Miscellaneous Mason County, Michigan Obituaries - 2001



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Mildred A. Sarto
Mildred A. Sarto, 86 of Oakview Medical Care Facility and formerly of Lansing passed awat Thursday Feb. 1 at Oakview. Mildred A. Kriksciunas was born March 29, 1914 in Chicago and married May 27, 1936 in Lansing to Leo A. Sarto and he died Nov. 21, 1999. 
The couple moved to Ludington in 1993, and she was a member of St. Simon Catholic Church.
Survivors include her 5 grandchildren, Ronald (& Kathy) Schmidt of Green Bay, WI, Ronald (& Dawn) Sarto of Ludington, Mrs. Elizabeth (Dale) Rich of Charlevoix, Dan Sarto, & Doug Sarto both of Ludington. Eight great grandchildren Jennifer, Meridith, Thomas, & Joseph Rich, Cassie & Maressa Sarto, Jessica & David Schmidt. 1 daughter in law, Anne Sarto Motyka of Ludington.
Mass of christian burial from the order of christian funerals was celebrated Saturday Feb. 3, at St. Simon Catholic Church at 10:30 AM with Rev. Fr Ken Schichtel the celebrant. Visitation was from 7-9 PM Friday Feb. 2 and the morning before the mass. A rosary was recited at 7:30 PM Friday at the funeral home.Burial will be in Pere Marquette Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to Oakview Medical Care Facility.

Lillian Gesswein
Lillian Gesswein, our loving mother, Lillian Gesswein passed away Thursday January 11 with her caring family at her side.
Lillian Lucille Kaizer was born on May 18, 1917 to Edward & Mary MargareKaizer, who preceded her in death. The oldest of seven children, Lillian is survived by two sisters, Jean Galvan and Violette Kaizer. Her sisters Edna Haran and Priscilla Edington, and her brother Edward and Robert Kaizer preceded he in death.
Lillian grew up in Chicago where she graduated from Joseph Medill High School and attended Chicago Business College. She was employed as a secretary before she married Rudy Gesswein on February 22, 1941. They later lived in Midlothian, IL for 22 years where they raised six children. After the children grew up she was employed as a secretary-office manager at State Farm Agencies in Midlothian and Ludington, having moved to Michigan in 1973.
After Rudy passed away on September 21, 1973, Lillian devoted her life to her children, family, friends and charitable works. Our mother enjoyed gardening, outdoor activities, swimming, cooking, and baking favorite dishes for family and friends. She volunteered at Memorial Medical Center in the clinic areas and cardiac rehabilitation services, serving over 4000 volunteer hours. She was also a member and officer of St. Simon's Madonna Circle and the former Women's Civic Club.
Mother is survived by her children, Judy Houston of Calumet City, IL, Tom (& Yolanda) Gesswein of Edenburg, TX, Mary Ellen (& Jim) Miller of Kouts, IN, Barbara (& Michael) McCann of Northport, Gail Ann Lefler of Custer, Gordy (& Robin) Gesswein of Ludington and a daughter-in-law Sharon Gesswein of Chicago, IL.
Family was very important to our mother and she was delighted to be grandmother to Jackie Martinez, Janis Lentz, John Ridgeway, Joanne Houston, Julie Rasgatis, Tom Gesswein,Jr., Kathy Rasgstis, Allen, George, and Amber Miller, Christopher and Sean McCann, Kelly McLaughlin, and Danielle and Mackenna Gesswein as well as great grandmother to Jessica Barnett, Manuel, and Michelle Martinez, Angela Alqallti, Jeremy, and Joshua Lentz, John, and Amanda Ridgeway, and Neena Houston, and her great-great grandchildren Nicole Barnett, Manuel Martinez and Jada Tomas. She also was loved by many nieces, nephews, & cousins including Albert Galvan and Eileen Smith.
She will be remembered by her swim mates Lois Ewing and Elta VanderVeer, and Marge Greenlee, and her very good friend Mary-Jo Miller.
Our Family is thankful to Mother's many friends whose many acts of kindness helped to keep her happy these last years.
Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Tuesday January 16 at St Simon Catholic Church at 12:00 PM with Rev. Fr Ken Schichtel the celebrant. Visitation was Monday January 15 from 2-4 & 6-8 PM at the funearl home and a wake service was held at 7:30 PM. Burial followed in Lakeview Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to St. Simon's Food Pantry, Hospice of Michigan, Mason County, or the Leelanau Township Foundation, 109 Nagonaba, Northport, MI 49670, envelopes available at the funeral home.

Jack LeRoy Cronenwett
Jack LeRoy Cronenwett, 85 of 215 S. Lakeshore Dr. passed away Monday January 8 in New Hampshire following a brief illness.
Jack LeRoy Cronenwett was born December 29, 1915 in Mansfield, OH, the son of H. LeRoy & S. Alwilda Cronenwett. He moved to Ludington in 1916 where he lived for the rest of his life. He graduated fro Ludington High School in 1933 and married K. Marie Grundmark in 1940. During WWII he served in the 499th armored field artillary in Europe for 4 years. He was employed by the Star Watch Case Co. as a model maker until his retirement in 1978.
Jack was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, the American Legion and served on the Mason County Council on Aging. In his free time, Jack enjoyed local sporting events. He spent many hours at Oriole Field and Hawley Gym watching his grandchildren's games. He also loved the out-of-doors where he enjoyed hunting, fishing and working in his yard. One of his greatest loves was attending the University of Michigan football games, hitch hiking to Ann Arbor for his first game in 1932. He attended his last game in October, 2000 and always said that he was very grateful to his parents for moving out of Ohio. Jack also had a wonderful artistic talent that he used in his many remodeling projects. During his later years he spent much of his time building HO guage railroad models with incredible accuracy and detail. But his family will remember him most for his wonderful sense of humor. He always made a family gathering enjoyable with his quick wit and good natured teasing.
In addition to his wife Marie, he is survived by his son, Dr. Jack (& Debra) Cronenwett of Hanover, NH, his daughter Susan (& Daryl) Peterson of Ludington, grandchildren Sara Cronenwett of Cambridge, MA, Molly Cronenwett (& Robert Mills) of Hillsborough, NC, Jodi (& Michael) Nichols of Ludington, Jess (& Sharon) Peterson of Bellevue , WA, & Jaye Peterson of Ann Arbor. His sister in law Helen Cronenwett of Ludington, and his niece Sandra (& Dr. Richard) Wisely of Toledo, OH.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother LeMoyne Cronenwett.
Memorial services for Jack Cronenwett was held Saturday January 13 at the Alexander-Rye Funeral Home with Rev. Wayne Buskirk officiating. Visitation was Friday January 12 from 2-4 & 7-9 PM. Memorials may be directed to the Ludington Area Foundation with envelopes available at the funeral home.

John J. Enhorning
John J. Enhorning, 79 of 3956 N. Stiles Rd. passed away Sunday January 7 at Memorial Medical Center after a short illness. John Enhorning was born December 21, 1921 in Chicago where he graduated from High School and the University of Illinois. He was a retired draftsman for a manufactoring company in Chicago. He came to Ludington from Chicago. Surviving Mr. Enhorning are cousins Phyllis Lyewski of Ludington, and Randall Petersen of Ludington.
He was preceded in death by his parents Arthur and Pearl Enhorning.
A memorial service was held Wednesday January 10 at the funeral home at 11:00 AM with Rev. John Christensen officiating.Burial will be in South Victory Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Michigan Heart Association, or the Michigan Lung Association with envelopes available at the funeral home.

Frances M. Rasmussen
Frances M. Rasmussen, 87 of Baywood Nursing Home passed away Friday January 5 after a lengthy illness. Frances Ordway was born May 17, 1913 in Mason County, and married January 1, 1953 to Lawrence Rasmussen and he preceded her in death in 1985. She grew up in Eden Township and lived in Scottville and Ludington for many years. She graduated from Scottville High School in 1933. Frances was a member of the Bethany Lutheran Church of Ludington. She had been employed by the Carrom Industries for many years as a secretery.
Survivors include several nieces, nephews, & cousins, including Billy Dwyer of FL. She was known by all that knew as a very loving & friendly person.
She was preceded in death in addition to her husband by a sister. and 2 brothers.
Funeral Services for Frances Rasmussen were held at 11:00 AM Monday January 8 at the Bethany Lutheran Church with Rev. B. Douglas Neimi officiating. Visitation was held Sunday January 7 from 2-5 PM. Burial will follow in Lakeside Cemetery in Eden Township.
Memorials may be directed to the Bethany Lutheran Church, or Baywood Nursing Home.

Yonne Mae Hansen
Yonne Mae Hansen, 87 of 400 Sherman Oaks Dr. passed away at 1:00 AM Sunday Dec. 31, at Baywood Nursing Home after a lengthy illness. Yonne Mae Mathewson was born August 28, 1913 in Big Rapids and married Feb. 22, 1936 to Fred Hansen and he preceded her in death in 1985. The couple came to Ludington in 1972 from Detroit.
Yonne graduated from Big Rapids High School and Ferris Institute with a music degree. She taught music in Big Rapids and in many country schools, and also taught privately in Big Rapids & Detroit.
She was a member of St. Simon Catholic Church, Court 745 Catholic Daughters of the Americas, the Emblem Club where se was also the organist for many years.
surviving Yonne Mae Hansen are 1 daughter Barbara Franquist of Ludington, 1 son Richard (& Carol) Hansen of Farmington Hills, 7 grandchildren Wendy & Rob Walker of Harbor Springs, Kirk Hansen of New York, Paul Franquist of Tempe, AZ, Donald & Vicki Franquist of Ludington, Jon & Linda Franquist of Ludington, Edward & Victoria Berko of Chicago, & Laurie Franquist of Chicago, 9 great grandchildren, nieces & nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents Norm & Charlotte Mathewson, her brother Norman Mathewson and her son in law Donald Franquist in 1980.
Funeral services were held Wednesday January 3 at 10:00 AM at the Alexander-Rye Funeral Home with Rev. Fr Ken Schichtel officiating. Visitation was held Tuesday January 2 from 2-4 & 7-9 PM, a rosary was recited, an Emblem Club memorial service and a Catholic Daughters memorial service were held.
Burial was in Lakeview Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to Hospice of Michigan or the charity of the donor's choice with envelopes available at the funeral home. 
There will be no local visitation, and memorial services will be held at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C. Memorials may be directed to the National World War II Memorial Fund, The Navy Relief Society, or the American Heart Association. Envelopes are available at the Alexander-Rye Funeral Home.

Charles A. Bader
Charles A. Bader, ACSW, age 77 of 814 N. Rath Ave died at home Monday March 12 following an extended illness. Chuck bader was born Feb 10, 1924 in Saginaw. He grew up in Carrollton Twp. where he attended St. Josephat Grade School but graduated from St. Andrew High School in Saginaw where he was awarded membership in the National Honor Society.
Drafted during WWII, he served in the United States Naval Reserve as a corpsman at the US Naval Training Station, Great Lakes, IL, the US Naval Hospital at Long beach, CA, and later at the Anacostia Naval Barracks in Washington, D.C. He was detached to the second Marine Division 155mm Howitzer Bn., which participated in the battles of Saipan, Guam, and Iwo Jima. He was decorated with the Silver Star for action on Iwo Jima and became a life member of VFW Post 4499, Manistee.
He attended the University of Michigan and Central Michigan University, where he learned liberal arts and bachelor of Science degrees. He married Geraldine D. Lugiewicz, RN on Nov. 26 at St. Matthews Church in Zilwaukee. He did post graduate work at the University of Utah in 1957 and Michigan State University in 1965, where he was awarded a Master's Degree in social work.
Bader retired in 1982 from West Shore Mental Health Clinic of Muskegon where he was employed as a social psychiatric social caseworker specializing in teen group therapy. During his 40 years as a career social worker, Bader worked at the Salt Lake County General Hospital , in Utah, then for the Washington State Department of Public Assistance in Wenatchee and Yakima, then Catholic Family and Child services for the Diocese of Yakima, and for the Diocese of Grand Rapids. Catholic Charities moved Bader and his family to Ludington from Traverse City in 1968.
Formerly a field work instructor for the Graduate School of Social Work, The University of Michigan and WEstern Michigan University, Bader was an active member in the National Association of Social Workers and a member of its Academy. In 1972 he was presented with the Socail Worker of the year Award by the Western Michigan Chapter NASW in Muskegon. During retirement he had been a volunteer Right to be Born counselor and bereavement caseworker for Hospice of Mason County which obtained its licensure. He became a charter member of the Michigan Hospice Social Workers Association. In 1990 Hospice of Mason County presented him with the exceptional Contributions Award. He was also a charter member of the board of directors for Staircase , Runaway and Youth Services, Inc.
Bader had been a member of the Neumann Club, the Knoghts of Columbus, the audubon Society, the Association for Research and Enlightenment and St. Simon the Apostle Catholic Church where he served as lector and in the music ministry.
His wife Geri preceded him in death in 1996, nd his brother Richard in 1997.
Surviving are 2 daughters, Christine Marie (& James) Zerbi of Paw Paw, and Terese Ann (& William) Anderson of Key Largo, FL, 5 sons David (& Pamela) Bader of Ludington, Michael (& Marie) Bader of Marne, C. John Bader of Miller AFC of Hart, Paul Bader of Ludington and Mark Bader of Grand Rapids, 2 sisters Rosemarie Wallace of Casper, Wyo, and Janet (& William) Hardigan of Plantation, FL, 1 brother, Allan (& Patricia) Bader, 1 sister in law Grace Bader of Saginaw, 8 grandchildren, Many nieces & nephews.
The family received friends at the Alexander-Rye Funaerl Home from 7-9 PM Wednesday March 14. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Rev. Fr Ken Schichtel at St. Simon Catholic Church at 2:30 PM Thursday March 15.
The family will also receive relatives and friends immediately after the service in the family center. Inurnment will take place at a later date at St. Anthony Cemtery in Auburn, MI.
Memorial gifts may be made to the Michigan Hospice Social Work Association (MHSWA) for the scholarship fund or to Hospice of Michigan in Mason County with envelopes available at the funeral home and the family center at St. Simon Church.

Beatrice E. Peterson
Beatrice E. Peterson, 86, went to be with the Lord on Sunday March 11, surrounded by her loving Children. Beatrice died from valve heart disease at the University of Michigan Hospital.
Beatrice Ellen Anderson was born on Sept. 25, 1914. She married Everett Adrian Peterson on March 21, 1936 and he preceded her in death on October 9, 1966.
Everett and Beatrice farmed fruit on the Peterson Centennial Farm in Pere Marguette Township which was founded in 1876 by Everett's grandfather Charles Peterson from Sweden. For over 20 years, Beatrice enjoyed growing vegetables and flowers that she sold at the Dowland Street Farmer's Market. Her favorite flowers were gladiolas and zinnias.
Beatrice is survived by five children: Carol Peterson of Ludington, Otto (Merrilee) Peterson, of Ludington, Barbara Behan of Ludington, Stan (Barbara) Peterson of Ludington, and Nancy (Jim) Grasman of Fairfax, VA. Beatrice is also survived by 2 sisters, Elaine LaBerteaux of Oshkosh, WI and Lois Zubrod of Milwaukee, WI.
Beatrice was a longtime member of the Pere Marquette Ladies Aid and the Emanuel Lutheran Church. Funeral services were held at 11:00 AM Wednesday March 14 at the Emanuel Lutheran Church with REv. Wayne Buskirk officiating. Visitation was Tuesday March 13 from 7-9 PM, and burial followed in Lakeview Cemetery. Contributions may be directed to the Michigan Heart Association, with envelopes available at the Alexander-Rye Funeral Home.

Willard A. Case
Willard A. Case,74, loving husband and father, passed away in his home on Saturday March 3. He was born June 5, 1926 in Hamlin Twp. He served in the US Navy during WWII. After returning from the service, het met and later married Mary L. Mortensen on Dec. 3, 1949 and she survives.The couple spent 51 happy years together.
He was a master electrician and owned and operated Willie's Electric for many many years. He enjoyed hunting, the outdoors, and spending time with his family.
He is survived by 1 son Cory (& Cheryl) Case, 3 daughters, Billie (& Tim) Anderson, Dawn (& Richard) Coleman, and Sheree (& Vernon) Nicholson, grandchildren, Craig (& Michelle) Coleman, Todd Coleman, Jill (& David) Skridulis, Kathy Anderson, Michael (& Brooke) Anderson, Lance Case, Haley Case, & Jamie Nicholson, 4 great grandchildren Ben & Emily Anderson, Francesca Skridulis, & Madison Coleman, also surviving is someone who is like a daughter to Willie, Annette Schmuhl of Ludington.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William & Ida Case, 1 brother Leslie and his wife Marion, 1 nephew Roy Case, and 1 grandson, Andrew Coleman.
At Willie's request, there will be no formal services. There will be an informal gathering to celebrate Willie's life at theAmerican Legion Hall on Tuesday March 6 at 2:00 PM.

Marietta McDonald
Marietta McDonald, 91 of Baywood Nursing home and Village Haus & formerly of West Branch, & Durand passed away Thursday March 1 at Baywood. Marietta Finch Cook was born July 14, 1909 in Ovid to George & Lilah Finch. She was raised by Otto & Laura Cook. Marietta was married on August 8, 1931 in Ovid to Howard McDonald and he passed away in 1993. She lived in Ludington for the past 10 years, and was a member of the United Methodist Church of Ludington.She was a graduate of Ovid High School & Central Michigan University.
She had been a Past Worthy Matron of the Eastern Stars in West Branch. Was a Girl Scouts Leader in West Branch & Durand for many years. She was an elementary teacher in West Branch and Durand for a total of 19 years.
Survivors include, 1 daughter Ellen (& Tom) Westcott of Ludington, 1 son Robert (& Carolyn) McDonald of East Tawas, MI, 8 grandchildren including Patti Stubbs, Linn Urka & Darcy Westcott all of Ludington, & Greg Westcott of Grandville, 20 great grandchildren, and her loving and caring family at Baywood.
She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 62 years, Howard "Mac" McDonald in Sept. of 1993.
Visitation for Marietta McDonald was Friday March 2 from 7-9 PM and Saturday from 2-3 PM at the Alexander-Rye Funeral Home. Funeral services were held Saturday March 3 at 4:00 PM at the United Methodist Church with Pastor Joseph Elenbass officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in Mount Pleasant. Memorials may be directed to Baywood Nursing with envelopes available at the funeral home.

Loretta A. Wanderer
Loretta A. Wanderer, 78 of Ludington died Thursday Feb. 22 at Memorial Medical Center.
Loretta was born December 6, 1922 in Ludington, the daughter of Louis & Anna Quast. She spent her entire life in Ludington, graduating from Ludington High School. On May 9, 1942 she married Edward A. Wanderer, who preceded her in death in 1999.
Loretta held several jobs in her life, the most important to her being a wife and mother. In 1988 she retired from Majik Market due to illness.
Loretta is survived by 3 sons, Edward J. and David G. Wanderer of Ludington, and Daniel (& Shari) Wanderer of Lansing, 5 daughters Judy (& Doug) Lemere, Ann L. Wanderer, Loretta M. Wanderer of Ludington, Rebecca (& John Shafer) and sons Cory & Johnathon, & Mary Dombay of England. Loretta has 2 grown grandsons, Ron Myers & sons Cameron and Collin of Ludington, & Wayne (&Lara) Myers and children Stephanie (& Brian), Marc, Jordan and Madison of Minnesota. Also surviving are 2 sisters-in-law SLE Wanderer and Isabella Wanderer of Ludington, and a treasured family friend Barb LaFreniere.
The family received friends at the funeral home from 10:00 Monday Feb. 26 until the time of service at 11:00. The Rev. John Christensen officiated, and burial will followed in Lakeview Cemetery.

Lois M. Soneral
Lois M. Soneral, 74 of 501 Sixth St. passed away at 11:45 PM Wednesday August 1 at home after a 3 week illness. Lois M. Christoffersen was born April 24, 1927 in Ludington and married March 8, 1947 at the Bethany Lutheran Church of Ludington to Carl A. Soneral and he survives. She was a lifelong resident of Ludington and was a member of the Bethany Lutheran Church. She had graduated from Ludington High School, class of 1945, and attended nursing school at Mercy Hospital, Detroit, also attended West Shore Community College, Scottville. She was a former local and state president of the PTA, former Girl Scout leader, former officer of West Shore Scandanavian Society, member of the Write People, Lakeside Circle, Lutheran Social Services, Diabetes Support Group at Memorial Medical Center, and was the Author of two diabetes cookbooks, and was an active diabetes advocate. She was a co-winner of a statewide volunteerism award for LSSM in 2000 and also in 2000 she received the "Colonel's Way Award" presented by Kentucky Fried Chicked for outstanding senior citizen in the state of Michigan.
She had been employed as a clerk at Rochon's Drug Store and other local stores, and as a receptionist/bookkeeper at Peterson's Furniture.
Surviving besides her husband Carl, are 2 daughters, Ruth Soneral, and Mrs. Ron (Janice) Sutula all of Rio Rancho, NM, a nephew Paul Roat and several cousins.
She was preceded in death by a son Carl Alan Soneral, her parents Mary (Petersen) and Albert J. Christoffersen, a brother Lars A. Christoffersen, and a grandson Steven L. Soneral.
Memorial services for Lois M. Soneral were held Tuesday August 7 at 11:00 AM at the Bethany Lutheran Church with Rev. B. Douglas Neimi officiating. Burial was in Lakeview Cemetery. There will be no visitation, and memorials may be directed to the Diabetes Support Group at Memorial Medical Center, or to the Bethany Lutheran Church in her memory.

M. Louise Wicklund
M. Louise Wicklund, 66 of 3764 S. Stiles Rd. passed away Tuesday evening July 31 at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Rapids after a brief illness. M. Louise Campbell was born February 11, 1035 in Grand Rapids and married May 18, 1957 in Indiana to James Andrew Wicklund and he died in 1987. She lived in Mason County most of her life and had graduated from Scottville High School and later from Davenport College in Grand Rapids. She was a member of St. Simon Catholic Church and enjoyed animals, sewing, & visiting with her friends.
M. Louise Wicklund is survived by 4 daughters, Mrs. Joseph (Shannon) Stickney of Custer, Maureen Borgh of Ludington, Mrs. Larry (Andrea) Bainbridge of Grand Rapids, and Patricia Wicklund of Hart, 3 sons, Andrew (& Shareen) Wicklund of Ludington, Donald Wicklund of Scottville, and William Wicklund, stationed in the US Navy, 5 grandchildren Blake, Jeremy, Betsey, Cody, & Holly. One brother Alan (& Carol) Campbell, Jr. of Muskegon, 1 sister Mrs. Donald (Clara Jean) Baron of Shelby, step-sisters, Sandra, Sally, Nadine, Mary Jane, & Elaine, Step- brothersHarry, & Owen, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
She was preceded in death by 1 son Dean Wicklund in 1983, and her father Alan Campbell, and her mother Mildred O'Brien.
Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Friday August 3 at 10:30 AM at St. Simon Catholic Church with Rev. Fr Ken Schichtel the celebrant. Visitation was Thursday August 2 from 2-4 & 7-9 PM with a wake service at 7:30 PM at the funeral home. Burial was in Center Riverton Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to Lakeshore Animal Friends, or the charity of the donor's choice with envelopes available at the funeral home.

Henrietta "Nora" Kubiak
Henrietta "Nora" Kubiak, 92 of 504 Fourth St. passed away Thursday July 26 at Memorial Medical Center following a 1 month illness.Henrietta Koziol was born in Poland on October 17, 1908 and married to Joseph Kubiak in 1928 in Indiana, and he died in 1951. She lived in Ludington most of her life, and was a member of St. Stanislaus Catholic Church. She was also a member of the Rosary Society at St. Stanislaus, and the Auxillary to the Gold Bar Post 5096- Veterans of Foreign Wars. Henrietta had been employed at Memorial Medical Center in the Deitary Department for several years & retired from there.
Survivors include her daughter, Linda Kubiak of Ludington, 1 sister Sophie Nyderek of Chicago, 2 brothers Stanley Koziol of Victory Twp., and Edwin (& Margarita) Koziol also of Victory Twp., her daughter-in-law Roberta Kubiak of Ludington, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her son Joseph Henry Kubiak and a sister Julia Hruska.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday July 30 at 11:00 AM at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church with Rev. Fr Dennis O'Donnell the celebrant. Visitation was Sunday July 29 from 7-9 PM at the funeral home. A memorial service by the VFW Auxillary was held at 7:30 PM and a wake service at 8:30PM Sunday at the funeral home. Burial was in Pere Marquette Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to Lakeshore Animal Friends, or the charity of the donor's choice with envelopes available at the funeral home.

Mrs. Mary W. Murphy
Mrs. Mary W. Murphy, 87 of Pentwater passed away Wednesday July 4, at her home following an extended illness. She was surrounded by loving family members and friends.
Mary (Doran) Murphy was born June 9, 1914 in Empire, Michigan to Cornelius and Mary (DuFrene) Doran. She was married in Ludington to James Leo Murphy in 1940, and he passed away in 1973.
Mary is survived by her son and daughter-in-law Patrick & Patricia Murphy of Pentwater, her daughter, Colleen Cory, of Pentwater, grandchildren, Shawn Murphy of California, James Murphy of Ludington, Matthew Murphy and Sarah Murphy of Pentwater, Kelly Cory of Grand Rapids, Aaron Cory of Big Rapids. Great granddaughter, Flynne Murphy of California, one sister, Mrs. Evelyn (& Ben) Morter of Ohio, and one sister-in-law Catherine Ada (& Ivan) Petterson of Ludington, numerous nieces, nephews and friends whom she loved and enjoyed very much.
Mary was a member of St. Vincent's Catholic Church of Pentwater, the American Legion Auxillary, the VFW Auxillary, and a past member of the Oceana County Women's Pool League. She also volunteered at St. Simon's Bargain Center.
Prior to WWII , Mary was a licensed cosmetologist and the owner and operator of her own beauty shop. During WWII she was employed at Continental Motors Corp. of Muskegon. In 1955 Mary moved to Weare Township, Ocean Co., where she and her husband owned and operated Murphy's Tavern fo 31 years.
Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday July 7 at 10:30 AM at St. Vincent's Catholic Church with the Rev. Fr. Charles Brown the celebrant. Visitation was Friday July 6 from 2-4 & 7-9 PM at the funeral home, where a scripture-wake service was held at 7:30 PM. Burial was in Center Riverton Cemetery. Those wishing to make memorial contributions may direct them to Hospice of Michigan, Mason County Unit with envelopes available at the funeral home.

Lorne Henry Farley
Lorne Henry Farley, 84 of 307 State St., Scottville died unexpectedly Friday at Memorial Medical Center with his daughter Linda and her husband Jim Miller, and his wife Erma Farley at his side. He was born in Brantford, Ontario, Canada on May 13, 1917 to the late Gordon and Clara (Potter) Farley.After graduating from Brantford Colligiate Institute in 1934, Lorne excelled in sales and marketing with companies in both Canada and the United States. He will be remembered for his kindness, love, quick wit and genuine smile which he gave freely to his family and many friends.For many years, Lorne enjoyed his membership at Lincoln Hills Country Club where he had a lot of fun playing golf with friends and family. He enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force during WWII where he served as a flight instructor for Canadian British Hurricane fighter pilots.
He was a lifetime member of the Pere Marquette Lodge # 299 F&AM. He was also a lifetime member of the Ludington Elks Lodge BPOE #736.
Lorne was one of three sons, his older brother, the late Douglas Alfred Farley and younger brother Robert Gordon (Margaret) Farley who live in Brantford Ontario, Canada.
He is survived by his daughter, Linda (Jim) Miller, Lorna (Gerald) Laird, and his wife Erma Runyan Farley and her son Robert Runyan, also his grandson David Farley Betz, granddaughters Leeanne Gibboney, Libbey (Chris) Quillan, great granddaughter Lindsey Lee Gibboney, nephews Dennis (Carol) Farley, Rod (Nedra) Farley, Suzanne, Lenya and Scott, Grant Menzies, Carol Menzies, Gary (Diane) Menzies, David (Valerie) Menzies, Ron (Lynda) Menzies, Denise Elise, Rod and Jiffy Farley, Susan Marie (Farley)Taylor, Phillip and Bruce Farley, and many more friends and relatives.
Memorial services were held Friday July 20 at 1:00 PM at the Alexander-Rye Funeral Home with Fr J. Robert Hector, and Fr J. Ralph Patston officiating, a luncheon followed at the Grace Episcopal Church.
Lorne loved the little animals that gave him so much joy and contentment, Budde, Lilly, Sis, Farley, Menzie, Sandy, and Buddy.
Those wishing to make a memorial donation in Lorne's name are asked to consider Lakeshore Animal Friends or our local Humane Society. Envelopes available at the funeral home.

William F. "Grease" Gregones, Jr.
William F. "Grease" Gregones, Jr., 50, of Anaheim, CA and formerly of Ludington passed away unexpectedly at his residence.
He was born August 14, 1951 in Ludington and moved to California from Ludington in 1977. He was a graduate of Ludington High School in 1969, and a member of the National Rifle Association in California. He was employed as a computer technician and formerly a machinist.
Surviving are his parents William and Monica Gregones, Sr. of Ludington, 1 brother Richard Gregones of Ludington, 1 neice Rachel & 1 nephew Gerald Gregones both of Ludington, and aunts and uncles.
He was preceded in death by a brother James Lee Gregones in 1984.
Burial was held on Wednesday October 10, inPere Marquette Cemetery. A memorial mass will be celebrated on Friday October 12 at 10:30 AM at St. Simon Catholic Church with Rev. Fr Ken Schichtel the celebrant.

Madeline Doris Klopfenstein
Madeline Doris Klopfenstein, 73 of 815 N. Lavinia St. passed away Monday September 17 at her residence. Madeline D. Tenney was born November 17, 1927 in Oaklawn, IL, and married on December 20, 1944 in Ludington to Clifford Klopfenstein and he survives. She was a lifelong resident of the Ludington area, and a member of the Community Church, she also attended Ludington Schools. From 1957 until 1962 Madeline was a distributor for the Grand Rapids Herald, and the Grand Rapids Press. From 1962 until 1981 she was a concessionaire at the Ludington State Park. Madeline's family was the most important part of her life, and she valued her years of treasured experiences and friendships while concessionaires at the Ludington State Park. She's leaving behind many friends that she's made over the years and she was a friend to everyone. Her favorite pastimes were traveling, camping, reading, & collecting stones. She was especially proud to have her father, husband, brothers, sons & grandsons serve in the Armed Forces of the United States. Surviving besides her husband Clifford, are her children Karen Sue (& Don) Foster of Hart, Dan (& Pam) Klopfenstein of TN, Dick (& Kathy) Klopfenstein of IL, Kim Klopfenstein of Coopersville, Karen (& Dave) Dean of Coopersville, Stacy (& Robert) Sutton of Ludington. Grandchildren, Brian Foster, Joy & Steven Klopfenstein, Paul Klopfenstein, Keri Kolpanen, Michael & Mark Dean, Mandi & Devon Sutton, 5 great grandchildren, 1 brother, Bill Tenney of WI, nieces, nephews, & many friends She was preceded in death by her parents Leon & Rose Tenney, brothers Herbert, Donald, & Leon Tenney, and 1 grandson Bret Foster. Funeral services was held on Thursday September 20 at 2:00 PM at the Alexander Rye Funeral Home with the Rev. Rich Loerop officiating. Visitation was on Wednesday September 19 from 2-4 & 7-9 PM. Burial was in Lakeview Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to Hospice of Michigan, Mason County, or to the Community Church with envelopes available at the Alexander-Rye Funeral Home.

Wallace B. "Wally" Conkling
Wallace B. "Wally" Conkling, 90 of 601 W. Haight St. passed away Saturday September 1 at 7:00 AM at his residence after a several month illness. He was born October 19, 1910 in Ludington and married to Gertrude Grundeman who died in 1992. He was a lifelong resident of the Ludington area, and had graduated from St. Simon High School. He was a member of St. Simon Catholic Church, the Lincoln Hills Country Club, Lakeside Links Golf Club, the Golf Scrambles Team which won the state championship. He also was a former member of the Ludington Elks Lodge # 736. Wally had worked for 37 years for C & O Railroad as a switchman and retired in 1975.
Wally is survived by his constant companion, Mary Campbell, with whom he resided, 2 daughters, Nancy Anthony of Dallas, TX, Judy (& George) Towns of Ludington, 1 son Wallace L. "Skip" (& Beverly) Conkling of Syracuse, NY, 5 grandchildren James D. Anthony,and Jason Lee Anthony both of Dallas, Tim J. Leafstrand of Ridgeway, CO, and Tom R. Leafstrand of Ludington, and Jeffrey Wallace Conkling of Syracuse, NY, 2 step grandchildren Robert Towns, & George Towns, Jr., both of Ludington, 5 great grandchildren, and Mary's family, Fred & JoAnne Campbell, and son Brent Campbell, and Jack & Janet Madsen and family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and brothers and sisters.
Mass of Christian burial was celebrated on Wednesday September 5 at 10:30 AM at St. Simon Catholic Church with Rev. Fr Ken Schichtel the celebrant. Visitation was Tuesday September 4 at Alexander-Rye Funeral Home from 7-9 PM. Burial took place in Pere Marquette Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to Hospice of Michigan-Mason County, or the American Cancer Society with envelopes available at the funeral home.

Lois Estelle Martinchek
Lois Estelle Martinchek, 85 of Scottville went home with her Lord on Wednesday August 29. She was a resident of Oakview Medical Care Facility.
She was born May 1, 1916 in Adrian, MI the daughter of Les & Ruth Bragg. She graduated from Adrian High School in 1935. They moved to Scottville in 1938. She married Nicholas Martinchek on October 25, 1947. She loved bowling and traveling. She was a lifetime member of Scottville Chapter # 327 Order of Easter Star and had been a volunteer at Memorial Medical Center and was a member of Scottville United Methodist Church. She also enjoyed going to the senior center in Scottville.
Survivors include her husband Nicholas, 1 son Dennis Martinchek both of Scottville, 1 daughter Vickie Kraus and son in law Randy Kraus of Traverse City, 2 grandsons Nicholas of Traverse City and Stephen & Melody Kraus of Ft. Meade, MD, 1 great granddaughter Abigail Kraus of Ft. Meade, MD.
Funeral services were held Saturday September 1 at 1:00 PM at the funeral home with rev. Bobby Dale Whitlock officiating. Visitation was from 11:00 AM until the time of service on Saturday. Burial was in Brookside Cemetery, Scottville.
Memorials may be directed to the Scottville Chapter OES or the Scittville Senior Center with envelopes available at the funeral home.

Mary Alice Griffith
Mary Alice Griffith, 80 has gone to be with her Lord on Wednesday August 29 at her home. 
Our Lord had greatly blessed Mary's life. She took great pride in her most treasured blessing, that being raising her family. Mary loved watching her grandchildren and great grandchildren grow. She got joy from being able to help others. Her cheery little laugh and smile could brighten the darkest day. Mary's kind heart and gentle spirit will forever be remembered by many. She will always remain an angel in our hearts.
Alice M. Avra was born December 2, 1920 in Eaton, OH and married to William Griffith and he died in 1981.
She is survived by 3 daughters, Mrs. Betty Flewelling of Ludington, Mrs. Harold (Shirley) Lovewell of Ludington, Mrs. James (Becky) Petersen of Zambia, Africa, 1 son Danny (& Kathy) Griffith, 13 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, 4 sisters Margaret Davis of OH, Edna (& Victor) Ross of OH, Grace Wilson of OK, & Donna (& Don) Siper of IN, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Funeral services were held at the funeral home Saturday September 1 at 11:00 AM with Pastor Jim Hall officiating. Visitation was the same day from 10 AM until the service. Burial was in Lakeview Cemetery.

Arne W. Soli
Arne W. Soli, 89 of 621 E. Melendy St. passed away Sunday August 26 at Baywood Nursing Home at 8:00 PM. Arne W. Soli was born November 18, 1911 in Ludington and married on October 14, 1933 in Ludington to Gwen Zrolka and she survives they had been married for 67 years. He lived in Ludington all his life and was a graduate of Ludington High School and a member of the Ludington Yacht Club.
He had been employed at Dow Chemical as a foreman for many years retiring in 1976.
Surviving besides his wife are 2 daughters, Mrs. Leslie (Arlene) Meverden of Ludington, Mrs. Chris (Patricia) Ashcraft of Ludington, 1 son Richard Soli of Ludington, 9 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren, 1 brother Russell Soli of Tulsa, OK, nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by 1 son Dan, 1 grandson Lee Meverden,& 1 brother Edmund Soli.
Funeral services for Mr. Soli was held at the Alexander-Rye Funeral Home on Wednesday August 29 at 11:00 AM with Rev. John Christensen officiating. Burial was in Pere Marquette Cemetery. Visitation was from 10:00 AM until the time of service on Wednesday. In lieu of flowers, the family askes donations be made to the American Diabetes Association with envelopes available at the funeral home.

Heidi Ann Darke
Heidi Ann Darke, 22 of 423 N. William St. passed away Wednesday evening, August 15, following an automobile accident in Muskegon. Heidi was born February 16, 1979 in Ludington where she lived all her life. She graduated from Ludington High School in 1997 and attended West Shore Community College. She was a member of the Community Church of Ludington. Heidi loved the out of doors, rollerblading, walking her dog, reading, going to the beach, and spending time with her family and friends.
She had worked as a nanny in Illinois, and Ohio and recently at Memorial Medical Center as a nurses aid. She had also been employed at the Lighthouse Motel for several years and was planning to attend Grand Valley State University this fall.
She is survived by her parents, Michael L. and Kathleen Darke, Sr. with whome she made her home, 2 sisters, Mrs. David (Michelle) Fenner of Ludington, and Mrs. Brett (Jenifer) Betteridge of Grand Rapids, 1 brother Michael L. Darke, Jr. at home, her paternal grandmother Dorothy Darke of Scottville, her maternal grandmother, Lois Ewing of Ludington, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was also survived by her best friend Tanya Hoffman (Tominski) and her daughter Kaleanna Ann, of Pentwater.
She was preceded in death by her grandfathers Louis Darke, and Dean Ewing.
Funeral services for Heidi Ann Darke were held Saturday August 18 at the Community Church with Rev. Richard Loerop, and Rev. William Collins officiating. Burial was in Center Riverton Cemetery. Visitation was Friday August 17 from 6-9 PM at the Alexander-Rye Funeral Home. Those wishing to make memorial contributions are asked to consider the Mason County Humane Society because Heidi loved animals so much, envelopes available at the funeral home.

Robert J. Songer
Died June 2, 2001
Robert J. Songer, age 76, of Venice, Fla., formerly of north suburban Chicago, died Saturday, June 2 in Venice, Fla., following an extended illness.
Robert James Songer was born Sept. 1, 1924, in St. Paul, Minn., the son of Herbert J. and Ruby (McTaggart) Songer. He grew up in Pontiac where he received his elementary and high school education and attended the University of Michigan College of Engineering, graduating with the class of 1949.
He was married Aug. 28, 1948, in Ludington at the Community Church to Carolyn Newberg and she survives. Bob was proud of his military service, having served with the 1st Allied Airborne Division of the United States Army during World War II in the European Theater.
He was a member of the Medical Engineering Volunteers of Venice, Fla., the Chi Phi Fraternity and the Disabled American Veterans. He was a member of the Grace Baptist Church of Sarasota, Fla.
He was a registered professional engineer in electrical and mechanical engineering in Michigan and Illinois and had worked as an engineering consultant and a manufacturers representative.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by three daughters, Laurel (and Daniel) Short of Marquette, Holly (and Randall) Raak of Zeeland, Heather (and James) Karl of Seattle, Wash.; one son, Matthew N. (and Laura) Songer, M.D., of Marquette; and 10 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Bruce.
Services for Robert J. Songer will be conducted 2 p.m. Saturday, June 9 at the Community Church with the Rev. William Collins officiating. Interment will follow in Lakeview Cemetery where military rites will be conducted by the Edwin H. Ewing Post No. 76, the American Legion. Bob’s family will receive friends in the narthex of the church from 1:30 p.m. until the time of service.
Memorials may be directed to Grace Baptist Church Missions Fund, 8000 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota, Fla., with envelopes also available at the Dorrell Funeral Home.

George Hoffman
George Hoffman, age 83, went to be with his Lord on Sunday, July 29 after being in ill health for many years.
George John Hoffman was born April 7, 1918, the son of George and Mary (Petzinger) Hoffman in Weare Township, Oceana County. He was a farmer for many years.
On Dec. 2, 1939, he married Lillian Forbes. After farming for many years on South Scottville Road, they moved into the city of Scottville where he worked for FiveCAP as a janitor at Mason County Central Schools. He also worked at various places as a handy man for older people and was a longtime member of the Church of Christ in Scottville.
George and Lillian celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in 1999.
George was preceded in death by two infant children and a sister, Clara Shaner.
He is survived by his wife, Lillian; son, Richard (Beverly) Hoffman; two granddaughters, Karen Hoffman and Melanie Hoffman; devoted friends, Armondo and Cheryl Romero, who have been like family to him and Lillian, and a host of other friends and relatives.
The funeral for Mr. Hoffman will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1 at the Stephens Funeral Chapel in Scottville with Henry Schenkel officiating. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of services.
Those who wish to make memorial contributions are asked to direct them to the family. 

Lauretta J. Jackson
Lauretta J. Jackson, age 78, of 301 E. Court St., went to be with her Lord Monday, July 30. She died at Baywood Nursing Home surrounded by her family.
Lauretta Jane Patterson was born in Ludington Jan. 10, 1923, the daughter of George and Frances (Parsons) Patterson. She grew up in Ludington where she attended school.
She was a member of the Community Church of Ludington and in her free time she enjoyed doing crossword puzzles and playing bingo with her friends at Longfellow Towers.
Surviving are four sons, Ronald (and Barbara) Scott of Ludington, George Scott of Detroit, Terry (and Linda) Scott of Muskegon, and Fred Jackson of Houghton Lake; one sister, Alice Yeskey of Ludington; two brothers, Andrew “Cy” (and Dorothy) Patterson of Wyandotte, and Frank (and Elmira) Patterson of Ludington; six grandchildren, Jason Scott, Tabitha Scott, Taya Scott, Kimberly Jackson, Steven Jackson and Gary Jackson; one great-granddaughter, Samantha Scott; nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by five brothers, one sister and one son, Jim Jackson, in 1967.
The funeral for Lauretta Jackson will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 2 at the Dorrell Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. John Christensen officiating. Interment will be in Lakeview Cemetery. 
The family will be present at the funeral home on Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. to receive friends.
Memorial contributions may be directed to Lauretta’s family with envelopes available at the Dorrell Funeral Home. 

Mrs. Maxine Rines Lothrop
Mrs. Maxine Rines Lothrop, age 74, of Scottville, passed away on Monday, July 30 at her home.
Maxine was born March 3, 1927, in Athens, Maine, to Amos E. and Beatrice (Trueworthy) Rines Jr. On April 15, 1950, she married Robert D. Lothrop in Lincoln, Maine.
They moved to Flint in 1955. Following Robert’s retirement in 1983 they moved to Scottville. Robert preceded her in death Nov. 6, 1999.
She was also preceded in death by her brothers, Todd, Waldo and Amos Rines, and her sister, Shirley Rines. 
Maxine was a lifelong homemaker, a generous and loving lady, devoted to her family and always ready to welcome friends.
Maxine is survived by her children, Jan (Rod) Merrill of Scottville, Dan (Marie) Lothrop of Tacoma, Wash., Diane Lothrop of Dearborn, Jim (Sue) Lothrop of Phoenix, Ariz., Mark (Lourdes) Lothrop of Scottville, and Sandy (Rob Nolan) Lothrop of Tacoma, Wash.; her grandchildren, Chris and Steve Merrill, Hugh McManus, Jeremy (April) Fulton, Chelsea Lothrop and Rosina Lothrop; her brother, Phil (Madeline) Rines of Bangor, Maine; her sisters, Winifred Crocker and Janet Rines, both of Dexter, Maine.
Services for Mrs. Lothrop will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3 at the Stephens Funeral Chapel in Scottville with the Rev. Bobby Dale Whitlock of Scottville United Methodist Church officiating. Interment will take place at Brookside Cemetery.
Those who wish to make memorial contributions may direct them to the United Way to be designated for the benefit of the Scottville Area Senior Center. 

John D. Shaffer
John D. Shaffer, age 83, of Custer, died Sunday, July 29 at Memorial Medical Center in Ludington.
He was born Oct. 3, 1917, in Custer to John and Cecilia (Pleiness) Shaffer and graduated from Custer High School in 1937.
John married Rosalyn Macksam on Dec. 7, 1941, in Scottville. He was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Scottville and owned and operated the Custer Barber Shop for 37 years.
John was preceded in death by his parents and six brothers and sisters.
He is survived by his wife, Rosalyn; his children, Rodney (Sharon) Shaffer of Custer, Leola (Stanley) Gajeski of Free Soil, and Christine (Richard) Weinert of Ludington; grandchildren, Michael (Cindy) Shaffer and Lori (Robert) Knutsen of Ludington, and Devin Weinert of Grand Rapids; and his great-grandchildren, Christina and Spencer Knutsen and Cody Shaffer.
A memorial service for Mr. Shaffer will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 4 at Redeemer Lutheran Church, Scottville, with the Rev. Mark Rosenberg officiating.
Those who wish to make memorial contributions may direct them to the charity of their choice. Arrangements are being cared for by the Stephens Funeral Chapel of Scottville.


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