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Bernice Sapinski
Bernice (Steinberg) Sapinski, age 85, of 2309 Nelson St., Manistee, died Thursday afternoon, April 22, 1999 at the Manistee Heights Care Center. She was born August 9, 1913 in East Chicago, Ind., and was the daughter of the late George and Kathryn (Pokryfka) Mazur. Bernice married Stanley Steinberg on August 16, 1932 in Ludington, Mich. He preceded her in death on February 22, 1967. She later married Leo Sapinski on October 5, 1968 in Manistee. He preceded her in death on March 14, 1988.
Bernice was employed as a seamstress and supervisor at the Glen of Michigan, until her retirement in the 1970's. She enjoyed playing bingo, making quilts, crocheting, cooking and baking. She was a communicant of Guardian Angels Catholic Church of Manistee, and a past member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, also of Manistee. She was also a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary.
Bernice is survived by: three daughters, Carol Schmeling and Patricia Schafer, both of Manistee, and Diane Richards of Ludington; four sons and daughters-in-law, Robert and Jacquelyn Steinberg of Brethren, Richard and Sylvia Steinberg of Sanford, Ronald and Sylvia Steinberg of Alanson, and George and Karen Steinberg of Kaleva; 32 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; her sister, Sophie LaBarr of Scottville; three brothers and one sister-in-law, Frank Mazur, John Mazur, and Anthony and Phyllis Mazur, all of Ludington. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive her.
She was also preceded in death by two grandsons: Robert Steinberg and John Richards Jr.; two sisters, Mary Lugo and Anna Kubanek; three brothers, Andrew, Louis and Walter Mazur; two sons-in-law, John Schmeling and John Richards; and by one daughter-in-law, Arlene Steinberg.
Mass from The Order of Christian Funerals will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Monday, April 26 at Guardian Angels Catholic Church in Manistee, with the Rev. Casimir Zawacki, celebrant. Burial will be in Mt. Carmel Cemetery, also in Manistee.
Relatives and friends will pray the Rosary Sunday evening at 8 p.m. at the Herbert Funeral Home in Manistee, where friends may begin calling Sunday after 2 p.m. The family will be at the funeral home on Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. to receive friends.
A memorial will be established in Bernice's name for Guardian Angels Catholic Church of Manistee. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. The Herbert Funeral Home of Manistee is in charge of funeral arrangements. 

Dennis B. Jones
Dennis B. Jones, 73, of 4860 Main St., Onekama, died at his home unexpectedly, on Saturday, Nov. 13, 1999.
He was born July 15, 1926 in Portsmouth, Ohio, the son of Levi and Mary (Ledingham) Jones.
Dennis had formerly been employed at the Dare Tulip Farm in Onekama.
He is survived by: his brother and sister-in-law, Charles and Stella Jones of Manistee; his sister, Gusta Riley of Eastlake; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16 at the Johnson Funeral Home.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home Tuesday from 11 a.m. until the time of services.
The Johnson Funeral Home of Manistee is in charge of funeral arrangements. 

Margaret J. Kai
Margaret J. Kai, 47, of 2001 Ramona Dr., Manistee, died Monday, Nov. 15, 1999 at West Shore Hospital.
She was born February 26, 1952 in Manistee, the daughter of Erwin and Wilma (Bowers) Rhodea. She was a graduate of Manistee High School.
Margaret was a member of the Manistee Assembly of God. She had formerly been employed as a meter reader by Consumers Power company. She had also worked as an office assistant for Thompson and Knight Attorneys in Dallas, Texas.
She is survived by: daughters, Jennifer Siuda of Green Bay, Wis., Mathi Siuda of Colorado and Sarah Kai, at home; her mother, Wilma Rhodea of Manistee; brothers and sisters-in-law, John and Dorothy Rhodea of Manistee, David and Jeanie Rhodea of Manistee, Charles and Anna Rhodea of Haslett, Harold and Janel Rhodea of Manistee, and Paul and Susan Rhodea of Gwinn; sisters and brothers-in-law, Shirley and James Gollach of Lakelan, Fla., Nancy and Wayne Skory of Manistee, Barbara and Richard Long of Arlington, Wash., and Kay and Dennis Himm of Grand Blanc; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her father; and a sister, Patricia Rhodea.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17 at the Assembly of God Church with the Rev. John Brown officiating. Burial will be in the Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Manistee.
The family will be at the Johnson Funeral Home to receive friends this evening (Tuesday) from 7-9 p.m.
The family suggests that those wishing to remember Margaret consider a gift to the Sarah Kai Educational Trust 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. 

Harley "Dan" Martz
Harley "Dan" Martz, 64, of 3359 Orchard Hwy., Manistee, died unexpectedly Monday, Nov. 15, 1999 at West Shore Hospital in Manistee.
Dan was born April 14, 1935 in Flint, the son of Harley and Bernice (Heath) Martz. He graduated from Custer High School, Class of 1953. He married Donna Mae Johnson on August 31, 1957 in National City, Calif. The Martz family moved to Manistee from Scottville in 1962.
Dan was retired from Ameritech where he had worked for years. He was a member of the Manistee United Methodist Church. He was a member of the Manistee Lodge No. 228, F&A.M. and was a 32nd degree Mason. He was also a member of the Telephone Pioneers.
He is survived by: his wife, Donna; sons and daughters-in-law, Dean and Julie Martz of Manistee, Dale Martz of Manistee, Duane and Patti Martz of Clayton, N.C.; daughter and son-in-law, Annette and Mark Daniel of Portage; 16 grandchildren; brother and sister-in-law, Delos and Loretta Martz of Newton, N.C.; sisters and brothers-in-law, Eunice and Bud Wheaton of Keystone Heights, Fla., Joan and Kyle Tripp of Debray, Fla., Joyce and George Hansen of Scottville, Margaret and John Tanis of Ludington, Brenda and Brian Vincent of Jensen Beach, Fla.; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a daughter, Kathrynn Marie Martz.
Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 18 at the Johnson Funeral Home, with the Rev. Russell Garrigus officiating. Burial will be in the Oak Grove Cemetery in Manistee.
The family will receive friends Wednesday at the Johnson Funeral Home from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Masonic memorial service will be conducted at 7 p.m., Wednesday evening at the funeral home by the Manistee chapter No. 228 F&A.M.
The family suggests that those wishing to remember Dan consider a gift to Love for Children of Manistee County. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home and funeral service.
The Johnson Funeral Home of Manistee is in charge of funeral arrangements. 

Adam T. Ruschkewicz
Adam T. Ruschkewicz, age 77, of 322 Sixth St., Manistee, died Thursday morning, Nov. 11, 1999 at West Shore Hospital unexpectedly. He was born October 12, 1922 in Ludington, and was the son of the late John and Mary Ruschkewicz. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and received a Service Ribbon with one Bronze Star, Bronze Arrowhead, American Theater and Asiatic-Pacific Theater Service medals. He had been employed by the C&O Railroad and had also sailed on the Lower Lakers until his retirement.
He is survived: two sons and a daughter-in-law, James and Suzan Ruschkewicz of Howard City, and Thomas E. Ruschkewicz of Billings, Mont.; two daughters and two sons-in-law, Susan and Edward Tyler of Caledonia, and Beverly and Herbert Lawe of Newaygo; 12 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; his brother, Edmund Ruschkewicz of Ludington; his special companion, Charlotte Raczkowski of Manistee; and her children, Michael and Jackie Raczkowski of Manistee, James and Patti Raczkowski of Florida and Catherine and Kevin Girven of Bear Lake. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive him.
He was also preceded in death by: his twin sister, Mary Jane Wienecke; and by four brothers, James, Edward, John and Phillip Ruschkewicz.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 13 at the Herbert Funeral Home in Manistee, with Monsignor Gerard F. Guzikowski officiating. Burial will be in the Pere Marquette Cemetery in Ludington.
Friends may begin calling at the funeral home this evening (Friday) after 7 p.m. The family will be at the funeral home this evening from 7 to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 1 p.m. until the time of services at 2 p.m. to receive friends. The Herbert Funeral Home of Manistee is in charge of funeral arrangements. 

Robert Eugene Snider

Robert Eugene Snider, age 67, of 777 Butternut Drive No. 305 in Holland, formerly of 450 Avenue B in Eastlake, went to meet his maker Wednesday evening, Nov. 10, 1999 at his home.

He was born on January 28, 1932 in Alpena, the son of the late John W. and Edna (Mills) Snider. He attended Alpena High School and was a veteran of the United States Air Force serving in the 8th Air Force.

He married Marjory Quick on February 25, 1956 at Amarillo, Texas. They came to Manistee in 1961 from Alpena.

Robert had been employed for 20 years with Excello Corporation in Manistee, from 1961 until it closed in 1981.

He had been a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Eastlake.

He is survived by: his wife, Marjory Snider of Holland; one daughter, Shirley Snider of Baldwin Park, Calif.; two sons and daughters-in-law, James and Nancy Snider of Holland, and Albert and Debra Snider of Alhambra, Calif.; four grandchildren, Jesse and Matt of Holland, and Irene and Jessica of Alhambra; three sisters, Nancy Nichelson of Lachine, Joyce Perski of Traverse City, Mrs. James (Shirley) McEwan of Dandridge, Tenn.; 23 nephews and nieces; and 28 great-nephews and nieces.

He was also preceded in death by: one brother, William Snider; and by one sister, Patty Snider.

Funeral services for Robert E. Snider will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 13 at the Herbert Funeral Home in Manistee, with the Reverend Russ Garrigus officiating. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery in Free Soil.

The family will receive friends at the Herbert Funeral Home today (Friday) from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.

A memorial is being established in Robert's name for the Hospice of Holland. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

The Herbert Funeral Home of Manistee is in charge of funeral arrangements. 

Roger J. Sawdo

Roger J. (Sleepy) Sawdo, age 63, of 1239 Harold St., Scottville, died Monday afternoon, Nov. 8, 1999 at his home.
Oak Grove Cremation Center of Manistee is in charge of funeral arrangements. 

Peter J. Roskowski

Peter J. Roskowski, age 75, formerly of Century Terrace Apartments, Manistee, died early Tuesday morning, Nov. 9, 1999 at the Manistee County Medical Care Facility. He was born May 17, 1924 in Manistee, and was the son of the late Peter and Mary (Pietrasik) Raczkowski. Peter served in the U.S. Army during World War II from July 13, 1943 until his discharge on November 8, 1945. He was employed for over 38 years with the C&O Railroad as a brakeman until his retirement. He was a life member of the VFW Walsh Post No. 4499 of Manistee. In his younger years, Pete enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping.
He is survived by: three daughters and two sons-in-law, Patricia and Clifford Head of Petoskey, Kathy and Roger Yoder of Manistee, and Jacolyn Roskowski of Grand Rapids; one son and daughter-in-law, Peter J. and Debbie Roskowski Jr. of Norton Shores; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; his sister, Violet Rozmarek of Manistee; his brother and sister-in-law, Stephen and Esther Roskoski of Manistee; his brother-in-law, Ted Sielski of Manistee. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive him.
He was also preceded in death by: five sisters, Elizabeth "Babe" Schaefer, Margaret Adams, Ellen Sielski, Nancy Meyers and Florence "Dollie" Smith; and by his brother, Joseph Raczkowski.
Mass from The Order of Christian Funerals will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 12 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Manistee, with the Rev. William Zwiefka, celebrant. Burial will be in Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Manistee, where members of the VFW Walsh Post No. 4499 of Manistee will hold graveside military services.
Evening Prayer from The Order of Christian Funerals will be prayed Thursday evening at 8 p.m. at the Herbert Funeral Home in Manistee, where friends may begin calling Thursday afternoon after 2 p.m. The family will be at the funeral home Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m. and Thursday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. to receive friends.
Memorials will be established in Peter's name for Munson Hospice and 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. 

Sara N. Jach

Sara "Sally" N. Jach, age 83, of Baltimore Avenue, Chevy Chase, Md., died Wednesday, Nov. 3, 1999 at the Washington Home in Washington, D.C. She was born August 12, 1916 in Pittsburgh, Pa., and was the daughter of the late John and Nellie (Ritchie) Gregg. Sara married Gordon J. Jach on May 20, 1955 in Washington, D.C. He preceded her in death on February 18, 1996. Until her retirement she was employed by the U.S. Government at the Department of State.
She is survived by: one niece, Susan G. Rice of Herndon, Va.; and one nephew, Stephen J. Gregg of Beloit, Wis.; numerous cousins including Joseph and Marie Dorsch of Bellwood, Ill., Stephanie Wicaryus of Wasco, Ill., Francis and Gertrude Kadzban of Manistee, Maxine Batterson of Manistee, Maurice and Jaqueline Kadzban of Wyoming, and Alosie and Marvine Kadzban of Grandville.
Three sisters-in-law, Elizabeth Jach, Lucille Oley and Gertrude Jach preceded Sara in death.
Graveside funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 13 at Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Manistee, with the Rev. Raymond Sonefeld officiating.
The Herbert Funeral Home of Manistee is in charge of local arrangements. 

Josephine Lytle

Josephine Lytle, age 93, of Fountain, formerly of Belleville, passed away Friday, Nov. 5, 1999 in Baldwin.
She is survived by: one daughter, Sylvia V. Boelter; one sister, Jennie Gasieski; six grandchildren; and eight great-granddaughters.
She was preceded in death by: her parents, Frank and Elizabeth Rozenski; two brothers; husband, Stanley Lytle; one son, Robert Lytle Jr., and one son-in-law, Harry D. Boelter.
Born December 10, 1906 in Wilmington, Del., her parents relocated to Michigan so that Jo could attend the Michigan School for the Blind, where she graduated and also met her husband, Stanley Lytle. Although blind from birth, Jo and Stan were dedicated and loving parents and grandparents, competently raising their children without outside assistance.
Jo was interested in politics, current events, and during her lifetime read thousands of books in Braille or on tape. She was a talented craftsperson, and mastered the difficult and beautiful art of cane weaving. In later years, she crocheted hundreds of intricate items for friends and family.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at 3 p.m. today (Tuesday, Nov. 9) at Michigan Memorial Gardens in Flat Rock, with Dr. John Grenfell officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to Leader Dogs for the Blind.
Arrangements were by Janowiak Funeral Home/Geer Logan Chapel, Ypsilanti. 

Gary Martin Bradshaw

Gary Martin Bradshaw, 48, of Tyrone Township, died at Spectrum Health East Campus on Thursday, Nov. 4, 1999.
He was born Sept. 18, 1915 in Manistee, the son of Dale and L. June (Edwardsen) Bradshaw. A high school and college graduate, he was self-employed in sales. On Aug. 4, 1973, he married Lynnette Bartels in Hollnd. She survives.
Gary was a member of Faith Community C.S., involved in ministry in Montague Church.
Survivors include: wife, Lynnette; two children, Sarah and David; parents, Dale and June Bradshaw of Manistee; sister, Ann Turney of Manistee; niece, Melissa and Robert Willard of Manistee; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a brother, David; and his grandparents.
Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 8 at Faith Community Church, with Pastor Larry Young officiating. Burial will be in M.P.C.
Visitation will be held Sunday from 3-5 p.m.
Memorials may be made to Faith Community Church.
The Hessel-Cheslek Funeral Home is in charge of funeral arrangements. 

Edward Kruse

Edward Kruse, age 83, of 78 Magill St., Manistee, died Wednesday morning, Nov. 3, 1999 at the Manistee County Medical Care Facility. He was born August 31, 1916 in Manistee, and lived here all of his life. He was the son of the late Frank and Josephine (Fedder) Kruse. He attended Manistee Public Schools and was a graduate of Manistee High School in 1938. Edward married Bridget (Mantych) Kruse on May 29, 1980 in Manistee. He was employed at the Morton Salt Company for 38 years and retired April 1, 1977 at the age of 61, as a storeroom supervisor. For five years thereafter he was employed at the Morton Manistee Federal Credit Union as an office clerk from May of 1977 to April of 1982. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church of Manistee.
He is survived by: his wife, Bridget M. Kruse of Manistee; two daughters and sons-in-law, Yvonne and Donald Kuk of Manistee, Faye Ann and Joseph Seaman of Newnnan, Ga.; two sons and daughters-in-law, Kenneth and Joann Kruse of Belmont, and Melvin and Linda Kruse of Manistee; nine grandchildren; his sister, Elizabeth (Betty) Fortin of Ludington. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive him.
He was also preceded in death by his sister, Dorothy Manthei; and by three brothers, Harry, David and Frank Kruse.
Funeral services will be at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 6 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Manistee with Pastor James Moehring officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Carmel Cemetery also in Manistee.
An Evening Scripture Service will be prayed Friday evening at 8 p.m. at the Herbert Funeral Home in Manistee, where friends may begin calling Friday afternoon after 2 p.m. The family will be at the funeral home Friday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. to receive friends. 

Dorothea Louise Hoffman

Dorothea Louise Hoffman, 76, of Brethren, died Tuesday, Nov. 2, 1999 at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City.
She was born September 29, 1923 in Muskegon, the daughter of Everett and Lois (Morton) Millis.
Dorothea had been a fruit grower with her husband, for over 40 years, and had previously owned the bowling alley in Kaleva. She enjoyed reading, knitting, and spending time with her family.
On November 7, 1942, in Bear Lake Township, Dorothea married Elwon Lee Hoffman, who survives her. Also surviving are: her children, Gary and Lottie Hoffman of Brethren, Gale and Ronald Best of Frankfort; three grandchildren, Douglas (Rose) Hoffman of Brethren, Samantha Kellaway of Kaleva, and Cynthia (Dale) Mikses of Grawn; three great-grandchildren, Kristofer Hoffman, Cassandra Mikses, and Zachariah Kellaway; her sister, Marcella Sterling of Lakeside, Ariz.; her twin sister, Lorraine Peterson of Ludington; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5 at the Terwilliger Funeral Home, in Kaleva, with the Rev. John Brown officiating. Interment will be in Bear Lake Township Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 4 at the Terwilliger Funeral Home. 

Elinor A. Breen

Elinor A. Breen, 78, of 543 Third St., Manistee, died Tuesday, Nov. 2, 1999 at West Shore Hospital.
She was born November 14, 1920 in Hammond, Ind., the daughter of Robert and Rose Ann (Connors) Snedden. She married William T. Breen in Chicago, Ill., on July 5, 1958.
Elinor was a graduate of Hammond High School, Class of 1938. She graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago and Purdue University with a degree in biological science. During World War II she worked for the United States Department of Defense in Tucson, Ariz. Prior to moving to Manistee in 1994, the Breens owned and operated Sky Top Resort in Houghton Lake.
She is survived by: her husband, William; son, Thomas Breen, at home; daughters and sons-in-law, Melissa Breen and Stephen Eckert of San Francisco, Calif., Antoinette and Henry Debski of Homewood, Ill., and Molly Thorwell of Bolingbrook, Ill.; grandchildren, Scott and Jennifer Schaller of Alpharetta, Ga., Alaina and Harrison Debski of Homewood, Ill., and Jason Sheptock and Alison Thorwell of Bolingbrook, Ill.; brother and sister-in-law, John and Shirley Snedden of Munster, Ind.; sister-in-law, Lauretta Orbon of Oak Lawn, Ill.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by: her parents; a sister, Mary Smith; and two brothers, Robert and William Snedden.
A Memorial Mass from the Order of Christian Funerals will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 4, at Guardian Angels Catholic Church with Monsignor Gerard F. Guzikowski, celebrant. There will be no visitation at the funeral home.
The family suggests that those wishing to remember Elinor consider a gift to the Association for Retarded Citizens (ARC) of Manistee County. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home and the Memorial Mass.
The Johnson Funeral Home of Manistee is in charge of funeral arrangements. 

Florian "Sonny" Kubanek

Florian "Sonny" Kubanek, age 67, of 135 Hancock St., Manistee, died Saturday morning, Oct. 30, 1999 at West Shore Hospital unexpectedly. He was born July 31, 1932 in Manistee, and was the son of the late Leo and Sally (Gramza) Kubanek. He attended St. Joseph High School in Manistee. Florian married Mary Ann Skocelas on September 14, 1957 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Manistee. He was employed for 38 years with the Martin Marietta Company, retiring in the summer of 1994. He was a communicant of St. Joseph Catholic Church of Manistee, and a member of the St. Joseph Civic Club. Sonny was an avid golfer and also enjoyed bowling, hunting and fishing.
He is survived by: his wife, Mary Ann Kubanek of Manistee; four daughters and three sons-in-law, Geri and Bob York of Hesperia, Calif., Kathy Kubanek of Manistee, Mary and Pete Brown of Bear Lake, and Carol and Gary Erdman of Ludington; two grandsons, Justin and Cody Brown, both of Bear Lake; one sister and brother-in-law, Sally and Ernest Hornkohl of Manistee. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive him.
Mass from The Order of Christian Funerals will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 3 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Manistee, with the Rev. William Zwiefka, celebrant. Burial will be in Mt. Carmel Cemetery, also in Manistee.
Evening Prayer from the Order of Christian Funerals will be prayed Tuesday evening at 8 p.m. at the Herbert Funeral Home in Manistee, where friends may begin calling Tuesday evening after 7 p.m. The family will be at the funeral home Tuesday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. to receive friends. The Herbert Funeral Home of Manistee is in charge of funeral arrangements. 


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