Monday, January 3, 2011

Michigan Obituaries 01/03/2011


Alita Shirley, 37

Monday, January 3, 2011 9:12 AM 

Alita Shirley, 37, of Walloon Lake, died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011, at Northern Michigan Regional Hospital. Services are pending with Stone Funeral Home, Petoskey.



Alvin B. Schneider Aug. 12 1937-Dec. 30, 2010

Monday, January 3, 2011 10:57 AM 

Alvin B. Schneider, 73, of Ypsilanti, died Thursday, December 30, 2010, at VA Hospital in Ann Arbor. 



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).



Antoinette Marie "Toni" Allen

Antoinette Marie "Toni" Allen Battle Creek Antoinette "Toni" Marie (Gibson) Allen, 45 went to be with her heavenly Father on Tuesday, December 28, 2010 at Battle Creek Health Systems. She was born in Battle Creek on December 23, 1965 to Harry J. Gibson, Sr. and Deboraha "Debi" (Burgess) Sallee. She grew up in Battle Creek and attended BCPS, joined Second Missionary Baptist Church at an early age and later in life joined Holy Light Missionary Baptist Church. She married Jurnis P. Allen on July 10, 2004, worked at the Haven of Rest in the "WIN LIFE" program as a Night Monitor and at the In-As-Much-House as a Desk and Night Monitor until 2008; she was currently employed at Kentucky Fried Chicken on Capital Ave., NE as a Night Shift Closer. She was working toward her G.E.D.; she graduated with 4 certificates from Kellogg Community Colleges Adult Education Enhancement Initiative (AEEI) Program. She enjoyed crossword and word search puzzles and playing with her grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her father Harry J. Gibson, Sr., paternal grandparents Samuel and Viola Settle, maternal grandparents Arthur, Evelyn and Anna Burgess. She is survived by her loving husband Jurnis P. Allen, her mother and dad Deboraha "Debi" (Burgess) and Victor L. Sallee, daughters Anietra Gibson, Antoinette (Michael) Taylor, Sandreia Simbler, Jurnisha James all of Battle Creek, sons Antoine Simbler and Jurnis Davenport both of Battle Creek; brothers Harry "Gene" (Jennifer) Gibson, Jr., Damon "Torre" (Deanna) Richardson, William Richardson all of Battle Creek, MI, Derick Gibson of Kalamazoo MI, Richard Richardson of Hindsville GA; sisters Chanette (Tony) Hightower, Royshell (Gary) Watkins both of Battle Creek, Natasha Gibson of Grand Rapids MI; grandmother Mary Burgess, 5 grandchildren, and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Visitation 11:00 a.m. funeral 12:00 p.m. at Second Missionary Baptist Church on Wednesday January 5, 2011 with Reverend William Wyne officiating, internment will follow at Oakhill Cemetery. Arrangements Entrusted To: WHITLEY MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, INC. 330 North Westnedge Ave. Kalamazoo, MI. 49007 BATTLE CREEK ARRANGEMENT OFFICE 235 North Ave. Battle Creek, MI. 49017



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.



Betty A. (Sprow) Fidler

Sunday, January 2, 2011 11:15 PM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

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Betty A. Roberts *

96, of Delta Township, registered nurse, died Saturday. Arrangements by Tiffany Funeral Home, Lansing. 



Betty J. Smith *

81, of Portland, died Thursday. Services 11 a.m. today at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Portland. Arrangements by Schrauben-Lehman Funeral Home, Portland.



Betty Lou Rench

Monday, January 3, 2011 6:22 AM - GateHouse Media, Inc.

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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 “CJ” Russell Jan. 3, 2011

Monday, January 3, 2011 10:58 AM 

Charles “CJ” Russell, 77, of Monroe died at 6:52 this morning in Tendercare of Monroe.



Christopher Donald Simmons

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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.



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 H. Dewey

Monday, January 3, 2011 11:10 AM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

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Donna D. "Dolores" Feldpausch *

Donna D. "Dolores" Feldpausch Battle Creek Donna D. "Dolores" Feldpausch, 79, died Saturday, January 1, 2011. A visitation will be held 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m, Tuesday, January 4, 2011 at the Farley-Estes & Dowdle Funeral Home. A service will be celebrated 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, January 5, 2011 at the St. Philip Catholic Church.



Doris B. Littlejohn

Monday, January 3, 2011 6:23 AM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

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Doris Marie (McNally) Honingford July 31, 1920-Jan. 2, 2011

Monday, January 3, 2011 10:58 AM 

Doris Marie (McNally) Honingford 90 years of Temperance, MI died Sunday, January 2, 2011 in Point Place Care and Rehabilitation Center in Toledo.



Dorothy Alice Jay *

85, of Okemos, retired nurse, died Thursday. Services 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, East Lansing. Arrangements by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, East Chapel, East Lansing.



Douglas Brent Jacobs

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Earl Francis Harmon Sr. *

89, of Lansing, retired brick mason, died Saturday. Services noon Thursday at Riley 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.



Erma Louise Lloyd

Erma Louise Lloyd, 90, of Scottville, died Tuesday, Dec. 28. Oak Grove Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Ludington is in charge of arrangements.... 



Ernest Fredrick Carrier Jr.

Ernest Fredrick Carrier Jr., 59, McMinnville, Tennessee resident and Muskegon native, was born July 28, 1951 and died Dec.28. He was the son of Ernest Carrier Sr. of Scottville and the late Barbara Go...



Fern L. (Eighmey) Ledyard Dec. 31, 2010

Monday, January 3, 2011 10:58 AM 

Fern L. (Eighmey) Ledyard, 88 years, of Laurens, SC and formerly of Bedford Twp., MI passed away Friday, December 31, 2010 at the National Healthcare of Clinton.



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



Francis K. "Frank" Roman

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Frank Sweeney, 96

Sunday, January 2, 2011 9:36 PM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

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Frank Wassa *

81, of Bannister, farmer, died Friday. Services 11 a.m. Wednesday at Smith Family Funeral Homes, Elsie Chapel. 



Grace Burns Jan. 2, 2011

Monday, January 3, 2011 10:58 AM 

Grace Burns, 78, of Azalia died Sunday at Mercy Memorial Hospital. 



Harold Beatty Jan. 2, 2011

Monday, January 3, 2011 10:58 AM 

Harold Beatty, 60, of Monroe died at 8:10 a.m. Sunday at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center. Arrangements by Merkle Funeral Service.



Harold P. Ruble

Monday, January 3, 2011 11:16 AM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

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Harold P. Ruble April 11, 1927-Jan. 2, 2011

Monday, January 3, 2011 10:58 AM 

DEERFIELD – Harold P. Ruble, age 83, of Deerfield, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Sunday, January 2, 2011. 



Henry F. Nobbs *

Henry F. Nobbs Marshall Services for Henry F. Nobbs, age 85, will be held today, Monday, at 1:30p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church, 440 West Drive N., Marshall. 



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.



Ida May Dunckel *

87, of Williamston, Ingham County Extended Care Facility head housekeeper, died Saturday. Arrangements by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, Williamston 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 Shereda

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Jean M. Churn *

74, of Lansing, retired special education teacher, died Thursday. Memorial services 2 p.m. today at Estes-Leadley Funeral Homes, Greater Lansing Chapel. 



John A. Cundiff

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John E. Sherman *

76, of Lansing, former A&B Plumbing owner, died Friday. Arrangements by Tiffany Funeral Home. 



John J. "Johnnie" Regis

John J "Johnnie" Regis Hickory Corners Passed away January 1, 2011. John was born April 18, 1944 in Detroit, the son of Battista and Serena (Fondie) Regis. On August 28, 1965, John married Jacklyn "Jackie" Gibbons, who survives. A loyal, employee, John retired after thirty one years of service and was very active in the UAW Local 488. An avid automobile mechanic, John enjoyed bowling, crossword puzzles, and the Green Bay Packers; of which he was a stockholder. A member of St Ambrose Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus, John was also very active in scouting, Little League, and was a volunteer for the Food Bank of Southwest Michigan for many years. John is also survived by his children: Todd Regis, Timothy (Kaye) Regis, Troy Regis, Thomas (Erin) Regis, and Tammy (Jason) Morse, brothers and sisters: Jim (June) Regis, Sandy Gimpleson, Joseph Regis, Shirley (Mike Fecteau) Regis, Jeff Regis and Sue (Dale) Bates, grandchildren: Sidney and MacKenzie Morse, Catey and Anna Regis, Khriesteenia, Zachary, and Kami Regis, father in law and mother in law: Harold and Aris Gibbons, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents. The family will receive friends Wednesday, 2:00 - 4:00 and 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Williams - Gores Funeral Home, Delton, where the rosary will be prayed at 7:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, January 6, 2011, at 11:00 a.m. at St Ambrose Catholic Church,11137 Floria Rd, Delton, Rev. Fr. David Adams, celebrant. Burial will take place at East Hickory Corners Cemetery. For a more lasting memorial, please consider memorial contributions to the Food Bank of Southwest Michigan. Please visit, to view or sign John's online guest book.



John Joseph Wisneski

John Joseph Wisneski, 91, of Manistee, died Wednesday, Dec. 29 at Manistee County Medical Care Facility. Arrangements by Herbert Funeral Home.... 



John Sherman

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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.



Josephine Atley *

Josephine Atley Crescent, PA Josephine Atley, 94, formerly of Marshall, MI, passed away December 27, 2010. Memorial service followed by visitation will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, January 5th, at Marshall United Methodist Church, 721 Old US-27 North, Marshall, MI 49068.



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 Schimke

Kenneth William Schimke, 85, of Onekama, died Tuesday afternoon Dec. 28. Oak Grove Funeral Home & Cremation Center of Bear Lake is in charge of funeral arrangements.... 



Kenneth W. 'Kenny' Dailey, 52

Monday, January 3, 2011 8:59 AM 

Kenneth W. "Kenny" Dailey, 52, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 30, 2010, at his home in East Jordan. 



Kiani J. Rodgers *

23, of Lansing, Peckham employee, died Wednesday. Services noon Friday at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church. Arrangements by Riley Funeral Home. 



Marland L. (Smokey)Parker

Sunday, January 2, 2011 11:45 PM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

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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.



Marybeth Rodgers

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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



Maurice "Moe" Albertson

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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 S. Thompson *

46, of St. Johns, Gold Key Auto Sales (St. Johns) owner, died Wednesday. Memorial services Tuesday, 11 a.m. at Keck-Coleman Funeral Home, St. Johns.



Norman Paul Sommerfeldt

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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: Betty A. Fidler

Monday, January 3, 2011 12:20 PM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

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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: Frank Camp, 79

Monday, January 3, 2011 12:00 PM - GateHouse Media, Inc.

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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: Ina Marie LeRoy, 94

Monday, January 3, 2011 12:40 PM - GateHouse Media, Inc.

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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: Kathy M. Coler, 59

Monday, January 3, 2011 12:10 PM - GateHouse Media, Inc.

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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: 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 (Cy) Misner, 70 of Ionia

Robert (Cy) Misner aged 70 of Ionia passed away Dec. 29, 2010 in Ionia. 



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: 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. 



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 W. Ley *

94, of Lansing, died Wednesday. Services 10 a.m. Tuesday at Church of the Resurrection. Arrangements by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, Lansing Chapel.



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 Wolthuis, 82

Sunday, January 2, 2011 9:44 PM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

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Rickey Eugene Richards, 58

Monday, January 3, 2011 8:58 AM 

Rickey Eugene Richards of Boyne City passed away comfortably in his home on Dec. 26, 2010, at the age of 58. 



Robert Franklin Trapp

Robert Franklin Trapp, son of the late Luella J. (Trapp) Borashko, passed away on Dec. 26 after an extended illness in a hospice facility in Byron Center. He was born in Detroit on March 26, 1932. Bob...



Robert Kryder

Monday, January 3, 2011 6:23 AM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

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Robert Larry Thornton

Monday, January 3, 2011 11:14 AM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

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Robert W. James Sr.

Robert W. James Sr., 90, of Ludington, passed away at his home with his family present on Friday Dec. 31. He was born August 18, 1920 in Detroit and married to Agnes Gootee in Indiana in 1948 and she ... 



Roger L. Sederlund

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Ronald Andrew Clark

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Rose Hayes, 71

Sunday, January 2, 2011 9:35 PM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

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Rose Marie Karnicki Sept. 20, 1922-Jan. 1, 2011

Monday, January 3, 2011 10:59 AM 

Rose Marie Karnicki age 88 of Carleton, Michigan passed away at 1:00am, Saturday, January 1, 2011 at Fountainview of Monroe. 



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.



Shanae M. Brown *

32, of East Lansing, Lansing schools special education aide, died Saturday. Services 2 p.m. Wednesday at St. Isidore Catholic Church, Lainsgburg. Arrangements by Watkins Brothers Funeral Home, Laingsburg. 



Shirley LaYonne Collins

Shirley LaYonne Collins, 85, of Baldwin, died Jan. 1. Oak Grove Funeral Home and Cremation Center is in charge of arrangements.... 



Sister Alice (Marie Kyran) Flanagan, IHM Nov. 28, 1931-Dec. 31, 2010

Monday, January 3, 2011 10:59 AM 

Monroe, Mich. – Sister Alice, IHM, 79, died Friday, Dec. 31, at her home, the IHM Sisters? Motherhouse in Monroe. She has been under Mercy Memorial Hospice Care of Monroe.



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.



Stanley C. Tupacz Sr. June 8, 1951-Dec. 31, 2010

Monday, January 3, 2011 10:58 AM 

Tupacz, Stanley C. Sr., age 59, of Carleton, MI, died on December 31, 2010 at home.



Stanley M. Cuthbert

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Susanne Bendall

Susanne Kay Bendall, 56, of Manistee, died Wednesday morning, Dec. 29. The Johnson Funeral Home in Manistee is in charge of arrangements.... 



Tarzon Ray *

73, of Lansing, retired Motor Wheel employee, died Wednesday. Arrangements by Riley Funeral Home. 



Tirzah R. Summerfield *

Tirzah R. Summerfield Marshall Services for Tirzah R. Summerfield, age 83, will be held at graveside in Oakridge Cemetery today, Monday at 10:30a.m. 



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



Vera M. Shock Oct. 20, 1937-Jan. 1, 2011

Monday, January 3, 2011 11:01 AM 

Shock, Vera M., age 73, of Ypsilanti, MI, died January 1, 2011 at Medilodge in Monroe with her family by her side.



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.



Vicki R. Johnson

Vicki R. Johnson Battle Creek Vicki R. Johnson, 68, died Saturday, January 1, 2011 at Bickford Assisted Living and Memory Care of Battle Creek. She was born January 22, 1942 in Cando, North Dakota to Ray and Minnie (Alvis) Martin. Vicki graduated from Battle Creek Central High School and was the office manager for Dr. David W. Lucas, Optometrist, retiring in December 2009. She was previously a receptionist for Battle Creek Vision Services and for Michigan Bell. Vicki enjoyed playing cards, shopping, her dog Lacey, spending time with her grandchildren and traveling. She is survived by daughter, Kristi (Steve) Wichmann of Battle Creek; son, Todd (Chris) Johnson of Battle Creek; grandchildren, Trevor, Alex, Lexi and Kendall of Battle Creek; sister, Vivian Banks of Battle Creek and many dear friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Brad Johnson and a brother Robert Martin. Her marriage to Larry Johnson ended in divorce. The family will receive friends from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 4, 2011 at Shaw Funeral Home. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 5, 2011 at the funeral home, Rev. Dr. William Lang, Leroy Congregational Church, officiating. Interment in Memorial Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the ALS Foundation. The family is being served by Shaw Funeral Home.



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Christopher Donald Simmons Laingsburg Age 61, passed away Saturday, January 1, 2011 at his home surrounded by his family. A Funeral mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, January 5, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Isidore Catholic Church. Family will meet with friends on Tuesday from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Watkins Brothers Funeral Home, Laingsburg Chapel. A rosary will be prayed following the visitation. Burial will take place in Pine Tree Cemetery, Corunna. Christopher was born on November 16, 1949 in Traverse City, the son of Richard and Dorothy (Birdsey)Simmons. He attended Bath High School and served in the U.S. Marines stationed in Viet Nam. On October 4, 1980 he married Patricia Davis at St. Isidore in Laingsburg. He worked for G.M. and Keykert USA as a Automotive Supervisor. Christopher loved to work on his lawn and garden and his speciality was growing pumpkins. He loved his motorcycle and to go to the beach with his family for skiing and boating. Christopher is survived by his wife, Patricia, his children, Stacey (Kevin) Spiess of Tampa.FL, Shaina Simmons of Laingsburg and Richard (Kristina) Simmons of Dewitt, grandchildren, Ella, Christian and Hannah, brothers and sisters, Charles (Susan) Simmons, Muriel (Patrick) Lindsay, Rene (Rebecca) Simmons, Therese (Thomas) Hamming, Mary (Les) Vietzke and Tobias (Candy) Simmons and his parents Richard and Dorothy Simmons. He is predeceased by his granddaughter, Emerson Spiess, brother Brion Simmons and mother and father in-law Doris and Arnie Davis. Memorials are suggested to "Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep". Online condolences can be sent to



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



William J. Strough *

William J. Strough Battle Creek William J. Strough, age 57, died January 2, 2011. Arrangements pending at Craig K. Kempf Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 723 US27 North, Marshall. 



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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