|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.
Amy Lynn Zenker
Amy Lynn Zenker, age 30, of Benzonia, died Saturday, July 29, 2000
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
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.
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,
There will be no visitation at the funeral home.
Oak Grove Cremation Center of Manistee is in charge of arrangements.
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.
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
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.
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.
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, 2000) 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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Gerald "Jer" Steingberg
Gerald "Jer" Steinberg, age 74, of 562 Broad Ave., Manistee, died Wednesday
morning, July 19, 2000 at the Munson Medical Center in Traverse City. He
was born May 18, 1926 in Manistee, and was the son of the late Frank J.
and Anna B. (Skiera) Steinberg. Gerald married Beverly Mucha on September
11, 1954 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Manistee. Jer, a life-long resident
of Manistee, owned and operated Jerry's Flowers for a period of 18 years
until 1962, after the sale of the business, he was owner and operator of
Steinberg Landscaping, where he remained in the business for over 35 years,
providing residents of Manistee and Onekama with landscaping and lawn maintenance
needs over those years of business. Jer had employed in excess of 100 young
men from the area during those years, and acted not just as a boss but
as a mentor and teacher. He was a communicant of St. Joseph Catholic Church
of Manistee and a 3rd Degree member of the Manistee Knights of Columbus
Council No. 853.
He is survived by: his wife of 46 years, Beverly Steinberg of Manistee;
three sons and two daughters-in-law, Glen and Cindy Steinberg, and Greg
Steinberg, all of Manistee; Dr. Eric and Lisa Steinberg of Athens, Ohio;
three grandsons, Luke and Zacharia Steinberg, both of Manistee, Dominik
Steinberg of Athens, Ohio; two granddaughters, Katie Steinberg of Manistee,
and Rebecca Steinberg of Athens, Ohio; two sisters and a brother-in-law,
Marge Babbitt of Kalamazoo, and Ruth and Zane Niesen of Manistee; two sisters-in-law,
Genevieve M. Steinberg and Evelyn Steinberg, both of Manistee. Numerous
nieces and nephews also survive him.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Marion Steinberg; and by two
brothers, Ted and Al Steinberg; and by his brother-in-law, Howard Babbitt.
Mass from The Order of Christian Funerals will be celebrated at 10
a.m. on Saturday, July 22 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Manistee, with
the Rev. William Zwiefka and Monsignor Gerard F. Guzikowski, celebrants.
Burial will follow in Mt. Carmel Cemetery.
The family will receive friends this evening (Friday) from 6 to 9 p.m.
at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Manistee, where the members of the Knights
of Columbus will lead the Rosary at 7:30 p.m. at the Evening Prayers from
The Order of Christian Funerals will be prayed at 8 p.m. There will be
no visitation at the funeral home.
The Herbert Funeral Home of Manistee is in charge of funeral arrangements.
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.
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
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
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.
Richard Marion Gilbert
Richard Marion Gilbert, 74, went to be with his Lord February 5, 2001.
He was born July 27, 1926 in Arcadia, the son of Claude and Leona (Kawczinski)
He was a member of the Arcadia United Methodist Church and the Arcadia
VFW. He spent all of his life in Arcadia, except two years in the U.S.
Army, Nov. 28, 1944 to Nov. 23, 1946, serving in the Pacific Theater. Upon
returning from World War II, he married his beloved Yvonne Weidman, Nov.
14, 1946. To this union were born four children.
Survivors include: his wife, Yvonne; two sons, Gregory S. Gilbert of
Arcadia, and Leslie C. (Roxanne) Gilbert of Frankfort; two daughters, Debra
Gilbert (Gary) Lantz of Traverse City, and Rebecca L. (Gregg) Selander
of Grandville; 21 dearly loved grandchildren and three great-grandchildren;
one brother, Claude Jr. (Angie) Gilbert of Onekama; many nieces and nephews
and a host of cousins.
Richard was preceded in death by: his parents; a brother, Alister;
and his sister, Bonnie; his two half-brothers, Edwin and Chester; and a
Richard's favorite verse: "I will life up my eyes to the hills --
From whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven
and earth." -- Psalm 121:1-2
Visitation will be held at the Edwards Funeral Home in Bear Lake, today,
Tuesday, Feb. 6 from 6 to 9, with a VFW memorial service at 6 p.m. Funeral
services will be Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2 p.m., from the Arcadia United Methodist
Church with Pastor Mark Anderson officiating. Spring burial will be in
the Blaine Township Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Gilbert family.
Margaret Marie Matson
Margaret Marie Matson of Palm Desert, Calif., died Saturday, January
13, 2001. She was born in Manistee on September 2, 1929 to Oscar and Elvera
(Engwall) Anderson. She graduated from Manistee High School in 1947. For
many years, Margaret was employed as a secretary at Century Boat Company
in Manistee and at Dow Chemical Company in Midland. She has resided in
California since 1972.
Margaret is survived by: her daughters, Mari (John) Penny of Anaheim
Hills, Calif., and Rhonda Efroymson of Cathedral City, Calif.; granddaughter,
Cari Sue Michaels and grandson, Richard (Melanie) McDonald of Durango,
Colo., and grandsons John Penny and Andrew Penny of Anaheim Hills; great-granddaughter,
Morgan McDonald and great-grandson, Lucas McDonald. Also surviving are:
three brothers, Allan (Sue) Anderson of Eastlake, Douglas (Mary Jane) Anderson
and Jack (Carroll) Anderson of Manistee; two sisters, Beverly (Richard)
Volgstadt of Byesville, Ohio, and June (Jim) LaBar of Mt. Clemens.
Memorial services were held at Orange Villa Bible Church in Orange,
Calif., on January 25. A memorial service will be held in Manistee at a
date to be announced.
Kenneth D. Toner, Sr.
Kenneth D. Toner, Sr., of Clarkston, died January 29, 2001 at age 68.He
was the husband of Phyllis J.; father of Kenneth D. Toner, Jr., of Clarkston
and Cheryl (Kevin) Peters of South Carolina; grandfather of Anthony Kasari,
Michael and Jonathan Peters; brother of William (Irene) Toner of Detroit;
son-in-law of Myrtle Edwards.
Ken retired from the Detroit Police Department in 1981 and had worked
for Perry Drugs. He was the co-owner of P.J.'s Antiques in Holly. Ken was
active in the Detroit and Clarkston Boy Scouts of America and was proud
to have served his country in the Korean Conflict.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Lewis E. Witt &
Son Trust 100 Funeral Home, Clarkston, where friends may visit today (Wednesday)
from 3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Interment Lakeview Cemetery. Memorials to the
Independence Township or the Springfield Township libraries. www.legacy.com
Lorraine V. Altice
Lorraine V. Altice, age 78, of Cottage Lane, Manistee, died unexpectedly
on Monday evening, January 29, 2001 at West Shore Medical Center in Manistee.
She was born November 10, 1922 in Manistee, and was the daughter of the
late Stanley "Dukes" and Isabelle (Klozak) Chycinski. She was a graduate
of Manistee High School, the class of 1941. Lorraine married Theodore P.
Altice on April 15, 1951 in Crown Point, Ind. They had lived in the Chicago
area most of their life. Ted preceded her in death on July 25, 1977. Lorraine
returned to Manistee in 1991 to care for her ailing mother and has made
her home here, since that time. She attended St. Joseph, Guardian Angels
and St. Mary's of Mt. Carmel Shrine churches, all in Manistee.
Lorraine is survived by: her daughter and son-in-law, Geri and Jerome
Monicke of Streamwood, Ill.; her son and daughter-in-law, Bruce and Janice
Altice of Clarendon Hills, Ill.; and two grandsons, Ryan and Wesley Altice,
both of Clarendon Hills, Ill.; one niece, Tony Altice of Albuquerque, N.M.
Several cousins also survive her.
Lorraine was also preceded in death by: her son, Scott Altice on June
11, 1984; and her sister, Eunice Chycinski.
Memorial services will be held at 8 p.m. Thursday evening, Feb. 1 at
the Herbert Funeral Home in Manistee, with the Rev. William Zwiefka officiating.
Inurnment will take place at the family niche in Wilmette, Ill., at a later
The family will receive friends at the Herbert Funeral Home on Thursday
evening from 7 p.m. until the time of services at 8 p.m. The Herbert Funeral
Home of Manistee is in charge of funeral arrangements.
Philip D. Schnorbach
Philip D. Schnorbach, 73, died unexpectedly in Santa Monica, Calif.,
on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2001. He was born in Manistee on April 24, 1927,
the son of Philip W. and Jean (Duncan) Schnorbach.
He attended Manistee High School and was graduated in 1945, as the
president of his senior class. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served
until discharged after the end of World War II. He then received a bachelor's
degree from Valparaiso University in Indiana and was graduated from the
law school at Marquette University in Milwaukee.
While in Manistee, he was a communicant of Guardian Angels Church and
had been employed during the summer, while attending college, at the American
Box Board paper mill in Filer City.
The paper mill had previously been known as the Filer Fiber Co. and
one of the co-founders was his paternal grandfather, P.P. Schnorbach. Both
his father and his uncle, William, had managed the mill for a number of
years. He had been a member of the Manistee Golf and Country Club for several
He took a position with Chase Manhattan Bank and was sent to Tokyo,
Japan, where he worked for several years. While there, he met Betty Marjorie
Thornton, who was teaching school in Japan. In 1956 they both returned
to the States and on August 25 of that year, were married in St. Gabriel's
Catholic Church in Brighton, Mass. He then relocated to California where
he was active in the banking business.
Later in his career, he was involved in investment banking with ties
to the Far East, and he traveled extensively to many countries there, having
just returned from Singapore on the day he passed away.
He was preceded in death by: his parents; a daughter, Leslie, of Santa
Monica; a brother, Peter, of Mequon, Wis.; and an aunt, Margaret Duncan
of Manistee. He is survived by: his wife, Betty, of Santa Monica; a sister,
Jane Ingells of Dana Point, Calif.; a son, Philip of Coppell, Texas; and
In California, he was a communicant of Our Lady of Malibu Catholic
Church, where the funeral services were held on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2001.
Evelyn D. Richardson
Mrs. Richardson, 89, died January 19, 2001 in Colorado Springs, Colo.
She was a homemaker. Mrs. Richardson was born July 15, 1911 in Schenectady,
N.Y., to Ernest and Mary (Blake) DeFrate, who are deceased.
She was married in 1930 to Howard Larsen Richardson, who is deceased.
Mr. Richardson was the son of Avis (Larsen) and Arthur Richardson, and
also the grandson of Anna and H.B. Larsen who were early settlers in Manistee.
The Larsens were married in Manistee on March 9, 1876 and opened the H.B.
Larsen store on River Street.
Inurnment will be at the Larsen plot in Oak Grove Cemetery, Manistee,
Mich., at a later date.
Robert P. Johnson
MANISTEE -- Robert P. Johnson, 94, of 395 Second St., Manistee, died
Wednesday evening, Jan. 24, 2001 at the Manistee County Medical Care Facility.
He was born December 11, 1906 in Manistee, the son of the late Andrew
W. and Huldah (Carlson) Johnson.
He was a graduate of Manistee High School - Class of 1926, and a graduate
of the Michigan College of Mortuary Science in 1941.
He was united in marriage to Reatha Scheppelmann at the bride's home
near Bear Lake on July 6, 1941. They would have celebrated their 60th anniversary
From the time he was big enough to sit on a stool, Bob worked in his
father's shoe store, the Johnson-Ostlund Shoe Store on River Street. During
the late 1920's he and other downtown merchants were recruited and equipped
by the former Manistee County Savings Bank to form a group known as the
"vigilantes," who were trained by the Michigan State Police, and who could
respond in case of a robbery at the bank.
At the time of the Kaleva Bank robbery, Bob and members of the group
were deputized by Sheriff Martin and assisted in the manhunt for the robbers.
After the shoe store closed in 1939, Bob worked in various jobs until
deciding to attend the Michigan College of Mortuary Science.
He received his Mortuary Science license in 1941 and would have received
recognition from the Michigan Funeral Directors Association this year for
his 60 years as a licensed funeral director. Following graduation, he worked
part time for Ralph J. LaValle at his funeral home in addition to working
as a forgings inspector at the Falleen Drop Forge in Filer City.
After the drop forge closed in 1953, Bob considered going into the
funeral business full time and went into partnership with Mr. LaValle in
His involvement in the funeral business began in the early 1930s when
he worked part-time for Felix Lundquist, a funeral director serving families
in Manistee and Kaleva during the time when many visitations and funerals
were held in the home. Bob saw many changes in the funeral business in
his 60-plus years of funeral service and he had many stories he liked to
tell about the changes and the different customs observed over the years.
In the 1960's he was elected by local voters to serve as Manistee County
He was a member of the First Congregational United Church of Christ
of Manistee, the Michigan Funeral Directors Association's 777 Club, the
Forest Shrine Club and Traverse City Commandery No. 41 KT.
He is a life member of Manistee Lodge No. 228 F&AM, Manistee chapter
No. 65 RAM, Manistee Council No. 46 R&SM, Manistee Commandery No. 32
KT and the Saladin Shrine. He was also a life member of the Manistee Elks
He loved hunting and fishing. Up until three years ago, Bob bragged
that he had only missed one season of deer hunting since 1928 and that
was due to being in college.
Bob is survived by: his wife, Reatha; son and daughter-in-law, Denis
and Emmy Johnson of Manistee; daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Dennis
Fisher of Hoffman Estates, Ill.; grandchildren, Jennifer and John Daly
of Grand Rapids, Robert and Kendra Johnson of Crystal Falls, Christopher
and Synthia Johnson and son Corey of Manistee, James, Kathryn, Alex and
Angela Johnson, all of Manistee and Ryan, Michael, Corey and Andy Fisher
of Hoffman Estates, Ill.; a brother and sister-in-law, Edgar and Marion
Johnson of Livonia; and by several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by: a brother,
John C. Johnson; and sisters, Lillian Beckwith, Lucile Carlson and Lois
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 28 at the First
Congregational United Church of Christ in Manistee with the Rev. Sally
Burial will be in the Trinity Lutheran Cemetery.
Friends may begin calling at the Johnson Funeral Home Saturday afternoon
at 2 p.m. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A
Masonic Memorial Service will be conducted Saturday evening at 7 p.m. at
the funeral home. The body of Mr. Johnson will be taken to church Sunday
at 12:30 p.m. to lie in state until the time of services.
The family suggests that those wishing to remember Bob consider a gift
in his memory to either the Shrine Crippled Children's Fund, the Manistee
First Congregational United Church of Christ, the Manistee Faith Covenant
Church Building Fund, or the charity of the donor's choice.
Envelopes will be available at the funeral home and at the funeral