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Bertha L. Palmer 
Of Swartz Creek died Wednesday October 27, 1999 at McLaren Regional Hospital. Funeral service will take place at Miles Martin Funeral October 30, 1999 at 1 pm. Rev. Keith Childerhose to officiate. Burial to follow at Sunset Hills. Friends may call Friday October 29, from 6 pm -9 pm and Saturday 9 am till service at 1 pm. Bertha was born March 25,1918 the daughter of Mr & Mrs. Rudolph Alida (Berwaldt) Knispel. She married Charles Palmer June 20, 1952 . Bertha worked at A/C for 30 years retiring in October 1967. Survivors include husband: Charles Palmer, daughter: June Camp, brother: Benny Knispel, 5 brothers-in-law, 4 sisters-in-law, many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by both parents, 1 brother, 2 sisters, 1 daughter. 

Irene May Mikula
Of Mt. Morris, Age 76 died Friday October 22, 1999 at home. Funeral Services will be held 1:00 pm on Tuesday October 26, 1999 from Miles Martin Funeral Home. Burial at Flint Memorial Park. Family will receive friends on Sunday from 6-9pm, Monday 12-9pm and on Tuesday 9:00am until time of service. She was born on May 20, 1923 in Richmond, MI.,the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob and Bessie (Riley) Myers. She was a devoted wife and loving mother. She was a member of American Legion Auxiliary and 40 & 8 (La Societe de femme) Survivors: 5 children: Gary and wife Carla Wilson; Dawna Wilson; Sherron Wilson Desik; Wendy Wilson; Howard and Marcia Wilson; 20 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; 15 brothers and sisters; special sister-in-law: Jo Anne Middleditch; special friends Elaine McGillis and Michelle Reed. She was preceded in death by both parents, husbands Howard Wilson, Stanley Mikula, Daughter-in-law Patricia Wilson, and Son-in-law Bruno Desik. 

Shirley A. Titmus
Of Flushing, Age 65 died at home Friday October 22, 1999. Funeral Services Will be held 2:00pm Tuesday October 26, 1999 at Richfield Road Baptist Church in Flint with Rev. Mary Spencer officiating. Cremation will follow. Friends may call at Richfield Road Baptist Church on Monday from Noon to 9:00 pm. And on Tuesday 9:00 am till time of service. She was born on May 5, 1934 in Flint the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Marvin L. and Edith (Crawford) Burgess. She married Richard W. Titmus May 16, 1953. She was a member of Wentworth Mother's Club, F.O.E. Davison, and Richfield Road Baptist Church. She was an avid Bowler and involved with Kearsley Women Slow Pitch Softball. Survivors: 6 Children: Marvin Titmus and Fiancé' Bettie; Rebecca J. Corwin; Wendy Robbins; Karen and husband Robert Brewer; Terrie Crane; Richard W. Titmus II; 14 Grandchildren; 5 Great Grandchildren; Brothers and Sister: Lila Heath; Charles; Larry; Dennis; Don; and Keith Burgess. She was preceded in death by husband Richard, son David, sister Theo, granddaughter Charity; Brother; James and Bernard. 

Alvin Joseph Kalkman
Of Juniata age 51 died at his home. A memorial service will be held 10 am on Monday October 25, 1999 at Martin Funeral Home-Vassar. Alvin was born October 30, 1947 in Saginaw, Michigan. The son of Mr.& Mrs. Erwin and Anna (Simmet) Kalkman. Alvin served in Viet Nam with the US Army from 1966-1968, he received the Purple Heart. He retired from GM Delphi in 1966. Survivors include, 6 sisters: Lois Kalkman of Highland Park; Kathryn Higley and husband Harold of Birch Run; Rosemary Kalkman of Grand Ledge; Joan Kipfmiller and husband Jerry of Freeland; Linda Freier and husband James of Reese; Marge Kalkman of Saginaw; 8 brothers: Bernard Kalkman and wife Gerry Kay of Saginaw; Melvin Kalkman of Vassar; Donald Kalkman of Vassar; Robert Kalkman and wife Roxanne of Vassar; Erwin Kalkman Jr. of Bridgeport; Harvie Kalkman of Caro; James Kalkman and wife Mary of Frankenmuth; Gerald Kalkman and wife Carol of Vassar. 

Carl E. Bennett
Age 91 of Mt. Morris, died Friday October 16, 1999 at Genesys Health Park. Funeral service will take place 10:00 am Monday October 18, 1999 at the Miles Martin Funeral Home with burial in Flint Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday from 1-4 and 6-8 pm. Born March 1, 1908 in Camel, Missouri , the son of George and Lovina ( Shipley ) Bennett. He married Evelyn Harris Feb. 3, 1930 in Flint. She preceded him in death Oct. 14, 1994. Mr. Bennett formerly owned and operated a riding stable, the Boat Center from1958 until 1973 and also sold used cars. He was also a Real Estate Agent and had worked at Chevrolet until 1945.Surviving are: daughter: Doris and Husband Glen Hope of Mt. Morris; 6 Grandchildren; Several Great Grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by 2 grandchildren. 

Betty Fox
Age 64, of Vassar died Friday October 15, 1999 at St. Mary Hospital in Saginaw. Funeral services will be 1:00 pm Monday from Martin Funeral Home Clark Chapel-Vassar with Rev. Cyril Haines officiating. Burial in Tuscola Cemetery. Friends may call at the Funeral Home after 1:00 pm on Sunday. She was born on June 7, 1935 in Tuscola County, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Albert and Emma (Rollinger) Sargent. She and William L. Fox were united in marriage November 15, 1955. Betty enjoyed Bingo especially at the Vassar Eagles. Surviving are husband: Bill; Daughter: Rosemary and husband Robert Wilson of Vassar; Grand Daughter: Wendy Kay Wilson; 4 Brothers and 1 Sister: Albert Sargent of Vassar; Mary L. Hoover of Tuscola; Harvey Sargent of Saginaw; Jack Sargent of Vassar; Donald Sargent of Vassar; Stepsister: Joyce; numerous nieces and nephews. 

Justin King-Taljonick
Of Millington, age 17, died Thursday, October 14, 1999 at St. Marys Hospital in Saginaw. Funeral services will be held 11:00 AM Monday, October 18, 1999 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Otisville with Fr. Eoin Murphy officiating. Burial at St. John's Catholic Cemetery in Davison. Family and friends will gather at the funeral home 7pm Sunday for a scripture service. Those desiring may consider memorial contributions to Family Memorial Fund. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home and at church. Family will be present at the Martin Funeral Home- Clark Chapel in Vassar Saturday 4-9pm and Sunday 11am-3pm and 5-9pm. Monday morning Justin will be taken to St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church to lie in state where friends may call from 10am until time of services at 11am. Justin was born May 24, 1982 in Lapeer the son of Amy (King) Reinbolt and Lawrence R. Taljonick. He was a sophomore at Millington High School. 

Eula Barnett 
Age 73. Of Flint, died Thursday Oct. 14, 1999 at Genesys Health Park. Funeral service will take place 1:00 pm Monday at the Miles Martin Funeral Home with cremation to follow. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6-9 Sat., 9-9 Sunday and on Monday from 9:00 am until time of service. Eula was born February 22, 1926 in Knoxville, Tenn. the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Lewis and Betty (Sneed) Bidwell. Prior to her retirement she had been employed at Fisher Guide for 25 years. She was a member of UAW Local 326. Surviving are 3 daughters: Linda and husband Don Lenhart of Alabama; Vickie and husband Paul Bankey of Burton; Robin and husband Todd Camp of Mt. Morris; 5 Grandchildren: Jennifer, Katie, Toni, Kenneth, and Rebecca; 4 Great Grandchildren: Branden, Kamern, Joel, and Jacob; Also her loving dog Darling Darla; 5 Sisters: Vada, Remell, Tootsie, Laneve and Carolyn; 3 Brothers: Brad, Bob and Bill. She was preceded in death by her daughter Sharon Kramer and parents Edward and Betty Bidwell. 

Margaret Anna Wyckoff (Monchilov)
Of Vassar, age 81, died Monday October 11, 1999 at Brittany Manor Nursing Home in Midland. Margaret was born December 25, 1917 the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Steven and Barbara (Soltis) Hornyak . She was joined in marriage May 10, 1937 to James Monchilov. He preceded her in death June 19, 1968. She married Alez Wyckoff February 20, 1971. He preceded her in death December 8, 1984. Left to cherish her memory are 2 daughters: Marjorie Ann Boyd of Florida; Rosemary and husband Jim Welton of Midland; son: James and wife Gloria Monchilov of Bay City; 8 grandchildren; 12 greatgrandchildren; 2 brothers: Steven and wife Rosemary Hornyak of Florida; Julius and wife Shirley Hornyak of California; Several nieces and nephews. Stepchildren: James Wyckoff; Albert Wyckoff; Alfred Wyckoff; Maurice Wyckoff; Janice Phelps; and Debbie Carroll. Family will be present to receive friends at Martin Funeral Home - Vassar 5-9pm Tuesday. Funeral services will be 8pm Tuesday from Martin Funeral Home-Vassar with Pastor Jeff Jorgensen officiating. Burial at EastLawn Memorial Gardens with committal services at 10am Wednesday in the mausoleum chapel. Those desiring may consider the Vassar Seventh day Adventist Church. Envelopes are available at the funeral home and at the cemetery. 

George William Eaker 
Of Mt. Morris age 68 has hung up his fishing pole. This was a man who was dearly loved and will be sadly missed. George was widely known for his gift of gab. He never met a stranger! He was a hunter and a very avid fisherman. George died Monday October 11, 1999 at Genesys Hospice Care Center. Funeral services will be 11:00 am Friday from Miles Martin Funeral Home. Mr. Curt Watson officiating. Burial in Mt. Morris Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home 6-9pm Wednesday, 9am until 9pm Thursday and 9am until time of services Friday. If desire memorials may be considered for the American Brain Tumor Association, Genesys Hospice, or a charity of choice. Mr. Eaker was born June 30, 1931 in Paragould, Arkansas the son Mr. and Mrs. Grover and Alice Victoria (Herrin) Eaker. He married Eleanor Calugaru, April 14, 1951 in Paragould, Arkansas. George grew up in Greene County, Arkansas, but has been a resident of Mt. Morris and Flint most of his adult life. George was in new and used car sales for many years with long associations with Knickerbocker Olds, Lippincott Olds, and Superior Pontiac Cadillac. Over the years, he had also owned and managed automobile dealerships. He had received recognition and many awards for achievements in sales. He was a member of long standing of Mt. Morris Church of Christ. George is survived by beloved wife of 48 years Eleanor (Calugaru) Eaker; daughter: Sandra and husband Leonard Owen of Davison, MI.; son: Gary and wife Debbie Eaker of Charlotte, NC.; daughter: Vicki and husband Michael Stanley of Warren, MI.; grandchildren: Suzanne Owen; Meredith Owen; David Eaker; Geoffrey Eaker; Cassie Eaker; Leah Stanley and Christopher Stanley; sisters: Lavada Sellers of Flint; Imogene Owen of Beech Grove Arkansas; Wava Cooper of Burton; Ruby Poston of Clio; many dear nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by parents, four brother-in-laws to who he was close: Ray, William, Ezra and Alvin who were like brothers to him. 

Harold B. Vaughan
Of Mt. Morris age 76 died Sunday October 10, 1999 at McLaren Regional Medical Center. Funeral service will take place Wednesday October 13 at 11am from the First Baptist Church of Mt. Morris. Pastor Richard Cook to officiate. Burial to follow at Flint Memorial Park. Friends may call at Miles Martin Funeral Home from 4 pm-9pm on Tuesday. Harold will lie in state from 10 am to service at 11 am at church on Wednesday. Harold was born March 30, 1923 in Detroit the son of Mr. & Mrs. John and Nellie (Barnett) Vaughan. He and Georgia Wilson were united in marriage November 7, 1987 in Mt. Morris. He was a US Navy veteran serving as a gunner's mate 3rd class. Harold worked as a salesman for Springfield Photo Mount. He was a life member of the American Legion Post # 190 of Northwest Detroit. Survivors are wife : Georgia; daughter: Judith Page of Southfield; 10 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; sister: Edna Bennett of Rochester. Preceded in death by both parents and one sister. 

Louis V. Head 
Age 73, of Genesee, died Saturday October 9, 1999 at Genesys Health Park. Funeral Services will be held at Mt. Morris Community Church, Center Road south of Mt. Morris Rd. Pastor Eldon Busenitz officiating. Burial in Sunset Hills. Mr. Head will remain at Miles Martin Funeral Home where friends may call after 6pm Sunday and all day Monday. Tuesday morning he will be taken to church to be in state from 10:00 am until time of service at 11:00 am. If desired memorials may be considered for his church, Mt. Morris Community Church, New Tribes Mission or Friends of Israel. Envelops are available at the funeral home. Mr. Head was born November 2, 1925 in Evart the son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry H. And Rhoda "Dolly" (Sprague) Head. He and Harriett Clark united in marriage June 12, 1947. Louis was a Veteran of WWII serving with US Army in Europe with the 106th Div. He was a member Mt. Morris Community Church, where he held numerous positions including Deacon, Elder, Sunday School Teacher, Choir Director, and Song Leader. He was a Ham Radio operator and a part of M.A.R.S. Retired from Buick Motor Division 1981 as a engineer with 30 years of service. He served as reserve police officer with Mt. Morris City police department. Surviving are: Wife Harriett; 6 children: Judith and husband Robert Grimwood of Lansing; David and wife Donna Head of Clio; Daniel and wife Gwen Head of Alpena; Rebekah and husband Rodney Bollman of Warsaw, IN.; Joel and wife Ruth Head of Benson, NC.; Rachel and husband Scott Meyer of Palu, Indonesia; 25 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; 2 brothers and 3 sisters; Dessie Ruth Head of Lapeer; Margaret and husband Jim Sadler of Lapeer; Robert and wife Honda Head of Juneau, Alaska; Gerald and wife Bonnie Head of Yuma, AZ.; Eldonna and husband David Miller of Highland, CA.; Numerous Nieces and Nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and 2 brothers Gordon and Dean. 

Leota M. Pease 
Age 82, of Flint died Friday October 8, 1999 at McLaren Regional Medical Center. Funeral service will take place 2:00 pm Monday October 11, 1999 at Miles Martin Funeral Home. Pastor Dale Lewis officiating. Burial in West Vienna Cemetery. Family will receive friends Saturday 6-9pm and Sunday 9-9pm and Monday 9-2pm at the funeral home. Mrs. Pease was born in BeBe, Michigan July 11, 1917 the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Preston and Minnie (Nagel) Murray. She was a homemaker. Leota Murray and Joseph were United in Marriage November 29, 1936 at the Mt. Morris Baptist Church. She enjoyed bowling up until August of 1999. Survivors include: Daughter Betty Jean and Pete Dubenion of Flint; Daughter Delores and Raymond Pease of Charleston, SC.; Daughter: Jeanette and Earl Dice of Mio, MI; Sons: Aaron and Heidi Pease of Mt. Morris; Ronald and Sandy Pease of Flint, MI.; Daughter: Paulette and Dan Larson of Oscoda, MI.; Son: Gary and Kathy Pease of Houghton Lake, MI.; Son: Donald and June Pease of Byron, MI.; Daughter: Cheryl and DeWayne Dodd of Flint, MI.; Daughter: Debra Aviles of TN.; Son: Roy Pease of Flint.; Sister: Evelyn Smith of Mt. Morris; Over 100 Grandchildren; Several Great Grandchildren; Several Great Great Grandchildren; She was preceded in death by husband Joseph, 1 daughter Brenda, and 1 son Joseph. 

James W. Keeley 
Age 76 of Mt. Morris Twp. Died Friday October 8, 1999 at his home. Funeral services will be 11:00 am. Monday from Miles Martin Funeral Home. With military honors following funeral by Oakley Traynor Post #64 American Legion and Voiture 40 & 8. Friends may call at the funeral home afer 12 noon Sunday family wil be present from 2-5pm and 7-9pm. If desired memorials may be considered for American Cancer Society. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. Born December 17, 1922 in Grayling the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Thomas and Minnie Olive (Cook) Keeley. He and Evelyn Witt were united in marriage 59 years ago in Flint on December 2, 1940. He was a veteran of WWII serving in the US Navy from 1943 to 1946. He was a member and past Commander of Oakley Traynor Post #64 American Legion and past Chef deGare of the Voiture 40 & 8 of the American Legion. Retired 1974 from Chevrolet plant #10 as a diesetter with 32.5 years service. Surviving are: wife Evelyn; 2 daughters and 1 son: Mickey Comer of Flint; James Michael and wife Laurie Keeley of Lake City; Hope and husband William Stebbins of Fenton; 12 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; 4 great great grandchildren; 4 brothers and 3 sisters: Tom and wife Jean Keely of Flushing; George and wife Lucille Keely of Flushing; Lee and husband Rollie Hammer of Flint; Ruth and husband Orville Farrigan of Mt. Morris; Edna Fowler of North Carolina; John Keely of Flint; Jerry and wife Linda Keely of Durand; Numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his parents, and grandson Curtis Keeley. 

Doris Ida Morris
Died Sunday October 3, 1999 at Genesys Hospice Center. Doris was born February 22, 1921 in Richfield Center, Michigan. She was the daughter of Ludwig and Marie (Steinbrecker)Heck. She married Joseph C. Morris on May 28, 1939 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Flint, Michigan. He preceded her in death on January 29, 1960. Survived by 2 daughters, Susan Jane(DeWayne)Butterworth of Flint and Jerry Elizabeth(Paul)Henry of Otisville. She has one grandson, DeWayne A.(Angela) Butterworth, Jr. of Traskwood, Ark. and two great grandchildren, DeWayne A. ButterworthIII and Christina Butterworth, also of Traskwood. Her sister, Natalie(Harold) Paulson of Flint and a brother Louis(Betty)Heck of Florida, eight nieces and nephews and her dog and cat also survive her. Doris retired in 1986 as a Nurse from St. Joseph Hospital, Flint , Michigan with 23 ½ years of service. She also worked during World War II at A.C. Spark Plug in Flint. Doris enjoyed working in her perennial flower gardens, bird watching, crossword puzzles, knitting, crocheting, and quilting. She was also an active member of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Flint. Rev. Joe Cottam, Pastor of Our Savior Lutheran Church, delivered a service for Doris and her daughters on Sunday afternoon at her bedside. At her request cremation has taken place and a private memorial service will be held. In lieu flowers, she requested that donations may be made to Our Savior Lutheran or Genesys Hospice Care Center in her memory. The family wishes to thank all who sent flowers, cards, prayers or visited Doris during her long illness. 

Bradley Dennis Nelson 
Age 38, of Clio, died Friday October 1, 1999 at Hurley Medical Center. Funeral Services will be held 11:00 am Monday from Miles Martin Funeral Home. Pastor Jim Horn Officiating. Family will receive friends from 6-9 PM Saturday and 9-9 PM on Sunday and 9 AM until the time of service at 11:00 AM Monday. Cremation to follow. Brad was born February 22, 1961 in Flint, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Clair and Geraldine (Halligan) Nelson. He enjoyed auto racing, and Hunting. He also drove wrecker at Auto City and Dixie Speedway. He was devoted husband and loving father and enjoyed spending time with family and friends. Surviving are: wife: Linda; Son: Dustin; Dog: Puppy; Mother: Geraldine Nelson; Sister: Sandra and Husband George Worley; 2 Brother: Bill and wife Bev Nelson; Scott and wife Marianne Nelson; father-in- law and mother-in-law: Norman and Lennie Rolison; Brother-in-law: Chris and wife Lisa Rolison; 2 Sister-in-laws: Dena Rolison; Cheryl Rolison: Grandmother: Bertha Rolison; many Aunts, Uncles, including special Aunt Nolavay Sproul. Several Nieces and Nephews, and many special friends. Brad was preceded in death by his father Clair, 2 uncles Wayne and James Nelson. In Lieu of flowers the family is establishing a fund for Brad's son Dustin. 


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