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Henry William Lenz 

KALEVA -- Henry William Lenz, 84, of Kaleva, died Wednesday, Feb. 25, 1998, at his home in Maple Grove Township.
He was born Jan. 12, 1914, in Kaleva, the son of William F. and Bertha (Parduhn) Lenz.
Known to many as Grandpa at Lenz' Country Side Restaurant in Kaleva, he was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church, and enjoyed farming and spending time with his family.
On Jan. 25, 1940, in Onekama, he married Whilladean Wilson, who survives. Also surviving are: his children, Ray William (Bonnie) Lenz of Kaleva, Beverly Ann (Robert) Brown of Kaleva, and Mary Ruth (Clare) Selle of Kaleva; grandchildren, Scott Lenz, Karen (Mike) Palethorpe, Tom Brown, and Jan Brown, all of Kaleva; one great-granddaughter, Autumn Rae Palethorpe of Kaleva; three brothers, Louis (Joyce) Lenz of Kaleva, Joy (Mary) Lenz of Kaleva, and Roy Lenz of Kaleva; two sisters, Eleanor (Raymond) Johnson of Kaleva, and Violet (Ernest) Lemponen of Kaleva; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Henry was preceded in death by: his parents; his sister, Mae Lenz; and two grandchildren, Henry Glen Lenz and Robert Brown.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 28, at the Bethany Lutheran Church in Kaleva, with the Rev. Kenneth H. Lein officiating. Visitation will be held from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today (Friday), at the Terwilliger Funeral Home in Kaleva. Burial will be in Maple Grove Township Cemetery. The Terwilliger Funeral Home in Kaleva is in charge of arrangements. 

James H. Hansen 

EAST LAKE -- James H. Hansen, age 62, of 336 Third St., East Lake, died Tuesday night, Feb. 24, 1998 at his home in East Lake.
He was born July 18, 1935 in Manistee, and was the son of the late Carl Einar and Clara J. (Richmond) Hansen. Jim was a graduate of Manistee High School the class of 1953. He married Phyllis Gutowski on June 29, 1957 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Manistee. Jim had worked at the Glen of Michigan in Manistee for eight years and then was employed for 37 1/2 years with the Packaging Corporation of America in Filer City until his retirement on Aug. 1, 1997. His hobbies included woodworking and playing golf. He loved spending time with his children and grandchildren. He was a communicant of St. Joseph Catholic Church of Manistee.
He is survived by his wife: Phyllis Hansen of East Lake; one daughter, Caroline Hansen of Ludington; three sons and daughters-in-law, Don and Michelle Hansen of Fennville, Kenneth and Karen Hansen of Dorr, and Jeff and Michelle Hansen of East Lake; eight grandchildren, David and Chris, both of Dorr, Jessica and Jason of Fennville, Melissa and Jackie of Ludington, and Joshua and Shawna of East Lake; two great-granddaughters, Jory and Janelle; his brother and sister-in-law, LaVerne and Mildred Hansen of Manistee. Numerous nieces, nephews and cousins also survive him.
Jim was preceded in death by: two sisters, Lucille Tarczon and Mary A. Goodrich; and by two brothers, Roger Lee Hansen and John E. Hansen.
Mass from The Order of Christian Funerals will be celebrated at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 28 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 Friday evening at 8 p.m. at the Herbert Funeral Home in Manistee, where friends may begin calling 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 Jim'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. 

Harold W. Pomeroy 

MANISTEE -- Harold W. Pomeroy, age 97, of the Manistee County Medical Care Facility, died early Wednesday morning, Feb. 25, 1998 at the Medical Care Facility.
Memorial services for Mr. Pomeroy, a salesman for the Holsum Bakery will be announced in a complete obituary that will be published at a later date in the Manistee News Advocate. 
The Herbert Funeral Home of Manistee is in charge of funeral arrangements. 

Maria Ann and Stephen James Cooper 

MANISTEE -- Maria Ann Cooper, 21, and Stephen James Cooper, 9, of Brown Township, died Feb. 23, 1998. Maria was born Nov. 9, 1976, in Owosso; Stephen was born Feb. 17, 1989, in Cadillac.
They are survived by their mother, Elaine R. Cooper of Brown Township, and their brothers and sisters, Carl Cooper, Joanna Cooper, Peter Cooper and Jesse Cooper.
Maria and Stephen were preceded in death by their father, David Lee Cooper, in 1991.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 26, 1998, at the residents of Vernon Miller, 8314 Adamson Lake Rd. in Bear Lake Township, with David Miller, Luke Martin and Emmanuel Byler ministers in charge. Visitation will be held at the Pleasant View Mennonite Church at the corner of Kerry Road and Farnsworth Road from 4 to 9 p.m. today (Wednesday). 

Todd Allen Krolczyk 

MANISTEE -- Todd Allen Krolczyk, age 29, of 810 Kosciusko St., Manistee, died Tuesday, Jan. 6, 1998 in Manistee.
He was born Jan. 19, 1968 in Ludington, and was the son of Joseph and Sandra (Hartwig) Krolczyk. Todd was a graduate of Manistee High School the class of 1986. He was a Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force, serving as a Security Specialist from June 18, 1986 until June 17, 1990.
Todd was employed at Custom Packaging Systems Inc. in Manistee. He was a member of the National Rifle Association. Todd enjoyed several hobbies -- hunting, fishing, diving, boating and enjoyed his work at Custom Packaging. Todd loved his son and family and spent a lot of time together with them.
He is survived by: his son, Tylar Lee Krolczyk of Manistee; his parents, Joe and Sandy (Hartwig) Krolczyk of Manistee; one sister and brother-in-law, Terri Lynn and Michael Kelly of Ludington; one brother and sister-in-law, Jeff and Rachel Krolczyk of Manistee; his maternal grandmother, Margaret Hartwig of Manistee; one niece, Brittany Krolczyk; and one nephew, Keith Krolczyk, both of Manistee. Numerous aunts, uncles and cousins also survive.
Todd was preceded in death by: his maternal grandfather, Herbert Hartwig; and by his paternal grandparents, Joseph and Verna (Kowalski) Krolczyk.
Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 24 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Manistee, with the Rev. James E. Moehring officiating. Burial will be in the Old School House Cemetery in Brown Township.
Friends may begin calling at the funeral home Monday, Feb. 23 after 2 p.m. The family will be at the funeral home on Monday from 2-4 p.m. and Monday evening from 7-9 p.m.; and on Tuesday from noon until leaving for the church at 1 p.m.
Those wishing to make an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the educational trust for Tylar L. Krolczyk. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. The Herbert Funeral Home of Manistee is in charge of funeral arrangements. 

Ruth Grace Skiera 

MANISTEE -- Ruth Grace Skiera, age 76, of 562 First St., Manistee, died Saturday afternoon, Feb. 21, 1998 at West Shore Hospital in Manistee.
She was born June 21, 1921 in Clay Bank, the daughter of the late Jacob and Louise (Rhieman) Guenthardt. She married Anthony J. Skiera on Aug. 5, 1939 at Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Manistee. He preceded her in death on Feb. 5, 1984.
Ruth was actively involved with her husband Tony in their construction business. A communicant of Saint Joseph Catholic Church; she was also a life member of the VFW Walsh Post No. 4499 Auxiliary. Ruth was a wonderful homemaker, loving and caring mother and grandmother, who enjoyed sharing time with her family and friends.
She is survived by: three daughters and sons-in-law, Darlene and Harold Rich of Orleans, Jane and Jerry Tabaczka of Manistee, Julie and Rick Polcyn of Manistee; two sons and daughters-in-law, Randy and Karen Skiera of Manistee, and Scott and Judy Skiera of Manistee; 11 grandchildren, Daryl (Theresa) Rich, and Mark (Tonda) Rich, Jill and Jenna Tabaczka, Ryan, Amber, and Holly Polcyn, Logan and Lindsey Skiera, and Brooke and Jordan Skiera; two great-grandchildren, Curtis and Ryann Rich; one sister and brother-in-law, Christie and Bob Madsen of Manistee; two brothers and five sisters-in-law, Gordon and Jean Guenthardt of Manistee, Walter and Thelma Guenthardt of Wellston, Esther Guenthardt of Ludington, Dolores Guenthardt of Muskegon, Germaine Guenthardt of Manistee. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive.
She was also preceded in death by: five sisters, Ellen Jacobs, Gladys Madsen, Leona Jacobs, Marcella Skocelas, and Loretta Franklin; by six brothers, Howard, Richard, Raymond, Arthur, Carl (Cappy), and Fred Guenthardt.
Mass from The Order of Christian Funerals will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 26, 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 Wednesday evening at 8 p.m. at the Herbert Funeral Home in Manistee where friends may begin calling Tuesday evening after 7 p.m. The family will be at the funeral home Tuesday from 7-9 p.m. and Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. to receive friends.
Memorials will be established in Ruth's name for the Saint Joseph Catholic Church re-decoration fund and Munson Home Health. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
The Herbert Funeral Home of Manistee is in charge of funeral arrangements. 

Carl Einar Kuuttila 

KALEVA -- Carl Einar Kuuttila, 85, of Kaleva, died Thursday, Feb. 19, 1998 at West Shore Hospital in Manistee.
He was born June 16, 1912 in Kaleva, the son of John and Maria (Humalainen) Kuuttila.
Carl was a member of the Epworth United Methodist Church, the Bear Lake Masonic Lodge F&AM 416, and the Kaleva Lions Club. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and riding his bike.
He is survived by: three grandchildren, Heather (Mark) Pasich of Marquette, Kara Kuuttila of Novi, and Kris (Matt) Macker of Emmett; two great-grandchildren, Richard and Nicole Macker, both of Emmett; his sister, Martha Salo of Onekama; two daughters-in-law, Laura Kuuttila of Kaleva, and Karen Kuuttila of Shelby Township; and several nieces and nephews.
Carl was preceded in death by: his first wife, Maria (Lake) Kuuttila; his second wife, Rita (Holso) Kuuttila; two sons, Paul Kuuttila and Richard Kuuttila; three brothers, Elmer, Evert, and Oliver; and four sisters, Emily, Fannie, Ina and Sylvia.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 22 at the Terwilliger Funeral Home in Kaleva, with the Rev. Russ Garrigus officiating.
Visitation will be held Saturday, Feb. 21 from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at the Terwilliger Funeral Home, with a Masonic service at 7:30 p.m. Burial will be in Maple Grove Township Cemetery in Kaleva.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. 

Joseph Pechacek 

KALEVA -- Joseph Pechacek, age 82 of Westland passed away Wednesday, Feb. 18, 1998 at the Mid-Michigan Medical Center in Gladwin.
He was born July 10, 1915 in Breckenridge, to Joseph and Helen Pechacek. Joseph married Mildred Munson in June of 1940 in Detroit. She passed away July 5, 1975. He worked as a millwright for Chrysler Motors for 30 years.
Surviving are: one son, Daniel and Christine Pechacek, Harrison; two daughters, Janet Heins, Lapeer, Teresa Pechacek, Onekama; eight grandchildren, Kimberly and Steven Aguinaga, Ronald and Susan Heins, Rob Heins, Heather and Jamie Chambers, Lucas Balmer, Samuel Pechacek, Julie and Christopher Carr, Bob Labonneville; nine great-grandchildren; companion, Eunice Mouser, Dearborn Heights; one brother, Paul Pechacek, Dearborn; one sister, Mary Parsnick, Dearborn.
He was predeceased by two brothers and one sister.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Lapeer.
Arrangements handled by Sisson Funeral Home, Gladwin. 

Elizabeth E. "Betty" Carson 

CADILLAC -- Elizabeth E. "Betty" Carson, age 82, died Tuesday, Feb. 17, 1998 in Cadillac.
She was born Nov. 10, 1915 in Courtright, Ontario, the daughter of Roy and Mary Stockdale, and lived most of her life in Port Huron. She married Gordon Carson in 1939. He died in 1978.
She was a lifetime member of Grace Episcopal Church and was also a member of the altar guild and Bible study group. She was active in the League of Women Voters, Railway Mail Clerks Auxiliary, Port Huron Hospital Auxiliary, and the Port Huron Musicale. Betty also worked professionally for Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Michigan.
She was a devoted mother and is survived by: two daughters and their husbands, Carol and Mike Codden, Manistee, and Marilyn and John Budde, Manton. She is also survived by seven grandchildren, Christopher (Karen) Codden, Reed City, Patrick Codden, Toledo, Ohio, Catherine (Hans) Melieaer, Atlanta, Ga., Ashley Budde and Carson Budde, both of Manton, Elizabeth Frances, Seattle, Wash., and Jonathon Wheeler, Seattle, Wash.; four step-grandchildren, Lt. Christopher (Marlane) Budde, Norfolk, Va., Bethany (Michael) Langer, Sean Budde, and Erin Budde, all of St. Louis, Mo.; three great-grandchildren, Haydon Codden and Holly Codden, both of Reed City, and Alexandria Melieaer, Atlanta, Ga.; and three step-great-grandchildren, Melissa Budde, Norfolk, Va., and Maxwell Langer and Alexandria Langer, both of St. Louis, Mo.
She was predeceased by a daughter, Janet Louise Wheeler.
Funeral services be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, at Grape Episcopal, the Rev. Richard E. Mason, interim rector of Grace Episcopal Church will officiate. Inurnment will be in Grace Episcopal Church Columbarium.
Friends may call at the Port Huron Family Funeral Home, 1525 Hancock St., from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, and Grace Church on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the hour of service. 

Richard A. Harvey 

CADILLAC -- Richard A. Harvey, 49, of Tustin, died Wednesday, Feb. 18, 1998 at Mercy Hospital in Cadillac.
He was born in Jackson on Jan. 4, 1949 to Ivan and Hazel (Forrester) Harvey. Richard married Vicki E. Hansen on Jan. 4, 1995 in Cadillac. She survives.
Mr. Harvey graduated from Fremont, Ind., High School in 1967. He was a five-year employee of CMI in Cadillac. He was a veteran of the VietNam conflict, serving in the United States Air Force. He was a member of Amvets Cadillac Post No. 110.
Survivors include: wife, Vicki; seven children, Terry (Amy) Williams of Homer, Robert (Naomi) Williams of Cadillac, Calvin Gunderson of Tustin, Ryan Harvey of Cadillac, Joshua Harvey of South Carolina, Sarah Harvey of Ohio, Austin Harvey of Ohio; mother, Hazel Harvey of Manistee; four brothers, Glenn (Lauren) Harvey of Tampa, Fla., Carl Harvey of Manistee, Donald (Sandra) Harvey of East Lake, Larry (Brandy) Harvey of Georgia. Also surviving are many nieces and nephews; and six grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, at Hitesman Funeral Home of Cadillac, with the Reverend Timothy J. Diemer officiating.
Visitation will be held Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Spring burial will be in Burdell Township Cemetery. 

Arthur Preuss 

CADILLAC -- Arthur Preuss, 80, Grand Junction, Colo., died Jan. 24, 1998 at Palisade Living Center. Cremation has taken place.
Arthur had been employed at retired from PCA of Filer City.
Survivors include: one sister, Marie Fortier; and several nieces and nephews of Manistee. 

Murray D. Scott 

MANISTEE -- Murray D. Scott, 87, of 3431 Maplewood Rd., Manistee, died Monday evening, Feb. 16, 1998 at the Manistee County Medical Care Facility.
He was born Oct. 30, 1910 in Hesperia, the son of the late Leander and Anna (Elmquest) Scott. He was united in marriage to Julianne K. Johnson on Oct. 28, 1950 at the First Congregational Church of Manistee.
Murray was retired, having been an automotive equipment coordinator for the American Oil Company in Chicago. The Scotts returned to Manistee in 1973 from Forest Park, Ill., following his retirement.
He was a member of the Manistee United Methodist Church and a former member of the Society of Automotive Engineers and the Masonic Lodge in Chicago Heights, Ill.
In addition to his wife, Julie, he is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Norma Jean Scott; and by brothers, John L. and William Gordon Scott.
Memorial services will be conducted Friday afternoon, Feb. 20, at 2 p.m. at the Manistee United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Russell M. Garrigus and the Rev. Greg Wood officiating. Final interment will be in the Oak Grove Cemetery.
Friends may call at the Johnson Funeral Home this evening (Thursday), where the family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. A Masonic memorial service will be conducted by Manistee Lodge No. 228 F&AM at the funeral home at 8 p.m.
The family suggests that those wanting to remember Murray consider a gift to either the organ fund of the Manistee United Methodist Church or 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. 

Paul R. Smith 

TUSCON, ARIZ. -- Paul R. Smith passed away in his home Friday afternoon, Feb. 13, 1998 in Tucson, Ariz.
He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Betty; and was beloved father of six children, Michael Smith of Gregory, Mich., Karen Holvey of Bay City, Mich., Beth Stamann of Dunlap, Ill., Patrick Smith of Glen Burnie, Md., Timothy Smith of Beloit, Wis., Terri Trott of Pasadena, Md., and loving grandfather to 11 grandchildren.
Born Jan. 13, 1921 in Traverse City, to Pearl and Roy J. Smith, he was married to Betty J. Maue on Oct. 26, 1946. He worked as an oiler in the Merchant Marines before serving his country in WWII. Mr. Smith was honorably discharged in September 1945, as a Sergeant of Company 307th Battalion, 82nd Airborne Division where he received an EAME Ribbon, 4 Stars, and a Purple Heart.
After being employed for 35 years as an iron worker, he retired on Dec. 1, 1982, and recently received his 50-year pin as a member of the Iron Workers Union, Local No. 25. After retiring he became an active supporter of local college sports programs.
There will be no services or visitation. Cremation will be accorded and interment of the cremains will be privately handled by the family. He will be greatly missed by his loving family and friends. 

Sophie V. (Morong) Chrest 

FREE SOIL -- Former Free Soil resident Sophie V. (Morong) Chrest, age 70, of Lombard, Ill., died away Feb. 10, 1998.
She was born in Free Soil on May 15, 1927 to John M. Morong Sr. and Caroline (Kadlub) Morong. She attended Free Soil Community School and graduated in May of 1945. After graduation she worked briefly on the car ferries and in Muskegon, moving to Chicago, Ill.
She married Merril A. Chrest of Chicago on June 2, 1956 at St. John Cantius Church in Free Soil.
She is survived by: her three daughters, Betsy (Jack) King of Villa Park, Ill., Jean Chrest of Aurora, Co., Caroline (Andy) Wedick of Geneva, Ill., and one son, Michael Chrest (Janet Rock) of Rochester, N.Y.; one grandson, Terry King; one granddaughter, Janine King of Villa Park, Ill.; stepmother, Josephine V. Morong of Fountain, formerly of Free Soil; brother, Stephen (Thana) Morong of Free Soil; sisters, Margaret Jorgensen of Manistee, and Anna Marie (Kenneth) Bazarnik of Bolingbrook, Ill.; sister-in-law, Margie Morang of Free Soil. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive.
She was preceded in death by: her parents; husband, Merril A. Chrest; brother, John M. Morang Jr.; and a sister, Mary Grace Fenner.
A memorial service is being planned in the spring in Free Soil. 

Doris Evon Urka 

KALEVA -- Doris Evon Urka, 78, of Kaleva, died Sunday, Feb. 15, 1998 at the Manistee Heights Care Center in Manistee.
She was born Jan. 5, 1920 in Detroit, the daughter of Warren and Charlotte (Schwab) Berry.
Doris was a member of the Epworth United Methodist Church; she loved animals; enjoyed reading, bowling and working on the farm.
On May 17, 1952 in Detroit, she married Joseph Charles Urka, who survives. Also surviving are: one son, Charles J. (Brenda) Urka of Fowlerville; three grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; two brothers, Warren Berry of Pinckney, and Stanley Berry of Caro; two sisters, Vivian Peake of Detroit; and May Cracknall of Royal Oak.
Doris was preceded in death by: her parents; and one brother, Robert Berry.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 18 at the Terwilliger Funeral Home in Kaleva, with the Rev. Russ Garrigus and the Rev. Floyd Soper officiating. Visitation will be held today (Tuesday) from 7-9 p.m. at the Terwilliger Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Epworth United Methodist Church. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. 

Blase F. Jagnecki 

FREE SOIL -- Blase F. Jagnecki, age 80, of Freeman Road, Free Soil, died Saturday afternoon, Feb. 14, 1998 at West Shore Hospital in Manistee.
He was born Feb. 3, 1918 in Free Soil, and was the son of the late Andrew and Hedwig (Kaleta) Jagnecki. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II in Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland and Central Europe from March 13, 1942 until his discharge on Oct. 15, 1945.
Blase farmed the family homestead all of his life. He was a communicant of St. John Cantius Catholic Church of Free Soil and a life member of the VFW Walsh Post No. 4499 of Manistee.
He is survived by: three brothers and two sisters-in-law, Leo and Joan Jagnecki of Muskegon, Daniel and Agnes Jagnecki of Ludington, and Stanley Jagnecki, with whom he lived with in Free Soil. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive him.
Blase was also preceded in death by five brothers and two sisters.
Mass from The Order of Christian Funerals will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17 at St. John Cantius Catholic Church in Free Soil, with the Rev. Isidro T. Gargantiel, celebrant. Burial will be in the St. John Cantius Church Cemetery, also in Free Soil.
Evening Prayer from The Order of Christian Funerals will be prayed this evening (Monday) at 8 p.m. at the Herbert Funeral Home in Manistee, where friends may begin calling today after 2 p.m. The family will be at the funeral home today from 2 to 4 p.m. and this evening from 7 to 9 p.m. to receive friends.
A memorial will be established in Blase's name for St. John Cantius Catholic Church of Free Soil. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. The Herbert Funeral Home of Manistee is in charge of funeral arrangements. 

Charles Joseph Walukonis 

MANISTEE -- Charles Joseph Walukonis, age 80, of 1611 Red Apple Rd., Manistee, died Wednesday, Feb. 11, 1998 at his home unexpectedly.
He was born Aug. 28, 1917 in Fountain, the son of the late Charles and Mary (Kuietkauskas) Walukonis.
A retired employee of Ex-Cell-O Corporation in Manistee, he was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Manistee, where he was a member of the dartball team. He was also a member of the Saint Joseph Civic Club and the Spirit of the Woods Conservation Club. He also enjoyed to hunt and fish.
He is survived by: one son and daughter-in-law, Charles and Connie Walukonis of Traverse City; two daughters, Nancy Walukonis of Manistee, and Bonnie Branyan of Jenison; four grandchildren, Tara and Tanya Branyan and Kelsey and Andrew Walukonis; three sisters, Anne Walukonis, Mary Savara, and Adele Sakocius, all of Grand Rapids. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive.
He was also preceded in death by: his wife, Frances (Masty) Walukonis; two brothers-in-law, Nick Savara and Edward Sakocius.
Funeral services for Charles J. Walukonis will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 16 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Manistee, with the Reverend Scott Sessler, and the Rev. Clay Bates officiating. Burial will be in the Trinity Lutheran Cemetery.
Relatives and friends will pray the Scripture Service Sunday evening at 7 p.m. at the Herbert Funeral Home in Manistee where friends may begin calling this evening (Saturday) after 7 p.m. The family will be at the funeral home Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. to receive friends. Mr. Walukonis will lie in state at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Monday from 10 a.m. until time of services.
Memorials will be established in Charles' name for Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and The Michigan Heart Association. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
The Herbert Funeral Home of Manistee is in charge of funeral arrangements. 

Bernard James Wilson 

MANISTEE -- Bernard James Wilson, age 76, of 167 Quincy St., Manistee, died Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 11, 1998 at West Shore Hospital.
He was born Aug. 14, 1921 in Flint, the son of the late Frederick and Stella (McDonald) Wilson. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the United States Army. He married Margaret F. Frederickson on July 25, 1942 at Saint Joseph Parish Manistee.
They resided in Flint for a short period of time while Ben was employed at General Motors. Upon their return to Manistee, Ben was employed as a bookkeeper at Rademacher Chemical for two years and he then worked at the Retail Credit Union. He then was employed by the United States Postal Service as a postal clerk and retired a rural carrier.
He was a communicant of Saint Mary's of Mount Carmel Shrine in Manistee and a life member of the VFW Walsh Post No. 4499 in Manistee. An avid sports fan, Ben bowled in the Civic Club league and enjoyed golfing as a member of the Manistee Golf and Country Club.
He is survived by: his wife, Marge Wilson of Manistee; one daughter and son-in-law, Susie and John Shell of Flint; one son and daughter-in-law, Patrick and Cheryl Wilson of Roswell, Ga.; six grandchildren, Vicky, Brenda, and Kristin Tetzlaff, Bradley (Heather) Wilson, Todd (Michelle) Wilson and Becky Wilson; one great-grandson, Tyler James Wilson; one sister and brother-in-law, Frances and Fran Hyde of Gaylord. Nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.
He was also preceded in death by: one sister, Mary McGinty; and one brother, Fred Wilson, Jr.
Mass from the Order of Christian Funerals will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 16 at Saint Mary's of Mount Carmel Shrine with the Rev. Casey Zawacki, celebrant. Burial will be in Mount Carmel Cemetery, where members of VFW Post No. 4499 will conduct military graveside services.
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 Saturday evening after 7 p.m. The family will be at the funeral home Saturday from 7-9 p.m. and Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. to receive friends.
A memorial will be established in Bernard's name for Saint Mary's of Mount Carmel Shrine. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.
The Herbert Funeral Home of Manistee is in charge of funeral arrangements. 

Mary E. Fasan 

ARCADIA -- Mary E. Fasan, age 84, of Arcadia, who passed away Feb. 10, 1998 at Manistee County Medical Care Facility.
She was born May 5, 1913 in Linden, the daughter of Edgar J. and Lillie (Teboe) Vining. She was married to Peter J. Fasan; he preceded her in death on July 3, 1990.
Mary was a homemaker.
She is survived by: son, Edgar Copeland of Arcadia; daughter, Shirley Baysinger of Copemish; grandson, Daniel Baysinger of Arcadia; two sisters, May Danks of Lipton, and Doris (Fred) Schimke of Bear Lake; brother, Ernie (Norma Jean) Vining of Petoskey; and several nieces and nephews.
Private family services will be held. Burial will be in in Conway Cemetery, Arcadia.
The family will be at the funeral home to receive friends from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 13.
The Edwards Funeral Home of Bear Lake, a member of the Forethought Group, is in charge of the funeral arrangements. 

Arthur J. Schwaiger 

MANISTEE -- Arthur J. Schwaiger, 73, of 1761 Surfside Dr., Manistee, died Wednesday morning, Feb. 11, 1998 at the Hospice Care Center in Grand Rapids.
He was born March 22, 1924 in Cullman, Ala., the son of the late George and Rose (Trippel) Schwaiger. He was united in marriage to Natholee Catherine Schneider on Sept. 2, 1950 at Holy Family Catholic Church in Sparta. She preceded him in death on Aug. 16, 1989. The Schwaigers moved to Manistee from Grand Rapids in 1962.
Art was a real estate broker, a HUD appraiser, and owned and operated Schwaiger Real Estate here in Manistee for many years. In addition he had previously been a builder/developer and a forestry consultant. During World War II, he served with the U.S. Army Air Corps over Europe and had been in a German prisoner of war camp. He was awarded the Purple Heart, an Air Medal and six Bronze Service Stars.
Art was a communicant of Guardian Angels Catholic Church in Manistee.
He is survived by: a son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Cheryl Schwaiger of Manistee; daughters and sons-in-law, Pamela Hudson of Midland, Nancy and Kent Trierweiler of Grand Rapids, and Lana and Kevin Peterson of Windlesham, England; grandchildren, Kurtis and Emma Schwaiger of Manistee, Andrew and Lisa Hudson of Midland, and Max, Austin, David and Jill Trierweiler of Grand Rapids; brothers and sisters-in-law, Charles and Jackie Schwaiger and Eugene and Marilyn Schwaiger of Grand Rapids, and Dr. Richard and Mary Jo Schwaiger of Gulf Shores, Ala.; sisters and brothers-in-law, Marcella and Jerry Martin of Kalamazoo, Helen and Roger Ross of California, Marion Soyka of Grand Rapids, Judiann and Tom Dakoske of California; brothers-in-law and spouses, Marvin and Kay Schneider of Sparta, and Maurice and Bernice Schneider of Grand Rapids; and by numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his wife, Art was also preceded in death by a brother, James.
The funeral mass will be celebrated Saturday morning, Feb. 14, at 10 a.m. at Guardian Angels Catholic Church with the Rev. Monsignor Gerard F. Guzikowski, celebrant. Burial will be in the Oak Grove Cemetery.
Friends may begin calling at the Johnson Funeral Home Friday afternoon after 2 p.m., where the family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. A wake service for family and friends will be held Friday evening at 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
The family suggests that those wanting to remember Art consider a gift to either Guardian Angels Catholic Church, the Manistee Catholic Central Foundation, or 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. 

Hubert Clifford Skeans 

MANISTEE -- Hubert Clifford Skeans, age 86, of the Manistee Heights Care Center died early Wednesday morning, Feb. 11, 1998 at West Shore Hospital in Manistee.
He was born April 21, 1911 in Greenup County, Ky., the son of late Joseph and Florence (Virgin) Skeans. He married Oadie Glenn on Sept. 19, 1943 in Gaylord. She preceded him in death on Aug. 7, 1995.
Hubert was a longtime woodsman. He also had worked at the Ludington Pumped Storage Facility & Sawyer Fruit Company in Bear Lake. Hubert loved gardening, hunting, and fishing.
He is survived by: one daughter and son-in-law, Eleanor and Stephen C. Kaminski of Manistee; three sons and five daughters-in-law, Ernest and Juanita Skeans of Eckerman, Sonny and Avis Skeans of Eckerman, Clifford and Sharon Skeans of Paradise, Mrs. Earl (Nadine) Skeans of Eckerman, Mrs. Morvin (Judy) Skeans of Alpena; 18 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren and one to-be great-grandchild; two brothers and one sister-in-law, Orville Skeans, and Denny and Marian Skeans, all of Hulbert; one brother-in-law, David Bresnahan of Manistee. Nieces and nephews also survive.
He was also preceded in death by: Three children, Earl Lee (Bud), Joan Marie, and Morvin Leroy Skeans; by one brother, Robert Skeans; and by three sisters, Ethel Bradley, Annie Brown, and Edith Bresnahan.
Funeral services for Hubert C. Skeans will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13 at the Herbert Funeral Home in Manistee, with the Reverend Russ Garrigus officiating. Burial will be in Chippewa County's Hulbert Township Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at the Herbert Funeral Home on Friday from 5 p.m. until time of services.
A memorial will be established in Hubert's name for the Alzheimer's Association. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
The Herbert Funeral Home of Manistee is in charge of funeral arrangements. 

Elizabeth (Betty) Kroll 

MANISTEE -- Elizabeth (Betty) Kroll, age 91, of 812 Ramsdell St., Manistee, died early Tuesday morning, Feb. 10, 1998 at West Shore Hospital.
She was born March 26, 1906 in Manistee, daughter of the Joseph and Josephine (Kukla) Witkowski. Betty married John (Jack) Kroll on June 19, 1928 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Manistee. He preceded her in death on Dec. 14, 1954. She was a communicant of St. Joseph Catholic Church of Manistee and a member of the st. Joseph Rosary Society. Betty loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She also loved to garden, having weed-free flower and vegetable gardens.
She is survived by: her daughter, Mary Ann Brzezniak of Manistee; four grandchildren and their spouses, Mary Lynn and Steve Dontz, Cindy and Kim Engstrom and Debra and Ron Nalley, Daniel J. and Mary Grace Brzezniak, all of Manistee; six great-grandchildren, Bridget Dontz, Anne Brzezniak, Matt Dontz, John Brzezniak, and Michael and Christopher Engstrom; one sister, Irene Budnik of Manistee; and one sister-in-law, Emeline Kroll of Manistee. Several nieces and nephews also survive her.
She was preceded in death by: her husband; one son, Joseph (Joey) Kroll; her son-in-law, Daniel L. Brzezniak.
Mass from the Order of Christian Funerals will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 13 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Manistee, with the Rev. James Bearss, celebrant. Burial will be in Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Manistee.
Relatives, friends and members of the St. Joseph Rosary Society will pray the rosary on Thursday evening at 7:30 p.m. at the Herbert Funeral Home in Manistee, where the Evening Prayer from The Order of Christian Funerals will be prayed, also on Thursday evening at 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Friends may begin calling at the funeral home on Thursday afternoon after 2 p.m. The family will be at the funeral home on Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. to receive friends.
Memorials will be established in Betty's name for St. Joseph Catholic Church 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. 

Gary Alan Gustad 

MANISTEE -- Gary Alan Gustad, age 58, of 26 East St., Manistee, died early Saturday morning, Feb. 7, 1998 at West Shore Hospital in Manistee.
He was born Nov. 30, 1939 in Yankton, S.D., the son of the late Curtis and Eileen (Mellegard) Gustad. He was a graduate of Yankton High School Class of 1957. He came to Manistee in the early 1970's as manager of the Montgomery Wards store. He married Carole Marie (Asiala) Martin on March 19, 1983 in Yankton, S.D.
He had been employed for almost 20 years with Montgomery Wards, and retired on Feb. 7, 1995 from Packaging Corporation of America in Filer City.
He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Manistee, he had been an officer in the United Steelworkers Union at PCA, and was a member of the Mixed Pool League. Gary, who greatly enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren also enjoyed woodworking and home renovation.
He is survived by: his wife and soul mate, Carole M. Gustad of Manistee, his first family, Catherine and Marshall Wickens of Tustin, Cynthia and Alan Lundberg of Mountain View, Calif., Daniel and Susan Gustad of Manistee, Michael and Lisa Gustad of Alto, Eric Gustad of Grand Rapids; and his grandchildren, Amanda, Elizabeth, and Jennifer Wickens, Heidi and Alison Lundberg, and Collin Gustad and Jessica Gustad; his second family, Anne Marie Hobart of Kaleva, Monica Martin of Manistee, Kimberly and Timothy Olson of Traverse City, Thomas T. Martin and Julie Symanski of Manistee; and his grandchildren, Heather Olson, David Houseman, Courtney and Nathan Hobart, and Ailie Maija Summers.
He was also preceded in death by his grandmother, Ida (Hoxeng) Gustad.
Memorial services for Gary A. Gustad will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 10 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Manistee, with the Rev. James E. Moehring officiating. The family will be at the church Tuesday from 12:30 p.m. until time of services to receive friends.
A memorial will be established to Gary's name for the American Red Cross blood donor program for the purchase of ultra large blood pressure cuffs. Envelopes will be available at the church on Tuesday and at the Herbert Funeral Home.
The Herbert Funeral Home of Manistee is in charge of family arrangements. 


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