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Helen M. Thurow

Helen M. Thurow, 82 of 1110 Joann Court, Port Huron, passed away
Tuesday, May 29, 2001 in her residence. She was born to Edward
and Katherine Churchill on January 4, 1919 in Port Huron.

She is survived by her husband, Donald J. Thurow (987-2659) and her
daughter Michelle L. Kaiser, 13918 Davis Road, Woodstock, IL
60098. (815/338-1667)

Inurnment is in the Allied Veterans Columbarium at 11:00 a.m. Friday,
June 1, 2001. The Rev. Donald Doerzbacher, Pastor of Our Saviour
Lutheran Church, officiating. Arrangements were by Smith Family
Funeral Home-North, 1525 Hancock Street. 

Doreen M. Brown

Miss Doreen M. Brown, 65, of St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, went
home to be with the Lord Thursday, May 31, 2001. 

She was born March 20, 1936 in Solon Township, Leelanau
County to James M. and Mary Elizabeth (White) Brown. 

Miss Brown was a 1954 graduate of Port Huron High School
and a 1958 graduate of Owosso College. She was formerly
Dean of Women of Owosso College and a former teacher in
the Perry Community Schools. In 1970, Miss Brown established
the Wesleyan Academy of St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands
where she taught for over thirty years. 

She is survived by her mother, Mary E. Brown of Burtchville;
four brothers, James M. and Ronald D. Brown, both of
California, Mr. and Mrs. Robert (Carol) Brown of Fillmore, N.Y.,
and Brian Brown of Lakeport; and a sister, Mr. and Mrs. Bill
(Lynda) Hall of Fort Gratiot; a foster son, Warren "Skip" Walwyn
of New York; and many nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her father, James M. Brown; and
a foster son, Damian Dean Phillip. 

Visitation will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 3, 2001, in
Pollock-Randall Funeral Home. 

Miss Brown will lie in state at North Lakeport Wesleyan Church,
Monday morning from 10 a.m. until the time of service at 11
a.m. The Rev. Steven DeNeff of North Lakeport Wesleyan
Church will officiate. 

Burial will be in Burtchville Township Cemetery, Lakeport. 

Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to
consider the Wesleyan Academy of St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.

John A. Cowan

John A. Cowan, age 55, of Portland, Ore., and formerly of North
Street, died unexpectedly Wednesday, May 30, 2001 while on a
business trip in Helsinki, Finland. 

John was an auditor for Consolidated Freightways Company,
which conducts business throughout the world. 

He is survived by a son, John R. Cowan of Atlanta, Ga.; a
daughter, Jeanette (Richard) Szczepanski of Bradenton, Fla.;
two grandchildren, Angela and David Szczepanski of
Bradenton, Fla.; his mother, Marian Cowan of North Street; his
sister, Margaret (companion, Victor Hickman) Cowan of Troy,
Mich.; brother, Rodney (Patricia) Cowan of North Street;
sister-in-law, Joan Cowan of Virginia Beach, Va.; an uncle, Roy
Sischo of Port Huron; three nieces; and one great-niece. 

He was preceded in death by his father, Archie Cowan; and his
brother, Robert Cowan. 

Arrangements by Smith Family Funeral Home, North, are
incomplete. 

Donald R. Grattan

Donald R. Grattan, 70, of Port Huron went home to be with the Lord
on Thursday, May 31, 2001. 

He was born Aug. 11, 1930, in Port Huron to the late Walter L. and
Irene M. Roy Grattan. 

He married Betty Louise Barrett on June 24, 1950, in Port Huron. 

Mr. Grattan retired in 1992 after 39 years of service with Mueller
Brass Co. He loved bowling and bike riding and also enjoyed sharing
laughs and fun with everyone he met. 

He is survived by his wife; four daughters, Bettejane Seaman, Mr.
and Mrs. Gerald (Irene) Cornwell, Suzanne Grattan and fiancé, Elroy
Newby, and Donna Grattan; a son, Mr. and Mrs. Donald (Laura)
Grattan; eight grandchildren, Jessica, Heather, Nancy and her
husband, Joseph, Daniel, Kelly, Dennis, Kristen and Donald Jay; two
great-grandchildren, Nathanial and Elizabeth; a brother, Mr. and Mrs.
Walter (Lois) Grattan; his stepmother, Mr. and Mrs. Glen (Venatta)
Reames; an uncle, Mr. and Mrs. George (Lois) Roy; two aunts,
Rosemarie Radatz and Pauline Grattan; his best friend, Sam Lavere;
and several nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by a brother and sister-in-law, Gerald and
Lorraine Grattan. 

Visitation will be 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 1, 2001, in Pollock-Randall
Funeral Home. 

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, June 2, 2001, in the
Pollock-Randall Funeral Home. The Rev. Daniel T. Stewart of
Griswold Street Baptist Church will officiate. 

Burial will be in Lakeside Cemetery, Port Huron. 

Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to con-sider the
Griswold Street Baptist Church or the charity of the donor's choice. 

Nelda F. Williams

Nelda F. Williams, 86, of Port Huron passed away Wednesday, May
30, 2001, in Port Huron Hospital. 

She was born to Percy and Nettie Hobden on June 11, 1914, in Port
Huron. She married Edward M. Williams on April 7, 1945. He passed
away Aug. 6, 1973. 

Nelda loved to be active, liked to do puzzles, and enjoyed driving her
car to visit her family and friends. 

She is survived by her three children, Kenneth L. (Jamie) Rich of
Lexington, Karen Maschke of Port Huron, and Robert A. (Deirdre)
Williams of Lakeport; nine grandchildren, Renee Rich, Kevin Rich,
Christine (Rich) Skarbo, Laura, (Maschke) Wyman, Kimberly
(Williams) Teller, Angela Williams, and Bobbi (Williams) Blashill; nine
great-grand- children; her brother, Robert (Rosie) Hobden of Fort
Gratiot Township; her two sisters, June Anderson of Port Huron, and
Patricia (Bob) Bowles of Melbourne, Fla.; her brother-in- law,
Charles Wisswell of Port Huron; and several nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her brother, Percy Hobden, and three
sisters, Berniece Lindsey, Betty Wisswell, and Grace Johns. 

The funeral service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, June 2, 2001, in the
Smith Family Funeral Home-South, 1230 Seventh St.. The Rev.
Steven DeNeff, pastor of North Lakeport Wesleyan Church, will
officiate. Burial will be in Caswell Cemetery. 

Visitation will be 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. today in the funeral
home. 

Pallbearers will be Kevin Rich, Jon Blashill, Jason Teller, Gary
Williams, Marty Wyman and Mike Jawor. 

Memorial contributions may be made in Nelda's memory to the
American Red Cross or American Heart Association. 

Laura E. Smith

Miss Laura E. Smith, 94, of Port Huron, died Wednesday, June 13,
2001, in Marwood Nursing and Rehab. 

She was born Dec. 19, 1906, in Port Huron to the late William D. and
Laura E. Wellman Smith. 

Miss Smith was a member of First Church of Christ, Scientist. 

She is survived by a nephew, F. Weston Wochholz of Grand Rapids; a
cousin, Charlotte Jackman of North Lakeport; and several other
relatives and friends. 

Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Monday, June 18, 2001, in
Lakeside Cemetery Chapel. 

Arrangements are by the Pollock-Randall Funeral Home. 

Selina Barnes

Selina "Sis" Barnes, 85 of Port Huron, went home to be with the Lord
on Tuesday, June 5, 2001. 

She was born to William and Eileen Barnes on May 19, 1916 and
contracted polio at age 2. Selina lived a very difficult life but always
managed to keep smiling and was fun to be around. She had many
friends at Marwood manor where she spent the last few years of her
life. 

She will be greatly missed by her many nieces and nephews including
Shirley and Jeline King, Taylor, MI, Maynard and Joyce King, Howell,
MI, Betty Martin, Port Huron, Jim and Lois Zmolik, Port Huron,
Lewis and Margaret King, AZ, Gloria Totten, FL, Paul and Linda
King, Wolverine Lake, MI, and Jeanette Duncan, Kansas; and many
great-nieces and great-nephews including, Lori Elisei and family, and
Brenda Shetterley and family. 

Selina was preceded in death by her parents, her sisters Inez King and
Vera Pemberton, her brother Keith Barnes, her niece and nephew Pat
and George Scrimger, and her nephew, Bruce King. 

The funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, June 8, 2001 in Smith
Family Funeral Home-North, 1525 Hancock Street. The Rev. Max
Amstutz, Marwood Manor Nursing and Rehab Chaplin, will officiate.
Burial will be in Lakeside Cemetery. 

Visitation will be Friday beginning at 10:00 a.m. 

Memorial contributions may be made in Selina's memory to the March
of Dimes. 

Michael J. Brody-Bowredey

Michael J. Brody-Bowredey, 70, of Port Huron died Sunday, June 3,
200, in his home. 

He was born June 21, 1930. in Port Huron and was a lifelong resident.

Mike was part owner of Brody's Bar and sponsored a bowling team
for the bar. He was a member of L.O.O.M. 158 and the American
Legion Post 8. 

He is survived by his sisters, Yvonne M. Widmeyer of Port Huron
and Eleanor M. (James) Eifert of Plant City, Fla.; his niece, Michelle
(Paul) Jarvis of Plant City, Fla.; his nephews, Gordon Widmeyer of
Port Huron and William (Trish) Widmeyer of Lincoln Park; his
cousins, Jeanette Tanner, Virginia Engelgau, Linda Askar-Stoldt, The
Rev. George Askar, D.J. Askar and John Maloof; very special
friends, Scott and Michelle Westphal; and many other good friends. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Annie
Bowredey. 

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Thursday in St. Mary Catholic
Church. The Rev. George F. Askar Jr. will officiate. Burial will be in
Mount Hope Cemetery. 

Visiting hours are 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the
Karrer-Simpson Funeral Home and 9 to 10 a.m. Thursday in the
church. 

Pallbearers will be Gordon and William Widmeyer, Scott Westphal,
Richard Barnes, Jim Hull and Kerry Parmen. 

Memorials may be made to St. Mary Catholic Church. 

Harold F. Jones

Harold F. Jones, 79, formerly of Marysville, passed away
Thursday, March 8, 2001, in Barss Residential Home on Myrtle
Road in Lakeport. 

He was born to Orlando and Ina Jones on June 8, 1921. 

On June 9, 1952, he married Helen M. Hamilton in Port Huron.
She passed away April 17, 1978. 

Years ago, Harold and Helen were active in area square dancing
clubs. He retired from Mueller Brass Co. in September 1984 after
nearly 40 years of service. He was formerly a member of UAW
Local 44. 

Burial took place in Forester Cemetery in Forester. 

Arrangements are by Smith Family Funeral Home-North. 

Joseph Anthony Skedel

Joseph Anthony Skedel, 91, of Fort Gratiot died Sunday, June 3, 2001,
in Mercy Hospital after a short illness. 

He was born Sept. 15, 1909, in Rich Hill, Pa., to the late Anthony and
Agnes Mavc Skedel. 

He married Marie R. Martincic on Sept. 5, 1931, in Cleveland. 

Mr. Skedel was a charter member of St. Edward's On-the-Lake
Catholic Church. He retired from Prestolite Wire Co. after 40 of
service as a supervisor. 

He was an avid golfer and a former member of many local golf clubs.
He loved gardening and spending time with his grandchildren and
great-grandchildren. 

Mr. Skedel is survived by his wife; a daughter, Mr. and Mrs. William
P. (Gloria P.) Ward of Lakeport; four grandsons, Mr. and Mrs. James
J. (Betty) Ward of St. Clair Township, Mr. and Mrs. Patrick W.
(Mimi) Ward and Mr. and Mrs. Timothy M. (Lynn) Ward, all of Port
Huron, and Mr. and Mrs. Dennis P. (Stephanie) Ward of Pittsfield
Township.; seven great-grandchildren, Andy, Erin, Daniel, Brian,
Veronica, Bradley and Jeffery; a sister, Mrs. Matilda Underwood of
Mount Clemens; a sister-in-law, Mrs. Josephine "Pep" Demeter of
Kimball Township; and many nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by two infant children, Raymond Robert
and Phyllis Joan; a brother, Anthony Skettle; and a sister, Francis
Sobolewski. 

Visitation will be 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, June 5, 2001, in the
Pollock-Randall Funeral Home. A rosary will be said at 8 p.m. 

Mr. Skedel will lie in state from 9 a.m. Wednesday until the time of
the funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in St. Edward's On-the-Lake Catholic
Church. The Rev. Joseph M. Esper will officiate. 

Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery, Port Huron. 

Pallbearers will be Mr. Skedel's grandsons and great-grandsons. 

Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to con-sider St.
Edward's On-the-Lake Catholic Church or Marydale Center. 

Ruth W. Doan

Ruth W. Doan, 78, of Port Huron died Thursday, June 14, 2001, in
Mercy Hospital. 

She was born July 3, 1922, in Warren to the late Fred and Mabel
Bruner. 

She married William S. Doan on Sept. 10, 1945 in Napoleon, Ohio. He
died Jan. 14, 1976. 

Mrs. Doan was employed with Chrysler Corp. prior to her retirement.

She is survived by a daughter, Mary Lou Rowland; two grandsons,
Mr. and Mrs. Paul (Dorothy) Stolicker of Marine City and Mr. and
Mrs. Brian (Donna) Nugent of Georgia; five great-grandchildren; two
great-great-grandchildren; and many special friends. 

She was preceded in death by a great-grandson, Paul W. Stolicker. 

Visitation will be 5 to 9 p.m. today and 10 a.m. until the time of the
funeral service at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Pollock-Randall Funeral
Home. 

Burial will be in Caswell Cemetery, Kimball Township. 

Frances V. Hall

Frances V. Hall, 84, of Clyde Township went home to be with the
Lord on Wednesday, June 6, 2001, in Port Huron Hospital. 

She was born Feb. 8, 1917, in Logansport, Ind. She married Howard
Hall on Sept. 6, 1936, in Logansport. 

Mrs. Hall, with her husband, owned and operated Hall's Meat and
Poultry Store in Sparlingville. 

She was a member and longtime organist and pianist at Ross Bible
Church. 

She is survived by her husband; two sons, Mr. and Mrs. Charles
(Saundra) Hall of Farmington Hills and Mr. and Mrs. David
(Charlayne) Hall of Albany, Ga.; four daughters, Mr. and Mrs. David
(Judy) Andrews of Pittsburgh, Mr. and Mrs. Daniel (Kathleen) Lewis
of Baltimore, Mr. and Mrs. Donald (Linda) McPherson of Macomb
Township and Mr. and Mrs. Timothy (Lois) Wittie of Warsaw, Ind.;
and 16 grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Sandra Frye. 

Visitation will be 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday in Pollock-Randall
Funeral Home. 

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, June 9, 2001, in Ross Bible
Church. The Rev. Mike Newman will officiate. 

Burial will be in Ruby Cemetery. 

Memorials may be made to SEND International or Ross Bible
Church. 

Denise E. Jackson

Mrs. Denise E. Jackson, 46, of Port Huron, died Tuesday,
May 29, 2001.

She is survived by her husband, Curtis D. Jackson.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete by Pollock-Randall
Funeral Home. 

Martha S. McPherson

Martha S. McPherson, 72, of Port Huron went home to be with the
Lord on Thursday, June 14, 2001. 

She was born Dec. 27, 1928, in Silverwood, to the late Alfred and
Mary VanKuren Row- botham. 

She married Donald E. McPherson on March 2, 1946 in Port Huron.
He died in 1975. 

Mrs. McPherson was employed with St. Clair Rubber for 20 years. 

She is survived by three daughters, Penny Reed of Clyde Township,
and Mary Willis and her husband, Tim, and Dawn McPherson
Kromer and her husband, Mark, all of Port Huron; five grandchildren,
Spring Boyer, LaDonn Harris, Alan (Susie) Harris, Andrea (Jason)
Doss and Timothy A. Willis; five great-grandchildren, Cory Harris,
Amber and Alex Hinojosa, Coreasa Portis and A.J. Harris; two
sisters, Louise Marsh and Pat Boychuck; seven bro-thers, Frederick
(Helen) Rowbotham, Harvey (Eleanor) Rowbotham, Donald (Mary
Lou) Rowbotham and Douglas, Ronald, Patrick and Gerald
Rowbotham; and many nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by a sister and brother-in-law, Dorothy
and Melvin Trato. 

Visitation will be 4 p.m. until the time of the funeral service at 5 p.m.
Saturday, June 16, 2001, in Pollock-Randall Funeral Home. The Rev.
Michael S. Durning of Mount Pleasant Bible Church will officiate. 

Memorials may be made to Blue Water Hospice. 

Marion E. Pearson

Marion E. Pearson, 89, of Port Huron died Wednesday, June 13, 2001,
in Medilodge of Yale. 

She was born Sept. 14, 1911, in Kenockee Township, to the late
Daniel and Annie Prosser Caves. 

She married Floyd L. Pearson May 26, 1951, in East Detriot. He died
March 6, 1965. 

Mrs. Pearson was a member of First Church of the Nazarene. 

She is survived by a niece, Mr. and Mrs. Donald (Patricia) Lawrence;
and a nephew, Charles T. Caves. 

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. on Monday, June 18, 2001, in
Lakeside Cemetery Chapel. The Rev. Keith A. Sparks Sr. of First
Church of the Nazarene will officiate. 

Arrangements are by Pollock-Randall Funeral Home. 

Frank Switlicki

Frank Switlicki, 82, of Marysville died Thursday, June 14, 2001. 

Mr. Switlicki was born in Detroit on June 20, 1918 to the late George
and Pauline Swit- licki. 

He married Helen Paris on Nov. 23, 1940, in Detroit. 

Mr. Switlicki retired in 1982 from the Mueller Brass Co. after 28
years of service. 

He was a petty officer 3rd class, gunners mate in the U.S. Navy
during World War II. 

He was a member of St. Christopher Catholic Church, Knights of
Columbus, American Legion Marysville Post 449 and Voiture 120
40/8. 

Mr. Switlicki was survived by his wife, Helen; three sons, Frank
(Alice) Switlicki of North Street, Gregory Switlicki of Marysville,
Michael (Glenna) Switlicki of Troy; two daughters, Pauline Northrop
and Julie (Philip) Smarch, all of North Street; 13 grandchildren; 14
great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; and a sister, Helen
Mruk of Detroit. 

He was preceded in death by three sisters and two brothers. 

Visitation will be 2 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 15, 2001, in Marysville
Funeral Home. 

A rosary will be said at 7 p.m. Friday with a military honors service
afterward. 

Mr. Switlicki will lie in state from 10 a.m. until the funeral Mass at 11
a.m. Saturday in St. Christopher Catholic Church. 

Interment will be in Riverlawn Cemetery, Marysville.


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