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HARRIETTE ANN DIEGEL 
Harriette Ann Diegel, 76, of Marlette, died Saturday, February 17, 2001 at Bay Medical Center in Bay City, Michigan. 
She was born January 6, 1925 in Detroit, Michigan the daughter of the late Walter and Harriette (Walker) Leonard. She moved to Marlette in 1988 from the Detroit area.
Harriette married Philip Diegel on October 13, 1951 in Detroit, MI. She was a graduate of Holy Redeemer High School, Detroit and Mary Grove College with a degree in Home Economics.
She worked in Food Service for many years, she also served on the Detroit Public Schools, Board of Education for 4 years and was a member of St. Patricks Catholic Church, Clifford and the church Rosary Society.
She is survived by her husband Philip, three daughters: Phyllis Diegel of Washington D.C., Judy Wyke of Detroit, Mary Beth Trisko of Detroit, seven sons: Mark Diegel of Detroit, Brent Diegel of Georgia, Theodore Diegel of Dearborn, John Paul Diegel of Detroit, Philip Diegel of Detroit, David Diegel of Detroit and Joseph Diegel of Marlette, and 7 grandchildren.
Cremation has taken place at Sunset Valley Crematory, Bay City. No Services are planned at this time.
Memorials may be made to the Capuchin Soup Kitchen, Detroit through the family.
Arrangements by the Marsh Funeral Chapel, Marlette. 

JOHN GURAL 
John Gural, age 81, of Silverwood died February 13, 2001 at Lapeer Regional Hospital.
He was born October 10, 1919 in Detroit, MI to William and Anna (Blasco) Gural.
He served his country in the Army during WWII. He retired from Truck and Coach in 1975, after 30 years of service. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, playing pool and his convertible care. John was a member of the North Branch American Legion Post #457.
He is survived by sisters: Sandra Hines of FL, Olga (Metro) Sokolik of Dearborn Heights, Ann (David) Bruise of North Branch, Marion (Ed) Ferkowicz of Smiths Creeks, Rose Marie Ketchel of Howell; brothers Mike (Joetta) Gural of Ohio, Tony (Janice) Gural of Arizona; Sister-in-law, Ann Gural of Detroit, many nephews and nieces.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Frank in 1997, infant brother, William Fredrick, and brother-in-law, Steven Edward Ketchel.
Memorial may be made to the North Branch American Legion Post #457.
The pallbearers were David, Dan, and Robert Brusie, Gregory and John Sokolik, Mark and Michael Ferowicz.
Funeral service was held at 11:00 am Feb. 17, 2001 at Blackburn Chapel-Martin Funeral Home with Fr. Judge Ellinghausen officiating. The burial was held in Rich Twp. Cemetery.
Arrangements by Blackburn Chapel-Martin Funeral Home in North Branch, MI. 

KRISTEN LYNN BOYLE 
Kristen L. Boyle, 14, of Kingston, died February 16, 2001 in St. Mary's Medical Center, Saginaw from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. She was born May 22, 1986 in Saginaw to Michael and Pamela (Allan) Boyle.
Kristen was a Freshman at Kingston High School. She participated in Volleyball and Track. She enjoyed swimming, shopping and spending time with her friends. Kristen hoped to be a marine biologist.
She is survived by her mother, Pamela (Harry Perkins) Boyle; brothers: Michael Bennett Boyle of Caro, Benjamin Bennett Boyle of Kingston; sister, Candice Ann Boyle of Kingston; grandparents: Marvin and Elizabeth Lambert of Kingston, Frank and Tonna Boyle of St. Helen, Beverly Allan of Caro; aunts and uncles: David and Michelle Allan of Caro, Newt and Debbie Robinson of Caro; cousins: Lynda Robinson, Michael Robinson, Brian Robinson, Travis Parrish and Tiffany Parrish. She is preceded in death by her father, Michael Boyle and grandfather, David Allan.
Funeral services were held 11:00 am Saturday. February 24 in Kranz Funeral Home in Cass City. Memorials may be made to the Family Discretionary Fund. Interment was held in Dayton Center Cemetery, Caro.
Arrangements by Kranz Funeral Home, Kingston, MI. 

ROBERT C. NEUMANN 
Robert C. Neumann, age 89, died Monday, February 12, 2001 at Marlette Extended Care Facility in Marlette, MI.
Mr. Neumann has lived in Marlette, Michigan since 1947.
He was born August 12, 1911 in Jackson, Mississippi son to the late Wencel A. and Amber (Cooley) Neumann.
He married Lucille I. Schmid April 10, 1937 in East Lansing, Michigan, she passed away January 15, 1989.
Mr. Neumann was Publisher, owner operator of the Marlette Leader Newspaper 40 years, retiring in the early 1970's. He was a member of the Marlette Lions club, Marlette Area Chamber of Commerce, Marlette Civil Air Parole, Marlette Masons, Shriners and life member of the Marlette First Presbyterian Church.
He is survived by two sons Robert and Kimberly of Mason, MI, Donald and Patricia Neumann of Alpena, MI, two brothers: Paul and Florence Neumann of Beaver Island, MI, Wencel Neumann Jr. of Clemson, SC., five grandchildren and one great grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his parents and wife.
Funeral services were held Saturday, February 17, 2001 at 11:00 am at Marsh Funeral Chapel in Marlette with Rev. Kenneth Parker of Marlette First Presbyterian Church officiating. Burial was in the Marlette Cemetery in Marlette.
Memorials may be given to the Marlette First Presbyterian Church.
Honorary casket bearers were Wencel A. Neumann Jr., Paul Neumann, Robert E. Neumann, Jason Neumann, David Neumann, Janine Neumann and Joseph Neumann.
Arrangements were by Marsh Funeral Chapel, Inc. Marlette, MI.

VERCILLA "DONNA" SHEETS 
Vercilla "Donna" Sheets, 62, of Marlette, formerly of Dryden passed away. Thursday, February 8, 2001 as a result of an automobile accident. 
She was born May 16, 1938 in Ann Arbor and was raised by foster parents William and Wanda Wilson.
She married Leo Sheets on September 4, 1956 in Almont. She was a past member of St. Cornelius Catholic Church in Dryden and a member of Bethel Baptist Church in Marlette where she sang in the choir. 
She had been a volunteer in the kitchen at Dryden Elementary School. She loved painting and working her puzzle books.
She is survived by her husband Leo, her children Donald (Debbie) of Flint, Teresa (Richard) Russell of Marlette, David (Susan) of Metamora, Hazel (Ross) Schrall of Marlette, Marilyn (Doug) Sloan of North Branch, Sally (Ron) Haggdone of St. Helen and Kelly (Richard) McCauley of Dryden ; 16 grandchildren and 1 great grandson; her foster mother Wanda Wilson of FL, one brother Donald Hogan of Flint, one sister Hazel Crane of MI and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her foster father and one brother Daniel.
Visitation was held Monday, February 12 from 5-9. Tuesday from 2-9 pm with a rosary at 7:30 at Muir Brothers Funeral Home in Almont. Funeral mass will be said on Wednesday at 11 am at St. Cornelius Catholic Church in Dryden with Rev. Fr. Wayne Ureel officiating. Burial was be made in Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Imlay City.

NORMALEEN RUTH SORENSEN 
Normaleen Ruth Sorensen, 75, of Burnside Twp. Brown City, died Friday, February 2, 2001 at Marlette Community Hospital in Marlette, Michigan.
She was born February 1, 1926 in Marlette, Michigan the daughter of the late William and Mae (Brown) Cooper.
She was a lifelong area resident, a 1944 graduate of Marlette High School.
She married Frederick S. Sorensen on February 2, 1946 in Juhl, Michigan, he died on February 25, 2000.
Normaleen was a homemaker and worked on the farm.
She is survived by one daughter Charlene and David Gingell of Brown City; one son William Sorensen of Brown City; two grandsons Fredric Gingell and Destain Gingell of Brown City; one brother William and Sandi Cooper of Marlette; two sisters Ula Roggenbuck of Marlette and Ruthaleen and Clare Richardson of Marlette, several nieces and nephews.
Besides her husband and parents she was preceded in death by a brother James, and a sister Una Ingalsbee.
Visitations were held at the Marsh Funeral Chapel on Sunday from 3-9 and on Monday from 2-9. Funeral services were held Tuesday, February 6, 2001 at 1:00 p.m. at the Marsh Funeral Chapel, Marlette with Rev. Larry VanSlambrook officiating.
Burial was held in the Marlette Cemetery in Marlette, MI.
Casketbeares were Larry Kohler, Donald Martus, Jerry Cooper, Mel Bednaryczk, Duane Campbell, Dick Crothers. Honorary Casketbeares were Fredric Gingell, and Destain Gingell.
Memorials request to the organization of the Donors Personal Choice.

DICK A. MARKLE 
Dick A. Markle, 79, of Port Richey, FL died Sunday, January 14, 2001.
He was born June 2, 1921 in Clifford to Harry Avis and Gladys (Page) Markle. He married Virginia (Farthing) Markle in Kansas City, MO.
He graduated from Marlette Community High School in 1938. He was an air traffic controller with the Federal Aviation Administration at Detroit Metropolitan Airport and later with the Cleveland Flight Operations Center. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in New Port Richey, FL.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Virginia; daughter, Eileen Riker of New Port Richey, FL; sisters, Betty Easton of Charlotte, NC, Shirley Stevens of Marlette, Beverly Robinson of Fernandina Beach, FL, Colleen Ford of Clifford, and Joann Dost of Silverwood; one granddaughter; and three great-grandchildren.
Memorial contribution may be made to Hernando Pasco Hospice, 12107 Majestic Blvd., Hudson, FL 34667.
Memorial services were held Jan. 20, 2001 at Faupel Funeral Home in Port Richey, FL. 
Arrangements by Faupel Funeral Home, Port Richey, FL. 

DALE E. CONKLIN 
A memorial service will be conducted for Dale E. Conklin on Sunday, February 11, 2001 beginning at 2:00 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Clifford. 

DONNA LEONE VINING 
Donna Leone Vining, age 63, formerly of Snover passed away Wednesday, January 31, 2001 after an extended illness.
She was born July 24, 1938 in Decker, MI to the late Don and Iva Vining.
She enjoyed making quilts, doing crafts, and sewing gifts and clothing for family and friends.
She is survived by four daughters: Roxanna (Ford) Crofton, Snover, MI; Angela Ferguson, Rocky Face, GA; Kimberly (Bob) Lutz, Rocky Face, GA; and Shawn (Shawn) Toole, Severn, MD., Four sons: Steven Ford, Chattanooga, TN; Tony (Diane) Ford, VA Beach, VA; Pat (Chris) Ford, Nokomis, FL; Vincent (Valerie) Ford, Northport, FL, 27 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Three brothers: Robert (Betty) Vining, Port Huron, MI; Pete (Vi) Vining, Shabbona, MI; Ron (Leona) Vining, Richmond, MI: one sister: Doris (Lee) Galloway, Decker, MI and many nieces, nephews and friends who loved her.
She was preceded in death by daughter Sherrie, sister Mary Ann Donley, brother Max Vining and great-granddaughter Amanda Ford.
Cremation has taken place. A celebration of her life will be held at a later date in the spring with burial in Mooretown Cemetery Snover, MI.
Memorials may be made to the family. 

JEANNE PAULETTE STRACH 
Jeanne Paulette Strach, age 73, of Clifford, Michigan died Saturday, February 3, 2001.
She was born November 10, 1927 in Paris, France to Mr. and Mrs. Corne.
She married Roman Joseph Strach on June 5, 1971 in south Carolina.
Mrs. Strach worked in the plastic mold industry.
She is survived by step-children: Patricia Ann Strach of Lapeer, Mary (Ron Rahilla of Metamora and Joseph John Strach of Lapeer. Grandchildren: Mark Cassidy, Matthew Cassidy, Michael Cassidy and Joseph J. Strach, Jr.
She was preceded in death by her husband Roman "Joe" Strach, one sister, one brother and her parents.
Services were Tuesday, February 6, 2001 at 10:00 m at Immaculate Conception Church in Lapeer, MI with Father Janusz Iwan and Deacon Jerry DeShaw officiating. Burial was in Fort Custer National Cemetery, Augusta, Michigan.
Arrangement were made by Muir Brothers Funeral Home, Lapeer, MI.

MADELINE JEAN KARDELL 
Madeline J. Kardell, age 60, home maker died Thursday, February 1, 2001 at Bay Medical Center in Bay City, Michigan.
Mrs. Kardell lived in Clifford, Michigan as as previously from Lake Orion, Michigan.
She was born to Sidney and Jeannette (Grant) Polan on July 27, 1940 in Lake Orion, Michigan.
She graduated from Lake Orion High School in 1958.
She married Raymond D. Kardell on October 11, 1958 at the Lake Orion First Baptist Church.
Mrs. Kardell is survived by her beloved husband Raymond, daughter Krystal and Robert Bates of Marlette, MI, son Kevin Kardell of Clifford, MI, grand daughters Desiray Bates of Marlette, MI, and Nicole Kardell of Clifford, MI.
She was preceded in death by her parents and son Philip.
She was an active member of the Clifford Baptist Church where she served as pianist and choir director for over 25 years. She was church secretary, deaconess, Sunday School and Vacation Bible School teacher for over 25 years. She was president, vice-president of the Ladies Missionary. She played piano and organ form weddings and funerals.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 3, 2001 at 1:00 pm at the Clifford Baptist Church in Clifford, Michigan with Rev. Tim Rich officiating. Burial was held in the Marlette Cemetery in Marlette. Donations may be given to the American Diabetes Association or Kidney Foundation.
Arrangement by Marsh Funeral Chapel, Inc. in Marlette, MI.

NORMALEEN RUTH SORENSEN 
Normaleen Ruth Sorensen, 75, of Burnside Twp. Brown City, died Friday, February 2, 2001 at Marlette Community Hospital in Marlette, Michigan.
She was born February 1, 1926 in Marlette, Michigan the daughter of the late William and Mae (Brown) Cooper.
She was a lifelong area resident, a 1944 graduate of Marlette High School.
She married Frederick S. Sorensen on February 2, 1946 in Juhl, Michigan, he died on February 25, 2000.
Normaleen was a homemaker and worked on the farm.
She is survived by one daughter Charlene and David Gingell of Brown City; one son William Sorensen of Brown City; two grandsons Fredric Gingell and Destain Gingell of Brown City; one brother William and Sandi Cooper of Marlette; one sister Ruthaleen and Clare Richardson of Marlette, several nieces and nephews.
Besides her husband and parents she was preceded in death by a brother James, and a sister Una Ingalsbee.
Visitations were held at the Marsh Funeral Chapel on Sunday from 3-9 and on Monday from 2-9. Funeral services were held Tuesday, February 6, 2001 at 1:00 p.m. at the Marsh Funeral Chapel, Marlette with Rev. Larry VanSlambrook officiating.
Burial was held in the Marlette Cemetery in Marlette, MI.
Casketbeares were Larry Kohler, Donald Martus, Jerry Cooper, Mel Bednaryczk, Duane Campbell, Dick Crothers. Honorary Casketbeares were Fredric Gingell, and Destain Gingell.
Memorials request to the organization of the Donors Personal Choice.

DELORES JEAN RICE 
Delores Jean Rice, 69, of Hudson, Florida, died Tuesday, March 20, 2001 at her home in Hudson, Florida.
She was born in Louisa, Kentucky and moved to Hudson from Warren, MI in 1983.
She was retired as a LPN at National Health Care, Hudson, Florida.
Survivors are: one son Joseph F. Rice of Hudson, FL; two daughters: Joetta G. Gorny of Sterling Height, MI, Jeanette Shaw of Port Rickey, FL, one sister Norma Osborne or Arcanum, OH; 5 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren.
Services were at Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Homes, Hudson, Florida. 

ARTHUR J. SCHUNEMAN 
Arthur J. Schuneman, 76, passed away Saturday, March 24, 2001 at Beaumont Hospital in Troy, Michigan.
He lived in Shelby Township, Michigan since 1974, and was previously from Mt. Clemens, Michigan.
He was born on December 1, 1924 in Mt. Clemens, son of the late Albert and Emma (Werth) Schuneman.
He graduated from Mt. Clemens High School in 1942, received his B. S. degree in Engineering from U. of M.
He served in the U. S. Army Air Corp during WWII.
He married Jane Cameron on July 11, 1959 in Snover, Michigan. She preceded him in death on March 14, 1989.
He was a member of the Riverwood Community Church in Sterling Heights, Michigan.
He worked as an engineer for the Warren Tank Plant and General Motors Technical Center in Warren for several years until his retirement.
Survivors include a son, Jerry Schuneman of Shelby Township; a daughter, Susan and David Wilkie of Auburn Hills, Michigan; four grandchildren, Jennifer, Jilian, Jonathan and Josiah Wilkie of Auburn Hills; a nephew, Howard Schuneman of Florida and a niece, Rosemary Litogot of Cape Coral, Florida.
He was preceded in death by his wife; his parents; and a brother, Howard Schuneman.
Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, March 28, 2001 at the Marsh Funeral Chapel, Marlette with Rev. Roger Reibling officiating. Interment will be in Mooretown Cemetery in Snover.
Memorials may be given to the Riverwood Community Church in Sterling Heights, or the American Diabetes Association.

CARL H. JAMES JR. 
Carl H. James Jr., age 46, of Deford, Michigan, died Sunday, March 11, 2001 at Hill & Dales General Hospital in Cass City, MI.
Mr. James lived in Deford, Michigan for 5 years and was previously from Decker, MI. 
He was born May 9, 1954 in Thompson, Georgia son to Charles H. and Irene (Brown) James. He graduated from Marlette Community High School in 1972 and married Susan Sherman September 27, 1980 in Cass City, Michigan.
He is survive by his wife Susan, mother Irene James of Marlette, MI, three sons: Shawn Sherman, Jason James, and Cody James all of Deford, MI; two daughters: Niecole Hoist of Deckerville, MI Heather James of Deford, MI; one brother: William and Jeanine James of Cedar Lake, IN; three sisters: Betty and Ron Firmingham of Brown City, Carla and Fred Masson of Twining, MI, JoAnn and Roland Smith of Mexico City, and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Carl H. James and brother Jerry James.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, March 14, 2001 at 1:00 p.m. at Lamotte Missionary Church with Rev. Roland Smith and Rev. Gary Butterfield officiating.
Burial was held in the Indianfields Cemetery in Caro. Memorials may be given to the family. 

MARILYN BEATRICE FISCHER 
Marilyn Beatrice (Crothers) Fischer, age 72, went home to be with the Lord on March 7, 2001 at their winter home in Florida after a lengthy illness.
Marilyn was born October 22, 1928, in Marlette. She was the daughter of the late John and Mary Crothers.
She married Leland Fischer on October 30, 1948 in Marlette. They where both members of the Marlette Our Savior Lutheran Church.
She is survived by her husband Leland Fischer, two sons: Allan (Angela) Fischer of Marlette, Mark Fischer of Texas and one foster son Kenneth Fischer of Sandusky, one sister Lois (John) Lindsay of California, and three grandchildren Sandy, David, and Michael Fischer.
She was preceded in death by one brother Arthur Crothers of Marlette and one grandson Mark Duane Fischer of Texas.
Memorial services will be held at the Our Savior Lutheran Church at a later date. Pastor Eric Kilmer of the Lutheran Church will officiate. Burial will be at the Germania Cemetery.

VIRGINIA MARIE DRAPER 
Virginia M. Draper, age 74, of Clifford, Michigan, died Sunday, March 11, 2001 at her home. Mrs. Draper has live in the Clifford area most of her life and was previously from Bad Axe, Michigan.
She was born April 30, 1926 in Bad Axe, Michigan daughter to the late Albert and Nettie (Paison) Mayhew. She graduated from Bad Axe High School in 1945 and married Charle B. Draper September 28, 1946 in Bad Axe, Michigan, he passed away October 16, 1977.
She was a former member of the Clifford United Methodist Church. She worked for Mayville Molding Co. and was a Nurses Aid at the Marlette Community Hospital until her retirement in 1994.
She is survived by two sons: Charles and Bev. Draper of Imlay City, MI, Edwin and Linda Draper of Clifford, MI, three daughters: Beth and Rod Charbeneau of Grand Prairie, TX, Ellen and Ken Comfort of Addison, AL, Patricia and Glenn Tatgenhorst of Clifford, MI One brother: Frank and Sue Mayhew of North Port, AL, two Sisters: Doris and Carl Tianen of Bad Axe, MI, Margaret and Don Chisholm, of Cass City, Mi, Lila Draper daughter-in-law of Marlette, MI twenty grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband Charles, father Albert Mayhew, mother Nettie Paison and son Ron Draper.
Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, March 14, 2001 at 1:00 p.m. at Marsh Funeral Chapel in Marlette, MI, with Pastor Daniel Bowman of Marlette United Methodist Church officiating.
Burial will be at the Siple Cemetery in Marlette.
Memorials may be given to the Seton Cancer Institute in care of the Marlette Community Hospital.

MARGARET A. HOIG 
Margaret A. Hoig, age 66, a home maker, died Tuesday, February 27, 2001 at St. Mary's Medical Center in Saginaw, Michigan.
Mrs. Hoig lived in Clifford, Michigan for 57 years.
She was born September 20, 1934 in Pontiac, Michigan daughter to the late Albert and Ruth (Paul) Kitts. She married Merle Hoig June 19, 1954 in Clifford, Michigan, he passed away January 9, 1987.
Mrs. Hoig was a member of the St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Clifford, Michigan.
She is survived by two sons: Robert Hoig and Fiancee Penny of Marlette, MI, Lee Hoig of Clifford, MI, three daughters: Anna and Martin Contreras of Clifford, MI, Mary Hoig of Clifford, MI, Lori and Donald Hoig of Brown City, MI, two brothers: Thomas and Filena Kitts of North Branch, MI and Patrick Kitts of Owosso, MI, ten grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son Michael and brothers John Paul, William, Robert and Paul Kitts.
Funeral services were held Friday, March 2, 2001 at 11:00 am at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Clifford, Michigan with Fr. Jude Ellinghausen officiating.
Burial was held in the St. Patrick's Cemetery in Clifford, Michigan. Memorials may be given to the donation of your choice. 

ROBERT WALLIS STRICKLER 
Robert Wallis Strickler, 87, of Marlette, died Saturday, March 3, 2001 in Marlette, MI.
He was born October 18, 1913 in Flynn Twp., Marlette, Michigan the son of the late Ernest and Bertha (Wallis) Strickler.
He married Edith Wehrwein on December 22, 1935 in Melvin, Michigan. She died on January 19, 1990.
He was a lifelong area resident, a farmer, a welder for Square Tube in Marlette for approximately 17 years and also worked for a time at Buick Motors in Flint, Aunt Janes Pickle Factory in Croswell, and Michigan Sugar in Croswell.
He is survived by one daughter, Athlene and Richard Spear of Marlette; two sons, Lee Strickler of Marlette and Chris and Brenda Strickler of Marlette; five grandsons: Allyn, Nathan, Matthew, Jerrun and Michelle, and Ryan and Joanne; and one great grandchild.
Besides his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Amelia Lamphere.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, March 7, 2001 at 1:30 p.m. at Marsh Funeral Chapel, Marlette with Rev. Tim Rich officiating. 
Burial was held in the Zion Cemetery in Watertown. Memorials request to The Gideons, or The Clifford Baptist Church, Piano Fund.


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