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Elmer S. Kodet Sr.

Mr. Elmer S. Kodet Sr., 84, of Port Huron Township went home
to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2001. 

He was born Aug. 22, 1917, in Cleveland, to the late Joseph and
Agnes Kominek Kodet. 

He married LaVina V. Mc-Kinch on Sept. 28, 1935, in Port
Huron. 

Mr. Kodet served as the public guardian in St. Clair County prior
to his retirement. He was a former justice of the peace, a
member of Port Huron Township planning and park commissions,
and was a St. Clair County commissioner. 

He belonged to the Wadhams Lions Club, Charles Hammond
American Legion Post 8 and Elks Lodge 343. 

He attended St. Paul Lutheran Church. 

He served with the U.S. Navy in the Pacific Theatre of
operations during World War II. 

He is survived by his wife; three sons and daughter-in-law,
Joseph A. Kodet of St. Clair, Elmer S. "Rusty" Kodet of La
Mesa, Calif., and Allen R. (Diane) Kodet of Algonac; a daughter,
Sharon K. Johnson of Port Huron; a daughter-in-law, Barbara
Kodet of Nashville, Tenn.; 11 grandchildren; 17
great-grandchildren; a sister and brother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs.
Richard (MaryAnn) Meyers; and a sister-in-law, Bertha
McKinch of Venice, Fla. 

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday in the
Pollock-Randall Funeral Home, Port Huron. 

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, 2001, in
Pollock-Randall Funeral Home. The Rev. Gordon Peterson of St.
Paul Lutheran Church will officiate. 

Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery in Port Huron Township. 

Pallbearers will be Jeff Kodet Sr., John Kodet, Derek Johnson,
Jodi Davies, Keith Kodet and Stephen Kodet. Honorary
pallbearers will be Jeff Kodet Jr., Joshwa Harris, Tom Atherton,
Brian Bennert and Brett Kodet. 

Graveside 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 Old Newsboys or St. Paul Lutheran Church. 
 
Michelle A. Bickle Herber

Michelle A. Bickle Herber, 21, of Rota, Spain, formerly of Port
Huron, died Friday, Sept. 28, 2001, in Spain in an automobile
accident. 

She was born Feb. 10, 1980, in Port Huron and had live here until
this past year. 

She married Scott J. Herber on June 17, 2000, in Port Huron. 

Michelle was a 1998 graduate of Port Huron High School. She
also attended St. Clair County Community College. She came to
love Spain and planned to stay there. 

She worked in child care while living in Spain. 

Michelle loved her nephews and enjoyed spending time with her
friends. 

She is survived by her husband, Petty Officer Scott Joseph
Herber, U.S. Navy, of Rota, Spain; parents, Stephen W. and Julie
D. Bickle of Kimball Township; sister, Rebecca L. Bickle of Port
Huron; grandmother, Genevieve R. Bickle of Kimball Township;
grandparents, Thomas and June Sawdon of Port Huron;
numerous aunts, uncles and cousins; nephews, Austin, William
and Stephen; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Scott and Nancy
Herber of Port Huron; sister-in-law, Beverly Herber of Warren;
grandparents-in-law, Cass and Genevieve Hutkowski of St. Clair
and Andrew and Patricia Herber of Port Huron; and special
friends, Jenny Brown, Mike Down, Melissa Helig and Petty
Officer Levie Febo, U.S. Navy. 

Michelle was preceded in death by her grandfather, Wayne
Bickle. 

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday in Karrer-Simpson
Funeral Home. The Rev. Dan Corp will officiate. 

Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery. 

Pallbearers will be Josh Mase, Mike Down, Kevin Erickson,
Kevin and Brian Lum and Nicholas Horbes. 

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

Memorials may be made to the wishes of the family. 
 
Amy M. Fletcher

A beautiful shining star went out on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2001, when
Amy Michelle Fletcher, 21, died. 

We were blessed with her birth on Nov. 29, 1979. 

She was a senior at Eastern Michigan University, where she was
studying public relations and communications. She lived in Ann
Arbor, where she had many friends and a smile for everyone. 

She is survived by her parents, Gary and Mary Lynn Fletcher of
Port Huron; her siblings, Jodi (Michael) Sheldon, Jason (Andrea)
Fletcher and Amanda Fletcher, all of Port Huron; her
grandmother, Martha Kimball of Port Huron; her grandparents,
Betty and Jim Loane of Lakeport; and several aunts, uncles and
cousins. Also surviving are her beloved niece, Abbie Sheldon;
nephews, Trent and Owen Sheldon; her best friend and boyfriend,
Julian Gomez, and their cats, Nala, Kalvin and Maizie. 

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Edward's
On-the-Lake Church, Lakeport. The Rev. Joseph M. Esper,
pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery. 

Visitation is 7 to 9 p.m. Monday and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.
Tuesday at Karrer-Simpson Funeral Home and 9 a.m. until the
time of the funeral Mass Wednesday in St. Edward's
On-the-Lake Catholic Church. 

A rosary will be said at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home. 

Pallbearers will be Justin Smith, Chris Hall, Terry Orr, Gerald
Kramer, Steve Williams and Noah Pearson. 

Memorials in Amy's memory may be made to the Juvenile
Diabetes Association. 
 
Alfred Birkhofer

Alfred Birkhofer, 71, of Duluth Minn., formerly of Port Huron,
died Friday, Oct. 5, 2001. 

He was born June 17, 1930, in New York, to the late Karl Sr. and
Anna Birkhofer. 

He married Lilah Bailey Mason in 1967. She died March 17,
1996. 

Mr. Birkhofer was a pipe fitter for Local Union 636, retiring in
1996 after 25 years of service. 

He honorably served in the U.S. Coast Guard for 20 years and
retired in 1968 as a chief petty officer. 

He was a member of American Legion Charles Hammond Post
8, Chef-de-Gare of St. Clair County Voiture 120 40/8 and the
First Presbyterian Church. He belonged to the Shrines, Scottish
Rite Society and AARP. 

Alfred suffered an extensive stroke in November 1999 and
moved to Duluth so he could be closer to his children and they
could take care of him. 

He is survived by his children, Alfred (Elizabeth) Birkhofer of
Coon Rapids, Minn., Brenda Poukka, Deborah (Ronald) Fye, all
of Duluth, Minn., and Joseph C. Birkhofer and his friend, Jan, of
Houston; and 12 grandsons, Karl, Michael, Adam, Joe, Ben, Sam,
Max, Paul, Wes, Joey, Kevin and Danny. 

He was preceded in death by his wife of 30 years; a brother, Karl
Birkhofer Jr.; and many loving, wonderful dogs he and Lilah had
during their life together. 

Visiting will be from noon until the time of service at 2 p.m.,
Wednesday, October 10 2001, in Pollock-Randall Funeral Home.
The Rev. Charles Weaver will officiate. 

Burial will be in Kinney Cemetery, Clyde Township. 
 
Gisella Zauner Parr

Gisella Zauner Parr, 100, of Port Huron died Saturday, Oct. 6,
2001, in Mercy Hospital following a three month illness. 

She was born Feb. 6, 1901, in Doversdorf, Austria, and lived
here for 90 years. She married Andrew Zauner. 

He died in 1934. She then married William Parr. He died in
1981. 

Mrs. Parr was a life member of Charles Hammond Post #8
American Legion Auxiliary and a member of the Ladies of the
Moose #158 for 60 years. She was employed as a cook at
Richerts Restaurant and the Moose Lodge for many years. She
was a long time parishioner of St. Joseph Church. 

She is survived by her daughters, Dorothy Thomas and Mary
Houston, both of Port Huron; her sons, Thomas (Beverly)
Zauner and Joseph (Jeri) Zauner, both of Marysville; several
grandchildren; great-grandchildren and
great-great-grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by her children, John, Agnes
Rouse, Andrew and Marsha Howshowski. 

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday in St. Joseph Church.
The Rev. C. Paul Higdon will officiate. Burial will be in Mt. Hope
Cemetery. 

Visitation will be 2 to 9 p.m. Monday in Karrer-Simpson Funeral
Home. A Rosary will be said at 7 p.m. Monday. 

Pallbearers will be Delbert and Walter Thomas, Craig Rouse,
Joseph and Thomas Zauner and David Thomas. 

Memorials may be made to the wishes of the family. 
 
David A. Kovacs

David A. "Sonny" Kovacs, 66, of Ruby died Friday, Oct. 5, 2001,
after a short illness. 

David was born Jan. 4, 1935, in Croswell to the late Andrew and
Elizabeth (Kota) Kovacs. He married Karen Jones Nov. 6, 1954,
in Port Huron. 

Mr. Kovacs retired as a supervisor from Mueller Brass
Company in April 1998 after 45 years of service. Throughout his
life he enjoyed fishing, golf, softball and horseshoes. David was
a kind, caring and loving husband, father, grandfather and
brother. 

He is survived by his devoted wife, Karen; two sons, Mr. and
Mrs. David (Laurel) Kovacs of Maryland and Mr. and Mrs. Kevin
(Trudy) Kovacs of Ruby; three daughters, Robin
Kovacs-VanDaele of Clay Township, Penny Scott of Port Huron
and Mr. and Mrs. Dennis (Kimberly) Meddaugh of North Street;
eight grandchildren, Joseph, Holly, Nicholas, Christopher, Heidi,
Melaina, Andrew and Justine; sisters and brothers, Rose,
Elizabeth, James and Ronald, all of Florida; three sisters-in-law,
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph (Bonna Lee) Freiger, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond
(Charlene) Freiger and Mr. and Mrs. Robert (Vicki) Amey; and
several nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by a son, Larry; and a brother,
Douglas. 

Visitation will be from 2 to 9 p.m. Sunday in Pollock-Randall
Funeral Home. 

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 8, 2001 in
Pollock-Randall Funeral Home. The Rev. Brian Freiger will
officiate. 

Burial will be in Ruby Cemetery. 
 
Delbert M. Bates

Delbert M. Bates, 68, of Port Huron died Thursday, Oct. 4,
2001, in Marwood Manor. 

He was born Oct. 6, 1932, in Port Huron to the late Ernest and
Annie Bates. 

Mr. Bates loved to throw horseshoes, watch baseball,
especially the Chicago Cubs, and fishing. 

Mr. Bates leaves to mourn his passing four sons, Mr. and Mrs.
Delbert (Alfreda) Bates, Ernest Bates, Mr. and Mrs. Larry A.
(Denise) Bates, all of Port Huron and Mr. and Mrs. Daniel (Leila)
Bates of Hawaii; a daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Jackson (Mary)
Sutton of Port Huron; nine grandchildren; four
great-grandchildren; a brother, Charles Bates of Detroit; three
sisters, Edwena Moore of Port Huron, Jean Smith and Gertrude
Bates, both of Chicago, Illinois; a sister-in-law, Margaret Bates
of Port Huron; and a host of other relatives and friends. 

He was preceded in death by a brother, Louie Bates; and two
sisters, Alice Dinkins and Dorothy E. Wood. 

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until the time of the funeral
service at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2001 in Pollock-Randall
Funeral Home, Port Huron. The Rev. Link Howard III will
officiate. 

Burial will be in Lakeside Cemetery, Port Huron. 
 
Virginia M. Kain

Virginia Margaret Kain, 83, of Marysville died Wednesday, Oct.
10, 2001, in Marwood Manor Nursing and Rehab. 

She was born July 5, 1918, in Port Huron, to the late William Ford
and Margaret Frances Cross Hebner. 

Mrs. Kain was a member of St. Christopher Catholic Church. 

She is survived by a sister, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas (Marjorie) Yeip
of Marysville; two sisters-in-law, Verna Hebner and Helen
Hebner, both of Port Huron; and several nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by two husbands, Paul Thurston
Roberts and Gage W. Kain; a sister, Elizabeth Siemen; and three
brothers, William Ford Hebner, Howard Hebner and Robert
Hebner. 

Private graveside services will be in Riverlawn Cemetery. 

Service arrangements were by the Marysville Funeral Home. 
 
John Falk

Mr. John Falk, 83, of Port Huron Township died Monday, Oct. 8,
2001, in Mercy Hospital. 

He was born Sept. 10, 1918, in Port Huron to the late David and
Marie Katherine Emerick Falk. 

He married Lois Frostick on June 15, 1956, in Indiana. 

Mr. Falk was a self-employed masonry contractor. 

He served with the U.S. Army during World War II in the
European Theater. 

He enjoyed the labor of work, fishing, hunting, gardening and
caring for his cats. He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran
Church. 

He is survived by his wife, Lois; two sons, John D. Falk and Mr.
and Mrs. James David (Cheryl Vincent) Falk, all of Port Huron; a
daughter, Mr. and Mrs. David (Judy) Heise of North Street; six
grandchildren, Krista and Katlyn Falk, David, Jonathan and
Matthew Heise, and Lily Falk; two sisters-in-law, Donna Falk and
Sophie Falk; and several nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by three sisters, Alma, Marie and
Dorothy., and three brothers, David, Alex and Karl. 

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

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 12, 2001, in
Pollock-Randall Funeral Home. The Rev. Gordon Peterson of St.
Paul Lutheran Church will officiate. 

Internment will be in Woodland Cemetery, Port Huron Township,
at a later date. 

Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to con-sider
St. Paul Lutheran Church. 
 
Leona E. Thompson

Leona E. Thompson, 93, of Marysville passed away Sunday, Oct.
7, 2001, in the Evangelical Home-Port Huron. 

She was born to Michael and Karen Rondeau on Oct. 31, 1907, in
Duluth, Minn. 

She married Ralph W. Thompson on Jan. 10, 1931. He passed
away Nov. 29, 1966. 

She and her husband, Ralph, lived in many communities due to his
career with the U.S. Coast Guard. They moved to Port Huron in
1953 where he was the officer in charge of the Port Huron Coast
Guard Station. 

In 1990, she moved to Marysville. 

Leona was a member of the VFW and American Legion
auxiliaries. She was also an avid bingo player and loved to read. 

She is survived by her daughter, Joan K. Westbrook of
Marysville; her son, Wayne "Tom" Thompson of Kimball
Township; eight grandchildren, Deborah Kern of Lakeport, Mark
(Tammy) Westbrook of Smiths Creek, Timothy (Carolann)
Westbrook of Sacramento, Calif., Lori (Joseph) Frey of Jeddo,
Betty (Douglas) Reed of Marysville, Joni Thompson of Remus,
Jodi Dortman of Wales Township, and Robert Dortman of Port
Huron; 13 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter;
and several nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her son-in-law, Richard
Westbrook. 

A funeral service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2001. in
the Smith Family Funeral HomeSouth, 1230 Seventh St. 

Burial will follow in Riverlawn Cemetery. 

Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and 10 to 11 a.m.
Wednesday in the funeral home. 

Pallbearers will be Joe, Joey and Jeremy Frey, Bryan Kern, Mark
Westbrook and Doug Reed. 

Contributions may be made in Leona's memory to the Evangelical
Home's Activities Department. 
 
Robert E. Barnes

Robert E. Barnes, 75, of Port Huron died Sunday, Oct. 7, 2001, in
his home. 

He was born May 19, 1926, in Port Huron to the late Charles H.
and Alta Collingwood Barnes. 

He married Mary Helen Laming on April, 26, 1949. 

Mr. Barnes was employed as a truck driver for Mueller Brass
Co. and as a maintenance man at Aikman Bakery. 

He is survived by his children, Barbara Randall, Mr. and Mrs.
Robert C. (Marsha) Barnes, Brian W. Barnes and Beth
Richards; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two
brothers, Benjamin and Richard Barnes; a sister, Geraldine
James; and many nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by two brothers, William and Donald
Barnes, and two sisters, Shirley LaGrange and Frances Parmann.

Visitation will be 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2001, until the time
of a memorial service at 8 p.m. in Pollock-Randall Funeral Home.

Interment will be in Washington Township Cemetery, Carsonville.


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