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Mary Eva Sapatka
Mary Eva Sapatka, 92, of Wellston, died Wednesday, Feb. 3, 1999 at Manistee County Medical Care Facility in Manistee.
She was born November 19, 1906, in Cannonsburg, Pa., daughter of Anthony and Mary (Yosikas) Masunas.
Mary and her husband owned Sapatka's Cabins in Wellston. She enjoyed weaving rugs; and gardening, especially flowers. Mary also loved fishing.
She is survived by: her son, Del (Janet) Sapatka of Cadillac; her daughter, Margaret (Jerry) Lundeen of Grand Haven; three grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; four-sisters, Elizabeth (William) Junites of Boon, Margie Dostal of Hoxeyville, Helen (George) Chevis of Scottville, and Adele Myers of Muskegon; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Mary was preceded in death by: her husband, Albert Sapatka in 1993; three sisters, Mildred Jarolim, Julie Campbell, Anna Willavage; and five brothers, John Masunas, Alex Masunas, Stanley Masunas, Bill Masunas and Tony Masunas.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 6 at the Terwilliger Funeral Home in Kaleva, with Pastor Donald Stroup officiating. Burial will be in Wellston Cemetery in the spring. Visitation will be held Friday, Feb. 5, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m., at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Little Mary's Hospitality House in Wellston. Envelopes are available at the Terwilliger Funeral Home. 

Thelma M. Polisky
Thelma M. Polisky, age 95, of East Lake, died Wednesday morning, Feb. 3, 1999 at the Manistee County Medical Care Facility.
She was born July 21, 1903 in Pittsburgh, Pa., and was the daughter of the late Ellis and Myrtle (Beistline) Clark. Thelma married Anthony Polisky on August 19, 1925 in Manistee. He preceded her in death on June 3, 1980. As a young lady she had been employed at the Manistee Shoe Factory and later she had worked for many years at the Glen of Michigan until she retired. Thelma enjoyed crocheting and sewing as her favorite past times.
She is survived by: two brothers and a sister-in-law, Edwin Clark and Albert and Marie Clark, all of Manistee. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive her.
Thelma was also preceded in death by: two brothers, Ellis Clark Jr. and Richard Clark.
Funeral services will be held at 12 noon on Friday, Feb. 5 at the Herbert Funeral Home in Manistee, with the Rev. James Bearss officiating. Burial will be in Mount Carmel Cemetery, also in Manistee.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday morning from 11 a.m. until the time of services at noon.
The Herbert Funeral Home of Manistee is in charge of funeral arrangements.

Wesley Jerald Hanes
Wesley Jerald Hanes, 85, of Kaleva, died Tuesday, Feb. 2, 1999 at the Sanilac Medical Care Facility in Sandusky, Mich.
He was born January 3, 1914, in Brethren, son of Daniel and Grace (Cook) Hanes.
A veteran of WWII, serving in the U.S. Army, he was a recipient of the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star. Wesley retired in 1978, from the U.S. Post Service, in Brethren, where he was a mail carrier. An avid Brethren High School sportsfan, he enjoyed teaching young athletes. He also loved hunting, fishing, and listening to religious music.
Wesley was a member of the Bear Lake VFW Post No. 6333 in Kaleva; and he attended the Epworth United Methodist Church in Brethren.
On January 3, 1942, in Montrose, he married Aileen (Andrews) Hanes who survives him. Also surviving are: his children, Bob (Karen) Hanes of Anderson, Ind., Dick (Ilene) Hanes of Sandusky, Mich., and Carol (Carl) Husted of Shepherd; 10 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one brother, Cyrenus Hanes of Birch Run; three sisters, Evelyn (Fran) Griffin of Bristol Lake, Welcome Pollard of Alabama, and Bertha (Bill) Eversdyke of Florida; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Barbara Waldecker.
Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6 at the Terwilliger Funeral Home in Kaleva, with the Rev. Russ Garrigus officiating. Burial will be in Brethren Cemetery in the spring. Visitation will be held from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m., today (Friday) at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. Envelopes are available at the Terwilliger Funeral Home. 

Josephine Spivey
Josephine Spivey, age 87, of 260 Third Ave., in Manistee, died early Saturday morning, Jan. 30, 1999 at the Manistee County Medical Care Facility.
She was born on Sept. 19, 1911 in Manistee, the daughter of the late Anthony and Antoine (Oleniczak) Drewnak. She attended Manistee schools. Josephine married John Spivey in Manistee in 1936. He preceded her in death on June 3, 1973.
She had been employed at the Manistee Shoe Factory.
Josephine was a communicant of Saint Mary's of Mount Carmel Shrine in Manistee.
She is survived by: two sisters and brothers-in-law, Florence M. Dahlvig of Manistee, Delphine and Ed Knaffle of Manistee, and Lloyd Johnson of Manistee. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive.
She was also preceded in death by two sisters, Dorothy Johnson and Genevieve Tremblay.
Mass from The Order of Christian Funerals will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 2, at Saint Mary's of Mount Carmel Shrine in Manistee, with the Rev. Casey Zawacki, celebrant. Burial will be in Mount Carmel Cemetery.
Evening Prayer from the Order of Christian Funerals will be prayed this evening (Monday) at 8 p.m. at the Herbert Funeral Home in Manistee, where friends may begin calling this afternoon after 2 p.m. The family will be at the funeral home today from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. to receive friends.
A memorial will be established in Josephine's name for Saint Mary's of Mount Carmel Shrine in Manistee. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
The Herbert Funeral Home of Manistee is in charge of funeral arrangements. 

Francis Joseph Knizacky
Francis (Fritz) Joseph Knizacky, age 73, of 7879 North Custer Rd., Free Soil, went to be with the Lord Saturday night, Jan. 30, 1999 at the Memorial Medical Center of West Michigan in Ludington from complications of a recent stroke.
He was born April 2, 1925 in Free Soil, and was the son of the late Joseph J. and Caroline (Simarack) Knizacky. He graduated from Free Soil High School, the Class of 1943. He served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II from 1943 until 1945. Fritz had served in Italy and was the recipient of two Purple Hearts.
After the war he was employed for a short time with Norge Refrigeration in Muskegon. In 1948, he returned to Free Soil to become a rural mail carrier for the United States Post Office. He retired after 40 years of service with the Postal Service in 1988.
Fritz married Lucy Ann Marquardt on Aug. 2, 1952 at Guardian Angels Catholic Church in Manistee. They raised 11 children on their farm in Free Soil.
He was a communicant and a lifetime usher at St. John Cantius Catholic Church of Free Soil. He had been a very active member of his church and its activities, and was a past minister of the word. In addition to his lifelong dedication to his church and family, Fritz was a boisterous and loyal supporter of the sports programs at Free Soil Community Schools, especially with basketball, baseball and volleyball.
He had also served a past term and was a current member on the Free Soil Community Schools Board of Education.
His love of baseball was evident from his many years of coaching the Free Soil Little League teams. He was a proud and active member of the Democratic party. Fritz enjoyed using his various tractors to work the fields and harvest the crops of the family farm. Autumn would always find him and his children continuing the long family tradition of hunting the elusive white tail deer.
In his later years, his grandchildren became his passion as he spent many hours playing with them and teaching them the ways of life. Fritz was renown for his quick wit, teasing nature and always having a cheerful greeting for whom ever he met. As a leisure past time, he never refused a game of pinochle.
He is survived by: his wife, Lucy Ann Knizacky of Free Soil; his seven sons and their spouses, Theodore and Nancy Knizacky of Scottville, Paul Knizacky of Colorado Springs, Colo., Matthew Knizacky of Scottville, Benedict Knizacky and Fabian and Vicki Knizacky, all of Ludington, Edward and Trisha Knizacky of Free Soil, and Jerome and Lynn Knizacky of Scottville; his four daughters and their spouses, Margaret and Alan Snow of Ludington, Theresa and John Shoop of Scottville, Carol and Joseph Doyle of Grand Rapids, and Gloria Knizacky of Free Soil; 22 grandchildren; his three sisters and their spouses, Theresa and Gilbert Hoffman of Galesburg, Caroline Shack of Manistee, and Vicki and Ray Thompson of Free Soil; one brother, Stephen Knizacky of Walhalla. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive him.
Fritz was also preceded in death by his brothers, Joseph Jr. and Robert Knizacky; and by his grandson, Anthony Knizacky.
Mass from The Order of Christian Funerals will be concelebrated at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 4, at St. John Cantius Catholic Church in Free Soil, with the Rev. Thomas Niedzwiecki and the Rev. Isidro Gargantiel, celebrants. Burial will be in the St. John Cantius Catholic Cemetery, also in Free Soil.
Relatives and friends will pray the Rosary Wednesday evening at 8 p.m. at the Herbert Funeral Home in Manistee, where friends may begin calling Tuesday evening after 7 p.m. The family will be at the funeral home on Tuesday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. and Wednesday from 2 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. to receive friends.
Memorials will be established in Fritz's name for St. John Cantius Catholic Church, Special Olympics and for the Free Soil Community Schools. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.
The Herbert Funeral Home of Manistee is in charge of funeral arrangements. 

Clarence Edward Wrzesinski
Clarence Edward Wrzesinski, age 80, of 237 Sixth Ave., in Manistee, died early Monday morning, Feb. 8, 1999 at the Manistee Heights Care Center.
He was born on April 21, 1918 in Manistee, the son of the late Edward and Clara (Kubiak) Wrzesinski. His wife, Mildred, preceded him in death in 1976. He then married Marie Kerby in 1978 at Saint Ann's Catholic Church in Frankfort.
A wheelsman, Clarence sailed on both the Ann Arbor and C&O car ferries, as well as on the lower lakers.
Clarence was a communicant of Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Manistee, and was a member of Manistee Eagles Aerie No. 1765.
He is survived by: his wife, Marie Wrzesinski of Mount Pleasant; one son and daughter-in-law, Thomas and Charlotte Lewis of Empire; three grandchildren, TJ, Chad, and Matthew Lewis; 10 stepchildren, Jean, Fred and Wayne Kerby, Maria Shippy, Kimberly Mead, Darlene Gray, Shirley Young, Debra Keitzman, Barbara West, and Cheryl Carpenter; numerous step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren also survive; one brother and sister-in-law, Floyd and Rose Mary Laskey of Manistee. Nieces and nephews also survive.
He was also preceded in death by: two brothers, Jerry Wrzesinski and Frank Laskey; and by a step-son, Thomas Kerby.
Mass from The Order of Christian Funerals will be celebrated at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 11 at Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Manistee, with the Rev. James Bearss officiating. Following cremation, final interment will be in Mount Carmel Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home Thursday from 11:30 a.m. until time of the procession to the church for the funeral mass.
A memorial will be established in Clarence'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. 

Duwane Hilty Heffner
Duwane Hilty Heffner, 75, of Bear Lake, died Wednesday, Feb. 3, 1999 at his residence in Pleasanton Township.
He was born May 29, 1923, in Pittsburgh, Pa., son of Benjamin and Mable (Hilty) Heffner.
Duwane was a veteran of WWI, serving in the U.S. Army. He moved to Bear Lake in 1980, after his retirement from the Ford motor plant in Woodhaven, where he worked as a tool and die engineer. In his spare time, he loved woodworking.
Duwane is survived by: two sons, Duwane (Debbie Dunlop) Heffner Jr. of Bear Lake, and Galen (Luann) Heffner of Grand Rapids; his daughter, Beverly Toth of Carlton; and three grandchildren, Sidney Laura Dunlop, Eve Marie Toth and Dawn Toth.
Memorial Mass from the Order of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Onekama, with the Rev. Michael Connor, celebrant. The Terwilliger Funeral Home in Kaleva is in charge of arrangements. 

Wayne Allen Peterson
Wayne Allen Peterson, 42, of Kaleva, died February 6, 1999 at his residence in Kaleva.
He was born January 8, 1957, in Manistee, son of Leonard and Janet (Malkowski) Peterson.
Wayne was employed at Nabco in Kaleva; and was a member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, who loved the outdoors.
Wayne is survived by: his mother, Janet Celeskey of Fenton; three brothers, Leonard (Peggy) Peterson of Wayne, Timmy Lee Peterson of Fenton, and Mark (Rachel) Celeskey of Wayne; two sisters, Shari Peterson of Fenton, and Kari (Tim) Santa of Kaleva; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by: his father, Leonard Donald Peterson; his paternal grandparents, Leonard Earl Peterson and Irene Baron; and his maternal grandparents, Anthony and Justine Malkowski.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 10 at the Terwilliger Funeral Home in Kaleva, with the Rev. Kenneth H. Lein officiating. Visitation will be held from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. Envelopes are available at the Terwilliger Funeral Home. 

Lucille M. Wallner
Lucille M. Wallner, age 86, of 1206 Twenty-fourth Street, Manistee, died Sunday afternoon, Feb. 7, 1999 at West Shore Hospital in Manistee.
She was born July 25, 1912 in Manistee, and was the daughter of the late Joseph and Bernice (Modrzejewski) Bladzik. Lucille married Raymond J. Wallner on May 9, 1935 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Manistee. He preceded her in death on June 23, 1991. She had been employed for many years for Louise Bajtka Catering Service and later with Donna Steinberg Catering Service. She was a communicant of St. Joseph Catholic Church and a member of the St. Joseph Rosary Society, both of Manistee.
She is survived by: her daughter, Reanne Preston of Manistee; a brother and sister-in-law, Al and Fran Bladzik of Sebring, Fla.; two sisters, Regina Steinberg of Southside, Ala., and Blondine McDonald of Cadillac. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive her.
She was preceded in death by: two brothers, Joseph and Henry S. Bladzik; and by four sisters, Isabelle Bladzik, Sally Kushnak, Clara Kubiak and Rose Swidorski.
Mass from The Order of Christian Funerals will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 11, at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Manistee, with the Rev. James 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 Wednesday evening at 7:30 p.m. at the Herbert Funeral Home in Manistee. The Evening Prayer from The Order of Christian Funerals will be prayed Wednesday evening at 8 p.m., also at the funeral home. Friends may begin calling at the funeral home on Wednesday afternoon after 2 p.m. The family will be at the funeral home on Wednesday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. to receive friends.
The Herbert Funeral Home of Manistee is in charge of funeral arrangements.

Fred H. Beekman
Fred H. Beekman, age 85, of Holland, died Wednesday, Feb. 17, 1999 in Holland.
Mr. Beekman was a member of Central Park Reformed Church. He worked for General Motors, Dutch Boy, and later retired from H.J. Heinz Co., in 1977.
Surviving is his wife of 58 years, Florence; children, Gale Bareman, of Holland, Jane and Jim Mrozinski, of Onekama, and Glen and Bonnie Beekman, of Holland; 10 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Henrietta Beekman of Holland, Ethel Diepenhorst, of Holland, Marie De Jonge of Grandville, Elizabeth De Jonge of Jenison, and Lois Mattison of Cadillac. He is also survived by several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday at the Mulder Chapel, Dykstra Funeral Homes, 188 W. 32nd St., Holland. Officiating will be the Rev. Larry Schuyler. Burial will be in Pilgrim Home Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 7-9 p.m. Friday, at the funeral home. 

Doris Marie Biederman
Doris Marie Biederman, 85, of Ludington, formerly of Manistee, died at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 18, 1999 at the Rosewood Home Care Center after an extended illness.
Doris Marie Frederiksen was born May 5, 1913 in Manistee. She graduated from Manistee High School in 1931. On January 23, 1932, Doris married Henry Edward Biederman; he preceded her in death in December 1981. She moved to Ludington in 1990.
Doris was employed at Mercy Community Hospital of Manistee as a pastry chef. She did catering for many years.
She enjoyed painting, drawing, and other arts and crafts; and was very devoted to her family.
Survivors include: three daughters, Mrs. Arthur (Donna) Shafer of Ludington, Mrs. Leonard (Marlys) Howe of Manistee, and Carol Biedermann of Montague; eight grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; two brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Richard (and Jean) Biederman of Milwaukee, and Lester (and Louise) Anderson of Tennessee; and three nieces and one nephew.
She was preceded in death by: one son, Kenneth Biederman in 1994; her twin sister, Marie Krueger; and brother, Harold Frederiksen.
Graveside services will be held in the spring at Oak Grove Cemetery, Manistee.
No visitation will be held.
Memorial contributions may be made to the donor's choice. Envelopes will be available at the Alexander-Rye Funeral Home of Ludington, who is in charge of arrangements.

Aldonna Kran
Aldonna Kran died peacefully at her home in Free Soil on February 11, 1999. She was born in Fountain on October 29, 1926 and was preceded in death by her parents, Anton and Domicella Yanusz. She is survived by her husband, Robert Sr., whom she married on May 26, 1946.
Prior to her marriage, she worked in a civil defense plant in Muskegon, at Stokley Van Camp, and at the Star Watch Case.
Aldonna was an active partner in the operation of the Kran dairy farm. She was always willing to run for parts, rake fields, feed calves and at a moment's notice, prepare meals for everyone.
She was very involved in the activities and lives of her children, grand- and great-grandchildren. She was active in the Free Soil Band Boosters, PTA, Home Extension Club, 4-H and sports activities. Aldonna loved helping the numerous local school farm tours and can be remembered fondly by many for Grandma Kran's cookies. She loved picnics and walking at the State Park, evening concerts at the bandshells, flowers, traveling, and visiting with family and friends.
She is also survived by her brother and sister, Albert (and Sophie) Yanusz, and Frances Figgins of Fountain; her four children, Robert Jr. and Betty Kran, Patsy and Chuck Hagerman, Janice and Jerry Denby, and Jean Kettler and Ross Schneider; grandchildren, Jacquelyn and Micheal Thayer, Krista and Todd Johnson, Dan and Spring Kettler, Jerry Denby II, Mary Ellen Hagerman, and John Kran and Carrie Kran; great-grandchildren, Brianna Aldonna and Emmarose Thayer, Alexzanda and Bradley Johnson, and Katy Kettler; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services for Mrs. Aldonna Kran will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 15 at the Stephens Funeral Chapel, Scottville, the Reverend James Schroeder officiating. Interment will follow in Riverside Cemetery, Custer. The family will be at the Stephens Funeral Home to receive friends Sunday, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.
Those wishing to extend memorial contributions are asked to consider donations in Aldonna's memory to: Mason County 4-H clubs, Scottville Bandshell, Hospice, or a charity of choice. Envelopes are available at the Stephens Funeral Home, Scottville. 

Lawrence A. Lempke
Lawrence A. (Butch) Lempke, age 50, of 248 Washington St., in Manistee, died early Thursday, morning, Feb. 18, 1999 at his home.
He was born on May 12, 1948 in Manisee, the son of Anna (Sams) Lempke and the late Lawrence G. Lempke. He was a graduate of Brethren High School Class of 1967. He married Johanna Chvala on October 4, 1994 at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Manistee.
He had been employed as an oil field worker by North American Drilling and was an OTR truck driver.
An avid fisherman, storyteller, and hunter, Butch was a member of The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians.
He is survived by: His wife, Johanna Lempke of Manistee; his children, Donald, Gretchen and her husband Joe Bjorkquist, Binzer, and Dawn Marie; two grandchildren, Mary Jo and Maggie (George) Bjorkquist; his mother, Anna Lempke of Manistee; his grandmother, Rose Sams of Wellston; three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Connie and Karl Waitner of Manistee, Bonnie and Joel Kenny of Manistee, Sandy Lempke and Steve Mezeske of Manistee; his mother-in-law, Helen Chvala of Manistee; one brother-in-law and sister-in-law, George and Mary Chvala of Manistee; nieces and nephews also survive.
Funeral service for Butch Lempke will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 20 at the Herbert Funeral Home in Manistee, and the Reverend Russ Garrigus officiating.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home today (Friday) from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
The Herbert Funeral Home of Manistee is in charge of funeral arrangements. 

Marie L. Springborn
Marie L. Springborn, age 80, of 129 Third St., East Lake, died early Sunday morning, Feb. 14, 1999 at West Shore Hospital in Manistee. She was born April 25, 1918 in Free Soil, and was the daughter of the late John and Victoria (Horvanec) Morong. Marie married Donald J. Springborn Sr. on June 8, 1936 at St. John Cantius Catholic Church in Free Soil. He preceded her in death on February 13, 1989. She was a communicant of St. Mary's of Mt. Carmel Shrine Church of Manistee.
She is survived by: two daughters and a son-in-law, Audrey and Joseph Pearson of Manistee and Carol Springborn of East Lake; and by her son and daughter-in-law, Donald and Susan Springborn Jr. of Manistee; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; one brother and two sisters-in-law, George and Angeline Morong and Audrey Morong, all of Free Soil; and her sister Margaret Szramski of Free Soil. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive her.
Marie was also preceded in death by: four brothers, Frank, Edward, Paul and John Morong; and by three sisters, Anna Morong, Cecilia Grabowski, and Sophie Chesney.
Mass from the Order of Christian Funerals will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 18 at St. Mary's of Mt. Carmel Shrine Church in Manistee, with the Rev. Casimir Zawacki, celebrant. Burial will be in Mt. Carmel Cemetery, also in Manistee.
Evening Prayer from The Order of Christian Funerals will be prayed Wednesday evening at 8 p.m. at the Herbert Funeral Home in Manistee, where friends may begin calling Wednesday afternoon after 2 p.m. The family will be at the funeral home on Wednesday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. to receive friends. The Herbert Funeral Home of Manistee is in charge of funeral arrangements. 

John Bukowski 
John (Buks) Bukowski, age 75, of 1253 Red Apple Rd., in Manistee, died Friday morning, Feb. 12, 1999 at West Shore Hospital in Manistee.
He was born on August 25, 1923 in Manistee, the son of the late James and Mary (Ignasiak) Bukowski. John was a veteran of World War II serving in the United States Army from March of 1943 to October of 1945, during which time he was awarded the Purple Heart. John married Shirley Hummel in Manistee in 1972. She preceded him in death on February 14, 1983.
John had been employed by Continental Motors in Muskegon, Mercy Hospital, Century Boat Company, and Mount Carmel Cemetery, all in Manistee.
A member of Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Manistee, John was also a member of VFW Walsh Post No. 4499 in Manistee. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, and John always enjoyed a good party.
He is survived by: One son, Edward Hummel of Manistee; one sister, Alice (Mackey) Pelarski of Kaleva; a special friend, Lori Kowalski of Manistee; nieces, nephews, and numerous friends also survive.
He was also preceded in death by: two sisters, Virginia Krolczyk and Bernice Clement; and by one brother, Stanley Bukowski.
Mass from The Order of Christian Funerals will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 10 a.m. at Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Manistee, with the Rev. James Bearss, celebrant, where military services conducted by VFW Walsh Post No. 4499 will follow. Following cremation, interment will be in Mount Carmel Cemetery.
Evening prayer from the Order of Christian Funerals will be prayed this evening (Monday) at 8 p.m. at the Herbert Funeral Home in Manistee, where friends may begin calling this afternoon after 2 p.m. The family will be at the funeral home today from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. to receive friends.
Memorials will be established in John's name for the Manistee County unit of The American Cancer Society and the West Shore Hospital/Munson Hospice. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. 

Joseph E. Cassidy
Joseph E. Cassidy, 78, of Manistee, formerly of Big Rapids, died Sunday, Feb. 14, 1999 at West Shore Community Hospital in Manistee.

He was born August 20, 1920 in Big Rapids, the son of Frank and Dora (Roddy) Cassidy, and attended St. Mary's Catholic School and graduated from Big Rapids High School. Joseph joined the Army Air Corps in August of 1942, serving his country until his discharge in 1946. In January of 1951, he married Marion Higley, who preceded him in death in 1954. In 1983, Joseph married Marion Wekenman, who survives.

Joseph was a long time member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, serving as an altar boy in the 1930s. He was employed by Ferris State College, retiring as a maintenance mechanic in 1983 after 27 years.

Also surviving are: two daughters, Catherine Cassidy of Virginia Beach, Fa., and Sally (Patrick) Manke of Arcadia; two grandchildren, Jason and Emily Manke of Arcadia; a brother, Francis (Lillian) Cassidy of Big Rapids; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, with the Rev. Michael McKenna officiating. Burial will be in the Mt. Carmel Cemetery.

Memorial contributions to Munson Hospice may be left at the Rogers-Mohnke Funeral Home of Big Rapids, where friends may call today (Tuesday) from 6-9 p.m. A prayer service will also be conducted at the funeral home at 8 p.m. this evening.

Vivian I. Johnson
Vivian I. Johnson, age 84, of Cadillac, died Friday, Feb. 12, 1999 at Mercy Hospital in Cadillac.
She was born August 21, 1914 in Manistee County to Benjamin and Ivah (Bradford) Stevenson. Vivian married Anton "Tony" Johnson on Dec. 8, 1934 in Manistee. He died April 27, 1962. She was a graduate of Manistee High School. She moved to Cadillac in 1939. She worked for the Prudential Insurance Company during World War II. She was a bookkeeper for Cadillac Industrial Supply, A.H. Joynt, and Bolt Lumber Co., retiring in 1994. She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church and the altar guild of the church. She was a member of the Cadillac Elks Club Daisy Chain. She was a member of Mercy Hospital Auxiliary. She enjoyed playing cards at the Cadillac Senior Citizens Center.
Survivors include: three daughters, Sharon Sinke of Grand Haven, Julie (Mrs. Greg) Modders of Cadillac, and Patricia Hughes of Lake City, and special friend, Roger Anklam of Lake City; two brothers, Benjamin Stevenson of Manistee, and Charles Stevenson of Onekama; one sister, Cora Bond of Manistee; six grandchildren, Tony Sinke, Doran Sinke, Marney Modders, Ryan Modders, Carly Miller, and Grant Miller.
She was preceded in death by: one brother, Donovan Adams; and one sister, Lenore Morehouse.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, at Hitesman Funeral Home in Cadillac, with the Reverend Thomas W. Reinertson officiating.
Visitation will be held on Sunday from noon to 2 p.m. Burial will be in Maple Hill Cemetery in Cadillac.
Memorials may be made to the Cadillac Senior Citizens Center. 

Francis V. Muszynski
Francis (Frank) V. Muszynski, age 70, died in Sarasota, Fla., February 15, 1999. Born March 21, 1919 in Ludington, Mich., he moved to Sarasota in 1960 from Manistee.
He worked for the U.S. Postal Service, was a musician, and an Army veteran of WWII. He was an active life member of the Kanasas City and Tampa Bay Federations of Musicians. He was a Catholic.
He was pre-deceased by: Eleanor (1987) his wife; and a step-son, Gilbert Beede.
Survivors include: one daughter, Joan Gamache of Charlotte, N.C.; two step-sons, Milton and Don Beede; two sisters, Betty Mish and Angeline Cichy; four grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; eight step-great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held today (Thursday) from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at Robarts Funeral Home, Sarasota, Fla. Funeral mass will be held Friday, Feb. 19 at 1 p.m. at Catholic Church of the Incarnation, Sarasota. 

Marie A. Hansen
Marie A. Hansen, 92, of Caro, and formerly of Midland, died Sunday, Feb. 21, 1999 at the Tuscola County Care Facility.
She was born on September 4, 1906 in Cleveland, Ohio, daughter of the late Steven and Anna (Russia) Benaske. She attended Central Michigan University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in education. She married John L. Hansen on June 9, 1933 in Indiana. He predeceased her on June 7, 1993.
Mrs. Hansen had taught school in Frankfort, Ludington, and then in Midland at the Eastlawn Elementary School for 30 years, retiring in 1972. After retiring, she and her husband spent winters in Dundee, Fla., and their summers at their home in Houghton Lake.
Mrs. Hansen was a wonderful, loving mother and grandmother, with her energies going to her family.
Surviving are: three daughters, Janice Feaster of Grand Rapids, Karen Mahan of Caro, Mary Lynn Hazel and her husband Robert of Capac; nine grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will take place at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24 from the Ware-Smith-Woolever Funeral Chapel, 1200 West Wheeler St., Midland. The Rev. Wallace H. Mayton III of Memorial Presbyterian Church will officiate, with burial in Midland Memorial Gardens.
Mrs. Hansen's family will receive friends at the funeral home this evening from 6 to 8 p.m., and on Wednesday from 11 a.m. until the time of services.
Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the charity of one's choice. 

Dr. Raymond M. Ogawa
Raymond Michio Ogawa, MD., a descendant of 11 generations of physicians dating back to the 1600's in Japan, died suddenly in Petoskey on February 1, 1999, at the age of 94. He was born July 21, 1904, in Honolulu, Hawaii, to Unpaku and Tsuni Kashiwamura Ogawa. As a young child, Raymond was exposed to medicine while accompanying his physician father on house calls in their Model-T Ford. He was given the task of changing flat tires that would occur frequently on the bumpy roads of rural Paia, Maui, where his father operated a small clinic-hospital.
After graduating from Maui High at 1921, he was sent to Michigan where he completed his undergraduate degree at Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, Mich. He then pursued his medical education at Western Reserve Medical School in Cleveland, Ohio. During his internship in Altoona, Pa., he married Margaret Elizabeth Braund, a RN from Brantford, Ontario, Canada.
He and his bride returned to Maui to take over his father's rural clinic-hospital for three years before returning to Philadelphia to specialize in ophthalmology. Two years later they returned to Honolulu where Raymond was the first physician in the Hawaiian Islands to limit is practice to just the eye, rather than eye, ear, nose and throat.
In 1962, after 35 years of practice, Raymond closed his office and with his wife relocated to Detroit, Mich., where their son, Gilbert, was on the ophthalmology staff at Henry Ford Hospital. The following year Raymond began a new 14-year career alongside of his son at Ford Hospital. During that time his youngest son, Andrew, also came there to specialize in ophthalmology.
Raymond was an avid fisherman. He enjoyed deep-sea fishing and "torch fishing" in Hawaii, and later salmon fishing in Manistee, Mich., where his daughter Jane Oliver, lived with her physician husband. He also delighted in beautiful flowers, raising orchids and hibiscus in Hawaii, and roses and day lilies in Michigan.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Yoshio and his wife, Margaret, who died July 24, 1998. He is survived by: three sisters, Charlotte Yoshioka of Maui, Hawaii; Esther Nakagawa and Winifred Phillips, both of Honolulu, Hawaii; a daughter, Jane Oliver of Manistee; two sons, Dr. Gilbert O'Gawa of Petoskey, and Dr. Andrew OGawa of Troy, Mich.; 11 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
A family memorial service will be held in Manistee at the time of internment for both Raymond and his wife this summer. Memorials may be sent to: Boulder Park Terrace, 17676 W. Upright, Charlevoix, MI 49720. 

Meda Ramirez
Meda Ramirez, 66, of Frankfort, died Sunday, Feb. 21, 1999 at Munson Medical Center.
Meda was born on December 12, 1932 in Elberta, the daughter of Edward and Rose (Hall) Ward. Meda had lived in Traverse City and Muskegon, and returned to the Elberta area in 1984.
Meda loved to sew, read, walk on the beach, fish and camp. Meda was a devout Christian who loved her Lord and found great comfort during her life. Her greatest pleasure was her family and she looked forward to the family reunions. She loved the time she was able to spend with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Meda is survived by: five sisters, Carol (Lynn) Joslin of Frankfort, Charlene and Randall Wolfe of Wellston, Norma and Dennis Johnson of Kaleva, Sebra and Rick Blehm of Kaleva, and Marva and Scott Anderson of Rockford; three brothers, Edward and Barbara Ward of Elberta, Clarence Ward, both of Frankfort; two sisters, Betty Johnson of Frankfort and Iris and Robert Roper of Benzonia; 16 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.
Meda was preceded in death by: her son, Gary Lee Madison in 1995; grandchildren, Brian Madison (1995), and Ashley Anderson in 1990; a daughter-in-law, Nadine Madison in 1995; and a brother, Douglas Ward in 1975.
Private family services were held at the Frankfort chapel, McElduff Funeral Homes.
Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital Long-Term Care. 

Clarence E. Towsley
Clarence E. Towsley, 91, of Manistee, formerly of Arcadia, passed away on Feb. 23, 1999 at Manistee County Medical Care Facility.
He was born on Feb. 2, 1908 in Thompsonville, the son of Charles and Nettie (Cook) Towsley.
Clarence was a retired engineer on the lower lakers. He was a life member of Benzie Area No. 444 F&AM, DeWitt Clinton Consitory, Knights Templar No. 32, Royal Arch Chapter 65 RAM.
He is survived by: granddaughter, Patty (Daniel) Maidens of Arcadia; two great-grandchildren, Caleb and Andrea Maidens; and several nieces and nephews.
Clarence was preceded in death by: his parents; son, Louis; wife, Iva; sisters, Alice Gilbert, Edna Gilbert, and Linda McCoy; brothers, Forman and Russell Towsley.
Masonic graveside funeral services for Clarence E. Towsley will be held at Conway Cemetery at a date and time to be announced.
The Edwards Funeral Home of Bear Lake is in charge of funeral arrangements. 

Georgian Kay Swain 
Georgian Kay Swain, 48, of Wellston, died Wednesday, Feb. 24, 1999 at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City. She was born April 23, 1950 in Irons, daughter of Stanley and Selma Anna (Wayward) Masunas.
She was a past employee of Akzo Salt Company in Manistee, where she had worked for 16 years. A member of St. Bernard's Catholic Church in Irons; she enjoyed golfing, bowling, fishing, and playing bingo and slot machines.
Georgian is survived by: her husband, Richard Swain of Wellston; three children, John Skocelas of East Lake, Janice Skocelas of North Carolina, and Jennifer Skocelas of Battle Creek; one grandson, Justin Gordon of Battle Creek; six step-children; six step-grandchildren; and two step-great grandchildren; three sisters, Marcella Hughes of Irons, Mary (Duane) Buell of Kalamazoo; Susanna (Joseph) Verrett of Irons; four brothers, Albert Lucas of Irons, Stanley Masunas Jr. of Irons, Charles (Pat) Masunas of Grand Rapids, and Ronald (Pat) Masunas of Grand Rapids; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Cremation has taken place; and Mass from the Order of Christian Funerals will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 26 at St. Bernard's Catholic Church in Irons, with the Rev. Thomas Niedzwiecki, celebrant.
The Terwilliger Funeral Home in Kaleva is in charge of arrangements. 

Allister D. Gilbert 
Allister D. Gilbert, age 75, of Arcadia, died February 25, 1999 at his home. He was born January 19, 1924 in Arcadia, the son of Claude and Leona (Kawczinski) Gilbert.
Allister was a veteran of WWII member, VFW and American Legion; very active in baseball in the '50s. He also loved to fish; lived many years in Niles, returning to Arcadia in 1996.
He is survived by: daughter, Gayle (Ed) Mauntler of Arcadia; grandchildren, Benjamin (Kris) Mauntler of Frankfort, and Mitchell (Teresa) Mauntler of Arcadia; brothers, Claude Jr. (Angie) Gilbert of Onekama, and Richard (Yvonne) Gilbert of Arcadia; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by: his parents; sisters, Violet Clouse and Bonnie Richley; brothers, Chester and Edwin.
Memorial funeral services for Allister D. Gilbert will be held on Monday, March 1 at 3 p.m. from the Edwards Funeral Home of Bear Lake, with deacon, Theodore Beiderwieden officiating. Burial will be in the Conway Cemetery, Arcadia, in the spring.
Graveside service will be conducted by the VFW.
The family will be at the funeral home to receive friends from 1 p.m. until the time of services on Monday.
The Edwards Funeral Home of Bear Lake is in charge of the funeral arrangements.

Beulah M. Jasinski 
Word has been received of the death of Beulah M. Jasinski, of Des Moines, Iowa, on Jan. 19, 1999. She was 75.
The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. T. Johnson of Des Moines, Beulah married Edward N. Jasinski of Eastlake in 1941 while he was in the U.S. Navy.
She was employed for 37 years with The Salvation Army as an employee, later a volunteer. She was a member of Visitation Catholic Church in Des Moines.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Edward N. Jasinski on January 12, 1990; two brothers, Kenneth and Donald Johnson; one sister, Patricia Pratt; brother and sister-in-law, John and Virginia Jasinski; also two sisters-in-law, Mary and Frances Jasinski.
She is survived by: three sons and spouses, Dr. Edward (Dr. Ann) Jasinski of Chandler, Ariz., Michael (Joan) Jasinski of Arlington, Ill., Raymond (Beth) Jasinski of Ames, Iowa; five daughters and spouses, Krystyna (Dewayne) Krienke of Mayor, Minn., Lois Ann (Edwin) Cota of Chesterfield, Mo., Mary Frances (Tom) Gannama of St. Louis, Mo., Nikola (Charles) Richardson of Marquette, and Leola Jasinski of Bondurant, Iowa; 14 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; three brothers, Orville Johnson of Estes Park, Colo., Robert Johnson of Oakland, Calif., Floyd Johnson of Phoenix, Ariz.; one sister-in-law, Anne Jasinski of Eastlake; also numerous nieces and nephews survive.
Mass of Christian Funerals was held at Visitation Catholic Church in Des Moines, Iowa. Burial was also in Des Moines.
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Jasinski lived in Eastlake for a few years after World War II, and returned to Iowa where Mr. Jasinski was employed. 


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