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Colin Clyde Punches Jr.
Colin Clyde Punches Jr., age 42, passed away Aug. 9, 2003. Colin was born in Torrence, Calif., the son of Colin and Consuelo (Fraide) Punches, Sr. Colin was retired from the U.S. Air Force as a Master Sergeant.
Mr. Punches is survived by his children, Crystal Punches of Mesa, Ariz., Derek and Brittany Punches of Reedsville, Wis., Odessa Punches of Rapid City, S.D.; sisters, Jo Alice (Jeff) Smaga of Brooklyn, Lucinda Jo Bullinger of Baltimore, Md.; brother, Charles Alan (Robin) Punches of West Palm Beach, Fla. His grandmothers Mildred Ferrin and Charlene Simonian preceded him in death. A private burial will take place at Fort Custer National Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to the Borek Jennings Funeral Home, DeJeu Chapel.

Eugene Kwasny
Eugene Donald Kwasny of Brooklyn, age 48, died of cancer Wednesday, August 13, 2003 in Brooklyn, Michigan. He was born on March 15, 1955 in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Joseph B. and Catherine (Trigilio) Kwasny.
He is survived by his mother of Brooklyn; his siblings, Robert Kwasny of Westchester Co, NY and Christine Kwasny (Gare) Maxton of Ann Arbor; and two nieces, Adriana and Sophia Maxton.
The Memorial Mass was held last Monday, August 18, St. Joseph's Shrine in Brooklyn, MI, with Rev. Carl Simon officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society. Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea.

Donald Obee
Obee, Donald, age 79, resident of Norvell Township, Sweezy Lake, MI; former resident of Toledo, OH, passed away Wednesday afternoon, August 13, 2003 at Foote Memorial Hospital in Jackson, MI.
Donald served in the U.S. Navy, Pacific Theatre, in WWII during 1943-46. Mr. Obee was an Eagle Scout and a graduate of the University of Toledo. Donald was the office manager for Treu House of Munch in Northwood, Ohio for 36 years. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Manchester, MI. Donald's passions were his family, woodworking, gardening and slow sunset cruises around Sweezy Lake.
Donald is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Florceta M. Weirich; his brother Fr. Gregory Obee OSB from Aurora, IL; his daughter Lynn and her husband Vince Giarratana; sons: Gary and his wife Sharon; Mark and his wife Elizabeth; David and his wife Angela; daughters: Laurie, Mary Sue and her husband Lynn Broome and son Charles and his wife Sue; 14 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. He will be forever remembered and sorely missed.
A Celebration of Donald's life will be on Monday, August 18, 2003 beginning at 10:00 a.m. with prayers at the Borek Jennings Funeral Home, Jenter Chapel, Manchester followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Manchester with the Father Tim Krzyzaniak officiating. Memorials may be given to the charity of donor's choice. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home where Donald's family received friends on Saturday, August 16 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and on Sunday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Interment Norvell Township Cemetery.

Earl Shafer
Shafer, Earl, age 76, of Cement City, passed away Saturday, August 16, 2003. Earl was born August 22, 1926 the son of Jesse and Oral (McKinney) Shafer. Earl married Dorothy Mae Reeser March 8, 1947 and she preceded him in death July 22, 1997. Besides his wife, Earl is also preceded in death by his parents, his son: Earl Duane Shafer and 2 sisters. Survivors include: 3 sons: Rodney (Debbie) Shafer, James (Martha) Shafer all of Cement City, Kevin (Tina) Shafer of Jonesville; 1 daughter: Sheila (Tim) Hackworth of Jackson; 9 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren; 3 brothers and 2 sisters. A celebration of Mr. Shafer's life will take place on Tuesday, August 19, 2003 at 2:00 p.m. at the Borek Jennings Funeral Home, DeJeu Chapel in Brooklyn with Pastor Kyle Detmers officiating. Memorial contributions may be given to the EFFORTS Foundation (Emphysema Foundation for our right to survive) 411 NE US Hwy 69, Claycomo, MO 64119. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home where Earl's family received friends on Monday August 18, 2003 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m.

Philip Duckham Jr.
Philip Duckham Jr., age 70, of Napoleon, passed away at W.A. Foote Memorial Hospital on Aug. 10, 2003. Mr. Duckham was born in Jackson, the son of Philip and Thelma (England) Duckham, Sr. Philip married Phyllis Coak on July 31, 1951 in Buchanon, Ga.
Philip founded Modern Disposal in 1955 and was owner/operator until his retirement in 1989. Mr. Duckham was a member of the NRA and a volunteer fireman at the Napoleon Township Fire Department. He was also a search and rescue scuba diver and member of NRC.
Survivors include his children, Philip (Vickie) of Brooklyn, Michael J. (Robin) of Brooklyn, Felicia (Bill) Frizzell of Grand Rapids, Tess I. (Mark) Nidek of Vandercook, Thomas (Angie) Duckham of Napoleon, Molly (Wayne) Askins of Munfordville, Ky.; 18 grandchildren; brother, Joseph (Dedee) Duckham of Frostproof, Fl. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Phyllis Sue; and brother, William Duckham.
A Celebration of Philip's life will be on Thursday, August 14, 2003 beginning at 2 p.m. at the Borek Jennings Funeral Home, DeJeu Chapel in Brooklyn. Memorials may be made to the Michigan Heart Association. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home where Philip's family will receive friends on Wednesday, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m.

Eugene "Sock" Every
Every, Eugene, "Sock", age 49, of Cement City, passed away August 7, 2003 at W.A. Foote Memorial Hospital. Eugene was born on December 28, 1953, in Jackson, the son of Chester and Waunetta (Miller) Every. Eugene is survived by his parents and girlfriend: Cheryl Irvine of Brooklyn; brother: Rockney (Gloria) Every of Cement City. Mr. Every was a member of the Brooklyn Gun Club. There will be no services. There will be a celebration of Sock's life on August 23 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Rock's house. All friends are welcomed. Arrangements were made by the Borek Jennings Funeral Home, DeJeu Chapel, Brooklyn.

Patrick Ivan Cole
Patrick Ivan Cole died Sunday, August 3, 2003, as the result of a traffic accident on Highway 395. He was 23.
A memorial service commemorating his life was held Saturday, Aug. 9, at 2 p.m. at Holland & Lyons Chapel. The service will be conducted by Colby Moore.
Cole was born in Ridgecrest on Feb. 3, 1980, and was reared by his father, Jeff Cole, formerly of Brooklyn, and his grandmother, Frances Hoagland. He attended Faller Elementary School, James Monroe Middle School, Burroughs High School, and graduated from Cerro Coso Community College's Animation Academy.
His family says this about him: "He was an exceptionally talented artist, who enjoyed photography, painting, sketching, and computer animation. He was also a music enthusiast who found pleasure in various genres of music.
"If you couldn't find Pat being artistic, he was either learning Kung Fu, tinkering with gadgets or playing video games. Most of the time he was found working on cars or his motorcycle in his dad's garage. He was very knowledgeable in the automotive field.
"Pat was the guy you always saw having a good time, making people laugh and enjoying good company. He had a good sense of humor that was always accompanied by his clever wit and strong self-confidence. He was a loyal friend and was always there when you needed him. He was loved and is missed by many."
His father wrote: "Pat was my son, my support, my best friend. In his memory, I would ask any support to my family go to Travis and Hope Johnson. My path is set, they need all the help we can give them. I met Amber only once, but it was enough to know she was a joy to all who knew her. Please help her family also.
"I ask all parents to love and hug their kids more than ever and spend time with them. It is the most important thing you can do. Signed, the father of a wonderful son, Jeffrey L. Cole."
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations for the care of Travis Johnson and his daughter, Hope Marie Johnson.
Cole is survived by his father, Jeffrey L. Cole of Ridgecrest, Calif.; grandmother, Frances Hoagland; uncle, Michael Cole of Meridian, Idaho; uncle, Marc Cole of Brooklyn, Mich.; and aunt Lori Williams of Wichita, Kan.

Richard Southwell
Richard Southwell, 70, of Grass Lake, passed away August 8, 2003. He was born November 17, 1932 in Adrian, Mich., the son of Ward and Goldie (Grubbs) Southwell. Mr. Southwell married Alberta Mae LaCoe on July 20, 1957 and she survives.
Richard was a US Navy Veteran, (1952-1956), a member of the American Legion Rose City Post and the Railroad Retirees. He was also an avid woodworker, fisherman, hunter, winemaker and gardener and enjoyed spending time with his dog Trixie.
Besides his wife, Mr. Southwell is survived by his children: Michael E. (Gail) Southwell of Medina, Ohio, Lisa (Tom) O'Brien of Parma and Denise A. Rodriguez of Grass Lake; grandchild: Nathan Southwell; brothers: Chester (Gordene) Southwell of Darby, Montana, Larry Southwell of Gilletts Lake, Dean (Myra) Southwell of Norvell, David (Judy) Southwell of Gilletts Lake; sister Patricia Todd of Jackson; many nieces and nephews and his beloved dog Trixie.
Richard was preceded in death by his parents and brother Frank Southwell. A Celebration of Richard's life took place Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2003, at Borek Jennings Funeral Home DeJeu Chapel, with Rev. Rick Fergurson officiating. Memorials may be given to Arbor Hospice & Home Care 2366 Oak Valley Dr. Ann Arbor, Mich. 48103-8944 or Ann Arbor VA.
Envelopes will be available at Borek Jennings Funeral Home, DeJeu Chapel, Brooklyn (formerly Jenter & Braun).

Jack Henson
Jack Henson, age 74, passed away August 7, 2003 at Bixby Hospital. Jack was born on January 12, 1929 in Jackson, Kentucky, the son of George and America (Fugate) Henson. Mr. Henson married Ola Mae Watts on July 12, 1949 in Hazard, Kentucky, and she survives. Jack was employed with General Motors in Detroit until 1981 and was a member of the Irish Hills Rod & Gun Club.
Besides his wife, he is survived by his children: Jackie (R.J.) Pankow of Brooklyn, Linda (Mark) Bouchard of Onsted, William (Irene) Henson of Onsted, Carol (Mark) Rodriguez of Dearborn Heights, Jerry (Becky) Henson of Salt Lick, Kentucky; 9 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; brother: Orbin Henson of Jackson, Kentucky. Jack was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Kimmy Combs in 2001; 3 sisters and 2 brothers.
A celebration of Jack's life was held on Saturday, August 9, 2003 at the Borek Jennings Funeral Home, DeJeu Chapel, Brooklyn with the Pastor E. Keith Corbin officiating. Memorials may be given to the Michigan Heart Association. Envelopes will be provided at the funeral home. Interment was in Roseland Memorial Gardens. 

Colin Clyde Punches Jr.
Colin Clyde Punches Jr., age 42, passed away Aug. 9, 2003. Colin was born in Torrence, Calif., the son of Colin and Consuelo (Fraide) Punches, Sr. Colin was retired from the U.S. Air Force as a Master Sergeant.
Mr. Punches is survived by his children, Crystal Punches of Mesa, Ariz., Derek and Brittany Punches of Reedsville, Wis., Odessa Punches of Rapid City, S.D.; sisters, Jo Alice (Jeff) Smaga of Brooklyn, Lucinda Jo Bullinger of Baltimore, Md.; brother, Charles Alan (Robin) Punches of West Palm Beach, Fla. His grandmothers Mildred Ferrin and Charlene Simonian preceded him in death. A private burial will take place at Fort Custer National Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to the Borek Jennings Funeral Home, DeJeu Chapel. 

Violet R. Giberson
Violet R. Giberson, age 79 of Addison, died on Sunday, Aug. 10, 2003 at Cameron Memorial Community Hospital in Angola, Ind.

Florence V. Trigger
Florence V. Trigger, 90, of Champaign, Ill. died in Champaign on July 29, 2003.
Born Aug. 21, 1914 at Wamplers Lake, she was the daughter of Charles H. and Lavina E. (Thompson) Rothfuss and was the youngest of 11 children, two of whom died in infancy. On Dec. 24, 1939 she married Kenneth J. Trigger at the Rothfuss family home.
She graduated from Brooklyn High School in 1931 and from Michigan State College in 1936. Before her marriage she taught in several school districts in northern and western Michigan. Golf was her favorite recreational activity.
Surviving are three sons: James (Karen) of Plano, Texas, Thomas (Joyce) of Richmond, Texas and Jeffrey (Carolyn) of Champaign; five grandchildren; four great grandsons; one brother, Guilford Rothfuss of Jackson; and numerous nephews and nieces.

Pauline Creger
Pauline Clara Creger, age 87, of Brooklyn passed away on July 29, 2003. Pauline was born in Brooklyn on June 17, 1916, the daughter of Frank and Clara (Cruse) Davis. She married Leo T. Creger on September 19, 1934 in Brooklyn and he preceded her in death. She is survived by her children: Marjorie (Dan) Crawford; Margaret (Jerry) King; Ken (Judy) Creger; 10 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. Besides her husband she was preceded in death by 1 brother, 1 sister and 4 grandchildren. A celebration of Pauline's life was held on Saturday, August 2 at the Borek Jennings Funeral Home, DeJeu Chapel, Brooklyn beginning at 11 a.m. with Pastor Neil Randall, Pastor Kenneth Creger and Pastor John Masters officiating. Memorials may be given to Pauline's family for future designation. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. Burial was held at Roseland Memorial Gardens, Napoleon. 

Russell Weide
Russell Weide, age 79, passed away July 30, 2003. He was born Dec. 30, 1923 in Alpena, Mich., the son of Rudolph and Martha (Klieber) Weide. Mr. Weide married Viola Ryba on Aug. 23 ,1947 and she survives.
Russell served our country in the Army during WW II and was part of the invasion of Normandy. He also had a passion for and the ability to work on cars.
Besides his wife, Mr. Weide is survived by his children, James (Jill) Weide of Addison, Gregory Weide of Somerset Center, Eugene (Kathy Walther) Weide of Sterling, David Weide and Brenda Pfund of Somerset Center, Diane (Larry) Kellenberger of Jonesville; 11 grandchildren; sister, Janet (Ralph) Davis of Westland. Russell was preceded in death by his son, Michael in 1971; grandson, Jeremiah Weide and one sister, Vera Arnold.
A celebration of Russell's life was held at Borek Jennings Funeral Home, DeJeu Chapel (formerly Jenter-Braun Funeral Home, Brooklyn) on Monday, Aug. 4, 2003 with a procession to St. Rita's Catholic Church for Mass with Father Lehr Barkenquest officiating. Memorials may be given to the donor's choice.

McKenzie Elizabeth Zukowski
McKenzie Elizabeth Zukowski, age nine months, of Cement City, passed away suddenly at home on July 31, 2003. McKenzie was born Oct. 10, 2002 in Ann Arbor the daughter of Crystal Richardson and Benjamin Zukowski and they survive. McKenzie is also survived by her grandparents, Tony (Deborah) Zukowski of Milan, Glenna (Alan) Hale of Milan and John (Shirley) Richardson of Cement City; and her great-grandparents, Richard (Peggy) DePuydt of Arizona.
A celebration of McKenzie's life took place on Monday, Aug. 4, 2003, at Cement City Baptist Church with Pastor Drew Woods officiating. Burial took place at Cement City Baptist Church Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be given to the Cement City Baptist Church. Envelopes are available at the Borek Jennings Funeral Home, DeJeu Chapel in Brooklyn (formerly Jenter & Braun). 

Elton R. Begeman
Begeman, Elton R., age 84, Aug. 3, 2003 of Port Charlotte, Fl, and Clarklake Miich., formerly of Trenton. Beloved husband of Gerry. Loving father of Tom (Nancy), Mary Begeman, and Jill (Michael) O'Donohue. Also survived by seven grandchildren and nine great grandchildren, two brothers and four sisters.
Funeral services will be held at The Martenson Funeral Home, 3200 West Rd., Trenton, Wednesday beginning at 10 a.m. Interment Michigan Memorial Park. Visitation Tuesday 4 to 9 p.m. An expression of sympathy may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Barbara Mae Miller
Barbara Mae (Miller) Myers, 88, of Clarklake, Michigan died Aug. 2, 2003 in Columbus, Ohio. Born March 24, 1915, Barbara lived in Jackson, Detroit and Clarklake throughout her life and most recently at Abbington of Arlington in Columbus. A loving wife and mother, she raised three children while utilizing her unique and creative talents in many ways. She painted numerous oil paintings and was a member of the Palette and Brush Club in Detroit.
An accomplished seamstress, she designed clothing for her children as well as home decorations and gifts. She enjoyed music, singing, dancing and was an active member of the 88er's Music Club for many years.
Of her many accomplishments, she was most proud of her loving family and delighted in family gatherings.
Barbara was preceded in death by her husband, Robert W. Myers, sisters, Helen (Miller) Wimmer and Phyllis (Miller) Filer. She is survived by her brother John H. Miller of Jackson, Mich.; children John (Rita) Myers of Powell, Ohio; Susan (Bill) Henke of Stevensville, Michigan, and Robin (Kevin) Mitchell of Powell, Ohio; as well as grandchildren Brenda, Rob, Lang, Kayce, Emily and Shannon, who lovingly called her "The Graminator"; and many nieces, nephews and friends. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Abbington of Arlington Assisted Living, 1320 Old Henderson Rd., Columbus, Ohio 43220, Attn: Kim Waits.
A gathering of family and friends will be held in Barbara's home located at 1708 Eagle Point Drive, Clarklake, Michigan on Wednesday, August 6, from noon to 3 p.m.

Irene Anne Emery
Irene Anne Emery, 74, of Manchester passed away peacefully at home July 24, 2003. Irene was born in Brooklyn on October 18, 1928, the daughter of Alphonse and Helen (Bartlett) Bauer. She married Richard Emery on July 10, 1948, and he survives. Mrs. Emery was a life member of the Disabled Veterans of America Auxiliary. Besides her husband, Irene is survived by her children: James R. (Karlan) Emery of Aurora, CO, Judith A. (Willard C.) Cleland, Jr. of Brooklyn, Janelle K. (J. Todd) Hutson of Brooklyn; 7 Grandchildren: Michele and Jeffrey Emery, Bobbie Jo (A.J.) Town, Tonya L. Cleland, Janessa, Janeana, and Jada Hutson, 2 Great Grandchildren: Nakyshia C. Brown and Tristan J. Town, 3 brothers, 6 sisters. She was preceded in death by three brothers and one sister.
A funeral service for Mrs. Emery was held on Tuesday morning at Borek Jennings Funeral Home, DeJeu Chapel, with Father Tim Krzyzaniak, Reverend Deacon Elise Cole and Pastor Dexter Hurt officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Hospice of Jackson.

Theodore Greenwald
Theodore Greenwald, age 82 formerly of Brooklyn, died on July 23, 2003, in McBain, Michigan.

Elsie J. McFarland
Elsie J. McFarland, 88, of Onsted, died on Monday evening, July 21, 2003 at the Lenawee Medical Care Facility in Adrian. Elsie lived most of her life in the Manitou Beach-Onsted area.

Virginia H. Mummery
Virginia H. Mummery, 91, of Horton died on Sunday, July 27.
She lived most of her life in Ann Arbor before moving to Brooklyn. Cremation has taken place, and a memorial service will be set at a later date.

Dennis "Ernie" Reynolds
Dennis "Ernie" Reynolds, age 85 of Addison, passed away on Sunday, July 20, 2003 at W.A. Foote Hospital in Jackson. He was born on January 26, 1918 in Jackson, Michigan, to Harold W. and Olive F. (Blakely) Reynolds. He married Helen M. Felt on June 4, 1949 in Wayne, Michigan and she survives.
Ernie lived all of his life in Addison. He graduated from Addison High School in 1937. He worked for the Addison Department of Public Works since 1937, retiring in 1980. Ernie was a member of the Addison Fire Department for over 50 years, officially retiring in November of 1995 but was still active until 2000. He was past Assistant Chief and also Chief of the Addison Fire Department. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army where he was a radar mechanic. He was a member of the VFW Lodge # 9453 of Cement City, member of the Hannon-Colvin Post #180 American Legion in Hudson, member of AARP, member of the Addison United Church, member of the Good Sam's Nationwide Camping Club, former Mason and former member of the IOOF of Addison.
Surviving besides his wife, Helen, are three sisters, Mary Reynolds-Stoner of Addison, Leone (Bud) Lee of Addison, Ilah Burch of Addison; one brother, George J. (Ilah May) Reynolds also of Addison; nephews, nieces and cousins. He is preceded in death by one son, Larry Reynolds; brother, Robert C. Reynolds; and one sister, Anna Caroline Halliwill.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, July 24, 2003, at the Addison United Church in Addison with Pastor Robert P. Norman officiating. Burial will be made in Hillside Cemetery in Addison. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, at the Brown-VanHemert Funeral Home in Addison. Full Military Rites performed by the Hannon-Colvin Post #180 American Legion of Hudson, Michigan. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Addison Fire Department or to the Addison United Church. Envelopes are available at Brown-VanHemert Funeral Home. 

Harry D. Gier
Harry D. Gier, age 71 of Glennie, Michigan, passed away Saturday, July 19, 2003. Harry was born May 25, 1932 in Napoleon the son of Carl and Madeline (Aiken) Gier. He retired from Miller Truck & Storage after 30 years of service and was a member of the Lions Club. He also served in the Navy.
Harry is preceded in death by his father. Survivors include his mother; one daughter, Michelle (Robert) Linenfelser; two sons, Harry (Colleen) Gier Jr. and Rodney Gier; seven grandchildren, Brandon Gloar, Chrissy Gloar, Andrea Worden, Ashley Gier, Aaron Gier, Cody Gier and Hailey Rae Gier, one great grandchild, Chayce Gloar; one sister, Joan Hartley; and four brothers, Donald (Carolyn) Gier, Raymond (Lisa) Gier, Jerry (Jan) Gier and Wayne (Carol) Gier.
Cremation has taken place. There will be a memorial service at the Borek Jennings Funeral Home, DeJeu Chapel in Brooklyn (Formerly Jenter & Braun) Thursday, July 24, 2003, at 2 p.m. with Rev. Milan Maybee officiating. Memorial contributions may be given to The Cedar Knoll Care Center. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

Dorthy (Case) Stout
PAHRUMP, NV - Dorthy (Case) Stout, the daughter of Fred and Elizabeth (Baughey) Case passed into infinity on July 11, 2003. She was born in Adrian on Jan. 18, 1933 and is survived by her children: Pam, Doug, Jeff and Becky, all residents of Pahrump, Nevada. Her husband, Jack, left this world in 1989.
Dorthy was a long-time teacher in special education in Lenawee County. She and her husband also owned and operated "The Springs" at Rome Center for many years.
She is also survived by her siblings, Laura Freeman, Rose Fisher, Kenneth Holloway, George Holloway and Ruth Morley, all of Lenawee County. Siblings that proceeded her in death were, Alice Lozotte, Mildred Richards, Clara Stecker, Homer Holloway and Marylou Case.
A private family service was held on July 16 with a burial in Nevada.
She will be missed by all of us who knew and loved her. One day we shall meet again in God's Universe.

Ludie Mae Kirschke
Ludie Mae Kirschke, 90, of Brooklyn, died Tuesday, July 15, 2003 at Provincial House. She was born September 9, 1912, in Lascassas, Tenn. to Herschel and Mattie (Alford) Hudson. On February 21, 1931, she married Frederick Kirschke in Toledo, Ohio. He preceded her in death on August 31, 1997. Ludie loved to do crafts and work outside in her yard and with her flowers. 
Her survivors include a daughter, Carmine Raymond and her husband, Floyd, of Adrian; a sister, Frances Arnold and her husband, Jay, of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband, Fred, she was preceded in death by a brother, Milzer Hudson. 
Graveside services were held Friday, July 18, 2003, at 1 p.m. at Lenawee Hills Memorial Gardens in Tecumseh with her granddaughter, Kathleen A. Raymond officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Provincial House. Envelopes are available at the Anderson Funeral Home, 3050 W. Beecher Rd., Adrian.

Nanci L. Gentner
Nanci L. Gentner, loving daughter, sister, mother, aunt and friend, entered into rest July 7, 2003.
Nanci was born on Nov. 27, 1949 in Lincoln Park, Michigan. She graduated from Lincoln Park High School and furthered her education at Eastern Michigan University where she obtained a bachelor degree in Education. Nanci touched the lives of many students in the Irish Hills area through her years of service as a substitute teacher. Nanci cherished early morning walks with her dog Lacey, caring for Lacey's puppies, riding and watching others enjoy her wave runner on Vineyard Lake, discovering new hikes and sharing them with others, traveling with family and friends, and spending time with her nieces and nephews. She enjoyed sunrises, sunsets, photography, decorating, yoga, bike riding, swimming, matchmaking, helping homeless animals find homes, girl trips, gardening, birthday parties, teddy bears, and chocolate.
Nanci is survived by her parents, Harold and Lorraine Gentner; brothers, Dr. Daniel Gentner (Bump) and Ron Gentner; her sisters, Denise (John) Castonguay and Jill Gentner; and special friend, John Chesser. Nanci is also survived by her precious son Nathan (25) who lives in San Francisco. She showed him how to live life fully and shared with him her zest for life, the beauty of the great outdoors, and how to love family and friends.
"We shall remember not her death, but her daily victories gained through her kindness and thoughtfulness, through her love for family and friendsfor all things beautiful, lovely, and honorable. We shall remember not her last day of defeat, but we shall remember the many days that she was victorious over overwhelming odds. We shall remember not the years we thought she had left, but the intensity with which she lived the years she had. Only God knows what this child of His suffered in the silent skirmishes that took place in her soul. But our consolation is that God does know, and understands." From Peale, N.V. (1966). The Healing of Sorrow.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Nanci Gentner Stray Animal Fund in care of the Countryside Veterinary Clinic, 223 W. Michigan Ave., Clinton, MI 49236 (517) 456-6444.

Richard A. Markiewicz
Richard A. Markiewicz, age 65, of Cement City, MI passed away peacefully on July 12, 2003 at his home.
He was born on June 1,1938 in Jackson to Anthony K. and Adeline R. (Maryanski) Markiewicz. He married Marlene June Huffman on June 16, 1984 in Somerset and she survives.
He lived in Jackson, Brooklyn and Cement City. He attended Jackson High School and was employed at Clark Equipment in Jackson for more than 25 years. He was owner and operator of Rich-Mar Canopies as well as Suburban Antenna Service in Cement City. He enjoyed camping and fishing with family and friends.
Also surviving him are one son, Richard A. (Jeannine) Markiewicz, Jr. of Jackson; three daughters, Victoria A. (Russell) Babut of Ypsilanti, Yvonne M. (Richard) Golowic of Ypsilanti and Valerie L. (Ricardo) Pacheco of Brooklyn; one brother, Leo Markiewicz of Jackson; two step-sons, Jody June of Hudson, Florida and Joshua (Laura) June of Brighton, Michigan; two step-daughters, Kim Isaacson of Adrian, Michigan and Wendy (Daniel) Drews of Manitowoc, Wisconsin;18 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and by his former wife, Geraldine I. Markiewicz of Brooklyn. He is preceded in death by his parents, brothers Edward J. and Gerald D., and son Mark A.
Funeral services were held this morning (Tuesday), July 15, 2003 at the Brown-Van Hemert Funeral Home in Addison with Pastor Wesley Rowe officiating. Burial was made in Aldrich Cemetery, Somerset Township, Hillsdale County, Michigan. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Jackson and Oaklawn.

Myrtle M. Eagy
Myrtle M. Eagy, aged 92, a resident of Clark Lake since 1937, passed away July 2, 2003 at Arbor Manor Care Center. Myrt was born at Toledo, Ohio on October 30, 1910 to Rollie and Glendis (King) Swin. In June of 1927 she was married to George "Bowser" Eagy and he preceded her in death in 1987. Surviving are her daughter, Glenna Kleinsmith; granddaughter, Elizabeth (Steven) Anderson; great-grandsons, Eric and Timothy Anderson, all of Schaumburg, IL. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at Nichols-Arthur Funeral Home in Michigan Center on Friday, July 18, 2003 at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Robert V. Marston officiating. Interment of cremains will be at Roseland Memorial Gardens. For those who wish, contributions to Myrt's great-grandsons' college fund would be appreciated.

Rose Agnes Rinehart
Rose Agnes Rinehart, age 66, of Onsted, passed away Wednesday evening, July 2, 2003 in the Lynwood Manor in Adrian.
She was born January 27, 1937 in Onsted, MI, the daughter of Lloyd and Lillian (Wimple) Glancy. She was a graduate of Onsted High School and was a former employee of the H. W. Tuttle Co. in Adrian.
She married Donald Rinehart on May 31, 1958 in Onsted. He preceded her in death on August 7, 1995. Also preceding her in death were an infant son, Earl Lavern Rinehart, her parents and a brother, Norman Glancy.
Surviving are one son, Benjamin Lloyd (Beth) Bradish of Jackson; one sister, Norlene (Norman) Peters of Adrian; and several nieces and nephews.
At her request no visitation or funeral services will be held and no memorials are requested. A private graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. today (Tuesday) in the Maple Shade Cemetery in Onsted with Pastor Philip A. Jones officiating. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Dunn Chapel, Brown-Van Hemert Funeral Home in Onsted.

Dorothy Robakiewicz
Dorothy Robakiewicz of Wamplers Lake, MI passed away July 3, 2003 at home. She married Walter Robakiewicz on October 12, 1943 and he preceded her in death in 1982. Mrs. Robakiewicz was a member of the St. Joseph Shrine Catholic Church in the Irish Hills and the Altar Society.
She is survived by her son, Thomas Robakiewicz of Brooklyn; sister, Theresa Lachaiwski of Redford; nieces, Nancy Trpevski of Roseville and Cindy Oxley of Warren. Besides her husband, Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Cecelia and brother, Bruno.
Services have taken place at St. Joseph Shrine Catholic Church. Arrangements were entrusted to Borek Jennings Funeral Home, DeJeu Chapel (formerly Jenter & Braun). In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to St. Joseph Shrine Catholic Church. Please sign Mrs. Robakiewicz's guest book at www.BorekJennings.com 

Clyde LeRoy Dilyard
Clyde LeRoy Dilyard, 78, of Cecil, Ohio, died on Monday morning, July 7, 2003, in Brookview Nursing Home in Defiance, Ohio. He lived most of his life in the Clayton, Hudson and Addison areas.

Charles J. Miller
Our loving father and grandfather, Charles J. Miller, age 82, of Onsted, passed away peacefully, July 2, 2003 at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Ann Arbor. He was born January 25, 1921, in Franklin Township, MI, the son of Verl and Eileen (Richardson) Miller. On April 25, 1941, he married Arlene Rosenberg. She preceded him in death on August 20, 2002.
Charles was retired from the Tecumseh Products Company with over 30 years of service. He was a life member and former Fire Chief of the Sand lake volunteer Fire Department, where he served his community for over 25 years. In his spare time he was a loving father, grandfather, and great grandfather.
Charles is survived by his only son, William (Sally) Miller of Onsted; two grandsons, Jay Miller of Onsted and Scott (Mary Jo) Miller of Onsted; six great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; three sister, Virginia MacGregor of Oakland, CA, Jeanette Helmerdinger of Clinton, and Verla McMichael of Onsted.
In addition to his wife Arlene, he was preceded in death by his parents. Funeral services were held Sunday, July 6, 2003 at Purse Funeral Home, Tecumseh with Pastor Tom McMichael officiating. Interment was at Lane Hills Memorial Garden. Memorial contributions may be made to the Sand Lake Volunteer Fire Department.

Wauneta Lape
Wauneta Lape of Grass Lake passed away July 6, 2003, aged 84.
She is survived by seven children, Halford Lape of Grass Lake, Judy Ebbs of Albion, John (Pat Allingham) Lape of Norton Shores, Larry (Bonnie) Lape of Onsted, Terry (Linda) Lape of Grass Lake, Denise (Jerry) Dziesupek of Jackson and Dennis (Kari) Lape of Brooklyn; 17 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; 16 great-grand children; one brother, Esta (Lois) Wentz of Indiana; daughter-in-law, Jan (Ed) Lape Flippo. Preceded in death by her husband, Fred Lape Sr.; three children, Jackie Hoffman, Carl Lape, Fred Lape Jr.; daughter-in-law, Sharon Lape; two sons-in-law, Frank Ebbs and Earl Hoffman; one grandson, Jeffrey Dziesupek; two infant great-grandchildren.
She was a member of the Family Worship Center in Grass Lake. Funeral services will be held at the Grass Lake United Methodist Church on Thursday at 1 p.m., with Deacon Robert Tefft officiating. Visitation this evening (Tuesday), 6 to 8 p.m., and Wednesday, 5 to 8 p.m.
Charles J. Burden & Son
1806 E. Michigan Ave., Jackson

Herbert Lewis Rowland
Herbert Lewis Rowland, born September 14, 1912 in Pioneer, Ohio passed away Sunday, July 6, 2003, at Halifax Memorial Hospital, Daytona Beach, Fla. at the age of 90.
He was preceded by his wife Frances Ruth (Schad) Rowland; a daughter, Sandra Marie (Rowland) Seeger; and granddaughter Linda Woodhams. He is survived by his son, David E. Rowland of Port Orange, Fla.; daughters, Sharon Lynn (Rowland) Richards of Jackson, Mich. and Marie Lorrie (Woodams) Baker of Northwood, Ohio; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
He graduated from Jackson High School, Jackson, and Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, and taught instrumental music at East Jackson, Homer, Brooklyn and Northwest High Schools in the Jackson area. He was active in school activities and was choir director at the Presbyterian Church in Brooklyn. He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy after serving in Portsmouth, Va. and Washington D.C. He retired to Tucson, Ariz. in 1976 and lived there until his return to Michigan and then to Port Orange, Fla. He is missed by those who knew and loved him.
Volusia Memorial Funeral Home is handling the arrangements, Ormond Beach, Fla.

Frederic W. Graber III
Frederic "Fred" Graber III of Brooklyn passed away July 4, 2003, age 63. He was retired from TRW Chassis Systems (formerly Varity Kelsey Hayes Co.) where he was senior manager, industrial relations. He served on the board of directors of several organizations and was involved in many community activities.
Survivors include his wife, Sue; two daughters, Kelli Rhodes and Sherri (Cort) Schepeler and five grandchildren.
Funeral services will be Wednesday, July 9, 2003, from Wetherby Funeral Home in Jackson, interment Roseland Memorial Gardens.

Craig Patrick Schepeler
Craig Patrick Schepeler, age 49, of Troy and formerly of Jackson, passed away on June 20, 2003.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Rosanne. He is survived by his wife, Koren; two daughters, Christine and Courtney; father, Cortlandt; brother, Bruce (Terry) Schepeler; sisters, Cindy (Patrick) Stieber, Diane (David) Holmes and Martie (Timothy) Dwyer; as well as several nieces and nephews.
He graduated from Parkside High School where he was an excellent student and athlete. He later received a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Michigan and worked for computer companies like IBM, where he was both an employee and consultant.
A farewell gathering was held in Jackson at Wetherby Funeral Home and at The Oaks Clubhouse.

Dorothy Jane Bahlau
Dorothy Jane Bahlau died June 18, 2003. She was born on April 28, 1924 and was preceded in death by her mother and father, Grace and Ross Hoyt and her only sister, Olive Ward. She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Fredrick A. Bahlau and their three sons and wives: Rick and Kathy Bahlau, Randy and Amy Bahlau, Dan and Joanne Bahlau and their children: Todd, Troy, Brian, Ashley, Cody, Colter, Drew, Zak, Seth and Dakota. In addition to the grandchildren there are five great grandchildren.
She was partners in life as well as in business with her husband Fred, owning and operating the Stagecoach Stop and the Golden Nugget Restaurant located in the Irish Hills. A big part of Dorothy's life was devoted to the development of tourism in the Irish Hills, working together as a family, and community service, as she employed countless employees over the years at both Stagecoach and the Golden Nugget.
Funeral services were held at the Wetherby Funeral Home in Jackson on Monday, June 23. A special scholarship fund will be set up in her name for Hotel and Restaurant Management Students, in lieu of flowers. Donations can be made at the Wetherby Funeral Home at any time.
A celebration of Dorothy's life was held at the Golden Nugget Restaurant in the Irish Hills directly following the services.

Max Kay
Max Kay, age 78, of Brooklyn passed away at the Jackson County Medical Care Facility on June 4, 2003. He was born in Brooklyn, the son of John and Hazel Emma (Heck) Kay. Max married Ruby Durden and she preceded him in death on January 27, 2003.
Max was a veteran from the U.S. Air Force and a member of the Brooklyn Masons lodge #169, and formerly the Columbia Township Fire Department. He was employed with Donohue Chevrolet and later with ADT in Jackson before becoming a landlord in Brooklyn. Max loved staying at his cabin at Baltic Bay in Canada.
Survivors include his sons, Gary (Joann) Kay of Brooklyn, Carl (Betty) Kay and David (Cheryl) Kay of Saginaw; eight grandchildren; and five great grandchildren. Besides his wife, his brother preceded him in death. Cremation has taken place and a graveside memorial service will be held Saturday, June 21, 2003 at 11 a.m. at Highland Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Borek Jennings Funeral Home, DeJeu Chapel, Brooklyn. Memorial contributions may be given to the Jackson County Medical Care Facility.

Rodney R. Miller
Rodney R. Miller, age 42, of North Adams passed away on Monday, June 9, 2003 at his home.

Evelyn L. Munsell
Evelyn L. Munsell, age 75, of Clarklake, went to be with her Lord, June 12, 2003. Born at Jackson on June 21, 1927, the eldest daughter of Lewis and Dorothy (Alwine) Myers. On September 11, 1949 at Clarklake, she was married to Norman Munsell and he preceded her in death as well as one sister, Jeanne Creger.
Surviving are three children, Carman (Kay) Munsell of Clarklake, David Munsell of Joliet, IL and Brenda Shepherd of Clarklake; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; one sister, Geraldine Reniger of Somerset Center; several nieces and nephews. Evelyn was a loving mother and grandmother, she will be greatly missed by all who knew her. According to her wishes, cremation has taken place and interment will take place at Maple Grove Cemetery in Hudson. Memorial services will be held at the Clarklake Community Church, where Evelyn was a member, on Saturday, June 21, 2003 at 2 p.m. with the Reverend Clyde Wonders officiating. For those who wish, contributions to the Clarklake Community Church in Evelyn's memory would be appreciated. Arrangements entrusted to Nichols-Arthur Funeral Home, Michigan Center.

Laura M. Kerr
Laura M. Kerr, of Onsted, age 78 years, passed away Monday, June 16, 2003 at her home. She was born on April 4, 1925, the daughter of John F. and Mae (Harrington) Peters. Laura married Lester Jay Kerr on July 3, 1957. They made Lenawee County their home most of their lives except for a three-year period when they lived up north in Evart. Lester preceded Laura in death on Jan. 21, 1978.
Laura is survived by one daughter, Ruth Higgins of Onsted; three grandchildren, Derald (Julie) Higgins of Jonesville, Trina L. Higgins of Onsted and Tonia M. Higgins of Somerset; seven great grandchildren, Matthew, Lona, Dustin, Crosheena, Toney, Tracy and Christopher; stepdaughters, Shirley Bentley and Sharon King; stepsons, Allen Kerr and Gerald Kerr; and several step grandchildren and step great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband and parents; stepdaughter, Connie Bernath; stepson, Ronald Kerr; brothers, Fred, Leo and Louis; and sisters, Esther, Helen, Clara and Elsie.
Funeral services for Laura will be at 1 p.m. on Thursday, June 19, 2003, at the Dunn Chapel, Brown-Van Hemert Funeral Home in Onsted with Bart Tinder officiating. Interment will follow in Maple Shade Cemetery in Onsted. Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. and Wednesday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Dunn Chapel, Brown-Van Hemert Funeral Home in Onsted. Memorials are suggested to Hospice of Lenawee or American Cancer Society.

Max Kay
Max Kay, age 78, of Brooklyn passed away at the Jackson County Medical Care Facility on June 4, 2003. He was born in Brooklyn, the son of John and Hazel Emma (Heck) Kay. Max married Ruby Durden and she preceded him in death on January 27, 2003.
Max was a veteran from the U.S. Air Force and a member of the Brooklyn Masons Lodge #169, and formerly the Columbia Township Fire Department. He was employed with Donohoe Chevrolet and later with ADT in Jackson before becoming a landlord in Brooklyn. Max loved staying at his cabin at Baltic Bay in Canada.
Survivors include his sons, Gary (Joann) Kay of Brooklyn, Carl (Betty) Kay and David (Cheryl) Kay of Saginaw; eight grandchildren; and five great grandchildren. Besides his wife, his brother preceded him in death.
Cremation has taken place and a graveside memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to Borek Jennings Funeral Home, DeJeu Chapel, Brooklyn.


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