Maurice O. Dirette of Sault Ste. Marie died Thursday, Jan. 25, 2001
at War Memorial Hospital.
He was born May 29, 1931 in Detroit.
He was a Congregational minister from 1955 until 1982 and toured Europe
as a professional golfer from 1953 until 1955.
He is survived by a son, James E. (Rhonda) Dirette of Zeeland, Mich.
and a daughter, Lois (Jack) Collier of Nazareth, Pa.; three sisters: Barbara
Pearson of Farmington Hills, Mich.; Catherine Cameron of Brimley and Carolyn
(Jim) LeBlanc, also of Brimley. Also surviving are seven grandchildren.
He was predeceased by a son, John Andrew Dirette.
Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Clark Bailey Newhouse
Funeral Home with Pastor Jim LeBlanc officiating.
Memorial contributions may be donated to the Kathy Dirette Memorial
Education Fund, Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 101 Walnut Street,
Allegan, Mich. 49010.
Martha H. Quack, 92, of Battle Creek, Michigan went home to be with
her Savior on Thursday evening, March 29, 2001 at the Battle Creek Health
Mrs. Quack was born June 27, 1908, the daughter of the late Frank and
Martha (Davidson) West. She was a member of the Gospel Halls in both Battle
Creek and Sault Ste. Marie.
She was the dearly beloved mother of Stuart Quack (Pearl) of Battle
Creek, Mich.; and wife of the late Edgar Quack of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.;
sister of the late Laura Johnson, late Annie-Mae Hastings (Late Joseph),
late George West (late Mary), late Bill West (late Grace), and late twin
brothers, one at birth and Jonny at age 12. Grandmother of Phillip Quack
(Jennifer), Stephen Quack, and Bonnie (Joseph) Murdick, great-grandmother
of Amber Lynn Murdick, and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, April 3 at Hovie
Funeral Home with John Wallis officiating. Friends may call at the funeral
home from 1 p.m. until the time of the service. Burial will be at Pine
Grove Cemetery in the spring.
Loretta June Cadotte, 57, of Mackinac Island, Michigan passed away
July 28, 2001 in Forida.
She was born on June 25, 1944 to Frederick and Elizabeth (Cadreau)
She is survived by nine children, Elizabeth Ruth Fournier, Anna Marie
Fournier, Merlin James Fournier, Jr., Paul Evan Fournier all of Michigan,
Kenneth William Kelley, Marcus Jerone Kelley, Christina Morgan all of Florida,
and Gilbert, whereabouts unknown; five grandchildren, Kimberly and James
Garlinghouse, Stephanie and Jasmine Fournier all of Michigan, and Rachelle
of Florida; six brothers and sisters, Christine, Pauline, Mary, Lois, Janet
Loretta was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Jeffrey Edward
Fournier; seven brothers and sisters, Johnny, Edward, Elizabeth, Joseph,
Kenneth, Phoebe, and an infant brother, James.
There will be a private service held for her on Mackinac Island where
she will be laid to rest with her mother and father.
Anyone wishing to send condolences may send them to: P.O. Box 249,
DeTour Village, MI 49725-0249 in care of Anna Marie Fournier.
Robert L. Wagner, 68, went to be with his Lord, Wednesday, January
Robert was a member of Plumbers and Pipe Fitters Local 388 in Lansing
until his retirement. He was a former Sault man, moving to Lansing when
he was a young lad.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Debra Fitchett; his mother,
Dorothy Joyce of Lansing and father, Lloyd Wagner of the Sault.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Julie; and five children, daughter,
Patty Miller of Lansing, and sons, Ronald of DeWitt, Robert of Lansing,
Gerald of St. Johns and James of Mason. Also surviving are his stepmother,
Gert Wagner of Sault Ste. Marie; six brothers, Tom Horton of Gwinn, Del
LeVasseur of Butte, Mont., Danny Wagner of Ala., Gene Wagner of Redford,
Bill of Charleston, S.C., and Kevin Joyce of Lansing. Two sisters also
survive, Ida Downs and Bonnie Freeborn of Sault Ste. Marie.
Cremation has already taken place, but memorials can be made in his
memory to Ingham Hospice of Lansing or Breslin Cancer Center.
Bonnie Kaye Wilds, 62, of Brimley, Michigan passed away late Sunday
night, January 27, 2002 at her home.
Bonnie was born June 15, 1939 in Marquette, Michigan, the daughter
of the late Hugo and Jane (Karnatowski) Williamson. Mrs. Bonnie Wilds was
the wife of the late Marlow D. Wilds (1974); mother of Shelley (Rod) Hutte
of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan; Jennifer Wilds of Brimley, Michigan; Michael
(Susan) Wilds of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan; and Nathan (Kathy) Wilds of
Midland, Michigan. Also surviving are three sisters, Mary (Dr. Brian) Youngs
and Pamela Williamson both of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan; Wendy Williamson
of Menasha, Wisconsin; and one brother, Peter (Wendy) Williamson of Duluth,
Minnesota. Mrs. Wilds is also survived by her grandchildren, Derek and
Marquita Wilds, Mandy and Ian Hutte; and her grandchild-at-heart, Travis
TenEyck; and one great-grandchild, Paige Kowalski; as well as many nieces
Bonnie was a 1957 graduate of Sault High and received the prestigious
"Betty Crocker Homemaker of Tomorrow" award during her senior year. She
was a loving, caring and generous mother and grandmother. While raising
her four children, she was a "hockey mom" and a surrogate mother to all
of her children's friends. Over the years, Bonnie was active in numerous
community organizations such as the I-500, Salmon Derby, Sault Hockey Association
and the Soo Indians Hockey Club. She was a member of the Elks Club. She
loved to knit, do crossword puzzles and was an avid reader. She was famous
among her family and friends for her fabulous cooking. Most of all Bonnie
will be remembered for her generosity, humor, and warm kindness which filled
the hearts of all who knew here. May she find comfort and fly with the
Angels she loves so much.
Visitation for Bonnie Wilds will be held at Hovie Funeral Home on Wednesday,
January 30 from 5 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held at Hovie Funeral
Home on Thursday, January 31 at 11 a.m. with Father Ted Brodeur officiating.
Interment will take place at Oaklawn Chapel Gardens.
John A. "Jack" Strandholm, 76, beloved husband of Cleda, passed away
Monday morning, January 28, 2002 at the Riverside Osteopathic Hospital
in Trenton, Michigan.
Born to Swedish immigrant parents on May 30, 1925 in St. Petersburg,
Florida, he moved to Michigan's Upper Peninsula shortly after birth and
spent his childhood years in Hessel, Michigan. He enlisted in the Navy/Seabees
at the age of 18 as a carpenter's mate and served in the Pacific Theater
during World War II.
He retired as an assistant superintendent from the Cadillac Motor Car
Company in Detroit where he had worked for 30 years. He spent his retirement
years on Beavertail Bay near Cedarville wintering in Florida.
Jack was a member of the Hessel Presbyterian Church, the American Legion
and VFW Law-White Post #7958 of Hessel, Michigan. He was well liked for
his sense of humor and his ability to make everyone feel at ease. He was
respected by all for his wisdom and insight. He was well read and enjoyed
a variety of interests. His favorite pastimes were woodworking and tending
his flower gardens on the shores of Lake Huron.
He is surviving by his loving wife, Cleda of 49 years; two sons, John
(and his wife Lori) and Jeffery; one daughter, Karen; grandchildren, John
(JC) and Katie; one sister, Margaret Muscoe; nieces, Sandra Kingston and
Sheryl Purdy and their families and the many members of Cleda's family.
Jack was preceded in death by his parents, John and Hannah Strandholm;
and his nephews, David Muscoe.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, January 31 from 4 until 8 p.m.
at the Reamer Funeral Home in Pickford.
Funeral services for Jack will be held on Friday, February 1 at 1 p.m.
at the Reamer Funeral Home with Rev. Robert Ensign officiating. Burial
will be in Cedar Cemetery in Cedarville in the spring.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be left to the Motor Neuron Disease
Fund, 1914/0316 Taubman Center, University of Michigan Health System, Ann
Arbor, Michigan 48109-0316 or the Hessel Presbyterian Church, Hessel, Michigan
Edna B. Sweeney, 84, of Charlotte Beach, Barbeau, Michigan passed away
at 8:15 p.m. January 28, 2002 at Tendercare in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.
She was born in Pickford, Michigan on August 29, 1917 and lived in the
Pickford area for many years before moving to Barbeau.
Edna was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother and was employed for
a time at Kincheloe Air Force Base. She enjoyed her family, dancing, playing
cards and traveling.
She is survived by three daughters, Connie (Dale) McConkey and Patricia
(Tom) Lamb of Pickford, and Sharon (Bill) Ryan of Taylor, Michigan; two
sons, Michael (Marilyn) Sweeney of Cedarville, Michigan and John Sweeney
of Barbeau; 13 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
Also surviving are sisters-in-law, Loreen Harrison of Bark River and Bea
Harrison of Pickford; and brothers-in-law, Aaron Sweeney of Kincheloe,
and Rudy Sherlund of Cedarville.
On June 4, 1936, Edna was married to Richard Sweeney in Barbeau. Richard
preceded her in death on January 31, 1997. She was also preceded in death
by her parents, Wilford and Myrtle Harrison; one son, James; four infant
sons; her brothers, Everett and McGowan "Mac" Harrison; and her sister,
At Edna's request, no visitation will be held. A Memorial Mass will
be held on Thursday, January 31 at 10 a.m. at the Holy Family Catholic
Church in Barbeau with Fr. John Hascall celebrant. The family will receive
friends from 9 a.m. until time of services.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to the Holy Family
The Reamer Funeral Home of Pickford, Michigan is handling arrangements.
BURGESS, LEONA, 74, of Trout Lake died January 29, 2002 at Marquette
General Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete, and handled by Dodson Funeral
Home, St. Ignace.
CURTIS, IVA, 96, of Sault Ste. Marie passed away January 29, 2002 at
War Memorial Hospital. Mrs. Curtis was born on May 30, 1905 in Bruce Township.
Funeral arrangements will be announced by Hovie Funeral Home.
Joy D. (Osmar) Young, 76, passed away on Sunday, May 26, 2002 in Portland,
Joy was born on September 10, 1925 in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. She
married James P. Young in 1947. She was a homemaker and a member of Christ
the King Catholic Church in Milwaukie, Oregon.
She is preceded in death by her husband (1986), parents, two brothers
and one grandson.
She is survived by four sons: Russel, Terry, Patrick, and Jeffery Young;
two daughters: Pamela Cooper and Nanette Young; two brothers, Loring Osmar
and Leo Osmar; three sisters: Rita Tanner, Lorelei Babich, and Therese
Coleman; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 31 at
Christ the King Catholic Church in Milwaukie, Oregon.
Arrangements by Hillside Chapel, Oregon City, Oregon.
Robert Mcdowell Aldrich passed away on Saturday, May 25, 2002 in St.
Luke's Hospital in Milwaukee, Wisc. following a lengthy illness.
He was born in Battle Creek, Mich. on December 14, 1925, and graduated
from Sault Area High School in 1944.
Bob served in the U.S. Army in 1945-1946, and was a member of the pioneer
class of Lake Superior State University. He transferred to Northern Michigan
University in 1948, and graduated in 1950. In 1956, he married Betty Jane
Rasmussen of Milwaukee, Wisc., who survives him.
Other survivors include his sister, Mary M. (Francis, Bud) Mansfield
of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., sister-in-law, Ruth Danks, of Milwaukee, Wisc.
and a number of nieces and nephews.
George R. Moyer, 50, of 120 Bluewater Drive in Sault Ste. Marie, died
on May 28, 2002.
George was born on October 6, 1951 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
He served in the U.S. Army, and retired in June of 1991. His most recent
employer was Precision Edge Surgical Products Company in Sault, Mich.
He was an active member of the First United Presbyterian Church, and
a ASA umpire for Sault Men's Slowpitch Softball Association for several
He is survived by his wife Jan (Aldrich), as well as a daughter Jackie
(Bob) Rose of Troy, Ill. Bob is also survived by his parents, Donald and
Lois Moyer of Sault, Mich.; brothers: Donald A. (Debbie) Moyer of South
Beloit, Ill.; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Audrey and Charles Zane;
sister-in-law, Betty Aldrich; two granddaughters, Ashleigh Marie Rose and
Miranda Lynn Rose of Troy, Ill.; one grandson, Hayden Robert Rose of Troy,
Ill.; an aunt, Patricia (Richard) Frick; an uncle, George (Helen) Klein;
and several nieces and nephews.
Services will be held on Saturday, June 1 at 11 a.m. at First United
Presbyterian Church at 1901 Johnston St. in Sault, Mich. Reverand David
N. Henderson will officiate.
Memorials may be left to First United Presbyterian Re-building Fund
in memory of George R. Moyer.
Bertie Bowerman, 86, of Hulbert, Mich. died on Tuesday, May 28, 2002
after a long battle with Alzheimer's Disease at Helen Newberry Joy Hospital
Annex in Newberry, Mich.
She was born on August 29, 1915 in Magoffin County, Kentucky to William
and Rebecca (Bradley) Arnett. She married Leon Bowerman on January 28,
1933 in Carlshed, Mich.
Bertie worked at Willow Run Bomber Plant in Ypsilanti during World
War II. She owned and operated a restaurant and 10 cabins in Hulbert for
18 years. She was manager and head cook at Schensul's Cafeteria in Roger's
Plaza, Wyoming, Mich. for several years. She was also manager and head
cool at Lake Isabella Loung in Weidman for two years.
Bertie's door was always open to family and friends. She loved to cook
and work in her vegetable and flower gardens. Bertie enjoyed bowling and
playing cards. Her crocheting specialty was afghans made with "granny"
squares. During the winter months, years ago, when the restaurant was closed,
she would move the tables and chairs aside and invite her children's school
chums in for taffy pulls, dances and homemade ice cream.
Bertie was always "young at heart." She would go river rafting in the
Chippewa River in an innertube with her children and grandchildren when
she was nearing 70 years old. She couldn't swim, but she said she knew
her kids would save her if she fell in. A picnic wasn't complete without
Bertie's fried chicken and potato salad. She was a special mom, grandma
and friend, and will be dearly missed by all.
She was preceded in death by her husband; daughter, Carolyn Dewitt
DelToro; son-in-law, William Dewitt; grandson, Leon Thomas Dewitt; father,
William Arnett; mother, Rebecca Noble; step-father, Oscar Noble; brothers:
Henry Arnett and Lonny Noble; and sister, Billy (Noble) Tanner.
Bertie is survived by two sons: Leon (Emma) Bowerman Jr. of Lake Isabella,
Martin (Deanna) Bowerman of Alma; three daughters: June (Roger) Peake of
Hulbert, JoAnne (Lee) Donaldson of Newberry, and Lela (Earl) Avery of Hulbert;
two sisters: Betty Lambert of Marquette and Nettie Coughlin of Grand Rapids.
She is also survived by 17 grandchildren, 10 step-grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren,
20 step-great-grandchildren, 2 great-great-grandchildren, 2 step-great-great-grandchildren
and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 1 at 11 a.m. at the Hulbert
United Methodist Church with Pastor Virginia Bell officiating. Interment
will follow at the Hulbert Township Cemetery.
Friends may call at the Beaulieu Funeral Home in Newberry on Friday,
May 31, from 5-8 p.m. and also at the church on Saturday, June 1, from
10 a.m. until the time of services.
Those who wish may contribute to the Marquette-Alger Chapter of the
Alzheimer's Association, 710 Chippewa Square, Suite 201, Marquette, MI
49855 in memory of Bertie Bowerman.
Beaulieu Funeral Home in Newberry is assisting the family.
Vincent Joseph LaPlaunt, 45, of St. Ignace died on May 28, 2002 at
Northern Michigan Hospital.
He was born in Sault Ste. Marie, on August 19, 1956.
He is predeceased by his adoptive parents, Edwin and Irene (Vincenzetti)
He is survived by Kathy Peterson and the wonderful staff at the Adult
Foster Care home, in St. Ignace, where he lived, as well as several aunts,
uncles, and cousins.
Visitation will be Friday, May 31 from 6-8 p.m. at Dodson Funeral Home,
St. Ignace, Mich. Cremation will follow on Saturday.
Memorials may be directed to the Adult Foster Care Center in St. Ignace,
with envelopes available from Dodson Funeral Home.
Eleta Papineau died May 2, 2000 at the Payson Care Center in Payson,
She was born November 6, 1905 in Sault Ste. Marie.
She is survived by her three children, Muriel Cooper of Sault Ste.
Marie, Patrick Papineau of Marlborough, Conn., and Michael Papineau of
Pine, Ariz.; seven grandsons and seven great-grandchildren.
A private memorial service was held in Pine, Ariz. on May 10.
VIGEANT, VIRGINIA S., 82, of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. died May 22, 2000
at Tendercare Nursing Home in the Sault. Arrangements were made through
Ross Memorial in Pickford, Mich.
Dean E. Pennington of 5500 W. Houghton Lake Road, Lake city, Michigan
died Wednesday, September 6, 2000 at his home. He was 74.
He was born May 24, 1926 in Pickford to Frank and Margaret (Nelson)
Pennington. Mr. Pennington was a veteran of World War II, serving in the
U.S. Army Air Corps. He was a life member of the V.F.W. No. 7958 in Hessel,
the American Legion Post No. 300 in Lake city, and the AMVETs Post #110
in Cadillac. He was employed by the Michigan Department of Transportation
for 35 years, retiring in 1981. He operated a Lawn Boy Service until 1999.
Survivors include his wife, Janet (Pat); son, Frank (Sue) Pennington
of East Jordan; daughters, Lynn (John) Gustafon of Lansing, Pamela (Mike)
Holland of Reed City, and Carol (Tim) Heck of Battle Creek; brother, Maitland
(Patricia) Pennington of Sault Ste. Marie; sister, Edna (Jack) Roe of Sault
Ste. Marie; and grandchildren, Ryan, Stuart, Devon, Christopher, Luke,
Marcie, Tricia, Jenna and Jarrod.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Phyllis.
Services were held Saturday, September 9 at Young Funeral Home in Lake
City with Rev. Richard Budden officiating. Burial will be in Oaklawn Chapel
Gardens in Sault Ste. Marie.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Missaukee County Cancer Fund
in Lake City, MI 49651.
Lilian Ethel Harvey McNitt, 87, died Friday, September 15, 2000 at
Myrtle Beach Manor following an illness.
Mrs. McNitt was born January 11, 1913 in Andover Hampshire, England,
a daughter of the late Frederick William and Annie Withers Harvey.
Surviving are her husband, James McNitt of North Myrtle Beach; one
son, William McNitt of Ann Arbor, Mich.; one daughter, Patricia McNitt
of Norfolk, Va.; and two granddaughters, Sarah and Rebecca McNitt.
Goldfinch Funeral Home, Beach Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
No services are planned.
Amelia R. Cicco of Park Street, Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. passed away
Monday, September 18, 2000 at Tendercare Nursing Home. She was born April
23, 1917 in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada.
Mrs. Cicco owned and operated Amelia's Beauty Salon for 20 years in
Sault Ste. Marie. She was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church and
Christopher Columbus Ladies Auxiliary.
She is survived by one son, Joseph (Theresa) Cicco in Sault Ste. Marie,
Mich.; two grandchildren, Nicholas Cicco of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., and
Eileen Lawler of Elmhurst, Ill.; and two great-grandchildren, Zachary and
Michael. Survived also by her best friend, Angeline Caster of Sault Ste.
Marie, Mich.; sister-in-law, Katie Bumbaco; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, Frank and Orlando Bumbaco;
and parents, Dominic and Louise (Suriano) Bumbaco.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, September 20 from 6 until 9 p.m.
at Clark Bailey Newhouse Funeral Home with Prayers at 8 p.m. Services will
be held Thursday, September 21, 10 a.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church
with Father Pawel Mecwel and Father Don Shiroda. Final resting place will
be in Oaklawn Chapel Gardens.
Lucy (Barcelli) Vincigurra passed away on January 4, 2001 in Garden
City Park, N.Y. Lucy was born in Sault Ste. Marie on August 1924. She was
the daughter of the late Mary and Pillegrino Barcelli. She lived for many
years in N.Y. where she married her husband, Pat, who is now deceased.
She is survived by a loving daughter, Joy (Jae) DiDonato and one grandson,
Justin who reside in Garden City, N.Y.
Lucy was a great Mother and Grandmother. She loved to play Bingo, work
in her vegetable garden, and was a great Italian cook.
She is also survived by three sisters, Margaret Nault of Sault Ste.
Marie, Frances Bernard of DeTour, and Amelia Anderson of Calif.
She was preceded in death by three brothers, James of Kansas City,
Joseph of Sault Ste. Marie, and Tony of Marietta, Ohio; also one sister,
Anne Crisp of Sault Ste. Marie.
They will surely miss Lucy. May she rest in peace.
A Memorial Service in the spring will be announced at a later date.
William H. Matheson, 76, of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan passed away
due to complications arising from Parkinson's disease at 9 a.m. on Thursday,
January 25, 2001 at Tendercare Nursing Home.
He was born on July 12, 1924 in Ashland, Wisc., the son of the late
Morley C. and Anne T.. Matheson. Their family moved to Sault Ste. Marie
in 1926. After graduation from Sault High School in 1942, he entered the
Army. He served with the Field Artillery of the Americal Division in the
South Pacific, the Philippines, and Japan until his discharge in 1945.
For a time he was a tugman working at various locations in the Great Lakes.
Then he purchased and operated the Matheson's Service Station at the intersection
of Portage and Brady. He retired in 1984. His memberships included the
Central United Methodist Church, the American Legion, and the Americal
He is survived by his wife, Cecelia (Shadnaw) Matheson, whom he married
on January 19, 1963. He is also survived by two sisters, Virginia Blankenship
of Lake Kiowa, Texas and Mary Lou Gregory of Dearborn, Mich.; one brother,
John Matheson of Kincheloe, Mich.; and seven nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, January 27 at
Hovie Funeral Home. Friends may call at the funeral home from 1 p.m. until
the time of the service. Interment will be at Riverside Cemetery in the
Memorials may be left to Hospice of Chippewa County.
Edward Carl Ojibway of E. 15 Mile Road in Barbeau died on Tuesday,
March 27, 2001 at Garden City Osteopathic Hospital in Garden City.
He was born on Oct. 21, 1916 on Neebish Island.
He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and received a 40-year
pin as an operating engineer in heavy equipment during his working years.
His wife, Evelyn Maxine (Nichols) Ojibway died on Nov. 24, 1990.
Survivors include three sons and six daughters: Phillip Ojibway of
Warren; Joseph (Suzanne) Ojibway of Ft. Myers, Fla.; Ken Ojibway, also
of Ft. Myers; Rita Ojibway of Inkster; Ruth Ojibway-LaMotte, also of Inkster;
Ellen (Frank) Quinlivan of Redford; Rebecca (Daniel) Palac of Westland;
Connie Gray of Livonia and Deborah (Christopher) Larcinese of Longmont,
He is also survived by three brothers and a sister: Phillip Ojibway
of Lubbock, Tex.; Joseph Ojibway of Barbeau; John "Jack" Ojibway of North
Pole, Alaska and Jeanniene Eggert of Muskegon. Also surviving are nine
grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn (Nichols) Ojibway, who
died on Nov. 24, 1990; two brothers: Leo and Austin; three sisters: Rita,
Ruth and Mary and his parents, Joseph and Helen (Brander) Ojibway.
Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday, Apr. 3 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Clark Bailey Newhouse Funeral Home. Prayers will
be at 8 p.m.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, Apr. 4 at 11 a.m. at Holy
Family Catholic Church in Barbeau.
His final resting place will be at Oaklawn Chapel Gardens.
Waldo Jefferson Ely, age 85 of 601 E. M-28 in Munising, died on Friday,
March 30, 2001 at 5:25 p.m. at Marquette General Hospital one week after
open heart surgery.
Waldo was born Sept. 1, 1915 to Ward B. and Nancy M. (Rose) Ely in
Lacey Creek, Kent. After the flood of 1926, the family suffered losses
of home, business, sickness and the death of children. They moved to Redwine,
Kent. and his mother suffered a mental breakdown and was put in a sanitarium
in Lexington, Kent.
The rest of the family moved to Moorehead, Kent. From there they went
to Sharonville, O. For a time, his father worked in the coal mines.
When Waldo was fourteen, they moved to Sault Ste. Marie and stayed
with relatives. Waldo worked at the Ojibway Hotel, went to school and learned
the artistry of taxidermy. He met Marie Bergeron and they were married
Of this union, nine children were born. In 1937 they moved to Munising.
Waldo worked at many jobs, some of which were: The Shooting Gallery; Ely's
Taxidermy Shop and Munising Wooden Ware, where he suffered an industrial
accident and was disabled for many years.
He lived in Island View Addition for 61 years. He was a fire warden
in Wetmore until its closing for 39 years with the U.S. Forest Service.
He worked construction on buildings both in Marquette and Munising. He
did saw and skate sharpening, locksmithing, filing, sign-making, rubber
stamps and numerous odd jobs.
Waldo enjoyed hunting, being a guide, fishing and talking about old
times to his many friends and relatives.
Surviving children are: Maxine (Donald) Thomas of Shingleton; Richard
(Mary) Ely of New London, Wis.; Nancy Benson Ely of Munising; Francis Ely
of Fort Pierce, Fla.; Jerry (Bonnie) Ely of Negaunee; Paul (Debra) Ely
of Anchor Point, Ark.; John (Linda) Ely of Shingleton and Dellrose (Terry)
Kovarik of Green Bay, Wis.; brothers-in-law Glenn Sachse of Norfolk, Va.
and Jerry (Eldine) Bergeron of Sault Ste. Marie; 34 grandchildren, 57 great-grandchildren,
two great-great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by: His parents; his wife Marie; son Joseph
Ely; grandsons Randall, Paul and David and two great-grandchildren, all
his sisters, brothers, aunts and uncles are also deceased but we shall
all meet again someday.
Waldo accepted the Lord Jesus as his personal Savior.
Friends may call at Bowerman Funeral Home tonight from 5 p.m. until
8 p.m. A parish Vigil Service will be conducted at 7 p.m. The funeral will
be on Monday, Apr. 2, 2001 at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in
Interment will be at Donaldson Cemetery near Sault Ste. Marie.
QUACK, MARTHA H.,92, of Battle Creek died on Thursday, March 29, 2001
at Battle Creek Health Center. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and
will be announced later by Hovie Funeral Home.