake, died Friday evening, Dec. 24. Oak Grove Cremation Center is in charge of arrangements.... 



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: Dale Eugene Hawkins, 67, of Ionia

Dale Eugene Hawkins, 67, of Ionia, passed away Dec. 24, 2010 in Ionia. 



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: Jonathan Edwin William Mendenhall of West Hollywood, Calif.

Jonathan Edwin William Mendenhall of West Hollywood, Calif., died Saturday, Dec. 25, 2010 in Cadillac while visiting family.



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: Leslie Jay Ford, 91, of Harrison

Leslie Jay Ford aged 91 passed away Dec. 28, 2010. 



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: Scott W. Ellsworth

Tuesday, December 28, 2010 1:00 PM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

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Obituary: Ted A. Ladd

Tuesday, December 28, 2010 2:00 PM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

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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 E. Messersmith

Tuesday, December 28, 2010 3:00 PM - GateHouse Media, Inc.

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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.



Preston C. Gilbert *

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



Rachelle Leanne Quillen

Wednesday, December 29, 2010 9:14 AM 

Rachelle Leanne Quillen, age 55, of Boyne City, died quietly at home on Dec. 27, 2010, after a short illness. 



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 K. Snider

Wednesday, December 29, 2010 9:16 AM 

Richard K. Snider, 80, of Levering, passed away Dec. 29, 2010, at the Hospice House in Cheboygan. A complete obituary will follow. The Nordman-Christian Funeral Home in Cheboygan is in charge of the arrangements.



Richard Miller

Richard Miller, 82, of Ludington, died Dec. 23. A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 29 at St. Simon Catholic Church with visitation at 10 a.m., prior to Mass. Oak Grove Funer... 



Robert Bennett

Mr. Robert "Bob" Bennett, 78, of Beautiful Downtown Scottville, passed away on Dec. 27. He was surrounded by his family at the end of his courageous battle with Parkinson 's disease. He was born to La...



Rose Mary McCracken

• Rose Mary McCracken, 93, of Manistee, died Dec. 28. The Herbert Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements....



Ruthie Witcher *

Ruthie Witcher Battle Creek Ruthie Witcher, 86, passed away Monday, December 27, 2010. Arrangements by the Bachman Hebble Funeral Service.



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.



Shelby Jean Baribeau

Shelby Jean Baribeau, 72, of Onekama, died Wednesday morning, Dec. 22. The Johnson Funeral Home of Manistee is in charge of arrangements.... 



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.



Stephen Burke "Steve" Hentchel

LTJG Stephen "Steve" Burke Hentchel, USN Battle Creek LTJG Stephen "Steve" Burke Hentchel, USN, 27, of Battle Creek, MI, died as a result of injuries sustained in an auto accident on December 24, 2010, while home on leave for the holidays. The graveside service will be held on Friday, December 31st at 11:00 a.m. at Fort Custer National Cemetery, Augusta, MI, with full, military honors bestowed by Active Duty Personnel from the Great Lakes Naval Station, IL. There will be no visitation. Family and friends are invited to a time of fellowship and a luncheon immediately following the service at The Gull Lake View Golf Course, 7417 N. 38th Street, Augusta. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Steve's honor may be made to the , Southwest Michigan Area Service Center, 1400 West Milham Road, Portage, MI, 49024. The Farley-Estes & Dowdle Funeral Home, Battle Creek, is in charge of all the arrangements.



Tina Marti *

50, of Lansing, died Dec. 21. Arrangements by Swanson Funeral Home, Flint. 



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.



Victor F. Keefer

Wednesday, December 29, 2010 3:55 AM 

ONTONAGON, Mich. -- Victor F. Keefer, 103, long time Ontonagon area educator, died Monday, Dec. 2, 2010, at home in his sleep. For the past many years he had lived with his daughter and son-in-law, Jean and Mickey Hegg.



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Doris Irene Powell DeWitt Born January 11, 1920 in Ithaca, MI, the daughter of Harvey and Rose Etta (Dukes) Welch, passed away Monday, December 27, 2010 at the age of 90. Doris graduated in 1938 from Vestaburg High School, was a member of Catholic Community of St. Jude, Saint Elizabeth Seaton Circle of the Altar Society and the Busy Bee Club. Doris thoroughly enjoyed life and loved her many friends. Noted as a "great" baker, Doris won many ribbons at fairs, and was known as the "pie lady" in DeWitt. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd in 1986; grandson, Dale in 1988; son, Mickey in 2002; brother, Dale "Rich" Welch; and special friend, LeRoy "The Kid" Miller. Surviving are her son, Terrance "Terry" (Evelyn) Powell of DeWitt; daughter-in-law, Donna Powell of DeWitt; 6 grandchildren, Sheila (Patrick) Mitchell, Michael Powell, Carrie (Dan) Miller, David "Buckshot" Powell, Doris (Justin) Miller, Terry (Lisa) Powell; numerous great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-granddaughter; several nieces and nephews; and sister-in-law, Donna Belle Welch of Bath. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, December 30, 2010 at 11:00 a.m., with visitation 1 hour prior to service, at Catholic Community of St. Jude, 801 N. Bridge Street, DeWitt, MI with Rev. Fr. Dwight M. Ezop as celebrant. Rite of committal will follow in Riverside Cemetery in Alma, MI. Visitation will be on Wednesday, December 29, 2010 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, 205 E. Washington, DeWitt, MI where the Rosary will be prayed at 7:30 p.m. Those desiring may make contributions to Catholic Community of St. Jude, Building Fund, 409 Wilson Street, DeWitt, MI 48820, in memory of Doris. Online condolences may be made at:



Walter M. Ellis Jr. *

86, of Lansing, retired Michigan Bell telecommunication expert, died Sunday. Services 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Tiffany 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.



Wilma Beckman

On the afternoon of Dec. 27, the Lord brought home Wilma I. Beckman, 85, of Shelby. Her children fondly remember their mother who bandaged them, cared for her family, loved her neighbors and cared for... 



Wilma Beckman, 85

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Winifred Vander Bie, 96

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Yoshiko Maynard *

78, of Lansing, seamstress, died Friday. Services will be held at a later date. Arrangements by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, East Chapel, East Lansing. 

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