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Bernice B. Pieczynski 
MANISTEE -- Bernice B. Pieczynski, age 83, of 267 Tenth St., Manistee, died Friday morning, Dec. 26, 1997 at the Manistee Heights Care Center.
She was born June 12, 1914 in Filer Township, and was the daughter of the late Martin and Valentina (Konieczna) Rakoniewski. Bernice married John E. Pieczynski at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Manistee in 1934. He preceded her in death on Oct. 16, 1970.
She was a communicant of St. Joseph Catholic Church of Manistee.
Bernice was an avid gardener of all her life.
She is survived by: three daughters and two sons-in-law, Eleonore Walter, Joan and Donald Miller, and Kathleen and Edmund Guzikowski, all of Manistee; 13 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; one sister, Regina Matchekosky of Manistee; numerous nieces and nephews.
Bernice was also preceded in death by: two granddaughters, Monica Mae Guzikowski in 1972 and Janice L. Miller in 1994; five sisters, Eva Bodouinac, Gladys Zielinski, Josephine Brzycki, Helen Grabowski and Blanche Ish; and two brothers, Harry and Edmund Rakoniewski.
Mass from The Order of Christian Funerals will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 29 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Manistee, with the Rev. William Zwiefka, celebrant. Burial will be in Mt. Carmel Cemetery, also in Manistee.
Evening Prayer from the Order of Christian Funerals will be prayed Sunday evening at 8 p.m. at the Herbert Funeral Home in Manistee, where friends may begin calling Sunday afternoon, after 2 p.m. The family will be at the funeral home on Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. to receive friends. The Herbert Funeral Home of Manistee is in charge of funeral arrangements. 

Marjorie Ruhl Rengo 
KALEVA -- Marjorie Ruhl Rengo, 70, of Kaleva, died Friday, Dec. 26, 1997 at Orchard Hill AFC Home in Brethren.
She was born Jan. 30, 1927, in Birmingham, the daughter of Benjamin and Hildegard (Simms) Ruhl.
A graduate of the University of Michigan, Marjorie was an elementary school teacher in Bellaire. She enjoyed swimming, and loved to travel.
On June 11, 1950 in Bellaire, she married Robert E. Rengo, who survives. Also surviving are: her children, William (Mery Paulina) Sennett Jr., Downers Grove, Ill., Michael Sennett, Cedar River, Mary Kathleen (William) Lund, Watertown, Tenn., and J. Meagan Sennett, Murfreesboro, Tenn.; four grandchildren; three sisters, Mary Edwards, North Carolina, Gretchen McHugh, New York, and Kathryn Allen, Northville.
Cremation has taken place. Memorial services will be conducted on Monday, Dec. 29, at 11 a.m. at the Terwilliger Funeral Home in Kaleva, with the Rev. Floyd Soper officiating.
The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until time of services on Monday, at the Terwilliger Funeral Home. 

Victor V. Miller 
KALEVA -- Victor V. Miller, 77, of Kaleva, died peacefully Sunday evening, Dec. 21, 1997 at his home, 9433 Eight-Mile Rd.
He was born on March 29, 1920 in Elkhart County, Ind., to the late Edwin J. and Sadie (Hostetler) Miller. He married Eva Mishler on June 23, 1946. To this union were born two daughters and six sons: Nancy of Crockett, Ky.; Vernon (married to Sue Schrock) of Kaleva; Harold (married to Rosey Denlinger) of Uniontown, Ohio; Marlin (married to Irene Miller) of Lublin, Wis.; Philip (married to Susan Martin) of Kaleva; David (married to Cheryl Martin) of Kaleva; Naomi (Mrs. Jason Yoder) of Hartville, Ohio; and Nathan of Punta Gorda, Belize. There are 41 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.
Also surviving are: one sister and two brothers, Paul of Morton, Ill.; Kenneth of Hartstown, Pa.; and Mary (Mrs. Glenn Morris), Franklin, Pa.
Victor gave his heart to the Lord in his youth and was ordained minister in June 1951, for Seney. He was ordained bishop in 1970. In 1984 he moved to Kaleva, and was pastor of the Pleasantview Mennonite Church.
He worked as an electrician by trade and enjoyed raising calves in his latter years. His foremost interest was the church and his family.
The funeral service will be held at the Vernon Miller residence, 8314 Adamson Lake Rd. (approximately eight miles west of Kaleva) on Wednesday, Dec. 24, at 10 a.m. Ministers in charge will be Joe Yoder, John Weaver, and Alvin Troyer. Burial will be in the Pleasantview Cemetery, Brethren.
Visiting hours will be at the Pleasantview Mennonite Church (corner of Kerry and Farnsworth roads) on Tuesday, Dec. 23, from 2 to 9 p.m. The Terwilliger Funeral Home, Kaleva, is in charge of funeral arrangements. 

Virgil Joseph Skiera, Sr. 
MANISTEE -- Virgil Joseph Skiera, Sr., age 77, of 301 Seventh St., Manistee, died early Saturday morning, Dec. 20, 1997 at his home.
He was born June 1, 1920 in Manistee, the son of the late Joseph and Hattie (Janowiak) Skiera. He attended Saint Joseph School and graduated from Manistee High School. He was a veteran of World War II, having served as a sergeant in the United States Army Air Corps. He married Tillie B. Rybicki on June 27, 1942 at Saint John Cantius Catholic Church in Free Soil. They have been married for 55 years.
He was employed at Packaging Corporation of America for 36 years retiring in 1982. He also was a self-employed shoe repairman, "The Polish Cobbler" at his home. He also had been employed at Shorty's Shoe Shop and Neitzke Grocery.
He was a communicant of Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Manistee, and was a former member of the Saint Joseph Choir. He was a member and past commander of American Legion Post No. 10 in Manistee and was a member of the 40/8. He was present commander and member of the Catholic War Veterans, a member of the Saint Joseph Civic Club, a member of the BPOE Manistee Lodge No. 250, and a former member of the Manistee Eagles Lodge No. 1765.
He is survived by: his wife, Tillie B. Skiera of Manistee; two daughters and sons-in-law, Mary Lou and Joseph Baron of Columbia, Tenn., and Audrey and David Schuessler of Manistee; four sons and three daughters-in-law, Virgil Jr. (Joe) and Sharon Skiera of Onekama, Robert and Ruth Skiera of Manistee, James and Christy Skiera of Cadillac, and Dennis Skiera of Alanson; 11 grandchildren, Joseph (Leigh Anne), David, and Sarah Baron, Jennifer Nowak, Daniel Schuessler, Holly (Mike) Larsen, Melissa, Rebecca, Jill, Jane, and Jason Skiera; three great-grandchildren, Makayla, Brittney, and Courtney. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Jeanne Skiera; a son-in-law, William D. Nowak; and by a sister, Leona R. Zawacki.
Mass from the Order of Christian Funerals will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 24 at Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Manistee with the Rev. James Bearss, celebrant. Burial will be in Mount Carmel Cemetery where members of American Legion Post No. 10 will conduct military graveside services.
Evening prayer from the Order of Christian Funerals will be prayed Tuesday evening at 8 p.m. at the Herbert Funeral Home in Manistee, where friends may begin calling Tuesday afternoon after 2 p.m. The family will be at the funeral home on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. to receive friends.
Memorials will be established in Virgil's name for the Saint Joseph Catholic Church re-decoration fund and the Munson Hospice. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
The Herbert Funeral Home of Manistee is in charge of funeral arrangements. 

Norma D. Skiera 
MANISTEE -- Norma D. Skiera, 95, of Manistee, died Tuesday morning, Dec. 3, 1997 at the Manistee County Medical Care Facility.
She was born in Manistee on Aug. 8, 1902, the daughter of the late Raymond and Violet (Trantow) Leet. On April 12, 1947, she married Frank J. Skiera at the Methodist Church parsonage here in Manistee. He preceded her in death on Aug. 1, 1967.
She was a lifelong resident of Manistee and had been employed by the Manistee Shoe Factory. She was a member of the Manistee United Methodist Church.
She is survived by: son and daughter-in-law, James and Marilyn Leet of Grand Haven; daughter and son-in-law, Joan and Robert Balch of Grand Rapids; 10 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; six great-great grandchildren; and by several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband and parents, she was also preceded in death by: a sister, Alice Whidden; brothers, Dick and Jack Leet; and by a daughter-in-law, Joan Leet.
Memorial services will be conducted Saturday morning, Dec. 6 at 11 a.m. at the Manistee United Methodist Church with the Rev. Greg Wood officiating. Final interment will be in the Oak Grove Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at the church Saturday morning from 10 a.m. until the time of services.
Those wishing to remember Norma are asked to consider a gift to a charity of the donor's choice. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home and at the funeral service.
The Johnson Funeral Home of Manistee is in charge of the funeral arrangements. 

Lola K. McCorkle 
JUPITER, FLA. -- Lola K. McCorkle, 92, of Jupiter, Fla., died peacefully in her sleep in Jupiter, on Dec. 16, 1997.
She was born May 5, 1905 in Elwood, Ind., to Clifford H. and Fanny (Fristoe) Fisher. She lived her early years in Sheridan, Ind., and most of her adult life in Manistee and Traverse City, Mich., Sun City Center, Fla., and often visited with her son and family in Ruston, La.
On Dec. 27, 1932, she married Charles W. McCorkle, who died in 1989. Mr. McCorkle was manager of the JCPenney store in Manistee for 26 years.
Lola is survived by: her daughter, Mary Lynn Sondee (Ronald) of Traverse City and Jupiter; her son, Charles A. McCorkle (Judy) of Ruston, as well as grandchildren, Charles and James McCorkle, and David, Daniel, Stephen and Laura Sondee.
Her two brothers, Arnold (Helen) and Alden (Elinor) Fisher, predeceased her.
As a young woman, Lola attended Baker's Teachers' College and Ball State College in Indiana. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from DePauw University, Greencastle, Ind., where she was a member of the Alpha chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. She taught in elementary and high schools for many years in Indiana and Michigan.
She had been an active member of Methodist churches in Manistee and Sun City Center. During her long and full life, she especially enjoyed working with children, including her many students, her grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and children of families who were guests at resorts operated by Mr. and Mrs. McCorkle on Bear Lake and Crystal Lake in Michigan during their retirement years. Her love of music, including singing and playing the piano, was spread to many people for generations. She played Christmas carols on the organ for nursing home residents two days before she died.
A memorial service will be held Dec. 23, 5:30 p.m., at the First United Presbyterian Church, Tequesta, Fla.
Memorial contributions may be made to DePauw University, c/o Mary Lynn Sondee, 1000 U.S. Highway 1, 706 Jupiter Harbour, Jupiter, FL 33477. 

Waino Armas Hendrickson 
MANISTEE -- Waino Armas Hendrickson, 80, of Kaleva, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 1997 at the Manistee County Medical Care Facility in Manistee.
He was born June 19, 1917, in Maple Grove Township, the son of Charles and Hannah Hendrickson.
He was a former employee of M&NE Railroad, Chesterfield Railroad, and Ohio Railroad companies.
Waino is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by nine brothers and sisters.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20 at the Terwilliger Funeral Home in Kaleva, with the Rev. Kenneth H. Lein officiating. Burial will be in Maple Grove Township Cemetery.
Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. until time of services on Saturday at the Terwilliger Funeral Home. 

Martin Patrick Foley 
ST. AUGUSTINE, FLA. -- Martin Patrick Foley, 65, resident of St. Augustine, Fla., and Onekama, Mich., died Dec. 11, 1997 at Flagler Hospital East in St. Augustine.
He was born in Fenton and was a winter resident of St. Augustine for the past 10 years. He was a retired teacher and former basketball coach at Manistee High School, he owned and operated Pro Court, a tennis court resurfacing business, and was a member of Guardian Angels Church in Manistee.
Memorial services will be held at a later date. Flowers are gratefully declined.
He is survived by; his wife, Delphine Jacobs Foley, Onekama; his mother, Alice Foley, Fenton; two daughters, Sharon and Sandra Foley, both of Atlanta, Ga.; five sons, James and his wife Rose, Traverse City, Daniel and his wife, Margaret, Southborough, Mass., Scott and his wife Tracey, Atlanta, Ga., Timothy of Chicago, Paul and his wife Valerie, Mandarin, Fla.; five sisters, Mary Billig, St. Louis, Mich., Elizabeth McGraw, Saginaw, Ann Day, Scottsdale, Ariz., Frances Markley, Ithaca, Grace Foley, Fenton; one brother, Maurice Foley, Port Huron; five grandchildren, Chantal and Pierre Tumpach, Savannah, Morgan, and Christen Foley.
Memorial services for Martin Foley will be held at noon on Saturday, Jan. 10, at the Shrine of the Little Flower Church in Royal Oak.
The church is located at the corner of 12 Mile and Woodward Avenue, Royal Oak. 

Lucille A. Swanson 
MANISTEE -- Lucille A. Swanson, age 88, of 179 1/2 Eighth St., Manistee, died Tuesday morning, Dec. 16, 1997 at the Manistee County Medical Care Facility.
She was born March 29, 1909 in Traverse City, the daughter of the late Finley and Anna (Kauer) Ferguson. Lucille attended Guardian Angels School and Manistee High School where she was a graduate of the Class of 1926. She received a life certificate in 1939 and taught elementary school in Kaleva and Manistee. She later taught in Onekama and Manistee and took extension classes to earn her BA degree from Eastern Michigan University. She taught for a total of 27 years. She had also worked as a clerk; part time at the JCPenney store in Manistee. She married Harold N. Swanson on June 19, 1934 in Manistee. He preceded her in death on Sept. 11, 1977.
She was a communicant of Guardian Angels Catholic Church in Manistee where she was also a Eucharistic Minister and a member of the Holy Family Society where she had just retired at the end of 1992 from the task of coordinating and calling for funeral luncheons. She had been a member of the Catholic Daughters of the America's Court No. 496 of Manistee, where she had been recording secretary and Vice-Regent for Court Manistee. She had been a member for 67 years, joining on Nov. 9, 1930. She was a member of both the Michigan and the Manistee Association of Retired School Personnel, having served as treasurer and membership chair. She had been a volunteer at the Manistee Medical Care Facility and West Shore Hospital.
Lucille collected stamps, liked reading, crossword puzzling, playing pinochle, watching sports especially the Detroit Tigers, she had a great love for the theater and Civic Players' productions. Lucille loved to travel, she has traveled in over of the United States and to Germany, Italy where she had an audience with Pope John Paul II and in 1994 to England, Scotland and Sweden.
She is survived by: One son and daughter-in-law, Jack and Leona Swanson of Belding; two daughters and one son-in-law, Mary Ann and Chester Kaczmarek of Manistee, and Jean Anderson of Free Soil; seven grandchildren, David Kaczmarek, Kathryn (Kaczmarek) McNeil, Sheri Keilman, Mark Reynolds, Jeff Swanson, John Swanson, and Maribeth Bush; six great-grandchildren; one brother-in-law, John L. Porter of Kaleva; one sister-in-law, Betty Ferguson of Manistee. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive.
She was also preceded in death by: a son-in-law, Earl Anderson; by two sisters, Dorothy Kreifeldt and Lillian Porter; and by a brother, William (Figs) Ferguson.
Mass from The Order of Christian Funerals will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 19 at Guardian Angels Catholic Church in Manistee with Monsignor Gerard F. Guzikowski and her nephew, the Rev. John F. Porter, celebrants. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery.
Evening Prayer from the Order of Christian Funerals will be prayed Thursday evening at 8 p.m. at the Herbert Funeral Home in Manistee where friends may begin calling Thursday afternoon after 2 p.m. The family will be at the funeral home Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. to receive friends.
Memorials will be established in Lucille's name for Guardian Angels Catholic Church, the Manistee Medical Care Facility and at the Manistee County Historical Museum. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
The Herbert Funeral Home of Manistee is in charge of funeral arrangements. 

Norma Martha (Kroehnke) Kretzmann 
ST. CHARLES, MO. -- Norma Martha (Kroehnke) Kretzmann died Sunday, Dec. 14, 1997 in St. Charles, Mo.
She was the daughter of Walter H. Kroehnke and Martha (Kuelker) Kroehnke. She married the Rev. Justus P. Kretzmann on Feb. 15, 1939. He preceded her in death on Sept. 15, 1997.
Norma was the beloved mother of Karla (Stan) Woell of Holt, and Walter (Jean) Kretzmann of River Forest, Ill.; sister of Paul Kroehnke of Martha's Vineyard, Mass. She is also survived by six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren.
She was a graduate of Valparaiso University. Norma served with her husband at a mission station in Nigeria, West Africa, from 1939 to 1951. From 1951-1977 they were at the Lutheran Church of the Atonement, Florissant, Mo., where Justus was pastor and she taught in the school for many years. They then retired to St. Charles, Mo. Their summer home since 1984 has been near Camp Arcadia, Arcadia.
Committal services will be in Pilgrim Home Cemetery, Arcadia, on Saturday, Dec. 20 at 11 a.m.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 22, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, St. Charles.
Memorial contributions may be made to Camp Arcadia or Trinity Lutheran Church, both in Arcadia; Immanuel Lutheran Church, St. Charles, Mo.; or, the Lutheran Church of the Atonement, Florissant, Mo.
The Edwards Funeral Home of Bear Lake is in charge of local arrangements. 

Ferdinand Kaskinen 
LIMA, OH -- Ferdinand Kaskinen, 96, of Lima, Ohio, formerly of Kaleva, died Monday, Dec. 8, 1997, in Lima.
He was born Dec. 3, 1901, in Kiikoinen, Finland, the son of Frank and Aliina (Louhelainen) Kaskinen.
Ferdinand was the former owner of Kaskinen Chevrolet in Kaleva, and a member of Bethany Lutheran Church in Kaleva.
He is survived by: three sons, Norman (Martha) Kaskinen, of Kaleva, Leslie (Jean) Kaskinen of Bellaire, and Arlie (Nancy) Kaskinen, of Beulah; one daughter, Ila (Gust) Wuorinen, of Lima, Ohio; four step-sons, the Rev. Melvin Hagelberg of Edminton, Canada, Dr. Milton Hagelberg of Sarasota, Fla., Milford Hagelberg of Pharr, Texas, and Dr. Paul (Betsy) Hagelberg of Springfield, Ohio; 12 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.
Ferdinand was preceded in death by: his first wife, Saimi Alice Hagelberg Kaskinen; his second wife, Vieno Haksluoto Kaskinen; his brother, the Rev. William Kaskinen; his infant grandson, Leslie Mark Kaskinen; and his sister, Minnie Lemponen.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 13 at Bethany Lutheran Church in Kaleva, with the Rev. Kenneth R. Lein and the Rev. Gust Wuorinen officiating. Burial will be in Maple Grove Township in Kaleva.
The family will receive friends from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 12 at the Terwilliger Funeral Home in Kaleva.
Memorial contributions may be made to Bethany Lutheran Church or to the Gideons. Envelopes are available at the Terwilliger Funeral Home. 

Gerald C. Martin Sr. 
PAW PAW -- Gerald C. Martin Sr., age 81, 419 Harris St., Paw Paw, passed away peacefully Friday afternoon, Dec. 5, 1997.
Gerald was born March 29, 1916 in Hesten, Ind., the son of Lyle and Geneva (Long) Martin. He was a former principal of Stephenson and Paw Paw high schools and a professor at Western Michigan University, retiring in 1974.
Gerald was a member of St. Mary's Church, Paw Paw. On Jan. 4, 1936 in Chicago, he was united in marriage to the former Elsie F. Hynek, who survives.
Also surviving are: five children, Gerald C. (Catherine) Martin Jr. of Fremont, Calif., Nancy (Richard) Schumacher of Fenton, Judith (Richard) De Roo of Paw Paw, John (Sandra) Martin of Kalamazoo, Patricia (Colin) VanLeuven of Fenton; 17 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; sister, Dorothy Arend of San Diego, Calif.; three brothers, Donald Martin of Port St. Lucie, Fla., James Martin of College Place, Wash., and Robert Martin of Clearwater, Fla.; 12 nieces and nephews.
Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, Dec. 8 at St. Mary's Church, Paw Paw, with the Rev. Robert Flickinger, celebrant. Interment in St. Mary's Cemetery, Paw Paw.
Memorial contributions may be made to Michigan Heart Fund or the American Cancer Society.
Adams-Zolp Funeral Home, Paw Paw, was in charge of arrangements. 

Kenneth James Gettys 
DUBLIN -- Kenneth James Gettys, 69, of Dublin, formerly of Delton, died Wednesday, Dec. 3, 1997 at his residence.
He was born Oct. 21, 1928 in Kalamazoo, the son of Leonard and Gladys (Mohney) Gettys. Kenneth was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in the Korean conflict. He retired from ABF Freight System in Kalamazoo, where he was a truck driver. Kenneth was an avid football fan, coached pee-wee football in Delton. He also enjoyed bowling, fishing, and being outdoors.
On July 6, 1965 in Elkhart, Ind., he married Patricia A. Bishop, who survives.
Also surviving are: his children, David Gettys, Kalamazoo, Tim (Teri) Duane Gettys, Otsego, Cheryl (Jack) Elliott, Illinois, and Stephen Duane, Hastings; 14 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; his brothers and sisters, Dick (Diana) Gettys, Scotts, Jack (Dorothy) Gettys, Mattawan, and Mike (Kristie) Ryanol, Saranac; and many nieces and nephews.
Kenneth was preceded in death by: his parents; his son, Terry Duane; his brother, Robert Gettys; and his sister, Shirley Davidson.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 11 at Prairieville Community Church with pastor Bernard Blair officiating.
Terwilliger Funeral Home in Kaleva is in charge of arrangements. 

Phoebe May Ward 
MANISTEE -- Phoebe May Ward, 83, of Bear Lake, died Dec. 4, 1997 at West Shore Hospital in Manistee.
She was born on May 11, 1914 in Curtis. Phoebe was a resident of Spruce Haven AFC Home in Bear Lake.
She enjoyed the outdoors, flowers and taking long walks. Phoebe loved spending time with her family and telling stories. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her.
Phoebe is survived by; her brother-in-law, Alfred (Avis) Ward, Onekama; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by: her husband, George W. Ward in 1975; and two brothers, Bud Smith and Henry Smith.
Funeral services will be conducted at 4 p.m. on Dec. 6 at the Terwilliger Funeral Home in Kaleva, with the Rev. Floyd Soper officiating. The family will receive friends from 2 p.m. until time of services on Saturday at the Terwilliger Funeral Home in Kaleva. 

Lorraine M. Wilson 
MISHAWAKA, IND. -- Lorraine M. Wilson, 73, of Mishawaka, Ind., formerly of Manistee, died Wednesday, Dec. 3, 1997 in Mishawaka.
She was born Feb. 22, 1924 in Manistee, the daughter of Otto and Freda (Rubel) Anderson. She was a graduate of Manistee High School.
Lorraine had worked most of her life as a registered nurse. She retired from Berrien General Hospital in Berrien Springs. She was a former member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Manistee.
She was survived by: sons and daughters-in-law, Joseph and Elizabeth Wilson of Grand Rapids, Nels and Donna Wilson of Cassopolis and Scott Wilson of Mishawaka; grandchildren, Cari, Jessica, Joshua, Cody and Baylee; sister, Florence Schuelke of Manistee; and several nieces.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Funeral services for Lorraine Wilson will be held at 1:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 7 at the Johnson Funeral Home with the Rev. James Moehring officiating. Burial will be in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery.
Friends may begin calling at the Johnson Funeral Home Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. The family will be at the funeral home to receive friends on Saturday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
The family suggests that those wishing to remember Lorraine consider a gift to the Trinity Lutheran School in Manistee. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home and at the funeral service.
The Johnson Funeral Home of Manistee is in charge of funeral arrangements. 

Florence C. Hilliard 
MANISTEE -- Florence C. Hilliard, age 84, of 7 Filer St., Manistee, died Tuesday night, Dec. 2, 1997 at the Manistee Heights Care Center.
She was born Oct. 16, 1913 in Manistee, and was the daughter of the late Michael and Mary (Steinberg) Bajtka. Florence married Laverne Hilliard on Jan. 23, 1933 at St. Joseph Church in Manistee. He preceded her in death on Dec. 10, 1961. Florence was a communicant of St. Joseph Catholic Church of Manistee and a member of the St. Joseph Rosary Society. She was an auxiliary member of the Legion of Mary and member of the AARP.
Surviving are: two daughters and a son-in-law, Mary Ann and Verian Krusniak of Manistee, and Patricia Pacholski of Livermore, Calif.; three sons and a daughter-in-law, Robert and Arlene Hilliard of Grand Rapids, Roland Hilliard of Cadillac, and Michael Hilliard of Flint; 12 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; her brother and sister-in-law, Stanley and Dolores Bajtka of Manistee; one sister and two brothers-in-law, Sophie and Anthony Nikolitch of Cadillac; and Henry Schmidt of Rothbury. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive her.
She was preceded in death by: her sister, Bernadine Schmidt; and by two brothers, Harry and Leonard Bajtka.
Mass from The Order of Christian Funerals will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Manistee, with the Rev. William Zwiefka, celebrant. Burial will be in Mt. Carmel Cemetery, also in Manistee.
Relatives, friends and members of the St. Joseph Rosary Society will pray the rosary Friday evening at 7:30 p.m. at the Herbert Funeral Home in Manistee, where the Evening Prayer from the Order of Christian Funerals will also be prayed at 8 p.m. Friends may begin calling at the funeral home on Friday afternoon after 2 p.m. The family will be at the funeral home on Friday from 2 to 4 p.m. and Friday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. to receive friends.
A memorial will be established in Florence's name for the St. Joseph Church Re-Decoration Fund. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. The Herbert Funeral Home of Manistee is in charge of funeral arrangements. 

Sarah M. Fugitt 
SCOTTSDALE, AZ -- Sarah M. Fugitt, 82, of Scottsdale, Ariz., formerly of Onekama, who passed away on Nov. 30, 1997 at Phoenix, Ariz.
She was born on Sept. 20, 1915 in Alexandria, Tenn., the daughter of Marcus and Lena (Eaton) Rowland.
Sarah was a retired custom drapery seamstress. She was a member of Onekama Church of the Brethren.
She is survived by: two daughters, Mrs. Leroy (Janey) Kareus of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Mrs. Raymond (Ann) Hanson of Troy; by two sons, Kenneth B. Fugitt of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, and David M. Fugitt of Berkley; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one brother, Elmo Rowland of Jonesboro, Tenn.; sisters, Dale Rice of Phoenix, Ariz., Nell Owen of Murfreesboro, Tenn., Edith King of Maryville, Tenn., Ryta McMurry of Clinton, Tenn.; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded by husband, Mayne B. Fugitt; and sister, Frances McBryde.
Funeral services for Sarah M. Fugitt will be held on Saturday, Dec. 6 at 11 a.m. from the Edwards Funeral Home, with the pastor Tim Binkley officiating. Burial will be in the Onekama Village Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Onekama Church of the Brethren.
The family will be at the funeral home to receive friends from 7-9 p.m. on Friday.
The Edwards Funeral Home of Bear Lake, a member of the Forethought Group, is in charge of funeral arrangements. 

Dr. Richard K. Karcher 
MANISTEE -- Dr. Richard K. Karcher, age 68, of 325 Third St., Manistee, died Sunday morning, Nov. 30, 1997 at his home.
He was born April 27, 1929 in Cadillac, the son of the late Dr. George A. and Marie (Jorgensen) Karcher. He served in the United States Army in Korea, Japan, and in the United States during the Korean Conflict. Richard moved to Manistee in 1958 following graduation from the National College of Chiropractic in Chicago, and completion of passing the state Basic Science (Medical) Board and the Michigan State Board of Chiropractic Examiners. He began his practice as a Doctor of Chiropractic in Manistee on March 28, 1958.
Richard married Lucy McCollum on Aug. 8, 1966 in Manistee. She preceded him in death on Nov. 28, 1975. He then married Mary Epps on Jan. 14, 1979 in Manistee, and she preceded him in death on April 3, 1982.
He was a life member of Manistee Eagles Lodge No. 1765, a member of the Saint Joseph Civic Club, and a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Walsh Post No. 4499 in Manistee. He was also an active participant in many Manistee bowling leagues.
He is survived by: one daughter, Mrs. Paul (Mary) Lancaster of Tucson, Ariz.; one son, Larry Dean Karcher, also of Arizona; two granddaughters, Amber and Sarah, and one grandson, Aaron. Nieces and nephews also survive.
He was also preceded in death by: two brothers, Howard R. and Robert G. Karcher; and by his step-mother, Dorothy C. Karcher.
Funeral services for Dr. Richard K. Karcher will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 4 at the Herbert Funeral Home in Manistee with pastor Warren J. Wood officiating. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery in Manistee where members of VFW Walsh Post No. 4499 will conduct military graveside services.
The family will be at the funeral home this evening (Wednesday) from 7-9 p.m. to receive friends.
The Herbert Funeral Home of Manistee is in charge of funeral arrangements. 

Joseph J. Lavas 
MANISTEE -- Joseph J. Lavas, 90, of 5914 N. Reek Rd., Fountain, passed away Monday, Dec. 1, 1997 at Manistee Heights Care Center. 
Joseph J. Lavas was born Feb. 2, 1907, in Lithuania, the son of George and Mary Lavas. He moved from Lithuania as a child with his parents to Irons and Bass Lake. He grew up in Irons, and attended country school in Sauble Township. Mr. Lavas was married Oct. 7, 1934, to Elizabeth Melluis, and she preceded him in death on Aug. 30, 1997.
He worked for several years as a machinist for Star Watch Case in Ludington, and later worked for Motyka Metal Products, and finally retired from Towns Construction. He was also well known for his machine shop and the work he did at his home.
Mr. Lavas was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Custer.
Surviving Mr. Joseph Lavas are: two sons, Joseph P. (and Corrine) Lavas of Fountain, and Bernard R. (and Donna) Lavas of Muskegon; two grandsons; one granddaughter; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews with the Urban family.
He was preceded in death by his wife Elizabeth; and his parents.
Mass of Christian Burial for Mr. Joseph Lavas will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 5 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Custer, the Rev. William McKnight, celebrant. Interment to follow in Lakeview Cemetery, Irons.
The family will be at the Stephens Funeral Home of Scottville, to receive friends Thursday, from 7 to 9 p.m., and rosary will be recited at 8:30 p.m. 

Gladys Viola Leiffers 
MANISTEE -- Gladys Viola Leiffers, 79, of Irons, formerly of Coopersville; died at West Shore Hospital in Manistee after a long illness.
She was born on July 17, 1918 in Hart, the daughter of Archie and Lois (Ellis) Rittenhouse.
She loved crocheting, playing cards, reading newspapers, and growing flowers and plants, especially African Violets.
On Dec. 2, 1939, Gladys married John Leiffers, who survived. Also surviving are: her children, Jesse and Wanda Jobbins, Irons, and Randay and Heidi Leiffers, Irons; three grandsons, Jeffrey (Sandra) Leiffers, Free Soil, Kevin Leiffers, Bay City, and Jamie Leiffers, Irons; one great-grandson, Colen Leiffers, Detroit; and one sister, Twila Hug, Conklin.
She was preceded in death by: her parents; her sister, Florence Taylor; and her brother, George Rittenhouse.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 5 at the Terwilliger Funeral Home in Kaleva, with the Rev. Floyd Soper officiating. Burial will be in the Eden Township Cemetery in Irons.
The family will receive friends from 2-4 and 7-9 on Thursday, Dec. 4 at the Terwilliger Funeral Home. 

Dorothy E. Numelin 
MANISTEE -- Dorothy E. Numelin, 82, of 575 Bryant Ave., Manistee, died Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 2, 1997 at her home.
She was born in Manistee County on Feb. 7, 1915, the daughter of the late Edward and Amanda (Tritten) Domres. She married Carl F. Numelin at the Trinity Lutheran Church of Onekama on May 4, 1940.
She was a retired beautician. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church of Manistee, the ladies aid of the church. She taught Sunday school for many years and had been active in the bible class.
She is survived by: her husband, Carl; sons and daughter-in-law, Dale and Dianne Numelin of Bloomington, Minn., and Thomas Numelin of Fairfax, Calif.; daughter and son-in-law, Margo and Luke Plamondon Jr., of Fennville; grandchildren, Caroline and Mike Simaz of Traverse City, Lora and Robert Laurain of Manistee, Kathy Numelin of Minneapolis, and Jennifer and Mark Garthwaite of Madison, Wis.; great-granddaughters, Sara, Rachel and Haley Laurain, and Maria Simaz; and by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by: three brothers, LaVerne, Franklin and Ellsworth Domres.
Funeral services will be announced.
The family suggests that anyone wanting to remember Dorothy consider a gift to a charity of their choice. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home and at the funeral service.
The Johnson Funeral Home of Manistee is in charge of the funeral arrangements. 

Mayme R. Young 
MANISTEE -- Mayme R. Young, 76, of 229 Parkdale Ave., Manistee, died Monday, Dec. 1, 1997 at her home.
She was born Feb. 19, 1921 in Manistee, the daughter of Edward and Meta (Budde) Hahn. She married Donald F. Young in Waynesville, on Dec. 1, 1941. He preceded her in death on Nov. 1, 1985.
Mayme had worked for the Glen of Michigan, Jebavy Orchards and later at the Hardy Salt Company. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Manistee and the ladies aid of the church. She was a former member of the altar guild.
She is survived by: sons and daughters-in-law, Allen and Theresia Charlene Young and Duane and Linda Young, all of Manistee; grandsons: Nathan Young of Grand Rapids and Brent Young of Manistee; brothers and sisters-in-law, Edward and Nancy Hahn of Manistee, William and Darlene Hahn of Ludington and Rhoda Hahn of Manistee; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; and by two brothers, Richard and Herbert Hahn.
Funeral services for Mayme Young will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Manistee with the Rev. James Moehring officiating. Burial will be in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery.
Friends may begin calling at the Johnson Funeral Home Thursday afternoon at 2 p.m. The family will be at the funeral home to receive friends on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The body of Mrs. Young will be taken to the church Friday at 11 a.m. to lie in state until the time of services.
The family suggests that those wishing to remember Mayme consider a gift to the Trinity Lutheran School in Manistee. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home and at the funeral service.
The Johnson Funeral Home of Manistee is in charge of funeral arrangements. 

Jon G. Hunt 
LANSING -- Jon G. Hunt, age 57, of Eaton Rapids, also of Lansing, died Sunday, Nov. 30, 1997 in Lansing.
Jon was born Dec. 12, 1939 in Blaine Township, Benzie County, the son of John Henry and Iva E. (Gilbert) Hunt. He was raised in the Herring Lake community and graduated from Frankfort High School. Later, he attended the South Church of the Nazarene in Lansing. Jon recently retired from the U.S. Postal Service after 30 years of service in both Eaton Rapids and Lansing.
Surviving are: two daughters, Pamela Marie Hyde of Minnesota, Courtney Hunt of Maine; three sons, Kirk (Lisa) Hunt of Grand Rapids, Eric Jon Hunt of Ypsilanti, Jonathan Hunt of Maine; five grandchildren, Raechel, Melissa and Kenneth Hyde, Lindsay and Kirsten Hunt; mother, Iva Hunt of Bear Lake; two brothers, Rodney Hunt of Herring Lake, and Charles (Debra) Hunt of Traverse City.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 3 at the Herring Lake Baptist Church in Frankfort. Interment will follow at the Blaine Township Cemetery.
The family will receive friends today (Tuesday) from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids, and on Wednesday at the Herring Lake Baptist Church for one hour before the service.
Those desiring may make contributions to the Herring Lake Baptist Church in memory of John C. Hunt. 

Richard F. Tetsworth 
MANISTEE -- Richard F. Tetsworth, age 74, of 1003 Engelman St., Manistee, died early Sunday morning, Nov. 30, 1997 at his home.
He was born on April 2, 1923 in Manistee, the so of the late Charles and Martha (Ignasiak) Titsworth. He was a veteran of World War II, receiving the Bronze Star while serving with the United States Army's 1878th Engineers Aviation Battalion. He married Jane D. Janowiak on Sept. 18, 1948 at Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Manistee.
He had been employed as a heavy equipment operator for the Manistee County Road Commission, retiring on Jan. 2, 1987 after 41 years of employment.
He was a communicant of Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Manistee. Richard was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather who also enjoyed fishing. He also had been a pitcher for the Manistee Saints baseball team.
He is survived by: his wife, Jane D. Tetsworth of Manistee; one daughter and son-in-law, Virginia and Greg Bennett of Rockford; one son and daughter-in-law, Rick and Karen Tetsworth of Manistee; four grandchildren, Paul and Sarah Bennett and Evan and Eric Tetsworth; one brother and two sisters-in-law, Charles and Ruth Tetsworth of Saginaw, Julia Titsworth of Scottville. Nieces and nephews also survive.
He was also preceded in death by: two sisters, Dorothy Ruppert and Mary Jane Savage; and by two brothers, Leonard and Joseph Titsworth.
Mass from the Order of Christian Funerals will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 4 at Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Manistee with the Rev. William Zwiefka, celebrant. Burial will be in Mount Carmel Cemetery where numbers of VFW Post No. 4499 will conduct military graveside services.
Evening Prayer from the Order of Christian Funerals will be prayed Wednesday evening at 8 p.m. at the Herbert Funeral Home in Manistee where friends may begin calling Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. to receive friends.
Memorials will be established in Richard's name for the Saint Joseph Catholic Church Re-Decoration Fund and Manistee Catholic Central. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
The Herbert Funeral Home of Manistee is in charge of funeral arrangements. 

Mary A. Goodrich 
FREE SOIL -- Mary A. Goodrich, age 68, of 8617 North Quarterline Rd., Free Soil, died Saturday, Nov. 29, 1997 at the Manistee County Medical Care Facility.
She was born Dec. 20, 1928 in Manistee, and was the daughter of the late C. Einar and Clara (Richmond) Hansen. Mary was a graduate of Manistee High School the Class of 1946. Mary married Harold M. Goodrich on Sept. 4, 1948 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Manistee. He preceded her in death on July 13, 1979. She was a communicant of St. Mary's of Mt. Carmel Shrine Church in Manistee and was a former member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Victory. Mary's hobbies included: Free Soil basketball games, cards and playing Bingo. She especially enjoyed watching her grandchildren and great-grandchildren grow up.
Mary is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Sharon and Dan Janicki of East Lake; three sons and a daughter-in-law, William and Linda Goodrich, Michael Goodrich, and Edward Goodrich, all of Free Soil; two brothers and six sisters-in-law, James and Phyllis Hansen of East Lake, LaVerne and Mildred Hansen of Manistee, Jean Goodrich of Free Soil, Louis Weir of Florida, Frances Goodrich and Rose Goodrich, both of Manistee; one brother-in-law, Joseph Tarczon of Free Soil; grandchildren, Jodi and Mark Goodrich, Lisa Krause and Deborah Janicki; great-grandchildren, Kayla Janicki and Joshua Krause. Mary is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
Mary was also preceded in death by: her sister, Lucille Tarczon; and by two brothers, Roger Lee Hansen and John E. Hansen.
Mass from the Order of Christian Funerals will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 3 at St. Mary's of Mt. Carmel Shrine Church in Manistee, with the Rev. Gabriel Fox, celebrant. Burial will be in Mt. Carmel Cemetery, also in Manistee.
Evening Prayer from the Order of Christian Funerals will be prayed Tuesday evening at 8 p.m. at the Herbert Funeral Home in Manistee, where friends may begin calling this (Monday) evening after 7 p.m. The family will be at the funeral home this evening from 7 to 9 p.m. and Tuesday from 2 to 4 p.m. and Tuesday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. to receive friends.
A memorial will be established in Mary's name for St. Mary's of Mt. Carmel Shrine Church. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.
The Herbert Funeral Home of Manistee is in charge of funeral arrangements. 

Dorothy Adeline Kotarak 
MANISTEE -- Dorothy Adeline Kotarak, age 87, of 2212 Sheridan St., Filer City, died early Friday morning, Nov. 28, 1997 at West Shore Hospital in Manistee.
She was born on the old Baker farm in Stronach on June 10, 1910 and was a daughter of the late August and Frances (Washneske) Baker Jr. Dorothy attended school in Stronach and as a young lady worked at the Goshen Shirt Factory, Indiana Molding and later at the A.C. Spark Plug Company in Flint. She married Leonard Kotarak of Filer City on Feb. 16, 1931 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Manistee. He preceded her in death on Dec. 17, 1955. She had also been employed at Manistee Shoe Factory and during the war years at the Falleen Drop Forge Company and then for 13 years with the Glen of Michigan. She retired in 1975 after nine years of employment with the Jebavy & Sorenson freezer plant. She was a communicant of Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Manistee.
She is survived by: two sons and a daughter-in-law, Leonard Kotarak of East Lake, and David and Patricia Kotarak of Grand Rapids; three daughters and a son-in-law, Joyce Tetzlaff of Grand Rapids, Carol Reynolds of Grand Rapids, and Linda Babylas Bourdages of East Lake; 13 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; one step-great-grandchild; one sister, Patricia Szymanski of Stronach; her sister-in-law, Bernadine Baker of Manistee; her special niece and caregiver, Julie Gentz, who assisted in her care for the past two years. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
She was also preceded in death by: one daughter, Shirley Ann Tutten on Jan. 31, 1988; and by three brothers, Virgil, Willie, and Edward Baker.
Mass from The Order of Christian Funerals will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 2 at Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Manistee, with the Rev. William Zwiefka, celebrant. Burial will be in Mount Carmel Cemetery.
Evening prayer from the Order of Christian Funerals will be prayed Monday evening at 8 p.m. at the Herbert Funeral Home in Manistee where friends may begin calling Monday afternoon after 2 p.m. The family will be at the funeral home on Monday from 2 to 4 p.m. and Monday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. to receive them.
A memorial will be established in Dorothy's name for St. Joseph Catholic Church. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
The Herbert Funeral Home of Manistee is in charge of funeral arrangements. 


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