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JOE AZZOPARDI
of Gregory
Age 77, passed away on Monday, October 8,2001 at Chelsea Community Hospital in Chelsea. He was born in Sliema, Malta on April 9,1924 the son of Francis and Ariesta(Saracino)Azzopardi. He has lived in the area since 1978 moving here from Detroit. Joe liked playing Bingo, and working with tools, his greatest enjoyment was his family, especially his grandchildren. He married Mary Jane Abela on November 8, 1947 in Malta, and she survives. He is also survived by his children Tony(Grace) Azzopardi of Petoskey; Dorothy(Gary) Somervell of Gregory; Mary(Bob)Adams of Stockbridge; Charlene(Mike) Summers of Stockbridge; and Frank(Terri)Azzopardi of Milan; two brothers Emmanuel(Deloris)Azzopardi of Livonia; Larry(Blanche)Azzopardi of FL; two sisters Mary(Charlie)Aguis of Dearborn and Violet Azzopardi of Riverview; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, October 10, 2001 at 6:00pm at Caskey-Mitchell Funeral Home in Stockbridge, with Deacon Dick Shanneyfelt officiating. Expression of sympathy may be made to Chelsea Community Hospital.

Thelma H. Hile
of Stockbridge, MI
Age 83, died October 6, 2001 peacefully at her home under the loving care of her family. She was born on March 26, 1918 in White Oak Township, the daughter of Charles and Ora (DeWitt) Strobel. She was a member of Stockbridge United Methodist Church for many years. She was a care provider for Adults, and was thought of as a sister to many area ladies. She enjoyed Farming and Flowers and her garden. On October 2, 1941 she married Carl W. Hile and he preceded her in death in 1973. Surviving are 2 daughters, Joyce Sabin of Coldwater, and Mary Lou Griffith of Morgan City Louisiana, and 1 son Leo (Yvonne) Hile of Stockbridge. 3 grandchildren Wayne and Glen Hile and Marty Jo Wheeler. She was also preceded in death by her parents, 3 brothers, Russel and Myron, and Howard, Strobel and 2 sisters, Vera Hile, and Irene Strobel. Funeral services will be Tuesday, October 9, 2001 at 1:00 P.M. from the Caskey-Mitchell Funeral Home, Stockbridge, with Rev Robert Henning officiating. Burial will follow at Alchins Cemetery, Webberville. Expressions of sympathy may be made to Ingham Hospice. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Monday From 4-9 P.M.

JEWELL D. MALES
of Munith, Michigan
Age 64, died Wednesday October 3, 2001 at Arbor Hospice Residence. She was born on April 21, 1937 in Barbourville, KY., the daughter of James and Kitty Carnes. She had lived in the area Since 1974 and Worked at Farmers State Bank for 20 plus years. She enjoyed reading and gardening and her house. Surviving are 2 sons James Hypes of Princeton, West Virginia, and Ken (Elaine) Hypes of Munith, 1 daughter, Nancy (Keith) Reynolds of Flat Rock, MI; 8 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be Monday October 8, 2001 at 1:00 P.M. at the Caskey-Mitchell Funeral Home, Stockbridge with Pastor Edward Eliason Officiating. Burial will follow at Munith Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy can be made to American Cancer Association or Arbor Hospice. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Sunday From 6-8 P.M.

ILA M. ROBESON 
Of Muskegon, 
Formerly of Gregory, MI 
Age 85, died October 2, 2001. She was born on January 17, 1916 in Dansville, Michigan, the daughter of Roy and Jennie (Smith) DeWitt. On July 10, 1935 she married Clyde Robeson and he preceded her in death in 1998. She had lived in the Stockbridge area most of her life. She was a member of Gregory Baptist Church and Order of the Eastern Star. Surviving are 1 Son Douglas (Madelyn) Robeson of FL., 2 daughters, Carolyn (Richard) Edstrom of Muskegon, and Marie (Scott) Wagner of IL. 6 grandchildren, and 9 great-grandchildren, and 1 sister, Doris Whitefield of Ypsilanti and several nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by 1 brother, Lester Dewitt. Funeral services will be Saturday October 6, 2001 at 11:00 A.M. from the Caskey-Mitchell Funeral Home, Stockbridge. Burial will Follow at the Alchin Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy may be made to Gregory Baptist Church. 

ROBERT W. TOSSEVA
of Stockbridge, Michigan.
Age 76, died October 1, 2001 at his home. He was born on June 23, 1925 in Mohawk, Michigan the son of Benhardt and Sigrid (Lofbakka) Tossava. Since 1972, he lived in Stockbridge, moving from the Detroit area. He was a member of the Stockbridge United Methodist Church. On November 7, 1963 he married Laurel Mascotte in Southgate and she survives. Also surviving are, Brenda Siirila of Lexington, Ky. Laurie Tossava of Lansing, Lauren (Dennis) Whitt of Stockbridge, and Lauret (Michael) Henry of Otsego, Mi. 2 brothers, Warren Tossava of Redford, MI., and Roy (Jan) Tossava of Negaunee, Mi.2 sisters, Eva (Wilbert) Suokas of Westland, and Fay Booth of South Lyon . 3 grandchildren. He was retired from Ford Motor Company in Highland Park, Mi. In accordance’s with his wishes his body was donated to the University of Michigan Hospital for Medical Research. Expressions of sympathy can be made to Jackson-Oakland Hospice or Stockbridge Area Ambulance. Arrangements by Caskey-Mitchell Funeral Home, Stockbridge.

GEORGE E. BACK
of Branch County Formerly of Stockbridge, MI
Age 34, died Monday October 1, 2001 at the Community Health Center in Coldwater. He was born in Jackson, Michigan January 25, 1967 the son of Lloyd G. and Bonnie (Fletcher) Back. He enjoyed coon hunting with his father and his family. On August 11, 1982 he married Suzette Bailey and she survives. Also surviving are 2 sons Joseph Back of Fremont and Chad Back of Stockbridge. His mother, Bonnie of Jackson, 1 brother, Johnny (Barb) Back of Stockbridge, 3 sisters, Renee (Bob) Dahlin of Stockbridge, Brenda (Richard) Clear of Stockbridge, and Linda (Ricky) Williams of Glasgow, Kentucky. His grandmother Mae Fletcher of Stockbridge, also numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father Lloyd, Granparents, Wheeler Fletcher, and Harold and Jessie Back. Funeral services were held Saturday October 6, 2001 from the Caskey-Mitchell Funeral Home with the Rev. Ed Roark officiating. Burial was at Oaklawn Cemetery in Stockbridge. Memorial contributions may be made to the Back family. Visitation will be held Thursday 7-9 and Friday 2-5 and 7-9. 

Joan Vivian Kinch
Jackson, Michigan
Age 69, died Wednesday September 26, 2001 at Foote Hospital. She was born January 21, 1932 in Jackson, Michigan, the daughter of Lawrence and Geneva (Tanner) Smith. Joan was member of Sts. Cornelius and Cyprian Catholic Church. She loved her children, grandchildren, going up north to the cabin, playing bingo, tending her garden and flowers. She was married in Jackson on November 21, 1953 to Wendell R. Kinch and he survives. Also surviving are her children Deborah (Don) Walsh of Pleasant Lake, Denise (Robert) Connell of Kentucky, Ted (Sandra) Kinch of Pleasant Lake, Edward (Penny) Kinch of Jackson, Mary (Robert) Lingane of Jackson and Timothy Kinch of Jackson. Her grandchildren William (Jamie) Clark, Douglas Clark, Jason LaGow, Georgia (Andy) Grimes, Travis Kinch, Chad Kinch, Amber Marsh, Ashley Marsh, Amanda Marsh, Jess Walsh, Jason Walsh, Ravenna Connell, and 1 great grand child on the way. Her sister Shirley Doxtader of Pleasant Lake. She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, and three sisters. Funeral services will be held Friday, September 28, 2001 at the Caskey-Mitchell Funeral Home, Stockbridge with Rev. Fr. Eugene Beiter officiating. The family will receive friends Thursday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the funeral home where Rosary will be held at 7:30 p.m. Burial will be in the Kinch Family Cemetery Henrietta Township, Jackson County. Expressions of sympathy may be made to American Diabetes Assoc. or the church.

Frances L. Patton
of Bunker Hill Twp.
Formerly of Naples, Florida.
Age 74, passed away September 11, 2001 at her special friends house Duane and Margaret McCann. She was born on November 12, 1926 in Jackson, Michigan, the daughter of Floyd R. and Margaret L. (Danford). She had lived in the winter months in Naples, FL, and spent her summers at P.J. Campground. She had worked for Kelsey Hayes for several years. Cardparty’s, jig saw Puzzles, and traveling where her favorite pastimes. On January 9, 1972 she married J.B. “Pat” Patton in Stockbridge and he survives, also surviving are 3 daughters, Sandra (Ted) Morrison of Spring Lake, Beverly Crossman of Naples, and Sharon (Larry) Barden of Parma. 1 brother, Edward (Mary) Perkins of Arizona. 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Many nieces and nephews including Alice Lock of Jackson. She was preceded in death by 1 daughter, Patsy Mead, 3 brothers, Howard, Virgil and Floyd Perkins, 2 sisters, Marietta Ward, and Louise Morrisey. Memorial services will be Friday September 14, 2001 at 11:00 P.M. from the Caskey-Mitchell Funeral Home, Stockbridge with Rev Ed Roark Officiating. Expressions of Sympathy can be made to Ingham County Hospice.

Magaline Bedell
of Rives Junction
Age 46, passed away Monday, September 3, 2001 in Paintsville, KY. She was born on January 15,1955 in Mason, MI the daughter of Walter and Alta(Adams)Marshall. She enjoyed camping, her grandchildren and loved to cook and clean. On September 23, 1999 she married Steve R. Bedell in Eaton Rapids, MI, and he survives. She is also survived by her children, Peggy Sue(Doug)Shepherd of Salyersville, KY; Robbie(Renee)Watkins of Lexington, KY; Patty Watkins of Rives Junction; step-children Michelle Bedell of Eagle, MI; David Bedell of Rives Junction; one sister Della Sue Cole and special companion Bob of Lansing; two brothers Edward Marshall of Stockbridge; Michael Marshall of Mason; 12 grandchildren; and special friend Priscilla Clark of Munith. She was preceded in death by her parents one sister Mary Lou Hayes and a brother Jackie Marshall. Funeral services will be held Saturday, September 8, 2001 at 1:00 PM from the Caskey-Mitchell Funeral Home in Stockbridge. Burial will follow at North Waterloo Cemetery in Waterloo Township. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the family. The family will receive friends on Thursday from 7-9pm and Friday 2-5 and7-9 pm. at the funeral home.

Eldred Chester Yerks Jr
of Raleigh, NC
Age 55, passed away August 15,2001 at his home. He was born on March 17, 1946 in Mason, MI the son of Eldred and Madeleine(Knauf)Yerks Sr. He has lived in NC for 18 years moving from the Ingham County area. He enjoyed tennis, Bridge and reading. He is survived by his daughter Anne-Marie Yerks of Ann Arbor, MI; three sisters Janice(Rex)Reffitt of Freesoil, MI; Beverly Strickrodt of Jackson; Bethany(Dave)Kelly of Jackson, three brothers, James Yerks of Stella, MO; Duane Yerks of Fitchburg and fiancee Debbie Diamond of Mason; and Danny(Paula)Yerks of Columbus, IN; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents. Graveside services will be held at Fitchburg Cemetery in Bunker Hill Twp. on Saturday, September 8, 2001 at 11:00 Am with Deacon Tim Sullivan officiating. A gathering for family and friend will follow at the home of Duane Yerks. Memorial Contributions may be made to American Mensa 1229 Corporate Drive West, Arlington, Tx 76006-6103. Arrangements by Caskey-Mitchell Funeral Home in Stockbridge, MI

Peggy S. Curts
of Stockbridge
Age 52, passed away Monday, August 13, 2001 at her home in the care of her family. She was born July 6, 1949 the daughter of Gerald and Lena(Strong) O’Doherty. Peggy was a member of St. Cornelius and Cyprian Catholic Church, she enjoyed Acrylic painting, gardening, and especially her grandchildren. She married James D. Curts on September 15, 1967 and he survives. She is also survived by her four daughters Debbie(Chuck)Pulling of South Rockwood, MI; Jamie(John)Sattler of Dansville; Jill Curts of Jackson; Mandy(Daniel)Mahler of Gregory; five grandchildren, Tyler, Hunter, Jordynn Pulling and Kourtney, Peyton Sattler; her parents of Whitmore Lake; grandfather Gerald O’Doherty of Brighton, one sister Michele(Ronald)Tart of Raleigh, NC; two brothers Michael O’Doherty of Stockbridge and Patrick(Cathy)O’Doherty of Charlotte, NC, and several nieces, nephews and cousins and many aunts and uncles. The funeral mass will be held on Thursday, August 16,2001 at 11:00 AM from St. Cornelius and Cyprian Catholic Church, with Father Eugene Beiter officiating. Burial will follow at St. Cornelius and Cyprian Cemetery in Bunker Hill Twp. The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 7-9 PM and Wednesday from 2-5 and 7-9Pm with Rosary at 7:30 PM at Caskey-Mitchell Funeral Home in Stockbridge, MI. Expressions of sympathy can be made to Make a Wish Foundation. 

MARIE T. HOWARTH
Gregory, Michigan
Died Saturday morning August 11, 2001, She was born April 5, 1921 in Dickson City,Pennsylvania. She was the daughter of John and Estelle (Griffin) Davis. Marie had been a resident of Unadilla Twp., since l956 moving from Dearborn Heights. She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Pinckney. Mrs. Howarth was a member of the Chelsea Hospital Auxiliary,enjoyed playing pinochle, gardening and going to bingo and winning. She was married to Allen Howarth Sr. on October 24, 1942 in Pontiac, Michigan and he preceded her in death in 1991. Surviving are two sons Al (Pam)Howarth of Ann Arbor, William (Barry) Howarth of Gregory, Mich., Three grandchildren, six great grandchildren. Two sisters Helen Horrocks and Jean Scott and a brother John (Theresa) Davis all of Pennsylvania. Her special companion Ralph Sharkey of Chelsea. She was preceded in death by her daughter Deborah Howarth in Sept of 1999. The funeral mass will be held Wed August 15 at St. Mary Catholic Church Pinckney with Rev. Fr. Kenneth Coughlin officiating. The vigil will be held Tuesday evening at 7:30 PM at the Caskey-Mitchell Funeral Home, Stockbridge, where the family will receive friends Tuesday from 2-5PM and 7-9PM and at the church from 10:00 AM until the hour of service. Burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery, Stockbridge. Expressions of sympathy may be made to Stockbridge Area Ambulance or St.Mary Catholic Church.

Andrew Kolevar
of Detroit, MI
Age 72 passed away August 6,2001 at Stockbridge Country Manor in Stockbridge. He was born November 6, 1928 in Detroit, MI the son of Andrew J. and Mary(Ulicsni)Kolevar. He served in the Air Force during the Korean Conflict, he enjoyed traveling, fixing things and entertaining people. He married Lois Liberty on August 5, 1950 and she survives. He is also survived by his children, Kieran(Tony)Shaughnessy of Jackson; Mark(Audrey)Kolevar of Jackson; Kris(Clare)Kolevar of Ann Arbor; three sisters, Marion(Jerry)Miley of Troy; Pat(Len) Richard of Naples, FL; and Rosemarie(Bob)Ward of Battle Creek; four grandchildren and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by both parents. Visitation will be held on Friday, August 10, 2001 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon at St. Mary’s Student Parish in Ann Arbor, MI. Mass will be held Monday, August 13, 2001 beginning at 1:30 p.m. at St. Phillips Catholic Church in Battle Creek, MI. Burial will follow at Memorial Park in Battle Creek. Expressions of sympathy can be made to Heartland Hospice Services or Michigan Cancer Society. Arrangements by Caskey-Mitchell Funeral Home in Stockbridge, MI.

CLAUDETTE “SIS” FORBES
Of Pleasant Lake, MI
Age 65, passed away Thursday, August 2, 2001 at Ingham Regional Medical Care Center, Green Lawn Campus in Lansing. She was born on November 19, 1935 in Muse, Pennsylvania the daughter of James M. and Frances E. (Rukas) Garrett. She had lived in the area since 1970, and ran the Novak Family Restaurant. On February 14, 1957 she married Edward Forbes, and he preceded her in death on July 29, 1997. Surviving are four children Chester (Lisa) Forbes of Munith, Allison Oakley (Brian Mead) of Mason, Lisa (Brett) Kelley of Dansville and Edward Forbes (Linda Wardell) of Pleasant Lake, and seven grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Richard and Leonard Garrett. Memorial services will be Wednesday, August 8, 2001 at 1:00 p.m. from the Caskey-Mitchell Funeral Home, Stockbridge, with Rev. Jay Thiebaut officiating. Private burial will take place at Oaklawn Cemetery, Stockbridge. Expressions of sympathy can be made to Jackson County Hospice. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Tuesday from 6-8 p.m.

REBECCA McGLOTHEN
Of Munith
Age 74, went to be with her Lord, Saturday June 23, 2001 at Foote Hospital, Jackson. Rebecca was born May 1, 1927 in Breathitt County, Kentucky, the daughter of Green and Ella Fair (Hensley) Pitts. She was the devoted wife of Elwood "Mac" McGlothen until his death August 16, 1997. They were married on November 27, 1947 in Jackson, Kentucky; She was a member of Jeruel Baptist Church and was a deeply religious Christian, who enjoyed listing to Christian music and reading the Bible. Her family was her life, Rebecca was the strength and center of her family and a friend to everyone she met. Surviving are her five children Dan (Paula) McGlothen of Gregory, Betty McGlothen of Jackson, Leoma Whitaker of Munith, Ella Connell of Munith and Glenn (Christy) McGlothen of Rives Junction, 12 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, her sisters Betty Craft of Pleasant Lake, MI; Georgia (Ed) Keith of Jackson, Inetta Craig of Louisville, Ky., a special sister in law and friend Eva Pitts of Bunkerhill, and many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death parents, a grand son David Allen, two brothers R.B. Pitts, Bill Craft, four sisters Sara Pitts, Hattie Craft, Opal Perkins, and Hallabee Pitts. When she opened her door she always greeted you with a smile; she will be greatly missed by all. Funeral services will be held Wednesday June 27 at 2:00 PM at the Caskey-Mitchell Funeral Home with Rev . Robert Castle officiating. Burial will be in Fitchburg Cemetery. The family will receive friends Monday from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM and Tuesday from 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM and Wed from 10:00 AM until the hour of service at the funeral home.

Michael Peavler
Passed away Friday July 6, 2001 at the Duane Waters Hospital in Jackson, MI. Graveside services will be held Friday, July 13, 2001 at the Pinckney Cemetery in Pinckney, MI. Arrangements by Caskey-Mitchell Funeral Home.

George Thomas “Red” Kelley
of Stockbridge Age 70, passed away July 2, 2001 at Ingham Regional Medical Facility in Lansing. He was born on August 12,1930 in Stockbridge, Michigan the son of Earl and Martha(Syer)Kelley. He has lived in the area all his life, he retired after 40 years of employment with Oldsmobile Motor Company. He was a member of The House of Prayer in Haslett, he served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict, and was a member for 34 years of MacKinder-Glenn American Legion Post 510 of Stockbridge. Red married Aletha E. Bullard on March 20,1979 and she preceded him in death on December 22, 2000. He is survived by one son Donald(Connie)Kelley of Oklahoma; two daughters Dee Kelley, Val Kelley both of Lansing; four step-children Vicky Duran of Lansing; Barry(Debbie)Murphy of Harrison,Mi; Denis(Teri)Murphy of Mt Pleasant, MI; and Rolla ”Jack”(Toni)Murphy of Stockbridge, 8 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and one infant sister. Funeral services will be held Friday, July 6, 2001 at 1:00 PM from Caskey-Mitchell Funeral Home in Stockbridge, with Pastor Dave Cokonougher officiating. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Cemetery with Military Honors. Expressions of sympathy may be made to MacKinder-Glenn American Legion Women Auxiliary. The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 7-9 PM and Thursday 2-5 and 7-9 PM at the funeral home.

Lela J. Keeper
Stockbridge, MI
Passed away Thursday, June 28,2001,at Stockbridge Country Manor at the age of 100. She was born April 27,1901 in Ballard County, Kentucky the daughter of Clint and Ruby (Lewis) Haggard. She and her husband Gordon who preceded her in death in September 1985,managed and operated the Rural Telephone Company for many years. She was also preceded in death by three children Dixie Marie, Leon, Donald(Sparky), and son-in-law Howard Ward. She is survived by two daughters Bette Lou Ward of Stockbridge and Willie Mae(Dan) Barnard, and a daughter-in-law Sy Keeper both of Inverness, FL. one brother Raymond Haggard of Wickenburg, AZ., 11 grandchildren,15 great-grandchildren and numerous great-great-grandchildren. Private graveside services will be held at a later date at Oaklawn Cemetery in Stockbridge. Expressions of sympathy may be made to First Baptist Church of Stockbridge or Stockbridge Country Manor. Arrangements were made by Caskey-Mitchell Funeral Home in Stockbridge.

WILLIAM R. SNAY 
Of Munith 
Age 59, Died Friday afternoon June 15, 2001 at University of Michigan Hospital. He was born January 17, 1942 in Chelsea, the son of William and Elizabeth (Montaque) Snay. Mr. Snay had formerly lived in Chelsea and had resided in Munith since l970. He retired from Dana Corp. in 1995. Mr. Snay enjoyed collecting John Deere collectibles and tractors. He was a member of the Moose Lodge of ClearLake. He was married in Ubly, Michigan on February 4, 1967 to Lillian M. Gretch and she survives. Also surviving is his son Todd W. (Beth) Snay of Jackson, three grandchildren Ashley Nicole, Jessica Chrystal and Jonathan Michael Snay. Three sisters Harriet Tanner of Hamburg,Mich., Betty Tanner of Grass Lake, Eva Kircher of Ann Arbor, his brother Herman (Josephine) Snay of Saline and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his son Christopher Michael Snay and a brother E. J. Snay. The funeral mass will be held Wednesday June 20 at 11:00 AM at Sts. Cornelius and Cyprian Catholic Church with Rev.Fr. Eugene Beiter officiating. Burial will be in the Church Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy may be made to American Cancer Society. The family will receive friends Monday from 7-9PM and Tuesday 2-5 PM and 7-9PM at the Caskey- Mitchell Funeral Home, Stockbridge, where the Rosary will be held Tuesday evening at 8:30 PM.

Walter J. Maitland 
Pinckney, Michigan
Age 84, died Thursday evening June 14, 2001 at Stockbridge Country Manor. He was born July 15, 1916 in Leroy, Michigan the son of James and Gladys (McColley) Maitland. Mr. Maitland had been a resident of Unadilla Twp. for 30 years. He was a member of Lakeland Trails Baptist Church. Walter was retired from the Brighton Public Schools. Walter loved old tractors especially Farmalls and Allis Chalmers. He was a veteran of WW 11 serving in the US Army. He also enjoyed gardening and liked to fish and hunt. He married Joan M. Dean in 1964 in Detroit and she survives. Also surviving are his five children Sandra (Dorian) Prochnow of Alaska, Tony(Donna) VonHatten of Dansville, Paula Hicks of Pinckney, David (Gail) VonHatten of Belleville and Bill (Lynn) Maitland of Dansville. 12 grandchildren, 7 great -grandchildren, three sisters Barbara Foldenauer , Lilly Young both of LaPort, Indiana. And Phyllis Dekker of Idaho. He was preceded in death by five brothers and three sisters and his parents. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, June 19, 2001at 11:00AM from the Caskey-Mitchell Funeral Home with Pastor Christopher Johnson officiating. The family will receive friends Monday from 2-5Pm and 7-9PM at the funeral home. Expressions of sympathy may be made to Maitland Family.

Nicole M. Kirk
Of Jackson, Michigan
Age 19, passed away on Saturday, June 9, 2001, at Foote Hospital in Jackson. She was born August 13, 1981 in Jackson, MI the daughter of John R. and Perry(Patrick)Kirk. She has lived in the area all her life, and she loved working with children. She is survived by her parents, two sisters Tricia Kirk and special friend Brock Cavins of Jackson; Jade Kirk age 7 of Jackson; Grandparents Cindy and Keith Patrick of Jackson; Gale Kirk of Jackson; Great-grandmother Zorri Mae Fletcher of Stockbridge; Step-grandparents Earl and Verna Morgan of Belleville, MI, several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and many special friends. She was preceded in death by her grandfather Robert Kirk, uncle Brian Patrick, and great-grandfather Oral Hughes. Funeral services will be held Thursday, June 14,2001 at 3:00PM from the Church of Christ in Stockbridge with Rev Bruce Harris officiating. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Cemetery in Stockbridge. The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 7-9 PM and Wednesday 2-5 and 7-9 at the Caskey-Mitchell Funeral Home in Stockbridge. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Kirk Family. 

Neva M. Long
Of Stockbridge, Michigan
Age 62, passed away Thursday June 7, 2001 at the Chelsea Community Hospital. She was born on July 26, 1938 in Jackson, Michigan, the daughter of Ardell and Zelma (Hyde) Fauser. She had lived in Stockbridge area for the past 35 years coming from Dexter. She was a member of the Stockbridge Church of Christ, and worked for St. Joseph Mercy Hospital for 33 years and retired in 1996. She enjoyed reading, crosswords, and was a master of Scrabble. Most of all, she loved her family and her grandchildren. On July 21, 1956 she married Bobby R. Long in Indiana, and he survives. Also surviving are 4 children, Janet Long and her significant other Beth Williams of Jackson, Dana (Loran) Hyden of Napoleon, David (Michelle) Long and Sandra (James) Craft, all of Stockbridge; 1 brother, Fred (Carol) Fauser of Dexter, and 1 sister Linda (Milt) Potter of Kalkaska; 12 grandchildren; and 1 great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents, her son, Frederick Robert Long, and her daughter, Rebecca Corrine Long. Funeral services will be Monday June 11, 2001 at 3:00 P.M. at the Caskey-Mitchell Funeral Home, Stockbridge with Larrel Whitaker officiating. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Cemetery, Stockbridge. Expressions of sympathy can be made to American Cancer Society, Stockbridge Area Ambulance, or Stockbridge Church of Christ. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Saturday from 6-9 P.M. also Sunday 2-5 and 7-9 P.M. 

Orson A. Beeman Sr.
Of Chelsea, Michigan
Age 88, passed away Thursday, May 31, 2001 at Chelsea Community Hospital. He was born on April 19,1913 in Lyndon Township, MI the son of Alva and Helen (Collins) Beeman. He has lived at this 6th generation Centennial Farm all of his life. He was a member of the Waterloo United Methodist Church, Farm Bureau, Michigan Milk Producers Association, and was Supervisor of Lyndon Township for many years. He enjoyed hunting, ice fishing, and in his younger years trapping. He worked for U of M for many years. On October 20, 1936 he married Daisy P. Smith in Minnesota and she preceded her in death on June 9, 1994. He is survived by his son Orson "Sonny" (Mary Ann) Beeman Jr. of Chelsea; two daughters Ruth (Leonard) Hafner of Chelsea; Olive Marie (Dale) Cooper of Clare; his grandchildren Leonard (Sue) Hafner Jr., Leslee Hafner; Maleeya (Scott) Postma; Linda (Gary) McCalla; Malissa (Bruce) Miller; Orson "Luck" Beeman, and David Beeman, his great-grandchildren, Harley, Joshua, Michael, John, Willy, Ben, Jesse Rose, Marcy, Daniel, Holly; and two sisters Mildred Carty, and Luella Beeman both of Jackson, also several nieces, nephew and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, a son David E. Beeman, grandson Willy Morley, a brother Norman Beeman. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, June 2,2001 at 2:00pm from Caskey-Mitchell Funeral Home in Stockbridge. Burial will follow at Mt Hope Cemetery in Waterloo. Expressions of sympathy may be made to Waterloo United Methodist Church Building Fund. The family will receive friends on Friday 2-5 and 7-9 pm at the funeral home and Saturday 1:00pm until time of service. 

Woodrow Patrick 
Of Munith, MI 
Age 88, passed away Sunday, May 20, 2001 at Foote Hospital. He was born on May 12, 1913 in Meniffe County, Kentucky the son of Alvin and Bertha (Bailey) Patrick. He lived and worked in the area since 1953. He spent 20 years on the Dixon Farm as a Storage Boss. On January 17, 1935 he married Artie Wallen , and she preceded him in death in January 2001. He enjoyed gardening, farming, and hunting in Kentucky in his early days, and raising his children and watching his grandchildren grow. Surviving are his eight children Tessie Warrens of Muntih, Bobby (Sharon) Patrick of Clarkston, Glessie (Garlen) Warrens of Munith, Bertha Phelan of Grass Lake, Leonard (Linda) Patrick of Litchfield, Janice (Jimmy) Elliott of Munith, Jerry (Pam) Patrick of Jackson, and Jeanette (Wes) Gipe of Munith; also one brother Monroe Patrick of Homer, MI; 18 grandchildren, and 35 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one son, Terry, two brothers, and six sisters. Funeral services will be Wednesday May 23, 2001 at 1:30 p.m. from the Caskey-Mitchell Funeral Home, Stockbridge with Rev. Robert Castle and the Brothers of the Old Regular Baptist Church Co-Officiating. Burial will follow at Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Munith. Expressions of sympathy can be made to the Patrick Family. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Monday 7-9 p.m. and Tuesday from 2-5 and 7-9 p.m.

Maxine Roepcke
of Adrian, formerly of Stockbridge, Mi.
Age 90, died April 22, 2002 at Adrian Healthcare Center. She was born on February 28, 1912 in Stockbridge, Michigan the daughter of Louis and Mary (Palmer) Walz. Maxine had moved to Florida in 1979 then moved back to Michigan in 1996. A member of the Presbyterian church of Brooklyn. A former Member of Stockbridge Presbyterian Church, and also former Council member as well. Stockbridge Township Treasure for 11 years Retiring in 1972. On March 7, 1931 she married Louis B. Roepcke in Jackson and he preceded her in death on January 26, 1981. Surviving are 1 daughter Pauline (Robert) Bruestle of Manchester, 9 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by 1 daughter, Mary Louise Gillespie, 2 brothers and 1 sister. Funeral Services will be Thursday April 25, 2002 at 11:00 A.M. from the Caskey-Mitchell Funeral Home, Stockbridge, with Rev. Jeffrey G. Davis officiating. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Cemetery, Stockbridge. Expressions of sympathy can be made to Stockbridge Presbyterian Church. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 P.M. 

Herbert L. Dickinson
of Stockbridge, MI
Age 71, passed away Tuesday evening April 2, 2002 at U of M Hospital in Ann Arbor, MI. He was born on May 9,1930 in Jackson, MI the son of Ernest and Emma(Faist)Dickinson. Herb has lived in the area all his life and was a member of Stockbridge United Methodist Church for over 60 years, of which he served on the pastoral committee and church trustee. He was past worshipful master of Masonic Lodge, past worthy patron of Leslie Order of Eastern Stars, past president of Stockbridge Lions Club of which he received the Melvin Jones Award, past president of Hawaiian Village Inc, of Florida, served on Leslie City council, was a Board member of Stockbridge Village Council, First Assistant Fire Chief of Stockbridge and was a volunteer at Stockbridge Area Ambulance. Herb was a Car salesman for Bob’s Ford for 20 years retiring in 1992, was original co-owner builder of D&D Lanes, also owned and managed Herb’ Sinclair Service Station in Stockbridge. His enjoyment was hunting, fishing, golf, watching kids play basketball, and especially his family. He married Joyce J. Taylor on August 18, 1950 in Leslie, MI. and she survives. Also surviving are his children Thomas(Kim)Dickinson of Lansing; Todd(Sue)Dickinson of Pinckney; Edie(Jerry)Kingsley of Chelsea; one sister Ernestine Parrish of Jackson, one brother Robert(Jeanette)Dickinson of Alpena; sister-in-law Jocille Dickinson of Stockbridge; brother-in-law Charles Thompson of Stockbridge, and six grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers Howard and E. Donald Dickinson, two sisters Helen Thompson and Rose Dancer. Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 6 at 11:00 AM from Caskey-Mitchell Funeral Home in Stockbridge, MI, with Rev Dr. Robert Henning of Stockbridge United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Friday 2-4 and 7-9 at the funeral home. 

Sharon J. Krueger
of Gregory, MI
Age 47, passed away Tuesday, April 2, 2002. She was born April 29, 1954 in Jackson, MI. the daughter of Robert and Frances(Ruggles)Cole. She was a member of Plainfield United Methodist Church. She enjoyed gardening and her flower beds. Sharon married Warren Krueger Jr. on November 17, 1973, in Fowlerville and he survives, also surviving, her mother of Stockbridge. Three sons Ryan Krueger of Farmington Hills; Eric Krueger(Jocelyn Lundgoot) of Howell; Warren Krueger III, of East Lansing; three brothers, Robert W, Cole of Gregory; Raymond J. Cole of Fowerville ‘; William J. Cole of Frankford, and her granddaughter Alexus Elizabeth whom she enjoyed very much; also several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her father. Funeral services will be held Friday, April 5, at 10:30 AM from Caskey-Mitchell Funeral Home in Stockbridge, with Rev. Paul Bailey officiating. Burial will follow at Plainfield Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy may be Unadilla Township Fire Dept, The family will receive friends Wednesday from 7-9 PM and Thursday 2-5 and 7-9 PM at the funeral home.

William Barry Howarth
of Gregory, MI
Age 49, died at his home on Saturday, March 30, 2002. He was born on October 30, 1952 in Highland Park, MI the son of Allen and Marie(Davis)Howarth.. Barry is survived by his brother Al(Pam)Howarth of Ann Arbor, MI and two nieces and one nephew. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister Deborah Howarth. The family will receive friends on Friday, April 5, from 6-9 PM. at Caskey-Mitchell Funeral Home in Stockbridge, MI. Private burial will be at a later date. Expressions of sympathy may be made to Michigan Humane Society.

Anna G. Fletcher
of Stockbridge
Age 62, passed away Wednesday, March 27, 2002 at Chelsea Community Hospital. She was born July 10, 1939 in Salyersville, Kentucky the daughter of Randolph and Alma(Houston)Allen. She was a charter member of Good Shepherd Mission in Stockbridge. She enjoyed collecting dolls and clocks, reading, puzzles and her strawberry garden. ON July 17, 1954 she married Carl B. Fletcher in Unadilla and he survives. She is survived by her children Rick Fletcher of Stockbridge; Pamela(Tony)Schoening of Asheboro,NC; Craig(Theresa)Fletcher of Battle Creek; Nick(Angie)Fletcher of West Lafayette, IN; Jeffery(Robin)Fletcher of Munith; Tonya(Kenny)Wiley of Stockbridge; and Ben Fletcher of Stockbridge, three brothers Garland(Helen)Allen of Stockbridge; Danny Allen of Jackson; Don(Caroline)Allen of Stockbridge, two sisters Betty(Jimmy)Risner of Munith, and Theresa Allen of Stockbridge, 15 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother Michael Allen and one sister Garnie Stapleton. Funeral services will be held at Good Shepherd Mission on Monday, April 1,at 2:00 PM with Billy Allen, parson officiating. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Cemetery. Expression of Sympathy may be made to the Good Shepherd Mission. The family will receive friends on Saturday and Sunday from 5-9PM at Caskey-Mitchell Funeral Home in Stockbridge.

Kim C. Barker Sr.
Of Stockbridge, MI
Age 49, died Saturday March 23, 2002 at Chelsea Community Hospital. He was born on January 26, 1953 in Stockbridge, the son of Carl and Josephine (Elliott) Barker. Kim had lived in the area all his life and enjoyed playing pool, Harley motor cycles, and his granddaughter. On October 21, 1972 he married Judy K. Webb in Stockbridge, and she survives. Also surviving are his mother of Jackson, two sons Kim II (Amanda) Barker of Grass Lake, and Corey (Amberlee) Barker of Stockbridge; one granddaughter, Kaylee; four brothers Billy Barker of Jackson, Todd Barker of Holt, Greg Barker of Jackson, and Joey (Misty Allen)Barker of Stockbridge. He was preceded in death by his father. Funeral services will be Tuesday March 26, 2002 at 11:00 A.M. from the Caskey-Mitchell Funeral Home, 424 East Main, Stockbridge. Burial will follow at Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Munith. Expressions of sympathy can be made to the Barker Family. Friends may call on Sunday from 7-9 P.M. also Monday from 2-5 and 7-9 P.M.

William P. Heeney Sr.
Of Stockbridge
Age 62, passed away Friday, March 8, 2002 at U of M Hospital in Ann Arbor, MI. He was born May 11, 1939 in Jackson, Michigan the son of Lawton and Marcelline(Beck)Heeney. Bill has lived in the area most of his life and was employed at Chrysler Proving Grounds in Chelsea. He founded Heeney Racing Team and owned his own garage, becoming one of the best mechanics in the area. He was also a veteran of the United States Army. Bill was a people-person and will be dearly missed by all. He married Juanita Sturgill on April 30, 1960, and she survives. Also surviving are his two sons William (Carrie) Heeney and James (Tammie) Heeney all of Stockbridge; three brothers Tom (Judy) Heeney; Jerry(Gloria) Heeney; Pat (Karen) Heeney all of Stockbridge; two sisters Ellen (Mike ) Mosson of Jackson, and Ann (Willis) Jackson of Stockbridge, and three grandchildren Tracey, Brian, and Tyler Heeney. He was preceded in death by his parents. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, March 12, 2002 at 11:00 a.m. at Sts. Cornelius and Cyprian Catholic Church in Bunker Hill, with Rev. Fa. Eugene Beiter officiating. Burial will follow at Sts. Cornelius and Cyprian Cemetery. Expression of sympathy may be made to Sts. Cornelius and Cyprian Catholic Church. The family will receive friends Sunday 6-9 p.m. and Monday 2-5 and 7-9 p.m. with a rosary at 7:30 p.m. at Caskey-Mitchell Funeral Home in Stockbridge.

Dean C. Patrick
Of Fowlerville, Michigan.
Age 53, died Sunday March 3, 2002 at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He was born on August 27, 1948 in Ypsilanti Michigan , the son of Daniel and Eleanor (Davis) Patrick. Dean had lived in the Livingston County most of his life and attended Trinity United Methodist Church and enjoyed Farming. A veteran of Vietnam serving 2 tours of duties and received Army Commendation Medal while serving as supervisor in the battalions Company A. Dean had worked for Tri-State Medical Supply Company in Howell for several Years in the printing department. Surviving are, 1 son Jeffrey Patrick of Fowlerville, and 1 daughter Christy Eichsted of Lansing Michigan. 3 grandchildren and 3 sisters, Margaret (Charles) Purdy of Fowlerville, Dorotha (William) Bugard of Webberville, and Nancy (Dan) Yarsevich of Gaylord. Several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents. Funeral services will be Thursday March 7, 2002 at 11:00 A.M. from the Caskey-Mitchell Funeral Home, Stockbridge, Mi. Expressions of sympathy can be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, American Heart Association, Leader Dogs for the Blind, or the Kidney Foundation. The family will receive friend at the funeral home Tuesday from 7-9 P.M. and Wednesday from 2-5 and 7-9 P.M. also Thursday 10:00 A.M. till the time of service.

Dixie Mae Jones
of Munith
Age 88, went to be with the Lord under the loving care of her children and Hospice of Jackson after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born on September 13, 1913 in Ivyton, Kentucky the daughter of the late Earnest and Myrtle Sue (Ramey) Honaker. She enjoyed quilting, gardening, reading and most of all her family. Beloved mother of James H. (Peg) West of Alger, MI, Lowell (Kay) West of Leslie, Brenda (Bill) Strouss of Jackson, and Myrtle S. (Pete) Muraf of Grass Lake. Also surviving are 17 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren and 11 great great grandchildren; one brother Ted (June) Honaker of Stockbridge, three sisters Junie McFarland of Salyersville, KY, Thelma Slone of Paintsville, KY, and Olga Lee McKenzie of Hager Hill, KY. She was preceded in death by a son Tommie, and a daughter Bethel. Funeral services will be Saturday March 2, 2002 at 11:00 a.m. from Caskey-Mitchell Funeral Home in Stockbridge, with Billy Allen the Parson of Good Shepherd Mission Officiating. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Cemetery in Stockbridge. Expressions of sympathy may be made to Hospice of Jackson County or Good Shepherd Mission. The family will receive friends Friday from 2-5 and 7-9, and from 10:00 a.m. Saturday until time of service at the funeral home.

Harry A. Lawrence
Of Traverse City, MI
Age 85, passed away Tuesday, February 26, 2002 in Ann Arbor, MI. He was born March 1, 1916 in Ann Arbor, MI. Harry had lived in Traverse City for the past five years, moving from Mesick, MI. He retired from the Bendix Corporation. He was a member of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Traverse City, and was a life member of AmVets Post #35 of Mesick, MI. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He loved computers, and was a member of the Cherry Mug Computer Club. He loved sailing, music, and also helped his wife in writing a book and scanning photos. On January 18, 1996 he married Etta Mae Wilson in Florida, and she survives. Also surviving are two children Toby Smith of Ft. Lauderdale, FL and Vicki (Ridge) Owen of Stockbridge; two daughters-in-law Susan Thayer of Dewitt, MI and Youlin Thayer of Eaton Rapids; nine grandchildren Jeffrey (Judy) Shepard, Randy Shepard, Diane Pierce, Jennifer (Mike) Sadler, Daniel (Roxanne) Thayer, Mark (Brandi) Thayer, Ridge (Donna) Owen, Corey Thayer, and Jeff (Carol) Jones; twenty one great-grandchildren Jeffrey (Shannon) Shepard, Josh Shepard; Jordon , Justin and Ryan Sadler; Casey, Megan, Zachary and Andrea Thayer; Britney Thayer; Jasmine, Cheyenne, Jacob, and Caylen Jones; Brittani and Casey Jones; McKenna and Coltyn Owen; and Angelia Montrey, Cameron and Sidney Smith; also one great-great-grandchild Tyler Shepard. He was preceded in death by his parents Frank and Alma (Adams) Lawrence, his first wife Eunice of 52 years, also two sons Lynn and Terry Thayer, and one sister Maria Lawrence Halsal. Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 2, 2002 from the Caskey-Mitchell Funeral Home, Stockbridge at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Lisa Presley officiating. Interment will be private. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Friday evening from 6-8 p.m. Memorial Contributions may be made to the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Traverse City, the American Kidney Foundation or the American Heart Assoc.

Viola M. (Wilcox) Walker
of Stockbridge, Mi.
Died Sunday, February 24, 2002 in Rushville, In. where she was a resident of the Flatrock River Lodge. She was born June 30, 1918 in Millville, Mi. She was the daughter of the late Deeo Wilcox and Grace Eggleston Wilcox. She was preceded in death by her husband Elwood C. Walker who served as a minister of the gospel at Brimfield, Wolcottville, and Rome City United Brethren Churches, also at Hillsdale Chapel of Kokomo, South Whitley U.M. Church, Grace U.M. Church of Bremen, Southside U.M. Church of Wabash, and Wolcottville U.M. Church all in Indiana. Survivors include a son, Dennis Walker of Wabash, IN; 3 daughters, RoseMarie Waddell of Rutherfordton, NC, Deborah Cleaveland of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, and Sherry Huff of Rushville, IN; 16 grandchildren and 29 great grandchildren; a brother Charles Wilcox, 2 sisters Hazel Townsend and Joyce Balmer also survive. Services will be held at 11:00 Wednesday, February 27, 2002 at the Millville United Methodist Church in Stockbridge, MI. Burial will follow at the North Stockbridge Cemetery. Friends may call from 7-9 P.M., Tuesday at the funeral home. Arrangements by Caskey Funeral Home, Stockbridge, MI.

Chalmer Bailey
of Stockbridge
Age 83, passed away Tuesday, February 19,2002 at Chelsea Community Hospital in Chelsea, MI. He was born on June 22,1918 in Breathitt County, Kentucky the son of John Sr. and Dora(Wireman) Bailey. He loved to fish and enjoyed woodworking. On October 25, 1952 in Magoffin County ,Kentucky, he married Lucille Salyer, and she survives, he is also survived by a son Larry Bailey of AL; a daughter Dorothy(Mark)Salyer of Stockbridge; one brother Mitchell(Omalee)Bailey of Lima, Ohio; eight grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter Carol Jean Jordan; five brothers, Otis, Ellis, Arnold, John Jr, Roger; and two sisters Stella Frazier, Faye Bailey. Funeral services will be held Friday, February 22, at 1:00 P.M. from Caskey-Mitchell Funeral Home in Stockbridge with Pastor Charlotte Craft officiating. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Cemetery in Stockbridge. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Bailey Family. The family will receive friends Thursday 2-5 and 7-9 P.M. at the funeral home.

Ordell Huyck
of Sault St. Marie, MI
Age 67, died February 18, 2002 at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor, MI. He was born in Pickford, MI on November 6th, 1934 the son of Denzil and Mary (Hoath) Huyck. He was married to Ruth Parrish Huyck for 39 years. Surviving are his sons Anthony (Shelly) Huyck and Gary Payment, one sister Myrtle ( Arthur) Adams, five grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by one son Kenneth Payment. Memorial services will be held at Reamer Funeral Home in Pickford, MI on Friday Feb. 22, 2002 at 11:00am.

RUTH T. HOWARD, MRS. CLYDE
Of Stockbridge, Michigan
Age 75, died Saturday, February 16, 2002 at Arbor Hospice. She was born February 26, 1926 in Bath, Michigan, the daughter of Elgin and Gladys (Haviland) Stevenson. She was married to Clyde Howard in Millville, Michigan on January 11, 1947 and he survives. Ruth retired from Federal Screw Works in Chelsea in 1991. She enjoyed traveling; however her family was her life. Also surviving are her daughter Holly R. (Mark) Grenier of Stockbridge and grandson Aaron M. Grenier ; two brothers Glenn Stevenson and Roger Stevenson and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a brother Rex and two sisters Verna Myers and Mildred Putman. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, February 20, 2002 at the Caskey-Mitchell Funeral Home, Stockbridge with Rev. Wesley Duncan officiating. Burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery, Stockbridge. Expressions of sympathy may be made to Stockbridge Area Ambulance. The family will receive friends Tuesday 2-5 & 7-9 PM at the funeral home.

CHESTER P. HOLT, JR.
YPSILANTI, MICHIGAN
Age 78, passed away Sunday morning February 3, 2002 at the home of his daughter in Munith. Chester was born in Ann Arbor October 6, 1926. He was the son of Dr. Chester P. and Vara Marie (Comstock) Holt. Dr. Holt was a long time dentist in Stockbridge. Mr. Holt was raised in Stockbridge and was the Vice President of his graduating class of 1942. Mr. Holt was related to Glazier family in Chelsea and to the Welch family, who manufactured an automobile in Chelsea. He was a veteran of WW11 serving in the US Air Force. Chester was a former member of American Legion, the Secretary and member of the Masonic lodge and the Eastern Stars. He retired from Great Lakes Plastics and had worked as parts manager for Lantis Implement Co. and more recently at Meijers in Ypsilanti. Mr. Holt loved aircraft, electronics and was a former ham operator. Surviving are his children Deborah R. (Rick) Fletcher of Munith, Michael P. (Carrie) Holt of Manchester and Timothy F. (Monica) Holt of Ecorse, eight grandchildren, 4 great grand children and a special friend Margaret Reid of Westland. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother Rex Holt in 1996.Funeral services will be held Wed. at 11:00 AM at the CASKEY-MITCHELL FUNERAL HOME with Dennis Courtier, Pastor of the Good Shepherd Mission officiating. The family will receive friends Monday at the funeral home From 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM and on Tuesday from 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Burial will be in Oak lawn Cemetery, Stockbridge. Expressions of sympathy may be made to Hospice of Washtenaw.

Irene Smith
Of Leslie
Age 84, passed away Tuesday, January 22, 2002 at her daughters home. She was born in Rives Junction, Michigan on March 14, 1917 the daughter of William and Winnie(Chatfield)Devers. She was a member of Flower Memorial Spiritualist Church in Leslie, she enjoyed shopping and baking, especially cookies. On April 7, 1946 in Leslie, she married Wendall J. Smith and he preceded her in death in 1971. She is survived by one daughter Jacquelyn L. North of Leslie, 14 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, 25 great-great-grandchildren and special companion Corwin”Corky”Byers of Jackson. She was preceded in death by her parents, two sons Gerald King and Richard King, one daughter Janette Hatch, and a sister Bea Warwick. Funeral services will be held at Flower Memorial Spiritualist Church in Leslie on Friday, January 25, at 1:00 PM, with Rev. Cosie Allen of Golden Rule Spiritualist Church officiating. Burial will follow at Woodland Cemetery in Jackson. The family will receive friends at Caskey-Mitchell Funeral Home in Stockbridge, on Thursday from 2-5 and 7-9 PM. Expression of sympathy may be made to Flower Memorial Spiritualistic Church or The Irene Smith Family.

Alma C. Ford
Of Munith, Michigan
Age, 96, passed away January 15, 2002 at Doctors Hospital in Jackson. She was born on October 20, 1905 in Munith, Michigan the daughter of August and Julia (Gruner) Hoffman. She lived in the house where she was born all of her life. On March 25, 1932 she married Regnald H. Ford. Alma was an active member of Munith United Methodist Church, where she was a Sunday school teacher, organist, pianist, choir member, and member of United Methodist Women. A member of Waterloo farm Bureau, and the Waterloo Needlework Club. Alma graduated from Jackson High School and attended Michigan State Normal College. She taught at Parks, Moss and Munith Schools. Surviving are 1 daughter, Julia M. Ford of Holly, Michigan, 1 daughter in Law, Mary Ford of Munith, Grandsons, Kirk B. (Danielle) Ford of Eaton Rapids, Todd R. (Dawn) Ford, Of Munith, Peter (Shannon) Ford of Munith. Great-grandchildren, Allie, Katie, Camille, Emma, Wyatt. 1 sister-in-law, Pauline (Dale) Hons of Munith. She was preceded in death by her husband of sixty five years, 1 son James Ford, and 1 brother Earl Hoffman. Funeral services will be Saturday January 19, 2002 at 11:00 A.M. from the Caskey-Mitchell Funeral Home, Stockbridge. Burial will follow at Munith Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy can be made to Munith United Methodist Church, or Hospice of Jackson. The family will receive friends at the funeral Home Friday from 2-4 and 6-8 P.M.

Beulah E. Hudson
of Jackson
Age 89, passed away Sunday, January 6,2002 at Hartland Manor in Jackson. She was born in Paulding, Ohio on April 17, 1912 the daughter of Peter and Lucy(Rowe)Kemler. She was a life member of Millville United Methodist Church. She enjoyed the farming life, her flowers, crafts, reading, playing euchre and liked to go to out eat. On July 1, 1931 she married Milton T. Hudson and he precede her in death on April 10, 1912. Surviving is one son Robert “Bob”(Carol) Hudson of Jackson, one sister Helen Kinne of Dansville, one brother Alphonzo “Fonnie”(Ann) Kemler of Jackson, four grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters Marie Duffield and Nieta Waters, four brothers Clarence, Karl, Dale and Otto Kemler. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, January 9, 2002 at 11:00 AM from Millville United Methodist Church, with Rev. Richard Tester officiating. Burial will follow at North Stockbridge Cemetery in White Oak Twp. Expressions of sympathy may be made to Millville Untied Methodist Church. Visitation for friends and family will be at Caskey-Mitchell Funeral Home in Stockbridge, on Monday 7-9 PM and Tuesday 2-5 and 7-9 PM.

Doris J.Garfield
of Munith
Age 89, passed away Friday, January 4,2002 at Martin Luther Memorial Home in Holt. She was born January 4, 1913 in Jackson, MI. the daughter of Clyde and Theo(Robbins)Hawkins. Doris lived in the area all her life, and was a member of the Eastern Stars in Pleasant Lake. She enjoyed playing the piano, cooking, playing cards, and her grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Gerald Garfield in 1990. Surviving are her two sons Graydon(Frances) Garfield and Gaynard D(Rebecca)Garfield both of Batteese Lake, five grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; and one sister-in-law Lillian Hawkins. She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother Keith Hawkins. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, January 8, 2002 at 10:00 AM from Caskey-Mitchell Funeral Home in Stockbridge, with Pastor Toby Teague officiating. Burial will follow at Munith Cemetery, in Munith. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the American Diabetes Association. The family will receive friends on Monday 2-4 and 6-8 PM at the funeral home.

Adam Russell
of Dansville
Age 82, passed away on Thursday, January 3, 2002 at IRMCF- Greenlawn in Lansing. He was born in Jackson, Kentucky on December 31, 1919 the son of Grover Cleveland and Elizabeth(Craft)Russell. Adam served in World War II in the Army Air Force, and was a life member of VFW post 7309 in Mason. He attended Trinity Pentecostal Church of Fitchburg, he enjoyed gardening and his family. On July 30, 1947 he married Alvadene Montgomery in Munith and she survives, also are six surviving children. Eva(Frank)Gillespie of Horseshoe, NC; Grover Russell of Dansville; Laura Dysert-Conner of Dansville; Vaughn(Kathy)Russell of Stockbridge; Victoria Cottom and fiancee Ralph Mannor of Dansville; and Bill (Barb)Russell of Leslie; two sisters Pauline Craft and Bonnie(Gordon)Davis both of Jackson; 15 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, and a very special friend Teddy. He was preceded in death by his parents a brother Arthur, great-grandson James Malcom and his in-laws Bill and Maggie Montgomery. Funeral services will be held on Monday, January 7, 2002 at 11:00 AM from the Caskey-Mitchell Funeral Home in Stockbridge, with Rev Ed Roark of Trinity Pentecostal Church will officiate. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Jackson. Expression of sympathy may be made to Trinity Pentecostal Church. The family will receive friends on Saturday from 3-5 and 7-9 PM and Sunday 3-5 and 7-9 PM at the funeral Home.

Tommy Lee Hamlin
of Gregory
Age 50, passed away December 30, 2001 at his home surrounded by his family. He was born on November 1, 1951 in Jackson, Michigan, the son of the late Troy Lee and Bessie (Barker) Hamlin. He had lived in the area all his life. He attended Cross Road Baptist Church in Leslie and Jeruel Baptist Church in Munith and taught Sunday school as well. He enjoyed hunting, golf, travel and his granddaughter, Marissa Hamlin. He worked for Federal Screw Works in Chelsea for 25 years, retiring in 1998. A veteran of the Vietnam conflict, he served in the United States Army. On September 8, 1973 he married Evelyn J. Hoffman in Unadilla, and she survives. Also surviving are four sons Michael Hamlin of Gregory, Jeff (Laura) Hamlin of Stockbridge, Craig (Phoebe) Hamlin of Stockbridge, and Ryan Hamlin of Gregory; three brothers Jack Hamlin of Jackson, Robert (Susan) Hamlin of Aiken SC, and Kevin Hamlin of Stockbridge; three sisters Judy (Reed) Hartsuff of Gregory, Linda Sue (Edward) Roe of Holt, and Connie Hamlin of Ann Arbor; one granddaughter, several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by 1 sister, Karen Hamlin. Funeral services will be Thursday January 3, 2002 at 2:00 P.M. from the Caskey-Mitchell Funeral Home, Stockbridge with Rev. Robert Castle Officiating. Burial will follow at Plainfield Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy can be made to the Hamlin Family. Friends may call at the funeral home, Tuesday from 7-9 P.M. also Wednesday from 2-5 and 7-9 P.M.

Norma J. Fletcher
of Jackson, Formerly
of Munith, Mi.
Age 64, passed away Friday December 28, 2001 at her daughters home. She was born in Garrett, Kentucky the daughter of Ezra and Pearlie (Hackworth) Patrick. She had lived in Jackson for the past 8 years and enjoyed Cooking and 500 Rummy but most of all she adored her grandchildren. She worked for the Country Skillet for many years. She also attended the Heeney Road Baptist church. Surviving are 5 children, Brenda (Gary) Hoover of Stockbridge, Ronnie (Deborah) Bartley of Jackson, Steven Bartley of Jackson, David (Zully) Bartley and Vicki (David) White of Jackson. 3 sisters, Ernestine Handshoe of Munith, Geraldine Lowe of NC. And Vera Hoover of Munith. 27 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandson. She was preceded in death by her 1st, husband Garland Bartley, and 2 sisters, Bulah, and Pauline. Funeral services will be Monday December 31, 2001 at 1:00 P.M. at the Caskey-Mitchell Funeral Home, Stockbridge with Elmer Burke officiating. Burial will follow at Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Munith. Memorial Contributions may be made to Jackson Oakland Hospice. The family will receive friends at he funeral home Sunday from 2-5 and 7-9 P.M.

Thomas J. Gibney
of Gregory, Mi.
Age 44, died December 25, 2001 at his home. He was born on August 12, 1957 in Lansing, Michigan the son of Thomas A. and Millie (Slabonek) Gibney. He had lived in the area all his life and was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Pinckney. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was member of the National Rifle Assoc. Tom enjoyed life and will be missed by all that knew him. In 1982, he married Shari Hall, and she survives. Also surviving are two children, Angela Gibney and Thomas John "T.J." Gibney, both of Pinckney; one sister Catherine Looby of Stockbridge, as well as several aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents. Funeral services will be Saturday December 29, 2001 at 11:00 A.M. from St. Mary Catholic Church, Pinckney with Rev. Fa. Kenneth Coughlin officiating. Burial will follow at the Church Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy can be made to St. Mary Catholic Church Building Fund or Livingston County Hospice. The family will receive friends at the Caskey-Mitchell Funeral Home, Stockbridge Thursday from 7-9 P.M. and Friday from 2-5 and 7-9 P.M. with Rosary at 7:30 P.M. 

Cathryn Pauline Brooks
of Stockbridge
Age 88, passed away Thursday, December 20, 2001 at Foote Hospital in Jackson. She was born September 27, 1913 in Jackson, MI. the daughter of Howard and Sophia(Lunelius)Rockwell. Cathryn has lived in the area all her life. On December 16, 1932 she married Robert I. Brooks in Mason, MI. together they owned Gulf Service Station in Stockbridge, he precede her in death on December 9, 1979. She was employed for 20 years at Mason General Hospital. She was involved in several bowling leagues, was a member of ABWA, American Business Women Association. She enjoyed her flower garden and crafts. Surviving are her children, John(Mary)Brooks of Ackerson Lake, MI; Dorothy(Hilbert)Proctor of Stockbridge; Bonnie Conner of Sacramento, CA; Joann(Roger)Storey of Queen Creek, AZ; Shirley(Harry)Householder of Eaton Rapids; Philip Brooks of fort Knox, KY; Marlene(Michael)Lukenich of Stockbridge; and Edith)Kirk)Myers of Manchester, 26 grandchildren; 35 Great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren. She was precede in death by her parents, three brothers Bill, Edward and Chuck Rockwell, one sister Mary Taylor and a grandson John David Brooks. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, December 22, 2001 at 11:00 AM from Caskey-Mitchell Funeral Home in Stockbridge, with Rev Robert Henning officiating. Burial will follow at North Stockbridge Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy may be made to Stockbridge Area Ambulance. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday from 2-8PM and Saturday 10AM until time of service.

Harold G. Lantis
of Stockbridge, Michigan
Harold age 90 passed away Wednesday December 5, 2001 at the Chelsea Community Hospital. Born October 14, 1911 in White Oak Township the son of Clifford and Blanche (Glenn) Lantis. On June 26, 1936 he married Lila Evelyn (McManus) of Chelsea who preceded him in death on May 5, 1995. He resided in the Stockbridge area his entire life. He partnered with his father and brother founding C.G. Lantis & Sons Farm Equipment & Trucks. A long standing member of the Stockbridge Presbyterian Church. Charter member of the Stockbridge Lions Club. An honorary member of the Stockbridge Masonic Lodge. Past president and former board member of the Farm Equipment Association. He participated in three centennials and was the Chairman of the Stockbridge Bi-Centennial in 1961. Charter member of the Inverness Country Club. He was an active contributor in his community. He was an avid woodcarver, golfer, fisherman, world traveler, and story teller. He cherished family and is survived by: son Richard Lantis of Stockbridge, daughter Patricia (Clifford) Blossom of Dexter, brother Linwood (Mildred) Lantis of Jonesville, Mi., grandchildren, Brian (Karlen) Dunlavy, Kate (Andrew) Rodgers, Jason (Maya) Dunlavy, C.G. (Amy) Lantis, great grandchildren, Forrest, Justin, Wiyake, Rachel, Miller, and Ryan. Several nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by his sister Helen Atkinson. Funeral services will be held Saturday December 8, 2001 at 11:00 A.M. at the Caskey-Mitchell Funeral Home, Stockbridge, MI. Rev. Kathy S. Batell will officiate. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Cemetery, Stockbridge. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Thursday from 7-9 P.M. also Friday from 2-5 and 7-9 P.M. Expressions of sympathy can be made to Stockbridge Area Ambulance or Stockbridge Presbyterian Church.

Kenneth F. Osborne
of Lecanto, Florida.
Age 77 passed away November 29, 2001 at Seven Rivers Community Hospital. He was born on July 9, 1924 in Gregory, Michigan the son of Clifton and Florence (Corser) Osborne. Ken had lived in Florida for the past 11 years. He was a Residential Home Builder in the area for many years,and was a member of the Unadilla Presbyterian Church. He was veteran of WWII, serving the 101 screaming eagles division, also a recipient of the Purple Heart. He was a life member of the Mackinder-Glenn American Legion Post 510 of Stockbridge, Disabled American Veterans and Veterans of Foreign Wars. he was a former Stockbridge Lion, and was the Zoning Administrator for Unadilla Township for 16 years. On June 24, 1945 he married Irene Colvard in Gregory and she survives. Also surviving are 2 sons, Lynn (Vickie) Osborne and Larry (Mary) Osborne all of Gregory, and 1 daughter, Karen (Bruce) Mayer of Munith. Also 1 brother, Henry Osborne of Florida, and 2 sisters, Norma West of Gregory, and Verla Moffat of Florida; 7 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by 1 brother, Lee Osborne. Funeral services will be Tuesday December 4, 2001 at 11:00 A.M. from the Caskey-Mitchell Funeral Home, Stockbridge with Rev. John Qui, officiating. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Cemetery, Stockbridge. Expressions of sympathy can be made to the Kidney Foundation, or the Unadilla Presbyterian Church. The family will receive friends at the funeral home, Monday form 2-5 and 7-9 P.M.

MARY NEAL
Of Leslie
Age 64, passed away Tuesday November 27, 2001 at her home. She was born on June 23, 1937 in Salyersville, Kentucky, the daughter of Eligie and Maxine Marshall. She has lived in the area for 31 years moving from Salyersville, Kentucky and was a member of the United Independent Baptist Church. On May 24, 1976 she married Robert G. Neal, and he survives. Also surviving are her children Barbara (Charles) Bartsos of Lansing, and Dale (Lisa) Spradlin of Pleasant Lake; one granddaughter, Deborah Bartsos; three brothers, Clarence (Margaret) Marshall of Leslie, Ray (Virgie) Marshall of Ashland Kentucky, Charlie (Ann) Marshall of Leslie and three sisters Katherine (Gap) Gibson of Leslie, Bethel (Delbert) Cousino of Salyersville, Kentucky, and Ruth Holland of Leslie. She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister Faye Johnson. Funeral services will be held on Friday November 30, 2001 at 11:00 a.m. at Caskey-Mitchell Funeral Home in Stockbridge with Elmer Burke, pastor officiating. Burial will follow at Fitchburg Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the Caskey-Mitchell Funeral Home, Stockbridge, Wednesday from 5 to 9 and Thursday from 5 to 9.Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Neal Family.

DORA ALLEN
Of Stockbridge, MI
Age 92, went to meet her Lord, Friday, November 16, 2001. She died at home surrounded by family and friends. She was born December 21, 1908 in Salyersville, KY, the daughter of John and Lydia (Arnett) Howard. On October 26, 1926 she married Chester Allen, who preceded her in death on November 7, 1980. She is survived by eight children Daisy (Herbert) Patrick of Stockbridge, Catherine (Wishard) Howard of Salyersville, KY, Molly (Dennis) Courter of Pleasant Lake, Lloyd (Nora) Allen of Stockbridge, Shirley (Troy) Bailey of Stockbridge, A.C. (Cheryl) Allen of Stockbridge, Billy (Ethel) Allen of Stockbridge, and Bobby (Patty) Allen of Munith. She was blessed with 45 grandchildren, 78 great-grandchildren and 18 great-great-grandchildren. Also surviving are three daughters-in-law Jewel Arnett of Kentucky, Lev Allen of Stockbridge, and Marge Allen also of Stockbridge; one sister Molly Carty of Salyersville, several nieces and nephews and many, many friends. She gave six of her 14 children to the Lord, and they wait for her in heaven: five sons James, J.W., Goms, Steve, Leebern and one daughter Edith Fletcher. Several grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and one son-in-law Frank Fletcher also preceded her in death. She enjoyed a long life. She triumphed over many tragedies and still stood strong in her love of God. Her strength, wisdom, courage and love will be missed by all of the family and friends she leaves behind. Funeral services will be held Monday, November 19, 2001 at 1:00 p.m. at the Good Shepherd Mission in Stockbridge. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church all day Saturday from 3:00 p.m., and all day Sunday from 10:00 a.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Good Shepherd Mission. A luncheon will follow the service at Millville United Methodist Church, with the help of the whole community. Arrangements by Caskey-Mitchell Funeral Home, Stockbridge.

DONNA M. McCANN
Of Bunker Hill Township
Age 93, passed away Tuesday, October 30, 2001 at Ingham County Medical Care Facility. She was born on July 11, 1908 in Leslie, MI, the daughter of Thomas P. and Elizabeth (Kelly) McIntee. She lived in the area all of her life, and was a member of Sts. Cornelius and Cyprian Catholic Church in Bunker Hill, a member of the Altar Society-Funeral Dinner Committee. She enjoyed crocheting afghans, making rosaries for her entire family and was a foster parent for St. Vincent DePaul for many years. On August 31, 1926 she married Delbert T. McCann, and he preceded her in death on May 1, 1988. Surviving are her children, Adelbert (Eloise) McCann of Lansing, Jean (Arnold) Feher of Lansing, Duane (Margaret) McCann of Bunker Hill and one daughter-in-law, Norma McCann of Bunker Hill; three sisters, Mary Lou (Bob) Williams of Florida, Patricia (Phil) Williams of Vandercook Lake and Jeanette (Joe) Long of Rives Junction; 15 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren and seven great-great grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by two sons, Thomas and James; on brother, Tye McIntee and three sisters, Virginia, Dorothy, Norma Jean. Funeral services will be held Saturday, November 3, 2001 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Cornelius and Cyprian Catholic Church, Bunker Hill with the Reverend Father Eugene Beiter, Celebrant. Burial will follow at the church cemetery. Expressions of sympathy may be made to St. Cornelius and Cyprian Catholic Church or Ingham County Medical Care Facility. The family will receive friends at the Caskey-Mitchell Funeral Home, Stockbridge, Friday from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. with Rosary at 7:30 p.m.


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