|Valentine J. Ozdych
Valentine J. (Bill) Ozdych, 59, of Holmes Beach, Fla., died January
22, 1999 at Blake Medical Center, Bradenton, Fla. He was born February
23, 1939 in Manistee.
He is survived by his wife, Joanne (Kobe) Ozdych, whom he married on
Oct. 17, 1963 in Calumet at Saint Paul of the Apostle Church; he was also
survived by a daughter, Julie (Phil) Stephens of Belding; two sons, Joseph
of Bay City; and James (Danielle) of Stoney Creek, N.C.; two grandchildren,
Adrianna and Audree Stephens; two sisters, Sr. Elizabeth Ozdych of Hamtramck,
and Jeanette Smock of Manistee; and brother, Lee Ozdych of Great Bend,
He was preceded in death by his parents, Casimer and Gertrude (Witucki)
Ozdych of Manistee.
Bill retired as a Detective/Lieutenant after 21 years of service with
the Michigan State Police. He served in Detroit, Calumet, Lansing, Bay
City, Pontiac, and served as a Detective/Lieutenant in the Fire Marshal
Division, Third District Headquarters in Saginaw. He was a member of the
State Police Emergency Services Team. He attended the FBI National Academy
in 1982. After he retired, he worked for the Michigan Department of Corrections
and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. Bill received an
Associate Degree from Delta College. He served in the U.S. Army Airborne
Division. Bill was a graduate of Manistee High School in 1957.
He is a member of St. Bernard Catholic Church of Holmes Beach, Fla.,
and a previous member of St. Paul the Apostle of Calumet, and St. Vincent
DePaul in Bay City. Bill was also a member of the FBI National Academy
Associates, Michigan chapter, Michigan State Police Command Officers Association,
American Legion Kirby Stewart Post 24 of Bradenton, Loyal Order of Moose
Lodge No. 2188 in Anna Maria, and the Elks Lodge No. 404 of Calumet.
Bill and Joanne are residents of Holmes Beach, Fla., and spend their
summers in Eagle River, Mich. Previous to that they had resided in Bay
City for 23 years.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. today, Wednesday, Jan. 27
at St. Bernard Catholic Church, Holmes Beach, Fla. A service will be held
in Calumet at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society,
600 U.S. 301 Blvd W., Suite 136, Bradenton, FL 34205; or the American Lung
Association-Gulf Coast, 2201 Cantu Ct., Suite 119, Sarasota, FL 34232.
Eleanore Marie Albrecht Mitchell
Eleanore Marie Albrecht Mitchell, 68, died Friday, Jan. 15, 1999 in
Orlando, Fla. Born in Manistee on May 8, 1930, she graduated from Manistee
High School in 1948.
She was in the Navy from 1953-1957.
Survivors are: husband, David H.; sons, David, Russell Jr., Gary H.,
all of Orlando; daughter, Gretchen E. of Jacksonville, Fla.; sisters, Caroline
Stuart of Midland, Mich., Margaret Edwards of Riverside, Calif., Marian
Hansen of West Memphis, Ark.
The family suggests donations to: Women in Military Service for America
Memorial, Dept. 560, Washington, DC 20042-0560.
Jean M. McCray
Jean M. McCray, age 77, of 360 Third Ave., Pentwater, died Tuesday,
Jan. 19, 1999 at her residence following a brief illness.
Jean Mildred Reich was born March 15, 1921 in Chickasaw, Okla., to
Avon H. and Ida Mae (Carr) Reich. She received her education in Chickasaw,
Okla., and Flagstaff, Ariz.
Jean enjoyed her home where she spent many hours crocheting. She did
beautiful needlework and made many lovely quilts.
She was affiliated with the Baptist Church.
Survivors include: two sons, the Rev. Avon (and Judy) Raczkowski of
Phillips, Wis., Earl J. (and Joy) Raczkowski of Pentwater; one daughter,
Mary (and Dave) Gouin of Marquette; one sister, Annabeth Slamka of Phoenix,
Ariz.; nine grandchildren, Michael, Vicky, Anson, Theresa, Deborah, Christopher,
Robert, Monica, Walter; and 11 great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one daughter,
Ida Jean Schearer.
Memorial services for Jean McCray will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday,
Jan. 30 at the Ludington Baptist Church, with the Rev. Ralph Wheaton officiating.
There will be no visitation.
Those wishing to make an expression of sympathy are asked to consider
Hospice of Mason County. Envelopes are available at the Dorrell Funeral
Home, which is in charge of arrangements.
Ernest Martin Kraus
Ernest Martin Kraus, 47, died January 13, 1999 at his home in Denham
Springs, La. He was born February 24, 1951 the son of Ernest and Elizabeth
Kraus, in Manistee.
He moved to Louisiana in 1980 and has resided for 18 years.
He is survived by: two daughters and a son-in-law, Dawn and Shawn Lowrey,
Denham Springs, La., and Jill Renee Kraus, Manistee; a son, Charles Kraus,
Gonzales, La.; four sisters, Clara Saari, Kaleva, Pauline Kraus, Frankfort,
Mary Exo, Traverse City, Aggie Bigalke, Manistee, and several nieces, nephews
Religious services were held at Seale Funeral Home Chapel and burial
was in the Evergreen Memorial Park, both in Denham Springs, La.
He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, also in Denham
Ernest worked as manager of East Baton Rouge Parish Housing Authority.
Gladys L. Townsend
Gladys L. Townsend, 94, of Manistee, died Monday, Jan. 25, 1999 at
Orchard Hill Adult Foster Care Home in Brethren.
Gladys L. Townsend was born January 28, 1904 in Evart, the daughter
of Alfred and Orah (Snyder) Land. She married Carl Townsend in Flint on
January 30, 1921. He preceded her in death on August 9, 1998 after 77 years
of marriage. They recently were recognized as Manistee County's longest
She and Carl moved to Florida after his retirement and lived in Fruitland
Park for 22 years. She was a member of the Fruitland Park Baptist Church
where she taught Sunday school for 22 years. They returned to Manistee
in May 1993, where she became a member of First Baptist Church.
She is survived by: 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; and seven great-great
In addition to her husband, she was also preceded in death by her parents;
a sister, Ella Land; a brother, Jay Land; and three grandchildren.
Funeral services for Gladys Townsend will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday,
Jan. 28 at the First Baptist Church, with the Rev. Daniel Freeburg officiating.
Burial will be in the Oak Grove Cemetery in Manistee.
The family will be at the Johnson Funeral Home Wednesday evening from
7-9 p.m. to receive friends.
The family suggests that those wishing to remember Gladys 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.
Ronald Penny, 62, of 2546 Maple St., Free Soil, passed away Thursday,
Jan. 21, 1999, at the Manistee Medical Care Facility.
Ronald was born March 3, 1936, in Detroit, the son of Myrlen and Dorothy
(Homburg) Penny. He grew up in Detroit and attended Redford High School.
Ronald was married March 23, 1957, in Detroit to Alice (Sue) Winner, and
she survives. The couple moved to Free Soil from Livonia in 1971. He served
as a Trustee on the Free Soil Village Council for several years.
Ronald played slow-pitch softball in Mason, Lake and Manistee counties,
and he enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping.
Surviving Mr. Penny, in addition to his wife, Sue are: one son, Jeffrey
(and Elaine) Penny of Free Soil; one daughter, Sherry (and Michael) Hasenbank
of Free Soil; one sister, Janet (and Bill) Little of Loudon, Tenn.; five
grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death in addition to his parents by one son, Kurt
Penny on March 2, 1987.
Funeral services for Ronald M. Penny will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday,
Jan. 25, at the Stephens Funeral Chapel, Scottville, the Reverend Raymond
Haner officiating. Interment will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery, Free
Soil. The family will be at the Stephens Funeral Home to receive friends,
Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.
Howard Dean, 77, of Brethren, died Wednesday, Jan. 20, 1999 at his
He was born December 24, 1921, in Northport, son of Ackenassasa and
Roseann (Wayeshe) Dean.
Howard was a member of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa
Indians. During his earlier years, he was an interstate truck driver; and
later he worked for Jebavy-Sorenson Orchards in Manistee. In his spare
time, Howard loved hunting and fishing.
On August 2, 1990, he married Ruth Dean, who survives him. Also surviving
are: his adopted daughter, Brenda Kelly of Copemish; and two adopted grandchildren;
two brothers; four cousins; and his dear friends, Mr. and Mrs. John Zielinski
Howard was preceded in death by: his parents; seven brothers and one
Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 25 at the
Lakeview Church of the Brethren, in Brethren, with Donald Stroup officiating.
Burial will be in Corfu Cemetery in the spring.
Visitation will be held from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Sunday, with a Pipe Ceremony
at 8:30 p.m., conducted by Jack Chambers, Medicine Man, at the Terwilliger
Funeral Home in Kaleva.
Dixie H. Sorensen
Dixie H. Sorensen, 73, of Manistee, died Sunday evening, Jan. 17, 1999
at the Manistee County Medical Care Facility following a lingering illness.
She was born April 29, 1925 in Mason City, Iowa, the daughter of the
late Howard and Pauline Hunt. She was united in marriage to Robert E. Sorensen
on December 27, 1949 and he preceded her in death on April 1, 1970.
She was a member of First Congregational Church-UCC of Manistee and
for a number of years served as church secretary. She had also been active
with the Manistee Civic Players.
She is survived by: sons and daughters-in-law, Thomas Sorensen of Milwaukee,
William and Tina Sorensen of Peshtigo, Wis., Paul and Andrea Sorensen of
Menominee, and James and Mimi Sorensen of Huntsville, Ala.; daughters,
Susan and Robin Sorensen, both of Arlington, Va.; a granddaughter, Ashley
Sorensen and a grandson, Bobby Sorensen.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was also preceded in death
by a son, Richard H. Sorensen in 1973.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 20 at the
Johnson Funeral Home with the Rev. Sally Schreiner officiating. Burial
will be in the Oak Grove Cemetery.
Friends may begin calling at the funeral home today (Tuesday), where
the family will receive friends from 3 to 6 p.m.
The family suggests that those wishing to remember Dixie are asked
to consider a contribution to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
The Johnson Funeral home, P.C., of Manistee is in charge of funeral
Louise W. Ziehm
Louise W. Ziehm, 87, of Manistee, died Friday afternoon, Jan. 15, 1999
at the Manistee County Medical Care Facility.
She was born in Bear Lake Township on Jan. 6, 1912, the daughter of
the late Herman and Margaret (Lutz) Ziehm. She was retired, having worked
for General Motors for 32 years.
She was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and had been active
in the altar guild, flower committee and quilting club of the church.
Louise is survived by a sister, Hazel Nurnberger of Manistee; and by
several nieces, nephews and cousins.
In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by a sister,
Helen Hysell; and by brothers, William and Walter Ziehm.
There will be no visitation. A graveside service will be conducted
at the Bear Lake Township Cemetery at a time to be announced later this
The family requests that those wanting to remember Louise consider
a gift to either the Manistee County Humane Society, or Good Shepherd Lutheran
Church. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
The Johnson Funeral Home of Manistee is in charge of the funeral arrangements.
Ruby H. Mills
Ruby H. Mills, age 88, of 522 Ramsdell St., Manistee, died Sunday night,
Jan. 17, 1999 at West Shore Hospital in Manistee.
She was born July 11, 1910 in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., and was the
daughter of the late Alexander and Caroline (Kemtschmit) McCready. Ruby
married Joseph C. Mills on April 30, 1930 at St. Mary's Catholic Church
in Sault Ste. Marie. He preceded her in death in May of 1973. She was a
member of Guardian Angels Catholic Church of Manistee. Ruby enjoyed flowers
She is survived by three sons and two daughters-in-law, Jerry K. Mills
of Manistee, with whom she made her home with for the past 25 years, Joseph
and Muriel Mills of Fruitport, and Patrick and Diana Mills of Sault Ste.
Marie; three grandchildren, Joseph Mills of Muskegon, Carri and Tod Bradley
of Sault Ste. Marie, and Terri Mills of the Moody Air Force Base, Ga.;
twin great-granddaughters, Shawna and Shanna O'Neil of Muskegon; one brother
and two sisters-in-law, Ora and Toots McCready of Sault Ste. Marie, and
Marie Thiebert of Sugar Island. Several nieces and nephews also survive
Ruby was also preceded in death by: an infant son, Clarence Mills;
an infant grandson, David Mills; and two sisters, Ardie Nelson and Esther
Mason; and by two brothers, Freeman and Alex McCready.
Mass from The Order of Christian Funerals will be celebrated at 10
a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 20 at Guardian Angels Catholic Church in Manistee,
with Monsignor Gerard F. Guzikowski, celebrant. Burial will take place
on Thursday, Jan. 21 at the Oaklawn Chapel Gardens in Sault Ste. Marie.
Relatives and friends will pray the rosary this evening (Tuesday) at
8 p.m. at the Herbert Funeral Home in Manistee, where friends may begin
calling today (Tuesday) at 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 Ruby's name for Guardian Angels Catholic
Church in Manistee. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.
The family will receive friends at the Chapel of the Oaklawn Chapel
Gardens in Sault Ste. Marie on Thursday from 1 until 2 p.m., where committal
services will take place at 2 p.m. The Herbert Funeral Home of Manistee
is in charge of funeral arrangements.
Gordon (Gordy) Guenthardt, age 74, of 8146 Pine Creek Rd., died early
Saturday morning, Jan. 16, 1999 at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City.
He was born on Feb. 12, 1924 at Claybank, the son of the late Jacob
and Louise (Rhieman) Guenthardt. He attended the Claybank School. Gordy
was a veteran of World War II, serving in the United States Army from February
of 1943 to December of 1945. He married Jean Sams in June of 1946 at Saint
Joseph Catholic Church in Manistee.
An ironworker, he was employed at Manistee Welding and Piping. Since
his retirement, he has been employed at the Guenthardt Sawmill.
He was a member of the Ironworkers Union, Local No. 340, a life member
of VFW Walsh Post No. 4499, and a life member of the Civic Club. He enjoyed
fishing and hunting, and especially spending time with his grandchildren.
He is survived by: his wife, Jean Guenthardt of Manistee; four sons
and daughters-in-law, Bob and Sue Guenthardt, Jerry and Sheryl Guenthardt,
Tom and Nita Guenthardt, and Kenny and Esther Guenthardt, all of Manistee;
three daughters and sons-in-law, Rosemary and Larry Edmondson of Wellston,
Ann Marie and Bryce Avery of Chase, and Janice and Lee Grant of Traverse
City; 14 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; one brother and four sisters-in-law,
Walter and Thelma Guenthardt of Wellston, Esther Guenthardt of Ludington,
Dolores Guenthardt of Muskegon, and Germaine Guenthardt of Manistee; one
sister and brother-in-law, Christie and Bob Madsen of Manistee; his mother-in-law,
Rose Sams of Wellston. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive.
He was also preceded in death by: six sisters, Ellen Jacobs, Gladys
Madsen, Leona Jacobs, Marcella Skocelas, Loretta Franklin, and Ruth Skiera;
and by six brothers, Howard, Richard, Raymond, Arthur, Carl (Cappy), and
Funeral services for Gordon Guenthardt will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday,
Jan. 19 at the Herbert Funeral Home of Manistee, with the Reverend Floyd
Soper officiating. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, where members
of the VFW Walsh Post No. 4499 will conduct military graveside services.
Friends may begin calling at the Herbert Funeral Home today (Monday)
after 2 p.m. The family will be at the funeral home today from 2-4 and
7-9 p.m. to receive friends.
The Herbert Funeral Home of Manistee is in charge of funeral arrangements.
Robert L. Drew
Robert L. Drew, aged 77, of Grand Rapids, died Saturday, Jan. 16, 1999
at his home.
Surviving are: daughters, Jennifer Campbell of Vancouver, Canada, Ellen
(Richard) Smith of Lowell, Julie Holladay of Mercer, Tenn., Mary Duncan
of North Palm Beach, Fla.; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren;
one brother, James W. Drew of Zephyrhills, Fla.
There will be no funeral home visitation or services.
Interment in Ft. Custer National Cemetery, Augusta, Mich.
For those who wish, memorials may be made to the Kent County Humane
Society. Reyers North Valley Funeral Chapel of Grand Rapids is in charge
of funeral arrangements.
Patricia Ann McQueen
Patricia Ann McQueen, 54, died Jan. 3, 1999, at her home in Vestaburg.
She was born to Ward and Alpherna (Patterson) Kelley on April 29, 1944,
She became a Licensed Practical Nurse and worked at Gratiot Community
Hospital. On Oct. 17, 1981 she married Douglas Kent McQueen in Riverdale.
She is survived by: her mother, Alpherna Kelley of Kaleva; her husband,
Douglas of Vestaburg; son, Russ (Trish) Downey of Augusta; two daughters,
Ginger (John) Collins of Riverdale and Tracy (Ben) Perry of Alma; nine
grandchildren; sister, Kay Kelley of Ludington; four brothers, Jim Kelley
of Kaleva, Delbert (Pam) Kelley of Manistee, Jeff (Sharlene) Kelley of
Louisiana, and Joe (Myra) Kelley of Onekama.
She was preceded in dath by her father, Ward Kelley; and one son, Michael.
Memorial services will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 13 at 11 a.m., at
the Ferris Church of Christ on Crystal Road. Officiating will be the Rev.
The family requests that donations be made to the Ferris Church of
Christ Youth Group.
Faith Closson, 79, formerly of Manistee, died Wednesday, Jan. 12, 1999
in Greenboro, N.C.
She was a retired school teacher in the Manistee school district for
30 years. Along with Max Closson, who preceded her in death in 1988, the
founded Closson's Jewelry Store in 1951.
Two children survive: Steve Closson of Colorado, and Holly Lumley of
Greensboro, N.C.; two grandsons, Andrew and Tyler Lumley of Greensboro.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation.
Cheryl Ann Christian
Cheryl Ann Christian, age 51, of Lansing, loving wife, mother, daughter
and sister, died January 13, 1999.
She was born November 4, 1947 in Manistee, to Jay and Betty Miehlke.
Mrs. Christian earned her Bachelors degree in graphic arts and her Masters
in advertising, both from MSU, and was a member of the Delta Zeta Sorority.
She was employed at the Michigan State College of Human Medicine for the
past 25 years and was the Ambassador of the MSU Federal Credit Union; was
a member of St. Gerard Catholic Church and the Grand Valley Corvette Association.
She was preceded in death by: her infant children, Ryan Matthew and
Kyna Ann; and brother, Michael Miehlke.
Surviving are: her husband of 20 years, Bernard L.; daughter, Erin
Therese; parents, Jay and Betty Miehlke of Manistee; sister, Mary Beth
Miehlke of Lansing; three brothers, Patrick (Dawn) Miehlke of Nashville,
Tenn., and Todd (Robin) Miehlke of Lansing; three nephews, Jacob, Nicholas
and John Miehlke.
Visitation will be held from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today (Friday), with
a 7 p.m. vigil service in the Tiffany Funeral Home of Lansing.
Funeral liturgy is 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, at St. Gerard Catholic
Church, with the Rev. John P. Klein presiding. Rite of Committal in St.
The family suggests contributions be made to the National Kidney Foundation.
Werner L. Fink
Werner L. Fink, 90, formerly of McKee Street, Manistee, died Tuesday,
Jan. 12, 1999 at the Manistee County Medical Care Facility.
He was born Oct. 19, 1908 in Bear Lake Township, Manistee County, the
son of William and Anna (Radtke) Fink.
Werner sailed on the Great Lakes for most of his life as an oiler with
the Pittsburg Steamship Company.
He is survived by: his sister, Hattie VanGordon of Apache Junction,
Ariz.; sisters-in-law, Irene and Luella Fink, both of Onekama, and Ailene
Fink of Port Richey, Fla.; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by: his parents; sister, Hazel Polenciewicz;
and brothers, William, Ernest, Clinton, Rueben and Frank Fink.
Funeral services for Werner Fink will be held at 2 p.m. today, Thursday,
Jan. 14 at the Johnson Funeral Home, with the Rev. Paul Pollatz officiating.
Burial will be held in the spring at the Old Schoolhouse Cemetery in Brown
The family will be at the Johnson Funeral Home from noon until 2 p.m.
to receive friends.
The family suggests that those wishing to remember Werner consider
a gift to the Manistee County Medical Care Auxiliary. Envelopes will be
available at the funeral home.
The Johnson Funeral Home of Manistee is in charge of funeral arrangements.
Sarah Jane Rasmusson Newman
Sarah Jane Rasmusson Newman, age 55, of Surprise, Ariz., died Thursday,
Jan. 7, 1999 in Arizona.
She had resided in Manistee and attended Manistee schools. She later
moved to Arizona with her family in the early 1970s.
She leaves her three children -- Connie Newman of Phoenix, Ariz., April
and Robert Anziano of Las Vegas, Nev., Robert and Phyllis Newman of Iowa;
her good friend, Loren Olson of Surprise, Ariz.; several grandchildren;
one great-grandchild; a sister, Lee and Art Oleniczak of Free Soil; several
nieces and nephews; five sisters-in-law; two brothers-in-law.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Delores Rasmusson.
Sun West Funeral Home of El Mirage, Ariz., was in charge of arrangements.
Bronell Barbara St. John
Bronell Barbara St. John, 77, of Flint, formerly of Wellston, died
Tuesday, Jan. 12,1999 at McLaren General Hospital in Flint. She was born
September 16, 1921 in Owosso, the daughter of John and Marvel (Houser)
Bronell was an artistic person who enjoyed knitting, crewel, ceramics
She is survived by: her children, David (Josephine) Raskowski of Romeoville,
Ill., Barbara (Robert) Flaherty of Las Vegas, Nev., and Tamie (Michael)
Prevette of Flint; her grandchildren, James Raskowski, Angela Raskowski,
Marianne Gariti, Barbara Raskowski, James Russell, Travis Hicks, and Melissa
Prevette; three great-grandchildren; five brothers and sisters, Onalee
Dalke of Phoenix, Ariz., Jack (Irene) Cramer of Big Springs, Texas, Richard
(Peg) Cramer of Montague, Sally (Jim) Wresinski of Lansing, and Mary Lou
Smith of Wellston; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Her husband, Edwin St. John; and her parents preceded Bronell in death.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15 at the
Terwilliger Funeral Home in Kaleva, with the Rev. Floyd Soper officiating.
Burial will be in Wellston Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 1 p.m.
until time of services on Friday at the Terwilliger Funeral Home.
Kevin Lee Leiffers
Kevin Lee Leiffers, 28, of Fayetteville, N.C., formerly of Irons, Mich.,
died unexpectedly on November 28, 1998.
Survivors include: his mother and stepfather, Wanda K. and Jesse C.
Jobbins of Irons; his brothers, Jeffery L. and Sandra M. Leiffers of Free
Soil, and Jamie J. Leiffers of Irons. Also a special friend, Troy Huffman,
of Fayetteville, N.C.
He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Gladys V. Leiffers, who
passed away December 1997; and John S. Leiffers, who passed away in September
Cremation has taken place.
Gordon J. Kott
Gordon J. Kott, 66, of 158 Point Pleasant Circle, Georgetown, Fla.,
and formerly of Manistee, Mich., died Sunday evening, Jan. 10, 1999 at
Memorial Hospital in Ormond Beach, Fla., after an extended illness.
He was born in Manistee on June 8, 1932, the son of Sylvia (Frelka)
and Floyd Robert Kott. Gordon attended Guardian Angel School in Manistee.
He was a veteran of the United States Navy, serving during the Korean Conflict.
He married Gladys Green in 1952.
Gordon was employed as a construction worker and pile driver foreman
for P.B.S. Carpenter, Local No. 627 in Jacksonville, Fla. He was a communicant
of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Crescent City. He was a member
of the Crescent City Moose Lodge No. 1641 and a member of the Legion of
Gordon was an avid fisherman and loved living near the water.
Survivors include: his wife, Gladys Kott of Georgetown; son, Gary Kott
and daughter-in-law, Belinda of Baldwin, Fla.; four grandchildren, Stephanie
(Peter) Klepoch, Laura, Gary Jr., and Lucille; three great-grandchildren,
Cayla, Allysa, and Peter, all of Florida; two sisters and three brothers-in-law,
Gloria and Lyle Fox of St. Francis, Wis., Betty and Jim Bradley of Lakeview,
Mich., David Hersey of Manistee, Mich.; two brothers and three sisters-in-law,
Bob and Elsie Kott, Ronald and Monica Kott, and Joanne Kott, all of Manistee;
numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a son, Gregory on June 21, 1984; his parents,
Sylvia and Floyd Kott; sister, Janet Hersey; brothers, Fabian and David
Kott; two nephews, Todd and Randy Kott.
Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at a
Memorials may be made in Gordon's name for the Heart or Cancer foundation,
or to a charity of choice.
Watts Funeral Home, San Mateo, Fla., is in charge of the arrangements.
Egalia M. May
Egalia M. May, 90, of Traverse City, died Wednesday, Jan. 6, 1999 at
Bortz Health Care of Traverse City.
She was born Jan. 10, 1908, in Thompsonville to Minor D. and Effie
(Root) King. On Oct. 31, 1928, in Thompsonville, she married Ivan A. May.
Egalia was a 1928 graduate of Thompsonville High School. Formerly of
Reed City, Baldwin and Copemish, she had lived in Traverse City for the
past 10 years. She had been a telephone operator with Michigan Bell in
Reed City and Baldwin and retired in 1969. She was a member of the Eastern
Star Chapter No. 494 in Baldwin and she was a great cook.
Survivors include: two daughters, Bonnie (Derald) Stanton of Traverse
City and Ivanna (Ronald) Edwards of Lansing; one sister-in-law, Juanita
(Herman) Stiver of Muskegon; five grandchildren, Ronda Edward (David) Barth
of Traverse City, Rita (Bill) Stanton of Lansing, Robert (Karen) Edwards
of Lansing, Douglas (Anne) Stanton of Lake Ann and Debra (Tony) Demin of
Livingston, Mont.; 10 great-grandchildren, one niece and four nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ivan in May 1991; her parents;
and three sisters, Nancy King, Doris Chichester and Mary Kitchen.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. today, Saturday, at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff
Funeral Home in Traverse City. The Rev. Jim Parrish will officiate. Burial
will be in the spring in Cleon Township Cemetery in Copemish. Friends may
call from 6 to 8 p.m. this evening at the funeral home.
Memorials may be directed to the First Christian Church or to the charity
of one's choice.
Robert W. Johnson, Sr.
Robert W. Johnson, Sr., age 63, of 83 Grant St., Manistee, died Friday
morning, Jan. 8, 1999 at his home.
He was born October 9, 1935 in Baltimore, Md., son of the late Florence
Jester. The late Carl and Agnes (West) Johnson adopted him. Bob was a graduate
of Manistee High School, the class of 1955. He married Marian L. Fortier
on June 18, 1955 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Manistee. He was employed
with Michigan Bell for 30 years as a cable splicer and at one time he and
Marian operated the City Cab Company. He was a member of the VFW Dads Club,
the St. Joseph Civic Club, the C.B. Radio Club (Radio Re-Act Club), he
had served in the Michigan National Guard and was also a member of the
Telephone Pioneers of America and the Communications Workers of America
having held various offices in both organizations. Bob had been active
in many community activities.
He is survived by: his wife, Marian L. Johnson of Manistee; three sons
and a daughter-in-law, Robert Johnson Jr., of Muskegon, Steve and Dorothy
Johnson and Vern Johnson, all of Manistee; four daughters and sons-in-law,
Sharon and Gary Fortin of Fowlerville, Mary and Tom Thebault of Manistee,
Margaret and Jeff Block of Island Lake, Ill., and Christine and Ryan Stambaugh
of Grand Rapids. Numerous grandchildren and one great-granddaughter also
Mass from the Order of Christian Funerals will be celebrated at 11
a.m. on Monday, Jan. 11 at Guardian Angels Catholic Church in Manistee,
with Monsignor Gerard F. Guzikowski, celebrant. Burial will be in Mount
Carmel Cemetery, also in Manistee.
There will be no visitation at the funeral home. The family will receive
friends at the church on Monday morning from 10 a.m. until the time of
the funeral mass at 11 a.m.
A memorial will be established in Robert's name for Little Mary's Hospitality
House. Envelopes will be available at the church on Monday morning. The
Herbert Funeral Home of Manistee is in charge of funeral arrangements.
Kenneth M. Bezesky
Kenneth M. Bezesky, 37, of Onekama and Ludington, formerly of Manistee,
died Friday, Jan. 8, 1999 at Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids.
He was born Dec. 10, 1961 in Detroit, the son of John "Mike" and Shirley
(Kauntiz) Bezesky. He was a graduate of Manistee High School - Class of
Ken was formerly employed on the janitorial staff of Manistee High
School. He attended St. Simon's Catholic Church in Ludington and St. Joseph
Catholic Church of Onekama.
He is survived by: his father, John "Mike" Bezesky of Onekama; his
mother, Shirley Bezesky of Ludington; sister and brother-in-law, Michelle
and Jeffery Bezesky-Roble of Scottville; brothers and sister-in-law, Charles
Bezesky of Ludington, and David and Tracy Bezesky of Cincinnati, Ohio;
nephew, Neal Roble; paternal grandfather, Aser Bezesky of Benzonia; maternal
grandmother, Marie Kauntiz of Bay City; aunts and uncles, Jacqueline and
Albert Walton of Onekama, and Donna and Murray Switzer of Ceresco; and
He was precede din death by: an infant brother, John Bezesky; his paternal
grandmother, Margaret Bezesky; and his maternal grandfather, Clarence Kauntz.
Funeral Mass for Kenneth Bezesky will be celebrated at 11 a.m., Wednesday,
Jan. 13 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Onekama, with the Rev. Richard
Kosterman, celebrant. Burial will be in St. Joseph Catholic Cemtery in
The family will be at the Johnson Funeral Home Tuesday from 2-4 and
7-9 p.m. to receive friends. A prayer service for family and friends will
be held at the funeral home Tuesday evening at 8 p.m.
The Johnson Funeral Home of Manistee is in charge of funeral arrangements.
Robert J. Huffman
Robert J. Huffman, 82, of Bear Lake, died January 10, 1999 at Munson
Medical Center in Traverse City.
He was born May 28, 1916 in Jerome, the son of H. Clyde and Ernestine
Eva (Sorby) Huffman. Robert married Edith Crandall on May 28, 1941 in Addison;
Robert was a retired builder. He was a life-member of Onondaga Lodge
F&AM, Portage Chapter OES, a charter member of Bear Lake Lions, former
Village President. He, with his wife, owned and operated Edgewater Resort
in Bear Lake for 20 years.
He is also survived by: two daughters, Roberta (Alan) Anderson of Bear
Lake, and Eva Huffman of Traverse City; a son, Ronald J. (Diane) Huffman
of Manistee; nine grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; one great-great
grandchild; two step-grandchildren; a brother, John Huffman of California.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Harold.
Memorial funeral services for Robert J. Huffman will be held at 1 p.m.
on Thursday, Jan. 14 from the Edwards Funeral Home of Bear Lake, with the
Rev. David Thompson officiating. Burial will be in Pleasanton Township
Memorials may be made to Portage Chapter OES, or Munson Hospice. Envelopes
are available at the funeral home.
The family will be at the funeral home to receive friends one hour
before services on Thursday.
The Edwards Funeral Home of Bear Lake, a member of the Forethought
Group, is in charge of arrangements.
Joann L. Collar
Joann L. Collar, 66, of Irons, local historian and antique collector,
died Monday, Jan. 11, 1999 at her residence.
She was born February 28, 1932, in a cabin on Sauble Lake No. 4 in
northern Lake County, to John and Marcia (Jones) Myers, who preceded her
She lived most of her life within five miles of her birthplace. Joann
enjoyed hunting, fishing, yard sales, auctions, casinos and spending time
with her grandchildren. Joann was a member of the Irons Union Church and
the Heritage Park Association.
On March 24, 1952, in Angola, Ind., she married Roger "Bud" Collar,
who survives her. Also surviving her: her children, Stewart (Jay) Collar
of Grand Rapids, Pam Sisson of Wellston, and Lisa Collar of Scottville;
nine grandchildren; her brother, Victor (Evelyn) Myers of Irons; and numerous
nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13 at
the Terwilliger Funeral Home in Kaleva, with the Rev. Floyd Soper officiating.
Burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m.
this evening (Tuesday) at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Munson Hospice. Envelopes are
available at the Terwilliger Funeral Home.
Edward Mai, age 88, formerly of Century Terrace in Manistee died early
Friday morning, Jan. 1, 1999 at the Manistee Medical Care Facility.
He was born on August 3, 1910 in Eislingen-Phils, Germany the son of
the late Eduard and Maria (Irtenkauf) Mai. He came to the United States
in 1928 moving to Chicago. He married Anna Meisl in 1938 at Saint Alphonse's
Catholic Church in Chicago. She preceded him in death in 1952.
Edward came to Manistee in 1975 after his retirement from Friedmans
Beauty Salon in Chicago which he owned and operated.
He was a communicant of Guardian Angels Catholic Church in Manistee.
He enjoyed fishing and spending time with his grandchildren. He also enjoyed
He is survived by: One son, Robert Mai of Chicago, Ill.; one daughter
and son-in-law, Jackie and Bill Kelly of Manistee; four grandchildren,
Patrick Mai, Kelly (Jim) Anderson, Andrea (John) Elson, and Matthew Kelly;
one great-grandchild, Samantha Anderson. Nieces and nephews also survive.
He was also preceded in death by: two sisters, Anna Keller and Maria
Durler; and by two brothers, Albert Mai and Father Carl Mai.
A Memorial Mass from the Order of Christian Funerals will be celebrated
at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 9 at Guardian Angels Catholic Church in Manistee,
with Monsignor Gerard F. Guzikowski, celebrant. Final interment will be
in Saint Joseph Cemetery in River Grove, Ill.
Memorials will be established in Edward's name for Guardian Angels
Catholic Church and the Manistee County Medical Care Facility. Envelopes
will be available at the Herbert Funeral Home and at the church on Saturday.
The Herbert Funeral Home of Manistee is in charge of funeral arrangements.
Mary I. Barnard
Mary I. (Leatherman) Barnard, 38, of Benzonia, died Friday, Jan. 1,
1999 in Pleasanton Township, Manistee County.
Born June 15, 1960, in Frankfort, she was the daughter of George and
Sheila (Tracy) Leatherman. On Nov. 19, 1993, in Manistee, she married Douglas
Mary had graduated from Bear Lake High School in 1979, and from West
Shore Community College. She was a home health care provider and member
of the Eagles Lodge No. 3313 in Frankfort. Mary was an avid fisherman.
Survivors include: her husband, Douglas of Benzonia; her father, George
of Manistee County; two brothers, George (Jackie) Leatherman of Mesick
and Charles (Frankie) Leatherman of Bear Lake; two sisters, Georgina (Clare)
Ashley of Buckley and Wanda Stoddard of Bear Lake; and many nieces, nephews
Mary was preceded in death by her mother, Sheila, in 1993; her grandparents,
Charles and Mary Leatherman, and Frances and Charlotte Tracy.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. today (Tuesday) at
the Bennett-Jonkhoff Funeral Home in Beulah.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at funeral home,
the Rev. Russ Garrigus will officiate. Burial will be in Pleasanton Township
Cemetery in Manistee.