Mrs. Thelma Vansach, 94, of Marysville died Monday, July 30,
2001, in Marwood Nursing and Rehab.
She was born Aug. 27, 1906, in Morgantown, W. Va., to the late
Leslie and Mary Margaret Sapp Powell.
She married Joseph F. Vansach on Oct. 15, 1923. in Morgantown,
W. Va. He died May 30, 1978.
Mrs. Vansach was a cook for the Port Huron Area School District
prior to her retirement.
She is survived by two sons, Joseph Vansach and Mr. and Mrs.
Gary (Beverly) Vansach, all of Marysville; two daughters, Mary
Tomlin of Fort Gratiot and Mr. and Mrs. John (Betty) Lewis of Port
Huron; 14 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren and great
great-grandchildren; a sister, Edith Hoffman of West Virginia; and
many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by a son, Carl Vansach, three sisters
and a brother.
Visitation will be 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today in the Marysville
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Thursday, August 2, 2001, in the
Marysville Funeral Home. The Rev. Daniel S. Bakay will officiate.
Burial will be in Riverlawn Cemetery, Marysville.
Pallbearers will be Ronald Radatz Jr., Joey Duenaz, Billy Murray,
Jason Murray, Gary Vansach Jr. and Jerry Hendricks.
Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to con-sider the
First Baptist Church of Port Huron.
Beulah M. Olson
Beulah M. Olson, 62 of Port Huron, died July 31, 2001, in Mercy
Hospital after a short illness.
She was born June 19, 1939, in Port Huron and was a lifelong
She married James W. Olson on June 10, 1961, in Port Huron.
She was a registered nurse at Port Huron Hospital for many years.
She was a loving daughter, wife, mother and grandmother.
She is survived by her husband, James W. Olson of Port Huron;
daughter, Suzanne M. Prigmore of Port Huron; four grandchildren,
Michele Smith, Ashley Smith, Jordan Smith and Tevin Prigmore;
mother and stepfather, Hazel and Harvey Conger of Port Huron;
father and stepmother, Guy and Nadine Walker of Barton City;
brother, Gerald Walker of Port Huron; brother and sister-in-law,
Merlin and Karen Walker of Montrose; four sisters, Ruth King,
Betty Shimer, Norma Schroeder and Diane (Joe) Uresti; and several
nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and many good friends.
Memorial services will be 1 p.m. Friday in Jowett Funeral Home,
1634 Lapeer Ave., at 17th Street. Mary Ann Stackpoole, chaplain
at Port Huron Hospital, will officiate.
Visitation will take place from noon to 1 p.m. Friday in the funeral
Memorial tributes may be made to the American Cancer Society, or
St. Clair County Humane Society.
Charlotte J. Dew
Charlotte Joy Dew, 72, of Marysville died Wednesday, Aug. 1,
2001, in Mercy Hospital.
She was born Sept. 15, 1928, in Port Huron, to the late Harry F.
and Cora Hall Hildebrand.
She married Basil William "Bill" Dew on July 25, 1967, in Port
Huron. He died April 27, 2001.
Mrs. Dew enjoyed playing bingo and camping.
She is survived by two brot-hers, Mr. and Mrs. William (Ann)
Hildebrand of Florida and Frank Hildebrand of Port Huron; nieces
and nephews, MarisKay Kettlewell, Cindy Sassanella, Marilyn
Young, John, James, Herb and Linda Hildebrand, and Wendy and
John Kilbourne and their sons, Ronald Lester Jr. and Harry Lester;
and stepchildren, Mr. and Mrs. Doug (Debbie) Stinchcombe, Mr.
and Mrs. David (Marilyn) Dew and Mr. and Mrs. Rick (Gisele)
Dew, all of Petrolia, Ontario.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Dorothy Doying, in
A memorial service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, 2001, in
Pollock-Randall Funeral Home, Port Huron. The Rev. Gary
Aupperle of Colonial Woods Missionary Church will officiate.
Visitation will be noon to 1 p.m. Saturday.
Mary Lou Gilbert
Mary Lou Gilbert, 60, of Port Huron died Wednesday, Aug. 1,
2001, in Port Huron Hospital.
She was born Dec. 2, 1940, in St. Clair to the late Edward and
Grace Dutton MacDonald.
She married David Earl Gilbert Dec. 16, 1966. He died June 30,
Mrs. Gilbert is survived by three daughters, Tina and Robin Gilbert,
both of Port Huron, and Mr. and Mrs. Ray (Nedra) Bennett of
Romulus; a son, Mr. and Mrs. Michael (Sandy) Gilbert of Port
Huron; three brothers, Don MacDonald of Lexington, Mr. and Mrs.
Ken (Vera) MacDonald of Marysville and Mr. and Mrs. Carl
(Maureen) MacDonald of Texas; five sisters, Mr. and Mrs. Leo
(Edna) Samson of Port Huron, Mr. and Mrs. Ken (Louise) Rogers
of Florida, Alberta Garrett of Tennessee, Mr. and Mrs. Harry
(Virginia) Seroka of Hemans and Mr. and Mrs. Mike (Margaret)
Zarkowski of Florida; a foster daughter, Penny Holmes of Port
Huron; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and many
nieces, nephews and close friends.
She was preceded in death by four brothers and two sisters.
Visitation will be 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3, 2001, in
Pollock-Randall Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, 2001, in
Pollock-Randall Funeral Home. The Rev. Ralph Barteld will
Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery, Port Huron Township.
Frank B. Yon
Frank Brandt Yon, 81, of Marysville died Saturday, Aug. 11, 2001, in
Port Huron Hospital.
He was born Jan. 4, 1920, in Altoona, Pa., to Frank A. and Katheryn
He was a 1939 graduate of Altoona High School, where he was
trombone soloist with the band.
He received a full scholarship to Newberry, S.C., College, based on
his ability to play like Tommy Dorsey, the premier trombonist of the
time. He played with the college dance orchestra, touring East Coast
resorts during the summers. He completed his teaching degree at
Loch Haven, Pa., University in 1945.
He met Vivian Newquist, a professional singer, when they played
summer festivals and state fairs with a touring band from Chicago
during the summer of 1947. They were married June 21, 1948, in the
bride's hometown of Menominee.
Mr. Yon began his teaching career in Renova, Pa., and then taught
math in Milford, Del. He taught high school math at Marysville High
School from 1953 until his retirement in 1981. In addition to teaching
geometry, algebra and trigonometry, he started high school jazz bands
at Milford and Marysville.
He continued to play trombone in many big bands, small groups and
professional shows during the years. Highlights included working with
his own group, the Dixie-Dels (with Vivian singing), Holiday on Ice,
the New Sounds Big Band and many, many others.
Mr. Yon was a member of St. Christopher Catholic Church, the
National Education Association, Michigan Education Association and
the American Federation of Musicians.
He is survived by his wife; a son, Mr. and Mrs. Franklin N. (Donna
M.) Yon of Burton; a daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Marvin (Ingrid Yon)
James of Shelby Township; four grandchildren, Matthew and Jason
James of Shelby Township, Mr. and Mrs. Cameron (Kirsten Yon)
Smith of Houston and Alissa Yon of Flushing; a sister, Mr. and Mrs.
Charles (Juan) Bickel of Altoona, Pa.; a brother, Mr. and Mrs. John
(Lucille) Yon of Hollidaysburg, Pa.; a sister-in-law, Mrs. Arthur
(Gladys) Yon of Altoona, Pa.; and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be 6 to 9 p.m. Monday in Marysville Funeral Home,
1200 Michigan Ave.
Mr. Yon will lie in state in St. Christopher Catholic Church from 11
a.m. until noon Tuesday. A funeral Mass will be noon Tuesday. The
Rev. Arthur R. Baranowski will officiate.
The Rite of Committal will follow at Riverlawn Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Matthew, Jason and Marvin James, Terry
MacPherson, Cameron Smith and John Johnson.
Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider St.
Christopher Catholic Church or the Arthritis Foundation.
Jack A. Sawdon
Jack A. Sawdon, 83, of Port Huron died Saturday, Sept. 15,
2001, in Mercy Hospital after a short illness.
He was born Jan. 8, 1918, in Port Huron to the late James
and Caroline Blooming Sawdon. He was a lifelong area
He married Lambrine "Renee" Bulgaris on Aug. 10, 1944,
at Hamilton Air Force Base in California, where they were
Mr. Sawdon was a wonderful husband, super dad,
grandfather and handyman.
He retired from the Port Huron Area School District in 1981.
He served in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.
He was an avid bowler and past Port Huron League
Champion. He also loved golf, was a past champion of the
Marysville Senior League and within a span of 10 days
scored two holes-in-one.
He was a member of Our Saviour Lutheran Church.
He is survived by his wife, Renee; two sons, Mr. and Mrs.
Gene Kenneth (Kristina) Sawdon of Saginaw and
Christopher James Sawdon of Port Huron; five
granddaughters; five great-grandchildren; two brothers, Mr.
and Mrs. Edwin (Mary) Sawdon of St. Clair and Mr. and
Mrs. James (Susan) Sawdon of Kirkland, Wash.; and
several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by three sisters, Jean Sawdon,
Shirley Chateau and Elaine Schroeder.
Visitation will be 10 a.m. until the time of the funeral services
at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2001, in Marysville Funeral
Home. The Rev. Donald R. Doerzbacher of Our Saviour
Lutheran Church will officiate.
Burial will be in Riverlawn Cemetery.
Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to
consider Our Saviour Lutheran Church.
Ruth Ann Collins
Ruth Ann Collins, 50, of Port Huron went home to be with the
Lord on Sunday, Sept. 16, 2001.
She was born Jan. 19, 1951, in Port Huron to the late
Theodore and Rachel Collins. She was a lifelong area
Ruth Ann was a faithful member of Mount Olive Baptist
She is survived by her brother, Mr. and Mrs. Theodore
(Emily) Collins; two nieces, Christine and Erin; two uncles,
Richard and Robert Bass; special cousins, Joseph Lee,
Sarah Jackson, Carolyn Hardgrove and Larry Thelmas;
special friends, Earl Shoulders and Joyce Kidd; and a host
of other relatives and friends.
Family hour will be 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the
Pollock-Randall Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Mount
Olive Baptist Church. The Rev. Ben McClinton will officiate.
Burial will be in Lakeside Cemetery.
Frances M. Treleaven
Frances M. Treleaven, 98, of Port Huron passed away
Friday, Sept. 14, 2001, in Port Huron Hospital.
She was born to Frank and Martha Atkins on Oct. 30, 1902,
in Port Huron.
She graduated from Bay City Eastern High School and
attended Michigan Agricultural College.
She married Thomas G. Treleaven in Bay City on June 16,
1923. He passed away on May 24, 1994.
Frances was a member of First Congregational Church
since 1925 and was a charter member of Circle 6 at the
church. She had served as secretary of the Women's
Association at the church, and worked on various church
committees during the years.
During World War II, she served with the Red Cross
Frances was a first-class caregiver to her family and
She was a former member of the Port Huron Musicale, was
a charter member of the Formal Dance Club, and was very
fond of flowers.
She is survived by her son, Thomas A. Treleaven of Port
Huron; and cousins, nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her sister, Dorothy L. Smith.
Cremation and interment in Lakeside Cemetery have taken
Contributions in memory of Frances may be made to the
nursing home of the donor's choice.
Smith Family Funeral Home-North, 1525 Hancock St., was
in charge of arrangements.
Eleanor E. Sukis
Eleanor E. Sukis, 86, of Port Huron died Saturday, Sept.
Eleanor was born to the late Robert and Lillian Durette
Birtch, on July 23, 1915 in Port Huron and had been a
lifelong area resident.
She married Frank Sukis June 21, 1947, in her mother and
father's home. Frank died Aug. 3, 1979.
Mrs. Sukis was a loving wife and mother.
She is survived by her daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas
(Carol) Jollie; a grandson, Christopher Jollie; a
great-granddaughter, Devyn Jollie, all of Port Huron; a
sister, Mr. and Mrs. Edward (Evelyn) Dewitt of Royal Oak; a
sister-in-law, Mary Birtch; and several nieces, nephews and
She was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Birtch Jr.
Arrangements by Pollock-Randall Funeral Home are
Nellie M. Miller
Nellie M. Miller, 88, of Port Huron passed away Tuesday,
Sept. 11, 2001.
She was born Oct. 11, 1912, in Culver, Ind., to Earl G. and
On Nov. 4, 1934, she married Paul A. Miller. He died May 6,
Nellie was known to her friends and relatives for her love of
recipes, cooking and puzzle books. She put her love for
cooking to work as a cook at Port Huron Hospital, from
where she retired. She also enjoyed catalog shopping.
She is survived by two daughters, Marcia J. (Hank) Saph of
Spurger, Texas, and Patricia A. (Dennis) Minock of Kimball
Township; one son, Robert L. (Ruth) Miller of Port Huron;
eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren, one sister,
Mary McCracken of Indiana-polis; two sisters-in-law,
Dorothy DeMont of Warsaw, Ind., and June DeMont of
Argos, Ind.; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by four brothers, two sisters
and one grandson.
The funeral service will be 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 17, 2001,
in Smith Family Funeral Home- North, 1525 Hancock St.
The Rev. Robert P. Trask, pastor of Grace Episcopal
Church, will officiate.
Burial will follow in Acacia Park Cemetery, Beverly Hills,
Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. today in the funeral home.
Contributions in Nellie's memory may be made to the
American Heart Association or the St. Clair County Council
Robert "Bob" McVean
Robert "Bob" McVean, 64, of Port Huron Township went
home to be with the Lord on Friday, Sept. 14, 2001,
unexpectedly in the Port Huron Hospital Emergency Room.
He was born Aug. 23, 1937, in Pontiac, the son of the late
Duncan and Vernice McVean. He had lived here since
He married Carol Diane Blair on Oct. 31, 1987, in Port
He was the owner and operator of Marx Jewelers for many
He was a member of Hillside Wesleyan Church and was a
Sunday school teacher and board member. He was a
member of Lexington Masonic Lodge 61 F.&A.M. and The
He is survived by his wife, Carol of Port Huron Township.;
his daughter and son-in-law, Kay and Randy Eigner of
Essexville; his son and daughter-in-law, James and Linda
McVean of Clinton Township; his daughter, Laura Patrick of
Vinegrove, Ky.; his son and daughter-in-law, Jonn and Kris
McVean of Pon-tiac; his daughter and son-in-law, Deborah
and Raymond Werth Jr. of Port Huron; his son and
daughter-in-law, David and Marla McVean of Portland, Ore.;
two stepchildren, Melissa Kolman and Jeffery and Andrea
Blair, all of Port Huron; 16 grandchildren; his brother, Delos
Keelan of Arizona; his brother and sister-in-law, Duncan and
Virginia McVean of Ohio; several nieces and nephews,
foster children and foster grandchildren; his father-in-law,
Frank Kuharich of Port Huron; and his brother-in-law, Ken
Kuharich of West Bloomfield.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday in Hillside
Wesleyan Church, 5114 North River Road. The Rev.
Stephen C. Johnson, pastor of Hillside Wesleyan Church,
will officiate. Inurnment will be in Mount Hope Cemetery
Visiting hours are 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in Jowett
Funeral Home, 1634 Lapeer Ave., at 17th Street, and 10 to
11 a.m. Wednesday in the church.
A Masonic memorial service will 7 p.m. Tuesday in the
Pallbearers will be Mike Duenas, Cliff Adams, John Mang,
Don Isaac, Rich Fawcett, Walt Woods, Walter Sandness,
Ken Doughty, Steve Relken and Dave Smith.
Memorials may be made to The Gideons or Hillside