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JAMES LEE HEWITT 
James Lee Hewitt, 59, of North Branch formerly of Marlette, passed away Saturday, May 26, 2001 at Lapeer Regional Hospital.
He was born on February 12, 1942 in Marlette, the son of William and Helen (Jensen) Hewitt.
He lived in Marlette until 1991 before moving for two years to Imlay City. He then spent the next eight years in North Branch.
He was a 1960 graduate of Marlette High School.
He married Carol Gould on December 11, 1965 in Marlette.
He was a past member of the Marlette Sportsman's Club and the Lapeer Eagles.
He was an asphalt paver operator. He enjoyed bowling, skeet shooting and snowmobiling.
Survivors include his wife, Carol; his mother, Helen Hewitt of Brown City; two sons, Troy and Joycelynn Hewitt of Milford and Scott and Jennifer Hewitt of East Jordan; two daughters, Tammy Hewitt of Saginaw and Kelly Dilts of Texas; three brothers, William and Betty Hewitt of Ortonville, Michael Hewitt of Marlette and Rick and Carolyn Hewitt of Colorado; two sisters, Vickie and Michael Faust of Ortonville and Kimberly and Ron Lewicki of Hadley; seven grandchildren, Kylie, Dusty, Dylan, Chamis, Teagan, Mackenzie and Ethan; and one great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his father, William Hewitt; and a brother, Donald.
Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, May 30, 2001 at 2:00 p.m. at the Marsh Funeral Chapel, Marlette with Rev. Wayne C. Ferrigan officiating. Interment was in Marlette Cemetery.
Casketbearers were Jennifer L. Hewitt, Kelly Faust, Melinda Chambers, Amanda Hewitt, Greg Kasdorf, Darrin Chambers, Jason Lewicki, Brian Hewitt and Jamie Chammaro.
Memorials may be made to McLaren Hospice.

LYNN W. ESCHTRUTH 
Lynn W. Eschtruth, age 69 of Kingston, Michigan died Sunday, June 3, 2001 at his home in Kingston. Mr. Eschtruth has lived in the Kingston area 37 years.
He was born May 11, 1932 in Detroit, Michigan son to the late Leon and June (Renton) Eschtruth.
Mr. Eschtruth graduated from Peck High School in 1950, served in the U.S. Navy 1951-1955 during the Korean Conflict.
He married Patricia Gorsline November 13, 1954 in Peck, Michigan.
He worked as a carpenter in the Detroit and Kingston areas.
Lynn was a member of Local 998 Carpenters Union in Detroit, Michigan Trappers Association and attended the Deford Community Church.
He loved to follow the Kingston Sport programs, fishing, hunting, trapping and most of all his family and friends.
He is survived by his wife Patricia, two sons: Mark and Debbie Eschtruth of Kingston, MI, John Eschtruth of Kingston, Michigan five daughters: Pat Wilson of Marlette, MI, Pattie and John Rodenbo of Kingston, Kathy and Stephen Konowalow of Las Vegas, NV, Sandra and Jeff Brown of Clifford, MI, Helen and Shane Robinson of Marlette, MI.
He was preceded in death by his son Lynn W. Eschtruth II, grandson Joshua Lynn Eschtruth, parents Leon and June Eschtruth, brother Glen Eschtruth and sister Mary Elizabeth Hennman.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, June 6, 2001 t 1:00 p.m. at Deford Community Church in Deford, Michigan with Pastor David Mercer officiating.
Burial will be in the Kingston Cemetery in Kingston, MI.
Memorials may be given to the Childrens Cancer Unit U of M Hospital or United Hospice Service.
Casket bearers-Denny Lester, James Eschtruth, Tim Eschtruth, Michael Rolando, Archie Rodenbo, Aaron Rodenbo, Adam Eschtruth and Eric Trombly. Honorary Casket bearers-Jonathan Eschtruth, Matthew Cook and Zachary Volz.
Arrangements were made by Marsh Funeral Chapel of Marlette, MI.

RUSSELL M. PABST 
Russell M. Pabst, 75, of Marlette, passed away Tuesday, May 29, 2001 at his home in Marlette.
He was born on August 25, 1925 in Marlette, son of the late Cleveland and Ethel (Guest) Pabst.
He served in the Army during WWII.
He was a lifelong area resident and farmer.
He was a 1943 graduate of Marlette High School and attended photography school.
He married Marie Parteka on June 25, 1949 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Parisville, MI.
He was a member of the St. Elizabeth Catholic Church and was an active member in the Farm Bureau. He was also active in the building of the Bea McDonald Elementary School.
He was a progressive farmer as he had the first walk through milking parlor in the county. He enjoyed farming, mechanical challenges, fishing and wintering in Florida.
Survivors include his wife, Marie; four sons, John and Colleen Pabst of Marlette, Kenneth Pabst of Florida, Paul Pabst and his fiancee Denise of Marlette, and Mark Pabst of Florida; a sister, Helen Goodrich of Florida; five grandchildren, Jill, Sarah, Matthew, Ashley and James; and one great-granddaughter, Elizabeth Gail.
Funeral services were conducted Friday, June 1, 2001 at 11:00 a.m. at the St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Marlette with Rev. Fr. Richard Bokinskie officiating. Interment was in Marlette Cemetery.
Casketbearers included Patrick Hund, Joe Riley, Greg Goodrich, Ed Abel, Leif McRobbie and Gordon Pabst.
Memorials may be made to the United Hospice, Marlette Community Hospital, or the donor's choice.
Arrangements by Marsh Funeral Chapel, Marlette. 

SHEILA J. FOX 
Sheila J. Fox, 47, of Kingston, MI. died Tuesday, July 17, 2001 at Marlette Extended Care Facility in Marlette, MI. She has lived in Kingston, MI since 1991 and was previously from Cass City, MI.
She was born January 4, 1954 in Sandusky, MI. daughter to Walter and Ruby (Chappel) Grow.
She graduated from Kingston High School in 1972 and had worked at the Walbro Corporation in Cass City for the past 29 years.
She is survived by her son, Dennis Fox of Kingston, MI; mother, Ruby Grow of Kingston, MI.; brother, Arnold (Diane) Grow of Pontiac, MI.; sisters, Arlene (David) Clinesmith of Kingston, MI, Virginia Grow and Fernando Zaldivar Sr. of Lansing, MI., Susan Grow and Troy Ruff of Lansing, MI. and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father, Walter A. Grow.
Funeral services were held Friday, July 20, 2001 at 1:00 p.m. at Marsh Funeral Chapel in Marlette with Rev. Kenneth Parker of the Marlette First Presbyterian Church officiating. Burial was held in the West Burlington Cemetery in Silverwood, MI.
Memorials can be donated to the United Hospice Service or American Cancer Society.
Casket bearers were Timothy Clinesmith, Christopher Clinesmith, Kevin Clinesmith, Shawn Grow, Fernando Zaldivar Jr. and James Zaldivar.
Arrangements were made by Marsh Funeral Chapel, Inc. in Marlette, MI. 

WARD H. HENDRICK 
Ward H. Hendrick, 83, of Reedville, Pennsylvania died Tuesday, July 17, 2001 at Marlette Community Hospital in Marlette, MI.
Mr. Hendrick has lived in Reedville, PA., since 1973 and was previously from Marlette.
He was born December 18, 1917 in Clifford, Michigan, son to the late Alexander and Lucy (Ward) Hendrick.
He graduated from Kingston High School and served in the U.S. Army Aircore during WW11.
He married Wilma Searles on March 29, 1943 in St. Louis, Missouri.
He was a member of the Marlette First Presbyterian Church.
He worked in sales for General Coach in Marlette and Marlette Homes in Lewistown, Pennsylvania until his retirement in 1986.
He is survived by his wife, Wilma; daughters, Sharon (Don) Bishop of Monticello, MS, Crystine Hendrick of Beaufort, SC.; grandsons, Jeff Bishop of Athens, GA, Robert Blose of Lexington, SC, and Michael Heinermann of Beaufort, SC.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Morsia Stolt.
Cremation has taken place at the Sunset Valley Crematory in Bay City MI.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date.
Memorials may be given to the donation of your choice. 

ROBERT JAMES "SULLY" SULLIVAN 
Robert James Sullivan, age 77 of Mt. Pleasant, passed away peacefully at his home Sunday, July 8, 2001.
He as born March 17, 1924 in Marlette, the son of O'Connell "Miles" and Vida (Byrne) Sullivan. 
He married Barbara Lou Wenzlaff on August 21, 1954 at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Deford.
Sully graduated from Marlette High School in 1942. He enlisted in the Air Force flying 35 missions out of Grafton-Underwood, England, in a B17 in the 384th Bomb Group.
After graduating from CMU he spent five years teaching and coaching at Kingston. Next, he coached and taught for 10 years at Marysville High School.
Upon receiving his Master's degree he became an assistant professor in the Physical Education Department and an assistant football coach at CMU. In time be became Administrator of Teacher Certification. He coached at Sacred Heart Academy and is his retirement, coached and was the athletic director at Coleman High School.
He loved in life was the "Game." He felt it was an outstanding avenue in which to guide young lives. He coached football for 44 years. During that time he nourished numerous souls for which he was always grateful.
His love of life extended also to the community. He served on Union Township boards for many years and was elected Township Supervisor.
Three great honors presented to him were the Rotary International Distinguished Citizenship Award in 1876, being inducted into the Michigan High School Football Hall of Fame in 1995, and recognition as a Track and Field Starter for 40 years.
He is survived by his wife Barbara of Mt. Pleasant, three daughters Terry Ann Sullivan of Mt. Pleasant, Michelle Marie Reed of Marion and Christine Elizabeth Sullivan of Mt. Pleasant; two sons Robert Miles Sullivan of Mt. Pleasant and James Edward (Lisa) Sullivan of St. Louis; 20 grandsons; two sisters, Eleanor Sullivan of Grand Blanc and Jacqueline (Bernard) Freiburger of Cass City, and a brother Leo (Lucille) Sullivan of Marlette. He is also survived by a sister-in-law Shirley (Gary) Koehler of Kingston; and a brother-in-law Louis (Sharon) Wenzlaff of Kingston.
Funeral services were held Friday, July 13, 2001 at 11 am from St. Elizabeth Church with Father Richard Bikinskie officiating. Interment will be in Marlette Cemetery.
Visitation was held Wednesday from 5:30-9:00 pm at Lux Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with a vigil service beginning at 8pm. Visitation continued at Marsh Funeral Chapel in Marlette on Thursday from 7-9 and again at the church on Friday from 10-11a m.
Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of Central Michigan or to the Sullivan College Fund. 

RANDY E. WILSON 
Randy E. Wilson, age 33, Electronics Technician died Thursday, July 12, 2001 at his home in Bay City, Michigan. He had lived in Bay City, Michigan for 3 years and was previously from Caro and Marlette.
He was born April 11, 1968 in Davenport, Iowa son to R. Grant Wilson and Charme L. Froehner. He graduated from Marlette High School in 1986, received his associated degree in Electronic from Baker community College in 1992.
He is survived by his father R. Grant (Doris) Wilson of Marlette, mother Charme Froehner of Caro, MI, sisters Ginger (Brian) Stamp of Marlette, Star ( David) Sutphin of Rochester Hills, grandmother Mildred Froehner of Caro, and several aunts and uncles.
Funeral services were held on Monday, July 16, 2001 at 11:00 am in the Marlette First United Methodist in Marlette with Rev. Daniel Bowman officiating.
Interment was held in the Marlette Cemetery.
Casket bearers were: Brian Stamp, Dave Sutphin, Bill Witucki, Don Hoig, Shawn Varey and Mark Brown.
Memorials may be donated to the Michigan Brain Injury Alliance.
Arrangements were made by Marsh Funeral Chapel in Marlette, MI. 

CHRISTINE R. TYLER 
Christine R. Tyler, 88, of Caro died Wednesday, July 4, 2001 in St. MaryÕs Medical Center, Saginaw.
She was born December 17, 1912 in Fife Lake, MI to William A. and Glaidies (Davis) Prindle. She married Elmer L. Tyler December 12, 1946 in New Mexico. He died October 11, 1963.
Christine worked as a babysitter in homes in Royal Oak when the mother was hospitalized. She retired from Upjohn Pharmaceuticals where she worked in Home Nursing. 
She was a member of the Kingston Wesleyan Church and sang in its choir. She enjoyed traveling especially in California and she loved gardening.
She loved her animals, chickens, geese, ducks and turkey. She hadn't bought an egg since 1973.
She is survived by her sister, Marcella Guild of Riverdale; brother Harry (Katherine) Prindle of Madison Heights, nephew, several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. 
She was preceded in death by her daughter, Margaret, sister, Gertrude, 2 nephews and 2 aunts.
Funeral services were held on Friday, July 6 in Kingston Wesleyan Church with Rev. Ken Sandefur officiating. Interment was held in Roseland Park Cemetery, Royal Oak.
Arrangements were made by Kranz Funeral Home, Kingston, MI. 

ROBERT JAMES SULLIVAN 
Robert James Sullivan, 77, of Mt. Pleasant, MI., formerly of Marlette, passed away Sunday, July 8, 2001 at his residence in Mt. Pleasant.
Funeral arrangements are pending with Marsh Funeral Chapel, Marlette. 

IVAN L. SPRINGSTEAD 
Ivan L. Springstead, 72, of Bradenton, Florida, and West Branch, Michigan died Wed., June 27, 2001, in Bradenton, Florida.
He was born January 31, 1929 in Marlette, Michigan son to the late Earl and Verna (Hurd) Springstead.
He married Irene Stewart September 26, 1953 in Redford Twp. Michigan. 
He graduated from Marlette High School in 1947, served in the U.S. Airforce during WWII, and was a member of the Bethel Baptist Church.
Mr. Springstead worked as a electician for the Detroit City School Systems for 30 years.
He is survived by his wife Irene, three sons Stephen and Judy Springstead of Decker, MI; Philip and Laurice Springstead of Portage, MI, David Springstead of Farmington, MI; one daughter Patricia Wiley of Holt, MI, one brother Kenneth and Margaret Springstead of Snover, MI. step brother Milton and Brenda Phillips of Cass City, MI, seven grandchildren and one great grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Ronald Springstead, Step sister Peggy Regernus and son-in-law Roger Wiley.
Funeral services were held Monday, July 2, 2001 at 1:00 pm in the Marsh Funeral Chapel in Marlette with rev. Gary Butterfield of Lamotte Missionary Church officiating. Burial was held in the Mooretown Cemetery in Snover.

JEANE KIRK AYERS 
Jeane Kirk Ayers passed away October 5, 2001 in Plymouth, Michigan.
She was born on September 2, 1922 in Marlette, the daughter of the late John and Margaret Kirk.
She graduated from Marlette High School in the Class of 1939.
She is survived by two daughters, Lynn and Ed Gruenwald and Kay and Tom Sherman; three grandsons, Ed and wife Laura Gruenwald, Dan Gruenwald and Carrie and J. J. Hagg and Tim Sherman; one great-granddaughter, Emily Gruenwald; and one sister, Kaye Tyrell of Marlette.
She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; and one sister, Bernice Dale. 

RUBY FISCHER 
Ruby Fischer, 75, of Snover, passed away Thursday, October 11, 2001 at her home in Snover, MI.
She was born on March 29, 1926 in Sandusky, the daughter of the late Daniel and Anna (Schultz) Jurn. She was a life long area resident, a member of the Snover Heritage United Methodist Church, the Upstreamers Club, the Elmer School Club and a past member of the Mother's Club.
She married Lee Fischer on January 17, 1948 in Moore Township at her parent's home.
Survivors include her husband, Lee; two daughters, Carol and Gregg Goodrich of Marlette and Diane and Douglas Deremer of California; and a son, Dale and Carol Fischer of Snover.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Colon Jurn.
Funeral services were conducted Monday, October 15, 2001 at 11:00 a.m. at the Heritage United Methodist Church, Snover with Rev. Daniel Fleming officiating. Burial was in the Moore Township Cemetery in Snover.
Casketbearers included Jonathan Fischer, Nicholas Fischer, Daniel Goodrich, Daniel Jurn, Earl Fischer and James Fischer.
Memorials may be made to the Heritage United Methodist Church or United Hospice.
Arrangements by Marsh Funeral Chapel, Marlette. 

ALEXANDER TORZ 
Alexander Torz, 89, of Harrisville, formerly of Marlette, passed away Saturday, October 13, 2001 in Harrisville, MI.
He was born on September 5, 1912 in Silver Sprigns, Colorado, the son of the late John and Mary (Poppe) Torz.
He married Clara Calkins on April 23, 1932 in Sandusky, MI. She preceded him in death on January 20, 1997.
He lived in the Marlette area for many years and then moved to the Detroit area where he worked as a heavy equipment mechanic.
Survivors include a son, Richard Torz of Comstock Park, MI.; two daughters, Sally and Ted Holmes of Harrisville and Susan and James Baiz of Clarkston, MI.; a sister, Mary Swartz of Utica, MI; 12 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Besides his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter-in-law, Barbara Torz; a granddaughter, Patricia; and three brothers, John, Louie and Peter.
Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, October 16, 2001 at 11:00 a.m. at the Marsh Funeral Chapel, Marlette with Rev. Kenneth Parker officiating. Burial was in West Burlington Cemetery in Silverwood.
Casketbearers were Robert Torz, Ronald Whitlock, Kevin Coughlin, Dennis Dawes, Richard Torz Jr., and Blake Andrews.
Memorials may be given to the donor's choice. 

MARY E. WARFORD 
Mary E. Warford, 54, passed away Sunday, October 14, 2001 at Port Huron Mercy Hospital.
She lived in Port Huron, Michigan for three years and was previously from the Marlette area.
She was born on August 21, 1947 in Flat Rock, Michigan the daughter of Warren Bliss and Evelyn Pratt.
She attended the Lamotte Missionary Church.
She worked for the past 16 years at Oetiker Inc. in Marlette as a press operator. She also worked at the former Ruth's Restaurant.
She enjoyed bowling, setting down by the St. Clair River and most of all, she enjoyed her family.
She is survived by a son, Richard Tammy Warford Jr. of Kingston, MI.; a daughter, Angela (Gary) O'Connor of Port Huron, MI.; his mother, Evelyn Pratt of Marlette; five brothers, Virgil Mayrand of Louisiana, Ed Powell of Marlette, James Bates of St. Clair, MI., Larry (Kelly) Gonyea of Saline, MI. and Leonard Powell of Texas; three sisters, Violet (Charles) Hodder of Deford, MI., Evelyn Ballard of Brown City, MI. and Eleanore (Randy) Dykes of Marlette; five grandchildren, Jennifer and Douglas Fuller, and Chad, Natasha and Richard Warford III; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Stella McQuinson; and a step-son, Leonard Duchene.
Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, October 18, 2001 at 11:00 a.m. at the Marsh Funeral Chapel in Marlette with Rev. Elroy Gilmore Jr. officiating. Cremation will follow the service at Sunset Valley Crematory in Bay City.
Memorials may be given to the American Cancer Society.
Visitation will continue at the Marsh Funeral Chapel in Marlette on Wednesday from 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

NAOMI J. BUSH 
Naomi J. Bush, 77, of Kingston, Michigan, died Monday, September 24, 2001 at Tendercare in Cass City.
She has lived in the Kingston area since 1984 and was formerly from the Brown City area.
She was born January 16, 1924 in Royal Oak, Michigan, daughter to the late Abbie and Evelyn (James) Negus. She graduated from Marlette High School in 1941, and married Lloyd Bush November 22, 1941. He preceded her in death on November 9, 1984.
Mrs. Bush has owned and operated the Poverty Nook Restaurant in Hemans since 1972. She was a Gray Lady at the Marlette Community Hospital for several years and also did volunteer work for the Red Cross.
She was the former organist for the Bethel Church of C.M.A. for many years and also sang in the choir.
She is survived by two sons, Lyndon Bush of Kingston, Michigan and Mark and Twila Bush of Jenks, OK.; one daughter, Luella Sexton of Sexton, OK.; six grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and brother, L.J. Negus. Funeral services were conducted Thursday, September 27, 2001 at 11:00 am at the Marsh Funeral Chapel in Marlette with Pastor Gary Butterfield of the Lamotte Missionary Church officiating.
Burial was at the Marlette Cemetery.
Memorials may be given to the United Hospice Service, or the donation of your choice. 

RICHARD A. BROWN 
Richard A. Brown, 52, of Clifford, died Saturday, September 29, 2001 at Marlette Community Hospital in Marlette, Michigan.
He was born December 30, 1948 in Marlette, the son of Vincent Lee and Gertrude Marie (Moore) Brown.
He was a 1967 graduate of Marlette High School. He served in the Army during Vietnam Era.
He was an active member of the Burlington Fire Department for 35 years, serving as past Asst. Chief and Captain and was a member of the VFW Post 10884.
He worked as a Scalehouse Manager for Measel Gravel Pit. He enjoyed trapping and hunting.
He is survived by his mother, Marie Brown of Hillman; three daughters, Amy and Gerald Gagnon of Sandusky, Sarah and Kristofer Petersen of Marlette, and Rebecca Brown of Clifford; Deborah Brown (mother of his children) of Marlette; four brothers, Thomas and Judy Brown of Hillman, James and Alice Brown of Mayville, Donald Brown of Mio, and Douglas and Denise Brown of Clifford; three sisters, MaryLee and Lee Hebner of Tustin, Patricia Bruman of North Branch, and Karen Larkin of Texas; a special friend, Bonny Tracy of Marlette; two grandchildren, Jacob A. Brown and Morgan E. Gagnon; and many other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, Lee Brown; and a sister, Ellen.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, October 3, 2001 at 11:00 am at St. Patricks Catholic Church, Clifford. with Rev. Fr. Jude Ellinghausen officiating.
Burial was in the St. Patricks Cemetery in Clifford.
Casketbearers were: Rodney Friday Sr., Mark Schank, Rodney Friday Jr., Jim, Rye, Brian McGinnis, and Mike Bower.
Memorial request may be given to the family.
Arrangements were made by Marsh Funeral Chapel, Inc. of Marlette, MI. 

JILL L. DELMOTTE 
Jill L. Delmotte 57, a homemaker, passed away Wednesday, January 23, 2002 at her home in Marlette.
Miss Delmotte lived in Marlette for the past six years and was previously from the Clifford area.
She was born on October 21, 1944 in Detroit, Michigan, daughter of Frank and Lena (Lynch) Prevost.
She attended the Charity Baptist Church in Marlette.
She is survived by her mother, Lena Prevost of Marlette; three daughters, Carrie Sarles of Marlette, Kathy and Greg McCombs of Marlette and Tammy and Gerald Huntley of Vassar, MI.; a son, Joseph Delmotte of Marlette; a brother, LeRoy and Marge Prevost of Southfield, MI.; eight grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; and eight step-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her father, Frank Prevost and a granddaughter, Sandra McCombs.
Funeral services were conducted Friday, January 25, 2002 at 2:00 p.m. at the Marsh Funeral Chapel, Marlette with Pastor Jeff Walters of the Charity Baptist Church officiating. Interment was in Marlette Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

ANNA SOPHIA GABLER 
Anna S. Gabler, 87, of Deford, passed away Thursday, January 24, 2002 at the Marlette Community Hospital Extended Care Facility.
She was born on February 2, 1914 in Plams to George and Elsbeth (Wolf) Conley.
She married George C. Gabler on April 7, 1934 in Warren. He died on August 6, 1988.
Mrs. Gabler enjoyed sewing and embroidery, making blankets for many family members. She was a great cook and made the best chicken rice soup and apple tarts. She was a wonderful mom. She loved flower gardens, especially her gladiolas. She loved to sing.
She is survived by her children: Dorothy (Robert) Pierson of Utica, Evelyn (Joseph) Gruber of Cass City, Irene McLellan of Deford, Gerald (Mary) Gabler of Decker, David Gabler of Deford, Judy (Hugh) Ferguson of Marlette, Robert E. Gabler of Akron and Ricky C. Gabler of Marlette; brothers, Charlie Conley of Centerline and Laurence (Vesta) Conley of Florida; 22 grandchildren; and 47 great-grandchildren. Her brother, Ernest Conley and granddaughter, Kim Gabler, preceded her in death.
Funeral services were conducted Sunday, January 27, 2002 at the Kranz Funeral Home in Cass City with Rev. Fleming of Heritage United Methodist Church, Snover, officiating. Interment was in Novesta Township Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Marlette Community Hospital Extended Care Facility, or United Hospice of Marlette. 

EVA M. GOTTLER 
Eva M. Gottler, 75, of Brown City, Michigan, passed away Thursday, January 24, 2002 at the Marlette Community Hospital.
She had lived in Brown City since 1968 and was previously from the Marlette area.
She was born on December 18, 1926 in Flint, Michigan daughter of the late John and Martha (Kunz) Ellis.
She graduated from Richland High School in 1944 and attended Kalamazoo Beauty School for two years.
She married Randy Gottler on March, 1992 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
She worked for several years for Hamil Manufacturing and Plasta Fiber.
She was president of the Yale Lions Club, a former city council woman of Brown City, a member of the Eastern Stars Washington Chapter #199, a member of the Brown City Awareness Committee, chairperson of the American Red Cross, a member of the Brown City Blood Drive, a member of the Burnside Senior Citizens, a member of the Brown City Homecoming Committee, on the Muscular Dystrophy Association and a member of the Brown City Friends of the Museum.
She is survived by her husband, Randy; a daughter, Linda Yockey of Brown City; a son, John (Joy) Yockey of Murhpy, TX.; five step-sons, Mark (Ethel) Gottler of St. Clair, MI., Mike Gottler of Harrison Twp. MI., Randy (Linda) Gottler of Phoenix, AZ., Ronn Andrea of Lancaster, CA., and Chuck Andre of Missouri; two step-daughters, Sue (Aaron) Kovatch of Yale and Jackie (David) Griel; of Goshen, IN.; a sister, Virginia Adamic of North Branch; 15 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands; a brother, Robert; and a step-son.
Funeral services were conducted Monday, January 28, 2002 at 11:00 a.m. at the Marsh Funeral Chapel, Marlette with Pastor Dennis Berry officiating. Interment was in Evergreen Cemetery, Brown City.
Memorials may be given to the Yale Lions Club for Leader Dogs for the Blind, or Bear Lake Camp.

BLANCHE EVELYN GRYMONPREZ 
Blanche Evelyn Grymonprez, 84, of Pentwater, Michigan, and a former Yale resident, passed away Tuesday evening, January 22, 2002 in a Ludington hospital.
She was born on August 19, 1917 in Meade Township, Huron County, the daughter of William J. and Emeline Marie Hagle Taylor.
Her marriage to George Grymonprez was December 24, 1937 in Yale, He preceded her in death on May 5, 1988.
She was a nurse at Yale Community Hospital for 20 years and was employed by Yale Public Schools as a bus driver for seven years. She was a member of Church of Christ.
Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Edwin and Betty Gerlach of Sandusky and George and Kelly Grymonprez of Marlette; daughters and sons-in-law, Christine and Lyle Foster of Kingston and Barbara Braford of Pentwater; 14 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were conducted Monday, January 28, 2002 at 10:00 a.m. at Kaatz Funeral Directors, Yale with Eric Foster of the Marlette Community in Christ Church officiating. Interment was in Elmwood Cemetery, Yale. 

KATHRYN J. KAYS 
Kathryn J. Kays, a life long resident of Tacoma, Washington, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, January 24, 2002.
She was born February 1, 1922, the daughter of the late Georgia (Murphy) and Peter Hallmeyer.
She married Elmo Kays on May 1st, with whom she celebrated 53 years of marriage.
She was an active member of the Lakeview Congregational Church in Lakeview, Washington.
Survivors include three daughters, two of Tacoma, Washington, a son of Portland, Oregon and a daughter Janet (Jim) Cook of Marlette; four granddaughters, one of Tacoma, Washington, one of Tortola BVI, and Kathyrn and Kelly Cook of Marlette; three grandsons, two of Portland, Oregon, and Aaron Cook of Marlette; and one great-granddaughter of Tacoma, Washington.
She was preceded in death by her husband, two younger sisters and her parents.
Funeral services are to be held at Mountainview Cemetery, Tacoma, Washington on what would have been her 80th birthday. 

JOSEPH PETER MARTIN, JR. 
Joseph Peter Martin, Jr., 74, of Capac, passed away Wednesday, January 23, 2002 at Mercy Hospital, Port Huron.
He was born on April 26, 1927 in Madisonville, Ohio, the son of the late Joseph and Catherine Martin.
His marriage to Kathryn Engel was on August 17, 1953 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She preceded him in death on October 28, 1980.
He served his country with the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict from 1950-1952 as a sergeant while stationed in Germany with the 5th Army Division. He was an inspector at Saginaw Steering Gear for 20 years until his retirement in 1990 and had farmed in Marlette for 20 years. He enjoyed fishing and golf and R.V. camping with the Good Sam's Club.
He is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Lisa and John Griggs of Capac and Monica and Robert Bell of Riley Center; four grandchildren, William and Jason Wixon, Kathryn Bell and Bridgette McCoy; a brother, Robert; and several nieces, nephews and friends.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Nancy McCoy in 1992.
Funeral services were conducted Friday, January 25, 2002 at 11:00 a.m. at Kaatz Funeral Directors, Capac with Rev. Eric Kilmer of Our Savior Lutheran Church, Marlette, officiating. 

MARGARET JENNY PERRY 
Margaret Jenny Perry, 75, of Marlette, passed away Saturday, January 26, 2002 at her home in Marlette.
She was born on May 19, 1926 in Alpena, Michigan the daughter of the late Anthony and Angeline Gozdur.
She moved to this area in 1972 from California.
She married Lee G. Perry on December 11, 1976 in Sandusky.
She was a member of the Marlette Apostolic Church.
She is survived by her husband, Lee; three sons, George Packard of California, Marvin Packard of Carsonville and Robert and Halen Packard of Cass City; six daughters, Lorraine and Louis Garza of Texas, Henrietta Nelson of Sandusky, Gloria and Larry Hall of California, Marilyn Flores of California, Mary and Donald Mills of California and Shirley and Thomas Hackel of Marlette; 20 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, January 29, 2002 at 2:00 p.m. at the Marsh Funeral Chapel, Sandusky with Rev. Mary Dupre officiating. Interment was in Greenwood Cemetery, Sandusky.
Memorials may be made to the family. 

JOSEPH E. AUSTIN JR. 
Joseph E. Austin, Jr. 54, passed away Thursday, January 17, 2002 at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
He had lived in Marlette for the past five years and was previously from the Brighton, MI. area
He was born on September 3, 1947 in Bluefield, West Virginia, son of the late Joseph E. Sr. and Hester (Saunders) Austin.
He graduated from Garden City High School in 1965, received his bachelor's degree from W.S.U., and got his masters degree in business administration from C.M.U.
He married Susan Armstrong on July 15, 1967 in Farmington, MI.
He worked for the Ford Motor Company in Detroit Parts for 31 years until his retirement.
He was a member of the Marlette First United Methodist Church.
He enjoyed collecting stamps, fishing, golfing and fixing things and most of all his family.
He is survived by his wife, Susan; a son, Joseph (Kery) Austin III of Longwood, FL.; a daughter, Lori (David) Angliss of Redford, MI.; brothers, Floyd (Judy) Millard of Whittemore Lake, MI. and J.B. (Debbie) Millard of TN.; sisters, Eleanore (Burman) Christian of Edenton, NC. Mary (Archie) Richardson of Hurricane Mills, TN. Florence (Maurice) Anderson of TN. and Judy (Kenny) Kuczynski of Garden City, MI.; seven grandchildren, Joseph IV, Alexandria, Elizabeth, Chase, Rebecca, Parker and Christopher.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Robert.
Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, January 22, 2002 at 11:00 a.m. at the Marlette First United Methodist Church with Pastor Daniel Bowman and Pastor Mark Nieman officiating. Burial was in the Marlette Cemetery.
Memorials may be given to the American Cancer Society.
Arrangements by Marsh Funeral Chapel, Marlette. 

LOUIS E. MILLER 
Louis E. Miller, 81, of Elmer Twp., Sandusky, passed away Wednesday, January 16, 2002 at his home in Sandusky.
He was born on October 20, 1920 in Elpaso, Illinois, the son of the late James and Lucille (Fornoff) Miller.
He married Margaret Burger on November 20, 1943 in Elmer Twp., Sandusky.
He moved to the area 11 years ago from Ferndale, MI. He was a member of the Our Savior Lutheran Church in Marlette.
Survivors include his wife Margaret (Nee Burger) Miller; four daughters, Judith and Ronald Fife of Royal Oak, MI., Elizabeth Griffin of Alanson, MI., Cathleen and Charles Pullum of Birmingham, MI. and Susan and Michael Golinske of Farmington Hills, MI; two brothers, Kenneth Miller of Florida and Ronald and Beverly Miller of Columbiaville, MI.; five grandchildren, Steven, Daniel, Lauren, Rebecca and Thomas; and four great-grandchildren, Kaelyn, Brendin, Gabrielle and Connor.
He was preceded in death by a son, William Louis on February 28, 1945 and brothers, Harold, Lawrence and Max.
Funeral services were conducted Friday, January 18, 2002 at 12:00 p.m. at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Marlette with Rev. Eric Kilmer officiating. Interment was in Hyslop Cemetery, Elmer Township, Sandusky.
Casketbearers were Steven Fife, Daniel Fife, Thomas Griffin, Michael Golinske, Charles Pullum and Ronald Fife.
Memorials may be made to Our Savior Lutheran Church of Marlette or The Lutheran Hour.
Arrangements by Marsh Funeral Chapel, Sandusky. 

JAY D. RANDALL 
Jay D. Randall, 63, of Vassar, passed away Thursday, January 17, 2002 in his winter home in Hudson, Florida.
He was born on August 9, 1938 at home in Kingston to Leslie and Irene (Dulak) Randall.
He married Dorothy Crawford Hilborn on June 3, 1995 in Vassar.
He served in the U.S. Army in Fort Stewart, GA. as the driver for a colonel. He worked for General Dynamic as a Quality Assurance Engineer. He was the final inspector of the MIAI tanks. He was a tool and die journeyman. He spent six years in Egypt. He was a past member of the Kingston Lions Club and the past president of the Kingswood Inn in Kingston. He enjoyed and sponsored blooperball, baseball, softball and basketball teams in the Thumb area. He began an annual Father's Day tournament. He was a professional Santa Claus for many years, bringing many area families gifts and visits to help brighten their holiday.
Survivors include his wife, Dorothy; children, Suzanne R. (Michael) Alexis of Atlanta. GA., Jay D. Randall, Jr. of Findlay, OH.; mother of his children, Patricia Gendron Randall; step-children, Bob (Julie) Hilborn of Mayville, Debbie (Mike) Peche of Vassar, Diane (Kevin) Payne of Montrose and Jim (Shawn) Jenkins of Vassar; grandchildren, Ryan D. Randall, Matthew Alexis, Alexandria Alexis and Andrew Alexis; nine step-grandchildren; father, Leslie C. Randall of Kingston; brothers, Leslie C. (Chris) Randall Jr. of Atlanta, GA. and Kirk (Margo) Randall of Keego Harbor; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his brother, James Randall and his mother, Irene.
Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, January 22, 2002 at 11:00 a.m. at the Kranz Funeral Home in Kingston with Rev. Terry Butters of the Kingston United Methodist Church officiating, Interment was in the Kingston Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Kingston High School Scholarship Fund or the Kingston Fire and Rescue. 

FRED F. SCHWENN 
Fred F. Schwenn, 87, passed away Monday, January 21, 2002 at the Marlette Community Hospital.
He lived in Marlette the past two years and was previously from Mesa, Arizona and Wilmette, Illinois.
He was born on August 12, 1914 in Waunakee, Wisconsin, son of the late Frank and Emma (Vogts) Schwenn.
He graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1936. He was the owner and publisher of the Modern Milk Haulers Magazine in Chicago, Illinois for 30 years until his retirement in 1976.
He attended the Marlette First United Methodist Church.
He was a member of the Leisure World Lions Club in Mesa, AZ., Pastoral Care, A.A. and was a hospice volunteer.
He was a very devoted, strong religious supporter of the church.
He is survived by three daughters, Mary and Dick Anderson of Reno, NV., Elizabeth Ghatala of Liberty, NY. and Susan and Ted Huntoon of Marlette; five grandchildren, Anne McAvoy, Linda Tobi, Brian Huntoon, Fred J. Ghatala and Ariana Anderson and one great-granddaughter, Kimberlee McAvoy.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three wives, Anita, Margaret and Lefa; two sisters and two brothers.
Cremation has taken place at the Sunset Valley Crematory in Bay City, MI.
A memorial service will be conducted Saturday, January 26, 2002 at 3:00 p.m. at the Marlette First United Methodist Church. Visitation with the family will begin at 2:00 p.m. at the church.
Interment will take place at Memorial Park Cemetery, Skokie, ILL. at a later date.
Memorials may be given to the Marlette First United Methodist Church Endowment Fund, or Teen Ranch.
Arrangements by Marsh Funeral Chapel, Marlette. 

EVELYN RUTH SMITH 
Evelyn Ruth Smith, 83, a life long resident of Snover, Michigan, passed away Wednesday, January 16, 2002 at the Marlette Extended Care Facility in Marlette.
She was born on June 28, 1918 in Snover, daughter to the late Harry and Frieda (Brandt) Falkenhagen.
She graduated from Sandusky High School in 1935.
She married Phillip Smith on December 16, 1939 in Juhl, Michigan. He is currently a resident at the Marlette Extended Care Facility.
She was an active member of the Hope Lutheran Church and Decker Eastern Star #438. She enjoyed crocheting, reading, camping and gardening.
She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Phillip; a daughter, Karen (Henry) Fuller of Snover; a son, Darrel (Beth) Smith of Grand Blanc; four grandchildren, Mark (Denise) Fuller of Brighton, Jeff (Kristin) Fuller of White Lake, Matthew (Manisha) Smith of Scottsdale, AZ. and Brad Smith of Asheville, NC.; and six great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Funeral services were conducted Saturday, January 19, 2002 at 10:00 a.m. at the Marsh Funeral Chapel in Marlette with Pastor Lisa Shank officiating. Interment was in the Moore Township Cemetery in Snover.
Memorials may be given to the Marlette Extended Care Facility Aquarium Fund.
An Eastern Star Memorial Service was conducted on Friday night at the funeral chapel. 

CARL J. STEPHENS 
Carl J. Stephens, 93, of Okeechobee, passed away Monday, December 31, 2001 at the Okeechobee Health Care Facility.
He was born on May 25, 1908 in Brown City, MI. He had been a resident of Okeechobee since 1987.
Survivors include his wife of 38 years, Mary Stephens of Okeechobee; six sons, William Stephens of Trenton, MI., Gerald Stephens of California, James Stephens of Wakeman, Ohio, Edward Stephens of Horshoe Ben, Ark., Walter Stephens of Joliet, ILL. and Paul Stephens of Riverview, MI.; a daughter, Alice Crowley of Lakewood, California; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; two stepsons, Stephen Gnandt of Maiden, N.C. and Frank Gnandt of Owosso, MI.; two step-daughters, Maryann Harris of Okeechobee and Elvira Lambert of Marlette.
Funeral services were conducted at the Howe-Peterson Funeral Home, 9800 S. Telegraph, Taylor, MI. 

STEVEN JOSEPH MEFFER 
Steven Joseph Meffer, 30, of Cass City, passed away Friday, January 18, 2002 from injuries sustained in a snowmobile accident.
He was born March 8, 1971 in Grosse Pointe to John J. and Penny (Bennett) Meffer.
He graduated from Marlette High School.
He worked for CSS Concrete in Cass City, He enjoyed fishing, hunting, smowmachines, three wheelers and music. He loved his children and spent time working with them on the computer. He played trumpet in high school and occasionally joined in with friends playing bones and a little guitar.
He is survived by his wife, Dawn M. Meffer; children, Steve Meffer, Samantha Meffer and Tyler Meffer all at home; parents, John and Penny Meffer of Bad Axe; brothers, Jim (Angie) Meffer of Gulliver and Johnny Meffer of Warren; sisters, Barbara (Jimmy ) Moase of Charlotte, NC. and Anita Meffer of Bad Axe; and six nieces and nephews. 
He was preceded in death by his brother, Joseph Meffer and grandparents, John and Helen Meffer and Robert and Olive Bennett.
Funeral services were conducted Monday, January 21, 2002 at 1:00 p.m. at the Kranz Funeral Home in Cass City with Rev. Brian Cuddie of Calvary Baptist Church officiating. Interment will take place in the spring at Elkland Township Cemetery, Cass City. Memorials may be given to the Steven Meffer ChildrenÕs Education Fund.
Arrangements by Kranz Funeral Home, Cass City. 

RENALD HOWARD 
Renald (Rennie) Howard, 70, a life long resident of Marlette, passed away Wednesday, January 16, 2002 at his home.
He was born on August 18, 1931 in Marlette, the son of the late Floyd and Mildred (Cooper) Howard.
He graduated from Marlette High School in 1951.
He worked for Marlette Square Tube as a press operator for 20 years and also farmed.
He is survived by four sons, Herald (Schelly) Howard of Marlette, Ronald (Pam) Howard of Dannemora, NY., Michael (Shannon) Howard of Elba Twp., MI. and Rodney Howard of Marlette; one daughter, Lisa (Jim) Dockham of Waterford, MI.; brother, Bob Howard of Marlette; a sister, Grace E. (Jon) Allan of Plattsburgh, NY.; and six grandchildren, Herald Howard, Tiffany Howard, Aimee Farrell, Nicole Farrell, Nolan Farrell and Adam White.
His parents preceded him in death.
Funeral services were conducted Saturday, January 19, 2002 at 1:00 p.m. at the Marsh Funeral Chapel in Marlette with Rev. Rick Turner officiating. Interment was at the Marlette Cemetery.
Memorials may be made by the United Hospice Service.
Casketbearers were Jay Brown, Jim Dockham, Tom Irvine, Jack Burgess, Josh Irvine and Harold Howard Jr. 

MICHELE (HUTCHINS) VENETTE 
Michele L. Venette, 36, passed away Thursday, January 17, 2002 at her home in Luzerne, Michigan.
She had lived in Luzerne for seven years and was previously from the Marlette area.
She was born on May 26, 1965 in Marlette, daughter to David and Mary (Schad) Hutchins.
She graduated from Marlette High School in 1983.
She worked for Lear Corporation in Marlette for four years and in Roscommon for two years.
She is survived by her parents, David and Mary Hutchins of Luzerne; three sisters, Tonya and Dan Krueger of Marlette, Yvonne and Don Pallas of Marlette and Stacie and Dan Stauffer of Marlette; two nephews, Michael Gonzalez and Cody Pallace of Marlette; and four nieces, Shaina Gonzalez, Rachel Pallace, Danielle Stauffer and Ashley Stauffer of Marlette.
Cremation has taken place at the Sunset Valley Crematory in Bay City, MI.
A memorial service will be conducted Friday, January 25, 2002 at 11:00 a.m. at the Marsh Funeral Chapel in Marlette with Rev. Michael Hollenbeck officiating.
Memorials may be given to the Marlette Community Hospital or the Michigan Shriners.
Visitation with the family will start on Friday at 10:00 a.m. until the time of memorial service.
Arrangements by Marsh Funeral Chapel, Marlette. 

HELEN AND DAVID HUNTSBERRY 
Helen L. (McCombs) Huntsberry, 76, passed away Thanksgiving Day, November 22, 2001 during her third battle with cancer at Neely Ray Hospice Home in Gilbert, Arizona.
She was born on September 27, 1925 in Marlette. She was the daughter to the late Meta (Heussner, McCombs) Pabst of Marlette and the late Charles McCombs. She also was a Marlette High graduate.
She married David Huntsberry on June 8, 1946 in Marlette.
David L. Huntsberry, 76, passed away October 15, 2001 of liver cancer at Neely Ray Hospice Home in Gilbert, Arizona.
He was born September 17, 1925 in Nappanee, Indiana. He was the son to the late Mildred (Black) Huntsberry of Marlette and William Huntsberry.
The couple retired 12 years ago to Leisure World in Mesa, Arizona.
The couple is survived by two daughters, Kim Haftarczyk of LaHabra and Debra Rae of Sacramento, California; three grandchildren and one great-grandson.
Donations may be made to the Neely Ray Hospice Home, 13639 East Ray Road, Gilbert, Arizona, 851233.

WAYNE B. BAER 
Wayne B. Baer, age 80, died Monday, January 14, 2002 at Port Huron Hospital in Port Huron, Michigan.
He was a life long resident of the Marlette area.
He was born July 20, 1921 in Snover, Michigan son to the late Allen and Clarissa (Johnson) Baer.
He served in the U.S. Army Air core during WWII where he was a P.O.W. for six months.
Wayne married Phyllis McMann August 31, 1946 in Marlette, Michigan.
He worked for Guerdon Industry in Marlette for 18 years and also farmed.
He is survived by his wife Phyllis, three sons: Ralph and Sandy Baer of Columbiaville, MI; Paul and Cheryl Baer of Carsonville, MI; Dennis and Kimberly Baer of MI; grandson: Corey Baer of Deckerville, MI, grand daughter: Melissa Baer of Marlette, MI; one brother: Clayton and Betty Baer of Snover, MI; two sisters: Alice Hudson of Marlette, MI; Bessie and Elden Phetteplace of Sandusky, MI.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Wilford, George, and Clare Baer and sisters Ida Allen and Vera Young.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, January 16, 2002 at 11:00 am at Marsh Funeral Chapel in Marlette with Rev. Daniel Bowman officiating.
Burial was held in the Moshier Cemetery in Hemans.
Memorials may be given to the donation of your choice.
Arrangements by Marsh Funeral Chapel, Inc., Marlette, MI.

DONNA M. SMITH 
Donna (Stephens) Smith, age 48 of National City, Michigan formally of Fostoria, Michigan went home to be with the Lord on Friday, January 4, 2002.
She was born on April 15, 1953 in Flint, Michigan the daughter of Robert and Mae Dawn (Dee) Stephens.
She graduated from Mayville High School in 1971. On June 19, 1971 she married Terry L. Smith in Fostoria.
She was a life long resident of the Fostoria area, a member of the F.H.A. and worked for Ligon Brothers Industries in Almont and Save A Lot grocery store in East Tawas.
Survivors include her husband Terry Smith, one son: Terry D. Smith of National City, Michigan three daughters: Tammy Smith of Davison, MI, Michelle Smith of North Branch, MI, Linda (Michael) Gemma of Norfolk, VA, parents Robert and Mae Dawn (Dee) Stephens of Columbiaville, MI, three brothers: Roger (Celia) Stephens of Davison, MI, Gary (Janeene) Stephens of Millington, MI, Terry Stephens of Otter Lake, MI, one sister: Barbara (Charles) Harris of ElCajon, CA, brother-in-law Calvin Perez of Santee, CA, five grandchildren Kala, Tyler, Austin, Zachary, and Kyra.
She is preceded in death by brother Garth Stephens and sister Marie Perez.
Funeral services were held Monday, January 7, 2002 at 11:00 am at Marsh Funeral Chapel in Marlette with Rev. Keith Mead officiating. Burial was held in the Watertown Twp. Cemetery in Fostoria, MI.
Memorials may be given to the family.
Casket bearers: Randy King, Scott Krueger, Larry Smith Jr., Ron Stephens, Rob Stephens and William Boggs Sr.
Arrangements made by Marsh Funeral Chapel, Inc. Marlette, MI. 

EDWIN J. BARNES 
Edwin J. Barnes, age 70, died Thursday, January 3, 2002, at St. Mary's Medical Center in Saginaw, Michigan.
Mr. Barnes was a life long area resident of Decker, Michigan.
He was born February 24, 1931 in Port Huron, Michigan son to the late James and Laura (Hill) Barnes.
He married Joyce Kritzman July 9, 1955 in Cass City, Michigan.
Edwin served in the U. S. Army during the Korean Conflict.
He worked for Buick Motors in Flint for thirty years until his retirement in 1984.
He is survived by his wife Joyce, sons: Harold (Linda) Barnes, Douglas (Patty) Barnes of Snover, MI, daughters: Jacquelyn (Randy) Smith, Edwina (Edward) Phetteplace of Decker, MI, seventeen grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Verna Miller.
Cremation has taken place at the Sunset Valley Crematory in Bay City, Michigan.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Donations may be given to the memorial of your choice.
Arrangements by Marsh Funeral Chapel, Inc. Marlette, MI. 

ELLA (MAE) SAUDER 
Ella M. Sauder, age 97, died Sunday, January 6, 2002 at Autumwood of Deckerville in Deckerville, Michigan.
He has lived in Deckerville, MI the past 6 years and was previously from Marlette and Sabetha, Kansas.
She was born March 25, 1904 in Table Rock, Nebraska, daughter to the late Thomas and Mary (Jasa) German.
She attended schools in Preston and Falls City, Nebraska.
Ella Mae worked as a Telephone operator in Preston, Nebraska.
She married Will John Sauder, he passed away August 27, 1969.
She and her husband moved to Sabetha, Kansas in 1961 where they operated Cowpoke Trailer Park for 6 years. They also where herdsmen in Humboldt, Nebraska, farmed and raised Hereford cattle in Oregon & Pennsylvania and also ran sales of show cattle.
She is survived by son Iris Sauder of Nebraska, son-in-law Robert Walker of Marlette, MI, grand daughter Cynthia (Lee) Wood of Shelby Twp., MI, Grandson William (Connie) Walker of Marlette, MI six great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, son Clifford, daughter Rosemary, Walker, brothers Ray and John, sisters Nora, Flora, Emma and Elma. Cremation has taken place at the Sunset Valley Crematory in Bay City, MI Memorial service will be held at a later date in Sabetha, Kansas. Memorials may be given to the Sanilac Humane Society.
Arrangement were made by Marsh Funeral Chapel, Inc., Marlette, MI. 

WERNER J. MATTSON 
Werner J. Mattson, 98, passed away Saturday, December 29, 2001 at his home in Marlette. He had lived in Marlette since 1971 and was previously from the Ann Arbor area.
He was born on April 27, 1903 in Duluth, MN., son of the late John H and Hannah Mattson.
He married Helen Green on February 6, 1971 in Oxford, MI.
He was an office manager for U. of M. Ann Arbor for 16 years until his retirement in 1965. He also worked in Marlette for Schlichter's Hardware and Long's Furniture as an accountant and did custodial work at the Marlette Post Office.
Mr. Mattson was well known for his work for the Marlette Police Department as a Bea McDonald crossing guard for several years.
He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Caro, Mi. He was baptized in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on September 27, 1974 and Temple Sealing took place on November 13, 1976.
He is survived by his wife Helen of Marlette; sister-in-laws, Leota Lee of Marlette, Nelda Green of Brown City and June Green of Marlette; and several nieces, nephews and many good friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers, Hamand and Victor Mattson.
Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, January 2, 2002 at 12 noon at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Caro with President Ronald Wing officiating.
Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery in Melvin.
Memorials may be given to the United Hospice Service.
Visitation will continue on Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. until the time of service at the church.
Arrangements by Marsh Funeral Chapel, Marlette. 

RICHARD B. VORE 
Richard B. Vore, age 60, of Davisburg, MI died January 6, 2002 after a long battle with cancer.
He was retired from General Motors as General Supervisor of Metal Form Fab.
He is survived by his wife of 21 years Joan; Father of Kathy (Leo Hedger) Hoig of Clifford, Cece (Greg) Treece of Davisburg, Jodi (Dave) Paull of Davisburg, Terry (Sandy Flury) VanOrman, Jr. of Waterford and Tim (donna Rodriguez) VanOrtman of Clarkston. Also survived by a family he called his own, Donnie Hart of SC, Rhonda (Chad) Ferguson and their daughter Sidney of Yale; grandpa of Derek, Dylan,Abigail, Justin, Jessica, Ryan, Nicholas, Hailey, Chelsea, Michelle, Christopher, Melissa, Alexa, Ashley, and Cole; Son of Fred and Ruby Nation of KY and Gladys Vore of Arkansas; special angel to his aunt Lennie Pappas; brother of Ronald (Ginger) of FL, Gayle (Pat) Andrews of AR.
He was preceded in death by his son Robert "Rob" and father Daryl "Carl".
Funeral services Thursday 12:30 pm at the Lewis E. Wint & Son TRUST 100 Funeral Home, Clarkston. 
Memorials may be made to Beaumont Hospice, American Cancer Society or the family. 

RUTH CONRAD 
Ruth Conrad, age 75, of Apple Road in Osceola, was released into heaven's glories on January 4, 2002 after a brief illness at St. Joseph Community Hospital in Mishawaka.
Mrs. Conrad was born August 6, 1926 to Peter Franklin and Margaret Eleanor (Jackson) D'Arcy in Kingston, MI.
On August 26, 1950 she married Donald L. Conrad of Goshen, IN in Marlette, MI who survives.
Also surviving are 3 sons: Greg Conrad (Kathie), Joe Conrad (Mona), Chris (Guy) Fisher all of Osceola; sister: Lois Brenneman of Mishawaka, two sister-in-laws: LeEtta (John) D'Arcy of Kingston, MI and Betty (Lee) Caudell of Davison, MI; 11 grandchildren, Andrew, Alex, Laura, Kyle, Alyssa, Austin, Mallory, Danielle Conrad, and Aaron, Bryce, and Megan Fisher; and many nephews, nieces, great nephews, great nieces and cousins.
Preceding in death were her parents and brothes John and Lee D'Arcy, and sister Eleanor D'Arcy.
Services were conducted at Chapel Hill Funeral Home in Osceola at 1 pm on Tuesday, January 8 with interment to follow in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens.
Mrs. Conrad graduated from Marlette High School in Marlette, MI in 1945 and from Bethel College in Mishawaka, IN with a BA in Elementary Education in 1971. She served with her husband at four Missionary Church pastorates prior to his teaching career of thirty-five years at Bethel College. For many years she was the president of the Ladies Auxiliary and in charge of their well-known annual Arts and Crafts show.
Mrs. Conrad was a active member of St. Mark Missionary Church since 1964. She taught Sunday School, directed many Vacation Bible Schools, sang in the choir, served as music coordinator, prayer chain coordinator, funeral dinner coordinator, and the Helping Hands ministry, and baby shower coordinator. She also served as a deaconess, board member and a charter trustee for Missionary Church Archives and Historical Collection. She served as the Director and taught the Chattering Chipmunk Nursery School for 8 1/2 years and was a substitute teacher in PHM schools for many years. She also served as member of the Hubbard Hill Retirement Home Auxiliary. She and her husband were honored by Bethel College with the inaugural "Distinguished Parents" award in 1997.
She lived for others and was known for her love of her family and the meals she cooked for all 21 of them every Sunday. She will be greatly missed by many people for her servant heart, but by none more than her loving family.
Memorial donations may be made to Don and Ruth Conrad Scholarship Fund at Bethel College, or St. Mark Missionary Church.


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