|George W. Vandervest
George W. Vandervest, age 71, of Hamlin Township, died January 25,
2001 at his home.
There will be no visitation at the funeral home.
Oak Grove Cremation Center of Manistee is in charge of arrangements.
Bill J. Harrigan
Bill J. Harrigan, age 80, died on January 25, 2001, in Plymouth.
Bill was born on March 13, 1920 in Buckley, to William and Flavilla
Harrigan and grew up in Kaleva. He was preceded in death by his parents
and brothers, Bob and Ted, and is survived by brother Jack.
Bill married Maxine Tompke in 1942. He is survived by his wife and
six children, Bill, Sheryl Hannak, Jack, Jean Sealy, Kevin and Brian; 12
grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
Bill served in the Pacific during World War II. Following the war,
Bill and Maxine moved to Detroit where Bill worked for Greyhound Corp.
They moved back to the Manistee area in 1975.
The family will be at the Terwilliger Funeral Home, Kaleva, to receive
family and friends on Sunday, Jan. 28, 4 to 8 p.m. Funeral services will
be held on Monday, Jan. 29, 11 a.m., at the funeral home with the Reverend
Tom Jasperse officiating. Burial will be at Brown Township Cemetery.
The family is requesting donations be made to the Alzheimer's Association
or to the Onekama Congregational Church.
Gerald K. Avery
Gerald K. Avery, age 47 of Benzonia, died January 22, 2001 at Munson
Medical Center in Traverse City.
There will be no visitation at the funeral home.
Oak Grove Cremation Center of Manistee is in charge of arrangements.
Holland P. Capper
Holland P. Capper, formerly of 3031 Lakeshore Rd., Manistee, died March
22, 2001, in Wilmette, Ill. Mr. Capper was born in Van Wert, Ohio, the
son of Clark and Lilian (Terry) Capper on December 5, 1905.
In 1912, the family moved to the Hudson area and Holland graduated
from Hudson High School in 1923. Later that year, he enrolled at Albion
College, the first of his family to attend college. Majoring in biology
and chemistry, he came under the tutelage of several distinguished professors:
Dr. Arthur Chickering, Dr. David Randall, and Dr. William Whitehouse. He
was graduated from Albion in 1927 and moved to Manistee where he taught
for 40 years in the same lecture room and chemistry lab at Manistee High
In 1930 he married his college sweetheart, Thelma Jane Raidle.
Holland had many abilities and interests, but a central theme of his
entire life was his devotion to the scientific method. He constantly urged
his students and family to test assumptions and popular beliefs in a constant
search for true facts. He enjoyed for all his life the fact that his two
disciplines, biology and chemistry, were constantly changing, with scientists
always discovering that old assumptions and beliefs were, in fact, wrong.
Newly discovered evidence was fun for him and he always enjoyed sharing
new ideas with students, friends and family. Mr. Capper taught three generations
of students during his long tenure at MHS. He was greatly respected and
feared and many tales are remembered and retold by his former students.
Perhaps the principal reason students remember him is because he believed
in letting them discover their own intelligence, in their own way, without
undue interference from him. He taught a process rather than a rote system
and was dedicated scholar with the highest standards for himself and his
For a number of students, a familiar story emerged. Mr. Capper fostered
a special spark in these students who first encountered him as unmotivated
high schoolers. Mr. Capper¹s enthusiasm for science and his encouragement
of their gifts led them to college. They were often the first member of
their family to pursue higher education. Going on to earn the Ph.D., they
entered careers in scientific research, medicine and college teaching,
always remaining in touch with their original mentor, Holland Capper. Although
he weighed only 160 pounds, Mr. Capper played guard on the varsity football
team at Albion College. In his early years at MHS, he coached the Manistee
High School football team for several success seasons. His former players
remembered fondly that, "He even let the skinny guys play."
He always emphasized the basics, leaving the fancy stuff to the teams
he consistently beat. After his tenure as football coach, he refereed for
years and maintained his love of football his entire life, loyally watching
TV football and baseball in his later years.
Mr. and Mrs. Capper were lifelong Methodists. Mrs. Capper was church
organist for 30 years and Mr. Capper sang tenor in the choir for 60 years.
They were faithful participants in many of the church activities and treasured
all the wonderful friends they made within that community. During World
War II, Mr. Capper worked full-time as a teacher and also held a job at
the Manistee Iron Works where he helped manufacture bullet-making machines
which were shipped to our Allies.
His childhood had been spent on a farm, and he continued his interest
in farming all his life. He kept milk cows, pigs, chickens and other farm
animals to help feed his family. During the summer, he had a truck farm
of 20 acres and his produce was sold through local grocery stores and renown
for being fresh and wonderfully tasteful. He continued farming into his
late 80s and his sweet corn is fondly remembered by his grandchildren and
One of Holland's outstanding traits was his ability to get the most
for his money. In 1939, he bought a canoe, large tent, campstove and other
camping gear for $35. This equipment was used by the family for over 40
years. He and Thelma took their four children on countless excursions including
two extensive camping tours. A trip to the East included New York City,
Washington, D.C., and Gettysburg with the family traveling in a tiny 1939
Ford. The western trip included Yellowstone Park and the Great Salt Lake.
Mr. Capper set up the tent and did all the outdoor cooking every night
on these trips.
His teenage sons inspired him to take up skiing in the early 1950s
and they all decided that Manistee County needed its own ski area. Picking
a site in the Udell Hills area, with the cooperation of the Forest Service
and the hard labor of other ski enthusiasts, he planned, directed and carved
out of the forest what is now known as the Big M Ski Area. He served as
its first manager. Holland skied until he was well past 80 and was proud
of his membership in the Over-70 Ski Club, a national organization that,
in addition to the age qualification, insisted that members must still
be downhill skiers, not just cross country.
He was often asked to show his driver's license to qualify for senior
citizen discount tickets. He ski raced several times along with his son
Holland, his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
The family home was located at 493 Oxford Ct. In 1960, the Cappers
purchased the acreage and saw mill at the Lakeshore Road address. Mr. Ray
Carty had run the saw mill for many years and it was a local landmark.
In 1961, Holland and Thelma moved to the country. By now, all their children
had either graduated from college or were attending college.
The birth of eight grandchildren was a great joy to them, especially
since their grandfather had built a cottage on the property. "Capper's
Mill" was run almost single-handedly by Mr. Capper.
For the next 35 years, he built cottages, decks and fences, taking
great pride in his craftsmanship. He felled large trees and did custom
sawing for many builders. Anyone who worked for him had to adhere to his
strict standards. He also grew Christmas trees and continued producing
wonderful vegetables and beautiful flowers on the extensive acreage which
also bordered Bar Lake.
His grandsons recall fondly that their grandfather even had specific
instructions for how the lawn was to be mowed. The Cappers were gracious
hosts to many large picnic gatherings, especially when the sweet corn was
Holland and Thelma traveled extensively after retirement. They crisscrossed
the continental United States so often that they had slept in every state.
They were particularly fond of the summer Olympics and saw the Games in
Mexico City, Munich, and Montreal. They also traveled in Europe as representatives
for "Youth for Understanding," having started the Manistee chapter and
initially hosting German exchange student Gina Huhn in 1958-'59.
The bond between Gina's family and the Cappers continues to the present
Satisfying a long held desire, Holland went on a scientific and photographic
African safari in 1981 at the age of 75.
Mr. Capper is survived by: one son, Holland of Wilmette, Ill.; two
daughters, Mary Stewart of Seattle, Wash., and Susanna Edgar of Manistee;
a sister, Julia Houser of Hudson; eight grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife; his son, John; three sisters;
and a brother.
Holland Capper leaves an example and achievement and zest for life
to his family.
A memorial service will be held on May 26 at the United Methodist Church
at 1 p.m. At 2 p.m., the family may be greeted at a reception in the parish
hall at the same location. Memorials to the Manistee United Methodist Church
or Albion College Briton Scholarship Fund, 611 East Porter, Albion, MI
49224; are suggested. Letters may be sent to: The Capper Family, 1916 Pike
Place Suite 12 No. 4, Seattle, WA 98101-1097.
R. Gale Johnson
Mr. R. Gale Johnson, 69, of Manistee, formerly of Livonia, died Tuesday,
April 3, 2001 in Manistee Medical Care Facility.
He was born July 5, 1931 in Port Huron to Herbert J. and Mary Johnson.
He married Kathleen Roy November 11, 1995 in Onekama. Mr. Johnson was a
structural engineer with Whitehead & Kales prior to his retirement.
He served with the U.S. Coast Guard during the Korean Conflict and also
served in the reserves until 1956. He was a member of Onekama Church of
the Brethren and Marysville Lodge No. 498 F&AM.
He is survived by: his wife, Kathleen; three daughters, Mr. and Mrs.
Daniel (Wendy) Hill of Redford, Mr. and Mrs. Phillip (Tamara) Wallace,
and Mr. and Mrs. Arthur (Tina) Carter of Whitmore Lake; a son, Mr. and
Mrs. Michael (Karen) Johnson of Howell; eight grandchildren, Joshua Hill,
Bradley Wallace, Nicholas Wallace, Michelle Carter, Maria Carter, Melissa
Carter, Chelsea Johnson and Shiloh Johnson; two step-children, Suzanne
(Mark) Lentych, and Richard Howell; three step-grandchildren, Jessica,
Meghan and Kade; his mother, Mary Johnson Woodruff of Port Huron; a sister,
Mr. and Mrs. Carl (Barbara) McCormick of Hale; seven nieces and nephews;
and 13 grand-nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Herbert, in 1960.
Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. this evening (Wednesday) in the Pollock-Randall
Funeral Home Inc., in Port Huron. A memorial service will be held at noon
on Thursday in First Baptist Church of Marysville with visitation from
11:30 a.m. until the time of service. Dr. John Jelinek will officiate.
Burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery, Algonac. Those planning an expression
of sympathy may wish to consider the Onekama Church of Brethren Building
Fund, Gideons International or Manistee Ducks Unlimited.
Fred William May
Fred William May, age 69, of Bear Lake, died April 3, 2001 at Munson
Medical Center, was born on May 10, 1931 in Detroit, the son of Clifford
and Olive (McManus) May.
He was a telephone repairman for Bell Telephone 37 years. Fred loved
fishing and the Detroit Lions. He came to Bear Lake every summer, moving
here in 1969. Fred married Jo Ann Clark in Lincoln Park on June 21, 1957;
He is also survived by: sons, Jeffrey May of Manistee; Dean (Monica)
May of Denver, Colo., Fred (Janette) May and granddaughter, Hayley, of
Bear Lake; daughter, Mary Ann Batsakis; and grandson, Alex of Traverse
City; one brother, Clifford (Valerie) May of Nokomis, Fla.; and many cousins,
nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral services for Fred William May will be held on Friday, April
6 at 11 a.m., with the Rev. Michael Conner. Spring burial will be in the
Pleasanton Township Cemetery. Memorials made to Munson Hospice. Envelopes
will be available at the funeral home. The family will be at the funeral
home to receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m., 7 to 9 p.m., Thursday, April
5. The Edwards Funeral Home of Bear Lake is in charge of the funeral arrangements.
Larry L. Larson
Larry L. Larson, age 52, of Scottville, died Saturday, March 24, 2001
at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City.
Oak Grove Cremation Center of Manistee is in charge of funeral arrangements.
Cecilia F. Holt
Cecilia F. Holt, age 95, of Lino Lakes, Minn., passed away Sunday,
March 25, 2001 in her home.
She was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on March 12, 1906 in Montel and Bridget
Henley Shinkle. Cecilia graduated from St. Clare¹s High School in
1925. She moved to Duluth in 1925 and graduated from St. Mary¹s School
of Nursing in 1928. Cecilia worked at St. Mary¹s Hospital from 1928-1936.
She then devoted the rest of her life to her family. She moved to Lino
Lakes in 1996 and lived independently until her time of death.
She was preceded in death by: her husband, Willis George Holt in 1973;
and her sister, Evelyn Bowen in 1994.
She is survived by: her daughter, June C. Holt of Lino Lakes; four
grandchildren, David (Mary) Drew, Kathryn (Randall) Duffield, Michael (Taeko)
Racckowski, Vicki (Steven) Ramsey; five great-grandchildren, David and
Michael Drew, Thomas and Emily Duffield, Michelle Racckowski; and one nephew,
Private family visitation and prayer service were held Tuesday evening
at the Crawford Chapel. Private family funeral services will be held at
11 a.m. today, Wednesday at the Crawford Chapel. Burial will be in Calvary
Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Northwoods Children Home. Arrangements
by Crawford Funeral Service, Duluth, Minn.
Estelle Banasiak of Thompsonville died Friday evening at Paul Oliver
Memorial Hospital LTC, due to complications from pneumonia.
Mrs. Banasiak was a resident of Thompsonville for the past 14 years,
coming from Grand Rapids. She was a member of St. Raphael Catholic Church
in Copemish and was a member of the altar guild of the church. She enjoyed
golfing and bowling.
She is survived by: her children, Sharon and Bill; two grandchildren,
Molly and Billy; a brother, John; a nephew, Dennis; and a very special
godson, Ron; and many special friends from her church and golf and bowling
Mrs. Banasiak was preceded in death by her husband, Walter; her parents;
and a sister, Mary.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. from St.
Raphael Church, with the Rev. Richard A. Kosterman, celebrant. Interment
will be in Thompsonville Cemetery in the spring. Friends may meet with
the family one hour prior to the mass. Those planning an expression of
sympathy are asked to consider St. Raphael Church. The Benzonia Chapel,
McElduff Funeral Homes, is handling arrangements.
John Lakos, 84, of Manistee, died Sunday, March 25, 2001 at West Shore
Medical Center in Manistee.
He was born May 11, 1916 in Eastlake, the son of John and Rose (Kiszelik)
Lakos. John graduated from Manistee High School in the class of 1934. He
attended Manistee County Normal and then taught school in one-room schoolhouses
in the Kalkaska area from 1935-37. In 1938-39 he was a Senior Clerk with
the U.S. Forest Service doing mapping of forest plantations and serving
as Forest Fire Suppression Supervisor. He later attended Central State
Teachers College (which is presently Central Michigan University). At one
time John taught woodworking in the Manistee Public School System. He had
also been office manager for Associated Trucking and Darling Freight in
Manistee. For several years he was an X-ray technician at the former Mercy
Hospital in Manistee, where he also taught first aid to Manistee policemen,
firemen, high school students and teachers, and to nursing students at
Mercy Hospital. It was in this endeavor that he met his future wife. He
married Viola M. VanBeek on May 20, 1960 in Volga, S.D. At the time of
his retirement, John was a licensed electrician and boiler maintenance
man at West Shore Hospital. He was licensed to repair Westinghouse elevators
and was also a licensed Emergency Medical Technician. John was presently
serving as a member of the Manistee City Planning Commission and as a member
of the Historical Overlay Committee of the Downtown Development Authority
in Manistee. He was a member and past president of the Manistee Lions Club
where he had served as treasurer for many years. He was a past deputy district
governor of Lions District 11E. The Lions Clubs International Foundation
awarded John the Melvin Jones Fellowship, their highest award given for
dedicated humanitarian services. In past years, he had been active with
the Manistee Civic Players, the local Boy Scouts of America and as a ski
patrol leader at Caberfae Ski Area. His hobbies included camping, canoeing,
hiking, fishing, hunting, swimming, reading and working on community betterment
projects and Lions Club civic improvement programs. John regularly attended
the Manistee United Methodist Church.
He is survived by: his wife, Viola; two sons and a daughter-in-law,
William and Susan Lakos of Lansing, and David Lakos of Manistee; daughter,
Sue Lakos of St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands; grandchildren, Elizabeth and
Andrew Lakos; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Rosalie and George Reddin
of Windsor, Ontario and Elizabeth McDowell of Reed City; and two nephews,
John McDowell of Reed City, and Thomas Hackett of Duluth, Minn.
John was preceded in death by: his parents; a sister, Helen Hackett;
and a nephew, James Hackett.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 29, at the
Manistee United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Jerry Selleck officiating.
Burial will be in Mount Carmel Cemetery. The family will receive friends
at the Johnson Funeral Home on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The body
of Mr. Lakos will be taken to the church Thursday at 10 a.m. to lie in
state until the time of services. The family suggests those wishing to
remember John consider a gift to either the Lions International programs
for the visually and hearing impaired or the organ fund at the Manistee
United Methodist Church. 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.
Regina Matchekosky, age 92, of Rakoniewski Road in Manistee, died late
Wednesday evening, March 21, 2001 at the Manistee Heights Care Center in
Manistee. She was born on June 23, 1908 in Filer Township, the daughter
of the late Martin and Valentina (Konieczna) Rakoniewski.
Regina married Edward Matchekosky on October 4, 1927 at Saint Joseph
Catholic Church in Manistee. He preceded her in death on April 20, 1970.
She was employed at the Glen of Michigan for over 30 years. She was a communicant
of Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Manistee. Regina also liked reading,
being outdoors and enjoyed her flower gardening and was a volunteer at
the Manistee Heights Care Center for several years.
She is survived by: Six grandchildren and their spouses, including
Michael (and Linda) Wojciechowski of Traverse City, Timothy Wojciechowski
of Manistee, Patricia Miller of Traverse City, Garrett (and Wanda) Downing
of Lima, Ohio, Jed (and Mary) Downing of Gallatin, Tenn., and Kelly (and
Corey) Miller of Lima, Ohio; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren;
a son-in-law, Peter Wojciechowski of Manistee; a sister-in-law, Susan J.
Rakoniewski of Manistee. Nieces and nephews also survive. She was preceded
in death by: two daughters, Elizabeth Wojciechowski and Barbara Brown;
by six sisters, Eva Bodouinac, Gladys Zielinski, Josephine Brzycki, Helen
Grabowski, Blanche Ish and Bernice Pieczynski; and by two brothers, Harry
and Edmund J. Rakoniewski.
Mass from the Order of Christian Funerals will be celebrated at 10
a.m. on Saturday, March 24 at Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Manistee,
with the Reverend William L. Zwiefka celebrant. Burial will take place
at Mount Carmel Cemetery in Manistee. The family will receive friends at
the Herbert Funeral Home on Saturday from 9 a.m. until the procession to
the church for the funeral mass. The Herbert Funeral Home of manistee is
in charge of fneral arrangements.
Henry T. Ax
Henry T. Ax, 86, of Manistee, died Wednesday, March 21, 2001 at the
Alamo Nursing Home in Kalamazoo.
He was born August 3, 1914 in Manistee, the son of Gustaf and Augusta
He married Geraldine Repo on January 14, 1940 in Manistee. Henry was
a retired merchant marine engineer. He sailed with the U.S. Steel Great
Lakes fleet for over 40 years. He was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran
Church in Manistee.
He is survived by: sons and daughters-in-law, Dennis and Karen Ax of
Allegan, and Eugene and Phyllis Ax of Grand Rapids; seven grandchildren;
and 15 great-grandchildren.
Henry was preceded in death by: his parents; six brothers, Victor,
Oscar, Robert, Ben, Edward and William Ax; sisters, Huldah Carlson and
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 24 at Good
Shepherd Lutheran Church in Manistee, with the Rev. Douglas MaGinn officiating.
Final interment will be in the Oak Grove Cemetery in Manistee. The family
will be at the Johnson Funeral Home on Friday from 7-9 p.m. to receive
friends. The body of Mr. Ax will be taken to the church at 12:30 p.m. on
Saturday to lie in state until the time of services. The family suggests
that those wishing to remember Henry consider a gift for Good Shepherd
Lutheran Church in Manistee. 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.
Clarence Raymond Peterson
Clarence Raymond Peterson, age 89, formerly of Ludington, died Tuesday
evening, March 20, 2001 at Birchwood Nursing Center in Traverse City.
He was born on October 22, 1911 in Free Soil, the son of the late Carl
Andrew and Anna (Hansen) Peterson. He attended schools in Victory Township
(Mason County) and Manistee Public Schools. He finished eleventh grade
at Manistee High School and began a lifelong career as a Great Lakes seaman.
In 1930, after initial service on several Passenger-Package Freight vessels,
he began a 54-year career aboard the Pere Marquette Car Ferries (later,
the Chesapeake & Ohio and the Baltimore & Ohio Railway Systems)
that ended with his July 1, 1984 retirement ‹ at the same time the B&O
terminated its cross-lake service at Ludington. At retirement, he was the
senior employee in the entire B&O system. During the course of his
long career, he progressed from deckhand, lookout and watchman to wheelsman.
He favored the latter and chose to spend the bulk of his career in that
post. When he began his career, the carferries were old, time-worn ³two-stackers²
that dated back a good many years. He later was aboard the City of Saginaw,
City of Flint, City of Midland, Spartan and Badger on their maiden voyages
to Ludingtom from the Manitowoc shipyard. Clarence, who rode out some fierce
Lake Michigan storms, called the 1940 Armistice Day storm the worst he
had experienced. He was aboard the City of Flint when it had to be beached
just north of the harbor entrance. He took pride in his skill as a wheelsman
and he particularly enjoyed the challenge of guiding his vessel to Milwaukee¹s
Jones Island dock. The main challenge was a railroad bridge with a clearance
of just two feet. His knowledge of the river current, wind conditions and
the vessel¹s helm response let him guide it through the bridge without
touching either side. Clarence greatly enjoyed hunting and fishing with
a number of his close Ludington friends. He also enjoyed watching automobile
races, as well as football, basketball, hockey and baseball games. He was
a ³Golden Eagle² member of Ludington Aerie 1354, Fraternal Order
of Eagles, and a life member of the Ludington Elks Lodge 736.
He is survived by: two brothers and sisters-in-law, Ernest and Eleanor
Peterson of Manistee, and Donald and Dorothy Peterson of Manistee; two
nephews, Carl J. Peterson and Robert W. Peterson; five nieces, Nancy Greal,
Marian MacNicol, Anna Rhodea, Carol Steinberg, and Terri L. Pieterson.
He was also preceded in death by: his parents, Carl A. Peterson and
Anna (Hansen) Peterson; and one brother, Alfred A. Peterson.
Cremation has taken place. In accordance with his express wishes, there
will be no visitation or memorial service. The Herbert Funeral Home of
Manistee is in charge of funeral arrangements.
Milford L. Reed
Milford L. Reed, 85, of Keillor Road, Bear Lake, died March 20, 2001
at Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital in Frankfort.
He was born June 2, 1915 in Pleasanton Township, the son of Fred and
Louise (Hale) Reed. Milford owned and operated Reeds Sawmill. He ran the
sawmill and raised sheep; he loved to hunt and fish.
He is survived by: sons, Larry and Joyce Reed of Bear Lake, and Raymond
and Beverly Reed of Bear Lake; daughter, Edith (Wendell) Putney of Frankfort;
13 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; one sister, Olive Chamberlain
He was preceded in death by: wife, Esther; daughters, Arbutus and Frances
Louise; a grandson, Kevin Reed; and sister, Beatrice Alkire.
Funeral services for Milford L. Reed will be held on Thursday, March
22 at 2 p.m. from the Edwards Funeral Home, Bear Lake, with Pastor Kit
Potter officiating. Spring burial will be in Pleasanton Township Cemetery.
The family will be at the funeral home to receive friends from 12 noon
until time of service today (Thursday). The Edwards Funeral Home of Bear
Lake is in charge of the funeral arrangements.