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
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,
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
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
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
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.
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
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,
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.