|Stephen D. Bosnak
Stephen D. "Big Sam" Bosnak, 65, of Marysville, a former resident of
Port Huron, died Wednesday, July 18, 2001, in Mercy Hospital in Port
Huron, after a long illness.
He was born Nov. 1. 1935, in Port Huron to the late George and
Katherine Kasun Bosnak.
Mr. Bosnak was raised in the 400 block of Erie Street in Port Huron,
and graduated from the former St. Stephen High School in 1953. He
was one of the original members of "The Old Park Street Gang," a
group of neighborhood kids who collected, tin cans and newspapers
for the war effort back in the 1040s. He was a faithful altar boy at
Stephen Church while attending St. Stephen school.
Nothing was more important to Mr. Bosnak thin his faith, family and
He served four years in the Air Force. He retired from Prestolite
Co. in Port Huron after more than 36 years of service to the
Mr. Bosnak was a past Grand Knight of the Msgr. Edward J.
Cormick Council 521, Knights of Columbus in Port Huron. He
a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Port Huron. He was a
longtime bowler in leagues in Port Huron and Marysville, and an
ardent golfer too, before arthritis sent him to the sidelines. Mr.
was a champion cribbage player, and no one loved a good game of
euchre more than he did.
An insatiable reader, western writer Louis I:amour was his favorite.
His heroes were the late Gene Autry and John Wayne, and most of all
his nephew, Mark L. Wrubel of Marysville, whom he loved like a son.
Mr. Bosnak is survived by his loving sister, Helen Adele Bosnak
Bellow, whom he lived with in Marysville; a brother, Emerick G..
Bosnak of Richmond; his nephew, Mr. and Mrs. Mark L. (Michelle
L.) Wrubel of Marysville; a niece, Kathy A. Wrubel of Marysville;
longtime boyhood friends, Mr. and Mrs. John F. "Jerry" and John L.
Brown of , Port Huron; and his faithful canine companion, Sam. He
was preceded in death by his loving sisters, Mary J. Bosnak, in 1980,
and Eleanor K. Bosnak Wrubel in 1984.
A funeral Mass will be 10 am. Monday, July 23, 2001, in St. Joseph
Catholic Church in Port Huron., The Rev. Rene L. Desmarais, pastor,
Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, July 22, 2001,
the Karrer-Simpson Funeral Home and at St. Catholic
Church from 9:30 a.m. Monday until the service time.
Pallbearers be Jesse Torres, Jesse Torres Jr., Richard J.
Wyllie', William P. Netter, William J. "Big Bill" Pettengill,
and John F. "Jerry?' Brown, all of Port Huron.
Burial will be in, Marysville Riverlawn Cemetery.
Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider
Mercy Hospital in Port Huron.
The Karrer-Simpson Funeral Home in Port Huron made the funeral
John G. Palmer
John G. Palmer, 60, of Smiths Creek died Saturday, July 21, 2001, at
home after a long fight with cancer.
John was born Dec. 9,1940, in Mount Pleasant.
He was a 1958 graduate of Memphis High School.
John was also a member of Boilermaker's union 169.
John is survived by his daughter, Teri (Mike) Sumoski of Smiths
Creek; son, John G. Palmer Jr. of Port Huron; two sons, Chuck and.
Jim Palmer of the Upper Peninsula; five grandchildren, Autumn
Palmer Whisman of New Baltimore, Brittney and Ryan Palmer of
Marysville, and Samantha and Alexander Whedbee of Smiths Creek;
mother, Marga Palmer; brother, Maxx Palmer; sister, Kate Lapides,
all of South Carolina; brother, Rich Palmer of Iowa; sister, Barb
Brown of Romeo; and several nieces and nephews.
John was, preceded in death by his father, Gerald Palmer; his wife
Bonnie Palmer; and son, David Palmer.
Memorial contributions may be made to Blue Water Hospice, 1422
Lyons, St., Port Huron, MI 48060.
A, gathering for family and friends will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday,
July 24, 2001, in the Port Huron Motorcycle Club on Griswold Road.
Cremation arrangements are by Jowett Funeral Home, 1634 Lapeer
Ave., at 17th Street.
Kenneth C. Dickinson
Kenneth C. "Pa" Dickinson, 46, of Port Huron died Sunday, July
22, 2001, in his residence after a long illness.
He was born Oct. 12, 1954, in Port Huron, the son of the late
Norvel and Edna Dickinson.
He married Patricia L. Samson on Aug. 21, 1993, in Port Huron.
He was employed at TOPS in Quality in Marysville. He enjoyed
NASCAR and was a Mr. Fix-It and bike rider.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia of Port Huron; his son and
daughter-in-law, Ken and Sue Napora of Port Huron; his
daughters and sons-in-law, Carollynn Napora-Peel and Damon
Peel of Port Huron and Margie and Tony Smith; his adopted
son, Kenneth Charles "KC" Dickinson-Napora of Port Huron;
eight grandchildren; his sisters and brothers-in-law, Sandy and
Scott VanTiem of Smiths Creek and Marsha and Jim Fayed of
Port Huron; his brother, Gary Dickinson of Arizona; his sister
and brother-in-law, Sherri and Mark Candea of Colorado; his
brother and sister-in-law, Chuck and April Dickinson of Arizona;
and several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and
He was preceded in death by a sister, Gail Hill; his brother,
Thomas Dickinson; his granddaughter, Sheila Marie Mlynar-ski;
and a nephew, Scotty VanTiem.
Memorial services will be 4 p.m. Wednesday in Jowett Funeral
Home, 1634 Lapeer Ave., at 17th Street. The Rev. Dellis
Hudson, chaplain of Blue Water Hospice, will officiate.
Visiting hours are 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday.
Memorials may be made to the wishes of the family.
Margaret E. Henderson
Margaret E. Henderson, 73, of Port Huron died Sunday, July 22,
2001, in Mercy Hospital.
She was born July 23, 1927, in Youngstown, Ohio, to the late
Daniel and Yolan Posick Stanko.
Mrs. Henderson was formerly employed as a seamstress at
Huron Industries and worked at Wurzel Flea Market. She was
active with the Humane Society and liked bingo, gardening and
being with her grandchildren.
She is survived by two sons, Mr. and Mrs. Larry (Cheryl)
Chappel of North Street and Mr. and Mrs. Greg (Beatrice) Bahr
of Port Huron; two daughters, Mr. and Mrs. John (Linda) Lucas
of Lewisburg, Tenn., and Mr. and Mrs. Chris (Patricia)
Hoppenworth of Port Huron; 13 grandchildren; four
great-grandchildren; three brothers, Mr. and Mrs. Daniel (Vickie)
Stanko of Florida, Mr. and Mrs. William (Linda) Stanko of
Clifford and Mr. and Mrs. Robert (Jeannie) Stanko of Clifford;
many nieces and nephews; and special dog, Rodney Lee.
She was preceded in death by a son, Grant Chappel; a sister,
Viola Dorothy Stanko; and a brother, Elmer Stanko.
Visitation will be 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in
Pollock-Randall Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Thursday, July 26, 2001, in
Pollock-Randall Funeral Home. The Rev. C. Paul Higdon will
Burial will be in Marlette Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Patrick Earabino, John Lucas Jr., Larry
Chappel, Chris Hoppenworth, Chris Singleton and Richard
Stanko. Honorary pallbearers will be Henry Bahr Jr., Ryan Bahr
and Bryanna Earabino.
Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to
consider the American Heart Association.
Carlos G. Spigner
Carlos Guillermo Spigner, 72, of Port Huron died Monday, July
23, 2001, in Mercy Hospital.
He was born Sept. 12, 1928, in Port Huron to the late Arthur and
Cora E. Brummett Spigner.
He married Thelma J. Daniels on March 31, 1973, in Port
Mr. Spigner retired from New Haven Foundry and served in the
He leaves to mourn his passing his wife; two sons, Carlos
Spigner Jr. of Port Huron and Mr. and Mrs. Douglas (Sandra)
Spigner of Detroit; three daughters, Marcellina Spigner of
Canton, and Jacqueline Spigner and Jennifer Spigner, both of
Port Huron; six grandchildren, Carlos Ellis, Devin Dinkins,
Antjuan Baker, Jessica and Justin Spigner and Juliana Taylor;
five great-grandchildren; five stepchildren, Mary Holliday of
Southfield, Seymore, Alonzo and Kenneth Thomas, all of Port
Huron, and Frederick Spigner of Port Huron; a brother, Mr. and
Mrs. Fletcher (Gwen) Spigner of Phoenix, Ariz.; two sisters, Eva
Mitchell of Nashville, Tenn. and Sheppie Moore of Scarsdale,
N.Y.; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and many other
relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Carol Spigner; two
sisters, Bernice Spigner-Johnson and Doris Morris; and a
brother, Douglas Spigner.
Visitation will be noon to 2 p.m. Thursday, July 26, 2001, in
Pollock-Randall Funeral Home. A procession to Lakeside
Cemetery for a graveside service will follow the visitation. The
Rev. LaVern Washington of Pilgrim Baptist Church will officiate.
Nancy L. Beauvais
Nancy L. Beauvais, 66, of Lakeport, passed away Tuesday, July 24,
2001, in her residence after a long illness.
She was born to Kenneth and Mary Belle Beauchamp Buckler on
Oct. 2, 1934, in Marine City.
She married Wilfred C. Beauvais Jr. on June 7, 1957, in Bay City.
They moved to Port Huron in 1957 and owned and operated
Marysville Self Storage until 1995.
Wilfred passed away on Nov. 15, 1990.
On Feb. 21, 1995, Nancy was a lung transplant recipient, which added
many years to her life. She worked actively as an advocate for organ
donation, and belonged to support groups locally, in Ann Arbor and
She was a member of St. Edward's On-the-Lake Catholic Church and
was active with the St. Edward Altar Society, St. Vincent DePaul and
the Center for Independent Living.
Nancy is survived by her five children, Denice A. (David) Lapish of
Fort Gratiot Township, Maurice K. (Julie) Beauvais of North Street,
Clifford C. (Linda) Beauvais of Presque Isle, Charlotte A. (Mark)
Meier of Fort Gratiot Township and Belle Marie (R.J. Moussoeu)
Beauvais of Lakeport; 10 grandchildren, DeAnna M., Christine M.
and Lindsey L. Lapish, Matthew K., Brian L., Courtney M., Jacob S.,
and Adam C. Beauvais, and Nicholas C. and Dylan D. Meier; her
sister, D.D. Buckler of Garden City, Calif.; three sisters-in-law,
(Francis) Henry of Arizona, and Dorothy Perry and Elaine Sterling,
both of Marine City; her uncle, Dr. Robert Beauchamp of
Connecticut; and several nieces and nephews.
A funeral Mass will be con-celebrated by the Revs. Joseph Esper and
Thomas Esper at 11 a.m. Friday, July 27, 2001, in St. Edward's
On-the-Lake Catholic Church. A family interment service will be in
Mount Hope Cemetery at a later time.
Visitation will be 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in Smith Family
Funeral Home-North, 1525 Hancock St., and at 10 a.m. Friday in the
church. A scriptural wake service will be 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the
Contributions may be made in Nancy's memory to St. Vincent
DePaul, American Red Cross or Center for Independent Living.
John H. Moore
John H. Moore, 60, of Fort Gratiot died Monday, July 23, 2001, in
William Beaumont Hospital of heart failure.
He was born Nov. 15, 1940, in Kimball Township and had lived in the
area all his life.
He married Carol Day on Oct. 5, 1968, in Kimball Township.
John was self-employed as an accountant. He was a member of the
National Society of Accountants, the National Association of Enrolled
Agents, Ducks Unlimited and the Elks Lodge 343. He was a life
member of the National Rifle Association.
H was an avid sportsman, and a proud and loving father and husband.
He will be missed by his family and friends.
He is survived by his wife, Carol; two daughters, Kimberly Moore of
Columbus, Ohio, and Julie "Julie B" Moore of Fort Gratiot; brothers,
Dwight (JoAnn) Moore of Port Huron and Basil (Patricia) Moore of
Roscommon; sisters, Jane (Donald) Williams of Okemos, Joan
(Charles) DeLand of Smiths Creek and Brooksine May of Battle
Creek; two sister-in-laws, Rosalie Moore of Kansas City, Mo., and
Margurite Moore of Goodells; several nieces, nephews, aunts and
uncles; and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Brooks and Irene Moore,
and two brothers, Archie and George Moore.
The funeral service will be 1 p.m. Thursday in the Smith Family
Funeral Home-North. The Rev. Kenneth Norcross will officiate.
Cremation will be afterward.
Friends may visit from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 25,
2001, and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday
Memorials may be made to Port Huron Hospital Foundation in support
of the Cardiac Care Unit.
Alice E. Geister
Alice E. Geister, 68, of Port Huron, passed away Saturday,
July 28, 2001, in Port Huron Hospital.
She was born to Elmer and Blanche Tingley on April 16,
1933, in Port Huron. Her family was most important in her
life. She loved her cats and enjoyed bowling, reading
novels, and playing cards, especially pinnacle.
She is survived by three sons, Monty (Lois) Geister of
Grand Rapids, Jeffrey (Grace) Geister of Port Huron and
Randall (Brenda) Geister of Port Huron; seven
grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert L.
Geister who passed away Aug. 2, 1975, and a son, Jim
Geister who died in 1979.
The funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 31,
2001, in Smith Family Funeral Home, North, 1525 Hancock
St. Burial will follow in Lakeside Cemetery.
Visitation will be in the funeral home on Monday from 2 to 4
and 7 to 9 p.m.
Pallbearers will be Glen R. and Robert Rose, Michael
McNames, Brian Capps, Ian Schumann, Gene Visga and
Jeffrey and Randall Geister.
Contributions may be made in Alice's memory to the
Visiting Nurses Association.
Joseph G. Stowe
Joseph G. Stowe, 92, of Port Huron died Sunday, July 29, 2001,
after a long illness.
He was born in Newborn, Ga., on Nov. 23, 1908.
He attended Emory University, attaining degrees in business
administration and law.
Mr. Stowe was employed for a number of years by the Coco-Cola
Co. in the legal and sales departments, eventually becoming sales
manager of a company-owned plant in Springfield, Mass.
During World War II, he served overseas in England and France in
the 29th Division and, eventually, in the U.S. Army Exchange
headquarters in London and Paris. During this time he was
instrumental in installing a Stagedoor Canteen for Allied troops in
London and numerous soda fountain and Coca-Cola installations in
U.S. Army posts throughout England.
He bought the Port Huron Coca-Cola Bottling Co. in September
1948, then located on Griswold Street. He later built a new plant on
After selling Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of Port Huron in 1963, Mr.
Stowe worked for A.G. Edwards & Sons as a stockbroker.
He eventually retired from A.G. Edwards and traveled with his wife,
Elizabeth, extensively until her death in 1993.
Mr. Stowe was a member of the Port Huron Golf Club and BPOE
343 Elks, American Legion, and, while active in business, was the
president of the Chamber of Commerce and a member of the
Mr. Stowe is survived by his daughters, Rebecca G. Stowe of New
York and Mary E. Stowe of San Diego; and a stepson, David M.
Baer and his wife, Audrey Yvonne, and daughter, Laura Elizabeth,
all of Port Huron.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth Jean, and grandson,
Brian Joseph Baer.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2001, in
Karrer-Simpson Funeral Home. The Rev. Dr. John P. Boucher will
officiate. Burial will be in Lakeside Cemetery.
Visiting hours are 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. today and 1 to 2 p.m.
Wednesday in the funeral home.
Pallbearers will be Alan Fleming, Douglas N. Price, Donald B. Cole,
Thomas K. Andison, Thomas Strobl and Mervin E. Tomlin Jr.
Honorary pallbearers will be George Culp and George L. Ross.
Memorials may be made to the Joseph and Elizabeth Stowe
Memorial Fund, c/o St. Clair County Community College.