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Dennis J. Helminski 

SCOTTVILLE -- Dennis J. Helminski, age 42, of 3070 North U.S. 31, Scottville, died unexpectedly Tuesday, Jan. 27, 1998 at the Memorial Medical Center of West Michigan in Ludington.
He was born Nov. 4, 1955 in Manistee, and was the son of Aloysius and Josephine (Carey) Helminski. Dennis was a graduate of Manistee Catholic Central High School the class of 1974. He had been employed at the Hardy Salt Company in Manistee for 11 years. He then moved to Alaska in 1985 where he lived for four years. He then returned to the Manistee area and owned and operated his business, Hoppy's Auto Repair on Fifth Street, in Manistee. Dennis married Robin Demillo on Feb. 3, 1995 in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Dennis was an avid golfer and enjoyed hunting and fishing as well. He attended St. Joseph Catholic Church in Manistee.
He is survived by: his wife, Robin M. Helminski of Scottville; his son and daughter-in-law, Alan and Holli McJimsey of Ludington; his parents, Aloysius (Al) and Josephine Helminski of Manistee; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Martha and Patrick Siuda of Mt. Pleasant, Lorraine and Marvin Mason of Fountain, Colo.; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Al and Mary Helminski of Soldotna, Alaska, and Dan and Ann Helminski of Muskegon. Numerous nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles also survive him.
Dennis was preceded in death by his brother, Ronald Helminski, on Aug. 20, 1994.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 30 at the Herbert Funeral Home in Manistee, with the Rev. William Zwiefka officiating. Cremation will take place after the funeral service.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday afternoon from 1:15 until the time of services at 2 p.m. The Herbert Funeral Home of Manistee is in charge of funeral arrangements. 

Anita M. Kowalkowski 

MANISTEE -- Anita M. Kowalkowski, age 66, of 490 First St., Manistee, died Friday evening, Jan. 30, 1998 at her home.
She was born Sept. 6, 1931 in Manistee, and was the daughter of the late Everett P. and Lucille T. (Opalka) Hansen. She was a graduate of Manistee High School, the class of 1949. Anita married Joseph G. Kowalkowski on Jan. 27, 1951 at Guardian Angels Catholic Church in Manistee. He preceded her in death on Jan. 30, 1993. After raising her family, Anita was employed at the Little Red Shoe House Store in Manistee where she retired as the store manager. She then worked at the Sandpiper Emporium in Manistee until the spring of 1997. Anita was a communicant of Guardian Angels Catholic Church of Manistee, a member and treasurer of the Catholic Daughters of America Court Manistee No. 496, The Manistee Catholic Central Moms Club, the American Legion Post No. 10 Auxiliary of Manistee, and the Christian Women's Club. She enjoyed cooking and gardening as her hobbies.
She is survived by: four sons and three daughters-in-law, Allen and Connie Kowalkowski of Southgate, Dale and Barb Kowalkowski of Manistee, Dennis Kowalkowski of Glendale Heights, Ill., and Jay and Lynn Kowalkowski of Lawton; six grandchildren, Kevin, Keith, Kelly, Kalenna, Jordon and Alex Kowalkowski; three aunts, Marge (Ben) Wilson and Helen Opalka, all of Manistee, and Lee Opolka of Muskegon; two uncles, Martin (Zonie) and Dorothy Fredericksen and Stanley Skocelas, all of Manistee. Numerous cousins also survive her.
Anita was preceded in death by: her sister, Joan Hansen in 1949.
Mass from The Order of Christian Funerals will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 4, at Guardian Angels Catholic Church in Manistee, with Monsignor Gerard F. Guzikowski and the Rev. William Zwiefka, celebrants. Burial will be in Mt. Carmel Cemetery 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 evening (Monday) after 7 p.m. The family will be at the funeral home this evening from 7 to 9 p.m. and Tuesday afternoon from 2 to 4 p.m. and Tuesday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. to receive friends.
Memorial will be established in Anita's name for Guardian Angels Catholic Church of Manistee and for the Manistee Catholic Central School Foundation. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. The Herbert Funeral Home of Manistee is in charge of funeral arrangements. 

Audrey Jayne McCarthy 

BRETHREN -- Audrey Jayne McCarthy, 92, of Brethren, died Friday, Jan. 30, 1998 at the Manistee County Medical Care Facility in Manistee.
She was born Nov. 9, 1905, in Crystal Lake, Ill., the daughter of William and Maude (VanAtta) Jayne.
Audrey retired from the Benton Harbor Area School System, where she was a teacher. She was a member of St. John's Catholic Church in Benton Harbor, and St. Joseph's Church in Onekama.
She is survived by: four grandchildren, Shane (Megan) McCarthy of Lindenhurst, Ill., Koreen (Stephen) MacNeil of Dearborn, Gwen (Tom) MacNeil of Dearborn, and Cherri Huelsberg of Benton Harbor; four great-grandchildren, Roderick MacNeil and Anne Jayne MacNeil, both of Dearborn, Cameron MacNeil of Dearborn, and Cara McCarthy of Lindenhurst; daughter-in-law, Madelyn Huelsberg, Benton Harbor; two nieces, Audrey Meyers of East Jordan, and Judy Hamilton of Berwyn, Pa.; her brothers and sisters-in-law, Marva McCarthy of Manistee, Carol McCarthy of Manistee, Ted (Fern) Widgren of Royal Oak, and Grace Schafer of Muskegon.
Audrey was preceded in death by: her husband, Lestor Thomas McCarthy, in 1986; her son, Thomas Milton McCarthy; one brother, Milton Jayne; and one sister, Mildred O'Meara.
Mass from the Order of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 3 at St. John's Catholic Church in Benton Harbor, with the Rev. David Adams, celebrant.
The family will receive friends from 4-7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 2, at the Terwilliger Funeral Home in Kaleva; and from 9:30 a.m. until time of Mass on Tuesday at the church. Scripture services will be held at 7 p.m. Monday at the Terwilliger Funeral Home in Kaleva. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Benton Harbor.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association. 

Thomas McIntyre Jr. 

MANISTEE -- Thomas McIntyre Jr., age 71, of 237 Sixth Ave., Century Terrace Apartments, Manistee, passed away Friday, Jan. 30, 1998 at West Shore Hospital in Manistee.
He was born Sept. 10, 1926 in Stronach, the son of the late Thomas and Julia (Zoscsak) McIntyre. Thomas married Elizabeth Alice Murphy on June 2, 1952 at Guardian Angels Church in Manistee. Thomas was employed at the Carriage Inn and the Coral Gables for many years as a desk clerk. Thomas enjoyed coin collecting as a hobby.
He is survived by: his wife, Elizabeth A. McIntyre of Manistee; four sons and three daughters-in-law, Thomas and Kathy McIntyre of Tennessee, Kenneth and Marianne McIntyre of Grand Rapids, Brian and Terri McIntyre of Grand Rapids, and Dennis McIntyre of Manistee; two daughters and sons-in-law, Kathleen and Norman Bosley of Ludington, and Theresa and Rick Pepera of Manistee; two brothers and one sister-in-law, Donald and Darlene McIntyre of East Lake, and Jim McIntyre of Constantine; two sisters and one brother-in-law, Louise and Milton Longcore of Stronach, and Norma Weaver of Fremont; 10 grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren; also numerous nieces and nephews.
Thomas was preceded in death by his son, Duane McIntyre.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 3, at the Herbert Funeral Home in Manistee, with Monsignor Gerard F. Guzikowski officiating. Burial will take place in Oak Grove Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday morning at 9 a.m. until the time of service. The Herbert Funeral Home of Manistee is in charge of funeral arrangements. 

Sylvester Gielczyk 

MANISTEE -- Sylvester Gielczyk, age 84, of 1200 Manistee St., Manistee, died Monday morning, Jan. 26, 1998 at West Shore Hospital unexpectedly.
He was born April 20, 1913 in Manistee, son of the late Michael and Anna (Sielski) Gielczyk. Sylvester married Irene Smith on June 30, 1937 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Manistee. The couple celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in June of 1987. Irene preceded him in death on March 30, 1977. He was employed at the Century Boat Company of Manistee for 40 years where he retired from on March 19, 1976. He was a communicant of St. Joseph Catholic Church of Manistee. Sylvester enjoyed gardening and carpentry. He was also Santa Claus for the Grant Store, Kmart, MCC Schools, Knights of Columbus and also at many private residences throughout Manistee.
He is survived by: two daughters and a son-in-law, Sylvia (Syl) Gielczyk of Manistee, and Eileen and Bob Pelarski of Manistee; two grandchildren, Sherri and Bill Ely of Manistee, and Al Pelarski of Manistee; one sister and two brothers-in-law, Genevieve and Richard Patulski and Carl (Pat) Ursum, all of Manistee; one sister-in-law, Anna M. Gielczyk of Manistee. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive him.
He was preceded in death by; four sisters, Agriphine and Gabriella Gielczyk, Bernadine Ursum and Vanda Slawinski; and by four brothers, Raymond, Zig, Cecil, and Carl (Biz) Gielczyk.
Mass from The Order of Christian Funerals will be celebrated Jan. 30 at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Manistee, with the Rev. William Zwiefka and Monsignor Gerard F. Guzikowski, celebrants. Burial will be in Mt. Carmel 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 this evening (Wednesday) after 7 p.m. The family will be at the funeral home this evening from 7 to 9 p.m. and Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. to receive friends.
Memorials will be established in Sylvester's name for the St. Joseph Church Re-decoration Fund and for Manistee Catholic Central Schools. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. The Herbert Funeral Home of Manistee is in charge of funeral arrangements. 

Charles E. Hodgins 

BRETHREN -- Charles E. Hodgins, 68, of 2824 Skidmore Rd., Brethren, died unexpectedly Saturday, Jan. 24, 1998 at his home.
He was born Aug. 24, 1929 in Saginaw, the son of Harold and Alice (Frost) Hodgins. He married Jane C. Pierce Kelly on Aug. 28, 1977 in Saginaw.
Chuck was employed with the Michigan State Department of Social Services in Manistee where he had served as a services worker for the elderly and handicapped and later was the Volunteer Services Coordinator. Even after his retirement in 1996 he remained active as a volunteer with the DSS (now the Family Independence Agency). Chuck served 26 years in the U.S. Army National Guard attaining the rank of Major in the Infantry. He attended many Army schools and held various posts during his career.
Chuck was a member of the James E. Dillon Lodge. No. 466, F&AM of Mesick. He was a former member and past master of the Manistee Lodge No. 228, F&AM. He was also a member of the Forest Shrine Club of the Saladin Shrine in Grand Rapids. He was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Walsh Post No. 4499 in Manistee, where he served as a member of the VFW ritual team. He was a member of the American Legion Post No. 10 in Manistee and a member of the Spirit of the Woods Sportsmen's Club.
He is survived by: his wife, Jane; step-sons, Dan Kelly of Pacifica, Calif., and Gary Kelly of San Jose, Calif.; sisters and brother-in-law, Jean and Earl Samuels, Joyce Hodgins and Nancy Smith, all of Saginaw; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Chuck was preceded in death by his parents; and by his brother, Mancil Hodgins.
Memorial services for Chuck Hodgins will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 31 at the Johnson Funeral Home in Manistee with the Rev. Russell Garrigus officiating. Masonic memorial services will be conducted by the James E. Dillon Lodge No. 466 followed by military memorial services conducted by the VFW Walsh Post No. 4499.
The family suggests that those wishing to remember Chuck consider a gift to the Shriner's Hospital for Crippled Children. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
The Johnson Funeral Home of Manistee is in charge of funeral arrangements. 

Sylvia Elisa Karr 

BRETHREN -- Sylvia Elisa Karr, 80, of Copemish, died Monday, Jan. 26, 1998, at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City.
She was born on July 1, 1917 in Marilla Township, the daughter of Matti and Liisa (Palo) Kalliosaari.
A foster mother to several children, Sylvia worked 16 years at Ferro's Manufacturing in Mt. Pleasant. She also worked at Smeltzer's and Four Star in Mesick.
On July 4, 1976, Sylvia married Edward J. Karr, who survives. Also surviving are: her children, Dennis Coffell, Mt. Pleasant, Linda (Galer Sr.) Schell, Baker, La., and Ronnie (Jane) Coffell, Thomasville, N.C.; her grandchildren, Heather Coffell, St. Louis, Mich., Galer Jr. (Sarah) Schell, Baker, La., and Lindsey and Angela Coffell, Thomasville, N.C.; one great-grandson, Nicholas Schell, Baker, La.; her sister, Anna MaCree, Inverness, Fla.; her half-brother, Frank Kendall, Sherman, Mich.; and several nieces, nephews, and friends.
She was preceded in death by: her parents; and several half-brothers and half-sisters.
Memorial services will be conducted at 10 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 29 at the Terwilliger Funeral Home in Kaleva, with the Rev. Donald Willoughby officiating. The Terwilliger Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

Carol Ann Edikauskas 

MANISTEE -- Carol Ann Edikauskas, age 52, of 1100 Cherry Rd., Manistee, died unexpectedly Monday, Jan. 26, 1998 at her home.
She was born Dec. 18, 1945 in Lansing, the daughter of the late Leonard Samuel Wall and Ethel Eva (Peterson) Gutowski.
Carol had been employed as a cashier at Eberhards for 12 years and also at Oleson's. She also had been employed in the home health care field and at the Days Inn of Manistee. She enjoyed doing various crafts.
She is survived by: two sons and one daughter-in-law, Bill and Dawn Edikauskas of Walker, Chuck Edikauskas of Redford; one daughter, Sherry Edikauskas, serving with the U.S. Army in Germany; five grandchildren, Blake, Brendon, Justin, Jenna, and Adam; one sister and two brothers-in-law, Marilee (Bauman) and Dennis Johnson of Bear Lake, Melvin Wagner Sr., of Lake City; one brother and two sisters-in-law, Harlan and Boni Wall of Holt, Barbara Wall of Haslett; one step-brother and two step-sisters-in-law, David and Jean Gutowski of Manistee, and Mildred Gutowski of Stronach; three step-sisters and three step-brothers-in-law, Phyllis and James Hansen of East Lake, Alice and Edward Maidens of Bear Lake, Julie and James Johnson of Kaleva. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive.
She was also preceded in death by: two sisters, Martha Verguson and Wilma M. Wagner; by two brothers, Leonard and John Wall; by her step-father, Alex Gutowski; by her step-mother, Edythe Wall; by two step-brothers, James and Robert Gutowski; and by one step-sister, Mary Gutowski.
Funeral services for Carol Ann Edikauskas will be held Wednesday evening, Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. at the Herbert Funeral Home in Manistee, with the Reverend Russ Garrigus officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Wednesday from 5 p.m. until the time of services.
The Herbert Funeral Home of Manistee is in charge of funeral arrangements. 

Donald L. Griak 

MANISTEE -- Donald L. Griak, age 70, of 273 Sixth Ave., Manistee, died Saturday evening, Jan. 24, 1998 at the Aleda E. Lutz VA Center in Saginaw.
He was born Aug. 6, 1927 in Manistee and was the son of the late Andrew and Regina (Wittlief) Griak. As a young man, Don sailed on the Great Lakes and then served as a Corporal in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict from Nov. 15, 1951 until Oct. 13, 1953. Upon his release from the military he was employed with the M&NE Railroad, later known as the C&O Railroad until his retirement. He was a life member of the VFW Walsh Post No. 4499 of Manistee, a life member of the DAV Salt City Chapter No. 43 of Manistee, and a member of the Civic Club, also of Manistee.
He is survived by: his sister and brother-in-law, Lillian and Dennis Bladzik of Manistee; his aunt, Beatrice Sorenson of Manistee; two nieces, Bonnie and Greg Fischer and Maureen and Tom Fischer, all of Wellston; two nephews, Terry and Eileen Bladzik of Traverse City, and Tim Bladzik of Manistee. Several grandnieces, grandnephews and cousins also survive him.
His sister, Leona Griak; three brothers, Jerome, Lawrence and Frank Griak; his niece, Lorelie Ann Bladzik; and his grandniece, Mary Fischer, preceded Donald in death.
A memorial mass from the Order of Christian Funerals will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 29 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Manistee, with the Rev. William Zwiefka, celebrant. Burial of Donald's cremated remains will take place at Mt. Carmel Cemetery, also in Manistee.
There will be no visitation at the funeral home. The family will receive friends at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Manistee, on Thursday morning from 9:15 until the beginning of Mass at 10 a.m.
The Herbert Funeral Home of Manistee is in charge of funeral arrangements. 

Jacqueline Patricia Louis 

MANISTEE -- Jacqueline Patricia Louis, age 45 of 333 River St., Manistee, passed away Saturday, Jan. 17, 1998 at her residence.
She was born on March 17, 1952 in Sacramento, Calif. She lived in Manistee as a homemaker.
She is survived by: two sons, Robert and Billy Clemons of California; two sisters, Zona Schaupp of California and Jamie Clay of Hesperia; three brothers, Warren Schaupp of California, Kenny Poole of Shelby, and David Poole of North Carolina. Also several nieces and nephews.
Family services will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 30 at 280 Fifth Ave., Manistee.
The Herbert Funeral Home of Manistee is in charge of arrangements. 

Elmer Leland Dust 

MANISTEE -- Elmer Leland Dust, 70 of Manistee and Zephyrhills, FL, died Wednesday, January 14, 1998 at East Pasco Medical Center.
He was born January 11, 1928 in Branch. 
Elmer was a stockroom clerk in a chemical plant and a member of St. Pauls Evangelical Lutheran Church in Manistee. He wintered in Zephryhills and attended Emmanuel Lutheran Church, and was a veteran of the U.S. Army.
Elmer is survived by his wife, Vera I. Dust of Zephyrhills; two sons, Dennis Dust of Milford and Gregg Dust of Manistee; daughter, Diana Doriot of Traverse City; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; four brothers and three sisters.
Memorial services were held in Zephyrhills, FL and followed by cremation. Memorial services in Manistee will be announced at a later date. 
Donations may be made to St. Pauls Evangelical Lutheran Church in his memory.
The Whitfield Funeral Home, Inc. is in charge of funeral arrangements. 

Arthur R. Swanson Jr. 

ONEKAMA -- Arthur R. Swanson Jr., 66, of Onekama, formerly of Ionia, died Wednesday, Jan. 14, 1998, at West Shore Hospital in Manistee. Services are scheduled for Saturday at 2 p.m. at Cook Funeral Home in Ionia. 

Eleanor Christine Walter 

MANISTEE -- Eleanor Christine Walter, 59, of 328 Century Terrace Apartments in Manistee, died early Thursday morning January 15, 1998 at West Shore Hospital in Manistee.
She was born on January 25, 1938 in Manistee, the daughter of the late John E. and Bernice B. (Rakoniewski) Pieczynski. She was a graduate of Saint Joseph High School, class of 1956.
She had been employed as a cook at the Memorial Heritage Adult Foster Care Home in Onekama.
She was a communicant of Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Manistee. Eleanor enjoyed needlework and cross stitching.
She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Jeffrey and Elizabeth Walter of Traverse City; four daughters and three sons-in-law, Juanita and Bruce Veal of Ypsilanti; Corina and Charles Koeller of Scottville; Karen Camacho of Mesquite, TX and Lisa and Ron Siple of Muskegon; 10 grandchildren; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Joan and Donald Miller; Kathleen and Edmund Guzikowski all of Manistee. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive.
Funeral services for Eleanor C. Walter will be held Saturday, Jan. 17, 1998 at 10 a.m. at the Herbert Funeral Home in Manistee with Father James Bearss officiating. Burial will be in Mount Carmel Cemetery.
Evening prayer from the Order of Christian funerals will be prayed this evening (Friday) at 8 p.m. at the Herbert Funeral Home in Manistee where friends may begin calling this afternoon after 2 p.m. The family will be at the funeral home today from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. to receive friends.
The Herbert Funeral of Manistee is in charge of funeral arrangements. 

Joseph J. Hespel 

BREATHREN -- Joseph J. Hespel, 79, of Brethren, died Friday, Jan. 9, 1998 at West Shore Hospital, Manistee.
He was born Sept. 16, 1918 in Grand Rapids, the son of Karl and Apolonia Hespel.
A veteran of WWII, Joe formerly owned a bait shop and was an avid fisherman. He leaves no survivors, but many friends.
Cremation has taken place. Spring military graveside services will be conducted at Holy Cross Cemetery, Grand Rapids.
The Terwilliger Funeral Home, Kaleva, is in charge of funeral arrangements. 

Irene Jankowski 

MANISTEE -- Services were held for Manistee native Irene Jankowski, 78, of Royal Oak, who died Friday, Jan. 2, 1998. She was the wife of Leonard Jankowski and the sister of Gertrude Weaver and the late Joe Woiner. 

Alma S. Mayry 

FARMINGTON HILLS -- Alma S. Mayry, age 88, of Farmington Hills, died Jan. 6, 1998 in Florida.
Alma S. Nuikkala was born May 10, 1909, in Kaleva, daughter of the late Isaac and Maria Niukkala. Alma moved to Detroit after graduating from Kaleva High School.
She was a member of the Emmanuel Lutheran Church Finnish Center.
Survivors are: two sons, Robert (Beverly) and Kenneth Mayry; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by: her husband, William; and a sister, Hilda Kunkle.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Jan. 10, at Thayer-Rock Funeral Home, the Rev. Roland C. Troike, Emmanuel Lutheran Church, officiating. Burial will be in Glen Eden Cemetery, Livonia.
Memorials may be made to Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 23425 Lahser Rd., Southfield, MI 48034. 

Erma P. Ringel 

FARMINGTON HILLS -- Erma P. Ringel, age 81, of Marquette Woods Road, Stevensville, died Saturday, Jan. 10, 1998 at the Lakeland Medical Center in Niles.
She was born June 11, 1916 in Manistee, and was the daughter of the late Henry and Amanda (Beyer) Kolk. Erma married Ray A. Ringel on Sept. 18, 1934 in Manistee. He preceded her in death on Feb. 17, 1968. After Ray's death, Erma moved to Stevensville, where she has made her home since that time. She had worked for many years at the Glen of Michigan in Manistee.
She is survived by: three grandchildren, Jackie Stahl of South Bend, Ind., Randy W. DeMorrow of South Bend, Ind., and Gregory DeMorrow of Flint; seven grandchildren, Christina, Brandon Stahl, Amber Stahl, Corwin Stahl Jr., Tiffany Crumb, Hope DeMorrow and Christian DeMorrow; two great-great grandchildren, Samantha and Alivia Stahl; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Mildred and Alfred Senger, and Joan Cole, all of Manistee; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Harry Sr. and Gail Kolk, and Dean and Veronica Kolk, all of Manistee; her sister-in-law, Lorraine Kolk of Manistee. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive.
She was also preceded in death by her daughter, Joyce DeMorrow in 1983; her sister, Henrietta (Penny) Schudlich; and by two brothers, Henry Kolk and Richard A. Kolk.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 14 at the Herbert Funeral Home in Manistee, with Pastor Clay Bates officiating. Burial will take place in the Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Manistee, in early spring.
Friends may begin calling at the funeral home on Wednesday after noon. The family will receive friends on Wednesday from noon until the time of services at 2 p.m.
The Herbert Funeral Home of Manistee is in charge of funeral arrangements. 

Aloysius Mantych 

MANISTEE -- Aloysius (Al) Mantych, age 69, of 2306 Manistee St., died Tuesday evening, Jan. 6, 1998 at West Shore Hospital in Manistee.
Al was born on April 29, 1928 in Manistee, the son of the late William and Elizabeth (Kniola) Mantych. He was a graduate of St. Joseph High School, the class of 1947.
He was a veteran, serving in the United States Army from November of 1950 to December of 1951. He married Dolores M. Krause on Oct. 10, 1959 at Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Manistee. She preceded him in death on March 25, 1995.
Al was employed at the Hardy Salt Company most of his life, until his retirement. During those same years he had also been the produce manager at Bernie's IGA and later the produce manager and assistant manager at Dewey's IGA.
He was a communicant of Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Manistee.
Al loved spending time with his grandchildren and loved the outdoors as well as gardening.
He is survived by: one son, Steven Mantych of Comstock Park; two daughters and sons-in-law, Jean and Bruce Freye of West Olive, and Carol and Daniel Kaminski of Manistee; six grandchildren, Ryan, Jacob and Luke Freye and Andrew, Megan and Kaylee Kaminski; two sisters, Esther Mantych of Manistee, and Gertrude Gumieny of St. Clair Shores; his mother-in-law, Rose Krause of Manistee. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive him.
He was also preceded in death by: his sister, Genevieve Mantych; his brothers, Stanley and Florian Mantych; and his brother-in-law, Clarence Gumieny.
Mass from the Order of Christian Funerals will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 10, at Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Manistee, with the Rev. James Bearss, celebrant. Burial will be in Mount Carmel Cemetery where graveside military services will be conducted by the members of the VFW Walsh Post No. 4499 of Manistee.
Evening Prayer from The Order of Christian Funerals will be prayed Friday evening at 8 p.m. at the Herbert Funeral Home in Manistee where friends may begin calling this evening (Thursday) after 7 p.m. The family will be at the funeral home this evening from 7-9 p.m. and Friday afternoon from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. to receive friends.
A memorial will be established in Al's name for the Saint Joseph Catholic Church Re-Decoration Fund. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
The Herbert Funeral Home of Manistee is in charge of funeral arrangements. 

James Levene Evens 

HOWELL -- James Levene Evens, 62, of Howell, died Dec. 11, 1997, at home.
He was born April 29, 1935 in Copemish, the son of Cecil and Florence (Winters) Evens. He married Susanne Wykoff in Novi on Aug. 4, 1956, and she survives.
Mr. Evens attended Kaleva High School. He was an assemblyman at the Michigan truck plant of Ford Motor Co., in Wayne for 27 years.
Survivors include: four sons, Mark Evens and John Evens, both of Fowlerville, Russell Evens and Matthew Evens of Howell; one daughter, Jill Evens of Fowlerville; six grandchildren; his mother, Florence Evens-Lintula of Kaleva; two brothers, Donald Evens of Traverse City and Tom Evens of Kaleva; three sisters, Peggy Soper of Brethren, Donna Whittum of Cadillac, and Marilyn Mellott of Clayton.
He was preceded in death by his father, Cecil Evens; and one son, Allen Evens.
Funeral services were held Dec. 13 at MacDonald's Funeral Home in Howell, the Rev. Ben Walls, Brighton Church of the Nazarene, officiating. Burial was at Lakeside Cemetery in Marion Township. 

Janet L. Erler 

MIDLAND -- Janet L. Erler, age 61 of Midland died Friday, Dec. 26, 1997 at Saginaw St. Mary's Hospital.
The daughter of the late Hubert and Dora (Forman) Fauble was born May 31, 1936 in Bear Lake. On May 12, 1956, she married Eugene Erler in Bear Lake and lived in Wellston for seven years before moving to Midland. Together with her husband they owned and operated an automotive business for more than 30 years.
Janet was a member of Calvary Baptist Church and enjoyed her friends and fellowship at the church. She also enjoyed watching birds and deer in her yard, traveling, knitting and bookkeeping.
She is survived by: her husband, Eugene Erler; son, Scott Erler and his fiance Dawn of Midland; daughter, Cindy Erler of Sault Ste. Marie; brother, Kenneth (Sally) Fauble of North Muskegon; sister, Beverly (David) Caple of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario; sister-in-law, Carol Fauble Boyer; and many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her baby daughter, Rhonda Sue and a brother, Cecil Fauble.
Funeral service and committal for Mrs. Erler were conducted on Dec. 30 from the Calvary Baptist Church, 6100 Perrine Rd., with pastor Dan Dickerson officiating. Interment was in Dublin Cemetery.
Memorials may be offered to the Calvary Baptist Church building fund. 

Margaret C. Mathewson 

SAGINAW -- Word has been received of the Dec. 31, 1997 death of Margaret C. Mathewson of Saginaw.
Born in Manistee on May 28, 1909, Margaret was the daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (Siuda) Switalski.
Survivors include: her children, Barbara Chobad and Mark (June) Mathewson; grandchildren, Linda Revard, Craig and Mark Chobad, Mark, Scott, Lance and Ladd Mathewson, as well as three great-grandchildren. Also surviving are: sisters, Gertrude (Fred) Matzelle of Saginaw, Dolores (Jerry) Tabaczka of Manistee; and brother, Jerome (Crystal) Switalski. Numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins also survive.
Margaret was preceded in death by: grandchildren, Christine and Joseph Chobad; and by brothers, Edward, Richard, Ralph and Robert Switalski.
A funeral mass was held this morning at 10 a.m. at St. Simon & Jude's Catholic Church.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Snow Funeral Home, 3775 North Center Rd. 

John Lyman Patterson 

ONEKAMA -- John Lyman Patterson, age 89, passed away Monday morning, Dec. 29, 1997 at Heartland of Ann Arbor.
Mr. Patterson was born on April 19, 1908, the son of Joseph and Augusta (Lyman) Patterson, in Onekama. He graduated from Onekama High School in 1925, and received his teaching degree from Central Michigan University in 1937. He taught elementary and high school in Norwalk, Cadillac and Sebewaing. During WWII, he worked at the Willow Run Bomber Plant, later at Kaiser-Fraser, King Seeley and retired from the Ford Motor Co., Ypsilanti, in 1969, where he was a highly respected process analyst.
In 1936, he married Nora Burke and she preceded him in death in 1986. He was also preceded in death by a son, John Patrick in 1945; and his brothers, Virgil and George; and sisters, Seraphia Showalter, Evelyn Edmondson, and LaVierre Kelley. In 1990, he was married to Roena Dennis Preston, who lovingly cared for him from the time of an incapacitating stroke in 1994, until his death.
John was an avid golfer and pinochle player. He built two homes in the Ypsilanti area for his family. We remember his passion for gardening and lawn care. For many years he cared for the rose gardens at the Ypsilanti Senior Center on Congress Street.
He is survived by his family: wife, Roena; his children, Ellen (James) O'Sullivan, Marianne (Jean) Kroes, Joseph (Dee) Patterson and Hugh (Gwen) Patterson; two step-sons, Dennis (Carol) Preston, and Don (Kathy) Preston; sisters, Marie Corwin, Alpherna Kelley, and Audrey Milks; 16 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.
Memorial tributes may be made in Mr. Patterson's honor to the Salvation Army. Envelopes are available at the Nie Funeral Home, 2400 Carpenter Rd.
A funeral mass was celebrated Dec. 31 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 2250 E. Stadium Blvd., with the Rev. James McDougall, celebrant. 

Norman Leston Tracy 

BEAR LAKE -- Norman Leston Tracy, 69, of Bear Lake, died on Friday, Jan. 2, 1998 at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City.
He was born Jan. 28, 1928 in Elbert, the son of Merrick and Charlotte (Evans) Tracy.
He was a former employee of A.A. Car Ferries, a logger for several years, and a construction worker during his final working years.
On June 12, 1949, in Thompsonville, he married Arline Leatherman, who survives. Also surviving are: his children, Norma (Jim) Webster, Truth or Consequences, N.M., John Tracy, Bear Lake, and Norman Tracy, Bear Lake; three grandchildren, Jeri Kirk, Mike Shreve, and Chad Tracy; one great-granddaughter, Jaime Kirk; one great-grandson, D. Joseph Bustemante; two sisters, Frances of Germany, and Florence Girvin; two brothers, Omer Tracy, Milford, and Jack Tracy, Leroy, Ariz.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 6 at the Terwilliger Funeral Home in Kaleva, with the Rev. Kit Potter officiating. Visitation will be held on Monday, Jan. 5 from 5-8 p.m. at the Terwilliger Funeral Home.


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