Miscellaneous Oscoda County, Michigan Obituaries

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Coy M. Jensen
OSCODA - Coy M. Jensen, 92, of Oscoda, died Thursday, June 26, 2003.
She was born September 1, 1910, in Delaware, Ohio. She was a dedicated mother who ensured that her family spent time together laughing and playing games.
She is survived by her children, Coy (John) Woodrow, Robert, Mary Jane, Lillian, June (Bob) Griffith, Ronald, Carol Blanck; sisters, Viola Roberts and Ruth (Charles) Switzer; a brother, Edward Jr. "Buster" (Patricia); 33 grandchildren; 84 great grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jonathan Tyler, and by her children, Jonathan Jr. and Georgie.
A funeral service was held on Monday, June 30, 2003, at the Oscoda Baptist Church, 5589 N. US-23 in Oscoda. She was instate from 9 a.m. until the time of service at 10 a.m. The Rev. Rita Tackett officiated. Interment was at White Chapel Cemetery in Troy.
Funeral arrangements are by the Buresh-Bennett Funeral Homes, Inc. of Oscoda.

Adah Clayton Bednarek
OSCODA - Adah Clayton Bednarek, 95, of Oscoda, died June 25, 2003, at Jamieson Nursing Home in Harrisville.
She was born April 17, 1908, in Saginaw. She was an Emeritus Field Representative and retired from Central Michigan University. She was also the past president of the Saginaw Culture Club, the Saginaw Zonta, Oscoda Yacht Club, and Yacht Club Ladies Auxiliary, and was an avid bridge player.
She is survived by her son, Lawrence George (Mary Kae) Clayton of Traverse City; a daughter, Carole Adah Kindt of Alpena; five grandchildren, Charles L. (Mary Beth) McMahon of Dublin, Calif., Andrew James McMahon and Carrie (Todd) Brown of Ypsilanti, Any Clayton of Va., Lawrence Clayton of Calif.; and three great grandchildren, Shawn and Alex McMahon and Errica Brown. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Lawrence Clayton, Harry Gunton, and Henry Bednarek.
A funeral service was held on Saturday, June 28, at 10 a.m. at the Buresh Chapel in Oscoda with the Rev. John Davis officiating. The family received friends on Friday, June 27, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Entombment was at Oakwood Mausoleum in Saginaw.
Memorial contributions may be made to the CMU Carlin Alumni House, Adah Bednarek Scholarship Fund, Attn: Gift Processing, Mt. Pleasant, Mich. 48859 or to the charity of your choice.
Arrangements are by the Buresh-Bennett Funeral Homes, Inc. of Oscoda.

Ethel Lucille Hadden
OSCODA - Ethel Lucille (Grenke) Hadden, 88, of Oscoda and formerly of Wilber Township, died Thursday, June 26, 2003 at Lakeview manor Nursing Facility in Tawas City.
She was born Feb. 21, 1915 in Lark, N.D. to James and Hazel Worthen. She was employed for many years at the Bee Mae Gift Shops in Detroit and Lincoln Park. She was an active member of East Tawas Church of the Nazarene.
Surviving are her husband, Stanley Hadden, to whom she was married for almost four years; two brothers, James Robert (Margaret) Worthen of Clearwater, Fla. and Gene (Barbara) Worthen of Dayton, Ohio; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Emil Grenke; and a brother and sister-in-law, William (Dorothy) Worthen of Greenville, Ohio.
Funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Jacques and Kobs Funeral Home in Tawas City with Pastor Daryl Burt officiating. Interment was in Wilber Township Cemetery.

Evelyn A. Berdan
NATIONAL CITY - Evelyn A. Berdan, 86, of National City, died Thursday, June 26, 2003 at Tawas St. Joseph Hospital.
She was born Feb. 17, 1917 in Flint to Howard and Lela (Singer) Matthews. She operated the Sand Lake Snack Shack in the 1950s. She was a member of Hale First United Methodist Church, Hale Eastern Stars and Tawas Eagles. She also was an avid bowler and card player.
Surviving are her husband of 59 years, Wayne Berdan of National City; a brother, Lawrence Matthews of Flint; nieces and nephews, Larry Wayne (Kay) Matthews of Flint, Debra (John) De Ornellas of Flint, Donna (Bernie) Dell of Flint, Richard Berdan of Clinton Township, Nancy Gantos of Phoenix, Ariz., Gerald (Cindy) Ward of Delton, Beverly Shaperio of Clinton Township, Judy (Walter) Paczewski of Toms River, N.J., Shirley (David) Henson of Houston, Texas and Millie (Cal) Berdan.
Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday) at the Hale Chapel of Buresh-Bennett Funeral Home with Rev. Pat England officiating. Visitation will take place from 10 a.m. until the 2 p.m. funeral today (Wednesday). Interment will be in Pioneer Cemetery in National City.

George D. Mecomber
TURNER - George D. Mecomber, 78, of Turner, died Sunday, June 22, 2003 at St. Mary's Medical Center in Saginaw.
He was born Nov. 9, 1924 in Saginaw to James and Mary Mecomber.
Surviving are a son, Jeffrey (Barbara) of Houghton Lake; two daughters, Wanda (Bill) Nickell of Whittemore and Susan (Jake) Stauffer of New Braunfels, Texas; brothers, James and John; grandchildren, Jenniffer, Joseph, Jamie, Julie, Shelly, Shandelle, Victoria and Amy; grandchildren Johnathan, Danny, Elizabeth, Katie and Kevin; and his ex-wife, Rosezella. He was preceded in death by daughters, Judy and Rosemary; and by sisters, Mable, Clara and Mary.
Visitation was held from 1-9 p.m. Wednesday, June 25 at Forshee Funeral Home in Twining. Cremation followed. No funeral services were planned.

Leon Victor Thompson
GRAND BLANC - Leon Victor Thompson, 75, of Grand Blanc, died Monday, June 23, 2003 at his home.
He was born July 29, 1927 in Flint. Mr. Thompson was a World War II veteran serving in the Navy Sea Bees. He had been employed by General Motors Chevrolet Assembly for 26 years, retiring in 1976.
Mr. Thompson was a 32nd degree Mason, belonging to the Hale Masonic Lodge No. 518 F&AM, a member of Elk Khurafeh Shrine Temple devoting many hours to the Shrine Circus, a member of Clan No. 55 Hillbillies, a member of Order of Eastern Star No. 518, a member of the VFW post in Hale transferring to the Davison Post No. 4087, a member of the American Legion Post No. 413 in Grand Blanc.
Surviving are his wife, Georgia; sons, Gary (Sherry) of Flint, Bruce (Sandy) of Swartz Creek, Randy of Grand Blanc and special friend Beverly of Charleston, S.C. and John (Mary Ann) of Charleston, S.C.; daughters, Vickie (Greg) Maul of Flint, Laurie (Mark) Ames of Swartz Creek, Lisa (Bill) Kratt of Ortonville and Melissa Britton and special friend Tom of Burton; 13 grandchildren; four great grandchildren; sisters, Lorraine (Ed) Green and Rita Thompson; and a brother, Mark. He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Mary Rose; daughters, Cindy and Tracey; and by a son-in-law, Don Wilbur.
Cremation has taken place and a celebration of life service was held at noon Saturday at the Sharp Funeral Home in Flint.

Charles G. Wedyke, Jr.
MT. PLEASANT - Charles G. "Charlie" Wedyke, Jr., 43, of Mt. Pleasant, died Monday, June 2, 2003.
Mr. Wedyke moved from Royal Oak to Mt. Pleasant 10 years ago. He was a mechanic and enjoyed drag racing and auto racing.
Surviving are his children, Stephanie Wedyke and Charles Wedyke III; his grandchildren, twins Briana and Allyssa; his parents, Charles, Sr. and Marie Wedyke of Hale; his siblings, Cheryl (David) Leiby of Newport, Kim (Ken) Smallwood of Madison Heights and Denise (Jeff) Rogers of Royal Oak; six nieces and nephews; and two great nieces and nephews.
Funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 4 at the Hale Chapel of Buresh-Bennett Funeral Home.

Lois J. Schmidt
SAGINAW - Lois J. Schmidt, 66, of Saginaw and formerly of Tawas, died Wednesday, June 4, 2003 at Covenant-Harrison after a brief illness.
Lois Jean Frank was born Oct. 9, 1936 in Whittemore, the daughter of the late Clare and Sophia (Birkenbach) Frank. She married Allen J. Schmidt Nov. 28, 1953.
Surviving besides her husband of 50 years are five sons, two daughters and their spouses, Allen Schmidt, Jr. (Monica), Andrew (Cynthia) Schmidt, Tammie (James) Hene and Mark (Darlene) Schmidt, all of Saginaw, Rhonda Weiss of Frankenmuth, Scott Schmidt of San Diego, Calif. and Dennis (Nanette) Schmidt of Detroit; 22 grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; and several brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles and their families. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Sandra Evans and a grandson.
Funeral service was held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Christopher Catholic Church with Rev. Fr. David Parsch officiating. Interment was in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Saginaw. Arrangements were by W.L. Case and Company Funeral Home in Saginaw.

Amelia M. Bailey
SAGINAW - Amelia M. Bailey, 78, of Saginaw, died Wednesday, June 4 at her daughter's residence.
She was born April 5, 1925 in Saginaw to the late William and Eva (Ginder) Brethauer. She was married to Edwin L. Bailey on Nov. 25, 1943 in Saginaw. He preceded her in death on Dec. 29, 2002. She was a member of the FOE Ladies Auxiliary No. 2588 in East Tawas.
Surviving are her two children, Ray L. (Sue Bailey of Sault Ste. Marie and Nancy L. Hurney of Saginaw; two grandchildren, Eric (Joan) Bailey of Biloxi, Miss., Keesler AFB and Christine (Todd) Klemm of Travis AFB, Calif.; three great grandchildren, Hanna Klemm, Dustin and Gregory Bailey; a brother, William Brethauer of St. Helen; two sisters, Betty Graves and Katherine Cottrell, both of Saginaw. She was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Pscholka.
In accordance with her wishes, cremation has taken place. Private services will be held. Arrangements are by Wakeman Funeral Home in Saginaw. Expressions of sympathy may be shared on-line at www.WakemanFuneralHome.com.

Constance I. Oates
TAWAS CITY - Constance Irene "Penny" Oates, 88, of Tawas City, died Tuesday, June 3, 2003 at Tendercare Nursing Home in Tawas City.
She was born in Whitney Township Nov. 1, 1914, the daughter of the late Groom and Alice Pendred and stepdaughter of the late Danny Roberts.
Surviving are her brothers and sisters-in-law, Clarence (Verna) Oates, Fred (Marge) Oates, Herb Oates, Rhea Jennings and Bernice Oates; and several nieces and nephews. She also is survived by a special friend, Nancy Duby and her family, Ann Bodgley and Jim Retell. She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Oates in 1973; three brothers, Walter, Edward and Percy; and by three sisters, Minnie Selle, Sarah Laskowski and Flora Broadworth.
She will be cremated and the burial of her cremains will take place in the Sims-Whitney Cemetery at 2 p.m. Friday, June 20. Those wishing to express their condolences may be at the grave side at that time. Arrangements are by Jacques and Kobs Funeral Home of Tawas City.

Margaret McDonald
OSCODA - Margaret McDonald, 79, died Wednesday, June 4, 2003 at St. Mary's Hospital following a brief illness.
Margaret Heikkula was born March 23, 1924 in Finland. She won a Gold Medal in the World Games but was unable to compete in the Olympics because of World War II. She came to the United States in 1955 and married William McDonald. They had three children.
She had been employed by Starboard Industries in Tawas City for 14 years until her retirement. She was a member of the VFW Auxiliary in Oscoda and enjoyed and loved her grandchildren, she also enjoyed horses, flying and playing bingo. She was a member of the Lutheran faith.
Surviving are a son and his wife, Patrick and Lisa McDonald of Oscoda, a daughter and her husband, Kelley and Tim Janicki of Frankenmuth; six grandchildren, David Allen, Patricia and Cassandra McDonald, Thomas, Joshua and Ashley Janicki. She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Anna; a daughter, Michelle McDonald; a granddaughter, Annice McDonald; and her mother-in-law, Verona Henry.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 21 at the VFW Post on Chrysler Street in Oscoda. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to the American Cancer Society, envelopes will be available at the memorial service. Arrangements are by Cederberg Funeral Home in Frankenmuth.

Carl F. Monroe
EAST TAWAS - Carl F. Monroe, 74, of East Tawas, died Thursday, June 5 at his home.
He was born Nov. 19, 1928 in Detroit. He was a member and Elder of First Baptist Church in Tawas City. His main enjoyment and devotion in life was his family and his church.
Surviving are his wife, Vivian; a son, Gary (Bonnie) Monroe of Bear Lake; two daughters, Debbie (Jerry) Jarinski of Macomb and Terri (Tim) Stein of East Tawas; eight grandchildren; and two great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother, Bill Monroe.
Funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Jacques and Kobs Funeral Home in Tawas City with Pastor Jonathan Cheatham officiating. Interment was in Greenwood Cemetery in East Tawas. The family suggests memorial contributions to First Baptist Church or St. Joseph Hospice of Tawas.

Frederick Orton Blair
HALE - Frederick Orton Blair, 86, of Rochester, Michigan and formerly of the Long Lake area near Hale, died May 2, 2003.
He was born on April 18, 1917 in Devon, Montana to his homesteading parents, Lloyd and Florence Blair. After his family returned to Wisconsin, he stayed with his grandparents, Fred and Lillie Mae Blair, in Menominee, Wisconsin, where he graduated from high school in 1935.
He met his future wife, Wilma "Billie" Bunge while attending college, and they were married at St. Luke's Evangelical Church at Eitzen, Minnesota in June, 1941. The couple were married for 61 years, and she survives him.
In Michigan they had lived in various places including a home on Long Lake, with a winter home in Zephyrhills, Florida. For the past year they had resided at Sunrise Assisted Living of Rochester.
Mr. Blair worked in the corporate world, serving as Corporate Divisional Operating Superintendent in charge of all customer services for the J.L. Hudsons Co. A medical condition forced his retirement in 1971. Prior to that position, he held supervisory positions in production and engineering with the Briggs Manufacturing Company and the U.S. Radiator Company, and had also been a high school shop teacher in Bessemer, Michigan.
He held a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Education, which he received in 1939 from Stout State University in Menominee, Wisconsin. He was actively involved with the Boy Scouts of America for more than 16 years, and an active contributor to the Downtown Detroit YMCA for more than eight years, including chairman of the executive governing board of the YMCA there; an active member and on the board of the Birmingham First Methodist Church; an active member of the Plainfield Township Zoning Board; and the Superintendent of Sunday Schools in the Royal Oak Methodist Church.
He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed bass fishing and deer hunting, and was an avid gardener and wood and metal worker.
Surviving are his wife, Billie; three children, Barbara Joy (Paul) Hornkohl of Troy, Fritz (Sharon) of Shelby Township, and Robert of Port Huron; five grandchildren, Joy Hornkohl of Clawson, Blair Hornkohl of Grand Rapids, Amanda Hornkohl of Troy, Jeffrey (Andrea) Blair Sr. of Port Huron, and Melissa Kolman of Port Huron; four great-grandchildren, Jeffrey Blair Jr., Ethyn Blair, Robert Kolman, and Alicia Kolmon; and five sisters, Virginia Stewart of Phoenix, Vera Schurter of Minneapolis, Verla Miles, of Winona, Minn. Carol Sundstrom of Chaska, Minn. and Joan (Bob) Beck of San Diego; and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 14, at the First United Methodist Church in Hale, at 201 West Main Street. The family will receive friends at 11 a.m., with services to follow at at 11:30. A luncheon will follow, and a private burial will take place.

Daniel J. Leonard
HALE - Daniel J. Leonard of Hale died June 5, 2003 at the age of 74.
Mr. Leonard had been a resident of Hale since 1959. He was a Ham Radio operator known by the handle "WT8X".
Surviving are three sons, Robert Leonard of Hale, Dennis (Lisa) Leonard of Hale, and Daniel (Tina) Leonard of Charleston, West Virginia; four granchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Dwight Manska of Tennessee and Dwaine Manska of Port Huron.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, June 10, 2003 at the Hale Chapel of the Buresh-Bennett Funeral Home. Interment was at Esmond-Evergreen Cemetery.

Anna M. McIlmurray
HALE - Anna M. McIlmurray, 87, of Hale, died Friday, June 6, 2003, at Bortz Health Care in Rose City.
She was born April 1, 1916, in Tawas City to Richard and Dorothea Adams. She was a founding member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Hale.
She is survived by her sons, Jim (Gail) McIlmurray of South Lyon and Warren McIlmurray of South Lyon; and her grandchildren, Angela McIlmurray of Fenton, Michael McIlmurray of Boulder, Colo., and Kelly (Joe) Crossno of South Lyon. She was preceded in death by her husband, Elwood; a brother, Carl Adams; and a sister, Edith Ostrander.
Visitation was on Sunday, June 8, from 6-8 p.m. at the Hale Chapel of the Buresh-Bennett Funeral Home. Services were held on Monday, June 9, at 11 a.m. at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Hale, with the Reverend Dean Muhle officiating. Interment was at the Esmond-Evergreen Cemetery in Hale.

Mary Ellen Roberts-Mesler
AU SABLE - Mary Ellen Roberts-Mesler, 45, of AuSable, died Thursday, June 5, 2003, at her home.
She was born July 9, 1957, in West Point, Nebraska. She was a resident of Oscoda since 1996. She married her husband Mark in Lancaster, Calif., on January 1, 1997.
She is survived by her husband, Mark; one daughter, Jeanie Marie Eyer; two sons, Travis Wayne Mortenson and Keith Roberts Mortenson; two granddaughters, Kaylyn Marie Eyer and Breanna Elizabeth Eyer; and a brother, Larry Gene Roberts.
Family and friends will gather at the Buresh Chapel on Tuesday, June 10, 2003, from 3-4 p.m., with a memorial service immediately following at 4 p.m. The Reverend S. Joe Robertson will officiate. Arrangements are by the Buresh-Bennett Funeral Homes of Oscoda.

Mary Corner
EAST TAWAS - Mary Corner, 88, of East Tawas, died Saturday, June 7, 2003, at Tendercare Nursing Home in Tawas City.
She was born October 2, 1914, in Iowa. She worked for many years at the former Mill End store in East Tawas.
She is survived by several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Daniel Corner, on December 16, 1993.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, June 10, 2003, at 11 a.m. at the Jacques and Kobs Funeral Home in Tawas City with the Reverend Charles Bamberger officiating. Interment was at the Wilber Township Cemetery. Visitation was on Monday from 4-8 p.m.


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