|Mrs. Lenore F. Babcock
Lenore F. Babcock, 81 of Indian River died Thursday, July 17, 2003
at Tendercare in Gaylord. Mrs. Babcock was born in Saskatxchewan, Canada
on June 27, 1922. For more than 40 years she and her husband Herb, owned
Aluminum Products. Mrs. Babcock was a member of Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s
Witnesses in Indian River. Her family fondly remembers her as a woman who
“canned anything she could get her hands on”. Mrs. Babcock was preceded
in death by her husband Herbert in 1998. She is survived by 4 children,
Kaye (Donald) Morrow of Indian River, Vicki Palmer of Wolverine, Douglas
(Kay) Babcock of Indian River, Greg (Mary) Babcock of Wolverine; 14 grandchildren;
11 great grandchildren. MEMORIAL SERVICES will be held on Saturday, July
19, 2003 from Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Indian River. There
will be visitation at the Nelson Funeral Home (135 N Center, Gaylord, MI
49735) on Friday July 18 from 6-8 PM.
Mrs. Lillian M. Centeck
Lillian M. Centeck, 88 of Lewiston died Sunday, June 29, 2003 at Tendercare
in Gaylord. Mrs. Centeck was born in Detroit on February 10, 1915 and moved
to Little Bear Lake in 1971 from Allen Park. She was a member of St. Francis
of Assisi Church in Lewiston and a member of the Lewiston VFW Auxiliary.
Mrs. Centeck was preceded in death by her husband George in 1991. She was
also preceded in death by 2 sisters and 1 brother. She is survived by her
son, Raymond (Dianne) Centeck of Johannesburg; 2 brothers and 1 sister.
FUNERAL SERVICES will be held on Tuesday, July 1, 2003 at 11 AM from St.
Francis Church in Lewiston, Father Gregory Kurutz, officiating. Burial
will follow at St Francis Cemetery in Lewiston. Visitation will be held
at the church on Monday from 5-8 PM and on Tuesday beginning at 10 AM.
A parish wake service will be held at the church Monday evening at 7 PM.
Memorial contributions may be made to the family, through the Nelson Funeral
Home, 135 N Center, Gaylord, MI 49735.
Mr. Steven Scott Chapel
Steven Scott Chapel, 43 of Gaylord died Wensday, April 23, 2003 while
at work. Mr. Chapel was born on September 27, 1959 in Ypsilanti, the son
of Arden and Sharon Chapel. He drove semi-trucks most of his life and he
loved working on vehichles. He enjoyed his times spent with his sister,
Sherry, and her husband, Scott. Mr. Chapel is survived by his wife Linda
Chapel, his children Jennifer Chapel, Nina Ommar, and Beverly Ommar, brother
Jeff and four sisters, Sherry, Terry, Michelle, and Tracy, 4 nephews and
6 nieces, sister-in-law Katherine, brother-in-law Michael, mother-in-law
Marjory, brothers-in-law Scott, Harry, Virgil, and Greg. He was very much
loved and will never be forgotten. He is now in heaven with his brother
Micheal and his mother and father, Arden and Sharon. And God be with his
brother Jeffrey. Give prayer that his brother pushes through.
Mrs. Bertha Bernice Dluzniewski
Bertha Bernice Dluzniewski, 74 of Gaylord died Wednesday July 9, 2003.
Mrs. Dluzniewski was born in Gaylord on January 4, 1929 the daughter of
Blasé & Helen (Kobylczak) Respecki. She was raised in Gaylord
and later married Arthur Dluzniewski. While raising their children, Bertha
worked for the local Gaylord Bakery. Later on she was a hostess for the
Country Star Restaurant and the Towncrest Restaurant. Mrs. Dluzniewski
loved cooking, fishing, going to garage sales, and trips to the casino.
She was also preceded in death by her parents, Blasé and Helen;
her husband, Arthur; and her brothers, Richard & Floyd Respecki. She
is survived by her longtime companion, Don Burroughs; 3 sons, Robert of
Gaylord, Thomas (Peggy) of Ellsworth, Gene (Luanne) of Gaylord; grandchildren,
Christopher (Jennifer) Guggisberg of Vanderbilt, Thomas Dluzniewski of
Ellsworth; great-grandchildren, Braden & Ashton Guggisberg, and Deja
Dluzniewski; step-granddaughter, Kimberley Cosens of Boyne City and her
children; brothers, Lawrence (Angie) Respecki of Livonia, Edward Respecki
of Oak Park, Chester Respecki of Gaylord; sisters, Dorothy Ferris of Lansing,
Helen (Merton) Brink of Gaylord. FUNERAL SERVICES will be held on Friday,
July 11, 2003 at 3:00 PM from the Nelson Funeral Home, Jet Ormsbee, officiating.
Visitation will be held on Friday from 12 Noon until the time of services.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Otsego County Animal Shelter,
through the Nelson Funeral Home.
M. Elene Hamilton
M. Elene Hamilton, age 74 died Friday, July 4, 2003 at her home. She
was born March 17, 1929 in Jackson, MI and was raised in the Detroit area.
She moved to Northern Michigan in the early 1980’s. Mrs. Hamilton was a
loving wife mother, grandmother and friend. She loved nature and it was
often the subject of her paintings. She was a member of the Pen & Palette
Art Guild. Memorial Services for Mrs. Hamilton will be held on Tuesday,
July 8, 2003 at 1PM at the Hamilton home, Fawn Lake Forest, 1210 North
Shore Drive, Waters, MI. Mrs. Hamilton is survived by her husband, William
Carl; her children, William (Annetta) Hamilton, David (Linda) Hamilton,
Jo Anne (Kenneth) Cox, Jeanne (Joseph) Hamilton, Mary Hamilton; her grandchildren,
David (Leslie) Hamilton, Steve (Terri) Hamilton, Charles Hamilton, Kenneth
(Shannon) Cox, Thomas Cox, Michael Hamilton, Russell Stein; great-grandchildren,
Brittany Elene, Kyle, Damon and Harlee; 1 brother, John (Donna) Mell. Memorial
Contributions may be made to the Hospice of Michigan through the Nelson
Mr. Herbert L. Harrington
Herbert L. Harrington, 91 of Vienna Twp, Johannesburg died Saturday,
August 9, 2003 at Otsego Memorial Hospital. Mr. Harrington was born in
Charlton Township on October 10, 1911, the son of Hiram & Jessie (Roby)
Harrington. In the late 1970’s, after his retirement from William Beaumont
Hospital, he returned to the area, moved a schoolhouse and made it into
his home. He had been a member of the Reformed Presbyterian Church since
1927. He was a member and officer of the Hetherton Presbyterian Church
and a member of the Johannesburg Senior Citizens group. He enjoyed traveling
and has a home in Florida. On November 19, 1943 in Ferndale, he married
the former Dorothy Rumbold, who survives. Also surviving are 2 children,
Joy (Robert) Williams of Caro, and Jerry Harrington of Royal Oak; 4 grandchildren,
Vicki (William) McMurray, Robert Williams, Jeremiah and Jessica Harrington;
great-grandchildren, Kayleen, Kory and Kyle; and many nieces and nephews.
One sister and 4 brothers preceded him in death. FUNERAL SERVICES will
be held on Tuesday, August 12, 2003 at 11 AM from the Hetherton Presbyterian
Church, Reverend Milton Harrington, officiating. Burial will follow at
Hetherton Cemetery in Charlton Twp. Visitation at the Nelson Funeral Home
will be held on Monday from 2-4 & 6-8 PM and on Tuesday at the church
beginning at 10 AM. Memorial contributions may be made to the Reformed
Presbyterian Home or to the Hospitality House in Petoskey, through the
Nelson Funeral Home, 135 n center, Gaylord, MI 49735.
Mr. Edward Carl Hermel
Edward Carl Hermel, 65 of Vanderbilt died July 16, 2003 in Grand Blanc.
Mr. Hermel was born in Flint on September 5, 1937. Mr. Hermel is survived
by 3 children, Pam (Darrol) Miller of Vanderbilt, Carl Hermel of Wyoming,
Chris (Tammie) Hermel of Wyoming; 10 grandchildren. He was preceded in
death by his grandson Brian Hermel. Burial will take place on Tuesday,
July 22, 2003 at 12:00 PM, at Northport Cemetery in Leelanau Township,
in Northport, Rev. Thomas Mammoser officiating.
Mrs. Geraldine M. Hogan
Geraldine M. Hogan, 84 of Gaylord died Thursday, August 7, 2003 at
her home. Mrs. Hogan was born in Escanaba on February 27, 1919, the daughter
of Klas & Bertha (Blanchette) Wicklund. She attended Gregg Business
College in Chicago. On November 29, 1941, in Sault Ste. Marie, MI, she
married Oliver H. Hogan. In 1958 the couple moved to Gaylord from Wyandotte
and purchased the Bozek Jewelry Store. Five years later the business, renamed
Hogan’s Jewelers, relocated to its current location on Main St. Mrs. Hogan
was co-owner and a very integral part of the jewelry store. She was a member
of the Zonta Club, The Gaylord Book Club and the Otsego County Democratic
party. She loved traveling, reading and crossword puzzles. Mrs. Hogan was
preceded in death by her husband Oliver in 1994 and her son Michael in
1997. She is survived by her children, Nancy (William) Schmiedicke of Comstock
Park, MI, Betsy (Gene) Sanders of Gaylord, Carol (James Magnuson) Hogan
of Warren; grandchildren, Dana (Joel) Levanduski, Marc & Erin Schmiedicke,
Tyler, Abby, & Colin Sanders, Jason & Jeffery Magnuson, Cynthia
(David) Graves, Sandra Hogan; great-grandchildren, Collin & Peyton
Graves; brother, Raymond (Barbara Young) Wicklund of Sault Ste. Marie,
MI; and sister-in-law, Margaret Riske of Trenton. FUNERAL SERVICES will
be held on Monday, August 11, 2003 at 11:00 AM from St. Mary Cathedral,
Rev. John McCracken, officiating. Burial will take place at St. Mary Cemetery.
Visitation at the Nelson Funeral Home will be held on Sunday from 4-8 PM
and on Monday from 10 AM until prayers at 10:30 AM. A wake service will
be held Sunday evening at 6:30 PM. Memorial contributions may be made to
the Otsego County Commission on Aging, Hospice of Michigan or to the charity
of your choice, through the Nelson Funeral Home.
Mr. Hylas T. Jordan
Hylas T. Jordan of Gaylord, formerly of St. Clair Shores, passed away
July 24, 2003 at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City, Mr. Jordan was
born on November 8,1915 in Herald, Illinois, the son of Robert and Dana
Jordan. The family moved to Detroit where he met and married Margaret Deceuninck
on November 7,1936. He was an active outdoorsman and belonged to the Detroit
Sportsmens Club. In 1936 he and Margaret purchased property in the Vanderbilt
area and thus began a long association with Gaylord and Otsego County.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was stationed at Fort
Sill, Oklahoma. After retiring from Gathen Industries in 1977 he and Margaret
moved permanently to their summer home on Heart Lake. He enjoyed driving
and seeing the north country and was especially fond of the Upper Peninsula.
He also wrote poetry on various topics he could poke fun at. Mr. Jordan
was preceded in death by his wife Margaret in 1996. He is survived by his
daugher, Susan; 4 nieces and nephews, Leroy (Sharon) Deceuninck of Shelby
Twp., Deborah (Charles) Wittstruck of Wixom, Alan (Cheryl) Decuninck of
Mt. Clemens and Pamela (Michael) Chowan of Sterling Heights; and also his
brother-in-law, Fermin (Margaret) Decuninck of Shelby Twp. Internment will
be at the Otsego Lake Township Cemetery. A memorial service will be held
at a later date. Memorials appreciated to Hospice of Michigan or Munson
cardiac Unit, through the Nelson Funeral Home.
Mrs. Clara Jozwiak
Clara Jozwiak, 93 of Livingston Township in Gaylord died Monday, June
16, 2003 at St. John Oakland Hospital in Madison Heights. Mrs. Jozwiak
was born in Gaylord on June 11, 1910, the daughter of Joseph & Mary
(Fluder) Smolarz. Mrs. Jozwiak was a member of Holy Redeemer Altar Rosary
Society and the Otsego County Senior Citizens. She was preceded in death
by her husband Walter in 1990, her son Bernard in 1997 and her brothers
and sisters. She is survived by her daughter, Barbara Seile of Sterling
Height; her son, Alvin Jozwiak of Gaylord; 7 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren;
1 great great grandson. FUNERAL SERVICES will be held on Thursday, June
19, 2003 at 11 AM, from St. Mary Cathedral in Gaylord, Father John McCracken
officiating. Burial will follow at Resurrection Cemetery in Livingston
Township. Visitation at the Nelson Funeral Home will be held on Wednesday
from 2-8 PM and on Thursday at the church beginning at 10 AM. Memorial
contributions may be made to Holy Redeemer Church Building Fund, through
the Nelson Funeral Home.
Mr. Frederick William Kaiser
Community leader Frederick William Kaiser. 63, died at home on Saturday,
July 19, 2003. Born and raised in the Detroit metropolitan area, he was
a resident of Otsego County since 1979. Being of a civic mind, he served
in many positions since relocating to northern Michigan. He served for
years as the Hayes Township constable, where citizens will remember his
professionally uniformed vigilance on election days. He served as assistant
Scout master for Boy Scout Troop 1, and was a founding leader of the Gaylord
Police Explorer Post. He served as a representative for the bus divers
of the Michigan Education Association local on a particularly rigorous
contract negotiation, and was a Teamsters member in his position with the
county bus system. As a Waters resident, he served as a fire commissioner.
He was a faithful member and leader in the church. Over the years he served,
among other positions, as president of the congregation at the Peace Lutheran
Church, senior warden at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, and a lay minister
at St. John's Lutheran Church of Grayling. After completing a certificate
course of study at Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio, he worked
as a supply pastor at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Grand Rapids as
well as an internist chaplain at two Grand Rapids area hospitals, in the
burns and oncology departments. He rarely missed the breakfast gatherings
of a regional pastoral association in Traverse City. Even as his health
declined, he faithfully answered calls to be a supply pastor to area churches
as the need arose. While his dream of being ordained in the Lutheran Church
was not fulfilled, his messages and the example he set were inspirational
to those who knew him, In his volunteer and professional dealings, he was
always an egalitarian who looked after each individual, especially the
disadvantaged. He helped to develop work projects that got more Boy Scouts
to go to summer camp. As a manager, he viewed himself as a servant to those
who worked under him. He constantly struggled with upper management for
better work lives and wages for those who worked for him. As a family man,
he took his responsibilities seriously. Being the oldest brother, and often
the oldest cousin at extended family gatherings, he many times was responsible
for the whole group. He carried that sense of accountability forward as
a father and husband. While his rules could be strict and he expected the
best from his family, he fairly and even-handedly administered those rules
and always gave the very best of himself. His obituary would be failing
and totally off the mark if it failed to highlight his gregariousness and
sense of humor. While he took his responsibilities seriously, he never
took himself too seriously. Whether at home, at the school bus garage,
or while running the Northland Inn, he always had a warm smile, a firm
handshake, and (most of all) a hot cup of coffee for everyone present.
He loved humor and often used it as a tool to teach a life lesson to a
student, or to introduce a sermon. This quick-witted comeback king, with
a comment about everything, once had a professional comedian from the stage
respond to his quip, "I hate it when the crowd is funnier than I am." Those
who knew him know that wherever his spirit is he's got them "rolling in
the aisles." He is survived by his wife, Erika, of Gaylord; three children,
Frederick E. Kaiser II of Ann Arbor, Regina Yatich of Gaylord and Karl
S. Kaiser II of San Antonio, Texas; two brothers and two sisters-in-law,
Skip and Therese Kaiser of Grayling and Gary and Deborah Kaiser of Pinckney;
his mother-in-law, Regina Kudas of Gaylord; and uncles, cousins, associates
and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Frederick E. and
Eleonora Kaiser formerly of Waters; uncle Karl S. Kaiser, formerly of Royal
Oak; and aunt Edna (Kaiser) Schoen. A memorial service will be held at
Peace Lutheran Church, 3703 Old 27 South Gaylord, on Saturday, July 26
at 11 a.m, the Rev. Dr. Carl Heidel and the Rev. Thomas Mammoser officiating.
Memorial donations may be made to the Gaylord chapter of Hospice of Michigan.
Mr. George A. Kreitner III
George A. Kreitner, age 62 of Gaylord died Friday, June 13, 2003 at
his home. Mr. Kreitner was born on December 6, 1940 in Nashville Tennessee.
On December 23, 1961, he married the former Janice E. Cooper. They moved
to Gaylord in 1992 from Grayling. He was employed at the Gaylord Wal-Mart
for 6 years, and with Vital Care in 1992. He enjoyed singing and playing
the guitar. He loved hunting, fishing, going to the casino, and most of
all he loved his family. Mr. Kreitner is survived by his wife of 41 years
Janice, children, Joyce Starks of Gaylord, Julia and Joline Kreitner of
Gaylord, Jennifer (Doug) Buning of Gaylord, Joanne DeFeyer of Gaylord,
and Jessica Kreitner of Elmira. Also surviving is his father, George II
of Michaywe; 14 grandchildren; his sister, Lisa (Clinton) Miltz of Gaylord;
brothers, Ronald (Pam) of Gaylord, Frank (Roseanne) of Tawas, John (Bertie)
of Detroit, Kirt (Beverly) of Grayling, and James (Debbie) of Vanderbilt.
He was preceded in death by his mother Mary Elizabeth and 3 sons, Paul
in 1965, George in 1966, and Joseph in 2002. Funeral services will be held
on Monday, June 16, 2003 at 3:00 PM from the Nelson Funeral Home, Rev.
Greg Lenar officiating. Visitation for Mr. Kreitner will be held on Monday
from 1 PM until the time of services. Memorials appreciated to the Kreitner
family through the Nelson Funeral Home.
Mr. Carl A. Kunde
Carl A. Kunde, age 74, died Monday, June 23, 2003 in Flint. He was
born on August 28, 1928 in Fowlerville, Mi where he lived for many years.
He resided in Wolverine for several years moving to Gaylord in 1989. He
was a farmer, a carpenter and a painter. He was an Elder with the Jehovah’s
Witnesses and he loved his ministry. Mr. Kunde was known for his smile
and kindness. A Memorial Service will be given on Saturday, June 28, 2003
at 3PM from the Gaylord Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses by Gary Sumerix.
Mr. Kunde is survived by his wife of 52 years, Marion Jean; his children,
Brian Carl Kunde of Pinckney, Karin Patton of Cheboygan, Daryl Keith Kunde
of Gaylord; grandchildren, Kelly Patton, Melissa Kunde, Brittany Belle
Kunde and Connor Keith Kunde; brother, Robert Kunde. Mr. Kunde is preceded
in death by his parents and 2 sisters. Arrangements were handled by the
Nelson Funeral Home.
Mr. Irvin J. Leberg
Irvin J. Leberg, 91 of Gaylord died Sunday, July 6, 2003 at Skilled
Nursing Spectrum Health Facility, Reed City Campus in Reed City. Mr. Leberg
was born in Bay City on March 4, 1912 and moved to Gaylord 1981. Mr. Leberg
retired in 1971 after working over 40 years as a tool and die maker with
Great Lake Engineering in Detroit and Federal Mogul – Bower Roller Bearing
in Detroit. He was a member of Peace Lutheran Church in Gaylord. Mr. Leberg
was preceded in death by his wife, Alice in 1995. He is survived by 2 daughters,
F. Sigrid (Richard) Witte of Big Rapids, Amy (Larry) Corell of Gaylord;
6 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; 1 brother, Ralph (Marge) Leberg
of East Pointe. Memorial services will be held on Thursday, July 10, 2003
at 3 PM from Peace Lutheran Church, Rev. Thomas Mammoser, officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to Peace Lutheran Church or to the Alzheimer’s
Association for research, through the Nelson Funeral Home.
Mr. Sylvester S. Lenartowicz
Sylvester S. Lenartowicz, 83 of Gaylord died Saturday, June 14, 2003
in Texas. Mr. Lenartowicz was born in Sparr on December 12, 1919, the son
of Frank & Mary (Basinski) Lenartowicz. He was a member of the VFW
Clyde Wilkes Post #1518, the Gaylord F.O. E. # 1825 and the Northland Sportsman’s
Club. On July 23, 1965 in Gaylord he married the former Alice Schlaud,
who preceded him in death on November 3, 2002. His son Richard Lenartowicz
also preceded him in death. Surviving are three children, Anthony “Tony”
Lenartowicz of Florida, Christopher Lenartowicz of Texas, James Lenartowicz
of Indiana; several grandchildren & great grandchildren; brothers &
sisters, Louis (Louise) Lenartowicz of Gaylord, Casmier “Kise” (Nancy)
Lenartowicz of Gaylord, Victor (Rose) Fisher of Livonia, Frank (Ida) Lenartowicz
of Roseville, MI, Emily Szymanski of Gaylord, Mary Ann Bufanda of Barrington
Heights, IL; two brothers-in-law, Joseph Schlaud & James Schlaud; one
sister-in-law, Hilda Rippy. FUNERAL SERVICES will be held on Friday, June
20, 2003 at 1 PM from St Mary Cathedral, Rev. John McCracken officiating.
Visitation at the Nelson Funeral Home will be held on Thursday from 3-8
pm and on Friday from 10:30 AM until prayers at 12:30 PM. A parish rosary
will be offered Thursday afternoon at 4 PM. An Eagles Lodge memorial service
will be held Thursday at 6 PM. The Otsego County Veterans Honor Guard will
hold a service Thursday evening at 6:30 PM.
Mr. Ford Luchenbill
Ford Luchenbill, 87 of Gaylord, formerly of Vernon, died Monday, July
14, 2003 at McReynolds Hall. Mr. Luchenbill was born in Lennon, Michigan
on November 23, 1915 to the late Francis and Floyella Luchenbill, and spent
his life working on the family farm. He also worked for the Flint City
Ice and Fuel Co. until the industry phased out. In 1998 he moved to Gaylord.
Mr. Luchenbill is survived by 4 children, James, Kathleen (Allen) Ordway
& Martin all of Gaylord, Jeanice (Richard) Sivak of Elmira; 10 Grandchildren;
19 great-grandchildren; 4 sisters; 3 brothers; his first wife, Thelma Luchenbill.
He was preceded in death by his 2nd wife Maria in 1998. Memorial contributions
may be made to the family through the Nelson Funeral Home, 135 N Center,
Gaylord, MI 49735.
Mrs. Louise A. Nelson
Louise A. Nelson, 84 of Gaylord died Friday, June 13, 2003 at her home.
Mrs. Nelson was born in Vanderbilt on July 8, 1918, the daughter of John
Henry & Bertha Marie (Robbins) Robinson. On May 19, 1949 in Gaylord,
she married James R. Nelson. The couple purchased Nelson’s Drug Store (from
his father) in 1947 and ran in until 1963. Mrs. Nelson was preceded in
death by her husband, Jim, in 1990. She is survived by her son, Donald
(Becky) Nelson of Gaylord; her daughter, Debbie (Mike) Brown of Gaylord;
granddaughters, Amy (Jeff) Baxter of Gaylord, Melissa (Fiancée,
Andy) of Traverse City, and Rachael Brown of Gaylord; three great-granddaughters.
Her grandsons, Christopher Nelson and Travis Brown, preceded her in death.
A memorial mass will be held on Friday, June 20, 2003 at 11 AM from St.
Mary Cathedral, Rev. John McCracken, officiating. Friends may call at the
Cathedral on Friday beginning at 10 AM. Burial will take place at Resurrection
Cemetery in Vanderbilt. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary
Cathedral through the Nelson Funeral Home.
Mr. Clinton W. Ogden
Clinton W. Ogden, age 27 of Indian River died Saturday, July 26th at
Cheboygan Memorial Hospital. Clinton was born on August 25, 1975 in Petoskey,
MI., and after living in Florida for a few years, moved back to the Wolverine
area in 1988. He graduated from Wolverine High School in 1994. He enjoyed
water skiing, boating, snowmobile riding, and doing electrical work, which
he did with his grandfather for 3-4 years. He had also built himself 2
homes, including his current home. In April of 1998 in Cheboygan he married
the former Amy McCauley. Funeral services will be held on Weds., July 30th
at 3:00 pm from the Nelson Funeral Home, Inc. 135 N. Center St., Gaylord,
MI., Zach Gardener officiating. Visitation at the funeral home will be
on Tuesday from 2-8 p.m, and on Weds. beginning at 2:00 pm. Interment will
be in Silver Lake Cemetery in Wolverine. He is survived by his wife, Amy;
three children, Clinton Jr., Corbin, & Cooper; his parents, Curt (Deb)
Ogden of Wolverine; brother Chris (Ronda) Ogden of Wolverine; grandmother
RoseEdna Babcock of Wolverine; and grandparents Charles & June Ogden
of Florida. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews; mother &
father-in-law, Lyle & Sharon McCauley; and brothers and sisters-in-law,
Dana, Scott, Nathan, Amanda, and Casey McCauley. Memorial contributions
may be made to the children of Clinton Ogden through the Nelson Funeral
Home, Inc. 135 N. Center St. Gaylord, MI. 49735.
Miss Emily Rose Payton
Emily Rose Payton, age 3 of Gaylord, Michigan died Wednesday, July
2, 2003. Emily was born in Marysville, Ohio on April 19, 2000. She is survived
by her mother, Jeanette Schriner of Gaylord, MI; maternal grandmother,
Janet Payton of Plain City, OH; aunts & uncle, Misti Payton of Plain
City, OH, Beth (fiancé’ Terry Penny) Thomas of Belle Center, OH,
Lyle (Minnie) Herrick of Sidney, OH; 6 cousins. FUNERAL SERVICES will be
held on Monday, July 7, 2003 at 4 PM from the Nelson Funeral Home in Gaylord,
Rev. Mark Vaporis, officiating. Visitation will be held on Monday from
1 PM until the time of services. Memorial contributions may be made to
the family, through the Nelson Funeral Home, 135 N Center, Gaylord, MI
Mr. Carvel A. Pearson
Carvel A. Pearson, age 90, died Tuesday, July 29, 2003 in Traverse
City. He was born on September 16, 1912 in Lake Placid, NY and resided
the majority of his life in the Detroit area. He had lived in the Gaylord
area from the early 1980’s until 2002. Mr. Pearson was a member of the
St. Joseph Episcopal Church in Detroit for more than 30 years and was a
member of St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Gaylord. He enjoyed music, playing
the piano and was a soloist for various churches. He was loved by all and
was at peace with God. Mr. Pearson is survived by his wife, Ann; his daughters,
Sharon (Frederick) Kruse of Puerto Rico, Lynn Needham of Traverse City;
grandchildren, Andrew Grosso, Nicole (Keith) Pool, Denise (Mike) Woods,
Douglas (Jenni) Needham; great-grandchildren, Logan, Bradley and Gregory.
Mr. Pearson is preceded in death by two brothers and a sister. Funeral
Services will be held on Thursday, July 31, 2003 at 11 AM from St. Andrew’s
Episcopal Church. Rev. Gerald Rehagen officiating. Burial will be in White
Chapel Memorial Cemetery, Troy, MI on Friday. Visitation will be held on
Wednesday from 4-6 PM at the Nelson Funeral Home. Memorial Contributions
may be made to St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church through the Nelson Funeral
Mrs. Bessie M. Perry
Bessie M. Perry, 103 of Vanderbilt died Sunday, August 3, 2003 at the
Burr Adult Foster Care Home in Wolverine. Mrs. Perry was born April 10,
1900 in Deward (a small logging community south of Gaylord). She married
Louie Sweeso and the couple lived in Vanderbilt for several years, farming.
After his death she moved to Pontiac. While living in Pontiac she married
her 2nd husband Louie Perry. They soon returned to Vanderbilt. Mr. Perry
also preceded her in death. Mrs. Perry had been living at the Burr Adult
Foster Care Home for a short time. She enjoyed going for rides and playing
cards and loved to go out to eat. She had been a member of the Vanderbilt
Community Church. Mrs. Perry is survived by her nieces and nephews, Elmer
(Adeline) Ashley of Vanderbilt, Margie Vogt of Houghton, Roger (Collette)
Ashley of West Virginia, Bonnie (Dave) Nash of Wolverine, and Herbert (Shirley)
Ashley of Vanderbilt. FUNERAL SERVICES will be held on Wednesday, August
6, 2003 at 1 PM from the Nelson Funeral Home, in Gaylord, Rev. Frederick
Nose, officiating. Burial will follow at Evergreen Hill Cemetery in Vanderbilt.
Visitation at the nelson Funeral Home will be held on Tuesday, August 5,
2003 from 12:00 PM until 8 PM and on Wednesday from 11 AM until the time
of services. Memorial contributions may be made to the Vanderbilt Community
Church or to the charity of your choice, through the Nelson Funeral Home,
135 N Center, Gaylord, MI 49735
Mr. Robert Perry
Beloved husband, father, son, and brother, Robert Perry, age 29 of
Gaylord died Saturday, June 21, 2003 at Northern Michigan Hospital in Petoskey.
Mr. Perry was born on Dec. 26, 1973 in Grayling, MI., and spent most of
his life there. He graduated from Grayling High School in 1993. After graduation
he served in the U.S. Navy for four years. He was currently employed with
Gadco Company in Waters. He was a member of the Port Huron Eagles, attended
the Evangelical Free Church in Gaylord, and was an avid hunter, fisherman,
and athlete. His family remembers him as being very artistic, a good athlete,
and having a wonderful sense of humor. He is survived by his wife Billie
(Sharrow), daughter Riley Faith Perry, and son Jeff Sharrow. Also surviving
are his siblings, Victoria Robinson of Grayling, Steve Perry of Gaylord,
Dorothy Kelly of Port Huron, Christine (Chuck) Stewart of Smiths Creek,
William Perry of Grayling, Kevin Perry of Gaylord; his parents Bill and
Louise Perry of Gaylord; and father and mother-in-law Donald Sharrow of
Gaylord and Vicki Sharrow, also of Gaylord; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a brother Roger, and a sister, Tina Marie Robinson.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday. June 24, 2003 at 2:00 PM at the
Nelson Funeral Home, the Rev. Tobias Neal, officiating. Visitation at the
funeral home will be on Tuesday beginning at 11:30 AM until the time of
services. Interment will be in Otsego Lake Twp. Cemetery. Memorial contributions
may be made to the Riley Faith Perry Fund through the Nelson Funeral Home,
135 N. Center St. Gaylord, MI. 49735.
Mrs. Joyce E. Ralston
Joyce E. Ralston, 76 of Gaylord died Thursday, July 10, 2003 at Northern
Michigan Hospital in Petoskey. Mrs. Ralston was born in Detroit on September
29, 1926 and was raised in Vanderbilt. She was a woman of “strong faith”.
For 50 years she had been a “born again” Christian and has been attending
the Vanderbilt Baptist Church. She was also a member of the VFW Auxiliary.
Mrs. Ralston enjoyed crocheting quilting, and gardening. Most important
to her was her family. On April 6, 1942 in Saginaw she married Clarence
A. Ralston, who survives. Also surviving are 3 children, Jim (Margaret)
of Oklahoma, Mary Norton & Terry (Michelle) all of Gaylord; 8 grandchildren;
18 great-grandchildren; sister, Pat Burill of St Helen; brother, Lee (Joanne)
Clapp of Clare. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Sharon Riness
and her sister Kate Woodruff. FUNERAL SERVICES will be held on Monday,
July 14, 2003 at 11 AM from the Nelson Funeral Home, Pastor Jerry Woodruff,
officiating. Burial will follow at Evergreen Hill Cemetery in Vanderbilt.
Visitation will be held on Sunday from 1-8 PM and on Monday from 10 AM
until the time of services. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity
of your choice, through the Nelson Funeral Home.
Mr. Dwight T. Richter
Dwight T. Richter, 51 of Gaylord died Tuesday, July 15, 2003. Mr. Richter
was born in Grand Rapids on July 19, 1951 and moved to Gaylord on July
4, 1981 from Wyoming, MI. He was a meat cutter for several of the area
grocery stores, worked for Schwanns and was in sales at Tow-Brake International.
He was a member of the Gaylord Community Church. On May 26, 1972 in Rockford
he married the former Catherine Burt, who survives. Also surviving are
his children, Edward (Susan) of Lakes of the North, Kristin (Scott) Boughner
of Gaylord; 4 grandchildren, Alex, C.J., David and Gage; his parents, Albert
& Doris Richter of Grand Rapids; one brother, David (Karen) of Grand
Rapids; one sister, Cathie Richter of Cedar Springs. Mr. Richter was preceded
in death by his brother Bruce in 1982. FUNERAL SERVICES will be held on
Friday, July 18, 2003 at 11:00 AM from the Gaylord Community Church, Pastor
Steve Scheer, officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Gaylord
Community Church or to the Teddy Bear Fund of the First Congregational
Church, through the Nelson Funeral Home. “Jesus was the Lord of Dwight’s
life. His healing is complete now that he is with the Lord. We, Dwight’s
family are very thankful to the Lord for giving us the gift of Dwight.
We celebrate with him in spirit, in his new health, wholeness and peace”.
Mr. Larry Albert Rogers
Larry Albert Rogers, 75 of Lewiston died Monday, June 9, 2003 at Tendercare
in Gaylord. Mr. Rogers was born in Dundee, MI on November 28, 1927 and
moved to Lewiston in 1977 from Detroit. He served in the United States
Navy during World War II. Mr. Rogers was an electrician by trade and a
member of Local 58 in Detroit. He retired in 1994. He was also a member
of the Lewiston American Legion. Mr. Rogers is survived by his wife of
53 years, Georgianne; 2 children, Dennis (Sharmin) of Gaylord and Sandy
(Delbert) Curio of Lewiston; 5 grandchildren, Delbert Curio, Jr., Jean
Curio, Allison, Sara and Karen Rogers; 1 great grandchild, Jayden Barnes;
3 sisters, Bernita Putnam of California, Marilyn Hochwender of Pennsylvania
and Betty Foote of Washington. He was preceded in death by his great granddaughter,
Michelle Curio. Private memorial services will be held at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or to
Hospice of Michigan, through the Nelson Funeral Home, 135 N Center, Gaylord,
Mr. Michael D. Stahlbuck
Michael D. Stahlbuck, 27 of Gaylord died Tuesday, August 5, 2003. Michael
was born in Lapeer County on November 8, 1975. In 1976 he and his family
moved to Wolverine for 10 years and then moved to Gaylord. He was a 1994
graduate of Gaylord High School and had been employed with Georgia Pacific
the past 7 years. He enjoyed NASCAR and karate and was a wrestling fan.
He is survived by his wife, Mandi; his children, Alex & Kennedy Stahlbuck,
Nicholas Amaya, and Ethan & Andrew Berry; his parents, Ron & Pearl
Stahlbuck of Gaylord; 2 sisters, Adeena (Greg) Whittaker of Wolverine and
Andrea (Doug) Berkshire of Waters; brother, Matthew Stahlbuck of Gaylord;
nephew, Zachariah Whittaker; father & mother-in-law, Jack & Dorothy
Vaught of Frederic. FUNERAL SERVICES will be held on Thursday, August 7,
2003 at 11 AM from the Gaylord Community Church, Pastor Steve Scheer, officiating.
Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery in Gaylord. Visitation at the Nelson
Funeral Home will be held on Wednesday from 1-8 PM and on Thursday, at
the church beginning at 10 AM. Memorial contributions may be made to the
children of Michael Stahlbuck, through the Nelson Funeral Home.
Mrs. Marcella D. Trudnak
Marcella D. Trudnak, 90 of Lewiston, died Wednesday, July 9, 2003 at
her home. She was born in Glen Lyon, PA on October 28, 1912, the daughter
of Michael & Mary Levulis. After retirement she moved to Port Richey,
Florida from 1980-1995. She then moved to Reno, NV for a short time before
moving to Lewiston, in 2001. While raising her children she was very involved
in the school system. She was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Church
in Lewiston. She enjoyed baseball and especially loved watching the Chicago
Cubs. Her husband, Stephen, along with 12 siblings, preceded Mrs. Trudnak
in death. She is survived by her children, Marcia (Bernard) Albosta of
Lewiston, MI, Stephen (Arden) of Naples, FL; 4 grandchildren, Karen (Michael)
Armstrong of Calif., Bernard (Barrie) of Nevada & Clinton Twp., Matthew
(Denise) of Calif., Mark (Anja) of Calif.; 6 great-grandchildren, Rebekah,
Bernard, Stephen, Ryan, Nicholas & Michael; many nieces & nephews.
FUNERAL SERVICES will be held on Saturday, July 12, 2003 at 12:00 PM from
St. Francis Church in Lewiston, Father Gregory Kurutz, officiating. Visitation
will be held at the church on Saturday beginning at 10:00 AM. Burial will
take place at St Francis Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to
St. Francis Church in Lewiston, through the Nelson Funeral Home, 135 N
Center, Gaylord, MI 49735.
Miss Kristen Ann Van Daele
Kristen Ann Van Daele, 26 of Gaylord died Sunday, June 29, 2003. Kristen
was born in Petoskey on October 31, 1976. She had just recently graduated
from COPESD (the Cheboygan, Otsego, Presque Isle Educational Service Department.)
Kristen was always happy and loved to be around people. Kristen is survived
by her parents, Bob & Kathy Van Daele of Gaylord; her brother, Patrick
(Jenny) Van Daele of Alanson; nieces, Lindsay & Kelsey; grandfather,
John (Juaneta) Townsend; longtime caregivers, Leo & Sheryl Cody of
Gaylord. She was preceded in death by her grandparents Victor and Barb
Van Daele and Dorothy Townsend. FUNERAL SERVICES will be held on Tuesday,
July 1, 2003 at 3 PM from the Nelson Funeral Home, Rev. Myron Von Seggern,
officiating. Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 10 AM until the time
of services. Memorial contributions may be made to the Tuberous Sclerosis
Alliance through the Nelson Funeral Home.
Mr. Adam Wagar
Adam L. Wagar, age 39 of Gaylord died Thursday, July 24th at Otsego
Memorial Hospital. He was born on Sept. 27, 1963 in Wyandotte, and was
raised in Gaylord. On Sept. 16, 1989 he married the former Kim Taylor.
He graduated from Gaylord High School in 1981. He was one of the “Wagar
Boys” with Wagar Motors in Gaylord. Adam enjoyed riding his motorcycle,
skiing, and camping, and spent all of his time with his kids. He was a
devoted family man, whose last 21 years were a “gift”. He is survived by
his wife, Kim; 3 children, Jane, Hannah, and Nick; his parents Ford &
Connie; brothers Ford III (Shann), Jeff (Mary VanDorp), Tom (Ann), Dan
(Diane); mother & father-in-law, Gino (Sharon) Bozzer; sister &
brothers-in-law, Michelle (Brian) Glasgo, Gina Bozzer, and Dan (Shelly)
Bozzer. Also surviving are many nieces & nephews, Danny Jr., Lorin,
Ben, Jill, Zac, and Caleb. Funeral services will be held on Monday, July
28th at 11:00 am from St. Mary Cathedral, Fr. John McCracken officiating.
Visitation at the Nelson Funeral Home, Inc. will be on Saturday from 2-6,
on Sunday from noon-6 pm., and at the church on Monday beginning at 10:00
a.m. Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Adam Wagar to the
Angel Fund at St. Mary’s through the Nelson Funeral Home, Inc. Funeral:
Monday, July 28th, 11 AM, St. Mary Cathedral
Mrs. H. Maxine Walden
Maxine Walden, 84 of Gaylord died May 26, 2003. Mrs. Walden was born
in Beerstown, IL on October 25, 1918. At the age of 13 she and her family
moved to Detroit where she worked for Burroughs until 1972 at which time
she moved to Frederic. While living in Frederic she worked for Bear Archery
in Grayling until retiring in 1976. She had been living in Gaylord since
2001. Mrs. Walden is survived by 2 daughters, Sharon (Douglas) Kirkpatrick
of Dearborn and Debbie (Jerry) Nowak of Gaylord; 8 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren.
Her husband Gerald in 1991 and her son Ronald Walden preceded her in death.
FUNERAL SERVICES will be held on Thursday, May 29, 2003 at 1 PM from the
Nelson Funeral Home, Rev. John Naile, officiating. Visitation will be held
on Thursday beginning at 11 AM. Memorial contributions may be made to the
family, through the Nelson Funeral Home.
Mr. Donald Carl Whittredge, Sr.
Donald Carl Whittredge, Sr. 49 of Gaylord & Atlanta died Tuesday,
June 10, 2003 at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Saginaw. Mr. Whittredge was
born in Detroit on July 8, 1953. He is survived by his wife of 9 years,
Sheree of Atlanta; 1 son, Donald C. Whittredge, II of Marquette; 3 sisters;
2 brothers; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by
his parents Elemuel & Darlyss (Swanson) Whittredge and 1 brother. MEMORIAL
SERVICES will be held on Tuesday, June 17, 2003 at 1:30 PM from the Nelson
Funeral Home in Gaylord, Rev. John Naile, officiating. Friends may call
at the funeral home on Tuesday beginning at 12:30 PM. Memorial contributions
may be made to the American Cancer Society through the Nelson Funeral Home,
135 N Center, Gaylord, MI 49735.