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Celia M. Borowski 

Celia M. Borowski, age 86, formerly of 613 Kosciusko St., in Manistee, died early Wednesday morning, Aug. 26, 1998 at the Manistee County Medical Care Facility.
She was born on September 10, 1911 in Manistee, the daughter of the late Louis and Marcianna (Golatka) Lassa. Celia married Edward Borowski on November 9, 1935 at Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Manistee. He preceded her in death in June of 1954.
She had been employed at various garment factories in Manistee including Chippewa Garment and The Glen of Michigan, as well as doing sewing in her home. She also had been employed at the Red Carpet Lanes in Manistee.
She was a communicant of Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Manistee, and a member of the Saint Joseph Rosary Society.
She is survived by: one son, Gerald Borowski of Manistee; two sisters-in-law, Clara and Esther Lassa, both of Manistee; one brother-in-law, Joe Brooks of Manistee; four nieces, Marie Popielarz, Virginia Sinicki, Phyllis Mack, and Genevieve Oleniczak, all of Manistee.
She was also preceded in death by: two sisters, Virginia Boss and Martha Jerumbo; and by two brothers, Edward J. and Leonard J. Lassa.
Mass from the Order of Christian Funerals will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 28 at Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Manistee, with the Rev. James Bearss, celebrant. Burial will be in Mount Carmel Cemetery.
Evening Prayer from the Order of the Christian Funerals will be prayed this evening (Thursday) at 8 p.m. at the Herbert Funeral Home in Manistee where friends may begin calling after 7 p.m. The family will be at the funeral home this evening from 7-9 p.m. to receive friends.
Relatives, friends, and members of the Saint Joseph Rosary Society will also pray the Rosary this evening at 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home.
A memorial will be established in Celia's name for the Manistee County Medical Care Facility. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
The Herbert Funeral Home of Manistee is in charge of funeral arrangements. 

Howard W. Tremblay 

Howard W. (Bones) Tremblay, age 84, of Manistee, died Friday afternoon, Aug. 21, 1998 at the Manistee Heights Care Center.
He was born January 7, 1914 in Manistee, the son of the late Eli A. and Jennie (Applegren) Tremblay. He married Genevieve (Teckla) Drewnak on June 1, 1940 in Manistee. She preceded him in death on April 25, 1996.
Howard was employed by the City of Manistee as a firefighter at the Manistee City Fire Department from 1943 until his retirement as a Captain on February 8, 1976.
He was a communicant of Saint Mary's of Mount Carmel Shrine in Manistee. Howard enjoyed fishing, hunting, and trapping.
He is survived by: Two daughters and their spouses, Sandy and Gene Cabot of Manistee, Sharon and Ron Rasmussen of Greenwood, Ark.; five grandchildren and spouses, Rick and Mary Cabot, Keith and Cassie Cabot, Brian Cabot, all of Manistee, Dale and Terry Rasmussen of Lavaca, Ark., Holly Rasmussen of Greenwood, Ark.; five great-grandchildren, Kari, Krista, Kaylyn, and Cory Cabot, and Kolby Rasmussen. Nieces and nephews also survive.
He was also preceded in death by one brother, Wilfred Tremblay.
Mass from the Order of Christian Funerals will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 29 at Saint Mary's Mount Carmel Shrine in Manistee, with the Rev. Gabriel Fox, celebrant. Following cremation, final interment will be in Mount Carmel Cemetery.
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 evening after 7 p.m. The family will be at the funeral home Friday evening from 7-9 p.m. to receive friends.
A memorial will be established in Howard's name for Saint Mary's of Mount Carmel Shrine. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
The Herbert Funeral Home of Manistee is in charge of funeral arrangements. 

JoAnn N. Macaulay 

JoAnn N. Macaulay, 63, of 5880 Forester Rd., Carsonville, died Tuesday, Aug. 18, 1998 at her home.
She was born Oct. 3, 1934 in Manistee, the daughter of the late Louis and Ila (Harley) Fortier.
She married Edward A. Macaulay on June 25, 1955 in Manistee.
Mrs. Macaulay was a retired school teacher in Rochester schools. She was a graduate of the University of Hawaii and received her Masters degree from Michigan State University. She did post graduate work at Wayne State University at MSU.
She was a member of the Herb Club and the Garden Club of Port Sanilac and the OES Lodge.
She is survived by: her husband, Edward; one daughter and son-in-law, Mary Lou and Dan Brown of Rochester; one granddaughter, Deanna Moore; one great-granddaughter, McKenna Moore; and a cousin, Pearl Holdorf of Manistee.
Funeral services were held at Pomeroy Funeral Home, Lexington, Mich. The Rev. Ellen Burns of Forester United Methodist Church officiated. Burial took place in Downing Cemetery, Deckerville.
Memorials may be made to Sanilac County Historical Society, the American Cancer Society, or Crittenden Hospital, Rochester. 

James S. Desy 

Lieutenant Commander James S. Desy, retired U.S. Navy, of 9620 Jouppi Rd., Kaleva, and formerly of North Campbell Road, Manistee, died Saturday, Aug. 22, 1998 at West Shore Hospital.
He was born August 27, 1914 in Mackinaw City, and was the son of the late James and Blanche (Wheeler) Desy. Jim married Virginia Clapp on April 1, 1940 in Gatun Panama Canal Zone. She preceded him in death on October 30, 1983.
Jim was retired from the U.S. Navy after serving 23 years, from 1933 to June 30, 1956. He had served on the U.S. Yorktown and for 13 months on the USS Arizona. Jim held every rank in the Navy from Apprentice Seaman to his present rank of Lieutenant Commander. During his career with the Navy he was a test pilot and a hurricane hunter.
Jim was a communicant of St. John Cantius Catholic Church of Free Soil. He was a life member of the Manistee Knights of Columbus Council, life member of the Retired Officers Association, and a member of the Silver Eagles E-111, a retired Navy officers organization. Jim was also a well-known Ham Radio operator, his call sign being KA8RWM.
He is survived by: one daughter and a son-in-law, Donna Jean and Dominick Malaspina of Manistee; three grandchildren, Renee Lynn and Scott Lavitt, Tonnja Lynn Berry and Charles Christian, and Tauzhan Berry, all of Los Angeles, Calif.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Dayel Patricia Berry on March 1, 1996; and by his sister, Margaruite Wagner; and by four brothers, Carl Everett, Edgar and Raymond Desy.
Mass from the Order of Christian Funerals will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 26 at St. John Cantius Catholic Church in Free Soil, the Rev. Thomas C. Nedzwiecki, celebrant.
The members of the Manistee VFW Post 4499 will conduct military honors following the mass. Interment will take place in the Lakeview Cemetery in Mackinaw City, following cremation.
Relatives, friends and members of the Knights of Columbus will pray the Rosary Tuesday evening at 8 p.m. at the Herbert Funeral Home in Manistee where friends may begin calling Tuesday afternoon after 2 p.m. The family will be at the funeral home Tuesday afternoon from 2 to 4 p.m. and Tuesday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. to receive friends.
A memorial will be established in Jim's name for the Manistee County Unit of the American Cancer Society. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.
The Herbert Funeral Home of Manistee is in charge of funeral arrangements. 

Joseph Francis Tyron 

Joseph Francis Tyron, 87, of Grayling, died on Friday, Aug. 29, 1997 at the home of his daughter in Frederick, Md.
He was the husband of Grace Thelma Pelter Tyron, whom he married on Aug. 20, 1937. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary nine days prior to his death.
Born on March 4, 1910 in Manistee, he was a son of the late Francis and Rose (Zatarga) Tyron.
A Roman Catholic, he previously was an active member of St. Joseph Church of Manistee and St. Mary's of the Lake, New Buffalo. He was a graduate of Manistee High School, attended the University of Michigan and Michigan State University.
In 1972 Mr. Tyron retired from the Michigan Department of Highways, "Public Service Division" after 37 years of service. He was most active in their Law Enforcement Division for the trucking industry throughout the state of Michigan. He was also involved in the testing, research and road design for the department.
Civic minded, he was a charter member of the Community Council of New Buffalo, volunteered with Little League, Boy Scouts of America, the American Red Cross, March of Dimes, was a member and past president of Lions Club, all as a resident of Michigan.
Upon retirement he and his wife wintered at their home in Tucson, Ariz., and summered at their home near Lake Margrethe. Since retirement they have been spending most Christmas holidays in Mazatalan, Mexico or the Bahamas. For leisure he enjoyed hunting and fishing.
He is survived by: his wife, Grace; three children, Alexandra K. Tyron-Hopko and her husband Stephen of Frederick, Md.; Joseph Patrick Tyron and his wife Diane of Tucson, Ariz.; and Thomas M. Tyron and his wife Bettye, of Ludington; sister, Genevieve (and Ray) Wissner of Manistee; seven grandchildren, Rene Tyron, Elizabeth Burdette, Stephanie Myrda, Joseph Tyron, Tracy Tyron, Melissa Hopko, Shanricka Tyron; and six great-grandchildren, Tiffany Burdette, Jordan and Brittany Myrda, Nathan and Hannah Tyron, Kyle Tyron; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Mr. Tyron was preceded in death by his son, Joseph D. Tyron; a sister, Virginia Weatherall; and two brothers, William and Frank Tyron.
A memorial dinner will be held at 440 West restaurant on Saturday, Aug. 22 at 4 p.m. 

Emma Mary Faletti 

Emma Mary Faletti, 95, of Traverse City, formerly of Marilla Township, died Tuesday, Aug. 18, 1998, at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City.
She was born March 2, 1903, in Frontenac, Kan., the daughter of John and Theresa (Fornengo) Ferpotto.
Emma was a wonderful mother, an excellent grandmother, and a super great- and great-great grandmother. She loved cooking, making breads, doing dishes and folding clothes for her family.
She is survived by: her daughter, Fern (James) Haring of Traverse City; her grandchildren, Sheryl (Jerry) Guenthardt of Manistee, Darwin Johnson of Traverse City, Larry Johnson of Traverse City, Michael Haring of Big Sky, Mont., and Michelle (Darby) Drewyer of Maui, Hawaii; her great-grandchildren, Brandyn Johnson, Katelyn Johnson, Dawn Guenthardt, Julia Guenthardt, Krista Johnson, and Devon Johnson; and her great-great granddaughter, Tayler Johnson.
Emma was preceded in death by: her husband, Julius Faletti, in 1977; and her daughter, Joyce Johnson, Jewett, in 1995.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 20 at the Marilla Church of the Brethren, in Copemish, with Pastor Donald Willoughby officiating. Interment will be in the Marilla Township Cemetery.
Visitation will be held from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 19, at the Terwilliger Funeral Home in Kaleva.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Envelopes are available at the Terwilliger Funeral Home in Kaleva. 

William Robert Lawrence 

William Robert Lawrence, 53, of Marshall, died August 17, 1998 unexpectedly, at Oaklawn Hospital in Marshall.
He was born May 19, 1945 in Manistee, the son of William E. and Edith (Schimke) Lawrence. William married Linda Cole in 1973; and then married Kathryn Siefert (Pesonen) in 1973.
Formerly of Arcadia, William moved to Albion in the early 1960's. He worked at Union Steel Products until 1979 and then Unifab in Kalamazoo until 1991.
He was a member of Redemption Lutheran Church in Battle Creek.
William enjoyed fishing, walking, and he was a loving husband and father.
Survivors include: sons, Thomas Paul Lawrence of Marshall, James Robert Lawrence of Allegan, and William Jason Lawrence of Kalamazoo; daughters, Kimberly Ann Hodges of Kalamazoo, and Amy Lynne Hammond of Nashville, Mich.; 10 grandchildren; sisters, Dorothy Nystrom of Bear Lake, and Betty Goodspeed of Cedar Springs; and nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a son, Joseph Howard Lawrence in 1976.
Cremation has been conducted. There will be no visitation.
Memorial contributions may be made to the donor's choice; assistance is available at the funeral home.
Funeral arrangements are by Tidd-Williams Funeral Chapels Inc., of Albion. 

Clarence Joseph Kenny 

ONEKAMA -- Clarence Joseph Kenny, 82, of Onekama, died Monday, Aug. 17, 1998, at the Manistee County Medical Care Facility in Manistee.

He was born October 28, 1915, on Onaway, the son of Joseph and Renata (Buford) McFelda.

Clarence enjoyed working, especially painting; and in his spare time, hunting, fishing, and playing cards. He was a member of St. Joseph Church in Onekama, where he was an usher for many years.

He is survived by: his children, Jerome and Lynda Kenny, of Bear Lake; Therese Ashman, of Traverse City, Gregory and Ruth Kenny of Big Rapids, Jeffrey and Nancy Kenny of Kaleva, Timothy Kenny of Bear Lake, and Gerard J. Kenny of Holland; 10 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; his twin brother, Carl Kenny, of Phoenix; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Clarence was preceded in death by: his wife of over 50 years, Marie Caroline Kenny; and three sisters.

A memorial mass will be celebrated Friday, Aug. 21 at 11 a.m., at St. Joseph Church in Onekama, with the Rev. Michael Connor, celebrant. Interment will be in St. Joseph Catholic Church in Onekama.

The Terwilliger Funeral Home, in Kaleva, is in charge of funeral arrangements. 

Dorr A. Johnson 

MANISTEE-- Dorr A. Johnson, 83, of 457 Cedar St., Manistee, died Thursday morning, Aug. 13, 1998 at the Manistee Heights Care Center.

He was born Oct. 21, 1914 in Lake County, the son of the late Gust and Hilda Johnson. He married Esther M. Oehlke in Muskegon on May 3, 1936. The Johnsons lived in Newaygo for two years before moving to Manistee in late 1937.

Dorr was a graduate and co-valedictorian of Reed City High School - Class of 1932. He had attended Michigan State University. He was a retired grocer having been a store manager for Krogers in Manistee and Newaygo and later owned and operated Dorr's Food Shop in Manistee.

Dorr was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church of Manistee. He was a former member of the Church Council at both St. Peter's and Good Shepherd Lutheran churches. During the merger of three local Lutheran congregations, he served as chairman of the joint merger committee. Following the merger, he was the chairman of remodeling committee at Good Shepherd. He was a life member of Manistee Elks Lodge No. 250, a former member of the Manistee Golf and Country Club and Kiwanis Club, and a former member and past president of the Manistee Jaycees.

Dorr was very active in the community. He served on the Manistee Public School Board for 16 years and as board president for 12 of those years. He has also served on the Manistee County Intermediate Educational Board. He served on the Manistee City Council with one term as mayor. He served on the Manistee County Board of Commissioners for 16 years and as board chairman for two years. He served as Manistee City Parks Superintendent from 1972-76. He was active with the Manistee County Chamber of Commerce, where he served as an Ambassador, the Manistee County Economic Development Council, the Manistee Council on Aging and the Manistee/Mason Community Growth Alliance. He was a former member of the Big M Ski Area Board of Directors. He taught several classes in chair caning at West Shore Community College, also at Scottville and Manistee. In 1993 he was named citizen of the year.

He is survived by his wife, Esther; twin daughters and sons-in-law, Susan and Dr. Gerald Hodde of Ludington and Jane and Ronald Clausen of Duluth, Ga.; grandchildren, Laura and Peter Jones of Detroit, Christopher Hodde of Ludington, Mary and Michael Noland of Suwanee, Ga., Jennifer Wilson of Duluth, Ga., and Steven and Jennifer Clausen of Little Rock, Ark.; six great-grandchildren; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by: three brothers, Fred, Walter and Earl Johnson; and by four sisters, Mildred Wilson, Ethel Patterson, Thelma Borsum and Clara Knudsen.

A celebration of life service for Dorr Johnson will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 22 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Scott Sessler officiating. Final interment will be in the Trinity Lutheran Cemetery. There will be no visitation at the funeral home.

The family suggests that anyone wanting to remember Dorr, consider a gift to either the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church or to a charity of the donor's choice. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home and at the memorial service.

The Johnson Funeral Home of Manistee is in charge of the funeral arrangements. 

Hazel C. Andreas 

Mrs. Hazel C. Andreas, age 87, a resident of Green Bay, Wis., for the past four years, passed away Sunday, Aug. 9, 1998.

She was born on October 19, 1910 in Manistee, to the late Otto and Lillie Fett, and married George C. Andreas on June 21, 1936 in St. Louis, Mo. Mr. and Mrs. Andreas made their home in St. Louis, Mich., as well as Manistee prior to settling in North Muskegon.

Hazel in survived by: her son, Phillip (Esther) Andreas of Green Bay, Wis.; grandchildren, Charlene Andreas of New York, David Andreas of Utah, and Brian (Mary) Andreas of Wisconsin; and two special great-grandsons, Benjamin and Brett, whom she took great joy in.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George in 1993; a sister, Lucille MaCauley; and two brothers, Kenneth and Archie Fett.

Services for Mrs. Andreas will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 14 at the Clock Chapel in Muskegon. Interment will take place at Laketon Township Cemetery in Muskegon.

The Clock Funeral Home, 1469 Peck St., Muskegon, is in charge of funeral arrangements. 

Jeffrey R. Cole 

HOLLAND -- Jeffrey R. Cole, 26, of Holland, formerly of Manistee, died Friday, Aug. 7, 1998, along with his son, Kellee and twin daughters, Sarah and Rachel, as the result of a fire in their home.
Jeff was born January 30, 1972 in Boise, Idaho, the son of Gary and Adrian (Friese) Cole. He graduated from high school in San Angelo, Texas, Class of 1990. He lived in Manistee from 1990 to 1995. He married Shannon R. Bennett in Manistee on December 31, 1995.
Jeff was a carpenter with Groeneweg Builders in the Holland area. He was a member of Lakeshore Vineyard Christian Fellowship in Holland. He had been active in the Boy Scouts and held the rank of Eagle Scout and was also a member of the Order of the Arrow. He was a loving and devoted husband and father. He enjoyed playing his guitar, hunting and fishing.
He is survived by: his wife, Shannon; son, Stephen Cole at Manistee; his parents, Gary and Adrian Cole of Manistee; sisters and brother-in-law, Shelley and Richard Zeiger of Niles and Suzanne Cole of Manistee; paternal grandmother, Louise Cole of Manistee; maternal grandparents, Howard and Louine Friese of Sidney, Ill.; mother-in-law, Janice Kuriger of Manistee; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Deborah and Eddie Petzak of Manistee, Rick Bennett of Manistee and Chris Bennett of Manistee, Mike and Terri Janicki of Manistee and Kim Kuriger of Manistee; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Byron Cole.
Funeral services for Jeff Cole will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 11 at the First Baptist Church in Manistee with pastors Dan Freeburg and Paul Bradford officiating. Burial will be in the Oak Grove Cemetery in Manistee.
The family will be at the First Baptist Church on Lakeshore Road to receive friends this evening (Monday) from 6 to 9 p.m.
The family suggests that those wishing to remember Jeff consider a gift to an assistance fund for the Cole family which is being administered by Lakeshore Vineyard Christian Fellowship, 710 Central Ave., Holland, MI 49423. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home and at the church.
The Johnson Funeral Home of Manistee is in charge of funeral arrangements. 

Kellee James Cole 

HOLLAND -- Kellee James Cole, 3, of Holland, died Friday, Aug. 7, 1998, along with his father, Jeff, and twin sisters, Sarah and Rachel, as a result of a fire in their home.
Kellee was born July 26, 1995 in Manistee, the son of Jeffrey and Shannon (Bennett) Cole.
He is survived by: his mother, Shannon; half-brother, Stephen Cole of Manistee; paternal grandparents, Gary and Adrian Cole of Manistee; maternal grandparents, Janice Kuriger, Thomas Bennett and Terry Kuriger, all of Manistee; aunts and uncles, Shelley and Richard Zeiger of Niles, Suzanne Cole of Manistee, Deborah and Eddie Petzak of Manistee, Rick Bennett of Manistee and Chris Bennett of Manistee; paternal great-grandparents, Louise Cole of Manistee and Howard and Louine Friese of Sidney, Ill.; maternal great-grandparents, Charles and Stella Jones of Manistee and Tony and Pauline Vartyak of Manistee; and numerous great aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his paternal great-grandfather, Byron Cole.
Funeral services for Kellee Cole will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 11 at the First Baptist Church in Manistee with pastors Dan Freeburg and Paul Bradford officiating. Burial will be in the Oak Grove Cemetery in Manistee.
Friends may call at the First Baptist Church this evening (Monday) at 6 p.m. The family will be at the church to receive friends this evening from 6 to 9 p.m.
The family suggests that those wishing to remember Kellee consider a gift to an assistance fund for the Cole family, which is being administered c/o Lakeshore Vineyard Christian Fellowship, 710 Central Ave., Holland, MI 49423.
The Johnson Funeral Home of Manistee is in charge of funeral arrangements. 

Sarah Justine Cole and Rachel Anne Cole 

HOLLAND -- Sarah Justine Cole and Rachel Anne Cole, 18-month-old twin sisters, of Holland, died Friday, Aug. 7, 1998, along with their father, Jeff, and brother, Kellee, as the result of a fire in their home.
They were born February 6, 1997 in Flint, the daughters of Jeffrey and Shannon (Bennett) Cole.
They are survived by: their mother, Shannon; half-brother, Stephen Cole of Manistee; paternal grandparents, Gary and Adrian Cole of Manistee; maternal grandparents, Janice Kuriger, Thomas Bennett and Terry Kuriger, all of Manistee; aunts and uncles, Shelley and Richard Zeiger of Niles, Suzanne Cole of Manistee, Deborah and Eddie Petzak of Manistee, Rick Bennett of Manistee and Chris Bennett of Manistee; paternal great-grandparents, Louise Cole of Manistee and Howard and Louine Friese of Sidney, Ill.; maternal great-grandparents, Charles and Stella Jones of Manistee, and Tony and Pauline Vartyak of Manistee; and numerous great aunts, uncles and cousins.
They were preceded in death by their paternal great-grandfather, Byron Cole.
Funeral services for Sarah and Rachel Cole will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 11 at the First Baptist Church in Manistee, with pastors Dan Freeburg and Paul Bradford officiating. Burial will be in the Oak Grove Cemetery in Manistee.
Friends may call at the First Baptist Church this evening (Monday) at 6 p.m. The family will be at the church to receive friends tonight from 6-9 p.m.
The family suggests that those wishing to remember Sarah and Rachel consider a gift to an assistance fund for the Cole family which is being administered by Lakeshore Vineyard Christian Fellowship, 710 Central Ave., Holland, MI 49423.
The Johnson Funeral Home of Manistee is in charge of funeral arrangements. 

Vera M. Larsen 

MANISTEE -- Vera M. Larsen, 80, of 817 Robinson St., Manistee, died Saturday, Aug. 8, 1998 at West Shore Hospital.
She was born September 5, 1917 in Bear Lake, the daughter of Frank and Florence (Conklin) Gilmore. She graduated from Bear Lake High School, Class of 1935. She is also a graduate of the Realtors Institute.
Vera had worked for many years at the Hotel Chippewa in Manistee. For the past 30 years she has been selling real estate in the Manistee area. Most recently she worked for Coldwell Banker, ALM Realty and Associates in Manistee where she was a salesperson and office coordinator.
She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Manistee. She was a member of the Mason-Oceana-Manistee Board of Realtors and the Manistee County Multi-List where she had served as treasurer for 10 years.
She is survived by: her daughter and son-in-law, Judith and John Hurst of San Diego, Calif.; two grandsons, Michael Dopke of San Diego and Gregory Dopke of Manistee; granddaughter and spouse, Alane and Gary Perrigo of Fallbrook, Calif.; great grandsons, Corey and Ian Perrigo; sister, Ruth (Craig) Schweikhart of Stanwood; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; and the many good friends and neighbors, whose company she so enjoyed throughout the years.
She was preceded in death by: her parents; her sister, Lucille Ketchum; and two brothers, Franklin and Darwin Gilmore.
Memorial services for Vera Larsen will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 12 at the First Baptist Church in Manistee with pastor Dan Freeburg officiating. Final interment will be in the Fairview Cemetery in Bear Lake. There will be no visitation at the funeral home.
The family suggests that, in lieu of flowers, those wishing to remember Vera consider a gift to the First Baptist Church piano fund. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home and at the funeral service.
The Johnson Funeral Home of Manistee is in charge of funeral arrangements. 

Tyler Daniel Nichols 

HOLLAND -- Tyler Daniel Nichols, seven years old, died August 7, 1998 in Holland, Mich., in an early morning house fire.
He was born on March 18, 1991 in Manistee.
He is survived by: his parents, Daniel and Melissa (Smith) Nichols, Holland; his brother, Brandon, at home; his paternal grandparents, Jack and Gail Nichols, Onekama; his maternal grandfather, Larry J. Smith, Manistee; his maternal great-grandparents, Charles and Stella Jones, Onekama; and by several aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Deborah Smith.
Memorial services will be conducted at 10 a.m. today, Monday, Aug. 10 at the Terwilliger Funeral Home, Kaleva, with the Rev. Donald Stroup, officiating. Private burial services will be held at a later date at the Brethren Cemetery.
A memorial has been established for the Tourette Syndrome Foundation. Envelopes are available at the Terwilliger Funeral Home. 

Helen M. Opalka 

MANISTEE -- Helen M. Opalka, age 88, of 166 Van Buren St., Manistee, died Sunday evening, Aug. 9, 1998 at the Manistee County Medical Care Facility.
She was born February 22, 1910 in Manistee, and was the daughter of the late Lawrence and Catherine (Mastaj) Mucha. Helen married Venit T. Opalka on June 26, 1934 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Manistee. He preceded her in death on August 20, 1973. As a young lady, Helen had worked at the Manistee Shoe Factory. She devoted her life to raising her family, gardening and crocheting. She was a communicant of St. Joseph Catholic Church of Manistee and a lifelong member of the American Legion Post No. 10, Auxiliary.
She is survived by: three sons and one daughter-in-law, Leonard and Diane Opalka, and Thomas F. Opalka, all of Manistee, Larry Opalka of Paw Paw; her daughter, Kathleen Maidens of Bear Lake; an aunt, Lee Opalka of Manistee; 14 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive her.
Helen was preceded in death by: her infant daughter, Marion Opalka; two sisters, Ann Serafin and Frances Mack; five brothers, John, Steve, Hank, Mike and Adam Mucha; and by her son-in-law, Dale Maidens.
Mass from the Order of Christian Funerals will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 14 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Manistee, with the Rev. William Zwiefka, celebrant. Burial will be in Mt. Carmel Cemetery, also in Manistee.
Relatives and friends as well as members of the Saint Joseph Catholic Church Rosary Society, of which Helen was a 50-year member, will pray the Rosary this evening (Thursday) at 7:30 p.m. at the Herbert Funeral Home in Manistee.
Evening Prayer from The Order of Christian Funerals will be prayed this evening (Thursday) at 8 p.m. at the funeral home, where friends began calling Wednesday. The family will be at the funeral home today (Thursday) from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m., to receive friends.
A memorial will be established in Helen's name for the Manistee County Medical Care Facility. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. The Herbert Funeral Home of Manistee is in charge of funeral arrangements. 

Carl F. Townsend 

MANISTEE -- Carl F. Townsend, 95, of Manistee, died Sunday, Aug. 9, 1998, at West Shore Hospital.
Carl was born January 30, 1903 in Chicago, Ill., the son of George and Amanda (Derry) Townsend. The Townsend family moved from Chicago to the Wellston area in 1909. He married Gladys Land in Flint on January 30, 1921. The Townsends celebrated their 77th wedding anniversary this past January. They were recognized recently as Manistee County's longest married couple.
Carl was chief cook on Great Lakes freighters of the Pittsburgh Steel and Cleveland Cliff Lines for 31 years until his retirement in 1968. After his retirement he and his wife, Gladys, lived in Fruitland Park, Fla., for 22 years. They returned to Manistee in 1990. Carl attended the First Baptist Church in Manistee.
He is survived by: his wife, Gladys; daughters and sons-in-law, Charlotte Norkus of Muskegon, Jeraldine Dyson, Shirley and William Lidtke Jr., and Letha and Kenneth Gillespie, all of Manistee; sons and daughters-in-law, C. Jay and Joyce Townsend of Ocala, Fla., and Milo "Mike" and Betty Townsend of Bloomington, Minn.; a grandson, Don Wallace of Muskegon, who was raised by Carl and Gladys; 18 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; seven great-great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by: his parents; a sister, Viola Wilson; and by three grandchildren.
Funeral services for Carl Townsend will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 13 at the First Baptist Church in Manistee, with pastor Dan Freeburg officiating. Burial will be in the Oak Grove Cemetery.
The family will be at the Johnson Funeral Home to receive friends Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
The family suggests that those wishing to remember Carl consider a gift to the First Baptist Church piano fund. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home and at the funeral service.
The Johnson Funeral Home of Manistee is in charge of funeral arrangements. 

Dale Gordon Chandler 

BRETHREN -- Dale Gordon Chandler, age 68, of 11954 River Road, Brethren, died at his home on Tuesday, May 12, 1998. He was born May 21, 1929 in Harrietta, the son of the late Louis and Violet (Handy) Chandler. He married Margaret Mary Bailey on July 1, 1950 in Kaleva. She preceded him in death on January 2, 1997. Dale had been employed as an asphalt plant operator by Cook Contracting in Detroit for 29 1/2 years. He later was employed by Williams Brothers in Ionia. He was a communicant of Saint Bernard¹s Catholic Church in Irons. An avid outdoorsman, Dale especially enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and mushroom hunting. He is survived by: five sons and two daughters-in-law, Tom Chandler of Mississippi, Robert (Sandra) Chandler of Brethren, Dale Chandler of Elk Rapids, Tim Chandler of Grand Rapids, Jeff (Sue) Chandler of Kaleva; four daughters and two sons-in-laws, Bonnie Gustin of Mattawan, Sandra (David) Alford of Shreveport, La., Mary (Joe) Gumieny of Manistee, and Janette Sommers of Manistee; 17 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Henry and Edna Chandler of Mesick, Lloyd and Virginia Chandler of Harrietta, Charlene and Neil Lindale of Grand Rapids, and Vivian and Henry Mazada of Muskegon. He was also preceded in death by: five sisters, Doris Mongard, Mildred Violet Short, Edith Mae, Maxine J. and Erma L. Chandler; and by three brothers, Betrum II, Gordon and Clifford Chandler. A memorial Mass from the Order of Christian Funerals will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 19 at Saint Bernard¹s Catholic Church in Irons with the Rev. Thomas C. Niedzewiecki, celebrant. Interment of Mr. Chandler¹s cremated remains will be in the Corfu Cemetery in Brethren.\ The Herbert Funeral Home of Manistee is in charge of funeral arrangements. 

Nancy B. Batdorff 

 
BIG RAPIDS -- Nancy B. Batdorff, 61, owner of Big Rapids Greenhouse passed away suddenly at her home on Tuesday, August 4. She was born on January 17, 1937 in Boston, MA to Thoburn M. and Madeleine E. (Spafford) Stamm. A graduate of North Muskegon High School and the University of Michigan, she moved to Big Rapids in 1961 where she taught high school English and journalism. She also was a photojournalist for several years with the Pioneer Group. She will be sadly missed by two daughters Wendy (Blake) Miller of Manistee and Suzanne of Kalamazoo; one son, John II (Lora) of Big Rapids and a brother, Thoburn "Toby" M. (Lynne) Stamm of New York City. She also is lovingly remembered by her companion Zeke Zuidema of Big Rapids. Funeral services will be held on Friday, August 7 at 11a.m. at the Daggett-Gilbert Funeral Home. The family will greet friends on Thursday evening from 6-8 p.m. and on Friday beginning at 10 a.m. Memorial contributions in Nancy's name may be made to the Big Rapids Historical Preservation Commission or the Crossroads Picnic Showcase of Reed City. 

Allen C. Fennell 

GLADWIN -- Allen C. Fennell, 61, of Gladwin, died Friday, July 10, 1998 at the MidMichigan Medical Center-Gladwin.

Born July 12, 1936 in Kaleva, he was the son of Frank and Stella Asiala Fennell.

He graduated from Central Michigan University and then from University of Michigan Graduate School. He taught school many years and became superintendent of Owendale Schools.

Al married the former Dolores Willett, August 29, 1959 in Bentley. They moved to Gladwin in 1972 where he held the position of school superintendent until retiring in 1989.

Besides his wife he is survived by three sons, Andrew and wife Dawn of Midland, Edward and wife Chantal, and Steven and wife Theresa, all of Gladwin; one daughter, Kelly Fennell of Grandville; one brother Melvin of Evergreen, Colo.; his mother-in-law, Bernice Willett of Gladwin; and six grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two brothers and one sister.

Services were held at 11 a.m. Monday at the First United Methodist Church in Gladwin with Rev. Deane Wyllys officiating. Burial was in highland Cemetery, Gladwin.

Memorials may be made to the Allen C. Fennell Scholarship Fund. Services were in charge of Sisson Funeral Home in Gladwin. 

Genevieve L. Horaszewski 

MANISTEE -- Genevieve L. Horaszewski (Harless), age 75, of Manistee, died Saturday morning, Aug. 1, 1998 at the Manistee County Medical Care Facility.
She was born May 26, 1923 in Manistee and was the daughter of the late Joseph and Gertrude (Brzezniak) Wojciechowski. She was a graduate of Manistee High School, the class of 1941. Genevieve married Roy Swiatlowski on September 28, 1944 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Manistee. He preceded her in death on June 4, 1986.
Gen had been employed as a secretary at the Glen of Michigan for a number of years. She retired on April 8, 1983 from the Manistee County Department of Social Services after 29 years of service.
She was a communicant of St. Joseph Catholic Church of Manistee, a 50-year member and past vice-president of the St. Joseph Rosary Society; a member of the St. Joseph Altar Society; a member of the West Shore Hospital auxiliary and the Catholic Daughters of America Court Manistee No. 496 and a Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites. She was a past member of the board of directors of the Manistee Council on Aging and a charter and past member of the Manistee Area Landlords Association.
She is survived by: her son, Roy Swiatlowski of Manistee; and her daughter, Mary Lynn Burchard of Richland; two step-sons and step- daughters-in-law, Donald and Barbara Horaszewski of Grafton, Wis., and Phillip and Kristie Harless of Manistee; several grandchildren and several great-grandchildren; her sister, Lorraine Conway of Manistee; as well as numerous nieces and nephews also survive her.
Mass from The Order of Christian Funerals will be Celebrated at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 5 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Manistee, with the Rev. James M. Bearss, celebrant. Burial will be in Mt. Carmel Cemetery, also in Manistee.
Relatives, friends and the members of the St. Joseph Rosary Society will pray the rosary Tuesday evening at 7:30 p.m. at the Herbert Funeral Home in Manistee, where the Evening Prayers from The Order of Christian Funerals will also be prayed on Tuesday evening at 8 p.m.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home this evening (Monday) from 7 to 9 p.m., and Tuesday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.
A memorial will be established in Genevieve's name for the St. Joseph Church Re-decoration Fund. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
The Herbert Funeral Home of Manistee is in charge of funeral arrangements. 

Dale Melvin Johnson 

KALEVA -- Dale Melvin Johnson, 58, of Kaleva, died Tuesday, July 28, 1998, at his residence in Kaleva. He was born July 18, 1940, in Manistee, the son of Albert and Ethel Johnson.
Dale was a veteran of the U.S. Army, and past proprietor of the Blue Slipper in Onekama.
He is survived by: his son, Bryan Keyes, of Holland; one brother, Thomas (Laura) Johnson of East Lake; one sister, Betty Hilliard of Kaleva; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial services will be conducted Thursday, July 30, 1998 at 8 p.m., at the Terwilliger Funeral Home in Kaleva, with Rev. Floyd Soper officiating. The family will receive friends from 7 p.m. until time of the services at the Terwilliger Funeral Home. 

Edward Ochala 

MANISTEE -- Edward Ochala, age 82, of 10845 Caberfae Highway died late Thursday evening July 30, 1998 at West Shore Hospital in Manistee.
He was born on September 14, 1915 in Chicago, Illinois the son of the late Jacob and Antoinette (Rozwadowski) Ochala. He married Stella Sokolowski on January 30, 1938. The made Manistee their permanent residence in 1975 upon Edward's retirement from Budd Wheel in Detroit after 35 and 1/2 years of employment. A tool and die maker, Ed also served as Chief UAW Union Steward.
A Communicant of Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Manistee, he also enjoyed hunting and fishing.
He is survived by his wife: Stella Ochala of Manistee; one daughter and son-in-law: Carol Anne and Larry Giovannoni of Roseville; two grand daughters: Christina and Lisa Giovannoni; one brother: Stanley Ochala of Bass Lake. Nieces and nephews also survive.
He was also preceded in death by his son: Leonard E. Ochala on November 10, 1087; by five brothers: Frank, Edward, John, Joseph and Casmir Ochala, and by two sisters: Lillian Ciofu and Helen Macurria.
Mass From the Order of Christian Funerals will be celebrated Monday, August 3, 1998 at 1 p.m. at Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Manistee with Father William Zwiefka celebrant. Burial will be in Mount Carmel Cemetery.
Evening Prayer From the Order of Christian Funerals will be prayed Sunday evening at 8 p.m. at the Herbert Funeral Home in Manistee where friends may begin calling Sunday afternoon after 2 p.m. The family will be at the funeral home Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. to receive friends.
The Herbert Funeral Home of Manistee is in charge of funeral arrangements. 

Margaret Elizabeth Braund OGawa 

PETOSKEY -- Margaret Elizabeth Braund OGawa, a woman whose life took her from her early beginnings in Brantford, Ontario, Canada, to the distant shores of Hawaii and back, died July 24, 1998 at the age of 95 in Northern Michigan Hospital, Petoskey of complications following a stroke.
She was born on January 14, 1903, in Brantford, Ontario, Canada, and attended Hamilton Normal School. She taught in a one-room schoolhouse in Canada before coming to the United States, where she received her R.N. degree from Hurley Hospital School of Nursing in Flint. There she met her husband, a young medical student from Hawaii, Raymond M. OGawa. They lived in Cleveland, Ohio, where she combined her two areas of expertise to do public school nursing while her husband completed his medical training.
She and her husband then relocated to rural Maui, where she assisted him in the many nursing duties and other aspects of running a clinic-hospital in Paia, Maui. After a two-year trip to Pennsylvania where her husband specialized in Ophthalmology, they moved to Honolulu, Hawaii, where he practiced for 35 years. 
Upon retirement, they followed their children to Michigan, where she embarked upon a third career. She returned to school at Eastern Michigan University and graduated with a Masters in Special Education and Reading in 1965, at the age of 62. She then taught remedial reading in Hazel Park for seven years, stopping only because of mandatory teacher retirement. However, she continued to enrich young minds by tutoring in her own home. "My greatest joy is to take a child whom other teachers have given up on and teach that child to read."
In 1979 she and her husband moved to Petoskey to be near their son, Dr. Gilbert McNally OGawa.
She was preceded in death by her parents: Edwin Simpson Braund and Margaret Spicer Braund; two brothers: Cecil and Gordon Braund of Brantford, Ontario, Canada; and one sister: Jean Braund DeGrey of Utah.
She is survived by her husband: Dr. Raymond M. OGawa; two sisters: Julia Braund Smith of Brantford, Ont. Canada, and Marian Braund Ewen of Annapolis, Maryland, three children: Dr. Gilbert M. OGawa of Petoskey, Jane Spice Oliver of Manistee, Dr. Andrew Simpson. OGawa of Troy, 11 grand children and five great grand children.
A memorial service for the family and Nursing Home staff will take place at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, August 1, at Boulder Park Terrace Nursing Home, where they have lived the past nine months. Dr. Bob Lueck of First Presbyterian Church, Petoskey, will conduct the service. Internment will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, Manistee. Memorials may be sent to Boulder Park Terrace Nursing Home, 14676 W. Upright, Charlevoix, Michigan 49720. 

Leah M. Wroblewski 

MANISTEE -- Leah M. Wroblewski of 1380 Perry Rd., Manistee, died Tuesday, Aug. 4, 1998 at the Manistee County Medical Care Facility.
She was born in Saginaw, the daughter of Edward and Nellie (Rogers) Willett. The Willett family moved to Manistee from Saginaw in November of 1936. Leah married Raymond M. Wroblewski on March 27, 1943 in Wayne County. He preceded her in death on February 20, 1990.
Leah had been a cook for many years at the US 31 Eat Shop and the Sibben Street Grill.
She was a communicant of Guardian Angels Catholic Church in Manistee and a member of the Holy Family Society of the church. She was a life member of the VFW Auxiliary, Walsh Post No. 4499 in Manistee.
She is survived by: daughter, Dena Thompson of Manistee; son and daughter-in-law, Edward and Kay Madsen of Fenton; grandchildren, Heidi Madsen of Fenton, David and Kristin Thompson of Manistee, and Teresa Thompson of Burlington, Vt.; a great-granddaughter, Emily Leah Thompson of Manistee; brother and sister-in-law, John and Sylvia Willett of Manistee; sisters and brother-in-law, Margaret Stypa of Manistee, and Joan and Al Davis of East Lansing; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by: her son-in-law, Pete Thompson; and a brother-in-law, Stanley Stypa.
Funeral mass for Leah Wroblewski will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 7 at Guardian Angels Catholic Church in Manistee, with Monsignor Gerard F. Guzikowski, celebrant. Burial will be in the Thompson family cemetery.
Friends may begin calling at the Johnson Funeral Home Thursday afternoon at 2 p.m. The family will be at the funeral home to receive friends on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A wake service for family and friends will be held Thursday evening at 8 p.m. at the funeral home. The VFW Auxiliary will hold a memorial service Thursday evening at 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home.
The family suggests that those wishing to remember Leah consider a gift to the Manistee County Medical Care Facility staff (who were so kind and considerate to her while she was a patient there). Envelopes will be available at the funeral home and at the funeral service.
The Johnson Funeral Home of Manistee is in charge of funeral arrangements.


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