Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Michigan Obituaries 01/05/2011


Alita O. Shirley, 37

Wednesday, January 5, 2011 10:02 AM 

Alita O. Shirley, loving wife of Lance Shirley of Walloon Lake, died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011, at Northern Michigan Regional Hospital at the age of 37.



Aloysius James "AJ" Huss *

19, of North Star, Marine Corps private first class, student, died Monday as the result of an accident. Services 11 a.m. Friday at Smith Family Funeral Homes, Ithaca Chapel. 



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).



Arthur G. Clauss

Wednesday, January 5, 2011 4:51 AM - 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 E. Hadley

Tuesday, January 4, 2011 11:50 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.



Beatrice M. Briskey Jan. 16, 1918-Jan. 1, 2011

Wednesday, January 5, 2011 8:58 AM 

Beatrice M. Briskey, 92 years, of Temperance, Mich., died Sat., Jan. 1, 2011 at Flower Hospital, Sylvania, Ohio. 



Beulah V. Mitchell

Wednesday, January 5, 2011 5:02 AM - GateHouse Media, Inc.

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Bill L. Brann *

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



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 "Ted" Bouterse *

84, of Williamston, died Saturday. Memorial services 2 p.m. Tuesday at Michigan State University Alumni Chapel, East Lansing. Arrangements by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, Williamston Chapel. 



Charles E. "Doc" Busch II *

Charles E. "Doc" Busch, II Augusta Charles E. "Doc" Busch, II, 87, died on December 30, 2010. A Celebration of Doc's life will be held on Sunday, January 16th from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Bayview Gardens, 12504 East D Avenue, Augusta, MI, 49012. Arrangements by The Farley-Estes & Dowdle Funeral Home, Richland Chapel.



Cheri A. Boak *

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



Cira Bernal Manas *

95, of Lansing, died Sunday. Services 10 a.m. Friday at St. Mary Cathedral. Arrangements by Palmer, Bush and Jensen Family Funeral Homes, Delta Chapel. 



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.



Corey L. Eckert

Wednesday, January 5, 2011 4:53 AM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

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David Merrill Tuttle

David Merrill Tuttle Athens David Merrill Tuttle of Athens passed away Saturday January 1, 2011. He was born October 23, 1938 to Merrill D. and Anna A. (Doubleday) Tuttle in East Leroy, MI. David graduated from Athens High School in 1957. He married Rebekah D. Wood on October 10, 1958. David was employed at Grand Trunk Railroad as a pipe fitter from 1959 to 1969. He became a, for the city of Battle Creek in 1969 until his retirement in 1994. David also served on the Athens fire department for many years. He enjoyed hunting, traveling, visiting with friends, tinkering in his shop, his pet labrador retrievers, 4 wheeling and spending time with his grandsons. He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant son and an infant sister. David is survived by his wife of 52 years; his son, Stephen D. (Robin) Tuttle of Athens; daughter, Victoria J. Roberts of Athens; brother, Ronald D. (Joan) Tuttle of Battle Creek; two grandsons, Brandon A. Roberts and Jacob D. Roberts both of Athens; many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Visitation: 6:00 -8:00 p.m. Thursday, January 6, 2011 at the Spencer Family Funeral Home in Athens. Service: 1:00 p.m. Friday January 7, 2011 at the Leroy Congregational Cemetery, H Drive South, Leroy Township with Pastor Marvin Savola officiating. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Athens Area Community Foundation, P.O. Box 205 Athens, MI 49011. Arrangements by Spencer Family Funeral Home, Athens. To share memories please visit



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. 



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 Lee Thompson

Wednesday, January 5, 2011 10:01 AM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

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Donna H. Alspach Sept. 28, 1928-Jan. 3, 2011

Wednesday, January 5, 2011 8:58 AM 

Donna H. Alspach, 82, of Leesburg, Fla., formerly of Smith Road in Bedford Township, passed away Monday aftenoon in Leesburg. She had been in poor health for a year and seriously ill for the past month. 



Doris H. Drier, 86

Wednesday, January 5, 2011 9:55 AM 

Doris Hilda Drier, of Levering, died surrounded by family at her home in the stone house on Van Road on Jan. 4, 2011, at the age of 86. 



Dorothy Krueger, 90

Tuesday, January 4, 2011 6:29 PM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

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Dorothy Stump

Tuesday, January 4, 2011 11:20 PM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

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Edith M. Maxson *

Edith M. Maxson Battle Creek Edith M. Maxson, age 79, died Monday January 3, 2011. The family will receive friends Thursday from 12:30 until 1:30 p.m. at the Bachman Hebble Funeral Service, 223 N. Bedford Rd. Funeral services will be held 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.



Eleanor H. Flick

Eleanor H. Flick Kalamazoo Age 92, formerly of Battle Creek. Services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday at the Parchment United Methodist Church, 225 Glendale Blvd. Please visit Eleanor's personal memory page at, where you can read her Life Story, archive a favorite memory or photo and sign her online guest book. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice. Arrangements by Life Story Funeral Home, Betzler - Kalamazoo (800) 822-7594.



Elizabeth "Betty" Beckley

Elizabeth "Betty" Beckley Battle Creek Elizabeth "Betty" Beckley, 86, of Battle Creek passed away January 4, 2011 at Calhoun County Medical Care Facility. She was born March 31, 1924 in Houghton, MI to Francis and Irene (Melville) Bissonette. Elizabeth graduated from Houghton High School, Houghton, MI. She attended SUOMI College in Hancock, MI for two years. She married Clyde Beckley on December 27, 1945 in Houghton, MI; he preceded her in death in 1980. Elizabeth was employed at the Federal Center for 20 years until she retired. She is survived by a son, Mark Beckley; daughters, Susan Palmer, Vicki Smith, Debra Andrews, and Mary (Greg) Wilson, all of Battle Creek; twelve grandchildren; thirteen great grandchildren; and two great great grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Gerald Bissonette; a sister Geraldine Bissonette; and three grandsons, Matthew Andrews, Travis Beckley, and Christopher Palmer. She was a member of St. Philip Catholic Church. Family will receive friends from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday January 6, 2011, at the Richard A. Henry Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Friday at St. Philip Catholic with The Rev. Charles Fischer officiating. Entombment will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be given to or Calhoun County Medical Care Facility.



Elizabeth Ann Moan *

Elizabeth Ann Moan Battle Creek Elizabeth Ann Moan, 42, passed away Monday, December 20, 2010. Memorial services will be held Saturday, January 15, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. at Bachman Hebble Funeral Service. Arrangements by the Bachman Hebble Funeral Service,



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.



Eugene Dunn *

Eugene Dunn Union City Eugene Dunn, 78, passed away December 30, 2010. A gathering of friends and family will be held January 8, 2011 at the Union City United Methodist Church from 10:00-11:00 a.m. with a memorial service following., Arrangements are by Putnam Funeral Home, Union City, MI



Evelyn M. (Tompkins) Hand *

Evelyn M. (Tompkins) Hand Union City Evelyn M. (Tompkins) Hand 74, passed away on January 2, 2011. Visitation: Saturday, January 8, 2011 from 10:00 11:00 a.m. Services follow at 11:00 a.m. at the Spencer Family Funeral Home in Athens. Arrangements by Spencer Family Funeral Home, Athens.



Evelyn M. (Tompkins)Hand

Tuesday, January 4, 2011 11:40 PM - 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



Floy Joy Monroe *

93, of St. Johns, formerly of Millington, died Saturday. There will be no services. Arrangements by Keck-Coleman Funeral Home, St. Johns. 



Ford Allwin Haskins

Wednesday, January 5, 2011 2:20 AM 

CHELSEA, Mich. -- Ford Allwin Haskins, who has joyfully resided the last four years at Silver Maples in Chelsea, joined his Lord and creator at 4:45 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 31, 2010.



Forest F. Piper Jr.

Forest F. Piper Jr. Augusta Forest F. Piper Jr., 83, of Augusta, passed away peacefully on January 3, 2011 at Park Place Assisted Living Center. Forest was the youngest son of the late Forest Sr. and Alice (Frost) Piper of Augusta, born on April 26, 1927 at their home in Augusta. He was a member of the Augusta High School Class of 1945. Forest left high school in his senior to join the US Navy and served aboard the ---USS Comstock as a fireman first class. While home on boot leave he married his sweetheart, Minnie Dowling on January 10, 1946. Upon discharge in 1947 he worked for Checker Motors as windshield installer. In 1960 he enlisted in the US Army and was a heavy equipment wrecker operator (retrieval of tanks) serving two tours of duty in Viet Nam, Nha Tran and Cam Rah Bay. He was discharged in 1968 and went to work for Eaton, Yale and Towne, Valve division until the plant closed. He assisted his daughter with the Kalamazoo Academy Equestrian Program where he was grandpa to 17 kinderkids in 1980. He was a life member of the, Post 7956 in Augusta. Forest was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Minnie; and his siblings, Francis, Robert and Mildred. Surviving are his daughter, Theresa Ikerd of Kalamazoo; his adopted daughter, Betti (Stan) James of Cheyenne, WY; two grandsons, Christopher (Danny) Piper of Kalamazoo and Gene (Michelle) Morgan, Jr. of Detroit; three great grandsons; and several nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to: Humane Society of South Central Michigan. At the request of the family, friends may call after 4 p.m. Thursday at the Farley-Estes & Dowdle Augusta Chapel, where they will be received 4-8 p.m. Graveside services will be held 11:30 a.m. Friday, January 7, 2011 at Ft. Custer National Cemetery with Military honors. Personal messages for the family may be placed at



Gisela 'GiGi' Chernak

Wednesday, January 5, 2011 2:23 AM 

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. -- Gisela "GiGi" Chernak, 70, of 1295 New Castle, Hoffman Estates, passed away after a brave struggle with cancer, at St. Alexius Hospital on Friday, Dec. 31, 2010, with her family at her side. 



Glen Sheppard, 74

Wednesday, January 5, 2011 10:09 AM 

Glen Sheppard, 74, of Charlevoix, died Jan. 5, 2011, at Charlevoix Area Hospital. 



Helen Louise Chaffee *

85, of Lansing, died Saturday. Graveside services noon Friday at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. Arrangements by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, Lansing Chapel. 



Hilda M. Lane

Tuesday, January 4, 2011 11:30 PM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

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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.



Howard Van Huis Jr., 43

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

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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.



Hurley L. McCoy

Hurley L. McCoy Marshall Hurley L. McCoy, 68, of Marshall, died on Monday January, 3, 2011, at Marshall Nursing and Rehabilitation Center surrounded by his family. Mr. McCoy was born on September 22, 1942, in Marshall, to Hurley and Evelyn (Henry) McCoy. He graduated high school while in the, in 1961. Mr. McCoy served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1960-1964. On July 23, 1960, he married Nancy Gwillam in Marshall. She survives. Mr. McCoy was an electrician with the Kellogg Company for 25 years. He retired in 2005. Prior to Kellogg's, he worked for the Eaton Company in Battle Creek for 12 years. Mr. McCoy was a member of the Cheerful Campers Camping Club. He enjoyed camping, gardening, and scuba diving. He also, enjoyed studying natural medicines and herbs. Mr. McCoy loved spending time with his family especially having ice cream with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is survived by his wife, Nancy of Marshall; daughter, Karen Loyer of Hickory Corners; son, Michael (Tammie) McCoy of Leonidas; three grandchildren, James (Jenny) Loyer, Amanda (Tyler) Ward, Samantha Slater; and three great-grandchildren, Emily Loyer, Elizabeth Loyer, and Kyle Ward. He is also survived by a brother, Sterling McCoy of Fort Wayne, Indiana, and sister, Elaine LaBarr of Marshall. He was preceded in death by his parents; infant son, Mark McCoy; and son-in-law, Barton Loyer. Visitation will take place at the Craig K. Kempf Funeral Home on Wednesday, January 5, 2011, from 2-8 p.m. with family present to greet friends from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Funeral services celebrating his life will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, January 6, 2011 at the Craig K. Kempf Funeral Home with Reverend Andrew Tengwell officiating. Interment will follow at Floral Lawn Memorial Gardens. Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of South Central Michigan or to the Wilder Creek Conservation Club. Assistance with memorials is available at the Craig K. Kempf Funeral Home and Cremation Services. Leave a personal message for the family and sign the online guest book at



Ida May Dunckel *

87, of Williamston, died Saturday. Services 11 a.m. today at 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 "Jim" Harns *

65, of Lansing, retired Eaton Rapids Medical Center human resources director, died Tuesday. Visitation 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at Chapel In the Pines Funeral Home.



Janet M. Cousino Aug. 21, 1948-Jan. 1, 2011

Wednesday, January 5, 2011 8:58 AM 

Janet M. Cousino, 62, of Monroe died at 4 a.m. Saturday at Mercy Memorial Hospital. She had been in poor health for four years. 



Janice K. Chipman

Wednesday, January 5, 2011 5:04 AM - GateHouse Media, Inc.

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Jean (Misner) Boyd *

Jean (Misner) Boyd Battle Creek Jean (Misner) Boyd, 91, died on Monday, January 3, 2011. Relatives and friends are asked to call the Farley-Estes & Dowdle Funeral Home. 



John L. Eash

Wednesday, January 5, 2011 4:49 AM - GateHouse Media, Inc. 

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Jones, Constance Rosemary

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



Kathleen “Kate” Ebli Oct. 15, 1958 – Jan. 2, 2011

Wednesday, January 5, 2011 8:58 AM 

Former State Representative Kathleen “Kate” Ebli, age 52, of Monroe, died at 5:35 p.m. Sun., Jan.uary 2, 2011 in her home. She had been seriously ill recently due to a recurrent bout with cancer.



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.



Lois Dawn Campbell

Lois Dawn Campbell Battle Creek Lois Dawn "Dawny" Campbell, 82, of Battle Creek, passed peacefully to be with her Lord on Monday, January 3, 2011 with her daughters at her side. She was born September 1, 1928 in Battle Creek, MI to H. Dale and Isla Mae (Strayer) Campbell. She was married to Clarence "Chick" Campbell in 1947. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary November 2007. He preceded her in death in 2008. Lois graduated from Hastings High School in 1945 and was a charter member of the William T. Wallace Chapter National Honor Society. She was a supervisor of the Billing Dept. at Union Steam Pump Company until the birth of their first child, devoting her time to raise their children. Lois Dawn was a member of Country Chapel United Methodist Church in Dowling. She spent many years leading 4-H clubs, Briggs Church Sunday School classes, and Mothers' Clubs. Most important in her life was Clarence, their children, and grandchildren. She enjoyed reading and genealogy and was an avid Detroit Tigers fan. Lois Dawn is survived by her daughters: Christina (Gary) Hammond of Battle Creek, MI, Cynthia (Joe) McDowell of Grand Ledge, MI; son: Douglas (Debra) Campbell of Miramar, FL; 8 grandchildren: Greg, Justin and Adam Hammond, Meghan (Eric) McDowell-Morris and Ryan McDowell, and Jeff Campbell, Danielle (Jason) Craner, and Andrea (Steve) Lopez; 6 step-grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; sister Joyce Hoskins and brother: Elwyn (Joyce) Campbell; special cousins, Raymond Heinrich, Joan Duncan, and Bob (Mary) Schreiner. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and brother-in-law, Dick Hoskins. Visitation will be held at Baxter Funeral & Cremation Service, 375 W. Dickman Road, on Thursday, January 6, 2011 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Funeral services will be held Friday, January 7, 2011, 11:00 a..m. at the Baxter Funeral & Cremation Service with Rev. Kimberly A. Tallent Country Chapel United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be at the Fort Custer National Cemetery in Ross Township, MI. Memorial tributes may be made to Country Chapel United Methodist Church or Charity of one's choice. Arrangements by the Baxter Funeral & Cremation Service. (269)788-9800



Lucille Marie Myers *

89, of Charlotte, died Monday. Graveside services 11 a.m. Thursday at Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte. Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. 



Mable Evelyn Shilling

Mable Evelyn Shilling Bellevue Mable Evelyn Shilling, age 93, of Bellevue died Monday, January 3, 2011 at Lifespan Good Samaritan Hospice Residence in Battle Creek. Mrs. Shilling was born on August 20, 1917 in LaFontaine, Indiana to George William "Jack" and Stella (Dyon) Sharp. She was a Homemaker. On August 11, 1934, she married Kenneth E. Shilling in Angola, Indiana. He preceded her in death on March 21, 1979. Mrs. Shilling was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother and enjoyed gardening, listening to country music, going to garage sales and playing cards. She is survived by daughters, Patricia (Vern) Norton, Judy (Lyle) See and Sue (Dale) Hoag; son, Bill (Jan) Shilling; 15 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren; and brother, Jack Sharp. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Donna Sampson; and sisters, Mildred Warsop and Helen DeBoy. Visitation will be on Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Craig K. Kempf Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Marshall. A private funeral service will be held at the funeral home. Memorial contributions are to Lifespan Good Samaritan Hospice or to the, . Assistance with memorials is available at the funeral home. To leave a personal message and sign the on line guest register, please visit



Martens, Lorraine

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



Mary Feldpausch *

83, of St. Johns, type operator, died Sunday. Services 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Osgood Funeral Homes, St. Johns.



Mary McNair, 90

Wednesday, January 5, 2011 11:06 AM 

Mary McNair, 90, died peacefully in her sleep on Dec. 29, 2010, at Independence Village, Petoskey.



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



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 Robert Mominee *

58, of Mason, retired, employee, died Monday. Visitation 2:30 p.m. Friday at Calvary Assembly of God, Lansing. Arrangements by Chapel In The Pines Funeral Home, Lansing. 



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: 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 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: Monica M. Gardner, 59, of Stanton

Monica M. Gardner, 59, of Stanton passed away peacefully at her home on Monday, Jan. 3, 2011. 



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



Orrie "LeRoy" Hunter *

62, of Charlotte, retired Motor Wheel inspector, died Sunday. Services 11 a.m. today at St. Mary Catholic Church, Charlotte. Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.



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



Robert H. Jones

Robert H. Jones Robert H. Jones, 76, a retired Postmaster of Battle Creek, passed away December 29, due to complications from surgery at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. He was born in Pine Ridge, South Dakota to his parents, Robert and Betty Jones, who worked for the US Department of The Interior at the Sioux Reservation. Robert was given the name "Little Eagle Boy" by the Sioux because of the eagles on the official automobile driven by his father. Robert, an only child, grew up in McCook, Nebraska and was a star debater and cornet player and joined the University of Nebraska Varsity Marching Band. He was a member of Phi Kappa Tau fraternity and graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan University with a degree in Psychology followed by graduate studies in Industrial Psychology at the University of Omaha. He met Patricia A. McDougall (from Queens, New York) through a Presbyterian youth group and they were married in 1956. Robert took his skills in personnel management to such firms at Husky Oil, the aerospace division of The Martin Co., General Electric and Standard Brands before joining the United States Postal Service in 1972 as Director of Employee and Labor Relations in Indianapolis, IN. Robert was installed as Battle Creek Postmaster in 1990. Upon retirement, Robert accepted assignments with the Pennfield Board of Supervisors, the US Census Bureau and served in a variety of positions at the First Presbyterian Church of Battle Creek including Elder, Deacon, and Trustee. He was also a member of the Scottish Rite and the Masonic Temple. He is survived by his wife Patricia, Battle Creek; children, Stephen Jones (and Chris Hill), Chicago, Diana Rhodes (and husband, James), Yakima, WA, and Alex Jones (and wife, Emily Westfield), Indiana; and granddaughters, Jessica and Regan. A private family service will be held at a future date at the family cemetery in Fort Collins, CO. Arrangements were made by the Farley-Estes & Dowdle Funeral Home. Notes of condolence can be sent to the family in care of the First Presbyterian Church of Battle Creek or online by submitting a memory at



Robert Vernon Huss *

72, of Lake George, formerly of Lansing, retired retail grocery stock person, died Sunday. There will be no services. Arrangements by Stocking Funeral Home, Harrison.



Rolland Keith Munger *

88, of St. Johns, retired Federal Mogul inspector, died Monday. Services 2:30 p.m. Thursday at Osgood Funeral Homes, St. Johns.



Ronald Andrew Clark *

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



Ronald W. Menig *

68, of Elwell, died Monday. Services 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary Catholic Church, Alma. Arrangements by Lux-Moody-Wolfel Funeral Home, Alma. 



Russell Shepherd, 54

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Ruth Eileen Dykens

Ruth Eileen Dykens Ruth Eileen Dykens was born in Winchester, Illinois on October 2, 1920. She passed away in Battle Creek, Michigan on January 3, 2011. She was the daughter of Bert and Rosa (Grady) Carey. Ruth married Richard Dykens in Springfield, Illinois. Dick preceded her in death in April 2009. Ruth and Dick resided in Michigan and spent twenty-two winters in Fort Myers, Florida after they retired where they had many friends. Ruth is survived by three children: Joan Dykens, Kalamazoo, Michigan, Mark (Debra) Dykens, Battle Creek, Michigan, and Cheryl (Robert) Winegar-Schussler, Tampa, Florida. She is also survived by five grandchildren: Darren Dykens, Derek Dykens, Danielle Dykens Cavanagh, Laura Winegar Rich and Jamie Winegar Suarez; and five great-grandchildren who reside in Tampa, Florida (Eli Rich, Megan Suarez, Abby Suarez, Ben Suarez and Daniel Suarez.) Ruth graduated from Jacksonville High School in Jacksonville, Illinois and attended Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She was a secretary to Dr. Wickers, Vice President of Western Michigan University and she was also employed in the office of Clark Equipment Company. Ruth was also a medical secretary to Dr. J. Henricksen, Battle Creek Sanitarium. She retired from Federal Home Life Company after 15 years. Ruth was a member of St. Jerome Catholic Church and the American Legion Auxiliary Post 290. She enjoyed her family, music, dancing, cards, traveling, baking and friends. Ruth was nicknamed "Princess" by the staff at the Calhoun County Medical Care Facility, where she resided the last six months of her life. The family is very appreciative and thankful for the wonderful care Ruth received from the staff during her stay at this facility. Ruth was a caring and giving mother and grandmother, as well as a devoted wife. She deeply loved her children and family. She had many long term friends who, along with her family, will miss her dearly. Visitation will be at Bachman Hebble Funeral Service from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 6, 2011. Memorial services will be held Friday, January 7, 2011, at 11:30 a.m. at St. Jerome Catholic Church, Collier Avenue, Battle Creek, Michigan. Burial service will be at Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta, Michigan, following the funeral service. Reception will follow at St. Jerome Catholic Church. Donations may be made to St. Jerome Catholic Church. Arrangements by the Bachman Hebble Funeral Service, a member by invitation Selected Independent Funeral Homes. (269)965-5145



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.



Sheri Lynn (Tuckerman) Jeffords

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Sliva, James M.

Sliva James M. Age 63, October 1, 2010. Beloved husband of Charlene for 29 years. Dear father of Andrea (Louie) Krause, Jacob, and Natalie. Brother of Michael, Carole (Bob) Solano, Robert (Sandra), and Debra (Phillip) Smith. Also several nieces, nephews and granddog Chuck. He will be loved and missed by all. Visitation Monday 5-9 p.m. and Tuesday 2-8 p.m. at the John N. Santeiu & Son Funeral Home 1139 Inkster Rd. (between Ford and Cherry Hill). In state Wednesday 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. Funeral Service at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 10101 W. Ann Arbor Rd., Plymouth (E. of Gotfredson, between Warren and Joy). Memorials to Trinity Presbyterian Food Pantry or Am-Vets.



Timothy Allen Johnson *

32, of Newport, Ky., formerly of Eaton Rapids, welder, died Saturday. Services 1 p.m. Friday at Skinner Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids. 



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.



Vicki R. Johnson *

Vicki R. Johnson Battle Creek Funeral services, 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 5, 2011 at Shaw Funeral Home. The family is being served by Shaw Funeral Home. 



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Kiani JeNee Rodgers Our precious rose, Kiani JeNee Rodgers, was planted on earth Saturday, October 24, 1987, and on Wednesday, December 29, 2010, the Master Gardener, God, planted her back in heaven. She was beautiful in life for everyone to enjoy her presence inside as well as outside. Our lives were made richer by her gentle sweetness, smile, and loving kindness. Kiani was given by doctors 7 days to bless us; however, God had another plan to let His rose grow for 23 wonderful years. Kiani loved celebrating life with family gatherings for any and every occasion. She attended Lansing School District, upon graduating in 2005, attended LCC for a short time, and worked for Peckham Inc. for a year. Kiani was a member of Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church all of her precious life. She praised God in her own special way and loved Him with everything she had. She was very involved in the ministries in the church at a very early age: Sunday School, Bible Study, Voices of Deliverance, Nursery, Multi Media, God Creation Dance Ministry, Dynamic Praise Choir, and Cross 24-7. She was the visionary for the Mime-N-Motion Ministry. Kiani's love for music and dance was her joy. Her one desire was to be a cheerleader, now that desire has come true. She is cheering for Jesus and dancing for God. Kiani was preceded in death by a grandfather, Joe Frank Walker, and brother, Dane Ivan Griffin. Kiani leaves wonderful memories to her family: father, Ivan, mother, Diane, and sister and best friend, Ivanna of Lansing, MI, brothers, Shaun of Ypsilanti, MI, and Cameron (Kifara) of Lansing; great-grandmother, Gloria McKinstry of Lansing; grandparents, Sammie Rodgers, Sr., Zelma Rodgers, Juanita Lykes, and Julius (Dorothy) Lykes of Lansing; nieces, Kierra of Lansing and Jazmine of Chicago; nephew, Jeremiah of Ypsilanti; best friend since elementary, LaKrystale Turner of Lansing; her true love, Adam Dungey of Lansing; and a wealth of loving uncles, aunts, cousins, godparents, godmothers, godbrothers and godsisters, special friends and church family. Friends may visit Ms. Rodgers Thursday, January 6, 12-9 pm, at the Riley Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held Friday, January 7, 12:00 pm, at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, 5200 Pleasant Grove Rd., with Pastor Walter Gibson officiating. The family will receive friends 1 hour prior to the funeral. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Kiani Rodgers Scholarship Fund that has been established in her memory. Please send donations for the scholarship to Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, 5200 Pleasant Grove Road, Lansing, MI 48911 and make checks payable to "Kiani Rodgers Scholarship Fund".



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 Glen "Glen" Cheney *

87, of Ithaca, farmer, died Tuesday. Services 2 p.m. Saturday at Ithaca United Methodist Church. Arrangements by Smith Family Funeral Homes, Ithaca Chapel.



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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