Miscellaneous Isabella County, Michigan Obituaries

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Monday, April 02, 2001
Ewert, Richard "Rick" Alan
November 5, 1957 - April 2, 2001

Richard “Rick” Alan Ewert, 43, of Lake, died on Monday, April 2, 2001, at the Central Michigan Community Hospital in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.

Cremation has taken place. Those wishing to make a memorial donation in memory of Rick may consider the Missing Children … HELP Center, 410 Ware Boulevard, Suite 710, Tampa, FL 33619-4457.

Rick was born November 5, 1957, in Garden City, Michigan, the son of Melvin and Marjorie Ewert. He served in the U.S. Army. Rick had returned to live with his parents and was a loving and devoted caretaker.

Rick is survived by his son Darren Schroeder and his daughter Robin Ann Ewert; his 2 brothers, David Ewert (Elaine) of Warren and Michael Ewert of Lake; his 5 sisters Connie Schroeder (Lawrence) of Jeddo; JoAnn Ewert of Shelby Township, Paula Robinson (Tim) of Smith’s Creek, Patti Ewert of Harbor Beach, and Cara Ewert of Monroe, OH.

Rick was preceded in death by his parents, Marjorie Ewert February 25, 2001 and Melvin Ewert September 24, 1999, and a brother Lyle in 1996.

Tuesday, March 27, 2001
Burch, Joseph "Joe" Michael
November 25, 1940 - March 27, 2001

Joseph Michael Burch, 60, of Mt. Pleasant passed away on Tuesday, March 27, 2001, at his residence in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.

Funeral Mass for Joseph Burch will be held on Thursday, March 29th, at 11 a.m. fromSt. Henry’s Catholic Church in Rosebush. Father Jeffrey Donner and Sister Mary Ellen McDonald will co-officiate with interment to take place at St. Henry’s Catholic Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at Clark Funeral Chapel on Wednesday, March 28th, from 2-5 and 7-9 p.m. A vigil service will be held Wednesday evening at 7:30 p.m. at Clark Funeral Chapel. Memorial contributions may be made to the A.L.S. Foundation. Envelopes will be available at the funeral chapel.

Joe was born November 25, 1940, in Delwin, Michigan to Frederick and Mary (Lane) Burch. Joseph worked as an independent truck driver and an owner operator. He also drove for the construction business for 27 years.

Joe is survived by his children, Jack Burch (Marsha) of Mt. Pleasant, Joseph Burch II (Sheila) of Rosebush, and Delbert Burch of Mt. Pleasant, his five grandchildren; Heather, Brett, Dustin, Joe III, and Jennifer, his brothers; Pat Burch (Dorothy) of Coleman, Jim Burch (Maxine) of Midland, Ken Burch (Joan) of Mt. Pleasant, and his sisters; Mary Sharp, Julia Hovey, Rosie Sponseller (Lee), and Florence Schultz of Mt. Pleasant, Bonnie Mogg (Murray), Helen Horan and Donna Lynch (Terry) of Rosebush, and Suzann Moeggenberg (George) of Ft. Myers, Florida.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents and five sisters; Lucille Mogg, Martha Prout, Irene Evans and two infant siblings.

Tuesday, March 20, 2001
McElhaney, Charles Joseph
August 28, 1922 - March 20, 2001

Charles Joseph McElhaney, 77, of Mt. Pleasant passed away on Tuesday, March 20, 2001, at the Central Michigan Community Hospital in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.

A funeral mass for Charles will be held on Saturday, March 24th, at 11 a.m. from
St. Henry’s Catholic Church in Rosebush. Father Jeffrey Donner and Sister Mary Ellen McDonald will co-officiate with interment to take place at St. Henry’s Catholic Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at Clark Funeral Chapel on Friday, March 23rd, from 7-9 p.m. There will be a prayer service Friday evening at 7 p.m. at the funeral chapel. Memorial contributions may be made to the family of Charles McElhaney. Envelopes will be available at the funeral chapel.

Charles was born August 28, 1922, in Isabella County to John and Catherine (Mitchell) McElhaney. Charles married Dorothy (Prell) McElhaney November 27, 1983. She preceded him in death on April 8, 1995. Charles worked as a contractor and also drove truck for many years. Charles was also a volunteer at the Mt. Pleasant Soup Kitchen and enjoyed going there for meals.

Charles is survived by his step-sons, Kevin Prell and Tom Demoines of Mt. Pleasant; one sister, Margaret Boese of South Dakota; a special friend, June Davis of Mt. Pleasant; a God-daughter, Dawn Ash of Mt. Pleasant and many nieces, nephews and special friends. Charles also is survived by his special pets, Mindy and Peggy Sue.

Charles was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, and five sisters, Mary Ellen Faber, Catherine LeRoy, Isabella Thomas, Cecilia Bailey and Loretta Woodin.

Friday, March 16, 2001
Heinlein, William Reading
May 6, 1929 - March 16, 2001

William Reading Heinlein, 71, of Winn passed away on Friday, March 16, 2001, at the Tender Care Nursing Home in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.

Funeral services for William will be held on Monday, March 19th, at 11 a.m. from
Clark Funeral Chapel in Mt. Pleasant. The Rev. Nancy Casey Fulton will officiate with interment to take place in Union Cemetery, Isabella Co., Michigan.

The family will receive friends at Clark Funeral Chapel on Saturday, March 17th and Sunday, March 18th from 3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association. Envelopes will be available at the funeral chapel.

Bill was born May 6, 1929, in Logan, Hocking County, Ohio, the son of Lemuel McKinley Heinlein and Phyllis Rosalee (Spurrier) Heinlein. Bill worked as a meat cutter at the Winn Market. He also had worked as a truck driver for Tice Beverage. Bill enjoyed gardening and caring for his flower beds.

Bill is survived by his children, Dianna (Dale) Webster of Shepherd, Michigan, and Dennis Heinlein of Bay City, Michigan; five grandchildren, Greg, Gina, Lucy, Lacy and Daniel; six great-grandchildren, Phillip, Jamie, Gabrielle, Cody, Brea and Bailey; five sisters, Betty Poling of Lancaster, Ohio, Marjorie (Donald) Dickey of Clare, Michigan, Joann Bellinger of Mt. Pleasant, Carol (David) Browne of Mt. Pleasant and Sandra (Robert) Shufelt of Shepherd, Michigan; and one brother, Robert (Barbara) Heinlein of Mt. Pleasant.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, his infant son, Phillip Heinlein, two brothers, Ralph and James, and one sister, Janet Heinlein.

Friday, March 09, 2001
Willis, Gary Lee
May 25, 1950 - March 9, 2001

Gary Lee Willis, 50, of Charlevoix died on Friday, March 9, 2001, in Mt. Pleasant.

Funeral services for Gary will be held on Monday, March 12th, at 1 p.m. from the Greensky Hill United Methodist Church in Petoskey, with Geri Litchfield officiating. The family will receive friends at the Greensky Hill United Methodist Church on Sunday beginning at 1 p.m. Interment will be in the Church Cemetery.

Gary was born on May 25, 1950, in Bay City, the son of Homer and Nelle (Ashmun) Willis. Gary had worked in the past as a crane operator. Gary was a member of the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians in Petoskey and the Green Sky Indian Mission.

Gary is survived by his mother Nelle Willis of Shepherd; his brother, Charles H. Willis of Mulliken, Michigan; his sister, Carole Tally of Shepherd; and his nieces and nephews, Vanessa Sprague, Alexandria Sprague, Olivia Sprague and Joshua Gloria.

Gary was preceded in death by his father Homer and a sister Linda Willis and a brother Larry Willis.

Gary was proud of his Native American Heritage. He was glad that he had the opportunity to take his farewell trip west.

He has now left the physical world and will now join his ancestors in the spiritual world.

Thursday, March 08, 2001
DuCharme, Jeffrey J.
May 7, 1961 - March 8, 2001

Jeffrey John DuCharme, 39, of Mt. Pleasant died on Thursday, March 8, 2001, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Saginaw, Michigan.

A Funeral Mass for Jeffrey J. DuCharme will be held on Monday, March 12th, at 11:00 a.m. from St. Mary’s University Parish in Mt. Pleasant, with Fr. Jeffrey Donner officiating. Interment will take place in Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at Clark Funeral Chapel on Sunday, March 11th, from 12-3 and 5-8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to The DuCharme Children’s Fund. Envelopes will be available at the funeral chapel.

Jeffrey John DuCharme was born on May 7, 1961, in Detroit, the son of Robert J. DuCharme and Helene C. (Goettler) DuCharme. He married Lisa D. Dallman June 9, 1984, in Plymouth, Michigan. Jeffrey served in the United States Air Force from 1983-1988 and was a member of the National Guard through 2000. Jeffrey graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University with a Bachelor of Business Degree. He worked as a cellular site manager for LCC International for the past year. Prior to that, he had worked for GTE from 1988-2000. He was a member of the General Agency Hockey League. He served as a coach for the City Soccer League and as a Tee Ball assistant coach.

Jeffrey is survived by his wife, Lisa DuCharme and his children, Joseph Lawrence, Danielle Diane, and Samantha Mae DuCharme, all of Mt. Pleasant; his parents, Robert and Helene DuCharme of Canton, Michigan; his parents-in-law Diane and Gary Shockey of Plymouth, Michigan and Lawrence and Betty Dallman of Kingston, Massachusetts; his brother Michael (Kathleen) DuCharme of Kent, Washington; and his sisters Margot (Tom) Washington of Bellevue, Washington and Sally (Jim) Mitchell of Canton, Michigan.

Wednesday, March 07, 2001
Price, Loretta C.
December 11, 1931 - March 7, 2001

Loretta C. “Dode” Price, 69, of Mt. Pleasant passed away on Wednesday, March 7, 2001, at the Isabella County Medical Care Facility in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.

Funeral services for Dode will be held on Saturday, March 10th, at 1 p.m. from Clark Funeral Chapel in Mt. Pleasant. The Rev. Richard Fulkerson will officiate with interment to take place in Riverside Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at Clark Funeral Chapel on Friday, March 9th, from 2-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Loretta C. Price Memorial Fund. Envelopes will be available at the funeral chapel.

Dode was born December 11, 1931, in Mt. Pleasant, the daughter of Arthur Chaffee and Dorothy (Merrill) Chaffee. Dode married Raymond A. Price May 26, 1950 in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. Dode worked as a homemaker for many years, where she raised several children.

Dode is survived by her children, Lenore Philo of Millington, Arnnie Price (Mary Kay) of Mt. Pleasant, Roger L. Price (Sandy) of Shepherd, Jeffery G. Price (Kristina) of Mt. Pleasant; a niece, Sally Holliday of Mt. Pleasant and her son Tony of Grand Rapids; a nephew Butch Glass (Jean) of Eagle; eight grandchildren, Edward, Ray, Chris and Matt Philo, Amy, Jeffery, and Kelly Price, Abbey Price, and Josh Price. Dode is also survived by six loving great-grandchildren; two sisters, Gladys Hall of Mt. Pleasant and Leona Chaffee of Alma, Michigan and one sister-in-law, Lucille Chaffee of Mt. Pleasant.

Dode was preceded in death by her husband, and her two brothers, Don Chaffee and Charles Chaffee.

Wednesday, February 28, 2001
Foster, Janeen
July 9, 1930 - February 28, 2001

R. Janeen Foster, 70, of Mt. Pleasant passed away on Wednesday, February 28, 2001, at University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Funeral services for R. Janeen Foster will be held on Saturday, March 3rd, at 11 a.m. from
Clark Funeral Chapel in Mt. Pleasant. The Pastor Terry I. Nordheim will officiate with interment to take place in Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at Clark Funeral Chapel on Thursday, March 1st, from 7–9 p.m. and on Friday, March 2nd , from 2–5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to R. Janeen Foster Memorial Fund. Envelopes will be available at the funeral chapel.

R. Janeen Foster was born July 9, 1930, in Grand Rapids, the daughter of Clyde B. Caswell and Blanche Rita (Humphrey) Caswell. Janeen married Hilton W. Foster June 26, 1950 in Rockford, Michigan. Janeen worked as a secretary for Mt. Pleasant High School for 17 years. She was a former member of the Mt. Pleasant Country Club and Bridge Club.

Janeen is survived by her husband, Hilton Foster of Mt. Pleasant; children, Kim C. Foster (Donna) of Stevens Point, WI, Kevin W. Foster and Jayne LoPiccolo of Mt. Pleasant, John H., Foster (Karen) of Portland, Maine, and Lyn J. Jackson and David Savage of Mt. Pleasant; Grandchildren Amy N. Foster, Greggory P. Foster, Eric G. Foster, Nathan Buckner, Alison Foster, Blake R. Foster, Kelsey J. Foster, Lindsey A. Jackson, and Justin W. Jackson; and brother J. Armand Caswell (Patty) of Apopka, FL.

Janeen was preceded in death by her parents.

Tuesday, February 27, 2001
Merrill, Helen Behnke
October 6, 1918 - February 27, 2001

Helen Behnke Merrill, 82, of Lady Lake, Florida, and formerly of Mt. Pleasant, died Tuesday, February 27, 2001, at her home in Florida.

Funeral Services are 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 6, at the Clark Funeral Chapel in Mt. Pleasant, with burial in Riverside Cemetery

Visitation is from 2-5 and 7-9 p.m. Monday at Clark Funeral Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Hospice Foundation of Lake and Sumter, 12300 Lake Park Road, Tavares, FL 32778 or the First United Methodist Church, 400 S. Main Street, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. Envelopes will be provided at the funeral chapel.

Mrs. Merrill was born October 6, 1918, to William J. and Ida Lange Behnke of Gladwin. She married Stuart Merrill on February 14, 1938, and recently celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary.

She grew up in Gladwin and graduated from Gladwin High School. She and her husband moved to Mt. Pleasant in 1941, where Stuart owned and operated Merrill Drilling Company. Mrs. Merrill worked in her husband's business while raising their six children.

In Mt. Pleasant, Mrs. Merrill was very active in the Fancher School PTA and was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Order of the Eastern Star and the Elkettes, as well as involved in activities relating to the oil and gas industry.

After moving to Lady Lake, Florida, in 1990, she became a member of the Community United Methodist Church in Fruitland Park and the Lady Lake Elkettes Lodge #2793. she enjoyed many activities, including playing bridge and staying in touch with her friends.

Mrs. Merrill is survived by her husband, Stuart, of Lady Lake, Florida; five daughters, Sharon Merrill of Leesburg, Florida, Glenda (Dan) Rookey of Mt. Pleasant, Caroline Merrill of San Francisco, California, Sara (Jim) Thering of Mt. Pleasant, and Kathrine (Ron) Sluyter of Fenton; and her son Wesley Merrill of Mt. Pleasant, as well as 11 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister Kay (Bob) Bates of Zephyrhills, Florida, and her sisters-in-law, Marj Behnke of Flint and Cecil Behnke of Ft. Mead, Florida.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ida Lange and William J. Behnke; and her brothers, Wilbur Behnke, Carl Behnke and Lawrence Behnke.

Sunday, February 25, 2001
Ewert, Marjorie
March 30, 1926 - February 25, 2001

Marjorie Ewert, 74, of Lake died on Sunday, February 25, 2001, at the Laurels of Mt. Pleasant.

Cremation has taken place. There will be a memorial service at a later date.

Marjorie Ewert was born on March 30, 1926, the daughter of Troy and Emma (Carson) Stingley. She married Melvin Ewert on March 4, 1948. Marjorie was a homemaker.

Majorie is survived by her children, Connie Schroeder (Larry) of Jeddo, JoAnn Ewert of Rochester Hills, David Ewert (Elaine) of Warren, Paula Robinson (Tim) of Smiths Creek, Michael Ewert of Lake, Patti Ewert of Harbor Beach, and Cara Ewert of Ohio; 10 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren; a brother Leon Stingley of Fort Peck, MT; sisters Myna Brandt of Montana and Mary Wilde of Nebraska.

Marjorie was preceded in death by her husband and a brother Lyle.

Saturday, February 24, 2001
Griffin, Kellyann Marie
January 22, 1969 - February 24, 2001

Kellyann Marie Griffin, 32, of Mt. Pleasant died on Saturday, February 24, 2001, at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing.

A Funeral Mass for Kellyann will be held on Thursday, March 1st, at 2 p.m. from St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Remus, with Fr. William Zink officiating. Interment will take place in Calvary Cemetery in Mt. Pleasant.

The family will receive friends at Clark Funeral Chapel in Mt. Pleasant on Tuesday, February 27th, from 2-5 and 7-9 p.m, and on Wednesday, February 28th, from 2-5 p.m. Visitation will continue Wednesday evening at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Remus following the Ash Wednesday service. There will be visitation prior to the funeral mass on Thursday from 12 noon until the time of service. Those wishing to make a memorial donation in memory of Kellyann may consider the Griffin Family.

Kellyann Marie Griffin was born on January 22, 1969, in Mt. Clemens, Michigan. She was the daughter of Ernest “Sam” and Nancy J. (Rammalaere) Griffin. Her family moved to Mt. Pleasant in 1971. Kellyann was a homemaker.

Kellyann is survived by her fiancé Lee Brown of Mt. Pleasant; her daughter, Kristi Leah Griffin of Mt. Pleasant; her parents, Sam and Nancy Griffin of Mt. Pleasant; her brothers, Edward Griffin of Mancelona, Joseph Griffin (Kathleen) of Mt. Pleasant, Steven Griffin of Houghton Lake, and Shawn Griffin (Lisa) of Clare; her sisters, Connie Griffin, Carrie Wonch (David), and Rosemary Lackie (Tim), all of Mt. Pleasant; her aunts and uncles, Everett Griffin of Barryton, Karl and Dorothy Kimball of Florida, Ruth and Cy Moore of Lake City, and John and Judy Good of Mecosta; and many nieces and nephews and cousins.

Kellyann was preceded in death by her grandparents, Gustave and Hattie Rammalaere and Everett and Iva Griffin; and her uncles Jim Rammalaere and Robert Griffin.

Tuesday, February 20, 2001
Sanders, Lulu Cross
November 17, 1919 - February 20, 2001

Lulu Cross Sanders, 81, of Alma, Michigan died on Tuesday February 20th, at her residence.

Cremation has taken place. There will be a memorial service on Sunday, March 4, 2001, at 3 p.m. at the Scotsdale Estates Clubhouse in Alma, Michigan. The Reverend Nancy Casey-Fulton will officiate.

Those wishing to make a memorial donation in memory of Lulu may consider Hospice of Central Michigan. Envelopes will be available at Clark Funeral Chapel.

Lulu was born on November 17, 1919, in Clinton Township, Michigan, the daughter of Clyde Byron Cross and Mable (Chambers) Cross. Lulu married Grant Allan Sanders January 25, 1939.

Lulu is survived by her sisters Gladys Baase of Saginaw, Michigan, and Anna Crouch of Romeoville, Illinois; her two children, Richard Allan Sanders and Barbara K. Sanders, both of Alma, Michigan; and 23 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Lulu was preceded in death by her husband.


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