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Bobbie Lee Pope

Age 67, of Columbiaville died Friday July 28, 2000 at his home. Funeral services will take place 11:00 am Monday July 31, 2000 from Miles Martin Funeral Home. Rev. Stephen Powers officiating. Interment in Flint Memorial Park. Family will be present at the funeral home to receive friends from 6-9:00 pm Saturday and all day Sunday. Bobbie was born June 30, 1933 in Bell City, Missouri the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jess and Ethel (Williamson) Pope. He and Glenda Staggs were united in marriage on December 14, 1957. Prior to his retirement in 1986, he worked for the GM Parts Division in Swartz Creek for 30 years. Bobbie served in the US Air Force and was a member of Davison VFW Post #4087 and the Masonic Temple. Surviving are his wife: Glenda ; son: Terry and wife Mary Pope; 2 daughters: Cheryl and husband Jerry Noell; Tammy and husband Mike McHugh; 10 grandchildren; 2 brothers: Joseph and Harold Pope; sister: Gene Harris; aunt: Phyllis; uncle: Tiny Williamson; several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents. 

Dave McCourtney

Age 82, of Davison formerly of Mt. Morris, died Tuesday July 25, 2000 at Argentine Care Center. Funeral services will be held 11:00 am Saturday from Mt. Morris First United Methodist Church. Pastor Bob Burkey and Rev. Mr. Walter David will officiate. Burial in Flint Memorial Park. Mr. McCourtney will remain at the Miles Martin Funeral Home where friends may call 6-9:00 pm Thursday and all day Friday. Family will be present to receive friends Thursday 6-9:00 pm and Friday 1-4:00 pm and again at 6-9:00 pm. Saturday morning he will be taken to church to lie in state from 10:00 am until time of services at 11:00 am. Memorials may be directed to the church or to Parkinson Foundation. Envelopes are available at both the church and the funeral home. Dave was born August 25, 1917 in Lansing the son of Mr. and Mrs. LeRoy and Cora (Johnson) McCourtney. He and Ruby Stratton were united in marriage September 15, 1940 at Traverse City. He was a veteran of WWII, serving as a gunners mate in the US Navy and received 2 Citations and the Bronze Star. Dave retired from Michigan Bell Telephone in 1981 where he worked as a telephone repairman with 36 years of service. He was member of C.W.A. #4103 and Mt. Morris First United Methodist Church where he served on several committees and was involved with the North End Soup Kitchen. He served 2 terms on the Beecher School Board and 1 as president. He was a member and past president of the Beecher Lions Club. Dave organized the Telephone Pioneer's Breakfast Club. Surviving are his wife: Ruby; daughter: Deborah Ann and husband Rev. Wayne C. Ferrigan of North Branch; son: Dennis and wife Terri McCourtney of Davison; 5 Grandchildren: Ruben McCourtney; Tara McCourtney; Patrick Ferrigan; Kathleen Ferrigan; Bridget Ferrigan; sister: Bernice Leibler of Traverse City; 1 cousin. He was preceded in death by his parents. 

Thomas L. Cranfill

Age 72 of Mt. Morris died Monday July 24, 2000 at Hurley Medical Center. Funeral Service will take place 11:00am Saturday July 29, 2000 at the Miles Martin Funeral, Pastor John Wagenshutz will officiate with cremation to follow. Friends may call at the Miles Martin Funeral Home 6-9:00 pm Thursday, 9-9:00 pm Friday and on Saturday from 9:00 am until time of service. Mr. Cranfill was born February 20, 1928 in Pocahontas, Va. the son of Mr. and Mrs. Stensel (Dan) and Sally (Baker) Cranfill. He married Cora L. Smith April 10, 1971. Prior to his retirement he had been employed at Buick Motor Co. for 28 years. Member of the Flushing Bible Baptist Church and had also served in the U. S. Army. Surviving are wife Cora of Mt. Morris; 5 Children: Marsha Cranfill of Flint; Pamela Cranfill of Mt. Morris; Michele and husband Kenneth Moore of Hawaii; Loretta and husband Eric Ramsey of Flushing; Kimberly Cranfill of Mt. Morris; 4 Grandchildren : George Wesley IV , Breanna Ramsey, Madeline Moore and Cedric Moore; 5 brothers and 2 sisters: Cecil (Bo), Robert, Paul, George, Charles Cranfill, Wanda Rose, Polly Hagey. He was preceded in death by his parents, 1 brother and 1 sister. 

Harold D. Alexander

Age 70, of Mt. Morris died July 21, 2000 at McLaren. Funeral services will be held Tuesday July 25, 2000 at 1:30 pm from Miles Martin Funeral Home. Mr. Curt Watson officiating. Burial in Mt. Morris Cemetery. Family will receive friends Sunday 6-9 pm and Monday 12-9pm. Harold was born on August 4, 1929 in Tennessee the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest and Clara (Creasy) Alexander. He and Joann Goodman were united in marriage on September 14, 1956. He worked as a pipe fitter at GM for 22 years. He also owned his own business Alexander Plumbing & Heating. He was a vet of the Korean War serving in the Army. He was a life member of Mt. Morris Church of Christ for 45 years. Harold was a devoted and loving husband and father. Survivors include wife: Joann of Mt. Morris; 3 daughters: Wendy Ylinen and husband Howard of Mt. Morris; Marcy Bowman and husband Chris of Swartz Creek; Brenda Platt and husband Jim of Flushing; 7 grandchildren; Sisters: Mary, Betty, Evelyn, Gail, Margaret; Brothers: Larry and Paul; Sister-in-laws: Gerri Storbeck of Clio; Janice Davis of Linden; He was preceded in death by both parents 7 brothers and sisters. 

John B. Calhoun

Of Mt. Morris, Age 85 died July 20, 2000 at his residence. Funeral services will be 11:00 am Tuesday July 25, 2000 from Miles Martin Funeral Home, Deacon James Brown officiating. Burial in Sunset Hills. Family will be present to receive friends Sunday 6-9pm and Monday 4-9pm. John was born on February 2, 1915 in Mt. Pleasant. He served in the US Army during the WWII and was a member of the American Legion. He had been employed for the Mt. Pleasant DPW for many years. Surviving are: Dear friend Arlene Kryger of Mt. Morris; His adopted grandchildren: Sherry and husband Rick Zyber and son Anthony of Swartz Creek; Gary and wife Ann Kryger and children Joshua, Amanda and Tabatha of Mt. Morris; Roger and son Jeffery Kryger of Mt. Morris; Karen and husband Ken Rosebush and daughter Chelsie; and many friends at the Northgate. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother. 

Rosetta Christena Wild

Age 58, of Mt. Morris died Thursday July 20, 2000 at McLaren Regional Medical Center. Funeral services will be 11:00am Monday from Mt. Morris Church of Christ. Mr. Curt Watson officiating. Burial in Mt. Morris Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home 6-9 Saturday and all day Sunday. On Monday morning, Rosetta will be taken to church to lie in state from 10am until the time of service at 11:00am. Born September 23, 1941 in Flint the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ertzel A. and Luella M. (Smith) Wild. Rosetta was a member of Mt. Morris Church of Christ for 30 years. She was formerly a member of the Gilmore Church of Christ. She was employed with Cintas Commercial Laundry as a seamstress for 32 years. Surviving are her daughter: Christine L. Wild; Sister: Evelyn Hoschna; Brother-in-law: Albert Hoschna; Brother: Rayford Wild; Sister-in-law Georgia Wild; Nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents. 

Lyle Gillings

Of Fairgrove Township, age 76, died Monday, July 17, 2000 at Caro Community Hospital. Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Thursday, July 20, 2000 at Fairgrove Presbyterian Church with Rev. David G. Mulder and Rev. Fred Heath officiating. Burial will be at Brookside Cemetery in Fairgrove. The family will receive friends at the Martin Funeral Home - Clark Chapel in Fairgrove 7-9 p.m. Tuesday and 9-9 Wednesday, July 19, 2000. Thursday morning Lyle will be taken to the Fairgrove Presbyterian Church to lie in state from 10:00 a.m. until time of service at 11:00. Lyle was born March 30, 1924 in Bijou Hills, SD, the son of Elmer and Annisbelle (Carter) Gillings. He and Bernadine Dimick were united in marriage June 13, 1948. Lyle was a Veteran of WWII serving in the U.S. Navy as a submariner. He was a life member of Masonic Lodge F & AM 93 of Platte, SD. Lyle was also a member of I.B.E.W. Local 557 of Saginaw, the Mid- Michigan Emmaus Community and a member of the Fairgrove United Methodist Church. Lyle is survived by his cherished wife, Bernadine, and his children: Donald W. and wife Janice K. Gillings of IL.; LaRae G. and husband Dale Munk of Midland; Deonna G. and husband Randy Montei of Caro; Karla C. Gillings of Mitchell, SD.; Gary D. and wife Jackie Gillings of Union Pier, MI.; He is also survived by his beloved grandchildren: Heather Montei; Sarah Parker; Nicholas Montei; Erin Gillings and Alison Gillings. His stepmother: Anna Gillings and his brothers: Francis, Alden (Tuffy), Dean, Belvin (Sox) and Joe also survive him. His parents, his son, Lyle Brett, and his brothers, John, Bob and Dick preceded Lyle in death. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Bay Shore Evangelical Camp, Fairgrove United Methodist Church, or the American Diabetes Association. 

Robert "Bobby" Earl Swank

Age 22, of Mt. Morris, died Sunday July 16, 2000 at Ostego Memorial Hospital in Gaylord. Funeral services will be held 1:00pm Friday, July 21, 2000 from Miles Martin Funeral Home. Pastor Keith Childerhose officiating. Interment in Flint Memorial Park. Family will be present to receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday from 6-9pm, and from 1-5 and 7 - 9pm Thursday. Bobby was born September 11, 1977 in Flint, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Darwin and Barbara(Wright) Swank. He was a victim of Muscular Dystrophy since birth and was diagnosed at age 7. He was able to continue through his schooling and graduate from Mt. Morris High School, Class of 1996, 18th in his class of just less than 200. Bobby loved flowers, nature and watching others enjoy themselves. Surviving are: his parents: Darwin and Barbara Swank; 2 brothers: Darwin and wife Candy Swank of Mt. Morris; James Swank of Mt. Morris; 1 sister: Debra and husband David Perez of Flint; nieces and nephews: Veronica, Victoria, Leland, Tiffany and Nathan; several aunts, uncles and cousins. Robert "Bobby" Earl Swank was born September 11, 1977 in Flint, the son of Mr. & Mrs. Darwin and Barbara (Wright) Swank. Darwin has worked throughout many local GM facilities for over 35 years while Barbara worked at home as a full time homemaker. Two other brothers and one sister completed the Swank household. Bobby was a victim of Muscular Dystrophy since birth and was diagnosed at age seven. He attended the Moore, Central and Pinehurst Schools in Mt. Morris and Southwestern in Flint. In 1996 Bobby graduated from Mt. Morris High School. He was very proud of this achievement and finished eighteenth in his class of just under two hundred students. He had to work harder than most students do, but he did his own work and didn't give up. Bobby had a gift of accepting changes with an unchanging courageous spirit. He enjoyed watching and learning from the sports, gardening and cooking channels. Win or lose, the Detroit Tigers was his favorite baseball team. He loved to be informed and would be quick to tell someone just " how to do it" and liked watching others enjoy themselves. He remembered many times of fishing for perch and pike or catching trout as a youth. Bobby loved his flower garden, which included a wide variety of plants including his favorites, lilies and roses. The warmth of the summer months allowed him to enjoy the out-of-doors more and observe the birds, wild turkeys and deer up north with his family at Elmira, near Gaylord. Back home in Mt. Morris Bobby had a Peach Faced Love Bird named Peaches along with his beloved Beagle , BJ, which he has had for eleven years. In 1987, the Make a Wish foundation treated Bobby and his family to a week long trip to Walt Disney World in Florida. There they met Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Chip and Dale, Goofy and many other Disney characters. Bobby's favorite by far was Goofy. His favorite food was a tossup between chicken, Salisbury steak or prime rib. Bobby really liked listening to a variety of music from Cajun to Polkas to his favorite, Boxcar Willie. In 1995, Bobby went to see Boxcar Willie at the Russellville Ballroom and was given one of his famous "Red Handkerchiefs." Number two on Bobby's favorite list was the sound track from the movie Dirty Dancing. One of the happiest times in his life was when his sister gave birth to Veronica, his niece. He was very stubborn at times, yet very loving and giving. Many times he would let others watch a show or play a game instead of himself. Bobby was somewhat of a " know -it - all". Many said " if you had a need, take it to Doctor Bob." He looked mostly on the positive side of issues and was also very forgiving. Bobby courageously faced life and gracefully accepted his losses as they came along. He will be lovingly remembered and truly missed by all that knew him. 

Edith Audrey "Edie" Munsie

Age 78, died July 16, 2000 at Genesye Regional Cntr. Funeral services will be held 10:30 Am Wednesday July 19, 2000 from Miles Martin Funeral Home with Pastor Richard Lee officiating. Burial at Flint Memorial Park. Friends may call at Miles Martin Funeral Home after 12:00 noon Tuesday. Family will be present 1-4pm and 6-9 pm. Edith was born January 25, 1922 in Groveland Twp. the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward and Minnie (Avenall) Stevens. She and Jack G. Munsie were united in marriage January 25, 1946. He preceded her in death April 15, 1989. Edie attended Lake Louise Church of the Nazarene in Ortonville. She retired from A.C. Spark Plug assembly and inspection with 30 years of service. She was active in the A. C. Ladies Retirees group that meets monthly for lunch and fellowship. Surviving are step daughter: Judith and Charles Keway of Fenton; 1 grandson: Michael Keway of Linden; 3 great grandson: Matthew Keway of Linden; Gaberial Keway of Linden; Justin Keway of Linden; 2 sisters: Betty Stone of Holly; Lillian Alexander of Linden; several Nieces and Nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, sister Marjorie Wadsworth. 

Lena Jean Fackler

OF Mayville, age 80 died Saturday July 15, 2000 at St. Marys Hosptial. Lena was born June 14, 1920, the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Sidney and Gertrude (Sherman) Fuller. She married Richard Fackler on November 13, 1937 and he preceded her in death June 16, 1988. She was a member of the Watertown Center Bible Church. Surviving are 5 sons and 4 daughters: Curt and wife Glenda Fackler of Vassar; Ted and wife Bunny Fackler of Gladwin; Sam and wife Linda Fackler of Mayville; Charles and wife Carol Fackler of Mayville; Judy and husband Calvin Rowbotham of Mayville; Dianna and husband Jim Lumsden; Janet and husband Paul Hatch of Reese; Roger and wife Sandy Fackler of Millington; Patsy and husband Denny Dietz of Mayville; Daughter-in-law: Gail Fackler of Gladwin; 30 grandchildren; 44 great grandchildren. Lena was preceded in death by her husband, Richard; son, Maynard; 2 great grandchildren; 2 brothers and 8 sisters. Funeral services will be held 1:00 pm Tuesday July 18, 2000 at Watertown Center Bible Church. Rev. Dean Gilkerson officiating. Interment in Rich Twp. Cemetery. Family will be present to receive friends at Martin Funeral Home in Vassar from 6-9:00 pm Sunday and from 10-12:00 Noon and 3-9:00 pm on Monday. On Tuesday morning, Mrs. Fackler will be taken to church to lie in state from 12:00 noon until the time of service at 1:00 pm. Memorial contributions may be directed towards the Watertown Center Bible Church. 

Alan W. Sowa

Age 46 of Mt. Morris , died Wednesday July 12, 2000 at Hurley Medical Center. Funeral Service will take place 11:00 am Saturday July 15, 2000 at the Miles Martin Funeral Home with burial in Flint Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at the funeral home 12 noon - 9:00 pm on Friday and Saturday from 9:00 am until time of service. Alan was born October 31, 1953 in Flint the son of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew and Genevieve (Bandur) Sowa. Prior to his retirement he had been employed at Buick Motor Co. for 13 years. He is survived by his Mother: Genevieve Sowa of Gladwin; 3 Brothers and 1 Sister: Andy and wife Jackie Sowa of Flint; Edward and wife Sheryl Sowa of Presoctt; Brad and wife Ramona Sowa of Flint; Debbie and husband Paul Lamb of Gladwin; Several Nieces and Nephews. He was preceded in death by his father Andrew and a brother Gary. 

Esther Opal Koster

Of Mt. Morris age 74 died at home on Tuesday July 11, 2000. Funeral service will take place 11:00 am Saturday July 15, 2000 at the Colonial Hills Baptist Church. Pastor Douglas Klein to officiate with burial at Sunset Hills Cemetery. Mrs Koster will remain at Miles Martin Funeral Home where friends may call 5pm-9pm Thursday, all day Friday. Saturday she will be taken to church to lie instate from 10:00 am until time of service at 11:00 am. Esther was born February 11, 1926 in Vernon, TX. The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wade T. & Allie May (Barber) Hutchins. She and Ralph Koster were united in marriage November 23, 1945 in Brainard, MN. He preceded her in death October 3, 1994. She volunteered many years at the Carriage Town Mission. Survivors include children; daughter Donna and husband David Head of Clio; son: Ronald and wife Kim Koster of WI.; 5 grandchildren; 3 brothers and 2 sisters: Bernie and wife Virginia Hutchins of Lubbock, TX.; Pat Gransbury of AZ.; John and wife Dahila Hutchins of CO.; Betty and husband Andy DeAnde of Carlsbad NM.; sister-in-law Joyce Hutchins of Carlsbad, NM.; Robert and wife Lena Hutchins of San Diego, CA.; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by both parents, husband Ralph, 3 brothers and 2 sisters. 

Helen Show

Age 74, of Vassar, died Sunday, July 9, 2000 at her residence. Funeral Mass will take place 12:00 noon Wednesday, July 12, 2000 at St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Catholic Church in Vassar. The family will receive friends at the Martin Funeral Home in Vassar on Wednesday from 9-11 and at the church from 11:00 am until time of service. Helen was born January 15, 1926 in Onaway, MI, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. and Mary L. (Prieur) Metevier. She married Lloyd Show December 5, 1945. She is survived by: husband Lloyd; 2 sons: Lloyd W. and wife Marsha Show II of Minnesota and their children Lloyd III, Lysandra, Kasha & Britton; David G. and wife Diane Show of Vassar and children David, Jonathan and Matthew; 1 brother and 2 sisters: Albert Metevier and Laura Doyle both of Mt. Morris; Patricia Willette of Burton. 

Benjamin Harmon Dixon

Age 90, of Mt. Morris died July 8, 2000 at McLaren Regional Hospital. Funeral Services will be held 11:00 am Tuesday July 11. 2000 from Miles Martin Funeral Home. With Rev. Leonard Marks officating. Burial at Mt. Morris Cemetery. Family will receive friends on Sunday from 6-9 pm, Monday 2-8 pm and on Tuesday from 9:00 am to time of service. Memorial contributions can be directed to Peoples Chruch of God 2451 E. Mt. Morris Rd. Ben was born in Saylersville, Kentucky on January 17, 1910 the son of Mr. and Mrs. Tobe and Una Nell (May) Dixon. He and Helen Doll were united in marriage on March 19, 1930 she preceded in death June 1, 1980. He then married Lala Lone White, she preceded him in death on December 24, 1993. He and E. Lucille Moss were united in marriage on October 8, 1994. He retired from Otarion Hearing Center which he owned and operated for 18 years in Flint. He was a certifed and licensed audiologist the 11th so licensed in Michigan. He Pastored in the Flint area for 40 years for the Peoples Church of God since 1960 in Mt. Morris coming from Spokane WA., where he was an Evangelist through 36 states. Surviving are wife : E. Lucille Dixon of Mt. Morris; 5 children: Joan Budnick of Millersport, OH.; Benjamin H. Dixon Jr. of Minneapolis, MN.; Paul H. Dixon of Spokane, WA.; Martha Ashton of Malta, Oh.; John Tobe Dixon of Knoxville, TN.; Stepdaughters: Lusinda Guza of Harrison, MI.; Linda Dennie of Mt. Morris; Brothers and Sister: Ruby Miller, Velma Hay, Dallas Dixon, Michael Dixon, Rev. Robert Dixon all of Ashville, OH.; Mark Dixon of Lucasville, OH.; Lois Porter of FL.; Marjorie Snyder, Thomas Dixon, Jane Pendelton all of Columbus, OH.; 11 grandchildren; 4 step grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wifes Helen, Lona, and 2 children Jane and Tempa Sue Dixon. 

Wilhelmena Colman

Age 87, of Vassar, was born February 26 , 1913 and Married Leon Colman in 1933. He predeceased her in 1984. She is survived by children and their spouses: Rex and Joyce Colman, Marie and Luther Stewart. Margery and Ronald Stange, and Geneva Horwath. Grandchildren: Leon Colman, Jack Stewart, Steve Stange, Jim Stange, Kathy Dropeski, Rae Ann Hadd and Mike Horwath and their families. A Niece and her husband. Carolyn and Leon Smith and several other neices and nephews. The family asks that you consider Arbela United Methodist Church with Memorials. Funeral services will be held 1:00 pm Sunday July 9, 2000 Martin Funeral Home in Vassar with Pastor Herb Wheelock officiating. Family will be present at the funeral home to receive friends 2:30-8:30pm Saturday, Sunday 12 noon until time of service. 

Terence L. Clapper

Of Fairgrove age 53 died Thursday July 6, 2000 at Bay Medical Center. Funeral service will be held 12:00 noon on Saturday July 8, 2000 at Martin Funeral Home-Fairgrove. With Rev. Duane Plonta officiating and burial at Brookside Cemetery. Family will receive friends Friday 6:00-9:00 pm and Saturday 9:00 am until time of service. Terence was born June 30, 1947 in Trenton NJ. The son of Mr. & Mrs. Howard and Doris (Prater) Clapper. He and Jacqueline Plonta were united in marriage on October 26, 1968 in Bridgeport. He was a veteran of the Army. He worked for Wickes Elevator in Reese. He attended The Harvest Baptist Church in Akron. Memorial contributions can be made to the Family. Survivors include wife: Jacci; 4 sons Joel and wife Amy Clapper; Shawn Clapper; Mitchell Clapper; Tracy Clapper; 10 grandchildren: Drew, Brandon, Jazzy, Sami, Austin, T.J., Alex, Zach, Lilly, and Reggie. 

Thelma E. Maude" (Smith) Fulger

Of Mt. Morris formerly of Lake Worth FL., age 84 died July 5 ,2000 at McLaren Regional Medical Center . Funeral service will be held 1:00 pm Friday July 7, 2000, at Miles Martin Funeral Home . Deacon Jerry Hubbard to officiate. Cremation will take place following the service. Family will receive friends Thursday 1:00 pm-9:00 pm and Fri 9:00 am until time of service . Thelma was born May 18, 1916 in Flint, Michigan the daughter of Mr & Mrs Isaak and Myrtle ( Scott) Smith. She was employed at AC Spark Plug with 25 years of service retiring in 1976. She loved bowling, and golf. Survivors are Children: Carol Sue and husband Cy Taylor of Mt. Morris; Kathryn and husband Walt Girard of Mt. Morris; Leora and husband George Thompson of Otisville; Geraldine and husband Dennis Dougherty of Clio; Diane and husband George Fries of Flushing; 13 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; 1 great great grandchild; brother: Ray and wife Ruth Smith of Swartz Creek; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by Husband Victor Fulger, brother: Ken Smith, sister: Leora Dodds, special thanks to her best friend Everett Miller. 

Harry W. Reinfelder Sr.

Of Vassar age 85 died Monday July 3, 2000 at St. Mary Hospital in Saginaw. Funeral service will be held at 1:00 pm Friday July 7, 2000 at Martin Funeral Home in Vassar. Burial will take place at Riverside Cemetery. Pastor Robert Youmans to officiate. Family will receive friends Friday from 10:00 till the time of service. Harry was born December 4, 1914 in Dayton, Kentucky the son of Mr. & Mrs. Harry and Flora Reinfelder I. He served with U.S. Navy in the South Pacific from 1941-1945 in that time he received the Purple Heart. He was a Union Organizer with the United Mine Workers District 50 from 1945-1968, becoming one of the original 5 directors under John L. Lewis. He then changed careers and became a State Labor Mediator with the State of Michigan from 1968-1983 he retired in 1983. Harry was an avid fly fisherman and loved fishing from Florida to the upper peninsula of Michigan. He was also a member of the Elks and V.F. W. Survivors wife: Catherine; 2 sons: Harry and wife Nancy Reinfelder Jr. of Pickford, MI.; Frederick and wife Antoinette Reinfelder of Vassar, MI.; 6 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by both parents and sister Vinnette Trappe. 

Samuel J. Doney

Age 80 of Mt. Morris, formerly of Philadelphia PA., passed away peacefully on Saturday July 1, 2000 at Genesys Hospice Care Center. Visitation will be held 5pm-9pm on Wednesday July 5 ,2000 at Miles Martin Funeral Home. Cremation to follow with burial in Philadelphia. Memorial contributions can be made to Alzheimer Association. Sam leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 56 years Fannie, son: Robert Doney of Austin TX. daughter: Karen and husband Rev. Richard Cook of Mt. Morris, 6 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren, brother: Jack Doney of PA. He was preceded in death by 3 brothers and 4 sisters.


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