Miscellaneous Chippewa County, Michigan Obituaries

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JUDITH ROSS
Judith "Judy" Ross, 59, of M-48 Rudyard, Mich. passed away unexpectedly at 7:51 a.m. on Tuesday morning, August 15, 2000 at War Memorial Hospital in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.
Judy was born in Vermontville, Mich. on September 8, 1940. She spent her early years in Vermontville, Mich. and graduated from Vermontville High School class of 1958. She continued her education at Ferris State College graduating with an associates degree in Secretary skills and also attended Northwest Christian College in Minneapolis, Minn. She moved to Rudyard with her husband 36 years ago from Vermontville, Mich.
She was the secretary to the superintendent at Rudyard High School and had been employed for Rudyard Area School for 28 years. She was a member of the Grace Bible Church of Fibre, Mich. and the Antique Tractor Association. Judy enjoyed handcrafts, gardening and reading.
She is survived by her husband, Kenneth W. Ross who she married on August 29, 1964 in Vermontville, Mich.; three sons, Wayne (Dawn) Ross of Petoskey, Mich., Russell (fiancˇe-Kelly) of Phoenix, Ariz., and Gerald (Amanda) Ross of Linden, Mich.; four grandchildren, twin boys Adam and David Ross, Rebekah Ross and Rachael Ross; two brothers, James Faust of Vermontville, Mich., and Douglas (Mary Lou) Faust of Charlotte, Mich.; three sisters, Marlene (Richard) Lewellyn of Vermontville, Mich., Yvonne (Mickey) Henry of Lake Odessa, Mich., and Diane (Dennis) Houdek of Jacksonville, Fla.; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Leslie and Aubra Faust.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, August 17 from 4 until 8 p.m. at the Reamer Funeral Home in Pickford, Mich.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, August 18 at 1 p.m. at the Reamer Funeral Home with Rev. LeRoy Case officiating. Burial will be in Oaklawn Chapel Gardens.
Memorials may be left to the Rudyard Ambulance Corps or the Rudyard High School Memorial Scholarship Fund.

JAMES WATCHORN
James Robert Watchorn, 65, of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan passed away Tuesday afternoon, April 10, 2001 at his home.
Mr. Watchorn was born in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan on November 2, 1935. He was active in coaching Little League baseball and later Amateur Hockey in Sault Ste. Marie. He enjoyed playing softball and watching the Tigers, the Red Wings and the Lions.
He is survived by his wife, Alice M. Watchorn whom he married September 12, 1959 in Baraga, Mich.; three sons, James Robert (Mary) Watchorn of Fairfield, Ohio, Timothy Lowell Watchorn of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., and Ronald Todd (JoAnn) Watchorn of Elkhart, Ind.; two daughters, Brenda Marie Watchorn and Cynthia Inez (Mick) Pieri both of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.; and six grandchildren, Alison, Michael, Katie, Jake, Tim and Robert. He is also survived by three brothers, Harold (Shirley) Watchorn of Elkhart, Ind., Albert (Donna) Watchorn of Edwardsberg, Mich., and Herbert Watchorn of Mishiwaki, Mich.; two sisters, Freeda Chisolm of Houston, Texas, and Hazel (Donald) Sanders of Bristol, Ind., and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William J. and Edith (Hart) Watchorn; and a brother, William Watchorn.
Funeral services will be held at 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 12 at Hovie Funeral Home. Friends may call at the funeral home from 4 p.m. until the time of the service.

MATILDA HUYCK
Matilda "Tillie" Huyck, 89, of M-129 Pickfod, Michigan passed away at 10:30 p.m. on Wednesday night, April 11, 2001 at War Memorial Hospital in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.
Tillie was born on February 23, 1912 in Pickford Township and was a lifelong resident of Pickford.
She was a member of the Pickford Presbyterian Church. Tillie enjoyed canning and her entries won many blue ribbons at the Pickford and Stalwart fairs for many years. She also loved to hunt and fish with her husband, Lester.
She is survived by two daughters, Gwendolyn Huyck of Pickford, Mich. and Sharon (Tom) Smith of Olivet, Mich.; five grandchildren, Robert (Ruth) Erickson, Steven (Gloria) Erickson, Michelle Jenks, Thomas (Lesa) Smith Jr., and Kari (Bill) Moss; 12 great-grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Lester on June 24, 1991; one brother, William Raynard; and her parents, John and Dolly Raynard.
Visitation will be held on Friday, April 13 from 3 until 8 p.m. at the Reamer Funeral Home in Pickford, Mich. Funeral services will be on Saturday, April 14 at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Laura Stellmon officiating. Burial will be in Oaklawn Chapel Gardens. 
Memorials may be left to the Pickford Presbyterian Church.

CHRIS KETRING
Chris Layne Ketring, 45, of 4 Allenwood Lane, Greer went to join his Lord and Savior at 3 p.m. on April 10, 2001. He was born in Dayton, Ohio, a retired MSgt., USAF, a mathematics instructor for ECPI Technical College in Greenville, S.C. and a volunteer tutor for Greenville Literacy Association. In 1998, he hiked the entire Appalachian Trail. He attended Greenville Friends meetings.
Surviving are his parents, Reed and Mary E. Ketring of DeTour Village, Mich.; one daughter, Elaine Marie Ketring of Norman, Okla.; two brothers, Terry Ketring of the home and Alan Ketring of Columbia, Mo.; one sister, Dawn Lechler of Bolivar, Ohio; one grandson, Keylan Layne Ketring.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice Care of South Caroline, 1415 Augusta Street, Greenville, S.C. 29605.

RICHARD ROAN
Richard D. Roan, 69, of 1024 Sims Street, DeTour Village, Michigan passed away at his home at 4:10 p.m. on Saturday afternoon, October 20, 2001.
Richard was born on November 7, 1931 in Lansing, Michigan. He graduated from Michigan State University with a Master of Arts Degree in Education and moved to DeTour Village in 1963, where he was employed by DeTour Area Schools as Head of the English Department, teaching senior English for his entire career. He was the Athletic Director for many years where he coached many students in all of the schools sports. He became the school Principal in 1967 and served in that position until his retirement in 1997. His dedication to education lead to his involvement in the State Rules Committee for Education, the Michigan High School Association, the Upper Peninsula High School Association, the Eastern Upper Peninsula Conference, the Principals Association and the Athletic Association. He was named the Athletic Director of the year in 1994. He was a member of the Potterville Masonic Lodge # 367 F.&A.M., served in the U.S. Navy and was an avid reader.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Rachel (Heinze) whom he married in Angola, Indiana on December 20, 1949; one son, Patrick Richard (Tina) Roan of DeTour Village, Michigan; four grandchildren, Danna Rae Schmitter, Matthew Richard Barrett, Ryan Patrick Roan and Devin Michael Roan; two step-grandchildren, David Moser Jr. and Matthew James Moser; three great-grandchildren, Hayden and Gabrielle Schmitter and Alexander Moser; one sister, Beverly (Robert) Cooper of Charlotte, Michigan and one brother-in-law, Ronald Heinze of Potterville, Michigan.
He was predeceased by a daughter, Jacqueline on June 24, 2000; and a sister, Betty Heinze. His parents, Harold and Edna Roan, also preceded Richard in death.
At his request no visitation will be held. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 27 at 4 p.m. at the DeTour Area School gymnasium. Interment will be private.
The Reamer Funeral Home of Pickford, Michigan, is handling arrangements.

BEVERLY EDWARD
A funeral service will be held Wednesday, October 24, for Beverly Ruth Edward, a resident of Sault Ste. Marie. Mrs. Edward died Monday, October 22, 2001 at War Memorial Hospital after a long illness. She was 84, born on July 4, 1917 to Maye DePew and Clare Montieth Smith, a former Circulation Director of The Sault Evening News. Beverly Edward was predeceased in 1963 by her husband, William F. Edward, Sr.
Mrs. Edward graduated from Sault High School in 1936.
She was a secretary for the Prosecuting Attorney's Office, and prior to that was Secretary to City Managers Wilbur Cotton and Richard Larsen.
She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Sault Ste. Marie and prior to her illness was active in choir and other church activities. She was also a member of the First Baptist Church of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
In addition, Beverly Edward was active in community events and was a member of the Mary Wood Chorus.
Mrs. Edward leaves one son, William F. (Bill) of Hong Kong, SAR, China; and a brother, Robert A. Smith of Dafter, Mich. She was predeceased by two sisters, Mrs. Virginia (Allen) Barrows and Mrs. Kathryn (Russell) Shobbrook; and two brothers, Mr. Richard Smith and Mr. Clare M. Smith. Mrs. Edward is survived by many nieces, nephews and grandnieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held at Hovie Funeral Home on Wednesday, October 24, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday immediately following the visiting hours at Hovie Funeral Home. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery. The family has requested that memorials in the name of Beverly R. Edward be made to War Memorial Hospital. They may be sent to the Beverly R. Edward Memorial Fund, 206 Bluewater Drive, Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan 49783.
Pallbearers will be James R. Atkins, Richard McBryde, Tom McBryde, Gil Somes and Greg Wabeke. Serving as honorary pallbearers are Farrell Elliott and Robert A. Smith.

WILLIAM ASKWITH
William H. Askwith, 85, of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan passed away at his home on October 20, 2001. William was born in Rudyard, Michigan on July 12, 1916. He was an auto mechanic for 40 years. He enjoyed ballroom dancing, fishing, gardening and long drives.
His parents, William and Adeleine (Foisy) Askwith; his brother, Albert; and sister, Georgina (McKee) preceded him in death.
A devoted friend, brother, father and grandfather, William is survived by two brothers, Elmer and Roy Askwith both of Sault Ste. Marie; one son, William H. Askwith, Jr. of Las Vegas, Nevada; four daughters, Theresa (Duane) Nelson of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, Faith Ann Walker of Decatur, Texas, E. Lillian (Henry) Beaudry of St. Paul, Minnesota, and Blanche (Raymond) Rohr of Oakdale, Minnesota. He has 24 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. His very dear friend and companion, Jean Mertaugh also survives him.
According to William's wishes, there will be no visitation and cremation has taken place. Private services will be held in the spring.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Hospice of Chippewa County.
Arrangements are being handled by Clark Bailey Newhouse Funeral Home.

HELEN KATRE
Helen Katre of Las Vegas, Nevada passed away Friday, October 19, 2001 at Nathan Adelson Hospice, Las Vegas, Nevada. She was born January 10, 1939 in St. Louis, Mo.
Mrs. Katre lived in Boston from 1962 to 1988 and has lived in Las Vegas, Nevada since. She was a member of St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church and of the Ladies Philoptochos of St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church. She was a librarian at the Hellenic College for 22 years.
She is survived by her husband, Ilia Katre of Las Vegas, Nev.; mother, Dhimitra Sotira of Las Vegas, Nev.; a son, Mark Katre of Reno, Nev.; a daughter, Eugenia Kourlos of Boston, Mass.; a brother, George Sotira of Las Vegas, Nev.; two sisters, Dora Jorgavan of St. Louis, Mo. and Antinette Wadlow of Henderson, Nev.; and two grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her father, Nikola Sotira.
Visitation will be held Thursday, October 25 from 11-11:45 a.m. at Clark Bailey Newhouse Funeral Home. Graveside services will be held at 12 noon at Riverside Cemetery. 
Memorial contributions may be made to the Ladies Philoptochos Memorial Fund in c/o St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church, 5300 S. El Camino Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89118.

ELAINE DREWS
Elaine B. (nee Tavern) Drews, 80, of Menomonee Falls, Wisc., formerly of Oshkosh, Wisc. passed away Monday, December 3, 2001. 
Beloved wife of the late Norman; dear mother of Carol (Steve) Burgett and Dr. Gary (Dr. Janet Shaw) Drews; grandmother of Matthew and Julie Burgett; sister of Lillian Sherer, Gilda Teets and Clara Lessard; sister-in-law of Lawrence (Margerite) Drews, Eva (the late Erwin) Drews and Phyllis (the late Leonard) Drews.
Further survived by other relatives and friends. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, Dec. 8 at 9 a.m. at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, N88 W17588 Christian Rd., Menomonee Falls. Please meet at the church. Visitation will be at the Schmidt & Bartelt Funeral Home Friday, Dec. 7 from 5-7 p.m. Entombment at Lakeview Memorial Park, Oshkosh. 
Memorials may be given to Good Shepherd Catholic Church or the charity of your choice.

Charito Williams
Charito C. Williams, 77, of James Terrace, Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. passed away on Wednesday, June 26, 2002 at Northern Michigan Hospital in Petoskey, Mich.
Dear Aunt of Alicia Bernardo of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Beloved grandmother of Arlene (Joe) Childs, Jemellee Seletaria and Olen Bernardo. Loving great-grandma of Alex Childs. Remembered by her many nieces and nephew. She will be sadly missed by all her cherished friends.
Memorial Mass will be Saturday, June 29th, at 11 a.m. at St. Mary's Pro Cathedral with Father Sebastian Kavumkal officiating.
Clark Bailey Newhouse Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

BONNIE ROGERS
Bonnie L. Rogers of Sault Ste. Marie died Sunday, February 4, 2001 in Traverse City, Michigan. She was born March 14, 1920 in Trout Creek, Michigan, to Dr. Ward K. and LeVerne B. Porter. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in English from Northern Michigan University in 1943. Following graduation she taught in Trout Creek, later moving to Escanaba where she was a librarian in the Escanaba school system. It was in Escanaba that she married Francis L. Rogers on July 12, 1947. In 1955, the family moved to Sault Ste. Marie. Bonnie taught English at Sault Junior High School for many years, retiring in June 1985.
Bonnie was an active member of St. James Episcopal Church where she served as a Eucharistic Minister. She was also a member of the Vestry and Altar Guild, and coordinator of Pathways. She was instrumental in acquiring the placement of the church on the National Register of Historic Places and in securing registration of its stained glass windows in the Michigan Stained Glass Census through Michigan State University's museum. She was very active in the War Memorial Hospital Auxiliary for many years, and served as the financial secretary and committee chair for volunteer hours. She was selected as Volunteer of the Year in 1994. She was also a member of Church Women United, recently serving as treasurer.
Bonnie was an avid golfer. She was a member of the Sault Ste. Marie Golf and Country Club and Evening Golf League. She enjoyed bowling and walking, was an avid reader, and traveled extensively in the U.S. and abroad.
She is survived by two daughters, Lynn Rogers of Charlotte, North Carolina, and Barbara (Chip) Duwe of Traverse City. Bonnie is also survived by three grandchildren, Matthew, Jeffrey and Kara.
Bonnie was preceded in death by her husband; parents; and two brothers, George M. and John K. Porter.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be directed to St. James Building Fund, War Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Memorial Fund, or Hospice.
A memorial service will be held at St. James Episcopal Church on Sunday, February 25 at 1 p.m.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home of Traverse City.

DONNA DeLORME
Donna Marie DeLorme, 51, died in the hospital at Cadillac, Michigan on February 2, 2001. A former resident of Sault Ste. Marie and Lansing, she resided in Houghton Lake. She was retired from State Civil Service at the time of her death.
Donna was predeceased by her parents, Harvey and Frances DeLorme, nee Boucher; paternal grandparents, John (Armand) and Delima DeLorme, nee LaFrenier; maternal grandparents, Frank and Nellie Boucher, nee Cabinaw; sister and brother-in-law, Barbara and Edward Pine.
She is a member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, and survived by sister, Theresa DeLorme; brothers, Harvey (Betty) DeLorme and Gerald (Theresa) DeLorme; nephews, Michael (Becky) Pine, Christopher DeLorme, and Jeffrey (Marlene) DeLorme; nieces, Janelle (Charles) Smith, Pamela DeLorme, Jolene DeLorme, and Jill (Robert) Baiar; great-nephews, Christopher, David and Douglas Pine, Christopher DeLorme, Jamar Smith, and Ryan DeLorme; great-niece, Shaylee Smith; great-great-nephew, Jonathan Pine; great-great-niece, Julie Pine.
A Memorial Mass will be said by Brother John Hascall of St. Isaac Jogues Church on a date to be announced. Burial will take place at Maple Ridge Cemetery on Sugar Island in the spring.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that remembrances be sent to St. Isaac Jogues Church building fund.

DOROTHY YGEAL
S. Dorothy Ygeal, 92, a lifelong resident of Raber/Stalwart area passed away at 5:30 a.m. on Monday morning, February 5, 2001 at War Memorial Hospital in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.
Dorothy was born in Raber, Michigan on May 23, 1908. She grew up in Raber and graduated from Sault High School class of 1925. She continued her education graduating from college normal in Ypsilanti, Mich.
She was a school teacher, teaching her first year on Lime Island and for the next 15 years, she taught at several country schools in Raber Township. She was a member of the St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Church of Goetzville, Michigan and enjoyed gardening, reading, was an animal lover and had a deep love for her family and grandchildren.
She is survived by two sons, Andrew A. Ygeal and Leo F. (Elizabeth) Ygeal both of Stalwart, Mich.; one daughter, Connie F. Ygeal of Kincheloe, Mich.; and four grandchildren, Carl, Shannon, Leo Jr. and Frank Ygeal.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, John on June 25, 1990; one granddaughter, Rachel Ygeal in 1982; her parents, Frank and Agnes (Trajnor) Dozbush; one brother, John Dozbush; and four sisters, Anna Bonk, Angeline Jurewicz, Mary Kloc and Hedwig Dozbush.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, February 10 at 11 a.m. at St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Church in Goetzville, Mich. with Fr. Jacek Wtyklo celebrant. Friends may call at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of service. Burial will be in the St. Stanislaus Cemetery in the spring. 
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be left to the St. Stanislaus Cemetery Fund.
Arrangements are being handled by the Reamer Funeral Home of Pickford, Mich.

FRANK ROACH, Jr.
Frank G. Roach, Jr., 71, of Crooked Tree Lane, Cedarville, Michigan passed away at 10:11 a.m. on Monday morning, February 5, 2001 at the Mackinac Straits Long Term Care Facility in St. Ignace, Michigan.
Frank was born in Detroit, Michigan on May 25, 1929. He had lived in Les Cheneaux from 1947 until 1952 and became a permanent resident in 1983, moving from Rochester, Michigan.
He retired in 1983 after 31 years with the Valeron Corporation in Madison Heights, Michigan where he was Vice President and served on the Board of Directors. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard from 1948 until 1952, was a member of Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church of Hessel where he served as a church usher, a member of St. Vincent's DePaul Society, the Les Cheneaux Sportsman's Club, the Les Cheneaux Lions Club and a former member of the Elks Lodge of Rochester, Michigan. He enjoyed fishing and hunting.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Rowena M. (Tassier) who he married on September 5, 1950 in Hessel, Michigan; two sons, Richard (Marlene) Roach of West Branch, Michigan and James Roach of Houston, Texas; one daughter, Patricia (Timothy) Sechowski of Romeo, Michigan; five grandchildren, Michael and Joni Roach, Matthew, Joshua and Jeremy Wade; and one sister, Exilda (Robert) Groux of Florida.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, February 7 from 4 until 8 p.m. with parish prayers at 7 p.m. at the Reamer Funeral Home in Pickford, Mich.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, February 8 at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church in Hessel, Mich. with Fr. Jerry Nowacki celebrant. Burial will be in Cedar Cemetery in Cedarville in the spring. 
Memorials may be left to Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church or the Clark Township Ambulance Corps.

HUGO MACKIE
Hugo Mackie, 75, died Monday, January 22, 2001 of natural causes.
Born August 15, 1925 in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, he lived in Oceanside for two years. He graduated from Rudyard High School class of 1943. He served in the Navy during World War II, 1943-45 as an Aviation Radioman. He worked at Chessie System Railroad, retiring on February 14, 1986. His first job was as an Evening News deliveryboy in 1938 on Seymour Street. He was a member of the Navy Aircore, Eagles, Retired Railroad and Boater of Whitelake. He was an avid fisherman and hunter.
Mr. Mackie is survived by his wife of 45 years, Angeline Mackie of Oceanside; son, Arne Mackie; daughters, Debbie Shelp and Sheryl Ann Mackie both of Oceanside; son-in-law, Gary Shelp of Oceanside; grandchildren, Chris Rector of Arizona and Ryan Shelp of Vista; great-grandchild, Gabby Rector of Arizona; and brother, Max of Rudyard.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and JoHanna Mackie of Rudyard.

HOWARD PRESLAN
Howard "Fritz" Preslan, 79, of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan passed away Monday, February 5, 2001 at the Mackinac Straits Nursing Home in St. Ignace, Michigan.
He was born November 28, 1921 in Soo Township, and was a member of the First Church of Christ and the V.F.W. He was employed with the Soo Line Railroad and the Canadian Pacific Railroad Bridge, later retiring from the railroad bridge. He was a Harley Davidson enthusiast and very active in the V.F.W.
Survivors include a son, Dennis Preslan of Fairbanks, Alaska; three daughters, JoAnn Ekberg of Fairbanks, Alaska, Shirley Smith of Eagle Point, Oregon, and Lisa Jourdan of Rochester, Washington; seven grandchildren; a brother, Melvin Preslan of the Sault; and a sister, Shirley Shufelt of the Sault.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Marie; parents, George and Hazel; and a sister, Frieda Allen.
Visitation will be held from 1 until 3 p.m. and from 5 until 6 p.m. Funeral services will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, February 8 at Hovie Funeral Home with Rev. Gary Wackler officiating.
Burial will be in Oaklawn Chapel Gardens.
Memorials may be made to the V.F.W. Post 3676.


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