Miscellaneous Lenawee County, Michigan Obituaries

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Richard Weirich
TECUMSEH — Richard Weirich, 65, of Tecumseh, died Saturday, Oct. 9, 1999, at Saline Community Hospital.
He was born May 31, 1934, to William and Fay (Reams) Weirich. On Aug. 14, 1954, he married Elizabeth Huhman. She survives.
Dick served his country during the Korean Conflict in the United States Army. He retired from the City of Tecumseh’s Public Utilities Department in 1987 after 17 years of service. He was an avid CBer and enjoyed camping, fishing and surfing the Internet.
In addition to his wife, Betty, he is survived by four sons, William (Beverly) Weirich of Blissfield, Matthew (Frances) Weirich of Clinton, Roger (Theresa) Weirich of Tecumseh and Michael (Corinne) Weirich of Brooklyn; two daughters, Faye (Don Hollandsworth) Bollinger of Gregory and Cheryl (Ben Moran) Yonts of Tecumseh; one brother, Robert (Donna) Weirich of Tucson, Ariz.; and 16 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, William and Rudolph.
Friends may visit at the Couture-Handler Funeral Home in Tecumseh on Tuesday, Oct. 12, 1999, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Assembly of God Church in Clinton with the Rev. Bill Smith officiating.
Memorials may be given in his memory to Cancer Research of St. Joseph Mercy Hospital.

Ira James Simpson
HUDSON — Ira James Simpson, 71, of Church Road, Hudson, passed away suddenly, Oct. 9, 1999, at his home.
He was born July 26, 1928, in Clayton, Mich., the son of Ira O. and Thelma (Foltz) Simpson. He was raised in Clayton and attended Clayton Schools. He lived at his present address the past 11 years, coming from Hudson.
He served in the U.S. Army and married Evelyn Louise Deck on July 8, 1957, at Angola, Ind. She survives.
Surviving besides his wife are one son, Michael (Becky) Simpson of Fallon, Nev.; five daughters, Vicki (John) Yager of Somerset Center, Cynthia (David) Jones of Clayton, Sandra (Mike) Guinn of Weston, Jackie (Robert) Bodette of Pittsford and Catherine (Scott) Ellsworth of Osseo; one stepson, Kevin Deck of Adrian; 18 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; six sisters, Bertha Long of Elkhart, Ind., Lyvonne Phillips of Clayton, Edith (Dick) Schrock of Elkhart, Ind., Phyllis Torres, Lavina (Juan) Nunez and Carla (Eugene) Moore, all of Adrian.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sons, Gary and James Bruce Simpson; and two brothers, Russell and Charles Simpson.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Brown-Van Hemert Funeral Home in Hudson with Pastor Jay Bailey officiating. Interment will be made in the Dover Center Cemetery near Clayton. The visitation will be from 7-9 p.m. Monday and from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday in the Brown-Van Hemert Funeral Home in Hudson.

Marguerite Alice Ashbeck
HUDSON — Marguerite A. Ashbeck, 85, of Hudson, passed away Saturday, Oct. 9, 1999, at Provincial House in Adrian.
She was born Feb. 5, 1914, in Hudson, Mich., to William P. and Flossie (Hodges) Gerry. She married Leonard D. Ashbeck on March 7, 1933, in Angola, Ind. He preceded her in death on Jan. 13, 1982.
Marguerite was a life long Hudson area resident. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and Lincoln School Mother’s Club.
Surviving are one daughter, Carolyn (Robert) Leidigh of Bryan, Ohio; one son, William (Joyce) Ashbeck of Hudson; two brothers, Lavon Hephner of Adrian and Jack Hephner of Arizona; five grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by three sisters, one brother and one grandson, Jerry Curtis.
Funeral services for Marguerite Ashbeck will be Tuesday, Oct. 12, 1999, at 1:30 p.m. at Eagle Funeral Home in Hudson with Fr. H. Paul Ruddy officiating. Interment will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery in Hudson. Visitation will be from noon until service time.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Lenawee.

Sister LeVack, O.P.
ADRIAN — Sister Gladys Marie LaVack, formerly known as Sister Marie de Paul, died Oct. 9, 1999, at the Dominican Life Center. She was 71 years of age and in the 53rd year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.
Sister Gladys Marie was born in Wyandotte, Mich., to Ernest and Mabel (Drouillard) LeVack. Sister graduated from St. Joseph Academy in Adrian, Mich., and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish from Siena Heights College in Adrian and a Master of Arts degree in education from Wayne State University in Detroit, Mich., a licentiate and a Doctor of Philosophy in Education Philosophy, both from Santo Domingo University in the Dominican Republic.
Sister spent 25 years ministering in elementary and secondary education in Van Wert, Ohio, Chicago and Homewood, Ill.; Maybee, Port Huron and Harper Woods, Mich.; Hollywood, Fla.; Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and Guayama, Puerto Rico. Sister also ministered for 22 years at various levels of nursing care in Cincinnati, Ohio; Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Sister Gladys Marie came to the Dominican Life Center in 1999.
Sister Gladys Marie is survived by her sisters, Mrs. Yvonne Brandt of Beverly Hills, Mich., Miss Eileen LeVack of Detroit, Mich., and Mrs. Belle Leisegang of Taylor, Mich.
Visitation for the family will be at the Dominican Life Center Monday, Oct. 11, 1999, at 6 p.m., followed by Vigil Prayer at 7 p.m. in Maria Chapel. The Funeral Liturgy will be offered in Maria Chapel on Tuesday, Oct. 12, 1999, at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be in the Congregation cemetery. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Anderson Funeral Home.
Memorial gifts may be made to: Adrian Dominican Sisters,1257 East Siena Heights Drive, Adrian, MI 49221.

Wayne C. “Chuck” Eichler
HILLSDALE — Wayne C. “Chuck” Eichler, 68, of Cherry Lane, Hillsdale, passed away Friday, Oct. 8, 1999, at his home.
He retired in 1992 from the Pittsford School where he was a custodian. He was born on May 23, 1931, in Medina Township, Mich., to Lawrence and Luella (Rosa) Eichler. He attended the Salvation Army.
On June 26, 1955, he married Judy McCloe and she survives. Also surviving are a daughter, Christina (Jeff) Britton of Hillsdale; two sons, Patrick (Sally) Eichler of Hillsdale and James (Lori) Eichler of Chicago, Ill.; two brothers, Loraine “Shorty” Eichler and Robert Eichler, both of Hudson; and two grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, five sisters and four brothers.
Funeral services took place at 1:30 p.m. today at the VanHorn-Eagle Funeral Home in Hillsdale, with Lt. Robert Ingram officiating.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the family.

John L. Montalvo
BRITTON — John L. Montalvo, 67, of Britton, died May 9, 2000, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident near Sylvania, Ohio.
He was born April 3, 1933, in San Antonio, Texas, the son of Refugio and Paula (Trevino) Montalvo.
He served in the U.S. Air Force and the Michigan National Guard. He was retired from the Ford Motor Company.
John is survived by his mother, Paula T. Montalvo of Britton; two brothers, Refugio Montalvo, Jr. and Eustace Montalvo, both of Britton; three sisters, Mary Lou Montalvo of Britton, Beatrice (Joe) Rodela of Deerfield, and Carmen (Albert) Garcia of Blissfield; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father and two brothers, Frank and Rudy Montalvo.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Purse Funeral Home, Tecumseh. Burial will be in Ridgeway Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday.

Max D. Gilpin
TECUMSEH — Max D. Gilpin, 65, of Tecumseh, died May 9, 2000, at home.
He was born Aug. 21, 1934, in Camden, Mich., the son of James and Barbara Opal (Welch) Gilpin. On April 2, 1955, he married Edna Freshcorn in Angola, Ind.
He graduated from Camden High School in 1952 and served in the U.S. Army. Max retired from the Tecumseh Products Co. with 47 years of service. He was a member of the Camden United Methodist Church.
Max is survived by his wife, Edna; four children, Michael (Cathy) Gilpin of Tecumseh, Doug (Diane) Gilpin of Tecumseh, Scott (Chris) Gilpin of San Marcos, Calif., and Kelli Gilpin of Tecumseh; five grandchildren, Joy B., Jonathan, Kristen, Emily and Amy Gilpin; one brother, Robert (Ethel) Gilpin of Augusta, Ga., and three sisters, Janice (Aubrey) Gier of Camden, Peg (Elmer) Westfall of Montpelier, Ohio, and Sally Hicksenhiser of Camden. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Purse Funeral Home, Tecumseh, with the Rev. David McKinstry officiating. Burial will be in Brookside Cemetery, Tecumseh. Military Graveside Services will be conducted by the Tecumseh VFW. Visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Lenawee.
Max was a devoted husband and a loving, supportive father. His greatest joy was his five grandchildren. Max’s family would like all of his family and friends to know that Max did not succumb to cancer, he just ran out of time. He maintained his dignity, courage and honor to the very end.

Marian Leona Gust
PALMYRA — Marian Leona Gust, 79, of Palmyra, passed away Wednesday, May 10, 2000, at her home. Funeral arrangements are pending at the Tagsold Funeral Home in Blissfield.

Winford “Win” Allen
“Loving Husband, Father, Grandfather and Great Grandfather who will be sadly missed by all.”
ADRIAN — Winford “Win” Allen, 89, of Adrian, formerly of Onsted, passed away May 9, 2000, at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor.
Winford was born March 4, 1911, in Onsted, the son of Eugene and Mary (Schrock) Allen. He married Rena L. Williams on May 24, 1934, in Onsted. She preceded him in death on Oct. 15, 1970. Winford married Mildred L. (Escott) Higgins on Feb. 2, 1974, in Onsted. She survives. He lived most of his life in Onsted, moving to Adrian in 1994. He attended Onsted schools. He was a member of Springville United Methodist Church and for 15 years he and Mildred were members of the Onsted Senior Citizens Band. Winford worked for Hubbard Apiaries in Onsted for 44 years.
Surviving Winford besides his wife, Mildred, is a daughter, Judy (Roger) Halley of Okemos; grandchildren and great-grandchildren, David (Michelle) Halley and daughter, Rebekah, of Norfolk, Va., Lisa (David) Reed and children Halley, Parker and Mansel of Williamston, Mich., and Allen Halley of Okemos; stepchildren, Lee (Barbara) Higgins of Salisbury, N.C., Donald (Connie) Higgins of Morenci, Judy (Arthur) Monk of Harrison, Mich., Kathy (Roger) Pawson of Adrian, Ronald (Maggie) Higgins of Onsted; 13 stepgrandchildren, 28 stepgreat-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Preceding Winford in death were his first wife, parents and brother Lloyd Allen.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the Dunn Chapel, Brown-Van Hemert Funeral Home in Onsted with Pastor Philip A. Jones officiating. Interment will be made in Maple Shade Cemetery in Onsted. Visitation will be Thursday, 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. in the Dunn Chapel, Brown-Van Hemert Funeral Home in Onsted.

Eloise L. Baumea
ADRIAN — Eloise L. Baumea, 80, of Adrian, passed away June 5, 2000, at Adrian Healthcare.
She was born March 27, 1920, in Ogden Station, Mich., to Jesse and Cecelia (Richardson) Clark. On March 19, 1938, she married Leo A. Baumea in La Grange, Ind., a marriage of 62 years. He survives. Eloise worked at American Chain & Cable for 30 years, retiring in 1977. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church. Eloise enjoyed working with beads and going on “buggy” rides through town as well as through the country. She will be greatly missed by her loving family.
Besides her husband, Leo, she is survived by her daughters, Marian (Wayne) Hilton of Tecumseh, Russie (Charlie) Friese of Adrian, Virginia (Mike) Potes of Adrian; a sister, Fern Knepper of Valejo, Calif.; nine grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.
Funeral services for Eloise will be 1:30 p.m. Thursday, June 8, 2000, at the Braun Everiss Wagley Funeral Home with the Rev. Joel Sarrault officiating. Burial will follow at Lenawee Hills Memorial Park in Adrian. Friends may call at the funeral home on Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. and Wednesday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m.
Memorial contributions in Eloise’s name may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church. Envelopes are available at the Braun Everiss Wagley Funeral Home.

Harley Joel Silvers Jr.
LAS VEGAS, Nev. — Harley Joel Silvers Jr., 60, formerly of Adrian, passed away May 28, 2000, at his home in Las Vegas, Nev.
Joel loved playing and singing country music and loved to fish. He is survived by his wife, Pat, of Adrian; his mother, Kate Silvers of Tennessee; two daughters, Judy and Tina; four grandchildren, Tiffany, Joshua, Amber and Dakota, all of Tennessee; three stepchildren, Roger, Connie and Brenda; four stepgrandchildren, LaTasha, Kevin, Brianna and Serena, all of Adrian; two brothers, Ned and Wendell of Tennessee, and two sisters, Joan of Tennessee and Rita of Nevada.
Joel will be greatly missed by all his musician friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Harley Sr., and his sister, Anita Sonerholm.

Carl J. Hansen III
ADRIAN — Carl J. Hansen III, 76, of Adrian, passed from this life on Sunday, June 11, 2000, at Bixby Medical Center.
He was born Aug. 13, 1923, in Adrian, to Carl J. and Esther F. (Huebner) Hansen II. On Nov. 22, 1945, he married Helen B. Austin in Adrian. She survives. Carl worked for American Chain & Cable for 39 years and was transferred to Des Arc, Ark., where he retired after five years. While in Arkansas, Carl and his family were instrumental in organizing Our Shepherd Lutheran Church of Searcy, Ark. He was a deacon, elder, head usher and served on the Board of Education while a lifetime member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Adrian. Carl loved baseball and also played semi-pro baseball. He also loved to golf with family and friends. Carl will be greatly missed by his loving family and friends.
Besides his wife, Helen, survivors include two sons, Carl J. (Sharon) Hansen IV of Searcy, Ark., and Thomas R. Hansen of Adrian; seven grandchildren, Matthew, Dana, Sandy, Suzanne, Carl J. Hansen V, Scott, Melissa, and three great-grandchildren, Michael, Kirstin and Lauren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, two brothers, daughter, Karen Hansen Betz, and one child in infancy.
Funeral services for Carl will be 11 a.m. Thursday, June 15, 2000, at St. John’s Lutheran Church with the Rev. Joel Sarrault officiating. Burial will follow at St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m.
Memorial contributions in Carl’s name may be made to St. John Lutheran Church or Relay for Life. Envelopes are available at the Braun Everiss Wagley Funeral Home.

Herbert G. Hasley
BRITTON — Herbert G. Hasley, age 71, of Britton, died Saturday, June 17, 2000, at Veterans’ Hospital in Ann Arbor.
He was born Nov. 7, 1928, in Monroe, to Louis A. and Elsie (Potter) Hasley. Herbert was self-employed and was well-known for working on Harley Davidson motorcycles all his life. He served in the United States Army.
Herbert is survived by several nieces and nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Eileen Hasley Garcia in 1969, and a brother, Harold Hasley in 1950.
A military graveside service will be conducted on Wednesday, June 21, 2000, at 2 p.m. at LaSalle Cemetery in Monroe. Visitation hours will be on Tuesday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home.

Thomas Castillo
ADRIAN — Thomas Castillo, age 93, of Adrian, died Sunday, June 18, 2000, at Lynwood Manor in Adrian.
He was born March 7, 1907, in Mexico to Alberto and Barbara (Guzman) Castillo. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II in the American Campaign and the Asiatic Pacific Campaign and was awarded the Victory Medal. He was married to Rita Guerrero on April 28, 1928. She preceded him in death in 1971. He later married Dove Espie on May 14, 1979. She preceded him in death on Jan. 28, 1986. Mr. Castillo had been employed for 14 years at Gerity Manufacturing and then retired from Hill Fingers in Toledo in 1971 after 20 years of service. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, a life member of the VFW, a former member of the American Legion and enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing and playing pool.
He is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Manuel (Elvira) Gonzalez of Adrian; four grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his first and second wives, his parents, five brothers and four sisters.
The Funeral Liturgy will be offered on Tuesday, June 20, 2000, at 11 a.m. from St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Fr. Thomas Helfrich as celebrant, followed by cremation. Burial of cremains will be at a later date in St. Mary’s Cemetery. Friends may call at the Anderson Funeral Home on Monday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. There will be a Vigil Prayer Service held on Monday at 7:30 p.m. at the Anderson Funeral Home.

Sr. Mary Wivell
WESTLAND — Sr. Mary Wivell, of Westland, of died Saturday, June 17, 2000, at Garden City Hospital in Garden City. Funeral arrangements are pending under the direction of the Anderson Funeral Home.

Mary E. (Schuch) Buckles
ADRIAN — Mary E. (Schuch) Buckles, 87, of Adrian, passed from this life on June 17, 2000, at the Lenawee Medical Care Facility.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Thursday, June 22, 2000, at the Braun Everiss Wagley Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Ridgeville Cemetery. Friends may visit the family on Tuesday, from 6-8 p.m., and Wednesday, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. A complete obituary will be published in Wednesday’s Daily Telegram.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Leland C. Buckles and Mary E. Buckles Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Jacob "Jake" Schamberger, Jr.
ADRIAN: Jacob Schamberger, Jr., age 76, of Adrian, died Sunday, Dec. 17, 2000, at his home.
He was born June 26, 1924, in Baltimore, Md., the son of Jacob and Rose (Schmidt) Schamberger, Sr. On June 26, 1948, Jake married Jeannette Pletcher at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Adrian, and she survives. Jake served in the Marine Corps during World War II from 1942-1945, and upon discharge achieved the rank of Technical Sergeant. After serving in the Marine Corps he played football for the Big Reds and was involved in amateur boxing, eventually coaching the Adrian Boxing Club. He was employed by Consumers Power for 40 years, retiring in 1987. For many years he served as an auxiliary policeman with the Adrian Police Department. He coached 7th and 8th grade athletics at St. Mary's and was involved in the Monday Senior Bowling League. Jake was a member of many organizations, including American Legion Post #97, 40 & 8, Elks, Moose, VFW, Knights of Columbus, and was a past member of Kiwanis. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and served as an usher. Most recently, Jake was employed by ADA Security as a security guard. He was an avid outdoorsman and sportsman and loved camping and fishing.
In addition to his wife, Jeannette, Jake is survived by three sons, Jacob Schamberger III and his wife, Penny, of Swartz Creek, Mich., Robert Schamberger and his wife, Mertie, of Janesville, Wis., and Stephen Schamberger and his wife, Rosalind, of Kendallville, Ind.; two daughters, Janet Pickle and her fiance, Jeffrey O'Connor, of Adrian and Laura Lyall and her husband, James, of Adrian; 13 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Preceding him in death were his parents and four brothers, John and Edward and Robert and Michael who were twins.
The Funeral Liturgy for Jake will be offered on Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2000, at 11 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church with Fr. Thomas Helfrich as celebrant. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery. Visitation hours will be on Monday at the Anderson Funeral Home from 6-8 p.m. and Tuesday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. There will be a vigil prayer service held on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Lenawee. Envelopes are available at Anderson Funeral Home.

Marilyn J. Walter
CHELSEA: Marilyn J. Walter, 69, of Chelsea, formerly of Manchester, passed away Dec. 17, 2000.
Marilyn was born May 18, 1931, in Manchester, the daughter of Jay and Madge (Throop) Hill. She married Eugene C. Walter on Sept. 30, 1950, and he preceded her in death on Aug. 18, 1993. Mrs. Walter attended the United Methodist Church in Manchester. She was also very active and enjoyed living at The Pines in Chelsea.
Marilyn is survived by four sons, Gary (Monica) and David (Gretchen), both of Grass Lake, Terry (Faye) and Michael (Erma), both of Manchester; two daughters, Sandi (Dennis) Sannes and Marilyn Lenhart, both of Manchester; 14 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter; one brother, Roger Hill of Ypsilanti, and two sisters, Joan Herman of Manchester and Janet Wilkinson of Somerset.
Visitation will be Monday from 6-8 p.m. and Tuesday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Jenter & Braun Funeral Home, Manchester. The body will lie in state on Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2000, from 10 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m. at the Manchester United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, Manchester.
Memorials may be made to Arbor Hospice.

Robert J. Notes
ADRIAN: Robert J. Notes, age 80, of Adrian, died Saturday, Dec. 16, 2000, at his home. Arrangements are pending under the direction of Anderson Funeral Home.


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