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Raymond "Luke" Lukasek

Raymond A. "Luke" Lukasek, 74, of Holt, formerly of
Lexington, Marysville and Smiths Creek, died Saturday, Oct.
14, 2001, in Ingham Regional Medical Center, Lansing. 

He was the youngest of 13 children. He was born Oct. 16,
1926, in Mount Clemens to the late Edward and Mary Keena
Lukasek. 

He married Annie Jean Landschoot on June 28, 1947, in
Marysville. 

Mr. Lukasek was a partner in DiDuca Plumbing and Heating
Contractors. 

He graduated from Marysville High School in 1945, where he
was president of the class and captain of the football team. 

He served in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II and
was a member of the Marysville American Legion Post 449. 

He enjoyed playing slo-ball, bowling and golf and sponsored
many Little League and hockey teams. He was a lifetime
member of Elks BPOE Lodge 343. 

He was a Ted Garvin look- alike and knew how to throw a
party. 

He is survived by his wife, Annie; two sons, Edward Lukasek of
Houston and Joseph Lukasek of Grand Rapids; four daughters
and sons-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. James (Susan) King of Walnut
Cove, N.C., Mr. and Mrs. Tim (Linda) Ball of Traverse City,
Mr. and Mrs. Rick (Catherine) McKenzie of Arcadia, Calif.,
and Mr. and Mrs. Francisco (Jill) Godinez of Lansing; seven
grandchildren, Jennifer Felty, Narah and Tony King, Stephen
and Lisa Ball and Luke and Max Godinez; a sister, Dorothy
Shrader of Richmond; and many nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by 11 brothers and sisters. 

Visitation will be 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the
Marysville Funeral Home. An Elks Lodge of Sorrows service
will be at 7:30 p.m. 

Mr. Lukasek will lie in state at St. Christopher Catholic Church
from 10:30 a.m. until the time of the funeral Mass at 11 a.m. on
Wednesday. The Rev. Arthur Baranowski will officiate. 

The Rite of Committal will follow at Riverlawn Cemetery. 

Pallbearers will be his nephews. 

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 American Diabetes Association or St. Christopher
Catholic Church. 
 
Erma E. Vargo

Erma Esther Vargo, 81, of Marysville died Friday, Oct. 12,
2001, in her home after a courageous battle with cancer. 

She was born July 8, 1920, in Perry, to the late Clive and
Vesta Roosa Wilbur. 

She married Paul Vargo on March 11, 1939, in Indiana. He
died Aug. 6, 1992. 

Mrs. Vargo received great joy in taking care of her family
and she loved to dance. 

She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs.
Ralph (Patricia) Byars of Hick-ory, Ky.; a son and
daughter-in- law, Mr. and Mrs. Paul (Kathi) Vargo of
Marysville; three grandchildren, Cynthia Bristow of
Kentucky, Andrew Byars of Kentucky and Ward Vargo of
Marysville; two great-grandsons, Larry Bristow and Gavin
Byars; and two sisters, Lorene Morlock of Howell and Mr.
and Mrs. Bill (Doris) McCoy of Williamston. 

She was preceded in death by a son, Thomas Vargo; a
grandson, Jeffrey Stockbridge; and a great-grandson,
Michael Paul Bristow. 

Visitation will be 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday in Marysville
Funeral Home. 

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Monday in Marysville Funeral
Home. Burial will be in Riverlawn Cemetery, Marysville. 

Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to
consider the American Cancer Society. 
 
Ronald C. Riley

Ronald C. "Ron" Riley, 62, of Port Huron died Friday, Oct.
12, 2001, in his residence. 

He was born Aug. 1, 1939, in Detroit and had lived here for
24 years. 

He married Mary E. Hayes on April 2, 1971 in Eastpointe. 

Mr. Riley owned and operated Blue Water Appliance
Repair and Sports Photo. He loved the outdoors and
enjoyed fishing. 

He is survived by his wife, Mary E. Riley; his daughter,
Rhonda Rene Miller; his son, Kevin Patrick Riley; his
son-in-law, Philip Miller; his grandson, Brendan Riley Miller;
his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Victor R. and Joann
Hayes; his brother-in-law and companion, David W. Hayes
and Meri Bradford; his sister-in-law and brother-in-law,
Trudy and Eugene Alli; his sister-in-law, Ann Marie Hayes;
several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews;
and special friends, Tom Sheehy, Tom Turri, Bruce
Mortimer, Paula Szolack, Nicole Johnston, Jeff Redfield,
Greg Mason and Andrew Stewart. 

It was Ron's wishes to be cremated. 

Memorials may be made to Blue Water Hospice. 

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

Anna Matilda "Tillie" Nelson, 91, of Port Huron, died
Saturday, Oct. 13, 2001, in Marwood Nursing and Rehab. 

She was born April 3, 1910, in East Orange, N.J., to the late
Theodore and Louise Turton Werner. 

She married George A. Nelson on Dec. 6, 1929, in Port
Huron. He died April 7, 1985. 

Mrs. Nelson was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, the
Ladies Aid and Choir Guild and was a former Gray Lady at
Mercy Hospital. 

She is survived by a daughter, Marjorie Schultz of Port
Huron; a son, Mr. and Mrs. Donald W. (Carolyn) Nelson of
Broomfield, Colo.; six grandchildren; seven
great-grandchildren; and a sister, Sophia Backus of Florida.

She was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Donald Schultz,
and a stepbrother, Edward Purkiss. 

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

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Monday in Trinity Lutheran
Church. The Rev. Robert H. Mann will officiate. 

Burial will be in Lakeside Cemetery. 

Pallbearers will be William, David, Paul and Andy Schultz,
and David and Martha Brown. 

Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to
consider Trinity Lutheran Church. 
 
Charles J. Watza

Charles J. "Chuck" Watza, our dear and beloved husband,
father, nephew, uncle, and cousin, died on Thursday,
October 11, 2001, lovingly surrounded by his family at Port
Huron Hospital. 

He was born on October 24, 1930, in Detroit. 

He served in the United States Army during the Korean War
from 1951 to 1954. He retired from General Motors as a
senior engineer after 39 years of service. 

He married Noreen Kennedy on October 22, 1955, and
remained deeply in love and devoted to her until his death.
Together they raised, and he is survived by, six children,
Michael J. and Janet Robinson, Richard G. and Dawn Allen,
Patricia M. and Dean Remington, Donald J. and Linda
Kuligowski, Joseph F. and Julianne Ebaugh, David L. and
Kathy Donnellon; and 22 grandchildren. He also is survived
by his sisters in life, Lorraine Watza Wagner (Husband
Robert), and Patricia Kennedy Dei. 

A memorial service will be today at St. Mary's Catholic
Church in Port Huron. 

Visitation will be at the church at 2 p.m., Saturday, October
13, 2001, and the memorial service will follow at 3 p.m. In
lieu of flowers donations are gratefully accepted at Marydale
Center or St. Mary's Church. 

Arrangements are by the Karrer-Simpson Funeral Home. 
 
Dennis M. Brown

Dennis M. Brown, 57, of Port Huron died October 7, 2001,
in Myrtle Beach S.C., while vacationing with his wife and
friends. 

He was born October 26, 1943, in Detroit to the Late
Bernard F. and Irene E. Brown of Port Huron. He married
Judith R. Tingley-Ellis on November 6, 1976, in Port Huron. 

Dennis graduated in 1962 from St. Stephen High School.
He joined the U.S. Naval Reserve in 1960 and served
aboard the USS Eaton DD 510. He participated in the
Cuban blockade during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He also
served in the Mediterranean Sea and was honorably
discharged in 1966. Dennis joined the former Dunn Paper
Co. in 1966, where he worked as an electrician and an
instrument repairman until he took a disability retirement in
January 2000 from the then Crown Vantage Paper Co. He
was employed there for 34 years. Dennis enjoyed bowling
and was an avid boater, taking several trips on the Great
Lakes with his family and close friends. He was a former
president of Local No. 1017 UPIU and held many other
positions. He was a long time member of Blue Water Aeire
No. 3702. 

He is survived by his wife, Judith R. Brown, Port Huron; son,
Dennis D. Brown, Port Huron; son, Robert J. Brown,
Jacksonville, Fla.; daughter, Jennifer A. (David) Hunt, Port
Huron; son, Stephen A. (Regina) Ellis, Shelby Township;
son, Joseph R. Ellis, Port Huron; daughter, Lynn M. (Tom
Cook) Ellis, Houston, Texas; 11 grandchildren; brother,
John T. (Marilyn) Brown, Port Huron; brother, Gordon D.
(Helen) Brown, Port Huron; several cousins, nieces and
nephews; father-in-law, Raymond A. Tingley; and close and
dear friend, Al and Julie Greenia, Kimball Township. 

He was preceded in death by his brother, Carl J. Brown, on
May 8, 1991. Dennis was loved by many and will be truly
missed by his family and many close friends. 

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday in
Karrer-Simpson Funeral Home. The Rev. David J. Lesniak,
pastor of St. Stephen Church, will officiate. 

Visitation will be 2 to 9 p.m. Monday in the funeral home. A
Rosary will be said at 8:30 p.m. 

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

Memorials may be made to the Charity of the donor's
choice. 
 
Ross O. Dowding

Ross O. Dowding, 81, of Port Huron died Sunday, Oct. 14, 2001,
in his home after a long illness. 

He was born April 24, 1920, in Canada to the late Orvil and Lina
Waite Dowding and was a lifelong area resident. 

He married Marion R. Speilburg on April 14, 1942, in Port Huron.

Mr. Dowding retired as a supervisory inspector with U.S.
Customs after 31 years of service. 

He served with the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a
member of the National Association of Retired Federal
Employees Chapter 12, AARP and St. Martin Lutheran Church
where he served as an officer, choir member and Lutheran
Brotherhood coordinator. He also belonged to Port Huron Lodge
58 F. & A.M., Huron Chapter 27 R.A.M. and Port Huron
Commandery 7 Knights Templar. 

He enjoyed golfing, playing cards, gardening, reading and
crossword puzzles. 

He is survived by his wife, Marion; a brother, Mr. and Mrs. Keith
(Delores) Dowding of Marysville; and several nieces and
nephews, including a special niece and friend, Marlene Glyshaw. 

He was preceded in death by a sister, Beth Schigur. 

Visitation will be 7 to 9 p.m. today 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 St. Martin Lutheran
Church, Port Huron. The Rev. Phyllis I. Hormann will officiate. 

Burial will be in Lakeside Cemetery, Port Huron. 

Pallbearers will be William and James Glyshaw, William Wagner,
Janet Britton, Ronald and Larry Angbrandt, Michael Dowding,
Rick Ferriby and David Speilburg. Honorary pallbearers will be
Clarence Washburn, Richard Weston, Thomas Walton and Carl
Gruel. 

Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to con-sider
St. Martin Lutheran Church. 
 
Helen V. Tool

Helen V. Tool, 77, of Port Huron died Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2001,
in her home. 

She was born March 24, 1924, in Sanilac County, to the late
Eldon V. and Lulu M. Gardner Tool. 

Miss Tool retired in 1984 after 30 years of service from
Southeastern Michigan Gas Co. 

She was a member of First United Methodist Church, United
Methodist Women, the Methodettes and the Lydia Circle. 

She is survived by cousins, Helen June Grubbs, Mrs. Donald
(Elizabeth) Jamison, Mrs. Kenneth (Gay) Bagnall, Mrs. William
(Barbara) Wendt and Mr. Allen (Nancy) Hunter; and an aunt,
Ann Toole. 

She was preceded in death by a brother, Dale. 

A memorial service will be 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22, 2001, in
Pollock-Randall Funeral Home. The Rev. Ralph H. Pieper II of
First United Methodist Church will officiate. 

Interment will be in Croswell Cemetery, Croswell. 

Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to con-sider
the First United Methodist Church. 
 
Mary E. London

Mary E. London, 78, of Burtchville Township died Wednesday,
Oct. 17, 2001. 

She was born March 10, 1923, in Highland Park to the late Russel
and Margaret Burch Wilton. 

She married Max London on Aug. 22, 1942, in North Street. 

Mrs. London was an avid seamstress and enjoyed making
clothing for her children, grandchildren and great-grand- children.
She taught many neighborhood girls to sew as a 4-H leader. 

She also helped her husband, Max, manage the family dairy farm
and was the bookkeeper for the business. 

She was a lifetime member of Michigan Waterways Council of
Girl Scouts and a past district president of United Methodist
Women. 

She is survived by her husband; two daughters, Mr. and Mrs.
Lonnie (Bonnie) Miller of Detroit and Susan London and her
husband, Paul Spata, of East Lansing; a son, Mr. and Mrs.
Dennis (Marie) London of North Street; 10 grandchildren; 14
great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mr. and Mrs. Donald (Shirley)
Kriesch of Croswell and Mr. and Mrs. George (Carol) De St.
Aubin of North Street; three brothers, Mr. and Mrs. Harold
(Virginia) Wilton of Jeddo, Mr. and Mrs. Donald (Nadine) Wilton
of Otisville and Mr. and Mrs. Dale (Judy) Wilton of North Street;
and several nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Nancy Reding, and a
brother, Eugene Wilton. 

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

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, 2001, in
Central Lakeport United Methodist Church, Lakeport. The Rev.
Susan K. Freeland will officiate. 

Burial will be in Lakeside Cemetery, Port Huron. 

Pallbearers will be Scott and Brian Furness, Steven and Robert
London, Matthew Reding and Paul Spata. 

Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to con-sider
the Central Lakeport United Methodist Church or Blue Water
Hospice. 
 
Christopher A. Jackson

Infant Christopher Alexander Jackson, 2 1/2 months old, died
Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2001. 

He is survived by his mother and father, Angelique Micketeit and
Brian Jackson; sister, Abigail; grandparents, Shirley Himebauch,
Richard Schrader and Mr. and Mrs. Larry (Beverly) Smith; aunts
and uncles, Mr. and Mrs. Brandon (Katrina) Armstead, Anthony
Himebauch, Walter Smith, Cheryl Smith, Alicia Smith, Lisa
Jackson and Robert Jackson. 

He was preceded in death by a sister, Kirsten Bryce, and a
brother, Dylan Micketeit. 

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

Funeral services will be 11 a.m, Friday in the Pollock-Randall
Funeral Home. The Rev. Scott Babin of Sparlingville Wesleyan
Church will officiate. 

Burial will be in Lakeside Cemetery. 
 
Eugenia R. Gaffield

Eugenia R. Gaffield, 93, of Alexandria, Va., formerly of Port
Huron, died Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2001, in Alexandria, Va. 

She was born May 13, 1908, in Marine City. She married
Edgar Tyler Gaffield on Jan. 30, 1942. He died Dec. 23, 1971. 

Mrs. Gaffield lived in this area until 1988, when she moved to
Winter Haven, Fla. In 1991, she moved from Winter Haven,
Fla., to Alexandria, Va. She was a 55 year member of Colonial
Woods Missionary Church until she moved from Port Huron. 

She is survived by her daughter, Beth C. (Heinz) Vergin of
Alexandria, VA; her brother, Oliver B. (Isabelle) Brahmer of
Port Huron; nieces and nephews and several great-nieces and
nephews. 

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday in Lakeside Cemetery
Chapel. The Rev. Stan Liechty of Colonial Woods Missionary
Church will officiate. Burial will be in Lakeside Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Colonial Woods
Missionary Church. 

Arrangements are by Karrer-Simpson Funeral Home.


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