|Robert N. Kendall
TAWAS CITY - Robert Noel Kendall, 94, of Tawas City, died Tuesday,
Nov. 11, 2001 in Tawas City.
Mr. Kendall was born Feb. 26, 1907 in Bardwell, Ky. He served in the
U.S. Navy from 1943-47. He was a manufacturer representative for Colonial
Broach and Machine Tool in Detroit, retiring in 1968 and worked for Shoreline
Reality in East Tawas.
He was a lifetime member of the Masons, a member of Tawas Masonic Lodge
No. 274, member of Eastern Star, lifetime member of Elf Khurafeh Temple,
past member of the East Tawas Men's Club and Lions Club and was a member
of Tawas United Methodist Church.
Surviving are his wife, Cathryn Gaines Kendall, to whom he married
June 26, 1937 in Detroit; a daughter, Susan Kendall Barnum and husband
Jim of Harrison Township; granddaughters Suzanne Whitehill and husband
David of Saline and Meaghan Barnum; and two great grandchildren, Hunter
Whitehill and Bryce Whitehill.
Funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Tawas United Methodist
Church in Tawas City with Rev. David Huseltine officiating with a service
by the Masonic Lodge. Cremation was at Cadillac Memorial Gardens. The family
suggests memorial contributions to the Alzheimer's Foundation.
Catherine M. Bradley
WHITTEMORE - Catherine M. Bradley, 64, of Whittemore, died Sunday,
Dec. 9, 2001.
She was a member of the Hale Eagles.
Surviving are her children, Cherrie (Lyle) Quant, JoAnn, Curtis, Kathleen
and Anna Bradley; grandchildren, Cassandra (Joe) Pearson, Joselyn (David)
Kettler, Jonathan, James, Gloria, Rebecca, Curtis, Jr. and Jesica Bradley,
Thomas Beck, Jr. and Kyle and Halie Brindley; eight great grandchildren;
her siblings, Bunny (Joe) Jean, Rosemary (Doug) Dower, Audrey (Bud) Sampier,
Ginnie (Earl) Martindale, Robert (Pat) Ayotte and Richard Ayotte; a special
friend Franklin Smith. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles
Bradley; and by a grandson, Zachery Brindley.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are by
the Hale Chapel of Buresh-Bennett Funeral Home.
George E. Green, Jr.
TAWAS CITY - George E. Green, Jr., 84, of Tawas City, died Thursday
morning, Dec. 13, 2001 at St. Mary's Medical Center in Saginaw.
He was born Jan. 16, 1917 in Iosco County. He worked for many years
as a general contractor and commercial construction builder, most of those
years being employed by Rose Construction Company.
Mr. Green and his wife, Dorothy, established a scholarship fund by
donating in excess of $100,000 to the George E. and Dorothy M. Green Scholarship
Fund to aid students who graduate from Tawas Area High School with less
than a 3.5 grade point average. This scholarship helps these students to
attend vocational or technical training in any college or university for
an undergraduate degree.
Surviving are a daughter, Jo Ann and husband Ray Bell of Wagram, N.C.;
a granddaughter, Julie and husband Greg Benvenuto of Dawsonville, Ga.;
three great grandchildren, Camron, Peyton and Jarred; a sister, El Shover
of Tawas City; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded
in death by his wife, Dorothy, in December, 1997.
Per his wishes, cremation has taken place and a memorial service will
be held on Monday, Jan. 7, 2002 at 11 a.m. at Jacques and Kobs Funeral
Home in Tawas City. Burial of cremains will be in Tawas City Memory Gardens
Cemetery. The family suggests memorial contributions to the charity of
James J. Sufnar
HILLMAN - James J. Sufnar, 53, of Hillman, died Thursday, Dec. 13,
2001 at his home.
He was born March 28, 1948 in Detroit where he was raised and attended
school. He served in the U.S. Army in combat during the Vietnam War in
1968. He resided in California from 1974-77 hen lived in Kansas for a short
period of time before taking up permanent residence in Hillman where he
lived for the past 10 years.
Surviving are his parents, Chester and Josephine Sufnar of Roseville;
his daughters, Shelly (Alan) Budnick of Harbor Springs and Kelly (Brian)
Serra of Highland; a sister, Marie (Ed) Czelusniak of Marlette; a brother,
Stanley Sufnar of Greenbush; five grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
Funeral mass was held Monday at St. Raphael Catholic Church in Mikado
with Rev. Lawrence Boks officiating. Burial was in St. Raphael Cemetery.
Arrangements were by Gillies Funeral Home in Lincoln. The family suggests
considerations be sent to them for contribution to a veteran's organization.
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - MaryEtta Warren, 71, formerly of Bay City,
died at her home Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2001 in Corpus Christi, Texas.
She was a secretary at the Federal Land Bank, retiring after 35 years
Surviving are her husband, Frederick William Warren of Corpus Christi,
Texas; two sons, William Warren of Jackson and James and Paula Warren of
Corpus Christi, Texas; grandsons, William Aaron Warren of Jackson, Brandon
Warren of Battle Creek, Russell Warren of Clinton Township and James and
Memori Warren of Norfolk, Va.; granddaughters, Tammy Warren of Lansing
and Staci Warren of Corpus Christi, Texas; and great granddaughters Kylee
Warren of Corpus Christi, Texas and Marissa Moore of Lansing.
The family suggests memorials to the American Heart Association. Arrangements
were by Maxwell P. Dunne Funeral Service in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Robert F. Robarge
HARRISON - Robert F. Robarge, 65, of Harrison and formerly of Oscoda,
died Monday, December 10 at Arbor Hospice Residence of Ann Arbor.
He was born on July 1, 1936 in New Boston, Michigan. He spent most
of his life in the Oscoda area, where he enjoyed hunting, fishing, and
woodworking. He was a veteran of the Korean Conflict, serving with the
United Stated Marines. He was a member of the American Legion in Oscoda
and later in Mikado.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara; two sons, Robert Robarge of Harrison,
Valiant (Cheryl) Bondie of Harrison; two daughters, Cheryl Hamilton of
Flat Rock, Tammy Robarge of Kalamazoo; five grandchildren; three great
grandchildren; a sister, Nancy (David) Martin of Mikado; and a niece, Wendy
Martin of Mikado. He was preceeded in death by his parents, Emery Robarge
and Madeline Adamson.
Funeral services were held on Thursday, December 13 at the Buresh Chapel
of the Buresh-Bennett Funeral Home in Oscoda. Interment followed in the
Oscoda Pinecrest Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be directed to the
Arbor Hospice Residence, 2366 Oak Valley Road, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 48103.
Brendan D. Drewett
MUSKEGON - Brendan D. Drewett, 71, of Muskegon, died Saturday, December
8, in his home.
He was born in Detroit and attended Detroit Catholic Central High School
and the University of Michigan. He served in the U.S. Air Force for 26
years and retired from the service at Oscoda in 1978. He moved to Muskegon
in 1994 and was an active member of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Dixie L. Drewett; his mother,
Elrose Drewett; his children, George M. (Patricia) Drewett, Teresa L. (Larry)
Bullerman, and Robert M. Drewett; 6 grandchildren; sisters, Janice M. Smith
and Carol A. Heughens. He was preceeded in death by his father, Brendan
Funeral services were held in the Marian Chapel of St. Francis de Sales
Catholic Church, with Father Thomas J. Brown presiding. Burial with full
military honors was at Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta, Michigan.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the Hackley Visiting Nurse Home
Care and Hospice.
Alice N. Pollard
EAST TAWAS - Alice N. Pollard, 79, formerly of East Tawas, died Thursday,
December 13 after a battle with cancer.
She was born and raised in Michigan and has been a resident of El Paso,
Tx., for 20 years. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great
grandmother who had many talents and interests. She was an expert seamstress
and homemaker who enjoyed walking and the outdoors, and especially loved
She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Wayne; two sons and daughters-in-law,
John and Barbara Pollard of El Paso, Matthew and Mary Pollard of Charlevoix;
two daughters and sons-in-law, Nancy and Herman Rollin of East Tawas, Janis
and John Sklepkowski of Lansing; 8 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren;
a sister, Doris Clemmer of Arlington, Tx.; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceeded in death by a granddaughter, Stephanie Pollard, and a
brother, Tristram Coffin.
A memorial service will be held at Vista Del Sol Baptist Church on
Friday, December 21 at 11:30 a.m. A private burial will be held at a later
date in East Tawas. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial
contributions be made to the American Cancer Society, 909 E. San Antonio,
El Paso, Tx., 79901, or Hospice of VNA, 2211 E. Missouri Avenue, El Paso,
Emory M. Dively
NATIONAL CITY - Emory M. Dively, 66, of National City and formerly
of Flint, died Saturday, December 15 at his home on Sand Lake.
He was born November 17, 1935 to Emory and Rozella Dively, who now
reside in Flushing. He was a quality control engineer for General Motors,
retiring in 1992 after 37 years.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Elaine (Wong); two sons, Emory
Kevin and his wife Cindy of Eagan, Minn., Victor Raymond and his wife Virginia
of Sterling, Va.; two daughters, Valerie Lynn of Bethany Beach, Del., Lisa
Marie Revall and her husband Kelly of Vassar; 7 grandchildren, John, Mark,
Erica, and David Dively, Marc Moses, and Isaac Revall; three sisters, Maxine
and her husband Robert Walter, Marian and her husband Bob McTaggart, Junella
and her husband Jim Mansfield; two sisters-in-law, Judy and her husband
Jim Clark of East Tawas, Linda Wong; a mother-in-law, Louise Wong; and
many relatives and friends.
Family visitation will be at Tawas United Methodist Church on Thursday,
December 20, from 4 to 6 p.m. A memorial service will be at Tawas United
Methodist church on Friday, December 21 at noon. Memorial contributions
may be directed to Tawas United Methodist Church Memorial Garden Fund or
St. Joseph Home Health and Hospice of Tawas City. Funeral arrangements
were made by the Hale Chapel of the Buresh-Bennett Funeral Homes, Inc.
Walter L. Faulkner
OSCODA - Walter. L. Faulkner of Oscoda died Friday, December 14, 2001
at his home under the care of his family and hospice. He was 66 years old.
He was born August 4, 1935 in Friendship, Tennessee. He was the oldest
of three children born to the late Ellis and Marylu Faulkner. He married
Erma Ruth Kirkman on July 19, 1957 at Brunswick, Maine.
Walt served in the United States Air Force for 28 years and retired
as a SMSgt.. He was stationed in Pakistan, Japan, Germany, the Phillipines,
and Thailand as well as various U.S. locations. He then was employed by
Northrop Corporation at Wurtsmith AFB. After retiring, he enjoyed fishing,
hunting and snowmobiling for recreation and spent time repairing clocks,
watches and boat motors.
He is survived by three children, Tina McCool of Bethany, Oklahoma,
Alice Hamrick and Brenda MacKellar, both of Holland, Michigan; two grandsons
and six granddaughters; and his sister, Eloise Lape. He was preceded in
death by his wife, to whom he was married for 33 years.
A memorial service will be at the Oscoda VFW on Thursday, January 3,
2002 at 11 a.m.
The family suggests those wishing to make an expression of sympathy
to consider the Michigan Hospice Program.
Arrangements were by the Buresh-Bennett Funeral Homes, Inc. of Oscoda.
Lynn M. Descho
EAST TAWAS - Lynn Margaret Descho, 54, of East Tawas, died Sunday,
December 16, 2001 at Saginaw Covenant Cooper.
She was born on July 3, 1947 in Omer. She owned and operated her child
daycare bsuiness for 25 years, but church and family were always the most
important things in her life. She was very active in her church, Holy Family
Catholic Church, and she was the choir director there for seven years.
Surviving are her hsuband of 33 years, Dick; two children, Shaynee
(Brian) Paauwe of Cedar Springs, Michigan and Ethan Descho of East Tawas;
two brothers, Ron (Jan) Doak of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania and Richard
(Mary) Doak of Tawas City; her mother-in-law, Wilma Descho of Harrison;
many nieces. nephews, and special friends.
A funeral mass will be held on Thursday, December 20, 2001 at Holy
Family Catholic Church at 11 a.m. with Father Don Geyman officiating.
Per her wishes, cremation will take place after the funeral mass and
a burial of cremains will take place at a later date.
Vistation will be held at the church two hours prior to the mass, from
9-11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to
the Holy Family Catholic Church.
OSCODA - Gerald Cleary, 70, of Oscoda, formerly of Waterford and Detroit,
died January 21, 2002.
He was born May 11, 1931, in Detroit. He graduated from DeSalle High
School in Detroit and Michigan Technological University. He was a veteran
of the United States Army. He married Margaret A. Hickey on April 29, 1961,
at St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Grosse Pointe Park. He worked as a civil
engineer for the Johnson and Anderson Engineering company in Pontiac before
founding his own company, the Cleary Engineering Company in Auburn Hills.
He was the past president of the Auburn Hills Rotary Club and a long time
member of Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church in Waterford.
He is survived by his wife, Marge; two sons and two daughters, Christopher
(Nona) of Bloomfield Hills, Maureen (Andrew) Young of Grosse Pointe Farms,
Anne (Matthew) Kassuba of Flushing, Daniel (Jennifer) of Petoskey; three
grandchildren, Braden and Campbell Cleary and Claire Young; and a sister,
Mary Ellen Cleary of Grosse Pointe Woods.
A funeral mass was held on Friday, January 25, at Sacred Heart Catholic
Church in Oscoda. Interment was at Resurrection Cemetery in Mt. Clemens.
Arrangements were made by the Buresh-Bennett Funeral Homes in Oscoda.
Robert L. Fitch
OSCODA - Robert L. Fitch, 72, of Oscoda and formerly of Flint, died
January 23, 2002, in Florida.
He was born October 10, 1929, in Flint, the son of Otis and Willie
(Hayes) Fitch. He retired from General Motors in 1981 after 30 years of
service. He was a member of Lakewood Shores Golf Club.
He is survived by his wife, Annetta; two sons, Darrell (Connie) Fitch
of Grand Blanc and Jerald (Christine) Fitch of Flushing; four grandchildren,
Robert, Tiffany, Jenna, and Jarred; a brother, Edward Fitch of Florida;
and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held on Monday, February 4, at Brown Funeral
Home in Grand Blanc, with burial at Flint Memorial Park. Funeral arrangements
were made by Brown Funeral Home in Grand Blanc.
James A. Williams
LONG LAKE - James A. Williams, 82, of Long Lake, died Monday, February
He was born November 8, 1919 in Carl, W. Va., the son of James and
Monora (Sears) Williams. He worked at Great Lakes Steel, retiring with
30 years of service. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in World
War II. He was a member of VFW Post #4422 in Taylor, and he was an avid
woodworker. He also enjoyed small engine repair, helping friends and neighbors,
and loved wildlife.
He is survived by a daughter, Nora (Ed) Olmstead of Grass Lake; a son,
James A. Williams; a stepson, Kenneth Whitaker of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada;
7 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Beulah Williams
of Girard, Pa.; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceeded in death
by his parents; his wives, Vernal and Pauline; sisters, Dessie Burdette,
Hessie Webb, Zella Arbaugh, and Lora Barkley; and his brothers, Luther,
Lokie, Arthur, and James.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, February 7, at 1 p.m. at Edward
J. Fox and Sons Funeral Home in Youngstown, Ohio, with visitation 1 hour
prior to the service. The Reverend Chuck McNeil will officiate. Burial
will be in Lake Park Cemetery. Visitation will be held today at the funeral
home from 6 to 9 p.m. Memorial contributions may be directed to Federated
Church of Grass Lake, 519 E. Michigan Avenue, Grass Lake, Mich., 49240,
or to the local fire department.
Doris J. Appleton
TAWAS CITY - Doris J. Appleton of Tawas City (Whitney Township), died
Jan. 29, 2002 at her home after a long illness.
She was born in Bay City and raised in Flint. She retired from GMAC
and married william (Bill) Appleton on July 28, 1978.
Surviving are her husband, Bill; two daughters, Jane (Ron) Shamel and
Gayle (Ken) Umber; a son, Arthur (Kathy) Appleton; six grandchildren, Denise
(Paul) Hamilton, Bill (Deb) Appleton, Larry (Jamie) Appleton, Beverly (Dan)
Gable, Kenneth Appleton and Rene (Steve) Appleton; 10 step grandchildren;
and three step great grandchildren.
Funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Friday at Jacques and Kobs Funeral
Home in Tawas City with Pastors Curtis Carroll and Tony Umber officiating.
Burial was in Sims-Whitney Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may
be made to the family.
Olive I. Buchanan
EAST TAWAS - Olive I. Buchanan, 83, of East Tawas, died Friday, Feb.
1, 2002 at Tawas St. Joseph Hospital.
She was born March 27, 1918 in Cheboygan. Mrs. Buchanan and her husband
owned Len's Bar in Unionville and then Len's Bar in Pinconning. They also
operated the Party Store on Baldwin Resort Road in East Tawas. She also
worked at the Norman's Corp. store in East Tawas.
Surviving are two sons, Kenneth James "Jim" and his wife, Gerry, of
Taylor and Leonard, Jr. and his wife, Nancy, of Grand Haven; two daughters,
Barbara Ann LeRoy of Pt. Charlotte, Fla. and Dianna Milliman of East Tawas;
14 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren;
and a sister, Arlene Farmer of Indialantic, Fla. She was preceded in death
by her husband, Leonard, Sr., on Sept. 8, 1993 and by a son, Douglas, in
April of 1994.
Funeral service was held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, at Jacques and Kobs Funeral
Home in Tawas City with Rev. Kenneth Tousley officiating. Burial was in
Greenwood Cemetery in East Tawas.
Phillip J. Bushta
EAST TAWAS - Phillip J. Bushta of East Tawas died Tuesday, June 11,
2002. He was 83 years old.
He was born to Frank and Alice Bushta on June 26, 1918 in Detroit.
He is survived by his wife, Alice, to whom he was married for 57 years;
children, Karen (Robert) Gietl of Tucson, Arizona, Joanne Bushta of Dearborn,
and John (Cindy) Bushta of Livonia; four grandsons; five great-grandchildren
from Tucson; and a brother, Frank (Dorothy) Bushta of Detroit.
He was a member of the VFW, and retired as an electrician from Ford
Motor Company. He had been a homeowner in Tawas for 31 years, and lived
in Tawas for 21 years.
A funeral mass was held on Friday, June 14, 2002 at the Holy Family
Catholic Church in East Tawas, with Father Donald Geyman officiating.
Interment was on Saturday, June 15, 2002 in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery
in Southfield. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Tawas St.
Joseph Home Health and Hospice.
Arrangements were by Jacques and Kobs Funeral Home in Tawas City.
Robert H. Kinnell
TRENTON - Robert H. Kinnell, 76, of Trenton died June 10, 2002.
Surviving are his wife, A. Patricia; children, Rita Kinnell (Scott
Butler), Denise M. (Ronald) Stec, Richard William (Kelley) and Dennis R.
(Barbara J.); grandchildren, Jennifer, Kyle, Dennis, Andrew, Bryan, Ryan,
Kadra, Eric and Kelly; and a brother, William Kinnell of Dearborn.
A funeral mass was held Thursday at St. Timothy Catholic Church in
Trenton. Interment was at Our Lady of Hope Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Trenton Community Pantry,
2901 Manning, Trenton, MI 48183.
Eugene H. Reimer
MACOMB TOWNSHIP - Eugene H. Reimer of Macomb Township died Friday,
June 7, 2002 at Mt. Clemens General Hospital. He was born January 29, 1940
in Hale, Michigan.
He retired in 2001 as a machinist for Diamond Die and Mold after 37
years of service.
He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Rosemary (Nee Grosse); sons
Eugene Jr. (Sherree) and Steven (Julie); siblings Garwood, Don, Maxine,
and Dorthy; grandchildren Steven, Taylor and Alex; step-grandchildren Crystal,
Brandy, and Laurie; step-great-grandchildren Christian, Tommy, Ashley,
He was predeceased by his brother Alvin and a sister, Helen Brinkman.
A memorial service was held at St. Isidores Church in Macomb Township,
Michigan, on June 10, 2002.
Barbara J. Hall
HALE - Barbara J. Hall of Hale, 56, died June 12, 2002.
Surviving are children, Gerald Kenneth Duda and Ranee Marie Hacker;
eight grandchildren; many grandchildren; a sister, Patricia Mothersell;and
brothers Thomas Renaud and Daniel Renaud.
She was preceded in death by two sons, Johnny Rae Maurice Duda and
Dennis Dean Duda.
Funeral services were held on Monday, June 17, 2002 at the Hale Chapel
of the Buresh-Bennett Funeral Home, 121 S. Washington, Hale. Pastor Jamie
SAGINAW - Elvio "Al" Conz, 64, of Oscoda, died June 9, 2002, in Saginaw.
He was born January 25, 1938, to Louis and Mary (Bryksa) Conz. He was
a former member of St. Joseph Catholic Church of Trenton and Our Lady of
Woods Catholic Church in Woodhaven. He married Joy A. Donnellon on August
1, 1969. He had worked for Consolidated Freightways for several years,
retiring in 1988. His favorite pastimes included his family, fishing, and
He is survived by his wife, Joy; six children, Cheryl (James) Simpson
of Chelsea, Michelle (Eric) Verleye of Livonia, Michael (Tammy) Conz of
Oscoda, Steven (Kristy) Conz of Mt. Pleasant, Lisa (Mathew) Mulvahill of
Grand Haven, and Gregory (Jessica) Conz of Grand Rapids; three brothers,
Richard Conz of Woodhaven, Edward (Wanda) Conz of Livonia, and Gerald (Susan)
Conz of Wyandotte; two sisters, Angie (Dino) Macconi of Redford and Linda
(James) Burton of Brownstown; 10 grandchildren; and several nieces and
nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Louis.
Funeral services were held on Thursday, June 13, at St. Mary Catholic
Church, with the Reverend Dr. William J. Turner officiating. Burial followed
at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Chelsea. Expressions of sympathy can be made
to the Michigan Leukemia Foundation.
Wilbert Anthony Guelette
CARO - Wilbert Anthony Guelette, 80, died June 10, 2002 at his home
He was born June 5, 1922, in Pearl Beach. He married Mildred E. Williams
on September 11, 1943 in Indianapolis, Ind. He served in the U.S. Navy
during World War II. Known as "Mr. Will," he was a member of the Oscoda
Lions Club, a foster parent of more than 70 newborns, and a volunteer for
St. Vincent DePaul, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Alcona County, and
for the 4-H for many years. He served on the Board of Social Services.
He retired from the Fisher I Plant in Flint in 1975 and from Oscoda Area
Schools in 1990.
He is survived by his wife, Mildred; two daughters, Nancy L. (Rich)
MacKenzie and Dawn M. (Ken) Parent; two sons, James S. (Phyllis) Guelette
and Richard A. (Jane) Guelette; a sister, Barbara Jean (Carl) Worder; grandchildren,
Richard A. MacKenzie III, Madonna McLean, Jennifer MacKenzie, Kristi MacKenzie,
Richard A. Guelette II, Christine A. Ragatz, Carol J. Potter, Randy A.
Jeffrey, Mathew A. Jeffrey, Cory R. Jeffrey, and Benjamin W. Parent; 14
great grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.
Funeral services were held Friday, June 14, at Gilbert Funeral Home
in Algonac, with the Reverend Thomas McNerney of Algonac Church of Christ
officiating. Burial was at Oaklawn Cemetery in Algonac.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Tuscola
County Big Brothers and Big Sisters.
Cheryl Lynn Newberry
COLLEGE GROVE, Tenn. - Cheryl Lynn Newberry, 43, a former resident
of Oscoda and Harrisville, died of cancer on Wednesday, June 12, 2002,
in College Grove, Tenn.
She was born November 19, 1959, in Newport News, Va. She married David
Newberry on June 23, 1991. While a resident of the Oscoda area, she was
an active member of the VFW Auxiliary and was well-known for her gardening.
She is survived by her husband, David; her daughters, Isis and Erica;
her mother; two grandsons and a granddaughter who reside in Ariz.
OSCODA - Donald Krueger, 87, of Oscoda, died June 11, 2002, at his
daughter's home in Brewerton, N.Y.
He was born in Minnesota on August 31, 1914. He moved to Detroit as
a young adult. He was married for 62 years to the former Elaine Tait of
Detroit, who preceded him in death in October 2000. He was a retired Detroit
policeman, having served 25 years. After retirement, he moved to AuGres
and built his first of three homes. Of the two homes he built in Oscoda,
he started the last one after the was over 73 years of age. He was well
known as "the man who refused to quit." He was an active member of the
AuGres and Oscoda senior centers and a founding member of the Oscoda Senior
Center Silvertone Band.
He is survived by his daughter, Kathleen Hayduke of Brewerton, N.Y.;
a son, Walter of Kalamazoo; grandchildren, Christine Heman, Daniel Hayduke,
Rebecca Hart, Stacy Hayduke, Colleen Moscone, Donald Krueger, Karen Leone,
and Kimberly Krueger; great-grandchildren, Diane and Matthew Heman, Peter
and Carolyn Moscone, and Joshua Hart; a brother, Vernon Krueger of Ohio;
and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a brother, Clyde
of Calif., and a sister, Marie Frisk of Minn.
A funeral service was held at the time of his death in N.Y. A memorial
service will be held in Oscoda on July 20.
Steven A. Drumm
TAWAS - Steven Arnold Drumm, 40, died Thursday, June 13, 2002 at his
home in Tawas.
He was born May 7, 1962 in Tawas City to Arnold and Reata (Ulman) Drumm.
He was an accomplished mechanic and enjoyed NASCAR, four-wheeling and his
Surviving are his father, Arnold Drumm (friend Ann); a son, Benjamin;
a daughter, Alicia Drumm; a sister, Debra (Dave) Smith; two brothers, Gregg
(fiancee Heidi) Drumm and Jeff Drumm; girlfriend Julie Monk and her two
daughters, Shauni and Baylie; several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Reata; a sister, Cindy; and a brother,
Funeral mass was held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 18 at Holy Family Catholic
Church in East Tawas with Fr. Donald Geyman officiating. Interment was
in St. Joseph Cemetery in East Tawas. Memorial contributions may be directed
to a scholarship fund for Alicia Drumm.
HALE - Thelma (Atherton) Euper, 76, of Hale, died June 14, 2002.
She was born July 19, 1925 in Gaines to Floyd and Ruth (Bronson) Atherton.
She married her best friend, Oral Euper, on June 5, 1943 and they were
married 59 years. For the last 39 years, she and Oral have been the proprietors
of Euper's Sage Lake Resort.
She loved music and played the organ at Hale First United Methodist
Church and Sage Lake Church of the Nazarene. She was active in her church
as a Sunday School teacher, choir director and youth group leader. She
also was an avid puzzle lover, loved fishing and was a master at untangling
her kids fishing lines.
Surviving are her husband, Oral; a son, Rev. Terry (Jacqueline), daughters,
Linda Caverly, Nancy (Elite) Shellenbarger, Sue (Rob) Britton and Jane
(David) Millard; 19 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; four brothers;
and three sisters. She was preceded in death by a son, Ron; her parents;
and two brothers.
Funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 18 at Hale First
United Methodist Church with Pastor Pat. England officiating. Interment
was in Esmond-Evergreen Cemetery. Arrangements were by the Hale Chapel
of Buresh-Bennett Funeral Home. The family suggests memorial contributions
to the United Methodist Women, c/o Hale United Methodist Church, envelopes
are available at the funeral home.
Lisa M. Heming
TAWAS CITY - Lisa Marie Heming, 24, of Tawas City, died Monday, June
17, 2002 at her home.
She was born May 16, 1978 in Tawas City. She graduated from Tawas Area
High School in 1996, taught Sunday School at Tawas City First Baptist Church
and also enjoyed needlepoint and reading books.
Surviving are her mother, Kathy Heming of Tawas City; a sister, Shannon
Heming; two brothers, Joey and Jerry Heming; grandparents, Joe and Virginia
Benson of Tawas City; and several aunts, uncles, cousins and many special
friends. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, David and Virginia
Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. today (Wednesday) at Jacques
and Kobs Funeral Home in tawas City. Visitation will be held from 9-11
a.m. today (Wednesday) at the funeral home.
OSCODA - Randall Edward Crabb, 96, formerly of Oscoda, died June 15,
2002 at Manorcare Health Service in Urbana, Ill.
He was born Aug. 26, 1905 in Chicago, the son of Arthur E. Crabb and
He married Alma Wilske on Aug. 9, 1928 at Champaign, Ill. She is preceded
him in death in 1997.
While a student at the University of Illinois, he was in the Army ROTC
program and was a member of the university basketball team.
Mr. Crabb was a member of the Masons and Phi Sigma Kappa and was a
salesman in manufacturing for many years.
Survivors include his nephew, Bob Morris of Champaign, Ill. and nieces
Judy Hylbert of San Deigo, Calif. and Barbara Phillips of Urbana, Ill.
There was no service. Burial was in Lake Huron.
The family suggests memorial contributions to the Lakewood Shores Beach
Albert J. Rahkola
NATIONAL CITY - Albert H. Rahkola, 79, of National City and formerly
of Tawas, died Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2002 at Tawas St. Joseph Hospital.
He was born Sept. 8, 1922 in Allowez. Mr. Rahkola served in the U.S.
Army during World War II and was a decorated war veteran.
Surviving are two sons, Kurt (Terecia) Rahkola of Whittemore and Ralph
(Lisa) Adams of Grand Bay, Ala.; two daughters, Susan (David) Wedyke of
National City and Joyce (Walter) Smith of Hope; 12 grandchildren; numerous
great grandchildren; and a sister, Helen (James) Winquist of Ft. Gratiot.
Funeral service was held at 7 p.m. Thursday at Jacques and Kobs Funeral
Home in Tawas with Pastor James McClendon officiating. Graveside services
were held at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Ahmeek Cemetery in Ahmeek. The family
suggests memorial contributions to the Alzheimer's Association.
Martin P. Erickson
TAWAS CITY - Martin Paul Erickson, died on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2002
at Lakeview Manor in Tawas City.
He was born on May 3, 1910 in Bergland. He was valedictorian of his
graduating class. Mr. Erickson earned a bachelor's degree from Northern
Michigan University and a master's degree from University of Michigan.
In 1933, he married Mildred Catterson and taught biology in Bergland,
Alpena, Ironwood and Dearborn. He also taught zoology, botany and biology
at Gogebic Community College in Ironwood and at Henry Ford Community College
He also coached track and field, baseball and basketball throughout
his career. He was actively engaged in sports in high school and college
and enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, reading and research all of his
life. He was a gentle, generous, curious and fun loving man who appreciated
life in all it's forms.
Surviving are his wife, Mildred; his children, John Erickson of Springfield,
Ill., Robert Erickson of Bradenton, Fla., Margaret Peterson of Oscoda and
Grace Truax of South Boardman; seven grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren;
and three great-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his brothers,
John and Edward; a sister, Anna; and by a grandson, Scott Erickson.
Per his wishes, there will be no services held at this time, but possibly
at a later date. Arrangements are by Jacques and Kobs Funeral Home in Tawas
Maurice J. Hyatt
EAST TAWAS - Maurice J. Hyatt, 73, of East Tawas, died Thursday, Sept.
He was a retired tool and die employee with General Motors in Lansing.
He also enjoyed fishing, hunting and woodworking.
Surviving are his wife of 53 years, Joan Lee Hyatt; his children, Steven
(Diana) Hyatt of Eaton Rapids, Linda (Dave) Siple of Eaton Rapids and Tamara
(William) Otis of Charlotte; eight grandchildren; one great grandchild;
and a sister, Barbara Norton of Eaton Rapids.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5 at Kingdom
Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 1745 N. US-23 in East Tawas. Arrangements
are by the Hale Chapel of Buresh-Bennett Funeral Home.
MISSION, Texas - A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday,
Oct. 10 at Greenwood Cemetery for Orville Decker, 83, who died Feb. 4,
He lived in Tawas for 30 years. Cremation has taken place.
Surviving are a daughter, Mary Ellen; five grandchildren, Bill, Jill,
Duane, Robbie and Scott; a brother, Bill; a sister, Elizabeth Brown; and
many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lucille;
his parents; two brothers, and a sister.
Joan E. Clark
GRANT TOWNSHIP - Joan E. Clark, 72, of Grant Township and formerly
of Capac, died Monday, Sept. 30, 2002 at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann
She was born Feb. 18, 1930 in Detroit. She and her husband attended
Tawas United Methodist Church. She was a avid golfer, quilter, knitter
and was interested in various crafts.
Surviving are her husband, Donald; four daughters, Cathy (Peter) Hartman
of Bloomfield Hills, Diane (Richard) Nixon of Sterling Heights, Beth (Daniel)
Holtzer of Franklin, Tenn. and Lisa (Daniel) Sutton of Houghton Lake; a
son, Jon (Beth) Clark of Brooklyn, N.Y.; nine grandchildren; one great
grandchild; two brothers, Carson (Madelyn) Lapp of Northville and Robert
(Lisa) Lapp of Port Huron; and a sister, Wanda Weber of Sterling Heights.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements
are by Jacques and Kobs Funeral Home in Tawas City. The family suggests
memorial contributions to United Methodist Church or to the American Lung
Robert R. Fohey
EAST TAWAS - Robert Roland Fohey, 79, of East Tawas, died Monday, Sept.
He was born August 9, 1923 to Edwin Walter Fohey and Mae Albina Fisher.
Mr. Fohey joined the Coast Guard and served in the Pacific during World
War II. He was honorably discharged and married Irene Cargola on November
He worked for the Wayne County Road Commission with numerous positions
with increasing responsibilities, retiring in 1978 from the Detroit Metro
Airport Operations Department. After retirement, the Foheys moved to East
Tawas, where they resided for almost 20 years.
They had three children, Donald Robert Fohey, Christine Marie Fohey
and William Roland Fohey. Six grandchildren, two from each of his children.
Scott Donald Fohey and Kelly Elizabeth Fohey (of Donald and Janice Anne
Fohey); Jason Wayne and Jeremy Michael Swanagan (of Christine Reum and
former husband Michal Swanagan); Matt David and Rebecca Kay Fohey (of William
and former wife Cindy Foster.) He also had one great-grandson, Jordan Swanagan,
son of Jeremy and Jenny Swanagan.
He was widowed on February 12, 1997 with the passing of Irene M. Fohey.
He was preceded in death by his brothers Frances Dewayne and Donald Fohey.
Mr. Fohey was an active member of the Elks club in Plymouth and Tawas
for many years. He liked to fish, read, and travel, and had a sense of
humor to make all around smile and laugh.
Arrangements were by Vermeulen Funeral Home in Plymouth.
Frank J. Halat
LUPTON - Frank John Halat, 57, of Lupton, died at his home on Saturday,
Sept. 28, 2002.
He was born Sept. 28, 1945 in Detroit. He was an active member of St.
James Catholic Church in Whittemore where he served as lecturer and eucharistic
minister. He also loved to hunt and fish, enjoyed Polish music, dancing
Mr. Halat was the past grand knight of Tawas Knights of Columbus Council
No. 2709 where he also served as recorder for the council, an active 4th
Degree member and served as navigator of the 4th Degree. He also was the
Color Corp. commander in the color guard.
Surviving are his wife of 35 years, Barbara; his parents, Charles and
Lottie Halat of Tawas City; a sister, Patricia Hallman and her husband,
Dale; three sisters-in-law, Sarah and husband Mike, Mary Zimmerman and
Jean Halat; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at St. James Catholic Church
in Whittemore with Father James Krasman will officiate. His body will be
in state at the church one hour prior to the mass. Visitation will be held
from 1-5 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. Thursday at Jacques and Kobs Funeral Home in
Tawas City. The Rosary will be prayed at 6 p.m. Thursday. Memorial contributions
may be directed to the family or to mass offerings.
Harold D. Spriggs
TAWAS CITY - Harold D. Spriggs, 82, of Tawas City died Friday, Sept.
27, 2002 at the Iosco County Medical Care Facility in Tawas City.
He was born on Nov. 9, 1919 in Portsmouth, Ohio to Orel and Bonnie
Spriggs. He married Dorothy Cooper in 1938.
Mr. Spriggs did auto collision repair for most of his working years.
After retirement, he became an avid woodworker, building fine furniture.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, and spent part of his duty
in Czechoslovakia. He was a member of the VFW and the American Legion.
Surviving are his wife, Dorothy; children, Dennis (Alice) Spriggs,
Mary K. (Ken) Gillham, Susan Featherstone, Jim (Debbie) Spriggs, and Sam
(Debbie) Spriggs; grandchildren, Sharon (Rodney) Whitford-Gillham, Susan
Gillham, Kent (Kathy) Gillham, Todd (Stuart) Barr-Spriggs, Balon Featherstone,
Damon Featherstone, Jim Spriggs, Jason Spriggs, and Walker Spriggs;great-grandchildren,
Kasey Whitford, Shane Whitford, Klay Gillham, Kris Gillham, Keenen Spriggs,
Conner Spriggs, and Alyse Spriggs; and two brothers, Branch Spriggs of
Colorado and Forest Spriggs of Texas.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2002 at 11 a.m.
from the Tawas United Methodist Church, with Reverend S. Joe Robbertson
and Reverend David Huseltine officiating.
In lieu of flowers, it is requested that memorial contributions may
be directed to the Iosco County Medical Care Facility "Woodlands Alzheimers
Victor E. Davis
HALE - Victor E. Davis, 74, of Hale and formerly of Northridge, Calif.,
died Saturday, September 28, 2002, at his home on Long Lake surrounded
by his family and friends.
He was born July 6, 1928, in Hale to Archie and Nora (Broe) Davis.
He married Katherine Kuzukos on February 17, 1950. He was employed as a
sprinkler fitter until his retirement in 1985.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara Wilson of Hale, who he married
in March of 1998, five sons, six daughters, three stepsons, one stepdaughter,
17 grandchildren, one great grandchild, 14 step grandchildren, two sisters,
many nieces and nephews, and many friends. He was preceded in death by
his parents, his wife, Katherine on February 6, 1992, and a granddaughter.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 5, 2002, at 2
p.m. at the Hale chapel of the Buresh-Bennett Funeral Home, with Pastor
Doug Kennedy officiating. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer
Leila E. Charters
WHITTEMORE - Leila E. Charters, 82, of Whittemore, died Sunday, September
29, 2002, at Oxford Manor in Grand Rapids.
She was born November 27, 1919, in Hesperia. She owned and operated
the Whittemore IGA with her husband Arden for 35 years. She was then employed
by Farmers & Merchants Bank in Whittemore for 10 years. She was an
excellent seamstress and cook, a loving mother, grandparent, and aunt,
and a steady volunteer within her community and church. She enjoyed golfing
and traveling to many far off destinations with her husband.
She is survived by four children; Sonna (Ron) Gawne of Prescott, Keith
(Carolyn) Charters of Traverse City, Marcia (Jerry) Tuma of Mt. Pleasant,
and Julie (Tony) Urbanski of Grand Rapids; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren;
and a sister-in-law, Mary Jackson of West Branch. She was preceded in death
by her husband, Arden Charters; a brother, Theodore Jackson of West Branch;
and by a grandson, Ronnie Gawne.
Services will be held today, Wednesday, October 2, 2002, at 11 a.m.
at the Whittemore Methodist Church, with the Reverend Don Derby officiating.
Burial will be in R.L.D.S. Cemetery in Whittemore. Friends may call on
Wednesday after 10 a.m. at the church.
Those wishing to make memorial contributions are asked to consider
the Whittemore United Methodist Church or Grand Rapids Hospice.
Brenda Fae Miller
OSCODA - Brenda Fae Miller, 39, of Oscoda, died Sunday, September 29,
2002, at Tawas St. Joseph Hospital.
Brenda Fae Pirtle was born April 19, 1963, in Sedalia, Mo. She worked
as a custodian for the Oscoda Area Schools. She married Robert Eric Miller
on July 12, 1994, at Huron Baptist Church of Oscoda.
She is survived by her husband, Eric; two sons, Bruce Allen Jones and
Bobby Rae Jones of Ohio; a daughter, Erica Sue Miller of Oscoda; her mother,
Clarice J. Pirtle of Oscoda; a brother, James W. Pirtle Jr. of Marquette;
and two sisters, Emma J. Bullard of Owosso and Cheryl J. Hicks of Oscoda.
She was preceded in death by her father, James W. Pirtle Sr., who died
A memorial service will be held on Friday, October 18, at 11 a.m. at
the Huron Baptist Church of Oscoda, with the Reverend Robert Phillips officiating.
Arrangements were made by the Buresh-Bennett Funeral Homes of Oscoda.
Lyle Edward Healey
TAWAS CITY - Lyle Edward Healey, 82, formerly of Tawas City, died Monday,
September 23, 2002, at the Masonic Pathways Home in Alma.
He was born June 17, 1920, in Curtis Township. He was employed for
more than 20 years by Bublitz Oil Company and he served in the Merchant
Marines during World War II. He was an active member of the Tawas Lodge
274, Free and Accepted Masons of Michigan for 15 years. He was also elected
Mason of the Year in 2000 for the state of Michigan.
He is survived by his wife, Ethelwin G. Healey; three sisters, Beulah
Lilly of Glennie, Iva Dellar of Harrisville, and Beatrice Deller of Orlando,
Fla.; six children, Lyle (Cindy) Healey Jr. of Linden, Betty Petrie of
Lincoln, Arlene (Pat) Downie of Dallas, Texas, Connie (Ron) Conroy of Powers,
Kathleen (John) Chase of Mikado, and David (Michelle) Healey of Toledo,
Ohio; three stepchildren, Lois (Bill) Drum of Sterling, Mass., Darlene
(David) VanHalsema of Alto, and Mary Burris of Tawas; 21 grandchildren;
and 17 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one brother and
Visitation will be held on Thursday, October 3, from 5-9 p.m. at the
Jacques and Kobs Funeral Home. The Masonic service will be held Thursday
evening at 7 p.m. The funeral will be held on Friday, October 4, at 2 p.m.
at the funeral home, with the Reverend George Ayoub officiating. Interment
will be at the Glennie Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the family.
Arrangements were made by the Jacques and Kobs Funeral home of Tawas
Rose M. Plominski
OSCODA - Rose M. Plominski, 68, of Oscoda and formerly of Warren, died
Thursday, September 19, 2002, at Lakeview Nursing Home in Tawas City.
She was born June 22, 1934, in Detroit, Mich. Rose Brower married Raymond
Plominski on January 19, 1957, in East Detroit, Mich. The couple resided
in Warren, Mich., from 1959 until moving to Oscoda in 1992. She was a devoted
wife, mother and grandmother.
She is survived by husband, Raymond; four sons, Robert R. of Boca Raton,
Fla., Paul A. of Armada, Mich., Thomas J. of Newberry, Mich., and Joseph
J. of Warren, Mich.; two sisters, Doris Didia and Joan Vandenbosch; four
grandchildren, Christopher, Steven, Tyler, and Cole; and several nieces
and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Emma
Brower; a brother, Edward Brower; and two sisters, Hanna Kas and Mary Grogis.
A funeral service was held on Monday, September 23, 2002, at the Assumption
Grotto Catholic Church in Detroit. A Rosary was held on Sunday, September
22, at the Wm. Sullivan and Sons Funeral Home in Utica. Memorial contributions
may be directed to St. Joseph Health System Hospice Fund, 200 Hemlock,
P.O. Box 831, Tawas City, Mich. 48764.
Bruce L. McLeod, Jr.
OSCODA - Bruce L. McLeod, Jr., 51, of Oscoda, died Saturday, September
28, 2002, at Tawas St. Joseph Hospital in Tawas City.
He was born May 27, 1951, in Tawas City. He graduated from Oscoda High
School in 1971. He later served with the United States Air Force and lived
in Florida before moving back to Oscoda. More recently, he worked in construction.
He was an avid pool player and he enjoyed hunting, cross country skiing,
and canoeing, having built his own canoe.
He is survived by his wife, Laurie (nee Charters); two children, Sarah
and Scott McLeod of Oscoda; four step-children, Sausha and Sharri Charters
and Melissa and Danielle Keys of Oscoda; his mother, Jean McLeod; five
sisters, Linda (Carl) Washburn of Ill., Beverly (Al) Eichenberg of Fla.,
Sherry (Gary) Kimsel of Oscoda, Tammy (Deke) Hurlbert of Oscoda, and Karen
McCausey of Oscoda; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews. He
was preceded in death by his father, Bruce, Sr., in 1977.
A memorial service will be held today, Wednesday, October 2, 2002,
at 11 a.m. at St. John's Episcopal Church, with the Reverend G. John MacDonald
officiating. Funeral arrangements were made by the Buresh-Bennett Funeral
Homes of Oscoda.
Michelle R. Buckmeier
LINCOLN - Michelle R. Buckmeier, 40, of Lincoln, died Friday, September
27, 2002, at Lincoln Haven Nursing Home in Lincoln after suffering a long
She was born January 30, 1962, in Flint. She was a former resident
of the Tawas area.
She is survived by her husband, John; two daughters, Heather Kirby
of Sarasota, Fla., and Brandi Ruthann Buckmeier of Tawas; her parents,
William and Sharon Clark of Grand Blanc; a brother, Bruce W. Clark of Boca
Raton, Fla.; two sisters, Laurie (Ron) Clement of Goodrich and Liz Clark
and her special friend Dave Zamesnik of Howell; five nephews, William,
Joshua, David, Nick, and Jeremy; and one niece, Jennifer.
A memorial service was held on Monday, September 30, at the Jacques
and Kobs Funeral Home in Tawas City, with Reverend David Huseltine officiating.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be directed to the
Chrone's Disease Foundation or Hospice of Michigan in Alpena.