|Bertrand E. "Pete" Beauchamp
April 28, 1915 - October 15, 2002
Bertrand "Pete" Beauchamp, age 87 of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, died Tuesday,
October 15, 2002 at the Isabella County Medical Care Facility in Mt. Pleasant.
Pete was born on April 28, 1915 in Escanaba, the son of Ernest and Corrine
(Bertrand) Beauchamp. On February 9, 1939, in Escanaba, Pete married Lucille
VanHorn. Lucille preceded him in death in July of 1993. Pete was a sales
representative for Metropolitan Life in Marquette. He was a member of Sacred
Heart Catholic Church, was a former member of Kiwanis in Florida, and loved
playing bridge. He was a resident of the area for the past 12 1/2 years.
Pete is survived by his two daughters, Lynne D. and Edwin Peterson of Athens,
Ohio, and Bonnie and Michael Metro of Mt. Pleasant; three grandchildren,
Michelle Metro, Patricia DeBruin, and Pamela Buitendorp; and three sisters,
Elsie VanHorn of Gladstone, Elaine St. Martin of Escanaba, and Mary Winter
of Mankato, MN. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, one sister
and one brother. Memorial services were held on Sunday, October 20, 2002,
at 2:00 p.m. at the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant, with Deacon Larry
Fussman of Sacred Heart Catholic Church officiating. Cremation has taken
place with interment of the cremated remains in Memorial Gardens in Mt.
Friends considering a memorial in memory of Pete, may wish to consider
the World War II Memorial in Washington, DC, or the Isabella County Medical
Bernard A. Esch
May 28, 1921-October 8, 2002
Bernard A. Esch, age 81, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, died on Tuesday,
October 8, 2002 at his home. Bernie was born on May 28, 1921 in Isabella
County, the son of Peter and Barbara (Pung) Esch. On November 19, 1948
in Isabella County, he married Geraldine R. Wilson. He was a lifetime resident
of the area. Bernie was a clerk for Scott Ace Hardware and Oren's Department
store for many years and retired after 10 years of service for Isabella
Bank and Trust as a maintenance man. He was a man who could fix anything.
He enjoyed hunting, woodworking, gardening, and long country drives. Survivors
include his children: Jennie Cooper of St. Louis, MI; Barbara and Richard
Vozar of Vestaburg; Alicia and David Folsom of Ithaca; Donna and Jarvis
Kapplinger of Farwell; and Steven and Connie Esch of Mt. Pleasant; thirteen
grandchildren, and fourteen great grandchildren; two sisters, Dorothy and
Doyle Esch of Mecosta; and Annie and Earl Borseth of Big Rapids. Bernie
was preceded in death by his wife, Geraldine on May 22, 1998; three sisters,
Mary, Viola, and Ida; and three brothers, Paul, Frank, and Lewis. Funeral
services were held on Saturday, October 12, 2002 at 1:00 p.m. from the
Helms Funeral Home with Rev. Scott McKee of the Mt. Pleasant Community
Church, officiating. Interment was in Riverside Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant.
Memorial contributions were suggested to the Commission on Aging for the
Meals on Wheels program. In memory of our loving and devoted husband, father,
grandfather, and great grandfather, we will miss you dearly. With all our
love. Your Family.
Betty J. Perry
October 3, 1923 - October 24, 2002
Betty Jean (Spidel) Perry went home to be with the Lord on October
24, 2002. She was 79 years old. Betty was born October 3, 1923 in North
Star, Gratiot County, Michigan. Betty became a Midland resident after WWII,
moving here with her husband and children. She was a housewife, while raising
her family, with outstanding cooking skills. Her homemade cinnamon rolls
were always in demand. Her other talents included sewing, crocheting, quilting,
houseplants, and gardening. She and her husband, Richard, traveled extensively
in the lower 48 states. They were involved in square dancing, snowmobiling,
and salmon fishing on Lake Michigan until he died in 1992. She enjoyed
meeting new people and established many life long friendships over the
years. After 1992, Betty established a summer residence in Kibby Creek
Travel Park, Ludington, Michigan, where she continued to fish with friends
until the summer of 2002. She received a Master Angler's Award for 2001
for catching a 33 lb. salmon. In the winter, she made quilts for extended
family members. She also made many trips to visit them. Surviving are her
daughters, Gloria Costley of Midland, Carol (Phil) Ivan of Midland, and
Betty (Steve) Call of Soda Springs, Idaho; her sons, Jerold (Tina) Perry
of Green Bay, WI, and Richard (Jeanne) Perry of Troy; 16 grandchildren;
15 great grandchildren; sisters, Veryl Carroll of Battle Creek and Ruby
Ball of Nashville, MI; and brothers, Frank (Zelpha) Spidel of Alabama,
and Neil (Gloria) Spidel of Hastings. Betty's death will leave an empty
space in the lives of her family and friends. She was preceded in death
by her husband, Richard E. Perry; parents, Vico and Azalia Spidel, a sister,
Ruth Barke, a brother, Clarence Spidel; and three grandchildren, Jody Edson
Perry, Jeffrey Scott Perry, and Jerry Alan Perry. Memorial contributions
were suggested to the American Cancer Society and Mid Michigan Hospice.
They provided outstanding and loving care for Betty during her illness
and final days.
Donald W. Hazekamp
June 19, 1929-October 18, 2002
Donald Wayne Hazekamp, age 73, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, passed away
on Friday, October 18, 2002 at his home with his wife Lucille, and daughters,
Jana, and Audrey with him. Don was born on June 19, 1929 in Muskegon Heights,
Michigan, the son of Henry and Marie (Christianson) Hazekamp. On July 30,
1961, he married Lucille Warren Haynes at the First United Methodist Church
in Mt. Pleasant. Don was a Professor of Mathematics at Central Michigan
University since 1961, retiring several years ago. He received his undergraduate
degree from Hope College, a Masters Degree from the University of Michigan,
and a Doctoral Degree from Indiana University. Don was a veteran of the
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, serving in Bordeaux, France. Don taught at
McBain High School before coming to Central Michigan University in 1961.
He was a Past President of The Michigan Council Teachers of Mathematics.
He was a member of the Mt. Pleasant Kiwanis Club, serving as President
and as Lt. Governor for Division 19. He was a master cook and board member
of the Mt. Pleasant Soup Kitchen, choir director for the First United Methodist
Church, and was a lover of family, music, travel, and an avid fan of CMU
athletics. A celebration of music and Don's life was held on Tuesday, October
22, 2002 at the First United Methodist Church with Rev. John Boley officiating.
Memorial contributions were suggested to Hospice of Central Michigan, the
First United Methodist Organ Fund, or the Mt. Pleasant Kiwanis Club Foundation.
March 6, 1916 - October 15, 2002
Wanda McKerren, age 85, of Midland died Tuesday, October 15, 2002,
at Tendercare of Clare.
Wanda was born March 6, 1916 in Detroit to Walter and Valentina Chrusciel.
She married Thomas McKerren on September 12, 1942 in Ohio. Wanda was employed
by the Signal Bureau of West Dearborn as a dispatcher retiring in 1972.
She also worked for Michigan Bell in Detroit, for St. Joseph Retreat in
East Dearborn, and at Oakwood Hospital. She was a member of Sacred Heart
Catholic Church in Mt. Pleasant and St. Phillips Church in Coleman. Wanda
enjoyed knitting, crocheting, quilting afghans, and traveling through out
the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Wanda is survived by her husband
of 60 years, Tom; a son, Edward R. Waldanski of Trenton; four grandsons;
eleven great grandchildren; a sister, Eleanor and Ted Kordus of Orlando,
Florida; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her
parents; a brother, Walter; and a sister, Bertie Renkewicz. Celebration
of the Funeral Mass was celebrated on Friday, October 18, 2002 at 10:00
a.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Mt. Pleasant with Fr. Robert
Byrne as the celebrant. Interment was in Memorial Gardens in Mt. Pleasant.
Memorial contributions were suggested to Sacred Heart Academy.
August 23, 1930 - October 14, 2002
Jacqueline Poland, age 72, of Mt. Pleasant, died Monday, October 14,
2002 in Mt. Pleasant.
Jacqueline was born on August 23, 1930 in Mt. Pleasant, the daughter
of Henry and Agnes French. She was married to Orland A. Poland who preceded
her in death on May 11, 1996. She was a lifetime resident of the area.
Jacqueline was employed in patient care at the State Home. She was a homemaker.
Jacqueline is survived by two sons: Michael and Molly York of Mt. Pleasant,
and Thomas and Jane York of Richmond, VA; five grandchildren. Two sisters:
Joyce Fish of Mt. Pleasant, and Billie Hubbell of New Orleans. She was
preceded in death by her parents, husband, one brother, and three sisters.
Funeral services were held on Thursday, October 17, at the Helms Funeral
Home in Mt. Pleasant with Rev. Tom Jones officiating. Interment will be
held at a later date at the Riverside Cemetery in Mt. Pleasant. Memorial
contributions were suggested to Hospice of Central Michigan.
Beverly Arlene Seeley
April 24, 1935 - October 7, 2002
Beverly A. Seeley, 67, of Shepherd, died Monday, October 7, 2002 at
the Central Michigan Community Hospital. Beverly was born April 24, 1935
in Mt. Pleasant, the daughter of Charles and Mary Margaret (McBride) Clare.
She married Henry Seeley on May 14, 1955 in Mt. Pleasant. Beverly was a
lifetime resident of the area and was a homemaker who loved her family.
Beverly is survived by her husband, Henry of Shepherd; a son, Henry Charles
and Cindy Seeley of Midland; a daughter, Marjorie Seeley of Mt. Pleasant;
a step-son, Roy (Patricia) Seeley of Shepherd; four grandchildren; two
great grandchildren; a sister, Maren Clare of Remus; four sisters-in-law,
Ethel Clare of Barryton, Marion Clare of Mt. Pleasant, Viola Robinson of
Shepherd, and Margaret Seeley of Mt. Pleasant; a nephew, Joe Clare of Mt.
Pleasant; and several other nieces and nephews; Beverly was preceded in
death by her parents and four brothers. Funeral services were held on Thursday,
October 10, 2002 at 11:00 A.M. at the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant
with Pastor Fred Becknell officiating. Interment was in the Kelly Cemetery
in Midland County, Michigan. Memorial contributions were suggested to the
Herbert C. MacClaren
October 24, 1925 - October 6, 2002
Herbert C. MacClaren, age 76, of Roscommon died Sunday, October 6,
2002, at Mercy Hospital in Grayling. Herbert was born October 24, 1925
in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Herbert and Maude Holgate MacClaren. He
married Constance R. Laubert on March 13, 1951 in Detroit. Herbert was
a produce broker for Seald Sweet Sales in Tampa, Florida from 1951 to 1972
when he started his own business, H. C. MacClaren, Inc. from 1972 to 1990
when he retired. Herbert had been coming to Higgins Lake for 75 years.
Herbert and Corky purchased a cottage from his mother in 1956 and moved
there after retirement in 1990 from Farmington Hills. He was a member of
the Mid Forest Hunt Club and enjoyed hunting and fishing. Herbert is survived
by his wife, Constance "Corky" MacClaren of Roscommon; three children,
Michael and Jane MacClaren of Davison, Kim and Randy Mellis of Kalamazoo,
and Gregory and Rhonda MacClaren of Livonia; six grandchildren, James,
Shanna, Lindsey, and Brandon MacClaren and Michelle and Chad Mellis; and
three sisters, Jean Hovarter, Betty Rau, and Trudy Gilmour. He was preceded
in death by his parents; a brother, Robert; and a sister, Reba Baden. A
memorial service will be held in June of 2003 with interment of the cremated
remains in Gerrish Township Cemetery in Roscommon County. Memorial contributions
were suggested to the Higgins Lake Foundation, P. O. Box 40, Higgins Lake,
Eva Preston Ridall
September 6, 1908-October 2, 2002
Eva Preston Ridall went home to be with the Lord, October 2, 2002,
with four generations of her family all around her. Eva was born September
6, 1908, in Wigan, Lancashire, England, to Joseph and Phoebe (Bennett)
Preston. She was always most proud of her English heritage. Eva arrived
in this country on November 11, 1919. She married John Charles Ridall on
September 14, 1929. They resided in Dearborn for 38 years, and in Mt. Pleasant
for the past 29 years. Eva's whole life was a labor of love, as she honored
the Lord in her service to the church and to her family. Her grandchildren
and great grandchildren were the light of her life, as were those she "adopted"
as family. She left them all a great legacy of generosity and servant hood.
Eva is survived by her daughters, Barbara (John) Tousley of Mt. Pleasant
and Cora (Larry) VanSlambrook of Sandusky; six grandchildren, Leslie Tousley,
Janice (Richard) Driessnack, John (Sandra) Tousley, David (Dawn) VanSlambrook,
Daniel (Christine) VanSlambrook, and Amy VanSlambrook; eleven great grandchildren,
Julie, Richard, and Christy Driessnack, Katie Chynoweth, Megan Tousley,
Katarina, Caleigh, Kiersten, Katelyn, Lauren, and McKenzie VanSlambrook;
and one great granddaughter in the Lord, Maria Wooten. She was preceded
in death by her husband, John Charles Ridall and a son, David Preston Ridall.
The funeral service was held on Saturday, October 5, 2002 at 11:00 AM at
the Mt. Pleasant Community Church with Rev. Larry VanSlambrook, Rev. Scott
McKee, and Rev. Malcolm Brown officiating. Interment was in Evergreen Cemetery
in Detroit on Monday October 7, 2002 at 1:00 P.M. Memorial contributions
were suggested to the Mt. Pleasant Community Church.
Ernest Lawrence Fletcher, II
January 15, 1988-October 2, 2002
Ernest "Larry" Fletcher, age 14, of Mt. Pleasant died Wednesday, October
2, 2002, in Flint, Michigan. Larry was born on January 15, 1988 in Alma,
Michigan to Ernest and Paula Hiveley-Fletcher. He was a lifetime resident
of Mt. Pleasant. Larry was a Freshman at Mt. Pleasant High School. He was
a member of the MPHS Jr. Varsity Soccer Team, a member of the Skate Park
Committee, and attended West Midland Family Center TNT.
Larry is survived by his parents, Ernest and Paula Hiveley-Fletcher;
a brother, Curtis Hornbeak in the United States Air Force, stationed at
Lakeland Air Force Base; two sisters:Elizabeth Fletcher of Greenville,
and Melissa Fletcher of Mt. Pleasant. Paternal grandfather, Charles Fletcher
of Prague, OK; maternal grandmother, Diana Hagerl of Mt. Pleasant; maternal
grandfather, John Hiveley of Fowlerville, MI; his maternal great grandparents,
Edward and Marion Wudyka of Clare; a niece Madison Paige Brown of Greenville;
and a cousin, Alissa Mae Jenkins of Clare. He was preceded in death by
his paternal grandmother. Funeral services were held on Sunday, October
6, 2002 at 2 p.m. from the Helms Funeral Home with Rev. Ron Ives of the
Potter's House officiating. Memorial contributions were suggested to the
Mt. Pleasant Skate Park, the Optimist Club, the MPHS Athletics Fund, or
to the West Midland Family Center.
William Edward Hill
July 20, 1941-October 1, 2002
William Edward Hill, age 61, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, passed away
on Tuesday, October 1, 2002 in Grayling, Michigan. Bill was born on July
20, 1941 in Flint, Michigan, the son of Harold and Zelpha (Axtell) Hill.
On August 27, 1966 in the Chapel of the Philadelphia Naval Hospital, Bill
married Margo Wold. A resident of the area for most of his life, he was
employed as a medical technologist for Central Michigan Community Hospital
for 18 years, and for Gratiot Community Hospital for the past 16 years.
Bill was an avid golfer and bowler, and enjoyed fishing. Survivors include
his wife, Margo; a son, John, serving in the U.S. Army stationed in Fort
Drum, New York. A special adopted grandson, Ryan Mogg. 3 sisters: Annie
Mogg of Shepherd, Judy and Jim Stienman of Westland, MI, and Kathy and
Tim Leiter of Mt. Pleasant. Bill's mother-in-law, Marian Wold of Clearwater,
Florida, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by both
parents; a nephew Tony DeLorenzo; and a brother-in-law, Ron Mogg. Memorial
services were held on Friday, October 4, 2002 at 3 p.m. from the Helms
Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Rev. Michael Leiter officiating. Cremation
took place at Sunset Valley Crematory with interment of the cremated remains
in Salt River Cemetery. Memorial contributions were suggested to Hospice
of Central Michigan or to the wishes of the family.
Alta E. Tillotson
May 31, 1918-October 1, 2002
Alta E. Tillotson, age 84, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, passed away on
Tuesday, October 1, 2002 at the Isabella County Medical Care Facility in
Mt. Pleasant. Alta was born on May 31, 1918 in Gilmore Township, Isabella
County, the daughter of Andrew Edgar and Gertrude Louise (Graham) Freeman.
On January 19, 1935, she married Oscar A. Tillotson in Mt. Pleasant. As
an avid golfer, she played for many years on the gold leagues at Riverwood
Golf Course. She enjoyed her family and enjoyed watching her children play
high school sports. Survivors include her children, Andrea and Robert (Kim)
Swan of Caro, Michigan, Graham and Cathy Tillotson of Mt. Pleasant, and
Kim and Marcia Tillotson of Mt. Pleasant. 5 grandchildren, and 2 great
grandchildren. Alta was preceded in death by her husband Oscar on March
18, 1990, a brother, Clarence Freeman, and both parents. Funeral services
were held on Friday, October 4, 2002 at 11 a.m. from the Helms Funeral
Home with Dr. Stephen Shugert officiating. Interment followed in Riverside
Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant. Memorial contributions were made to the Isabella
County Medical Care Facility or the Alzheimer's Association.
Darryl F. Johnson
October 29, 1933 - November 4, 2002
Darryl F. Johnson, 69, of Englewood, Florida, formerly of Mt. Pleasant,
died Monday, November 4, 2002 at the Lee County Hospital in Fort Myers,
Darryl was born October 29, 1933 in Mt. Pleasant, the son of William
and Florence Bidlack Johnson. On August 15, 1959, he married Jeanette Lentner
in Saginaw. He was a resident of the area until 1999, when he and Jeanette
moved to Florida.
Darryl enjoyed hunting and fishing, but most of all, he enjoyed flying
and restoring planes at their farm/airstrip. He had his private, commercial
and instructor's licenses and taught many people in the area to fly. He
was an active member of the Civil Air Patrol, and often assisted the Sheriff's
Department in aerial searches. Darryl was a member of the Experimental
Aircraft Association for more than 20 years, and often attended the EAA
International Convention in Oshkosh, WI. He could be found on many a Sunday
morning flying formation with local pilots, John Benzinger, and Frank Varga.
In later years, he enjoyed touring the nation as a crewmember with the
Collings Foundation B-24 and B-17 bombers. As a veteran of the USAF, Darryl
served from 1951-1955 in Korea and Okinawa. He was a member of the Isabella
North East Firefighters for more than 30 years. Darryl was retired from
the Mt. Pleasant Post Office as a letter carrier with 34 years of service.
He enjoyed traveling, warm weather, and living in Florida.
Survivors include his wife, Jeanette; a daughter, Renee and David Weston
of Rockford, Michigan; a son, Scott and Heather Johnson of Ypsilanti, Michigan;
two grandchildren, Matthew and Kelly Weston; and a sister, Constance "Elsie"
Wert of Alma, Michigan.
Friends desiring to make a memorial contribution may wish to consider
the American Diabetes Association or a charity of the donor's choice.
Elinar Rubici Alaverdian
February 18, 1987-April 14, 2000
Elinar Rubici Alaverdian, age 13, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, formerly
of Armash, Armenia, died Friday, April 14, 2000 at her aunt and uncle's
home in Mt. Pleasant .
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Monday, April 17, 2000 at the
Helms Funeral Home, Mt. Pleasant with Rev. Fr. Abraham Ohanesian of St.
John's Armenian Apostolic Church officiating. Interment was in the Riverside
Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant. Friends called at the Helms Funeral Home on Monday,
April 17 from 9 a.m. to the time of the service.
Elinar was born February 18, 1987 in Armash, Armenia, the daughter
of Rubic and Yerazik (Martoian) Alaverdian.
Elinar was the top student in her class in Armash. She enjoyed artwork,
drawing, and was an accomplished artist. She was well liked by everyone
in her town and had a lively interest in new things and the world.
Elinar is survived by her parents, Rubic Alaverdian of Mt. Pleasant
and Yerazik of Armash, Armenia; her aunt and uncle, Ahahit and Michael
Lynch of Mt. Pleasant; her paternal grandparents, Karapet Alaverdian and
Shogik Avagian of Armenia; and maternal grandparents, Bagrat and Seda Martoian
She was preceded in death by her maternal grandmother, Telle Martoian.
Emma Gladys Downing
February 14, 1918 - December 7, 2001
Emma G. Downing, age 83, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, died Friday, December
7, 2001 at the Laurels of Mt. Pleasant.
Emma was born on February 14, 1918 in Detroit, Michigan, the daughter
of John and Johanna (Lasko) Kasper. She married Othel E. Downing on December
10, 1936 in Indiana. Emma lived in the area for 45 years.
Emma and Othel owned and operated Hillside Cabins in Mt. Pleasant.
She was a member of the First Church of Christ.
Emma is survived by several nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews,
and great great nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; four brothers; and
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, December 11, 2001 at 2:00 P.M.
at the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant, with Mr. Ivan C. Odor officiating.
Interment was in Riverside Cemetery in Mt. Pleasant. Memorial contributions
were suggested to the First Church of Christ, or to East Michigan Wings
June 22, 1912-December 7, 2001
Jack Adams, age 89, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan passed away at his home
on Friday, December 7, 2001.
Jack was born on June 22, 1912 in Cadillac, Michigan, the son of Frank
and Alice (McGoveren) Adams. He married Edith McLaughlin. He lived in the
area for the past seven years.
Jack was a custodian for the Owosso Public Schools and retired in 1977.
He was a member of the Eagles in Alma, Michigan and was a certified coach
with the Michigan High School Athletic Association.
Jack is survived by his wife, Edith of Mt. Pleasant; two sons, Dennis
and Barbara Adams of Mt. Pleasant and Dean Adams of Lansing; four grandchildren,
Joshua, Jason, and Jesse Adams, and Denyse and Gordon Ferguson; two great
grandchildren, Victoria and McKenzie Ferguson.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, December 22, 2001 at 11:00
a.m. at the Helms Funeral Home with Mr. Harry Plouff officiating. Cremation
took place at the Sunset Valley Crematory in Bay City, Michigan. Memorial
contributions were suggested to the Mid-Michigan Hospice.
Donald E. "Bill" Courtney
July 25, 1922 - December 9, 2001
Donald E. (Bill) Courtney, 79, of Mt. Pleasant died Sunday, December
9, 2001 at the Ingham Medical Center in Lansing.
Bill was born on July 25, 1922 in Marietta, Ohio to Homer and Area
(Miller) Courtney. He married Jeanne Huber in Mt. Pleasant on December
A resident of the area for the last 73 years, he served in the U. S.
Army during active combat in WWII from 1942 to 1945. He retired from Central
Michigan University in 1985. His favorite pastimes were fishing and hunting.
Donald is survived by his wife, Jeanne; four children, Julie Courtney
of Mt. Pleasant, Janice Landon of Dayton, Ohio, Jodi Courtney of Mt. Pleasant,
and Linda Fate of Remus; and one sister, Glenda McNeal of Arizona.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Orah; and four
sisters, Gertrude Pugh, Pauline Mumy, Ruth Cisler, and Marie Grubb.
A military service was held at 11:00 A.M., Wednesday, December 12,
2001 at the Helms Funeral Home with Rev. Samuel Reith of the Zion Lutheran
Church officiating. Interment was in Memorial Gardens, Mt. Pleasant, with
Military Honors conducted by the V. F. W. Post #3033.
Richard Lawrence Rowley
April 1, 1923 - December 11, 2001
Richard Lawrence Rowley, age 78, of Lake, and formerly of DeWitt, Michigan,
died Tuesday, December 11, 2001 at Mid-Michigan Medical Center in Midland.
Richard was born on April 1, 1923 in Lansing, Michigan, the son of
Jesse Jacob and Grace Elizabeth (Annis) Rowley. He married Mary Alma Paden
on August 31, 1946 in Lansing, Michigan. Richard lived in Lake since 1986
moving there from DeWitt, Michigan. He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII
aboard a submarine. He was a life member of #3039, Sparta-Esterline VFW
Post, member of the U.S. Submarine Veterans Assoc. and the Carpenters Union
Local 1449 and attended the Trinity Baptist Church in Farwell. Richard
was a master craftsman and enjoyed working in his workshop where he spent
many happy hours. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great
Richard is survived by his wife, Mary of Lake; children, Christine
(Howard) Reist of Charlotte, Sherman (Shirley) Rowley of Mt. Pleasant,
and Timothy (Lucy) of Jacksonville, NC; grandchildren, Arthur (Lachelle)
Reist, Sarah Rowley, Ann (Chad) Hill, Jacob Rowley, Matthew Krueger and
Lori Beth Rowley; great grandchildren, Elizabeth, Lucas and Alaura Reist;
and brother, Lester Rowley.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral services were held on Friday, December 14, 2001 at 2:00 P.M.
at the Gorsline-Runciman Funeral Home in Lansing with Rev. Larry Foster
officiating. Interment was in Glendale Cemetery in Okemos.
Rev. James Emory Cook
May 22, 1930 - December 12, 2001
Rev. James Emory Cook, age 71, of Lake Isabella, Michigan, died on
Wednesday, December 12, 2001 in Detroit, Michigan.
Rev. Cook was born on May 22, 1930 in Benton Harbor, Michigan, the
son of Emory N. and Rosa Hosbein Cook. He married Anne Gurr on June 28,
1958 in Benton Harbor. They have resided at Lake Isabella for the past
The Rev. Cook was a pastor for the United Methodist Church. He served
11 churches in the Western Michigan Conference: Burnips-Monterey Center
UMC from 1982-85: Dowling-Banfield UMC from 1985-86; Fenwick-Vickeryville-Palo
UMC from 1986-91; Trinity-Countryside UMC from 1991-95; and Barryton-Chippewa
Lake UMC from 2000-01. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean
Conflict from 1950-54. He was a member of the Western Michigan Conference,
a former Sunrise Rotarian, a member of the Isabella County Soup Kitchen
Board starting when the Kitchen moved to the Trinity UMC, and the Wesley
He is survived by his wife, Anne of Lake Isabella, children, James
Cook of Traverse City, MI, Cynthia (Rick) McClure of Eaton Rapids, MI,
and Marsha Cook of Milwaukie, OR; four grandchildren, Robert Grimes, Branden,
Michael, and Christina McClure; four brothers, Charles (Nancy) Cook of
Stevensville, MI, Don (Debbie) Cook and Ray Cook of Benton Harbor, MI,
and Tom (Joann) Cook of Holiday, FL; and a sister, Donna Thomas of Benton
Harbor, MI. He was preceded in death by one brother, Timothy, and a sister,
Funeral services were held on Monday, December 17, 2001 at 11 a.m.
from the Weidman United Methodist Church with Rev. Craig Adams, Rev. Joseph
Huston, and Rev. Ronald A. Houk officiating. Interment took place in Riverside
Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant. Memorial contributions were made to the Isabella
County Soup Kitchen or to the Pardee Cancer Fund. Arrangements were by
the Helms Funeral Home, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.
Tomas Major Solosky
April 13, 1934-December 14, 2001
Tomas Major Solosky, age 67, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan passed away
at Central Michigan Community Hospital on Friday, December 14, 2001.
Tomas was born on April 13, 1934 in Midland, Michigan, the son of Leo
L. and Hazel L. (Major) Solosky. He lived in the area since 1979. Tomas
was a self employed musician.
Tomas is survived by his twin brother, Douglas of Midland, and brothers,
Richard of Auburn and, Ethan of Gladwin.
Tomas was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Weslie Leo
Funeral services were held on Thursday, December 20, 2001 at 1:00 p.m.
at the Helms Funeral Home with Rev. Thomas Jones officiating. Interment
was in Riverside Cemetery in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.
Tony James Musil
October 17, 1957-December 14, 2001
Tony James Musil, age 44, of Clare, Michigan passed away near Clare
on Friday, December 14, 2001.
Tony was born on October 17, 1957 in Flint, Michigan, the son of Jerry
and Shirley (Acker) Musil.
Tony was a repairman for Ackerman Plumbing and Heating for the past
Tony is survived by his son, James; parents, Jerry and Shirley Musil;
and 3 sisters, Connie Bartshe, Debra Robinson and Victoria Monroe.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, December 18, 2001 at 2:00 p.m.
at the Helms Funeral Home with Rev. Thomas Jones officiating. Interment
was in Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Mt. Pleasant. Memorial contributions
were suggested to an education fund for Tony's son, James.
Kent Albert Ward
March 7, 1933-December 22, 2001
Kent Albert Ward, age 68, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan passed away at
The Laurels of Mt. Pleasant on Saturday, December 22, 2001.
Kent was born on March 7, 1933 in Indiana, the son of Lee and Louise
(Kruse) Ward. He resided most of his life in the Mt. Pleasant area. Kent
owned and operated the Ward and Broadway Theaters in Mt. Pleasant.
Kent is survived by his daughter, Deb Barnard of Mt. Pleasant; step-children,
Daneen Lippard of Mt. Pleasant, Michael Lippard of Florida, and Richard
Lippard of Whitmore Lake, MI; grandchildren, Christopher Barnard of California,
Breanna McClain-Lippard, Brenden McClain-Lippard both of Mt. Pleasant,
Rachel Lippard and Shannen Lippard; and one great grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a step grandson.
Funeral services were held on Friday, December 28, 2001 at 11:00 a.m.
at Helms Funeral Home with Rev. Tom Jones officiating. Interment was in
Donna Jane Goodwin
April 12, 1932 - December 30, 2001
Donna Jane Goodwin, age 69, of Lake, Michigan, died Sunday, December
30, 2001 at her home.
Donna was born on April 12, 1932 in Saginaw, Michigan, the daughter
of Andrew and Lucille Ott. She married Robert Goodwin on March 30, 1951
in Saginaw, Michigan. Donna was a resident of Littlefield Lake since 1971,
moving there from Saginaw. She was a homemaker who enjoyed water activities
and was a member of the St. Joseph the Worker Church in Beal City.
Donna is survived by her husband, Robert of Lake; children, Michael
Goodwin of Saginaw and Linda (Richard) Lamont of Saginaw; grandchildren,
Michael, Bobbie and Thomas Goodwin and Richard Lamont; and great grandchildren,
Jayden, Chelsea, Bradley, Rebecca and Tabatha Goodwin.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Cherie; 2 brothers
and 2 sisters.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, January 2, 2002 at 10:30 A.M.
at the St. Joseph the Worker Church with Fr. John Cotter officiating. Interment
was in St. Joseph Cemetery in Beal City.