Miscellaneous Genesee County, Michigan Obituaries
Age 92 of Mt. Morris, died Tuesday July 31, 2001 at her residence. Funeral Service will take place 11:00 a.m. Friday August 3, 2001 at the Miles MartinFuneral Home, Pastor Bob Burkey officiating with burial in Davison Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thur. from 2-5 and 7-9 p.m. and on Friday from 9:00 a.m. until time of service. Minnie was born March 29, 1909 in Caro the Daughter of John and Bessie (Matthews) Hunt. She was married to Glenn White in 1927. Life member of the Genesee Order of the Eastern Star and a member of the Genesee United Methodist Church. Prior to her retirement she had been employed as a clerk with the Genesee Post Office for 20 years. She is survived by: 2 Sons: Hubert White; Larry and Janis White of Warsaw, Ind.; 9 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; Several great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by husband Glenn, daughter June Irvine, sister Lois Helgeson and half sisters Sarah Kruske and Nellie.
Harry Estel Williams
John James Sonderhouse
Died Friday July 27, 2001 at Tendercare Nursing Home in Cass City. Age 74, he was born March 26, 1927 in Vassar, the son of William and Ethel (Seney) Sonderhouse. He and Pauline Posh were married for 18 years. He then married Anna Marker in March of 1972. John served with the U.S Navy from 1945-1946 and retired from Eaton Foundry after 30 years or service. He was a member of the Vassar American Legion and the Caro Moose Lodge. He enjoyed woodcarving, gardening, snowmobiles, and gambling at St. Ignace. He is survived by: Wife - Anna; Children - Robert James and wife Dianne Sonderhouse of Boise, Idaho; Patricia Ann and husband Michael Mercer of Columbiaville; Grandchildren: Amy and Lindsey Sonderhouse; Michael S. and wife Jennifer Mercer; Jennifer Mercer; 1 great grandson: Noah M. Mercer; 1 aunt: Helen Sonderhouse of Bay City; Several brother and sister-in-laws, nieces and nephews; also several cousins living in Ohio and Michigan. Funeral Service will take place 11:00 a.m. Monday July 30, 2001 at the Martin Funeral Home Clark Chapel in Vassar, Pastor Tim Bender officiating with burial in St. Agatha Cemetery, in Gagetown The family will receive friends at the funeral home 3-9 p.m. Sunday and on Monday from 9:00a.m. till time of service. Memorial Contributions may be directed to Alzheimers Association.
Frederick I. Swart
Age 78, of Clio, died Tuesday, July 24, 2001 at Genesys Hospice Care Center in Goodrich. Funeral service will be held 11:00 AM, Friday, July 27, from the St. Mary Catholic Church. Rev. Fr. Raymond Urbanek officiating. Burial in Flint Memorial Park with graveside military honors by VFW Gordon R. Bennett Post #1452. Family will be present at the funeral home to receive friends on Thursday from 6-9pm. On Friday morning, Frederick will be taken to the church to lie in state from 10 am until the time of service at 11 am. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed towards the Genesys Hospice Care Center. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home and church. Frederick was born August 27, 1922 in Washington, PA the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest V. and Lula (Friend) Swart. He has lived in the Flint are for many years, retiring from the Buick Motor Division in 1977. Fred was a decorated veteran of WWII, serving with the 94th Infantry Division in Europe. He was awarded the Silver Star Medal for Gallantry in Action, a Bronze Star, European American Theatre Service Medal, Good Conduct Ribbon with 4 Bronze Stars, American Campaign Medal and the Victory Medal. Fred was happily married to Anna Mae for 46 years. He loved fishing, hunting and gardening. Fred was a kind-hearted man who gave to many charities. Surviving are his wife, Anna Mae, 2 step-daughters, Jackie Good and Susan Teeple of Clio, stepson, Neal Henderson of Oscoda, 7 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, Fred was preceded in death by a son, Christopher in 1991, his parents, 3 sisters and 2 brothers.
Mary A. Gage
Age 89, of Sandusky and formerly Fairgrove area, died Tuesday, July 24, 2001 at her daughter's home in Sandusky. Mary was born June 20, 1912 in Fairgrove, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry and Viola (Sherman) Hickey. She and Richardson Gage were united in marriage November 5, 1930 in Akron. Mary was a member of St. Luke's Methodist Church in Essexville. Surviving are, her husband, Richardson of Sandusky, children, Alice and husband Rudy Kosik of Essexville, velma jean and husband Duane Houthoofd of Sandusky, Betty Lou and husband Oscar Donohue of Grand Blanc, Dick and wife Pat Gage of Colorado, 23 grandchildren, 46 great-grandchildren, 5 great-great-grandchildren. Mary was preceded in death by her parents, 3 sisters, 1 brother and daughter, Phyllis Nitz. Funeral service will be 10:00 AM Friday at Martin Funeral Home, Clark Chapel in Fairgrove with Mr. Oscar Donohue and Mr. Eric Houthhoofd officiating. Burial at Brookside Cemetery. Family will be present to receive friends at the funeral home 11am-9pm Thursday and 9am until the time of service on Friday. Those desiring may consider memorial contributions to St. Luke's Methodist Church in Essexville. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.
Andrew J. Mitchell
Age 86, of Mt. Morris, died Monday, July 23, 2001 at McLaren Regional Medical Center. Graveside service will be held 11:00 AM, Friday, July 27, 2001 at Greenwood Cemetery in North Branch. Pastor Roger Gedke officiating. Family will be present to receive friends at the Miles Martin Funeral Home, Mt. Morris on Thursday from 11 am until 9 pm. Those desiring may consider memorial contribution directed towards the Michigan Humane Society. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Andrew was born July 25, 1914 in North Branch, the son of Mr. and Mrs. George and Mary (Richard) Mitchell. He and Ella Mae Behnke were united in marriage on October 28, 1947. Andrew served in the US Army from Jan. 1941 to Aug. 1947 as a captain in the Philippines and in Japan. He was a lifelong mason for 61 years with the Masonic Lodge in North Branch. Surviving are, his wife, Ella Mae, Children, Martha Sanchez, Joseph and wife Dolores Mitchell and Mark Mitchell, Grandchildren, Amy, Susan and Sarah Mitchell, Monica and Matthew Sanchez, Lori Goodman, Andrew Mitchell, Sarah Pace, 3 great-grandchildren, sister, Gertrude Marion, many nieces and nephews, beloved pets, Spike the cat and Lady the dog. Andrew was preceded in death by his mother and father and 9 brothers and sisters. The family would like to extend a special thanks to the McLaren Hospital staff, 12th floor and especially Dr. Malde.
William J. Fuller
Robert F. Cruthers
Age 69 of Mt. Morris Twp. died Friday July 20, 2001 at McLaren Regional Medical Cntr.. Funeral services will be 11am Tuesday from Miles Martin Funeral Home. Rev. Dr. Garry L. Yeager officiating. Burial in Flint Memorial Park. Friends may call at the funeral home after 6pm Sunday and all day Monday. Family will be present Sunday 6-9pm and Monday 1-4pm and 6-9pm. Memorials may be directed to Leader Dogs For The Blind. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. He was born in Flint January 10, 1932 the son of Mr. and Mrs. Donald and Irene (Thompson) Cruthers. He and Rosalie Ratajczak were united in marriage April 26, 1952. Robert was a veteran of the Korean conflict serving with the US Army in Germany rebuilding bridges that were destroyed during WWII. He was a member and past president of Westwood Lions Club and served 2 times as convention chairman. He graduated from Flint Northern High School and General Motors Institute. He Retired from Buick Motor Division in 1997 with 47 years service as a welder. Surviving are wife: Rosalie. 3 daughters: Cynthia and husband David Doezema of Grand Rapids; Jean Ann and husband Timothy March of Grand Blanc; Annette Kniffel of Burton. 4 grandchildren: Jessica March; Kyle March; Deming Doezema; and Corinne Doezema. Brother: William and wife Alice Cruthers of Flint. Sister: Mary and husband Richard Bastion of Lincoln. Several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and daughter, Susan Cruthers, who died at birth.
Robert Patrick "Bob" Maxson
Age 67, of Mt. Morris, died Friday, July 20, 2001 at his home. Funeral service will be held at 4:30 PM, Monday, July 23, 2001 from Miles Martin Funeral Home, Mt. Morris. Burial in Flint Memorial Park. Family will be present to receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday from 9-9pm and Monday from 11am until the time of service at 4:30:pm. Bob was born March 17, 1934 in Clio the son of Mr. and Mrs. Amasa Augusta and Edith Betsy Mae (Hursh) Maxson. He and Lena Marie Davis were united in marriage on October 26, 1954. Robert worked for the Buick Motor Division with 40 years of service, retiring in April of 1992. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, the out-of-doors, bowling, woodworking and his family. Surviving are his wife, Marie, 5 children, Rhonda and husband David Hammond of Swartz Creek, Sue Raby of Mt. Morris and Mike Lay, Robert and wife Dagmar Maxson of Colorado Springs, CO, Ronald and wife Vicki Maxson of Clio, Roxanne Maxson and fiancé Darrell Tester of Flint, 15 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, 6 brothers and sisters, special friend, Leon Foley. and many extended family members and friends. Robert was preceded in death by 5 brothers and sisters.
Dorma Arlene VunCannon
Age 84, of Mt. Morris died July 19, 2001 at McLaren Hospice. Funeral services will be held 11:00 am Monday from Miles Martin Funeral Home. Elder John Hart officiating with burial at Flint Memorial Park . Family will receive friends 6-9 Saturday, 9-9 Sunday. Memorial may be directed to Huff and Puff or McLaren Pulmonary Rehab. or McLaren Hospice envelopes are available at the funeral home. Dorma was born March 5, 1917 in Peck the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Vern and Bertha (Maynard) Morrell. She and Thad VunCannon were united in marriage February 1935, he preceded her in death August 26, 1989. She was a member of Eastside Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Dorma was the first woman Barber in Flint. Her working career included the nursing at St. Joseph Hospital with Dr. Portney's office as a beautician in her mothers beauty shop, and was a foster mother for Michigan Aid Children. After retirement she and her husband moved to Florida in 1971 where she was active in senior groups, hairdressing in her park and at local nursing home. She also joined and became active with the Huff and Puff Support Group and the McLaren Pulmonary Rehab. She enjoyed playing bingo and received great enjoyment from her family. She was a loving friend, grandmother and mother. Surviving are 2 children: Caroline and husband Bob Gring of Mt. Morris; Jim and wife Gloria VunCannon of Mt. Morris; 4 grandchildren: Tom Gring of Davison; Shelley and husband Mike MacDonald of Flint; Steve VunCannon and finace' Jennifer Nugent of Waterford; Cory and wife Jessica VunCannon of Burton; 6 greatgrandchildren: Carl , Michael, Patty, Dylan, Shauna, Mikey; Sister-in-law: Arlene Morrell of Mt. Morris; Several nieces and nephews. Special cousin: Thelma Hamilton; Dorma's family wishes to thank McLaren Hospice and Dr. Barbara Mercer.
Eugene Douglas Stone
Age 77, of Lake City died July 19, 2001 at Autumn Wood Nursing Home. Funeral services will be held 2:00 pm Tuesday from Miles Martin Funeral Home. Rev. Dean Dumbrille officiating. Family will received friends 6-9 Sunday, 9-9 Monday. Eugene was born Jan 29, 1924 in Dover, TN., the son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold L. and Ora (Riggins) Stone. He and Marguarette H. "Billie" Meeks were united in marriage. She preceded him in death March 29, 1997. He was a veteran of WWII serving US Navy South Pacific, as a Landing Craft Operator during the flag rasing at Iwo Jima. He was awarded 6 battle ribbons signifying the 6 campaigns he took part in. He was a member of operators Union Local, and retired 1989 as a supervisor for Flint Road Builders. He thoroughly enjoyed hunting and fishing. Since 1986 he has lived on his farm at Lake City where he has enjoyed his retirement as a part time farmer. Surviving are 4 children: Shelia Ruth Thomas of Denver, CO.; E. Douglas Stone Jr. of Grayling; Addie Janie and husband Richard Taubitz of Fenton; Priscilla A. Marguarette Stone of Bisby, AZ.; 13 grandchildren: Khristi and husband Anders Suarez of Phoenix, AZ.; Bob Thomas Jr. of Denver, CO.; Kimberly and husband Aaron Hoogenboom of Waterford; Jenny and husband Peter Simmonds of Paris; Joshua and wife Jennifer Caudill of Cadillac; Jackie Gifford and Joadie Gifford both of Mt. Morris; Emily Addie Taubitz , Richard Taubitz III, Bethany Anne Stone Taubitz all of Fenton; Faith Ford; Harold Ford and Marrissa Somoza; 7 great grandchildren: Paige, Cierra, Alasandra, Michael, Isabella, Joshua Paul and Jolie. 5 brothers and Sisters: Hilda Hagaman, Virginia Williams, Diane Stone all of Nashville, TN.; Robert Stone of Grand Blanc; Benjamin Stone of Clarksville, TN.; Sister-in-law: Addie Davidson; Several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, and oldest brother Billy who died in South Pacific during WWII.
Jessie G. Stadler
Age 94 of Mt. Morris, died Wednesday, July 18, 2001 at Montrose Nursing Home. Funeral service will be held 1:00 pm Saturday at Miles Martin Funeral Home with Hank Messing, Pastoral Associate officiating. Burial at Flint Memorial Park. Family will be present at the funeral home to receive friends 11:00 am - 9:00pm Friday and 11:00 am until time of service on Saturday. Those desiring may consider memorial contributions to Osteo Genesis Imperfecta or American Cancer Society. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. Jessie was born June 5, 1907 in Canada, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse and Ellen (Pryor) Freeman. She and Wallace Stadler were united in marriage March 10, 1924. He preceded her in death April 16, 1987. Jessie was a former member of Faith United Methodist Church in Flint and a life member of Mt. Morris Township Central Fire Department Auxiliary. Surviving are children, Jesse and wife Phyllis Stadler of Mt. Morris, Mabel and husband Raymond Cloutier of Clio, Mildred and husband Meredith Crame of Mecosta, Kathleen and husband Gerald Stadler of Clio, Wayne and wife Judy Stadler of Pueblo West, Co.; 17 grandchildren, many great grandchildren and great great grandchildren; brother, John and wife Hilda Freeman of Mt. Morris; sister Iva Jean Turcotte of Ravenna; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Wallace, and several sisters and brothers. The family would like to say a Special Thank You to the staff at Montrose Nursing Home for the excellent care given to Jessie.
Emilie Carol Powell
Age 62, of Le Mesa, CA, died Sunday, July 15, 2001 in California. A memorial celebration will be held 2:00 pm Monday from the Miles Martin Funeral Home, Mr. Garfield Cooper officiating with burial in Flint Memorial Park. Visitation will be held Monday from 11:30 am until the time of service. Carol McKee Powell was born in Mt. Morris on September 7, 1938. Surviving are, her husband of 38 years, Pete Powell, daughter, Denise Porter of Carson City, NV, grandson, Shane Michael Porter of Elko, NV, sister, Mary Saltzam of Clio, brother-in-law, Charles D. Saltzam of Clio, nieces, Cheryl Saltzan and Deborah Saltzam of Montrose, nephew, David Saltzam of Mt. Morris.
Gertrude E. Hadeway
Age 71, died July 2, 2001 in Bradenton, Fla. Cremation has taken place. A memorial mass will take place at St. Mary Catholic Church at 10:00 am Monday July 23, 2001. Rev. Fr. Raymond Urbanek officiating. Burial at New Calvary Cemetery.
Marjorie Hovey Selvidge
Of Genesee age 94 died Thursday July 12, 2001 at McLaren Regional Medical Center. Funeral services will be 11:00 am Monday from Miles Martin Funeral Home Pastor Eldon Busenitz of Mt. Morris Community Church officiating. Burial in Thetford Twp. Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home Sunday from 12-noon until 9:00 pm. Marjorie was born June 9, 1907 in Genesee the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Albert and Nellie (Hovey) Young. She and Paul Selvidge were united in marriage. He preceded her in death. Marge was a lifelong resident of Genesee and was a member of Genesee United Methodist Church and a lifemember of Order of Eastern Star #_ . Surviving are her daughter-in-law: Shirley Selvidge of Genesee; 3 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren, and 2 great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son William H. Selvidge, 3 brothers, and 2 sisters.
John Herbert Rea
Of Millington, formerly of Flint died Tuesday, July 10, 2001 at Genesys Hospice Center. Funeral services will be 10:00 AM from SS Charles & Helena Catholic Church in Clio. Rev. Fr. Gerald J. Ploof will officiate with burial in Sunset Hills with graveside Military Honors by American Legion Post # 413, Grand Blanc. John will remain at the Miles Martin Funeral Home, Mt. Morris where friends may call from 6-9:00 PM Wednesday and 9-9:00 PM Thursday. On Thursday evening, family, friends and parish will gather at the funeral home to pray the Rosary at 3:00 pm. Memorials may be directed to SS Charles & Helena Catholic Church Building Fund. Envelopes are available at the funeral home and church. John was born in Flint December 25, 1915 the son of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel and Ann Elizabeth (Gill) Rea. He and Elizabeth Kantor were united in marriage July 22, 1944. She preceded him in death January 23, 1987. He was a resident of Flint until 1996 when he moved to Millington. John was a veteran of WWII serving with the US Army. He retired from Buick Motor Division. John was an easy going and gentle person who loved dancing and was a lifelong baseball fan and participant. He leaves to cherish his memory his son; Roger and wife Diane Rea of Flushing; Daughter: Jean Prevost of Millington; Grandchildren: Andy, Denise, John, and Aimee; Brother: George Rea of Flint. John was preceded in death by his wife, parents, 2 sisters Elsie and Agnes, and nephew Terry.
William L. Witten
Age 82, of Mt. Morris, died Monday July 9, 2001 at his residence. Funeral service will be held 1:00 pm Thursday at Miles Martin Funeral Home. Rev. Harold Polk officiating, burial at Flint Memorial Park with military honors by VFW Post #8236. Family will be present at the funeral home to receive friends 6-9:00 pm Tuesday and 1-9:00 pm Wednesday, with a Masonic service at 7:00 pm conducted by Flint/C.A. Durand Lodge #23 and Leo R. Crowe VFW Post #8236 service at 7:30 Wednesday evening. If desired memorial contributions may be made to Calvary Presbyterian Church or Genesys Home and Hospice Team, envelopes are available at the funeral home. William was born May 29, 1919 in Goodrich, Tennessee one of six children of Mr. and Mrs. White and Bessie (Morris) Witten. William worked for Chevrolet Manufacturing with 24 1/2 years of service. He and Shirley Rachar were united in marriage October 10, 1970. William served in WWII with the United States Army for four years, in which he received 2 Purple Hearts. Mr. Witten was a member of the Masonic Lodge Washington Chapter #15 for over 50 years, UAW Local #659, Calvary Presbyterian Church, the D.A.V. and a life member or VFW Leo R. Crowe Beecher Post # 8236. He was an avid fisherman, beekeeper and enjoyed his roses and garden. Survivors include wife: Shirley of 30 years; children: Mary and husband Dan DeMers, of Poulsbo, WA.; Connie Rachar of Flint; Charles Rachar of Shelbyville; grandson: Gregory Mackey of Utica; 2 sisters-in-law: Berniece Witten of Swartz Creek; Louella Witten of Midland, many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by 4 brothers, Bob, Bart, John, Frank, and 1 sister Louise. The family wishes a special thanks to Elaine and Jim Bickel and to the Genesys Home and Hospice Team.
William R. "Red" Stewart
Richard F. Matteson Sr.
Age 72, of Clio, died Tuesday, July 3, 2001 at Genesys Regional Medical Center. Funeral services will take place 11:00 am Saturday, July 7, 2001 at the Miles Martin Funeral Home in Mt. Morris. Pastor Gordon Aiken officiating with burial in Flint Memorial Park. Family will be present at the funeral home on Wednesday from 6-9pm, Thursday from 10-2 and 6-9 pm and Friday from 10-2 and 6-9pm. Richard was born April 26, 1929 in Beloit, WI the son of Mr. and Mrs. Bernard and Vera (Hammel) Matteson. He and Verna Hetzer were united in marriage in June of 1950, she preceded him in death in 1982. He and Sandra Kryso were united in marriage in November of 1987. Richard worked as a millwright for Buick for 40 yrs. Retiring in March of 1989. He loved going up north to his cabin in Gladwin where he loved to fish and hunt. Surviving are his wife: Sandra; 7 children: 4 stepchildren: 31 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; 2 brothers and 2 sisters, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Richard was preceded in death by his parents.
Norman E. Pelch
Age 70, of Flint died Tuesday July 3, 2001 at Hurley Medical Center. Funeral Service will take place 1:00 p.m. Friday July 6, 2001 at the Miles Martin Funeral Home. Mr. Richard Fox officiating with burial in Flint Memorial Park. The family will Receive friends at the funeral home 12-9 p.m. Thursday and on Friday from 9:00 a.m. until time of service. The Eagles will conduct a Memorial Service at 7:00 p.m. Thursday. In lieu of Flowers Memorial contributions may be directed to the Diabetes Assoc. Norman was born August 13, 1930 in Flint the son of Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin and Nina (French) Pelch. On October 5, 1953 he married Jacqueline Burns. He later married Schanick September 23, 1999. Prior to his retirement he had been employed at Fisher Body in Grand Blanc for 33 years. He was a member and officer of Eagles #629 and the GrandBlanc Moose Lodge. He also served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He is survived by wife Kathleen; 4 children: Norma Jean and Richard Fox of Battle Creek; Linda Sue and Michael Ondovcsik of Flushing; Betty June and Terry Dinse of Mt. Morris; Steven and Darline Pelch of Burton; 4 step-children: Bill and Diane Brown of Burton; Kenneth and Deborah Brown of Burton; Rebecca Brown of Clio; Dan Johnson of Flint; 10 grandchildren; 1 great grandchild; 1 sister and 1 brother: Nina and Bud Gibson of Flint; Benjamin and Eileen Pelch. He is also survived by his former wife Jacqueline. Preceded in death by his parents, 9 brothers and sisters.