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Sarah May Dore

Sarah May Dore, 82, of Port Huron Township died Friday,
Sept. 14, 2001, in Mercy Hospital after a long illness. 

Sarah was born Aug. 21, 1919, in Port Huron, to the late
Frank and Mabel Meno Dore. 

She worked nearly 18 years as a crossing guard in Port
Huron Township. 

She is survived by her brother, Charles Dore of North
Street; and two sisters, Blanche Ort- quist of Port Huron and
Eva Miles of Bakersfield, Calif. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers,
Frank, Harland and Howard Dore; and three sisters, Mary
Twiss, Elva Puckett and Mabel Luther. 

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

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Monday in Pollock-Randall
Funeral Home. The Rev. Robert Chapman of Ruby United
Methodist Church will officiate. 

Burial will be in Hillside Cemetery, St. Clair. 

Harold R. Gerber

Harold R. Gerber, 86, of Jeddo died unexpectedly Wednesday,
Sept. 12, 2001, in Port Huron Hospital's emergency room. 

He was born April 27, 1915, in Sanilac County and had lived in
Jeddo since 1950. 

He married Lila M. Shaffbower on July 4, 1935, in Sandusky, She
died Oct 29, 2000. 

He was the fire chief of the Grant Township Fire Department in the
early 1960s. He worked at the grain elevator in Jeddo before his
retirement. 

He enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, woodworking and spending
time with his family. 

He is survived by daughter, Dorothy (Carl) Sanford of Deckerville;
daughter, Norma (George) Swartz of Olympia, Wash.; daughter,
Lona (Rex) McCorkle of Carsonville; son, William Gerber of
Jeddo; daughter, Judith Gerber of East China Township; daughter,
Joan (Gerald) Shoebottom of Lexington; son, Donald Gerber and
fiance, Lois Jakubiak, of Jeddo; daughter, Edna (Rob) Turner of
Fort Gratiot; son, James (Linda) Gerber of Marysville; son, Daniel
Gerber of Columbus Township; 21 grandchildren; 31
great-grandchildren; brother, Ross (Ruth) Gerber of Sandusky; and
sister-in-law, Lona Lukitsch of Port Huron. 

He was preceded in death by his twin infant sons; a brother,
Edward; and a sister, Caroline Gerstenberger. 

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Sunday in Karrer-Simpson Funeral
Home. The Rev. Rich Reinhart will officiate. Burial will be in
Burtchville Township Cemetery. 

Visitation will be 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, 2 to 9 p.m. Saturday and noon
to 1 p.m. Sunday. 

Pallbearers will be Jeffery Sanford, Stephen and Charlie McCorkle,
Rich and Brian Shagena, Rodney and James Ward, Joe Swartz, and
Donald, Daniel and Randy Gerber. 

Memorials may be made to the Grant Township Fire Department or
the charity of the donor's choice. 

Irvin R. Richert

Irvin R. Richert, 93, of Fort Gratiot, died Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001
in Port Huron Hospital. 

He was born Oct. 8, 1907 in Port Huron to the late Otto and
Pauline Richert and was a life long area resident. 

Mr. Richert was employed with Mueller Brass Company for 43
years and was a member of St. John's United Church of Christ. He
enjoyed fly fishing, hunting, and ice fishing with good friend, Glenn
Metzgar. He also was an avid golfer and shot a hole in one at age
82. 

He is survived by his daughter, Donna Hyslop of Fort Gratiot;
step-son, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur (Nancy) Caryle; two step-daughters,
Mr. and Mrs Donald (Patricia) Lewis and Marilyn Stoudt; two
granddaughters, Mr. and Mrs. Guy (Linda) Vroman and Mr. and
Mrs. Frank (Dianne) Cerini; two great-grandsons, Mr. and Richard
(Lee) Frizzle and Shane Cerini; three great-granddaughters, Mr. and
Mrs. Keith (Tonia) Hisscock, Lori Kerswell and Danielle Cerini;
eight great-great- grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews
including a niece, Betty MacPherson and her husband, William. 

He was preceded in death by his two wives, Beatrice Kote and Eva
Caryle; four brothers, Reinhardt, William, Otto Jr. and Carl Richert;
and two sisters, Helen Richert and Meta Whiting; and a son-in-law,
Milton Hyslop. 

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

Funeral services will be at 11:30 a.m. Friday in Pollock-Randall
Funeral Home. The Rev. Dennis L. Thuftedal of St. John's United
Church of Christ will officiate. 

Burial will be in Lakeside Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Guy
Vroman, David Richert, Richard Frizzle, Keith Hisscock, William
MacPherson and Ronald Richert. 

Memorials may be made to St. John's United Church of Christ or
the American Cancer Society. 

Walter F. Loss

Walter F. Loss, 81, of Capac and Port Huron, died Monday,
Sept. 10, 2001, in his residence after a long illness. 

He was born Aug. 6, 1920, in Forestville, son of the late William
and Martha Loss. He married Victoria Jean Lazurka on Dec. 20,
1947, in Port Huron. She died June 4, 1999. 

Mr. Loss was a retired Mueller Brass Co. employee and was a
longtime farmer. He served in the U.S. Army in World War II.
He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 796,
Capac American Legion, South Park Lions Club and the Old
Newsboys. He was a loving father and grandfather. 

He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Kathy and Ron
Jaminson of Port Huron; his two little angels, Racheal and Nikki;
his brother, Arnold Loss of Forestville; his sisters-in-law, Dorothy
McGraw of Marysville and Mary Pilan of Shelby Township;
several nieces and nephews; and a special caregiver, Virginia Hite
of Dryden. 

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday in Our Saviour Lutheran
Church, 1029 Sixth St. The Rev. Donald Doerzbacher, pastor of
Our Saviour Lutheran Church, will officiate. Burial will be in
Lakeside Cemetery. 

Visiting hours are 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8
p.m. Thursday in Jowett Funeral Home, 1634 Lapeer Ave., at
17th Street., and 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at the church. Military
honors are under the auspices of the St. Clair County Allied
Veterans Council. 

Pallbearers will be Jeffery Smith, Gary Smith, Michael Smith, Ray
Tosch, Larry Rosseau and Walter Loss. Honorary pallbearers
will be Robert Behnke and Tom Thielman. 

Memorials may be made to Our Saviour Lutheran Church or
Trinity Lutheran School. 

William H. Jewell Jr.

William H. Jewell Jr., 39, of Daytona Beach Florida, formerly of
Port Huron, died, August 11, 2001.

He is survived by three sons, William III, Richard, and Scott
Jewell; his mother, Joanne Jewell; two brothers, Kenneth
(Leighanne) Jewell and David Jewell; two sisters, Faith (Carl)
LaRose and Cathleen (Daniel) O’Brien; and several nieces and
nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, William Jewell Sr, a
brother, Charles Jewell and a sister, Cherrie Sullivan.

Graveside committal services will be at 11:00 AM on
Friday, September 14, 2001 in Woodland Cemetery, Port Huron
Township.

Memorials may be made to the family. Arrangements by
Pollock-Randall Funeral Home. 

Thomas A. Hilliker

Mr. Thomas Albert Hilliker, 83, of Port Huron died Friday,
September 7, 2001. 

He was born July 6, 1918 in Valley Center, Michigan to the
late James H. and Pearl (Graves) Hilliker. He married Anna
Christina Nettring February 5, 1941.

Mr. Hilliker retired from Chrysler Corporation in 1976 after
thirty years of service. He was a member of Holy Redeemer
Evangelical Lutheran Church.

He is survived by his wife, Anna; three sons, Mr. and Mrs.
James (Linda) Hilliker Port Huron, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas (Audrey)
Hilliker of Chambersburg, PA and Mr. and Mrs. Philip (Barbara)
Hilliker of Roseville ; a daughter, Sue Schlinkert of Detroit; 15
grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; a beloved sister, Irene
Nicodin of Brown City and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two daughters, Patricia and
Caroline.

Visitation will be 2-4 & 7-9 PM on Monday, September
10, 2001 in Pollock-Randall Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be at 1:00 PM on Tuesday in Holy
Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church. The Reverend Dennis
Smith will officiate.

Burial will be in Lakeside Cemetery. Pallbearers will be
Terry, Matthew, Mark and Jim Hilliker Jr. and Timothy Napier.

Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to
consider Holy Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church. 

Robert F. Lock

Robert F. Lock, 71, of Marysville died Sunday, Sept. 9, 2001, in
his home. 

Robert was born June 15, 1930, in Detroit to the late Floyd and
Marie Mugan Lock. 

He married Janet Stell on June 29, 1963, in Smiths Creek. 

Mr. Lock was employed with Prestolite Wire Co. for 36 years as a
purchasing agent. 

He is survived by his wife, Janet; sons, Mr. and Mrs. Michael (Sally)
Lock of Erie, Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey (Carla) Lock of Okemos and
Mr. and Mrs. Scott (Stephanie) Lock of Marysville; a grandson,
Robert F. Lock; a brother, Mr. and Mrs. Gordon (Barbara) Lock
of San Diego; and a sister, Mr. and Mrs. Robert (Joyce) Waal of
Port Huron. 

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Jacqueline
Rae. 

Cremation has taken place. 

Internment will be in Riverlawn Cemetery. 

Arrangements were made by the Marysville Funeral Home. 

Bernice S. Gross

Bernice S. Gross, 63, of Ubly, formerly of Port Huron, died
Monday, Sept. 10, 2001, in her daughter's home in Port Huron. 

She was born Aug. 29, 1938, in Detroit, to the late John and
Martha Karasinski Forminski. 

She married Irving C. Gross on Oct. 1, 1960, in Port Huron. 

Mrs. Gross is survived by her husband; two sons, Mr. and Mrs.
Randall (Theresa) Gross of Port Huron and Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth
(Jodilyn) Gross of Fair Haven; a daughter, Vicki Heacock of Port
Huron; nine grandchildren; a sister, Geraldine Messing of Ubly; two
brothers, Walter Forminski of Peck and Mr. and Mrs. Michael
(Rebecca) Forminski of Hazel Park; and several nieces and
nephews. 

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

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Thursday in Pollock-Randall
Funeral Home, Port Huron. The Rev. Arthur R. Baranowski of St.
Christopher Catholic Church will officiate. 

Burial will be in Lakeside Cemetery, Port Huron. 

Pallbearers will be Nick Heacock, Adam Castillo, Dave Fye, Arthur
Shaw, Kevin Anderson and George Webb. 

Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to con-sider the
American Cancer Society. 

Betty E. Morrison

Betty E. Morrison, 85, of Lakeport passed away Friday,
Sept. 7, 2001, in Evangelical Home. 

She was born to Paul and Bessie Lewanski on Sept. 1,
1916, in Port Huron and married Ed-gar G. Morrison on
Nov. 1, 1933. 

Betty was a very kind, quiet person and was a good listener.
She liked to cook and was es-pecially fond of baking bread.
She enjoyed Sunday drives, spending time with her
hus-band at their cabin near Hale and loved the family get
togethers. She was a loving and caring mother,
grandmother and great-grandmother. 

She is survived by her daughter, Betty Jane (William)
Ellsworth of Lakeport; four grandchildren, Larry (Beth)
Ellsworth, Lori Baker, Edgar (Virginia) Ellsworth and Juliann
(Delbert E.) Loxton; 14 great-grandchildren, Brianna, Jerry,
Mark, Kelsey, Ann and Madison Ellsworth, Katie, Nash and
Zach Rosenmund, Jillian Baker, Salvatore (Jeanne)
Sanchez, Jessica (Fred Palmer) Ellsworth and Skylore,
Logan and Brooke Loxton; a great-great-granddaughter,
Katherine Sanchez; and several nieces, nephews and
friends. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Edgar; two
brothers, Karl E. Lewanski Sr. and Jackie Lewanski; two
sisters, Pauline Watson and Estella Clothier; a
granddaughter, Janie Sue Ellsworth; a great-grandson,
William Leslie Ellsworth; and three nephews, Kenneth C.
Rands Jr., Paul J. Rands and Sam Bonn. 

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10, 2001,
in Smith Family Funeral Home, North, 1525 Hancock St. 

A service of committal will take place on Tuesday at 11 a.m.
in the Lakeside Cemetery Chapel. Friends may call at the
chapel beginning at 10:30 a.m. 

Contributions may be made in Betty's memory to the
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. 

Ann Ciul

Ann Ciul, 80, of Smiths Creek passed away Saturday, Sept.
8, 2001, in Mercy Hospital. 

She was born to Michael and Maria Polivchak on April 1,
1921, in Velkrop, Slovakia, came to America in 1936 and
married Henry J. Ciul on May 12, 1945, in McKeesport,
Penn. They moved to Detroit and then settled in Smiths
Creek where they owned and operated the Richman Road
Market for 43 years. They retired in 1991. 

Mrs. Ciul was a parishioner at St. Joseph Catholic Church.
She was an avid gardener, and was active in 4-H especially
with the flower arranging program. 

She is survived by her four children, Dennis (Dawn Lyons)
Ciul of Toronto, Ontario, Dana (Deborah) Ciul of Lyons,
Colo., Thomas (Jeanne) Ciul of Smiths Creek and Annette
(Jeff) Walsh of Linden Hill, N.Y.; three grandsons, Michael
Ciul of Philadelphia and Henry and Joseph Ciul, both of
Smiths Creek; her sister, Martha Vojtek of Port Huron;
several nieces and nephews; and a special cousin, Jody
Cook. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry, who
passed away May 19, 1997, and two sisters, Helen
Kaminski and Mary Koches. 

The funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday,
Sept. 12, 2001, in St. Joseph Catholic Church. The Rev. Fr.
Rene Desmarias, Pastor of St. Joseph Catholic Church, will
officiate. Burial will follow in Caswell Cemetery. 

Visitation will be Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the
Smith Family Funeral Home, South, 1230 Seventh St. and
Wednesday at the church beginning at 9 a.m. A rosary will
be said at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home. 

Her family will serve as pallbearers. 

Contributions may be made in Ann's memory to the Council
on Aging Meals on Wheels Program. 

Shelly L. Whitsitt

Shelly Lynn Whitsitt, 39, of Port Huron died Thursday, Sept.
6, 2001, in Port Huron Hospital following a long illness. 

She was born May 28, 1962, in Port Huron. She was a
1980 Port Huron Central High School graduate and a
graduate of St. Clair County Community College in 1999
with an associate degree. She loved gardening and was an
artist. 

She is survived by her daughters, Kristen Marie Kellogg of
Three Rivers and Hillary Anne Kellogg of Port Huron; her
mother and stepfather, Sally and Hugh Johnston of Sarnia;
her father, Paul Whitsitt of Port Huron; her sisters and
brothers-in-law, Susan Kathleen and Kurt Erlenbach of
Titusville, Fla., and Sharon Lee and Tony McCain of
Knoxville, Tenn.; brother and sister-in-law, Steven Paul and
Rita Whitsitt of Chapel Hill, N.C.; five nieces and one
nephew; and her former husband, Noel Kellogg of Three
Rivers. 

Memorial services will be 4 p.m. Sunday in Jowett Funeral
Home, 1634 Lapeer Ave. at 17th Street. Pastor Don
Sperling will officiate. Burial will be in Lakeside Cemetery. 

Visiting hours are 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday. 

Memorials may be made to the wishes of the family.

Nellie King Carpenter

Nellie E. King Carpenter, 86, died Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2001, in
her daughter's home in Marysville. 

Nellie was born on May 2, 1915, to Frank and Mabel McLeod
Griffith in Mackinaw City. 

On Oct. 19, 1937, she married Russel I. King in Mackinaw City.
Russel died in February 1985. In January 1986, Nellie married Jack
D. Carpenter, a retired U.S. Army major. Maj. Carpenter died in
April 1986. 

Nellie is survived by her daughters, Katherine R. and David
Sawdon, Mary E. and Gerald Ayotte and Sally J. Opitz. 

Nellie and Russel also were the guardians to her nieces, Mary
(LaLonde) and Michael Westrick of Norfolk, Va., and Valerie
Denise (LaLonde) Yurgaites of Midland. 

She is also survived by her grandchildren, Stephen (Channon)
Sawdon, Thomas (Vickie) Sawdon, Paul and Frank Sawdon, all of
Port Huron, and Patrick Sawdon and fiancé, Sheri Mitchell, of St.
Petersburg Beach, Fla., Christine (Marshall) Fugate, Jon (Rhonda)
Ayotte, Mathew (Kay) Ayotte, Andrea (Frank) Champine, and
Natalie, Wilhelm R. and Dustin Opitz; 16 great-grandchildren,
Whitney, Nathan, Christopher, Joshua, Sarah and Nellie Sawdon,
Re- becka Fugate, and Travis, Clark, Laura, Mallory, Gillian,
Samuel, Phillip, Issac and Cally Ayotte; three stepgrandchildren,
Patricia, Jay and Ben Fugate; one brother and one sister, Robert
(Veronica) Griffith and Mary (Johnny) Vrsalovich of California; and
several nieces and nephews. 

Preceding Nellie in death were two brothers, Patrick and John F.
Griffith; four sisters, Katherine Sorensen, Elizabeth Krueger,
Frances Mankiewicz and Evelyn LaLonde; her son-in-law, Wilhelm
Opitz; and grandson, Peter S. Ayotte. 

Nellie was employed at the Carroll House, JC Penney, Tot 'n' Teen
and Sperry's. She retired from Desy's Moccasin Shop in Mackinaw
City in 1995. 

Nellie will be remembered for her loyalty to her family and friends
and her love of Mackinaw City. 

Cremation has taken place. 

A celebration Mass for Nellie's life will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8,
2001, in St. Christopher Catholic Church in Marysville. The Rev.
Art Baranowski will officiate. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to St.
Christopher Catholic Church or Blue Water Hospice. 

Cremation arrangements are by Jowett Funeral Home, 1634 Lapeer
Ave., at 17th Street. 

Frederick D. Pippens

Frederick D. Pippens, 84, of Port Huron went home to be with the
Lord on Monday, Sept. 17, 2001, in Port Huron Hospital. 

He was born Aug. 14, 1917, in Tuscaloosa, Ala., to the late Boyd
and Hattie Montgomery Pippens. 

He married on Lucille A. Brown on Oct. 10, 1967, in Port Huron. 

Mr. Pippens was a chef at various hotels, restaurants, and clubs in
the Port Huron area. 

He was a member of Metropolitan Baptist Church, Topper's
Sportsman's Club, Port Huron Men's Club, and was a member and
past master of Central Star Lodge 23. He served on the board of
the Economic Opportunity Committee of St. Clair County. 

He served with the U.S. Army during World War II and received
the European-African-Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon with four
Bronze Battle Stars. 

He is survived by his wife, Lucille; two sons, Mr. and Mrs.
Raymond (Christine) Thomas of Grand Blanc and John Bernard
Monie of Port Huron; three grandchildren, Frederick D. Thomas,
Gladys (Andrew) Sawyer and Darryl Oaks: four
great-grandchildren, Michael, Tamara, Jazmyn and Marcus; a sister,
Edna P. Brown of Tuscaloosa, Ala.; three brothers, Val Pippens of
Port Huron, Mr. and Mrs. Lester (Ellen) White of Tuscaloosa, Ala.,
and Mr. and Mrs. Arthur (Lula) White of Port Huron; and several
nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by a brother, William Pippens. 

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

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept, 22, 2001, in
Metropolitan Baptist Church, Port Huron. The Rev. Reid Willey will
officiate. 

Burial will be in Allied Veterans Cemetery, Port Huron. 

Pallbearers will be Norman Brown, Donald McCullogh, Greg
Meadows, Delbert Ward, Raymond Woods III and Howard Price
III. 

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

Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to con-sider the
American Cancer Society.


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