Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Michigan Obituaries 01/04/2011


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).



Augustin Manrique "Augie" Lopez

Augustin "Augie" Manrique Lopez, MSgt, USAF (Ret) Augustin "Augie" Manrique Lopez, MSgt, USAF (Ret) was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. Born in Topeka, KS, on May 29, 1940, he met his wife of 51 years, Marilyn (Tholl) at a CYO dance when he was 18. He graduated from Hayden High School in 1959 and enlisted in the USAF. Augie and Marilyn were married April 22, 1960. They raised a family and traveled the world together with the USAF. They retired from the USAF in 1982. In 1984 they moved to Battle Creek, MI where he worked for the Defense Logistics Service Agency for 20 years. He retired from DLSA in 2002 and moved to Oscoda, MI in 2004. He was a strong man of faith and a true patriot. Augie passed away on December 25, 2010 surrounded by his loving wife and children. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn; daughters, Catherine (Eric) Schmidt of Augusta, KS, Lisa (Brian) Bowser of Wichita, KS; son, Tony (Karen) Lopez of Oscoda; grandchildren Michael, Nathan, Robert, Jacqueline, Christopher, Christine, Augustin, Amanda, Taylor, Sydney, Avery and Maya; and two great-grandchildren. A Rosary Vigil was held in Oscoda, MI. Funeral Mass will be Friday, January 7, 2011 10 am at Our Lady of Guadalupe, Topeka KS. Rosary will precede the Mass. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The American Veterans Association.



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. www.sharpfuneralhomes.com



Barbara Reed, 66

Monday, January 3, 2011 11:26 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. www.molnarfuneralhome.com



Benjamin P. Harrington

Benjamin P. Harrington passed away Jan. 1 at M.D. Anderson Hospital in Houston, Texas. He was born March 22, 1938 in Ludington. Ben was a retired marine engineer and owner of CBH Services, Inc. in Ora...



Bill L. Brann *

65, of Lansing, research chemist, died Sunday. Arrangements by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, East Chapel, East Lansing.



Bryan P. Coburn *

51, of Gaylord, formerly of Potterville, millwright and welder, died Saturday. Services 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at Nelson Funeral Home, Gaylord.



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 www.voranfuneralhome.com



Carmen Pauline Maki

Tuesday, January 4, 2011 3:19 AM 

ISHPEMING, Mich. -- Carmen Pauline Maki, 78, of Marquette, died Thursday morning at the Marquette County Medical Care Facility in Ishpeming after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease.



Cheri A. Boak *

58, of St. Johns, died Friday. Services have been held. Arrangements by Osgood Funeral Homes, St. Johns. 



Christine Stone, 99

Monday, January 3, 2011 11:23 PM - GateHouse Media, Inc.

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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. 



Delilah 'Dee' Sager

Tuesday, January 4, 2011 10:05 AM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

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Diana Marie Deniston *

46, of Lansing, courier, died Saturday of natural causes. Services 2 p.m. Thursday at Chapel In The Pines Funeral Home. 



Donald Westrate, 82

Monday, January 3, 2011 11:20 PM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

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Donna D. "Dolores" Feldpausch

Donna D. "Dolores" Feldpausch Battle Creek Donna D. "Dolores" Feldpausch, 79, of Battle Creek and formerly of Albion went to be with our Lord on Saturday afternoon, January 1, 2011. She was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan on July 6, 1931 the daughter of George E. and Maureen VanHouten. Dolores married Tom Feldpausch in Hastings, Michigan on April 24, 1954; he survives. She is also survived by her daughter, Kim (Michael) Brubaker of Battle Creek; her son, Craig Feldpausch of California; her grandchildren, Corey (Sarah) LaGro of Battle Creek and Jaime (Matt) Merlington of Battle Creek; great-grandchildren, Makayla LaGro, Parker LaGro and Peyton Merlington; sister, Linda Hyde of Mason, Michigan; and her sisters-in-laws, Anne Hubert of Hastings and Janet Cavanaugh of Cheboygan, Michigan. Dolores was a member of St. Philip Catholic Church and volunteered for many years with Meals-on-Wheels. She enjoyed golfing and playing bridge and played on various golf teams and bridge clubs. She also enjoyed wintering in Florida, but her true passion in life was spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. At the request of the family they will receive friends from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., today at the Farley-Estes & Dowdle Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Fr. Charles H. Fischer, 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, January 5, 2011 at the St. Philip Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, please consider making donations to ; Humane Society of South Central Michigan; Kids 'N' Stuff Children's Museum; Respiratory Care Fund at Battle Creek Health System or the charity of your choice. Personal messages for the family may be placed at



Douglas Brent Jacobs *

67, of Lansing, retired, employee, died Saturday. Services 11 a.m. today at Heritage Baptist Church, DeWitt. Arrangements by Tiffany Funeral Home.



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.



Elouise A. Strong

Tuesday, January 4, 2011 10:06 AM - GateHouse Media, Inc.

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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 J. Bur

Tuesday, January 4, 2011 6:15 AM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

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Fern Anne 'Birdie' (Peacock)Collinsworth

Tuesday, January 4, 2011 6:30 AM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

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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 www.DesmondFuneralHome.com.



Francis K. "Frank" Roman *

85, of Mason, retired, employee, died Saturday. Services 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. James Catholic Church, Mason. Arrangements by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, Ball Dunn Chapel, Mason.



Frankie Sprouse, 83

Monday, January 3, 2011 11:21 PM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

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George Combs, 96

Monday, January 3, 2011 11:28 PM - GateHouse Media, Inc.

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Gordon K. Thompson

Gordon K. Thompson Union City Gordon K. Thompson age 92 of Union City, passed away, Sunday, January 2, 2011 at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo. Gordon Graduated from Bellevue High School with the class of 1937. He then served in the U.S. Army from 1941 to 1945. Gordon worked for the Battle Creek Fire Department for 25 years, retiring in l970. He is survived by his wife, Bonnie Thompson of Union City; son, Kenneth (Linda) Thompson of East LeRoy; and daughter, Marcia (Mike) Ringer of Brighton. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Ivah (Manning) Thompson; one son, Kevin Thompson; and one brother, William Earl Thompson. The family will receive relatives and friends on Wednesday, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Schipper Funeral Home LTD. in Colon. Funeral services will be Thursday, January 6, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Colon.



Harriet Helmus, 94

Monday, January 3, 2011 11:25 PM - GateHouse Media, Inc.

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Herbert E. Perttu

Tuesday, January 4, 2011 3:16 AM 

WAKEFIELD, Mich. -- Herbert E. Perttu, 69 of Merriweather, died on Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010, at the Gogebic Medical Care Facility in Wakefield.



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. heeney-sundquist.com



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.



Isabel 'Izzy' Stelmark

Tuesday, January 4, 2011 3:14 AM 

BESSEMER, Mich. -- Isabel "Izzy" Stelmark, 95, of Bessemer, died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011, at home. 



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. heeney-sundquist.com



Jean Laux-Jindrich Davis

Tuesday, January 4, 2011 3:21 AM 

WAUSAU, Wis. -- Jean Laux-Jindrich Davis, 84, of Ironwood, Mich., passed away on Thursday, Dec. 30, 2010, in Wausau. 



Joan (Berg) Fett-Mallison

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John A. Cundiff *

82, of Grand Ledge, retired Grand Trunk Railroad, , died Friday. Services 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Michael Catholic Church, Grand Ledge. Arrangements by Holihan-Atkin Funeral Home, Grand Ledge.



John E. Sherman *

76, of Lansing, former A&B Plumbing owner, died Friday. Graveside services 2 p.m. Wednesday at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. Arrangements by Tiffany Funeral Home.



John H. Hyden Jr. *

72, of Rives Junction, died Saturday. Services 1 p.m. Thursday at Caskey-Mitchell Funeral Home, Stockbridge. 



John Joseph Wisneski

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



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 Charles Bria Sr.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011 3:25 AM 

BESSEMER, Mich. -- Joseph Charles Bria Sr., 92, a lifelong resident of Bessemer, passed away Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011. 



Judy K. Benfield

Judy K. Benfield Battle Creek Judy Kaye (Kwiatkowski) Benfield, 57, of Ceresco formerly of Battle Creek passed away Saturday January 1, 2011 at Howell Care Center, Howell, MI. She was born on July 7, 1953 in Battle Creek to Bernard and Donna (Butler) Kwiatkowski. Judy attended Lakeview High School and graduated from Kellogg Community College. She was employed as an X-ray Technician with Mobile X-Ray Company and the VA Medical Center retiring in 2008. Judy married Bradley J. Benfield on August 12, 1999. Judy is survived by her husband, Brad; children, Monique Kabbe, of Ceresco, Michael (Tia) Kreps, of White Lake, MI, Jason (his fiancée Dani) Jones, of Kalamazoo, William (Ashley) Sipe, of Kalamazoo; step-daughter, Melody Rainey, of Battle Creek; six grandchildren; her mother, Donna (step-father Jack) Mudd, of Springfield; sisters, Jody (Dale) Eaton, of Battle Creek, Julie (Michael) Kwiatkowski-Orden, of FL, and Janice (Rod) Kwiatkowski-Martin, of Midland; step-brothers, Nick, Denny, and Bill Mudd; step-sisters, Becki Mudd and Debbie Coats; and in-laws, Benny and Heather Benfield. She was preceded in death by her father, Bernard Kwiatkowski. Judy enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, her Yorkies, her flower garden, fishing, sewing, camping, and cooking. She was a dog breeder and horsewoman, and liked playing games on facebook. Family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday January 5, 2011 at the Richard A. Henry Funeral Home where funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Thursday with Rev. Bradley J. Smith of Grace Community Church officiating. Interment will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be given to A. L. S.



Karen Banach, 60

Tuesday, January 4, 2011 8:41 AM 

Karen Banach, 60, of Petoskey, died Jan. 2, 2011, at her home after a lengthy battle with multiple sclerosis.



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....



Kyra Beth Raymond

Tuesday, January 4, 2011 3:15 AM 

CASPIAN, Mich. -- Kyra Beth Raymond, 7 months, of Caspian, died Thursday, Dec. 30, 2010, at her home. 



Lawrence Hablitzel *

69, of Lansing, died Friday. Services 10 a.m. Wednesday at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, Ball Dunn Chapel, Mason.



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 Jane (Briggs) Dee *

71, of Lansing, state legal secretary, died Saturday. Arrangements by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, Lansing Chapel.



Mary Lou Shanahan

Tuesday, January 4, 2011 8:42 AM 

Mary Lou Shanahan -- Feb. 14, 1930 to Jan. 2, 2011



Marybeth Rodgers *

58, of Holt, Auto Owners Agency automation support employee, died Saturday. Memorial services 11 a.m. Friday at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Lansing. Arrangements by Palmer, Bush and Jensen Family Funeral Homes, Holt Chapel.



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 www.voranfuneralhome.com



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 fredwoodfuneralhome.com



Michael G. Kline *

Michael G. Kline Battle Creek Michael G. Kline, 59, died Tuesday, December 21, 2010. A visitation will be held 5-8 p.m., Sunday, January 9th at the Farley-Estes & Dowdle Funeral Home. Memorial service will be held 1:00 Monday, January 10, 2011 at Ft. Custer National Cemetery with Military Honors.



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: 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: Helen A. Sallek, 98, of Ionia

Helen A. Sallek, 98, of Ionia, passed away Dec. 30, 2010. She was born the daughter of Michael and Katherine (Stepien) Sallek.



Obituary: Jan Olson, 55, of Palatine, Ill.

Memorial service for Jan Olson, 55, of Palatine, Ill., will be held at 11 a.m.. Thursday, Jan. 6 at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 1190 N. Hicks Road, Palatine, with burial services at a later date in Saranac. A memorial visitation will take place at the Ahlgrim Family Funeral Home, 201 N. Northwest Hwy., Palatine from 3 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 5.



Obituary: John Hennessy, 58

Tuesday, January 4, 2011 2:35 PM - GateHouse Media, Inc.

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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: Judy Mae Maxwell, 65, of Portland

Judy Mae Maxwell, 65, of Portland, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011. She was born on April 16, 1945 in Grand Rapids the daughter of Carl and Ruth (Rasco) Goller. 



Obituary: Kathy Swift, 56, from Lowell

Kathy Swift, 56, from Lowell, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Dec. 26, 2010. 



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: Mrs. Martha L. Dunn, 92, of Ionia

Mrs. Martha L. Dunn, 92, of Ionia, passed away on Dec. 28, 2010 in Flint. She was born Sept. 27, 1918 in Benona Township, Oceana County, the daughter of Alexander and Sarah (Saynor) Forbear.



Obituary: Robert (Cy) Misner, 70 of Ionia

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



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 www.martenson.com



Orrie "LeRoy" Hunter *

62, of Charlotte, retired Motor Wheel employee, died Sunday. Visitation 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.



Philip C. Eddy

Tuesday, January 4, 2011 6:15 AM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

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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. www.neely-turowski.com



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 www.thedorfmanchapel.com.



Richard F. Boulais

Richard F. Boulais, 53, died unexpectedly on Monday, Dec. 20 in Ludington. Richard was born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, on August 25, 1957 to the late Paul A. Boulais Sr. and Dolores R. (Gilbert) Bo...



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 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 ...



Ronald Andrew Clark *

78, of Lansing, retired Consumers Power lineman, died Saturday. Services 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Casimir Catholic Church. Arrangements by Palmer, Bush and Jensen Family Funeral Homes, Lansing Chapel.



Ruth A. Taylor

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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. www.irakufman.com



Shirley LaYonne Collins

Shirley LaYonne Collins, 85, of Baldwin, died Jan. 1. Oak Grove Funeral Home and Cremation Center 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. www.santeiufuneralhome.com



Thomas G. Hardy

Thomas G. Hardy Athens Passed away December 31, 2010. Tom was born February 10, 1942, in Kalamazoo, the son of Arthur and Grace (Fairchild) Hardy. Tom was the fire chief of Athens, and the former fire chief of Hickory Corners. Tom was a millwright for several years, and a member of Millwright Local 1102, of Detroit. He enjoyed hunting, but his real love was being a part of the fire departments. Tom was constantly concerned about his "team". On June 2, 1963, he married the love of his life, Janice Mahoney, who survives. Tom is also survived by a son, John (Erin) Hardy, of Athens; a daughter, Kimberly Hardy, also of Athens; and grandchildren, Avery and Kendra Hardy. A memorial service will be conducted, Saturday, January 15, 2011, 11:00 a.m., at Athens High School Gymnasium, 300 E. Holcomb Street, Athens, Pastor Marvin Savola, officiating. Memorial contributions to, Athens Fire Auxiliary, 130 E. Burr Oak, Athens, MI 49011 will be appreciated. Tom and his family are being cared for by the Williams-Gores Funeral Home in Delton. Please visit, to view and sign Tom's online guest book.



Thomas J. 'T.O.' Olszewski

Tuesday, January 4, 2011 3:18 AM 

GILE, Wis. -- Thomas J. "T.O." Olszewski, 64, of 15 Nimikon Ave., Gile, died unexpectedly Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2010, in his 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.



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Viola M. (Hull) Sarafin Grand Ledge Age 94, passed away January 3, 2011. She was born December 20, 1916, in Rochester, MI, the daughter of Ernest and Viola Mansfield. During WWII, she worked at Oldsmobile, and later she and her husband, William Hull, founded Superior Electric of Lansing, where she worked until her retirement in the early 1980s. Viola was a member of the Waverly 39ers and hosted many of their trips. She was preceded in death by her son, Richard Leisenring; and husbands, William Hull and John Sarafin; brother, Ernest Mansfield; sisters, Ruth Platte and Lillian Scott. Surviving are: grandsons, Robert (Kimberly) Leisenring and Andrew (Melissa Francis) Leisenring; great-grandchildren, William and Alyssa Leisenring; 4 sisters, Mildred (Wilbur) Warren, Laura (Donald) Ely, Ellen Otto, and Anna (William) Sweet; as well as many nieces, nephews and step-family members. The funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, January 7, 2011, at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel, with interment to follow in Deepdale Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Advantage in memory of Viola Sarafin.



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 Joel Strough *

William Joel Strough Battle Creek William Joel Strough, age 57, died Saturday, January 1, 2011. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, at the Craig K. Kempf Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Marshall. A funeral service will be held 1 p.m. Thursday, January 6, 2011 at the funeral home.



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.



Zachary L. Bagwell *

Zachary L. Bagwell Oakland Park, FL Zachary L. Bagwell, 34, formerly of Battle Creek, died, Saturday, January 1, 2011. Arrangements are pending at Shaw Funeral Home.

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