Miscellaneous Oscoda County, Michigan Obituaries

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Gerald Cleary 
OSCODA - Gerald Cleary, 70, of Oscoda, formerly of Waterford and Detroit, died January 21, 2002. 
He was born May 11, 1931, in Detroit. He graduated from DeSalle High School in Detroit and Michigan Technological University. He was a veteran of the United States Army. He married Margaret A. Hickey on April 29, 1961, at St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Grosse Pointe Park. He worked as a civil engineer for the Johnson and Anderson Engineering company in Pontiac before founding his own company, the Cleary Engineering Company in Auburn Hills. He was the past president of the Auburn Hills Rotary Club and a long time member of Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church in Waterford. 
He is survived by his wife, Marge; two sons and two daughters, Christopher (Nona) of Bloomfield Hills, Maureen (Andrew) Young of Grosse Pointe Farms, Anne (Matthew) Kassuba of Flushing, Daniel (Jennifer) of Petoskey; three grandchildren, Braden and Campbell Cleary and Claire Young; and a sister, Mary Ellen Cleary of Grosse Pointe Woods. 
A funeral mass was held on Friday, January 25, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Oscoda. Interment was at Resurrection Cemetery in Mt. Clemens. Arrangements were made by the Buresh-Bennett Funeral Homes in Oscoda. 
  
Robert L. Fitch 
OSCODA - Robert L. Fitch, 72, of Oscoda and formerly of Flint, died January 23, 2002, in Florida. 
He was born October 10, 1929, in Flint, the son of Otis and Willie (Hayes) Fitch. He retired from General Motors in 1981 after 30 years of service. He was a member of Lakewood Shores Golf Club. 
He is survived by his wife, Annetta; two sons, Darrell (Connie) Fitch of Grand Blanc and Jerald (Christine) Fitch of Flushing; four grandchildren, Robert, Tiffany, Jenna, and Jarred; a brother, Edward Fitch of Florida; and many nieces and nephews. 
Funeral services were held on Monday, February 4, at Brown Funeral Home in Grand Blanc, with burial at Flint Memorial Park. Funeral arrangements were made by Brown Funeral Home in Grand Blanc. 
 
James A. Williams 
LONG LAKE - James A. Williams, 82, of Long Lake, died Monday, February 4, 2002. 
He was born November 8, 1919 in Carl, W. Va., the son of James and Monora (Sears) Williams. He worked at Great Lakes Steel, retiring with 30 years of service. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in World War II. He was a member of VFW Post #4422 in Taylor, and he was an avid woodworker. He also enjoyed small engine repair, helping friends and neighbors, and loved wildlife. 
He is survived by a daughter, Nora (Ed) Olmstead of Grass Lake; a son, James A. Williams; a stepson, Kenneth Whitaker of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; 7 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Beulah Williams of Girard, Pa.; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceeded in death by his parents; his wives, Vernal and Pauline; sisters, Dessie Burdette, Hessie Webb, Zella Arbaugh, and Lora Barkley; and his brothers, Luther, Lokie, Arthur, and James. 
Funeral services will be held Thursday, February 7, at 1 p.m. at Edward J. Fox and Sons Funeral Home in Youngstown, Ohio, with visitation 1 hour prior to the service. The Reverend Chuck McNeil will officiate. Burial will be in Lake Park Cemetery. Visitation will be held today at the funeral home from 6 to 9 p.m. Memorial contributions may be directed to Federated Church of Grass Lake, 519 E. Michigan Avenue, Grass Lake, Mich., 49240, or to the local fire department. 
 
Doris J. Appleton 
TAWAS CITY - Doris J. Appleton of Tawas City (Whitney Township), died Jan. 29, 2002 at her home after a long illness. 
She was born in Bay City and raised in Flint. She retired from GMAC and married william (Bill) Appleton on July 28, 1978. 
Surviving are her husband, Bill; two daughters, Jane (Ron) Shamel and Gayle (Ken) Umber; a son, Arthur (Kathy) Appleton; six grandchildren, Denise (Paul) Hamilton, Bill (Deb) Appleton, Larry (Jamie) Appleton, Beverly (Dan) Gable, Kenneth Appleton and Rene (Steve) Appleton; 10 step grandchildren; and three step great grandchildren. 
Funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Friday at Jacques and Kobs Funeral Home in Tawas City with Pastors Curtis Carroll and Tony Umber officiating. Burial was in Sims-Whitney Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the family. 

Olive I. Buchanan 
EAST TAWAS - Olive I. Buchanan, 83, of East Tawas, died Friday, Feb. 1, 2002 at Tawas St. Joseph Hospital. 
She was born March 27, 1918 in Cheboygan. Mrs. Buchanan and her husband owned Len's Bar in Unionville and then Len's Bar in Pinconning. They also operated the Party Store on Baldwin Resort Road in East Tawas. She also worked at the Norman's Corp. store in East Tawas. 
Surviving are two sons, Kenneth James "Jim" and his wife, Gerry, of Taylor and Leonard, Jr. and his wife, Nancy, of Grand Haven; two daughters, Barbara Ann LeRoy of Pt. Charlotte, Fla. and Dianna Milliman of East Tawas; 14 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren; and a sister, Arlene Farmer of Indialantic, Fla. She was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard, Sr., on Sept. 8, 1993 and by a son, Douglas, in April of 1994. 
Funeral service was held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, at Jacques and Kobs Funeral Home in Tawas City with Rev. Kenneth Tousley officiating. Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery in East Tawas. 

Phillip J. Bushta 
EAST TAWAS - Phillip J. Bushta of East Tawas died Tuesday, June 11, 2002. He was 83 years old. 
He was born to Frank and Alice Bushta on June 26, 1918 in Detroit. 
He is survived by his wife, Alice, to whom he was married for 57 years; children, Karen (Robert) Gietl of Tucson, Arizona, Joanne Bushta of Dearborn, and John (Cindy) Bushta of Livonia; four grandsons; five great-grandchildren from Tucson; and a brother, Frank (Dorothy) Bushta of Detroit. 
He was a member of the VFW, and retired as an electrician from Ford Motor Company. He had been a homeowner in Tawas for 31 years, and lived in Tawas for 21 years. 
A funeral mass was held on Friday, June 14, 2002 at the Holy Family Catholic Church in East Tawas, with Father Donald Geyman officiating. 
Interment was on Saturday, June 15, 2002 in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Southfield. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Tawas St. Joseph Home Health and Hospice. 
Arrangements were by Jacques and Kobs Funeral Home in Tawas City. 
 
Robert H. Kinnell 
TRENTON - Robert H. Kinnell, 76, of Trenton died June 10, 2002. 
Surviving are his wife, A. Patricia; children, Rita Kinnell (Scott Butler), Denise M. (Ronald) Stec, Richard William (Kelley) and Dennis R. (Barbara J.); grandchildren, Jennifer, Kyle, Dennis, Andrew, Bryan, Ryan, Kadra, Eric and Kelly; and a brother, William Kinnell of Dearborn. 
A funeral mass was held Thursday at St. Timothy Catholic Church in Trenton. Interment was at Our Lady of Hope Cemetery. 
Memorial contributions may be made to the Trenton Community Pantry, 2901 Manning, Trenton, MI 48183. 
 
Eugene H. Reimer 
MACOMB TOWNSHIP - Eugene H. Reimer of Macomb Township died Friday, June 7, 2002 at Mt. Clemens General Hospital. He was born January 29, 1940 in Hale, Michigan. 
He retired in 2001 as a machinist for Diamond Die and Mold after 37 years of service. 
He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Rosemary (Nee Grosse); sons Eugene Jr. (Sherree) and Steven (Julie); siblings Garwood, Don, Maxine, and Dorthy; grandchildren Steven, Taylor and Alex; step-grandchildren Crystal, Brandy, and Laurie; step-great-grandchildren Christian, Tommy, Ashley, and Marissa. 
He was predeceased by his brother Alvin and a sister, Helen Brinkman. 
A memorial service was held at St. Isidores Church in Macomb Township, Michigan, on June 10, 2002. 

Barbara J. Hall 
HALE - Barbara J. Hall of Hale, 56, died June 12, 2002. 
Surviving are children, Gerald Kenneth Duda and Ranee Marie Hacker; eight grandchildren; many grandchildren; a sister, Patricia Mothersell;and brothers Thomas Renaud and Daniel Renaud. 
She was preceded in death by two sons, Johnny Rae Maurice Duda and Dennis Dean Duda. 
Funeral services were held on Monday, June 17, 2002 at the Hale Chapel of the Buresh-Bennett Funeral Home, 121 S. Washington, Hale. Pastor Jamie Constant officiated. 

Elvio Conz 
SAGINAW - Elvio "Al" Conz, 64, of Oscoda, died June 9, 2002, in Saginaw. 
He was born January 25, 1938, to Louis and Mary (Bryksa) Conz. He was a former member of St. Joseph Catholic Church of Trenton and Our Lady of Woods Catholic Church in Woodhaven. He married Joy A. Donnellon on August 1, 1969. He had worked for Consolidated Freightways for several years, retiring in 1988. His favorite pastimes included his family, fishing, and hunting. 
He is survived by his wife, Joy; six children, Cheryl (James) Simpson of Chelsea, Michelle (Eric) Verleye of Livonia, Michael (Tammy) Conz of Oscoda, Steven (Kristy) Conz of Mt. Pleasant, Lisa (Mathew) Mulvahill of Grand Haven, and Gregory (Jessica) Conz of Grand Rapids; three brothers, Richard Conz of Woodhaven, Edward (Wanda) Conz of Livonia, and Gerald (Susan) Conz of Wyandotte; two sisters, Angie (Dino) Macconi of Redford and Linda (James) Burton of Brownstown; 10 grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Louis. 
Funeral services were held on Thursday, June 13, at St. Mary Catholic Church, with the Reverend Dr. William J. Turner officiating. Burial followed at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Chelsea. Expressions of sympathy can be made to the Michigan Leukemia Foundation. 
 
Wilbert Anthony Guelette 
CARO - Wilbert Anthony Guelette, 80, died June 10, 2002 at his home in Caro. 
He was born June 5, 1922, in Pearl Beach. He married Mildred E. Williams on September 11, 1943 in Indianapolis, Ind. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Known as "Mr. Will," he was a member of the Oscoda Lions Club, a foster parent of more than 70 newborns, and a volunteer for St. Vincent DePaul, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Alcona County, and for the 4-H for many years. He served on the Board of Social Services. He retired from the Fisher I Plant in Flint in 1975 and from Oscoda Area Schools in 1990. 
He is survived by his wife, Mildred; two daughters, Nancy L. (Rich) MacKenzie and Dawn M. (Ken) Parent; two sons, James S. (Phyllis) Guelette and Richard A. (Jane) Guelette; a sister, Barbara Jean (Carl) Worder; grandchildren, Richard A. MacKenzie III, Madonna McLean, Jennifer MacKenzie, Kristi MacKenzie, Richard A. Guelette II, Christine A. Ragatz, Carol J. Potter, Randy A. Jeffrey, Mathew A. Jeffrey, Cory R. Jeffrey, and Benjamin W. Parent; 14 great grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild. 
Funeral services were held Friday, June 14, at Gilbert Funeral Home in Algonac, with the Reverend Thomas McNerney of Algonac Church of Christ officiating. Burial was at Oaklawn Cemetery in Algonac. 
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Tuscola County Big Brothers and Big Sisters. 
 
Cheryl Lynn Newberry 
COLLEGE GROVE, Tenn. - Cheryl Lynn Newberry, 43, a former resident of Oscoda and Harrisville, died of cancer on Wednesday, June 12, 2002, in College Grove, Tenn. 
She was born November 19, 1959, in Newport News, Va. She married David Newberry on June 23, 1991. While a resident of the Oscoda area, she was an active member of the VFW Auxiliary and was well-known for her gardening. 
She is survived by her husband, David; her daughters, Isis and Erica; her mother; two grandsons and a granddaughter who reside in Ariz. 
 
Donald Krueger 
OSCODA - Donald Krueger, 87, of Oscoda, died June 11, 2002, at his daughter's home in Brewerton, N.Y. 
He was born in Minnesota on August 31, 1914. He moved to Detroit as a young adult. He was married for 62 years to the former Elaine Tait of Detroit, who preceded him in death in October 2000. He was a retired Detroit policeman, having served 25 years. After retirement, he moved to AuGres and built his first of three homes. Of the two homes he built in Oscoda, he started the last one after the was over 73 years of age. He was well known as "the man who refused to quit." He was an active member of the AuGres and Oscoda senior centers and a founding member of the Oscoda Senior Center Silvertone Band. 
He is survived by his daughter, Kathleen Hayduke of Brewerton, N.Y.; a son, Walter of Kalamazoo; grandchildren, Christine Heman, Daniel Hayduke, Rebecca Hart, Stacy Hayduke, Colleen Moscone, Donald Krueger, Karen Leone, and Kimberly Krueger; great-grandchildren, Diane and Matthew Heman, Peter and Carolyn Moscone, and Joshua Hart; a brother, Vernon Krueger of Ohio; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a brother, Clyde of Calif., and a sister, Marie Frisk of Minn. 
A funeral service was held at the time of his death in N.Y. A memorial service will be held in Oscoda on July 20. 

Steven A. Drumm 
TAWAS - Steven Arnold Drumm, 40, died Thursday, June 13, 2002 at his home in Tawas. 
He was born May 7, 1962 in Tawas City to Arnold and Reata (Ulman) Drumm. He was an accomplished mechanic and enjoyed NASCAR, four-wheeling and his family. 
Surviving are his father, Arnold Drumm (friend Ann); a son, Benjamin; a daughter, Alicia Drumm; a sister, Debra (Dave) Smith; two brothers, Gregg (fiancee Heidi) Drumm and Jeff Drumm; girlfriend Julie Monk and her two daughters, Shauni and Baylie; several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother, Reata; a sister, Cindy; and a brother, David. 
Funeral mass was held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 18 at Holy Family Catholic Church in East Tawas with Fr. Donald Geyman officiating. Interment was in St. Joseph Cemetery in East Tawas. Memorial contributions may be directed to a scholarship fund for Alicia Drumm. 

Thelma Euper 
HALE - Thelma (Atherton) Euper, 76, of Hale, died June 14, 2002. 
She was born July 19, 1925 in Gaines to Floyd and Ruth (Bronson) Atherton. She married her best friend, Oral Euper, on June 5, 1943 and they were married 59 years. For the last 39 years, she and Oral have been the proprietors of Euper's Sage Lake Resort. 
She loved music and played the organ at Hale First United Methodist Church and Sage Lake Church of the Nazarene. She was active in her church as a Sunday School teacher, choir director and youth group leader. She also was an avid puzzle lover, loved fishing and was a master at untangling her kids fishing lines. 
Surviving are her husband, Oral; a son, Rev. Terry (Jacqueline), daughters, Linda Caverly, Nancy (Elite) Shellenbarger, Sue (Rob) Britton and Jane (David) Millard; 19 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; four brothers; and three sisters. She was preceded in death by a son, Ron; her parents; and two brothers. 
Funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 18 at Hale First United Methodist Church with Pastor Pat. England officiating. Interment was in Esmond-Evergreen Cemetery. Arrangements were by the Hale Chapel of Buresh-Bennett Funeral Home. The family suggests memorial contributions to the United Methodist Women, c/o Hale United Methodist Church, envelopes are available at the funeral home. 

Lisa M. Heming 
TAWAS CITY - Lisa Marie Heming, 24, of Tawas City, died Monday, June 17, 2002 at her home. 
She was born May 16, 1978 in Tawas City. She graduated from Tawas Area High School in 1996, taught Sunday School at Tawas City First Baptist Church and also enjoyed needlepoint and reading books. 
Surviving are her mother, Kathy Heming of Tawas City; a sister, Shannon Heming; two brothers, Joey and Jerry Heming; grandparents, Joe and Virginia Benson of Tawas City; and several aunts, uncles, cousins and many special friends. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, David and Virginia Fisher. 
Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. today (Wednesday) at Jacques and Kobs Funeral Home in tawas City. Visitation will be held from 9-11 a.m. today (Wednesday) at the funeral home. 

Randall Crabb 
OSCODA - Randall Edward Crabb, 96, formerly of Oscoda, died June 15, 2002 at Manorcare Health Service in Urbana, Ill. 
He was born Aug. 26, 1905 in Chicago, the son of Arthur E. Crabb and Flora Sutherland. 
He married Alma Wilske on Aug. 9, 1928 at Champaign, Ill. She is preceded him in death in 1997. 
While a student at the University of Illinois, he was in the Army ROTC program and was a member of the university basketball team. 
Mr. Crabb was a member of the Masons and Phi Sigma Kappa and was a salesman in manufacturing for many years. 
Survivors include his nephew, Bob Morris of Champaign, Ill. and nieces Judy Hylbert of San Deigo, Calif. and Barbara Phillips of Urbana, Ill. 
There was no service. Burial was in Lake Huron. 
The family suggests memorial contributions to the Lakewood Shores Beach Club. 

Albert J. Rahkola 
NATIONAL CITY - Albert H. Rahkola, 79, of National City and formerly of Tawas, died Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2002 at Tawas St. Joseph Hospital. 
He was born Sept. 8, 1922 in Allowez. Mr. Rahkola served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was a decorated war veteran. 
Surviving are two sons, Kurt (Terecia) Rahkola of Whittemore and Ralph (Lisa) Adams of Grand Bay, Ala.; two daughters, Susan (David) Wedyke of National City and Joyce (Walter) Smith of Hope; 12 grandchildren; numerous great grandchildren; and a sister, Helen (James) Winquist of Ft. Gratiot. 
Funeral service was held at 7 p.m. Thursday at Jacques and Kobs Funeral Home in Tawas with Pastor James McClendon officiating. Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Ahmeek Cemetery in Ahmeek. The family suggests memorial contributions to the Alzheimer's Association. 

Edmund Brown 
OSCODA - Edmund Brown of Oscoda died Tuesday, August 13, 2002 at his home. He was 68 years old. 
Funeral arrangements were incomplete as of publication time. A memorial service is being planned; the family can be contacted for more information. 
A complete obituary will appear in next week's edition. 


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