Miscellaneous Oscoda County, Michigan Obituaries


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Richard H. Lewis 
HALE - Richard H. Lewis, 71, died Sunday, April 29, 2001 at his home. 
A retired tool crib man with General Motors, he was born on June 21, 1929 in flushing Township in Genesee County to Lee and Estella (Cook) Lewis. 
He is survived by his wife, Helen Lewis of Hale; a daughter, Debbie Lewis of Hale; a son, Steve (Paula) Lewis of National City; a granddaughter, Crystal Lewis of Owosso; a great-granddaughter, Briana Lewis of National City; a great-grandson, Daniel Lewis of Owosso; a brother, Berle (Marvel) Lewis of Flushing; a sister, Bernice (Laverne) Kapp of Flushing; and many nieces and nephews. 
No services were planned. Arrangements were by the Frizzell Funeral Home in Hale. 
David L Barnum 
David L. Barnum, 52, of Hale died at his home on Tuesday, April 24, 2001. 
A retired forklift operator, he was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church in West Branch. 
He was born on January 16, 1949 in Owosso. 
Surviving are his parents, William and Bessona Barnum of Hale; a sister, Angela (Rick) Kidd of Virginia; and a brother, Arnold (Julie) Barnum of Sterling. 
Funeral services were held on Friday, April 27, 2001 at the Frizzell Funeral Home in Hale with Elder Charles Davisson officiating. Interment was in the Logan Township Cemetery. 
William C. Johnston 
OSCODA - William C. Johnston, 79, of Oscoda, and formerly of Holly, died at Tawas St. Joseph Hospital in Tawas City on April 29, 2001. 
A memorial service will be held at a later date. 
He was born in Flint on June 21, 1921, the son of Maurice and Sarah (Harburn) Johnston. He retired from Flint Home Furnishings in 1976. 
He was involved with the Izzak Walton Conservation Club in Holly, and will be remembered by many as an umpire for the Holly area for many years. 
In his earlier years, he played fast-pitch softball in Holly and Flint, and was an avid bowler, hunter and fisherman. 
Surviving are his wife, Elaine; five children, Ray (Sheila) of Holly, Jim (Lenette) of Linden, Mike of Grand Blanc, Pat of Springboro, Ohio, and Jeff of Oscoda; 12 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a brother, Doug (Charlotte) of Swartz Creek; many nieces and nephews; and friends, Bill Stemple and Dale Statson. He was preceded in death by his son, William, on March 1, 2001; a brother, Ray; and sister, Mabel Mintz. 
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, the American Diabetes Association, or the Holly Little League. 
Arrangements were by the Dryer Funeral Home in Holly. 
Katheryn A. Giori 
TURNER - Katheryn A. Giori, 79, of Turner, died Friday, April 27, 2001 at her home. 
She was born Dec. 17, 1921 in Lum to Albert and Vera Kinney. She was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Whittemore. 
Surviving are her husband, John; children, Shelly Thompson of Florida, Ken Finnerty of Battle Creek, James and wife Sherry Finnerty of Battle Creek; Barbara and husband Gregory Pigeon of Oregon, Sarah and husband Leonard Beyer of AuGres, LeRoy and wife Lynn Sanford of Saginaw, Deborah and husband Dennis Hollenbeck of Twining and Collette Lorenz of Alpena; grandchildren, Tata Stewart, Shannon Jackson, Megan Keim, James Smith, Kyle Keim, Josh Keim, Shane Lorenz, Kelly Finnerty, Jay Finnerty, Tracey Betz, Kenney Finnerty, Kevin Finnerty, Heath Sanford and Paul Sanford; brothers and sisters, Albert Kinney, Kenneth Kinney, Gwen Watz and Edna Schwartz; many great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. She was preceded in death by sisters Mary Silverthorn and Edith Gates; a brother, Sylvester (Buss) Kinney; and grandchildren, Paul Sharratt and Katrina Finnerty.
Funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. James Catholic Church in Whittemore with interment at Saints Cemetery in Whittemore. Arrangements were by Forshee Funeral Home in Twining.

Orlo J. MacMurray
Orlo J. (Jack) MacMurray, of East Tawas, Michigan, passed away
April 26, 2001 at his home. Born in Tawas City, Michigan January 31, 1923,
the son of May (Murray) and Orlo McMurray, Jack served in the US Army in
Burma during World War Two with the 1905th Combat Engineers Battalion
building the Burma Road, and was honorably discharged in 1946.
He married the former Marjorie Paterson in Detroit, Michigan 1950 and with
his wife Pat, raised five children, Mary Ann (Larry) Ray of Colorado, Molly
(John) Hotchkiss of California, Margery of Tawas, John of St. Louis, Missouri
and Tom of Midland. One child, James Locke, died as an infant. His wife Pat
predeceased Jack in 1985. He married the former June Mondro in 1991. June and
Jack enjoyed visiting with Grandchildren (both June's grand children in
Michigan, Ohio, and New Hampshire) and especially Jack's three grand children,
Mary Beth of Colorado and Elizabeth and Dallas of Santa Maria, California.
Jack was an avid hunter, fisherman and golfer and for years a familiar face
in the sailing circles on and around Tawas and Saginaw Bay. He was a charter
member of the Elks Club of Houghton Lake before transferring to Elks Lodge
2525 of Tawas. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, The Gladwin and
Tawas Rotary Clubs, and a long time volunteer with the Red Cross and served
as Chairman of the Gladwin County Red Cross for nine years. He graduated
from the former St. Joseph HS in 1940 and was a member of the Sacred Heart
parish in Gladwin, Michigan; St. Joseph's Parish in East Tawas and the Holy
Family Parish of the Tawases. He served as Rear Commodore of the Oscoda Yacht
Club and was Vice Commodore and Commodore of the Tawas Bay Yacht Club in
the late 1960s. He was also a member of the board of the Central Michigan
Child Guidance Clinic.
In the early 1950s together with his Brothers in law Carl and Dick Fisher,
he opened MacMurray Motor Sales, the first Cadillac and Oldsmobile dealer-
ship in Gladwin Michigan. After closing the Gladwin car dealership he
campaigned for a State Senate Seat in 1962. When Jack returned to Tawas with
his family he continued in business as General Manager of the Ottawa Equipment
Company car dealership and later as a Sales Manager with Ken Conn at the Tri-
County Insurance Agency from where he retired in 1990.
As a member of the International Platform Association and personal friend of
it's Director-General, Dan T. Moore, Jack traveled around the world visiting
such far away places as the Kremlin and Red Square in Moscow, the Pyramids in
Egypt and the Great Wall of China. Welcome at bridge tables and euchre games
as well as fishing boats and hunting clubs, he kept up with friends and
acquaintances until he was crippled by a stroke in 1995.
In addition to June, his children and grandchildren, Jack is also survived by
his Brother Luke (Phyllis) of Grand Blanc and his Sisters in law, Mary Lou
MacMurray of Tawas and Marion Fisher of Florida. His Brother James of Tawas
predeceased Jack.
According to Jack's wishes, cremation has taken place. A memorial service
will be held at Holy Family Parish, Monday April 30, 2001 at 11:00am. Jack's
wishes were that any memorials be made to the Holy Family Scholarship Fund,
the American Cancer Society or a Charity of the Donor's Choice.

Byrile J. LaLonde 
EAST TAWAS - Byrile J. LaLonde, 77, of East Tawas, died Wednesday, April 25, 2001 at Tendercare Nursing Home in Tawas City. 
She was born Nov. 24, 1923 in Saginaw. She and her husband, Robert, formerly operated LaLonde's Ceramic Shop of Tawas. 
Surviving are a son, Ronald LaLonde of East Tawas; two daughters, Bonnie March of Saginaw and Janice and husband Robert Ciszewski of Mora, Minn.; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren; and two sisters, Geraldine Franz of Saginaw and Lorraine Longo of Lansing. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert LaLonde, Sr. in 1990; and by two sons, Robert LaLonde, Jr. in 1994 and Richard LaLonde in 1995. 
No services will be held. Arrangements are by Jacques and Kobs Funeral Home in Tawas City. 
Brian C. Schultz 
OSCODA - Brian Allen Schultz, age 28, of Oscoda, died Wednesday, April 25, 2001 as the result of an accidental drowning. 
He was born on June 20, 1972 in Detroit. Brian has lived in Oscoda for the past 12 years. He married Lynn M. Krumm on June 24, 1996. He enjoyed his hobbies of hunting and fishing. 
Brian is survived by his wife, Lynn; a son, Nathaniel; a daughter, Jennifer; his mother, Catherine; two brothers, Kenneth and Walter, all of Oscoda; several half brothers and one half sister. He is also survived by his grandmother, Goldie Sylver of Warren, Michigan, and his nieces and nephews. 
He is followed in death on April 27 by his father, Edmund Schultz, Jr. 
Services were held for Brian on Saturday, April 28 in the Buresh Chapel in Oscoda, with the Reverend Phillip Burch officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Brian Schultz Fund at 421 Second Street, Oscoda, Michigan, 48750. Funeral arrangements were made by the Buresh-Bennett Funeral Home in Oscoda. 

Michael L. Shuttleworth, Sr. 
EAST TAWAS - Michael L. Shuttleworth, Sr., 54, of East Tawas, died Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2003 at his home. 
He was born Dec. 4, 1948 in Jackson. He was retired from Ford Motor Company. Mr. Shuttleworth was very active for 25 years with the Boy Scouts of America and also was vice-president of the Athletic Booster Club of Oscoda High School. 
Surviving are his wife, Norma; two sons, Michael, Jr. (wife Kristin) of Farmington Hills and Thomas (wife Terri) and their son, T.J. of Westland; and a daughter, Mary, of Tawas. 
A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, 2003 at Acacia Park Cemetery in Beverly Hills, Mich. The cremains will be buried in Acacia Park Cemetery. The family suggests memorial contributions to Boy Scouts of America, Detroit Area Council, 1776 W. Warren Ave., Detroit, MI 48208 or Oscoda Education Opportunity Foundation, 3550 River. Rd., Oscoda, MI 48750. Arrangements are by Jacques and Kobs Funeral Home in Tawas City. 
Virginia M. Doran 
NATIONAL CITY - Virginia May Doran, 84, of National City, died Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2003 in Clinton Township. 
She was born June 9, 1917 in Detroit to Lewis and Etta May Bovaird, She worked as an executive secretary for General Tire Company for 20 years and also was involved with the Sand Lake Ladies Auxiliary. 
Surviving are her two children, Ken (Marie) Buchanan and Carol (Gary) Cavalier; seven grandchildren, John Paszek, Dana (Brian Sosnoski) Buchanan, Christine (Chad) Fietsam, Dione (John) Torkelson, Debbie (Steve) Denomme, Douglas (Christine) Buchanan and Jamie Pasek; nine grandchildren, Courtney, Kevin and Kyle Fietsam, Kenton, Jarret and Connor Buchanan Sosnoski, Shana and Lauren Torkelson and Dalton Denomme. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles William Doran on Dec. 21, 1988. 
Funeral service was held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Jacques and Kobs Funeral Home in Tawas City with Rev. David Huseltine officiating. Interment will be in Pioneer Cemetery at a later date. 
Nelson Basner 
AUGRES - Nelson Basner, 84, of AuGres, died Friday, Jan. 31, 2003. 
He was born on May 31, 1918 in Gladwin County, son of the late Arthur and Edith (Carnahan) Basner. Mr. Basner served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was married to Madge Irish in 1943. She preceded him in death in 1960. He then married Naomi Schultz in 1969. 
Mr. Basner retired from Buick Motor Division in 1977 with 34 years seniority and belonged to the UAW Local No. 599. He was a resident of Birch Run until 1978 when he moved to AuGres. 
Surviving are his wife, Naomi; children, Nelson (Sue) Basner of Ohio; Thomas (Karen) Basner; JoAnne Nalewyko, Robert (Connie) Basner, all of Birch Run; David (Cindy) Basner of East Tawas; Randy (Ginger) Basner of Florida; Marvin Basner of Birch Run; Mark Basner of East Tawas; Darlene Livingston of Mt. Morris; Harry Schultz of Montrose; Naomi (Tim) Stonehouse of East Tawas; LaVern (Christina) Schultz of Grand Blanc; Muriel (Jerry) Currie of East Tawas; many grandchildren and great- grandchildren; two brothers, Joseph Basner of Burton; John "Jack"' (Betty) Basner of Burton; two sisters, Ethel Babcock of Birch Run; Edith Milliman of Marion Springs; many nieces, nephews and other relatives. He was also preceded in death by daughter, Barbara Jean Basner, son, John Schultz, son-in-law, Ron Nalewyko, grandson, Ronnie Basner, six brothers and sisters. 
Funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 3, at the O'Guinn Family Funeral Home, Birch Run. Pastor Jim Collins officiated with interment at Birch Run Cemetery. 

Michelle C. Rye 
LONG LAKE - Michelle C. Rye, 52, of Long Lake, died Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2003. 
Mrs. Rye moved to Long Lake in 1982 from Flint. She was a charter member, past president and financial secretary for the Hale F.O.E. She loved Eagles' activities. 
She is survived by her husband of 22 years, Art; her children, Neill (Brooke) Ruff of Long Lake and Angela (Joe) Choate of Flint; five grandchildren; seven stepchildren, Vicki, Katherine, Joy, Carl, Gerald Alan, Ardith Ann and David; parents Shirley Sears and Leonard Boucher; siblings, Linda, Micheal, Nicole, Kim, David, Mark, Matt and Jeanne; and numerous step-, grand- and great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a stepchild, Michael; and by a brother, Christopher. 
Funeral service was held at 10 a.m. Friday at the Hale Chapel of Buresh-Bennett Funeral Home. Interment was in Esmond-Evergreen Cemetery. 
Richard L. Matthews 
HALE - Richard L. Matthews, 77, of Hale, a retired postmaster, died Monday, Feb. 3, 2003. 
He was born Jan. 12, 1926 in Hastings. Mr. Matthews helped get American legion Post No. 422 started. He also did some farming, but most of all he loved watching his grandchildren and great grandchildren grow. 
Surviving are his children, Pat (Rosie) Reilly and Gloria (William) Eggert; seven grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; Orville Lyke and Delores (Matthews) Egar, Almina (Walter) Short, Frank (Betty) Chrivia, Annabel Ranger, Elouise Roman and Martha Hendreckson, all of whom he was a brother-in-law to; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Georgia Chrivia; by his parents, Andrew and Mary (Bump) Matthews; a sister, Diana; a brother, Raymond; and nephews, Jerry Lyke and David Matthews. 
Funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Hale First United Methodist Church with Rev. William Stone officiating. Interment was in Esmond-Evergreen Cemetery. Arrangements were by the Hale Chapel of Buresh-Bennett Funeral Home. 

Betty J. Dailey 
HALE - Betty J. Dailey, 80, of Hale, died Sunday, February 9, 2003, at Tendercare in Mt. Pleasant. 
She was born March 1, 1922, in Detroit to George and Elsie (Koch) Fox. She served in the United States Navy during World War II. A retired bookkeeper, she was a member of the Hale American Legion Post 422, the Hale VFW Post 7435, the Hale Senior Citizen's Center, and the Hale First United Methodist Church. 
She is survived by her husband, Bob Dailey of Hale; a son, Robert (Karen) Dailey of South Dease Lake; a daughter, Karen (James) Tomczyk of St. Johns; eight grandchildren; one great-grandson; and a sister, Wilma (Paul) Kemezis of Milford. She was preceded in death by a son, Douglas Dailey. 
Visitation was held on Tuesday, February 11, from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at the Hale Chapel of the Buresh-Bennett Funeral Home. Services will be held today, Wednesday, at the funeral home with the Reverend William Stone and the Reverend Pat England officiating. Interment will take place in the Esmond-Evergreen Cemetery in Hale. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice. 
Willard H. Timreck 
BAY CITY - Willard H. Timreck, 75, of Bay City and formerly of Tawas City, died Saturday, February 8, 2003, at his residence following a brief illness. 
He was born November 14, 1927, in Tawas City and lived in the area for many years. He retired from Prestolite Company as an inspector in 1989 and was a member of the Good Sams Club Chapter 27 Wanigas. 
He is survived by his wife, the former Patricia Grossmeyer; three children and their spouses, Dean and Toni Timreck of Pinconning, Deanna and Lance Peacock of Essexville, and Holly and Richard Miller of Pinconning; five grandchildren, Ryan Peacock, Shannon and Marc White, Angela Dorey, Eric Miller, and Joshua Timreck; five great-grandchildren; and a brother and sister-in-law, Melvin and Bonnie Timreck. He was preceded in death by his parents, Herman A. and Blanche Timreck. 
At his request, cremation will take place and there will be no services or visitation at the Gephart Funeral Home, Inc. A private family memorial service will be held at a later date. 
Memorial cards for Hospice of Bay Area will be available at the funeral home. 

Walter Karl Becker 
TAWAS CITY - Walter Karl Becker, 87, died February 8, 2003. 
He was born in Sanborn, Minn., on November 9, 1915, to Marie and Henry Becker. He graduated from Sanborn High School in 1933 and moved to Tawas, where he has since resided. He served 5 years as an infantryman in the United States Army in World War II. He received the Bronze Star and was awarded a Purple Heart, having been wounded in action. He left the service at the rank of First Lieutenant, which he earned through field promotions. In 1950, the married Rosalie Karpicke of Saginaw, returned to Tawas and celebrated 52 years of married life. He worked as a parts manager at William Look and Sons and McKay Chevrolet for 40 years. He enjoyed radio and television repair work and after retiring he spent many hours designing and building miniature furniture and doll houses. He loved to work in the yard and garden and had a green thumb. He was especially proud of his granddaughter, Julie, who was always at his side learning the art of doll house decoration and furniture building. 
He is survived by his wife, Rosalie; two sons, Paul (LeeAnn) and Thomas (Debra); grandchildren, Jason, Julie, Nathan, Donnie, Andy, Elizabeth, Matthew, and Jacob; and a sister, Marie Albertson of Springfield, Minn. 
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, February 11, at 11 a.m. at the Jacques and Kobs Funeral Home in Tawas City. Interment will be in Roselawn Cemetery in Saginaw. Memorials may be given to the foundations or charities of choice. Arrangements were made by the Jacques and Kobs Funeral Home of Tawas City. 

Carolyn J. Grasser Pizzo 
OSCODA - Carolyn J. Grasser Pizzo of Grand Marais, Michigan died on Tuesday, January 28, 2003 at Marquette General Hospital. She was 69 years old. 
Born in Oscoda on March 8, 1933, she spent her childhood in Grand Marais and graduated from high school there in 1951. She lived in Oscoda for many years before returning to Grand Marais. She was a member of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church, as well as a member of the Women's Club, Housing Authority, Citizens Inc. and Community Volunteers. She was also a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 28-12, and earned crew, coxswain, and a variety of specialist citations. 
She is survived by her children, Loretta (Tom) Stanway and Michael Pizzo, both of Lansing, and Cathy Norman of Salem, Oregon; two grandchildren, Todd and Toni; a great-granddaughter, Alicia; two sisters and two brothers, Harriet Ellwein and Albert (Jovita) Grasser of Oscoda, Donald of Haskill, Oklahoma, and Pat (Sharon) Grasser of Grand Marais and Arizona; and nieces and nephews, Beth, Karl, Janet, Amy, Candice, Belinda, Corinna, Lori, and Albert. 
She was preceded in death by her father, Albert, and her mother, Elsie, and a niece, Kristin. 
At Carolyn's request, memorials may be sent to the Grand Marais Ambulance Corps, Grand Marais, MI 49839. 
There will be no funeral service. Arrangements by the Canale-Tonella Funeral Home in Marquette. 

Muriel E. Wright 
OSCODA - Muriel E. Wright, 73, of Oscoda died Monday, February 3, 2003 at her daughter's home in Cadillac. 
She was born on May 9, 1929 in Royal Oak, Michigan. She was a graduate of Oscoda High School. Muriel was self-employed and owned and operated the Wagon Wheel Restaurant in Oscoda for many years. She retired in 1987, and her favorite hobbies were gardening and bird watching. 
Surviving are two daughters and a son, Linda Jochims of Cadillac, Dave (Gail) of AuSable, and Betty (Don) Lehnert of Sand Lake; a brother, Gary (Joan) MacGregor of Mesa, Arizona; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Donald Wright, in 1990, and by a son, Randy, in 1986. 
A funeral service was held on Friday, February 7, 2003 at the Buresh Chapel in Oscoda, with the Reverend Phillip Burch officiating. Burial was at Pinecrest Cemetery. 
Arrangements were by the Buresh-Bennett Funeral Homes, Inc. of Oscoda. 

Jerry W. Turner 
GREENBUSH - Jerry W. Turner, 72, of Greenbush died Thursday, February 6, 2003 at his home. 
He was born August 1, 1930 in Pontiac, Michigan. He was a registered pharmacist. 
He is survived by his wife, Elouise Turner; two sons and a daughter, U.S.N. Commander Bradley (Shirley) , Kimberly Cousineau, and Dennis (MaryGrace) Emerson; his father, Charles; a brother, Rev. Wallace B. (Beverly); five grandchildren, Leigh, Lindsey, Brittany, Matthew, and Jason; and three great-grandchildren Denielle, Makinzie, and Cain. 
He was preceded in death by his mother, Althea; a granddaughter, Karly; and a son-in-law, Paul Cousineau. 
A private funeral was held at the Buresh-Bennett Funeral Home in Oscoda on Saturday, February 8, 2003, with Reverend Alan Stadelman officiating. 
Interment was at the Springport Cemetery in Harrisville. 

Raymond W. Smagacz 
OSCODA - Raymond W. Smagacz of Oscoda, 72, died Wednesday, February 5, 2003 at his home. 
He was born April 30, 1930 in Chicago, Illinois. He retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1971 after serving for 20 years. He also later retired from the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Department as a Sgt., and was the former Dexter Chief of Police. 
He was a member of the American Legion Post #274, and the F.O.E. Aerie #4237, and Sacred Heart Catholic Church, all in Oscoda. 
Surviving are two sons, Scott (Jan) of Union City and Kevin (Wendy) of Spring Arbor; three grandchildren, Jason, Jennifer, and Caitlin; a great-grandson, Andrew; and a special friend, Louise Ross. He was preceded in death by his wife, Sally Ann (nee: Stierle) on Jan. 6, 1996. 
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2003 at 11 a.m. from Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Oscoda, with Fr. James Bruksch officiating. 
Memorials may be directed to St. Joseph Home Health Care and Hospice of Tawas. Arrangements by Jacques and Kobs Funeral Home of Tawas City. 
Irene J. Rafferty 
TAWAS - Irene J. Rafferty, 81, of New Boston and formerly of Tawas, died Sunday, February 9, 2003 at Oakwood Hospital and Medical Center in Dearborn. 
She was born on March 28, 1921 in Dearborn, the daughter of the late Peter and Anastasia (Nowak) Coloff. She married Howard Rafferty, who preceded her in death on March 1, 2000. 
Mrs. Rafferty was a member of St. Stephen Catholic Church in New Boston. She was a true homemaker, who sewed, knitted, cooked and baked for her family. She was also an avid gardener. She was a past member of a pinochle club and sang with a church choir. 
She is survived by eight children, Nancy Height of New Boston, Sandra "Suzy" (Hammer) Mason of New Boston, Kitty (Skeeter) Harrison of Charlotte, Tim (Char) Rafferty of Raleigh, North Carolina, Tom (JoAnn) Rafferty of Dearborn, Debbie (Thomas) Smith of Shelbyville, Terry (Yolie) Rafferty of Rollinsville, Colorado, and Ted (Carol) Rafferty of Dillon, Colorado; a sister, Virginia Colombo of National City; 20 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. 
She was preceded in death by a brother, Henry Coloff. 
Mrs. Rafferty will lie in state at the Crane Funeral Home in Romulus where friends may call from 12-9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb 12, with a 7:30 p.m. rosary. Prayers will be at the funeral home at 10:15 Thursday, proceeding to St. Stephen Catholic Church for an 11 a.m. funeral mass with Father Alexander J. Wytrwal as Celebrant. Interment will be at St. Stephen Catholic Cemetery in Huron Township. Memorial contributions can be made to the charity of the donor's choice. 

Yvonne J. Polinski 
TAWAS CITY - Yvonne June Polinski of Tawas City died on Friday, February 7, 2003 at her home. She was 63 years old. 
She was born on January 5, 1940 in Redford, Michigan, to Garfield and June Reed. She worked for many years as a teacher's aide in the Hartland School System. She loved and enjoyed being with her grandchildren and craft making. 
She is survived by her mother and father, who reside in Hartland; her husband, Joseph, to whom she was married for 45 years; her mother-in-law, Lucille Cotton, of Kentucky; her children, Richard Polinski of Commerce, Michael (Christy) Polinski of Hartland, and Shelly (Scott) Major of Traverse City; grandchildren, Amy Polinski, Nichole Polinski, Candice Polinski, Ashley Polinski, Sean Price, Brittney Polinski, and Courtney Polinski; her step-mother, Jeanette Polinski; two sisters-in-law, Nancy Cotton and Connie (Dale) Byers; two brothers-in-law, Larry (Mary) Polinski of New York and Donald Polinski; a step-sister, Carol (Bob) Radtke of Bloomfield Hills. 
She was preceded in death by her sister, Sharon; and her father-in-law, Woodrow Cotton. 
A funeral service was held on Monday, February 10, 2003 at the Zion Lutheran Church in Tawas City. 
Memorial contributions may be made to the Tawas St. Joseph Hospice. 
Arrangements were by the Jacques and Kobs Funeral Home of Tawas City.

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