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Martin Dobias 

BEAR LAKE -- Martin Dobias, age 79, of 11074 Chippewa Highway in Bear Lake died Friday morning April 10, at West Shore Hospital.
He was born on January 17, 1919, in Bannister, the son of the late Martin and Bertha (Fiala) Dobias. Martin came to the Manistee area in September or 1985.
He is survived by one sister; Jennie Peterson of El Cajon, California, and special friends Debbie, Stephen, Isaac and David.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, April 15, 1998 at 11a.m. at the Herbert Funeral Home in Manistee with Father James Bearrs Officiating. Burial will be in Mount Carmel Cemetery.
Friends may call at the Herbert Funeral Home Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. until time of services.
The Herbert Funeral Home of Manistee is in charge of funeral arrangements. 

Stanley (Wimpy) Skocelas, Sr. 

MANISTEE -- Stanley (Wimpy) Skocelas, Sr., age 81 of 143 Monroe Street, died Saturday, April 11, 1998, at West Shore hospital. He was born March 28, 1917, in East Lake, the son of the late John and Julia (Telma) Skocelas. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He married Dorothy Fredericksen on March 1, 1938, at St. Joseph Catholic Church. She preceded him in death on November 20, 1973. He had been employed with the Morton Salt Company for 40 years where he was a turbine operator in the powerhouse until he retired in 1978. He was a life member of the V.F.W. Walsh Post #4499 of Manistee.
He is survived by five sons and four daughters-in-law; Jerome and Catherine Skocelas of Gladwin, Stanley J. Jr. and Mary Skocelas, Richard L. Skocelas, Allen and Debra Skocelas all of Manistee, and Gary and Polly Skocelas of Arlington, Texas. Two daughters and one son in-law, Pat and Hugh O'Hagan of Manistee and Joanne Krause of Muskegon, 20 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. His sister, 
Barbara Shoff of Covina, California. One brother and five sister in-law, and one brother in-law; 
Alphonse and Barbara Skocelas of Muskegon, Gertrude Skocelas, Margaret Wilson, Helen Opolka, Martin and Dorothy Fredericksen all of Manistee. His good friend Audrey Golembiewski. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive him.
He was preceded in death by one infant son David Skocelas, his brothers John and Raymond Skocelas and by his sister Gertrude Duchon.
Private family services were held today with Father James Bearss officiating. Cremation will take place and there will be no visitation at the funeral home.
Burial of the cremains will take place at Mt. Carmel Cemetery with Father James Bearss officiating. Those wishing to remember Stanley are asked to consider a memorial contribution to the Catholic Parish of your choice.
The Herbert Funeral home of Manistee is in charge of funeral arrangements. 

Lorraine M. Pefley 

MANISTEE -- Lorraine M. Pefley, age 74, of 1000 Engelman St., Manistee, died Friday, April 10, 1998 at her home unexpectedly. She was born June 30, 1923 in Manistee, daughter of the late Stanley and Mary (Toczynski) Kolanowski. Lorraine was employed in retail sales all of her life, having been employed with the J.J. Newberry Store, the Glen of Michigan School House Store, W. T. Grant Store and as assistant manager at the K-mart store until her retirement in 1988. She was a communicant of St. Joseph Catholic Church of Manistee and a member of and treasurer of the St. Joseph Rosary Society. Lorraine loved spending time with her grandchildren and also caring for her dogs. 
She is survived by two daughters and two sons-in-law: Barbara and William Sedlar of Manistee and Linda and Robert Walle of Grand Rapids, six grandchildren: Rebecca Sedlar, Jennifer and Steve Durdelski all of Grand Rapids, Timothy and Jean Walle of Cedar Springs, Craig Walle of Free Soil, Roberta and Richard DeBlasio of Largo, Keith and Paula Walle of Cedar Springs, six great-grandchildren; her sister, Leona Kolanwoski of Manistee, and numerous cousins also survive her. 
She was preceded in death by her son Bruce Allen Pefley and her brother, Leonard Kolanowski.
Mass from The Order of Christian Funerals will be celebrated Tuesday April 14, 1998 at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Manistee with Father William Zwiefka celebrant. Burial will be in Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Manistee. 
Relatives, friends and the members of the St. Joseph Rosary Society will pray the rosary Monday evening at 7:30 p.m. at the Herbert Funeral Home where the Evening Pray from The Order of Christian Funerals will also be prayed Monday evening at 8 p.m. Friends may begin calling at the funeral home today (Monday) after 2 p.m. The family will be at the funeral home this afternoon from 2 to 4 p.m. and this evening from 7 to 9 p.m. to receive friends. 
The Herbert Funeral Home of Manistee is in charge of funeral arrangements. 

Burton L. (Slug) Howe 

FREE SOIL -- Burton L. (Slug) Howe, 73, of 7233 Poplar Road, Free Soil, passed away Sunday, April 5, 1998 at Bethesda Hospital, Boynton Beach, Florida.
Burton was born January 15, 1925, in Paw Paw, Michigan the son of Alvin J. and Gertrude (Masten) Howe. He moved to Mason County as a child, where he grew up and attended Scottville High School, graduating in 1943. He then attended Central Michigan University where he received his Teaching Degree. Burton taught for many years at Walled Lake Public Schools. he served with the United State Navy in the South Pacific during WWII. Burton was a member of the Scottville Masonic Lodge 445 F & AM and the Boynton Beach Masonic Lodge F &AM.
Surviving Mr. Howe are two sons, Jeff (and Mary Ann) Schlegal-Howe of Elkton, Maryland and Tim Howe of Oakland, California; three daughters, Rita Derington of Taylor Mill, Kentucky, Lisa Howe of Sylvan Lake, Mich. and Jill (and Blare) Weston of Haslett, Mich.; three grandchildren, Hyla Schlegal-Howe, and Brooke and Nicholas Derington; one sister, Geraldine (and Richard) Wriggelsworth of Sarasota, Florida; one brother, Leonard (and Marlys) Howe of Manistee; one sister-in-law, Norma Howe of Dunedin, Florida; three nephews; two nieces; and a special friend, Florence Weick of Boynton Beach, Florida. he was preceded in death in addition to his parents by two brothers, Ronald and Byron.
Memorial Services for Mr. Burton Howe will be conducted at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 16,1998 at Stephens Funeral Chapel, Scottville. Mr. Howe's cremains will then be buried in Brookside Cemetery, Scottville. Those wishing to make memorial contributions are asked to consider donations to the Scottville Clown Band. Envelopes are available at the Stephens Funeral home, Scottville. 

Daphne Cameron 

MANISTEE -- Daphne Cameron, 85, of Mason County, died Friday, April 3, 1998 at West Shore Hospital.
She is survived by: son and daughter-in-law, Marshal and Carol Cameron, Jr. of Manistee, two daughters and a son-in-law, Lynda Smith of Las Vegas, Nevada and Carol and Roger Hannah of Hamlin Lake; brother, Robert Rosenow of Wyoming, Michigan, two sisters and a brother-in-law Pauline and Tony Vartyak and Dorris Gumbus all of Manistee, nine grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren and by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by: her parents; a son, Melvin Cameron; and a brother, Vance Rosenow.
Cremation has taken place. Private family graveside services were held at Maple Gove Cemetery, Free Soil
The Johnson Funeral Home of Manistee was in charge of funeral arrangements. 

William W. Southern 

MANISTEE -- William W. Southern, age 75, passed away suddenly Monday, April 6, 1998 at West Shore Hospital.
He was born on March 25, 1923 in Akron, Ohio, the son of the late William and Bessie (Jones) Southern. He married Mary A. Austin on October 24, 1953 in Rogers City. He came to Manistee in 1968 after retiring from the United States Coast Guard after serving 22 1/2 years.
He was a life member of the VFW Walsh Post No. 4499 of Manistee. Also a member of the American Legion Post #10.
He is survived by his wife Mary A. Southern of Manistee; five sons, William W. (Wanda) Southern III, Conrad L. (Nancy) Southern, and Bert G. (Sandra) Southern all of Ohio; Bobby J. (Cheryl) Southern of Indiana and Patrick F. Southern of Manistee; a step-daughter Niki Lee Knowles of Fountain and several grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death in addition to his parents by a step-son Michael N. Patterson.
There will be no services at this time. Herbert Funeral Home of Manistee is in charge of arrangements. 

Edith G. Clark 

MANISTEE -- Edith G. Clark died March 25, 1998 at Cadillac Mercy Hospital after a lengthy illness. She was born in Manistee, March 12, 1912 to Martin M. and Minnie (Hay) Brown. She married Kenneth Clark in Manistee on January 10, 1952. She was a member of the United Methodist Church and the Naomi Circle. She was a live member of Chapter 300 of the Order of Eastern Star. She was a Life Pioneer of Ameritech in Manistee for 19 years, later transferring to Traverse City and Cadillac. Survivors include one brother, David and wife Marolyn Erikson of Manistee, one sister, Edith (Clayton) Anderson and a niece Elaine and Harland Kenny, and several great nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband Kenneth, her parents, a sister Alice Hanson and a brother Percy Brown.
Services will be conducted April 11, 1998 at ii a.m. at the United Methodist Church, 1020 E. Division Street, Cadillac. Pastor Allan D. McCreedy and Parish Assistant Judy Coffey will officiate. Memorial tributes can be made to the United Methodist Church or the American Cancer Society.
Arrangements are being made by the Hitesman Funeral Home. 

Robert "Bob" Rengo 

KALEVA -- Robert "Bob" Rengo, 77, of Kaleva, died Tuesday, March 31, 1998, at his residence in Kaleva. He was born June 10, 19220, in Kaleva, the son of Emil and Sadie (Johnson) Rengo.
A veteran of WWII, Robert flew for the Chinese National Aviation Corp. He was past mayor of Kaleva for 44 years, past president of the Michigan Fire Chiefs Association, previous owner and operator of Rengo Brothers Inc. for 40 years, past county road commissioner, past airport commissioner, and past member of the Masonic Lodge F.&A.M. #416 in Bear Lake. In his spare time, Bob loved to travel.
Robert is survived by: his children, Phillip Rengo of Grand Rapids, Linda Fischer of Laguna Niguel, California, and Laura (Chancey) Dorn of Davison and Todd Fischer of Oregon; two great-grandchildren, Madeleine and Maeve Dorn; and four nieces.
He is preceded in death by: his 1st wife, Barbara Mae Dickson Killby; his 2nd wife, Marjorie Ruhl Rengo; and his brother, Raymond Rengo.
Memorial services will be held Friday, April 3, 1998 at 1:00p.m. at the Terwilliger Funeral home in Kaleva, with Rev. Floyd Soper officiating. The family will receive friends from 12:00p.m. until time of services on Friday.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Maple Grove Township Fire Department. Envelopes are available at the Terwilliger Funeral Home. 

Hazel M. (Hansen, Bentz) Melin 

SAGINAW -- Hazel M. (Hansen, Bentz) Melin, 95 of Saginaw and formerly of Ludington died Monday, April 13, in Saginaw after a lengthy illness. Hazel M. Hansen was born July 25. 1902 in Ludington and first married William Bentz who died in 1950. She later married Russell Melin in 1951 and he died in 1982. She was a member of the Redeemer Lutheran Church of Saginaw.
She was graduated from Ludington High School in 1921 and attended County Normal in Mason County and Teachers College in Ypsilanti. She was a teacher in several rural schools in west Michigan.
She is survived by two daughters, Lois Hamilton of Waldo, Ark., Mrs. harry (Donna) Fortier of Saginaw, two step daughters, Mrs. Dewey (Melissa) Bucher of Sterling< Kan. and Mrs. William (Marie) Schrader of Freesoil, one step daughter in-law Betty Melin of Mishawaka, Ind., 29 grandchildren, 57 great grandchildren, 7 great great grandchildren, one brother Howard Hansen of Ludington, nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death in addition to her husbands by, one stepson Russell Melin, one son in-law, Wallace Hamilton, and one sister in-law Marguerite Hansen.
The funeral will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Bethany Lutheran Church with Rev, B. Douglas Niemi and Rev. John Christensen officiating. Burial will follow in Lakeview Cemetery.
Visitation will be Friday from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at the Alexander-Rye Funeral Home. 

Jerome (Jerry) Satal 

ONEKAMA -- Jerome (Jerry) Satal age 70 of 8201 Third Street Onekama, died Wednesday morning, April 15, 1998 at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City. He was born January 22, 1928 in Chicago, Ill., the son of the late Stanley and Mary (Biadqckewitz) Satal. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII from February 4, 19946 until his release on July 19, 1947. He married Norma J. Haughton on February 26, 1949 at St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Cicero, Ill. They resided in Flint where Jerome was employed at the Chevrolet V-8 Plant for over thirty years. After his retirement in 1986 they moved to Onekama to make their home. He was a communicant of St. Joseph Catholic Church of Onekama and a member of the V.F.W. Walsh Post #4499 of Manistee.
He is survived by his wife Norma J. Satal of Onekama; tow daughters and a son in-law: Nancy Satal of Onekama, and Mary and Bruce Steen of Kalamazoo, three grandchildren Joshua, Emily and Zachary Steen all of Kalamazoo. His sister and brother in-law: Virginia and Robert Reinebach of Westchester, Ill. Several nieces and nephews also survive him.
Jerome was preceded in death by his son Richard A. Satal on May 25, 1992 and his brother Melvin Satal.
mass from The Order of Christian Funerals will be celebrated Monday, April 20, 1998 at 11a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Onekama with Father Michael Conner celebrant. Burial of Jerome's cremated remains will be in the Easton Cemetery near Chesanning on Tuesday, April 21, 1998 at 1 p.m.
Memorials will be established in Jerome's name for the Manistee County Chapter of the American Cancer Society and for the St. Joseph's Community Food pantry. Envelopes are available at the funeral home and at the church the morning of the funeral mass.
The Herbert Funeral Home of Manistee is in charge of funeral arrangements. 

Therese Mae O'Neill 

BEAR LAKE -- Therese Mae O'Neill, 67, of Bear Lake, died April 15, 1998 at her home.
She was born June 11, 1930 in Detroit, the daughter of Alexander W. and Mamie E. (Bussare) Gubert. Therese married Robert T. O'Neill on Feb. 7, 1948 in Detroit.
She was a homemaker. Therese was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church of Onekama, treasurer of Bear Lake Lioness Club, past deputy clerk of Bear Lake Township -- moved to Bear Lake in 1973.
She is survived by: husband, Robert T. O'Neill; daughters, Peggy Ann Walk of Livonia, and Kathleen Fink of Kaleva; sons, Robert P. O'Neill, Brian J. O'Neill, and John A. O'Neill, all of Texas; 11 grandchildren; a brother, Tom Garrett, of Livonia.
A memorial mass will be held on April 23 at 11 a.m. from St. Joseph Catholic Church of Onekama, with the Rev. Michael Conner officiating. Burial will be in the Bear Lake Township Cemetery.
Memorials for Munson Hospice. Envelopes are available at the Edwards Funeral Home, 616-864-3200. 

Thelma H. Powers 

MANISTEE -- Thelma H. Powers, 86, of Manistee, died April 16, 1998 at West Shore Hospital.
She was born June 27, 1911 in Wear Township, the daughter of Carl and Josie (Purdy) Lentz. Thelma married Frank Powers in Hart on Feb. 9, 1927.
Thelma was a retired factory worker. She was a former member of Hart and Ludington Methodist Church, and attended Bear Lake Lighthouse Baptist Church.
Survivors include: daughter, Lorraine Sheafer of Free Soil; 10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; four great-great grandchildren; brother, Russell Lentz, Pentwater; sisters, Hattie Flynn of Pentwater, Gussie Graves of Grand Rapids, and Gertrude Osteveen of Florida; sister-in-law, Rachel Flood of Hart.
She was preceded in death by: husband, Frank, in 1967; daughter, Althea Beyer; brothers, Vern and Carl "Bud" Lentz.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, April 20 at the Tate Funeral Home in Hart, with the Rev. Donald Graves, and the Rev. Kit Potter officiants. Burial will be in Hart Cemetery.
Visitation will be held today, Monday, April 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Arrangements are by the Tate Funeral Home, Hart. 

Chester Allen Henry 

MANISTEE -- Chester Allen Henry, 77, of Manistee, died Friday, April 17, 1998 at his home in Manistee Township.
He was born in Lexington, Pa., on June 9, 1920, the son of Edward and Iva (Conn) Henry. He was united in marriage on March 16, 1940 to Betty M. Patton.
Chet and his family have owned and operated Woodland Acres Cottages since 1968, where he has been able to pursue his woodworking hobby. He had owned Dayton Television in Lincoln Park. He was a member of the First Congregational Church, Onekama; Lincoln Park Lodge No. 539, F&AM; and the Lodge Council Chapter Consistory of Scottish Rite, Valley of Detroit. He was an avid hunter.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Betty; his children, Norma and Bob Montgomery, Manistee; Jess and Wendy Henry, Manistee; and Clifford and Elizabeth Henry, Hilton Head, S.C.; his grandchildren, Robert and Richard Montgomery, and Michelle, Ashley, Chandler, Victoria, Jared and Austin Henry; his sister, Wilma Wright, Addison, Pa.; his brother, E.J. Henry, New Lexington, Pa.; and two special people in his life, Ed and Meg Barlan.
Memorial services will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 22 at First Congregational Church, Onekama, with the Rev. John Peterson officiating.
Memorials may be made to the church.
The Terwilliger Funeral Home, Kaleva, is in charge of funeral arrangements. 

Sylvia M. Wehrmeister 

MANISTEE -- Sylvia M. Wehrmeister, 78, of 385 Seventh Street, Manistee, died Monday evening, April 20, 1998 at home. She was born October 7, 1919 in Chicago, Illinois and was the daughter of the late Chester and Martha (Jazdziewski) Dudek. Sylvia married Stanley Adamen in 1934 in Detroit; he preceded her in death. She later married Richard H. Wehrmeister on April 30, 1949 in Toledo, Ohio. They moved to Manistee in 1953, he preceded her in death on April 7, 1986. While living in Detroit Sylvia had worked in the developing and photography business and had also been employed in several factories in Detroit during WW II. While living in Manistee she was employed at the Glen of Michigan. She was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Manistee.
She is survived by two daughters and a son in-law: Emily (Wehrmeister) Harwood of Manistee and Jean (Dudek) and Neron Nesmith of Detroit. Her son and daughter in-law: Stanley and Mary Wehrmeister of Manistee; ten grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. One brother and sister in-law, Paul and Evelyn Dudek of Taylor, and one brother in-law: Edward Kovar of Dearborn. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive her.
Her sister Josephine (Dudek) Kovar preceded Sylvia in death.
Funeral services will be held Friday April 24, 1998 at 11 a.m. at the Herbert Funeral Home in Manistee with Rev. Scott Sessler officiating. Burial will be in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Manistee.
Relatives and friends will pray the Scripture Service on Thursday evening at 8 p.m. at the Herbert Funeral Home where friends may begin calling Thursday afternoon after 2 p.m. The family will be at the funeral home Thursday afternoon from 2 to 4 p.m. and Thursday evening for 7 to 9 p.m. to receive friends.
The Herbert Funeral Home of Manistee is in charge of funeral arrangements. 

Stella Catherine Pacholski 

MANISTEE -- Stella Catherine Pacholski, age 87, of 1015 Vine Street, Manistee, died Monday morning, April 20, 1998 at the Manistee Heights Care Center.
She was born April 1, 1911 in Manistee the daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (Janowiak) Franckowiak. She attended Saint Joseph School in Manistee. Stella married Casimer J. Pacholski on November 25, 1937 at Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Manistee. He preceded her in death on March 27, 1972.
She was a communicant of Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Manistee.
She is survived by: one brother and three sisters-in-law: Leonard and Charoltte Franckowiak, Mary Franckowiak and Stella Franckowiak, all of Manistee. Numerous nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.
She was also preceded in death by five sisters: Catherine and Rose Franckowiak, Jenny Abramowski, Josephine Smith, and Clara M. Gielczyk, and by six brothers; Edward, Frank, Casimer, Stanley, John and Thomas Franckowiak.
Mass From The Order of Christian Funerals will be celebrated Thursday, April 23, 1998 at 10 a.m. at Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Manistee. 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 with Father Casey Zawacki. Friends may begin calling at the funeral home Wednesday after 2 p.m. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
A memorial will be established in Stella's name for Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Manistee. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
The Herbert Funeral Home of Manistee is in charge of funeral arrangements. 

Margaret Mann 

LAPEER -- Margaret Mann, age 89, of Lapeer, died Monday, April 20, 1998 at Lapeer Regional Hospital.
Memorial contributions may be given to the St. Paul Lutheran Hour and Day School.
Friends may visit the Baird-Newton Funeral Home, 542 Liberty Park, Lapeer, Wednesday, from 3 to 4 p.m., and again from 6 to 9 p.m.
Funeral service will be held Thursday, April 23, at 11 a.m. from the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Lapeer. 

Margeurite A. Hogle 

MARSHALL -- Margeurite A. Hogle, age 78, of Marshall, died Sunday, April 19, 1998.
Mrs. Hogle was born on March 28, 1920 in Onekama, to August and Anna (Stendel) Tessmer.
She is survived by: her husband, Loren John Hogle; daughter, Karla Monte of Marshall; son, John Smyth of Homer; and three granddaughters.
Funeral services will be 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Kempf Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions to the Humane Society.
Arrangements by Kempf Funeral Home, Marshall. 

Ida Annie Varley 

ARCADIA -- Ida Annie Varley, 77, of Arcadia died Wednesday, April 22 1998 at Munson Medical Center She was born August 6, 1920 in England and was the daughter of George and Doris (Till) Williams. She married Albert Varley on June 3, 1950 in Lancaster, England. She was retired for Eastman Kodak where she worked a Film Technician and enjoyed various handicrafts and ceramics. She was a member of The Eastern Star.
She is survived by her husband Albert; one brother and sister in-law George and Betty Williams; four sisters and three brother in-laws; Gladys (Phil) James, Frances Williams; Joan (Robert) Skinner, and Brenda R. (Robert) Kirby all of England and several nieces also of England.
Services will be at the Bennett-Jonkhoff Funeral Home at 1417 Beulah Highway Beulah at 11 a.m. Burial will be at The Parkview Memorial Cemetery in Livonia.
The Bennett-Jonkhoff Funeral Home of Beulah is in charge of the arrangements. 

Robert H. Doering 

MANISTEE -- Robert H. Doering, 69, of 207 West Kott Road, Manistee, died Wednesday, April 22, 1998 at his home. he was born March 15, 1929 in Manistee, the son of the late William and Ollie (Cederberg) Doering. Robert married Barbara A. Wojciechowski on February 4, 1950 and they have lived in Manistee since that time. He was a long time employee of the packaging Corporation of America in Filer City until his retirement in 1991. Bob enjoyed golfing and watching basketball and football.
He is survived by his wife Barbara of Manistee, four daughters and one son in-law: Lois Doering of Manistee, Mary Sue Doering of Anchorage, Alaska, Judith Duross of New York, New York, and Lynne and Tim Calais of Gambrills Maryland. Two sons and two daughter's in-law: Robert and Trish Doering of Boon, and Jim and Loree Doering of Bear Lake. Six grandchildren, one sister and brother in-law: Jean and Bill Battige of Manistee. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive.
Robert was preceded in death by his sister Meredith Smeltzer and by his son in-law Charles Duross.
Mass from The Order of Christian Funerals will be celebrated Saturday, April 25, 1998 at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Manistee with Father William Zwiefka celebrant. Cremation will take place after the funeral mass.
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 today after 2 p.m. The family will be at the funeral home today from 2-4 p.m. and this evening from 7-9 p.m. to receive friends.
The Herbert Funeral Home of Manistee is in charge of funeral arrangements. 

Rita L. Norden 

MANISTEE -- Rita L. Norden, 87, of Manistee, died Sunday evening, April 26, 1998 at the Manistee County Medical Care Facility.
She was born in Manistee of March 29, 1911, the daughter of the late Christian and Marie (Clausen) Jorgensen.
She was a social worker with the Manistee County Department of Social Services for over 30 years. She was a member of the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church of Manistee and the Our Savior's Historical Society.
She is survived by two cousins, Albert Clausen of Manistee and Peter Clausen of Warren.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Carl Jorgensen in 1940 and by a nephew, Carl Jorgensen in 1949.
Funeral services will be conducted Thursday April 30, 1998 at 1:30 p.m. at the Our Savior's Lutheran Church on Walnut Street with Rev. Scott Sessler and Rev. John Christiansen officiating. Burial will be in the Oak Grove Cemetery.
Friends may call at the Johnson Funeral Home on Wednesday afternoon from 2-4 p.m.
The family suggests that those wanting to remember Rita consider a gift to the Our Savior's Historical Society. 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 Victor Townsend 

BRETHREN -- Paul Victor Townsend, 87, of Brethren, died Monday, April 27, 1998, at his residence. he was born July 2, 1910, in Woodland, the son of Torrence and Celia (Shopbell) Townsend.
A member and Deacon of the Lakeview Church of the Brethren, Paul started the Men's Christian Breakfasts. he was a farmer for 50 years and a former Justice of the Peace. Paul and his wife of 65 Opal Townsend, returned to Brethren in 1973.
He is survived by: his wife, Opal Townsend, of Brethren: his daughter and son-in-law, Janet and Donald Stroup, of Brethren; his daughter-in-law, Connie Townsend of Kaleva; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Paul was preceded in death by: his son, Lawrence E. Townsend; his granddaughter, Diane Townsend; his grandson, Todd L. Stroup; two brothers and two sisters.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m., Thursday, April 30, 1998 at the Lakeview Church of the Brethren in Brethren, with Pastor Donald Willoughby and Joe Wave officiating. Visitation will be held from 7-9 p.m., Wednesday, April 29 , 1998 at the Terwilliger Funeral Home in Kaleva.
Memorial Contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or to Munson Hospice. Envelopes are available at the Terwilligher Funeral Home.
The Terwilliger funeral Home of Kaleva is in charge of arrangements. 

Stanley (Wimpy) Skocelas Sr. 

MANISTEE -- A Memorial mass from The Order of Christian Funerals will be celebrated for Stanley (Wimpy) Skocelas Sr., who died Saturday, April 11, 1998, at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 2, 1998 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Manistee with Father William Zwiefka celebrant. Burial of his cremated remains will follow at Mount Carmel Cemetery in Manistee. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the services.
The Herbert Funeral home of Manistee is in charge of funeral services. 


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