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David Lynne Williams

David Lynne Williams, 47, died unexpectedly, Saturday, March
3,2001.

He was born May 10, 1953, in Detroit to Dr. Robert and Betty
Williams.

His family moved to Port Huron in 1954. David attended the Leelanau
Schools, Port Huron Northern High School and St. Clair County
Community College.

David's vocation was graphic arts. His vocation was sailing. He was a
member of the Sarnia Yacht Club and the Great Lakes Shipwreck Society.

He married Erin M. Percy on July 18, 1998, in First Presbyterian
Church in Port Huron. After their wedding, they made their home in
Clinton Township. Port Huron was their second home.

He is survived by his wife, Erin; his mother, Betty; his brothers, John
and Robert, his mother and father-in-law, Bill and Pat Percy;
brothers-in-law, Kyle Percy and family and Curt Percy; and
sister-in-law, Bridget O'Brien and family.

He was preceded in death by his father, Dr. Robert Williams his
grandmother, Nelle Walker; and his grandfather, Newland Williams.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday in Karrer-Simpson
Funeral Home. 'The Rev. Dr. Mark P. Thomas will officiate. Burial
will be in Lakeside Cemetery.

Visiting hours are 2 to -1 and 7 to 9 p.m. today in the funeral home.

Memorials in David's name may be made to the St. Clair County
Humane Society.

Arrangements are by the Karrer-Simpson Funeral Home. 

Donald W. VanBuskirk

Donald W. VanBuskirk, 33 of North Lakeport died Mon day March 5,
2001, in Mercy Hospital after a short illness. 

He was born Jan. 16, 1933, in St. Clair to the late Bruce and Evelyn
VanBuskirk.

Don retired after many years of working for local grocers. He served
in the U.S. Army in the Korean conflict. He was a member of the
Lakeport Lions, Duffy's Euchre Sing a Long and Capt-n-Jim's
snowmobile clubs.

Don enjoyed all Sports card playing and reading.

Don is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Eleanor; son and
daughter-in-law, Bob and Penny VanBuskirk of Port Huron
Township; son and daughter-in-law, Marty and Leanne VanBuskirk
of St. Clair; daughter and son-in-law, Pam and Mike Ranshaw of
Marysville; son and daughter-in-law, Tim and Chris
VanBuskirk of Kimball Township.; son and daughter-in-law, Mark
and Julie VanBuskirk of Clyde Township; 12 grandchildren, Robert
and James VanBuskirk, Dana Harrington-Van Buskirk, Ryan, Derek
and joy VanBuskirk, Jessica and Allison Schlinkert,
Lenny and Regina Crull, and Olivia and Natalie VanBuskirk;
great-grandson Christopher Chrivia; daughter-in-law, Brenda
VanBuskirk of Port Huron; sisters and brother-in-laws,
Margaret Ann and Fred Walenburg of Lakeway, Miss., Pat and
Bill Luck of Picayune, Miss., Janie and Chuck Biscorner of St.
Clair and Kathy and Larry Gedding of Picayune, Miss.; brothers arid
sisters-in-laws, Jerry and Carol Ann VanBuskirk, and Mick and Flo
VanBuskirk, both of St. Clair; sister-in-law, Doris VanBuskirk of
Picayune, Miss.; and several nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his son, Kenneth W VanBuskirk; brothers,
Bob and Davey VanBuskirk; and sister, Janice Miller.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Thursday in Jowett Funeral Home,
1634 Lapeer Ave., at 17th Street. The Rev. Stephen C. Johnson,
pastor of Hillside Wesleyan Church, will officiate.

Visiting is 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home.

Military honors will be under the auspices of the St. Clair County
Allied Veterans Council.

Memorial tributes may be made to the wishes of the family. 

Elizabeth A. Warren

Elizabeth A. “Liz” Warren, age 67, of Port Huron, died March 4, 2001
in Port Huron Hospital after a long illness. 

She was born February 23, 1934 in Port Huron and lived here all her
life. She married James Warren Jr. on December 23, 1953 in Port
Huron, he died January 4, 1981. 

Liz was active with her husband in the Port Huron Minor Hockey
Association. She also enjoyed Bingo, Bowling, and helping others. 
She enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren, and
great-grandchildren. 

She will be missed by her family and friends. 

She is survived by her mother, Mildred Cameron of Port Huron, son,
Dennis (Sue) Warren of Fort Gratiot, sons James and Michael
Warren both of Port Huron, son, Timothy (Becky) Warren, daughter,
Deniece (Andrew) Klein, daughter Laurie (Tim) Beutler, son, Kelly
(Lisa) Warren, all of Port Huron, 23 grandchildren, and 5
great-grandchildren, and several aunts, uncles, and cousins. She was
preceded in death by her son Patrick Warren. 

The funeral service will be held Wednesday 11 AM at the Smith
Family Funeral Home – South, 1230 7th Street with The Rev. Dan
Bakay officiating. Burial will follow in Lakeside Cemetery. 

Serving as pallbearers will be her grandsons, Jeff, Bill, Matt, Doug,
and Chris Warren, James and Andrew Klein, and Tony Reynolds. 

Friends may visit Monday from 7-9 PM or Tuesday from 2-4 & 7-9
PM in the funeral home. 

Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice. 

Harry M. Weitzel

Mr. Harry M. Weitzel, 95, of Port Huron died Friday, March 02, 2001
in Port Huron Hospital.

He was born April 22, 1905 in Verona Township, Huron
County to the late Charles and Ellen (Shepard) Weitzel. He married
Isabel H. Renehan October 9, 1954 in Port Huron. She died April 16,
1994.

Mr. Weitzel retired from Detroit Edison Maintenance
Department in April of 1970.

He is survived by two daughters, Mr. & Mrs. Allan (Betty)
Heath of Clyde Township and Mr. & Mrs. Lynn (Kay) Burleigh of
Port Huron; a step daughter, Mr. & Mrs. John (Marie) Chipurn of
Beverly Hills, Florida; ten grandchildren; ten great grandchildren; eight
step grandchildren; and several nieces & nephews.

Private family services will be held.

Interment will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Port Huron.
Arrangements are by Pollock-Randall Funeral Home, Port Huron. 

Michael M. Guziak

Michael M. Guziak, 97, of Port Huron died Tuesday, March 6, 2001,
in Barss Home after a short illness.

Mr. Guziak was born Sept. 8, 1903 in Staunton, Ill., and had lived in
Port Huron since 1930. He married Anna Borsenik, who passed away
July 21, 1987.

He was a member of St. Edwards On-the-Lake Catholic Church. He
was a former member of, St. Joseph Men's Club and the American
Postal Workers Union.

He is survived by Sons, Raymond M. (Marge) Guziak of Grand
Junction Colo., Donald T. (Grace) Guziak of Port Huron, Gerald P.
Guziak of San Francisco; daughter, Theresa M. (Charles) Frendt of
Lansing; son, Thomas E. (Patsy) Guziak of Hurst, Texas; daughter,
M. Jean (Thomas) Devereaux of Lexington. 14 grandchildren; 14
great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and a sister,
Pauline Hercher of Hemlock..

.Mr. Guziak was preceded in death by a son, Michael H.Guziak on
January 1, 1990, five brothers, and five sisters.

Funeral Services will be 11a.m., Friday, March 9, 2001, in St.
Edwards-on-the-Lake Catholic Church. The Rev. Joseph M.
Esper will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery.

Visitation is 2 to 4 Lind 7 to 9 p.m.Thursday, March 8, 2001, in the
Karrer-Simpson Funeral Home and from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday in the
church. A rosary will by said at 7 p.m.

Memorials may be made to St. Edwards-on-the-Lake Catholic Church
or the Visiting Nurse Association. 

Michael s grandsons will serve as his pallbearers.

Dorothy M. Harrington

Dorothy M. Harrington, 90, died Wednesday, March 7, 2001, in
Evangelical Home-Port Huron after a short illness. 

She was born March 9, 1910, in Port Huron to the late Bert and Nellie
Blantern. She was a lifelong area resident. 

She married Alex K. Harrington on May 21, 1932, in Port Huron. He
passed away June 4, 1990.

Mrs. Harrington was a member of First Congregational Church in
Port Huron. 

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Clifford (Jennifer)
Harrington of Port Huron; grandsons, Bill and Lori Harrington of
Jackson and Paul and his fiancé Angela Bentley of Port Huron; and
several nieces and nephews.

Private funeral services are planned in the Jowett Funeral Home,
1634 Lapeer Ave., at 17th Street.

Burial will be in Lakeside Cemetery.

Memorial tributes may be made to the First Congregational Church. 

Tabitha Paterson

Tabitha Paterson, 17, of Marysville, died Thursday, March 8, 2001, in
St. John's Hospital, Detroit. 

She was born July 11, 1983, in Port Huron to Kipling Paterson and Jill
Brown.

She is survived by her mother, Jill Brown; her father, Kip Paterson; a
brother, Jeremy Brown; a sister, Savannah Brown; grandparents, Mr.
and Mrs. Lou (Mary) Paterson; a grandmother, Mel Suber; a
grandfather, John Brown; great-grandparents, Mildred Cote' and Mr.
and Mrs. Robert (Virginia) Bigger; two aunts, Heater Paterson and
Millie Beckett; three uncles, Louie Paterson, John Brown II and
Jerome Brown; several cousins; and her caregiver, Jo Grace.

She was preceded in death by her great-grandmother, Irene Brown.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 10, 2001,
in Marysville Funeral Home. The Rev. Donald R. Doerzbacher of
Our Saviour Lutheran Church will officiate.

Interment will be in Riverlawn Cemetery, Marysville.

Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider the
Woodland Parent-Teacher Organization. 

Julie Darlene Paeth

Julie Darlene Paeth, age 36, of Madison Heights, died unexpectedly,
March 8, 2001 in St. John Oakland Hospital. She was born February
11, 1965 in Port Huron, and had lived here most of her life. 

Julie was a loving mother, sister, and friend. She was looking forward
to the birth of her first grandchild. She will be missed by her family
and friends. 

She is survived by her sons, Christopher Paeth of Port Huron, and
Adam Goins of Madison Heights, 3 brothers, Robert (Teresa) Paeth
Jr. of Port Huron, Steven (Cindy) Paeth of Jeddo, David (Jean) Paeth
of Richmond, MI, 2 sisters, Tracy (Larry Wolfe) Paeth of Lexington,
Tammy (Scott Squires) Paeth of Port Huron, 13 nieces and nephews,
and 8 great-nieces and nephews, and also aunts, uncles and cousins. 
She is also survived by her special friend, Bill Logan of Madison
Heights. 

The funeral service will take place Monday, March 12, 2001, at 1 PM
at the Court Street Baptist Church with The Rev. Harry Holcomb,
pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Gardens. 

Pallbearers will be, Robert Paeth Jr., Robert Paeth III, Steven Paeth
Jr., David and Michael Paeth, and Scott Squires. Honorary
Pallbearers will be Steven Paeth Sr., Justin Paeth, David Paeth Jr.,
Larry and Andrew Wolfe, and Scotty and Ryan Squires. Friends may
visit Sunday, March 11, 2001, from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at Smith Family
Funeral Home, 1525 Hancock Street, and Monday at church from 12
noon until the hour of service. 

Memorials may be made in Julie’s memory to her sons. 

Delores "Dee" I. French

Mrs. Delores “Dee” I. French, of Marysville, passed away at
age 68 on March 11, 2001. 

She was born December 23, 1932 in Sarnia, Ontario. She was
the daughter of the late Cecil and Margaret (Gunn) Wise. Dee was a
truly devoted and loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother,
aunt, and friend to so many. She was employed with Mueller Brass
Company for thirty-one years in the Accounting Department. She was
involved and extremely dedicated as a foster grandparent at Woodrow
Wilson School. She worked diligently with the teachers and the
children. Her greatest reward was seeing their smiles. 

She is survived by a son; Rick French and his wife, Aimee of
Marysville; a daughter, Cheryl Sheldon of Marysville; three
grandchildren, Jessica and Jillian Sheldon and Jodi Gossman; two
great grandchildren, Timmy and Emily Gossman of Joplin, Missouri; a
sister Shirley DeBree and her husband, Jim of Montana; a nephew,
Robert Snell and his wife, Cheryl of Sarnia, Ontario; a great niece
Corrine Nauta and her husband, Randy; and a great great nephew,
Tanor all of Camlachie, Ontario; a great nephew Corey Snell of
Sarnia, Ontario; a nephew Rob DeBree of Wyoming and a niece
Gaylene Borden of Nevada. 

She will be sadly missed, but after the tears and with time there
will be smiles. Smiles for all the love and happiness that she has
brought us. We will always love you mom, grandma, and aunt. 

A visitation for family and friends will be held Wednesday,
March 14, 2001 from 6:30 p.m. till the time of service at 7:30 p.m. in
the Marysville Funeral Home. 

Those wishing to make an expression of sympathy may
consider, Foster Grandparents Program of St. Clair County. 

Ralph P. “Pete” Harris II

Ralph P. “Pete” Harris II, 63, of Clyde Township, died
Saturday, March 10, 2001.

He was born October 12, 1937 in Port Huron and was a life
long area resident. He married June E. Saunders on August 2, 1967
in St. Clair. She died January 13, 1991.

Mr. Harris was retired as an electrician for IBEW Local 58. 
He was a 1955 graduate of Marysville High School and served in the
Michigan National Guard. He was an active member of Moose
Lodge #158, the American Legion and the Order of the Eagles.

Mr. Harris is survived by a son, Capt. And Mrs. Ralph P.
(Sandy) Harris III, of Camp Lejeun, North Carolina; two daughters,
Mr. and Mrs. Ron (Doreen) Hoffman of Grosse Pointe, and Rae Ann
Harris of Port Huron; a step-son David S. Proctor of Port Huron; six
grandchildren, Benjamin, Chad, Travis and Samantha Harris, Tyler
Hoffman and Amy Proctor; a sister Gloria Wojcik of Port Huron; a
brother, Mr. and Mrs. David (Marion) Harris of Kimball Township;
and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Tuesday, March 13,
2001 in Pollock-Randall Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday in
Pollock-Randall Funeral Home. The Rev. Max W. Amstutz of
Sturges Memorial Congregational Church will officiate.

Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to
consider Mooseheart. 

Margaret Conley

Margaret Conley, 87, of Fort Gratiot, died, Saturday, March
10, 2001 in Port Huron Hospital.

She was born October 9, 1913 in Port Huron to the late Edgar
and Agnes (Campbell) Scahill and was a life long area resident. She
married Lester Edgar Conley on January 5, 1933 in Port Huron. He
died January 8, 1989.

Mrs. Conley is survived by a son, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur
(Judith) Conley of Troy; a daughter, Mr. and Mrs. James (Patricia)
Tyner of Ruby; four grandchildren, Mr. and Mrs. Scott (Sue) Tyner,
Mr. and Mrs. Tom (Suzanne) Tyner, Brad Conley and Tara Conley;
four great grandchildren, Amanda, Kristy, Stacey and Jim; a
brother-in-law, Edward Troy and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 2-4 & 6-9 PM on Tuesday, March 13,
2001 in Pollock-Randall Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be at 1:00 PM on Wednesday in
Pollock-Randall Funeral Home. The Reverend Ralph H. Pieper II of
First United Methodist Church will officiate.

Burial will be in Lakeside Cemetery. 

Jane A. Deprez

Jane A. Deprez, 59, of North Street, died, Saturday, March
10, 2001 in Port Huron Hospital, unexpectedly.

She was born September 26, 1941 in Buffalo, New York to
the late William and Frances Robinson and moved to the area in 1945.
She married Bernard G. Deprez on May 5, 1967 in Port Huron.

Mrs. Deprez graduated from the Henry Ford Hospital School
of Nursing. She was employed as a Registered Nurse with Dr.
Ruthven. She also enjoyed knitting and counted cross-stitch.

She is survived by her husband, Bernard; five children, David
Deprez of Lansing, Amy Deprez of Port Huron, Kathleen Deprez of
Port Huron, Jennifer Deprez of Allentown, Pennsylvania and Sara
Deprez of Albion; a grandson, Tyler Bernard; one brother, Mr. and
Mrs. William (Carol) Robinson of Port Huron and several nieces and
nephews.

Visitation will be 7-9 PM on Monday, March 12, 2001 and 2-4
& 7-9 PM on Tuesday in the Pollock-Randall Funeral Home.

The Mass of the Resurrection will be at 10:00 AM on
Wednesday in St. Edward’s on the Lake Catholic Church.

Burial will be in Lakeside Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Scott
Done, Michael Deprez, William Dumm, Kevin Robinson, Brian
Robinson and William Robinson III.

Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to
consider the American Heart Association. 
 
Carl M. Weiss

Carl M. Weiss, 75, of Port Huron Township died Thursday, March 8,
2001, in his residence following a long illness.

He was born May 10, 1925, in Port Huron, the son of the late John
and Lydia (Langolf) Weiss. He spent his childhood in Applegate.

Mr. Weiss retired from Mueller Brass in 1987, after 35 years of
employment. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He
enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Celia (Patterson) Weiss
of Port Huron Township; his son and daughter-in-law, Dave (Linda)
Weiss of Port Huron; his daughter and son-in-law, Linda (Greg)
Hendershot of Marysville; his son and daughter-in-law, Jeff
(Charlene) Weiss of Port Huron; his daughter, Sue Weiss of Port
Huron; six grandchildren, Steve, Sara, Rob, Marcy, Jaclyn and Chad;
his brothers and sisters, Edith Studaker, Betty Ross, Ruth Weiss,
Mary Pace, Fred Weiss, Timothy Weiss, Edward Weiss and Alex
Weiss; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be 1 p.m. Sunday, March 11, 2001, in Jowett
Funeral Home, 1634 Lapeer Ave. at 17th St. The Rev. Alexander
Weiss, Pastor of Living Word Missionary Church in Lexington will
officiate. Burial will be in Washington Township Cemetery.

Visiting hours are 12 to 1 p.m. Sunday.

Memorials may be made to the wishes of the family. 

William R. "Bill" York

William R. "Bill" York, 77, of Port Huron, died Wednesday, March
7,2001, in Gates Adult Foster Care Home following a long illness.

He was born March 15, 1923, in Detroit, the son of the late Ray York
and Ethelyn King. He married Esther Johnston on Jan. 11, 1947, in
Port Huron. She died Dec.. l2,1993.

Mr. York served in the US. Army in Puerto Rico during World War
II. He received his master's degree from Wayne State University in
June of 1968. He was a social worker at the Blue Water Mental
Health Clinic from 1970 until his retirement in February 1988. He
helped organized Big Brothers & Big Sisters in St. Clair County. He
enjoyed fishing, hunting and politics. He was a member of the Society
for Preservation & Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in
America. He was Social Worker of the Year in 1986.

He is survived by his daughter, Nancy L. York of Fort Gratiot; his
daughter and son-in-law, Patti and Chet Smith of Smiths Creek; three
grandchildren, Patti Rae (Matthew) Pollack of Virginia, Chad Smith
and Emily Smith of Smiths Creek; sister and brother-in-law, Joan (Ed)
VerLee of Florida; his brothers and sisters-in-law, Robert (Lorraine)
King of Auburn Heights, Mich., and Bernard (Donna) King of
Prescott, Mich.; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Harold York.

Funeral services will be noon Monday in Jewett Funeral Home, 1634
Lapeer Ave. at 17th St. Burial will be in Lakeside Cemetery.

Visiting hours are 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, March 12, 2001, and 3 to 5 and
6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, March 11, 2001.

Pallbearers will be Fred Phare, Tom Noetzel, Ron Olson, Don,
Gates, Jim Gilan, Jerry Genaw and Mark Older I .

Memorials may be made to Blue Water Hospice, Big Brothers and
Big Sisters or Blue Water Clinic. 

Willard J. “Billy” Wright

Willard J. “Billy” Wright, age 11, of Port Huron, died March 9, 2001 in
Children’s Hospital in Detroit after a long and courageous battle with
a serious illness. He was born September 21, 1989 in Port Huron, and
lived here all his life. Billy attended school at the Woodlands
Developmental Center. He was a friendly child who loved life and
everything about it. He especially loved the outdoors, dogs, and
Barney. He was loved by many people, and will be missed. 

He is survived by his mother, Karen Hegler, father, Bill Wright,
brother, Cory Wright, grandparents, Gary and Diana Hegler, and Dan
and Earllene Wright, great-grandmothers, Mary Ferguson and Betty
Hegler, all of Port Huron. He is also survived by several aunts,
uncles, and cousins, and many many friends. 

The funeral service will take place at 11 AM Wednesday, March 14,
2001, in the Smith Family Funeral Home - North, 1525 Hancock
Street with The Rev. Don Doerzbacher of Our Saviour Lutheran
Church officiating. Burial will take place at Lakeside Cemetery. 
Pallbearers will be Leonard Hegler, Don Derrick, Bob Andrews, Scott
Daggett, Jim Tallant, and Gary Hegler. 

Friends may visit at the funeral home Tuesday from 2-4 & 7-9 PM,
and one hour prior to the service on Wednesday. Memorials may be
made to the wishes of the family.


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