Miscellaneous Lenawee County, Michigan Obituaries

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Ted P. Crockett 
MANITOU BEACH: Memorial services for Ted P. Crockett of Manitou Beach will be 1 p.m. Sunday at the Addison United Church. Mr. Crockett passed away Jan. 15, 2001.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Addison United Church.

Marie E. Anderson 
SAND CREEK: Marie E. Anderson, age 80, of Sand Creek, died Wednesday, January 31, 2001, at her sons home in Rockwell, TX. She was born March 26, 1920, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to Thomas and Lottie (Hott) Pryor. She married W.J. Anderson on February 2, 1938, in Muskogee, Oklahoma. He precedes her in death. She attended the Weston United Methodist Church. She was a member of the American Legion G. Chandler Bond Auxiliary Unit #275.
Marie is survived by five children, Carolyn Joanne Gardner of AZ, Willard John Anderson, Jr. and his wife, Ovela of TX, Jim Lee Anderson and his wife, Fran of AZ, Edith Marie Long and her husband, Doyle of AK, and Patricia Teater of MI; three brothers, Martin Pryor of CA, Thomas Pryor of CA and Isaac Pryor of OK; two sisters, Dora Guthrie and Fannie Mitchell both of OK; 11 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, Marvin Pryor and two sisters, Florence Brattian and Nettie Homer.
Funeral services for Marie will be held on Monday, February 5, 2001, at 11:00 a.m. at the Anderson Funeral Home with Pastor Mark Smith officiating. Burial will be in Lenawee Hills Memorial Park in Adrian. Visitation will be held on Sunday from 5-8 p.m. at the Anderson Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. Envelopes are available at the Anderson Funeral Home.

Florence L. Rohrer 
ADRIAN: FLORENCE L. ROHRER, age 93, of Adrian, formerly of Bradenton, Florida, died Friday, January 26, 2001, at the Lenawee Medical Care Facility.
Cremation has taken place and there will be a private memorial service held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the Jasper Rebekah Lodge. Arrangements are under the direction of the Anderson Funeral Home.

Merle F. Cox 
MEDINA:MERLE F. COX, age 86, of Medina, died Friday, February 2, 2001, at his home. He was born October 13, 1913, in Paulding County, OH, to Irvin and Ethel (Spangler) Cox. Merle married Viola Rudolph in Wauseon, OH, and she survives. He was employed at O'Donald Chevrolet Garage in Morenci, as a mechanic and retired from Hoover Universal in Adrian. Since his retirement, Merle enjoyed traveling with his wife.
Surviving Merle, in addition to his wife, Viola, is a son, Merle K. Cox, Jr. and his wife, Virgie, of Hudson, 3 daughters; Irene Spring of Wauseon, Barbara Brown and her husband, Daniel, of Hudson and Velda Reynolds of Lorain, OH, 11 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. Preceding Merle in death were his parents, 3 brothers, a daughter, Arleta Cox, and a son-in-law, Dale Spring.
According to Merle's wishes, cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.
Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson Funeral Home in Adrian.

Matthew Rae Willnow 
ADRIAN: MATTHEW RAE WILLNOW, the RAE of sunshine of James Matthew and Heather Rae (King) Willnow was stillborn at Bixby Medical Center on February 1, 2001.
Surviving Matthew, in addition to his parents, is a sister, Samantha, at home, his grandparents, Melvin and Mary Willnow of Palmyra and Lee and Pat King of Jerome, a great-grandmother, Ethel Collyer of Adrian, his aunts and uncles; Tony and Dan Willnow of Palmyra, Robert and Roxanne (DeLong) Willnow of Adrian, Rob and Andrea (King) Hall of Brooklyn, Mike and Ginger (King) Auten of Milan and Frank and Marnie (King) Espinoza of Adrian, a great aunt, Phyllis Weiss of Fayette, OH, and his cousins; Kendra Willnow, Frankie and Tayla Espinoza, Chelsea Hall and Tori Auten.
Cremation has taken place. A graveside service with burial of cremains, under the direction of Anderson Funeral Home will be held at St. Mary's Cemetery in Adrian, next to his great-grandfather, Clifford Collyer, on Monday, February 5, 2001, at 3:30 p.m. with pastor Tom McMichael of Gateway Community Church officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the Family of Matthew Willnow. Envelopes are available at Anderson Funeral Home.

Evelyn Marie Mitzner 
TECUMSEH: Evelyn Marie Mitzner, age 87, of Tecumseh, died Friday, April 6, 2001, at her home. She was born Nov. 26, 1913, in Detroit to Herman and Anna I. (Engel) Jaugush. On June 29, 1940, she married Russell W. Mitzner. He preceded her in death on March 1, 2001. Evelyn was a member of Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tecumseh for more than 50 years. Evelyn was an active 4-H leader for 10 years and enjoyed china painting and ceramics. She and her husband Russell were owners of Lazy M Western Wear in Tecumseh for 15 years.
Evelyn is survived by two daughters, Sharon Sowle of Tecumseh and Diane Tilton and her husband, James, of Tecumseh; four grandchildren, Dennis Tilton, Brian Sowle and his wife, Dottie, Kellie Schneider and her husband, John, Anne Schiller and her husband, Jacques; three great-grandchildren, Garrett and Cole Schneider and Wyatt Sowle. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Harold and George.
Funeral Services for Evelyn will be held on Tuesday, April 10, 2001, at 1 p.m. at the Anderson Funeral Home with Pastor Phillip Krieger officiating. Burial will be in Lenawee Hills Memorial Gardens in Tecumseh. Visitation will be held on Sunday from 6-8 p.m. and also on Monday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Anderson Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church. Envelopes are available at the Anderson Funeral Home.

Minnie Burk 
SALINE: Minnie Burk, 86, of Saline, formerly of Onsted, went home to be with the Lord on April 5, 2001.
She was born Feb. 16, 1915, in Liverpool, England, the daughter of Richard and Mary (Sutton) Glanville. On June 16, 1944, in Salisbury, England, she married Oscar Lee Burk of Toledo, Ohio. As a war bride she came to the U.S.A. on the Queen Mary in 1946 and lived in Swanton, Ohio, LaSalle and Onsted, Mich.
Survivors include one son, Leonard (Judith) Burk of Saline, and a daughter, Linda Gulley of Luna Pier, 10 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by one brother, Leonard Glanville, and five nieces in England. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Oscar; son, Kenneth Burk; daughter, Karen Francis, one brother and three sisters.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, April 9, 2001, at 11 a.m. at the Robison-Bahnmiller Funeral Home in Saline with the Rev. Leon Johnson officiating. Burial will take place in the Swanton Cemetery in Swanton, Ohio. Friends may call at the funeral home from 1 to 9 p.m. Sunday.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Bethesda Bible Church Building Fund. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

Hugh I. Fowler 
ADRIAN: Hugh I. Fowler, age 80, of Adrian, formerly of the Irish Hills, died April 5, 2001, at Bixby Medical Center.
He was born May 30, 1920 in Summerfield, Ohio, the son of Wire and Luna (Hughes) Fowler. He attended school in Columbus, Ohio for a period of time. He worked in the First Nation Bank, Caldwell, Ohio, prior to going into the service. He served four years in the U.S. Army during WWII and was discharged as a Sgt. Major. He worked for the National Supply Co. in Toledo, for 14 years. He worked at Addison Products for 10 years as Director of Labor Relations and secured employment with McGraw Edison Co. in Albion, MI as Director of Labor Relations, retiring in 1982. He enjoyed working on the home, lawn and flowers. He was a Life Member of the Brooklyn Masonic Lodge, Toledo Chapter and Scottish Rite Valley of Toledo.
Hugh is survived by his wife, Daisy, two daughters; Deborah (Archie) Ross and Sharma Fowler, both from Onsted; three stepsons, William Humphres of Salem, IN, Doug Fowler of Phoenix, AZ and Mike Fowler of Tecumseh; eight grandchildren, five stepgrandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Gertrude Fowler. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in the Purse Funeral Home, Adrian, with the Rev. Richard Rentner officiating. Burial will be in Lenawee Hills Memorial Park, Adrian, with Military Graveside Services conducted by the Adrian V.F.W. Post #1584. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Meghan Lee Faling 
ADDISON: Meghan Lee Faling, age 18, died Tuesday, June 26, 2001, peacefully at home with the care of Hospice.
She was born June 9, 1983, in Adrian, Mich., to H. David and Susan L. (Foster) Faling. Meghan attended the Milton C. Porter Education Center. She was a member of Lenawee Riding for the Handicapped. Meghan enjoyed horseback riding, going for walks, going for pontoon rides and going to school at the Porter Center.
Meghan is survived by her parents, David and Susan Faling of Addison; one brother, Justin Faling of Vail, Colo.; grandmother, Shirley Faling of Brooklyn, Mich.; two special grandmothers, Judy and Eloise, and several aunts, uncles and cousins. She was preceded in death by two grandfathers and one grandmother.
Meghan has been cremated. Visitation will be held on Thursday from 5-8 p.m. at the Anderson Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held on Friday at 11 a.m. at the Anderson Funeral Home with the Rev. Robert L.S. Brown officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Lenawee Riding for the Handicapped or Hospice of Lenawee. Envelopes are available at the Anderson Funeral Home.

Gerald E. Farley 
ADRIAN: Gerald E. Farley, 56, of Adrian, passed away June 27, 2001, at his home with his little bride by his side along with his dear friends.
He was born May 30, 1945, in Adrian, Mich., the son of Riley E. and Vestaleen L. (Farmer) Farley. He was a graduate of Adrian High School and served four years with the United States Navy, stationed in Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico. On Nov. 16, 1968, he married the love of his life, Linda Saltz, and she survives. He will be remembered as a loving husband and a great friend to all. He will be missed very much and we will think about him every day.
He was employed by Kewaunee Manufacturing Co. for 18 years, then retired in November 2000 from the Decor Center after 15 years. Gerald was a very avid golfer and bowler. He was a shareholder at Wolf Creek Golf Club, member of Raisin Valley Golf Club and a member of the Moose Lodge #1034 of Adrian for 26 years since 1975.
He will be greatly missed by his wife, Linda; his mother-in-law, Helen Mountain of Adrian; a sister-in-law, Kay (Dennis) Burgess of Arkansas; nieces, Angela (Dan) Brown of Hillsdale, Jamie (Steve) Scott, also of Hillsdale, Denise (Todd) Thompson of Adrian, Darrell (Leslie) Wood of Tecumseh and Grant Wood of Adrian; four great-nieces and five great-nephews.
Gerald was preceded in death by his grandparents, parents and his sister.
Funeral services for Gerald will be 1 p.m. Friday, June 29, 2001, at the Braun Everiss Wagley Funeral Home with the Rev. Lloyd Jewett officiating. Burial will follow at Lenawee Hills Memorial Park in Adrian. Visitation will be Thursday from 6-9 p.m. and on Friday from 11 a.m. until the time of the service.
Memorial contributions in memory of Gerald may be made to Hospice of Lenawee or the Hickman Cancer Center. Envelopes are available at the Braun Everiss Wagley Funeral Home.

Mabel Brodbeck 
ADRIAN: Mabel Brodbeck, 87, of Adrian, passed away June 27, 2001, at the home of her nephew, Richard Kelley, surrounded by her loving family and under the care of Hospice.
She was born May 14, 1914, in Jasper, Mich., the daughter of Irvin D. and Lillian (Williams) Hambrook. On Aug. 8, 1936, she married Harley Brodbeck. He preceded her in death.
Mabel attended the First Church of the Nazarene. In her senior years, she was an avid bowler, enjoyed playing bingo and loved her pet cat. She will greatly be missed by her many nieces and nephews.
Survivors include her sisters, Vivian Martin of Morenci, Gladys and her husband, Lloyd Hinkle, of Lyons, Ohio; sister-in-law, Blanch Hambrook of Avon Park, Fla., 16 nieces and nephews, 34 great-nieces and nephews and 26 great-great-nieces and nephews.
Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Earl and Leland, and three sisters, Irma, Edrie and Velma.
Funeral services for Mabel will be 11 a.m. Saturday, June 30, 2001, at the Braun Everiss Wagley Funeral Home with the Rev. Larry Betz officiating. Interment will be 3 p.m. at Amboy Township Cemetery in Metamora, Ohio. Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday from 7-9 p.m. and on Friday, 2-4 and 6-8 p.m.
Memorial contributions in Mabel's name may be made to Hospice of Lenawee or First Church of the Nazarene. Envelopes are available at the Braun Everiss Wagley Funeral Home.

David Eric Padro 
ADRIAN: David Eric Padro, age 27, of Adrian, went to be with the Lord, Wednesday, June 27, 2001, at his home.
He was born Aug. 21,1973, in Adrian, Mich., to Eddie Padro and Nellie (Alvarado) Padro Gonzalez. David graduated from the Porter Center in 1999. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church. David enjoyed singing along with the church choir and participating in community connection programs.
David is survived by his father and stepmother, Eddie and Isabel Padro Gonzalez of Adrian; one brother, Eddie Padro Jr. of Adrian; one sister, Cynthia Rebecca Fugate of Adrian; two nephews, eight uncles, seven aunts, and many cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his mother.
The Funeral Liturgy for David will be held on Saturday, June 30, 2001, at 9:30 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church with Father Thomas Helfrich as celebrant. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Thursday from 6-8 p.m. and also on Friday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Anderson Funeral Home. A Vigil Prayer Service will be held Friday evening at 7:30 p.m. at the Anderson Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary's Catholic Church or to Hospice of Lenawee. Envelopes are available at the Anderson Funeral Home.

H. Dennis Burke 
ADRIAN: H. Dennis Burke, age 57, of Adrian, passed away Tuesday, June 26, 2001, at Bixby Medical Center.
Visitation for Dennis will be held on Sunday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Anderson Funeral Home, where a Vigil Prayer Service will also be held at 7 p.m. The Funeral Liturgy will be held on Monday, July 2, 2001, at 11 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church with Fr. Thomas Helfrich as celebrant. Cremation will follow the service.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary's Catholic Church or Hospice of Lenawee. Envelopes are available at the Anderson Funeral Home.

Oleta Dargatz 
MORENCI: Oleta Dargatz, age 79, of Morenci, formerly of Deerfield, died July 31, 2001, at Lynwood Manor.
She was born March 27, 1922, to West A. and Fay V. Farley. She was married to Elmer Dargatz and he preceded her in death on July 13, 1984. She had been a member of the Deerfield United Methodist Church.
Oleta is survived by a brother, Robert Farley of Colorado Springs, Colo., and a sister, Helen Dardell of Toledo. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents.
Funeral services for Oleta will be held on Friday, Aug. 3, 2001, at 1:30 p.m. at the Anderson Funeral Home with Dr. Edward C. Weiss officiating. Burial will be in Pleasantview Cemetery in Petersburg. Visitation will be held on Friday from 12:30 p.m. until the time of service.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Leukemia Society of America. Envelopes are available at the Anderson Funeral Home.

Loretta Marie Cramer 
WALDRON: Loretta Marie Cramer, age 71, of Waldron, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2001, at her home.
She was born Dec. 8, 1929, in Dover Township, the daughter of Benjamin and Vadah (Mansfield) Dickerson. Loretta attended Morenci Area High School. She married Lynn Wellington Cramer on March 24, 1947, in Adrian. She lived most of her life in the Waldron area. She was a homemaker who loved to play bingo and camp. She was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother.
Loretta is survived by her husband, one son, James Samuel Cramer of Waldron; three daughters, Carolynn Vadah (Paul) Keller of Hudson, Alisa Marie Mead of Hudson and Cindy Lynn Cramer of Waldron; one brother, Delbert Dickerson of Morenci; 12 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services for Loretta will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, 2001, at Brown-Van Hemert Funeral Home in Hudson with Pastor Bob Farison officiating. Interment will be made in Lime Creek Cemetery in Munson, Mich. Visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3, 2001.
Memorials are suggested to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

Rita Pearl Hoffman Tiede 
ADRIAN: Rita Pearl Hoffman Tiede, age 82, of Adrian, died Saturday, October 20, 2001, at Adrian Health Care Center. She was born September 8, 1919, in Holloway, MI to Welcome and Etoila (Robinson) Gray. Rita had been employed by the Veterans Affairs Office, retiring in 1998. She was a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary, the Eagles Ladies Auxiliary and the Czech Dancing Group, and was an avid bingo player.
Rita is survived by seven daughters, Joyce (Donald) Irwin of Clayton, Patricia Bice of Adrian, Carol (Richard) Clark of Wausau, WI, Sally (John) Calloway of Addison, Judith (Earl) Hersey of Rhode Island, Terry (Richard) Gilbert North Star, MI, and Alice Vanderpool of Morenci; four sons, Joseph (Martha) Hoffman of Florida, William D. Hoffman of Tecumseh, William J. (Susan) Tiede of Blissfield, and Allen Tiede of Adrian; a son-in-law, Arthur Davis of Adrian; 44 grandchildren; 68 great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren. Rita was preceded in death by her mother, Etoila Sipes; her father, Welcome Byrd Gray; her first husband, William E. Hoffman, her second husband, William J. Tiede; three brothers, Earl, Harvey and Henry Gray; a sister, May Wardwell; a daughter, Betty Davis, and three great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, October 23, 2001, at 1:30 p.m. at the Anderson Funeral Home with Rev. Lloyd Jewett officiating. Burial will be in Lenawee Hills Memorial Park, Adrian. Visitation will be held on Monday 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home where there will be a VFW Ladies Auxiliary Service held at 7:30 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Lenawee or the Alzheimer's Association.
Envelopes are available at the Anderson Funeral Home.

Charles E. "Gene" Tittle 
MORENCI: Charles E. Tittle "Gene", 73, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Friday, October 19, 2001. Charles was born on May 6, 1928 in Defiance, Ohio to Elwood F. and Florence B. (Stearns) Tittle. He graduated from Defiance High School in 1946. Then went on to receive a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration from Defiance College in 1951. Following School he served our country four years in the U.S. Navy from 1951 to 1955. On July 31, 1955 he married Carol J. Marshall in Defiance, Ohio. She preceded him in death on March 17, 1992. To this marriage four daughters were born. Charles spent 24 years teaching business in the Evergreen School District and retired in 1984. After his first wife passed away he married Peggy Willard on May 9, 1995. Peggy preceded him in death on August 9, 2001 in Adrian. Charles loved to square dance. He belonged to the Border Line Squares of Morenci and the Maple City Squares of Adrian. During his early years he played trombone with the Budd Widmer Band in Defiance, OH. He was an avid fisherman, tinkerer of all tinkerers, and still made time to volunteer at the Lenawee Medical Care Facility. He was a member of the First Congregational Church in Morenci and then attended the St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church. Charles will be missed by his loving family and many friends.
Charles is survived by four daughters, Penny and her husband Greg Leaf of Hawthorne, FL, Rebecca and her husband Steve Gierke of Valparaiso, IN, Julia Butler of St. Petersburg, FL, Jadine Tittle of Morenci, one sister, Margaret and her husband Jack Burton of West Branch, MI, five grandchildren, Kim and her husband Jeremy Smith, Michael and his wife Janet Barber, Christopher Barber, Matthew and Adam Gierke, three great grandchildren, Alexandra, Caitlyn, and Jaden.
He was preceded in death by Carol his first wife, and also, by his wife, Peggy, parents, and one brother, Harold.
At Charles' request cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 23, 2001 at the Braun Everiss Wagley Funeral Home with Rev. Sandy Benes officiating. Friends may visit the family from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday evening before the service. Memorial contribution may be given to the Morenci First Congregational Church or to the St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church. Envelopes are available at the Braun Everiss Wagley Funeral Home.


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