Miscellaneous Manistee County, Michigan Obituaries

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Raymond March

Raymond March, 85, of Arcadia, died June 22, 2000 at Paul Oliver Hospital in Frankfort. He was born on Nov. 28, 1914 in Pleasanton Township, the son of Robert Henry March and Edna Strictler.

Raymond was a beef and dairy farmer. He was a life member of the Manistee Post DAV; a veteran of WWII; charter member of the West Michigan Beef Breeders at Baldwin; and a member of Northern Michigan Beef Breeders at Gaylord.

He is survived by: son, Jim and Carol March of Arcadia; grandsons, Dan and Kris March of ARcadia, John March of Arcadia; granddaughter, Jennifer and Todd Burgess of Traverse City; great-grandchildren, Abigail, Ethan and Allison Burgess; brother, Bob and Rita March of Scottville; sister, Eleanor Zuidema of Grand Rapids; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by: wife, Allison on April 20, 2000; one brother, Daniel.

Funeral services for Raymond March will be held on Monday, June 26 at 2 p.m. from the Edwards Funeral Home, with Pastor Mark Anderson officiating. Burial will be in the Pleasanton Township Cemetery.

The family will be at the funeral home to receive friends on Sunday from 6 to 9 p.m.

The Edwards Funeral Home of Bear Lake is in charge of the funeral arrangements.

Catherine A. Sullivan Gancarz

Catherine A. Sullivan Gancarz, 61, of 8087 N. Ordway Rd., Free Soil, passed away early Friday morning at her home after an extended illness.

Catherine was born April 3, 1939 in Marysville, Ohio, the daughter of the late Daniel and Frances (Orr) Sullivan. She graduated from Marysville High School in 1957.

She was married in 1960 to John H. Gancarz.

She had been employed at the Ohio Dept. of Natural Resources, the Scottville Senior Center, and most recently by Memorial Medical Center of W. Michigan, from which she retired after 19 years of service.

Catherine will always be remembered for her quick wit and her strong Irish spirit. She enjoyed spending time with her family at her windy castle in Free Soil, reading, and watching the wildlife.

She was a member of St. John Cantius Catholic Church in Free Soil, a member of the ladies rosary society; and was a CCD teacher for a number of years. She had also been a member of the Mason County and Boosters, and the Free Soil PTA. She was a Mason County 4-H leader for several years and produced a number of variety shows at Free Soil High School.

Catherine will be lovingly remembered by her children: two sons, Kevin (and Gina) Gancarz, Aaron (and Deborah) Gancarz; two daughters, Colleen Gancarz, and Megan (and Thomas) Peplinski; two sisters, Joan (and Jim) Edwards, June (and Jim) Haines of Florida; one brother, Thomas (and Grace) Foley of California; grandchildren, Shawn, Brooke and Molly Gancarz of Grand Haven, and Lane Gancarz of Free Soil. She is also survived by her special companion, Muffin Honey.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Timothy Daniel Gancarz; and one brother, John (Dick) Foley.

Mass of Christian Burial from the Order of Christian Funerals will be celebrated at 2 p.m. Monday, June 26 at St. John Cantius Catholic Church in Free Soil, with the Rev. Joe Fix, celebrant. Interment will be in Maple Grove Cemetery. The family will be present at the Dorrell Funeral Home from 2-4 and 6-8 Sunday to receive friends. The rosary will be prayed at 7 p.m. Sunday.

Those wishing to make an expression of sympathy are asked to direct them to the charity and organization of the donor's choice. Envelopes are available at the Dorrell Funeral Home.

Henry Frank Krupski

Henry Frank Krupski, 83, of 2218 S. Maple Rd., Manistee, passed away suddenly early Sunday morning, June 25, 2000 at the Manistee Heights Care Center.

Henry was born January 9, 1917 in Manistee and was the son of the late John and Blanche (Krolczyk) Krupski. He moved to Milwaukee with his parents at the age of 3. After 29 years as a hand compositor (typesetter) for Zahn, Klicka & Hill of Milwaukee, Henry retired in 1979 and he and his wife, Margaret moved to Manistee. They had celebrated their 49th wedding anniversary on June 9 of this year.

Henry enjoyed many years of hunting, fishing, hand carving and painting beautiful pictures. He spent three years in the U.S. Army and had served in the European Theater during World War II.

Henry is survived by: his wife, Margaret (Tennant) Krupski, of Manistee; a brother, Harry Krupski of Milwaukee, Wis.; sister-in-law, Jane Krupski of Racine, Wis.; also a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Doug and Loretta (Tennant) MacGregor, and brother-in-law, George Tennant, all of Manistee. Also his nieces, Kathy (Gary) Block and Mary Ann (Marvin) Smith, all of Manistee. Several other nieces and nephews also survive.

He was preceded in death by: his parents; by his sister, Melvina (Ted) Pacholski, of Manistee; and twin brothers, Ray Krupski of Racine, Wis.; and Roy Krupski of West Covina, Calif.

The Herbert Funeral Home of Manistee is in charge of arrangements. Cremation has taken place and no services are planned at this time.

Anyone wishing to remember Henry is encouraged to make a contribution in his name to the Alzheimer's Association or the Manistee Heights Care Center. Envelopes are available at the Herbert Funeral Home.

Margaret Pirhonen

Margaret Pirhonen, 85, of Manistee, formerly of Kaleva, died Monday, June 26, 2000 at the Manistee County Medical Care Facility in Manistee. She was born January 9, 1915, in Kaleva, the daughter of John and Wilhelmina (Norman) Lammi.

Margaret had been a nurse's aide, working in Detroit until her retirement in 1971. After retiring, Margaret moved back to Kaleva with her husband, Emil. She was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church, in Kaleva, and the senior group at the church.

In 1941, in Detroit, Margaret married Emil Pirhonen who preceded her in death on July 5, 1988. Margaret was also preceded in death by her parents.

Graveside funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 29 at Maple Grove Township Cemetery in Kaleva, with the Rev. Kenneth H. Lein officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to Bethany Lutheran Church. Envelopes are available at the Terwilliger Funeral Home.

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

Ross J. Myers

Memorial services for Ross J. Myers, of North Port, Fla., who died May 15, 2000, will be held Saturday, July 1, 2000 at 10:30 a.m. at Oak Grove Cremation Center in Manistee, with his grandson, Pastor Todd Porter officiating. Inurnment will be in Oak Grove Cemetery at a later time.

Oak Grove Cremation Center of Manistee is in charge of arrangements.

James Daniel Miller

James Daniel Miller, age 70, of 4355 West Fox Farm Rd., Manistee, died unexpectedly Tuesday, June 27, 2000 while fishing at the Ninth Street boat launching facility.

He was born March 11, 1930 in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, the son of the late James and Dorothy (Smith) Miller. He was a veteran of the United States Navy, serving on the USS ESSEX during the Korean Conflict. He married Nancy L. Saunders on February 4, 1956 in Angola, Ind. They came to Manistee in 1997.

James, who was employed by the Parks Department in The City of Dearborn for 28 years, enjoyed fishing, reading, and gardening.

He is survived by: his wife, Nancy Miller of Manistee; one son and daughter-in-law, James M. and Patricia Miller of Dearborn; one granddaughter, Jamie Nicole Miller, of Dearborn.

Friends may begin calling at the Herbert Funeral Home in Manistee after 2 p.m. on Friday. The family will be at the funeral home Friday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. to receive friends.

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

Betty Jean Libey

Betty Jean Libey, age 72, of 398 E. Piney Rd., Manistee, died Wednesday night, June 28, 2000 at West Shore Medical Center in Manistee.

She was born August 13, 1927 in Marion, Ohio, the daughter of the late James Hugh and Daisy (Johnson) Willard. Betty, along with her mother, owned and operated the Wayside Inn in Manistee. She was later employed, for many years, at the Manistee County Sheriff's Dept. as a cook and in various other capacities until her retirement in 1990. Betty enjoyed gardening, colors in the fall and yard sales.

She is survived by: her daughters, Gale (Tim) Mazeika of Stronach, Tammy Libey of East Lake, and Penny Reyes of Manistee; grandchildren, Julie (Bob) Clement, April Lyn Reyes, all of East Lake, Daisy Mazeika, Eva Jean (Rick) Peppers, all of Stronach, Cheryl Mazeika, Betty (John) Kubiskey, Leila Reyes, Oren Fellows, all of Manistee, and Jamie Edwin Olin of Arizona; sisters, Josephine Dahlke, Pat (Larry) Lytle, all of Manistee, Shirley Peterson of East Lake, and Sandy Fink of Baldwin; 11 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Betty was preceded in death in addition to her parents; by her son, Gary Jerome Olin; and her brothers, James and Jerry Williard.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 1 at the Pentecostal Assembly in Free Soil with Pastor Raymond Haner officiating. The family will be at the church from 12 p.m. until the time of services to receive friends.

Burial will be in the Wellston Cemetery.

There will be no visitation at the funeral home.

Oak Grove Cremation Center of Manistee is in charge of arrangements.

Velma Rose Hilliard Bigelow

Velma Rose Hilliard Bigelow, 81, of Kaleva, formerly of Flint, died Monday, July 17, 2000, at West Shore Medical Center in Manistee.

She was born April 4, 1919, in Kaleva, the daughter of Ezra and Jenie (Bump) Hilliard.

In addition to being a homemaker, Velma had been a long distance operator at Michigan Bell Telephone Company and had worked at Motor Products in Detroit. She spent a lot of time with civic organizations in the Kaleva area. Velma was a member of the Bear Creek VFW Post No. 6333 Ladies Auxiliary, in Kaleva, since 1957; a past president and charter member of the Kaleva Lioness Club; past secretary of the Kaleva Historical Society; and a member of the Order of Eastern Star. Velma was also very active in the Bottle House Museum.

An artist, she enjoyed painting both with watercolors and oils; as well as crocheting, knitting, sewing and making crafts.

Velma is survived by: her sister, Violet Baker of Flint; four nieces and nephews, Barbara (Richard) Trevithick of Flint, Frederick (Shirley) Baker of Neosho, Mo., Virginia (John) Ayres of Burton, and Dr. James (Bonnie) Baker of Orefield, Pa.; and numerous great-nieces and great-nephews.

On February 10, 1948 in Angola, Ind., Velma married Harold Walter Bigelow, who preceded her in death in 1994. She was also preceded in death by her brother, Floyd Hilliard, in 2000.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, July 21 at the Terwilliger Funeral Home, in Kaleva. Visitation will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. today (Wednesday), and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m., Thursday, at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Kaleva Historical Society. Envelopes are available at the Terwilliger Funeral Home.

Aloizy S. "Kappy" Kapaclzynski

Aloizy S. "Kappy" Kapaclzynski, 88, of 244 S. Main St., Eastlake, died Wednesday, July 29, 2000 at Memorial Heritage Christian Adult Foster Care Home in Onekama.

He was born April 16, 1912 in Manistee, the son of Stanley and Isabelle (Wittliff) Kapaclzynski. He married Mildred A. Miller in Eastlake on August 8, 1935. She preceded him in death on April 2, 1996.

Kappy was retired from Packaging Corporation of America-Filer Mill where he worked for over 40 years. He was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Manistee.

He is survived by: sisters, Bernadine Disbrow of Stanton and Alice Plucinski of Manistee; brother and sister-in-law, Tom and Kathleen Kapaclzynski of Renton, Wash.; and by several nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by: his parents; his son, Patrick; and a sister, Marie Pachesny.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday, July 21 at the Johnson Funeral Home, with the Rev. Douglas MaGinn officiating. Burial will be in the Oak Grove Cemetery.

The family will be at the funeral home today (Thursday) 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 this evening at 7 p.m.

The family suggests that those wishing to remember Kappy consider a gift to either the Children's Leukemia Foundation of Michigan or the American Cancer Society. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

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

Kenneth S. Wagoner

Kenneth S. Wagoner, a longtime resident of Portage Point, died April 5, 2000 in Rockville, Ind.

A memorial service will be held at St. John's By The Lake Church, Onekama, at 11 a.m. on July 29.

Mrs. Marjorie M. Larabee

Mrs. Marjorie M. Larabee, age 84, passed away Tuesday afternoon, July 18, 2000. She was born December 5, 1915 in Marilla Township to James and Nina (Winters) Bahr and lived in the Muskegon area most of her life. On December 31, 1933 she married Robert P. Larabee in Muskegon and he preceded her in death on June 28, 1976. Prior to her retirement in 1976, she worked as a nurses' aide at General Hospital for 10 years.

Survivors include: three daughters, Patricia (John) Barnes of Reed City, Nancy (James) Albright and Sue (Don) Fink of Ravenna; one son, Robert (Betty) Larabee of Whitehall; 22 grandchildren; 53 great-grandchildren; and 11 great-great grandchildren; three sisters, Goldie (Harvey) Budnik and Dora (Robert) Landis of Whitehall, Carol Harrigan of Traverse City; one brother, Dale (Mildred) Bahr of Manistee; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by: two sisters, Lola Benoit and Millie Repo; and one brother, Neal Bahr.

A funeral service was held Friday at the Sytsema Funeral Home, 737 Apple Ave., with the Rev. Daniel Hofmann officiating. Burial was to be in Sunrise Memorial Gardens.

Visitation with her family was held Thursday at the funeral home.

Those wishing to make memorials are asked to consider Ravenna United Methodist Church Memorial Fund.

Carolyn Ann "Carrie" Konopa

Carolyn Ann "Carrie" Konopa, age 89, formerly of 440 Cedar St., Manistee, who in 1990 moved to 8683 Blaine St., in Montague, to be near her daughter, died Saturday, morning, July 15, 2000 at the Hillcrest Nursing Home in North Muskegon.

She was born on April 19, 1911 in Ironwood, the daughter of the late Anton and Esther (Stella) Longhini. She was a graduate of Saint Ambrose High School in Ironwood Class of 1928. She also was a graduate of Saint Mary's of Nazareth College in Chicago in 1993 as a registered nurse. She married Dr. John F. Konopa on May 2, 1936 in Ironwood. She worked alongside her husband as a nurse in his medical practice that he established in Manistee in 1936. He preceded her in death on August 27, 1976.

Devoted to her family, church, and community, Carrie was a communicant of Saint James Catholic Church in Montague. While in Manistee she had been a communicant of Saint Joseph Catholic Church. Active in many organizations, she also enjoyed knitting, crocheting, sewing, cooking, baking, ironing, and listening to Rush Limbaugh.

She is survived by: one daughter and son-in-law, Rosemarie Konopa and Richard Ashley of Twin Lake; two sons and daughters-in-law, Robert John and Mary Ann Konopa of Granger, Ind., and John Robert and Susan Konopa of Coloma; five grandchildren, Carolyn O'Dell of Carmel, Ind., Mary Catherine Minaudo, Claire Aigotti, Kimberly and Angela Konopa, all of South Bend, Ind.; five great-grandchildren, John Robert Konopa, Nicholas and Madeline Minaudo, and Samantha and Katherine O'Dell; her siblings and their spouses, Henry Longhini of Ironwood, Mary and Robert Hanson of Dearborn, John and Rose Longhini of Ironwood, Rose Marie and Jildo DeFelice of Wooster, Ohio; two sisters-in-law, Annette Garvey of Chicago, and Helia Longhini. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive.

She was also preceded in death by: three sisters, Elizabeth Ulasich, Helen Lutey, and Jeanette Ave; and by two brothers, Dominic and William Longhini.

A Memorial Mass from The Order of Christian Funerals will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday, July 28 at Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Manistee, with the Rev. William Zwiefka, celebrant. Final interment will be in Mount Carmel Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at Saint Joseph Catholic Church Friday morning from 10 a.m. until the time of the Memorial Mass.

Memorials are being established in Carolyn's name for Saint Joseph Church of Manistee, Saint James Church in Montague, the Hackley Hospital Cancer Support Group, and Camp Bluebird of West Michigan (retreat for cancer survivors). Envelopes will be available at the church.

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

Roy Eldon Halladay

After a full life spent in devotion to his family and the pursuit of knowledge, Roy Eldon Halladay, 78, of Ludington, died Sunday at home.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday (July 28) at the United Methodist Church, 107 S. Harrison St., Ludington. Visitation with the family will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at the church.

Mr. Halladay was born August 30, 1921 in Ashton, Mich. He was graduated from Reed City High School in 1939.

After briefly attending Central Michigan University, where he met his future wife, Mr. Halladay enlisted in the Army Air Force, where he became a pilot. Before going off to serve in the South Pacific arena of World War II, Mr. Halladay married his true love and best friend, Mona Gunberg, while on leave from a Texas training camp.

Mr. Halladay flew long-range bombing mission as the pilot of a B-24 bomber with a crew from the Air Force's 90th Bomb Group, known as the "Jolly Rogers." He described his crew as a group of men performing their mission while avoiding heroics. His most significant contribution to the war was the bombing of an oil refinery at Balikpapan, Borneo.

After serving his time in the military, Mr. Halladay came home to finish college. Having always been a curious and a studious man, Mr. Halladay earned a bachelor's degree in engineering and a master's degree in education from the University of Michigan. He then earned a doctorate in education from Michigan State University.

Mr. Halladay served as principal of the W.K. Kellogg Consolidated Schools in Hickory Corners, and East Grand Rapids High School. In 1961, Mr. Halladay began working for the College Entrance Examination Board in Evanston, Ill., where he was regional director until his retirement in 1977.

Never one to let cobwebs gather in his mind, Mr. Halladay began pursuing retirement with vigor -- teaching himself woodworking, computer technology and genealogy.

Mr. Halladay shared his generous and kind spirit mostly in quiet, behind-the-scenes deeds, such as making items for church fundraisers or donating a computer to the local senior center. An avid golfer, Mr. Halladay treasured his family and counted them highest among his many blessings.

Mr. Halladay was preceded in death by his parents, Jed and Loiva Halladay; a sister, Vera Blanche Anderson; and an infant brother, Pearle.

He is survived by: his wife of 56 years, Mona; two sons, Douglas (Sandra) of Detroit, Kent (Karen) of Walworth, Wis.; a daughter, Janet (Scott) DeFoy of Elgin, Texas; a daughter-in-law, Pamela of Detroit; two brothers, Leon of Grand Rapids and Robert of Montague; seven grandchildren, Jessie, Kate, Sara, Rachel, Jacob, Corrie, and Alexandra; and many nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the Ludington United Methodist Church, Hospice of Michigan/Mason County, or to a University of Michigan scholarship fund to be established in his name.

Alexander-Rye Funeral Home, Ludington, is in charge of arrangements.

Leonard J. Snow

Leonard J. Snow, age 67, of Portage Point Road, Onekama, died early Monday morning, July 17, 2000 at his home, unexpectedly. He was born March 28, 1933 in Manistee, and was the son of the late John and Esther (Strzyzewski) Sniegowski. Leonard had been a chef on the lower lakers sailing the Great Lakes, and later was a chef in the North Pole with the scientific exploration teams. When he returned to Manistee he was employed as the bar manager at the St. Joseph Civic Club for several years. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church of Onekama.

He is survived by: his brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Kathleen Snow of Flint; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Leonard was also preceded in death by: three sisters, Marcia Platz, Betty Klee and Barbara Burchard.

Private graveside services were held Thursday, July 20 at Mount Carmel Cemetery at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Casimir Zawacki officiating.

A memorial mass will be held and announced at a later date.

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

Kathryn E. Lancaster

Kathryn E. Lancaster (Richardson) of Wellston, formerly of Milford, died July 24, 2000. She was the beloved wife of the late Irving "Sailor."

Kathryn is the beloved mother of: Gayle (Ron) Sleep of Milford, and Dan (Janet) Lancaster of Wellston; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and also survived by many nieces, nephews and loving friends.

She was the dear sister of the late Raymond Richardson and Mildred Watson.

Funeral services were held from Lynch & Sons (Richardson-Bird Chapel), 404 E. Liberty, Milford, Thursday at 11 a.m., the Rev. Deborah Kerr officiating. Interment will be in Highland Cemetery, Highland.

Memorials may be made to the University of Michigan Heart Transplant Fund, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48109. For further information, call (248) 684-6645 or www.legacy.com.

Frances M. Warner

Frances M. Warner, 80, of Manistee and formerly of Hastings, died at 6:35 p.m. Sunday, July 23, 2000 at the Manistee County Medical Care Facility in Manistee. Graveside services were held Wednesday, July 26 at Rutland Township Cemetery, with the Rev. Dan Wheeler officiating.

Miss Warner was born on March 11, 1920 in Hastings, the daughter of Leo and Jennie (Belson) Warner. She was raised in the Hastings area. Miss Warner had lived five years at Century Terrace in Manistee.

Survivors include: brother, Alleyne Warner of Woodland; sisters, Verna (William) Shellington of Hastings, Mary (Raymond) Bender of Hudson, and Juanita Long of Union City; and several nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death were: her parents; brothers, Winston and Leo Warner; and sisters, Twilla Warner and Grace Niel.

Burial will be at Rutland Township Cemetery, Barry County.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one's choice.

Arrangements were by Wren Funeral Home of Hastings.

Frances M. Vitaz

Frances M. Vitaz, age 79, of 11127 Vitaz Rd., Brethren, died Wednesday, July 26, 2000 at Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids.

She was born August 4, 1920 in Hamtramck, the daughter of the late Frank and Annie Niewojt, where she attended Hamtramck High School, and married Edward Vitaz on March 21, 1941. She had been employed by the Hamtramck High School for 20 years and was also a hostess, waitress and baker. Frances enjoyed gardening and especially baking.

She is survived by: her husband, Edward Vitaz of Brethren; her daughter, Madeline Marie Vitaz of Manistee; her son, Jack Anderson Vitaz of Connecticut; and sister, Eleanor Evans of Detroit.

She was preceded in death, in addition to her parents, by a sister, Rose Shalt.

There will be no visitation at the funeral home.

Oak Grove Cremation Center of Manistee is in charge of arrangements.

Amy Lynn Zenker

Amy Lynn Zenker, age 30, of Benzonia, died Saturday, July 29, 2000 in Mexico.

She was born May 6, 1970 in Frankfort, the daughter of William G. Zenker and Paula A. Maginity.

Amy recently graduated from University of Michigan as a physical therapist. She enjoyed working with and helping handicapped children. She also enjoyed riding horses.

Surviving are: her mother, Paula A. Zenker of Benzonia; a sister, Susan Zenker of Benzonia; and a brother, Daniel Zenker of San Diego, Calif.

She was preceded in death by her father in 1998.

Funeral services will be held at the Bennett-Barz Funeral Home, Beulah at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 2, with Pastor Dan Ingersol officiating. Cremation will take place.

Friends may call on the family at the time of the service.

Memorials may be made to the Amy Lynn Zenker Memorial Fund.

James A. Pefley

James A. Pefley, age 51, of 225 Second Ave., Manistee, died early Sunday morning, July 30, 2000 at West Shore Medical Center unexpectedly. He was born December 25, 1948 in Manistee and was the son of Robert and Betty Mae (Evans) Pefley. Jim had attended Manistee High School. He served in the U.S. Army as a Specialist 4th Class from September 10, 1968 until his discharge on June 8, 1970. James married Diane L. Laskey on July 17, 1971 in Manistee, at St. Mary's of Mt. Carmel Shrine Church. He had been employed as a maintenance welder at the Martin Marietta Magnesia Specialties Company until 1987, when he and his wife Diane started the Sunrise Bakery in Manistee, which they had owned and operated until 1999. Throughout his life, he enjoyed being involved and watching his son's athletic careers during their school years. Jim also loved to golf, bowl and play cards of any kind.

He is survived by: his wife of 29 years, Diane L. Pefley of Manistee; three sons, Jason Pefley of Grand Rapids, Christopher Pefley of Harvard, Ill., Matthew Pefley of Manistee; his parents, Robert and Betty Pefley of Manistee; four sisters and three brothers-in-law, Peggy Patulski of Manistee, Lynn and Earl Kimbrel of Davenport, Fla., Mari and Dennis Manke of Onekama, Amy and Allan Baldwin of Ludington; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Thomas and Jeanne Pefley of Manistee, and Lee Pefley of St. Petersburg, Fla. Numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins also survive him.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 2 at the Herbert Funeral Home in Manistee, with the Rev. Scott Sessler officiating. Cremation will follow the funeral services.

Friends may begin calling at the funeral home on Tuesday morning, Aug. 1 after 9 a.m. The family will be at the funeral home on Tuesday 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.

Winona L. Chambers

Winona L. Chambers, 91, of 273 Sixth Ave., Manistee, died Friday evening, July 28, 2000 at West Shore Medical Center.

She was born March 24, 1909 in Manistee, the daughter of the late Karl and Emma (Madison) Fredericksen. She married Arden L. Chambers in Pontiac on August 21, 1937. He preceded her in death on August 27, 1976.

She was a retired secretary for Michigan Tool. She was a member of the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and the Ruth Circle of the church. She was also a member Manistee Chapter No. 300 - Order of Eastern Star, Cherryland Chapter No. 116 of the White Shrine of Jerusalem in Traverse City and the Manistee chapter of the AARP.

Gladys is survived by: her nephews, Robert and Karl Fredericksen of Pontiac.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was also preceded in death by a brother, Karl Fredericksen.

There will be no visitation or services at this time.

The family suggests that those wanting to remember Winona, consider a gift to the charity of the donor's choice. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.

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


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